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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): May 22, 2023

LIFECORE BIOMEDICAL, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 
Delaware
000-2744694-3025618
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
(Commission file number)(IRS Employer Identification No.)
   3515 Lyman Boulevard
 Chaska,
Minnesota
55318
(Address of principal executive offices)(Zip Code)

(952) 368-4300
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
 
Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
 
Written communication pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))
 
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading SymbolName of each exchange on which registered
Common StockLFCRThe NASDAQ Global Select Market

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.   ☐

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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

Term Loan Credit Agreement

On May 22, 2023, Lifecore Biomedical, Inc. (the “Company”), Curation Foods, Inc. (“Curation”) and Lifecore Biomedical Operating Company, Inc. (“Lifecore” and, together with the Company and Curation, the “Borrowers”), certain of the Company’s other subsidiaries, as guarantors, and Alcon Research, LLC (“Alcon”), as administrative agent, collateral agent and lender, entered into that certain Credit and Guaranty Agreement (the “Term Loan Credit Agreement”). The Term Loan Credit Agreement refinanced in full all obligations of the Borrowers and their subsidiaries under that certain Credit and Guaranty Agreement, dated as of December 31, 2020, by and among, inter alios, the Borrowers and Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group, L.P., as administrative agent, collateral agent and a lender, which was terminated upon the entry into the Term Loan Credit Agreement.

The Term Loan Credit Agreement provides for up to $140.0 million in term loans, which were funded in full on May 22, 2023 (the amount of which may be adjusted pursuant to its terms following the post-closing adjustments set forth in the Equipment Sale and Leaseback Agreement (defined below)). The obligations under the Term Loan Credit Agreement mature on May 22, 2029. The Term Loan Credit Agreement is secured by the same collateral that secures the Revolving Credit Agreement (defined below), with relative priorities in respect thereof, as set forth in the Intercreditor Agreement (defined below).

The loans under the Term Loan Credit Agreement have a fixed interest rate equal to 10% per annum. Interest is payable-in-kind until the third anniversary of the closing date and following the third anniversary of the closing date is payable at a rate equal to 3% per annum in cash with the remainder payable-in-kind, in each case, unless otherwise elected by the Borrowers to pay a greater proportion in cash. The Term Loan Credit Agreement contains customary affirmative covenants including, but not limited to, financial reporting requirements and maintenance of existence requirements and negative covenants, including, but not limited to, limitations on the incurrence of debt, liens, investments, restricted payments, restricted debt payments, and affiliate transactions. The Term Loan Credit Agreement contains one financial covenant, a minimum liquidity covenant, requiring $4.0 million of Consolidated Liquidity (as defined in the Term Loan Credit Agreement) as of the end of each fiscal quarter of the Company.

The Term Loan Credit Agreement contains customary events of default, including, but not limited to, failure to pay principal, interest, fees or other amounts; certain covenant defaults; material inaccuracy of representations and warranties; bankruptcy events; default under any other credit agreement or any related ancillary agreements; judgment defaults; criminal adverse proceedings; and certain FDA regulatory actions. The Term Loan Credit Agreement also contains an event of default upon certain uncured defaults under the Supply Agreement (as defined below), in which case Alcon may require the Company to repay an amount equal to 120% of all borrowings under the Term Loan Credit Agreement. Upon a change on control of the Company, the Company may elect to, or Alcon may require the Company to, repay the full amount of the borrowings outstanding under the Term Loan Credit Agreement, in which case the Company will be required to repay an amount equal to all borrowings under the Term Loan Credit Agreement, plus the greater of 15% of all borrowings under the Term Loan Credit Agreement or $20.0 million.

Pledge and Security Agreement

Also on May 22, 2023, the Borrowers and certain of the Company’s other subsidiaries, as grantors (collectively, the “Grantors”), entered into that certain Pledge and Security Agreement (the “Term Loan Security Agreement”), dated as of May 22, 2023, with Alcon, as collateral agent. Pursuant to the Term Loan Security Agreement, the Grantors secured their obligations under the Term Loan Credit Agreement by granting to Alcon, as collateral agent, a first priority security interest in certain collateral, including but not limited to equipment, fixtures, real property and intellectual property. The security interest granted by the Grantors under the Term Loan Security Agreement continues in effect until the payment in full of all of the secured obligations under the Term Loan Credit Agreement.

Amendment to Revolving Credit Agreement

On May 22, 2023, the Borrowers and certain of the Company’s other subsidiaries, as guarantors, entered into a Limited Waiver, Consent and Fifth Amendment (the “Revolving Loan Amendment”) to that certain Credit Agreement (the “Revolving Credit Agreement”), dated as of December 31, 2020, by and among, inter alios, the Borrowers and BMO Harris Bank, N.A. (“BMO”).

The Revolving Loan Amendment provides for, among other things, (i) a waiver of all known existing defaults under the Revolving Credit Agreement as of the date of the Revolving Loan Amendment, (ii) the reduction of the maximum amount available under the Revolving Credit Agreement to up to the lesser of (x) $40.0 million, less a reserve for certain secured credit products, if any, and (y) the borrowing base (which, pursuant to the Revolving Loan Amendment, was modified to include a further reduction of the borrowing base by an additional $4.0 million), (ii) the modification of the springing minimum fixed charge coverage ratio of 1.00 to 1.00, with such covenant not tested until the fiscal quarter ending on or about February 28, 2024 and, on or thereafter, upon the earlier of the occurrence of an Event of Default or availability being less than the greater of 10% of the maximum borrowing amount and $3.5 million, (iv) cash dominion at all times the Revolving Credit Agreement remains outstanding, and (v) certain other revisions to align with the terms of the Term Loan Credit Agreement and address the relative priorities and credit for borrowings related to the Company’s commercial relationships with Alcon.

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In connection with the entry into the Revolving Loan Amendment, the Company also agreed to pay to BMO an amendment fee of $1.2 million, $800,000 of which is paid concurrently with the Company’s entry into the Revolving Loan Amendment, with the remaining $400,000 payable upon the earlier of (i) repayment in full of the Company’s obligations, and termination of all commitments, under the Revolving Credit Agreement and (ii) the occurrence of a Change of Control (as defined in the Revolving Loan Credit Agreement).

BMO and Alcon also entered into an intercreditor agreement regarding their relative rights, as lenders, in the assets of the Company and its subsidiaries that serve as collateral for their respective credit facilities (the “Intercreditor Agreement”).

Equipment Sale and Leaseback Agreements

On May 22, 2023, the Company entered into that certain Equipment Sale and Leaseback Agreement (the “Equipment Sale and Leaseback Agreement”), dated May 22, 2023, with Alcon, wherein the Company sold $10.0 million (subject to certain post-closing adjustments) (the “Purchase Price”) of certain equipment, machinery, and other property associated with the production of sodium hyaluronate (the “Equipment”) to Alcon. The Equipment Sale Leaseback Agreement contains an option for the Company to repurchase the Equipment upon the earlier of (i) seven (7) years and (ii) the expansion of the Company’s existing production capacity with respect to sodium hyaluronate, for a purchase price equal to the Purchase Price, less the aggregate of all Paydown Payments (as defined in the Equipment Lease Agreement).

Concurrently with the entry into the Equipment Sale and Leaseback Agreement, the Company entered into that certain Equipment Lease Agreement (the “Equipment Lease Agreement”), dated May 22, 2023, with Alcon, wherein Alcon leased the Equipment back to the Company. The Equipment Lease Agreement expires upon the earlier of (i) May 22, 2033, and (ii) the date that the Equipment is repurchased by the Company pursuant to the terms of the Equipment Lease Agreement. Upon the expiration of the Equipment Lease Agreement on May 22, 2033, the Company shall automatically repurchase the Equipment for $1.00 (if not previously repurchased pursuant to the option under the Equipment Sale and Leaseback Agreement).

During the lease term, the Company is obligated to make quarterly rental payments to Alcon equal to (i) 1/40th of the Purchase Price (the “Paydown Payments”), plus (ii) 1.5% times the Purchase Price less cumulative Paydown Payments made.

The Equipment Lease Agreement contains terms and provisions (including representations, covenants and conditions) that are generally customary for a commercial lease of this nature, including obligations relating to the use, operation and maintenance of the Equipment. During the term of the lease, Alcon is not permitted to sell or encumber the Equipment. Alcon is only entitled to cancel the Equipment Lease Agreement in the event of insolvency, liquidation or bankruptcy, and its remedies for other breaches of the Equipment Lease Agreement are otherwise limited to monetary damages.

Supply Agreement

On May 3, 2023, the Company entered into an Amended and Restated Supply Agreement (the “Supply Agreement”), dated May 3, 2023, with Alcon, which amended and restated certain existing supply agreements entered into between the Company and Alcon-Couvreur N.V., an affiliate of Alcon, related to the Company’s manufacture and supply of sodium hyaluronate (“HA”) for Alcon.

The initial term of the Supply Agreement expires December 31, 2033. Following the initial term, the Supply Agreement automatically extends for an additional two-year term unless Alcon provides the Company with a notice of non-renewal prior to the expiration of the initial term. The Supply Agreement also contains certain termination provisions which provide that the agreement may be terminated (a) by Alcon upon six months’ written notice to the Company, or (b) by either party if the other party fails to perform or otherwise breaches any of its material obligations under the Supply Agreement, the non-breaching party notifies the breaching party of its intent to terminate the Supply Agreement, and the breaching party fails to cure such breach.

The Supply Agreement contains terms and provisions customary for transactions of this type, including product warranties and confidentiality and indemnification obligations. Orders of HA pursuant to the Supply Agreement are based on customary forecasting mechanics, and are payable by Alcon based on certain prices that are subject to annual index-based adjustments. Pursuant to the Supply Agreement, the Company is also required to commit certain HA manufacturing capacity based on Alcon’s forecasts. Alcon and the Company have also agreed to negotiate in good faith to finalize a plan to increase the Company’s HA manufacturing capacity to meet the anticipated volumes. In the event the Company is unable to supply the agreed-upon volumes and safety stock pursuant to the Supply Agreement, under certain circumstances, Alcon will be entitled to certain rights with respect to the manufacturing and supply of HA for Alcon.

The foregoing descriptions of each of the Term Loan Credit Agreement, the Term Loan Security Agreement, the Revolving Loan Amendment, the Equipment Sale and Leaseback Agreement, the Equipment Lease Agreement, and the Supply Agreement do not purport to be complete and is subject to, and qualified in its entirety by, reference to the respective agreements, copies of which are attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1, Exhibit 10.2, Exhibit 10.3, Exhibit 10.4, Exhibit 10.5, and Exhibit 10.6, respectively, and are incorporated herein by reference.


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Item 1.02 Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement.

The information set forth in Item 1.01 is incorporated herein by reference.

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

The information set forth in Item 1.01 is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 7.01 Regulation of FD Disclosure.

On May 22, 2023, the Company issued a press release announcing the Term Loan Credit Agreement, the Term Loan Security Agreement, the Revolving Loan Amendment, the Equipment Sale and Leaseback Agreement, the Equipment Lease Agreement, and the Supply Agreement, which is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.

Exhibit 99.1 shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filings.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits

The following exhibits are furnished as part of this report:
Exhibit No.
Description
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Cover Page Interactive Data File - the cover page XBRL tags are embedded within the Inline XBRL document.

+ Confidential portions of this exhibit have been redacted and filed separately with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to a confidential treatment request in accordance with Rule 24b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.











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SIGNATURE

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

Date: May 22, 2023
Lifecore Biomedical, Inc.
By:/s/ John D. Morberg
John D. Morberg
Chief Financial Officer
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Document
Exhibit 10.1
Execution Version



CREDIT AND GUARANTY AGREEMENT
dated as of May 22, 2023,

by and among
LIFECORE BIOMEDICAL, INC. (F/K/A LANDEC CORPORATION),
CURATION FOODS, INC.,
LIFECORE BIOMEDICAL OPERATING COMPANY, INC. (F/K/A LIFECORE BIOMEDICAL, INC.),
as Borrowers,
and

certain of its Affiliates party hereto from time to time, as guarantors,
the other Credit Parties party hereto from time to time as guarantors,

the Lenders party hereto from time to time,

and
ALCON RESEARCH, LLC,
as Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent
______________________________________________________________________________

$140,000,000 Senior Secured Credit Facilities
______________________________________________________________________________



