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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):  February 14, 2019

 

STAG INDUSTRIAL, INC.

(Exact name of registrant specified in its charter)

 

Maryland

 

001-34907

 

27-3099608

(State or Other Jurisdiction

 

(Commission

 

(IRS Employer

of Incorporation)

 

File Number)

 

Identification No.)

 

One Federal Street, 23rd Floor

Boston, Massachusetts  02110

(Address of principal executive offices, zip code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (617) 574-4777

 

Not applicable

(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:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities and 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 8.01.                               OTHER EVENTS

 

On February 14, 2019, STAG Industrial, Inc. (the “Company”) and its operating partnership, STAG Industrial Operating Partnership, L.P., entered into separate equity distribution agreements with Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, BB&T Capital Markets, a division of BB&T Securities, LLC, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, BMO Capital Markets Corp., BTIG, LLC, Capital One Securities, Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Evercore Group L.L.C., Jefferies LLC, JMP Securities LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., RBC Capital Markets, LLC, TD Securities (USA) LLC and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (or certain of their respective affiliates), acting in their capacity as Sales Agents (as described below) or as Forward Sellers (as described below), relating to the offer and sale of shares of the Company’s common stock having an aggregate offering price of up to $600,000,000 (the “Shares”).  The Company refers to these entities, when acting in their capacity as sales agents, individually as a “Sales Agent” and collectively as “Sales Agents.”  The Company refers to these entities, when acting as agents for Forward Purchasers (as described below), individually as a “Forward Seller” and collectively as “Forward Sellers.”

 

Sales of the Shares, if any, may be made in negotiated transactions, which may include block trades, or transactions that are deemed to be “at the market” offerings as defined in Rule 415 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, including sales made directly on the New York Stock Exchange or sales made to or through a market maker other than on an exchange.

 

The equity distribution agreements provide that, in addition to the issuance and sale of the Shares through the Sales Agents, the Company also may enter into forward sale agreements under separate master forward sale agreements and related supplemental confirmations between the Company and a Forward Seller or its affiliate.  The Company refers to these entities, when acting in this capacity, individually as a “Forward Purchaser” and collectively as “Forward Purchasers.”  In connection with each particular forward sale agreement, the relevant Forward Purchaser will borrow from third parties and, through the relevant Forward Seller, sell a number of shares of common stock equal to the number of shares of common stock underlying the particular forward sale agreement.

 

The Company will not initially receive any proceeds from the sale of borrowed shares of common stock by a Forward Seller.  The Company expects to fully physically settle each particular forward sale agreement with the relevant Forward Purchaser on one or more dates specified by the Company on or prior to the maturity date of that particular forward sale agreement, in which case the Company will expect to receive aggregate net cash proceeds at settlement equal to the number of shares underlying the particular forward sale agreement multiplied by the relevant forward sale price.  However, the Company may also elect to cash settle or net share settle a particular forward sale agreement, in which case the Company may not receive any proceeds from the issuance of shares, and the Company will instead receive or pay cash (in the case of cash settlement) or receive or deliver shares of its common stock (in the case of net share settlement).

 

Each Sales Agent will receive from the Company a commission that will not exceed, but may be lower than, 2.0% of the gross sales price of all Shares sold through it as Sales Agent under the applicable equity distribution agreement.  In connection with each forward sale, the Company will pay the relevant Forward Seller, in the form of a reduced initial forward sale price under the related forward sale agreement with the related Forward Purchaser, commissions at a mutually agreed rate that shall not be more than 2.0% of the gross sales price of all borrowed Shares sold by it as a Forward Seller.

 

The Company may also sell some or all of the Shares to a Sales Agent as principal for its own account at a price agreed upon at the time of sale.

 

The Shares will be issued pursuant to the Company’s shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (Registration No. 333-229661), which initially became effective upon filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on February 13, 2019, and a prospectus supplement dated February 14, 2019, as the same may be amended or supplemented.

 

The foregoing description of the equity distribution agreements and the master forward sale agreements and related supplemental confirmations does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the exhibits filed with this current report on Form 8-K.

 

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ITEM 9.01.          FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS.

 

(d)           Exhibits.

 

Exhibit
Number

 

Description

1.1

 

Form of Equity Distribution Agreement

 

 

 

1.2

 

Form of Master Forward Sale Agreement

 

 

 

5.1

 

Opinion of DLA Piper LLP (US) regarding legality of the Shares

 

 

 

8.1

 

Opinion of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP regarding certain tax matters (incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 8.1 to the registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-229661) filed with the SEC on February 13, 2019)

 

 

 

23.1

 

Consent of DLA Piper LLP (US) (included in Exhibit 5.1)

 

 

 

23.2

 

Consent of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (included in Exhibit 8.1)

 

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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.

 

 

STAG INDUSTRIAL, INC.

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Jeffrey M. Sullivan

 

Jeffrey M. Sullivan

 

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

 

 

Dated: February 14, 2019

 

 

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Section 2: EX-1.1 (EX-1.1)

Exhibit 1.1

 

STAG INDUSTRIAL, INC.

 

Common Stock

 

(Par Value $0.01 Per Share)

 

EQUITY DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

 

Dated:  February 14, 2019

 


 

STAG Industrial, Inc.
(a Maryland corporation)

 

Common Stock

 

(Par Value $0.01 Per Share)

 

EQUITY DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

 

February 14, 2019

 

[·]

[·]

[·]

 

[·]

[·]

[·]

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

STAG Industrial, Inc., a Maryland corporation (the “Company”), and STAG Industrial Operating Partnership, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership (the “Operating Partnership”), each confirms its agreement (this “Agreement”) with [[·] (in its capacity as purchaser under any Forward Contract (as defined below), the “Forward Purchaser”) and [·] (in its capacity as agent for the Company and/or principal in connection with the offering and sale of any Issuance Securities (as defined below) hereunder, “Agent,” and in its capacity as agent for the Forward Purchaser in connection with the offering and sale of any Forward Hedge Securities (as defined below) hereunder, the “Forward Seller](1)”), as follows:

 

SECTION 1.  Description of Securities.

 

The Company may issue and sell, in the manner contemplated by this Agreement, shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Common Stock”), having an aggregate offering price of up to $600,000,000 (the “Maximum Amount”) upon the terms and subject to the conditions contained herein.  The issuance and sale of the Securities (as defined below) will be effected pursuant to the Registration Statement (as defined below) that was filed by the Company under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (collectively with the rules and regulations thereunder, the “Securities Act”).

 

The Company has filed, in accordance with the provisions of the Securities Act, with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) an automatic shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-229661), including a base prospectus dated February 13, 2019, relating to certain securities, including the Securities to be issued from time to time by the Company, which shelf registration statement became effective upon filing under Rule 462(e) of the Securities Act and which incorporates by reference documents that the Company has filed or

 


(1)  NTD: This clause to be revised for Agents who do not participate in the Forward.

 


 

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

 

As used in this Agreement, the following terms have the respective meanings set forth below:

 

Actual Sold Forward Amount” means, for any Forward Hedge Selling Period for any Forward, the number of Forward Hedge Securities that the Forward Seller has sold during such Forward Hedge Selling Period.

 

Aggregate Forward Hedge Price” means, with respect to a period, the product of the Actual Sold Forward Amount during such period and the Forward Hedge Price during such period.

 

Aggregate Sales Price” means, with respect to a period, the sum of the Sales Prices for all Issuance Securities or Forward Hedge Securities, as applicable, sold during such period.

 

Applicable Time” means the time of each sale of any Securities pursuant to this Agreement.

 

Capped Number” with respect to any Forward Contract has the meaning set forth in such Forward Contract.

 

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Commitment Period” means the period commencing on the date of this Agreement and expiring on the date this Agreement is terminated pursuant to Section 13.

 

Forward” means the transaction resulting from each Placement Notice (as defined below) (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance (as defined below), if applicable) specifying that it relates to a “Forward” and requiring the Forward Seller to use commercially reasonable efforts to sell, as specified in such Placement Notice and subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement and the applicable Forward Contract, the Forward Hedge Securities.

 

Forward Contract” means, for each Forward, the contract evidencing such Forward between the Company and the Forward Purchaser, which shall be comprised of the Master Forward Confirmation and the related “Supplemental Confirmation” (as defined in the Master Forward Confirmation) for such Forward.

 

Forward Hedge Amount” means, for any Forward, the amount specified as such in the Placement Notice for such Forward (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable), which amount shall be the target Aggregate Sales Price of the Forward Hedge Securities to be sold by the Forward Seller in respect of such Forward, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

 

Forward Hedge Price” means, for any Forward Contract, the product of (x) an amount equal to one (1) minus the Forward Hedge Selling Commission Rate for such Forward Contract; and (y) the Volume-Weighted Hedge Price.

 

Forward Hedge Securities” means all Common Stock borrowed by the Forward Purchaser (or its affiliate) and offered and sold by the Forward Seller in connection with any Forward that has occurred or may occur in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement.  Where the context requires, the term “Forward Hedge Securities” as used herein shall include the definition of the same under the Alternative Distribution Agreements (as defined below).

 

Forward Hedge Selling Commission” means, for any Forward Contract, the product of (x) the Forward Hedge Selling Commission Rate for such Forward Contract and (y) the Volume-Weighted Hedge Price.

 

Forward Hedge Selling Commission Rate” means, for any Forward Contract, a rate mutually agreed to between the Company and the Forward Seller and recorded in the applicable Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable), not to exceed 2%.

 

Forward Hedge Selling Period” means, subject to Section 2(c) hereof, the period of one (1) to 20 consecutive Trading Days (as determined by the Company in the Company’s sole discretion and specified in the applicable Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) specifying that it relates to a “Forward”) beginning on the date specified in the applicable Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) or, if such date is not a Trading Day, the next Trading Day following such date and ending on the last such Trading Day or such earlier date on which the Forward Seller shall have

 

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completed the sale of Forward Hedge Securities in connection with the applicable Forward; provided that if, prior to the scheduled end of any Forward Hedge Selling Period (i) any event occurs that would permit the Forward Purchaser to designate a “Scheduled Trading Day” as an “Early Valuation Date” (as each such term is defined in the Master Forward Confirmation) under, and pursuant to the provisions opposite the caption “Early Valuation” in Section 2 of the Master Forward Confirmation or (ii) a “Bankruptcy Termination Event” (as such term is defined in the Master Forward Confirmation) occurs, then the Forward Hedge Selling Period shall, upon the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser becoming aware of such occurrence, immediately terminate as of the first such occurrence.  Any Forward Hedge Selling Period then in effect shall immediately terminate upon the termination of this Agreement pursuant to Section 9 or Section 13 hereof and as set forth in Sections 2(b) and 4 hereof.

 

Forward Purchaser” has the meaning set forth in the introductory paragraph of this Agreement.  If a Forward Purchaser has not been identified in the introductory paragraph of this Agreement, the Company agrees that all provisions of this Agreement related to the Forward Purchaser are not applicable hereunder.

 

Forward Seller” has the meaning set forth in the introductory paragraph of this Agreement.  If a Forward Seller has not been identified in the introductory paragraph of this Agreement, the Company agrees that all provisions of this Agreement related to the Forward Seller are not applicable hereunder.

 

Issuance” means each occasion the Company elects to exercise its right to deliver a Placement Notice that does not involve a Forward and that specifies that it relates to an “Issuance” and requires the Agent to use commercially reasonable efforts to sell the Issuance Securities as specified in such Placement Notice, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

 

Issuance Amount” means the maximum Aggregate Sales Price of the Issuance Securities to be sold by the Agent with respect to any Issuance as specified in the Placement Notice for such Issuance.

 

Issuance Selling Period” means the period of one (1) to 20 consecutive Trading Days (as determined by the Company in the Company’s sole discretion and specified in the applicable Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) specifying that it relates to an “Issuance”) beginning on the date specified in the applicable Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) or, if such date is not a Trading Day, the next Trading Day following such date.

 

Issuance Securities” means all shares of Common Stock issued or issuable pursuant to an Issuance that has occurred or may occur in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement.  Where the context requires, the term “Issuance Securities” as used herein, shall include the definition of the same under the Alternative Distribution Agreements.

 

Issuer Free Writing Prospectus” means any “issuer free writing prospectus,” as defined in Rule 433 under the Securities Act, relating to the Securities that (i) is required to be filed with the Commission by the Company, (ii) is a “road show” that is a “written communication” within

 

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the meaning of Rule 433(d)(8)(i) whether or not required to be filed with the Commission or (iii) is exempt from filing pursuant to Rule 433(d)(5)(i) because it contains a description of the Securities or of the offering that does not reflect the final terms, and all free writing prospectuses that are listed in Exhibit H hereto, in each case in the form furnished (electronically or otherwise) to the Agent for use in connection with the offering of the Securities.

 

Master Forward Confirmation” means the Master Confirmation for Issuer Share Forward Sale Transactions, dated as of the date hereof, by and among the Company, the Operating Partnership and the Forward Purchaser, including all provisions incorporated by reference therein.

 

NYSE” means the New York Stock Exchange.

 

Sales Price” means, for each Forward or each Issuance hereunder, the actual sale execution price of each Forward Hedge Security or Issuance Security, as the case may be, sold by the Agent or the Forward Seller on the NYSE hereunder in the case of ordinary brokers’ transactions, or as otherwise agreed by the parties in other methods of sale.  Where the context requires, the term “Sales Price” as used herein shall include the definition of the same under the Alternative Distribution Agreements.

 

Securities” means Issuance Securities and Forward Hedge Securities, as applicable.  Where the context requires, the term “Securities” as used herein shall include the definition of the same under the Alternative Distribution Agreements.

 

Selling Period” means any Forward Hedge Selling Period or any Issuance Selling Period.

 

Settlement Date” means, unless the Company and the Agent shall otherwise agree, any Forward Hedge Settlement Date (as defined below) or any Issuance Settlement Date (as defined below), as applicable.

 

Trading Day” means any day which is a trading day on the NYSE.

 

Unwind Date” shall have the meaning set forth in the Master Forward Confirmation.

 

Volume-Weighted Hedge Price” has the meaning set forth in the Master Forward Confirmation; provided that, for purposes of determining the Aggregate Forward Hedge Price payable to the Forward Purchaser in respect of a Trading Day on which the Forward Seller has made sales of Forward Hedge Securities hereunder pursuant to Sections 3(b) and 6(e), the Volume-Weighted Hedge Price shall be determined solely with respect to the Forward Hedge Securities sold by the Forward Seller on such Trading Day.

 

All references in this Agreement to financial statements and schedules and other information that is “contained,” “included” or “stated” in the Registration Statement or the Prospectus (and all other references of like import) shall be deemed to mean and include all such financial statements and schedules and other information that is incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement or the Prospectus, as the case may be.

 

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All references in this Agreement to the Registration Statement, the Prospectus or any amendment or supplement to any of the foregoing shall be deemed to include the copy filed with the Commission pursuant to EDGAR; all references in this Agreement to any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus (other than any Issuer Free Writing Prospectuses that, pursuant to Rule 433 under the Securities Act, are not required to be filed with the Commission) shall be deemed to include the copy thereof filed with the Commission pursuant to EDGAR; and all references in this Agreement to “supplements” to the Prospectus shall include, without limitation, any supplements, “wrappers” or similar materials prepared in connection with any offering, sale or private placement of any Securities by the Agent or the Forward Seller outside of the United States.

 

The Company will contribute the Net Proceeds (as defined in Section 6(b)) from the sale of the Securities and any proceeds received under the Forward Contract from time to time pursuant to this Agreement to the Operating Partnership, and in exchange therefor, at each Issuance Settlement Date  and on each day the Company is required to deliver Common Stock under any Forward Contract, the Operating Partnership will issue to the Company a corresponding number of units of limited partnership interest in the Operating Partnership (“OP Units”) to the number of shares of Common Stock required to be delivered on such date.

 

The Agent has been appointed by the Company as its agent to sell the Issuance Securities and agrees to use commercially reasonable efforts to sell the Issuance Securities offered by the Company upon the terms and subject to the conditions contained herein.  The Forward Seller agrees with the Company and the Forward Purchaser to use commercially reasonable efforts to sell the Forward Hedge Securities to be borrowed by the Forward Purchaser (or its affiliate) upon the terms and subject to the conditions contained herein.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, if a Forward Seller and Forward Purchaser have not been identified in the introductory paragraph of this Agreement and have not executed this Agreement, the Company agrees that all provisions of this Agreement related to the Forward Seller, the Forward Purchaser and Forwards are not applicable hereunder and no sales of Forward Hedge Securities shall take place pursuant to this Agreement.

 

The Company and the Operating Partnership have also entered into separate equity distribution agreements (collectively, the “Separate Distribution Agreements”), dated as of even date herewith, with [·], [·], [·], [·], [·], [·], [·], [·], [·], [·], [·], [·], [·] and [·] (and, as applicable, their respective affiliates) (each, in its capacity as agent and/or principal, forward seller and forward purchaser thereunder, a “Separate Agent”), for the issuance (in the case of the Issuance Securities) or borrowing (in the case of Forward Hedge Securities) and sale from time to time through the applicable Separate Agents on the terms set forth in the applicable Separate Distribution Agreements.  The Company and the Operating Partnership may also in the future enter into additional equity distribution agreements (if any, the “Additional Distribution Agreements” and together with the Separate Distribution Agreements, the “Alternative Distribution Agreements”) with one or more additional agents and/or principals, forward sellers and forward purchasers (if any, collectively in each such capacity, the “Additional Agents” and, together with the Separate Agents, the “Alternative Agents”).  The aggregate offering price of the Securities that may be sold pursuant to this Agreement and the Alternative Distribution Agreements shall not exceed the Maximum Amount.

 

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SECTION 2.  Placements.

 

(a)           Upon the terms and subject to the conditions of this Agreement, on any Trading Day as provided in Section 2(c) hereof during the Commitment Period on which (i) the conditions set forth in Section 9 hereof have been satisfied and (ii) with respect to any Forward, no event described in clause (i) or clause (ii) of the proviso contained in the definition of Forward Hedge Selling Period shall have occurred, the Company may issue (in the case of an Issuance) and sell or cause to be sold the Securities hereunder (each, a “Placement”), by delivery of an email notice (or other method mutually agreed to in writing by the parties) to the Agent (in the case of an Issuance) or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser (in the case of a Forward) containing the parameters in accordance with which it desires the Securities to be sold, which shall at a minimum specify whether it relates to an “Issuance” or a “Forward” and include the maximum number of Securities to be sold (the “Placement Securities”), the Issuance Amount, the time period during which sales are requested to be made, any limitation on the number of Securities that may be sold in any one (1) day, any minimum price below which sales may not be made or a formula pursuant to which such minimum price shall be determined and, as applicable, certain specified terms of the Forward (a “Placement Notice”), a form of which containing such minimum sales parameters necessary with respect to Issuances and Forwards is attached hereto as Exhibit A. The Placement Notice shall originate from any of the individuals from the Company set forth on Exhibit B (with a copy to each of the other individuals from the Company listed on such schedule), and shall be addressed to each of the individuals from the Agent or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as applicable, set forth on Exhibit B, as such Exhibit B may be amended from time to time.

 

(b)           If the Agent or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as applicable, wish to accept such proposed terms included in the Placement Notice (which they may decline to do for any reason in their sole discretion) or, following discussion with the Company, wish to accept amended terms, the Agent or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as applicable, will, prior to 4:30 p.m. (New York City Time) on the business day following the business day on which such Placement Notice is delivered to the Agent or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as applicable, issue to the Company a notice by email (or other method mutually agreed to in writing by the parties) addressed to all of the individuals from the Company and the Agent or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as applicable, set forth on Exhibit B setting forth an acceptance of terms in the Placement Notice or such amended or other terms that the Agent or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as applicable, are willing to accept.  Where the terms provided in the Placement Notice are amended as provided for in the immediately preceding sentence, such terms will not be binding on the Company or the Agent or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as applicable, until the Company delivers to the Agent or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as applicable, an acceptance by email (or other method mutually agreed to in writing by the parties) of all of the terms of such Placement Notice, as amended (the “Acceptance”), which email shall be addressed to all of the individuals from the Company and the Agent or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as applicable, set forth on Exhibit B. The Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) shall be effective upon receipt by the Company of the Agent’s or the Forward Seller’s and the Forward Purchaser’s, as applicable, acceptance of the terms of the Placement Notice or upon receipt by the Agent or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as applicable, of the Acceptance, as the case may be, unless and until (i) the entire amount of the

 

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Placement Securities has been sold, (ii) in accordance with the notice requirements set forth in the second sentence of the prior paragraph, the Company terminates the Placement Notice, (iii) the Company issues a subsequent Placement Notice with parameters superseding those on the earlier dated Placement Notice and such Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) has been accepted in accordance with the requirements set forth above, (iv) this Agreement has been terminated under the provisions of Sections 9 and 13 or (v) any party shall have suspended the sale of the Placement Securities in accordance with Section 4 below.  The termination of the effectiveness of a Placement Notice as set forth in the prior sentence shall not affect or impair any party’s obligations with respect to any Securities sold hereunder prior to such termination or any Securities sold under any Alternative Distribution Agreement (including, in the case of any Forward Hedge Securities, the obligation to enter into the resulting Forward Contract). It is expressly acknowledged and agreed that neither the Company nor the Agent will have any obligation whatsoever with respect to a Placement or any Placement Securities unless and until the Company delivers a Placement Notice to the Agent and either (i) the Agent accepts the terms of such Placement Notice or (ii) where the terms of such Placement Notice are amended, the Company accepts such amended terms by means of an Acceptance pursuant to the terms set forth above, and then only upon the terms specified in the Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) and herein.  It is expressly acknowledged and agreed that the Company, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser will have no obligation whatsoever with respect to a Placement or any Placement Securities unless and until the Company delivers a Placement Notice to the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser and either (i) the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser accept the terms of such Placement Notice or (ii) where the terms of such Placement Notice are amended, the Company accepts such amended terms by means of an Acceptance pursuant to the terms set forth above, and then only upon the terms specified in the Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable), this Agreement and the Master Forward Confirmation.  In the event of a conflict between the terms of this Agreement and the terms of a Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable), the terms of the Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) will control.

 

(c)           No Placement Notice may be delivered hereunder other than on a Trading Day during the Commitment Period; no Placement Notice may be delivered hereunder if the Selling Period specified therein may overlap in whole or in part with any Selling Period specified in a Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) delivered hereunder or under any Alternative Distribution Agreement unless the Securities to be sold under all such previously delivered Placement Notices have all been sold; no Placement Notice may be delivered hereunder or under any Alternative Distribution Agreement if any Selling Period specified therein may overlap in whole or in part with any Unwind Date under any Forward Contract entered into between the Company and the Forward Purchaser or any Alternative Agent; and no Placement Notice specifying that it relates to a “Forward” may be delivered if either (i) an ex-dividend date or ex-date, as applicable, for any dividend or distribution payable by the Company on the Common Stock is scheduled to occur during the period from, and including, the first scheduled Trading Day of the related Forward Hedge Selling Period to, and including, the last scheduled Trading Day of such Forward Hedge Selling Period or (ii) such Placement Notice, together with all prior Placement Notices (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) delivered by the Company relating to a “Forward” hereunder and

 

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under any Alternative Distribution Agreements, would result in the sum of the number of shares of Common Stock issued under all Forward Contracts (whether with a Forward Purchaser or any Alternative Agent) that have settled, plus the Capped Numbers under all Forward Contracts then outstanding or to be entered into between the Company and the Forward Purchaser and any Forward Contracts then outstanding between the Company and any Alternative Agent exceeding 19.99% of the number of shares of Common Stock outstanding as of the date of this Agreement.

 

(d)           Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, any notice required to be delivered by the Company or by an Agent (in the case of an Issuance) or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser (in the case of a Forward) pursuant to this Section 2 may be delivered by telephone (confirmed promptly by facsimile or email addressed to all of the individuals from the Company and the Agent (in the case of an Issuance) or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser (in the case of a Forward) set forth on Exhibit B, which confirmation will be promptly acknowledged by the receiving party) or other method mutually agreed to in writing by the parties.  For the avoidance of doubt, notices delivered by telephone shall originate from any of the individuals from the Company or the Agent (in the case of an Issuance) or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser (in the case of a Forward) set forth on Exhibit B.

 

SECTION 3.  Sale of Securities.

 

(a)           Subject to the provisions of Sections 2(b) and 6(a), upon the delivery of a Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) specifying that it relates to an “Issuance,” the Agent will use its commercially reasonable efforts consistent with its normal trading and sales practices to sell the Issuance Securities at market prevailing prices up to the amount specified, and otherwise in accordance with the terms of such Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable).  The Agent will provide written confirmation by email to all of the individuals from the Company set forth on Exhibit C (as such Exhibit C may be amended from time to time) no later than the opening of the Trading Day immediately following each Trading Day on which it has made sales of Issuance Securities hereunder setting forth the number of Issuance Securities sold on such day, the corresponding Aggregate Sales Price, the compensation payable by the Company to the Agent pursuant to this Section 3(a) with respect to such sales, and the Net Proceeds payable to the Company, with an itemization of the amounts set forth in Section 6(b) used to determine the amount of the Net Proceeds from the Gross Proceeds (as defined in Section 6(b)) that the Agent receives from such sales.  The amount of any commission, discount or other compensation to be paid by the Company to the Agent, when the Agent is acting as agent, in connection with the sale of the Issuance Securities shall be determined in accordance with the terms set forth in Exhibit D. The amount of any commission, discount or other compensation to be paid by the Company to the Agent, when the Agent is acting as principal, in connection with the sale of the Issuance Securities shall be as separately agreed among the parties hereto at the time of any such sales.

 

(b)           Subject to the provisions of Sections 2(b), 6(d) and the Master Forward Confirmation, upon the delivery of a Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) specifying that it relates to a “Forward,” the Forward Purchaser (or its affiliate) will use commercially reasonable efforts to borrow, offer and sell Forward Hedge Securities through the Forward Seller to hedge the Forward, and the Forward Seller will use its commercially reasonable efforts consistent with its normal trading and sales practices to sell such

 

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Forward Hedge Securities at market prevailing prices up to the Forward Hedge Amount specified in such Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable), and otherwise in accordance with the terms of such Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable).  The Forward Seller will provide written confirmation by email to all of the individuals from the Company set forth on Exhibit C (as such Exhibit C may be amended from time to time) and to the Forward Purchaser no later than the opening of the Trading Day immediately following each Trading Day on which it has made sales of Forward Hedge Securities hereunder setting forth the number of Forward Hedge Securities sold on such day, the Forward Hedge Selling Commission in respect of such Forward Hedge Securities, the corresponding Aggregate Sales Price and the Aggregate Forward Hedge Price payable to the Forward Purchaser in respect thereof.

 

(c)           No later than the opening of the Trading Day immediately following the last Trading Day of each Forward Hedge Selling Period (or, if earlier, no later than the opening of the Trading Day immediately following the date on which any Forward Hedge Selling Period is suspended or terminated pursuant to Section 4 or the Forward Contract or this Agreement is terminated pursuant to Section 9 or Section 13 hereof), the Forward Purchaser shall execute and deliver to the Company a “Supplemental Confirmation” in respect of the Forward for such Forward Hedge Selling Period, which “Supplemental Confirmation” shall set forth the “Trade Date” for such Forward (which shall, subject to the terms of the Master Forward Confirmation, be the last Trading Day of such Forward Hedge Selling Period), the “Effective Date” for such Forward (which shall, subject to the terms of the Master Forward Confirmation, be the date one Settlement Cycle (as such term is defined in the Master Forward Confirmation) immediately following the last Trading Day of such Forward Hedge Selling Period), the initial “Number of Shares” for such Forward (which shall be the Actual Sold Forward Amount for such Forward Hedge Selling Period), the “Maturity Date” for such Forward (which shall, subject to the terms of the Master Forward Confirmation, be the date that follows the last Trading Day of such Forward Hedge Selling Period by the number of days or months set forth opposite the caption “Term” in the Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) for such Forward, which number of days or months shall in no event be less than three (3) months nor more than two (2) years), the “Initial Forward Price” for such Forward, the “Spread” for such Forward (as set forth in the related Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable)), the “Volume-Weighted Hedge Price” for such Forward, the “Threshold Price” for such Forward, the “Initial Stock Loan Rate” for such Forward (as set forth in the related Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable)), the “Maximum Stock Loan Rate” for such Forward (as set forth in the related Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable)), the “Threshold Number of Shares” for such Forward, the “Forward Price Reduction Dates” for such Forward (which shall be each of the dates set forth below the caption “Forward Price Reduction Dates” in the Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) for such Forward) and the “Forward Price Reduction Amounts” corresponding to such Forward Price Reduction Dates (which shall be each amount set forth opposite each “Forward Price Reduction Date” and below the caption “Forward Price Reduction Amounts” in the Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) for such Forward) and the “Regular Dividend Amounts” for such Forward (which shall be each of the amount(s) set forth below the caption “Regular Dividend Amounts” in the Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) for such Forward).

 

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(d)           Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the Forward Purchaser’s obligation to use its commercially reasonable efforts to borrow all or any portion of the Forward Hedge Securities (and the Forward Seller’s obligation to use its commercially reasonable efforts to sell such portion of the Forward Hedge Securities) for any Forward hereunder shall be subject in all respects to the last paragraph of Section 3 of the Master Forward Confirmation.

 

(e)           The Securities may be offered and sold by any method permitted by law deemed to be an “at the market” offering as defined in Rule 415 under the Securities Act, including without limitation sales made directly on the NYSE, on any other existing trading market for the Common Stock or to or through a market maker, or subject to the terms of the Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable), by any other method permitted by law, including but not limited to, privately negotiated transactions, which may include block trades.

 

SECTION 4.  Suspension of Sales.

 

The Company, the Agent or the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser may, upon notice to the other parties in writing (including by email correspondence to each of the individuals of the other party set forth on Exhibit B, if receipt of such correspondence is actually acknowledged by any of the individuals to whom the notice is sent, other than via auto-reply) or by telephone (confirmed immediately by verifiable facsimile transmission or email correspondence to each of the individuals of the other party set forth on Exhibit B), suspend any sale of Securities, and the applicable Selling Period shall immediately terminate; provided, however, that such suspension and termination shall not affect or impair any party’s obligations with respect to any Securities sold hereunder prior to the receipt of such notice or any Securities sold under any Alternative Distribution Agreement (including, in the case of any Forward Hedge Securities, the obligation to enter into the resulting Forward Contract).  The Company agrees that no such notice under this Section 4 shall be effective against the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser unless it is made to one of the individuals named on Exhibit B hereto, as such Exhibit may be amended from time to time.  Each of the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser agrees that no such notice shall be effective against the Company unless it is made to one of the individuals named on Exhibit B hereto, as such Exhibit may be amended from time to time; provided that the failure by Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser to deliver such notice shall in no way effect such party’s right to suspend the sale of Securities hereunder.

