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Section 1: 8-K (8-K)

 

 

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, DC 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) December 14, 2018

 

ARES CAPITAL CORPORATION

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 

Maryland

 

814-00663

 

33-1089684

(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)

 

(Commission
File Number)

 

(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

 

245 Park Avenue, 44th Floor, New York, NY

 

10167

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

(Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (212) 750-7300

 

N/A

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

 

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

 

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 as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§ 230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§ 240.12b-2 of this chapter).

 

Emerging growth company 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. o

 

 

 


 

Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

 

Amendment to Revolving Funding Facility.

 

On December 14, 2018, Ares Capital Corporation (the “Registrant”) and Ares Capital CP Funding LLC, an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of the Registrant (“Ares Capital CP”), entered into an amendment (the “CP Amendment”) to the documents governing Ares Capital CP’s revolving funding facility (the “CP Funding Facility”) with Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, Bank of America, N.A. and each of the other parties thereto. The CP Amendment, among other things, (a) extended the stated maturity date from January 3, 2022 to January 3, 2024; (b) extended the reinvestment period from January 3, 2019 to January 3, 2022; (c) adjusted the interest rate on the CP Funding Facility from the previous spread of 2.15% over LIBOR to a spread of 2.00% over LIBOR; and (d) adjusted the ranges of the unused portion of the CP Funding Facility under which certain fees are paid.

 

Borrowings under the CP Funding Facility will continue to be subject to the facility’s various covenants and the leverage restrictions contained in the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”).

 

The description above is only a summary of the material provisions of the CP Amendment and is qualified in its entirety by reference to a copy of the CP Amendment, which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this current report on Form 8-K and incorporated by reference herein.

 

Item 2.03 Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of Registrant.

 

The information contained in Item 1.01 to this current report on Form 8-K is by this reference incorporated in this Item 2.03.

 

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d)           Exhibits:

 

Exhibit Number

 

Description

 

 

 

10.1

 

Amendment No. 11 to Loan and Servicing Agreement, dated as of December 14, 2018, among Ares Capital CP Funding LLC, as the borrower, Ares Capital Corporation, as the servicer, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as the agent, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as a lender, Bank of America, N.A, as a lender and U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee, bank and collateral custodian.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

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

 

 

 

ARES CAPITAL CORPORATION

 

 

 

Date: December 17, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Penni F. Roll

 

Name:

Penni F. Roll

 

Title:

Chief Financial Officer

 

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Section 2: EX-10.1 (EX-10.1)

Exhibit 10.1

 

EXECUTION VERSION

 

AMENDMENT NO. 11 TO
LOAN AND SERVICING AGREEMENT

 

THIS AMENDMENT NO. 11 TO LOAN AND SERVICING AGREEMENT (the “AMENDMENT”), dated as of December 14, 2018 (the “Amendment Effective Date”), is entered into by and among ARES CAPITAL CP FUNDING LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, as the borrower (the “Borrower”), ARES CAPITAL CORPORATION, a Maryland corporation, as the servicer (the “Servicer”), WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, as the agent (the “Agent”), WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, as a lender (“Wells Fargo”), BANK OF AMERICA, N.A, as a lender (“Bank of America” and, together with Wells Fargo, the “Lenders”) and U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, as Trustee, Bank, and Collateral Custodian (in such capacities, “U.S. Bank”).

 

WHEREAS, the Borrower, the Agent, the Lenders, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as the Swingline Lender, the Servicer, U.S. Bank and each of the other lenders, are party to the Loan and Servicing Agreement, dated as of January 22, 2010 (as amended, modified, waived, supplemented, restated or replaced from time to time, prior to the date hereof, the “Loan and Servicing Agreement”); and

 

WHEREAS, the parties hereto desire to amend the Loan and Servicing Agreement in accordance with the provisions thereof and subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein.

 

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing premises and the mutual agreements contained herein, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto, intending to be legally bound, hereby agree as follows:

 

ARTICLE I

 

Definitions

 

SECTION 1.1.                                          Defined Terms.  Terms used but not defined herein have the respective meanings given to such terms in the Loan and Servicing Agreement.

 

ARTICLE II

 

Amendments to Loan and Servicing Agreement

 

SECTION 2.1.                                          As of the Amendment Effective Date, the Loan and Servicing Agreement is hereby amended to delete the stricken text (indicated textually in the same manner as the following example: stricken text) and to add the bold and double-underlined text (indicated textually in the same manner as the following example: bold and double-underlined text) as set forth on the pages attached as Appendix A hereto.  A clean copy of the conformed Loan and Servicing Agreement is set forth on the pages attached as Appendix B hereto.

 


 

SECTION 2.2.                                          As of the Amendment Effective Date, the Schedules to the Loan and Servicing Agreement are hereby amended by:

 

(a)                                 removing all references to “Moody’s Rating,” “Moody’s Industry Classification Group” and “Moody’s Rating Factor” from Schedule III and Schedule IV;

 

(b)                                 replacing Schedule VI with the Schedule VI attached as Appendix C hereto;

 

(c)                                  replacing Schedule VII with the Schedule VII attached as Appendix D hereto; and

 

(d)                                 deleting Schedule VIII.

 

ARTICLE III

 

Representations and Warranties

 

SECTION 3.1.                                          Each of the Borrower and the Servicer hereby represents and warrants (as to itself) to the Agent that, as of the date first written above, (i) no Unmatured Event of Default, Event of Default or Servicer Termination Event has occurred and is continuing and (ii) the representations and warranties of the Borrower and the Servicer contained in the Loan and Servicing Agreement are true and correct in all material respects on and as of such day (other than any representation and warranty that is made as of a specific date).

 

ARTICLE IV

 

Conditions Precedent

 

SECTION 4.1.                                          This Amendment shall become effective upon:

 

(a)                                 the execution and delivery of this Amendment by the parties hereto;

 

(b)                                 the Agent’s receipt of a good standing certificate for the Borrower by the applicable office body of its jurisdiction of organization and a copy of the resolutions of the board of managers or directors (or similar items) of the Borrower approving this Amendment and the transactions contemplated hereby, certified by its secretary or assistant secretary or other authorized officer;

 

(c)                                  the Agent shall have received the executed legal opinion of counsel to the Borrower in form and substance acceptable to the Agent in its reasonable discretion;

 

(d)                                 payment of all reasonable and invoiced fees due and owing to the Agent and Lenders on or prior to the Amendment Effective Date; and

 

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(e)                                  if the Borrower qualifies as a “legal entity customer” under the Beneficial Ownership Regulation, the Agent’s receipt of a Beneficial Ownership Certification in relation to such Borrower.

 

ARTICLE V

 

Miscellaneous

 

SECTION 5.1.                                          Governing Law. THIS AMENDMENT AND THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE PARTIES UNDER THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED BY, AND CONSTRUED AND INTERPRETED IN ACCORDANCE WITH, THE LAW OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK.

 

SECTION 5.2.                                          Severability Clause.  In case any provision in this Amendment shall be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the validity, legality, and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby.

 

SECTION 5.3.                                          Ratification.  Except as expressly amended hereby, the Loan and Servicing Agreement is in all respects ratified and confirmed and all the terms, conditions and provisions thereof shall remain in full force and effect.  This Amendment shall form a part of the Loan and Servicing Agreement for all purposes.

 

SECTION 5.4.                                          Counterparts.  The parties hereto may sign one or more copies of this Amendment in counterparts, all of which together shall constitute one and the same agreement.  Delivery of an executed signature page of this Amendment by facsimile or email transmission shall be effective as delivery of a manually executed counterpart hereof.

 

SECTION 5.5.                                          Headings.  The headings of the Articles and Sections in this Amendment are for convenience of reference only and shall not be deemed to alter or affect the meaning or interpretation of any provisions hereof.

 

SECTION 5.6.                                          Direction to Execute.  The Lenders hereby authorize and direct U.S. Bank in each of its capacities to execute this Amendment.

 

[Signature Pages Follow]

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Amendment to be duly executed as of the date first written above.

 

 

ARES CAPITAL CP FUNDING LLC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ JOSHUA M. BLOOMSTEIN

 

 

Name:

Joshua M. Bloomstein

 

 

Title:

Authorized Signatory

 

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 11 to LSA]

 


 

 

ARES CAPITAL CORPORATION, as the Servicer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ JOSHUA M. BLOOMSTEIN

 

 

Name:

Joshua M. Bloomstein

 

 

Title:

Authorized Signatory

 

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 11 to LSA]

 


 

 

WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, as the Agent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ MATT JENSEN

 

 

Name:

Matt Jensen

 

 

Title:

Director

 

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 11 to LSA]

 


 

 

WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,

 

as a Lender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ ALLAN SCHMITT

 

 

Name:

Allan Schmitt

 

 

Title:

Director

 

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 11 to LSA]

 


 

 

BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., as a Lender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ ALLEN D. SHIFFLET

 

 

Name:

Allen D. Shifflet

 

 

Title:

Managing Director

 

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 11 to LSA]

 


 

 

U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, as Trustee, Bank and Collateral Custodian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ JAMES H. BYRNES

 

 

Name:

James H. Byrnes

 

 

Title:

Vice President

 

[Signature Page to Amendment No. 11 to LSA]

 


 

APPENDIX A

 


 

EXECUTION COPY

 

Conformed through Amendment No. 1011

 

Up to U.S. $1,000,000,000

 

LOAN AND SERVICING AGREEMENT

 

Dated as of January 22, 2010

 

Among

 

ARES CAPITAL CP FUNDING LLC,

as the Borrower

 

and

 

ARES CAPITAL CORPORATION,

as the Servicer and the Transferor

 

and

 

WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,

as the Agent and the Swingline Lender

 

and

 

EACH OF THE LENDERS FROM TIME TO TIME PARTY HERETO,

as the Lenders

 

and

 

U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,

as the Collateral Custodian, Trustee and the Bank

 


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

Page

 

 

 

ARTICLE I.

DEFINITIONS

2

 

 

 

Section 1.01

Certain Defined Terms

2

Section 1.02

Other Terms

52

Section 1.03

Computation of Time Periods

52

Section 1.04

Interpretation

52

 

 

 

ARTICLE II.

THE FACILITY

53

 

 

 

Section 2.01

Advances

53

Section 2.02

Procedure for Advances

5455

Section 2.03

Determination of Yield

56

Section 2.04

Remittance Procedures

5657

Section 2.05

Instructions to the Trustee and the Bank

6061

Section 2.06

Borrowing Base Deficiency Payments

61

Section 2.07

Substitution and Sale of Loan Assets; Affiliate Transactions

61

Section 2.08

Payments and Computations, Etc.

67

Section 2.09

Fees

68

Section 2.10

Increased Costs; Capital Adequacy

68

Section 2.11

Taxes

70

Section 2.12

Collateral Assignment of Agreements

73

Section 2.13

Grant of a Security Interest

73

Section 2.14

Evidence of Debt

7374

Section 2.15

Survival of Representations and Warranties

74

Section 2.16

Release of Loan Assets

74

Section 2.17

Treatment of Amounts Paid by the Borrower

7475

Section 2.18

Prepayment; Termination

7475

Section 2.19

Extension of Stated Maturity Date and Reinvestment Period

7576

Section 2.20

Collections and Allocations

76

Section 2.21

Reinvestment of Principal Collections

77

Section 2.22

Additional Lenders; Increase of Commitment

78

Section 2.23

Defaulting Lenders

78

Section 2.24

Mitigation Obligations; Replacement of Lenders

80

Section 2.25

Refunding of Swingline Advances

81

 

 

 

ARTICLE III.

CONDITIONS PRECEDENT

82

 

 

 

Section 3.01

Conditions Precedent to Effectiveness

82

Section 3.02

Conditions Precedent to All Advances

83

Section 3.03

Advances Do Not Constitute a Waiver

85

Section 3.04

Conditions to Pledges of Loan Assets

85

 

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ARTICLE IV.

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

8687

 

 

 

Section 4.01

Representations and Warranties of the Borrower

8687

Section 4.02

Representations and Warranties of the Borrower Relating to the Agreement and the Collateral Portfolio

95

Section 4.03

Representations and Warranties of the Servicer

96

Section 4.04

Representations and Warranties of the Trustee

100

Section 4.05

Representations and Warranties of each Lender

101

Section 4.06

Representations and Warranties of the Collateral Custodian

101

 

 

 

ARTICLE V.

GENERAL COVENANTS

102

 

 

 

Section 5.01

Affirmative Covenants of the Borrower

102

Section 5.02

Negative Covenants of the Borrower

108109

Section 5.03

Affirmative Covenants of the Servicer

111112

Section 5.04

Negative Covenants of the Servicer

116118

Section 5.05

Affirmative Covenants of the Trustee

118119

Section 5.06

Negative Covenants of the Trustee

118119

Section 5.07

Affirmative Covenants of the Collateral Custodian

118120

Section 5.08

Negative Covenants of the Collateral Custodian

119120

Section 5.09

Covenants of the Borrower Relating to Hedging of Loan Assets

119120

 

 

 

ARTICLE VI.

ADMINISTRATION AND SERVICING OF CONTRACTS

120122

 

 

 

Section 6.01

Appointment and Designation of the Servicer

120122

Section 6.02

Duties of the Servicer

122124

Section 6.03

Authorization of the Servicer

125126

Section 6.04

Collection of Payments; Accounts

125127

Section 6.05

Realization Upon Loan Assets

127128

Section 6.06

Servicing Compensation

128129

Section 6.07

Payment of Certain Expenses by Servicer

128129

Section 6.08

Reports to the Agent; Account Statements; Servicing Information

128129

Section 6.09

Annual Statement as to Compliance

130131

Section 6.10

Annual Independent Public Accountant’s Servicing Reports

131132

Section 6.11

The Servicer Not to Resign

131132

 

 

 

ARTICLE VII.

EVENTS OF DEFAULT

132133

 

 

 

Section 7.01

Events of Default

132133

Section 7.02

Additional Remedies of the Agent

135136

 

 

 

ARTICLE VIII.

INDEMNIFICATION

139140

 

 

 

Section 8.01

Indemnities by the Borrower

139140

Section 8.02

Indemnities by Servicer

142143

 

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Section 8.03

Legal Proceedings

144145

Section 8.04

After-Tax Basis

144145

Section 8.05

Benefit of Indemnity

144146

 

 

 

ARTICLE IX.

THE AGENT

145146

 

 

 

Section 9.01

The Agent

145146

 

 

 

ARTICLE X.

TRUSTEE

149150

 

 

 

Section 10.01

Designation of Trustee

149150

Section 10.02

Duties of Trustee

150151

Section 10.03

Merger or Consolidation

151153

Section 10.04

Trustee Compensation

152153

Section 10.05

Trustee Removal

152153

Section 10.06

Limitation on Liability

152153

Section 10.07

Trustee Resignation

153154

 

 

 

ARTICLE XI.

MISCELLANEOUS

154155

 

 

 

Section 11.01

Amendments and Waivers

154155

Section 11.02

Notices, Etc.

155156

Section 11.03

No Waiver; Remedies

158160

Section 11.04

Binding Effect; Assignability; Multiple Lenders

159160

Section 11.05

Term of This Agreement

160161

Section 11.06

GOVERNING LAW; JURY WAIVER

160161

Section 11.07

Costs, Expenses and Taxes

160161

Section 11.08

No Proceedings

161162

Section 11.09

Recourse Against Certain Parties

161163

Section 11.10

Execution in Counterparts; Severability; Integration

162164

Section 11.11

Consent to Jurisdiction; Service of Process

163164

Section 11.12

Characterization of Conveyances Pursuant to the Purchase and Sale Agreements

163164

Section 11.13

Confidentiality

165166

Section 11.14

Acknowledgement and Consent to Bail-In of EEA Financial Institutions

166167

Section 11.15

Waiver of Set Off

167169

Section 11.16

Headings and Exhibits

167169

Section 11.17

Ratable Payments

167169

Section 11.18

Breaches of Representations, Warranties and Covenants

168169

Section 11.19

Assignments of Loan Assets

168169

Section 11.20

Affirmation

168170

Section 11.21

Covered Transactions

168170

 

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ARTICLE XII.

COLLATERAL CUSTODIAN

169170

 

 

 

Section 12.01

Designation of Collateral Custodian

169170

Section 12.02

Duties of Collateral Custodian

169170

Section 12.03

Merger or Consolidation

172173

Section 12.04

Collateral Custodian Compensation

172173

Section 12.05

Collateral Custodian Removal

172174

Section 12.06

Limitation on Liability

172174

Section 12.07

Collateral Custodian Resignation

173175

Section 12.08

Release of Documents

174175

Section 12.09

Return of Required Loan Documents

175176

Section 12.10

Access to Certain Documentation and Information Regarding the Collateral Portfolio; Audits of Servicer

175176

Section 12.11

Custodian as Agent of Trustee

175177

 

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LIST OF SCHEDULES AND EXHIBITS

 

SCHEDULES

 

 

 

SCHEDULE I

Conditions Precedent Documents

SCHEDULE II

Prior Names, Tradenames, Fictitious Names and “Doing Business As” Names

SCHEDULE III

Eligibility Criteria

SCHEDULE IV

Agreed-Upon Procedures For Independent Public Accountants

SCHEDULE V

Loan Asset Schedule

SCHEDULE VI

Ares Competitor

SCHEDULE VII

Moody’sGICS Industry Classification Groups

SCHEDULE VIII

Moody’s RiskCalc

 

 

EXHIBITS

 

 

 

EXHIBIT A

Form of Approval Notice

EXHIBIT B

Form of Assignment of Mortgage

EXHIBIT C

Form of Borrowing Base Certificate

EXHIBIT D

Form of Disbursement Request

EXHIBIT E

Form of Joinder Supplement

EXHIBIT F

Form of Notice of Borrowing

EXHIBIT G

Form of Notice of Reduction (Reduction of Advances Outstanding)

EXHIBIT H

Form of Notice of Reduction (Reduction of Aggregate Commitments)

EXHIBIT I

Form of Notice and Request for Consent

EXHIBIT J

Form of Certificate of Closing Attorneys

EXHIBIT K

Form of Servicing Report

EXHIBIT L

Form of Servicer’s Certificate (Servicing Report)

EXHIBIT M

Form of Release of Required Loan Documents

EXHIBIT N

Form of Transferee Letter

EXHIBIT O

Form of Power of Attorney for Servicer

EXHIBIT P

Form of Power of Attorney for Borrower

EXHIBIT Q

Form of Servicer’s Certificate (Loan Asset Register)

EXHIBIT R

Form of U.S. Tax Compliance Certificates

 

 

ANNEXES

 

 

 

ANNEX A

Commitments

 

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This LOAN AND SERVICING AGREEMENT (as amended, restated, supplemented or modified from time to time, the “Loan and Servicing Agreement”) is made as of January 22, 2010, among:

 

(1)                                 ARES CAPITAL CP FUNDING LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (together with its successors and assigns in such capacity, the “Borrower”);

 

(2)                                 ARES CAPITAL CORPORATION, a Maryland corporation, as the Servicer (as defined herein) and the Transferor (as defined herein);

 

(3)                                 WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, as agent (together with its successor and assigns in such capacity, the “Agent”) and as swingline lender (together with its successor and assigns in such capacity, the “Swingline Lender”);

 

(4)                                 EACH OF THE LENDERS FROM TIME TO TIME PARTY HERETO, as a Lender; and

 

(5)                                 U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (“U.S. Bank”), as the Trustee (together with its successors and assigns in such capacity, the “Trustee”), the Bank (as defined herein) and the Collateral Custodian (together with its successors and assigns in such capacity, the “Collateral Custodian”).

 

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT

 

WHEREAS, certain parties hereto were party to a Sale and Servicing Agreement, dated as of November 3, 2004, by and among the Servicer, as the servicer, the Transferor, as the originator, the Borrower, as the borrower, Ares CP Funding II LLC, as the guarantor, Variable Funding Capital Company LLC (“VFCC”), as a conduit purchaser, the Note Purchaser, as an institutional purchaser, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (f/k/a Wachovia Capital Markets, LLC) (together with its successors and assigns, “WFS”), as the administrative agent and as the purchaser agent for VFCC, Ares Capital CP Funding II, as the guarantor (the “Guarantor”) the Trustee, as the trustee, and Lyon Financial Services, Inc. d/b/a U.S. Bank Portfolio Services (“Lyon”), as the backup servicer (as amended, restated, supplemented or modified prior to the date hereof, the “Original Agreement”);

 

WHEREAS, certain parties hereto are party to an Amended and Restated Sale and Servicing Agreement, dated as of January 22, 2010, by and among the Servicer, as the servicer, the Transferor as the originator, the Borrower, as the borrower, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, in its individual capacity (together with its successors and assigns, “Wells Fargo”), as the note purchaser, WFS, as the administrative agent, and U.S. Bank, as the collateral custodian, trustee and bank (as amended, restated, supplemented or modified prior to the date hereof, (the “Restatement Agreement”) that amended and restated the Original Agreement;

 


 

Affiliate relationship which may exist solely as a result of direct or indirect ownership of, or control by, a common Financial Sponsor; provided, further, that, for the purposes of Section 2.07(b), Section 2.07(g), Section 4.01(ii), Section 4.03(q), Section 5.01(p) and Section 5.03(j) of this Agreement, as well as Section 4.1(ii) and Section 5.2(j)(v) of each of the Purchase and Sale Agreements, the term “Affiliate” shall not include any Excluded Affiliate.

 

Agent” means Wells Fargo, in its capacity as agent for the Lenders, together with its successors and assigns, including any successor appointed pursuant to Article IX.

 

Agent Fee” means the “agent fee” set forth in the Wells Fargo Fee Letter.

 

Agented Note” means any Loan Asset (i) originated as a part of a syndicated loan transaction that has been closed (without regard to any contemporaneous or subsequent syndication of such Loan Asset) prior to such Loan Asset becoming part of the Collateral Portfolio and (ii) with respect to which, upon an assignment of the note under the Purchase and Sale Agreements to the Borrower, the Borrower, as assignee of the note, will have all of the rights but none of the obligations of the Transferor with respect to such note and the Underlying Collateral.

 

Aggregate Funded Coupon” means, as of any date of determination, the sum of, for each Eligible Loan Asset included in the Collateral Portfolio that is a Fixed Rate Loan Asset, the product of (i) the current per annum rate at which such Eligible Loan Asset provides payment of interest in cash (including, for any PIK Loan Asset, only the required current cash pay interest rate thereon) multiplied by (ii) the Adjusted Borrowing Value of such Eligible Loan Asset.

 

Aggregate Funded Spread” means, as of any date of determination, the sum of:

 

(a)                                 in the case of each Eligible Loan Asset (other than any Floor Obligation) included in the Collateral Portfolio that is a Floating Rate Loan Asset that bears interest at a spread over the Ares LIBOR Rate, (i) the stated interest rate spread on such Eligible Loan Asset (including, for any PIK Loan Asset, only the required current cash pay interest rate thereon) above the Ares LIBOR Rate on such date multiplied by (ii) the Adjusted Borrowing Value of such Eligible Loan Asset; and

 

(b)                                 in the case of each Floor Obligation included in the Collateral Portfolio and each other Eligible Loan Asset included in the Collateral Portfolio that is a Floating Rate Loan Asset that bears interest at a spread over an index other than the Ares LIBOR Rate, (i) the excess of the sum of such spread and such index (including in the case of each Floor Obligation, the “floor” rate) on such Eligible Loan Asset (including, for any PIK Loan Asset, only the required current cash pay interest rate thereon) above the Ares LIBOR Rate on such date multiplied by (ii) the Adjusted Borrowing Value of such Eligible Loan Asset.

 

Agreement” means this Loan and Servicing Agreement, as the same may be amended, restated, supplemented and/or otherwise modified from time to time hereafter.

 

Anti-Corruption Laws” means (a) the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, as amended; (b) the U.K. Bribery Act 2010, as amended; and (c) any other anti-bribery or

 

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anti-corruption laws, regulations or ordinances in any jurisdiction in which the Borrower, the Servicer, the Transferor or any of their respective Subsidiaries is located or doing business.

 

“Anti-Money Laundering Laws” means Applicable Law in any jurisdiction in which the Borrower, the Servicer, the Transferor or any of their respective Subsidiaries are located or doing business that relates to money laundering or terrorism financing, any predicate crime to money laundering, or any financial record keeping and reporting requirements related thereto.

 

Applicable Law” means for any Person all existing and future laws, rules, regulations (including proposed, temporary and final income tax regulations), statutes, treaties, codes, ordinances, permits, certificates, orders, licenses of and interpretations by any Governmental Authority which are applicable to such Person (including, without limitation, predatory lending laws, usury laws, the Federal Truth-in-Lending Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Fair Credit Billing Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, the Federal Reserve Board’s Regulations “B” and “Z”, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act of 2003 and state adaptations of the National Consumer Act and of the Uniform Consumer Credit Code and all other consumer credit laws and equal credit opportunity and disclosure laws) and applicable judgments, decrees, injunctions, writs, awards or orders of any court, arbitrator or other administrative, judicial, or quasi-judicial tribunal or agency of competent jurisdiction.

 

Applicable Percentage” means (a) with respect to any First Lien Loan Asset, 65%, (b) with respect to any First Lien Last Out Loan Asset, 55% and (c) with respect to any Second Lien Loan Asset, 35%.

 

Applicable Spread” means, for any date of determination (x) from and including the Eighth Amendment Effect Date to but excluding the Ninth Amendment Effective Date, in the event that the Yield Rate is calculated utilizing LIBOR 2.30% per annum, and in the event that the Yield Rate is calculated utilizing the Base Rate, 1.30% per annum and (y) from and including the Ninth to but excluding the Eleventh Amendment Effective Date, in the event that the Yield Rate is calculated utilizing LIBOR 2.15% per annum, and in the event that the Yield Rate is calculated utilizing the Base Rate, 1.15% per annum and (y) from and including the Eleventh Amendment Effective Date, in the event that the Yield Rate is calculated utilizing LIBOR 2.00% per annum, and in the event that the Yield Rate is calculated utilizing the Base Rate, 1.00% per annum.

 

Approval Notice” means, with respect to any Eligible Loan Asset, the written notice, in substantially the form attached hereto as Exhibit A, evidencing the approval by the Agent, in its sole discretion, of the conveyance of such Eligible Loan Asset by the Transferor to the Equityholder pursuant to the terms of the First Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement and by the Equityholder to the Borrower pursuant to the terms of the Second Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement and the Assignments by which the Transferor effects such conveyance.

 

Approved Lender” means any prospective Lender that acting, for its own account, in the aggregate owns and invests on a discretionary basis, not less than $25,000,000 in investments.

 

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Asset Specific Hedged Loan Asset” means any Loan Asset for which the Borrower has entered into an Asset Specific Hedge. If an Asset Specific Hedge effectively provides for the conversion of a fixed rate of interest under the related Loan Asset to a floating rate of interest, such Loan Asset will, for all purposes under this Agreement, (i) be considered a Floating Rate Loan Asset and (ii) be deemed to pay interest at a floating rate equal to the implied spread over LIBOR to be received by the Borrower under such Asset Specific Hedge. If an Asset Specific Hedge effectively provides for the conversion of a floating rate of interest under the related Loan Asset to a fixed rate of interest, such Loan Asset will, for all purposes under this Agreement, (a) be considered a Fixed Rate Loan Asset and (b) be deemed to pay interest at a fixed rate to be received by the Borrower under the related Asset Specific Hedge.

 

Assigned Documents” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 2.12.

 

Assigned Value” means, with respect to each Loan Asset, as of any date of determination and expressed as a percentage of the principal balance of such Loan Asset (exclusive of Accreted Interest), the lower of (x) the amount (not greater than par) paid by the Borrower to acquire such Loan Asset from the Equityholder (in each case, expressed exclusive of Accreted Interest) or (y) the value determined by the Agent, in its sole reasonable discretion, as of the applicable Cut-Off Date (and, with respect to Loan Assets of the Obligors, ADF Capital, Inc. & ADF Restaurant Goup, LLC and Eckler Industries, Inc., as of the Eight Amendment Effective Date), subject to the following terms:

 

(a)                                 If a Value Adjustment Event of the type described in clauses (ii), (iv) or (vi) of the definition thereof with respect to such Loan Asset occurs, the Assigned Value of such Loan Asset will be zero.

 

(b)                                 If a Value Adjustment Event of the type described in clauses (i), (iii) or (v) of the definition thereof with respect to such Loan Asset occurs, “Assigned Value” may be amended at any time by the Agent, in its sole discretion (provided that, after the initial amendment to the Assigned Value with respect to any Loan Asset, any additional amendment (other than an amendment as a result of the occurrence of a separate Value Adjustment Event) shall only be on a quarterly or monthly basis, as applicable, after receipt by the Agent from the Servicer of the applicable financial information with respect to such Loan Asset).

 

(c)                                  The Assigned Value of any Loan Asset may be increased at the sole reasonable discretion of the Agent upon improvement in the Net Leverage Ratio or the Interest Coverage Ratio of such Loan Asset, as the case may be, as part of a Value Adjustment Event. The Assigned Value of any Loan Asset whose Assigned Value is lower than 100% may be increased at the sole reasonable discretion of the Agent (i)(x) upon the cure of any Value Adjustment Event with respect to such Loan Asset or (y) if the Net Leverage Ratio for such Loan Asset is at least 0.50x lower than the Net Leverage Ratio calculated as of the applicable Cut-Off Date and (ii) upon the written request of the Borrower.

 

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Bankruptcy Laws” means the Bankruptcy Code and all other applicable liquidation, conservatorship, bankruptcy, moratorium, rearrangement, receivership, insolvency, reorganization, suspension of payments, or similar debtor relief laws from time to time in effect affecting the rights of creditors generally.

 

Bankruptcy Proceeding” means any case, action or proceeding before any court or other Governmental Authority relating to any Bankruptcy Event.

 

Base Rate” means, on any date, a fluctuating per annum interest rate equal to the higher of (a) the Prime Rate or (b) the Federal Funds Rate plus 0.5%.

 

Beneficial Ownership Certification” means a certification regarding beneficial ownership required by the Beneficial Ownership Regulation, which certification shall be substantially similar in form and substance to the form of Certification Regarding Beneficial Owners of Legal Entity Customers published jointly, in May 2018, by the Loan Syndications and Trading Association and Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.

 

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

 

Benefit Plan Investor” means a “benefit plan investor” as defined in Department of Labor regulation 29 C.F.R. Section 2510.3-101, as modified by Section 3(42) of ERISA, and includes an employee benefit plan that is subject to the fiduciary responsibility provisions of Title I of ERISA, a plan that is subject to Section 4975 of the Code, and an entity the underlying assets of which are deemed to include plan assets.

 

Borrower” has the meaning assigned to that term in the preamble hereto.

 

Borrowing Base” means, as of any date of determination, an amount equal to the lesser of:

 

(a)                                 (i) the product of (A) the Weighted Average Applicable Percentage as of such date and (B) the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets as of such date minus the Excess Concentration Amount, plus (ii) the amount on deposit in the Principal Collection Account as of such date, minus (iii) the Unfunded Exposure Equity Shortfall; or

 

(b)                                 (i) the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets as of such date, minus (ii) the Large Obligor Exposure Amount, minus (iii) the Excess Concentration Amount, plus (iv) the amount on deposit in the Principal Collection Account as of such date, minus (v) the Unfunded Exposure Equity Shortfall; or

 

(c)                                  the Maximum Facility Amount minus the Unfunded Exposure Amount;

 

provided that, for the avoidance of doubt, any Loan Asset which at any time is no longer an Eligible Loan Asset shall not be included in the calculation of “Borrowing Base”.

 

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Agreements, (c) claims of the Borrower for damages arising out of or for breach of or default under the Borrower Assigned Agreements, and (d) the right of the Borrower to amend, waive or terminate the Borrower Assigned Agreements, to perform under the Borrower Assigned Agreements and to compel performance and otherwise exercise all remedies and rights under the Borrower Assigned Agreements;

 

(iv)                                   the Controlled Accounts and all Permitted Investments purchased with funds on deposit in the Controlled Accounts; and

 

(v)                                 all income and Proceeds of the foregoing.

 

Collateral Quality Test” means each of the tests set forth below:

 

(i)                                the Minimum Weighted Average Spread Test; and

 

(ii)                                  the Minimum Weighted Average Coupon Test; and(iii) the Maximum Weighted Average Rating Factor Test.

 

Collection Account” means a trust account (account number 787456-200 at the Bank) in the name of the Borrower subject to the lien of the Trustee for the benefit of the Secured Parties; provided that the funds deposited therein (including any interest and earnings thereon) from time to time shall constitute the property and assets of the Borrower, and the Borrower shall be solely liable for any Taxes payable with respect to the Collection Account.

 

Collection Account Agreement” means that certain Amended and Restated Securities Account Control Agreement, dated the Closing Date and amended and restated as of the Restatement Date, among the Borrower, the Servicer, the Bank, the Agent and the Trustee, which agreement relates to the Collection Account, as such agreement may from time to time be amended, supplemented or otherwise modified in accordance with the terms thereof.

 

Collection Date” means the date on which the aggregate outstanding principal amount of the Advances have been repaid in full and all Yield and Fees and all other Obligations have been paid in full, and the Borrower shall have no further right to request any additional Advances.

