Exhibit 10.9

CREDIT AGREEMENT

among

GREP HOLDCO II-B HOLDINGS, LLC,

as Borrower

THE LENDERS FROM TIME TO TIME PARTY HERETO

and

LEGACYTEXAS BANK,

as Administrative Agent and L/C Issuer

LEGACYTEXAS BANK,

as Sole Lead Arranger and Sole Book Runner

DATED AS OF NOVEMBER 17, 2016

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

              Page  
ARTICLE 1 DEFINITIONS      1  
 

Section 1.1

   Definitions      1  
 

Section 1.2

   Accounting Matters      31  
 

Section 1.3

   ERISA Matters      31  
          

Section 1.4

   Letter of Credit Amounts      31  
 

Section 1.5

   Other Definitional Provisions      32  
 

Section 1.6

   Interpretative Provision      32  
 

Section 1.7

   Times of Day      32  
 

Section 1.8

   Other Loan Documents      32  
 

Section 1.9

   Divisions      32  
ARTICLE 2 THE COMMITMENTS AND CREDIT EXTENSIONS      33  
 

Section 2.1

   The Loans      33  
 

Section 2.2

   Letters of Credit      34  
 

Section 2.3

   Fees      41  
 

Section 2.4

   Payments Generally; Administrative Agent’s Clawback      41  
 

Section 2.5

   Evidence of Debt      42  
 

Section 2.6

   Cash Collateral      43  
 

Section 2.7

   Interest; Payment Terms      44  
 

Section 2.8

   Voluntary Termination or Reduction of Commitments; Prepayments      45  
 

Section 2.9

   Borrowing Base      46  
 

Section 2.10

   Commitments and Credit Exposures under the GREP Facilities      50  
ARTICLE 3 TAXES, YIELD PROTECTION AND INDEMNITY      50  
 

Section 3.1

   Increased Costs      50  
 

Section 3.2

   Illegality      51  
 

Section 3.3

   Inability to Determine Rates; Effect of Benchmark Transition Event      52  
 

Section 3.4

   Taxes      53  
 

Section 3.5

   Compensation for Losses      57  
 

Section 3.6

   Mitigation of Obligations; Replacement of Lenders      57  
 

Section 3.7

   Survival      58  
ARTICLE 4 SECURITY      58  
 

Section 4.1

   Mortgaged Properties      58  
 

Section 4.2

   Collateral      59  
 

Section 4.3

   Setoff      59  
 

Section 4.4

   Authorization to File Financing Statements      59  
ARTICLE 5 CONDITIONS PRECEDENT      60  
 

Section 5.1

   Initial Extension of Credit      60  
 

Section 5.2

   All Extensions of Credit      62  

 

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ARTICLE 6 REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES      63  
 

Section 6.1

   Entity Existence      63  
 

Section 6.2

  

Financial Statements; Etc.

     63  
 

Section 6.3

  

Action; No Breach

     63  
 

Section 6.4

  

Operation of Business

     64  

        

 

Section 6.5

  

Litigation and Judgments

     64  
 

Section 6.6

  

Rights in Properties; Liens

     64  
 

Section 6.7

  

Enforceability

     65  
 

Section 6.8

  

Approvals

     65  
 

Section 6.9

  

Taxes

     65  
 

Section 6.10

  

Use of Proceeds; Margin Securities

     65  
 

Section 6.11

  

ERISA

     65  
 

Section 6.12

  

Disclosure

     66  
 

Section 6.13

  

Subsidiaries

     66  
 

Section 6.14

  

Agreements

     66  
 

Section 6.15

  

Compliance with Laws

     66  
 

Section 6.16

  

[Reserved]

     66  
 

Section 6.17

  

Regulated Entities

     66  
 

Section 6.18

  

Environmental Matters

     66  
 

Section 6.19

  

Intellectual Property

     67  
 

Section 6.20

  

Anti-Corruption Laws and Sanctions

     67  
 

Section 6.21

  

Patriot Act

     68  
 

Section 6.22

  

Insurance

     68  
 

Section 6.23

  

Solvency

     68  
 

Section 6.24

  

Security Documents

     68  
 

Section 6.25

  

Businesses

     68  
 

Section 6.26

  

Labor Matters

     68  
 

Section 6.27

  

Gas Balancing Agreements and Advance Payment Contracts

     68  
 

Section 6.28

  

Material Agreements

     68  
 

Section 6.29

  

Hedging Agreements and Transactions

     68  
 

Section 6.30

  

Flood Matters

     68  

ARTICLE 7 AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS

     69  
 

Section 7.1

  

Reporting Requirements

     69  
 

Section 7.2

  

Maintenance of Existence; Conduct of Business

     72  
 

Section 7.3

  

Maintenance and Operation of Properties

     72  
 

Section 7.4

  

Taxes and Claims and Payment of Other Obligations

     72  
 

Section 7.5

  

Insurance

     73  
 

Section 7.6

  

Inspection Rights

     73  
 

Section 7.7

  

Keeping Books and Records

     74  
 

Section 7.8

  

Compliance with Laws

     74  
 

Section 7.9

  

Compliance with Agreements

     74  
 

Section 7.10

  

Further Assurances

     74  
 

Section 7.11

  

ERISA

     74  
 

Section 7.12

  

Depository Relationship

     74  
 

Section 7.13

  

Additional Guarantors

     74  
 

Section 7.14

  

Title Assurances

     75  
 

Section 7.15

  

Commodity Hedging Transactions

     75  
 

Section 7.16

  

Concerning Operator’s Liens

     76  
 

Section 7.17

  

Post-Closing Obligations

     76  

 

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ARTICLE 8 NEGATIVE COVENANTS

     76  
 

Section 8.1

  

Debt

     76  
 

Section 8.2

  

Limitation on Liens

     77  
 

Section 8.3

  

Mergers, Etc.

     79  
 

Section 8.4

  

Restricted Payments

     80  
 

Section 8.5

  

Loans and Investments

     80  
 

Section 8.6

  

Limitation on Issuance of Equity

     81  
 

Section 8.7

  

Transactions With Affiliates

     81  
 

Section 8.8

  

Disposition of Assets

     82  
 

Section 8.9

  

Sale and Leaseback

     82  
 

Section 8.10

  

Prepayment of Debt

     82  
 

Section 8.11

  

Nature of Business

     83  

        

 

Section 8.12

  

Environmental Protection

     83  
 

Section 8.13

  

Accounting

     83  
 

Section 8.14

  

Burdensome Agreements

     83  
 

Section 8.15

  

Subsidiaries

     83  
 

Section 8.16

  

Amendments of Constituent Documents and the ORRI Documents

     83  
 

Section 8.17

  

Hedging Agreements and Transactions

     83  
 

Section 8.18

  

Gas Balancing Agreements and Advance Payment Contracts

     84  
 

Section 8.19

  

[Reserved]

     84  
 

Section 8.20

  

Use of Proceeds

     84  
 

Section 8.21

  

Joint Operating Agreements

     84  

ARTICLE 9 FINANCIAL COVENANTS

     84  
 

Section 9.1

  

Leverage Ratio

     84  
 

Section 9.2

  

Current Ratio

     85  

ARTICLE 10 DEFAULT

     85  
 

Section 10.1

  

Events of Default

     85  
 

Section 10.2

  

Remedies Upon Default

     87  
 

Section 10.3

  

Application of Funds

     87  
 

Section 10.4

  

Performance by Administrative Agent

     88  

ARTICLE 11 AGENCY

     88  
 

Section 11.1

  

Appointment and Authority

     88  
 

Section 11.2

  

Rights as a Lender

     89  
 

Section 11.3

  

Exculpatory Provisions

     89  
 

Section 11.4

  

Reliance by Administrative Agent

     90  
 

Section 11.5

  

Delegation of Duties

     91  
 

Section 11.6

  

Resignation of Administrative Agent

     91  
 

Section 11.7

  

Non-Reliance on Administrative Agent and Other Lenders

     92  
 

Section 11.8

  

Administrative Agent May File Proofs of Claim

     93  
 

Section 11.9

  

Collateral and Guaranty Matters

     93  
 

Section 11.10

  

Bank Product Agreements

     94  
 

Section 11.11

  

Certain ERISA Matters

     94  
 

Section 11.12

  

Erroneous Payments

     95  

 

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ARTICLE 12 MISCELLANEOUS

     98  
 

Section 12.1

  

Expenses

     98  
 

Section 12.2

  

INDEMNIFICATION

     99  

        

 

Section 12.3

  

Limitation of Liability

     100  
 

Section 12.4

  

No Duty

     100  
 

Section 12.5

  

Lenders Not Fiduciary

     101  
 

Section 12.6

  

Equitable Relief

     101  
 

Section 12.7

  

No Waiver; Cumulative Remedies

     101  
 

Section 12.8

  

Successors and Assigns

     101  
 

Section 12.9

  

Survival

     105  
 

Section 12.10

  

Amendment

     105  
 

Section 12.11

  

Notices

     106  
 

Section 12.12

  

Governing Law; Venue; Service of Process

     107  
 

Section 12.13

  

Counterparts

     108  
 

Section 12.14

  

Severability

     108  
 

Section 12.15

  

Headings

     108  
 

Section 12.16

  

Construction

     108  
 

Section 12.17

  

Independence of Covenants

     109  
 

Section 12.18

  

WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL

     109  
 

Section 12.19

  

Additional Interest Provision

     109  
 

Section 12.20

  

Ceiling Election

     110  
 

Section 12.21

  

USA Patriot Act Notice

     110  
 

Section 12.22

  

Defaulting Lenders

     110  
 

Section 12.23

  

Sharing of Payments by Lenders

     112  
 

Section 12.24

  

Payments Set Aside

     113  
 

Section 12.25

  

Confidentiality

     113  
 

Section 12.26

  

Electronic Execution of Assignments and Certain Other Documents

     114  
 

Section 12.27

  

Intercreditor Agreement

     114  
 

Section 12.28

  

Flood Insurance

     114  
 

Section 12.29

  

NOTICE OF FINAL AGREEMENT

     114  
 

Section 12.30

  

Acknowledgement Regarding Any Supported QFCs

     114  

 

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INDEX TO SCHEDULES

 

Schedule

 

Description of Schedule

  

Section

 
  2.1  

Commitments and Applicable Percentages

     2.1  
  6.5  

Litigation and Judgments

     6.5  
  6.6(b)  

Oil and Gas Properties

     6.6 (b) 
  6.13  

Subsidiaries

     6.13  
  6.28  

Material Agreements

     6.28  
  6.29  

Hedging Agreements and Hedging
Transactions

     6.29  
  8.1  

Existing Debt

     8.1  
  8.2  

Existing Liens

     8.2  
  8.5  

Existing Investments

     8.5  
12.11  

Notices

     12.11  

 

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INDEX TO EXHIBITS

 

Exhibit

  

Description of Exhibit

  

Section

 
A    Assignment and Assumption      1.1  
B    Compliance Certificate      1.1  
C    Borrowing Request      1.1  
D    Note      1.1  
E    Tax forms      3.4 (g) 
F    Borrowing Base Adjustment Letter      2.9 (d) 

 

 

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CREDIT AGREEMENT

THIS CREDIT AGREEMENT (this “Agreement”), dated as of November 17, 2016, is among GREP HOLDCO II-B HOLDINGS, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“Borrower”), the lenders from time to time party hereto (collectively, “Lenders” and individually, a “Lender”), and LEGACYTEXAS BANK, a Texas state bank, as Administrative Agent and L/C Issuer.

RECITALS

Borrower has requested that Lenders extend credit to Borrower as described in this Agreement. Lenders are willing to make such credit available to Borrower upon and subject to the provisions, terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.

NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the mutual covenants herein contained, the parties hereto agree as follows:

ARTICLE 1

DEFINITIONS

Section 1.1 Definitions. As used in this Agreement, all exhibits, appendices and schedules hereto and in any note, certificate, report or other Loan Documents made or delivered pursuant to this Agreement, the following terms will have the meanings given such terms in this Section 1.1 or in the provision, section or recital referred to below:

Acceptable Commodity Hedging Transactions” means:

(a) Commodity Hedging Transactions meeting each of the following criteria unless a variation therefrom is consented to in writing by Administrative Agent:

(i) The quantity of gaseous and liquid hydrocarbons owned by Borrower and its Subsidiaries subject to Commodity Hedging Transactions (other than floors covered by clause (b) below) at the time of entering into such Commodity Hedging Transactions shall not, without the prior written approval of Administrative Agent, be greater than (A) for natural gas, 90% of the monthly Projected Production of natural gas from the Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries used in determining the Borrowing Base and not the subject of Commodity Hedging Transactions under clause (b) below, (B) for oil, 90% of the monthly Projected Production of oil from the Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries used in determining the Borrowing Base and not the subject of Commodity Hedging Transactions under clause (b) below and (C) for condensate and natural gas liquids, including gas processing plant products, 90% of the monthly Projected Production of such liquids from the Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries used in determining the Borrowing Base and not the subject of Commodity Hedging Transactions under clause (b) below.

(ii) The “strike prices” under any Commodity Hedging Transactions (and the “strike price ceiling” under any collar), at the time of entering into such Commodity Hedging Transactions, shall not be less than the lowest prices utilized in the most recent base case evaluation of the Oil and Gas Properties used by Administrative Agent in determining the Borrowing Base, except that under certain downside conditions such lower strike price as Administrative Agent may approve in writing following a written request by Borrower may be used.

 

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(iii) The counterparty or counterparties thereunder must be Approved Commodity Swap Counterparties.

(iv) The Commodity Hedging Transaction is a standard commodity hedging arrangement entered into in the ordinary course of business for the principal purpose of protecting against fluctuations in commodity prices or commodity basis risk and not for the purpose of speculation.

(v) The Commodity Hedging Transaction does not have a term longer than 4 years.

(vi) The Commodity Hedging Transaction is unsecured except as specifically permitted by the Loan Documents or the Intercreditor Agreement.

(vii) The Commodity Hedging Transaction is otherwise acceptable to Administrative Agent in its sole discretion.

(b) Commodity Hedging Transactions in the form of minimum price guarantees or “floors,” limited to 100% (or such greater percentage as Administrative Agent may approve in writing from time to time) of the monthly Projected Production from any commodity category of Borrower’s and its Subsidiaries’ Proved Oil and Gas Properties not subject to Commodity Hedging Transactions under clause (a) above and otherwise satisfying the requirements of subclauses (ii) through (vii) of clause (a) of this definition.

Account” means an account, as defined in the UCC.

Acquisition” means the acquisition by any Person of (a) a majority of the Equity Interests of another Person, (b) all or substantially all of the assets of another Person, or (c) all or substantially all of a business unit or line of business of another Person, in each case (i) whether or not involving a merger or consolidation with such other Person and (ii) whether in one transaction or a series of related transactions.

Acquisition Agreement” means that certain Purchase and Sale Agreement, dated as of the Closing Date, by and among the Seller, as seller, and Borrower, as buyer, and all modifications, supplements and amendments thereof.

Acquisition Consideration” means the consideration given by Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries for an Acquisition, including but not limited to the sum of (without duplication) (a) the fair market value of any cash, property (excluding equity interests) or services given, plus (b) the amount of any Debt assumed, incurred or guaranteed (to the extent not otherwise included) in connection with such Acquisition by Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries.

Acquisition Documents” means the Acquisition Agreement and all agreements, assignments, deeds, conveyances, certificates or other documents and instruments now or hereafter executed and delivered by any Seller and/or Borrower pursuant to the Acquisition Agreement or in connection with the transactions contemplated by the Acquisition Agreement.

Adjusted LIBOR” means, with respect to any Portion for any Interest Period or day, as applicable, an interest rate per annum equal to LIBOR for such Interest Period or day multiplied by the Statutory Reserve Rate.

 

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Administrative Agent” means LegacyTexas Bank, in its capacity as administrative agent under any of the Loan Documents, until the appointment of a successor administrative agent pursuant to the terms of this Agreement and, thereafter, shall mean such successor administrative agent.

Administrative Questionnaire” means an administrative questionnaire in a form supplied by Administrative Agent.

Advance Payment Contract” means any take-or-pay or similar contract whereby Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries agrees to accept a defined payment (whether at the time the contract is entered into or in the future) as payment-in-full for the purchase of present or future production of Hydrocarbons from its Oil and Gas Properties (each, an “Advance Payment”) and to deliver such Hydrocarbons at some future time without then or thereafter receiving full payment therefor at the prevailing market price for such Hydrocarbons as of the date of delivery thereof.

Affiliate” means, as to any Person, any other Person (a) that directly or indirectly, through one or more intermediaries, Controls or is Controlled by, or is under common Control with, such Person; (b) that directly or indirectly beneficially owns or holds 10% or more of any class of voting Equity Interests of such Person; or (c) 10% or more of the voting Equity Interests of which is directly or indirectly beneficially owned or held by such Person; provided, however, in no event shall any Lender be deemed an Affiliate of Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates.

Agent Parties” means, collectively, Administrative Agent or any of its Related Parties.

Aggregate Commitments” means, at any time, the aggregate amount of the Commitments of the Lenders at such time, which aggregate amount shall be the lesser of (a) the aggregate amount set forth on Schedule 2.1 and (b) the Borrowing Base in effect at such time.

Aggregate GREP Facility Commitments” means, at any time, the sum of the GREP Facility Commitments under the Preferred Credit Agreement, the GREP Holdco II Credit Agreement and this Agreement.

Aggregate GREP Facility Credit Exposure” means, at any time, the sum of the GREP Facility Credit Exposures under the Preferred Credit Agreement, the GREP Holdco II Credit Agreement and this Agreement.

Aggregate Revolving Credit Exposure” means, at any time, the aggregate Revolving Credit Exposures of all Lenders at such time.

Agreement” has the meaning set forth in the introductory paragraph hereto, and includes all schedules, exhibits and appendices attached or otherwise identified therewith.

Anti-Corruption Laws” means all Laws, rules, and regulations of any jurisdiction applicable to Borrower and its Affiliates from time to time concerning or relating to bribery or corruption.

Applicable Margin” means one-quarter percent (0.25%) per annum.

 

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Pricing
Level

  

Utilization

  

Base Rate Portion

  

LIBOR Portion
and Letter
of Credit Fee

  

Commitment Fee

1

   < 25%    0.00%    2.75%    0.50%

2

   ≥ 25% but < 50%    0.00%    3.00%    0.50%

3

   ≥ 50% but < 75%    0.25%    3.25%    0.50%

4

   ≥ 75% but < 90%    0.50%    3.50%    0.50%

5

   ≥ 90%    0.75%    3.75%    0.50%

Applicable Percentage” means, with respect to any Lender at any time, the percentage (carried out to the ninth decimal place) of the Aggregate Commitments represented by such Lender’s Commitment at such time; provided that if the Aggregate Commitments have been terminated pursuant to the terms hereof, then the Applicable Percentage of each Lender shall be determined based upon the Applicable Percentage of such Lender immediately prior to such termination and after giving effect to any subsequent assignments made pursuant to the terms hereof.

Applicable Rate” means the Base Rate plus the Applicable Margin.

Approved Commodity Swap Counterparty” means (a) each Bank Product Provider, (b) Cargill, Incorporated, and (c) each other swap counterparty approved in writing from time to time by Administrative Agent; provided, however, Administrative Agent may, by giving written notice to Borrower (with respect to clauses (b) and (c)), elect to revoke such swap counterparty’s status as an Approved Commodity Swap Counterparty for purposes of any Commodity Hedging Transactions entered into following such notice if the Administrative Agent has any concerns about the long or short term financial well-being or creditworthiness of such swap counterparty.

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

Arranger” means LegacyTexas Bank in its capacity as sole lead arranger and sole book runner.

ASC 410” means the Accounting Standards Codification No. 410 (Asset Retirement and Environmental Obligations), as issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, as amended.

ASC 815” means the Accounting Standards Codification No. 815 (Derivatives and Hedging), as issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, as amended.

ASC 825” means the Accounting Standards Codification No. 825 (Financial Instruments), as issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, as amended.

Assignment and Assumption” means an assignment and assumption entered into by a Lender and an Eligible Assignee (with the consent of any party whose consent is required by Section 12.8), and accepted by Administrative Agent, in substantially the form of Exhibit A or any other form approved by Administrative Agent.

Bank Product Agreements” means those certain agreements entered into from time to time between any Obligated Party and a Bank Product Provider in connection with any Bank Products, including without limitation, Hedging Agreements.

Bank Product Obligations” means all obligations, liabilities, contingent reimbursement obligations, fees, and expenses owing by any Obligated Party to any Bank Product Provider pursuant to or evidenced by the Bank Product Agreements and irrespective of whether for the payment of money, whether direct or indirect, absolute or contingent, due or to become due, now existing or hereafter arising, and including all such amounts that an Obligated Party is obligated to reimburse to any Bank Product Provider as a result of such Bank Product Provider purchasing participations or executing indemnities or reimbursement obligations with respect to the Bank Products provided to any Obligated Party pursuant to Bank Product Agreements. For the avoidance of doubt, the Bank Product Obligations arising under any Hedging Transaction shall be determined by the Hedge Termination Value thereof.

Bank Product Provider” means any Person that, at the time it enters into a Bank Product Agreement is a Lender or an Affiliate of a Lender, in its capacity as a party to such Bank Product Agreement.

 

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Bank Products” means any service provided to, facility extended to, or transaction entered into with, any Obligated Party by any Bank Product Provider consisting of (a) deposit accounts, (b) cash management services, including treasury, depository, return items, overdraft, controlled disbursement, merchant store value cards, e-payables services, electronic funds transfer, interstate depository network, automatic clearing house transfer (including the Automated Clearing House processing of electronic funds transfers through the direct Federal Reserve Fedline system) and other cash management arrangements maintained with any Bank Product Provider, (c) debit cards, stored value cards, and credit cards (including commercial credit cards (including so-called “procurement cards” or “P-cards”)) and debit card and credit card processing services or (d) Hedging Agreements.

Base Rate means, for any day, a per annum interest rate equal to the Prime Rate for such day.

Base Rate Portion” means each Portion bearing interest based on the Base Rate.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Benchmark Unavailability Period” means, if a Benchmark Transition Event and its related Benchmark Replacement Date have occurred with respect to LIBOR and solely to the extent that LIBOR has not been replaced with a Benchmark Replacement, the period (x) beginning at the time that such Benchmark Replacement Date has occurred if, at such time, no Benchmark Replacement has replaced LIBOR for all purposes hereunder in accordance with the Section titled “Effect of Benchmark Transition Event” and (y) ending at the time that a Benchmark Replacement has replaced LIBOR for all purposes hereunder pursuant to Section 3.3(b).

Benefit Plan” means any of (a) an “employee benefit plan” (as defined in ERISA) that is subject to Title I of ERISA, (b) a “plan” as defined in and subject to Section 4975 of the Code or (c) any Person whose assets include (for purposes of ERISA Section 3(42) or otherwise for purposes of Title I of ERISA or Section 4975 of the Code) the assets of any such “employee benefit plan” or “plan”.

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

 

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Board of Governors” means the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System of the United States.

Borrower” means the Person identified as such in the introductory paragraph hereto, and its successors and assigns to the extent permitted by Section 12.8.

Borrowing” means a borrowing consisting of simultaneous Loans made by each of the Lenders pursuant to Section 2.1.

Borrowing Base” means, as of any date, the loan amount that may be supported by the Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries, as determined by Administrative Agent and approved by the Required Lenders, or all of the Lenders, as applicable, as set forth in Section 2.9.

Borrowing Base Adjustment Letter” means a borrowing base adjustment letter substantially in the form of Exhibit F attached hereto.

Borrowing Base Deficiency” means the amount by which the Aggregate Revolving Credit Exposure exceeds the amount of the Borrowing Base.

Borrowing Base Deficiency Notice” means a notice from Administrative Agent to Borrower that a Borrowing Base Deficiency exists because of a periodic or special redetermination made pursuant to Section 2.9(b) or Section 2.9(c)(i).

Borrowing Request” means a writing, substantially in the form of Exhibit C, properly completed and signed by a Responsible Officer of Borrower, requesting a Borrowing.

BTU” means a British thermal unit.

Business Day” means (a) for all purposes, a weekday, Monday through Friday, except a legal holiday or a day on which banking institutions in Dallas, Texas are authorized or required by Law to be closed, and (b) for purposes of any LIBOR Portion, a day that satisfies the requirements of clause (a) and that is a day on which commercial banks in the City of London, England are open for business and dealing in offshore Dollars. Unless otherwise provided, the term “days” when used herein means calendar days.

Capitalized Lease Obligation” means, with respect to any Person, the amount of Debt under a lease of Property by such Person that would be shown as a liability on a balance sheet of such Person prepared for financial reporting purposes in accordance with GAAP.

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

Change in Law” means the occurrence, after the date of this Agreement, of any of the following: (a) the adoption or taking effect of any Law, rule, regulation or treaty, (b) any change in any Law, rule, regulation or treaty or in the administration, interpretation, implementation or application thereof by any Governmental Authority or (c) the making or issuance of any request, rule, guideline or directive (whether or not having the force of law) by any Governmental Authority; provided that notwithstanding anything

 

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herein to the contrary, (i) the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and all requests, rules, guidelines or directives thereunder or issued in connection therewith and (ii) all requests, rules, guidelines or directives promulgated by the Bank for International Settlements, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (or any successor or similar authority) or the United States or foreign regulatory authorities, in each case pursuant to Basel III, shall in each case be deemed to be a “Change in Law”, regardless of the date enacted, implemented, adopted or issued.

Change of Control” means (a) GREP Ultimate General Partner shall cease to be the sole general partner of GREP Partnership, with substantially the same powers to manage GREP Partnership as are presently granted to the GREP Ultimate General Partner under the partnership agreement of GREP Partnership; (b) GREP Partnership shall cease to be the sole member of GREP Holdings, with substantially the same powers to manage GREP Holdings as are presently granted to GREP Partnership under the limited liability company agreement of GREP Holdings; (c) GREP Holdings shall cease to be the sole general partner of GREP Fund-B General Partner, with substantially the same powers to manage GREP Fund- B General Partner as are presently granted to GREP Holdings under the partnership agreement of GREP Fund-B General Partner; (d) GREP Fund-B General Partner shall cease to be the sole general partner of GREP Fund-B, with substantially the same powers to manage GREP Fund-B as are presently granted to GREP Fund-B General Partner under the partnership agreement of GREP Fund-B; (e) GREP Fund-B shall cease to be the sole member of Borrower, with substantially the same powers to manage Borrower as are presently granted to GREP Fund-B under the limited liability company agreement of Borrower; or (f) Permitted Holders shall fail to directly own beneficially and of record, or to have the power to vote or direct the voting of, Equity Interests representing more than 51% of the aggregate ordinary voting power represented by the issued and outstanding Equity Interests of the GREP Ultimate General Partner.

