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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):  September 24, 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:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Title of each class   Trading symbols   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $0.01 par value   STAG   New York Stock Exchange
         
6.875% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, $0.01 par value   STAG-PC   New York Stock Exchange

 

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  ¨

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

ITEM 8.01. OTHER EVENTS.

 

On September 24, 2019, STAG Industrial, Inc. (the “Company”) and its operating partnership, STAG Industrial Operating Partnership, L.P. (the “Operating Partnership”), entered into an underwriting agreement (the “Underwriting Agreement”) with Citigroup Global Markets Inc., as representative of the several underwriters named therein (collectively, the “Underwriters”), Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (in such capacity, the “Forward Seller”) and Citibank, N.A. (in such capacity, the “Forward Purchaser”) relating to the offering of an aggregate of 12,650,000 shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of the Company (the “Common Stock”) at a price to the underwriters of $28.60 per share, consisting of (i) 5,500,000 shares of Common Stock offered directly by the Company and (ii) 7,150,000 shares of Common Stock offered by the Forward Seller in connection with certain forward sale agreements described below (including 1,650,000 shares offered pursuant to the Underwriters’ option to purchase additional shares, which option was exercised in full). The Company will not initially receive any proceeds from the sale of shares of Common Stock by the Forward Seller. The closing of the offering occurred on September 27, 2019.

 

In connection with the offering, the Company and the Operating Partnership also entered into certain forward sale agreements (the “Forward Sale Agreements”) with the Forward Purchaser.  In connection with such Forward Sale Agreements, the Forward Purchaser (or its affiliate) borrowed from third parties and sold to the Underwriters an aggregate of 7,150,000 shares of Common Stock that was sold in the offering. The Company expects to physically settle the Forward Sale Agreements and receive proceeds, subject to certain adjustments, from the sale of those shares of its Common Stock upon one or more such physical settlements within approximately six months from the date of the prospectus supplement, earlier than September 24, 2020, the scheduled maturity date of the Forward Sale Agreements. Although the Company expects to settle the Forward Sale Agreements entirely by the physical delivery of shares of Common Stock for cash proceeds, the Company may also elect to cash or net share settle all or a portion of its obligations under the Forward Sale Agreements, in which case, it may receive, or it may owe, cash or shares of Common Stock from or to the Forward Purchaser.  The Forward Sale Agreements provide for an initial forward sale price of $28.60 per share, subject to certain adjustments pursuant to the terms of each of the Forward Sale Agreements. The Forward Sale Agreements are subject to early termination or settlement under certain circumstances.

 

The Common Stock offered pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement has been registered on the Company’s registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-229661), which became effective upon filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 13, 2019, and a prospectus supplement dated September 24, 2019.

 

The foregoing description is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Underwriting Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreements, copies of which are filed as Exhibits 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference.

 

ITEM 9.01. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS.

 

(d)        Exhibits.

 

Exhibit
Number
    Description
1.1     Underwriting Agreement dated September 24, 2019 among STAG Industrial, Inc., STAG Industrial Operating Partnership, L.P., Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Citibank, N.A.
       
1.2     Confirmation of Issuer Share Forward Sale Transaction, dated September 24, 2019, by and among STAG Industrial, Inc., STAG Industrial Operating Partnership, L.P. and Citibank, N.A.
       
1.3     Confirmation of Issuer Share Forward Sale Transaction, dated September 26, 2019, by and among STAG Industrial, Inc., STAG Industrial Operating Partnership, L.P. and Citibank, N.A.
       
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)
       
104     Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the XBRL document)

 

 

 

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:   September 27, 2019  

 

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Section 2: EX-1.1 (EXHIBIT 1.1)

 

Exhibit 1.1

 

STAG INDUSTRIAL, INC.

 

(a Maryland corporation)

 

11,000,000 Shares of Common Stock

 

UNDERWRITING AGREEMENT

 

 

Dated: September 24, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STAG Industrial, Inc.

 

(a Maryland corporation)

 

11,000,000 Shares of Common Stock

($0.01 par value per share)

 

UNDERWRITING AGREEMENT

 

 September 24, 2019

 

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

as Representative of the several Underwriters

 

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

as Forward Seller

 

Citibank, N.A.

as Forward Purchaser

 

c/o Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

388 Greenwich Street

New York, New York 10013

Attention: General Counsel

 

c/o Citibank, N.A.

388 Greenwich Street, 8th Floor

New York, New York 10013

Attention: Dustin Sheppard

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

Each of STAG Industrial, Inc., a Maryland corporation (the “Company”), STAG Industrial Operating Partnership, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership and the Company’s operating partnership (the “Operating Partnership”), and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (in its capacity as seller of Borrowed Securities (as defined below), the “Forward Seller”), at the Company’s request in connection with a letter agreement (the “Initial Forward Sale Agreement”) between the Company and Citibank, N.A. (in such capacity, the “Forward Purchaser”) relating to the forward sale by the Company, subject to the Company’s right to elect Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement (as such terms are defined in the Initial Forward Sale Agreement), of a number of shares of common stock, $0.01 par value per share, of the Company (the “Common Stock”) equal to the applicable number of Borrowed Underwritten Securities (as defined below) sold by the Forward Seller pursuant to this Agreement, confirms its agreement with Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and each of the other Underwriters named in Schedule A hereto (collectively, the “Underwriters,” which term shall also include any underwriter substituted as hereinafter provided in Section 10 hereof), for whom Citigroup Global Markets Inc. is acting as representative (in such capacity, the “Representative”), with respect to (i) the sale by the Company and the purchase by the Underwriters, acting severally and not jointly, of an aggregate of 5,500,000 shares of Common Stock (the “Primary Securities”), (ii) the sale by the Forward Seller and the Company and the purchase by the Underwriters, acting severally and not jointly, of an aggregate of 5,500,000 shares of Common Stock and (iii) the grant by each of the Forward Seller and the Company to the Underwriters, acting severally and not jointly, of the option described in Section 2(b) hereof to purchase all or any part of 1,650,000 additional shares of Common Stock. The Primary Securities, the Forward Underwritten Securities (as defined below) and the Option Securities (as defined below) are herein referred to collectively as the “Securities.”

 

 

 

The Primary Securities, the Borrowed Underwritten Securities (as defined below) and the Company Top-Up Underwritten Securities (as defined below) are herein referred to collectively as the “Initial Securities.” The shares of Common Stock to be sold by the Forward Seller pursuant to Section 2(a)(ii) are herein referred to as the “Borrowed Underwritten Securities.” The Borrowed Underwritten Securities and the Company Top-Up Underwritten Securities are herein referred to collectively as the “Forward Underwritten Securities.” The Company Top-Up Underwritten Securities and the Company Top-Up Option Securities (as defined below) are herein referred to collectively as the “Top-Up Securities.” The shares of Common Stock to be sold by the Forward Seller pursuant to Section 2(b) are herein referred to as the “Borrowed Option Securities.” The Borrowed Option Securities, the Company Option Securities (as defined below) and the Company Top-Up Option Securities are herein referred to collectively as the “Option Securities.” The Borrowed Underwritten Securities and the Borrowed Option Securities are herein referred to collectively as the “Borrowed Securities.” References herein to the “Forward Sale Agreement” are to the Initial Forward Sale Agreement and/or any Additional Forward Sale Agreement (as defined below) as the context requires.

 

The Company and the Operating Partnership understand that the Underwriters propose to make a public offering of the Securities as soon as the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller deem advisable after this Agreement has been executed and delivered.

 

The Company has prepared and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) an automatic shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-229661) covering the public offering and sale of certain securities, including the Securities, under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”), and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder (the “1933 Act Regulations”), which automatic shelf registration statement became effective upon filing under Rule 462(e) under the 1933 Act Regulations (“Rule 462(e)”). Such registration statement as of any time, means such registration statement as amended by any post-effective amendments thereto at such time, including the exhibits and any schedules thereto at such time, the documents incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference therein at such time pursuant to Item 12 of Form S-3 under the 1933 Act or otherwise and the documents otherwise deemed to be a part thereof as of such time pursuant to Rule 430B under the 1933 Act Regulations (“Rule 430B”), is referred to herein as the “Registration Statement;” provided, however, that the “Registration Statement” without reference to a time means such registration statement as amended by any post-effective amendments thereto as of the time of the first contract of sale for the Securities, which time shall be considered the “new effective date” of such registration statement with respect to the Securities within the meaning of paragraph (f)(2) of Rule 430B, including the exhibits and schedules thereto as of such time, the documents incorporated or deemed incorporated by reference therein at such time pursuant to Item 12 of Form S-3 under the 1933 Act or otherwise and the documents otherwise deemed to be a part thereof as of such time pursuant to the Rule 430B. Each preliminary prospectus supplement and the base prospectus contained in the Registration Statement used in connection with the offering of the Securities, including the documents incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference therein pursuant to Item 12 of Form S-3 under the 1933 Act or otherwise, are collectively referred to herein as a “preliminary prospectus.” Promptly after execution and delivery of this Agreement, the Company will prepare and file a final prospectus supplement and base prospectus relating to the Securities in accordance with the provisions of Rule 424(b) under the 1933 Act Regulations (“Rule 424(b)”). The final prospectus supplement and base prospectus, in the form first furnished or made available to the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller for use in connection with the offering of the Securities, including the documents incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference therein pursuant to Item 12 of Form S-3 under the 1933 Act or otherwise, are collectively referred to herein as the “Prospectus.” For purposes of this Agreement, all references to the Registration Statement, any preliminary prospectus, 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 its Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval system (or any successor system) (“EDGAR”).

 

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As used in this Agreement:

 

“Applicable Time” means 6:45 P.M. (Eastern time), on September 24, 2019 or such other time as agreed by the Company, the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller.

 

“General Disclosure Package” means any Issuer General Use Free Writing Prospectuses issued at or prior to the Applicable Time, the most recent preliminary prospectus relating to the Securities (including any documents incorporated therein by reference) that is distributed to investors prior to the Applicable Time and the information included on Schedule B hereto, all considered together.

 

“Issuer Free Writing Prospectus” means any “issuer free writing prospectus,” as defined in Rule 433 of the 1933 Act Regulations (“Rule 433”), including without limitation any “free writing prospectus” (as defined in Rule 405 of the 1933 Act Regulations (“Rule 405”)) relating to the Securities that is (i) required to be filed with the Commission by the Company, (ii) a “road show that is a written communication” within the meaning of Rule 433(d)(8)(i), whether or not required to be filed with the Commission, or (iii) exempt from filing with the Commission 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, in each case in the form filed or required to be filed with the Commission or, if not required to be filed, in the form retained in the Company’s records pursuant to Rule 433(g).

 

“Issuer General Use Free Writing Prospectus” means any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus that is intended for general distribution to prospective investors (other than a “bona fide electronic road show,” as defined in Rule 433), as evidenced by its being specified in Schedule C hereto.

 

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“Issuer Limited Use Free Writing Prospectus” means any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus that is not an Issuer General Use Free Writing Prospectus.

 

All references in this Agreement to financial statements and schedules and other information which is “contained,” “included” or “stated” (or other references of like import) in the Registration Statement, any preliminary prospectus or the Prospectus shall be deemed to include all such financial statements and schedules and other information incorporated or deemed incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, any preliminary prospectus or the Prospectus, as the case may be, prior to the execution and delivery of this Agreement; and all references in this Agreement to amendments or supplements to the Registration Statement, any preliminary prospectus or the Prospectus shall be deemed to include the filing of any document under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder (collectively, the “1934 Act”), incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, such preliminary prospectus or the Prospectus, as the case may be, at or after the execution and delivery of this Agreement.

 

SECTION 1. 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 each Underwriter, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller as of the date hereof, the Applicable Time, the Closing Time (as defined below) and any Date of Delivery (as defined below), and agrees with each Underwriter, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, as follows:

 

(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 1933 Act (whether such amendment was by post-effective amendment, incorporated report filed pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the 1934 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) under the 1933 Act Regulations) made any offer relating to the Securities in reliance on the exemption of Rule 163 under the 1933 Act Regulations, and (D) as of the Applicable Time, the Company was and is a “well-known seasoned issuer” as defined in Rule 405 of the 1933 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) under the 1933 Act Regulations objecting to the use of the automatic shelf registration statement form. The Company has paid, or if the Prospectus 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) under the 1933 Act Regulations without regard to the proviso therein and otherwise in accordance with Rules 456(b) and 457(r) under the 1933 Act Regulations (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).

 

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(ii)               Registration Statement and Prospectuses. The Registration Statement became effective upon filing under Rule 462(e) on February 13, 2019, and any post-effective amendment thereto also became effective upon filing under Rule 462(e). No stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or any post-effective amendment thereto has been issued under the 1933 Act, no order preventing or suspending the use of any preliminary prospectus or 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 and at each deemed effective date with respect to the Underwriters and the Forward Seller pursuant to Rule 430B(f)(2) under the 1933 Act Regulations, complied in all material respects at the time it became effective with the requirements of the 1933 Act and the 1933 Act Regulations. Each preliminary prospectus (including the prospectus filed as part of the Registration Statement as originally filed or as part of any amendment or supplement thereto), any supplement thereto or any prospectus wrapper prepared in connection therewith, and the Prospectus complied and will comply in all material respects at the time it was filed with the 1933 Act and the 1933 Act Regulations. Each preliminary prospectus and the Prospectus delivered to the Underwriters and the Forward Seller for use in connection with this offering 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 1934 Act and the rules and regulations of the Commission under the 1934 Act (the “1934 Act Regulations”).

 

(iii)             Accurate Disclosure. Neither the Registration Statement nor any amendment thereto, at the times they became effective, on the date hereof, at the Closing Time or at any Date of Delivery, 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. As of the Applicable Time, neither (A) the General Disclosure Package nor (B) any individual Issuer Limited Use Free Writing Prospectus, when considered together with the General Disclosure Package, 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. Neither the Prospectus nor any amendment or supplement thereto (including any prospectus wrapper), as of its issue date, at the time of any filing with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b), at the Closing Time or at any Date of Delivery, 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 General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, at the time the Registration Statement became effective or when such documents incorporated by reference were filed with the Commission, as the case may be, when read together with the other information in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package or 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.

 

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The representations and warranties in this subsection shall not apply to statements in or omissions from the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), the General Disclosure Package, any individual Issuer Limited Use 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 any Underwriter through the Representative, the Forward Purchaser or the Forward Seller expressly for use therein. For purposes of this Agreement, the only information so furnished shall be the information in the first paragraph and in the last sentence of the second paragraph under the heading “Underwriting—Short Positions” in the Prospectus (collectively, the “Underwriter 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, and any preliminary or other prospectus deemed to be a part thereof that has not been superseded or modified.

 

(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 1933 Act Regulations) of the Securities and at the date hereof, the Company was not and is not an “ineligible issuer,” as defined in Rule 405, without taking into account any determination by the Commission pursuant to Rule 405 that it is not necessary that the Company be considered an ineligible issuer.

 

(vi)             Independent Accountants. The accountants who certified the financial statements and supporting schedules included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus are independent public accountants as required by the 1933 Act, the 1933 Act Regulations, the 1934 Act, the 1934 Act Regulations and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

 

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(vii)            Financial Statements; Non-GAAP Financial Measures. The financial statements included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package and the 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 and the statements of operations, equity and cash flows of the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries for the periods specified; 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 General Disclosure Package and the 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 and otherwise have been prepared 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, if any, included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package and the 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 historical or pro forma 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, the General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus under the 1933 Act or the 1933 Act Regulations. All disclosures contained in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus, or incorporated by reference therein, 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 1934 Act and Item 10 of Regulation S-K of the 1933 Act, to the extent applicable. The interactive data in eXtensible Business Reporting Language incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus 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 General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus, (A) there has been no material adverse change in the condition, financial or otherwise, or in the earnings, business affairs or business prospects 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 limited partnership interests in the Operating Partnership (“OP Units”) and LTIP units in the Operating Partnership (“LTIP Units”), 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.

