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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549

 


 

FORM 8-K

 

Current Report

PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): February 7, 2020

 

HECLA MINING COMPANY
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   1-8491   77-0664171
(State or other jurisdiction   (Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer Identification No.)
 of incorporation)        

          

6500 North Mineral Drive, Suite 200

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83815-9408

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

 

(208) 769-4100

Registrant's telephone number, including area code
 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Title of each class

Trading

Symbol(s)

Name of each exchange on

which registered

Common Stock, par value $0.25 per share

HL

New York Stock Exchange

Series B Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock, par value $0.25 per share

HL-PB

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.

 

On February 7, 2020, we entered into an amendment (the “Fourth Amendment”) to our revolving credit agreement (the “Credit Agreement”) dated July 16, 2018 with the various financial institutions and other persons from time to time parties thereto as lender (the “Lenders”) and The Bank of Nova Scotia, as administrative agent for the Lenders and as letter of credit issuer. The Credit Agreement was previously amended by agreements dated May 8, 2019 (the “First Amendment”), July 15, 2019 (the “Second Amendment”), and August 23, 2019 (the “Third Amendment”). Among the changes to the Credit Agreement contained in the Fourth Amendment are:

 

 

In addition to restoring the amount available to be borrowed to $250 million pursuant to the terms of the Third Amendment, we can also restore the amount available to be borrowed to $250 million if by August 7, 2020, we refinance our existing senior notes currently outstanding.

 

 

Until August 7, 2020, we can use up to $100 million of the revolving credit facility to refinance our existing senior notes so long as we issue at least $400 million of new senior unsecured notes and all of our existing senior notes currently outstanding are refinanced after giving effect to such borrowings. If we raise more than $600 million in new senior notes, the credit facility will be reduced dollar for dollar by the amounts in excess of $600 million.

 

Our leverage ratio was changed to not more than (a) 4.25:1.00 for the fiscal quarters ending on March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020 and (b) 4.00:1.00 for each fiscal quarter ending on and after September 30, 2020.  A copy of the Credit Agreement was previously filed with the SEC as Exhibit 101 to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on July 17, 2018, and the First, Second and Third Amendments are included as an exhibit to this report, and each are incorporated herein by reference. The Credit Agreement, as amended, contains representations and warranties we made. The assertions embodied in those representations and warranties are qualified by information in confidential disclosure schedules that we have exchanged in connection with signing the Credit Agreement. While we do not believe that they contain information securities laws require us to publicly disclose other than information that has already been so disclosed, the disclosure schedules do contain information that modifies, qualifies and creates exceptions t the representations and warranties set forth in the Credit Agreement. Accordingly, you should not rely on the representations and warranties as characterizations of the actual state of facts, since they are modified in important part by the underlying disclosure schedules. The Credit Agreement has been incorporated by reference herein to provide you with information regarding its terms. It is not intended to provide any other factual information about us. Such information about us can be found elsewhere in other public filings we have made with the SEC, which are available without charge at www.sec.gov.

 

The disclosure schedules contain information that has been included in our general prior public disclosures, as well as potential additional non-public information. Moreover, information concerning the subject matter of the representations and warranties may have changed since the date of the Credit Agreement, which subsequent information may or may not be fully reflected in public disclosures.

 

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From time to time we enter into forward contracts to buy Canadian dollars (“CAD”) and Mexican pesos (“MXN”) to manage our exposure to fluctuations in the exchange rates between those currencies and the U.S. dollar and the impact on our future operating costs denominated in CAD and MXN. We also enter into financially settled forward contracts to manage exposures to our metals contained in our concentrate shipments, both between the time of shipment and final settlement as well as forecasted future concentrate shipments (only lead and zinc), as well as commodity put option contracts to manage our exposure to fluctuations in the prices of certain metals we produce. These currently, metal sales contracts and options are with The Bank of Nova Scotia, ING Capital, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and JPMorgan Chase Bank, each of which is a Lender under the Credit Agreement.

 

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits

 

Exhibit

Number

 

Description

     

10.1

 

Fifth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement dated as of July 16, 2018, by and among Hecla Mining Company, Hecla Limited, Hecla Alaska LLC, Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company, and Hecla Juneau Mining Company, as the Borrowers, The Bank of Nova Scotia, as the Administrative Agent for the Lenders, and various Lenders. Filed as exhibit 10.1 to Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 17, 2018 (File No. 1-8491) and incorporated herein by reference.