CREDIT AND GUARANTY AGREEMENT
This CREDIT AND GUARANTY AGREEMENT, dated as of May 22, 2023, is entered into by and among LIFECORE BIOMEDICAL, INC., a Delaware corporation (“Holdings”), CURATION FOODS, INC., a Delaware corporation (“Curation”), and LIFECORE BIOMEDICAL OPERATING COMPANY, INC., a Delaware corporation (“Lifecore” and together with Holdings and Curation, each, a “Borrower” and collectively, the “Borrowers”) as borrowers, the other Credit Parties party hereto from time to time, the Lenders party hereto from time to time and ALCON RESEARCH, LLC (“Alcon”), as Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent.
RECITALS:
WHEREAS, the Lenders have agreed to extend certain credit facilities to Companies in the amounts and upon the terms and conditions more particularly set forth herein, the proceeds of which will be used for the purposes specified in Section 2.3;
WHEREAS, each Credit Party has agreed to guarantee the Obligations of the other Credit Parties and to secure all of its respective Obligations by granting to Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, a First Priority Lien on substantially all of its respective assets (other than the ABL Priority Collateral upon which the Collateral Agent shall be granted a junior priority Lien), including a pledge of all of the Capital Stock issued by each Subsidiary of Holdings, subject to the limitations set forth herein and in the Collateral Documents; and
WHEREAS, the business of Holdings and its Subsidiaries is a mutual and collective enterprise, and the Credit Parties believe that the consolidation of all Loans and other accommodations under this Agreement will enhance Companies Subsidiaries’ aggregate borrowing powers and facilitate the administration of their relationship with the Agents and Lenders, all to the Credit Parties’ respective individual and mutual advantage.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the agreements, provisions and covenants herein contained, the parties hereto agree as follows:
Section 1.DEFINITIONS AND INTERPRETATION
1.1.Definitions. The following terms used herein, including in the preamble, recitals, appendices, schedules and exhibits hereto, shall have the following meanings:
ABL Agent” means Bank of Montreal, as administrative agent for the ABL Lenders under the ABL Credit Agreement and any successor administrative agent appointed in accordance with the terms thereof.
ABL Availability” means, as of any date of determination, (a) the “Maximum Borrowing Amount” (as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement) at such time minus (b) “Total Revolving Credit Outstandings” (as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement).
ABL Borrowing Base” means the “Borrowing Base” as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement.
ABL Collateral Documents” means all “Security Instruments” or similar term as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement, and all other security agreements, mortgages, deeds of trust and other collateral documents executed and delivered at any time in connection with any ABL Credit Agreement.
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ABL Commitment” means “Commitment” as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement.
ABL Credit Agreement” means that certain Credit Agreement, dated as of December 31, 2020, by and among Companies, the ABL Agent and the ABL Lenders, as amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time in accordance with the terms of the Intercreditor Agreement.
ABL Credit Documents” means, collectively, the ABL Credit Agreement, the ABL Security Instruments, the Intercreditor Agreement, the other “Loan Documents” (as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement) and all other agreements, instruments and other documents executed and delivered at any time in connection with the ABL Credit Agreement (in each case, as amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time in accordance with the terms of the Intercreditor Agreement).
ABL Indebtedness” means, collectively, the “Obligations” as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement not to exceed the amount of any such Indebtedness permitted pursuant to Section 6.1(j).
ABL Lenders” means the lenders from time to time party to the ABL Credit Agreement.
ABL Letters of Credit” means the letters of credit issued in accordance with the ABL Credit Agreement.
ABL Loans” means the revolving loans made in accordance with the ABL Credit Agreement.
ABL Priority Collateral” as defined in the Intercreditor Agreement.
ABL Waiver Document” means that certain Limited Waiver, Consent and Fifth Amendment to Credit Agreement, dated as of the Closing Date, among the Borrowers and the ABL Agent, delivered in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, the other Credit Documents, the Supply Agreement or the Sale Leaseback Documents, in each case, together with all exhibits, schedules, annexes or other attachments thereto, any amendment, restatement, supplement or other modification thereof, and any related side letter, in each case, in form and substance acceptable to the Administrative Agent and duly executed by the ABL Agent and the applicable Credit Parties party thereto.
Acquisition” means the acquisition of, by purchase or otherwise (other than purchases or other acquisitions of inventory, materials, equipment and capital expenditures, in each case, in the ordinary course of business), the business of, a substantial portion of the property or assets of, or a substantial portion of the Capital Stock or other evidence of beneficial ownership of, or any division, line of business or business unit of, any Person.
Administrative Agent” means Alcon in its capacity as administrative agent for the Lenders pursuant to Section 9, and any successor administrative agent appointed in accordance with the terms thereof.
Adverse Proceeding” means any action, suit, proceeding, hearing (in each case, whether administrative, judicial or otherwise), governmental investigation involving Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries, or arbitration (whether or not purportedly on behalf of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries) at law or in equity, or before or by any Governmental Authority, domestic or foreign (including any Environmental Claims), whether pending or, to the knowledge of
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Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries, threatened against or affecting Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries or any property of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries.
Affected Financial Institution” means (a) any EEA Financial Institution or (b) any UK Financial Institution.
Affiliate” means, as applied to any Person, any other Person directly or indirectly controlling (including any member of the senior management group of such Person), controlled by or under common control with such Person or any Subsidiary of such Person. For the purposes of this definition, the terms “controlling”, “controlled by” and “under common control with”, as applied to any Person, mean the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of such Person, whether through the ability to exercise voting power, by contract or otherwise. Notwithstanding anything in this definition to the contrary, no Agent, no Lender and none of their respective Affiliates shall be considered an “Affiliate” of any Credit Party or of any Subsidiary of any Credit Party.
Agent” means each of Administrative Agent, Collateral Agent, Syndication Agent, Documentation Agent, and any other Person appointed as an agent, arranger, bookrunner or similar title or capacity under or otherwise in connection with the Credit Documents.
Agent Affiliates” as defined in Section 10.1(b)(iii).
Aggregate Amounts Due” as defined in Section 2.13.
Aggregate Payments” as defined in Section 7.2.
Agreement” means this Credit and Guaranty Agreement.
Alcon” as defined in the preamble hereto.
Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Laws” means any and all requirements of law related to anti-bribery or anti-corruption matters, including the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 and any other anticorruption law applicable to Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries.
Anti-Terrorism and Anti-Money Laundering Laws” means any and all requirements of law related to engaging in, financing or facilitating terrorism or money laundering, including the PATRIOT Act, the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act (also known as the “Bank Secrecy Act”, 31 U.S.C. §§5311-5330 and 12 U.S.C. §§1818(s), 1820(b) and 1951-1959), the Trading With the Enemy Act (50 U.S.C. §4301 et seq.), Executive Order 13224 (effective September 24, 2001) and each of the laws, regulations and executive orders administered by OFAC (31 C.F.R., Subtitle B, Chapter V).
Approved Electronic Communication” as defined in Section 10.1(b)(iii).
Asset Sale” means a sale, lease or sublease (as lessor or sublessor), sale and leaseback, assignment, conveyance, transfer (including through a plan of division), exclusive license (as licensor or sublicensor), liquidation or other disposition to, or any exchange of property with, any Person (other than to or with a Credit Party that is not Holdings), in one transaction or a series of transactions, of all or any part of Holdings’ or any of its Subsidiaries’ respective businesses, assets or properties of any kind, whether real, personal or mixed, whether tangible or intangible, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, leased or licensed, including the Capital Stock of any of Holdings’ Subsidiaries, other than (a) inventory sold to unaffiliated customers in the ordinary course of business and (b) the leasing or subleasing of Real Estate
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Assets (x) in existence on the Closing Date, and (y) following the Closing Date, in the ordinary course of business in an amount not to exceed $150,000 in the aggregate during any Fiscal Year (in each case, other than sale and leaseback transactions prohibited under Section 6.11). For purposes of clarification, the term “Asset Sale” shall include (i) the sale or other disposition for value of any contracts, and (ii) the early termination or modification of any contract resulting in the receipt by Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries of a Cash payment or other consideration in exchange for such event (other than payments in the ordinary course for accrued and unpaid amounts that would have been due through the date of termination or modification without giving effect thereto).
Asset Sale Reinvestment Amounts” as defined in Section 2.10(a).
Asset Sale Reinvestment Period” as defined in Section 2.10(a).
Assignment Agreement” means an assignment and assumption agreement substantially in the form of Exhibit B.
Assignment Effective Date” as defined in Section 10.6(b).
Authorized Officer” means, as applied to any Person that is an entity, any duly authorized natural person holding the position of chairman of the Board of Directors (if an officer), chief executive officer, president, vice president, Chief Financial Officer or, if approved by Administrative Agent, any other officer position with similar authority; provided, the secretary or assistant secretary of such Person, or another officer of such Person satisfactory to Administrative Agent, shall have delivered an incumbency certificate to Administrative Agent verifying the authority of such Authorized Officer.
Bail-In Action” means the exercise of any Write-Down and Conversion Powers by the applicable EEA Resolution Authority in respect of any liability of an Affected Financial Institution.
Bail-In Legislation” means (a) with respect to any EEA Member Country implementing Article 55 of Directive 2014/59/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union, the implementing law, regulation, rule or requirement for such EEA Member Country from time to time that is described in the EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule and (b) with respect to the United Kingdom, Part I of the United Kingdom Banking Act 2009 (as amended from time to time) and any other law, regulation or rule applicable in the United Kingdom relating to the resolution of unsound or failing banks, investment firms or other financial institutions or their affiliates (other than through liquidation, administration or other insolvency proceedings).
Bankruptcy Code” means Title 11 of the United States Code.
Beneficial Ownership Certification” means a certification regarding beneficial ownership as required by the Beneficial Ownership Regulation in form and substance reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent.
Beneficial Ownership Regulation” means 31 C.F.R. § 1010.230.
Beneficiary” means each Agent and Lender.
Benefit Plan” means any of (i) an “employee benefit plan” (as defined in ERISA) that is subject to Title I of ERISA, (ii) a “plan” as defined in Section 4975 of the Internal Revenue Code or (iii) any Person whose assets include (for purposes of ERISA Section 3(42) or
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otherwise for purposes of Title I of ERISA or Section 4975 of the Internal Revenue Code) the assets of any such “employee benefit plan” or “plan”.
Board of Directors” means (i) with respect to any corporation or company, the board of directors of such corporation or company or any committee thereof duly authorized to act on behalf of such board, (ii) with respect to any partnership, the board of directors or equivalent governing body of the general partner of such partnership, (iii) with respect to any limited liability company, the manager, the managing member or members or any controlling committee or board of managers (or equivalent governing body) of such limited liability company or the sole member or the managing member thereof, and (iv) with respect to any other Person, the entity, individual, board or committee of such Person serving a similar function.
Board of Governors” means the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve System, or any successor Governmental Authority.
Business Day” means any day excluding Saturday, Sunday and any day that is a legal holiday under the laws of the State of New York, of the State of Texas or in Geneva Switzerland, or is a day on which banking institutions located therein are authorized or required by law or other governmental action to close.
Capital Lease” means, as applied to any Person, any lease of any property (whether real, personal or mixed) by such Person as lessee that, in conformity with GAAP, is or should be accounted for as a capital lease on the balance sheet of such Person.
Capital Lease Obligations” means, as applied to any Person that is a lessee under any Capital Lease, that portion of obligations under such Capital Lease that is properly classified as a liability on a balance sheet in conformity with GAAP.
Capital Stock” means any and all shares, stock, interests, participations or other equivalents (however designated) of capital stock of a corporation, any and all equivalent ownership or profits interests in a Person that is another type of entity, including partnership interests, membership interests, voting trust certificates, certificates of interest and profits interests, participations or similar arrangements, and any and all warrants, rights or options to purchase or other arrangements or rights to acquire, subscribe, convert to or otherwise receive or participate in the economic or other rights associated with any of the foregoing.
Cash” means money, currency or a credit balance in any Deposit Account.
Cash Equivalents” means, as at any date of determination, (i) marketable securities (a) issued or directly and unconditionally guaranteed as to interest and principal by the U.S. Federal Government or (b) issued by any agency of the U.S., in each case of clauses (a) and (b), the obligations of which are backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S., mature within ninety (90) days after such date and have, at the time of the acquisition thereof, a rating of at least A-1 from S&P and at least P-1 from Moody’s; (ii) marketable direct obligations issued by any state of the U.S. or any political subdivision of any such state or any public instrumentality thereof, in each case, maturing within ninety (90) days after such date and having, at the time of the acquisition thereof, a rating of at least A-1 from S&P or at least P-1 from Moody’s; (iii) certificates of deposit or bankers’ acceptances maturing within three months after such date and issued or accepted by any Lender or by any commercial bank organized under the laws of the U.S. or any state thereof or the District of Columbia that (a) is at least “adequately capitalized” (as defined in the regulations of its primary federal banking regulator) and (b) has Tier 1 capital (as defined in such regulations) of not less than $1,000,000,000; and (iv) shares of any money market mutual fund that (a) has at least 95.00% of its assets invested continuously in
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the types of investments referred to in clauses (i) and (ii) above, (b) has net assets of not less than $5,000,000,000, and (c) has the highest rating obtainable from both S&P and Moody’s.
cGMP” as defined in the preamble to Section 4.29.
Change in Law” means the occurrence, after the date hereof, of any of the following: (i) the adoption or taking effect of any law, rule, regulation or treaty, (ii) any change in any law, rule, regulation or treaty or in the administration, interpretation, implementation or application thereof by any Governmental Authority, or (iii) the making or issuance of any request, rule, guideline or directive (whether or not having the force of law) by any Governmental Authority; provided, notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, (x) the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and all requests, rules, guidelines and directives thereunder or issued in connection therewith and (y) all requests, rules, guidelines and directives promulgated by the Bank for International Settlements, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (or any successor or similar authority) or the U.S. or foreign regulatory authorities, in each case, pursuant to Basel III, shall in each case be deemed to be a “Change in Law”, regardless of the date enacted, adopted or issued.
Change of Control” means, at any time, (i) any Person or “group” (within the meaning of Rules 13d-3 and 13d-5 under the Exchange Act) (a) becomes the “beneficial owner” (as defined in Rules 13d 3 and 13d 5 under the Exchange Act) of 35% or more on a fully diluted basis of the voting interests in the Capital Stock of Holdings, or (b) shall have obtained the power (whether or not exercised) to elect a majority of the Directors of Holdings; (ii) Holdings shall cease to beneficially own and control 100% on a fully diluted basis of the economic and voting interests in the Capital Stock of each Company; (iii) any Company shall cease to beneficially own and control 100% (directly or indirectly) on a fully diluted basis of the economic and voting interests in the Capital Stock of each of its Subsidiaries, except where such failure is the result of a transaction permitted under the Credit Documents; (iv) during any period of twelve (12) consecutive months, a majority of the members of the Board of Directors of any Credit Party cease to be composed of individuals (x) who were members of that Board of Directors on the first day of such period, (y) whose election or nomination to that Board of Directors was approved by individuals referred to in clause (x) above constituting at the time of such election or nomination at least a majority of that Board of Directors or (z) whose election or nomination to that Board of Directors was approved by individuals referred to in clauses (x) and (y) above constituting at the time of such election or nomination at least a majority of that Board of Directors; or (v) any “change of control” or similar event under the ABL Credit Agreement or the definitive documentation with respect to any Subordinated Indebtedness shall occur.
Chief Financial Officer” means, as applied to any Person that is an entity, any duly authorized natural person holding the position of chief financial officer or, if approved by Administrative Agent, any other officer position with similar financial responsibility; provided, the secretary or assistant secretary of such Person, or another officer of such Person satisfactory to Administrative Agent, shall have delivered an incumbency certificate to Administrative Agent verifying the authority of such Chief Financial Officer.
Class” means (i) with respect to the Lenders, each of the following classes of Lenders: (a) Lenders having Initial Term Loan Exposure, and (b) [reserved], and (ii) with respect to Loans, each of the following classes of Loans: (a) Initial Term Loans, and (b) [reserved].
Closing Date” means May 22, 2023.
Closing Date Certificate” means a certificate dated as of the Closing Date and substantially in the form of Exhibit E-1.
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Collateral” means, collectively, all of the real, personal and mixed property (including Capital Stock) in which Liens are granted and/or purported to be granted to ABL Agent or any Agent under any of the ABL Collateral Documents or the Collateral Documents in each case, subject to the Intercreditor Agreement, together with all rents, issues, profits, products and Proceeds thereof.
Collateral Access Agreement” means a collateral access agreement in form and substance satisfactory to Collateral Agent.
Collateral Agent” means Alcon in its capacity as collateral agent for the Lenders pursuant to Section 9 in respect of Collateral existing from time to time, together with its permitted sub-agents, designees, successors and/or assigns appointed in accordance with the terms thereof.
Collateral Documents” means, collectively, the Intercreditor Agreement, the Pledge and Security Agreement, any Intellectual Property Security Agreements, any Mortgages, any Deposit Account Control Agreements, any Securities Account Control Agreements, any Collateral Access Agreements, and all other instruments, documents and agreements that are expressly designated pursuant to their terms to be “Collateral Documents” or are otherwise executed and delivered by or on behalf of any Credit Party or any other Person pursuant to this Agreement or any of the other Credit Documents in order to grant to, or perfect in favor of, any Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, a Lien on any real, personal or mixed property of that Credit Party as security for the Obligations.
Collateral Questionnaire” means a collateral questionnaire in form satisfactory to Collateral Agent that provides information with respect to the real, personal and mixed property of each Credit Party and their respective Subsidiaries.
Commitment” means, as the context requires, any Initial Term Loan Commitment.
Commodity Exchange Act” means the Commodity Exchange Act (7 U.S.C. 1 et seq.).
Company” or “Companies” means (i) Holdings, (ii) Curation, (iii) Lifecore, (iv) each other Person signatory hereto as a “Company” and (v) each other Person joined as a “Company” to this Agreement and the other Credit Documents after the Closing Date pursuant to Section 5.10. At any time there is only one Person party hereto and to the other Credit Documents as “Company”, all references herein or therein to “a Company”, “any Company”, “each Company” or “Companies” shall be deemed to be a reference to such Person.
Compliance Certificate” means a certificate of the Chief Financial Officer of Credit Party Representative substantially in the form of Exhibit D.
Connection Income Taxes” means Other Connection Taxes that are imposed on or measured by net income (however denominated) or that are franchise Taxes or branch profits.
Consolidated Capital Expenditures” means, for any period, the aggregate of all expenditures of Holdings and its Subsidiaries during such period determined on a consolidated basis that, in accordance with GAAP, are or should be included in the “purchase of property and equipment or similar items”, or that should otherwise be capitalized, as reflected in the consolidated statement of cash flows of Holdings and its Subsidiaries.
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Consolidated Liquidity” means, as at any date of determination, an amount determined for Holdings and its Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis equal to the sum of (i) the Qualified Cash of Holdings and its Subsidiaries as of such date, plus (ii) ABL Availability as of such date; provided, at any time that the conditions set forth in Section 5.02 of the ABL Credit Agreement cannot be satisfied as of such time, the ABL Availability shall be deemed to be zero, minus (iii) Stretched Payables (other than any Stretched Payables the amount or validity of which are currently being actively contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings and with respect to which reserves in conformity with GAAP have been provided on the books of Holdings and its Subsidiaries).
Contractual Obligation” means, as applied to any Person, any provision of any Security issued by such Person or of any indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, contract, undertaking, agreement or other instrument to which such Person is a party or by which it or any of its properties is bound or to which it or any of its properties is subject.
Contributing Guarantors” as defined in Section 7.2.
Controlled Account” means (i) any Deposit Account of a Credit Party that is subject to a Deposit Account Control Agreement, and (ii) any Securities Account of a Credit Party that is subject to a Securities Account Control Agreement.
Counterpart Agreement” means a counterpart agreement substantially in the form of Exhibit G.
Covered Entity” means any of the following:
(i)a “covered entity” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 252.82(b);
(ii)a “covered bank” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R.§ 47.3(b); or
(iii)a “covered FSI” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R.§ 382.2(b).
Covered Party” has the meaning assigned to it in Section 10.25.
Credit Card Processor” means any servicing agent, processing agent, factor or financial intermediary who facilitates, services, processes or manages the credit authorization, billing transfer or payment procedures with respect to such Credit Party’s sales transactions involving credit card, debit card or other electronic funds transfer (EFT) purchases.
Credit Date” means the date of a Credit Extension.
Credit Documents” means, collectively, this Agreement, the Collateral Documents, the Fee Letter, the Intercreditor Agreement and all other documents, certificates, instruments (including any promissory notes issued from time to time hereunder to evidence the Loans) and agreements that are expressly designated pursuant to their terms to be “Credit Documents” or are otherwise executed and delivered by or on behalf of any Credit Party or any other Person for the benefit of any Agent or any Lender in connection herewith; provided that, the Supply Agreement and the Sale Leaseback Agreement shall not constitute “Credit Documents” hereunder.
Credit Extension” means the making of a Loan.
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Credit Party” means each Company and each Guarantor.
Credit Party Representative” means Holdings, for itself and on behalf of the other Credit Parties in its capacity as Credit Party Representative pursuant to Section 2.21.
Curation” as defined in the preamble hereto.
Debtor Relief Laws” means the Bankruptcy Code and all other liquidation, conservatorship, bankruptcy, assignment for the benefit of creditors, moratorium, rearrangement, receivership, insolvency, reorganization or similar debtor relief laws of the U.S., any state or territory thereof, the District of Columbia or any other applicable jurisdictions.
Default” means a condition or event that, after notice or lapse of time or both, would constitute an Event of Default.
Defaulting Lender” means, subject to Section 2.18(b), any Lender that (i) has failed to (a) fund all or any portion of its Loans within two Business Days after the date such Loans were required to be funded hereunder or (b) pay to Administrative Agent or any other Lender any other amount required to be paid by it hereunder within two Business Days after the date when due, (ii) has notified Credit Party Representative or Administrative Agent in writing that it does not intend to comply with its funding obligations hereunder, or has made a public statement to that effect, (iii) has failed, within three Business Days after written request by Administrative Agent or Credit Party Representative, to confirm in writing to Administrative Agent and Credit Party Representative that it will comply with its prospective funding obligations hereunder (provided, such Lender shall cease to be a Defaulting Lender pursuant to this clause (iii) upon receipt of such written confirmation by Administrative Agent and Credit Party Representative), or (iv) has, or has a direct or indirect parent company that has, (a) become the subject of a proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law, (b) had appointed for it a receiver, custodian, trustee, conservator, administrator, assignee for the benefit of creditors or similar Person charged with reorganization or liquidation of its business or assets, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other state or federal regulatory authority acting in such a capacity, or (c) has become the subject of a Bail-In Action; provided, a Lender shall not be a Defaulting Lender solely by virtue of the ownership or acquisition of any Capital Stock in that Lender or any direct or indirect parent company thereof by a Governmental Authority so long as such ownership interest does not result in or provide such Lender with immunity from the jurisdiction of courts within the U.S. or from the enforcement of judgments or writs of attachment on its assets or permit such Lender (or such Governmental Authority) to reject, repudiate, disavow or disaffirm any contracts or agreements made with such Lender. Any determination by Administrative Agent that a Lender is a Defaulting Lender under any one or more of clauses (i) through (iv) above shall be conclusive and binding absent manifest error, and such Lender shall be deemed to be a Defaulting Lender (subject to Section 2.18(b)) upon delivery of written notice of such determination to Credit Party Representative and each Lender.
Default Rate” means the additional rate of interest payable pursuant to Section
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.
Deposit Account” means any “deposit account” as defined in Article 9 of the UCC.
Deposit Account Control Agreement” means, with respect to a Deposit Account, an agreement in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to Collateral Agent that (i) is entered into by and among Collateral Agent, the financial institution or other Person at
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which such Deposit Account is maintained, and the Credit Party maintaining such Deposit Account, and (ii) is effective for Collateral Agent to obtain “control” (within the meaning of Article 9 of the UCC) of such Deposit Account.
Director” means, with respect to any Person, any natural person constituting a member of the Board of Directors of such Person.
Dispose” means, with respect to any Person, any conveyance, sale, lease (as lessor), license (as licensor), exchange, assignment, transfer or other disposition by such Person of any property or assets (whether now owned or hereafter acquired) to any other Person, in each case, whether or not the consideration therefor consists of Cash, Cash Equivalents, Securities or any other property or assets. For purposes of clarification, the term “Dispose” shall include (i) the sale or other disposition for value of any contracts, and (ii) the early termination or modification of any contract by any Person resulting in the receipt by such Person of a Cash payment or other consideration in exchange for such event (other than payments in the ordinary course for previously accrued and unpaid amounts due through the date of termination or modification). The term “Disposition” shall have a corollary meaning.
Disqualified Capital Stock” means any Capital Stock that, by its terms (or by the terms of any other instrument, agreement or Capital Stock into which it is convertible or for which it is exchangeable), or upon the occurrence of any event or condition (i) matures or is mandatorily redeemable (other than solely for Capital Stock that is not otherwise Disqualified Capital Stock), pursuant to a sinking fund obligation or otherwise, (ii) is redeemable at the option of the holder or beneficial owner thereof (other than solely for Capital Stock that is not otherwise Disqualified Capital Stock), in whole or in part, (iii) is secured by any assets of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries, (iv) provides for the scheduled payments of dividends, distributions or other Restricted Junior Payments in Cash, or (v) is or becomes convertible into or exchangeable for Indebtedness or any other obligation, instrument, agreement or Capital Stock that would meet any of the conditions in clauses (i), (ii), (iii) or (iv) of this definition, in each case, prior to the date that is 180 days after the Latest Maturity Date, except, in the case of clauses (i) and (ii), if as a result of a change of control or asset sale, so long as any rights of the holders thereof upon the occurrence of such a change of control or asset sale event are subject to the prior Payment in Full of all Obligations.
Disqualified Institution” means, on any date, any Person that is a competitor of the Credit Parties, which Person has been designated by Credit Party Representative as a “Disqualified Institution” by written notice to the Administrative Agent not less than three (3) Business Days prior to such date; provided that “Disqualified Institutions” shall exclude (i) any Person that Credit Party Representative has designated as no longer being a “Disqualified Institution” by written notice delivered to the Administrative Agent from time to time and (ii) any Person referred to above, so long as any Event of Default has occurred and is continuing.
Distribution” as defined in Section 7.7.
Dollars” and the sign “$” mean the lawful money of the U.S.
Domestic Subsidiary” means any Subsidiary organized under the laws of the U.S., any state thereof or the District of Columbia.
EEA Financial Institution” means (i) any credit institution or investment firm established in any EEA Member Country that is subject to the supervision of an EEA Resolution Authority, (ii) any entity established in an EEA Member Country that is a parent of an institution described in clause (i) of this definition, or (iii) any financial institution established in an EEA
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Member Country that is a subsidiary of an institution described in clause (i) or clause (ii) of this definition and is subject to consolidated supervision with its parent.
EEA Member Country” means any of the member states of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
EEA Resolution Authority” means any public administrative authority or any other Person entrusted with public administrative authority of any EEA Member Country (including any delegee) having responsibility for the resolution of any EEA Financial Institution.
Eligible Assignee” means (i) in the case of the Term Loans or Term Loan Commitments, (a) any Lender and any Affiliate or Related Fund (other than a Natural Person) of any Lender (any two or more Related Funds being treated as a single Eligible Assignee for all purposes hereof), and (b) any commercial bank, insurance company, investment or mutual fund or other entity that is an “accredited investor” (as defined in Regulation D under the Securities Act) that extends credit or buys loans as one of its businesses; provided, with respect to clause (b) of this clause (i), Administrative Agent’s consent shall be required for any such Person to become a Lender; and (ii) any other Person (other than a Natural Person) approved by Credit Party Representative (so long as no Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, it being understood that the Credit Parties shall be deemed to have approved such Person if Credit Party Representative fails to either approve or reject such Person within two Business Days after any request for such approval by Administrative Agent) and Administrative Agent; provided, (a) no Person owning or controlling any trade obligations or Indebtedness of any Credit Party (other than the Obligations) or any Capital Stock of any Credit Party (in each case, other than any Person approved in writing by Administrative Agent) shall, in any event, be an Eligible Assignee and (b) no Disqualified Institution shall be an Eligible Assignee.
Employee Benefit Plan” means any “employee benefit plan” as defined in Section 3(3) of ERISA that is or was sponsored, maintained or contributed to by, or required to be contributed to by, Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries.
Environmental Claim” means any investigation, notice, notice of violation, claim, action, suit, proceeding, demand, abatement order or other order or directive (conditional or otherwise) by any Governmental Authority or any other Person, arising (i) pursuant to or in connection with any actual or alleged violation of any Environmental Law; (ii) in connection with any Hazardous Material or any actual or alleged Hazardous Materials Activity; or (iii) in connection with any actual or alleged damage, injury, threat or harm to health, safety, natural resources or the environment.
Environmental Laws” means any and all current or future foreign or domestic, federal or state (or any subdivision of either of them), statutes, ordinances, orders, rules, regulations, judgments, Governmental Authorizations and other requirements of Governmental Authorities relating to (i) environmental matters, including those relating to any Hazardous Materials Activity; (ii) the generation, use, storage, transportation or disposal of Hazardous Materials; or (iii) occupational safety and health, industrial hygiene, or the protection of human, plant or animal health or welfare, in any manner applicable to Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries or any Facility.
ERISA” means the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.
ERISA Affiliate” means, as applied to any Person, (i) any corporation that is a member of a controlled group of corporations within the meaning of Section 414(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of which such Person is a member; (ii) any trade or business (whether or not incorporated) that is a member of a group of trades or businesses under common control
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within the meaning of Section 414(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of which such Person is a member; and (iii) any member of an affiliated service group within the meaning of Section 414(m) or (o) of the Internal Revenue Code of which such Person, any corporation described in clause (i) above or any trade or business described in clause (ii) above is a member. Any former ERISA Affiliate of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries shall continue to be considered an ERISA Affiliate of Holdings or such Subsidiary within the meaning of this definition with respect to the period such entity was an ERISA Affiliate of Holdings or such Subsidiary and with respect to liabilities arising after such period for which Holdings or such Subsidiary could be liable under the Internal Revenue Code or ERISA.
ERISA Event” means (i) a “reportable event” within the meaning of Section 4043 of ERISA and the regulations issued thereunder with respect to any Pension Plan (excluding those for which the provision for 30 day notice to the PBGC has been waived by regulation); (ii) the failure to meet the minimum funding standard of Section 412 of the Internal Revenue Code with respect to any Pension Plan (whether or not waived in accordance with Section 412(c) of the Internal Revenue Code) or the failure to make by its due date a required installment under Section 430(j) of the Internal Revenue Code with respect to any Pension Plan or the failure to make any required contribution to a Multiemployer Plan; (iii) the provision by the administrator of any Pension Plan pursuant to Section 4041(a)(2) of ERISA of a notice of intent to terminate such plan in a distress termination described in Section 4041(c) of ERISA; (iv) the withdrawal by Holdings, any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates from any Pension Plan with two or more contributing sponsors or the termination of any such Pension Plan resulting in liability to Holdings, any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective Affiliates pursuant to Section 4063 or 4064 of ERISA; (v) the institution by the PBGC of proceedings to terminate any Pension Plan, or the occurrence of any event or condition that might constitute grounds under ERISA for the termination of, or the appointment of a trustee to administer, any Pension Plan; (vi) the imposition of liability on Holdings, any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates pursuant to Section 4062(e) or 4069 of ERISA or by reason of the application of Section 4212(c) of ERISA; (vii) the withdrawal of Holdings, any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates in a complete or partial withdrawal (within the meaning of Sections 4203 and 4205 of ERISA) from any Multiemployer Plan if there is any potential liability therefor, or the receipt by Holdings, any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates of notice from any Multiemployer Plan that it is in insolvency pursuant to Section 4245 of ERISA, or that it intends to terminate or has terminated under Section 4041A or 4042 of ERISA; (viii) the occurrence of an act or omission that could give rise to the imposition on Holdings, any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates of fines, penalties, Taxes or related charges under Chapter 43 of the Internal Revenue Code or under Section 409, Section 502(c), (i) or (l) or Section 4071 of ERISA in respect of any Employee Benefit Plan; (ix) the assertion of a material claim (other than routine claims for benefits) against any Employee Benefit Plan other than a Multiemployer Plan or the assets thereof, or against Holdings, any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates in connection with any Employee Benefit Plan; (x) receipt from the Internal Revenue Service of notice of the failure of any Pension Plan (or any other Employee Benefit Plan intended to be qualified under Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code) to qualify under Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the failure of any trust forming part of any Pension Plan to qualify for exemption from taxation under Section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code; or (xi) the imposition of a Lien pursuant to Section 430(k) of the Internal Revenue Code or pursuant to Section 303(k) of ERISA with respect to any Pension Plan.
Erroneous Payment” as defined in Section 9.12(a).
Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment” as defined in Section 9.12(d).
Erroneous Payment Impacted Class” as defined in Section 9.12(d).
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Erroneous Payment Return Deficiency” as defined in Section 9.12(d).
Erroneous Payment Subrogation Rights” as defined in Section 9.12(e).
EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule” means the EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule published by the Loan Market Association (or any successor Person).
Event of Default” has the meaning specified in Section 8.1.
Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
Excluded Accounts” means (i) payroll, employee benefits or zero balance accounts maintained by the Credit Parties, as long as (a) in the case of payroll accounts, the total amount on deposit at any time does not exceed the current amount of payroll obligations of the Credit Parties, (b) in the case of zero balance accounts, any deposits or funds in any such accounts are transferred at least once each Business Day into a Controlled Account (including, for the avoidance of doubt, at any time following the exercise of exclusive control by any Agent under the applicable control agreement with respect to such Controlled Account), and (ii) any Deposit Account of any Credit Party which holds cash collateral with respect to third party letters of credit or other obligations or Indebtedness permitted to be incurred hereunder, in each case, to the extent the pledge of such Cash is permitted hereunder, and (c) any other Deposit Accounts maintained in the ordinary course of business, in all cases containing cash amounts that do not exceed at any time $100,000 for any such account and $250,000 in the aggregate for all such accounts under this clause (d).
Excluded Taxes” means any of the following Taxes imposed on or with respect to a Recipient or required to be withheld or deducted from a payment to a Recipient, (a) Taxes imposed on or measured by net income (however denominated), franchise Taxes, and branch profits Taxes, in each case, (i) imposed as a result of such Recipient being organized under the laws of, or having its principal office or, in the case of any Lender, its applicable lending office located in, the jurisdiction imposing such Tax (or any political subdivision thereof) or (ii) that are Other Connection Taxes, (b) in the case of a Lender, U.S. federal withholding Taxes imposed on amounts payable to or for the account of such Lender with respect to an applicable interest in a Loan or Commitment pursuant to a law in effect on the date on which (i) such Lender acquires such interest in the Loan or Commitment (other than pursuant to an assignment request by Company under Section 2.19) or (ii) such Lender changes its lending office, except in each case to the extent that, pursuant to Section 2.16, amounts with respect to such Taxes were payable either to such Lender’s assignor immediately before such Lender became a party hereto or to such Lender immediately before it changed its lending office, (c) Taxes attributable to such Recipient’s failure to comply with Section 2.16(c) and (d) any withholding Taxes imposed under FATCA.
Existing Financial Statements” means the audited and unaudited financial statements for the periods ending on or prior to August 31, 2022, in each case in the form previously certified pursuant to a Financial Officer Certification and delivered to Agent and the Lenders in accordance with Sections 5.1(b) and (c) hereof.
Existing Indebtedness” means Indebtedness and other obligations outstanding under that certain Credit Agreement, dated as of December 31, 2020 by and among Holdings, as borrower, the other Loan Parties (as defined therein) from time to time party thereto, the lenders party from time to time party thereto, and Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group, L.P., as administrative agent and collateral agent thereunder, as in effect on the Closing Date immediately prior to giving effect to any payment of such Indebtedness and other obligations on the Closing Date.
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Extraordinary Receipts” means an amount equal to any Cash received by or paid for the account of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries outside of the ordinary course of such Person’s business, including any such payments in respect of purchase price adjustments (excluding working capital adjustments), Tax refunds, judgments, settlements for actual or potential litigation or similar claims, pension plan reversions, proceeds of insurance and indemnity payments, in each case, determined net of any bona fide direct costs incurred in connection with obtaining such Cash receipts to the extent paid or payable to non-Affiliates (including reasonable, out-of-pocket fees, costs and expenses associated therewith, whether as a result of settlement or otherwise); provided, the term “Extraordinary Receipts” shall not include (i) proceeds of any indemnity payment to the extent that no Event of Default exists at the time of receipt of such proceeds and such proceeds are promptly (and in any event within five Business Days) used to pay related third party claims and expenses, (ii) the Specified Extraordinary Receipts (solely to the extent such Specified Extraordinary Receipts are used to repay then outstanding ABL Indebtedness (which, for the avoidance of doubt, shall not be required to be accompanied by a permanent reduction of ABL Commitments) or (iii) proceeds of the type otherwise subject to Sections 2.10(a) through 2.10(d).
Facility” means any real property (including all buildings, fixtures or other improvements located thereon) now, hereafter or heretofore owned, leased, operated or used by Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective predecessors or Affiliates.
Fair Share” as defined in Section 7.2.
Fair Share Contribution Amount” as defined in Section 7.2.
FATCA” means Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Internal Revenue Code, as of the date of this Agreement (or any amended or successor version that is substantively comparable and not materially more onerous to comply with), any current or future regulations promulgated thereunder or official interpretations thereof, any agreements entered into pursuant to Section 1471(b)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code and any fiscal or regulatory legislation, rules or practices adopted pursuant to any intergovernmental agreement, treaty or convention among Governmental Authorities and implementing such Sections of the Code.
FDA” means the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and any successor Governmental Authority.
FDA Law and Regulation” as defined in the preamble to Section 4.29.
FDA Permits” as defined in Section 4.29(a).
Fee Letter” means that certain fee letter agreement, dated as of the Closing Date, between Alcon and Credit Party Representative.
Financial Officer Certification” means, with respect to the financial statements for which such certification is required, the certification of the Chief Financial Officer of Holdings that, as of the date of such certification, such financial statements fairly present, in all material respects, the financial condition of Holdings and its Subsidiaries as at the dates indicated and the results of their operations and their cash flows for the periods indicated, subject to changes resulting from audit and normal year-end adjustments.
Financial Plan” as defined in Section 5.1(i).
First Priority” means, (i) with respect to any Lien purported to be created in any Collateral not consisting of Capital Stock pursuant to any Collateral Document, that such Lien is
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the only Lien to which such Collateral is subject, other than any Permitted Liens, and (ii) with respect to any Lien purported to be created in any Collateral consisting of Capital Stock pursuant to any Collateral Document, that such Lien is the highest priority Lien to which such Collateral is subject, other than any non-consensual Permitted Liens for Taxes, statutory obligations or other obligations that arise and have higher priority by operation of law, in each case subject to the terms of the Intercreditor Agreement.
Fiscal Quarter” means a fiscal quarter of Holdings of any Fiscal Year.
Fiscal Year” means the fiscal year of Holdings and its Subsidiaries ending on the last Sunday of May of each calendar year.
Flood Certificate” means a “Standard Flood Hazard Determination Form” of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and any successor Governmental Authority performing a similar function.
Flood Hazard Property” means any Real Estate Asset subject to a Mortgage in favor of Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, and located in an area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as having special flood or mud slide hazards.
Flood Program” means the National Flood Insurance Program created by the U.S. Congress pursuant to the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994 and the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2004.
Flood Zone” means areas having special flood hazards as described in the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968.
Food Laws” means all current or future federal, state, local or foreign (or any subdivision of any of them) statutes, ordinances, orders, rules, regulations, judgments, standards, Governmental Authorizations or any other requirements of Governmental Authorities concerning or relating to matters of food, drink, consumables and related products and the design, development, manufacture, preparation, assembly, packaging, testing, labeling, distribution, transportation, marketing, storage, service or sale of food, drink, consumables or other related or comparable items in any jurisdiction in which Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries have food service or similar operations, including the FDCA, any FDA Law or Regulation, the Food Security Act of 1985, the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, the Consumer Product Safety Commission Act, the Poison Prevention Packaging Act and the Food Safety Modernization Act, 21 CFR § Part 111.
Foreign Subsidiary” means any Subsidiary that is not a Domestic Subsidiary.
Fraudulent Transfer Laws” means, collectively, §548 of the Bankruptcy Code, 11 U.S.C. §548, or any applicable provisions of comparable state law.
Fund” means any Person (other than a Natural Person) that is (or will be) engaged in making, purchasing, holding or otherwise investing in commercial loans, bonds and similar extensions of credit in the ordinary course of its activities.
Funding Guarantor” as defined in Section 7.2.
Funding Notice” means a funding notice substantially in the form of Exhibit A.
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GAAP” means, subject to Section 1.2, U.S. generally accepted accounting principles in effect as of the date of determination.
GCP” as defined in the preamble to Section 4.29.
GLP” as defined in the preamble to Section 4.29.
Governmental Authority” means any federal, state, municipal, national or other government, governmental department, commission, board, bureau, court, agency or instrumentality or political subdivision thereof or any entity or officer exercising executive, legislative, judicial, regulatory or administrative functions of or pertaining to any government or any court, in each case, whether associated with a state of the U.S., the U.S. or a foreign entity or government, including without limitation, the FDA.
Governmental Authorization” means any permit, license, authorization, plan, directive, consent order or consent decree of or from any Governmental Authority.
Guaranteed Obligations” as defined in Section 7.1.
Guarantor” means (i) each Company, to the extent that such Company is not already the primary obligor in respect of any particular Obligations, and (ii) each other Person joined as a “Guarantor” to this Agreement after the Closing Date pursuant to Section 5.10. At any time there is only one Person party hereto and to the other Credit Documents as “Guarantor”, all references herein or therein to “a Guarantor”, “any Guarantor”, “each Guarantor” or “Guarantors” shall be deemed to be a reference to such Person.
Guaranty” means (i) the guaranty of each Guarantor set forth in Section 7, and (ii) each other guaranty of the Obligations that is made by any other Guarantor in favor of Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties.
Hazardous Materials” means any chemical, material or substance, exposure to which is prohibited, limited or regulated by any Governmental Authority or that may or could pose a hazard to the health and safety of the owners, occupants or any Persons in the vicinity of any Facility or to the indoor or outdoor environment.
Hazardous Materials Activity” means any past, current, proposed or threatened activity, event or occurrence involving any Hazardous Materials, including the use, manufacture, possession, storage, holding, presence, existence, location, Release, threatened Release, discharge, placement, generation, transportation, processing, construction, treatment, abatement, removal, remediation, disposal, disposition or handling of any Hazardous Materials, and any corrective action or response action with respect to any of the foregoing.
Health Care Laws” means all applicable federal and state laws, rules or regulations relating to the regulation, provision or administration of, or payment for, healthcare products or services, including without limitation, (i) the federal Anti‑Kickback Statute (42 U.S.C. §1320a‑7b(b)), the Federal Civil Monetary Penalty Authority (Sections 1320a‑7 and 1320a‑7a of Title 42 of the United States Code), the Physician Self-Referral Law, commonly known as the “Stark Law” (42 U.S.C. §§ 1395nn and 1396b), the civil False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. § 3729 et seq.), the Federal Criminal False Claims Act (18 U.S.C. § 287), the False Statements Relating to Health Care Matters law (18 U.S.C. § 1035), Health Care Fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1347), or any regulations promulgated pursuant to such statutes, or similar state or local statutes or regulations; (ii) the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (Pub. L. No. 104‑191) (“HIPAA”) and the regulations promulgated thereunder and similar state or local statutes or regulations governing the privacy or security of patient information; (iii) the
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Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (Title XIII) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the regulations promulgated thereunder; (iv) Medicaid (Title XIX of the Social Security Act) and the regulations promulgated thereunder as well as comparable state Medicaid statutes and regulations; (v) TRICARE (10 U.S.C. § 1071 et seq.) and the regulations promulgated thereunder; (vi) the FDCA and the regulations promulgated thereunder; (vii) quality and safety laws, rules or regulations relating to the regulation, storage, provision or administration of, or payment for, healthcare products or services, including prescription products, including but not limited to the FDCA; (viii) the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Section 6002 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 1320-7h) and any other federal or state disclosure, transparency or “Sunshine” law; (ix) laws governing the provision of services to employees with workers compensation coverage or licensure or certification as a healthcare organization to provide such services; (x) federal and state medical and pharmacy practice Laws and pharmacology and controlled substances laws, including the Federal Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. §§ 801, et seq.); and (xi) licensure laws, rules or regulations relating to the regulation, provision or administration of, or payment for, healthcare items, services or goods and the ownership or operation of medical equipment, supplies or accessories, each of (i) through (x) as amended from time to time.
Hedge Agreement” means any derivative or hedging contract, agreement, confirmation or other similar transaction or arrangement that is entered into by Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries, including any commodity or equity exchange, swap, collar, cap, floor, adjustable strike cap, adjustable strike corridor, cross-currency swap or forward rate agreement, spot or forward foreign currency or commodity purchase or sale, listed or over-the-counter option or similar derivative right related to any of the foregoing, non-deliverable forward or option, foreign currency swap agreement, currency exchange rate price hedging arrangement or other arrangement designed to protect against fluctuations in interest rates or currency exchange rates, commodity, currency, or Securities values or any combination of the foregoing agreements or arrangements.
Highest Lawful Rate” means the maximum lawful interest rate, if any, that at any time or from time to time may be contracted for, charged or received under the laws applicable to any Lender that are in effect as of the Closing Date or, to the extent allowed by law, under such applicable laws that may be in effect after the Closing Date and allow a higher maximum nonusurious interest rate than applicable laws in effect as of the Closing Date.
Historical Financial Statements” means, as of the Closing Date, (i) the audited financial statements of Holdings and its Subsidiaries for the Fiscal Year ended May 29, 2022, consisting of consolidated and consolidating balance sheets and the related consolidated and consolidating statements of income, stockholders’ equity and cash flows for such Fiscal Year, and (ii) for the interim period from May 30, 2022 to the Closing Date, the unaudited financial statements of Holdings and its Subsidiaries, consisting of consolidated and consolidating balance sheets and the related consolidated and consolidating statements of income, stockholders’ equity and cash flows for each quarterly period completed on or prior to November 27, 2022, in the case of clauses (i) and (ii), certified by the Chief Financial Officer of Credit Party Representative that they fairly present, in all material respects, the financial condition of Holdings and its Subsidiaries as at the dates indicated and the results of their operations and their cash flows for the periods indicated, subject, if applicable, to changes resulting from audit and normal year-end adjustments.
Holdings” as defined in the preamble hereto.
Immaterial Fee-Owned Property” means, as of any date of determination, any (i) individual fee-owned Real Estate Asset having a fair market value less than $2,000,000 and
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(ii) fee-owned Real Estate Assets having a fair market value less than $4,000,000 in the aggregate; provided, notwithstanding the foregoing, any fee-owned Real Estate Asset designated as a Material Real Estate Asset pursuant to clause (iii) of the definition thereof and any fee-owned Real Estate Asset set forth on Schedule 1.1(b) shall not constitute “Immaterial Fee-Owned Properties”.
Increased-Cost Lender” as defined in Section 2.19.
Indebtedness”, as applied to any Person, means, without duplication, (i) all indebtedness for borrowed money; (ii) Capital Lease Obligations; (iii) notes payable and drafts accepted representing extensions of credit whether or not representing obligations for borrowed money; (iv) any obligation owed for all or any part of the deferred purchase price of property or services (excluding any such obligations incurred under ERISA and any trade payable incurred in the ordinary course of business unless (a) due more than 90 days from the date of incurrence of the obligation in respect thereof, or (b) such obligation is evidenced by a note or a similar written instrument); (v) all indebtedness secured by any Lien on any property or asset owned or held by such Person regardless of whether the indebtedness secured thereby shall have been assumed by such Person or is nonrecourse to the credit of such Person; (vi) the face amount of any letter of credit or similar instrument issued for the account of (or similar credit transaction entered into for the benefit of) such Person or as to which such Person is otherwise liable for reimbursement of drawings or is otherwise an obligor; (vii) Disqualified Capital Stock; provided, the amount of Indebtedness represented by such Disqualified Capital Stock shall be deemed to be equal to the greater of its voluntary or involuntary liquidation preference and its maximum fixed repurchase price (for purposes hereof, the “maximum fixed repurchase price” of any Disqualified Capital Stock that does not have a fixed repurchase price shall be calculated in accordance with the terms of such Disqualified Capital Stock as if such Disqualified Capital Stock were purchased on any date on which Indebtedness shall be required to be determined pursuant to this Agreement, and as if such price were based upon, or measured by, the fair market value of such Disqualified Capital Stock); (viii) the direct or indirect guaranty, endorsement (other than for collection or deposit in the ordinary course of business), co-making, discounting with recourse or sale with recourse by such Person of the obligation of another; (ix) any obligation of such Person the primary purpose or intent of which is to provide assurance to an obligee that the obligation of the obligor thereof will be paid or discharged, or any agreement relating thereto will be complied with, or the holders thereof will be protected (in whole or in part) against loss in respect thereof; (x) any liability of such Person for an obligation of another through any agreement (contingent or otherwise) (a) to purchase, repurchase or otherwise acquire such obligation or provide any security therefor, or to provide funds for the payment or discharge of such obligation (whether in the form of loans, advances, stock purchases, capital contributions or otherwise) or (b) to maintain the solvency or any balance sheet item, level of income or financial condition of another if, in the case of any agreement described under clause (a) or (b) of this clause (x), the primary purpose or intent thereof is as described in clause (ix) above; (xi) all obligations of such Person in respect of any exchange traded or over the counter derivative transaction, including under any Hedge Agreement, in each case, whether entered into for hedging or speculative purposes or otherwise; provided, the “principal” amount of obligations under any Hedge Agreement that has not been terminated shall be deemed to be the Net Mark-to-Market Exposure of Holdings and its Subsidiaries thereunder; and (xii) any obligations consisting of accounts payable or other monetary liabilities that do not fall into the foregoing categories of Indebtedness but are overdue more than 90 days (“Stretched Payables”).
