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Section 1: 8-K

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 18, 2019

 

MONMOUTH REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Maryland   001-33177   22-1897375
(State or other jurisdiction   (Commission   (IRS Employer
of incorporation)   File Number)   Identification No.)

 

101 Crawfords Corner Road, Suite 1405, Holmdel, NJ   07733
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (732) 577-9996

 

 

 

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

 

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

 

[  ] Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under 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 pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class   Trading
Symbol(s)
 

Name of each exchange
on which registered

Common Stock   MNR   New York Stock Exchange
6.125% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock   MNR-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 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 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

 

Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation (“Monmouth” or the “Company”) has entered into an Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of November 15, 2019 (the “Amended Agreement”), among Monmouth, as borrower, the guarantors from time to time party thereto, the lenders from time to time party thereto, and Bank of Montreal, as administrative agent (“BMO”) . The Amended Agreement amends and restates the Credit Agreement dated as of August 27, 2015 (“Prior Credit Agreement”) to, in part, provide an additional $100.0 million of bank commitments, extend the current maturity date, and reduce the capitalization rate used for valuation from 6.5% to 6.25%, thus increasing the value of the borrowing base properties. Additionally, in connection with the Amended Agreement overall pricing was improved by a range of 5 basis points to 35 basis points, based on Monmouth’s leverage levels. The Amended Agreement provides Monmouth with a $300.0 million unsecured credit facility that is comprised of two tranches:

 

a $225.0 million unsecured revolving credit facility (the “Revolver”) that, based on Monmouth’s overall current leverage, bears interest at a spread of 145 basis points over LIBOR
   
a $75.0 million unsecured term loan (the “Term Loan”) that, based on Monmouth’s overall current leverage, bears interest at a spread of 140 basis points over LIBOR

 

The Amended Agreement includes an accordion feature that will allow Monmouth to further increase the unsecured credit facility to $400.0 million, under certain conditions. The Revolver currently bears interest at a rate of 3.21% and will mature on January 31, 2024, with two options to extend for additional six-month periods. The Term Loan will mature on January 31, 2025. To reduce floating interest rate exposure, Monmouth also entered into an interest rate swap agreement to fix LIBOR on the entire $75.0 million for the full duration of the Term Loan. At closing, the all-in rate on the $75.0 million Term Loan was 2.92%.

 

The Amended Agreement was arranged by BMO Capital Markets Corp, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. (“JPMorgan”), and RBC Capital Markets (“RBC”), who served as joint lead arrangers and joint book runners. Bank of Montreal served as administrative agent and JPMorgan and RBC acted as co-syndication agents.

 

Availability under the Amended Agreement is limited to 60% of the value of the borrowing base properties. The value of the borrowing base properties is determined by dividing (i) an amount equal to four times the consolidated quarterly net operating income, as defined in the Amended Agreement, generated by the Company’s unencumbered, wholly-owned industrial properties, by (ii) a capitalization rate of 6.25%. The Company currently has $10.0 million drawn down under the Revolver and $75.0 million outstanding under the Term Loan.

 

Further, the interest rate for borrowings under the Revolver is lower than the interest rate for borrowing under the Prior Credit Agreement’s unsecured credit facility. The loans issued under the Revolver will, at the Company’s election, either i) bear interest at LIBOR plus 135 basis points to 205 basis points, depending on the Company’s leverage ratio, or ii) bear interest at the Base Rate plus 35 basis points to 105 basis points, depending on the Company’s leverage ratio. The interest rate for borrowings under the Term Loan will, at the Company’s election, either i) bear interest at LIBOR plus 130 basis points to 200 basis points, depending on the Company’s leverage ratio, or ii) bear interest at the Base Rate plus 30 basis points to 100 basis points, depending on the Company’s leverage ratio.

 

   
 

 

In addition, the Company incurs a commitment fee on the average daily unadvanced portion of the total amount committed under the Revolver at a rate of 0.20% per annum if average daily borrowings under the Revolver are equal to or greater than 50% of the commitment then in effect, or 0.30% per annum if average daily borrowings under the Revolver are less than 50% of the commitment then in effect, which fee will be payable quarterly based on outstanding borrowings and the unadvanced portion of the total amount committed under the Revolver during the applicable quarter.

 

The Amended Agreement contains customary negative covenants similar to the Prior Credit Agreement, including, but not limited to, restrictions on the incurrence of liens, the sale of assets and other fundamental corporate changes. Moreover, the Amended Agreement also requires the Company to satisfy various affirmative and financial covenants including, without limitation, maintenance of REIT status, a maximum leverage ratio, a minimum debt service coverage ratio, an unsecured leverage ratio, and a minimum tangible net worth threshold. The Amended Agreement includes the same events of default and remedies upon an event of default as the Prior Credit Agreement, including acceleration of the amounts due under the Amended Agreement.

 

The obligations of the Company under the Amended Agreement are guaranteed by each direct and indirect wholly owned subsidiary of the Company that owns a borrowing base property.

 

Affiliates of BMO, JPMorgan and RBC have, from time to time, performed, and may in the future perform, various financial advisory, investment banking and general financing services for the Company, for which they have received, and will receive, customary fees and expenses.

 

The description of the Amended Agreement in this Current Report on Form 8-K is qualified in its entirety by reference to the complete Amended Agreement that is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and is incorporated herein by reference. A copy of the press release announcing the above transaction is attached as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and incorporated herein by reference.

 

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

 

The information provided in Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated by reference into this Item 2.03.

 

Item 7.01 Regulation FD Disclosure.

 

On November 18, 2019, the Company issued a press release announcing that it entered into the Amended Agreement which amends the unsecured credit facility under the Prior Credit Agreement. A copy of the press release is furnished with this Current Report on Form 8-K and incorporated herein by reference.

 

The information included in this Current Report on Form 8-K under this Item 7.01 (including Exhibits 99.1) is being “furnished” and shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of Section 18, nor shall it be incorporated by reference into a filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing. The information included in this Current Report on Form 8-K under this Item 7.01 (including Exhibits 99.1) will not be deemed an admission as to the materiality of any information required to be disclosed solely to satisfy the requirements of Regulation FD.

 

   
 

 

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d)   Exhibits.

 

Exhibit No.   Description
     
10.1   Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated November 15, 2019, among Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation, as borrower, the guarantors from time to time party thereto, the lenders from time to time party thereto, Bank of Montreal, as administrative agent, BMO Capital Markets Corp., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Royal Bank of Canada, as joint lead arrangers and joint book runners, and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Royal Bank of Canada, as co-syndication agents.
     
99.1   Press Release, dated November 18, 2019 (furnished only)

 

   
 

 

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.

 

    MONMOUTH REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT CORPORATION
       
Date: November 18, 2019 By: /s/ Kevin S. Miller
      Kevin S. Miller, Chief Financial Officer, its principal
      financial officer and principal accounting officer

 

   
 

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Section 2: EX-10.1

 

Execution Version

 

 

Amended and Restated Credit Agreement

 

Dated as of November 15, 2019

 

among

 

Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation,

as Borrower

 

the Guarantors from time to time party hereto,

 

the Lenders from time to time party hereto,

and

Bank of Montreal,

as Administrative Agent

 

 

BMO Capital Markets Corp., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Royal Bank of Canada

as Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Book Runners

 

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Royal Bank of Canada,

as Co-Syndication Agents

 

 
 

 

Table of Contents

 

Section   Heading   Page
Section 1.   The Credit Facilities   1
  Section 1.1.   Revolving Credit Commitments   1
  Section 1.2.   Term Loan Commitments   2
  Section 1.3.   Letters of Credit   2
  Section 1.4.   Applicable Interest Rates; Investment Grade Credit Rating Interest Rate Election   6
  Section 1.5.   Minimum Borrowing Amounts; Maximum Eurodollar Loans   8
  Section 1.6.   Manner of Borrowing Loans and Designating Applicable Interest Rates   8
  Section 1.7.   Maturity of Loans   10
  Section 1.8.   Prepayments   10
  Section 1.9.   Default Rate   11
  Section 1.10.   Evidence of Indebtedness   12
  Section 1.11.   Funding Indemnity   13
  Section 1.12.   Commitment Terminations   13
  Section 1.13.   Substitution of Lenders   14
  Section 1.14.   Defaulting Lenders   14
  Section 1.15.   Increase in Commitments   17
  Section 1.16.   Extension of Revolving Credit Termination Date   18
Section 2.   Fees   19
  Section 2.1.   Fees   19
Section 3.   Place and Application of Payments   20
  Section 3.1.   Place and Application of Payments   20
  Section 3.2.   Account Debit   21
Section 4.   Subsidiary Guaranties   22
  Section 4.1.   Subsidiary Guaranties   22
  Section 4.2.   Further Assurances   22
Section 5.   Definitions; Interpretation   22
  Section 5.1.   Definitions   22
  Section 5.2.   Interpretation   48
  Section 5.3.   Change in Accounting Principles   49
  Section 5.4.   Divisions   49

 

 
 

 

Section 6.   Representations and Warranties   49
  Section 6.1.   Organization and Qualification   49
  Section 6.2.   Subsidiaries   50
  Section 6.3.   Authority and Validity of Obligations   50
  Section 6.4.   Use of Proceeds; Margin Stock   51
  Section 6.5.   Financial Reports   51
  Section 6.6.   No Material Adverse Change   51
  Section 6.7.   Full Disclosure   51
  Section 6.8.   Trademarks, Franchises, and Licenses   52
  Section 6.9.   Governmental Authority and Licensing   52
  Section 6.10.   Good Title   52
  Section 6.11.   Litigation and Other Controversies   52
  Section 6.12.   Taxes   52
  Section 6.13.   Approvals   52
  Section 6.14.   Affiliate Transactions   52
  Section 6.15.   Investment Company   53
  Section 6.16.   ERISA   53
  Section 6.17.   Compliance with Laws   53
  Section 6.18.   Sanctions; Anti-Money Laundering Laws and Anti-Corruption Laws   54
  Section 6.19.   Other Agreements   54
  Section 6.20.   Solvency   54
  Section 6.21.   No Default   54
  Section 6.22.   No Broker Fees.   54
  Section 6.23.   Condition of Property; Casualties; Condemnation   55
  Section 6.24.   Legal Requirements, and Zoning   55
  Section 6.25.   REIT Status   55
  Section 6.26.   EEA Financial Institution   55
Section 7.   Conditions Precedent   55
  Section 7.1.   All Credit Events   55
  Section 7.2.   Initial Credit Event   56
  Section 7.3.   Eligible Property Additions and Deletions of Borrowing Base Properties   58
Section 8.   Covenants   60
  Section 8.1.   Maintenance of Existence   60
  Section 8.2.   Maintenance of Properties   60
  Section 8.3.   Taxes and Assessments   61
  Section 8.4.   Insurance   61
  Section 8.5.   Financial Reports   61
  Section 8.6.   Inspection   64
  Section 8.7.   Liens   64
  Section 8.8.   Investments, Acquisitions, Loans and Advances   64
  Section 8.9.   Mergers, Consolidations and Sales   65
  Section 8.10.   Maintenance of Subsidiaries   66

 

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  Section 8.11.   ERISA   66
  Section 8.12.   Compliance with Laws   66
  Section 8.13.   Compliance with Anti-Corruption Laws, Anti-Money Laundering Laws and Sanctions   67
  Section 8.14.   Burdensome Contracts With Affiliates   68
  Section 8.15.   No Changes in Fiscal Year   68
  Section 8.16.   Formation of Subsidiaries   68
  Section 8.17.   Change in the Nature of Business   68
  Section 8.18.   Use of Proceeds   68
  Section 8.19.   No Restrictions   68
  Section 8.20.   Financial Covenants   68
  Section 8.21.   Electronic Delivery of Certain Information   69
  Section 8.22.   REIT Status   69
  Section 8.23.   Restricted Payments   69
  Section 8.24.   Depository Bank   70
  Section 8.25.   Borrowing Base Requirements   70
  Section 8.26.   Post-Closing Obligation   70
Section 9.   Events of Default and Remedies   70
  Section 9.1.   Events of Default   70
  Section 9.2.   Non-Bankruptcy Defaults   72
  Section 9.3.   Bankruptcy Defaults   73
  Section 9.4.   Collateral for Undrawn Letters of Credit   73
Section 10.   Change in Circumstances   75
  Section 10.1.   Change of Law   75
  Section 10.2.   Unavailability of Deposits or Inability to Ascertain, or Inadequacy of, LIBOR   75
  Section 10.3.   Increased Cost and Reduced Return   75
  Section 10.4.   Lending Offices   77
  Section 10.5.   Discretion of Lender as to Manner of Funding   77
  Section 10.6.   Effect of Benchmark Transition Event   77
Section 11.   The Administrative Agent   80
  Section 11.1.   Appointment and Authorization of Administrative Agent   80
  Section 11.2.   Administrative Agent and its Affiliates   81
  Section 11.3.   Action by Administrative Agent   81
  Section 11.4.   Consultation with Experts   81
  Section 11.5.   Liability of Administrative Agent; Credit Decision   82
  Section 11.6.   Indemnity   82
  Section 11.7.   Resignation and Removal of Administrative Agent and Successor Administrative Agent   83
  Section 11.8.   L/C Issuer   84
  Section 11.9.   Hedging Liability and Bank Product Obligations   84
  Section 11.10.   Designation of Additional Agents   84

 

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Section 12.   Miscellaneous   84
  Section 12.1.   Taxes   84
  Section 12.2.   Other Taxes   88
  Section 12.3.   No Waiver, Cumulative Remedies   88
  Section 12.4.   Non-Business Days   88
  Section 12.5.   Survival of Representations   89
  Section 12.6.   Survival of Indemnities   89
  Section 12.7.   Sharing of Set-Off   89
  Section 12.8.   Notices   90
  Section 12.9.   Counterparts; Integration; Effectiveness.   90
  Section 12.10.   Successors and Assigns   91
  Section 12.11.   Participants   91
  Section 12.12.   Assignments   91
  Section 12.13.   Amendments   94
  Section 12.14.   Headings   95
  Section 12.15.   Costs and Expenses; Indemnification   96
  Section 12.16.   Set-off   97
  Section 12.17.   Entire Agreement   97
  Section 12.18.   Waiver of Jury Trial   97
  Section 12.19.   Severability of Provisions   98
  Section 12.20.   Excess Interest   98
  Section 12.21.   Construction   98
  Section 12.22.   Lender’s and L/C Issuer’s Obligations Several   99
  Section 12.23.   Governing Law; Jurisdiction; Consent to Service of Process   99
  Section 12.24.   USA Patriot Act   100
  Section 12.25.   Confidentiality   100
  Section 12.26.   Acknowledgement and Consent to Bail-In of EEA Financial Institutions   100
  Section 12.27.   Amendment and Restatement; No Novation   101
  Section 12.28.   Equalization of Loans and Commitments   101
  Section 12.29.   Acknowledgement Regarding Any Supported QFCs   102
Section 13.   The Guarantees   103
  Section 13.1.   The Guarantees   103
  Section 13.2.   Guarantee Unconditional   104
  Section 13.3.   Discharge Only upon Payment in Full; Reinstatement in Certain Circumstances   105
  Section 13.4.   Subrogation   105
  Section 13.5.   Waivers   105
  Section 13.6.   Limit on Recovery   105
  Section 13.7.   Stay of Acceleration   105
  Section 13.8.   Benefit to Guarantors   106
  Section 13.9.   Guarantor Covenants   106
  Section 13.10.   Subordination   106
  Section 13.11.   Keepwell   106

 

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Exhibit A Notice of Payment Request
Exhibit B Notice of Borrowing
Exhibit C Notice of Continuation/Conversion
Exhibit D-1 Term Loan Note
Exhibit D-2 Revolving Note
Exhibit D-3 Incremental Term Note
Exhibit E Compliance Certificate
Exhibit F Assignment and Acceptance
Exhibit G Additional Guarantor Supplement
Exhibit H Commitment Amount Increase Request
Exhibit I Available Amount Certificate
Exhibit J-1 Form of U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate
Exhibit J-2 Form of U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate
Exhibit J-3 Form of U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate
Exhibit J-4 Form of U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate
     
Schedule 1 Commitments
Schedule 1.1 Initial Borrowing Base Pool Properties
Schedule 6.2 Subsidiaries
Schedule 6.11 Litigation
Schedule 8.7 Liens
Schedule 8.8 Investments

 

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Amended and Restated Credit Agreement

 

This Amended and Restated Credit Agreement (this “Agreement”) is entered into as of November 15, 2019, by and among Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation, a Maryland corporation (the “Borrower”), the Guarantors from time to time party to this Agreement, the several financial institutions from time to time party to this Agreement, as Lenders, and Bank of Montreal, as Administrative Agent as provided herein. All capitalized terms used herein without definition shall have the same meanings herein as such terms are defined in Section 5.1 hereof.

 

Preliminary Statement

 

WHEREAS, the Borrower, the Guarantors from time to time party thereto, the financial institutions party thereto as “Lenders,” JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Royal Bank of Canada, as Co-Syndication Agents, and the Administrative Agent previously entered into a Credit Agreement dated as of August 27, 2015 (as heretofore extended, renewed, amended, modified, amended and restated or supplemented, the “Prior Credit Agreement”).

 

Whereas, the Borrower has requested that (i) a new $75,000,000 term loan be extended by the Lenders to the Borrower on the date hereof, and (ii) certain other amendments be made to the Prior Credit Agreement and the Administrative Agent, and the Lenders have agreed to such requests on the basis of the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in this Agreement, which, for the sake of clarity and convenience, amends and restates the Prior Credit Agreement in its entirety.

 

Now, Therefore, in consideration of the mutual agreements contained herein, and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto hereby amend and restate the Prior Credit Agreement in its entirety as follows:

 

Section 1. The Credit Facilities.

 

Section 1.1. Revolving Credit Commitments. Subject to the terms and conditions hereof, each Revolving Lender, by its acceptance hereof, severally agrees to make a loan or loans (individually a “Revolving Loan” and collectively for all the Revolving Lenders the “Revolving Loans”) in U.S. Dollars to the Borrower from time to time on a revolving basis up to the amount of such Revolving Lender’s Revolving Credit Commitment, subject to any reductions thereof or increases thereto, in each case, pursuant to the terms hereof, at any time before the Revolving Credit Termination Date. The sum of the aggregate principal amount of Revolving Loans and L/C Obligations at any time outstanding shall not exceed the Revolving Credit Commitments of all Revolving Lenders in effect at such time, and the Credit Availability as determined based on the most recent Available Amount Certificate after giving effect to any requested Credit Event shall not be less than $0. Each Borrowing of Revolving Loans shall be made ratably by the Revolving Lenders in proportion to their respective Revolver Percentages. The Loan Parties, Administrative Agent and Lenders hereby acknowledge and agree that the Lenders with “Commitments” under the Prior Credit Agreement severally and not jointly advanced loans (the “Prior Revolving Loans”) under the Prior Credit Agreement in the amount of $85,000,000. As of the Closing Date, the principal amount justly and truly owing with respect to the Prior Revolving Loans is $85,000,000, without defense, offset or counterclaim. $10,000,000 of the Prior Revolving Loans shall continue as outstanding Revolving Loans under this Agreement. As provided in Section 1.6(a) hereof, the Borrower may elect that each Borrowing of Revolving Loans be either Base Rate Loans or Eurodollar Loans. Revolving Loans may be repaid and the principal amount thereof reborrowed before the Revolving Credit Termination Date, subject to the terms and conditions hereof.

 

 
 

 

Section 1.2. Term Loan Commitments. The Loan Parties, Administrative Agent and Lenders hereby acknowledge and agree that $75,000,000 of the Prior Revolving Loans shall, on the Closing Date and subject to the terms and conditions hereof, be referred to herein individually as a “Term Loan” and collectively as the “Term Loans,” at which time the Term Loan Commitments shall expire. As provided in Section 1.6(a) hereof, the Borrower may elect that the Term Loans be outstanding as Base Rate Loans or Eurodollar Loans. No amount repaid or prepaid on any Term Loan may be borrowed again.

 

Section 1.3. Letters of Credit.

 

(a) General Terms. Subject to the terms and conditions hereof, as part of the Revolving Credit, the L/C Issuer shall issue standby and commercial letters of credit (each a “Letter of Credit”) for the account of the Borrower or any one or more of its Subsidiaries in an aggregate undrawn face amount up to the L/C Sublimit. Each Letter of Credit shall be issued by the L/C Issuer, but each Revolving Lender shall be obligated to reimburse the L/C Issuer for such Revolving Lender’s Revolver Percentage of the amount of each drawing thereunder and, accordingly, each Letter of Credit shall constitute usage of the Revolving Credit Commitment of each Revolving Lender pro rata in an amount equal to its Revolver Percentage of the L/C Obligations then outstanding. After giving effect to the issuance of any Letter of Credit, Credit Availability shall not be less than $0.

 

(b) Applications. At any time before the Revolving Credit Termination Date, the L/C Issuer shall, at the request of the Borrower, issue one or more Letters of Credit in U.S. Dollars, denominated in a form satisfactory to the L/C Issuer, with expiration dates no later than the earlier of 12 months from the date of issuance (or which are cancelable not later than 12 months from the date of issuance) or thirty (30) days prior to the Revolving Credit Termination Date, in an aggregate face amount up to the L/C Sublimit, upon the receipt of an application duly executed by the Borrower for the relevant Letter of Credit in the form then customarily prescribed by the L/C Issuer for the Letter of Credit requested (each an “Application”). The Borrower agrees that if on the Revolving Credit Termination Date any Letters of Credit remains outstanding the Borrower shall then deliver to the Administrative Agent, without notice or demand, Cash Collateral in an amount equal to 105% of the aggregate amount of each Letter of Credit then outstanding. Notwithstanding anything contained in any Application to the contrary: (i) the Borrower shall pay fees in connection with each Letter of Credit as set forth in Section 2.1 hereof, (ii) except as otherwise provided in Section 1.8 or Section 1.14 hereof, unless an Event of Default is then continuing, the L/C Issuer will not call for the funding by the Borrower of any amount under a Letter of Credit before being presented with a drawing thereunder, and (iii) if the L/C Issuer is not timely reimbursed for the amount of any drawing under a Letter of Credit on the date such drawing is paid, except as otherwise provided for in Section 1.6 hereof, the Borrower’s obligation to reimburse the L/C Issuer for the amount of such drawing shall bear interest (which the Borrower hereby promises to pay) from and after the date such drawing is paid at a rate per annum equal to the sum of the Applicable Margin plus the Base Rate from time to time in effect (computed on the basis of a year of 365 or 366 days, as the case may be, and the actual number of days elapsed). If the L/C Issuer issues any Letter of Credit with an expiration date that is automatically extended unless the L/C Issuer gives notice that the expiration date will not so extend beyond its then scheduled expiration date, unless the Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders instruct the L/C Issuer otherwise, the L/C Issuer will give such notice of non-renewal before the time necessary to prevent such automatic extension if before such required notice date: (i) the expiration date of such Letter of Credit if so extended would be after the Revolving Credit Termination Date, (ii) the Revolving Credit Commitments have been terminated, or (iii) a Default or an Event of Default is then continuing and either the Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders (with notice to the Administrative Agent) have given the L/C Issuer instructions not to so permit the extension of the expiration date of such Letter of Credit. The L/C Issuer agrees to issue amendments to the Letter(s) of Credit increasing the amount, or extending the expiration date, thereof at the request of the Borrower subject to the conditions of Section 7 hereof and the other terms of this Section 1.3.

 

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(c) The Reimbursement Obligations. Subject to Section 1.3(b) hereof, the obligation of the Borrower to reimburse the L/C Issuer for all drawings under a Letter of Credit (a “Reimbursement Obligation”) shall be governed by the Application related to such Letter of Credit, except that reimbursement shall be made by no later than 12:00 noon (Chicago time) on the date when each drawing is to be paid if the Borrower has been informed of such drawing by the L/C Issuer on or before 11:00 a.m. (Chicago time) on the date when such drawing is to be paid or, if notice of such drawing is given to the Borrower after 11:00 a.m. (Chicago time) on the date when such drawing is to be paid, by no later than 12:00 noon (Chicago time) on the following Business Day, in immediately available funds at the Administrative Agent’s principal office in Chicago, Illinois or such other office as the Administrative Agent may designate in writing to the Borrower (who shall thereafter cause to be distributed to the L/C Issuer such amount(s) in like funds). If the Borrower does not make any such reimbursement payment on the date due and the Participating Lenders fund their participations therein in the manner set forth in Section 1.3(e) below, then all payments thereafter received by the Administrative Agent in discharge of any of the relevant Reimbursement Obligations shall be distributed in accordance with Section 1.3(e) below.

 

(d) Obligations Absolute. The Borrower’s obligation to reimburse L/C Obligations as provided in subsection (c) of this Section shall be absolute, unconditional and irrevocable, and shall be performed strictly in accordance with the terms of this Agreement and the relevant Application under any and all circumstances whatsoever and irrespective of (i) any lack of validity or enforceability of any Letter of Credit or this Agreement, or any term or provision therein, (ii) any draft or other document presented under a Letter of Credit proving to be forged, fraudulent or invalid in any respect or any statement therein being untrue or inaccurate in any respect, (iii) payment by the L/C Issuer under a Letter of Credit against presentation of a draft or other document that does not strictly comply with the terms of such Letter of Credit, or (iv) any other event or circumstance whatsoever, whether or not similar to any of the foregoing, that might, but for the provisions of this Section 1.3, constitute a legal or equitable discharge of, or provide a right of setoff against, the Borrower’s obligations hereunder. None of the Administrative Agent, the Revolving Lenders, or the L/C Issuer shall have any liability or responsibility by reason of or in connection with the issuance or transfer of any Letter of Credit or any payment or failure to make any payment thereunder (irrespective of any of the circumstances referred to in the preceding sentence), or any error, omission, interruption, loss or delay in transmission or delivery of any draft, notice or other communication under or relating to any Letter of Credit (including any document required to make a drawing thereunder), any error in interpretation of technical terms or any consequence arising from causes beyond the control of the L/C Issuer; provided that the foregoing shall not be construed to excuse the L/C Issuer from liability to the Borrower to the extent of any direct damages (as opposed to consequential damages, claims in respect of which are hereby waived by the Borrower to the extent permitted by applicable Legal Requirements) suffered by the Borrower that are caused by the L/C Issuer’s failure to exercise care when determining whether drafts and other documents presented under a Letter of Credit comply with the terms thereof. The parties hereto expressly agree that, in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct on the part of the L/C Issuer (as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction by final and nonappealable judgment), the L/C Issuer shall be deemed to have exercised care in each such determination. In furtherance of the foregoing and without limiting the generality thereof, the parties agree that, with respect to documents presented which appear on their face to be in substantial compliance with the terms of a Letter of Credit, the L/C Issuer may, in its sole discretion, either accept and make payment upon such documents without responsibility for further investigation, regardless of any notice or information to the contrary, or refuse to accept and make payment upon such documents if such documents are not in strict compliance with the terms of such Letter of Credit.

 

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(e) The Participating Interests. Each Revolving Lender (other than the Revolving Lender acting as L/C Issuer in issuing the relevant Letter of Credit), by its acceptance hereof, severally agrees to purchase from the L/C Issuer, and the L/C Issuer hereby agrees to sell to each such Revolving Lender (a “Participating Lender”), an undivided percentage participating interest (a “Participating Interest”), to the extent of its Revolver Percentage, in each Letter of Credit issued by, and each Reimbursement Obligation owed to, the L/C Issuer. Upon any failure by the Borrower to pay any Reimbursement Obligation at the time required on the date the related drawing is to be paid, as set forth in Section 1.3(c) above, or if the L/C Issuer is required at any time to return to the Borrower or to a trustee, receiver, liquidator, custodian or other Person any portion of any payment of any Reimbursement Obligation, each Participating Lender shall, not later than the Business Day it receives a certificate in the form of Exhibit A hereto from the L/C Issuer (with a copy to the Administrative Agent) to such effect, if such certificate is received before 1:00 p.m. (Chicago time), or not later than 1:00 p.m. (Chicago time) the following Business Day, if such certificate is received after such time, pay to the Administrative Agent for the account of the L/C Issuer an amount equal to such Participating Lender’s Revolver Percentage of such unpaid or recaptured Reimbursement Obligation together with interest on such amount accrued from the date the related payment was made by the L/C Issuer to the date of such payment by such Participating Lender at a rate per annum equal to: (i) from the date the related payment was made by the L/C Issuer to the date two (2) Business Days after payment by such Participating Lender is due hereunder, the Federal Funds Rate for each such day and (ii) from the date two (2) Business Days after the date such payment is due from such Participating Lender to the date such payment is made by such Participating Lender, the Base Rate in effect for each such day. Each such Participating Lender shall thereafter be entitled to receive its Revolver Percentage of each payment received in respect of the relevant Reimbursement Obligation and of interest paid thereon, with the L/C Issuer retaining its Revolver Percentage thereof as a Revolving Lender hereunder. The several obligations of the Participating Lenders to the L/C Issuer under this Section 1.3 shall be absolute, irrevocable, and unconditional under any and all circumstances whatsoever and shall not be subject to any set-off, counterclaim or defense to payment which any Participating Lender may have or have had against the Borrower, the L/C Issuer, the Administrative Agent, any Revolving Lender or any other Person whatsoever. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, such obligations shall not be affected by any Default or Event of Default or by any reduction or termination of any Revolving Credit Commitment of any Revolving Lender, and each payment by a Participating Lender under this Section 1.3 shall be made without any offset, abatement, withholding or reduction whatsoever.

 

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(f) Indemnification. The Participating Lenders shall, to the extent of their respective Revolver Percentages, indemnify the L/C Issuer (to the extent not reimbursed by the Borrower) against any cost, expense (including reasonable counsel fees and disbursements), claim, demand, action, loss or liability (except such as result from such L/C Issuer’s gross negligence or willful misconduct as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction by final and nonappealable judgment) that the L/C Issuer may suffer or incur in connection with any Letter of Credit issued by it. The obligations of the Participating Lenders under this Section 1.3(f) and all other parts of this Section 1.3 shall survive termination of this Agreement and of all Applications, Letters of Credit, and all drafts and other documents presented in connection with drawings thereunder.

 

(g) Manner of Requesting a Letter of Credit. The Borrower shall provide at least five (5) Business Days’ advance written notice to the Administrative Agent of each request for the issuance of a Letter of Credit, such notice in each case to be accompanied by an Application for such Letter of Credit properly completed and executed by the Borrower and, in the case of an extension or amendment or an increase in the amount of a Letter of Credit, a written request therefor, in a form acceptable to the Administrative Agent and the L/C Issuer, in each case, together with the fees called for by this Agreement. The Administrative Agent shall promptly notify the L/C Issuer of the Administrative Agent’s receipt of each such notice (and the L/C Issuer shall be entitled to assume that the conditions precedent to any such issuance, extension, amendment or increase have been satisfied unless notified to the contrary by the Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders) and the L/C Issuer shall promptly notify the Administrative Agent and the Revolving Lenders of the issuance of the Letter of Credit so requested.

 

(h) Replacement of the L/C Issuer. The L/C Issuer may be replaced at any time by written agreement among the Borrower, the Administrative Agent, the replaced L/C Issuer and the successor L/C Issuer. The Administrative Agent shall notify the Lenders of any such replacement of the L/C Issuer. At the time any such replacement shall become effective, the Borrower shall pay all unpaid fees accrued for the account of the replaced L/C Issuer. From and after the effective date of any such replacement (i) the successor L/C Issuer shall have all the rights and obligations of the L/C Issuer under this Agreement with respect to Letters of Credit to be issued thereafter and (ii) references herein to the term “L/C Issuer” shall be deemed to refer to such successor or to any previous L/C Issuer, or to such successor and all previous L/C Issuers, as the context shall require. After the replacement of a L/C Issuer hereunder, the replaced L/C Issuer shall remain a party hereto and shall continue to have all the rights and obligations of a L/C Issuer under this Agreement with respect to Letters of Credit issued by it prior to such replacement, but shall not be required to issue additional Letters of Credit.

 

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Section 1.4. Applicable Interest Rates; Investment Grade Credit Rating Interest Rate Election

 

(a) Base Rate Loans. Each Base Rate Loan made or maintained by a Lender shall bear interest (computed on the basis of a year of 365 or 366 days, as the case may be, and the actual days elapsed) on the unpaid principal amount thereof from the date such Loan is advanced, or created by conversion from a Eurodollar Loan, until maturity (whether by acceleration or otherwise) at a rate per annum equal to the sum of the Applicable Margin plus the Base Rate from time to time in effect, payable by the Borrower on each Interest Payment Date and at maturity (whether by acceleration or otherwise).

 

“Base Rate” means, for any day, the rate per annum equal to the greatest of: (a) the rate of interest announced or otherwise established by the Administrative Agent from time to time as its prime commercial rate, or its equivalent, for U.S. Dollar loans to borrowers located in the United States as in effect on such day, with any change in the Base Rate resulting from a change in said prime commercial rate to be effective as of the date of the relevant change in said prime commercial rate (it being acknowledged and agreed that such rate may not be the Administrative Agent’s best or lowest rate), (b) the sum of (i) the rate determined by the Administrative Agent to be the average (rounded upward, if necessary, to the next higher 1/100 of 1%) of the rates per annum quoted to the Administrative Agent at approximately 10:00 a.m. (Chicago time) (or as soon thereafter as is practicable) on such day (or, if such day is not a Business Day, on the immediately preceding Business Day) by two or more Federal funds brokers selected by the Administrative Agent for sale to the Administrative Agent at face value of Federal funds in the secondary market in an amount equal or comparable to the principal amount for which such rate is being determined (provided that if any such quoted rate is less than zero, such quoted rate shall be deemed to be 0.00%), plus (ii) 1/2 of 1%, and (c) the LIBOR Quoted Rate for such day plus 1.00%. As used herein, the term “LIBOR Quoted Rate” means, for any day, the rate per annum equal to the quotient of (i) the rate per annum (rounded upwards, if necessary, to the next higher one hundred-thousandth of a percentage point) for deposits in U.S. Dollars for a one-month interest period which appears on the applicable Bloomberg screen page (or on any successor or substitute page of such service, or any successor to or substitute for such service, providing rate quotations comparable to those currently provided on such page of such service, as reasonably determined by the Administrative Agent from time to time for purposes of providing quotations of interest rates applicable to dollar deposits in the London interbank market) as of 11:00 a.m. (London, England time) on such day (or, if such day is not a Business Day, on the immediately preceding Business Day) divided by (ii) one (1) minus the Eurodollar Reserve Percentage, provided that in no event shall the “LIBOR Quoted Rate” be less than 0.00%.

 

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(b) Eurodollar Loans. Each Eurodollar Loan made or maintained by a Lender shall bear interest during each Interest Period it is outstanding (computed on the basis of a year of 360 days and actual days elapsed) on the unpaid principal amount thereof from the date such Loan is advanced or continued, or created by conversion from a Base Rate Loan, until maturity (whether by acceleration or otherwise) at a rate per annum equal to the sum of the Applicable Margin plus the Adjusted LIBOR applicable for such Interest Period, payable by the Borrower on each Interest Payment Date and at maturity (whether by acceleration or otherwise).

 

“Adjusted LIBOR” means, for any Borrowing of Eurodollar Loans, a rate per annum determined in accordance with the following formula:

 

  Adjusted LIBOR = LIBOR  
      1 - Eurodollar Reserve Percentage  

 

“Eurodollar Reserve Percentage” means the maximum reserve percentage, expressed as a decimal, at which reserves (including, without limitation, any emergency, marginal, special, and supplemental reserves) are imposed by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (or any successor) on “eurocurrency liabilities”, as defined in such Board’s Regulation D (or any successor thereto), subject to any amendments of such reserve requirement by such Board or its successor, taking into account any transitional adjustments thereto. For purposes of this definition, the relevant Loans shall be deemed to be “eurocurrency liabilities” as defined in Regulation D without benefit or credit for any prorations, exemptions or offsets under Regulation D. The Eurodollar Reserve Percentage shall be adjusted automatically on and as of the effective date of any change in any such reserve percentage.

 

“LIBOR” means, for an Interest Period for a Borrowing of Eurodollar Loans, (a) the LIBOR Index Rate for such Interest Period, if such rate is available, and (b) if the LIBOR Index Rate cannot be determined, the arithmetic average of the rates of interest per annum (rounded upwards, if necessary, to the nearest 1/100 of 1%) at which deposits in U.S. Dollars in immediately available funds are offered to the Administrative Agent at 11:00 a.m. (London, England time) two (2) Business Days before the beginning of such Interest Period by three (3) or more major banks in the interbank eurodollar market selected by the Administrative Agent for delivery on the first day of and for a period equal to such Interest Period and in an amount equal or comparable to the principal amount of the Eurodollar Loan scheduled to be made as part of such Borrowing, provided that in no event shall “LIBOR” be less than 0.00%.

 

“LIBOR Index Rate” means, for any Interest Period, the rate per annum (rounded upwards, if necessary, to the next higher one hundred-thousandth of a percentage point) for deposits in U.S. Dollars for a period equal to such Interest Period, which appears on the on the applicable Bloomberg screen page (or on any successor or substitute page of such service, or any successor to or substitute for such service, providing rate quotations comparable to those currently provided on such page of such service, as reasonably determined by the Administrative Agent from time to time for purposes of providing quotations of interest rates applicable to dollar deposits in the London interbank market) as of 11:00 a.m. (London, England time) on the day two (2) Business Days before the commencement of such Interest Period.