     

10.2

 

First Amendment to Fifth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement dated as of May 8, 2019, by and among Hecla Mining Company, certain subsidiaries of Hecla Mining Company, The Bank of Nova Scotia, as the Administrative Agent for the Lenders, and various Lenders. Filed as exhibit 10.2 to Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 18, 2019 (File No. 1-8491) and incorporated herein by reference.

     

10.3

 

Second Amendment to Fifth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement dated as of July 15, 2019, by and among Hecla Mining Company, certain subsidiaries of Hecla Mining Company, The Bank of Nova Scotia, as the Administrative Agent for the Lenders, and various Lenders. Filed as exhibit 10.3 to Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 18, 2019 (File No. 1-8491) and incorporated herein by reference.

     

10.4

 

Third Amendment to Fifth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement dated as of August 23, 2019, by and among Hecla Mining Company, certain subsidiaries of Hecla Mining Company, The Bank of Nova Scotia, as the Administrative Agent for the Lenders, and various Lenders. Filed as exhibit 10.2 to Registrant’s Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2019 (File No. 1-8491) and incorporated herein by reference.

     

10.5

 

Fourth Amendment to Fifth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement dated as of February 7, 2020, by and among Hecla Mining Company, certain subsidiaries of Hecla Mining Company, The Bank of Nova Scotia, as the Administrative Agent for the Lenders, and various Lenders. *

     
104   Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as Inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101).

 

 

 

* Filed herewith

 

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SIGNATURE

 

 

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.

 

HECLA MINING COMPANY

By:

/s/ David C. Sienko

David C. Sienko

Vice President and General Counsel

 

 

 

Dated: February 10, 2020

 

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Section 2: EX-10.5 (EXHIBIT 10.5)

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Exhibit 10.5

 

FOURTH AMENDMENT TO FIFTH
AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT

 

THIS FOURTH AMENDMENT TO FIFTH AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT (this “Fourth Amendment”), dated as of February 7, 2020, is by and among (i) HECLA MINING COMPANY, a Delaware corporation, HECLA LIMITED, a Delaware corporation, HECLA ALASKA LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, HECLA GREENS CREEK MINING COMPANY, a Delaware corporation and HECLA JUNEAU MINING COMPANY, a Delaware corporation (collectively, the “Borrowers”), (ii) each of the other parties identified as “Other Loan Parties” on the signature pages hereto, (iii) each of the banks and other financial institutions identified as “Lenders” on the signature pages hereto (the “Lenders”), and (iv) THE BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA, as the administrative agent for the Lenders (in such capacity, the “Administrative Agent”).

 

W I T N E S S E T H:

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Fifth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of July 16, 2018 (as amended by that First Amendment dated as of May 8, 2019, that Second Amendment dated as of July 15, 2019, that Third Amendment dated as of August 23, 2019, and as further amended, supplemented, amended and restated or otherwise modified prior to the date hereof, the “Existing Credit Agreement” and, as amended by this Fourth Amendment, and as the same may be further amended, supplemented, amended or restated or otherwise modified from time to time, the “Credit Agreement”), among the Borrowers, the Loan Parties party thereto, the Lenders party thereto, and the Administrative Agent, the Lenders have made commitments to extend certain credit facilities to the Borrowers.

 

WHEREAS, the parties hereto desire to further amend the Existing Credit Agreement in accordance with the terms hereof.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, for good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, and in consideration of the agreements herein contained, the parties hereby agree as follows:

 

PART I
DEFINITIONS

 

SUBPART 1.1      Certain Definitions. Unless otherwise defined herein or the context otherwise requires, the following terms used in this Fourth Amendment, including its preamble and recitals, have the following meanings:

 

Administrative Agent” is defined in the recitals.

 

Borrowers” is defined in the preamble.

 

Credit Agreement” is defined in the recitals.

 

Existing Credit Agreement” is defined in the recitals.

 

Fourth Amendment” is defined in the preamble.

 

Fourth Amendment Effective Date” is defined in Subpart 4.1.

 

 

 

 

Lenders” is defined in the preamble.

 

SUBPART 1.2      Other Definitions. Unless otherwise defined herein or the context otherwise requires, terms used in this Fourth Amendment, including its preamble and recitals, have the meanings provided in the Credit Agreement.