 

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(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 General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus and to enter into and perform its obligations under this Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreement 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 Forward Sale Agreement; 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 General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus and to enter into and perform its obligations under this Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreement; 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, the General Disclosure Package 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.

 

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(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 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 General Disclosure Package and the 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, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, (B) any security interest, mortgage, pledge, lien, encumbrance, claim or equity in connection with indebtedness described in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package 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. 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 D 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, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus (except for subsequent issuances, if any, (A) pursuant to this Agreement or the Forward Sale Agreement, (B) pursuant to reservations, agreements or employee benefit plans or dividend reinvestment or stock purchase plans referred to in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, (C) pursuant to the exercise, redemption, or exchange of convertible or exchangeable securities, options or warrants referred to in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, including OP Units or LTIP Units or (D) unregistered issuances not required to be disclosed pursuant to the 1934 Act, the 1933 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 1933 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 received by it from the issuance, sale and delivery of the Securities and any additional shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreement (assuming Physical Settlement (as defined in the applicable Forward Sale Agreement)) to the Operating Partnership will be, on or prior to the Closing Time, duly authorized for issuance by the Operating Partnership to the holders thereof and at the Closing Time or upon settlement of the applicable Forward Sale Agreement, as applicable, will be validly issued and fully paid. The issuance of such OP Units will be exempt from registration or qualification under the 1933 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, General Disclosure Package 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.

 

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(xiii)              Authorization of the Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreement. This Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Company and the Operating Partnership. The Initial Forward Sale Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Company and the Operating Partnership and upon authorization, execution and delivery of such agreement by the Forward Purchaser, will be a legal, valid and binding obligation of the Company and the Operating Partnership, enforceable against the Company and the Operating Partnership in accordance with its terms, except to the extent that such enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, fraudulent transfer, reorganization, moratorium or other similar laws relating to or affecting creditors’ rights and remedies generally or general principles of equity and except as rights to indemnity and contribution thereunder may be limited by applicable law or policies underlying such law. Each Additional Forward Sale Agreement, if any, will be duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Company and the Operating Partnership and upon authorization, execution and delivery of such agreement by the Forward Purchaser, will be a legal, valid and binding obligation of the Company and the Operating Partnership, enforceable against the Company and the Operating Partnership in accordance with its terms, except to the extent that such enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, fraudulent transfer, reorganization, moratorium or other similar laws relating to or affecting creditors’ rights and remedies generally or general principles of equity and except as rights to indemnity and contribution thereunder may be limited by applicable law or policies underlying such law.

 

(xiv)               Authorization and Description of Securities. The Securities to be purchased by the Underwriters from the Company have been duly authorized for issuance and sale to the Underwriters pursuant to this Agreement and, when issued and delivered by the Company pursuant to this Agreement against payment of the consideration set forth herein, will be validly issued and fully paid and non-assessable; and the issuance of the Securities is not subject to the preemptive rights, 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 General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus and such description conforms in all material respects to the rights set forth in the instruments defining the same. No holder of Securities will be subject to personal liability solely by reason of being such a holder. The form of certificate used to evidence the Securities will be in substantially the form filed or incorporated by reference, as the case may be, as an exhibit to the Registration Statement. The Company has duly authorized and reserved for issuance pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreement 14,300,000 shares of Common Stock. When issued and delivered by the Company pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreement against payment of the consideration required to be paid by the Forward Purchaser pursuant to the terms of the applicable Forward Sale Agreement, the shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to the applicable Forward Sale Agreement will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable, and the issuance of such shares of Common Stock is not and will not be subject to the preemptive rights, resale rights, rights of first refusal or other similar rights of any securityholder of the Company.

 

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(xv)                 Registration Rights. There are no persons with registration rights or other similar rights to have any securities registered for sale pursuant to the Registration Statement or otherwise registered for sale by the Company under the 1933 Act in connection with the issuance and sale of the Securities or any additional shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreement.

 

(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 document, (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, 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 this Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreement by the Company and the Operating Partnership, as applicable, and their consummation of the transactions contemplated herein and therein, as applicable, and in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus (including the Company’s issuance and sale of the Securities and any additional shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreement and its use of the net proceeds therefrom as described therein 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 document 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.

 

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(xvii)             Absence of Labor Dispute. 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 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. 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 or the Forward Sale Agreement or the performance by the Company and its subsidiaries of their obligations 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, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, including ordinary routine litigation incidental to the business, would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

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(xx)                Accuracy of Descriptions. The statements in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus under the headings “Prospectus Supplement Summary—The Offering,” “Description of Capital Stock,” “Certain Provisions of Maryland Law and of Our Charter and Bylaws” “Material Federal Income Tax Considerations,” and “Underwriting” 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, the General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus or to be filed as exhibits to the Registration Statement 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 Forward Sale Agreement, in connection with its offering, the issuance or sale of the Securities hereunder, the issuance or sale of any additional shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreement or its consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement or the Forward Sale Agreement, except such as have been already obtained or as may be required under the 1933 Act, the 1933 Act Regulations, the rules of the New York Stock Exchange, state securities laws or the rules of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”).

 

(xxiii)             Possession of Licenses and Permits. The Company and its subsidiaries possess such permits, licenses, approvals, consents and other authorizations (collectively, “Governmental 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.

 

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(xxiv)            Title to Personal Property. 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) 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, the General Disclosure Package 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, the General Disclosure Package 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, the General Disclosure Package 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, the General Disclosure Package 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 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 of the Company and its subsidiaries), except for failures to the extent disclosed in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package 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, the General Disclosure Package 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.

 

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(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 Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller 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, the General Disclosure Package 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, the General Disclosure Package 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, 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, the General Disclosure Package 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.

 

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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, the General Disclosure Package 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 Rule 15d-15 under the 1934 Act Regulations) 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, the General Disclosure Package 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, the General Disclosure Package 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 (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.

 

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(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 or implementing the provisions thereof (the “Sarbanes-Oxley Act”), including Section 402 related 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 General Disclosure Package and the 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 General Disclosure Package and the 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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(xxxiii)           Transfer Taxes. Except as disclosed in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, there are no transfer taxes or other similar fees or charges under federal law or the laws of any state or any political subdivision thereof, required to be paid in connection with the execution and delivery of this Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreement or the issuance or sale by the Company of the Securities and any additional shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreement.

 

(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 as herein contemplated and the application of the net proceeds therefrom or from the Forward Sale Agreement as described in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus will be required, to register as an “investment company” under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

 

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(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 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 1934 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 Laws. None 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 received by it from the issuance, sale and delivery of the Securities and any additional shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreement (assuming Physical Settlement), 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.

 

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(xlii)               Distribution of Offering Material. The Company and its subsidiaries have not distributed, and prior to the later of the Closing Time and the completion of the distribution of the Securities, will not distribute, any offering material in connection with the offering or sale of the Securities other than any preliminary prospectus, the Prospectus, any issuer free writing prospectus, or any other materials, if any, permitted by the 1933 Act.

 

(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, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus.

 

(xliv)             No Finder’s Fee. Except for the Underwriters’ discounts and commissions payable by the Company to the Underwriters in connection with the offering of the Securities contemplated herein or as otherwise disclosed in the General Disclosure Package and 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. At the Closing Time, the Securities and the maximum number of additional shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreement will be duly listed and admitted and authorized for trading on the New York Stock Exchange, 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, the General Disclosure Package 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.

 

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(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 1933 Act and the 1933 Act Regulations or the interpretations thereof by the Commission.

 

(xlviii)           Lending Relationship. Except as disclosed in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, the Company (A) does not have any material lending or other relationship with any bank or lending affiliate of any Underwriter, the Forward Purchaser or the Forward Seller and (B) does not intend to use any of the net proceeds received by it from the issuance, sale and delivery of the Securities and any additional shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreement (assuming Physical Settlement) to repay any outstanding debt owed to any affiliate of any Underwriter, the Forward Purchaser or the Forward Seller.

 

(xlix)             Statistical and Market-Related Data. Any statistical and market-related data included in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package or the 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.

 

(l)                  Cybersecurity.  With such exceptions as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect: (A) there has been no 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)               Officer’s Certificates. Any certificate signed by any officer of the Company and delivered to the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller or to their counsel shall be deemed a representation and warranty by the Company and the Operating Partnership to each Underwriter, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller as to the matters covered thereby.

 

(c)               Representations and Warranties by the Forward Seller. The Forward Seller represents and warrants to each Underwriter as of the date hereof, the Applicable Time, the Closing Time and any Date of Delivery, and agrees with each Underwriter as follows:

 

(i)                  This Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Forward Seller.

 

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(ii)                 The Initial Forward Sale Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Forward Purchaser and, assuming due authorization, execution and delivery by the Company, constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of the Forward Purchaser, enforceable against the Forward Purchaser in accordance with its terms, except as such enforceability may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or other similar laws affecting creditors’ rights generally or general equitable principles.

 

(iii)                Each Additional Forward Sale Agreement, if any, will be duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Forward Purchaser and, assuming due authorization, execution and delivery by the Company, will constitute a legal, valid and binding obligation of the Forward Purchaser, enforceable against the Forward Purchaser in accordance with its terms, except as such enforceability may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or other similar laws affecting creditors’ rights generally or general equitable principles.

 

(iv)               The Forward Seller shall, at the Closing Time and any Date of Delivery, as applicable, have the free and unqualified right to transfer the number of Borrowed Securities that it is required to deliver, to the extent that it is required to transfer such Borrowed Securities hereunder, free and clear of any security interest, mortgage, pledge, lien, charge, claim, encumbrance, equity, restriction on voting or transfer or any other claim of any third party of any kind; and upon delivery of such Borrowed Securities and payment of the purchase price therefor as herein contemplated, assuming each of the Underwriters has no notice of any adverse claim, each of the Underwriters shall have the free and unqualified right to transfer such Borrowed Securities purchased by it from the Forward Seller, free and clear of any security interest, mortgage, pledge, lien, charge, claim, equity, encumbrance, equity, restriction on voting or transfer or any other claim of any third party of any kind.

 

SECTION 2. Sale and Delivery to Underwriters; Closing.

 

(a)               Initial Securities.

 

(i)                  Primary Securities. On the basis of the representations and warranties herein contained and subject to the terms and conditions herein set forth, the Company agrees to sell to each Underwriter, severally and not jointly, and each Underwriter, severally and not jointly, agrees to purchase from the Company, at the price per share set forth in Schedule A, the number of Primary Securities set forth in Schedule A opposite the name of such Underwriter, plus any additional number of Primary Securities which such Underwriter may become obligated to purchase pursuant to the provisions of Section 10 hereof, subject, in each case, to such adjustments among the Underwriters as the Representative in its sole discretion shall make to eliminate any sales or purchases of fractional shares.

 

(ii)                 Forward Underwritten Securities. On the basis of the representations and warranties herein contained and subject to the terms and conditions herein set forth, each of the Forward Seller (with respect to Borrowed Underwritten Securities) and the Company (with respect to Company Top-Up Underwritten Securities) agrees to sell to each Underwriter, severally and not jointly, and each Underwriter, severally and not jointly, agrees to purchase from the Forward Seller (with respect to Borrowed Underwritten Securities) and the Company (with respect to Company Top-Up Underwritten Securities), at the price per share set forth in Schedule A, the number of Forward Underwritten Securities set forth in Schedule A opposite the name of such Underwriter, plus any additional number of Forward Underwritten Securities which such Underwriter may become obligated to purchase pursuant to the provisions of Section 10 hereof, subject, in each case, to such adjustments among the Underwriters as the Representative in its sole discretion shall make to eliminate any sales or purchases of fractional shares.

 

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(b)               Option Securities.

 

(i)                  In addition, on the basis of the representations and warranties herein contained and subject to the terms and conditions herein set forth, each of the Forward Seller (with respect to Borrowed Option Securities) and the Company (with respect to Company Option Securities and Company Top-Up Option Securities) hereby grants an option to and agrees to sell to each Underwriter, severally and not jointly, and each Underwriter, severally and not jointly, agrees to purchase from the Forward Seller (with respect to Borrowed Option Securities) and the Company (with respect to Company Option Securities and Company Top-Up Option Securities), upon the exercise of such option by the Underwriters, up to an additional 1,650,000 shares of Common Stock, at the price per share set forth in Schedule A, less an amount per share equal to any dividends or distributions declared by the Company and payable on the Initial Securities but not payable on the Option Securities.  The option hereby granted will expire 30 days after the date hereof and may be exercised in whole or in part at any time from time to time upon notice by the Representative to the Company and the Forward Seller setting forth the number of Option Securities as to which the several Underwriters are then exercising the option and the time and date of payment and delivery for such Option Securities.  Any such time and date of delivery (a “Date of Delivery”) shall be determined by the Representative, but shall not be later than seven full business days after the exercise of said option, nor in any event prior to the Closing Time.

 

(ii)                Within one business day after such notice is given, the Company may, in its sole discretion, execute and deliver to the Forward Purchaser a letter agreement (each such letter agreement, an “Additional Forward Sale Agreement”) between the Company and the Forward Purchaser relating to the forward sale by the Company, subject to the Company’s right to elect Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement (as such terms are defined in such Additional Forward Sale Agreement), of a number of shares of Common Stock equal to the aggregate number of Option Securities as to which the several Underwriters are then exercising the option to be sold by the Forward Seller pursuant to this Agreement, on terms substantially similar to the Initial Forward Sale Agreement, mutatis mutandis, as agreed by the parties. If the Company does not timely execute and deliver such Additional Forward Sale Agreement pursuant to the above or the Forward Purchaser does not timely execute and deliver to the Company such Additional Forward Sale Agreement, such Additional Forward Sale Agreement shall not be deemed to exist for purposes of this Agreement and the Company will sell a number of shares of Common Stock equal to the aggregate number of Option Securities as to which the several Underwriters are then exercising the option. Shares of Common Stock sold by the Company pursuant to this Section 2(b) are herein referred to collectively as “Company Option Securities.”

 

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(iii)                If the option is exercised as to all or any portion of the Option Securities, each of the Underwriters, acting severally and not jointly, will purchase that proportion of the total number of Borrowed Option Securities, Company Option Securities or Company Top-Up Option Securities, as applicable, then being purchased which the number of Primary Securities set forth in Schedule A opposite the name of such Underwriter bears to the total number of Primary Securities, subject, in each case, to such adjustments as the Representative in its sole discretion shall make to eliminate any sales or purchases of fractional shares.

 

(c)               Payment. Payment of the purchase price for, and delivery of certificates or security entitlements for, the Initial Securities shall be made at the offices of Sidley Austin llp, 787 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York 10019, or at such other place as shall be agreed upon by the Representative, the Forward Seller and the Company, at 9:00 A.M. (Eastern time) on the second (third, if the pricing occurs after 4:30 P.M. (Eastern time) on any given day) business day after the date hereof (unless postponed in accordance with the provisions of Section 10), or such other time not later than ten business days after such date as shall be agreed upon by the Representative, the Forward Seller and the Company (such time and date of payment and delivery being herein called “Closing Time”).

 

In addition, in the event that any or all of the Option Securities are purchased by the Underwriters, payment of the purchase price for, and delivery of certificates or security entitlements for, such Option Securities shall be made at the above-mentioned offices, or at such other place as shall be agreed upon by the Representative, the Forward Seller and the Company, on each Date of Delivery as specified in the notice from the Representative to the Company and the Forward Seller.