Closing Date” means the first date all the conditions precedent in Section 5.1 are satisfied or waived in accordance with Section 12.10.

Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time, and the regulations promulgated and rulings issued thereunder.

Collateral” means substantially all of the Property of Borrower and its Subsidiaries as described in the Security Documents, together with any other Property and collateral described in the Security Documents, including, among other things, the Mortgaged Properties and any other Property which may now or hereafter secure the Obligations or any part thereof.

Commitment” means, as to each Lender, its obligation to (a) make Loans to Borrower pursuant to Section 2.1(a), and (b) purchase participations in L/C Obligations, pursuant to Section 2.2, in an aggregate principal amount at any one time outstanding not to exceed the lesser of (i) the amount set forth opposite such Lender’s name on Schedule 2.1 under the caption “Commitment” or opposite such caption in the Assignment and Assumption pursuant to which such Lender becomes a party hereto, as applicable, as such amount may be adjusted from time to time in accordance with this Agreement and (ii) such Lender’s Applicable Percentage of the Borrowing Base in effect from time to time.

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

Commodity Hedging Transaction” means any swap transaction, cap, floor, collar, exchange transaction, forward transaction or other exchange or protection transaction relating to Hydrocarbons or any option with respect to any such transaction, including derivative financial instruments.

 

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Communications” means, collectively, any notice, demand, communication, information, document or other material provided by or on behalf of Borrower pursuant to any Loan Document or the transactions contemplated therein which is distributed to Administrative Agent, any Lender, or L/C Issuer by means of electronic communications pursuant to Section 12.11(d), including through the Platform.

Compliance Certificate” means a certificate, substantially in the form of Exhibit B, or in any other form agreed to by Borrower and Administrative Agent, prepared by and certified by a Responsible Officer of Borrower.

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 Taxes.

Constituent Documents” means (a) in the case of a corporation, its articles or certificate of incorporation or certificate of formation, as applicable, and bylaws; (b) in the case of a general partnership, its partnership agreement; (c) in the case of a limited partnership, its certificate of limited partnership or certificate of formation, as applicable, and partnership agreement; (d) in the case of a trust, its trust agreement; (e) in the case of a joint venture, its joint venture agreement; (f) in the case of a limited liability company, its articles of organization or certificate of formation, as applicable, operating agreement, regulations and/or other organizational and governance documents and agreements; and (g) in the case of any other entity, its organizational and governance documents and agreements.

Control” means the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause direction of the management or policies of a Person, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by contract, or otherwise, and the terms “Controlling” and “Controlled” have meanings correlative thereto.

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 given such term in Section 12.30.

Credit Extension” means each of (a) a Borrowing and (b) an L/C Credit Extension.

Current Ratio” means, with respect to Borrower and its Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis as of any date of determination thereof, the ratio of (a) the sum of current assets (but excluding the amount of any non-cash items as a result of the application of ASC 410 and ASC 815) plus the Revolving Credit Availability on such date to (b) current liabilities (but excluding the amount of any liabilities respecting any non-cash items as a result of the application of ASC 410 and ASC 815) excluding the current portion of the Obligations on such date, in each case determined in accordance with GAAP.

Debt” means, with respect to any Person as of any date of determination thereof, without duplication, (a) all obligations of such Person for borrowed money; (b) all obligations of such Person evidenced by bonds, notes, debentures, or other similar instruments; (c) all obligations of such Person to pay the deferred purchase price of Property or services, except trade accounts payable of such Person arising in the ordinary course of business that are not past due by more than 90 days; (d) all Capitalized Lease Obligations of such Person; (e) all Debt or other obligations of others Guaranteed by such Person; (f) all obligations secured by a Lien existing on Property owned by such Person, whether or not the obligations secured thereby have been assumed by such Person or are non-recourse to the credit of such Person; (g) any other obligation for borrowed money or other financial accommodations which in accordance with GAAP would be shown as a liability on the balance sheet of such Person; (h) any repurchase obligation or

 

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liability of a Person with respect to Accounts, chattel paper or notes receivable sold by such Person; (i) any liability under a sale and leaseback transaction that is not a Capitalized Lease Obligation; (j) any obligation under any so called “synthetic leases”; (k) any obligation arising with respect to any other transaction that is the functional equivalent of borrowing but which does not constitute a liability on the balance sheets of a Person; (l) all payment and reimbursement obligations of such Person (whether contingent or otherwise) in respect of letters of credit, bankers’ acceptances, surety or other bonds and similar instruments; (m) all liabilities of such Person in respect of unfunded vested benefits under any Plan; (n) all net Hedge Obligations of such Person, valued at the Hedge Termination Value thereof; (o) the undischarged balance of any production payment created by such Person or for the creation of which such Person directly or indirectly received payment; and (p) all obligations of such Person to purchase, redeem, retire, defease or otherwise make any payment in respect of any Equity Interests in such Person or any other Person, valued, in the case of redeemable preferred stock interests, at the greater of its voluntary or involuntary liquidation preference plus all accrued and unpaid dividends.

For all purposes, the Debt of any Person shall include the Debt of any partnership or joint venture (other than a joint venture that is itself a corporation or limited liability company) in which such Person is a general partner or a joint venturer, unless such Debt is expressly made non-recourse to such Person.

Debtor Relief Laws” means Title 11 of the United States Code, as now or hereafter in effect, or any other applicable Law, domestic or foreign, as now or hereafter in effect, relating to bankruptcy, insolvency, liquidation, receivership, reorganization, assignment for the benefit of creditors, moratorium, arrangement or composition, extension or adjustment of debts, or similar Laws affecting the rights of creditors.

Default” means an Event of Default or the occurrence of an event or condition which with notice or lapse of time or both would become an Event of Default.

Default Interest Rate” means (a) when used with respect to Obligations (other than Obligations described in the following clause (c)), an interest rate equal to (i) the Base Rate plus (ii) the Applicable Margin, if any, applicable to a Base Rate Portion plus (iii) 2.00% per annum; and (b) when used with respect to Letter of Credit Fees, a rate equal to the Applicable Margin plus 2.00% per annum: provided, however, in no event shall the Default Interest Rate exceed the Maximum Rate.

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.

Defaulting Lender” means, subject to Section 12.22(b), any Lender that (a) has failed to (i) fund all or any portion of its Loans within two Business Days of the date such Loans were required to be funded hereunder unless such Lender notifies Administrative Agent and Borrower in writing that such failure is the result of such Lender’s determination that one or more conditions precedent to funding (each of which conditions precedent, together with any applicable default, shall be specifically identified in such writing) has not been satisfied, or (ii) pay to Administrative Agent or any other Lender any other amount required to be paid by it hereunder (including in respect of its participation in Letters of Credit) within two Business Days of the date when due, (b) has notified Borrower, Administrative Agent, or L/C Issuer in writing that it does not intend to comply with its funding obligations hereunder, or has made a public statement to that effect (unless such writing or public statement relates to such Lender’s obligation to fund a Loan hereunder and states that such position is based on such Lender’s determination that a condition precedent to funding (which condition precedent, together with any applicable default, shall be specifically identified in such writing or public statement) cannot be satisfied), (c) has failed, within three Business Days after written request by Administrative Agent or Borrower to confirm in writing to Administrative Agent and Borrower that it will comply with its prospective funding obligations hereunder (provided that such Lender shall cease

 

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to be a Defaulting Lender pursuant to this clause (c) upon receipt of such written confirmation by Administrative Agent and Borrower), or (d) has, or has a direct or indirect parent company that has, (i) become the subject of a proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law, or (ii) had appointed for it a receiver, custodian, conservator, trustee, administrator, assignee for the benefit of creditors or similar Person charged with reorganization or liquidation of its business or assets, including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other state or federal regulatory authority acting in such a capacity; provided that a Lender shall not be a Defaulting Lender solely by virtue of the ownership or acquisition of any Equity Interest in that Lender or any direct or indirect parent company thereof by a Governmental Authority so long as such ownership interest does not result in or provide such Lender with immunity from the jurisdiction of courts within the United States or from the enforcement of judgments or writs of attachment on its assets or permit such Lender (or such Governmental Authority) to reject, repudiate, disavow or disaffirm any contracts or agreements made with such Lender. Any determination by Administrative Agent that a Lender is a Defaulting Lender under any one or more of clauses (a) through (d) above shall be conclusive and binding absent manifest error, and such Lender shall be deemed to be a Defaulting Lender (subject to Section 12.22(b)) upon delivery of written notice of such determination to Borrower and each Lender.

Disposition” means any sale, lease, sub-lease, Farmout, transfer, assignment, conveyance, release, loss or other disposition of any interest in Property (including, but not limited to, any Oil and Gas Property), or of any Equity Interest in a Subsidiary that owns Property (including, but not limited to, any Oil and Gas Property), in any transaction or event or series of transactions or events, and “Dispose” has the correlative meaning thereto.

Dollars” and “$” mean lawful money of the United States of America.

Early Opt-in Election” means the occurrence of: (a) (i) a determination by the Administrative Agent or (ii) a notification by the Required Lenders to the Administrative Agent (with a copy to the Borrower) that the Required Lenders have determined that U.S. dollar-denominated syndicated credit facilities being executed at such time, or that include language similar to that contained in Section 3.3(b), are being executed or amended, as applicable, to incorporate or adopt a new benchmark interest rate to replace LIBOR, and (b) (i) the election by the Administrative Agent or (ii) the election by the Required Lenders to declare that an Early Opt-in Election has occurred and the provision, as applicable, by the Administrative Agent of written notice of such election to the Borrower and the Lenders or by the Required Lenders of written notice of such election to the Administrative Agent.

EBITDAX” means, for any Person for any Test Period, an amount equal to (a) Net Income (excluding any non-cash revenue or expense associated with Hedging Agreements resulting from ASC 815 and any non-cash charges attributable to the application of ASC 410) plus without duplication (b) the sum of the following to the extent deducted in the calculation of Net Income: (i) interest expense; (ii) income taxes; (iii) depreciation; (iv) depletion; (v) amortization; (vi) extraordinary losses determined in accordance with GAAP; (vii) other non-recurring expenses reducing such Net Income which do not represent a cash item in such Test Period or any future period, and (viii) IDC and other exploration expenses deducted in determining Net Income under successful efforts accounting, minus without duplication (c) the sum of the following to the extent included in the calculation of Net Income: (i) income tax credits; (ii) extraordinary gains determined in accordance with GAAP; (iii) gains on the sale of assets; and (iv) all non-recurring, non-cash items increasing Net Income.

Eligible Assignee” means any Person that meets the requirements to be an assignee under Sections 12.8(b)(iii), 12.8(b)(v) and 12.8(b)(vi) (subject to such consents, if any, as may be required under Section 12.8(b)(iii)).

 

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Environmental Laws” means any and all federal, state, and local Laws, regulations, judicial decisions, orders, decrees, plans, rules, permits, licenses, and other governmental restrictions and requirements pertaining to health, safety, or the environment, including, without limitation, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, 42 U.S.C. § 9601 et seq., the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, 42 U.S.C. § 6901 et seq., the Occupational Safety and Health Act, 29 U.S.C. § 651 et seq., the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. § 7401 et seq., the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1251 et seq., and the Toxic Substances Control Act, 15 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq.

Environmental Liabilities” means, as to any Person, all liabilities, obligations, responsibilities, Remedial Actions, losses, damages, punitive damages, consequential damages, treble damages, costs, and expenses (including, without limitation, all reasonable fees, disbursements and expenses of counsel, expert and consulting fees and costs of investigation and feasibility studies), fines, penalties, sanctions, and interest incurred as a result of any claim or demand, by any Person, whether based in contract, tort, implied or express warranty, strict liability, criminal or civil statute, including any Environmental Law, permit, order or agreement with any Governmental Authority or other Person, arising from environmental, health or safety conditions or the Release or threatened Release of a Hazardous Material into the environment, resulting from the past, present, or future operations of such Person or its Affiliates.

Equity Interests” means any and all shares, interests, participations or other equivalents (however designated) of capital stock or other equivalent ownership (or profit) interests in a Person, securities convertible into or exchangeable for shares of capital stock of (or other ownership or profit interests in) such Person, and any and all warrants, rights or options to purchase any of the foregoing, whether voting or nonvoting, and whether or not such shares, warrants, options, rights or other interests are authorized or otherwise existing on any date of determination.

ERISA” means the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

ERISA Affiliate” means any corporation or trade or business which is a member of the same controlled group of corporations (within the meaning of Section 414(b) of the Code) as an Obligated Party or is under common control (within the meaning of Section 414(c) of the Code and Sections 414(m) and (o) of the Code for purposes of the provisions relating to Section 412 of the Code) with an Obligated Party.

ERISA Event” means (a) a Reportable Event with respect to a Plan, (b) a withdrawal by any Obligated Party or any ERISA Affiliate from a Plan subject to Section 4063 of ERISA during a plan year in which it was a substantial employer (as defined in Section 4001(a)(2) of ERISA) or a cessation of operations which is treated as such a withdrawal under Section 4062(e) of ERISA, (c) a complete or partial withdrawal by any Obligated Party or any ERISA Affiliate from a Multiemployer Plan or notification that a Multiemployer Plan is in reorganization, (d) the filing of a notice of intent to terminate, the treatment of a Plan amendment as a termination under Section 4041 or 4041A of ERISA, or the commencement of proceedings by the PBGC to terminate a Plan or Multiemployer Plan, (e) the occurrence of an event or condition which could reasonably be expected to constitute grounds under Section 4042 of ERISA for the termination of, or the appointment of a trustee to administer, any Plan or Multiemployer Plan, (f) the imposition of any liability to the PBGC under Title IV of ERISA, other than for PBGC premiums due but not delinquent under Section 4007 of ERISA, upon any Obligated Party or any ERISA Affiliate, (g) the failure of any Obligated Party or ERISA Affiliate to meet any funding obligations with respect to any Plan or Multiemployer Plan, (h) a Plan becomes subject to the at-risk requirements in Section 303 of ERISA and Section 430 of the Code or (i) a Multiemployer Plan becomes subject to the requirements for plans in endangered or critical status under Section 432 of the Code or Section 305 of ERISA.

Erroneous Payment” has the meaning set forth in Section 11.12.

 

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Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment” has the meaning set forth in Section 11.12.

Erroneous Payment Impacted Class” has the meaning set forth in Section 11.12.

Erroneous Payment Return Deficiency” has the meaning set forth in Section 11.12.

Erroneous Payment Subrogation Rights” has the meaning set forth in Section 11.12.

Event of Default” has the meaning set forth in Section 10.1.

Excluded Swap Obligation” means, with respect to any Guarantor, any Swap Obligation if, and to the extent that, all or a portion of the Guarantee of such Guarantor of, or the grant by such Guarantor of a Lien to secure, such Swap Obligation (or any Guarantee thereof) is or becomes illegal under the Commodity Exchange Act or any rule, regulation or order of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (or the application or official interpretation of any thereof) by virtue of such Guarantor’s failure for any reason to constitute an “eligible contract participant” as defined in the Commodity Exchange Act (determined after giving effect to any “keepwell, support or other agreement” for the benefit of such Guarantor and any and all Guarantees of such Guarantor’s Swap Obligations by Borrower or any other Guarantor) at the time the Guarantee of such Guarantor, or a grant by such Guarantor of a Lien, becomes effective with respect to such Swap Obligation. If a Swap Obligation arises under a master agreement governing more than one swap, such exclusion shall apply only to the portion of such Swap Obligation that is attributable to swaps for which such Guarantee or Lien is or becomes excluded in accordance with the first sentence of this definition.

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 such Loan or Commitment (other than pursuant to an assignment request by Borrower under Section 3.6(b)) or (ii) such Lender changes its Lending Office, except in each case to the extent that, pursuant to Section 3.4, 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 or inability to comply with Section 3.4(g) and (d) any U.S. federal withholding Taxes imposed under FATCA.

Facility” means, at any time, the Aggregate Commitments at such time.

Fall 2020 Redetermination Effective Date” means the effective date of the periodic redetermination of the Borrowing Base to occur on or about November 1, 2020.

Farmout” means an arrangement pursuant to any agreement whereby the owner(s) of one or more oil, gas and/or mineral leases or other oil and natural gas working interests with respect to any property from which production of Hydrocarbons is sought agrees to transfer or assign an interest in such property to one or more Persons in exchange for (a) drilling or participating in (or agreeing to drill or participate in) the cost of the drilling of one or more wells, or undertaking other exploration or development activities or participating in the cost of such activities (or agreeing to do so), in an attempt to obtain production of Hydrocarbons from such property, or (b) obtaining production of Hydrocarbons from such property or participating in the costs of obtaining such production.

 

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FATCA” means Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code, as of the date of this Agreement (or any amended or successor version that is substantively comparable and not materially more onerous to comply with), any current or future regulations or official interpretations thereof and any agreements entered into pursuant to Section 1471(b)(1) of the Code.

Federal Funds Rate” means, for any day, the rate per annum (rounded upwards, if necessary, to the nearest 1/100 of 1%) equal to the weighted average of the rates on overnight federal funds transactions with members of the Federal Reserve System arranged by federal funds brokers on such day, as published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, on the Business Day next succeeding such day, provided that (a) if the day for which such rate is to be determined is not a Business Day, the Federal Funds Rate for such day shall be such rate on such transactions on the next preceding Business Day as so published on the next succeeding Business Day, and (b) if such rate is not so published for any day, the Federal Funds Rate for such day shall be the average rate charged to Administrative Agent on such day on such transactions as determined by Administrative Agent.

Fee Letter” means the separate fee letter dated as of November 17, 2016, between Borrower and LegacyTexas Bank and any other fee letter among Borrower and Administrative Agent, Arranger and/or LegacyTexas Bank concerning fees to be paid by Borrower in connection with this Agreement, including any amendments, restatements, supplements or modifications thereof. By its execution of this Agreement, each Lender acknowledges and agrees that Administrative Agent, Arranger and/or LegacyTexas Bank may elect to treat as confidential and not share with Lenders any Fee Letters executed from time to time in connection with this Agreement.

First Amendment Effective Date” means February 22, 2017.

Flood Insurance Regulations” means (a) the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, (b) the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, (c) the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994 (amending 42 USC 4001 et seq.), and (d) the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2004, in each case as now or hereafter in effect or any successor statute thereto and including any regulations promulgated thereunder.

Foreign Lender” means (a) if Borrower is a U.S. Person, a Lender that is not a U.S. Person, and (b) if Borrower is not a U.S. Person, a Lender that is resident or organized under the Laws of a jurisdiction other than that in which Borrower is resident for tax purposes.

Fourth Amendment Effective Date” means June 26, 2018.

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

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

GAAP” means generally accepted accounting principles, applied on a consistent basis, as set forth in opinions of the Accounting Principles Board of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and/or in statements of the Financial Accounting Standards Board and/or their respective successors and which are applicable in the circumstances as of the date in question. Accounting principles are applied on a “consistent basis” when the accounting principles applied in a current period are comparable in all material respects to those accounting principles applied in a preceding period.

 

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Gas Balancing Agreement” means any agreement or arrangement whereby Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, or any other party owning an interest in any Hydrocarbons to be produced from Oil and Gas Properties in which Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries owns an interest, has a right to take more than its proportionate share of production therefrom.

Governmental Authority” means the government of the United States of America or any other nation, or of any political subdivision thereof, whether state or local, and any agency, authority, instrumentality, regulatory body, court, central bank, tribal body or other entity exercising executive, legislative, judicial, taxing, regulatory or administrative powers or functions of or pertaining to government (including any supra-national bodies such as the European Union or the European Central Bank), and any group or body charged with setting financial accounting or regulatory capital rules or standards (including, without limitation, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the Bank for International Settlements or the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision or any successor or similar authority to any of the foregoing).

GREP Facilities” means, collectively, this Agreement, the Preferred Credit Agreement and the GREP Holdco II Credit Agreement.

GREP Facility Commitment” means, (a) in the case of this Agreement, the Commitments; (b) in the case of the Preferred Credit Agreement, the “Commitments” (as defined therein); and (c) in the case of the GREP Holdco II Credit Agreement, the “Commitments” (as defined therein). The term “GREP Facility Commitments” means, with respect to any GREP Facility at any time, the aggregate “Commitments” (as defined in such GREP Facility) of all Lenders under such GREP Facility at such time.

GREP Facility Credit Exposure” means, with respect to any Lender at any time, (a) in the case of this Agreement, such Lender’s Revolving Credit Exposure at such time; (b) in the case of the Preferred Credit Agreement, such Lender’s “Revolving Credit Exposure” (as defined therein) at such time; and (c) in the case of the GREP Holdco II Credit Agreement, such Lender’s “Revolving Credit Exposure” (as defined therein) at such time. The term “GREP Facility Credit Exposures” means, with respect to any GREP Facility at any time, the aggregate “Revolving Credit Exposures” (as defined in such GREP Facility) of all Lenders under such GREP Facility as such time.

GREP Facility Required Percentage” means, with respect to any Lender’s GREP Facility Commitment or GREP Facility Credit Exposure under any GREP Facility at any time, the percentage equal to a fraction, the numerator of which is the sum of the GREP Facility Commitments (or GREP Facility Credit Exposure, as applicable) under such GREP Facility at such time, and the denominator of which is the Aggregate GREP Facility Commitments (or Aggregate GREP Facility Credit Exposure, as applicable) at such time.

GREP Fund-B” “GREP Fund-B” means Grey Rock Energy Fund II-B Holdings, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership.

GREP Fund-B Entities” means, collectively, Borrower and its Subsidiaries, GREP Ultimate General Partner, GREP Partnership, GREP Holdings, GREP Fund-B General Partner and GREP Fund-B.

GREP Fund-B General Partner” means Grey Rock Energy Partners GP II-B, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership, in its capacity as the managing general partner of GREP Fund-B; provided that if any wholly-owned Subsidiary of Grey Rock Energy Partners GP II-B, L.P. as the managing general partner of GREP Fund-B, the term “GREP Fund-B General Partner” shall mean such wholly-owned Subsidiary of Grey Rock Energy Partners GP II-B, L.P.

 

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GREP Holdco II Credit Agreement” means that certain Credit Agreement dated as of the date hereof among GREP Holdco II LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, LegacyTexas Bank, as Administrative Agent, and the Lenders from time to time party thereto, as the same may from time to time be amended, modified or supplemented.

GREP Holdings” means GREP GP II Holdings, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, in its capacity as the managing general partner of GREP Fund-B General Partner; provided that if any wholly-owned Subsidiary of GREP GP II Holdings, LLC as the managing general partner of GREP Fund-B General Partner, the term “GREP Holdings” shall mean such wholly-owned Subsidiary of GREP GP II Holdings, LLC.

GREP Partnership” means Grey Rock Energy Partners GP II, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership, in its capacity as the managing member of GREP Holdings; provided that if any wholly owned Subsidiary of Grey Rock Energy Partners GP II, L.P. as the managing member of GREP Holdings, the term “GREP Partnership” shall mean such wholly-owned Subsidiary of Grey Rock Energy Partners GP II, L.P.

GREP Ultimate General Partner” means GREP GP II, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, in its capacity as the managing general partner of GREP Partnership; provided that if any wholly-owned Subsidiary of GREP GP II, LLC as the managing general partner of GREP Partnership, the term “GREP Ultimate General Partner” shall mean such wholly-owned Subsidiary of GREP GP II, LLC.

Guarantee” by any Person means any obligation or liability, contingent or otherwise, of such Person directly or indirectly guaranteeing any Debt or other obligation of any other Person as well as any obligation or liability, direct or indirect, contingent or otherwise, of such Person (a) to purchase or pay (or advance or supply funds for the purchase or payment of) such Debt or other obligation or liability (whether arising by virtue of partnership arrangements, by agreement to keep-well, to purchase assets, goods, securities or services, to operate Property, to take-or-pay, or to maintain net worth or working capital or other financial statement conditions or otherwise) or (b) entered into for the purpose of indemnifying or assuring in any other manner the obligee of such Debt or other obligation or liability of the payment thereof or to protect the obligee against loss in respect thereof (in whole or in part); provided that the term Guarantee shall not include endorsements for collection or deposit in the ordinary course of business. The term “Guarantee” used as a verb has a corresponding meaning.

Guarantors” means each Person who from time to time Guarantees all or any part of the Obligations under the Loan Documents, and “Guarantor” means any one of the Guarantors.

Guaranty” means each written guaranty of a Guarantor in favor of Administrative Agent, for the benefit of Lenders, in form and substance satisfactory to Administrative Agent.

Hazardous Material” means any substance, product, waste, pollutant, material, chemical, contaminant, constituent, or other material which is or becomes listed, regulated, or addressed under any Environmental Law, including, without limitation, asbestos, petroleum, and polychlorinated biphenyls.

Hedge Obligations” means, at any time with respect to any Person, all indebtedness, liabilities, and obligations of such Person under or in connection with any Hedging Agreement or Hedging Transaction, whether actual or contingent, due or to become due and existing or arising from time to time.

 

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Hedge Termination Value” means, in respect of any one or more Hedging Transactions, after taking into account the effect of any legally enforceable netting agreement relating to such Hedging Transactions, (a) for any date on or after the date such Hedging Transactions have been closed out and settlement amounts, early termination amounts or termination value(s) determined in accordance therewith, such settlement amounts, early termination amounts or termination value(s), and (b) for any date prior to the date referenced in clause (a), the amount(s) determined as the mark-to-market value(s) for such Hedging Transactions, as determined based upon one or more commercially reasonable mid-market or other readily available quotations provided by any dealer which is a party to such Hedging Transactions or any other recognized dealer in such Hedging Transactions (which may include a Lender or any Affiliate of a Lender).

Hedging Agreement” means any International Swap Dealers Association, Inc. Master Agreement, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. Master Agreement or other agreement and all schedules and exhibits attached thereto and incorporated therein that set forth the general terms upon which a Person may enter into one or more Hedging Transactions.

Hedging Transaction” means a Commodity Hedging Transaction, a Rate Management Transaction or any other transaction with respect to any swap, forward, future or derivative transaction or option or similar transaction, whether exchange traded, “over-the-counter” or otherwise, involving, or settled by reference to, one or more rates, currencies, commodities, equity or debt instruments or securities, or economic, financial or pricing indices or measures of economic, financial or pricing risk or value or any similar transaction or any combination of these transactions.

Honor Date” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.2(c)(i).