 

PART II
AMENDMENTS TO EXISTING CREDIT AGREEMENT

 

Effective on (and subject to the occurrence of) the Fourth Amendment Effective Date, the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended in accordance with this Part II. Except as so amended, the Existing Credit Agreement and the other Loan Documents shall continue in full force and effect.

 

SUBPART 2.1      Amendments. Effective as of the Fourth Amendment Effective Date (as defined below) Section 1.1 of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended as follows:

 

(a)     Amendment to Section 1.1. Section 1.1 of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended as follows:

 

(i)      by adding the following defined terms therein in the appropriate alphabetical order:

 

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.

 

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).

 

Covered Party” is defined in Section 9.21.

 

Default Right” has the meaning assigned to that term in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. §§ 252.81, 47.2 or 382.1, as applicable.

 

Fourth Amendment” shall mean that certain Fourth Amendment to Fifth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement dated February 7, 2020, by and among the Borrowers, the other Loan Parties party thereto, the Lenders and the Administrative Agent.

 

 

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Fourth Amendment Effective Date” shall mean the effectiveness date of the Fourth Amendment.

 

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).

 

QFC Credit Support” is defined in Section 9.21.

 

Successful New Senior Notes Issuance” means the incurrence of Indebtedness pursuant to Section 6.2(u) in an amount of not less than $400,000,000, the proceeds of which are used solely to Refinance in whole or in part the Senior Notes Indebtedness and to pay cost of issuance of such Indebtedness, including underwriter’s discount.

 

Supported QFC” is defined in Section 9.21.

 

Swap Agreement” means any agreement with respect to any swap, forward, spot, future, credit default 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 Borrowers or any Subsidiaries shall be a Swap Agreement.

 

U.S. Special Resolution Regimes” is defined in Section 9.21.

 

(ii) by amending the definitions of “Commitment”, “Maturity Date”, “Secured Debt”, “Senior Notes Refinancing”, “Total Debt” and “Total Net Leverage Ratio” therein to read as follows:

 

Commitment” means, with respect to each Lender, the commitment of such Lender to make Loans, expressed as an amount representing the maximum aggregate amount of such Lender’s Revolving Credit Exposure hereunder, as such commitment may be reduced or increased from time to time pursuant to assignments by or to such Lender pursuant to Section 9.4. Effective as of the Effective Date, the initial amount of each Lender’s Commitment is set forth on Part A of Schedule 2.1, or in the Assignment and Assumption pursuant to which such Lender shall have assumed its Commitment, as applicable; provided however, commencing with (a) the Fourth Amendment Effective Date and prior to the earlier of (i) the date on which the Senior Notes Refinancing shall be consummated or (ii) the Revolver Increase Date, the amount of each Lender’s Commitment shall be as set forth on Part B of Schedule 2.1, and (b) the earlier of (i) the date on which the Senior Notes Refinancing shall be consummated or (ii) the Revolver Increase Date, the amount of each Lender’s Commitment shall be as set forth on Part A of Schedule 2.1.

 

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Maturity Date” means February 7, 2023; provided that if as of the Springing Maturity Date the Parent has not consummated the Senior Notes Refinancing, the “Maturity Date” shall mean the Springing Maturing Date.

 

Secured Debt” means, at any time, the outstanding principal amount of all Indebtedness of the Parent and its Subsidiaries secured by Liens on any property of any Loan Party (exclusive of Senior Notes Indebtedness secured on a first-priority basis by any restricted cash and Cash Equivalent Investment deposit in an amount not exceeding the amount of such restricted cash and Cash Equivalent Investment deposit).

 

Senior Notes Refinancing” means either (i) the repayment in full of the Senior Notes Indebtedness or (ii) the deposit of cash and Cash Equivalent Investments with the trustee for the Senior Notes Indebtedness in an amount, either in gross or after giving effect to any investment income, that is sufficient to repay in full the Senior Notes Indebtedness.

 

Total Debt” means, at any time, the outstanding principal amount of all Indebtedness of the Parent and its Subsidiaries of the type referred to in clause (a), clause (b), clause (c), clause (e), clause (f) (other than Earn-out Obligations (A) that have not been reduced to a fixed amount or (B) to the extent such obligations may, in accordance with their terms, be satisfied at the sole option of the obligor thereof at any time regardless of the happening of any event by the delivery of Equity Interests (other than Redeemable Capital Securities) of the Parent), clause (g) and clause (h), in each case of the definition of “Indebtedness” (exclusive of (i)  Indebtedness secured on a first-priority basis by any restricted cash deposit in an amount not exceeding the amount of such restricted cash deposit, (ii) Senior Notes Indebtedness secured on a first-priority basis by any restricted Cash Equivalent Investment deposit in an amount not exceeding the amount of such restricted Cash Equivalent Investment deposit and (iii) to the extent constituting Indebtedness, Designated Preferred Stock) and any Contingent Liability (including for the benefit of third parties) in respect of any of the foregoing.