 

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(c) Rate Determinations. The Administrative Agent shall determine each interest rate applicable to the Loans and the Reimbursement Obligations hereunder following Borrower’s selection (or deemed selection) in accordance with Section 1.6 and/or as otherwise contemplated pursuant to Section 1.9, and its good faith determination thereof shall be conclusive and binding except in the case of manifest error.

 

(d) Investment Grade Credit Rating Interest Rate Election. At any time after the Borrower receives an Investment Grade Credit Rating from two Rating Agencies, the Borrower may, so long as no Default or Event of Default then exists and is continuing, irrevocably elect (an “Interest Rate Election”) by written notice to the Administrative Agent, accompanied by reasonable evidence of the Borrower’s Credit Ratings from two Rating Agencies, that the interest rate and fee margins set forth in clause (c) of the definition of “Applicable Margin” herein shall at all times thereafter be applicable to all credit extensions under this Agreement. The Administrative Agent shall provide the Lenders and the L/C Issuer with prompt notice of its receipt of any Interest Rate Election. On the day after the date of the Administrative Agent’s receipt of any Interest Rate Election (the date of the Administrative Agent’s receipt of such election is the “Interest Rate Election Date”), the margins set forth in clauses (a) and (b) of the definition of “Applicable Margin” herein shall no longer apply and the commitment fee under Section 2.1(a) shall no longer continue to accrue.

 

Section 1.5. Minimum Borrowing Amounts; Maximum Eurodollar Loans. Each Borrowing of Base Rate Loans shall be in an amount not less than $100,000. Each Borrowing of Eurodollar Loans advanced, continued or converted to a Eurodollar Loan shall be in an amount equal to $1,000,000 or such greater amount which is an integral multiple of $500,000. Without the Administrative Agent’s consent, there shall not be more than five (5) Borrowings of Eurodollar Loans outstanding hereunder.

 

Section 1.6. Manner of Borrowing Loans and Designating Applicable Interest Rates.

 

(a) Notice to the Administrative Agent. The Borrower shall give notice to the Administrative Agent by no later than 2:00 p.m. (Chicago time): (i) at least three (3) Business Days before the date on which the Borrower requests the Lenders to advance a Borrowing of Eurodollar Loans and (ii) one Business Day before the date on which the Borrower requests the Lenders to advance a Borrowing of Base Rate Loans. The Loans included in each Borrowing shall bear interest initially at the type of rate specified in such notice of a new Borrowing. Thereafter, subject to the terms and conditions hereof, the Borrower may from time to time elect to change or continue the type of interest rate borne by each Borrowing or, subject to the minimum amount requirement for each outstanding Borrowing set forth in Section 1.5 hereof, a portion thereof, as follows: (i) if such Borrowing is of Eurodollar Loans, on the last day of the Interest Period applicable thereto, the Borrower may continue part or all of such Borrowing as Eurodollar Loans or convert part or all of such Borrowing into Base Rate Loans or (ii) if such Borrowing is of Base Rate Loans, on any Business Day, the Borrower may convert all or part of such Borrowing into Eurodollar Loans for an Interest Period or Interest Periods specified by the Borrower. The Borrower shall give all such notices requesting the advance, continuation or conversion of a Borrowing to the Administrative Agent by telephone, telecopy or facsimile, or other telecommunication device acceptable to the Administrative Agent (including via pdf attachment to an email) which notice shall be irrevocable once given and, if by telephone, shall be promptly confirmed in writing in a manner acceptable to the Administrative Agent, substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit B (Notice of Borrowing) or Exhibit C (Notice of Continuation/Conversion), as applicable, or in such other form acceptable to the Administrative Agent. Notice of the continuation of a Borrowing of Eurodollar Loans for an additional Interest Period or of the conversion of part or all of a Borrowing of Base Rate Loans into Eurodollar Loans must be given by no later than 10:00 a.m. (Chicago time) at least three (3) Business Days before the date of the requested continuation or conversion. All such notices concerning the advance, continuation or conversion of a Borrowing shall specify the date of the requested advance, continuation or conversion of a Borrowing (which shall be a Business Day), the amount of the requested Borrowing to be advanced, continued or converted, the type of Loans to comprise such new, continued or converted Borrowing and, if such Borrowing is to be comprised of Eurodollar Loans, the Interest Period applicable thereto. No Borrowing of Eurodollar Loans shall be advanced, continued, or created by conversion if any Default or Event of Default is then continuing. The Borrower agrees that the Administrative Agent may rely on any such telephonic, telecopy or other telecommunication notice given by any person the Administrative Agent in good faith believes is an Authorized Representative without the necessity of independent investigation, and in the event any such notice by telephone conflicts with any written confirmation such telephonic notice shall govern if the Administrative Agent has acted in reliance thereon.

 

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(b) Notice to the Lenders. The Administrative Agent shall give prompt telecopy or other telecommunication notice to each Lender of any notice from the Borrower received pursuant to Section 1.6(a) above and, if such notice requests the Lenders to make Eurodollar Loans, the Administrative Agent shall give notice to the Borrower and each Lender by like means of the interest rate applicable thereto promptly after the Administrative Agent has made such determination.

 

(c) Borrower’s Failure to Notify. If the Borrower fails to give notice pursuant to Section 1.6(a) above of the continuation or conversion of any outstanding principal amount of a Borrowing of Eurodollar Loans before the last day of its then current Interest Period within the period required by Section 1.6(a) and such Borrowing is not prepaid in accordance with Section 1.8(a), such Borrowing shall automatically be converted into a Borrowing of Base Rate Loans. In the event the Borrower fails to give notice pursuant to Section 1.6(a) above of a Borrowing equal to the amount of a Reimbursement Obligation and has not notified the Administrative Agent by 12:00 noon (Chicago time) on the day such Reimbursement Obligation becomes due that it intends to repay such Reimbursement Obligation through funds not borrowed under this Agreement, the Borrower shall be deemed to have requested a Borrowing of Base Rate Loans under the Revolving Credit on such day in the amount of the Reimbursement Obligation then due, which Borrowing shall be applied to pay the Reimbursement Obligation then due.

 

(d) Disbursement of Loans. Not later than 1:00 p.m. (Chicago time) on the date of any requested advance of a new Borrowing, subject to Section 7 hereof, each Lender shall make available its Loan comprising part of such Borrowing in funds immediately available at the principal office of the Administrative Agent in Chicago, Illinois (or at such other location as the Administrative Agent shall designate). The Administrative Agent shall make the proceeds of each new Borrowing available to the Borrower at the Administrative Agent’s principal office in Chicago, Illinois (or at such other location as the Administrative Agent shall designate), by depositing or wire transferring such proceeds to the credit of the Borrower’s Designated Disbursement Account or as the Borrower and the Administrative Agent may otherwise agree.

 

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(e) Administrative Agent Reliance on Lender Funding. Unless the Administrative Agent shall have been notified by a Lender prior to (or, in the case of a Borrowing of Base Rate Loans, by 1:00 p.m. (Chicago time) on) the date on which such Lender is scheduled to make payment to the Administrative Agent of the proceeds of a Loan (which notice shall be effective upon receipt) that such Lender does not intend to make such payment, the Administrative Agent may assume that such Lender has made such payment when due and the Administrative Agent may in reliance upon such assumption (but shall not be required to) make available to the Borrower the proceeds of the Loan to be made by such Lender and, if any Lender has not in fact made such payment to the Administrative Agent, such Lender shall, on demand, pay to the Administrative Agent the amount made available to the Borrower attributable to such Lender together with interest thereon in respect of each day during the period commencing on the date such amount was made available to the Borrower and ending on (but excluding) the date such Lender pays such amount to the Administrative Agent at a rate per annum equal to: (i) from the date the related advance was made by the Administrative Agent to the date two (2) Business Days after payment by such Lender is due hereunder, the Federal Funds Rate for each such day and (ii) from the date two (2) Business Days after the date such payment is due from such Lender to the date such payment is made by such Lender, the Base Rate in effect for each such day. If such amount is not received from such Lender by the Administrative Agent immediately upon demand, the Borrower will, promptly on demand, repay to the Administrative Agent the proceeds of the Loan attributable to such Lender with interest thereon at a rate per annum equal to the interest rate applicable to the relevant Loan, but without such payment being considered a payment or prepayment of a Loan under Section 1.11 hereof so that the Borrower will have no liability under such Section with respect to such payment.

 

Section 1.7. Maturity of Loans. (a) Revolving Loans. Each Revolving Loan, including both the outstanding principal balance thereof and any accrued but unpaid interest thereon, shall mature and be due and payable by the Borrower on the Revolving Credit Termination Date.

 

(b) Term Loan. The Term Loan, both for principal and accrued but unpaid interest, shall mature and be due and payable by the Borrower on the Term Credit Maturity Date.

 

Section 1.8. Prepayments.

 

(a) Optional. The Borrower may prepay in whole or in part (but, if in part, then: (i) if such Borrowing is of Base Rate Loans, in an amount not less than $100,000, (ii) if such Borrowing is of Eurodollar Loans, in an amount not less than $500,000, and (iii) in each case, in an amount such that the minimum amount required for a Borrowing pursuant to Section 1.2 and 1.5 hereof remains outstanding) any Borrowing (i) in the case of a Borrowing of Eurodollar Loans, at any time upon three (3) Business Days prior written notice by the Borrower to the Administrative Agent or (ii) in the case of a Borrowing of Base Rate Loans, upon written notice delivered by the Borrower to the Administrative Agent no later than 12:00 p.m. (Chicago time) on the date of prepayment (or, in any case, such shorter period of time then agreed to by the Administrative Agent), such prepayment to be made by the payment of the principal amount to be prepaid, without premium or penalty, and, in the case of any Eurodollar Loans accrued interest thereon to the date fixed for prepayment plus any amounts due the Lenders under Section 1.11 hereof.

 

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(b) Mandatory.

 

(i) If the outstanding Revolving Loans and L/C Obligations at any time exceed the Revolving Credit Commitments then in effect, the Borrower shall prepay the Revolving Loans, and, if necessary, Cash Collateralize the L/C Obligations by the amount necessary to reduce the sum of the aggregate principal amount of Revolving Loans and L/C Obligations then outstanding to an amount which does not exceed the Revolving Credit Commitments then in effect. If at any time the Credit Availability as then determined and computed (including in the most recent Available Amount Certificate delivered in accordance with Section 8.5(d) or Section 8.5(m) hereof) shall be less than $0, the Borrower shall within five (5) Business Days, and without notice or demand, pay an amount equal to the amount necessary to increase the Credit Availability to $0 to the Administrative Agent for the account of the Lenders as a mandatory prepayment on such Obligations.

 

(ii) All prepayments under this Section 1.8(b) shall first be applied to the Revolving Loans until paid in full, then to the Term Loans and the Incremental Term Loans (if any) on a combined ratable basis with respect to all such Loans until such Loans are paid in full, with any remaining balance to be held by the Administrative Agent in the Collateral Account as security for the Obligations owing with respect to the Letters of Credit. Unless the Borrower otherwise directs, prepayments of Loans under this Section 1.8(b) shall be applied first to Borrowings of Base Rate Loans until payment in full thereof with any balance applied to Borrowings of Eurodollar Loans in the order in which their Interest Periods expire. Each prepayment of Loans under this Section 1.8(b) shall be made by the payment of the principal amount to be prepaid and, in the case of any Eurodollar Loans accrued interest thereon to the date of prepayment together with any amounts due the Lenders under Section 1.11 hereof. Each prefunding of L/C Obligations shall be made in accordance with Section 9.4 hereof.

 

(c) Borrowings. Any amount of Revolving Loans paid or prepaid before the Revolving Credit Termination Date may, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, be borrowed, repaid and borrowed again. No amount of Term Loans or Incremental Term Loans paid or prepaid may be reborrowed.

 

Section 1.9. Default Rate. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, while any Event of Default is continuing or after acceleration, the Borrower shall pay interest (after as well as before entry of judgment thereon to the extent permitted by law) on the principal amount of all outstanding Loans and Reimbursement Obligations, letter of credit fees and other amounts due under the Loan Documents at a rate per annum equal to:

 

(a) for any Base Rate Loan bearing interest based on the Base Rate, the sum of 3.0% plus the Applicable Margin plus the Base Rate from time to time in effect;

 

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(b) for any Eurodollar Loan, the sum of 3.0% plus the rate of interest in effect thereon at the time of such Event of Default until the end of the Interest Period applicable thereto and, thereafter, at a rate per annum equal to the sum of 3.0% plus the Applicable Margin for Base Rate Loans plus the Base Rate from time to time in effect;

 

(c) for any Reimbursement Obligation, the sum of 3.0% plus the amounts due under Section 1.3 with respect to interest on such Reimbursement Obligation;

 

(d) for any Letter of Credit, the sum of 3.0% plus the letter of credit fee due under Section 2.1 with respect to such Letter of Credit; and

 

(e) for any other amount owing hereunder not covered by clauses (a) through (d) above, the sum of 3.0% plus the Applicable Margin plus the Base Rate from time to time in effect;

 

provided, however, that in the absence of acceleration of the Obligations as a result of an Event of Default, any adjustments pursuant to this Section shall be made at the election of the Administrative Agent, acting at the request or with the consent of the Required Lenders, with written notice to the Borrower. While any Event of Default exists or after acceleration, interest accruing pursuant to this Section 1.9 shall be paid on demand of the Administrative Agent at the request or with the consent of the Required Lenders.

 

Section 1.10. Evidence of Indebtedness. (a) Each Lender shall maintain in accordance with its usual practice an account or accounts evidencing the indebtedness of the Borrower to such Lender resulting from each Loan made by such Lender from time to time, including the amounts of principal and interest payable and paid to such Lender from time to time hereunder.

 

(b) The Administrative Agent shall also maintain accounts in which it will record (i) the amount of each Loan made hereunder, the type thereof and the Interest Period with respect thereto, (ii) the amount of any principal or interest due and payable or to become due and payable from the Borrower to each Lender hereunder and (iii) the amount of any sum received by the Administrative Agent hereunder from the Borrower and each Lender’s share thereof.

 

(c) The entries maintained in the accounts maintained pursuant to paragraphs (a) and (b) above shall be prima facie evidence of the existence and amounts of the Obligations therein recorded, absent manifest error; provided, however, that the failure of the Administrative Agent or any Lender to maintain such accounts or any error therein shall not in any manner affect the obligation of the Borrower to repay the Obligations in accordance with their terms.

 

(d) Any Lender may request that its Loans be evidenced by a promissory note or notes substantially in the forms (which forms may be altered to include amendment and restatement language to evidence the amendment and restatement of a Note issued to a Lender under the Prior Credit Agreement, if applicable) of Exhibit D-1 (in the case of its Term Loan and referred herein as a “Term Note”), Exhibit D-2 (in the case of its Revolving Loans and referred to herein as a “Revolving Note”) or Exhibit D-3 (in the case of its Incremental Term Loans and referred to herein as the “Incremental Term Note”), as applicable (the Term Notes, the Revolving Notes and the Incremental Term Notes being referred to collectively as the “Notes” and individually as a “Note”). In such event, the Borrower shall prepare, execute and deliver to such Lender a Note payable to such Lender or its registered assigns in the amount of the relevant Revolving Credit Commitment, Incremental Term Loan, or Term Loan, as applicable. Thereafter, the Loans evidenced by such Note or Notes and interest thereon shall at all times (including after any assignment pursuant to Section 12.12) be represented by one or more Notes payable to the order of the payee named therein or any assignee pursuant to Section 12.12, except to the extent that any such Lender or assignee subsequently returns any such Note for cancellation and requests that such Loans once again be evidenced as described in subsections (a) and (b) above.

 

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Section 1.11. Funding Indemnity. If any Lender shall incur any loss or out-of-pocket cost or expense (including, without limitation, any loss or out-of-pocket cost or expense incurred by reason of the liquidation or re-employment of deposits or other funds acquired by such Lender to fund or maintain any Eurodollar Loan or the relending or reinvesting of such deposits or amounts paid or prepaid to such Lender) as a result of:

 

(a) any payment, prepayment or conversion of a Eurodollar Loan on a date other than the last day of its Interest Period,

 

(b) any failure (because of a failure to meet the conditions of Section 7 or otherwise) by the Borrower to borrow or continue a Eurodollar Loan, or to convert a Base Rate Loan into a Eurodollar Loan, on the date specified in a notice given pursuant to Section 1.2 or 1.6(a) hereof,

 

(c) any failure by the Borrower to make any payment of principal on any Eurodollar Loan when due (whether by acceleration or otherwise), or

 

(d) any acceleration of the maturity of a Eurodollar Loan as a result of the occurrence of any Event of Default hereunder,

 

then, upon the demand of such Lender, the Borrower shall pay to such Lender such amount as will reimburse such Lender for such loss or out-of-pocket cost or expense. If any Lender makes such a claim for compensation, it shall provide to the Borrower, with a copy to the Administrative Agent, a certificate setting forth the amount of such loss or out-of-pocket cost or expense in reasonable detail (including an explanation of the basis for and the computation of such loss or out-of-pocket cost or expense) and the amounts shown on such certificate shall be deemed prima facie correct absent manifest error.

 

Section 1.12. Commitment Terminations.

 

(a) Optional Terminations. The Borrower shall have the right at any time and from time to time, upon five (5) Business Days prior written notice to the Administrative Agent (or such shorter period of time agreed to by the Administrative Agent), to terminate the Revolving Credit Commitments without premium or penalty and in whole or in part, any partial termination to be (i) in an amount not less than $5,000,000 and (ii) allocated ratably among the Revolving Lenders in proportion to their respective Revolver Percentages; provided, that the Revolving Credit Commitments may not be reduced to an amount less than the sum of the aggregate principal amount of Revolving Loans and L/C Obligations then outstanding. Any termination of the Revolving Credit Commitments below the L/C Sublimit then in effect shall reduce the L/C Sublimit by a like amount. The Administrative Agent shall give prompt notice to each Revolving Lender of any such termination of the Revolving Credit Commitments.

 

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(b) Reinstatement. Any termination of the Revolving Credit Commitments pursuant to this Section 1.12 may not be reinstated.

 

Section 1.13. Substitution of Lenders. In the event (a) the Borrower receives a claim from any Lender for compensation under Section 10.3 or 12.1 hereof, (b) the Borrower receives notice from any Lender of any illegality pursuant to Section 10.1 hereof, (c) any Lender is then a Defaulting Lender, or (d) a Lender fails to consent to an amendment or waiver requested under Section 12.13 hereof requiring the consent of a Lender at a time when the Required Lenders have approved such amendment or waiver (any such Lender referred to in clause (a), (b), (c), or (d) above being hereinafter referred to as an “Affected Lender”), the Borrower may, in addition to any other rights the Borrower may have hereunder or under applicable Legal Requirements, require, at its expense, any such Affected Lender to assign, at par, without recourse, all of its interest, rights, and obligations hereunder (including all of its Commitments and the Loans and participation interests in Letters of Credit and other amounts at any time owing to it hereunder and the other Loan Documents) to an Eligible Assignee specified by the Borrower, provided that (i) such assignment shall not conflict with or violate any law, rule or regulation or order of any court or other Governmental Authority, (ii) the Borrower shall have paid to the Affected Lender all monies (together with amounts due such Affected Lender under Section 1.11 hereof as if the Loans owing to it were prepaid rather than assigned) other than such principal owing to it hereunder, and (iii) the assignment is entered into in accordance with, and subject to the consents required by, Section 12.12 hereof (provided any assignment fees and reimbursable expenses due thereunder shall be paid by the Borrower).

 

Section 1.14. Defaulting Lenders.

 

(a) Defaulting Lender Adjustments. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, if any Lender becomes a Defaulting Lender, then, until such time as such Lender is no longer a Defaulting Lender, to the extent permitted by applicable Legal Requirements:

 

(i) Waivers and Amendments. Such Defaulting Lender’s right to approve or disapprove any amendment, waiver or consent with respect to this Agreement shall be restricted as set forth in Section 12.13 hereof.

 

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(ii) Defaulting Lender Waterfall. Any payment of principal, interest, fees or other amounts received by the Administrative Agent for the account of such Defaulting Lender (whether voluntary or mandatory, at maturity, pursuant to Section 9 or otherwise) or received by the Administrative Agent from a Defaulting Lender pursuant to Section 12.7 hereto shall be applied at such time or times as may be determined by the Administrative Agent as follows: first, to the payment of any amounts owing by such Defaulting Lender to the Administrative Agent hereunder; second, to the payment on a pro rata basis of any amounts owing by such Defaulting Lender to any L/C Issuer hereunder; third, to Cash Collateralize the L/C Issuer’s Fronting Exposure with respect to such Defaulting Lender in accordance with Section 9.4; fourth, as the Borrower may request (so long as no Default or Event of Default is then continuing), to the funding of any Loan in respect of which such Defaulting Lender has failed to fund its portion thereof as required by this Agreement, as determined by the Administrative Agent; fifth, if so determined by the Administrative Agent and the Borrower, to be held in a deposit account and released pro rata in order to (x) satisfy such Defaulting Lender’s potential future funding obligations with respect to Loans under this Agreement and (y) Cash Collateralize the L/C Issuer’s future Fronting Exposure with respect to such Defaulting Lender with respect to future Letters of Credit issued under this Agreement, in accordance with Section 9.4; sixth, to the payment of any amounts owing to the Lenders, the L/C Issuer as a result of any judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by any Lender, the L/C Issuer against such Defaulting Lender as a result of such Defaulting Lender’s breach of its obligations under this Agreement; seventh, so long as no Default or Event of Default is then continuing, to the payment of any amounts owing to the Borrower as a result of any judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by the Borrower against such Defaulting Lender as a result of such Defaulting Lender’s breach of its obligations under this Agreement; and eighth, to such Defaulting Lender or as otherwise directed by a court of competent jurisdiction; provided that if (x) such payment is a payment of the principal amount of any Loans or L/C Obligations in respect of which such Defaulting Lender has not fully funded its appropriate share, and (y) such Loans were made or the related Letters of Credit were issued at a time when the conditions set forth in Section 7.1 hereof were satisfied or waived, such payment shall be applied solely to pay the Loans of, and L/C Obligations owed to, all Non-Defaulting Lenders on a pro rata basis prior to being applied to the payment of any Loans of, or L/C Obligations owed to, such Defaulting Lender until such time as all Loans and funded and unfunded participations in L/C Obligations are held by the Lenders pro rata in accordance with their Percentages of the relevant Commitments without giving effect to Section 1.14(a)(iv) below. Any payments, prepayments or other amounts paid or payable to a Defaulting Lender that are applied (or held) to pay amounts owed by a Defaulting Lender or to post Cash Collateral pursuant to this Section 1.14(a)(ii) shall be deemed paid to and redirected by such Defaulting Lender, and each Lender irrevocably consents hereto.

 

(iii) Certain Fees.

 

(A) No Defaulting Lender shall be entitled to receive any commitment fee or facility fee for any period during which that Lender is a Defaulting Lender (and the Borrower shall not be required to pay any such fee that otherwise would have been required to have been paid to that Defaulting Lender).

 

(B) Each Defaulting Lender shall be entitled to receive L/C Participation Fees for any period during which that Lender is a Defaulting Lender only to the extent allocable to its Percentage of the stated amount of Letters of Credit for which it has provided Cash Collateral pursuant to Section 9.4 hereof.

 

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(C) With respect to any L/C Participation Fee, commitment fee or facility fee not required to be paid to any Defaulting Lender pursuant to clauses (A) or (B) above, the Borrower shall pay to each Non-Defaulting Lender that portion of any such fee otherwise payable to such Defaulting Lender with respect to such Defaulting Lender’s participation in L/C Obligations that has been reallocated to such Non-Defaulting Lender pursuant to clause (iv) below.

 

(iv) Reallocation of Participations to Reduce Fronting Exposure. All or any part of such Defaulting Lender’s participation in L/C Obligations shall be reallocated among the Non-Defaulting Lenders in accordance with their respective Percentages of the relevant Revolving Credit Commitments (calculated without regard to such Defaulting Lender’s Revolving Credit Commitments) but only to the extent that (x) the conditions set forth in Section 7.1 hereof are satisfied at the time of such reallocation (and, unless the Borrower shall have otherwise notified the Administrative Agent at such time, the Borrower shall be deemed to have represented and warranted that such conditions are satisfied at such time), and (y) such reallocation does not cause the aggregate Revolving Loans and interests in L/C Obligations of any Non-Defaulting Lender to exceed such Non-Defaulting Lender’s Revolving Credit Commitment. Subject to Section 12.26 hereof, no reallocation hereunder shall constitute a waiver or release of any claim of any party hereunder against a Defaulting Lender arising from that Lender having become a Defaulting Lender, including any claim of a Non-Defaulting Lender as a result of such Non-Defaulting Lender’s increased exposure following such reallocation.

 

(v) Cash Collateral. If the reallocation described in clause (iv) above cannot, or can only partially, be effected, the Borrower shall, without prejudice to any right or remedy available to them hereunder or under law, Cash Collateralize the L/C Issuer’s Fronting Exposure in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 9.4 hereof.

 

(b) Defaulting Lender Cure. If the Borrower, the Administrative Agent and each L/C Issuer agree in writing that a Lender is no longer a Defaulting Lender, the Administrative Agent will so notify the parties hereto, whereupon as of the effective date specified in such notice and subject to any conditions set forth therein (which may include arrangements with respect to any Cash Collateral), that Lender will, to the extent applicable, purchase at par that portion of outstanding Loans of the other Lenders or take such other actions as the Administrative Agent may determine to be necessary to cause the Loans and funded and unfunded participations in Letters of Credit to be held pro rata by the Lenders in accordance with their respective Percentages of the relevant Commitments (without giving effect to Section 1.14(a)(iv) hereof), whereupon such Lender will cease to be a Defaulting Lender; provided, that no adjustments will be made retroactively with respect to fees accrued or payments made by or on behalf of the Borrower while that Lender was a Defaulting Lender; and provided, further, that except to the extent otherwise expressly agreed by the affected parties, no change hereunder from Defaulting Lender to Lender will constitute a waiver or release of any claim of any party hereunder arising from that Lender’s having been a Defaulting Lender.

 

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(c) New Letters of Credit. So long as any Lender is a Defaulting Lender, no L/C Issuer shall be required to issue, extend, renew or increase any Letter of Credit unless it is satisfied that it will have no Fronting Exposure after giving effect thereto.

 

(d) Any and all Defaulting Lenders shall indemnify and reimburse the Borrower and Guarantors for all actual loss and out-of-pocket invoiced costs and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, incurred by the Borrower and Guarantors as a result of the acts giving rise to such Lender becoming a Defaulting Lender, including, without limitation, such Defaulting Lender’s failure to fund as contemplated herein.

 

Section 1.15. Increase in Commitments. The Borrower may, from time to time, on any Business Day prior to the Revolving Credit Termination Date or Term Credit Maturity Date, as applicable, increase the aggregate amount of the Revolving Credit Commitments or establish one or more new term loan commitments (any such new term loan commitment, an “Incremental Term Loan Commitment”), respectively, by delivering a commitment amount increase or incremental term loan request, as applicable, substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit H or in such other form acceptable to the Administrative Agent at least five (5) Business Days prior to the desired effective date of such increase (the “Revolving Credit Commitment Amount Increase”) or new term loan, as applicable, identifying one or more additional Lenders (or additional Revolving Credit Commitments for existing Lender(s) or by a combination of existing Lenders and additional Lenders) and the amount of its Revolving Credit Commitment or Incremental Term Loan Commitment (or additional amount of its Revolving Credit Commitment); provided, however, that (i) the aggregate amount of increases in the Revolving Credit Commitments and new Incremental Term Loan Commitments shall not be increased by an amount in excess of $100,000,000, (ii) any Revolving Credit Commitment Amount Increase or new Incremental Term Loan Commitment, as applicable, shall be in an amount not less than $10,000,000, (iii) no Default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing at the time of the request or the effective date of the Revolving Credit Commitment Amount Increase or individual Incremental Term Loan Commitment, as applicable, and (iv) all representations and warranties contained in Section 6 hereof shall be true and correct in all material respects where not already qualified by materiality or Material Adverse Effect, otherwise in all respects at the time of such request and on the effective date of such Revolving Credit Commitment Amount Increase or of any new Incremental Term Loan Commitment (except to the extent such representations and warranties relate to an earlier date, in which case they are true and correct in all material respects where not already qualified by materiality or Material Adverse Effect, otherwise in all respects as of such date). The effective date of the Revolving Credit Commitment Amount Increase or new Incremental Term Loan Commitment, as applicable, shall be as set forth in the related commitment amount increase or new incremental term loan request. Upon the effectiveness of a Revolving Credit Commitment Amount Increase, the new Revolving Lender(s) (or, if applicable, existing Revolving Lender(s)) shall advance Revolving Loans in an amount sufficient such that after giving effect to its advance each Revolving Lender shall have outstanding its Percentage of Revolving Loans. In connection with any Revolving Credit Commitment Amount Increase, to the extent any Revolving Loans are repaid to an existing Revolving Lender in connection with the rebalancing of the outstanding Revolving Loans, the Borrower shall pay any amounts owing to such Lenders pursuant to Section 1.11 hereof (unless any Lender owed any such amount waives such amount due by notice to the Administrative Agent). The Revolving Credit Commitments may not be increased if the Borrower has previously terminated any portion of the Revolving Credit Commitments pursuant to Section 1.12 hereof. The Borrower agrees to pay any reasonable and documented, out-of-pocket expenses of the Administrative Agent relating to any Revolving Credit Commitment Amount Increase or Incremental Term Loan Commitment and arrangement fees related thereto as agreed upon in writing between Administrative Agent and the Borrower. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, (x) no Lender shall have any obligation to increase its Revolving Credit Commitment or to provide any Incremental Term Loan Commitment and no Revolving Lender’s Revolving Credit Commitment shall be increased and no Lender will be required to provide an Incremental Term Loan Commitment without its consent thereto, and each Lender may at its option, unconditionally and without cause, decline to increase its Revolving Credit Commitment or to provide an Incremental Term Loan Commitment, (y) such declining Lender shall have no consent right with respect to such Revolving Credit Commitment Amount Increase or such Incremental Term Loan Commitment, as applicable, and (z) any new Lender shall be acceptable to the Administrative Agent (to the extent the consent of the Administrative Agent would be required in connection with an assignment to such new Lender under Section 12.12(a)(iii) hereof) with such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed. Upon the effectiveness thereof, Schedule 1 shall be deemed amended to reflect any Revolving Credit Commitment Amount Increase and any Incremental Term Loan Commitment, as applicable. Subject to Section 7.1 hereof, on the effective date of any new Incremental Term Loan Commitments, any new or existing Lender with an Incremental Term Loan Commitment shall advance in a single Borrowing an Incremental Term Loan in the amount of its new Incremental Term Loan Commitment. The Borrower shall deliver or cause to be delivered any documents reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent in connection with any such transaction and consistent with Section 7.2 hereof.

 

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Section 1.16. Extension of Revolving Credit Termination Date. The Borrower shall have the right, exercisable two (2) times, by notice to the Administrative Agent (which shall promptly deliver a copy to each of the Lenders) given at least thirty (30) days and not more than ninety (90) days prior to the then-existing Revolving Credit Termination Date (the “Existing Termination Date”), to request that Lenders extend the Existing Termination Date by six (6) months. Upon the Borrower’s timely delivery of such notice to the Administrative Agent and payment of the Extension Fee, and provided that both on the notice delivery date and on the then Existing Termination Date (i) no Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, and (ii) all representations and warranties contained in Section 6 hereof shall be true and correct in all material respects where not already qualified by materiality or Material Adverse Effect, otherwise in all respects (except to the extent such representations and warranties relate to an earlier date, in which case they are true and correct in all material respects where not already qualified by materiality or Material Adverse Effect, otherwise in all respects as of such date), the Revolving Credit Termination Date shall be extended to the six month anniversary of the Existing Termination Date. Should the Revolving Credit Termination Date be extended, the terms and conditions of this Agreement will apply during the extension period, and from and after the date of such extension, the defined term “Stated Revolving Credit Termination Date” shall mean the last day of the extended term.

 

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Section 2. Fees.

 

Section 2.1. Fees.

 

(a) Commitment Fee. Prior to the Interest Rate Election Date (if any), the Borrower shall pay to the Administrative Agent for the ratable account of the Revolving Lenders in accordance with their Revolver Percentages a commitment fee at a rate per annum equal to (x) 0.20% if the average daily Unused Revolving Credit Commitments are less than 50% of the Revolving Credit Commitments then in effect and (y) 0.30% if the average daily Unused Revolving Credit Commitments are greater than or equal to 50% of the Revolving Credit Commitments then in effect (in each case, computed on the basis of a year of 360 days and the actual number of days elapsed) and determined based on the average daily Unused Revolving Credit Commitments during such previous quarter. Such commitment fee shall be payable quarterly in arrears on the last day of each March, June, September, and December in each year (commencing on the first such date occurring after the date hereof) and on the earlier of (i) the Interest Rate Election Date (if any) or (ii) the Revolving Credit Termination Date, unless the Revolving Credit Commitments are terminated in whole on an earlier date, in which event the commitment fee for the period to the date of such termination in whole shall be calculated and paid on the date of such termination. Any such commitment fee for the first quarter following the Closing Date or the quarter in which Interest Rate Election Date (if any) occurs shall be prorated according to the number of days this Agreement was in effect during such quarter.

 

(b) Facility Fee. Commencing on the first day following the Interest Rate Election Date (if any), the Borrower shall pay to the Administrative Agent for the ratable account of the Lenders in accordance with their Revolver Percentages a facility fee at the rate per annum equal to the Applicable Margin (computed on the basis of a year of 360 days and the actual number of days elapsed) on the average daily Revolving Credit Commitments, whether or not in use. Such facility fee shall be payable quarterly in arrears on the last day of each March, June, September, and December in each year (commencing on the first such date occurring after the Interest Rate Election Date (if any)) and on the Revolving Credit Termination Date, unless the Revolving Credit Commitments are terminated in whole on an earlier date, in which event the facility fee for the period to the date of such termination in whole shall be paid on the date of such termination. Any such facility fee for the quarter in which Interest Rate Election Date (if any) occurs shall be prorated according to the number of days remaining in such quarter.

 

(c) Letter of Credit Fees. On the date of issuance or extension, or increase in the amount, of any Letter of Credit pursuant to Section 1.3 hereof, the Borrower shall pay to the L/C Issuer for its own account a fronting fee equal to 0.125% of the face amount of (or of the increase in the face amount of) such Letter of Credit. Quarterly in arrears, on the last day of each March, June, September, and December (commencing on the first such date occurring after the date hereof), the Borrower shall pay to the Administrative Agent, for the ratable benefit of the Revolving Lenders in accordance with their Revolver Percentages, a letter of credit fee (the “L/C Participation Fee”) at a rate per annum equal to the Applicable Margin for Eurodollar Loans (computed on the basis of a year of 360 days and the actual number of days elapsed) in effect during each day of such quarter applied to the daily average face amount of Letters of Credit outstanding during such quarter. In addition, the Borrower shall pay to the L/C Issuer for its own account the L/C Issuer’s standard issuance, drawing, negotiation, amendment, assignment, and other administrative fees for each Letter of Credit as established by the L/C Issuer from time to time.

 

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(d) Administrative Agent and Other Fees. The Borrower shall pay to the Administrative Agent, for its own use and benefit and for the benefit of the Lenders, as applicable, the fees agreed to between the Administrative Agent and the Borrower in a Fee Letter dated as of October 3, 2019 (the “Fee Letter”), or as otherwise agreed to in writing between the Borrower and the Administrative Agent.

 

Section 3. Place and Application of Payments.

 

Section 3.1. Place and Application of Payments. All payments of principal of and interest on the Loans and the Reimbursement Obligations, and of all other Obligations payable by the Borrower under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, shall be made by the Borrower to the Administrative Agent by no later than 12:00 noon (Chicago time) on the due date thereof at the office of the Administrative Agent in Chicago, Illinois (or such other location as the Administrative Agent may designate to the Borrower), for the benefit of the Lender(s) or L/C Issuer entitled thereto. Any payments received after such time shall be deemed to have been received by the Administrative Agent on the next Business Day. All such payments shall be made in U.S. Dollars, in immediately available funds at the place of payment, in each case without set-off or counterclaim. The Administrative Agent will promptly thereafter cause to be distributed like funds relating to the payment of principal or interest on Loans and on Reimbursement Obligations in which the Revolving Lenders have purchased Participating Interests ratably to the Revolving Lenders and like funds relating to the payment of any other amount payable to any Lender to such Lender, in each case to be applied in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. If the Administrative Agent causes amounts to be distributed to the Lenders in reliance upon the assumption that the Borrower will make a scheduled payment and such scheduled payment is not so made, each Lender shall, on demand, repay to the Administrative Agent the amount distributed to such Lender together with interest thereon in respect of each day during the period commencing on the date such amount was distributed to such Lender and ending on (but excluding) the date such Lender repays such amount to the Administrative Agent, at a rate per annum equal to: (i) from the date the distribution was made to the date two (2) Business Days after payment by such Lender is due hereunder, the Federal Funds Rate for each such day and (ii) from the date two (2) Business Days after the date such payment is due from such Lender to the date such payment is made by such Lender, the Base Rate in effect for each such day.