Hydrocarbons” means oil, gas, coal seam gas, casinghead gas, drip gasoline, natural gasoline, condensate, distillate and all other liquid or gaseous hydrocarbons produced or to be produced in conjunction therewith from a well bore and all products, by-products and other substances derived therefrom or the processing thereof, including natural gas liquids, and all other minerals and substances produced in conjunction with such substances, including, sulfur, geothermal steam, water, carbon dioxide, helium and any and all minerals, ores or substances of value and the products and proceeds therefrom.

IDC” means Intangible Drilling and Development Costs, as defined in Section 263 of the Code (including, without limitation and for the avoidance of doubt, intangible completion costs).

Immaterial Title Deficiencies” means minor defects or deficiencies in title which do not, individually or in the aggregate, affect Oil and Gas Properties with a value of more than 3% of the total value of the Proved Oil and Gas Properties evaluated in the Reserve Report used in the most recent determination of the Borrowing Base.

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 Borrower under any Loan Document and (b) to the extent not otherwise described in clause (a), Other Taxes.

Independent Engineer” means DeGolyer and MacNaughton or any other third-party engineering firm acceptable to Administrative Agent in its sole discretion.

Information” has the meaning set forth in Section 12.25.

Intercreditor Agreement” means that certain intercreditor agreement among Borrower, one or more Approved Commodity Swap Counterparties that are not Bank Product Providers, and Administrative Agent, as contractual collateral representative for itself, the Lenders, the Bank Product Providers and such Approved Commodity Swap Counterparties, as amended and in effect from time to time.

 

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Initial Reserve Report” means the Reserve Reports prepared by an Independent Engineer and updated by Borrower’s own engineer, dated as of July 1, 2016 and September 1, 2016, covering all of the Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries.

Intellectual Property” means all copyrights, copyright licenses, patents, patent licenses, trademarks, trademark licenses and other types of intellectual property, in whatever form, now owned or hereafter acquired.

Interest Period” means, with respect to any LIBOR Portion, the period commencing on the date such Portion becomes a LIBOR Portion (whether by the making of a Loan or its continuation or conversion) and ending on the numerically corresponding day in the calendar month that is one, two, three, or six months thereafter, as Borrower may elect; provided, that (a) if any Interest Period would end on a day other than a Business Day, such Interest Period shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day unless such next succeeding Business Day would fall in the next calendar month, in which case such Interest Period shall end on the next preceding Business Day, and (b) any Interest Period pertaining to a LIBOR Portion that commences on the last Business Day of a calendar month (or on a day for which there is no numerically corresponding day in the last calendar month of such Interest Period) shall end on the last Business Day of the last calendar month of such Interest Period.

Interest Rate” means the rate equal to the lesser of (a) the Maximum Rate and (b) the Applicable Rate.

IRS” means the Internal Revenue Service or any entity succeeding to all or any of its functions.

ISP” means, with respect to any Letter of Credit, the “International Standby Practices 1998” published by the Institute of International Banking Law & Practice, Inc. (or such later version thereof as may be in effect at the time of issuance).

Issuer Documents” means, with respect to any Letter of Credit, the Letter of Credit Application and any other document, agreement and instrument entered into by L/C Issuer and Borrower (or any Subsidiary) or in favor of L/C Issuer and relating to such Letter of Credit.

L/C Advance” means, with respect to each Lender, such Lender’s funding of its participation in any L/C Borrowing in accordance with its Applicable Percentage.

L/C Borrowing” means an extension of credit resulting from a drawing under any Letter of Credit which has not been reimbursed by Borrower on the date when made or refinanced as a Borrowing.

L/C Credit Extension” means, with respect to any Letter of Credit, the issuance thereof, the extension of the expiry date thereof, or the increase of the amount thereof.

L/C Issuer” means LegacyTexas Bank in its capacity as issuer of Letters of Credit hereunder, or any successor issuer of Letters of Credit hereunder.

L/C Obligations” means, as at any date of determination thereof, an amount equal to the aggregate amount available to be drawn under all outstanding Letters of Credit, plus the aggregate amount of all Unreimbursed Amounts, including all L/C Borrowings. For purposes of computing the amount available to be drawn under any Letter of Credit, the amount of such Letter of Credit shall be determined in accordance

 

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with Section 1.4. For all purposes of this Agreement, if on any date of determination a Letter of Credit has expired by its terms but any amount may still be drawn thereunder by reason of the operation of Rule 3.14 of the ISP, such Letter of Credit shall be deemed to be “outstanding” in the amount so remaining available to be drawn.

Laws” means, collectively, all international, foreign, federal, state, provincial and local statutes, treaties, rules, guidelines, regulations, ordinances, codes and administrative or judicial precedents or authorities, including the interpretation or administration thereof by any Governmental Authority charged with the enforcement, interpretation or administration thereof, and all applicable administrative orders, directed duties, requests, licenses, authorizations and permits of, and agreements with, any Governmental Authority, in each case whether or not having the force of law.

Lease Operating Statement” means a report, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to Administrative Agent, prepared by Borrower covering each of the Proved Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries included in the most recent redetermination of the Borrowing Base and detailing on a monthly basis the Hydrocarbon production volumes, revenues, associated lease operating expenses, taxes and other expenses for such Proved Oil and Gas Properties.

LegacyTexas Bank” means LegacyTexas Bank, a Texas state bank, and its successors and assigns.

Lender” and “Lenders” have the meanings set forth in the introductory paragraph hereto, and shall include L/C Issuer, as the context may require.

Lending Office” means, as to any Lender, the office or offices of such Lender described as such in such Lender’s Administrative Questionnaire, or such other office or offices as a Lender may from time to time notify Borrower and Administrative Agent.

Letter of Credit” means any standby letter of credit issued hereunder providing for the payment of cash upon the honoring of a presentation thereunder.

Letter of Credit Application” means an application and agreement for the issuance or amendment of a Letter of Credit in the form from time to time in use by L/C Issuer.

Letter of Credit Expiration Date” means the date that is seven days prior to the Maturity Date (or, if such day is not a Business Day, the next preceding Business Day).

Letter of Credit Fee” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.3(b).

Letter of Credit Sublimit” means an amount equal to $500,000. The Letter of Credit Sublimit is part of, and not in addition to, the Aggregate Commitments.

Leverage Ratio” “Leverage Ratio” means, as of any date of determination thereof, the ratio of (a) all Debt of Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, as of such date to (b) Retained ORRI Percentage times the sum of (i) EBITDAX of Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis plus the amount of the royalty expense or other expense attributable to the ORRIs (i.e., the EBITDAX of Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis without giving effect to the ORRIs), for the Test Period most recently ended.

 

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LIBOR” means:

(a) with respect to each Interest Period:

(i) the rate per annum equal to the rate determined by Administrative Agent to be the London interbank offered rate as administered by ICE Benchmark Administration (or any other Person that takes over the administration of such rate) that appears on pages LIBOR01 or LIBOR02 of the Reuters screen that displays such rate (or any successor thereto) for deposits in Dollars (for delivery on the first day of such Interest Period), with a term equivalent to such Interest Period, determined at approximately 11:00 a.m., London, England time, on the related LIBOR Determination Date; provided, however, if such rate appearing on such page is less than zero, such rate shall be deemed to be zero for purposes of this Agreement; or

(ii) if the rate described in clause (a)(i) does not appear on such page or service, or such page or service shall cease to be available, then LIBOR shall be determined by Administrative Agent to be the offered rate on such other screen or service that displays an average Interest Settlement Rate for deposits in Dollars (for delivery on the first day of such Interest Period) for a term equivalent to such Interest Period as of 11:00 a.m. London, England time, on the relevant LIBOR Determination Date; provided, however, if such rate appearing on such screen or service is less than zero, such rate shall be deemed to be zero for purposes of this Agreement; or

(iii) if the rates referenced in the foregoing clauses (a)(i) and (a)(ii) are not available, then LIBOR for the relevant Interest Period will be determined by such alternate method as is reasonably selected by Administrative Agent; and

(b) for any interest calculation with respect to a Loan that bears interest based on the Base Rate on any date:

(i) the rate per annum equal to the rate determined by Administrative Agent to be the London interbank offered rate as administered by ICE Benchmark Administration (or any other Person that takes over the administration of such rate) that appears on pages LIBOR01 or LIBOR02 of the Reuters screen that displays such rate (or any successor thereto) for deposits in Dollars (for delivery on the first day of the applicable date of calculation) with a term equivalent to one month, determined at approximately 11:00 a.m., London, England time, on the related LIBOR Determination Date; provided, however, if such rate appearing on such page is less than zero, such rate shall be deemed to be zero for purposes of this Agreement; or

(ii) if the rate described in clause (b)(i) does not appear on such page or service, or such page or service shall cease to be available, then LIBOR shall be determined by Administrative Agent to be the offered rate on such other screen or service that displays an average Interest Settlement Rate for deposits in Dollars (for delivery on the applicable date) for a term of one month as of 11:00 a.m., London, England time, on the relevant LIBOR Determination Date provided, however, if such rate appearing on such screen or service is less than zero, such rate shall be deemed to be zero for purposes of this Agreement; or

(iii) if the rates referenced in the foregoing clauses (b)(i) and (b)(ii) are not available, then LIBOR for a term of one month will be determined by such alternate method as is reasonably selected by Administrative Agent.

LIBOR Determination Date” means a day that is two Business Days prior to the beginning of the relevant Interest Period or prior to the applicable date of determination, as applicable.

LIBOR Portion” means each Portion bearing interest based on the Adjusted LIBOR.

 

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Lien” means, as to any Property of any Person, (a) any lien, mortgage, security interest, tax lien, pledge, charge, hypothecation, collateral assignment, preference, priority, or other encumbrance of any kind or nature whatsoever (including, without limitation, any conditional sale or title retention agreement), whether arising by contract, operation of law, or otherwise, affecting such Property, (b) production payments and the like payable out of such Property, and (c) the signing or filing of a financing statement which names the Person as debtor or the signing of any security agreement, or the signing of any document authorizing a secured party to file any financing statement which names such Person as debtor.

Liquidity” means, as of any date of determination, the sum of (i) cash and cash equivalents of Borrower on such date, and (ii) Revolving Credit Availability on such date.

Loan” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.1(a).

Loan Documents” means this Agreement, each Guaranty, the Security Documents, the Notes, the Issuer Documents, and all other promissory notes, security agreements, deeds of trust, assignments, letters of credit, guaranties, and other instruments, documents, or agreements executed and delivered pursuant to or in connection with this Agreement or the Security Documents; provided that the term “Loan Documents” shall not include any Bank Product Agreement or the Intercreditor Agreement.

Loss” has the meaning set forth in Section 7.5(c).

Material Adverse Event” means any act, event, condition, or circumstance which could materially and adversely affect (a) the operations, business, properties, liabilities (actual or contingent) or financial condition of Borrower and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole; (b) the ability of any Obligated Party to perform its obligations under any Loan Document to which it is a party or the Intercreditor Agreement to the extent party thereto; or (c) the legality, validity, binding effect or enforceability against any Obligated Party of any Loan Document to which it is a party or the Intercreditor Agreement to the extent party thereto.

Material Gas Imbalance” means, with respect to all Gas Balancing Agreements to which Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries is a party or by which any Oil and Gas Property of Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries is bound, net gas imbalance liabilities of Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, considered individually or in the aggregate, in excess of $100,000. Gas imbalances will be determined based on Gas Balancing Agreements, with respect to wellhead imbalances, or gas purchase or transportation agreements, with respect to downstream imbalances, if any, specifying the method of calculation thereof, or, alternatively, if no such Gas Balancing Agreements or gas purchase or transportation agreements, as the case may be, are in existence, gas imbalances will be calculated by multiplying (x) the volume of gas imbalance as of the date of calculation (expressed in thousand cubic feet) by (y) the heating value in BTUs per thousand cubic feet, times the Henry Hub average daily spot price for the month immediately preceding the date of calculation adjusted for location differential and transportation costs based upon the location where the Oil and Gas Property giving rise to the imbalances are located.

Maturity Date” means November 17, 2022, or such earlier date on which the Commitment of each Lender terminates as provided in this Agreement; provided, however, that if such date is not a Business Day, the Maturity Date shall be the next succeeding Business Day.

Maximum Rate” means, at all times, the maximum rate of interest which may be charged, contracted for, taken, received or reserved by Lenders in accordance with applicable Texas Law (or applicable United States federal Law to the extent that such Law permits Lenders to charge, contract for, receive or reserve a greater amount of interest than under Texas Law). The Maximum Rate shall be calculated in a manner that takes into account any and all fees, payments, and other charges in respect of the Loan Documents that constitute interest under applicable Law. Each change in any interest rate provided for herein based upon the Maximum Rate resulting from a change in the Maximum Rate shall take effect without notice to Borrower at the time of such change in the Maximum Rate.

 

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Minimum Collateral Amount” means, at any time, (a) with respect to Cash Collateral consisting of cash or deposit account balances provided to reduce or eliminate Fronting Exposure during the time that a Defaulting Lender exists, an amount equal to 105% of the Fronting Exposure of L/C Issuer with respect to Letters of Credit issued and outstanding at such time, (b) with respect to Cash Collateral consisting of cash or deposit account balances provided in accordance with the provisions of Section 2.6(a)(i), (a)(ii) or (a)(iii), an amount equal to 105% of the Outstanding Amount of all L/C Obligations, and (c) otherwise, an amount determined by Administrative Agent and L/C Issuer in their sole discretion.

Minority Lenders” means, as of any date of determination, Lenders holding more than 33-1/3% of the Total Credit Exposure at such time (with the aggregate amount of each Lender’s risk participation and funded participation in L/C Obligations being deemed “held” by such Lender for purposes of this definition). The unused Commitment of, and the Revolving Credit Exposure held or deemed held by, any Defaulting Lender shall be excluded for purposes of making a determination of Minority Lenders.

Mortgaged Properties” means all present and future Oil and Gas Properties of one or more of Borrower and its Subsidiaries in which one or more of Borrower and its Subsidiaries has granted or does hereafter grant a mortgage or Lien to or for the benefit of Administrative Agent for the benefit of the Secured Parties.

Mortgages” means, collectively, the mortgages or deeds of trust now or hereafter encumbering Borrower’s or any of its Subsidiaries’ fee or leasehold estates in the property as described therein in favor of Administrative Agent, in form and substance satisfactory to Administrative Agent.

Multiemployer Plan” means a multiemployer plan defined as such in Section 3(37) of ERISA to which contributions are being made or have been made by, or for which there is an obligation to make by or there is any liability, contingent or otherwise, with respect to an Obligated Party or any ERISA Affiliate and which is covered by Title IV of ERISA.

Net Income” means, for any Person for any Test Period, the net income (or loss) of such Person and its Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis as determined in accordance with GAAP; provided that Net Income shall exclude (a) the net income of any Subsidiary of such Person during such Test Period to the extent that the declaration or payment of dividends or similar distributions by such Subsidiary of such income is not permitted by operation of the terms of its Constituent Documents or any agreement, instrument or Law applicable to such Subsidiary during such Test Period except that such Person’s equity in any net loss of any such Subsidiary for such Test Period shall be included in determining Net Income, and (b) any income (or loss) for such Test Period of any other Person if such other Person is not a Subsidiary, except that Borrower’s equity in the net income of any such Person for such Test Period shall be included in Net Income up to the aggregate amount of cash actually distributed by such Person during such Test Period to Borrower or a Subsidiary as a dividend or other distribution (and in the case of a dividend or other distribution to a Subsidiary, such Subsidiary is not precluded from further distributing such amount to Borrower as described in clause (a) of this proviso).

Non-Consenting Lender” means any Lender that does not approve any consent, waiver or amendment that (a) requires the approval of all or all affected Lenders in accordance with the terms of Section 12.10 and (b) has been approved by the Required Lenders.

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

 

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Note” means a promissory note made by Borrower in favor of a Lender evidencing Loans made by such Lender, substantially in the form of Exhibit D.

NPI Holder” means Grey Rock Energy Fund II-B, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership.

NPI Holder Partnership Agreement” means that certain Amended and Restated Limited Partnership Agreement of Grey Rock Energy Fund II-B, LP dated July 18, 2016

(as amended, restated or otherwise modified from time to time). “Obligated Party” means Borrower, each Guarantor or any other Person who is or becomes party to any agreement that obligates such Person to pay or perform, or that Guarantees or secures payment or performance of, the Obligations under the Loan Documents or any part thereof.

Obligations” means all obligations, indebtedness, and liabilities of Borrower, each Guarantor and each other Obligated Party to Administrative Agent, each Lender, any Affiliates of Administrative Agent or any Lender and any Bank Product Provider now existing or hereafter arising, whether direct, indirect, related, unrelated, fixed, contingent, liquidated, unliquidated, joint, several, or joint and several, arising under or pursuant to this Agreement, any Bank Product Agreements (but in the case of Bank Product Agreements that are Hedging Agreements, limited to obligations and liabilities of Borrower to Bank Product Providers in respect of Hedging Transactions that are permitted by Section 8.17 and the Hedging Agreements under which they arise, to the extent related thereto, including any related early termination or settlement amounts) or the other Loan Documents, and all interest accruing thereon (whether a claim for post-filing or post-petition interest is allowed in any bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or similar proceeding) and all attorneys’ fees and other expenses incurred in the enforcement or collection thereof; provided that, as to any Guarantor, the “Obligations” shall exclude any Excluded Swap Obligations of such Guarantor.

Oil and Gas Properties” means (a) all present and future interests and estates existing under any oil, gas and/or mineral leases including, without limitation, working interests, royalty interests, overriding royalty interests, production payments, net profits interests and carried interests, (b) all present and future rights in mineral fee interests, including without limitation, any reversionary interests relating thereto, (c) all rights, titles and interests created by or arising under the terms of all present and future unitization, communitization or pooling arrangements (and all properties covered and units created thereby) whether arising by contract or operation of law which now or hereafter include all or any part of the foregoing, (d) all rights, titles and interest created by or arising under the terms of all present and future Farmouts including, without limitation, any back-in interests related thereto, (e) all unsevered and unextracted Hydrocarbons in, under or attributable with respect to any of the foregoing and (f) all rights, remedies, powers and privileges with respect to any of the foregoing, in each case, including, without limitation, all of the foregoing which are classified as proved developed producing, proved developed non-producing, proved developed behind pipe, proved developed shut-in, proved undeveloped, probable and possible reserves and any other reserve category recognized by the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers or any successor thereto.

ORRI” means each overriding royalty interest (measured by net profits) in Oil and Gas Properties of NPI Holder received pursuant to an ORRI Conveyance.

ORRI Conveyance” means any conveyance made by GREP Fund-B, Borrower or its Subsidiaries to NPI Holder, in the form attached as Exhibit A to the NPI Holder Partnership Agreement.

ORRI Percentage” means 96%, being the “Designated Percentage” of net profits granted to NPI Holder in each ORRI.

 

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ORRI Documents” means, with respect to any ORRI or ORRI Option, all ORRI Conveyances, ORRI Option Agreements, bills of sale, assignments, agreements, instruments and documents executed and delivered in connection therewith, as the same may from time to time be amended, modified or supplemented.

ORRI Option” means any Option (as defined in the NPI Holder Partnership Agreement) granted by Borrower or its Subsidiaries to NPI Holder, pursuant to an Option Agreement in the form attached as Exhibit C to the NPI Holder Partnership Agreement.

ORRI Option Agreement” means an Option Agreement between Borrower or its Subsidiaries and NPI Holder in the form attached as Exhibit C to the NPI Holder Partnership Agreement.

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

Other Taxes” means all present or future stamp, court or documentary, intangible, recording, filing or similar Taxes that arise from any payment made under, from the execution, delivery, performance, enforcement or registration of, from the receipt or perfection of a security interest under, or otherwise with respect to, any Loan Document, except any such Taxes that are Other Connection Taxes imposed with respect to an assignment (other than an assignment made pursuant to Section 3.6).

Outstanding Amount” means (a) with respect to the Loans on any date, the aggregate outstanding principal amount thereof after giving effect to any borrowings and prepayments or repayments of Loans occurring on such date, and (b) with respect to any L/C Obligations on any date, the amount of such L/C Obligations on such date after giving effect to any L/C Credit Extension occurring on such date and any other changes in the aggregate amount of the L/C Obligations as of such date, including as a result of any reimbursements by Borrower of Unreimbursed Amounts.

Participant” means any Person (other than a natural Person, or a holding company, investment vehicle or trust for, or owned and operated for the primary benefit of, a natural Person, a Defaulting Lender, or Borrower or any of Borrower’s Affiliates or Subsidiaries or any other Obligated Party) to which a participation is sold by any Lender in all or a portion of such Lender’s rights and/or obligations under this Agreement (including all or a portion of its Commitment and/or the Loans owing to it).

Participant Register” means a register in the United States on which each Lender that sells a participation enters the name and address of each Participant and the principal amounts (and stated interest) of each Participant’s interest in the Loans or other obligations under the Loan Documents.

Patriot Act” means the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (Title III of Pub. L. 107-56, signed into law October 26, 2001).

Payment Date” means the first day of each and every calendar quarter during the term of this Agreement and the Maturity Date.

 

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Payment Recipient” has the meaning set forth in Section 11.12.

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

Permitted Holders” means the holders of all of the issued and outstanding Equity Interests of GREP Ultimate General Partner on the First Amendment Effective Date.

Permitted Liens” means those Liens permitted by Section 8.2.

Permitted Tax Distributions” means, with respect to any Person, any dividend or distribution to any holder of such Person’s Equity Interests to permit such holders to pay federal income taxes and all relevant state and local income taxes at a rate equal to the highest marginal applicable tax rate for the applicable tax year, however denominated (together with any interest, penalties, additions to tax, or additional amounts with respect thereto) imposed as a result of taxable income attributed to such holder as a partner, member or stockholder of such Person under federal, state, and local income tax Laws, determined on a basis that combines those liabilities arising out of the net effect of the income, gains, deductions, losses, and credits of such Person and attributable to it in proportion and to the extent in which such holders hold Equity Interests of such Person, provided, however, the computation of tax distributions under this definition shall take into account the carryovers of items of loss, deduction and expense previously allocated by Borrower to holders of its Equity Interests, such that the excess, if any, of the aggregate items of losses from the prior taxable year over aggregate items of income from the prior taxable year will be deducted from the current taxable year’s income before applying the appropriate tax rate.

Person” means any individual, corporation, limited liability company, business trust, association, company, partnership, joint venture, Governmental Authority, or other entity, and shall include such Person’s heirs, administrators, personal representatives, executors, successors and assigns.

Plan” means any employee benefit or other plan, other than a Multiemployer Plan, established or maintained by, or for which there is an obligation to make contributions by or there is any liability, contingent or otherwise with respect to Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate and which is covered by Title IV of ERISA or subject to Section 412 of the Code.

Platform” means Debt Domain, Intralinks, Syndtrak or a substantially similar electronic transmission system.

Portion” means any principal amount of any Loan bearing interest based upon the Base Rate or Adjusted LIBOR.

Preferred Credit Agreement” means that certain Credit Agreement dated as of the First Amendment Effective Date among Grey Rock Preferred Limited Partner II, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership, LegacyTexas Bank, as Administrative Agent, and the Lenders from time to time party thereto, as the same may from time to time be amended, modified or supplemented.

Prime Rate” means the prime rate published in The Wall Street Journal’s “Money Rates” or similar table. In the event that the prime rate is no longer published by The Wall Street Journal in the “Money Rates” or similar table, then the Administrative Agent may select an alternative published index based upon comparable information as a substitute Prime Rate. Upon the selection of a substitute Prime Rate, the applicable interest rate shall thereafter vary in relation to the substitute index.

 

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Principal Office” means the principal office of Administrative Agent, presently located at the address set forth on Schedule 12.11.

Production Report” means a report, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to Administrative Agent, prepared by Borrower covering each of the Proved Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries included in the most recent redetermination of the Borrowing Base and detailing Hydrocarbon production volumes on a well-by-well basis for the most recently-completed month, which report shall provide whether such Hydrocarbons were produced during such month or, as a result of accounting practices, were produced in a previous month, in which case the report shall specify the month during which such Hydrocarbons were produced.

Prohibited Transaction” means any transaction set forth in Section 406 of ERISA or Section 4975 of the Code.

Projected Production” as of any time means the projected production of oil, natural gas, condensate or natural gas liquids including gas processing plant products (measured by volume unit or BTU equivalent, not sales price), as applicable, for the term of the contracts or a particular month, as applicable, from properties and interests owned by Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries which are located in or offshore of the United States and which have attributable to them proved developed producing oil and gas reserves, as such production has been projected in the most recent Reserve Report delivered to Administrative Agent, after deducting projected production from any properties or interests sold or under contract for sale that had been included in such analysis.

Property” of a Person means any and all property, whether real, personal, tangible, intangible or mixed, of such Person, or any other assets owned, operated or leased by such Person, and, with respect to Borrower and its Subsidiaries, shall include the Mortgaged Properties.

Proved Oil and Gas Properties” means all Oil and Gas Properties which constitute categories of proved reserves recognized by the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers or any successor thereto.

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.

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

QFC Credit Support” has the meaning given such term in Section 12.30.

Rate Management Transaction” means any transaction (including an agreement with respect thereto) now existing or hereafter entered into by Borrower which is a rate swap, basis swap, forward rate transaction, equity or equity index swap, equity or equity index option, bond option, interest rate option, foreign exchange transaction, cap transaction, floor transaction, collar transaction, forward transaction, currency swap transaction, cross-currency rate swap transaction, currency option or any other similar transaction (including any option with respect to any of these transactions) or any combination thereof, whether linked to one or more interest rates, foreign currencies, commodity prices, equity prices or other financial measures, but excluding Commodity Hedging Transactions.

Recipient” means Administrative Agent, L/C Issuer, or any Lender, as applicable.

Recognized Value” means the value determined by the Lenders attributed to the Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries from the most recent determination of the Borrowing Base, based upon the discounted present value of the estimated net cash flow to be realized from the production of Hydrocarbons from such Oil and Gas Properties and the other standards specified in Section 2.9(a).

 

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Register” means a register for the recordation of the names and addresses of Lenders, and the Commitments of, and principal amounts of the Loans owing to, each Lender pursuant to the terms hereof from time to time.

Related Indebtedness” means any and all Debt paid or payable by Borrower to Administrative Agent or any Lender pursuant to any Loan Document other than any Note.

Related Parties” means, with respect to any Person, such Person’s Affiliates and the partners, directors, officers, employees, agents, trustees, administrators, managers, advisors and representatives of such Person and of such Person’s Affiliates.