 

SECTION 5.  Representations and Warranties.

 

(a)           Representations and Warranties by the Company and the Operating Partnership.  Each of the Company and the Operating Partnership jointly and severally represents and warrants to the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser as of the date hereof and as of each Representation Date (as defined in Section 7(n)) on which a certificate is required to be delivered pursuant to Section 7(n) of this Agreement, as of each Applicable Time, as of the date each Placement Notice is effective and as of each Settlement Date, and agrees with the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as follows:

 

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(i)            Status as a Well-Known Seasoned Issuer.  (A) At the time of filing the Registration Statement on February 13, 2019, (B) at the time of the most recent amendment thereto for the purposes of complying with Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act (whether such amendment was by post-effective amendment, incorporated report filed pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act or form of prospectus), (C) at the time the Company or any person acting on its behalf (within the meaning, for this clause only, of Rule 163(c) of the Securities Act) made any offer relating to the Securities in reliance on the exemption of Rule 163 of the Securities Act and (D) at the date hereof, the Company was and is a “well-known seasoned issuer” as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act (“Rule 405”), and was not and is not an “ineligible issuer” as defined in Rule 405.  The Registration Statement is an “automatic shelf registration statement,” as defined in Rule 405, and the Securities, since their registration on the Registration Statement, have been and remain eligible for registration by the Company on a Rule 405 “automatic shelf registration statement.”  The Company has not received from the Commission any notice pursuant to Rule 401(g)(2) of the Securities Act objecting to the use of the automatic shelf registration statement form.  The Company has paid, or if the Prospectus Supplement has not yet been filed with the Commission will pay, the required Commission filing fees relating to the Securities within the time required by Rule 456(b)(1)(i) of the Securities Act without regard to the proviso therein and otherwise in accordance with Rules 456(b) and 457(r) of the Securities Act (including, if applicable, by updating the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in accordance with Rule 456(b)(1)(ii) either in a post-effective amendment to the Registration Statement or on the cover page of the Prospectus).

 

(ii)           Registration Statement and Prospectuses.  The Registration Statement became effective upon filing under Rule 462(e) under the Securities Act on February 13, 2019, and any post-effective amendment thereto also became effective upon filing under Rule 462(e) under the Securities Act.  No stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or any post-effective amendment thereto has been issued under the Securities Act, no order preventing or suspending the use of the Prospectus has been issued and no proceedings for any of those purposes have been instituted or are pending or, to the Company’s knowledge (without further inquiry), contemplated.  The Company has complied with each request (if any) from the Commission for additional information with respect to the Registration Statement.

 

Each of the Registration Statement and any post-effective amendment thereto, at the time of its effectiveness, at each deemed effective date with respect to the Agent and the Forward Seller pursuant to Rule 430B(f)(2) under the Securities Act and as of each Settlement Date, complied and will comply in all material respects at the time it became effective with the requirements of the Securities Act.  The Prospectus complied in all material respects at the time it was filed with the Securities Act.  The Prospectus delivered to the Agent and the Forward Seller for use in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and the Master Forward Confirmation was identical to the electronically transmitted copies thereof filed with the Commission pursuant to EDGAR, except to the extent permitted by Regulation S-T.

 

The documents incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, when they became effective or at the time they were or hereafter are filed with the Commission, complied and will comply in all material respects with the requirements of the Exchange Act.

 

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(iii)          Accurate Disclosure.  Neither the Registration Statement nor any amendment thereto, at the times they became effective, at each deemed effective date with respect to the Agent and the Forward Seller pursuant to Rule 430B(f)(2) under the Securities Act, at each Applicable Time and at each Settlement Date, contained, contains or will contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted, omits or will omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading.  Neither the Prospectus (nor any one or more Issuer Free Writing Prospectuses when considered together with the Prospectus) nor any amendment or supplement thereto (including any prospectus wrapper), as of its issue date, at the time of filing with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act, at each Applicable Time or at any Settlement Date, included, includes or will include an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted, omits or will omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading.  The documents incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus and any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, at the time the Registration Statement became effective or when such documents incorporated by reference were or hereafter are filed with the Commission, as the case may be, when read together with the other information in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus or such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus when considered together with the Prospectus, as the case may be, did not and will not include an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading.

 

The representations and warranties in this subsection shall not apply to statements in or omissions from the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto (including any prospectus wrapper)), made in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to the Company by the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser expressly for use therein, it being understood and agreed that, as of the date hereof, the name of the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus constitute the only information furnished in writing by or on behalf of the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser for use in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus (collectively, the “Counterparty Information”). In the event that, at a later date, the parties hereto agree in writing that any additional information shall constitute Counterparty Information, such information shall automatically be incorporated into Section 5(a)(iii) of this Agreement as Counterparty Information.

 

(iv)          Issuer Free Writing Prospectuses.  No Issuer Free Writing Prospectus conflicts or will conflict with the information contained in the Registration Statement or the Prospectus including any document incorporated or deemed incorporated by reference therein.

 

(v)           Company Not Ineligible Issuer.  At the time of filing the Registration Statement and any post-effective amendment thereto, at the earliest time thereafter that the Company or another offering participant made a bona fide offer (within the meaning of Rule 164(h)(2) of the Securities Act) of the Securities and at the date hereof, the Company was not and is not an “ineligible issuer,” as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act, without taking into account any determination by the Commission pursuant to Rule 405 under the Securities Act that it is not necessary that the Company be considered an ineligible issuer.

 

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(vi)          Independent Accountants.  The accountants who certified the financial statements and supporting schedules of the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement are independent public accountants as required by the Securities Act, the Exchange Act and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”).

 

(vii)         Financial Statements; Non-GAAP Financial Measures.  The financial statements included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus and any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, together with the related schedules and notes, present fairly in all material respects, the financial position of the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries at the dates indicated; said financial statements have been prepared in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) applied on a consistent basis throughout the periods involved, except as noted therein.  The supporting schedules, if any, present fairly in all material respects in accordance with GAAP the information required to be stated therein.  Any selected financial data and summary financial information included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus and any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus present fairly in all material respects the information shown therein and have been compiled on a basis consistent with that of the audited financial statements included therein.  The financial statements, including any statement of revenues and certain expenses, of the businesses or properties acquired or proposed to be acquired, if any, included in, or incorporated by reference into, the Registration Statement or the Prospectus present fairly in all material respects the information set forth therein, have been prepared in conformity with GAAP applied on a consistent basis, except as noted therein, and otherwise have been prepared in all material respects in accordance with the applicable financial statement requirements of Rule 3-05 or Rule 3-14 of Regulation S-X with respect to real estate operations acquired or to be acquired.  In addition, any pro forma financial statements and the related notes thereto included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus and any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus present fairly in all material respects the information shown therein, have been prepared in all material respects in accordance with the Commission’s rules and guidelines with respect to pro forma financial statements and have been properly compiled on the bases described therein, and the assumptions used in the preparation thereof are reasonable and the adjustments used therein are appropriate to give effect to the transactions and circumstances referred to therein.  No other financial statements or supporting schedules of the Company or any of its subsidiaries are required to be included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement or the Prospectus under the Securities Act.  All disclosures contained in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus and any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus regarding “non-GAAP financial measures” (as such term is defined by the rules and regulations of the Commission) comply in all material respects with Regulation G of the Exchange Act and Item 10 of Regulation S-K of the Securities Act, to the extent applicable.  The interactive data in eXtensible Business Reporting Language incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus and any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, if any, fairly presents the information called for in all material respects and has been prepared in all material respects in accordance with the Commission’s rules and guidelines applicable thereto.

 

(viii)        No Material Adverse Change in Business.  Except as otherwise stated therein, since the respective dates as of which information is given in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, (A) there has been no material adverse change in the condition, financial or otherwise, or in the earnings, business affairs or business prospects

 

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of the Company and its subsidiaries considered as one enterprise (including all of the properties of the Company and its subsidiaries), whether or not arising in the ordinary course of business (a “Material Adverse Effect”), (B) there have been no transactions entered into by the Company or any of its subsidiaries, other than those in the ordinary course of business, which are material with respect to such entities considered as one enterprise or incurred any liability or obligation, direct or contingent, that is material to such entities considered as one enterprise and (C) except for regular monthly or quarterly dividends on the Common Stock, the Company’s 6.875% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, par value $0.01 per share, and distributions on the OP Units and LTIP units of the Operating Partnership, in each case in amounts per share or unit that are consistent with past practice, there has been no dividend or distribution of any kind declared, paid or made by the Company or any of its subsidiaries on any class of the capital stock or other equity interest of such entities.

 

(ix)          Good Standing of the Company.  The Company has been duly organized and is validly existing as a corporation in good standing under the laws of the State of Maryland and has corporate power and authority to own, lease and operate its properties and to conduct its business as described in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus and any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus and to enter into and perform its obligations under this Agreement, the Master Forward Confirmation and any “Supplemental Confirmation” and, as the sole member of the sole general partner of the Operating Partnership, to cause the Operating Partnership to enter into and perform the Operating Partnership’s obligations under this Agreement and the Master Forward Confirmation; and the Company is duly qualified as a foreign corporation to transact business and is in good standing in each other jurisdiction in which such qualification is required, whether by reason of the ownership or leasing of property or the conduct of business, except where the failure so to qualify or to be in good standing would not result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(x)           Good Standing of the Operating Partnership.  The Operating Partnership has been duly formed and is validly existing as a limited partnership in good standing under the laws of the State of Delaware and has partnership power and authority to own or lease, as the case may be, and to operate its properties and to conduct its business as described in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus and any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus and to enter into and perform its obligations under this Agreement and the Master Forward Confirmation; and the Operating Partnership is duly qualified as a foreign partnership to transact business and is in good standing in each other jurisdiction in which such qualification is required, whether by reason of the ownership or leasing of property or the conduct of business, except where the failure so to qualify or to be in good standing would not result in a Material Adverse Effect.  The Company is the sole member of the sole general partner of the Operating Partnership.  The aggregate percentage interests of the Company and the limited partners in the Operating Partnership are set forth in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus.  The Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership of the Operating Partnership, dated as of April 20, 2011, as amended by the First Amendment thereto, dated as of November 2, 2011, the Second Amendment thereto, dated as of April 16, 2013, and the Third Amendment thereto, dated as of March 17, 2016, is in full force and effect.

 

(xi)          Good Standing of Subsidiaries.  Each subsidiary of the Company has been duly organized and is validly existing in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its incorporation or organization, except where the failure to be in good standing would not result in

 

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a Material Adverse Effect, has corporate or similar power and authority to own, lease and operate its properties and to conduct its business as described in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus and any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus.  Each subsidiary is duly qualified to transact business and is in good standing in each jurisdiction in which such qualification is required, whether by reason of the ownership or leasing of property or the conduct of business, except where the failure to so qualify or to be in good standing would not result in a Material Adverse Effect.  All of the issued and outstanding capital stock or other ownership interests of each subsidiary has been duly authorized and validly issued, is (as applicable) fully paid and non-assessable and is owned by the Company, directly or through subsidiaries, free and clear of any security interest, mortgage, pledge, lien, encumbrance, claim or equity, other than (A) as described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, (B) any security interest, mortgage, pledge, lien, encumbrance, claim or equity in connection with indebtedness described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus and (C) any security interest, mortgage, pledge, lien, encumbrance, claim or equity that would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.  None of the outstanding shares of capital stock or other ownership interests of any subsidiary was issued in violation of the preemptive or similar rights of any securityholder of such subsidiary.  As of the date hereof, the Company does not own or control, directly or indirectly, any corporation, association or other entity that is or will be a “significant subsidiary” (within the meaning of Rule 1-02(w) of Regulation S-X) other than the entities listed on Exhibit I hereto.  For the purposes of this Agreement, “subsidiary” means each direct and indirect subsidiary of the Company, including, without limitation, the Operating Partnership.

 

(xii)         Capitalization.  The authorized, issued and outstanding shares of capital stock of the Company are as set forth in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus (except for subsequent issuances, if any, pursuant to (A) this Agreement or the Alternative Distribution Agreements, the Master Forward Confirmation and any “Supplemental Confirmation” under the Master Forward Confirmation, as applicable, (B) reservations, agreements, employee benefit plans or dividend reinvestment or stock purchase plans referred to in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus or any Permitted Free Writing Prospectus (as defined in Section 19), (C) the exercise, redemption, or exchange of convertible or exchangeable securities, options or warrants referred to in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus or any Permitted Free Writing Prospectus, including OP Units or LTIP units in the Operating Partnership or (D) unregistered issuances not required to be disclosed pursuant to the Exchange Act, the Securities Act or any regulation promulgated thereunder).  The issued and outstanding shares of capital stock of the Company have been duly authorized and validly issued and are fully paid and non-assessable.  None of the outstanding shares of capital stock of the Company was issued in violation of the preemptive or other similar rights of any securityholder of the Company.  The issued and outstanding OP Units have been duly authorized for issuance by the Operating Partnership to the Company and are validly issued and fully paid.  The issuance of such OP Units was exempt from registration or qualification under the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.  None of such OP Units were issued in violation of the preemptive or other similar rights of any securityholder of the Operating Partnership or any other person or entity.  The OP Units to be issued by the Operating Partnership to the Company in connection with the contribution of the net proceeds from the issuance and sale of the Securities from time to time pursuant to this Agreement, the Master Forward Confirmation and any Supplemental Confirmation, to the Operating Partnership will be duly authorized for issuance by the Operating Partnership to the

 

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holders thereof and will be validly issued and fully paid.  The issuance of such OP Units will be exempt from registration or qualification under the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.  None of such OP Units to be issued will be in violation of the preemptive or other similar rights of any securityholder of the Operating Partnership or any other person or entity.  Except as set forth in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, there are no outstanding options, warrants or other rights to purchase, agreements or other obligations to issue, or rights to convert any obligations into or exchange any securities or interests for shares of the Company’s or its subsidiaries’ capital stock, including OP Units or other ownership interests of the Operating Partnership.

 

(xiii)        Authorization of Agreements.  Each of this Agreement and the Master Forward Confirmation has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Company and the Operating Partnership.  Any “Supplemental Confirmation” will be duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Company.

 

(xiv)        Authorization and Description of Securities.  The Securities and the shares of Common Stock to be issued in connection with any Forward Contract have been duly authorized for issuance and sale pursuant to this Agreement and, in the case of any Forward, the Forward Contract and, when issued and delivered by the Company pursuant to this Agreement, and, in the case of any Forward, the related Forward Contract, against payment of the consideration set forth herein or therein (which may include net share settlement), will be validly issued and fully paid and non-assessable; and the issuance of the Securities and the shares of Common Stock to be issued in connection with any Forward Contract is not or will not be, as applicable, subject to the preemptive, resale rights, rights of first refusal or other similar rights of any securityholder of the Company.  The Common Stock conforms in all material respects to all statements relating thereto contained in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus and any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus and such description conforms in all material respects to the rights set forth in the instruments defining the same.  No holder of Common Stock will be subject to personal liability solely by reason of being such a holder.  The form of certificate used to evidence the Securities and the shares of Common Stock to be issued in connection with any Forward Contract will be in substantially the form filed or incorporated by reference, as the case may be, as an exhibit to the Registration Statement.

 

(xv)         Registration Rights.  There are no persons with registration rights or other similar rights to have any securities registered for sale in connection with the issuance and sale of the Securities.

 

(xvi)        Absence of Violations, Defaults and Conflicts.  Neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries is (A) in violation of its charter, by-laws or similar organizational documents, (B) in default in the performance or observance of any obligation, agreement, covenant or condition contained in any contract, indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, loan or credit agreement, note, lease or other agreement or instrument to which the Company or any of its subsidiaries is a party or by which it or any of them may be bound or to which any of the properties or assets of the Company or any subsidiary is subject (collectively, “Agreements and Instruments”), except for such defaults that would not, singly or in the aggregate, result in a Material Adverse Effect or (C) in violation of any law, statute, rule, regulation, judgment, order, writ or decree of any arbitrator, court, governmental body, regulatory body, administrative agency or other authority,

 

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body or agency having jurisdiction over the Company or any of its subsidiaries or any of their respective properties, assets or operations (each, a “Governmental Entity”), except for such violations that would not, singly or in the aggregate, result in a Material Adverse Effect.  The execution, delivery and performance of each of this Agreement and the Master Forward Confirmation by the Company and the Operating Partnership, and the execution, delivery and performance of each “Supplemental Confirmation” under the Master Forward Confirmation by the Company, and in each case their consummation of the transactions contemplated herein and therein and in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus (including the Company’s issuance and sale of the Securities from time to time pursuant to this Agreement or the Alternative Distribution Agreements and the Master Forward Confirmation and each “Supplemental Confirmation” under the Master Forward Confirmation, as applicable, and its use of the net proceeds from the sale of the Securities as described in the Prospectus under the caption “Use of Proceeds”) have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate or other action and do not and will not, whether with or without the giving of notice or passage of time or both, conflict with or constitute a breach of, or default or Repayment Event (as defined below) under, or result in the creation or imposition of any lien, charge or encumbrance upon any properties or assets of the Company or any subsidiary pursuant to, the Agreements and Instruments (except for such conflicts, breaches, defaults or Repayment Events or liens, charges or encumbrances that would not, singly or in the aggregate, result in a Material Adverse Effect), nor will such action result in any violation of any law, statute, rule, regulation, judgment, order, writ or decree of any Governmental Entity (except for such violations that would not, singly or in the aggregate, result in a Material Adverse Effect) or the provisions of the charter, by-laws or similar organizational documents of the Company or any of its subsidiaries.  As used herein, a “Repayment Event” means any event or condition which gives the holder of any note, debenture or other evidence of indebtedness (or any person acting on such holder’s behalf) the right to require the repurchase, redemption or repayment of all or a portion of such indebtedness by the Company or any of its subsidiaries.

 

(xvii)       Absence of Labor Dispute.  Except as disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, no labor dispute with the employees of the Company or any subsidiary exists or, to the knowledge of the Company, is imminent, and the Company is not aware of any existing or imminent labor disturbance by the employees of any of its or any subsidiary’s principal suppliers, manufacturers, customers or contractors, which, in either case, would result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(xviii)      Employee Benefits.  (A) The Company and each of its subsidiaries or their “ERISA Affiliates” (as defined below) are in compliance in all respects with all applicable provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, including the regulations and published interpretations thereunder (“ERISA”); (B) no “reportable event” (as defined in ERISA) has occurred with respect to any “employee benefit plan” (as defined in ERISA) for which the Company or any of its subsidiaries or ERISA Affiliates would have any liability; (C) the Company and each of its subsidiaries or their ERISA Affiliates have not incurred and do not reasonably expect to incur liability under Title IV of ERISA with respect to termination of, or withdrawal from, any “employee benefit plan”; and (D) each “employee benefit plan” for which the Company and each of its subsidiaries or any of their ERISA Affiliates would have any liability that is intended to be qualified under Section 401(a) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the regulations and published

 

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interpretations thereunder (collectively the “Code”) is so qualified in all material respects and nothing has occurred, whether by action or by failure to act, which would cause the loss of such qualification; except, in the cases of (A), (B) and (C), as would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.  “ERISA Affiliate” means, with respect to the Company or any of its subsidiaries, any member of any group of organizations described in Sections 414(b), (c) or (m) of the Code or Section 4001(b)(1) of ERISA of which the Company or such subsidiary is a member.

 

(xix)        Absence of Proceedings.  Except as disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, there is no action, suit, proceeding, inquiry or investigation before or brought by any Governmental Entity now pending or, to the knowledge of the Company, threatened against the Company or any subsidiary which is required to be disclosed in the Registration Statement, or which would reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, or would reasonably be expected to materially and adversely affect the consummation of the transactions contemplated in this Agreement, the Alternative Distribution Agreements, the Master Forward Confirmation, any “Supplemental Confirmation” under the Master Forward Confirmation or the performance by the Company and its subsidiaries of their obligations hereunder or thereunder; and the aggregate of all pending legal or governmental proceedings to which the Company or any subsidiary is a party or of which any of their respective properties or assets is the subject which are not described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, including ordinary routine litigation incidental to the business, would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(xx)         Accuracy of Descriptions.  The statements in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus under the headings “Description of Capital Stock,” “Certain Provisions of Maryland Law and of Our Charter and Bylaws,” and “Material Federal Income Tax Considerations” insofar as such statements summarize legal matters, agreements, documents, proceedings or affiliate transactions discussed therein, are accurate and fair summaries of such legal matters, agreements, documents, proceedings or affiliate transactions in all material respects.

 

(xxi)        Accuracy of Exhibits.  There are no contracts or documents which are required to be described in the Registration Statement or to be filed as exhibits thereto which have not been so described and filed as required.

 

(xxii)       Absence of Further Requirements.  No filing with, or authorization, approval, consent, license, order, registration, qualification or decree of, any Governmental Entity is necessary or required for the performance by the Company or any subsidiary of its obligations under this Agreement or the Master Forward Confirmation, as supplemented by each “Supplemental Confirmation,” in connection with its offering, issuance or sale of the Securities hereunder or thereunder or its consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and the Master Forward Confirmation, as supplemented by each “Supplemental Confirmation” thereunder, except such as have been already obtained or as may be required under the Securities Act, the rules of the NYSE, state securities laws or the rules of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”).

 

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Licenses”) issued by the appropriate Governmental Entities necessary to conduct the business now operated by them, except where the failure so to possess would not, singly or in the aggregate, result in a Material Adverse Effect.  The Company and its subsidiaries are in compliance with the terms and conditions of all Governmental Licenses, except where the failure so to comply would not, singly or in the aggregate, result in a Material Adverse Effect.  All of the Governmental Licenses are valid and in full force and effect, except when the invalidity of such Governmental Licenses or the failure of such Governmental Licenses to be in full force and effect would not, singly or in the aggregate, result in a Material Adverse Effect.  Neither the Company nor any subsidiary has received any notice of proceedings relating to the revocation or modification of any Governmental Licenses which, singly or in the aggregate, if the subject of an unfavorable decision, ruling or finding, would result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(xxiv)     Title to Personal Property.  Except as disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, the Company and its subsidiaries have good and marketable title to, or have valid and marketable rights to lease or otherwise use, all items of personal property that are material to the respective businesses of the Company and its subsidiaries, in each case free and clear of all liens, encumbrances, claims and defects and imperfections of title except those that (A) do not materially interfere with the use made and proposed to be made of such property by the Company and its subsidiaries or (B) could not reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(xxv)      Property.  (A) Except as disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, the Company and its subsidiaries have good and marketable fee simple title (or in the case of ground leases, a valid leasehold interest) to all real property owned by them and the improvements (exclusive of improvements owned by tenants or by landlords, if applicable) located thereon, in each case, free and clear of all mortgages, pledges, liens, security interests, claims, restrictions or encumbrances of any kind except such as (i) are described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, (ii) will not, singly or in the aggregate, materially affect the value of such property and do not interfere in any material respect with the use made and proposed to be made of such property by the Company or any of its subsidiaries or (iii) would not reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to have a Material Adverse Effect; (B) except as otherwise set forth in or described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus and except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, all of the leases and subleases of the Company and its subsidiaries, considered as one enterprise, and under which the Company or any of its subsidiaries hold properties described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, are in full force and effect and neither the Company nor any subsidiary has any notice of any material claim of any sort that has been asserted by anyone adverse to the rights of the Company or any subsidiary under any of the leases or subleases mentioned above, or affecting or questioning the rights of the Company or such subsidiary to the continued possession of the leased or subleased premises under any such lease or sublease; (C) except as otherwise set forth in or described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus and except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, the mortgages and deeds of trust encumbering the properties of the Company and its subsidiaries are not convertible into debt or equity securities of the entity owning such property or of the Company or any of its subsidiaries, and such mortgages and deeds of trust are not cross-defaulted or cross-collateralized to any property not owned directly or indirectly by the Company or its subsidiaries; (D) none of

 

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the Company or any of its subsidiaries has received from any Governmental Entities any written notice of any condemnation of or zoning change affecting the properties of the Company and its subsidiaries or any part thereof, and none of the Company or any of its subsidiaries knows of any condemnation or zoning change affecting the properties of the Company and its subsidiaries which is threatened and, in each case, which if consummated would reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to have a Material Adverse Effect; (E) each of the properties of the Company and its subsidiaries complies with all applicable codes, ordinances, laws and regulations (including without limitation, building and zoning codes, laws and regulations and laws relating to access to the properties), except for failures to the extent disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus and except for such failures to comply that would not individually or in the aggregate reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; (F) neither the Company nor any subsidiary has received written notice of proposed material special assessment or any proposed change in any property tax, zoning or land use law or availability of water affecting any property that would reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to have a Material Adverse Effect; and (G) to the knowledge of the Company and its subsidiaries, except as set forth in or described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus or reflected in the pro forma financial statements, and except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, there are no uncured events of default, or events that with the giving of notice or passage of time, or both, would constitute an event of default, by any tenant under any of the terms and provisions of the leases.

 

(xxvi)     Title Insurance.  Title insurance in favor of the Company, the Operating Partnership and the subsidiaries has been obtained with respect to each property owned by any such entity, except where the failure to maintain such title insurance would not have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(xxvii)    Mortgages; Deeds of Trust.  The Company has provided to the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser true and complete copies of all credit agreements, mortgages, deeds of trust, guaranties, side letters, and other documents evidencing, securing or otherwise relating to any secured or unsecured indebtedness of the Company or any of its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Loan Documents”), and none of the Company and its subsidiaries that is party to any of the Loan Documents is in default thereunder, nor has an event occurred which with the passage of time or the giving of notice, or both, would become a default by any of them under any of the Loan Documents, except as otherwise set forth in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, and except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(xxviii)   Environmental Laws.  Except as described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus or would not, singly or in the aggregate, result in a Material Adverse Effect, (A) neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries is in violation of any federal, state, local or foreign statute, law, rule, regulation, ordinance, code, policy or rule of common law or any judicial or administrative interpretation thereof, including any judicial or administrative order, consent, decree or judgment, relating to pollution or protection of human health, the environment (including, without limitation, ambient air, surface water, groundwater, land surface or subsurface strata) or wildlife, including, without limitation, laws and regulations relating to the release or threatened release of chemicals, pollutants, contaminants, wastes, toxic substances,

 

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hazardous substances, petroleum or petroleum products, asbestos-containing materials, mold or any hazardous materials as defined by or regulated under any Environmental Laws, as defined below (collectively, “Hazardous Materials”) or to the manufacture, processing, distribution, use, treatment, storage, disposal, transport or handling of Hazardous Materials (collectively, “Environmental Laws”), (B) the Company and its subsidiaries have all permits, authorizations and approvals required under any applicable Environmental Laws and are each in compliance with their requirements, (C) there are no pending or threatened administrative, regulatory or judicial actions, suits, demands, demand letters, claims, liens, notices of noncompliance or violation, investigation or proceedings relating to any Environmental Law against the Company or any of its subsidiaries and (D) there are no events or circumstances that would reasonably be expected to form the basis of an order for clean-up or remediation, or an action, suit or proceeding by any private party or Governmental Entity, against or affecting the Company or any of its subsidiaries relating to Hazardous Materials or any Environmental Laws.  Except as otherwise set forth in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, and except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, to the knowledge of the Company and the Operating Partnership, there have been no and are no: (A) aboveground or underground storage tanks; (B) polychlorinated biphenyls (“PCBs”) or PCB-containing equipment; (C) asbestos or asbestos containing materials; (D) lead based paints; (E) mold or other airborne contaminants; or (F) dry-cleaning facilities in, on, under, or about any property owned, directly or indirectly by the Company or its subsidiaries.

 

In the ordinary course of their business, upon the acquisition of a new property, the Company and its subsidiaries review the effect of Environmental Laws on such acquisition property, in the course of which they identify and evaluate associated costs and liabilities (including, without limitation, any capital or operating expenditures required for clean-up, closure of the property or compliance with Environmental Laws, or any permit, license or approval related to Environmental Laws, any related constraints on operating activities and any potential liabilities to third parties).  On the basis of such review, the Company and its subsidiaries have reasonably concluded that such associated costs and liabilities would not, singly or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, except as set forth in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus.

 

(xxix)     Accounting Controls and Disclosure Controls.  The Company and each of its consolidated subsidiaries maintain internal control over financial reporting (as defined under Rule 13-a15 and 15d-15 under the Exchange Act) and a system of internal accounting controls sufficient to provide reasonable assurances that: (A) transactions are executed in accordance with management’s general or specific authorization; (B) transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP and to maintain accountability for assets; (C) access to assets is permitted only in accordance with management’s general or specific authorization; and (D) the recorded accountability for assets is compared with the existing assets at reasonable intervals and appropriate action is taken with respect to any differences.  Except as described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures are effective at a reasonable assurance level to perform the functions for which they were designed and established.  Except as described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, since the end of the Company’s most recent audited fiscal year, there has been (A) no material weakness in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting (whether or not remediated) and

 

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(B) no change in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

(xxx)      Compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.  There is and has been no failure on the part of the Company or, to the knowledge of the Company, any of the Company’s directors or officers, in their capacities as such, to comply with any provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, including Section 402 relating to loans and Sections 302 and 906 related to certifications.

 

(xxxi)     Federal Tax Status.  Commencing with its taxable year ended December 31, 2011, the Company has been organized, owned and operated in conformity with the requirements for qualification and taxation as a real estate investment trust (a “REIT”) under the Code.  The organization, ownership and method of operation of the Company as described in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus and any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus will enable the Company to meet the requirements for qualification and taxation as a REIT under the Code for the Company’s taxable years ending December 31, 2019 and thereafter.  The Company has qualified as a REIT under the Code for the Company’s taxable year ended December 31, 2018 and intends to so qualify thereafter, and the Company does not know of any event that would reasonably be expected to cause the Company to fail to qualify as a REIT under the Code during any such time.  All statements regarding the Company’s qualification and taxation as a REIT and descriptions of the Company’s organization, ownership and method of operation set forth in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus and any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus are true, correct and complete in all material respects.  The Operating Partnership has been, is and will be treated as a partnership within the meaning of Sections 7701(a)(2) and 761(a) of the Code and not as a publicly traded partnership taxable as a corporation under Section 7704 of the Code.