 

Payment shall be made to the Forward Seller or the Company, as applicable, by wire transfer of immediately available funds to a bank account designated by the Forward Seller or the Company, as applicable, against delivery to the Representative for the respective accounts of the Underwriters of certificates or security entitlements for the Securities to be purchased by them. It is understood that each Underwriter has authorized the Representative, for its account, to accept delivery of, receipt for, and make payment of the purchase price for, the Initial Securities and the Option Securities, if any, which it has agreed to purchase. The Representative, individually and not as representative of the Underwriters, may (but shall not be obligated to) make payment of the purchase price for the Initial Securities or the Option Securities, if any, to be purchased by any Underwriter whose funds have not been received by the Closing Time or the relevant Date of Delivery, as the case may be, but such payment shall not relieve such Underwriter from its obligations hereunder.

 

(d)               Denominations; Registration. Certificates for the Initial Securities and the Option Securities, if any, shall be in such denominations and registered in such names as the Representative may request in writing at least one full business day before the Closing Time or the relevant Date of Delivery, as the case may be. The Initial Securities and any Option Securities shall be delivered by or on behalf of the Forward Seller or the Company, as applicable, to the Representative, through the facilities of The Depository Trust Company, for the account of the several Underwriters, or as the parties hereto otherwise agree. The certificates for the Initial Securities and the Option Securities, if any, will be made available for examination and packaging by the Representative in The City of New York not later than 10:00 A.M. (Eastern time) on the business day prior to the Closing Time or the relevant Date of Delivery, as the case may be.

 

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(e)               Conditions. If with respect to the Borrowed Securities, (i) the Company has not performed all of the obligations required to be performed by it under this Agreement on or prior to the Closing Time or any Date of Delivery, as the case may be, (ii) any of the conditions set forth in Section 5 hereof have not been satisfied on or prior to the Closing Time or any Date of Delivery, as the case may be, or (iii) any of the conditions set forth in the applicable Forward Sale Agreement shall not have been satisfied on or prior to the Closing Time or any Date of Delivery, as the case may be, (clauses (i) through (iii), together, the “Conditions”), then the Forward Seller, in its sole discretion, may elect not to borrow and deliver for sale to the Underwriters the Borrowed Securities otherwise deliverable on such date. In addition, in the event the Forward Seller determines that in connection with establishing its commercially reasonable hedge position, in its sole judgment, the Forward Seller (or its affiliate) (x) is unable, after using commercially reasonable efforts, to borrow and deliver for sale the full number of Borrowed Securities to be borrowed and sold pursuant to this Agreement at the Closing Time or on such Date of Delivery or (y) would incur a stock loan cost of more than a rate equal to 200 basis points per annum to do so with respect to all or any portion of such full number of Borrowed Securities, then, in each case and upon notice delivered no later than 9:00 A.M., (Eastern time), at the Closing Time or Date of Delivery, as applicable, the Forward Seller shall only be required to deliver for sale to the Underwriters on the Closing Time or such Date of Delivery, as the case may be, the aggregate number of shares of Common Stock that the Forward Seller or its affiliate is able to borrow in connection with establishing its hedge position at or below such cost.

 

SECTION 3. Covenants of the Company and the Operating Partnership. The Company and the Operating Partnership, jointly and severally, covenant with each Underwriter, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller as follows:

 

(a)               Compliance with Securities Regulations and Commission Requests. The Company, subject to Section 3(b), will comply with the requirements of Rule 430B, and will notify the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller immediately, and confirm the notice in writing, (i) when any post-effective amendment to the Registration Statement shall become effective or any amendment or supplement to the Prospectus shall have been filed, (ii) of the receipt of any comments from the Commission, (iii) of any request by the Commission for any amendment to the Registration Statement or any amendment or supplement to the Prospectus, including any document incorporated by reference therein or for additional information, (iv) of the issuance by the Commission of any stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or any post-effective amendment or of any order preventing or suspending the use of any preliminary prospectus or the Prospectus, or of the suspension of the qualification of the Securities for offering or sale in any jurisdiction, or of the initiation or threatening of any proceedings for any of such purposes or of any examination pursuant to Section 8(d) or 8(e) of the 1933 Act concerning the Registration Statement and (v) if the Company becomes the subject of a proceeding under Section 8A of the 1933 Act in connection with the offering of the Securities. The Company will effect all filings required under Rule 424(b), in the manner and within the time period required by Rule 424(b) (without reliance on Rule 424(b)(8)), and will take such steps as it deems necessary to ascertain promptly whether the form of prospectus transmitted for filing under Rule 424(b) was received for filing by the Commission and, in the event that it was not, it will promptly file such prospectus. The Company will make every reasonable effort to prevent the issuance of any stop order, prevention or suspension and, if any such order is issued, to obtain the lifting thereof at the earliest possible moment.

 

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(b)               Continued Compliance with Securities Laws. The Company will comply with the 1933 Act, the 1933 Act Regulations, the 1934 Act and the 1934 Act Regulations so as to permit the completion of the distribution of the Securities and any additional shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreement as contemplated in this Agreement, the Forward Sale Agreement, the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus. If at any time when a prospectus relating to the Securities is (or, but for the exception afforded by Rule 172 of the 1933 Act Regulations (“Rule 172”), would be) required by the 1933 Act to be delivered in connection with sales of the Securities, any event shall occur or condition shall exist as a result of which it is necessary, in the opinion of counsel for the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller 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 General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus in order that the General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus, as the case may be, will not include 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 General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus, as the case may be, in order to comply with the requirements of the 1933 Act or the 1933 Act Regulations, the Company will (A) promptly give the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller notice of such event, (B) furnish the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller with copies of any such documents prior to such proposed filing or use, as the case may be, (C) promptly prepare any amendment or supplement as may be necessary to correct such statement or omission or to make the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus comply with such requirements and, a reasonable amount of time prior to any proposed filing or use, furnish the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller with copies of any such amendment or supplement and (D) promptly file with the Commission any such amendment or supplement; provided that the Company shall not file or use any such amendment or supplement to which the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller or their counsel shall reasonably object. The Company will furnish to the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller such number of copies of such amendment or supplement as they may reasonably request. The Company has given the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller notice of any filings made pursuant to the 1934 Act or 1934 Act Regulations within 48 hours prior to the Applicable Time; the Company will give the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller notice of its intention to make any such filing from the Applicable Time to the Closing Time and will furnish the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller with copies of any such documents a reasonable amount of time prior to such proposed filing, as the case may be, and will not file or use any such document to which the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller or their counsel shall reasonably object. If at any time when a prospectus relating to the Securities is (or, but for the exception afforded by Rule 172, would be) required by the 1933 Act to be delivered in connection with sales of the Securities and 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 or would conflict with the information contained in the Registration Statement relating to the Securities or included or would include an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted 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 at that subsequent time, not misleading, the Company will promptly notify the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller and will promptly amend or supplement, at its own expense, such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus to eliminate or correct such conflict, untrue statement or omission.

 

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(c)               Delivery of Registration Statements. The Company has furnished or will deliver to the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller and their counsel, without charge, signed copies of the Registration Statement as originally filed and each amendment thereto (including exhibits filed therewith or incorporated by reference therein and documents incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference therein) and signed copies of all consents and certificates of experts, and will also deliver to the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, without charge, a conformed copy of the Registration Statement as originally filed and each amendment thereto (without exhibits) for each of the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller. The copies of the Registration Statement and each amendment thereto furnished to the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller 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)               Delivery of Prospectuses. The Company has delivered to each Underwriter, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, without charge, as many copies of each preliminary prospectus as such Underwriter reasonably requested, and the Company hereby consents to the use of such copies for purposes permitted by the 1933 Act. The Company will furnish to each Underwriter, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, without charge, during the period when a prospectus relating to the Securities is (or, but for the exception afforded by Rule 172, would be) required to be delivered under the 1933 Act, such number of copies of the Prospectus (as amended or supplemented) as such Underwriter may reasonably request. The Prospectus and any amendments or supplements thereto furnished to the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller 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.

 

(e)               Blue Sky Qualifications. The Company will use its best efforts, in cooperation with the Underwriters, to qualify the Securities for offering and sale under the applicable securities laws of such states and other jurisdictions (domestic or foreign) as the Representative may designate and to maintain such qualifications in effect so long as required to complete 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.

 

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(f)                Rule 158. The Company will timely file such reports pursuant to the 1934 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 Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller the benefits contemplated by, the last paragraph of Section 11(a) of the 1933 Act.

 

(g)               Use of Proceeds. The Company and the Operating Partnership will use the net proceeds received by it from the issuance, sale and delivery of the Securities and any additional shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreement (assuming Physical Settlement) in the manner specified in the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus under “Use of Proceeds.”

 

(h)               Listing. The Company will use its best efforts to effect the listing of the Securities and the maximum number of additional shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreement on the New York Stock Exchange.

 

(i)                 Restriction on Sale of Securities. During a period of 30 days from the date of the Prospectus, the Company and the Operating Partnership will not, without the prior written consent of the Representative, (i) directly or indirectly, offer, pledge, sell, contract to sell, sell any option or contract to purchase, purchase any option or contract to sell, grant any option, right or warrant to purchase or otherwise transfer or dispose of any shares of Common Stock or any securities convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for Common Stock, including without limitation OP Units, or file any registration statement under the 1933 Act with respect to any of the foregoing or (ii) enter into any swap or any other agreement or any transaction that transfers, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, the economic consequence of ownership of the Common Stock, whether any such swap or transaction described in clause (i) or (ii) above is to be settled by delivery of Common Stock or such other securities, in cash or otherwise. The foregoing sentence shall not apply to (A) the Securities to be sold hereunder, (B) any shares of Common Stock issued by the Company upon the exercise of an option or warrant or the conversion of a security outstanding on the date hereof and referred to in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, (C) any shares of Common Stock, OP Units, LTIP Units, dividend equivalent rights or other equity-based awards issued or options to purchase Common Stock granted pursuant to existing employee benefit plans of the Company referred to in the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus (including the filing of a registration statement on Form S-8 relating to such existing employee benefit plans of the Company referred to in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus), (D) any additional shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreement or (E) any OP Units issued in connection with the acquisition of property or assets, in an amount not to exceed an aggregate of 10% of the OP Units outstanding as of the completion of the purchases contemplated by this Agreement (including any Option Securities), provided that the recipients of the OP Units agree in writing (upon substantially the terms set forth in the Lock Up Agreement attached hereto as Exhibit C) not to sell, offer, dispose of or otherwise transfer any such OP Units during the remainder of the 30-day period without the prior written consent of the Representative.

 

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(j)                 Reporting Requirements. The Company, during the period when a Prospectus relating to the Securities is (or, but for the exception afforded by Rule 172, would be) required to be delivered under the 1933 Act, will file all documents required to be filed with the Commission pursuant to the 1934 Act within the time periods required by the 1934 Act and 1934 Act Regulations. Additionally, the Company shall report the use of proceeds from the issuance of the Securities and from the Forward Sale Agreement as may be required under Rule 463 under the 1933 Act.

 

(k)                Issuer Free Writing Prospectuses. The Company agrees that, unless it obtains the prior written consent of the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, it 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,” or a portion thereof, required to be filed by the Company with the Commission or retained by the Company under Rule 433; provided that the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller will be deemed to have consented to the Issuer Free Writing Prospectuses listed on Schedule C hereto and any “road show that is a written communication” within the meaning of Rule 433(d)(8)(i) that has been reviewed by the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller. The Company represents that it has treated or agrees that it will treat each such free writing prospectus consented to, or deemed consented to, by the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller as an “issuer free writing prospectus,” as defined in Rule 433, and that it has complied and will comply with the applicable requirements of Rule 433 with respect thereto, including timely filing with the Commission where required, legending and record keeping. 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 or would conflict with the information contained in the Registration Statement, any preliminary prospectus or the Prospectus or included or would include an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted or would omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances existing at that subsequent time, not misleading, the Company will promptly notify the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller and will promptly amend or supplement, at its own expense, such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus to eliminate or correct such conflict, untrue statement or omission.

 

(l)                 Absence of Manipulation. Except as contemplated herein or in the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus, each of the Company and the Operating Partnership will not take, directly or indirectly, any action designed to or that would constitute or that might reasonably be expected to cause or result in, stabilization or manipulation of the price of any securities of the Company to facilitate the sale or resale of the Securities or any additional shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreement.

 

(m)             Qualification and Taxation as a REIT. The Company will use its best 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.

 

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(n)               Sarbanes-Oxley. The Company will comply in all material respects with all applicable provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act that are in effect and applicable to the Company.

 

(o)               Notification of Material Events. The Company, during the period when the Prospectus is (or but for the exemption in Rule 172 would be) required to be delivered under the 1933 Act or the 1934 Act, shall notify the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller of the occurrence of any material events respecting its (including those of the Operating Partnership) activities, affairs or condition, financial or otherwise, if, but only if, as a result of any such event it is necessary, in the opinion of counsel, to amend or supplement the Prospectus in order to make the Prospectus not misleading in the light of the circumstances existing at the time it is (or but for the exemption in Rule 172 would be) delivered to a purchaser, and the Company will forthwith supply such information as shall be necessary in the opinion of counsel to the Company and the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller for the Company to prepare any necessary amendment or supplement to the Prospectus so that, as so amended or supplemented, the Prospectus will 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 the light of the circumstances existing at the time it is (or but for the exemption in Rule 172 would be) delivered to a purchaser, not misleading.

 

SECTION 4. Payment of Expenses.

 

(a)               Expenses. The Company will pay or cause to be paid all expenses incident to the performance of its obligations under this Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreement, including (i) the preparation, printing and filing of the Registration Statement (including financial statements and exhibits) as originally filed and each amendment thereto, (ii) the preparation, issuance and delivery of the certificates or security entitlements for the Securities and any additional shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreement to the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, including any stock, transfer or other taxes and any stamp or other duties payable upon the sale, issuance or delivery of the Securities and any additional shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreement to the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, (iii) the fees and disbursements of the Company’s counsel, accountants and other advisors, (iv) the qualification of the Securities under securities laws in accordance with the provisions of Section 3(e) hereof, including filing fees, (v) the preparation, printing and delivery to the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller of copies of each preliminary prospectus, each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus and the Prospectus and any amendments or supplements thereto and any costs associated with electronic delivery of any of the foregoing by the Underwriters to investors, (vi) the fees and expenses of any transfer agent or registrar for the Securities and any additional shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreement, (vii) the costs and expenses of the Company relating to investor presentations on any “road show” undertaken in connection with the marketing of the Securities, including without limitation, expenses associated with the production of road show slides and graphics, fees and expenses of any consultants engaged in connection with the road show presentations, travel and lodging expenses of the officers of the Company and any such consultants, and the cost of aircraft and other transportation chartered in connection with the road show, (viii) the fees and expenses incurred in connection with the listing of the Securities and any additional shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreement on the New York Stock Exchange, (ix) the costs and expenses (including, without limitation, any damages or other amounts payable in connection with legal or contractual liability) associated with the reforming of any contracts for sale of the Securities made by the Underwriters caused by a breach of the representation contained in the third sentence of Section 1(a)(iii) and (x) the filing fees incident to the review by FINRA of the terms of the sale of the Securities and any additional shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreement.

 

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(b)              Termination of Agreement. If this Agreement is terminated by the Representative in accordance with the provisions of Section 5 or Section 9(a)(i) or (iii) hereof, the Company shall reimburse the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller for all of their out-of-pocket expenses, including the reasonable fees and disbursements of their counsel.

