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Section 1: 8-K (FORM 8-K)

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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): June 17, 2020

 

 

W. P. Carey Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

 

Maryland 001-13779 45-4549771
(State of incorporation) (Commission File Number) (IRS Employer Identification No.)
     
50 Rockefeller Plaza,
New York, New York
  10020
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 492-1100

 

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, $0.001 Par Value   WPC   New York Stock Exchange

  

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

 

¨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))

 

 

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 June 17, 2020, W. P. Carey Inc. (the “Company”) entered into an underwriting agreement (the “Underwriting Agreement”) with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and BofA Securities, Inc., as representatives of the several underwriters listed on Schedule 1 to the Underwriting Agreement (collectively, the “Underwriters”), J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and BofA Securities, Inc. (or their respective affiliates) (in such capacities, the “Forward Sellers”) and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and BofA Securities, Inc. (in such capacities, the “Forward Purchasers”) in connection with an underwritten public offering (the “Offering”) of 4,750,000 shares (the “Shares”) of the Company’s common stock, $0.001 par value per share (the “Common Stock”), at a price per share to the Underwriters of $68.35 (the “Purchase Price”). The Shares are offered by the Forward Sellers in connection with certain forward sale agreements described below. Pursuant to the terms of the Underwriting Agreement, the Underwriters were granted a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 712,500 shares of Common Stock at the Purchase Price, which was exercised in full on June 18, 2020.

 

In connection with the Offering, the Company also entered into certain forward sale agreements (the “Forward Sale Agreements”) with the Forward Purchasers. In connection with such Forward Sale Agreements, the Forward Purchasers (or their affiliates) borrowed from third parties and sold to the Underwriters an aggregate of 4,750,000 shares of Common Stock that was sold in the Offering. The Company expects to physically settle the Forward Sale Agreements and receive proceeds, subject to certain adjustments, from the sale of those shares of its Common Stock upon one or more such physical settlements within approximately 18 months from the date of the prospectus supplement relating to the Offering. Although the Company expects to settle the Forward Sale Agreements entirely by the physical delivery of shares of Common Stock for cash proceeds, the Company may also elect to cash or net share settle all or a portion of its obligations under the Forward Sale Agreements, in which case, it may receive, or it may owe, cash or shares of Common Stock from or to the Forward Purchasers. The Forward Sale Agreements provide for an initial forward sale price of $68.35 per share, subject to certain adjustments pursuant to the terms of each of the Forward Sale Agreements. The Forward Sale Agreements are subject to early termination or settlement under certain circumstances.

 

The Offering closed on June 22, 2020 and was made pursuant to (i) the Company’s automatic shelf registration statement on Form S-3ASR (File No. 333-233159) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 9, 2019, (ii) a preliminary prospectus supplement relating to the Shares, dated as of June 17, 2020, and (iii) a final prospectus supplement relating to the Shares, dated as of June 17, 2020.

 

The Company intends to use the proceeds, if any, received upon the settlement of the Forward Sale Agreements (and from the sale of any shares of its Common Stock that it may sell to the Underwriters in lieu of the Forward Purchasers (or their affiliates) selling its Common Stock to the Underwriters) to repay certain indebtedness, including amounts outstanding under its $1.8 billion unsecured revolving credit facility, to fund development and redevelopment activities and potential future acquisitions, and for general corporate purposes.

 

The Underwriting Agreement contains customary representations, warranties and covenants of the Company, as well as certain customary indemnification provisions with respect to the Company and the Underwriters, the Forward Sellers and the Forward Purchasers relating to certain losses or damages arising out of or in connection with the consummation of the Offering.

 

The foregoing descriptions of the Underwriting Agreement and Forward Sale Agreements do not purport to be complete and are qualified in their entirety by the full text of the Underwriting Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreements, copies of which are being filed as Exhibits 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and are incorporated herein by reference.

 

 

 

 

Item 8.01. Other Events.

 

On June 17, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing the launch of the Offering (the “Launch Press Release”); on June 17, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing the pricing of the Offering (the “Pricing Press Release”); and on June 22, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing the exercise of the Underwriters’ Option to purchase additional shares in the Offering and the closing of the Offering (the “Closing Press Release”). The foregoing descriptions of the Launch Press Release, the Pricing Press Release and the Closing Press Release are qualified in their entirety by reference to the Launch Press Release, the Pricing Press Release and the Closing Press Release, which are attached hereto as Exhibits 99.1, 99.2 and 99.3, respectively.

 

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits

 

Exhibit No.   Description
1.1   Underwriting Agreement, dated June 17, 2020, by and among W.P. Carey Inc., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and BofA Securities, Inc., the Forward Sellers and the Forward Purchasers named therein
1.2   Forward Confirmation, dated June 17, 2020, by and among W.P. Carey Inc. and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, National Association
1.3   Forward Confirmation, dated June 17, 2020, by and among W.P. Carey Inc. and Bank of America, N.A.
1.4   Forward Confirmation, dated June 18, 2020, by and among W.P. Carey Inc. and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, National Association
1.5   Forward Confirmation, dated June 18, 2020, by and among W.P. Carey Inc. and Bank of America, N.A
5.1   Opinion of DLA Piper LLP (US) regarding the legality of the shares of Common Stock being issued.
23.1   Consent of DLA Piper LLP (US) (contained in Exhibit 5.1).
99.1   Launch Press Release dated June 17, 2020, issued by W.P. Carey Inc.
99.2   Pricing Press Release dated June 17, 2020, issued by W.P. Carey Inc.
99.3   Closing Press Release dated June 22, 2020, issued by W.P. Carey Inc.
104   Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the XBRL document)

 

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SIGNATURES

 

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

 

    W. P. Carey Inc.
     
     
Date: June 22, 2020 By: /s/ ToniAnn Sanzone
    ToniAnn Sanzone
    Chief Financial Officer

 

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Section 2: EX-1.1 (EXHIBIT 1.1)

 

Exhibit 1.1

 

W. P. CAREY INC.

 

Common Stock
$0.001 par value per share

 

Underwriting Agreement

 

June 17, 2020

 

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC 

BofA Securities, Inc.

As Representatives of the
several Underwriters listed
in Schedule 1 hereto

c/o J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

383 Madison Avenue

New York, New York 10179

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

Each of W. P. Carey Inc., a Maryland corporation (the “Company”), J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and BofA Securities, Inc. (in their capacities as sellers of Borrowed Shares (as defined herein), the “Forward Sellers”), in connection with (i) the letter agreement dated the date hereof between the Company and JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association and (ii) the letter agreement dated the date hereof between the Company and Bank of America, N.A. (each such letter agreement, a “Forward Sale Agreement,” and together, the “Forward Sale Agreements,” and JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association and Bank of America, N.A., in their capacities as counterparties to the respective Forward Sale Agreements, the “Forward Purchasers”) relating to the forward sale by the Company, subject to the Company’s right to elect Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement (as such terms are defined in the Forward Sale Agreements) of a number of shares of its common stock, $0.001 par value per share (the “Shares”), initially equal to the number of Borrowed Underwritten Shares (as defined herein) sold by the Forward Sellers pursuant to this Agreement, confirms their respective agreements with the Representatives (as defined herein) and each of the several underwriters named in Schedule 1 hereto (the “Underwriters”) with respect to (i) the sale by the Forward Sellers and the purchase by the Underwriters, acting severally and not jointly, of an aggregate of 4,750,000 Shares (the “Borrowed Underwritten Shares”) and (ii) the grant by the Forward Sellers to the Underwriters, acting severally and not jointly, of the option described in Section 4(b) hereof to purchase all or any part of 712,500 Shares (the “Borrowed Option Shares”), if and to the extent that the Representatives shall have determined to exercise, on behalf of the Underwriters, the right to purchase such Shares.

 

J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC and BofA Securities, Inc. have agreed to act as representatives of the several Underwriters (in such capacity, the “Representatives”).

 

 

 

The Borrowed Underwritten Shares and the Company Top-Up Underwritten Shares (as defined herein) are herein referred to collectively as the “Underwritten Shares.” The Company Top-Up Underwritten Shares and the Company Top-Up Option Shares (as defined herein) are herein referred to collectively as the “Top-Up Shares.” The Borrowed Option Shares and the Company Top-Up Option Shares are herein referred to collectively as the “Option Shares.” The Borrowed Underwritten Shares and the Borrowed Option Shares are herein referred to collectively as the “Borrowed Shares.” The Underwritten Shares and the Option Shares are herein referred to collectively as the “Offered Shares.” References herein to the “Forward Sale Agreements” are to the initial Forward Sale Agreements and/or any Additional Forward Sale Agreements (as defined herein) as the context requires.

 

1.            Registration Statement. The Company has prepared and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder (collectively, the “Securities Act”), an automatic shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333–233159), including a prospectus (the “Base Prospectus”) relating to the public offering and sale of the Company’s securities, including the Offered Shares. Such registration statement in the form in which it became effective under the Securities Act, including the information, if any, deemed pursuant to Rule 430A, 430B or 430C under the Securities Act to be part of the registration statement as of such time (“Rule 430 Information”), is referred to herein as the “Registration Statement”; the term “Preliminary Prospectus” means the preliminary prospectus supplement dated June 17, 2020, relating to the Securities, together with the Base Prospectus; and the term “Prospectus” means the prospectus in the form first used by the Underwriters (or made available upon request of purchasers pursuant to Rule 173 under the Securities Act) in connection with confirmation of sales of the Offered Shares, together with the Base Prospectus. Any reference in this Agreement to the Registration Statement, the Base Prospectus, any Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus shall be deemed to refer to and include the documents incorporated by reference therein pursuant to Item 12 of Form S-3 under the Securities Act as of the effective date of the Registration Statement or the date of such Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus, as the case may be; and any reference to “amend,” “amendment” or “supplement” with respect to the Registration Statement, any Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus shall be deemed to refer to and include any documents filed after such date under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder (collectively, the “Exchange Act”) that are deemed to be incorporated by reference therein. Capitalized terms used but not defined herein shall have the meanings given to such terms in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus.

 

At or prior to 7:20 p.m. New York City time on June 17, 2020, which is the time when sales of the Underwritten Shares were first made (the “Time of Sale”), the Company had prepared the following information (collectively, the “Time of Sale Information”): the Preliminary Prospectus, any “free-writing prospectus” (as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act) listed in Annex B hereto and the pricing information set forth in Annex B.

 

2.            Representations and Warranties of the Company. The Company represents and warrants to each Underwriter, each Forward Purchaser and each Forward Seller as of the date hereof, the Closing Date and any Option Closing Date, and agreed with, each Underwriter, each Forward Purchaser and each Forward Seller that:

 

(a)            Preliminary Prospectus. No order preventing or suspending the use of any Preliminary Prospectus has been issued by the Commission, and each Preliminary Prospectus, at the time of filing thereof, complied in all material respects with the Securities Act and, as of its date, did not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; provided that the Company makes no representation or warranty with respect to any statements or omissions made in reliance upon and in conformity with information relating to any Underwriter furnished to the Company in writing by such Underwriter through the Representatives expressly for use in any Preliminary Prospectus.

 

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(b)            Time of Sale Information. The Time of Sale Information at the Time of Sale did not, and at the Closing Date (as hereinafter defined) will not, contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; provided that the Company makes no representation or warranty with respect to any statements or omissions made in reliance upon and in conformity with information relating to any Underwriter furnished to the Company in writing by such Underwriter through the Representatives expressly for use in the Time of Sale Information. No statement of material fact included in the Prospectus has been omitted from the Time of Sale Information, and no statement of material fact included in the Time of Sale Information that is required to be included in the Prospectus has been omitted therefrom.

 

(c)            Issuer Free Writing Prospectus. The Company (including its agents and representatives, other than the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers or the Forward Sellers, in their respective capacity as such) has not prepared, made, used, authorized, approved or referred to and will not prepare, make, use, authorize, approve or refer to any “written communication” (as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act) that constitutes an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy the Offered Shares (each such communication by the Company or its agents and representatives (other than a communication referred to in clauses (i), (ii) and (iii) below), an “Issuer Free Writing Prospectus”) other than (i) any document not constituting a prospectus pursuant to Section 2(a)(10)(a) of the Securities Act or Rule 134 under the Securities Act, (ii) any Preliminary Prospectus, (iii) the Prospectus, (iv) the documents, if any, listed in Annex B hereto as constituting part of the Time of Sale Information and (v) any electronic road show or other written communications, in each case approved in writing in advance by the Representatives. Each such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus complies in all material respects with the Securities Act, has been or will be (within the time period specified in Rule 433) filed in accordance with the Securities Act (to the extent required thereby) and, when taken together with the Preliminary Prospectus accompanying, or delivered prior to delivery of, such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, did not at the Time of Sale, and at the Closing Date will not, contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; provided that the Company makes no representation or warranty with respect to any statements or omissions made in each such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus in reliance upon and in conformity with information relating to any Underwriter furnished to the Company in writing by such Underwriter through the Representatives expressly for use in any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus.

 

(d)            Registration Statement and Prospectus. The Registration Statement is an “automatic shelf registration statement,” as defined under Rule 405 of the Securities Act, that has been filed with the Commission not earlier than three years prior to the date hereof, and the Company is eligible to use the Registration Statement as an automatic shelf registration statement to register the offer and sale of the Securities; and no notice of objection of the Commission to the use of such registration statement or any post-effective amendment thereto pursuant to Rule 401(g)(2) under the Securities Act has been received by the Company. No order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement has been issued by the Commission, and no proceeding for that purpose or pursuant to Section 8A of the Securities Act against the Company or related to the offering of the Offered Shares has been initiated or threatened by the Commission; as of the applicable effective date of the Registration Statement and any amendment thereto, the Registration Statement did not and will not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein not misleading; no order preventing or suspending the use of the Prospectus has been issued by the Commission; and as of the date of the Prospectus, as of the date of any amendment or supplement thereto, as of the Closing Date, the Prospectus will not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; provided that the Company makes no representation or warranty with respect to any statements or omissions made in reliance upon and in conformity with information relating to any Underwriter furnished to the Company in writing by such Underwriter through the Representatives expressly for use in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, and any amendment or supplement thereto.

 

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(e)            Incorporated Documents. The documents incorporated by reference in each of the Registration Statement, the Prospectus and the Time of Sale Information, when they were filed with the Commission or amended, conformed in all material respects to the requirements of the Exchange Act, and none of such documents contained any untrue statement of a material fact or omitted to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; and any further documents so filed and incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus or the Time of Sale Information, or any amendment or supplement thereto, when such documents are filed with the Commission, will conform in all material respects to the requirements of the Exchange Act, and will not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading.

 

(f)            Financial Statements. The financial statements and the related notes thereto included or incorporated by reference in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, and any amendment or supplement thereto comply, in all material respects with the applicable requirements of the Securities Act and the Exchange Act, as applicable, and present fairly in all material respects the consolidated financial position of the Company and its subsidiaries as of the dates indicated and their consolidated results of operations and their consolidated changes in cash flows for the periods specified; such financial statements have been prepared in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles applied on a consistent basis throughout the periods covered thereby, and the supporting schedules included or incorporated by reference in each of the Registration Statement, the Prospectus and the Time of Sale Information, and any amendment or supplement thereto, present fairly in all material respects the information required to be stated therein; the other financial information included or incorporated by reference in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, and any amendment or supplement thereto, has been derived from the accounting records of the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries and presents fairly in all material respects the information shown thereby; the pro forma financial information and the related notes thereto, if any, included or incorporated by reference in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, and any amendment or supplement thereto, have been prepared in accordance with the applicable requirements of the Securities Act and the Exchange Act, as applicable, and the assumptions underlying such pro forma financial information are reasonable and are set forth in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus; and no historical or pro forma financial statements are required to be included in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information or the Prospectus under the Securities Act or the Exchange Act that have not been included therein. The interactive data in eXtensbile Business Reporting Language included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus and the Time of Sale Information, and any amendment or supplement thereto, fairly presents the information called for in all material respects and is prepared in accordance with the Commission’s rules and guidelines applicable thereto.

 

(g)            No Material Adverse Change. Since the date of the most recent financial statements of the Company included or incorporated by reference in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus: (i) there has not been any change in the capital stock (other than the issuance of Shares relating to awards under the Company’s equity incentive or benefit plans (collectively, the “Equity Incentive Plans”), provided such Equity Incentive Plans have been disclosed in the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus) or long-term debt of the Company or any of its subsidiaries, or any dividend or distribution of any kind declared, set aside for payment, paid or made by the Company on any class of capital stock, or any material adverse change, or any development involving a prospective material adverse change, in or affecting the business, properties, rights, assets, management, financial position, results of operations or prospects of the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole; (ii) except as otherwise disclosed or incorporated by reference in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries has entered into any transaction or agreement that is material to the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole or incurred any liability or obligation, direct or contingent, that is material to the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole; and (iii) neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries has sustained any material loss or interference with its business from fire, explosion, flood or other calamity, whether or not covered by insurance, or from any labor disturbance or dispute or any action, order or decree of any court or arbitrator or governmental or regulatory authority, except in each case as otherwise disclosed or incorporated by reference in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus.

 

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(h)            Organization and Good Standing. The Company and each of its subsidiaries have been duly organized and are validly existing and in good standing under the laws of their respective jurisdictions of organization, are duly qualified to do business and are in good standing in each jurisdiction in which their respective ownership or lease of property or the conduct of their respective businesses requires such qualification, and have all power and authority necessary to own or hold their respective properties and to conduct the businesses in which they are engaged, except where the failure to be so qualified, be in good standing or have such power or authority would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a material adverse effect on the business, properties, assets, management, financial position, results of operations or prospects of the Company and its subsidiaries taken as a whole or on the performance by the Company of its obligations under this Agreement or the Forward Sale Agreements (a “Material Adverse Effect”).

 

(i)            Capitalization. The Company has the capitalization as set forth in, or incorporated by reference into, each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus (except for subsequent issuances, if any, pursuant to this Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreements, pursuant to reservations, agreements or the Equity Incentive Plans referred to in, or incorporated by reference into, the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus) and all the outstanding shares of capital stock or other equity interests of each subsidiary of the Company have been duly and validly authorized and issued, are fully paid and non-assessable (except, in the case of any foreign subsidiary, for directors’ qualifying shares and except as otherwise described in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus) and are owned directly or indirectly by the Company, free and clear of any lien, charge, encumbrance, security interest, restriction on voting or transfer or any other claim of any third party, and none of such shares of capital stock or other equity interests were issued in violation of preemptive or similar rights, except in each case as may otherwise be specifically disclosed or incorporated by reference in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus.

 

(j)            Due Authorization. The Company has the full right, power and authority to execute and deliver this Agreement and to perform its obligations hereunder. All action required to be taken for the due and proper authorization, execution and delivery of this Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreements and the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby has been duly and validly taken.

 

(k)            The Forward Sale Agreements. The initial Forward Sale Agreements have been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Company and are a legal, valid and binding obligation of the Company, enforceable against it in accordance with its terms, except to the extent that such enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or other similar laws relating to or affecting creditors’ rights and general principles of equity and except as rights to indemnity and contribution thereunder may be limited by applicable law or policies underlying such law. Each Additional Forward Sale Agreement, if any, will be duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Company and will be a legal, valid and binding obligation of the Company, enforceable against it in accordance with its terms, except to the extent that such enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or other similar laws relating to or affecting creditors’ rights and general principles of equity and except as rights to indemnity and contribution thereunder may be limited by applicable law or policies underlying such law.

 

(l)            The Shares. The Offered Shares have been duly and validly authorized and, when issued and delivered against payment therefor as provided herein, will be duly and validly issued and fully paid and non-assessable and will conform in all material respects to all statements related to the Shares contained in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus; no holder of the Shares will be subject to personal liability by reason of being such a holder; any certificate to be used to evidence the Shares will when such Shares are to be delivered be in due and proper form and will comply in all material respects with all applicable legal requirements, the requirements of the articles of amendment and restatement of the Company, as amended (the “Articles of Amendment and Restatement”), and the fifth amended and restated bylaws of the Company, as amended (the “Bylaws”), and the requirements of the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”). A total of 8,193,750 Shares have been duly and validly authorized and reserved for issuance under the Forward Sale Agreements. When issued and delivered by the Company to the Forward Purchasers pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreements, against payment of any consideration required to be paid by the Forward Purchasers pursuant to the terms of the Forward Sale Agreements, the Shares issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreements will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable and will conform in all material respects to all statements related to the Shares contained in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus.

 

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(m)            Underwriting Agreement. This Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Company.

 

(n)            Description of the Underwriting Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreements. This Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreements conform in all material respects to the description thereof contained in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus.

 

(o)            No Violation or Default. Neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries is (i) in violation of its charter or by-laws or similar organizational documents, (ii) in default, and no event has occurred that, with notice or lapse of time or both, would constitute such a default, in the due performance or observance of any term, covenant or condition contained in any indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, loan agreement or other agreement or instrument to which the Company or any of its subsidiaries is a party or by which the Company or any of its subsidiaries is bound or to which any property, right or asset of the Company or any of its subsidiaries is subject or (iii) in violation of any law or statute or any judgment, order, rule or regulation of any court or arbitrator or governmental or regulatory authority, except, in the case of clauses (ii) and (iii) above, for any such default or violation that would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(p)            No Conflicts. The execution, delivery and performance by the Company of this Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreements, the issuance, sale and delivery of the Offered Shares and the Shares issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreements and the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreements will not (i) conflict with or result in a breach or violation of any of the terms or provisions of, or constitute a default under, result in the termination, modification or acceleration of, or result in the creation or imposition of any lien, charge or encumbrance upon any property or asset of the Company or any of its subsidiaries pursuant to, any indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, loan agreement or other agreement or instrument to which the Company or any of its subsidiaries is a party or by which the Company or any of its subsidiaries is bound or to which any property or asset of the Company or any of its subsidiaries is subject, (ii) result in any violation of the provisions of the charter or by-laws or similar organizational documents of the Company or any of its subsidiaries or (iii) result in the violation of any law or statute or any judgment, order, rule or regulation of any court or arbitrator or governmental or regulatory authority, except, in the case of clauses (i) and (iii) above, for any such conflict, breach, violation, default, lien, charge or encumbrance that would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(q)            No Consents Required. No consent, approval, authorization, order, registration or qualification of or with any court or arbitrator or governmental or regulatory authority is required for the execution, delivery and performance by the Company of this Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreements, the issuance, sale and delivery of the Offered Shares and the Shares issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreements and the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreements, except for the registration of the offer and sale of the Offered Shares under the Securities Act and such consents, approvals, authorizations, orders and registrations or qualifications as may be required under applicable state securities laws in connection with the purchase and distribution of the Offered Shares by the Underwriters.

 

(r)            Legal Proceedings. Except as described or incorporated by reference in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, there are no legal, governmental or regulatory investigations, actions, demands, claims, suits, arbitrations, inquiries or proceedings (“Actions”) pending to which the Company or any of its subsidiaries is or may be a party or to which any property of the Company or any of its subsidiaries is or may be the subject that, individually or in the aggregate, if determined adversely to the Company or any of its subsidiaries, would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; no Actions are threatened or, to the knowledge of the Company, contemplated by any governmental or regulatory authority or threatened by others; and (i) there are no current or pending Actions that are required under the Securities Act to be described in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information or the Prospectus that are not so described in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information, the Prospectus or any document incorporated by reference therein that are not so described as required and (ii) there are no contracts or other documents that are required under the Securities Act to be filed as exhibits to the Registration Statement or described in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus that are not so filed as exhibits to the Registration Statement or described in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus or any document incorporated by reference therein that are not so filed as exhibits or so described as required.

 

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(s)            Independent Accountants. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, which has certified certain financial statements of the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries, is an independent registered public accounting firm with respect to the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries within the applicable rules and regulations adopted by the Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) and as required by the Securities Act.

 

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

 

(u)            No Undisclosed Relationships. No relationship, direct or indirect, exists between or among the Company or any of its subsidiaries, on the one hand, and the directors, officers, stockholders, or other affiliates of the Company or any of its subsidiaries, on the other, that is required by the Securities Act to be described in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus and that is not so described therein.

 

(v)            Investment Company Act. The Company is not, and after giving effect to the issuance, sale and delivery of the Offered Shares and the Shares issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreements and the application of the proceeds thereof as described in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus will not be, an “investment company” within the meaning of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder (collectively, the “Investment Company Act”).

 

(w)            Taxes. The Company and its subsidiaries have paid all material federal, state, local and foreign taxes and filed all tax returns required to be paid or filed through the date hereof (taking into account all permitted extensions); and except as otherwise disclosed or incorporated by reference in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, there is no material tax deficiency that has been, or would reasonably be expected to be, asserted against the Company or any of its subsidiaries or any of their respective properties or assets.

 

(x)            Licenses and Permits. The Company and its subsidiaries possess all licenses, certificates, permits and other authorizations issued by, and have made all declarations and filings with, the appropriate federal, state, local or foreign governmental or regulatory authorities that are necessary for the ownership or lease of their respective properties or the conduct of their respective businesses as described or incorporated by reference in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, and any amendment or supplement thereto, except where the failure to possess or make the same would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect; and except as described or incorporated by reference in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries has received notice of any revocation or modification of any such license, sub-license, certificate, permit or authorization or has any reason to believe that any such license, certificate, permit or authorization will not be renewed in the ordinary course.

 

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(y)            Compliance With Environmental Laws. (i) The Company and its subsidiaries (x) are in compliance with any and all applicable federal, state, local and foreign laws, rules, regulations, requirements, decisions and orders relating to the protection of human health or safety, the environment, natural resources, hazardous or toxic substances or wastes, pollutants or contaminants (collectively, “Environmental Laws”), (y) have received and are in compliance with all permits, licenses, certificates or other authorizations or approvals required of them under applicable Environmental Laws to conduct their respective businesses, and (z) have not received notice of any actual or potential liability under or relating to any Environmental Laws, including for the investigation or remediation of any disposal or release of hazardous or toxic substances or wastes, pollutants or contaminants, and have no knowledge of any event or condition that would reasonably be expected to result in any such notice; (ii) there are no costs or liabilities associated with Environmental Laws of or relating to the Company or its subsidiaries, except in the case of each of (i) and (ii) above, for any such failure to comply, or failure to receive required permits, licenses or approvals, or cost or liability, as would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect; and (iii) except as described or incorporated by reference in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, (x) there are no proceedings that are pending, or that are known to be contemplated, against the Company or any of its subsidiaries under any Environmental Laws in which a governmental entity is also a party, other than such proceedings that would not reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to have a Material Adverse Effect, (y) the Company and its subsidiaries are not aware of any issues regarding compliance with Environmental Laws, or liabilities or other obligations under Environmental Laws or concerning hazardous or toxic substances or wastes, pollutants or contaminants, that would reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to have a Material Adverse Effect, and (z) none of the Company and its subsidiaries anticipates capital expenditures relating to any Environmental Laws that would be material to the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries taken as a whole.

 

(z)            Compliance with ERISA. Except in each case with respect to the events or conditions set forth in (i) through (viii) hereof as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect: (i) each employee benefit plan, within the meaning of Section 3(3) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”), for which the Company or any member of its “Controlled Group” (defined as any organization which is a member of a controlled group of corporations within the meaning of Section 414 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”)) would have any liability (each, a “Plan”) has been maintained in compliance with its terms and the requirements of any applicable statutes, orders, rules and regulations, including, but not limited to, ERISA and the Code; (ii) no prohibited transaction, within the meaning of Section 406 of ERISA or Section 4975 of the Code, has occurred with respect to any Plan excluding transactions effected pursuant to a statutory or administrative exemption; (iii) for each Plan that is subject to the funding rules of Section 412 of the Code or Section 302 of ERISA, no Plan has failed (whether or not waived), or is reasonably expected to fail, to satisfy the minimum funding standards (within the meaning of Section 302 of ERISA or Section 412 of the Code) applicable to such Plan; (iv) no Plan is, or is reasonably expected to be, in “at risk status” (within the meaning of Section 303(i) of ERISA) or “endangered status” or “critical status” (within the meaning of Section 305 of ERISA); (v) the fair market value of the assets of each Plan exceeds the present value of all benefits accrued under such Plan (determined based on those assumptions used to fund such Plan); (vi) no “reportable event” (within the meaning of Section 4043(c) of ERISA) has occurred or is reasonably expected to occur; (vii) each Plan that is intended to be qualified under Section 401(a) of the Code is so qualified and nothing has occurred, whether by action or by failure to act, which would cause the loss of such qualification; and (viii) neither the Company nor any member of the Controlled Group has incurred, nor reasonably expects to incur, any liability under Title IV of ERISA (other than contributions to the Plan or premiums to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, in the ordinary course and without default) in respect of a Plan (including a “multiemployer plan,” within the meaning of Section 4001(a)(3) of ERISA).

 

(aa)           Disclosure Controls. The Company and its subsidiaries maintain an effective system of “disclosure controls and procedures” (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) of the Exchange Act) that is designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Company in reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the Commission’s rules and forms, including controls and procedures designed to ensure that such information is accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. The Company and its subsidiaries have carried out evaluations of the effectiveness of their disclosure controls and procedures as required by Rule 13a-15 of the Exchange Act.

 

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(bb)           Accounting Controls. The Company, on a consolidated basis with its subsidiaries, maintains a system of “internal control over financial reporting” (as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) of the Exchange Act) that complies with the requirements of the Exchange Act and has been designed by, or under the supervision of, their respective principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. The Company, on a consolidated basis with its subsidiaries, maintains internal accounting controls sufficient to provide reasonable assurance that: (i) transactions are executed in accordance with management’s general or specific authorizations; (ii) transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles and to maintain asset accountability; (iii) access to assets is permitted only in accordance with management’s general or specific authorization; (iv) the recorded accountability for assets is compared with the existing assets at reasonable intervals and appropriate action is taken with respect to any differences; and (v) interactive data in eXtensbile Business Reporting Language included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus and the Time of Sale Information, and any amendment or supplement thereto, is prepared in accordance with the Commission’s rules and guidelines applicable thereto. Except as disclosed in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, there are no material weaknesses or significant deficiencies in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

(cc)            Insurance. The Company and its subsidiaries have insurance covering their respective properties, operations, personnel and businesses, including business interruption insurance, which insurance is in amounts and insures against such losses and risks as are customary in the businesses in which the Company and its subsidiaries are engaged; and neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries has (i) received notice from any insurer or agent of such insurer that capital improvements or other expenditures are required or necessary to be made in order to continue such insurance or (ii) any reason to believe that it will not be able to renew its existing insurance coverage as and when such coverage expires or to obtain similar coverage at reasonable cost from similar insurers as may be necessary to continue its business.

 

(dd)            No Unlawful Payments. Neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries nor any director, officer or employee of the Company or any of its subsidiaries nor, to the knowledge of the Company, any agent, affiliate or other person associated with or acting on behalf of the Company or any of its subsidiaries has: (i) used any funds for any unlawful contribution, gift, entertainment or other unlawful expense relating to political activity; (ii) made or taken an act in furtherance of an offer, promise or authorization of any direct or indirect unlawful payment or benefit to any foreign or domestic government or regulatory official or employee, including of any government-owned or controlled entity or of a public international organization, or any person acting in an official capacity for or on behalf of any of the foregoing, or any political party or party official or candidate for political office; (iii) violated or is in violation of any provision of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, as amended, or any applicable law or regulation implementing the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, or committed an offence under the Bribery Act 2010 of the United Kingdom, or any other applicable anti-bribery or anti-corruption laws; or (iv) made, offered, agreed, requested or taken an act in furtherance of any unlawful bribe or other unlawful benefit, including, without limitation, any rebate, payoff, influence payment, kickback or other unlawful or improper payment or benefit. The Company and its subsidiaries have instituted, maintain and enforce, and will continue to maintain and enforce policies and procedures designed to promote and ensure compliance with all applicable anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws.

 

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(ee)            Compliance with Money Laundering Laws. The operations of the Company and its subsidiaries are and have been conducted at all times in compliance with applicable financial recordkeeping and reporting requirements, including those of the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act of 1970, as amended, the applicable money laundering statutes of all jurisdictions where the Company or any of its subsidiaries conducts business, the rules and regulations thereunder and any related or similar rules, regulations or guidelines issued, administered or enforced by any governmental or regulatory agency (collectively, the “Anti-Money Laundering Laws”) and no action, suit or proceeding by or before any court or governmental agency, authority or body or any arbitrator involving the Company or any of its subsidiaries with respect to the Anti-Money Laundering Laws is pending or, to the knowledge of the Company, threatened.

 

(ff)             No Conflicts with Sanctions Laws. (i) Neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries, directors, officers or employees, nor, to the knowledge of the Company, any agent, or affiliate or other person associated with or acting on behalf of the Company or any of its subsidiaries is (A) currently the subject or the target of any sanctions administered or enforced by the U.S. Government (including, without limitation, the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury or the U.S. Department of State and including, without limitation, the designation as a “specially designated national” or “blocked person”), the United Nations Security Council, the European Union, Her Majesty’s Treasury, or other relevant sanctions authority (collectively, “Sanctions”) or (B) located, organized or resident in a country or territory that is the subject or the target of Sanctions, including, without limitation, the Crimea Region, Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria (each, a “Sanctioned Country”); (ii) the Company will not directly or indirectly use the proceeds of the offering of the Offered Shares hereunder or the proceeds received pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreements, or lend, contribute or otherwise make available such proceeds to any subsidiary, joint venture partner or other person or entity, (A) to fund or facilitate any activities of or business with any person that, at the time of such funding or facilitation, is the subject or the target of Sanctions, (B) to fund or facilitate any activities of or business in any Sanctioned Country or (C) in any other manner that will result in a violation of Sanctions by any person (including any person participating in the transaction, whether as underwriter, advisor, investor or otherwise); and (iii) for the past five years, the Company and its subsidiaries have not engaged in, are not now knowingly engaged in, and will not knowingly engage in, any dealings or transactions with any person that at the time of the dealing or transaction is or was the subject or the target of Sanctions or with any Sanctioned Country.

 

(gg)           Solvency. On and immediately after the Closing Date, the Company (after giving effect to the issuance and sale of the Offered Shares and the other transactions related thereto as described in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus) will be Solvent. As used in this paragraph, the term “Solvent” means, with respect to a particular date and entity, that on each such date: (i) the fair value (and present fair saleable value) of the assets of such entity is not less than the total amount required to pay the probable liability of such entity on its total existing debts and liabilities (including contingent liabilities) as they become absolute and matured; (ii) such entity is able to realize upon its assets and pay its debts and other liabilities, contingent obligations and commitments as they mature and become due in the normal course of business; (iii) assuming consummation of the issuance and sale of the Offered Shares as contemplated by this Agreement, the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, such entity does not have, intend to incur or believe that it will incur debts or liabilities beyond its ability to pay as such debts and liabilities mature; (iv) such entity is not engaged in any business or transaction, and does not propose to engage in any business or transaction, for which its property would constitute unreasonably small capital; and (v) such entity is not a defendant in any civil action that would result in a judgment that such entity is or would become unable to satisfy.

 

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(hh)           No Restrictions on Subsidiaries. No subsidiary of the Company is currently prohibited, directly or indirectly, under any agreement or other instrument to which it is a party or is subject, from paying any dividends to the Company, from making any other distribution on such

subsidiary’s capital stock or similar ownership interest, from repaying to the Company any loans or advances to such subsidiary from the Company or from transferring any of such subsidiary’s properties or assets to the Company or any other subsidiary of the Company, except where such prohibition would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(ii)              No Broker’s Fees. Neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries is a party to any contract, agreement or understanding with any person (other than this Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreements) that would give rise to a valid claim against any of them or any Underwriter, either Forward Purchaser or either Forward Seller for a brokerage commission, finder’s fee or like payment in connection with the offering and sale of the Offered Shares.

 

(jj)             No Registration Rights. No person has the right to require the Company or any of its subsidiaries to register any securities for sale under the Securities Act by reason of the filing of the Registration Statement with the Commission or the issuance and sale of the Offered Shares.

 

(kk)            No Stabilization. The Company has not taken, directly or indirectly, any action designed to or that would reasonably be expected to cause or result in any stabilization or manipulation of the price of the Offered Shares.

 

(ll)              Margin Rules. Neither the issuance, sale and delivery of the Offered Shares or the Shares issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreements nor the application of the proceeds thereof by the Company as described in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus will violate Regulation T, U or X of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System or any other regulation of such Board of Governors.

 

(mm)          Forward-Looking Statements. No forward-looking statement (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act) included or incorporated by reference in any of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information or the Prospectus, or any amendment or supplement thereto, has been made or reaffirmed without a reasonable basis or has been disclosed other than in good faith.

 

(nn)           Statistical and Market Data. Nothing has come to the attention of the Company that has caused the Company to believe that the statistical and market-related data included or incorporated by reference in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, or any amendment or supplement thereto, is not based on or derived from sources that are reliable and accurate in all material respects.

 

(oo)            Sarbanes-Oxley Act. There is and has been no failure on the part of the Company or any of the Company’s directors or officers, in their capacities as such, to comply in all material respects with any provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated in connection therewith (the “Sarbanes-Oxley Act”), including Section 402 related to loans and Sections 302 and 906 related to certifications.

 

(pp)            Status under the Securities Act. The Company is not an ineligible issuer and is a well-known seasoned issuer, in each case as defined under the Securities Act, in each case at the times specified in the Securities Act in connection with the offering of the Offered Shares.

 

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(qq)            REIT Qualification. Commencing with its taxable year ended December 31, 2012, the Company has been, and upon the sale of the Underwritten Shares, the Company will continue to be, organized and operated in conformity with the requirements for qualification and taxation as a real estate investment trust (a “REIT”) under the Code, and the Company’s present and proposed method of operation as described in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus will enable the Company to continue to meet the requirements for qualification and taxation as a REIT under the Code.

 

(rr)             Cybersecurity. (A) To the knowledge of the Company, there has been no material security breach or incident, unauthorized access or disclosure, or other compromise of or relating to the Company’s or its subsidiaries’ information technology and computer systems, networks, hardware, software, data and databases (including the data and information of their respective customers, employees, suppliers, vendors and any third-party data maintained, processed or stored by the Company or its subsidiaries and any such data processed or stored by third parties on behalf of the Company and its subsidiaries), equipment or technology (collectively, “IT Systems and Data”); (B) neither the Company nor its subsidiaries have been notified of, and the Company and its subsidiaries have no knowledge of any event or condition that would result in, any material security breach or incident, unauthorized access or disclosure or other compromise to their IT Systems and Data; and (C) the Company and its subsidiaries have implemented appropriate controls, policies, procedures and technological safeguards to maintain and protect the integrity, continuous operation, redundancy and security of their IT Systems and Data reasonably consistent with industry standards and practices, or as required by applicable regulatory standards. The Company and its subsidiaries are presently in material compliance with all applicable laws or statutes and all judgments, orders, rules and regulations of any court or arbitrator or governmental or regulatory authority, internal policies and contractual obligations relating to the privacy and security of IT Systems and Data and to the protection of such IT Systems and Data from unauthorized use, access, misappropriation or modification.

 

3.            Representations and Warranties of the Forward Sellers. Each Forward Seller, severally and not jointly, represents and warrants to each Underwriter and the Company as of the date hereof, the Closing Date and any Option Closing Date, and agrees with, each Underwriter and the Company that:

 

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

 

(ii)            The initial Forward Sale Agreement between the Company and the related Forward Purchaser has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by such Forward Purchaser and, assuming due authorization, execution and delivery by the Company, constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of such Forward Purchaser, enforceable against such Forward Purchaser in accordance with its terms, except to the extent that such enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or other similar laws relating to or affecting creditors’ rights and general principles of equity and except as rights to indemnity and contribution thereunder may be limited by applicable law or policies underlying such law.

 

(iii)            Each Additional Forward Sale Agreement, if any, between the Company and the related Forward Purchaser will be duly authorized, executed and delivered by such Forward Purchaser and, assuming due authorization, execution and delivery by the Company, will constitute a legal, valid and binding obligation of such Forward Purchaser, enforceable against such Forward Purchaser in accordance with its terms, except to the extent that such enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or other similar laws relating to or affecting creditors’ rights and general principles of equity and except as rights to indemnity and contribution thereunder may be limited by applicable law or policies underlying such law.

 

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

 

4.            Purchase, Sale and Delivery of the Offered Shares.

 

(a)            On the basis of the representations and warranties herein contained and subject to the terms and conditions herein set forth, the Forward Sellers (with respect to the Borrowed Underwritten Shares) and the Company (with respect to any Company Top-Up Underwritten Shares), severally and not jointly, agree to sell to each Underwriter, and each Underwriter agrees, severally and not jointly, to purchase from the Forward Sellers (with respect to the Borrowed Underwritten Shares) and the Company (with respect to any Company Top-Up Underwritten Shares) the respective number of Underwritten Shares set forth in Schedule 1 hereto opposite such Underwriter’s name at $68.35 per share (the “Purchase Price”). Each of the Forward Sellers’ obligations extend solely to the number of Borrowed Underwritten Shares specified opposite its name on Schedule 1.

 

(b)            In addition, on the basis of the representations and warranties herein contained and subject to the terms and conditions herein set forth, the Forward Sellers (with respect to any Borrowed Option Shares) and the Company (with respect to any Company Top-Up Option Shares), severally and not jointly, hereby grant an option to the several Underwriters, severally and not jointly, to purchase (i) up to the number of Borrowed Option Shares set forth in Schedule 1 (in the case of the Forward Sellers) and (ii) up to the total number of Company Top-Up Option Shares (in the case of the Company), in each case at the Purchase Price; provided that, with respect to such Option Shares, the Purchase Price shall be reduced by an amount per share equal to any dividends or distributions declared by the Company and payable on the Company Top-Up Underwritten Shares but not payable on such Option Shares. Each of the Forward Sellers’ obligations extend solely to the number of Borrowed Option Shares specified opposite its name on Schedule 1.

 

(i)            Within one business day after such notice is given, the Company shall execute and deliver to the Forward Purchasers an additional letter agreement between the Company and the Forward Purchasers (such letter agreement, an “Additional Forward Sale Agreement”) relating to the forward sale by the Company, subject to the Company’s right to elect Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement (as such terms are defined in such Additional Forward Sale Agreements), of a number of Shares equal to the aggregate number of Borrowed Option Shares being purchased by the Underwriters from the Forward Sellers pursuant to the exercise of such option, on terms substantially similar to the initial Forward Sale Agreements as agreed to by the parties. Upon such execution by the Company and the Forward Purchasers, based upon the warranties and representations and subject to the terms and conditions herein contained, the Forward Sellers (or, in the case of any Company Top-Up Option Shares, the Company) hereby agrees to sell to the several Underwriters such number of Borrowed Option Shares at the Purchase Price.

 

(ii)            The number of Option Shares to be purchased by each Underwriter shall be the number of Option Shares which bears the same ratio to the aggregate number of Option Shares being purchased as the number of Underwritten Shares set forth opposite the name of such Underwriter in Schedule 1 hereto (or such number increased as set forth in Section 12 hereof) bears to the aggregate number of Underwritten Shares purchased from the Forward Sellers (or the Company) by the several Underwriters, subject, however, to such adjustments to eliminate any fractional shares as the Representatives in their sole discretion shall make. The option hereby granted may be exercised through and including the 30th day after the date hereof, and may be exercised in whole or in part from time to time upon notice by the Representatives to the Company, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers setting forth the number of Option Shares as to which the Underwriters are then exercising the option and the time and date of payment and delivery for such Option Shares. Any such time and date of delivery (the “Option Closing Date”) shall be determined by the Representatives, but shall not be later than seven full business days after the exercise of said option, nor in any event prior to the Closing Date.

 

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(c)            If (i) any of the representations and warranties of the Company contained in Section 1(d) hereof or any certificate delivered by the Company pursuant hereto are not true and correct as of the Closing Date (as defined herein) or such Option Closing Date, as the case may be, as if made as of the Closing Date or such Option Closing Date, as the case may be; (ii) the Company has not performed all of the obligations required to be performed by it under this Agreement on or prior to the Closing Date or such Option Closing Date, as the case may be; (iii) any of the conditions set forth in Section 7 hereof have not been satisfied on or prior to the Closing Date or such Option Closing Date, as the case may be; (iv) this Agreement shall have been terminated pursuant to Section 11 hereof on or prior to the Closing Date or such Option Closing Date, as the case may be, or the Closing Date or such Option Closing Date, as the case may be, shall not have occurred; (v) any of the conditions set forth in Paragraph 7 of the Forward Sale Agreements shall not have been satisfied on the terms set forth in the Forward Sale Agreements on or prior to the Closing Date or such Option Closing Date, as the case may be; or (vi) any of the representations and warranties of the Company contained in the Forward Sale Agreements are not true and correct as of the Closing Date or such Option Closing Date, as the case may be, as if made as of the Closing Date or such Option Closing Date, as the case may be (clauses (i) through (vi), together, the “Conditions”), then the Forward Sellers, in their sole discretion, may elect not to borrow and deliver for sale to the Underwriters the Borrowed Shares otherwise deliverable on such date. In addition, in the event the Forward Sellers (or their affiliates) (x) are unable, after using commercially reasonable efforts, to borrow and deliver for sale the full number of Borrowed Shares to be borrowed and sold hereunder as of the Closing Date or such Option Closing Date, as the case may be, or (y) would incur a stock loan cost of more than a rate equal to 50 basis points per annum to do so with respect to all or any portion of such full number of Borrower Shares, then, in each case, the Forward Sellers shall only be required to deliver for sale to the Underwriters on the Closing Date or such Option Closing Date, as the case may be, the aggregate number of Shares that such Forward Sellers (or their affiliates) are able to so borrow and deliver.

 

(d)            If the Forward Sellers elect, pursuant to Section 4(c) hereof, not to borrow and deliver for sale to the Underwriters on the Closing Date or such Option Closing Date, as the case may be, the total number of Borrowed Shares to be sold hereunder, the Forward Sellers will use their commercially reasonable efforts to notify the Company no later than 8:30 A.M. (New York City time) on the Closing Date or such Option Closing Date, as the case may be. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, in no event will the Company be required to issue or deliver the applicable Top-Up Shares prior to the business day following notice to the Company of the relevant number of Offered Shares so deliverable in accordance with this Section 4(d).