 

(xxxii)    Payment of Taxes.  The Company and its current (and, with respect to (A) and (B), former) subsidiaries (A) have paid all material federal, state, local and non-U.S. taxes (whether imposed directly, through withholding or otherwise and including any interest, additions to tax or penalties applicable thereto) required to be paid through the date hereof, other than those being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings and for which adequate reserves have been provided on the books of the applicable entity, (B) have timely filed all material tax returns or extensions thereof required to be filed through the date hereof, and all such tax returns are correct and complete in all material respects and (C) have established adequate reserves for all material taxes that have accrued but are not yet due and payable.  The charges, accruals and reserves on the books of the Company and its subsidiaries in respect of any income and corporation tax liability for any years not finally determined are adequate to meet any assessments or re-assessments for additional income tax for any years not finally determined, except to the extent of any inadequacy that would not result in a Material Adverse Effect.  No tax deficiency has been asserted against the Company or any of its current or former subsidiaries, nor does any such entity know of any tax deficiency that is likely to be asserted and, if determined adversely to any such entity, would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

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laws of any state or any political subdivision thereof, required to be paid in connection with the execution and delivery of this Agreement or the issuance or sale by the Company of the Securities and the shares of Common Stock to be issued in connection with any Forward Contract from time to time as contemplated by this Agreement, the Master Forward Confirmation and each “Supplemental Confirmation” under the Master Forward Confirmation, as applicable.

 

(xxxiv)   Possession of Intellectual Property.  The Company and its subsidiaries own or possess, or can acquire on reasonable terms, adequate patents, patent rights, licenses, inventions, copyrights, know-how (including trade secrets and other unpatented and/or unpatentable proprietary or confidential information, systems or procedures), trademarks, service marks, trade names or other intellectual property (collectively, “Intellectual Property”) necessary to carry on the business now operated or proposed to be operated by them, and neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries has received any notice or is otherwise aware of any infringement of or conflict with asserted rights of others with respect to any Intellectual Property or of any facts or circumstances which would render any Intellectual Property invalid or inadequate to protect the interest of the Company or any subsidiary therein, and which infringement or conflict (if the subject of any unfavorable decision, ruling or finding) or invalidity or inadequacy, singly or in the aggregate, would result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(xxxv)    Insurance.  The Company and its subsidiaries carry or are entitled to the benefits of insurance (including environmental insurance), with financially sound and reputable insurers, in such amounts and covering such risks as is generally maintained by companies of established repute engaged in the same or similar business and in such amounts as is commercially reasonable for the value of the properties owned, in the aggregate, by the Company and its subsidiaries, and all such insurance is in full force and effect.  Neither the Company nor the Operating Partnership has any reason to believe that it or any subsidiaries will not be able (A) to renew its existing insurance coverage as and when such policies expire or (B) to obtain comparable coverage from similar institutions as may be necessary or appropriate to conduct its business as now conducted and at a cost that would not result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(xxxvi)   Investment Company Act.  Neither the Company, the Operating Partnership nor any subsidiary is required, or upon the issuance and sale of the Securities from time to time as herein contemplated and the application of the net proceeds therefrom as described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus and the consummation of the transactions contemplated by the Master Forward Confirmation and each “Supplemental Confirmation” under the Master Forward Confirmation will be required, to register as an “investment company” under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

 

(xxxvii)  Actively Traded Security.  The shares of Common Stock are “actively traded securities” excepted from the requirements of Rule 101 of Regulation M under the Exchange Act by subsection (c)(1) of such rule.

 

(xxxviii) Absence of Manipulation.  Neither the Company nor any affiliate of the Company has taken, nor will the Company or any affiliate take, directly or indirectly, any action which is designed, or would be expected, to cause or result in, or which constitutes, the

 

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stabilization or manipulation of the price of any security of the Company to facilitate the sale or resale of the Securities or to result in a violation of Regulation M under the Exchange Act.

 

(xxxix)   Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  None of the Company, any of its subsidiaries, or, to the knowledge of the Company, any director, officer, agent, employee, affiliate or other person acting on behalf of such entity is aware of or has taken any action, directly or indirectly, that would result in a violation by such persons of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder (the “FCPA”), including, without limitation, making use of the mails or any means or instrumentality of interstate commerce corruptly in furtherance of an offer, payment, promise to pay or authorization of the payment of any money, or other property, gift, promise to give, or authorization of the giving of anything of value to any “foreign official” (as such term is defined in the FCPA) or any foreign political party or official thereof or any candidate for foreign political office, in contravention of the FCPA and the Company and, to the knowledge of the Company, its affiliates have conducted their businesses in compliance with the FCPA, and the Company has instituted and maintains policies and procedures designed to ensure, and which are reasonably expected to continue to ensure, continued compliance by the Company and its subsidiaries therewith.

 

(xl)          Money Laundering Laws.  The operations of the Company and its subsidiaries are and have been conducted at all times in compliance with applicable financial recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act of 1970, as amended, the money laundering statutes of all jurisdictions, the rules and regulations thereunder and any related or similar rules, regulations or guidelines, issued, administered or enforced by any Governmental Entity (collectively, the “Money Laundering Laws”); and no action, suit or proceeding by or before any Governmental Entity involving the Company or any subsidiary with respect to the Money Laundering Laws is pending or, to the best knowledge of the Company, threatened.

 

(xli)         No Conflict with OFAC LawsNone of the Company, any of its subsidiaries or, to the knowledge of the Company, any director, officer, agent, employee, affiliate or representatives of the Company or any of its subsidiaries is an individual or entity (“Person”) currently the subject or target of any sanctions administered or enforced by the United States Government, including, without limitation, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, the United Nations Security Council, the European Union, Her Majesty’s Treasury, or other relevant sanctions authority (collectively, “Sanctions”), nor is the Company located, organized or resident in a country or territory that is the subject of Sanctions; and the Company will not directly or indirectly use the net proceeds of the sale of the Securities, or lend, contribute or otherwise make available such net proceeds to any subsidiaries, joint venture partners or other Person, to fund any activities of or business with any Person, or in any country or territory, that, at the time of such funding, is the subject of Sanctions or in any other manner that will result in a violation by any Person (including any Person participating in the transaction, whether as underwriter, advisor, investor or otherwise) of Sanctions.

 

(xlii)        Distribution of Offering Material.  The Company and its subsidiaries have not distributed and will not distribute any offering material in connection with the offering or sale of the Securities to be sold hereunder by the Agent as principal or agent for the Company or by the

 

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Forward Seller, other than the Prospectus or any Permitted Free Writing Prospectus  reviewed and consented to by the Agent.

 

(xliii)       Restrictions on Distributions.  No subsidiary of the Company is currently prohibited, directly or indirectly, from paying any distributions to the Company or the Operating Partnership, from making any other distribution on such subsidiary’s equity interests or from repaying to the Company any loans or advances to such subsidiary from the Company, except as described in or contemplated by the Registration Statement and the Prospectus.

 

(xliv)       No Finder’s Fee.  Except for the compensation payable by the Company to the Agent in connection with the offering of the Securities from time to time contemplated herein or as otherwise disclosed in the Prospectus, the Company has not incurred any liability for any brokerage commission, finder’s fees or similar payments in connection with the offering of the Securities contemplated hereby.

 

(xlv)        Listing on NYSE.  As of each Settlement Date, the Securities to be sold by the Company from time to time hereunder and the shares of Common Stock to be issued in connection with any Forward Contract will be duly listed and admitted and authorized for trading on the NYSE, subject only to official notice of issuance.

 

(xlvi)       Absence of Certain Relationships.  No relationship, direct or indirect, exists between or among the Company or its subsidiaries, on the one hand, and the directors, officers or stockholders of the Company, on the other hand, which is required to be described in the Registration Statement or the Prospectus which is not so described.  The Company has not, directly or indirectly, including through any subsidiary, extended credit, arranged to extend credit, or renewed any extension of credit, in the form of a personal loan, to or for any executive officer of the Company or the Operating Partnership, or to or for any family member or affiliate of any director or executive officer of the Company or the Operating Partnership.

 

(xlvii)      No Integration.  Neither the Company nor the Operating Partnership has sold or issued any securities that would be integrated with the offering of Securities pursuant to the Securities Act or the interpretations thereof by the Commission.

 

(xlviii)     Lending RelationshipExcept as disclosed in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, the Company (A) does not have any material lending or other relationship with any bank or lending affiliate of the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser and (B) does not intend to use any of the net proceeds received by it from the sale of the Securities to repay any outstanding debt owed to any affiliate of the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser.

 

(xlix)       Statistical and Market-Related Data.  Any statistical and market-related data included in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus and any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus are based on or derived from sources that the Company reasonably believes to be reliable and, to the knowledge of the Company, such data are accurate and, to the extent required, the Company has obtained the written consent to the use of such data from such sources.

 

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security breach, attack or other compromise of or relating to the Company’s or any of its subsidiaries’ information technology and computer systems, networks, hardware, software, data and databases (including the data of their respective tenants, employees, vendors and any third party data maintained by or on behalf of them), equipment or technology (collectively, “IT Systems and Data”); and (B) neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries has been notified of, and have no knowledge of any event or condition that would reasonably be expected to result in, any security breach, attack or other compromise to their IT Systems and Data.

 

(b)           Certificates.  Any certificate signed by any officer of the Company and delivered to the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, counsel for the Agent or counsel for the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser shall be deemed a representation and warranty by the Company and the Operating Partnership, as the case may be, to the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as the case may be, as to the matters covered thereby.

 

SECTION 6.  Sale and Delivery; Settlement.

 

(a)           Sale of Issuance Securities.  On the basis of the representations and warranties herein contained and subject to the terms and conditions herein set forth, upon the Agent’s acceptance of the terms of a Placement Notice specifying that it relates to an “Issuance” or upon receipt by the Agent of an Acceptance, as the case may be, and unless the sale of the Issuance Securities described therein has been declined, suspended, or otherwise terminated in accordance with the terms of this Agreement, the Agent will use its commercially reasonable efforts consistent with its normal trading and sales practices to sell such Issuance Securities at market prevailing prices up to the amount specified, and otherwise in accordance with the terms of such Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable).  Each of the Company and the Operating Partnership acknowledges and agrees that (i) there can be no assurance the Agent will be successful in selling Issuance Securities, (ii) the Agent will incur no liability or obligation to the Company, the Operating Partnership or any other person or entity if it does not sell Issuance Securities for any reason other than a failure by the Agent to use its commercially reasonable efforts consistent with its normal trading and sales practices to sell such Issuance Securities as required under this Section 6 and (iii) the Agent shall be under no obligation to purchase Issuance Securities on a principal basis pursuant to this Agreement, except as otherwise agreed by the Agent in the Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable).

 

(b)           Settlement of Issuance Securities.  Unless otherwise specified in the applicable Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable), settlement for sales of Issuance Securities will occur on the second (2nd) Trading Day (or such earlier day as is industry practice for regular-way trading) following the date on which such sales are made (each, an “Issuance Settlement Date”).  The amount of proceeds to be delivered to the Company on an Issuance Settlement Date against receipt of the Issuance Securities sold will be equal to (i) the aggregate offering price received by the Agent at which such Issuance Securities were sold (the “Gross Proceeds”), after deduction for (A) the Agent’s commission, discount or other compensation for such sales payable by the Company pursuant to Section 3 hereof, (B) any other amounts due and payable by the Company to the Agent hereunder pursuant to Section 8(a) hereof and (C) any transaction fees imposed by any governmental or self-regulatory organization in respect of such sales (the “Net Proceeds”) or (ii) the Gross Proceeds.  In the event that the

 

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Agent delivers the Gross Proceeds to the Company at an Issuance Settlement Date, the amounts set forth in clauses (i)(A), (B) and (C) of the preceding sentence shall be set forth and invoiced in a periodic statement from the Agent to the Company and payment of such amounts shall be made promptly by the Company after its receipt thereof.

 

(c)           Delivery of Issuance Securities.  On or before each Issuance Settlement Date, the Company will, or will cause its transfer agent to, electronically transfer the Issuance Securities being sold by crediting the Agent’s or its designee’s account (provided the Agent shall have given the Company written notice of such designee prior to the Issuance Settlement Date) at The Depository Trust Company through its Deposit and Withdrawal at Custodian System or by such other means of delivery as may be mutually agreed upon by the parties hereto which in all cases shall be freely tradable, transferable, registered shares in good deliverable form.  On each Issuance Settlement Date, the Agent will deliver the related Net Proceeds or Gross Proceeds, as applicable, in same day funds to an account designated by the Company prior to the Issuance Settlement Date.  The Company agrees that if the Company, or its transfer agent (if applicable), defaults in its obligation to deliver Issuance Securities on an Issuance Settlement Date, the Company agrees that in addition to and in no way limiting the rights and obligations set forth in Section 10(a) and Section 11 hereto, it will (i) hold the Agent harmless against any loss, liability, claim, damage, or expense whatsoever (including reasonable legal fees and expenses), as incurred, arising out of or in connection with such default by the Company or its transfer agent (if applicable) and (ii) pay to the Agent any commission, discount, or other compensation to which it would otherwise have been entitled absent such default.

 

(d)           Sale of Forward Hedge Securities.  On the basis of the representations and warranties herein contained and subject to the terms and conditions in this Agreement and the Master Forward Confirmation, upon the Forward Purchaser’s and the Forward Seller’s acceptance of the terms of a Placement Notice specifying that it relates to a “Forward” or upon receipt by the Forward Purchaser and Forward Seller of an Acceptance, as the case may be, and unless the sale of the Forward Hedge Securities described therein has been declined, suspended or otherwise terminated in accordance with the terms of this Agreement or the Master Forward Confirmation (including without limitation as a result of any event described in clause (i) or (ii) of the proviso contained in the definition of Forward Hedge Selling Period), the Forward Purchaser will use its commercially reasonable efforts to borrow a number of Forward Hedge Securities sufficient to have an Aggregate Sales Price as close as reasonably practicable to the Forward Hedge Amount specified in the Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) and the Forward Seller will use its commercially reasonable efforts consistent with its normal trading and sales practices to sell such Forward Hedge Securities at market prevailing prices, and otherwise in accordance with the terms of such Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable).  Each of the Company and the Forward Purchaser acknowledges and agrees that (i) there can be no assurance that the Forward Purchaser (or its affiliate) will be successful in borrowing or that the Forward Seller will be successful in selling Forward Hedge Securities, (ii) the Forward Seller will incur no liability or obligation to the Company, the Forward Purchaser or any other person or entity if it does not sell Forward Hedge Securities borrowed by the Forward Purchaser (or its affiliate) for any reason other than a failure by the Forward Seller to use its commercially reasonable efforts consistent with its normal trading and sales practices to sell such Forward Hedge Securities as required under this Section 6 and (iii) the Forward Purchaser will incur no liability or obligation to the

 

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Company, the Forward Seller or any other person or entity if it does not borrow Forward Hedge Securities for any reason other than a failure by the Forward Purchaser to use its commercially reasonable efforts to borrow such Forward Hedge Securities as required under this Section 6.  In acting hereunder, the Forward Seller will be acting as agent for the Forward Purchaser and not as principal.

 

(e)           Delivery of Forward Hedge Securities.  Unless otherwise specified in the applicable Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable), settlement for sales of Forward Hedge Securities will occur on the second (2nd) Trading Day (or such earlier day as is industry practice for regular-way trading) following the date on which such sales are made (each, a “Forward Hedge Settlement Date”).  On or before each Forward Hedge Settlement Date, the Forward Purchaser will, or will cause its transfer agent to, electronically transfer the Forward Hedge Securities being sold by crediting the Forward Seller or its designee’s account (provided the Forward Seller shall have given the Forward Purchaser written notice of such designee prior to the Forward Hedge Settlement Date) at The Depository Trust Company through its Deposit and Withdrawal at Custodian System or by such other means of delivery as may be mutually agreed upon by the parties hereto which in all cases shall be freely tradable, transferable, registered shares in good deliverable form.  On each Forward Hedge Settlement Date, the Forward Seller will deliver the related Aggregate Forward Hedge Price to the Forward Purchaser in same day funds to an account designated by the Forward Purchaser prior to the relevant Forward Hedge Settlement Date.

 

(f)            Denominations; Registration.  The Securities shall be in such denominations and registered in such names as the Agent or the Forward Seller, as applicable, may request in writing at least one (1) full business day before the Settlement Date.  The Company or the Forward Purchaser, as the case may be, shall deliver the Securities, if any, through the facilities of The Depository Trust Company as described in the preceding paragraphs unless the Agent or the Forward Seller, as applicable, shall otherwise instruct.

 

(g)           Limitations on Offering Size.  Under no circumstances shall the Company cause or request the offer or sale of any Securities, if after giving effect to the sale of such Securities, the aggregate offering price of the Securities sold pursuant to this Agreement would exceed the lesser of (i) together with (A) all sales of Issuance Securities under this Agreement and each of the Alternative Distribution Agreements and (B) all Forward Hedge Securities sold under this Agreement and each of the Alternative Distribution Agreements, the Maximum Amount, (ii) the amount available for offer and sale under the currently effective Registration Statement and (iii) the amount authorized from time to time to be issued and sold under this Agreement by the Company and notified to the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser in writing.  Under no circumstances shall the Company cause or request the offer or sale of any Securities pursuant to this Agreement at a price lower than the minimum price authorized from time to time by the Company and notified to the Agent in writing.  Further, under no circumstances shall the aggregate offering price of Securities sold pursuant to this Agreement and the Alternative Distribution Agreements, including any separate underwriting or similar agreement covering principal transactions described in Section 1 of this Agreement and the Alternative Distribution Agreements, exceed the Maximum Amount.

 

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(h)           Limitation on Agents.  The Company agrees that any offer to sell, any solicitation of an offer to buy or any sales of Securities shall only be effected by or through only one of the Agent or the Forward Seller, as the case may be, or the respective Alternative Agent on any single given day, but in no event more than one, and the Company shall in no event request that the Agent or the Forward Seller, as the case may be, and one or more of the Alternative Agents sell Securities on the same day; provided, however, that (i) the foregoing limitation shall not apply to (A) exercise of any option, warrant, right or any conversion privilege set forth in the instrument governing such security or (B) sales solely to employees or security holders of the Company or its subsidiaries, or to a trustee or other person acquiring such securities for the accounts of such persons, (ii) such limitation shall not apply on any day during which no sales are made pursuant to this Agreement and (iii) such limitation shall not apply if, prior to any such request to sell Securities, all Securities the Company has previously requested the Agent, the Forward Seller or any Alternative Agents to sell have been sold.

 

(i)            Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, the Company shall not offer, sell or deliver, or request the offer or sale of, any Securities and, by notice to the Agent (in the case of an Issuance) or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser (in the case of a Forward) given by telephone (confirmed promptly by facsimile transmission or email), shall cancel any instructions for the offer or sale of any Securities, and the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as the case may be, shall not be obligated to offer or sell any Securities, (i) during the 14 calendar days prior to the date (each, an “Announcement Date”) on which the Company shall issue a press release containing, or shall otherwise publicly announce, its earnings or revenue results (each, an “Earnings Announcement”), (ii) except as provided in Section 6(j) below, at any time from and including an Announcement Date through and including the time that the Company files (a “Filing Time”) a Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or an Annual Report on Form 10-K that includes consolidated financial statements as of and for the same period or periods, as the case may be, covered by such Earnings Announcement or (iii) during any other period in which the Company is in possession of material non-public information; provided that, unless otherwise agreed between the Company and the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser, as the case may be, for purposes of (i) and (ii) above, such period shall be deemed to end at the relevant Filing Time.

 

(j)            If the Company wishes to offer, sell or deliver Securities at any time during the period from and including an Announcement Date through and including the corresponding Filing Time, the Company shall (i) prepare and deliver to the Agent (in the case of an Issuance) or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser (in the case of a Forward) (with a copy to their counsel) a Current Report on Form 8-K which shall include substantially the same financial and related information as was set forth in the relevant Earnings Announcement (other than any earnings projections, similar forward-looking data and officers’ quotations) (each, an “Earnings 8-K”), in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Agent or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as the case may be, and obtain the consent of the Agent or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as the case may be, to the filing thereof (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld), (ii) provide the Agent or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as the case may be, with the officers’ certificates, opinions/letters of counsel and accountants’ letter called for by Sections 7(n), (o), (p), (q), (r), (s)and (t) hereof, respectively, (iii) afford the Agent or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as the case may be, the opportunity to conduct a due diligence review in accordance with Section 7(l) hereof and (iv) file such Earnings

 

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8-K with the Commission.  The provisions of clause (ii) of Section 6(i) shall not be applicable for the period from and after the time at which the foregoing conditions shall have been satisfied (or, if later, the time that is 24 hours after the time that the relevant Earnings Announcement was first publicly released) through and including the Filing Time of the relevant Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or Annual Report on Form 10-K under the Exchange Act, as the case may be.  For purposes of clarity, the parties hereto agree that (i) the delivery of any officers’ certificates, opinions/letters of counsel and accountants’ letter pursuant to this Section 6(j) shall not relieve the Company from any of its obligations under this Agreement with respect to any Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or Annual Report on Form 10-K, as the case may be, including, without limitation, the obligation to deliver officers’ certificates, opinions/letters of counsel and accountants’ letters as provided in Section 7 hereof and (ii) other than as set forth in this Section 6(j), this Section 6(j) shall in no way affect or limit the operation of the provisions of clauses (i) and (iii) of Section 6(i), which shall have independent application.

 

SECTION 7.  Covenants of the Company and the Operating Partnership.  Each of the Company and the Operating Partnership jointly and severally covenants with the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser as follows:

 

(a)           Registration Statement Amendments.  After the date of this Agreement and during any Selling Period or period in which a Prospectus relating to any Securities is required to be delivered by the Agent under the Securities Act (including in circumstances where such requirement may be satisfied pursuant to Rule 172 under the Securities Act): (i) the Company will notify the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser promptly of the time when any subsequent amendment to the Registration Statement, other than documents incorporated by reference, has been filed with the Commission and/or has become effective or any subsequent supplement to the Prospectus has been filed and of any comment letter from the Commission or any request by the Commission for any amendment or supplement to the Registration Statement or Prospectus or for additional information; (ii) the Company will prepare and file with the Commission, promptly upon the request of the Agent or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as the case may be, any amendments or supplements to the Registration Statement or Prospectus that, in the reasonable opinion of the Agent or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as the case may be, may be necessary or advisable in connection with the distribution of the Securities by the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser, as the case may be (provided, however, that the failure of the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser to make such request shall not relieve the Company of any obligation or liability hereunder, or affect the Agent’s, the Forward Seller’s or the Forward Purchaser’s right to rely on the representations and warranties made by the Company and the Operating Partnership in this Agreement); (iii) the Company will not file any amendment or supplement to the Registration Statement or Prospectus, other than documents incorporated by reference, relating to the Securities or a security convertible into the Securities unless a copy thereof has been submitted to the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser within a reasonable period of time before the filing and the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser have not reasonably objected thereto (provided, however, that the failure of the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser to make such objection shall not relieve the Company of any obligation or liability hereunder, or affect the Agent’s, the Forward Seller’s or the Forward Purchaser’s right to rely on the representations and warranties made by the Company and the Operating Partnership in this Agreement) and the Company will furnish to the Agent, the Forward Seller

 

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and the Forward Purchaser at the time of filing thereof a copy of any document that upon filing is deemed to be incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement or Prospectus, except for those documents available via EDGAR; and (iv) the Company will cause each amendment or supplement to the Prospectus, other than documents incorporated by reference, to be filed with the Commission as required pursuant to the applicable paragraph of Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act (without reliance on Rule 424(b)(8)).

 

(b)           Notice of Commission Stop Orders.  The Company will advise the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, promptly after it receives notice or obtains knowledge thereof, of the issuance or threatened issuance by the Commission of any stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or of any other order preventing or suspending the use of the Prospectus or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, or of the suspension of the qualification of the Securities for offering or sale in any jurisdiction or of the loss or suspension of any exemption from any such qualification, or of the initiation or threatening of any proceedings for any of such purposes, or of any examination pursuant to Section 8(e) of the Securities Act concerning the Registration Statement or if the Company becomes the subject of a proceeding under Section 8A of the Securities Act in connection with the offering of the Securities.  The Company will make commercially reasonable efforts to prevent the issuance of any stop order, the suspension of any qualification of the Securities for offering or sale and any loss or suspension of any exemption from any such qualification, and if any such stop order is issued or any such suspension or loss occurs, to obtain the lifting thereof.

 

(c)           Delivery of Registration Statement and Prospectus.  The Company will furnish to the Agent, the Forward Seller, the Forward Purchaser and their respective counsel (at the expense of the Company) copies of the Registration Statement, the Prospectus (including all documents incorporated by reference therein) and all amendments and supplements to the Registration Statement or Prospectus, and any Issuer Free Writing Prospectuses, that are filed with the Commission during any Selling Period or period in which a Prospectus relating to the Securities is required to be delivered under the Securities Act, in each case as soon as reasonably practicable and in such quantities and at such locations as the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser may from time to time reasonably request; provided, however, that the Company shall not be required to furnish any document (other than the Prospectus) to the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser to the extent such document is available on EDGAR.  The copies of the Registration Statement and the Prospectus and any supplements or amendments thereto furnished to the Agent will be identical to the electronically transmitted copies thereof filed with the Commission pursuant to EDGAR, except to the extent permitted by Regulation S-T.

 

(d)           Continued Compliance with Securities Laws.  If at any time during any Selling Period or period when a Prospectus is required by the Securities Act or the Exchange Act to be delivered in connection with a pending sale of the Securities (including, without limitation, pursuant to Rule 172 under the Securities Act), any event shall occur or condition shall exist as a result of which it is necessary, in the opinion of counsel for the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser or for the Company, to (i) amend the Registration Statement in order that the Registration Statement will not include an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading, (ii) amend or supplement the Prospectus in order that the Prospectus will not include

 

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any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein not misleading in the light of the circumstances existing at the time it is delivered to a purchaser or (iii) amend the Registration Statement or amend or supplement the Prospectus in order to comply with the requirements of the Securities Act, the Company will promptly notify the Agent or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as applicable, to suspend the offering of Securities during such period until the Company has prepared and filed with the Commission such amendment or supplement as may be necessary to correct such statement or omission or to make the Registration Statement or the Prospectus comply with such requirements, and the Company will furnish to the Agent or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as applicable, such number of copies of such amendment or supplement as the Agent or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as applicable, may reasonably request.  If at any time following issuance of an Issuer Free Writing Prospectus there occurred or occurs an event or development as a result of which such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus conflicted, conflicts or would conflict with the information contained in the Registration Statement or the Prospectus or included, includes or would include an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted, omits or would omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, prevailing at that subsequent time, not misleading, the Company will promptly notify the Agent or the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as applicable, to suspend the offering of Securities during such period and the Company will, subject to Section 7(a) hereof, promptly amend or supplement, at its own expense, such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus to eliminate or correct such conflict, untrue statement or omission.

 

(e)           Blue Sky and Other Qualifications.  The Company will use its commercially reasonable efforts, in cooperation with the Agent and the Forward Seller, to qualify the Securities for offering and sale, or to obtain an exemption for the Securities to be offered and sold, under the applicable securities laws of such states and other jurisdictions (domestic or foreign) as the Agent and the Forward Seller may designate and to maintain such qualifications and exemptions in effect for so long as required for the distribution of the Securities; provided, however, that the Company shall not be obligated to file any general consent to service of process or to qualify as a foreign corporation or as a dealer in securities in any jurisdiction in which it is not so qualified or to subject itself to taxation in respect of doing business in any jurisdiction in which it is not otherwise so subject.  In each jurisdiction in which the Securities have been so qualified or exempt, the Company will file such statements and reports as may be required by the laws of such jurisdiction to continue such qualification or exemption, as the case may be, in effect for so long as required for the distribution of the Securities.

 

(f)            Rule 158.  The Company will timely file such reports pursuant to the Exchange Act as are necessary in order to make generally available to its securityholders as soon as practicable an earnings statement for the purposes of, and to provide to the Agent and the Forward Seller the benefits contemplated by, the last paragraph of Section 11(a) of the Securities Act.

 

(g)           Use of Proceeds.  The Company and the Operating Partnership will use the Net Proceeds received by them from the sale of the Securities and the net proceeds received under each Forward Contract in the manner specified in the Prospectus under “Use of Proceeds.”

 

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(h)           Listing.  During any Selling Period or any period in which the Prospectus relating to the Securities is required to be delivered by the Agent or the Forward Seller under the Securities Act with respect to a pending sale of the Securities (including in circumstances where such requirement may be satisfied pursuant to Rule 172 under the Securities Act), the Company will use its commercially reasonable efforts to cause the Securities and the shares of Common Stock to be issued in connection with any Forward Contract to be listed on the NYSE.

 

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

 

(j)            Reporting Requirements.  The Company, during any Selling Period or period when the Prospectus is required to be delivered under the Securities Act and the Exchange Act (including in circumstances where such requirement may be satisfied pursuant to Rule 172 under the Securities Act), will file all documents required to be filed with the Commission pursuant to the Exchange Act within the time periods required by the Exchange Act.

 

(k)           Notice of Other Sales.  During any Selling Period, the Company shall provide the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser notice as promptly as reasonably possible (and, in any event, at least two (2) business days) before it offers to sell, contracts to sell, sells, grants any option to sell or otherwise disposes of any shares of Common Stock (other than Securities offered pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement or the Alternative Distribution Agreements) or securities convertible into or exchangeable for Common Stock, warrants or any rights to purchase or acquire shares of Common Stock; provided, that such notice shall not be required in connection with the (i) issuance, grant or sale of Common Stock, options to purchase shares of Common Stock or shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of options or other equity awards pursuant to any stock option, stock bonus or other stock or compensatory plan or arrangement described in the Prospectus, including shares of Common Stock issuable upon redemption of OP Units, (ii) the issuance of securities in connection with an acquisition, merger or sale or purchase of assets described in the Prospectus or (iii) the issuance or sale of shares of Common Stock pursuant to any dividend reinvestment plan that the Company may adopt from time to time, provided the implementation of such is disclosed to the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser in advance.