 

Commitment” means, with respect to each Lender, (i) prior to the end of the Reinvestment Period or for purposes of Advances made pursuant to Section 2.02(f), the dollar amount set forth opposite such Lender’s name on Annex A hereto (as such amount may be revised from time to time pursuant to the terms of this Agreement) or the amount set forth as such Lender’s “Commitment” on Schedule I to the Joinder Supplement relating to such Lender, as applicable, and (ii) on or after the Reinvestment Period (other than for purposes of Advances made pursuant to Section 2.02(f)), such Lender’s Pro Rata Share of the aggregate Advances Outstanding.

 

Commitment Termination Premium” means, in the event that this Agreement is terminated or the Maximum Facility Amount is permanently reduced, in each case, pursuant to Section 2.18(b), (i) prior to the one year anniversary of the Eighth Amendment Effective Date, an

 

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amount equal to 1.00%, or (ii) on or after the one year anniversary of the Eighth Amendment Effective Date, but prior to the one year and six month anniversary of the Eighth Amendment Effective Date, an amount equal to 0.50%, in each case, of either (x) the Maximum Facility Amount, in the case of such termination, or (y) the amount of such reduction, in the case of such permanent reduction of the Maximum Facility Amount and, in each case, such amounts shall be payable pro rata to each Lender.

 

Concentration Limits” means, for the purposes of determining the Excess Concentration Amount, with respect to the Borrowing Base:

 

(i)                                     the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets to Obligors in the same Moody’sGICS Industry Classification Group shall not exceed 15% of the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets; provided that for two individual industries the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets to Obligors in such industries may exceed 15% but shall not exceed 20%; provided, further, that for one additional individual industry the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets to Obligors in such industry may exceed 15% but shall not exceed 25%;

 

(ii)                                  the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets to the same Obligor shall not exceed the greater of $50,000,000 and 7.5% of the Maximum Facility Amount; provided that for two individual Obligors the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets to such Obligors may exceed 7.5% but shall not exceed 9% of the Maximum Facility Amount;

 

(iii)               the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets rated “Caa1” or lower by Moody’s shall not exceed 25% of the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets;

 

(iii)                               (iv) the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets that are Second Lien Loan Assets shall not exceed 20% of the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets;

 

(iv)                              (v) the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets that are First Lien Last Out Loan Assets and Eligible Loan Assets that are Second Lien Loan Assets shall not exceed 40% of the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets;

 

(v)                                 (vi) the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets that are Fixed Rate Loan Assets shall not exceed 15% of the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets; provided that Asset Specific Hedged Loan Assets shall be considered Fixed Rate Loan Assets or Floating Rate Loan Assets, as applicable, as provided in the definition thereof;

 

(vi)                              (vii) the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets that pay interest in cash less frequently than quarterly shall not exceed 15% of the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets;

 

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(vii)                           (viii) the aggregate Outstanding Balances and Exposure Amounts of all Eligible Loan Assets that are Revolving Loan Assets and the Exposure Amounts of Eligible Loan Assets that are Delayed Draw Loan Assets shall not exceed 10% of the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets;

 

(viii)                        (ix) the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets that are Partial PIK Loan Assets shall not exceed 10% of the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets; and

 

(ix)                              (x) the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets that are Participation Interests shall not exceed (i) during the Acquisition Participation Elevation Period, 10.0% and (ii) thereafter, 0.0%.

 

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

 

Controlled Accounts” means the Collection Account and the Unfunded Exposure Account.

 

Cut-Off Date” means, with respect to each Loan Asset, the date such Loan Asset is Pledged hereunder.

 

Default Funding Rate” means a floating interest rate per annum equal to 4.00% plus LIBOR; provided that if any Lender shall have notified the Agent that a Eurodollar Disruption Event has occurred, the Default Funding Rate with respect to Advances of such Lender shall be equal to the Base Rate plus 3.00% until such Lender shall have notified the Agent that such Eurodollar Disruption Event has ceased, at which time the Default Funding Rate with respect to Advances of such Lender shall again be equal to LIBOR for such date plus 4.00%.

 

Defaulting Lender” means any Lender that (i) has failed to fund any portion of the Advances or participations in Swingline Advances required to be funded by it hereunder within one Business Day of the date required to be funded by it hereunder, (ii) has otherwise failed to pay over to the Agent or any other Lender any other amount required to be paid by it hereunder within three Business Days of the date when due, unless such amount is the subject of a good faith dispute, (iii) has notified the Borrower, the Agent or any other Lender in writing that it does not intend to comply with any of its funding obligations under this Agreement or has made a public statement to the effect that it does not intend to comply or has failed to comply with its funding obligations under this Agreement or generally under other agreements in which it commits or is obligated to extend credit or (iv) has (or, with respect to such Lender (x) the bank holding company (as defined in Federal Reserve Board Regulation Y), if any, of such Lender and/or (y) any Person owning, beneficially or of record, directly or indirectly, a majority of the shares of such Lender, has) become or is insolvent or has become the subject of a bankruptcy or insolvency proceeding, or has had a receiver, conservator, trustee or custodian

 

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appointed for it, or has taken any action in furtherance of, or indicating its consent to, approval of or acquiescence in any such proceeding or appointment.

 

Delayed Draw Loan Asset” means a Loan Asset that is fully committed on the initial funding date of such Loan Asset and is required to be fully funded in one or more installments on draw dates to occur after the initial funding of such Loan Asset but which, once all such installments have been made, has the characteristics of a Term Loan Asset.

 

Designated Lender” means Wells Fargo, in its capacity as a Lender hereunder, and any successor-in-interest thereto.

 

Designated Loan Asset” means any Loan Asset designated by the Agent in its sole discretion as a “Designated Loan Asset” at the time of approval of such Loan Asset.

 

Determination Date” means the last day of each calendar month.

 

Disbursement Request” means a disbursement request from the Borrower to the Agent and the Trustee in the form attached hereto as Exhibit D in connection with a disbursement request from the Unfunded Exposure Account in accordance with Section 2.04(d) or a disbursement request from the Principal Collection Account in accordance with Section 2.21, as applicable.

 

EBITDA” means, with respect to any period and any Loan Asset, the meaning of “EBITDA”, “Adjusted EBITDA” or any comparable definition in the Loan Agreement for each such Loan Asset (together with all add-backs and exclusions as designated in such Loan Agreement), and in any case that “EBITDA”, “Adjusted EBITDA” or such comparable definition is not defined in such Loan Agreement, an amount, for the principal obligor on such Loan Asset and any of its parents or Subsidiaries that are obligated pursuant to the Loan Agreement for such Loan Asset (determined on a consolidated basis without duplication in accordance with GAAP) equal to earnings from continuing operations for such period plus (a) cash interest expense, (b) income taxes and unallocated, (c) depreciation and amortization for such period (to the extent deducted in determining earnings from continuing operations for such period), and(d) amortization of intangibles (including, but not limited to, goodwill, financing fees and other capitalized costs), to the extent not otherwise included in clause (c) above, other non-cash charges and organization costs, (e) extraordinary losses in accordance with GAAP, (f) one-time, non-recurring non-cash charges consistent with the compliance statements and financial reporting packages provided by the Obligors and (g) any other item the Borrower and the Agent mutually deem to be appropriate; provided that with respect to any Obligor for which four full fiscal quarters of financial data are not available, EBITDA shall be determined for such Obligor based on annualizing the financial data from the reporting periods actually available.

 

EEA Financial Institution” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 11.14.

 

EEA Member Country” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 11.14.

 

EEA Resolution Authority” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 11.14.

 

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Eighth Amendment Effective Date” means January 3, 2017.

 

Eleventh Amendment Effective Date” means December 14, 2018.

 

Eligible Bid” means a bid made in good faith (and acceptable as a valid bid in the Agent’s reasonable discretion) by a bidder for all or any portion of the Collateral Portfolio in connection with a sale of the Collateral Portfolio in whole or in part pursuant to Section 7.02(i).

 

Eligible Loan Asset” means, at any time, a Loan Asset in respect of which each of the representations and warranties contained in Section 4.02 and Schedule III hereto is true and correct.

 

Environmental Laws” means any and all foreign, federal, state and local laws, statutes, ordinances, rules, regulations, permits, licenses, approvals, interpretations (with the force of law) and orders of courts or Governmental Authorities, relating to the protection of human health or the environment, including, but not limited to, requirements pertaining to the manufacture, processing, distribution, use, treatment, storage, disposal, transportation, handling, reporting, licensing, permitting, investigation or remediation of Hazardous Materials. Environmental Laws include, without limitation, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (42 U.S.C. § 9601 et seq.), the Hazardous Material Transportation Act (49 U.S.C. § 331 et seq.), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (42 U.S.C. § 6901 et seq.), the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. § 1251 et seq.), the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. § 7401 et seq.), the Toxic Substances Control Act (15 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq.), the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. § 300, et seq.), the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations relating to underground storage tanks (40 C.F.R. Parts 280 and 281), and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (29 U.S.C. § 651 et seq.), and the rules and regulations thereunder, each as amended or supplemented from time to time.

 

Equity Security” means (i) any equity security or any other security that is not eligible for purchase by the Borrower as a Loan Asset, (ii) any security purchased as part of a “unit” with a Loan Asset and that itself is not eligible for purchase by the Borrower as a Loan Asset, and (iii) any obligation that, at the time of commitment to acquire such obligation, was eligible for purchase by the Borrower as a Loan Asset but that, as of any subsequent date of determination, no longer is eligible for purchase by the Borrower as a Loan Asset, for so long as such obligation fails to satisfy such requirements.

 

Equityholder” means Ares Capital CP Funding Holdings LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, which owns 100% of the equity interests in the Borrower.

 

ERISA” means the United States Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended from time to time.

 

ERISA Affiliate” means (a) any corporation that is a member of the same controlled group of corporations (within the meaning of Section 414(b) of the Code) as the Borrower, (b) a trade or business (whether or not incorporated) under common control (within the meaning of Section 414(c) of the Code) with the Borrower, or (c) a member of the same

 

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Substitute Eligible Loan Asset, or that is otherwise sold or transferred by the Borrower pursuant to Section 2.07, to the extent such amount is attributable to a time after the effective date of such replacement or sale, (iv) any amounts paid in respect of Attached Equity, (v) any interest accruing on a Loan Asset prior to the related Cut-Off Date that was not purchased by the Borrower and is for the account of the Person from whom the Borrower purchased such Loan Asset and (vi) any amounts deposited into the Collection Account manifestly in error .

 

Excluded Taxes” means any of the following Taxes imposed on or with respect to an Indemnified Party or required to be withheld or deducted from a payment to an Indemnified Party, (a) Taxes imposed on or measured by net income (however denominated), franchise Taxes, and branch profits Taxes, in each case, (i) imposed as a result of such Indemnified Party being organized under the laws of, or having its principal office or, in the case of any Lender, its applicable lending office located in, the jurisdiction imposing such Tax (or any political subdivision thereof) or (ii) that are Other Connection Taxes, (b) in the case of a Lender, U.S. federal withholding Taxes imposed on amounts payable to or for the account of such Lender hereunder pursuant to a law in effect on the date on which (i) such Lender acquires such interest in this Agreement (other than pursuant to an assignment request by the Borrower under Section 2.24(b)) or (ii) such Lender changes its lending office, except in each case to the extent that, pursuant to Section 2.11, amounts with respect to such Taxes were payable either to such Lender’s assignor immediately before such Lender became a party hereto or to such Lender immediately before it changed its lending office, (c) Taxes attributable to such Lender’s failure to comply with Section 2.11(d) and (d) any U.S. federal withholding Taxes imposed under FATCA.

 

Exposure Amount” means, as of any date of determination, with respect to any Delayed Draw Loan Asset or Revolving Loan Asset, (i) the maximum commitment of the Borrower with respect to such Revolving Loan Asset or Delayed Draw Loan Asset (excluding any original issue discount) under the terms of the applicable Loan Agreement to make advances (and, for the avoidance of doubt, the Borrower’s commitment in respect of a Loan Asset as to which the commitment to make additional advances has been terminated shall be zero) minus (ii) the Outstanding Balance of such Delayed Draw Loan Asset or Revolving Loan Asset on such date of determination.

 

Exposure Amount Shortfall” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 2.02(f).

 

Facility Attachment Ratio” means (a) for any First Lien Loan Asset, as of any date of determination, an amount equal to, the product of (i) the First Out Attachment Ratio, (ii) the Applicable Percentage and (iii) the Assigned Value, as of such date; (b) for any First Lien Last Out Loan Asset, as of any date of determination, an amount equal to, the sum of (i) the First Out Attachment Ratio and (ii) the product of (A) the Last Out Attachment Ratio less the First Out Attachment Ratio, (B) the Applicable Percentage and (C) the Assigned Value, as of such date and (c) for any Second Lien Loan Asset, as of any date of determination, an amount equal to, the sum of (i) the Senior Net Leverage Ratio and (ii) the product of (A) the Net Leverage Ratio less the Senior Net Leverage Ratio, (B) the Applicable Percentage and (C) the Assigned Value, as of such date; provided that the Facility Attachment Ratio for any Designated Loan Asset that is a First Lien Loan Asset, First Lien Last Out Loan Asset or Second Lien Loan Asset shall be determined as set forth above in clause (a), (b) or (c) respectively, as applicable.

 

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Facility Maturity Date” means the earliest to occur of (i) the Stated Maturity Date, (ii) the date of the declaration, or automatic occurrence, of the Facility Maturity Date pursuant to Section 7.01, (iii) the Collection Date and (iv) the occurrence of the termination of this Agreement pursuant to Section 2.18(b) hereof.

 

FATCA” means Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code, as of the date of this Agreement (or any amended or successor version that is substantively comparable and not materially more onerous to comply with), any current or future regulations or official interpretations thereof, any agreement entered into pursuant to Section 1471(b)(1) of the Code and any intergovernmental agreements (and any related laws, rules or practices) implementing or modifying the foregoing.

 

FDIC” means the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and any successor thereto.

 

Federal Funds Rate” means, for any period, a fluctuating interest per annum rate equal, for each day during such period, to the weighted average of the overnight federal funds rates as in Federal Reserve Board Statistical Release H.15(519) or any successor or substitute publication selected by the Agent (or, if such day is not a Business Day, for the next preceding Business Day), or, if for any reason such rate is not available on any day, the rate determined, in the sole discretion of the Agent, to be the rate at which overnight federal funds are being offered in the national federal funds market at 9:00 a.m. on such day.

 

Fees” means all fees payable to each Lender pursuant to the terms of any Lender Fee Letter.

 

Fifth Amendment Effective Date” means June 7, 2012.

 

Financial Asset” has the meaning specified in Section 8-102(a)(9) of the UCC.

 

Financial Sponsor” means any Person, including any Subsidiary of such Person, whose principal business activity is acquiring, holding, and selling investments (including controlling interests) in otherwise unrelated companies that each are distinct legal entities with separate management, books and records and bank accounts, whose operations are not integrated with one another and whose financial condition and creditworthiness are independent of the other companies so owned by such Person.

 

First Lien Last Out Loan Asset” means any Loan Asset that (i) is secured by a valid and perfected first priority Lien on all of the Obligor’s assets constituting Underlying Collateral for the Loan Asset, subject to any expressly permitted liens under the applicable covenants in the Loan Agreement for such Loan Asset, including those set forth in “permitted liens” as defined in the applicable Loan Agreement for such Loan Asset or such comparable definition if “permitted liens” is not defined therein, so long as such definition is reasonable and customary, (ii) has a Loan-to-Value Ratio not greater than 65%, and (iii) is not by its terms (and is not expressly permitted by its terms to become) subordinate in right of payment to any other obligation for borrowed money of the Obligor of such Loan Asset, other than with respect to the liquidation of such Obligor or such Underlying Collateral.

 

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First Lien Loan Asset” means any Loan Asset that (i) is secured by a valid and perfected first priority Lien on all of the Obligor’s assets constituting Underlying Collateral for the Loan Asset, subject to any expressly permitted liens under the applicable covenants in the Loan Agreement for such Loan Asset, including those set forth in “permitted liens” as defined in the applicable Loan Agreement for such Loan Asset or such comparable definition if “permitted liens” is not defined therein, so long as such definition is reasonable and customary, (ii) has a Loan-to-Value Ratio not greater than 60%, and (iii) provides that the payment obligation of the Obligor on such Loan Asset is either senior to, or pari passu with, all other Indebtedness of such Obligor.

 

First Out Attachment Ratio” means, with respect to any Loan Asset, as of any date of determination, an amount equal to the Senior Net Leverage Ratio with respect to all or any portion of such Loan Asset that constitutes first lien senior secured Indebtedness that is not (and cannot by its terms become) subordinate in right of payment to any obligation of the Obligor in any bankruptcy, reorganization, arrangement, insolvency, moratorium or liquidation proceedings (excluding any First Lien Last Out Loan Asset or first lien last out Indebtedness within the capital structure).

 

First Tier Loan Assignment” has the meaning set forth in the First Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement.

 

First Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement” means that certain Amended and Restated Purchase and Sale Agreement, dated as of the Closing Date and amended and restated as of the Restatement Date, between the Transferor, as the seller, and the Equityholder, as the purchaser, as amended, modified, waived, supplemented, restated or replaced from time to time.

 

Fitch” means Fitch, Inc. or any successor thereto.

 

Fixed Rate Excess” means as, as of any date of determination, a fraction (expressed as a percentage) the numerator of which is the product of (i) the greater of zero and the excess of the Weighted Average Coupon for such date of determination over the Minimum Weighted Average Coupon on such date of determination and (ii) the Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Fixed Rate Loan Assets (excluding any defaulted Loan Assets) held by the Borrower as of such date of determination, and the denominator of which is the Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Floating Rate Loan Assets (excluding any defaulted Loan Assets) held by the Borrower as of such date of determination.

 

Fixed Rate Loan Asset” means a Loan Asset other than a Floating Rate Loan Asset.

 

Floating Rate Loan Asset” means a Loan Asset under which the interest rate payable by the Obligor thereof is based on the Ares Prime Rate or Ares LIBOR Rate, plus some specified interest percentage in addition thereto, and which provides that such interest rate will reset immediately upon any change in the related Ares Prime Rate or Ares LIBOR Rate.

 

Floor Obligation” means, as of any date, a Floating Rate Loan Asset (a) for which the related Underlying Instruments allow a floating rate option, (b) that provides that such

 

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floating rate is (in effect) calculated as the greater of (i) a specified “floor” rate per annum and (ii) the London interbank offered rate or other floating rate for the applicable interest period for such Loan Asset and (c) that, as of such date, bears interest based on such floating rate option, but only if as of such date such London interbank offered rate or other floating rate for the applicable interest period is less than the “floor” rate.

 

Foreign Lender” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 2.11(d)(ii)(B).

 

Fronting Exposure” means, at any time there is a Defaulting Lender, with respect to the Swingline Lender, such Defaulting Lender’s Pro Rata Share of Swingline Advances other than Swingline Advances as to which such Defaulting Lender’s participation obligation has been reallocated to other Lenders, repaid by the Borrower or for which cash collateral or other credit support acceptable to the Swingline Lender shall have been provided in accordance with the terms hereof.

 

GAAP” means generally accepted accounting principles as in effect from time to time in the United States.

 

“GICS Industry Classification Group” means each sub-industry classification group listed on Schedule VII, as the same may be updated by the Borrower (a) to conform to the Global Industry Classification Standard promulgated by MSCI Inc. or (b) as otherwise agreed with the Agent.

 

Governmental Authority” means, with respect to any Person, any nation or government, any state or other political subdivision thereof, any central bank (or similar monetary or regulatory authority) thereof, any body or entity exercising executive, legislative, judicial, regulatory or administrative functions of or pertaining to government and any court or arbitrator having jurisdiction over such Person.

 

Hazardous Materials” means all materials subject to any Environmental Law, including, without limitation, materials listed in 49 C.F.R. § 172.010, materials defined as hazardous pursuant to § 101(14) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as amended, flammable, explosive or radioactive materials, hazardous or toxic wastes or substances, lead-based materials, petroleum or petroleum distillates or asbestos or material containing asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls, radon gas, urea formaldehyde and any substances classified as being “in inventory”, “usable work in process” or similar classification that would, if classified as unusable, be included in the foregoing definition.

 

Hedge Breakage Costs” means, for any Hedge Transaction, any amount payable by the Borrower for the early termination of that Hedge Transaction or any portion thereof.

 

Hedge Collateral” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 5.09(b).

 

Hedge Counterparty” means any entity that either (i) is approved in writing by the Agent (in its reasonable discretion) or (ii) satisfies the Hedge Counterparty Minimum Ratings, which has entered into a Hedging Agreement in connection with this Agreement.

 

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acquired by such entity, whether or not the indebtedness secured thereby has been assumed, (f) all guarantees by such entity of indebtedness of others, (g) all Capital Lease Obligations of such entity, (h) all obligations, contingent or otherwise, of such entity as an account party in respect of letters of credit and letters of guaranty and (i) all obligations, contingent or otherwise, of such entity in respect of bankers’ acceptances; and

 

(ii)           for all other purposes, with respect to any Person at any date, (a) all indebtedness of such Person for borrowed money or for the deferred purchase price of property or services (other than current liabilities incurred in the ordinary course of business and payable in accordance with customary trade practices) or that is evidenced by a note, bond, debenture or similar instrument or other evidence of indebtedness customary for indebtedness of that type, (b) all obligations of such Person under leases that have been or should be, in accordance with GAAP, recorded as capital leases, (c) all obligations of such Person in respect of acceptances issued or created for the account of such Person, (d) all liabilities secured by any Lien on any property owned by such Person even though such Person has not assumed or otherwise become liable for the payment thereof, (e) all indebtedness, obligations or liabilities of that Person in respect of derivatives, and (f) all obligations under direct or indirect guaranties in respect of obligations (contingent or otherwise) to purchase or otherwise acquire, or to otherwise assure a creditor against loss in respect of, indebtedness or obligations of others of the kind referred to in clauses (a) through (e) of this clause (ii), but expressly excluding any obligation of such Person to fund any Loan Asset constituting a Revolving Loan Asset or a Delayed Draw Loan Asset.

 

Indemnified Amounts” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 8.01.

 

Indemnified Party” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 8.01.

 

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

 

Indemnifying Party” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 8.03.

 

Independent Director” means a natural person who, (A) for the five-year period prior to his or her appointment as Independent Director, has not been, and during the continuation of his or her service as Independent Director is not: (i) an employee, director, stockholder, member, manager, partner or officer of the Borrower, the Equityholder or any of their respective Affiliates (other than his or her service as an Independent Director, independent officer or other independent capacity of the Borrower or other Affiliates that are structured to be “bankruptcy remote”); (ii) a customer or supplier of the Borrower, the Equityholder or any of their Affiliates (other than his or her service as an Independent Director, independent officer or other independent capacity of the Borrower or other Affiliates that are structured to be “bankruptcy remote”); or (iii) any member of the immediate family of a person described in (i) or (ii), and (B) has, (i) prior experience as an Independent Director for a corporation or limited

 

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liability company whose charter documents required the unanimous consent of all Independent Directors thereof before such corporation or limited liability company could consent to the institution of bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings against it or could file a petition seeking relief under any applicable federal or state law relating to bankruptcy and (ii) at least three years of employment experience with one or more entities that provide, in the ordinary course of their respective businesses, advisory, management or placement services to issuers of securitization or structured finance instruments, agreements or securities.

 

Indorsement” has the meaning specified in Section 8-102(a)(11) of the UCC, and “Indorsed” has a corresponding meaning.

 

Initial Advance” means the first Advance made pursuant to Article II.

 

Initial Payment Date” means the 15th day of April 2010 (or if such day is not a Business Day, the next succeeding Business Day).

 

Instrument” has the meaning specified in Section 9-102(a)(47) of the UCC.

 

Insurance Policy” means, with respect to any Loan Asset, an insurance policy covering liability and physical damage to, or loss of, the Underlying Collateral., or an ACORD certificate or other evidence of such insurance

 

Insurance Proceeds” means any amounts received on or with respect to a Loan Asset under any Insurance Policy or with respect to any condemnation proceeding or award in lieu of condemnation which is neither required to be used to restore, improve or repair the related real estate nor required to be paid to the Obligor under the Loan Agreement. other than, prior to an Event of Default hereunder and with prior notice to the Agent, any such amount for which the Servicer has consented, in its reasonable business discretion, to be used to restore, improve or repair the related property or otherwise to be paid to the Obligor under the Loan Agreement.

 

Interest” means, with respect to any period and any Loan Asset, for the Obligor on such Loan Asset and any of its parents or Subsidiaries that are obligated under the Loan Agreement for such Loan Asset (determined on a consolidated basis without duplication in accordance with GAAP), the meaning of “Interest” or any comparable definition in the Loan Agreement for each such Loan Asset and in any case that “Interest” or such comparable definition is not defined in such Loan Agreement, all interest in respect of Indebtedness (including the interest component of any payments in respect of Capital Lease Obligations) accrued or capitalized during such period (whether or not actually paid during such period).

 

Interest Collection Account” means a sub-account (account number 787456-201 at the Bank) of the Collection Account into which Interest Collections shall be segregated.

 

Interest Collections” means, (i) with respect to any Loan Asset, all payments and collections attributable to interest on such Loan Asset, including, without limitation, all scheduled payments of interest and payments of interest relating to principal prepayments, all guaranty payments attributable to interest and proceeds of any liquidations, sales, dispositions or securitizations attributable to interest on such Loan Asset and (ii) amendment fees, late fees, waiver fees or other amounts received in respect of Loan Assets.

 

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Loan Asset and (b) duly executed originals (to the extent required by the Servicing Standard) and copies of any other Records relating to such Loan Assets and Portfolio Assets pertaining thereto.

 

Loan Asset Register” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 5.03(l).

 

Loan Asset Schedule” means the schedule of Loan Agreements evidencing Loan Assets delivered by the Borrower to the Collateral Custodian and the Agent. Each such schedule shall set forth, as to any Eligible Loan Asset to be Pledged hereunder, the applicable information specified on Schedule V, which shall also be provided to the Collateral Custodian in electronic format acceptable to the Collateral Custodian.

 

Loan Assignments” means, collectively, the First Tier Loan Assignment (as such term is defined in the First Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement) and the Second Tier Loan Assignment (as such term is defined in the Second Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement).

 

Loan-to-Value Ratio” means, with respect to any Loan Asset, as of any date of determination, the percentage equivalent of a fraction, (i) the numerator of which is equal to the commitment amount as provided in the applicable Loan Agreements of such Loan Asset plus the commitment amount of any other senior or pari passu Indebtedness of the related Obligor (including, in the case of Revolving Loan Assets and Delayed Draw Loan Assets, without duplication, the maximum availability thereof) and (ii) the denominator of which is equal to the enterprise value of the Underlying Collateral securing such Loan Asset (as determined by the Transferor in accordance with the Servicing Standard unless the Agent in its reasonable discretion disagrees with such determination, in which case the Agent shall determine the enterprise value of the Underlying Collateral).

 

Management Agreement” means the Restated Investment Advisory and Management Agreement, dated as of June 6, 2011, between Ares Capital Corporation and Ares Capital Management LLC, as further amended, restated or otherwise modified from time to time.

 

Margin Stock” means “margin stock” as such term is defined in Regulation T, U or X of the Federal Reserve Board.

 

Material Adverse Effect” means, with respect to any event or circumstance, a material adverse effect on (a) the business, financial condition (financial or otherwise), operations, performance or properties of the Transferor, the Servicer or the Borrower, (b) the validity, enforceability or collectability of this Agreement or any other Transaction Document or the validity, enforceability or collectability of the Loan Assets generally or any material portion of the Loan Assets, (c) the rights and remedies of the Trustee, the Agent, any Lender and the Secured Parties with respect to matters arising under this Agreement or any other Transaction Document, (d) the ability of each of the Borrower and the Servicer, to perform their respective obligations under this Agreement or any other Transaction Document, or (e) the status, existence, perfection, priority or enforceability of the Trustee’s, the Agent’s or the other Secured Parties’ lien on the Collateral Portfolio.

 

Material Modification” means any amendment or waiver of, or modification or supplement to, a Loan Agreement governing a Loan Asset executed or effected on or after the

 

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Cut-Off Date for such Loan Asset (or, solely in the case of clause (d)(ii)(y), a change to any loan senior to a Loan Asset) which:

 

(a)           reduces or forgives any or all of the principal amount due under such Loan Asset;

 

(b)           delays or extends the required or scheduled amortization in any way that increases the Average Life of such Loan Asset; provided that a “Material Modification” shall not be deemed to have occurred pursuant to this clause (b) if (x) the Average Life of such Loan Asset is increased by not more than 20% from its Average Life on the related Cut-Off Date and (y) the Net Leverage Ratio of such Loan Asset is not more than 85% of the maximum established in the Net Leverage Ratio covenant of such Loan Asset; provided further that in connection with any Revenue Recognition Implementation or any Operating Lease Implementation, the Agent (with the consent of the Servicer (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, delayed or conditioned)) may retroactively adjust the Net Leverage Ratio for any Loan Asset as determined on the applicable Cut-Off Date.

 

(c)           waives one or more interest payments, permits any interest due in cash to be deferred or capitalized and added to the principal amount of such Loan Asset (other than any deferral or capitalization already allowed by the terms of the Loan Agreement of any Partial PIK Loan Asset), or reduces the spread or coupon with respect to such Loan Asset; provided that a “Material Modification” shall not be deemed to have occurred pursuant to this clause (c) if (x) such spread or coupon is reduced a maximum of one time and by not more than 20% from the spread or coupon on the related Cut-Off Date and (y) the Interest Coverage Ratio of such Loan Asset is greater than 2.0:1.0 at the time of such reduction; provided further that in connection with any Revenue Recognition Implementation or any Operating Lease Implementation, the Agent (with the consent of the Servicer (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, delayed or conditioned)) may retroactively adjust the Interest Coverage Ratio for any Loan Asset as determined on the applicable Cut-Off Date.

 

(d)           (i) in the case of a First Lien Loan Asset, contractually or structurally subordinates such Loan Asset by operation of a priority of payments, turnover provisions, the transfer of assets in order to limit recourse to the related Obligor or the granting of Liens (other than “permitted liens” as defined in the applicable Loan Agreement for such Loan Asset or such comparable definition if “permitted liens” is not defined therein, so long as such definition is reasonable and customary) on any of the Underlying Collateral securing such Loan Asset or (ii) in the case of a First Lien Last Out Loan Asset or Second Lien Loan Asset, (x) contractually or structurally subordinates such Loan Asset to any obligation (other than any loan which existed at the Cut-Off Date for such Loan Asset which is senior to such Loan Asset) by operation of a priority of payments, turnover provisions, the transfer of assets in order to limit recourse to the related Obligor or the granting of Liens (other than “permitted liens” as defined in the applicable Loan Agreement for such Loan Asset or such comparable definition if “permitted liens” is not defined therein, so long as such definition is reasonable and customary) on any of the Underlying Collateral securing such Loan Asset or (y) increases the commitment amount

 

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of any loan senior to such Loan Asset and the Net Leverage Ratio of such Loan Asset increases by more than 0.5x as a result of such increase;

 

(e)           substitutes, alters or releases the Underlying Collateral securing such Loan Asset and each such substitution, alteration or release, as determined in the sole reasonable discretion of the Agent, materially and adversely affects the value of such Loan Asset;

 

(f)            provides additional funds to the Obligor of such Loan Asset with the intent of keeping that Loan Asset current; or

 

(g)           amends, waives, forbears, supplements or otherwise modifies (i) the meaning of “Senior Net Leverage Ratio”, “Net Leverage Ratio”, “Interest Coverage Ratio” or “Permitted Liens” or any respective comparable definitions in the Loan Agreement for such Loan Asset or (ii) any term or provision of such Loan Agreement referenced in or utilized in the calculation of the “Senior Net Leverage Ratio”, “Net Leverage Ratio”, “Interest Coverage Ratio” or “Permitted Liens” or any respective comparable definitions for such Loan Asset, in either case in a manner that, in the sole reasonable judgment of the Agent, is materially adverse to the Secured Parties; provided that in connection with any Revenue Recognition Implementation or any Operating Lease Implementation, the Agent (with the consent of the Servicer (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, delayed or conditioned)) may retroactively adjust the Interest Coverage Ratio, Senior Net Leverage Ratio or Net Leverage Ratio for any Loan Asset as determined on the applicable Cut-Off Date.

 

Maximum Facility Amount” means the aggregate Commitments of the Lenders then in effect, which amount may be up to $1,000,000,000, as such amount may vary from time to time pursuant to Section 2.18(b) or Section 2.22; provided that, at all times after the Reinvestment Period, the Maximum Facility Amount shall mean the aggregate Advances Outstanding at such time.

 

Maximum Weighted Average Rating Factor Test” means a test that will be satisfied as of any date of determination if the Moody’s Weighted Average Rating Factor of all Loan Assets included in the Collateral Portfolio is less than or equal to 3600.

 

Minimum Weighted Average Coupon” means 7.00%.

 

Minimum Weighted Average Coupon Test” means a test that will be satisfied on any date of determination if the Weighted Average Coupon of all Loan Assets included in the Collateral Portfolio is equal to or greater than the Minimum Weighted Average Coupon.