 

Total Net Leverage Ratio” means, as of the last day of any Fiscal Quarter, the ratio of:

 

(a) (i) Total Debt outstanding on the last day of such Fiscal Quarter (calculated without giving effect to any reclamation related bonds in the aggregate equal to or less than $65 million), less (ii) the amount of unencumbered cash then held by the Parent and its Subsidiaries (provided, that if the aggregate principal amount of Indebtedness outstanding under Section 6.2(u) at such time equals or exceeds $550,000,000, the amount of unencumbered cash for purposes of this clause (a)(ii) shall not exceed $50,000,000), to

 

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(b) EBITDA computed for the period consisting of such Fiscal Quarter and each of the three immediately preceding Fiscal Quarters.

 

(iii) by deleting the definitions of “Convertible Net Cash Proceeds”, “Permitted Bond Hedge Transaction” and “Permitted Warrant Transaction” therein in their entirety;

 

(iv)     by amending and restating clause (c) of the definition of “Change in Control” to read as follows:

 

“(c) the occurrence of any “Change in Control” (or similar term) under (and as defined in) any Subordinated Debt Document or Designated Preferred Stock Document or the Senior Notes Documents or the documents evidencing Indebtedness incurred under Section 6.2(u) (including in any document evidencing the Refinancing thereof); or”

 

(v)     by amending and restating clause (e) of the definition of “EBITDA” to read as follows:

 

“(e)     to the extent deducted in determining Net Income, any fees, costs and expenses paid by the Borrowers in respect of the Klondex Related Transactions and the issuance of Indebtedness permitted under Section 6.2(u) and the purchase and redemption of the Aurizon Acquisition Notes.”

 

(b)     Amendment to Section 2.1. Section 2.1 of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended by amending and restating the last sentence thereof to read as follows:

 

“As of the Fourth Amendment Effective Date and until the earlier of (i) the date on which the Senior Notes Refinancing shall be consummated or (ii) the Revolver Increase Date, the aggregate Commitment amount shall be equal to $150,000,000.”

 

(c)     Amendment to Section 2.6(b). Section 2.6(b) of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended and restated in its entirety to read as follows:

 

“(b)     The Borrowers may, at any time, reduce or terminate the Commitments or may terminate or reduce the Commitments that would be available on the earlier of the consummation of the Senior Notes Refinancing or the Revolver Increase Date; provided, that each partial reduction of the Commitments and Commitments that would be available on the earlier of the consummation of the Senior Notes Refinancing or the Revolver Increase Date shall be in a minimum aggregate amount of $1,000,000 or in an integral multiple of $500,000 in excess thereof.”

 

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(d)     Amendment to Section 2.9(a). Section 2.9(a) of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended by replacing the text “the Revolver Increase Date” therein with “the earlier of the consummation of the Senior Notes Refinancing or the Revolver Increase Date”.

 

(e)     Amendment to Section 3.32(b). Section 3.32(b) of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended by replacing the text “July __, 2018” therein with “July 16, 2018”.

 

(f)     Amendment to Section 5.1(s). Section 5.1(s) of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended and restated in its entirety to read as follows:

 

“(s) upon the occurrence thereof, notice of the occurrence of a Successful New Senior Notes Issuance and the Senior Notes Refinancing.”

 

(g)     Amendment to Section 4.3. Section 4.3 of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended by replacing the text “Prior to October 31, 2018, the” therein with “The”.

 

(h)     Amendment to Section 5.8. Section 5.8 of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended by amending and restating the first sentence thereof to read as follows:

 

“The proceeds of the Loans shall be used only for the purposes of (a) repaying any outstanding Obligations (as defined in the Existing Credit Agreement) on the Effective Date, and (b) for the general working capital and corporate purposes of the Parent and its Subsidiaries; provided that, proceeds of the Loans in an aggregate amount not to exceed $100,000,000 may be used on or before August 7, 2020 to refinance any outstanding Senior Notes Indebtedness so long as, immediately after giving effect to the making of such Loans, a Successful New Senior Notes Issuance and the Senior Notes Refinancing shall each be consummated.”