 

(e)            Payment for the Underwritten Shares shall be made by the Underwriters to the Forward Sellers (with respect to the Borrowed Underwritten Shares) or to the Company (with respect to any Company Top-Up Underwritten Shares) by wire transfer of immediately available funds to bank accounts designated by the Forward Sellers and the Company, as the case may be, against delivery to the Representatives for the respective accounts of the Underwriters of certificates, if any, or security entitlements for the Underwritten Shares to be purchased by them at 9:00 A.M. (New York City time) on June 22, 2020, or such other time not later than ten business days after such date or such other method as shall be agreed upon by the Representatives, the Forward Sellers or the Company, as applicable, or as provided in Section 12 hereof (such date and time of delivery and payment for such Underwritten Shares being herein called the “Closing Date”). Delivery of the Underwritten Shares shall be made, and the Underwritten Shares shall be registered in the name of Cede & Co. as nominee of The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”), and available for checking in New York, New York not later than 4:00 P.M. (New York City time) on the business day prior to the Closing Date, or as otherwise agreed to by the relevant parties.

 

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(f)            If the option provided for in Section 4(b) hereof is exercised after the second business day prior to the Closing Date, delivery of the Option Shares shall be made to the Underwriters on the date specified by the Representatives (which shall be at least one but within two business days after written notice of the exercise of such option is given) for the respective accounts of the several Underwriters. Payment for any Option Shares shall be made by the Underwriters to the Forward Sellers (with respect to any Borrowed Option Shares) or the Company (with respect to any Company Top-Up Option Shares) by wire transfer of immediately available funds to bank accounts designated by the Forward Sellers and the Company, as the case may be, against delivery to the Representatives for the respective accounts of the Underwriters of certificates or security entitlements for the Underwritten Shares to be purchased by them at 9:00 A.M. (New York City time), on the Option Closing Date, or such other time not later than ten business days after such date as shall be agreed upon by the Representatives, the Forward Sellers or the Company, as applicable, or as provided in Section 12 hereof or as otherwise agreed to by the relevant parties.

 

(g)            The Representatives hereby advise the Company that the Underwriters intend to offer for sale to the public, initially on the terms set forth in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, their respective portions of the Offered Shares as soon after this Agreement has been executed as the Representatives, in their sole judgment, have determined is advisable and practicable.

 

(h)            The Company acknowledges and agrees that (a) the purchase and sale of the Offered Shares pursuant to this Agreement, including the determination of the public offering prices of the Offered Shares and any related discounts and commissions, is an arm’s-length commercial transaction between the Company, on the one hand, and the several Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers or the Forward Sellers, on the other hand, (b) in connection with the offering contemplated hereby and the process leading to such transaction, each of the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers is and has been acting solely as a principal and is not the agent or fiduciary of the Company, or the Company’s other stockholders, creditors, employees or any other party, (c) none of the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers has assumed or will assume an advisory or fiduciary responsibility in favor of the Company with respect to the offering contemplated hereby or the process leading thereto (irrespective of whether such Underwriter, such Forward Purchaser or such Forward Seller has advised or is currently advising the Company on other matters) and none of the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers has any obligation to the Company with respect to the offering contemplated hereby except the obligations expressly set forth in this Agreement, (d) the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers, the Forward Sellers and their respective affiliates may be engaged in a broad range of transactions that involve interests that differ from those of the Company, and (e) none of the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers has provided any legal, accounting, regulatory or tax advice with respect to the offering contemplated hereby, and the Company has consulted its own legal, accounting, regulatory and tax advisors to the extent it deemed appropriate.

 

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5.            Further Agreements of the Company. The Company covenants and agrees with each Underwriter, each Forward Purchaser and each Forward Seller that:

 

(a)            Required Filings. The Company will file the final Prospectus with the Commission within the time periods specified by Rule 424(b) and Rule 430A, 430B or 430C under the Securities Act, and will file any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus to the extent required by, and within the time period specified in, Rule 433 under the Securities Act; the Company will file promptly all reports and any definitive proxy or information statements required to be filed by the Company with the Commission pursuant to Section 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act subsequent to the date of the Prospectus and for so long as the delivery of a prospectus is required in connection with the offering or sale of the Offered Shares; and the Company will furnish copies of the Prospectus and each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus (if any) (to the extent requested) to the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers or the Forward Sellers in New York City prior to 10:00 A.M., New York City time, on the second business day succeeding the date of this Agreement in such quantities as the Representatives may reasonably request. The Company will pay the registration fees for the offering of the Offered Shares within the time period required by Rule 456(b)(1)(i) under the Securities Act (without giving effect to the proviso therein) and in any event prior to the Closing Date.

 

(b)            Delivery of Copies. The Company will, at the request of any of the Representatives, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers, deliver, without charge: (i) to the Representatives, two signed copies of the Registration Statement as originally filed and each amendment thereto, in each case including all exhibits and consents filed therewith and documents incorporated by reference therein; and (ii) to each Underwriter, each Forward Purchaser and each Forward Seller (A) a conformed copy of the Registration Statement as originally filed and each amendment thereto, in each case including all exhibits and consents filed therewith and (B) during the Prospectus Delivery Period (as defined herein), as many copies of the Prospectus (including all amendments and supplements thereto and documents incorporated by reference therein) and each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus as the Representatives, the Forward Purchasers or the Forward Sellers may reasonably request. As used herein, the term “Prospectus Delivery Period” means such period of time from, and including, the first date of the public offering of the Offered Shares as in the opinion of counsel for the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers a prospectus relating to the Offered Shares is required by law to be delivered (or required to be delivered but for Rule 172 under the Securities Act) in connection with sales of the Offered Shares by any Underwriter or dealer.

 

(c)            Amendments or Supplements; Issuer Free Writing Prospectuses. Prior to the expiration of the Prospectus Delivery Period, before making, preparing, using, authorizing, approving, referring to or filing any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, and before filing any amendment or supplement to the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information or the Prospectus, the Company will furnish to the Representatives, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers and their counsel a copy of the proposed Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, amendment or supplement for review and will not prepare, use, authorize, approve, refer to or file any such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, amendment or supplement to which the Representatives reasonably object.

 

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(d)            Notice to the Representatives, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers. The Company will advise the Representatives, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers promptly, and confirm such advice in writing: (i) when any amendment to the Registration Statement has been filed or becomes effective; (ii) when any supplement to the Prospectus or any amendment to the Prospectus or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus has been filed or distributed; (iii) of any request by the Commission for any amendment to the Registration Statement, or any amendment or supplement to the Prospectus or the receipt of any comments from the Commission relating to the Registration Statement or any other request by the Commission for any additional information; (iv) of the issuance by the Commission of any order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or preventing or suspending the use of any Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus or the initiation or threatening of any proceeding for that purpose or pursuant to Section 8A of the Securities Act; (v) of the occurrence of any event within the Prospectus Delivery Period as a result of which the Prospectus, the Time of Sale Information or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus as then amended or supplemented would include any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances existing when the Prospectus, the Time of Sale Information or any such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus is delivered to a purchaser, not misleading; (vi) of the receipt by the Company of any notice of objection of the Commission to the use of the Registration Statement or any post-effective amendment thereto pursuant to Rule 401(g)(2) under the Securities Act; and (vii) of the receipt by the Company of any notice with respect to any suspension of the qualification of the Offered Shares for offer and sale in any jurisdiction or the initiation or threatening of any proceeding for such purpose; and the Company will use its commercially reasonable efforts to prevent the issuance of any such order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement, preventing or suspending the use of any Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus or suspending any such qualification of the Offered Shares and, if any such order is issued, will obtain as soon as possible the withdrawal thereof.

 

(e)            Time of Sale Information. If during the Prospectus Delivery Period (i) any event shall occur or condition shall exist as a result of which the Time of Sale Information as then amended or supplemented would include any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading or (ii) it is necessary to amend or supplement the Time of Sale Information to comply with law, the Company will immediately notify the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers thereof and forthwith prepare and, subject to paragraph (c) above, file with the Commission (to the extent required) and furnish to the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers and to such dealers as the Representatives may designate, such amendments or supplements to the Time of Sale Information (or any document to be filed with the Commission and incorporated by reference therein) as may be necessary so that the statements in the Time of Sale Information as so amended or supplemented (including such documents to be incorporated by reference therein) will not, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, be misleading or so that the Time of Sale Information will comply with law.

 

(f)            Ongoing Compliance. If during the Prospectus Delivery Period (i) any event shall occur or condition shall exist as a result of which the Registration Statement or the Prospectus as then amended or supplemented would include any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances existing when it is delivered to a purchaser, not misleading or (ii) it is necessary to amend or supplement the Registration Statement or the Prospectus to comply with law, the Company will immediately notify the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers thereof and forthwith prepare and, subject to paragraph (c) above, file with the Commission and furnish to the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers and to such dealers as the Representatives may designate, such amendments or supplements to the Registration Statement or the Prospectus (or any document to be filed with the Commission and incorporated by reference therein) as may be necessary so that the statements in the Registration Statement or the Prospectus as so amended or supplemented including such documents to be incorporated by reference will not, in the light of the circumstances existing when it is delivered to a purchaser, be misleading or so that the Registration Statement or the Prospectus will comply with law.

 

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(g)            Blue Sky Compliance. The Company will furnish such information as may be required and otherwise use its commercially reasonable efforts to cooperate in qualifying the Offered Shares for offer and sale under the securities or Blue Sky laws of such jurisdictions as the Representatives shall reasonably request and will use its commercially reasonable efforts to maintain such qualifications in effect so long as required for distribution of the Offered Shares; provided that the Company shall not be required to (i) qualify as a foreign corporation or other entity or as a dealer in securities in any such jurisdiction where it would not otherwise be required to so qualify, (ii) file any general consent to service of process in any such jurisdiction or (iii) subject itself to taxation in any such jurisdiction if it is not otherwise so subject.

 

(h)            Earnings Statement. The Company will make generally available to its security holders, the Representatives, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers as soon as reasonably practicable an earnings statement that satisfies the provisions of Section 11(a) of the Securities Act and Rule 158 of the Commission promulgated thereunder covering a period of at least 12 months beginning with the first fiscal quarter of the Company occurring after the “effective date” (as defined in Rule 158) of the Registration Statement.

 

(i)            Restriction on Sale of Shares. During a period of 60 days from the date of the Prospectus (the “Lock-Up Period”), the Company will not (or publicly announce its intention to), without the prior written consent of the Representatives, (i) directly or indirectly, offer, pledge, sell, contract to sell, sell any option or contract to purchase, purchase any option or contract to sell, grant any option, right or warrant to purchase or otherwise transfer or dispose of any Shares or any securities convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for Shares or file any registration statement under the Securities Act with respect to any of the foregoing (except for registration statements on Form S-8 to register Shares or other equity awards under the Equity Incentive Plans) or (ii) enter into any swap or any other agreement or any transaction that transfers, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, the economic consequence of ownership of the Shares, whether any such swap, other agreement or other transaction described in clause (i) or (ii) above is to be settled by delivery of Shares or such other securities, in cash or otherwise. The foregoing sentence shall not apply to (A) the Offered Shares to be sold hereunder and the Shares issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreements, (B) any Shares issued by the Company upon the exercise of an option or warrant or the conversion of a security outstanding on the date hereof and referred to in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, (C) any Shares issued or options to purchase Shares granted pursuant to existing Equity Incentive Plans of the Company referred to in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus or (D) any Shares issued pursuant to any non-employee director stock plan or dividend reinvestment plan referred to in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus.

  

(j)            Use of Proceeds. The Company will apply the net proceeds from the Top-Up Shares and the net proceeds, if any, due upon settlement of the Forward Sale Agreements as described in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus under the heading “Use of Proceeds.” The Company represents and covenants that, regardless of Sanctions, they will not, directly or indirectly, use the proceeds of the transaction, or lend, contribute or otherwise make available such proceeds to any subsidiary, joint venture partner or other person, to fund any activities of, or business in or involving, Cuba or Iran.

 

(k)            DTC. The Company will assist the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers in arranging for the Offered Shares and the Shares issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreements to be eligible for clearance and settlement through DTC.

 

(l)            No Stabilization. The Company will not take, directly or indirectly, any action designed to or that would reasonably be expected to cause or result in any stabilization or manipulation of the price of the Offered Shares.

 

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(m)            Record Retention. The Company will, pursuant to reasonable procedures developed in good faith, retain copies of each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus (if any) that is not filed with the Commission in accordance with Rule 433 under the Securities Act.

 

(n)            REIT Qualification. The Company will use its commercially reasonable efforts to continue to meet the requirements for qualification as a REIT under the Code for each of its taxable years for so long as the Board of Directors of the Company deems it in the best interests of the Company to remain so qualified.

 

(o)            Listing. The Company will use commercially reasonable efforts to list, subject to notice of issuance, the Offered Shares and the Shares issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreements to the extent such Shares are not already so listed and, upon such listing, will use its commercially reasonable efforts to maintain such listing and to satisfy the requirements for such continued listing to effect and maintain the listing of the Offered Shares on the NYSE.

 

6.      Certain Agreements of the Underwriters.      Each Underwriter, severally and not jointly, represents and agrees that:

 

(a)            It has not used, authorized use of, referred to or participated in the planning for use of, and will not use, authorize use of, refer to, or participate in the planning for use of, any “free writing prospectus,” as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act (which term includes use of any written information furnished to the Commission by the Company and not incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement and any press release issued by the Company) other than (i) a free writing prospectus that, solely as a result of use by such Underwriter, would not trigger an obligation to file such free writing prospectus with the Commission pursuant to Rule 433, (ii) any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus listed in Annex B or prepared pursuant to Section 2(c) or Section 4(c) above (including any electronic road show), or (iii) any free writing prospectus prepared by such Underwriter and approved by the Company in advance in writing.

 

(b)            It is not subject to any pending proceeding under Section 8A of the Securities Act with respect to the offering (and will promptly notify the Company if any such proceeding against it is initiated during the Prospectus Delivery Period).

 

7.            Conditions of the Underwriters’ and the Forward Sellers’ Obligations. The obligation of each Underwriter to purchase the Offered Shares on the Closing Date and each Option Closing Date and the obligation of the Forward Sellers to deliver and sell the Borrowed Underwritten Shares on the Closing Date and, with respect to the Borrowed Option Shares, each Option Closing Date, as provided herein are subject to the performance by the Company of its covenants and other obligations hereunder and to the following additional conditions:

 

(a)            Registration Compliance; No Stop Order. No order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement shall be in effect, and no proceeding for such purpose, pursuant to Rule 401(g)(2) or pursuant to Section 8A under the Securities Act shall be pending before or threatened by the Commission; no order preventing or suspending the use of any Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus has been issued by the Commission; the Prospectus and each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus (if any) shall have been timely filed with the Commission under the Securities Act (in the case of an Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, to the extent required by Rule 433 under the Securities Act) and in accordance with Section 4(a) hereof; and all requests by the Commission for additional information shall have been complied with to the reasonable satisfaction of the Representatives, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers. The Company shall have paid the required Commission filing fees relating to the Offered Shares within the time period required by Rule 456(b)(1)(i) under the Securities Act without regard to the proviso therein and otherwise in accordance with Rules 456(b) and 457(r) under the Securities Act and, if applicable, shall have updated the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in accordance with Rule 456(b)(1)(ii) either in a post-effective amendment to the Registration Statement or on the cover page of a prospectus filed pursuant to Rule 424(b).

 

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(b)            Representations and Warranties. The representations and warranties of the Company contained herein shall be true and correct on the date hereof and on and as of the Closing Date or the applicable Option Closing Date, as the case may be; and the statements of the Company and its officers made in any certificates delivered pursuant to this Agreement shall be true and correct on and as of the Closing Date or the Option Closing Date, as the case may be.

 

(c)            No Downgrade. Subsequent to the earlier of (A) the Time of Sale and (B) the execution and delivery of this Agreement, (i) no downgrading or withdrawal shall have occurred in the rating accorded any debt securities or preferred stock issued or guaranteed by the Company or any of its subsidiaries by any “nationally recognized statistical rating organization,” as such term is defined under Section 3(a)(62) under the Exchange Act and (ii) no such organization shall have publicly announced that it has under surveillance or review, or has changed its outlook with respect to, its rating of any debt securities or preferred stock issued or guaranteed by the Company or any of its subsidiaries (other than an announcement with positive implications of a possible upgrading).

 

(d)            No Material Adverse Change. No event or condition of a type described in Section 2(g) hereof shall have occurred or shall exist, which event or condition is not described in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, in each case, for the avoidance of doubt, excluding any amendment or supplement thereto, the effect of which in the judgment of the Representatives, the Forward Purchasers or the Forward Sellers makes it impracticable or inadvisable to proceed with the offering, sale or delivery of the Offered Shares on the terms and in the manner contemplated by this Agreement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus.

 

(e)            Officer’s Certificate. The Representatives, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers shall have received on and as of the Closing Date or the Option Closing Date, as the case may be, a certificate of an officer of the Company who has specific knowledge of the Company’s financial matters and is satisfactory to the Representatives, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers (i) confirming that such officer has carefully reviewed the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus and, to the best knowledge of such officer, the representations set forth in Sections 2(b) and 2(d) hereof are true and correct on and as of the Closing Date or the Option Closing Date, as the case may be, (ii) confirming that the other representations and warranties of the Company in this Agreement are true and correct on and as of the Closing Date or the Option Closing Date, as the case may be, and that the Company has complied with all agreements and satisfied all conditions on its part to be performed or satisfied hereunder at or prior to the Closing Date or the Option Closing Date, as the case may be, and (iii) to the effect set forth in paragraphs (a), (c) and (d) above.

 

(f)            Comfort Letters and CFO Certificates. On the date of this Agreement and on the Closing Date or Option Closing Date, as the case may be, (i) PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP shall have furnished to the Representatives, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers, at the request of the Company, letters, dated the respective dates of delivery thereof and addressed to the Underwriters, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers, containing statements and information of the type customarily included in accountants’ “comfort letters” to underwriters with respect to the financial statements and certain financial information contained or incorporated by reference in each of the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, and any amendment or supplement thereto; provided that the letter delivered on the Closing Date or the Option Closing Date, as the case may be, shall use a “cut-off” date no more than three business days prior to the Closing Date or the Option Closing Date, as the case may be; and (ii) the Company shall have furnished to the Representatives, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers a certificate, dated the Closing Date or the Option Closing Date, as the case may be, and addressed to the Representatives, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers, of its chief financial officer with respect to certain financial data contained in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, and any amendment or supplement thereto, providing “management comfort” with respect to such information, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers.

 

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(g)            Opinion and “Rule 10b-5 Statement” of Counsel for the Company. DLA Piper LLP (US), counsel for the Company, shall have furnished to the Representatives, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers, at the request of the Company, its written opinion and a “Rule 10b-5 statement,” dated the Closing Date or the Option Closing Date, as the case may be, and addressed to the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Representatives, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers, to the effect set forth in Annex A hereto.

 

(h)            Opinion and “Rule 10b-5 Statement” of Counsel for the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers. The Representatives, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers shall have received on and as of the Closing Date or the Option Closing Date, as the case may be, an opinion and a “Rule 10b-5 statement” of Sidley Austin LLP, counsel for the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers with respect to such matters as the Representatives, the Forward Purchasers or the Forward Sellers may reasonably request, and such counsel shall have received such documents and information as it may reasonably request to enable it to pass upon such matters.

 

(i)            No Legal Impediment to Issuance. No action shall have been taken and no statute, rule, regulation or order shall have been enacted, adopted or issued by any federal, state or foreign governmental or regulatory authority that would, as of the Closing Date or the Option Closing Date, as the case may be, prevent the issuance or sale of the Offered Shares; and no injunction or order of any federal, state or foreign court shall have been issued that would, as of the Closing Date or the Option Closing Date, as the case may be, prevent the issuance or sale of the Offered Shares.

 

(j)            Good Standing. The Representatives, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers shall have received on and as of the Closing Date or the Option Closing Date, as the case may be, satisfactory evidence of the good standing of the Company in its jurisdiction of organization and its good standing in such other jurisdictions as the Representatives, the Forward Purchasers or the Forward Sellers may reasonably request, in each case in writing or any standard form of telecommunication, from the appropriate governmental authorities of such jurisdictions.

 

(k)            Listing. The Offered Shares to be delivered on the Closing Date or the Option Closing Date, as the case may be, and the Shares issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreements shall have been approved for listing on the NYSE, subject to official notice of issuance.

 

(l)            Lock-up Agreements. The “lock-up” agreements, each substantially in the form of Annex C hereto, between you and the persons listed on Schedule 2 hereto, shall have been received by you and shall be in full force and effect on the Closing Date or the Option Closing Date, as the case may be.

 

(m)            Additional Documents. On or prior to the Closing Date or the Option Closing Date, as the case may be, the Company shall have furnished to the Representatives, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers such further certificates and documents as the Representatives, the Forward Purchasers or the Forward Sellers may reasonably request.

 

All opinions, letters, certificates and evidence mentioned above or elsewhere in this Agreement shall be deemed to be in compliance with the provisions hereof only if they are in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to counsel for the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers.

 

8.            Indemnification and Contribution.

 

(a)            Indemnification of the Underwriters, Forward Purchasers and Forward Sellers. The Company agrees to indemnify and hold harmless each Underwriter, each Forward Purchaser, each Forward Seller, their affiliates, directors and officers and each person, if any, who controls such Underwriter, such Forward Purchaser or such Forward Seller within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act, from and against any and all losses, claims, damages and liabilities (including, without limitation, legal fees and other expenses incurred in connection with any suit, action or proceeding or any claim asserted, as such fees and expenses are incurred), joint or several, that arise out of, or are based upon, (i) any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), including any Rule 430 Information deemed to be a part thereof, or caused by any omission or alleged omission to state therein a material fact required to be stated therein, or necessary in order to make the statements therein, not misleading, or (ii) any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in the Prospectus, any Preliminary Prospectus, any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or any Time of Sale Information (or any amendment or supplement thereto) or any road show as defined in Rule 433 under the Securities Act, or caused by any omission or alleged omission to state therein a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading, in each case except insofar as such losses, claims, damages or liabilities arise out of, or are based upon, any untrue statement or omission or alleged untrue statement or omission made in reliance upon and in conformity with any information relating to any Underwriter furnished to the Company in writing by such Underwriter through the Representatives expressly for use therein.

 

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(b)            Indemnification of the Company. Each Underwriter agrees, severally and not jointly, to indemnify and hold harmless the Company, its directors and officers who signed the Registration Statement and each person, if any, who controls the Company within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act to the same extent as the indemnity set forth in paragraph (a) above, but only with respect to any losses, claims, damages or liabilities that arise out of, or are based upon, any untrue statement or omission or alleged untrue statement or omission made in reliance upon and in conformity with any information relating to such Underwriter furnished to the Company in writing by such Underwriter through the Representatives expressly for use in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), including any Rule 430 Information deemed to be a part thereof, the Prospectus, any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or any Time of Sale Information (or any amendment or supplement thereto), it being understood and agreed that the only such information consists of the following paragraphs in the Preliminary Prospectus and the Prospectus: the information under the heading “Underwriting (Conflicts of Interest) – Electronic Distribution.”

 

(c)            Notice and Procedures. If any suit, action, proceeding (including any governmental or regulatory investigation), claim or demand shall be brought or asserted against any person in respect of which indemnification may be sought pursuant to either paragraph (a) or (b) above, such person (the “Indemnified Person”) shall promptly notify the person against whom such indemnification may be sought (the “Indemnifying Person”) in writing; provided that the failure to notify the Indemnifying Person shall not relieve it from any liability that it may have under paragraph (a) or (b) above, except to the extent that it has been materially prejudiced (through the forfeiture of substantive rights or defenses) by such failure; and provided, further, that the failure to notify the Indemnifying Person shall not relieve it from any liability that it may have to an Indemnified Person otherwise than under paragraph (a) or (b) above. If any such proceeding shall be brought or asserted against an Indemnified Person and it shall have notified the Indemnifying Person thereof, the Indemnifying Person shall retain counsel reasonably satisfactory to the Indemnified Person (who shall not, without the consent of the Indemnified Person, be counsel to the Indemnifying Person) to represent the Indemnified Person and any others entitled to indemnification pursuant to this Section 8 that the Indemnifying Person may designate in such proceeding and shall pay the fees and expenses of such proceeding and shall pay the fees and expenses of such counsel related to such proceeding, as incurred. In any such proceeding, any Indemnified Person shall have the right to retain its own counsel, but the fees and expenses of such counsel shall be at the expense of such Indemnified Person unless: (i) the Indemnifying Person and the Indemnified Person shall have mutually agreed to the contrary; (ii) the Indemnifying Person has failed within a reasonable time to retain counsel reasonably satisfactory to the Indemnified Person; (iii) the Indemnified Person shall have reasonably concluded that there may be legal defenses available to it that are different from or in addition to those available to the Indemnifying Person; or (iv) the named parties in any such proceeding (including any impleaded parties) include both the Indemnifying Person and the Indemnified Person and representation of both parties by the same counsel would be inappropriate due to actual or potential differing interests between them. It is understood and agreed that the Indemnifying Person shall not, in connection with any proceeding or related proceeding in the same jurisdiction, be liable for the fees and expenses of more than one separate firm (in addition to any local counsel) for all Indemnified Persons, and that all such fees and expenses shall be reimbursed as they are incurred. Any such separate firm for any Underwriter, either Forward Purchaser, either Forward Seller, their affiliates, directors and officers and any control persons of such Underwriter, such Forward Purchaser and such Forward Seller shall be designated in writing by the Representatives and any such separate firm for the Company, its directors and officers who signed the Registration Statement and any control persons of the Company shall be designated in writing by the Company. The Indemnifying Person shall not be liable for any settlement of any proceeding effected without its written consent, but if settled with such consent or if there be a final judgment for the plaintiff, the Indemnifying Person agrees to indemnify each Indemnified Person from and against any loss or liability by reason of such settlement or judgment. Notwithstanding the foregoing sentence, if at any time an Indemnified Person shall have requested that an Indemnifying Person reimburse the Indemnified Person for fees and expenses of counsel as contemplated by this paragraph, the Indemnifying Person shall be liable for any settlement of any proceeding effected without its written consent if (i) such settlement is entered into more than 30 days after receipt by the Indemnifying Person of such request and (ii) the Indemnifying Person shall not have reimbursed the Indemnified Person in accordance with such request prior to the date of such settlement. No Indemnifying Person shall, without the written consent of the Indemnified Person, effect any settlement of any pending or threatened proceeding in respect of which any Indemnified Person is or could have been a party and indemnification could have been sought hereunder by such Indemnified Person, unless such settlement (x) includes an unconditional release of such Indemnified Person, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to such Indemnified Person, from all liability on claims that are the subject matter of such proceeding and (y) does not include any statement as to or any admission of fault, culpability or a failure to act by or on behalf of any Indemnified Person.

 

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(d)            Contribution. If the indemnification provided for in paragraph (a) or (b) above is unavailable to an Indemnified Person or insufficient in respect of any losses, claims, damages or liabilities referred to therein, then each Indemnifying Person under such paragraph, in lieu of indemnifying such Indemnified Person thereunder, shall contribute to the amount paid or payable by such Indemnified Person as a result of such losses, claims, damages or liabilities (i) in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect the relative benefits received by the Company, on the one hand, and the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers, on the other, from the offering of the Offered Shares or (ii) if the allocation provided by clause (i) is not permitted by applicable law, in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect not only the relative benefits referred to in clause (i) but also the relative fault of the Company, on the one hand, and the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers, on the other, in connection with the statements or omissions that resulted in such losses, claims, damages or liabilities, as well as any other relevant equitable considerations. The relative benefits received by the Company, on the one hand, and the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers, on the other, shall be deemed to be in the same respective proportions as (x) in the case of the Company, the net proceeds from the offering of the Offered Shares (including the proceeds to be received by the Company pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreements, assuming Physical Settlement (as defined in the Forward Sale Agreements) (before deducting expenses) received by the Company, (y) in the case of the Underwriters, the difference between (i) the aggregate price to the public received by the Underwriters for the Offered Shares and (ii) the aggregate price paid by the Underwriters for the Offered Shares and (z) in the case of the Forward Sellers and the Forward Purchasers, the Spread (as defined in the Forward Sale Agreements) retained by the Forward Purchasers under the Forward Sale Agreements, net of any costs associated therewith, as reasonably determined by the Forward Purchasers. The relative fault of the Company, on the one hand, and the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers, on the other, shall be determined by reference to, among other things, whether the untrue or alleged untrue statement of a material fact or the omission or alleged omission to state a material fact relates to information supplied by the Company or by the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers and the parties’ relative intent, knowledge, access to information and opportunity to correct or prevent such statement or omission.

 

(e)            Limitation on Liability. The parties hereto agree that it would not be just and equitable if contribution pursuant to this Section 8 were determined by pro rata allocation (even if the Underwriters were treated as one entity for such purpose) or by any other method of allocation that does not take account of the equitable considerations referred to in paragraph (d) above. The amount paid or payable by an Indemnified Person as a result of the losses, claims, damages and liabilities referred to in paragraph (d) above shall be deemed to include, subject to the limitations set forth above, any reasonable and documented out-of-pocket legal or other expenses incurred by such Indemnified Person in connection with any such action or claim. Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section 8, no Underwriter shall be required to contribute any amount in excess of the difference between: (i) the aggregate price to the public received by the Underwriters for the Offered Shares; and (ii) the aggregate price paid by the Underwriters for the Offered Shares, with respect to the Offered Shares underwritten by it and distributed to investors, and the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers shall not be required to contribute an amount in excess of the aggregate Spread (as defined in the Forward Sale Agreements) retained by the Forward Purchasers under the Forward Sale Agreements. No person guilty of fraudulent misrepresentation (within the meaning of Section 11(f) of the Securities Act) shall be entitled to contribution from any person who was not guilty of such fraudulent misrepresentation. The Underwriters’ obligations to contribute pursuant to this Section 8 are several in proportion to their respective purchase obligations hereunder and not joint.

 

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(f)            Non-Exclusive Remedies. The remedies provided for in this Section 8 are not exclusive and shall not limit any rights or remedies that may otherwise be available to any Indemnified Person at law or in equity.

 

9.            Effectiveness of Agreement. This Agreement shall become effective upon the execution and delivery hereof by the parties hereto.

 

10.           Issuance and Sale by the Company.

 

(a)            In the event that (i) all the Conditions are not satisfied on or prior to the Closing Date, and the Forward Sellers elects, pursuant to Section 4(c), not to deliver the Borrowed Shares deliverable by the Forward Sellers or (ii) the Forward Sellers (or their affiliates) (x) are unable, after using commercially reasonable efforts, to borrow and deliver for sale the full number of Borrowed Shares to be borrowed and sold hereunder as of the Closing Date or such Option Closing Date or (y) would incur a stock loan cost of more than a rate equal to 50 basis points per annum to do so with respect to all or any portion of such full number of Borrowed Shares, then, in each case, the Company shall issue and sell to the Underwriters, pursuant to Section 4 hereof, in whole but not in part, an aggregate number of Shares equal to the number of Borrowed Shares that the Forward Sellers do not so deliver and sell to the Underwriters. In connection with any such issuance and sale by the Company, the Company or the Representatives shall have the right to postpone the Closing Date, or Option Closing Date, as the case may be, for a period not exceeding one business day in order to effect any required changes in any documents or arrangements. The Shares sold by the Company to the Underwriters pursuant to this Section 10(a): (i) in lieu of Borrowed Underwritten Shares are referred to herein as the “Company Top-Up Underwritten Shares” and (ii) in lieu of any Borrowed Option Shares are referred to herein as the “Company Top-Up Option Shares.”

 

(b)            Neither the Forward Purchasers nor the Forward Sellers shall have any liability whatsoever for any Borrowed Shares that the Forward Sellers does not deliver and sell to the Underwriters or any other party if (i) all of the Conditions are not satisfied on or prior to the Closing Date, or the Option Closing Date, as the case may be, and the Forward Sellers elects, pursuant to Section 4(c), not to deliver and sell to the Underwriters the Borrowed Shares or (ii) the Forward Sellers (or their affiliates) (x) are unable, after using commercially reasonable efforts, to borrow and deliver for sale the full number of Borrowed Shares to be borrowed and sold hereunder as of the Closing Date or such Option Closing Date or (y) would incur a stock loan cost of more than a rate equal to 50 basis points per annum to do so with respect to all or any portion of such full number of Borrower Shares.

 

11.            Termination. This Agreement may be terminated in the absolute discretion of the Representatives, by notice to the Company, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers if after the execution and delivery of this Agreement and on or prior to the Closing Date or, in the case of Option Shares, prior to the Option Closing Date: (i) trading generally shall have been suspended or materially limited on the NYSE or the over-the-counter market, or minimum or maximum prices for trading have been fixed, or maximum ranges for prices have been required by, the NYSE or by order of the Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or any other governmental authority; (ii) trading of any securities issued or guaranteed by the Company shall have been suspended or materially limited by the Commission or the NYSE or in any over-the-counter market; (iii) a general moratorium on commercial banking activities shall have been declared by federal or New York State authorities; (iv) there shall have occurred any outbreak or escalation of hostilities or any change in financial markets or any other calamity or crisis, either within or outside the United States, that, in the judgment of the Representatives, is material and adverse and makes it impracticable or inadvisable to proceed with the offering, sale or delivery of the Offered Shares on the terms and in the manner contemplated by this Agreement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus; or (v) a material disruption has occurred in commercial banking or securities settlement or clearance services in the United States.

 

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12.            Defaulting Underwriter.

 

(a)            If, on the Closing Date or the Option Closing Date, as the case may be, any Underwriter defaults on its obligation to purchase the Offered Shares that it has agreed to purchase hereunder, the non-defaulting Underwriters may in their discretion arrange for the purchase of such Offered Shares by other persons satisfactory to the Company and the Forward Sellers on the terms contained in this Agreement. If, within 36 hours after any such default by any Underwriter, the non-defaulting Underwriters do not arrange for the purchase of such Offered Shares, then the Company and the Forward Sellers shall be entitled to a further period of 36 hours within which to procure other persons satisfactory to the non-defaulting Underwriters to purchase such Offered Shares on such terms. If other persons become obligated or agree to purchase the Offered Shares of a defaulting Underwriter, either the non-defaulting Underwriters, the Forward Sellers or the Company may postpone the Closing Date or Option Closing Date, as the case may be, for up to five full business days in order to effect any changes that in the opinion of counsel for the Company or counsel for the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers may be necessary in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus or in any other document or arrangement, and the Company agrees to promptly prepare any amendment or supplement to the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus that effects any such changes. As used in this Agreement, the term “Underwriter” includes, for all purposes of this Agreement unless the context otherwise requires, any person not listed in Schedule 1 hereto that, pursuant to this Section 12, purchases Offered Shares that a defaulting Underwriter agreed but failed to purchase.

 

(b)            If, after giving effect to any arrangements for the purchase of the Offered Shares of a defaulting Underwriter or Underwriters by the non-defaulting Underwriters by other persons satisfactory to the Company and the Forward Sellers as provided in paragraph (a) above, the aggregate number of such Offered Shares that remains unpurchased on the Closing Date or the Option Closing Date, as the case may be, does not exceed one-eleventh of the aggregate number of all the Offered Shares to be purchased on the Closing Date or the Option Closing Date, as the case may be, then the Company and the Forward Sellers shall have the right to require each non-defaulting Underwriter to purchase the number of Offered Shares that such Underwriter agreed to purchase hereunder plus such Underwriter’s pro rata share (based on the number of Offered Shares that such Underwriter agreed to purchase hereunder) of the Offered Shares of such defaulting Underwriter or Underwriters for which such arrangements have not been made.

 

(c)            If, after giving effect to any arrangements for the purchase of the Offered Shares of a defaulting Underwriter or Underwriters by the non-defaulting Underwriters by other persons satisfactory to the Company and the Forward Sellers as provided in paragraph (a) above, the aggregate number of such Offered Shares that remains unpurchased on the Closing Date or the Option Closing Date, as the case may be, exceeds one-eleventh of the aggregate number of all the Offered Shares to be purchased on the Closing Date or the Option Closing Date, as the case may be, or if the Company or the Forward Sellers shall not exercise the right described in paragraph (b) above, then this Agreement or, with respect to such Option Closing Date, the obligations of the Underwriters to purchase any Offered Shares on such Option Closing Date, shall terminate without liability on the part of the non-defaulting Underwriters. Any termination of this Agreement or the Underwriters’ purchase obligations in respect of Option Shares, as the case may be, pursuant to this Section 12 shall be without liability on the part of the Company, except that the Company will continue to be liable for the payment of expenses as set forth in Section 13 hereof and except that the provisions of Section 8 hereof shall not terminate and shall remain in effect.

 

(d)            Nothing contained herein shall relieve a defaulting Underwriter of any liability it may have to the Company or any non-defaulting Underwriter for damages caused by its default.

 

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13.            Payment of Expenses.

 

(a)            Whether or not the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreements are consummated or this Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreements are terminated, the Company agrees to pay or cause to be paid all costs and expenses incident to the performance of its obligations hereunder, including without limitation: (i) the costs incident to the authorization, issuance, sale, preparation and delivery of the Offered Shares and the Shares issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreements and any taxes payable in that connection; (ii) the costs incident to the preparation, printing and filing under the Securities Act of the Registration Statement, each Preliminary Prospectus, any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus (including all exhibits, amendments and supplements thereto) and the distribution thereof; (iii) the costs of reproducing and distributing this Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreements; (iv) the fees and expenses of the Company’s counsel and independent accountants; (v) the fees and expenses incurred in connection with the registration or qualification and determination of eligibility for investment of the Offered Shares and the Shares issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreements under the laws of such jurisdictions as the Representatives may designate and the preparation, printing and distribution of a Blue Sky Memorandum (including the related reasonable and documented out-of-pocket fees and expenses of counsel for the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers in an aggregate amount not to exceed $10,000); (vi) the fees and expenses incurred in connection with the listing of the Offered Shares and the Shares issuable pursuant to the Forward Sale Agreements on the NYSE; (vii) the fees and expenses of any transfer agent or registrar for the Shares (including related fees and expenses of any counsel to such parties); (viii) all expenses and application fees incurred in connection with any filing with, and clearance of the offering by, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority; and (ix) all expenses incurred by the Company in connection with any “road show” presentation to potential investors.

 

(b)            If (i) this Agreement is terminated pursuant to Section 11, (ii) the Offered Shares are not tendered for delivery to the Underwriters or (iii) the Underwriters decline to purchase the Offered Shares for any reason permitted under this Agreement, the Company agrees to reimburse the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers for all documented out-of-pocket costs and expenses (including the fees and expenses of their counsel) reasonably incurred by the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers in connection with this Agreement and the offering contemplated hereby.

 

14.            Persons Entitled to Benefit of Agreement. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the parties hereto and their respective successors and the officers and directors and any controlling persons referred to herein, and the affiliates of each Underwriter referred to in Section 8 hereof. Nothing in this Agreement is intended or shall be construed to give any other person any legal or equitable right, remedy or claim under or in respect of this Agreement or any provision contained herein. No purchaser of Offered Shares from any Underwriter shall be deemed to be a successor merely by reason of such purchase.

 

15.            Survival. The respective indemnities, rights of contribution, representations, warranties and agreements of the Company, the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers contained in this Agreement or made by or on behalf of the Company, the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers pursuant to this Agreement or any certificate delivered pursuant hereto shall survive the delivery of and payment for the Offered Shares and shall remain in full force and effect, regardless of any termination of this Agreement or any investigation made by or on behalf of the Company, the Underwriters, the Forward Purchasers and the Forward Sellers.

 

16.            Certain Defined Terms. For purposes of this Agreement, (a) except where otherwise expressly provided, the term “affiliate” has the meaning set forth in Rule 405 under the Securities Act; (b) the term “business day” means any day other than a day on which banks are permitted or required to be closed in New York City; and (c) the term “subsidiary” has the meaning set forth in Rule 405 under the Securities Act.

 

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17.            Compliance with USA Patriot Act. In accordance with the requirements of the USA Patriot Act (Title III of Pub. L. 107-56 (signed into law October 26, 2001)), the Underwriters are required to obtain, verify and record information that identifies their respective clients, including the Company, which information may include the name and address of their respective clients, as well as other information that will allow the Underwriters to properly identify their respective clients.

 

18.            Recognition of the U.S. Special Resolution Regimes.

 

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

 

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

 

As used in this Section 18:

 

BHC Act Affiliate” has the meaning assigned to the term “affiliate” in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 U.S.C. § 1841(k).

 

Covered Entity” means any of the following:

 

(i)            a “covered entity” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 252.82(b);

 

(ii)            a “covered bank” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 47.3(b); or

 

(iii)            a “covered FSI” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 382.2(b).

 

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

 

U.S. Special Resolution Regime” means each of (i) the Federal Deposit Insurance Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder and (ii) Title II of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

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19.            Miscellaneous.

 

(a)            Authority of the Representatives. Any action by the Underwriters hereunder may be taken by J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and BofA Securities, Inc. on behalf of the Underwriters, and any such action taken by J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and BofA Securities, Inc. shall be binding upon the Underwriters.

 

(b)            Notices. All notices and other communications hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given if mailed or transmitted and confirmed by any standard form of telecommunication.

 

(i)            Notices to the Underwriters shall be given to the Representatives at J.P. Morgan Securities LLC at 383 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10179, Attention: Equity Syndicate Desk and BofA Securities, Inc. at One Bryant Park, New York, New York 10036, Attention: Syndicate Department (fax: 646-855-3073), with a copy to ECM Legal (fax: 212-230-8730).

 

(ii)            Notices to the Forward Sellers shall be given to them at J.P. Morgan Securities LLC at 383 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10179, Attention: Equity Syndicate Desk and BofA Securities, Inc. at One Bryant Park, New York, New York 10036, Attention: Rohan Handa, Email: [email protected]

 

(iii)            Notices to the Forward Purchasers shall be given to them at JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association at EDG Marketing Support, email: [email protected]; [email protected]; facsimile:1-866-886-4506; with a copy to: Attention: Derek W. Brown, Vice President; email: [email protected]; telephone: (212) 622-6585; and Bank of America, N.A. at One Bryant Park, New York, New York 10036, Attention: Rohan Handa, Email: [email protected]

 

(iv)            Notices to the Company shall be given to it at 50 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, New York 10020 (fax: 212-492-8922), Attention: c/o Sapna Sanagavarapu.

 

(c)            Governing Law. This Agreement and any claim, controversy or dispute arising under or related to this Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York.

 

(d)            Submission to Jurisdiction. The parties hereby submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the U.S. federal and New York state courts in the Borough of Manhattan in The City of New York in any suit or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby. The Company waives any objection which it may now or hereafter have to the laying of venue of any such suit or proceeding in such courts. The Company agrees that final judgment in any such suit, action or proceeding brought in such court shall be conclusive and binding upon the Company and may be enforced in any court to the jurisdiction of which the Company is subject by a suit upon such judgment.

 

(e)            Waiver of Jury Trial. Each of the parties hereto hereby waives any right to trial by jury in any suit or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement.

 

(f)            Counterparts. This Agreement may be signed in counterparts (which may include counterparts delivered by any standard form of telecommunication), each of which shall be an original and all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument. Counterparts may be delivered via facsimile, electronic mail (including any electronic signature covered by the U.S. federal ESIGN Act of 2000, Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, the Electronic Signatures and Records Act or other applicable law, e.g., www.docusign.com) or other transmission method and any counterpart so delivered shall be deemed to have been duly and validly delivered and be valid and effective for all purposes.

 

(g)            Amendments or Waivers. No amendment or waiver of any provision of this Agreement, nor any consent or approval to any departure therefrom, shall in any event be effective unless the same shall be in writing and signed by the parties hereto.

 

(h)            Headings. The headings herein are included for convenience of reference only and are not intended to be part of, or to affect the meaning or interpretation of, this Agreement.

 

[Signature page follows]

 

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If the foregoing is in accordance with your understanding, please indicate your acceptance of this Agreement by signing in the space provided below.

 

  Very truly yours,
   
  W. P. CAREY INC.
   
  By /s/ ToniAnn Sanzone
    Title: Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

Accepted as of the date first above written  
   
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC  
   
By /s/ Haley Trethaway  
  Name: Haley Trethaway  
  Title: Vice President  
   
BofA Securities, Inc.  
   
By /s/ Brian Porter  
  Name: Brian Porter  
  Title: Managing Director  
   
For themselves and on behalf of the
several Underwriters listed
in Schedule 1 hereto.
 

 

 

 

Accepted as of the date first above written  
   
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC  
   
By /s/ Derek Brown  
  Name: Derek Brown  
  Title: Vice President  
   
BofA Securities, Inc.  
   
By /s/ Brian Porter  
  Name: Brian Porter  
  Title: Managing Director  
   
Acting in their capacities as Forward Sellers  

 

 

 

JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association  
   
By /s/ Derek Brown  
  Name: Derek Brown  
  Title: Vice President  
   
Bank of America, N.A.  
   
By /s/ Jake Mendelsohn  
  Name: Jake Mendelsohn  
  Title: Managing Director  
   
Acting in their capacities as Forward Purchasers,
solely as the recipients and/or beneficiaries of
certain representations, warranties, covenants
and indemnities set forth in this Agreement
 

 

 

 

Schedule 1

 

Name of Underwriter  Number of
Underwritten
Shares To Be
Purchased
 
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC    1,733,750 
BofA Securities, Inc.    1,733,750 
Barclays Capital Inc.    712,500 
BMO Capital Markets Corp.    142,500 
Capital One Securities, Inc.    142,500 
Regions Securities LLC    142,500 
PNC Capital Markets LLC    142,500 
Total    4,750,000 

 

Forward Sellers  Number of
Borrowed
Underwritten
Shares To Be
Sold
   Maximum
Number of
Borrowed Option
Shares To Be
Sold
 
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC    2,375,000    356,250 
BofA Securities, Inc.    2,375,000    356,250 
Total    4,750,000    712,500 

 

 

 

Schedule 2

 

List of Persons and Entities Subject to Lock-Up

 

Mark A. Alexander

 

Peter J. Farrell

 

Robert J. Flanagan

 

Jason E. Fox

 

Brooks G. Gordon

 

Axel K. A. Hansing

 

Jean Hoysradt

 

Margaret G. Lewis

 

Arjun Mahalingam

 

Christopher J. Niehaus

 

John J. Park

 

Gino Sabatini

 

ToniAnn Sanzone

 

Nicolaas J. M. van Ommen

 

 

 

Annex B

 

a.            Pricing Information Included in Time of Sale Information
Pricing Information Provided Orally by Underwriters

 

Number of Underwritten Shares: 4,750,000 Shares

 

Number of Option Shares: 712,500 Shares

 

Number of Offered Shares: 5,462,500 Shares

 

Public offering price of the Offered Shares shall be the price paid by each initial purchaser.