 

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

 

(m)          Disclosure of Sales.  The Company will disclose in its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, in its Annual Report on Form 10-K and/or, at the Company’s option, in a Current Report on Form 8-K, the number of Securities sold under this Agreement and any Alternative Distribution Agreement, the net proceeds to the Company and the compensation payable by the Company with respect to such sales.

 

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(n)           Representation Dates; Certificates.  On or prior to the date that the first Securities are sold pursuant to the terms of this Agreement, each time Securities are delivered to the Agent as principal on a Settlement Date and, as promptly as possible and in no event later than two (2) Trading Days after each of the following:

 

(i) each time the Company:

 

(A)          files the Prospectus relating to the Securities or amends or supplements the Registration Statement or the Prospectus relating to the Securities by means of a post-effective amendment, sticker, or supplement but not by means of incorporation of documents by reference into the Registration Statement or the Prospectus relating to the Securities;

 

(B)          files an Annual Report on Form 10-K under the Exchange Act;

 

(C)          files a Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q under the Exchange Act; or

 

(D)          files a Current Report on Form 8-K containing amended financial information (other than an Earnings Announcement, to “furnish” information pursuant to Item 2.02 or 7.01 of Form 8-K or to provide disclosure pursuant to Item 8.01 of Form 8-K relating to the reclassifications of certain properties as discontinued operations in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 144) under the Exchange Act; and

 

(ii)           at any other time reasonably requested by the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser (each such date of filing of one or more of the documents referred to in clauses (i)(A) through (D) and any time of request pursuant to this Section 7(n) shall be a “Representation Date”),

 

the Company shall furnish the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser with a certificate, in the form attached hereto as Exhibit F. The requirement to provide a certificate under this Section 7(n) shall be waived for any Representation Date occurring at a time at which no Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) is pending, which waiver shall continue until the earlier to occur of the date the Company delivers a Placement Notice hereunder (which for such calendar quarter shall be considered a Representation Date) and the next occurring Representation Date.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Company subsequently decides to sell Securities following a Representation Date when the Company relied on such waiver and did not provide the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser with a certificate under this Section 7(n), then before the Company delivers the Placement Notice or the Agent or the Forward Seller sells any Securities, the Company shall provide the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser with a certificate, in the form attached hereto as Exhibit F, dated the date of the Placement Notice.

 

(o)           Opinion of Counsel for Company and the Operating Partnership.  On or prior to the date that the first Securities are sold pursuant to the terms of this Agreement, each time Securities are delivered to the Agent as principal on a Settlement Date, and as promptly as possible and in no event later than two (2) Trading Days of each Representation Date with respect to which the Company is obligated to deliver a certificate in the form attached hereto as Exhibit F for which no waiver is applicable, the Company shall cause to be furnished to the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser a written opinion and a 10b-5 statement of

 

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DLA Piper LLP (US), counsel for the Company and the Operating Partnership, dated the date that the opinion and 10b-5 statement are required to be delivered, in the form attached hereto as Exhibit E-1, modified, as necessary, to relate to the Registration Statement and the Prospectus as then amended or supplemented; provided, however, that in lieu of such opinions for subsequent Representation Dates, such counsel may furnish the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser with a letter to the effect that the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser may rely on a prior opinion and on a prior 10b-5 statement delivered under this Section 7(o) to the same extent as if it were dated the date of such letter (except that statements in such prior opinion and 10b-5 statement shall be deemed to relate to the Registration Statement and the Prospectus as amended or supplemented at such Representation Date).

 

(p)           Opinion of Tax Counsel for Company and the Operating Partnership.  On or prior to the date that the first Securities are sold pursuant to the terms of this Agreement, each time Securities are delivered to the Agent as principal on a Settlement Date, and as promptly as possible and in no event later than two (2) Trading Days of each Representation Date with respect to which the Company is obligated to deliver a certificate in the form attached hereto as Exhibit F for which no waiver is applicable, the Company shall cause to be furnished to the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser a written opinion of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, tax counsel for the Company and the Operating Partnership, dated the date that the opinion is required to be delivered, in the form attached hereto as Exhibit E-2, modified, as necessary, to relate to the Registration Statement and the Prospectus as then amended or supplemented; provided, however, that in lieu of such opinions for subsequent Representation Dates, such counsel may furnish the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser with a letter to the effect that the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser may rely on a prior opinion delivered under this Section 7(p) to the same extent as if it were dated the date of such letter (except that statements in such prior opinion shall be deemed to relate to the Registration Statement and the Prospectus as amended or supplemented at such Representation Date).

 

(q)           Agent Counsel Legal Opinion.  On or prior to the date that the first Securities are sold pursuant to the terms of this Agreement, each time Securities are delivered to the Agent as principal on a Settlement Date, and as promptly as possible and in no event later than two (2) Trading Days of each Representation Date with respect to which the Company is obligated to deliver a certificate in the form attached hereto as Exhibit F for which no waiver is applicable, the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser shall have received the favorable opinion of Sidley Austin LLP, counsel to the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, dated the date that the opinion is required to be delivered, in customary form and substance satisfactory to the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as applicable, and the Company shall have furnished to such counsel such documents as they reasonably request for the purpose of enabling them to pass upon such matters.

 

(r)            Comfort Letter.  On or prior to the date that the first Securities are sold pursuant to the terms of this Agreement, each time Securities are delivered to the Agent as principal on a Settlement Date, and as promptly as possible and in no event later than two (2) Trading Days of each Representation Date with respect to which the Company is obligated to deliver a certificate in the form attached hereto as Exhibit F for which no waiver is applicable, the Company shall cause its independent accountants to furnish the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward

 

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

 

(s)            Chief Financial Officer’s Certificate.  On or prior to the date that the first Securities are sold pursuant to the terms of this Agreement, each time Securities are delivered to the Agent as principal on a Settlement Date, and as promptly as possible and in no event later than two (2) Trading Days of each Representation Date with respect to which the Company is obligated to deliver a certificate in the form attached hereto as Exhibit F for which no waiver is applicable, the Company shall cause to be furnished to the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser a certificate of the Chief Financial Officer of the Company, in form and substance satisfactory to the Agent, the Forward Seller, the Forward Purchaser and their respective counsel, dated the date that the certificate is required to be delivered.

 

(t)            General Counsel’s Certificate.  On or prior to the date that the first Securities are sold pursuant to the terms of this Agreement, each time Securities are delivered to the Agent as principal on a Settlement Date, and as promptly as possible and in no event later than two (2) Trading Days of each Representation Date with respect to which the Company is obligated to deliver a certificate in the form attached hereto as Exhibit F for which no waiver is applicable, the Company shall cause to be furnished to the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser a certificate of the General Counsel of the Company, in form and substance satisfactory to the Agent, the Forward Seller, the Forward Purchaser and their respective counsel, dated the date that the certificate is required to be delivered, substantially similar to the form attached hereto as Exhibit G, modified, as necessary, to relate to the Registration Statement and the Prospectus as then amended or supplemented.

 

(u)           Market Activities.  Neither the Company nor the Operating Partnership will, directly or indirectly, (i) take any action designed to cause or result in, or that constitutes or might reasonably be expected to constitute, the stabilization or manipulation of the price of any security of the Company to facilitate the sale or resale of the Securities or (ii) sell, bid for, or purchase the Securities to be issued and sold pursuant to this Agreement, or pay anyone any compensation for soliciting purchases of the Securities to be issued and sold pursuant to this Agreement other than the Agent; provided, however, that the Company may bid for and purchase its Common Stock in accordance with Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act.  In connection with entering into any Forward Contract, the Company will not acquire any long position (either directly or indirectly, including through an Affiliate or through a derivative transaction) with respect to shares of Common Stock.  For purposes of the foregoing, “Affiliate” means, with respect to any person or entity, any other person or entity directly or indirectly controlling, controlled by, or under common control with such person or entity.  For purposes of this

 

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definition, “control” when used with respect to any person or entity means ownership of 50% or more of the voting power or value of such person or entity.

 

(v)           Compliance with Laws.  The Company, the Operating Partnership and the subsidiaries shall maintain, or cause to be maintained, all material environmental permits, licenses and other authorizations required by federal, state and local law in order to conduct their businesses as described in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, and the Company and each of the subsidiaries shall conduct their businesses, or cause their businesses to be conducted, in substantial compliance with such permits, licenses and authorizations and with applicable Environmental Laws, except where the failure to maintain or be in compliance with such permits, licenses and authorizations could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

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

 

(x)           No Offer to Sell.  Other than a free writing prospectus (as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act) approved in advance in writing by the Company and the Agent in its capacity as principal or agent hereunder or the Forward Seller as agent hereunder, as applicable, the Company (including its agents and representatives, other than the Agent or the Forward Seller, in their respective capacities as such) will not, directly or indirectly, make, use, prepare, authorize, approve or refer to any free writing prospectus relating to the Securities to be sold by the Agent as principal or agent hereunder or by the Forward Seller as agent hereunder.

 

(y)           Regulation M. If the Company has reason to believe that the exemptive provisions set forth in Rule 101(c)(1) of Regulation M under the Exchange Act are not satisfied with respect to the Company or the Common Stock, it shall promptly notify the other parties to this Agreement and sales of the Securities under this Agreement shall be suspended until that or other exemptive provisions have been satisfied in the judgment of all parties to this Agreement.

 

(z)           Qualification and Taxation as a REIT.  The Company will use its commercially reasonable efforts to continue to qualify for taxation as a REIT under the Code and will not take any action to revoke or otherwise terminate the Company’s REIT election, unless the Company’s board of directors determines in good faith that it is no longer in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders to be so qualified.

 

(aa)         Renewal of Registration Statement.  The date of this Agreement is not more than three years subsequent to the initial effective date of the Registration Statement (the “Renewal Date”).  If, immediately prior to the Renewal Date, this Agreement has not terminated and a prospectus is required to be delivered or made available by the Agent or the Forward Seller under the Securities Act or the Exchange Act in connection with the sale of such Securities, the Company will, prior to the Renewal Date, file, if it has not already done so, a new shelf registration statement or, if applicable, an automatic shelf registration statement relating to such Securities, and, if such registration statement is not an automatic shelf registration statement, will

 

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use its commercially reasonable efforts to cause such registration statement to be declared effective within 180 days after the Renewal Date, and will take all other reasonable actions necessary or appropriate to permit the public offer and sale of such Securities to continue as contemplated in the expired registration statement relating to such Securities.  References herein to the “Registration Statement” shall include such new shelf registration statement or automatic shelf registration statement, as the case may be, and each new or additional shelf registration statement or automatic shelf registration statement filed by the Company for the purpose of registering the Securities to be sold pursuant to this Agreement.

 

(bb)         Rights to Refuse Purchase.  If, to the knowledge of the Company, all filings required by Rule 424 under the Securities Act in connection with the offering of the Securities shall not have been made or the representations and warranties of the Company and the Operating Partnership in Section 5 hereof shall not be true and correct on any applicable Settlement Date, the Company will offer to any person who has agreed to purchase Securities from the Company as a result of an offer to purchase solicited by the Agent the right to refuse to purchase and pay for such Securities.

 

(cc)         Reservation of Shares.  In respect of any Forward, a number of shares of Common Stock at least equal to the Capped Number will be reserved for issuance by the Company’s board of directors.

 

SECTION 8.  Payment of Expenses.

 

(a)           Expenses.  The Company will pay all expenses incident to the performance of its obligations under this Agreement, including (i) the preparation, printing and filing of the Registration Statement (including financial statements and exhibits) as originally filed and of each amendment and supplement thereto, (ii) the preparation, issuance and delivery of the certificates for the Securities to the Agent, including any stock, transfer or other taxes and any stamp or other duties payable upon the sale, issuance or delivery of the Securities to the Agent, (iii) the fees and disbursements of the counsel, accountants and other advisors to the Company, (iv) the qualification of the Securities under securities laws in accordance with the provisions of Section 7(e) hereof, including filing fees, (v) the preparation, printing and delivery to the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser of copies of any Permitted Free Writing Prospectus and the Prospectus and any amendments or supplements thereto and any costs associated with electronic delivery of any of the foregoing by the Agent or the Forward Seller to investors, (vi) the fees and expenses of any transfer agent or registrar for the Securities, (vii) the filing fees incident to the review by FINRA of the terms of the sale of the Securities, (viii) the fees and expenses incurred in connection with the listing of the Securities and the shares of Common Stock to be issued in connection with any Forward Contract on the NYSE and (ix) if Securities having an aggregate offering price of $20,000,000 or more have not been offered and sold under this Agreement and/or the Alternative Distribution Agreements by the second anniversary of this Agreement (or such earlier date at which the Company terminates this Agreement) (the “Determination Date”), the Company shall reimburse the Agent, the Forward Seller, the Forward Purchaser and the Alternative Agents for all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses, including the reasonable fees and disbursements of a single counsel to the Agent and a single counsel to the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, who shall be the same counsel used by the Alternative Agents, in connection with the transactions contemplated by this

 

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Agreement (the “Expenses”); provided, however, that the Expenses shall not exceed an aggregate under this Agreement and the Alternative Distribution Agreements of $100,000.  Any Expenses shall be due and payable by the Company within five (5) business days of the Determination Date.

 

(b)           Termination of Agreement.  If this Agreement is terminated by the Agent in accordance with the provisions of Section 9 or Section 13(a)(i) or (iii) hereof, the Company shall reimburse the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser for their Expenses; unless Securities having an aggregate offering price of $20,000,000 or more have previously been offered and sold under this Agreement and/or the Alternative Distribution Agreements; provided, however, that the Expenses shall not exceed an aggregate under this Agreement and the Alternative Distribution Agreements of $100,000.

 

SECTION 9.  Conditions of the Obligations of the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser.  The obligations of each of the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser hereunder with respect to a Placement will be subject to the continuing accuracy of the representations and warranties of the Company and the Operating Partnership contained in this Agreement and in certificates of any officer of the Company, the Operating Partnership or any subsidiary of the Company delivered pursuant to the provisions hereof, to the performance by the Company and the Operating Partnership of their respective covenants and other obligations hereunder, and to the following further conditions:

 

(a)           Effectiveness of Registration Statement; Payment of Filing Fee.  The Registration Statement shall remain effective and shall be available for (i) all sales of Securities issued pursuant to all prior Placement Notices (each as amended by a corresponding Acceptance, if applicable) and (ii) the sale of all Securities contemplated to be issued by any Placement Notice (as amended by the corresponding Acceptance, if applicable).  The Company shall have paid the required Commission filing fees relating to the Securities within the time required by Rule 456(b)(1)(i) of the Securities Act without regard to the proviso therein and otherwise in accordance with Rules 456(b) and 457(r) of the Securities Act (including, if applicable, by updating the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in accordance with Rule 456(b)(1)(ii) either in a post-effective amendment to the Registration Statement or on the cover page of the Prospectus).

 

(b)           No Material Notices.  None of the following events shall have occurred and be continuing:  (i) receipt by the Company or any of the subsidiaries of any request for additional information from the Commission or any other federal or state governmental authority during the period of effectiveness of the Registration Statement, the response to which would require any post-effective amendments or supplements to the Registration Statement or the Prospectus; (ii) the issuance by the Commission or any other federal or state governmental authority of any stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or the initiation of any proceedings for that purpose; (iii) receipt by the Company of any notification with respect to the suspension of the qualification or exemption from qualification of any of the Securities for sale in any jurisdiction or the initiation or threatening of any proceeding for such purpose; or (iv) the occurrence of any event that results in the Registration Statement containing an untrue statement of a material fact or omitting to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading or the Prospectus or any Issuer Free Writing

 

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Prospectus containing an untrue statement of a material fact or omitting to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading.

 

(c)           No Misstatement or Material Omission.  None of the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser shall have advised the Company that the Registration Statement or Prospectus, or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, or any amendment or supplement thereto, contains an untrue statement of fact that in the Agent’s opinion is material, or omits to state a fact that in the Agent’s, the Forward Seller’s or the Forward Purchaser’s opinion is material and is required to be stated therein or is necessary to make the statements therein not misleading.

 

(d)           Material Changes.  Except as contemplated in the Prospectus, or disclosed in the Company’s reports filed with the Commission, there shall not have been any material adverse change to the condition, financial or otherwise, or in the properties, earnings, business affairs or business prospects of the Company, the Operating Partnership and its subsidiaries considered as one enterprise.

 

(e)           Opinion of Counsel for Company and the Operating Partnership.  The Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser shall have received the favorable opinions and 10b-5 statement of DLA Piper LLP (US), counsel for the Company and the Operating Partnership, required to be delivered pursuant to Section 7(o) on or before the date on which such delivery of such opinion and 10b-5 statement are required pursuant to Section 7(o).

 

(f)            Opinion of Tax Counsel for Company and the Operating Partnership.  The Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser shall have received the favorable opinions of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, tax counsel for the Company and the Operating Partnership, required to be delivered pursuant to Section 7(p) on or before the date on which such delivery of such opinion is required pursuant to Section 7(p).

 

(g)           Opinion of Counsel for the Agent.  The Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser shall have received the favorable opinion of Sidley Austin LLP required to be delivered pursuant to Section 7(q) on or before the date on which the delivery of such opinion is required pursuant to Section 7(q).

 

(h)           Representation Certificate.  The Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser shall have received the certificate required to be delivered pursuant to Section 7(n) on or before the date on which delivery of such certificate is required pursuant to Section 7(n).

 

(i)            Accountant’s Comfort Letter.  The Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser shall have received the Comfort Letter required to be delivered pursuant Section 7(r) on or before the date on which such delivery of such Comfort Letter is required pursuant to Section 7(r).

 

(j)            Chief Financial Officer’s Certificate.  The Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser shall have received the certificate of the Chief Financial Officer of the Company required to be delivered pursuant to Section 7(s) on or before the date on which delivery of such certificate is required pursuant to Section 7(s).

 

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(k)           General Counsel’s Certificate.  The Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser shall have received the certificate of the General Counsel of the Company required to be delivered pursuant to Section 7(t) on or before the date on which delivery of such certificate is required pursuant to Section 7(t).

 

(l)            Approval of Listing.  The Securities shall have been approved for listing on the NYSE, subject only to official notice of issuance.

 

(m)          No Suspension.  Trading in the Securities shall not have been suspended on the NYSE.

 

(n)           Additional Documents.  On each date on which the Company is required to deliver a certificate pursuant to Section 7(n), counsel for the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as applicable, shall have been furnished with such documents and opinions as they may reasonably require for the purpose of enabling them to pass upon the issuance and sale of the Securities as herein contemplated, or in order to evidence the accuracy of any of the representations or warranties, or the fulfillment of any of the conditions, herein contained.

 

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

 

(p)           Effectiveness of Master Forward Confirmation.  In respect of any Placement Notice delivered in respect of any Forward, the Master Forward Confirmation shall be in full force and effect.

 

(q)           Termination of Agreement.  If any condition specified in this Section 9 shall not have been fulfilled when and as required to be fulfilled, this Agreement may be terminated by the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser, as applicable, by notice to the Company, and such termination shall be without liability of any party to any other party except as provided in Section 8 hereof and except that, in the case of any termination of this Agreement, Section 5, the last sentence of Section 6(b) and Sections 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, 22 and 23 hereof, as well as the obligation to enter into any Forward Contract pursuant to Section 3(c) hereof as a result of sales of Forward Hedge Securities occurring prior to such termination, shall survive such termination and remain in full force and effect.  For the avoidance of doubt, any such termination shall not affect or impair any party’s obligations with respect to any Securities sold hereunder prior to the occurrence thereof or any Securities sold under any Alternative Distribution Agreement (including, in the case of any Forward Hedge Securities, the obligation to enter into the resulting Forward Contract).

 

SECTION 10.  Indemnification.

 

(a)           Indemnification by the Company.  The Company and the Operating Partnership agree, jointly and severally, to indemnify and hold harmless each of the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, each of their respective affiliates (as such term is defined in Rule 501(b) under the Securities Act (each an “Affiliate”)), each of their respective selling agents and each person, if any, who controls the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward

 

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Purchaser within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act as follows:

 

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

 

(ii)           against any and all loss, liability, claim, damage and expense whatsoever, as incurred, to the extent of the aggregate amount paid in settlement of any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding by any governmental agency or body, commenced or threatened, or of any claim whatsoever based upon any such untrue statement or omission, or any such alleged untrue statement or omission; provided that (subject to Section 10(d) below) any such settlement is effected with the written consent of the Company; and

 

(iii)          against any and all expense whatsoever, as incurred (including the fees and disbursements of counsel chosen by the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser, as applicable) reasonably incurred in investigating, preparing or defending against any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding by any governmental agency or body, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever based upon any such untrue statement or omission, or any such alleged untrue statement or omission, to the extent that any such expense is not paid under (i) or (ii) above, provided, however, that this indemnity agreement shall not apply to any loss, liability, claim, damage or expense to the extent arising out of any untrue statement or omission or alleged untrue statement or omission made in reliance upon and in conformity with the Counterparty Information furnished to the Company by the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser, as the case may be, expressly for use in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), or in any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto).

 

(b)           Indemnification by the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser.  Each of the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Company and the Operating Partnership, the Company’s directors, each of the Company’s officers who signed the Registration Statement, and each person, if any, who controls the Company or the Operating Partnership within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act, against any and all loss, liability, claim, damage and expense described in the indemnity contained in subsection (a) of this Section 10, as incurred, but only with respect to untrue statements or omissions, or alleged untrue statements or omissions, made in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto) in reliance upon and in conformity with the Counterparty Information furnished to the Company by the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser expressly for use therein.

 

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(c)           Actions against Parties; Notification.  Each indemnified party shall give notice as promptly as reasonably practicable to each indemnifying party of any action commenced against it in respect of which indemnity may be sought hereunder, but failure to so notify an indemnifying party shall not relieve such indemnifying party from any liability hereunder to the extent it is not materially prejudiced (through a forfeiture of substantive rights and defenses) as a result thereof and in any event shall not relieve it from any liability which it may have otherwise than on account of this indemnity agreement.  In the case of parties indemnified pursuant to Section 10(a) above, counsel to the indemnified parties shall be selected by the Agent or the Forward Seller, as applicable, and, in the case of parties indemnified pursuant to Section 10(b) above, counsel to the indemnified parties shall be selected by the Company.  An indemnifying party may participate at its own expense in the defense of any such action; provided, however, that counsel to the indemnifying party shall not (except with the consent of the indemnified party) also be counsel to the indemnified party.  In no event shall the indemnifying parties be liable for fees and expenses of more than one counsel (in addition to any local counsel) separate from their own counsel for all indemnified parties in connection with any one action or separate but similar or related actions in the same jurisdiction arising out of the same general allegations or circumstances.  No indemnifying party shall, without the prior written consent of the indemnified parties, settle or compromise or consent to the entry of any judgment with respect to any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding by any governmental agency or body, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever in respect of which indemnification or contribution could be sought under this Section 10 or Section 11 hereof (whether or not the indemnified parties are actual or potential parties thereto), unless (i) such settlement, compromise or consent (A) includes an unconditional release of each indemnified party from all liability arising out of such litigation, investigation, proceeding or claim and (B) does not include a statement as to or an admission of fault, culpability or a failure to act by or on behalf of any indemnified party and (ii) the indemnifying party confirms in writing its indemnification obligations hereunder with respect to such settlement, compromise or judgment.

 

(d)           Settlement without Consent if Failure to Reimburse.  If at any time an indemnified party shall have requested an indemnifying party to reimburse the indemnified party for fees and expenses of counsel, such indemnifying party agrees that it shall be liable for any settlement of the nature contemplated by Section 10(a)(ii) effected without its written consent if (i) such settlement is entered into more than 45 days after receipt by such indemnifying party of the aforesaid request, (ii) such indemnifying party shall have received notice of the terms of such settlement at least 30 days prior to such settlement being entered into and (iii) such indemnifying party shall not have reimbursed such indemnified party in accordance with such request prior to the date of such settlement.

 

SECTION 11.  Contribution.  If the indemnification provided for in Section 10 hereof is for any reason unavailable to or insufficient to hold harmless an indemnified party in respect of any losses, liabilities, claims, damages or expenses referred to therein, then each indemnifying party shall contribute to the aggregate amount of such losses, liabilities, claims, damages and expenses incurred by such indemnified party, as incurred, (a) in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect the relative benefits received by the Company and the Operating Partnership, on the one hand, and the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser on the other hand, from the offering of the Securities pursuant to this Agreement or (b) if the allocation provided by clause (a) is not permitted by applicable law, in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect not

 

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only the relative benefits referred to in clause (a) above but also the relative fault of the Company and the Operating Partnership, on the one hand, and of the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser on the other hand, in connection with the statements or omissions that resulted in such losses, liabilities, claims, damages or expenses, as well as any other relevant equitable considerations.

 

The relative benefits received by the Company and the Operating Partnership, on the one hand, and the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, on the other hand, in connection with the offering of the Securities pursuant to this Agreement shall be deemed to be in the same respective proportions as (a) in the case of the Company and the Operating Partnership, (i) the total net proceeds from the offering of the Issuance Securities for each Issuance under this Agreement (before deducting expenses) received by the Company and the Operating Partnership bear to the Aggregate Sales Price of the Issuance Securities or (ii) the Actual Sold Forward Amount for each Forward under this Agreement, multiplied by the Forward Hedge Price for such Forward (the “Net Forward Proceeds”), bear to the sum of the Net Forward Proceeds and the Actual Forward Commission (as defined below) (such sum, the “Gross Forward Amount”), (b) in the case of Agent, the total commissions received by the Agent bear to the aggregate public offering price of the Issuance Securities, (c) in the case of the Forward Seller, the Actual Sold Forward Amount for each Forward under this Agreement, multiplied by the Forward Hedge Selling Commission for such Forward (the “Actual Forward Commission”), bear to the Gross Forward Amount and (d) in the case of the Forward Purchaser, the net Spread (as such term is defined in the Master Forward Confirmation and net of any related stock borrow costs or other costs or expenses actually incurred) for all Forward Contracts executed in connection with this Agreement, bear to the Gross Forward Amount.

 

The relative fault of the Company and the Operating Partnership, on the one hand, and the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, on the other hand, shall be determined by reference to, among other things, whether the untrue or the alleged untrue statement of a material fact or omission or alleged omission to state a material fact relates to information supplied by each such party and the parties’ relative intent, knowledge, access to information and opportunity to correct or prevent such statement or omission.

 

Each of the Company, the Operating Partnership, the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser agrees that it would not be just and equitable if contribution pursuant to this Section 11 were determined by pro rata allocation or by any other method of allocation which does not take account of the equitable considerations referred to above in this Section 11.  The aggregate amount of losses, liabilities, claims, damages and expenses incurred by an indemnified party and referred to above in this Section 11 shall be deemed to include any legal or other expenses reasonably incurred by such indemnified party in investigating, preparing or defending against any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding by any governmental agency or body, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever based upon any such untrue or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission.

 

Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section 11, none of the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser shall in any event be required to contribute any amount in excess of the amount by which, in the case of the Agent, the total price at which the Issuance Securities sold by such Agent, or in the case of the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, as

 

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applicable, the total price of the Forward Hedge Securities sold by the Forward Seller, in each case pursuant to this Agreement, exceeds the amount of any damages which the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser has otherwise been required to pay by reason of any such untrue or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission.

 

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

 

For purposes of this Section 11, each person, if any who controls the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act and the Agent’s, the Forward Seller’s and the Forward Purchaser’s Affiliates and selling agents shall have the same rights to contribution as the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser, as the case may be, and each director of the Company, each officer of the Company who signed the Registration Statement, and each person, if any, who controls the Company or the Operating Partnership within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act shall have the same rights to contribution as the Company or the Operating Partnership, subject in each case to the preceding two (2) paragraphs.

 

For purposes of this Section 11, the Company and the Operating Partnership shall be deemed one party, jointly and severally liable for any obligations hereunder.

 

SECTION 12.  Representations, Warranties and Agreements to Survive Delivery.  All representations, warranties and agreements contained in this Agreement or in certificates of officers of the Company, the Operating Partnership or any subsidiary of the Company submitted pursuant hereto, shall remain operative and in full force and effect, regardless of any investigation made by or on behalf of the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser or any of their Affiliates or selling agents, any person controlling the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser or their respective officers or directors, or by or on behalf of the Company or the Operating Partnership or any person controlling the Company or the Operating Partnership, and shall survive delivery of the Securities to the Agent and shall survive delivery and acceptance of the Securities and payment therefor and the settlement of any Forward Contract or any termination of this Agreement or the Master Forward Confirmation and any “Supplemental Confirmation” executed in connection with the Master Forward Confirmation.

 

SECTION 13.  Termination of Agreement.

 

(a)           Termination; General.  Each of the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser, as applicable may terminate this Agreement, by notice to the Company, as hereinafter specified at any time (i) if there has been, since the time of execution of this Agreement or since the date as of which information is given in the Prospectus, any material adverse change in the condition, financial or otherwise, or in the properties, earnings, business affairs or business prospects of the Company, the Operating Partnership and the subsidiaries of the Company, considered as one enterprise, whether or not arising in the ordinary course of business, (ii) if there has occurred any material adverse change in the financial markets in the United States or the international financial markets, any outbreak of hostilities or escalation thereof or other

 

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

 

(b)           Termination by the Company.  Subject to Section 13(f) hereof, the Company shall have the right to terminate this Agreement in its sole discretion at any time after the date of this Agreement.

 

(c)           Termination by the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser.  Subject to Section 13(f) hereof, each of the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser, as applicable, shall have the right to terminate this Agreement in its sole discretion at any time after the date of this Agreement.

 

(d)           Automatic Termination.  Unless earlier terminated pursuant to this Section 13, this Agreement shall automatically terminate upon the issuance and sale of Securities through the Agent or the Alternative Agents on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein or the Alternative Distribution Agreements, as applicable, with an Aggregate Sales Price equal to the Maximum Amount.

 

(e)           Continued Force and Effect.  This Agreement shall remain in full force and effect unless terminated pursuant to Sections 13(a), (b), (c) or (d) above or otherwise by mutual agreement of the parties.