 

Minimum Weighted Average Spread” means 3.00%.

 

Minimum Weighted Average Spread Test” means a test that will be satisfied on any date of determination if the Weighted Average Spread of all Loan Assets included in the Collateral Portfolio is equal to or greater than the Minimum Weighted Average Spread.

 

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Monthly Period” means, for any date of determination, the period from but excluding the immediately preceding Determination Date to and including the immediately succeeding Determination Date.

 

Moody’s” means Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. (or its successors in interest).

 

Moody’s Industry Classification Group” means any of the industry classification groups set forth in Schedule VII hereto, as such industry classification groups shall be updated with the consent of the Borrower if Moody’s publishes revised industry classifications.

 

Moody’s Rating” means, with respect to any Loan Asset as of any date of determination, the rating determined as follows:

 

(i)             if the Obligor of such Loan Asset has a “corporate family rating” (including any “senior implied rating”) published by Moody’s as of such date of determination, then such corporate family rating;

 

(ii)          if not determined pursuant to subclause (i) above, if the Obligor of such Loan Asset has a long-term issuer rating by Moody’s, then such long-term issuer rating;

 

(iii)       if not determined pursuant to subclause (i) or (ii) above, if such Loan Asset (A) is publicly rated by Moody’s, such public rating, or (B) is not publicly rated by Moody’s but a private rating has been assigned to such Loan Asset by Moody’s upon the request of the Borrower or the Servicer, such private rating; provided that a Moody’s Rating may not be determined pursuant to this subclause (iii)(B) prior to the receipt by the Borrower or the Servicer of such private rating from Moody’s; or

 

(iv)      if not determined pursuant to subclause (i), (ii) or (iii) above, then the rating estimate assigned to such Loan Asset based on Moody’s RiskCalc; provided that any Moody’s Rating based on Moody’s RiskCalc must be updated within 12 months of determination.

 

Moody’s Rating Factor” means, with respect to any Loan Asset, the number set forth in the table below opposite the Moody’s Rating of such Loan Asset:

 

Moody’s Rating

 

Moody’s Rating Factor

 

Aaa

 

1

 

Aa1

 

10

 

Aa2

 

20

 

Aa3

 

40

 

A1

 

70

 

A2

 

120

 

A3

 

180

 

Baa1

 

260

 

 

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Moody’s Rating

 

Moody’s Rating Factor

 

Baa2

 

360

 

Baa3

 

610

 

Ba1

 

940

 

Ba2

 

1,350

 

Ba3

 

1,766

 

B1

 

2,220

 

B2

 

2,720

 

B3

 

3,490

 

Caa1

 

4,770

 

Caa2

 

6,500

 

Caa3

 

8,070

 

Ca (or lower)

 

10,000

 

 

Moody’s RiskCalc” means Moody’s KMV RiskCalc®, as set forth in Schedule VIII.

 

Moody’s Weighted Average Rating Factor” means the number (rounded up to the nearest whole number) determined by dividing (a) the product of (i) the Adjusted Borrowing Value of each Eligible Loan Asset included in the Collateral Portfolio and (ii) the Moody’s Rating Factor of such Loan Asset by (b) the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Loan Assets included in the Collateral Portfolio.

 

Mortgage” means the mortgage, deed of trust or other instrument creating a Lien on an interest in real property securing a Loan Asset, including the assignment of leases and rents related thereto.

 

Multiemployer Plan” means a “multiemployer plan” as defined in Section 4001(a)(3) of ERISA to which, in the case of the Borrower, the Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate thereof, or in the case of the Servicer, the Servicer or any ERISA Affiliate thereof, contributed or had any obligation to contribute on behalf of its employees at any time during the current year or the preceding five years.

 

Net Leverage Ratio” means, with respect to any Loan Asset for any Relevant Test Period, the meaning of “Net Leverage Ratio” or any comparable definition in the Loan Agreement for each such Loan Asset, and in any case that “Net Leverage Ratio” or such comparable definition is not defined in such Loan Agreement, the ratio of (a) Indebtedness minus Unrestricted Cash to (b) EBITDA.

 

Ninth Amendment Effective Date” means October 2, 2017.

 

Non-Usage Fee” has the meaning ascribed thereto in the Non-Usage Fee Letter.

 

Non-Usage Fee Letter” means that certain non-usage fee letter agreement, dated as of the EighthEleventh Amendment Effective Date, by and among the Borrower, the Servicer

 

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and the Agent (on behalf of the Lenders), as amended, modified, waived, supplemented, restated or replaced from time to time.

 

Noteless Loan Asset” means a Loan Asset with respect to which the Loan Agreements (i) do not require the Obligor to execute and deliver a promissory note to evidence the indebtedness created under such Loan Asset or (ii) require any holder of the indebtedness created under such Loan Asset to affirmatively request a promissory note from the related Obligor.

 

Notice and Request for Consent” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 2.07(d)(i).

 

Notice of Borrowing” means an irrevocable written notice of borrowing from the Borrower to the Agent in the form attached hereto as Exhibit F.

 

Notice of Reduction” means a notice of a reduction of the Advances Outstanding or a reduction of the aggregate Commitments, as applicable, pursuant to Section 2.18, in the form attached hereto as Exhibit G or Exhibit H, as applicable.

 

Obligations” means all present and future indebtedness and other liabilities and obligations (howsoever created, arising or evidenced, whether direct or indirect, absolute or contingent, or due or to become due) of the Borrower to the Lenders, the Agent, the Bank, any Hedge Counterparty, the Trustee or the Collateral Custodian arising under this Agreement and/or any other Transaction Document and shall include, without limitation, all liability for principal of and interest on the Advances, Hedge Breakage Costs, Breakage Fees, indemnifications and other amounts due or to become due by the Borrower to the Lenders, any Hedge Counterparty, the Agent or the Trustee under this Agreement and/or any other Transaction Document, including, without limitation, any amounts payable under any Hedging Agreement (including, without limitation, payments in respect of the termination of any such Hedging Agreement), any Lender Fee Letter, any Commitment Termination Premium and costs and expenses payable by the Borrower to the Lenders, the Agent, the Bank, the Trustee or the Collateral Custodian, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses, including without limitation, interest, fees and other obligations that accrue after the commencement of an insolvency proceeding (in each case whether or not allowed as a claim in such insolvency proceeding).

 

Obligor” means, collectively, each Person obligated to make payments under a Loan Agreement, including any guarantor thereof.

 

Officer’s Certificate” means a certificate signed by the president, the secretary, an assistant secretary, the chief financial officer or any vice president, as an authorized officer, or any other authorized signatory, of any Person.

 

“Operating Lease Implementation” means the implementation by an Obligor of IFRS 16/ASC 842.

 

Opinion of Counsel” means a written opinion of counsel, which opinion and counsel are acceptable to the Agent in its sole discretion; provided that Latham & Watkins LLP,

 

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Richards Layton & Finger, P.A. and Venable LLP shall be considered acceptable counsel for purposes of this definition.

 

Optional Sale” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 2.07(c).

 

Optional Sale Date” means any Business Day, provided 45 days’ prior written notice is given in accordance with Section 2.07(c).

 

Original Agreement” has the meaning assigned to that term in the Preliminary Statement.

 

Original Loan Asset” means each Loan Asset acquired by the Borrower prior to the Restatement Date.

 

Original Purchase and Sale Agreement” means that certain Purchase and Sale Agreement, dated as of November 3, 2004, by and between the Transferor, as the seller, and the Borrower, as the Buyer, as amended and modified prior to the Restatement Date.

 

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

 

Other Taxes” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 11.07(b).

 

Outstanding Balance” means, with respect to any Loan Asset as of any date of determination, the outstanding principal balance of any advances or loans made to the related Obligor pursuant to the related Loan Agreement as of such date of determination (exclusive of any interest and Accreted Interest).

 

Partial PIK Loan Asset” has the meaning assigned to that term in the definition of “PIK Loan Asset”.

 

Participation Agreement” means a participation agreement, with respect to any Acquisition Participation Interests, if any, in such form as may be approved by the Administrative Agent in its sole discretion.

 

Participation Interest” means a participation interest in a loan that would, at the time of acquisition or the Borrower’s commitment to acquire the same, satisfy each of the following criteria: (i) such loan would constitute an Eligible Loan Asset were it acquired directly, (ii) the seller of the participation is the lender on the subject loan, (iii) the aggregate participation in the loan does not exceed the principal amount or commitment of such loan, (iv) such participation does not grant, in the aggregate, to the participant in such participation a greater interest than the seller holds in the loan or commitment that is the subject of the participation, (v) the entire purchase price for such participation is paid in full at the time of its acquisition, and

 

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(vi)      the participation provides the participant all of the economic benefit and risk of the whole or part of the loan or commitment that is the subject of the loan participation.

 

Payment Date” means the 15th day of each of January, April, July and Octobercalendar month or, if such day is not a Business Day, the next succeeding Business Day, commencing on the 15th day of April 2010; provided that the final Payment Date shall occur on the Collection Date.

 

Payment Duties” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 10.02(b)(i).

 

Pension Plan” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 4.01(x).

 

Permitted Investment Required Ratings” means a long-term credit rating by Moody’s that is no lower than Moody’s then current long-term sovereign rating of the United States and by S&P that is no lower than S&P’s then current long-term sovereign rating of the United States, in the case of long-term debt obligations, or “Prime-1” by Moody’s (which is not then on credit watch for possible downgrade by Moody’s) and “A-1+” by S&P, in the case of commercial paper and short-term obligations; provided that if such obligation or security has a maturity of longer than 91 days, the issuer thereof must also have at the time of such investment a long-term credit rating by Moody’s that is no lower than Moody’s then current long-term sovereign rating of the United States and by S&P that is no lower than S&P’s then current long-term sovereign rating of the United States.

 

Permitted Investments” means either cash or any United States dollar investment that, at the time it is delivered (directly or through an intermediary or bailee), (x) matures not later than the earlier of (A) the date that is 60 days after the date of delivery thereof and (B) the Business Day immediately preceding the Payment Date immediately following the date of delivery thereof, and (y) is one or more of the following obligations or securities:

 

(a)                                 direct Registered obligations of, and Registered obligations the timely payment of principal and interest on which is fully and expressly guaranteed by, the United States or any agency or instrumentality of the United States the obligations of which are expressly backed by the full faith and credit of the United States;

 

(b)                                 demand and time deposits in, certificates of deposit of, trust accounts with, bankers’ acceptances issued by, or federal funds sold by any depository institution or trust company incorporated under the laws of the United States (including the Bank) or any state thereof and subject to supervision and examination by federal and/or state banking authorities or with the Agent, in each case payable within 60 days after issuance, so long as the commercial paper and/or the debt obligations of such depository institution or trust company (or, in the case of the principal depository institution in a holding company system, the commercial paper or debt obligations of such holding company) at the time of such investment or contractual commitment providing for such investment have the Permitted Investment Required Ratings;

 

(c)                                  commercial paper or other short-term obligations (other than asset-backed commercial paper) that is payable in United States dollars with the Permitted Investment

 

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in the ordinary course of business for sums that are not overdue or are being contested in good faith and (c) Liens granted pursuant to or by the Transaction Documents.

 

Permitted Refinancing” means any refinancing transaction undertaken by the Transferor, the Borrower or an Affiliate of the Transferor that is secured, directly or indirectly, by any Loan Asset currently or formerly included in the Collateral Portfolio or any portion thereof or any interest therein released from the Lien of this Agreement.

 

Permitted Securitization” means any private or public term or conduit securitization transaction (a) undertaken by the Transferor, the Borrower or an Affiliate of the Transferor, that is secured, directly or indirectly, by any Loan Asset currently or formerly included in the Collateral Portfolio or any portion thereof or any interest therein released from the Lien of this Agreement, including, without limitation, any collateralized loan obligation or collateralized debt obligation offering or other asset securitization and (b) in the case of a term securitization in which the Transferor or an Affiliate thereof or underwriter or placement agent has agreed to purchase or place 100% of the equity and non-investment grade tranches of notes issued in such term securitization transaction. For the avoidance of doubt, notwithstanding any agreement by the Transferor or an Affiliate to purchase or place 100% of the equity in such term securitization transaction, any such party agreeing to so purchase or place may designate other Persons as purchasers of such equity provided such party or parties remain primarily liable therefor if such designees fail to purchase or place in connection with the closing date of such term securitization and/or, after the closing of such term securitization, may transfer equity it purchases at the closing thereof.

 

Person” means an individual, partnership, corporation (including a statutory or business trust), company, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, joint stock company, trust, estate, unincorporated association, sole proprietorship, joint venture, nonprofit corporation, group, sector, government (or any agency, instrumentality or political subdivision thereof), territory or other entity or organization.

 

PIK Loan Asset” means a Loan Asset which provides for a portion of the interest that accrues thereon to be added to the principal amount of such Loan Asset for some period of the time prior to such Loan Asset requiring the current cash payment of such previously capitalized interest, which cash payment shall be treated as an Interest Collection at the time it is received; provided that, notwithstanding the foregoing, no Loan Asset shall constitute a PIK Loan Asset if the portion of the interest accruing thereon that is contractually required to be paid in cash accrues at a rate equal to or in excess of (a) the Ares LIBOR Rate plus 2.52.0%, if such Loan Asset is a Floating Rate Loan Asset with an interest rate based on the London interbank offered rate applicable to such Loan Asset pursuant to the Loan Agreement for such Loan Asset, (b) the Ares Prime Rate, if such Loan Asset is a Floating Rate Loan Asset with an interest rate based on the Ares Prime Rate, and (c) 6.0%, if such Loan Asset is a Fixed Rate Loan Asset (any such Loan Asset described in this proviso, a “Partial PIK Loan Asset”).

 

Pledge” means the pledge of any Eligible Loan Asset or other Portfolio Asset pursuant to Article II.

 

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Prime Rate” means the rate announced by Wells Fargo from time to time as its prime rate in the United States, such rate to change as and when such designated rate changes. The Prime Rate is not intended to be the lowest rate of interest charged by Wells Fargo or any other specified financial institution in connection with extensions of credit to debtors.

 

Principal Collection Account” means a sub-account (account number 787456-202 at the Bank) of the Collection Account into which Principal Collections shall be segregated.

 

Principal Collections” means (i) any deposits by the Borrower in accordance with Section 2.06(a)(i) or Section 2.07(e)(i), (ii) with respect to any Loan Asset, all amounts received which are not Interest Collections, including, without limitation, all Recoveries, all Insurance Proceeds, all scheduled payments of principal and principal prepayments and all guaranty payments and proceeds of any liquidations, sales, dispositions or securitizations, in each case, attributable to the principal of such Loan Asset and (iii) all payments received pursuant to any Hedging Agreement or Hedge Transaction; provided that, for the avoidance of doubt, “Principal Collections” shall not include amounts on deposit in the Unfunded Exposure Account or amounts withdrawn pursuant to Section 2.21.

 

Pro Rata Share” means, with respect to each Lender, the percentage obtained by dividing the Commitment of such Lender (as determined under clause (i) of the definition of “Commitment”), by the aggregate Commitments of all the Lenders (as determined under clause (i) of the definition of “Commitment”).

 

Proceeds” means, with respect to any Collateral Portfolio, all property that is receivable or received when such Collateral Portfolio is collected, sold, liquidated, foreclosed, exchanged, or otherwise disposed of, whether such disposition is voluntary or involuntary, and includes all rights to payment with respect to any insurance relating to such Collateral Portfolio.

 

Purchase and Sale Agreements” means the First Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement and the Second Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement.

 

Rating Agency” means each of S&P, Moody’s and Fitch.

 

Records” means all documents relating to the Loan Assets, including books, records and other information executed in connection with the origination or acquisition of the Collateral Portfolio or maintained with respect to the Collateral Portfolio and the related Obligors that the Borrower, the Transferor or the Servicer have generated, in which the Borrower, the Transferor or the Equityholder have acquired an interest pursuant to the Purchase and Sale Agreements or in which the Borrower, the Transferor or the Equityholder have otherwise obtained an interest.

 

Recoveries” means, as of the time any Underlying Collateral with respect to any Loan Asset subject to clauses (ii) or (iv) of the definition of “Value Adjustment Event”, as applicable, is sold, discarded or abandoned (after a determination by the Servicer that such Underlying Collateral has little or no remaining value) or otherwise determined to be fully liquidated by the Servicer in accordance with the Servicing Standard, the proceeds from the sale

 

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of the Underlying Collateral, the proceeds of any related Insurance Policy, any other recoveries with respect to such Loan Asset, as applicable, the Underlying Collateral, and amounts representing late fees and penalties, net of any amounts received that are required under such Loan Asset, as applicable, to be refunded to the related Obligor.

 

Register” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 2.14.

 

Registered” means, for the purposes of the definition of “Permitted Investments”, in registered form for United States federal income tax purposes and issued after July 18, 1984; provided that a certificate of interest in a grantor trust shall not be treated as Registered unless each of the obligations or securities held by the trust was issued after that date.

 

Reinvestment Agreement” means a guaranteed reinvestment agreement from a bank, insurance company or other corporation or entity having a Permitted Investment Required Rating; provided that such agreement provides that it is terminable by the purchaser, without penalty, if the rating assigned to such agreement by either S&P or Moody’s is at any time lower than such agreement’s Permitted Investment Required Rating.

 

Reinvestment Period” means the date commencing on the Eighth Amendment Effective Date and ending on the earliest to occur of (i) January 3, 20192022 (or such later date as is agreed to in writing by the Borrower, the Servicer, the Agent and the Lenders pursuant to Section 2.19), (ii) the occurrence of an Event of Default (past any applicable notice or cure period provided in the definition thereof) and (iii) the date of any voluntary termination by the Borrower pursuant to Section 2.18(b); provided that if any of the foregoing is not a Business Day, the Reinvestment Period shall end on the next succeeding Business Day.

 

Related Parties” means, with respect to any Person, such Person’s Affiliates and the partners, agents, trustees, administrators, managers, advisors and representatives of such Person and of such Person’s Affiliates.

 

Release Date” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 2.07(e).

 

Relevant Test Period” means, with respect to any Loan Asset, the relevant test period for the calculation of Senior Net Leverage Ratio, Net Leverage Ratio or Interest Coverage Ratio, as applicable, for such Loan Asset in the Loan Agreements or, if no such period is provided for therein, for Obligors delivering monthly financing statements, each period of the last 12 consecutive reported calendar months, and for Obligors delivering quarterly financing statements, each period of the last four consecutive reported fiscal quarters of the principal Obligor on such Loan Asset; provided that with respect to any Loan Asset for which the relevant test period is not provided for in the Loan Agreement, if an Obligor is a newly-formed entity as to which 12 consecutive calendar months have not yet elapsed, “Relevant Test Period” shall initially include the period from the date of formation of such Obligor to the end of the twelfth calendar month or fourth fiscal quarter (as the case may be) from the date of formation, and shall subsequently include each period of the last 12 consecutive reported calendar months or four consecutive reported fiscal quarters (as the case may be) of such Obligor.

 

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Remittance Period” means, (i) as to the Initial Payment Date, the period beginning on January 1, 2010 and ending on, and including, the Determination Date immediately preceding such Payment Date and (ii) as to any subsequent Payment Date, the period beginning on the first day after the most recently ended Remittance Period and ending on, and including, the Determination Date immediately preceding such Payment Date, or, with respect to the final Remittance Period, the Collection Date.

 

Replacement Servicer” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 6.01(c).

 

Reportable Event” means any of the events set forth in Section 4043(c) of ERISA, other than an event for which the 30 day notice period has been waived.

 

Reporting Date” means the date that is two Business Days prior to the 15th of each calendar month (unless in such month a Payment Date occurs, in which case two Business Days prior to such Payment Date), commencing February, 2010.each Payment Date.

 

Required Lenders” means (i) so long as Wells Fargo (or an Affiliate of Wells Fargo) is the Agent hereunder, Wells Fargo (as a Lender hereunder) and its successors and assigns and (ii) the Lenders representing an aggregate of more than 50% of the aggregate Commitments of the Lenders then in effect; provided that, if there are two or more unaffiliated Lenders party to this Agreement as of the applicable date of determination, then at least two such Lenders shall be required to constitute the Required Lenders; provided further that the Commitment of, and the portion of any outstanding Advances, as applicable, held or deemed held by, any Defaulting Lender shall be excluded for purposes of making a determination of Required Lenders.

 

Required Loan Documents” means, for each Loan Asset, originals (except as otherwise indicated) of the following documents or instruments, all as specified on the related Loan Asset Checklist:

 

(a)                                 (i) other than in the case of a Noteless Loan Asset, the original or, if accompanied by an original “lost note” affidavit and indemnity, a copy of, the underlying promissory note, endorsed by the Borrower or the prior holder of record either in blank or to the Trustee (and evidencing an unbroken chain of endorsements from each prior holder thereof evidenced in the chain of endorsements either in blank or to the Trustee, subject to Section 11.19), with any endorsement to the Trustee to be in the following form: “U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee for the Secured Parties” and (ii) in the case of a Noteless Loan Asset (x) a copy of each transfer document or instrument relating to such Noteless Loan Asset evidencing the assignment of such Noteless Loan Asset to the Transferor and from the Transferor to the Borrower (or, in the case of Third Party Acquired Loan Assets purchased by the Transferor from third parties, from such third party directly to the Borrower as provided in Section 11.19) and from the Borrower either to the Trustee or in blank, and (y) a copy of the Loan Asset Register with respect to such Noteless Loan Asset, as described in Section 5.03(l)(ii);

 

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Revenue Recognition Implementation” means the implementation by an Obligor of IFRS 15/ASC 606.

 

Review Criteria” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 12.02(b)(i).

 

Revolving Loan Asset” means a Loan Asset that is a line of credit or contains an unfunded commitment arising from an extension of credit by the Transferor to an Obligor, pursuant to the terms of which amounts borrowed may be repaid and subsequently reborrowed.

 

SBIC Subsidiary” means any direct or indirect wholly-owned Subsidiary (including such Subsidiary’s general partner or managing entity to the extent that the only material asset of such general partner or managing entity is its equity interests in the SBIC Subsidiary) of the Borrower licensed as a small business investment company under the Small Business Investment Act of 1958, as amended (or that has applied for such a license and is actively pursuing the granting thereof by appropriate proceedings promptly instituted and diligently conducted), and which is designated by the Borrower (pursuant to a certificate of a financial officer delivered to the Agent) as an SBIC Subsidiary.

 

S&P” means Standard & Poor’s Ratings Group, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (or its successors in interest).

 

“Sanction” or “Sanctions” means, individually and collectively, respectively, any and all economic or financial sanctions, sectoral sanctions, secondary sanctions, trade embargoes and anti-terrorism laws, including but not limited to those imposed, administered or enforced from time to time by: (a) the United States of America, including those administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Commerce, or through any existing or future executive order; (b) the United Nations Security Council; (c) the European Union; (d) the United Kingdom; or (e) any other Governmental Authorities with jurisdiction over the Borrower, the Servicer, the Equityholder or any of their respective Subsidiaries.

 

“Sanctioned Person” means any Person that is a target of Sanctions, including without limitation, a Person that is: (a) listed on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) and Blocked Persons List; (b) listed on OFAC’s Consolidated Non-SDN List; (c) a legal entity that is deemed by OFAC to be a Sanctions target based on the direct or indirect ownership or control of such legal entity by Sanctioned Person(s); or (d) a Person that is a Sanctions target pursuant to any territorial or country-based Sanctions program.

 

Scheduled Payment” means each scheduled payment of principal and/or interest required to be made by an Obligor on the related Loan Asset, as adjusted pursuant to the terms of the related Loan Agreement.

 

Scheduled Payments” means, with respect to any Loan Asset, each required, if any, monthly, quarterly, or annual payment of principal required to be made by the Obligor thereof under the terms of such Loan Asset; in all cases, excluding any payment in the nature of, or constituting, interest.

 

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State” means one of the fifty states of the United States or the District of Columbia.

 

Stated Maturity Date” means January 3, 20222024 or such later date as is agreed to in writing by the Borrower, the Servicer, the Agent and the Lenders pursuant to Section 2.19.

 

Subsidiary” means with respect to a person, a corporation, partnership or other entity of which shares of stock or other ownership interests having ordinary voting power (other than stock or such other ownership interests having such power only by reason of the happening of a contingency) to elect a majority of the board of directors or other managers of such corporation, partnership or other entity are at the time owned, or the management of which is otherwise controlled, directly or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, or both, by such person.

 

Substitute Eligible Loan Asset” means each Eligible Loan Asset Pledged by the Borrower to the Trustee, on behalf of the Secured Parties, pursuant to Section 2.07(a) or Section 2.07(e)(ii).

 

Supermajority” means a combination of Lenders representing an aggregate of more than 66-2/3% of the aggregate Commitments of the Lenders then in effect; provided that, if there are two or more unaffiliated Lenders party to this Agreement as of the applicable date of determination, then at least two such Lenders shall be required to constitute a Supermajority; provided further that the Commitment of, and the portion of any outstanding Advances, as applicable, held or deemed held by, any Defaulting Lender shall be excluded for purposes of making a determination of a Supermajority.

 

Swingline Advance” means any swingline loan made by the Swingline Lender to the Borrower pursuant to Section 2.01, and all such swingline loans collectively as the context requires.

 

Swingline Commitment” means the commitment of the Swingline Lender to fund Swingline Advances, subject to the terms and conditions herein, in an amount not greater than $175,000,000 (without regard to any future reimbursement of Swingline Advances by the Lenders), as such amount may be reduced, increased or assigned from time to time pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement. The Swingline Commitment is a sub-limit of the Commitment of the Swingline Lender, in its capacity as a Lender hereunder, and is not in addition thereto.

 

Swingline Lender” means Wells Fargo in its capacity as swingline lender hereunder or any successor thereto.

 

Swingline Refund Date” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 2.25(a).

 

Taxes” means any present or future taxes, levies, imposts, duties, charges, assessments or fees of any nature (including interest, penalties, and additions thereto) that are imposed by any Governmental Authority.

 

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restricted for any particular purposes or subject to any lien (other than blanket liens permitted under or granted in accordance with such Loan Agreement).

 

Value Adjustment Event” means, with respect to any Loan Asset, the occurrence of any one or more of the following events after the related Cut-Off Date:

 

(i)                                  (x) The Interest Coverage Ratio for any Relevant Test Period with respect to such Loan Asset is (A) less than 90% of the Interest Coverage Ratio with respect to such Loan Asset as calculated on the applicable Cut-Off Date and (B) less than 1.50:1.00, or (y) the Senior Net Leverage Ratio (or, with respect to any Second Lien Loan Asset or Designated Loan Asset, the Net Leverage Ratio) for any Relevant Test Period of the related Obligor with respect to such Loan Asset is (A) more than 0.50x higher than such ratio as calculated on the applicable Cut-Off Date and (B) greater than 3.50:1.00; provided that in connection with any Revenue Recognition Implementation or any Operating Lease Implementation, the Agent (with the consent of the Servicer (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, delayed or conditioned)) may retroactively adjust the Interest Coverage Ratio, the Senior Net Leverage Ratio, or the Net Leverage Ratio for any Loan Asset as determined on the applicable Cut-Off Date;

 

(ii)                                  an Obligor payment default under any Loan Asset (after giving effect to any applicable grace or cure periods, but in any case not to exceed five Business Days, in accordance with the Loan Agreement);

 

(iii)                                  (x) the failure to deliver a “loan level” financial reporting package no later than 45 days after the end of each month (to the extent required by the underlying loan documents), 60 days after the end of each quarter or 130 days after the end of each fiscal year, or such greater number of days as allowed in the Loan Agreement, including any grace and/or cure periods set forth in the Loan Agreement, but which shall in no case exceed 150 days after the end of each fiscal year (unless waived or otherwise agreed to by the Agent in its sole discretion) or (y) any other Obligor default under any Loan Asset (after giving effect to any applicable grace or cure periods in accordance with the Loan Agreement) that could reasonably be expected to have a material and adverse effect on the creditworthiness of such Obligor or on the collectability of any amount required to be paid under the related Loan Agreement for such Loan Asset;

 

(iv)                                 a Bankruptcy Event with respect to the related Obligor;

 

(v)                                 the occurrence of a Material Modification (in accordance with clauses (b)-(c) or clauses (e)-(g) of the definition thereof) with respect to such Loan Asset; or

 

(vi)                                 the occurrence of a Material Modification (in accordance with clauses (a) or (d) of the definition thereof) with respect to such Loan Asset.

 

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Wells Fargo Fee Letter” means the Lender Fee Letter, dated the Closing Date and amended and restated on the EighthEleventh Amendment Effective Date, among the Borrower, Ares, the Agent and Wells Fargo (as further amended, modified, supplemented or restated from time to time).

 

Write-Down and Conversion Powers” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 11.14.

 

WFS” has the meaning assigned to that term in the Preliminary Statement.

 

Yield” means with respect to any Remittance Period, the sum for each day in such Remittance Period determined in accordance with the following formula:

 

YR x L

D

 

where:

YR

=

the Yield Rate applicable on such day;

 

 

 

 

 

L

=

the Advances Outstanding on such day; and

 

 

 

 

 

D

=

360 or, to the extent the Yield Rate is the Base Rate, 365 or 366 days, as applicable;

 

provided that (i) no provision of this Agreement shall require the payment or permit the collection of Yield in excess of the maximum permitted by Applicable Law and (ii) Yield shall not be considered paid by any distribution if at any time such distribution is later required to be rescinded by any Lender to the Borrower or any other Person for any reason including, without limitation, such distribution becoming void or otherwise avoidable under any statutory provision or common law or equitable action, including, without limitation, any provision of the Bankruptcy Code.

 

Yield Rate” means, as of any date of determination, an interest rate per annum equal to LIBOR for such date (not less than zero) plus the Applicable Spread; provided that (i) if any Lender shall have notified the Agent that a Eurodollar Disruption Event has occurred, the Yield Rate with respect to Advances of such Lender shall be equal to the Base Rate plus the Applicable Spread until such Lender shall have notified the Agent that such Eurodollar Disruption Event has ceased, at which time the Yield Rate with respect to Advances of such Lender shall again be equal to LIBOR for such date plus the Applicable Spread and (ii) if any Event of Default has occurred, the Yield Rate shall be increased to the Default Funding Rate, effective as of the date of the occurrence of such Event of Default, and shall remain at the Default Funding Rate following the occurrence of such Event of Default.

 

Section 1.02                             Other Terms. All accounting terms used but not specifically defined herein shall be construed in accordance with GAAP. All terms used in Article 9 of the UCC in the State of New York, and used but not specifically defined herein, are used herein as defined in such Article 9.

 

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Section 1.03                             Computation of Time Periods. Unless otherwise stated in this Agreement, in the computation of a period of time from a specified date to a later specified date, the word “from” means “from and including” and the words “to” and “until” each mean “to but excluding.”

 

Section 1.04                             Interpretation.

 

In each Transaction Document, unless a contrary intention appears:

 

(a)                                 the singular number includes the plural number and vice versa;

 

(b)                                 reference to any Person includes such Person’s successors and assigns but only if such successors and assigns are not prohibited by the Transaction Documents;

 

(c)                                  reference to any gender includes each other gender;

 

(d)                                 reference to day or days without further qualification means calendar days;

 

(e)                                  reference to any time means Charlotte, North Carolina time;

 

(f)                                   reference to the words “include”, “includes” and “including” shall be deemed to be followed by the phrase “without limitation”;

 

(g)                                  reference to any agreement (including any Transaction Document), document or instrument means such agreement, document or instrument as amended, modified, waived, supplemented, restated or replaced and in effect from time to time in accordance with the terms thereof and, if applicable, the terms of the other Transaction Documents, and reference to any promissory note includes any promissory note that is an extension or renewal thereof or a substitute or replacement therefor;

 

(h)                                 reference to any Applicable Law means such Applicable Law as amended, modified, codified, replaced or reenacted, in whole or in part, and in effect from time to time, including rules and regulations promulgated thereunder and reference to any Section or other provision of any Applicable Law means that provision of such Applicable Law from time to time in effect and constituting the substantive amendment, modification, codification, replacement or reenactment of such Section or other provision;

 

(i)                                     reference to the “occurrence” of an Event of Default or a Servicer Termination Event means after any grace period applicable to such Event of Default or Servicer Termination Event and shall not include any Event of Default or Servicer Termination Event that has been expressly waived in writing in accordance with the terms of this Agreement; and

 

(j)                                    reference to the par or principal amount of any Loan Asset shall, unless otherwise expressly set forth herein, be calculated exclusive of accrued and Accreted Interest.

 

(k)                                 unless otherwise expressly stated in this Agreement, if at any time any change in generally accepted accounting principles (including the adoption of IFRS) would affect

 

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the computation of any covenant (including the computation of any financial covenant) set forth in this Agreement or any other Transaction Document, Borrower and Agent shall negotiate in good faith to amend such covenant to preserve the original intent in light of such change; provided, that, until so amended, (i) such covenant shall continue to be computed in accordance with the application of generally accepted accounting principles prior to such change and (ii) Borrower shall provide to Agent a written reconciliation in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to Agent, between calculations of such covenant made before and after giving effect to such change in generally accepted accounting principles.

 

ARTICLE II.

 

THE FACILITY

 

Section 2.01                             Advances.