 

b.            Issuer Free Writing Prospectus Included in Time of Sale Information

 

None

 

 

 

Form of lock-up from directors, officers or other stockholders pursuant to Section 6(l)

 

Annex C

 

June 17, 2020

 

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

BofA Securities, Inc.
as Representatives of the several Underwriters

c/o J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

383 Madison Avenue,

New York, New York 10179

 

Re:             Proposed Public Offering by W. P. Carey Inc.

 

Dear Sirs:

 

The undersigned, a stockholder and an officer and/or director of W. P. Carey Inc., a Maryland corporation (the “Company”), understands that J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and BofA Securities, Inc. (the “Representatives”), as representatives of the several underwriters, proposes to enter into an Underwriting Agreement (the “Underwriting Agreement”) with the Company, the forward purchasers named therein and the forward sellers named therein providing for the public offering (the “Public Offering”) of shares of the Company’s common stock, $0.001 par value per share (the “Common Stock”). In recognition of the benefit that such an offering will confer upon the undersigned as a stockholder and an officer and/or director of the Company, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the undersigned agrees with each underwriter to be named in the Underwriting Agreement that, during the period beginning on the date hereof and ending on the date that is 60 days from the date of the Underwriting Agreement (the “Lock-Up Period”) (subject to extensions as discussed below), the undersigned will not, without the prior written consent of the Representatives, directly or indirectly, (i) offer, pledge, lend, sell, contract to sell, sell any option or contract to purchase, purchase any option or contract to sell, grant any option, right or warrant for the sale of or otherwise dispose of or transfer any shares of the Company’s Common Stock or any securities convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for Common Stock, whether now owned or hereafter acquired by the undersigned or with respect to which the undersigned has or hereafter acquires the power of disposition (collectively, the “Lock-Up Securities”), or exercise any right with respect to the registration of any of the Lock-Up Securities, or request or demand that the Company file, or otherwise cause to be filed, any registration statement in connection therewith, under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”), or (ii) enter into any swap or any other agreement or any transaction that transfers, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, the economic consequence of ownership of the Lock-Up Securities, whether any such swap, other agreement or other transaction is to be settled by delivery of Common Stock or other securities, in cash or otherwise.

 

 

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, and subject to the conditions below, the undersigned may transfer the Lock-Up Securities without the prior written consent of the Representatives, provided that (1) the Representatives receive a signed lock-up agreement for the balance of the Lock-Up Period from each donee, trustee, distributee, or transferee, as the case may be, (2) any such transfer shall not involve a disposition for value, (3) such transfers are not required to be reported with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 4 in accordance with Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and (4) the undersigned does not otherwise voluntarily effect any public filing or report regarding such transfers:

 

(i)as a bona fide gift or gifts; or

 

(ii)to any trust for the direct or indirect benefit of the undersigned or the immediate family of the undersigned (for purposes of this lock-up agreement, “immediate family” shall mean any relationship by blood, marriage or adoption, not more remote than first cousin); or

 

(iii)as a distribution to limited partners or stockholders of the undersigned; or

 

(iv)to the undersigned’s affiliates or to any investment fund or other entity controlled or managed by the undersigned.

 

Furthermore, the undersigned may sell shares of Common Stock of the Company purchased by the undersigned on the open market following the Public Offering if and only if (i) such sales are not required to be reported in any public report or filing with the Securities Exchange Commission, or otherwise and (ii) the undersigned does not otherwise voluntarily effect any public filing or report regarding such sales.

 

Furthermore, notwithstanding the foregoing, the undersigned may, without the prior written consent of the Representatives, (i) effect the cashless exercise or net share settlement of options to acquire shares of Common Stock outstanding on the date hereof, (ii) transfer to the Company shares of Common Stock or withhold stock from issuance for purposes of satisfying any tax withholding obligation that arises in connection with the vesting of restricted stock, performance shares or stock appreciation rights (so long as the purpose of such transfer is noted on any public report filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”)) and (iii) establish a trading plan pursuant to Rule 10b5-1 under the Exchange Act for the transfer of Common Stock, provided that such plan does not provide for any transfers of Common Stock during the Lock-Up Period pursuant to this agreement and provided further that no filing with the SEC or other public announcement shall be required or voluntarily made by the undersigned or any other person in connection therewith.

 

The undersigned also agrees and consents to the entry of stop transfer instructions with the Company’s transfer agent and registrar against the transfer of the Lock-Up Securities except in compliance with the foregoing restrictions.

 

 

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned has executed and delivered this agreement as of the date first set forth above.

 

  Very truly yours,
   
  Signature:                     
   
  Print Name:  

 

 

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Section 3: EX-1.2 (EXHIBIT 1.2)

 

Exhibit 1.2

 

Forward Confirmation

 

Date:June 17, 2020

 

To:W. P. Carey Inc.

50 Rockefeller Plaza

New York, New York 10020

Attention: Chief Financial Officer

 

From: JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association

383 Madison Avenue

New York, New York 10179

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

The purpose of this letter agreement is to confirm the terms and conditions of the Transaction entered into between JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association (“Dealer”) and W. P. Carey Inc. (the “Counterparty”) on the Trade Date specified below (the “Transaction”) in connection with the Underwriting Agreement dated June 17, 2020 between Counterparty, Dealer and the other parties thereto (the “Underwriting Agreement”). This letter agreement constitutes a “Confirmation” as referred to in the ISDA 2002 Master Agreement (as defined below).

 

The definitions and provisions contained in the 2002 ISDA Equity Derivatives Definitions (the “Equity Definitions”), as published by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (“ISDA”), are incorporated into this Confirmation. In the event of any inconsistency between the Equity Definitions and this Confirmation, this Confirmation shall govern.

 

Each party is hereby advised, and each such party acknowledges, that the other party has engaged in, or refrained from engaging in, substantial financial transactions and has taken other material actions in reliance upon the parties’ entry into this Transaction on the terms and conditions set forth below.

 

1.This Confirmation evidences a complete and binding agreement between Dealer and Counterparty as to the terms of this Transaction. This Confirmation shall supplement, form a part of, and be subject to an agreement in the form of the ISDA 2002 Master Agreement (the “Agreement”) as if Dealer and Counterparty had executed an agreement in such form (without any Schedule but (i) with the elections set forth in this Confirmation and (ii) with the election that the “Cross Default” provisions of Section 5(a)(vi) of the Agreement will apply to Dealer and Counterparty as if (a) the phrase “, or becoming capable at such time of being declared,” were deleted from Section 5(a)(vi)(1) of the Agreement, (b)(i) the “Threshold Amount” with respect to Dealer were three percent of the shareholders’ equity of Dealer and (ii) the “Threshold Amount” with respect to Counterparty were equal to the “Credit Agreement Threshold Amount”, (c) the following language were added to the end of Section 5(a)(vi) of the Agreement: “Notwithstanding the foregoing, a default under subsection (2) hereof shall not constitute an Event of Default if (x) the default was caused solely by error or omission of an administrative or operational nature; (y) funds were available to enable the party to make the payment when due; and (z) the payment is made within two Local Business Days of such party’s receipt of written notice of its failure to pay.”; and (d) the term “Specified Indebtedness” had meaning specified in Section 14 of the Agreement, except that such term shall not include obligations in respect of deposits received in the ordinary course of a party’s banking business and obligations with respect to which recourse for payment is limited to specific assets encumbered by a lien securing such obligations. For purposes of the foregoing, “Credit Agreement Threshold Amount” means the USD amount specified in the definition of “Material Indebtedness” (or equivalent concept), as defined under the Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of February 20, 2020, by and among W. P. Carey Inc. and certain of its Subsidiaries identified therein as Guarantors, Bank of America, N.A., as Administrative Agent, Bank of America, N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as L/C Issuers, Bank of America, N.A., as Swing Line Lender, and the Lenders party thereto (as such credit agreement may be amended, supplemented, restated or otherwise modified from time to time, or replaced or refinanced by any other agreement governing an unsecured revolving credit facility entered into by Counterparty). In the event of any inconsistency between provisions of that Agreement and this Confirmation, this Confirmation will prevail for the purpose of this Transaction. The parties hereby agree that, other than this Transaction, no Transaction shall be governed by the Agreement. For purposes of the Equity Definitions, this Transaction is a Share Forward Transaction.

 

 

 

 

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

 

General Terms:  
Trade Date: June 17, 2020
Effective Date: June 22, 2020, or such later date on which the conditions set forth in Paragraph 7 below have been satisfied.
Seller: Counterparty
Buyer: Dealer
Shares: The common stock of Counterparty, par value USD 0.001 per share (Ticker Symbol: “WPC”)
Number of Shares:

Initially, 2,375,000 Shares (the “Initial Number of Shares”); provided that the Number of Shares is subject to reduction as provided in Paragraph 7(a) below.

 

On each Settlement Date, the Number of Shares shall be reduced by the number of Settlement Shares settled on such date.

Initial Forward Price: USD 68.3500 per Share
Forward Price: (a)  On the Effective Date, the Initial Forward Price; and
 

(b)  on each calendar day thereafter, (i) the Forward Price as of the immediately preceding calendar day multiplied by (ii) the sum of 1 and the Daily Rate for such day; provided that, on each Forward Price Reduction Date, the Forward Price in effect on such date shall be the Forward Price otherwise in effect on such date, minus the Forward Price Reduction Amount for such Forward Price Reduction Date.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Daily Rate: For any day, a rate (which may be positive or negative) equal to (i) (a) Overnight Bank Funding Rate for such day minus (b) the Spread divided by (ii) 360.
Overnight Bank Funding Rate: For any day, the rate set forth for such day opposite the caption “Overnight Bank Funding Rate”, as such rate is displayed on Bloomberg Screen “OBFR01 <Index><GO>”, or any successor page; provided that, if no rate appears for a particular day on such page, the rate for the immediately preceding day for which a rate does so appear shall be used for such day.
Spread: 75 basis points
Prepayment: Not Applicable
Variable Obligation: Not Applicable
Forward Price Reduction Dates: As set forth on Schedule I
Forward Price Reduction Amounts: For each Forward Price Reduction Date, the Forward Price Reduction Amount set forth opposite such date on Schedule I
Exchange: The New York Stock Exchange
Related Exchange(s): All Exchanges
Clearance System: The Depository Trust Company

 

 

 

Securities Act: Securities Act of 1933, as amended
Exchange Act: Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended
Market Disruption Event: Section 6.3(a) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by replacing the first sentence in its entirety with the following: “‘Market Disruption Event’ means in respect of a Share or an Index, the occurrence or existence of (i) a Trading Disruption, (ii) an Exchange Disruption, (iii) an Early Closure or (iv) a Regulatory Disruption, in each case that the Calculation Agent determines, in its commercially reasonable judgment, is material”.
Early Closure: Section 6.3(d) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by replacing the remainder of the provision following the term “Scheduled Closing Time” in the fourth line thereof with the phrase “which the Calculation Agent determines is material.”
Regulatory Disruption: Any event that Dealer, based on the advice of counsel, determines makes it reasonably necessary or appropriate with regard to any legal, regulatory or self-regulatory requirements or related policies and procedures that generally apply to transactions of a nature and kind similar to this Transaction, applied in a non-discriminatory manner, and have been adopted in good faith by Dealer for Dealer to refrain from or decrease any market activity in connection with this Transaction.  If a Regulatory Disruption occurs on any Unwind Date, Dealer shall notify Counterparty in writing that a Regulatory Disruption has occurred on such Scheduled Trading Day with respect to this Transaction, in which case Dealer shall, to the extent practicable in its good faith discretion, specify the nature of such Regulatory Disruption. Dealer may exercise its right in respect of any Regulatory Disruption only in good faith in relation to events or circumstances that are not the result of actions of it or its Affiliates that are taken with the intent to avoid its obligations under this Transaction.
Settlement:  
Settlement Currency: USD (all amounts shall be converted to the Settlement Currency in good faith and in a commercially reasonable manner by the Calculation Agent)

 

 

 

 

Settlement Date: Any Scheduled Trading Day following the Effective Date and up to and including the Final Date that is either:
  (a)   designated by Counterparty as a “Settlement Date” by a written notice (a “Settlement Notice”) that satisfies the Settlement Notice Requirements, if applicable, and is delivered to Dealer no less than (i) two Scheduled Trading Days prior to such Settlement Date, which may be the Final Date, if Physical Settlement applies, and (ii) 60 Scheduled Trading Days prior to such Settlement Date, which may be the Final Date, if Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement applies; provided that, if Dealer shall have fully unwound its hedge with respect to the portion of the Number of Shares to be settled during an Unwind Period by a date that is more than two Scheduled Trading Days prior to a Settlement Date specified above, Dealer may, by written notice to Counterparty, no fewer than two Scheduled Trading Days prior thereto, specify any Scheduled Trading Day prior to such original Settlement Date as the Settlement Date; or
  (b)    designated by Dealer as a Settlement Date pursuant to the “Termination Settlement” provisions of Paragraph 7(g) below;
  provided that the Final Date will be a Settlement Date if on such date the Number of Shares for which a Settlement Date has not already been designated is greater than zero; and provided, further, that, following the occurrence of at least five consecutive Disrupted Days during an Unwind Period and while such Disrupted Days are continuing, Dealer may designate any subsequent Scheduled Trading Day as the Settlement Date with respect to the portion of the Settlement Shares, if any, for which Dealer has determined an Unwind Purchase Price during such Unwind Period, it being understood that the Unwind Period with respect to the remainder of such Settlement Shares shall, subject to clause (ii) in “Settlement Method Election” below, recommence on the next succeeding Exchange Business Day that is not a Disrupted Day in whole.
Final Date: December 17, 2021 (or if such day is not a Scheduled Trading Day, the next following Scheduled Trading Day).

 

 

 

 

Settlement Shares: (a) With respect to any Settlement Date other than the Final Date, the number of Shares designated as such by Counterparty in the relevant Settlement Notice or designated by Dealer pursuant to the “Termination Settlement” provisions of Paragraph 7(g) below, as applicable; provided that the Settlement Shares so designated shall (i) not exceed the Number of Shares at that time and (ii) in the case of a designation by Counterparty, be at least equal to the lesser of 100,000 and the Number of Shares at that time, in each case with the Number of Shares determined taking into account pending Settlement Shares; and
  (b) with respect to the Settlement Date on the Final Date, a number of Shares equal to the Number of Shares at that time;
  in each case with the Number of Shares determined taking into account pending Settlement Shares.
Settlement Method Election: Physical Settlement, Cash Settlement, or Net Share Settlement, at the election of Counterparty as set forth in a Settlement Notice that satisfies the Settlement Notice Requirements, and, if Counterparty elects Cash Settlement, Counterparty shall also specify in the relevant Settlement Notice that either Actual Pricing or Objective Pricing applies; provided that Physical Settlement shall apply (i) if no Settlement Method is validly selected, (ii) with respect to any Settlement Shares in respect of which Dealer has not completed its unwind of a commercially reasonable hedge position in compliance with the requirements of the Transaction and taking into account the unwind of the commercially reasonable hedge position related to each other forward or other equity derivative transaction (if any) entered into between Dealer and Counterparty (each, an “Additional Equity Derivative Transaction”) by the Settlement Date or, in its commercially reasonable judgment, would be unable to do so due to the occurrence of five or more consecutive Disrupted Days, (iii) to any Termination Settlement Date (as defined under “Termination Settlement” in Paragraph 7(g) below) and (iv) if the Final Date is a Settlement Date other than as the result of a valid Settlement Notice, in respect of such Settlement Date; provided, further, that, if Physical Settlement applies under clause (ii) immediately above, Dealer shall provide written notice to Counterparty at least two Scheduled Trading Days prior to the applicable Settlement Date; and provided, further, that if Counterparty elects Cash Settlement but does not specify if Actual Pricing or Objective Pricing is to apply in the Settlement Notice, Actual Pricing shall apply.

 

 

 

 

Settlement Notice Requirements: Notwithstanding any other provision hereof, a Settlement Notice delivered by Counterparty that specifies Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement will not be effective to establish a Settlement Date or require Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement unless Counterparty delivers to Dealer with such Settlement Notice a representation, dated as of the date of such Settlement Notice and signed by Counterparty, containing the provisions set forth in clauses (i) and (ii)(B) under the heading “Additional Representations and Agreements of Counterparty” in Paragraph 7(e) below.
Physical Settlement: If Physical Settlement is applicable, then Counterparty shall deliver to Dealer through the Clearance System a number of Shares equal to the Settlement Shares for such Settlement Date, and Dealer shall pay to Counterparty, by wire transfer of immediately available funds to an account designated by Counterparty, an amount equal to the Physical Settlement Amount for such Settlement Date.  If, on any Settlement Date, the Shares to be delivered by Counterparty to Dealer hereunder are not so delivered (the “Deferred Shares”), and a Forward Price Reduction Date occurs during the period from, and including, such Settlement Date to, but excluding, the date such Shares are actually delivered to Dealer, then the portion of the Physical Settlement Amount payable by Dealer to Counterparty in respect of the Deferred Shares shall be reduced by an amount equal to the Forward Price Reduction Amount for such Forward Price Reduction Date, multiplied by the number of Deferred Shares.
Physical Settlement Amount: For any Settlement Date for which Physical Settlement is applicable, an amount in cash equal to the product of (a) the Forward Price in effect on the relevant Settlement Date multiplied by (b) the Settlement Shares for such Settlement Date.
Cash Settlement: On any Settlement Date in respect of which Cash Settlement applies, if the Cash Settlement Amount is a positive number, Dealer will pay the Cash Settlement Amount to Counterparty.  If the Cash Settlement Amount is a negative number, Counterparty will pay the absolute value of the Cash Settlement Amount to Dealer.  Such amounts shall be paid on such Settlement Date by wire transfer of immediately available funds.

 

 

 

 

Cash Settlement Amount: An amount determined by the Calculation Agent equal to:
  (a) (i)(A) the weighted average (weighted on the same basis as clause (B)) of the Forward Prices on each Unwind Date (calculated assuming no reduction to the Forward Price for any Forward Price Reduction Date that occurs during such Unwind Period, which is accounted for in clause (b) below), minus USD 0.02, minus (B)(I) if Net Share Settlement applies or Cash Settlement and Actual Pricing apply, the weighted average price (the “Unwind Purchase Price”) at which Dealer purchases Shares during the Unwind Period to unwind its hedge with respect to the portion of the Number of Shares to be settled during the Unwind Period (including, for the avoidance of doubt, purchases on any Disrupted Day in part), taking into account Shares anticipated to be delivered or received if Net Share Settlement applies, and the restrictions of Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act agreed to hereunder or (II) if Cash Settlement and Objective Pricing apply, the arithmetic average of the 10b-18 VWAP on each Unwind Date, multiplied by (ii) the lesser of (x) Settlement Shares for the relevant Settlement Date, and (y) the number of Shares Dealer purchased in compliance with the requirements of this Transaction during the Unwind Period to unwind its hedge with respect to such Settlement Shares; minus
  (b)   the product of (i) the Forward Price Reduction Amount for any Forward Price Reduction Date that occurs during such Unwind Period and (ii) the number of Settlement Shares for such Settlement Date with respect to which Dealer has not unwound its hedge, including the settlement of such unwinds, as of such Forward Price Reduction Date.
Actual Pricing: The pricing election for a Cash Settlement, if specified by Counterparty in the relevant Settlement Notice.
Objective Pricing: The pricing election for a Cash Settlement, if specified by Counterparty in the relevant Settlement Notice.
10b-18 VWAP: For any Exchange Business Day, as determined by the Calculation Agent based on the 10b-18 Volume Weighted Average Price per Share as reported in the composite transactions for United States exchanges and quotation systems for the regular trading session (including any extensions thereof) of the Exchange on such Exchange Business Day (without regard to pre-open or after hours trading outside of such regular trading session for such Exchange Business Day), as published by Bloomberg at 4:15 p.m. New York time (or 15 minutes following the end of any extension of the regular trading session) on such Exchange Business Day, on Bloomberg page “WPC <Equity> AQR SEC” (or any successor thereto), or if such price is not so reported on such Exchange Business Day for any reason or is, in the Calculation Agent’s reasonable determination, erroneous, such 10b-18 VWAP shall be as reasonably determined by the Calculation Agent. For purposes of calculating the 10b-18 VWAP for such Exchange Business Day, the Calculation Agent will use reasonable efforts to include only those trades that are reported during the period of time during which Counterparty could purchase its own shares under Rule 10b-18(b)(2) and are effected pursuant to the conditions of Rule 10b-18(b)(3), each under the Exchange Act (such trades, “Rule 10b-18 eligible transactions”).

 

 

 

 

Cash Settlement Valuation Disruption: If Cash Settlement and Objective Pricing are applicable and any Unwind Date during the related Unwind Period is a Disrupted Day, the Calculation Agent shall determine (except in the case of a Disrupted Day that occurs as a result of a Regulatory Disruption, which shall always be a Disrupted Day in full) whether (i) such Disrupted Day is a Disrupted Day in full, in which case the 10b-18 VWAP for such Disrupted Day shall not be included in the calculation of the Cash Settlement Amount, or (ii) such Disrupted Day is a Disrupted Day only in part, in which case the 10b-18 VWAP for such Disrupted Day shall be determined by the Calculation Agent based on Rule 10b-18 eligible transactions in the Shares on such Disrupted Day, taking into account the nature and duration of the relevant Market Disruption Event, and the weightings of the 10b-18 VWAP and the Forward Prices for each Unwind Date during such Unwind Period shall be adjusted in a commercially reasonable manner by the Calculation Agent for purposes of determining the Cash Settlement Amount to account for the occurrence of such partially Disrupted Day, with such adjustments based on the duration of any Market Disruption Event and the volume, historical trading patterns and price of the Shares.
Net Share Settlement: On any Settlement Date in respect of which Net Share Settlement applies, if the Cash Settlement Amount is a (i) positive number, Dealer shall deliver a number of Shares to Counterparty equal to the Net Share Settlement Shares, or (ii) negative number, Counterparty shall deliver a number of Shares to Dealer equal to the Net Share Settlement Shares; provided that, if Dealer determines in its commercially reasonable judgment that it would be required to deliver Net Share Settlement Shares to Counterparty, Dealer may elect to deliver a portion of such Net Share Settlement Shares on one or more dates prior to the applicable Settlement Date.

 

 

 

 

Net Share Settlement Shares: With respect to a Settlement Date, the absolute value of the Cash Settlement Amount divided by the Unwind Purchase Price, with the number of Shares rounded up in the event such calculation results in a fractional number.
Unwind Period: The period from and including the first Exchange Business Day following the date Counterparty validly elects Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement in respect of a Settlement Date through the second Scheduled Trading Day preceding such Settlement Date, subject to “Termination Settlement” as described in Paragraph 7(g) below.
Unwind Date: For any Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement in respect of a Settlement Date, each day on which Dealer (or its agent or affiliate) purchases Shares in the market in connection with unwinding its commercially reasonable hedge position in a commercially reasonable manner in connection with such Settlement, starting on the first day of the Unwind Period.
Failure to Deliver: Applicable if Dealer is required to deliver Shares hereunder; otherwise, Not Applicable.
Share Cap: Notwithstanding any other provision of this Confirmation, in no event will Counterparty be required to deliver to Dealer on any Settlement Date, whether pursuant to Physical Settlement, Net Share Settlement or any Private Placement Settlement, a number of Shares in excess of (i) 1.5 times the Initial Number of Shares, subject to adjustment from time to time in accordance with the provisions of this Confirmation or the Equity Definitions, minus (ii) the aggregate number of Shares delivered by Counterparty to Dealer hereunder prior to such Settlement Date.

 

 

 

 

Adjustments:  
Method of Adjustment: Calculation Agent Adjustment.  Section 11.2(e) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by deleting clauses (iii) and (v) thereof, and Section 11.2(e)(vii) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by adding the words “that is within the Issuer’s control” immediately after the word “event”. For the avoidance of doubt, the declaration or payment of a cash dividend will not constitute a Potential Adjustment Event.
Additional Adjustment: If, in Dealer’s commercially reasonable judgment, the actual cost to Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer), over any 10 consecutive Scheduled Trading Day period, of borrowing a number of Shares equal to the Number of Shares to hedge in a commercially reasonable manner its exposure to this Transaction exceeds a weighted average rate equal to 50 basis points per annum, the Calculation Agent shall reduce the Forward Price in order to compensate Dealer for the amount by which such cost exceeded a weighted average rate equal to 50 basis points per annum during such period.  The Calculation Agent shall notify Counterparty prior to making any such adjustment to the Forward Price.
Extraordinary Events: In lieu of the applicable provisions contained in Article 12 of the Equity Definitions, the consequences of any Extraordinary Event (including, for the avoidance of doubt, any Merger Event, Tender Offer, Nationalization, Insolvency, Delisting, or Change In Law) shall be as specified below under the headings “Acceleration Events” and “Termination Settlement” in Paragraphs 7(f) and 7(g) below, respectively. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in the Equity Definitions, no Additional Disruption Event will be applicable except to the extent expressly referenced in Paragraph 7(f)(iv) below. The definition of “Tender Offer” in Section 12.1(d) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by replacing “10%” with “25%.”
Non-Reliance: Applicable
Agreements and Acknowledgments:  
Regarding Hedging Activities: Applicable
Additional Acknowledgments: Applicable

 

 

 

 

Transfer: Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in the Agreement, Dealer may assign, transfer and set over all rights, title and interest, powers, privileges, remedies and obligations of Dealer under this Transaction, in whole or in part, to (A) an affiliate of Dealer, whose obligations hereunder are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by Dealer, without the consent of Counterparty, (B) an affiliate of Dealer with a long-term issuer rating equal to or better than the credit rating of Dealer at the time of transfer without the consent of Counterparty, (C) an affiliate of Dealer that is also the related Forward Seller (as defined in the Underwriting Agreement), without the consent of Counterparty, or (D) any other affiliate of Dealer, with the consent of Counterparty; provided that, at all times, Dealer or any transferee or assignee or other recipient of rights, title and interest, powers, privileges, remedies and obligations shall provide a U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W-9 or W-8ECI, or any successor thereto. Dealer agrees to give reasonable prior notice to Counterparty of any transfer or assignment without Counterparty’s consent pursuant to this Paragraph. Notwithstanding any such notice, no assignment or transfer by Dealer pursuant to this Paragraph shall take effect unless and until all conditions to such transfer or assignment are satisfied.
3.  Calculation Agent: Dealer whose judgments, determinations and calculations shall be made in good faith and in a commercially reasonable manner; provided that, following the occurrence and during the continuance of an Event of Default of the type described in Section 5(a)(vii) of the Agreement with respect to which Dealer is the sole Defaulting Party, Counterparty shall have the right to designate a nationally recognized third-party dealer in over-the-counter corporate equity derivatives to act, during the period commencing on the date such Event of Default occurred and ending on the Early Termination Date with respect to such Event of Default, as the Calculation Agent. Following any determination or calculation by the Calculation Agent hereunder, upon a request by Counterparty, the Calculation Agent shall promptly (but in any event within five Scheduled Trading Days) provide to Counterparty by e-mail to the e-mail address provided by Counterparty in such request a report (in a commonly used file format for the storage and manipulation of financial data) displaying in reasonable detail the basis for such determination or calculation (including any assumptions used in making such determination or calculation), it being understood that the Calculation Agent shall not be obligated to disclose any proprietary or confidential models or other proprietary or confidential information used by it for such determination or calculation.

 

 

 

 

4.  Account Details:  
(a) Account for delivery of Shares to Dealer: To be furnished
(b) Account for delivery of Shares to Counterparty: To be furnished
(c) Account for payments to Counterparty: To be advised under separate cover or telephone confirmed prior to each Settlement Date
(d)  Account for payments to Dealer: To be advised under separate cover or telephone confirmed prior to each Settlement Date

 

5. Offices:

 

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

 

The Office of Dealer for this Transaction is: New York

 

6. Notices: For purposes of this Confirmation:

 

(a) Address for notices or communications to Counterparty:

 

W. P. Carey Inc.

50 Rockefeller Plaza

New York, New York 10020

Attention: Chief Financial Officer

with a copy to the Chief Legal Officer

Facsimile: 212-492-8922

 

(b) Address for notices or communications to Dealer:

 

JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association

EDG Marketing Support

Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

Facsimile: 1-866-886-4506

 

with a copy to:

 

Attention: Derek W. Brown

Title: Vice President

Telephone: 212-622-6585

Email: [email protected]

 

 

 

 

7. Other Provisions:

 

(a) Conditions to Effectiveness. The effectiveness of this Confirmation on the Effective Date shall be subject to the satisfaction or waiver by Dealer of the following conditions: (i) the condition that the closing of the transactions contemplated by the Underwriting Agreement shall have been consummated as of the Effective Date, (ii) the condition that the representations and warranties of Counterparty contained in the Underwriting Agreement and any certificate delivered pursuant thereto by Counterparty are true and correct on such date as if made as of such date, (iii) the condition that Counterparty has performed all of the obligations required to be performed by it under the Underwriting Agreement on or prior to such date, (iv) the condition that Counterparty has delivered to Dealer an opinion of counsel dated as of the Effective Date, in form and substance as previously agreed between Counterparty and Dealer, and (v) the condition that neither of the following has occurred: Dealer or its affiliate (x) is unable, after using commercially reasonable efforts, to borrow and deliver for sale the full number of Shares to be borrowed and sold pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement as of the Closing Date (as defined in the Underwriting Agreement) or (y) would incur a stock loan cost of more than a rate equal to 50 basis points per annum to do so with respect to all or any portion of such full number of Shares (in which case, the Number of Shares shall be limited to the number of Shares that Dealer (or its affiliate) is able to borrow in connection with establishing its commercially reasonable hedge position for this Transaction at a cost of not more than a rate equal to 50 basis points per annum.

 

(b) [Reserved].

 

(c) Interpretive Letter. The parties intend that this Transaction is being entered into in accordance with the October 9, 2003 interpretive letter from the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission to Goldman, Sachs & Co. (the “Interpretive Letter”) and agree to take all actions, and to omit to take any actions, reasonably requested by the other party, based on advice of counsel, for this Transaction to comply with the Interpretive Letter. Without limiting the foregoing, Counterparty agrees that neither it nor any “affiliated purchaser” (as defined in Regulation M (“Regulation M”) promulgated under the Exchange Act) will, to the extent prohibited by Rule 102 of Regulation M, directly or indirectly, bid for, purchase or attempt to induce any person to bid for or purchase, the Shares or securities that are convertible into, or exchangeable or exercisable for, Shares during any “restricted period” as such term is defined in Regulation M. In addition, Counterparty represents that it is eligible to conduct a primary offering of Shares on Form S-3, the offering contemplated by the Underwriting Agreement complies with Rule 415 under the Securities Act, and the Shares are “actively traded” as defined in Rule 101(c)(1) of Regulation M.

 

 

 

 

(d) Agreements and Acknowledgments Regarding Shares.

 

(i) Counterparty agrees and acknowledges that, in respect of any Shares delivered to Dealer hereunder, such Shares shall be newly issued (unless mutually agreed otherwise by the parties) and, upon such delivery, duly and validly authorized, issued and outstanding, fully paid and nonassessable, free of any lien, charge, claim or other encumbrance and not subject to any preemptive or similar rights and shall, upon such issuance and subject to notice of issuance, be accepted for listing or quotation on the Exchange.

 

(ii) Counterparty agrees and acknowledges that Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) will hedge its exposure to this Transaction by selling Shares borrowed from third party securities lenders or other Shares pursuant to a registration statement, and that, pursuant to the terms of the Interpretive Letter, the Shares (up to the Initial Number of Shares) delivered, pledged or loaned by Counterparty to Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) in connection with this Transaction may be used by Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) to return to securities lenders without further registration or other restrictions under the Securities Act, in the hands of those securities lenders, irrespective of whether such securities loan is effected by Dealer or an affiliate of Dealer. Accordingly, subject to Paragraph 7(h) below, Counterparty agrees that the Shares that it delivers, pledges or loans to Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) on or prior to the final Settlement Date will not bear a restrictive legend and that such Shares will be deposited in, and the delivery thereof shall be effected through the facilities of, the Clearance System.

 

(iii) Counterparty agrees and acknowledges that it has reserved and will keep available at all times, free from preemptive or similar rights and free from any lien, charge, claim or other encumbrance, authorized but unissued Shares at least equal to the Share Cap, solely for the purpose of settlement under this Transaction.

 

(iv) Unless the provisions set forth below under “Private Placement Procedures” are applicable, Dealer agrees to use any Shares delivered by Counterparty hereunder on any Settlement Date to return to securities lenders to close out open securities loans created by Dealer or an affiliate of Dealer in the course of Dealer’s or such affiliate’s hedging activities related to Dealer’s exposure under this Transaction.

 

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

 

 

 

 

(e) Additional Representations and Agreements of Counterparty. Counterparty represents, warrants and agrees as follows:

 

(i) Counterparty represents to Dealer on the Trade Date and, to the extent specified in “Settlement Method Election” above, on any date that Counterparty notifies Dealer that Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement applies to this Transaction, that (A) Counterparty is not aware of any material nonpublic information regarding Counterparty or the Shares, (B) each of its filings under the Securities Act, the Exchange Act or other applicable securities laws that are required to be filed have been filed and that, as of the date of this representation, when considered as a whole (with the more recent such filings deemed to amend inconsistent statements contained in any earlier such filings), there is no misstatement of material fact contained therein or omission of a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements made therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading, and (C) Counterparty is neither entering into this Confirmation nor making any election hereunder to create actual or apparent trading activity in the Shares (or any security convertible into or exchangeable for Shares) or to raise or depress or otherwise manipulate the price of the Shares (or any security convertible into or exchangeable for Shares) or otherwise in violation of the Exchange Act.

 

(ii) It is the intent of Dealer and Counterparty that following any election of Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement by Counterparty, the purchase of Shares by Dealer during any Unwind Period shall comply with the requirements of Rule 10b5-l(c)(l)(i)(B) under the Exchange Act and that this Confirmation shall be interpreted to comply with the requirements of Rule 10b5-l(c) under the Exchange Act. Counterparty acknowledges that (A) during any Unwind Period Counterparty shall not have, and shall not attempt to exercise, any influence over how, when or whether to effect purchases of Shares by Dealer (or its agent or affiliate) in connection with this Confirmation and (B) Counterparty is entering into the Agreement and this Confirmation in good faith and not as part of a plan or scheme to evade compliance with federal securities laws including, without limitation, Rule 10b-5 under the Exchange Act.

 

(iii) Counterparty shall, at least one day prior to the first day of any Unwind Period, notify Dealer of the total number of Shares purchased in Rule 10b-18 purchases of blocks pursuant to the once-a-week block exception contained in Rule 10b-18(b)(4) under the Exchange Act by or for Counterparty or any of its affiliated purchasers during each of the four calendar weeks preceding the first day of the Unwind Period and during the calendar week in which the first day of the Unwind Period occurs (“Rule 10b-18 purchase”, “blocks” and “affiliated purchaser” each being used as defined in Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act).

 

 

 

 

(iv) During any Unwind Period, Counterparty shall (x) not make, or to the extent within its control, not permit to be made, any public announcement (as defined in Rule 165(f) under the Securities Act) of any merger, acquisition, or similar transaction involving a recapitalization relating to Counterparty as contemplated by Rule 10b-18(a)(13)(iv) under the Exchange Act (other than any such transaction in which the consideration consists solely of cash and there is no valuation period) (the “Merger Transaction”) unless such public announcement is made prior to the opening or after the close of the regular trading session on the Exchange, (y) promptly (but in any event prior to the next opening of trading in the Shares) notify Dealer following any such announcement that such announcement has been made and (z) promptly deliver to Dealer following the making of any such announcement information indicating (A) Counterparty’s average daily Rule 10b-18 purchases (as defined in Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act) during the three full calendar months preceding the date of the announcement of such Merger Transaction and (B) Counterparty’s block purchases (as defined in Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act) effected pursuant to Rule 10b-18(b)(4) under the Exchange Act during the three full calendar months preceding the date of the announcement of such Merger Transaction. In addition, Counterparty shall promptly notify Dealer of the earlier to occur of the completion of such transaction and the completion of the vote by target shareholders.

 

(v) Neither Counterparty nor any of its affiliated purchasers (within the meaning of Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act) shall take or refrain from taking any action (including, without limitation, any direct purchases by Counterparty or any of its affiliates, or any purchases by a party to a derivative transaction with Counterparty or any of its affiliates), either under this Confirmation, under an agreement with another party or otherwise, that Counterparty reasonably believes to cause any purchases of Shares by Dealer or any of its affiliates in connection with any Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement of this Transaction not to meet the requirements of the safe harbor provided by Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act determined as if all such foregoing purchases were made by Counterparty.

 

(vi) Counterparty will not engage in any “distribution” (as defined in Regulation M), other than a distribution meeting, in each case, the requirements of an exception set forth in each of Rules 101(b) and 102(b) of Regulation M that would cause a “restricted period” (as defined in Regulation M) to occur during any Unwind Period.

 

(vii) Counterparty is not, and after giving effect to the transactions contemplated hereby will not be, required to register as an “investment company” as such term is defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

 

(viii) Counterparty is not, nor will it be rendered, “insolvent” (as such term is defined under Section 101(32) of the Bankruptcy Code) as a result of this Transaction or its performance of the terms hereof.

 

(ix) Without limiting the generality of Section 13.1 of the Equity Definitions, Counterparty acknowledges that Dealer is not making any representations or warranties or taking any position or expressing any view with respect to the treatment of this Transaction under any accounting standards including ASC Topic 260, Earnings Per Share, ASC Topic 815, Derivatives and Hedging, or ASC Topic 480, Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity and ASC 815-40, Derivatives and Hedging – Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity (or any successor issue statements) or under FASB’s Liabilities & Equity Project.

 

 

 

 

(x) Counterparty understands that no obligations of Dealer to it hereunder will be entitled to the benefit of deposit insurance and that such obligations will not be guaranteed by any affiliate of Dealer or any governmental agency.

 

(xi) To Counterparty’s actual knowledge, no federal, state or local (including non-U.S. jurisdictions) law, rule, regulation or regulatory order applicable to the Shares would give rise to any reporting, consent, registration or other requirement (including without limitation a requirement to obtain prior approval from any person or entity) as a result of Dealer or its affiliates owning or holding (however defined) Shares, other than Sections 13 and 16 under the Exchange Act or Article VI of the Articles of Amendment and Restatement of Counterparty, as amended and supplemented (the “Charter”); provided that Counterparty makes no representation or warranty regarding any such requirement that is applicable generally to the ownership of equity securities by Dealer or its affiliates solely as a result of their being a financial institution or broker-dealer.

 

(xii) No filing with, or approval, authorization, consent, license, registration, qualification, order or decree of, any court or governmental authority or agency, domestic or foreign, is necessary or required for the execution, delivery and performance by Counterparty of this Confirmation and the consummation of this Transaction (including, without limitation, the issuance and delivery of Shares on any Settlement Date) except (i) such as have been obtained under the Securities Act and (ii) as may be required to be obtained under state securities laws.

 

(xiii) Counterparty (i) has such knowledge and experience in financial and business affairs as to be capable of evaluating the merits and risks of entering into this Transaction, (ii) has consulted with its own legal, financial, accounting and tax advisors in connection with this Transaction and (iii) is entering into this Transaction for a bona fide business purpose.

 

(xiv) Counterparty will promptly notify Dealer upon (i) obtaining knowledge of the occurrence of any event that would constitute an Event of Default in respect of which Counterparty is a Defaulting Party and (ii) announcement by Counterparty (or by any other person, to the extent Counterparty has knowledge of such announcement) of any event that, if consummated, would constitute a Potential Adjustment Event.

 

(xv) Dealer, solely in its capacity as a Forward Purchaser (as defined in the Underwriting Agreement), and the Forward Seller, and solely with respect to entering into and consummating the transactions contemplated by this Confirmation and the Underwriting Agreement, as applicable, may, to the extent necessary to consummate the transactions contemplated by this Confirmation and the Underwriting Agreement, “Beneficially Own” and “Constructively Own” Shares in excess of the “Aggregate Stock Ownership Limit” and the “Common Stock Ownership Limit” (each as defined in the Charter) by virtue of entering into transactions described in Section 6.2.6 of the Charter.

 

 

 

 

(xvi) Counterparty (i) is capable of evaluating investment risks independently, both in general and with regard to this Transaction, (ii) will exercise independent judgment in evaluating the recommendations of Dealer or its associated persons, unless it has otherwise notified Dealer in writing and (iii) has total assets of at least USD 50 million as of the date hereof.

 

(f) Acceleration Events. Each of the following events shall constitute an “Acceleration Event”:

 

(i) Stock Borrow Event. In the commercially reasonable judgment of Dealer (A) Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) is not able to hedge in a commercially reasonable manner its exposure under this Transaction because insufficient Shares are made available for borrowing by securities lenders or (B) Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) would incur a cost to borrow (or to maintain a borrow of) Shares to hedge in a commercially reasonable manner its exposure under this Transaction that is greater than a rate equal to 200 basis points per annum (each, a “Stock Borrow Event”);

 

(ii) Dividends and Other Distributions. On any day occurring after the Trade Date, Counterparty declares a distribution, issue or dividend to existing holders of the Shares of (A) any cash dividend (other than an Extraordinary Dividend) to the extent all cash dividends having an ex-dividend date during the period from, and including, any Forward Price Reduction Date (with the Trade Date being a Forward Price Reduction Date for purposes of this Paragraph 7(f)(ii) only) to, but excluding, the next subsequent Forward Price Reduction Date exceeds, on a per Share basis, the Forward Price Reduction Amount set forth opposite the first date of any such period on Schedule I, (B) any Extraordinary Dividend, (C) any share capital or other securities of another issuer acquired or owned (directly or indirectly) by Counterparty as a result of a spin-off or other similar transaction or (D) any other type of securities (other than Shares), rights or warrants or other assets, in any case for payment (cash or other consideration) at less than the prevailing market price, as determined in a commercially reasonable manner by Dealer; “Extraordinary Dividend” means any dividend or distribution (that is not an ordinary cash dividend) declared by the Issuer with respect to the Shares that, in the commercially reasonable determination of Dealer, is (1) a dividend or distribution declared on the Shares at a time at which the Issuer has not previously declared or paid dividends or distributions on such Shares for the prior four quarterly periods, (2) a payment or distribution by the Issuer to holders of Shares that the Issuer announces will be an “extraordinary” or “special” dividend or distribution, (3) a payment by the Issuer to holders of Shares out of the Issuer’s capital and surplus or (4) any other “special” dividend or distribution on the Shares that is, by its terms or declared intent, outside the normal course of operations or normal dividend policies or practices of the Issuer;

 

 

 

 

(iii) ISDA Termination. Either Dealer or Counterparty has the right to designate an Early Termination Date pursuant to Section 6 of the Agreement, in which case, except as otherwise specified herein and except as a result of an Event of Default under Section 5(a)(i) of the Agreement, the provisions of Paragraph 7(g) below shall apply in lieu of the consequences specified in Section 6 of the Agreement;

 

(iv) Other ISDA Events. An Announcement Date occurs in respect of any Merger Event, Tender Offer, Nationalization, Insolvency, Delisting or the occurrence of any Hedging Disruption or Change in Law; provided that, in case of a Delisting, in addition to the provisions of Section 12.6(a)(iii) of the Equity Definitions, it will also constitute a Delisting if the Exchange is located in the United States and the Shares are not immediately re-listed, re-traded or re-quoted on any of the New York Stock Exchange, The NASDAQ Global Select Market or The NASDAQ Global Market (or their respective successors); provided, further, that (i) the definition of “Change in Law” provided in Section 12.9(a)(ii) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by (A) replacing the phrase “the interpretation” in the third line thereof with the phrase “or announcement or statement of the formal or informal interpretation” and (B) immediately following the word “Transaction” in clause (X) thereof, adding the phrase “in the manner contemplated by Dealer on the Trade Date” and (ii) any determination as to whether (A) the adoption of or any change in any applicable law or regulation (including, without limitation, any tax law) or (B) the promulgation of or any change in or announcement or statement of the formal or informal interpretation by any court, tribunal or regulatory authority with competent jurisdiction of any applicable law or regulation (including any action taken by a taxing authority), in each case, constitutes a “Change in Law” shall be made without regard to Section 739 of the Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act of 2010 (the “WSTAA”) or any similar provision in any legislation enacted on or after the Trade Date; or

 

(v) Ownership Event. In the good faith judgment of Dealer, on any day, the Share Amount for such day exceeds the Post-Effective Limit for such day (if any applies) (each, an “Ownership Event”). For purposes of this clause (v), the “Share Amount” as of any day is the number of Shares that Dealer and any person whose ownership position would be aggregated with that of Dealer (Dealer or any such person, a “Dealer Person”) under any law, rule, regulation or regulatory order or Counterparty constituent document that for any reason is, or after the Trade Date becomes, applicable to ownership of Shares (“Applicable Provisions”), owns, beneficially owns, constructively owns, controls, holds the power to vote or otherwise meets a relevant definition of ownership of under the Applicable Provisions, as determined by Dealer in its reasonable discretion. The “Post-Effective Limit” means (x) the minimum number of Shares that would give rise to reporting or registration obligations (except for any filing requirements on Form 13F, Schedule 13D or Schedule 13G under the Exchange Act, in each case, as in effect on the Trade Date) or other requirements (including obtaining prior approval from any person or entity) of a Dealer Person, or would result in an adverse effect on a Dealer Person, under the Applicable Provisions, as determined by Dealer in its reasonable discretion, minus (y) 1.0% of the number of Shares outstanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(g) Termination Settlement. Upon the occurrence of any Acceleration Event and, other than in the case of Acceleration Events described in Paragraphs (f)(ii) and (iv) above, during the continuance of such Acceleration Event, Dealer shall have the right to designate, upon at least one Scheduled Trading Day’s notice, any Scheduled Trading Day following such occurrence to be a Settlement Date hereunder (a “Termination Settlement Date”) to which Physical Settlement shall apply, and to select the number of Settlement Shares relating to such Termination Settlement Date; provided that (i) in the case of an Acceleration Event arising out of an Ownership Event, the number of Settlement Shares so designated by Dealer shall not exceed the number of Shares necessary to reduce the Share Amount to reasonably below the Post-Effective Limit and (ii) in the case of an Acceleration Event arising out of a Stock Borrow Event, the number of Settlement Shares so designated by Dealer shall not exceed the number of Shares as to which such Stock Borrow Event exists. If, upon designation of a Termination Settlement Date by Dealer pursuant to the preceding sentence, Counterparty fails to deliver the Settlement Shares relating to such Termination Settlement Date when due or otherwise fails to perform obligations within its control in respect of this Transaction, it shall be an Event of Default with respect to Counterparty and Section 6 of the Agreement shall apply. If an Acceleration Event occurs during an Unwind Period relating to a number of Settlement Shares to which Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement applies, then on the Termination Settlement Date relating to such Acceleration Event, notwithstanding any election to the contrary by Counterparty, Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement shall apply to the portion of the Settlement Shares relating to such Unwind Period as to which Dealer has unwound its hedge and Physical Settlement shall apply in respect of (x) the remainder (if any) of such Settlement Shares and (y) the Settlement Shares designated by Dealer in respect of such Termination Settlement Date. If an Acceleration Event occurs after Counterparty has designated a Settlement Date to which Physical Settlement applies but before the relevant Settlement Shares have been delivered to Dealer, then Dealer shall have the right to cancel such Settlement Date and designate a Termination Settlement Date in respect of such Shares pursuant to the first sentence hereof. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the case of a Nationalization or Merger Event, if at the time of the related Relevant Settlement Date the Shares have changed into cash or any other property or the right to receive cash or any other property, the Calculation Agent shall adjust the nature of the Shares as it determines appropriate to account for such change such that the nature of the Shares is consistent with what shareholders receive in such event.