 

(f)            Effectiveness of Termination.  Any termination of this Agreement shall be effective on the date specified in such notice of termination; provided, however, that such termination shall not be effective until the close of business on the date of receipt of such notice by the Agent, the Forward Seller, the Forward Purchaser or the Company, as the case may be.  If such termination shall occur prior to the Settlement Date for any sale of Securities, such Securities shall settle in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the obligation to enter into any Forward Contract pursuant to Section 3(c) hereof as a result of sales of Forward Hedge Securities occurring prior to such termination, shall survive such termination and remain in full force and effect.  For the avoidance of doubt, any such termination shall not affect or impair any party’s obligations with respect to any Securities sold hereunder prior to the occurrence thereof or any Securities sold under any Alternative Distribution Agreement (including, in the case of any Forward Hedge Securities, the obligation to enter into the resulting Forward Contract).

 

(g)           Liabilities.  If this Agreement is terminated pursuant to this Section 13, such termination shall be without liability of any party to any other party except as provided in Section 8 hereof, and except that, in the case of any termination of this Agreement, Section 5, the last sentence of Section 6(b) and Sections 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, 22 and 23 hereof shall survive such termination and remain in full force and effect.

 

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SECTION 14.  Notices.  Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, all notices and other communications hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given if mailed or transmitted by any standard form of telecommunication.  Notices to the Agent shall be directed to [·], Attention:  [·], fax no. [·]; [notices to the Forward Seller shall be sent to: [·], Attention:  [·], with a copy to [·], Attention:  [·], fax no. [·]; notices to the Forward Purchaser shall be sent to:  [·];] and notices to the Company and the Operating Partnership shall be directed to it at One Federal Street, 23rd Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110, Attention: Chief Financial Officer, fax no. (617) 574-0052.

 

SECTION 15.  Parties.  This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the Agent, the Forward Seller, the Forward Purchaser, the Company, the Operating Partnership and their respective successors. [The parties hereby agree that the Agent may, without notice to the Company or the Operating Partnership, assign its rights and obligations under this Agreement to any other registered broker-dealer wholly-owned by Bank of America Corporation to which all or substantially all of the Agent’s investment banking or related business may be transferred following the date of this Agreement.](2) Nothing expressed or mentioned in this Agreement is intended or shall be construed to give any person, firm or corporation, other than the Agent, the Forward Seller, the Forward Purchaser, the Company, the Operating Partnership and their respective successors and the controlling persons and officers, directors, employees, Affiliates or selling agents referred to in Sections 10 and 11 and their heirs and legal representatives, any legal or equitable right, remedy or claim under or in respect of this Agreement or any provision herein contained.  This Agreement and all conditions and provisions hereof are intended to be for the sole and exclusive benefit of the Agent, the Forward Seller, the Forward Purchaser, the Company, the Operating Partnership and their respective successors, and said controlling persons and officers, directors, employees, Affiliates or selling agents and their heirs and legal representatives, and for the benefit of no other person, firm or corporation.  No purchaser of Securities from the Agent or the Forward Seller shall be deemed to be a successor by reason merely of such purchase.

 

SECTION 16.  Adjustments for Share Splits.  The parties acknowledge and agree that all share-related numbers contained in this Agreement shall be adjusted to take into account any share split, share dividend or similar event effected with respect to the Securities.

 

SECTION 17.  Governing Law and Time.  THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK WITHOUT REGARD TO ITS CHOICE OF LAW PROVISIONS.  SPECIFIED TIMES OF DAY REFER TO NEW YORK CITY TIME.

 

SECTION 18.  Effect of Headings.  The Section and Exhibit headings herein are for convenience only and shall not affect the construction hereof.

 

SECTION 19.  Permitted Free Writing Prospectuses.  Each of the Company and the Operating Partnership represent, warrant and agree that, unless it obtains the prior consent of the Agent or the Forward Seller, as applicable, and the Agent or the Forward Seller, as applicable, represents, warrants and agrees that, unless it obtains the prior consent of the Company, it has

 


(2)  NTD: To be included in BAML’s agreement only.

 

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not made and will not make any offer relating to the Securities that would constitute an Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, or that would otherwise constitute a “free writing prospectus,” as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act, required to be filed with the Commission.  Any such free writing prospectus consented to by the Agent or the Forward Seller, as applicable, or by the Company, as the case may be, is hereinafter referred to as a “Permitted Free Writing Prospectus.”  The Company represents and warrants that it has treated and agrees that it will treat each Permitted Free Writing Prospectus as an “issuer free writing prospectus,” as defined in Rule 433 under the Securities Act, and has complied and will comply with the requirements of Rule 433 applicable to any Permitted Free Writing Prospectus, including timely filing with the Commission where required, legending and record keeping.  For the purposes of clarity, the parties hereto agree that all free writing prospectuses, if any, listed in Exhibit H hereto are Permitted Free Writing Prospectuses.

 

SECTION 20.  Absence of Fiduciary Relationship.  Each of the Company and the Operating Partnership, severally and not jointly, acknowledges and agrees that:

 

(a)           each of the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser is acting solely as agent and/or principal in connection with the public offering of the Securities and in connection with each transaction contemplated by this Agreement and the process leading to such transactions, and no fiduciary or advisory relationship among the Company, the Operating Partnership or any of their respective affiliates, stockholders (or other equity holders), creditors or employees or any other party, on the one hand, and the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser, on the other hand, has been or will be created in respect of any of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, irrespective of whether or not the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser have advised or is advising the Company and/or the Operating Partnership on other matters, and none of the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser has any obligation to the Company or the Operating Partnership with respect to the transactions contemplated by this Agreement except the obligations expressly set forth in this Agreement;

 

(b)           the public offering price of the Securities set forth in this Agreement was not established by the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser;

 

(c)           it is capable of evaluating and understanding, and understands and accepts, the terms, risks and conditions of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement;

 

(d)           none of the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser has provided any legal, accounting, regulatory or tax advice with respect to the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and it has consulted its own legal, accounting, regulatory and tax advisors to the extent it has deemed appropriate;

 

(e)           it is aware that the Agent, the Forward Seller, the Forward Purchaser and their respective affiliates are engaged in a broad range of transactions which may involve interests that differ from those of the Company and the Operating Partnership and the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser have no obligation to disclose such interests and transactions to the Company or the Operating Partnership by virtue of any fiduciary, advisory or agency relationship or otherwise;

 

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(f)            the Agent, the Forward Seller, the Forward Purchaser and their respective affiliates may engage in trading in the Common Stock for their own account or for the account of any of their clients at the same time as sales of the Securities occur pursuant to this Agreement; and

 

(g)           it waives, to the fullest extent permitted by law, any claims it may have against the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser for breach of fiduciary duty or alleged breach of fiduciary duty and agrees that the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser shall not have any liability (whether direct or indirect, in contract, tort or otherwise) to it in respect of such a fiduciary duty claim or to any person asserting a fiduciary duty claim on its behalf or in right of it or the Company, the Operating Partnership, employees or creditors of the Company or the Operating Partnership.

 

SECTION 21.    Recognition of the U.S. Special Resolution Regimes.

 

(a)           In the event that the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser that is a Covered Entity becomes subject to a proceeding under a U.S. Special Resolution Regime, the transfer from such Agent, Forward Seller or Forward Purchaser of this Agreement, and any interest and obligation in or under this Agreement, will be effective to the same extent as the transfer would be effective under the U.S. Special Resolution Regime if this Agreement, and any such interest and obligation, were governed by the laws of the United States or a state of the United States.

 

(b)           In the event that the Agent, the Forward Seller or the Forward Purchaser that is a Covered Entity or a BHC Act Affiliate of such Agent, Forward Seller or Forward Purchaser becomes subject to a proceeding under a U.S. Special Resolution Regime, Default Rights under this Agreement that may be exercised against such Agent, Forward Seller or Forward Purchaser are permitted to be exercised to no greater extent than such Default Rights could be exercised under the U.S. Special Resolution Regime if this Agreement were governed by the laws of the United States or a state of the United States.

 

For purposes of this Section 21, a “BHC Act Affiliate” has the meaning assigned to the term “affiliate” in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 U.S.C. § 1841(k). “Covered Entity” means any of the following: (i) a “covered entity” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 252.82(b); (ii) a “covered bank” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 47.3(b); or (iii) a “covered FSI” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 382.2(b). Default Right” has the meaning assigned to that term in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. §§ 252.81, 47.2 or 382.1, as applicable. “U.S. Special Resolution Regime” means each of (i) the Federal Deposit Insurance Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder and (ii) Title II of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

SECTION 22.  Trial by Jury.  Each of the Company (on its behalf and, to the extent permitted by applicable law, on behalf of its stockholders and affiliates), the Operating Partnership, the Agent, the Forward Seller and the Forward Purchaser hereby irrevocably waives,

 

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to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any and all right to trial by jury in any legal proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby.

 

SECTION 23.  Consent to Jurisdiction.  Any legal suit, action or proceeding arising out of or based upon this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby shall be instituted in (i) the federal courts of the United States of America located in the City and County of New York, Borough of Manhattan or (ii) the courts of the State of New York located in the City and County of New York, Borough of Manhattan (collectively, the “Specified Courts”), and each party irrevocably submits to the exclusive jurisdiction (except for proceedings instituted in regard to the enforcement of a judgment of any such court, as to which such jurisdiction is non-exclusive) of such courts in any such suit, action or proceeding.  Service of any process, summons, notice or document by mail to such party’s address set forth above shall be effective service of process for any suit, action or other proceeding brought in any such court.  The parties irrevocably and unconditionally waive any objection to the laying of venue of any suit, action or other proceeding in the Specified Courts and irrevocably and unconditionally waive and agree not to plead or claim in any such court that any such suit, action or other proceeding brought in any such court has been brought in an inconvenient forum.

 

SECTION 24.  Partial Unenforceability.  The invalidity or unenforceability of any Section, paragraph or provision of this Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other Section, paragraph or provision hereof.  If any Section, paragraph or provision of this Agreement is for any reason determined to be invalid or unenforceable, there shall be deemed to be made such minor changes (and only such minor changes) as are necessary to make it valid and enforceable.

 

SECTION 25.  Counterparts.  This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original, but all such counterparts shall together constitute one and the same Agreement.

 

SECTION 26.  Amendments and Waivers.  Any provision or requirement of this Agreement may be waived or amended in any respect by a writing signed by the parties hereto.  No waiver or amendment shall be enforceable against any party hereto unless in writing and signed by the party against which such waiver is claimed.  A waiver of any provision or requirement of this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of any other term and shall not affect the other provisions of this Agreement.  A waiver of a provision or requirement of this Agreement will apply only to the specific circumstances cited therein and will not prevent a party from subsequently requiring compliance with the waived provision or requirement in other circumstances.

 

[Signature Pages Follow]

 

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If the foregoing is in accordance with your understanding of our agreement, please sign and return to the Company a counterpart hereof, whereupon this instrument, along with all counterparts, will become a binding agreement among the Agent, the Forward Seller, the Forward Purchaser, the Operating Partnership and the Company in accordance with its terms.

 

Very truly yours,

 

 

 

STAG Industrial, Inc.

 

 

 

By:

 

 

Name:

 

 

Title:

 

 

 

 

STAG Industrial Operating Partnership, L.P.

 

 

 

By:

STAG Industrial GP, LLC,

 

 

as the sole general partner

 

 

 

 

By:

STAG Industrial, Inc.,

 

 

as the sole member

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

Name:

 

 

Title:

 

 

 

[Signature Page to Equity Distribution Agreement]

 


 

CONFIRMED AND ACCEPTED, as of the date first above written:

 

 

[·], as Agent

 

 

 

By:

 

 

Name:

 

 

Title:

 

 

 

 

[[·], as Forward Seller]

 

 

 

By:

 

 

Name:

 

 

Title:

 

 

 

 

[[·], as Forward Purchaser]

 

 

 

By:

 

 

Name:

 

 

Title:

 

 

 

[Signature Page to Equity Distribution Agreement]

 


 

EXHIBIT A

 

FORM OF PLACEMENT NOTICE

 

, 20

 

[Bank Name]
[Address]

 

Attention:                                         [·]
(facsimile number:  [·])

 

Email:                                                            [·]

 

Reference is made to the Equity Distribution Agreement among STAG Industrial, Inc. (the “Company”), STAG Industrial Operating Partnership, L.P. (the “Operating Partnership”), [[·] (the “Forward Purchaser”)] and [·] (in its capacity as agent for the Company in connection with the offering and sale of any Issuance Securities thereunder, “Agent[,]” [and in its capacity as agent for the Forward Purchaser in connection with the offering and sale of any Forward Hedge Securities thereunder, the “Forward Seller”]), dated as of February 14, 2019 (the “Equity Distribution Agreement”).  Capitalized terms used in this Placement Notice without definition shall have the respective definitions ascribed to them in the Equity Distribution Agreement.  This Placement Notice relates to [an “Issuance”](3) [a “Forward”](4).  The Company confirms that all conditions to the delivery of this Placement Notice are satisfied as of the date hereof.

 

[The Company confirms that it has not declared and will not declare any dividend, or caused or cause there to be any distribution, on the Common Stock if the ex-dividend date or ex-date, as applicable, for such dividend or distribution will occur during the period from, and including, the first Trading Day of the Forward Hedge Selling Period to, and including, the last Trading Day of the Forward Hedge Selling Period.](5)

 

The Company represents and warrants that each representation, warranty, covenant and other agreement of the Company contained in the Equity Distribution Agreement [and the Master Forward Confirmation](6) is true and correct on the date hereof, and that the Prospectus, including the documents incorporated by reference therein, and any applicable Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, as of the date hereof, do not contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading.

 

Number of Days in [Issuance](7) [Forward Hedge](8) Selling Period:

 


(3)  Insert for a Placement Notice that relates to an “Issuance.”

(4)  Insert for a Placement Notice that relates to a “Forward.”

(5)  Insert for a Placement Notice that relates to a “Forward.”

(6)  Insert for Placement Notice that relates to a “Forward.”

(7)  Insert for a Placement Notice that relates to an “Issuance.”

 

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First Date of [Issuance](9) [Forward Hedge](10) Selling Period:

 

Maximum Number of Securities to be Sold:

 

[Issuance](11) [Forward Hedge](12) Amount:  $

 

[Forward Hedge Selling Commission Rate:            %

 

Forward Price Reduction Dates

 

Forward Price Reduction Amounts

 

 

 

$

 

 

 

 

$

 

 

 

Spread:

 

Initial Stock Loan Rate:  basis points

 

Maximum Stock Loan Rate:             basis points

 

Regular Dividend Amounts:

 

For any calendar month ending on or prior to [December 31, 20[ ]]:

 

$

[     ]

 

 

 

 

 

For any calendar month ending after [December 31, 20[ ]]:

 

$

[     ]

](13)

 

[Term:            [Days][Months]](14):

 

Floor Price (Adjustable by Company during the [Issuance](15) [Forward Hedge](16) Selling Period, and in no event less than $[1.00] per share):  $           per share

 

[There shall be no limitation on the number of Securities that may be sold on any one (1) day, subject to the maximum number of Securities to be sold above.][No more than [ ] Securities may be sold on any one (1) day.][other sales parameters]

 


(8)  Insert for a Placement Notice that relates to a “Forward.”

(9)  Insert for a Placement Notice that relates to an “Issuance.”

(10)  Insert for a Placement Notice that relates to a “Forward.”

(11)  Insert for a Placement Notice that relates to an “Issuance.”

(12)  Insert for a Placement Notice that relates to a “Forward.”

(13)  Insert for a Placement Notice that relates to a “Forward.”  Regular Dividend Amounts shall not exceed the Forward Price Reduction Amount for the Forward Price Reduction Date occurring in the relevant month (or, if none, shall not exceed zero).

(14)  Insert for a Placement Notice that relates to a “Forward.”

(15)  Insert for a Placement Notice that relates to an “Issuance.”

(16)  Insert for a Placement Notice that relates to a “Forward.”

 

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Section 3: EX-1.2 (EX-1.2)

Exhibit 1.2

 

[Dealer]

[·]

[·]

 

Opening Transaction

 

To:

 

STAG Industrial, Inc.

 

From:

 

[Dealer]

 

Re:

 

Issuer Share Forward Sale Transactions

 

Date:

 

February 14, 2019

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

The purpose of this communication (this “Master Confirmation”) is to set forth the terms and conditions of the transactions to be entered into from time to time between [Dealer] (“Dealer”) and STAG Industrial, Inc. (“Counterparty”) in accordance with the terms of the Equity Distribution Agreement, dated as of February 14, 2019, among Dealer, [Agent,] STAG Industrial Operating Partnership, L.P. (the “Operating Partnership”) and Counterparty (the “Equity Distribution Agreement”) on the Trade Dates specified herein (collectively, the “Transactions” and each, a “Transaction”).  This communication constitutes a “Confirmation” as referred to in the Agreement specified below.  Each Transaction will be evidenced by a supplemental confirmation (each, a “Supplemental Confirmation”, and each such Supplemental Confirmation, together with this Master Confirmation, a “Confirmation” for purposes of the Agreement specified below) substantially in the form of Exhibit A hereto.

 

1.                                      Each Confirmation is subject to, and incorporates, the 2002 ISDA Equity Derivatives Definitions (the “Equity Definitions”), as published by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (“ISDA”).  For purposes of the Equity Definitions, each Transaction will be deemed to be a Share Forward Transaction.

 

Each Confirmation shall supplement, form a part of and be subject to an agreement (the “Agreement”) in the form of the ISDA 2002 Master Agreement (the “ISDA Form”), as published by ISDA, as if Dealer and Counterparty had executed the ISDA Form on the date hereof (but without any Schedule except for (i) the election of New York law (without regard to New York’s choice of laws doctrine other than Title 14 of Article 5 of the New York General Obligations Law (the “General Obligations Law”)) as the governing law and US Dollars (“USD”) as the Termination Currency and (ii) the election that the “Cross Default” provisions of Section 5(a)(vi) shall apply to Dealer and Counterparty with a “Threshold Amount” in respect of Dealer of 3% of the [stockholders’][members’] equity of Dealer and a “Threshold Amount” in respect of Counterparty of (a) USD 40 million (including its equivalent in another currency) with respect to Specified Indebtedness that qualifies as Recourse Indebtedness (as defined in the Amended and Restated Term Loan Agreement, dated as of July 26, 2018, by and among the Operating Partnership, as the Borrower, Counterparty, as a Guarantor, Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Administrative Agent and the other parties thereto, as amended (the

 


 

Credit Agreement”)), (b) USD 75 million (including its equivalent in another currency) with respect to Specified Indebtedness that qualifies as Non-Recourse Indebtedness (as defined in the Credit Agreement) and (c) USD 40 million with respect to all other Specified Indebtedness or if the Credit Agreement does not, at the time of determination, distinguish between Recourse Indebtedness and Non-Recourse Indebtedness; provided that (x) the words “, or becoming capable at such time of being declared,” shall be deleted from clause (1) thereof, (y) “Specified Indebtedness” had the meaning specified in Section 14 of the Agreement, except that such term shall not include obligations in respect of deposits received in the ordinary course of Dealer’s banking business and (z) the following language shall be added to the end of such Section 5(a)(vi):  “Notwithstanding the foregoing, a default under subsection (2) hereof shall not constitute an Event of Default if (X) the default was caused solely by error or omission of an administrative or operational nature; (Y) funds were available to enable the party to make the payment when due; and (Z) the payment is made within two Local Business Days of such party’s receipt of written notice of its failure to pay;”.

 

All provisions contained in the Agreement are incorporated into and shall govern each Confirmation except as expressly modified below.  Each Confirmation evidences a complete and binding agreement between Dealer and Counterparty as to the terms of the relevant Transaction and replaces any previous agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof.

 

The Transactions hereunder shall be the sole Transactions under the Agreement.  If there exists any ISDA Master Agreement between Dealer or any of its Affiliates and Counterparty or any confirmation or other agreement between Dealer or any of its Affiliates and Counterparty pursuant to which an ISDA Master Agreement is deemed to exist between Dealer or any of its Affiliates and Counterparty, then notwithstanding anything to the contrary in such ISDA Master Agreement, such confirmation or agreement or any other agreement to which Dealer or such other Affiliates and Counterparty are parties, the Transactions shall not be considered Transactions under, or otherwise governed by, such existing or deemed ISDA Master Agreement.  In the event of any inconsistency among the Agreement, this Master Confirmation, any Supplemental Confirmation and the Equity Definitions, the following will prevail in the order of precedence indicated:  (i) such Supplemental Confirmation; (ii) this Master Confirmation; (iii) the Equity Definitions; and (iv) the Agreement.

 

2.                                      The terms of the particular Transactions to which this Master Confirmation relates are as follows:

 

General Terms:

 

 

 

 

 

Trade Date:

 

For each Transaction, as specified in the Supplemental Confirmation for such Transaction, to be, subject to the provisions opposite the caption “Early Valuation” below, the last Trading Day (as defined in the Equity Distribution Agreement) of the Forward Hedge Selling Period (as defined in the Equity Distribution Agreement) for such Transaction.

 

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Effective Date:

 

For each Transaction, as specified in the Supplemental Confirmation for such Transaction, to be the date that is one Settlement Cycle following the Trade Date for such Transaction, or such later date on which the conditions set forth in Section 3 of this Master Confirmation shall have been satisfied or waived by Dealer.

 

 

 

Buyer:

 

Dealer

 

 

 

Seller:

 

Counterparty

 

 

 

Maturity Date:

 

For each Transaction, as specified in the Supplemental Confirmation for such Transaction, to be the date that follows the Trade Date for such Transaction by the number of days or months set forth in the Placement Notice (as defined in the Equity Distribution Agreement and amended by any corresponding Acceptance (as defined in the Equity Distribution Agreement), if applicable (the “Accepted Placement Notice”)) for such Transaction (or, if such date is not a Scheduled Trading Day, the next following Scheduled Trading Day).

 

 

 

Shares:

 

The shares of common stock, par value USD 0.01 per Share, of Counterparty (Ticker: “STAG”)

 

 

 

Number of Shares:

 

For each Transaction, initially, as specified in the Supplemental Confirmation for such Transaction, to be the number of Shares equal to the Actual Sold Forward Amount (as defined in the Equity Distribution Agreement) for the Forward Hedge Selling Period for such Transaction, as reduced on each Relevant Settlement Date (as defined under “Settlement Terms” below) by the number of Settlement Shares (as defined below) to which the related Valuation Date relates.

 

 

 

Settlement Currency:

 

USD

 

 

 

Exchange:

 

The New York Stock Exchange

 

 

 

Related Exchange:

 

All Exchanges

 

 

 

Prepayment:

 

Not Applicable

 

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Variable Obligation:

 

Not Applicable

 

 

 

Forward Price:

 

For each Transaction, on the Effective Date for such Transaction, the Initial Forward Price for such Transaction, and on any day thereafter, the product of the Forward Price for such Transaction on the immediately preceding calendar day and

 

 

 

 

 

1 + the Daily Rate * (1/365);

 

 

 

 

 

provided that the Forward Price for such Transaction on each Forward Price Reduction Date for such Transaction shall be the Forward Price for such Transaction otherwise in effect on such date minus the Forward Price Reduction Amount for such Forward Price Reduction Date.

 

 

 

 

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, to the extent Counterparty delivers Shares hereunder on or after a Forward Price Reduction Date and at or before the record date for an ordinary cash dividend with an ex-dividend date corresponding to such Forward Price Reduction Date (and, for the avoidance of doubt, the related dividend will be paid on such Shares), the Calculation Agent shall reverse the reduction to the Forward Price on such Forward Price Reduction Date for purposes of the related Settlement Date.

 

 

 

Initial Forward Price:

 

For each Transaction, as specified in the Supplemental Confirmation for such Transaction, to be the product of (i) an amount equal to 1 minus the Forward Hedge Selling Commission Rate (as defined in the Equity Distribution Agreement) applicable to such Transaction; and (ii) the Volume-Weighted Hedge Price, subject to adjustment as set forth herein.

 

 

 

Volume-Weighted Hedge Price:

 

For each Transaction, as specified in the Supplemental Confirmation for such Transaction, to be the volume-weighted average of the Sales Prices (as defined in the Equity Distribution Agreement) per share of Forward Hedge Securities (as defined in the Equity Distribution Agreement) sold on each Trading Day of the Forward Hedge Selling Period for such Transaction, as determined by the Calculation Agent; provided that, solely for the purposes of calculating the Initial Forward Price, each such Sales Price (other

 

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than, with respect to the application of the Daily Rate, the Sales Price for the last day of the relevant Forward Hedge Selling Period) shall be subject to adjustment by the Calculation Agent (including, for the avoidance of doubt, by application of the Daily Rate and any Forward Price Reduction Amount), in the same manner as the Forward Price pursuant to the definition thereof during the period from, and including, the date one Settlement Cycle immediately following the first Trading Day of the relevant Forward Hedge Selling Period on which the Forward Hedge Securities related to such Sales Price are sold to, and including, the Effective Date of such Transaction.

 

 

 

Daily Rate:

 

For any day, the Overnight Bank Rate (or if the Overnight Bank Rate is no longer available, a successor rate selected by the Calculation Agent in its commercially reasonable discretion) minus the Spread.

 

 

 

Spread:

 

For each Transaction, as specified in the Supplemental Confirmation for such Transaction.

 

 

 

Overnight Bank Rate:

 

For any day, the rate set forth for such day opposite the caption “Overnight bank funding rate” as displayed on the page “OBFR01 <Index> <GO>“ on the BLOOMBERG Professional Service, or any successor page; provided that, if no such rate appears for such day on such page, Overnight Bank Rate for such day shall be such rate for the immediately preceding day for which such a rate appears.

 

 

 

Forward Price Reduction Dates:

 

For each Transaction, as specified in Schedule I to the Supplemental Confirmation for such Transaction, to be each date after the last Scheduled Trading Day of the relevant Forward Hedge Selling Period set forth under the heading “Forward Price Reduction Dates” in the Accepted Placement Notice for such Transaction.

 

 

 

Forward Price Reduction Amount:

 

For each Forward Price Reduction Date of a Transaction, as specified in Schedule I to the Supplemental Confirmation for such Transaction, to be the Forward Price Reduction Amount set forth opposite such date in the Accepted Placement Notice

 

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for such Transaction.

 

 

 

Valuation:

 

 

 

 

 

Valuation Date:

 

For any Settlement (as defined below) with respect to any Transaction, if Physical Settlement is applicable, as designated in the relevant Settlement Notice (as defined below); or if Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement is applicable, the last Unwind Date for such Settlement. Section 6.6 of the Equity Definitions shall not apply to any Valuation Date.

 

 

 

Unwind Dates:

 

For any Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement with respect to any Settlement of any Transaction, each day on which Dealer (or its agent or affiliate) purchases Shares in the market in connection with unwinding its commercially reasonable hedge position in connection with such Settlement, starting on the First Unwind Date for such Settlement.

 

 

 

First Unwind Date:

 

For any Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement with respect to any Settlement of any Transaction, as designated in the relevant Settlement Notice.

 

 

 

Unwind Period:

 

For any Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement with respect to any Settlement of any Transaction, the period starting on the First Unwind Date for such Settlement and ending on the Valuation Date for such Settlement.

 

 

 

Cash Settlement Valuation Disruption:

 

If Cash Settlement is applicable with respect to any Transaction and any Unwind Date during the related Unwind Period is a Disrupted Day, the Calculation Agent shall determine (except in the case of a Disrupted Day that occurs as a result of a Regulatory Disruption (as defined below), which shall always be a Disrupted Day in full) whether (i) such Disrupted Day is a Disrupted Day in full, in which case the 10b-18 VWAP for such Disrupted Day shall not be included in the calculation of the Settlement Price, or (ii) such Disrupted Day is a Disrupted Day only in part, in which case the 10b-18 VWAP for such Disrupted Day shall be determined by the Calculation Agent based on Rule 10b-18 eligible transactions (as defined below) in the Shares on such Disrupted Day, taking into account the nature and duration of the relevant Market Disruption Event,

 

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and the weightings of the 10b-18 VWAP and the Forward Prices for each Unwind Date during such Unwind Period shall be adjusted in a commercially reasonable manner by the Calculation Agent for purposes of determining the Settlement Price and the Relevant Forward Price, as applicable, to account for the occurrence of such partially Disrupted Day, with such adjustments based on, among other factors, the duration of any Market Disruption Event and the volume, historical trading patterns and price of the Shares.

 

 

 

Market Disruption Event:

 

The definition of “Market Disruption Event” in Section 6.3(a) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by deleting the words “at any time during the one-hour period that ends at the relevant Valuation Time, Latest Exercise Time, Knock-in Valuation Time or Knock-out Valuation Time, as the case may be” and inserting the words “at any time on any Exchange Business Day during the Unwind Period” after the word “material,” in the third line thereof.

 

 

 

Early Closure:

 

Section 6.3(d) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by deleting the remainder of the provision following the term “Scheduled Closing Time” in the fourth line thereof.

 

 

 

Settlement Terms:

 

 

 

 

 

Settlement:

 

With respect to any Transaction, any Physical Settlement, Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement of all or any portion of such Transaction.

 

 

 

Settlement Notice:

 

For any Transaction, subject to “Early Valuation” below, Counterparty may elect to effect a Settlement of all or any portion of such Transaction by designating one or more Scheduled Trading Days following the Effective Date for such Transaction and on or prior to the Maturity Date for such Transaction to be Valuation Dates (or, with respect to Cash Settlements or Net Share Settlements of such Transaction, First Unwind Dates, each of which First Unwind Dates shall occur no later than the 60th Scheduled Trading Day immediately preceding the Maturity Date for such Transaction) in a written notice to Dealer (a “Settlement Notice”) delivered

 

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no later than the applicable Settlement Method Election Date for such Transaction, which notice shall also specify (i) the number of Shares (the “Settlement Shares”) for such Settlement (not to exceed the number of Undesignated Shares for such Transaction as of the date of such Settlement Notice) and (ii) the Settlement Method applicable to such Settlement; provided that (A) Counterparty may not designate a First Unwind Date for a Cash Settlement or a Net Share Settlement of any Transaction if, as of the date of such Settlement Notice, any Shares have been designated as Settlement Shares for a Cash Settlement or a Net Share Settlement of such Transaction for which the related Relevant Settlement Date has not occurred; and (B) if the number of Undesignated Shares as of the Maturity Date for such Transaction is not zero, then the Maturity Date for such Transaction shall be a Valuation Date for a Physical Settlement of such Transaction and the number of Settlement Shares for such Settlement shall be the number of Undesignated Shares for such Transaction as of the Maturity Date for such Transaction (provided that if such Maturity Date occurs during the period from the time any Settlement Notice is given for a Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement of such Transaction until the related Relevant Settlement Date, inclusive, then the provisions set forth below opposite “Early Valuation” shall apply to such Transaction as if the Maturity Date for such Transaction were the Early Valuation Date for such Transaction).