Indemnified Liabilities” means, collectively, any and all liabilities, obligations, losses, damages (including natural resource damages), penalties, claims (including Environmental Claims), actions, judgments, suits, costs (including the costs of any investigation, study, sampling, testing, abatement, cleanup, removal, remediation or other response action necessary to remove, remediate, clean up or abate any Hazardous Materials Activity),
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Indemnified Taxes, expenses and disbursements of any kind or nature whatsoever (including attorneys’ fees and any fees or expenses incurred by Indemnitees in enforcing this indemnity), whether direct, indirect, special or consequential and whether based on any federal, state or foreign laws, statutes, rules or regulations (including securities and commercial laws, statutes, rules or regulations and Environmental Laws), on common law or equitable cause or on contract or otherwise, that may be imposed on, incurred by, or asserted against any such Indemnitee (whether asserted by a third party or by any Credit Party or any of its affiliates), in any manner relating to or arising out (i) this Agreement or the other Credit Documents or the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby (including the Lenders’ agreement to make Credit Extensions or the use or intended use of the proceeds thereof, or any enforcement of any of the Credit Documents (including any sale of, collection from or other realization upon any of the Collateral or the enforcement of the Guaranty)); (ii) the statements contained in the any Environmental Claim or Hazardous Materials Activity relating to or arising from, directly or indirectly, any past or present activity, operation, land ownership, or practice of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries.
Indemnified Taxes” means (a) Taxes, other than Excluded Taxes, imposed on or with respect to any payment made by or on account of any obligation of Companies under any Credit Document and (b) to the extent not otherwise described in (a), Other Taxes.
Indemnitee” means each Agent (including, as applicable, in its capacity as a non-fiduciary agent under Section 2.4) and each Lender, and each of their respective affiliates, officers, partners, members, Directors, trustees, employees, managers, advisors, consultants, administrators, agents and sub-agents.
Indemnitee Agent Party” as defined in Section 9.6.
Initial Term Loan” means a term loan made by a Lender to Companies pursuant to Section 2.1(a).
Initial Term Loan Commitment” means the commitment of a Lender to make or otherwise fund an Initial Term Loan, and “Initial Term Loan Commitments” means such commitments of all Lenders in the aggregate. The amount of each Lender’s Initial Term Loan Commitment, if any, is set forth on Appendix A-1, subject to any adjustment or reduction pursuant to the terms and conditions hereof. The aggregate amount of the Initial Term Loan Commitments as of the Closing Date immediately prior to giving effect to the funding of the Initial Term Loans is $140,000,000.
Initial Term Loan Exposure” means, with respect to any Lender, as of any time of determination, the outstanding principal amount of the Initial Term Loans of such Lender; provided, at any time prior to the making of the Initial Term Loans, the Initial Term Loan Exposure of any Lender shall be equal to such Lender’s Initial Term Loan Commitment.
Insurance/Condemnation Reinvestment Amounts” as defined in Section 2.10(b).
Insurance/Condemnation Reinvestment Period” as defined in Section 2.10(b).
Intellectual Property” as defined in the Pledge and Security Agreement.
Intellectual Property Security Agreement” means a short-form security agreement with respect to the Intellectual Property of any Credit Party in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to Collateral Agent.
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Intercompany Note and Subordination” means a “global” intercompany promissory note and subordination agreement that evidences and subordinates certain Indebtedness and other monetary liabilities owed among Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries, in form and substance satisfactory to Administrative Agent.
Intercreditor Agreement” means that certain Intercreditor Agreement, dated as of the Closing Date by and among Collateral Agent, ABL Agent and the Credit Parties, as the same may be amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time.
Interest Payment Date” means (a) the last day of each calendar quarter, commencing on the first such date to occur after the Closing Date, and (b) the Term Loan Maturity Date.
Interest Rate” means an interest rate per annum equal to ten percent (10.0%).
Internal Revenue Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
Internally Generated Cash” means, with respect to any period, any Cash of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries generated during such period as a result of such Person’s operations, excluding Net Asset Sale Proceeds and the proceeds of Asset Sales of ABL Priority Collateral, Net Insurance/Condemnation Proceeds, Net Equity Proceeds, Net Debt Proceeds (other than Cash proceeds of revolving loans under the ABL Loan Agreement) and any other Cash that is generated from an incurrence of Indebtedness or any other liability (other than Cash proceeds of revolving loans under the ABL Loan Agreement).
Investment” means (i) any direct or indirect purchase or other acquisition by Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries of, or of a beneficial interest in, any of the Securities of any other Person, including the establishment or other creation of a Subsidiary or any other interest in the Securities of any Person, and any other Acquisition; (ii) any direct or indirect redemption, retirement, purchase or other acquisition for value, by Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries from any Person, of any Capital Stock of such Person; and (iii) any direct or indirect loan, advance (other than advances to employees for customary moving, entertainment and travel expenses, drawing accounts and similar expenditures in the ordinary course of business and consistent with past practice) or capital contributions by Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries to any other Person, including all indebtedness and accounts receivable from that other Person that are not current assets or did not arise from sales of inventory to that other Person in the ordinary course of business. The amount of any Investment shall be the original cost of such Investment plus the cost of all additions thereto, without any adjustments for increases or decreases in value, or write-ups, write-downs or write-offs with respect to such Investment.
ISDA Definitions” means the 2006 ISDA Definitions published by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. or any successor thereto, as amended or supplemented from time to time, or any successor definitional booklet for interest rate derivatives published from time to time by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. or such successor thereto.
Joint Venture” means a joint venture, partnership or other similar arrangement, whether in corporate, partnership or other legal form; provided, in no event shall any Wholly-Owned Subsidiary of any Person be considered to be a “Joint Venture” to which such Person is a party.
Junior Priority” means, (i) with respect to any Lien purported to be created in any Collateral (other than ABL Priority Collateral) not consisting of Capital Stock pursuant to any ABL Collateral Document, that such Lien is the only Lien to which such Collateral is
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subject, other than (I) the Lien of Collateral Agent hereunder for the benefit of the Secured Parties on the Collateral as security for the Obligations in accordance with the Intercreditor Agreement and (II) any Permitted Liens, and (ii) with respect to any Lien purported to be created in any Collateral consisting of Capital Stock pursuant to any ABL Collateral Document, that such Lien is the highest priority Lien to which such Collateral is subject, other than (I) the Lien of Collateral Agent hereunder for the benefit of the Secured Parties on the Collateral as security for the Obligations in accordance with the Intercreditor Agreement and (II) any non-consensual Permitted Liens for Taxes, statutory obligations or other obligations that arise and have higher priority by operation of law.
Key Performance Indicator Report” means a monthly report as mutually agreed by Administrative Agent and Companies.
Latest Maturity Date” means, as of any time of determination, the latest possible maturity or expiration date applicable to any Loan or Commitment hereunder at such time, in each case, as extended in accordance with this Agreement from time to time, as the case may be.
Leasehold Property” means any leasehold interest of any Credit Party as lessee under any lease of real property.
Lender” means each financial institution or other entity listed on the signature pages hereto as a Lender, and any other Person that becomes a party hereto pursuant to an Assignment Agreement.
Lien” means (i) any lien, mortgage, pledge, assignment, security interest, charge or encumbrance of any kind (including any agreement to give any of the foregoing, any conditional sale or other title retention agreement and any lease in the nature thereof) and any option, trust or other preferential arrangement having the practical effect of any of the foregoing, and (ii) in the case of Securities, any purchase option, call or similar right of a third party with respect to such Securities.
Lifecore” as defined in the preamble hereto.
Lifecore Biomedical” means Lifecore Biomedical, LLC, a Minnesota limited liability company.
Loan” means, as the context requires, an Initial Term Loan, together with any PIK Interest added to the outstanding principal amount of the Loans pursuant to Section 2.5(a), and any fee or other Obligations that are paid-in-kind pursuant to the terms of the Credit Documents by adding such amounts to the outstanding principal amount of the Loans.
Margin Stock” as defined in Regulation U.
Material Adverse Effect” means any material adverse effect on or material adverse developments with respect to (i) the business operations, properties, assets, condition (financial or otherwise) or prospects of Holdings and its Subsidiaries taken as a whole; (ii) the ability of any Credit Party to fully and timely perform its Obligations; (iii) the legality, validity, binding effect, or enforceability against any Credit Party of any Credit Document to which it is a party; (iv) the validity, perfection or priority of any Lien in favor of Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, on the Collateral taken as a whole; or (v) the rights, remedies and benefits available to, or conferred upon, any Agent, any Lender or any other Secured Party under any Credit Document.
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Material Contract” means any and all contracts or other arrangements to which Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries is a party (other than the Credit Documents) for which breach, nonperformance, cancellation or failure to renew could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, including those contracts and arrangements that are listed on Schedule 4.16.
Material Indebtedness” means (a) ABL Indebtedness, and (b) Indebtedness (other than the Obligations) of any Company or any of its Subsidiaries with an individual principal amount of $2,000,000 or more or, solely for purposes of Section 8.1(b), that, collectively with any other Indebtedness in respect of which any relevant default or other specified event has occurred, has an aggregate principal amount of $5,000,000 or more.
Material Real Estate Asset” means any and all of the following: (i) all fee-owned Real Estate Assets other than any Immaterial Fee-Owned Properties (ii) any Real Estate Asset at which Lifecore or any of its Subsidiaries is manufacturing pharmaceutical products, (iii) any Real Estate Asset which serves as a chief executive office for any Credit Party and (iv) any Real Estate Asset listed on Schedule 1.1(b).
Material Supply Agreement Default” means any material default by Lifecore Biomedical or failure by Lifecore Biomedical to perform its obligations under and in accordance with the Supply Agreement, in each case, which remains uncured or unremedied for a period of thirty (30) days.
Moody’s” means Moody’s Investors Service, Inc., or any successor to its rating agency business.
Mortgage” means a mortgage, deed of trust, or similar instrument in form and substance reasonably acceptable to Collateral Agent.
Mortgaged Real Estate Documents” means, with respect to each fee-owned Real Estate Asset that is required to be subject to a Mortgage pursuant to this Agreement:
(i)one or more fully executed and notarized Mortgages encumbering such Real Estate Asset, in each case, in proper form for recording in all appropriate places in all applicable jurisdictions;
(ii)(a) ALTA mortgagee title insurance policies or, solely to the extent that Collateral Agent in its sole discretion waives the requirement for a policy to be issued, unconditional commitments therefor, in each case, issued by one or more title companies reasonably satisfactory to Collateral Agent with respect to such Real Estate Asset (each, a “Title Policy”), each Title Policy to be in amounts not less than the fair market value of such Real Estate Asset as reasonably determined by Borrower, together with a title report with respect thereto reasonably satisfactory to Collateral Agent issued by such title companies and dated not more than 60 days prior to the date of the applicable Mortgage, (b) complete and accurate copies of all documents listed as exceptions to title or otherwise referred to therein, each in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to Collateral Agent, and (c) evidence satisfactory to Collateral Agent that such Credit Party has paid to such title companies or to the appropriate Governmental Authorities all expenses and premiums of such title companies and all other sums required in connection with the issuance of each Title Policy and all recording and stamp Taxes (including mortgage recording and intangible Taxes) payable in connection with recording the Mortgages for such Real Estate Asset in the appropriate real estate records;
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(iii)(a) a completed Flood Certificate with respect to such Real Estate Asset, which Flood Certificate shall (I) be addressed to Collateral Agent, (II) otherwise comply with the Flood Program and (III) be in form and substance satisfactory to Collateral Agent in its reasonable discretion; (b) if the Flood Certificate indicates that such Real Estate Asset is located in a Flood Zone, the applicable Credit Party’s written acknowledgment of receipt of written notification from Collateral Agent (I) as to the existence of such Real Estate Asset in a Flood Zone and (II) as to whether the community in which such Real Estate Asset is located is participating in the Flood Program; and (c) if such Real Estate Asset is located in a Flood Zone and is located in a community that participates in the Flood Program, evidence that the applicable Credit Party has obtained a policy of flood insurance that is in compliance with all applicable requirements of the Flood Program or, solely to the extent agreed to by Collateral Agent in its sole discretion, excluded any structures existing in such Flood Zone from any such Mortgage in a manner satisfactory to Collateral Agent in its sole discretion;
(iv)ALTA surveys of such Real Estate Asset, either (A) certified to Collateral Agent and dated not more than 30 days prior to the date of the applicable Mortgage and otherwise in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to Collateral Agent or (B) confirmed by the Credit Party Representative or the owner of such Real Estate Asset by a survey affidavit satisfactory to the title company providing the Title Policy insuring the Mortgage on such Real Estate Asset to be an accurate representation of the current status of such Real Estate Asset such that the title company may delete the standard survey exceptions from the Title Policy;
(v)an opinion of counsel (which counsel shall be reasonably satisfactory to Collateral Agent) in the state in which such Real Estate Asset is located with respect to the enforceability of the Mortgage(s) to be recorded in such state and such other matters as Collateral Agent may reasonably request, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to Collateral Agent; and
(vi)reports and other information, in each case, in form, scope and substance reasonably satisfactory to Administrative Agent, regarding environmental matters relating to such Real Estate Asset, including any Phase I Report requested by Collateral Agent with respect to such Real Estate Asset.
Multiemployer Plan” means any Employee Benefit Plan that is a “multiemployer plan” as defined in Section 3(37) of ERISA.
Narrative Report” means, with respect to the financial statements for which such narrative report is required, a narrative report describing the operations of Holdings and its Subsidiaries in the form prepared for presentation to senior management thereof for the applicable month, Fiscal Quarter or Fiscal Year and for the period from the beginning of the then current Fiscal Year to the end of such period to which such financial statements relate with comparison to and variances from the immediately preceding period and budget.
Natural Person” means a natural person or a holding company, investment vehicle or trust for, or owned and operated for the primary benefit of, a natural person.
Net Asset Sale Proceeds” means, with respect to any Asset Sale an amount equal to (i) Cash payments received by Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries from such Asset Sale of Term Loan Priority Collateral (including any Cash received by way of deferred payment pursuant to, or by monetization of, a note receivable or otherwise (including by way of a milestone payment, as applicable), but only as and when so received), minus (ii) any bona fide direct costs incurred in connection with such Asset Sale of Term Loan Priority Collateral to the
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extent paid or payable to non-Affiliates, including (a) income or gains Taxes payable by Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries as a result of any gain recognized in connection with such Asset Sale of Term Loan Priority Collateral during the Tax period the sale occurs, (b) payment of the outstanding principal amount of, premium or penalty, if any, and interest on any Indebtedness (other than the Loans) that is secured by a Permitted Lien on the Capital Stock or assets in question and that is required to be repaid under the terms thereof as a result of such Asset Sale of Term Loan Priority Collateral, and (c) a reasonable reserve for any indemnification payments (fixed or contingent) attributable to seller’s indemnities and representations and warranties to purchaser in respect of such Asset Sale undertaken by Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries in connection with such Asset Sale of Term Loan Priority Collateral; provided, upon release of any such reserve, the amount released shall be considered Net Asset Sale Proceeds. To the extent that any Asset Sale consists of both Term Loan Priority Collateral and ABL Priority Collateral, the Net Asset Sale Proceeds in respect of such Asset Sale shall be determined in accordance with Section 4.3 of the Intercreditor Agreement. Upon the Payment in Full of the ABL Priority Debt (as defined in the Intercreditor Agreement), each reference in the first sentence of this definition to “Asset Sale of Term Loan Priority Collateral” shall thereafter be deemed to be a reference to “Asset Sale”.
Net Debt Proceeds” means an amount equal to any Cash proceeds from the incurrence of any Indebtedness of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries (other than any Cash proceeds received with respect to any Indebtedness permitted to be incurred pursuant to Section 6.1), net of underwriting discounts and commissions and other reasonable, out-of-pocket costs and expenses associated therewith, including reasonable legal fees and expenses, in each case, solely to the extent such discounts, commissions, costs, fees and expenses are paid to non-Affiliates.
Net Equity Proceeds” means an amount equal to any Cash proceeds from a capital contribution to, or the issuance of any Capital Stock of, Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries (other than pursuant to any employee stock or stock option compensation plan), net of underwriting discounts and commissions and other reasonable, out-of-pocket costs and expenses associated therewith, including reasonable legal fees and expenses, in each case, solely to the extent such discounts, commissions, costs, fees and expenses are paid to non-Affiliates.
Net Insurance/Condemnation Proceeds” means an amount equal to: (i) any Cash payments or proceeds received by Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries in respect of any Term Loan Priority Collateral (a) under any casualty, business interruption or “key man” insurance policies in respect of any covered loss thereunder, or (b) as a result of the taking of any assets of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries by any Person pursuant to the power of eminent domain, condemnation or otherwise, or pursuant to a sale of any such assets to a purchaser with such power under threat of such a taking, minus (ii) (a) any actual and reasonable costs incurred by Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries in connection with the adjustment or settlement of any claims of Holdings or such Subsidiary in respect thereof, and (b) any bona fide direct costs incurred in connection with any sale of such assets as referred to in clause (i)(b) of this definition to the extent paid or payable to non-Affiliates, including income or gains Taxes payable by Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries as a result of any gain recognized in connection therewith during the Tax period the Cash payments or proceeds are received. To the extent that any of the events described in clause (i) of the first sentence of this definition involve both Term Loan Priority Collateral and ABL Priority Collateral, the Net Insurance/Condemnation Proceeds in respect of such event shall be determined in accordance with Section 4.3 of the Intercreditor Agreement. Upon the Payment in Full of the ABL Priority Debt (as defined in the Intercreditor Agreement), the reference in the first sentence of this definition to “in respect of any Term Loan Priority Collateral” shall thereafter be deemed to be deleted.
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Net Mark-to-Market Exposure” of a Person means, as of any time of determination, the excess (if any) of all unrealized losses over all unrealized profits of such Person arising from Hedge Agreements or other Indebtedness of the type described in clause (xi) of the definition thereof. As used in this definition, “unrealized losses” means the fair market value of the cost to such Person of replacing such Hedge Agreement or such other Indebtedness as of the date of determination (assuming such Hedge Agreement or such other Indebtedness were to be terminated as of that date), and “unrealized profits” means the fair market value of the gain to such Person of replacing such Hedge Agreement or such other Indebtedness as of the date of determination (assuming such Hedge Agreement or such other Indebtedness were to be terminated as of that date).
Non-Consenting Lender” as defined in Section 2.19.
Non-Defaulting Lender” means, at any time, each Lender that is not a Defaulting Lender at such time.
Notice” means a Funding Notice.
Obligation Aggregate Payments” as defined in Section 2.20(b).
Obligation Fair Share” as defined in Section 2.20(b).
Obligation Fair Share Contribution Amount” as defined in Section 2.20(b).
Obligation Fair Share Shortfall” as defined in Section 2.20(b).
Obligations” means all obligations (whether now existing or hereafter arising, absolute or contingent, joint, several or independent) of every nature of each Credit Party from time to time owed to the Agents (including former Agents) and the Lenders (or any of the foregoing Persons) under any Credit Document, whether for principal, interest (including interest that, but for the filing of a petition in bankruptcy with respect to such Credit Party, would have accrued on any Obligation, whether or not a claim is allowed against such Credit Party for such interest in the related bankruptcy proceeding), obligations to pay, discharge and satisfy the Erroneous Payment Subrogation Rights, fees, expenses, indemnification or otherwise.
Obligee Guarantor” as defined in Section 7.7.
OFAC” means the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and any successor Governmental Authority.
Organizational Documents” means (i) with respect to any corporation or company, its certificate, memorandum, or articles of incorporation or organization, and its bylaws, (ii) with respect to any limited partnership, its certificate or declaration of limited partnership and its partnership agreement, (iii) with respect to any general partnership, its partnership agreement, (iv) with respect to any limited liability company, its certificate or articles of organization or formation and its operating agreement or limited liability company agreement, and (v) in each case, any shareholders agreement, voting agreement, proxy or similar agreement with respect to Capital Stock issued by such Person. In the event any term or condition of this Agreement or any other Credit Document requires any Organizational Document to be certified by a secretary of state or similar governmental official, the reference to any such Organizational Document shall only be to a document of a type customarily certified by such governmental official.
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Other Connection Taxes” means, with respect to any Recipient, Taxes imposed as a result of a present or former connection between such Recipient and the jurisdiction imposing such Tax (other than connections arising from such Recipient having executed, delivered, become a party to, performed its obligations under, received payments under, received or perfected a security interest under, engaged in any other transaction pursuant to or enforced any Credit Document, or sold or assigned an interest in any Loan or Credit Document).
Other Taxes” means any and all present or future stamp, court, intangible, recording, filing, documentary, excise, property or similar Taxes (and interest, fines, penalties and additions related thereto) arising from any payment made hereunder or from the execution, delivery or enforcement of, or with respect to, this Agreement or any other Credit Document except any such Taxes that are Other Connection Taxes imposed with respect to an assignment.
Paid in Full” and “Payment in Full” mean, with respect to any or all of the Obligations, Guaranteed Obligations or ABL Indebtedness, as the context requires, that each of the following events has occurred, as applicable: (i) the indefeasible payment or repayment in full in immediately available funds of (a) the principal amount of all outstanding Loans or ABL Loans, as the case may be, (b) all accrued and unpaid interest, fees, premiums or other charges owing in respect of any Loan, Commitment, or any ABL Loan, or otherwise under any Credit Document or any ABL Credit Document, as the case may be, and (c) all accrued and unpaid costs and expenses payable by any Credit Party to any Agent, any Lender, the ABL Agent or any ABL Lender, pursuant to any Credit Document or any ABL Credit Document, as the case may be, whether or not demand has been made therefor, including any and all indemnification and reimbursement claims that have been asserted by any such Person prior to such time, (ii) the indefeasible payment or repayment in full in immediately available funds of all other outstanding Obligations, Guaranteed Obligations, or ABL Indebtedness other than unasserted contingent indemnification and contingent reimbursement obligations, (iii) the termination in writing of all of the Commitments or ABL Indebtedness, as the case may be, and (iv)  receipt by Administrative Agent and the ABL Agent, as the case may be, of a release from the Credit Parties in favor of the Secured Parties in form and substance satisfactory to Administrative Agent or the ABL Agent, as the case may be.
Participant Register” as defined in Section 10.6(h)(i).
PATRIOT Act” means the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (Title III of Pub. L. 107-56 (signed into law October 26, 2001)).
Payment Recipient” as defined in Section 9.12(a).
PBGC” means the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation or any successor thereto.
Pension Plan” means any Employee Benefit Plan, other than a Multiemployer Plan, that is subject to Section 412 of the Internal Revenue Code or Section 302 of ERISA.
Permitted Capital Stock Issuances” means the issuance by Holdings of Capital Stock (other than Disqualified Capital Stock); provided, (i) no Event of Default has occurred or is continuing at the time of such issuance (or will be caused thereby) and (ii) the use of the Net Equity Proceeds thereof is permitted under the ABL Credit Agreement.
Permitted Curation Investments” has the meaning specified in Section 6.7.
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Permitted Liens” means, collectively, the Liens permitted pursuant to Section 6.2.
Permitted Tax Distributions” for any taxable period in which Holdings and its Subsidiaries are members of a consolidated, combined or similar income tax group of which Holdings is the common parent (a “Tax Group”), distributions by Holdings or any such Subsidiary thereof to Holdings to pay federal, foreign, state and local income Taxes of such Tax Group that are attributable to the taxable income of Holdings and its Subsidiaries; provided that, for each taxable period, the amount of such payments made in respect of such taxable period in the aggregate shall not exceed the amount that Holdings and its Subsidiaries would have been required to pay as a stand-alone Tax Group, reduced by any portion of such income Taxes directly paid by Holdings and its Subsidiaries.
Person” means and includes natural persons, corporations, limited partnerships, general partnerships, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, joint stock companies, Joint Ventures, associations, companies, trusts, banks, trust companies, land trusts, business trusts and other organizations, whether or not legal entities, and Governmental Authorities.
Phase I Report” means, with respect to any Facility, a report that (i) conforms to the ASTM Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process, E1527 and (ii) was conducted no more than six months prior to the date such report is required to be delivered hereunder, by one or more environmental consulting firms reasonably satisfactory to Administrative Agent.
PIK Interest” shall mean payment-in-kind of interest in respect of the Loans by increasing the outstanding principal amount thereof by an amount equal to such portion of interest, rather than paying such portion of interest in cash.
Platform” as defined in Section 10.1(b).
Pledge and Security Agreement” means that certain Pledge and Security Agreement, dated as of the Closing Date, by and among each Credit Party and Collateral Agent.
Principal Office” means, Administrative Agent’s “Principal Office” as set forth on Appendix B, or such other office or office of a third party or sub-agent, as appropriate, as such Person may from time to time designate in writing to Credit Party Representative, Administrative Agent and, as applicable, each Lender; provided, for the purpose of making any payment on the Obligations or any other amount due hereunder or under any other Credit Document, the Principal Office of Administrative Agent shall be 200 West Street, New York, New York, 10282 (or such other location within the City and State of New York as Administrative Agent may from time to time designate in writing to Credit Party Representative and each Lender); provided, further, all wires to Administrative Agent shall be made to the wiring instructions provided by Administrative Agent in writing from time to time.
Privacy Laws” means, collectively, (i) all applicable international, federal, state, provincial and local laws, rules, regulations, directives and governmental requirements currently in effect and as they become effective relating in any way to the privacy, confidentiality or security of personal information, including (a) laws imposing minimum information security requirements (such as Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.81.5 and 201 Mass. Code Reg. 17.00); (b) laws requiring the secure disposal of records containing certain personal information (such as N.Y. Gen. Bus. Law § 399 H); (c) the European Union (General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 and European Union Member State laws supplemental thereto and the EU Directive 2002/58/EC; (d) the Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronic
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Documents Act (PIPEDA) and relevant provincial laws; (e) the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) (Cal. Civ. Code §§ 1798.100 to 1798.199) and all implementing regulations with respect thereto; (f) Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act and any other unfair trade practice laws of any Governmental Authority; (g) the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 6801-6827, and all regulations implementing the same; (h) the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq., as amended by the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, and all implementing regulations with respect hereto; (i) Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (codified as amended in scattered sections of 29 U.S.C. and 42 U.S.C.) and all implementing regulations with respect thereto; (j) the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act; (k) the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991; (l) the rules and regulations of the National Automated Clearing House Association, information security breach notification laws (such as Cal. Civ. Code §§ 1798.29, 1798.82 - 1798.84); and (m) all other similar international, federal, state, provincial, municipal and local requirements; and (ii) all applicable industry standards concerning privacy, data protection, confidentiality or information security, in each case, to the extent such laws, rules, regulations, directives and governmental requirements and such industry standards are applicable to Holdings, any of its Subsidiaries, their respective property or their respective business.
Pro Rata Share” means with respect to all payments, computations and other matters relating to the Initial Term Loan of any Lender, the percentage obtained by dividing (a) the Initial Term Loan Exposure of that Lender, by (b) the aggregate Initial Term Loan Exposure of all Lenders.
Projections” as defined in Section 4.8.
PTE” means a prohibited transaction class exemption issued by the U.S. Department of Labor, as any such exemption may be amended from time to time.
Qualified Cash” means, at any time of determination, the aggregate balance sheet amount of unrestricted Cash and, to the extent readily monetized, Cash Equivalents included in the consolidated balance sheet of Holdings and its Subsidiaries as of such time that (i) is free and clear of all Liens other than Liens in favor of Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, and non-consensual Permitted Liens, (ii) may be applied to payment of the Obligations without violating any law, contract, or other agreement, (iii) is in Controlled Accounts, and (iv) is not Net Asset Sale Proceeds, Net Insurance/Condemnation Proceeds, Net Equity Proceeds or Net Debt Proceeds.
Real Estate Asset” means, at any time of determination, any interest (fee, leasehold or otherwise) then owned by any Credit Party in any real property.
Recipient” means (a) the Administrative Agent, or (b) any Lender.
Register” as defined in Section 2.4(b).
Regulation D” means Regulation D of the Board of Governors and all official rulings and interpretations thereunder or thereof.
Regulation T” means Regulation T of the Board of Governors and all official rulings and interpretations thereunder or thereof.
Regulation U” means Regulation U of the Board of Governors and all official rulings and interpretations thereunder or thereof.
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Regulation X” means Regulation X of the Board of Governors and all official rulings and interpretations thereunder or thereof.
Related Fund” means any Fund, investor, entity or account that is managed, sponsored, advised, or administered by (a) a Lender, (b) an Affiliate of a Lender, or (c) an entity or affiliate of an entity that manages, administers, or advises a Lender, including any limited partner or investor in any of the foregoing persons or entities described in clauses (a) or (b).
Release” means any release, spill, emission, leaking, pumping, pouring, injection, escaping, deposit, disposal, discharge, dispersal, dumping, leaching or migration of any Hazardous Material into the indoor or outdoor environment (including the abandonment or disposal of any barrels, containers or other closed receptacles containing any Hazardous Material), including the movement of any Hazardous Material through the air, soil, surface water or groundwater.
Replacement Lender” as defined in Section 2.19.
Requisite Lenders” means, at any time of determination, one or more Lenders having or holding more than 50% of the aggregate Voting Power Determinants of all Lenders; provided, (i) the amount of Voting Power Determinants of any Defaulting Lender shall be disregarded for purposes of this definition (including clause (ii) of this proviso), and (ii) to the extent that the total number of Lenders (treating all Lenders that are Affiliates as a single Lender) is greater than one, solely for purposes of any requested consent, waiver, amendment, or other modification requiring the affirmative vote of “Requisite Lenders” (but, for the avoidance of doubt, not for the purpose of exercising or enforcing any rights and remedies available under any Credit Document or applicable law), “Requisite Lenders” shall also include at least two (treating all Lenders that are Affiliates as a single Lender) Lenders.
Resolution Authority” means an EEA Resolution Authority or, with respect to any UK Financial Institution, a UK Resolution Authority.
Restricted Junior Payment” means (i) any dividend, other distribution or liquidation preference, direct or indirect, on account of any shares of Capital Stock of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries now or hereafter outstanding, except a dividend payable solely in shares of Capital Stock (other than any Disqualified Capital Stock) to the holders of that class; (ii) any redemption, retirement, sinking fund or similar payment, purchase or other acquisition for value, direct or indirect, of any shares of Capital Stock of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries (or any direct or indirect parent thereof) now or hereafter outstanding; (iii) any payment made to retire, or to obtain the surrender of, any outstanding warrants, options or other rights to acquire shares of Capital Stock of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries (or any direct or indirect parent thereof) now or hereafter outstanding; and (iv) any payment or prepayment of principal of, premium, if any, or interest on, or redemption, purchase, retirement, defeasance (including in-substance or legal defeasance), sinking fund or similar payment with respect to, Subordinated Indebtedness.
S&P” means S&P Global Ratings, a division of S&P Global, Inc., or any successor to its rating agency business.
Sale Leaseback Agreement” means that certain Equipment Sale and Leaseback Agreement, dated as of the date hereof, between Lifecore, as seller, and Alcon, as the same may be amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time.
Sale Leaseback Documents” has the meaning specified in the Sale Leaseback Agreement.
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Sanctioned Country” means, at any time, a country, territory or region that is, or whose government is, the subject or target of any Sanctions, including, as of the Closing Date, the Crimea region of Ukraine, the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson Regions of Ukraine, the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic, Russia, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.
Sanctioned Person” means, at any time, any Person with whom dealings are restricted or prohibited under Sanctions, including (i) any Person listed in any Sanctions-related list of designated Persons maintained by the U.S. (including by OFAC, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, or the U.S. Department of State) or by the United Nations Security Council, the European Union or any EU member state, His Majesty’s Treasury of the United Kingdom or any other relevant sanctions authority, (ii) any Person located, operating, organized or resident in a Sanctioned Country, or (iii) any Person owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by any such Person described in clause (i) or (ii) of this definition.
Sanctions” means sanctions or trade embargoes enacted, imposed, administered or enforced from time to time by (i) the U.S. government, including those administered by OFAC, the U.S. Department of State, or the U.S. Department of Commerce, (ii) the United Nations Security Council, the European Union or any of its member states or His Majesty’s Treasury of the United Kingdom, or (iii) any other relevant sanctions authority.
Secured Parties” means each Agent and Lender and shall include all former Agents and Lenders to the extent that any Obligations owing to such Persons were incurred while such Persons were Agents or Lenders and such Obligations have not been paid or satisfied in full.
Securities” means any stock, shares, partnership interests, voting trust certificates, certificates of interest or participation in any profit-sharing agreement or arrangement, options, warrants, bonds, debentures, notes or other evidences of indebtedness, secured or unsecured, convertible, subordinated or otherwise, or in general any instruments commonly known as “securities” or any certificates of interest, shares or participations in temporary or interim certificates for the purchase or acquisition of, or any right to subscribe to, purchase or acquire, any of the foregoing, including any Capital Stock and any Hedge Agreements or other derivatives.
Securities Account” means any “securities account” as defined in Article 8 of the UCC and any “commodity account” as defined in Article 9 of the UCC.
Securities Account Control Agreement” means, with respect to a Securities Account, an agreement in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to Collateral Agent that (i) is entered into by and among Collateral Agent, the Securities Intermediary at which such Securities Account is maintained, and the Credit Party having rights in or to the underlying financial assets credited to or maintained in such Securities Account, and (ii) is effective for Collateral Agent to obtain “control” (within the meaning of Article 8 and 9 of the UCC, as applicable) of such Securities Account.
Securities Act” means the Securities Act of 1933.
Securities Intermediary” means any “securities intermediary” or “commodity intermediary” as such terms are defined in the UCC.
Solvency Certificate” means a certificate of the Chief Financial Officer of Credit Party Representative substantially in the form of Exhibit E-2.
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Solvent” means, with respect to any Person, that as of the date of determination, (a) the sum of such Person’s debt (including contingent liabilities) does not exceed the present fair saleable value of such Person’s present assets; (b) such Person’s capital is not unreasonably small in relation to its business as contemplated on such date of determination and reflected in the Projections or with respect to any transaction contemplated or to be undertaken after such date of determination; (c) such Person has not incurred and does not intend to incur, or believe (nor should it reasonably believe) that it will incur, debts beyond its ability to pay such debts as they become due (whether at maturity or otherwise); and (d) such Person is “solvent” within the meaning given that term and similar terms under the Bankruptcy Code and other applicable laws relating to fraudulent transfers and conveyances. For purposes of this definition, the amount of any contingent liability at any time shall be computed as the amount that, in light of all of the facts and circumstances existing at such time, represents the amount that can reasonably be expected to become an actual or matured liability (irrespective of whether such contingent liabilities meet the criteria for accrual under FASB Accounting Standards Codification Topic 450-20).
Specified Extraordinary Receipts” means any Extraordinary Receipts actually received by one or more Credit Parties (i) consisting of a tax refund in an amount equal to $4,100,000 in respect of carry-back amounts related to the three Fiscal Year period ending with Fiscal Year 2021 for which amended returns were filed prior to the Closing Date and/or (ii) in respect of recovery of damages, expenses, or other consideration in connection with the matter described on page 13 of Holdings’ Form 10-Q for the period ending August 30, 2020 in the section entitled “Compliance Matters and Related Litigation” under the heading “Legal Contingencies,” including but not limited to (a) recovery, indemnification, or reimbursement of expenses or other consideration received from any insurance carrier, (b) recovery from the Indemnification Escrow created in the December 1, 2018 acquisition of Yucatan Foods (whether that recovery comes in the form of stock or cash), and (c) any proceeds from or related to the litigation entitled Haerizadeh v. Landec, et al, Superior Court for the State of California, County of Los Angeles, Case Number 20SMCV01202, including any proceeds from the Cross-Complaint filed by Holdings and Curation in that action or settlements with parties to that action; provided¸ however, any Specified Extraordinary Receipts received by any Credit Party may only be retained by such Credit Party so long as (x) no Event of Default has occurred and is continuing at the time such Specified Extraordinary Receipts are received by such Credit Party, and (y) the Credit Parties have actually paid from such Specified Extraordinary Receipts all amounts related to the matters described in clauses (a) through (c) of this definition generating such Specified Extraordinary Receipts, including without limitation, payment in full of all expenses, payments made in satisfaction in full of any third-party claims, and payment in full of (or the establishment of adequate segregated reserves in respect of) all reasonably foreseeable prospective mitigation costs, fines, penalties or similar obligations or amounts fines or fees related to such matter.
Specified HA Assets” means all Equipment (as defined in the Sale Leaseback Agreement) and all assets and properties owned, or held for use, by any Credit Party that are solely dedicated to the production of sodium hyaluronate.
Stretched Payables” as defined in the definition of the term “Indebtedness”.
Subordinated Indebtedness” means any Indebtedness or other obligation that is contractually subordinated in payment or Lien ranking to the Obligations or related Liens.
Subordination Agreement” means, with respect to any Subordinated Indebtedness, the corresponding subordination or intercreditor agreement, if any, by and among Administrative Agent and/or Collateral Agent, on the one hand, and the creditor or creditors (or
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their respective agents) in respect of such Subordinated Indebtedness, on the other hand, which shall be in form and substance satisfactory to Administrative Agent.
Subsidiary” means, with respect to any Person, any corporation, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture or other business entity (i) the accounts of which would be consolidated with those of such Person in such Person’s consolidated financial statements if such financial statements were prepared in accordance with GAAP or (ii) of which more than 50% of the total voting power of shares of stock or other ownership interests entitled (without regard to the occurrence of any contingency) to vote in the election or appointment of the Person or Persons (whether Directors, trustees or other Persons performing similar functions) having the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies thereof is at the time owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by such Person or one or more of the other Subsidiaries of such Person or a combination thereof; provided, in determining the percentage of ownership interests of any Person controlled by another Person, no ownership interest in the nature of a “qualifying share” of the former Person shall be deemed to be outstanding.
Supply Agreement” means that certain Amended and Restated Supply Agreement, dated as of May 3, 2023, by and between Alcon Research, LLC and Lifecore Biomedical, as the same may be amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time.
Tax” means any present or future tax, levy, impost, duty, assessment, charge, fee, deduction or withholding (together with interest, penalties and other additions thereto) of any nature and whatever called, imposed, levied, collected, withheld or assessed by any Governmental Authority.
Term Loan” means, as the context requires, an Initial Term Loan.
Term Loan Commitment” means, as the context requires, the Initial Term Loan Commitment of a Lender, and “Term Loan Commitments” means such commitments of all Lenders in the aggregate.
Term Loan Maturity Date” means the earlier of (i) May 22, 2029, and (ii) the date that all Term Loans shall become due and payable in full hereunder, whether by acceleration or otherwise.
Term Loan Priority Account” as defined in the Intercreditor Agreement.
Term Loan Priority Collateral” as defined in the Intercreditor Agreement.
Terminated Lender” as defined in Section 2.19.
Title Policy” as defined in the definition of the term “Mortgaged Real Estate Documents”.
Transaction Costs” means the reasonable and documented out-of-pocket fees, costs and expenses payable by Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries to the extent paid or payable to non-Affiliates on or before the Closing Date in connection with the transactions contemplated by the Credit Documents and the ABL Credit Documents.
UCC” means the Uniform Commercial Code (or any similar or equivalent statute or law) as in effect in any applicable jurisdiction.
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UK Financial Institutions” means any BRRD Undertaking (as such term is defined under the PRA Rulebook (as amended from time to time) promulgated by the United Kingdom Prudential Regulation Authority) or any person falling within IFPRU 11.6 of the FCA Handbook (as amended from time to time promulgated by the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority, which includes certain credit institutions and investment firms, and certain affiliates of such credit institutions or investment firms.
UK Resolution Authority” mean the Bank of England or any other public administrative authority having responsibility for the resolution of any UK Financial Institution.
U.S.” means the United States of America.
U.S. Lender” as defined in Section 2.16(c).
U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate” means a tax compliance certificate substantially in the form of Exhibit C.
Voting Power Determinants” means, individually or collectively, as applicable, the Initial Term Loan Exposure.
WARN Act” as defined in Section 4.19.
Wholly-Owned” means, in reference to any Subsidiary of a specified Person, that 100% of the Capital Stock of such Subsidiary (other than (i) Directors’ qualifying shares and (ii) shares issued to foreign nationals to the extent required by applicable law) is owned, directly or indirectly, by such Person and/or one or more of such specified Person’s other Subsidiaries that also qualify as Wholly-Owned Subsidiaries under this definition.
Withholding Agent” means Holdings and the Administrative Agent.
Write-Down and Conversion Powers” means, with respect to any EEA Resolution Authority, the write-down and conversion powers of such EEA Resolution Authority from time to time under the Bail-In Legislation for the applicable EEA Member Country, which write-down and conversion powers are described in the EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule, and (b) with respect to the United Kingdom, any powers of the applicable Resolution Authority under the Bail-In Legislation to cancel, reduce, modify or change the form of a liability of any UK Financial Institution or any contract or instrument under which that liability arises, to convert all or part of that liability into shares, securities or obligations of that person or any other person, to provide that any such contract or instrument is to have effect as if a right had been exercised under it or to suspend any obligation in respect of that liability or any of the powers under that Bail-In Legislation that are related to or ancillary to any of those powers.
1.2.Accounting Terms, Financials Statements, Calculations. Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, all accounting terms not otherwise defined herein shall have the meanings assigned to them in conformity with GAAP. Financial statements and other information required to be delivered by Credit Party Representative to the Lenders pursuant to Sections 5.1(a), 5.1(b) and 5.1(c) shall be prepared in accordance with GAAP as in effect at the time of such preparation (and delivered together with the reconciliation statements provided for in Section 5.1(e), if applicable). Subject to the foregoing, calculations in connection with the definitions, covenants and other provisions hereof shall utilize accounting principles and policies in conformity with those used to prepare the Historical Financial Statements. Notwithstanding the foregoing, all terms of an accounting or financial nature used herein shall be construed, and all computations of amounts and ratios referred to herein shall be made without giving effect to any change in accounting treatment of “operating” and “capital” leases scheduled to become
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effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2018 as set forth in the Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-02, Leases, (Topic 842), issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board in February 2016, or any similar publication issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board in connection therewith, in each case if such change would require treating any lease (or similar arrangement conveying the right to use) as a capital lease where such lease (or similar arrangement) was not required to be so treated under GAAP as in effect prior to December 15, 2018. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, for purposes of determining compliance with any basket, accordion or incremental feature, test, or condition under any provision of this Agreement or any other Credit Document, no Credit Party may retroactively divide, classify, re-classify or deem or otherwise treat a historical transaction as having occurred in reliance on a basket or exception that was not available at the time of such historical transaction or if and to the extent that such basket or exception was relied upon for any later transaction. When used herein, the term “financial statements” shall be construed to include all notes and schedules thereto. Whenever the term “Holdings” is used in respect of the financial covenant set forth in Section 6.8 or a related definition, it shall be construed to mean “Holdings and its Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis” unless the context clearly requires otherwise. Except as otherwise provided therein, this Section 1.2 shall apply equally to each other Credit Document as if fully set forth therein, mutatis mutandis.
1.3.Interpretation. Any of the terms defined herein may, unless the context otherwise requires, be used in the singular or the plural, depending on the reference. References herein to any Section, Appendix, Schedule or Exhibit shall be to a Section, an Appendix, a Schedule or an Exhibit, as the case may be, hereof unless otherwise specifically provided. Any requirement for a referenced agreement, instrument, certificate or other document to be in “substantially” the form of an Appendix, Schedule or Exhibit hereto means that such referenced document shall be in the form of such Appendix, Schedule or Exhibit with such modifications to such form as are approved by Administrative Agent and, in the case of any Collateral Document, Collateral Agent, in each case, in such Agent’s sole discretion. The words “hereof”, “hereunder”, “hereby” and words of similar import used in this Agreement refer to this Agreement as a whole and not to any particular provision of this Agreement. The use herein of the words “include” or “including”, when following any general statement, term or matter, shall not be construed to limit such statement, term or matter to the specific items or matters set forth immediately following such word or to similar items or matters, whether or not non-limiting language (such as “without limitation” or “but not limited to” or words of similar import) is used with reference thereto, but rather shall be deemed to refer to all other items or matters that fall within the broadest possible scope of such general statement, term or matter. The word “will” shall be construed as having the same meaning and effect as the word “shall”. The words “assets” and “property” shall be construed as having the same meaning and effect and to refer to any and all tangible and intangible assets and properties of any relevant Person or Persons. The terms “lease” and “license” shall be construed to include sublease and sublicense. Whenever the context may require, any pronoun shall be construed to include the corresponding masculine, feminine and neuter forms. References to Persons include their respective permitted successors and assigns. Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, references to statutes, legislative acts, laws, regulations and rules shall be deemed to refer to such statutes, acts, laws, regulations and rules as in effect from time to time, including any amendments of the same and any successor statutes, acts, laws, regulations and rules, unless any such reference is expressly limited to refer to any statute, act, law, regulation or rule “as in effect on” a specified date. Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, any reference in or to this Agreement (including any Appendix, Schedule, or Exhibit hereto), any other Credit Document, or any other agreement, instrument or other document shall be construed to refer to the referenced agreement, instrument or document as assigned, amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, in each case, in accordance with the express terms of this Agreement and any other relevant Credit Document unless such reference is expressly limited to refer to such agreement, instrument or other document “as in effect on” a specified date. Unless otherwise expressly
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stated, if a Person may not take an action under this Agreement, then it may not take that action indirectly, or take any action assisting or supporting any other Person in taking that action directly or indirectly. “Taking an action indirectly” means taking an action that is not expressly prohibited for the Person but is intended to have substantially the same effects as the prohibited action. Except as otherwise provided therein, this Section 1.3 shall apply equally to each other Credit Document as if fully set forth therein, mutatis mutandis.
Section 2.LOANS
2.1.Term Loans.
(a)Term Loan Commitments. Subject to the terms and conditions hereof, each Lender severally agrees to make, on the Closing Date, an Initial Term Loan to Companies in an amount equal to such Lender’s Initial Term Loan Commitment. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, in accordance with the Sale Leaseback Agreement, if after the Closing Date any (i) Surplus Amount (as defined in the Sale Leaseback Agreement) shall exist, then the outstanding amount of the Term Loans hereunder shall be increased by an amount equal to such Surplus Amount or (ii) Shortfall Amount (as defined in the Sale Leaseback Agreement) shall exist, then the outstanding amount of the Term Loans hereunder shall be decreased by an amount equal to such Shortfall Amount, in each case upon delivery of a certificate in form and substance satisfactory to Administrative Agent (including a copy of the appraisal specifying the Appraised Value (as defined in the Sale Leaseback Agreement) of the Equipment (as defined in the Sale Leaseback Agreement) attached thereto) duly executed by the Credit Party Representative (such certificate, a “Purchase Price Adjustment Certificate”). Upon acceptance by the Administrative Agent of a satisfactory Purchase Price Adjustment Certificate, all references to the “Initial Term Loans” and the “Initial Term Loan Commitments” contained herein shall be and be deemed to be references to the Initial Term Loans and the Initial Term Loan Commitments as adjusted in accordance with this Section 2.1(a).
(b)Borrowing Mechanics for Term Loans.
(i)Credit Party Representative shall deliver to Administrative Agent a duly executed Funding Notice no later than three (3) Business Days prior to the Closing Date with respect to Initial Term Loans to be made on the Closing Date. Promptly upon receipt by Administrative Agent of such Funding Notice, Administrative Agent shall notify each Lender of the proposed borrowing.
(ii)Each Lender shall make its Initial Term Loan available to Administrative Agent not later than 12:00 p.m. (New York City time) on the applicable Credit Date, by wire transfer of same day funds in Dollars, at Administrative Agent’s Principal Office. Upon satisfaction or waiver of the conditions precedent specified herein, Administrative Agent shall make the proceeds of the Term Loans available to Companies on the applicable Credit Date by causing an amount of same day funds in Dollars equal to the proceeds of all such Loans received by Administrative Agent from the Lenders to be credited to the account of Credit Party Representative as designated in writing to Administrative Agent in the applicable Funding Notice by Credit Party Representative.
2.2.Pro Rata Shares; Availability of Funds.