 

(h) Private Placement Procedures. If Counterparty is unable to comply with the provisions of sub-paragraph (ii) of “Agreements and Acknowledgments Regarding Shares” above because of a change in law or a change in the policy of the Securities and Exchange Commission or its staff, or Dealer otherwise determines, based on advice of counsel, that in its reasonable opinion any Shares to be delivered to Dealer by Counterparty may not be freely returned by Dealer or its affiliates to securities lenders as described under such sub-paragraph (ii) or otherwise constitute “restricted securities” as defined in Rule 144 under the Securities Act, then delivery of any such Shares (the “Restricted Shares”) shall be effected as provided below, unless waived by Dealer.

 

(i) If Counterparty delivers the Restricted Shares pursuant to this clause (i) (a “Private Placement Settlement”), then delivery of Restricted Shares by Counterparty shall be effected in accordance with private placement procedures customary for private placements of equity securities of substantially similar size with respect to such Restricted Shares reasonably acceptable to Dealer; provided that Counterparty may not elect a Private Placement Settlement if, on the date of its election, it has taken, or caused to be taken, any action that would make unavailable either the exemption pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act for the sale by Counterparty to Dealer (or any affiliate designated by Dealer) of the Restricted Shares or the exemption pursuant to Section 4(a)(1) or Section 4(a)(3) of the Securities Act for resales of the Restricted Shares by Dealer (or any such affiliate of Dealer), and if Counterparty fails to deliver the Restricted Shares when due or otherwise fails to perform obligations within its control in respect of a Private Placement Settlement, it shall be an Event of Default with respect to Counterparty and Section 6 of the Agreement shall apply. The Private Placement Settlement of such Restricted Shares shall include customary representations, covenants, blue sky and other governmental filings and/or registrations, indemnities to Dealer, due diligence rights (for Dealer or any designated buyer of the Restricted Shares by Dealer), opinions and certificates, and such other documentation as is customary for private placement agreements of equity securities of a substantially similar size, all reasonably acceptable to Dealer. In the case of a Private Placement Settlement, Dealer shall, in its good faith discretion, adjust the amount of Restricted Shares to be delivered to Dealer hereunder in a commercially reasonable manner to reflect the fact that such Restricted Shares may not be freely returned to securities lenders by Dealer and may only be saleable by Dealer at a discount to reflect the lack of liquidity in Restricted Shares. Notwithstanding the Agreement or this Confirmation, the date of delivery of such Restricted Shares shall be the Clearance System Business Day following notice by Dealer to Counterparty of the number of Restricted Shares to be delivered pursuant to this clause (i). For the avoidance of doubt, delivery of Restricted Shares shall be due as set forth in the previous sentence and not be due on the date that would otherwise be applicable.

 

 

 

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

 

(i) Indemnity. Counterparty agrees to indemnify Dealer and its affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents and controlling persons (Dealer and each such affiliate or person being an “Indemnified Party”) from and against any and all losses, claims, damages and liabilities, joint and several, incurred by or asserted against such Indemnified Party arising out of, in connection with, or relating to, any breach of any covenant or representation made by Counterparty in this Confirmation or the Agreement and will reimburse any Indemnified Party for all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses (including reasonable and documented legal fees and expenses) as they are incurred in connection with the investigation of, preparation for, or defense of any pending or threatened claim or any action or proceeding arising therefrom, whether or not such Indemnified Party is a party thereto, except to the extent determined in a final and nonappealable judgment by a court of competent jurisdiction to have resulted from Dealer’s negligence, fraud, bad faith and/or willful misconduct or from a breach of any representation or covenant of Dealer contained in this Confirmation or the Agreement. The foregoing provisions shall survive any termination or completion of this Transaction.

 

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

 

(k) Governing Law/Jurisdiction. This Confirmation and any claim, controversy or dispute arising under or related to this Confirmation shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York without reference to the conflict of laws provisions thereof. The parties hereto irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the State of New York and the United States Court for the Southern District of New York in connection with all matters relating hereto and waive any objection to the laying of venue in, and any claim of inconvenient forum with respect to, these courts.

 

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

 

(m) Insolvency Filing. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, in the Agreement or in the Equity Definitions, upon any Insolvency Filing or other proceeding under Title 11 of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”) in respect of the Issuer to which Section 365(c)(2) is applicable, this Transaction shall automatically terminate on the date thereof without further liability of either party to this Confirmation to the other party (except for any liability in respect of any breach of representation or covenant by a party under this Confirmation prior to the date of such Insolvency Filing or other proceeding), it being understood that this Transaction is a contract for the issuance of Shares by the Issuer as contemplated by Section 365(c)(2) of the Bankruptcy Code.

 

 

 

(n) Disclosure. Effective from the date of commencement of discussions concerning this Transaction, each of Dealer and Counterparty and each of their employees, representatives, or other agents may disclose to any and all persons, without limitation of any kind, the tax treatment and tax structure of this Transaction and all materials of any kind (including opinions or other tax analyses) relating to such tax treatment and tax structure.

 

(o) Communications with Employees of J.P. Morgan Securities LLC.  If Counterparty interacts with any employee of J.P. Morgan Securities LLC with respect to any Transaction, Counterparty is hereby notified that such employee will act solely as an authorized representative of JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association (and not as a representative of J.P. Morgan Securities LLC) in connection with such Transaction.

 

(p) Counterparty Share Repurchases. Counterparty agrees not to repurchase, directly or indirectly, any Shares if, immediately following such purchase, the Outstanding Share Percentage would be equal to or greater than 4.5%. The “Outstanding Share Percentage” as of any day is the fraction (1) the numerator of which is the aggregate of the Number of Shares for this Transaction and the “Number of Shares” under each Additional Equity Derivative Transaction that is a share forward transaction and (2) the denominator of which is the number of Shares outstanding on such day.

 

(q) Limit on Beneficial Ownership. Notwithstanding any other provisions hereof, Dealer shall not have the right to acquire Shares hereunder and Dealer shall not be entitled to take delivery of any Shares hereunder (in each case, whether in connection with the purchase of Shares on any Settlement Date or any Termination Settlement Date, any Private Placement Settlement or otherwise) to the extent (but only to the extent) that, after such receipt of any Shares hereunder, (i) the Share Amount would exceed the Post-Effective Limit, (ii) Dealer and each person subject to aggregation of Shares with Dealer under Section 13 or Section 16 of the Exchange Act and rules promulgated thereunder (including all persons who may form a “group” within the meaning of Rule 13d-5(b)(1) under the Exchange Act) (collectively, the “Dealer Group”) would directly or indirectly beneficially own (as such term is defined for purposes of Section 13 or Section 16 of the Exchange Act and rules promulgated thereunder) in excess of 4.9% of the then outstanding Shares (the “Threshold Number of Shares”), (iii) Dealer would hold 5% or more of the number of Shares of Counterparty’s outstanding common stock or 5% or more of Counterparty’s outstanding voting power (the “Exchange Limit”) or (iv) such acquisition would result in a violation of any restriction on ownership or transfer set forth in Article VI of the Charter (the “Counterparty Stock Ownership Restrictions”). Any purported delivery hereunder shall be void and have no effect to the extent (but only to the extent) that, after such delivery, (i) the Share Amount would exceed the Post-Effective Limit, (ii) the Dealer Group would directly or indirectly so beneficially own in excess of the Threshold Number of Shares, (iii) Dealer would directly or indirectly hold in excess of the Exchange Limit or (iv) such delivery would result in a violation of the Counterparty Stock Ownership Restrictions. If any delivery owed to Dealer hereunder is not made, in whole or in part, as a result of this provision, Counterparty’s obligation to make such delivery shall not be extinguished and Counterparty shall make such delivery as promptly as practicable after, but in no event later than one Scheduled Trading Day after, Dealer gives notice to Counterparty that, after such delivery, (i) the Share Amount would not exceed the Post-Effective Limit, (ii) the Dealer Group would not directly or indirectly so beneficially own in excess of the Threshold Number of Shares, (iii) Dealer would not directly or indirectly hold in excess of the Exchange Limit and (iv) such delivery would not result in a violation of the Counterparty Stock Ownership Restriction.

 

In addition, notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, if any delivery owed to Dealer hereunder is not made, in whole or in part, as a result of the immediately preceding paragraph, Dealer shall be permitted to make any payment due in respect of such Shares to Counterparty in two or more tranches that correspond in amount to the number of Shares delivered by Counterparty to Dealer pursuant to the immediately preceding paragraph.

 

Dealer represents and warrants that, as of the Trade Date, if Dealer received the maximum number of Shares hereunder assuming both (i) Physical Settlement applies and (ii) no restrictions on the delivery of Shares hereunder were applicable, then the Counterparty Stock Ownership Restrictions would not apply so as to limit the number of Shares that Dealer could receive hereunder. Dealer will not knowingly cause the occurrence of an Ownership Event on any day during the term of this Transaction for the purpose, in whole or in part, of causing the occurrence of an Termination Settlement Date.

 

 

 

(r) Commodity Exchange Act. Each of Dealer and Counterparty agrees and represents that it is an “eligible contract participant” as defined in Section 1a(18) of the U.S. Commodity Exchange Act, as amended (the “CEA”), the Agreement and this Transaction are subject to individual negotiation by the parties and have not been executed or traded on a “trading facility” as defined in Section 1a(51) of the CEA.

 

(s) Bankruptcy Status. Subject to Paragraph 7(m) above, Dealer acknowledges and agrees that this Confirmation is not intended to convey to Dealer rights with respect to the transactions contemplated hereby that are senior to the claims of Counterparty’s common stockholders in any U.S. bankruptcy proceedings of Counterparty; provided, however, that nothing herein shall be deemed to limit Dealer’s right to pursue remedies in the event of a breach by Counterparty of its obligations and agreements with respect to this Confirmation and the Agreement; and provided, further, that nothing herein shall limit or shall be deemed to limit Dealer’s rights in respect of any transaction other than this Transaction.

 

(t) No Collateral or Setoff. Notwithstanding Section 6(f) or any other provision of the Agreement or any other agreement between the parties to the contrary, the obligations of Counterparty hereunder are not secured by any collateral. Obligations in respect of this Transaction shall not be set off against any other obligations of the parties, whether arising under the Agreement, this Confirmation, under any other agreement between the parties hereto, by operation of law or otherwise, and no other obligations of the parties shall be set off against obligations in respect of this Transaction, whether arising under the Agreement, this Confirmation, under any other agreement between the parties hereto, by operation of law or otherwise, and each party hereby waives any such right of setoff, except that set-off solely with respect to amounts payable under this Transaction shall be permissible.

 

(u) Tax Matters.

 

(i) For the purpose of Section 3(f) of the Agreement:

 

(1) Dealer makes the following representations:

 

a.It is a national banking association organized and existing under the laws of the United States of America and is an exempt recipient under section 1.6049-4(c)(1)(ii) of United States Treasury Regulations.

 

b.It is a “U.S. person” (as that term is used in section 1.1441-4(a)(3)(ii) of United States Treasury Regulations) for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

 

(2) Counterparty makes the following representations:

 

a.It is a “U.S. person” (as that term is used in section 1.1441-4(a)(3)(ii) of the United States Treasury Regulations) for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

 

b.It is a real estate investment trust for U.S. federal income tax purposes and is organized under the laws of the State of Maryland, and is an exempt recipient under section 1.6049-4(c)(1)(ii)(J) of the United States Treasury Regulations.

 

(ii) Withholding Tax imposed on payments to non-U.S. counterparties on Dividends or under the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. “Indemnifiable Tax” as defined in Section 14 of the Agreement shall not include any FATCA Withholding Tax or any U.S. federal income tax imposed on amounts that constitute dividends from sources within the United States. For the avoidance of doubt, a FATCA Withholding Tax is a Tax the deduction or withholding of which is required by applicable law for the purposes of Section 2(d) of the Agreement.

 

 

 

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

 

FATCA Withholding Tax” means any U.S. federal withholding tax imposed or collected pursuant to Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code, any current or future regulations or official interpretations thereof, any agreement entered into pursuant to Section 1471(b) of the Code, or any fiscal or regulatory legislation, rules or practices adopted pursuant to any intergovernmental agreement entered into in connection with the implementation of such Sections of the Code.

 

(iii) HIRE Act. To the extent that either party to the Agreement with respect to this Transaction is not an adhering party to the ISDA 2015 Section 871(m) Protocol published by ISDA on November 2, 2015 and available at www.isda.org, as may be amended, supplemented, replaced or superseded from time to time (the “871(m) Protocol”), the parties agree that the provisions and amendments contained in the Attachment to the 871(m) Protocol are incorporated into and apply to the Agreement with respect to this Transaction as if set forth in full herein. The parties further agree that, solely for purposes of applying such provisions and amendments to the Agreement with respect to this Transaction, references to “each Covered Master Agreement” in the 871(m) Protocol will be deemed to be references to the Agreement with respect to this Transaction, and references to the “Implementation Date” in the 871(m) Protocol will be deemed to be references to the Trade Date of this Transaction. For greater certainty, if there is any inconsistency between this provision and the provisions contained in any other agreement between the parties with respect to this Transaction, this provision shall prevail unless such other agreement expressly overrides the provisions of the Attachment to the 871(m) Protocol.

 

(iv) Agreement to Deliver Documents. For the purposes of Sections 4(a)(i) and 4(a)(ii) of the Agreement, Counterparty shall provide to Dealer a valid and duly executed U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W-9, or any successor thereto, (i) on or before the date of execution of this Confirmation, (ii) promptly upon reasonable demand by Dealer and (iii) promptly upon learning that any such tax form previously provided by Counterparty has become obsolete, invalid or incorrect.

 

For the purposes of Sections 4(a)(i) and 4(a)(ii) of the Agreement, Dealer shall provide to Counterparty a valid and duly executed U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W-9, or any successor thereto, (i) on or before the date of execution of this Confirmation, (ii) promptly upon reasonable demand by Counterparty and (iii) promptly upon learning that any such tax form previously provided by Dealer has become obsolete, invalid or incorrect.

 

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

 

(vi) Tax Documentation. Section 4(a)(iii) of the Agreement is hereby amended by adding the following prior to the existing text: “upon the earlier of learning that any such form or document is required or”.

 

(v) Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act of 2010. The parties hereby agree that none of (i) Section 739 of the WSTAA, (ii) any similar legal certainty provision included in any legislation enacted, or rule or regulation promulgated, on or after the Trade Date, (iii) the enactment of the WSTAA or any regulation under the WSTAA, (iv) any requirement under the WSTAA or (v) any amendment made by the WSTAA shall limit or otherwise impair either party’s right to terminate, renegotiate, modify, amend or supplement this Confirmation or the Agreement, as applicable, arising from a termination event, force majeure, illegality, increased cost, regulatory change or similar event under this Confirmation, the Equity Definitions or the Agreement (including, but not limited to, any right arising from any Acceleration Event).

 

 

 

(w) Other Forwards / Dealers. Dealer acknowledges that Counterparty has entered or may enter in the future into one or more similar forward transactions for the Shares (each, an “Other Forward” and collectively, the “Other Forwards”) with one or more dealers, and/or affiliates thereof (each, an “Other Dealer” and collectively, the “Other Dealers”). Dealer and Counterparty agree that if Counterparty designates a “Settlement Date” with respect to one or more Other Forwards for which “Cash Settlement” or “Net Share Settlement” is applicable, and the resulting “Unwind Period” for such Other Forwards coincides for any period of time with an Unwind Period for this Transaction (the “Overlap Unwind Period”), Counterparty shall notify Dealer at least one Scheduled Trading Day prior to the commencement of such Overlap Unwind Period of the first Scheduled Trading Day and length of such Overlap Unwind Period, and Dealer shall be permitted to purchase Shares to unwind its hedge in respect of this Transaction only on alternating Scheduled Trading Days during such Overlap Unwind Period, commencing on the first, second, third or later Scheduled Trading Day of such Overlap Unwind Period, as notified to Dealer by Counterparty at least one Scheduled Trading Day prior to such Overlap Unwind Period (which alternating Scheduled Trading Days, for the avoidance of doubt, may be every other Scheduled Trading Day if there is only one Other Dealer, every third Scheduled Trading Day if there are two Other Dealers, etc.).

 

(x) Delivery of Cash. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Confirmation shall be interpreted as requiring Counterparty to deliver cash in respect of the settlement of this Transaction, except in circumstances where the required cash settlement thereof is permitted for classification of the contract as equity by ASC 815-40 (formerly EITF 00-19) as in effect on the Trade Date (including, without limitation, where Counterparty so elects to deliver cash or fails timely to elect to deliver Shares in respect of such settlement). For the avoidance of doubt, the preceding sentence shall not be construed as limiting (i) Paragraph 7(i) above or (ii) any damages that may be payable by Counterparty as a result of breach of this Confirmation.

 

(y) U.S. Resolutions Stay Protocol. The parties agree that (i) to the extent that prior to the date hereof all parties have adhered to the 2018 ISDA U.S. Resolution Stay Protocol (the “Protocol”), the terms of the Protocol are incorporated into and form a part of this Confirmation, and for such purposes this Confirmation shall be deemed a Protocol Covered Agreement and each party shall be deemed to have the same status as Regulated Entity and/or Adhering Party as applicable to it under the Protocol; (ii) to the extent that prior to the date hereof the parties have executed a separate agreement the effect of which is to amend the qualified financial contracts between them to conform with the requirements of the QFC Stay Rules (the “Bilateral Agreement”), the terms of the Bilateral Agreement are incorporated into and form a part of this Confirmation and each party shall be deemed to have the status of “Covered Entity” or “Counterparty Entity” (or other similar term)  as applicable to it under the Bilateral Agreement; or (iii) if clause (i) and clause (ii) do not apply, the terms of Section 1 and Section 2 and the related defined terms (together, the “Bilateral Terms”) of the form of bilateral template entitled “Full-Length Omnibus (for use between U.S. G-SIBs and Corporate Groups)” published by ISDA on November 2, 2018 (currently available on the 2018 ISDA U.S. Resolution Stay Protocol page at www.isda.org and, a copy of which is available upon request), the effect of which is to amend the qualified financial contracts between the parties thereto to conform with the requirements of the QFC Stay Rules, are hereby incorporated into and form a part of this Confirmation, and for such purposes this Confirmation shall be deemed a “Covered Agreement,” Dealer shall be deemed a “Covered Entity” and Counterparty shall be deemed a “Counterparty Entity.” In the event that, after the date of this Confirmation, all parties hereto become adhering parties to the Protocol, the terms of the Protocol will replace the terms of this Paragraph 7(y). In the event of any inconsistencies between this Confirmation and the terms of the Protocol, the Bilateral Agreement or the Bilateral Terms (each, the “QFC Stay Terms”), as applicable, the QFC Stay Terms will govern. Terms used in this Paragraph 7(y) without definition shall have the meanings assigned to them under the QFC Stay Rules. For purposes of this Paragraph 7(y), references to “the Agreement” include any related credit enhancements entered into between the parties or provided by one to the other.

 

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

 

(z) Counterparts. Counterparts may be delivered via facsimile, electronic mail (including any electronic signature covered by the U.S. federal ESIGN Act of 2000, Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, the Electronic Signatures and Records Act or other applicable law, e.g., DocuSign and AdobeSign (any such signature, an “Electronic Signature”)) or other transmission method and any counterpart so delivered shall be deemed to have been duly and validly delivered and be valid and effective for all purposes.  The words “execution,” “signed,” “signature” and words of like import in this Confirmation or in any other certificate, agreement or document related to this Confirmation shall include any Electronic Signature, except to the extent electronic notices are expressly prohibited under this Confirmation or the Agreement..

 

 

 

Please confirm your agreement to be bound by the terms stated herein by executing the copy of this Confirmation enclosed for that purpose and returning it to us.

 

  Yours sincerely,
   
  JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association
   
  By: /s/ Derek Brown
  Name: Derek Brown
  Title: Vice President

 

 

 

 

Confirmed as of the date first above written:

 

  W. P. CAREY INC.
   
  By: /s/ ToniAnn Sanzone
  Name: ToniAnn Sanzone
  Title: Chief Financial Officer:

 

 

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Section 4: EX-1.3 (EXHIBIT 1.3)

 

Exhibit 1.3

 

Forward Confirmation

 

Date:June 17, 2020

 

To:W. P. Carey Inc.

50 Rockefeller Plaza

New York, New York 10020

Attention: Chief Financial Officer

 

From:Bank of America, N.A.

c/o BofA Securities, Inc.

Bank of America Tower

One Bryant Park

New York, New York 10036

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

The purpose of this letter agreement is to confirm the terms and conditions of the Transaction entered into between Bank of America, N.A. (“Dealer”) and W. P. Carey Inc. (the “Counterparty”) on the Trade Date specified below (the “Transaction”) in connection with the Underwriting Agreement dated June 17, 2020 between Counterparty, Dealer and the other parties thereto (the “Underwriting Agreement”). This letter agreement constitutes a “Confirmation” as referred to in the ISDA 2002 Master Agreement (as defined below).

 

The definitions and provisions contained in the 2002 ISDA Equity Derivatives Definitions (the “Equity Definitions”), as published by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (“ISDA”), are incorporated into this Confirmation. In the event of any inconsistency between the Equity Definitions and this Confirmation, this Confirmation shall govern.

 

Each party is hereby advised, and each such party acknowledges, that the other party has engaged in, or refrained from engaging in, substantial financial transactions and has taken other material actions in reliance upon the parties’ entry into this Transaction on the terms and conditions set forth below.

 

1.This Confirmation evidences a complete and binding agreement between Dealer and Counterparty as to the terms of this Transaction. This Confirmation shall supplement, form a part of, and be subject to an agreement in the form of the ISDA 2002 Master Agreement (the “Agreement”) as if Dealer and Counterparty had executed an agreement in such form (without any Schedule but (i) with the elections set forth in this Confirmation and (ii) with the election that the “Cross Default” provisions of Section 5(a)(vi) of the Agreement will apply to Dealer and Counterparty as if (a) the phrase “, or becoming capable at such time of being declared,” were deleted from Section 5(a)(vi)(1) of the Agreement, (b)(i) the “Threshold Amount” with respect to Dealer were three percent of the shareholders’ equity of Dealer and (ii) the “Threshold Amount” with respect to Counterparty were equal to the “Credit Agreement Threshold Amount”, (c) the following language were added to the end of Section 5(a)(vi) of the Agreement: “Notwithstanding the foregoing, a default under subsection (2) hereof shall not constitute an Event of Default if (x) the default was caused solely by error or omission of an administrative or operational nature; (y) funds were available to enable the party to make the payment when due; and (z) the payment is made within two Local Business Days of such party’s receipt of written notice of its failure to pay.”; and (d) the term “Specified Indebtedness” had meaning specified in Section 14 of the Agreement, except that such term shall not include obligations in respect of deposits received in the ordinary course of a party’s banking business and obligations with respect to which recourse for payment is limited to specific assets encumbered by a lien securing such obligations. For purposes of the foregoing, “Credit Agreement Threshold Amount” means the USD amount specified in the definition of “Material Indebtedness” (or equivalent concept), as defined under the Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of February 20, 2020, by and among W. P. Carey Inc. and certain of its Subsidiaries identified therein as Guarantors, Bank of America, N.A., as Administrative Agent, Bank of America, N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as L/C Issuers, Bank of America, N.A., as Swing Line Lender, and the Lenders party thereto (as such credit agreement may be amended, supplemented, restated or otherwise modified from time to time, or replaced or refinanced by any other agreement governing an unsecured revolving credit facility entered into by Counterparty). In the event of any inconsistency between provisions of that Agreement and this Confirmation, this Confirmation will prevail for the purpose of this Transaction. The parties hereby agree that, other than this Transaction, no Transaction shall be governed by the Agreement. For purposes of the Equity Definitions, this Transaction is a Share Forward Transaction.

 

 

 

 

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

 

General Terms:  
Trade Date: June 17, 2020
Effective Date: June 22, 2020, or such later date on which the conditions set forth in Paragraph 7 below have been satisfied.
Seller: Counterparty
Buyer: Dealer
Shares: The common stock of Counterparty, par value USD 0.001 per share (Ticker Symbol: “WPC”)
Number of Shares:

Initially, 2,375,000 Shares (the “Initial Number of Shares”); provided that the Number of Shares is subject to reduction as provided in Paragraph 7(a) below.

 

On each Settlement Date, the Number of Shares shall be reduced by the number of Settlement Shares settled on such date.

 

 

 

 

Initial Forward Price: USD 68.3500 per Share
Forward Price: (a)  On the Effective Date, the Initial Forward Price; and
 

(b)  on each calendar day thereafter, (i) the Forward Price as of the immediately preceding calendar day multiplied by (ii) the sum of 1 and the Daily Rate for such day; provided that, on each Forward Price Reduction Date, the Forward Price in effect on such date shall be the Forward Price otherwise in effect on such date, minus the Forward Price Reduction Amount for such Forward Price Reduction Date.

 

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

Daily Rate: For any day, a rate (which may be positive or negative) equal to (i) (a) Overnight Bank Funding Rate for such day minus (b) the Spread divided by (ii) 360.
Overnight Bank Funding Rate: For any day, the rate set forth for such day opposite the caption “Overnight Bank Funding Rate”, as such rate is displayed on Bloomberg Screen “OBFR01 <Index><GO>”, or any successor page; provided that, if no rate appears for a particular day on such page, the rate for the immediately preceding day for which a rate does so appear shall be used for such day.
Spread: 75 basis points
Prepayment: Not Applicable
Variable Obligation: Not Applicable
Forward Price Reduction Dates: As set forth on Schedule I
Forward Price Reduction Amounts: For each Forward Price Reduction Date, the Forward Price Reduction Amount set forth opposite such date on Schedule I
Exchange: The New York Stock Exchange
Related Exchange(s): All Exchanges

 

 

 

 

Clearance System: The Depository Trust Company
Securities Act: Securities Act of 1933, as amended
Exchange Act: Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended
Market Disruption Event: Section 6.3(a) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by replacing the first sentence in its entirety with the following: “‘Market Disruption Event’ means in respect of a Share or an Index, the occurrence or existence of (i) a Trading Disruption, (ii) an Exchange Disruption, (iii) an Early Closure or (iv) a Regulatory Disruption, in each case that the Calculation Agent determines, in its commercially reasonable judgment, is material”.
Early Closure: Section 6.3(d) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by replacing the remainder of the provision following the term “Scheduled Closing Time” in the fourth line thereof with the phrase “which the Calculation Agent determines is material.”
Regulatory Disruption: Any event that Dealer, based on the advice of counsel, determines makes it reasonably necessary or appropriate with regard to any legal, regulatory or self-regulatory requirements or related policies and procedures that generally apply to transactions of a nature and kind similar to this Transaction, applied in a non-discriminatory manner, and have been adopted in good faith by Dealer for Dealer to refrain from or decrease any market activity in connection with this Transaction.  If a Regulatory Disruption occurs on any Unwind Date, Dealer shall notify Counterparty in writing that a Regulatory Disruption has occurred on such Scheduled Trading Day with respect to this Transaction, in which case Dealer shall, to the extent practicable in its good faith discretion, specify the nature of such Regulatory Disruption. Dealer may exercise its right in respect of any Regulatory Disruption only in good faith in relation to events or circumstances that are not the result of actions of it or its Affiliates that are taken with the intent to avoid its obligations under this Transaction.
Settlement:  
Settlement Currency: USD (all amounts shall be converted to the Settlement Currency in good faith and in a commercially reasonable manner by the Calculation Agent)

 

 

 

 

Settlement Date: Any Scheduled Trading Day following the Effective Date and up to and including the Final Date that is either:
  (a)   designated by Counterparty as a “Settlement Date” by a written notice (a “Settlement Notice”) that satisfies the Settlement Notice Requirements, if applicable, and is delivered to Dealer no less than (i) two Scheduled Trading Days prior to such Settlement Date, which may be the Final Date, if Physical Settlement applies, and (ii) 60 Scheduled Trading Days prior to such Settlement Date, which may be the Final Date, if Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement applies; provided that, if Dealer shall have fully unwound its hedge with respect to the portion of the Number of Shares to be settled during an Unwind Period by a date that is more than two Scheduled Trading Days prior to a Settlement Date specified above, Dealer may, by written notice to Counterparty, no fewer than two Scheduled Trading Days prior thereto, specify any Scheduled Trading Day prior to such original Settlement Date as the Settlement Date; or
  (b)   designated by Dealer as a Settlement Date pursuant to the “Termination Settlement” provisions of Paragraph 7(g) below;
  provided that the Final Date will be a Settlement Date if on such date the Number of Shares for which a Settlement Date has not already been designated is greater than zero; and provided, further, that, following the occurrence of at least five consecutive Disrupted Days during an Unwind Period and while such Disrupted Days are continuing, Dealer may designate any subsequent Scheduled Trading Day as the Settlement Date with respect to the portion of the Settlement Shares, if any, for which Dealer has determined an Unwind Purchase Price during such Unwind Period, it being understood that the Unwind Period with respect to the remainder of such Settlement Shares shall, subject to clause (ii) in “Settlement Method Election” below, recommence on the next succeeding Exchange Business Day that is not a Disrupted Day in whole.
Final Date: December 17, 2021 (or if such day is not a Scheduled Trading Day, the next following Scheduled Trading Day).

 

 

 

 

Settlement Shares: (a) With respect to any Settlement Date other than the Final Date, the number of Shares designated as such by Counterparty in the relevant Settlement Notice or designated by Dealer pursuant to the “Termination Settlement” provisions of Paragraph 7(g) below, as applicable; provided that the Settlement Shares so designated shall (i) not exceed the Number of Shares at that time and (ii) in the case of a designation by Counterparty, be at least equal to the lesser of 100,000 and the Number of Shares at that time, in each case with the Number of Shares determined taking into account pending Settlement Shares; and
  (b) with respect to the Settlement Date on the Final Date, a number of Shares equal to the Number of Shares at that time;
  in each case with the Number of Shares determined taking into account pending Settlement Shares.
Settlement Method Election: Physical Settlement, Cash Settlement, or Net Share Settlement, at the election of Counterparty as set forth in a Settlement Notice that satisfies the Settlement Notice Requirements, and, if Counterparty elects Cash Settlement, Counterparty shall also specify in the relevant Settlement Notice that either Actual Pricing or Objective Pricing applies; provided that Physical Settlement shall apply (i) if no Settlement Method is validly selected, (ii) with respect to any Settlement Shares in respect of which Dealer has not completed its unwind of a commercially reasonable hedge position in compliance with the requirements of the Transaction and taking into account the unwind of the commercially reasonable hedge position related to each other forward or other equity derivative transaction (if any) entered into between Dealer and Counterparty (each, an “Additional Equity Derivative Transaction”) by the Settlement Date or, in its commercially reasonable judgment, would be unable to do so due to the occurrence of five or more consecutive Disrupted Days, (iii) to any Termination Settlement Date (as defined under “Termination Settlement” in Paragraph 7(g) below) and (iv) if the Final Date is a Settlement Date other than as the result of a valid Settlement Notice, in respect of such Settlement Date; provided, further, that, if Physical Settlement applies under clause (ii) immediately above, Dealer shall provide written notice to Counterparty at least two Scheduled Trading Days prior to the applicable Settlement Date; and provided, further, that if Counterparty elects Cash Settlement but does not specify if Actual Pricing or Objective Pricing is to apply in the Settlement Notice, Actual Pricing shall apply.

 

 

 

 

Settlement Notice Requirements: Notwithstanding any other provision hereof, a Settlement Notice delivered by Counterparty that specifies Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement will not be effective to establish a Settlement Date or require Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement unless Counterparty delivers to Dealer with such Settlement Notice a representation, dated as of the date of such Settlement Notice and signed by Counterparty, containing the provisions set forth in clauses (i) and (ii)(B) under the heading “Additional Representations and Agreements of Counterparty” in Paragraph 7(e) below.
Physical Settlement: If Physical Settlement is applicable, then Counterparty shall deliver to Dealer through the Clearance System a number of Shares equal to the Settlement Shares for such Settlement Date, and Dealer shall pay to Counterparty, by wire transfer of immediately available funds to an account designated by Counterparty, an amount equal to the Physical Settlement Amount for such Settlement Date.  If, on any Settlement Date, the Shares to be delivered by Counterparty to Dealer hereunder are not so delivered (the “Deferred Shares”), and a Forward Price Reduction Date occurs during the period from, and including, such Settlement Date to, but excluding, the date such Shares are actually delivered to Dealer, then the portion of the Physical Settlement Amount payable by Dealer to Counterparty in respect of the Deferred Shares shall be reduced by an amount equal to the Forward Price Reduction Amount for such Forward Price Reduction Date, multiplied by the number of Deferred Shares.
Physical Settlement Amount: For any Settlement Date for which Physical Settlement is applicable, an amount in cash equal to the product of (a) the Forward Price in effect on the relevant Settlement Date multiplied by (b) the Settlement Shares for such Settlement Date.
Cash Settlement: On any Settlement Date in respect of which Cash Settlement applies, if the Cash Settlement Amount is a positive number, Dealer will pay the Cash Settlement Amount to Counterparty.  If the Cash Settlement Amount is a negative number, Counterparty will pay the absolute value of the Cash Settlement Amount to Dealer.  Such amounts shall be paid on such Settlement Date by wire transfer of immediately available funds.

 

 

 

 

Cash Settlement Amount: An amount determined by the Calculation Agent equal to:
  (a) (i)(A) the weighted average (weighted on the same basis as clause (B)) of the Forward Prices on each Unwind Date (calculated assuming no reduction to the Forward Price for any Forward Price Reduction Date that occurs during such Unwind Period, which is accounted for in clause (b) below), minus USD 0.02, minus (B)(I) if Net Share Settlement applies or Cash Settlement and Actual Pricing apply, the weighted average price (the “Unwind Purchase Price”) at which Dealer purchases Shares during the Unwind Period to unwind its hedge with respect to the portion of the Number of Shares to be settled during the Unwind Period (including, for the avoidance of doubt, purchases on any Disrupted Day in part), taking into account Shares anticipated to be delivered or received if Net Share Settlement applies, and the restrictions of Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act agreed to hereunder or (II) if Cash Settlement and Objective Pricing apply, the arithmetic average of the 10b-18 VWAP on each Unwind Date, multiplied by (ii) the lesser of (x) Settlement Shares for the relevant Settlement Date, and (y) the number of Shares Dealer purchased in compliance with the requirements of this Transaction during the Unwind Period to unwind its hedge with respect to such Settlement Shares; minus
  (b)  the product of (i) the Forward Price Reduction Amount for any Forward Price Reduction Date that occurs during such Unwind Period and (ii) the number of Settlement Shares for such Settlement Date with respect to which Dealer has not unwound its hedge, including the settlement of such unwinds, as of such Forward Price Reduction Date.
Actual Pricing: The pricing election for a Cash Settlement, if specified by Counterparty in the relevant Settlement Notice.
Objective Pricing: The pricing election for a Cash Settlement, if specified by Counterparty in the relevant Settlement Notice.

 

 

 

10b-18 VWAP: For any Exchange Business Day, as determined by the Calculation Agent based on the 10b-18 Volume Weighted Average Price per Share as reported in the composite transactions for United States exchanges and quotation systems for the regular trading session (including any extensions thereof) of the Exchange on such Exchange Business Day (without regard to pre-open or after hours trading outside of such regular trading session for such Exchange Business Day), as published by Bloomberg at 4:15 p.m. New York time (or 15 minutes following the end of any extension of the regular trading session) on such Exchange Business Day, on Bloomberg page “WPC <Equity> AQR SEC” (or any successor thereto), or if such price is not so reported on such Exchange Business Day for any reason or is, in the Calculation Agent’s reasonable determination, erroneous, such 10b-18 VWAP shall be as reasonably determined by the Calculation Agent. For purposes of calculating the 10b-18 VWAP for such Exchange Business Day, the Calculation Agent will use reasonable efforts to include only those trades that are reported during the period of time during which Counterparty could purchase its own shares under Rule 10b-18(b)(2) and are effected pursuant to the conditions of Rule 10b-18(b)(3), each under the Exchange Act (such trades, “Rule 10b-18 eligible transactions”).
Cash Settlement Valuation Disruption: If Cash Settlement and Objective Pricing are applicable and any Unwind Date during the related Unwind Period is a Disrupted Day, the Calculation Agent shall determine (except in the case of a Disrupted Day that occurs as a result of a Regulatory Disruption, which shall always be a Disrupted Day in full) whether (i) such Disrupted Day is a Disrupted Day in full, in which case the 10b-18 VWAP for such Disrupted Day shall not be included in the calculation of the Cash Settlement Amount, or (ii) such Disrupted Day is a Disrupted Day only in part, in which case the 10b-18 VWAP for such Disrupted Day shall be determined by the Calculation Agent based on Rule 10b-18 eligible transactions in the Shares on such Disrupted Day, taking into account the nature and duration of the relevant Market Disruption Event, and the weightings of the 10b-18 VWAP and the Forward Prices for each Unwind Date during such Unwind Period shall be adjusted in a commercially reasonable manner by the Calculation Agent for purposes of determining the Cash Settlement Amount to account for the occurrence of such partially Disrupted Day, with such adjustments based on the duration of any Market Disruption Event and the volume, historical trading patterns and price of the Shares.

 

 

 

 

Net Share Settlement: On any Settlement Date in respect of which Net Share Settlement applies, if the Cash Settlement Amount is a (i) positive number, Dealer shall deliver a number of Shares to Counterparty equal to the Net Share Settlement Shares, or (ii) negative number, Counterparty shall deliver a number of Shares to Dealer equal to the Net Share Settlement Shares; provided that, if Dealer determines in its commercially reasonable judgment that it would be required to deliver Net Share Settlement Shares to Counterparty, Dealer may elect to deliver a portion of such Net Share Settlement Shares on one or more dates prior to the applicable Settlement Date.
Net Share Settlement Shares: With respect to a Settlement Date, the absolute value of the Cash Settlement Amount divided by the Unwind Purchase Price, with the number of Shares rounded up in the event such calculation results in a fractional number.
Unwind Period: The period from and including the first Exchange Business Day following the date Counterparty validly elects Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement in respect of a Settlement Date through the second Scheduled Trading Day preceding such Settlement Date, subject to “Termination Settlement” as described in Paragraph 7(g) below.
Unwind Date: For any Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement in respect of a Settlement Date, each day on which Dealer (or its agent or affiliate) purchases Shares in the market in connection with unwinding its commercially reasonable hedge position in a commercially reasonable manner in connection with such Settlement, starting on the first day of the Unwind Period.
Failure to Deliver: Applicable if Dealer is required to deliver Shares hereunder; otherwise, Not Applicable.
Share Cap: Notwithstanding any other provision of this Confirmation, in no event will Counterparty be required to deliver to Dealer on any Settlement Date, whether pursuant to Physical Settlement, Net Share Settlement or any Private Placement Settlement, a number of Shares in excess of (i) 1.5 times the Initial Number of Shares, subject to adjustment from time to time in accordance with the provisions of this Confirmation or the Equity Definitions, minus (ii) the aggregate number of Shares delivered by Counterparty to Dealer hereunder prior to such Settlement Date.

 

 

 

 

Adjustments:  
Method of Adjustment: Calculation Agent Adjustment.  Section 11.2(e) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by deleting clauses (iii) and (v) thereof, and Section 11.2(e)(vii) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by adding the words “that is within the Issuer’s control” immediately after the word “event”. For the avoidance of doubt, the declaration or payment of a cash dividend will not constitute a Potential Adjustment Event.
Additional Adjustment: If, in Dealer’s commercially reasonable judgment, the actual cost to Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer), over any 10 consecutive Scheduled Trading Day period, of borrowing a number of Shares equal to the Number of Shares to hedge in a commercially reasonable manner its exposure to this Transaction exceeds a weighted average rate equal to 50 basis points per annum, the Calculation Agent shall reduce the Forward Price in order to compensate Dealer for the amount by which such cost exceeded a weighted average rate equal to 50 basis points per annum during such period.  The Calculation Agent shall notify Counterparty prior to making any such adjustment to the Forward Price.
Extraordinary Events: In lieu of the applicable provisions contained in Article 12 of the Equity Definitions, the consequences of any Extraordinary Event (including, for the avoidance of doubt, any Merger Event, Tender Offer, Nationalization, Insolvency, Delisting, or Change In Law) shall be as specified below under the headings “Acceleration Events” and “Termination Settlement” in Paragraphs 7(f) and 7(g) below, respectively. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in the Equity Definitions, no Additional Disruption Event will be applicable except to the extent expressly referenced in Paragraph 7(f)(iv) below. The definition of “Tender Offer” in Section 12.1(d) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by replacing “10%” with “25%.”
Non-Reliance: Applicable
Agreements and Acknowledgments:  
Regarding Hedging Activities: Applicable
Additional Acknowledgments: Applicable

 

 

 

 

Transfer: Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in the Agreement, Dealer may assign, transfer and set over all rights, title and interest, powers, privileges, remedies and obligations of Dealer under this Transaction, in whole or in part, to (A) an affiliate of Dealer, whose obligations hereunder are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by Dealer, without the consent of Counterparty, (B) an affiliate of Dealer with a long-term issuer rating equal to or better than the credit rating of Dealer at the time of transfer without the consent of Counterparty, (C) an affiliate of Dealer that is also the related Forward Seller (as defined in the Underwriting Agreement), without the consent of Counterparty, or (D) any other affiliate of Dealer, with the consent of Counterparty; provided that, at all times, Dealer or any transferee or assignee or other recipient of rights, title and interest, powers, privileges, remedies and obligations shall provide a U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W-9 or W-8ECI, or any successor thereto. Dealer agrees to give reasonable prior notice to Counterparty of any transfer or assignment without Counterparty’s consent pursuant to this Paragraph. Notwithstanding any such notice, no assignment or transfer by Dealer pursuant to this Paragraph shall take effect unless and until all conditions to such transfer or assignment are satisfied.
3.  Calculation Agent: Dealer whose judgments, determinations and calculations shall be made in good faith and in a commercially reasonable manner; provided that, following the occurrence and during the continuance of an Event of Default of the type described in Section 5(a)(vii) of the Agreement with respect to which Dealer is the sole Defaulting Party, Counterparty shall have the right to designate a nationally recognized third-party dealer in over-the-counter corporate equity derivatives to act, during the period commencing on the date such Event of Default occurred and ending on the Early Termination Date with respect to such Event of Default, as the Calculation Agent. Following any determination or calculation by the Calculation Agent hereunder, upon a request by Counterparty, the Calculation Agent shall promptly (but in any event within five Scheduled Trading Days) provide to Counterparty by e-mail to the e-mail address provided by Counterparty in such request a report (in a commonly used file format for the storage and manipulation of financial data) displaying in reasonable detail the basis for such determination or calculation (including any assumptions used in making such determination or calculation), it being understood that the Calculation Agent shall not be obligated to disclose any proprietary or confidential models or other proprietary or confidential information used by it for such determination or calculation.

 

 

 

 

4.    Account Details:  
(a) Account for delivery of Shares to Dealer: To be furnished
(b) Account for delivery of Shares to Counterparty: To be furnished
(c) Account for payments to Counterparty: To be advised under separate cover or telephone confirmed prior to each Settlement Date
(d)  Account for payments to Dealer: To be advised under separate cover or telephone confirmed prior to each Settlement Date

 

5. Offices:

 

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

 

The Office of Dealer for this Transaction is: New York

 

6. Notices: For purposes of this Confirmation:

 

(a) Address for notices or communications to Counterparty:

 

W. P. Carey Inc.

 

50 Rockefeller Plaza

New York, New York 10020

Attention: Chief Financial Officer

with a copy to the Chief Legal Officer

Facsimile: 212-492-8922

 

(b) Address for notices or communications to Dealer:

 

Bank of America, N.A.

c/o BofA Securities, Inc.

Bank of America Tower

One Bryant Park

New York, New York 10036

Attention: Rohan Handa

Email: [email protected]

 

 

 

 

7. Other Provisions:

 

(a) Conditions to Effectiveness. The effectiveness of this Confirmation on the Effective Date shall be subject to the satisfaction or waiver by Dealer of the following conditions: (i) the condition that the closing of the transactions contemplated by the Underwriting Agreement shall have been consummated as of the Effective Date, (ii) the condition that the representations and warranties of Counterparty contained in the Underwriting Agreement and any certificate delivered pursuant thereto by Counterparty are true and correct on such date as if made as of such date, (iii) the condition that Counterparty has performed all of the obligations required to be performed by it under the Underwriting Agreement on or prior to such date, (iv) the condition that Counterparty has delivered to Dealer an opinion of counsel dated as of the Effective Date, in form and substance as previously agreed between Counterparty and Dealer, and (v) the condition that neither of the following has occurred: Dealer or its affiliate (x) is unable, after using commercially reasonable efforts, to borrow and deliver for sale the full number of Shares to be borrowed and sold pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement as of the Closing Date (as defined in the Underwriting Agreement) or (y) would incur a stock loan cost of more than a rate equal to 50 basis points per annum to do so with respect to all or any portion of such full number of Shares (in which case, the Number of Shares shall be limited to the number of Shares that Dealer (or its affiliate) is able to borrow in connection with establishing its commercially reasonable hedge position for this Transaction at a cost of not more than a rate equal to 50 basis points per annum.

 

(b) [Reserved].