Release” means, as to any Person, any release, spill, emission, leaking, pumping, injection, deposit, disposal, disbursement, leaching, or migration of Hazardous Materials into the indoor or outdoor environment or into or out of property owned by such Person, including, without limitation, the movement of Hazardous Materials through or in the air, soil, surface water, ground water, or Property.

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

Remedial Action” means all actions required to (a) clean up, remove, treat, or otherwise address Hazardous Materials in the indoor or outdoor environment, (b) prevent the Release or threat of Release or minimize the further Release of Hazardous Materials so that they do not migrate or endanger or threaten to endanger public health or welfare or the indoor or outdoor environment, or (c) perform pre-remedial studies and investigations and post-remedial monitoring and care.

Removal Effective Date” has the meaning set forth in Section 11.6(b).

Reportable Event” means any of the events set forth in Section 4043 of ERISA.

Required Lenders” means, as of any date of determination, Lenders holding more than 66-2/3% of the Total Credit Exposure at such time (with the aggregate amount of each Lender’s risk participation and funded participation in L/C Obligations being deemed “held” by such Lender for purposes of this definition); provided that, if one Lender holds more than 66-2/3% but less than 100% of the Total Credit Exposure at such time, subject to the last sentence of Section 12.10, Required Lenders shall be at least two Lenders. The unused Commitment of, and the Revolving Credit Exposure held or deemed held by, any Defaulting Lender shall be excluded for purposes of making a determination of Required Lenders.

Required Reserve Value” means Proved Oil and Gas Properties that have a Recognized Value of not less than 90% of the Recognized Value of all Proved Oil and Gas Properties evaluated in the most recent Reserve Report.

Reserve Report” means a report, in form and substance satisfactory to Administrative Agent, evaluating the oil and gas reserves attributable to all of the Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries which shall, among other things, (a) identify the wells covered thereby, (b) specify the applicable engineer’s opinions with respect to the total volume of reserves (the “available reserves”) of Hydrocarbons (using, as applicable, the terms or categories “proved developed producing reserves,” “proved developed non-producing reserves”, “proved developed behind pipe reserves”, “proved developed

 

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shut-in reserves”, “proved undeveloped reserves”, “probable reserves” and “possible reserves” and any other reserve category recognized by the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers or any successor thereto) which Borrower has advised such engineer that Borrower and its Subsidiaries have the right to produce for their own account, (c) set forth such engineer’s opinions with respect to the projected future cash proceeds from the available reserves, discounted for present value at a rate acceptable to Administrative Agent, for each calendar year or portion thereof after the date of such findings and data, (d) set forth such engineer’s opinions with respect to the projected future rate of production of the available reserves, (e) contain such other information as requested by Administrative Agent with respect to the projected rate of production, gross revenues, operating expenses, taxes, capital costs, net revenues and present value of future net revenues attributable to such reserves and production therefrom, (f) contain a statement of the price and escalation parameters, procedures and assumptions upon which such determinations were based, (g) contain a statement of price differentials between the wellhead market price for the commodity sold and the quoted market price used in such report during the previous 12-month period, and (h) contain summary lease operating statements for such Oil and Gas Properties for the previous 12-month period.

Resignation Effective Date” has the meaning set forth in Section 11.6(a).

Responsible Officer” means the chief executive officer, president, chief financial officer, or treasurer of an Obligated Party or any Person designated by a Responsible Officer to act on behalf of a Responsible Officer; provided that such designated Person may not designate any other Person to be a Responsible Officer. Any document delivered hereunder that is signed by a Responsible Officer of an Obligated Party shall be conclusively presumed to have been authorized by all necessary corporate, partnership and/or other action on the part of such Person and such Responsible Officer shall be conclusively presumed to have acted on behalf of Obligated Party.

Retained ORRI Percentage” means the difference of (a) 100% minus (b) the ORRI Percentage.

Revolving Credit Availability” means, as of any date of determination thereof, the difference between (a) the Aggregate Commitments on such date minus (b) the Aggregate Revolving Credit Exposure on such date.

Revolving Credit Exposure” means, as to any Lender at any time, the aggregate principal amount of its outstanding Loans at such time and such Lender’s participation in L/C Obligations at such time.

RICO” means the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act of 1970.

Sanctions” means all economic or financial sanctions or trade embargoes imposed, administered or enforced from time to time by the U.S. government, including those administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury or the U.S. Department of State.

Sanctioned Country” means, at any time, a country, region or territory which is itself the subject or target of any Sanctions (at the time of this Agreement, Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria).

Sanctioned Person” means, at any time, (a) any Person listed in any Sanctions-related list of designated Persons maintained by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury or the U.S. Department of State, (b) any Person operating, organized, or resident in a Sanctioned Country, or (c) any Person controlled by any such Person.

 

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Secured Parties” means, collectively, Administrative Agent, each Lender, L/C Issuer, each Bank Product Provider, each other Approved Commodity Swap Counterparty (with respect to the Mortgages) and any other Person the Obligations owing to which are, or are purported to be, secured by the Collateral under the terms of the Security Documents.

Security Documents” means each and every Mortgage, security agreement, pledge agreement, mortgage, deed of trust, control agreement or other collateral security agreement required by or delivered to Administrative Agent from time to time that purport to create a Lien in favor of any of the Secured Parties to secure payment or performance of the Obligations or any portion thereof.

Seller” means, Golden Eye Resources, LLC, a Colorado limited liability company.

Solvent” means, with respect to any Person, as of any date of determination, that the fair value of the assets of such Person (at fair valuation) is, on the date of determination, greater than the total amount of liabilities (including contingent and unliquidated liabilities) of such Person as of such date; that the present fair saleable value of the assets of such Person will, as of such date, be greater than the amount that will be required to pay the probable liability of such Person on its debts as such debts become absolute and matured; and that, as of such date, such Person will be able to pay all liabilities of such Person as such liabilities mature, and such Person does not have unreasonably small capital with which to carry on its business. In computing the amount of contingent or unliquidated liabilities at any time, such liabilities will be computed at the amount which, in light of all the facts and circumstances existing at such time, represents the amount that can reasonably be expected to become an actual or matured liability discounted to present value at rates believed to be reasonable by such Person acting in good faith. In determining whether a Person is “Solvent” all rights of contribution of each Obligated Party against other Obligated Parties under the guaranty of the Obligations, at law, in equity or otherwise shall be taken into account.

Statutory Reserve Rate” means a fraction (expressed as a decimal), the numerator of which is the number one and the denominator of which is the number one minus the aggregate of the maximum reserve percentages (including any marginal, special, emergency or supplemental reserves) expressed as a decimal established by the Board of Governors to which Administrative Agent is subject with respect to the LIBOR, for eurocurrency funding (currently referred to as “Eurocurrency liabilities” in Regulation D of the Board of Governors). Such reserve percentages shall include those imposed pursuant to such Regulation D. LIBOR Portions shall be deemed to constitute eurocurrency funding and to be subject to such reserve requirements without benefit of or credit for proration, exemptions or offsets that may be available from time to time to any Lender under such Regulation D or any comparable regulation. The Statutory Reserve Rate shall be adjusted automatically on and as of the effective date of any change in any reserve percentage.

Subordinated Debt” means any Debt of Borrower (other than the Obligations) that has been subordinated to the Obligations under the Loan Documents by written agreement, in form and content, including without limitation, amount, interest rates, payments, covenants, and other terms and conditions, satisfactory to Administrative Agent, and which has been approved in writing by Administrative Agent as constituting Subordinated Debt for purposes of this Agreement, including without limitation, Debt permitted by Section 8.1(g).

Subsidiary” means (a) any corporation of which at least a majority of the outstanding shares of stock having by the terms thereof ordinary voting power to elect a majority of the board of directors of such corporation (irrespective of whether or not at the time stock of any other class or classes of such corporation shall have or might have voting power by reason of the happening of any contingency) is at the time directly or indirectly owned or Controlled by Borrower, one or more of Borrower’s other Subsidiaries or by Borrower and one or more of such Subsidiaries, and (b) any other entity (i) of which at least a majority of the ownership, equity or voting interest is at the time directly or indirectly owned or Controlled by one or more of Borrower and other Subsidiaries and (ii) which is treated as a subsidiary in accordance with GAAP. Unless otherwise specified herein, any reference to a “Subsidiary” or “Subsidiaries” shall be deemed to be references to a Subsidiary or Subsidiaries of Borrower.

 

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Supported QFC” has the meaning given such term in Section 12.30.

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

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

Tenth Amendment Effective Date” means July 15, 2021.

Test Period” means, at any time, the four consecutive fiscal quarters of Borrower then last ended (in each case taken as one accounting period) for which financial statements have been or are required to be delivered pursuant to this Agreement; provided, however, for purposes of the calculation of the applicable components of the financial covenants set forth in Article 9 hereof (a) for the Test Period ending June 30, 2017, such amounts shall be annualized by taking the results of the fiscal quarter ending June 30, 2017, and multiplying them by four (4); (b) for the Test Period ending on September 30, 2017, such amounts shall be annualized by taking the results of the two (2) fiscal quarters ending on such last day, and multiplying them by two (2); and (c) for the Test Period ending on December 31, 2017, such amounts shall be annualized by taking the results of the three (3) fiscal quarters ending on such last day, and multiplying them by four (4) and dividing them by three (3).

Third Amendment Effective Date” means January 31, 2018.

Total Credit Exposure” means, as of any date of determination thereof, the sum of the unused Aggregate Commitments at such time plus the Aggregate Revolving Credit Exposure at such time.

Type” means, with respect to a Portion, its character as a LIBOR Portion or a Base Rate Portion. “UCC” means Chapters 1 through 11 of the Texas Business and Commerce Code.

Unadjusted Benchmark Replacement” means the Benchmark Replacement excluding the Benchmark Replacement Adjustment.

Unfunded Pension Liability” means the excess, if any, of (a) the funding target as defined under Section 430(d) of the Code without regard to the special at-risk rules of Section 430(i) of the Code, over (b) the value of plan assets as defined under Section 430(g)(3)(A) of the Code determined as of the last day of each calendar year, without regard to the averaging which may be allowed under Section 430(g)(3)(B) of the Code and reduced for any prefunding balance or funding standard carryover balance as defined and provided for in Section 430(f) of the Code.

Unreimbursed Amount” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.2(c)(i).

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

U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate” has the meaning specified in Section 3.4(g)(ii)(B)(3).

 

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Utilization” means, as of any date of determination thereof, the percentage obtained by dividing the Aggregate Revolving Credit Exposure as of such date by the Aggregate Commitments as of such date.

WI/NRI Schedule” means a schedule comparing the working and net revenue interests of each well, lease or unit mortgaged to Administrative Agent as reflected on each applicable Mortgage, to the working and net revenue interests for such properties reflected in the Reserve Report, along with an explanation as to any material discrepancies between the two disclosures.

Withholding Agent” means each of Borrower and Administrative Agent.

Section 1.2 Accounting Matters.

(a) Generally. All accounting terms not specifically or completely defined herein shall be construed in conformity with, and all financial data (including financial ratios and other financial calculations) required to be submitted pursuant to this Agreement shall be prepared in conformity with, GAAP applied on a consistent basis, as in effect from time to time, applied in a manner consistent with that used in preparing the audited financial statements described in Section 6.2, except as otherwise specifically prescribed herein. Notwithstanding the foregoing, for purposes of determining compliance with any covenant (including the computation of any financial covenant) contained herein, Debt of Borrower and its Subsidiaries shall be deemed to be carried at 100% of the outstanding principal amount thereof, and the effects of ASC 825 on financial liabilities shall be disregarded.

(b) Changes in GAAP. If at any time any change in GAAP would affect the computation of any financial ratio or requirement set forth herein, and either Borrower or the Required Lenders shall so request, Administrative Agent, Lenders and Borrower shall negotiate in good faith to amend such ratio or requirement to preserve the original intent thereof in light of such change in GAAP (subject to the approval of the Required Lenders); provided that, until so amended, (i) such ratio or requirement shall continue to be computed in accordance with GAAP prior to such change therein and (ii) Borrower shall provide to Administrative Agent and Lenders financial statements and other documents required under this Agreement or as reasonably requested hereunder setting forth a reconciliation between calculations of such ratio or requirement made before and after giving effect to such change in GAAP.

Section 1.3 ERISA Matters. If, after the date hereof, there shall occur, with respect to ERISA, the adoption of any applicable Law, rule, or regulation, or any change therein, or any change in the interpretation, implementation or administration thereof by the PBGC or any other Governmental Authority, then either Borrower or Required Lenders may request a modification to this Agreement solely to preserve the original intent of this Agreement with respect to the provisions hereof applicable to ERISA, and the parties to this Agreement shall negotiate in good faith to complete such modification.

Section 1.4 Letter of Credit Amounts. Unless otherwise specified herein, the amount of a Letter of Credit at any time shall be deemed to be the stated amount of such Letter of Credit in effect at such time; provided, however, that with respect to any Letter of Credit that, by its terms or the terms of any Issuer Document related thereto, provides for one or more automatic increases in the stated amount thereof, the amount of such Letter of Credit shall be deemed to be the maximum stated amount of such Letter of Credit after giving effect to all such increases, whether or not such maximum stated amount is in effect at such time.

 

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Section 1.5 Other Definitional Provisions. All definitions contained in this Agreement are equally applicable to the singular and plural forms of the terms defined. The words “hereof”, “herein”, and “hereunder” and words of similar import referring to this Agreement refer to this Agreement as a whole and not to any particular provision of this Agreement. Unless otherwise specified, all references in a Loan Document to Articles, Sections, Exhibits and Schedules shall be construed to refer to Articles and Sections of, and Exhibits and Schedules to, the Loan Document in which such references appear. Terms used herein that are defined in the UCC, unless otherwise defined herein, shall have the meanings specified in the UCC. Any definition of or reference to any agreement, instrument or other document shall be construed as referring to such agreement, instrument or other document as from time to time amended, supplemented or otherwise modified (subject to any restrictions on such amendments, supplements or modifications set forth herein or in any other Loan Document). Any reference to any Law shall include all statutory and regulatory provisions consolidating, amending, replacing or interpreting such Law and any reference to any Law or regulation shall, unless otherwise specified, refer to such Law or regulation as amended, modified or supplemented from time to time. Words denoting gender shall be construed to include the masculine, feminine and neuter, when such construction is appropriate; and specific enumeration shall not exclude the general but shall be construed as cumulative; the word “or” is not exclusive; the word “including” (in its various forms) means “including, without limitation”; in the computation of periods of time, the word “from” means “from and including” and the words “to” and “until” mean “to but excluding”; and all references to money refer to the legal currency of the United States of America.

Section 1.6 Interpretative Provision. For purposes of Section 10.1, a breach of a financial covenant contained in Article 9 shall be deemed to have occurred as of any date of determination thereof by Borrower, the Required Lenders or as of the last date of any specified measurement period, regardless of when the financial statements or the Compliance Certificate reflecting such breach are delivered to Administrative Agent.

Section 1.7 Times of Day. Unless otherwise specified, all references herein to times of day shall be references to central time (daylight or standard, as applicable).

Section 1.8 Other Loan Documents. The other Loan Documents, including the Security Documents, and the Intercreditor Agreement contain representations, warranties, covenants, defaults and other provisions that are in addition to and not limited by, or a limitation of, similar provisions of this Agreement. Such provisions in such other Loan Documents and the Intercreditor Agreement may be different or more expansive than similar provisions of this Agreement and neither such differences nor such more expansive provisions shall be construed as a conflict.

Section 1.9 Divisions. For all purposes under the Loan Documents, in connection with any division or plan of division under Delaware law (or any comparable event under a different jurisdiction’s laws): (a) if any asset, right, obligation or liability of any Person becomes the asset, right, obligation or liability of a different Person, then it shall be deemed to have been transferred from the original Person to the subsequent Person, and (b) if any new Person comes into existence, such new Person shall be deemed to have been organized on the first date of its existence by the holders of its Equity Interests at such time.

 

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ARTICLE 2

THE COMMITMENTS AND CREDIT EXTENSIONS

Section 2.1 The Loans.

(a) Borrowings. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, each Lender severally agrees to make one or more revolving credit loans (each such loan, a “Loan”) to Borrower from time to time from the Closing Date until the Maturity Date in an aggregate principal amount for such Lender at any time outstanding up to but not exceeding the amount of such Lender’s Commitment, provided that the Aggregate Revolving Credit Exposure shall not exceed the Aggregate Commitments. Subject to the foregoing limitations, and the other terms and provisions of this Agreement, Borrower may borrow, repay, and reborrow Loans hereunder.

(b) Borrowing Procedure. Each Borrowing shall be made upon Borrower’s irrevocable notice to Administrative Agent, which may be given by telephone. Each such notice must be received by Administrative Agent not later than 11:00 a.m. on the requested date of any Borrowing of a Base Rate Portion. Each telephonic notice by Borrower pursuant to this Section 2.1(b) must be confirmed promptly by delivery to Administrative Agent of a written Borrowing Request, appropriately completed and signed by a Responsible Officer of Borrower. Except as provided in Section 2.2(c), each Borrowing of or conversion to a Base Rate Portion shall be in a principal amount of $250,000 or a whole multiple of $50,000 in excess thereof; provided that a Base Rate Portion may be in an amount equal to the Revolving Credit Availability. Each Borrowing Request (whether telephonic or written) shall specify (A) the requested date of the Borrowing, conversion or continuation, as the case may be (which shall be a Business Day) and (B) the principal amount of Portions to be borrowed. Notwithstanding the foregoing, (i) any Borrowing of a LIBOR Portion shall be converted to a Borrowing of a Base Rate Portion on or about the Fourth Amendment Effective Date, and (ii) as of the Fourth Amendment Effective Date and thereafter, no Borrowing of a LIBOR Portion, continuation of a LIBOR Portion, or conversion to a LIBOR Portion shall be permitted hereunder.

(c) Funding. Following receipt of a Borrowing Request, Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each Lender of the amount of its Applicable Percentage of the applicable Portions, and if no timely notice of a conversion or continuation is provided by Borrower, Administrative Agent shall notify each Lender of the details of any automatic conversion to Base Rate Portions as described in Section 2.1(b). In the case of a Borrowing, each Lender shall make the amount of its Loan available to Administrative Agent in immediately available funds at Administrative Agent’s Principal Office not later than 1:00 p.m. on the Business Day specified in the applicable Borrowing Request. Upon satisfaction of the applicable conditions set forth in Section 5.2 (and, if such Borrowing is the initial Credit Extension, Section 5.1), Administrative Agent shall make all funds so received available to Borrower in like funds as received by Administrative Agent either by (i) crediting the account of Borrower on the books of LegacyTexas Bank with the amount of such funds or (ii) wire transfer of such funds, in each case in accordance with instructions provided to (and reasonably acceptable to) Administrative Agent by Borrower; provided, however, that if, on the date the Borrowing Request with respect to such Borrowing is given by Borrower, there are L/C Borrowings outstanding, then the proceeds of such Borrowing, first, shall be applied to the payment in full of any such L/C Borrowings, and second, shall be made available to Borrower as provided above.

(d) [Reserved].

(e) Notifications. Administrative Agent shall promptly notify Borrower and Lenders of the interest rate applicable to any Interest Period for LIBOR Portions upon determination of such interest rate. At any time that Base Rate Portions are outstanding, Administrative Agent shall notify Borrower and Lenders of any change in LegacyTexas Bank’s prime rate used in determining the Base Rate promptly following the public announcement of such change.

(f) [Reserved].

 

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Section 2.2 Letters of Credit.

(a) The Letter of Credit Commitment.

(i) Subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein, (A) L/C Issuer agrees, in reliance upon the agreements of Lenders set forth in this Section 2.2, (1) from time to time on any Business Day during the period from the Closing Date until the Letter of Credit Expiration Date, to issue Letters of Credit for the account of Borrower or its Subsidiaries, and to amend Letters of Credit previously issued by it, in accordance with subsection (b) below, and (2) to honor drawings under the Letters of Credit; and (B) Lenders severally agree to participate in Letters of Credit issued for the account of Borrower or its Subsidiaries and any drawings thereunder; provided that after giving effect to any L/C Credit Extension with respect to any Letter of Credit, (x) the Aggregate Revolving Credit Exposure shall not exceed the Aggregate Commitments, (y) the Revolving Credit Exposure of any Lender shall not exceed such Lender’s Commitment, and (z) the Outstanding Amount of the L/C Obligations shall not exceed the Letter of Credit Sublimit. Each request by Borrower for the issuance or amendment of a Letter of Credit shall be deemed to be a representation by Borrower that the L/C Credit Extension so requested complies with the conditions set forth in the proviso to the preceding sentence. Within the foregoing limits, and subject to the terms and conditions hereof, Borrower’s ability to obtain Letters of Credit shall be fully revolving, and accordingly Borrower may, during the foregoing period, obtain Letters of Credit to replace Letters of Credit that have expired or that have been drawn upon and reimbursed.

(ii) L/C Issuer shall not issue any Letter of Credit, if:

(A) the expiry date of the requested Letter of Credit would occur more than 12 months after the date of issuance (or, if issued in favor of the Texas Railroad Commission, 15 months following the date of issuance), unless Required Lenders have approved such expiry date; or

(B) the expiry date of the requested Letter of Credit would occur after the Letter of Credit Expiration Date, unless all Lenders have approved such expiry date.

(iii) L/C Issuer shall not be under any obligation to issue any Letter of Credit if:

(A) any order, judgment or decree of any Governmental Authority or arbitrator shall by its terms purport to enjoin or restrain L/C Issuer from issuing the Letter of Credit, or any Law applicable to L/C Issuer or any request or directive (whether or not having the force of law) from any Governmental Authority with jurisdiction over L/C Issuer shall prohibit, or request that L/C Issuer refrain from, the issuance of letters of credit generally or the Letter of Credit in particular or shall impose upon L/C Issuer with respect to the Letter of Credit any restriction, reserve or capital requirement (for which L/C Issuer is not otherwise compensated hereunder) not in effect on the Closing Date, or shall impose upon L/C Issuer any unreimbursed loss, cost or expense which was not applicable on the Closing Date and which L/C Issuer in good faith deems material to it;

 

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(B) the issuance of the Letter of Credit would violate one or more policies of L/C Issuer applicable to letters of credit generally;

(C) except as otherwise agreed by Administrative Agent and L/C Issuer, the Letter of Credit is in an initial stated amount less than $25,000;

(D) the Letter of Credit is to be denominated in a currency other than Dollars;

(E) any Lender is at that time a Defaulting Lender, unless L/C Issuer has entered into arrangements, including the delivery of Cash Collateral, satisfactory to L/C Issuer (in its sole discretion) with Borrower or such Lender to eliminate L/C Issuer’s actual or potential Fronting Exposure (after giving effect to Section 12.22(a)(iv)) with respect to such Defaulting Lender arising from either the Letter of Credit then proposed to be issued or that Letter of Credit and all other L/C Obligations as to which L/C Issuer has actual or potential Fronting Exposure, as it may elect in its sole discretion; or

(F) the Letter of Credit contains any provisions for automatic reinstatement of the stated amount after any drawing thereunder.

(iv) L/C Issuer shall not amend any Letter of Credit if L/C Issuer would not be permitted at such time to issue the Letter of Credit in its amended form under the terms hereof.

(v) L/C Issuer shall be under no obligation to amend any Letter of Credit if (A) L/C Issuer would have no obligation at such time to issue the Letter of Credit in its amended form under the terms hereof, or (B) the beneficiary of the Letter of Credit does not accept the proposed amendment to the Letter of Credit.

(vi) L/C Issuer shall act on behalf of Lenders with respect to any Letters of Credit issued by it and the documents associated therewith, and L/C Issuer shall have all of the benefits and immunities (A) provided to Administrative Agent in Article 11 with respect to any acts taken or omissions suffered by L/C Issuer in connection with Letters of Credit issued by it or proposed to be issued by it and Issuer Documents pertaining to such Letters of Credit as fully as if the term “Administrative Agent” as used in Article 11 included L/C Issuer with respect to such acts or omissions, and (B) as additionally provided herein with respect to L/C Issuer.

(b) Procedures for Issuance and Amendment of Letters of Credit.

(i) Each Letter of Credit shall be issued or amended, as the case may be, upon the request of Borrower delivered to L/C Issuer (with a copy to Administrative Agent) in the form of a Letter of Credit Application, appropriately completed and signed by a Responsible Officer of Borrower. Such Letter of Credit Application may be sent by facsimile, by United States mail, by overnight courier, by electronic transmission using the system provided by L/C Issuer, by personal delivery, or by any other means acceptable to L/C Issuer. Such Letter of Credit Application must be received by L/C Issuer and Administrative Agent not later than 11:00 a.m. at least two Business Days (or such later date and time as Administrative Agent and L/C Issuer may agree in a particular instance in their sole discretion) prior to the proposed issuance date or date of amendment, as the case

 

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may be. In the case of a request for an initial issuance of a Letter of Credit, such Letter of Credit Application shall specify in form and detail satisfactory to L/C Issuer: (A) the proposed issuance date of the requested Letter of Credit (which shall be a Business Day); (B) the amount thereof; (C) the expiry date thereof; (D) the name and address of the beneficiary thereof; (E) the documents to be presented by such beneficiary in case of any drawing thereunder; (F) the full text of any certificate to be presented by such beneficiary in case of any drawing thereunder; (G) the purpose and nature of the requested Letter of Credit; and (H) such other matters as L/C Issuer may reasonably require. In the case of a request for an amendment of any outstanding Letter of Credit, such Letter of Credit Application shall specify in form and detail satisfactory to L/C Issuer (1) the Letter of Credit to be amended; (2) the proposed date of amendment thereof (which shall be a Business Day); (3) the nature of the proposed amendment; and (4) such other matters as L/C Issuer may reasonably require. Additionally, Borrower shall furnish to L/C Issuer and Administrative Agent such other documents and information pertaining to such requested Letter of Credit issuance or amendment, including any Issuer Documents, as L/C Issuer or Administrative Agent may reasonably require.

(ii) Promptly after receipt of any Letter of Credit Application, L/C Issuer will confirm with Administrative Agent (by telephone or in writing) that Administrative Agent has received a copy of such Letter of Credit Application from Borrower and, if not, L/C Issuer will provide Administrative Agent with a copy thereof. Unless L/C Issuer has received written notice from any Lender, Administrative Agent or any Obligated Party, at least one Business Day prior to the requested date of issuance or amendment of the applicable Letter of Credit that one or more applicable conditions contained in Article 5 shall not then be satisfied, then, subject to the terms and conditions hereof, L/C Issuer shall, on the requested date, issue a Letter of Credit for the account of Borrower (or the applicable Subsidiary) or enter into the applicable amendment, as the case may be, in each case in accordance with L/C Issuer’s usual and customary business practices. Immediately upon the issuance of each Letter of Credit, each Lender shall be deemed to, and hereby irrevocably and unconditionally agrees to, purchase from L/C Issuer a risk participation in such Letter of Credit in an amount equal to the product of such Lender’s Applicable Percentage times the amount of such Letter of Credit.