 

(i)     Amendment to Section 6.1(b). Section 6.1(b) of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended and restated in its entirety to read as follows:

 

 “(b)     Total Net Leverage Ratio. The Loan Parties shall not permit the Total Net Leverage Ratio:

 

(i)     as of the last day of the Fiscal Quarter ending December 31, 2019, and calculated for the period of four consecutive Fiscal Quarters ending on such date, to be greater than 6.00:1.00;

 

(ii)     as of the last day of any Fiscal Quarter ending on or after March 31, 2020 but on or prior to June 30, 2020, and calculated for the period of four consecutive Fiscal Quarters ending on such date, to be greater than 4.25:1.00; and

 

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(iii)     as of the last day of any Fiscal Quarter ending September 30, 2020 and thereafter, and calculated for the period of four consecutive Fiscal Quarters ending on such date, to be greater than 4.00:1.00.”

 

(j)     Amendment to Section 6.2(e). Section 6.2(e) of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended by replacing all references to “the Revolver Increase Date” therein with “the earlier of the consummation of the Senior Notes Refinancing or the Revolver Increase Date”.

 

(k)     Amendment to Section 6.2(k). Section 6.2(k) of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended by replacing the text “the Revolver Increase Date” therein with “the earlier of the consummation of the Senior Notes Refinancing or the Revolver Increase Date”.

 

(l)     Amendment to Section 6.2(s). Section 6.2(s) of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended by deleting the text “including without limitation, the Aurizon Acquisition Notes,” therein.

 

(m)     Amendment to Section 6.2(u). Section 6.2(u) of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended and restated in its entirety to read as follows:

 

“(u)     Indebtedness of the Parent consisting of senior unsecured notes issued in one or more series from time to time in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $650,000,000 at any time outstanding, having a maturity date no earlier than February 7, 2025, having terms that are substantially consistent with then prevailing market terms for senior unsecured notes for issuers similar to the Parent, having financial covenants or ratios (to the extent that they are maintenance covenants) that are no more restrictive than those set forth in Section 6.1, and which does not require any scheduled payment or repayment within one year following the Maturity Date at the time of issuance, together with the Guarantees issued in connection therewith (together with any Refinancing), provided that such Indebtedness, shall not, in whole or in part, (a) upon the happening of an event or passage of time mature or be required to be redeemed or required to be repurchased (for consideration other than shares of common stock of the Parent) on or prior to the one-year anniversary of the Maturity Date (at the time the notes are issued), except to the extent such mandatory redemption is required pursuant to a customary asset disposition or change of control provision which expressly provides that all indebtedness that may be required to be redeemed or prepaid on account of the relevant asset disposition or change of control shall have been redeemed or prepaid prior to, or simultaneous with, any such redemption of such Indebtedness, (b) be redeemable at the option of the holder thereof (for consideration other than shares of common stock of the Parent) at any time prior to such date or (c) be convertible into or exchangeable for Indebtedness or other debt securities of the Parent or any of its Subsidiaries at any time prior to such anniversary;”

 

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(n)     Amendment to Section 6.2(v). Section 6.2(v) of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended and restated in its entirety to read as follows:

 

“(v)     [Reserved];”

 

(o)     Amendment to Section 6.2(w). Section 6.2(w) of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended and restated in its entirety to read as follows:

 

“(w)     [Reserved]; and”

 

(p)     Additional Amendment to Section 6.2. The proviso at the end of Section 6.2 of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended by replacing the text “, (u), (v) and (w)” in clause (i) thereof with “and (u)”, by deleting the text “and (v)” in clause (ix) thereof, by deleting the term “and” at the end of clause (ix) thereof and by adding the following text at the end thereof:

 

“, and (xi) if the aggregate principal amount of Indebtedness outstanding under subsection (u) above exceeds $600,000,000, the aggregate Commitments shall be automatically reduced by an amount equal to (x) the aggregate principal amount of Indebtedness outstanding under subsection (u) above minus $600,000,000, which reduction shall be made ratably among the Lenders in accordance with their respective applicable Commitments”.