 

(c) Interpretive Letter. The parties intend that this Transaction is being entered into in accordance with the October 9, 2003 interpretive letter from the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission to Goldman, Sachs & Co. (the “Interpretive Letter”) and agree to take all actions, and to omit to take any actions, reasonably requested by the other party, based on advice of counsel, for this Transaction to comply with the Interpretive Letter. Without limiting the foregoing, Counterparty agrees that neither it nor any “affiliated purchaser” (as defined in Regulation M (“Regulation M”) promulgated under the Exchange Act) will, to the extent prohibited by Rule 102 of Regulation M, directly or indirectly, bid for, purchase or attempt to induce any person to bid for or purchase, the Shares or securities that are convertible into, or exchangeable or exercisable for, Shares during any “restricted period” as such term is defined in Regulation M. In addition, Counterparty represents that it is eligible to conduct a primary offering of Shares on Form S-3, the offering contemplated by the Underwriting Agreement complies with Rule 415 under the Securities Act, and the Shares are “actively traded” as defined in Rule 101(c)(1) of Regulation M.

 

(d) Agreements and Acknowledgments Regarding Shares.

 

(i) Counterparty agrees and acknowledges that, in respect of any Shares delivered to Dealer hereunder, such Shares shall be newly issued (unless mutually agreed otherwise by the parties) and, upon such delivery, duly and validly authorized, issued and outstanding, fully paid and nonassessable, free of any lien, charge, claim or other encumbrance and not subject to any preemptive or similar rights and shall, upon such issuance and subject to notice of issuance, be accepted for listing or quotation on the Exchange.

 

 

 

 

(ii) Counterparty agrees and acknowledges that Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) will hedge its exposure to this Transaction by selling Shares borrowed from third party securities lenders or other Shares pursuant to a registration statement, and that, pursuant to the terms of the Interpretive Letter, the Shares (up to the Initial Number of Shares) delivered, pledged or loaned by Counterparty to Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) in connection with this Transaction may be used by Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) to return to securities lenders without further registration or other restrictions under the Securities Act, in the hands of those securities lenders, irrespective of whether such securities loan is effected by Dealer or an affiliate of Dealer. Accordingly, subject to Paragraph 7(h) below, Counterparty agrees that the Shares that it delivers, pledges or loans to Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) on or prior to the final Settlement Date will not bear a restrictive legend and that such Shares will be deposited in, and the delivery thereof shall be effected through the facilities of, the Clearance System.

 

(iii) Counterparty agrees and acknowledges that it has reserved and will keep available at all times, free from preemptive or similar rights and free from any lien, charge, claim or other encumbrance, authorized but unissued Shares at least equal to the Share Cap, solely for the purpose of settlement under this Transaction.

 

(iv) Unless the provisions set forth below under “Private Placement Procedures” are applicable, Dealer agrees to use any Shares delivered by Counterparty hereunder on any Settlement Date to return to securities lenders to close out open securities loans created by Dealer or an affiliate of Dealer in the course of Dealer’s or such affiliate’s hedging activities related to Dealer’s exposure under this Transaction.

 

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

 

 

 

 

(e) Additional Representations and Agreements of Counterparty. Counterparty represents, warrants and agrees as follows:

 

(i) Counterparty represents to Dealer on the Trade Date and, to the extent specified in “Settlement Method Election” above, on any date that Counterparty notifies Dealer that Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement applies to this Transaction, that (A) Counterparty is not aware of any material nonpublic information regarding Counterparty or the Shares, (B) each of its filings under the Securities Act, the Exchange Act or other applicable securities laws that are required to be filed have been filed and that, as of the date of this representation, when considered as a whole (with the more recent such filings deemed to amend inconsistent statements contained in any earlier such filings), there is no misstatement of material fact contained therein or omission of a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements made therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading, and (C) Counterparty is neither entering into this Confirmation nor making any election hereunder to create actual or apparent trading activity in the Shares (or any security convertible into or exchangeable for Shares) or to raise or depress or otherwise manipulate the price of the Shares (or any security convertible into or exchangeable for Shares) or otherwise in violation of the Exchange Act.

 

(ii) It is the intent of Dealer and Counterparty that following any election of Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement by Counterparty, the purchase of Shares by Dealer during any Unwind Period shall comply with the requirements of Rule 10b5-l(c)(l)(i)(B) under the Exchange Act and that this Confirmation shall be interpreted to comply with the requirements of Rule 10b5-l(c) under the Exchange Act. Counterparty acknowledges that (A) during any Unwind Period Counterparty shall not have, and shall not attempt to exercise, any influence over how, when or whether to effect purchases of Shares by Dealer (or its agent or affiliate) in connection with this Confirmation and (B) Counterparty is entering into the Agreement and this Confirmation in good faith and not as part of a plan or scheme to evade compliance with federal securities laws including, without limitation, Rule 10b-5 under the Exchange Act.

 

(iii) Counterparty shall, at least one day prior to the first day of any Unwind Period, notify Dealer of the total number of Shares purchased in Rule 10b-18 purchases of blocks pursuant to the once-a-week block exception contained in Rule 10b-18(b)(4) under the Exchange Act by or for Counterparty or any of its affiliated purchasers during each of the four calendar weeks preceding the first day of the Unwind Period and during the calendar week in which the first day of the Unwind Period occurs (“Rule 10b-18 purchase”, “blocks” and “affiliated purchaser” each being used as defined in Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act).

 

(iv) During any Unwind Period, Counterparty shall (x) not make, or to the extent within its control, not permit to be made, any public announcement (as defined in Rule 165(f) under the Securities Act) of any merger, acquisition, or similar transaction involving a recapitalization relating to Counterparty as contemplated by Rule 10b-18(a)(13)(iv) under the Exchange Act (other than any such transaction in which the consideration consists solely of cash and there is no valuation period) (the “Merger Transaction”) unless such public announcement is made prior to the opening or after the close of the regular trading session on the Exchange, (y) promptly (but in any event prior to the next opening of trading in the Shares) notify Dealer following any such announcement that such announcement has been made and (z) promptly deliver to Dealer following the making of any such announcement information indicating (A) Counterparty’s average daily Rule 10b-18 purchases (as defined in Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act) during the three full calendar months preceding the date of the announcement of such Merger Transaction and (B) Counterparty’s block purchases (as defined in Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act) effected pursuant to Rule 10b-18(b)(4) under the Exchange Act during the three full calendar months preceding the date of the announcement of such Merger Transaction. In addition, Counterparty shall promptly notify Dealer of the earlier to occur of the completion of such transaction and the completion of the vote by target shareholders.

 

 

 

 

(v) Neither Counterparty nor any of its affiliated purchasers (within the meaning of Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act) shall take or refrain from taking any action (including, without limitation, any direct purchases by Counterparty or any of its affiliates, or any purchases by a party to a derivative transaction with Counterparty or any of its affiliates), either under this Confirmation, under an agreement with another party or otherwise, that Counterparty reasonably believes to cause any purchases of Shares by Dealer or any of its affiliates in connection with any Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement of this Transaction not to meet the requirements of the safe harbor provided by Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act determined as if all such foregoing purchases were made by Counterparty.

 

(vi) Counterparty will not engage in any “distribution” (as defined in Regulation M), other than a distribution meeting, in each case, the requirements of an exception set forth in each of Rules 101(b) and 102(b) of Regulation M that would cause a “restricted period” (as defined in Regulation M) to occur during any Unwind Period.

 

(vii) Counterparty is not, and after giving effect to the transactions contemplated hereby will not be, required to register as an “investment company” as such term is defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

 

(viii) Counterparty is not, nor will it be rendered, “insolvent” (as such term is defined under Section 101(32) of the Bankruptcy Code) as a result of this Transaction or its performance of the terms hereof.

 

(ix) Without limiting the generality of Section 13.1 of the Equity Definitions, Counterparty acknowledges that Dealer is not making any representations or warranties or taking any position or expressing any view with respect to the treatment of this Transaction under any accounting standards including ASC Topic 260, Earnings Per Share, ASC Topic 815, Derivatives and Hedging, or ASC Topic 480, Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity and ASC 815-40, Derivatives and Hedging – Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity (or any successor issue statements) or under FASB’s Liabilities & Equity Project.

 

(x) Counterparty understands that no obligations of Dealer to it hereunder will be entitled to the benefit of deposit insurance and that such obligations will not be guaranteed by any affiliate of Dealer or any governmental agency.

 

 

 

 

(xi) To Counterparty’s actual knowledge, no federal, state or local (including non-U.S. jurisdictions) law, rule, regulation or regulatory order applicable to the Shares would give rise to any reporting, consent, registration or other requirement (including without limitation a requirement to obtain prior approval from any person or entity) as a result of Dealer or its affiliates owning or holding (however defined) Shares, other than Sections 13 and 16 under the Exchange Act or Article VI of the Articles of Amendment and Restatement of Counterparty, as amended and supplemented (the “Charter”); provided that Counterparty makes no representation or warranty regarding any such requirement that is applicable generally to the ownership of equity securities by Dealer or its affiliates solely as a result of their being a financial institution or broker-dealer.

 

(xii) No filing with, or approval, authorization, consent, license, registration, qualification, order or decree of, any court or governmental authority or agency, domestic or foreign, is necessary or required for the execution, delivery and performance by Counterparty of this Confirmation and the consummation of this Transaction (including, without limitation, the issuance and delivery of Shares on any Settlement Date) except (i) such as have been obtained under the Securities Act and (ii) as may be required to be obtained under state securities laws.

 

(xiii) Counterparty (i) has such knowledge and experience in financial and business affairs as to be capable of evaluating the merits and risks of entering into this Transaction, (ii) has consulted with its own legal, financial, accounting and tax advisors in connection with this Transaction and (iii) is entering into this Transaction for a bona fide business purpose.

 

(xiv) Counterparty will promptly notify Dealer upon (i) obtaining knowledge of the occurrence of any event that would constitute an Event of Default in respect of which Counterparty is a Defaulting Party and (ii) announcement by Counterparty (or by any other person, to the extent Counterparty has knowledge of such announcement) of any event that, if consummated, would constitute a Potential Adjustment Event.

 

(xv) Dealer, solely in its capacity as a Forward Purchaser (as defined in the Underwriting Agreement), and the Forward Seller, and solely with respect to entering into and consummating the transactions contemplated by this Confirmation and the Underwriting Agreement, as applicable, may, to the extent necessary to consummate the transactions contemplated by this Confirmation and the Underwriting Agreement, “Beneficially Own” and “Constructively Own” Shares in excess of the “Aggregate Stock Ownership Limit” and the “Common Stock Ownership Limit” (each as defined in the Charter) by virtue of entering into transactions described in Section 6.2.6 of the Charter.

 

(xvi) Counterparty (i) is capable of evaluating investment risks independently, both in general and with regard to this Transaction, (ii) will exercise independent judgment in evaluating the recommendations of Dealer or its associated persons, unless it has otherwise notified Dealer in writing and (iii) has total assets of at least USD 50 million as of the date hereof.

 

 

 

 

(f) Acceleration Events. Each of the following events shall constitute an “Acceleration Event”:

 

(i) Stock Borrow Event. In the commercially reasonable judgment of Dealer (A) Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) is not able to hedge in a commercially reasonable manner its exposure under this Transaction because insufficient Shares are made available for borrowing by securities lenders or (B) Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) would incur a cost to borrow (or to maintain a borrow of) Shares to hedge in a commercially reasonable manner its exposure under this Transaction that is greater than a rate equal to 200 basis points per annum (each, a “Stock Borrow Event”);

 

(ii) Dividends and Other Distributions. On any day occurring after the Trade Date, Counterparty declares a distribution, issue or dividend to existing holders of the Shares of (A) any cash dividend (other than an Extraordinary Dividend) to the extent all cash dividends having an ex-dividend date during the period from, and including, any Forward Price Reduction Date (with the Trade Date being a Forward Price Reduction Date for purposes of this Paragraph 7(f)(ii) only) to, but excluding, the next subsequent Forward Price Reduction Date exceeds, on a per Share basis, the Forward Price Reduction Amount set forth opposite the first date of any such period on Schedule I, (B) any Extraordinary Dividend, (C) any share capital or other securities of another issuer acquired or owned (directly or indirectly) by Counterparty as a result of a spin-off or other similar transaction or (D) any other type of securities (other than Shares), rights or warrants or other assets, in any case for payment (cash or other consideration) at less than the prevailing market price, as determined in a commercially reasonable manner by Dealer; “Extraordinary Dividend” means any dividend or distribution (that is not an ordinary cash dividend) declared by the Issuer with respect to the Shares that, in the commercially reasonable determination of Dealer, is (1) a dividend or distribution declared on the Shares at a time at which the Issuer has not previously declared or paid dividends or distributions on such Shares for the prior four quarterly periods, (2) a payment or distribution by the Issuer to holders of Shares that the Issuer announces will be an “extraordinary” or “special” dividend or distribution, (3) a payment by the Issuer to holders of Shares out of the Issuer’s capital and surplus or (4) any other “special” dividend or distribution on the Shares that is, by its terms or declared intent, outside the normal course of operations or normal dividend policies or practices of the Issuer;

 

 

 

(iii) ISDA Termination. Either Dealer or Counterparty has the right to designate an Early Termination Date pursuant to Section 6 of the Agreement, in which case, except as otherwise specified herein and except as a result of an Event of Default under Section 5(a)(i) of the Agreement, the provisions of Paragraph 7(g) below shall apply in lieu of the consequences specified in Section 6 of the Agreement;

 

(iv) Other ISDA Events. An Announcement Date occurs in respect of any Merger Event, Tender Offer, Nationalization, Insolvency, Delisting or the occurrence of any Hedging Disruption or Change in Law; provided that, in case of a Delisting, in addition to the provisions of Section 12.6(a)(iii) of the Equity Definitions, it will also constitute a Delisting if the Exchange is located in the United States and the Shares are not immediately re-listed, re-traded or re-quoted on any of the New York Stock Exchange, The NASDAQ Global Select Market or The NASDAQ Global Market (or their respective successors); provided, further, that (i) the definition of “Change in Law” provided in Section 12.9(a)(ii) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by (A) replacing the phrase “the interpretation” in the third line thereof with the phrase “or announcement or statement of the formal or informal interpretation” and (B) immediately following the word “Transaction” in clause (X) thereof, adding the phrase “in the manner contemplated by Dealer on the Trade Date” and (ii) any determination as to whether (A) the adoption of or any change in any applicable law or regulation (including, without limitation, any tax law) or (B) the promulgation of or any change in or announcement or statement of the formal or informal interpretation by any court, tribunal or regulatory authority with competent jurisdiction of any applicable law or regulation (including any action taken by a taxing authority), in each case, constitutes a “Change in Law” shall be made without regard to Section 739 of the Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act of 2010 (the “WSTAA”) or any similar provision in any legislation enacted on or after the Trade Date; or

 

(v) Ownership Event. In the good faith judgment of Dealer, on any day, the Share Amount for such day exceeds the Post-Effective Limit for such day (if any applies) (each, an “Ownership Event”). For purposes of this clause (v), the “Share Amount” as of any day is the number of Shares that Dealer and any person whose ownership position would be aggregated with that of Dealer (Dealer or any such person, a “Dealer Person”) under any law, rule, regulation or regulatory order or Counterparty constituent document that for any reason is, or after the Trade Date becomes, applicable to ownership of Shares (“Applicable Provisions”), owns, beneficially owns, constructively owns, controls, holds the power to vote or otherwise meets a relevant definition of ownership of under the Applicable Provisions, as determined by Dealer in its reasonable discretion. The “Post-Effective Limit” means (x) the minimum number of Shares that would give rise to reporting or registration obligations (except for any filing requirements on Form 13F, Schedule 13D or Schedule 13G under the Exchange Act, in each case, as in effect on the Trade Date) or other requirements (including obtaining prior approval from any person or entity) of a Dealer Person, or would result in an adverse effect on a Dealer Person, under the Applicable Provisions, as determined by Dealer in its reasonable discretion, minus (y) 1.0% of the number of Shares outstanding.

 

 

 

(g) Termination Settlement. Upon the occurrence of any Acceleration Event and, other than in the case of Acceleration Events described in Paragraphs (f)(ii) and (iv) above, during the continuance of such Acceleration Event, Dealer shall have the right to designate, upon at least one Scheduled Trading Day’s notice, any Scheduled Trading Day following such occurrence to be a Settlement Date hereunder (a “Termination Settlement Date”) to which Physical Settlement shall apply, and to select the number of Settlement Shares relating to such Termination Settlement Date; provided that (i) in the case of an Acceleration Event arising out of an Ownership Event, the number of Settlement Shares so designated by Dealer shall not exceed the number of Shares necessary to reduce the Share Amount to reasonably below the Post-Effective Limit and (ii) in the case of an Acceleration Event arising out of a Stock Borrow Event, the number of Settlement Shares so designated by Dealer shall not exceed the number of Shares as to which such Stock Borrow Event exists. If, upon designation of a Termination Settlement Date by Dealer pursuant to the preceding sentence, Counterparty fails to deliver the Settlement Shares relating to such Termination Settlement Date when due or otherwise fails to perform obligations within its control in respect of this Transaction, it shall be an Event of Default with respect to Counterparty and Section 6 of the Agreement shall apply. If an Acceleration Event occurs during an Unwind Period relating to a number of Settlement Shares to which Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement applies, then on the Termination Settlement Date relating to such Acceleration Event, notwithstanding any election to the contrary by Counterparty, Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement shall apply to the portion of the Settlement Shares relating to such Unwind Period as to which Dealer has unwound its hedge and Physical Settlement shall apply in respect of (x) the remainder (if any) of such Settlement Shares and (y) the Settlement Shares designated by Dealer in respect of such Termination Settlement Date. If an Acceleration Event occurs after Counterparty has designated a Settlement Date to which Physical Settlement applies but before the relevant Settlement Shares have been delivered to Dealer, then Dealer shall have the right to cancel such Settlement Date and designate a Termination Settlement Date in respect of such Shares pursuant to the first sentence hereof. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the case of a Nationalization or Merger Event, if at the time of the related Relevant Settlement Date the Shares have changed into cash or any other property or the right to receive cash or any other property, the Calculation Agent shall adjust the nature of the Shares as it determines appropriate to account for such change such that the nature of the Shares is consistent with what shareholders receive in such event.

 

(h) Private Placement Procedures. If Counterparty is unable to comply with the provisions of sub-paragraph (ii) of “Agreements and Acknowledgments Regarding Shares” above because of a change in law or a change in the policy of the Securities and Exchange Commission or its staff, or Dealer otherwise determines, based on advice of counsel, that in its reasonable opinion any Shares to be delivered to Dealer by Counterparty may not be freely returned by Dealer or its affiliates to securities lenders as described under such sub-paragraph (ii) or otherwise constitute “restricted securities” as defined in Rule 144 under the Securities Act, then delivery of any such Shares (the “Restricted Shares”) shall be effected as provided below, unless waived by Dealer.

 

 

 

(i) If Counterparty delivers the Restricted Shares pursuant to this clause (i) (a “Private Placement Settlement”), then delivery of Restricted Shares by Counterparty shall be effected in accordance with private placement procedures customary for private placements of equity securities of substantially similar size with respect to such Restricted Shares reasonably acceptable to Dealer; provided that Counterparty may not elect a Private Placement Settlement if, on the date of its election, it has taken, or caused to be taken, any action that would make unavailable either the exemption pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act for the sale by Counterparty to Dealer (or any affiliate designated by Dealer) of the Restricted Shares or the exemption pursuant to Section 4(a)(1) or Section 4(a)(3) of the Securities Act for resales of the Restricted Shares by Dealer (or any such affiliate of Dealer), and if Counterparty fails to deliver the Restricted Shares when due or otherwise fails to perform obligations within its control in respect of a Private Placement Settlement, it shall be an Event of Default with respect to Counterparty and Section 6 of the Agreement shall apply. The Private Placement Settlement of such Restricted Shares shall include customary representations, covenants, blue sky and other governmental filings and/or registrations, indemnities to Dealer, due diligence rights (for Dealer or any designated buyer of the Restricted Shares by Dealer), opinions and certificates, and such other documentation as is customary for private placement agreements of equity securities of a substantially similar size, all reasonably acceptable to Dealer. In the case of a Private Placement Settlement, Dealer shall, in its good faith discretion, adjust the amount of Restricted Shares to be delivered to Dealer hereunder in a commercially reasonable manner to reflect the fact that such Restricted Shares may not be freely returned to securities lenders by Dealer and may only be saleable by Dealer at a discount to reflect the lack of liquidity in Restricted Shares. Notwithstanding the Agreement or this Confirmation, the date of delivery of such Restricted Shares shall be the Clearance System Business Day following notice by Dealer to Counterparty of the number of Restricted Shares to be delivered pursuant to this clause (i). For the avoidance of doubt, delivery of Restricted Shares shall be due as set forth in the previous sentence and not be due on the date that would otherwise be applicable.

 

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

 

 

 

(i) Indemnity. Counterparty agrees to indemnify Dealer and its affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents and controlling persons (Dealer and each such affiliate or person being an “Indemnified Party”) from and against any and all losses, claims, damages and liabilities, joint and several, incurred by or asserted against such Indemnified Party arising out of, in connection with, or relating to, any breach of any covenant or representation made by Counterparty in this Confirmation or the Agreement and will reimburse any Indemnified Party for all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses (including reasonable and documented legal fees and expenses) as they are incurred in connection with the investigation of, preparation for, or defense of any pending or threatened claim or any action or proceeding arising therefrom, whether or not such Indemnified Party is a party thereto, except to the extent determined in a final and nonappealable judgment by a court of competent jurisdiction to have resulted from Dealer’s negligence, fraud, bad faith and/or willful misconduct or from a breach of any representation or covenant of Dealer contained in this Confirmation or the Agreement. The foregoing provisions shall survive any termination or completion of this Transaction.

 

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

 

(k) Governing Law/Jurisdiction. This Confirmation and any claim, controversy or dispute arising under or related to this Confirmation shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York without reference to the conflict of laws provisions thereof. The parties hereto irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the State of New York and the United States Court for the Southern District of New York in connection with all matters relating hereto and waive any objection to the laying of venue in, and any claim of inconvenient forum with respect to, these courts.

 

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

 

(m) Insolvency Filing. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, in the Agreement or in the Equity Definitions, upon any Insolvency Filing or other proceeding under Title 11 of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”) in respect of the Issuer to which Section 365(c)(2) is applicable, this Transaction shall automatically terminate on the date thereof without further liability of either party to this Confirmation to the other party (except for any liability in respect of any breach of representation or covenant by a party under this Confirmation prior to the date of such Insolvency Filing or other proceeding), it being understood that this Transaction is a contract for the issuance of Shares by the Issuer as contemplated by Section 365(c)(2) of the Bankruptcy Code.

 

 

 

(n) Disclosure. Effective from the date of commencement of discussions concerning this Transaction, each of Dealer and Counterparty and each of their employees, representatives, or other agents may disclose to any and all persons, without limitation of any kind, the tax treatment and tax structure of this Transaction and all materials of any kind (including opinions or other tax analyses) relating to such tax treatment and tax structure.

 

(o) [Reserved].

 

(p) Counterparty Share Repurchases. Counterparty agrees not to repurchase, directly or indirectly, any Shares if, immediately following such purchase, the Outstanding Share Percentage would be equal to or greater than 4.5%. The “Outstanding Share Percentage” as of any day is the fraction (1) the numerator of which is the aggregate of the Number of Shares for this Transaction and the “Number of Shares” under each Additional Equity Derivative Transaction that is a share forward transaction and (2) the denominator of which is the number of Shares outstanding on such day.

 

(q) Limit on Beneficial Ownership. Notwithstanding any other provisions hereof, Dealer shall not have the right to acquire Shares hereunder and Dealer shall not be entitled to take delivery of any Shares hereunder (in each case, whether in connection with the purchase of Shares on any Settlement Date or any Termination Settlement Date, any Private Placement Settlement or otherwise) to the extent (but only to the extent) that, after such receipt of any Shares hereunder, (i) the Share Amount would exceed the Post-Effective Limit, (ii) Dealer and each person subject to aggregation of Shares with Dealer under Section 13 or Section 16 of the Exchange Act and rules promulgated thereunder (including all persons who may form a “group” within the meaning of Rule 13d-5(b)(1) under the Exchange Act) (collectively, the “Dealer Group”) would directly or indirectly beneficially own (as such term is defined for purposes of Section 13 or Section 16 of the Exchange Act and rules promulgated thereunder) in excess of 4.9% of the then outstanding Shares (the “Threshold Number of Shares”), (iii) Dealer would hold 5% or more of the number of Shares of Counterparty’s outstanding common stock or 5% or more of Counterparty’s outstanding voting power (the “Exchange Limit”) or (iv) such acquisition would result in a violation of any restriction on ownership or transfer set forth in Article VI of the Charter (the “Counterparty Stock Ownership Restrictions”). Any purported delivery hereunder shall be void and have no effect to the extent (but only to the extent) that, after such delivery, (i) the Share Amount would exceed the Post-Effective Limit, (ii) the Dealer Group would directly or indirectly so beneficially own in excess of the Threshold Number of Shares, (iii) Dealer would directly or indirectly hold in excess of the Exchange Limit or (iv) such delivery would result in a violation of the Counterparty Stock Ownership Restrictions. If any delivery owed to Dealer hereunder is not made, in whole or in part, as a result of this provision, Counterparty’s obligation to make such delivery shall not be extinguished and Counterparty shall make such delivery as promptly as practicable after, but in no event later than one Scheduled Trading Day after, Dealer gives notice to Counterparty that, after such delivery, (i) the Share Amount would not exceed the Post-Effective Limit, (ii) the Dealer Group would not directly or indirectly so beneficially own in excess of the Threshold Number of Shares, (iii) Dealer would not directly or indirectly hold in excess of the Exchange Limit and (iv) such delivery would not result in a violation of the Counterparty Stock Ownership Restriction.

 

 

 

In addition, notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, if any delivery owed to Dealer hereunder is not made, in whole or in part, as a result of the immediately preceding paragraph, Dealer shall be permitted to make any payment due in respect of such Shares to Counterparty in two or more tranches that correspond in amount to the number of Shares delivered by Counterparty to Dealer pursuant to the immediately preceding paragraph.

 

Dealer represents and warrants that, as of the Trade Date, if Dealer received the maximum number of Shares hereunder assuming both (i) Physical Settlement applies and (ii) no restrictions on the delivery of Shares hereunder were applicable, then the Counterparty Stock Ownership Restrictions would not apply so as to limit the number of Shares that Dealer could receive hereunder. Dealer will not knowingly cause the occurrence of an Ownership Event on any day during the term of this Transaction for the purpose, in whole or in part, of causing the occurrence of an Termination Settlement Date.

 

(r) Commodity Exchange Act. Each of Dealer and Counterparty agrees and represents that it is an “eligible contract participant” as defined in Section 1a(18) of the U.S. Commodity Exchange Act, as amended (the “CEA”), the Agreement and this Transaction are subject to individual negotiation by the parties and have not been executed or traded on a “trading facility” as defined in Section 1a(51) of the CEA.

 

(s) Bankruptcy Status. Subject to Paragraph 7(m) above, Dealer acknowledges and agrees that this Confirmation is not intended to convey to Dealer rights with respect to the transactions contemplated hereby that are senior to the claims of Counterparty’s common stockholders in any U.S. bankruptcy proceedings of Counterparty; provided, however, that nothing herein shall be deemed to limit Dealer’s right to pursue remedies in the event of a breach by Counterparty of its obligations and agreements with respect to this Confirmation and the Agreement; and provided, further, that nothing herein shall limit or shall be deemed to limit Dealer’s rights in respect of any transaction other than this Transaction.

 

(t) No Collateral or Setoff. Notwithstanding Section 6(f) or any other provision of the Agreement or any other agreement between the parties to the contrary, the obligations of Counterparty hereunder are not secured by any collateral. Obligations in respect of this Transaction shall not be set off against any other obligations of the parties, whether arising under the Agreement, this Confirmation, under any other agreement between the parties hereto, by operation of law or otherwise, and no other obligations of the parties shall be set off against obligations in respect of this Transaction, whether arising under the Agreement, this Confirmation, under any other agreement between the parties hereto, by operation of law or otherwise, and each party hereby waives any such right of setoff, except that set-off solely with respect to amounts payable under this Transaction shall be permissible.

 

 

 

(u) Tax Matters.

 

(i) For the purpose of Section 3(f) of the Agreement:

 

(1) Dealer makes the following representations:

 

a.It is a national banking association organized and existing under the laws of the United States of America and is an exempt recipient under section 1.6049-4(c)(1)(ii)(M) of the United States Treasury Regulations.

 

b.It is a “U.S. person” (as that term is used in section 1.1441-4(a)(3)(ii) of United States Treasury Regulations) for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

 

(2) Counterparty makes the following representations:

 

a.It is a “U.S. person” (as that term is used in section 1.1441-4(a)(3)(ii) of the United States Treasury Regulations) for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

 

b.It is a real estate investment trust for U.S. federal income tax purposes and is organized under the laws of the State of Maryland, and is an exempt recipient under section 1.6049-4(c)(1)(ii)(J) of the United States Treasury Regulations.

 

(ii) Withholding Tax imposed on payments to non-U.S. counterparties on Dividends or under the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. “Indemnifiable Tax” as defined in Section 14 of the Agreement shall not include any FATCA Withholding Tax or any U.S. federal income tax imposed on amounts that constitute dividends from sources within the United States. For the avoidance of doubt, a FATCA Withholding Tax is a Tax the deduction or withholding of which is required by applicable law for the purposes of Section 2(d) of the Agreement.

 

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

 

FATCA Withholding Tax” means any U.S. federal withholding tax imposed or collected pursuant to Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code, any current or future regulations or official interpretations thereof, any agreement entered into pursuant to Section 1471(b) of the Code, or any fiscal or regulatory legislation, rules or practices adopted pursuant to any intergovernmental agreement entered into in connection with the implementation of such Sections of the Code.

 

 

 

(iii) HIRE Act. To the extent that either party to the Agreement with respect to this Transaction is not an adhering party to the ISDA 2015 Section 871(m) Protocol published by ISDA on November 2, 2015 and available at www.isda.org, as may be amended, supplemented, replaced or superseded from time to time (the “871(m) Protocol”), the parties agree that the provisions and amendments contained in the Attachment to the 871(m) Protocol are incorporated into and apply to the Agreement with respect to this Transaction as if set forth in full herein. The parties further agree that, solely for purposes of applying such provisions and amendments to the Agreement with respect to this Transaction, references to “each Covered Master Agreement” in the 871(m) Protocol will be deemed to be references to the Agreement with respect to this Transaction, and references to the “Implementation Date” in the 871(m) Protocol will be deemed to be references to the Trade Date of this Transaction. For greater certainty, if there is any inconsistency between this provision and the provisions contained in any other agreement between the parties with respect to this Transaction, this provision shall prevail unless such other agreement expressly overrides the provisions of the Attachment to the 871(m) Protocol.

 

(iv) Agreement to Deliver Documents. For the purposes of Sections 4(a)(i) and 4(a)(ii) of the Agreement, Counterparty shall provide to Dealer a valid and duly executed U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W-9, or any successor thereto, (i) on or before the date of execution of this Confirmation, (ii) promptly upon reasonable demand by Dealer and (iii) promptly upon learning that any such tax form previously provided by Counterparty has become obsolete, invalid or incorrect.

 

For the purposes of Sections 4(a)(i) and 4(a)(ii) of the Agreement, Dealer shall provide to Counterparty a valid and duly executed U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W-9, or any successor thereto, (i) on or before the date of execution of this Confirmation, (ii) promptly upon reasonable demand by Counterparty and (iii) promptly upon learning that any such tax form previously provided by Dealer has become obsolete, invalid or incorrect.

 

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

 

(vi) Tax Documentation. Section 4(a)(iii) of the Agreement is hereby amended by adding the following prior to the existing text: “upon the earlier of learning that any such form or document is required or”.

 

(v) Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act of 2010. The parties hereby agree that none of (i) Section 739 of the WSTAA, (ii) any similar legal certainty provision included in any legislation enacted, or rule or regulation promulgated, on or after the Trade Date, (iii) the enactment of the WSTAA or any regulation under the WSTAA, (iv) any requirement under the WSTAA or (v) any amendment made by the WSTAA shall limit or otherwise impair either party’s right to terminate, renegotiate, modify, amend or supplement this Confirmation or the Agreement, as applicable, arising from a termination event, force majeure, illegality, increased cost, regulatory change or similar event under this Confirmation, the Equity Definitions or the Agreement (including, but not limited to, any right arising from any Acceleration Event).

 

 

 

(w) Other Forwards / Dealers. Dealer acknowledges that Counterparty has entered or may enter in the future into one or more similar forward transactions for the Shares (each, an “Other Forward” and collectively, the “Other Forwards”) with one or more dealers, and/or affiliates thereof (each, an “Other Dealer” and collectively, the “Other Dealers”). Dealer and Counterparty agree that if Counterparty designates a “Settlement Date” with respect to one or more Other Forwards for which “Cash Settlement” or “Net Share Settlement” is applicable, and the resulting “Unwind Period” for such Other Forwards coincides for any period of time with an Unwind Period for this Transaction (the “Overlap Unwind Period”), Counterparty shall notify Dealer at least one Scheduled Trading Day prior to the commencement of such Overlap Unwind Period of the first Scheduled Trading Day and length of such Overlap Unwind Period, and Dealer shall be permitted to purchase Shares to unwind its hedge in respect of this Transaction only on alternating Scheduled Trading Days during such Overlap Unwind Period, commencing on the first, second, third or later Scheduled Trading Day of such Overlap Unwind Period, as notified to Dealer by Counterparty at least one Scheduled Trading Day prior to such Overlap Unwind Period (which alternating Scheduled Trading Days, for the avoidance of doubt, may be every other Scheduled Trading Day if there is only one Other Dealer, every third Scheduled Trading Day if there are two Other Dealers, etc.).

 

(x) Delivery of Cash. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Confirmation shall be interpreted as requiring Counterparty to deliver cash in respect of the settlement of this Transaction, except in circumstances where the required cash settlement thereof is permitted for classification of the contract as equity by ASC 815-40 (formerly EITF 00-19) as in effect on the Trade Date (including, without limitation, where Counterparty so elects to deliver cash or fails timely to elect to deliver Shares in respect of such settlement). For the avoidance of doubt, the preceding sentence shall not be construed as limiting (i) Paragraph 7(i) above or (ii) any damages that may be payable by Counterparty as a result of breach of this Confirmation.

 

(y) U.S. Resolutions Stay Protocol. The parties agree that (i) to the extent that prior to the date hereof all parties have adhered to the 2018 ISDA U.S. Resolution Stay Protocol (the “Protocol”), the terms of the Protocol are incorporated into and form a part of this Confirmation, and for such purposes this Confirmation shall be deemed a Protocol Covered Agreement and each party shall be deemed to have the same status as Regulated Entity and/or Adhering Party as applicable to it under the Protocol; (ii) to the extent that prior to the date hereof the parties have executed a separate agreement the effect of which is to amend the qualified financial contracts between them to conform with the requirements of the QFC Stay Rules (the “Bilateral Agreement”), the terms of the Bilateral Agreement are incorporated into and form a part of this Confirmation and each party shall be deemed to have the status of “Covered Entity” or “Counterparty Entity” (or other similar term)  as applicable to it under the Bilateral Agreement; or (iii) if clause (i) and clause (ii) do not apply, the terms of Section 1 and Section 2 and the related defined terms (together, the “Bilateral Terms”) of the form of bilateral template entitled “Full-Length Omnibus (for use between U.S. G-SIBs and Corporate Groups)” published by ISDA on November 2, 2018 (currently available on the 2018 ISDA U.S. Resolution Stay Protocol page at www.isda.org and, a copy of which is available upon request), the effect of which is to amend the qualified financial contracts between the parties thereto to conform with the requirements of the QFC Stay Rules, are hereby incorporated into and form a part of this Confirmation, and for such purposes this Confirmation shall be deemed a “Covered Agreement,” Dealer shall be deemed a “Covered Entity” and Counterparty shall be deemed a “Counterparty Entity.” In the event that, after the date of this Confirmation, all parties hereto become adhering parties to the Protocol, the terms of the Protocol will replace the terms of this Paragraph 7(y). In the event of any inconsistencies between this Confirmation and the terms of the Protocol, the Bilateral Agreement or the Bilateral Terms (each, the “QFC Stay Terms”), as applicable, the QFC Stay Terms will govern. Terms used in this Paragraph 7(y) without definition shall have the meanings assigned to them under the QFC Stay Rules. For purposes of this Paragraph 7(y), references to “the Agreement” include any related credit enhancements entered into between the parties or provided by one to the other.

 

 

 

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

 

(z) Counterparts. Counterparts may be delivered via facsimile, electronic mail (including any electronic signature covered by the U.S. federal ESIGN Act of 2000, Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, the Electronic Signatures and Records Act or other applicable law, e.g., DocuSign and AdobeSign (any such signature, an “Electronic Signature”)) or other transmission method and any counterpart so delivered shall be deemed to have been duly and validly delivered and be valid and effective for all purposes.  The words “execution,” “signed,” “signature” and words of like import in this Confirmation or in any other certificate, agreement or document related to this Confirmation shall include any Electronic Signature, except to the extent electronic notices are expressly prohibited under this Confirmation or the Agreement..

 

 

 

Please confirm your agreement to be bound by the terms stated herein by executing the copy of this Confirmation enclosed for that purpose and returning it to us.

 

  Yours sincerely,
   
  BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.
   
  By:  /s/ Jake Mendelsohn
  Name:    Jake Mendelsohn
  Title: Managing Director

 

 

 

Confirmed as of the date first above written:

   
  W. P. CAREY INC.
   
  By:    /s/ ToniAnn Sanzone
  Name:    ToniAnn Sanzone
  Title: Chief Financial Officer

 

 

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Section 5: EX-1.4 (EXHIBIT 1.4)

 

Exhibit 1.4

 

Forward Confirmation

 

Date:June 18, 2020
  
To:W. P. Carey Inc.
50 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York 10020
Attention: Chief Financial Officer
  
From:JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association
383 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10179

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

The purpose of this letter agreement is to confirm the terms and conditions of the Transaction entered into between JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association (“Dealer”) and W. P. Carey Inc. (the “Counterparty”) on the Trade Date specified below (the “Transaction”) in connection with the Underwriting Agreement dated June 17, 2020 between Counterparty, Dealer and the other parties thereto (the “Underwriting Agreement”). This letter agreement constitutes a “Confirmation” as referred to in the ISDA 2002 Master Agreement (as defined below).

 

The definitions and provisions contained in the 2002 ISDA Equity Derivatives Definitions (the “Equity Definitions”), as published by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (“ISDA”), are incorporated into this Confirmation. In the event of any inconsistency between the Equity Definitions and this Confirmation, this Confirmation shall govern.

 

Each party is hereby advised, and each such party acknowledges, that the other party has engaged in, or refrained from engaging in, substantial financial transactions and has taken other material actions in reliance upon the parties’ entry into this Transaction on the terms and conditions set forth below.

 

1.This Confirmation evidences a complete and binding agreement between Dealer and Counterparty as to the terms of this Transaction. This Confirmation shall supplement, form a part of, and be subject to an agreement in the form of the ISDA 2002 Master Agreement (the “Agreement”) as if Dealer and Counterparty had executed an agreement in such form (without any Schedule but (i) with the elections set forth in this Confirmation and (ii) with the election that the “Cross Default” provisions of Section 5(a)(vi) of the Agreement will apply to Dealer and Counterparty as if (a) the phrase “, or becoming capable at such time of being declared,” were deleted from Section 5(a)(vi)(1) of the Agreement, (b)(i) the “Threshold Amount” with respect to Dealer were three percent of the shareholders’ equity of Dealer and (ii) the “Threshold Amount” with respect to Counterparty were equal to the “Credit Agreement Threshold Amount”, (c) the following language were added to the end of Section 5(a)(vi) of the Agreement: “Notwithstanding the foregoing, a default under subsection (2) hereof shall not constitute an Event of Default if (x) the default was caused solely by error or omission of an administrative or operational nature; (y) funds were available to enable the party to make the payment when due; and (z) the payment is made within two Local Business Days of such party’s receipt of written notice of its failure to pay.”; and (d) the term “Specified Indebtedness” had meaning specified in Section 14 of the Agreement, except that such term shall not include obligations in respect of deposits received in the ordinary course of a party’s banking business and obligations with respect to which recourse for payment is limited to specific assets encumbered by a lien securing such obligations. For purposes of the foregoing, “Credit Agreement Threshold Amount” means the USD amount specified in the definition of “Material Indebtedness” (or equivalent concept), as defined under the Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of February 20, 2020, by and among W. P. Carey Inc. and certain of its Subsidiaries identified therein as Guarantors, Bank of America, N.A., as Administrative Agent, Bank of America, N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as L/C Issuers, Bank of America, N.A., as Swing Line Lender, and the Lenders party thereto (as such credit agreement may be amended, supplemented, restated or otherwise modified from time to time, or replaced or refinanced by any other agreement governing an unsecured revolving credit facility entered into by Counterparty). In the event of any inconsistency between provisions of that Agreement and this Confirmation, this Confirmation will prevail for the purpose of this Transaction. The parties hereby agree that, other than this Transaction, no Transaction shall be governed by the Agreement. For purposes of the Equity Definitions, this Transaction is a Share Forward Transaction.

 

 

 

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

 

General Terms:  
   
Trade Date: June 18, 2020
   
Effective Date: June 22, 2020, or such later date on which the conditions set forth in Paragraph 7 below have been satisfied.
   
Seller: Counterparty
   
Buyer: Dealer
   
Shares: The common stock of Counterparty, par value USD 0.001 per share (Ticker Symbol: “WPC”)
   
Number of Shares:

Initially, 356,250 Shares (the “Initial Number of Shares”); provided that the Number of Shares is subject to reduction as provided in Paragraph 7(a) below.

On each Settlement Date, the Number of Shares shall be reduced by the number of Settlement Shares settled on such date.

   
Initial Forward Price: USD 68.3500 per Share
   
Forward Price: (a)  On the Effective Date, the Initial Forward Price; and
   
 

(b) on each calendar day thereafter, (i) the Forward Price as of the immediately preceding calendar day multiplied by (ii) the sum of 1 and the Daily Rate for such day; provided that, on each Forward Price Reduction Date, the Forward Price in effect on such date shall be the Forward Price otherwise in effect on such date, minus the Forward Price Reduction Amount for such Forward Price Reduction Date.

 

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

   
Daily Rate: For any day, a rate (which may be positive or negative) equal to (i) (a) Overnight Bank Funding Rate for such day minus (b) the Spread divided by (ii) 360.

 

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Overnight Bank Funding Rate: For any day, the rate set forth for such day opposite the caption “Overnight Bank Funding Rate”, as such rate is displayed on Bloomberg Screen “OBFR01 <Index><GO>”, or any successor page; provided that, if no rate appears for a particular day on such page, the rate for the immediately preceding day for which a rate does so appear shall be used for such day.
   
Spread: 75 basis points
   
Prepayment: Not Applicable
   
Variable Obligation: Not Applicable
   
Forward Price Reduction Dates: As set forth on Schedule I
   
Forward Price Reduction Amounts: For each Forward Price Reduction Date, the Forward Price Reduction Amount set forth opposite such date on Schedule I
   
Exchange: The New York Stock Exchange
   
Related Exchange(s): All Exchanges
   
Clearance System: The Depository Trust Company
   
Securities Act: Securities Act of 1933, as amended
   
Exchange Act: Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended
   
Market Disruption Event: Section 6.3(a) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by replacing the first sentence in its entirety with the following: “‘Market Disruption Event’ means in respect of a Share or an Index, the occurrence or existence of (i) a Trading Disruption, (ii) an Exchange Disruption, (iii) an Early Closure or (iv) a Regulatory Disruption, in each case that the Calculation Agent determines, in its commercially reasonable judgment, is material”.
   
Early Closure: Section 6.3(d) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by replacing the remainder of the provision following the term “Scheduled Closing Time” in the fourth line thereof with the phrase “which the Calculation Agent determines is material.”

 

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Regulatory Disruption: Any event that Dealer, based on the advice of counsel, determines makes it reasonably necessary or appropriate with regard to any legal, regulatory or self-regulatory requirements or related policies and procedures that generally apply to transactions of a nature and kind similar to this Transaction, applied in a non-discriminatory manner, and have been adopted in good faith by Dealer for Dealer to refrain from or decrease any market activity in connection with this Transaction.  If a Regulatory Disruption occurs on any Unwind Date, Dealer shall notify Counterparty in writing that a Regulatory Disruption has occurred on such Scheduled Trading Day with respect to this Transaction, in which case Dealer shall, to the extent practicable in its good faith discretion, specify the nature of such Regulatory Disruption. Dealer may exercise its right in respect of any Regulatory Disruption only in good faith in relation to events or circumstances that are not the result of actions of it or its Affiliates that are taken with the intent to avoid its obligations under this Transaction.
Settlement:  
   
Settlement Currency: USD (all amounts shall be converted to the Settlement Currency in good faith and in a commercially reasonable manner by the Calculation Agent)
   
Settlement Date: Any Scheduled Trading Day following the Effective Date and up to and including the Final Date that is either:
   
  (a)    designated by Counterparty as a “Settlement Date” by a written notice (a “Settlement Notice”) that satisfies the Settlement Notice Requirements, if applicable, and is delivered to Dealer no less than (i) two Scheduled Trading Days prior to such Settlement Date, which may be the Final Date, if Physical Settlement applies, and (ii) 60 Scheduled Trading Days prior to such Settlement Date, which may be the Final Date, if Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement applies; provided that, if Dealer shall have fully unwound its hedge with respect to the portion of the Number of Shares to be settled during an Unwind Period by a date that is more than two Scheduled Trading Days prior to a Settlement Date specified above, Dealer may, by written notice to Counterparty, no fewer than two Scheduled Trading Days prior thereto, specify any Scheduled Trading Day prior to such original Settlement Date as the Settlement Date; or
   
  (b)    designated by Dealer as a Settlement Date pursuant to the “Termination Settlement” provisions of Paragraph 7(g) below;
   
  provided that the Final Date will be a Settlement Date if on such date the Number of Shares for which a Settlement Date has not already been designated is greater than zero; and provided, further, that, following the occurrence of at least five consecutive Disrupted Days during an Unwind Period and while such Disrupted Days are continuing, Dealer may designate any subsequent Scheduled Trading Day as the Settlement Date with respect to the portion of the Settlement Shares, if any, for which Dealer has determined an Unwind Purchase Price during such Unwind Period, it being understood that the Unwind Period with respect to the remainder of such Settlement Shares shall, subject to clause (ii) in “Settlement Method Election” below, recommence on the next succeeding Exchange Business Day that is not a Disrupted Day in whole.
   