(iii) Promptly after its delivery of any Letter of Credit or any amendment to a Letter of Credit to an advising bank with respect thereto or to the beneficiary thereof, L/C Issuer will also deliver to Borrower and Administrative Agent a true and complete copy of such Letter of Credit or amendment.

(c) Drawings and Reimbursements; Funding of Participations.

(i) Upon receipt from the beneficiary of any Letter of Credit of any notice of a drawing under such Letter of Credit, L/C Issuer shall notify Borrower and Administrative Agent thereof. Not later than 11:00 a.m. on the date of any payment by L/C Issuer under a Letter of Credit (each such date, an “Honor Date”), Borrower shall reimburse L/C Issuer through Administrative Agent in an amount equal to the amount of such drawing. If Borrower fails to so reimburse L/C Issuer by such time, Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each Lender of the Honor Date, the amount of the unreimbursed drawing (the “Unreimbursed Amount”), and the amount of such Lender’s Applicable Percentage thereof. In such event, Borrower shall be deemed to have requested a Borrowing to be disbursed on the Honor Date in an amount equal to the Unreimbursed Amount, subject to the amount of the unutilized portion of Revolving Credit Availability and the conditions

 

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set forth in Section 5.2 (other than the delivery of a Borrowing Request). Any notice given by L/C Issuer or Administrative Agent pursuant to this Section 2.2(c)(i) may be given by telephone if immediately confirmed in writing; provided that the lack of such an immediate confirmation shall not affect the conclusiveness or binding effect of such notice.

(ii) Each Lender shall upon any notice pursuant to Section 2.2(c)(i) make funds available (and Administrative Agent may apply Cash Collateral provided for this purpose) for the account of L/C Issuer at Administrative Agent’s Principal Office in an amount equal to its Applicable Percentage of the Unreimbursed Amount not later than 1:00 p.m. on the Business Day specified in such notice by Administrative Agent, whereupon, subject to the provisions of Section 2.2(c)(iii), each Lender that so makes funds available shall be deemed to have made a Loan (or, if the conditions set forth in Section 5.2 are not satisfied, an L/C Borrowing as further described in clause (iii) below) to Borrower in such amount. Administrative Agent shall remit the funds so received to L/C Issuer.

(iii) With respect to any Unreimbursed Amount that is not fully refinanced by a Borrowing because the conditions set forth in Section 5.2 cannot be satisfied or for any other reason, Borrower shall be deemed to have incurred from L/C Issuer an L/C Borrowing in the amount of the Unreimbursed Amount that is not so refinanced, which L/C Borrowing shall be due and payable on demand (together with interest) and shall bear interest at the Default Interest Rate. In such event, each Lender’s payment to Administrative Agent for the account of L/C Issuer pursuant to Section 2.2(c)(ii) shall be deemed payment in respect of its participation in such L/C Borrowing and shall constitute an L/C Advance from such Lender in satisfaction of its participation obligation under this Section 2.2.

(iv) Until each Lender funds its Loan or L/C Advance pursuant to this Section 2.2(c) to reimburse L/C Issuer for any amount drawn under any Letter of Credit, interest in respect of such Lender’s Applicable Percentage of such amount shall be solely for the account of L/C Issuer.

(v) Each Lender’s obligation to make Loans or L/C Advances to reimburse L/C Issuer for amounts drawn under Letters of Credit, as contemplated by this Section 2.2(c), shall be absolute and unconditional and shall not be affected by any circumstance, including (A) any setoff, counterclaim, recoupment, defense or other right which such Lender may have against L/C Issuer, Borrower or any other Person for any reason whatsoever; (B) the occurrence or continuance of a Default, or (C) any other occurrence, event or condition, whether or not similar to any of the foregoing; provided, however, that each Lender’s obligation to make Loans (but not its obligation to fund its pro rata share of L/C Advances) pursuant to this Section 2.2(c) is subject to the conditions set forth in Section 5.2 (other than delivery by Borrower of a Borrowing Request). No such making of an L/C Advance shall relieve or otherwise impair the obligation of Borrower to reimburse L/C Issuer for the amount of any payment made by L/C Issuer under any Letter of Credit, together with interest as provided herein.

(vi) If any Lender fails to make available to Administrative Agent for the account of L/C Issuer any amount required to be paid by such Lender pursuant to the foregoing provisions of this Section 2.2(c) by the time specified in Section 2.2(c)(ii), then, without limiting the other provisions of this Agreement, L/C Issuer shall be entitled to recover from such Lender (acting through Administrative Agent), on demand, such amount with interest thereon for the period from the date such payment is required to the date on

 

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which such payment is immediately available to L/C Issuer at a rate per annum equal to the greater of the Federal Funds Rate and a rate determined by L/C Issuer in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation, plus any administrative, processing or similar fees customarily charged by L/C Issuer in connection with the foregoing. If such Lender pays such amount (with interest and fees as aforesaid), the amount so paid shall constitute such Lender’s Loan included in the relevant Borrowing or L/C Advance in respect of the relevant L/C Borrowing, as the case may be. A certificate of L/C Issuer submitted to any Lender (through Administrative Agent) with respect to any amounts owing under this clause (vi) shall be conclusive absent manifest error.

(d) Repayment of Participations.

(i) At any time after L/C Issuer has made a payment under any Letter of Credit and has received from any Lender such Lender’s L/C Advance in respect of such payment in accordance with Section 2.2(c), if Administrative Agent receives for the account of L/C Issuer any payment in respect of the related Unreimbursed Amount or interest thereon (whether directly from Borrower or otherwise, including proceeds of Cash Collateral applied thereto by Administrative Agent), Administrative Agent will distribute to such Lender its Applicable Percentage thereof in the same funds as those received by Administrative Agent.

(ii) If any payment received by Administrative Agent for the account of L/C Issuer pursuant to Section 2.2(c)(i) is required to be returned under any of the circumstances described in Section 12.24 (including pursuant to any settlement entered into by L/C Issuer in its discretion), each Lender shall pay to Administrative Agent for the account of L/C Issuer its Applicable Percentage thereof on demand of Administrative Agent, plus interest thereon from the date of such demand to the date such amount is returned by such Lender, at a rate per annum equal to the Federal Funds Rate from time to time in effect. The obligations of Lenders under this clause shall survive the payment in full of the Obligations and the termination of this Agreement.

(e) Obligations Absolute. The obligation of Borrower to reimburse L/C Issuer for each drawing under each Letter of Credit and to repay each L/C Borrowing shall be absolute, unconditional and irrevocable, and shall be paid strictly in accordance with the terms of this Agreement under all circumstances, including the following:

(i) any lack of validity or enforceability of such Letter of Credit, this Agreement, or any other Loan Document;

(ii) the existence of any claim, counterclaim, setoff, defense or other right that Borrower or any Subsidiary may have at any time against any beneficiary or any transferee of such Letter of Credit (or any Person for whom any such beneficiary or any such transferee may be acting), L/C Issuer or any other Person, whether in connection with this Agreement, the transactions contemplated hereby or by such Letter of Credit or any agreement or instrument relating thereto, or any unrelated transaction;

(iii) any draft, demand, certificate or other document presented under such Letter of Credit proving to be forged, fraudulent, invalid or insufficient in any respect or any statement therein being untrue or inaccurate in any respect; or any loss or delay in the transmission or otherwise of any document required in order to make a drawing under such Letter of Credit;

 

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(iv) waiver by L/C Issuer of any requirement that exists for L/C Issuer’s protection and not the protection of Borrower or any waiver by L/C Issuer which does not in fact materially prejudice Borrower;

(v) honor of a demand for payment presented electronically even if such Letter of Credit requires that demand be in the form of a draft;

(vi) any payment made by L/C Issuer in respect of an otherwise complying item presented after the date specified as the expiration date of, or the date by which documents must be received under such Letter of Credit if presentation after such date is authorized by the UCC or the ISP, as applicable;

(vii) any payment by L/C Issuer under such Letter of Credit against presentation of a draft or certificate that does not strictly comply with the terms of such Letter of Credit; or any payment made by L/C Issuer under such Letter of Credit to any Person purporting to be a trustee in bankruptcy, debtor-in-possession, assignee for the benefit of creditors, liquidator, receiver or other representative of or successor to any beneficiary or any transferee of such Letter of Credit, including any arising in connection with any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law; or

(viii) any other circumstance or happening whatsoever, whether or not similar to any of the foregoing, including any other circumstance that might otherwise constitute a defense available to, or a discharge of, Borrower or any Subsidiary.

Borrower shall promptly examine a copy of each Letter of Credit and each amendment thereto that is delivered to it and, in the event of any claim of noncompliance with Borrower’s instructions or other irregularity, Borrower will immediately notify L/C Issuer. Borrower shall be conclusively deemed to have waived any such claim against L/C Issuer and its correspondents unless such notice is given as aforesaid.

(f) Role of L/C Issuer. Each Lender and Borrower agree that, in paying any drawing under a Letter of Credit, L/C Issuer shall not have any responsibility to obtain any document (other than any sight draft, certificates and documents expressly required by the Letter of Credit) or to ascertain or inquire as to the validity or accuracy of any such document or the authority of the Person executing or delivering any such document. None of L/C Issuer, Administrative Agent, any of their respective Related Parties nor any correspondent, participant or assignee of L/C Issuer shall be liable to any Lender for (i) any action taken or omitted in connection herewith at the request or with the approval of Required Lenders; (ii) any action taken or omitted in the absence of gross negligence or willful misconduct; or (iii) the due execution, effectiveness, validity or enforceability of any document or instrument related to any Letter of Credit or Issuer Document. Borrower hereby assumes all risks of the acts or omissions of any beneficiary or transferee with respect to its use of any Letter of Credit; provided, however, that this assumption is not intended to, and shall not, preclude Borrower’s pursuing such rights and remedies as it may have against the beneficiary or transferee at law or under any other agreement. None of L/C Issuer, Administrative Agent, any of their respective Related Parties nor any correspondent, participant or assignee of L/C Issuer shall be liable or responsible for any of the matters described in clauses (i) through (viii) of Section 2.2(e); provided, however, that anything in such clauses to the contrary notwithstanding, Borrower may have a claim against L/C Issuer, and L/C Issuer may be liable to Borrower, to the extent, but only to the extent, of any direct, as opposed to consequential or exemplary, damages suffered by Borrower which Borrower proves were caused by L/C Issuer’s willful misconduct or gross negligence or L/C Issuer’s willful failure to pay under any Letter of Credit after the presentation to

 

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it by the beneficiary of a sight draft and certificate(s) strictly complying with the terms and conditions of a Letter of Credit. In furtherance and not in limitation of the foregoing, L/C Issuer may accept documents that appear on their face to be in order, without responsibility for further investigation, regardless of any notice or information to the contrary, and L/C Issuer shall not be responsible for the validity or sufficiency of any instrument transferring or assigning or purporting to transfer or assign a Letter of Credit or the rights or benefits thereunder or proceeds thereof, in whole or in part, which may prove to be invalid or ineffective for any reason. L/C Issuer may send a Letter of Credit or conduct any communication to or from the beneficiary via the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication message or overnight courier, or any other commercially reasonable means of communicating with a beneficiary.

(g) Applicability of ISP; Limitation of Liability. Unless otherwise expressly agreed by L/C Issuer and Borrower when a Letter of Credit is issued, the rules of the ISP shall apply to such Letter of Credit. Notwithstanding the foregoing, L/C Issuer shall not be responsible to Borrower for, and L/C Issuer’s rights and remedies against Borrower shall not be impaired by, any action or inaction of L/C Issuer required or permitted under any Law, order, or practice that is required or permitted to be applied to any Letter of Credit or this Agreement, including the Law or any order of a jurisdiction where L/C Issuer or the beneficiary is located, the practice stated in the ISP or in the decisions, opinions, practice statements, or official commentary of the ICC Banking Commission, the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade – International Financial Services Association (BAFT-IFSA), or the Institute of International Banking Law & Practice, whether or not any Letter of Credit or other Issuer Document chooses such Law or practice.

(h) Fronting Fee and Documentary and Processing Charges Payable to L/C Issuer. Borrower shall pay directly to L/C Issuer for its own account a fronting fee with respect to each Letter of Credit, at the rate per annum separately agreed between Borrower and L/C Issuer, computed on the daily amount available to be drawn under such Letter of Credit and payable on a quarterly basis in advance. Such fronting fee shall be due and payable upon the issuance or renewal of such Letter of Credit for the period from the date of issuance or renewal through the end of the first calendar quarter ending after such date and on the first Business Day of each April, July, October and January thereafter. For purposes of computing the daily amount available to be drawn under any Letter of Credit, the amount of such Letter of Credit shall be determined in accordance with Section 1.4. In addition, Borrower shall pay directly to L/C Issuer for its own account the customary issuance, presentation, amendment and other processing fees, and other standard costs and charges, of L/C Issuer relating to letters of credit as from time to time in effect. Such customary fees and standard costs and charges are due and payable on demand and are nonrefundable.

(i) Conflict with Issuer Documents. In the event of any conflict between the terms hereof and the terms of any Issuer Document, the terms hereof shall control.

(j) Letters of Credit Issued for Subsidiaries. Notwithstanding that a Letter of Credit issued or outstanding hereunder is in support of any obligations of, or is for the account of, a Subsidiary, Borrower shall be obligated to reimburse L/C Issuer hereunder for any and all drawings under such Letter of Credit. Borrower hereby acknowledges that the issuance of Letters of Credit for the account of Subsidiaries inures to the benefit of Borrower, and that Borrower’s business derives substantial benefits from the businesses of such Subsidiaries.

 

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Section 2.3 Fees.

(a) Fees. Borrower agrees to pay to Administrative Agent and Arranger, for the account of Administrative Agent, Arranger and each Lender, as applicable, fees, in the amounts and on the dates set forth in the Fee Letter.

(b) Letter of Credit Fees. Borrower shall pay to Administrative Agent for the account of each Lender in accordance, subject to Section 12.22, with its Applicable Percentage a Letter of Credit fee (the “Letter of Credit Fee”) for each Letter of Credit equal to the Applicable Rate times the daily amount available to be drawn under such Letter of Credit; provided, that the Letter of Credit Fee due and payable on the date of issuance of a Letter of Credit, as set forth below, shall not be less than $1,000. For purposes of computing the daily amount available to be drawn under any Letter of Credit, the amount of such Letter of Credit shall be determined in accordance with Section 1.4. Letter of Credit Fees for each Letter of Credit shall be (i) due and payable in arrears on the first Business Day of each April, July, October and January thereafter so long as such Letter of Credit remains outstanding and (ii) computed on a quarterly basis in arrears. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein while any Event of Default exists, all Letter of Credit Fees shall accrue at the Default Interest Rate.

(c) Commitment Fees. Borrower agrees to pay to Administrative Agent for the account of each Lender in accordance, subject to Section 12.22, with its Applicable Percentage a commitment fee on the daily average unused amount of the Commitment of such Lender for the period from and including the date of this Agreement to and including the Maturity Date (including at any time during which one or more of the conditions in Article 5 is not met), at a rate equal one-half percent (0.50%) per annum. Accrued commitment fees shall be payable quarterly in arrears on the first day of each April, July, October, and January during the term of this Agreement and on the Maturity Date.

Section 2.4 Payments Generally; Administrative Agents Clawback.

(a) General. All payments of principal, interest, and other amounts to be made by Borrower under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents shall be made to Administrative Agent for the account of Administrative Agent or L/C Issuer or the pro rata accounts of the applicable Lenders, as applicable, at the Principal Office in Dollars and immediately available funds, without setoff, deduction, or counterclaim, and free and clear of all Taxes , except as required by applicable Law, at the time and in the manner provided herein. Payments by check or draft shall not constitute payment in immediately available funds until the required amount is actually received by Administrative Agent in full. Payments in immediately available funds received by Administrative Agent in the place designated for payment on a Business Day prior to 11:00 a.m. at such place of payment shall be credited prior to the close of business on the Business Day received, while payments received by Administrative Agent on a day other than a Business Day or after 11:00 a.m. on a Business Day shall not be credited until the next succeeding Business Day. If any payment of principal or interest on the Notes shall become due and payable on a day other than a Business Day, then such payment shall be made on the next succeeding Business Day. Any such extension of time for payment shall be included in computing interest which has accrued and shall be payable in connection with such payment. Administrative Agent is hereby authorized upon notice to Borrower to charge the account of Borrower maintained with Administrative Agent for each payment of principal, interest and fees as it becomes due hereunder.

(b) Funding by Lenders; Presumption by Administrative Agent. Unless Administrative Agent shall have received notice from a Lender that such Lender will not make available to Administrative Agent such Lender’s share of a Borrowing, Administrative Agent may assume that such Lender has made such share available on such date in accordance with this

 

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Agreement and may, in reliance upon such assumption, make available to Borrower a corresponding amount. In such event, if a Lender has not in fact made its share of the applicable Borrowing available to Administrative Agent, then the applicable Lender and Borrower severally agree to pay to Administrative Agent forthwith on demand such corresponding amount with interest thereon, for each day from and including the date such amount is made available to Borrower to but excluding the date of payment to Administrative Agent, at (i) in the case of a payment to be made by such Lender, the greater of the Federal Funds Rate and a rate determined by Administrative Agent in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation, and (ii) in the case of a payment to be made by Borrower, the interest rate applicable to the applicable Borrowing. If Borrower and such Lender shall pay such interest to Administrative Agent for the same or an overlapping period, Administrative Agent shall promptly remit to Borrower the amount of such interest paid by Borrower for such period. If such Lender pays its share of the applicable Borrowing to Administrative Agent, then the amount so paid shall constitute such Lender’s Loan. Any payment by Borrower shall be without prejudice to any claim Borrower may have against a Lender that shall have failed to make such payment to Administrative Agent.

(c) Payments by Borrower; Presumption by Administrative Agent. Unless Administrative Agent shall have received notice from Borrower prior to the date on which any payment is due to Administrative Agent for the account of L/C Issuer or the applicable Lenders hereunder that Borrower will not make such payment, Administrative Agent may assume that Borrower has made such payment on such date in accordance herewith and may, in reliance upon such assumption, distribute to L/C Issuer or the applicable Lenders the amount due. In such event, if Borrower has not in fact made such payment, then L/C Issuer or each applicable Lender, as applicable, severally agrees to repay to Administrative Agent forthwith on demand the amount so distributed to L/C Issuer or such Lender, with interest thereon, for each day from and including the date such amount is distributed to it to but excluding the date of payment to Administrative Agent, at the greater of the Federal Funds Rate and a rate determined by Administrative Agent in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation.

Section 2.5 Evidence of Debt.

(a) The Loans made by each Lender shall be evidenced by one or more accounts or records maintained by such Lender and by Administrative Agent in the ordinary course of business; provided that such Lender or Administrative Agent may, in addition, request that such Loans be evidenced by the Notes. The Credit Extensions made by L/C Issuer shall be evidenced by one or more accounts or records maintained by L/C Issuer and by Administrative Agent in the ordinary course of business. The accounts or records maintained by Administrative Agent, L/C Issuer, and each Lender shall be conclusive absent manifest error of the amount of the Credit Extensions made to Borrower and, with respect to Letters of Credit issued for the account of a Subsidiary, such Subsidiary and the interest and payments thereon. Any failure to so record or any error in doing so shall not, however, limit or otherwise affect the obligation of Borrower hereunder to pay any amount owing with respect to the Obligations. In the event of any conflict between the accounts and records maintained by L/C Issuer or any Lender and the accounts and records of Administrative Agent in respect of such matters, the accounts and records of Administrative Agent shall control in the absence of manifest error.

(b) In addition to the accounts and records referred to in Section 2.5(a) above, each Lender and Administrative Agent shall maintain in accordance with its usual practice accounts or records evidencing the purchases and sales by such Lender of participations in Letters of Credit. In the event of any conflict between the accounts and records maintained by Administrative Agent and the accounts and records of any Lender in respect of such matters, the accounts and records of Administrative Agent shall control in the absence of manifest error.

 

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Section 2.6 Cash Collateral.

(a) Certain Credit Support Events. If (i) L/C Issuer has honored any full or partial drawing request under any Letter of Credit and such drawing has resulted in an L/C Borrowing, (ii) as of the Letter of Credit Expiration Date, any L/C Obligation for any reason remains outstanding, (iii) Borrower shall be required to provide Cash Collateral pursuant to Section 10.2, or (iv) there shall exist a Defaulting Lender, Borrower shall immediately (in the case of clause (iii) above) or within one Business Day (in all other cases) following any request by Administrative Agent or L/C Issuer, provide Cash Collateral in an amount not less than the applicable Minimum Collateral Amount (determined, in the case of Cash Collateral provided pursuant to clause (iv) above, after giving effect to Section 12.22(a)(iv) and any Cash Collateral provided by the Defaulting Lender).

(b) Grant of Security Interest. Borrower, and to the extent provided by any Defaulting Lender, such Defaulting Lender, hereby grants to (and subjects to the control of) Administrative Agent, for the benefit of Administrative Agent, L/C Issuer and Lenders, and agrees to maintain, a first priority security interest in all such Cash Collateral and all other Property so provided as Collateral pursuant hereto, and in all proceeds of the foregoing, all as security for the obligations to which such Cash Collateral may be applied pursuant to Section 2.6(c). If at any time Administrative Agent determines that Cash Collateral is subject to any right or claim of any Person other than Administrative Agent or L/C Issuer as herein provided, or that the total amount of such Cash Collateral is less than the Minimum Collateral Amount, Borrower will, promptly upon demand by Administrative Agent, pay or provide to Administrative Agent additional Cash Collateral in an amount sufficient to eliminate such deficiency. All Cash Collateral (other than credit support not constituting funds subject to deposit) shall be maintained in one or more blocked, non-interest bearing deposit accounts at LegacyTexas Bank. Borrower shall pay on demand therefor from time to time all customary account opening, activity and other administrative fees and charges in connection with the maintenance and disbursement of Cash Collateral.

(c) Application. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, Cash Collateral provided under any of this Section 2.6 or Sections 2.2, 10.2 or 12.22 in respect of Letters of Credit shall be held and applied to the satisfaction of the specific L/C Obligations, obligations to fund participations therein (including, as to Cash Collateral provided by a Defaulting Lender, any interest accrued on such obligation) and other obligations for which the Cash Collateral was so provided, prior to any other application of such Property as may otherwise be provided for herein.

(d) Release. Cash Collateral (or the appropriate portion thereof) provided to reduce Fronting Exposure or to secure other obligations shall be released promptly following (i) the elimination of the applicable Fronting Exposure or other obligations giving rise thereto, including by the termination of Defaulting Lender status of the applicable Lender (or, as appropriate, its assignee following compliance with Section 12.8(b)(vii)) or (ii) the determination by Administrative Agent and L/C Issuer that there exists excess Cash Collateral; provided, however, (x) with respect to Cash Collateral provided by Borrower, any such release shall be without prejudice to, and any disbursement or other transfer of Cash Collateral shall be and remain subject to, any other Lien conferred under the Loan Documents and the other applicable provisions of the Loan Documents, and (y) the Person providing Cash Collateral and L/C Issuer may agree that Cash Collateral shall not be released but instead held to support future anticipated Fronting Exposure or other obligations.

 

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Section 2.7 Interest; Payment Terms.

(a) Loans – Payment of Principal and Interest; Revolving Nature. From and after the Fourth Amendment Effective Date, the unpaid principal amount of each Portion of the Loans shall, subject to the following sentence and Section 2.7(f), bear interest at the Applicable Rate. If at any time such rate of interest would exceed the Maximum Rate but for the provisions thereof limiting interest to the Maximum Rate, then any subsequent reduction shall not reduce the rate of interest on the Loans below the Maximum Rate until the aggregate amount of interest accrued on the Loans equals the aggregate amount of interest which would have accrued on the Loans if the interest rate had not been limited by the Maximum Rate. All accrued but unpaid interest on the principal balance of the Loans shall be payable on each Payment Date and on the Maturity Date, provided that interest accruing at the Default Interest Rate pursuant to Section 2.7(f) shall be payable on demand. The then Outstanding Amount of the Loans and all accrued but unpaid interest thereon shall be due and payable on the Maturity Date. The unpaid principal balance of the Loans at any time shall be the total amount advanced hereunder by Lenders less the amount of principal payments made thereon by or for Borrower, which balance may be endorsed on the Notes from time to time by Lenders or otherwise noted in Lenders’ and/or Administrative Agent’s records, which notations shall be, absent manifest error, conclusive evidence of the amounts owing hereunder from time to time.

(b) Application. Except as expressly provided herein or in the Intercreditor Agreement to the contrary, all payments on the Obligations under the Loan Documents shall be applied in the following order of priority: (i) the payment or reimbursement of any expenses, costs or obligations (other than the outstanding principal amount thereof and interest thereon) for which Borrower shall be obligated or Administrative Agent, L/C Issuer, or any Lender shall be entitled pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement, the Notes or the other Loan Documents; (ii) the payment of accrued but unpaid interest thereon; and (iii) the payment of all or any portion of the principal balance thereof then outstanding hereunder as directed by Borrower. If an Event of Default exists under this Agreement, the Notes or under any of the other Loan Documents, any such payment shall be applied as provided in Section 10.3 below.

(c) Computation Period. Interest on the Loans and all other amounts payable by Borrower hereunder on a per annum basis shall be computed on the basis of a 360-day year and the actual number of days elapsed (including the first day but excluding the last day) unless such calculation would result in a usurious rate, in which case interest shall be calculated on the basis of a 365-day year or 366-day year, as the case may be. In computing the number of days during which interest accrues, the day on which funds are initially advanced shall be included regardless of the time of day such advance is made, and the day on which funds are repaid shall be included unless repayment is credited prior to the close of business on the Business Day received. Each determination by Administrative Agent of an interest rate or fee hereunder shall be conclusive and binding for all purposes, absent manifest error.

(d) Unconditional Payment. Borrower is and shall be obligated to pay all principal, interest and any and all other amounts which become payable under any of the Loan Documents absolutely and unconditionally and without any abatement, postponement, diminution or deduction whatsoever and without any reduction for counterclaim or setoff whatsoever, in each case, except as required by applicable Law. If at any time any payment received by Administrative Agent hereunder shall be deemed by a court of competent jurisdiction to have been a voidable preference or fraudulent conveyance under any Debtor Relief Law, then the obligation to make such payment shall survive any cancellation or satisfaction of the Obligations under the Loan Documents and shall not be discharged or satisfied with any prior payment thereof or cancellation of such Obligations, but shall remain a valid and binding obligation enforceable in accordance with the terms and provisions hereof, and such payment shall be immediately due and payable upon demand.