 

(a)                                 Advances. On the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth, from time to time from the Closing Date until the end of the Reinvestment Period, the Borrower may request that the Lenders make Advances to the Borrower secured by the Collateral Portfolio, in an aggregate amount up to the Availability as of such date, (x) to the Borrower for the purpose of purchasing Eligible Loan Assets or as otherwise permitted in accordance with Section 5.02(i) or (y) to the Unfunded Exposure Account in an amount up to, prior to the end of the Reinvestment Period, the aggregate of all Unfunded Exposure Equity Amounts and, on the last day of the Reinvestment Period, the Exposure Amount Shortfall; provided that, other than pursuant to Section 2.02(f), no Lender shall be obligated to make any Advance on or after the earlier to occur of the last day of the Reinvestment Period or the date that is two Business Days prior to the TerminationStated Maturity Date. Other than pursuant to Section 2.02(f), under no circumstances shall any Lender be required to make any Advance if after giving effect to such Advance and the addition to the Collateral Portfolio of the Eligible Loan Assets being acquired by the Borrower using the proceeds of such Advance, (i) an Event of Default has occurred or would result therefrom or an Unmatured Event of Default exists or would result therefrom or (ii) the aggregate Advances Outstanding would exceed the Borrowing Base. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein (other than pursuant to Section 2.02(f)), no Lender shall be obligated to provide the Borrower (or to the Unfunded Exposure Account, if applicable) with aggregate funds in connection with an Advance that would exceed the lesser of (x) such Lender’s unused Commitment then in effect and (y) the aggregate unused Commitments then in effect.

 

(b)                                 Swingline Advances. On the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth, from time to time from the Eighth Amendment Effective Date until the end of the Reinvestment Period, the Borrower may, at its option, request the Swingline Lender make Swingline Advances to the Borrower by delivering a Borrowing Notice with respect to such requested Swingline Advance to the Agent, which shall forward such Borrowing Notice to the Swingline Lender and provide notification to the Lenders with respect thereto. Following the receipt of a Borrowing Notice during the Reinvestment Period and subject to the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth, the Swingline Lender shall make the requested Swingline Advances to the Borrower; provided that the Swingline Lender shall not fund any Swingline Advance if, after giving effect to the amount of the Swingline Advance requested, in the sole discretion of the Swingline

 

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the effect of any Eurodollar Disruption Event on its making or maintaining Advances at LIBOR, shall be conclusive absent manifest error.

 

(f)                                   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein (including, without limitation, the occurrence of an Event of Default or the existence of an Unmatured Event of Default or a Borrowing Base Deficiency), if, on the last day of the Reinvestment Period, the amount on deposit in the Unfunded Exposure Account is less than the aggregate of all Exposure Amounts, the Borrower shall request an Advance in the amount of such shortfall (the “Exposure Amount Shortfall”). Following receipt of a Notice of Borrowing (which shall specify the account details of the Unfunded Exposure Account where the funds will be made available), each Lender shall fund such Exposure Amount Shortfall in accordance with Section 2.02(b), notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein (including, without limitation, the Borrower’s failure to satisfy any of the conditions precedent set forth in Section 3.02).

 

(g)                                  The obligation of each Lender to remit its Pro Rata Share of any Advance shall be several from that of each other Lender and the failure of any Lender to so make such amount available to the Borrower shall not relieve any other Lender of its obligation hereunder. For the avoidance of doubt no Lender shall be responsible for the failure of any other Lender to remit its Pro Rata Share of any Advance requested hereunder.

 

Section 2.03                             Determination of Yield. The Agent shall determine the Yield for the Advances (including unpaid Yield related thereto, if any, due and payable on a prior Payment Date) to be paid by the Borrower on each Payment Date for the related Remittance Period and shall advise the Servicer thereof on the Determination Date prior to such Payment Date.

 

Section 2.04                             Remittance Procedures. The Servicer, as agent for the Agent and the Lenders, shall instruct the Trustee and, if the Servicer fails to do so, the Agent may instruct the Trustee, to apply funds on deposit in the Controlled Accounts as described in this Section 2.04; provided that, at any time after delivery of Notice of Exclusive Control (as defined in the Collection Account Agreement), the Agent shall instruct the Trustee to apply funds on deposit in the Controlled Accounts as described in this Section 2.04.

 

(a)                                 Interest Payments Absent an Event of Default. On each Payment Date, so long as no Event of Default has occurred, and in any case prior to the Facility Maturity Date, the Servicer shall (as directed pursuant to the first paragraph of this Section 2.04) transfer Interest Collections held by the Bank in the Collection Account, in accordance with the Servicing Report, to the following Persons in the following amounts, calculated as of the Determination Date immediately preceding any Payment Date, and priority:

 

(i)                                  pari passu to (a) the Trustee, in payment in full of all accrued Trustee Fees and all Trustee Expenses, and (b) the Collateral Custodian, in payment in full of all accrued Collateral Custodian Fees and Collateral Custodian Expenses; provided that amounts payable to the Trustee for Trustee Expenses and Collateral Custodian for Collateral Custodian Expenses pursuant to the foregoing clauses (a) and (b) shall not exceed $40,00015,000 for any Payment Date;

 

(ii)                                  to the Servicer, in payment in full of all accrued Servicing Fees;

 

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Servicing Report, to the following Persons in the following amounts, calculated as of the Determination Date immediately preceding any Payment Date, and priority:

 

(i)                                  pari passu to (a) the Trustee, in payment in full of all accrued Trustee Fees and all Trustee Expenses, and (b) the Collateral Custodian, in payment in full of all accrued Collateral Custodian Fees and Collateral Custodian Expenses; provided that amounts payable to the Trustee for Trustee Expenses and Collateral Custodian for Collateral Custodian Expenses pursuant to the foregoing clauses (a) and (b) shall not exceed $40,00015,000 for any Payment Date;

 

(ii)                                  to the Servicer, in payment in full of all accrued Servicing Fees;

 

(iii)                                  pro rata in accordance with the amounts due under this clause, to each Hedge Counterparty, any amounts (other than any Hedge Breakage Costs) owing to that Hedge Counterparty under its respective Hedging Agreement in respect of any Hedge Transaction(s);

 

(iv)                                 to the Agent, in an amount equal to any accrued and unpaid Agent Fee;

 

(v)                                 to the Agent to be distributed pro rata to each Lender, in accordance with the amounts due under this clause, all Yield and the Non-Usage Fee that is accrued and unpaid as of the last day of the related Remittance Period;

 

(vi)                                 to the Unfunded Exposure Account in an amount necessary to cause the amount on deposit in the Unfunded Exposure Account to equal the aggregate of all Exposure Amounts;

 

(vii)                                 pro rata to the Agent (for the account of each Lender), the Agent (for its own account) or the Collateral Custodian, as applicable, all accrued and unpaid fees, expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses) and indemnity amounts payable by the Borrower to any Lender, the Agent or the Collateral Custodian under the Transaction Documents;

 

(viii)                                 to the Agent to be distributed pro rata to each Lender, to pay the Advances, and any applicable Commitment Termination Premium, until paid in full;

 

(ix)                                 pro rata in accordance with the amounts due under this clause, to each Hedge Counterparty, any Hedge Breakage Costs owing to that Hedge Counterparty under its respective Hedging Agreement;

 

(x)                                 to pay any other amounts due under this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents (including any indemnity amounts due from the Borrower hereunder and thereunder);

 

(xi)                                 to the Servicer, in respect of all reasonable expenses (except allocated overhead) incurred during the immediately ended Remittance Period in connection with the performance of its duties hereunder or paid on behalf of the Borrower, plus any

 

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payment (whether of principal, interest, fee, compensation or otherwise) to any Affected Party hereunder), as the case may be, the Borrower shall, from time to time, after written demand by the Agent (which demand shall be accompanied by a statement setting forth in reasonable detail the basis for such demand), on behalf of such Affected Party, pay to the Agent, on behalf of such Affected Party, additional amounts sufficient to compensate such Affected Party for such increased costs or reduced payments within 10 days after such demand; provided that the amounts payable under this Section 2.10 shall be without duplication of amounts payable under Section 2.11 and shall not include any Indemnified Taxes or Excluded Taxes.

 

(b)                                 If either (i) the introduction of or any change following the Fifth Amendment Effective Date (or, with respect to the Agent (so long as Wells Fargo is the Agent) and Wells Fargo, the Restatement Date) in or in the interpretation, administration or application following the Fifth Amendment Effective Date (or, with respect to the Agent (so long as Wells Fargo is the Agent) and Wells Fargo, the Restatement Date) of any law, guideline, rule or regulation, directive or request or (ii) the compliance by any Affected Party with any law, guideline, rule, regulation, directive or request following the Fifth Amendment Effective Date (or, with respect to the Agent (so long as Wells Fargo is the Agent) and Wells Fargo, the Restatement Date), from any central bank, any Governmental Authority or agency, including, without limitation, compliance by an Affected Party with any request or directive regarding capital adequacy, has or would have the effect of reducing the rate of return on the capital of any Affected Party, as a consequence of its obligations hereunder or any related document or arising in connection herewith or therewith to a level below that which any such Affected Party could have achieved but for such introduction, change or compliance (taking into consideration the policies of such Affected Party with respect to capital adequacy), by an amount deemed by such Affected Party to be material, then, from time to time, after demand by such Affected Party (which demand shall be accompanied by a statement setting forth in reasonable detail the basis for such demand), the Borrower shall pay the Agent on behalf of such Affected Party such additional amounts as will compensate such Affected Party for such reduction; provided that, notwithstanding anything in this Section 2.10(b) to the contrary, (x) the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and all requests, rules, guidelines or directives thereunder or issued in connection therewith and (y) all requests, rules, guidelines or directives promulgated by the Bank for International Settlements, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (or any successor or similar authority) or the United States or foreign regulatory authorities, in each case pursuant to Basel III, shall in each case be deemed to be a “change in law” for the purposes of clause (i) above, regardless of the date enacted, adopted or issued. For the avoidance of doubt, if the issuance of any amendment or supplement to Interpretation No. 46 or to Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 140 by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, or the issuance of any other pronouncement, release or interpretation, causes or requires the consolidation of all or a portion of the assets and liabilities of the Transferor, the Borrower or any Secured Party with the assets and liabilities of the Agent or any Lender and, as a result, imposes any loss, cost, expense, reduction of return on capital or other loss, such event shall constitute a circumstance on which such Indemnified Party may base a claim for reimbursement under this Section 2.10. For the further avoidance of doubt, any increase in cost and/or reduction in Yield with respect to any Affected Party caused by regulatory capital allocation adjustments due to Financial Accounting Standards Nos. 166, 167 and subsequent statements and interpretations shall constitute a circumstance on which such Affected Party may base a claim for reimbursement under this Section 2.10.

 

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(c)                                  In determining any amount provided for in this Section 2.10, the Affected Party may use any reasonable averaging and attribution methods. The Agent, on behalf of any Affected Party making a claim under this Section 2.10, shall submit to the Borrower a certificate setting forth in reasonable detail the basis for and the computations of such additional or increased costs, which certificate shall be conclusive absent manifest error.

 

(d)                                 The payment of amounts under this Section 2.10 shall be on an after Tax basis.

 

(e)                                  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and all requests, rules, guidelines or directives thereunder or issued in connection therewith, and all requests, rules, guidelines or directives promulgated by the Bank for International Settlements, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (or any successor or similar authority) or the United States or foreign regulatory authorities, in each case pursuant to Basel III, shall in each case be deemed to be a change in Applicable Law for purposes of clause (a) above, regardless of the date enacted, adopted or issued.

 

Section 2.11                             Taxes.

 

(a)                                 All payments made by an Obligor in respect of a Loan Asset and all payments made by the Borrower or made by the Servicer on behalf of the Borrower under this Agreement will be made free and clear of and without deduction or withholding for or on account of any Taxes, unless required by Applicable Law. If any Indemnified Taxes are required to be withheld from any amounts payable to any Indemnified Party, then the amount payable to such Person will be increased (the amount of such increase, the “Additional Amount”) such that every net payment made under this Agreement after withholding for or on account of any Indemnified Taxes (including, without limitation, any Taxes on such increase) is not less than the amount that would have been paid had no such deduction or withholding been made.

 

(b)                                 The Borrower shall indemnify each Indemnified Party, within 10 days after demand therefor, for the full amount of any Indemnified Taxes (including Indemnified Taxes imposed or asserted on or attributable to amounts payable under this Section) payable or paid by such Indemnified Party or required to be withheld or deducted from a payment to such Indemnified Party and any reasonable expenses arising therefrom or with respect thereto. A certificate as to the amount of such payment or liability delivered to the Borrower by a Lender (with a copy to the Agent), or by the Agent on its own behalf or on behalf of a Lender, shall be conclusive absent manifest error.

 

(c)                                  Within 30 days after the date of any payment by the Borrower or by the Servicer on behalf of the Borrower of any Indemnified Taxes pursuant to this Section 2.11, the Borrower or the Servicer, as applicable, will furnish to the Agent at the applicable address set forth on this Agreement, appropriate evidence of payment thereof.

 

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(l)                                     No Injunctions. No injunction, writ, restraining order or other order of any nature adversely affects the Borrower’s performance of its obligations under this Agreement or any Transaction Document to which the Borrower is a party.

 

(m)                             Taxes. The Borrower has filed or caused to be filed (on a consolidated basis or otherwise) on a timely basis all material tax returns (including, without limitation, all foreign, federal, state, local and other tax returns) required to be filed by it, is not liable for Taxes payable by any other Person and has paid or made adequate provisions for the payment of all material Taxes, assessments and other governmental charges due and payable from the Borrower except for those Taxes being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings and in respect of which it has established proper reserves on its books. No Tax lien or similar adverse claim has been filed, and no claim is being asserted, with respect to any such Tax, assessment or other governmental charge. Any Taxes, fees and other governmental charges due and payable by the Borrower, as applicable, in connection with the execution and delivery of this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents and the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby have been paid or shall have been paid if and when due.

 

(n)                                 Location. The Borrower’s location (within the meaning of Article 9 of the UCC) is Delaware. The chief executive office of the Borrower (and the location of the Borrower’s records regarding the Collateral Portfolio (other than those delivered to the Collateral Custodian)) is located at the address set forth under its name in Section 11.02 (or at such other address as shall be designated by such party in a written notice to the other parties hereto).

 

(o)                                 Tradenames. Except as permitted hereunder, the Borrower’s legal name is as set forth in this Agreement. Except as permitted hereunder, the Borrower has not changed its name since its formation; does not have tradenames, fictitious names, assumed names or “doing business as” names other than as disclosed on Schedule II hereto (as such schedule may be updated from time to by the Agent upon receipt of a notice delivered to the Agent (who will provide each Lender with a copy promptly upon receipt thereof) pursuant to Section 5.02(r)); the Borrower’s only jurisdiction of formation is Delaware, and, except as permitted hereunder, the Borrower has not changed its jurisdiction of formation.

 

(p)                                 Solvency. The Borrower is not the subject of any Bankruptcy Proceedings or Bankruptcy Event. The Borrower is solvent, and the transactions under this Agreement and any other Transaction Document to which the Borrower is a party do not and will not render the Borrower insolvent. The Borrower is paying its debts as they become due (subject to any applicable grace period); and the Borrower, after giving effect to the transactions contemplated hereby, will have adequate capital to conduct its business.

 

(q)                                 No Subsidiaries. The Borrower has no Subsidiaries other than in connection with retaining equity pursuant to Section 6.05.

 

(r)                                    Value Given. The Borrower has given fair consideration and reasonably equivalent value to the Equityholder in exchange for the purchase of the Loan Assets (or any number of them) from the Equityholder pursuant to the Second Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement. No such transfer has been made for or on account of an antecedent debt owed by the

 

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(ee)                            Collections. The Borrower acknowledges that all Available Collections received by it or its Affiliates with respect to the Collateral Portfolio Pledged hereunder are held and shall be held in trust for the benefit of the Trustee, on behalf of the Secured Parties until deposited into the Collection Account within two Business Days after receipt as required herein.

 

(ff)                              Set-Off, etc. No Loan Asset has been compromised, adjusted, extended, satisfied, subordinated, rescinded, set-off or modified by the Borrower, the Transferor, the Equityholder or the Obligor thereof, and no Collateral Portfolio is subject to compromise, adjustment, extension, satisfaction, subordination, rescission, set-off, counterclaim, defense, abatement, suspension, deferment, deduction, reduction, termination or modification, whether arising out of transactions concerning the Collateral Portfolio or otherwise, by the Borrower, the Transferor, the Equityholder or the Obligor with respect thereto, except, in each case, for amendments, extensions and modifications, if any, to such Collateral Portfolio otherwise permitted pursuant to Section 6.04(a) of this Agreement and in accordance with the Servicing Standard.

 

(gg)                            Full Payment. As of the applicable Cut-Off Date thereof, the Borrower has no knowledge of any fact which should lead it to expect that any Loan Asset will not be paid in full.

 

(hh)                          Environmental. With respect to each item of Underlying Collateral as of the applicable Cut-Off Date for the Loan Asset related to such Underlying Collateral, to the actual knowledge of a Responsible Officer of the Borrower: (a) the related Obligor’s operations comply in all material respects with all applicable Environmental Laws; (b) none of the related Obligor’s operations is the subject of a federal or state investigation evaluating whether any remedial action, involving expenditures, is needed to respond to a release of any Hazardous Materials into the environment; and (c) the related Obligor does not have any material contingent liability in connection with any release of any Hazardous Materials into the environment. As of the applicable Cut-Off Date for the Loan Asset related to such Underlying Collateral, none of the Borrower, the Transferor, the Equityholder nor the Servicer has received any written or verbal notice of, or inquiry from any Governmental Authority regarding, any violation, alleged violation, non-compliance, liability or potential liability regarding environmental matters or compliance with Environmental Laws with regard to any of the Underlying Collateral, nor does any such Person have knowledge or reason to believe that any such notice will be received or is being threatened.

 

(ii)                                  USA PATRIOT Act. Neither the Borrower nor any Affiliate of the Borrower is (i) a country, territory, organization, person or entity named on an Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) list; (ii) a Person that resides or has a place of business in a country or territory named on such lists or which is designated as a “Non-Cooperative Jurisdiction” by the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering, or whose subscription funds are transferred from or through such a jurisdiction; (iii) a “Foreign Shell Bank” within the meaning of the USA PATRIOT Act, i.e., a foreign bank that does not have a physical presence in any country and that is not affiliated with a bank that has a physical presence and an acceptable level of regulation and supervision; or (iv) a person or entity that resides in or is organized under the laws of a jurisdiction designated by the United States Secretary of the Treasury under Sections 311 or 312

 

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of the USA PATRIOT Act as warranting special measures due to money laundering concerns.Sanctions. None of the Borrower, any Person directly or (to the knowledge of the Borrower) indirectly Controlling the Borrower nor any Person directly or (to the knowledge of the Borrower) indirectly Controlled by the Borrower (i) is a Sanctioned Person; (ii) is controlled by or is acting on behalf of a Sanctioned Person; (iii) is, to the Borrower’s knowledge, under investigation for an alleged breach of Sanction(s) by a governmental authority that enforces Sanctions; or (iv) will fund any repayment of the Obligations with proceeds derived from any transaction that would be prohibited by Sanctions or would otherwise cause any Lender or any other party to this Agreement, or any Related Party, to be in breach of any Sanctions. To each such Person’s knowledge, no investor in such Person is a Sanctioned Person. The Borrower will notify each Lender and Agent in writing not more than one (1) Business Day after becoming aware of any breach of this section.

 

(jj)                                Confirmation from Transferor and Equityholder. The Borrower has received in writing from the Transferor and the Equityholder confirmation that the Transferor and the Equityholder will not cause the Borrower to file a voluntary bankruptcy petition under the Bankruptcy Code.

 

(kk)                          Accuracy of Representations and Warranties. Each representation or warranty by the Borrower contained herein or in any certificate or other document furnished by the Borrower pursuant hereto or in connection herewith is true and correct in all material respects. The Borrower hereby reaffirms each representation and warranty made pursuant to the Original Agreement and represents and warrants that each such representation and warranty was, as of its date, true and correct in all material respects and that, immediately prior to this amendment and restatement of this Agreement, there existed no breach of any covenant or agreement of the Original Agreement. For the avoidance of doubt, the Borrower hereby agrees that any such breach of any representation, warranty, covenant or agreement of the Borrower under the Original Agreement prior to the Restatement Date shall be treated as a breach of a representation or warranty under this Section 4.01.

 

(ll)                                  Reaffirmation of Representations and Warranties. On each day that any Advance is made hereunder, the Borrower shall be deemed to have certified that all representations and warranties described in Section 4.01 and Section 4.02 are correct on and as of such day as though made on and as of such day, except for any such representations or warranties which are made as of a specific date.

 

(mm)                  Security Interest.

 

(i)                                  This Agreement creates a valid and continuing security interest (as defined in the applicable UCC) in the Collateral Portfolio in favor of the Trustee, on behalf of the Secured Parties, which security interest is prior to all other Liens (except for Permitted Liens), and is enforceable as such against creditors of and purchasers from the Borrower;

 

(ii)                                  the Collateral Portfolio is comprised of “instruments”, “security entitlements”, “general intangibles”, “tangible chattel paper”, “accounts”, “certificated securities”, “uncertificated securities”, “securities accounts”, “deposit accounts”, “supporting obligations” or “insurance” (each as defined in the applicable UCC), real

 

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(nn)                          Benefit Plan Investor. The Borrower is not a Benefit Plan Investor and will not be a Benefit Plan Investor at any time during the term of this Agreement.

 

(oo)                          Beneficial Ownership Certification. The information included in the Beneficial Ownership Certification is true and correct in all respects.

 

Section 4.02                             Representations and Warranties of the Borrower Relating to the Agreement and the Collateral Portfolio. The Borrower hereby represents and warrants, as of the Restatement Date, as of each applicable Cut-Off Date, as of each applicable Advance Date, as of each Payment Date and any date which Loan Assets are Pledged hereunder and as of each other date provided under this Agreement or the other Transaction Documents on which such representations and warranties are required to be (or deemed to be) made (unless a specific date is specified below):

 

(a)                                 Valid Transfer and Security Interest. This Agreement constitutes a grant of a security interest in all of the Collateral Portfolio to the Trustee, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, which upon the delivery of the Required Loan Documents to the Collateral Custodian, the crediting of Loan Assets to the Controlled Accounts and the filing of the financing statements, shall be a valid and first priority perfected security interest in the Loan Assets forming a part of the Collateral Portfolio and in that portion of the Loan Assets in which a security interest may be perfected by filing subject only to Permitted Liens. Neither the Borrower nor any Person claiming through or under Borrower shall have any claim to or interest in the Controlled Accounts and, if this Agreement constitutes the grant of a security interest in such property, except for the interest of the Borrower in such property as a debtor for purposes of the UCC.

 

(b)                                 Eligibility of Collateral Portfolio. As of the Restatement Date, each Cut-Off Date and each Advance Date, (i) the Loan Asset Schedule and the information contained in each Notice of Borrowing, is an accurate and complete listing of all the Loan Assets contained in the Collateral Portfolio as of the related Cut-Off Date and the information contained therein with respect to the identity of such item of Collateral Portfolio and the amounts owing thereunder is true and correct as of the related Cut-Off Date, (ii) each Loan Asset designated on any Borrowing Base Certificate as an Eligible Loan Asset and each Loan Asset included as an Eligible Loan Asset in any calculation of Borrowing Base or Borrowing Base Deficiency is an Eligible Loan Asset and (iii) with respect to each item of Collateral Portfolio, all consents, licenses, approvals or authorizations of or registrations or declarations of any Governmental Authority or any Person required to be obtained, effected or given by the Borrower in connection with the transfer of a security interest in each item of Collateral Portfolio to the Trustee, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, have been duly obtained, effected or given and are in full force and effect. For the avoidance of doubt, any inaccurate representation that a Loan Asset is an Eligible Loan Asset hereunder or under the Purchase and Sale Agreements shall not constitute an Event of Default if the Borrower complies with Section 2.07(e) hereunder, the Equityholder complies with Section 6.1 of the Second Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement and the Transferor complies with Section 6.1 of the First Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement.

 

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(c)                                  No Fraud. Each Loan Asset was originated without any fraud or material misrepresentation by the Transferor or, to the best of the Borrower’s knowledge, on the part of the Obligor.

 

(d)                                 Reaffirmation of Representations and Warranties. The Borrower hereby reaffirms that each representation and warranty made pursuant to Section 4.02 of the Original Agreement and represents and warrants that each such representation and warranty was, as of its date, true and correct in all material respects. For the avoidance of doubt, the Borrower hereby agrees that any such breach of any representation or warranty made by the Borrower under Section 4.02 of the Original Agreement prior to the Restatement Date shall be treated as a breach of a representation or warranty under this Section 4.02, including, without limitation, for purposes of the Borrower’ obligation to repurchase Warranty Loan Assets.

 

Section 4.03                             Representations and Warranties of the Servicer. The Servicer hereby represents and warrants, as of the Restatement Date, as of each applicable Cut-Off Date, as of each applicable Advance Date, as of each Payment Date and as of each other date provided under this Agreement or the other Transaction Documents on which such representations and warranties are required to be (or deemed to be) made (unless a specific date is specified below):

 

(a)                                 Organization and Good Standing. The Servicer has been duly organized and is validly existing as a corporation in good standing under the laws of the State of Maryland (except as such jurisdiction is changed as permitted hereunder), with all requisite corporate power and authority to own or lease its properties and to conduct its business as such business is presently conducted and to enter into and perform its obligations pursuant to this Agreement.

 

(b)                                 Due Qualification. The Servicer is duly qualified to do business as a corporation and is in good standing as a corporation, and has obtained all necessary licenses and approvals in all jurisdictions in which the ownership or lease of its property and or the conduct of its business requires such qualification, licenses or approvals, except where the failure to be so qualified or obtain such qualifications, licenses or approvals would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(c)                                  Power and Authority; Due Authorization; Execution and Delivery. The Servicer (i) has all necessary power, authority and legal right to (a) execute and deliver this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents to which it is a party, (b) carry out the terms of the Transaction Documents to which it is a party, and (ii) has duly authorized by all necessary corporate action the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents to which it is a party. This Agreement and each other Transaction Document to which the Servicer is a party have been duly executed and delivered by the Servicer.

 

(d)                                 Binding Obligation. This Agreement and each other Transaction Document to which the Servicer is a party constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of the Servicer enforceable against the Servicer in accordance with its respective terms, except as such enforceability may be limited by Bankruptcy Laws and general principles of equity (whether considered in a suit at law or in equity).

 

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(m)                             Taxes. The Servicer has filed or caused to be filed all tax returns that are required to be filed by it. The Servicer has paid or made adequate provisions for the payment of all Taxes and all assessments and other governmental charges due and payable from the Servicer except for those Taxes being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings and in respect of which it has established proper reserves on its books. No Tax lien or similar adverse claim has been filed, and no claim is being asserted, with respect to any such Tax, assessment or other governmental charge. Any Taxes, fees and other governmental charges due and payable by the Servicer, as applicable, in connection with the execution and delivery of this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents and the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby have been paid or shall have been paid if and when due, in each case with respect to this clause (m) where except where the failure to do would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(n)                                 Exchange Act Compliance; Regulations T, U and X. None of the transactions contemplated herein or the other Transaction Documents (including, without limitation, the use of the Proceeds from the sale of the Collateral Portfolio) will violate or result in a violation of Section 7 of the Exchange Act, or any regulations issued pursuant thereto, including, without limitation, Regulations T, U and X of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 12 C.F.R., Chapter II.

 

(o)                                 Security Interest. The Servicer will take all steps necessary to ensure that the Borrower has granted a security interest (as defined in the UCC) to the Trustee, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, in the Collateral Portfolio, which is enforceable in accordance with Applicable Law upon execution and delivery of this Agreement. Upon the filing of UCC-1 financing statements naming the Trustee as secured party and the Borrower as debtor, the Trustee, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, shall have a valid and first priority perfected security interest in the Loan Assets and that portion of the Collateral Portfolio in which a security interest may be perfected by filing (except for any Permitted Liens). All filings (including, without limitation, such UCC filings) as are necessary for the perfection of the Secured Parties’ security interest in the Loan Assets and that portion of the Collateral Portfolio in which a security interest may be perfected by filing have been (or prior to the applicable Advance will be) made; provided that filings in respect of real property shall not be required.

 

(p)                                 ERISA. The present value of all vested benefits under each “employee pension benefit plan”, as such term is defined in Section 3(2) of ERISA, other than a Multiemployer Plan, that is subject to Title IV of ERISA and is sponsored or maintained by the Servicer or any ERISA Affiliate of the Servicer or to which the Servicer or any ERISA Affiliate of the Servicer contributes or has an obligation to contribute, or has any liability (each, a “Servicer Pension Plan”) does not exceed the value of the assets of the Servicer Pension Plan allocable to such vested benefits (based on the value of such assets as of the last annual valuation date for such Servicer Pension Plan) determined in accordance with the assumptions used for funding such Servicer Pension Plan pursuant to Sections 412 and 430 of the Code for the applicable plan year. No prohibited transactions (within the meaning of Section 406(a) or (b) of ERISA or Section 4975 of the Code) for which an exemption is not available or has not previously been obtained from the United States Department of Labor, failure to meet the minimum funding standard set forth in Section 302(a) of ERISA and Section 412(a) of the Code

 

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with respect to any Servicer Pension Plan, withdrawal from a Servicer Pension Plan subject to Section 4063 of ERISA during a plan year in which the Servicer or any ERISA Affiliate of the Servicer was a “substantial employer” (as defined in Section 4001(a)(2) of ERISA), or a cessation of operations that is treated as such a withdrawal under Section 4062(e) of ERISA, or Reportable Events have occurred with respect to any Servicer Pension Plan that, in the aggregate, could subject the Servicer to any material Tax penalty or other liability. No notice of intent to terminate a Servicer Pension Plan has been filed under Section 4041 of ERISA, nor has any Servicer Pension Plan been terminated under Section 4041 of ERISA, nor has the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation instituted proceedings to terminate, or appoint a trustee to administer, a Servicer Pension Plan under Section 4042 of ERISA and no event has occurred or condition exists that constitutes grounds under Section 4042 of ERISA for the termination of, or the appointment of a trustee to administer, any Servicer Pension Plan.

 

(q)                                 USA PATRIOT Act. Neither the Servicer nor any Affiliate of the Servicer is (i) a country, territory, organization, person or entity named on an OFAC list; (ii) a Person that resides or has a place of business in a country or territory named on such lists or which is designated as a “Non-Cooperative Jurisdiction” by the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering, or whose subscription funds are transferred from or through such a jurisdiction; (iii) a “Foreign Shell Bank” within the meaning of the USA PATRIOT Act, i.e., a foreign bank that does not have a physical presence in any country and that is not affiliated with a bank that has a physical presence and an acceptable level of regulation and supervision; or (iv) a person or entity that resides in or is organized under the laws of a jurisdiction designated by the United States Secretary of the Treasury under Sections 311 or 312 of the USA PATRIOT Act as warranting special measures due to money laundering concerns.Sanctions. None of the Servicer, any Person directly or (to the knowledge of the Servicer) indirectly Controlling the Servicer nor any Person directly or (to the knowledge of the Servicer) indirectly Controlled by the Servicer (i) is a Sanctioned Person; (ii) is controlled by or is acting on behalf of a Sanctioned Person; (iii) is, to the Servicer’s knowledge, under investigation for an alleged breach of Sanction(s) by a governmental authority that enforces Sanctions; or (iv) will fund any repayment of the Obligations with proceeds derived from any transaction that would be prohibited by Sanctions or would otherwise cause any Lender or any other party to this Agreement, or any Related Party, to be in breach of any Sanctions. To each Person’s knowledge, no investor in such Person is a Sanctioned Person. The Servicer will notify each Lender and Agent in writing not more than one (1) Business Day after becoming aware of any breach of this section.

 

(r)                                    Environmental. With respect to each item of Underlying Collateral, to the actual knowledge of a Responsible Officer of the Servicer: (a) the related Obligor’s operations comply in all material respects with all applicable Environmental Laws; (b) none of the related Obligor’s operations is the subject of a Federal or state investigation evaluating whether any remedial action, involving expenditures, is needed to respond to a release of any Hazardous Materials into the environment; and (c) the related Obligor does not have any material contingent liability in connection with any release of any Hazardous Materials into the environment. The Servicer has not received any written or verbal notice of, or inquiry from any Governmental Authority regarding, any violation, alleged violation, non-compliance, liability or potential liability regarding environmental matters or compliance with Environmental Laws with regard to any of the Underlying Collateral, nor does the Servicer, have knowledge or reason to believe that any such notice will be received or is being threatened.