 

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Anything contained herein to the contrary notwithstanding (including, without limitation, Section 1.8(b) hereof), all payments and collections received in respect of the Obligations and all payments under or in respect of the Subsidiary Guaranties received, in each instance, by the Administrative Agent or any of the Lenders after acceleration or the final maturity of the Obligations or termination of the Commitments as a result of an Event of Default shall be remitted to the Administrative Agent and distributed as follows:

 

(a) first, to the payment of any outstanding costs and expenses incurred by the Administrative Agent in protecting, preserving or enforcing rights under the Loan Documents, and, in any event, including all costs and expenses of a character which the Borrower has agreed to pay the Administrative Agent under Section 12.15 hereof (such funds to be retained by the Administrative Agent for its own account unless it has previously been reimbursed for such costs and expenses by the Lenders, in which event such amounts shall be remitted to the Lenders to reimburse them for payments theretofore made to the Administrative Agent);

 

(b) second, to the payment of any outstanding interest and fees due under the Loan Documents to be allocated pro rata in accordance with the aggregate unpaid amounts owing to each holder thereof;

 

(c) third, to the payment of principal on the Loans, unpaid Reimbursement Obligations, together with amounts to be held by the Administrative Agent as collateral security for any outstanding L/C Obligations pursuant to Section 9.4 hereof (until the Administrative Agent is holding an amount of cash equal to the then outstanding amount of all such L/C Obligations), and Hedging Liability, the aggregate amount paid to, or held as collateral security for, the Lenders and L/C Issuer and, in the case of Hedging Liability, their Affiliates to be allocated pro rata in accordance with the aggregate unpaid amounts owing to each holder thereof;

 

(d) fourth, to the payment of all other unpaid Obligations and all other indebtedness, obligations, and liabilities of the Borrower and the Guarantors evidenced by the Loan Documents (including, without limitation, Bank Product Obligations) to be allocated pro rata in accordance with the aggregate unpaid amounts owing to each holder thereof; and

 

(e) finally, to the Borrower or whoever else may be lawfully entitled thereto.

 

Section 3.2. Account Debit. The Borrower hereby irrevocably authorizes the Administrative Agent to charge any of the Borrower’s deposit accounts maintained with the Administrative Agent for the amounts from time to time necessary to pay any then due Obligations; provided, that the Borrower acknowledges and agrees that the Administrative Agent shall not be under an obligation to do so and the Administrative Agent shall not incur any liability to the Borrower or any other Person for the Administrative Agent’s failure to do so.

 

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Section 4. Subsidiary Guaranties.

 

Section 4.1. Subsidiary Guaranties. The payment and performance of the Obligations, Hedging Liability, and Bank Product Obligations shall at all times be guaranteed by each wholly-owned Subsidiary of the Borrower that owns a Borrowing Base Property pursuant to Section 13 hereof or pursuant to one or more guaranty agreements in form and substance reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent, as the same may be amended, modified or supplemented from time to time (individually a “Subsidiary Guaranty” and collectively the “Subsidiary Guaranties”; and each such wholly-owned Subsidiary executing and delivering this Agreement as a Guarantor or any such separate Subsidiary Guaranty being referred to herein as a “Guarantor” and collectively the “Guarantors”).

 

Section 4.2. Further Assurances. In the event the Borrower desires to include any additional Eligible Property in the Borrowing Base Value after the Closing Date, to the extent that such Eligible Property is not owned by an existing Guarantor, as a condition to the inclusion of such Eligible Property in the Borrowing Base Value, the Borrower shall cause the Subsidiary which owns such Eligible Property to execute a Subsidiary Guaranty or an Additional Guarantor Supplement in the form of Exhibit G attached hereto (the “Additional Guarantor Supplement”) as the Administrative Agent may then require, and the Borrower shall also deliver to the Administrative Agent, or cause such Subsidiary to deliver to the Administrative Agent, at the Borrower’s cost and expense, such other instruments, documents, certificates, and opinions reasonably required by the Administrative Agent in connection therewith.

 

Section 5. Definitions; Interpretation.

 

Section 5.1. Definitions. The following terms when used herein shall have the following meanings:

 

“Act” is defined in Section 12.25 hereof.

 

“Additional Guarantor Supplement” is defined in Section 4.2 hereof.

 

“Adjusted LIBOR” is defined in Section 1.4(b) hereof.

 

“Administrative Agent” means Bank of Montreal, in its capacity as Administrative Agent hereunder, and any successor in such capacity pursuant to Section 11.7 hereof.

 

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

 

“Affected Lender” is defined in Section 1.13 hereof.

 

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“Affiliate” means any Person directly or indirectly controlling or controlled by, or under direct or indirect common control with, another Person. A Person shall be deemed to control another Person for purposes of this definition if such Person possesses, directly or indirectly, the power to direct, or cause the direction of, the management and policies of the other Person, whether through the ownership of voting securities, common directors, trustees or officers, by contract or otherwise; provided that, in any event for purposes of this definition, any Person that owns, directly or indirectly, 5% or more of the securities having the ordinary voting power for the election of directors or governing body of a corporation or 5% or more of the partnership or other ownership interest of any other Person (other than as a limited partner of such other Person) will be deemed to control such corporation or other Person.

 

“Agreement” means this Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, as the same may be amended, modified, restated or supplemented from time to time pursuant to the terms hereof.

 

Anti-Corruption Laws” means all laws, rules, and regulations of any jurisdiction applicable to a Loan Party or any of their Subsidiaries from time to time concerning or relating to bribery or corruption.

 

Anti-Money Laundering Laws” means any and all laws, statutes, regulations or obligatory government orders, decrees, ordinances or rules applicable to a Loan Party or its Subsidiaries related to terrorism financing or money laundering, including any applicable provision of the Patriot Act.

 

“Applicable Margin” means, with respect to Loans, Reimbursement Obligations, the L/C Participation Fee, and other fees payable under Section 2.1 hereof:

 

(a) Until the first Pricing Date after the Closing Date, the rates per annum shown opposite Level II in the schedule below.

 

(b) Thereafter, from one Pricing Date to the next and prior to and on an Interest Election Date (if any), the rates per annum determined in accordance with the following schedule:

 

Level  Leverage Ratio
for Such Pricing Date
  Applicable Margin for Base Rate Loans under Revolving Credit and Reimbursement Obligations shall be:   Applicable Margin for Eurodollar Loans under Revolving Credit and L/C Participation Fees Shall Be:   Applicable Margin for Base Rate Loans Under Term Credit shall be:   Applicable Margin for Eurodollar Loans Under Term Credit Shall be: 
I  Less than or equal to 0.35 to 1.00   0.35%   1.35%   0.30%   1.30%
II  Less than or equal to 0.40 to 1.00, but greater than 0.35 to 1.00   0.45%   1.45%   0.40%   1.40%
III  Less than or equal to 0.45 to 1.00, but greater than 0.40 to 1.00   0.60%   1.60%   0.55%   1.55%
IV  Less than or equal to 0.50 to 1.00, but greater than 0.45 to 1.00   0.75%   1.75%   0.70%   1.70%
V  Less than or equal to 0.55 to 1.00, but greater than 0.50 to 1.00   0.90%   1.90%   0.85%   1.85%
VI  Greater than 0.55 to 1.00   1.05%   2.05%   1.00%   2.00%

 

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For purposes hereof, the term “Pricing Date” means, for any Fiscal Quarter of the Borrower ending on or after December 31, 2019, the date on which the Administrative Agent is in receipt of the Borrower’s most recent Compliance Certificate and financial statements (and, in the case of the year-end financial statements, audit report) (the “Borrower Information”) for the Fiscal Quarter then ended, pursuant to Section 8.5 hereof. The Applicable Margin shall be established based on the Leverage Ratio for the most recently completed Fiscal Quarter and the Applicable Margin established on a Pricing Date shall remain in effect until the next Pricing Date. If the Borrower has not delivered the Borrower Information by the date the same is required to be delivered under Section 8.5 hereof, then until such Borrower Information is delivered, the Applicable Margin shall be the highest Applicable Margin (i.e., Level VI shall apply). If the Borrower subsequently delivers such Borrower Information before the next Pricing Date, the Applicable Margin established by such late delivered Borrower Information shall take effect from the date of delivery until the next Pricing Date. In all other circumstances, the Applicable Margin established by such Borrower Information shall be in effect from the Pricing Date that occurs immediately after the end of the Fiscal Quarter covered by such Borrower Information until the next Pricing Date. Each determination of the Applicable Margin made by the Administrative Agent in accordance with the foregoing shall be conclusive and binding on the Borrower and the Lenders if reasonably determined. The parties understand that the Applicable Margin set forth herein shall be determined and may be adjusted from time to time based upon the Borrower Information. If it is subsequently determined that any such Borrower Information was incorrect (for whatever reason, including, without limitation, because of a subsequent restatement of earnings by the Borrower) at the time it was delivered to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders, and if the applicable interest rate or fees calculated for any period were lower than they should have been had the correct information been timely provided, then such Applicable Margin for such period shall be automatically recalculated using the correct Borrower Information. The Administrative Agent shall promptly notify the Borrower in writing of any additional interest and fees due because of such recalculation, and the Borrower shall pay within ten (10) Business Days of receipt of such written notice such additional interest or fees due to the Administrative Agent, for the account of each Lender holding Commitments and Loans at the time the additional interest and fee payment is received. Any recalculation of the Applicable Margin required by this provision shall survive the termination of this Agreement, and this provision shall not in any way limit any of the Administrative Agent’s or any Lender’s other rights under this Agreement; and

 

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(c) Commencing on the date after an Interest Rate Election Date (if any), with respect to Loans and Reimbursement Obligations, the L/C Participation Fee and facility fee payable under Section 2.1(b) hereof, means the rates per annum determined in accordance with the following schedule:

 

 

 

Level

 

 

 

Borrower Credit Rating

  Applicable Margin for Base Rate Loans under Revolving Credit and Reimbursement Obligations shall be:   Applicable Margin for Eurodollar Loans under Revolving Credit and L/C Participation Fees shall be:  

 

 

Applicable Margin for facility fee under Section 2.1(b) Shall Be:

   Applicable Margin for Base Rate Loans Under Term Credit shall be:   Applicable Margin for Eurodollar Loans Under Term Credit shall be: 
I  A-/A3 (or higher)   0.000%   0.775%   0.125%   0.000%   0.850%
II  BBB+/Baa1   0.000%   0.825%   0.150%   0.000%   0.900%
III  BBB/Baa2   0.000%   0.900%   0.200%   0.000%   1.000%
IV  BBB-/Baa3   0.100%   1.100%   0.250%   0.250%   1.250%
V  <BBB-/Baa3   0.450%   1.450%   0.300%   0.650%   1.650%

 

During any period that the Borrower has two Credit Ratings that are not equivalent, but are adjacent to each other in the immediately preceding pricing grid, then the Applicable Margin will be determined based on the lowest rating. During any period that the Borrower has either (i) two Credit Ratings that are not equivalent and are not adjacent to each other in the immediately preceding pricing grid or (ii) three Credit Ratings that are each not equivalent to each other, then the Applicable Margin will be determined based on the level that is one level above the lowest of such Credit Ratings. During any period after the Interest Rate Election that the Borrower has fewer than two Credit Ratings, the Applicable Margin will be determined based on Level V of the grid immediately above. Any change in the Borrower’s Credit Rating which would cause it to move to a different Level shall be effective five (5) Business Days after (i) the Administrative Agent’s receipt of notice of any such change in the Borrower’s Credit Rating from the Borrower pursuant to Section 8.5 hereof or (ii) notwithstanding Section 8.5 hereof, any date Administrative Agent otherwise obtains knowledge of any such change (provided that Administrative Agent shall have no duty or obligation to any Person to ascertain or inquire into the Borrower’s Credit Rating). If it is subsequently determined that any change in the Borrower’s Credit Rating was not disclosed to the Administrative Agent in accordance with Section 8.5, and if the applicable interest rate or fees calculated for any period were lower than they should have been had the correct information been timely provided in accordance with Section 8.5 hereof, then such Applicable Margin for such period shall be automatically recalculated using the Borrower’s correct Credit Rating. The Administrative Agent shall promptly notify the Borrower in writing of any additional interest and fees due because of such recalculation, and the Borrower shall pay within ten (10) Business Days of receipt of such written notice such additional interest or fees due to the Administrative Agent, for the account of each Lender holding Commitments and Loans at the time the additional interest and fee payment is received. Any recalculation of the Applicable Margin required by this provision shall survive the termination of this Agreement, and this provision shall not in any way limit any of the Administrative Agent’s, L/C Issuer’s or any Lender’s other rights under this Agreement.

 

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“Application” is defined in Section 1.3(b) hereof.

 

“Approved Fund” means any Fund that is administered or managed by (a) a Lender, (b) an Affiliate of a Lender or (c) an entity or an Affiliate of an entity that administers or manages a Lender.

 

“Assignment and Acceptance” means an assignment and acceptance entered into by a Lender and an Eligible Assignee (with the consent of any party whose consent is required by Section 12.12 hereof), and accepted by the Administrative Agent, in substantially the form of Exhibit F or any other form approved by the Administrative Agent.

 

“Authorized Representative” means those persons shown on the list of officers provided by the Borrower pursuant to Section 7.2 hereof or on any update of any such list provided by the Borrower to the Administrative Agent, or any further or different officers of the Borrower so named by any Authorized Representative of the Borrower in a written notice to the Administrative Agent.

 

“Available Amount” means, as of any date of determination, an amount equal to the product of (i) the Borrowing Base Value for all Borrowing Base Properties multiplied by (ii) sixty percent (60%).

 

“Available Amount Certificate” means the certificate in the form of Exhibit I hereto, or in such other form reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent, to be delivered to the Administrative Agent pursuant to Sections 7.2(j), 7.3, 8.5 and 8.25 hereof.

 

“Bail-In Action” means the exercise of any Write-Down and Conversion Powers by the applicable EEA Resolution Authority in respect of any liability of an EEA Financial Institution.

 

“Bail-In Legislation” means, with respect to any EEA Member Country implementing Article 55 of Directive 2014/59/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union, the implementing law for such EEA Member Country from time to time which is described in the EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule.

 

“Bank Product Obligations” of the Borrower and the Guarantors means any and all of their obligations, whether absolute or contingent and howsoever and whensoever created, arising, evidenced or acquired (including all renewals, extensions and modifications thereof and substitutions therefor) in connection with Bank Products.

 

“Bank Products” means treasury management services (including, without limitation, controlled disbursement, automated clearinghouse transactions, return items, overdrafts and interstate depository network services) provided to the Borrower or any Guarantor by any Lender or any of its Affiliates.

 

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“Bankruptcy Event” means, with respect to any Person, any event of the type described in clause (j) or (k) of Section 9.1 hereof with respect to such Person.

 

“Base Rate” is defined in Section 1.4(a) hereof.

 

“Base Rate Loan” means a Loan bearing interest at a rate specified in Section 1.4(a) hereof.

 

“Beneficial Ownership Certification” means a certification regarding beneficial ownership as required by the Beneficial Ownership Regulation, in form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.

 

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

 

“Borrower” is defined in the introductory paragraph of this Agreement.

 

“Borrowing” means the total of Loans of a single type advanced, continued for an additional Interest Period, or converted from a different type into such type by the Lenders on a single date and, in the case of Eurodollar Loans, for a single Interest Period. Borrowings of Loans are made and maintained ratably from each of the Lenders under a Credit according to their Percentages of such Credit. A Borrowing is “advanced” on the day Lenders advance funds comprising such Borrowing to the Borrower, is “continued” on the date a new Interest Period for the same type of Loans commences for such Borrowing, and is “converted” when such Borrowing is changed from one type of Loans to the other, all as determined pursuant to Section 1.6 hereof.

 

“Borrowing Base Determination Date” means each date on which the Available Amount is certified in writing to the Administrative Agent, which shall occur as follows:

 

(a) Quarterly. For quarterly certifications, as of the last day of each Fiscal Quarter.

 

(b) Property Adjustments. Following each addition or deletion of an Eligible Property, promptly following such addition or deletion.

 

“Borrowing Base Property” means, as of any date of determination, any Eligible Property which is taken into account in calculating the Borrowing Base Value.

 

“Borrowing Base Requirements” means with respect to the calculation of the Borrowing Base Value, collectively, that:

 

(a) no more than 20% of the Borrowing Base Value may be comprised of any one Borrowing Base Property; and

 

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(b) with the exception of the Borrower’s Tenant, FedEx Corporation and/or its subsidiaries, no other single tenant’s NOI shall exceed more than 20% of the consolidated NOI used to determine the Borrowing Base Value.

 

“Borrowing Base Value” means, as of any date of determination, an amount equal to (x) (A) the consolidated NOI of all Borrowing Base Properties multiplied by (B) four (4), divided by (y) the Capitalization Rate.

 

“Business Day” means any day (other than a Saturday or Sunday) on which banks are not authorized or required to close in Chicago, Illinois and, if the applicable Business Day relates to the advance or continuation of, or conversion into, or payment of a Eurodollar Loan, on which banks are dealing in U.S. Dollar deposits in the interbank eurodollar market in London, England.

 

“Capital Lease” means any lease of Property which in accordance with GAAP is required to be capitalized on the balance sheet of the lessee.

 

“Capitalization Rate” means 6.25% for all Real Properties.

 

“Capitalized Lease Obligation” means, for any Person, the amount of the liability shown on the balance sheet of such Person in respect of a Capital Lease determined in accordance with GAAP.

 

“Cash Collateralize” means, to pledge and deposit with or deliver to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the L/C Issuer or Lenders, as collateral for L/C Obligations or obligations of Lenders to fund participations in respect of L/C Obligations, cash or deposit account balances subject to a first priority perfected security interest in favor of the Administrative Agent or, if the Administrative Agent and the L/C Issuer shall agree in their sole discretion, other credit support, in each case pursuant to documentation in form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and the L/C Issuer. “Cash Collateral” shall have a meaning correlative to the foregoing and shall include the proceeds of such cash collateral and other credit support.

 

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“Cash Equivalents” means, as to any Person, (a) securities issued, or directly, unconditionally and fully guaranteed or insured, by the United States or any agency or instrumentality thereof (provided that the full faith and credit of the United States is pledged in support thereof) having maturities of not more than one year from the date of acquisition by such Person; (b) time deposits and certificates of deposit of any Lender or any commercial bank having, or which is the principal banking subsidiary of a bank holding company organized under the Laws of the United States, any state thereof or the District of Columbia having, capital and surplus aggregating in excess of $500,000,000 and a rating of “A-2” (or such other similar equivalent rating) or higher by at least one nationally recognized statistical rating organization (as defined in Rule 436 under the Securities Act) with maturities of not more than one year from the date of acquisition by such Person; (c) repurchase obligations with a term of not more than 30 days for underlying securities of the types described in clause (a) above entered into with any bank meeting the qualifications specified in clause (b) above, which repurchase obligations are secured by a valid perfected security interest in the underlying securities; (d) commercial paper issued by any Person incorporated in the United States rated at least “A-2” or the equivalent thereof by S&P or at least “P-2” or the equivalent thereof by Moody’s and in each case maturing not more than one year after the date of acquisition by such Person; (e) investments in money market funds substantially all of whose assets are comprised of securities of the types described in clauses (a) through (d) above; and (f) demand deposit accounts maintained in the ordinary course of business.

 

“CERCLA” means the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986, 42 U.S.C. §§9601 et seq., and any future amendments.

 

“Change in Law” means the occurrence, after the date of this Agreement, of any of the following: (a) the adoption or taking effect of any law, rule, regulation or treaty, (b) any change in any law, rule, regulation or treaty or in the administration, interpretation, implementation or application thereof by any Governmental Authority, or (c) the making or issuance of any request, rule, guideline or directive (whether or not having the force of law) by any Governmental Authority; provided that notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary,(x) the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and all requests, rules, regulations, guidelines or directives thereunder or issued in connection therewith shall be deemed to be a “Change in Law”, regardless of the date enacted, adopted or issued and (y) all requests, rules, guidelines or directives promulgated by the Bank for International Settlements, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (or any successor or similar authority) or the United States or foreign regulatory authorities, in each case pursuant to Basel III, shall in each case be deemed to be a “Change in Law”, regardless of the date enacted, adopted or issued.

 

“Change of Control” (a) Any “person” or “group” (as such terms are used in Sections 13(d) and 14(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, but excluding any employee benefit plan of such person or its subsidiaries, and any person or entity acting in its capacity as trustee, agent or other fiduciary or administrator of any such plan) becomes the “beneficial owner” (as defined in Rules 13d-3 and 13d-5 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, except that a person or group shall be deemed to have “beneficial ownership” of all securities that such person or group has the right to acquire (such right, an “option right”), whether such right is exercisable immediately or only after the passage of time), directly or indirectly, of 25% or more of the voting interests of the Borrower on a fully-diluted basis (and taking into account all such securities that such person or group has the right to acquire pursuant to any option right); or

 

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(b) during any period of twelve (12) consecutive months, a majority of the members of the board of directors or other equivalent governing body of the Borrower cease to be composed of individuals (i) who were members of that board or equivalent governing body on the first day of such period, (ii) whose election or nomination to that board or equivalent governing body was approved by individuals referred to in clause (i) above constituting at the time of such election or nomination at least a majority of that board or equivalent governing body, or (iii) whose election or nomination to that board or other equivalent governing body was approved by individuals referred to in clauses (i) and (ii) above constituting at the time of such election or nomination at least a majority of that board or equivalent governing body (excluding, in the case of both clause (ii) and clause (iii), any individual whose initial nomination for, or assumption of office as, a member of that board or equivalent governing body occurs as a result of solicitation of proxies or consents for the election or removal of one or more directors by any person or group other than a solicitation for the election of one or more directors by or on behalf of the board of directors).

 

“Closing Date” means the date of this Agreement.

 

“Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and any successor statute thereto.

 

“Collateral Account” is defined in Section 9.4 hereof.

 

“Commitment” means and includes the Revolving Credit Commitments, the Term Loan Commitments and the Incremental Term Loan Commitments.

 

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

 

“Compliance Certificate” is defined in Section 8.5 hereof.

 

“Connection Income Taxes” means Other Connection Taxes that are imposed on or measured by net income (however denominated) or that are franchise Taxes or branch profit Taxes.

 

“Controlled Group” means all members of a controlled group of corporations and all trades or businesses (whether or not incorporated) under common control which, together with the Borrower, are treated as a single employer under Section 414 of the Code.

 

“Credit” means any of the Revolving Credit and the Term Credit.

 

“Credit Availability” means, as of any date of determination, the amount (if any) by which (a) the Available Amount as then determined and computed in accordance with this Agreement, exceeds (b) the aggregate principal amount of Loans and L/C Obligations then outstanding.

 

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“Credit Event” means the advancing of any Loan, or the issuance of, or extension of the expiration date or increase in the amount of, any Letter of Credit.

 

“Credit Rating” means the rating assigned by a Rating Agency to the Borrower for the senior unsecured long term indebtedness of the Borrower.

 

“Customary Recourse Exceptions” means, with respect to any Indebtedness, personal recourse that is limited to fraud, misrepresentation, misapplication of cash, waste, Environmental Claims and liabilities, prohibited transfers, violations of single purpose entity covenants and/or similar non-recourse carveouts.

 

“Debt Service Coverage Ratio” means, as of any date of determination, (a) the consolidated NOI from all Real Estate Assets divided by (b) the sum of all principal and/or interest payments due from the Borrower (whether paid or unpaid, but excluding all balloon principal payments) on all Indebtedness during the most recent Fiscal Quarter, annualized.

 

“Debtor Relief Laws” means the Bankruptcy Code of the United States of America, and all other liquidation, conservatorship, bankruptcy, assignment for the benefit of creditors, moratorium, rearrangement, receivership, insolvency, reorganization or similar debtor relief Laws of the United States or other applicable jurisdictions from time to time in effect.

 

“Default” means any event or condition the occurrence of which would, with the passage of time or the giving of notice, or both, constitute an Event of Default.

 

“Defaulting Lender” means, subject to Section 1.14(b), any Lender that (a) has failed to (i) fund all or any portion of its Loans within two (2) Business Days of the date such Loans were required to be funded hereunder unless such Lender notifies the Administrative Agent and the Borrower in writing that such failure is the result of such Lender’s determination that one or more conditions precedent to funding (each of which conditions precedent, together with any applicable default, shall be specifically identified in such writing) has not been satisfied, or (ii) pay to the Administrative Agent, any L/C Issuer or any other Lender any other amount required to be paid by it hereunder (including in respect of its participation in Letters of Credit) within two (2) Business Days of the date when due, (b) has notified the Borrower, the Administrative Agent or any L/C Issuer in writing that it does not intend to comply with its funding obligations hereunder, or has made a public statement to that effect (unless such writing or public statement relates to such Lender’s obligation to fund a Loan hereunder and states that such position is based on such Lender’s determination that a condition precedent to funding (which condition precedent, together with any applicable default, shall be specifically identified in such writing or public statement) cannot be satisfied), (c) has failed, within three (3) Business Days after written request by the Administrative Agent or the Borrower, to confirm in writing to the Administrative Agent and the Borrower that it will comply with its prospective funding obligations hereunder (provided that such Lender shall cease to be a Defaulting Lender pursuant to this clause (c) upon receipt of such written confirmation by the Administrative Agent and the Borrower), or (d) has, or has a direct or indirect parent company that has, (i) become the subject of a proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law, (ii) had appointed for it a receiver, custodian, conservator, trustee, administrator, assignee for the benefit of creditors or similar Person charged with reorganization or liquidation of its business or assets, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other state or federal regulatory authority acting in such a capacity or (iii) become the subject of a Bail-In Action; provided that a Lender shall not be a Defaulting Lender solely by virtue of the ownership or acquisition of any equity interest in that Lender or any direct or indirect parent company thereof by a Governmental Authority so long as such ownership interest does not result in or provide such Lender with immunity from the jurisdiction of courts within the United States or from the enforcement of judgments or writs of attachment on its assets or permit such Lender (or such Governmental Authority) to reject, repudiate, disavow or disaffirm any contracts or agreements made with such Lender. Any determination by the Administrative Agent that a Lender is a Defaulting Lender under clauses (a) through (d) above shall be conclusive and binding absent manifest error, and such Lender shall be deemed to be a Defaulting Lender (subject to Section 1.14(b)) upon delivery of written notice of such determination to the Borrower, the L/C Issuer and each Lender.

 

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“Designated Disbursement Account” means the account of the Borrower maintained with the Administrative Agent or its Affiliate and designated in writing to the Administrative Agent as the Borrower’s Designated Disbursement Account (or such other account as the Borrower and the Administrative Agent may otherwise agree).

 

“Designated Jurisdiction” means, at any time, any country, region or territory which is itself the subject or target of any Sanctions.

 

“EEA Financial Institution” means (a) any credit institution or investment firm established in any EEA Member Country which is subject to the supervision of an EEA Resolution Authority, (b) any entity established in an EEA Member Country which is a parent of an institution described in clause (a) of this definition, or (c) any financial institution established in an EEA Member Country which is a subsidiary of an institution described in clauses (a) or (b) of this definition and is subject to consolidated supervision with its parent.

 

“EEA Member Country” means any of the member states of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.

 

“EEA Resolution Authority” means any public administrative authority or any person entrusted with public administrative authority of any EEA Member Country (including any delegee) having responsibility for the resolution of any EEA Financial Institution.

 

“Eligible Assignee” means (a) a Lender, (b) an Affiliate of a Lender, (c) an Approved Fund, and (d) any other Person (other than a natural person) approved by (i) the Administrative Agent, (ii) in the case of any assignment of a Revolving Credit Commitment and the L/C Issuer as provided for in Section 12.12 hereof, and (iii) unless an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, the Borrower (each such approval not to be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed); provided, that notwithstanding the foregoing, “Eligible Assignee” shall not include the Borrower, any Subsidiary or any other Affiliate of the Borrower or any Subsidiary.

 

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“Eligible Property” means, as of any Borrowing Base Determination Date, any Real Property which satisfies the following conditions:

 

(a) is wholly owned by the Borrower or a Guarantor and is fully developed and operational principally as an industrial, manufacturing, or distribution building;

 

(b) is not subject to any lien, encumbrance, or negative pledge, other than a Permitted Lien, nor is any equity interest held by the Borrower or any Guarantor in the Subsidiary that owns said Real Property subject to any lien, pledge or encumbrance or negative pledge, other than a Permitted Lien;

 

(c) is free of major structural defects and architectural deficiencies, title defects, environmental conditions or other adverse matters, except for defects, deficiencies, conditions or other matters individually or collectively which are not material to the profitable operation of such property; and

 

(d) is located in the contiguous United States, including the District of Columbia.

 

“Environmental Claim” means any investigation, notice, violation, demand, allegation, action, suit, injunction, judgment, order, consent decree, penalty, fine, lien, proceeding or claim (whether administrative, judicial or private in nature) arising (a) pursuant to, or in connection with an actual or alleged violation of, any Environmental Law, (b) in connection with any Hazardous Material, (c) from any abatement, removal, remedial, corrective or response action in connection with a Hazardous Material, Environmental Law or order of a Governmental Authority or (d) from any actual or alleged damage, injury, threat or harm to health, safety, natural resources or the environment.

 

“Environmental Law” means any current or future Legal Requirement pertaining to (a) the protection of health, safety and the indoor or outdoor environment, (b) the conservation, management or use of natural resources and wildlife, (c) the protection or use of surface water or groundwater, (d) the management, manufacture, possession, presence, use, generation, transportation, treatment, storage, disposal, Release, threatened Release, abatement, removal, remediation or handling of, or exposure to, any Hazardous Material or (e) pollution (including any Release to air, land, surface water or groundwater), and any amendment, rule, regulation, order or directive issued thereunder.

 

“ERISA” means the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, or any successor statute thereto.

 

“EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule” means the EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule published by the Loan Market Association (or any successor person), as in effect from time to time.

 

“Eurodollar Loan” means a Loan bearing interest at the rate specified in Section 1.4(b) hereof.

 

“Eurodollar Reserve Percentage” is defined in Section 1.4(b) hereof.

 

“Event of Default” means any event or condition identified as such in Section 9.1 hereof.

 

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Excluded Swap Obligation” means, with respect to any Guarantor, any Swap Obligation if, and to the extent that, all or a portion of the Guarantee of such Guarantor of, or the grant by such Guarantor of a security interest to secure, such Swap Obligation (or any Guarantee thereof) is or becomes illegal under the Commodity Exchange Act or any rule, regulation or order of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (or the application or official interpretation of any thereof) by virtue of such Guarantor’s failure for any reason to constitute an “eligible contract participant” as defined in the Commodity Exchange Act and the regulations thereunder at the time the Guarantee of such Guarantor or the grant of such security interest becomes effective with respect to such Swap Obligation. If a Swap Obligation arises under a master agreement governing more than one swap, such exclusion shall apply only to the portion of such Swap Obligation that is attributable to swaps for which such Guarantee or security interest is or becomes illegal.

 

“Excluded Taxes” means any of the following Taxes imposed on or with respect to a Recipient or required to be withheld or deducted from a payment to a Recipient, (a) Taxes imposed on or measured by net income (however denominated), franchise Taxes, and branch profits Taxes, in each case, (i) imposed as a result of such Recipient being organized under the laws of, or having its principal office or, in the case of any Lender, its applicable lending office located in, the jurisdiction imposing such Tax (or any political subdivision thereof) or (ii) that are Other Connection Taxes, (b) in the case of a Lender, U.S. federal withholding Taxes imposed on amounts payable to or for the account of such Lender with respect to an applicable interest in a Loan or Commitment pursuant to a law in effect on the date on which (i) such Lender acquires such interest in the Loan or Commitment (other than pursuant to an assignment request by the Borrower under Section 1.13 hereof) or (ii) such Lender changes its lending office, except in each case to the extent that, pursuant to Section 12.1 amounts with respect to such Taxes were payable either to such Lender’s assignor immediately before such Lender became a party hereto or to such Lender immediately before it changed its lending office, (c) Taxes attributable to such Recipient’s failure to comply with Section 12.1(b) or Section 12.1(d), and (d) any U.S. federal withholding Taxes imposed under FATCA.

 

“Extension Fee” means an extension fee payable by the Borrower to the Administrative Agent for the ratable benefit of the Revolving Lenders as a condition to the extension of the Revolving Credit Termination Date pursuant to Section 1.16 hereto in an amount equal to 0.075% of the Revolving Credit Commitments then in effect.

 

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

 

“Federal Funds Rate” means the fluctuating interest rate per annum described in part (i) of clause (b) of the definition of Base Rate appearing in Section 1.4(a) hereof.

 

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“Fee Letter” is defined in Section 2.1(d) hereof.

 

“Fiscal Quarter” means each of the three-month periods ending on March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31 of each Fiscal Year.

 

“Fiscal Year” means each twelve-month period ending on September 30.

 

Fitch” means Fitch Ratings, or any successor thereto.

 

“Foreign Lender” means a Lender that is not any Person that is a “United States Person” as defined in Section 7701(a)(30) of the Code.

 

“Fronting Exposure” means, at any time there is a Defaulting Lender, with respect to any L/C Issuer, such Defaulting Lender’s Percentage of the outstanding L/C Obligations with respect to Letters of Credit issued by such L/C Issuer other than L/C Obligations as to which such Defaulting Lender’s participation obligation has been reallocated to other Lenders or Cash Collateralized in accordance with the terms hereof.

 

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

 

“GAAP” means generally accepted accounting principles set forth from time to time in the opinions and pronouncements of the Accounting Principles Board and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and statements and pronouncements of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (or agencies with similar functions of comparable stature and authority within the U.S. accounting profession), which are applicable to the circumstances as of the date of determination.

 

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

 

“Ground Lease” means a ground lease of Real Property.

 

“Guarantee” of or by any Person (the “guarantor”) means any obligation, contingent or otherwise, of the guarantor guaranteeing or having the economic effect of guaranteeing any Indebtedness or other obligation of any other Person (the “primary obligor”) in any manner, whether directly or indirectly, and including any obligation of the guarantor, direct or indirect, (a) to purchase or pay (or advance or supply funds for the purchase or payment of) such Indebtedness or other obligation or to purchase (or to advance or supply funds for the purchase of) any security for the payment thereof, (b) to purchase or lease property, securities or services for the purpose of assuring the owner of such Indebtedness or other obligation of the payment thereof, (c) to maintain working capital, equity capital or any other financial statement condition or liquidity of the primary obligor so as to enable the primary obligor to pay such Indebtedness or other obligation or (d) as an account party in respect of any letter of credit or letter of guaranty issued to support such Indebtedness or obligation; provided, that the term Guarantee shall not include endorsements for collection or deposit in the ordinary course of business.

 

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“Guarantor” and “Guarantors” are defined in Section 4.1 hereof.

 

“Hazardous Material” means any substance, chemical, compound, product, solid, gas, liquid, waste, byproduct, pollutant, contaminant or material which is hazardous or toxic, and includes, without limitation, (a) asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls and petroleum (including crude oil or any fraction thereof) and (b) any material classified or regulated as “hazardous” or “toxic” or words of like import pursuant to an Environmental Law.

 

“Hazardous Material Activity” means any activity, event or occurrence involving a Hazardous Material, including, without limitation, the manufacture, possession, presence, use, generation, transportation, treatment, storage, disposal, Release, threatened Release, abatement, removal, remediation, handling of or corrective or response action to any Hazardous Material.

 

“Hedging Agreement” means any agreement with respect to any swap, forward, future or derivative transaction or option or similar agreement involving, or settled by reference to, one or more rates, currencies, commodities, equity or debt instruments or securities, or economic, financial or pricing indices or measures of economic, financial or pricing risk or value or any similar transaction or any combination of these transactions; provided that no phantom stock or similar plan providing for payments only on account of services provided by current or former directors, officers, employees or consultants of the Borrower or its Subsidiaries shall be a Hedging Agreement.

 

“Hedging Liability” means the liability of the Borrower or any Guarantor to any of the Lenders, or any Affiliates of such Lenders in respect of any Hedging Agreement as the Borrower or such Guarantor, as the case may be, may from time to time enter into with any one or more of the Lenders party to this Agreement or their Affiliates, whether absolute or contingent and howsoever and whensoever created, arising, evidenced or acquired (including all renewals, extensions and modifications thereof and substitutions therefor).

 

“Incremental Term Loan” is a term loan advanced under an Incremental Term Loan Commitment and, as so defined, includes a Base Rate Loan or an Eurodollar Loan, each of which is a type of Incremental Term Loan hereunder.

 

“Incremental Term Loan Commitment” is defined in Section 1.15 hereof.

 

“Incremental Term Loan Percentage” means for each Lender, the percentage of the aggregate Incremental term Loan Commitments represented by such Lender’s portion thereof or, if such Incremental Term Loan Commitments have been terminated, the percentage held by such Lender of the aggregate principal amount of all Incremental Term Loans then outstanding.

 

“Incremental Term Note” is defined in Section 1.10 hereof.