 

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(e) Partial or Incomplete Payments. Remittances in payment of any part of the Obligations under the Loan Documents other than in the required amount in immediately available funds at the place where such Obligations are payable shall not, regardless of any receipt or credit issued therefor, constitute payment until the required amount is actually received by Administrative Agent in full in accordance herewith and shall be made and accepted subject to the condition that any check or draft may be handled for collection in accordance with the practice of the collecting bank or banks. Acceptance by Administrative Agent of any payment in an amount less than the full amount then due shall be deemed an acceptance on account only, and the failure to pay the entire amount then due shall be and continue to be an Event of Default.

(f) Default Interest Rate. For so long as any Event of Default exists, regardless of whether or not there has been an acceleration of the Loans, and at all times after the maturity of the Loans (whether by acceleration or otherwise), and in addition to all other rights and remedies of Administrative Agent or Lenders hereunder, (i) interest shall accrue on the Outstanding Amount of the Loans at the Default Interest Rate, (ii) interest shall accrue on any past due amount (other than the Outstanding Amount of the Loans) at the Default Interest Rate and (iii) upon the request of the Required Lenders, interest shall accrue on the principal amount of all other outstanding Obligations at the Default Interest Rate, and such accrued interest shall be immediately due and payable. Borrower acknowledges that it would be extremely difficult or impracticable to determine Administrative Agent’s or Lenders’ actual damages resulting from any late payment or Event of Default, and such accrued interest are reasonable estimates of those damages and do not constitute a penalty.

Section 2.8 Voluntary Termination or Reduction of Commitments; Prepayments.

(a) Voluntary Termination or Reduction of Commitments. Borrower may, upon written notice to Administrative Agent, terminate the Aggregate Commitments, or from time to time permanently reduce the Aggregate Commitments; provided that (i) any such notice shall be received by Administrative Agent not later than 11:00 a.m. three Business Days prior to the date of termination or reduction, (ii) any such partial reduction shall be in an aggregate amount of $1,000,000 or any whole multiple of $1,000,000 in excess thereof, and (iii) Borrower shall not terminate or reduce the Aggregate Commitments if, after giving effect thereto and to any concurrent prepayments hereunder, the Aggregate Revolving Credit Exposure would exceed the Aggregate Commitments. Administrative Agent will promptly notify of any such notice of termination or reduction of the Aggregate Commitments. Any reduction of the Aggregate Commitments shall be applied to the Commitment of each Lender according to its Applicable Percentage. All fees accrued until the effective date of any termination of the Aggregate Commitments shall be paid on the effective date of such termination.

(b) Voluntary Prepayments. Subject to the conditions set forth below, Borrower shall have the right, at any time and from time to time upon at least three Business Days’ prior written notice to Administrative Agent, to prepay the principal of the Loans in full or in part. If there is a prepayment of all or any portion of the principal of the Loans on or before the Maturity Date for such Loans, whether voluntary or because of acceleration or otherwise, such prepayment shall also include any and all accrued but unpaid interest on the amount of principal being so prepaid through and including the date of prepayment, plus any other sums which have become due to Lenders under the other Loan Documents on or before the date of prepayment, but which have not been fully paid.

 

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(c) Mandatory Prepayments. Except as provided in Section 2.9(e) hereof, if at any time the Aggregate Revolving Credit Exposure exceeds the Borrowing Base then in effect, then Borrower shall immediately prepay the entire amount of such excess to Administrative Agent, for the ratable account of the Lenders, and/or Cash Collateralize the L/C Obligations in an aggregate amount equal to such excess; provided, however, that Borrower shall not be required to Cash Collateralize the L/C Obligations pursuant to this Section 2.8(c) unless after the prepayment in full of the Loans the Aggregate Revolving Credit Exposure exceeds the Borrowing Base then in effect. Each prepayment required by this Section 2.8(c) shall be applied, first, to any Base Rate Portions then outstanding, and, second, to any LIBOR Portions then outstanding, and if more than one LIBOR Portion is then outstanding, to such LIBOR Portions in such order as Borrower may direct or, if Borrower fails to so direct, as Administrative Agent shall elect.

Section 2.9 Borrowing Base.

(a) Borrowing Base Standards. The Borrowing Base shall represent the approval in their sole discretion of the Required Lenders or all Lenders, as applicable, of Administrative Agent’s determination of the loan amount that may be supported by the Required Lenders’ or all Lenders’, as applicable, evaluation of the Proved Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries. The determination of the Borrowing Base will be made in accordance with then-current practices, economic and pricing parameters, methodology, assumptions, and customary procedures and standards established by each Lender from time to time for its petroleum industry customers including without limitation (i) an analysis of such reserve and production data with respect to all of the Proved Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries, including the Mortgaged Properties, as is provided to the Lenders in accordance herewith, (ii) an analysis of the assets, liabilities, cash flow, business, properties, prospects, management and ownership of Borrower and its Subsidiaries, (iii) Borrower’s and its Subsidiaries’ Hedging Transactions and the status (or lack thereof) of any provider of Hedging Transactions as an “Approved Commodity Swap Counterparty,” and (iv) such other credit factors consistently applied as each Lender customarily considers in evaluating similar oil and gas credit facilities. Borrower and the Lenders acknowledge that due to the uncertainties of the oil and gas extraction process, the Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries are not subject to evaluation with a high degree of accuracy and are subject to potential rapid deterioration in value, the determination of the loan amount will be less than the total present value of the Proved Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries, which Borrower acknowledges to be essential for the adequate protection of the Lenders. Without limiting the foregoing, the Lenders may exclude from the Borrowing Base any oil and gas reserves or portion of production therefrom or any income from any other property, at any time, because title information is not satisfactory, such oil and gas reserves are not Mortgaged Properties or such oil and gas reserves are not in “pay” status. The Borrowing Base shall initially be $14,313,961 on the Closing Date.

(b) Periodic Determinations of Borrowing Base.

(i) The Borrowing Base shall be redetermined as of May 1 and November 1 of each year, commencing May 1, 2017. On or before April 1 of each year, Borrower shall furnish Administrative Agent a Reserve Report as of the preceding January 1 prepared by an Independent Engineer covering all of the Proved Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries, including the Mortgaged Properties. On or before October 1 of each year, Borrower shall furnish Administrative Agent a Reserve Report as of the preceding July 1 prepared by Borrower’s own engineer and certified by a Responsible Officer of Borrower covering all of the Proved Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries, including the Mortgaged Properties. Upon receipt of each such Reserve

 

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Report, Administrative Agent shall make a determination of the Borrowing Base which shall become effective upon approval by the Required Lenders or all Lenders in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 2.9(d) and subsequent written notification from Administrative Agent to Borrower, and which, subject to the other provisions of this Agreement, shall be the Borrowing Base until the effective date of the next redetermination as provided in this Section 2.9.

(ii) In the event that Borrower does not furnish to Administrative Agent a Reserve Report by the dates specified in Section 2.9(b)(i), then Administrative Agent and the Required Lenders or all Lenders, as applicable, may nonetheless redetermine the Borrowing Base and redesignate the Borrowing Base from time to time thereafter in their sole discretion until Administrative Agent receives the relevant Reserve Report, whereupon Administrative Agent and the Required Lenders or all Lenders, as applicable, shall redetermine the Borrowing Base as otherwise specified in this Section 2.9.

(c) Special Determinations of Borrowing Base.

(i) Special determinations of the Borrowing Base may be requested (A) by Borrower not more than two times per calendar year, or (B) by Administrative Agent at any time during the term hereof. If any special determination is requested by Borrower, Borrower shall provide, if requested by Administrative Agent, an updated Reserve Report brought forward from the most recent Reserve Report furnished by Borrower to Administrative Agent. If any special determination is requested by Administrative Agent, Borrower will provide Administrative Agent with engineering data for the oil and gas reserves updated from the most recent Reserve Report furnished to Administrative Agent, as soon as is reasonably possible following the request. The determination whether to increase or decrease the Borrowing Base shall be made in accordance with the standards set forth in Section 2.9(a) and the procedures set forth in Section 2.9(d). In the event of any special determination of the Borrowing Base pursuant to this Section 2.9(c), Administrative Agent in the exercise of its discretion may suspend the next regularly scheduled determination of the Borrowing Base.

(ii) In addition to the special determinations described in Section 2.9(c)(i), Administrative Agent may, by notifying Borrower thereof, elect to cause an interim redetermination of the Borrowing Base any time (i) Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries Disposes of, whether in one Disposition or a series of Dispositions, Oil and Gas Properties the Recognized Value of which exceeds 5% of the Borrowing Base then in effect, (ii) any Commodity Hedging Transaction which has been taken into account in connection with the then current Borrowing Base is terminated and the Hedge Termination Value thereof determined in accordance therewith exceeds 5% of such Borrowing Base, (iii) a Person loses its status as an Approved Commodity Swap Counterparty if the then current Borrowing Base includes credit for Hedging Transactions with such Person or (iv) Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries make any Dispositions permitted by Section 8.8(f). Any redetermination of the Borrowing Base pursuant to this Section 2.9(c)(ii) shall be made in accordance with the standards set forth in Section 2.9(a) and the procedures set forth in Section 2.9(d) and shall not be considered a special determination requested by Administrative Agent within the meaning of Section 2.9(c)(i). If a Borrowing Base Deficiency exists solely because of the reduction of the Borrowing Base pursuant to this Section 2.9(c)(ii), Borrower shall, on the date of such occurrence, make a single lump sum payment in an amount sufficient to reduce the Aggregate Revolving Credit Exposure to or below the Borrowing Base.

 

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(d) General Procedures With Respect to Determination of Borrowing Base. The Borrowing Base shall be determined as of May 1 and November 1 of each year, commencing May 1, 2017, until the Maturity Date. Administrative Agent shall propose a redetermined Borrowing Base within 30 days following receipt by Administrative Agent and the Lenders of a Reserve Report and other applicable information. After having received notice of such proposal from Administrative Agent, the Required Lenders (or all Lenders in the event of a proposed increase of the Borrowing Base) shall have 15 days to agree or disagree with such proposal. If at the end of such 15-day period, the Required Lenders (or all Lenders, in the event of a proposed increase of the Borrowing Base) shall not have communicated their approval or disapproval, such silence shall be deemed an approval, and Administrative Agent’s proposal shall be the new Borrowing Base. If, however, the Minority Lenders (or any Lender, in the event of a proposed increase of the Borrowing Base) notify Administrative Agent within such 15 days of their disapproval, Administrative Agent and the Required Lenders (or all Lenders, in the event of a proposed increase of the Borrowing Base) shall agree on a new Borrowing Base. If the Required Lenders (or all Lenders, in the event of a proposed increase of the Borrowing Base) cannot agree on the amount of the Borrowing Base within 7 days after Administrative Agent has been notified of their disapproval, then Administrative Agent shall propose a new redetermined Borrowing Base within 15 days after the end of such 7-day period and the foregoing process shall be repeated. This process shall be repeated until the Required Lenders (or all Lenders, in the event of a proposed increase of the Borrowing Base) agree on a new Borrowing Base. Upon the final redetermination of the Borrowing Base, Administrative Agent, the Lenders approving same and Borrower shall execute a Borrowing Base Adjustment Letter.

(e) Borrowing Base Deficiency.

(i) If a Borrowing Base Deficiency exists because of a periodic or special determination made pursuant to Section 2.9(b) or Section 2.9(c)(i), then Administrative Agent shall send a Borrowing Base Deficiency Notice to Borrower, and Borrower shall within 30 days following receipt of such Borrowing Base Deficiency Notice elect whether to (A) prepay an amount which would, if prepaid immediately, reduce the Aggregate Revolving Credit Exposure to the amount of the Borrowing Base, (B) execute one or more Mortgages (or cause a Subsidiary to execute one or more Mortgages) covering such other Oil and Gas Properties not previously taken into account in the determination of the Borrowing Base as are acceptable to Administrative Agent and the Required Lenders having present values which, in the opinion of Administrative Agent and the Required Lenders, based upon Administrative Agent’s the Required Lenders’ evaluation of the engineering data provided them, taken in the aggregate are sufficient to increase the Borrowing Base to an amount at least equal to the Aggregate Revolving Credit Exposure, or (C) do any combination of the foregoing as is acceptable to Administrative Agent. If Borrower fails to make an election within 30 days after Borrower’s receipt of the Borrowing Base Deficiency Notice, then Borrower shall be deemed to have selected the prepayment option specified in clause (A) above.

(ii) Borrower shall deliver or shall cause to be delivered such prepayments or Mortgages of additional Oil and Gas Properties in accordance with its election (or deemed election) pursuant to Section 2.9(e)(i) as follows:

(A) Prepayment Elections. If Borrower elects (or is deemed to have elected) to prepay an amount in accordance with Section 2.9(e)(i)(A) above, then Borrower may make such prepayment in one installment within 90 days after Borrower’s receipt of the Borrowing Base Deficiency Notice or, provided no Default has occurred and is continuing, in 6 equal consecutive monthly installments beginning within 30 days after Borrower’s receipt of the Borrowing Base Deficiency Notice and continuing on the same day of each month thereafter.

 

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(B) Elections to Mortgage Additional Oil and Gas Properties. If Borrower elects to mortgage additional Oil and Gas Properties in accordance with Section 2.9(e)(i)(B) above, then (1) such properties shall be acceptable to Administrative Agent and the Required Lenders with values determined by Administrative Agent and the Required Lenders in accordance with this Section 2.9 and (2) Borrower or such Subsidiary shall execute and deliver to Administrative Agent one or more Mortgages within 30 days after Borrower’s receipt of the Borrowing Base Deficiency Notice (or such longer time as determined by Administrative Agent); provided, however (x) if none of the additional Oil and Gas Properties offered by Borrower are acceptable to Administrative Agent and the Required Lenders, Borrower shall be deemed to have elected the prepayment option specified in Section 2.9(e)(i)(A) (and Borrower shall make such prepayment in accordance with Section 2.9(e)(ii)(A)); and (y) if the aggregate present values of additional Oil and Gas Properties which are acceptable to Administrative Agent and the Required Lenders are insufficient to eliminate the Borrowing Base Deficiency, then Borrower shall be deemed to have selected the option specified in Section 2.9(e)(i)(C) (and Borrower shall make prepayment and deliver one or more Mortgages as provided in Section 2.9(e)(ii)(C)). Together with such Mortgages, Borrower shall deliver to Administrative Agent title opinions and/or other title information and data acceptable to Administrative Agent such that Administrative Agent shall have received, together with the title information previously delivered to Administrative Agent, acceptable title information regarding the Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries that in the aggregate represent not less than 80% of the Recognized Value of all Proved Oil and Gas Properties evaluated in the most recent Reserve Report.

(C) Combination Elections. If Borrower elects (or is deemed to have elected) to eliminate the Borrowing Base Deficiency by a combination of prepayment and mortgaging of additional Oil and Gas Properties in accordance with Section 2.9(e)(i)(C), then (1) within 30 days after Borrower’s receipt of the Borrowing Base Deficiency Notice (or such longer time as determined by Administrative Agent), Borrower shall (or shall cause a Subsidiary to) execute and deliver to Administrative Agent one or more Mortgages covering such additional Oil and Gas Properties and (2) Borrower shall pay Administrative Agent the amount by which the Borrowing Base Deficiency exceeds the present values of such additional Oil and Gas Properties in one installment within 30 days after Borrower’s receipt of the Borrowing Base Deficiency Notice.

(f) Borrowing Base Increase Fee. A fee shall be paid to Administrative Agent for the account of the Lenders for each incremental increase in the new Borrowing Base over the previously existing Borrowing Base. The amount of each such fee shall be a percentage of such increase as determined by Administrative Agent in accordance with then current market conditions. There shall be no obligation imposed upon Borrower to accept an increase of the Borrowing Base proposed by the Lenders. However, if Borrower accepts the increase in the Borrowing Base, the fee determined by Administrative Agent shall be due and payable immediately and without regard as to whether Borrower ever borrows the increased amount available under such new Borrowing Base.

 

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(g) Mortgage of Additional Properties. Borrower may from time to time upon written notice to Administrative Agent propose to add Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower or any Subsidiary as Mortgaged Properties to be included in the Borrowing Base. Any such proposal shall be accompanied by a Reserve Report applicable to such Oil and Gas Properties that conforms with the requirements of this Agreement and evidence sufficient to establish that Borrower or such Subsidiary, as applicable, has title to such Oil and Gas Properties. Any such addition shall become effective at such time as (i) Administrative Agent, with the approval of all of the Lenders, has made a determination of the amount by which the Borrowing Base would be increased as the result of such addition, (ii) the conditions set out in this Section 2.9, to the extent they are applicable to such additional properties, have been satisfied, (iii) Mortgages duly executed and acknowledged by Borrower or such Subsidiary, as applicable, have been delivered to Administrative Agent, and (iv) arrangements satisfactory to Administrative Agent have been made with respect to payment of recording fees and taxes, as applicable. In determining the increase in the Borrowing Base pursuant to this Section 2.9(g), Administrative Agent and the Lenders shall apply the parameters and other credit factors set forth in this Section 2.9. A proposal by Borrower pursuant to this Section 2.9(g) shall constitute a request for a special determination of the Borrowing Base for purposes of Section 2.9(c)(i).

Section 2.10 Commitments and Credit Exposures under the GREP Facilities. Each Lender hereby covenants and agrees that, without the prior written consent of each other Lender (and, provided that no Event of Default or Borrowing Base Deficiency then exists, the Borrower), so long as the Aggregate GREP Facility Commitments have not been terminated and the Aggregate GREP Facility Exposures have not been indefeasibly paid in full in cash, such Lender will at all times have a GREP Facility Commitment and GREP Facility Credit Exposure under each GREP Facility based on the GREP Facility Required Percentage for such GREP Facility at such time. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein (including Section 12.8), unless such prior written consent of each Lender has been obtained, no Lender shall assign or otherwise transfer any of its rights or obligations hereunder or sell participations in any portion of its rights or obligations hereunder, if after giving effect to any such assignment, transfer or participation, such Lender or the relevant assignee (or Participant, assuming such Participant were a Lender for this purpose) would be in violation of this Section 2.10.

ARTICLE 3

TAXES, YIELD PROTECTION AND INDEMNITY

Section 3.1 Increased Costs .

(a) Increased Costs Generally. If any Change in Law shall:

(i) impose, modify or deem applicable any reserve, special deposit, compulsory loan, insurance charge or similar requirement against assets of, deposits with or for the account of, or credit extended or participated in by, any Lender (except any reserve requirement reflected in Adjusted LIBOR);

(ii) subject any Recipient to any Taxes (other than (A) Indemnified Taxes, (B) Taxes described in clauses (b) through (d) of the definition of Excluded Taxes and (C) Connection Income Taxes) on its loans, loan principal, letters of credit, commitments, or other obligations, or its deposits, reserves, other liabilities or capital attributable thereto; or

 

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(iii) impose on any Lender or the London interbank market any other condition, cost or expense (other than Taxes) affecting this Agreement or Loans made by such Lender;

and the result of any of the foregoing shall be to increase the cost to such Lender or such other Recipient of making, converting to, continuing or maintaining any Loan or of maintaining its obligation to make any such Loan, or to increase the cost to such Lender or such other Recipient of participating in, issuing or maintaining any Letter of Credit (or of maintaining its obligation to participate in or to issue any Letter of Credit) or to reduce the amount of any sum received or receivable by such Lender or other Recipient hereunder (whether of principal, interest or any other amount) then, upon request of such Lender or other Recipient, Borrower will pay to such Lender or other Recipient, as the case may be, such additional amount or amounts as will compensate such Lender or other Recipient, as the case may be, for such additional costs incurred or reduction suffered.

(b) Capital or Liquidity Requirements. If any Lender determines that any Change in Law affecting such Lender or any Lending Office of such Lender or such Lender’s holding company, if any, regarding capital or liquidity requirements, has or would have the effect of reducing the rate of return on such Lender’s capital or on the capital of such Lender’s holding company, if any, as a consequence of this Agreement, the Commitment of such Lender or the Loans made by, or participations in Letters of Credit held by such Lender or the Letters of Credit issued by L/C Issuer, to a level below that which such Lender or such Lender’s holding company could have achieved but for such Change in Law (taking into consideration such Lender’s policies and the policies of such Lender’s holding company with respect to capital adequacy and liquidity), then from time to time Borrower will pay to such Lender such additional amount or amounts as will compensate such Lender or such Lender’s holding company for any such reduction suffered.

(c) Certificates for Reimbursement. A certificate of a Lender setting forth the amount or amounts necessary to compensate such Lender or its holding company, as the case may be, as specified in Sections 3.1(a) or 3.1(b) and delivered to Borrower, shall be conclusive absent manifest error. Borrower shall pay such Lender the amount shown as due on any such certificate within 10 days after receipt thereof.

(d) Delay in Requests. Failure or delay on the part of any Lender to demand compensation pursuant to this Section 3.1 shall not constitute a waiver of such Lender’s right to demand such compensation; provided that Borrower shall not be required to compensate a Lender pursuant to this Section 3.1 for any increased costs incurred or reductions suffered more than 9 months prior to the date that such Lender notifies Borrower 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 9-month period referred to above shall be extended to include the period of retroactive effect thereof).

Section 3.2 Illegality. If any Lender determines that any Law or regulation has made it unlawful, or that any Governmental Authority has asserted that it is unlawful, for any Lender or its Lending Office to make, maintain or fund Loans whose interest is determined by reference to LIBOR, or to determine or charge interest rates based upon LIBOR, or any Governmental Authority has imposed material restrictions on the authority of such Lender to purchase or sell, or to take deposits of, Dollars in the London interbank market, then, on notice thereof by such Lender to Borrower through Administrative Agent, (a) any obligation of such Lender to make or continue LIBOR Portions or to convert Base Rate Portions to LIBOR Portions shall be suspended, and (b) if such notice asserts the illegality of such Lender making or

 

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maintaining Base Rate Portions the interest rate on which is determined by reference to the LIBOR component of the Base Rate, the interest rate on which Base Rate Portions of such Lender shall, if necessary to avoid such illegality, be determined by Administrative Agent without reference to the LIBOR component of the Base Rate, in each case until such Lender notifies Administrative Agent and Borrower that the circumstances giving rise to such determination no longer exist. Upon receipt of such notice, (i) Borrower shall, upon demand from such Lender (with a copy to Administrative Agent), prepay or, if applicable, convert all LIBOR Portions of such Lender to Base Rate Portions (the interest rate on which Base Rate Loans of such Lender shall, if necessary to avoid such illegality, be determined by Administrative Agent without reference to the LIBOR component of the Base Rate), either on the last day of the Interest Period therefor, if such Lender may lawfully continue to maintain such LIBOR Portions to such day, or immediately, if such Lender may not lawfully continue to maintain such LIBOR Portions and (ii) if such notice asserts the illegality of such Lender determining or charging interest rates based upon LIBOR, Administrative Agent shall during the period of such suspension compute the Base Rate applicable to such Lender without reference to the LIBOR component thereof until Administrative Agent is advised in writing by such Lender that it is no longer illegal for such Lender to determine or charge interest rates based upon the LIBOR. Upon any such prepayment or conversion, Borrower shall also pay accrued interest on the amount so prepaid or converted.

Section 3.3 Inability to Determine Rates; Effect of Benchmark Transition Event

(a)Inability to Determine Rates. Subject to Section 3.3(b), if (i) Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders determine that for any reason in connection with any request for a LIBOR Portion or a conversion to or continuation thereof that (i) Dollar deposits are not being offered to banks in the London interbank eurodollar market for the applicable amount and Interest Period of such LIBOR Portion, (ii) adequate and reasonable means do not exist for determining LIBOR for any requested Interest Period with respect to a proposed LIBOR Portion or in connection with an existing or proposed Base Rate Portion, or (iii) LIBOR for any requested Interest Period with respect to a proposed LIBOR Portion does not adequately and fairly reflect the cost to such Lenders of funding such LIBOR Portion, or (b) by reason of any Change in Law any Lender would become subject to restrictions on the amount of a category of liabilities or assets which it may hold and notifies Administrative Agent of same, Administrative Agent will promptly so notify Borrower and each Lender. Thereafter, (x) the obligation of Lenders to make or maintain LIBOR Portions shall be suspended, and (y) in the event of a determination described in the preceding sentence with respect to the LIBOR component of the Base Rate, the utilization of the LIBOR component in determining the Base Rate shall be suspended, in each case until Administrative Agent (upon the instruction of the Required Lenders) revokes such notice. Upon receipt of such notice, Borrower may revoke any pending request for a Borrowing of, conversion to or continuation of LIBOR Portions or, failing that, will be deemed to have converted such request into a request for a Borrowing of Base Rate Portions in the amount specified therein.

(b) Effect of Benchmark Transition Event.

(i) Benchmark Replacement. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in any other Loan Document, upon the occurrence of a Benchmark Transition Event or an Early Opt-in Election, as applicable, the Administrative Agent and the Borrower may amend this Agreement to replace LIBOR with a Benchmark Replacement. Any such amendment with respect to a Benchmark Transition Event will become effective at 5:00 p.m. (central time) on the fifth (5th) Business Day after the Administrative Agent has posted such proposed amendment to all Lenders and the Borrower, so long as the Administrative Agent has not received, by such time, written notice of objection to such amendment from Lenders comprising the Required Lenders. Any such amendment with respect to an Early Opt-in Election will become effective on the date that Lenders comprising the Required Lenders have delivered to the Administrative Agent and Borrower written notice that such Required Lenders accept such amendment. No replacement of LIBOR with a Benchmark Replacement pursuant to this Section 3.3(b) will occur prior to the applicable Benchmark Transition Start Date.

 

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(ii) Benchmark Replacement Conforming Changes. In connection with the implementation of a Benchmark Replacement, the Administrative Agent will have the right to make Benchmark Replacement Conforming Changes from time to time and, notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in any other Loan Document, any amendments implementing such Benchmark Replacement Conforming Changes will become effective without any further action or consent of any other party to this Agreement; provided, Administrative Agent shall provide written notice of such Benchmark Replacement Conforming Changes to Borrower within five (5) Business Days after the effective date of such amendment; provided, further, that any failure of the Administrative Agent to comply with the requirements of this sentence shall not impact the validity of such amendment, modification or supplement.