 

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marketing, the Borrower may be identified as a Subsidiary of Ares); (iv) have a Board of Directors separate from that of the Equityholder and any other Person; (v) file its own tax returns, if any, as may be required under Applicable Law, to the extent (1) not part of a consolidated group filing a consolidated return or returns or (2) not treated as a division or a disregarded entity for tax purposes of another taxpayer, and pay any Taxes so required to be paid under Applicable Law in accordance with the terms of this Agreement; (vi) except as contemplated by the Transaction Documents, not commingle its assets with assets of any other Person; (vii) conduct its business in its own name and strictly comply with all organizational formalities to maintain its separate existence (although, in connection with certain advertising and marketing, the Borrower may be identified as a Subsidiary of Ares); (viii) maintain separate financial statements, except to the extent that the Borrower’s financial and operating results are consolidated with those of Ares in consolidated financial statements; (ix) pay its own liabilities only out of its own funds; (x) maintain an arm’s-length relationship with its Affiliates and the Equityholder; (xi) pay the salaries of its own employees, if any; (xii) not hold out its credit or assets as being available to satisfy the obligations of others; (xiii) maintain separate office space (which may be a separately identified area in office space shared with one or more Affiliates of the Borrower) and allocate fairly and reasonably any overhead for shared office space; (xiv) to the extent used, use separate stationery, invoices and checks (although, in connection with certain advertising and marketing, the Borrower may be identified as a Subsidiary of Ares); (xv) except as expressly permitted by this Agreement, not pledge its assets as security for the obligations of any other Person; (xvi) correct any known misunderstanding regarding its separate identity; (xvii) maintain adequate capital in light of its contemplated business purpose, transactions and liabilities and pay its operating expenses and liabilities from its own assets; (xviii) cause its Board of Directors to meet at least annually or act pursuant to written consent and keep minutes of such meetings and actions and observe in all material respects all other Delaware limited liability company formalities; (xix) not acquire the obligations or any securities of its Affiliates; and (xx) cause the directors, officers, agents and other representatives of the Borrower to act at all times with respect to the Borrower consistently and in furtherance of the foregoing and in the best interests of the Borrower. Where necessary, the Borrower will obtain proper authorization from its members for limited liability company action.

 

(c)                                  Preservation of Company Existence. The Borrower will maintain its limited liability company existence in good standing under the laws of its jurisdiction of formation and will promptly obtain and thereafter maintain qualifications to do business as a foreign limited liability company in any other state in which it does business and in which it is required to so qualify under Applicable Law.

 

(d)                                 Compliance with Legal Opinions. The Borrower shall take all other actions necessary to maintain the accuracy of the factual assumptions set forth in the legal opinions of Latham & Watkins LLP, as special counsel to the Borrower, issued in connection with the Purchase and Sale Agreements and relating to the issues of substantive consolidation and true sale of the Loan Assets.

 

(e)                                  Deposit of Collections. The Borrower shall promptly (but in no event later than two Business Days after receipt) deposit or cause to be deposited into the Collection Account any and all Available Collections received by the Borrower, the Servicer or any of their Affiliates.

 

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(bb)                          Maintenance of Records. The Borrower will maintain records with respect to the Collateral Portfolio and the conduct and operation of its business with no less a degree of prudence than if the Collateral Portfolio were held by the Borrower for its own account and will furnish the Agent, upon the reasonable request by the Agent, information with respect to the Collateral Portfolio and the conduct and operation of its business.

 

(cc)                            Obligor Notification Forms. The Borrower shall furnish the Trustee and the Agent with an appropriate power of attorney to send (at the Agent’s discretion on the Trustee’s behalf, after the occurrence or declaration of the Facility Maturity Date but subject to the proviso in Section 7.02(a)) Obligor notification forms to give notice to the Obligors of the Trustee’s interest in the Collateral Portfolio and the obligation to make payments as directed by the Agent on the Trustee’s behalf.

 

(dd)                          Officer’s Certificate. On each anniversary of the date of this Agreement, the Borrower shall deliver an Officer’s Certificate, in form and substance acceptable to the Agent, providing (i) a certification, based upon a review and summary of UCC search results, that there is no other interest in the Collateral Portfolio perfected by filing of a UCC financing statement other than in favor of the Trustee and (ii) a certification, based upon a review and summary of tax and judgment lien searches satisfactory to the Agent, that there is no other interest in the Collateral Portfolio based on any tax or judgment lien. The Agent will provide each Lender with a copy of any such Officer’s Certificate promptly upon receipt thereof.

 

(ee)                            Continuation Statements. The Borrower shall, not earlier than six months and not later than three months prior to the fifth anniversary of the date of filing of the financing statement referred to in Schedule I hereto or any other financing statement filed pursuant to this Agreement or in connection with any Advance hereunder, unless the Collection Date shall have occurred:

 

(i)                                  authorize and deliver and file or cause to be filed an appropriate continuation statement with respect to such financing statement and the Trustee hereby authorizes the Borrower to file such continuation statements; and

 

(ii)                                  deliver or cause to be delivered to the Trustee and the Agent an opinion of the counsel for the Borrower, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Agent, confirming and updating the opinion delivered pursuant to Schedule I with respect to perfection and otherwise to the effect that the security interest hereunder continues to be an enforceable and perfected security interest, subject to no other Liens of record except as specified therein, provided herein or otherwise permitted hereunder, which opinion may contain usual and customary assumptions, limitations and exceptions.

 

(ff)                              Loan Asset Rating Update. The Borrower (or the Servicer on behalf of the Borrower) shall update the Moody’s Rating of each Loan Asset included in the Collateral Portfolio whose Moody’s Rating is determined pursuant to clause (iv) of the definition thereof within 12 months of the last rating estimate for each such Loan Asset. The Borrower shall promptly, upon receipt of written notice or upon actual knowledge of a Responsible Officer of the Borrower, notify the Agent in writing if at any time the Moody’s Rating of any Loan Asset

 

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included in the Collateral Portfolio has been, or is known will be, changed or withdrawn. The Agent will provide each Lender with a copy of any such notice promptly upon receipt thereof.Reserved.

 

(gg)                            Acquisition Participation Interests. The Borrower agrees to take all commercially reasonable actions as are necessary to cause each Acquisition Participation Interest (including obtaining all required consents (if any)) to become elevated into an assignment such that the Borrower is the lender of record for the related Loan Asset, as soon as reasonably practicable, and in any event prior to the end of the Acquisition Participation Elevation Period.

 

(hh)                          Beneficial Ownership Regulation. Promptly following any request therefor, the Borrower shall deliver to the Agent information and documentation reasonably requested by the Agent or any Lender for purposes of compliance with the Beneficial Ownership Regulation.

 

(ii)                                  Compliance with Anti-Money Laundering Laws and Anti-Corruption Laws. The Borrower, each Person directly or (to the knowledge of the Borrower) indirectly Controlling the Borrower and each Person directly or (to the knowledge of the Borrower) indirectly Controlled by the Borrower shall: (i) comply with all applicable Anti—Money Laundering Laws and Anti-Corruption Laws in all material respects, and shall maintain policies and procedures reasonably designed to ensure compliance with the Anti-Money Laundering Laws and Anti-Corruption Laws; (ii) conduct the requisite due diligence in connection with the transactions contemplated herein for purposes of complying with the Anti-Money Laundering Laws, including with respect to the legitimacy of any applicable investor and the origin of the assets used by such investor to purchase the property in question, and will maintain sufficient information to identify any applicable investor for purposes of the Anti-Money Laundering Laws; (iii) ensure it does not use any of the credit in violation of any Anti-Corruption Laws or Anti-Money Laundering Laws; and (iv) ensure it does not fund any repayment of the Obligations in violation of any Anti-Corruption Laws or Anti-Money Laundering.

 

Section 5.02                             Negative Covenants of the Borrower.

 

From the Closing Date until the Collection Date:

 

(a)                                 Special Purpose Entity Requirements. Except as otherwise permitted by this Agreement, the Borrower shall not (i) guarantee any obligation of any Person, including any Affiliate; (ii) engage, directly or indirectly, in any business, other than the actions required or permitted to be performed under the Transaction Documents; (iii) incur, create or assume any Indebtedness, other than Indebtedness incurred under the Transaction Documents or under any Hedging Agreement pursuant to Section 5.09 and arising in connection with ordinary business expenses arising pursuant to the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, any Hedging Agreement and the other Transaction Documents; (iv) make or permit to remain outstanding any loan or advance to, or own or acquire any stock or securities (other than any equity or other securities retained pursuant to Section 6.05) of, any Person, except that the Borrower may invest in those Loan Assets and other investments permitted under the Transaction Documents and may make any advance required or expressly permitted to be made pursuant to any provisions of the Transaction Documents and permit the same to remain outstanding in accordance with such

 

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provisions; (v) fail to pay its debts and liabilities from its assets when due; (vi) create, form or otherwise acquire any Subsidiaries or (vii) release, sell, transfer, convey or assign any Loan Asset unless in accordance with the Transaction Documents.

 

(b)                                 Requirements for Material Actions. The Borrower shall not fail to provide that the unanimous consent of all directors (including the consent of the Independent Director(s)) is required for the Borrower to (i) dissolve or liquidate, in whole or part, or institute proceedings to be adjudicated bankrupt or insolvent, (ii) institute or consent to the institution of bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings against it, (iii) file a petition seeking or consent to reorganization or relief under any applicable federal or state law relating to bankruptcy or insolvency, (iv) seek or consent to the appointment of a receiver, liquidator, assignee, trustee, sequestrator, custodian or any similar official for the Borrower, (v) make any assignment for the benefit of the Borrower’s creditors, (vi) admit in writing its inability to pay its debts generally as they become due, or (vii) take any action in furtherance of any of the foregoing.

 

(c)                                  Protection of Title. The Borrower shall not take any action which would directly or indirectly impair or adversely affect Borrower’s title to the Collateral Portfolio.

 

(d)                                 Transfer Limitations. The Borrower shall not transfer, assign, convey, grant, bargain, sell, set over, deliver or otherwise dispose of, or pledge or hypothecate, directly or indirectly, any interest in the Collateral Portfolio to any person other than the Trustee for the benefit of the Secured Parties, or engage in financing transactions or similar transactions with respect to the Collateral Portfolio with any person other than the Agent and the Lenders, in each case, except as otherwise expressly permitted by the terms of this Agreement.

 

(e)                                  Liens. The Borrower shall not create, incur or permit to exist any lien, encumbrance or security interest in or on any of the Collateral Portfolio subject to the security interest granted by the Borrower pursuant to this Agreement, other than Permitted Liens.

 

(f)                                   Organizational Documents. The Borrower shall not modify or terminate any of the organizational or operational documents of the Borrower without the prior written consent of the Agent.

 

(g)                                  [Reserved].Compliance with Sanctions. None of the Borrower, any Person directly or (to the knowledge of the Borrower) indirectly Controlling the Borrower nor any Person directly or (to the knowledge of the Borrower) indirectly Controlled by the Borrower will, directly or indirectly, use the proceeds of any Advance hereunder, or lend, contribute, or otherwise make available such proceeds to any subsidiary, joint venture partner, or other Person (i) to fund any activities or business of or with a Sanctioned Person, or (ii) in any manner that would be prohibited by Sanctions or would otherwise cause any Lender to be in breach of any Sanctions. Each Person shall comply with all applicable Sanctions in all material respects, and shall maintain policies and procedures reasonably designed to ensure compliance with Sanctions. The Borrower will notify each Lender and the Agent in writing not more than one (1) Business Day after becoming aware of any breach of this section.

 

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(n)                                 Notice of Accounting Changes. As soon as possible and in any event within three Business Days after the effective date thereof, the Servicer will provide to the Agent notice of any material change in the accounting policies of the Servicer. The Agent will provide each Lender with a copy of any such notice promptly upon receipt thereof.Reserved.

 

(o)                                 Notice of Proceedings Related to the Collateral Portfolio. The Servicer shall notify the Agent as soon as possible and in any event within three Business Days after any Responsible Officer of the Servicer receives notice or has actual knowledge of any settlement of, judgment (including a judgment with respect to the liability phase of a bifurcated trial) in or commencement of any labor controversy, litigation, action, suit or proceeding before any court or governmental department, commission, board, bureau, agency or instrumentality, domestic or foreign, that could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect on the Collateral Portfolio or the interests of the Trustee or the Secured Parties in, to and under the Collateral Portfolio. Solely, for purposes of this Section 5.03(o), any settlement, judgment, labor controversy, litigation, action, suit or proceeding affecting the Collateral Portfolio or the Trustee’s or the Secured Parties’ interest in the Collateral Portfolio that could reasonably be expected to reduce the value of the Collateral Portfolio in excess of $5,000,000 (after any expected insurance proceeds) or more shall be deemed to be expected to have such a Material Adverse Effect. The Agent will provide each Lender with a copy of any such notice promptly upon receipt thereof.

 

(p)                                 Compliance with Legal Opinions. The Servicer shall take all other actions necessary to maintain the accuracy of the factual assumptions set forth in the legal opinions of Latham & Watkins LLP, as special counsel to the Servicer, issued in connection with the Transaction Documents and relating to the issues of substantive consolidation and true sale of the Loan Assets.

 

(q)                                 Instructions to Agents and Obligors. The Servicer shall direct, or shall cause the Transferor or the Equityholder to direct, any agent or administrative agent for any Loan Asset (or any seller of Acquisition Participation Interests) to remit all payments and collections with respect to such Loan Asset, and, if applicable, to direct the Obligor with respect to such Loan Asset to remit all such payments and collections with respect to such Loan Asset directly to the Collection Account. The Borrower and the Servicer shall take commercially reasonable steps to ensure, and shall cause the Transferor or the Equityholder to take commercially reasonable steps to ensure, that only funds constituting payments and collections relating to Loan Assets shall be deposited into the Collection Account.

 

(r)                                    Capacity as Servicer. The Servicer will ensure that, at all times when it is dealing with or in connection with the Loan Assets in its capacity as Servicer, it holds itself out as Servicer, and not in any other capacity.

 

(s)                                   Notice of Breaches of Representations and Warranties under the Purchase and Sale Agreements or the Participation Agreement. The Servicer confirms and agrees that the Servicer will, upon receipt of notice or discovery thereof, promptly send to the Agent and the Trustee a notice of (i) any breach of any representation, warranty, agreement or covenant under either of the Purchase and Sale Agreements or the Participation Agreement or (ii) any event or

 

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occurrence that, upon notice, or upon the passage of time or both, would constitute such a breach, in each case, promptly upon learning thereof. The Agent will provide each Lender with a copy of any such notice promptly upon receipt thereof.

 

(t)                                    Audits. Periodically, at the discretion of the Agent, the Servicer shall allow the Agent and the Lenders (during normal office hours and upon reasonable advance notice) to review the Servicer’s collection and administration of the Collateral Portfolio in order to assess compliance by the Servicer with the Servicing Standard, as well as with the Transaction Documents and to conduct an audit of the Collateral Portfolio and Required Loan Documents in conjunction with such a review. Such review shall be reasonable in scope and shall be completed in a reasonable period of time; provided that, at the Servicer’s expense, (i) prior to the occurrence of an Event of Default, the Agent and the Lenders shall be entitled to two (2) such audits in the aggregate during each calendar year and, (ii) after the occurrence of an Event of Default, the Agent and the Lenders shall be entitled to such number of audits per annum and at such times as it shall require in its reasonable discretion.

 

(u)                                 Notice of Breaches of Representations and Warranties under this Agreement. The Servicer shall promptly, upon receipt of notice or discovery thereof, notify the Agent if any representation or warranty set forth in Section 4.03 was incorrect at the time it was given or deemed to have been given and at the same time deliver to the Trustee and the Agent a written notice setting forth in reasonable detail the nature of such facts and circumstances. In particular, but without limiting the foregoing, the Servicer shall notify the Agent in the manner set forth in the preceding sentence before any Cut-Off Date of any facts or circumstances within the knowledge of the Servicer which would render any of the said representations and warranties untrue at the date when such representations and warranties were made or deemed to have been made. The Agent will provide each Lender with a copy of any such notice promptly upon receipt thereof.

 

(v)                                 Insurance Policies. The Servicer has caused, and will cause, to be performed any and all acts reasonably required to be performed to preserve the rights and remedies of the Trustee and the Secured Parties in any Insurance Policies applicable to Loan Assets (to the extent the Servicer or an Affiliate of the Servicer is the agent or servicer under the applicable Loan Agreement) including, without limitation, in each case, any necessary notifications of insurers, assignments of policies or interests therein, and establishments of co-insured, joint loss payee and mortgagee rights in favor of the Trustee and the Secured Parties; provided that, unless the Borrower is the sole lender under such Loan Agreement, the Servicer shall only take such actions that are customarily taken by or on behalf of a lender in a syndicated loan facility to preserve the rights of such lender.

 

(w)                               Loan Asset Rating Update. The Servicer shall cause the Borrower to, or shall on the Borrower’s behalf, update the Moody’s Rating of each Loan Asset included in the Collateral Portfolio whose Moody’s Rating is determined pursuant to clause (iv) of the definition thereof within 12 months of the last rating estimate for each such Loan Asset. The Servicer shall promptly, upon receipt of written notice or upon actual knowledge of a Responsible Officer of the Servicer, notify the Agent in writing if at any time the Moody’s Rating of any Loan Asset included in the Collateral Portfolio has been, or is known will be, changed or withdrawn. The

 

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Agent will provide each Lender with a copy of any such notice promptly upon receipt thereof.Reserved.

 

(x)                                 Acquisition Participation Interests. The Servicer agrees to take all commercially reasonable actions as are necessary to cause each Acquisition Participation Interest (including obtaining all required consents (if any)) to become elevated into an assignment such that the Borrower is the lender of record for the related Loan Asset, as soon as reasonably practicable, and in any event prior to the end of the Acquisition Participation Elevation Period.

 

(y)                                 Sanctions. The Servicer shall promptly, but no later than one (1) Business Day after becoming aware thereof, notify the Agent and the Lenders in writing of any breach of any representation, warranty or covenant relating to Sanctions or Sanctioned Persons by itself or by the Borrower.

 

(z)                                  Compliance with Anti-Money Laundering Laws and Anti-Corruption Laws. The Servicer, each Person directly or (to the knowledge of the Servicer) indirectly Controlling the Servicer and each Person directly or (to the knowledge of the Servicer) indirectly Controlled by the Servicer shall: (i) comply with all applicable Anti-Money-Laundering Laws and Anti-Corruption Laws in all material respects, and shall maintain policies and procedures reasonably designed to ensure compliance with the Anti-Money Laundering Laws and Anti-Corruption Laws; (ii) conduct the requisite due diligence in connection with the transactions contemplated herein for purposes of complying with the Anti-Money Laundering Laws, including with respect to the legitimacy of any applicable investor and the origin of the assets used by such investor to purchase the property in question, and will maintain sufficient information to identify any applicable investor for purposes of the Anti-Money Laundering Laws; (iii) ensure it does not use any of the credit in violation of any Anti-Corruption Laws or Anti-Money Laundering Laws; and (iv) ensure it does not fund any repayment of the Obligations in violation of any Anti-Corruption Laws or Anti-Money Laundering Laws.

 

Section 5.04                             Negative Covenants of the Servicer.

 

From the Closing Date until the Collection Date:

 

(a)                                 Mergers, Acquisition, Sales, etc. Other than the transactions contemplated by the Acquisition Agreement, the Servicer will not consolidate with or merge into any other Person or convey or transfer its properties and assets substantially as an entirety to any Person, unless the Servicer is the surviving entity and unless:

 

(i)                                     the Servicer has delivered to the Agent (who will provide each Lender with a copy promptly upon receipt thereof) an Officer’s Certificate and an Opinion of Counsel each stating that any such consolidation, merger, conveyance or transfer and any supplemental agreement executed in connection therewith comply with this Section 5.04 and that all conditions precedent herein provided for relating to such transaction have been complied with and, in the case of the Opinion of Counsel, that such supplemental agreement is legal, valid and binding with respect to the Servicer and such other matters as the Agent may reasonably request;

 

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that it is understood and acknowledged that the Borrower will be consolidated with the Servicer for tax purposes.

 

(g)                                  Compliance with Sanctions. None of the Servicer, any Person directly or (to the knowledge of the Servicer) indirectly Controlling the Servicer nor any Person directly or (to the knowledge of the Servicer) indirectly Controlled by the Servicer will, directly or indirectly, use the proceeds of any Advance hereunder, or lend, contribute, or otherwise make available such proceeds to any subsidiary, joint venture partner, or other Person (i) to fund any activities or business of or with a Sanctioned Person, or (ii) in any manner that would be prohibited by Sanctions or would otherwise cause any Lender to be in breach of any Sanctions. Each Person shall comply with all applicable Sanctions in all material respects, and shall maintain policies and procedures reasonably designed to ensure compliance with Sanctions. Each Person will notify each Lender and the Agent in writing not more than one (1) Business Day after becoming aware of any breach of this section.

 

Section 5.05                             Affirmative Covenants of the Trustee.

 

From the Closing Date until the Collection Date:

 

(a)                                 Compliance with Law. The Trustee will comply in all material respects with all Applicable Law.

 

(b)                                 Preservation of Existence. The Trustee will preserve and maintain its existence, rights, franchises and privileges in the jurisdiction of its formation and qualify and remain qualified in good standing in each jurisdiction where failure to preserve and maintain such existence, rights, franchises, privileges and qualification could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

Section 5.06                             Negative Covenants of the Trustee.

 

From the Closing Date until the Collection Date, the Trustee will not make any changes to the Trustee Fees without the prior written approval of the Agent and the Borrower.

 

Section 5.07                             Affirmative Covenants of the Collateral Custodian.

 

From the Closing Date until the Collection Date:

 

(a)                                 Compliance with Law. The Collateral Custodian will comply in all material respects with all Applicable Law.

 

(b)                                 Preservation of Existence. The Collateral Custodian will preserve and maintain its existence, rights, franchises and privileges in the jurisdiction of its formation and qualify and remain qualified in good standing in each jurisdiction where failure to preserve and maintain such existence, rights, franchises, privileges and qualification could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

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(ix)                                 directing the Trustee to make payments pursuant to the terms of the Servicing Report in accordance with Section 2.04;

 

(x)                                 directing the sale or substitution of Collateral Portfolio in accordance with Section 2.07;

 

(xi)                                 providing administrative assistance to the Borrower with respect to the purchase and sale of and payment for the Loan Assets;

 

(xii)                                 instructing the Obligors and the administrative agents on the Loan Assets (or sellers of Acquisition Participation Interests) to make payments directly into the Collection Account established and maintained with the Trustee;

 

(xiii)                                 delivering the Loan Asset Files and the Loan Asset Schedule to the Collateral Custodian;

 

(xiv)                                calculating the Moody’s Rating, the Maximum Weighted Average Rating Factor Test, the Moody’s Weighted Average Rating Factor, the Minimum Weighted Average Coupon Test, the Minimum Weighted Average Spread Test and the Concentration Limits with respect to the Loan Assets on the dates and times necessary for the Borrower and Servicer to comply with this Agreement;

 

(xv)                                furnishing all reports, certificates, financial statements and other information as required pursuant to Section 6.08; and

 

(xvi)                                complying with such other duties and responsibilities as may be required of the Servicer by this Agreement.

 

It is acknowledged and agreed that in circumstances in which a Person other than the Borrower, the Transferor (so long as the Transferor is also the Servicer) or the Servicer acts as lead agent with respect to any Loan Asset, the Servicer shall perform its servicing duties hereunder only to the extent a lender under the related loan syndication Loan Agreements has the right to do so. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, it is acknowledged and agreed that the performance by the Servicer of its duties hereunder shall be limited insofar as such performance would conflict with or result in a breach of any of the express terms of the related Loan Agreements; provided that the Servicer shall (a) provide prompt written notice to the Agent (who will provide each Lender with a copy promptly upon receipt thereof) upon becoming aware of such conflict or breach, (b) have determined that there is no other commercially reasonable performance that it could render consistent with the express terms of the Loan Agreements which would result in all or a portion of the servicing duties being performed in accordance with this Agreement, and (c) undertake all commercially reasonable efforts to mitigate the effects of such non-performance including performing as much of the servicing duties as possible and performing such other commercially reasonable and/or similar duties consistent with the terms of the Loan Agreements.

 

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(b)           Servicing Report.

 

(i)            On each Reporting Date, the Servicer will provide to the Borrower, the Agent and the Trustee, a monthly statement including (x) a Borrowing Base calculated as of the most recent Determination Date, (y) calculations showing compliance with the Collateral Quality Test and the Concentration Limits as of the most recent Determination Date and (z) a summary prepared with respect to each Obligor and with respect to each Loan Asset for such Obligor prepared as of the most recent Determination Date that will be required to set forth only (A) calculations of the Net Leverage Ratio and the Interest Coverage Ratio for each such Loan Asset for the most recently ended Relevant Test Period for each such Loan Asset and (B) whether or not each such Loan Asset shall have become subject to a Material Modification (such monthly statement, a “Servicing Report”), with respect to related calendar month signed by a Responsible Officer of the Servicer and the Borrower and substantially in the form of Exhibit K.

 

(ii)           On each Reporting Date that includes a Payment Date in the same month, in addition to the information provided under clause (i) above, the Servicer will provide to the Borrower, the Agent and the Trustee in such monthly statement, (x) the Interest Collections received during the immediately preceding Remittance Period and available for distribution pursuant as of such Payment Date, (y) the Principal Collections received during the immediately preceding Remittance Period and available for distribution as of such Payment Date, and (z) the dollar amount to be distributed on such Payment Date at each level of priority pursuant to Section 2.04.

 

(iii)          The Agent will provide each Lender with a copy of such Servicing Reports promptly upon receipt thereof.

 

(c)           Servicer’s Certificate. Together with each Servicing Report, the Servicer shall submit to the Agent and the Trustee a certificate substantially in the form of Exhibit L (a “Servicer’s Certificate”), signed by a Responsible Officer of the Servicer, which shall include a certification by such Responsible Officer that no Event of Default or Unmatured Event of Default has occurred. The Agent will provide each Lender with a copy of such Servicer’s Certificates promptly upon receipt thereof.

 

(d)           Financial Statements. The Servicer will submit to the Agent and the Trustee, (i) within 45 days after the end of each of its fiscal quarters (excluding the fiscal quarter ending on the date specified in clause (ii)), commencing March 31, 2010, consolidated unaudited financial statements of the Servicer for the most recent fiscal quarter, and (ii) within 90 days after the end of each fiscal year, commencing with the fiscal year ended December 31, 2009, consolidated audited financial statements of the Servicer, audited by a firm of nationally recognized independent public accountants, as of the end of such fiscal year. The Servicer shall be deemed to have satisfied the requirements of this Section 6.08(d) if the reports, documents and information of the types otherwise so required are publicly available when required to be filed on EDGAR at the www.sec.gov website or any successor service provided by the Securities and Exchange Commission; provided that the Agent and each of the Lenders have been granted

 

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respect of such portion of the Collateral Portfolio as of the date of such proposed sale, as notified by the Trustee or the Agent to the Borrower. The Borrower’s right of first refusal shall terminate not later than 4:00 p.m. on the second Business Day following the Business Day on which the Borrower receives notice of the Trustee’s or the Agent’s election to sell such portion of the Collateral Portfolio, such notice to attach copies of all Eligible Bids received by the Trustee or the Agent in respect of such Collateral Portfolio.

 

(3)           If the Borrower elects not to exercise its right of first refusal as provided in clauses (1) or (2) above, the Trustee (acting as directed by the Agent) or the Agent shall sell such Collateral Portfolio or portion thereof for a purchase price equal to the highest of the Eligible Bids then received. For the avoidance of doubt, any determination of the highest Eligible Bid shall only consider bids for the same parcels of the Collateral Portfolio.

 

(4)           It is understood that the Borrower may submit its bid for the Collateral Portfolio or any portion thereof as a combined bid with the bids of other members of a group of bidders, and shall have the right to find bidders to bid on the Collateral Portfolio or any portion thereof.

 

(5)           It is understood that the Borrower’s right of first refusal shall apply to each proposed sale of the same parcel of the Collateral Portfolio.

 

ARTICLE VIII.

 

INDEMNIFICATION

 

Section 8.01          Indemnities by the Borrower.

 

(a)           WithoutExcept for Taxes (other than Taxes that represent losses, claims, damages, etc. arising from any non-tax claim) which shall not be covered by this Section 8.01 and without limiting any other rights which the Agent, the Lenders, the Trustee, the Bank, the Collateral Custodian or any of their respective Affiliates may have hereunder or under Applicable Law, the Borrower hereby agrees to indemnify the Agent, the Lenders, the Trustee, the Bank, the Collateral Custodian and each of their respective Affiliates, assigns, officers, directors, employees and agents (each, an “Indemnified Party” for purposes of this Article VIII) from and against any and all damages, losses, claims, liabilities and related costs and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and disbursements (all of the foregoing being collectively referred to as “Indemnified Amounts”), awarded against or actually incurred by such Indemnified Party arising out of or as a result of this Agreement or in respect of any of the Collateral Portfolio, excluding, however, Indemnified Amounts to the extent resulting solely from gross negligence, bad faith or willful misconduct on the part of an Indemnified Party. Without limiting the foregoing, the Borrower shall indemnify each Indemnified Party for Indemnified Amounts

 

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(h)           release all or substantially all of the Collateral Portfolio or release any Transaction Document (other than as specifically permitted or contemplated in this Agreement or the applicable Transaction Document) without the written consent of each Lender; or

 

(i)            make material amendments to the definitions of “Collateral Quality Test”, “Minimum Weighted Average Coupon Test”, “Minimum Weighted Average Spread Test”, “Maximum Weighted Average Rating Factor Test” or any definitions therein, in each case, without the written consent of a Supermajority of the Lenders;

 

(j)            make any modification to the definitions of “Borrowing Base”, “Adjusted Borrowing Value”, “Excess Concentration Amount” or any definitions therein, in each case, which would have a material adverse effect on the calculation of the Borrowing Base, without the written consent of each Lender;

 

provided, further, that (i) any amendment of this Agreement that is solely for the purpose of adding a Lender may be effected with the consent of the Agent, but without the written consent of the Borrower or any Lender, (ii) no such amendment, waiver or modification materially adversely affecting the rights or obligations of the Trustee, the Bank or the Collateral Custodian shall be effective without the written agreement of the Trustee, the Bank or the Collateral Custodian, as applicable, (iii) no amendment, waiver or modification adversely affecting the rights or obligations of any Hedge Counterparty shall be effective without the written agreement of such Person, (iv) no amendment, waiver or consent shall, unless in writing and signed by the Swingline Lender in addition to the Lenders required above, affect the rights or duties of the Swingline Lender under this Agreement, (v) no amendment, waiver or consent shall, unless in writing and signed by the Agent, affect the rights or duties of the Agent under this Agreement or any other Transaction Document and (vi) the Agent and the Borrower shall be permitted to amend any provision of the Transaction Documents (and such amendment shall become effective without any further action or consent of any other party to any Transaction Document) if the Agent and the Borrower shall have jointly identified an obvious error or any error or omission of a technical or immaterial nature in any such provision. Any waiver or consent shall be effective only in the specific instance and for the specific purpose for which given. For the avoidance of doubt, in the event that an Event of Default has occurred but has been waived unconditionally and in its entirety in accordance with the terms hereof, such Event of Default shall be deemed to have not “occurred” and references to “after the occurrence of an Event of Default” shall be inapplicable for all purposes in this Agreement or any of the Transaction Documents, except to the extent otherwise provided for in the relevant waiver; provided that any waiver which by its terms becomes effective upon certain conditions precedent being met will not be considered a conditional waiver solely due to the existence of such conditions precedent if all such conditions precedent to effectiveness have been satisfied. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, no Defaulting Lender shall have any right to approve or disapprove any amendment, waiver or consent hereunder, except that the Commitment of such Lender may not be increased or extended without the consent of such Lender.

 

Section 11.02 Notices, Etc. All notices and other communications hereunder shall, unless otherwise stated herein, be in writing (which shall include facsimile communication

 

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Section 11.07 Costs, Expenses and Taxes.

 

(a)           In addition to the rights of indemnification granted to the Trustee, the Bank, the Agent, the Lenders, the Collateral Custodian and their respective Affiliates under Section 8.01 and Section 8.02 hereof, each of the Borrower, the Servicer and the Transferor agrees to pay on demand all reasonable, invoiced out-of-pocket costs and expenses of the Agent, the Lenders, the Trustee, the Bank and the Collateral Custodian incurred in connection with the preparation, execution, delivery, administration (including periodic auditing), renewal, amendment or modification of, or any waiver or consent issued in connection with, this Agreement, the Transaction Documents and the other documents to be delivered hereunder or in connection herewith, including, without limitation, the reasonable fees and out-of-pocket expenses of counsel for the Agent, the Lenders, the Trustee, the Bank and the Collateral Custodian with respect thereto and with respect to advising the Agent, the Lenders, the Trustee, the Bank and the Collateral Custodian as to their respective rights and remedies under this Agreement and the other documents to be delivered hereunder or in connection herewith, and all invoiced out-of-pocket costs and expenses, if any (including reasonable counsel fees and expenses), incurred by the Agent, the Lenders, the Trustee, the Bank or the Collateral Custodian in connection with the enforcement of this Agreement or any Transaction Document by such Person and the other documents to be delivered hereunder or in connection herewith.

 

(b)           The Borrower, the Servicer and the Transferor shall pay on demand any and all stamp, sales, excise and other similar Taxes (“Other Taxes”) and fees payable or determined to be payable to any Governmental Authority in connection with the execution, delivery, filing and recording of this Agreement, the other documents to be delivered hereunder or any other Transaction Document or the funding or maintenance of Advances hereunder, except any such Taxes that are Other Connection Taxes.