Final Date: December 17, 2021 (or if such day is not a Scheduled Trading Day, the next following Scheduled Trading Day).
   
Settlement Shares: (a)    With respect to any Settlement Date other than the Final Date, the number of Shares designated as such by Counterparty in the relevant Settlement Notice or designated by Dealer pursuant to the “Termination Settlement” provisions of Paragraph 7(g) below, as applicable; provided that the Settlement Shares so designated shall (i) not exceed the Number of Shares at that time and (ii) in the case of a designation by Counterparty, be at least equal to the lesser of 100,000 and the Number of Shares at that time, in each case with the Number of Shares determined taking into account pending Settlement Shares; and
   
  (b)    with respect to the Settlement Date on the Final Date, a number of Shares equal to the Number of Shares at that time;
   
  in each case with the Number of Shares determined taking into account pending Settlement Shares.

 

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Settlement Method Election: Physical Settlement, Cash Settlement, or Net Share Settlement, at the election of Counterparty as set forth in a Settlement Notice that satisfies the Settlement Notice Requirements, and, if Counterparty elects Cash Settlement, Counterparty shall also specify in the relevant Settlement Notice that either Actual Pricing or Objective Pricing applies; provided that Physical Settlement shall apply (i) if no Settlement Method is validly selected, (ii) with respect to any Settlement Shares in respect of which Dealer has not completed its unwind of a commercially reasonable hedge position in compliance with the requirements of the Transaction and taking into account the unwind of the commercially reasonable hedge position related to each other forward or other equity derivative transaction (if any) entered into between Dealer and Counterparty (each, an “Additional Equity Derivative Transaction”) by the Settlement Date or, in its commercially reasonable judgment, would be unable to do so due to the occurrence of five or more consecutive Disrupted Days, (iii) to any Termination Settlement Date (as defined under “Termination Settlement” in Paragraph 7(g) below) and (iv) if the Final Date is a Settlement Date other than as the result of a valid Settlement Notice, in respect of such Settlement Date; provided, further, that, if Physical Settlement applies under clause (ii) immediately above, Dealer shall provide written notice to Counterparty at least two Scheduled Trading Days prior to the applicable Settlement Date; and provided, further, that if Counterparty elects Cash Settlement but does not specify if Actual Pricing or Objective Pricing is to apply in the Settlement Notice, Actual Pricing shall apply.
   
Settlement Notice Requirements: Notwithstanding any other provision hereof, a Settlement Notice delivered by Counterparty that specifies Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement will not be effective to establish a Settlement Date or require Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement unless Counterparty delivers to Dealer with such Settlement Notice a representation, dated as of the date of such Settlement Notice and signed by Counterparty, containing the provisions set forth in clauses (i) and (ii)(B) under the heading “Additional Representations and Agreements of Counterparty” in Paragraph 7(e) below.
   
Physical Settlement: If Physical Settlement is applicable, then Counterparty shall deliver to Dealer through the Clearance System a number of Shares equal to the Settlement Shares for such Settlement Date, and Dealer shall pay to Counterparty, by wire transfer of immediately available funds to an account designated by Counterparty, an amount equal to the Physical Settlement Amount for such Settlement Date.  If, on any Settlement Date, the Shares to be delivered by Counterparty to Dealer hereunder are not so delivered (the “Deferred Shares”), and a Forward Price Reduction Date occurs during the period from, and including, such Settlement Date to, but excluding, the date such Shares are actually delivered to Dealer, then the portion of the Physical Settlement Amount payable by Dealer to Counterparty in respect of the Deferred Shares shall be reduced by an amount equal to the Forward Price Reduction Amount for such Forward Price Reduction Date, multiplied by the number of Deferred Shares.
   
Physical Settlement Amount: For any Settlement Date for which Physical Settlement is applicable, an amount in cash equal to the product of (a) the Forward Price in effect on the relevant Settlement Date multiplied by (b) the Settlement Shares for such Settlement Date.
   
Cash Settlement: On any Settlement Date in respect of which Cash Settlement applies, if the Cash Settlement Amount is a positive number, Dealer will pay the Cash Settlement Amount to Counterparty.  If the Cash Settlement Amount is a negative number, Counterparty will pay the absolute value of the Cash Settlement Amount to Dealer.  Such amounts shall be paid on such Settlement Date by wire transfer of immediately available funds.

 

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Cash Settlement Amount: An amount determined by the Calculation Agent equal to:
   
  (a)    (i)(A) the weighted average (weighted on the same basis as clause (B)) of the Forward Prices on each Unwind Date (calculated assuming no reduction to the Forward Price for any Forward Price Reduction Date that occurs during such Unwind Period, which is accounted for in clause (b) below), minus USD 0.02, minus (B)(I) if Net Share Settlement applies or Cash Settlement and Actual Pricing apply, the weighted average price (the “Unwind Purchase Price”) at which Dealer purchases Shares during the Unwind Period to unwind its hedge with respect to the portion of the Number of Shares to be settled during the Unwind Period (including, for the avoidance of doubt, purchases on any Disrupted Day in part), taking into account Shares anticipated to be delivered or received if Net Share Settlement applies, and the restrictions of Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act agreed to hereunder or (II) if Cash Settlement and Objective Pricing apply, the arithmetic average of the 10b-18 VWAP on each Unwind Date, multiplied by (ii) the lesser of (x) Settlement Shares for the relevant Settlement Date, and (y) the number of Shares Dealer purchased in compliance with the requirements of this Transaction during the Unwind Period to unwind its hedge with respect to such Settlement Shares; minus
   
  (b)    the product of (i) the Forward Price Reduction Amount for any Forward Price Reduction Date that occurs during such Unwind Period and (ii) the number of Settlement Shares for such Settlement Date with respect to which Dealer has not unwound its hedge, including the settlement of such unwinds, as of such Forward Price Reduction Date.
   
Actual Pricing: The pricing election for a Cash Settlement, if specified by Counterparty in the relevant Settlement Notice.
   
Objective Pricing: The pricing election for a Cash Settlement, if specified by Counterparty in the relevant Settlement Notice.
   
10b-18 VWAP: For any Exchange Business Day, as determined by the Calculation Agent based on the 10b-18 Volume Weighted Average Price per Share as reported in the composite transactions for United States exchanges and quotation systems for the regular trading session (including any extensions thereof) of the Exchange on such Exchange Business Day (without regard to pre-open or after hours trading outside of such regular trading session for such Exchange Business Day), as published by Bloomberg at 4:15 p.m. New York time (or 15 minutes following the end of any extension of the regular trading session) on such Exchange Business Day, on Bloomberg page “WPC <Equity> AQR SEC” (or any successor thereto), or if such price is not so reported on such Exchange Business Day for any reason or is, in the Calculation Agent’s reasonable determination, erroneous, such 10b-18 VWAP shall be as reasonably determined by the Calculation Agent. For purposes of calculating the 10b-18 VWAP for such Exchange Business Day, the Calculation Agent will use reasonable efforts to include only those trades that are reported during the period of time during which Counterparty could purchase its own shares under Rule 10b-18(b)(2) and are effected pursuant to the conditions of Rule 10b-18(b)(3), each under the Exchange Act (such trades, “Rule 10b-18 eligible transactions”).

 

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Cash Settlement Valuation Disruption: If Cash Settlement and Objective Pricing are applicable and any Unwind Date during the related Unwind Period is a Disrupted Day, the Calculation Agent shall determine (except in the case of a Disrupted Day that occurs as a result of a Regulatory Disruption, which shall always be a Disrupted Day in full) whether (i) such Disrupted Day is a Disrupted Day in full, in which case the 10b-18 VWAP for such Disrupted Day shall not be included in the calculation of the Cash Settlement Amount, or (ii) such Disrupted Day is a Disrupted Day only in part, in which case the 10b-18 VWAP for such Disrupted Day shall be determined by the Calculation Agent based on Rule 10b-18 eligible transactions in the Shares on such Disrupted Day, taking into account the nature and duration of the relevant Market Disruption Event, and the weightings of the 10b-18 VWAP and the Forward Prices for each Unwind Date during such Unwind Period shall be adjusted in a commercially reasonable manner by the Calculation Agent for purposes of determining the Cash Settlement Amount to account for the occurrence of such partially Disrupted Day, with such adjustments based on the duration of any Market Disruption Event and the volume, historical trading patterns and price of the Shares.
   
Net Share Settlement: On any Settlement Date in respect of which Net Share Settlement applies, if the Cash Settlement Amount is a (i) positive number, Dealer shall deliver a number of Shares to Counterparty equal to the Net Share Settlement Shares, or (ii) negative number, Counterparty shall deliver a number of Shares to Dealer equal to the Net Share Settlement Shares; provided that, if Dealer determines in its commercially reasonable judgment that it would be required to deliver Net Share Settlement Shares to Counterparty, Dealer may elect to deliver a portion of such Net Share Settlement Shares on one or more dates prior to the applicable Settlement Date.
   
Net Share Settlement Shares: With respect to a Settlement Date, the absolute value of the Cash Settlement Amount divided by the Unwind Purchase Price, with the number of Shares rounded up in the event such calculation results in a fractional number.
   
Unwind Period: The period from and including the first Exchange Business Day following the date Counterparty validly elects Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement in respect of a Settlement Date through the second Scheduled Trading Day preceding such Settlement Date, subject to “Termination Settlement” as described in Paragraph 7(g) below.
   
Unwind Date: For any Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement in respect of a Settlement Date, each day on which Dealer (or its agent or affiliate) purchases Shares in the market in connection with unwinding its commercially reasonable hedge position in a commercially reasonable manner in connection with such Settlement, starting on the first day of the Unwind Period.
   
Failure to Deliver: Applicable if Dealer is required to deliver Shares hereunder; otherwise, Not Applicable.
   
Share Cap: Notwithstanding any other provision of this Confirmation, in no event will Counterparty be required to deliver to Dealer on any Settlement Date, whether pursuant to Physical Settlement, Net Share Settlement or any Private Placement Settlement, a number of Shares in excess of (i) 1.5 times the Initial Number of Shares, subject to adjustment from time to time in accordance with the provisions of this Confirmation or the Equity Definitions, minus (ii) the aggregate number of Shares delivered by Counterparty to Dealer hereunder prior to such Settlement Date.

 

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Adjustments:  
   
Method of Adjustment: Calculation Agent Adjustment.  Section 11.2(e) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by deleting clauses (iii) and (v) thereof, and Section 11.2(e)(vii) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by adding the words “that is within the Issuer’s control” immediately after the word “event”. For the avoidance of doubt, the declaration or payment of a cash dividend will not constitute a Potential Adjustment Event.
   
Additional Adjustment: If, in Dealer’s commercially reasonable judgment, the actual cost to Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer), over any 10 consecutive Scheduled Trading Day period, of borrowing a number of Shares equal to the Number of Shares to hedge in a commercially reasonable manner its exposure to this Transaction exceeds a weighted average rate equal to 50 basis points per annum, the Calculation Agent shall reduce the Forward Price in order to compensate Dealer for the amount by which such cost exceeded a weighted average rate equal to 50 basis points per annum during such period.  The Calculation Agent shall notify Counterparty prior to making any such adjustment to the Forward Price.
   
Extraordinary Events: In lieu of the applicable provisions contained in Article 12 of the Equity Definitions, the consequences of any Extraordinary Event (including, for the avoidance of doubt, any Merger Event, Tender Offer, Nationalization, Insolvency, Delisting, or Change In Law) shall be as specified below under the headings “Acceleration Events” and “Termination Settlement” in Paragraphs 7(f) and 7(g) below, respectively. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in the Equity Definitions, no Additional Disruption Event will be applicable except to the extent expressly referenced in Paragraph 7(f)(iv) below. The definition of “Tender Offer” in Section 12.1(d) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by replacing “10%” with “25%.”
   
Non-Reliance: Applicable
   
Agreements and Acknowledgments:  
   
Regarding Hedging Activities: Applicable
   
Additional Acknowledgments: Applicable

 

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Transfer: Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in the Agreement, Dealer may assign, transfer and set over all rights, title and interest, powers, privileges, remedies and obligations of Dealer under this Transaction, in whole or in part, to (A) an affiliate of Dealer, whose obligations hereunder are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by Dealer, without the consent of Counterparty, (B) an affiliate of Dealer with a long-term issuer rating equal to or better than the credit rating of Dealer at the time of transfer without the consent of Counterparty, (C) an affiliate of Dealer that is also the related Forward Seller (as defined in the Underwriting Agreement), without the consent of Counterparty, or (D) any other affiliate of Dealer, with the consent of Counterparty; provided that, at all times, Dealer or any transferee or assignee or other recipient of rights, title and interest, powers, privileges, remedies and obligations shall provide a U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W-9 or W-8ECI, or any successor thereto. Dealer agrees to give reasonable prior notice to Counterparty of any transfer or assignment without Counterparty’s consent pursuant to this Paragraph. Notwithstanding any such notice, no assignment or transfer by Dealer pursuant to this Paragraph shall take effect unless and until all conditions to such transfer or assignment are satisfied.
   
3.  Calculation Agent: Dealer whose judgments, determinations and calculations shall be made in good faith and in a commercially reasonable manner; provided that, following the occurrence and during the continuance of an Event of Default of the type described in Section 5(a)(vii) of the Agreement with respect to which Dealer is the sole Defaulting Party, Counterparty shall have the right to designate a nationally recognized third-party dealer in over-the-counter corporate equity derivatives to act, during the period commencing on the date such Event of Default occurred and ending on the Early Termination Date with respect to such Event of Default, as the Calculation Agent. Following any determination or calculation by the Calculation Agent hereunder, upon a request by Counterparty, the Calculation Agent shall promptly (but in any event within five Scheduled Trading Days) provide to Counterparty by e-mail to the e-mail address provided by Counterparty in such request a report (in a commonly used file format for the storage and manipulation of financial data) displaying in reasonable detail the basis for such determination or calculation (including any assumptions used in making such determination or calculation), it being understood that the Calculation Agent shall not be obligated to disclose any proprietary or confidential models or other proprietary or confidential information used by it for such determination or calculation.
   
4.  Account Details:  
   
(a) Account for delivery of Shares to Dealer: To be furnished
   
(b) Account for delivery of Shares to Counterparty: To be furnished
   
(c) Account for payments to Counterparty: To be advised under separate cover or telephone confirmed prior to each Settlement Date
   
(d)  Account for payments to Dealer: To be advised under separate cover or telephone confirmed prior to each Settlement Date

 

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5. Offices:

 

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

 

The Office of Dealer for this Transaction is: New York

 

6. Notices: For purposes of this Confirmation:

 

(a) Address for notices or communications to Counterparty:

 

W. P. Carey Inc.

50 Rockefeller Plaza

New York, New York 10020

Attention: Chief Financial Officer

with a copy to the Chief Legal Officer

Facsimile: 212-492-8922

 

(b) Address for notices or communications to Dealer:

 

JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association

EDG Marketing Support

Email: [email protected];

[email protected]

Facsimile: 1-866-886-4506

 

with a copy to:

 

Attention: Derek W. Brown

 

Title: Vice President

Telephone: 212-622-6585

Email: [email protected]

 

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7. Other Provisions:

 

(a) Conditions to Effectiveness. The effectiveness of this Confirmation on the Effective Date shall be subject to the satisfaction or waiver by Dealer of the following conditions: (i) the condition that the closing of the transactions contemplated by the Underwriting Agreement shall have been consummated as of the Effective Date, (ii) the condition that the representations and warranties of Counterparty contained in the Underwriting Agreement and any certificate delivered pursuant thereto by Counterparty are true and correct on such date as if made as of such date, (iii) the condition that Counterparty has performed all of the obligations required to be performed by it under the Underwriting Agreement on or prior to such date, (iv) the condition that Counterparty has delivered to Dealer an opinion of counsel dated as of the Effective Date, in form and substance as previously agreed between Counterparty and Dealer, and (v) the condition that neither of the following has occurred: Dealer or its affiliate (x) is unable, after using commercially reasonable efforts, to borrow and deliver for sale the full number of Shares to be borrowed and sold pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement as of the Option Closing Date (as defined in the Underwriting Agreement) or (y) would incur a stock loan cost of more than a rate equal to 50 basis points per annum to do so with respect to all or any portion of such full number of Shares (in which case, the Number of Shares shall be limited to the number of Shares that Dealer (or its affiliate) is able to borrow in connection with establishing its commercially reasonable hedge position for this Transaction at a cost of not more than a rate equal to 50 basis points per annum.

 

(b) [Reserved].

 

(c) Interpretive Letter. The parties intend that this Transaction is being entered into in accordance with the October 9, 2003 interpretive letter from the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission to Goldman, Sachs & Co. (the “Interpretive Letter”) and agree to take all actions, and to omit to take any actions, reasonably requested by the other party, based on advice of counsel, for this Transaction to comply with the Interpretive Letter. Without limiting the foregoing, Counterparty agrees that neither it nor any “affiliated purchaser” (as defined in Regulation M (“Regulation M”) promulgated under the Exchange Act) will, to the extent prohibited by Rule 102 of Regulation M, directly or indirectly, bid for, purchase or attempt to induce any person to bid for or purchase, the Shares or securities that are convertible into, or exchangeable or exercisable for, Shares during any “restricted period” as such term is defined in Regulation M. In addition, Counterparty represents that it is eligible to conduct a primary offering of Shares on Form S-3, the offering contemplated by the Underwriting Agreement complies with Rule 415 under the Securities Act, and the Shares are “actively traded” as defined in Rule 101(c)(1) of Regulation M.

 

(d) Agreements and Acknowledgments Regarding Shares.

 

(i) Counterparty agrees and acknowledges that, in respect of any Shares delivered to Dealer hereunder, such Shares shall be newly issued (unless mutually agreed otherwise by the parties) and, upon such delivery, duly and validly authorized, issued and outstanding, fully paid and nonassessable, free of any lien, charge, claim or other encumbrance and not subject to any preemptive or similar rights and shall, upon such issuance and subject to notice of issuance, be accepted for listing or quotation on the Exchange.

 

(ii) Counterparty agrees and acknowledges that Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) will hedge its exposure to this Transaction by selling Shares borrowed from third party securities lenders or other Shares pursuant to a registration statement, and that, pursuant to the terms of the Interpretive Letter, the Shares (up to the Initial Number of Shares) delivered, pledged or loaned by Counterparty to Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) in connection with this Transaction may be used by Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) to return to securities lenders without further registration or other restrictions under the Securities Act, in the hands of those securities lenders, irrespective of whether such securities loan is effected by Dealer or an affiliate of Dealer. Accordingly, subject to Paragraph 7(h) below, Counterparty agrees that the Shares that it delivers, pledges or loans to Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) on or prior to the final Settlement Date will not bear a restrictive legend and that such Shares will be deposited in, and the delivery thereof shall be effected through the facilities of, the Clearance System.

 

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(iii) Counterparty agrees and acknowledges that it has reserved and will keep available at all times, free from preemptive or similar rights and free from any lien, charge, claim or other encumbrance, authorized but unissued Shares at least equal to the Share Cap, solely for the purpose of settlement under this Transaction.

 

(iv) Unless the provisions set forth below under “Private Placement Procedures” are applicable, Dealer agrees to use any Shares delivered by Counterparty hereunder on any Settlement Date to return to securities lenders to close out open securities loans created by Dealer or an affiliate of Dealer in the course of Dealer’s or such affiliate’s hedging activities related to Dealer’s exposure under this Transaction.

 

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

 

(e) Additional Representations and Agreements of Counterparty. Counterparty represents, warrants and agrees as follows:

 

(i) Counterparty represents to Dealer on the Trade Date and, to the extent specified in “Settlement Method Election” above, on any date that Counterparty notifies Dealer that Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement applies to this Transaction, that (A) Counterparty is not aware of any material nonpublic information regarding Counterparty or the Shares, (B) each of its filings under the Securities Act, the Exchange Act or other applicable securities laws that are required to be filed have been filed and that, as of the date of this representation, when considered as a whole (with the more recent such filings deemed to amend inconsistent statements contained in any earlier such filings), there is no misstatement of material fact contained therein or omission of a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements made therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading, and (C) Counterparty is neither entering into this Confirmation nor making any election hereunder to create actual or apparent trading activity in the Shares (or any security convertible into or exchangeable for Shares) or to raise or depress or otherwise manipulate the price of the Shares (or any security convertible into or exchangeable for Shares) or otherwise in violation of the Exchange Act.

 

(ii) It is the intent of Dealer and Counterparty that following any election of Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement by Counterparty, the purchase of Shares by Dealer during any Unwind Period shall comply with the requirements of Rule 10b5-l(c)(l)(i)(B) under the Exchange Act and that this Confirmation shall be interpreted to comply with the requirements of Rule 10b5-l(c) under the Exchange Act. Counterparty acknowledges that (A) during any Unwind Period Counterparty shall not have, and shall not attempt to exercise, any influence over how, when or whether to effect purchases of Shares by Dealer (or its agent or affiliate) in connection with this Confirmation and (B) Counterparty is entering into the Agreement and this Confirmation in good faith and not as part of a plan or scheme to evade compliance with federal securities laws including, without limitation, Rule 10b-5 under the Exchange Act.

 

(iii) Counterparty shall, at least one day prior to the first day of any Unwind Period, notify Dealer of the total number of Shares purchased in Rule 10b-18 purchases of blocks pursuant to the once-a-week block exception contained in Rule 10b-18(b)(4) under the Exchange Act by or for Counterparty or any of its affiliated purchasers during each of the four calendar weeks preceding the first day of the Unwind Period and during the calendar week in which the first day of the Unwind Period occurs (“Rule 10b-18 purchase”, “blocks” and “affiliated purchaser” each being used as defined in Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act).

 

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(iv) During any Unwind Period, Counterparty shall (x) not make, or to the extent within its control, not permit to be made, any public announcement (as defined in Rule 165(f) under the Securities Act) of any merger, acquisition, or similar transaction involving a recapitalization relating to Counterparty as contemplated by Rule 10b-18(a)(13)(iv) under the Exchange Act (other than any such transaction in which the consideration consists solely of cash and there is no valuation period) (the “Merger Transaction”) unless such public announcement is made prior to the opening or after the close of the regular trading session on the Exchange, (y) promptly (but in any event prior to the next opening of trading in the Shares) notify Dealer following any such announcement that such announcement has been made and (z) promptly deliver to Dealer following the making of any such announcement information indicating (A) Counterparty’s average daily Rule 10b-18 purchases (as defined in Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act) during the three full calendar months preceding the date of the announcement of such Merger Transaction and (B) Counterparty’s block purchases (as defined in Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act) effected pursuant to Rule 10b-18(b)(4) under the Exchange Act during the three full calendar months preceding the date of the announcement of such Merger Transaction. In addition, Counterparty shall promptly notify Dealer of the earlier to occur of the completion of such transaction and the completion of the vote by target shareholders.

 

(v) Neither Counterparty nor any of its affiliated purchasers (within the meaning of Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act) shall take or refrain from taking any action (including, without limitation, any direct purchases by Counterparty or any of its affiliates, or any purchases by a party to a derivative transaction with Counterparty or any of its affiliates), either under this Confirmation, under an agreement with another party or otherwise, that Counterparty reasonably believes to cause any purchases of Shares by Dealer or any of its affiliates in connection with any Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement of this Transaction not to meet the requirements of the safe harbor provided by Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act determined as if all such foregoing purchases were made by Counterparty.

 

(vi) Counterparty will not engage in any “distribution” (as defined in Regulation M), other than a distribution meeting, in each case, the requirements of an exception set forth in each of Rules 101(b) and 102(b) of Regulation M that would cause a “restricted period” (as defined in Regulation M) to occur during any Unwind Period.

 

(vii) Counterparty is not, and after giving effect to the transactions contemplated hereby will not be, required to register as an “investment company” as such term is defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

 

(viii) Counterparty is not, nor will it be rendered, “insolvent” (as such term is defined under Section 101(32) of the Bankruptcy Code) as a result of this Transaction or its performance of the terms hereof.

 

(ix) Without limiting the generality of Section 13.1 of the Equity Definitions, Counterparty acknowledges that Dealer is not making any representations or warranties or taking any position or expressing any view with respect to the treatment of this Transaction under any accounting standards including ASC Topic 260, Earnings Per Share, ASC Topic 815, Derivatives and Hedging, or ASC Topic 480, Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity and ASC 815-40, Derivatives and Hedging – Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity (or any successor issue statements) or under FASB’s Liabilities & Equity Project.

 

(x) Counterparty understands that no obligations of Dealer to it hereunder will be entitled to the benefit of deposit insurance and that such obligations will not be guaranteed by any affiliate of Dealer or any governmental agency.

 

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(xi) To Counterparty’s actual knowledge, no federal, state or local (including non-U.S. jurisdictions) law, rule, regulation or regulatory order applicable to the Shares would give rise to any reporting, consent, registration or other requirement (including without limitation a requirement to obtain prior approval from any person or entity) as a result of Dealer or its affiliates owning or holding (however defined) Shares, other than Sections 13 and 16 under the Exchange Act or Article VI of the Articles of Amendment and Restatement of Counterparty, as amended and supplemented (the “Charter”); provided that Counterparty makes no representation or warranty regarding any such requirement that is applicable generally to the ownership of equity securities by Dealer or its affiliates solely as a result of their being a financial institution or broker-dealer.

 

(xii) No filing with, or approval, authorization, consent, license, registration, qualification, order or decree of, any court or governmental authority or agency, domestic or foreign, is necessary or required for the execution, delivery and performance by Counterparty of this Confirmation and the consummation of this Transaction (including, without limitation, the issuance and delivery of Shares on any Settlement Date) except (i) such as have been obtained under the Securities Act and (ii) as may be required to be obtained under state securities laws.

 

(xiii) Counterparty (i) has such knowledge and experience in financial and business affairs as to be capable of evaluating the merits and risks of entering into this Transaction, (ii) has consulted with its own legal, financial, accounting and tax advisors in connection with this Transaction and (iii) is entering into this Transaction for a bona fide business purpose.

 

(xiv) Counterparty will promptly notify Dealer upon (i) obtaining knowledge of the occurrence of any event that would constitute an Event of Default in respect of which Counterparty is a Defaulting Party and (ii) announcement by Counterparty (or by any other person, to the extent Counterparty has knowledge of such announcement) of any event that, if consummated, would constitute a Potential Adjustment Event.

 

(xv) Dealer, solely in its capacity as a Forward Purchaser (as defined in the Underwriting Agreement), and the Forward Seller, and solely with respect to entering into and consummating the transactions contemplated by this Confirmation and the Underwriting Agreement, as applicable, may, to the extent necessary to consummate the transactions contemplated by this Confirmation and the Underwriting Agreement, “Beneficially Own” and “Constructively Own” Shares in excess of the “Aggregate Stock Ownership Limit” and the “Common Stock Ownership Limit” (each as defined in the Charter) by virtue of entering into transactions described in Section 6.2.6 of the Charter.

 

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(xvi) Counterparty (i) is capable of evaluating investment risks independently, both in general and with regard to this Transaction, (ii) will exercise independent judgment in evaluating the recommendations of Dealer or its associated persons, unless it has otherwise notified Dealer in writing and (iii) has total assets of at least USD 50 million as of the date hereof.

 

(f) Acceleration Events. Each of the following events shall constitute an “Acceleration Event”:

 

(i) Stock Borrow Event. In the commercially reasonable judgment of Dealer (A) Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) is not able to hedge in a commercially reasonable manner its exposure under this Transaction because insufficient Shares are made available for borrowing by securities lenders or (B) Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) would incur a cost to borrow (or to maintain a borrow of) Shares to hedge in a commercially reasonable manner its exposure under this Transaction that is greater than a rate equal to 200 basis points per annum (each, a “Stock Borrow Event”);

 

(ii) Dividends and Other Distributions. On any day occurring after the Trade Date, Counterparty declares a distribution, issue or dividend to existing holders of the Shares of (A) any cash dividend (other than an Extraordinary Dividend) to the extent all cash dividends having an ex-dividend date during the period from, and including, any Forward Price Reduction Date (with the Trade Date being a Forward Price Reduction Date for purposes of this Paragraph 7(f)(ii) only) to, but excluding, the next subsequent Forward Price Reduction Date exceeds, on a per Share basis, the Forward Price Reduction Amount set forth opposite the first date of any such period on Schedule I, (B) any Extraordinary Dividend, (C) any share capital or other securities of another issuer acquired or owned (directly or indirectly) by Counterparty as a result of a spin-off or other similar transaction or (D) any other type of securities (other than Shares), rights or warrants or other assets, in any case for payment (cash or other consideration) at less than the prevailing market price, as determined in a commercially reasonable manner by Dealer; “Extraordinary Dividend” means any dividend or distribution (that is not an ordinary cash dividend) declared by the Issuer with respect to the Shares that, in the commercially reasonable determination of Dealer, is (1) a dividend or distribution declared on the Shares at a time at which the Issuer has not previously declared or paid dividends or distributions on such Shares for the prior four quarterly periods, (2) a payment or distribution by the Issuer to holders of Shares that the Issuer announces will be an “extraordinary” or “special” dividend or distribution, (3) a payment by the Issuer to holders of Shares out of the Issuer’s capital and surplus or (4) any other “special” dividend or distribution on the Shares that is, by its terms or declared intent, outside the normal course of operations or normal dividend policies or practices of the Issuer;

 

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(iii) ISDA Termination. Either Dealer or Counterparty has the right to designate an Early Termination Date pursuant to Section 6 of the Agreement, in which case, except as otherwise specified herein and except as a result of an Event of Default under Section 5(a)(i) of the Agreement, the provisions of Paragraph 7(g) below shall apply in lieu of the consequences specified in Section 6 of the Agreement;

 

(iv) Other ISDA Events. An Announcement Date occurs in respect of any Merger Event, Tender Offer, Nationalization, Insolvency, Delisting or the occurrence of any Hedging Disruption or Change in Law; provided that, in case of a Delisting, in addition to the provisions of Section 12.6(a)(iii) of the Equity Definitions, it will also constitute a Delisting if the Exchange is located in the United States and the Shares are not immediately re-listed, re-traded or re-quoted on any of the New York Stock Exchange, The NASDAQ Global Select Market or The NASDAQ Global Market (or their respective successors); provided, further, that (i) the definition of “Change in Law” provided in Section 12.9(a)(ii) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by (A) replacing the phrase “the interpretation” in the third line thereof with the phrase “or announcement or statement of the formal or informal interpretation” and (B) immediately following the word “Transaction” in clause (X) thereof, adding the phrase “in the manner contemplated by Dealer on the Trade Date” and (ii) any determination as to whether (A) the adoption of or any change in any applicable law or regulation (including, without limitation, any tax law) or (B) the promulgation of or any change in or announcement or statement of the formal or informal interpretation by any court, tribunal or regulatory authority with competent jurisdiction of any applicable law or regulation (including any action taken by a taxing authority), in each case, constitutes a “Change in Law” shall be made without regard to Section 739 of the Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act of 2010 (the “WSTAA”) or any similar provision in any legislation enacted on or after the Trade Date; or

 

(v) Ownership Event. In the good faith judgment of Dealer, on any day, the Share Amount for such day exceeds the Post-Effective Limit for such day (if any applies) (each, an “Ownership Event”). For purposes of this clause (v), the “Share Amount” as of any day is the number of Shares that Dealer and any person whose ownership position would be aggregated with that of Dealer (Dealer or any such person, a “Dealer Person”) under any law, rule, regulation or regulatory order or Counterparty constituent document that for any reason is, or after the Trade Date becomes, applicable to ownership of Shares (“Applicable Provisions”), owns, beneficially owns, constructively owns, controls, holds the power to vote or otherwise meets a relevant definition of ownership of under the Applicable Provisions, as determined by Dealer in its reasonable discretion. The “Post-Effective Limit” means (x) the minimum number of Shares that would give rise to reporting or registration obligations (except for any filing requirements on Form 13F, Schedule 13D or Schedule 13G under the Exchange Act, in each case, as in effect on the Trade Date) or other requirements (including obtaining prior approval from any person or entity) of a Dealer Person, or would result in an adverse effect on a Dealer Person, under the Applicable Provisions, as determined by Dealer in its reasonable discretion, minus (y) 1.0% of the number of Shares outstanding.

 

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(g) Termination Settlement. Upon the occurrence of any Acceleration Event and, other than in the case of Acceleration Events described in Paragraphs (f)(ii) and (iv) above, during the continuance of such Acceleration Event, Dealer shall have the right to designate, upon at least one Scheduled Trading Day’s notice, any Scheduled Trading Day following such occurrence to be a Settlement Date hereunder (a “Termination Settlement Date”) to which Physical Settlement shall apply, and to select the number of Settlement Shares relating to such Termination Settlement Date; provided that (i) in the case of an Acceleration Event arising out of an Ownership Event, the number of Settlement Shares so designated by Dealer shall not exceed the number of Shares necessary to reduce the Share Amount to reasonably below the Post-Effective Limit and (ii) in the case of an Acceleration Event arising out of a Stock Borrow Event, the number of Settlement Shares so designated by Dealer shall not exceed the number of Shares as to which such Stock Borrow Event exists. If, upon designation of a Termination Settlement Date by Dealer pursuant to the preceding sentence, Counterparty fails to deliver the Settlement Shares relating to such Termination Settlement Date when due or otherwise fails to perform obligations within its control in respect of this Transaction, it shall be an Event of Default with respect to Counterparty and Section 6 of the Agreement shall apply. If an Acceleration Event occurs during an Unwind Period relating to a number of Settlement Shares to which Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement applies, then on the Termination Settlement Date relating to such Acceleration Event, notwithstanding any election to the contrary by Counterparty, Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement shall apply to the portion of the Settlement Shares relating to such Unwind Period as to which Dealer has unwound its hedge and Physical Settlement shall apply in respect of (x) the remainder (if any) of such Settlement Shares and (y) the Settlement Shares designated by Dealer in respect of such Termination Settlement Date. If an Acceleration Event occurs after Counterparty has designated a Settlement Date to which Physical Settlement applies but before the relevant Settlement Shares have been delivered to Dealer, then Dealer shall have the right to cancel such Settlement Date and designate a Termination Settlement Date in respect of such Shares pursuant to the first sentence hereof. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the case of a Nationalization or Merger Event, if at the time of the related Relevant Settlement Date the Shares have changed into cash or any other property or the right to receive cash or any other property, the Calculation Agent shall adjust the nature of the Shares as it determines appropriate to account for such change such that the nature of the Shares is consistent with what shareholders receive in such event.

 

(h) Private Placement Procedures. If Counterparty is unable to comply with the provisions of sub-paragraph (ii) of “Agreements and Acknowledgments Regarding Shares” above because of a change in law or a change in the policy of the Securities and Exchange Commission or its staff, or Dealer otherwise determines, based on advice of counsel, that in its reasonable opinion any Shares to be delivered to Dealer by Counterparty may not be freely returned by Dealer or its affiliates to securities lenders as described under such sub-paragraph (ii) or otherwise constitute “restricted securities” as defined in Rule 144 under the Securities Act, then delivery of any such Shares (the “Restricted Shares”) shall be effected as provided below, unless waived by Dealer.

 

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(i) If Counterparty delivers the Restricted Shares pursuant to this clause (i) (a “Private Placement Settlement”), then delivery of Restricted Shares by Counterparty shall be effected in accordance with private placement procedures customary for private placements of equity securities of substantially similar size with respect to such Restricted Shares reasonably acceptable to Dealer; provided that Counterparty may not elect a Private Placement Settlement if, on the date of its election, it has taken, or caused to be taken, any action that would make unavailable either the exemption pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act for the sale by Counterparty to Dealer (or any affiliate designated by Dealer) of the Restricted Shares or the exemption pursuant to Section 4(a)(1) or Section 4(a)(3) of the Securities Act for resales of the Restricted Shares by Dealer (or any such affiliate of Dealer), and if Counterparty fails to deliver the Restricted Shares when due or otherwise fails to perform obligations within its control in respect of a Private Placement Settlement, it shall be an Event of Default with respect to Counterparty and Section 6 of the Agreement shall apply. The Private Placement Settlement of such Restricted Shares shall include customary representations, covenants, blue sky and other governmental filings and/or registrations, indemnities to Dealer, due diligence rights (for Dealer or any designated buyer of the Restricted Shares by Dealer), opinions and certificates, and such other documentation as is customary for private placement agreements of equity securities of a substantially similar size, all reasonably acceptable to Dealer. In the case of a Private Placement Settlement, Dealer shall, in its good faith discretion, adjust the amount of Restricted Shares to be delivered to Dealer hereunder in a commercially reasonable manner to reflect the fact that such Restricted Shares may not be freely returned to securities lenders by Dealer and may only be saleable by Dealer at a discount to reflect the lack of liquidity in Restricted Shares. Notwithstanding the Agreement or this Confirmation, the date of delivery of such Restricted Shares shall be the Clearance System Business Day following notice by Dealer to Counterparty of the number of Restricted Shares to be delivered pursuant to this clause (i). For the avoidance of doubt, delivery of Restricted Shares shall be due as set forth in the previous sentence and not be due on the date that would otherwise be applicable.

 

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

 

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(i) Indemnity. Counterparty agrees to indemnify Dealer and its affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents and controlling persons (Dealer and each such affiliate or person being an “Indemnified Party”) from and against any and all losses, claims, damages and liabilities, joint and several, incurred by or asserted against such Indemnified Party arising out of, in connection with, or relating to, any breach of any covenant or representation made by Counterparty in this Confirmation or the Agreement and will reimburse any Indemnified Party for all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses (including reasonable and documented legal fees and expenses) as they are incurred in connection with the investigation of, preparation for, or defense of any pending or threatened claim or any action or proceeding arising therefrom, whether or not such Indemnified Party is a party thereto, except to the extent determined in a final and nonappealable judgment by a court of competent jurisdiction to have resulted from Dealer’s negligence, fraud, bad faith and/or willful misconduct or from a breach of any representation or covenant of Dealer contained in this Confirmation or the Agreement. The foregoing provisions shall survive any termination or completion of this Transaction.

 

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

 

(k) Governing Law/Jurisdiction. This Confirmation and any claim, controversy or dispute arising under or related to this Confirmation shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York without reference to the conflict of laws provisions thereof. The parties hereto irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the State of New York and the United States Court for the Southern District of New York in connection with all matters relating hereto and waive any objection to the laying of venue in, and any claim of inconvenient forum with respect to, these courts.

 

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

 

(m) Insolvency Filing. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, in the Agreement or in the Equity Definitions, upon any Insolvency Filing or other proceeding under Title 11 of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”) in respect of the Issuer to which Section 365(c)(2) is applicable, this Transaction shall automatically terminate on the date thereof without further liability of either party to this Confirmation to the other party (except for any liability in respect of any breach of representation or covenant by a party under this Confirmation prior to the date of such Insolvency Filing or other proceeding), it being understood that this Transaction is a contract for the issuance of Shares by the Issuer as contemplated by Section 365(c)(2) of the Bankruptcy Code.

 

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(n) Disclosure. Effective from the date of commencement of discussions concerning this Transaction, each of Dealer and Counterparty and each of their employees, representatives, or other agents may disclose to any and all persons, without limitation of any kind, the tax treatment and tax structure of this Transaction and all materials of any kind (including opinions or other tax analyses) relating to such tax treatment and tax structure.

 

(o) Communications with Employees of J.P. Morgan Securities LLC.  If Counterparty interacts with any employee of J.P. Morgan Securities LLC with respect to any Transaction, Counterparty is hereby notified that such employee will act solely as an authorized representative of JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association (and not as a representative of J.P. Morgan Securities LLC) in connection with such Transaction.

 

(p) Counterparty Share Repurchases. Counterparty agrees not to repurchase, directly or indirectly, any Shares if, immediately following such purchase, the Outstanding Share Percentage would be equal to or greater than 4.5%. The “Outstanding Share Percentage” as of any day is the fraction (1) the numerator of which is the aggregate of the Number of Shares for this Transaction and the “Number of Shares” under each Additional Equity Derivative Transaction that is a share forward transaction and (2) the denominator of which is the number of Shares outstanding on such day.

 

(q) Limit on Beneficial Ownership. Notwithstanding any other provisions hereof, Dealer shall not have the right to acquire Shares hereunder and Dealer shall not be entitled to take delivery of any Shares hereunder (in each case, whether in connection with the purchase of Shares on any Settlement Date or any Termination Settlement Date, any Private Placement Settlement or otherwise) to the extent (but only to the extent) that, after such receipt of any Shares hereunder, (i) the Share Amount would exceed the Post-Effective Limit, (ii) Dealer and each person subject to aggregation of Shares with Dealer under Section 13 or Section 16 of the Exchange Act and rules promulgated thereunder (including all persons who may form a “group” within the meaning of Rule 13d-5(b)(1) under the Exchange Act) (collectively, the “Dealer Group”) would directly or indirectly beneficially own (as such term is defined for purposes of Section 13 or Section 16 of the Exchange Act and rules promulgated thereunder) in excess of 4.9% of the then outstanding Shares (the “Threshold Number of Shares”), (iii) Dealer would hold 5% or more of the number of Shares of Counterparty’s outstanding common stock or 5% or more of Counterparty’s outstanding voting power (the “Exchange Limit”) or (iv) such acquisition would result in a violation of any restriction on ownership or transfer set forth in Article VI of the Charter (the “Counterparty Stock Ownership Restrictions”). Any purported delivery hereunder shall be void and have no effect to the extent (but only to the extent) that, after such delivery, (i) the Share Amount would exceed the Post-Effective Limit, (ii) the Dealer Group would directly or indirectly so beneficially own in excess of the Threshold Number of Shares, (iii) Dealer would directly or indirectly hold in excess of the Exchange Limit or (iv) such delivery would result in a violation of the Counterparty Stock Ownership Restrictions. If any delivery owed to Dealer hereunder is not made, in whole or in part, as a result of this provision, Counterparty’s obligation to make such delivery shall not be extinguished and Counterparty shall make such delivery as promptly as practicable after, but in no event later than one Scheduled Trading Day after, Dealer gives notice to Counterparty that, after such delivery, (i) the Share Amount would not exceed the Post-Effective Limit, (ii) the Dealer Group would not directly or indirectly so beneficially own in excess of the Threshold Number of Shares, (iii) Dealer would not directly or indirectly hold in excess of the Exchange Limit and (iv) such delivery would not result in a violation of the Counterparty Stock Ownership Restriction.

 

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In addition, notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, if any delivery owed to Dealer hereunder is not made, in whole or in part, as a result of the immediately preceding paragraph, Dealer shall be permitted to make any payment due in respect of such Shares to Counterparty in two or more tranches that correspond in amount to the number of Shares delivered by Counterparty to Dealer pursuant to the immediately preceding paragraph.

 

Dealer represents and warrants that, as of the Trade Date, if Dealer received the maximum number of Shares hereunder assuming both (i) Physical Settlement applies and (ii) no restrictions on the delivery of Shares hereunder were applicable, then the Counterparty Stock Ownership Restrictions would not apply so as to limit the number of Shares that Dealer could receive hereunder. Dealer will not knowingly cause the occurrence of an Ownership Event on any day during the term of this Transaction for the purpose, in whole or in part, of causing the occurrence of an Termination Settlement Date.

 

(r) Commodity Exchange Act. Each of Dealer and Counterparty agrees and represents that it is an “eligible contract participant” as defined in Section 1a(18) of the U.S. Commodity Exchange Act, as amended (the “CEA”), the Agreement and this Transaction are subject to individual negotiation by the parties and have not been executed or traded on a “trading facility” as defined in Section 1a(51) of the CEA.

 

(s) Bankruptcy Status. Subject to Paragraph 7(m) above, Dealer acknowledges and agrees that this Confirmation is not intended to convey to Dealer rights with respect to the transactions contemplated hereby that are senior to the claims of Counterparty’s common stockholders in any U.S. bankruptcy proceedings of Counterparty; provided, however, that nothing herein shall be deemed to limit Dealer’s right to pursue remedies in the event of a breach by Counterparty of its obligations and agreements with respect to this Confirmation and the Agreement; and provided, further, that nothing herein shall limit or shall be deemed to limit Dealer’s rights in respect of any transaction other than this Transaction.

 

(t) No Collateral or Setoff. Notwithstanding Section 6(f) or any other provision of the Agreement or any other agreement between the parties to the contrary, the obligations of Counterparty hereunder are not secured by any collateral. Obligations in respect of this Transaction shall not be set off against any other obligations of the parties, whether arising under the Agreement, this Confirmation, under any other agreement between the parties hereto, by operation of law or otherwise, and no other obligations of the parties shall be set off against obligations in respect of this Transaction, whether arising under the Agreement, this Confirmation, under any other agreement between the parties hereto, by operation of law or otherwise, and each party hereby waives any such right of setoff, except that set-off solely with respect to amounts payable under this Transaction shall be permissible.

 

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(u) Tax Matters.

 

(i) For the purpose of Section 3(f) of the Agreement:

 

(1) Dealer makes the following representations:

 

a.It is a national banking association organized and existing under the laws of the United States of America and is an exempt recipient under section 1.6049-4(c)(1)(ii) of United States Treasury Regulations.

 

b.It is a “U.S. person” (as that term is used in section 1.1441-4(a)(3)(ii) of United States Treasury Regulations) for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

 

(2) Counterparty makes the following representations:

 

a.It is a “U.S. person” (as that term is used in section 1.1441-4(a)(3)(ii) of the United States Treasury Regulations) for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

 

b.It is a real estate investment trust for U.S. federal income tax purposes and is organized under the laws of the State of Maryland, and is an exempt recipient under section 1.6049-4(c)(1)(ii)(J) of the United States Treasury Regulations.

 

(ii) Withholding Tax imposed on payments to non-U.S. counterparties on Dividends or under the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. “Indemnifiable Tax” as defined in Section 14 of the Agreement shall not include any FATCA Withholding Tax or any U.S. federal income tax imposed on amounts that constitute dividends from sources within the United States. For the avoidance of doubt, a FATCA Withholding Tax is a Tax the deduction or withholding of which is required by applicable law for the purposes of Section 2(d) of the Agreement.

 

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

 

FATCA Withholding Tax” means any U.S. federal withholding tax imposed or collected pursuant to Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code, any current or future regulations or official interpretations thereof, any agreement entered into pursuant to Section 1471(b) of the Code, or any fiscal or regulatory legislation, rules or practices adopted pursuant to any intergovernmental agreement entered into in connection with the implementation of such Sections of the Code.