 

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“Indebtedness” means obligations, contingent and otherwise (without double-counting), of the following types: (a) the Obligations; (b) all debt and similar monetary obligations for borrowed money, whether direct or indirect; (c) all liabilities secured by any mortgage, pledge, negative pledge, security interest, lien, negative lien, charge, or other encumbrance existing on property owned or acquired subject thereto, whether or not the liability secured thereby shall have been assumed; (d) all guarantees, endorsements and other contingent obligations whether direct or indirect in respect of indebtedness or obligations of others, including any obligation to supply funds to or in any manner to invest in, directly or indirectly, the debtor, to purchase indebtedness, or to assure the owner of indebtedness against loss, through an agreement to purchase goods, supplies, or services for the purpose of enabling the debtor to make payment of the indebtedness held by such owner or otherwise, and the obligations to reimburse the issuer in respect of any letters of credit and bankers’ acceptances; (e) all obligations under Capitalized Leases; (f) all obligations under so-called forward equity purchase contracts to the extent such obligations are not payable solely in equity interests; (g) all uncollateralized obligations in respect of Hedging Agreements, financial derivatives contracts, and foreign exchange contracts; (h) all obligations in respect of any so-called synthetic leases (i.e., a lease of property which is treated as an operating lease under GAAP and as a loan for U.S. income tax purposes); and (i) such obligor’s pro-rata share of liabilities, contingent or otherwise of the type set forth in (a) through (h) above, under any joint venture, limited liability company or partnership agreement.

 

“Indemnified Taxes” means (a) all Taxes other than Excluded Taxes and (b) to the extent not otherwise described in (a), Other Taxes.

 

“Initial Borrowing Base Properties” means, collectively, the Real Property listed on Schedule 1.1 and “Initial Borrowing Base Property” means any individual Real Property listed on Schedule 1.1.

 

“Interest Expense” means, with respect to a Person for any period of time, the interest expense whether paid, accrued or capitalized (without deduction of consolidated interest income) of such Person for such period. Interest Expense shall exclude any amortization of (i) deferred financing fees, including the write-off of such fees relating to the early retirement of the related Indebtedness, and (ii) debt premiums and discounts.

 

“Interest Payment Date” means (a) with respect to any Eurodollar Loan, the last day of each Interest Period with respect to such Eurodollar Loan and, if the applicable Interest Period is longer than three (3) months, each day occurring every three (3) months after the commencement of such Interest Period, (b) with respect to any Base Rate Loan, the last day of every calendar quarter, and (c) with respect to any Eurodollar Loan and/or any Base Rate Loan, the Revolving Credit Termination Date or Term Credit Maturity Date, as applicable.

 

“Interest Period” means the period commencing on the date a Borrowing of Eurodollar Loans is advanced, continued, or created by conversion and ending in the case of Eurodollar Loans, 1, 2, 3, or 6 months thereafter, provided, however, that:

 

(i) no Interest Period shall extend beyond, as applicable, (i) the Revolving Credit Termination Date or (ii) the Term Credit Maturity Date;

 

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(ii) whenever the last day of any Interest Period would otherwise be a day that is not a Business Day, the last day of such Interest Period shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day, provided that, if such extension would cause the last day of an Interest Period for a Borrowing of Eurodollar Loans to occur in the following calendar month, the last day of such Interest Period shall be the immediately preceding Business Day; and

 

(iii) for purposes of determining an Interest Period for a Borrowing of Eurodollar Loans, a month means a period starting on one day in a calendar month and ending on the numerically corresponding day in the next calendar month; provided, however, that if there is no numerically corresponding day in the month in which such an Interest Period is to end or if such an Interest Period begins on the last Business Day of a calendar month, then such Interest Period shall end on the last Business Day of the calendar month in which such Interest Period is to end.

 

“Interest Rate Election Date” is defined in Section 1.4(d) hereof.

 

“Investment Grade Credit Rating” means, with respect to the Borrower, a Credit Rating of at least BBB- by S&P, Baa3 by Moody’s or BBB- by Fitch, and such rating shall not be accompanied by (a) in the case of S&P, a negative outlook, creditwatch negative or the equivalent thereof, (b) in the case of Moody’s, a negative outlook, a review for possible downgrade or the equivalent thereof or (c) in the case of Fitch, a negative watch or the equivalent thereof.

 

“L/C Issuer” means Bank of Montreal, in its capacity as the issuer of Letters of Credit hereunder, and its successors in such capacity as provided in Section 1.3(h) hereof.

 

“L/C Obligations” means the aggregate undrawn face amounts of all outstanding Letters of Credit and all unpaid Reimbursement Obligations.

 

“L/C Participation Fee” is defined in Section 2.1(c) hereof.

 

“L/C Sublimit” means $5,000,000, as such amount may be reduced pursuant to the terms hereof.

 

“Lease” means each existing or future lease, sublease (to the extent of any property owner’s rights thereunder), license, or other similar agreement under the terms of which any Person has or acquires any right to occupy or use any Real Property or any part thereof, or interest therein, as the same may be amended, supplemented or modified.

 

“Legal Requirement” means any treaty, convention, statute, law, regulation, ordinance, license, permit, governmental approval, injunction, judgment, order, consent decree or other requirement of any Governmental Authority, whether federal, state, or local.

 

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“Lenders” means and includes Bank of Montreal, Chicago Branch and the other financial institutions from time to time party to this Agreement, including each assignee Lender pursuant to Section 12.12 hereof.

 

“Lending Office” is defined in Section 10.4 hereof.

 

“Letter of Credit” is defined in Section 1.3(a) hereof.

 

“Leverage Ratio” means, as of any date of determination, the ratio of (i) Total Indebtedness as of such date to (ii) Total Asset Value as of such date.

 

“LIBOR” is defined in Section 1.4(b) hereof.

 

“LIBOR Index Rate” is defined in Section 1.4(b) hereof.

 

“LIBOR Quoted Rate” is defined in Section 1.4(a) hereof.

 

“Lien” means any mortgage, lien, security interest, pledge, charge or encumbrance of any kind in respect of any Property, including the interests of a vendor or lessor under any conditional sale, Capital Lease or other title retention arrangement.

 

“Loan” means any Revolving Loan, Term Loan or Incremental Term Loan, whether outstanding as a Base Rate Loan or Eurodollar Loan, each of which is a “type” of Loan hereunder.

 

“Loan Documents” means this Agreement, the Notes (if any), the Applications, the Subsidiary Guaranties, if any, the Fee Letter and each other instrument or document to be delivered hereunder or thereunder or otherwise in connection therewith.

 

“Loan Party” means the Borrower and each of the Guarantors.

 

“Material Adverse Effect” means (a) a material adverse change in, or material adverse effect upon, the operations, performance, business, Property or condition (financial or otherwise), results of operations or prospects of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries taken as a whole, (b) a material impairment of the ability of the Borrower or any Guarantor, taken as a whole, to perform its obligations under any Loan Document or (c) a material adverse effect upon the legality, validity, binding effect or enforceability against the Borrower or any Guarantor of any Loan Document or the rights and remedies of the Administrative Agent and the Lenders thereunder.

 

“Minimum Collateral Amount” means, at any time, (i) with respect to Cash Collateral consisting of cash or deposit account balances, an amount equal to 103% of the Fronting Exposure of the L/C Issuers with respect to Letters of Credit issued and outstanding at such time and (ii) otherwise, an amount determined by the Administrative Agent and the L/C Issuer in their sole discretion except as otherwise provided for herein.

 

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“Moody’s” means Moody’s Investors Service, Inc., or any successor thereof.

 

“Mortgage Receivable” means a promissory note secured by a mortgage, deed of trust, deed to secure debt or similar security interest made by a Person owning an interest in real estate granting a Lien on such interest in real estate as security for the payment of Indebtedness of which Borrower, a Guarantor or other Subsidiary is the holder and retains the rights of collection of all payments thereunder

 

“NOI” means, as of any date of determination, with respect to any wholly owned property of the Borrower, each Guarantor and the Subsidiaries, each of the following as of the Fiscal Quarter ending on or immediately preceding such date, annualized: all rental and other income (as determined by GAAP) attributable to such property accruing for such period (adjusted to eliminate (a) the straight lining of rents, (b) income from tenants in bankruptcy whose leases have not been affirmed by the bankruptcy court, and (c) income from tenants operating under default leases after expiration of any applicable notice and cure periods with respect to the default in question) minus the amount of all expenses (as determined in accordance with GAAP) incurred in connection with and directly attributable to the ownership and operation of such property for such period, including, without limitation, actual management fees and amounts accrued for the payment of real estate taxes and insurance premiums, but excluding any general and administrative expenses related to the operation of the Borrower, any Guarantor or any Subsidiary, any interest expense or other debt service charges and any non-cash charges such as depreciation or amortization of financing costs.

 

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

 

“Note” and “Notes” are defined in Section 1.10 hereof.

 

“Obligations” means all obligations of the Borrower to pay principal and interest on the Loans, all Reimbursement Obligations owing under the Applications, all fees and charges payable hereunder, and all other payment obligations of the Borrower or any Guarantor arising under or in relation to any Loan Document, in each case whether now existing or hereafter arising, due or to become due, direct or indirect, absolute or contingent, and howsoever evidenced, held or acquired.

 

OFAC” means the United States Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control.

 

OFAC Event” means the event specified in Section 8.13(c) hereof.

 

OFAC Sanctions Programs” means all laws, regulations, and Executive Orders administered by OFAC, including without limitation, the Bank Secrecy Act, anti-money laundering laws (including, without limitation, the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001, Pub. L. 107-56 (a/k/a the USA Patriot Act)), and all economic and trade sanction programs administered by OFAC, any and all similar United States federal laws, regulations or Executive Orders, and any similar laws, regulations or orders adopted by any State within the United States.

 

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OFAC SDN List” means the list of the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons maintained by OFAC.

 

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

 

Other Taxes” means all present or future stamp, court or documentary, intangible, recording, filing or similar Taxes that arise from any payment made under, from the execution, delivery, performance, enforcement or registration of, from the receipt or perfection of a security interest under, or otherwise with respect to, any Loan Document, except any such Taxes that are Other Connection Taxes imposed with respect to an assignment (other than an assignment made pursuant to Section 1.13 hereof).

 

“Participating Interest” is defined in Section 1.3(e) hereof.

 

“Participating Lender” is defined in Section 1.3(e) hereof.

 

“Patriot Act” is defined in Section 7.2(p) hereof.

 

“PBGC” means the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation or any Person succeeding to any or all of its functions under ERISA.

 

“Percentage” means, for any Lender, its Revolver Percentage, Term Loan Percentage, or Incremental Term Loan Percentage, as applicable; and where the term “Percentage” is applied on an aggregate basis, such aggregate percentage shall be calculated by aggregating the separate components of the Revolver Percentage, Term Loan Percentage, or Incremental Term Loan Percentage and expressing such components on a single percentage basis.

 

“Permitted Acquisition” means the acquisition by the Borrower, any Guarantor or any Subsidiary of Real Estate Assets which, in the aggregate, are primarily leased or intended to be leased primarily for industrial, manufacturing or distribution purposes (including “flex” and warehouse uses) or other similar commercial purposes of a type consistent with the Borrower’s business strategy, whether such acquisition is accomplished by a direct purchase of such Real Estate Assets or by a merger or acquisition of stock or other ownership interests or debt securities such that the owner of such Real Estate Assets becomes a Subsidiary.

 

“Permitted Liens” The following Liens, security interests and other encumbrances:

 

(a) Liens in favor of Administrative Agent;

 

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(b) Liens to secure taxes, assessments and other governmental charges which are not delinquent or which are being contested in good faith and for which a reserve shall have been established in accordance with GAAP;

 

(c) other than with respect to Borrowing Base Properties, Liens that do not create a violation of Section 8.20 hereof;

 

(d) deposits or pledges made in connection with, or to secure payment of, workmen’s compensation, unemployment insurance, old age pensions or other social security obligations, and deposits with utility companies and other similar deposits made in the ordinary course of business;

 

(e) Liens approved in writing by the Administrative Agent prior to their creation based upon a written request of the Borrower or any Guarantor;

 

(f) encumbrances consisting of easements, rights of way, restrictions on the use of real property, minor defects and irregularities in the title thereto, and similar or minor Liens or encumbrances, none of which in the reasonable opinion of the Administrative Agent interferes materially and adversely with the ordinary conduct of the business of the Borrower, and which matters neither (x) individually or in the aggregate could have a Material Adverse Effect nor (xx) individually or in the aggregate could have a Material Adverse Effect on the value of a Borrowing Base Property;

 

(g) other than with respect to Borrowing Base Properties, Liens that do not create a violation of any term or provision of this Agreement or any document, instrument or agreement related to the Indebtedness of any Real Estate Asset; or

 

(h) Leases entered into in the ordinary course of business.

 

“Person” means an individual, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, association, trust, unincorporated organization or any other entity or organization, including a government or agency or political subdivision thereof.

 

“Plan” means any employee pension benefit plan covered by Title IV of ERISA or subject to the minimum funding standards under Section 412 of the Code that either (a) is maintained by a member of the Controlled Group for employees of a member of the Controlled Group or (b) is maintained pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement or any other arrangement under which more than one employer makes contributions and to which a member of the Controlled Group is then making or accruing an obligation to make contributions or has within the preceding five plan years made contributions.

 

“Prior Credit Agreement” is defined in the Preliminary Statements to this Agreement.

 

“Prior Revolving Loans” is defined in Section 1.1 hereof.

 

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“Property” or “Properties” means, as to any Person, all types of real (including the Real Property), personal, tangible, intangible or mixed property, including leasehold estates created by Ground Leases, owned by such Person whether or not included in the most recent balance sheet of such Person and its subsidiaries under GAAP, including, as to any Subsidiary, any Real Property owned by it.

 

Qualified ECP Guarantor” means, in respect of any Swap Obligation, each Guarantor that has total assets exceeding $10,000,000 at the time the relevant Guarantee or grant of the relevant security interest becomes effective with respect to such Swap Obligation or such other person as constitutes an “eligible contract participant” under the Commodity Exchange Act or any regulations promulgated thereunder and can cause another person to qualify as an “eligible contract participant” at such time by entering into a keepwell under Section 1a(18)(A)(v)(II) of the Commodity Exchange Act.

 

“Rating Agency” means S&P, Fitch or Moody’s, as applicable.

 

“RCRA” means the Solid Waste Disposal Act, as amended by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 and Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984, 42 U.S.C. §§6901 et seq., and any future amendments.

 

“Real Estate Assets” means those fixed and tangible properties consisting of land, buildings and/or other improvements owned by the Borrower, any Guarantor or any Subsidiary at the relevant time of reference thereto, but excluding all leasehold interests other than leaseholds under Ground Leases which either have an unexpired term of at least twenty-five (25) years or contain a purchase option for nominal consideration.

 

“Real Property” or “Real Properties” means the real property owned by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries.

 

“Recipient” means (a) the Administrative Agent, (b) any Lender, and (c) any L/C Issuer, as applicable.

 

“Reimbursement Obligation” is defined in Section 1.3(c) hereof.

 

“REIT” means a “real estate investment trust” in accordance with Section 856 of the Code.

 

“Release” means any spilling, leaking, pumping, pouring, emitting, emptying, discharging, injecting, escaping, leaching, migration, dumping, or disposing into the indoor or outdoor environment, including, without limitation, the abandonment or discarding of barrels, drums, containers, tanks or other receptacles containing or previously containing any Hazardous Material.

 

“Required Lenders” means, as of the date of determination thereof, Lenders whose outstanding Loans, interests in Letters of Credit and Unused Revolving Credit Commitments constitute more than 50% of the sum of the total outstanding Loans, interests in Letters of Credit, and Unused Revolving Credit Commitments of the Lenders; provided, however, that, in no event shall Required Lenders include fewer than two (2) unaffiliated Lenders at any time when there are two (2) or more unaffiliated Lenders.

 

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“Responsible Officer” means, with respect to Borrower, the chief executive officer, president, chief financial officer, chief accounting officer, treasurer, assistant treasurer, controller, general counsel or chief legal officer or the chief operating officer of such Person.

 

“Restricted Payments” means dividends on or other distributions in respect of any class or series of Stock, Stock Equivalents or other equity interests of the Borrower or its Subsidiaries or the direct or indirect purchase, redemption, acquisition, or retirement of any of the Borrower’s or a Subsidiaries’ Stock, Stock Equivalents or other equity interest.

 

“Revolver Percentage” means, for each Revolving Lender, the percentage of the Revolving Credit Commitments represented by such Revolving Lender’s Revolving Credit Commitment or, if the Revolving Credit Commitments have been terminated or have expired, the percentage held by such Lender of the aggregate principal amount of all Revolving Loans then outstanding.

 

“Revolving Credit” means the credit facility for making Revolving Loans and issuing Letters of Credit described in Sections 1.1 and 1.3 hereof.

 

“Revolving Credit Commitment” means, as to any Lender, the obligation of such Lender to make Revolving Loans and to participate in Letters of Credit issued for the account of the Borrower hereunder in an aggregate principal or face amount at any one time outstanding not to exceed the amount set forth opposite such Lender’s name on Schedule 1 attached hereto and made a part hereof, as the same may be reduced or modified at any time or from time to time pursuant to the terms hereof. The Borrower, the Administrative Agent and the Lenders acknowledge and agree that the Revolving Credit Commitments of the Lenders, in the aggregate, are equal to $225,000,000 on the Closing Date.

 

“Revolving Credit Commitment Amount Increase” is defined in Section 1.15 hereof.

 

“Revolving Credit Termination Date” means the earliest of (i) the Stated Revolving Credit Termination Date, as such date may be extended pursuant to Section 1.16 hereof, and (ii) the date on which the Revolving Credit Commitments are terminated in whole pursuant to Section 1.12, 9.2 or 9.3 hereof.

 

“Revolving Lender” means a lender hereunder with a Revolving Credit Commitment including each assignee Lender pursuant to Section 12.12 hereof.

 

“Revolving Loan” is defined in Section 1.1 hereof and, as so defined, includes a Base Rate Loan or a Eurodollar Loan, each of which is a “type” of Revolving Loan hereunder.

 

“Revolving Note” is defined in Section 1.10 hereof.

 

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Sanctioned Person” means, at any time, (a) any Person listed in any Sanctions-related list of designated Persons maintained by OFAC (including the OFAC SDN List), the United States Department of State, the United Nations Security Council, the European Union, any European Union member state, Her Majesty’s Treasury of the United Kingdom, or any other relevant sanctions authority, (b) any Person located, organized or resident in a Designated Jurisdiction or (c) any Person owned or controlled by any such Person or Persons described in clauses (a) or (b) above.

 

“Sanctions” means all economic or financial sanctions, sectoral sanctions, secondary sanctions or trade embargoes imposed, administered or enforced from time to time by (a) the United States government (including those administered by OFAC or the United States Department of State) or (b) the United Nations Security Council, the European Union, any European Union member state, Her Majesty’s Treasury of the United Kingdom, or any other relevant sanctions authority with jurisdiction over any Loan Party or any of their respective Subsidiaries or Affiliates.

 

“S&P” means Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services Group, a Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC business and any successor thereto.

 

“Stated Revolving Credit Termination Date” means January 31, 2024.

 

“Stock” means shares of capital stock, beneficial or partnership interests, participations or other equivalents (regardless of how designated) of or in a corporation or equivalent entity, whether voting or non-voting, and includes, without limitation, common stock, but excluding any preferred stock or other preferred equity securities.

 

“Stock Equivalents” means all securities (other than Stock) convertible into or exchangeable for Stock at the option of the holder, and all warrants, options or other rights to purchase or subscribe for any stock, whether or not presently convertible, exchangeable or exercisable.

 

“Subsidiary” means, as to any particular parent corporation or organization, any other corporation or organization more than 50% of the outstanding Voting Stock of which is at the time directly or indirectly owned by such parent corporation or organization or by any one or more other entities which are themselves subsidiaries of such parent corporation or organization. Unless otherwise expressly noted herein, the term “Subsidiary” means a Subsidiary of the Borrower or of any of its direct or indirect Subsidiaries.

 

“Subsidiary Guaranty” and “Subsidiary Guaranties” are defined in Section 4.1 hereof.

 

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

 

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Tangible Net Worth” means, of any date of determination, the consolidated stockholders’ equity of the Borrower, plus accumulated depreciation and amortization, minus (to the extent included when determining stockholders’ equity): (a) the amount of any write-up in the book value of any assets (other than marketable securities) reflected in any balance sheet resulting from revaluation thereof or any write up in excess of the cost of such assets acquired, and (b) the aggregate of all amounts appearing on the assets side of any such balance sheet for franchises, licenses, permits, patents, patent applications, copyrights, trademarks, service marks, trade names, goodwill, treasury stock, experimental or organizational expenses and other like assets which would be classified as intangible assets under GAAP, all determined on a consolidated basis.

 

“Taxes” means all present or future taxes, levies, imposts, duties, deductions, withholdings (including back up withholding), assessments, fees or other charges imposed by any Governmental Authority, including any interest, additions to tax or penalties applicable thereto.

 

“Tenant” means any Person leasing, subleasing or otherwise occupying any portion of a Real Property under a Lease.

 

“Term Credit” mean the credit facility for the Term Loans described in Section 1.2 hereof.

 

“Term Credit Maturity Date” means January 31, 2025.

 

“Term Loan” is defined in Section 1.2 and, as so defined, includes a Base Rate Loan or a Eurodollar Loan, each of which is a “type” of Term Loan hereunder.

 

“Term Loan Commitment” means, as to any Lender, the obligation of such Lender to make its Term Loans on the Closing Date in the principal amount hereunder not to exceed the amount set forth opposite such Lender’s name on Schedule 1 attached hereto and made a part hereof. The Borrower and the Lenders acknowledge and agree that the Term Loan Commitments of the Lenders aggregate to $75,000,000 on the Closing Date.

 

“Term Loan Note” is defined in Section 1.10 hereof.

 

“Term Loan Percentage” means, for each Lender, the percentage of the Term Loan Commitments represented by such Lender’s Term Loan Commitments or, if the Term Loan Commitments have been terminated or have expired, the percentage held by such Lender of the aggregate principal amount of all Term Loans then outstanding.

 

“Termination Date” means the earliest of (i) with respect to the Revolving Credit Commitment, the Revolving Credit Termination Date, (ii) with respect to the Term Loan Commitment, the Term Credit Maturity Date, and (iii) the date on which the Commitments are terminated in whole pursuant to Section 1.12, 9.2 or 9.3 hereof.

 

Total Asset Value” means, as of any date of determination, the sum of (a) Total Real Estate Asset Value, (b) Borrower’s consolidated cash and Cash Equivalents, and (c) Borrower’s consolidated marketable securities available for sale.

 

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“Total Indebtedness” means, as of any date of determination , the sum of (a) Borrower’s consolidated Indebtedness including all recourse and non-recourse mortgage debt, letters of credit, net obligations under uncovered Hedging Agreements, contingent obligations to the extent the obligations are binding, unsecured debt, Capitalized Lease Obligations (including Ground Leases), guarantees of Indebtedness (excluding traditional carve-outs relating to non-recourse debt obligations), subordinated debt, all consolidated secured debt of the Borrower, (b) the aggregate outstanding principal amount of Loans and L/C Obligations, and (c) amounts outstanding under any margin line facilities of the Borrower.

 

Total Real Estate Asset Value” means, as of any date of determination, the value derived by taking the aggregate consolidated NOI from the Real Estate Assets and capitalizing it by using the Capitalization Rate.

 

“Total Secured Recourse Indebtedness” means, as of any date of determination, the amount of Total Indebtedness (including the face amount of all outstanding letters of credit) which is recourse to, or has a deficiency guaranty provided by, the Borrower (directly or by a guaranty thereof, but without duplication) and is secured by a Lien, but excluding Customary Recourse Exceptions. For the avoidance of doubt, if any such Indebtedness is partially guaranteed by the Borrower, then solely the portion of such Indebtedness that is so guaranteed shall constitute Total Secured Recourse Indebtedness for purposes of this definition.

 

Total Unencumbered Asset Value” means, as of any date of determination, the sum of (a) Total Unencumbered Real Estate Asset Value, (b) Borrower’s consolidated cash and Cash Equivalents that are not subject to any Lien, and (c) Borrower’s consolidated marketable securities available for sale that are not subject to any Lien.

 

Total Unencumbered Real Estate Asset Value” means, as of any date of determination, the value derived by taking the aggregate consolidated NOI from the Unencumbered Real Estate Assets and capitalizing it by using the Capitalization Rate.

 

“Total Unsecured Indebtedness” means, as of any date of determination, the amount of Total Indebtedness (including the face amount of all outstanding letters of credit) which is not secured by any Lien.

 

“Unencumbered Real Estate Asset” means, as of any date of determination, any Real Estate Asset that is not subject to a Lien and is owned by a Borrower or Subsidiary whose equity interest is not subject to any Lien.

 

“Unfunded Vested Liabilities” means, for any Plan at any time, the amount (if any) by which the present value of all vested nonforfeitable accrued benefits under such Plan exceeds the fair market value of all Plan assets allocable to such benefits, all determined as of the then most recent valuation date for such Plan, but only to the extent that such excess represents a potential liability of a member of the Controlled Group to the PBGC or the Plan under Title IV of ERISA.

 

“Unsecured Leverage Ratio” means, as at any date of determination, the ratio of (i) Total Unsecured Indebtedness as of such date to (ii) Total Unencumbered Asset Value as of such date.

 

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“Unused Revolving Credit Commitments” means, at any time, the difference between the Revolving Credit Commitments then in effect and the aggregate outstanding principal amount of Revolving Loans and L/C Obligations.

 

“U.S. Dollars” and “$” each means the lawful currency of the United States of America.

 

“U.S. Person” means any Person that is a “United States Person” as defined in Section 7701(a)(30) of the Code.

 

“Voting Stock” of any Person means capital stock or other equity interests of any class or classes (however designated) having ordinary power for the election of directors or other similar governing body of such Person, other than stock or other equity interests having such power only by reason of the happening of a contingency.

 

“Welfare Plan” means a “welfare plan” as defined in Section 3(1) of ERISA that provides post-retirement benefits other than continuation coverage described in article 6 of Title I of ERISA.

 

“Withholding Agent” means the Borrower and the Administrative Agent.

 

“Write-Down and Conversion Powers” means, with respect to any EEA Resolution Authority, the write-down and conversion powers of such EEA Resolution Authority from time to time under the Bail-In Legislation for the applicable EEA Member Country, which write-down and conversion powers are described in the EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule.

 

Section 5.2. Interpretation. The foregoing definitions are equally applicable to both the singular and plural forms of the terms defined. Whenever the context may require, any pronoun shall include the corresponding masculine, feminine and neuter forms. The words “include,” “includes” and “including” shall be deemed to be followed by the phrase “without limitation.” The word “will” shall be construed to have the same meaning and effect as the word “shall.” Unless the context requires otherwise (a) any definition of or reference to any agreement, instrument or other document herein shall be construed as referring to such agreement, instrument or other document as from time to time amended, supplemented or otherwise modified (subject to any restrictions on such amendments, supplements or modifications set forth herein), (b) any reference herein to any Person shall be construed to include such Person’s successors and assigns, (c) the words “herein,” “hereof” and “hereunder,” and words of similar import, shall be construed to refer to this Agreement in its entirety and not to any particular provision hereof, (d) all references herein to Articles, Sections, Exhibits and Schedules shall be construed to refer to Articles and Sections of, and Exhibits and Schedules to, this Agreement, (e) any reference to any law or regulation herein shall, unless otherwise specified, refer to such law or regulation as amended, modified or supplemented from time to time, and (f) the words “asset” and “property” shall be construed to have the same meaning and effect and to refer to any and all tangible and intangible assets and properties, including cash, securities, accounts and contract rights. All references to time of day herein are references to Chicago, Illinois, time unless otherwise specifically provided. Where the character or amount of any asset or liability or item of income or expense is required to be determined or any consolidation or other accounting computation is required to be made for the purposes of this Agreement, it shall be done in accordance with GAAP except where such principles are inconsistent with the specific provisions of this Agreement.

 

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Section 5.3. Change in Accounting Principles. If, after the date of this Agreement, there shall occur any change in GAAP from those used in the preparation of the financial statements referred to in Section 6.5 hereof and such change shall result in a change in the method of calculation of any financial covenant, standard or term found in this Agreement, either the Borrower or the Required Lenders may, by written notice to the Lenders and the Borrower, respectively, require that the Lenders and the Borrower negotiate in good faith to amend such covenants, standards, and terms so as equitably to reflect such change in accounting principles, with the desired result being that the criteria for evaluating the financial condition of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries shall be the same as if such change had not been made. No delay by the Borrower or the Required Lenders in requiring such negotiation shall limit their right to so require such a negotiation at any time after such a change in accounting principles. Until any such covenant, standard, or term is amended in accordance with this Section 5.3, financial covenants shall be computed and determined in accordance with GAAP in effect prior to such change in accounting principles. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Borrower shall neither be deemed to be in compliance with any financial covenant hereunder nor out of compliance with any financial covenant hereunder if such state of compliance or noncompliance, as the case may be, would not exist but for the occurrence of a change in accounting principles after the Closing Date. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein or in the definition of “Capital Lease” or “Capitalized Lease Obligation”, in the event of an accounting change requiring all leases to be capitalized, only those leases (assuming for purposes hereof that such leases were in existence on the date hereof) that would constitute Capital Leases in conformity with GAAP on the date hereof shall be considered Capital Leases, and all calculations and deliverables under this Agreement or any other Loan Document shall be made or delivered, as applicable, in accordance therewith.

 

Section 5.4. Divisions. For all purposes under the Loan Documents, in connection with any division or plan of division (whether under Delaware law or any comparable event under a different jurisdiction’s laws): (a) if any asset, right, obligation or liability of any Person becomes the asset, right, obligation or liability of a different Person, then it shall be deemed to have been transferred from the original Person to the subsequent Person, and (b) if any new Person comes into existence, such new Person shall be deemed to have been organized on the first date of its existence by the holders of its equity interests at such time.

 

Section 6. Representations and Warranties.

 

The Borrower and each Guarantor represents and warrants to the Administrative Agent, the Lenders, and the L/C Issuer as follows:

 

Section 6.1. Organization and Qualification. The Borrower is duly organized, validly existing, and in good standing as a corporation under the laws of the State of Maryland. The Borrower has full and adequate power to own its Property and conduct its business as now conducted, and is duly licensed or qualified and in good standing in each jurisdiction in which the nature of the business conducted by it or the nature of the Property owned or leased by it requires such licensing or qualifying, except to the extent that the failure to do so would not have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

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Section 6.2. Subsidiaries. Each Subsidiary is (a) duly organized, validly existing, and in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction in which it is organized and (b) has full and adequate power to own its Property and conduct its business as now conducted, and is duly licensed or qualified and in good standing in each jurisdiction in which the nature of the business conducted by it or the nature of the Property owned or leased by it requires such licensing or qualifying, except in each case referred to in clause (b) to the extent that the failure to do so would not have a Material Adverse Effect. Schedule 6.2 hereto is a correct and complete copy of the organizational chart of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries as of the Closing Date (including with respect to future periods as to which this representation is required to be remade, as updated from time to time as provided in Section 8.5(l)) and identifies the jurisdiction of organization of the Borrower and each Subsidiary. All of the outstanding shares of capital stock and other equity interests of each Subsidiary are validly issued and outstanding and, with respect to Subsidiaries that are corporations, fully paid and nonassessable, and all such shares and other equity interests indicated on Schedule 6.2 as owned by the Borrower or a Subsidiary are owned, beneficially and of record, by the Borrower or such Subsidiary free and clear of all Liens (other than Permitted Liens). There are no outstanding commitments or other obligations of the Borrower or any Subsidiary of the Borrower to issue, and no options, warrants or other rights of any Person to acquire, any shares of any class of capital stock or other equity interests of the Borrower or any Subsidiary of the Borrower.

 

Section 6.3. Authority and Validity of Obligations. The Borrower has full right and authority to enter into this Agreement and the other Loan Documents executed by it, to make the borrowings herein provided for, and to perform all of its obligations hereunder and under the other Loan Documents executed by it. Each Guarantor has full right and authority to enter into the Loan Documents executed by it, to guarantee the Obligations, Hedging Liability, and Bank Product Obligations, and to perform all of its obligations under the Loan Documents executed by it. The Loan Documents delivered by the Borrower and each Guarantor have been duly authorized, executed, and delivered by such Persons and constitute valid and binding obligations of the Borrower and each Guarantor enforceable against them in accordance with their terms, except as enforceability may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, fraudulent conveyance or similar laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and general principles of equity (regardless of whether the application of such principles is considered in a proceeding in equity or at law); and this Agreement and the other Loan Documents do not, nor does the performance or observance by the Borrower or any Guarantor of any of the matters and things herein or therein provided for, (a) contravene or constitute a default under any provision of law or any judgment, injunction, order or decree binding upon the Borrower or any Guarantor or any provision of the organizational documents (e.g., charter, certificate or articles of incorporation and bylaws, certificate or articles of association and operating agreement, partnership agreement, or other similar organizational documents) of the Borrower or any Guarantor, (b) contravene or constitute a default under any covenant, indenture or agreement of or affecting the Borrower or any Guarantor or any of their Property, in each case where such contravention or default, individually or in the aggregate, would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, or (c) result in the creation or imposition of any Lien on any Property of the Borrower or any Guarantor (other than in favor of the Administrative Agent for its benefit and/or the benefit of the Lenders and the L/C Issuer).

 

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Section 6.4. Use of Proceeds; Margin Stock. The Borrower shall use the proceeds of the Term Loans, the Incremental Term Loans (if any) and the Revolving Credit to refinance existing indebtedness, to fund acquisitions, to finance capital expenditures and working capital, for general corporate purposes and to fund certain fees and expenses due to the Administrative Agent and/or Lenders as contemplated herein. Neither the Borrower nor any Guarantor is engaged in the business of extending credit for the purpose of purchasing or carrying margin stock (within the meaning of Regulation U of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System), and no part of the proceeds of any Loan or any other extension of credit made hereunder will be used to purchase or carry any such margin stock or to extend credit to others for the purpose of purchasing or carrying any such margin stock. Margin stock (as hereinabove defined) constitutes less than 25% of the assets of the Borrower and the Guarantors.

 

Section 6.5. Financial Reports. The consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries as of September 30, 2018, and the related consolidated statements of income, retained earnings and cash flows of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries for the Fiscal Year then ended, and the consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries as of June 30, 2019, and the related consolidated statements of income, retained earnings and cash flows of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries for the Fiscal Quarter then ended, and accompanying notes thereto, which financial statements are accompanied by the unqualified audit report of independent public accountants heretofore furnished to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders, fairly present, in all material respects, the consolidated financial condition of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries as at said dates and the consolidated results of their operations and cash flows for the periods then ended in conformity with GAAP applied on a consistent basis. None of the Borrower or any Subsidiary has contingent liabilities which are material to it other than as indicated on such financial statements (or with respect to future periods, on the financial statements furnished pursuant to Section 8.5 hereof).

 

Section 6.6. No Material Adverse Change. Since September 30, 2018, there has been no change in the business, financial condition, operations, performance or properties of the Borrower or any Subsidiary, which would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

Section 6.7. Full Disclosure. The statements and information furnished to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders in connection with the negotiation of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents and the commitments by the Lenders to provide all or part of the financing contemplated hereby do not contain any untrue statements of a material fact or omit a material fact necessary to make the material statements contained herein or therein, not misleading, the Administrative Agent and the Lenders acknowledging that as to any projections furnished to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders, the Borrower only represents that the same were prepared on the basis of information and estimates the Borrower believed to be reasonable. As of the Closing Date, the information included in the Beneficial Ownership Certification, as updated in accordance with Section 8.5(k), is true and correct in all respects.

 

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Section 6.8. Trademarks, Franchises, and Licenses. The Borrower and its Subsidiaries own, possess, or have the right to use all patents, licenses, franchises, trademarks, trade names, trade styles, copyrights, trade secrets, know how, and confidential commercial and proprietary information to conduct their businesses as now conducted, without known conflict with any patent, license, franchise, trademark, trade name, trade style, copyright or other proprietary right of any other Person except, in each case, where the failure to do so would not have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

Section 6.9. Governmental Authority and Licensing. The Borrower and its Subsidiaries have received all licenses, permits, and approvals of all federal, state, and local governmental authorities, if any, necessary to conduct their businesses, in each case where the failure to obtain or maintain the same would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. No investigation or proceeding, which, if adversely determined, could reasonably be expected to result in revocation or denial of any material license, permit or approval, is pending or, to the knowledge of the Borrower, threatened except where such revocation or denial would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

Section 6.10. Good Title. The Borrower and its Subsidiaries have good and defensible title (or valid leasehold interests) to their assets as reflected on the most recent consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries furnished to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders (except for sales of assets in the ordinary course of business). The assets owned by the Borrower and each Guarantor are subject to no Liens, other than Permitted Liens.

 

Section 6.11. Litigation and Other Controversies. There is no litigation or governmental or arbitration proceeding or labor controversy pending, nor to the knowledge of the Borrower threatened, against the Borrower or any Subsidiary or any of their Property which if adversely determined, individually or in the aggregate, would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect other than as set forth on Schedule 6.11.

 

Section 6.12. Taxes. All tax returns required to be filed by the Borrower or any Subsidiary in any jurisdiction have, in fact, been filed, and all Taxes upon the Borrower or any Subsidiary or upon any of its Property, income or franchises, which are shown to be due and payable in such returns, have been paid, except such taxes, assessments, fees and governmental charges, if any, as are being contested in good faith and by appropriate proceedings which prevent enforcement of the matter under contest and as to which adequate reserves established in accordance with GAAP have been provided. Adequate provisions in accordance with GAAP for material taxes on the books of the Borrower and each Subsidiary have been made for all open years, and for its current fiscal period.