 

(c)           The Servicer and the Transferor shall pay on demand all other reasonable, invoiced out-of-pocket costs, expenses and other Taxes (other than Excluded Taxes or Indemnified Taxes) incurred by the Agent, the Lenders, the Trustee, the Collateral Custodian and the Bank, including, without limitation, all costs and expenses incurred by the Agent and the Lenders in connection with periodic audits of the Borrower’s, the Transferor’s or the Servicer’s books and records.

 

(d)           For the avoidance of doubt, except with respect to the costs and expenses to be paid to the Trustee and the Collateral Custodian, costs and expenses to be paid pursuant to this Section 11.07 shall exclude all allocable overhead costs and expenses.

 

Section 11.08 No Proceedings.

 

(a)           Each of the parties hereto (other than the Agent with the consent of the Lenders) and each Hedge Counterparty (by accepting the benefits of this Agreement) agrees that it will not institute against, or join any other Person in instituting against, the Borrower any proceedings of the type referred to in the definition of Bankruptcy Event so long as there shall not have elapsed one year (or such longer preference period as shall then be in effect) and one day since the Collection Date.

 

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interest of the Borrower pursuant to any provision hereof shall also be deemed to be an assignment of any security interest created pursuant to the terms of the Purchase and Sale Agreements. The Borrower shall, to the extent consistent with this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents, take such actions as may be necessary to ensure that, if either of the Purchase and Sale Agreements were deemed to create a security interest in the Eligible Loan Assets, such security interest would be deemed to be a perfected security interest of first priority (subject only to Permitted Liens) under Applicable Law and will be maintained as such throughout the term of this Agreement.

 

(b)           It is the intention of each of the parties hereto that the Eligible Loan Assets conveyed by the Transferor to the Equityholder pursuant to the First Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement and by the Equityholder to the Borrower pursuant to the Second Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement and by the Transferor to the Borrower pursuant to the Original Purchase and Sale Agreement shall constitute assets owned by the Borrower and shall not be part of the Transferor’s estate or the Equityholder’s estate, as applicable, in the event of the filing of a bankruptcy petition by or against the Transferor or Equityholder, as applicable, under any bankruptcy or similar law.

 

(c)           The Borrower agrees to treat, and shall cause the Equityholder and the Transferor to treat, for all purposes (other than accounting purposes and subject to the tax characterization of the Borrower and the Advances described in Section 5.01(aa) and Section 5.02(k) hereof) (x) the transactions effected by the First Tier Purchase and Sale Agreements as sales of assets to the Equityholder, (y) the transactions effected by the Second Tier Purchase and Sale Agreements as sales of assets to the Borrower and (z) the transactions effected by the Original Purchase and Sale Agreement as sales of the assets to the Borrower. The Borrower and the Servicer each hereby agree to cause each of the Transferor and the Equityholder, as applicable, to reflect in the Transferor’s or Equityholder’s financial records, as applicable, and to include a note in the publicly filed annual and quarterly financial statements of Ares indicating that: (i) assets related to transactions (including transactions pursuant to the Transaction Documents) that do not meet SFAS 140 requirements for accounting sale treatment are reflected in the consolidated balance sheet of Ares, as finance receivables pledged and non-recourse, secured borrowings and (ii) those assets are owned by a special purpose entity that is consolidated in the financial statements of Ares, and the creditors of that special purpose entity have received ownership and/or security interests in such assets and such assets are not intended to be available to the creditors of sellers (or any affiliate of the sellers) of such assets to that special purpose entity.

 

Section 11.13 Confidentiality.

 

(a)           Each of the Agent, the Lenders, the Servicer, the Trustee, the Borrower, the Bank, the Equityholder, the Transferor and the Collateral Custodian shall maintain and shall cause each of its employees and officers to maintain the confidentiality of the Agreement and all information with respect to the other parties, including all information regarding the Loan Assets and the business of the Borrower and the Servicer hereto and their respective businesses, and all information in connection with or related to the Loan Agreements (including but not limited to any information provided pursuant to Section 6.08), obtained by it or them in connection with the structuring, negotiating and execution of the transactions contemplated herein, except that each

 

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that the Trustee or the Agent deems necessary or desirable in order to perfect, protect or more fully evidence the security interests granted by the Borrower hereunder, or to enable any of them to exercise or enforce any of their respective rights hereunder, including any rights arising with respect to Article VII. In the event the Collateral Custodian receives instructions from the Trustee, the Servicer or the Borrower which conflict with any instructions received by the Agent, the Collateral Custodian shall rely on and follow the instructions given by the Agent.

 

(ii)           The Agent may direct the Collateral Custodian to take any such incidental action hereunder. With respect to other actions which are incidental to the actions specifically delegated to the Collateral Custodian hereunder, the Collateral Custodian shall not be required to take any such incidental action hereunder, but shall be required to act or to refrain from acting (and shall be fully protected in acting or refraining from acting) upon the direction of the Agent; provided that the Collateral Custodian shall not be required to take any action hereunder at the request of the Agent, any Secured Party or otherwise if the taking of such action, in the reasonable determination of the Collateral Custodian, (x) shall be in violation of any Applicable Law or contrary to any provisions of this Agreement or (y) shall expose the Collateral Custodian to liability hereunder or otherwise (unless it has received indemnity which it reasonably deems to be satisfactory with respect thereto). In the event the Collateral Custodian requests the consent of the Agent and the Collateral Custodian does not receive a consent (either positive or negative) from the Agent within 10 Business Days of its receipt of such request, then the Agent shall be deemed to have declined to consent to the relevant action.

 

(iii)          The Collateral Custodian shall not be liable for any action taken, suffered or omitted by it in accordance with the request or direction of any Secured Party, to the extent that this Agreement provides such Secured Party the right to so direct the Collateral Custodian, or the Agent. The Collateral Custodian shall not be deemed to have notice or knowledge of any matter hereunder, including an Event of Default, unless a Responsible Officer of the Collateral Custodian has knowledge of such matter or written notice thereof is received by the Collateral Custodian.

 

(iv)          The parties acknowledge that in accordance with the Customer Identification Program (CIP) requirements under the USA PATRIOT Act and its implementing regulations, the Collateral Custodian in order to help fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering, is required to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person or legal entity that establishes a relationship or opens an account with the Collateral Custodian. The Borrower hereby agrees that it shall provide the Collateral Custodian with such information as it may request including, but not limited to, the Borrower’s name, physical address, tax identification number and other information that will help the Collateral Custodian to identify and verify the Borrower’s identity (in certain circumstances, the beneficial owners thereof) such as organizational documents, certificate of good standing, license to do business, or other pertinent identifying information.

 

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APPENDIX B

 


 

EXECUTION COPY

 

Conformed through Amendment No. 11

 

 

 

 

 

Up to U.S. $1,000,000,000

 

 

LOAN AND SERVICING AGREEMENT

 

 

Dated as of January 22, 2010

 

 

Among

 

 

ARES CAPITAL CP FUNDING LLC,
as the Borrower

 

 

and

 

 

ARES CAPITAL CORPORATION,
as the Servicer and the Transferor

 

 

and

 

 

WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,
as the Agent and the Swingline Lender

 

 

and

 

 

EACH OF THE LENDERS FROM TIME TO TIME PARTY HERETO,
as the Lenders

 

 

and

 

U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,
as the Collateral Custodian, Trustee and the Bank

 

 

 

 


 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

Page

 

 

 

ARTICLE I.

DEFINITIONS

2

 

 

 

Section 1.01

Certain Defined Terms

2

Section 1.02

Other Terms

52

Section 1.03

Computation of Time Periods

52

Section 1.04

Interpretation

52

 

 

 

ARTICLE II.

THE FACILITY

53

 

 

 

Section 2.01

Advances

53

Section 2.02

Procedure for Advances

55

Section 2.03

Determination of Yield

56

Section 2.04

Remittance Procedures

57

Section 2.05

Instructions to the Trustee and the Bank

61

Section 2.06

Borrowing Base Deficiency Payments

61

Section 2.07

Substitution and Sale of Loan Assets; Affiliate Transactions

61

Section 2.08

Payments and Computations, Etc.

67

Section 2.09

Fees

68

Section 2.10

Increased Costs; Capital Adequacy

68

Section 2.11

Taxes

70

Section 2.12

Collateral Assignment of Agreements

73

Section 2.13

Grant of a Security Interest

73

Section 2.14

Evidence of Debt

74

Section 2.15

Survival of Representations and Warranties

74

Section 2.16

Release of Loan Assets

74

Section 2.17

Treatment of Amounts Paid by the Borrower

75

Section 2.18

Prepayment; Termination

75

Section 2.19

Extension of Stated Maturity Date and Reinvestment Period

76

Section 2.20

Collections and Allocations

76

Section 2.21

Reinvestment of Principal Collections

77

Section 2.22

Additional Lenders; Increase of Commitment

78

Section 2.23

Defaulting Lenders

78

Section 2.24

Mitigation Obligations; Replacement of Lenders

80

Section 2.25

Refunding of Swingline Advances

81

 

 

 

ARTICLE III.

CONDITIONS PRECEDENT

82

 

 

 

Section 3.01

Conditions Precedent to Effectiveness

82

Section 3.02

Conditions Precedent to All Advances

83

Section 3.03

Advances Do Not Constitute a Waiver

85

Section 3.04

Conditions to Pledges of Loan Assets

85

 

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ARTICLE IV.

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

87

 

 

 

Section 4.01

Representations and Warranties of the Borrower

87

Section 4.02

Representations and Warranties of the Borrower Relating to the Agreement and the Collateral Portfolio

95

Section 4.03

Representations and Warranties of the Servicer

96

Section 4.04

Representations and Warranties of the Trustee

100

Section 4.05

Representations and Warranties of each Lender

101

Section 4.06

Representations and Warranties of the Collateral Custodian

101

 

 

 

ARTICLE V.

GENERAL COVENANTS

102

 

 

 

Section 5.01

Affirmative Covenants of the Borrower

102

Section 5.02

Negative Covenants of the Borrower

109

Section 5.03

Affirmative Covenants of the Servicer

112

Section 5.04

Negative Covenants of the Servicer

118

Section 5.05

Affirmative Covenants of the Trustee

119

Section 5.06

Negative Covenants of the Trustee

119

Section 5.07

Affirmative Covenants of the Collateral Custodian

120

Section 5.08

Negative Covenants of the Collateral Custodian

120

Section 5.09

Covenants of the Borrower Relating to Hedging of Loan Assets

120

 

 

 

ARTICLE VI.

ADMINISTRATION AND SERVICING OF CONTRACTS

122

 

 

 

Section 6.01

Appointment and Designation of the Servicer

122

Section 6.02

Duties of the Servicer

124

Section 6.03

Authorization of the Servicer

126

Section 6.04

Collection of Payments; Accounts

127

Section 6.05

Realization Upon Loan Assets

128

Section 6.06

Servicing Compensation

129

Section 6.07

Payment of Certain Expenses by Servicer

129

Section 6.08

Reports to the Agent; Account Statements; Servicing Information

129

Section 6.09

Annual Statement as to Compliance

131

Section 6.10

Annual Independent Public Accountant’s Servicing Reports

132

Section 6.11

The Servicer Not to Resign

132

 

 

 

ARTICLE VII.

EVENTS OF DEFAULT

133

 

 

 

Section 7.01

Events of Default

133

Section 7.02

Additional Remedies of the Agent

136

 

 

 

ARTICLE VIII.

INDEMNIFICATION

140

 

 

 

Section 8.01

Indemnities by the Borrower

140

Section 8.02

Indemnities by Servicer

143

Section 8.03

Legal Proceedings

145

 

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Section 8.04

After-Tax Basis

145

Section 8.05

Benefit of Indemnity

146

 

 

 

ARTICLE IX.

THE AGENT

146

 

 

 

Section 9.01

The Agent

146

 

 

 

ARTICLE X.

TRUSTEE

150

 

 

 

Section 10.01

Designation of Trustee

150

Section 10.02

Duties of Trustee

151

Section 10.03

Merger or Consolidation

153

Section 10.04

Trustee Compensation

153

Section 10.05

Trustee Removal

153

Section 10.06

Limitation on Liability

153

Section 10.07

Trustee Resignation

154

 

 

 

ARTICLE XI.

MISCELLANEOUS

155

 

 

 

Section 11.01

Amendments and Waivers

155

Section 11.02

Notices, Etc.

156

Section 11.03

No Waiver; Remedies

160

Section 11.04

Binding Effect; Assignability; Multiple Lenders

160

Section 11.05

Term of This Agreement

161

Section 11.06

GOVERNING LAW; JURY WAIVER

161

Section 11.07

Costs, Expenses and Taxes

161

Section 11.08

No Proceedings

162

Section 11.09

Recourse Against Certain Parties

163

Section 11.10

Execution in Counterparts; Severability; Integration

164

Section 11.11

Consent to Jurisdiction; Service of Process

164

Section 11.12

Characterization of Conveyances Pursuant to the Purchase and Sale Agreements

164

Section 11.13

Confidentiality

166

Section 11.14

Acknowledgement and Consent to Bail-In of EEA Financial Institutions

167

Section 11.15

Waiver of Set Off

169

Section 11.16

Headings and Exhibits

169

Section 11.17

Ratable Payments

169

Section 11.18

Breaches of Representations, Warranties and Covenants

169

Section 11.19

Assignments of Loan Assets

169

Section 11.20

Affirmation

170

Section 11.21

Covered Transactions

170

 

 

 

ARTICLE XII.

COLLATERAL CUSTODIAN

170

 

 

 

Section 12.01

Designation of Collateral Custodian

170

 

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Section 12.02

Duties of Collateral Custodian

170

Section 12.03

Merger or Consolidation

173

Section 12.04

Collateral Custodian Compensation

173

Section 12.05

Collateral Custodian Removal

174

Section 12.06

Limitation on Liability

174

Section 12.07

Collateral Custodian Resignation

175

Section 12.08

Release of Documents

175

Section 12.09

Return of Required Loan Documents

176

Section 12.10

Access to Certain Documentation and Information Regarding the Collateral Portfolio; Audits of Servicer

176

Section 12.11

Custodian as Agent of Trustee

177

 

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LIST OF SCHEDULES AND EXHIBITS

 

SCHEDULES

 

SCHEDULE I

Conditions Precedent Documents

SCHEDULE II

Prior Names, Tradenames, Fictitious Names and “Doing Business As” Names

SCHEDULE III

Eligibility Criteria

SCHEDULE IV

Agreed-Upon Procedures For Independent Public Accountants

SCHEDULE V

Loan Asset Schedule

SCHEDULE VI

Ares Competitor

SCHEDULE VII

GICS Industry Classification Groups

 

 

EXHIBITS

 

 

 

EXHIBIT A

Form of Approval Notice

EXHIBIT B

Form of Assignment of Mortgage

EXHIBIT C

Form of Borrowing Base Certificate

EXHIBIT D

Form of Disbursement Request

EXHIBIT E

Form of Joinder Supplement

EXHIBIT F

Form of Notice of Borrowing

EXHIBIT G

Form of Notice of Reduction (Reduction of Advances Outstanding)

EXHIBIT H

Form of Notice of Reduction (Reduction of Aggregate Commitments)

EXHIBIT I

Form of Notice and Request for Consent

EXHIBIT J

Form of Certificate of Closing Attorneys

EXHIBIT K

Form of Servicing Report

EXHIBIT L

Form of Servicer’s Certificate (Servicing Report)

EXHIBIT M

Form of Release of Required Loan Documents

EXHIBIT N

Form of Transferee Letter

EXHIBIT O

Form of Power of Attorney for Servicer

EXHIBIT P

Form of Power of Attorney for Borrower

EXHIBIT Q

Form of Servicer’s Certificate (Loan Asset Register)

EXHIBIT R

Form of U.S. Tax Compliance Certificates

 

 

ANNEXES

 

 

 

ANNEX A

Commitments

 

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This LOAN AND SERVICING AGREEMENT (as amended, restated, supplemented or modified from time to time, the “Loan and Servicing Agreement”) is made as of January 22, 2010, among:

 

(1)           ARES CAPITAL CP FUNDING LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (together with its successors and assigns in such capacity, the “Borrower”);

 

(2)           ARES CAPITAL CORPORATION, a Maryland corporation, as the Servicer (as defined herein) and the Transferor (as defined herein);

 

(3)           WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, as agent (together with its successor and assigns in such capacity, the “Agent”) and as swingline lender (together with its successor and assigns in such capacity, the “Swingline Lender”);

 

(4)           EACH OF THE LENDERS FROM TIME TO TIME PARTY HERETO, as a Lender; and

 

(5)           U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (“U.S. Bank”), as the Trustee (together with its successors and assigns in such capacity, the “Trustee”), the Bank (as defined herein) and the Collateral Custodian (together with its successors and assigns in such capacity, the “Collateral Custodian”).

 

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT

 

WHEREAS, certain parties hereto were party to a Sale and Servicing Agreement, dated as of November 3, 2004, by and among the Servicer, as the servicer, the Transferor, as the originator, the Borrower, as the borrower, Ares CP Funding II LLC, as the guarantor, Variable Funding Capital Company LLC (“VFCC”), as a conduit purchaser, the Note Purchaser, as an institutional purchaser, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (f/k/a Wachovia Capital Markets, LLC) (together with its successors and assigns, “WFS”), as the administrative agent and as the purchaser agent for VFCC, Ares Capital CP Funding II, as the guarantor (the “Guarantor”) the Trustee, as the trustee, and Lyon Financial Services, Inc. d/b/a U.S. Bank Portfolio Services (“Lyon”), as the backup servicer (as amended, restated, supplemented or modified prior to the date hereof, the “Original Agreement”);

 

WHEREAS, certain parties hereto are party to an Amended and Restated Sale and Servicing Agreement, dated as of January 22, 2010, by and among the Servicer, as the servicer, the Transferor as the originator, the Borrower, as the borrower, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, in its individual capacity (together with its successors and assigns, “Wells Fargo”), as the note purchaser, WFS, as the administrative agent, and U.S. Bank, as the collateral custodian, trustee and bank (as amended, restated, supplemented or modified prior to the date hereof, (the “Restatement Agreement”) that amended and restated the Original Agreement;

 


 

WHEREAS, the Lenders have agreed, on the terms and conditions set forth herein, to provide a secured revolving credit facility which shall provide for Advances from time to time in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed the Borrowing Base; and

 

WHEREAS, the proceeds of the Advances will be used to finance the Borrower’s origination or purchase, on a “true sale” basis, of Eligible Loan Assets from the Equityholder and the Equityholder’s purchase, on a “true sale” basis, of Eligible Loan Assets from the Transferor, approved by the Agent, pursuant to the Second Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement between the Borrower and the Equityholder and the First Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement between the Equityholder and the Transferor, respectively.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, based upon the foregoing Preliminary Statement, the parties agree as follows:

 

ARTICLE I.

 

DEFINITIONS

 

Section 1.01          Certain Defined Terms.

 

(a)           Certain capitalized terms used throughout this Agreement are defined above or in this Section 1.01.

 

(b)           As used in this Agreement and the exhibits, schedules and annexes thereto (each of which is hereby incorporated herein and made a part hereof), the following terms shall have the following meanings (such meanings to be equally applicable to both the singular and plural forms of the terms defined):

 

1940 Act” means the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

Accreted Interest” means interest accrued on a Loan Asset that is added to the principal amount of such Loan Asset instead of being paid as interest as it accrues.

 

Acquisition Agreement” means that certain Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of May 23, 2016 by and among Ares Capital Corporation, Orion Acquisition Sub, Inc., Ivy Hill Asset Management, L.P. and Ivy Hill Asset Management GP, LLC, in its capacity as general partner of Ivy Hill Asset Management, L.P. (collectively, the “Buyers”), and each of American Capital, Ltd. and American Capital Asset Management, LLC, (collectively the “Seller Parties”), and, solely for purposes of Section 2.2(a)(ii)(B), Section 2.3(a)(iii), Section 4.29, Section 4.30, Section 7.4 and Article VIII thereof, Ares Capital Management LLC, in its capacity as Ares Capital Corporation’s investment adviser.

 

Acquisition Participation Elevation Period” means the period commencing on the Eighth Amendment Effective Date and ending on March 4, 2017.

 

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Acquisition Participation Interests” means the Participation Interests transferred to the Borrower in connection with the transactions contemplated by the Acquisition Agreement on the Eighth Amendment Effective Date, the seller thereof is a Seller Party or an Affiliate thereof.

 

Action” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 8.03.

 

Additional Amount” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 2.11(a).

 

Adjusted Borrowing Value” means for any Loan Asset, for any date of determination, an amount equal to the lowest of: (i) the Outstanding Balance of such Loan Asset at such time, (ii) the Assigned Value of such Loan Asset, as of the applicable Advance Date, multiplied by the principal balance of such Loan Asset (exclusive of Accreted Interest) and (iii) the Assigned Value of such Loan Asset at such time multiplied by the principal balance of such Loan Asset (exclusive of Accreted Interest); provided that the parties hereby agree that the Adjusted Borrowing Value of any Loan Asset that is no longer an Eligible Loan Asset shall be zero.

 

Advance” means each loan advanced by the Lenders (including the Swingline Lender) hereunder (including each Advance, each Swingline Advance and each loan advanced for the purpose of refunding the Swingline Lender for any Swingline Advances pursuant to Section 2.25(a) and funding the Unfunded Exposure Account pursuant to Section 2.02(f)) to the Borrower on an Advance Date pursuant to Article II.

 

Advance Date” means, with respect to any Advance and any Swingline Advance, the date on which such Advance or such Swingline Advance is made.

 

Advances Outstanding” means, at any time, the sum of the principal amounts of Advances loaned to the Borrower for the initial and any subsequent borrowings pursuant to Sections 2.01 and 2.02 as of such time, reduced by the aggregate Available Collections received and distributed as repayment of principal amounts of Advances outstanding pursuant to Section 2.04 at or prior to such time and any other amounts received by the Lenders to repay the principal amounts of Advances outstanding pursuant to Section 2.18 or otherwise at or prior to such time; provided that the principal amounts of Advances outstanding shall not be reduced by any Available Collections or other amounts if at any time such Available Collections or other amounts are rescinded or must be returned for any reason.

 

Affected Party” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 2.10.

 

Affiliate” when used with respect to a Person, means any other Person controlling, controlled by or under common control with such Person.  For the purposes of this definition, “control,” when used with respect to any specified Person, means the power to vote 20% or more of the voting securities of such Person or to direct the management and policies of such Person, directly or indirectly, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by contract or otherwise; and the terms “controlling” and “controlled” have meanings correlative to the foregoing; provided that for purposes of determining whether any Loan Asset is an Eligible Loan Asset or for purposes of Section 5.01(b)(xix), the term Affiliate shall not include any Affiliate relationship which may exist solely as a result of direct or indirect ownership of, or control by, a common Financial Sponsor; provided, further, that, for the purposes of Section 2.07(b), Section 2.07(g), Section 4.01(ii), Section 4.03(q), Section 5.01(p) and Section 5.03(j) of this Agreement, as well as

 

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Section 4.1(ii) and Section 5.2(j)(v) of each of the Purchase and Sale Agreements, the term “Affiliate” shall not include any Excluded Affiliate.

 

Agent” means Wells Fargo, in its capacity as agent for the Lenders, together with its successors and assigns, including any successor appointed pursuant to Article IX.

 

Agent Fee” means the “agent fee” set forth in the Wells Fargo Fee Letter.

 

Agented Note” means any Loan Asset (i) originated as a part of a syndicated loan transaction that has been closed (without regard to any contemporaneous or subsequent syndication of such Loan Asset) prior to such Loan Asset becoming part of the Collateral Portfolio and (ii) with respect to which, upon an assignment of the note under the Purchase and Sale Agreements to the Borrower, the Borrower, as assignee of the note, will have all of the rights but none of the obligations of the Transferor with respect to such note and the Underlying Collateral.

 

Aggregate Funded Coupon” means, as of any date of determination, the sum of, for each Eligible Loan Asset included in the Collateral Portfolio that is a Fixed Rate Loan Asset, the product of (i) the current per annum rate at which such Eligible Loan Asset provides payment of interest in cash (including, for any PIK Loan Asset, only the required current cash pay interest rate thereon) multiplied by (ii) the Adjusted Borrowing Value of such Eligible Loan Asset.

 

Aggregate Funded Spread” means, as of any date of determination, the sum of:

 

(a)           in the case of each Eligible Loan Asset (other than any Floor Obligation) included in the Collateral Portfolio that is a Floating Rate Loan Asset that bears interest at a spread over the Ares LIBOR Rate, (i) the stated interest rate spread on such Eligible Loan Asset (including, for any PIK Loan Asset, only the required current cash pay interest rate thereon) above the Ares LIBOR Rate on such date multiplied by (ii) the Adjusted Borrowing Value of such Eligible Loan Asset; and

 

(b)           in the case of each Floor Obligation included in the Collateral Portfolio and each other Eligible Loan Asset included in the Collateral Portfolio that is a Floating Rate Loan Asset that bears interest at a spread over an index other than the Ares LIBOR Rate, (i) the excess of the sum of such spread and such index (including in the case of each Floor Obligation, the “floor” rate) on such Eligible Loan Asset (including, for any PIK Loan Asset, only the required current cash pay interest rate thereon) above the Ares LIBOR Rate on such date multiplied by (ii) the Adjusted Borrowing Value of such Eligible Loan Asset.

 

Agreement” means this Loan and Servicing Agreement, as the same may be amended, restated, supplemented and/or otherwise modified from time to time hereafter.

 

Anti-Corruption Laws” means (a) the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, as amended; (b) the U.K. Bribery Act 2010, as amended; and (c) any other anti-bribery or anti-corruption laws, regulations or ordinances in any jurisdiction in which the Borrower, the Servicer, the Transferor or any of their respective Subsidiaries is located or doing business.

 

Anti-Money Laundering Laws” means Applicable Law in any jurisdiction in which the Borrower, the Servicer, the Transferor or any of their respective Subsidiaries are located

 

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or doing business that relates to money laundering or terrorism financing, any predicate crime to money laundering, or any financial record keeping and reporting requirements related thereto.

 

Applicable Law” means for any Person all existing and future laws, rules, regulations (including proposed, temporary and final income tax regulations), statutes, treaties, codes, ordinances, permits, certificates, orders, licenses of and interpretations by any Governmental Authority which are applicable to such Person (including, without limitation, predatory lending laws, usury laws, the Federal Truth-in-Lending Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Fair Credit Billing Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, the Federal Reserve Board’s Regulations “B” and “Z”, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act of 2003 and state adaptations of the National Consumer Act and of the Uniform Consumer Credit Code and all other consumer credit laws and equal credit opportunity and disclosure laws) and applicable judgments, decrees, injunctions, writs, awards or orders of any court, arbitrator or other administrative, judicial, or quasi-judicial tribunal or agency of competent jurisdiction.

 

Applicable Percentage” means (a) with respect to any First Lien Loan Asset, 65%, (b) with respect to any First Lien Last Out Loan Asset, 55% and (c) with respect to any Second Lien Loan Asset, 35%.

 

Applicable Spread” means, for any date of determination (x) from and including the Ninth Amendment Effective Date to but excluding the Eleventh Amendment Effective Date, in the event that the Yield Rate is calculated utilizing LIBOR 2.15% per annum, and in the event that the Yield Rate is calculated utilizing the Base Rate, 1.15% per annum and (y) from and including the Eleventh Amendment Effective Date, in the event that the Yield Rate is calculated utilizing LIBOR 2.00% per annum, and in the event that the Yield Rate is calculated utilizing the Base Rate, 1.00% per annum.

 

Approval Notice” means, with respect to any Eligible Loan Asset, the written notice, in substantially the form attached hereto as Exhibit A, evidencing the approval by the Agent, in its sole discretion, of the conveyance of such Eligible Loan Asset by the Transferor to the Equityholder pursuant to the terms of the First Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement and by the Equityholder to the Borrower pursuant to the terms of the Second Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement and the Assignments by which the Transferor effects such conveyance.

 

Approved Lender” means any prospective Lender that acting, for its own account, in the aggregate owns and invests on a discretionary basis, not less than $25,000,000 in investments.

 

Ares” means Ares Capital Corporation.

 

Ares Competitor” means, as of any date, (1) any Person that (a) is a business development company under the 1940 Act as of such date or (b) has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to become a business development company under the 1940 Act as of such date or (2) any investment platform that is primarily engaged in the business of originating, acquiring, managing or investing in middle market loans as of such date which, for the avoidance of doubt, would include the individual business units of the companies set forth on Schedule VI

 

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that specialize in the business of originating, acquiring, managing or investing in middle market loans as of such date.

 

Ares LIBOR Rate” means, with respect to any Loan Asset, the definition of “LIBOR Rate” or any comparable definition in the Loan Agreement for each such Loan Asset, and in any case that “LIBOR Rate” or such comparable definition is not defined in such Loan Agreement, the rate per annum appearing on Reuters Screen LIBOR01 Page (or on any successor or substitute page of such service, or any successor to or substitute for such service, providing rate quotations comparable to those currently provided on such page of such service, as determined by the Agent from time to time for purposes of providing quotations of interest rates applicable to dollar deposits in the London interbank market) at approximately 11:00 a.m., London time for such day, provided, if such day is not a Business Day, the immediately preceding Business Day, as the rate for dollar deposits with a one-month, a two-month or a three-month maturity, as applicable, as and when determined in accordance with the applicable Loan Agreement.

 

Ares Prime Rate” means, with respect to any Loan Asset, the definition of “Prime Rate” or any comparable definition in the Loan Agreement for each such Loan Asset, and in any case that “Prime Rate” or such comparable definition is not defined in such Loan Agreement, the rate designated by certain reference lenders in the applicable Loan Agreement from time to time as its prime rate in the United States, such rate to change as and when the designated rate changes; provided that the Ares Prime Rate is not intended to be lowest rate of interest charged by Ares in connection with extensions of credit to debtors.

 

Asset Coverage Ratio” means the ratio, determined on a consolidated basis, without duplication, in accordance with GAAP, of (a) the value of the total assets of Ares and its Subsidiaries, less all liabilities (other than outstanding Indebtedness, including outstanding Indebtedness hereunder) of Ares and its Subsidiaries, to (b) the aggregate amount of Indebtedness of Ares and its Subsidiaries.  For purposes of calculating the Asset Coverage Ratio, Indebtedness of an SBIC Subsidiary outstanding as of the date of such calculation shall be excluded from the calculation of the Asset Coverage Ratio to the extent and in the manner that such Indebtedness may be excluded from the asset coverage requirements of sections 18(a) and 61(d) of the Investment Company Act pursuant to an effective exemptive order issued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Asset Specific Hedge” means any interest rate exchange agreement between the Borrower and a Hedge Counterparty that is entered into by the Borrower in connection with the purchase or holding of a Fixed Rate Loan Asset or a Floating Rate Loan Asset.

 

Asset Specific Hedged Loan Asset” means any Loan Asset for which the Borrower has entered into an Asset Specific Hedge.  If an Asset Specific Hedge effectively provides for the conversion of a fixed rate of interest under the related Loan Asset to a floating rate of interest, such Loan Asset will, for all purposes under this Agreement, (i) be considered a Floating Rate Loan Asset and (ii) be deemed to pay interest at a floating rate equal to the implied spread over LIBOR to be received by the Borrower under such Asset Specific Hedge.  If an Asset Specific Hedge effectively provides for the conversion of a floating rate of interest under the related Loan Asset to a fixed rate of interest, such Loan Asset will, for all purposes under this Agreement, (a) be

 

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considered a Fixed Rate Loan Asset and (b) be deemed to pay interest at a fixed rate to be received by the Borrower under the related Asset Specific Hedge.

 

Assigned Documents” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 2.12.

 

Assigned Value” means, with respect to each Loan Asset, as of any date of determination and expressed as a percentage of the principal balance of such Loan Asset (exclusive of Accreted Interest), the lower of (x) the amount (not greater than par) paid by the Borrower to acquire such Loan Asset from the Equityholder (in each case, expressed exclusive of Accreted Interest) or (y) the value determined by the Agent, in its sole reasonable discretion, as of the applicable Cut-Off Date, subject to the following terms:

 

(a)           If a Value Adjustment Event of the type described in clauses (ii), (iv) or (vi) of the definition thereof with respect to such Loan Asset occurs, the Assigned Value of such Loan Asset will be zero.

 

(b)           If a Value Adjustment Event of the type described in clauses (i), (iii) or (v) of the definition thereof with respect to such Loan Asset occurs, “Assigned Value” may be amended at any time by the Agent, in its sole discretion (provided that, after the initial amendment to the Assigned Value with respect to any Loan Asset, any additional amendment (other than an amendment as a result of the occurrence of a separate Value Adjustment Event) shall only be on a quarterly or monthly basis, as applicable, after receipt by the Agent from the Servicer of the applicable financial information with respect to such Loan Asset).