 

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(iii) HIRE Act. To the extent that either party to the Agreement with respect to this Transaction is not an adhering party to the ISDA 2015 Section 871(m) Protocol published by ISDA on November 2, 2015 and available at www.isda.org, as may be amended, supplemented, replaced or superseded from time to time (the “871(m) Protocol”), the parties agree that the provisions and amendments contained in the Attachment to the 871(m) Protocol are incorporated into and apply to the Agreement with respect to this Transaction as if set forth in full herein. The parties further agree that, solely for purposes of applying such provisions and amendments to the Agreement with respect to this Transaction, references to “each Covered Master Agreement” in the 871(m) Protocol will be deemed to be references to the Agreement with respect to this Transaction, and references to the “Implementation Date” in the 871(m) Protocol will be deemed to be references to the Trade Date of this Transaction. For greater certainty, if there is any inconsistency between this provision and the provisions contained in any other agreement between the parties with respect to this Transaction, this provision shall prevail unless such other agreement expressly overrides the provisions of the Attachment to the 871(m) Protocol.

 

(iv) Agreement to Deliver Documents. For the purposes of Sections 4(a)(i) and 4(a)(ii) of the Agreement, Counterparty shall provide to Dealer a valid and duly executed U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W-9, or any successor thereto, (i) on or before the date of execution of this Confirmation, (ii) promptly upon reasonable demand by Dealer and (iii) promptly upon learning that any such tax form previously provided by Counterparty has become obsolete, invalid or incorrect.

 

For the purposes of Sections 4(a)(i) and 4(a)(ii) of the Agreement, Dealer shall provide to Counterparty a valid and duly executed U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W-9, or any successor thereto, (i) on or before the date of execution of this Confirmation, (ii) promptly upon reasonable demand by Counterparty and (iii) promptly upon learning that any such tax form previously provided by Dealer has become obsolete, invalid or incorrect.

 

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

 

(vi) Tax Documentation. Section 4(a)(iii) of the Agreement is hereby amended by adding the following prior to the existing text: “upon the earlier of learning that any such form or document is required or”.

 

(v) Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act of 2010. The parties hereby agree that none of (i) Section 739 of the WSTAA, (ii) any similar legal certainty provision included in any legislation enacted, or rule or regulation promulgated, on or after the Trade Date, (iii) the enactment of the WSTAA or any regulation under the WSTAA, (iv) any requirement under the WSTAA or (v) any amendment made by the WSTAA shall limit or otherwise impair either party’s right to terminate, renegotiate, modify, amend or supplement this Confirmation or the Agreement, as applicable, arising from a termination event, force majeure, illegality, increased cost, regulatory change or similar event under this Confirmation, the Equity Definitions or the Agreement (including, but not limited to, any right arising from any Acceleration Event).

 

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(w) Other Forwards / Dealers. Dealer acknowledges that Counterparty has entered or may enter in the future into one or more similar forward transactions for the Shares (each, an “Other Forward” and collectively, the “Other Forwards”) with one or more dealers, and/or affiliates thereof (each, an “Other Dealer” and collectively, the “Other Dealers”). Dealer and Counterparty agree that if Counterparty designates a “Settlement Date” with respect to one or more Other Forwards for which “Cash Settlement” or “Net Share Settlement” is applicable, and the resulting “Unwind Period” for such Other Forwards coincides for any period of time with an Unwind Period for this Transaction (the “Overlap Unwind Period”), Counterparty shall notify Dealer at least one Scheduled Trading Day prior to the commencement of such Overlap Unwind Period of the first Scheduled Trading Day and length of such Overlap Unwind Period, and Dealer shall be permitted to purchase Shares to unwind its hedge in respect of this Transaction only on alternating Scheduled Trading Days during such Overlap Unwind Period, commencing on the first, second, third or later Scheduled Trading Day of such Overlap Unwind Period, as notified to Dealer by Counterparty at least one Scheduled Trading Day prior to such Overlap Unwind Period (which alternating Scheduled Trading Days, for the avoidance of doubt, may be every other Scheduled Trading Day if there is only one Other Dealer, every third Scheduled Trading Day if there are two Other Dealers, etc.).

 

(x) Delivery of Cash. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Confirmation shall be interpreted as requiring Counterparty to deliver cash in respect of the settlement of this Transaction, except in circumstances where the required cash settlement thereof is permitted for classification of the contract as equity by ASC 815-40 (formerly EITF 00-19) as in effect on the Trade Date (including, without limitation, where Counterparty so elects to deliver cash or fails timely to elect to deliver Shares in respect of such settlement). For the avoidance of doubt, the preceding sentence shall not be construed as limiting (i) Paragraph 7(i) above or (ii) any damages that may be payable by Counterparty as a result of breach of this Confirmation.

 

(y) U.S. Resolutions Stay Protocol. The parties agree that (i) to the extent that prior to the date hereof all parties have adhered to the 2018 ISDA U.S. Resolution Stay Protocol (the “Protocol”), the terms of the Protocol are incorporated into and form a part of this Confirmation, and for such purposes this Confirmation shall be deemed a Protocol Covered Agreement and each party shall be deemed to have the same status as Regulated Entity and/or Adhering Party as applicable to it under the Protocol; (ii) to the extent that prior to the date hereof the parties have executed a separate agreement the effect of which is to amend the qualified financial contracts between them to conform with the requirements of the QFC Stay Rules (the “Bilateral Agreement”), the terms of the Bilateral Agreement are incorporated into and form a part of this Confirmation and each party shall be deemed to have the status of “Covered Entity” or “Counterparty Entity” (or other similar term)  as applicable to it under the Bilateral Agreement; or (iii) if clause (i) and clause (ii) do not apply, the terms of Section 1 and Section 2 and the related defined terms (together, the “Bilateral Terms”) of the form of bilateral template entitled “Full-Length Omnibus (for use between U.S. G-SIBs and Corporate Groups)” published by ISDA on November 2, 2018 (currently available on the 2018 ISDA U.S. Resolution Stay Protocol page at www.isda.org and, a copy of which is available upon request), the effect of which is to amend the qualified financial contracts between the parties thereto to conform with the requirements of the QFC Stay Rules, are hereby incorporated into and form a part of this Confirmation, and for such purposes this Confirmation shall be deemed a “Covered Agreement,” Dealer shall be deemed a “Covered Entity” and Counterparty shall be deemed a “Counterparty Entity.” In the event that, after the date of this Confirmation, all parties hereto become adhering parties to the Protocol, the terms of the Protocol will replace the terms of this Paragraph 7(y). In the event of any inconsistencies between this Confirmation and the terms of the Protocol, the Bilateral Agreement or the Bilateral Terms (each, the “QFC Stay Terms”), as applicable, the QFC Stay Terms will govern. Terms used in this Paragraph 7(y) without definition shall have the meanings assigned to them under the QFC Stay Rules. For purposes of this Paragraph 7(y), references to “the Agreement” include any related credit enhancements entered into between the parties or provided by one to the other.

 

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

 

(z) Counterparts. Counterparts may be delivered via facsimile, electronic mail (including any electronic signature covered by the U.S. federal ESIGN Act of 2000, Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, the Electronic Signatures and Records Act or other applicable law, e.g., DocuSign and AdobeSign (any such signature, an “Electronic Signature”)) or other transmission method and any counterpart so delivered shall be deemed to have been duly and validly delivered and be valid and effective for all purposes.  The words “execution,” “signed,” “signature” and words of like import in this Confirmation or in any other certificate, agreement or document related to this Confirmation shall include any Electronic Signature, except to the extent electronic notices are expressly prohibited under this Confirmation or the Agreement..

 

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Please confirm your agreement to be bound by the terms stated herein by executing the copy of this Confirmation enclosed for that purpose and returning it to us.

 

  Yours sincerely,
   
  JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association
   
  By: /s/ Derek Brown
  Name: Derek Brown
  Title:   Vice President

 

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Confirmed as of the date first above written:

 

  W. P. CAREY INC.
   
  By: /s/ ToniAnn Sanzone     
  Name: ToniAnn Sanzone
  Title:   Chief Financial Officer:

 

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Section 6: EX-1.5 (EXHIBIT 1.5)

 

Exhibit 1.5

 

Forward Confirmation

 

Date:June 18, 2020

 

To:W. P. Carey Inc.
50 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York 10020
Attention: Chief Financial Officer
  
From: Bank of America, N.A.
c/o BofA Securities, Inc.
Bank of America Tower
One Bryant Park
New York, New York 10036

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

The purpose of this letter agreement is to confirm the terms and conditions of the Transaction entered into between Bank of America, N.A. (“Dealer”) and W. P. Carey Inc. (the “Counterparty”) on the Trade Date specified below (the “Transaction”) in connection with the Underwriting Agreement dated June 17, 2020 between Counterparty, Dealer and the other parties thereto (the “Underwriting Agreement”). This letter agreement constitutes a “Confirmation” as referred to in the ISDA 2002 Master Agreement (as defined below).

 

The definitions and provisions contained in the 2002 ISDA Equity Derivatives Definitions (the “Equity Definitions”), as published by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (“ISDA”), are incorporated into this Confirmation. In the event of any inconsistency between the Equity Definitions and this Confirmation, this Confirmation shall govern.

 

Each party is hereby advised, and each such party acknowledges, that the other party has engaged in, or refrained from engaging in, substantial financial transactions and has taken other material actions in reliance upon the parties’ entry into this Transaction on the terms and conditions set forth below.

 

1.This Confirmation evidences a complete and binding agreement between Dealer and Counterparty as to the terms of this Transaction. This Confirmation shall supplement, form a part of, and be subject to an agreement in the form of the ISDA 2002 Master Agreement (the “Agreement”) as if Dealer and Counterparty had executed an agreement in such form (without any Schedule but (i) with the elections set forth in this Confirmation and (ii) with the election that the “Cross Default” provisions of Section 5(a)(vi) of the Agreement will apply to Dealer and Counterparty as if (a) the phrase “, or becoming capable at such time of being declared,” were deleted from Section 5(a)(vi)(1) of the Agreement, (b)(i) the “Threshold Amount” with respect to Dealer were three percent of the shareholders’ equity of Dealer and (ii) the “Threshold Amount” with respect to Counterparty were equal to the “Credit Agreement Threshold Amount”, (c) the following language were added to the end of Section 5(a)(vi) of the Agreement: “Notwithstanding the foregoing, a default under subsection (2) hereof shall not constitute an Event of Default if (x) the default was caused solely by error or omission of an administrative or operational nature; (y) funds were available to enable the party to make the payment when due; and (z) the payment is made within two Local Business Days of such party’s receipt of written notice of its failure to pay.”; and (d) the term “Specified Indebtedness” had meaning specified in Section 14 of the Agreement, except that such term shall not include obligations in respect of deposits received in the ordinary course of a party’s banking business and obligations with respect to which recourse for payment is limited to specific assets encumbered by a lien securing such obligations. For purposes of the foregoing, “Credit Agreement Threshold Amount” means the USD amount specified in the definition of “Material Indebtedness” (or equivalent concept), as defined under the Fourth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of February 20, 2020, by and among W. P. Carey Inc. and certain of its Subsidiaries identified therein as Guarantors, Bank of America, N.A., as Administrative Agent, Bank of America, N.A., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as L/C Issuers, Bank of America, N.A., as Swing Line Lender, and the Lenders party thereto (as such credit agreement may be amended, supplemented, restated or otherwise modified from time to time, or replaced or refinanced by any other agreement governing an unsecured revolving credit facility entered into by Counterparty). In the event of any inconsistency between provisions of that Agreement and this Confirmation, this Confirmation will prevail for the purpose of this Transaction. The parties hereby agree that, other than this Transaction, no Transaction shall be governed by the Agreement. For purposes of the Equity Definitions, this Transaction is a Share Forward Transaction.

 

 

 

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

 

General Terms:  
   
Trade Date: June 18, 2020
   
Effective Date: June 22, 2020, or such later date on which the conditions set forth in Paragraph 7 below have been satisfied.
   
Seller: Counterparty
   
Buyer: Dealer
   
Shares: The common stock of Counterparty, par value USD 0.001 per share (Ticker Symbol: “WPC”)
   
Number of Shares:

Initially, 356,250 Shares (the “Initial Number of Shares”); provided that the Number of Shares is subject to reduction as provided in Paragraph 7(a) below.

On each Settlement Date, the Number of Shares shall be reduced by the number of Settlement Shares settled on such date.

   
Initial Forward Price: USD 68.3500 per Share
   
Forward Price: (a)  On the Effective Date, the Initial Forward Price; and
   
 

(b)    on each calendar day thereafter, (i) the Forward Price as of the immediately preceding calendar day multiplied by (ii) the sum of 1 and the Daily Rate for such day; provided that, on each Forward Price Reduction Date, the Forward Price in effect on such date shall be the Forward Price otherwise in effect on such date, minus the Forward Price Reduction Amount for such Forward Price Reduction Date.

 

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

   
Daily Rate: For any day, a rate (which may be positive or negative) equal to (i) (a) Overnight Bank Funding Rate for such day minus (b) the Spread divided by (ii) 360.

 

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Overnight Bank Funding Rate: For any day, the rate set forth for such day opposite the caption “Overnight Bank Funding Rate”, as such rate is displayed on Bloomberg Screen “OBFR01 <Index><GO>”, or any successor page; provided that, if no rate appears for a particular day on such page, the rate for the immediately preceding day for which a rate does so appear shall be used for such day.
   
Spread: 75 basis points
   
Prepayment: Not Applicable
   
Variable Obligation: Not Applicable
   
Forward Price Reduction Dates: As set forth on Schedule I
   
Forward Price Reduction Amounts: For each Forward Price Reduction Date, the Forward Price Reduction Amount set forth opposite such date on Schedule I
   
Exchange: The New York Stock Exchange
   
Related Exchange(s): All Exchanges
   
Clearance System: The Depository Trust Company
   
Securities Act: Securities Act of 1933, as amended
   
Exchange Act: Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended
   
Market Disruption Event: Section 6.3(a) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by replacing the first sentence in its entirety with the following: “‘Market Disruption Event’ means in respect of a Share or an Index, the occurrence or existence of (i) a Trading Disruption, (ii) an Exchange Disruption, (iii) an Early Closure or (iv) a Regulatory Disruption, in each case that the Calculation Agent determines, in its commercially reasonable judgment, is material”.

 

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Early Closure: Section 6.3(d) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by replacing the remainder of the provision following the term “Scheduled Closing Time” in the fourth line thereof with the phrase “which the Calculation Agent determines is material.”
   
Regulatory Disruption: Any event that Dealer, based on the advice of counsel, determines makes it reasonably necessary or appropriate with regard to any legal, regulatory or self-regulatory requirements or related policies and procedures that generally apply to transactions of a nature and kind similar to this Transaction, applied in a non-discriminatory manner, and have been adopted in good faith by Dealer for Dealer to refrain from or decrease any market activity in connection with this Transaction.  If a Regulatory Disruption occurs on any Unwind Date, Dealer shall notify Counterparty in writing that a Regulatory Disruption has occurred on such Scheduled Trading Day with respect to this Transaction, in which case Dealer shall, to the extent practicable in its good faith discretion, specify the nature of such Regulatory Disruption. Dealer may exercise its right in respect of any Regulatory Disruption only in good faith in relation to events or circumstances that are not the result of actions of it or its Affiliates that are taken with the intent to avoid its obligations under this Transaction.
   
Settlement:  
Settlement Currency: USD (all amounts shall be converted to the Settlement Currency in good faith and in a commercially reasonable manner by the Calculation Agent)
   
Settlement Date: Any Scheduled Trading Day following the Effective Date and up to and including the Final Date that is either:
   
  (a)    designated by Counterparty as a “Settlement Date” by a written notice (a “Settlement Notice”) that satisfies the Settlement Notice Requirements, if applicable, and is delivered to Dealer no less than (i) two Scheduled Trading Days prior to such Settlement Date, which may be the Final Date, if Physical Settlement applies, and (ii) 60 Scheduled Trading Days prior to such Settlement Date, which may be the Final Date, if Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement applies; provided that, if Dealer shall have fully unwound its hedge with respect to the portion of the Number of Shares to be settled during an Unwind Period by a date that is more than two Scheduled Trading Days prior to a Settlement Date specified above, Dealer may, by written notice to Counterparty, no fewer than two Scheduled Trading Days prior thereto, specify any Scheduled Trading Day prior to such original Settlement Date as the Settlement Date; or
   
  (b)    designated by Dealer as a Settlement Date pursuant to the “Termination Settlement” provisions of Paragraph 7(g) below;
   
  provided that the Final Date will be a Settlement Date if on such date the Number of Shares for which a Settlement Date has not already been designated is greater than zero; and provided, further, that, following the occurrence of at least five consecutive Disrupted Days during an Unwind Period and while such Disrupted Days are continuing, Dealer may designate any subsequent Scheduled Trading Day as the Settlement Date with respect to the portion of the Settlement Shares, if any, for which Dealer has determined an Unwind Purchase Price during such Unwind Period, it being understood that the Unwind Period with respect to the remainder of such Settlement Shares shall, subject to clause (ii) in “Settlement Method Election” below, recommence on the next succeeding Exchange Business Day that is not a Disrupted Day in whole.
   
Final Date: December 17, 2021 (or if such day is not a Scheduled Trading Day, the next following Scheduled Trading Day).
   
Settlement Shares: (a)     With respect to any Settlement Date other than the Final Date, the number of Shares designated as such by Counterparty in the relevant Settlement Notice or designated by Dealer pursuant to the “Termination Settlement” provisions of Paragraph 7(g) below, as applicable; provided that the Settlement Shares so designated shall (i) not exceed the Number of Shares at that time and (ii) in the case of a designation by Counterparty, be at least equal to the lesser of 100,000 and the Number of Shares at that time, in each case with the Number of Shares determined taking into account pending Settlement Shares; and
   
  (b)    with respect to the Settlement Date on the Final Date, a number of Shares equal to the Number of Shares at that time;
   
  in each case with the Number of Shares determined taking into account pending Settlement Shares.

 

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Settlement Method Election: Physical Settlement, Cash Settlement, or Net Share Settlement, at the election of Counterparty as set forth in a Settlement Notice that satisfies the Settlement Notice Requirements, and, if Counterparty elects Cash Settlement, Counterparty shall also specify in the relevant Settlement Notice that either Actual Pricing or Objective Pricing applies; provided that Physical Settlement shall apply (i) if no Settlement Method is validly selected, (ii) with respect to any Settlement Shares in respect of which Dealer has not completed its unwind of a commercially reasonable hedge position in compliance with the requirements of the Transaction and taking into account the unwind of the commercially reasonable hedge position related to each other forward or other equity derivative transaction (if any) entered into between Dealer and Counterparty (each, an “Additional Equity Derivative Transaction”) by the Settlement Date or, in its commercially reasonable judgment, would be unable to do so due to the occurrence of five or more consecutive Disrupted Days, (iii) to any Termination Settlement Date (as defined under “Termination Settlement” in Paragraph 7(g) below) and (iv) if the Final Date is a Settlement Date other than as the result of a valid Settlement Notice, in respect of such Settlement Date; provided, further, that, if Physical Settlement applies under clause (ii) immediately above, Dealer shall provide written notice to Counterparty at least two Scheduled Trading Days prior to the applicable Settlement Date; and provided, further, that if Counterparty elects Cash Settlement but does not specify if Actual Pricing or Objective Pricing is to apply in the Settlement Notice, Actual Pricing shall apply.
   
Settlement Notice Requirements: Notwithstanding any other provision hereof, a Settlement Notice delivered by Counterparty that specifies Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement will not be effective to establish a Settlement Date or require Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement unless Counterparty delivers to Dealer with such Settlement Notice a representation, dated as of the date of such Settlement Notice and signed by Counterparty, containing the provisions set forth in clauses (i) and (ii)(B) under the heading “Additional Representations and Agreements of Counterparty” in Paragraph 7(e) below.
   
Physical Settlement: If Physical Settlement is applicable, then Counterparty shall deliver to Dealer through the Clearance System a number of Shares equal to the Settlement Shares for such Settlement Date, and Dealer shall pay to Counterparty, by wire transfer of immediately available funds to an account designated by Counterparty, an amount equal to the Physical Settlement Amount for such Settlement Date.  If, on any Settlement Date, the Shares to be delivered by Counterparty to Dealer hereunder are not so delivered (the “Deferred Shares”), and a Forward Price Reduction Date occurs during the period from, and including, such Settlement Date to, but excluding, the date such Shares are actually delivered to Dealer, then the portion of the Physical Settlement Amount payable by Dealer to Counterparty in respect of the Deferred Shares shall be reduced by an amount equal to the Forward Price Reduction Amount for such Forward Price Reduction Date, multiplied by the number of Deferred Shares.
   
Physical Settlement Amount: For any Settlement Date for which Physical Settlement is applicable, an amount in cash equal to the product of (a) the Forward Price in effect on the relevant Settlement Date multiplied by (b) the Settlement Shares for such Settlement Date.
   
Cash Settlement: On any Settlement Date in respect of which Cash Settlement applies, if the Cash Settlement Amount is a positive number, Dealer will pay the Cash Settlement Amount to Counterparty.  If the Cash Settlement Amount is a negative number, Counterparty will pay the absolute value of the Cash Settlement Amount to Dealer.  Such amounts shall be paid on such Settlement Date by wire transfer of immediately available funds.
   
Cash Settlement Amount: An amount determined by the Calculation Agent equal to:
   
  (a) (i)(A) the weighted average (weighted on the same basis as clause (B)) of the Forward Prices on each Unwind Date (calculated assuming no reduction to the Forward Price for any Forward Price Reduction Date that occurs during such Unwind Period, which is accounted for in clause (b) below), minus USD 0.02, minus (B)(I) if Net Share Settlement applies or Cash Settlement and Actual Pricing apply, the weighted average price (the “Unwind Purchase Price”) at which Dealer purchases Shares during the Unwind Period to unwind its hedge with respect to the portion of the Number of Shares to be settled during the Unwind Period (including, for the avoidance of doubt, purchases on any Disrupted Day in part), taking into account Shares anticipated to be delivered or received if Net Share Settlement applies, and the restrictions of Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act agreed to hereunder or (II) if Cash Settlement and Objective Pricing apply, the arithmetic average of the 10b-18 VWAP on each Unwind Date, multiplied by (ii) the lesser of (x) Settlement Shares for the relevant Settlement Date, and (y) the number of Shares Dealer purchased in compliance with the requirements of this Transaction during the Unwind Period to unwind its hedge with respect to such Settlement Shares; minus

 

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  (b) the product of (i) the Forward Price Reduction Amount for any Forward Price Reduction Date that occurs during such Unwind Period and (ii) the number of Settlement Shares for such Settlement Date with respect to which Dealer has not unwound its hedge, including the settlement of such unwinds, as of such Forward Price Reduction Date.
   
Actual Pricing: The pricing election for a Cash Settlement, if specified by Counterparty in the relevant Settlement Notice.
   
Objective Pricing: The pricing election for a Cash Settlement, if specified by Counterparty in the relevant Settlement Notice.
   
10b-18 VWAP: For any Exchange Business Day, as determined by the Calculation Agent based on the 10b-18 Volume Weighted Average Price per Share as reported in the composite transactions for United States exchanges and quotation systems for the regular trading session (including any extensions thereof) of the Exchange on such Exchange Business Day (without regard to pre-open or after hours trading outside of such regular trading session for such Exchange Business Day), as published by Bloomberg at 4:15 p.m. New York time (or 15 minutes following the end of any extension of the regular trading session) on such Exchange Business Day, on Bloomberg page “WPC <Equity> AQR SEC” (or any successor thereto), or if such price is not so reported on such Exchange Business Day for any reason or is, in the Calculation Agent’s reasonable determination, erroneous, such 10b-18 VWAP shall be as reasonably determined by the Calculation Agent. For purposes of calculating the 10b-18 VWAP for such Exchange Business Day, the Calculation Agent will use reasonable efforts to include only those trades that are reported during the period of time during which Counterparty could purchase its own shares under Rule 10b-18(b)(2) and are effected pursuant to the conditions of Rule 10b-18(b)(3), each under the Exchange Act (such trades, “Rule 10b-18 eligible transactions”).

 

Cash Settlement Valuation Disruption: If Cash Settlement and Objective Pricing are applicable and any Unwind Date during the related Unwind Period is a Disrupted Day, the Calculation Agent shall determine (except in the case of a Disrupted Day that occurs as a result of a Regulatory Disruption, which shall always be a Disrupted Day in full) whether (i) such Disrupted Day is a Disrupted Day in full, in which case the 10b-18 VWAP for such Disrupted Day shall not be included in the calculation of the Cash Settlement Amount, or (ii) such Disrupted Day is a Disrupted Day only in part, in which case the 10b-18 VWAP for such Disrupted Day shall be determined by the Calculation Agent based on Rule 10b-18 eligible transactions in the Shares on such Disrupted Day, taking into account the nature and duration of the relevant Market Disruption Event, and the weightings of the 10b-18 VWAP and the Forward Prices for each Unwind Date during such Unwind Period shall be adjusted in a commercially reasonable manner by the Calculation Agent for purposes of determining the Cash Settlement Amount to account for the occurrence of such partially Disrupted Day, with such adjustments based on the duration of any Market Disruption Event and the volume, historical trading patterns and price of the Shares.
   
Net Share Settlement: On any Settlement Date in respect of which Net Share Settlement applies, if the Cash Settlement Amount is a (i) positive number, Dealer shall deliver a number of Shares to Counterparty equal to the Net Share Settlement Shares, or (ii) negative number, Counterparty shall deliver a number of Shares to Dealer equal to the Net Share Settlement Shares; provided that, if Dealer determines in its commercially reasonable judgment that it would be required to deliver Net Share Settlement Shares to Counterparty, Dealer may elect to deliver a portion of such Net Share Settlement Shares on one or more dates prior to the applicable Settlement Date.
   
Net Share Settlement Shares: With respect to a Settlement Date, the absolute value of the Cash Settlement Amount divided by the Unwind Purchase Price, with the number of Shares rounded up in the event such calculation results in a fractional number.
   
Unwind Period: The period from and including the first Exchange Business Day following the date Counterparty validly elects Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement in respect of a Settlement Date through the second Scheduled Trading Day preceding such Settlement Date, subject to “Termination Settlement” as described in Paragraph 7(g) below.
   
Unwind Date: For any Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement in respect of a Settlement Date, each day on which Dealer (or its agent or affiliate) purchases Shares in the market in connection with unwinding its commercially reasonable hedge position in a commercially reasonable manner in connection with such Settlement, starting on the first day of the Unwind Period.
   
Failure to Deliver: Applicable if Dealer is required to deliver Shares hereunder; otherwise, Not Applicable.

 

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Share Cap: Notwithstanding any other provision of this Confirmation, in no event will Counterparty be required to deliver to Dealer on any Settlement Date, whether pursuant to Physical Settlement, Net Share Settlement or any Private Placement Settlement, a number of Shares in excess of (i) 1.5 times the Initial Number of Shares, subject to adjustment from time to time in accordance with the provisions of this Confirmation or the Equity Definitions, minus (ii) the aggregate number of Shares delivered by Counterparty to Dealer hereunder prior to such Settlement Date.
Adjustments:  
Method of Adjustment: Calculation Agent Adjustment.  Section 11.2(e) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by deleting clauses (iii) and (v) thereof, and Section 11.2(e)(vii) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by adding the words “that is within the Issuer’s control” immediately after the word “event”. For the avoidance of doubt, the declaration or payment of a cash dividend will not constitute a Potential Adjustment Event.
   
Additional Adjustment: If, in Dealer’s commercially reasonable judgment, the actual cost to Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer), over any 10 consecutive Scheduled Trading Day period, of borrowing a number of Shares equal to the Number of Shares to hedge in a commercially reasonable manner its exposure to this Transaction exceeds a weighted average rate equal to 50 basis points per annum, the Calculation Agent shall reduce the Forward Price in order to compensate Dealer for the amount by which such cost exceeded a weighted average rate equal to 50 basis points per annum during such period.  The Calculation Agent shall notify Counterparty prior to making any such adjustment to the Forward Price.
   
Extraordinary Events: In lieu of the applicable provisions contained in Article 12 of the Equity Definitions, the consequences of any Extraordinary Event (including, for the avoidance of doubt, any Merger Event, Tender Offer, Nationalization, Insolvency, Delisting, or Change In Law) shall be as specified below under the headings “Acceleration Events” and “Termination Settlement” in Paragraphs 7(f) and 7(g) below, respectively. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in the Equity Definitions, no Additional Disruption Event will be applicable except to the extent expressly referenced in Paragraph 7(f)(iv) below. The definition of “Tender Offer” in Section 12.1(d) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by replacing “10%” with “25%.”
   
Non-Reliance: Applicable
   
Agreements and Acknowledgments:  
   
Regarding Hedging Activities: Applicable
   
Additional Acknowledgments: Applicable

 

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Transfer: Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in the Agreement, Dealer may assign, transfer and set over all rights, title and interest, powers, privileges, remedies and obligations of Dealer under this Transaction, in whole or in part, to (A) an affiliate of Dealer, whose obligations hereunder are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by Dealer, without the consent of Counterparty, (B) an affiliate of Dealer with a long-term issuer rating equal to or better than the credit rating of Dealer at the time of transfer without the consent of Counterparty, (C) an affiliate of Dealer that is also the related Forward Seller (as defined in the Underwriting Agreement), without the consent of Counterparty, or (D) any other affiliate of Dealer, with the consent of Counterparty; provided that, at all times, Dealer or any transferee or assignee or other recipient of rights, title and interest, powers, privileges, remedies and obligations shall provide a U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W-9 or W-8ECI, or any successor thereto. Dealer agrees to give reasonable prior notice to Counterparty of any transfer or assignment without Counterparty’s consent pursuant to this Paragraph. Notwithstanding any such notice, no assignment or transfer by Dealer pursuant to this Paragraph shall take effect unless and until all conditions to such transfer or assignment are satisfied.
   
3.  Calculation Agent: Dealer whose judgments, determinations and calculations shall be made in good faith and in a commercially reasonable manner; provided that, following the occurrence and during the continuance of an Event of Default of the type described in Section 5(a)(vii) of the Agreement with respect to which Dealer is the sole Defaulting Party, Counterparty shall have the right to designate a nationally recognized third-party dealer in over-the-counter corporate equity derivatives to act, during the period commencing on the date such Event of Default occurred and ending on the Early Termination Date with respect to such Event of Default, as the Calculation Agent. Following any determination or calculation by the Calculation Agent hereunder, upon a request by Counterparty, the Calculation Agent shall promptly (but in any event within five Scheduled Trading Days) provide to Counterparty by e-mail to the e-mail address provided by Counterparty in such request a report (in a commonly used file format for the storage and manipulation of financial data) displaying in reasonable detail the basis for such determination or calculation (including any assumptions used in making such determination or calculation), it being understood that the Calculation Agent shall not be obligated to disclose any proprietary or confidential models or other proprietary or confidential information used by it for such determination or calculation.
   
4.  Account Details:  
   
(a) Account for delivery of Shares to Dealer: To be furnished
   
(b) Account for delivery of Shares to Counterparty: To be furnished
   
(c) Account for payments to Counterparty: To be advised under separate cover or telephone confirmed prior to each Settlement Date
   
(d)  Account for payments to Dealer: To be advised under separate cover or telephone confirmed prior to each Settlement Date

 

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5. Offices:

 

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

 

The Office of Dealer for this Transaction is: New York

 

6. Notices: For purposes of this Confirmation:

 

(a) Address for notices or communications to Counterparty:

 

W. P. Carey Inc. 

50 Rockefeller Plaza 

New York, New York 10020 

Attention: Chief Financial Officer 

with a copy to the Chief Legal Officer

Facsimile: 212-492-8922

 

(b) Address for notices or communications to Dealer:

 

Bank of America, N.A.

c/o BofA Securities, Inc.

Bank of America Tower

One Bryant Park

New York, New York 10036

Attention: Rohan Handa

Email: [email protected]

 

7. Other Provisions:

 

(a) Conditions to Effectiveness. The effectiveness of this Confirmation on the Effective Date shall be subject to the satisfaction or waiver by Dealer of the following conditions: (i) the condition that the closing of the transactions contemplated by the Underwriting Agreement shall have been consummated as of the Effective Date, (ii) the condition that the representations and warranties of Counterparty contained in the Underwriting Agreement and any certificate delivered pursuant thereto by Counterparty are true and correct on such date as if made as of such date, (iii) the condition that Counterparty has performed all of the obligations required to be performed by it under the Underwriting Agreement on or prior to such date, (iv) the condition that Counterparty has delivered to Dealer an opinion of counsel dated as of the Effective Date, in form and substance as previously agreed between Counterparty and Dealer, and (v) the condition that neither of the following has occurred: Dealer or its affiliate (x) is unable, after using commercially reasonable efforts, to borrow and deliver for sale the full number of Shares to be borrowed and sold pursuant to the Underwriting Agreement as of the Option Closing Date (as defined in the Underwriting Agreement) or (y) would incur a stock loan cost of more than a rate equal to 50 basis points per annum to do so with respect to all or any portion of such full number of Shares (in which case, the Number of Shares shall be limited to the number of Shares that Dealer (or its affiliate) is able to borrow in connection with establishing its commercially reasonable hedge position for this Transaction at a cost of not more than a rate equal to 50 basis points per annum.

 

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(b) [Reserved].

 

(c) Interpretive Letter. The parties intend that this Transaction is being entered into in accordance with the October 9, 2003 interpretive letter from the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission to Goldman, Sachs & Co. (the “Interpretive Letter”) and agree to take all actions, and to omit to take any actions, reasonably requested by the other party, based on advice of counsel, for this Transaction to comply with the Interpretive Letter. Without limiting the foregoing, Counterparty agrees that neither it nor any “affiliated purchaser” (as defined in Regulation M (“Regulation M”) promulgated under the Exchange Act) will, to the extent prohibited by Rule 102 of Regulation M, directly or indirectly, bid for, purchase or attempt to induce any person to bid for or purchase, the Shares or securities that are convertible into, or exchangeable or exercisable for, Shares during any “restricted period” as such term is defined in Regulation M. In addition, Counterparty represents that it is eligible to conduct a primary offering of Shares on Form S-3, the offering contemplated by the Underwriting Agreement complies with Rule 415 under the Securities Act, and the Shares are “actively traded” as defined in Rule 101(c)(1) of Regulation M.

 

(d) Agreements and Acknowledgments Regarding Shares.

 

(i) Counterparty agrees and acknowledges that, in respect of any Shares delivered to Dealer hereunder, such Shares shall be newly issued (unless mutually agreed otherwise by the parties) and, upon such delivery, duly and validly authorized, issued and outstanding, fully paid and nonassessable, free of any lien, charge, claim or other encumbrance and not subject to any preemptive or similar rights and shall, upon such issuance and subject to notice of issuance, be accepted for listing or quotation on the Exchange.

 

(ii) Counterparty agrees and acknowledges that Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) will hedge its exposure to this Transaction by selling Shares borrowed from third party securities lenders or other Shares pursuant to a registration statement, and that, pursuant to the terms of the Interpretive Letter, the Shares (up to the Initial Number of Shares) delivered, pledged or loaned by Counterparty to Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) in connection with this Transaction may be used by Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) to return to securities lenders without further registration or other restrictions under the Securities Act, in the hands of those securities lenders, irrespective of whether such securities loan is effected by Dealer or an affiliate of Dealer. Accordingly, subject to Paragraph 7(h) below, Counterparty agrees that the Shares that it delivers, pledges or loans to Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) on or prior to the final Settlement Date will not bear a restrictive legend and that such Shares will be deposited in, and the delivery thereof shall be effected through the facilities of, the Clearance System.

 

(iii) Counterparty agrees and acknowledges that it has reserved and will keep available at all times, free from preemptive or similar rights and free from any lien, charge, claim or other encumbrance, authorized but unissued Shares at least equal to the Share Cap, solely for the purpose of settlement under this Transaction.

 

(iv) Unless the provisions set forth below under “Private Placement Procedures” are applicable, Dealer agrees to use any Shares delivered by Counterparty hereunder on any Settlement Date to return to securities lenders to close out open securities loans created by Dealer or an affiliate of Dealer in the course of Dealer’s or such affiliate’s hedging activities related to Dealer’s exposure under this Transaction.

 

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

 

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(e) Additional Representations and Agreements of Counterparty. Counterparty represents, warrants and agrees as follows:

 

(i) Counterparty represents to Dealer on the Trade Date and, to the extent specified in “Settlement Method Election” above, on any date that Counterparty notifies Dealer that Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement applies to this Transaction, that (A) Counterparty is not aware of any material nonpublic information regarding Counterparty or the Shares, (B) each of its filings under the Securities Act, the Exchange Act or other applicable securities laws that are required to be filed have been filed and that, as of the date of this representation, when considered as a whole (with the more recent such filings deemed to amend inconsistent statements contained in any earlier such filings), there is no misstatement of material fact contained therein or omission of a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements made therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading, and (C) Counterparty is neither entering into this Confirmation nor making any election hereunder to create actual or apparent trading activity in the Shares (or any security convertible into or exchangeable for Shares) or to raise or depress or otherwise manipulate the price of the Shares (or any security convertible into or exchangeable for Shares) or otherwise in violation of the Exchange Act.

 

(ii) It is the intent of Dealer and Counterparty that following any election of Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement by Counterparty, the purchase of Shares by Dealer during any Unwind Period shall comply with the requirements of Rule 10b5-l(c)(l)(i)(B) under the Exchange Act and that this Confirmation shall be interpreted to comply with the requirements of Rule 10b5-l(c) under the Exchange Act. Counterparty acknowledges that (A) during any Unwind Period Counterparty shall not have, and shall not attempt to exercise, any influence over how, when or whether to effect purchases of Shares by Dealer (or its agent or affiliate) in connection with this Confirmation and (B) Counterparty is entering into the Agreement and this Confirmation in good faith and not as part of a plan or scheme to evade compliance with federal securities laws including, without limitation, Rule 10b-5 under the Exchange Act.

 

(iii) Counterparty shall, at least one day prior to the first day of any Unwind Period, notify Dealer of the total number of Shares purchased in Rule 10b-18 purchases of blocks pursuant to the once-a-week block exception contained in Rule 10b-18(b)(4) under the Exchange Act by or for Counterparty or any of its affiliated purchasers during each of the four calendar weeks preceding the first day of the Unwind Period and during the calendar week in which the first day of the Unwind Period occurs (“Rule 10b-18 purchase”, “blocks” and “affiliated purchaser” each being used as defined in Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act).

 

(iv) During any Unwind Period, Counterparty shall (x) not make, or to the extent within its control, not permit to be made, any public announcement (as defined in Rule 165(f) under the Securities Act) of any merger, acquisition, or similar transaction involving a recapitalization relating to Counterparty as contemplated by Rule 10b-18(a)(13)(iv) under the Exchange Act (other than any such transaction in which the consideration consists solely of cash and there is no valuation period) (the “Merger Transaction”) unless such public announcement is made prior to the opening or after the close of the regular trading session on the Exchange, (y) promptly (but in any event prior to the next opening of trading in the Shares) notify Dealer following any such announcement that such announcement has been made and (z) promptly deliver to Dealer following the making of any such announcement information indicating (A) Counterparty’s average daily Rule 10b-18 purchases (as defined in Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act) during the three full calendar months preceding the date of the announcement of such Merger Transaction and (B) Counterparty’s block purchases (as defined in Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act) effected pursuant to Rule 10b-18(b)(4) under the Exchange Act during the three full calendar months preceding the date of the announcement of such Merger Transaction. In addition, Counterparty shall promptly notify Dealer of the earlier to occur of the completion of such transaction and the completion of the vote by target shareholders.

 

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(v) Neither Counterparty nor any of its affiliated purchasers (within the meaning of Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act) shall take or refrain from taking any action (including, without limitation, any direct purchases by Counterparty or any of its affiliates, or any purchases by a party to a derivative transaction with Counterparty or any of its affiliates), either under this Confirmation, under an agreement with another party or otherwise, that Counterparty reasonably believes to cause any purchases of Shares by Dealer or any of its affiliates in connection with any Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement of this Transaction not to meet the requirements of the safe harbor provided by Rule 10b-18 under the Exchange Act determined as if all such foregoing purchases were made by Counterparty.

 

(vi) Counterparty will not engage in any “distribution” (as defined in Regulation M), other than a distribution meeting, in each case, the requirements of an exception set forth in each of Rules 101(b) and 102(b) of Regulation M that would cause a “restricted period” (as defined in Regulation M) to occur during any Unwind Period.

 

(vii) Counterparty is not, and after giving effect to the transactions contemplated hereby will not be, required to register as an “investment company” as such term is defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

 

(viii) Counterparty is not, nor will it be rendered, “insolvent” (as such term is defined under Section 101(32) of the Bankruptcy Code) as a result of this Transaction or its performance of the terms hereof.

 

(ix) Without limiting the generality of Section 13.1 of the Equity Definitions, Counterparty acknowledges that Dealer is not making any representations or warranties or taking any position or expressing any view with respect to the treatment of this Transaction under any accounting standards including ASC Topic 260, Earnings Per Share, ASC Topic 815, Derivatives and Hedging, or ASC Topic 480, Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity and ASC 815-40, Derivatives and Hedging – Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity (or any successor issue statements) or under FASB’s Liabilities & Equity Project.

 

(x) Counterparty understands that no obligations of Dealer to it hereunder will be entitled to the benefit of deposit insurance and that such obligations will not be guaranteed by any affiliate of Dealer or any governmental agency.

 

(xi) To Counterparty’s actual knowledge, no federal, state or local (including non-U.S. jurisdictions) law, rule, regulation or regulatory order applicable to the Shares would give rise to any reporting, consent, registration or other requirement (including without limitation a requirement to obtain prior approval from any person or entity) as a result of Dealer or its affiliates owning or holding (however defined) Shares, other than Sections 13 and 16 under the Exchange Act or Article VI of the Articles of Amendment and Restatement of Counterparty, as amended and supplemented (the “Charter”); provided that Counterparty makes no representation or warranty regarding any such requirement that is applicable generally to the ownership of equity securities by Dealer or its affiliates solely as a result of their being a financial institution or broker-dealer.

 

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(xii) No filing with, or approval, authorization, consent, license, registration, qualification, order or decree of, any court or governmental authority or agency, domestic or foreign, is necessary or required for the execution, delivery and performance by Counterparty of this Confirmation and the consummation of this Transaction (including, without limitation, the issuance and delivery of Shares on any Settlement Date) except (i) such as have been obtained under the Securities Act and (ii) as may be required to be obtained under state securities laws.

 

(xiii) Counterparty (i) has such knowledge and experience in financial and business affairs as to be capable of evaluating the merits and risks of entering into this Transaction, (ii) has consulted with its own legal, financial, accounting and tax advisors in connection with this Transaction and (iii) is entering into this Transaction for a bona fide business purpose.

 

(xiv) Counterparty will promptly notify Dealer upon (i) obtaining knowledge of the occurrence of any event that would constitute an Event of Default in respect of which Counterparty is a Defaulting Party and (ii) announcement by Counterparty (or by any other person, to the extent Counterparty has knowledge of such announcement) of any event that, if consummated, would constitute a Potential Adjustment Event.

 

(xv) Dealer, solely in its capacity as a Forward Purchaser (as defined in the Underwriting Agreement), and the Forward Seller, and solely with respect to entering into and consummating the transactions contemplated by this Confirmation and the Underwriting Agreement, as applicable, may, to the extent necessary to consummate the transactions contemplated by this Confirmation and the Underwriting Agreement, “Beneficially Own” and “Constructively Own” Shares in excess of the “Aggregate Stock Ownership Limit” and the “Common Stock Ownership Limit” (each as defined in the Charter) by virtue of entering into transactions described in Section 6.2.6 of the Charter.

 

(xvi) Counterparty (i) is capable of evaluating investment risks independently, both in general and with regard to this Transaction, (ii) will exercise independent judgment in evaluating the recommendations of Dealer or its associated persons, unless it has otherwise notified Dealer in writing and (iii) has total assets of at least USD 50 million as of the date hereof.