(a)Pro Rata Shares. All Loans shall be made, and all required participations shall be purchased, by the Lenders simultaneously and proportionately to their respective Pro Rata Shares, it being understood that no Lender shall be responsible for any default by any other Lender in such other Lender’s obligation to make a Loan requested hereunder or purchase a
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participation required hereby, nor shall any Commitment of any Lender be increased or decreased as a result of a default by any other Lender in such other Lender’s obligation to make a Loan requested hereunder or purchase a participation required hereby.
(b)Availability of Funds. Unless Administrative Agent shall have been notified by any Lender prior to the applicable Credit Date that such Lender does not intend to make available to Administrative Agent the amount of such Lender’s Loan requested on such Credit Date, Administrative Agent may assume that such Lender has made such amount available to Administrative Agent on such Credit Date and Administrative Agent may, in its sole discretion, but shall not be obligated to, make available to Companies a corresponding amount on such Credit Date. If such corresponding amount is not in fact made available to Administrative Agent by such Lender, Administrative Agent shall be entitled to recover such corresponding amount on demand from such Lender together with interest thereon, for each day from such Credit Date until the date such amount is paid to Administrative Agent, at the customary rate set by Administrative Agent for the correction of errors among banks for three Business Days and thereafter at the Interest Rate. In the event that (i) Administrative Agent declines to make a requested amount available to Companies until such time as all applicable Lenders have made payment to Administrative Agent, (ii) a Lender fails to fund to Administrative Agent all or any portion of the Loans required to be funded by such Lender hereunder prior to the time specified in this Agreement, and (iii) such Lender’s failure results in Administrative Agent failing to make a corresponding amount available to Companies on the Credit Date, at Administrative Agent’s option, such Lender shall not receive interest hereunder with respect to the requested amount of such Lender’s Loans for the period commencing with the time specified in this Agreement for receipt of payment by Companies through and including the time of Companies’ receipt of the requested amount. If such Lender does not pay such corresponding amount forthwith upon Administrative Agent’s demand therefor, Administrative Agent shall promptly notify Credit Party Representative, and Companies shall immediately pay such corresponding amount to Administrative Agent together with interest thereon, for each day from such Credit Date until the date such amount is paid to Administrative Agent, at the Interest Rate. Nothing in this Section 2.2(b) shall be deemed to relieve any Lender from its obligation to fulfill its Commitments hereunder or to prejudice any rights that any Company may have against any Lender as a result of any default by such Lender hereunder.
2.3.Use of Proceeds. The proceeds of the Initial Term Loans made on the Closing Date shall be applied by Companies (together with any ABL Loans made on the Closing Date) to repay in full all Existing Indebtedness on the Closing Date, to pay Transaction Costs and for general working capital and general corporate purposes of Companies and their Subsidiaries; provided that any proceeds of the Term Loans not utilized on the Closing Date shall be deposited and held in the Term Loan Priority Account until drawn therefrom by any Borrower for use in accordance with this Section 2.3 and Section 6.20. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, no Credit Extension or proceeds thereof may be used in any manner that conflicts with Section 4.18 or Section 4.25.
2.4.Evidence of Debt; Register; Promissory Notes.
(a)Evidence of Debt. Each Lender shall maintain on its internal records an account or accounts evidencing the Obligations of Companies to such Lender, including the amounts of the Loans made by it and each repayment and prepayment in respect thereof. Any such recordation shall be conclusive and binding on Companies, absent manifest error; provided, the failure to make any such recordation, or any error in such recordation, shall not affect any Lender’s Commitments or any Company’s Obligations in respect of any applicable Loans; provided, further, in the event of any inconsistency between the Register and any Lender’s records, the recordations in the Register shall govern.
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(b)Register. Administrative Agent (or any agent or sub-agent appointed by it) shall maintain at its Principal Office a register for the recordation of the names and addresses of the Lenders and the Commitments of, and principal amounts (and stated interest) of the Loans owing to, each Lender pursuant to the terms hereof from time to time (the “Register”). The Register shall be available for inspection by Credit Party Representative or any Lender (with respect to (i) any entry relating to such Lender’s Loans, and (ii) the identity of the other Lenders (but not any information with respect to such other Lenders’ Loans)) at any reasonable time and from time to time upon reasonable prior notice. Administrative Agent shall record, or shall cause to be recorded, in the Register the Commitments and the Loans in accordance with the provisions of Section 10.6 and each repayment or prepayment in respect of the principal amount of the Loans, and any such recordation shall be conclusive and binding on Companies and each Lender, absent manifest error; provided, failure to make any such recordation, or any error in such recordation, shall not affect any Lender’s Commitments or any Company’s Obligations in respect of any Loan. Each Company hereby designates Administrative Agent to serve as such Company’s non-fiduciary agent solely for purposes of maintaining the Register as provided in this Section 2.4, and each Company hereby agrees that, to the extent Administrative Agent serves in such capacity, Administrative Agent and its officers, Directors, employees, agents, sub-agents and affiliates shall constitute “Indemnitees”.
(c)Promissory Notes. If so requested by any Lender by written notice to Credit Party Representative (with a copy to Administrative Agent) at least two Business Days prior to the Closing Date, or at any time thereafter, Companies shall execute and deliver to such Lender (or, if applicable and if so specified in such notice, to any Person who is an assignee of such Lender pursuant to Section 10.6) on the Closing Date (or, if such notice is delivered after the Closing Date, promptly after Credit Party Representative’s receipt of such notice) a promissory note or notes, in form and substance reasonably acceptable to Administrative Agent, to evidence such Lender’s Term Loans or Term Loan Commitments.
2.5.Interest on Loans.
(a)Except as otherwise set forth herein, each Class of Loan shall bear interest on the unpaid principal amount thereof from the date made through repayment (whether by acceleration or otherwise) thereof at a rate per annum equal to the Interest Rate. Interest on each Loan shall be due and payable in arrears on each Interest Payment Date and at such other times as may be specified herein. Interest hereunder shall be due and payable in accordance with the terms hereof before and after judgment, and before and after the commencement of any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law. Until the third anniversary of the Closing Date and unless provided otherwise, all interest payable by Borrowers hereunder shall be paid as PIK Interest, unless Borrowers otherwise elect to pay such interest in cash on any applicable Interest Payment Date. Following the third anniversary of the Closing Date and unless provided otherwise, interest payable by Borrowers hereunder shall be paid (a) in cash in an amount equal to three (3) percentage points of the Interest Rate, and (b) as PIK Interest in an amount equal to the remainder of the interest payable hereunder, unless Borrowers otherwise elect to pay such interest in cash on any applicable Interest Payment Date. All such PIK Interest shall be capitalized and added to the outstanding principal amount of the applicable Loans on the applicable Interest Payment Date. For purposes of this Agreement and the other Credit Documents, amounts so capitalized pursuant to the foregoing sentence will constitute a portion of the outstanding principal amount of the Loans and will bear interest (which shall be due and payable) in accordance with this Agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, at any time following the occurrence and during the continuance of an Event of Default, the Administrative Agent may require all interest payable by Borrowers hereunder to be paid in cash.
(b)Interest payable pursuant to Section 2.5(a) shall be computed on the basis of a 365 or 366-day year, as the case may be, for the actual number of days elapsed in the period
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during which it accrues. All other computations of fees and interest shall be made on the basis of a 360-day year and actual days elapsed. In computing interest on any Loan, the date of the making of such Loan shall be included, and the date of payment of such Loan shall be excluded; provided, if a Loan is repaid on the same day on which it is made, one day’s interest shall be paid on that Loan.
(c)Except as otherwise set forth herein (including Section 2.5(a)), interest on each Loan (i) shall accrue on a daily basis and shall be payable in arrears on each Interest Payment Date with respect to interest accrued on and to each such Interest Payment Date; (ii) shall accrue on a daily basis and shall be payable in arrears upon any prepayment of that Loan, whether voluntary or mandatory, to the extent accrued on the amount being prepaid; and (iii) shall accrue on a daily basis and shall be payable in arrears at maturity of the Loans, including final maturity of the Loans.
2.6.Default Interest. Upon (i) the occurrence and during the continuance of an Event of Default arising under Section 8.1(f) or 8.1(g) or (ii) the written election of Administrative Agent or the Requisite Lenders upon the occurrence and during the continuance of any other Event of Default, in each case, the principal amount of all Loans outstanding and, to the extent permitted by applicable law, any interest payments on the Loans or any fees or other amounts owed hereunder, shall thereafter bear interest (including post-petition interest in any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Laws) from the date of occurrence of such Event of Default payable on demand at a rate that is 2.00% per annum in excess of the Interest Rate otherwise payable hereunder with respect to the applicable Loans. Payment or acceptance of (i) the increased rates of interest provided for in this Section 2.6 or (ii) any amount of interest that is less than the amount due, in each case, is not a permitted alternative to timely payment and shall not constitute a waiver of any Event of Default or otherwise prejudice or limit any rights or remedies of any Agent or any Lender.
2.7.Fees. Companies jointly and severally agree to pay to the Agents and the Lenders, as applicable, such fees in the amounts and at the times separately agreed upon, including the fees set forth in the Fee Letter.
2.8.Scheduled Payment. The Initial Term Loans, together with all other amounts owed hereunder with respect thereto, shall be Paid in Full no later than the Term Loan Maturity Date.
2.9.Voluntary Prepayments. Except as provided in Section 2.10(e), Borrowers shall not have the right to voluntarily prepay all or any portion of the Loans outstanding hereunder prior to the fifth anniversary of the Closing Date. Any time and from time to time from and after the fifth anniversary of the Closing Date and prior to the Term Loan Maturity Date, Borrowers may voluntarily prepay the Loans by paying an amount equal to one hundred ten percent (110.0%) of all Obligations outstanding hereunder. Upon the Payment in Full of such prepayment, this Agreement and the other Credit Documents shall (subject to Section 10.08) be terminated in accordance with Section 9.8(c). All such prepayments shall be made upon not less than three Business Days’ prior written notice, given to Administrative Agent by 1:00 p.m. (New York City time) on the date required. Upon the giving of any such notice, the principal amount of the Loans specified in such notice shall become due and payable on the prepayment date specified therein.
2.10.Mandatory Prepayments.
(a)Asset Sales. No later than the third Business Day following the date of receipt by any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries of any Net Asset Sale Proceeds (it being understood that such Net Asset Sale Proceeds shall be promptly deposited into and thereafter
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maintained in a Controlled Account which is a Term Loan Priority Account (and in any event no later than the next Business Day) following receipt thereof), Companies shall prepay the Loans as set forth in Section 2.11 in an aggregate amount equal to such Net Asset Sale Proceeds; provided, that (i) so long as no Default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing, and (ii) to the extent that, after giving effect to receipt of such Net Asset Proceeds, the aggregate Net Asset Sale Proceeds from all such Asset Sales during the period commencing on the Closing Date and ending on such date of determination do not exceed $1,000,000 (such amounts, “Asset Sale Reinvestment Amounts”), upon delivery of a written notice to Administrative Agent, Companies shall have the option to invest such Asset Sale Reinvestment Amounts within three hundred sixty-five (365) days of receipt thereof (as extended, if at all, in accordance with the proviso below, the “Asset Sale Reinvestment Period”) in long-term productive assets that constitute Term Loan Priority Collateral of the general type used in the business of (A) Companies and (B) Lifecore or any of its Subsidiaries (such assets, “Additional Assets”); provided further, that the Asset Sale Reinvestment Period shall be extended for up to an additional one hundred eighty (180) days in respect of any Asset Sale Reinvestment Amounts where the Credit Parties have, on or before the expiration of the initial Asset Sale Reinvestment Period, entered into a definitive agreement for the purchase or other acquisition of Additional Assets. In the event that the Asset Sale Reinvestment Amounts are not reinvested in accordance with the provisions above prior to the earliest of (i) the last day of such Asset Sale Reinvestment Period and (ii) the date of the occurrence of an Event of Default, Administrative Agent shall apply such Asset Sale Reinvestment Amounts to the Obligations as set forth in Section 2.11. Prior to entering into any Asset Sale of assets which constitute Term Loan Priority Collateral, the Credit Party Representative shall provide not less than three (3) Business Days’ prior written notice thereof and the Net Asset Sale Proceeds of such Assets shall be deposited into a deposit account subject to a Control Agreement whereby Administrative Agent has a First Priority security interest therein. If Administrative Agent does not receive prior written notice that Term Loan Priority Collateral is the subject of an Asset Sale, then the Credit Parties shall be deemed to have represented and warranted to Administrative Agent on the date such Asset Sale is consummated that none of the assets subject to such Asset Sale constitute Term Loan Priority Collateral..
(b)Insurance/Condemnation Proceeds. No later than the third Business Day following the date of receipt by any Credit Party, or Administrative Agent as lender’s loss payee, of any Net Insurance/Condemnation Proceeds (it being understood that such Net Insurance/Condemnation Proceeds received by any Credit Party shall be promptly deposited into and thereafter maintained in a Controlled Account which is a Term Loan Priority Account (and in any event no later than the next Business Day) following receipt thereof), Companies shall prepay the Loans as set forth in Section 2.11 in an aggregate amount equal to such Net Insurance/Condemnation Proceeds; provided, (i) so long as no Default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing, and (ii) to the extent that the aggregate Net Insurance/Condemnation Proceeds in any Fiscal Year do not exceed $500,000 (such amounts, “Insurance/Condemnation Reinvestment Amounts”), upon delivery of a written notice to Administrative Agent, Companies shall have the option to invest such Net Insurance/Condemnation Proceeds within three hundred sixty-five (365) days of receipt thereof (as extended, if at all, in accordance with the proviso below, the “Insurance/Condemnation Reinvestment Period”) in long-term productive assets that constitute Term Loan Priority Collateral of the general type used in the business of the Credit Parties, which investment may include the repair, restoration or replacement of the relevant assets in respect of which such Net Insurance/Condemnation Proceeds were received (such assets, “Replaced Assets”); provided further, that the Insurance/Condemnation Reinvestment Period shall be extended for up to an additional one hundred eighty (180) days in respect of any Net Insurance/Condemnation Proceeds where the Credit Parties have, on or before the expiration of the initial Insurance/Condemnation Reinvestment Period, entered into a definitive agreement for the replacement of Replaced Assets. In the event that the Insurance/Condemnation Reinvestment Amounts are not reinvested by Companies prior to the
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earlier of (x) the expiration of the applicable Insurance/Condemnation Reinvestment Period, and (y) the date of the occurrence of an Event of Default, Administrative Agent shall apply such Insurance/Condemnation Reinvestment Amounts to the Obligations as set forth in Section 2.11. Upon receipt of any Net Insurance/Condemnation Proceeds generated from assets which constitute Term Loan Priority Collateral, the Credit Party Representative shall provide not less than three (3) Business Days’ prior written notice thereof and the Net Insurance/Condemnation Proceeds shall be deposited in a deposit account subject to a Control Agreement whereby Administrative Agent has a First Priority security interest therein.
(c)[Reserved].
(d)Issuance of Debt. No later than the third Business Day following the date of receipt by any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries of any Net Debt Proceeds (it being understood that any such Net Debt Proceeds shall be promptly deposited into and thereafter maintained in a Controlled Account which is a Term Loan Priority Account (and in any event no later than the next Business Day) following receipt thereof), Companies shall prepay the Loans as set forth in Section 2.11 in an aggregate amount equal to 100% of such Net Debt Proceeds; provided, notwithstanding the foregoing, the payment required under this Section 2.10(d) shall not be construed as (or otherwise deemed to be) a consent by any Agent or any Lender to the incurrence of such Indebtedness not otherwise permitted by this Agreement.
(e)Change of Control. Upon the occurrence of a Change of Control, Borrowers may elect, and Administrative Agent may require Borrowers, to prepay all Obligations outstanding hereunder by paying an amount equal to the greater of (i) one hundred fifteen percent (115.0%) of all Obligations outstanding hereunder and (ii) the amount of all Obligations outstanding hereunder plus $20,000,000. Upon the Payment in Full of such prepayment, this Agreement and the other Credit Documents shall (subject to Section 10.08) be terminated in accordance with Section 9.8(c).
(f)Extraordinary Receipts. No later than the third Business Day following the date of receipt by any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries of any Extraordinary Receipts (it being understood that such Extraordinary Receipts shall be promptly deposited into and thereafter maintained in a Controlled Account which is a Term Loan Priority Account (and in any event no later than the next Business Day) following receipt thereof) in excess of $500,000 in the aggregate in any trailing 12 month period, Companies shall prepay the Loans as set forth in Section 2.11 in an aggregate amount equal to such Extraordinary Receipts.
(g)Material Supply Agreement Default. Upon the occurrence of a Material Supply Agreement Default, Administrative Agent may require Borrowers to prepay all Obligations outstanding hereunder by paying an amount equal to one hundred twenty percent (120.0%) of all Obligations outstanding hereunder. Upon the Payment in Full of such prepayment, this Agreement and the other Credit Documents shall (subject to Section 10.08) be terminated in accordance with Section 9.8(c).
(h)Prepayment Certificate. Concurrently with any prepayment of the Loans and reduction of the Commitments pursuant to Sections 2.10(a) through 2.10(g), Credit Party Representative shall deliver to Administrative Agent a certificate of its Chief Financial Officer demonstrating the calculation of the applicable net proceeds or other amount owing to the Lenders under any of the Credit Documents, if any, as the case may be, and certifying the amount of such proceeds mandatorily prepaid under the ABL Credit Agreement and the Intercreditor Agreement as the result of such amounts. In the event that Companies shall subsequently determine that the actual amount received exceeded the amount set forth in such certificate, Companies shall promptly make an additional prepayment of the Loans and the Commitments shall be permanently reduced in an amount equal to such excess, and Credit Party
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Representative shall concurrently therewith deliver to Administrative Agent a certificate of its Chief Financial Officer demonstrating the derivation of such excess.
(i)Intercreditor Agreement. Each of the prepayments of the Loans pursuant to Sections 2.10(a) through 2.10(g), and the application of such prepayments pursuant to Section 2.11, shall be subject to the terms of the Intercreditor Agreement.
2.11.Application of Prepayments. Any voluntary prepayments of Term Loans pursuant to Section 2.9 and any mandatory prepayment of any Loan pursuant to Section 2.10 shall be applied as follows:
first, to the payment of all fees (other than any premium, including under the Fee Letter) and all expenses specified in Section 10.2, in each case, to the full extent thereof;
second, to the payment of any accrued interest at the Default Rate, if any;
third, to the payment of any accrued interest (other than Default Rate interest);
fourth, to the payment of the applicable premium (including under the Fee Letter), if any, on any Loan or Commitment;
fifth, to prepay Term Loans on a pro rata basis (in accordance with the respective outstanding principal amounts thereof); and
sixth, to payment of any remaining Obligations then due and payable.
2.12.General Provisions Regarding Payments.
(a)All payments by Companies of principal, interest, fees and other Obligations shall be made in Dollars in immediately available funds, without defense, recoupment, setoff or counterclaim, free of any restriction or condition, and delivered to Administrative Agent not later than 3:00 p.m. (New York City time) on the date due by wire transfer to an account designated by Administrative Agent from time to time that is maintained by Administrative Agent or its Affiliates for the account of the Lenders or Administrative Agent. For purposes of computing interest and fees, funds received by Administrative Agent after that time on such due date shall be deemed to have been paid by Companies on the next Business Day.
(b)All payments in respect of the principal amount of any Loan shall be accompanied by payment of accrued interest on the principal amount being repaid or prepaid, and all such payments (and, in any event, any payment received in respect of any Loan on a date when interest or premium is due and payable with respect to such Loan) shall be applied to the payment of interest and premium then due and payable before application to principal.
(c)Administrative Agent (or any agent or sub-agent appointed by it) shall promptly distribute to each Lender, at such address as such Lender shall indicate in writing, such Lender’s applicable Pro Rata Share of all payments and prepayments of principal and interest due hereunder, together with all other amounts due thereto, including all fees payable with respect thereto, to the extent received by Administrative Agent.
(d)Whenever any payment to be made hereunder shall be stated to be due on a day that is not a Business Day, such payment shall be made on the next Business Day and such
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extension of time shall be included in the computation of the payment of interest hereunder or of the commitment fees hereunder.
(e)Each Company hereby authorizes Administrative Agent to charge such Company’s accounts with Administrative Agent or any of its Affiliates in order to cause timely payment to be made to Administrative Agent of all principal, interest, fees and expenses due hereunder (subject to sufficient funds being available in its accounts for that purpose).
(f)Administrative Agent shall deem any payment by or on behalf of Companies hereunder that is not made in same day funds prior to 3:00 p.m. (New York City time) to be a non-conforming payment. Any such payment shall not be deemed to have been received by Administrative Agent until the later of (i) the time such funds become available funds, and (ii) the applicable next Business Day. Administrative Agent shall give prompt telephonic notice to Companies and each applicable Lender (confirmed in writing) if any payment is non-conforming. Any non-conforming payment may constitute or become a Default or an Event of Default in accordance with the terms of Section 8.1(a). Interest shall continue to accrue on any principal as to which a non-conforming payment is made until such funds become available funds (but in no event less than the period from the date of such payment to the next Business Day) at the Default Rate from the date such amount was due and payable until the date such amount is Paid in Full.
(g)If an Event of Default shall have occurred and not otherwise been waived, and the Obligations have become due and payable in full hereunder, whether by acceleration, maturity or otherwise, all payments or proceeds received by any Agent hereunder or under any Collateral Document in respect of any of the Obligations, including all proceeds received by any Agent in respect of any sale of, collection from, or other realization upon all or any part of the Collateral, shall be applied in full or in part as follows:
first, to the payment of all costs and expenses of such sale, collection or other realization, including reasonable compensation to each Agent and its agents and counsel, and all other expenses, liabilities and advances made or incurred by any Agent in connection therewith, and all amounts for which any Agent is entitled to indemnification hereunder or under any Collateral Document (in its capacity as an Agent and not as a Lender) and all advances made by any Agent under any Collateral Document for the account of the applicable Credit Party thereunder, and to the payment of all costs and expenses paid or incurred by any Agent in connection with the exercise of any right or remedy hereunder or under any Collateral Document, all in accordance with the terms hereof or thereof;
second, to the extent of any excess of such proceeds, to the payment of all other Obligations for the ratable benefit of the Lenders; and
third, to the extent of any excess of such proceeds, to the payment to or upon the order of such Credit Party or to whosoever may be lawfully entitled to receive the same or as a court of competent jurisdiction may direct.
2.13.Ratable Sharing. The Lenders hereby agree among themselves that, except as otherwise provided in the Fee Letter, if any of them shall, whether by voluntary payment (other than a voluntary prepayment of the Loans made and applied in accordance with the terms of Section 2.11), through the exercise of any right of set-off or banker’s lien, by counterclaim or cross action or by the enforcement of any right under the Credit Documents or otherwise, or as adequate protection of a deposit treated as cash collateral under the Bankruptcy Code, receive payment or reduction of a proportion of the aggregate amount of principal, interest, fees and other amounts then due and owing to such Lender hereunder or under the other Credit
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Documents (collectively, the “Aggregate Amounts Due” to such Lender) that is greater than the proportion received by any other Lender in respect of the Aggregate Amounts Due to such other Lender, then the Lender receiving such proportionately greater payment shall (a) notify Administrative Agent and each other Lender of the receipt of such payment and (b) apply a portion of such payment to purchase participations (which it shall be deemed to have purchased from each seller of a participation simultaneously upon the receipt by such seller of its portion of such payment) in the Aggregate Amounts Due to the other Lenders so that all such recoveries of Aggregate Amounts Due shall be shared by all Lenders in proportion to the Aggregate Amounts Due to them; provided, if all or part of such proportionately greater payment received by such purchasing Lender is thereafter recovered from such Lender upon the bankruptcy or reorganization of any Credit Party or otherwise, those purchases shall be rescinded and the purchase prices paid for such participations shall be returned to such purchasing Lender ratably to the extent of such recovery, but without interest. Each Credit Party expressly consents to the foregoing arrangement and agrees that any holder of a participation so purchased may exercise any and all rights of banker’s lien, consolidation, set-off or counterclaim with respect to any and all monies owing by such Credit Party to that holder with respect thereto as fully as if that holder were owed the amount of the participation held by that holder. The provisions of this Section 2.13 shall not be construed to apply to (a) any payment made by any Credit Party pursuant to and in accordance with the express terms of any Credit Document (including (x) the application of funds arising from the existence of a Defaulting Lender and (y) amounts received by a Lender pursuant to Sections 2.15 or 2.16) or (b) any payment obtained by any Lender as consideration for the assignment or sale of a participation in any of its Loans or other Obligations owed to it.
2.14.[Reserved].
2.15.Increased Costs; Capital Adequacy.
(a)Compensation For Increased Costs and Taxes. Subject to the provisions of Section 2.16 (which shall be controlling with respect to the matters covered thereby), in the event that any Lender shall determine (which determination shall, absent manifest error, be final and conclusive and binding upon all parties hereto) that any Change in Law (i) subjects such Lender (or its applicable lending office), Administrative Agent or any company controlling such Lender or Administrative Agent to any additional Tax (other than (A) Indemnified Taxes, (B) Taxes described in clauses (b) through (d) of the definition of Excluded Taxes and (C) Connection Income Taxes) with respect to this Agreement or any of the other Credit Documents or any of its obligations hereunder or thereunder, any payments to such Lender (or its applicable lending office) of principal, interest, fees or any other amount payable hereunder, or its deposits, reserves, other liabilities or capital attributable thereto; (ii) imposes, modifies or holds applicable any reserve (including any marginal, emergency, supplemental, special or other reserve), special deposit, liquidity, compulsory loan, FDIC insurance or similar requirement against assets held by, or deposits or other liabilities in or for the account of, or advances or loans by, or other credit extended by, or any other acquisition of funds by, any office of such Lender or any company controlling such Lender; or (iii) imposes any other condition (other than with respect to Taxes) on or affecting such Lender (or its applicable lending office) or any company controlling such Lender or such Lender’s obligations hereunder; and the result of any of the foregoing is to increase the cost to such Lender of agreeing to make, making or maintaining Loans hereunder or to reduce any amount received or receivable by such Lender (or its applicable lending office) or Administrative Agent with respect thereto; then, in any such case, Companies shall promptly pay to such Lender or Administrative Agent, upon receipt of the statement referred to in the next sentence, such additional amount or amounts (in the form of an increased rate of, or a different method of calculating, interest or otherwise as such Person in its sole discretion shall determine) as may be necessary to compensate such Person for any such increased cost or reduction in amounts received or receivable hereunder. Such Lender or
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Administrative Agent shall deliver to Credit Party Representative (in the case of a Lender, with a copy to Administrative Agent) a written statement, setting forth in reasonable detail the basis for calculating the additional amounts owed to such Person under this Section 2.15(a), which statement shall be conclusive and binding upon all parties hereto absent manifest error.
(b)Capital Adequacy and Liquidity Adjustment. In the event that any Lender shall determine (which determination shall, absent manifest error, be final and conclusive and binding upon all parties hereto) that (i) any Change in Law regarding capital adequacy or liquidity, or (ii) compliance by any Lender (or its applicable lending office) or any company controlling such Lender with any Change in Law regarding capital adequacy or liquidity, in each case, has or would have the effect of reducing the rate of return on the capital of such Lender or any company controlling such Lender as a consequence of, or with reference to, such Lender’s Loans or Commitments or participations therein or other obligations hereunder with respect to the Loans, to a level below that which such Lender or such controlling company could have achieved but for such Change in Law (taking into consideration the policies of such Lender or such controlling company with regard to capital adequacy and liquidity), then from time to time, within five Business Days after receipt by Credit Party Representative from such Lender of the statement referred to in the next sentence, Companies shall pay to such Lender such additional amount or amounts as will compensate such Lender or such controlling company for such reduction. Such Lender shall deliver to Credit Party Representative (with a copy to Administrative Agent) a written statement, setting forth in reasonable detail the basis for calculating the additional amounts owed to such Lender under this Section 2.15(b), which statement shall be conclusive and binding upon all parties hereto absent manifest error.
(c)Delay in Requests. Failure or delay on the part of any Lender to demand compensation pursuant to this Section 2.15 shall not constitute a waiver of such Lender’s right to demand such compensation; provided, Companies shall not be required to compensate a Lender pursuant to this Section 2.15 for any increased costs incurred or reductions suffered more than nine months prior to the date that such Lender notifies Credit Party Representative of the Change in Law giving rise to such increased costs or reductions, and of such Lender’s intention to claim compensation therefor (except that, if the Change in Law giving rise to such increased costs or reductions is retroactive, then the nine-month period referred to above shall be extended to include the period of retroactive effect thereof).
2.16.Taxes; Withholding.
(a)Payments to Be Free and Clear. All sums payable by or on behalf of any Credit Party hereunder and under the other Credit Documents shall (except to the extent required by law) be paid free and clear of, and without any deduction or withholding on account of, any Tax.
(b)Withholding of Taxes. If the applicable Withholding Agent is (in such Withholding Agent’s reasonable good faith discretion) required by law to make any deduction or withholding on account of any Tax from any sum paid or payable by any Credit Party to Administrative Agent or any Lender under any of the Credit Documents: (i) the applicable Withholding Agent shall be entitled to pay or cause to be paid any such Tax in accordance with applicable law; and (iii) if such Tax is an Indemnified Tax, the sum payable by such Credit Party in respect of which the relevant deduction, withholding or payment is required shall be increased to the extent necessary to ensure that, after the making of that deduction, withholding or payment (including for any Indemnified Taxes imposed or asserted on or attributable to amounts payable under this Section 2.16), the Administrative Agent or such Lender, as the case may be, receives on the due date a net sum equal to what it would have received had no such deduction, withholding or payment for Indemnified Taxes been required or made.
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(c)Evidence of Exemption From U.S. Withholding Tax. Each Lender that is not a “United States person” (as such term is defined in Section 7701(a)(30) of the Internal Revenue Code) for U.S. federal income tax purposes (a “Non-U.S. Lender”) shall, to the extent such Lender is legally entitled to do so, deliver to Company and Administrative Agent, on or prior to the Closing Date (in the case of each Lender listed on the signature pages hereof on the Closing Date) or on or prior to the date of the Assignment Agreement pursuant to which it becomes a Lender (in the case of each other Lender), and at such other times as may be necessary in the determination of Company or Administrative Agent (each in the reasonable exercise of its discretion), (i) two copies of Internal Revenue Service Form W-8BEN, W-8BEN-E, W-8ECI, W-8EXP and/or W-8IMY (or, in each case, any successor forms), properly completed and duly executed by such Lender, and such other documentation required under the Internal Revenue Code, Treasury Regulations, or other applicable law or reasonably requested by Company to establish that such Lender is not subject to (or is subject to a reduced rate of) deduction or withholding of U.S. federal income tax with respect to any payments to such Lender of principal, interest, fees or other amounts payable under any of the Credit Documents, (ii) if such Lender is not a “bank” or other Person described in Section 881(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, a U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate together with two copies of Internal Revenue Service Form W-8BEN, W-8BEN-E or W-8IMY (or, in each case, any successor form), properly completed and duly executed by such Lender, and such other documentation required under the Internal Revenue Code and reasonably requested by Company to establish that such Lender is not subject to (or is subject to a reduced rate of) deduction or withholding of U.S. federal income tax with respect to any payments to such Lender of interest payable under any of the Credit Documents or (iii) subject to, and only upon a Lender’s good faith determination that delivery will not expose such Lender to any adverse legal, commercial or tax consequences, executed copies of any other form prescribed by law as a basis for claiming exemption from or a reduction in U.S. federal withholding Tax, duly completed, together with such supplementary documentation as may be prescribed by law to permit Borrower or the Administrative Agent to determine the withholding or deduction required to be made. Each Lender that is a “United States person” (as such term is defined in Section 7701(a)(30) of the Internal Revenue Code) for U.S. federal income tax purposes (a “U.S. Lender”) shall deliver to Administrative Agent and Company on or prior to the Closing Date (or, if later, on or prior to the date on which such Lender becomes a party to this Agreement) two copies of Internal Revenue Service Form W-9 (or any successor form), properly completed and duly executed by such Lender, certifying that such U.S. Lender is entitled to an exemption from U.S. backup withholding tax, or otherwise prove that it is entitled to such an exemption. Each Lender required to deliver any forms, certificates or other evidence with respect to U.S. federal income tax withholding matters pursuant to this Section 2.16(c) hereby agrees, from time to time after the initial delivery by such Lender of such forms, certificates or other evidence, whenever a lapse in time or change in circumstances renders such forms, certificates or other evidence obsolete or inaccurate in any material respect, that such Lender shall promptly deliver to Administrative Agent for transmission to Company two new copies of Internal Revenue Service Form W-8BEN, W-8BEN-E, W-8ECI, W-8EXP, W-8IMY, and/or W-9 (or, in any case, any successor form), or a U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate and two copies of Internal Revenue Service Form W-8BEN, W-8BEN-E, or W-8IMY (or, in each case, any successor form), as the case may be, properly completed and duly executed by such Lender, and such other documentation required under the Internal Revenue Code and reasonably requested by Company to confirm or establish that such Lender is not subject to deduction or withholding of U.S. federal income tax with respect to payments to such Lender under the Credit Documents, or notify Administrative Agent and Company of its inability to deliver any such forms, certificates or other evidence.
(d)FATCA. If a payment made to a Lender under any Credit Document would be subject to U.S. federal withholding Tax imposed by FATCA if such Lender were to fail to comply with the applicable reporting requirements of FATCA (including those contained in Section 1471(b) or 1472(b) of the Internal Revenue Code, as applicable), such Lender shall
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deliver to Credit Party Representative and Administrative Agent at the time or times prescribed by law and at such time or times reasonably requested by Credit Party Representative or Administrative Agent such documentation prescribed by applicable law (including as prescribed by Section 1471(b)(3)(C)(i) of the Internal Revenue Code) and such additional documentation reasonably requested by Credit Party Representative or Administrative Agent as may be necessary for the Credit Parties and Administrative Agent to comply with their obligations under FATCA and to determine that such Lender has complied with such Lender’s obligations under FATCA or to determine the amount to deduct and withhold from such payment. Solely for purposes of the immediately preceding sentence of this clause (d), “FATCA” shall include any amendments made to FATCA after the date hereof.
(e)Payment of Other Taxes by Credit Parties. Without limiting the provisions of Section 2.16(b), the Credit Parties shall timely pay to the relevant Governmental Authorities in accordance with applicable law or, at the option of Administrative Agent timely reimburse it for the payment of, all Other Taxes.
(f)Indemnification by Credit Parties. Credit Parties shall jointly and severally indemnify Administrative Agent and any Lender for the full amount of any Indemnified Taxes (including any Indemnified Taxes imposed or asserted on or attributable to amounts payable under this Section 2.16) paid or payable by Administrative Agent or Lender or any of their respective Affiliates and any reasonable expenses arising therefrom or with respect thereto, whether or not such Indemnified Taxes were correctly or legally imposed or asserted by the relevant Governmental Authority. A certificate as to the amount of such payment or liability delivered to any Credit Party shall be conclusive absent manifest error. Such payment shall be due within ten days of such Credit Party’s receipt of such certificate.
(g)Indemnification by Lenders. Each Lender shall severally indemnify Administrative Agent for (i) Indemnified Taxes attributable to such Lender (but only to the extent that Company has not already indemnified Administrative Agent therefor and without limiting the obligation of Company to do so), (ii) any Taxes attributable to such Lender’s failure to comply with the provisions of Section 10.6(h)(i) relating to the maintenance of a Participant Register and (iii) any Excluded Taxes attributable to such Lender, in each case, that are payable or paid by Administrative Agent in connection with any Credit Document and any reasonable expenses arising therefrom or with respect thereto, whether or not such Taxes were correctly or legally imposed or asserted by the relevant Governmental Authority. A certificate as to the amount of such payment or liability delivered to any Lender by Administrative Agent shall be conclusive absent manifest error. Such payment shall be due within ten days of such Lender’s receipt of such certificate. Each Lender hereby authorizes the Administrative Agent to set off and apply any and all amounts at any time owing to such Lender under any Credit Document or otherwise payable by Administrative Agent to such Lender from any other source against any amount due to Administrative Agent under this paragraph (g).
(h)Evidence of Payments. As soon as practicable after any payment of Taxes by any Credit Party to a Governmental Authority pursuant to this Section 2.16, such Credit Party shall deliver to Administrative Agent the original or a certified copy of a receipt issued by such Governmental Authority evidencing such payment, a copy of the return reporting such payment or other evidence of such payment reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.
(i)Administrative Agent. The Administrative Agent (and any assignee or successor) will deliver, to the Credit Party Representative, on or prior to the execution and delivery of this Agreement (or, assignment or succession, if applicable), either (i) (A) two (2) executed copies of IRS Form W-8ECI with respect to any amounts payable to the Administrative Agent for its own account and (B) two (2) duly completed copies of IRS Form W-8IMY (together with any required supporting information evidencing that
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Administrative Agent can receive such payments for the account of others free of U.S. withholding Taxes) for the amounts the Administrative Agent receives for the account of others, or (ii) two (2) executed copies of IRS Form W-9, whichever is applicable, and in each case of (i) and (ii), with the effect that Companies can make payments to the Administrative Agent without deduction or withholding of any taxes imposed by the United States.
(j)Survival. Each party’s obligations under this Section 2.16 shall survive the resignation or replacement of Administrative Agent or any assignment of rights by, or the replacement of, a Lender, the termination of the Commitments and the repayment, satisfaction or discharge of all obligations under any Credit Document.
2.17.Obligation to Mitigate. Each Lender agrees that, if such Lender requests payment under Sections 2.15 or 2.16, then such Lender will, to the extent not inconsistent with the internal policies of such Lender and any applicable legal or regulatory restrictions, use reasonable efforts to make, issue, fund or maintain its Credit Extensions, including any Affected Loans, through another office of such Lender if, as a result thereof, the additional amounts payable to such Lender pursuant to Sections 2.15 or 2.16, as the case may be, in the future would be eliminated or reduced and if, as determined by such Lender in its sole discretion, the making, issuing, funding or maintaining of such Commitments or Loans through such other office or in accordance with such other measures, as the case may be, would not otherwise adversely affect such Commitments or Loans or the interests of such Lender; provided, such Lender will not be obligated to utilize such other office pursuant to this Section 2.17 unless the Credit Parties agree to pay all incremental expenses incurred by such Lender as a result of utilizing such other office as described above. A certificate as to the amount of any such expenses payable by the Credit Parties pursuant to this Section 2.17 (setting forth in reasonable detail the basis for requesting such amount) submitted by such Lender to Credit Party Representative (with a copy to Administrative Agent) shall be conclusive absent manifest error.
2.18.Defaulting Lenders.
(a)Defaulting Lender Adjustments. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, if any Lender becomes a Defaulting Lender, then, until such time as such Lender is no longer a Defaulting Lender, to the extent permitted by applicable law:
(i)Defaulting Lender Waterfall. Any payment of principal, interest, fees or other amounts received by Administrative Agent for the account of such Defaulting Lender (whether voluntary or mandatory, at maturity, pursuant to Section 8 or otherwise) or received by Administrative Agent from a Defaulting Lender pursuant to Section 10.4 shall be applied at such time or times as may be determined by Administrative Agent as follows: first, to the payment of any amounts owing by such Defaulting Lender to Administrative Agent hereunder; second, as Credit Party Representative may request (so long as no Default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing), to the funding of any Loan in respect of which such Defaulting Lender has failed to fund its portion thereof as required by this Agreement, as determined by Administrative Agent; third, if so determined by Administrative Agent and Credit Party Representative, to be held in a Deposit Account and released pro rata in order to satisfy such Defaulting Lender’s potential future funding obligations with respect to Loans under this Agreement, and fourth, so long as no Default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing, to the payment of any amounts owing to the Credit Parties as a result of any judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by the Credit Parties against such Defaulting Lender as a result of such Defaulting Lender’s breach of its obligations under this Agreement; and fifth, to such Defaulting Lender or as otherwise directed by a court of competent jurisdiction; provided, if (x) such payment is a payment of the principal amount of any Loans in respect of which such Defaulting
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Lender has not fully funded its appropriate share, and (y) such Loans were made at a time when the conditions set forth in Section 3.2 were satisfied or waived, such payment shall be applied solely to pay the Loans of all Non-Defaulting Lenders on a pro rata basis prior to being applied to the payment of any Loans of such Defaulting Lender until such time as all Loans are held by the Lenders pro rata in accordance with the applicable Commitments. Any payments, prepayments or other amounts paid or payable to a Defaulting Lender that are applied (or held) to pay amounts owed by a Defaulting Lender pursuant to this Section 2.18(a)(i) shall be deemed paid to and redirected by such Defaulting Lender, and each Lender irrevocably consents hereto.
(ii)Certain Fees.
(A)No Defaulting Lender shall be entitled to receive any fee pursuant to Section 2.7 for any period during which that Lender is a Defaulting Lender (and the Credit Parties shall not be required to pay any such fee that otherwise would have been required to have been paid to that Defaulting Lender).
(B)With respect to any fees not required to be paid to any Defaulting Lender pursuant to clause (A) above, the Credit Parties shall not be required to pay the remaining amount of any such fee.
(b)Defaulting Lender Cure. If Credit Party Representative and Administrative Agent agree in writing that a Lender is no longer a Defaulting Lender, Administrative Agent will so notify the parties hereto, whereupon as of the effective date specified in such notice and subject to any conditions set forth therein, that Lender will, to the extent applicable, purchase at par that portion of outstanding Loans of the other Lenders or take such other actions as Administrative Agent may determine to be necessary to cause the Loans to be held pro rata by the Lenders in accordance with the applicable Commitments, whereupon such Lender will cease to be a Defaulting Lender; provided, no adjustments will be made retroactively with respect to fees accrued or payments made by or on behalf of any Credit Party while that Lender was a Defaulting Lender; provided, further, except to the extent otherwise expressly agreed by the affected parties, no change hereunder from Defaulting Lender to Non-Defaulting Lender will constitute a waiver or release of any claim of any party hereunder arising from that Lender having been a Defaulting Lender.
2.19.Removal or Replacement of a Lender. Anything contained herein to the contrary notwithstanding, in the event that (a) (i) any Lender (each, an “Increased-Cost Lender”) shall give notice to Credit Party Representative that such Lender is entitled to receive payments under Sections 2.15 or 2.16, (ii) the circumstances that entitle such Lender to receive such payments shall remain in effect, and (iii) such Lender shall fail to withdraw such notice within five Business Days after Credit Party Representative’s request for such withdrawal; or (b) (i) any Lender shall become and continue to be a Defaulting Lender, and (ii) such Defaulting Lender shall fail to cure the default pursuant to Section 2.18(b) within five Business Days after Credit Party Representative’s or Administrative Agent’s request that it cure such default; or (c) in connection with any proposed amendment, modification, termination, waiver or consent with respect to any of the provisions hereof as contemplated by Section 10.5(b), the consent of Administrative Agent shall have been obtained but the consent of one or more of such other Lenders (each, a “Non-Consenting Lender”) whose consent is required shall not have been obtained; then, with respect to each such Increased-Cost Lender, Defaulting Lender or Non-Consenting Lender (each, a “Terminated Lender”), Administrative Agent may (in the case of an Increased-Cost Lender, only after receiving written request from Credit Party Representative to remove such Increased-Cost Lender), by giving written notice to Credit Party Representative and any Terminated Lender of its election to do so, elect to cause such Terminated Lender (and such Terminated Lender hereby irrevocably agrees) to assign its outstanding Loans and its
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Commitments, if any, in full to one or more Eligible Assignees (each a “Replacement Lender”) in accordance with the provisions of Section 10.6 and such Terminated Lender shall pay the fees, if any, payable in connection with any such assignment from an Increased-Cost Lender, a Non-Consenting Lender, or a Defaulting Lender; provided, (i) on the date of such assignment, such Replacement Lender shall pay to such Terminated Lender an amount equal to the sum of (A) an amount equal to the principal of, and all accrued interest on, all outstanding Loans of such Terminated Lender, (B) an amount equal to all unreimbursed drawings that have been funded by such Terminated Lender, together with all then unpaid interest with respect thereto at such time and (C) an amount equal to all accrued, but theretofore unpaid fees owing to such Terminated Lender pursuant to Section 2.7; (ii) on the date of such assignment, the Credit Parties shall pay any amounts payable to such Terminated Lender pursuant to Sections 2.15 or 2.16 or under any other Credit Document with respect to facts and circumstances prior to the effective date of such assignment; provided, such assignment shall not be deemed a prepayment and the Credit Parties shall not be required to pay any prepayment premium or other similar amount that would be payable pursuant to the Fee Letter in connection with a voluntary prepayment or otherwise; (iii) such assignment does not conflict with applicable law; and (iv) in the event such Terminated Lender is a Non-Consenting Lender, each Replacement Lender shall consent, at the time of such assignment, to each matter in respect of which such Terminated Lender was a Non-Consenting Lender. Upon the prepayment of all amounts owing to any Terminated Lender and the termination of such Terminated Lender’s Commitments, if any, such Terminated Lender shall no longer constitute a “Lender” for purposes hereof; provided, any rights of such Terminated Lender to indemnification hereunder shall survive as to such Terminated Lender. Each Lender agrees that if Administrative Agent exercises its option hereunder to cause an assignment by such Lender as a Terminated Lender, such Lender shall, promptly after receipt of written notice of such election, execute and deliver all documentation necessary to effectuate such assignment in accordance with Section 10.6. In the event that a Lender does not comply with the requirements of the immediately preceding sentence within one Business Day after receipt of such notice, each Lender hereby authorizes and directs Administrative Agent to execute and deliver such documentation as may be required to give effect to an assignment in accordance with Section 10.6 on behalf of a Terminated Lender, and any such documentation so executed by Administrative Agent shall be effective for purposes of documenting an assignment pursuant to Section 10.6.
2.20.Companies as Co-Borrowers.
(a)Joint and Several Liability. All Obligations of Companies under this Agreement and the other Credit Documents shall be joint and several Obligations of each Company. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement or any other Credit Document, the Obligations of each Company hereunder, solely to the extent that such Company did not receive proceeds of Loans from any borrowing hereunder, shall be limited to a maximum aggregate amount equal to the largest amount that would not render its Obligations subject to avoidance as a fraudulent transfer or conveyance under any Fraudulent Transfer Laws, in each case, after giving effect to all other liabilities of such Company, contingent or otherwise, that are relevant under the Fraudulent Transfer Laws (specifically excluding, however, any liabilities of such Company in respect of intercompany Indebtedness to any other Credit Party or Affiliates of any other Credit Party to the extent that such Indebtedness would be discharged in an amount equal to the amount paid by such Credit Party hereunder) and after giving effect as assets to the value (as determined under the applicable provisions of the Fraudulent Transfer Laws) of any rights to subrogation or contribution of such Company pursuant to (i) applicable law or (ii) any agreement providing for an equitable allocation among such Company and other Affiliates of any Credit Party of Obligations arising under Guaranties by such parties.
(b)Subrogation; Contribution. Until the Obligations shall have been Paid in Full, each Company shall withhold exercise of any right of subrogation, contribution or any other
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right to enforce any remedy that it now has or may hereafter have against any other Company or any Guarantor of the Obligations. Each Company further agrees that, to the extent the waiver of its rights of subrogation, contribution and remedies as set forth herein is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be void or voidable for any reason, any such rights such Company may have against any other Company, any collateral or security or any Guarantor shall be junior and subordinate to any rights Collateral Agent may have against any other Company, any such collateral or security and any Guarantor. Companies under this Agreement and the other Credit Documents together desire to allocate among themselves, in a fair and equitable manner, their Obligations arising under this Agreement and the other Credit Documents. Accordingly, in the event any payment or distribution is made on any date by any Company under this Agreement and the other Credit Documents (a “Funding Company”) such that its Obligation Aggregate Payments exceed its Obligation Fair Share as of such date, that Funding Company shall be entitled to a contribution from each other Company in the amount of such other Company’s Obligation Fair Share Shortfall as of such date, with the result that all such contributions will cause each Company’s Obligation Aggregate Payments to equal its Obligation Fair Share as of such date. “Obligation Fair Share” means, with respect to any Company as of any date of determination, an amount equal to (i) the ratio of (x) the Obligation Fair Share Contribution Amount with respect to such Company to (y) the aggregate of the Obligation Fair Share Contribution Amounts with respect to all Companies, multiplied by (ii) the aggregate amount paid or distributed on or before such date by all Funding Companies under this Agreement and the other Credit Documents in respect of the Obligations. “Obligation Fair Share Shortfall” means, with respect to any Company as of any date of determination, the excess, if any, of the Obligation Fair Share of such Company over the Obligation Aggregate Payments of such Company. “Obligation Fair Share Contribution Amount” means, with respect to any Company as of any date of determination, the maximum aggregate amount of the Obligations of such Company under this Agreement and the other Credit Documents that would not render its Obligations subject to avoidance as a fraudulent transfer or conveyance under any Fraudulent Transfer Laws; provided, solely for purposes of calculating the Obligation Fair Share Contribution Amount with respect to any Company for purposes of this Section 2.20, any assets or liabilities of such Company arising by virtue of any rights to subrogation, reimbursement or indemnification or any rights to or obligations of contribution hereunder shall not be considered as assets or liabilities of such Company. “Obligation Aggregate Payments” means, with respect to any Company as of any date of determination, an amount equal to (i) the aggregate amount of all payments and distributions made on or before such date by such Company in respect of this Agreement and the other Credit Documents (including in respect of this Section 2.20), minus (ii) the aggregate amount of all payments received on or before such date by such Company from any other Company as contributions under this Section 2.20. The amounts payable as contributions hereunder shall be determined as of the date on which the related payment or distribution is made by the applicable Funding Company. The allocation among Companies of their Obligations as set forth in this Section 2.20 shall not be construed in any way to limit the liability of any Company hereunder or under any other Credit Document.
(c)Obligations Absolute. Each Company hereby waives, for the benefit of the Beneficiaries, (i) any right to require any Beneficiary, as a condition of payment or performance by such Company, to (A) proceed against any other Company, any Guarantor or any other Person, (B) proceed against or exhaust any security held from any other Company, any Guarantor or any other Person, (C) proceed against or have resort to any balance of any Deposit Account, Securities Account, or any other credit on the books of any Beneficiary in favor of any other Company, any Guarantor or any other Person, or (D) pursue any other remedy in the power of any Beneficiary whatsoever; (ii) any defense arising by reason of the incapacity, lack of authority or any disability or other defense of any other Company or any Guarantor including any defense based on or arising out of the lack of validity or the unenforceability of the Obligations or any agreement or instrument relating thereto or by reason of the cessation of the liability of any other Company or any Guarantor from any cause, other than Payment in Full of