 

(c)           The Assigned Value of any Loan Asset may be increased at the sole reasonable discretion of the Agent upon improvement in the Net Leverage Ratio or the Interest Coverage Ratio of such Loan Asset, as the case may be, as part of a Value Adjustment Event.  The Assigned Value of any Loan Asset whose Assigned Value is lower than 100% may be increased at the sole reasonable discretion of the Agent (i)(x) upon the cure of any Value Adjustment Event with respect to such Loan Asset or (y) if the Net Leverage Ratio for such Loan Asset is at least 0.50x lower than the Net Leverage Ratio calculated as of the applicable Cut-Off Date and (ii) upon the written request of the Borrower.

 

The Agent shall promptly notify the Servicer of any change effected by the Agent of the Assigned Value of any Loan Asset; provided that, solely with respect to the occurrence of a Value Adjustment Event of the type described in clause (i)(y) of the definition thereof, immediately after giving effect to any such reevaluation, the Assigned Value shall not be lower than such value that would result in the Facility Attachment Ratio for such Loan Asset (based upon such Loan Asset’s Senior Net Leverage Ratio or Net Leverage Ratio, as applicable) being lower than the “Minimum Facility Attachment Ratio” specified therefor in accordance with the grid below:

 

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First Lien Loan Assets

 

Senior Net Leverage Ratio

 

Minimum Facility Attachment Ratio

=< 4.25x

 

2.90x

> 4.25 and =< 5.00x

 

2.80x

> 5.00 and =< 6.00x

 

2.70x

> 6.00 and =< 7.00x

 

2.60x

> 7.00 and =< 8.00x

 

2.40x

> 8.00x

 

0.00x

 

First Lien Last Out Loan Assets

 

Senior Net Leverage Ratio

 

Minimum Facility Attachment Ratio

=< 5.00x

 

Facility Attachment Ratio as of Cut-Off Date

>5.00 and =<6.00x

 

Facility Attachment Ratio as of Cut-Off Date less 0.25x

>6.00 and =<7.00x

 

Facility Attachment Leverage Ratio as of Cut-Off Date less 0.50x

> 7.00x

 

0.00x

 

Second Lien Loan Assets

 

Net Leverage Ratio

 

Minimum Facility Attachment Ratio

=< 5.00x

 

Facility Attachment Ratio as of Cut-Off Date

>5.00 and =<6.00x

 

Facility Attachment Ratio as of Cut-Off Date less 0.25x

>6.00 and =<7.00x

 

Facility Attachment Leverage Ratio as of Cut-Off Date less 0.50x

>7.00x

 

0.00x

 

Designated Loan Asset

 

Net Leverage Ratio

 

Minimum Facility Attachment Ratio

=< 6.50x

 

The lesser of (i) the Facility Attachment Ratio as of the Cut-Off Date and (ii) 2.00x

> 6.50x

 

0.00x

 

For purposes of determining the Minimum Facility Attachment Ratio in reference to the grid above with respect to Second Lien Loan Assets and Designated Loan Assets, the calculation of the “Net Leverage Ratio” shall exclude Indebtedness of the applicable Obligor that

 

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is subordinate in right of payment to tranches of Indebtedness of such Obligor having a second priority security interest on the Obligor’s assets constituting Underlying Collateral for the applicable Loan Asset.

 

At the time of approval of each Loan Asset, the Agent in its sole discretion will designate any applicable Loan Asset as a “Designated Loan Asset” for purposes of determining the Assigned Value of such Loan Asset in reference to the Minimum Facility Attachment Ratios set forth in the definition of “Assigned Value”.

 

Assignment of Mortgage” means an assignment of the Mortgage, notice of transfer or equivalent instrument in recordable form sufficient under the laws of the jurisdiction wherein the related mortgaged property is located to effect the assignment of the Mortgage to the Trustee, which assignment, notice of transfer or equivalent instrument may be in the form of one or more blanket assignments covering the Loan Assets secured by mortgaged properties located in the same jurisdiction, if permitted by Applicable Law, substantially in the form of Exhibit B.

 

Assignments” means the First Tier Loan Assignment and the Second Tier Loan Assignment.

 

Attached Equity” means, with respect to any Loan Asset, any stock, partnership or membership interest, beneficial interest or other equity security, warrant, option, or any right, including, without limitation, any registration right, with respect to the foregoing received by the Transferor in connection with the origination or acquisition of such Loan Asset.

 

Availability” means, at any time, an amount equal to the positive excess (if any) of the Borrowing Base over the Advances Outstanding.  On and after the end of the Reinvestment Period or the Facility Maturity Date, the Availability shall be zero.

 

Available Collections” means, (a) all cash collections and other cash proceeds with respect to any Loan Asset, including, without limitation, all Principal Collections, all Interest Collections, all proceeds of any sale or disposition with respect to such Loan Asset, cash proceeds or other funds received by the Borrower or the Servicer with respect to any Underlying Collateral (including from any guarantors), all other amounts on deposit in the Collection Account from time to time, and all proceeds of Permitted Investments with respect to the Controlled Accounts and (b) all payments received pursuant to any Hedging Agreement or Hedge Transaction; provided that, for the avoidance of doubt, “Available Collections” shall not include amounts on deposit in the Unfunded Exposure Account which do not represent proceeds of Permitted Investments; provided, further, that all amounts paid into the Collection Account pursuant to Section 5.09(c)(iii) which are received on or prior to the Determination Date immediately preceding any Payment Date shall be included as “Available Collections” for such Payment Date.

 

Average Life” means, for any Loan Asset, as of any date of determination, the number determined by multiplying the amount of each Scheduled Payment of principal to be paid after such date of determination by the number of years (rounded to the nearest hundredth) from such date of determination until such Scheduled Payment of principal is due.

 

Bail-In Action” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 11.14.

 

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Bail-In Legislation” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 11.14.

 

Bank” means U.S. Bank, in its capacity as the “Bank” pursuant to each of the Collection Account Agreement and the Unfunded Exposure Account Agreement.

 

Bankruptcy Code” means Title 11, United States Code, 11 U.S.C. §§ 101 et seq., as amended from time to time.

 

Bankruptcy Event” shall be deemed to have occurred with respect to a Person if either:

 

(i)       a case or other proceeding shall be commenced, without the application or consent of such Person, in any court, seeking the liquidation, reorganization, debt arrangement, dissolution, winding up, or composition or readjustment of debts of such Person, the appointment of a trustee, receiver, custodian, liquidator, assignee, sequestrator or the like for such Person or all or substantially all of its assets under any Bankruptcy Laws, or any similar action with respect to such Person, in each case, under any law relating to bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, winding up or composition or adjustment of debts, and such case or proceeding shall continue undismissed, or unstayed and in effect, for a period of 60 consecutive days; or an order for relief in respect of such Person shall be entered in an involuntary case under the federal bankruptcy laws or other similar laws now or hereafter in effect; or

 

(ii)      such Person shall commence a voluntary case or other proceeding under any Bankruptcy Laws now or hereafter in effect, or shall consent to the appointment of or taking possession by a receiver, liquidator, assignee, trustee, custodian, sequestrator (or other similar official) for such Person or all or substantially all of its assets under any Bankruptcy Laws, or shall make any general assignment for the benefit of creditors, or shall fail to, or admit in writing its inability to, pay its debts generally as they become due, or, if a corporation or similar entity, its board of directors or members shall vote to implement any of the foregoing.

 

Bankruptcy Laws” means the Bankruptcy Code and all other applicable liquidation, conservatorship, bankruptcy, moratorium, rearrangement, receivership, insolvency, reorganization, suspension of payments, or similar debtor relief laws from time to time in effect affecting the rights of creditors generally.

 

Bankruptcy Proceeding” means any case, action or proceeding before any court or other Governmental Authority relating to any Bankruptcy Event.

 

Base Rate” means, on any date, a fluctuating per annum interest rate equal to the higher of (a) the Prime Rate or (b) the Federal Funds Rate plus 0.5%.

 

Beneficial Ownership Certification” means a certification regarding beneficial ownership required by the Beneficial Ownership Regulation, which certification shall be substantially similar in form and substance to the form of Certification Regarding Beneficial

 

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Owners of Legal Entity Customers published jointly, in May 2018, by the Loan Syndications and Trading Association and Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.

 

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

 

Benefit Plan Investor” means a “benefit plan investor” as defined in Department of Labor regulation 29 C.F.R. Section 2510.3-101, as modified by Section 3(42) of ERISA, and includes an employee benefit plan that is subject to the fiduciary responsibility provisions of Title I of ERISA, a plan that is subject to Section 4975 of the Code, and an entity the underlying assets of which are deemed to include plan assets.

 

Borrower” has the meaning assigned to that term in the preamble hereto.

 

Borrowing Base” means, as of any date of determination, an amount equal to the lesser of:

 

(a)           (i) the product of (A) the Weighted Average Applicable Percentage as of such date and (B) the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets as of such date minus the Excess Concentration Amount, plus (ii) the amount on deposit in the Principal Collection Account as of such date, minus (iii) the Unfunded Exposure Equity Shortfall; or

 

(b)           (i) the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets as of such date, minus (ii) the Large Obligor Exposure Amount, minus (iii) the Excess Concentration Amount, plus (iv) the amount on deposit in the Principal Collection Account as of such date, minus (v) the Unfunded Exposure Equity Shortfall; or

 

(c)           the Maximum Facility Amount minus the Unfunded Exposure Amount;

 

provided that, for the avoidance of doubt, any Loan Asset which at any time is no longer an Eligible Loan Asset shall not be included in the calculation of “Borrowing Base”.

 

Borrowing Base Certificate” means a certificate setting forth the calculation of the Borrowing Base as of the applicable date of determination substantially in the form of Exhibit C hereto, prepared by the Servicer.

 

Borrowing Base Deficiency” means, as of any date of determination, the extent to which the aggregate Advances Outstanding on such date exceeds the Borrowing Base.

 

Breakage Fee” means, for Advances which are repaid (in whole or in part) on any date other than a Payment Date, the breakage costs, if any, related to such repayment, it hereby being understood that the amount of any loss, costs or expense payable by the Borrower to any Lender as Breakage Fee shall be determined in the respective Lender’s reasonable discretion based upon the assumption that such Lender funded its loan commitment in the London Interbank Eurodollar market and using any reasonable attribution or averaging methods which such Lender deems appropriate and practical.

 

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Business Day” means a day of the year other than (i) Saturday or a Sunday or (ii) any other day on which commercial banks in New York, New York or the city in which the offices of the Trustee are authorized or required by Applicable Law, regulation or executive order to close; provided that, if any determination of a Business Day shall relate to an Advance bearing interest at LIBOR, the term “Business Day” shall also exclude any day on which banks are not open for dealings in dollar deposits in the London interbank market.  For avoidance of doubt, if the offices of the Trustee are authorized by Applicable Law, regulation or executive order to close but remain open, such day shall not be a “Business Day”.

 

Buyers” has the meaning assigned to that term in the definition of “Acquisition Agreement”.

 

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

 

Change of Control” shall be deemed to have occurred if any of the following occur:

 

(a)           the Management Agreement shall fail to be in full force and effect;

 

(b)           the creation or imposition of any Lien on any limited liability company membership interest in the Borrower (other than pursuant to the Pledge Agreement);

 

(c)           the failure by the Transferor to own 100% of the limited liability company membership interests in the Equityholder;

 

(d)           the failure by the Equityholder to own 100% of the limited liability company membership interests in the Borrower; or

 

(e)           the dissolution, termination or liquidation in whole or in part, transfer or other disposition, in each case, of all or substantially all of the assets of, Ares, that does not comply with the provisions of Section 5.04(a) of this Agreement.

 

Closing Date” means November 3, 2004.

 

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

 

Collateral Custodian” means U.S. Bank, not in its individual capacity, but solely as collateral custodian pursuant to the terms of this Agreement.

 

Collateral Custodian Expenses” means the custodial expenses set forth in the Trustee and Collateral Custodian Fee Letter and any other accrued and unpaid fees, expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses) and indemnity amounts payable by the Borrower or the Servicer to the Collateral Custodian under the Transaction Documents.

 

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Collateral Custodian Fees” means the custodial fees set forth in the Trustee and Collateral Custodian Fee Letter, as such fee letter may be amended, restated, supplemented and/or otherwise modified from time to time.

 

Collateral Custodian Termination Notice” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 12.05.

 

Collateral Portfolio” means all right, title, and interest (whether now owned or hereafter acquired or arising, and wherever located) of the Borrower in the property identified below in clauses (i) through (v) and all accounts, cash and currency, chattel paper, tangible chattel paper, electronic chattel paper, copyrights, copyright licenses, equipment, fixtures, contract rights, general intangibles, instruments, certificates of deposit, certificated securities, uncertificated securities, financial assets, securities entitlements, commercial tort claims, deposit accounts, inventory, investment property, letter-of-credit rights, software, supporting obligations, accessions, or other property consisting of, arising out of, or related to any of the following (in each case excluding the Retained Interest and the Excluded Amounts):

 

(i)            the Loan Assets, and all monies due or to become due in payment under such Loan Assets on and after the related Cut-Off Date, including, but not limited to, all Available Collections, but excluding any related Attached Equity;

 

(ii)           the Portfolio Assets with respect to the Loan Assets referred to in clause (i);

 

(iii)          the Purchase and Sale Agreements, any other agreement pursuant to which an Eligible Loan Asset is sold to the Borrower and all other documents now or hereafter in effect to which the Borrower is a party (collectively, the “Borrower Assigned Agreements”), including (a) all rights of the Borrower to receive moneys due and to become due under or pursuant to the Borrower Assigned Agreements, (b) all rights of the Borrower to receive proceeds of any insurance, indemnity, warranty or guaranty with respect to the Borrower Assigned Agreements, (c) claims of the Borrower for damages arising out of or for breach of or default under the Borrower Assigned Agreements, and (d) the right of the Borrower to amend, waive or terminate the Borrower Assigned Agreements, to perform under the Borrower Assigned Agreements and to compel performance and otherwise exercise all remedies and rights under the Borrower Assigned Agreements;

 

(iv)          the Controlled Accounts and all Permitted Investments purchased with funds on deposit in the Controlled Accounts; and

 

(v)           all income and Proceeds of the foregoing.

 

Collateral Quality Test” means each of the tests set forth below:

 

(i)            the Minimum Weighted Average Spread Test; and

 

(ii)           the Minimum Weighted Average Coupon Test.

 

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Collection Account” means a trust account (account number 787456-200 at the Bank) in the name of the Borrower subject to the lien of the Trustee for the benefit of the Secured Parties; provided that the funds deposited therein (including any interest and earnings thereon) from time to time shall constitute the property and assets of the Borrower, and the Borrower shall be solely liable for any Taxes payable with respect to the Collection Account.

 

Collection Account Agreement” means that certain Amended and Restated Securities Account Control Agreement, dated the Closing Date and amended and restated as of the Restatement Date, among the Borrower, the Servicer, the Bank, the Agent and the Trustee, which agreement relates to the Collection Account, as such agreement may from time to time be amended, supplemented or otherwise modified in accordance with the terms thereof.

 

Collection Date” means the date on which the aggregate outstanding principal amount of the Advances have been repaid in full and all Yield and Fees and all other Obligations have been paid in full, and the Borrower shall have no further right to request any additional Advances.

 

Commitment” means, with respect to each Lender, (i) prior to the end of the Reinvestment Period or for purposes of Advances made pursuant to Section 2.02(f), the dollar amount set forth opposite such Lender’s name on Annex A hereto (as such amount may be revised from time to time pursuant to the terms of this Agreement) or the amount set forth as such Lender’s “Commitment” on Schedule I to the Joinder Supplement relating to such Lender, as applicable, and (ii) on or after the Reinvestment Period (other than for purposes of Advances made pursuant to Section 2.02(f)), such Lender’s Pro Rata Share of the aggregate Advances Outstanding.

 

Commitment Termination Premium” means, in the event that this Agreement is terminated or the Maximum Facility Amount is permanently reduced, in each case, pursuant to Section 2.18(b), (i) prior to the one year anniversary of the Eighth Amendment Effective Date, an amount equal to 1.00%, or (ii) on or after the one year anniversary of the Eighth Amendment Effective Date, but prior to the one year and six month anniversary of the Eighth Amendment Effective Date, an amount equal to 0.50%, in each case, of either (x) the Maximum Facility Amount, in the case of such termination, or (y) the amount of such reduction, in the case of such permanent reduction of the Maximum Facility Amount and, in each case, such amounts shall be payable pro rata to each Lender.

 

Concentration Limits” means, for the purposes of determining the Excess Concentration Amount, with respect to the Borrowing Base:

 

(i)            the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets to Obligors in the same GICS Industry Classification Group shall not exceed 15% of the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets; provided that for two individual industries the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets to Obligors in such industries may exceed 15% but shall not exceed 20%; provided, further, that for one additional individual industry the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets to Obligors in such industry may exceed 15% but shall not exceed 25%;

 

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(ii)           the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets to the same Obligor shall not exceed the greater of $50,000,000 and 7.5% of the Maximum Facility Amount; provided that for two individual Obligors the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets to such Obligors may exceed 7.5% but shall not exceed 9% of the Maximum Facility Amount;

 

(iii)          the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets that are Second Lien Loan Assets shall not exceed 20% of the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets;

 

(iv)          the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets that are First Lien Last Out Loan Assets and Eligible Loan Assets that are Second Lien Loan Assets shall not exceed 40% of the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets;

 

(v)           the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets that are Fixed Rate Loan Assets shall not exceed 15% of the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets; provided that Asset Specific Hedged Loan Assets shall be considered Fixed Rate Loan Assets or Floating Rate Loan Assets, as applicable, as provided in the definition thereof;

 

(vi)          the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets that pay interest in cash less frequently than quarterly shall not exceed 15% of the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets;

 

(vii)         the aggregate Outstanding Balances and Exposure Amounts of all Eligible Loan Assets that are Revolving Loan Assets and the Exposure Amounts of Eligible Loan Assets that are Delayed Draw Loan Assets shall not exceed 10% of the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets;

 

(viii)        the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets that are Partial PIK Loan Assets shall not exceed 10% of the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets; and

 

(ix)          the aggregate Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Eligible Loan Assets that are Participation Interests shall not exceed (i) during the Acquisition Participation Elevation Period, 10.0% and (ii) thereafter, 0.0%.

 

Control” means the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management or policies of a Person, whether through the ability to exercise voting power, by contract or otherwise.

 

Controlled Accounts” means the Collection Account and the Unfunded Exposure Account.

 

Cut-Off Date” means, with respect to each Loan Asset, the date such Loan Asset is Pledged hereunder.

 

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Default Funding Rate” means a floating interest rate per annum equal to 4.00% plus LIBOR; provided that if any Lender shall have notified the Agent that a Eurodollar Disruption Event has occurred, the Default Funding Rate with respect to Advances of such Lender shall be equal to the Base Rate plus 3.00% until such Lender shall have notified the Agent that such Eurodollar Disruption Event has ceased, at which time the Default Funding Rate with respect to Advances of such Lender shall again be equal to LIBOR for such date plus 4.00%.

 

Defaulting Lender” means any Lender that (i) has failed to fund any portion of the Advances or participations in Swingline Advances required to be funded by it hereunder within one Business Day of the date required to be funded by it hereunder, (ii) has otherwise failed to pay over to the Agent or any other Lender any other amount required to be paid by it hereunder within three Business Days of the date when due, unless such amount is the subject of a good faith dispute, (iii) has notified the Borrower, the Agent or any other Lender in writing that it does not intend to comply with any of its funding obligations under this Agreement or has made a public statement to the effect that it does not intend to comply or has failed to comply with its funding obligations under this Agreement or generally under other agreements in which it commits or is obligated to extend credit or (iv) has (or, with respect to such Lender (x) the bank holding company (as defined in Federal Reserve Board Regulation Y), if any, of such Lender and/or (y) any Person owning, beneficially or of record, directly or indirectly, a majority of the shares of such Lender, has) become or is insolvent or has become the subject of a bankruptcy or insolvency proceeding, or has had a receiver, conservator, trustee or custodian appointed for it, or has taken any action in furtherance of, or indicating its consent to, approval of or acquiescence in any such proceeding or appointment.

 

Delayed Draw Loan Asset” means a Loan Asset that is fully committed on the initial funding date of such Loan Asset and is required to be fully funded in one or more installments on draw dates to occur after the initial funding of such Loan Asset but which, once all such installments have been made, has the characteristics of a Term Loan Asset.

 

Designated Lender” means Wells Fargo, in its capacity as a Lender hereunder, and any successor-in-interest thereto.

 

Designated Loan Asset” means any Loan Asset designated by the Agent in its sole discretion as a “Designated Loan Asset” at the time of approval of such Loan Asset.

 

Determination Date” means the last day of each calendar month.

 

Disbursement Request” means a disbursement request from the Borrower to the Agent and the Trustee in the form attached hereto as Exhibit D in connection with a disbursement request from the Unfunded Exposure Account in accordance with Section 2.04(d) or a disbursement request from the Principal Collection Account in accordance with Section 2.21, as applicable.

 

EBITDA” means, with respect to any period and any Loan Asset, the meaning of “EBITDA”, “Adjusted EBITDA” or any comparable definition in the Loan Agreement for such Loan Asset (together with all add-backs and exclusions as designated in such Loan Agreement), and in any case that “EBITDA”, “Adjusted EBITDA” or such comparable definition is not defined

 

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in such Loan Agreement, an amount, for the principal obligor on such Loan Asset and any of its parents or Subsidiaries that are obligated pursuant to the Loan Agreement for such Loan Asset (determined on a consolidated basis without duplication in accordance with GAAP) equal to earnings from continuing operations for such period plus (a) cash interest expense, (b) income taxes, (c) depreciation and amortization for such period (to the extent deducted in determining earnings from continuing operations for such period), (d) amortization of intangibles (including, but not limited to, goodwill, financing fees and other capitalized costs), to the extent not otherwise included in clause (c) above, other non-cash charges and organization costs, (e) extraordinary losses in accordance with GAAP, (f) one-time, non-recurring non-cash charges consistent with the compliance statements and financial reporting packages provided by the Obligors and (g) any other item the Borrower and the Agent mutually deem to be appropriate; provided that with respect to any Obligor for which four full fiscal quarters of financial data are not available, EBITDA shall be determined for such Obligor based on annualizing the financial data from the reporting periods actually available.

 

EEA Financial Institution” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 11.14.

 

EEA Member Country” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 11.14.

 

EEA Resolution Authority” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 11.14.

 

Eighth Amendment Effective Date” means January 3, 2017.

 

Eleventh Amendment Effective Date” means December 14, 2018.

 

Eligible Bid” means a bid made in good faith (and acceptable as a valid bid in the Agent’s reasonable discretion) by a bidder for all or any portion of the Collateral Portfolio in connection with a sale of the Collateral Portfolio in whole or in part pursuant to Section 7.02(i).

 

Eligible Loan Asset” means, at any time, a Loan Asset in respect of which each of the representations and warranties contained in Section 4.02 and Schedule III hereto is true and correct.

 

Environmental Laws” means any and all foreign, federal, state and local laws, statutes, ordinances, rules, regulations, permits, licenses, approvals, interpretations (with the force of law) and orders of courts or Governmental Authorities, relating to the protection of human health or the environment, including, but not limited to, requirements pertaining to the manufacture, processing, distribution, use, treatment, storage, disposal, transportation, handling, reporting, licensing, permitting, investigation or remediation of Hazardous Materials.  Environmental Laws include, without limitation, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (42 U.S.C. § 9601 et seq.), the Hazardous Material Transportation Act (49 U.S.C. § 331 et seq.), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (42 U.S.C. § 6901 et seq.), the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. § 1251 et seq.), the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. § 7401 et seq.), the Toxic Substances Control Act (15 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq.), the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. § 300, et seq.), the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations relating to underground storage tanks (40 C.F.R. Parts 280 and 281), and the

 

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Occupational Safety and Health Act (29 U.S.C. § 651 et seq.), and the rules and regulations thereunder, each as amended or supplemented from time to time.

 

Equity Security” means (i) any equity security or any other security that is not eligible for purchase by the Borrower as a Loan Asset, (ii) any security purchased as part of a “unit” with a Loan Asset and that itself is not eligible for purchase by the Borrower as a Loan Asset, and (iii) any obligation that, at the time of commitment to acquire such obligation, was eligible for purchase by the Borrower as a Loan Asset but that, as of any subsequent date of determination, no longer is eligible for purchase by the Borrower as a Loan Asset, for so long as such obligation fails to satisfy such requirements.

 

Equityholder” means Ares Capital CP Funding Holdings LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, which owns 100% of the equity interests in the Borrower.

 

ERISA” means the United States Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended from time to time.

 

ERISA Affiliate” means (a) any corporation that is a member of the same controlled group of corporations (within the meaning of Section 414(b) of the Code) as the Borrower, (b) a trade or business (whether or not incorporated) under common control (within the meaning of Section 414(c) of the Code) with the Borrower, or (c) a member of the same affiliated service group (within the meaning of Section 414(m) of the Code) as the Borrower, any corporation described in clause (a) above or any trade or business described in clause (b) above.

 

EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 11.14.

 

Eurodollar Disruption Event” means the occurrence of any of the following: (a) any Lender shall have notified the Agent of a determination by such Lender or any of its assignees or participants that it would be contrary to law or to the directive of any central bank or other Governmental Authority (whether or not having the force of law) to obtain United States dollars in the London interbank market to fund any Advance, (b) any Lender shall have notified the Agent of the inability, for any reason, of such Lender or any of its assignees or participants to determine LIBOR, (c) any Lender shall have notified the Agent of a determination by such Lender or any of its assignees or participants that the rate at which deposits of United States dollars are being offered to such Lender or any of its assignees or participants in the London interbank market does not accurately reflect the cost to such Lender or such assignee or such participant of making, funding or maintaining any Advance or (d) any Lender shall have notified the Agent of the inability of such Lender or any of its assignees or participants to obtain United States dollars in the London interbank market to make, fund or maintain any Advance.

 

Event of Default” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 7.01.

 

Excepted Persons” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 11.13(a).

 

Excess Concentration Amount” means, as of any date of determination, with respect to all Eligible Loan Assets included in the Collateral Portfolio, the amount by which the sum of the Adjusted Borrowing Value of such Eligible Loan Assets exceeds any applicable

 

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Concentration Limits, to be calculated without duplication after giving effect to any sales, purchases or substitutions of Loan Assets as of such date.

 

Exchange Act” means the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

Excluded Affiliate” means any portfolio company of the Servicer or the Transferor, as applicable, that is not consolidated on the financial statements of the Servicer or the Transferor, as applicable.

 

Excluded Amounts” means (a) any amount received in the Collection Account with respect to any Loan Asset included as part of the Collateral Portfolio, which amount is attributable to the payment of any Tax, fee or other charge imposed by any Governmental Authority on such Loan Asset or on any Underlying Collateral and (b) any amount received in the Collection Account or other Controlled Account representing (i) any amount representing a reimbursement of insurance premiums, (ii) any escrows relating to Taxes, insurance and other amounts in connection with Loan Assets which are held in an escrow account for the benefit of the Obligor and the secured party pursuant to escrow arrangements under a Loan Agreement, (iii) any amount received in the Collection Account with respect to any Loan Asset retransferred or substituted for upon the occurrence of a Warranty Event or that is otherwise replaced by a Substitute Eligible Loan Asset, or that is otherwise sold or transferred by the Borrower pursuant to Section 2.07, to the extent such amount is attributable to a time after the effective date of such replacement or sale, (iv) any amounts paid in respect of Attached Equity, (v) any interest accruing on a Loan Asset prior to the related Cut-Off Date that was not purchased by the Borrower and is for the account of the Person from whom the Borrower purchased such Loan Asset and (vi) any amounts deposited into the Collection Account manifestly in error .

 

Excluded Taxes” means any of the following Taxes imposed on or with respect to an Indemnified Party or required to be withheld or deducted from a payment to an Indemnified Party, (a) Taxes imposed on or measured by net income (however denominated), franchise Taxes, and branch profits Taxes, in each case, (i) imposed as a result of such Indemnified Party being organized under the laws of, or having its principal office or, in the case of any Lender, its applicable lending office located in, the jurisdiction imposing such Tax (or any political subdivision thereof) or (ii) that are Other Connection Taxes, (b) in the case of a Lender, U.S. federal withholding Taxes imposed on amounts payable to or for the account of such Lender hereunder pursuant to a law in effect on the date on which (i) such Lender acquires such interest in this Agreement (other than pursuant to an assignment request by the Borrower under Section 2.24(b)) or (ii) such Lender changes its lending office, except in each case to the extent that, pursuant to Section 2.11, amounts with respect to such Taxes were payable either to such Lender’s assignor immediately before such Lender became a party hereto or to such Lender immediately before it changed its lending office, (c) Taxes attributable to such Lender’s failure to comply with Section 2.11(d) and (d) any Taxes imposed under FATCA.

 

Exposure Amount” means, as of any date of determination, with respect to any Delayed Draw Loan Asset or Revolving Loan Asset, (i) the maximum commitment of the Borrower with respect to such Revolving Loan Asset or Delayed Draw Loan Asset (excluding any original issue discount) under the terms of the applicable Loan Agreement to make advances (and,

 

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for the avoidance of doubt, the Borrower’s commitment in respect of a Loan Asset as to which the commitment to make additional advances has been terminated shall be zero) minus (ii) the Outstanding Balance of such Delayed Draw Loan Asset or Revolving Loan Asset on such date of determination.

 

Exposure Amount Shortfall” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 2.02(f).

 

Facility Attachment Ratio” means (a) for any First Lien Loan Asset, as of any date of determination, an amount equal to, the product of (i) the First Out Attachment Ratio, (ii) the Applicable Percentage and (iii) the Assigned Value, as of such date; (b) for any First Lien Last Out Loan Asset, as of any date of determination, an amount equal to, the sum of (i) the First Out Attachment Ratio and (ii) the product of (A) the Last Out Attachment Ratio less the First Out Attachment Ratio, (B) the Applicable Percentage and (C) the Assigned Value, as of such date and (c) for any Second Lien Loan Asset, as of any date of determination, an amount equal to, the sum of (i) the Senior Net Leverage Ratio and (ii) the product of (A) the Net Leverage Ratio less the Senior Net Leverage Ratio, (B) the Applicable Percentage and (C) the Assigned Value, as of such date; provided that the Facility Attachment Ratio for any Designated Loan Asset that is a First Lien Loan Asset, First Lien Last Out Loan Asset or Second Lien Loan Asset shall be determined as set forth above in clause (a), (b) or (c) respectively, as applicable.

 

Facility Maturity Date” means the earliest to occur of (i) the Stated Maturity Date, (ii) the date of the declaration, or automatic occurrence, of the Facility Maturity Date pursuant to Section 7.01, (iii) the Collection Date and (iv) the occurrence of the termination of this Agreement pursuant to Section 2.18(b) hereof.

 

FATCA” means Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code, as of the date of this Agreement (or any amended or successor version that is substantively comparable and not materially more onerous to comply with), any current or future regulations or official interpretations thereof, any agreement entered into pursuant to Section 1471(b)(1) of the Code and any intergovernmental agreements (and any related laws, rules or practices) implementing or modifying the foregoing.

 

FDIC” means the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and any successor thereto.

 

Federal Funds Rate” means, for any period, a fluctuating interest per annum rate equal, for each day during such period, to the weighted average of the overnight federal funds rates as in Federal Reserve Board Statistical Release H.15(519) or any successor or substitute publication selected by the Agent (or, if such day is not a Business Day, for the next preceding Business Day), or, if for any reason such rate is not available on any day, the rate determined, in the sole discretion of the Agent, to be the rate at which overnight federal funds are being offered in the national federal funds market at 9:00 a.m. on such day.

 

Fees” means all fees payable to each Lender pursuant to the terms of any Lender Fee Letter.

 

Fifth Amendment Effective Date” means June 7, 2012.

 

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Financial Asset” has the meaning specified in Section 8-102(a)(9) of the UCC.

 

Financial Sponsor” means any Person, including any Subsidiary of such Person, whose principal business activity is acquiring, holding, and selling investments (including controlling interests) in otherwise unrelated companies that each are distinct legal entities with separate management, books and records and bank accounts, whose operations are not integrated with one another and whose financial condition and creditworthiness are independent of the other companies so owned by such Person.

 

First Lien Last Out Loan Asset” means any Loan Asset that (i) is secured by a valid and perfected first priority Lien on all of the Obligor’s assets constituting Underlying Collateral for the Loan Asset, subject to any expressly permitted liens under the applicable covenants in the Loan Agreement for such Loan Asset, including those set forth in “permitted liens” as defined in the applicable Loan Agreement for such Loan Asset or such comparable definition if “permitted liens” is not defined therein, so long as such definition is reasonable and customary, (ii) has a Loan-to-Value Ratio not greater than 65%, and (iii) is not by its terms (and is not expressly permitted by its terms to become) subordinate in right of payment to any other obligation for borrowed money of the Obligor of such Loan Asset, other than with respect to the liquidation of such Obligor or such Underlying Collateral.

 

First Lien Loan Asset” means any Loan Asset that (i) is secured by a valid and perfected first priority Lien on all of the Obligor’s assets constituting Underlying Collateral for the Loan Asset, subject to any expressly permitted liens under the applicable covenants in the Loan Agreement for such Loan Asset, including those set forth in “permitted liens” as defined in the applicable Loan Agreement for such Loan Asset or such comparable definition if “permitted liens” is not defined therein, so long as such definition is reasonable and customary, (ii) has a Loan-to-Value Ratio not greater than 60%, and (iii) provides that the payment obligation of the Obligor on such Loan Asset is either senior to, or pari passu with, all other Indebtedness of such Obligor.