 

 

 

Undesignated Shares:

 

For any Transaction, as of any date, the Number of Shares for such Transaction minus the number of Shares designated as Settlement Shares for Settlements of such Transaction for which the related Relevant Settlement Date has not occurred.

 

 

 

Settlement Method Election:

 

For any Transaction, applicable; provided that:

 

 

 

 

 

(i)  Net Share Settlement shall be deemed to be included as an additional settlement method under Section 7.1 of the Equity Definitions;

 

 

 

 

 

(ii)  Counterparty may elect Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement for any Settlement of any Transaction only if Counterparty represents and

 

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warrants to Dealer in the Settlement Notice containing such election that, as of the date of such Settlement Notice: (A) Counterparty is not aware of any material nonpublic information concerning itself or the Shares; (B) Counterparty is electing the settlement method and designating the First Unwind Date specified in such Settlement Notice in good faith and not as part of a plan or scheme to evade compliance with Rule 10b-5 (“Rule 10b-5”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or any other provision of the federal securities laws; (C) Counterparty is not “insolvent” (as such term is defined under Section 101(32) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code (Title 11 of the United States Code) (the “Bankruptcy Code”)); (D) Counterparty would be able to purchase a number of Shares equal to the greater of (x) the number of Settlement Shares designated in such Settlement Notice and (y) a number of Shares with a value as of the date of such Settlement Notice equal to the product of (I) such number of Settlement Shares and (II) the applicable Relevant Forward Price for such Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement in compliance with the laws of Counterparty’s jurisdiction of organization; and (E) such election, and settlement in accordance therewith, does not and will not violate or conflict with any law or regulation applicable to Counterparty, or any order or judgment of any court or other agency of government applicable to it or any of its assets, and any governmental consents that are required to have been obtained by Counterparty with respect to such election or settlement have been obtained and are in full force and effect and all conditions of any such consents have been complied with; and

 

 

 

 

 

(iii)  Notwithstanding any election to the contrary in any Settlement Notice, Physical Settlement shall be applicable for any Settlement of any Transaction:

 

 

 

 

 

(A)

to all of the Settlement Shares designated in such Settlement Notice if, at any time from the date such Settlement Notice is received by Dealer until the related First Unwind Date, inclusive, (I) the trading price per Share on the Exchange (as determined by Dealer in a

 

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commercially reasonable manner) is below the Threshold Price or (II) Dealer determines, in its good faith and commercially reasonable judgment, that it would, after using commercially reasonable efforts, be unable to purchase a number of Shares in the market sufficient to unwind a commercially reasonable hedge position in respect of the portion of the Transaction represented by such Settlement Shares and satisfy its delivery obligation hereunder, if any, by the Maturity Date (x) in a manner that (A) would, if Dealer were Counterparty or an affiliated purchaser of Counterparty and taking into account any other Transactions hereunder with an overlapping Unwind Period, be in compliance with the safe harbor provided by Rule 10b-18(b) under the Exchange Act and (B) based on advice of counsel, would not raise material risks under applicable securities laws, other than as a result of activities by Dealer unrelated to any Transaction, or (y) due to the lack of sufficient liquidity in the Shares (each, a “Trading Condition”); or

 

 

 

 

 

 

(B)

to all or a portion of the Settlement Shares designated in such Settlement Notice if, on any day during the relevant Unwind Period, (I) the trading price per Share on the Exchange (as determined by Dealer in a commercially reasonable manner) is below the Threshold Price or (II) Dealer determines, in its good faith and commercially reasonable judgment or based on advice of counsel, as applicable, that a Trading Condition has occurred with respect to such Transaction, in which case the provisions set forth below in the fourth paragraph opposite “Early Valuation” shall apply as if such day were the Early Valuation Date for such Transaction and (x) for purposes of clause (i) of such paragraph, such day shall be the last Unwind Date of such Unwind Period and the “Unwound Shares” shall be calculated to, and including, such day and (y) for purposes of clause (ii) of such paragraph, the “Remaining Shares” shall be equal to the number of

 

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Settlement Shares designated in such Settlement Notice minus the Unwound Shares determined in accordance with clause (x) of this sentence.

 

 

 

Threshold Price:

 

For each Transaction, as specified in the Supplemental Confirmation for such Transaction, to be 50% of the Initial Forward Price for such Transaction.

 

 

 

Electing Party:

 

Counterparty

 

 

 

Settlement Method Election Date:

 

With respect to any Settlement of any Transaction, the second Scheduled Trading Day immediately preceding (x) the Valuation Date for such Transaction, in the case of Physical Settlement, or (y) the First Unwind Date for such Transaction, in the case of Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement.

 

 

 

Default Settlement Method:

 

Physical Settlement

 

 

 

Physical Settlement:

 

Notwithstanding Section 9.2(a)(i) of the Equity Definitions, on the Settlement Date for any Physical Settlement of any Transaction, Dealer shall pay to Counterparty an amount equal to the Forward Price for such Transaction on the relevant Settlement Date multiplied by the number of Settlement Shares for such Settlement, and Counterparty shall deliver to Dealer such Settlement Shares.

 

 

 

Settlement Date:

 

For any Settlement of any Transaction to which Physical Settlement is applicable, the Valuation Date for such Settlement.

 

 

 

Net Share Settlement:

 

On the Net Share Settlement Date for any Settlement of any Transaction to which Net Share Settlement is applicable, if the Net Share Settlement Amount for such Settlement is greater than zero, Counterparty shall deliver a number of Shares equal to such Net Share Settlement Amount (rounded down to the nearest integer) to Dealer, and if such Net Share Settlement Amount is less than zero, Dealer shall deliver a number of Shares equal to the absolute value of such Net Share Settlement Amount (rounded down to the nearest integer) to Counterparty, in either case, in accordance with Section 9.4 of the Equity Definitions, with such Net Share Settlement

 

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Date deemed to be a “Settlement Date” for purposes of such Section 9.4, and, in either case, plus cash in lieu of any fractional Shares included in such Net Share Settlement Amount but not delivered due to rounding required hereby, valued at the relevant Settlement Price.

 

 

 

Net Share Settlement Date:

 

For any Settlement of any Transaction to which Net Share Settlement is applicable, the date that follows the Valuation Date for such Settlement by one Settlement Cycle.

 

 

 

Net Share Settlement Amount:

 

For any Settlement of any Transaction to which Net Share Settlement is applicable, an amount equal to the Forward Cash Settlement Amount for such Settlement divided by the Settlement Price for such Settlement.

 

 

 

Forward Cash Settlement Amount:

 

Notwithstanding Section 8.5(c) of the Equity Definitions, the Forward Cash Settlement Amount for any Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement of any Transaction shall be equal to (i) the number of Settlement Shares for such Settlement multiplied by (ii) an amount equal to (A) the Settlement Price for such Settlement minus (B) the Relevant Forward Price for such Settlement.

 

 

 

Relevant Forward Price:

 

For any Cash Settlement of any Transaction, subject to “Cash Settlement Valuation Disruption” above, the arithmetic average of the Forward Prices for such Transaction on each Unwind Date relating to such Settlement.

 

 

 

 

 

For any Net Share Settlement of any Transaction, the weighted average of the Forward Prices for such Transaction on each Unwind Date relating to such Settlement (weighted based on the number of Shares purchased by Dealer or its agent or affiliate on each such Unwind Date in connection with unwinding its commercially reasonable hedge position in connection with such Settlement, as determined by the Calculation Agent).

 

 

 

Settlement Price:

 

For any Cash Settlement of any Transaction, subject to “Cash Settlement Valuation Disruption” above, the arithmetic average of the 10b-18 VWAP on each Unwind Date relating to such Settlement, plus a

 

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commercially reasonable amount determined by the Calculation Agent that in no event will exceed USD 0.05.

 

 

 

 

 

For any Net Share Settlement of any Transaction, the weighted average price of the purchases of Shares made by Dealer (or its agent or affiliate) during the Unwind Period for such Settlement in connection with unwinding its commercially reasonable hedge position relating to such Settlement (weighted based on the number of Shares purchased by Dealer or its agent or affiliate on each Unwind Date in connection with unwinding its commercially reasonable hedge position in connection with such Settlement, as determined by the Calculation Agent), plus a commercially reasonable amount determined by the Calculation Agent that in no event will exceed USD 0.03.

 

 

 

10b-18 VWAP:

 

For any Exchange Business Day, as determined by the Calculation Agent based on the 10b-18 Volume Weighted Average Price per Share as reported in the composite transactions for United States exchanges and quotation systems for the regular trading session (including any extensions thereof) of the Exchange on such Exchange Business Day (without regard to pre-open or after hours trading outside of such regular trading session for such Exchange Business Day), as published by Bloomberg at 4:15 p.m. New York City time (or 15 minutes following the end of any extension of the regular trading session) on such Exchange Business Day, on Bloomberg page “STAG <Equity> AQR SEC” (or any successor thereto), or if such price is not so reported on such Exchange Business Day for any reason or is, in the Calculation Agent’s reasonable determination, erroneous, such 10b-18 VWAP shall be as reasonably determined by the Calculation Agent. For purposes of calculating the 10b-18 VWAP for such Exchange Business Day, the Calculation Agent will include only those trades that are reported during the period of time during which Counterparty could purchase its own shares under Rule 10b-18(b)(2) and are effected pursuant to the conditions of Rule 10b-18(b)(3), each under the Exchange Act (such trades, “Rule 10b-18 eligible transactions”).

 

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Unwind Activities:

 

The times and prices at which Dealer (or its agent or affiliate) purchases any Shares during any Unwind Period in connection with unwinding its commercially reasonable hedge position in respect of each Transaction shall be determined by Dealer in a commercially reasonable manner. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, in the event that Dealer concludes, in its reasonable discretion based on advice of counsel, that it is appropriate with respect to any legal, regulatory or self-regulatory requirements or related policies and procedures (whether or not such requirements, policies or procedures are imposed by law or have been voluntarily adopted by Dealer) (a “Regulatory Disruption”) for it to refrain from purchasing Shares in connection with unwinding its commercially reasonable hedge position in respect of such Transaction on any Scheduled Trading Day that would have been an Unwind Date but for the occurrence of a Regulatory Disruption, Dealer may (but shall not be required to) notify Counterparty in writing that a Regulatory Disruption has occurred on such Scheduled Trading Day with respect to such Transaction, in which case Dealer shall, to the extent practicable in its good faith discretion, specify the nature of such Regulatory Disruption. In such an instance, the Regulatory Disruption shall be deemed to be a Market Disruption Event and, for the avoidance of doubt, such Scheduled Trading Day shall be a Disrupted Day in full. Dealer may exercise its right in respect of any Regulatory Disruption only in good faith in relation to events or circumstances that are not the result of actions of it or any of its Affiliates that are taken with the intent to avoid its obligations under the Transactions.

 

 

 

Relevant Settlement Date:

 

For any Settlement of any Transaction, the Settlement Date, Cash Settlement Payment Date or Net Share Settlement Date for such Settlement, as the case may be.

 

 

 

Other Applicable Provisions:

 

To the extent Dealer is obligated to deliver Shares under any Transaction, the provisions of Sections 9.2 (last sentence only), 9.8, 9.9, 9.10, 9.11 and 9.12 of the Equity Definitions will be applicable as if “Physical Settlement” applied to such Transaction; provided that the Representation and Agreement

 

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contained in Section 9.11 of the Equity Definitions shall be modified by excluding any representations therein relating to restrictions, obligations, limitations or requirements under applicable securities laws that exist as a result of the fact that Counterparty is the issuer of the Shares.

 

 

 

Share Adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

Potential Adjustment Events:

 

An Extraordinary Dividend shall not constitute a Potential Adjustment Event. For the avoidance of doubt, a cash dividend on the Shares that differs from expected dividends as of the first Trading Day of the Forward Hedge Selling Period for such Transaction shall not be a Potential Adjustment Event under Section 11.2(e)(vii) of the Equity Definitions with respect to such Transaction.

 

 

 

Extraordinary Dividend:

 

For any Transaction, any dividend or distribution on the Shares with an ex-dividend date occurring on any day following the first Trading Day of the Forward Hedge Selling Period for such Transaction (other than (i) any dividend or distribution of the type described in Section 11.2(e)(i) or Section 11.2(e)(ii)(A) of the Equity Definitions or (ii) a regular, monthly cash dividend in an amount equal to or less than the Regular Dividend Amount for such calendar month for such Transaction that has an ex-dividend date no earlier than the Forward Price Reduction Date occurring in the relevant month for such Transaction).

 

 

 

Regular Dividend Amount:

 

For each Transaction and for each calendar month from and including the calendar month in which the first Trading Day of the Forward Hedge Selling Period for such Transaction occurs to and including the calendar month in which the Maturity Date occurs, the amount set forth under the heading “Regular Dividend Amounts” in the Accepted Placement Notice for such Transaction and for such calendar month (or, if no such amount is specified, zero), as specified in Schedule I to the Supplemental Confirmation for such Transaction. For the avoidance of doubt, Counterparty may not specify a Regular Dividend Amount in an Accepted Placement Notice for a particular calendar month that exceeds the Forward Price Reduction Amount for the

 

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Forward Price Reduction Date that occurs in such calendar month (or, if none, that exceeds zero).

 

 

 

Method of Adjustment:

 

Calculation Agent Adjustment

 

 

 

Extraordinary Events:

 

 

 

 

 

Extraordinary Events:

 

The consequences that would otherwise apply under Article 12 of the Equity Definitions (as modified herein) to any applicable Extraordinary Event (excluding any Failure to Deliver, Increased Cost of Hedging, Increased Cost of Stock Borrow, Loss of Stock Borrow or any Extraordinary Event that also constitutes a Bankruptcy Termination Event, but including, for the avoidance of doubt, any other applicable Additional Disruption Event) shall not apply.

 

 

 

Tender Offer:

 

Applicable; provided that Section 12.1(d) of the Equity Definitions shall be amended by replacing the reference therein to “10%” with a reference to “20%”.

 

 

 

Delisting:

 

In addition to the provisions of Section 12.6(a)(iii) of the Equity Definitions, it shall also constitute a Delisting if the Exchange is located in the United States and the Shares are not immediately re-listed, re-traded or re-quoted on any of the New York Stock Exchange, the NASDAQ Global Select Market or the NASDAQ Global Market (or their respective successors); if the Shares are immediately re-listed, re-traded or re-quoted on any such exchange or quotation system, such exchange or quotation system shall be deemed to be the Exchange.

 

 

 

Additional Disruption Events:

 

 

 

 

 

Change in Law:

 

Applicable; provided that (A) any determination as to whether (i) the adoption of or any change in any applicable law or regulation (including, without limitation, any tax law) or (ii) the promulgation of or any change in or announcement or statement of the formal or informal interpretation by any court, tribunal or regulatory authority with competent jurisdiction of any applicable law or regulation (including any action taken by a taxing authority), in each case, constitutes a “Change in Law” shall be

 

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made without regard to Section 739 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 or any similar legal certainty provision in any legislation enacted, or rule or regulation promulgated, on or after the Trade Date, (B) Section 12.9(a)(ii) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended (i) by adding the words “(including, for the avoidance of doubt and without limitation, adoption or promulgation of new regulations authorized or mandated by existing statute)” after the word “regulation” in the second line thereof and (ii) by replacing the words “the interpretation” with the words “or announcement or statement of any formal or informal interpretation” in the third line thereof and (C) the words “, unless the illegality is due to an act or omission of the party seeking to elect termination of the Transaction with the intent to avoid its obligations under the terms of the Transaction” are added immediately following the word “Transaction” in the fifth line thereof; and provided further that Section 12.9(a)(ii) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by adding the phrase “and/or Hedge Position” after the word “Shares” in clause (X) thereof and (iii) by immediately following the word “Transaction” in clause (X) thereof, adding the phrase “in the manner contemplated by the Hedging Party on the Trade Date”.

 

 

 

Failure to Deliver:

 

Applicable with respect to a Transaction if Dealer is required to deliver Shares under such Transaction; otherwise, Not Applicable.

 

 

 

Hedging Disruption:

 

Applicable

 

 

 

Increased Cost of Hedging:

 

Applicable; provided that Section 12.9(b)(vi) of the Equity Definitions shall be amended by (i) adding “or” before clause (B) of the second sentence thereof, (ii) deleting clause (C) of the second sentence thereof and (iii) deleting the third and fourth sentences thereof.

 

 

 

Increased Cost of Stock Borrow:

 

Applicable; provided that Section 12.9(b)(v) of the Equity Definitions shall be amended by (i) adding “or” before clause (B) of the second sentence thereof, (ii) deleting clause (C) of the second sentence thereof and (iii) deleting the third, fourth and fifth sentences thereof. For the avoidance of doubt, upon the

 

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announcement of any event that, if consummated, would result in a Merger Event or Tender Offer, the term “rate to borrow Shares” as used in Section 12.9(a)(viii) of the Equity Definitions shall include any commercially reasonable cost borne or amount payable by the Hedging Party in respect of maintaining or reestablishing its hedge position with respect to the relevant Transaction, including, but not limited to, any assessment or other amount payable by the Hedging Party to a lender of Shares in respect of any merger or tender offer premium, as applicable.

 

 

 

Initial Stock Loan Rate:

 

For each Transaction, as specified in the Supplemental Confirmation for such Transaction.

 

 

 

Loss of Stock Borrow:

 

Applicable; provided that Section 12.9(b)(iv) of the Equity Definitions shall be amended by (i) deleting clause (A) of the first sentence thereof in its entirety and (ii) replacing the words “neither the Non-Hedging Party nor the Lending Party lends” with “the Lending Party does not lend” in the second sentence thereof. The Lending Party may not be the Issuer or an affiliate of the Issuer.

 

 

 

Maximum Stock Loan Rate:

 

For each Transaction, as specified in the Supplemental Confirmation for such Transaction.

 

 

 

Hedging Party:

 

For all applicable Additional Disruption Events, Dealer.

 

 

 

Determining Party:

 

For all applicable Extraordinary Events, Dealer.

 

 

 

Early Valuation:

 

 

 

 

 

Early Valuation:

 

For any Transaction, notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, in the Agreement, in any Supplemental Confirmation or in the Equity Definitions, at any time (x) following the occurrence of (1) a Hedging Event with respect to such Transaction, (2) the declaration by Issuer of an Extraordinary Dividend, or (3) an ISDA Event with respect to such Transaction or (y) if an Excess Section 13 Ownership Position, an Excess NYSE Ownership Position or an Excess Regulatory Ownership Position exists, Dealer (or, in the case of such an ISDA Event that is an Event of Default or Termination Event, the party entitled to designate an

 

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Early Termination Date in respect of such event pursuant to Section 6 of the Agreement) shall have the right to designate any Scheduled Trading Day to be the “Early Valuation Date” for such Transaction, in which case the provisions set forth in this “Early Valuation” section shall apply to such Transaction, which right shall be, other than in the case of an Event of Default under Section 5(a)(vii) of the Agreement with respect to which Dealer is the sole Defaulting Party, in lieu of those specified in Section 6 of the Agreement. For the avoidance of doubt, any amount calculated pursuant to this “Early Valuation” section as a result of an Extraordinary Dividend shall not be adjusted by the value associated with such Extraordinary Dividend.

 

 

 

 

 

Dealer represents and warrants to and agrees with Counterparty that (i) based upon advice of counsel, Dealer (A) does not know of the existence on the first Trading Day of the relevant Forward Hedge Selling Period of an Excess Section 13 Ownership Position, an Excess NYSE Ownership Position or an Excess Regulatory Ownership Position and (B) based on reasonable internal inquiry in the ordinary course of Dealer’s business does not know on the first Trading Day of the relevant Forward Hedge Selling Period of any event or circumstance that will cause the occurrence of an Excess Section 13 Ownership Position, an Excess NYSE Ownership Position or an Excess Regulatory Ownership Position on any day during the term of such Transaction; and (ii) Dealer will not knowingly cause the occurrence of an Excess Section 13 Ownership Position, an Excess NYSE Ownership Position or an Excess Regulatory Ownership Position on any day during the term of any Transaction for the purpose, in whole or in part, of causing the occurrence of an Early Valuation Date.

 

 

 

 

 

If an Early Valuation Date for a Transaction occurs on a date that is not during an Unwind Period for such Transaction, then such Early Valuation Date shall be a Valuation Date for a Physical Settlement of such Transaction, and the number of Settlement Shares for such Settlement shall be the Number of Shares on such Early Valuation Date; provided that Dealer may in its sole discretion permit Counterparty to elect Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement in

 

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respect of such Transaction. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Master Confirmation, any Supplemental Confirmation, the Agreement or the Equity Definitions, if Dealer designates an Early Valuation Date with respect to a Transaction (1) following the occurrence of an ISDA Event and such Early Valuation Date is to occur before the date that is one Settlement Cycle after the last day of the Forward Hedge Selling Period for such Transaction or (2) prior to the Counterparty’s execution of the Supplemental Confirmation relating to such Transaction, then, for purposes of such Early Valuation Date, (i) a Supplemental Confirmation relating to such Transaction reasonably completed by Dealer shall, notwithstanding the provisions under Section 3 below, be deemed to be effective; and (ii) in the case of (1), the Forward Price shall be deemed to be the Initial Forward Price (calculated assuming that the last Trading Day of such Forward Hedge Selling Period were the day immediately following the date Dealer so notifies Counterparty of such designation of an Early Valuation Date for purposes of such Early Valuation Date).

 

 

 

 

 

If an Early Valuation Date for a Transaction occurs during an Unwind Period for such Transaction, then (i) (A) the last Unwind Date of such Unwind Period shall be deemed to be such Early Valuation Date, (B) a Settlement shall occur in respect of such Unwind Period, and the Settlement Method elected by Counterparty in respect of such Settlement shall apply, and (C) the number of Settlement Shares for such Settlement shall be the number of Unwound Shares for such Unwind Period on such Early Valuation Date, and (ii) (A) such Early Valuation Date shall be a Valuation Date for an additional Physical Settlement of such Transaction (provided that Dealer may in its sole discretion elect that the Settlement Method elected by Counterparty for the Settlement described in clause (i) of this sentence shall apply) and (B) the number of Settlement Shares for such additional Settlement shall be the number of Remaining Shares on such Early Valuation Date.

 

 

 

 

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the case of a Nationalization or Merger Event, if at the time of the related Relevant Settlement Date the Shares have

 

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changed into cash or any other property or the right to receive cash or any other property, the Calculation Agent shall adjust the nature of the Shares as it determines appropriate to account for such change such that the nature of the Shares is consistent with what shareholders receive in such event.

 

 

 

ISDA Event:

 

(i) Any Event of Default or Termination Event, other than an Event of Default or Termination Event that also constitutes a Bankruptcy Termination Event, that gives rise to the right of either party to designate an Early Termination Date pursuant to Section 6 of the Agreement or (ii) the announcement of any event or transaction on or after the first Trading Day of the Forward Hedge Selling Period for such Transaction that, if consummated, would result in a Merger Event, Tender Offer, Nationalization, Delisting or Change in Law, in each case, as determined by the Calculation Agent; provided that, in the case of a Merger Event, only an announcement of such event or transaction by Counterparty will constitute an ISDA Event.

 

 

 

Amendment to Merger Event:

 

Section 12.1(b) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by deleting the remainder of such Section beginning with the words “in each case if the Merger Date is on or before” in the fourth to last line thereof.

 

 

 

Hedging Event:

 

In respect of any Transaction, the occurrence or existence of any of the following events on or following the first Trading Day of the Forward Hedge Selling Period: (i) (x) a Loss of Stock Borrow in connection with which Counterparty does not refer the Hedging Party to a satisfactory Lending Party that lends Shares in the amount of the Hedging Shares within the required time period as provided in Section 12.9(b)(iv) of the Equity Definitions or (y) a Hedging Disruption, (ii) (A) an Increased Cost of Stock Borrow or (B) an Increased Cost of Hedging in connection with which, in the case of sub-clause (A) or (B), Counterparty does not elect, and so notify the Hedging Party of its election, in each case, within the required time period to either amend such Transaction pursuant to Section 12.9(b)(v)(A) or Section 12.9(b)(vi)(A) of the Equity Definitions, as applicable, or pay an amount determined by the Calculation Agent that corresponds to the relevant

 

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Price Adjustment pursuant to Section 12.9(b)(v)(B) or Section 12.9(b)(vi)(B) of the Equity Definitions, as applicable, or (iii) a Market Disruption Event during an Unwind Period for such Transaction and the continuance of such Market Disruption Event for at least eight Scheduled Trading Days. In respect of any Transaction, if a Hedging Event occurs or exists with respect to such Transaction on or after the first Trading Day of the Forward Hedge Selling Period (as each such term is defined in the Equity Distribution Agreement) for such Transaction and prior to the Trade Date for such Transaction, the Calculation Agent may reduce the Initial Forward Price to account for such Hedging Event and any costs or expenses reasonably incurred by Dealer as a result of such Hedging Event.

 

 

 

Remaining Shares:

 

For any Transaction, on any day, the Number of Shares for such Transaction as of such day (or, if such day occurs during an Unwind Period for such Transaction, the Number of Shares for such Transaction as of such day minus the Unwound Shares for such Transaction for such Unwind Period on such day).

 

 

 

Unwound Shares:

 

For any Transaction, for any Unwind Period in respect of such Transaction on any day, the aggregate number of Shares with respect to which Dealer has unwound its commercially reasonable hedge position in respect of such Transaction in connection with the related Settlement as of such day.

 

 

 

Acknowledgements:

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Reliance:

 

Applicable

 

 

 

Agreements and Acknowledgements Regarding Hedging Activities:

 

Applicable

 

 

 

Additional Acknowledgements:

 

Applicable

 

 

 

Transfer:

 

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Agreement, Dealer may assign, transfer and set over all rights, title and interest, powers, privileges and remedies of Dealer under any Transaction to an affiliate of Dealer, with the prior written consent of Counterparty, such consent not to be unreasonably

 

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withheld or delayed.

 

 

 

Calculation Agent:

 

Dealer; provided that, following the occurrence and during the continuation of an Event of Default pursuant to Section 5(a)(vii) of the Agreement with respect to which Dealer is the sole Defaulting Party, Counterparty shall have the right to select a leading dealer in the market for U.S. corporate equity derivatives reasonably acceptable to Dealer to replace Dealer as Calculation Agent, and the parties shall work in good faith to execute any appropriate documentation required by such replacement Calculation Agent. Following any determination or calculation by the Calculation Agent hereunder, upon a written request by Counterparty, the Calculation Agent will, within a commercially reasonable period of time following such request, provide to Counterparty by e-mail to the e-mail address provided by Counterparty in such written request a report (in a commonly used file format for the storage and manipulation of financial data) displaying in reasonable detail the basis for such determination or calculation, as the case may be; provided that Dealer shall not be required to disclose any proprietary or confidential models of Dealer or any information that is proprietary or subject to contractual, legal or regulatory obligations to not disclose such information.

 

 

 

Counterparty Payment/Delivery Instructions:

 

To be provided by Counterparty.

 

 

 

Dealer Payment/Delivery Instructions:

 

To be provided by Dealer.

 

 

 

Counterparty’s Contact Details for Purpose of Giving Notice:

 

To be provided by Counterparty.

 

 

 

Dealer’s Contact Details for Purpose of Giving Notice:

 

[·]
Attn: [·]
Telephone: [·]
Email: [·]

 

 

 

Offices:

 

The Office of Counterparty for each Transaction is: Inapplicable, Counterparty is not a Multibranch Party.

 

 

 

 

 

[The Office of Dealer for each Transaction is: [New

 

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York]][Dealer is a Multibranch Party and for each Transaction may act through its London, Chicago and Toronto Offices](1)

 

3.                                      Effectiveness.

 

The effectiveness of each Supplemental Confirmation and the related Transaction on the Effective Date for such Supplemental Confirmation shall be subject to the satisfaction (or waiver by Dealer) of the following conditions:

 

(a)                                 the representations and warranties of Counterparty and the Operating Partnership contained in the Equity Distribution Agreement, and any certificate delivered pursuant thereto by Counterparty or the Operating Partnership shall be true and correct on such Effective Date as if made as of such Effective Date;

 

(b)                                 Counterparty shall have performed all of the obligations required to be performed by it under the Equity Distribution Agreement on or prior to such Effective Date;

 

(c)                                  all of the conditions set forth in Section 9 of the Equity Distribution Agreement shall have been satisfied;

 

(d)                                 the effective date of the Accepted Placement Notice (the “Placement Date”) shall have occurred as provided in the Equity Distribution Agreement;

 

(e)                                  all of the representations and warranties of Counterparty hereunder and under the Agreement shall be true and correct on such Effective Date as if made as of such Effective Date;

 

(f)                                   Counterparty shall have performed all of the obligations required to be performed by it hereunder and under the Agreement on or prior to such Effective Date, including without limitation its obligations under Section 6 hereof; and

 

(g)                                  Counterparty shall, if requested by Dealer prior to the commencement of the Forward Hedge Selling Period, have delivered to Dealer an opinion of Maryland counsel in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to Dealer, with respect to the matters set forth in Section 3(a)(i)—(iv) of the Agreement and that the maximum number of Shares initially issuable under such Transaction have been duly authorized and, upon issuance pursuant to the terms of such Transaction, will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing or any other provision of this Master Confirmation or any Supplemental Confirmation, if in respect of any Transaction (x) on or prior to 9:00 a.m., New York City time, on any Settlement Date (as defined in the Equity Distribution Agreement), in connection with Dealer establishing Dealer’s commercially reasonable hedge position in respect of such Transaction, in Dealer’s sole judgment, Dealer is unable, after using commercially reasonable efforts, to borrow and deliver for sale the full number of Shares to be borrowed and sold pursuant to the Equity Distribution Agreement on such Settlement Date or (y) in Dealer’s

 


(1)  NTD: To be included for BMO.

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sole judgment, Dealer would incur a stock loan cost of more than a rate equal to the Maximum Stock Loan Rate for such Transaction with respect to all or any portion of such full number of Shares, the effectiveness of the related Supplemental Confirmation and such Transaction shall be limited to the number of Shares Dealer is so able to borrow in connection with establishing its commercially reasonable hedge position of such Transaction at a cost of not more than a rate equal to the Maximum Stock Loan Rate for such Transaction, which, for the avoidance of doubt, may be zero.