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all Obligations; (iii) any defense based upon any statute or rule of law that provides that the obligation of a surety must be neither larger in amount nor in other respects more burdensome than that of the principal; (iv) any defense based upon any Beneficiary’s errors or omissions in the administration of the Obligations, except behavior that amounts to willful misconduct as determined by a final, non-appealable judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction; (v) (A) any principles or provisions of law, statutory or otherwise, that are or might be in conflict with the terms hereof and any legal or equitable discharge of such Company’s Obligations, (B) the benefit of any statute of limitations affecting such Company’s liability hereunder or the enforcement hereof, (C) any rights to set offs, recoupments and counterclaims, and (D) promptness, diligence and any requirement that any Beneficiary protect, secure, perfect or ensure any security interest or lien or any property subject thereto; (vi) notices, demands, presentments, protests, notices of protest, notices of dishonor and notices of any action or inaction, including acceptance hereof, notices of default hereunder or under any agreement or instrument related hereto, notices of any renewal, extension or modification of the Obligations or any agreement related thereto, notices of any extension of credit to any Company and notices of any of the matters referred to in Section 7.4 and any right to consent to any thereof; and (vii) any defenses or benefits that may be derived from or afforded by law that limit the liability of or exonerate guarantors or sureties, or that may conflict with the terms hereof.
2.21.Appointment of Credit Party Representative.
(a)Each Credit Party hereby appoints Holdings as “Credit Party Representative” to act as its agent, attorney-in-fact and representative for the purposes of issuing Notices, giving instructions with respect to the disbursement of the proceeds of the Loans, selecting interest rate options, giving and receiving all other notices and consents hereunder or under any of the other Credit Documents, executing Credit Documents on its behalf (including the Fee Letter), delivering all documents, reports, financial statements and written materials required to be delivered by any Credit Party under this Agreement or any of the other Credit Documents, taking all other actions (including in respect of compliance with covenants and amendments to the Credit Documents) on behalf of any Credit Party under the Credit Documents, and all other purposes incidental to any of the foregoing. Holdings hereby accepts the foregoing appointment as Credit Party Representative.
(b)Each Agent and each Lender may regard any notice or other communication pursuant to any Credit Document from Credit Party Representative as a notice or communication from all Credit Parties, and may give any notice or communication required or permitted to be given to any Credit Party hereunder to Credit Party Representative. Each Credit Party agrees that each notice, election, representation and warranty, covenant, agreement and undertaking made on its behalf by Credit Party Representative shall be deemed for all purposes to have been made by such Credit Party and shall be binding upon and enforceable against such Credit Party to the same extent as if the same had been made directly by such Credit Party.
Section 3.CONDITIONS PRECEDENT
3.1.Closing Date. The obligation of each Lender to enter into this Agreement and to make any Loan on the Closing Date is subject to the satisfaction, or waiver in accordance with Section 10.5, of the following conditions on or before the Closing Date (in each case, except to the extent required to be delivered or completed in accordance with Section 5.15):
(a)Credit Documents. Administrative Agent shall have received sufficient copies of each Credit Document to be dated as of the Closing Date, in each case, as Administrative Agent shall request, in form and substance satisfactory to Administrative Agent, and duly executed and delivered by each applicable Credit Party and each other Person party thereto.
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(b)Organizational Documents; Incumbency. Administrative Agent shall have received in respect of each Credit Party (i) sufficient copies of each Organizational Document as Administrative Agent shall request, in each case, certified by an Authorized Officer of such Credit Party and, to the extent applicable, certified as of the Closing Date or a recent date prior thereto by the appropriate Governmental Authority; (ii) signature and incumbency certificates of the officers of such Credit Party executing any Credit Documents to which it is a party; (iii) resolutions of the Board of Directors of each Credit Party approving and authorizing the execution, delivery and performance of the Credit Documents, and the ABL Credit Documents, in each case, to which it is a party or by which it or its assets may be bound as of the Closing Date, certified as of the Closing Date by an appropriate Authorized Officer as being in full force and effect without modification or amendment; (iv) a good standing certificate from the applicable Governmental Authority of such Credit Party’s jurisdiction of incorporation, organization or formation and in each jurisdiction in which it is qualified as a foreign corporation or other entity to do business, each dated a recent date prior to the Closing Date; and (v) such other documents as Administrative Agent may reasonably request.
(c)Organizational and Capital Structure. The organizational structure and capital structure of Holdings and its Subsidiaries, both before and after giving effect to the transactions contemplated by the ABL Credit Documents, shall be as set forth on Schedule 4.2.
(d)Other Transaction Documents.
(i)ABL Credit Documents.
(A)(I) The ABL Credit Documents shall each be in form and substance satisfactory to Administrative Agent in its sole discretion and shall have been executed and delivered and be in full force and effect in accordance with their respective terms, and no provision thereof shall have been modified or waived in any respect determined by Administrative Agent to be material, in each case, without the consent of Administrative Agent, (II) all conditions to the transactions contemplated by the ABL Credit Documents shall have been satisfied prior to or concurrently with the effectiveness of this Agreement or the fulfillment of any such conditions shall have been waived with the consent of Administrative Agent and (III) the transactions contemplated by the ABL Credit Documents shall have become effective in accordance with the terms thereof.
(B)Administrative Agent shall have received a fully executed or conformed copy of each ABL Credit Document and any documents executed in connection therewith on or prior to the Closing Date (including all exhibits, schedules, annexes or other attachments thereto, any amendment, restatement, supplement or other modification thereof, and any related side letter).
(C)Administrative Agent shall have received a fully executed or conformed copy of the ABL Waiver Document on or prior to the Closing Date.
(ii)Sale Leaseback Document.
(A)(I) The Sale Leaseback Agreement and each other Sale Leaseback Document shall each be in form and substance satisfactory to Administrative Agent in its sole discretion and shall have been executed and delivered and be in full force and effect in accordance with their respective terms, and no provision thereof shall have been modified or waived in any respect determined by Administrative Agent to be material, in each case, without the consent of Administrative Agent, (II) all conditions to the transactions
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contemplated by the Sale Leaseback Documents shall have been satisfied prior to or concurrently with the effectiveness of this Agreement or the fulfillment of any such conditions shall have been waived with the consent of Administrative Agent, and (III) the transactions contemplated by the Sale Leaseback Documents shall have become effective and/or been consummated in accordance with the terms thereof.
(B)Administrative Agent shall have received a fully executed or conformed copy of each Sale Leaseback Document and any documents executed in connection therewith on or prior to the Closing Date (including all exhibits, schedules, annexes or other attachments thereto, any amendment, restatement, supplement or other modification thereof, and any related side letter).
(iii)Supply Agreement.
(A)(I) The Supply Agreement and each other agreement, document, instrument or certificate required to be delivered thereunder shall each be in form and substance satisfactory to Administrative Agent in its sole discretion and shall have been executed and delivered and be in full force and effect in accordance with their respective terms, and no provision thereof shall have been modified or waived in any respect determined by Administrative Agent to be material, in each case, without the consent of Administrative Agent, (II) all conditions to the transactions contemplated by the Supply Agreement and such other agreements, documents, certificates and instruments shall have been satisfied prior to or concurrently with the effectiveness of this Agreement or the fulfillment of any such conditions shall have been waived with the consent of Administrative Agent, and (III) the transactions contemplated by the Supply Agreement and such other agreements, documents, certificates and instruments shall have become effective and/or been consummated in accordance with the terms thereof.
(B)Administrative Agent shall have received a fully executed or conformed copy of Supply Agreement and such other agreements, documents, certificates and instruments executed in connection therewith on or prior to the Closing Date (including all exhibits, schedules, annexes or other attachments thereto, any amendment, restatement, supplement or other modification thereof, and any related side letter).
(e)Existing Indebtedness. On the Closing Date, Holdings and its Subsidiaries shall have (i) repaid in full all Existing Indebtedness, (ii) terminated any commitments to lend or make other extensions of credit thereunder and (iii) delivered to Administrative Agent all documents or instruments necessary to release all Liens securing Existing Indebtedness or other obligations of Holdings and its Subsidiaries thereunder being repaid on the Closing Date.
(f)[Reserved].
(g)Governmental Authorizations and Consents. Each Credit Party shall have obtained all Governmental Authorizations and all consents of other Persons, in each case, that are necessary or advisable in connection with the transactions contemplated by the Credit Documents and the ABL Credit Documents to occur on or prior to the Closing Date (including the entering into of the Credit Documents and the ABL Credit Documents to be delivered on the Closing Date) and each of the foregoing shall be in full force and effect and in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to Administrative Agent. All applicable waiting periods shall have expired without any action being taken or threatened by any competent authority that would
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restrain, prevent or otherwise impose adverse conditions on the transactions contemplated by the Credit Documents or the ABL Credit Documents to occur on or prior to the Closing Date or the financing thereof and no action, request for stay, petition for review or rehearing, reconsideration, or appeal with respect to any of the foregoing shall be pending, and the time for any applicable agency to take action to set aside its consent on its own motion shall have expired.
(h)[Reserved].
(i)Personal Property Collateral. In order to create in favor of Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, a valid and perfected First Priority Lien in the personal property Collateral, each Credit Party shall have delivered to Collateral Agent:
(i)evidence satisfactory to Collateral Agent of the compliance by each Credit Party with their obligations under the Pledge and Security Agreement and the other Collateral Documents (including their obligations to authorize or execute, as the case may be, and deliver UCC financing statements, originals of securities, instruments and chattel paper and any agreements governing Deposit Accounts or Securities Accounts as provided therein);
(ii)a completed Collateral Questionnaire dated the Closing Date, together with all attachments contemplated thereby;
(iii)duly executed and, as appropriate, notarized Intellectual Property Security Agreements, in proper form for filing or recording in all appropriate places in all applicable jurisdictions;
(iv)opinions of counsel (which counsel shall be reasonably satisfactory to Collateral Agent) with respect to the creation and perfection of the Liens in favor of Collateral Agent in such Collateral and such other matters governed by the laws of each jurisdiction in which any Credit Party or any personal property Collateral is located as Collateral Agent may reasonably request, in each case, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to Collateral Agent; and
(v)evidence that each Credit Party shall have taken or caused to be taken any other action, executed and delivered or caused to be executed and delivered any other agreement, document and instrument (including (i) a Collateral Access Agreement executed by the landlord of each Leasehold Property, and (ii) an Intercompany Note and Subordination) and made or caused to be made any other filing and recording reasonably required by Collateral Agent.
(j)[Reserved].
(k)Financial Statements; Projections. The Lenders shall have received from Credit Party Representative (i) the Historical Financial Statements, (ii) pro forma consolidated and consolidating balance sheets of Holdings and its Subsidiaries as at the Closing Date, and reflecting the consummation of the transactions contemplated by the ABL Credit Documents, the related financings and the other transactions contemplated by the Credit Documents to occur on or prior to the Closing Date, which pro forma financial statements shall be in form and substance satisfactory to Administrative Agent, (iii) pro forma consolidated and consolidating income statements of Holdings and its Subsidiaries as at the Closing Date, and reflecting the consummation of the transactions contemplated by the ABL Credit Documents, the related financings and the other transactions contemplated by the Credit Documents to occur on or prior to the Closing Date, and (iv) the Projections.
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(l)[Reserved].
(m)Opinions of Counsel to Credit Parties. The Agents, the Lenders and their respective counsel shall have received executed copies of the favorable written opinions of Latham & Watkins LLP, New York, California and Delaware counsel to the Credit Parties, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Ohio counsel to the Credit Parties, and Ballard Spahr LLP, Minnesota counsel to the Credit Parties, in each case, as to such matters as Administrative Agent may reasonably request, dated as of the Closing Date, and in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to Administrative Agent (and each Credit Party hereby instructs such counsel to deliver such opinions to the Agents and the Lenders).
(n)Fees. Companies shall have paid to each Agent and each Lender the fees payable on or before the Closing Date referred to in Section 2.7 and all expenses payable pursuant to Section 10.2 that have accrued to the Closing Date.
(o)Solvency Certificate. Administrative Agent shall have received a Solvency Certificate from the Credit Party Representative dated as of the Closing Date and addressed to Administrative Agent and Lenders, certifying that after giving effect to the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, the other Credit Documents and the ABL Credit Documents to be consummated on the Closing Date and the Credit Extensions to be made on the Closing Date, Holdings and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, are Solvent.
(p)Closing Date Certificate. Administrative Agent shall have received a Closing Date Certificate, together with all attachments thereto.
(q)No Litigation. There shall not exist any action, suit, investigation, litigation, proceeding, hearing or other legal or regulatory developments, pending or threatened in any court or before any arbitrator or Governmental Authority that, in the reasonable opinion of Administrative Agent, singly or in the aggregate, materially impairs the transactions contemplated by the ABL Credit Documents, the financing thereof or any of the other transactions contemplated by the Credit Documents or the ABL Credit Documents, or that could have a Material Adverse Effect.
(r)Due Diligence. Administrative Agent and each Lender shall have completed, to its satisfaction, all legal, tax, environmental, business, industry, food safety, regulatory, compliance and other due diligence with respect to the business, assets, liabilities, operations and condition (financial or otherwise) of the Credit Parties in scope and determination satisfactory to Administrative Agent and the Requisite Lenders in their respective discretion, and, other than changes occurring in the ordinary course of business, no information or materials are or should have been available to the Credit Parties as of the Closing Date that are materially inconsistent with the information and materials previously provided to Administrative Agent and the Requisite Lenders for their respective due diligence review of the Credit Parties.
(s)[Reserved].
(t)[Reserved].
(u)No Material Adverse Change. Since May 29, 2022, except as described on Schedule 1.1(a), no event, circumstance or change shall have occurred that has caused or evidences, either in any case or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect.
(v)[Reserved].
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(w)KYC Documentation; Beneficial Ownership Certificate.
(i)At least 10 days prior to the Closing Date, the Lenders shall have received all documentation and other information required by bank regulatory authorities under applicable “know-your-customer” and anti-money laundering rules and regulations, including the PATRIOT Act.
(ii)At least five days prior to the Closing Date, any Credit Party that qualifies as a “legal entity customer” under the Beneficial Ownership Regulation shall have delivered a Beneficial Ownership Certification in relation to such Credit Party.
Each Lender, by delivering its signature page to this Agreement and funding a Loan on the Closing Date, shall be deemed to have acknowledged receipt of, and consented to and approved, each Credit Document and each other document required to be approved by any Agent, the Requisite Lenders or the Lenders, as applicable on the Closing Date.
3.2.Conditions to Each Credit Extension.
(a)Conditions Precedent. The obligation of each Lender to make any Loan, on any Credit Date, including the Closing Date, are subject to the satisfaction, or waiver in accordance with Section 10.5, of the following conditions precedent:
(i)Administrative Agent shall have received a duly executed and delivered Funding Notice and any applicable letters of direction required by Administrative Agent in connections with the disbursement of any funds;
(ii)as of such Credit Date, the representations and warranties contained herein and in the other Credit Documents shall be true and correct in all material respects on and as of that Credit Date to the same extent as though made on and as of that date, except to the extent such representations and warranties specifically relate to an earlier date, in which case such representations and warranties shall have been true and correct in all material respects on and as of such earlier date; provided, in each case, such materiality qualifier shall not apply to any representations and warranties to the extent already qualified or modified by materiality or similar concept in the text thereof; and
(iii)as of such Credit Date, no event shall have occurred and be continuing or would result from the consummation of the applicable Credit Extension that would constitute a Default or an Event of Default.
Any Agent or the Requisite Lenders shall be entitled, but not obligated to, request and receive, prior to the making of any Credit Extension, additional information reasonably satisfactory to the requesting party confirming the satisfaction of any of the foregoing if, in the good faith judgment of such Agent or the Requisite Lenders, such request is warranted under the circumstances.
(b)Notices. Any Notice shall be executed by an Authorized Officer in a writing delivered to Administrative Agent. In lieu of delivering a Notice, Credit Party Representative may give Administrative Agent telephonic notice by the required time of any proposed borrowing; provided, each such notice shall be promptly confirmed in writing by delivery of the applicable Notice to Administrative Agent on or before the close of business on the date that telephonic notice is given. In the event of a discrepancy between the telephonic notice and the written notice, the written notice shall govern. In the case of any Notice that is irrevocable once given, if Credit Party Representative provides telephonic notice in lieu of written notice, such telephonic notice shall also be irrevocable once given. No Agent or Lender
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shall incur any liability to any Credit Party in acting upon any telephonic notice referred to above that Administrative Agent believes in good faith to have been given by a duly authorized officer or other natural person authorized on behalf of Credit Party Representative or for otherwise acting in good faith.
(c)Each request for a borrowing of a Loan by Companies hereunder shall constitute a representation and warranty by the Credit Parties as of the applicable Credit Date that the conditions contained in Section 3.2(a) have been satisfied.
Section 4.REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES
In order to induce the Agents and the Lenders to enter into this Agreement and to make each Credit Extension to be made thereby, each Credit Party represents and warrants to each Agent and each Lender, on each Credit Date, including the Closing Date, that the following statements are true and correct (it being understood and agreed that the representations and warranties made on the Closing Date are deemed to be made concurrently with the consummation of the transactions contemplated by the ABL Credit Documents):
4.1.Organization; Requisite Power and Authority; Qualification. Each of Holdings and its Subsidiaries (a) is duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of its jurisdiction of organization as identified on Schedule 4.1, (b) has all requisite power and authority to own and operate its properties, to carry on its business as now conducted and as proposed to be conducted, to enter into the Credit Documents to which it is a party and to carry out the transactions contemplated thereby, and (c) is qualified to do business and in good standing in every jurisdiction where its assets are located and wherever necessary to carry out its business and operations, except in jurisdictions where the failure to be so qualified or in good standing has not had, and could not be reasonably expected to have, a Material Adverse Effect.
4.2.Capital Stock and Ownership. The Capital Stock of each of Holdings and its Subsidiaries has been duly authorized and validly issued and is fully paid and non-assessable. Except as set forth on Schedule 4.2, as of the Closing Date, there is no existing option, warrant, call, right, commitment or other agreement to which Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries is a party requiring, and there is no membership interest or other Capital Stock of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries outstanding that upon conversion or exchange would require, the issuance by Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries of any additional Capital Stock of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries or other Securities convertible into, exchangeable for or evidencing the right to subscribe for or purchase additional Capital Stock of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries. Schedule 4.2 correctly sets forth the ownership interest of Holdings and each of its Subsidiaries in their respective Subsidiaries as of the Closing Date both before and after giving effect to the transactions contemplated by the Credit Documents.
4.3.Due Authorization. The execution, delivery and performance of the Credit Documents have been duly authorized by all necessary action on the part of each Credit Party that is a party thereto.
4.4.No Conflict. The execution, delivery and performance by the Credit Parties of the Credit Documents to which they are parties and the consummation of the transactions contemplated by the Credit Documents do not and will not (a) violate any provision of any law or any governmental rule or regulation applicable to Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries, any of the Organizational Documents of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries, or any order, judgment or decree of any court or other agency of government binding on Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries; (b) conflict with, result in a breach of or constitute (with due notice or lapse of time or both) a default under any Material Contract or any ABL Credit Document; (c) result in or require the creation or imposition of any Lien upon any of the properties or assets of Holdings or
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any of its Subsidiaries (other than any Liens created under any of the Credit Documents in favor of Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties); or (d) require any approval of stockholders, members or partners or any approval or consent of any Person under any Material Contract or any ABL Credit Document, except for such approvals or consents that have been obtained on or before the Closing Date and have been disclosed in writing to the Lenders and except for any such approvals or consents the failure of which to obtain will not have a Material Adverse Effect and will not materially reduce the value of the Collateral.
4.5.Governmental Consents. The execution, delivery and performance by the Credit Parties of the Credit Documents to which they are parties and the consummation of the transactions contemplated by the Credit Documents do not and will not require any registration with, consent or approval of, or notice to, or other action to, with or by, any Governmental Authority, and except for filings and recordings with respect to the Collateral to be made, or otherwise delivered to Collateral Agent for filing or recordation, as of the Closing Date.
4.6.Binding Obligation. Each Credit Document required to be delivered hereunder has been duly executed and delivered by each Credit Party that is a party thereto and is the legally valid and binding obligation of such Credit Party, enforceable against such Credit Party in accordance with its respective terms, except as may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or similar laws relating to or limiting creditors’ rights generally or by equitable principles relating to enforceability.
4.7.Historical Financial Statements. The Historical Financial Statements were prepared in conformity with GAAP and fairly present, in all material respects, the financial position, on a consolidated basis, of the Persons described in such financial statements as at the respective dates thereof and the results of operations and cash flows, on a consolidated basis, of the entities described therein for each of the periods then ended, subject, in the case of any such unaudited financial statements, to changes resulting from audit and normal year-end adjustments. As of the Closing Date, neither Holdings nor any of its Subsidiaries has any contingent liability or liability for Taxes long-term lease or unusual forward or long-term commitment that is not reflected in the Historical Financial Statements or the notes thereto and that in any such case is material in relation to the business, operations, properties, assets, condition (financial or otherwise) or prospects of Holdings and its Subsidiaries taken as a whole. Holdings and its Subsidiaries have not made as of the Closing Date, and as of the Closing Date do not expect to make, any accounting adjustments, restatements or other modifications to the Existing Financial Statements, other than those which have been disclosed in writing to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders prior to the Closing Date.
4.8.Projections. On and as of the Closing Date, the projections of Holdings and its Subsidiaries for the period of the Fiscal Year ending May 28, 2023 through and including the Fiscal Year ending on or about May 30, 2026, including quarterly projections for all periods prior to May 28, 2024 and annual projections for each Fiscal Year thereafter (the “Projections”), are based on good faith estimates and assumptions made by the management of Holdings and its Subsidiaries; provided, the Projections are not to be viewed as facts and that actual results during the period or periods covered by the Projections may differ from such Projections and that the differences may be material; provided, further, as of the Closing Date, management of Holdings and its Subsidiaries believed that the Projections were reasonable and attainable.
4.9.No Material Adverse Change. Since May 29, 2022, except as described on Schedule 1.1(a), no event, circumstance or change has occurred that has caused or evidences, either in any case or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect.
4.10.No Restricted Junior Payments. Since May 29, 2022, neither Holdings nor any of its Subsidiaries has directly or indirectly declared, ordered, paid or made, or set apart any sum or
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property for, any Restricted Junior Payment or agreed to do so except as permitted pursuant to Section 6.5.
4.11.Adverse Proceedings. Except as set forth on Schedule 4.11, there are no Adverse Proceedings that could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect or liability of Holdings, any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective Affiliates in excess of $1,000,000 individually or $5,000,000 in the aggregate for all such Adverse Proceedings, in each case, during the term of this Agreement. Except as set forth on Schedule 4.11, neither Holdings nor any of its Subsidiaries (a) is in violation of any applicable laws (including Environmental Laws), or (b) is subject to or in default with respect to any final judgments, writs, injunctions, decrees, rules or regulations of any court or any federal, state, municipal or other governmental department, commission, board, bureau, agency or instrumentality, domestic or foreign, that could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect or liability of Holdings, any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective Affiliates in excess of $1,000,000 individually or $5,000,000 in the aggregate for all such defaults, in each case, during the term of this Agreement.
4.12.Payment of Taxes. All federal, state income and other material Tax returns and reports of Holdings and its Subsidiaries required to be filed by any of them have been timely filed, and all federal, state income and other material Taxes due and payable and all assessments, fees and other governmental charges upon Holdings and its Subsidiaries and upon their respective properties, assets, income, businesses and franchises that are due and payable have been paid when due and payable (other than any Taxes the amount or validity of which are currently being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings and with respect to which reserves in conformity with GAAP have been provided on the books of Holdings and its Subsidiaries). There is no proposed Tax assessment against Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries that is not being actively contested by Holdings or such Subsidiary in good faith and by appropriate proceedings; provided, such reserves or other appropriate provisions, if any, as shall be required in conformity with GAAP shall have been made or provided therefor.
4.13.Properties.
(a)Title. Except as set forth on Schedule 4.13(a), each of Holdings and its Subsidiaries has (i) good, sufficient and legal title to (in the case of fee interests in real property), (ii) valid leasehold interests in (in the case of leasehold interests in real or personal property), (iii) valid licensed rights in (in the case of licensed interests in Intellectual Property), and (iv) good title to (in the case of all other personal property), all of their respective properties and assets reflected in their respective Historical Financial Statements referred to in Section 4.7 and in the most recent financial statements delivered pursuant to Section 5.1, in each case, except for assets disposed of since the date of such financial statements in the ordinary course of business or as otherwise permitted under Section 6.9. Except as permitted by this Agreement, all such properties and assets are free and clear of Liens.
(b)Real Estate. As of the Closing Date, Schedule 4.13(b) contains a true, accurate and complete list of (i) all Real Estate Assets, including an indication as to whether each such Real Estate Asset constitutes a Material Real Estate Asset (within the meaning of clauses (i) or (ii) of the definition thereof), and (ii) all leases, subleases or assignments of leases (together with all amendments, modifications, supplements, renewals or extensions of any thereof) affecting any Real Estate Asset of any Credit Party, regardless of whether such Credit Party is the landlord or tenant (whether directly or as an assignee or successor in interest) under such lease, sublease or assignment. Each agreement listed in clause (ii) of the immediately preceding sentence is in full force and effect, and no Credit Party has any knowledge of any default that has occurred and is continuing thereunder, and each such agreement constitutes the legally valid and binding obligation of each applicable Credit Party, enforceable against such Credit Party in accordance with its terms, except as may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization,
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moratorium or similar laws relating to or limiting creditors’ rights generally or by equitable principles relating to enforceability.
4.14.Environmental Matters. Neither Holdings nor any of its Subsidiaries nor any of their respective Facilities or operations are subject to any outstanding written order, consent decree or settlement agreement with any Person relating to any Environmental Law, any Environmental Claim or any Hazardous Materials Activity that, individually or in the aggregate, could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. Neither Holdings nor any of its Subsidiaries has received any letter or request for information under Section 104 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (42 U.S.C. § 9604) or any comparable state law. There are and, to each of Holdings’ and its Subsidiaries’ knowledge, have been no conditions, occurrences or Hazardous Materials Activities that could reasonably be expected to form the basis of an Environmental Claim against Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries that, individually or in the aggregate, could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. Except as set forth on Schedule 4.14, neither Holdings nor any of its Subsidiaries nor, to any Credit Party’s knowledge, any predecessor of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries has filed any notice under any Environmental Law indicating past or present treatment of Hazardous Materials at any Facility, and none of Holdings’ or any of its Subsidiaries’ operations involves the generation, transportation, treatment, storage or disposal of hazardous waste, as defined under 40 C.F.R. Parts 260-270 or any state equivalent (except for products used in the ordinary course of business, such as paint and cleaning products which are ancillary to the operations of Holdings and its Subsidiaries). Compliance with all current or reasonably foreseeable future requirements pursuant to or under Environmental Laws could not be reasonably expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect. Except as set forth on Schedule 4.14, no event or condition has occurred or is occurring with respect to Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries relating to any Environmental Law, any Release of Hazardous Materials or any Hazardous Materials Activity that, individually or in the aggregate, has had, or could reasonably be expected to have, a Material Adverse Effect.
4.15.No Defaults. Neither Holdings nor any of its Subsidiaries is in default in the performance, observance or fulfillment of any of the obligations, covenants or conditions contained in any of its Contractual Obligations, and no condition exists that, with the giving of notice or the lapse of time or both, could constitute such a default, except where the consequences, direct or indirect, of such default or defaults, if any, individually or in the aggregate, could not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect or liability of Holdings, any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective Affiliates in excess of $1,000,000, individually or $5,000,000 in the aggregate for all such defaults, in each case, during the term of this Agreement.
4.16.Material Contracts. Schedule 4.16 contains a true, correct and complete list of all the Material Contracts in effect on the Closing Date, and, together with any updates provided pursuant to Section 5.1(k), (a) all such Material Contracts are in full force and effect in all material respects, (b) no defaults currently exist thereunder, and (c) each such Material Contract has not been amended, waived or otherwise modified except as permitted under this Agreement.
4.17.Governmental Regulation. Neither Holdings nor any of its Subsidiaries is subject to regulation under the Federal Power Act or the Investment Company Act of 1940 or under any other federal or state statute or regulation that may limit its ability to incur Indebtedness or that may otherwise render all or any portion of the Obligations unenforceable. Neither Holdings nor any of its Subsidiaries is a “registered investment company” or a company “controlled” by a “registered investment company” or a “principal underwriter” of a “registered investment company” as such terms are defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940.
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4.18.Federal Reserve Regulations; Exchange Act. Neither Holdings nor any of its Subsidiaries is engaged principally, or as one of its important activities, in the business of extending credit for the purpose of purchasing or carrying any Margin Stock. No portion of the proceeds of any Credit Extension has or will be used in any manner, whether directly or indirectly, that causes or could reasonably be expected to cause, such Credit Extension or the application of such proceeds to violate Regulation T, Regulation U or Regulation X of the Board of Governors or any other regulation thereof or to violate the Exchange Act.
4.19.Employee Matters. Neither Holdings nor any of its Subsidiaries is engaged in any unfair labor practice. There is (a) no unfair labor practice complaint pending against Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries or, to the best knowledge of each Credit Party, threatened against any of them before the National Labor Relations Board and no grievance or arbitration proceeding arising out of or under any collective bargaining agreement that is so pending against Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries or, to the best knowledge of each Credit Party, threatened against any of them, (b) no strike or work stoppage in existence or threatened involving Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries, and (c) to the best knowledge of each Credit Party, no union representation question existing with respect to the employees of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries and, to the best knowledge of each Credit Party, no union organization activity that is taking place, except (with respect to any matter specified in clause (a), (b) or (c) above, either individually or in the aggregate) such as is not reasonably likely to have a Material Adverse Effect or result in liabilities in excess of $1,000,000 individually or $5,000,000 in the aggregate for all such liabilities. Neither Holdings nor any of its Subsidiaries has incurred any liability or obligation under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (the “WARN Act”) or any similar federal or state law that remains unpaid or unsatisfied and could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect or is in excess of $1,000,000 individually or $5,000,000 in the aggregate for all such liabilities.
4.20.Employee Benefit Plans. Except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, (i) Holdings, each of its Subsidiaries and each of their respective ERISA Affiliates are in compliance with all applicable provisions and requirements of ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code and the regulations and published interpretations thereunder with respect to each Employee Benefit Plan and have performed all their obligations under each Employee Benefit Plan, (ii) each Employee Benefit Plan that is intended to qualify under Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code has received a favorable determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service indicating that such Employee Benefit Plan is so qualified and nothing has occurred subsequent to the issuance of such determination letter that would cause such Employee Benefit Plan to lose its qualified status, (iii) no liability to the PBGC (other than required premium payments), the Internal Revenue Service, any Employee Benefit Plan or any trust established under Title IV of ERISA has been or is expected to be incurred by Holdings, any of its Subsidiaries or any of their ERISA Affiliates and (iv) no ERISA Event has occurred or is reasonably expected to occur. Except to the extent required under Section 4980B of the Internal Revenue Code or similar state laws, no Employee Benefit Plan provides health or welfare benefits (through the purchase of insurance or otherwise) for any retired or former employee of Holdings, any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates. Except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, the present value of the aggregate benefit liabilities under each Pension Plan sponsored, maintained or contributed to by Holdings, any of its Subsidiaries or any of their ERISA Affiliates (determined as of the end of the most recent plan year on the basis of the actuarial assumptions specified for funding purposes in the most recent actuarial valuation for such Pension Plan) did not exceed the aggregate current value of the assets of such Pension Plan. As of the most recent valuation date for each Multiemployer Plan for which the actuarial report is available, the potential liability of Holdings, its Subsidiaries and their respective ERISA Affiliates for a complete withdrawal from such Multiemployer Plan (within the meaning of Section 4203 of ERISA), when aggregated with such potential liability for a
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complete withdrawal from all Multiemployer Plans, based on information available pursuant to Section 4221(e) of ERISA is $0. Holdings, each of its Subsidiaries and each of their ERISA Affiliates have complied with the requirements of Section 515 of ERISA with respect to each Multiemployer Plan and are not in material “default” (as defined in Section 4219(c)(5) of ERISA) with respect to payments to a Multiemployer Plan.
4.21.Certain Fees. Except as set forth on Schedule 4.21, no broker’s or finder’s fee or commission will be payable with respect to the transactions contemplated by this Agreement or the ABL Credit Documents, except as payable to the Agents and the Lenders.
4.22.Solvency. After giving effect to the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, the other Credit Documents and the ABL Credit Documents to be consummated on the Closing Date and the Credit Extensions to be made on the Closing Date, and on any other date on which this representation and warranty is made, Holdings and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, are Solvent.
4.23.Compliance with Laws. Except to the extent disclosed in due diligence pursuant to Section 3.1(r) and/or to the extent expressly disclosed (and clearly identified as such) in the disclosure schedules hereto, each of Holdings and its Subsidiaries is in compliance with all applicable statutes, regulations and orders of, and all applicable restrictions imposed by, all Governmental Authorities, in respect of the conduct of its business and the ownership of its property, including compliance, in all material respects, with all applicable Privacy Laws and Food Laws and all applicable Environmental Laws with respect to any Real Estate Asset or governing its business and the requirements of any permits issued under such Environmental Laws with respect to any such Real Estate Asset or the operations of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries (it being understood, in the case of any statutes, regulations and orders of, and all applicable restrictions imposed by, all Governmental Authorities that are specifically referred to in any other provision of this Agreement, Holdings and its Subsidiaries shall also be required to represent and/or comply with, as applicable, the express terms of such provision).
4.24.Disclosure; Beneficial Ownership Certification.
(a)No representation or warranty of any Credit Party contained in any Credit Document or in any other documents, certificates or written statements furnished to any Agent or any Lender by or on behalf of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries for use in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby contains any untrue statement of a material fact or omits to state a material fact (known to any Credit Party, in the case of any document not furnished by any of them) necessary in order to make the statements contained herein or therein not misleading in light of the circumstances in which the same were made. Any projections and pro forma financial information contained in such materials are based upon good faith estimates and assumptions believed by the Credit Parties to be reasonable at the time made, it being recognized by the Lenders that such projections as to future events are not to be viewed as facts and that actual results during the period or periods covered by any such projections may differ from the projected results. There are no facts known (or that should upon the reasonable exercise of diligence be known) to any Credit Party (other than matters of a general economic nature) that, individually or in the aggregate, could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect and that have not been disclosed herein or in such other documents, certificates and statements furnished to the Lenders for use in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby.
(b)As of the Closing Date, the information included in each Beneficial Ownership Certification is true and correct in all respects.
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4.25.Sanctions; Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Laws; Anti-Terrorism and Anti-Money Laundering Laws. None of Holdings, any of its Subsidiaries, any Affiliate of any such Person, or any of their respective Directors, officers or, to the knowledge of any Credit Party, employees, agents, or advisors is a Sanctioned Person. Except to the extent relating to compliance with Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Laws disclosed in due diligence pursuant to Section 3.1(r) and/or to the extent expressly disclosed (and clearly identified as such) in the disclosure schedules hereto, each of Holdings and its Subsidiaries and their respective Directors, officers and, to the knowledge of any Credit Party, employees, agents, advisors and Affiliates is in compliance with all and has not violated any (i) Sanctions, (ii) Anti- Bribery and Anti-Corruption Laws, or (iii) Anti-Terrorism and Anti-Money Laundering Laws. No part of the proceeds of any Credit Extension has or will be used, directly or indirectly, (A) for the purpose of financing any activities or business of or with any Sanctioned Person or in any Sanctioned Country, (B) in furtherance of an offer, payment, promise to pay, or authorization of the payment or giving of money, or anything else of value to any Person in violation of any Anti- Bribery and Anti-Corruption Laws, or (C) otherwise in any manner that would result in a violation of Sanctions, Anti-Terrorism and Anti-Money Laundering Laws, or Anti- Bribery and Anti-Corruption Laws by any Person. Holdings and its Subsidiaries have established and currently maintain policies, procedures and controls that are designed (and otherwise comply with applicable law) to ensure that each of Holdings, its Subsidiaries and their respective Affiliates, and each of their respective Directors, officers, employees and agents, is and will continue to be in compliance with all applicable current and future Sanctions, Anti-Terrorism and Anti-Money Laundering Laws, and Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Laws.
4.26.Privacy Laws. No privacy or information security enforcement action, investigation, litigation or claim, including under the Privacy Laws, has been instituted or otherwise exists against Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries. Subject to Section 5.15, Holdings and its Subsidiaries have established and currently maintain policies, procedures and controls that are designed (and otherwise comply with applicable law) to ensure that each of Holdings, its Subsidiaries and their respective Affiliates, and each of their respective Directors, officers, employees and agents, is and will continue to be in material compliance with all applicable current and future Privacy Laws.
4.27.Food Laws. All products designed, developed, manufactured, prepared, assembled, packaged, tested, labeled, distributed, marketed or sold by or on behalf of the Credit Parties that are subject to the jurisdiction of the FDA or a comparable Governmental Authority have been and are being designed, developed, tested, manufactured, prepared, assembled, packaged, distributed, labeled, marketed and sold in compliance with all applicable Food Laws, including product approval or clearance, good manufacturing practices, labeling, advertising and promotion, record-keeping, adverse event reporting, and have been and are being tested, investigated, designed, developed, manufactured, prepared, assembled, packaged, labeled, distributed, marketed, and sold in compliance with each applicable Food Law. Except for ordinary course inquiries or inspections by Governmental Authorities, neither Holdings nor any of its Subsidiaries is presently subject to any notice of any proceeding (including any suit, action, litigation, action, or investigation) that remains unresolved related to noncompliance with Food Laws. Subject to Section 5.15, Holdings and its Subsidiaries have established and currently maintain policies, procedures and controls that are designed (and otherwise comply with applicable law) to ensure that each of Holdings, its Subsidiaries and their respective Affiliates, and each of their respective Directors, officers, employees and agents, is and will continue to be in compliance with all applicable current and future Food Laws.
4.28.Health Care Laws.
(a)Holdings and its Subsidiaries, and to the knowledge of any Credit Party, each of their respective employees solely in respect of the exercise of their respective duties on
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behalf of Holdings or its Subsidiaries are, and at all times have been in compliance in all material respects with all Health Care Laws.
(b)No Credit Party nor any of its Subsidiaries has (i) received any written notice, citation, suspension, revocation, warning, or request for repayment from, nor, to the knowledge of any Credit Party, been the subject of any investigation by, a Governmental Authority that alleges that such Credit Party or any employee, officer, director, manager or owner of such Credit Party has violated in any Health Care Laws or that requires any adjustment, modification or alteration in such Credit Party’s operations, activities, services or financial condition that has not been resolved, including any qui tam lawsuits of which such Credit Party has knowledge and is legally permitted to disclose, risk adjustment data validation or recovery audit contractor audits, (ii) been subject to a corporate integrity agreement, deferred prosecution agreement, settlement agreement or order mandating or prohibiting future or past activities, or (iii) settled any actions brought by any Governmental Authority with respect to any actual or alleged violation of any Health Care Laws.
(c)There are no restrictions imposed by any Governmental Authority upon any Credit Party’s business, activities or services that would restrict or prevent such Credit Party from operating as it currently operates.
(d)Each Credit Party meets and has met in all material respects the requirements for participation in, and receipt of payment from, the Federal Health Care Programs (as such term is defined in 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b(f) (including TRICARE and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Programs)) in which such Credit Party currently participates or has participated. No Credit Party has for itself or any other Person, submitted or caused to be submitted to a Governmental Authority or any government plan a false or fraudulent claim for payment that is material to such Credit Party or such other person.
(e)Each Credit Party has timely filed, after taking into account any permitted time extensions, all regulatory reports, schedules, statements, documents, filings, submissions, forms, registrations and other documents, together with any amendments required to be made with respect thereto, that such Credit Party was required to file with any Governmental Authority, and all such regulatory filings complied with applicable Health Care Laws and orders. Each Credit Party has a compliance program that meets the requirements of its Governmental Authority contracts and Health Care Laws.
(f)No Credit Party has any knowledge of any inspections, audits, inquiries, investigations or proceedings under Health Care Laws of such Credit Party or, to the knowledge of such Credit Party, of any of its material customers, involving such Credit Party or its products.
(g)Neither any Credit Party nor any employee, officer, director, manager, or owner of a such Credit Party:
(i)is or ever has been (a) debarred, excluded or suspended from participation in Medicare, Medicaid or any “federal health care program” as defined in 42 U.S.C. § 1320a-7b(f), or (b) sanctioned, indicted or convicted of a crime, or pleaded nolo contendere or to sufficient facts, in connection with any allegation of violation of Health Care Laws or any “federal health care program” requirement;
(ii)has been convicted of a crime in connection with the delivery of health care services or participation in Medicare, Medicaid or other governmental healthcare program or been indicted, charged or, to each Credit Party’s knowledge, under an investigation for any violation of applicable Health Care Laws;
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(iii)is or ever has been party to an individual or corporate integrity agreement with the Office of Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services or otherwise has any continuing reporting obligations pursuant to any deferred prosecution, settlement or other integrity agreement with any Governmental Authority;
(iv)is or ever has been subject to a civil monetary penalty assessed under Section 1128A of the Social Security Act, sanctioned, indicted or convicted of a crime, or pleaded nolo contendere or to sufficient facts, in connection with any allegation of violation of law; or
(v)is or ever has been listed on the General Services Administration published list of parties excluded from federal procurement programs and non-procurement programs.
4.29.FDA Laws. Each of Holdings and its Subsidiaries is, and at all times has been, in compliance with the FDCA and all regulations promulgated thereunder and all other applicable laws and regulations of the relevant Government Authorities in the countries in which each of Holdings and its Subsidiaries distributes or markets its products, including but not limited to (i) the requirement for and the terms of all necessary FDA Permits, including, without limitation, approvals, clearances, exemptions, and licenses, (ii) current Good Manufacturing Practices (“cGMP”), (iii) establishment registration and product listing, (iv) labeling, promotion, and advertising, (v) Good Clinical Practices (“GCP”) and Good Laboratory Practices (“GLP”), (vi) payment of all application, product and establishment fees, and (vii) recordkeeping and reporting requirements other than those applicable to cGMP, GCP, and GLP (collectively, “FDA Law or Regulation”). Without limiting the generality of the foregoing:
(a)Each of Holdings and its Subsidiaries holds all material registrations, clearances, approvals, licenses, authorizations, or permits required by or issued under the FDCA (“FDA Permits”), and has made all declarations, submissions, filings, and listings that are necessary to conduct its business and comply with FDA Law or Regulation. Each of Holdings’ and its Subsidiaries’ FDA Permits is in effect or where the failure to have such FDA Permits or make such declarations and filings could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. A list of all FDA Permits is in full force and effect in all material respects and, to the knowledge of each Credit Party, no suspension, revocation, cancellation or withdrawal of such FDA Permit is threatened and there is no basis for believing that such FDA Permit will not be renewable upon expiration or will be suspended, revoked, cancelled or withdrawn, except where the failure to have such FDA Permits could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.
(b)Neither Holdings nor any of its Subsidiaries has, or, to the knowledge of any Credit Party, have any of its material customers, received any written notice or communication from any Governmental Authority of any actual or threatened investigation, inquiry, or administrative, judicial or regulatory action, hearing, or enforcement proceeding against Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries regarding any violation of applicable laws. No Credit Party has any knowledge of any material obligation arising under an investigation, inquiry, or administrative, regulatory or judicial action, hearing, or enforcement proceeding by or on behalf of the FDA, warning letter, untitled letter, Form FDA-483, notice of violation letter, consent decree, request for information or other notice, response, or commitment made to or with any Governmental Authority with respect to FDA Law or Regulation, and no such material obligation has been threatened.
(c)There is no product liability, civil, or criminal action, suit, proceeding, demand, claim, complaint, hearing, investigation, demand letter, warning letter, proceeding or
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request for information pending against or relating to each of Holdings and its Subsidiaries or to any of its respective employees that involves or arises from a material violation of FDA Law or Regulation, and neither Holdings nor any of its Subsidiaries has material liability for failure to comply with any FDA Law and Regulation. There is no act, omission, event, or circumstance, of which any Credit Party has knowledge, that would reasonably be expected to give rise to or lead to any such action, suit, demand, claim, complaint, hearing, investigation, notice, demand letter, warning letter, proceeding or request for information or any such material liability, except where the existence of any of the foregoing individually or in the aggregate would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.
(d)There has not been any violation of any FDA Law and Regulation by Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries in the product development efforts, submissions, production, marketing, distribution, labeling, record keeping and mandatory reports to FDA that could reasonably be expected to require or lead to investigation, corrective action or enforcement, regulatory or administrative action or proceedings relating to Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries, nor has there been any such violation by any officer, director, employee of such Credit Party that involves a matter within or related to the FDA’s jurisdiction relating solely to the FDA-regulated products.
(e)None of any Credit Party’s FDA-regulated products have been seized, withdrawn, recalled, detained, or subject to a suspension of research, manufacturing, distribution, or commercialization activity by a Governmental Authority. No proceedings in the United States or any other jurisdiction seeking the withdrawal, recall, revocation, suspension, import refusal, or seizure of any product are pending or threatened against any Credit Party. Each FDA-regulated product: (1) has been cleared or approved by FDA as required, prior to distribution, where required; (2) has been designed, manufactured, prepared, assembled, labeled, packaged, repackaged, stored, installed, serviced, or processed in substantial compliance with FDA’s Quality System Regulation for devices set forth in 21 C.F.R. Part 820 or cGMP regulations for drugs set forth in 21 C.F.R. Parts 210 and 211, as applicable; and (3) is labeled, promoted and advertised, including but not limited to online and in social media fora, in substantial compliance in all material respects in accordance with its Registration and approved claims and labeling or otherwise as permitted by Governmental Authorities and applicable law.
(f)No Credit Party has any knowledge of any inspections, audits, inquiries, investigations or proceedings under FDA Law or Regulation of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries or, to the knowledge of such Credit Party, of any of its material customers, involving such Credit Party or its products.
(g)No officer, employee or agent of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries has been, or has been threatened to be: (a) debarred under FDA proceedings under 21 U.S.C. § 335a; (b) disqualified under FDA investigator disqualification proceedings; (c) subject to FDA’s Application Integrity Policy; or (d) subject to any enforcement proceeding arising from material false statements to FDA pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 1001. Neither Holdings nor any of its Subsidiaries has failed to disclose a material fact required to be disclosed to the FDA or any other Government Authority in material violation of the FDA's policy respecting “Fraud, Untrue Statements of Material Facts, Bribery, and Illegal Gratuities” set forth in 56 Fed. Reg. 46191 (September 10, 1991) or for the FDA or any other Government Authority to invoke any similar policy.
4.30.ABL Credit Documents.
(a)Delivery. The Credit Parties have delivered to Administrative Agent complete and correct copies of, (i) the ABL Credit Documents, the ABL Waiver Document and of all exhibits and schedules thereto as of the Closing Date, any agreement required to be
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delivered in connection with any ABL Credit Document or the ABL Waiver Document at or prior to the closing of the transactions contemplated by such ABL Credit Documents and the ABL Waiver Document, and (ii) copies of any amendment, restatement, supplement or other modification to or waiver under each ABL Credit Document entered into after the date hereof (including any such modification accomplished via a side letter or any other document).
(b)Credit Parties. Each Person that is a guarantor or a borrower under the ABL Credit Documents is a Credit Party hereunder.
Section 5.AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS
Each Credit Party covenants and agrees with each Agent and each Lender that until Payment in Full of all Obligations, each Credit Party shall perform, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to perform, all covenants in this Section 5.
5.1.Financial Statements and Other Reports. Credit Party Representative will deliver to Administrative Agent and the Lenders:
(a)Monthly Reports. As soon as available, and in any event within 30 days after the end of each month (including any months ending prior to the Closing Date for which financial statements were not previously delivered, commencing with the month ended on or about May 28, 2023), the consolidated and consolidating balance sheets of Holdings and its Subsidiaries as at the end of such month and the related consolidated (and, with respect to statements of income, consolidating) statements of income, stockholders’ equity and cash flows of Holdings and its Subsidiaries for such month and for the period from the beginning of the then current Fiscal Year to the end of such month, setting forth, in each case, in comparative form the corresponding figures for the corresponding periods of the previous Fiscal Year and the corresponding figures from the Financial Plan for the current Fiscal Year, all in reasonable detail, together with a schedule of reconciliations for any reclassifications with respect to prior months or periods (and, in connection therewith, copies of any restated financial statements for any impacted month or period), a Financial Officer Certification and a Narrative Report with respect thereto, a Key Performance Indicator Report for such period and any other operating reports prepared by management for such period;
(b)Quarterly Financial Statements. As soon as available, and in any event within 45 days after the end of each Fiscal Quarter of each Fiscal Year (including the fourth Fiscal Quarter, commencing with the Fiscal Quarter ending on or about May 30, 2023), the consolidated and consolidating balance sheets of Holdings and its Subsidiaries as at the end of such Fiscal Quarter and the related consolidated (and, with respect to statements of income, consolidating) statements of income, stockholders’ equity and cash flows of Holdings and its Subsidiaries for such Fiscal Quarter and for the period from the beginning of the then current Fiscal Year to the end of such Fiscal Quarter, setting forth, in each case, in comparative form the corresponding figures for the corresponding periods of the previous Fiscal Year and the corresponding figures from the Financial Plan for the current Fiscal Year, all in reasonable detail, together with a Financial Officer Certification and a Narrative Report with respect thereto.
(c)Annual Financial Statements. As soon as available, and in any event within 120 days after the end of each Fiscal Year (commencing with the Fiscal Year ending on or about May 30, 2023), (i) the consolidated and consolidating balance sheets of Holdings and its Subsidiaries as at the end of such Fiscal Year and the related consolidated (and, with respect to statements of income, consolidating) statements of income, stockholders’ equity and cash flows of Holdings and its Subsidiaries for such Fiscal Year, setting forth, in each case, in comparative form the corresponding figures for the previous Fiscal Year and the corresponding figures from the Financial Plan for the Fiscal Year covered by such financial statements, all in reasonable
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detail, together with a Financial Officer Certification and a Narrative Report with respect thereto; and (ii) with respect to such consolidated and consolidating financial statements, a report thereon of Ernst & Young LLP or other independent certified public accountants of recognized national standing selected by Holdings, and reasonably satisfactory to Administrative Agent (which report and accompanying financial statements (x) for any Fiscal Year ending after May 30, 2023 shall be unqualified as to going concern and scope of audit, and (y) shall state that such consolidated financial statements fairly present, in all material respects, the consolidated financial position of Holdings and its Subsidiaries as at the dates indicated and the results of their operations and their cash flows for the periods indicated in conformity with GAAP applied on a basis consistent with prior years (except as otherwise disclosed in such financial statements) and that the examination by such accountants in connection with such consolidated financial statements has been made in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards);
(d)Compliance Certificate. Together with each delivery of financial statements of Holdings and its Subsidiaries pursuant to Sections 5.1(b) and Section 5.1(c), a duly executed and completed Compliance Certificate, which shall include a reporting of the status of the matters relating to compliance with the ongoing litigation and/or the Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Laws disclosed in due diligence pursuant to Section 3.1(r) and/or otherwise disclosed pursuant to Sections 4.11, 4.23 or 4.25, as the case may be, in each case to the fullest extent possible; provided, however, no Credit Party shall be required to waive the attorney-client privilege or work product protections (in each case, to the extent not created in contemplation of such Credit Party’s obligations hereunder); provided, that no supplemental information provided through such reporting shall amend, supplement or otherwise modify any disclosure schedule or representation hereunder, or be deemed a waiver of any Default or Event of Default resulting from the matters disclosed therein, except as consented to by Administrative Agent and Requisite Lenders in writing;
(e)Statements of Reconciliation after Change in Accounting Principles. If, as a result of any change in accounting principles and policies from those used in the preparation of the Historical Financial Statements, the consolidated financial statements of Holdings and its Subsidiaries delivered pursuant to Section 5.1(b) or 5.1(c) will differ in any material respect from the consolidated financial statements that would have been delivered pursuant to such Sections had no such change in accounting principles and policies been made, then, together with the first delivery of such financial statements after such change, one or more statements of reconciliation for all such prior financial statements in form and substance satisfactory to Administrative Agent;
(f)Notice of Default; Material Adverse Effect. Promptly and in any event within three days after any officer of any Credit Party obtaining knowledge (i) of any condition or event that constitutes a Default or an Event of Default or that notice has been given to Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries with respect thereto; (ii) any notices of default under the ABL Credit Documents or any notice of any Enforcement Action (as defined in the Intercreditor Agreement); (iii) that any Person has given any notice to Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries or taken any other action with respect to any event or condition set forth in Section 8.1(b); or (iv) of the occurrence of any event or change that has caused or evidences, either in any case or in the aggregate, excluding the matters described on Schedule 1.1(a), a Material Adverse Effect, a certificate of an Authorized Officer specifying the nature and period of existence of such condition, event or change, or specifying the notice given and action taken by any such Person and the nature of such claimed Default, Event of Default, default, event or condition, and what action the Credit Parties have taken, are taking and propose to take with respect thereto;
(g)Notice of Adverse Proceedings; Food Safety Matters.
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(i)Promptly and in any event within five days after any officer of any Credit Party obtaining knowledge of (A) the institution of, or non-frivolous threat of, any Adverse Proceeding not previously disclosed in writing by Credit Party Representative to Administrative Agent and the Lenders, or (B) any development in any Adverse Proceeding that in the case of either clause (A) or (B) if adversely determined, could be reasonably expected to (I) result in a Material Adverse Effect or liability of Holdings, any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective Affiliates in excess of $250,000, individually or $500,000 in the aggregate for all such Adverse Proceedings or (II) result in any criminal, civil, administrative, or injunctive penalties or relief imposed against any of Holdings, its Subsidiaries and their respective Affiliates or any of their respective Directors, officers or employees, or (III) seeks to enjoin or otherwise prevent the consummation of, or to recover any damages or obtain relief as a result of, the transactions contemplated hereby, written notice thereof together with such other information as may be reasonably available to any Credit Party to enable Lenders and their counsel to evaluate such matters;
(ii)promptly and in any event within five days after any officer of any Credit Party obtaining knowledge of (A) any written notice (together with copies of any documentation reasonably requested by Administrative Agent relating thereto) received by any Credit Party or any Subsidiary of any administrative or regulatory action, proceeding, investigation, or inspection by or on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, any federal, state or local health agency or department, or any comparable Governmental Authority, including warning letters, FDA Form-483s, untitled letters, notices of violation, consent decrees, or requests for information (provided, notice to Administrative Agent and each Lender shall only be required pursuant to this clause (ii) with respect to written notices received from any state or local health agency or department with respect to matters that are reasonably expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in liabilities in excess of $1,000,000 or which seeks to enjoin or otherwise suspend the operation of any facility for a period in excess of two Business Days), and (B) any recalls or market withdrawals issued by any Credit Party or any Subsidiary, in each case, to the extent the same could reasonably be expected to result in losses, claims, damages, liabilities, penalties, fines and related expenses in excess of $1,000,000; and
(iii)promptly and in any event within five days after any officer of any Credit Party obtaining knowledge of (A) any written notice (together with copies of any documentation reasonably requested by Administrative Agent relating thereto) received by any Credit Party or any Subsidiary from any Governmental Authority alleging any of any potential or actual violations of any FDA Law or Regulation or Health Care Law, (B) any inspections, audits, inquiries, investigations, enforcement actions or proceedings under FDA Law or Regulation or Health Care Laws of any Credit Party or, to the knowledge of any Credit Party, any of its material customers related to Health Care Laws involving such Credit Party or its products, (C) notice of the exclusion or debarment from any governmental healthcare program or debarment or disqualification by FDA of any Credit Party or any employee or material customer, (D) any notice that a product manufactured by any Credit Party has been seized, withdrawn, recalled or subject to a suspension of manufacturing by a Governmental Authority, or (E) the receipt of notice, or occurrence of any decision, to conduct a voluntary or mandatory recall, withdrawal, removal, suspension of manufacturing or marketing, or discontinuation of any product manufactured by any Credit Party.
(h)ERISA and Employment Matters. (i) Promptly and in any event within five days after becoming aware of the occurrence of or forthcoming occurrence of any ERISA Event, a written notice specifying the nature thereof, what action Holdings, any of its
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Subsidiaries or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates has taken, is taking, or proposes to take with respect thereto and, when known, any action taken or threatened by the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor or the PBGC with respect thereto; (ii) promptly and in any event within five days after the same is available to any Credit Party, copies of (A) each Schedule B (Actuarial Information) to the annual report (Form 5500 Series) filed by Holdings, any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates with the Internal Revenue Service with respect to each Pension Plan; (B) all notices received by Holdings, any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates from a Multiemployer Plan sponsor concerning an ERISA Event; and (C) copies of such other documents or governmental reports or filings relating to any Employee Benefit Plan as Administrative Agent shall reasonably request, and (iii) promptly and in any event within one day after Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries sends notice of a plant closing or mass layoff (as defined in the WARN Act) to employees, copies of each such notice sent by such Person.
(i)Financial Plan. As soon as practicable and in any event no later than 30 days after the beginning of each Fiscal Year, a consolidated plan and financial forecast and updated model for such Fiscal Year and each Fiscal Year (or portion thereof) thereafter through the final maturity date of the Loans (a “Financial Plan”), including (i) a forecasted consolidated and consolidating balance sheet and forecasted consolidated and consolidating statements of income and cash flows of Holdings and its Subsidiaries for each such Fiscal Year, together with pro forma Compliance Certificates for each such Fiscal Year and an explanation of the assumptions on which such forecasts are based, (ii) forecasted consolidated and consolidating statements of income and cash flows of Holdings and its Subsidiaries for each month of each such Fiscal Year and (iii) forecasts demonstrating projected compliance with the requirements of Section 6.8 through the final maturity date of the Loans, in each case, together with an explanation of the assumptions on which such forecasts are based, all in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Agents.
(j)Insurance Report. As soon as practicable and in any event within 30 days of the last day of each Fiscal Year, one or more certificates from the Credit Parties’ insurance broker(s) together with accompanying endorsements, in each case, in form and substance satisfactory to Administrative Agent, and a report outlining all material insurance coverage maintained as of the date of such report by Holdings and its Subsidiaries and all material insurance coverage planned to be maintained by Holdings and its Subsidiaries in the immediately succeeding Fiscal Year;
(k)Notice Regarding Material Contracts or Material Indebtedness. Promptly, and in any event within two Business Days after (i) (A) any Material Contract of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries is terminated or amended in a manner that is materially adverse to Holdings or such Subsidiary, as the case may be, or (a) any New Material Contract is entered into, or (ii) after any officer of any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries obtaining knowledge (A) of any condition or event that constitutes a default or an event of default under any Material Contract, the ABL Credit Documents or Material Indebtedness, (B) that any event, circumstance or condition exists or has occurred that gives any counterparty to such Material Contract a termination or assignment right thereunder, or (C) that notice has been given to any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries asserting that any such condition or event has occurred, a certificate of an Authorized Officer of the applicable Credit Party specifying the nature and period of existence of such condition or event and, in the case of clause (i) above, including copies of such material amendments or new contracts, delivered to Administrative Agent (to the extent such delivery is permitted by the terms of any such Material Contract; provided, no such prohibition on delivery shall be effective if it were bargained for by Holdings or its applicable Subsidiary with the intent of avoiding compliance with this Section 5.1(k)) and, in the case of clause (ii) above, as applicable, explaining the nature of such claimed default or event of default, and
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including an explanation of any actions being taken or proposed to be taken by such Credit Party or such Subsidiary with respect thereto;
(l)Environmental Reports and Audits. As soon as practicable and in any event within 10 days following receipt thereof, copies of all environmental audits, reports and notices with respect to environmental matters at any Facility or that relate to any environmental liabilities of Holdings or its Subsidiaries that, in any such case, individually or in the aggregate, could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect or in liabilities that exceed $1,000,000 individually or $5,000,000 in the aggregate for all such liabilities, in each case, during the term of this Agreement;
(m)Information Regarding Collateral. Prior written notice of any change (i) in any Credit Party’s corporate name, (ii) in any Credit Party’s identity or corporate structure, (iii) in any Credit Party’s jurisdiction of organization or formation, or (iv) in any Credit Party’s Federal Taxpayer Identification Number or state organizational identification number. Each Credit Party agrees not to effect or permit any change referred to in the immediately preceding sentence unless all filings have been made under the UCC or otherwise that are required in order for Collateral Agent to continue at all times following such change to have a valid, legal and perfected Lien in all the Collateral as contemplated in the Collateral Documents. Each Credit Party also agrees promptly to notify Collateral Agent if any material portion of the Collateral is lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed;
(n)Annual Collateral Verification. Each year, at the time of delivery of annual financial statements with respect to the preceding Fiscal Year pursuant to Section 5.1(c), a certificate of an Authorized Officer (i) either (A) confirming that there has been no change in the information set forth in the Collateral Questionnaire delivered on the Closing Date or since the date of the most recent certificate delivered pursuant to this Section 5.1(n) or (B) identifying such changes and (ii) certifying that all UCC financing statements (including fixture filings, as applicable), all supplemental Intellectual Property Security Agreements, and any and all other appropriate filings, recordings and registrations, have been filed of record in each governmental, municipal or other appropriate office in each jurisdiction identified pursuant to clause (i) above (or in such Collateral Questionnaire) to the extent necessary to effect, protect and perfect the Liens under the Collateral Documents for a period of not less than 18 months after the date of such certificate (except as noted therein with respect to any continuation statements to be filed within such period);
(o)Aging Reports. Upon request of Administrative Agent or any Lender, together with each delivery of financial statements pursuant to Section 5.1(a), 5.1(b) and 5.1(c), (i) a summary of the accounts receivable aging report of Holdings and its Subsidiaries as of the end of such period, and (ii) a summary of the accounts payable aging report of Holdings and its Subsidiaries as of the end of such period;
(p)KYC Documentation. As soon as practicable and in any event within 10 days following Administrative Agent’s or any Lender’s request therefor after the Closing Date, all documentation and other information required by bank regulatory authorities under applicable “know-your-customer” and anti-money laundering rules and regulations, including the PATRIOT Act;
(q)ABL Reports and Notices. Upon request of Administrative Agent or any Lender, any financial reporting (including ABL Borrowing Base certificates and statements of accounts), notice, financial information, data or other information given to the ABL Agent pursuant to the ABL Credit Documents (unless already provided to the Administrative Agent under the Credit Documents); and
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(r)Other Information. Promptly after any request, such other information and data with respect to Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries as from time to time may be reasonably requested by Administrative Agent or any Lender.
To the extent practical, together with any delivery of financial information required under this Section 5.1, the Credit Parties shall deliver to Administrative Agent an Excel spreadsheet containing such financial information.
5.2.Existence. Except as otherwise permitted under Section 6.9, each Credit Party will, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to, at all times preserve and keep in full force and effect its existence and all rights and franchises, licenses and permits material to its business; provided, no Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries shall be required to preserve any such right or franchise, license or permit if such Person’s Board of Directors shall determine that the preservation thereof is no longer desirable in the conduct of the business of such Person, and that the loss thereof is not disadvantageous in any material respect to such Person or to the Lenders.
5.3.Payment of Taxes and Claims. Each Credit Party will, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to, pay all federal and state income and other material Taxes imposed upon it or any of its properties or assets or in respect of any of its income, businesses or franchises before any penalty or fine accrues thereon, and all claims (including claims for labor, services, materials and supplies) for sums that have become due and payable and that by law have or may become a Lien upon any of its properties or assets prior to the time when any penalty or fine shall be incurred with respect thereto; provided, no such Tax or claim need be paid if it is being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings promptly instituted and diligently conducted, so long as (a) adequate reserve or other appropriate provision, as shall be required in conformity with GAAP shall have been made therefor, and (b) in the case of a Tax or claim that has or may become a Lien against any of the Collateral, such contest proceedings conclusively operate to stay the sale of any portion of the Collateral to satisfy such Tax or claim. No Credit Party will, nor will it permit any of its Subsidiaries to, file or consent to the filing of any consolidated income Tax return with any Person (other than Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries).
5.4.Maintenance of Properties. Each Credit Party will, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to, maintain or cause to be maintained in good repair, working order and condition, ordinary wear and tear excepted, all material properties used or useful in the business of Holdings and its Subsidiaries and from time to time will make or cause to be made all appropriate repairs, renewals and replacements thereof.
5.5.Insurance. Holdings will maintain or cause to be maintained, with financially sound and reputable insurers, (i) business interruption insurance and directors and officers insurance reasonably satisfactory to Administrative Agent, and (ii) such casualty insurance, public liability insurance, third party property damage insurance with respect to liabilities, losses or damage in respect of the assets, properties and businesses of Holdings and its Subsidiaries as may customarily be carried or maintained under similar circumstances by Persons of established reputation engaged in similar businesses, in each case in such amounts (giving effect to self-insurance), with such deductibles, covering such risks and otherwise on such terms and conditions as shall be customary for such Persons. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Holdings will maintain or cause to be maintained (a) flood insurance with respect to each Flood Hazard Property that is located in a community that participates in the National Flood Program, in each case in compliance with any applicable regulations of the Board of Governors, and (b) replacement value casualty insurance on the Collateral under such policies of insurance, with such insurance companies, in such amounts, with such deductibles, and covering such risks as are at all times carried or maintained under similar circumstances by Persons of established reputation engaged in similar businesses. Each such policy of insurance shall (i) in the case of each liability insurance policy, name Collateral Agent, for the benefit of Secured Parties, as an
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additional insured thereunder as its interests may appear, (ii) in the case of each casualty insurance policy, contain a lender loss payable clause or endorsement, satisfactory in form and substance to Collateral Agent, that names Collateral Agent, for the benefit of Secured Parties as the lender loss payee thereunder, and (iii) in each case, provide for at least thirty days’ prior written notice to Collateral Agent of any modification or cancellation of such policy.
5.6.Books and Records; Inspections. Each Credit Party will, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to, keep proper books of record and accounts in which full, true and correct entries in conformity in all material respects with GAAP shall be made of all dealings and transactions in relation to its business and activities. Each Credit Party will, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to, permit any authorized representatives designated by any Agent or any Lender to visit and inspect any of the properties of any Credit Party and any of its respective Subsidiaries, to inspect, copy and take extracts from its and their financial and accounting records, and to discuss its and their affairs, finances and accounts with its and their officers and independent public accountants, all upon reasonable notice and at such reasonable times during normal business hours and as often as may reasonably be requested.
5.7.Lenders Meetings. Each Credit Party will, upon the request of Administrative Agent or the Requisite Lenders, participate in a meeting of Administrative Agent and the Lenders once during each Fiscal Year to be held at Credit Party Representative’s corporate offices (or at such other location as may be agreed to by Credit Party Representative and Administrative Agent or, if agreed to by Administrative Agent in its sole discretion, via a conference call or other teleconference) at such time as may be agreed to by Credit Party Representative and Administrative Agent.
5.8.Compliance with Laws. Each Credit Party will comply, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries and shall use commercially reasonable efforts to cause all other Persons, if any, on or occupying any Facilities to comply, (i) in all material respects, with the requirements of all applicable laws, rules, regulations and orders of any Governmental Authority (including all Environmental Laws or Privacy Laws or Regulation) (it being understood, in the case of any laws, rules, regulations and orders that are specifically referred to in any other provision of this Agreement, the Credit Parties shall also be required to represent and/or comply with, as applicable, the express terms of such provision), (ii) in all material respects, with the requirements of all Food Laws, Health Care and FDA Laws or Regulation, and (iii) with all Sanctions, Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Laws, and Anti-Terrorism and Anti-Money Laundering Laws in accordance with Section 4.25.
5.9.Environmental.
(a)Environmental Disclosure. Holdings will deliver to Administrative Agent and the Lenders:
(i)as soon as practicable following receipt thereof, copies of all environmental audits, investigations, analyses and reports of any kind or character, whether prepared by personnel of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries or by independent consultants, Governmental Authorities or any other Persons, with respect to significant environmental matters at any Facility or with respect to any Environmental Claims that, in any such case, individually or in the aggregate, could reasonably be expected to result in liabilities that exceed $25,000 individually or $100,000 in the aggregate for all such liabilities;
(ii)promptly upon the occurrence thereof, written notice describing in reasonable detail (A) any Release required to be reported to any Governmental Authority under any applicable Environmental Laws, (B) any remedial action taken by Holdings,
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any of its Subsidiaries or any other Person in response to (I) any Hazardous Materials Activities the existence of which has a reasonable possibility of resulting in one or more Environmental Claims having, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect or resulting in liabilities that exceed $1,000,000 individually or $5,000,000 in the aggregate for all such liabilities, or (II) any Environmental Claims that, individually or in the aggregate, have a reasonable possibility of resulting in a Material Adverse Effect or in liabilities that exceed $1,000,000 individually or $5,000,000 in the aggregate for all such liabilities, and (C) any Credit Party’s discovery of any occurrence or condition on any real property adjoining or in the vicinity of any Facility that could cause such Facility or any part thereof to be subject to any material restrictions on the ownership, occupancy, transferability or use thereof under any Environmental Laws;
(iii)as soon as practicable following the sending or receipt thereof by Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries, a copy of any and all written communications with respect to (A) any Environmental Claims that, individually or in the aggregate, have a reasonable possibility of giving rise to a Material Adverse Effect or to liabilities that exceed $1,000,000 individually or $5,000,000 in the aggregate for all such liabilities, (B) any material Release required to be reported to any Governmental Authority, and (C) any request for information from any Governmental Authority that suggests such Governmental Authority is investigating whether Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries may be potentially responsible for any material Hazardous Materials Activity;
(iv)prompt written notice describing in reasonable detail (A) any proposed acquisition of stock, assets, or property by Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries that could reasonably be expected to (I) expose Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries to, or result in, Environmental Claims that could reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect or result in liabilities that exceed $1,000,000 individually or $5,000,000 in the aggregate for all such liabilities or (II) adversely affect the ability of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries to maintain in full force and effect all material Governmental Authorizations required under any Environmental Laws for their respective operations and (B) any proposed action to be taken by Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries to modify current operations in a manner that could reasonably be expected to subject Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries to any additional material obligations or requirements under any Environmental Laws; and
(v)with reasonable promptness, such other documents and information as from time to time may be reasonably requested by Administrative Agent in relation to any matters disclosed pursuant to this Section 5.9(a).
(b)Hazardous Materials Activities. Each Credit Party shall promptly take, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries promptly to take, any and all actions necessary to (i) cure any violation of applicable Environmental Laws by such Credit Party or its Subsidiaries that could reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect or result in liabilities that exceed $1,000,000 individually or $5,000,000 in the aggregate for all such liabilities, and (ii) make an appropriate response to any Environmental Claim against such Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries and discharge any obligations it may have to any Person thereunder where failure to do so could reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect or result in liabilities that exceed $1,000,000 individually or $5,000,000 in the aggregate for all such liabilities.
5.10.Additional Credit Parties. In the event that any Person becomes a Subsidiary of any Credit Party, such Credit Party shall, concurrently with such Person becoming a Subsidiary of such Person becoming a Subsidiary of such Credit Party, (i) cause such Subsidiary to become a “Company” or a “Guarantor” hereunder, in each case, in Administrative Agent’s sole
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discretion, and a “Grantor” under the Pledge and Security Agreement by delivering to the Agents a duly executed Counterpart Agreement, and (ii) take all such actions and execute and deliver, or cause to be executed and delivered, all such documents, instruments, agreements and certificates as are reasonably requested by Collateral Agent in connection therewith, including such documents, instruments, agreements and certificates as are similar to those described in Sections 3.1(b) (Organizational Documents; Incumbency), 3.1(i) (Personal Property Collateral), 3.1(j) (Environmental Reports), 3.1(l) (Evidence of Insurance), 3.1(m) (Opinions of Counsel to Credit Parties), and 3.1(v) (Service of Process). In addition, such Credit Party shall deliver, or cause such Subsidiary to deliver, as applicable, all such documents, instruments, agreements and certificates as are reasonably requested by Collateral Agent in order to grant and to perfect a First Priority Lien in favor of Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, in 100% of the Capital Stock of such Subsidiary under the Pledge and Security Agreement (including, as applicable, original certificates evidencing such Capital Stock and related powers or instruments of transfer executed in blank, as applicable). With respect to each such Subsidiary, Credit Party Representative shall send to Administrative Agent prior written notice setting forth with respect to such Person (i) the date on which such Person is intended to become a Subsidiary of Holdings, and (ii) all of the data required to be set forth in Schedules 4.1 and 4.2 with respect to all Subsidiaries of Holdings; provided, such written notice shall be deemed to supplement Schedule 4.1 and 4.2 for all purposes hereof automatically upon such Person becoming a Subsidiary.
5.11.Material Real Estate Assets; Additional Locations.
(a)Fee-Owned Real Estate Assets. In the event that any Credit Party acquires a fee-owned Material Real Estate Asset or a fee-owned Real Estate Asset owned on the Closing Date becomes a fee-owned Material Real Estate Asset, then such Credit Party shall promptly notify Collateral Agent thereof and, within 45 days of the date as acquiring such fee-owned Material Real Estate Asset or within 45 days after any Real Estate Asset owned on the Closing Date becomes a fee-owned Material Real Estate Asset (or at such later time as is approved by Collateral Agent in its sole discretion), shall take all such actions and execute and deliver, or cause to be executed and delivered, all Mortgaged Real Estate Documents that Collateral Agent shall reasonably request to create in favor of Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, a valid and, subject to any filing and/or recording referred to herein, perfected First Priority Lien in such fee-owned Material Real Estate Asset.
(b)Leasehold Real Estate Assets. In the event that any Credit Party leases or acquires a Leasehold Property constituting such Credit Party’s chief executive office after the Closing Date or a Leasehold Property becomes such Credit Party’s chief executive office after the Closing Date, then such Credit Party shall promptly notify Collateral Agent thereof and, contemporaneously with leasing such chief executive office or within 30 days after any Leasehold Property existing on the Closing Date becomes such Credit Party’s chief executive office (or at such later time as is approved by Collateral Agent in its sole discretion), shall take all such actions and execute and deliver, or cause to be executed and delivered, all such Leasehold Property documents with respect to each such Leasehold Property that Collateral Agent shall reasonably request.
(c)Appraisals. In addition to the foregoing, Credit Party Representative shall, at the request of Collateral Agent, deliver, from time to time (but not more than once per calendar year, unless an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing), to Collateral Agent such appraisals of Real Estate Assets with respect to which Collateral Agent has been granted a Mortgage. Administrative Agent may engage appraisers satisfactory to Administrative Agent in its sole discretion to conduct an appraisal of the real property, equipment and other fixed assets of the Credit Parties with the Credit Parties’ cooperation and assistance, all upon reasonable notice and at such reasonable times during normal business hours (so long as no Default or Event
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of Default has occurred and is continuing), and in connection therewith the Credit Parties hereby agree to pay the (y) reasonable out-of-pocket costs and expenses of such appraisers incurred in connection with such appraisals, and (z) the reasonable costs of all such appraisals conducted by a third party on behalf of the Administrative Agent and Lenders, so long as such costs and expenses incurred when no Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, in the aggregate, do not exceed $125,000; provided that, if no Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, then Administrative Agent shall not obtain more than one such appraisal per calendar year.
(d)Other New Locations. In the event that any Credit Party leases or acquires a new Leasehold Property or enters into an arrangement with a third party for physical or electronic storage of any material books and records or other information related to its business or operations, such Credit Party shall immediately commence using its commercially reasonably efforts to obtain a Collateral Access Agreement or a similar instrument executed by the relevant lessor or other counterparty in favor of Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, with respect to such location simultaneously with entering into such lease or other arrangement.
5.12.Compliance with Contractual Obligations. Each Credit Party will comply, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to comply, in all material respects with the obligations, requirements, covenants and conditions contained in all of its material Contractual Obligations, including the Material Contracts.
5.13.Further Assurances. At any time or from time to time upon the request of Administrative Agent or Collateral Agent, each Credit Party will, at its expense, promptly execute, acknowledge and deliver such further documents and do such other acts and things as Administrative Agent or Collateral Agent may reasonably request in order to effect fully the purposes of the Credit Documents or to perfect or maintain the same or better priority of Collateral Agent’s Lien in the Collateral (or with respect to any additions thereto or replacements or proceeds thereof or with respect to any other property or assets hereafter acquired by Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries that may be deemed to be part of the Collateral). In furtherance and not in limitation of the foregoing, each Credit Party shall take such actions as Administrative Agent or Collateral Agent may reasonably request from time to time to ensure that the Obligations are guaranteed by the Guarantors and are secured by a First Priority Lien on substantially all of the assets of Holdings and its Subsidiaries and all of the outstanding Capital Stock of each Subsidiary of Holdings.
5.14.Miscellaneous Business Covenants. Unless otherwise consented to by the Agents and the Requisite Lenders:
(a)Separateness. Holdings will and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to: (i) maintain entity records and books of account separate from those of any other entity that is an Affiliate of such entity; (ii) not commingle its funds or assets with those of any other entity that is an Affiliate of such entity; and (iii) provide that its Board of Directors will hold all appropriate meetings to authorize and approve such entity’s actions, which meetings will be separate from those of other entities.
(b)Cash Management Systems. Holdings and its Subsidiaries shall establish and maintain cash management systems reasonably acceptable to Collateral Agent, including Controlled Accounts in accordance with the timeline established pursuant to Section 5.15 below.
(c)Activities of Management. Each member of the senior management team of each Credit Party shall devote all or substantially all of his or her professional working time, attention and energies to the management of the businesses of the Credit Parties.
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(d)Compliance with Material Contracts. Each Credit Party will comply, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to comply, in all material respects with the obligations, requirements, covenants and conditions contained in all of its Material Contracts.
5.15.Post-Closing Matters. Each Credit Party shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, as applicable, satisfy the requirements set forth on Schedule 5.15 on or before the respective date specified for each such requirement or such later date as is agreed to by Administrative Agent in its sole discretion.
5.16.Credit Enhancements. If the ABL Agent or any holder of the ABL Indebtedness receives any additional guaranty, letter of credit, collateral or any other credit enhancement after the Closing Date from any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries, each Credit Party shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, cause the same to be granted to Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, subject to the terms of the Intercreditor Agreement. If any Person is included (or added) as a guarantor or borrower under the ABL Credit Documents or any assets are included (or added) as collateral under the ABL Credit Documents, each Credit Party shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, cause such Person or assets, as applicable, to be included (or added) substantially concurrently with such inclusion (or addition) under the ABL Credit Documents) as a Credit Party or Collateral, as applicable, under the Credit Documents in accordance with this Agreement.
5.17.Health Care & FDA Related Covenants. Each Credit Party shall:
(a)comply with all applicable Health Care Laws and FDA Law or Regulation relating to the operation of such Person’s business, except where non-compliance would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect;
(b)maintain, and cause each of its Subsidiaries to maintain, all records required to be maintained by any Governmental Authority or otherwise under any Health Care Laws and FDA Law or Regulation, except where the failure to maintain such records would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; and
(c)keep in full force and effect, and cause each of its Subsidiaries to keep in full force and effect, all Governmental Authorizations required to operate such Person’s business under applicable Health Care Laws and FDA Law or Regulation, which, if not maintained, would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.
Section 6.NEGATIVE COVENANTS
Each Credit Party covenants and agrees with each Agent and each Lender that until Payment in Full of all Obligations, each Credit Party shall perform, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to perform, all covenants in this Section 6.
6.1.Indebtedness. No Credit Party shall, nor shall it permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly, create, incur, assume or guaranty, or otherwise become or remain directly or indirectly liable with respect to, any Indebtedness, except:
(a)the Obligations;
(b)Indebtedness of any Credit Party owing to any other Credit Party; provided, (A) all such Indebtedness shall (x) be unsecured, (y) be evidenced by the Intercompany Note and Subordination and (z) be subject to a First Priority Lien pursuant to the Pledge and Security Agreement, (B) all such Indebtedness shall be subordinated in right of payment to the Payment in Full of all Obligations pursuant to the terms of the Intercompany Note and
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Subordination, and (C) any payment by any Guarantor under any guaranty of the Obligations shall result in a pro tanto reduction of the amount of any Indebtedness owed by such Guarantor to any Company or to any other Guarantor for whose benefit such payment is made;
(c)Indebtedness incurred or arising in the ordinary course of business (and not in connection with the borrowing of money) in respect of (i) obligations to pay the deferred purchase price of goods or services or progress payments in connection with such goods and services; provided that such obligations are incurred in connection with open accounts extended by suppliers on customary trade terms; (ii) performance bonds, bid bonds, appeal bonds, surety bonds, performance and completion guarantees and similar instruments or obligations; and (iii) obligations to pay insurance premiums;
(d)Indebtedness that may be deemed to exist pursuant to any performance, surety, appeal or similar bonds or statutory obligations incurred in the ordinary course of business, and guarantee obligations in respect of any such Indebtedness;
(e)Indebtedness in respect of netting services, overdraft protections and other services provided in connection with Deposit Accounts in the ordinary course of business;
(f)guaranties of any Credit Party with respect to Indebtedness otherwise permitted to be incurred pursuant to this Section 6.1 of any other Credit Party or any of their Subsidiaries; provided, if the Indebtedness that is being guaranteed is unsecured and/or subordinate to the Obligations (in payment or Lien priority), then such guaranties shall also be unsecured and/or subordinated to the Obligations to the same extent as such guaranteed Indebtedness;
(g)Indebtedness existing on the Closing Date and described in Schedule 6.1, but not any extensions, renewals or replacements of such Indebtedness except (i) renewals and extensions expressly provided for in the agreements evidencing any such Indebtedness as the same are in effect on the date of this Agreement, and (ii) refinancings and extensions of any such Indebtedness if the terms and conditions thereof are not less favorable to the obligor thereon or to the Lenders than the Indebtedness being refinanced or extended, and the average life to maturity thereof is greater than or equal to that of the Indebtedness being refinanced or extended; provided, such Indebtedness permitted under the immediately preceding clause (i) or (ii) above shall not (A) include Indebtedness of an obligor that was not an obligor with respect to the Indebtedness being renewed, extended or refinanced, (B) exceed in a principal amount the Indebtedness being renewed, extended or refinanced, or (C) be incurred, created or assumed if any Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing or would result therefrom;
(h)Indebtedness in an aggregate amount not to exceed at any time $10,000,000 consisting of (i) Capital Lease Obligations and (ii) other purchase money Indebtedness; provided, in the case of (A) clause (i), any such Indebtedness shall be secured only by the asset subject to such Capital Lease and be on then market terms, and, (B) clause (ii), any such Indebtedness shall (I) be secured only by the asset acquired in connection with the incurrence of such Indebtedness and (II) constitute not less than 90% of the aggregate consideration paid with respect to such asset;
(i)obligations under Hedge Agreements that are not for speculative purposes and are approved by Administrative Agent;
(j)to the extent subject to the Intercreditor Agreement and not exceeding an aggregate amount of $45,000,000, the principal amount of the ABL Indebtedness and any refinancing thereof permitted in accordance with the Intercreditor Agreement (including, without
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limitation, the provisions of Section 5.3(a)(vii) thereof in respect of prohibitions against changes to the borrowing base and related matters));
(k)Indebtedness incurred in connection with financing insurance premiums in the ordinary course of business and the incurrence of obligations in respect of self-insurance in the ordinary course of business and consistent with past practice;
(l)other unsecured Indebtedness (other than Indebtedness of the types listed in Section 6.1(a) through 6.1(k)) that does not exceed an aggregate amount, for all Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries, $1,000,000 outstanding at any time; and
(m)unsecured Indebtedness in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $4,000,000 (plus paid in kind interest to the extent added to such aggregate principal amount); provided that such Indebtedness (i) shall be subordinated in right of payment to the Payment in Full of all Obligations pursuant to the terms of a subordination agreement satisfactory to the Requisite Lenders in their sole discretion, (ii) shall not be permitted be incurred, created or assumed if any Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing or would result therefrom, (iii) shall only provide for interest, if any, that is paid in kind and not paid in cash, (iv) shall mature not less than 90 days after the Latest Maturity Date, and (v) shall have terms otherwise reasonably satisfactory to the Requisite Lenders in their sole discretion.
Notwithstanding anything in this Section 6.1 to the contrary, in no event shall any Credit Party at any time issue any Disqualified Capital Stock or permit any Disqualified Capital Stock to remain outstanding.
6.2.Liens. No Credit Party shall, nor shall it permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly, create, incur, assume or permit to exist any Lien on or, with respect to any property or asset of any kind (including any document or instrument in respect of goods or accounts receivable) of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, leased (as lessee) or licensed (as licensee), or any income, profits, or royalties therefrom, or file or permit the filing of, or permit to remain in effect, any financing statement or other similar notice of any Lien with respect to any such property, asset, income, profits, or royalties under the UCC of any state or under any similar recording or notice statute or under any applicable intellectual property laws, rules or procedures, except:
(a)Liens in favor of Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, granted pursuant to any Credit Document;
(b)Liens for taxes, assessments or other governmental charges, not yet due or which are being properly contested, and which in all cases are junior to the Lien of the Collateral Agent;
(c)statutory Liens of landlords, banks (and rights of set-off), carriers, warehousemen, mechanics, repairmen, workmen and materialmen, and other Liens imposed by law (other than any such Lien imposed pursuant to Section 430(k) of the Internal Revenue Code or ERISA or a violation of Section 436 of the Internal Revenue Code), in each case, incurred in the ordinary course of business (i) for amounts not yet overdue or (ii) for amounts that are overdue and that (in the case of any such amounts overdue for a period in excess of five days) are being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings promptly instituted and diligently conducted and for which adequate reserves have been made in accordance with GAAP;
(d)Liens incurred in the ordinary course of business in connection with workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance and other types of social security, or to secure the performance of tenders, statutory obligations, surety and appeal bonds, bids, leases,
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government contracts, trade contracts, performance and return-of-money bonds and other similar obligations (exclusive of obligations for the payment of borrowed money or other Indebtedness), so long as no foreclosure, sale or similar proceedings have been commenced with respect to any portion of the Collateral on account thereof;
(e)easements, rights-of-way, restrictions, encroachments and other minor defects or irregularities in title, in each case, that do not and will not interfere in any material respect with the ordinary conduct of the business of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries and that, in the aggregate for any parcel of real property subject thereto, do not materially detract from the value of such parcel;
(f)any interest or title of a lessor or sublessor under any lease of real estate permitted hereunder;
(g)Liens solely on any customary Cash earnest money deposits made by Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries in connection with any letter of intent or purchase agreement permitted hereunder;
(h)purported Liens evidenced by the filing of precautionary UCC financing statements relating solely to operating leases of personal property entered into in the ordinary course of business;
(i)Liens in favor of customs and revenue authorities arising as a matter of law to secure payment of customs duties in connection with the importation of goods;
(j)any zoning or similar law or right reserved to or vested in any governmental office or agency to control or regulate the use of any real property;
(k)non-exclusive outbound licenses of patents, copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property rights granted by any Company or any of its Subsidiaries in the ordinary course of business and not interfering in any respect with the ordinary conduct of or materially detracting from the value of the business of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries; provided that, if any Credit Party grants a non-exclusive outbound license in any intellectual property (including without limitation, trade secrets and know-how) that is owned by such Credit Party and that is necessary for the production and/or manufacture of sodium hyaluronate under the Supply Agreement, the grant by such Credit Party of such non-exclusive outbound license shall only be permitted to the extent such Credit Party shall have concurrently therewith, or previously, granted a substantially similar non-exclusive outbound license to Alcon on terms, taken as a whole, that are no less favorable to Alcon;
(l)Liens existing on the Closing Date and described in Schedule 6.2 or on a title report delivered in accordance with clause (ii) of the definition of the term “Mortgaged Real Estate Documents”;
(m)(i) First Priority Liens in favor of the ABL Lenders on the ABL Priority Collateral securing the ABL Indebtedness permitted by Section 6.1(j), and (ii) Junior Priority Liens in favor of the ABL Lenders on the Collateral (other than the ABL Priority Collateral) securing the ABL Indebtedness permitted by Section 6.1(j), in each case, so long as such Liens are subject to the terms and conditions of the Intercreditor Agreement;
(n)Liens securing Capital Lease Obligations and purchase money Indebtedness permitted pursuant to Section 6.1(h); provided, any such Lien shall encumber only the asset subject to such Capital Lease or the asset acquired with the proceeds of such Indebtedness, as applicable; and
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(o)Liens existing on the date hereof as described on Schedule 6.2 (setting forth, as of the Closing Date, the lienholder thereof, the principal amount of the obligations secured thereby and the property or assets of such Credit Party or such Subsidiary thereof subject thereto).
Notwithstanding anything in this Section 6.2 to the contrary, in no event shall any obligations of any Credit Party under any Hedge Agreement be secured by any Lien.
6.3.Equitable Lien. If any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries shall create or assume any Lien upon any of its properties or assets, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, other than Permitted Liens, it shall make or cause to be made effective provisions whereby the Obligations will be secured by such Lien equally and ratably with any and all other Indebtedness secured thereby as long as any such Indebtedness shall be so secured; provided, notwithstanding the foregoing, this covenant shall not be construed as a consent by the Requisite Lenders to the creation or assumption of any such Lien not otherwise permitted hereby.
6.4.No Further Negative Pledges. Except with respect to (a) specific property encumbered to secure payment of particular permitted Indebtedness or to be sold pursuant to an executed agreement with respect to a permitted Asset Sale and (b) restrictions by reason of customary provisions restricting assignments, subletting or other transfers contained in leases, licenses and similar agreements entered into in the ordinary course of business (provided, such restrictions are limited to the property or assets secured by such Liens or the property or assets subject to such leases, licenses or similar agreements, as the case may be), no Credit Party shall enter into or permit any of its Subsidiaries to enter into any agreement prohibiting or triggering any requirement for equitable and ratable sharing of Liens or any similar obligations upon, the creation or assumption of any Lien upon any Credit Party’s properties or assets, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, to secure the Obligations other than the ABL Credit Documents.
6.5.Restricted Junior Payments. No Credit Party shall, nor shall it permit any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates through any manner or means or through any other Person to, directly or indirectly, declare, order, pay, make or set apart, or agree to declare, order, pay, make or set apart, any sum for any Restricted Junior Payment except that:
(a)Holdings may declare and make dividend payments or other distributions payable solely in the common Capital Stock of Holdings (but not any Disqualified Capital Stock);
(b)any Subsidiary of a Company may declare and pay dividends or make other distributions to such Company or any other Credit Party that is a Company or Wholly-Owned Guarantor (including any Permitted Tax Distributions);
(c)Holdings may issue stock options, equity grants or similar instruments in the Capital Stock of Holdings to the directors, officers and/or employees of Holdings or one of more of its Subsidiaries in anticipation of a spin-off of Lifecore so long as no such issuance thereof would result in an Event of Default; and
(d)Holdings may purchase, redeem or otherwise acquire shares of its common stock or other common Capital Stock to acquire any such Capital Stock in connection with customary employee or management agreements, plans or arrangements, (i) all in an aggregate amount for all such purchases or redemptions not to exceed $250,000 during the term of this Agreement; or (ii) in connection with (x) the forfeiture of such Capital Stock, or (y) the payment of exercise price and/or tax withholding obligations with respect to the vesting, settlement and/or exercise of such Capital Stock.
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Notwithstanding anything in this Section 6.5 to the contrary, in no event shall Holdings, Lifecore or any of their direct or indirect Subsidiaries (other than Curation or any of its direct or indirect Subsidiaries) make any Restricted Junior Payment to Curation or any of its direct or indirect Subsidiaries on or after the Closing Date without the written consent of the Administrative Agent and the Requisite Lenders, in each case, to the extent constituting Restricted Junior Payments.
6.6.Restrictions on Subsidiary Distributions. No Credit Party shall, nor shall it permit any of its Subsidiaries to, create or otherwise cause or suffer to exist or become effective any consensual encumbrance or restriction of any kind on the ability of any Subsidiary of Holdings to (a) pay dividends or make any other distributions on any of such Subsidiary’s Capital Stock owned by Holdings or any other Subsidiary of Holdings, (b) repay or prepay any Indebtedness owed by such Subsidiary to Holdings or any other Subsidiary of Holdings, (c) make loans or advances to Holdings or any other Subsidiary of Holdings, or (d) transfer any of its property or assets to Holdings or any other Subsidiary of Holdings, in each case, other than restrictions (i) in the Credit Documents and the ABL Credit Documents, (ii) in agreements evidencing purchase money Indebtedness permitted by Section 6.1(h) that impose restrictions on the property so acquired, (iii) by reason of customary provisions restricting assignments, subletting or other transfers contained in leases, licenses, joint venture agreements and similar agreements entered into in the ordinary course of business, (iv) that are or were created by virtue of any transfer of, agreement to transfer or option or right with respect to any property, assets or Capital Stock not otherwise prohibited under this Agreement, (v) that are restrictions and conditions imposed by any law and (vi) that are customary restrictions and conditions contained in agreements relating to the sale of a Subsidiary pending such sale, provided such restrictions and conditions apply only to the Subsidiary that is to be sold and such sale is permitted hereunder.
6.7.Investments. No Credit Party shall, nor shall it permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly, make any Acquisition or make or own any Investment (including if made as an Acquisition) in any Person, including any Joint Venture, except:
(a)Investments in Cash and Cash Equivalents;
(b)(i) equity Investments owned as of the Closing Date in any Subsidiary and (ii) Investments made after the Closing Date in any Company or Guarantor;
(c)Investments (i) in any Securities voluntarily accepted in satisfaction or partial satisfaction thereof from financially troubled account debtors, and (ii) deposits, prepayments and other credits to suppliers made in the ordinary course of business consistent with the past practices of Holdings and its Subsidiaries;
(d)intercompany loans to the extent permitted under Section 6.1(b);
(e)to the extent constituting Investments, Investments in any Company or any of its Subsidiaries for purposes of making Consolidated Capital Expenditures in respect of fixed assets directly owned by any Credit Party;
(f)loans and advances to employees of Holdings and its Subsidiaries made in the ordinary course of business in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $1,000,000 at any time outstanding;
(g)guaranties permitted by Section 6.1(f);
(h)Hedge Agreements permitted under Section 6.1(i) to the extent constituting Investments;
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(i)Investments consisting of extensions of credit in the nature of accounts receivable or notes receivable arising from the grant of trade credit in the ordinary course of business, and Investments received in satisfaction or partial satisfaction thereof from financially troubled account debtors to the extent reasonably necessary in order to prevent or limit loss; and
(j)other Investments (other than Investments of the types listed in Section 6.7(a) through 6.7(i)) in an aggregate amount not to exceed $1,000,000 during the term of this Agreement, so long as at the time of the making of such Investment no Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing or would result therefrom.
Notwithstanding anything in this Section 6.7 to the contrary, in no event shall any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries make any Investment that results in or facilitates in any manner any Restricted Junior Payment not otherwise permitted under the terms of Section 6.5.
Notwithstanding anything in this Section 6.7 to the contrary, in no event shall Holdings, Lifecore or any of their direct or indirect Subsidiaries (other than Curation or any of its direct or indirect Subsidiaries) make any Investment in Curation or any of its direct or indirect Subsidiaries on or after the Closing Date without the written consent of the Administrative Agent and the Requisite Lenders other than Investments in Curation or any of its direct or indirect Subsidiaries in the ordinary course of business consistent with the past practices of Holdings and its Subsidiaries in an aggregate amount not to exceed $2,000,000 (collectively, “Permitted Curation Investments”).