 

SECTION 5. Conditions of Underwriters’ and the Forward Seller’s Obligations. The obligations of the several Underwriters and the Forward Seller hereunder are subject to the accuracy of the representations and warranties of the Company and the Operating Partnership contained herein or in certificates of any officer of the Company or any of its subsidiaries 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 has become effective and, at the Closing Time, no stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or any post-effective amendment thereto has been issued under the 1933 Act, no order preventing or suspending the use of any preliminary prospectus or 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, contemplated; and the Company has complied with each request (if any) from the Commission for additional information. The Company shall have paid the required Commission filing fees relating to the Securities within the time required by Rule 456(b)(1)(i) under the 1933 Act Regulations without regard to the proviso therein and otherwise in accordance with Rules 456(b) and 457(r) under the 1933 Act Regulations (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)               Opinion of Counsel for Company and the Operating Partnership. At the Closing Time, the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller shall have received the favorable opinion and negative assurance statement, dated as of the Closing Time, of DLA Piper LLP (US), counsel for the Company and the Operating Partnership, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to counsel for the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, together with signed or reproduced copies of such letters for each of the other Underwriters, substantially in the form attached as Exhibit A hereto.

 

(c)               Opinion of Tax Counsel for Company and the Operating Partnership. At the Closing Time, the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller shall have received the favorable opinion, dated as of the Closing Time, of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, tax counsel for the Company and the Operating Partnership, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to counsel for the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, together with signed or reproduced copies of such letter for each of the other Underwriters, substantially in the form attached as Exhibit B hereto.

 

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(d)              Opinion of Counsel for Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller. At the Closing Time, the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller shall have received the favorable opinion and negative assurance statement, dated as of the Closing Time, of Sidley Austin LLP, counsel for the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, together with signed or reproduced copies of such letter for each of the other Underwriters, with respect to such matters as the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller may reasonably request.

 

(e)               Officers’ Certificate. At the Closing Time, there shall not have been, since the date hereof or since the respective dates as of which information is given in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus, any material adverse change in the condition, financial or otherwise, or in the earnings, business affairs or business prospects of the Company, the Operating Partnership and their subsidiaries, considered as one enterprise, whether or not arising in the ordinary course of business, and the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller shall have received a certificate of the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer of the Company, dated the Closing Time, to the effect that (i) there has been no such material adverse change, (ii) the representations and warranties of the Company and the Operating Partnership in Section 1(a) of this Agreement are true and correct with the same force and effect as though expressly made at and as of the Closing Time, (iii) the Company and the Operating Partnership have each complied with all agreements and satisfied all conditions on its part to be performed or satisfied at or prior to the Closing Time, and (iv) no stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement under the 1933 Act has been issued, no order preventing or suspending the use of any preliminary prospectus or the Prospectus has been issued and no proceedings for any of those purposes have been instituted or are pending or, to their knowledge, contemplated.

 

(f)                Accountant’s Comfort Letter. At the time of the execution of this Agreement, the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller shall have received from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP a letter, dated such date, in form and substance satisfactory to the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, together with signed or reproduced copies of such letter for each of the other Underwriters containing statements and information of the type ordinarily included in accountants’ “comfort letters” to underwriters with respect to the financial statements and certain financial information contained in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package and the Prospectus.

 

(g)               Bring-down Comfort Letter. At the Closing Time, the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller shall have received from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP a letter, dated as of the Closing Time, to the effect that they reaffirm the statements made in the letter furnished pursuant to subsection (f) of this Section, except that the specified date referred to shall be a date not more than three business days prior to the Closing Time.

 

(h)              Chief Financial Officer’s Certificate. At the time of execution of this Agreement, the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller shall have received a certificate of the Chief Financial Officer of the Company, dated as of such date, in a form reasonably satisfactory to the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, together with signed or reproduced copies of such certificate for each of the other Underwriters. At the Closing Time, the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller shall have received from the Chief Financial Officer a certificate, dated as of the Closing Time, of the Chief Financial Officer of the Company confirming that the certificate delivered by the Company at the time of execution of this Agreement pursuant to the prior sentence of this Section 5(h) hereof remains true and correct as of the Closing Time.

 

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(i)                 General Counsel’s Certificate. At the Closing Time, the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller shall have received a certificate of the General Counsel of the Company, dated as of such date, in a form reasonably satisfactory to the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, together with signed or reproduced copies of such certificate for each of the other Underwriters.

 

(j)                 Approval of Listing. At the Closing Time, the Securities and the maximum number of additional shares of Common Stock issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreement shall have been approved for listing on the New York Stock Exchange, subject only to official notice of issuance.

 

(k)               No Objection. FINRA shall not have raised any objection with respect to the fairness and reasonableness of the underwriting terms and arrangements relating to the offering of the Securities or the Underwriters’ participation in the same.

 

(l)                 No Amendments or Supplements. No amendment or supplement to the Registration Statement, the Prospectus, any preliminary prospectus or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus shall be filed to which the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser or the Forward Seller shall have reasonably objected in writing.

 

(m)             Lock-up Agreements. At the date of this Agreement, the Representative shall have received an agreement substantially in the form of Exhibit C hereto signed by the persons listed on Schedule D hereto (by power of attorney or otherwise).

 

(n)               Conditions to Purchase of Option Securities. In the event that the Underwriters exercise their option provided in Section 2(b) hereof to purchase all or any portion of the Option Securities, the representations and warranties of the Company and the Operating Partnership contained herein and the statements in any certificates furnished by the Company and any of its subsidiaries hereunder shall be true and correct as of each Date of Delivery and, at the relevant Date of Delivery, the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller shall have received:

 

(i)                Officers’ Certificate. A certificate, dated such Date of Delivery, of the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer of the Company confirming that the certificate delivered at the Closing Time pursuant to Section 5(e) hereof remains true and correct as of such Date of Delivery.

 

(ii)              Opinion of Counsel for Company and the Operating Partnership. The favorable opinion and negative assurance statement of DLA Piper LLP (US), counsel for the Company and the Operating Partnership, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to counsel for the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, dated such Date of Delivery, relating to the Option Securities to be purchased on such Date of Delivery and otherwise to the same effect as the opinion required by Section 5(b) hereof.

 

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(iii)             Opinion of Tax Counsel for Company and the Operating Partnership. The favorable opinion of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, tax counsel for the Company and the Operating Partnership, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to counsel for the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, dated such Date of Delivery, relating to the Option Securities to be purchased on such Date of Delivery and otherwise to the same effect as the opinion required by Section 5(c) hereof.

 

(iv)             Opinion of Counsel for Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller. The favorable opinion and negative assurance statement of Sidley Austin LLP, counsel for the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, dated such Date of Delivery, relating to the Option Securities to be purchased on such Date of Delivery and otherwise to the same effect as the opinion required by Section 5(d) hereof.

 

(v)              Bring-down Comfort Letter. A letter from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, in form and substance satisfactory to the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller and dated such Date of Delivery, substantially in the same form and substance as the letter furnished to the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller pursuant to Section 5(f) hereof, except that the “specified date” in the letter furnished pursuant to this paragraph shall be a date not more than three business days prior to such Date of Delivery.

 

(vi)            Chief Financial Officer’s Certificate. A certificate of the Chief Financial Officer of the Company, dated such Date of Delivery, substantially in the same form and substance as the certificate furnished to the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller pursuant to Section 5(h) hereof.

 

(vii)            General Counsel’s Certificate. A certificate of the General Counsel of the Company, dated such Date of Delivery, substantially in the same form and substance as the certificate furnished to the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller pursuant to Section 5(i) hereof.

 

(o)               Additional Documents. At the Closing Time and at each Date of Delivery (if any) counsel for the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller shall have been furnished with such documents and opinions as they may 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; and all proceedings taken by the Company in connection with the issuance and sale of the Securities as herein contemplated shall be reasonably satisfactory in form and substance to the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller and their counsel.

 

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(p)               Termination of Agreement. If any condition specified in this Section shall not have been fulfilled when and as required to be fulfilled, this Agreement, or, in the case of any condition to the purchase of Option Securities on a Date of Delivery which is after the Closing Time, the obligations of the several Underwriters to purchase the relevant Option Securities, may be terminated by the Representative by notice to the Forward Seller and the Company at any time at or prior to Closing Time or such Date of Delivery, as the case may be, and such termination shall be without liability of any party to any other party except as provided in Section 4 and except that Sections 1, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 shall survive any such termination and remain in full force and effect.

 

SECTION 6. Indemnification.

 

(a)               Indemnification of Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller. The Company and the Operating Partnership agree, jointly and severally, to indemnify and hold harmless each Underwriter, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, their respective affiliates (as such term is defined in Rule 501(b) under the 1933 Act (each, an “Affiliate”)), selling agents and each person, if any, who controls any Underwriter, the Forward Purchaser or the Forward Seller within the meaning of Section 15 of the 1933 Act or Section 20 of the 1934 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), including any information deemed to be a part thereof pursuant to Rule 430B, 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 preliminary prospectus, any “road show” (as defined in Rule 433) not constituting an Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, or investor presentation made to investors by the Company in connection with the marketing of the offering of the Securities (whether in person or electronically), any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, the General Disclosure Package 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 6(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 Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, reasonably incurred in investigating, preparing or defending against any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding by any governmental agency or body, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever based upon any such untrue statement or omission, or any such alleged untrue statement or omission, to the extent that any such expense is not paid under (i) or (ii) above;

 

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provided, however, that this indemnity agreement shall not apply to any loss, liability, claim, damage or expense to the extent arising out of any untrue statement or omission or alleged untrue statement or omission made in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), including any information deemed to be a part thereof pursuant to Rule 430B, any preliminary prospectus, any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, the General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto) in reliance upon and in conformity with the Underwriter Information.

 

(b)               Indemnification of Company, Directors and Officers. Each Underwriter severally agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Company, its directors, each of its officers who signed the Registration Statement, and each person, if any, who controls the Company within the meaning of Section 15 of the 1933 Act or Section 20 of the 1934 Act, against any and all loss, liability, claim, damage and expense described in the indemnity contained in subsection (a) of this Section, 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), including any information deemed to be a part thereof pursuant to Rule 430B, any preliminary prospectus, any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, the General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto) in reliance upon and in conformity with the Underwriter Information.

 

(c)               Actions against Parties; Notification. Each indemnified party shall give notice as promptly as reasonably practicable to each indemnifying party of any action commenced against it in respect of which indemnity may be sought hereunder, but failure to so notify an indemnifying party shall not relieve such indemnifying party from any liability hereunder to the extent it is not materially prejudiced as a result thereof and in any event shall not relieve it from any liability which it may have otherwise than on account of this indemnity agreement. In the case of parties indemnified pursuant to Section 6(a) above, counsel to the indemnified parties shall be selected by the Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, and, in the case of parties indemnified pursuant to Section 6(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 6 or Section 7 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.

 

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(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 6(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 7. Contribution. If the indemnification provided for in Section 6 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 Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, 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 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 Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, 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 Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, 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, the total net proceeds from the offering of the Securities pursuant to this Agreement (before deducting expenses) received by the Company (such net proceeds shall include the proceeds to be received by the Company pursuant to the applicable Forward Sale Agreement, assuming Physical Settlement) and the Operating Partnership, (b) in the case of the Underwriters, the total underwriting discounts and commissions received by the Underwriters, and (c) in the case of the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, the aggregate Spread (as defined in the applicable Forward Sale Agreement) retained by the Forward Purchaser under such Forward Sale Agreement, net of any costs associated therewith, as reasonably determined by the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller.

 

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

 

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The Company, the Operating Partnership, the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller agree that it would not be just and equitable if contribution pursuant to this Section 7 were determined by pro rata allocation (even if the Underwriters were treated as one entity for such purpose) or by any other method of allocation which does not take account of the equitable considerations referred to above in this Section 7. The aggregate amount of losses, liabilities, claims, damages and expenses incurred by an indemnified party and referred to above in this Section 7 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 7, no Underwriter shall be required to contribute any amount in excess of the amount by which the total price at which the Securities underwritten by it and distributed to the public were offered to the public exceeds the amount of any damages which such Underwriter 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 1933 Act) shall be entitled to contribution from any person who was not guilty of such fraudulent misrepresentation.

 

For purposes of this Section 7, each person, if any, who controls an Underwriter, the Forward Purchaser or the Forward Seller within the meaning of Section 15 of the 1933 Act or Section 20 of the 1934 Act and each Underwriter’s, the Forward Purchaser’s and the Forward Seller’s respective Affiliates and selling agents shall have the same rights to contribution as such Underwriter, the Forward Purchaser or the Forward Seller, 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 1933 Act or Section 20 of the 1934 Act shall have the same rights to contribution as the Company or the Operating Partnership, subject in each case to the preceding two paragraphs. The Underwriters’ respective obligations to contribute pursuant to this Section 7 are several in proportion to the number of Primary Securities set forth opposite their respective names in Schedule A hereto and not joint.

 

The provisions of this Section shall not affect any agreement among the Company and the Operating Partnership with respect to contribution.

 

SECTION 8. Representations, Warranties and Agreements to Survive. All representations, warranties and agreements contained in this Agreement or in certificates of officers of the Company, the Operating Partnership or any of subsidiary of the Company submitted pursuant hereto, shall remain operative and in full force and effect regardless of (i) any investigation made by or on behalf of any Underwriter, the Forward Purchaser, the Forward Seller or any of their respective Affiliates or selling agents, any person controlling such party, its officers or directors, any person controlling the Company or any person controlling the Operating Partnership and (ii) delivery of and payment for the Securities.

 

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SECTION 9. Termination of Agreement.

 

(a)               Termination. The Representative, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller may terminate this Agreement, by notice to the Company, at any time at or prior to the Closing Time (i) if there has been, since the time of execution of this Agreement or since the respective dates as of which information is given in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package or 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, 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 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 Representative, impracticable or inadvisable to market the Securities or to enforce contracts for the sale of the Securities, (iii) if trading in any securities of the Company has been suspended or materially limited by the Commission or the New York Stock Exchange, (iv) if trading generally on the NYSE American or the New York Stock Exchange or in 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, (v) a material disruption has occurred in commercial banking or securities settlement or clearance services in the United States, or (vi) if a banking moratorium has been declared by either federal or New York authorities.

 

(b)               Liabilities. If this Agreement is terminated pursuant to this Section, such termination shall be without liability of any party to any other party except as provided in Section 4 hereof, and provided further that Sections 1, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 shall survive such termination and remain in full force and effect.

 

SECTION 10. Default by One or More of the Underwriters. If one or more of the Underwriters shall fail at the Closing Time or a Date of Delivery to purchase the Securities which it or they are obligated to purchase under this Agreement (the “Defaulted Securities”), the Representative shall have the right, within 24 hours thereafter, to make arrangements for one or more of the non-defaulting Underwriters, or any other underwriters, to purchase all, but not less than all, of the Defaulted Securities in such amounts as may be agreed upon and upon the terms herein set forth; if, however, the Representative shall not have completed such arrangements within such 24-hour period, then:

 

(i)               if the number of Defaulted Securities does not exceed 10% of the number of Securities to be purchased on such date, each of the non-defaulting Underwriters shall be obligated, severally and not jointly, to purchase the full amount thereof in the proportions that their respective underwriting obligations hereunder bear to the underwriting obligations of all non-defaulting Underwriters, or

 

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(ii)              if the number of Defaulted Securities exceeds 10% of the number of Securities to be purchased on such date, this Agreement or, with respect to any Date of Delivery which occurs after the Closing Time, the obligation of the Underwriters to purchase, and the Forward Seller and the Company to sell, the Option Securities to be purchased and sold on such Date of Delivery shall terminate without liability on the part of any non-defaulting Underwriter.

 

No action taken pursuant to this Section shall relieve any defaulting Underwriter from liability in respect of its default.

 

In the event of any such default which does not result in a termination of this Agreement or, in the case of a Date of Delivery which is after the Closing Time, which does not result in a termination of the obligation of the Underwriters to purchase and the Forward Seller and the Company to sell the relevant Option Securities, as the case may be, either the (i) Representative or (ii) the Forward Seller or the Company, as applicable, shall have the right to postpone Closing Time or the relevant Date of Delivery, as the case may be, for a period not exceeding seven days in order to effect any required changes in the Registration Statement, the General Disclosure Package or the Prospectus or in any other documents or arrangements. As used herein, the term “Underwriter” includes any person substituted for an Underwriter under this Section 10.