 

4.                                      Additional Mutual Representations and Warranties.  In addition to the representations and warranties in the Agreement, each party represents and warrants to the other party that it is an “eligible contract participant”, as defined in the U.S. Commodity Exchange Act (as amended), and an “accredited investor” as defined in Section 2(a)(15)(ii) of the Securities Act of 1933 (as amended) (the “Securities Act”), and is entering into each Transaction hereunder as principal and not for the benefit of any third party.

 

5.                                      Additional Representations and Warranties of Counterparty and the Operating Partnership.  The representations and warranties of Counterparty and the Operating Partnership set forth in Section 5 of the Equity Distribution Agreement are true and correct as of the date hereof, each Placement Date, each Trade Date for any Transaction and each “Forward Hedge Settlement Date” (as defined in the Equity Distribution Agreement) and are hereby deemed to be repeated to Dealer as if set forth herein.  In addition to the representations and warranties in Section 5 of the Equity Distribution Agreement, the Agreement and those contained elsewhere herein, Counterparty represents and warrants to Dealer, and agrees with Dealer, that:

 

(a)                                 without limiting the generality of Section 13.1 of the Equity Definitions, it acknowledges that Dealer is not making any representations or warranties with respect to the treatment of any Transaction, including without limitation ASC Topic 260, Earnings Per Share, ASC Topic 815, Derivatives and Hedging, ASC Topic 480, Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity, ASC 815-40, Derivatives and Hedging — Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity (or any successor issue statements) or under the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Liabilities & Equity Project;

 

(b)                                 Counterparty shall not take any action to reduce or decrease the number of authorized and unissued Shares below the sum of (i) the aggregate Number of Shares across all Transactions hereunder plus (ii) the total number of Shares issuable upon settlement (whether by net share settlement or otherwise) of any other transaction or agreement to which it is a party;

 

(c)                                  Counterparty will not repurchase any Shares if, immediately following such repurchase, the aggregate Number of Shares across all Transactions hereunder would be equal to or greater than 4.5% of the number of then-outstanding Shares and it will notify Dealer promptly upon the announcement or consummation of any repurchase of Shares in an amount that, taken together with the amount of all repurchases since the date of the last such notice exceeds 0.5% of the number of then-outstanding Shares (or, in the case of the first such notice would result in the aggregate Number of Shares across all Transactions hereunder being equal to or greater than 3.5% of the number of then-outstanding Shares);

 

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(d)                                 it is not entering into this Master Confirmation or any Supplemental Confirmation to create actual or apparent trading activity in the Shares (or any security convertible into or exchangeable for Shares), or to raise or depress or otherwise manipulate the price of the Shares (or any security convertible into or exchangeable for Shares) for the purpose of inducing the purchase or sale of the Shares (or any security convertible into or exchangeable for Shares) by others;

 

(e)                                  it is not aware of any material non-public information regarding itself or the Shares; it is entering into this Master Confirmation and each Supplemental Confirmation and will provide any Settlement Notice in good faith and not as part of a plan or scheme to evade compliance with Rule 10b-5 or any other provision of the federal securities laws; it has not entered into or altered any hedging transaction relating to the Shares corresponding to or offsetting any Transaction; and it has consulted with its own advisors as to the legal aspects of its adoption and implementation of this Master Confirmation and each Supplemental Confirmation under Rule 10b5-1 under the Exchange Act (“Rule 10b5-1”);

 

(f)                                   as of the date hereof and the Trade Date for each Transaction no state or local (including non-U.S. jurisdictions) law, rule, regulation or regulatory order applicable to the Shares would give rise to any reporting, consent, registration or other requirement (including without limitation a requirement to obtain prior approval from any person or entity) as a result of Dealer or its affiliates owning or holding (however defined) Shares; provided that Counterparty makes no such representation or warranty regarding any such requirement that is applicable generally to the ownership of equity securities by Dealer;

 

(g)                                  as of the date hereof, the Trade Date for each Transaction and the date of any payment or delivery by Counterparty or Dealer under any Transaction, it is not and will not be “insolvent” (as such term is defined under Section 101(32) of the Bankruptcy Code);

 

(h)                                 it is not as of the date hereof, and on the Trade Date for each Transaction and after giving effect to the transactions contemplated hereby and by each Supplemental Confirmation will not be, required to register as an “investment company” as such term is defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended;

 

(i)                                     as of the date hereof and the Trade Date for each Transaction, it:  (i) is an “institutional account” as defined in FINRA Rule 4512(c); and (ii) is capable of evaluating investment strategies involving a security or securities, and will exercise independent judgment in evaluating any recommendations of Dealer or its associated persons; and

 

(j)                                    IT UNDERSTANDS AS OF THE DATE HEREOF AND AS OF THE TRADE DATE FOR EACH TRANSACTION THAT EACH TRANSACTION IS SUBJECT TO COMPLEX RISKS WHICH MAY ARISE WITHOUT WARNING AND MAY AT TIMES BE VOLATILE AND THAT LOSSES MAY OCCUR QUICKLY AND IN UNANTICIPATED MAGNITUDE AND IS WILLING TO ACCEPT SUCH TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND ASSUME (FINANCIALLY AND OTHERWISE) SUCH RISKS.

 

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6.                                      Additional Covenants of Counterparty.

 

(a)                                 Counterparty acknowledges and agrees that any Shares delivered by Counterparty to Dealer on any Settlement Date or Net Share Settlement Date for any Transaction will be (i) newly issued, (ii) approved for listing or quotation on the Exchange, subject to official notice of issuance, and (iii) registered under the Exchange Act, and, when delivered by Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) to securities lenders from whom Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) borrowed Shares in connection with hedging its exposure to such Transaction, will be freely saleable without further registration or other restrictions under the Securities Act in the hands of those securities lenders, irrespective of whether any such stock loan is effected by Dealer or an affiliate of Dealer.  Accordingly, Counterparty agrees that any Shares so delivered will not bear a restrictive legend and will be deposited in, and the delivery thereof shall be effected through the facilities of, the Clearance System.  In addition, Counterparty represents and agrees that any such Shares shall be, upon such delivery, duly and validly authorized, issued and outstanding, fully paid and nonassessable, free of any lien, charge, claim or other encumbrance.

 

(b)                                 Counterparty agrees that Counterparty shall not enter into or alter any hedging transaction relating to the Shares corresponding to or offsetting any Transaction.  Without limiting the generality of the provisions set forth opposite the caption “Unwind Activities” in Section 2 of this Master Confirmation, Counterparty acknowledges that it has no right to, and agrees that it will not seek to, control or influence Dealer’s decision to make any “purchases or sales” (within the meaning of Rule 10b5-1(c)(1)(i)(B)(3)) under the Exchange Act or in connection with any Transaction, including, without limitation, Dealer’s decision to enter into any hedging transactions.

 

(c)                                  Counterparty acknowledges and agrees that any amendment, modification or waiver of this Master Confirmation or any Supplemental Confirmation must be effected in accordance with the requirements for the amendment or termination of a “plan” as defined in Rule 10b5-1(c).  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, any such amendment, modification or waiver shall be made in good faith and not as part of a plan or scheme to evade the prohibitions of Rule 10b-5, and no such amendment, modification or waiver shall be made at any time at which Counterparty is aware of any material non-public information regarding Counterparty or the Shares.

 

(d)                                 Counterparty shall promptly provide notice thereof to Dealer (i) upon the occurrence of any event that would constitute an Event of Default or a Termination Event in respect of which Counterparty is a Defaulting Party or an Affected Party, as the case may be, and (ii) upon announcement of any event that, if consummated, would constitute an Extraordinary Event or Potential Adjustment Event.

 

(e)                                  Neither Counterparty nor any of its “affiliated purchasers” (as defined by Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act (“Rule 10b-18”)) shall take any action that would cause any purchases of Shares by Dealer or any of its Affiliates in connection with any Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement of any Transaction not to meet the requirements of the safe harbor provided by Rule 10b-18 if such purchases were made by Counterparty.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, during any Unwind Period for any Transaction, except with the prior written consent of Dealer, Counterparty will not, and will cause its affiliated purchasers (as defined in Rule 10b-18) not to, directly or indirectly (including, without limitation, by means of a derivative instrument) purchase, offer to purchase, place any bid or limit order that would effect

 

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a purchase of, or announce or commence any tender offer relating to, any Shares (or equivalent interest, including a unit of beneficial interest in a trust or limited partnership or a depository share) or any security convertible into or exchangeable for the Shares.

 

(f)                                   Counterparty will not be subject to any “restricted period” (as such term is defined in Regulation M promulgated under the Exchange Act (“Regulation M”)) in respect of Shares or any security with respect to which the Shares are a “reference security” (as such term is defined in Regulation M) during any Unwind Period for any Transaction.

 

(g)                                  Counterparty shall:  (i) not, during any Unwind Period, make, and will use its commercially reasonable efforts to not permit to be made to the extent within its control, any public announcement (as defined in Rule 165(f) under the Securities Act) of any Merger Transaction unless such public announcement is made prior to the opening or after the close of the regular trading session on the Exchange; (ii) promptly (but in any event prior to the next opening of the regular trading session on the Exchange) notify Dealer following any such announcement that such announcement has been made; (iii) promptly (but in any event prior to the next opening of the regular trading session on the Exchange) provide Dealer with written notice specifying (A) Counterparty’s average daily Rule 10b-18 Purchases (as defined in Rule 10b-18) during the three full calendar months immediately preceding the announcement date for the Merger Transaction that were not effected through Dealer or its affiliates and (B) the number of Shares purchased pursuant to the proviso in Rule 10b-18(b)(4) under the Exchange Act for the three full calendar months preceding such announcement date.  Such written notice shall be deemed to be a certification by Counterparty to Dealer that such information is true and correct.  In addition, Counterparty shall promptly notify Dealer of the earlier to occur of the completion of such transaction and the completion of the vote by target shareholders.  Counterparty acknowledges that any such notice may result in a Regulatory Disruption, a Trading Condition or, if such notice relates to an event that is also an ISDA Event, an Early Valuation, or may affect the length of any ongoing Unwind Period.  Accordingly, Counterparty acknowledges that its delivery of such notice must comply with the standards set forth in Section 6(c) above.  “Merger Transaction” means any merger, acquisition or similar transaction involving a recapitalization as contemplated by Rule 10b-18(a)(13)(iv) under the Exchange Act.  For the avoidance of doubt, a Merger Transaction or the announcement thereof shall not give either party the right to designate an Early Valuation Date for any Transaction and/or to accelerate or preclude an election by Counterparty of Physical Settlement for any Settlement of any Transaction, unless such Merger Transaction or the announcement thereof is also an ISDA Event.

 

(h)                                 Counterparty will promptly execute each properly completed Supplemental Confirmation delivered to Counterparty by Dealer.

 

(i)                                     Counterparty represents to Dealer that Dealer, solely in its capacity as “Forward Purchaser” or “Forward Seller” (each as defined in the Equity Distribution Agreement) and solely with respect to its entering into and consummating the transactions contemplated by this Master Confirmation and the Equity Distribution Agreement (including any “Forward Contract” thereunder) either (x) will not collectively with the other Forward Purchasers or Forward Sellers under the Alternative Distribution Agreements (as defined in the Equity Distribution Agreement) be a “Person” (as defined in Counterparty’s Articles of Amendment and Restatement, as

 

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amended (the “Charter”)) by virtue of being a member of a “group” (as referenced in the definition of Person in the Charter) with such Forward Purchasers or Forward Sellers or both; or (y) may, to the extent necessary to consummate the transactions contemplated by this Master Confirmation and the Equity Distribution Agreement (including any “Forward Contract” thereunder), “Beneficially Own” and “Constructively Own” Shares in excess of the “Aggregate Stock Ownership Limit” and the “Common Stock Ownership Limit” (each as defined in the Charter) by virtue of entering into transactions described in Section 6.2.6 of the Charter.

 

(j)                                    Counterparty represents to Dealer, in respect of any Transaction, that a number of Shares at least equal to the Capped Number (as defined below) will be reserved for issuance by the Counterparty’s board of directors.

 

7.                                      Termination on Bankruptcy.  The parties hereto agree that, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Agreement or the Equity Definitions, each Transaction constitutes a contract to issue a security of Counterparty as contemplated by Section 365(c)(2) of the Bankruptcy Code and that a Transaction and the obligations and rights of Counterparty and Dealer (except for any liability as a result of breach of any of the representations or warranties provided by Counterparty in Section 4 or Section 5 above) shall immediately terminate, without the necessity of any notice, payment (whether directly, by netting or otherwise) or other action by Counterparty or Dealer, if, on or prior to the final Settlement Date, Cash Settlement Payment Date or Net Share Settlement Date, as the case may be, for such Transaction an Insolvency Filing occurs or any other proceeding commences with respect to Counterparty under the Bankruptcy Code (a “Bankruptcy Termination Event”).

 

8.                                      Additional Provisions.

 

(a)                                 Dealer acknowledges and agrees that Counterparty’s obligations under the Transactions are not secured by any collateral and that neither this Master Confirmation nor any Supplemental Confirmation is intended to convey to Dealer rights with respect to the transactions contemplated hereby and by any Supplemental Confirmation that are senior to the claims of common stockholders in any U.S. bankruptcy proceedings of Counterparty; provided that nothing herein shall limit or shall be deemed to limit Dealer’s right to pursue remedies in the event of a breach by Counterparty of its obligations and agreements with respect to this Master Confirmation, any Supplemental Confirmation or the Agreement; provided further that nothing herein shall limit or shall be deemed to limit Dealer’s rights in respect of any transaction other than the Transactions.

 

(b)                                 [Reserved].

 

(c)                                  The parties hereto intend for:

 

(i)                                     each Transaction to be a “securities contract” as defined in Section 741(7) of the Bankruptcy Code, and the parties hereto to be entitled to the protections afforded by, among other Sections, Sections 362(b)(6), 362(b)(27), 362(o), 546(e), 546(j), 555 and 561 of the Bankruptcy Code;

 

(ii)                                  the rights given to Dealer pursuant to “Early Valuation” in Section 2 above to constitute “contractual rights” to cause the liquidation of a “securities contract”

 

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and to set off mutual debts and claims in connection with a “securities contract”, as such terms are used in Sections 555 and 362(b)(6) of the Bankruptcy Code;

 

(iii)                               any cash, securities or other property provided as performance assurance, credit support or collateral with respect to the Transactions to constitute “margin payments” and “transfers” under a “securities contract” as defined in the Bankruptcy Code;

 

(iv)                              all payments for, under or in connection with the Transactions, all payments for Shares and the transfer of Shares to constitute “settlement payments” and “transfers” under a “securities contract” as defined in the Bankruptcy Code; and

 

(v)                                 any or all obligations that either party has with respect to this Master Confirmation, any Supplemental Confirmation or the Agreement to constitute property held by or due from such party to margin, guaranty or settle obligations of the other party with respect to the transactions under the Agreement (including the Transactions) or any other agreement between such parties.

 

(d)                                 Notwithstanding any other provision of the Agreement, this Master Confirmation or any Supplemental Confirmation, in no event will Counterparty be required to deliver in the aggregate in respect of all Settlement Dates, Net Share Settlement Dates or other dates on which Shares are delivered in respect of any amount owed under any Transaction a number of Shares greater than two times the Number of Shares for such Transaction as of the Trade Date for such Transaction (the “Capped Number”).  The Capped Number shall be subject to adjustment only on account of (x) Potential Adjustment Events of the type specified in (1) Sections 11.2(e)(i) through (vi) of the Equity Definitions or (2) Section 11.2(e)(vii) of the Equity Definitions so long as, in the case of this sub-clause (2), such event is within Issuer’s control and (y) Merger Events requiring corporate action of Issuer (or any surviving entity of the Issuer hereunder in connection with any such Merger Event).  Counterparty represents and warrants to Dealer (which representation and warranty shall be deemed to be repeated for all Transactions on each day that any Transaction is outstanding) that the aggregate Capped Number across all Transactions hereunder is equal to or less than the number of authorized but unissued Shares that are not reserved for future issuance in connection with transactions in the Shares (other than the Transactions) on the date of the determination of such aggregated Capped Number.  In the event Counterparty shall not have delivered the full number of Shares otherwise deliverable under any Transaction as a result of this Section 8(d) (the resulting deficit for such Transaction, the “Deficit Shares”), Counterparty shall be continually obligated to deliver Shares, from time to time until the full number of Deficit Shares have been delivered pursuant to this paragraph, on a pro rata basis across all Transactions hereunder, when, and to the extent that, (A) Shares are repurchased, acquired or otherwise received by Counterparty or any of its subsidiaries after the date hereof (whether or not in exchange for cash, fair value or any other consideration), (B) authorized and unissued Shares reserved for issuance in respect of other transactions prior to such date which prior to the relevant date become no longer so reserved or (C) Counterparty additionally authorizes any unissued Shares that are not reserved for transactions other than the Transactions (such events as set forth in clauses (A), (B) and (C) above, collectively, the “Share Issuance Events”).  Counterparty shall promptly notify Dealer of the occurrence of any of the Share Issuance Events (including the number of Shares subject to clause (A), (B) or (C) and the

 

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corresponding number of Shares to be delivered for each Transaction) and, as promptly as reasonably practicable, deliver such Shares thereafter.  Counterparty shall not, until Counterparty’s obligations under the Transactions have been satisfied in full, use any Shares that become available for potential delivery to Dealer as a result of any Share Issuance Event for the settlement or satisfaction of any transaction or obligation other than the Transactions or reserve any such Shares for future issuance for any purpose other than to satisfy Counterparty’s obligations to Dealer under the Transactions.

 

(e)                                  The parties intend for this Master Confirmation and each Supplemental Confirmation to constitute a “Contract” as described in the letter dated October 6, 2003 submitted on behalf of Goldman, Sachs & Co. to Paula Dubberly of the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Staff”) to which the Staff responded in an interpretive letter dated October 9, 2003.

 

(f)                                   The parties intend for each Transaction (taking into account purchases of Shares in connection with any Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement of any Transaction) to comply with the requirements of Rule 10b5-1(c)(1)(i)(A) under the Exchange Act and for this Master Confirmation and each Supplemental Confirmation to constitute a binding contract or instruction satisfying the requirements of 10b5-1(c) and to be interpreted to comply with the requirements of Rule 10b5-1(c).

 

(g)                                  [Reserved.] [Dealer is acting as principal in this Transaction and BMO Capital Markets Corp. (the “Agent”), its affiliate, is acting as agent for the Transactions solely in connection with Rule 15a-6 of the Exchange Act. Dealer and Counterparty, each acknowledge and agree that (a) the Agent is acting solely in its capacity as agent, and not as principal with respect to the Transactions, (b) Agent shall have no responsibility, obligation or liability, by way of guarantee, endorsement or otherwise in any manner, in respect of the Transactions (including arising from any failure by Dealer or Counterparty to pay or perform any obligation under the Transactions), and (c) the parties agree to proceed solely against the other party, and not the Agent, to collect or recover in respect of any obligation owed to it in connection with the Transactions. Counterparty acknowledges that the Agent is an affiliate of Dealer. Dealer will be acting for its own account in respect of this Master Confirmation and the Transactions contemplated hereunder and under any Supplemental Confirmation.](2) [Counterparty represents and warrants that it has received, read and understands Dealer’s “Risk Disclosure Statement Regarding OTC Derivatives Products” and acknowledges the terms thereof as if it had signed the Risk Disclosure Statement Verification contained therein as of the date hereof.](3)

 

(h)                                 Counterparty acknowledges that:

 

(i)                                     during the term of the Transactions, Dealer and its affiliates may buy or sell Shares or other securities or buy or sell options or futures contracts or enter into swaps or other derivative securities in order to establish, adjust or unwind its hedge position with respect to the Transactions;

 


(2)  NTD: To be added for BMO’s agreement.

 

(3)  NTD: To be added for Jefferies’ agreement.

 

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(ii)                                  Dealer and its affiliates may also be active in the market for the Shares and derivatives linked to the Shares other than in connection with hedging activities in relation to the Transactions, including acting as agent or as principal and for its own account or on behalf of customers;

 

(iii)                               Dealer shall make its own determination as to whether, when or in what manner any hedging or market activities in Counterparty’s securities shall be conducted and shall do so in a manner that it deems appropriate to hedge its price and market risk with respect to the Forward Price and the Settlement Price for each Transaction;

 

(iv)                              any market activities of Dealer and its affiliates with respect to the Shares may affect the market price and volatility of the Shares, as well as the Forward Price and the Settlement Price for each Transaction, each in a manner that may be adverse to Counterparty; and

 

(v)                                 each Transaction is a derivatives transaction; Dealer may purchase or sell shares for its own account at an average price that may be greater than, or less than, the price received by Counterparty under the terms of the relevant Transaction.

 

(i)                                     Counterparty and Dealer agree and acknowledge that:  (A) the Transactions contemplated by this Master Confirmation will be entered into in reliance on the fact that this Master Confirmation and each Supplemental Confirmation hereto form a single agreement between Counterparty and Dealer, and Dealer would not otherwise enter into such Transactions; (B) this Master Confirmation, together with each Supplemental Confirmation hereto, is a “qualified financial contract”, as such term is defined in Section 5-701(b)(2) of the General Obligations Law; (C) each Supplemental Confirmation hereto, regardless of whether transmitted electronically or otherwise, constitutes a “confirmation in writing sufficient to indicate that a contract has been made between the parties” hereto, as set forth in Section 5-701(b)(3)(b) of the General Obligations Law; and (D) this Master Confirmation and each Supplemental Confirmation hereto constitute a prior “written contract”, as set forth in Section 5-701(b)(1)(b) of the General Obligations Law, and each party hereto intends and agrees to be bound by this Master Confirmation and such Supplemental Confirmation.

 

(j)                                    Counterparty and Dealer agree that, upon the effectiveness of any Accepted Placement Notice relating to a Forward (as such term is defined in the Equity Distribution Agreement), in respect of the Transaction to which such Accepted Placement Notice relates, each of the representations, warranties, covenants, agreements and other provisions of this Master Confirmation and the Supplemental Confirmation for such Transaction (including, without limitation, Dealer’s right to designate an Early Valuation Date in respect of such Transaction pursuant to the provisions opposite the caption “Early Valuation” in Section 2 and the termination of such Transaction following a Bankruptcy Termination Event as described in Section 7) shall govern, and be applicable to, such Transaction as of the first Trading Day of the Forward Hedge Selling Period for such Transaction as if the Trade Date for such Transaction were such first Trading Day.

 

(k)                                 Tax Matters.

 

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(i)                                     Payer Tax Representations.  For the purpose of Section 3(e) of the Agreement, Dealer and Counterparty make the following representation:

 

It is not required by any applicable law, as modified by the practice of any relevant governmental revenue authority, of any Relevant Jurisdiction to make any deduction or withholding for or on account of any Tax from any payment (other than interest under Section 2(e), 6(d)(ii) or 6(e) of the Agreement or amounts payable hereunder that may be considered to be interest for United States federal income tax purposes) to be made by it to the other party under the Agreement.  In making this representation, it may rely on (i) the accuracy of any representations made by the other party pursuant to Section 3(f) of the Agreement, (ii) the satisfaction of the agreement contained in Section 4(a)(i) or 4(a)(iii) of the Agreement and the accuracy and effectiveness of any document provided by the other party pursuant to Section 4(a)(i) or 4(a)(iii) of the Agreement and (iii) the satisfaction of the agreement of the other party contained in Section 4(d) of the Agreement, except that it will not be a breach of this representation where reliance is placed on clause (ii) above and the other party does not deliver a form or document under Section 4(a)(iii) by reason of material prejudice to its legal or commercial position.

 

(ii)                                  Payee Tax Representations.  For the purpose of Section 3(f) of the Agreement, Dealer and Counterparty make the following representations:

 

a.                                      The following representations will apply to Dealer:

 

i.                                          [Dealer is a national banking association organized under the laws of the United States and its U.S. taxpayer identification number is 13-5266470.  It is “exempt” within the meaning of U.S. Treasury Regulations Sections 1.6041-3(p) and 1.6049-4(c) from information reporting on Form 1099 and backup withholding.](4) [Dealer is a national banking association organized or formed under the laws of the United States and is an exempt recipient under U.S. Treasury Regulation Section 1.6049-4(c)(1)(ii)(M).](5) [Dealer represents that it is a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes and each payment received or to be received by it in connection with this Master Confirmation will be effectively connected with its conduct of a trade or business in the United States.](6) [Dealer is a limited liability company organized under the laws of the State of Delaware and is treated as a disregarded entity of a New York corporation for United States federal income tax purposes.](7) [Dealer is a “U.S. person” (as that term is used in section 7701(a)(30) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as

 


(4)  NTD: To be included in Citi’s agreement.

 

(5)  NTD: To be included in BAML’s and Wells Fargo’s agreement.

 

(6)  NTD: To be included in BMO’s agreement.

 

(7)  NTD: To be included in Jefferies’ agreement.

 

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amended).](8) [(i) It is a bank organized under the laws of Canada and is a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes; and (ii) Each payment received or to be received by it in connection with this Master Confirmation will be effectively connected with its conduct of a trade or business in the United States.](9)

 

b.                                      The following representations will apply to Counterparty:

 

i.                                          Counterparty is a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

 

ii.                                       Counterparty is a “U.S. person” (as that term is used in section 7701(a)(30) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”)), and section 1.1441-4(a)(3)(ii) of United States Treasury Regulations) for U.S. federal income tax purposes and a corporation that is an exempt recipient under U.S. Treasury Regulation Section 1.6049-4(c)(1)(ii)(A).

 

(iii)                               Agreements to Deliver Documents.  [For the purpose of Section 4(a)(i) of the Agreement, Dealer and Counterparty each agrees to deliver, as applicable, (i) in the case of Dealer, a completed and accurate U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W-9 or applicable Form W-8ECI (or successor thereto) and (ii) in the case of Counterparty, a complete and accurate U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W-9 (or successor thereto), in each case (x) promptly upon execution of this Confirmation, (y) promptly upon reasonable demand by the other party and (z) promptly upon learning that any form previously provided has become obsolete or incorrect.][For the purpose of Section 4(a)(i) of the Agreement, Dealer and Counterparty each agrees to deliver, as applicable, (i) in the case of Dealer, a completed and accurate U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W-9 or applicable Form W-8ECI (or successor thereto), (ii) in the case of Counterparty, a complete and accurate U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W-9 (or successor thereto) and (iii) in the case of Dealer and Counterparty, any other form or document that may be required by the other party in order to allow such party to make a payment under this Master Confirmation, including any Credit Support Document, without any deduction or withholding for or on account of any tax or with such deduction or withholding at a reduced rate. In each case, such form or document shall be completed in a manner reasonably acceptable to the other party and shall be delivered (x) in the case of (i) and (ii) above, promptly upon execution of this Master Confirmation, (y) promptly upon reasonable demand by the other party and (z) promptly upon learning that any form previously provided has become inaccurate or incorrect.](10)

 

(iv)                              Change of Account.  [Section 2(b) of the Agreement is hereby amended by the addition of the following after the word “delivery” in the first line thereof:  “to another account in the same legal and tax jurisdiction”.][Section 2(b) of the Agreement is

 


(8)  NTD: To be included in Morgan Stanley’s agreement.

 

(9)  NTD: To be included in RBC’s agreement.

 

(10)  NTD: The second option is for RBC.

 

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hereby amended by the addition of the following after the word “change” in the fourth  line thereof: “; provided that if any new account of one party is not in the same tax jurisdiction as the original account, the other party shall not be obliged to pay, for tax reasons, any greater amount and shall not be obliged to accept any lesser amount as a result of such change than would have been the case if such change had not taken place.”] (11)

 

(v)                                 “Tax” as used in this clause (k) and “Indemnifiable Tax” as defined in Section 14 of the Agreement shall not include (A) any tax imposed or collected pursuant to Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code, any current or future regulations or official interpretations thereof, any agreement entered into pursuant to Section 1471(b) of the Code, or any fiscal or regulatory legislation, rules or practices adopted pursuant to any intergovernmental agreement entered into in connection with the implementation of such Sections of the Code (a “FATCA Withholding Tax”) and (B) any tax imposed or collected pursuant to Section 871(m) of the Code or any current or future regulations or official interpretation thereof (a “Section 871(m) Withholding Tax”). For the avoidance of doubt, each of a FATCA Withholding Tax and a Section 871(m) Withholding Tax is a Tax the deduction or withholding of which is required by applicable law for purposes of Section 2(d) of the Agreement.

 

(vi)                              [The parties agree that the definitions and provisions contained in the ISDA 2012 FATCA Protocol as published by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. on August 15, 2012 (the “FATCA Protocol”), are incorporated into and apply to the Agreement as if set forth in full therein.](12)

 

(vii)                           Deduction or Withholding for Tax.  Sections 2(d)(i), 2(d)(i)(4), 2(d)(ii)(1) and the definition of “Tax” are hereby amended by replacing the words “pay”, “paid”, “payment” or “payments” with the words “pay or deliver”, “paid or delivered”, “payment or delivery” or “payments or deliveries”, respectively.

 

9.                                      Indemnification.  Counterparty and the Operating Partnership agree to indemnify and hold harmless Dealer, its affiliates and its assignees and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents and controlling persons (Dealer and each such person being an “Indemnified Party”) from and against any and all losses (excluding, for the avoidance of doubt, financial losses resulting from the economic terms of the Transactions), claims, damages and liabilities (or actions in respect thereof), joint and several, incurred by or asserted against such Indemnified Party arising out of, in connection with, or relating to any breach of any covenant or representation made by Counterparty in this Master Confirmation, any Supplemental Confirmation or the Agreement.  Counterparty and the Operating Partnership will not be liable under the foregoing indemnification provision to the extent that any loss, claim, damage, liability or expense is found in a nonappealable judgment by a court of competent jurisdiction to have resulted from Dealer’s breach of any covenant or representation made by Dealer in this Master Confirmation, any Supplemental Confirmation or the Agreement or any willful misconduct,

 


(11)  NTD: The second option is for RBC.

 

(12)  NTD: Dealers to include where applicable.