 

Section 6.13. Approvals. No authorization, consent, license or exemption from, or filing or registration with, any court or governmental department, agency or instrumentality, nor any approval or consent of any other Person, is or will be necessary to the valid execution, delivery or performance by the Borrower or any Guarantor of any Loan Document.

 

Section 6.14. Affiliate Transactions. Except as permitted by Section 8.14 hereof, neither the Borrower nor any Subsidiary is a party to any contracts or agreements with any of its Affiliates on terms and conditions which are less favorable to the Borrower or such Subsidiary than would be usual and customary in similar contracts or agreements between Persons not affiliated with each other.

 

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Section 6.15. Investment Company. Neither the Borrower nor any Subsidiary is an “investment company” or a company “controlled” by an “investment company” within the meaning of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

 

Section 6.16. ERISA. The Borrower and each other member of its Controlled Group has fulfilled its obligations under the minimum funding standards of and is in compliance in all material respects with ERISA and the Code to the extent applicable to it and has not incurred any liability to the PBGC or a Plan under Title IV of ERISA other than a liability to the PBGC for premiums under Section 4007 of ERISA. Neither the Borrower nor any Subsidiary has any contingent liabilities with respect to any post-retirement benefits under a Welfare Plan, other than liability for continuation coverage described in article 6 of Title I of ERISA.

 

Section 6.17. Compliance with Laws. (a) The Borrower and its Subsidiaries are in compliance with the requirements of all Legal Requirements applicable to or pertaining to their Property or business operations (including, without limitation, the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, zoning regulations and laws and regulations establishing quality criteria and standards for air, water, land and toxic or hazardous wastes and substances), where any such non-compliance, individually or in the aggregate, would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(b) Without limiting the representations and warranties set forth in Section 6.17(a) above, except for such matters, individually or in the aggregate, which would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, the Borrower represents and warrants that: (i) the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, and each of the Real Properties, comply in all material respects with all applicable Environmental Laws; (ii) the Borrower and its Subsidiaries have obtained all governmental approvals required for their operations and each of the Real Properties by any applicable Environmental Law; (iii) the Borrower and its Subsidiaries have not, and the Borrower has no knowledge of any other Person who has, caused any Release, threatened Release or disposal of any Hazardous Material at, on, about, or off any of the Real Properties in any material quantity and, to the knowledge of the Borrower, none of the Real Properties are adversely affected by any Release, threatened Release or disposal of a Hazardous Material originating or emanating from any other property; (iv) the Borrower and its Subsidiaries have no notice or knowledge that the Real Properties contain or have contained any: (1) underground storage tank or material amounts of asbestos containing building material, (2) landfills or dumps, (3) hazardous waste management facility as defined pursuant to RCRA or any comparable state law, or (4) site on or nominated for the National Priority List promulgated pursuant to CERCLA or any state remedial priority list promulgated or published pursuant to any comparable state law; (v) the Borrower and its Subsidiaries have not used a material quantity of any Hazardous Material and have conducted no Hazardous Material Activity at any of the Real Properties; (vi) the Borrower and its Subsidiaries have no material liability for response or corrective action, natural resource damage or other harm pursuant to CERCLA, RCRA or any comparable state law; (vii) the Borrower and its Subsidiaries are not subject to, have no notice or knowledge of and are not required to give any notice of any Environmental Claim involving the Borrower or any Subsidiary or any of the Real Properties, and there are no conditions or occurrences at any of the Real Properties which could reasonably be anticipated to form the basis for an Environmental Claim against the Borrower or any Subsidiary or such Real Properties; (viii) none of the Real Properties are subject to any, and the Borrower has no knowledge of any imminent restriction on the ownership, occupancy, use or transferability of the Real Properties in connection with any (1) Environmental Law or (2) Release, threatened Release or disposal of a Hazardous Material; and (ix) there are no conditions or circumstances at any of the Real Properties which pose an unreasonable risk to the environment or the health or safety of Persons.

 

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Section 6.18. Sanctions; Anti-Money Laundering Laws and Anti-Corruption Laws . (a) None of the Loan Parties, any of their Subsidiaries, any director, officer or employee of any Loan Party or any of their Subsidiaries, nor, to the knowledge of the Borrower, any agent or representative of any Loan Party or any of their Subsidiaries, is a Sanctioned Person or currently the subject or target of any Sanctions.

 

(b) The Loan Parties, each of their Subsidiaries, each of the Loan Parties’ and their Subsidiaries’ respective directors, officers and employees, and, to the knowledge of the Borrower, each of the Loan Parties’ and their Subsidiaries’ respective agents and representatives, is in compliance with all applicable Anti-Corruption Laws, Anti-Money Laundering Laws and Sanctions.

 

(c) The Loan Parties and their Subsidiaries have instituted and maintain in effect policies and procedures reasonably designed to ensure compliance by the Loan Parties, their Subsidiaries, and the Loan Parties’ and their Subsidiaries’ respective directors, officers, employees and agents with all applicable Anti-Corruption Laws, Anti-Money Laundering Laws and Sanctions.

 

Section 6.19. Other Agreements. Neither the Borrower nor any Subsidiary is in default under the terms of any covenant, indenture or agreement of or affecting such Person or any of its Property, which default, if uncured, would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

Section 6.20. Solvency. The Borrower and its Subsidiaries are solvent, able to pay their debts as they become due, and have sufficient capital to carry on their business and all businesses which are currently contemplated to be undertaken by them.

 

Section 6.21. No Default. No Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing.

 

Section 6.22. No Broker Fees. No broker’s or finder’s fee or commission will be payable with respect hereto or any of the transactions contemplated thereby; and the Borrower hereby agrees to indemnify the Administrative Agent and the Lenders against, and agrees that it will hold the Administrative Agent and the Lenders harmless from, any such claim, demand, or liability for any such broker’s or finder’s fees alleged to have been incurred by the Borrower in connection herewith or therewith and any out-of-pocket expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising in connection with any such claim, demand, or liability.

 

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Section 6.23. Condition of Property; Casualties; Condemnation. Except to the extent that the same would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, each Real Property, (a) is in good repair, working order and condition, normal wear and tear excepted, (b) is free of structural defects, (c) is not subject to material deferred maintenance, (d) has and will have all building systems contained therein in good repair, working order and condition, normal wear and tear excepted and (e) is not located in a flood plain or flood hazard area, or if located in a flood plain or flood hazard area is covered by full replacement cost (or otherwise in compliance with the Federal Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 or any successor statute thereto) flood insurance. For the avoidance of doubt, in no event shall the representations contained in the foregoing clause (a) through (d) be deemed to be applicable to any Property owned by a Tenant. None of the Real Properties is currently materially adversely affected as a result of any fire, explosion, earthquake, flood, drought, windstorm, accident, strike or other labor disturbance, embargo, requisition or taking of property or cancellation of contracts, permits or concessions by a Governmental Authority, riot, activities of armed forces or acts of God or of any public enemy which is not in the process of being repaired. No condemnation or other like proceedings that has had, or would reasonably be expected to result in, a Material Adverse Effect, is pending, served or, to the knowledge of the Borrower, threatened against any Real Property. Promptly after the request of the Administrative Agent, the Borrower shall deliver a current property condition report, in form and substance reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent from an independent engineering or architectural firm reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent, with respect to any Borrowing Base Property specified by Administrative Agent that, in the reasonable determination of the Administrative Agent, has a maintenance or structural issue that would materially and adversely affect the value or use of such Eligible Property.

 

Section 6.24. Legal Requirements and Zoning. Except where the failure of any of the following to be true and correct would not have a Material Adverse Effect, the use and operation of each Real Property constitutes a legal use (including legally nonconforming use) under applicable zoning regulations (as the same may be modified by special use permits or the granting of variances) and complies in all material respects with all Legal Requirements, and does not violate in any material respect any approvals, restrictions of record or any material agreement affecting any such Real Property (or any portion thereof).

 

Section 6.25. REIT Status. The Borrower (a) is a REIT, (b) has not revoked its election to be a REIT, and (c) for its current “tax year” as defined in the Code is and for all prior tax years subsequent to its election to be a REIT has been entitled to a dividends paid deduction which meets the requirements of Section 857 of the Code.

 

Section 6.26. EEA Financial Institution. No Borrower or Guarantor is an EEA Financial Institution.

 

Section 7. Conditions Precedent.

 

Section 7.1. All Credit Events. At the time of each Credit Event:

 

(a) each of the representations and warranties set forth herein and in the other Loan Documents shall be and remain true and correct in all material respects where not already qualified by materiality or Material Adverse Effect, otherwise in all respects as of said time, except to the extent the same expressly relate to an earlier date, in which case the same shall be true and correct in all material respects where not already qualified by materiality or Material Adverse Effect, otherwise in all respects as of such earlier date;

 

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(b) no Default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing or would occur as a result of such Credit Event and, after giving effect to such extension of credit, the Credit Availability, as then determined and computed, shall be no less than $0;

 

(c) in the case of a Borrowing, the Administrative Agent shall have received the notice required by Section 1.6 hereof, and the L/C Issuer shall have received (i) in the case of the issuance of any Letter of Credit, a duly completed Application for such Letter of Credit together with any fees called for by Section 2.1 hereof, and (ii) in the case of an extension or increase in the amount of a Letter of Credit, a written request therefor, in a form acceptable to the L/C Issuer, together with any fees called for by Section 2.1 hereof; and

 

(d) such Credit Event shall not violate any order, judgment or decree of any court or other authority or any provision of law or regulation applicable to the Administrative Agent, the L/C Issuer or any Lender (including, without limitation, Regulation U of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System) as then in effect.

 

Each request for a Borrowing hereunder and each request for the issuance of, increase in the amount of, or extension of the expiration date of, a Letter of Credit shall be deemed to be a representation and warranty by the Borrower on the date on such Credit Event as to the facts specified in subsections (a) through (c), inclusive, of this Section 7.1; provided, however, that the Lenders may continue to make advances under the Revolving Credit, in the sole discretion of the Lenders, notwithstanding the failure of the Borrower to satisfy one or more of the conditions set forth above and any such advances so made shall not be deemed a waiver of any Default or Event of Default or other condition set forth above that may then exist.

 

Section 7.2. Initial Credit Event. Before or concurrently with the initial Credit Event:

 

(a) the Administrative Agent shall have received this Agreement duly executed by the Borrower, each Guarantor, and the Lenders;

 

(b) if requested by any Lender, the Administrative Agent shall have received, a Note (or an amended and restated note, if applicable) payable to such Lender and duly executed Note of the Borrower dated the Closing Date and otherwise in compliance with the provisions of Section 1.10 hereof;

 

(c) the Administrative Agent shall have received evidence of insurance required to be maintained under the Loan Documents;

 

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(d) the Administrative Agent shall have received certified copies of the Borrower’s and each Guarantor’s articles of incorporation and bylaws (or comparable organizational documents) and any amendments thereto;

 

(e) the Administrative Agent shall have received certified copies of resolutions authorizing the execution, delivery and performance by the Borrower and each Guarantor of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents to which it is a party and the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby, together with specimen signatures of the persons authorized to execute such documents on the Borrower’s and each Guarantor’s behalf;

 

(f) the Administrative Agent shall have received copies of the certificates of good standing for the Borrower and each Guarantor (dated no earlier than thirty (30) days prior to the Closing Date) from the office of the secretary of the state (or similar office) of its incorporation or organization and of each state in which an Initial Borrowing Base Property is located where its ownership, lease or operation of properties or the conduct of its business requires such qualification, except to the extent that the failure to do so would not have a Material Adverse Effect;

 

(g) the Administrative Agent shall have received a list of the Borrower’s Authorized Representatives;

 

(h) the Administrative Agent shall have received the initial fees called for by Section 2.1 hereof;

 

(i) the capital and organizational structure of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries shall be reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent;

 

(j) the Administrative Agent shall have received (i) a copy of the audited consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries for the Fiscal Year ended September 30, 2018, and the consolidated statements of income, retained earnings, and cash flows of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries for such Fiscal Year, and accompanying notes thereto, each in reasonable detail showing in comparative form the figures for the previous Fiscal Year, (ii) a copy of the Borrower’s projections for the following two Fiscal Years including consolidated projections of revenues, expenses and balance sheet on a quarter-by-quarter basis, with such projections in reasonable detail prepared by the Borrower (which shall include a summary of all significant assumptions made in preparing such projections), and (iii) an Available Amount Certificate showing the computation of the Available Amount with the inclusion of the Initial Borrowing Base Properties, each in form and substance reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent;

 

(k) intentionally omitted;

 

(l) the Administrative Agent shall have received financing statement lien search results against the Borrower and each Guarantor evidencing the absence of Liens on its Property except for Permitted Liens or as otherwise permitted by Section 8.7 hereof;

 

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(m) the Administrative Agent shall have received a written opinion of counsel to the Borrower and each Guarantor, in form and substance reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent;

 

(n) the Administrative Agent shall have received a fully executed Internal Revenue Service Form W-9 for the Borrower and each Guarantor; and the Administrative Agent and the Borrower shall have received the Internal Revenue Service Forms and any applicable attachments required by Section 12.1(g)(ii);

 

(o) the Administrative Agent shall have received such other agreements, instruments, documents, certificates, and opinions as the Administrative Agent may reasonably request;

 

(p) the Administrative Agent and any Lender shall have received any information or materials reasonably required by the Administrative Agent or such Lender in order to assist the Administrative Agent or such Lender in maintaining compliance with (i) the USA Patriot Act (Title III of Pub. L. 107-56 (signed into law October 26, 2001)) (the “Patriot Act”) and (ii) any applicable “know your customer” or similar rules and regulations; and

 

(q) at least five days prior to the Closing Date, if the Borrower qualifies as a “legal entity customer” under the Beneficial Ownership Regulation, the Borrower shall deliver a Beneficial Ownership Certification in relation to it.

 

Section 7.3. Eligible Property Additions and Deletions of Borrowing Base Properties.

 

(a) As of the Closing Date, the Borrower represents and warrants to the Lenders and the Administrative Agent that the Initial Borrowing Base Properties qualify as Eligible Properties and that the information provided on Schedule 1.1 is true and correct.

 

(b) Upon not less than ten (10) Business Days prior written notice from the Borrower to the Administrative Agent, the Borrower may, from time to time, request that a Real Property be added (subject to the other requirements for a Real Property qualifying as an Eligible Property) as a Borrowing Base Property, and such Real Property shall be added as a Borrowing Base Property upon Administrative Agent’s satisfaction that the following conditions have been met (collectively, the “Eligibility Conditions”):

 

(1) the Administrative Agent shall have received an Available Amount Certificate including the addition of such Real Property to the Borrowing Base Value on a pro forma basis;

 

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(2) if the Subsidiary owning such Real Property is not a Guarantor (each, a “New Guarantor”) the Administrative Agent shall have received a duly executed Additional Guarantor Supplement from such New Guarantor, together with the following:

 

(A) the Administrative Agent shall have received copies of such New Guarantor’s articles of incorporation and bylaws (or comparable organizational documents) and any amendments thereto, certified in each instance by its Secretary or Assistant Secretary;

 

(B) the Administrative Agent shall have received copies of resolutions of such New Guarantor’s Board of Directors (or similar governing body) authorizing the execution, delivery and performance of the Loan Documents to which it is a party and the consummation of the transactions contemplated thereby, together with specimen signatures of the persons authorized to execute such documents on such New Guarantor’s behalf, all certified in each instance by its Secretary or Assistant Secretary or other Authorized Representative;

 

(C) the Administrative Agent shall have received copies of the certificates of good standing for such New Guarantor from the office of the secretary of the state (or similar office) of its incorporation or organization and of each state in which a Borrowing Base Property is located; and

 

(D) the Administrative Agent shall have received a fully executed Internal Revenue Service Form W-9 for such New Guarantor;

 

(3) the Administrative Agent shall have received financing statement, tax, and judgment lien search results against any such New Guarantor and such Real Property evidencing the absence of Liens, except for Permitted Liens or as otherwise permitted by Section 8.7 hereof; and

 

(4) the Administrative Agent shall have received a certificate evidencing compliance with the Borrowing Base Requirements on a pro forma basis.

 

(c) In the event that any Borrowing Base Property shall at any time cease to constitute an Eligible Property, (i) the Borrower shall, as soon as reasonably possible after obtaining knowledge thereof, notify the Administrative Agent in writing of the same and (ii) such Real Property shall automatically cease to constitute a Borrowing Base Property from the date that the same ceased to constitute an Eligible Property until such time as the same again qualifies as an Eligible Property and is added by the Borrower as a Borrowing Base Property in accordance with the preceding paragraph. Similarly, in the event that the Borrowing Base Requirements shall at any time be violated, (A) the Borrower shall, within five (5) Business Days after obtaining knowledge of such failure, notify the Administrative Agent in writing of the same, which written notice shall include a designation by the Borrower of any Real Property or Real Properties to be deleted as Borrowing Base Properties in order to restore compliance with the Borrowing Base Requirements, and (B) each such Real Property shall automatically cease to constitute a Borrowing Base Property from the date of such written notice until such time as the same is again added by the Borrower as a Borrowing Base Property in accordance with such preceding paragraph (provided that the addition does not result in a violation of the Borrowing Base Requirements).

 

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(d) Upon not less than three (3) Business Days prior written notice from the Borrower to the Administrative Agent, the Borrower may, from time to time, designate that a Real Property be deleted as a Borrowing Base Property. Such notice shall be accompanied by an Available Amount Certificate setting forth the components of the Available Amount as of the deletion of the designated Real Property as a Borrowing Base Property, and Borrower’s certification in such detail as reasonably required by the Administrative Agent that no Default or Event of Default is then continuing (including after taking into account the deletion of such Borrowing Base Property), and that such deletion shall not result in a violation of the Borrowing Base Requirements. Upon the deletion of a Real Property as a Borrowing Base Property (whether automatically or as a result of an election by the Borrower, as described above), the Guarantor which owned such Real Property, but that does not otherwise own any other Borrowing Base Property, shall, upon the Borrower’s written request, be released from its obligations under this Agreement or, if applicable, its separate Subsidiary Guaranty and any other Loan Documents pursuant to lien releases and other documentation reasonably acceptable to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent.

 

Section 8. Covenants.

 

The Borrower and each Guarantor agrees that, so long as any credit is available to or in use by the Borrower hereunder, except to the extent compliance in any case or cases is cured or waived in writing pursuant to the terms of Section 12.13 hereof:

 

Section 8.1. Maintenance of Existence. The Borrower shall, and shall cause each Guarantor to, preserve and maintain its existence, except as otherwise provided in Section 8.10(c) hereof. The Borrower shall, and shall cause each Guarantor to, preserve and keep in force and effect all licenses, permits, franchises, approvals, patents, trademarks, trade names, trade styles, copyrights, and other proprietary rights necessary to the proper conduct of its business, except where the failure to do so would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

Section 8.2. Maintenance of Properties. The Borrower shall, and shall cause each Guarantor to, maintain, preserve, and keep all of its Property in working condition and order (ordinary wear and tear and damage by casualty excepted), and the Borrower and each Guarantor shall, from time to time, make all necessary repairs, renewals, replacements, additions, and betterments to its Property so that such Property shall at all times be fully preserved and maintained, except (i) to the extent that, in the reasonable business judgment of such Person, any such Property is no longer necessary for the proper conduct of the business of such Person and (ii) where the failure to do so would not reasonably be expected to have, either individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect. The Borrower shall not, and shall not permit any Guarantor to, amend, modify or terminate any material contract or agreement to which it is a party if such amendment, modification or termination or waiver would reasonably be expected to cause a Material Adverse Effect.

 

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Section 8.3. Taxes and Assessments. The Borrower and each Guarantor shall, or shall cause its Tenants to, duly pay and discharge all Taxes, rates, assessments, fees, and governmental charges upon or against it or its Property, in each case before the same become delinquent and before penalties accrue thereon, unless and to the extent that the same are being contested in good faith and by appropriate proceedings which prevent enforcement of the matter under contest and adequate reserves established in accordance with GAAP are provided therefor.

 

Section 8.4. Insurance. The Borrower shall insure and keep insured, and shall cause each Subsidiary to insure and keep insured, with financially sound and reputable insurance companies all insurable Property owned by it which is of a character usually insured by Persons similarly situated and operating like Properties against loss or damage from such hazards and risks, and in such amounts, as are insured by Persons similarly situated and operating like Properties; and the Borrower shall insure, and shall cause each Subsidiary to insure, such other hazards and risks (including, without limitation, business interruption, employers’ and public liability risks) with financially sound and reputable insurance companies as and to the extent usually insured by Persons similarly situated and conducting similar businesses. The Borrower shall, upon the request of the Administrative Agent, furnish to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders a certificate setting forth in summary form the nature and extent of the insurance maintained pursuant to this Section 8.4.

 

Section 8.5. Financial Reports. The Borrower shall, and shall cause each Subsidiary to, maintain proper books of records and accounts reasonably necessary to prepare financial statements required to be delivered pursuant to this Section 8.5 in accordance with GAAP and shall furnish to the Administrative Agent, each Lender, the L/C Issuer and each of their duly authorized representatives such information respecting the business and financial condition of the Borrower and each Subsidiary as the Administrative Agent or such Lender may reasonably request; and without any request, shall furnish to the Administrative Agent, the Lenders and L/C Issuer:

 

(a) as soon as available, and in any event no later than ninety (90) days after the last day each Fiscal Year of the Borrower (commencing with the Fiscal Year ended on September 30, 2019), a copy of the audited consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries as of the last day of the Fiscal Year then ended and the consolidated statements of income, retained earnings, and cash flows of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries for the Fiscal Year then ended, and accompanying notes thereto, each in reasonable detail showing in comparative form the figures for the previous Fiscal Year, accompanied by an unqualified opinion of PKF O’Connor Davies or any other independent public accountants of recognized national standing, selected by the Borrower and the Administrative Agent reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, to the effect that the consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with GAAP and present fairly in all material respects in accordance with GAAP the consolidated financial condition of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries as of the close of such Fiscal Year and the results of their operations and cash flows for the Fiscal Year then ended and that an examination of such accounts in connection with such financial statements has been made in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards;

 

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(b) within the period provided in subsection (a) above, the written statement of the accountants who certified the audit report thereby required that in the course of their audit they have obtained no knowledge of any Default or Event of Default, or, if such accountants have obtained knowledge of any such Default or Event of Default, they shall disclose in such statement the nature and period of the existence thereof;

 

(c) as soon as available, and in any event no later than forty-five (45) days after the last day of each of the first three Fiscal Quarters of each Fiscal Year of the Borrower, a copy of the consolidated balance sheet of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries as of the last day of such Fiscal Quarter and the consolidated statements of income, retained earnings, and cash flows of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries for the Fiscal Quarter and for the Fiscal Year-to-date period then ended, each in reasonable detail showing, in comparative form, the figures for the corresponding date and period in the previous Fiscal Year, prepared by the Borrower in accordance with GAAP (subject to the absence of footnote disclosures and year-end audit adjustments) and certified to by its chief financial officer or another officer of the Borrower reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent;

 

(d) together with the financial statements delivered pursuant to clauses (a) and (c) above, an Available Amount Certificate showing the computation of the Available Amount in reasonable detail as of the close of business on the last day of such Fiscal Quarter, prepared by the Borrower and certified to by its chief financial officer or another officer of the Borrower reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent;

 

(e) with each of the financial statements delivered pursuant to subsections (a) and (c) above, a compliance certificate (“Compliance Certificate”) in the form attached hereto as Exhibit E signed by the chief executive officer, chief financial officer, treasurer or controller of the Borrower or another officer of the Borrower reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent to the effect that to such officer’s knowledge and belief no Default or Event of Default has occurred during the period covered by such statements or, if any such Default or Event of Default has occurred during such period, setting forth a description of such Default or Event of Default and specifying the action, if any, taken or being taken by the Borrower or any Subsidiary to remedy the same. Such certificate shall also set forth the calculations supporting such statements in respect of Section 8.20 hereof;

 

(f) promptly after receipt thereof, any additional written reports, management letters or other detailed information contained in writing concerning significant aspects of the Borrower’s, the Borrower’s or any Subsidiary’s operations and financial affairs given to it by its independent public accountants and submitted to the board of directors (or similar governing body) of the Borrower;

 

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(g) promptly after the sending or filing thereof, copies of each financial statement, report, notice or proxy statement sent by the Borrower or any Subsidiary to its stockholders or other equity holders, and copies of each regular, periodic or special report, registration statement or prospectus (including all Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K reports) filed by the Borrower or any Subsidiary with any securities exchange or the Securities and Exchange Commission or any successor agency;

 

(h) promptly after receipt thereof, if any, a copy of each audit made by any regulatory agency of the books and records of the Borrower or any Subsidiary or of notice of any material noncompliance with any applicable Legal Requirements relating to the Borrower or any Subsidiary, or its business;

 

(i) as soon as available, and in any event within sixty (60) days after the end of each Fiscal Year of the Borrower, a copy of the Borrower’s projections for the following year including consolidated projections of revenues, expenses and balance sheet on a quarter-by-quarter basis, with such projections in reasonable detail prepared by the Borrower and in form satisfactory to the Administrative Agent (which shall include a summary of all significant assumptions made in preparing such projections);

 

(j) notice of any Change of Control;

 

(k) promptly after any knowledge thereof shall have come to the attention of any responsible officer of the Borrower, written notice of (i) any threatened (in writing) or pending litigation or governmental or arbitration proceeding or labor controversy against the Borrower or any Subsidiary or any of their Property which, if adversely determined, could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, (ii) the occurrence of any other matter which would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, (iii) the occurrence of any Default or Event of Default, or (iv) any change in the information provided in the Beneficial Ownership Certification that would result in a change to the list of beneficial owners identified in of such certification;

 

(l) with each of the financial statements delivered pursuant to subsections (a) and (c) above, if there have been any changes to the organizational list of the Borrower and the Subsidiaries during the most recently ended Fiscal Quarter, a revised organizational list, together with a summary of the changes;

 

(m) promptly after the request the Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders, (i) any other information or report reasonably requested by such Person(s) or (ii) information and documentation reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent or any Lender for purposes of compliance with applicable “know your customer” requirements under the Patriot Act or other applicable Anti-Corruption Laws and the Beneficial Ownership Regulation; and

 

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(n) promptly and in any event within 5 Business Days after knowledge thereof, a written notice to the Administrative Agent of any change of its Credit Rating from any Rating Agency.

 

Section 8.6. Inspection. The Borrower shall, and shall cause each Subsidiary to, permit the Administrative Agent, each Lender, the L/C Issuer, and its duly authorized representatives and agents to visit and inspect any of its Property, corporate books, and financial records, to examine and make copies of its books of accounts and other financial records, and to discuss its affairs, finances, and accounts with, and to be advised as to the same by, its officers, employees and independent public accountants (and by this provision the Borrower hereby authorizes such accountants to discuss with the Administrative Agent, such Lenders and L/C Issuers (or any of their affiliates) the finances and affairs of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries) at such reasonable times as the Administrative Agent may designate, with reasonable prior notice to the Borrower, provided, that the Borrower shall not be required to pay the Administrative Agent for such inspections no more often than once in any period of twelve (12) consecutive months unless an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing. The Administrative Agent shall use reasonable efforts to coordinate inspections undertaken in accordance with this Section 8.6 to (i) minimize the administrative burden of such inspections on the Borrower and their Subsidiaries, (ii) minimize the interference with the business of the Borrower and their Subsidiaries and (iii) not disturb the occupancy of any Real Property by any Tenant.

 

Section 8.7. Liens. The Borrower shall not, nor shall it permit any Guarantor to, create, incur or permit to exist any Lien of any kind on any Property owned by any such Person, other than (a) Permitted Liens and (b) Liens existing on the Closing Date and listed in Schedule 8.7 hereto and any modification, replacement, renewal or extensions (but not increases thereof).

 

Section 8.8. Investments, Acquisitions, Loans and Advances. The Borrower shall not, nor shall it permit any Subsidiary to (i) directly or indirectly, make, retain or have outstanding any investments (whether through the purchase of stock or obligations or otherwise) in any Person, real property or improvements on real property, or any loans, advances, lines of credit, mortgage loans or other financings (including pursuant to sale/leaseback transactions) to any other Person, or (ii) acquire any real property, improvements on real property or all or any substantial part of the assets or business of any other Person or division thereof; provided, however, that the foregoing shall not apply to nor operate to prevent, with respect to the Borrower or any Subsidiary, any of the following:

 

(a) investment in Cash Equivalents;

 

(b) investments existing or contemplated on the date hereof and listed on Schedule 8.8 hereto;

 

(c) investments in derivatives and hedges made in the ordinary course of the such Person’s business in connection with managing risk for which the Borrower, any Guarantor or any Subsidiary has actual exposure (and not for speculative purposes) including, without limitation, Hedging Agreements;

 

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(d) investments in Permitted Acquisitions;

 

(e) investments by the Borrower in one or more Guarantors or by a Guarantor in the Borrower or one or more other Guarantors;

 

(f) investments in Mortgage Receivables not to exceed $5,000,000 in the aggregate;

 

(g) investments in marketable securities available for sale; or

 

(h) any other investments otherwise approved by the Required Lenders.

 

In determining the amount of investments, acquisitions, loans, and advances permitted under this Section, investments and acquisitions shall always be taken at the book value (as defined in GAAP) thereof, and loans and advances shall be taken at the principal amount thereof then remaining unpaid.

 

Section 8.9. Mergers, Consolidations and Sales. Except with respect to an acquisition of an Eligible Property or otherwise with the prior written consent of the Required Lenders (which shall not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed), the Borrower shall not, nor shall it permit any Subsidiary to, be a party to any merger or consolidation, or sell, transfer, lease or otherwise dispose of all or any part of its Property, including any disposition of Property as part of a sale and leaseback transaction, or enter into any joint venture; provided, however, so long as no Default or Event of Default is then continuing, this Section shall not apply to nor operate to prevent:

 

(a) the sale, transfer, lease or other disposition of Property of the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries to one another in the ordinary course of its business;

 

(b) the merger of any Subsidiary with and into the Borrower or any other Subsidiary, provided that, in the case of any merger involving the Borrower, the Borrower is the entity surviving the merger;

 

(c) the sale, transfer or other disposition of any tangible personal property in the ordinary course of business;

 

(d) Leases of portions of any Real Property to Tenants;

 

(e) any sale, transfer, lease or other disposition of Property of the Borrower or any Subsidiary (including any disposition of Property as part of a sale and leaseback transaction) that is not otherwise expressly permitted by the foregoing clauses and for net consideration that is not more than twenty percent (20%) of the Total Asset Value on the last day of the Fiscal Quarter immediately preceding such sale, transfer, lease or other disposition;

 

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(f) the Borrower may issue or sell equity interests; provided, that the Borrower shall remain in compliance with the definition of Change of Control; and

 

(g) to the extent constituting an Investment, transactions expressly permitted under Section 8.8, and the sale or disposition thereof, including, without limitation, Borrower’s portfolio of securities investments.

 

Section 8.10. Maintenance of Subsidiaries. The Borrower shall not assign, sell or transfer, nor shall it permit any of its Subsidiaries to issue, assign, sell or transfer, any shares of capital stock or other equity interests of any of the Borrower’s Subsidiaries that are Guarantors to any Person that is not a wholly-owned direct or indirect subsidiary of the Borrower; provided, however, that the foregoing shall not operate to prevent (a) Liens on the capital stock or other equity interests of Guarantors granted to the Administrative Agent, (b) the issuance, sale and transfer to any Person of any shares of capital stock of a Guarantor solely for the purpose of qualifying, and to the extent legally necessary to qualify, such person as a director of such Guarantor, and (c) any transaction permitted by Section 8.9(b) above.

 

Section 8.11. ERISA. The Borrower shall, and shall cause each Subsidiary to, promptly pay and discharge all obligations and liabilities arising under ERISA of a character which if unpaid or unperformed could reasonably be expected to result in the imposition of a Lien against any of its Property. The Borrower shall, and shall cause each Subsidiary to, promptly notify the Administrative Agent and each Lender of: (a) the occurrence of any reportable event (as defined in Section 4043 of ERISA) with respect to a Plan, (b) receipt of any notice from the PBGC of its intention to seek termination of any Plan or appointment of a trusteetherefor, (c) its intention to terminate or withdraw from any Plan, and (d) the occurrence of any event with respect to any Plan which would result in the incurrence by the Borrower or any Subsidiary of any material liability, fine or penalty, or any material increase in the contingent liability of the Borrower or any Subsidiary with respect to any post-retirement Welfare Plan benefit. The Borrower shall not, and shall not permit any Subsidiary to, permit any of its respective assets to become or be deemed to be “plan assets” within the meaning of ERISA, the Code or any of the respective regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

Section 8.12. Compliance with Laws. (a) The Borrower shall, and shall cause each Subsidiary to, comply in all respects with all Legal Requirements applicable to or pertaining to its Property or business operations, where any such noncompliance, individually or in the aggregate, would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect or result in a Lien upon any of its Property.

 

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(b) The Borrower shall, and shall cause each Subsidiary to, at all times, do the following to the extent the failure to do so, individually or in the aggregate, would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect: (i) comply in all material respects with, and maintain each of the Real Properties in compliance in all material respects with, all applicable Environmental Laws; (ii) require that each Tenant of any of the Real Properties or any part thereof comply in all material respects with all applicable Environmental Laws; (iii) obtain and maintain in full force and effect all material governmental approvals required by any applicable Environmental Law for operations at each of the Real Properties; (iv) cure any material violation of applicable Environmental Laws by it or at any of the Real Properties; (v) not allow the presence or operation at any of the Real Properties of any (1) landfill or dump or (2) hazardous waste management facility or solid waste disposal facility as defined pursuant to RCRA or any comparable state law; (vi) not manufacture, use, generate, transport, treat, store, release, dispose or handle any Hazardous Material at any of the Properties except in the ordinary course of its business and in de minimis amounts; (vii) within ten (10) Business Days after receipt of written notice of the same in connection with the Borrower, any Subsidiary or any of the Real Properties, notify the Administrative Agent in writing of, and provide any reasonably requested documents with respect to, any of the following: (1) any material liability for response or corrective action, natural resource damage or other harm pursuant to CERCLA, RCRA or any comparable state law; (2) any material Environmental Claim; (3) any material violation of an Environmental Law or material Release, threatened Release or disposal of a Hazardous Material; (4) any restriction on the ownership, occupancy, use or transferability arising pursuant to any (x) Release, threatened Release or disposal of a Hazardous Material or (y) Environmental Law; or (5) any environmental, natural resource, health or safety condition which would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; (viii) conduct, at its expense, any investigation, study, sampling, testing, abatement, cleanup, removal, remediation or other response action necessary to remove, remediate, clean up or abate any material Release, threatened Release or disposal of a Hazardous Material as required to be performed by any applicable Environmental Law; (ix) abide by and observe any restrictions on the use of the Real Properties imposed by any Governmental Authority as set forth in a deed or other instrument affecting the Borrower’s or any Subsidiary’s interest therein; (x) promptly provide or otherwise make available to the Administrative Agent any reasonably requested environmental record concerning the Real Properties which the Borrower or any Subsidiary possesses or can reasonably obtain; and (xi) perform, satisfy, and implement any operation or maintenance actions required by any Governmental Authority or Environmental Law or included in any no further action letter or covenant not to sue issued by any Governmental Authority under any Environmental Law.

 

Section 8.13. Compliance with Anti-Corruption Laws, Anti-Money Laundering Laws and Sanctions . (a) The Borrower shall at all times comply with the requirements of all Anti-Corruption Laws, Anti-Money Laundering Laws and Sanctions applicable to the Borrower and shall cause each other Loan Party and each of its and their respective Subsidiaries to comply with the requirements of all Anti-Corruption Laws, Anti-Money Laundering Laws and Sanctions applicable to such Persons.

 

(b) The Borrower shall provide the Administrative Agent and the Lenders any information regarding the Borrower, each other Loan Party, and each of their respective owners, Affiliates, and Subsidiaries necessary for the Administrative Agent and each Lender to comply with all applicable Anti-Corruption Laws, Anti-Money Laundering Laws and Sanctions, subject however, in the case of Affiliates, to the Borrower’s ability to provide information applicable to them.

 

(c) The Loan Parties will maintain in effect and enforce policies and procedures reasonably designed to ensure compliance by the Loan Parties, their Subsidiaries, and the Loan Parties’ and their Subsidiaries’ respective directors, officers, employees and agents with applicable Anti-Corruption Laws, Anti Money-Laundering Laws and Sanctions.

 

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Section 8.14. Burdensome Contracts With Affiliates. The Borrower shall not, nor shall it permit any Subsidiary to, enter into any contract, agreement or business arrangement with any of its Affiliates on terms and conditions which are less favorable to the Borrower or such Subsidiary than would be usual and customary in similar contracts, agreements or business arrangements between Persons not affiliated with each other.

 

Section 8.15. No Changes in Fiscal Year. The Fiscal Year of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries ends on September 30 of each year; and the Borrower shall not, nor shall it permit any Subsidiary to, change its Fiscal Year from its present basis.

 

Section 8.16. Formation of Subsidiaries. Promptly upon the formation or acquisition of any Guarantor, the Borrower shall provide the Administrative Agent and the Lenders notice thereof and timely comply with the requirements of Section 4.2 hereof.