 

SECTION 11. Additional Issuance and Sale by the Company.

 

(a)               In the event that (i) all the Conditions are not satisfied on or prior to the Closing Time (in respect of the Borrowed Underwritten Securities) or any Date of Delivery (in respect of any Borrowed Option Securities for which an Additional Forward Sale Agreement has been executed) and the Forward Seller elects, in accordance with Section 2(e) not to deliver the total number of Borrowed Securities deliverable by the Forward Seller hereunder, (ii) the Forward Seller determines that, in connection with establishing its commercially reasonable hedge position, in its sole judgment, the Forward Seller (or its affiliate) (x) is unable, after using commercially reasonable efforts, to borrow and deliver for sale the full number of Borrowed Securities to be borrowed and sold pursuant to this Agreement at the Closing Time or on such Date of Delivery or (y) would incur a stock loan cost of more than a rate equal to 200 basis points per annum to do so with respect to all or any portion of such full number of Borrowed Securities, then, in each case and upon notice delivered no later than 9:00 A.M., Eastern time, at the Closing Time or Date of Delivery, as applicable, the Company shall issue and sell to the Underwriters on the Closing Time or Date of Delivery, as the case may be, pursuant to Section 2, in whole but not in part, an aggregate number of shares of Common Stock equal to the number of Borrowed Securities otherwise deliverable on such date that the Forward Seller does not so deliver and sell to the Underwriters. In connection with any such issuance and sale by the Company, the Company or the Representative shall have the right to postpone the Closing Time or Date of Delivery, as the case may be, for a period not exceeding one business day in order to effect any required changes in any documents or arrangements. The shares of Common Stock sold by the Company to the Underwriters pursuant to this Section 11(a): (i) in lieu of any Borrowed Underwritten Securities are herein referred to collectively as the “Company Top-Up Underwritten Securities” and (ii) in lieu of any Borrowed Option Securities for which an Additional Forward Sale Agreement has been executed are herein referred to collectively as the “Company Top-Up Option Securities.”

 

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(b)               Neither the Forward Purchaser nor the Forward Seller shall have any liability whatsoever for any Borrowed Securities that the Forward Seller does not deliver and sell to the Underwriters or any other party if (i) all of the Conditions are not satisfied on or prior to the Closing Time or the Date of Delivery, as applicable, and (ii) the Forward Seller elects, in accordance with Section 2(e), not to deliver and sell to the Underwriters the Borrowed Shares to be sold by it.

 

SECTION 12. Notices. 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.

 

(a)               Notices to the Underwriters shall be directed to the Representative at Citigroup Global Markets Inc., 388 Greenwich Street, New York, New York 10013, attention: General Counsel (Facsimile: (646) 291-1469);

 

(b)               Notices to the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller at 388 Greenwich Street, 8th Floor, New York, New York 10013, attention of Adam Muchnick and Gabriel David, [email protected]; [email protected]; and

 

(c)               Notices to the Company and the Operating Partnership shall be directed to them at STAG Industrial, Inc., One Federal Street, 23rd Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110, Attention: Chief Financial Officer (facsimile (617) 574-0052), with a copy to DLA Piper LLP (US), 1251 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10020, attention of Kerry E. Johnson (facsimile (312) 251-2868).

 

SECTION 13. No Advisory or Fiduciary Relationship. The Company and its subsidiaries acknowledge and agree that (a) the purchase and sale of the Securities pursuant to this Agreement, including the determination of the initial public offering price of the Securities and any related discounts and commissions, is an arm’s-length commercial transaction between the Company and its subsidiaries, on the one hand, and the several Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller, on the other hand, (b) in connection with the offering of the Securities and the process leading thereto, each of the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller is and has been acting solely as a principal and is not the agent or fiduciary of the Company, any of its subsidiaries, or their respective stockholders, equity interest holders, creditors, employees or any other party, (c) none of the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser or the Forward Seller has assumed or will assume an advisory or fiduciary responsibility in favor of the Company or its subsidiaries with respect to the offering of the Securities or the process leading thereto (irrespective of whether such Underwriter, the Forward Purchaser or the Forward Seller has advised or is currently advising the Company or any of its subsidiaries on other matters) and none of the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser or the Forward Seller has any obligation to the Company or any of its subsidiaries with respect to the offering of the Securities except the obligations expressly set forth in this Agreement, (d) the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser, the Forward Seller and their respective affiliates may be engaged in a broad range of transactions that involve interests that differ from those of each of the Company and its subsidiaries, and (e) none of the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser, the Forward Seller or their legal counsel has provided any legal, accounting, regulatory or tax advice to the Company or its subsidiaries with respect to the offering of the Securities and the Company and its subsidiaries have consulted their own respective legal, accounting, regulatory and tax advisors to the extent they deemed appropriate.

 

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SECTION 14. Parties. This Agreement shall each inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser, the Forward Seller, the Company and the Operating Partnership and their respective successors. Nothing expressed or mentioned in this Agreement is intended or shall be construed to give any person, firm or corporation, other than the Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser, the Forward Seller, the Company and the Operating Partnership and their respective successors and the controlling persons and officers, directors, Affiliates or selling agents referred to in Sections 6 and 7 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 Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser, the Forward Seller, the Company and the Operating Partnership and their respective successors, and said controlling persons and officers, directors, 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 any Underwriter shall be deemed to be a successor by reason merely of such purchase.

 

SECTION 15. Recognition of the U.S. Special Resolution Regimes.

 

(a)               In the event that any Underwriter, the Forward Purchaser or the Forward Seller that is a Covered Entity becomes subject to a proceeding under a U.S. Special Resolution Regime, the transfer from such Underwriter, the Forward Purchaser or the Forward Seller 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 any Underwriter, the Forward Purchaser or the Forward Seller that is a Covered Entity or a BHC Act Affiliate of such Underwriter, Forward Purchaser or Forward Seller becomes subject to a proceeding under a U.S. Special Resolution Regime, Default Rights under this Agreement that may be exercised against such Underwriter, Forward Purchaser or Forward Seller 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 14, 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.

 

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SECTION 16. 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 Underwriters, the Forward Purchaser and the Forward Seller hereby irrevocably waives, 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 17. GOVERNING LAW. THIS AGREEMENT AND ANY CLAIM, CONTROVERSY OR DISPUTE ARISING UNDER OR RELATED TO 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.

 

SECTION 18. 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 (a “Related Judgment”), 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 19. TIME. TIME SHALL BE OF THE ESSENCE OF THIS AGREEMENT. EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE SET FORTH HEREIN, SPECIFIED TIMES OF DAY REFER TO NEW YORK CITY TIME.

 

SECTION 20. 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 21. 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.

 

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SECTION 22. Effect of Headings. The Section headings herein are for convenience only and shall not affect the construction hereof.

 

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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 parties hereto in accordance with its terms.

 

  Very truly yours,
   
  STAG INDUSTRIAL, INC.
   
  By:     /s/ William R. Crooker
    Name: William R. Crooker
    Title: Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
   
  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: /s/ William R. Crooker
    Name:  William R. Crooker
    Title: Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

 

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CONFIRMED AND ACCEPTED,  
as of the date first above written:  
   
CITIGROUP GLOBAL MARKETS INC.  
   
By:    /s/ Andrew Warin  
  Authorized Signatory  

 

For itself and as Representative of the other Underwriters named in Schedule A hereto.

 

[Signature Page to Underwriting Agreement]

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMED AND ACCEPTED,  
as of the date first above written:  
   
CITIGROUP GLOBAL MARKETS INC.  
   
By:      /s/ Andrew Warin  
  Authorized Signatory  
   
As Forward Seller  

 

[Signature Page to Underwriting Agreement]

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMED AND ACCEPTED,  
as of the date first above written:  
   
CITIBANK, N.A.
   
By:     /s/ Herman Hirsch  
  Authorized Signatory  

 

As Forward Purchaser, solely as the recipient and/or beneficiary of certain representations, warranties, covenants and indemnities set forth in this Agreement

 

[Signature Page to Underwriting Agreement]

 

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE A

 

The initial public offering price per share for the Securities shall be the price paid by each initial purchaser of the Securities.

 

The purchase price per share for the Securities to be paid by the several Underwriters shall be $28.60 subject to adjustment in accordance with Section 2(b) for dividends or distributions declared by the Company and payable on the Initial Securities but not payable on the Option Securities.

 

Name of Underwriter  Number of
Primary Securities to be
Purchased
 
Citigroup Global Markets Inc.   3,300,000 
Raymond James & Associates, Inc.   2,200,000 
Total  5,500,000 

 

Name of Underwriter  Number of
Forward Underwritten
Securities to be Purchased
 
Citigroup Global Markets Inc.   3,300,000 
Raymond James & Associates, Inc.   2,200,000 
Total  5,500,000 

 

Name of Forward Seller  Number of
Borrowed Underwritten
Securities to be Sold
    Maximum Number of
Borrowed Securities
to be Sold
 
Citigroup Global Markets Inc.   5,500,000    7,150,000 
Total  5,500,000    7,150,000 

 

Sch A-1

 

 

Schedule B

 

Pricing Terms

 

1.Number of Primary Securities the Underwriters have agreed to purchase, severally and not jointly: 5,500,000

 

2.Number of Forward Underwritten Securities the Underwriters have agreed to purchase, severally and not jointly: 5,500,000

 

3.Maximum number of Option Securities the Underwriters may purchase, severally and not jointly: 1,650,000

 

4.The initial public offering price per share for the Securities shall be the price paid by each initial purchaser of the Securities.

 

Sch B-1

 

 

Schedule C

 

Free Writing Prospectuses

 

None

 

Sch C-1

 

 

Schedule D

 

Benjamin S. Butcher

Virgis W. Colbert

Michelle S. Dilley

Jeffrey D. Furber

Larry T. Guillemette

Francis X. Jacoby III

Christopher P. Marr

Hans S. Weger

William R. Crooker

Stephen C. Mecke

Jeffrey M. Sullivan

David G. King

 

Ex D-1

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Section 3: EX-1.2 (EXHIBIT 1.2)

 

Exhibit 1.2

 

CITIBANK, N.A.

388 GREENWICH STREET, 8TH FLOOR

NEW YORK, NY 10013

 

To: STAG Industrial, Inc.
From: CITIBANK, N.A.
Re: Issuer Share Forward Sale Transaction
Date: September 24, 2019

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

The purpose of this communication (this “Confirmation”) is to set forth the terms and conditions of the transaction entered into between Citibank, N.A. (“Dealer”) and STAG Industrial, Inc. (“Counterparty”) in accordance with the terms of the Underwriting Agreement, dated as of September 24, 2019, among Dealer, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., STAG Industrial Operating Partnership, L.P. (the “Operating Partnership”), Counterparty and the other parties thereto (the “Underwriting Agreement”) on the Trade Date specified below (the “Transaction”). This communication constitutes a “Confirmation” as referred to in the Agreement specified below.

 

1.            This 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, the Transaction will be deemed to be a Share Forward Transaction.

 

This 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’ 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 this Confirmation except as expressly modified below. This Confirmation evidences a complete and binding agreement between Dealer and Counterparty as to the terms of the Transaction and replaces any previous agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof.

 

The Transaction hereunder shall be the sole Transaction 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 Transaction shall not be considered a Transaction under, or otherwise governed by, such existing or deemed ISDA Master Agreement. In the event of any inconsistency among the Agreement, this Confirmation and the Equity Definitions, the following will prevail in the order of precedence indicated: (i) this Confirmation; (ii) the Equity Definitions; and (iii) the Agreement.

 

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

 

General Terms:   
Trade Date:  September 24, 2019
Effective Date:  September 27, 2019
Buyer:  Dealer
Seller:  Counterparty
Maturity Date:  September 24, 2020 (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:  Initially, 5,500,000 Shares; provided that on each Settlement Date, the Number of Shares shall be reduced by the number of Settlement Shares (as defined below) settled on such date; provided, further, that the Number of Shares is subject to reduction as provided in Section 3 below.

 

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Settlement Currency:  USD
Exchange:  The New York Stock Exchange
Related Exchange:  All Exchanges
Prepayment:  Not Applicable
Variable Obligation:  Not Applicable
Forward Price:  On the Effective Date, the Initial Forward Price, and on any day thereafter, the product of the Forward Price on the immediately preceding calendar day and
   1 + the Daily Rate * (1/365);
  

provided that the Forward Price on each Forward Price Reduction Date shall be the Forward Price 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:  USD 28.60 per Share
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:  100 basis points

 

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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:  As specified in Schedule I under the heading “Forward Price Reduction Dates.”
Forward Price Reduction Amount:  For each Forward Price Reduction Date, as specified in Schedule I, to be the Forward Price Reduction Amount set forth opposite such date.
Valuation:   
Valuation Date:  For any Settlement (as defined below), 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, 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, as designated in the relevant Settlement Notice.
Unwind Period:  For any Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement with respect to any Settlement, the period starting on the First Unwind Date for such Settlement and ending on the Valuation Date for such Settlement.

 

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Cash Settlement Valuation Disruption:  If Cash Settlement is applicable 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, 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:  Any Physical Settlement, Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement of all or any portion of the Transaction.
Settlement Notice:  Subject to “Early Valuation” below, Counterparty may elect to effect a Settlement of all or any portion of the Transaction by designating one or more Scheduled Trading Days following the Effective Date and on or prior to the Maturity Date to be Valuation Dates (or, with respect to Cash Settlements or Net Share Settlements, First Unwind Dates, each of which First Unwind Dates shall occur no later than the 60th Scheduled Trading Day immediately preceding the Maturity Date) in a written notice to Dealer (a “Settlement Notice”) delivered no later than the applicable Settlement Method Election Date, which notice shall also specify (i) the number of Shares (the “Settlement Shares”) for such Settlement (not to exceed the number of Undesignated Shares 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 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 for which the Relevant Settlement Date has not occurred; and (B) if the number of Undesignated Shares as of the Maturity Date is not zero, then the Maturity Date shall be a Valuation Date for a Physical Settlement and the number of Settlement Shares for such Settlement shall be the number of Undesignated Shares as of the Maturity Date (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 until the Relevant Settlement Date, inclusive, then the provisions set forth below opposite “Early Valuation” shall apply as if the Maturity Date were the Early Valuation Date).

 

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Undesignated Shares:  As of any date, the Number of Shares minus the number of Shares designated as Settlement Shares for Settlements for which the Relevant Settlement Date has not occurred.
Settlement Method Election:  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 only if Counterparty represents and 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

 

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   (iii) Notwithstanding any election to the contrary in any Settlement Notice, Physical Settlement shall be applicable for any Settlement:
   (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 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 similar issuer forward transactions with Dealer 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 the Transaction, or (y) due to the lack of sufficient liquidity in the Shares (each, a “Trading Condition”); or

 

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

 

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Threshold Price:  USD 14.30 per Share
Electing Party:  Counterparty
Settlement Method Election Date:  With respect to any Settlement , the second Scheduled Trading Day immediately preceding (x) the Valuation Date, in the case of Physical Settlement, or (y) the First Unwind Date, 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 , Dealer shall pay to Counterparty an amount equal to the Forward Price on such 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 the 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 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 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 to which Net Share Settlement is applicable, the date that follows the Valuation Date for such Settlement by one Settlement Cycle.

 

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Net Share Settlement Amount:  For any Settlement 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 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, subject to “Cash Settlement Valuation Disruption” above, the arithmetic average of the Forward Prices on each Unwind Date relating to such Settlement.
   For any Net Share Settlement, the weighted average of the Forward Prices 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, 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 commercially reasonable amount determined by the Calculation Agent that in no event will exceed USD 0.05.
   For any Net Share Settlement, 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.