 

(q)     Amendment to Section 6.8. Section 6.8 of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended by adding the term “and” at the end of clause (k) thereof, by replacing the semicolon at the end of clause (l) thereof with a period, by deleting clause (m) thereof in its entirety, and by replacing the text “the Revolver Increase Date” in the last sentence thereof with “the earlier of the consummation of the Senior Notes Refinancing or the Revolver Increase Date”.

 

(r)     Amendment to Section 6.12(f). Section 6.12(f) of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended and restated in its entirety to read as follows:

 

“(f)     the Senior Notes Documents or other documents evidencing Indebtedness incurred under Section 6.2(u), other than any amendment, supplement, waiver or modification which (i) extends the date or reduces the amount of any required repayment, prepayment or redemption of the principal of such Indebtedness, (ii) reduces the rate or extends the date for payment of the interest, premium (if any) or fees payable on such Indebtedness or (iii) makes the covenants, events of default or remedies in such Senior Notes Documents less restrictive on the Parent or any of its Subsidiaries.”

 

(s)     Amendment to Section 6.14.     Section 6.14 of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended by deleting the text “Section 6.2(v), Section 6.2(w),” in clause (c) thereof and deleting the text “, Section 6(v), Section 6.2(w)” in the proviso at the end thereof.

 

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(t)     Amendment to Section 6.15. Section 6.15 of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended by adding the following text at the end of clause (b) thereof: “, except to the extent permitted under Section 5.8”.

 

(u)     Amendment to Section 6.16. Section 6.16 of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended by adding the term “or” at the end of clause (c) thereof and deleting the following text in its entirety: “, or (e) the issuance of Parent’s common stock in settlement of the Permitted Warrant Transaction”.

 

(v)     Amendment to Section 6.18(b). Section 6.18(b) of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended by replacing the text “, (u), (v) or (w)” therein with “or (u)”.

 

(w)     Amendment to Section 6.18(d). Section 6.18(d) of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended by replacing the text “, (u), (v) and (w)” therein with “and (u)”.

 

(x)     Amendment to Section 6.19(b). Section 6.19(b) of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended by replacing the text “, (u), (v) or (w)” therein with “or (u)”.

 

(y)     Amendment to Article IX.     Article IX of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended by adding a new Section 9.21 therein to read as follows:

 

“SECTION 9.21     Acknowledgement Regarding Any Supported QFCs. To the extent that the Loan Documents provide support, through a guarantee or otherwise, for Swap 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):

 

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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.S. Special Resolution Regime if the Supported QFC and the Loan Documents were governed by the laws of the United States or a state of the United States. Without limitation of the foregoing, 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.”

 

(z)     Amendment to Schedule 9.1. Schedule 9.1 of the Existing Credit Agreement is hereby amended and restated in its entirety with Annex A attached hereto.

 

PART III

AFFIRMATION AND CONSENT

 

SUBPART 3.1      Affirmation and Consent. Each of the Loan Parties confirms that it has received a copy of this Fourth Amendment and restates, ratifies and reaffirms each and every term and condition set forth in the Credit Agreement and the other Loan Documents to which it is a party, effective as of the date hereof, after giving effect to this Fourth Amendment.

 

PART IV
CONDITIONS TO EFFECTIVENESS

 

SUBPART 4.1      Amendment Effective Date. This Fourth Amendment shall be and become effective as of the date (the “Fourth Amendment Effective Date”) when the last of all of the conditions set forth in this Part IV shall have been satisfied.

 

SUBPART 4.2      Execution of Counterparts of Fourth Amendment. The Administrative Agent shall have received counterparts satisfactory to the Administrative Agent of this Fourth Amendment, which collectively shall have been duly executed on behalf of each Borrower, each of the other Loan Parties, each Lender and the Administrative Agent.

 

SUBPART 4.3      Representations and Warranties. The representations and warranties contained in Subpart 5.4 shall be true and correct in all material respects (and, to the extent any of such representations and warranties are qualified by materiality in their own right, such representations and warranties shall be true and correct in all respects) on and as of the Fourth Amendment Effective Date.

 

SUBPART 4.4      Costs and Expenses, etc. The Administrative Agent shall have received for its account and the account of each Lender, all fees, costs and expenses due and payable pursuant to that certain Fee Letter dated as of the date hereof by and among the Borrowers, the Administrative Agent and the Lenders, and Section 9.3 of the Credit Agreement, if then invoiced, or any other Loan Document.