 

Section 8.17. Change in the Nature of Business. The Borrower shall not, nor shall it permit any Subsidiary to, engage in any business or activity if, as a result thereof, the general nature of the business of any Subsidiary would be changed in any material respect from the general nature of the business engaged in by it as of the Closing Date.

 

Section 8.18. Use of Proceeds. The Borrower shall use the credit extended under this Agreement solely for the purposes set forth in, or otherwise permitted by, Section 6.4 hereof.

 

Section 8.19. No Restrictions. Except as provided herein, the Borrower shall not, nor shall it permit any Guarantor to, directly or indirectly create or otherwise cause or suffer to exist or become effective any consensual encumbrance or restriction of any kind on the ability of the Borrower or any Guarantor to: (a) pay dividends or make any other distribution on any capital stock or other equity interests owned by the Borrower or any other Subsidiary, (b) pay any indebtedness owed to the Borrower or any other Subsidiary, or (c) guarantee the Obligations, Hedging Liability, and Bank Product Obligations and/or grant Liens on its assets to the Administrative Agent.

 

Section 8.20. Financial Covenants.

 

(a) Maximum Leverage Ratio. As of the last day of each Fiscal Quarter of the Borrower commencing with the Fiscal Quarter ending September 30, 2019, the Borrower shall not permit the Leverage Ratio to be greater than 0.60 to 1.00.

 

(b) Minimum Debt Service Coverage Ratio. As of the last day of each Fiscal Quarter of the Borrower commencing with the Fiscal Quarter ending September 30, 2019, the Borrower shall not permit the Debt Service Coverage Ratio to be less than 1.25 to 1.00.

 

(c) Maximum Total Secured Recourse Indebtedness to Total Asset Value Ratio. The Borrower shall not, as of the last day of each Fiscal Quarter of the Borrower commencing with the Fiscal Quarter ending September 30, 2019, permit the ratio of (i) Total Secured Recourse Indebtedness as of the last day of such Fiscal Quarter to (ii) Total Asset Value as of such date to be greater than 0.10 to 1.00.

 

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(d) Unsecured Leverage Ratio. As of the last day of each Fiscal Quarter of the Borrower commencing with the Fiscal Quarter ending September 30, 2019, the Borrower shall not permit the Unsecured Leverage Ratio to be greater than 0.60 to 1.00.

 

(e) Maintenance of Tangible Net Worth. The Borrower shall at all times maintain Tangible Net Worth of not less than the sum of (a) $945,000,000 plus (b) 75% of the aggregate net proceeds received by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries after the Closing Date in connection with any offering of Stock or Stock Equivalents.

 

Section 8.21. Electronic Delivery of Certain Information. (a) Documents, including financial reports to be delivered pursuant to Section 8.5 hereof, required to be delivered pursuant to this Agreement may be delivered by electronic communication and delivery, including, the Internet, including the website maintained by the Securities and Exchange Commission, e-mail or intranet websites to which the Administrative Agent and each Lender have access (including a commercial, third-party website or a website sponsored or hosted by the Administrative Agent) provided that the foregoing shall not apply to (i) notices to any Lender (or the L/C Issuer) pursuant to Section 1. The Administrative Agent or the Borrower may, in its discretion, agree to accept notices and other communications to it hereunder by electronic delivery pursuant to procedures approved by it for all or particular notices or communications. Documents or notices delivered electronically shall be deemed to have been delivered on the date and time on which the Administrative Agent or the Borrower posts such documents or the documents become available on a commercial website and the Borrower notifies the Administrative Agent of said posting by causing an e-mail notification to be sent to an e-mail address specified from time to time by the Administrative Agent and provides a link thereto; provided if such notice or other communication is not sent or posted during the normal business hours of the recipient on a Business Day, said posting date and time shall be deemed to have commenced as of 9:00 a.m. Chicago time on the opening of business on the next Business Day for the recipient. Notwithstanding anything contained herein, in every instance the Borrower shall be required to provide paper copies of the certificates required by Sections 8.5(d) and 8.5(e) to the Administrative Agent. Except for the certificates required by Sections 8.5(d) and 8.5(e), the Administrative Agent shall have no obligation to request the delivery of or to maintain paper copies of the documents delivered electronically, and in any event shall have no responsibility to monitor compliance by the Borrower with any such request for delivery.

 

(b) Documents required to be delivered pursuant to Section 1 may be delivered electronically to a website provided for such purpose by the Administrative Agent pursuant to the procedures provided to the Borrower by the Administrative Agent.

 

Section 8.22. REIT Status. The Borrower shall maintain its status as a REIT and all of the representations and warranties set forth in Section 6.25 shall remain true and correct at all times.

 

Section 8.23. Restricted Payments. Borrower and its Subsidiaries shall be permitted to declare and pay distributions, dividends or redemptions from time to time in amounts determined by the Borrower; provided, however if any Default described in Section 9.1(a), (j) or (k) or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, the Borrower and its Subsidiaries may only pay dividends as are necessary to maintain the Borrower’s status as a real estate investment trust under applicable Legal Requirements.

 

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Section 8.24. Depository Bank. The Borrower shall maintain its operating and depository accounts with the Administrative Agent (or such designated Affiliate).

 

Section 8.25. Borrowing Base Requirements. The Borrower shall cause the Borrowing Base to at all times comply with the Borrowing Base Requirements; provided, that if the requirements of the definition of Borrowing Base Requirements are not met at any time, then within five (5) Business Days after obtaining knowledge of such failure (i) the Borrower shall have cured such failure in accordance with Section 7.3(c) hereof and (ii) the Borrower shall have delivered an updated Available Amount Certificate in form and substance reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent evidencing the removal of any applicable Eligible Property’s Borrowing Base Value from the Borrowing Base to the extent necessary to cause such failure to no longer exist.

 

Section 8.26. Post-Closing Obligation. Within 30 days after the Closing Date (subject to extension or waiver by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion), the Borrower will deliver a UCC financing statement amendment to that certain UCC filing #190306-1603000 against the Borrower, as debtor, filed in the Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation on March 6, 2019 in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and its counsel.

 

Section 9. Events of Default and Remedies.

 

Section 9.1. Events of Default. Any one or more of the following shall constitute an “Event of Default” hereunder:

 

(a) default in the payment when due of (i) all or any part of the principal of any Loan (whether at the stated maturity thereof or at any other time provided for in this Agreement, including a mandatory prepayment required by Section 1.8(b)), (ii) any Reimbursement Obligation (except in any case in which a Loan has been made in the amount of the Reimbursement Obligations then due and the proceeds thereof applied to pay such Reimbursement Obligations as contemplated by Section 1.3(c)), (iii) any interest for a period of three (3) days after such payment is due or (iv) any fee or other Obligation payable hereunder or under any other Loan Document for a period of five (5) Business Days after such payment is due;

 

(b) default in the observance or performance of any covenant set forth in Sections 8.1, 8.5, 8.7, 8.8, 8.9, 8.10, 8.11, 8.20, 8.21, 8.23, 8.25 or 8.26 hereof;

 

(c) default in the observance or performance of any other provision hereof or of any other Loan Document which is not remedied within thirty (30) days after the earlier of (i) the date on which such failure shall first become known to any Responsible Officer of the Borrower and (ii) written notice thereof is given to the Borrower by the Administrative Agent (or such longer period of time, not to exceed thirty (30) days, so long as Borrower and/or the applicable Subsidiary(ies) are diligently and expeditiously pursuing a cure for same);

 

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(d) any representation or warranty made herein or in any other Loan Document or in any certificate furnished to the Administrative Agent or the Lenders pursuant hereto or thereto or in connection with any transaction contemplated hereby or thereby proves untrue in any material respect (where not already qualified by materiality or Material Adverse Effect, otherwise in any respect) as of the date of the issuance or making or deemed making thereof;

 

(e) (i) any event occurs or condition exists (other than those described in subsections (a) through (d) above) which is specified as an event of default under any of the other Loan Documents (and the related grace and/or cure period, if any, shall have expired), or any of the Loan Documents shall for any reason not be or shall cease to be in full force and effect or is declared to be null and void and a substitute document is not executed and delivered to the Administrative Agent that is acceptable, in Administrative Agent’s sole discretion, within three (3) Business Days; or (ii) the Borrower or any Guarantor takes any action for the purpose of terminating, repudiating or rescinding any Loan Document executed by it or any of its obligations thereunder;

 

(f) default (with expiration of any grace and/or cure periods related thereto) shall occur under any Indebtedness issued, assumed or guaranteed by the Borrower or any Guarantor aggregating in excess of $15,000,000 in the aggregate, or a default (with expiration of any grace and/or cure periods related thereto) shall occur with respect to any Indebtedness issued, assumed or guaranteed by the Borrower or any Guarantor, and such default shall continue for a period of time sufficient to permit the acceleration of the maturity of any such Indebtedness (whether or not such maturity is in fact accelerated) or any such Indebtedness shall not be paid when due (whether by demand, lapse of time, acceleration or otherwise);

 

(g) any judgment or judgments, writ or writs or warrant or warrants of attachment, or any similar process or processes, shall be entered or filed against the Borrower or any Guarantor, or against any of its respective Property, in an aggregate amount in excess of $15,000,000 (except to the extent fully covered by insurance pursuant to which the insurer has accepted liability therefor in writing), and which remains undischarged, unvacated, unbonded or unstayed for a period of sixty (60) days;

 

(h) the Borrower or any Guarantor, or any member of its Controlled Group, shall fail to pay when due an amount or amounts aggregating in excess of $10,000,000 which it shall have become liable to pay to the PBGC or to a Plan under Title IV of ERISA; or notice of intent to terminate a Plan or Plans having aggregate Unfunded Vested Liabilities in excess of $10,000,000 (collectively, a “Material Plan”) shall be filed under Title IV of ERISA by the Borrower or any Guarantor, or any other member of its Controlled Group, any plan administrator or any combination of the foregoing; or the PBGC shall institute proceedings under Title IV of ERISA to terminate or to cause a trustee to be appointed to administer any Material Plan or a proceeding shall be instituted by a fiduciary of any Material Plan against the Borrower or any Guarantor, or any member of its Controlled Group, to enforce Section 515 or 4219(c)(5) of ERISA and such proceeding shall not have been dismissed within thirty (30) days thereafter; or a condition shall exist by reason of which the PBGC would be entitled to obtain a decree adjudicating that any Material Plan must be terminated;

 

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(i) any Change of Control shall occur;

 

(j) the Borrower or any Guarantor shall (i) have entered involuntarily against it an order for relief under the United States Bankruptcy Code, as amended, (ii) not pay or admit in writing its inability to pay, its debts generally as they become due, (iii) make an assignment for the benefit of creditors, (iv) apply for, seek, consent to or acquiesce in, the appointment of a receiver, custodian, trustee, examiner, liquidator or similar official for it or any substantial part of its Property, (v) institute any proceeding seeking to have entered against it an order for relief under the United States Bankruptcy Code, as amended, to adjudicate it insolvent, or seeking dissolution, winding up, liquidation, reorganization, arrangement, adjustment or composition of it or its debts under any law relating to bankruptcy, insolvency or reorganization or relief of debtors or fail to file an answer or other pleading denying the material allegations of any such proceeding filed against it within sixty (60) days, (vi) take any board of director or shareholder action (including the convening of a meeting) in furtherance of any matter described in parts (i) through (v) above, or (vii) fail to contest in good faith any appointment or proceeding described in Section 9.1(k) hereof; and

 

(k) a custodian, receiver, trustee, examiner, liquidator or similar official shall be appointed for the Borrower or any Guarantor, or any substantial part of its Property, or a proceeding described in Section 9.1(j)(v) shall be instituted against the Borrower or any Subsidiary, and such appointment continues undischarged or such proceeding continues undismissed or unstayed for a period of sixty (60) days.

 

Section 9.2. Non-Bankruptcy Defaults. When any Event of Default (other than a Bankruptcy Event with respect to the Borrower) has occurred and is continuing, the Administrative Agent shall, by written notice to the Borrower: (a) if so directed by the Required Lenders, terminate the remaining Commitments and all other obligations of the Lenders hereunder on the date stated in such notice (which may be the date thereof); (b) if so directed by the Required Lenders, declare the principal of and the accrued interest on all outstanding Loans to be forthwith due and payable and thereupon all outstanding Loans, including both principal and interest thereon, shall be and become immediately due and payable together with all other amounts payable under the Loan Documents without further demand, presentment, protest or notice of any kind; and (c) if so directed by the Required Lenders, demand that, with respect to each Letter of Credit then outstanding, the Borrower immediately either (i) pay to the Administrative Agent the full amount then available for drawing thereunder, (ii) deliver to the Administrative Agent Cash Collateral in an amount equal to 105% of the aggregate amount thereof or (iii) return or cause to be returned to L/C Issuer such Letter of Credit for cancellation, and the Borrower agrees to immediately take such action and acknowledges and agrees that the Lenders would not have an adequate remedy at law for failure by the Borrower to honor any such demand and that the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Lenders, shall have the right to require the Borrower to specifically perform such undertaking whether or not any drawings or other demands for payment have been made under any Letter of Credit. The Administrative Agent, after giving notice to the Borrower pursuant to Section 9.1(c) or this Section 9.2, shall also promptly send a copy of such notice to the other Lenders, but the failure to do so shall not impair or annul the effect of such notice.

 

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Section 9.3. Bankruptcy Defaults. When any Bankruptcy Event with respect to the Borrower has occurred and is continuing, all outstanding Loans shall immediately become due and payable together with all other amounts payable under the Loan Documents without presentment, demand, protest or notice of any kind, the obligation of the Lenders to extend further credit pursuant to any of the terms hereof shall immediately terminate and, with respect to each Letter of Credit then outstanding, the Borrower shall immediately either (i) pay to the Administrative Agent the full amount then available for drawing thereunder, (ii) deliver to the Administrative Agent Cash Collateral in an amount equal to 105% of the aggregate amount thereof or (iii) return or cause to be returned to L/C Issuer such Letter of Credit for cancellation, the Borrower acknowledging and agreeing that the Lenders would not have an adequate remedy at law for failure by the Borrower to honor any such demand and that the Lenders, and the Administrative Agent on their behalf, shall have the right to require the Borrower to specifically perform such undertaking whether or not any draws or other demands for payment have been made under any of the Letters of Credit.

 

Section 9.4. Collateral for Undrawn Letters of Credit. (a) If the prepayment of the amount available for drawing under any or all outstanding Letters of Credit is required under Section 1.8(b), Section 1.14, Section 9.2 or Section 9.3 above, the Borrower shall forthwith pay the amount required to be so prepaid, to be held by the Administrative Agent as provided in subsection (b) below.

 

(b) All amounts prepaid pursuant to subsection (a) above shall be held by the Administrative Agent in one or more separate collateral accounts (each such account, and the credit balances, properties, and any investments from time to time held therein, and any substitutions for such account, any certificate of deposit or other instrument evidencing any of the foregoing and all proceeds of and earnings on any of the foregoing being collectively called the “Collateral Account”) as security for, and for application by the Administrative Agent (to the extent available) to, the reimbursement of any payment under any Letter of Credit then or thereafter made by the L/C Issuer, and to the payment of the unpaid balance of all other Obligations (and to all Hedging Liability and Bank Product Obligations). The Collateral Account shall be held in the name of and subject to the exclusive dominion and control of the Administrative Agent for the benefit of the Administrative Agent, the Lenders, and the L/C Issuer. If and when requested by the Borrower, the Administrative Agent shall invest funds held in the Collateral Account from time to time in direct obligations of, or obligations the principal of and interest on which are unconditionally guaranteed by, the United States of America with a remaining maturity of one year or less, provided that the Administrative Agent is irrevocably authorized to sell investments held in the Collateral Account when and as required to make payments out of the Collateral Account for application to amounts then due and owing from the Borrower to the L/C Issuer, the Administrative Agent or the Lenders. If the Borrower shall have made payment of all obligations referred to in subsection (a) above required under Section 1.8(b) hereof, if any, at the request of the Borrower the Administrative Agent shall release to the Borrower amounts held in the Collateral Account so long as at the time of the release and after giving effect thereto no Default or Event of Default is then continuing. If the Borrower shall have made payment of all obligations referred to in subsection (a) above required under Section 9.2 or 9.3 hereof, so long as no Letters of Credit, Commitments, Loans or other Obligations, Hedging Liability, or Bank Product Obligations remain outstanding, at the request of the Borrower the Administrative Agent shall release to the Borrower any remaining amounts held in the Collateral Account.

 

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(c) At any time that there shall exist a Defaulting Lender, within five (5) calendar days following the written request of the Administrative Agent or any L/C Issuer (with a copy to the Administrative Agent), the Borrower shall Cash Collateralize the L/C Issuers’ Fronting Exposure with respect to such Defaulting Lender (determined after giving effect to Section 1.14(a)(iv) and any Cash Collateral provided by such Defaulting Lender) in an amount not less than the Minimum Collateral Amount.

 

(i) Grant of Security Interest. The Borrower, and to the extent provided by any Defaulting Lender, such Defaulting Lender, hereby grant to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the L/C Issuers, and agree to maintain, a first priority security interest in all such Cash Collateral as security for such Defaulting Lender’s obligation to fund participations in respect of L/C Obligations, to be applied pursuant to clause (ii) below. If at any time the Administrative Agent determines that Cash Collateral is subject to any right or claim of any Person other than the Administrative Agent and the L/C Issuer as herein provided, or that the total amount of such Cash Collateral is less than the Minimum Collateral Amount, the Borrower shall, promptly upon demand by the Administrative Agent, pay or provide to the Administrative Agent additional Cash Collateral in an amount sufficient to eliminate such deficiency (after giving effect to any Cash Collateral provided by the Defaulting Lender).

 

(ii) Application. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, Cash Collateral provided under this Section 9.4 or Section 1.14 in respect of Letters of Credit shall be applied to the satisfaction of the Defaulting Lender’s obligation to fund participations in respect of L/C Obligations (including, as to Cash Collateral provided by a Defaulting Lender, any interest accrued on such obligation) for which the Cash Collateral was so provided, prior to any other application of such property as may otherwise be provided for herein.

 

(iii) Termination of Requirement. Cash Collateral (or the appropriate portion thereof) provided to reduce any L/C Issuer’s Fronting Exposure shall no longer be required to be held as Cash Collateral pursuant to this Section 9.4(c) following (A) the elimination of the applicable Fronting Exposure (including by the termination of Defaulting Lender status of the applicable Lender), or (B) the determination by the Administrative Agent and the L/C Issuer that there exists excess Cash Collateral; provided that, subject to Section 1.14 the Person providing Cash Collateral and the L/C Issuer may agree (but shall not be obligated to) that Cash Collateral shall be held to support future anticipated Fronting Exposure or other obligations and provided further that to the extent that such Cash Collateral was provided by the Borrower, such Cash Collateral shall remain subject to the security interest granted pursuant to the Loan Documents.

 

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Section 10. Change in Circumstances.

 

Section 10.1. Change of Law. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Agreement or any other Loan Document, if at any time any Change in Law makes it unlawful for any Lender to make or continue to maintain any Eurodollar Loans or to perform its obligations as contemplated hereby, such Lender shall promptly give notice thereof to the Borrower and such Lender’s obligations to make or maintain Eurodollar Loans under this Agreement shall be suspended until it is no longer unlawful for such Lender to make or maintain Eurodollar Loans. The Borrower shall prepay promptly following demand the outstanding principal amount of any such affected Eurodollar Loans, together with all interest accrued thereon and all other amounts then due and payable to such Lender under this Agreement; provided, however, subject to all of the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the Borrower may then elect to borrow the principal amount of the affected Eurodollar Loans from such Lender by means of Base Rate Loans from such Lender, which Base Rate Loans shall not be made ratably by the Lenders but only from such affected Lender.

 

Section 10.2. Unavailability of Deposits or Inability to Ascertain, or Inadequacy of, LIBOR. If on or prior to the first day of any Interest Period for any Borrowing of Eurodollar Loans:

 

(a) the Administrative Agent determines that deposits in U.S. Dollars (in the applicable amounts) are not being offered to it in the interbank eurodollar market for such Interest Period, or that by reason of circumstances affecting the interbank eurodollar market adequate and reasonable means do not exist for ascertaining the applicable LIBOR, or

 

(b) the Required Lenders advise the Administrative Agent that (i) LIBOR as determined by the Administrative Agent will not adequately and fairly reflect the cost to such Lenders of funding their Eurodollar Loans for such Interest Period or (ii) that the making or funding of Eurodollar Loans becomes impracticable,

 

then the Administrative Agent shall forthwith give notice thereof to the Borrower and the Lenders, whereupon until the Administrative Agent notifies the Borrower that the circumstances giving rise to such suspension no longer exist, the obligations of the Lenders to make Eurodollar Loans shall be suspended.

 

Section 10.3. Increased Cost and Reduced Return. (a) If any Change in Law shall:

 

(i) subject any Lender (or its Lending Office) or the L/C Issuer to any Tax (other than (A) Indemnified Taxes, (B) Taxes described in clauses (b) through (d) of the definition of Excluded Taxes, and (C) Connection Income Taxes) with respect to its Eurodollar Loans, its Notes, its Letter(s) of Credit, or its participation in any thereof, any Reimbursement Obligations owed to it or its obligation to make Eurodollar Loans, issue a Letter of Credit, or to participate therein; or

 

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(ii) impose, modify or deem applicable any reserve, special deposit, compulsory loan, insurance charge or similar requirement (including, without limitation, any such requirement imposed by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, but excluding with respect to any Eurodollar Loans any such requirement included in an applicable Eurodollar Reserve Percentage) against assets of, deposits with or for the account of, or credit extended by, any Lender (or its Lending Office) or the L/C Issuer or shall impose on any Lender (or its Lending Office) or the L/C Issuer or on the interbank market any other condition affecting its Eurodollar Loans, its Notes, its Letter(s) of Credit, or its participation in any thereof, any Reimbursement Obligation owed to it, or its obligation to make Eurodollar Loans, or to issue a Letter of Credit, or to participate therein;

 

and the result of any of the foregoing is to increase the cost to such Lender (or its Lending Office) or the L/C Issuer of making or maintaining any Eurodollar Loan, issuing or maintaining a Letter of Credit, or participating therein, or to reduce the amount of any sum received or receivable by such Lender (or its Lending Office) or the L/C Issuer under this Agreement or under any other Loan Document with respect thereto, by an amount deemed by such Lender or L/C Issuer to be material, then, within 15 days after demand by such Lender or L/C Issuer (with a copy to the Administrative Agent), the Borrower shall be obligated to pay to such Lender or L/C Issuer such additional amount or amounts as will compensate such Lender or L/C Issuer for such increased cost or reduction.

 

(b) If any Lender or L/C Issuer determines that any Change in Law affecting such Lender or L/C Issuer or any lending office of such Lender or such Lender’s or L/C Issuer’s holding company, if any, regarding capital or liquidity requirements, has or would have the effect of reducing the rate of return on such Lender’s or L/C Issuer’s capital or on the capital of such Lender’s or L/C Issuer’s holding company, if any, as a consequence of this Agreement, the Commitments of such Lender or the Loans made by, or participations in Letters of Credit held by, such Lender, or the Letters of Credit issued by any L/C Issuer, to a level below that which such Lender or L/C Issuer or such Lender’s or L/C Issuer’s holding company could have achieved but for such Change in Law (taking into consideration such Lender’s or L/C Issuer’s policies and the policies of such Lender’s or L/C Issuer’s holding company with respect to capital adequacy), then from time to time, within 15 days after demand by such Lender or L/C Issuer (with a copy to the Administrative Agent), the Borrower shall pay to such Lender or L/C Issuer, as the case may be, such additional amount or amounts as will compensate such Lender or L/C Issuer or such Lender’s or L/C Issuer’s holding company for any such reduction suffered.

 

(c) A certificate of a Lender or L/C Issuer claiming compensation under this Section 10.3 and setting forth the additional amount or amounts to be paid to it hereunder shall be conclusive if reasonably determined. In determining such amount, such Lender or L/C Issuer may use any reasonable averaging and attribution methods.

 

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(d) The Borrower shall not be required to compensate a Lender or L/C Issuer pursuant to this Section for any increased costs incurred or reductions suffered more than six (6) months prior to the date that such Lender or L/C Issuer, as the case may be, notifies the Borrower of the Change in Law giving rise to such increased costs or reductions, and of such Lender’s or L/C Issuer’s intention to claim compensation therefor (except that, if the Change in Law giving rise to such increased costs or reductions is retroactive, then the six-month period referred to above shall be extended to include the period of retroactive effect thereof).

 

Section 10.4. Lending Offices. Each Lender may, at its option, elect to make its Loans hereunder at the branch, office or affiliate specified on the appropriate signature page hereof (each a “Lending Office”) for each type of Loan available hereunder or at such other of its branches, offices or affiliates as it may from time to time elect and designate in a written notice to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent. To the extent reasonably possible, a Lender shall designate an alternative branch or funding office with respect to its Eurodollar Loans to reduce any liability of the Borrower to such Lender under Section 10.3 hereof or to avoid the unavailability of Eurodollar Loans under Section 10.2 hereof, so long as such designation is not otherwise disadvantageous to the Lender.

 

Section 10.5. Discretion of Lender as to Manner of Funding. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, each Lender shall be entitled to fund and maintain its funding of all or any part of its Loans in any manner it sees fit, it being understood, however, that for the purposes of this Agreement all determinations hereunder with respect to Eurodollar Loans shall be made as if each Lender had actually funded and maintained each Eurodollar Loan through the purchase of deposits in the interbank eurodollar market having a maturity corresponding to such Loan’s Interest Period, and bearing an interest rate equal to LIBOR for such Interest Period.

 

Section 10.6. Effect of Benchmark Transition Event. The

 

(a) Benchmark Replacement. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in any other Loan Document, upon the occurrence of a Benchmark Transition Event or an Early Opt-in Election, as applicable, the Administrative Agent and the Borrower may amend this Agreement to replace LIBOR with a Benchmark Replacement. Any such amendment with respect to a Benchmark Transition Event will become effective at 5:00 p.m. (Chicago, Illinois time) on the fifth (5th) Business Day after the Administrative Agent has posted such proposed amendment to all Lenders and the Borrower so long as the Administrative Agent has not received, by such time, written notice of objection to such amendment from Lenders comprising the Required Lenders. Any such amendment with respect to an Early Opt-in Election will become effective on the date that Lenders comprising the Required Lenders have delivered to the Administrative Agent written notice that such Required Lenders accept such amendment. No replacement of LIBOR with a Benchmark Replacement pursuant to this Section will occur prior to the applicable Benchmark Transition Start Date.

 

(b) Benchmark Replacement Conforming Changes. In connection with the implementation of a Benchmark Replacement, the Administrative Agent will have the right to make Benchmark Replacement Conforming Changes from time to time and, notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in any other Loan Document, any amendments implementing such Benchmark Replacement Conforming Changes will become effective without any further action or consent of any other party to this Agreement.

 

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(c) Notices; Standards for Decisions and Determinations. The Administrative Agent will promptly notify the Borrower and the Lenders of (i) any occurrence of a Benchmark Transition Event or an Early Opt-in Election, as applicable, and its related Benchmark Replacement Date and Benchmark Transition Start Date, (ii) the implementation of any Benchmark Replacement, (iii) the effectiveness of any Benchmark Replacement Conforming Changes and (iv) the commencement or conclusion of any Benchmark Unavailability Period. Any determination, decision or election that may be made by the Administrative Agent or Lenders pursuant to this Section, including any determination with respect to a tenor, rate or adjustment or of the occurrence or non-occurrence of an event, circumstance or date and any decision to take or refrain from taking any action, will be conclusive and binding absent manifest error and may be made in its or their sole discretion and without consent from any other party hereto, except, in each case, as expressly required pursuant to this Section titled “Effect of Benchmark Transition Event.”

 

(d) Benchmark Unavailability Period. Upon the Borrower’s receipt of notice of the commencement of a Benchmark Unavailability Period, the Borrower may revoke any request for a Borrowing of, conversion to or continuation of Eurodollar Loans to be made, converted or continued during any Benchmark Unavailability Period and, failing that, the Borrower will be deemed to have converted any such request into a request for a Borrowing of or conversion to Base Rate Loans. During any Benchmark Unavailability Period, the component of Base Rate based upon LIBOR will not be used in any determination of Base Rate.

 

(e) Certain Defined Terms. As used in this Section titled “Effect of Benchmark Transition Event”:

 

“Benchmark Replacement” means the sum of: (a) the alternate benchmark rate (which may include Term SOFR) that has been selected by the Administrative Agent and the Borrower giving due consideration to (i) any selection or recommendation of a replacement rate or the mechanism for determining such a rate by the Relevant Governmental Body or (ii) any evolving or then-prevailing market convention for determining a rate of interest as a replacement to LIBOR for U.S. dollar-denominated syndicated credit facilities and (b) the Benchmark Replacement Adjustment; provided that, if the Benchmark Replacement as so determined would be less than zero, the Benchmark Replacement will be deemed to be zero for the purposes of this Agreement.

 

“Benchmark Replacement Adjustment” means, with respect to any replacement of LIBOR with an Unadjusted Benchmark Replacement for each applicable Interest Period, the spread adjustment, or method for calculating or determining such spread adjustment, (which may be a positive or negative value or zero) that has been selected by the Administrative Agent and the Borrower giving due consideration to (i) any selection or recommendation of a spread adjustment, or method for calculating or determining such spread adjustment, for the replacement of LIBOR with the applicable Unadjusted Benchmark Replacement by the Relevant Governmental Body or (ii) any evolving or then-prevailing market convention for determining a spread adjustment, or method for calculating or determining such spread adjustment, for the replacement of LIBOR with the applicable Unadjusted Benchmark Replacement for U.S. dollar-denominated syndicated credit facilities at such time.

 

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“Benchmark Replacement Conforming Changes” means, with respect to any Benchmark Replacement, any technical, administrative or operational changes (including changes to the definition of “Base Rate,” the definition of “Interest Period,” timing and frequency of determining rates and making payments of interest and other administrative matters) that the Administrative Agent decides may be appropriate to reflect the adoption and implementation of such Benchmark Replacement and to permit the administration thereof by the Administrative Agent in a manner substantially consistent with market practice (or, if the Administrative Agent decides that adoption of any portion of such market practice is not administratively feasible or if the Administrative Agent determines that no market practice for the administration of the Benchmark Replacement exists, in such other manner of administration as the Administrative Agent decides is reasonably necessary in connection with the administration of this Agreement).

 

“Benchmark Replacement Date” means the earlier to occur of the following events with respect to LIBOR: (1) in the case of clause (1) or (2) of the definition of “Benchmark Transition Event,” the later of (a) the date of the public statement or publication of information referenced therein and (b) the date on which the administrator of LIBOR permanently or indefinitely ceases to provide LIBOR; or (2) in the case of clause (3) of the definition of “Benchmark Transition Event,” the date of the public statement or publication of information referenced therein.

 

“Benchmark Transition Event” means the occurrence of one or more of the following events with respect to LIBOR: (1) a public statement or publication of information by or on behalf of the administrator of LIBOR announcing that such administrator has ceased or will cease to provide LIBOR, permanently or indefinitely, provided that, at the time of such statement or publication, there is no successor administrator that will continue to provide LIBOR; (2) a public statement or publication of information by the regulatory supervisor for the administrator of LIBOR, the U.S. Federal Reserve System, an insolvency official with jurisdiction over the administrator for LIBOR, a resolution authority with jurisdiction over the administrator for LIBOR or a court or an entity with similar insolvency or resolution authority over the administrator for LIBOR, which states that the administrator of LIBOR has ceased or will cease to provide LIBOR permanently or indefinitely, provided that, at the time of such statement or publication, there is no successor administrator that will continue to provide LIBOR; or (3) a public statement or publication of information by the regulatory supervisor for the administrator of LIBOR announcing that LIBOR is no longer representative.

 

“Benchmark Transition Start Date” means (a) in the case of a Benchmark Transition Event, the earlier of (i) the applicable Benchmark Replacement Date and (ii) if such Benchmark Transition Event is a public statement or publication of information of a prospective event, the 90th day prior to the expected date of such event as of such public statement or publication of information (or if the expected date of such prospective event is fewer than 90 days after such statement or publication, the date of such statement or publication) and (b) in the case of an Early Opt-in Election, the date specified by the Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders, as applicable, by notice to the Borrower, the Administrative Agent (in the case of such notice by the Required Lenders) and the Lenders.

 

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“Benchmark Unavailability Period” means, if a Benchmark Transition Event and its related Benchmark Replacement Date have occurred with respect to LIBOR and solely to the extent that LIBOR has not been replaced with a Benchmark Replacement, the period (x) beginning at the time that such Benchmark Replacement Date has occurred if, at such time, no Benchmark Replacement has replaced LIBOR for all purposes hereunder in accordance with this Section and (y) ending at the time that a Benchmark Replacement has replaced LIBOR for all purposes hereunder pursuant to this Section.

 

“Early Opt-in Election” means the occurrence of: (1) (i) a determination by the Administrative Agent or (ii) a notification by the Required Lenders to the Administrative Agent (with a copy to the Borrower) that the Required Lenders have determined that U.S. dollar-denominated syndicated credit facilities being executed at such time, or that include language similar to that contained in this Section, are being executed or amended, as applicable, to incorporate or adopt a new benchmark interest rate to replace LIBOR, and (2) (i) the election by the Administrative Agent or (ii) the election by the Required Lenders to declare that an Early Opt-in Election has occurred and the provision, as applicable, by the Administrative Agent of written notice of such election to the Borrower and the Lenders or by the Required Lenders of written notice of such election to the Administrative Agent.

 

“Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Website” means the website of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York at http://www.newyorkfed.org, or any successor source.

 

“Relevant Governmental Body” means the Federal Reserve Board and/or the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, or a committee officially endorsed or convened by the Federal Reserve Board and/or the Federal Reserve Bank of New York or any successor thereto.

 

“SOFR” with respect to any day means the secured overnight financing rate published for such day by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, as the administrator of the benchmark, (or a successor administrator) on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Website.

 

“Term SOFR” means the forward-looking term rate based on SOFR that has been selected or recommended by the Relevant Governmental Body.

 

“Unadjusted Benchmark Replacement” means the Benchmark Replacement excluding the Benchmark Replacement Adjustment; provided that, if the Unadjusted Benchmark Replacement as so determined would be less than zero, the Unadjusted Benchmark Replacement will be deemed to be zero for the purposes of this Agreement.

 

Section 11. The Administrative Agent.

 

Section 11.1. Appointment and Authorization of Administrative Agent. Each Lender and the L/C Issuer hereby appoints Bank of Montreal as the Administrative Agent under the Loan Documents and hereby authorizes the Administrative Agent to take such action as Administrative Agent on its behalf and to exercise such powers under the Loan Documents as are delegated to the Administrative Agent by the terms thereof, together with such powers as are reasonably incidental thereto. The Lenders and L/C Issuer expressly agree that the Administrative Agent is not acting as a fiduciary of the Lenders or the L/C Issuer in respect of the Loan Documents, the Borrower or otherwise, and nothing herein or in any of the other Loan Documents shall result in any duties or obligations on the Administrative Agent or any of the Lenders or L/C Issuer except as expressly set forth herein.

 

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Section 11.2. Administrative Agent and its Affiliates. The Administrative Agent shall have the same rights and powers under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents as any other Lender and may exercise or refrain from exercising such rights and power as though it were not the Administrative Agent, and the Administrative Agent and its affiliates may accept deposits from, lend money to, and generally engage in any kind of business with the Borrower or any Affiliate of the Borrower as if it were not the Administrative Agent under the Loan Documents. The term “Lender” as used herein and in all other Loan Documents, unless the context otherwise clearly requires, includes the Administrative Agent in its capacity as a Lender (if applicable).

 

Section 11.3. Action by Administrative Agent. If the Administrative Agent receives from the Borrower a written notice of an Event of Default pursuant to Section 8.5(k) hereof, the Administrative Agent shall promptly give each of the Lenders and L/C Issuer written notice thereof. The obligations of the Administrative Agent under the Loan Documents are only those expressly set forth therein. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Administrative Agent shall not be required to take any action hereunder with respect to any Default or Event of Default, except as expressly provided in Sections 9.2 and 9.3. Upon the occurrence of an Event of Default, unless and until the Required Lenders give such direction, the Administrative Agent may (but shall not be obligated to) take or refrain from taking such actions as it deems appropriate and in the best interest of all the Lenders and L/C Issuer. In no event, however, shall the Administrative Agent be required to take any action in violation of applicable Legal Requirements or of any provision of any Loan Document, and the Administrative Agent shall in all cases be fully justified in failing or refusing to act hereunder or under any other Loan Document unless it first receives any further assurances of its indemnification from the Lenders that it may require, including prepayment of any related expenses and any other protection it requires against any and all costs, expenses, and liabilities which may be incurred by it by reason of taking or continuing to take any such action. The Administrative Agent shall be entitled to assume that no Default or Event of Default exists unless notified in writing to the contrary by a Lender, the L/C Issuer, or the Borrower. In all cases in which the Loan Documents do not require the Administrative Agent to take specific action, the Administrative Agent shall be fully justified in using its discretion in failing to take or in taking any action thereunder. Any instructions of the Required Lenders, or of any other group of Lenders called for under the specific provisions of the Loan Documents, shall be binding upon all the Lenders and the holders of the Obligations.