 

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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”).
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 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 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, 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 Transaction.

 

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Relevant Settlement Date:  For any Settlement, 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 the 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; provided that the Representation and Agreement 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 Trade Date shall not be a Potential Adjustment Event under Section 11.2(e)(vii) of the Equity Definitions.
Extraordinary Dividend:  Any dividend or distribution on the Shares with an ex-dividend date occurring on any day following the Trade Date (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 that has an ex-dividend date no earlier than the Forward Price Reduction Date occurring in the relevant month).

 

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Regular Dividend Amount:  For each calendar month from and including the calendar month in which the Trade Date occurs to and including the calendar month in which the Maturity Date occurs, the amount set forth under the heading “Regular Dividend Amounts” for such calendar month (or, if no such amount is specified, zero), as specified in Schedule I.
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.

 

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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 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 if Dealer is required to deliver Shares; 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.

 

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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 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 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:  25 basis points per annum.
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:  200 basis points per annum.
Hedging Party:  For all applicable Additional Disruption Events, Dealer.
Determining Party:  For all applicable Extraordinary Events, Dealer.
Early Valuation:   
Early Valuation:  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, in the Agreement or in the Equity Definitions, at any time (x) following the occurrence of (1) a Hedging Event, (2) the declaration by Issuer of an Extraordinary Dividend, or (3) an ISDA Event 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 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”, in which case the provisions set forth in this “Early Valuation” section shall apply, 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.

 

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   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 Trade Date 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 Trade Date 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 the 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 the Transaction for the purpose, in whole or in part, of causing the occurrence of an Early Valuation Date.
   If an Early Valuation Date occurs on a date that is not during an Unwind Period, then such Early Valuation Date shall be a Valuation Date for a Physical Settlement, 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.
   If an Early Valuation Date occurs during an Unwind Period, 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 (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.

 

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

 

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Hedging Event:  The occurrence or existence of any of the following events on or following the Trade Date: (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 the 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 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 and the continuance of such Market Disruption Event for at least eight Scheduled Trading Days.
Remaining Shares:  On any day, the Number of Shares as of such day (or, if such day occurs during an Unwind Period, the Number of Shares as of such day minus the Unwound Shares for such Unwind Period on such day).
Unwound Shares:  For any Unwind Period on any day, the aggregate number of Shares with respect to which Dealer has unwound its commercially reasonable hedge position 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 the Transaction to an affiliate of Dealer, with the prior written consent of Counterparty, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed.

 

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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:  Citibank, N.A.
388 Greenwich Street, 8th Floor
New York, New York 10013
Attention: Adam Muchnick and Gabriel David
Email: [email protected] and
           [email protected]
Offices:  The Office of Counterparty is: Inapplicable, Counterparty is not a Multibranch Party.
 
The Office of Dealer is: New York

 

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3.             Effectiveness.

 

The effectiveness of this 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 Underwriting Agreement and any certificate delivered pursuant thereto by Counterparty or the Operating Partnership shall be true and correct on the Effective Date as if made on the Effective Date;

 

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

 

(c)               all of the conditions set forth in Section 5 of the Underwriting Agreement shall have been satisfied;

 

(d)               [Reserved.]

 

(e)               all of the representations and warranties of Counterparty hereunder and under the Agreement shall be true and correct on the Effective Date as if made on the 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 the Effective Date, including without limitation its obligations under Section 6 hereof; and

 

(g)               Counterparty shall, if requested by Dealer on or prior to Trade Date, 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 the Transaction have been duly authorized and, upon issuance pursuant to the terms of the Transaction, will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing or any other provision of this Confirmation, if on or prior to 9:00 a.m., New York City time, at the Closing Time (as defined in the Underwriting Agreement) Dealer notifies Counterparty that, in connection with Dealer establishing Dealer’s commercially reasonable hedge position for the Transaction, in Dealer’s sole judgment, Dealer (x) 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 Underwriting Agreement at the Closing Time or (y) would incur a stock loan cost of more than a rate equal to the Maximum Stock Loan Rate with respect to all or any portion of such full number of Shares, then the Number of Shares shall be limited to the number of Shares Dealer is able to borrow in connection with establishing its commercially reasonable hedge position for the Transaction at a cost of not more than a rate equal to the Maximum Stock Loan Rate, which, for the avoidance of doubt, may be zero.

 

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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 the Transaction 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 1 of the Underwriting Agreement are true and correct as of the Trade Date and the Closing Time are hereby deemed to be repeated to Dealer as if set forth herein. In addition to the representations and warranties in Section 1 of the Underwriting 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 the 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 Number of Shares 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 sum of the Number of Shares and the aggregate “Number of Shares” under each other issuer forward transaction between Counterparty and Dealer, would be equal to or greater than 8.0% 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 sum of the Number of Shares and the aggregate “Number of Shares” under each other issuer forward transaction between Counterparty and Dealer, being equal to or greater than 7.0% of the number of then-outstanding Shares);

 

(d)               it is not entering into this 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 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 the Transaction; and it has consulted with its own advisors as to the legal aspects of its adoption and implementation of this Confirmation under Rule 10b5-1 under the Exchange Act (“Rule 10b5-1”);

 

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(f)                as of the Trade Date 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 Trade Date and the date of any payment or delivery by Counterparty or Dealer under the 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 Trade Date and after giving effect to the transactions contemplated hereby 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 Trade Date, 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 TRADE DATE THAT THE 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.

 

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 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 the 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.

 

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(b)               Counterparty agrees that Counterparty shall not enter into or alter any hedging transaction relating to the Shares corresponding to or offsetting the Transaction. Without limiting the generality of the provisions set forth opposite the caption “Unwind Activities” in Section 2 of this 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 the 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 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 the 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, 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 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.

 

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(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 and/or to accelerate or preclude an election by Counterparty of Physical Settlement for any Settlement , unless such Merger Transaction or the announcement thereof is also an ISDA Event.

 

(h)               Counterparty represents to Dealer that Dealer, solely in its capacity as “Forward Purchaser” or “Forward Seller” (each as defined in the Underwriting Agreement) and solely with respect to its entering into and consummating the transactions contemplated by this Confirmation and the Underwriting Agreement may, to the extent necessary to consummate the transactions contemplated by this Confirmation and the Underwriting Agreement, “Beneficially Own” and “Constructively Own” Shares in excess of the “Aggregate Stock Ownership Limit” and the “Common Stock Ownership Limit” (each as defined in Counterparty’s Articles of Amendment and Restatement, as amended (the “Charter”)) by virtue of entering into transactions described in Section 6.2.6(c) of the Charter, so long as the restrictions contained in Section 6.2.1(a) of the Charter will not be violated immediately following the distribution by the Underwriters pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement.

 

(i)                 Counterparty represents to Dealer 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, the Transaction constitutes a contract to issue a security of Counterparty as contemplated by Section 365(c)(2) of the Bankruptcy Code and that the 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, an Insolvency Filing occurs or any other proceeding commences with respect to Counterparty under the Bankruptcy Code (a “Bankruptcy Termination Event”).

 

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8.             Additional Provisions.

 

(a)               Dealer acknowledges and agrees that Counterparty’s obligations hereunder are not secured by any collateral and that this Confirmation is not intended to convey to Dealer rights with respect to the transactions contemplated hereby 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 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 Transaction.

 

(b)               [Reserved.]

 

(c)               The parties hereto intend for:

 

(i)                 the 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” 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 Transaction 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 Transaction, 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 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 Transaction) or any other agreement between such parties.

 

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(d)               Notwithstanding any other provision of the Agreement or this 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 the Transaction a number of Shares greater than two times the Number of Shares as of the Trade Date (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 on each day that the Transaction is outstanding) that the Capped Number 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 Transaction) on the date of the determination of such Capped Number. In the event Counterparty shall not have delivered the full number of Shares otherwise deliverable under the Transaction as a result of this Section 8(d) (the resulting deficit, 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 when, and to the extent that, (A) Shares are repurchased, acquired or otherwise received by Counterparty or any of its subsidiaries after the Trade Date (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 Transaction (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 corresponding number of Shares to be delivered) and, as promptly as reasonably practicable, deliver such Shares thereafter. Counterparty shall not, until Counterparty’s obligations under the Transaction 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 Transaction or reserve any such Shares for future issuance for any purpose other than to satisfy Counterparty’s obligations to Dealer under the Transaction.

 

(e)               The parties intend for this 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 the Transaction (taking into account purchases of Shares in connection with any Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement of the Transaction) to comply with the requirements of Rule 10b5-1(c)(1)(i)(A) under the Exchange Act and for this 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.]

 

(h)                Counterparty acknowledges that:

 

(i)                 during the term of the Transaction, 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 Transaction;

 

(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 Transaction, including acting as agent or as principal and for its own account or on behalf of customers;

 

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(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;

 

(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, each in a manner that may be adverse to Counterparty; and

 

(v)              the 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 Transaction.

 

(i)             Counterparty and Dealer agree and acknowledge that: (A) the Transaction contemplated by this Confirmation is being entered into in reliance on the fact that this Confirmation hereto form a single agreement between Counterparty and Dealer, and Dealer would not otherwise enter into the Transaction; (B) this Confirmation is a “qualified financial contract”, as such term is defined in Section 5-701(b)(2) of the General Obligations Law; and (C) this Confirmation constitutes a prior or subsequent “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 Confirmation.

 

(j)             [Reserved.]

 

(k)            Tax Matters.

 

(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 9(h) 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:

 

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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 sections 1.6041-3(p) and 1.6049-4(c) of the U.S. Treasury Regulations from information reporting on Form 1099 and backup withholding.

 

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 the U.S. 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 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.

 

(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”.

 

(v)             “Tax” as used in this clause (k) and “Indemnifiable Tax” as defined in Section 14 of the Agreement shall not include 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”). For the avoidance of doubt, a FATCA 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)            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.

 

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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 Transaction), 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 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 Confirmation or the Agreement or any willful misconduct, 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 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 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 Transaction and any assignment and/or delegation of the Transaction made pursuant to the Agreement or this 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 Transaction.

 

10.              Beneficial Ownership. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Agreement or this 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) 6,245,461 Shares (equal to 4.9% of the outstanding Shares as of the Trade Date) (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 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 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 (ii), an “Excess Regulatory Ownership Position”). If any delivery owed to Dealer 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, notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, Dealer shall not be obligated to satisfy the portion of its payment obligation corresponding to any Shares required to be so delivered until the date Counterparty makes such delivery.

 

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11.              Non-Confidentiality. The parties hereby agree that (i) effective from the date of commencement of discussions concerning the Transaction, 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 Transaction 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 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 Transaction 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, 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 Confirmation and all matters arising in connection with the Agreement and this 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 against any delivery or payment obligations owed to it by the other party under the Transaction, 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.

 

20.              Counterparts. This 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 Confirmation by signing and delivering one or more counterparts.

 

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21.              Delivery of Cash. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Confirmation shall be interpreted as requiring Counterparty to deliver cash in respect of the settlement of the Transaction, 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 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 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 shall not cause to occur, or permit to exist, an Unwind Period at any time there is (1) an “Unwind Period” (or equivalent term) under any other issuer forward sale or similar transaction (including, without limitation, any “Transaction” under (as and defined under) any substantially similar forward confirmation) with any financial institution other than Dealer (an “Other Forward Transaction”), (2) a “Forward Hedge Selling Period” (or equivalent term) relating to 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) that Counterparty enters into with any financial institution other than Dealer.

 

24.              Designation by Dealer. Notwithstanding any other provision of this 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 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.              The 871(m) Protocol. To the extent that either party to the Agreement with respect to the Transaction is not an adhering party to the ISDA 2015 Section 871(m) Protocol published by the 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.

 

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26.              U.S. QFC Mandatory Contractual Requirements.

 

(a)           Limitation on Exercise of Certain Default Rights Related to a Dealer Affiliate’s Entry Into Insolvency Proceedings. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Confirmation or any other agreement, the parties hereto expressly acknowledge and agree that subject to Section 26(b), Counterparty shall not be permitted to exercise any Default Right against Dealer with respect to this Confirmation or any other Relevant Agreement that is related, directly or indirectly, to a Dealer Affiliate becoming subject to an Insolvency Proceeding.

 

(b)           General Creditor Protections. Nothing in Section 26(a) shall restrict the exercise by Counterparty of any Default Right against Dealer with respect to this Confirmation or any other Relevant Agreement that arises as a result of:

 

i.Dealer becoming subject to an Insolvency Proceeding; or

 

ii.Dealer not satisfying a payment or delivery obligation pursuant to (A) this Confirmation or any other Relevant Agreement, or (B) another contract between Dealer and Counterparty that gives rise to a Default Right under this Confirmation or any other Relevant Agreement.

 

(c)            Burden of Proof. After a Dealer Affiliate has become subject to an Insolvency Proceeding, if Counterparty seeks to exercise any Default Right with respect to this Confirmation or any other Relevant Agreement, Counterparty shall have the burden of proof, by clear and convincing evidence, that the exercise of such Default Right is permitted hereunder or thereunder.

 

(d)           General Conditions.

 

i.Effective Date. The provisions set forth in this Section 26 will come into effect on the later of the Applicable Compliance Date and the date of this Confirmation.

 

ii.Prior Adherence to the U.S. Protocol. If Dealer and Counterparty have adhered to the ISDA U.S. Protocol prior to the date of this Confirmation, the terms of the ISDA U.S. Protocol shall be incorporated into and form a part of this Confirmation and shall replace the terms of this Section 26. For purposes of incorporating the ISDA U.S. Protocol, Dealer shall be deemed to be a Regulated Entity, Counterparty shall be deemed to be an Adhering Party and this Confirmation and this Confirmation shall each be deemed to be a Protocol Covered Agreement.

 

iii.Subsequent Adherence to the U.S. Protocol. If, after the date of this Confirmation, both Dealer and Counterparty shall have become adhering parties to the ISDA U.S. Protocol, the terms of the ISDA U.S. Protocol will supersede and replace this Section 26.

 

(e)            Definitions. For the purposes of Section 26, the following definitions apply:

 

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Applicable Compliance Date” with respect to this Confirmation shall be determined as follows: (a) if Counterparty is an entity subject to the requirements of the QFC Stay Rules, January 1, 2019, (b) if Counterparty is a Financial Counterparty (other than a Small Financial Institution) that is not an entity subject to the requirements of the QFC Stay Rules, July 1, 2019 and (c) if Counterparty is not described in clause (a) or (b), January 1, 2020.

 

BHC Affiliate” has the same meaning as the term “affiliate” as defined in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 U.S.C. 1813(w) and 12 U.S.C. 1841(k).

 

Credit Enhancement” means, with respect to this Confirmation or any other Relevant Agreement, any credit enhancement or other credit support arrangement in support of the obligations of Dealer or Counterparty hereunder or thereunder or with respect hereto or thereto, including any guarantee or collateral arrangement (including any pledge, charge, mortgage or other security interest in collateral or title transfer arrangement), trust or similar arrangement, letter of credit, transfer of margin or any similar arrangement.

 

Dealer Affiliate” means, with respect to Dealer, a BHC Affiliate of that party.