(iii) Notices; Standards for Decisions and Determinations. The Administrative Agent will promptly notify the Borrower and the Lenders in writing of (i) any occurrence of a Benchmark Transition Event or an Early Opt-in Election, as applicable, and its related Benchmark Replacement Date and Benchmark Transition Start Date, (ii) the implementation of any Benchmark Replacement, (iii) the effectiveness of any Benchmark Replacement Conforming Changes and (iv) the commencement or conclusion of any Benchmark Unavailability Period. Any determination, decision or election that may be made by the Administrative Agent or Lenders pursuant to this Section 3.3(b), including any determination with respect to a tenor, rate or adjustment or of the occurrence or non-occurrence of an event, circumstance or date and any decision to take or refrain from taking any action, will be conclusive and binding absent manifest error and may be made in its or their commercially reasonable discretion and without consent from any other party hereto, except, in each case, as expressly required pursuant to this Section 3.3(b), including providing required notices to Borrower.

(iv) Benchmark Unavailability Period. Upon the Borrower’s receipt of notice of the commencement of a Benchmark Unavailability Period, the Borrower may revoke any pending request for a Borrowing of, conversion to or continuation of LIBOR Portions or, failing that, will be deemed to have converted such request into a request for a Borrowing of Base Rate Portions in the amount specified therein. During any Benchmark Unavailability Period, the component of Base Rate based upon LIBOR will not be used in any determination of Base Rate.

Section 3.4 Taxes.

(a) Defined Terms. For purposes of this Section, the term “applicable Law” includes FATCA.

(b) Payment Free of Taxes. Any and all payments by or on account of any obligation of Borrower under any Loan Document shall be made without deduction or withholding for any Taxes, except as required by applicable Law. If any applicable Law (as determined in the good faith discretion of an applicable Withholding Agent) requires the deduction or withholding of any Tax from any such payment by a Withholding Agent, then the applicable Withholding Agent shall be entitled to make such deduction or withholding and shall timely pay the full amount deducted

 

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or withheld to the relevant Governmental Authority in accordance with applicable Law and, if such Tax is an Indemnified Tax, then the sum payable by Borrower shall be increased as necessary so that after such deduction or withholding has been made (including such deductions and withholdings applicable to additional sums payable under this Section 3.4) the applicable Recipient receives an amount equal to the sum it would have received had no such deduction or withholding been made.

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

(d) Indemnification by Borrower. Borrower shall indemnify each Recipient, within 10 days after demand therefor, for the full amount of any Indemnified Taxes (including Indemnified Taxes imposed or asserted on or attributable to amounts payable under this Section 3.4) payable or paid by such Recipient or required to be withheld or deducted from a payment to such Recipient and any reasonable expenses arising therefrom or with respect thereto, whether or not such Indemnified Taxes were correctly or legally imposed or asserted by the relevant Governmental Authority. A certificate as to the amount of such payment or liability delivered to Borrower by a Lender (with a copy to Administrative Agent), or by Administrative Agent on its own behalf or on behalf of a Lender, shall be conclusive absent manifest error.

(e) Indemnification by Lenders. Each Lender shall severally indemnify Administrative Agent, within 10 days after demand therefor, for (i) any Indemnified Taxes attributable to such Lender (but only to the extent that Borrower has not already indemnified Administrative Agent for such Indemnified Taxes and without limiting the obligation of Borrower to do so), (ii) any Taxes attributable to such Lender’s failure to comply with the provisions of Section 12.8 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 Loan Document, and any reasonable expenses arising therefrom or with respect thereto, whether or not such Taxes were correctly or legally imposed or asserted by the relevant Governmental Authority. A certificate as to the amount of such payment or liability delivered to any Lender by Administrative Agent shall be conclusive absent manifest error. Each Lender hereby authorizes Administrative Agent to set off and apply any and all amounts at any time owing to such Lender under any Loan Document or otherwise payable by Administrative Agent to such Lender from any other source against any amount due to Administrative Agent under this Section 3.4(e).

(f) Evidence of Payments. As soon as practicable after any payment of Taxes by Borrower to a Governmental Authority pursuant to this Section 3.4, Borrower 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 Administrative Agent.

(g) Status of Lenders.

(i) Any Lender that is entitled to an exemption from or reduction of withholding Tax with respect to payments made under any Loan Document shall deliver to Borrower and Administrative Agent, at the time or times reasonably requested by Borrower or Administrative Agent, such properly completed and executed documentation reasonably requested by Borrower or Administrative Agent as will permit such payments to be made without withholding or at a reduced rate of withholding. In addition, any

 

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Lender, if reasonably requested by Borrower or Administrative Agent, shall deliver such other documentation prescribed by applicable Law or reasonably requested by Borrower or Administrative Agent as will enable Borrower or Administrative Agent to determine whether or not such Lender is subject to backup withholding or information reporting requirements. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the preceding two sentences, the completion, execution and submission of such documentation (other than such documentation set forth in Section 3.4(g)(ii)(A), (ii)(B) and (ii)(D) below) shall not be required if in such Lender’s reasonable judgment such completion, execution or submission would subject such Lender to any material unreimbursed cost or expense or would materially prejudice the legal or commercial position of such Lender.

(ii) Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, in the event that Borrower is a U.S. Person,

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

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

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

(2) executed copies of IRS Form W-8ECI;

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

 

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

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

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

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

(h) Treatment of Certain Refunds. If any party determines, in its sole discretion exercised in good faith, that it has received a refund of any Taxes as to which it has been indemnified pursuant to this Section 3.4 (including by the payment of additional amounts pursuant to this Section 3.4), it shall pay to the indemnifying party an amount equal to such refund (but only to the extent of indemnity payments made under this Section 3.4 with respect to the Taxes giving rise to such refund), net of all out-of-pocket expenses (including Taxes) of such indemnified party and without interest (other than any interest paid by the relevant Governmental Authority with respect to such refund). Such indemnifying party, upon the request of such indemnified party, shall repay to such indemnified party the amount paid over pursuant to this Section 3.4(h) (plus any penalties, interest or other charges imposed by the relevant Governmental Authority) in the event that such indemnified party is required to repay such refund to such Governmental Authority. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 3.4(h), in no event will the indemnified party be required to pay any amount to an indemnifying party pursuant to this Section 3.4(h) the

 

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payment of which would place the indemnified party in a less favorable net after-Tax position than the indemnified party would have been in if the Tax subject to indemnification and giving rise to such refund had not been deducted, withheld or otherwise imposed and the indemnification payments or additional amounts with respect to such Tax had never been paid. This Section 3.4(h) shall not be construed to require any indemnified party to make available its Tax returns (or any other information relating to its Taxes that it deems confidential) to the indemnifying party or any other Person.

(i) Survival. Each party’s obligations under this Section 3.4 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 Loan Document.

Section 3.5 Compensation for Losses. Upon demand of any Lender (with a copy to Administrative Agent) from time to time, Borrower shall promptly compensate such Lender for and hold such Lender harmless from any loss, cost or expense incurred by it as a result of:

(a) any continuation, conversion, payment or prepayment of any LIBOR Portion on a day other than the last day of the Interest Period for such Loan (whether voluntary, mandatory, automatic, by reason of acceleration, or otherwise);

(b) any failure by Borrower (for a reason other than the failure of such Lender to lend a LIBOR Portion) to prepay, borrow, continue or convert any LIBOR Portion on the date or in the amount notified by Borrower; or

(c) any assignment of a LIBOR Portion on a day other than the last day of the Interest Period therefor as a result of a request by Borrower pursuant to Section 3.6(b);

including any loss of anticipated profits and any loss or expense arising from the liquidation or reemployment of funds obtained by it to maintain such Loan or from fees payable to terminate the deposits from which such funds were obtained. Borrower shall also pay any customary administrative fees charged by such Lender in connection with the foregoing.

For purposes of calculating amounts payable by Borrower to the Lenders under this Section 3.5, each Lender shall be deemed to have funded each LIBOR Portion made by it at Adjusted LIBOR for such Loan by a matching deposit or other borrowing in the London interbank eurodollar market for a comparable amount and for a comparable period, whether or not such LIBOR Portion was in fact so funded.

Section 3.6 Mitigation of Obligations; Replacement of Lenders.

(a) Designation of a Different Lending Office. If any Lender requests compensation under Section 3.1, or requires Borrower to pay any Indemnified Taxes or additional amounts to such Lender or any Governmental Authority for the account of such Lender pursuant to Section 3.4, then such Lender shall (at the request of Borrower) use reasonable efforts to designate a different Lending Office for funding or booking its Loans hereunder or to assign its rights and obligations hereunder to another of its offices, branches or Affiliates, if, in the judgment of such Lender, such designation or assignment (i) would eliminate or reduce amounts payable pursuant to Section 3.1 or Section 3.4, as the case may be, in the future, and (ii) would not subject such Lender to any unreimbursed cost or expense and would not otherwise be disadvantageous to such Lender. Borrower hereby agrees to pay all reasonable costs and expenses incurred by any Lender in connection with any such designation or assignment.

 

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(b) Replacement of Lenders. If any Lender requests compensation under Section 3.1, or if Borrower is required to pay any Indemnified Taxes or additional amounts to any Lender or any Governmental Authority for the account of any Lender pursuant to Section 3.4 and, in each case, such Lender has declined or is unable to designate a different Lending Office in accordance with Section 3.6(a), or if any Lender is a Defaulting Lender or a Non-Consenting Lender, then Borrower may, at its sole expense and effort, upon notice to such Lender and Administrative Agent, require such Lender to assign and delegate, without recourse (in accordance with and subject to the restrictions contained in, and consents required by, Section 12.8), all of its interests, rights (other than its existing rights to payments pursuant to Section 3.1 or Section 3.4) and obligations under this Agreement and the related Loan Documents to an Eligible Assignee that shall assume such obligations (which assignee may be another Lender, if a Lender accepts such assignment); provided that:

(i) Borrower shall have paid to Administrative Agent the assignment fee (if any) specified in Section 12.8;

(ii) such Lender shall have received payment of an amount equal to the Outstanding Amount of its Loans, and L/C Advances, accrued interest thereon, accrued fees and all other amounts payable to it hereunder and under the other Loan Documents (including any amounts under Section 3.5) from the assignee (to the extent of such outstanding principal and accrued interest and fees) or Borrower (in the case of all other amounts);

(iii) in the case of any such assignment resulting from a claim for compensation under Section 3.1 or payments required to be made pursuant to Section 3.4, such assignment will result in a reduction in such compensation or payments thereafter;

(iv) such assignment does not conflict with applicable Law; and

(v) in the case of any assignment resulting from a Lender becoming a Non-Consenting Lender, the applicable assignee shall have consented to the applicable amendment, waiver or consent.

A Lender shall not be required to make any such assignment or delegation if, prior thereto, as a result of a waiver by such Lender or otherwise, the circumstances entitling Borrower to require such assignment and delegation cease to apply.

Section 3.7 Survival. All of Borrower’s obligations under this Article 3 shall survive termination of the Aggregate Commitments, repayment of all other Obligations hereunder, and resignation of Administrative Agent.

ARTICLE 4

SECURITY

Section 4.1 Mortgaged Properties. To secure full and complete payment and performance of the Obligations, Borrower shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, grant a first priority Lien (subject to Permitted Liens) against certain of the Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries to the extent set forth below pursuant to terms of one or more Mortgages. Borrower covenants that the Recognized Value of all Oil and Gas Properties subject to Mortgages shall at all times be not less than the Required Reserve Value. Within 30 days (or such longer time as determined by Administrative Agent) after

 

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Administrative Agent advises Borrower of the failure to so achieve the Required Reserve Value and the percentage shortfall thereof, Borrower shall cause the Recognized Value of all Mortgaged Properties to be not less than the Required Reserve Value by executing, or causing its Subsidiaries to execute, Mortgages covering additional Proved Oil and Gas Properties sufficient to cover such shortfall.

Section 4.2 Collateral. To secure full and complete payment and performance of the Obligations, Borrower shall, and shall cause its Subsidiaries to, execute and deliver or cause to be executed and delivered all of the Security Documents required by Administrative Agent covering the Collateral, subject, with respect to Oil and Gas Properties, to the limitations set forth in Section 4.1. Borrower shall execute and cause to be executed such further documents and instruments, including without limitation, UCC financing statements, as Administrative Agent, in its reasonable discretion, deems necessary or reasonably desirable to create, evidence, preserve, and perfect its Liens in the Collateral and maintain the priority thereof as required by the Loan Documents.

Section 4.3 Setoff. If an Event of Default exists and subject to the Intercreditor Agreement, Administrative Agent and each Lender shall have the right to set off against the Obligations under the Loan Documents, at any time and without notice to Borrower, any and all deposits (general or special, time or demand, provisional or final) or other sums at any time credited by or owing from Administrative Agent or such Lender to Borrower whether or not the Obligations under the Loan Documents are then due; provided that in the event that any Defaulting Lender shall exercise any such right of setoff: (a) all amounts so set off shall be paid over immediately to Administrative Agent for further application in accordance with the provisions of Section 12.22 and, pending such payment, shall be segregated by such Defaulting Lender from its other funds and deemed held in trust for the benefit of Administrative Agent and Lenders; and (b) such Defaulting Lender shall provide promptly to Administrative Agent a statement describing in reasonable detail the Obligations under the Loan Documents owing to such Defaulting Lender as to which it exercised such right of setoff. To the extent that Borrower has accounts, which in the style thereof as reflected in Administrative Agent’s records are designated as royalty, joint interest owner or operator accounts, the foregoing right of setoff shall only extend to funds in such accounts which do not belong to, or otherwise arise from payments to Borrower for the account of, third-party royalty, joint interest owners, or operators, and any funds in such accounts improperly setoff shall be returned to Borrower upon presentation by Borrower of reasonable proof that such funds were being held for the account of such other Persons. Each Lender or Administrative Agent making such an offset and application shall give Borrower and other Lenders written notice of such offset and application promptly after effecting it. Subject to the Intercreditor Agreement, each amount set off shall be paid to Administrative Agent for application to the Obligations under the Loan Documents in the order set forth in Section 10.3. As further security for the Obligations, Borrower hereby grants to Administrative Agent and each Lender a security interest in all money, instruments, and other Property of Borrower now or hereafter held by Administrative Agent or such Lender, including, without limitation, Property held in safekeeping. In addition to Administrative Agent’s and each Lender’s right of setoff and as further security for the Obligations, Borrower hereby grants to Administrative Agent and each Lender a security interest in all deposits (general or special, time or demand, provisional or final) and other accounts of Borrower now or hereafter on deposit with or held by Administrative Agent or such Lender and all other sums at any time credited by or owing from Administrative Agent or such Lender to Borrower. The rights and remedies of Administrative Agent and each Lender hereunder are in addition to other rights and remedies (including, without limitation, other rights of setoff) which Administrative Agent or such Lender may have.

Section 4.4 Authorization to File Financing Statements. Borrower and each other Obligated Party that has granted a security interest in connection herewith authorizes Administrative Agent to complete and file, from time to time, financing statements naming Borrower or such other Obligated Party, as applicable, as debtor.

 

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ARTICLE 5

CONDITIONS PRECEDENT

Section 5.1 Initial Extension of Credit. The obligation of Lenders to make the initial Credit Extension hereunder is subject to the condition precedent that Administrative Agent shall have received all of the following, each dated (unless otherwise indicated or otherwise specified by Administrative Agent) the Closing Date, in form and substance satisfactory to Administrative Agent:

(a) Credit Agreement. Executed counterparts of this Agreement, sufficient in number for distribution to Administrative Agent, each Lender and Borrower;

(b) Resolutions. Resolutions of the governing body of Borrower and each other Obligated Party certified by the secretary or an assistant secretary (or a Responsible Officer or other custodian of records) of such Person which authorize the execution, delivery, and performance by such Person of this Agreement, the other Loan Documents to which such Person is or is to be a party and the Intercreditor Agreement to the extent party thereto;

(c) Incumbency Certificate. A certificate of incumbency certified by a Responsible Officer of each Obligated Party certifying the names of the individuals or other Persons authorized on behalf of such Person to sign this Agreement, each of the other Loan Documents to which such Person is or is to be a party (including the certificates contemplated herein), and the Intercreditor Agreement to the extent party thereto, together with specimen signatures of such individual Persons;

(d) Certificate Regarding Consents and Approvals. A certificate of a Responsible Officer of each Obligated Party either (i) attaching copies of all consents, licenses and approvals required in connection with the execution, delivery and performance by such Obligated Party and the validity against such Obligated Party of the Loan Documents to which it is a party and the Intercreditor Agreement to the extent party thereto, and such consents, licenses and approvals shall be in full force and effect, or (ii) stating that no such consents, licenses or approvals are so required;

(e) Closing Certificate. A certificate signed by a Responsible Officer of Borrower certifying that the conditions specified in Sections 5.2(b), 5.2(c) and 5.2(d) have been satisfied;

(f) Constituent Documents. The Constituent Documents and all amendments thereto for Borrower and each other Obligated Party that is not a natural Person, with the formation documents included in the Constituent Documents being certified as of a date acceptable to Administrative Agent by the appropriate government officials of the state of incorporation or organization of Borrower and each other Obligated Party, and all such Constituent Documents being accompanied by certificates that such copies are complete and correct, given by an authorized representative acceptable to Administrative Agent;

(g) Governmental Certificates. Certificates of the appropriate government officials of the state of incorporation or organization of Borrower and each other Obligated Party as to the existence and good standing of Borrower and each other Obligated Party. Any such certificate(s) due from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts may be satisfied with a printout of an electronic search of such office’s records which shows that the applicable Person’s status with respect to its right to transact business in Texas is “active”. Each certificate or other evidence required by this clause (g) shall be dated within 30 days prior to the date of the initial Credit Extension;

 

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(h) Notes. The Notes executed by Borrower in favor of each Lender requesting Notes;

(i) Security Documents. The Security Documents executed by Borrower and the other Obligated Parties;

(j) Financing Statements. UCC financing statements reflecting Borrower and the other Obligated Parties, as debtors, and Administrative Agent, as secured party, which are required to grant a Lien which secures the Obligations and covering such Collateral as Administrative Agent may request;

(k) Guaranty. A Guaranty executed by each Guarantor;

(l) Insurance Matters. Copies of insurance certificates describing all insurance policies required by Section 7.5, together with loss payable and lender endorsements in favor of Administrative Agent with respect to all insurance policies covering Collateral;

(m) Flood Insurance Matters. A certificate executed by a Responsible Officer of Borrower providing the address or legal description of each Building or Manufactured (Mobile) Home (each as defined in applicable Flood Insurance Regulations) included in the Mortgages and, if such any Building or Manufactured (Mobile) Home is so included, evidence that all flood insurance required under applicable Flood Insurance Regulations and under the policies of the Lenders has been obtained;

(n) Lien Searches. The results of UCC, tax Lien and judgment Lien searches showing all financing statements and other documents or instruments on file against Borrower and each other Obligated Party in the appropriate filing offices, such search to be as of a date no more than 30 days prior to the date of the initial Credit Extension, and reflecting no Liens against any of the intended Collateral other than Liens being released or assigned to Administrative Agent concurrently with the initial Credit Extension;

(o) Opinions of Counsel. (i) A favorable opinion of Thompson & Knight LLP, legal counsel to Borrower and Guarantors, as to such matters as Administrative Agent may reasonably request, and (ii) a favorable opinion of Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, local North Dakota counsel to Borrower and Guarantors, as to such matters as Administrative Agent may reasonably request;

(p) Minimum Liquidity. Evidence satisfactory to Administrative Agent that as of the Closing Date, Borrower’s Liquidity is greater than or equal to $4,000,000;

(q) Acquisition. (i) A true and correct copy of each Acquisition Document, (ii) evidence that all conditions precedent to the closing of the transactions described in the Acquisition Agreement, except the funding of the initial Credit Extension to enable Borrower to fund in part its obligations under the Acquisition Agreement, shall have been completed in a manner satisfactory to Administrative Agent, and (iii) evidence that any indebtedness owed by Seller which is secured by a Lien on any property described in the Acquisition Agreement has been or concurrently with the Closing Date is being paid in full and such Liens have been or concurrently with the Closing Date are being released pursuant to lien releases satisfactory to Administrative Agent.

(r) Attorneys’ Fees and Expenses. Evidence that the costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) referred to in Section 12.1, to the extent invoiced, shall have been paid in full by Borrower;

 

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(s) Title Assurances. Title opinions and/or other title information and data acceptable to Administrative Agent covering Oil and Gas Properties that in the aggregate represent not less than 90% of the Recognized Value of all Mortgaged Properties evaluated in the Initial Reserve Report, reflecting title to the Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries in such Mortgaged Properties which is acceptable to Administrative Agent;

(t) Environmental Reports. Such environmental reports regarding the Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries as Administrative Agent may reasonably request;

(u) Initial Reserve Report. A true and correct copy of the Initial Reserve Report;

(v) Material Agreements. True and correct copies of all material agreements described on Schedule 6.28;

(w) Hedging and Intercreditor Agreement. Evidence of compliance with Section 7.15 hereof and the Intercreditor Agreement executed by Borrower and each Approved Commodity Swap Counterparty party thereto;

(x) Closing Fees. Evidence that any other fees due on or before the Closing Date have been paid, including without limitation, all amounts set forth in the Fee Letter.

For purposes of determining compliance with the conditions set forth in this Section 5.1, each Lender that has signed this Agreement shall be deemed to have consented to, approved or accepted or be satisfied with, each document or other matter required thereunder to be consented to or approved by or be acceptable or satisfactory to a Lender unless Administrative Agent shall have received notice from such Lender prior to the proposed Closing Date specifying its objection thereto.

Section 5.2 All Extensions of Credit. The obligation of Lenders to make any Credit Extension hereunder (including the initial Credit Extension) is subject to the following additional conditions precedent:

(a) Request for Credit Extension. Administrative Agent shall have received in accordance with this Agreement, as the case may be, a Borrowing Request or a Letter of Credit Application, as applicable, pursuant to Administrative Agent’s requirements and executed by a Responsible Officer of Borrower;

(b) No Default. No Default shall have occurred and be continuing, or would result from or after giving effect to such Credit Extension;

(c) No Material Adverse Event. No Material Adverse Event shall have occurred;

(d) Representations and Warranties. All of the representations and warranties contained in Article 6 and in the other Loan Documents shall be true and correct in all material respects (except for any representations and warranties qualified by materiality, which shall be true and correct in all respects) on and as of the date of such Borrowing with the same force and effect as if such representations and warranties had been made on and as of such date, except to the extent that such representations and warranties specifically refer to an earlier date, in which case they shall be true and correct in all material respects (except for any representations and warranties qualified by materiality, which shall be true and correct in all respects) as of such earlier date, and except that for purposes of this Section 5.2, the representations and warranties contained in Section 6.2 shall be deemed to refer to the most recent statements furnished pursuant to Sections 7.1(a) and 7.1(b), respectively; and

 

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(e) Revolving Credit Availability. After giving effect to the Credit Extension so requested, the Aggregate Revolving Credit Exposure shall not exceed the Aggregate Commitments in effect as of the date of such Credit Extension.

Each Credit Extension hereunder shall be deemed to be a representation and warranty by Borrower that the conditions specified in this Section 5.2 have been satisfied on and as of the date of the applicable Credit Extension.

ARTICLE 6

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

To induce Administrative Agent and Lenders to enter into this Agreement, and to make Credit Extensions hereunder, Borrower represents and warrants to Administrative Agent and Lenders that:

Section 6.1 Entity Existence. Each of Borrower and its Subsidiaries (a) is duly incorporated or organized, as the case may be, validly existing, and in good standing under the Laws of the jurisdiction of its incorporation or organization; (b) has all requisite power and authority to own its assets and carry on its business as now being or as proposed to be conducted; and (c) is qualified to do business in all jurisdictions in which the nature of its business makes such qualification necessary and where failure to so qualify could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Event. Each of Borrower and the other Obligated Parties has the power and authority to execute, deliver, and perform its obligations under this Agreement, the other Loan Documents to which it is or may become a party and the Intercreditor Agreement to the extent party thereto.

Section 6.2 Financial Statements; Etc. Beginning with the first financial statements delivered to Administrative Agent pursuant to Sections 7.1(a) and (b), such financial statements are true and correct in all material respects, have been prepared in accordance with GAAP, and fairly and accurately present in all material respects, on a consolidated basis, the financial condition of Borrower and its Subsidiaries as of the respective dates indicated therein and the results of operations for the respective periods indicated therein. Neither Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries has any material contingent liabilities, liabilities for taxes, unusual forward or long-term commitments, unrealized or anticipated losses from any unfavorable commitments except as referred to or reflected in such financial statements. No Material Adverse Event has occurred since the effective date of the financial statements referred to in this Section 6.2. All projections delivered by Borrower to Administrative Agent and Lenders have been prepared in good faith, with care and diligence and using assumptions that are reasonable under the circumstances at the time such projections were prepared and delivered to Administrative Agent and Lenders. Other than the Debt listed on Schedule 8.1 and Debt otherwise permitted by Section 8.1, Borrower and each Subsidiary have no Debt.

Section 6.3 Action; No Breach. The execution, delivery, and performance by each of Borrower and each other Obligated Party of this Agreement, the other Loan Documents to which such Person is a party and the Intercreditor Agreement to the extent party thereto and compliance with the terms and provisions hereof and thereof have been duly authorized by all requisite action on the part of such Person and do not and will not (a) violate or conflict with, or result in a breach of, or require any required but un-obtained consent under (i) the Constituent Documents of such Person, (ii) any applicable Law, rule, or regulation or any order, writ, injunction, or decree of any Governmental Authority or arbitrator in any material respect, or (iii) any agreement or instrument to which such Person is a party or by which it or any of its Properties is bound or subject which could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Event, or (b) constitute a default under any such agreement or instrument which could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Event, or result in the creation or imposition of any Lien upon any of the revenues or assets of such Person.

 

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Section 6.4 Operation of Business. Each of Borrower and its Subsidiaries possesses all material licenses, permits, consents, authorizations, franchises, patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade names, or rights thereto, necessary to conduct its respective businesses substantially as now conducted and as presently proposed to be conducted, and neither Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries is in violation of any valid rights of others with respect to any of the foregoing which could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Event.

Section 6.5 Litigation and Judgments. Except as specifically disclosed in Schedule 6.5 as of the date hereof, there is no action, suit, investigation, or proceeding before or by any Governmental Authority or arbitrator pending, or to the knowledge of Borrower, threatened in writing against or affecting Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries, or any other Obligated Party that could, if adversely determined, reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Event. There are no outstanding judgments against Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries, or any other Obligated Party, other than judgments that would not give rise to an Event of Default.