 

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PART V
MISCELLANEOUS

 

SUBPART 5.1      Cross-References. References in this Fourth Amendment to any Part or Subpart are, unless otherwise specified, to such Part or Subpart of this Fourth Amendment.

 

SUBPART 5.2     Instrument Pursuant to Existing Credit Agreement. This Fourth Amendment is a Loan Document executed pursuant to the Existing Credit Agreement and shall (unless otherwise expressly indicated therein) be construed, administered and applied in accordance with the terms and provisions of the Existing Credit Agreement.

 

SUBPART 5.3      References in Other Loan Documents. At such time as this Fourth Amendment shall become effective pursuant to the terms of Part IV, all references in the Loan Documents to the “Credit Agreement” shall be deemed to refer to the Credit Agreement as amended by this Fourth Amendment.

 

SUBPART 5.4      Representations and Warranties of the Loan Parties. Each Loan Party hereby represents and warrants that (a) it has the requisite power and authority to execute, deliver and perform this Fourth Amendment, (b) it is duly authorized to, and has been authorized by all necessary action, to execute, deliver and perform this Fourth Amendment, (c) the representations and warranties contained in Article III of the Credit Agreement and applicable to such Loan Party are true and correct in all material respects (and, to the extent any of such representations and warranties are qualified by materiality in their own right, such representations and warranties shall be true and correct in all respects) on and as of the date hereof as though made on and as of such date (except for those which expressly relate to an earlier date) and (d) no Default or Event of Default exists under the Credit Agreement on and as of the date hereof after giving effect to the amendments contained herein.

 

SUBPART 5.5      Counterparts. This Fourth Amendment may be executed by the parties hereto in several counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original and all of which shall constitute together but one and the same agreement. Delivery of executed counterparts of this Fourth Amendment by telecopy or other electronic transmission shall be effective as an original and shall constitute a representation that an original will be delivered.

 

SUBPART 5.6      Full Force and Effect; Limited Amendment. Except as expressly amended or waived hereby, all of the representations, warranties, terms, covenants, conditions and other provisions of the Existing Credit Agreement and the Loan Documents shall remain unchanged and shall continue to be, and shall remain, in full force and effect in accordance with their respective terms. The amendments set forth herein shall be limited precisely as provided for herein to the provisions expressly amended herein and shall not be deemed to be an amendment to, waiver of, consent to or modification of any other term or provision of the Existing Credit Agreement or any other Loan Document or of any transaction or further or future action on the part of any Loan Party which would require the consent of the Lenders under the Existing Credit Agreement or any of the Loan Documents.

 

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SUBPART 5.7      Governing Law. THIS FOURTH AMENDMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED BY, AND CONSTRUED AND INTERPRETED IN ACCORDANCE WITH, THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK.

 

SUBPART 5.8      Successors and Assigns. This Fourth Amendment shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and assigns.

 

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Each of the parties hereto has caused a counterpart of this Fourth Amendment to be duly executed and delivered as of the date first above written.

 

BORROWERS: 

HECLA ALASKA LLC,

a Delaware limited liability company 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

Hecla Mining Company,
its Managing Member

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  By: /s/ Philips S. Baker, Jr.  
   

Philips S. Baker, Jr.

President & CEO of Managing
Member

 

                    

 

HECLA GREENS CREEK MINING

COMPANY, a Delaware corporation 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Lauren M Roberts

 

 

 

Lauren M. Roberts
Vice President 

 

 

 

HECLA JUNEAU MINING COMPANY,

a Delaware corporation 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Lauren M Roberts

 

 

 

Lauren M. Roberts
Vice President 

 

 

 

HECLA LIMITED,

a Delaware corporation 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Lauren M Roberts

 

 

 

Lauren M. Roberts
President 

 

 

 

HECLA MINING COMPANY,

a Delaware corporation 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Philips S. Baker, Jr.

 

 

 

Philips S. Baker, Jr.