 

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gross negligence or bad faith of any Indemnified Party.  If for any reason the foregoing indemnification is unavailable to any Indemnified Party or insufficient to hold harmless any Indemnified Party, then Counterparty and the Operating Partnership shall contribute, to the maximum extent permitted by law, to the amount paid or payable by the Indemnified Party as a result of such loss, claim, damage or liability.  In addition, Counterparty and the Operating Partnership will reimburse any Indemnified Party for all reasonable expenses (including reasonable counsel fees and expenses) as they are incurred in connection with the investigation of, preparation for or defense or settlement of any pending or threatened claim covered by this Section 9 or any action, suit or proceeding arising therefrom, whether or not such Indemnified Party is a party thereto and whether or not such claim, action, suit or proceeding is initiated or brought by or on behalf of Counterparty or the Operating Partnership.  Counterparty and the Operating Partnership also agree that no Indemnified Party shall have any liability to Counterparty, the Operating Partnership or any person asserting claims on behalf of or in right of Counterparty or the Operating Partnership in connection with or as a result of any matter referred to in this Master Confirmation and any Supplemental Confirmation except to the extent that any losses, claims, damages, liabilities or expenses incurred by Counterparty or the Operating Partnership result from the Dealer’s breach of any covenant or representation made by the Dealer in this Master Confirmation, any Supplemental Confirmation or the Agreement or any willful misconduct, gross negligence or bad faith of any Indemnified Party.  The provisions of this Section 9 shall survive the completion of the Transactions contemplated by this Master Confirmation and any Supplemental Confirmation and any assignment and/or delegation of the Transactions made pursuant to the Agreement, this Master Confirmation or any Supplemental Confirmation shall inure to the benefit of any permitted assignee of Dealer.  For the avoidance of doubt, any payments due as a result of this provision may not be used to set off any obligation of Dealer upon settlement of the Transactions.

 

10.                               Beneficial Ownership.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Agreement, this Master Confirmation or any Supplemental Confirmation, in no event shall Dealer be entitled to receive, or be deemed to receive, or, with respect to clause (y) below, have the “right to acquire” (within the meaning of NYSE Rule 312.04(g)), Shares to the extent that, upon such receipt of such Shares, (i) the “beneficial ownership” (within the meaning of Section 13 of the Exchange Act and the rules promulgated thereunder) of Shares by Dealer, any of its affiliates’ business units subject to aggregation with Dealer for purposes of the “beneficial ownership” test under Section 13 of the Exchange Act and all persons who may form a “group” (within the meaning of Rule 13d-5(b)(1) under the Exchange Act) with Dealer with respect to “beneficial ownership” of any Shares (collectively, “Dealer Group”) would be equal to or greater than the lesser of (x) 4.5% of the outstanding Shares (such condition, an “Excess Section 13 Ownership Position”), and (y) 4.9% of the outstanding Shares as of the Trade Date for any Transaction, which shall be notified by Counterparty to Dealer on or promptly following the Trade Date and set forth in the Supplemental Confirmation (such number of Shares, the “Threshold Number of Shares” and such condition, the “Excess NYSE Ownership Position”) or (ii) Dealer, Dealer Group or any person whose ownership position would be aggregated with that of Dealer or Dealer Group (Dealer, Dealer Group or any such person, a “Dealer Person”) under Sections 3-601 through 3-603 of the Maryland Code (Corporations and Associations) or any state or federal bank holding company or banking laws, or any federal, state or local laws, regulations or regulatory orders applicable to ownership of Shares (“Applicable Laws”), would own, beneficially own, constructively own, control, hold the power to vote or otherwise meet a

 

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relevant definition of ownership in excess of a number of Shares equal to (x) the lesser of (A) the maximum number of Shares that would be permitted under Applicable Laws and (B) the number of Shares that would give rise to reporting or registration obligations or other requirements (including obtaining prior approval by a state or federal regulator) of a Dealer Person under Applicable Laws and with respect to which such requirements have not been met or the relevant approval has not been received or that would give rise to any consequences under the constitutive documents of Counterparty (including, without limitation, Section 6.2 of the Charter or any contract or agreement to which Counterparty is a party), in each case minus (y) 1% of the number of Shares outstanding on the date of determination (such condition described in clause (i), an “Excess Regulatory Ownership Position”).  If any delivery owed to Dealer under any Transaction is not made, in whole or in part, as a result of this provision, (i) Counterparty’s obligation to make such delivery shall not be extinguished and Counterparty shall make such delivery as promptly as practicable after, but in no event later than one Exchange Business Day after, Dealer gives notice to Counterparty that such delivery would not result in (x) Dealer Group directly or indirectly so beneficially owning in excess of the lesser of (A) 4.5% of the outstanding Shares and (B) the Threshold Number of Shares or (y) the occurrence of an Excess Regulatory Ownership Position and (ii) if such delivery relates to a Physical Settlement of any Transaction, notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, Dealer shall not be obligated to satisfy the portion of its payment obligation with respect to such Transaction corresponding to any Shares required to be so delivered until the date Counterparty makes such delivery.

 

11.                               Non-Confidentiality.  The parties hereby agree that (i) effective from the date of commencement of discussions concerning the Transactions, Counterparty and each of its employees, representatives, or other agents may disclose to any and all persons, without limitation of any kind, the tax treatment and tax structure of the Transactions and all materials of any kind, including opinions or other tax analyses, provided by Dealer and its affiliates to Counterparty relating to such tax treatment and tax structure; provided that the foregoing does not constitute an authorization to disclose the identity of Dealer or its affiliates, agents or advisers, or, except to the extent relating to such tax structure or tax treatment, any specific pricing terms or commercial or financial information, and (ii) Dealer does not assert any claim of proprietary ownership in respect of any description contained herein or therein relating to the use of any entities, plans or arrangements to give rise to a particular United States federal income tax treatment for Counterparty.

 

12.                               Restricted Shares.  If Counterparty is unable to comply with the covenant of Counterparty contained in Section 6 above or Dealer otherwise determines in its reasonable opinion that any Shares to be delivered to Dealer by Counterparty under any Transaction may not be freely returned by Dealer to securities lenders as described in the covenant of Counterparty contained in Section 6 above, then delivery of any such Settlement Shares (the “Unregistered Settlement Shares”) shall be effected pursuant to Annex A hereto, unless waived by Dealer.

 

13.                               Use of Shares.  Dealer acknowledges and agrees that, except in the case of a Private Placement Settlement, Dealer shall use any Shares delivered by Counterparty to Dealer on any Settlement Date to return to securities lenders to close out borrowings created by Dealer in connection with Dealer’s hedging activities related to exposure under the Transactions or otherwise in compliance with applicable law.

 

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14.                               Rule 10b-18.  In connection with bids and purchases of Shares in connection with any Net Share Settlement or Cash Settlement of any Transaction, Dealer shall use commercially reasonable efforts to conduct its activities, or cause its affiliates to conduct their activities, in a manner consistent with the requirements of the safe harbor provided by Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act, as if such provisions were applicable to such purchases and taking into account any applicable Securities and Exchange Commission no-action letters as appropriate, and subject to any delays between the execution and reporting of a trade of the Shares on the Exchange and other circumstances beyond Dealer’s control.

 

15.                               Governing Law.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Agreement, the Agreement, this Master Confirmation, any Supplemental Confirmation and all matters arising in connection with the Agreement this Master Confirmation and any Supplemental Confirmation shall be governed by, and construed and enforced in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York (without reference to its choice of laws doctrine other than Title 14 of Article 5 of the New York General Obligations Law).

 

16.                               Set-Off.  Each party waives any and all rights it may have to set-off delivery or payment obligations it owes to the other party under any Transaction against any delivery or payment obligations owed to it by the other party, whether arising under the Agreement, under any other agreement between parties hereto, by operation of law or otherwise.

 

17.                               Staggered Settlement.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, Dealer may, by prior notice to Counterparty, satisfy its obligation to deliver any Shares or other securities on any date due (an “Original Delivery Date”) by making separate deliveries of Shares or such securities, as the case may be, at more than one time on or prior to such Original Delivery Date, so long as the aggregate number of Shares and other securities so delivered on or prior to such Original Delivery Date is equal to the number required to be delivered on such Original Delivery Date.

 

18.                               Waiver of Trial by Jury.  EACH OF COUNTERPARTY AND DEALER HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVES (ON ITS OWN BEHALF AND, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ON BEHALF OF ITS STOCKHOLDERS) ALL RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY ACTION, PROCEEDING OR COUNTERCLAIM (WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE) ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE TRANSACTION OR THE ACTIONS OF DEALER OR ITS AFFILIATES IN THE NEGOTIATION, PERFORMANCE OR ENFORCEMENT HEREOF.

 

19.                               Jurisdiction.  THE PARTIES HERETO IRREVOCABLY SUBMIT TO THE EXCLUSIVE JURISDICTION OF THE COURTS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK AND THE UNITED STATES COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK IN CONNECTION WITH ALL MATTERS RELATING HERETO AND WAIVE ANY OBJECTION TO THE LAYING OF VENUE IN, AND ANY CLAIM OF INCONVENIENT FORUM WITH RESPECT TO, THESE COURTS.  NOTHING IN THIS PROVISION SHALL PROHIBIT A PARTY FROM BRINGING AN ACTION TO ENFORCE A MONEY JUDGMENT IN ANY OTHER JURISDICTION.

 

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20.                               Counterparts.  This Master Confirmation may be executed in any number of counterparts, all of which shall constitute one and the same instrument, and any party hereto may execute this Master Confirmation by signing and delivering one or more counterparts.

 

21.                               Delivery of Cash.  For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Master Confirmation or any Supplemental Confirmation shall be interpreted as requiring Counterparty to deliver cash in respect of the settlement of the Transactions, except in circumstances where the required cash settlement thereof is permitted for classification of the contract as equity by ASC 815-40, Derivatives and Hedging — Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity, as in effect on the Trade Date (including, for the avoidance of doubt, where Counterparty elects Cash Settlement).  For the avoidance of doubt, the preceding sentence shall not be construed as limiting Section 9 hereunder or any damages that may be payable by Counterparty as a result of a breach of this Master Confirmation or any Supplemental Confirmation.

 

22.                               Adjustments.  For the avoidance of doubt, whenever the Calculation Agent, the Hedging Party or the Determining Party is called upon to make an adjustment pursuant to the terms of this Master Confirmation, any Supplemental Confirmation or the Equity Definitions to take into account the effect of an event, the Calculation Agent, the Hedging Party or the Determining Party, as applicable, shall make such adjustment by reference to the effect of such event on the Hedging Party, assuming that the Hedging Party maintains a commercially reasonable hedge position at the time of the event.

 

23.                               Other Forward Transactions.  Counterparty agrees that (x) it shall not cause to occur, or permit to exist, any Forward Hedge Selling Period at any time there is (1) a “Forward Hedge Selling Period” (or equivalent term) relating to any other issuer forward sale or similar transaction (including, without limitation, any “Transaction” under (as and defined under) any substantially identical master forward confirmation) with any financial institution other than Dealer (an “Other Forward Transaction”), (2) any “Unwind Period” (or equivalent term) hereunder or under any Other Forward Transaction or (3) any other period in which Counterparty directly or indirectly issues and sells Shares pursuant to an underwriting agreement (or similar agreement including, without limitation, any equity distribution agreement) (such period, a “Selling Period”) that Counterparty enters into with any financial institution other than Dealer, and (y) Counterparty shall not cause to occur, or permit to exist, an Unwind Period at any time there is an “Unwind Period” (or equivalent term) under any Other Forward Transaction, a “Forward Hedge Selling Period” (or equivalent term) relating to any Transaction or any Other Forward Transaction, or any Selling Period.

 

24.                               Designation by Dealer.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this Master Confirmation or any Supplemental Confirmation to the contrary requiring or allowing Dealer to purchase, sell, receive or deliver any Shares or other securities to or from Counterparty, Dealer may designate any of its affiliates to purchase, sell, receive or deliver such Shares or other securities and otherwise to perform Dealer’s obligations in respect of any Transaction and any such designee may assume such obligations.  Dealer shall be discharged of its obligations to Counterparty only to the extent of any such performance.

 

25.                               HIRE Act.  To the extent that either party to the Agreement with respect to a Transaction is not an adhering party to the ISDA 2015 Section 871(m) Protocol published by the

 

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International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. on November 2, 2015 and available at www.isda.org, as may be amended, supplemented, replaced or superseded from time to time (the “871(m) Protocol”), the parties agree that the provisions and amendments contained in the Attachment to the 871(m) Protocol are incorporated into and apply to the Agreement with respect to this Transaction as if set forth in full herein.  The parties further agree that, solely for purposes of applying such provisions and amendments to the Agreement with respect to this Transaction, references to “each Covered Master Agreement” in the 871(m) Protocol will be deemed to be references to the Agreement with respect to this Transaction, and references to the “Implementation Date” in the 871(m) Protocol will be deemed to be references to the Trade Date of this Transaction.  For greater certainty, if there is any inconsistency between this provision and the provisions contained in any other agreement between the parties with respect to this Transaction, this provision shall prevail unless such other agreement expressly overrides the provisions of the Attachment to the 871(m) Protocol.

 

26.                               U.S. Stay Regulations. To the extent that the QFC Stay Rules are applicable hereto, then the parties agree that (i) to the extent that prior to the date hereof both parties have adhered to the 2018 ISDA U.S. Resolution Stay Protocol (the “Protocol”), the terms of the Protocol are incorporated into and form a part of this Confirmation, and for such purposes this Confirmation shall be deemed a Protocol Covered Agreement and each party shall be deemed to have the same status as “Regulated Entity” and/or “Adhering Party” as applicable to it under the Protocol; (ii) to the extent that prior to the date hereof the parties have executed a separate agreement the effect of which is to amend the qualified financial contracts between them to conform with the requirements of the QFC Stay Rules (the “Bilateral Agreement”), the terms of the Bilateral Agreement are incorporated into and form a part of this Confirmation and each party shall be deemed to have the status of “Covered Entity” or “Counterparty Entity” (or other similar term) as applicable to it under the Bilateral Agreement; or (iii) if clause (i) and clause (ii) do not apply, the terms of Section 1 and Section 2 and the related defined terms (together, the “Bilateral Terms”) of the form of bilateral template entitled “Full-Length Omnibus (for use between U.S. G-SIBs and Corporate Groups)” published by ISDA on November 2, 2018 (currently available on the 2018 ISDA U.S. Resolution Stay Protocol page at www.isda.org and, a copy of which is available upon request), the effect of which is to amend the qualified financial contracts between the parties thereto to conform with the requirements of the QFC Stay Rules, are hereby incorporated into and form a part of this Confirmation, and for such purposes this Confirmation shall be deemed a “Covered Agreement,” Dealer shall be deemed a “Covered Entity” and Counterparty shall be deemed a “Counterparty Entity.” In the event that, after the date of this Confirmation, both parties hereto become adhering parties to the Protocol, the terms of the Protocol will replace the terms of this paragraph. In the event of any inconsistencies between this Confirmation and the terms of the Protocol, the Bilateral Agreement or the Bilateral Terms (each, the “QFC Stay Terms”), as applicable, the QFC Stay Terms will govern. Terms used in this paragraph without definition shall have the meanings assigned to them under the QFC Stay Rules. For purposes of this paragraph, references to “this Confirmation” include any related credit enhancements entered into between the parties or provided by one to the other. In addition, the parties agree that the terms of this paragraph shall be incorporated into any related covered affiliate credit enhancements, with all references to Dealer replaced by references to the covered affiliate support provider.

 

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QFC Stay Rules” mean the regulations codified at 12 C.F.R. 252.2, 252.81—8, 12 C.F.R. 382.1-7 and 12 C.F.R. 47.1-8, which, subject to limited exceptions, require an express recognition of the stay-and-transfer powers of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation under the Federal Deposit Insurance Act and the Orderly Liquidation Authority under Title II of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the override of default rights related directly or indirectly to the entry of an affiliate into certain insolvency proceedings and any restrictions on the transfer of any covered affiliate credit Enhancements.

 

27.                               [Agency.  Royal Bank of Canada (“RBC” or the “Bank”) has appointed as its agent, its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, RBC Capital Markets, LLC (“RBCCM”), for purposes of conducting on the Bank’s behalf, a business in privately negotiated transactions in options and other derivatives. You hereby are advised that RBC, the principal and stated counterparty in such transactions, duly has authorized RBCCM to market, structure, negotiate, document, price, execute and hedge transactions in over-the-counter derivative products. RBCCM has full, complete and unconditional authority to undertake such activities on behalf of RBC. RBCCM acts solely as agent and has no obligation, by way of issuance, endorsement, guarantee or otherwise with respect to the performance of either party under this Transaction. This Transaction is not insured or guaranteed by RBCCM.](13)

 

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Counterparty hereby agrees (a) to check this Master Confirmation carefully and promptly upon receipt so that errors or discrepancies can be promptly identified and rectified and (b) to confirm that the foregoing (in the exact form provided by Dealer) correctly sets forth the terms of the agreement between Dealer and Counterparty hereunder, by manually signing this Master Confirmation or this page hereof as evidence of agreement to such terms and providing the other information requested herein and promptly returning an executed copy to us.

 

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

 

 

 

[Dealer]

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

Name:

 

 

Title:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Agent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

Name:

 

 

Title:]

 

Agreed and accepted by:

 

STAG INDUSTRIAL, INC.

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

Name:

 

 

Title:

 

 

 

 

Agreed and accepted with respect to Sections 5 and 9 hereof and Annex A hereto by

 

STAG INDUSTRIAL OPERATING PARTNERSHIP, L.P.

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

Name:

 

 

Title:

 

 

 

 

On behalf of STAG Industrial, Inc., as sole member of STAG Industrial GP, LLC, as the sole general partner of STAG Industrial Operating Partnership, L.P.

 

 

[Signature Page to Master Confirmation]

 


 

ANNEX A

 

PRIVATE PLACEMENT PROCEDURES

 

If Counterparty delivers Unregistered Settlement Shares pursuant to Section 12 above (a “Private Placement Settlement”), then:

 

(a)                                 all Unregistered Settlement Shares shall be delivered to Dealer (or any affiliate of Dealer designated by Dealer) pursuant to the exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act provided by Section 4(a)(2) thereof;

 

(b)                                 as of or prior to the date of delivery, Dealer and any potential purchaser of any such shares from Dealer (or any affiliate of Dealer designated by Dealer) identified by Dealer shall be afforded a commercially reasonable opportunity to conduct a due diligence investigation with respect to Counterparty customary in scope for private placements of equity securities of similar size (including, without limitation, the right to have made available to them for inspection all financial and other records, pertinent corporate documents and other information reasonably requested by them); provided that prior to receiving or being granted access to any such information, Dealer, such affiliate of Dealer or such potential purchaser, as the case may be, may be required by Counterparty to enter into a customary nondisclosure agreement with Counterparty in respect of any such due diligence investigation;

 

(c)                                  as of the date of delivery, Counterparty and the Operating Partnership shall enter into an agreement (a “Private Placement Agreement”) with Dealer (or any affiliate of Dealer designated by Dealer) in connection with the private placement of such shares by Counterparty to Dealer (or any such affiliate) and the private resale of such shares by Dealer (or any such affiliate), substantially similar to private placement purchase agreements customary for private placements of equity securities of similar size, in form and substance commercially reasonably satisfactory to Dealer, which Private Placement Agreement shall include, without limitation, provisions substantially similar to those contained in such private placement purchase agreements relating, without limitation, to the indemnification of, and contribution in connection with the liability of, Dealer and its affiliates and obligations to use best efforts to obtain customary opinions, accountants’ comfort letters and lawyers’ negative assurance letters, and shall provide for the payment by Counterparty of all commercially reasonable fees and expenses in connection with such resale, including all commercially reasonable fees and expenses of counsel for Dealer, and shall contain representations, warranties, covenants and agreements of Counterparty reasonably necessary or advisable to establish and maintain the availability of an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act for such resales; and

 

(d)                                 in connection with the private placement of such shares by Counterparty to Dealer (or any such affiliate) and the private resale of such shares by Dealer (or any such affiliate), Counterparty shall, if so requested by Dealer, prepare, in cooperation with

 


 

Dealer, a private placement memorandum in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to Dealer.

 

In the case of a Private Placement Settlement, Dealer shall, in its good faith discretion, adjust the amount of Unregistered Settlement Shares to be delivered to Dealer hereunder in a commercially reasonable manner to reflect the fact that such Unregistered Settlement Shares may not be freely returned to securities lenders by Dealer and may only be saleable by Dealer at a discount to reflect the lack of liquidity in Unregistered Settlement Shares.

 

If Counterparty delivers any Unregistered Settlement Shares in respect of a Transaction, Counterparty agrees that (i) such Shares may be transferred by and among Dealer and its affiliates and (ii) after the applicable “holding period” within the meaning of Rule 144(d) under the Securities Act has elapsed after the applicable Settlement Date, Counterparty shall promptly remove, or cause the transfer agent for the Shares to remove, any legends referring to any transfer restrictions from such Shares upon delivery by Dealer (or such affiliate of Dealer) to Counterparty or such transfer agent of any seller’s and broker’s representation letters customarily delivered by Dealer or its affiliates in connection with resales of restricted securities pursuant to Rule 144 under the Securities Act, each without any further requirement for the delivery of any certificate, consent, agreement, opinion of counsel, notice or any other document, any transfer tax stamps or payment of any other amount or any other action by Dealer (or such affiliate of Dealer).

 


 

EXHIBIT A

 

SUPPLEMENTAL CONFIRMATION

 

To:

 

STAG Industrial, Inc.

From:

 

[Dealer]

Re:

 

Issuer Share Forward Sale Transaction

Date:

 

[         ], 20[  ]

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

The purpose of this Supplemental Confirmation is to confirm the terms and conditions of the Transaction entered into between [·] (“Dealer”) and STAG Industrial, Inc. (“Counterparty”) (together, the “Contracting Parties”) on the Trade Date specified below.  This Supplemental Confirmation is a binding contract between Dealer and Counterparty as of the relevant Trade Date for the Transaction referenced below.

 

1.                                      This Supplemental Confirmation supplements, forms part of, and is subject to the Master Confirmation dated as of February 14, 2019 (the “Master Confirmation”) between the Contracting Parties, as amended and supplemented from time to time.  All provisions contained in the Master Confirmation govern this Supplemental Confirmation except as expressly modified below.

 

2.                                      The terms of the Transaction to which this Supplemental Confirmation relates are as follows:

 

Trade Date:

 

[       ], 20[  ]

Effective Date:

 

[       ], 20[  ]

Maturity Date:

 

[       ], 20[  ]

Number of Shares:

 

[        ]

Initial Forward Price:

 

USD [   ]

Spread:

 

[ .  ]%

Volume-Weighted Hedge Price:

 

USD [   ]

Threshold Price:

 

USD [   ]

Initial Stock Loan Rate:

 

[  ] basis points per annum

Maximum Stock Loan Rate:

 

[  ] basis points per annum

Threshold Number of Shares:

 

[  ]

 


 

Counterparty hereby agrees (a) to check this Supplemental Confirmation carefully and promptly upon receipt so that errors or discrepancies can be promptly identified and rectified and (b) to confirm that the foregoing (in the exact form provided by Dealer) correctly sets forth the terms of the agreement between Dealer and Counterparty hereunder, by manually signing this Supplemental Confirmation or this page hereof as evidence of agreement to such terms and providing the other information requested herein and promptly returning an executed copy to us.

 

 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

 

 

 

[Dealer]

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

Name:

 

 

Title:

 

 

 

 

 

[Agent

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

Name:

 

 

Title:]

 

Agreed and accepted by:

 

STAG INDUSTRIAL, INC.

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

Name:

 

 

Title:

 

 


 

Schedule I

 

FORWARD PRICE REDUCTION AMOUNTS

 

Forward Price Reduction Date:

 

Forward Price Reduction Amount:

Trade Date

 

USD 0.00

[       ], 20[  ]

 

USD[   ]

[       ], 20[  ]

 

USD[   ]

……..

 

……..

[       ], 20[  ]

 

USD[   ]

 

REGULAR DIVIDEND AMOUNTS

 

[For any calendar month ending on or prior to [·]:

 

USD[   ]

For any calendar month ending after [·]:

 

USD[   ]]

 


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Section 4: EX-5.1 (EX-5.1)

Exhibit 5.1

 

DLA Piper LLP (US)

1251 Avenue of the Americas, 27th Floor

New York, New York 10020-1104

www.dlapiper.com

 

T          212.335.4500

F           212.335.4501

 

February 14, 2019

 

Board of Directors

STAG Industrial, Inc.

One Federal Street, 23rd Floor

Boston, Massachusetts 02110

 

Issuance of up to $600,000,000 of Shares of Common Stock

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

We have served as special counsel to STAG Industrial, Inc., a Maryland corporation (the “Company”), in connection with the offering by the Company of up to $600,000,000 of shares (the “Shares”) of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of the Company pursuant to the Registration Statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-229661), which became effective upon filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), on February 13, 2019 (the “Registration Statement”).  The Shares are to be issued pursuant to (i) those certain equity distribution agreements, each dated as of February 14, 2019 (collectively, the “Equity Distribution Agreements”), by and between the Company, the Operating Partnership and each of Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, BB&T Capital Markets, a division of BB&T Securities, LLC, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Bank of America, N.A., BMO Capital Markets Corp., Bank of Montreal, BTIG, LLC, Capital One Securities, Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Citibank, N.A., Evercore Group L.L.C., Jefferies LLC, JMP Securities LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Royal Bank of Canada, TD Securities (USA) LLC, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, and (ii) those certain master confirmation for forward sale transactions, dated as of February 14, 2019 (the “Master Forward Sale Agreements”), by and between the Company, the Operating Partnership and each of Bank of America, N.A., Bank of Montreal, Citibank, N.A., Jefferies LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Royal Bank of Canada and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association.

 

In connection with our representation of the Company, and as a basis for the opinions hereinafter set forth, we have examined originals, or copies certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction, of the following documents:

 

(a)                                 the Articles of Amendment and Restatement of the Company, together with all amendments and articles supplementary filed to date with respect thereto, as certified by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation of the State of Maryland (the “SDAT”) as of February 8, 2019 and by the Secretary of the Company as of the date hereof (collectively, the “Charter”);

 

(b)                                 the Company’s Third Amended and Restated Bylaws, as certified by the Secretary of the Company on the date hereof;

 

(c)                                  copies of resolutions duly adopted by the Board of Directors of the Company dated as of February 13, 2019, relating to, among other things, the registration, issuance and sale of the Shares and the price per share to be paid to the Company by the sales agents, as certified by the Secretary of the Company on the date hereof (collectively, the “Resolutions”);

 

(d)                                 the Registration Statement;

 


 

Board of Directors

STAG Industrial, Inc.

February 14, 2019

Page 2

 

(e)                                  the prospectus supplement, dated February 14, 2019, filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act, together with the base prospectus, dated February 13, 2019 (collectively, the “Prospectus”);

 

(f)                                   executed copies of the Equity Distribution Agreements and Master Forward Sale Agreements;

 

(g)                                  an executed copy of the certificate of the Secretary of the Company, dated as of the date hereof, as to certain factual matters;

 

(h)                                 the certificate of the SDAT as to the due incorporation, existence and good standing of the Company in the State of Maryland dated January 28, 2019 (the “Good Standing Certificate”); and

 

(i)                                     such other documents and matters as we have deemed necessary or appropriate to express the opinion set forth below, subject to the assumptions, limitations and qualifications stated herein.

 

For purposes of the opinion expressed below, we have assumed (i) the authenticity of all documents submitted to us as originals, (ii) the conformity to the originals of all documents submitted as certified or photostatic copies and the authenticity of the originals thereof, (iii) the legal capacity of natural persons, (iv) the genuineness of all signatures and (v) the due authorization, execution and delivery of all documents by all parties and the validity and binding effect and enforceability thereof upon the Company.

 

Based upon the foregoing, and having regard for such legal considerations as we have considered necessary for purposes hereof, we are of the opinion that:

 

(1)                                 the Company is a corporation duly incorporated and existing under and by virtue of the laws of the State of Maryland and is in good standing with the SDAT, and has the requisite corporate power to issue the Shares; and

 

(2)                                 the issuance of the Shares has been duly authorized and, when issued and delivered by the Company in accordance with the terms of the Equity Distribution Agreements and the Master Forward Sale Agreements (and related supplemental confirmations), as applicable, against payment therefor (or, in the case of the Master Forward Sale Agreements (and related supplemental confirmations), in net share settlement thereof), in accordance with the Resolutions and the terms of the Equity Distribution Agreements and the Master Forward Sale Agreements (and related supplemental confirmations), as applicable, the Shares will be validly issued and fully paid and non-assessable.

 

The opinion in paragraph 1 with respect to incorporation, existence and good standing of the Company is based solely on the Good Standing Certificate.  In expressing the opinions above, we have assumed that (i) the Shares will not be issued in violation of Article VI of the Charter, as amended or supplemented as of the date hereof and (ii) that, upon issuance of the Shares, the total number of shares of common stock issued and outstanding will not exceed the total number of shares of common stock that the Company is then authorized to issue under the Charter. The foregoing opinions are limited to the Maryland General Corporation Law, and we do not express any opinion herein concerning any other law.  We express no opinion as to the applicability or effect of any federal or state securities (or “blue sky”) laws, including the securities laws of the State of Maryland or any federal or state laws regarding fraudulent transfers or fraudulent conveyances.  To the extent that any matter as to which our opinion

 


 

Board of Directors

STAG Industrial, Inc.

February 14, 2019

Page 3

 

is expressed herein would be governed by any provisions other than those set forth in the Maryland General Corporation Law, we do not express any opinion on such matter.

 

This opinion is being furnished to you for submission to the Commission as an exhibit to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, which is incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement in accordance with the requirements of Form S-3 and the rules and regulations promulgated under the Securities Act. We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion as Exhibit 5.1 to the Registration Statement with the Commission on the date hereof and to the use of the name of our firm in the section entitled “Legal Matters” in the Prospectus. In giving this consent, we do not admit that we are within the category of persons whose consent is required by Section 7 of the Securities Act or the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder by the Commission.

 

This opinion is limited to the matters stated in this letter, and no opinion may be implied or inferred beyond the matters expressly stated in this letter.  This opinion is given as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to advise you after the date hereof of facts or circumstances that come to our attention or changes in the law, including judicial or administrative interpretations thereof, that occur which could affect the opinions contained herein.

 

 

Very truly yours,

 

 

 

/s/ DLA Piper LLP (US)

 


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