6.8.Financial Covenant; Minimum Consolidated Liquidity. Holdings shall not permit Consolidated Liquidity as of the last day of any Fiscal Quarter (or, to the extent that as of any such date ABL Availability is reduced as a result of the imposition of new or additional Reserves (as defined in the ABL Credit Agreement as in effect on the date hereof) by the ABL Agent and such new or additional Reserves result in Consolidated Liquidity being less than $4,000,000 as of such date, as of the date that is three (3)  Business Days after the last day of such Fiscal Quarter), beginning with the Fiscal Quarter ending on or about May 30, 2023, to be less than $4,000,000.
6.9.Fundamental Changes; Disposition of Assets. No Credit Party shall, nor shall it permit any of its Subsidiaries to, enter into any transaction of merger or consolidation (including through a plan of division), or liquidate, wind-up or dissolve itself (or suffer any liquidation or dissolution), consummate any Asset Sale, or Dispose of, in one transaction or a series of transactions, all or any part of its business, assets or property of any kind whatsoever, whether real, personal or mixed and whether tangible or intangible, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, leased (as lessee), or licensed (as licensee), except:
(a)any Credit Party other than Holdings may be merged with or into another Credit Party, or be liquidated, wound up or dissolved, or all or any part of its business, property or assets may be conveyed, sold, leased, transferred or otherwise disposed of, in one transaction or a series of transactions, to another Credit Party; provided, in the case of any such merger, (i) if such Credit Party is a Borrower, a Borrower shall be the surviving Person, and (ii) in any other case, a Credit Party shall be the continuing or surviving Person;
(b)sales or other dispositions of assets that do not constitute Asset Sales;
(c)the leasing or subleasing of immaterial assets (other than sale and leaseback transactions prohibited under Section 6.11) in the ordinary course of business;
(d)disposals of obsolete or worn out property;
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(e)sales or other dispositions pursuant to the Sale Leaseback Documents; and
(f)Asset Sales; provided, (A) no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing or would result therefrom, (B) the proceeds received for such assets shall be in an amount at least equal to the fair market value thereof (determined in good faith by management of such Credit Party or such Subsidiary), (C) 75% of the consideration for such Asset Sale shall consist of Cash paid upon the closing of each applicable Asset Sale, (D) the aggregate consideration for all such Asset Sales pursuant to this clause (i) shall not exceed $2,000,000 in any Fiscal Year and (E) the Net Asset Sale Proceeds thereof shall be applied or reinvested as required, or reinvested to the extent permitted, by Section 2.10(a); provided further that, if at any time any Credit Party proposes to enter into any Asset Sale or otherwise Dispose of any Specified HA Assets (in each case, other than in connection with a transaction that would result in a Change of Control or a sale of all or substantially all of the consolidated assets of the Credit Parties), Alcon shall have a right of first refusal to purchase such Specified HA Assets (provided that if (1) Alcon does not provide written notice to such Credit Party specifying that Alcon has elected to exercise its right of first refusal to purchase such Specified HA Assets at the proposed price set forth in the written notice related to such proposed transaction from such Credit Party within ten (10) days after receipt of such written notice or (2) does exercise its right of first refusal to purchase such Specified HA Assets at the proposed price set forth in the written notice related to such proposed transaction from such Credit Party within ten (10) days after receipt of such written notice, and Alcon and such Credit Party do not consummate the purchase of such Specified HA Assets within ninety (90) days after the exercise of such right of first refusal, then, in either case, such right of first refusal shall terminate with respect to the Specified HA Assets that are the subject thereof).
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in the Credit Documents, no Credit Party shall, nor shall it permit any of its Subsidiaries to, consummate any “Division” (as defined in Section 18-217 of the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act) or similar organizational change that may hereafter be permitted under any applicable statute.
Notwithstanding anything in this Section 6.9 to the contrary, (i) in no event shall Holdings, Lifecore or any of their direct or indirect Subsidiaries (other than Curation or any of its direct or indirect Subsidiaries) enter into any Asset Sale with Curation or any of its direct or indirect Subsidiaries on or after the Closing Date (other than Permitted Curation Investments) without the written consent of the Administrative Agent and the Requisite Lenders, in each case, to the extent constituting Asset Sales and (ii) no Credit Party shall grant any exclusive outbound license or otherwise Dispose of any intellectual property (including without limitation, trade secrets and know-how) that is owned by such Credit Party and that is necessary for the production and/or manufacture of sodium hyaluronate under the Supply Agreement without the prior written consent of Alcon, in each case of this clause (ii), other than in connection with a transaction that would result in a Change of Control or a sale of all or substantially all of the consolidated assets of the Credit Parties.
6.10.Disposal of Subsidiary Interests. Except for any sale of all of its interests in the Capital Stock of any of its Subsidiaries in compliance with the provisions of Section 6.9, no Credit Party shall, nor shall it permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly, sell, assign, pledge or otherwise encumber or dispose of any Capital Stock of any of its Subsidiaries, except to another Credit Party (subject to the restrictions on such disposition otherwise imposed hereunder), or to qualify Directors if required by applicable law.
6.11.Sales and Leasebacks. Except as provided in the Sale Leaseback Documents, no Credit Party shall, nor shall it permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly, become or remain liable as lessee or as a guarantor or other surety with respect to any lease of any property (whether real, personal or mixed), whether now owned or hereafter acquired, that such Credit
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Party (a) has sold or transferred or is to sell or to transfer to any other Person (other than Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries), or (b) intends to use for substantially the same purpose as any other property that has been or is to be sold or transferred by such Credit Party to any Person (other than Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries) in connection with such lease.
6.12.Transactions with Shareholders and Affiliates. No Credit Party shall, nor shall it permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly, enter into or permit to exist any transaction (including the purchase, sale, lease or exchange of any property or the rendering of any service) with any holder of 10% or more of Capital Stock of Holdings; provided, the foregoing restrictions shall not apply to (i) any transaction among Credit Parties; (ii) reasonable and customary fees paid to Directors of the Credit Parties or any of its Subsidiaries; (iii) reasonable and customary compensation arrangements for officers and other employees of Credit Parties or any of their Subsidiaries entered into in the ordinary course of business; (iv) any such transaction if the terms of such transaction are not less favorable to Holdings or that Subsidiary, as the case may be, than those that might be obtained at the time from a Person who is not such a holder or Affiliate; and (v) transactions existing on the Closing Date and described on Schedule 6.12 The Credit Parties shall disclose in writing each transaction with any holder of 5.00% or more of Capital Stock of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries or with any Affiliate of Holdings or of any such holder to Administrative Agent.
6.13.Conduct of Business; Foreign Subsidiaries. From and after the Closing Date, no Credit Party shall, nor shall it permit any of its Subsidiaries to, engage in (a) any business other than (i) the businesses engaged in by such Credit Party or such Subsidiary on the Closing Date and any business related thereto or any reasonable extensions thereof, and (ii) such other lines of business as may be consented to by Administrative Agent and the Requisite Lenders, or (b) any business or activities that conflict with Section 4.25. No Credit Party shall, nor shall any Credit Party permit any of its Subsidiaries to, form, create, incorporate or acquire any Foreign Subsidiary.
6.14.Permitted Activities of Holdings. Holdings shall not (a) incur, directly or indirectly, any Indebtedness or any other obligation or liability whatsoever other than the Indebtedness and obligations under this Agreement, the other Credit Documents, and the ABL Credit Documents; (b) create or suffer to exist any Lien upon any property or assets now owned or hereafter acquired, leased (as lessee), or licensed (as licensee) by it other than Permitted Liens of the types described in Section 6.2(a) through 6.2(d) and 6.2(m); (c) engage in any business or activity or own any assets other than (i) directly holding 100% of the Capital Stock of Companies; (ii) performing its obligations and activities incidental thereto under the Credit Documents, and to the extent not inconsistent therewith, the ABL Credit Documents; (iii) issuing its own Capital Stock to the extent permitted hereby; (iv) filing tax reports and paying Taxes, and other customary obligations in the ordinary course (and contesting any Taxes); (v) preparing reports to Governmental Authorities and to its shareholders; (vi) holding director and shareholder meetings, preparing organizational records and other organizational activities required to maintain its separate organizational structure or to comply with applicable laws; (vii) the maintenance of its legal existence (including the ability to incur and pay, as applicable, fees, costs and expenses and taxes related to such maintenance); (viii) making Restricted Junior Payments and Investments to the extent permitted by this Agreement; and (ix) to the extent not otherwise inconsistent with Holdings obligations in this Section 6.14, such other ordinary course activities that are consistent with its activities as of the Closing Date (or related thereto or any reasonable extensions thereof); (d) consolidate with or merge with or into, or Dispose of all or substantially all of its assets to, any Person; (e) Dispose of any Capital Stock of any of its Subsidiaries; (f) create or acquire any Subsidiary or make or own any Investment in any Person other than Companies; or (g) fail to hold itself out to the public as a legal entity separate and distinct from all other Persons.
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6.15.Amendments or Waivers with Respect to Certain Indebtedness.
(a)Except to the extent expressly permitted under the terms of the corresponding Subordination Agreement, no Credit Party shall, nor shall it permit any of its Subsidiaries to, amend or otherwise change the terms of any Subordinated Indebtedness, or make any payment consistent with an amendment thereof or change thereto, if the effect of such amendment or change is to increase the interest rate on such Indebtedness, increase the principal amount thereof, change (to earlier dates) any dates upon which payments of principal or interest are due thereon, change any event of default or condition to an event of default with respect thereto (other than to eliminate any such event of default or increase any grace period related thereto), change the redemption, prepayment or defeasance provisions thereof, change the subordination provisions thereof (or of any guaranty thereof), or if the effect of such amendment or change, together with all other amendments or changes made, is to increase materially the obligations of the obligor thereunder or to confer any additional rights on the holders thereof (or a trustee or other representative on their behalf) that would be adverse to such Credit Party, such Subsidiary or the Lenders.
(b)Except to the extent expressly permitted under the terms of the Intercreditor Agreement, no Credit Party shall, nor shall it permit any of its Subsidiaries to, amend or otherwise change the terms of the ABL Indebtedness or the ABL Credit Documents.
6.16.Fiscal Year; Accounting Policies. No Credit Party shall, nor shall it permit any of its Subsidiaries to change its Fiscal Year-end from the last Sunday of May of any calendar year or make any change in its accounting policies that is not required under GAAP.
6.17.Deposit Accounts and Securities Accounts. No Credit Party shall establish or maintain a Deposit Account or a Securities Account that is not a Controlled Account, deposit proceeds in a Deposit Account that is not a Controlled Account or deposit, acquire or otherwise carry any security entitlement or commodity contract in a Securities Account that is not a Controlled Account; provided, the foregoing shall not apply to Excluded Accounts. No Credit Party shall (a) grant to any Person (other than to another Credit Party) automated clearing house (ACH) or similar debit rights to any Controlled Account, (b) allow any Credit Card Processor to transfer money owing to any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries to any account that is not a Controlled Account, or (c) from and after Payment in Full of the ABL Priority Debt (as defined in the Intercreditor Agreement), during the continuation of an Event of Default, if requested by Collateral Agent, fail to promptly (but no later than the first Business Day following such request by Collateral Agent) instruct any Credit Card Processor to transfer money owing to the Credit Parties or any of their Subsidiaries to an account designated by Collateral Agent.
6.18.Amendments to Organizational Documents and Material Contracts. No Credit Party shall, nor shall it permit any of its Subsidiaries to, (a) amend or permit any amendments to any of its Organizational Documents; or (b) amend, terminate, or waive or permit any amendment, termination or waiver of any provision of, any Material Contract or Material Indebtedness if, with respect to each of clause (a) and clause (b), such amendment, termination or waiver would be adverse, in any material respect, to the Agents or the Lenders.
6.19.Prepayments of Certain Indebtedness. No Credit Party shall, nor shall it permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly, purchase, redeem, defease or prepay any principal of, premium, if any, interest or other amount payable in respect of any Indebtedness of any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries prior to its scheduled maturity, other than (a) the Obligations, (b) Indebtedness under the ABL Credit Documents and (c) Indebtedness secured by a Permitted Lien if the asset securing such Indebtedness has been sold or otherwise disposed of in accordance with Section 6.9.
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6.20.Use of Proceeds. No Credit Party shall use the proceeds of any Term Loans except as set forth in Section 2.3; provided that no Credit Party shall use the proceeds of any Term Loan to pay all or any portion of the ABL Indebtedness.
6.21.ABL Obligations. Not permit any Credit Party or any of their Subsidiaries to purchase or hold any of the ABL Indebtedness.
Section 7.GUARANTY
7.1.Guaranty of the Obligations. Subject to the provisions of Section 7.2 and any limitations set forth in the definition of the term “Guarantor”, Guarantors jointly and severally hereby irrevocably and unconditionally guaranty to Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Beneficiaries, the due and punctual Payment in Full of all Obligations when the same shall become due, whether at stated maturity, by required prepayment, declaration, acceleration, demand or otherwise (including amounts that would become due but for the operation of the automatic stay under Section 362(a) of the Bankruptcy Code, 11 U.S.C. § 362(a)) (collectively, the “Guaranteed Obligations”).
7.2.Contribution by Guarantors. All Guarantors desire to allocate among themselves (collectively, the “Contributing Guarantors”), in a fair and equitable manner, their obligations arising under this Guaranty. Accordingly, in the event any payment or distribution is made on any date by any Guarantor under this Guaranty (a “Funding Guarantor”) such that its Aggregate Payments exceed its Fair Share as of such date, such Funding Guarantor shall be entitled to a contribution from each of the other Contributing Guarantors in an amount sufficient to cause each Contributing Guarantor’s Aggregate Payments to equal its Fair Share as of such date. “Fair Share” means, with respect to any Contributing Guarantor as of any date of determination, an amount equal to (a) the ratio of (i) the Fair Share Contribution Amount with respect to such Contributing Guarantor, to (ii) the aggregate of the Fair Share Contribution Amounts with respect to all Contributing Guarantors, multiplied by, (b) the aggregate amount paid or distributed on or before such date by all Funding Guarantors under this Guaranty in respect of the Guaranteed Obligations. “Fair Share Contribution Amount” means, with respect to any Contributing Guarantor as of any date of determination, the maximum aggregate amount of the obligations of such Contributing Guarantor under this Guaranty that would not render its Obligations subject to avoidance as a fraudulent transfer or conveyance under any Fraudulent Transfer Laws; provided, solely for purposes of calculating the Fair Share Contribution Amount with respect to any Contributing Guarantor for purposes of this Section 7.2, any assets or liabilities of such Contributing Guarantor arising by virtue of any rights to subrogation, reimbursement or indemnification or any rights to or obligations of contribution hereunder shall not be considered as assets or liabilities of such Contributing Guarantor. “Aggregate Payments” means, with respect to any Contributing Guarantor as of any date of determination, an amount equal to (1) the aggregate amount of all payments and distributions made on or before such date by such Contributing Guarantor in respect of this Guaranty (including in respect of this Section 7.2), minus (2) the aggregate amount of all payments received on or before such date by such Contributing Guarantor from the other Contributing Guarantors as contributions under this Section 7.2. The amounts payable as contributions hereunder shall be determined as of the date on which the related payment or distribution is made by the applicable Funding Guarantor. The allocation among Contributing Guarantors of their obligations as set forth in this Section 7.2 shall not be construed in any way to limit the liability of any Contributing Guarantor hereunder. Each Guarantor is a third party beneficiary to the contribution agreement set forth in this Section 7.2.
7.3.Payment by Guarantors. Subject to Section 7.2, Guarantors hereby jointly and severally agree, in furtherance of the foregoing and not in limitation of any other right that any Beneficiary may have at law or in equity against any Guarantor by virtue hereof, that upon the
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failure of any Company to pay any of the Guaranteed Obligations when and as the same shall become due, whether at stated maturity, by required prepayment, declaration, acceleration, demand or otherwise (including amounts that would become due but for the operation of the automatic stay under Section 362(a) of the Bankruptcy Code, 11 U.S.C. § 362(a)), Guarantors will upon demand pay, or cause to be paid, in Cash, to Administrative Agent for the ratable benefit of the Beneficiaries, an amount equal to the sum of the unpaid principal amount of all Guaranteed Obligations then due as aforesaid, accrued and unpaid interest on such Guaranteed Obligations (including interest that, but for any Company becoming the subject of a case under the Bankruptcy Code, would have accrued on such Guaranteed Obligations, whether or not a claim is allowed against such Company for such interest in the related bankruptcy case) and all other Guaranteed Obligations then owed to the Beneficiaries as aforesaid.
7.4.Liability of Guarantors Absolute. Each Guarantor agrees that its obligations hereunder are irrevocable, absolute, independent and unconditional and shall not be affected by any circumstance that constitutes a legal or equitable discharge of a guarantor or surety, other than Payment in Full of the Guaranteed Obligations. In furtherance of the foregoing and without limiting the generality thereof, each Guarantor agrees as follows:
(a)This Guaranty is a guaranty of payment when due and not of collectability. This Guaranty is a primary obligation of each Guarantor and not merely a contract of surety.
(b)Administrative Agent may enforce this Guaranty upon the occurrence of an Event of Default notwithstanding the existence of any dispute between any Credit Party and any Beneficiary with respect to the existence of such Event of Default.
(c)The obligations of each Guarantor hereunder are independent of the obligations of Companies and the obligations of any other guarantor (including any other Guarantor) of the obligations of Companies, and a separate action or actions may be brought and prosecuted against such Guarantor whether or not any action is brought against any Company or any of such other guarantors and whether or not any Company is joined in any such action or actions.
(d)Payment by any Guarantor of a portion, but not all, of the Guaranteed Obligations shall in no way limit, affect, modify or abridge any Guarantor’s liability for any portion of the Guaranteed Obligations that has not been paid. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, if Administrative Agent is awarded a judgment in any suit brought to enforce any Guarantor’s covenant to pay a portion of the Guaranteed Obligations, such judgment shall not be deemed to release such Guarantor from its covenant to pay the portion of the Guaranteed Obligations that is not the subject of such suit, and such judgment shall not, except to the extent satisfied by such Guarantor, limit, affect, modify or abridge any other Guarantor’s liability hereunder in respect of the Guaranteed Obligations.
(e)Any Beneficiary, upon such terms as it deems appropriate, without notice or demand and without affecting the validity or enforceability hereof or giving rise to any reduction, limitation, impairment, discharge or termination of any Guarantor’s liability hereunder, from time to time may (i) renew, extend, accelerate, increase the rate of interest on, or otherwise change the time, place, manner or terms of payment of the Guaranteed Obligations; (ii) settle, compromise, release or discharge, or accept or refuse any offer of performance with respect to, or substitutions for, the Guaranteed Obligations or any agreement relating thereto or subordinate the payment of the same to the payment of any other obligations; (iii) request and accept other guaranties of the Guaranteed Obligations and take and hold security for the payment of the Guaranteed Obligations; (iv) release, surrender, exchange, substitute, compromise, settle, rescind, waive, alter, subordinate or modify, with or without consideration, any security for
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payment of the Guaranteed Obligations, any other guaranties of the Guaranteed Obligations, or any other obligation of any Person (including any other Guarantor) with respect to the Guaranteed Obligations; (v) enforce and apply any security now or hereafter held by or for the benefit of such Beneficiary in respect of the Guaranteed Obligations and direct the order or manner of sale thereof, or exercise any other right or remedy that such Beneficiary may have against any such security, in each case, as such Beneficiary in its discretion may determine consistent herewith or with any applicable security agreement, including foreclosure on any such security pursuant to one or more judicial or nonjudicial sales, whether or not every aspect of any such sale is commercially reasonable, and even though such action operates to impair or extinguish any right of reimbursement or subrogation or other right or remedy of any Guarantor against any other Credit Party or any security for the Guaranteed Obligations; and (vi) exercise any other rights available to it under the Credit Documents.
(f)This Guaranty and the obligations of Guarantors hereunder shall be valid and enforceable and shall not be subject to any reduction, limitation, impairment, discharge or termination for any reason (other than Payment in Full of the Guaranteed Obligations), including the occurrence of any of the following, whether or not any Guarantor shall have had notice or knowledge of any of them: (i) any failure or omission to assert or enforce, or agreement or election not to assert or enforce, or the stay or enjoining, by order of court, by operation of law or otherwise, of the exercise or enforcement of, any claim or demand or any right, power or remedy (whether arising under the Credit Documents, at law, in equity or otherwise) with respect to the Guaranteed Obligations or any agreement relating thereto, or with respect to any other guaranty of or security for the payment of the Guaranteed Obligations; (ii) any rescission, waiver, amendment or modification of, or any consent to depart from, any of the terms or provisions (including provisions relating to events of default) hereof, any of the other Credit Documents or any agreement or instrument executed pursuant thereto, or of any other guaranty or security for the Guaranteed Obligations, in each case, whether or not in accordance with the terms hereof or of such Credit Document or any such agreement relating to such other guaranty or security; (iii) the Guaranteed Obligations, or any agreement relating thereto, at any time being found to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable in any respect; (iv) the application of payments received from any source (other than payments received pursuant to the other Credit Documents or from the proceeds of any security for the Guaranteed Obligations, except to the extent such security also serves as collateral for Indebtedness other than the Guaranteed Obligations) to the payment of Indebtedness other than the Guaranteed Obligations, even though any Beneficiary might have elected to apply such payment to any part or all of the Guaranteed Obligations; (v) any Beneficiary’s consent to the change, reorganization or termination of the corporate structure or existence of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries and to any corresponding restructuring of the Guaranteed Obligations; (vi) any failure to perfect or continue perfection of a Lien in any collateral that secures any of the Guaranteed Obligations; (vii) any defenses, set-offs or counterclaims that any Company may allege or assert against any Beneficiary in respect of the Guaranteed Obligations, including failure of consideration, breach of warranty, payment, statute of frauds, statute of limitations, accord and satisfaction and usury; (viii) the asserting or enforcing of any right, power or remedy (whether arising under the Credit Documents, at law, in equity or otherwise) with respect to the Guaranteed Obligations or any agreement relating thereto or with respect to any other guarantee of or security for the payment of the Guaranteed Obligations; (ix) any limitation of status or power, disability, incapacity or other circumstance relating to any Credit Party or any other Person, including any insolvency, bankruptcy, liquidation, reorganization, readjustment, composition, dissolution, winding-up or other proceeding involving or affecting any Credit Party or any other Person; and (x) any other act or thing or omission, or delay to do any other act or thing, that may or might in any manner or to any extent vary the risk of any Guarantor as an obligor in respect of the Guaranteed Obligations.
7.5.Waivers by Guarantors. Each Guarantor hereby waives, for the benefit of the Beneficiaries, (a) any right to require any Beneficiary, as a condition of payment or performance
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by such Guarantor, to (i) proceed against any Company, any other guarantor (including any other Guarantor) of the Guaranteed Obligations or any other Person, (ii) proceed against or exhaust any security held from any Company, any such other guarantor or any other Person, (iii) proceed against or have resort to any balance of any Deposit Account or credit on the books of any Beneficiary in favor of any Company or any other Person, or (iv) pursue any other remedy in the power of any Beneficiary whatsoever; (b) any defense arising by reason of the incapacity, lack of authority or any disability or other defense of any Company or any other Guarantor including any defense based on or arising out of the lack of validity or the unenforceability of the Guaranteed Obligations or any agreement or instrument relating thereto or by reason of the cessation of the liability of any Company or any other Guarantor from any cause, other than Payment in Full of all Obligations; (c) any defense based upon any statute or rule of law that provides that the obligation of a surety must be neither larger in amount nor in other respects more burdensome than that of the principal; (d) any defense based upon any Beneficiary’s errors or omissions in the administration of the Guaranteed Obligations, except behavior that amounts to bad faith; (e) (i) any principles or provisions of law, statutory or otherwise, that are or might be in conflict with the terms hereof and any legal or equitable discharge of such Guarantor’s Obligations, (ii) the benefit of any statute of limitations affecting such Guarantor’s liability hereunder or the enforcement hereof, (iii) any rights to set-offs, recoupments and counterclaims, and (iv) promptness, diligence and any requirement that any Beneficiary protect, secure, perfect or ensure any Lien or any property subject thereto; (f) notices, demands, presentments, protests, notices of protest, notices of dishonor or non-payment, notices of proof or reliance and notices of any action or inaction, including acceptance hereof, notices of default under this Agreement, or any agreement or instrument related thereto, notices of any renewal, extension or modification of the Guaranteed Obligations or any agreement related thereto, notices of any extension of credit to any Company and notices of any of the matters referred to in Section 7.4 and any right to consent to any thereof; and (g) any defenses or benefits that may be derived from or afforded by law that limit the liability of or exonerate guarantors or sureties, or that may conflict with the terms hereof.
7.6.Guarantors’ Rights of Subrogation, Contribution. Until the Guaranteed Obligations shall have been Paid in Full, each Guarantor hereby waives any claim, right or remedy, direct or indirect, that such Guarantor now has or may hereafter have against any Company or any other Guarantor or any of its assets in connection with this Guaranty or the performance by such Guarantor of its Obligations, in each case, whether such claim, right or remedy arises in equity, under contract, by statute, under common law or otherwise and including (a) any right of subrogation, reimbursement or indemnification that such Guarantor now has or may hereafter have against any other Credit Party with respect to the Guaranteed Obligations, (b) any right to enforce, or to participate in, any claim, right or remedy that any Beneficiary now has or may hereafter have against any other Credit Party, and (c) any benefit of, and any right to participate in, any collateral or security now or hereafter held by any Beneficiary. In addition, until the Guaranteed Obligations shall have been Paid in Full, each Guarantor shall withhold exercise of any right of subrogation, reimbursement, indemnification or contribution such Guarantor may have against any other guarantor (including any other Guarantor) of the Guaranteed Obligations, including any such right of contribution as contemplated by Section 7.2. Each Guarantor further agrees that, to the extent the waiver or agreement to withhold the exercise of its rights of subrogation, reimbursement, indemnification and contribution as set forth herein is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be void or voidable for any reason, any rights of subrogation, reimbursement, indemnification or contribution such Guarantor may have against any Credit Party or against any collateral or security, and any rights of subrogation, reimbursement, indemnification or contribution such Guarantor may have against any such other guarantor, shall be junior and subordinate to any rights any Beneficiary may have against any Credit Party, to all right, title and interest any Beneficiary may have in any such collateral or security, and to any right any Beneficiary may have against such other guarantor. If any amount shall be paid to any Guarantor on account of
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any such subrogation, reimbursement, indemnification or contribution rights at any time when the Guaranteed Obligations shall not have been Paid in Full, such amount shall be held in trust for Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Beneficiaries, and shall forthwith be paid over to Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Beneficiaries, to be credited and applied against the Guaranteed Obligations, whether matured or unmatured, in accordance with the terms hereof.
7.7.Subordination of Other Obligations. Any Indebtedness of any Company or any other Guarantor now or hereafter held by any Guarantor (the “Obligee Guarantor”) is hereby subordinated in right of payment to the Guaranteed Obligations, and any Distribution collected or received by the Obligee Guarantor after an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing shall be held in trust for Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Beneficiaries, and shall forthwith be paid over to Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Beneficiaries, to be credited and applied against the Guaranteed Obligations but without affecting, impairing or limiting in any manner the liability of the Obligee Guarantor under any other provision hereof. For purposes of this Section 7.7, “Distribution” means, with respect to any Indebtedness subordinated pursuant to this Section 7.7, (a) any payment or distribution by any Person of Cash, Securities or other property, by set-off or otherwise, on account of such Indebtedness, (b) any redemption of or purchase or other acquisition of such Indebtedness from the Obligee Guarantor by any other Person, and (c) the granting of any Lien to or for the benefit of the Obligee Guarantor or any other Person in or upon any property of any Person to secure such Indebtedness.
7.8.Continuing Guaranty. This Guaranty is a continuing guaranty and shall remain in effect until all of the Guaranteed Obligations shall have been Paid in Full. Each Guarantor hereby irrevocably waives any right to revoke this Guaranty as to future transactions giving rise to any Guaranteed Obligations.
7.9.Authority of Guarantors or Companies. It is not necessary for any Beneficiary to inquire into the capacity or powers of any Guarantor or any Company or the officers, the Directors or any agents acting or purporting to act on behalf of any of them.
7.10.Financial Condition of Companies. Any Credit Extension may be made to Companies or continued from time to time without notice to or authorization from any Guarantor regardless of the financial or other condition of any Company at the time of any such grant or continuation. No Beneficiary shall have any obligation to disclose or discuss with any Guarantor its assessment, or any Guarantor’s assessment, of the financial condition of any Company. Each Guarantor has adequate means to obtain information from each Company on a continuing basis concerning the financial condition of such Company and its ability to perform its obligations under the Credit Documents, and each Guarantor assumes the responsibility for being and keeping informed of the financial condition of each Company and of all circumstances bearing upon the risk of nonpayment of the Guaranteed Obligations. Each Guarantor hereby waives and relinquishes any duty on the part of any Beneficiary to disclose any matter, fact or thing relating to the business, operations or conditions of Companies now known or hereafter known by any Beneficiary.
7.11.Bankruptcy.
(a)So long as any Guaranteed Obligations remain outstanding, no Guarantor shall, without the prior written consent of Administrative Agent acting pursuant to the instructions of the Requisite Lenders, commence or join with any other Person in commencing any bankruptcy, reorganization or insolvency case or proceeding of or against any Company or any other Guarantor. The obligations of Guarantors hereunder shall not be reduced, limited, impaired, discharged, deferred, suspended or terminated by any case or proceeding, voluntary or involuntary, involving the bankruptcy, insolvency, receivership, reorganization, liquidation or
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arrangement of any Company or any other Guarantor or by any defense that any Company or any other Guarantor may have by reason of the order, decree or decision of any court or administrative body resulting from any such proceeding.
(b)Each Guarantor acknowledges and agrees that any interest on any portion of the Guaranteed Obligations that accrues after the commencement of any case or proceeding referred to in clause (a) above (or, if interest on any portion of the Guaranteed Obligations ceases to accrue by operation of law by reason of the commencement of such case or proceeding, such interest as would have accrued on such portion of the Guaranteed Obligations if such case or proceeding had not been commenced) shall be included in the Guaranteed Obligations because it is the intention of Guarantors and the Beneficiaries that the Guaranteed Obligations that are guaranteed by Guarantors pursuant hereto should be determined without regard to any rule of law or order that may relieve any Credit Party of any portion of such Guaranteed Obligations. Guarantors will permit any trustee in bankruptcy, receiver, debtor in possession, assignee for the benefit of creditors or similar Person to pay Administrative Agent, or allow the claim of Administrative Agent in respect of, any such interest accruing after the date on which such case or proceeding is commenced.
(c)In the event that all or any portion of the Guaranteed Obligations are paid by any Credit Party, the obligations of Guarantors hereunder shall continue and remain in full force and effect or be reinstated, as the case may be, in the event that all or any part of such payment(s) are rescinded or recovered directly or indirectly from any Beneficiary as a preference, fraudulent transfer or otherwise, and any such payments that are so rescinded or recovered shall constitute Guaranteed Obligations for all purposes hereunder.
7.12.Discharge of Guaranty Upon Sale of Guarantor. If all of the Capital Stock of any Guarantor or any of its successors in interest hereunder shall be sold or otherwise disposed of (including by merger or consolidation) in accordance with the terms and conditions hereof, the Guaranty of such Guarantor or such successor in interest, as the case may be, hereunder shall automatically be discharged and released without any further action by any Beneficiary or any other Person effective as of the time of such Asset Sale (provided, Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent may, after receipt of a written certificate of the Chief Financial Officer of Credit Party Representative certifying that such transaction is permitted pursuant to the Credit Documents, execute and deliver any documentation reasonably requested by Credit Party Representative in writing to further evidence or reflect any such release, all at the expense of the Credit Parties).
Section 8.EVENTS OF DEFAULT
8.1.Events of Default. If any one or more of the following conditions or events (each, an “Event of Default”) shall occur:
(a)Failure to Make Payments When Due. Failure by any Credit Party to pay (i) the principal of and premium, if any, on any Loan, whether at stated maturity, by acceleration or otherwise; (ii) when due any installment of principal of any Loan, by notice of voluntary prepayment, by mandatory prepayment or otherwise; (iii) any interest on any Loan or any fee hereunder within 3 Business Days after the date when due; or (iv) any other amount due hereunder within 5 Business Days after the date when due.
(b)Default in Other Agreements. (i) Failure of any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries to pay when due any principal of or interest on or any other amount, including any payment in settlement, payable in respect of one or more items of Material Indebtedness, in each case, beyond the grace period, if any, provided therefor; or (ii) breach or default by any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries with respect to any other term of (A) one or more items of
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Material Indebtedness, or (B) any loan agreement, mortgage, indenture or other agreement relating to such item(s) of Material Indebtedness, in each case, beyond the grace period, if any, provided therefor, if the effect of such breach or default is to cause the holder or holders of that Material Indebtedness (or a trustee on behalf of such holder or holders), with or without the passage of time, to cause, that Material Indebtedness to become or be declared due and payable (or subject to a compulsory repurchase or other redemption) prior to its stated maturity or the stated maturity of any underlying obligation, as the case may be; or
(c)Breach of Certain Covenants. Failure of any Credit Party to perform or comply with any term or condition contained in Section 5.1, Section 5.2, Section 5.5, Section 5.6, Section 5.7, Section 5.8, Section 5.9, Section 5.10, Section 5.11, Section 5.14(b), Section 5.17 or Section 6; or
(d)Breach of Representations. Any representation, warranty, certification or other statement made or deemed made in favor of any Agent or other Secured Party in any Credit Document or in any statement or certificate delivered in writing pursuant thereto or in connection therewith shall be false or misleading in any material respect as of the date made or deemed made; provided, any materiality qualifier therein shall not apply to any representations, warranties, certifications or other statements to the extent already qualified or modified by materiality or similar concept in the text thereof; or
(e)Other Defaults Under Credit Documents. Any default in the performance of or compliance with any term contained herein or in any of the other Credit Documents, other than any such term referred to in any other provision of this Section 8.1 or consisting of a condition or status that is expressly required to exist or be satisfied at a specific time, and such term has not been fully and permanently performed or complied with within 30 days after the earlier of (i) an officer of such Credit Party becoming aware of such default or (ii) receipt by Credit Party Representative of notice from Administrative Agent or any Lender of such default; or
(f)Involuntary Bankruptcy; Appointment of Receiver. (i) A court of competent jurisdiction shall enter a decree or order for relief in respect of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries in an involuntary case under any Debtor Relief Law, which decree or order is not stayed; or any other similar relief shall be granted under any applicable federal or state law; or (ii) an involuntary case shall be commenced against Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries under any Debtor Relief Law; or a decree or order of a court having jurisdiction in the premises for the appointment of a receiver, liquidator, sequestrator, trustee, custodian or other officer having similar powers over Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries, or over all or a substantial part of its property, shall have been entered; or there shall have occurred the involuntary appointment of an interim receiver, trustee or other custodian of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries for all or a substantial part of its property; or a warrant of attachment, execution or similar process shall have been issued against any substantial part of the property of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries, and any such event described in this clause (ii) shall continue for 60 days without having been dismissed, bonded or discharged; or
(g)Voluntary Bankruptcy; Appointment of Receiver. (i) Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries shall have an order for relief entered with respect to it or shall commence a voluntary case under any Debtor Relief Law, or shall consent to the entry of an order for relief in an involuntary case, or to the conversion of an involuntary case to a voluntary case, under any such law, or shall consent to the appointment of or taking possession by a receiver, trustee or other custodian for all or a substantial part of its property; or Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries shall make any assignment for the benefit of creditors; or (ii) Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries shall be unable, or shall fail generally, or shall admit in writing its inability, to pay its debts as such debts become due; or the Board of Directors of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries (or any
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committee thereof) shall adopt any resolution or otherwise authorize any action to approve any of the actions referred to herein or in Section 8.1(f); or
(h)Judgments and Attachments. There is entered into or filed against any Credit Party or such Credit Party’s assets any money judgment, writ or warrant of attachment or similar process or any court approved settlement or other settlement (of any Adverse Proceeding) involving in the aggregate an amount in excess of $3,000,000 in any case to the extent not adequately covered by insurance as to which a solvent and unaffiliated insurance company has acknowledged coverage and to which such money judgment, writ or warrant of attachment or similar process remains unpaid, undischarged, unvacated, unbonded or unstayed for a period of 60 days (or in any event later than five days prior to the date of any proposed sale thereunder); or
(i)Dissolution. Any order, judgment or decree shall be entered against any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries decreeing the dissolution or split up of such Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries and such order shall remain undischarged or unstayed for a period in excess of 30 days; or
(j)Employee Benefit Plans. (i) There shall occur one or more ERISA Events that, individually or in the aggregate, results in or might reasonably be expected to result in liability of Holdings, any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective ERISA Affiliates in excess of $5,000,000 during the term hereof; or (ii) there exists any fact or circumstance that reasonably could be expected to result in the imposition of a Lien under Section 430(k) of the Internal Revenue Code or ERISA or a violation of Section 436 of the Internal Revenue Code; or
(k)[Reserved]; or
(l)Guaranties, Collateral Documents and Other Credit Documents. At any time after the execution and delivery thereof, (i) any Guaranty for any reason, other than the Payment in Full of all Obligations, shall cease to be in full force and effect (other than in accordance with its terms) or shall be declared to be null and void or any Guarantor shall repudiate its obligations thereunder, (ii) this Agreement, the Intercreditor Agreement or any Collateral Document ceases to be in full force and effect (other than by reason of a release of Collateral in accordance with the terms hereof or thereof or the Payment in Full of the Obligations in accordance with the terms hereof) or shall be declared null and void, or Collateral Agent shall not have or shall cease to have a valid and perfected Lien in any Collateral purported to be covered by the Collateral Documents with the priority required by the relevant Collateral Document, in each case, for any reason other than the failure of Collateral Agent to take any action within its control, (iii) any Credit Party shall contest the validity or enforceability of any Credit Document in writing or deny in writing that it has any further liability, including with respect to future advances by the Lenders, under any Credit Document to which it is a party or shall contest the validity of or perfection of any Lien in any Collateral granted or purported to be granted pursuant to the Collateral Documents, or (iv) any Person (other than the Secured Parties) shall contest the validity or enforceability of the Intercreditor Agreement in writing or deny in writing that it has any further liability, including with respect to future advances by the Lenders, under the Intercreditor Agreement; or
(m)Subordinated Indebtedness. Any Subordinated Indebtedness permitted hereunder or the guarantees thereof shall cease for any reason to be validly subordinated to the Obligations as provided in the corresponding Subordination Agreement or the subordination terms of such Subordinated Indebtedness, as applicable, or any Person shall contest in any manner the validity or enforceability thereof or deny that it has further liability or obligation thereunder, or the Obligations for any reason, shall not have the priority contemplated with respect to any Subordinated Indebtedness, this Agreement or such subordination provisions; or