President & CEO 

 

 

Fourth Amendment


 

 

OTHER LOAN PARTIES:

 

 

BURKE TRADING INC.,

a Delaware corporation 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Lauren M. Roberts

 

 

 

Lauren M. Roberts
President 

 

 

 

HECLA ADMIRALTY COMPANY,

a Delaware corporation 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Lauren M. Roberts

 

 

 

Lauren M. Roberts
President 

 

 

 

Silver Hunter Mining Company,

a Delaware corporation 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Lauren M. Roberts

 

 

 

Lauren M. Roberts
President 

 

 

 

RIO GRANDE SILVER, INC.,

a Delaware corporation 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Lauren M. Roberts

 

 

 

Lauren M. Roberts
President 

 

 

 

HECLA SILVER VALLEY, INC.,

a Delaware corporation 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Lauren M. Roberts

 

 

 

Lauren M. Roberts
President 

 

 

Fourth Amendment


 

 

 

HECLA MC SUBSIDIARY, LLC,

a Delaware limited liability company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Daniel A. Nelson

 

 

 

Daniel A. Nelson

President

 

 

 

HECLA MONTANA, INC.,

a Delaware corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Luther J. Russell

 

 

 

Luther J. Russell

President

 

 

 

 

REVETT SILVER COMPANY,

a Montana corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Luther J. Russell

 

 

 

Luther J. Russell

President & CEO

 

 

 

TROY MINE INC., 

a Montana corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Luther J. Russell

 

 

 

Luther J. Russell

President

 

 

Fourth Amendment


 

 

 

RC RESOURCES, INC.,

a Montana corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Luther J. Russell

 

 

 

Luther J. Russell

President 

 

 

 

REVETT EXPLORATION, INC.,

a Montana corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Luther J. Russell

 

 

 

Luther J. Russell

President

 

 

 

REVETT HOLDINGS, INC.,

a Montana corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Luther J. Russell

 

 

 

Luther J. Russell

President

 

 

 

MINES MANAGEMENT, INC.,

an Idaho corporation 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Kurt Allen

 

 

 

Kurt Allen

President

 

 

 

NEWHI, INC.,

a Washington corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Kurt Allen

 

 

 

Kurt Allen

President

 

 

Fourth Amendment

 

 

 

MONTANORE MINERALS CORP.,

a Delaware corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Kurt Allen

 

 

 

Kurt Allen

President

 

 

 

KLONDEX HOLDINGS (usa) INC., a Nevada

corporation 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Lauren M. Roberts

 

 

 

Lauren M. Roberts
President 

 

 

 

klondex gold & silver mining

coMPANY, a Nevada corporation 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Lauren M. Roberts

 

 

 

Lauren M. Roberts
President  

 

 

 

KLONDEX MIDAS holdings limited, , a

Nevada corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Lauren M. Roberts

 

 

 

Lauren M. Roberts
President   

 

 

 

klondex midas operations inc., 

a Nevada corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Lauren M. Roberts

 

 

 

Lauren M. Roberts
President   

 

 

 

 

klondex aurora mine inc.,

a Nevada corporation 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Lauren M. Roberts

 

 

 

Lauren M. Roberts
President   

 

 

Fourth Amendment

 

 

 

klondex hollister mine inc.,

a Nevada corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Lauren M. Roberts

 

 

 

Lauren M. Roberts
President    

 

 

 

HECLA QUEBEC INC./HECLA QUÉBEC

INC., a Canadian federal corporation 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Lauren M. Roberts

 

 

 

Lauren M. Roberts
President    

 

 

Fourth Amendment

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT 

THE BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA,

as Administrative Agent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Clement Yu

 

 

 

Name: Clement Yu
Title: Director 

 

    

 

     

 

By:

/s/ Ryan Moonilal

 

 

 

Name: Ryan Moonilal

Title: Analyst

 

 

Fourth Amendment

 

 

LENDERS: 

THE BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA,
as a Lender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Kurt Foellmer

 

 

 

Name: Kurt Foellmer
Title: Director 

 

     

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Stephen MacNeil

 

 

 

Name: Stephen MacNeil

Title: Director 

 

 

Fourth Amendment

 

 

 

ING CAPITAL LLC, as a Lender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Remko van de Water

 

 

 

Name: Remko van de Water

Title: Managing Director 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Brian Gorski

 

 

 

Name: Brian Gorski

Title: Vice President 

 

 

Fourth Amendment

 

 

 

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce,

as a Lender  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Jens Paterson

 

 

 

Name: Jens Paterson

Title: Executive Director

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Kazim Mehdi

 

 

 

Name: Kazim Mehdi

Title: Executive Director

 

 

Fourth Amendment

 

 

 

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N. A., 

as a Lender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ James Shender

 

 

 

Name: James Shender

Title: Executive Director

 

 

Fourth Amendment

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