 

Default Right” means, with respect to this Confirmation (including the Transaction under this Confirmation) or any other Relevant Agreement, any:

 

i.right of a party, whether contractual or otherwise (including, without limitation, rights incorporated by reference to any other contract, agreement, or document, and rights afforded by statute, civil code, regulation, and common law), to liquidate, terminate, cancel, rescind, or accelerate such agreement or transactions thereunder, set off or net amounts owing in respect thereto (except rights related to same-day payment netting), exercise remedies in respect of collateral or other credit support or property related thereto (including the purchase and sale of property), demand payment or delivery thereunder or in respect thereof (other than a right or operation of a contractual provision arising solely from a change in the value of collateral or margin or a change in the amount of an economic exposure), suspend, delay, or defer payment or performance thereunder, or modify the obligations of a party thereunder, or any similar rights; and

 

ii.right or contractual provision that alters the amount of collateral or margin that must be provided with respect to an exposure thereunder, including by altering any initial amount, threshold amount, variation margin, minimum transfer amount, the margin value of collateral, or any similar amount, that entitles a party to demand the return of any collateral or margin transferred by it to the other party or a custodian or that modifies a transferee’s right to reuse collateral or margin (if such right previously existed), or any similar rights, in each case, other than a right or operation of a contractual provision arising solely from a change in the value of collateral or margin or a change in the amount of an economic exposure; but

 

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iii.solely with respect to Section 26(a) does not include any right under a contract that allows a party to terminate the contract on demand or at its option at a specified time, or from time to time, without the need to show cause.

 

Financial Counterparty” has the meaning given to such term in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. 252.81, 12 C.F.R. 382.1 and 12 C.F.R. 47.2.

 

Insolvency Proceeding” means a receivership, insolvency, liquidation, resolution, or similar proceeding.

 

ISDA U.S. Protocol” means the ISDA 2018 U.S. Resolution Stay Protocol, as published by ISDA on July 31, 2018.

 

QFC Stay Rules” mean the regulations codified at 12 C.F.R. 252.81–8 (the “Federal Reserve Rule”), 12 C.F.R. 382.1-7 (the “FDIC Rule”) and 12 C.F.R. 47.1-8 (the “OCC Rule”), respectively. All references herein to the specific provisions of the Federal Reserve Rule, the FDICs Rule and the OCC Rule shall be construed, with respect to Dealer, to the particular QFC Stay Rule(s) applicable to it.

 

Relevant Agreement” means this Confirmation (as may be amended) and any Credit Enhancement relating hereto or thereto.

 

Small Financial Institution” has the meaning given to such term in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. 252.81, 12 C.F.R. 382.1 and 12 C.F.R. 47.2.

 

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Counterparty hereby agrees (a) to check this 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 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,
   
  CITIBANK, N.A.
   
  By:   /s/ Herman Hirsch
    Name: Herman Hirsch
    Title: Authorized Representative

 

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Agreed and accepted by:  
   
STAG INDUSTRIAL, INC.  
   
By:    /s/ William R. Crooker  
  Name: William R. Crooker  
  Title: Executive Vice President, Chief Financial  
  Officer and Treasurer  
   
Agreed and accepted with respect to Sections 5 and 9 hereof and Annex A hereto by  
   
STAG INDUSTRIAL OPERATING PARTNERSHIP, L.P.  
   
By: /s/ William R. Crooker  
  Name: William R. Crooker  
  Title: Executive Vice President, Chief Financial  
  Officer and Treasurer  
   
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 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, 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).

 

 

 

 

Schedule I

 

FORWARD PRICE REDUCTION AMOUNTS

 

Forward Price Reduction Date: Forward Price Reduction Amount:
Trade Date USD 0.000000
September 27, 2019 USD 0.119167
October 30, 2019 USD 0.119167
November 27, 2019 USD 0.119167
December 30, 2019 USD 0.119167
January 30, 2020 USD 0.120000
February 27, 2020 USD 0.120000
March 30, 2020 USD 0.120000
April 29, 2020 USD 0.120000
May 28, 2020 USD 0.120000
June 29, 2020 USD 0.120000
July 30, 2020 USD 0.120000
August 28, 2020 USD 0.120000
Maturity Date USD 0.000000

 

REGULAR DIVIDEND AMOUNTS

 

For any calendar month ending with December 2019: USD 0.119167
For any calendar month after December 2019: USD 0.120000

 

 

 

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Section 4: EX-1.3 (EXHIBIT 1.3)

 

Exhibit 1.3

 

CITIBANK, N.A.

388 GREENWICH STREET, 8TH FLOOR

NEW YORK, NY 10013

 

To: STAG Industrial, Inc.
From: CITIBANK, N.A.
Re: Issuer Share Forward Sale Transaction
Date: September 26, 2019

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

The purpose of this communication (this “Confirmation”) is to set forth the terms and conditions of the transaction entered into between Citibank, N.A. (“Dealer”) and STAG Industrial, Inc. (“Counterparty”) in accordance with the terms of the Underwriting Agreement, dated as of September 24, 2019, among Dealer, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., STAG Industrial Operating Partnership, L.P. (the “Operating Partnership”), Counterparty and the other parties thereto (the “Underwriting Agreement”) on the Trade Date specified below (the “Transaction”). This communication constitutes a “Confirmation” as referred to in the Agreement specified below.

 

1.             This 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, the Transaction will be deemed to be a Share Forward Transaction.

 

This 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’ 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 this Confirmation except as expressly modified below. This Confirmation evidences a complete and binding agreement between Dealer and Counterparty as to the terms of the Transaction and replaces any previous agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof.

 

The Transaction hereunder shall be the sole Transaction 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 Transaction shall not be considered a Transaction under, or otherwise governed by, such existing or deemed ISDA Master Agreement. In the event of any inconsistency among the Agreement, this Confirmation and the Equity Definitions, the following will prevail in the order of precedence indicated: (i) this Confirmation; (ii) the Equity Definitions; and (iii) the Agreement.

 

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

 

General Terms:  
Trade Date: September 26, 2019
Effective Date: September 27, 2019
Buyer: Dealer
Seller: Counterparty
Maturity Date: September 24, 2020 (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: Initially, 1,650,000 Shares; provided that on each Settlement Date, the Number of Shares shall be reduced by the number of Settlement Shares (as defined below) settled on such date; provided, further, that the Number of Shares is subject to reduction as provided in Section 3 below.

 

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Settlement Currency: USD
Exchange: The New York Stock Exchange
Related Exchange: All Exchanges
Prepayment: Not Applicable
Variable Obligation: Not Applicable
Forward Price: On the Effective Date, the Initial Forward Price, and on any day thereafter, the product of the Forward Price on the immediately preceding calendar day and
  1 + the Daily Rate * (1/365);
 

provided that the Forward Price on each Forward Price Reduction Date shall be the Forward Price 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: USD 28.60 per Share
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: 100 basis points

 

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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: As specified in Schedule I under the heading “Forward Price Reduction Dates.”
Forward Price Reduction Amount: For each Forward Price Reduction Date, as specified in Schedule I, to be the Forward Price Reduction Amount set forth opposite such date.
Valuation:  
Valuation Date: For any Settlement (as defined below), 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, 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, as designated in the relevant Settlement Notice.
Unwind Period: For any Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement with respect to any Settlement, 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 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, 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.

 

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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: Any Physical Settlement, Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement of all or any portion of the Transaction.
Settlement Notice: Subject to “Early Valuation” below, Counterparty may elect to effect a Settlement of all or any portion of the Transaction by designating one or more Scheduled Trading Days following the Effective Date and on or prior to the Maturity Date to be Valuation Dates (or, with respect to Cash Settlements or Net Share Settlements, First Unwind Dates, each of which First Unwind Dates shall occur no later than the 60th Scheduled Trading Day immediately preceding the Maturity Date) in a written notice to Dealer (a “Settlement Notice”) delivered no later than the applicable Settlement Method Election Date, which notice shall also specify (i) the number of Shares (the “Settlement Shares”) for such Settlement (not to exceed the number of Undesignated Shares 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 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 for which the Relevant Settlement Date has not occurred; and (B) if the number of Undesignated Shares as of the Maturity Date is not zero, then the Maturity Date shall be a Valuation Date for a Physical Settlement and the number of Settlement Shares for such Settlement shall be the number of Undesignated Shares as of the Maturity Date (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 until the Relevant Settlement Date, inclusive, then the provisions set forth below opposite “Early Valuation” shall apply as if the Maturity Date were the Early Valuation Date).

 

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Undesignated Shares: As of any date, the Number of Shares minus the number of Shares designated as Settlement Shares for Settlements for which the Relevant Settlement Date has not occurred.
Settlement Method Election: 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;

 

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

 

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  (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 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 similar issuer forward transactions with Dealer 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 the 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, 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 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 Settlement Shares designated in such Settlement Notice minus the Unwound Shares determined in accordance with clause (x) of this sentence.

 

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Threshold Price: USD 14.30 per Share
Electing Party: Counterparty
Settlement Method Election Date: With respect to any Settlement , the second Scheduled Trading Day immediately preceding (x) the Valuation Date, in the case of Physical Settlement, or (y) the First Unwind Date, 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 , Dealer shall pay to Counterparty an amount equal to the Forward Price on such 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 the 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 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 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 to which Net Share Settlement is applicable, the date that follows the Valuation Date for such Settlement by one Settlement Cycle.

 

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Net Share Settlement Amount: For any Settlement 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 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, subject to “Cash Settlement Valuation Disruption” above, the arithmetic average of the Forward Prices on each Unwind Date relating to such Settlement.
  For any Net Share Settlement, the weighted average of the Forward Prices 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, 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 commercially reasonable amount determined by the Calculation Agent that in no event will exceed USD 0.05.
  For any Net Share Settlement, 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.

 

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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”).
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 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 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, 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 Transaction.

 

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Relevant Settlement Date: For any Settlement, 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 the 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; provided that the Representation and Agreement 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 Trade Date shall not be a Potential Adjustment Event under Section 11.2(e)(vii) of the Equity Definitions.
Extraordinary Dividend: Any dividend or distribution on the Shares with an ex-dividend date occurring on any day following the Trade Date (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 that has an ex-dividend date no earlier than the Forward Price Reduction Date occurring in the relevant month).

 

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Regular Dividend Amount: For each calendar month from and including the calendar month in which the Trade Date occurs to and including the calendar month in which the Maturity Date occurs, the amount set forth under the heading “Regular Dividend Amounts” for such calendar month (or, if no such amount is specified, zero), as specified in Schedule I.
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.
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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 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 if Dealer is required to deliver Shares; 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.

 

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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 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 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: 25 basis points per annum.
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: 200 basis points per annum.
Hedging Party: For all applicable Additional Disruption Events, Dealer.
Determining Party: For all applicable Extraordinary Events, Dealer.
Early Valuation:  
Early Valuation: Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, in the Agreement or in the Equity Definitions, at any time (x) following the occurrence of (1) a Hedging Event, (2) the declaration by Issuer of an Extraordinary Dividend, or (3) an ISDA Event 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 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”, in which case the provisions set forth in this “Early Valuation” section shall apply, 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.

 

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  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 Trade Date 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 Trade Date 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 the 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 the Transaction for the purpose, in whole or in part, of causing the occurrence of an Early Valuation Date.
  If an Early Valuation Date occurs on a date that is not during an Unwind Period, then such Early Valuation Date shall be a Valuation Date for a Physical Settlement, 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.

 

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  If an Early Valuation Date occurs during an Unwind Period, 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 (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 Relevant Settlement Date the Shares have 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 Trade Date 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.

 

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Hedging Event: The occurrence or existence of any of the following events on or following the Trade Date: (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 the 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 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 and the continuance of such Market Disruption Event for at least eight Scheduled Trading Days.
Remaining Shares: On any day, the Number of Shares as of such day (or, if such day occurs during an Unwind Period, the Number of Shares as of such day minus the Unwound Shares for such Unwind Period on such day).
Unwound Shares: For any Unwind Period on any day, the aggregate number of Shares with respect to which Dealer has unwound its commercially reasonable hedge position 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 the Transaction to an affiliate of Dealer, with the prior written consent of Counterparty, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed.

 

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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:

Citibank, N.A.

388 Greenwich Street, 8th Floor

New York, New York 10013

Attention: Adam Muchnick and Gabriel David

Email: [email protected] and

[email protected]

 

 

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Offices:

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

 

The Office of Dealer is: New York

 

3.             Effectiveness.

 

The effectiveness of this 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 Underwriting Agreement and any certificate delivered pursuant thereto by Counterparty or the Operating Partnership shall be true and correct on the Effective Date as if made on the Effective Date;

 

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

 

(c)               all of the conditions set forth in Section 5 of the Underwriting Agreement shall have been satisfied;

 

(d)               [Reserved.]

 

(e)               all of the representations and warranties of Counterparty hereunder and under the Agreement shall be true and correct on the Effective Date as if made on the 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 the Effective Date, including without limitation its obligations under Section 6 hereof; and

 

(g)               Counterparty shall, if requested by Dealer on or prior to Trade Date, 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 the Transaction have been duly authorized and, upon issuance pursuant to the terms of the Transaction, will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing or any other provision of this Confirmation, if on or prior to 9:00 a.m., New York City time, at the Date of Delivery (as defined in the Underwriting Agreement) Dealer notifies Counterparty that, in connection with Dealer establishing Dealer’s commercially reasonable hedge position for the Transaction, in Dealer’s sole judgment, Dealer (x) 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 Underwriting Agreement at the Date of Delivery or (y) would incur a stock loan cost of more than a rate equal to the Maximum Stock Loan Rate with respect to all or any portion of such full number of Shares, then the Number of Shares shall be limited to the number of Shares Dealer is able to borrow in connection with establishing its commercially reasonable hedge position for the Transaction at a cost of not more than a rate equal to the Maximum Stock Loan Rate, which, for the avoidance of doubt, may be zero.

 

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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 the Transaction 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 1 of the Underwriting Agreement are true and correct as of the Trade Date and the Date of Delivery are hereby deemed to be repeated to Dealer as if set forth herein. In addition to the representations and warranties in Section 1 of the Underwriting 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 the 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 Number of Shares 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 sum of the Number of Shares and the aggregate “Number of Shares” under each other issuer forward transaction between Counterparty and Dealer, would be equal to or greater than 8.0% 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 sum of the Number of Shares and the aggregate “Number of Shares” under each other issuer forward transaction between Counterparty and Dealer, being equal to or greater than 7.0% of the number of then-outstanding Shares);

 

(d)               it is not entering into this 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 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 the Transaction; and it has consulted with its own advisors as to the legal aspects of its adoption and implementation of this Confirmation under Rule 10b5-1 under the Exchange Act (“Rule 10b5-1”);

 

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(f)                as of the Trade Date 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 Trade Date and the date of any payment or delivery by Counterparty or Dealer under the 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 Trade Date and after giving effect to the transactions contemplated hereby 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 Trade Date, 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 TRADE DATE THAT THE 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.

 

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 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 the 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.

 

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(b)               Counterparty agrees that Counterparty shall not enter into or alter any hedging transaction relating to the Shares corresponding to or offsetting the Transaction. Without limiting the generality of the provisions set forth opposite the caption “Unwind Activities” in Section 2 of this 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 the 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 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 the 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, 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 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.

 

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(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 and/or to accelerate or preclude an election by Counterparty of Physical Settlement for any Settlement , unless such Merger Transaction or the announcement thereof is also an ISDA Event.

 

(h)               Counterparty represents to Dealer that Dealer, solely in its capacity as “Forward Purchaser” or “Forward Seller” (each as defined in the Underwriting Agreement) and solely with respect to its entering into and consummating the transactions contemplated by this Confirmation and the Underwriting Agreement may, to the extent necessary to consummate the transactions contemplated by this Confirmation and the Underwriting Agreement, “Beneficially Own” and “Constructively Own” Shares in excess of the “Aggregate Stock Ownership Limit” and the “Common Stock Ownership Limit” (each as defined in Counterparty’s Articles of Amendment and Restatement, as amended (the “Charter”)) by virtue of entering into transactions described in Section 6.2.6(c) of the Charter, so long as the restrictions contained in Section 6.2.1(a) of the Charter will not be violated immediately following the distribution by the Underwriters pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement.

 

(i)                 Counterparty represents to Dealer 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, the Transaction constitutes a contract to issue a security of Counterparty as contemplated by Section 365(c)(2) of the Bankruptcy Code and that the 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, an Insolvency Filing occurs or any other proceeding commences with respect to Counterparty under the Bankruptcy Code (a “Bankruptcy Termination Event”).