 

(f) Acceleration Events. Each of the following events shall constitute an “Acceleration Event”:

 

(i) Stock Borrow Event. In the commercially reasonable judgment of Dealer (A) Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) is not able to hedge in a commercially reasonable manner its exposure under this Transaction because insufficient Shares are made available for borrowing by securities lenders or (B) Dealer (or an affiliate of Dealer) would incur a cost to borrow (or to maintain a borrow of) Shares to hedge in a commercially reasonable manner its exposure under this Transaction that is greater than a rate equal to 200 basis points per annum (each, a “Stock Borrow Event”);

 

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(ii) Dividends and Other Distributions. On any day occurring after the Trade Date, Counterparty declares a distribution, issue or dividend to existing holders of the Shares of (A) any cash dividend (other than an Extraordinary Dividend) to the extent all cash dividends having an ex-dividend date during the period from, and including, any Forward Price Reduction Date (with the Trade Date being a Forward Price Reduction Date for purposes of this Paragraph 7(f)(ii) only) to, but excluding, the next subsequent Forward Price Reduction Date exceeds, on a per Share basis, the Forward Price Reduction Amount set forth opposite the first date of any such period on Schedule I, (B) any Extraordinary Dividend, (C) any share capital or other securities of another issuer acquired or owned (directly or indirectly) by Counterparty as a result of a spin-off or other similar transaction or (D) any other type of securities (other than Shares), rights or warrants or other assets, in any case for payment (cash or other consideration) at less than the prevailing market price, as determined in a commercially reasonable manner by Dealer; “Extraordinary Dividend” means any dividend or distribution (that is not an ordinary cash dividend) declared by the Issuer with respect to the Shares that, in the commercially reasonable determination of Dealer, is (1) a dividend or distribution declared on the Shares at a time at which the Issuer has not previously declared or paid dividends or distributions on such Shares for the prior four quarterly periods, (2) a payment or distribution by the Issuer to holders of Shares that the Issuer announces will be an “extraordinary” or “special” dividend or distribution, (3) a payment by the Issuer to holders of Shares out of the Issuer’s capital and surplus or (4) any other “special” dividend or distribution on the Shares that is, by its terms or declared intent, outside the normal course of operations or normal dividend policies or practices of the Issuer;

 

(iii) ISDA Termination. Either Dealer or Counterparty has the right to designate an Early Termination Date pursuant to Section 6 of the Agreement, in which case, except as otherwise specified herein and except as a result of an Event of Default under Section 5(a)(i) of the Agreement, the provisions of Paragraph 7(g) below shall apply in lieu of the consequences specified in Section 6 of the Agreement;

 

(iv) Other ISDA Events. An Announcement Date occurs in respect of any Merger Event, Tender Offer, Nationalization, Insolvency, Delisting or the occurrence of any Hedging Disruption or Change in Law; provided that, in case of a Delisting, in addition to the provisions of Section 12.6(a)(iii) of the Equity Definitions, it will also constitute a Delisting if the Exchange is located in the United States and the Shares are not immediately re-listed, re-traded or re-quoted on any of the New York Stock Exchange, The NASDAQ Global Select Market or The NASDAQ Global Market (or their respective successors); provided, further, that (i) the definition of “Change in Law” provided in Section 12.9(a)(ii) of the Equity Definitions is hereby amended by (A) replacing the phrase “the interpretation” in the third line thereof with the phrase “or announcement or statement of the formal or informal interpretation” and (B) immediately following the word “Transaction” in clause (X) thereof, adding the phrase “in the manner contemplated by Dealer on the Trade Date” and (ii) any determination as to whether (A) the adoption of or any change in any applicable law or regulation (including, without limitation, any tax law) or (B) the promulgation of or any change in or announcement or statement of the formal or informal interpretation by any court, tribunal or regulatory authority with competent jurisdiction of any applicable law or regulation (including any action taken by a taxing authority), in each case, constitutes a “Change in Law” shall be made without regard to Section 739 of the Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act of 2010 (the “WSTAA”) or any similar provision in any legislation enacted on or after the Trade Date; or

 

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(v) Ownership Event. In the good faith judgment of Dealer, on any day, the Share Amount for such day exceeds the Post-Effective Limit for such day (if any applies) (each, an “Ownership Event”). For purposes of this clause (v), the “Share Amount” as of any day is the number of Shares that Dealer and any person whose ownership position would be aggregated with that of Dealer (Dealer or any such person, a “Dealer Person”) under any law, rule, regulation or regulatory order or Counterparty constituent document that for any reason is, or after the Trade Date becomes, applicable to ownership of Shares (“Applicable Provisions”), owns, beneficially owns, constructively owns, controls, holds the power to vote or otherwise meets a relevant definition of ownership of under the Applicable Provisions, as determined by Dealer in its reasonable discretion. The “Post-Effective Limit” means (x) the minimum number of Shares that would give rise to reporting or registration obligations (except for any filing requirements on Form 13F, Schedule 13D or Schedule 13G under the Exchange Act, in each case, as in effect on the Trade Date) or other requirements (including obtaining prior approval from any person or entity) of a Dealer Person, or would result in an adverse effect on a Dealer Person, under the Applicable Provisions, as determined by Dealer in its reasonable discretion, minus (y) 1.0% of the number of Shares outstanding.

 

(g) Termination Settlement. Upon the occurrence of any Acceleration Event and, other than in the case of Acceleration Events described in Paragraphs (f)(ii) and (iv) above, during the continuance of such Acceleration Event, Dealer shall have the right to designate, upon at least one Scheduled Trading Day’s notice, any Scheduled Trading Day following such occurrence to be a Settlement Date hereunder (a “Termination Settlement Date”) to which Physical Settlement shall apply, and to select the number of Settlement Shares relating to such Termination Settlement Date; provided that (i) in the case of an Acceleration Event arising out of an Ownership Event, the number of Settlement Shares so designated by Dealer shall not exceed the number of Shares necessary to reduce the Share Amount to reasonably below the Post-Effective Limit and (ii) in the case of an Acceleration Event arising out of a Stock Borrow Event, the number of Settlement Shares so designated by Dealer shall not exceed the number of Shares as to which such Stock Borrow Event exists. If, upon designation of a Termination Settlement Date by Dealer pursuant to the preceding sentence, Counterparty fails to deliver the Settlement Shares relating to such Termination Settlement Date when due or otherwise fails to perform obligations within its control in respect of this Transaction, it shall be an Event of Default with respect to Counterparty and Section 6 of the Agreement shall apply. If an Acceleration Event occurs during an Unwind Period relating to a number of Settlement Shares to which Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement applies, then on the Termination Settlement Date relating to such Acceleration Event, notwithstanding any election to the contrary by Counterparty, Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement shall apply to the portion of the Settlement Shares relating to such Unwind Period as to which Dealer has unwound its hedge and Physical Settlement shall apply in respect of (x) the remainder (if any) of such Settlement Shares and (y) the Settlement Shares designated by Dealer in respect of such Termination Settlement Date. If an Acceleration Event occurs after Counterparty has designated a Settlement Date to which Physical Settlement applies but before the relevant Settlement Shares have been delivered to Dealer, then Dealer shall have the right to cancel such Settlement Date and designate a Termination Settlement Date in respect of such Shares pursuant to the first sentence hereof. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the case of a Nationalization or Merger Event, if at the time of the related Relevant Settlement Date the Shares have changed into cash or any other property or the right to receive cash or any other property, the Calculation Agent shall adjust the nature of the Shares as it determines appropriate to account for such change such that the nature of the Shares is consistent with what shareholders receive in such event.

 

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(h) Private Placement Procedures. If Counterparty is unable to comply with the provisions of sub-paragraph (ii) of “Agreements and Acknowledgments Regarding Shares” above because of a change in law or a change in the policy of the Securities and Exchange Commission or its staff, or Dealer otherwise determines, based on advice of counsel, that in its reasonable opinion any Shares to be delivered to Dealer by Counterparty may not be freely returned by Dealer or its affiliates to securities lenders as described under such sub-paragraph (ii) or otherwise constitute “restricted securities” as defined in Rule 144 under the Securities Act, then delivery of any such Shares (the “Restricted Shares”) shall be effected as provided below, unless waived by Dealer.

 

(i) If Counterparty delivers the Restricted Shares pursuant to this clause (i) (a “Private Placement Settlement”), then delivery of Restricted Shares by Counterparty shall be effected in accordance with private placement procedures customary for private placements of equity securities of substantially similar size with respect to such Restricted Shares reasonably acceptable to Dealer; provided that Counterparty may not elect a Private Placement Settlement if, on the date of its election, it has taken, or caused to be taken, any action that would make unavailable either the exemption pursuant to Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act for the sale by Counterparty to Dealer (or any affiliate designated by Dealer) of the Restricted Shares or the exemption pursuant to Section 4(a)(1) or Section 4(a)(3) of the Securities Act for resales of the Restricted Shares by Dealer (or any such affiliate of Dealer), and if Counterparty fails to deliver the Restricted Shares when due or otherwise fails to perform obligations within its control in respect of a Private Placement Settlement, it shall be an Event of Default with respect to Counterparty and Section 6 of the Agreement shall apply. The Private Placement Settlement of such Restricted Shares shall include customary representations, covenants, blue sky and other governmental filings and/or registrations, indemnities to Dealer, due diligence rights (for Dealer or any designated buyer of the Restricted Shares by Dealer), opinions and certificates, and such other documentation as is customary for private placement agreements of equity securities of a substantially similar size, all reasonably acceptable to Dealer. In the case of a Private Placement Settlement, Dealer shall, in its good faith discretion, adjust the amount of Restricted Shares to be delivered to Dealer hereunder in a commercially reasonable manner to reflect the fact that such Restricted Shares may not be freely returned to securities lenders by Dealer and may only be saleable by Dealer at a discount to reflect the lack of liquidity in Restricted Shares. Notwithstanding the Agreement or this Confirmation, the date of delivery of such Restricted Shares shall be the Clearance System Business Day following notice by Dealer to Counterparty of the number of Restricted Shares to be delivered pursuant to this clause (i). For the avoidance of doubt, delivery of Restricted Shares shall be due as set forth in the previous sentence and not be due on the date that would otherwise be applicable.

 

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

 

(i) Indemnity. Counterparty agrees to indemnify Dealer and its affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents and controlling persons (Dealer and each such affiliate or person being an “Indemnified Party”) from and against any and all losses, claims, damages and liabilities, joint and several, incurred by or asserted against such Indemnified Party arising out of, in connection with, or relating to, any breach of any covenant or representation made by Counterparty in this Confirmation or the Agreement and will reimburse any Indemnified Party for all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses (including reasonable and documented legal fees and expenses) as they are incurred in connection with the investigation of, preparation for, or defense of any pending or threatened claim or any action or proceeding arising therefrom, whether or not such Indemnified Party is a party thereto, except to the extent determined in a final and nonappealable judgment by a court of competent jurisdiction to have resulted from Dealer’s negligence, fraud, bad faith and/or willful misconduct or from a breach of any representation or covenant of Dealer contained in this Confirmation or the Agreement. The foregoing provisions shall survive any termination or completion of this Transaction.

 

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

 

(k) Governing Law/Jurisdiction. This Confirmation and any claim, controversy or dispute arising under or related to this Confirmation shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York without reference to the conflict of laws provisions thereof. The parties hereto irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the State of New York and the United States Court for the Southern District of New York in connection with all matters relating hereto and waive any objection to the laying of venue in, and any claim of inconvenient forum with respect to, these courts.

 

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

 

(m) Insolvency Filing. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, in the Agreement or in the Equity Definitions, upon any Insolvency Filing or other proceeding under Title 11 of the United States Code (the “Bankruptcy Code”) in respect of the Issuer to which Section 365(c)(2) is applicable, this Transaction shall automatically terminate on the date thereof without further liability of either party to this Confirmation to the other party (except for any liability in respect of any breach of representation or covenant by a party under this Confirmation prior to the date of such Insolvency Filing or other proceeding), it being understood that this Transaction is a contract for the issuance of Shares by the Issuer as contemplated by Section 365(c)(2) of the Bankruptcy Code.

 

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(n) Disclosure. Effective from the date of commencement of discussions concerning this Transaction, each of Dealer and Counterparty and each of their employees, representatives, or other agents may disclose to any and all persons, without limitation of any kind, the tax treatment and tax structure of this Transaction and all materials of any kind (including opinions or other tax analyses) relating to such tax treatment and tax structure.

 

(o) [Reserved].

 

(p) Counterparty Share Repurchases. Counterparty agrees not to repurchase, directly or indirectly, any Shares if, immediately following such purchase, the Outstanding Share Percentage would be equal to or greater than 4.5%. The “Outstanding Share Percentage” as of any day is the fraction (1) the numerator of which is the aggregate of the Number of Shares for this Transaction and the “Number of Shares” under each Additional Equity Derivative Transaction that is a share forward transaction and (2) the denominator of which is the number of Shares outstanding on such day.

 

(q) Limit on Beneficial Ownership. Notwithstanding any other provisions hereof, Dealer shall not have the right to acquire Shares hereunder and Dealer shall not be entitled to take delivery of any Shares hereunder (in each case, whether in connection with the purchase of Shares on any Settlement Date or any Termination Settlement Date, any Private Placement Settlement or otherwise) to the extent (but only to the extent) that, after such receipt of any Shares hereunder, (i) the Share Amount would exceed the Post-Effective Limit, (ii) Dealer and each person subject to aggregation of Shares with Dealer under Section 13 or Section 16 of the Exchange Act and rules promulgated thereunder (including all persons who may form a “group” within the meaning of Rule 13d-5(b)(1) under the Exchange Act) (collectively, the “Dealer Group”) would directly or indirectly beneficially own (as such term is defined for purposes of Section 13 or Section 16 of the Exchange Act and rules promulgated thereunder) in excess of 4.9% of the then outstanding Shares (the “Threshold Number of Shares”), (iii) Dealer would hold 5% or more of the number of Shares of Counterparty’s outstanding common stock or 5% or more of Counterparty’s outstanding voting power (the “Exchange Limit”) or (iv) such acquisition would result in a violation of any restriction on ownership or transfer set forth in Article VI of the Charter (the “Counterparty Stock Ownership Restrictions”). Any purported delivery hereunder shall be void and have no effect to the extent (but only to the extent) that, after such delivery, (i) the Share Amount would exceed the Post-Effective Limit, (ii) the Dealer Group would directly or indirectly so beneficially own in excess of the Threshold Number of Shares, (iii) Dealer would directly or indirectly hold in excess of the Exchange Limit or (iv) such delivery would result in a violation of the Counterparty Stock Ownership Restrictions. If any delivery owed to Dealer hereunder is not made, in whole or in part, as a result of this provision, Counterparty’s obligation to make such delivery shall not be extinguished and Counterparty shall make such delivery as promptly as practicable after, but in no event later than one Scheduled Trading Day after, Dealer gives notice to Counterparty that, after such delivery, (i) the Share Amount would not exceed the Post-Effective Limit, (ii) the Dealer Group would not directly or indirectly so beneficially own in excess of the Threshold Number of Shares, (iii) Dealer would not directly or indirectly hold in excess of the Exchange Limit and (iv) such delivery would not result in a violation of the Counterparty Stock Ownership Restriction.

 

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In addition, notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, if any delivery owed to Dealer hereunder is not made, in whole or in part, as a result of the immediately preceding paragraph, Dealer shall be permitted to make any payment due in respect of such Shares to Counterparty in two or more tranches that correspond in amount to the number of Shares delivered by Counterparty to Dealer pursuant to the immediately preceding paragraph.

 

Dealer represents and warrants that, as of the Trade Date, if Dealer received the maximum number of Shares hereunder assuming both (i) Physical Settlement applies and (ii) no restrictions on the delivery of Shares hereunder were applicable, then the Counterparty Stock Ownership Restrictions would not apply so as to limit the number of Shares that Dealer could receive hereunder. Dealer will not knowingly cause the occurrence of an Ownership Event on any day during the term of this Transaction for the purpose, in whole or in part, of causing the occurrence of an Termination Settlement Date.

 

(r) Commodity Exchange Act. Each of Dealer and Counterparty agrees and represents that it is an “eligible contract participant” as defined in Section 1a(18) of the U.S. Commodity Exchange Act, as amended (the “CEA”), the Agreement and this Transaction are subject to individual negotiation by the parties and have not been executed or traded on a “trading facility” as defined in Section 1a(51) of the CEA.

 

(s) Bankruptcy Status. Subject to Paragraph 7(m) above, Dealer acknowledges and agrees that this Confirmation is not intended to convey to Dealer rights with respect to the transactions contemplated hereby that are senior to the claims of Counterparty’s common stockholders in any U.S. bankruptcy proceedings of Counterparty; provided, however, that nothing herein shall be deemed to limit Dealer’s right to pursue remedies in the event of a breach by Counterparty of its obligations and agreements with respect to this Confirmation and the Agreement; and provided, further, that nothing herein shall limit or shall be deemed to limit Dealer’s rights in respect of any transaction other than this Transaction.

 

(t) No Collateral or Setoff. Notwithstanding Section 6(f) or any other provision of the Agreement or any other agreement between the parties to the contrary, the obligations of Counterparty hereunder are not secured by any collateral. Obligations in respect of this Transaction shall not be set off against any other obligations of the parties, whether arising under the Agreement, this Confirmation, under any other agreement between the parties hereto, by operation of law or otherwise, and no other obligations of the parties shall be set off against obligations in respect of this Transaction, whether arising under the Agreement, this Confirmation, under any other agreement between the parties hereto, by operation of law or otherwise, and each party hereby waives any such right of setoff, except that set-off solely with respect to amounts payable under this Transaction shall be permissible.

 

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(u) Tax Matters.

 

(i) For the purpose of Section 3(f) of the Agreement:

 

(1) Dealer makes the following representations:

 

a.It is a national banking association organized and existing under the laws of the United States of America and is an exempt recipient under section 1.6049-4(c)(1)(ii)(M) of the United States Treasury Regulations.

 

b.It is a “U.S. person” (as that term is used in section 1.1441-4(a)(3)(ii) of United States Treasury Regulations) for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

 

(2) Counterparty makes the following representations:

 

a.It is a “U.S. person” (as that term is used in section 1.1441-4(a)(3)(ii) of the United States Treasury Regulations) for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

 

b.It is a real estate investment trust for U.S. federal income tax purposes and is organized under the laws of the State of Maryland, and is an exempt recipient under section 1.6049-4(c)(1)(ii)(J) of the United States Treasury Regulations.

 

(ii) Withholding Tax imposed on payments to non-U.S. counterparties on Dividends or under the United States Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. “Indemnifiable Tax” as defined in Section 14 of the Agreement shall not include any FATCA Withholding Tax or any U.S. federal income tax imposed on amounts that constitute dividends from sources within the United States. For the avoidance of doubt, a FATCA Withholding Tax is a Tax the deduction or withholding of which is required by applicable law for the purposes of Section 2(d) of the Agreement.

 

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

 

FATCA Withholding Tax” means any U.S. federal withholding tax imposed or collected pursuant to Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code, any current or future regulations or official interpretations thereof, any agreement entered into pursuant to Section 1471(b) of the Code, or any fiscal or regulatory legislation, rules or practices adopted pursuant to any intergovernmental agreement entered into in connection with the implementation of such Sections of the Code.

 

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(iii) HIRE Act. To the extent that either party to the Agreement with respect to this Transaction is not an adhering party to the ISDA 2015 Section 871(m) Protocol published by ISDA on November 2, 2015 and available at www.isda.org, as may be amended, supplemented, replaced or superseded from time to time (the “871(m) Protocol”), the parties agree that the provisions and amendments contained in the Attachment to the 871(m) Protocol are incorporated into and apply to the Agreement with respect to this Transaction as if set forth in full herein. The parties further agree that, solely for purposes of applying such provisions and amendments to the Agreement with respect to this Transaction, references to “each Covered Master Agreement” in the 871(m) Protocol will be deemed to be references to the Agreement with respect to this Transaction, and references to the “Implementation Date” in the 871(m) Protocol will be deemed to be references to the Trade Date of this Transaction. For greater certainty, if there is any inconsistency between this provision and the provisions contained in any other agreement between the parties with respect to this Transaction, this provision shall prevail unless such other agreement expressly overrides the provisions of the Attachment to the 871(m) Protocol.

 

(iv) Agreement to Deliver Documents. For the purposes of Sections 4(a)(i) and 4(a)(ii) of the Agreement, Counterparty shall provide to Dealer a valid and duly executed U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W-9, or any successor thereto, (i) on or before the date of execution of this Confirmation, (ii) promptly upon reasonable demand by Dealer and (iii) promptly upon learning that any such tax form previously provided by Counterparty has become obsolete, invalid or incorrect.

 

For the purposes of Sections 4(a)(i) and 4(a)(ii) of the Agreement, Dealer shall provide to Counterparty a valid and duly executed U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form W-9, or any successor thereto, (i) on or before the date of execution of this Confirmation, (ii) promptly upon reasonable demand by Counterparty and (iii) promptly upon learning that any such tax form previously provided by Dealer has become obsolete, invalid or incorrect.

 

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

 

(vi) Tax Documentation. Section 4(a)(iii) of the Agreement is hereby amended by adding the following prior to the existing text: “upon the earlier of learning that any such form or document is required or”.

 

(v) Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act of 2010. The parties hereby agree that none of (i) Section 739 of the WSTAA, (ii) any similar legal certainty provision included in any legislation enacted, or rule or regulation promulgated, on or after the Trade Date, (iii) the enactment of the WSTAA or any regulation under the WSTAA, (iv) any requirement under the WSTAA or (v) any amendment made by the WSTAA shall limit or otherwise impair either party’s right to terminate, renegotiate, modify, amend or supplement this Confirmation or the Agreement, as applicable, arising from a termination event, force majeure, illegality, increased cost, regulatory change or similar event under this Confirmation, the Equity Definitions or the Agreement (including, but not limited to, any right arising from any Acceleration Event).

 

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(w) Other Forwards / Dealers. Dealer acknowledges that Counterparty has entered or may enter in the future into one or more similar forward transactions for the Shares (each, an “Other Forward” and collectively, the “Other Forwards”) with one or more dealers, and/or affiliates thereof (each, an “Other Dealer” and collectively, the “Other Dealers”). Dealer and Counterparty agree that if Counterparty designates a “Settlement Date” with respect to one or more Other Forwards for which “Cash Settlement” or “Net Share Settlement” is applicable, and the resulting “Unwind Period” for such Other Forwards coincides for any period of time with an Unwind Period for this Transaction (the “Overlap Unwind Period”), Counterparty shall notify Dealer at least one Scheduled Trading Day prior to the commencement of such Overlap Unwind Period of the first Scheduled Trading Day and length of such Overlap Unwind Period, and Dealer shall be permitted to purchase Shares to unwind its hedge in respect of this Transaction only on alternating Scheduled Trading Days during such Overlap Unwind Period, commencing on the first, second, third or later Scheduled Trading Day of such Overlap Unwind Period, as notified to Dealer by Counterparty at least one Scheduled Trading Day prior to such Overlap Unwind Period (which alternating Scheduled Trading Days, for the avoidance of doubt, may be every other Scheduled Trading Day if there is only one Other Dealer, every third Scheduled Trading Day if there are two Other Dealers, etc.).

 

(x) Delivery of Cash. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Confirmation shall be interpreted as requiring Counterparty to deliver cash in respect of the settlement of this Transaction, except in circumstances where the required cash settlement thereof is permitted for classification of the contract as equity by ASC 815-40 (formerly EITF 00-19) as in effect on the Trade Date (including, without limitation, where Counterparty so elects to deliver cash or fails timely to elect to deliver Shares in respect of such settlement). For the avoidance of doubt, the preceding sentence shall not be construed as limiting (i) Paragraph 7(i) above or (ii) any damages that may be payable by Counterparty as a result of breach of this Confirmation.

 

(y) U.S. Resolutions Stay Protocol. The parties agree that (i) to the extent that prior to the date hereof all parties have adhered to the 2018 ISDA U.S. Resolution Stay Protocol (the “Protocol”), the terms of the Protocol are incorporated into and form a part of this Confirmation, and for such purposes this Confirmation shall be deemed a Protocol Covered Agreement and each party shall be deemed to have the same status as Regulated Entity and/or Adhering Party as applicable to it under the Protocol; (ii) to the extent that prior to the date hereof the parties have executed a separate agreement the effect of which is to amend the qualified financial contracts between them to conform with the requirements of the QFC Stay Rules (the “Bilateral Agreement”), the terms of the Bilateral Agreement are incorporated into and form a part of this Confirmation and each party shall be deemed to have the status of “Covered Entity” or “Counterparty Entity” (or other similar term)  as applicable to it under the Bilateral Agreement; or (iii) if clause (i) and clause (ii) do not apply, the terms of Section 1 and Section 2 and the related defined terms (together, the “Bilateral Terms”) of the form of bilateral template entitled “Full-Length Omnibus (for use between U.S. G-SIBs and Corporate Groups)” published by ISDA on November 2, 2018 (currently available on the 2018 ISDA U.S. Resolution Stay Protocol page at www.isda.org and, a copy of which is available upon request), the effect of which is to amend the qualified financial contracts between the parties thereto to conform with the requirements of the QFC Stay Rules, are hereby incorporated into and form a part of this Confirmation, and for such purposes this Confirmation shall be deemed a “Covered Agreement,” Dealer shall be deemed a “Covered Entity” and Counterparty shall be deemed a “Counterparty Entity.” In the event that, after the date of this Confirmation, all parties hereto become adhering parties to the Protocol, the terms of the Protocol will replace the terms of this Paragraph 7(y). In the event of any inconsistencies between this Confirmation and the terms of the Protocol, the Bilateral Agreement or the Bilateral Terms (each, the “QFC Stay Terms”), as applicable, the QFC Stay Terms will govern. Terms used in this Paragraph 7(y) without definition shall have the meanings assigned to them under the QFC Stay Rules. For purposes of this Paragraph 7(y), references to “the Agreement” include any related credit enhancements entered into between the parties or provided by one to the other.

 

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

 

(z) Counterparts. Counterparts may be delivered via facsimile, electronic mail (including any electronic signature covered by the U.S. federal ESIGN Act of 2000, Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, the Electronic Signatures and Records Act or other applicable law, e.g., DocuSign and AdobeSign (any such signature, an “Electronic Signature”)) or other transmission method and any counterpart so delivered shall be deemed to have been duly and validly delivered and be valid and effective for all purposes.  The words “execution,” “signed,” “signature” and words of like import in this Confirmation or in any other certificate, agreement or document related to this Confirmation shall include any Electronic Signature, except to the extent electronic notices are expressly prohibited under this Confirmation or the Agreement..

 

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Please confirm your agreement to be bound by the terms stated herein by executing the copy of this Confirmation enclosed for that purpose and returning it to us.

 

  Yours sincerely,
   
  BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.
   
  By:   /s/ Jake Mendelsohn
  Name:    Jake Mendelsohn
  Title: Managing Director

 

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Confirmed as of the date first above written:

 

 

  W. P. CAREY INC.
   
  By:   /s/ ToniAnn Sanzone
  Name:    ToniAnn Sanzone
  Title: Chief Financial Officer

 

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Section 7: EX-5.1 (EXHIBIT 5.1)

Exhibit 5.1

 

  DLA Piper LLP (US)
   
  The Marbury Building
6225 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21209-3600
  www.dlapiper.com
   
  T 410.580.3000
  F 410.580.3001

 

 

June 22, 2020  

 

W. P. Carey Inc.

50 Rockefeller Plaza

New York, New York 10020

 

Re:W. P. Carey Inc.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

We have acted as outside counsel to W. P. Carey Inc., a Maryland corporation (the “Company”), and have been requested to render this opinion in connection with the registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), pursuant to the automatic shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-233159) prepared and filed by the Company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) on August 9, 2019 (as amended through the date hereof, excluding the documents incorporated by reference therein, the “Registration Statement”), including a base prospectus, dated August 9, 2019, included therein at the time the Registration Statement became effective (the “Base Prospectus”), the preliminary prospectus supplement dated June 17, 2020 and filed by the Company with the Commission on June 17, 2020 pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act (the “Preliminary Prospectus Supplement” and the final prospectus supplement dated June 17, 2020 and filed by the Company with the Commission on June 19, 2020 pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act (the “Final Prospectus Supplement,” together with the Base Prospectus and the Preliminary Prospectus Supplement the “Prospectus”) in connection with the issuance and sale of 5,462,500 shares (the “Shares”) of common stock, par value $0.001 per share, of the Company (the “Common Stock”) pursuant to the terms of (i) an Underwriting Agreement, dated June 17, 2020, by and among the Company, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and BofA Securities, Inc., as representatives of the several underwriters named therein (the “Underwriting Agreement”) and (ii)  the letter agreements (the “Initial Forward Sale Agreements”), each dated June 17, 2020, by and among the Company, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, National Association and Bank of America, N.A. (the “Forward Purchasers”) and the letter agreements, dated June 18, 2020, by and among the Company and the Forward Purchasers (the “Additional Forward Sale Agreements,” together with the Initial Forward Sale Agreements, the “Forward Sale Agreements”), subject to the Company’s right to elect Cash Settlement or Net Share Settlement (as such terms are defined in the Forward Sale Agreements). Capitalized terms used, but not otherwise defined herein, shall have the meanings ascribed thereto in the Underwriting Agreement. This opinion is being provided at your request pursuant to Item 601(b)(5) of Regulation S-K, 17 C.F.R. §229.601(b)(5), in connection with the filing of a Current Report on Form 8-K by the Company with the Commission on or about the date hereof (the “Form 8-K”) and supplements our opinion, dated August 9, 2019, previously filed as Exhibit 5.1 to the Registration Statement.

 

   

 

 

  W. P. Carey Inc.
  June 22, 2020
   
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In our capacity as the Company’s outside counsel, we have reviewed originals or copies, certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction, of the following documents (collectively, the “Documents”):

  

(a)            The charter of the Company, as in effect on the date hereof, represented by the Articles of Amendment and Restatement filed of record with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (the “SDAT”) on June 15, 2017 (in the form attached to the Officer’s Certificate (as defined below)) (the “Charter”);

 

(b)            The Fifth Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company, dated as of June 15, 2017 and as in effect on the date hereof (in the form attached to the Officer’s Certificate) (the “Bylaws”);

 

(c)            The Registration Statement, including the Base Prospectus contained therein;

 

(d)            The Preliminary Prospectus Supplement;

 

(e)            The Final Prospectus Supplement.

 

(f)            A certificate of an officer of the Company, dated as of the date hereof, as to certain factual matters (the “Officer’s Certificate”);

 

(g)            An executed copy of the Underwriting Agreement (as attached to the Officer’s Certificate);

 

(h)            The Forward Sale Agreements (each as attached to the Officer’s Certificate);

 

(i)            A certificate of the Secretary of the Company, dated as of the date hereof, as to the resolutions adopted by the Company’s Board of Directors and a duly authorized Pricing Committee thereof (the “Secretary Certificate”);

 

(j)            Resolutions adopted by the Company’s Board of Directors on June 13, 2019 and June 11, 2020 relating to, among other things, the preparation and filing of the Registration Statement and the Prospectus, and the issuance, offer and sale of the Shares and the Borrowed Shares (as attached to the Secretary Certificate);

 

(k)            Resolutions adopted by a Pricing Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors on June 17, 2020 relating to the ratification of the execution and delivery of the Underwriting Agreement, the authorization of the execution and delivery of the Forward Agreements and the final terms for the issuance, offer and sale of the Shares (in each case, as attached to the Secretary Certificate, the resolutions adopted by the Company’s Board of Directors on June 13, 2019, June 11, 2020 and the Pricing Committee on June 17, 2020, collectively, the “Board Action”);

 

(l)            A short form good standing certificate with respect to the Company issued by the SDAT, dated as of a recent date; and

 

(m)            Such other documents as we have considered necessary to the rendering of the opinion expressed below.

 

   

 

 

  W. P. Carey Inc.
  June 22, 2020
   
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In examining the Documents, and in rendering the opinion set forth below, we have assumed, without independent investigation, the following: (a) each of the parties to the Documents (other than the Company) has duly and validly authorized, executed and delivered each of the Documents to which such party (other than the Company) is a signatory and each instrument, agreement and other document executed in connection with the Documents to which such party (other than the Company) is a signatory and each such party’s (other than the Company’s) obligations set forth in such Documents and each other instrument, agreement and other document executed in connection with such Documents, are its legal, valid and binding obligations, enforceable in accordance with their respective terms; (b) each natural person executing any Document and any other instrument, agreement and other document executed in connection with the Documents on behalf of any such party (other than the Company) is duly authorized to do so; (c) each natural person executing any Document and any other instrument, agreement and other document executed in connection with the Documents is legally competent to do so; (d) there are no oral or written modifications of or amendments or supplements to the Documents (other than such modifications or amendments or supplements identified above and attached to the Officer’s Certificate or the Secretary Certificate, as applicable) and there has been no waiver of any of the provisions of the Documents by actions or conduct of the parties or otherwise; and (e) all Documents submitted to us as originals are authentic, all Documents submitted to us as certified or photostatic copies or telecopies or portable document file (“.PDF”) copies conform to the original Documents (and the authenticity of the originals of such copies), all signatures on all documents submitted to us for examination (and including signatures on photocopies, telecopies and .PDF copies) are genuine, all public records reviewed are accurate and complete, and the absence of other agreements or understandings among the parties that would modify the terms of the proposed transactions or the respective rights or obligations of the parties to the Documents. As to all factual matters relevant to the opinion set forth below, we have relied upon the representations and warranties made in the Underwriting Agreement and the Forward Sale Agreements and in the Officer’s Certificate and the Secretary Certificate as to the factual matters set forth therein, which we assume to be accurate and complete, and on the written statements and representations of officers of the Company and of public officials and our review of the Documents. We further assume that the issuance, sale, amount, and terms of Shares to be offered from time to time by the Company will be authorized and determined at the time of issuance in accordance with the Board Action, the Charter and Bylaws and applicable law.

 

Based upon the foregoing, and subject to the assumptions, limitations and qualifications stated herein, it is our opinion that, the Shares have been duly authorized, and upon issuance and delivery against payment therefor (or, in the case of the Borrowed Shares, in Net Share Settlement thereof) in accordance with the terms of the Underwriting Agreement and, in the case of the Borrowed Shares, in accordance with the terms of the Forward Sale Agreements, will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable.

 

The opinion expressed above is subject to the following assumptions, exceptions, qualifications and limitations:

 

(a)            The foregoing opinion is rendered as of the date hereof. We assume no obligation to update such opinion to reflect any facts or circumstances that may hereafter come to our attention or changes in the law which may hereafter occur.

 

(b)            We have made no investigation of, and we express no opinion as to, the laws of any jurisdiction other than the laws of the State of Maryland. This opinion concerns only the effect of the laws (exclusive of the principles of conflict of laws) of the State of Maryland as currently in effect.

 

   

 

 

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(c)            We express no opinion as to compliance with the securities (or “blue sky”) laws of any jurisdiction.

 

(d)            We have assumed that the Shares and the Borrowed Shares will not be issued or transferred in violation of the restrictions on transfer and ownership contained in Article VI of the Charter and that the Company will not issue any shares of capital stock other than the Shares.

 

(e)            This opinion is limited to the matters set forth herein, and no other opinion should be inferred beyond the matters expressly stated.

 

We consent to the filing of this opinion with the Commission as an exhibit to the Current Report on Form 8-K and to the reference to our firm under the heading “Legal Matters” in the Final Prospectus Supplement relating to the Shares. In giving this consent, we do not thereby admit that we are within the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Securities Act or the rules and regulations of the Commission promulgated thereunder.

 

  Very truly yours,
   
  /s/ DLA Piper LLP (US)

 

   

 

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Section 8: EX-99.1 (EXHIBIT 99.1)

 

Exhibit 99.1

 

 

Institutional Investors:
Peter Sands
W. P. Carey Inc.
212-492-1110
[email protected]

 

Press Contact:
Guy Lawrence
Ross & Lawrence
212-308-3333
[email protected]

 

W. P. Carey Inc. Announces Public Offering of Common Stock

 

New York, NY – June 17, 2020 - W. P. Carey Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE: WPC) announced today the commencement of an underwritten public offering of an aggregate of 4,750,000 shares of common stock, offered on a forward basis in connection with the forward sale agreements described below. The underwriters of the offering have been granted a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 712,500 shares of common stock.

 

W. P. Carey intends to use the proceeds, if any, received upon the settlement of the forward sale agreements (and from the sale of any shares of its common stock that it may sell to the underwriters in lieu of the forward purchasers (or their affiliates) selling its common stock to the underwriters) to repay certain indebtedness, including amounts outstanding under its $1.8 billion senior unsecured revolving credit facility, to fund development and redevelopment activities and potential future acquisitions, and for general corporate purposes.

 

J.P. Morgan, BofA Securities and Barclays will act as joint book-running managers for the offering.

 

In connection with the offering of shares of its common stock, the Company expects to enter into forward sale agreements with J.P. Morgan and BofA Securities (or their respective affiliates), referred to in such capacities as the forward purchasers. In connection with such forward sale agreements, the forward purchasers (or their respective affiliates) are borrowing from third parties and selling to the underwriters an aggregate of 4,750,000 shares of the Company’s common stock (or 5,462,500 shares if the underwriters’ option is exercised in full).

 

Pursuant to the terms of the forward sale agreements, and subject to its right to elect cash or net share settlement, the Company is obligated to issue and deliver, upon physical settlement of such forward sale agreements on one or more dates specified by the Company occurring no later than approximately 18 months from the date of the prospectus supplement relating to the offering, the number of shares of the Company’s common stock underlying the forward sale agreements in exchange for a cash payment per share equal to the forward sale price under the forward sale agreements. The Company expects to physically settle the forward sale agreements and receive proceeds, subject to certain adjustments, from the sale of its shares of common stock upon one or more such physical settlements within approximately 18 months from the date of the prospectus supplement relating to the offering.

 

 

 

 

A registration statement relating to these securities has become effective under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). The offering is being made by means of a preliminary prospectus supplement and related base prospectus. Before making an investment in these securities, potential investors should read the preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus for more complete information about W. P. Carey Inc. and the offering. Potential investors may obtain these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, potential investors may contact any underwriter or dealer participating in the offering, who will arrange to send them these documents: J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Attention: Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, telephone: 1-866-803-9204; BofA Securities, Attention: Prospectus Department, NC1-004-03-43, 200 North College Street, 3rd Floor, Charlotte NC 28255-0001 (email: [email protected]); and Barclays Capital Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, [email protected], (888) 603-5847.

 

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities, in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction. Any offer or sale of these securities will be made only by means of a prospectus supplement relating to the offering and the accompanying prospectus.

 

W. P. Carey Inc.

 

W. P. Carey Inc. is a diversified real estate investment trust and a leading owner of commercial real estate, net leased to companies located primarily in North America and Europe on a long-term basis. Through its investment management business, W. P. Carey Inc. also manages certain non-traded investment programs.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

Certain of the matters discussed in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act, and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, both as amended by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements regarding the intent, belief or expectations of W. P. Carey Inc. and the Issuer, and may be identified by the use of words such as "may," "will," "should," "would," "assume," "outlook," "seek," "plan," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "forecast" and other comparable terms. These forward-looking statements represent W. P. Carey Inc. and the Issuer's expectations and beliefs concerning future events, and no assurance can be given that the future results described in this press release will be achieved. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Other unknown or unpredictable factors could also have material adverse effects on future results, performance or achievements of the companies. The factors and assumptions upon which any forward-looking statements herein are based are subject to risks and uncertainties which include, among others, risks associated with the offering of the Notes, including whether such offering of the Notes will be successful and on what terms it may be completed; the risk factors set forth in W. P. Carey Inc.'s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in subsequent reports filed with the SEC; and other factors over which it has little or no control. In light of these risks, uncertainties, assumptions and factors, the forward-looking events discussed in this communication may not occur. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this communication, unless noted otherwise. Except as required under the federal securities laws and the rules and regulations of the SEC, W. P. Carey Inc. does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revisions to the forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this communication or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

 

 

 

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Section 9: EX-99.2 (EXHIBIT 99.2)

 

Exhibit 99.2

 

 

Institutional Investors:
Peter Sands
W. P. Carey Inc.
212-492-1110
[email protected]

 

Press Contact:
Guy Lawrence
Ross & Lawrence
212-308-3333
[email protected]

 

W. P. Carey Inc. Announces Pricing of Public Offering of Common Stock

 

New York, NY – June 17, 2020 - W. P. Carey Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE: WPC) announced today the pricing of an underwritten public offering of an aggregate of 4,750,000 shares of common stock, offered on a forward basis in connection with the forward sale agreements described below, for gross proceeds of approximately $332.5 million. The underwriters of the offering have been granted a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 712,500 shares of common stock.

 

W. P. Carey Inc. intends to use the proceeds, if any, received upon the settlement of the forward sale agreements (and from the sale of any shares of its common stock that it may sell to the underwriters in lieu of the forward purchasers (or their affiliates) selling its common stock to the underwriters) to repay certain indebtedness, including amounts outstanding under its $1.8 billion unsecured revolving credit facility, to fund development and redevelopment activities and potential future acquisitions, and for general corporate purposes.

 

J.P. Morgan, BofA Securities and Barclays acted as joint book-running managers for the offering.

 

In connection with the offering of shares of its common stock, the Company entered into forward sale agreements with J.P. Morgan and BofA Securities (or their respective affiliates), referred to in such capacities as the forward purchasers. In connection with such forward sale agreements, the forward purchasers (or their respective affiliates) are borrowing from third parties and selling to the underwriters an aggregate of 4,750,000 shares of the Company’s common stock (or 5,462,500 shares if the underwriters’ option is exercised in full).

 

Pursuant to the terms of the forward sale agreements, and subject to its right to elect cash or net share settlement, the Company is obligated to issue and deliver, upon physical settlement of such forward sale agreements on one or more dates specified by the Company occurring no later than approximately 18 months from the date of the prospectus supplement relating to the offering, the number of shares of the Company’s common stock underlying the forward sale agreements in exchange for a cash payment per share equal to the forward sale price under the forward sale agreements. The Company expects to physically settle the forward sale agreements and receive proceeds, subject to certain adjustments, from the sale of its shares of common stock upon one or more such physical settlements within approximately 18 months from the date of the prospectus supplement relating to the offering.

 

 

 

A registration statement relating to these securities has become effective under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). The offering is being made by means of a prospectus supplement and related base prospectus. Before making an investment in these securities, potential investors should read the prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus for more complete information about W. P. Carey Inc. and the offering. Potential investors may obtain these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, potential investors may contact any underwriter or dealer participating in the offering, who will arrange to send them these documents: J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Attention: Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, telephone: 1-866-803-9204; BofA Securities, Attention: Prospectus Department, NC1-004-03-43, 200 North College Street, 3rd Floor, Charlotte NC 28255-0001 (email: [email protected]); and Barclays Capital Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, [email protected], (888) 603-5847.

 

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities, in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction. Any offer or sale of these securities will be made only by means of a prospectus supplement relating to the offering and the accompanying prospectus.

 

W. P. Carey Inc.

 

W. P. Carey Inc. is a diversified real estate investment trust and a leading owner of commercial real estate, net leased to companies located primarily in North America and Europe on a long-term basis. Through its investment management business, W. P. Carey Inc. also manages certain non-traded investment programs.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

Certain of the matters discussed in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act, and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, both as amended by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements regarding the intent, belief or expectations of W. P. Carey Inc., and may be identified by the use of words such as "may," "will," "should," "would," "assume," "outlook," "seek," "plan," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "forecast" and other comparable terms. These forward-looking statements represent W. P. Carey Inc.’s expectations and beliefs concerning future events, and no assurance can be given that the future results described in this press release will be achieved. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Other unknown or unpredictable factors could also have material adverse effects on future results, performance or achievements of the companies. The factors and assumptions upon which any forward-looking statements herein are based are subject to risks and uncertainties which include, among others, risks associated with the offering common stock, including whether such offering of common stock will be successful and on what terms it may be completed; the risk factors set forth in W. P. Carey Inc.'s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in subsequent reports filed with the SEC; and other factors over which it has little or no control. In light of these risks, uncertainties, assumptions and factors, the forward-looking events discussed in this communication may not occur. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this communication, unless noted otherwise. Except as required under the federal securities laws and the rules and regulations of the SEC, W. P. Carey Inc. does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revisions to the forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this communication or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

 

 

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Section 10: EX-99.3 (EXHIBIT 99.3)

 

Exhibit 99.3

 

 

Institutional Investors:
Peter Sands
W. P. Carey Inc.
212-492-1110
[email protected]

 

Press Contact:
Guy Lawrence
Ross & Lawrence
212-308-3333
[email protected]

 

 

W. P. Carey Inc. Announces Closing of Public Offering of Common Stock

 

Underwriters Fully Exercise Option to Purchase Additional Shares

 

New York, NY – June 22, 2020 - W. P. Carey Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE: WPC) announced today the closing of its previously announced underwritten public offering of an aggregate of 5,462,500 shares of common stock (which includes the full exercise of the underwriters' option to purchase additional shares of common stock), offered on a forward basis in connection with certain forward sale agreements discussed below. The gross proceeds to the Company from the offering are approximately $382.4 million.

 

W. P. Carey Inc. intends to use the proceeds, if any, received upon the settlement of the forward sale agreements (and from the sale of any shares of its common stock that it may sell to the underwriters in lieu of the forward purchasers (or their affiliates) selling its common stock to the underwriters) to repay certain indebtedness, including amounts outstanding under its $1.8 billion unsecured revolving credit facility, to fund development and redevelopment activities and potential future acquisitions, and for general corporate purposes.

 

J.P. Morgan, BofA Securities and Barclays acted as joint book-running managers for the offering. BMO Capital Markets, Capital One Securities, Regions Securities LLC and PNC Capital Markets LLC acted as co-managers for the offering. In connection with the offering, the Company entered into forward sale agreements with J.P. Morgan and BofA Securities (or their respective affiliates), referred to in such capacities as the forward purchasers. In connection with such forward sale agreements, the forward purchasers (or their respective affiliates) are borrowing from third parties and selling to the underwriters an aggregate of 5,462,500 shares of common stock (which includes the full exercise of the underwriters' option to purchase additional shares of common stock).

 

Pursuant to the terms of the forward sale agreements, and subject to its right to elect cash or net share settlement, the Company is obligated to issue and deliver, upon physical settlement of such forward sale agreements on one or more dates specified by the Company occurring no later than approximately 18 months from the date of the prospectus supplement relating to the offering, the number of shares of the Company's common stock underlying the forward sale agreements in exchange for a cash payment per share equal to the forward sale price under the forward sale agreements. The Company expects to physically settle the forward sale agreements and receive proceeds, subject to certain adjustments, from the sale of its shares of common stock upon one or more such physical settlements within approximately 18 months from the date of the prospectus supplement relating to the offering.

 

 

 

A registration statement relating to these securities has become effective under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"). The offering is being made by means of a prospectus supplement and related base prospectus. Before making an investment in these securities, potential investors should read the prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus for more complete information about W. P. Carey Inc. and the offering. Potential investors may obtain these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the Securities and Exchange Commission website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, potential investors may contact any underwriter or dealer participating in the offering, who will arrange to send them these documents: J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Attention: Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, telephone: 1-866-803-9204; BofA Securities, Attention: Prospectus Department, NC1-004-03-43, 200 North College Street, 3rd Floor, Charlotte NC 28255-0001 (email: [email protected]); and Barclays Capital Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, [email protected], (888) 603-5847.

 

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities, in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or other jurisdiction. Any offer or sale of these securities will be made only by means of a prospectus supplement relating to the offering and the accompanying prospectus.

 

W. P. Carey Inc.

 

W. P. Carey Inc. is a diversified real estate investment trust and a leading owner of commercial real estate, net leased to companies located primarily in North America and Europe on a long-term basis. Through its investment management business, W. P. Carey Inc. also manages certain non-traded investment programs.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

Certain of the matters discussed in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act, and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, both as amended by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements regarding the intent, belief or expectations of W. P. Carey Inc., and may be identified by the use of words such as "may," "will," "should," "would," "assume," "outlook," "seek," "plan," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "forecast" and other comparable terms. These forward-looking statements represent W. P. Carey Inc.'s expectations and beliefs concerning future events, and no assurance can be given that the future results described in this press release will be achieved. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Other unknown or unpredictable factors could also have material adverse effects on future results, performance or achievements of the companies. The factors and assumptions upon which any forward-looking statements herein are based are subject to risks and uncertainties which include, among others, risks associated with the offering of common stock, including whether such offering of common stock will be successful and on what terms it may be completed; the risk factors set forth in W. P. Carey Inc.'s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and in subsequent reports filed with the SEC; and other factors over which it has little or no control. In light of these risks, uncertainties, assumptions and factors, the forward-looking events discussed in this communication may not occur. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this communication, unless noted otherwise. Except as required under the federal securities laws and the rules and regulations of the SEC, W. P. Carey Inc. does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revisions to the forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this communication or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

 

 

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