 

Section 11.4. Consultation with Experts. The Administrative Agent may consult with legal counsel, independent public accountants, and other experts selected by it and shall not be liable for any action taken or omitted to be taken by it in good faith in accordance with the advice of such counsel, accountants or experts.

 

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Section 11.5. Liability of Administrative Agent; Credit Decision. Neither the Administrative Agent nor any of its directors, officers, agents or employees shall be liable for any action taken or not taken by it in connection with the Loan Documents: (i) with the consent or at the request of the Required Lenders (or of any other group of Lenders called for under the specific provisions of the Loan Documents) or (ii) in the absence of its own gross negligence or willful misconduct as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction by final non-appealable judgment. Neither the Administrative Agent nor any of its directors, officers, agents or employees shall be responsible for or have any duty to ascertain, inquire into or verify: (i) any statement, warranty or representation made in connection with this Agreement, any other Loan Document or any Credit Event; (ii) the performance or observance of any of the covenants or agreements of the Borrower or any Subsidiary contained herein or in any other Loan Document; (iii) the satisfaction of any condition specified in Section 7 hereof, except receipt of items required to be delivered to the Administrative Agent; or (iv) the validity, effectiveness, genuineness, enforceability, perfection, value, worth or collectability hereof or of any other Loan Document or of any other documents or writing furnished in connection with any Loan Document; and the Administrative Agent makes no representation of any kind or character with respect to any such matter mentioned in this sentence. The Administrative Agent may execute any of its duties under any of the Loan Documents by or through employees, agents, and attorneys-in-fact and shall not be answerable to the Lenders, the L/C Issuer, the Borrower, or any other Person for the default or misconduct of any such agents or attorneys-in-fact selected with reasonable care. The Administrative Agent shall not incur any liability by acting in reliance upon any notice, consent, certificate, other document or statement (whether written or oral) believed by it to be genuine or to be sent by the proper party or parties. In particular and without limiting any of the foregoing, the Administrative Agent shall have no responsibility for confirming the accuracy of any Compliance Certificate or other document or instrument received by it under the Loan Documents. The Administrative Agent may treat the payee of any Obligation as the holder thereof until written notice of transfer shall have been filed with the Administrative Agent signed by such payee in form satisfactory to the Administrative Agent. Each Lender and L/C Issuer acknowledges that it has independently and without reliance on the Administrative Agent or any other Lender or L/C Issuer, and based upon such information, investigations and inquiries as it deems appropriate, made its own credit analysis and decision to extend credit to the Borrower in the manner set forth in the Loan Documents. It shall be the responsibility of each Lender and L/C Issuer to keep itself informed as to the creditworthiness of the Borrower and its Subsidiaries, and the Administrative Agent shall have no liability to any Lender or L/C Issuer with respect thereto.

 

Section 11.6. Indemnity. The Lenders shall ratably, in accordance with their respective Percentages, indemnify and hold the Administrative Agent, and its directors, officers, employees, agents, and representatives harmless from and against any liabilities, losses, costs or expenses suffered or incurred by it under any Loan Document or in connection with the transactions contemplated thereby, regardless of when asserted or arising, except to the extent they are promptly reimbursed for the same by the Borrower and except to the extent that any event giving rise to a claim was caused by the gross negligence or willful misconduct of the party seeking to be indemnified as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction by final non-appealable judgment. The obligations of the Lenders under this Section 11.6 shall survive termination of this Agreement. The Administrative Agent shall be entitled to offset amounts received for the account of a Lender under this Agreement against unpaid amounts due from such Lender to the Administrative Agent or any L/C Issuer (whether as fundings of participations, indemnities or otherwise, and with any amounts offset for the benefit of the Administrative Agent to be held by it for its own account and with any amounts offset for the benefit of a L/C Issuer to be remitted by the Administrative Agent to or for the account of such L/C Issuer), but shall not be entitled to offset against amounts owed to the Administrative Agent or any L/C Issuer by any Lender arising outside of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents.

 

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Section 11.7. Resignation and Removal of Administrative Agent and Successor Administrative Agent. (a) The Administrative Agent may resign at any time by giving written notice thereof to the Lenders, the L/C Issuer, and the Borrower. Upon any such resignation of the Administrative Agent, the Required Lenders shall have the right to appoint a successor Administrative Agent, which shall so long as no Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, be reasonably acceptable to the Borrower. If no successor Administrative Agent shall have been so appointed by the Required Lenders, and shall have accepted such appointment, within 30 days after the retiring Administrative Agent’s giving of notice of resignation then the retiring Administrative Agent may, on behalf of the Lenders, appoint a successor Administrative Agent, which shall so long as no Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, be reasonably acceptable to the Borrower, and which may be any Lender hereunder or any commercial bank, or an Affiliate of a commercial bank, having an office in the United States of America and having a combined capital and surplus of at least $200,000,000.

 

(b) If the Person serving as Administrative Agent is a Defaulting Lender pursuant to clause (d) of the definition thereof, the Required Lenders shall have the right to appoint a successor Administrative Agent, which shall so long as no Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, be reasonably acceptable to the Borrower. If no such successor shall have been so appointed by the Required Lenders and shall have accepted such appointment within 30 days (or such earlier day as shall be agreed by the Required Lenders) (the “Removal Effective Date”), then such removal shall nonetheless become effective in accordance with such notice on the Removal Effective Date.

 

(c) Upon the acceptance of its appointment as the Administrative Agent hereunder, such successor Administrative Agent shall thereupon succeed to and become vested with all the rights and duties of the prior Administrative Agent under the Loan Documents, and the prior Administrative Agent shall be discharged from its duties and obligations thereunder. After any Administrative Agent’s resignation or removal hereunder as Administrative Agent, the provisions of this Section 11 and all protective provisions of the other Loan Documents shall inure to its benefit as to any actions taken or omitted to be taken by it while it was Administrative Agent, but no successor Administrative Agent shall in any event be liable or responsible for any actions of its predecessor. If the Administrative Agent resigns or is removed and no successor is appointed, the rights and obligations of such Administrative Agent shall be automatically assumed by the Required Lenders and the Borrower shall be directed to make all payments due each Lender and L/C Issuer hereunder directly to such Lender or L/C Issuer.

 

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Section 11.8. L/C Issuer. The L/C Issuer shall act on behalf of the Lenders with respect to any Letters of Credit issued by it and the documents associated therewith. The L/C Issuer shall have all of the benefits and immunities (i) provided to the Administrative Agent in this Section 11 with respect to any acts taken or omissions suffered by the L/C Issuer in connection with Letters of Credit issued by it or proposed to be issued by it and the Applications pertaining to such Letters of Credit made or to be made hereunder as fully as if the term “Administrative Agent”, as used in this Section 11, included the L/C Issuer with respect to such acts or omissions and (ii) as additionally provided in this Agreement with respect to such L/C Issuer, as applicable.

 

Section 11.9. Hedging Liability and Bank Product Obligations. By virtue of a Lender’s execution of this Agreement or an assignment agreement pursuant to Section 12.12 hereof, as the case may be, any Affiliate of such Lender with whom the Borrower or any Subsidiary has entered into an agreement creating Hedging Liability or Bank Product Obligations shall be deemed a Lender party hereto for purposes of any reference in a Loan Document to the parties for whom the Administrative Agent is acting, it being understood and agreed that the rights and benefits of such Affiliate under the Loan Documents consist exclusively of such Affiliate’s right to share in payments and collections out of the Subsidiary Guaranties as more fully set forth in Section 3.1 hereof. In connection with any such distribution of payments and collections, or any request for the release of the Subsidiary Guaranties and the Administrative Agent’s Liens in connection with the termination of the Commitments and the payment in full of the Obligations, the Administrative Agent shall be entitled to assume no amounts are due to any Lender or its Affiliate with respect to Hedging Liability or Bank Product Obligations unless such Lender has notified the Administrative Agent in writing of the amount of any such liability owed to it or its Affiliate prior to such distribution or payment or release of Subsidiary Guaranties.

 

Section 11.10. Designation of Additional Agents. The Administrative Agent shall have the continuing right, for purposes hereof, at any time and from time to time to designate one or more of the Lenders (and/or its or their Affiliates) as “syndication agents,” “documentation agents,” “book runners,” “lead arrangers,” “arrangers” or other designations for purposes hereto, but such designation shall have no substantive effect, and such Lenders and their Affiliates shall have no additional powers, duties or responsibilities as a result thereof.

 

Section 12. Miscellaneous.

 

Section 12.1. Taxes.

 

(a) Certain Defined Terms. For purposes of this Section, the term “Lender” includes the L/C Issuer and the term “applicable law” includes FATCA.

 

(b) Payments Free of Taxes. Any and all payments by or on account of any obligation of the Borrower under any Loan Document shall be made without deduction or withholding for any Taxes, except as required by applicable law. If any applicable law (as determined in the good faith discretion of an applicable Withholding Agent) requires the deduction or withholding of any Tax from any such payment by a Withholding Agent, then the applicable Withholding Agent shall be entitled to make such deduction or withholding and shall timely pay the full amount deducted or withheld to the relevant Governmental Authority in accordance with applicable law and, if such Tax is an Indemnified Tax, then the sum payable by the Borrower shall be increased as necessary so that after such deduction or withholding has been made (including such deductions and withholdings applicable to additional sums payable under this Section) the applicable Recipient receives an amount equal to the sum it would have received had no such deduction or withholding been made.

 

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(c) Payment of Other Taxes by the Borrower. The Borrower shall timely pay to the relevant Governmental Authority in accordance with applicable law, or at the option of the Administrative Agent timely reimburse it for the payment of, any Other Taxes.

 

(d) Indemnification by the Borrower. The Borrower shall indemnify each Recipient, within ten (10) Business Days after demand therefor, for the full amount of any Indemnified Taxes (including Indemnified Taxes imposed or asserted on or attributable to amounts payable under this Section) payable or paid by such Recipient or required to be withheld or deducted from a payment to such Recipient and any reasonable expenses arising therefrom or with respect thereto, whether or not such Indemnified Taxes were correctly or legally imposed or asserted by the relevant Governmental Authority. A certificate as to the amount of such payment or liability delivered to the Borrower by a Lender (with a copy to the Administrative Agent), or by the Administrative Agent on its own behalf or on behalf of a Lender, shall be conclusive absent manifest error.

 

(e) Indemnification by the Lenders. Each Lender shall severally indemnify the Administrative Agent, within ten (10) Business Days after demand therefor, for (i) any Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes attributable to such Lender (but only to the extent that the Borrower has not already indemnified the Administrative Agent for such Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes and without limiting the obligation of the Borrower to do so), (ii) any Taxes attributable to such Lender’s failure to comply with the provisions of Section 12.11 relating to the maintenance of a Participant Register and (iii) any Excluded Taxes attributable to such Lender, in each case, that are payable or paid by the Administrative Agent in connection with any Loan Document, and any reasonable expenses arising therefrom or with respect thereto, whether or not such Taxes were correctly or legally imposed or asserted by the relevant Governmental Authority. A certificate as to the amount of such payment or liability delivered to any Lender by the Administrative Agent shall be conclusive absent manifest error. Each Lender hereby authorizes the Administrative Agent to set off and apply any and all amounts at any time owing to such Lender under any Loan Document or otherwise payable by the Administrative Agent to the Lender from any other source against any amount due to the Administrative Agent under this subsection (e).

 

(f) Evidence of Payments. As soon as practicable after any payment of Taxes by the Borrower to a Governmental Authority pursuant to this Section, the Borrower shall deliver to the Administrative Agent the original or a certified copy of a receipt issued by such Governmental Authority evidencing such payment, a copy of the return reporting such payment or other evidence of such payment reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.

 

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(g) Status of Lenders. (i) Any Lender that is entitled to an exemption from or reduction of withholding Tax with respect to payments made under any Loan Document shall deliver to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent, at the time or times reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, such properly completed and executed documentation reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent as will permit such payments to be made without withholding or at a reduced rate of withholding. In addition, any Lender, if reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, shall deliver such other documentation prescribed by applicable law or reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent as will enable the Borrower or the Administrative Agent to determine whether or not such Lender is subject to backup withholding or information reporting requirements. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the preceding two sentences, the completion, execution and submission of such documentation (other than such documentation set forth in Section 12.1(g)(ii)(A), (ii)(B) and (ii)(D) below) shall not be required if in the Lender’s reasonable judgment such completion, execution or submission would subject such Lender to any material unreimbursed cost or expense or would materially prejudice the legal or commercial position of such Lender.

 

(ii) Without limiting the generality of the foregoing,

 

(A) any Lender that is a U.S. Person shall deliver to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent on or prior to the date on which such Lender becomes a Lender under this Agreement (and from time to time thereafter upon the reasonable request of the Borrower or the Administrative Agent), executed originals of IRS Form W-9 certifying that such Lender is exempt from U.S. federal backup withholding tax;

 

(B) any Foreign Lender shall, to the extent it is legally entitled to do so, deliver to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent (in such number of copies as shall be requested by the recipient) on or prior to the date on which such Foreign Lender becomes a Lender under this Agreement (and from time to time thereafter upon the reasonable request of the Borrower or the Administrative Agent), whichever of the following is applicable:

 

(i) in the case of a Foreign Lender claiming the benefits of an income tax treaty to which the United States is a party (x) with respect to payments of interest under any Loan Document, executed originals of IRS Form W-8BEN establishing an exemption from, or reduction of, U.S. federal withholding Tax pursuant to the “interest” article of such tax treaty and (y) with respect to any other applicable payments under any Loan Document, IRS Form W-8BEN establishing an exemption from, or reduction of, U.S. federal withholding Tax pursuant to the “business profits” or “other income” article of such tax treaty;

 

(ii) executed originals of IRS Form W-8ECI;

 

(iii) in the case of a Foreign Lender claiming the benefits of the exemption for portfolio interest under Section 881(c) of the Code, (x) a certificate substantially in the form of Exhibit J-1 to the effect that such Foreign Lender is not a “bank” within the meaning of Section 881(c)(3)(A) of the Code, a “10 percent shareholder” of the Borrower within the meaning of Section 881(c)(3)(B) of the Code, or a “controlled foreign corporation” described in Section 881(c)(3)(C) of the Code (a “U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate”) and (y) executed originals of IRS Form W-8BEN; or

 

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(iv) to the extent a Foreign Lender is not the beneficial owner, executed originals of IRS Form W-8IMY, accompanied by IRS Form W-8ECI, IRS Form W-8BEN, a U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate substantially in the form of Exhibit J-2 or Exhibit J-3, IRS Form W-9, and/or other certification documents from each beneficial owner, as applicable; provided that if the Foreign Lender is a partnership and one or more direct or indirect partners of such Foreign Lender are claiming the portfolio interest exemption, such Foreign Lender may provide a U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate substantially in the form of Exhibit J-4 on behalf of each such direct and indirect partner;

 

(C) any Foreign Lender shall, to the extent it is legally entitled to do so, deliver to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent (in such number of copies as shall be requested by the recipient) on or prior to the date on which such Foreign Lender becomes a Lender under this Agreement (and from time to time thereafter upon the reasonable request of the Borrower or the Administrative Agent), executed originals of any other form prescribed by applicable law as a basis for claiming exemption from or a reduction in U.S. federal withholding Tax, duly completed, together with such supplementary documentation as may be prescribed by applicable law to permit the Borrower or the Administrative Agent to determine the withholding or deduction required to be made; and

 

(D) if a payment made to a Lender under any Loan Document would be subject to U.S. federal withholding Tax imposed by FATCA if such Lender were to fail to comply with the applicable reporting requirements of FATCA (including those contained in Section 1471(b) or 1472(b) of the Code, as applicable), such Lender shall deliver to the Borrower and the Administrative Agent at the time or times prescribed by law and at such time or times reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent such documentation prescribed by applicable law (including as prescribed by Section 1471(b)(3)(C)(i) of the Code) and such additional documentation reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Administrative Agent as may be necessary for the Borrower and the Administrative Agent to comply with their obligations under FATCA and to determine that such Lender has complied with such Lender’s obligations under FATCA or to determine the amount to deduct and withhold from such payment. Solely for purposes of this clause (D), “FATCA” shall include any amendments made to FATCA after the date of this Agreement.

 

Each Lender agrees that if any form or certification it previously delivered expires or becomes obsolete or inaccurate in any respect, it shall update such form or certification or promptly notify the Borrower and the Administrative Agent in writing of its legal inability to do so.

 

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(h) Treatment of Certain Refunds. If any party determines, in its sole discretion exercised in good faith, that it has received a refund of any Taxes as to which it has been indemnified pursuant to this Section (including by the payment of additional amounts pursuant to this Section), it shall pay to the indemnifying party an amount equal to such refund (but only to the extent of indemnity payments made under this Section with respect to the Taxes giving rise to such refund), net of all out-of-pocket expenses (including Taxes) of such indemnified party and without interest (other than any interest paid by the relevant Governmental Authority with respect to such refund). Such indemnifying party, upon the request of such indemnified party, shall repay to such indemnified party the amount paid over pursuant to this subsection (h) (plus any penalties, interest or other charges imposed by the relevant Governmental Authority) in the event that such indemnified party is required to repay such refund to such Governmental Authority. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this subsection (h), in no event will the indemnified party be required to pay any amount to an indemnifying party pursuant to this subsection (h) the payment of which would place the indemnified party in a less favorable net after-Tax position than the indemnified party would have been in if the Tax subject to indemnification had not been deducted, withheld or otherwise imposed and the indemnification payments or additional amounts giving rise to such refund had never been paid. This subsection shall not be construed to require any indemnified party to make available its Tax returns (or any other information relating to its Taxes that it deems confidential) to the indemnifying party or any other Person.

 

(i) Survival. Each party’s obligations under this Section shall survive the resignation or replacement of the Administrative Agent or any assignment of rights by, or the replacement of, a Lender, the termination of the Commitments and the repayment, satisfaction or discharge of all obligations under any Loan Document.

 

Section 12.2. Other Taxes. The Borrower agrees to pay promptly following demand, and indemnify and hold the Administrative Agent, the Lenders, and the L/C Issuer harmless from, any Other Taxes payable in respect of this Agreement or any other Loan Document, including interest and penalties, in the event any such taxes are assessed, irrespective of when such assessment is made and whether or not any credit is then in use or available hereunder.

 

Section 12.3. No Waiver, Cumulative Remedies. No delay or failure on the part of the Administrative Agent, the L/C Issuer, or any Lender, or on the part of the holder or holders of any of the Obligations, in the exercise of any power or right under any Loan Document shall operate as a waiver thereof or as an acquiescence in any default, nor shall any single or partial exercise of any power or right preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other power or right. The rights and remedies hereunder of the Administrative Agent, the L/C Issuer, the Lenders, and of the holder or holders of any of the Obligations are cumulative to, and not exclusive of, any rights or remedies which any of them would otherwise have.

 

Section 12.4. Non-Business Days. If any payment hereunder becomes due and payable on a day which is not a Business Day, the due date of such payment shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day on which date such payment shall be due and payable. In the case of any payment of principal falling due on a day which is not a Business Day, interest on such principal amount shall continue to accrue during such extension at the rate per annum then in effect, which accrued amount shall be due and payable on the next scheduled date for the payment of interest.

 

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Section 12.5. Survival of Representations. All representations and warranties made herein or in any other Loan Document or in certificates given pursuant hereto or thereto shall survive the execution and delivery of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, and shall continue in full force and effect with respect to the date as of which they were made as long as any credit is in use or available hereunder.

 

Section 12.6. Survival of Indemnities. All indemnities and other provisions relative to reimbursement to the Lenders and L/C Issuer of amounts sufficient to protect the yield of the Lenders and L/C Issuer with respect to the Loans and Letters of Credit, including, but not limited to, Sections 1.11, 10.3, and 12.15 hereof, shall survive the termination of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents and the payment of the Obligations.

 

Section 12.7. Sharing of Set-Off. Each Lender agrees with each other Lender a party hereto that if such Lender shall receive and retain any payment, whether by set-off or application of deposit balances or otherwise, on any of the Loans or Reimbursement Obligations in excess of its ratable share of payments on all such Obligations then outstanding to the Lenders, then such Lender shall purchase for cash at face value, but without recourse, ratably from each of the other Lenders such amount of the Loans or Reimbursement Obligations, or participations therein, held by each such other Lenders (or interest therein) as shall be necessary to cause such Lender to share such excess payment ratably with all the other Lenders; provided, however, that if any such purchase is made by any Lender, and if such excess payment or part thereof is thereafter recovered from such purchasing Lender, the related purchases from the other Lenders shall be rescinded ratably and the purchase price restored as to the portion of such excess payment so recovered, but without interest. For purposes of this Section 12.7, amounts owed to or recovered by the L/C Issuer in connection with Reimbursement Obligations in which Lenders have been required to fund their participation shall be treated as amounts owed to or recovered by the L/C Issuer as a Lender hereunder.

 

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Section 12.8. Notices. Except as otherwise specified herein, all notices, requests, demands and other communications hereunder and under the other Loan Documents shall be in writing (including, without limitation, notice by telecopy) and shall be given to the relevant party at its address or facsimile number set forth below, or such other address or facsimile number as such party may hereafter specify by notice to the Administrative Agent and the Borrower given by courier, by United States certified or registered mail, by telecopy or by other telecommunication device capable of creating a written record of such notice and its receipt. Notices under the Loan Documents to any Lender shall be addressed to its address or facsimile number set forth on its Administrative Questionnaire; and notices under the Loan Documents to the Borrower, any Guarantor, the Administrative Agent, or L/C Issuer shall be addressed to its respective address or facsimile number set forth below:

 

to the Borrower or any Guarantor:

 

Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation

3499 Route 9 North

Suite 3-C

Freehold, New Jersey 07728

Attention: Chief Financial Officer and

Legal Counsel

Fax: (732) 577-9981

 

with a copy to:

 

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell
& Berkowitz, PC

211 Commerce, Suite 800

Baker Donelson Center

Nashville, Tennessee 37201

Attention: Matthew T. Harris

Fax: (615) 726-5759

 

to the Administrative Agent or L/C Issuer:

 

Bank of Montreal

100 High Street, 26th Floor

Boston, MA 02110

Attention: Lloyd Baron

Telephone: (617) 960-2372

Email: [email protected]

 

Each such notice, request or other communication shall be effective (i) if given by facsimile, when such facsimile is delivered to the facsimile number specified in this Section 12.8 or in the relevant Administrative Questionnaire and a confirmation of such facsimile has been received by the sender, (ii) if given by mail, upon receipt or first refusal of delivery or (iii) if given by any other means, when delivered at the addresses specified in this Section 12.8 or in the relevant Administrative Questionnaire; provided that any notice given pursuant to Section 1 hereof shall be effective only upon receipt.

 

Section 12.9. Counterparts; Integration; Effectiveness.

 

(a) Counterparts; Integration; Effectiveness. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts (and by different parties hereto in different counterparts), each of which shall constitute an original, but all of which when taken together shall constitute a single contract. This Agreement and the other Loan Documents, and any separate letter agreements with respect to fees payable to the Administrative Agent, constitute the entire contract among the parties relating to the subject matter hereof and supersede any and all previous agreements and understandings, oral or written, relating to the subject matter hereof. Except as provided in Section 7.2, this Agreement shall become effective when it shall have been executed by the Administrative Agent and when the Administrative Agent shall have received counterparts hereof that, when taken together, bear the signatures of each of the other parties hereto. Delivery of an executed counterpart of a signature page of this Agreement by facsimile or in electronic (e.g., “pdf” or “tif”) format shall be effective as delivery of a manually executed counterpart of this Agreement. For purposes of determining compliance with the conditions specified in Section 7.2 hereof, each Lender and L/C Issuer that has signed this Agreement shall be deemed to have consented to, approved or accepted or to be satisfied with, each document or other matter required thereunder to be consented to or approved by or acceptable or satisfactory to a Lender or L/C Issuer unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice from such Lender or L/C Issuer prior to the Closing Date specifying its objection thereto.

 

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(b) Electronic Execution of Assignments. The words “execution,” “signed,” “signature,” and words of like import in any Assignment and Assumption shall be deemed to include electronic signatures or the keeping of records in electronic form, each of which shall be of the same legal effect, validity or enforceability as a manually executed signature or the use of a paper-based recordkeeping system, as the case may be, to the extent and as provided for in any applicable Legal Requirements, including the Federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, the New York State Electronic Signatures and Records Act, or any other similar state laws based on the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act.

 

Section 12.10. Successors and Assigns. This Agreement shall be binding upon the Borrower and the Guarantors and their successors and assigns, and shall inure to the benefit of the Administrative Agent, the L/C Issuer, and each of the Lenders, and the benefit of their respective successors and assigns, including any subsequent holder of any of the Obligations. The Borrower and the Guarantors may not assign any of their rights or obligations under any Loan Document without the written consent of all of the Lenders and, with respect to any Letter of Credit or the Applicationtherefor, the L/C Issuer.

 

Section 12.11. Participants. Each Lender shall have the right at its own cost to grant participations (to be evidenced by one or more agreements or certificates of participation) in the Loans made and Reimbursement Obligations and/or Commitments held by such Lender at any time and from time to time to one or more other Persons; provided that no such participation shall relieve any Lender of any of its obligations under this Agreement, and, provided, further that no such participant shall have any rights under this Agreement except as provided in this Section 12.11, and the Administrative Agent shall have no obligation or responsibility to such participant. Any agreement pursuant to which such participation is granted shall provide that the granting Lender shall retain the sole right and responsibility to enforce the obligations of the Borrower under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents including, without limitation, the right to approve any amendment, modification or waiver of any provision of the Loan Documents, except that such agreement may provide that such Lender will not agree to any modification, amendment or waiver of the Loan Documents that would reduce the amount of or postpone any fixed date for payment of any Obligation in which such participant has an interest. Any party to which such a participation has been granted shall have the benefits of Section 1.11 and Section 10.3 hereof. The Borrower and each Guarantor authorizes each Lender to disclose to any participant or prospective participant under this Section 12.11 any financial or other information pertaining to each Guarantor, the Borrower or any Subsidiary, provided that such participant or prospective participant shall be subject to the provisions of Section 12.25.

 

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Section 12.12. Assignments. (a) Any Lender may at any time assign to one or more Eligible Assignees all or a portion of such Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement (including all or a portion of its Commitment and the Loans at the time owing to it); provided, that any such assignment shall be subject to the following conditions:

 

(i) Minimum Amounts. (A) In the case of an assignment of the entire remaining amount of the assigning Lender’s Commitment and the Loans and participation interest in L/C Obligations at the time owing to it or in the case of an assignment to a Lender, an Affiliate of a Lender or an Approved Fund, no minimum amount need be assigned; and (B) in any case not described in subsection (a)(i)(A) of this Section 12.12, the aggregate amount of the Commitment (which for this purpose includes Loans and participation interest in L/C Obligations outstanding thereunder) or, if the applicable Commitment is not then in effect, the principal outstanding balance of the Loans and participation interest in L/C Obligations of the assigning Lender subject to each such assignment (determined as of the date the Assignment and Acceptance with respect to such assignment is delivered to the Administrative Agent or, if “Effective Date” is specified in the Assignment and Acceptance, as of the Effective Date specified in such Assignment and Acceptance) shall not be less than $5,000,000 unless each of the Administrative Agent and, so long as no Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, the Borrower otherwise consents (each such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed);

 

(ii) Proportionate Amounts. Each partial assignment shall be made as an assignment of a proportionate part of all the assigning Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement with respect to the Loans or the Commitments assigned.

 

(iii) Required Consents. No consent shall be required for any assignment except to the extent required by Section 12.12(a)(i)(B) and, in addition:

 

(a) the consent of the Borrower (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed) shall be required unless (x) an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing at the time of such assignment or (y) such assignment is to a Lender, an Affiliate of a Lender or an Approved Fund; provided that the Borrower shall be deemed to have consented to any such assignment unless it shall object thereto by written notice to the Administrative Agent within five (5) Business Days after having received notice thereof;

 

(b) the consent of the Administrative Agent (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed) shall be required if such assignment of (i) a Revolving Credit is to a Person that is not a Lender with a Revolving Credit Commitment, an Affiliate of such Lender or an Approved Fund with respect to such Lender or (ii) any Term Loans to a Person who is not a Lender, an Affiliate of a Lender or an Approved Fund; and

 

(c) the consent of the L/C Issuer (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed) shall be required for any assignment that increases the obligation of the assignee to participate in exposure under one or more Letters of Credit (whether or not then outstanding).

 

(iv) Assignment and Acceptance. The parties to each assignment shall execute and deliver to the Administrative Agent an Assignment and Acceptance, together with a processing and recordation fee of $3,500 (to be paid as allocated between the assignor and assignee) and the assignee, if it is not a Lender, shall deliver to the Administrative Agent an Administrative Questionnaire.

 

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(v) No Assignment to Borrower, Guarantors, Affiliates or Defaulting Lenders. No such assignment shall be made to (A) the Borrower, any Subsidiary or any other Affiliate of the Borrower or (B) to a Defaulting Lender or any of its Subsidiaries or any Person, who, upon becoming a Lender hereunder would constitute any of the foregoing Persons described in this clause (B).

 

(vi) No Assignment to Natural Persons. No such assignment shall be made to a natural person.

 

(vii) Certain Additional Payments. In connection with any assignment of rights and obligations of any Defaulting Lender hereunder, no such assignment shall be effective unless and until, in addition to the other conditions thereto set forth herein, the parties to the assignment shall make such additional payments to the Administrative Agent in an aggregate amount sufficient, upon distribution thereof as appropriate (which may be outright payment, purchases by the assignee of participations or subparticipations, or other compensating actions, including funding, with the consent of the Borrower and the Administrative Agent, the applicable pro rata share of Loans previously requested but not funded by the Defaulting Lender, to each of which the applicable assignee and assignor hereby irrevocably consent) to (x) pay and satisfy in full all payment liabilities then owed by such Defaulting Lender to the Administrative Agent, the L/C Issuer and each other Lender hereunder (and interest accrued thereon) and (y) acquire (and fund as appropriate) its full pro rata share of all Loans and participations in Letters of Credit in accordance with its Percentage. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that any assignment of rights and obligations of any Defaulting Lender hereunder shall become effective under applicable law without compliance with the provisions of this paragraph, then the assignee of such interest shall be deemed to be a Defaulting Lender for all purposes of this Agreement until such compliance occurs.

 

Subject to acceptance and recording thereof by the Administrative Agent pursuant to Section 12.12(b) hereof, from and after the effective date specified in each Assignment and Acceptance, the assignee thereunder shall be a party to this Agreement and, to the extent of the interest assigned by such Assignment and Acceptance, have the rights and obligations of a Lender under this Agreement, and the assigning Lender thereunder shall, to the extent of the interest assigned by such Assignment and Acceptance, be released from its obligations under this Agreement (and, in the case of an Assignment and Acceptance covering all of the assigning Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement, such Lender shall cease to be a party hereto) but shall continue to be entitled to the benefits of Sections 12.6 and 12.15 with respect to facts and circumstances occurring prior to the effective date of such assignment; provided that except to the extent otherwise expressly agreed by the affected parties, no assignment by a Defaulting Lender will constitute a waiver or release of any claim of any party hereunder arising from that Lender’s having been a Defaulting Lender. Any assignment or transfer by a Lender of rights or obligations under this Agreement that does not comply with this Section shall be treated for purposes of this Agreement as a sale by such Lender of a participation in such rights and obligations in accordance with Section 12.11 hereof.

 

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(b) Register. The Administrative Agent, acting solely for this purpose as an agent of the Borrower, shall maintain at one of its offices in Chicago, Illinois, a copy of each Assignment and Acceptance delivered to it and a register for the recordation of the names and addresses of the Lenders, and the Commitments of, and principal amounts (and stated interest) of the Loans owing to, each Lender pursuant to the terms hereof from time to time (the “Register”). The entries in the Register shall be conclusive absent manifest error, and the Borrower, the Administrative Agent, and the Lenders may treat each Person whose name is recorded in the Register pursuant to the terms hereof as a Lender hereunder for all purposes of this Agreement, notwithstanding notice to the contrary. The Register shall be available for inspection by the Borrower and any Lender, at any reasonable time and from time to time upon reasonable prior notice. Each Lender or L/C Issuer that grants a participation as described in Section 12.11 shall, acting solely for this purpose as an agent of the Borrower, maintain a register on which it enters the name and address of each participant and the principal amounts (and stated interest) of each participant’s interest in the Loans made and Reimbursement Obligations and/or Commitments or other obligations under this Agreement (the “Participant Register”); provided that no Lender or L/C Issuer shall have any obligation to disclose all or any portion of the Participant Register to any Person (including the identity of any participant or any information relating to a participant’s interest in any Loans made and Reimbursement Obligations and/or Commitments or other obligations under this Agreement) except to the extent that such disclosure is necessary to establish that such Obligation or Commitment is in registered form under Section 5f.103-1(c) of the Treasury Regulations or is otherwise required by this Agreement. The entries in the Participant Register shall be conclusive absent manifest error, and such Lender or L/C Issuer shall treat each person whose name is recorded in the Participant Register as the owner of such participation for all purposes of this Agreement notwithstanding any notice to the contrary.

 

(c) Any Lender may at any time pledge or grant a security interest in all or any portion of its rights under this Agreement to secure obligations of such Lender, including any such pledge or grant to a Federal Reserve Bank, and this Section 12.12 shall not apply to any such pledge or grant of a security interest; provided that no such pledge or grant of a security interest shall release a Lender from any of its obligations hereunder or substitute any such pledgee or secured party for such Lender as a party hereto; provided further, however, the right of any such pledgee or grantee (other than any Federal Reserve Bank) to further transfer all or any portion of the rights pledged or granted to it, whether by means of foreclosure or otherwise, shall be at all times subject to the terms of this Agreement.

 

Section 12.13. Amendments. Any provision of this Agreement or the other Loan Documents may be amended or waived if, but only if, such amendment or waiver is in writing and is signed by (a) the Borrower, (b) the Required Lenders, and (c) if the rights or duties of the Administrative Agent or the L/C Issuer are affected thereby, the Administrative Agent or the L/C Issuer, as applicable; provided that:

 

(i) no amendment or waiver pursuant to this Section 12.13 shall (A) increase any Commitment of any Lender without the consent of such Lender or (B) reduce the amount of or postpone the date for any scheduled payment of any principal of or interest on any Loan or of any Reimbursement Obligation or of any fee payable hereunder without the consent of the Lender to which such payment is owing or which has committed to make such Loan or Letter of Credit (or participate therein) hereunder;

 

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(ii) no amendment or waiver pursuant to this Section 12.13 shall, unless signed by each Lender, extend the Revolving Credit Termination Date or the Term Credit Maturity Date, release the Borrower or any Guarantor (expect as provided for in this Agreement), change the definition of Required Lenders, change the provisions of this Section 12.13, or affect the number of Lenders required to take any action hereunder or under any other Loan Document; and

 

(iii) no amendment to Section 13 hereof shall be made without the consent of the Guarantors affected thereby.

 

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, (1) no Defaulting Lender shall have any right to approve or disapprove any amendment, waiver or consent hereunder (and any amendment, waiver or consent which by its terms requires the consent of all Lenders or each affected Lender may be effected with the consent of the applicable Lenders other than Defaulting Lenders), except that (x) the Commitment of any Defaulting Lender may not be increased or extended without the consent of such Lender and (y) any waiver, amendment or modification requiring the consent of all Lenders or each affected Lender that by its terms affects any Defaulting Lender more adversely than other affected Lenders shall require the consent of such Defaulting Lender, (2) if the Administrative Agent and the Borrower have jointly identified an obvious error or any error or omission of a technical nature, in each case, in any provision of the Loan Documents, then the Administrative Agent and the Borrower shall be permitted to amend such provision, (3) guarantees and related documents executed by the Borrower or any other Loan Party in connection with this Agreement may be in a form reasonably determined by the Administrative Agent and may be amended, supplemented or waived without the consent of any Lender if such amendment, supplement or waiver is delivered in order to (x) comply with local law or advice of local counsel, (y) cure ambiguities, omissions, mistakes or defects or (z) cause such guarantee or other document to be consistent with this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, and (4) the Fee Letter may be amended, or rights or privileges thereunder waived, in a writing executed only by the parties thereto.

 

Section 12.14. Headings. Section headings used in this Agreement are for reference only and shall not affect the construction of this Agreement.