 

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8.             Additional Provisions.

 

(a)               Dealer acknowledges and agrees that Counterparty’s obligations hereunder are not secured by any collateral and that this Confirmation is not intended to convey to Dealer rights with respect to the transactions contemplated hereby 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 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 Transaction.

 

(b)               [Reserved.]

 

(c)               The parties hereto intend for:

 

(i)               the 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” 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 Transaction 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 Transaction, 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 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 Transaction) or any other agreement between such parties.

 

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(d)               Notwithstanding any other provision of the Agreement or this 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 the Transaction a number of Shares greater than two times the Number of Shares as of the Trade Date (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 on each day that the Transaction is outstanding) that the Capped Number 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 Transaction) on the date of the determination of such Capped Number. In the event Counterparty shall not have delivered the full number of Shares otherwise deliverable under the Transaction as a result of this Section 8(d) (the resulting deficit, 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 when, and to the extent that, (A) Shares are repurchased, acquired or otherwise received by Counterparty or any of its subsidiaries after the Trade Date (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 Transaction (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 corresponding number of Shares to be delivered) and, as promptly as reasonably practicable, deliver such Shares thereafter. Counterparty shall not, until Counterparty’s obligations under the Transaction 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 Transaction or reserve any such Shares for future issuance for any purpose other than to satisfy Counterparty’s obligations to Dealer under the Transaction.

 

(e)               The parties intend for this 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 the Transaction (taking into account purchases of Shares in connection with any Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement of the Transaction) to comply with the requirements of Rule 10b5-1(c)(1)(i)(A) under the Exchange Act and for this 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.]

 

(h)               Counterparty acknowledges that:

 

(i)                 during the term of the Transaction, 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 Transaction;

 

(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 Transaction, including acting as agent or as principal and for its own account or on behalf of customers;

 

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(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;

 

(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, each in a manner that may be adverse to Counterparty; and

 

(v)               the 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 Transaction.

 

(i)                Counterparty and Dealer agree and acknowledge that: (A) the Transaction contemplated by this Confirmation is being entered into in reliance on the fact that this Confirmation hereto form a single agreement between Counterparty and Dealer, and Dealer would not otherwise enter into the Transaction; (B) this Confirmation is a “qualified financial contract”, as such term is defined in Section 5-701(b)(2) of the General Obligations Law; and (C) this Confirmation constitutes a prior or subsequent “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 Confirmation.

 

(j)                 [Reserved.]

 

(k)               Tax Matters.

 

(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 9(h) 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:

 

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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 sections 1.6041-3(p) and 1.6049-4(c) of the U.S. Treasury Regulations from information reporting on Form 1099 and backup withholding.

 

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 the U.S. 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 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.

 

(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”.

 

(v)               “Tax” as used in this clause (k) and “Indemnifiable Tax” as defined in Section 14 of the Agreement shall not include 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”). For the avoidance of doubt, a FATCA 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)             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.

 

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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 Transaction), 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 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 Confirmation or the Agreement or any willful misconduct, 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 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 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 Transaction and any assignment and/or delegation of the Transaction made pursuant to the Agreement or this 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 Transaction.

 

10.          Beneficial Ownership. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Agreement or this 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) 6,245,461 Shares (equal to 4.9% of the outstanding Shares as of the Trade Date) (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 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 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 (ii), an “Excess Regulatory Ownership Position”). If any delivery owed to Dealer 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, notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, Dealer shall not be obligated to satisfy the portion of its payment obligation corresponding to any Shares required to be so delivered until the date Counterparty makes such delivery.

 

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11.          Non-Confidentiality. The parties hereby agree that (i) effective from the date of commencement of discussions concerning the Transaction, 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 Transaction 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 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 Transaction or otherwise in compliance with applicable law.

 

14.            Rule 10b-18. In connection with bids and purchases of Shares in connection with any Net Share Settlement or Cash Settlement, 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.

 

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15.            Governing Law. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Agreement, the Agreement, this Confirmation and all matters arising in connection with the Agreement and this 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 against any delivery or payment obligations owed to it by the other party under the Transaction, 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.

 

20.          Counterparts. This 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 Confirmation by signing and delivering one or more counterparts.

 

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21.           Delivery of Cash. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Confirmation shall be interpreted as requiring Counterparty to deliver cash in respect of the settlement of the Transaction, 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 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 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 shall not cause to occur, or permit to exist, an Unwind Period at any time there is (1) an “Unwind Period” (or equivalent term) under any other issuer forward sale or similar transaction (including, without limitation, any “Transaction” under (as and defined under) any substantially similar forward confirmation) with any financial institution other than Dealer (an “Other Forward Transaction”), (2) a “Forward Hedge Selling Period” (or equivalent term) relating to 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) that Counterparty enters into with any financial institution other than Dealer.

 

24.           Designation by Dealer. Notwithstanding any other provision of this 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 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.          The 871(m) Protocol. To the extent that either party to the Agreement with respect to the Transaction is not an adhering party to the ISDA 2015 Section 871(m) Protocol published by the 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.

 

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26.           U.S. QFC Mandatory Contractual Requirements.

 

(a)               Limitation on Exercise of Certain Default Rights Related to a Dealer Affiliate’s Entry Into Insolvency Proceedings. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Confirmation or any other agreement, the parties hereto expressly acknowledge and agree that subject to Section 26(b), Counterparty shall not be permitted to exercise any Default Right against Dealer with respect to this Confirmation or any other Relevant Agreement that is related, directly or indirectly, to a Dealer Affiliate becoming subject to an Insolvency Proceeding.

 

(b)               General Creditor Protections. Nothing in Section 26(a) shall restrict the exercise by Counterparty of any Default Right against Dealer with respect to this Confirmation or any other Relevant Agreement that arises as a result of:

 

i.Dealer becoming subject to an Insolvency Proceeding; or

 

ii.Dealer not satisfying a payment or delivery obligation pursuant to (A) this Confirmation or any other Relevant Agreement, or (B) another contract between Dealer and Counterparty that gives rise to a Default Right under this Confirmation or any other Relevant Agreement.

 

(c)                Burden of Proof. After a Dealer Affiliate has become subject to an Insolvency Proceeding, if Counterparty seeks to exercise any Default Right with respect to this Confirmation or any other Relevant Agreement, Counterparty shall have the burden of proof, by clear and convincing evidence, that the exercise of such Default Right is permitted hereunder or thereunder.

 

(d)               General Conditions.

 

i.Effective Date. The provisions set forth in this Section 26 will come into effect on the later of the Applicable Compliance Date and the date of this Confirmation.

 

ii.Prior Adherence to the U.S. Protocol. If Dealer and Counterparty have adhered to the ISDA U.S. Protocol prior to the date of this Confirmation, the terms of the ISDA U.S. Protocol shall be incorporated into and form a part of this Confirmation and shall replace the terms of this Section 26. For purposes of incorporating the ISDA U.S. Protocol, Dealer shall be deemed to be a Regulated Entity, Counterparty shall be deemed to be an Adhering Party and this Confirmation and this Confirmation shall each be deemed to be a Protocol Covered Agreement.

 

iii.Subsequent Adherence to the U.S. Protocol. If, after the date of this Confirmation, both Dealer and Counterparty shall have become adhering parties to the ISDA U.S. Protocol, the terms of the ISDA U.S. Protocol will supersede and replace this Section 26.

 

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(e)               Definitions. For the purposes of Section 26, the following definitions apply:

 

Applicable Compliance Date” with respect to this Confirmation shall be determined as follows: (a) if Counterparty is an entity subject to the requirements of the QFC Stay Rules, January 1, 2019, (b) if Counterparty is a Financial Counterparty (other than a Small Financial Institution) that is not an entity subject to the requirements of the QFC Stay Rules, July 1, 2019 and (c) if Counterparty is not described in clause (a) or (b), January 1, 2020.

 

BHC Affiliate” has the same meaning as the term “affiliate” as defined in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 U.S.C. 1813(w) and 12 U.S.C. 1841(k).

 

Credit Enhancement” means, with respect to this Confirmation or any other Relevant Agreement, any credit enhancement or other credit support arrangement in support of the obligations of Dealer or Counterparty hereunder or thereunder or with respect hereto or thereto, including any guarantee or collateral arrangement (including any pledge, charge, mortgage or other security interest in collateral or title transfer arrangement), trust or similar arrangement, letter of credit, transfer of margin or any similar arrangement.

 

Dealer Affiliate” means, with respect to Dealer, a BHC Affiliate of that party.

 

Default Right” means, with respect to this Confirmation (including the Transaction under this Confirmation) or any other Relevant Agreement, any:

 

i.right of a party, whether contractual or otherwise (including, without limitation, rights incorporated by reference to any other contract, agreement, or document, and rights afforded by statute, civil code, regulation, and common law), to liquidate, terminate, cancel, rescind, or accelerate such agreement or transactions thereunder, set off or net amounts owing in respect thereto (except rights related to same-day payment netting), exercise remedies in respect of collateral or other credit support or property related thereto (including the purchase and sale of property), demand payment or delivery thereunder or in respect thereof (other than a right or operation of a contractual provision arising solely from a change in the value of collateral or margin or a change in the amount of an economic exposure), suspend, delay, or defer payment or performance thereunder, or modify the obligations of a party thereunder, or any similar rights; and

 

ii.right or contractual provision that alters the amount of collateral or margin that must be provided with respect to an exposure thereunder, including by altering any initial amount, threshold amount, variation margin, minimum transfer amount, the margin value of collateral, or any similar amount, that entitles a party to demand the return of any collateral or margin transferred by it to the other party or a custodian or that modifies a transferee’s right to reuse collateral or margin (if such right previously existed), or any similar rights, in each case, other than a right or operation of a contractual provision arising solely from a change in the value of collateral or margin or a change in the amount of an economic exposure; but

 

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iii.solely with respect to Section 26(a) does not include any right under a contract that allows a party to terminate the contract on demand or at its option at a specified time, or from time to time, without the need to show cause.

 

Financial Counterparty” has the meaning given to such term in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. 252.81, 12 C.F.R. 382.1 and 12 C.F.R. 47.2.

 

Insolvency Proceeding” means a receivership, insolvency, liquidation, resolution, or similar proceeding.

 

ISDA U.S. Protocol” means the ISDA 2018 U.S. Resolution Stay Protocol, as published by ISDA on July 31, 2018.

 

QFC Stay Rules” mean the regulations codified at 12 C.F.R. 252.81–8 (the “Federal Reserve Rule”), 12 C.F.R. 382.1-7 (the “FDIC Rule”) and 12 C.F.R. 47.1-8 (the “OCC Rule”), respectively. All references herein to the specific provisions of the Federal Reserve Rule, the FDICs Rule and the OCC Rule shall be construed, with respect to Dealer, to the particular QFC Stay Rule(s) applicable to it.

 

Relevant Agreement” means this Confirmation (as may be amended) and any Credit Enhancement relating hereto or thereto.

 

Small Financial Institution” has the meaning given to such term in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. 252.81, 12 C.F.R. 382.1 and 12 C.F.R. 47.2.

 

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Counterparty hereby agrees (a) to check this 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 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,
   
  CITIBANK, N.A.
   
By: /s/ Herman Hirsch
    Name: Herman Hirsch
    Title: Authorized Representative

 

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Agreed and accepted by:  
   
STAG INDUSTRIAL, INC.  
   
By: /s/ William R. Crooker  
  Name: William R. Crooker  
  Title:  Executive Vice President, Chief Financial  
  Officer and Treasurer  
     
Agreed and accepted with respect to Sections 5 and 9 hereof and Annex A hereto by
   
STAG INDUSTRIAL OPERATING PARTNERSHIP, L.P.  
   
By: /s/ William R. Crooker  
  Name: William R. Crooker  
  Title:  Executive Vice President, Chief Financial  
  Officer and Treasurer  
     
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.  

 

 

 

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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, 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).

 

 

 

 

Schedule I

 

FORWARD PRICE REDUCTION AMOUNTS

 

Forward Price Reduction Date: Forward Price Reduction Amount:
Trade Date USD 0.000000
September 27, 2019 USD 0.119167
October 30, 2019 USD 0.119167
November 27, 2019 USD 0.119167
December 30, 2019 USD 0.119167
January 30, 2020 USD 0.120000
February 27, 2020 USD 0.120000
March 30, 2020 USD 0.120000
April 29, 2020 USD 0.120000
May 28, 2020 USD 0.120000
June 29, 2020 USD 0.120000
July 30, 2020 USD 0.120000
August 28, 2020 USD 0.120000
Maturity Date USD 0.000000

 

REGULAR DIVIDEND AMOUNTS

 

For any calendar month ending with December 2019: USD 0.119167
For any calendar month after December 2019: USD 0.120000

 

 

 

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Section 5: EX-5.1 (EXHIBIT 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

 

September 27, 2019

 

Board of Directors

STAG Industrial, Inc.

One Federal Street, 23rd Floor

Boston, Massachusetts 02110

 

Issuance of 12,650,000 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 offer and sale to the underwriters of 12,650,000 shares (the “Shares”) of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of the Company (the “Common Stock”) (including 1,650,000 shares issued pursuant to the option to purchase additional shares of Common Stock) pursuant to the terms of (i) an Underwriting Agreement, dated September 24, 2019, by and among the Company, STAG Industrial Operating Partnership, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership (the “Operating Partnership”), Citigroup Global Markets Inc., as representative for the several underwriters named therein (the “Underwriters”) and as forward seller, and Citibank, N.A., as forward purchaser (the “Forward Purchaser”) (the “Underwriting Agreement”) and (ii) the letter agreement (the “Initial Forward Sale Agreement”), dated September 24, 2019, by and among the Company, the Operating Partnership and the Forward Purchaser, and (iii) the letter agreement, dated September 26, 2019, by and among the Company, the Operating Partnership and the Forward Purchaser (the “Additional Forward Sale Agreement,” together with the Initial Forward Sale Agreement, the “Forward Sale Agreements”), subject to the Company’s right to elect Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement (as such terms are defined in the Forward Sale Agreements). The Shares have been registered on a Registration Statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-229661), which became effective upon filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), on February 13, 2019 (the “Registration Statement”).

 

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 June 11, 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  the resolutions adopted by the board of directors (the “Board”) of the Company on February 13, 2019 and September 16, 2019, and resolutions adopted pursuant to an action by unanimous written consent of the Pricing Committee of the Board dated September 24, 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 Underwriters (collectively, the “Resolutions”), as certified by the Secretary of the Company on the date hereof;

 

 

Board of Directors

STAG Industrial, Inc.

September 27, 2019

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(d)the Registration Statement;

 

(e)the preliminary prospectus supplement, dated September 24, 2019, as filed with the Commission on September 24, 2019 pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act, together with the base prospectus, dated February 13, 2019 (the “Base Prospectus”);

 

(f)the final prospectus supplement, dated September 24, 2019, as filed with the Commission on September 26, 2019 pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act, together with the Base Prospectus (collectively, the “Final Prospectus”)

 

(g)an executed copy of the Underwriting Agreement;

 

(h)executed copies of the Forward Sale Agreements;

 

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

 

(j)the certificate of the SDAT as to the due incorporation, existence and good standing of the Company in the State of Maryland dated September 18, 2019 (the “Good Standing Certificate”); and

 

(k)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 in accordance with the terms of the Underwriting Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreements, as applicable, against payment therefor (or, in the case of the Forward Sale Agreements, in net share settlement thereof), in accordance with the terms of the Final Prospectus, the Resolutions, the Underwriting Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreements, as applicable,, the Shares will be validly issued and fully paid and non-assessable.

 

 

Board of Directors

STAG Industrial, Inc.

September 27, 2019

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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 (i) that 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 and the Confirmation 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 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 Final 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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