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(n)FDA Regulatory Actions. (i) FDA or any comparable Governmental Authority issues a warning letter to any Credit Party that could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect or (ii) Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries enters into a consent decree or other settlement agreement with the FDA or any comparable Governmental Authority that results in aggregate liability as to any single or related series of transactions, incidents or conditions, of $2,500,000 or more, or that would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; or
(o)Criminal Adverse Proceeding. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 5.8, the initiation of any criminal proceeding against any Credit Party, its Subsidiaries, or any of their current Directors or officers as evidenced by the filing of charges or presentation of allegations by a regulatory authority (but excluding any deferred prosecution proceedings so long as such Credit Party is in compliance with the terms of such deferred prosecution agreement) arising from or concerning the investigations disclosed in due diligence pursuant to Section 3.1(r) and Schedule 4.11; or
(p)Material Supply Agreement Default. A Material Supply Agreement Default shall occur;
THEN, (A) upon the occurrence of any Event of Default described in Section 8.1(f) or 8.1(g), automatically, and (B) upon the occurrence of any other Event of Default, at the request of (or with the consent of) the Requisite Lenders, upon notice to Credit Party Representative by Administrative Agent, (I) the Commitments, if any, of each Lender having such Commitments shall immediately terminate; (II) each of the following shall immediately become due and payable, in each case, without presentment, demand, protest or other requirements of any kind, all of which are hereby expressly waived by each Credit Party: (x) the unpaid principal amount of and accrued interest and premium on the Loans, and (y) all other Obligations; (III) Administrative Agent may cause Collateral Agent to enforce any and all Liens created pursuant to the Collateral Documents; and (IV) Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent may enforce any other rights and remedies available to them under any Credit Document or under applicable law.
8.2.Consent to Receiver. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing or limiting in any way the rights of the Agents and the Lenders under the Credit Documents or otherwise under applicable law, at any time after the occurrence and during the continuance of an Event of Default, the Agents, at the direction of the Requisite Lenders, shall be entitled to apply for and have a receiver, an interim receiver or a receiver-manager appointed under state, provincial, federal or foreign law by a court of competent jurisdiction or other proper Governmental Authority in any action taken by the Agents or the Lenders to enforce their rights and remedies hereunder and under the other Credit Documents in order to manage, protect, preserve, sell and otherwise dispose of all or any portion of the Collateral and continue the operation of the business of the Credit Parties, or any of them, and their respective Subsidiaries, and to collect all revenues and profits thereof and apply the same to the payment of all expenses and other charges of such receivership, including the compensation of such receiver, interim receiver or receiver-manager, and the payment of the other Obligations until a sale or other disposition of such Collateral shall be finally made and consummated. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, EACH CREDIT PARTY HEREBY IRREVOCABLY CONSENTS TO AND WAIVES ANY RIGHT TO OBJECT TO OR OTHERWISE CONTEST THE APPOINTMENT OF A RECEIVER, AN INTERIM RECEIVER OR A RECEIVER-MANAGER DURING THE CONTINUANCE OF AN EVENT OF DEFAULT AS PROVIDED ABOVE. EACH CREDIT PARTY GRANTS SUCH WAIVER AND CONSENT KNOWINGLY AFTER HAVING DISCUSSED THE IMPLICATIONS THEREOF WITH COUNSEL, ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE UNCONTESTED RIGHT TO HAVE A RECEIVER, AN INTERIM RECEIVER OR A RECEIVER-MANAGER APPOINTED FOR THE FOREGOING PURPOSES IS CONSIDERED
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ESSENTIAL BY THE LENDERS IN CONNECTION WITH THE ENFORCEMENT OF THEIR RIGHTS AND REMEDIES HEREUNDER AND UNDER THE OTHER CREDIT DOCUMENTS, AND THE AVAILABILITY OF SUCH APPOINTMENT AS A REMEDY UNDER THE FOREGOING CIRCUMSTANCES WAS A MATERIAL FACTOR IN INDUCING THE LENDERS TO MAKE (AND COMMIT TO MAKE) THE LOANS TO COMPANIES, AND AGREES TO ENTER INTO ANY AND ALL STIPULATIONS IN ANY LEGAL ACTIONS OR AGREEMENTS OR OTHER INSTRUMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE FOREGOING AND TO COOPERATE FULLY WITH THE AGENTS AND THE LENDERS IN CONNECTION WITH THE ASSUMPTION AND EXERCISE OF CONTROL BY SUCH RECEIVER, INTERIM RECEIVER OR RECEIVER-MANAGER OVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE COLLATERAL AND PROPERTY OF THE CREDIT PARTIES AND THEIR SUBSIDIARIES. NO RIGHT CONFERRED UPON THE LENDERS OR THE AGENTS HEREBY OR BY ANY OTHER CREDIT DOCUMENT SHALL BE EXCLUSIVE OF ANY OTHER RIGHT REFERRED TO HEREIN OR THEREIN OR NOW OR HEREAFTER AVAILABLE AT LAW, IN EQUITY, BY STATUTE OR OTHERWISE.
8.3.Cooperation of Credit Parties. If an Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing, each Credit Party shall, and, if applicable, shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, take any action which any Agent may reasonably request in the exercise of its rights and remedies under any Credit Document in order to transfer or assign any Collateral to Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, or to such one or more third parties as Collateral Agent may designate, or to a combination of the foregoing. To enforce the provisions of this Section 8.3, the Agents are empowered to seek from any Governmental Authority, to the extent required, consent to or approval of any involuntary transfer of control of any entity whose Collateral is subject to any Credit Document for the purpose of seeking a bona fide purchaser to whom control ultimately will be transferred. Each Credit Party agrees to, and, if applicable, shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to agree to, cooperate with any such purchaser and with the Agents in the preparation, execution and filing of any forms and providing any information that may be necessary or helpful in obtaining the consent of any Governmental Authority to the assignment to such purchaser of the Collateral. Without limiting the obligations of any Credit Party hereunder in any respect, each Credit Party further agrees that if an Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing and it or any of its Subsidiaries should fail or refuse for any reason whatsoever including any refusal to execute and file any completed application necessary or appropriate to obtain any Governmental Authorization necessary or appropriate for the exercise of any right of any Agent hereunder, each Credit Party agrees that such application may be executed and filed on such Credit Party’s behalf by the clerk of any court of competent jurisdiction without notice to such Credit Party pursuant to court order.
Section 9.AGENTS
9.1.Appointment of Agents. (a) Alcon is hereby appointed Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent hereunder and under the other Credit Documents and each Lender hereby authorizes Alcon, in such capacity, to act as Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent in accordance with the terms hereof and of the other Credit Documents.
(a)Each Agent hereby agrees to act in its capacity as such upon the express conditions contained herein and in the other Credit Documents, as applicable. The provisions of this Section 9 are solely for the benefit of the Agents and the Lenders and no Credit Party shall have any rights as a third party beneficiary of any of the provisions hereof. In performing its functions and duties hereunder and under the other Credit Documents, each Agent shall act solely as an agent or joint agent, as the case may be, of the Lenders and does not assume and shall not be deemed to have assumed any obligation towards or relationship of agency or trust with or for Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries. It is understood and agreed that the use of the
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term “agent” herein or in any other Credit Documents (including the Intercreditor Agreement) (or any other similar term) with reference to Administrative Agent or Collateral Agent is not intended to connote any fiduciary or other implied (or express) obligations arising under agency doctrine of any applicable law. Instead such term is used as a matter of market custom, and is intended to create or reflect only an administrative relationship between contracting parties.
(b)If at any time or times it shall be necessary or prudent in order to conform to any law of any jurisdiction in which any of the Collateral shall be located, or the applicable Collateral Agent shall be advised by counsel, satisfactory to it, that it is reasonably necessary in the interest of the Secured Parties, or the Administrative Agent shall in writing so request the applicable Collateral Agent, or the applicable Collateral Agent shall deem it desirable for its own protection in the performance of its duties hereunder, the applicable Collateral Agent and the Credit Parties shall, at the reasonable request of the applicable Collateral Agent, execute and deliver all instruments and agreements necessary or proper to constitute one or more persons approved by the applicable Collateral Agent, the Administrative Agent and the Credit Party Representative, either to act as co-Collateral Agent or co-Collateral Agents of all or any of the Collateral, jointly with the applicable Collateral Agent originally named herein or any successor or successors, or to act as separate collateral agent or collateral agents for any such property. In case an Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing, the applicable Agent may act under the foregoing provisions of this Section 9.1(c) without the concurrent consent of the Lenders, and the Lenders hereby appoint such Agent as its trustee and attorney to act under the foregoing provisions of this Section 9.1(c) in such case.
9.2.Powers and Duties. (a) Each Lender irrevocably authorizes each Agent to take such action on such Lender’s behalf and to exercise such powers, rights and remedies hereunder and under the other Credit Documents (including the Intercreditor Agreement) as are specifically delegated or granted to such Agent by the terms hereof and thereof, together with such powers, rights and remedies as are reasonably incidental thereto. In the event that any obligations are permitted to be incurred and subordinated in right of payment to the Obligations or are permitted to be secured by Liens on all or a portion of the Collateral, each Lender authorizes Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent, as applicable, to enter into the Intercreditor Agreement and any other intercreditor agreement, subordination agreements and amendments to the Collateral Documents to reflect such arrangements on terms that are acceptable to Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent, in their respective sole discretion, as applicable. Each Agent shall have only those duties and responsibilities that are expressly specified herein and in the other Credit Documents (including the Intercreditor Agreement). Each Agent may exercise such powers, rights and remedies and perform such duties by or through its agents or employees. No Agent shall have, by reason hereof or of any of the other Credit Documents, a fiduciary relationship in respect of any Lender or any other Person, and nothing herein or in any of the other Credit Documents, expressed or implied, is intended to or shall be so construed as to impose upon any Agent any obligations in respect hereof or of any of the other Credit Documents except as expressly set forth herein or therein.
(c)For the avoidance of doubt and notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any Collateral Document with respect to the responsibilities of a Collateral Agent, in the event of inconsistency between the terms of this Agreement and any other Collateral Document, the terms of this Agreement shall prevail.
(d)At the express written direction of Administrative Agent, Company shall promptly prepare, file or record any instrument, document or financing statement which has been approved by the Administrative Agent for the perfection or maintenance of any security interest created hereunder and as per the other Credit Documents, including the Intercreditor Agreement.
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(a)No Responsibility for Certain Matters. No Agent shall be responsible to any Lender or any other Person for the execution, effectiveness, genuineness (including the Intercreditor Agreement), validity, enforceability, collectability or sufficiency hereof or of any other Credit Document or for any representations, warranties, recitals or statements made herein or therein or made in any written or oral statements or in any financial or other statements, instruments, reports or certificates or any other documents furnished or made by any Agent to any Lender or by or on behalf of any Credit Party to any Agent or any Lender in connection with the Credit Documents and the transactions contemplated thereby or for the financial condition or business affairs of any Credit Party or any other Person liable for the payment of any Obligations, nor shall any Agent be required to ascertain or inquire as to the performance or observance of any of the terms, conditions, provisions, covenants or agreements contained in any of the Credit Documents or as to the use of the proceeds of the Loans or as to the existence or possible existence of any Default or Event of Default or as to the value or sufficiency of any Collateral or as to the satisfaction of any condition set forth in Section 3 or elsewhere herein (other than to confirm receipt of items expressly required to be delivered to such Agent) or to inspect the properties, books or records of Holdings or any of its Subsidiaries or to make any disclosures with respect to the foregoing. Anything contained herein to the contrary notwithstanding, Administrative Agent shall not have any liability arising from confirmations of the amount of outstanding Loans or the component amounts thereof.
(b)Exculpatory Provisions. No Agent nor any of its officers, partners, Directors, employees or agents shall be liable to the Lenders or any other Person for any action taken or omitted by any Agent (i) under or in connection with any of the Credit Documents (including the Intercreditor Agreement), or (ii) with the consent or at the request of the Requisite Lenders (or, if so specified by this Agreement, all Lenders or any other instructing group of Lenders specified by this Agreement), in each case, except to the extent caused by such Agent’s gross negligence or willful misconduct, as determined by a final, non-appealable judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction. No Agent shall, except as expressly set forth herein and in the other Credit Documents, have any duty to disclose or be liable for the failure to disclose any information relating to any Credit Party or any of its Affiliates that is communicated to or obtained by such Agent or any of its Affiliates in any capacity. Each Agent shall be entitled to refrain from any act or the taking of any action (including the failure to take any action) in connection herewith or with any of the other Credit Documents or from the exercise of any power, discretion or authority vested in it hereunder or thereunder unless and until such Agent shall have received instructions in respect thereof from the Requisite Lenders (or such other Lenders as may be required to give such instructions under Section 10.5) and, upon receipt of such instructions from the Requisite Lenders (or such other Lenders, as the case may be), such Agent shall be entitled to act or (where so instructed) refrain from acting, or to exercise such power, discretion or authority, in accordance with such instructions, including for the avoidance of doubt refraining from any action that, in its opinion or the opinion of its counsel, may expose such Agent to liability, may be in violation of the automatic stay under any Debtor Relief Law, or may effect a forfeiture, modification or termination of property of a Defaulting Lender in violation of any Debtor Relief Law. Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, (i) each Agent shall be entitled to rely, and shall be fully protected in relying, upon any communication, instrument or document believed by it to be genuine and correct and to have been signed or sent by the proper Person or Persons, and shall be entitled to rely and shall be protected in relying on opinions and judgments of attorneys (who may be attorneys for Holdings and its Subsidiaries), accountants, experts and other professional advisors selected by it; and (ii) no Lender shall have any right of action whatsoever against any Agent as a result of such Agent acting or (where so instructed) refraining from acting hereunder or under any of the other Credit Documents in accordance with the instructions of the Requisite Lenders (or such other Lenders as may be required to give such instructions under Section 10.5).
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(c)Delegation of Duties. Each Agent may perform any and all of its duties and exercise its rights and powers under this Agreement or under any other Credit Document by or through any one or more sub-agents appointed by such Agent from time to time. Such appointing Agent and any such sub-agent may perform any and all of its duties and exercise its rights and powers by or through their respective Affiliates. The exculpatory, indemnification and other provisions of this Section 9.3 and of Section 9.6 shall apply to any Affiliates of any Agent and shall apply to their respective activities in connection with the syndication of the credit facilities provided for herein as well as activities as an Agent. All of the rights, benefits and privileges (including the exculpatory and indemnification provisions) of this Section 9.3 and of Section 9.6 shall apply to any such sub-agent and to the Affiliates of any such sub-agent, and shall apply to their respective activities as sub-agent as if such sub-agent and Affiliates were named herein. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, with respect to each sub-agent appointed by an Agent, (i) such sub-agent shall be a third party beneficiary under this Agreement with respect to all such rights, benefits and privileges (including exculpatory rights and rights to indemnification) and shall have all of the rights and benefits of a third party beneficiary, including an independent right of action to enforce such rights, benefits and privileges (including exculpatory rights and rights to indemnification) directly, without the consent or joinder of any other Person, against any or all of the Credit Parties and the Lenders, (ii) such rights, benefits and privileges (including exculpatory rights and rights to indemnification) shall not be modified or amended without the consent of such sub-agent, and (iii) such sub-agent shall only have obligations to the applicable Agent and not to any Credit Party, any Lender or any other Person and no Credit Party, Lender or other Person shall have any rights, directly or indirectly, as a third party beneficiary or otherwise, against such sub-agent. No Agent shall be responsible for the negligence or misconduct of any sub-agents except to the extent that a court of competent jurisdiction determines in a final, non-appealable judgment that such Agent acted with gross negligence or willful misconduct in the selection of such sub-agents.
(d)Notice of Default or Event of Default. No Agent shall be deemed to have knowledge of any Default or Event of Default unless and until written notice describing such Default or Event of Default is given to such Agent by a Credit Party or a Lender. In the event that Administrative Agent shall receive such a notice, Administrative Agent will endeavor to give notice thereof to the Lenders; provided, failure to give such notice shall not result in any liability on the part of Administrative Agent.
9.4.Agents Entitled to Act as Lender. The agency hereby created shall in no way impair or affect any of the rights and powers of, or impose any duties or obligations upon, any Agent in its individual capacity as a Lender hereunder. With respect to its participation in the Loans, each Agent shall have the same rights and powers hereunder as any other Lender and may exercise the same as if it were not performing the duties and functions delegated to it hereunder, and the term “Lender” shall, unless the context clearly otherwise indicates, include each Agent in its individual capacity. Any Agent and its Affiliates may accept deposits from, lend money to, own securities of, and generally engage in any kind of banking, trust, financial advisory or other business with any Credit Party or any Affiliate of any Credit Party as if it were not performing the duties specified herein, and may accept fees and other consideration from the Credit Parties for services in connection herewith and otherwise without having to account for the same to the Lenders. The Lenders acknowledge that pursuant to such activities, the Agents or their Affiliates may receive information regarding any Credit Party or any Affiliate of any Credit Party (including information that may be subject to confidentiality obligations in favor of such Credit Party or such Affiliate) and acknowledge that the Agents and their Affiliates shall be under no obligation to provide such information to them.
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(a)Each Lender represents and warrants that it has made its own independent investigation of the financial condition and affairs of Holdings and its Subsidiaries in connection with Credit Extensions hereunder and that it has made and shall continue to make its own appraisal of the creditworthiness of Holdings and its Subsidiaries. No Agent shall have any duty or responsibility, either initially or on a continuing basis, to make any such investigation or any such appraisal on behalf of the Lenders or to provide any Lender with any credit or other information with respect thereto, whether coming into its possession before the making of the Loans or at any time or times thereafter, and no Agent shall have any responsibility with respect to the accuracy of or the completeness of any information provided to the Lenders.
(b)Each Lender, by delivering its signature page to this Agreement or an Assignment Agreement and funding its Term Loans on the Closing Date or other applicable Credit Date, as the case may be, shall be deemed to have acknowledged receipt of, and consented to and approved, each Credit Document and each other document required to be approved by any Agent, the Requisite Lenders or the Lenders, as applicable, on the Closing Date or as of such other applicable Credit Date.
(c)Each Lender (i) represents and warrants that as of the Closing Date neither such Lender nor its Affiliates or Related Funds owns or controls (A) any trade obligations or Indebtedness of any Credit Party or any of their respective Subsidiaries or Affiliates (other than the Obligations) or (B) any Capital Stock of any Credit Party or any of their respective Subsidiaries or Affiliates and (ii) covenants and agrees that from and after the Closing Date neither such Lender nor its Affiliates and Related Funds shall purchase (A) any trade obligations or Indebtedness of any Credit Party described in clause (c)(i)(A) above, (B) Capital Stock described in clause (c)(i)(B) above or (C) ABL Loans, in each case, without the prior written consent of Administrative Agent.
(d)Each Lender represents and warrants, as of the date such Person became a Lender party hereto, to, and covenants, from the date such Person became a Lender party hereto to the date such Person ceases being a Lender party hereto, for the benefit of the Agents and their respective Affiliates that at least one of the following is and will be true:
(i)such Lender is not using “plan assets” (within the meaning of Section 3(42) of ERISA or otherwise) of one or more Benefit Plans in connection with the Loans or the Commitments;
(ii)the transaction exemption set forth in one or more PTEs, such as PTE 84-14 (a class exemption for certain transactions determined by independent qualified professional asset managers), PTE 95-60 (a class exemption for certain transactions involving insurance company general accounts), PTE 90-1 (a class exemption for certain transactions involving insurance company pooled separate accounts), PTE 91-38 (a class exemption for certain transactions involving bank collective investment funds) or PTE 96-23 (a class exemption for certain transactions determined by in-house asset managers), is applicable with respect to such Lender’s entrance into, participation in, administration of and performance of the Loans, the Commitments and this Agreement, and the conditions for exemptive relief thereunder have been satisfied in connection therewith;
(iii)(A) such Lender is an investment fund managed by a “Qualified Professional Asset Manager” (within the meaning of Part VI of PTE 84-14), (B) such Qualified Professional Asset Manager made the investment decision on behalf of such Lender to enter into, participate in, administer and perform the Loans, the Commitments and this Agreement, (C) the entrance into, participation in, administration of and performance of the Loans, the Commitments and this Agreement satisfies the
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requirements of subsections (b) through (g) of Part I of PTE 84-14 and (D) to the best knowledge of such Lender, the requirements of subsection (a) of Part I of PTE 84-14 are satisfied with respect to such Lender’s entrance into, participation in, administration of and performance of the Loans, the Commitments and this Agreement; or
(iv)such other representation, warranty and covenant as may be agreed in writing between Administrative Agent, in its sole discretion, and such Lender.
(e)In addition, unless either (i) Section 9.5(d)(i) is true with respect to such Lender or (ii) such Lender has provided another representation, warranty and covenant as provided in Section 9.5(d)(iv), each Lender further represents and warrants, as of the date such Person became a Lender party hereto, to, and covenants, from the date such Person became a Lender party hereto to the date such Person ceases being a Lender party hereto, for the benefit of, the Agents and their respective Affiliates that:
(f)none of the Agents or any of their respective Affiliates is a fiduciary with respect to the assets of such Lender (including in connection with the reservation or exercise of any rights by any Agent under this Agreement, any other Credit Document or any documents related hereto or thereto);
(g)Administrative Agent hereby informs the Lenders that such Person is not undertaking to provide impartial investment advice, or to give advice in a fiduciary capacity, in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby, and that such Person has a financial interest in the transactions contemplated hereby in that such Person or an Affiliate thereof (i) may receive interest or other payments with respect to the Loans, the Commitments and this Agreement, (ii) may recognize a gain if it extended the Loans or the Commitments for an amount less than the amount being paid for an interest in the Loans or the Commitments by such Lender or (iii) may receive fees or other payments in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby, the Credit Documents or otherwise, including structuring fees, commitment fees, arrangement fees, facility fees, upfront fees, underwriting fees, ticking fees, agency fees, administrative agent or collateral agent fees, utilization fees, minimum usage fees, deal-away or alternate transaction fees, amendment fees, processing fees, term out premiums, banker’s acceptance fees, breakage or other early termination fees or fees similar to the foregoing.
9.6.Right to Indemnity. Each Lender, in proportion to its Pro Rata Share, severally agrees to indemnify each Agent, their Affiliates and their respective officers, partners, Directors, trustees, employees and agents (each, an “Indemnitee Agent Party”), to the extent that such Indemnitee Agent Party shall not have been reimbursed by any Credit Party, for and against any and all liabilities, obligations, losses, damages, penalties, actions, judgments, suits, costs, expenses (including counsel fees and disbursements) and disbursements of any kind or nature whatsoever which may be imposed on, incurred by or asserted against such Indemnitee Agent Party in exercising its powers, rights and remedies or performing its duties hereunder or under the other Credit Documents or otherwise in its capacity as such Indemnitee Agent Party in any way relating to or arising out of this Agreement or the other Credit Documents, IN ALL CASES, WHETHER OR NOT CAUSED BY OR ARISING, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, OUT OF THE COMPARATIVE, CONTRIBUTORY OR SOLE NEGLIGENCE OF SUCH INDEMNITEE AGENT PARTY; provided, no Lender shall be liable for any portion of such liabilities, obligations, losses, damages, penalties, actions, judgments, suits, costs, expenses or disbursements resulting from such Indemnitee Agent Party’s gross negligence or willful misconduct, as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction in a final, non-appealable order. If any indemnity furnished to any Indemnitee Agent Party for any purpose shall, in the opinion of such Indemnitee Agent Party, be insufficient or become impaired, such Indemnitee Agent Party may call for additional indemnity and cease, or not commence, to do the acts indemnified against until such additional indemnity is furnished; provided, in no event shall this sentence require any
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Lender to indemnify any Indemnitee Agent Party against any liability, obligation, loss, damage, penalty, action, judgment, suit, cost, expense or disbursement in excess of such Lender’s Pro Rata Share thereof; provided, further, this sentence shall not be deemed to require any Lender to indemnify any Indemnitee Agent Party against any liability, obligation, loss, damage, penalty, action, judgment, suit, cost, expense or disbursement described in the proviso in the immediately preceding sentence.
9.7.Successor Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent.
(a)Administrative Agent may resign at any time by giving 30 days’ prior written notice thereof to the Lenders and Credit Party Representative. Administrative Agent shall have the right to appoint a financial institution to act as successor Administrative Agent hereunder in such notice, subject to the reasonable satisfaction of Credit Party Representative and the Requisite Lenders, and Administrative Agent’s resignation shall become effective on the earliest of (i) 30 days after delivery of the notice of resignation (regardless of whether a successor has been appointed or not), (ii) the acceptance of such successor Administrative Agent by Credit Party Representative and the Requisite Lenders or (iii) such other date, if any, agreed to by the Requisite Lenders. Upon any such notice of resignation, if a successor Administrative Agent has not already been appointed by the resigning Administrative Agent, then the Requisite Lenders shall have the right, upon five Business Days’ notice to Credit Party Representative to appoint a successor Administrative Agent. If neither the Requisite Lenders nor Administrative Agent have appointed a successor Administrative Agent, then the Requisite Lenders shall be deemed to have succeeded to and become vested with all the rights, powers, privileges and duties of the resigning Administrative Agent automatically upon the effectiveness of such resignation; provided, until a successor Administrative Agent is so appointed by the Requisite Lenders or Administrative Agent, any collateral security held by Administrative Agent in its role as Collateral Agent on behalf of the Lenders under any of the Credit Documents shall continue to be held by the resigning Collateral Agent as nominee until such time as a successor Collateral Agent is appointed. Upon the acceptance of any appointment as Administrative Agent hereunder by a successor Administrative Agent, that successor Administrative Agent shall thereupon succeed to and become vested with all the rights, powers, privileges and duties of the resigning Administrative Agent and the resigning Administrative Agent shall promptly (i) transfer to such successor Administrative Agent all sums, Securities and other items of Collateral held under the Collateral Documents, together with all records and other documents necessary or appropriate in connection with the performance of the duties of the successor Administrative Agent under the Credit Documents, and (ii) execute and deliver to such successor Administrative Agent such amendments to financing statements, and take such other actions, as may be necessary or appropriate in connection with the assignment to such successor Administrative Agent of the Liens created under the Collateral Documents, whereupon such resigning Administrative Agent shall be discharged from its duties and obligations hereunder. Except as provided above, any resignation of Alcon or its successor as Administrative Agent pursuant to this Section 9.7 shall also constitute the resignation of Alcon or its successor as Collateral Agent. After any resigning Administrative Agent’s resignation hereunder as Administrative Agent, the provisions of this Section 9 shall inure to its benefit as to any actions taken or omitted to be taken by it while it was Administrative Agent hereunder. Any successor Administrative Agent appointed pursuant to this Section 9.7 shall, automatically upon its acceptance of such appointment, become the successor Collateral Agent for all purposes hereunder.
(b)In addition to the foregoing, Collateral Agent may resign at any time by giving prior written notice thereof to the Lenders and Credit Party Representative. Administrative Agent shall have the right to appoint a financial institution as Collateral Agent hereunder, subject to the reasonable satisfaction of Credit Party Representative and the Requisite Lenders, and Collateral Agent’s resignation shall become effective on the earliest of (i) 30 days after delivery of the notice of resignation, (ii) the acceptance of such successor Collateral Agent
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by Credit Party Representative and the Requisite Lenders or (iii) such other date, if any, agreed to by the Requisite Lenders. Upon any such notice of resignation or any such removal, if a successor Collateral Agent has not already been appointed by Administrative Agent, then the Requisite Lenders shall have the right, upon five Business Days’ notice to Administrative Agent, to appoint a successor Collateral Agent. Until a successor Collateral Agent is so appointed by the Requisite Lenders or Administrative Agent, any collateral security held by Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Lenders under any of the Credit Documents, shall continue to be held by the resigning Collateral Agent as nominee until such time as a successor Collateral Agent is appointed. Upon the acceptance of any appointment as Collateral Agent hereunder by a successor Collateral Agent, that successor Collateral Agent shall thereupon succeed to and become vested with all the rights, powers, privileges and duties of the resigning Collateral Agent under this Agreement and the Collateral Documents, and the resigning Collateral Agent under this Agreement shall promptly (i) transfer to such successor Collateral Agent all sums, Securities and other items of Collateral held hereunder or under the Collateral Documents, together with all records and other documents necessary or appropriate in connection with the performance of the duties of the successor Collateral Agent under this Agreement and the Collateral Documents, and (ii) execute and deliver to such successor Collateral Agent or otherwise authorize the filing of such amendments to financing statements, and take such other actions, as may be necessary or appropriate in connection with the assignment to such successor Collateral Agent of the Liens created under the Collateral Documents, whereupon such resigning Collateral Agent shall be discharged from its duties and obligations under this Agreement and the Collateral Documents. After any resigning Collateral Agent’s resignation hereunder as Collateral Agent, the provisions of this Agreement and the Collateral Documents shall inure to its benefit as to any actions taken or omitted to be taken by it under this Agreement or the Collateral Documents while it was Collateral Agent hereunder.
(c)Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent may assign their rights and duties as Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent hereunder to an Affiliate of Alcon without the prior written consent of, or prior written notice to, Credit Party Representative or any Lender; provided, the Credit Parties and the Lenders may deem and treat such assigning Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent as Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent for all purposes hereof, unless and until such assigning Administrative Agent or Collateral Agent, as the case may be, provides written notice to Credit Party Representative and the Lenders of such assignment. Upon such assignment such Affiliate shall succeed to and become vested with all rights, powers, privileges and duties as Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent hereunder and under the other Credit Documents.
9.8.Collateral Documents and Guaranty.
(a)Agents under Collateral Documents and Guaranty. Each Lender hereby further authorizes Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent, as applicable, on behalf of and for the benefit of the Secured Parties, to be the agent for and representative of the Secured Parties with respect to the Guaranty, the Collateral and the Collateral Documents. Subject to Section 10.5, without further written consent or authorization from any Secured Party, Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent, as applicable, may execute any documents or instruments necessary to (i) in connection with a sale or disposition of assets permitted by this Agreement, release any Lien encumbering any item of Collateral that is the subject of such sale or other disposition of assets or to which the Requisite Lenders (or such other Lenders as may be required to give such consent under Section 10.5) have otherwise consented, or (ii) release any Guarantor from the Guaranty pursuant to Section 7.12 or with respect to which the Requisite Lenders (or such other Lenders as may be required to give such consent under Section 10.5) have otherwise consented. Upon request by any Agent at any time, the Lenders will confirm in writing such Agent’s authority to release its interest in particular types or items of property, or to release any Guarantor from its obligations under the Guaranty pursuant to this Section 9.8. Upon
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the reasonable request of Credit Party Representative, Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent may, after receipt of a written certificate of the Chief Financial Officer of Credit Party Representative certifying that such transaction is permitted pursuant to the Credit Documents (and Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent may rely conclusively on any such certificate without further inquiry and shall have no liability to any Secured Party for any inaccuracy or misrepresentation contained therein), execute and deliver any such release documentation reasonably requested by Credit Party Representative in connection with such permitted releases as described above, all at the expense of the Credit Parties.
(b)Right to Realize on Collateral and Enforce Guaranty. Anything contained in any of the Credit Documents to the contrary notwithstanding, the Credit Parties, Administrative Agent, Collateral Agent and each Secured Party hereby agree that (i) no Secured Party shall have any right individually to realize upon any of the Collateral or to enforce the Guaranty, it being understood and agreed that all powers, rights and remedies hereunder and under any of the other Credit Documents may be exercised solely by Administrative Agent or Collateral Agent, as applicable, for the benefit of the Secured Parties in accordance with the terms hereof and thereof, and all powers, rights and remedies under the Collateral Documents may be exercised solely by Collateral Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, in accordance with the terms thereof, and (ii) in the event of a foreclosure or similar enforcement action by Collateral Agent on any of the Collateral pursuant to a public or private sale or other disposition (including pursuant to Section 363(k), Section 1129(b)(2)(a)(ii) or otherwise of the Bankruptcy Code), Collateral Agent or any Lender may be the purchaser of any or all of such Collateral at any such sale or disposition and Collateral Agent, as agent for and representative of the Secured Parties (but not any Lender or Lenders in its or their respective individual capacities unless the Requisite Lenders shall otherwise agree in writing) shall be entitled, for the purpose of bidding and making settlement or payment of the purchase price for all or any portion of the Collateral sold at any such public sale, to use and apply any of the Obligations as a credit on account of the purchase price for any collateral payable by Collateral Agent at such sale or other disposition.
(c)Release of Collateral and Guarantees, Termination of Credit Documents. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein or in any other Credit Document, when all Obligations have been Paid in Full, upon request of Credit Party Representative, each Agent shall (without notice to, or vote or consent of, any Lender) take such actions as shall be required to release its Lien in all Collateral, and to release all guarantee obligations provided for in any Credit Document. Any such release of guarantee obligations shall be deemed subject to the provision that such guarantee obligations shall be reinstated if after such release any portion of any payment in respect of the Obligations guaranteed thereby shall be rescinded or must otherwise be restored or returned upon the insolvency, bankruptcy, dissolution, liquidation or reorganization of any Company or any Guarantor, or upon or as a result of the appointment of a receiver, intervenor or conservator of, or trustee or similar officer for, any Company or any Guarantor or any substantial part of its property, or otherwise, all as though such payment had not been made.
(d)No Duty. Collateral Agent shall not be responsible for or have a duty to ascertain or inquire into any representation or warranty regarding the existence, value or collectability of the Collateral, the existence, priority or perfection of Collateral Agent’s Lien thereon, or any certificate prepared by any Credit Party in connection therewith, nor shall Collateral Agent be responsible or liable to the Lenders for any failure to monitor or maintain any portion of the Collateral.
(e)Agency for Perfection. Each Agent and each Lender hereby appoints each other Agent and each other Lender as agent and bailee for the purpose of perfecting the Liens upon the Collateral in assets that, in accordance with Article 9 of the UCC, can be perfected only by possession or control (or where the Lien of a secured party with possession or control has
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priority over the Lien of another secured party), and each Agent and each Lender hereby acknowledges that it holds possession of or otherwise controls any such Collateral for the benefit of the other Secured Parties, except as otherwise expressly provided in this Agreement. Should Administrative Agent or any Lender obtain possession or control of any such Collateral, Administrative Agent or such Lender shall notify Collateral Agent thereof, and, promptly upon Collateral Agent’s request therefor, shall deliver such Collateral to Collateral Agent or in accordance with Collateral Agent’s instructions. Each Credit Party by its execution and delivery of this Agreement hereby consents to the foregoing.
9.9.Withholding Taxes. To the extent required by any applicable law, Administrative Agent may withhold from any payment to any Lender an amount equivalent to any applicable withholding Tax. Without duplication of the provisions of Section 2.16(g), if the Internal Revenue Service or any other Governmental Authority asserts a claim that Administrative Agent did not properly withhold Tax from amounts paid to or for the account of any Lender because the appropriate form was not delivered or was not properly executed or because such Lender failed to notify Administrative Agent of a change in circumstance that rendered the exemption from, or reduction of, withholding Tax ineffective or for any other reason, or if Administrative Agent reasonably determines that a payment was made to a Lender pursuant to this Agreement without deduction of applicable withholding Tax from such payment, such Lender shall indemnify Administrative Agent fully for all amounts paid, directly or indirectly, by Administrative Agent as Tax or otherwise, including any penalties or interest and together with all expenses (including legal expenses, allocated internal costs and out-of-pocket expenses) incurred.
9.10.Administrative Agent May File Bankruptcy Disclosure and Proofs of Claim. In case of the pendency of any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Laws relative to any Credit Party, Administrative Agent shall be entitled and empowered (but not obligated) by intervention in such proceeding or otherwise:
(a)to file a verified statement pursuant to rule 2019 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure that, in its sole opinion, complies with such rule’s disclosure requirements for entities representing more than one creditor;
(b)to file and prove a claim for the whole amount of the principal and interest owing and unpaid in respect of the Loans and all other Obligations that are owing and unpaid and to file such other documents as may be necessary or advisable in order to have the claims of the Lenders and Administrative Agent (including any claim for the reasonable compensation, expenses, disbursements and advances of Administrative Agent and its respective agents and counsel and all other amounts due to the Lenders and Administrative Agent under Sections 2.7, 10.2 and 10.3 allowed in such judicial proceeding); and
(c)to collect and receive any monies or other property payable or deliverable on any such claims and to distribute the same;
and any custodian, receiver, assignee, trustee, liquidator, sequestrator or other similar official in any such judicial proceeding is hereby authorized by each Lender to make such payments to Administrative Agent and, in the event that Administrative Agent shall consent to the making of such payments directly to the Lenders to pay to Administrative Agent any amount due for the reasonable compensation, expenses, disbursements and advances of Administrative Agent and its agents and counsel, and any other amounts due Administrative Agent under Sections 2.7, 10.2 and 10.3. To the extent that the payment of any such compensation, expenses, disbursements and advances of Administrative Agent, its agents and counsel, and any other amounts due Administrative Agent under Sections 2.7, 10.2 and 10.3 out of the estate in any such proceeding, shall be denied for any reason, payment of the same shall be secured by a Lien on, and shall be paid out of, any and all distributions, dividends, money, securities and other properties that the
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Lenders may be entitled to receive in such proceeding whether in liquidation or under any plan of reorganization or arrangement or otherwise. Nothing contained in this Section 9.10 shall be deemed to authorize Administrative Agent to authorize or consent to or accept or adopt on behalf of any Lender any plan of reorganization, arrangement, adjustment or composition affecting the Obligations or the rights of any Lender or to authorize Administrative Agent to vote in respect of the claim of any Lender in any such proceeding.
9.11.Bankruptcy Plan Voting. In the case of the pendency of any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Laws relative to any Credit Party, each Lender shall submit any vote on a plan of reorganization or similar disposition plan of restructuring or liquidation (a "Reorganization Plan") to the Administrative Agent so that it is received by the Administrative Agent no later than three (3) Business Days prior to voting deadline established pursuant to the terms of such Reorganization Plan or any court order establishing voting procedures with respect to the Reorganization Plan (the "Voting Procedures Order"). If Lenders constituting more than half of the total number of Lenders and having or holding more than two-thirds of the aggregate Voting Power Determinants of all Lenders timely vote to accept the Reorganization Plan, the Administrative Agent shall submit a ballot on behalf of all Lenders voting to accept the Reorganization Plan in accordance with the terms of the Reorganization Plan or the Voting Procedures Order. If Lenders constituting more than half of the total number of Lenders and having or holding more than two-thirds of the aggregate Voting Power Determinants of all Lenders do not timely vote to accept the Reorganization Plan, the Administrative Agent shall submit a ballot on behalf of all Lenders voting to reject the Reorganization Plan in accordance with the terms of the Reorganization Plan or the Voting Procedures Order. For purposes of calculating the total number of Lenders and the number of Lenders voting to accept the Reorganization Plan, Lenders that are Affiliates shall be deemed to be a single Lender. No Lender may submit a ballot with respect to a Reorganization Plan in contravention of the procedures set forth in this Section 9.11, and the Administrative Agent is irrevocably authorized by each Lender to withdraw any vote submitted by such Lender in contravention of the procedures set forth in this Section 9.11.
9.12.Erroneous Payments.