 

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Section 12.15. Costs and Expenses; Indemnification. (a) The Borrower agrees to pay all reasonable out-of-pocket costs and expenses of the Administrative Agent in connection with the preparation, due diligence, investigation (including third party expenses) negotiation, syndication, and administration of the Loan Documents, including, without limitation, the reasonable out-of-pocket fees and disbursements of counsel to the Administrative Agent, in connection with the preparation and execution of the Loan Documents, and any amendment, waiver or consent related thereto, whether or not the transactions contemplated herein are consummated. The Borrower agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent, the L/C Issuer, each Lender, and any other holder of any Obligations outstanding hereunder, all out-of-pocket costs and expenses reasonably incurred or paid by the Administrative Agent, the L/C Issuer, such Lender, or any such holder, including reasonable and out-of-pocket attorneys’ fees and disbursements and court costs, in connection with any Default or Event of Default hereunder or in connection with the enforcement of any of the Loan Documents (including all such costs and expenses incurred in connection with any proceeding under the United States Bankruptcy Code involving the Borrower or any Guarantor as a debtor thereunder). The Borrower further agrees to indemnify the Administrative Agent, the L/C Issuer, each Lender, and any security trusteetherefor, and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, and, if engaged by the Administrative Agent in connection with the enforcement of rights under the Loan Documents, financial advisors, and consultants (each such Person being called an “Indemnitee”) against all losses, claims, damages, penalties, judgments, liabilities and expenses (including, without limitation, all reasonable and out-of-pocket fees and disbursements of counsel for any such Indemnitee and all reasonable and out-of-pocket expenses of litigation or preparationtherefor, whether or not the Indemnitee is a party thereto, or any settlement arrangement arising from or relating to any such litigation) which any of them may pay or incur arising out of or relating to any Loan Document or any of the transactions contemplated thereby or the direct or indirect application or proposed application of the proceeds of any Loan or Letter of Credit, other than those which arise from the gross negligence or willful misconduct of the party claiming indemnification as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction by final and non-appealable judgment. The Borrower, promptly following demand by the Administrative Agent, the L/C Issuer, or a Lender at any time, shall reimburse the Administrative Agent, the L/C Issuer, or such Lender for any reasonable legal or other out-of-pocket expenses (including, without limitation, all reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel for any such Indemnitee) incurred in connection with investigating or defending against any of the foregoing (including any settlement costs relating to the foregoing) except to the extent the same is due to the gross negligence or willful misconduct of the party to be indemnified as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction by final and non-appealable judgment. To the extent permitted by applicable Legal Requirements, the Borrower and the Guarantors shall not assert, and each hereby waives, any claim against any Indemnitee, on any theory of liability, for special, indirect, consequential or punitive damages (as opposed to direct or actual damages) arising out of, in connection with, or as a result of, this Agreement or the other Loan Documents or any agreement or instrument contemplated hereby or thereby, the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby, any Loan or Letter of Credit or the use of the proceeds thereof. The obligations of the parties under this Section 12.15 shall survive the termination of this Agreement.

 

(b) The Borrower unconditionally agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless, and covenants not to sue for any claim for contribution against, each Indemnitee for any damages, loss or reasonable and documented out-of-pocket costs and expenses, including without limitation, response, remedial or removal costs and all reasonable and documented out-of-pocket fees and disbursements of counsel for any such Indemnitee, arising out of any of the following: (i) any Hazardous Material Activity at any of the Real Properties, (ii) the violation of any Environmental Law by the Borrower or any Subsidiary or otherwise occurring on or with respect to any Real Property, (iii) any claim for personal injury or property damage in connection with the Borrower or any Subsidiary or otherwise occurring on or with respect to any Real Property, and (iv) the inaccuracy or breach of any environmental representation, warranty or covenant by the Borrower or any Subsidiary made herein or in any other Loan Document evidencing or securing any Obligations or setting forth terms and conditions applicable thereto or otherwise relating thereto, except for damages arising from the willful misconduct, bad faith or gross negligence of the relevant Indemnitee. This indemnification shall survive the payment and satisfaction of all Obligations and the termination of this Agreement, and shall remain in force through and until the expiration of any applicable statute of limitations and payment or satisfaction in full of any single claim under this indemnification. This indemnification shall be binding upon the successors and assigns of the Borrower and shall inure to the benefit of each Indemnitee and its successors and assigns.

 

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Section 12.16. Set-off. In addition to any rights now or hereafter granted under the Loan Documents or applicable Legal Requirements and not by way of limitation of any such rights, upon the occurrence of any Event of Default, with the prior written consent of the Administrative Agent, each Lender, the L/C Issuer, each subsequent holder of any Obligation, and each of their respective affiliates, is hereby authorized by the Borrower and each Guarantor at any time or from time to time, without notice to the Borrower or such Guarantor or to any other Person, any such notice being hereby expressly waived, to set-off and to appropriate and to apply any and all deposits (general or special, including, but not limited to, indebtedness evidenced by certificates of deposit, whether matured or unmatured, and in whatever currency denominated, but not including trust accounts) and any other indebtedness at any time held or owing by that Lender, L/C Issuer, subsequent holder, or affiliate, to or for the credit or the account of the Borrower or such Guarantor, whether or not matured, against and on account of the Obligations then due to that Lender, L/C Issuer, or subsequent holder under the Loan Documents, including, but not limited to, all claims of any nature or description arising out of or connected with the Loan Documents, irrespective of whether or not (a) that Lender, L/C Issuer, or subsequent holder shall have made any demand hereunder or (b) the principal of or the interest on the Loans and other amounts due hereunder shall have become due and payable pursuant to Section 9 and although said obligations and liabilities, or any of them, may be contingent or unmatured; provided that in the event that any Defaulting Lender shall exercise any such right of setoff, (x) all amounts so set off shall be paid over immediately to the Administrative Agent for further application in accordance with the provisions of Section 1.14 and, pending such payment, shall be segregated by such Defaulting Lender from its other funds and deemed held in trust for the benefit of the Administrative Agent, the L/C Issuer and the Lenders and (y) the Defaulting Lender shall provide promptly to the Administrative Agent a statement describing in reasonable detail the Obligations owing to such Defaulting Lender as to which it exercised such right of setoff.

 

Section 12.17. Entire Agreement. The Loan Documents constitute the entire understanding of the parties thereto with respect to the subject matter thereof and any prior agreements, whether written or oral, with respect thereto are superseded hereby.

 

Section 12.18. Waiver of Jury Trial. Each party hereto hereby irrevocably waives, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable Legal Requirements, any right it may have to a trial by jury in any legal proceeding directly or indirectly arising out of or relating to any Loan Document or the transactions contemplated thereby (whether based on contract, tort or any other theory). Each party hereto (a) certifies that no representative, agent or attorney of any other party has represented, expressly or otherwise, that such other party would not, in the event of litigation, seek to enforce the foregoing waiver and (b) acknowledges that it and the other parties hereto have been induced to enter into this Agreement by, among other things, the mutual waivers and certifications in this Section.

 

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Section 12.19. Severability of Provisions. Any provision of any Loan Document which is unenforceable in any jurisdiction shall, as to such jurisdiction, be ineffective to the extent of such unenforceability without invalidating the remaining provisions hereof or affecting the validity or enforceability of such provision in any other jurisdiction. All rights, remedies and powers provided in this Agreement and the other Loan Documents may be exercised only to the extent that the exercise thereof does not violate any applicable mandatory provisions of law, and all the provisions of this Agreement and other Loan Documents are intended to be subject to all applicable mandatory provisions of law which may be controlling and to be limited to the extent necessary so that they will not render this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents invalid or unenforceable.

 

Section 12.20. Excess Interest. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary contained herein or in any other Loan Document, no such provision shall require the payment or permit the collection of any amount of interest in excess of the maximum amount of interest permitted by applicable Legal Requirements to be charged for the use or detention, or the forbearance in the collection, of all or any portion of the Loans or other obligations outstanding under this Agreement or any other Loan Document (“Excess Interest”). If any Excess Interest is provided for, or is adjudicated to be provided for, herein or in any other Loan Document, then in such event (a) the provisions of this Section 12.20 shall govern and control, (b) neither the Borrower nor any guarantor or endorser shall be obligated to pay any Excess Interest, (c) any Excess Interest that the Administrative Agent or any Lender may have received hereunder shall, at the option of the Administrative Agent, be (i) applied as a credit against the then outstanding principal amount of Obligations hereunder and accrued and unpaid interest thereon (not to exceed the maximum amount permitted by applicable Legal Requirements), (ii) refunded to the Borrower, or (iii) any combination of the foregoing, (d) the interest rate payable hereunder or under any other Loan Document shall be automatically subject to reduction to the maximum lawful contract rate allowed under applicable usury laws (the “Maximum Rate”), and this Agreement and the other Loan Documents shall be deemed to have been, and shall be, reformed and modified to reflect such reduction in the relevant interest rate, and (e) neither the Borrower nor any guarantor or endorser shall have any action against the Administrative Agent or any Lender for any damages whatsoever arising out of the payment or collection of any Excess Interest. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if for any period of time interest on any of the Borrower’s Obligations is calculated at the Maximum Rate rather than the applicable rate under this Agreement, and thereafter such applicable rate becomes less than the Maximum Rate, the rate of interest payable on the Borrower’s Obligations shall remain at the Maximum Rate until the Lenders have received the amount of interest which such Lenders would have received during such period on the Borrower’s Obligations had the rate of interest not been limited to the Maximum Rate during such period.

 

Section 12.21. Construction. The parties acknowledge and agree that the Loan Documents shall not be construed more favorably in favor of any party hereto based upon which party drafted the same, it being acknowledged that all parties hereto contributed substantially to the negotiation of the Loan Documents. The provisions of this Agreement relating to Subsidiaries shall only apply during such times as the Borrower has one or more Subsidiaries.

 

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Section 12.22. Lender’s and L/C Issuer’s Obligations Several. The obligations of the Lenders and L/C Issuer hereunder are several and not joint. Nothing contained in this Agreement and no action taken by the Lenders or L/C Issuer pursuant hereto shall be deemed to constitute the Lenders and L/C Issuer a partnership, association, joint venture or other entity.

 

Section 12.23. Governing Law; Jurisdiction; Consent to Service of Process. (a) This Agreement, the Notes and the other Loan Documents (except as otherwise specified therein), and the rights and duties of the parties hereto, shall be construed and determined in accordance with the laws of the State of New York (including Section 5-1401 and Section 5-1402 of the General Obligations law of the State of New York) without regard to conflicts of law principles that would require application of the laws of another jurisdiction.

 

(b) Each party hereto hereby irrevocably and unconditionally submits, for itself and its property, to the nonexclusive jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of the State of New York sitting in New York County and of the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York, and any appellate court from any thereof, in any action or proceeding arising out of or relating to any Loan Document, or for recognition or enforcement of any judgment, and each party hereto hereby irrevocably and unconditionally agrees that all claims in respect of any such action or proceeding may be heard and determined in such New York State court or, to the extent permitted by applicable Legal Requirements, in such federal court. Each party hereto hereby agrees that a final judgment in any such action or proceeding shall be conclusive and may be enforced in other jurisdictions by suit on the judgment or in any other manner provided by applicable Legal Requirements. Nothing in this Agreement or any other Loan Document or otherwise shall affect any right that any party hereto may otherwise have to bring any action or proceeding relating to this Agreement or any other Loan Document against the Borrower or any Guarantor or its respective properties in the courts of any jurisdiction.

 

(c) Each party hereto hereby irrevocably and unconditionally waives, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable Legal Requirements, any objection which it may now or hereafter have to the laying of venue of any suit, action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement or any other Loan Document in any court referred to in Section 12.23(b). Each party hereto hereby irrevocably waives, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable Legal Requirements, the defense of an inconvenient forum to the maintenance of such action or proceeding in any such court.

 

(d) Each party to this Agreement irrevocably consents to service of process in any action or proceeding arising out of or relating to any Loan Document, in the manner provided for notices (other than telecopy or e-mail) in Section 12.8. Nothing in this Agreement or any other Loan Document will affect the right of any party to this Agreement to serve process in any other manner permitted by applicable Legal Requirements.

 

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Section 12.24. USA Patriot Act. Each Lender and L/C Issuer that is subject to the requirements of the USA Patriot Act (Title III of Pub. L 107-56 (signed into law October 26, 2001)) (the “Act”) hereby notifies the Borrower that pursuant to the requirements of the Act, it is required to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies the Borrower, which information includes the name and address of the Borrower and other information that will allow such Lender or L/C Issuer to identify the Borrower in accordance with the Act.

 

Section 12.25. Confidentiality. Each of the Administrative Agent, the Lenders, and the L/C Issuer severally agrees to maintain the confidentiality of the Information (as defined below), except that Information may be disclosed (a) to its and its Affiliates’ directors, officers, employees and agents, including accountants, legal counsel and other advisors to the extent any such Person has a need to know such Information (it being understood that the Persons to whom such disclosure is made will first be informed of the confidential nature of such Information and instructed to keep such Information confidential), (b) to the extent requested by any regulatory authority (including any self-regulatory authority, such as the National Association of Insurance Commissioners), (c) to the extent required by applicable Legal Requirements or by any subpoena or similar legal process, (d) to any other party hereto, (e) in connection with the exercise of any remedies hereunder or under any other Loan Document or any suit, action or proceeding relating to this Agreement or any other Loan Document or the enforcement of rights hereunder or thereunder, (f) subject to an agreement containing provisions substantially the same as those of this Section 12.25, to (A) any assignee of or participant in, or any prospective assignee of or participant in, any of its rights or obligations under this Agreement or (B) any actual or prospective counterparty (or its advisors) to any swap or derivative transaction relating to the Borrower or any Subsidiary and its obligations, (g) with the prior written consent of the Borrower, (h) to the extent such Information (A) becomes publicly available other than as a result of a breach of this Section 12.25 or (B) becomes available to the Administrative Agent, any Lender or the L/C Issuer on a non-confidential basis from a source other than the Borrower or any Subsidiary or any of their directors, officers, employees or agents, including accountants, legal counsel and other advisors; (i) on a confidential basis to rating agencies if requested or required by such agencies in connection with a rating relating to the Loans or the Commitments hereunder, (j) so long as the Borrower’s report on Form 8-K (or its equivalent) has been filed with the SEC, Gold Sheets and other similar bank trade publications (such information to consist solely of deal terms and other information regarding the credit facilities evidenced by this Agreement customarily found in such publications), or (k) so long as the Borrower’s report on Form 8-K (or its equivalent) has been filed with the SEC, to entities which compile and publish information about the syndicated loan market, provided that only basic information about the pricing and structure of the transaction evidenced hereby may be disclosed pursuant to this subsection (k). For purposes of this Section 12.25, “Information” means all information received from the Borrower or any of the Subsidiaries or from any other Person on behalf of the Borrower or any Subsidiary relating to the Borrower or any Subsidiary or any of their respective businesses, other than any such information that is available to the Administrative Agent, any Lender or the L/C Issuer on a non-confidential basis prior to disclosure by the Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries or from any other Person on behalf of the Borrower or any of the Subsidiaries.

 

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Section 12.26. Acknowledgement and Consent to Bail-In of EEA Financial Institutions. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any Loan Document or in any other agreement, arrangement or understanding among any such parties, each party hereto acknowledges that any liability of any EEA Financial Institution arising under any Loan Document, to the extent such liability is unsecured, may be subject to the write-down and conversion powers of an EEA Resolution Authority and agrees and consents to, and acknowledges and agrees to be bound by:

 

(a) the application of any Write-Down and Conversion Powers by an EEA Resolution Authority to any such liabilities arising hereunder which may be payable to it by any party hereto that is an EEA Financial Institution; and

 

(b) the effects of any Bail-in Action on any such liability, including, if applicable:

 

(i) a reduction in full or in part or cancellation of any such liability;

 

(ii) a conversion of all, or a portion of, such liability into shares or other instruments of ownership in such EEA Financial Institution, its parent undertaking, or a bridge institution that may be issued to it or otherwise conferred on it, and that such shares or other instruments of ownership will be accepted by it in lieu of any rights with respect to any such liability under this Agreement or any other Loan Document; or

 

(iii) the variation of the terms of such liability in connection with the exercise of the write-down and conversion powers of any EEA Resolution Authority.

 

Section 12.27. Amendment and Restatement; No Novation. From and after the date of this Agreement, all references to the Prior Credit Agreement in any Loan Document or in any other instrument or document shall, unless otherwise explicitly stated therein, be deemed to refer to this Agreement. This Agreement shall become effective as of the date hereof, and supersede all provisions of the Prior Credit Agreement as of such date, upon the execution of this Agreement by each of the parties hereto and fulfillment or waiver, as applicable, of the conditions precedent contained in Section 7.2 hereof. This Agreement shall constitute for all purposes an amendment and restatement of the Prior Credit Agreement and not a new agreement and all obligations outstanding under the Prior Credit Agreement shall continue to be outstanding hereunder and shall not constitute a novation of the indebtedness or other obligations outstanding under the Prior Credit Agreement.

 

Section 12.28. Equalization of Loans and Commitments. Upon the satisfaction of the conditions precedent set forth in Section 7.2 hereof, all loans outstanding under the Prior Credit Agreement shall remain outstanding as the initial Borrowing of Revolving Loans and Term Loans under this Agreement and, in connection therewith, the Borrower shall be deemed to have prepaid all outstanding Eurodollar Loans on the Closing Date. On the Closing Date, the Lenders each agree to make such purchases and sales of interests in the outstanding Revolving Loans between themselves so that each Lender is then holding its relevant Revolver Percentage of outstanding Revolving Loans. Such purchases and sales shall be arranged through the Administrative Agent and each Lender hereby agrees to execute such further instruments and documents, if any, as the Administrative Agent may reasonably request in connection therewith. The parties hereto acknowledge and agree that the minimum borrowing, pro rata borrowing, pro rata payment and funding indemnity requirements contained elsewhere in this Agreement shall not apply to the transactions effected pursuant to this Section and that any prepayment or breakage fees in connection with such transactions are hereby waived.

 

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Section 12.29. Acknowledgement Regarding Any Supported QFCs. To the extent that the Loan Documents provide support, through a guarantee or otherwise, for Hedge Agreements or any other agreement or instrument that is a QFC (such support, “QFC Credit Support” and each such QFC a “Supported QFC”), the parties acknowledge and agree as follows with respect to the resolution power of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation under the Federal Deposit Insurance Act and Title II of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (together with the regulations promulgated thereunder, the “U.S. Special Resolution Regimes”) in respect of such Supported QFC and QFC Credit Support (with the provisions below applicable notwithstanding that the Loan Documents and any Supported QFC may in fact be stated to be governed by the laws of the State of New York and/or of the United States or any other state of the United States):

 

(a) In the event a Covered Entity that is party to a Supported QFC (each, a “Covered Party”) becomes subject to a proceeding under a U.S. Special Resolution Regime, the transfer of such Supported QFC and the benefit of such QFC Credit Support (and any interest and obligation in or under such Supported QFC and such QFC Credit Support, and any rights in property securing such Supported QFC or such QFC Credit Support) from such Covered Party will be effective to the same extent as the transfer would be effective under the U.S. Special Resolution Regime if the Supported QFC and such QFC Credit Support (and any such interest, obligation and rights in property) were governed by the laws of the United States or a state of the United States. In the event a Covered Party or a BHC Act Affiliate of a Covered Party becomes subject to a proceeding under a U.S. Special Resolution Regime, Default Rights under the Loan Documents that might otherwise apply to such Supported QFC or any QFC Credit Support that may be exercised against such Covered Party are permitted to be exercised to no greater extent than such Default Rights could be exercised under the U.A. Special Resolution Regime if the Supported QFC and the Loan Documents were governed by the laws of the United States of a state of the United States. Without limitation of the forgoing, it is understood and agreed that rights and remedies of the parties with respect to a Defaulting Lender shall in no event affect the rights of any Covered party with respect to a Supported QFC or any QFC Credit Support.

 

(b) As used in this Section, the following terms have the following meanings:

 

“BHC Act Affiliate” of a party means an “affiliate” (as such term is defined under, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 U.S.C. 1841(k)) of such party.

 

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“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 Rights” 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.

 

“QFC” has the meaning assigned to the term “qualified financial contract” in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 U.S.C. 5390(c)(8)(D).

 

Section 13. The Guarantees.

 

Section 13.1. The Guarantees. To induce the Lenders to provide the credits described herein and in consideration of benefits expected to accrue to the Borrower by reason of the Commitments and for other good and valuable consideration, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, each Guarantor party hereto (including any Guarantor formed or acquired after the Closing Date executing an separate Subsidiary Guaranty or an Additional Guarantor Supplement in the form attached hereto as Exhibit G or such other form acceptable to the Administrative Agent) hereby unconditionally and irrevocably guarantees, jointly and severally, to the Administrative Agent, the Lenders, and their Affiliates, the due and punctual payment of all present and future Obligations, Hedging Liability and Bank Product Obligations, including, but not limited to, the due and punctual payment of principal of and interest on the Loans, the Reimbursement Obligations, Hedging Liability, and Bank Product Obligations, and the due and punctual payment of all other obligations now or hereafter owed by the Borrower under the Loan Documents as and when the same shall become due and payable, whether at stated maturity, by acceleration, or otherwise, according to the terms hereof and thereof (including all interest, costs, fees, and charges after the entry of an order for relief against the Borrower or such other obligor in a case under the United States Bankruptcy Code, the Canadian Bankruptcy Legislation or any similar proceeding, whether or not such interest, costs, fees and charges would be an allowed claim against the Borrower or any such obligor in any such proceeding); provided, however, that with respect to any Guarantor, its Guarantee of Hedging Liability of the Borrower or any Guarantor shall exclude all Excluded Swap Obligations. In case of failure by the Borrower or other obligor punctually to pay any obligations guaranteed hereby, each Guarantor hereby unconditionally agrees to make such payment or to cause such payment to be made punctually as and when the same shall become due and payable, whether at stated maturity, by acceleration, or otherwise, and as if such payment were made by the Borrower or such obligor.

 

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Section 13.2. Guarantee Unconditional. The obligations of each Guarantor under this Section 13 shall be unconditional and absolute and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, shall not be released, discharged, or otherwise affected by:

 

(a) any extension, renewal, settlement, compromise, waiver, or release in respect of any obligation of the Borrower or other obligor or of any other guarantor under this Agreement or any other Loan Document or by operation of law or otherwise;

 

(b) any modification or amendment of or supplement to this Agreement or any other Loan Document or any agreement relating to Hedging Liability or Bank Product Obligations;

 

(c) any change in the corporate existence, structure, or ownership of, or any insolvency, bankruptcy, reorganization, or other similar proceeding affecting, the Borrower or other obligor, any other guarantor, or any of their respective assets, or any resulting release or discharge of any obligation of the Borrower or other obligor or of any other guarantor contained in any Loan Document;

 

(d) the existence of any claim, set-off, or other rights which the Borrower or other obligor or any other guarantor may have at any time against the Administrative Agent, any Lender, or any other Person, whether or not arising in connection herewith;

 

(e) any failure to assert, or any assertion of, any claim or demand or any exercise of, or failure to exercise, any rights or remedies against the Borrower or other obligor, any other guarantor, or any other Person or Property;

 

(f) any application of any sums by whomsoever paid or howsoever realized to any obligation of the Borrower or other obligor, regardless of what obligations of the Borrower or other obligor remain unpaid;

 

(g) any invalidity or unenforceability relating to or against the Borrower or other obligor or any other guarantor for any reason of this Agreement or of any other Loan Document or any agreement relating to Hedging Liability or Bank Product Obligations, or any provision of applicable Legal Requirements purporting to prohibit the payment by the Borrower or other obligor or any other guarantor of the principal of or interest on any Loan or any Reimbursement Obligation or any other amount payable under the Loan Documents or any agreement relating to Hedging Liability or Bank Product Obligations; or

 

(h) any other act or omission to act or delay of any kind by the Administrative Agent, any Lender, or any other Person or any other circumstance whatsoever that might, but for the provisions of this paragraph, constitute a legal or equitable discharge of the obligations of any Guarantor under this Section 13.

 

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Section 13.3. Discharge Only upon Payment in Full; Reinstatement in Certain Circumstances. Each Guarantor’s obligations under this Section 13 shall remain in full force and effect until the Commitments are terminated, all Letters of Credit have expired, and the principal of and interest on the Loans and all other amounts payable by the Borrower and the Guarantors under this Agreement and all other Loan Documents and, if then outstanding and unpaid, all Hedging Liability and Bank Product Obligations have been paid in full. If at any time any payment of the principal of or interest on any Loan or any Reimbursement Obligation or any other amount payable by the Borrower or other obligor or any Guarantor under the Loan Documents or any agreement relating to Hedging Liability or Bank Product Obligations is rescinded or must be otherwise restored or returned upon the insolvency, bankruptcy, or reorganization of the Borrower or other obligor or of any guarantor, or otherwise, each Guarantor’s obligations under this Section 13 with respect to such payment shall be reinstated at such time as though such payment had become due but had not been made at such time.

 

Section 13.4. Subrogation. Each Guarantor agrees it will not exercise any rights which it may acquire by way of subrogation by any payment made hereunder, or otherwise, until all the obligations guaranteed hereby shall have been paid in full subsequent to the termination of all the Commitments and expiration of all Letters of Credit. If any amount shall be paid to a Guarantor on account of such subrogation rights at any time prior to the later of (x) the payment in full of the Obligations, Bank Product Obligations and Hedging Liability and all other amounts payable by the Borrower hereunder and under the other Loan Documents and (y) the termination of the Commitments and expiration of all Letters of Credit, such amount shall be held in trust for the benefit of the Administrative Agent and the Lenders (and their Affiliates) and shall forthwith be paid to the Administrative Agent for the benefit of the Lenders (and their Affiliates) or be credited and applied upon the Obligations, Bank Product Obligations and Hedging Liability, whether matured or unmatured, in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.

 

Section 13.5. Waivers. Each Guarantor irrevocably waives acceptance hereof, presentment, demand, protest, and any notice except as specifically provided for herein, as well as any requirement that at any time any action be taken by the Administrative Agent, any Lender, or any other Person against the Borrower or other obligor, another guarantor, or any other Person.

 

Section 13.6. Limit on Recovery. Notwithstanding any other provision hereof, the right of recovery against each Guarantor under this Section 13 shall not exceed $1.00 less than the lowest amount which would render such Guarantor’s obligations under this Section 13 void or voidable under applicable Legal Requirements, including, without limitation, fraudulent conveyance law.

 

Section 13.7. Stay of Acceleration. If acceleration of the time for payment of any amount payable by the Borrower or other obligor under this Agreement or any other Loan Document or any agreement relating to Hedging Liability or Bank Product Obligations, is stayed upon the insolvency, bankruptcy or reorganization of the Borrower or such obligor, all such amounts otherwise subject to acceleration under the terms of this Agreement or the other Loan Documents or any agreement relating to Hedging Liability or Bank Product Obligations, shall nonetheless be payable by the Guarantors hereunder forthwith on demand by the Administrative Agent made at the request of the Required Lenders.

 

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Section 13.8. Benefit to Guarantors. The Borrower and the Guarantors are engaged in related businesses and integrated to such an extent that the financial strength and flexibility of the Borrower has a direct impact on the success of each Guarantor. Each Guarantor will derive substantial direct and indirect benefit from the extensions of credit hereunder.

 

Section 13.9. Guarantor Covenants. Each Guarantor shall take such action as the Borrower is required by this Agreement to cause such Guarantor to take, and shall refrain from taking such action as the Borrower is required by this Agreement to prohibit such Guarantor from taking.

 

Section 13.10. Subordination. Each Guarantor (each referred to herein as a “Subordinated Creditor”) hereby subordinates the payment of all indebtedness, obligations, and liabilities of the Borrower or any other Guarantor owing to such Subordinated Creditor, whether now existing or hereafter arising, to the indefeasible payment in full in cash of all Obligations, Hedging Liability, and Bank Product Obligations. During the continuance of any Event of Default or Default under Sections 9.1 (a), (j) or (k), subject to Section 13.4, any such indebtedness, obligation, or liability of the Borrower or any other Guarantor owing to such Subordinated Creditor shall be enforced and performance received by such Subordinated Creditor as trustee for the benefit of the holders of the Obligations, Hedging Liability, and Bank Product Obligations and, upon the acceleration of the Indebtedness under Section 9.2 or 9.3 hereof, the proceeds thereof shall be paid over to the Administrative Agent for application to the Obligations, Hedging Liability, and Bank Product Obligations (whether or not then due), but without reducing or affecting in any manner the liability of such Guarantor under this Section 13.

 

Section 13.11. Keepwell. Each Qualified ECP Guarantor hereby jointly and severally absolutely, unconditionally and irrevocably undertakes to provide such funds or other support as may be needed from time to time by the Borrower and each other Guarantor to honor all of its obligations in respect of Swap Obligations (provided, however, that each Qualified ECP Guarantor shall only be liable under this Section for the maximum amount of such liability that can be hereby incurred without rendering its obligations under this Section as it relates to such Borrower or other Guarantor, voidable under applicable Legal Requirements relating to fraudulent conveyance or fraudulent transfer, and not for any greater amount). The obligations of each Qualified ECP Guarantor under this Section shall remain in full force and effect until discharged in accordance with Section 13.3. Each Qualified ECP Guarantor intends that this Section constitute, and this Section shall be deemed to constitute, a “keepwell, support, or other agreement” for the benefit of the Borrower and each other Guarantor for all purposes of Section 1a(18)(A)(v)(II) of the Commodity Exchange Act.

 

[Signature Pages to Follow]

 

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This Amended and Restated Credit Agreement is entered into between us for the uses and purposes hereinabove set forth as of the date first above written.

 

  “Borrower”
   
  Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation
   
  By
  Name: Michael D. Prashad
  Title: Secretary
   
  “Administrative Agent and L/C Issuer”
   
  Bank of Montreal, as L/C Issuer and as Administrative Agent
   
  By
  Name: Lloyd Baron
  Title: Director

 

[SIGNATURE PAGE TO AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT-MONMOUTH REAL ESTATE

INVESTMENT CORPORATION]

 

   
 

 

  “Lenders”
   
  Bank of Montreal, Chicago Branch, as a Lender
   
  By  
  Name: Lloyd Baron
  Title: Director

 

[SIGNATURE PAGE TO AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT-MONMOUTH REAL ESTATE

INVESTMENT CORPORATION

 

   
 

 

  JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as a Lender
     
  By  
  Name: Austin Lotito
  Title: Vice President

 

[SIGNATURE PAGE TO AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT-MONMOUTH REAL ESTATE

INVESTMENT CORPORATION]

 

   
 

 

  Royal Bank of Canada, as a Lender
   
  By  
  Name: William Behuniak
  Title: Authorized Signatory

 

[SIGNATURE PAGE TO AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT-MONMOUTH REAL ESTATE

INVESTMENT CORPORATION]

 

   
 

 

  “Guarantors”
   
  MREIC Illinois, LLC, an Illinois limited liability company
   
  By: Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation
  Its: Sole Member

 

  By  
  Name: Michael D. Prashad
  Title: Secretary

 

  Monmouth Capital Corporation, a New Jersey corporation
   
  By  
  Name: Michael D. Prashad
  Title: Secretary

 

 

  MREIC PA Monaca, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company
     
  By: Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation
  Its: Sole Member

 

  By  
  Name: Michael D. Prashad
  Title: Secretary

 

[SIGNATURE PAGE TO AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT-MONMOUTH REAL ESTATE

INVESTMENT CORPORATION

 

   
 

 

  MREIC O’Fallon MO, LLC, a Missouri limited liability company
     
  By: Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation
  Its: Sole Member

 

  By  
  Name: Michael D. Prashad
  Title: Secretary

 

  MREIC Richland MS, LLC, a Mississippi limited liability company
     
  By: Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation
  Its: Sole Member

 

  By  
  Name: Michael D. Prashad
  Title:  Secretary

 

  MREIC Ridgeland MS, LLC, a Mississippi limited liability company
  By: Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation
  Its: Sole Member

 

  By  
  Name: Michael D. Prashad
  Title: Secretary

 

[SIGNATURE PAGE TO AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT-MONMOUTH REAL ESTATE

INVESTMENT CORPORATION

 

   
 

 

  MREIC Rockford IL, LLC, an Illinois limited liability company
   
  By: Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation
  Its: Sole Member

 

  By  
  Name: Michael D. Prashad
  Title: Secretary

 

  MREIC Urbandale IA, LLC, an Iowa limited liability company
   
  By: Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation
  Its: Sole Member

 

  By  
  Name: Michael D. Prashad
  Title: Secretary

 

  MRC I, LLC, a Wisconsin limited liability company
   
  By: Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation
  Its: Sole Member

 

  By  
  Name: Michael D. Prashad
  Title: Secretary

 

[SIGNATURE PAGE TO AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT-MONMOUTH REAL ESTATE

INVESTMENT CORPORATION

 

   
 

 

  MREIC Edinburg TX, LLC, a Texas limited liability company
   
  By: Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation
  Its: Sole Member

 

  By  
  Name: Michael D. Prashad
  Title: Secretary

 

  MREIC Cincinnati OH, LLC, an Ohio limited liability company
 
  By: Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation
  Its: Sole Member

 

  By  
  Name: Michael D. Prashad
  Title: Secretary

 

[SIGNATURE PAGE TO AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT-MONMOUTH REAL ESTATE

INVESTMENT CORPORATION]

 

   
 

 

  MREIC Corpus Christi TX, LLC, a Texas limited liability company
     
  By: Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation
  Its: Sole Member

 

  By  
  Name: Michael D. Prashad
  Title: Secretary

 

  MREIC Chattanooga TN, LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company
     
  By: Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation
  Its: Sole Member

 

  By  
  Name: Michael D. Prashad
  Title: Secretary

 

  MREIC El Paso, LLC, a Texas limited liability company
     
  By: Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation
  Its: Sole Member

 

  By  
  Name: Michael D. Prashad
  Title: Secretary

 

  MREIC South Carolina, LLC, a South Carolina limited liability company
     
  By: Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation
  Its: Sole Member

 

  By  
  Name: Michael D. Prashad
  Title: Secretary

 

[SIGNATURE PAGE TO AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT-MONMOUTH REAL ESTATE

INVESTMENT CORPORATION]

 

   
 

 

  Hemingway at Halfmoon, LLC, an Ohio limited liability company
     
  By: Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation
  Its: Sole Member

 

  By  
  Name: Michael D. Prashad
  Title: Secretary

 

 

  MREIC Lebanon, Tennessee, LLC, a Tennessee limited liability company
     
  By: Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation
  Its: Sole Member

 

  By  
  Name: Michael D. Prashad
  Title: Secretary

 

  MREIC Lebanon OH, LLC, an Ohio limited liability company
     
  By: Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation
  Its: Sole Member

 

  By  
  Name: Michael D. Prashad
  Title: Secretary

 

[SIGNATURE PAGE TO AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT-MONMOUTH REAL ESTATE

INVESTMENT CORPORATION]

 

   
 

 

  MREIC Richfield OH, LLC, an Ohio limited liability company
     
  By: Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation
  Its: Sole Member

 

  By  
  Name: Michael D. Prashad
  Title: Secretary

 

 

  Wheeling Partners LLC, an Illinois limited liability company
     
  By: Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation
  Its: Sole Member

 

  By  
  Name: Michael D. Prashad
  Title: Secretary

 

  MREIC Winston Salem NC, LLC, a North Carolina limited liability company
   
  By: Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation
  Its: Sole Member

 

  By  
  Name: Michael D. Prashad
  Title: Secretary

 

[SIGNATURE PAGE TO AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT-MONMOUTH REAL ESTATE

INVESTMENT CORPORATION]

 

   
 

 

Exhibit A

 

Notice of Payment Request

 

[Date]

 

[Name of Lender]

[Address]

 

Attention:

 

Reference is made to the Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of November 15, 2019, among Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation, the Guarantors from time to time party thereto, the Lenders from time to time party thereto and Bank of Montreal, as Administrative Agent (as extended, renewed, amended or restated from time to time, the “Credit Agreement”). Capitalized terms used herein and not defined herein have the meanings assigned to them in the Credit Agreement. [The Borrower has failed to pay its Reimbursement Obligation in the amount of $____________. Your Percentage of the unpaid Reimbursement Obligation is $_____________] or [__________________________ has been required to return a payment by the Borrower of a Reimbursement Obligation in the amount of $_______________. Your Percentage of the returned Reimbursement Obligation is $_______________.]

 

Very truly yours,

 

Bank of Montreal, as L/C Issuer

 

  By
  Name  
  Title  

 

 

   
 

 

Exhibit B

 

Notice of Borrowing

 

Date:_____________, ____

 

To: Bank of Montreal, as Administrative Agent for the Lenders from time to time parties to the Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of November 15, 2019 (as extended, renewed, amended or restated from time to time, the “Credit Agreement”), among Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation, the Guarantors from time to time party thereto, the Lenders from time to time party thereto and Bank of Montreal, as Administrative Agent

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

The undersigned, Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation (the “Borrower”), refers to the Credit Agreement, the terms defined therein being used herein as therein defined, and hereby gives you notice irrevocably, pursuant to Section 1.6 of the Credit Agreement, of the Borrowing specified below:

 

1. The Business Day of the proposed Borrowing is ___________, ____.

 

2. The aggregate amount of the proposed Borrowing is $______________.

 

3. The Borrowing is being advanced [under the Revolving Credit pursuant to Section 1.1 of the Credit Agreement] [as Term Loans pursuant to Section 1.2 of the Credit Agreement] [as Incremental Term Loans pursuant to Section 1.15 of the Credit Agreement].

 

4. The Borrowing is to be comprised of $___________ of [Base Rate] [Eurodollar] Loans.

 

[5. The duration of the Interest Period for the Eurodollar Loans included in the Borrowing shall be ____________ months.]

 

The undersigned hereby certifies that the following statements are true on the date hereof, and will be true on the date of the proposed Borrowing, before and after giving effect thereto and to the application of the proceeds therefrom:

 

(a) the representations and warranties of the Borrower contained in Section 6 of the Credit Agreement are true and correct in all material respects (where not already qualified by materiality or Material Adverse Effect, otherwise in all respects) as though made on and as of such date (except to the extent the same expressly relate to an earlier date, in which case they shall be true and correct in all material respects (where not already