 

First Out Attachment Ratio” means, with respect to any Loan Asset, as of any date of determination, an amount equal to the Senior Net Leverage Ratio with respect to all or any portion of such Loan Asset that constitutes first lien senior secured Indebtedness that is not (and cannot by its terms become) subordinate in right of payment to any obligation of the Obligor in any bankruptcy, reorganization, arrangement, insolvency, moratorium or liquidation proceedings (excluding any First Lien Last Out Loan Asset or first lien last out Indebtedness within the capital structure).

 

First Tier Loan Assignment” has the meaning set forth in the First Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement.

 

First Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement” means that certain Amended and Restated Purchase and Sale Agreement, dated as of the Closing Date and amended and restated as of the Restatement Date, between the Transferor, as the seller, and the Equityholder, as the purchaser, as amended, modified, waived, supplemented, restated or replaced from time to time.

 

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Fixed Rate Excess” means as, as of any date of determination, a fraction (expressed as a percentage) the numerator of which is the product of (i) the greater of zero and the excess of the Weighted Average Coupon for such date of determination over the Minimum Weighted Average Coupon on such date of determination and (ii) the Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Fixed Rate Loan Assets (excluding any defaulted Loan Assets) held by the Borrower as of such date of determination, and the denominator of which is the Adjusted Borrowing Value of all Floating Rate Loan Assets (excluding any defaulted Loan Assets) held by the Borrower as of such date of determination.

 

Fixed Rate Loan Asset” means a Loan Asset other than a Floating Rate Loan Asset.

 

Floating Rate Loan Asset” means a Loan Asset under which the interest rate payable by the Obligor thereof is based on the Ares Prime Rate or Ares LIBOR Rate, plus some specified interest percentage in addition thereto, and which provides that such interest rate will reset immediately upon any change in the related Ares Prime Rate or Ares LIBOR Rate.

 

Floor Obligation” means, as of any date, a Floating Rate Loan Asset (a) for which the related Underlying Instruments allow a floating rate option, (b) that provides that such floating rate is (in effect) calculated as the greater of (i) a specified “floor” rate per annum and (ii) the London interbank offered rate or other floating rate for the applicable interest period for such Loan Asset and (c) that, as of such date, bears interest based on such floating rate option, but only if as of such date such London interbank offered rate or other floating rate for the applicable interest period is less than the “floor” rate.

 

Foreign Lender” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 2.11(d)(ii)(B).

 

Fronting Exposure” means, at any time there is a Defaulting Lender, with respect to the Swingline Lender, such Defaulting Lender’s Pro Rata Share of Swingline Advances other than Swingline Advances as to which such Defaulting Lender’s participation obligation has been reallocated to other Lenders, repaid by the Borrower or for which cash collateral or other credit support acceptable to the Swingline Lender shall have been provided in accordance with the terms hereof.

 

GAAP” means generally accepted accounting principles as in effect from time to time in the United States.

 

GICS Industry Classification Group” means each sub-industry classification group listed on Schedule VII, as the same may be updated by the Borrower (a) to conform to the Global Industry Classification Standard promulgated by MSCI Inc. or (b) as otherwise agreed with the Agent.

 

Governmental Authority” means, with respect to any Person, any nation or government, any state or other political subdivision thereof, any central bank (or similar monetary or regulatory authority) thereof, any body or entity exercising executive, legislative, judicial, regulatory or administrative functions of or pertaining to government and any court or arbitrator having jurisdiction over such Person.

 

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Hazardous Materials” means all materials subject to any Environmental Law, including, without limitation, materials listed in 49 C.F.R. § 172.010, materials defined as hazardous pursuant to § 101(14) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as amended, flammable, explosive or radioactive materials, hazardous or toxic wastes or substances, lead-based materials, petroleum or petroleum distillates or asbestos or material containing asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls, radon gas, urea formaldehyde and any substances classified as being “in inventory”, “usable work in process” or similar classification that would, if classified as unusable, be included in the foregoing definition.

 

Hedge Breakage Costs” means, for any Hedge Transaction, any amount payable by the Borrower for the early termination of that Hedge Transaction or any portion thereof.

 

Hedge Collateral” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 5.09(b).

 

Hedge Counterparty” means any entity that either (i) is approved in writing by the Agent (in its reasonable discretion) or (ii) satisfies the Hedge Counterparty Minimum Ratings, which has entered into a Hedging Agreement in connection with this Agreement.

 

Hedge Counterparty Minimum Ratings” means (i) a rating of its unsecured and otherwise unsupported long-term debt obligations of at least “A1” and a rating of its unsecured and otherwise unsupported short-term debt obligations of at least “P-1” respectively by Moody’s, if such counterparty has both long-term and short-term ratings, or if it has no such short-term rating, “A2” and (ii) a rating of its unsecured and otherwise unsupported short-term debt obligations of at least “A-1” by S&P, or if it has no such short-term rating, the rating of its unsecured and otherwise unsupported long-term debt obligations of “A” (or, with respect to any Hedge Counterparty not so rated, whose obligations in respect of the Hedging Agreement are absolutely and unconditionally guaranteed by an Affiliate of such Hedge Counterparty, such ratings of such Affiliate’s debt obligations); provided that in each case, if it has the minimum specified rating, it is not on watch for possible downgrade.

 

Hedge Transaction” means each Asset Specific Hedge, interest rate swap transaction, interest rate cap transaction, interest rate floor transaction or other derivative transaction approved in writing by the Agent, between the Borrower and a Hedge Counterparty that is entered into pursuant to Section 5.09 and is governed by a Hedging Agreement.

 

Hedge Notional Amount” means, for any Loan Asset, the aggregate notional amount in effect on any day under all Hedge Transactions entered into pursuant to Section 5.09 for that Loan Asset.

 

Hedging Agreement” means each agreement between the Borrower and a Hedge Counterparty that governs one or more Hedge Transactions entered into by the Borrower and such Hedge Counterparty pursuant to Section 5.09, which agreement shall consist of a “Master Agreement” in a form published by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc., together with a “Schedule” and each “Confirmation” thereunder confirming the specific terms of each such Hedge Transaction; provided that the “Schedule” and the form of each “Confirmation” to any Hedging Agreement shall be subject to the written approval of the Agent, in its reasonable discretion.

 

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Indebtedness” means:

 

(i)            with respect to any Obligor under any Loan Asset, for the purposes of the definition of the Interest Coverage Ratio, the Senior Net Leverage Ratio and the Net Leverage Ratio, the meaning of “Indebtedness” or any comparable definition in the Loan Agreement for each such Loan Asset, and in any case that “Indebtedness” or such comparable definition is not defined in such Loan Agreement, without duplication, (a) all obligations of such entity for borrowed money or with respect to deposits or advances of any kind, (b) all obligations of such entity evidenced by bonds, debentures, notes or similar instruments, (c) all obligations of such entity under conditional sale or other title retention agreements relating to property acquired by such entity, (d) all obligations of such entity in respect of the deferred purchase price of property or services (excluding current accounts payable incurred in the ordinary course of business), (e) all indebtedness of others secured by (or for which the holder of such indebtedness has an existing right, contingent or otherwise, to be secured by) any Lien on property owned or acquired by such entity, whether or not the indebtedness secured thereby has been assumed, (f) all guarantees by such entity of indebtedness of others, (g) all Capital Lease Obligations of such entity, (h) all obligations, contingent or otherwise, of such entity as an account party in respect of letters of credit and letters of guaranty and (i) all obligations, contingent or otherwise, of such entity in respect of bankers’ acceptances; and

 

(ii)           for all other purposes, with respect to any Person at any date, (a) all indebtedness of such Person for borrowed money or for the deferred purchase price of property or services (other than current liabilities incurred in the ordinary course of business and payable in accordance with customary trade practices) or that is evidenced by a note, bond, debenture or similar instrument or other evidence of indebtedness customary for indebtedness of that type, (b) all obligations of such Person under leases that have been or should be, in accordance with GAAP, recorded as capital leases, (c) all obligations of such Person in respect of acceptances issued or created for the account of such Person, (d) all liabilities secured by any Lien on any property owned by such Person even though such Person has not assumed or otherwise become liable for the payment thereof, (e) all indebtedness, obligations or liabilities of that Person in respect of derivatives, and (f) all obligations under direct or indirect guaranties in respect of obligations (contingent or otherwise) to purchase or otherwise acquire, or to otherwise assure a creditor against loss in respect of, indebtedness or obligations of others of the kind referred to in clauses (a) through (e) of this clause (ii), but expressly excluding any obligation of such Person to fund any Loan Asset constituting a Revolving Loan Asset or a Delayed Draw Loan Asset.

 

Indemnified Amounts” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 8.01.

 

Indemnified Party” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 8.01.

 

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

 

Indemnifying Party” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 8.03.

 

Independent Director” means a natural person who, (A) for the five-year period prior to his or her appointment as Independent Director, has not been, and during the continuation of his or her service as Independent Director is not: (i) an employee, director, stockholder, member, manager, partner or officer of the Borrower, the Equityholder or any of their respective Affiliates (other than his or her service as an Independent Director, independent officer or other independent capacity of the Borrower or other Affiliates that are structured to be “bankruptcy remote”); (ii) a customer or supplier of the Borrower, the Equityholder or any of their Affiliates (other than his or her service as an Independent Director, independent officer or other independent capacity of the Borrower or other Affiliates that are structured to be “bankruptcy remote”); or (iii) any member of the immediate family of a person described in (i) or (ii), and (B) has, (i) prior experience as an Independent Director for a corporation or limited liability company whose charter documents required the unanimous consent of all Independent Directors thereof before such corporation or limited liability company could consent to the institution of bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings against it or could file a petition seeking relief under any applicable federal or state law relating to bankruptcy and (ii) at least three years of employment experience with one or more entities that provide, in the ordinary course of their respective businesses, advisory, management or placement services to issuers of securitization or structured finance instruments, agreements or securities.

 

Indorsement” has the meaning specified in Section 8-102(a)(11) of the UCC, and “Indorsed” has a corresponding meaning.

 

Initial Advance” means the first Advance made pursuant to Article II.

 

Initial Payment Date” means the 15th day of April 2010 (or if such day is not a Business Day, the next succeeding Business Day).

 

Instrument” has the meaning specified in Section 9-102(a)(47) of the UCC.

 

Insurance Policy” means, with respect to any Loan Asset, an insurance policy covering liability and physical damage to, or loss of, the Underlying Collateral, or an ACORD certificate or other evidence of such insurance

 

Insurance Proceeds” means any amounts received on or with respect to a Loan Asset under any Insurance Policy or with respect to any condemnation proceeding or award in lieu of condemnation which is neither required to be used to restore, improve or repair the related real estate nor required to be paid to the Obligor under the Loan Agreement other than, prior to an Event of Default hereunder and with prior notice to the Agent, any such amount for which the Servicer has consented, in its reasonable business discretion, to be used to restore, improve or repair the related property or otherwise to be paid to the Obligor under the Loan Agreement.

 

Interest” means, with respect to any period and any Loan Asset, for the Obligor on such Loan Asset and any of its parents or Subsidiaries that are obligated under the Loan

 

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Agreement for such Loan Asset (determined on a consolidated basis without duplication in accordance with GAAP), the meaning of “Interest” or any comparable definition in the Loan Agreement for each such Loan Asset and in any case that “Interest” or such comparable definition is not defined in such Loan Agreement, all interest in respect of Indebtedness (including the interest component of any payments in respect of Capital Lease Obligations) accrued or capitalized during such period (whether or not actually paid during such period).

 

Interest Collection Account” means a sub-account (account number 787456-201 at the Bank) of the Collection Account into which Interest Collections shall be segregated.

 

Interest Collections” means, (i) with respect to any Loan Asset, all payments and collections attributable to interest on such Loan Asset, including, without limitation, all scheduled payments of interest and payments of interest relating to principal prepayments, all guaranty payments attributable to interest and proceeds of any liquidations, sales, dispositions or securitizations attributable to interest on such Loan Asset and (ii) amendment fees, late fees, waiver fees or other amounts received in respect of Loan Assets.

 

Interest Coverage Ratio” means, with respect to any Loan Asset for any Relevant Test Period, the meaning of “Interest Coverage Ratio” or any comparable definition in the Loan Agreement for each such Loan Asset, and in any case that “Interest Coverage Ratio” or such comparable definition is not defined in such Loan Agreement, the ratio of (a) EBITDA to (b) Interest.

 

Joinder Supplement” means an agreement among the Borrower, a Lender and the Agent in the form of Exhibit E to this Agreement (appropriately completed) delivered in connection with a Person becoming a Lender hereunder after the Restatement Date.

 

Large Obligor Exposure Amount” means, as of any date of determination, an amount equal to the sum of the Adjusted Borrowing Values of all Eligible Loan Assets attributable to the three (3) Obligors having the largest Obligor concentration; such Obligor concentrations to be determined by summing, for each Obligor, the Adjusted Borrowing Values for all Eligible Loan Assets of such Obligor on such date of determination.

 

Last Out Attachment Ratio” means, with respect to any Loan Asset, as of any date of determination, an amount equal to the Senior Net Leverage Ratio with respect to all or any portion of such Loan Asset that constitutes first lien senior secured Indebtedness that is (or by its terms could become) subordinate in right of payment to one or more tranches of first lien senior secured indebtedness.

 

Lender” means (i) Wells Fargo and (ii) each financial institution which may from time to time become a Lender hereunder by executing and delivering this Agreement or a Joinder Supplement to the Agent and the Borrower as contemplated by Section 2.22, and/or any other Person to whom a Lender assigns any part of its rights and obligations under this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents in accordance with the terms of Section 11.04.  For the avoidance of doubt, the Swingline Lender shall constitute a “Lender” with respect to the repayment of Swingline Advances for all purposes hereunder.

 

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Lender Fee Letter” means each fee letter agreement that shall be entered into by and among the Borrower, the Servicer, the Agent and the applicable Lender in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, as amended, modified, waived, supplemented, restated or replaced from time to time.

 

LIBOR” means, for any day during the Remittance Period, with respect to any Advance (or portion thereof) the greater of (x)(a) the rate per annum appearing on Reuters Screen LIBOR01 Page (or any successor or substitute page) as the London interbank offered rate for deposits in dollars at approximately 11:00 a.m., London time, for such day, provided, if such day is not a Business Day, the immediately preceding Business Day, for a one-month maturity; and (b) if no rate specified in clause (a) of this definition so appears on Reuters Screen LIBOR01 Page (or any successor or substitute page), the interest rate per annum at which dollar deposits of $5,000,000 and for a one-month maturity are offered by the principal London office of Wells Fargo in immediately available funds in the London interbank market at approximately 11:00 a.m., London time, for such day and (y) zero.

 

Lien” means any mortgage or deed of trust, pledge, hypothecation, collateral assignment, deposit arrangement, encumbrance, lien (statutory or other), charge, claim, preference, priority or other security interest or preferential arrangement in the nature of a security interest of any kind or nature whatsoever (including any conditional sale, lease or other title retention agreement, sale subject to a repurchase obligation, any easement, right of way or other encumbrance on title to real property, and any financing lease having substantially the same economic effect as any of the foregoing) or the filing of or agreement to give any financing statement perfecting a security interest under the UCC or comparable law of any jurisdiction.

 

Lien Release Dividend” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 2.07(d).

 

Lien Release Dividend Date” means the date specified by the Borrower, which date may be any Business Day, provided written notice is given in accordance with Section 2.07(d).

 

Loan Agreement” means the loan agreement, credit agreement or other agreement pursuant to which a Loan Asset has been issued or created and each other agreement that governs the terms of or secures the obligations represented by such Loan Asset or of which the holders of such Loan Asset are the beneficiaries.

 

Loan Asset” means any loan originated or acquired by the Transferor in the ordinary course of its business (or, during the Acquisition Participation Elevation Period, any Acquisition Participation Interest in any such loan), which loan includes, without limitation, (i) the Required Loan Documents and Loan Asset File, and (ii) all right, title and interest of the Transferor in and to the loan and any Underlying Collateral (or the applicable Acquisition Participation Interest), but excluding, in each case, the Retained Interest, any Attached Equity and Excluded Amounts and which loan or Acquisition Participation Interest was (x) acquired from the Transferor by the Borrower prior to the Restatement Date pursuant to the Original Purchase and Sale Agreement or (y) acquired by the Borrower from the Equityholder under the Second Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement and by the Equityholder from the Transferor under the First Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement and owned by the Borrower on the initial Advance Date (as set forth on the

 

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Loan Asset Schedule delivered on the initial Advance Date) or acquired by the Borrower after the initial Advance Date pursuant to the delivery of the Loan Assignments and listed on Schedule I to such Loan Assignments (or in the case of the Acquisition Participation Interests, the applicable participation documentation), which Schedule I is in the possession of Ares Capital Funding LLC and includes specific accounts, instruments or general intangibles.

 

Loan Asset Checklist” means an electronic or hard copy, as applicable, of a checklist delivered by or on behalf of the Borrower to the Collateral Custodian, for each Loan Asset, of all Required Loan Documents to be included within the respective Loan Asset File, which shall specify (i) whether such document is an original or a copy and (ii) whether such Loan Asset is a Third Party Acquired Loan Asset.

 

Loan Asset File” means, with respect to each Loan Asset, a file containing (a) each of the documents and items as set forth on the Loan Asset Checklist with respect to such Loan Asset and (b) duly executed originals (to the extent required by the Servicing Standard) and copies of any other Records relating to such Loan Assets and Portfolio Assets pertaining thereto.

 

Loan Asset Register” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 5.03(l).

 

Loan Asset Schedule” means the schedule of Loan Agreements evidencing Loan Assets delivered by the Borrower to the Collateral Custodian and the Agent.  Each such schedule shall set forth, as to any Eligible Loan Asset to be Pledged hereunder, the applicable information specified on Schedule V, which shall also be provided to the Collateral Custodian in electronic format acceptable to the Collateral Custodian.

 

Loan Assignments” means, collectively, the First Tier Loan Assignment (as such term is defined in the First Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement) and the Second Tier Loan Assignment (as such term is defined in the Second Tier Purchase and Sale Agreement).

 

Loan-to-Value Ratio” means, with respect to any Loan Asset, as of any date of determination, the percentage equivalent of a fraction, (i) the numerator of which is equal to the commitment amount as provided in the applicable Loan Agreements of such Loan Asset plus the commitment amount of any other senior or pari passu Indebtedness of the related Obligor (including, in the case of Revolving Loan Assets and Delayed Draw Loan Assets, without duplication, the maximum availability thereof) and (ii) the denominator of which is equal to the enterprise value of the Underlying Collateral securing such Loan Asset (as determined by the Transferor in accordance with the Servicing Standard unless the Agent in its reasonable discretion disagrees with such determination, in which case the Agent shall determine the enterprise value of the Underlying Collateral).

 

Management Agreement” means the Restated Investment Advisory and Management Agreement, dated as of June 6, 2011, between Ares Capital Corporation and Ares Capital Management LLC, as further amended, restated or otherwise modified from time to time.

 

Margin Stock” means “margin stock” as such term is defined in Regulation T, U or X of the Federal Reserve Board.

 

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Material Adverse Effect” means, with respect to any event or circumstance, a material adverse effect on (a) the business, financial condition, operations, performance or properties of the Transferor, the Servicer or the Borrower, (b) the validity, enforceability or collectability of this Agreement or any other Transaction Document or the validity, enforceability or collectability of the Loan Assets generally or any material portion of the Loan Assets, (c) the rights and remedies of the Trustee, the Agent, any Lender and the Secured Parties with respect to matters arising under this Agreement or any other Transaction Document, (d) the ability of each of the Borrower and the Servicer, to perform their respective obligations under this Agreement or any other Transaction Document, or (e) the status, existence, perfection, priority or enforceability of the Trustee’s, the Agent’s or the other Secured Parties’ lien on the Collateral Portfolio.

 

Material Modification” means any amendment or waiver of, or modification or supplement to, a Loan Agreement governing a Loan Asset executed or effected on or after the Cut-Off Date for such Loan Asset (or, solely in the case of clause (d)(ii)(y), a change to any loan senior to a Loan Asset) which:

 

(a)           reduces or forgives any or all of the principal amount due under such Loan Asset;

 

(b)           delays or extends the required or scheduled amortization in any way that increases the Average Life of such Loan Asset; provided that a “Material Modification” shall not be deemed to have occurred pursuant to this clause (b) if (x) the Average Life of such Loan Asset is increased by not more than 20% from its Average Life on the related Cut-Off Date and (y) the Net Leverage Ratio of such Loan Asset is not more than 85% of the maximum established in the Net Leverage Ratio covenant of such Loan Asset; provided further that in connection with any Revenue Recognition Implementation or any Operating Lease Implementation, the Agent (with the consent of the Servicer (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, delayed or conditioned)) may retroactively adjust the Net Leverage Ratio for any Loan Asset as determined on the applicable Cut-Off Date.

 

(c)           waives one or more interest payments, permits any interest due in cash to be deferred or capitalized and added to the principal amount of such Loan Asset (other than any deferral or capitalization already allowed by the terms of the Loan Agreement of any Partial PIK Loan Asset), or reduces the spread or coupon with respect to such Loan Asset; provided that a “Material Modification” shall not be deemed to have occurred pursuant to this clause (c) if (x) such spread or coupon is reduced a maximum of one time and by not more than 20% from the spread or coupon on the related Cut-Off Date and (y) the Interest Coverage Ratio of such Loan Asset is greater than 2.0:1.0 at the time of such reduction; provided further that in connection with any Revenue Recognition Implementation or any Operating Lease Implementation, the Agent (with the consent of the Servicer (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, delayed or conditioned)) may retroactively adjust the Interest Coverage Ratio for any Loan Asset as determined on the applicable Cut-Off Date.

 

(d)           (i) in the case of a First Lien Loan Asset, contractually or structurally subordinates such Loan Asset by operation of a priority of payments, turnover provisions, the transfer of assets in order to limit recourse to the related Obligor or the granting of Liens (other than “permitted liens” as defined in the applicable Loan Agreement for such

 

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Loan Asset or such comparable definition if “permitted liens” is not defined therein, so long as such definition is reasonable and customary) on any of the Underlying Collateral securing such Loan Asset or (ii) in the case of a First Lien Last Out Loan Asset or Second Lien Loan Asset, (x) contractually or structurally subordinates such Loan Asset to any obligation (other than any loan which existed at the Cut-Off Date for such Loan Asset which is senior to such Loan Asset) by operation of a priority of payments, turnover provisions, the transfer of assets in order to limit recourse to the related Obligor or the granting of Liens (other than “permitted liens” as defined in the applicable Loan Agreement for such Loan Asset or such comparable definition if “permitted liens” is not defined therein, so long as such definition is reasonable and customary) on any of the Underlying Collateral securing such Loan Asset or (y) increases the commitment amount of any loan senior to such Loan Asset and the Net Leverage Ratio of such Loan Asset increases by more than 0.5x as a result of such increase;

 

(e)           substitutes, alters or releases the Underlying Collateral securing such Loan Asset and each such substitution, alteration or release, as determined in the sole reasonable discretion of the Agent, materially and adversely affects the value of such Loan Asset;

 

(f)            provides additional funds to the Obligor of such Loan Asset with the intent of keeping that Loan Asset current; or

 

(g)           amends, waives, forbears, supplements or otherwise modifies (i) the meaning of “Senior Net Leverage Ratio”, “Net Leverage Ratio”, “Interest Coverage Ratio” or “Permitted Liens” or any respective comparable definitions in the Loan Agreement for such Loan Asset or (ii) any term or provision of such Loan Agreement referenced in or utilized in the calculation of the “Senior Net Leverage Ratio”, “Net Leverage Ratio”, “Interest Coverage Ratio” or “Permitted Liens” or any respective comparable definitions for such Loan Asset, in either case in a manner that, in the sole reasonable judgment of the Agent, is materially adverse to the Secured Parties; provided that in connection with any Revenue Recognition Implementation or any Operating Lease Implementation, the Agent (with the consent of the Servicer (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, delayed or conditioned)) may retroactively adjust the Interest Coverage Ratio, Senior Net Leverage Ratio or Net Leverage Ratio for any Loan Asset as determined on the applicable Cut-Off Date.

 

Maximum Facility Amount” means the aggregate Commitments of the Lenders then in effect, which amount may be up to $1,000,000,000, as such amount may vary from time to time pursuant to Section 2.18(b) or Section 2.22; provided that, at all times after the Reinvestment Period, the Maximum Facility Amount shall mean the aggregate Advances Outstanding at such time.

 

Minimum Weighted Average Coupon” means 7.00%.

 

Minimum Weighted Average Coupon Test” means a test that will be satisfied on any date of determination if the Weighted Average Coupon of all Loan Assets included in the Collateral Portfolio is equal to or greater than the Minimum Weighted Average Coupon.

 

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Minimum Weighted Average Spread” means 3.00%.

 

Minimum Weighted Average Spread Test” means a test that will be satisfied on any date of determination if the Weighted Average Spread of all Loan Assets included in the Collateral Portfolio is equal to or greater than the Minimum Weighted Average Spread.

 

Monthly Period” means, for any date of determination, the period from but excluding the immediately preceding Determination Date to and including the immediately succeeding Determination Date.

 

Moody’s” means Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. (or its successors in interest).

 

Mortgage” means the mortgage, deed of trust or other instrument creating a Lien on an interest in real property securing a Loan Asset, including the assignment of leases and rents related thereto.

 

Multiemployer Plan” means a “multiemployer plan” as defined in Section 4001(a)(3) of ERISA to which, in the case of the Borrower, the Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate thereof, or in the case of the Servicer, the Servicer or any ERISA Affiliate thereof, contributed or had any obligation to contribute on behalf of its employees at any time during the current year or the preceding five years.

 

Net Leverage Ratio” means, with respect to any Loan Asset for any Relevant Test Period, the meaning of “Net Leverage Ratio” or any comparable definition in the Loan Agreement for each such Loan Asset, and in any case that “Net Leverage Ratio” or such comparable definition is not defined in such Loan Agreement, the ratio of (a) Indebtedness minus Unrestricted Cash to (b) EBITDA.

 

Ninth Amendment Effective Date” means October 2, 2017.

 

Non-Usage Fee” has the meaning ascribed thereto in the Non-Usage Fee Letter.

 

Non-Usage Fee Letter” means that certain non-usage fee letter agreement, dated as of the Eleventh Amendment Effective Date, by and among the Borrower, the Servicer and the Agent (on behalf of the Lenders), as amended, modified, waived, supplemented, restated or replaced from time to time.

 

Noteless Loan Asset” means a Loan Asset with respect to which the Loan Agreements (i) do not require the Obligor to execute and deliver a promissory note to evidence the indebtedness created under such Loan Asset or (ii) require any holder of the indebtedness created under such Loan Asset to affirmatively request a promissory note from the related Obligor.

 

Notice and Request for Consent” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 2.07(d)(i).

 

Notice of Borrowing” means an irrevocable written notice of borrowing from the Borrower to the Agent in the form attached hereto as Exhibit F.

 

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Notice of Reduction” means a notice of a reduction of the Advances Outstanding or a reduction of the aggregate Commitments, as applicable, pursuant to Section 2.18, in the form attached hereto as Exhibit G or Exhibit H, as applicable.

 

Obligations” means all present and future indebtedness and other liabilities and obligations (howsoever created, arising or evidenced, whether direct or indirect, absolute or contingent, or due or to become due) of the Borrower to the Lenders, the Agent, the Bank, any Hedge Counterparty, the Trustee or the Collateral Custodian arising under this Agreement and/or any other Transaction Document and shall include, without limitation, all liability for principal of and interest on the Advances, Hedge Breakage Costs, Breakage Fees, indemnifications and other amounts due or to become due by the Borrower to the Lenders, any Hedge Counterparty, the Agent or the Trustee under this Agreement and/or any other Transaction Document, including, without limitation, any amounts payable under any Hedging Agreement (including, without limitation, payments in respect of the termination of any such Hedging Agreement), any Lender Fee Letter, any Commitment Termination Premium and costs and expenses payable by the Borrower to the Lenders, the Agent, the Bank, the Trustee or the Collateral Custodian, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses, including without limitation, interest, fees and other obligations that accrue after the commencement of an insolvency proceeding (in each case whether or not allowed as a claim in such insolvency proceeding).

 

Obligor” means, collectively, each Person obligated to make payments under a Loan Agreement, including any guarantor thereof.

 

Officer’s Certificate” means a certificate signed by the president, the secretary, an assistant secretary, the chief financial officer or any vice president, as an authorized officer, or any other authorized signatory, of any Person.

 

Operating Lease Implementation” means the implementation by an Obligor of IFRS 16/ASC 842.

 

Opinion of Counsel” means a written opinion of counsel, which opinion and counsel are acceptable to the Agent in its sole discretion; provided that Latham & Watkins LLP, Richards Layton & Finger, P.A. and Venable LLP shall be considered acceptable counsel for purposes of this definition.

 

Optional Sale” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 2.07(c).

 

Optional Sale Date” means any Business Day, provided 45 days’ prior written notice is given in accordance with Section 2.07(c).

 

Original Agreement” has the meaning assigned to that term in the Preliminary Statement.

 

Original Loan Asset” means each Loan Asset acquired by the Borrower prior to the Restatement Date.

 

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Original Purchase and Sale Agreement” means that certain Purchase and Sale Agreement, dated as of November 3, 2004, by and between the Transferor, as the seller, and the Borrower, as the Buyer, as amended and modified prior to the Restatement Date.

 

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

 

Other Taxes” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 11.07(b).

 

Outstanding Balance” means, with respect to any Loan Asset as of any date of determination, the outstanding principal balance of any advances or loans made to the related Obligor pursuant to the related Loan Agreement as of such date of determination (exclusive of any interest and Accreted Interest).

 

Partial PIK Loan Asset” has the meaning assigned to that term in the definition of “PIK Loan Asset”.

 

Participation Agreement” means a participation agreement, with respect to any Acquisition Participation Interests, if any, in such form as may be approved by the Agent in its sole discretion.

 

Participation Interest” means a participation interest in a loan that would, at the time of acquisition or the Borrower’s commitment to acquire the same, satisfy each of the following criteria: (i) such loan would constitute an Eligible Loan Asset were it acquired directly, (ii) the seller of the participation is the lender on the subject loan, (iii) the aggregate participation in the loan does not exceed the principal amount or commitment of such loan, (iv) such participation does not grant, in the aggregate, to the participant in such participation a greater interest than the seller holds in the loan or commitment that is the subject of the participation, (v) the entire purchase price for such participation is paid in full at the time of its acquisition, and (vi) the participation provides the participant all of the economic benefit and risk of the whole or part of the loan or commitment that is the subject of the loan participation.

 

Payment Date” means the 15th day of each calendar month or, if such day is not a Business Day, the next succeeding Business Day; provided that the final Payment Date shall occur on the Collection Date.

 

Payment Duties” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 10.02(b)(i).

 

Pension Plan” has the meaning assigned to that term in Section 4.01(x).

 

Permitted Investment Required Ratings” means a long-term credit rating by Moody’s that is no lower than Moody’s then current long-term sovereign rating of the United States and by S&P that is no lower than S&P’s then current long-term sovereign rating of the United States, in the case of long-term debt obligations, or “Prime-1” by Moody’s (which is not

 

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then on credit watch for possible downgrade by Moody’s) and “A-1+” by S&P, in the case of commercial paper and short-term obligations; provided that if such obligation or security has a maturity of longer than 91 days, the issuer thereof must also have at the time of such investment a long-term credit rating by Moody’s that is no lower than Moody’s then current long-term sovereign rating of the United States and by S&P that is no lower than S&P’s then current long-term sovereign rating of the United States.

 

Permitted Investments” means either cash or any United States dollar investment that, at the time it is delivered (directly or through an intermediary or bailee), (x) matures not later than the earlier of (A) the date that is 60 days after the date of delivery thereof and (B) the Business Day immediately preceding the Payment Date immediately following the date of delivery thereof, and (y) is one or more of the following obligations or securities:

 

(a)           direct Registered obligations of, and Registered obligations the timely payment of principal and interest on which is fully and expressly guaranteed by, the United States or any agency or instrumentality of the United States the obligations of which are expressly backed by the full faith and credit of the United States;

 

(b)           demand and time deposits in, certificates of deposit of, trust accounts with, bankers’ acceptances issued by, or federal funds sold by any depository institution or trust company incorporated under the laws of the United States (including the Bank) or any state thereof and subject to supervision and examination by federal and/or state banking authorities or with the Agent, in each case payable within 60 days after issuance, so long as the commercial paper and/or the debt obligations of such depository institution or trust company (or, in the case of the principal depository institution in a holding company system, the commercial paper or debt obligations of such holding company) at the time of such investment or contractual commitment providing for such investment have the Permitted Investment Required Ratings;

 

(c)           commercial paper or other short-term obligations (other than asset-backed commercial paper) that is payable in United States dollars with the Permitted Investment Required Ratings and that either bear interest or are sold at a discount from the face amount thereof and have a maturity of not more than 60 days from their date of issuance; and