Section 6.6 Rights in Properties; Liens.

(a) Each of Borrower and its Subsidiaries has good and indefeasible title to or valid leasehold interests in its respective material Properties, including the Properties reflected in the financial statements described in Section 6.2 but excluding the Oil and Gas Properties owned by Borrower and its Subsidiaries, and none of such Properties is subject to any Lien, except Permitted Liens.

(b) Schedule 6.6(b) sets forth a complete and accurate list of all Oil and Gas Properties owned by Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries on the Closing Date and as of the date of each update thereof required hereunder, showing as of the date thereof the lessor, lessee, lease date, recording information and legal description for each oil, gas and/or mineral lease in which Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries has an interest, which leases shall be grouped by the applicable well or unit. Subject to Immaterial Title Deficiencies, Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries has good and defensible title in and to the Proved Oil and Gas Properties evaluated in the most recently delivered Reserve Report. Such Proved Oil and Gas Properties are free and clear of all Liens, other than Liens created or permitted by the Loan Documents, Liens set forth on Schedule 8.2, other permitted exceptions as reasonably approved by Administrative Agent and Liens otherwise permitted by Section 8.2. No Person other than such Person has any ownership interests, whether legal or beneficial, in such Person’s purported interests in such Oil and Gas Properties.

(c) Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries owns (or, contemporaneously with the closing of any Acquisitions being financed through and closed substantially contemporaneously with the initial Credit Extension, will own) at least the net interest and production attributable to the wells and units evaluated in each Reserve Report delivered to Administrative Agent, except such as may result, after the delivery of such Reserve Report, from customary provisions of operating agreements requiring or allowing for the acquisition of the interests of any non-consenting parties so long as Borrower promptly notifies Administrative Agent thereof. The ownership of such Properties shall not in the aggregate obligate Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries to bear costs and expenses relating to the maintenance, development and operations of such Properties in an amount in excess of the working interests of such Properties as shown in each such Reserve Report, except such as may result, after the delivery of such Reserve Report, from

 

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customary provisions of operating agreements requiring or allowing the parties thereto to pay the share of costs of a non-consenting party so long as Borrower promptly notifies Administrative Agent of such changes. Neither Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries has conveyed or transferred to any other Person a beneficial interest in the Proved Oil and Gas Properties owned by it of record, whether pursuant to unrecorded assignments or transfers or accounting mechanisms.

Section 6.7 Enforceability. This Agreement constitutes, and the other Loan Documents to which Borrower or any other Obligated Party is a party and the Intercreditor Agreement to the extent Borrower or any other Obligated Party is party thereto, when delivered, shall constitute, legal, valid, and binding obligations of such Person, enforceable against such Person in accordance with their respective terms, except as limited by Debtor Relief Laws and general principles of equity.

Section 6.8 Approvals. No authorization, approval, or consent of, and no filing or registration with, any Governmental Authority or third party is or will be necessary for the execution, delivery, or performance by Borrower or any other Obligated Party of this Agreement, the other Loan Documents to which such Person is or may become a party or the Intercreditor Agreement to the extent such Person is party thereto or the validity or enforceability thereof.

Section 6.9 Taxes. Each of Borrower and its Subsidiaries has filed all tax returns (federal, state, and local) required to be filed, including all income, franchise, employment, Property, and sales tax returns, and has paid all of their respective liabilities for taxes, assessments, governmental charges, and other levies that are due and payable, other than taxes the payment of which is being contested in good faith and by appropriate proceedings and reserves for the payment of which are being maintained in accordance with GAAP. Borrower knows of no pending investigation of Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries by any taxing authority or of any pending but unassessed tax liability of Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries. Neither Borrower nor any Subsidiary thereof is party to any tax sharing agreement other than tax partnerships with an operator of its Oil and Gas Properties.

Section 6.10 Use of Proceeds; Margin Securities. The proceeds of the Borrowings shall be used by Borrower for working capital in the ordinary course of business, for the acquisition, drilling and development of Oil and Gas Properties, and for other general company purposes. Neither Borrower 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 margin stock (within the meaning of Regulations T, U, or X of the Board of Governors), and no part of the proceeds of any Loan will be used to purchase or carry any margin stock or to extend credit to others for the purpose of purchasing or carrying margin stock.

Section 6.11 ERISA. Each Plan that is intended to qualify under Section 401(a) of the Code has received a favorable determination letter from the IRS or an application for such a letter is currently being processed by the IRS with respect thereto and, to the knowledge of Borrower, nothing has occurred which would prevent, or cause the loss of, such qualification. No application for a funding waiver or an extension of any amortization period pursuant to Section 412 of the Code has been made with respect to any Plan. There are no pending or, to the knowledge of Borrower, threatened claims, actions or lawsuits, or action by any Governmental Authority, with respect to any Plan. There has been no Prohibited Transaction or violation of the fiduciary responsibility rules with respect to any Plan. No ERISA Event has occurred or is reasonably expected to occur. No Plan has any Unfunded Pension Liability. No Obligated Party or ERISA Affiliate has incurred, or reasonably expects to incur, any liability under Title IV of ERISA with respect to any Plan (other than premiums due and not delinquent under Section 4007 of ERISA). No Obligated Party or ERISA Affiliate has incurred, or reasonably expects to incur, any liability (and no event has occurred which, with the giving of notice under Section 4219 of ERISA, would result in such liability) under Section 4201 or 4243 of ERISA with respect to a Multiemployer Plan. No Obligated Party or ERISA Affiliate has engaged in a transaction that could be subject to Section 4069 or 4212(c) of ERISA.

 

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Section 6.12 Disclosure. No written statement, information, report, representation, or warranty made by Borrower or any other Obligated Party in this Agreement, in any other Loan Document or the Intercreditor Agreement or furnished to Administrative Agent or any Lender in connection with this Agreement or any of the transactions contemplated hereby, taken as a whole, contains any untrue statement of a material fact or omits to state any material fact necessary to make the statements herein or therein not misleading. There is no fact known to Borrower which is a Material Adverse Event, or which could reasonably be expected in the future to be a Material Adverse Event, that has not been disclosed in writing to Administrative Agent and each Lender.

Section 6.13 Subsidiaries. Borrower has no Subsidiaries other than those listed on Schedule 6.13 (and, if subsequent to the Closing Date, such additional Subsidiaries as have been formed or acquired in compliance with Section 7.13), and Schedule 6.13 sets forth the jurisdiction of incorporation or organization of each such Subsidiary and the percentage of Borrower’s ownership interest in such Subsidiary. All of the outstanding Equity Interests in each Subsidiary described on Schedule 6.13 have been validly issued, are fully paid, and are nonassessable. There are no outstanding subscriptions, options, warrants, calls, rights or other agreements or commitments of any nature relating to any Equity Interests of Borrower or any Subsidiary. As of the First Amendment Effective Date, (a) GREP Ultimate General Partner is the general partner of GREP Partnership; (b) GREP Partnership is the sole member of GREP Holdings; (c) GREP Holdings is the general partner of GREP Fund-B General Partner; (d) GREP Fund-B General Partner is the general partner of GREP Fund-B; and (e) GREP Fund-B is the sole member of Borrower.

Section 6.14 Agreements. Neither Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries is a party to any indenture, loan, or credit agreement, or to any lease or other agreement or instrument, or subject to any charter or corporate or other organizational restriction, in each case which could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Event. Neither Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries is in default in any respect in the performance, observance, or fulfillment of any of the obligations, covenants, or conditions contained in any agreement or instrument material to its business to which it is a party which could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Event.

Section 6.15 Compliance with Laws. Borrower is not aware of, nor has Borrower received notice that any of Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries is in violation in any material respect of any Law, rule, regulation, order, or decree of any Governmental Authority or arbitrator.

Section 6.16 [Reserved].

Section 6.17 Regulated Entities. Neither Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries is (a) an “investment company” or a company “controlled” by an “investment company” within the meaning of the Investment Company Act of 1940, (b) a “utility” under the Laws of the State of Texas or any other jurisdiction wherein such Person is required to qualify to do business or (c) subject to regulation under any other federal or state statute, rule or regulation limiting its ability to incur Debt, pledge its assets or perform its obligations under the Loan Documents or the Intercreditor Agreement.

Section 6.18 Environmental Matters. Except as would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Event:

(a) To Borrower’s actual knowledge, each of Borrower and its Subsidiaries, and all of their respective Properties, assets, and operations are in compliance with all Environmental Laws. Borrower is not aware of, nor has Borrower received notice of, any past, present, or future conditions, events, activities, practices, or incidents which may interfere with or prevent the compliance or continued compliance of Borrower and its Subsidiaries with all Environmental Laws;

 

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(b) Each of Borrower and its Subsidiaries has obtained all permits, licenses, and authorizations that are required under applicable Environmental Laws, and all such permits are in good standing and Borrower and its Subsidiaries are in compliance with all of the terms and conditions of such permits;

(c) Borrower is not aware of, nor has Borrower received notice that Hazardous Materials exist on, about, or within or have been used, generated, stored, transported, disposed of on, or Released from any of the Properties or assets of Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries. The use which Borrower and its Subsidiaries make and intend to make of their respective Properties and assets will not result in the use, generation, storage, transportation, accumulation, disposal, or Release of any Hazardous Material on, in, or from any of their Properties or assets;

(d) Borrower is not aware of, nor has Borrower received notice that Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective currently or previously owned or leased Properties or operations is subject to any outstanding or threatened order from or agreement with any Governmental Authority or other Person or subject to any judicial or docketed administrative proceeding with respect to (i) failure to comply with Environmental Laws, (ii) Remedial Action, or (iii) any Environmental Liabilities arising from a Release or threatened Release;

(e) Borrower is not aware of, nor has Borrower received notice that there are any conditions or circumstances associated with the currently or previously owned or leased Properties or operations of Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries that could reasonably be expected to give rise to any Environmental Liabilities;

(f) Neither Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries is a treatment, storage, or disposal facility requiring a permit under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, 42 U.S.C. § 6901 et seq., regulations thereunder or any comparable provision of state Law. Borrower and its Subsidiaries are in compliance with all applicable financial responsibility requirements of all Environmental Laws;

(g) Neither Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries has filed or failed to file, to Borrower’s knowledge, any notice required under applicable Environmental Law reporting a Release; and

(h) Borrower is not aware of, nor has Borrower received notice that any Lien arising under any Environmental Law has attached to any Property or revenues of Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries.

Section 6.19 Intellectual Property. Borrower owns, or is licensed to use, all Intellectual Property necessary to conduct its business as currently conducted except for such Intellectual Property the failure of which to own or license could not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Event.

Section 6.20 Anti-Corruption Laws and Sanctions. Borrower has implemented and maintains in effect policies and procedures designed to ensure compliance by Borrower, its Subsidiaries and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents with Anti-Corruption Laws and applicable Sanctions, and Borrower, its Subsidiaries and their respective officers and employees, and to the knowledge of Borrower its directors and agents, are in compliance with Anti-Corruption Laws and applicable Sanctions in all material respects. None of (a) Borrower or any Subsidiary or (b) to the knowledge of Borrower, any of their respective directors, officers, employees, or agents, is a Sanctioned Person. No Credit Extension or use of proceeds of any Credit Extension will violate Anti-Corruption Laws or applicable Sanctions.

 

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Section 6.21 Patriot Act. The Obligated Parties, each of their Subsidiaries, and each of their Affiliates are in compliance with (a) the Trading with the Enemy Act, and each of the foreign assets control regulations of the United States Treasury Department (31 CFR, Subtitle B Chapter V, as amended), and all other enabling legislation or executive order relating thereto, (b) the Patriot Act, and (c) all other federal or state Laws relating to “know your customer” and anti-money laundering rules and regulations.

Section 6.22 Insurance. The Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries are insured with financially sound and reputable insurance companies not Affiliates of Borrower, in such amounts, with such deductibles and covering such risks as are customarily carried in conformity with prudent industry practice by companies in the oil and gas industry owning similar Properties in localities where Borrower or the applicable Subsidiary operates.

Section 6.23 Solvency. Each of Borrower and the other Obligated Parties is Solvent and has not entered into any transaction with the intent to hinder, delay or defraud a creditor.

Section 6.24 Security Documents. The provisions of the Security Documents are effective to create in favor of Administrative Agent for the benefit of the Secured Parties a legal, valid and enforceable Lien (subject to Permitted Liens) on all right, title and interest of the respective Obligated Parties party thereto in the Collateral. Except for filings completed prior to the Closing Date and as contemplated hereby and by the Security Documents, no filing or other action will be necessary to perfect such Liens in Collateral.

Section 6.25 Businesses. Borrower is presently engaged directly or through its Subsidiaries in the business of oil and gas acquisition, exploration, development and production.

Section 6.26 Labor Matters. There are no labor controversies pending, or to the best knowledge of Borrower, threatened against Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries which could result in a Material Adverse Event.

Section 6.27 Gas Balancing Agreements and Advance Payment Contracts. As of the Closing Date, (a) there is no Material Gas Imbalance, and (b) the aggregate amount of all Advance Payments received by Borrower and its Subsidiaries under Advance Payment Contracts which have not been satisfied by delivery of production does not exceed $100,000.

Section 6.28 Material Agreements. Schedule 6.28 sets forth a complete and correct list of all agreements in effect or to be in effect on the Closing Date and on the date of each update thereof required hereunder, to the extent that a default, breach, termination or other impairment thereof could reasonably be expected to cause a Material Adverse Event.

Section 6.29 Hedging Agreements and Transactions. Schedule 6.29 sets forth a complete and correct list of all Hedging Agreements and Hedging Transactions entered into by Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries in effect or to be in effect on the Closing Date and on the date of each update thereof required hereunder, the material terms thereof (including the type, term, effective date, termination date and notional amounts or volumes), the Hedge Termination Value thereof, and the counterparty thereto.

Section 6.30 Flood Matters. No “Building” (as defined in the applicable Flood Insurance Regulation) or “Manufactured (Mobile) Home” (as defined in the applicable Flood Insurance Regulation) is located on any Mortgaged Property within an area having special flood hazards and in which flood insurance is available under the Flood Insurance Regulations, and no “Building” or “Manufactured (Mobile) Home” is encumbered by the Mortgages.

 

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ARTICLE 7

AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS

Borrower covenants and agrees that, as long as the Obligations or any part thereof are outstanding or any Letter of Credit shall remain outstanding or any Lender has any Commitment hereunder:

Section 7.1 Reporting Requirements. Borrower will furnish to Administrative Agent (with copies for each Lender):

(a) GREP Fund-B Annual Financial Statements. As soon as available, and in any event within 120 days after the last day of each fiscal year of Borrower, beginning with the fiscal year ending December 31, 2019, a copy of the annual audited report of GREP Fund-B and its Subsidiaries for such fiscal year containing, on a consolidated basis, balance sheets and statements of income, retained earnings, and cash flow as of the end of such fiscal year and for the 12-month period then ended, in each case setting forth in comparative form the figures for the preceding fiscal year, all in reasonable detail and audited and certified by independent certified public accountants of recognized standing acceptable to Administrative Agent, to the effect that such report has been prepared in accordance with GAAP and containing no material qualifications or limitations on scope;

(b) Borrower Quarterly Financial Statements. As soon as available, and in any event within (i) 60 days after the last day of each of the first three fiscal quarters of each fiscal year of Borrower, and (ii) 120 days after the last day of each of the last fiscal quarter of each fiscal year of Borrower, commencing with the fiscal quarter ending September 30, 2019, a copy of an unaudited financial report of Borrower and its Subsidiaries as of the end of such fiscal quarter and for the portion of the fiscal year then ended, containing, on a consolidated and consolidating basis, balance sheets and statements of income, retained earnings, and cash flow, in each case setting forth in comparative form the figures for the corresponding period of the preceding fiscal year, all in reasonable detail certified by a Responsible Officer of Borrower to have been prepared in accordance with GAAP and to fairly and accurately present in all material respects (subject to year-end audit adjustments) the financial condition and results of operations of Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated and consolidating basis, as of the dates and for the periods indicated therein;

(c) Compliance Certificate. Concurrently with the delivery of each of the financial statements referred to in Sections 7.1(a) and 7.1(b), a Compliance Certificate executed by a Responsible Officer of Borrower (i) stating that to the best of the knowledge of such Responsible Officer executing the same, no Default has occurred and is continuing, or if a Default has occurred and is continuing, a statement as to the nature thereof and the action which is proposed to be taken with respect thereto, (ii) showing in reasonable detail the calculations demonstrating compliance with the covenants set forth in Article 9, (iii) containing an update to Schedule 6.29 and (iv) containing such other certifications set forth therein. For any financial statements delivered electronically by a Responsible Officer in satisfaction of the reporting requirements set forth in Sections 7.1(a) and 7.1(b) that are not accompanied by the required Compliance Certificate, that Responsible Officer shall nevertheless be deemed to have certified the factual matters described in this clause (c) with respect to such financial statements; provided, however, such deemed certification shall not excuse or be construed as a waiver of Borrower’s obligation to deliver the required Compliance Certificate;

 

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(d) Management Letters. Promptly upon receipt thereof, a copy of any management letter or written report submitted to Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries by independent certified public accountants with respect to the business, condition (financial or otherwise), operations, prospects, or Properties of Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries;

(e) Notice of Litigation. Promptly after the commencement thereof, notice of all actions, suits, and proceedings before any Governmental Authority or arbitrator affecting Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries which, if determined adversely to Borrower or such Subsidiary, could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Event;

(f) Notice of Default. As soon as possible and in any event within 5 days after becoming aware of the occurrence of any Default, a written notice setting forth the details of such Default and the action that Borrower has taken and proposes to take with respect thereto;

(g) ERISA Reports. Promptly after the filing or receipt thereof, copies of all reports, including annual reports, and notices which any Borrower or ERISA Affiliate files with or receives from the PBGC, the IRS, or the U.S. Department of Labor under ERISA; as soon as possible and in any event within 5 days after Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate knows that any ERISA Event or Prohibited Transaction has occurred with respect to any Plan, a certificate of the chief financial officer of Borrower setting forth the details as to such ERISA Event or Prohibited Transaction and the action that Borrower proposes to take with respect thereto; annually, copies of the notice described in Section 101(f) of ERISA that Borrower or ERISA Affiliate receives with respect to a Plan or Multiemployer Plan;

(h) Reports to Other Creditors. Promptly after the furnishing thereof, copies of any statement or report furnished to any other party pursuant to the terms of any indenture, loan, or credit or similar agreement and not otherwise required to be furnished to Administrative Agent pursuant to any other clause of this Section 7.1;

(i) Acquisitions and Dispositions of Oil and Gas Properties. Concurrently with each Reserve Report delivered under Section 7.1(k) below, a list and description showing the lessor, lessee, lease date, recording information and legal description for each oil, gas and/or mineral lease (which leases shall be grouped by the applicable well or unit) and a sufficient description of any other Oil and Gas Property in which Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries acquired an interest or Disposed of since the delivery to Administrative Agent of the immediately previous Reserve Report;

(j) Notice of Material Adverse Event. As soon as possible and in any event within 5 days after becoming aware thereof, written notice of any event or circumstance that could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Event;

(k) Reserve Reports. (i) On or before April 1 of each year, a Reserve Report prepared by an Independent Engineer and an update to Schedule 6.29, (ii) on or before October 1 of each year, a Reserve Report prepared by Borrower’s own engineers and certified by a Responsible Officer of Borrower and an update to Schedule 6.29, and (iii) with each Reserve Report, a WI/NRI Schedule;

(l) Lease Operating Statements. Together with each Reserve Report delivered under Section 7.1(k) above, a Lease Operating Statement;

 

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(m) Updated Schedules. Within 30 days after each request from Administrative Agent, updates to Schedules 6.6(b), 6.28 and 6.29 of this Agreement and updates to the schedules to such other Loan Documents as may be requested by Administrative Agent, upon which delivery Borrower shall be deemed to have made all applicable representations and warranties with respect thereto contained in the applicable Loan Documents;

(n) Material Gas Imbalance; Advance Payments. Promptly upon the occurrence thereof, notice to Administrative Agent of any Material Gas Imbalance or Advance Payments in violation of Section 8.18 hereof;

(o) Tax Returns. Within 30 days following each request by Administrative Agent, complete copies of the federal and state income tax returns most recently filed by an Obligated Party (if any);

(p) Accounts Receivable. Within 15 days following each request by Administrative Agent, a report setting forth all accounts receivable and accounts payable of Borrower as of the date specified in such request, such report to show the age of such accounts and such other information as Administrative Agent shall reasonably request;

(q) Change in Insurance. Within 10 Business Days after any material change in insurance coverage by Borrower or any Subsidiary from that previously disclosed to Administrative Agent, a report describing such change, and, within 30 days after each request by Administrative Agent, certificates of insurance from the insurance companies insuring Borrower and its Subsidiaries, describing such insurance coverage;

(r) Purchasers of Production. Within 10 Business Days after receipt of each request from Administrative Agent, a report setting forth the identities and addresses of all Persons remitting to any Person who has executed a Mortgage proceeds from the sale of Hydrocarbon production from or attributable to Collateral;

(s) Operating Budget. As soon as available, and in any event within 120 days after the last day of each fiscal year of Borrower, an annual Borrower-prepared operating budget for the fiscal year in which such budget is due, including at a minimum an income statement, balance sheet, cash flow statement and capital expenditure plan of Borrower;

(t) Production Reports. Within 15 days after request by Administrative Agent, a Production Report;

(u) General Information. Promptly, such other information concerning Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries, or any other Obligated Party as Administrative Agent, or any Lender through Administrative Agent, may from time to time reasonably request;

(v) Hedging Reports. Within five (5) Business Days following each request by Administrative Agent, a hedging report of Borrower and its Subsidiaries, setting forth a complete and correct list of all Hedging Agreements and Hedging Transactions entered into by Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries in effect or to be in effect as of the most recent Hedge Testing Date, including without limitations, the material terms thereof (including the type, term, effective date, termination date and notional amounts or volumes), the Hedge Termination Value thereof, and the counterparty thereto.

 

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No reporting requirement in this Section 7.1 shall be construed as waiving or eliminating any covenants or restrictions set forth elsewhere in this Agreement or in the other Loan Documents. All representations and warranties set forth in the Loan Documents with respect to any financial information concerning Borrower or any Guarantor shall apply to all financial information delivered to Lender by Borrower, such Guarantor, or any Person purporting to be a Responsible Officer of Borrower or such Guarantor or other representative of Borrower or such Guarantor regardless of the method of such transmission to Lender or whether or not signed by Borrower, such Guarantor, or such Responsible Officer or other representative, as applicable.

Section 7.2 Maintenance of Existence; Conduct of Business. Borrower shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, preserve and maintain its existence and all of its leases, privileges, licenses, permits, franchises, qualifications, and rights that are necessary or reasonably desirable in the ordinary conduct of its business, except to the extent a failure to so preserve and maintain could not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Event. Borrower shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, conduct its business in an orderly and efficient manner in accordance with good business practices.

Section 7.3 Maintenance and Operation of Properties.

(a) Each Obligated Party shall at all times maintain, develop and operate its Oil and Gas Properties in a good and workmanlike manner and will observe and comply in all material respects with all of the terms and provisions, express or implied, of all oil and gas leases relating to such Oil and Gas Properties so long as such oil and gas leases are capable of producing Hydrocarbons in commercial quantities, to the extent that the failure to so observe and comply could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Event.

(b) Each Obligated Party shall at all times maintain, preserve and keep all operating equipment used or useful with respect to its Oil and Gas Properties in proper repair, working order and condition, and make all necessary or appropriate repairs, renewals, replacements, additions and improvements thereto as would a reasonably prudent operator.

(c) Each Obligated Party shall comply in all material respects with all Laws and agreements applicable to or relating to its Oil and Gas Properties or the production and sale of Hydrocarbons therefrom and all applicable proration and conservation Laws of the jurisdictions in which such Properties are located, to the extent that the failure to so comply with such Laws or agreements could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Event.

(d) With respect to the Oil and Gas Properties referred to in this Section 7.3 that are operated by operators other than an Obligated Party or any Affiliate of an Obligated Party, no Obligated Party shall be obligated itself to perform any undertakings contemplated by the covenants and agreements contained in this Section 7.3 which are performable only by such operators and are beyond its control, but the Obligated Parties shall use commercially reasonable efforts to cause such operators to perform such undertakings.

Section 7.4 Taxes and Claims and Payment of Other Obligations. Borrower shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, pay or discharge at or before maturity or before becoming delinquent (a) all material taxes, levies, assessments, and governmental charges imposed on it or its income or profits or any of its Property, which, if unpaid, could result in a Lien upon any of its Property, and (b) all lawful claims for labor, material, and supplies, which, if unpaid, could result in a Lien upon any of its Property; provided, however, that neither Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries shall be required to pay or discharge any Tax, levy, assessment, or governmental charge which is being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings diligently pursued, and for which adequate reserves in accordance with GAAP have been established.

 

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Section 7.5 Insurance.

(a) Borrower shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries and each of the other operators of the Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries to, maintain insurance with financially sound and reputable insurance companies in such amounts and covering such risks as is customarily carried in conformity with prudent industry practice by companies in the oil and gas industry owning similar Properties in the same general areas in which Borrower and its Subsidiaries operate, provided that in any event Borrower will maintain and cause each of its Subsidiaries to maintain workmen’s compensation insurance, property insurance, and comprehensive general liability insurance reasonably satisfactory to Administrative Agent. Each insurance policy covering Collateral shall name Administrative Agent as loss payee and each insurance policy covering liabilities shall name Administrative Agent as additional insured, and each such insurance policy shall provide that such policy will not be cancelled or reduced without 30 days prior written notice to Administrative Agent.

(b) Subject to the Intercreditor Agreement, all proceeds of insurance shall be paid over to Administrative Agent for application to the Obligations under the Loan Documents, unless Required Lenders otherwise agree in writing in their sole discretion.

(c) If Required Lenders agree in writing, in their sole discretion, Borrower or a Subsidiary may apply the net proceeds of a casualty or condemnation (each a “Loss”) to the repair, restoration, or replacement of the assets suffering such Loss, so long as (i) such repair, restoration, or replacement is completed within 180 days after the date of such Loss (or such longer period of time agreed to in writing by Required Lenders), (ii) while such repair, restoration, or replacement is underway, all of such net proceeds are on deposit with Administrative Agent in a separate deposit account over which Administrative Agent has exclusive control, and (iii) such Loss did not cause an Event of Default. If (x) an Event of Default occurs pursuant to which the Obligations under the Loan Documents are accelerated in accordance with Section 10.2 or (y) such repair, restoration, or replacement is not completed within 180 days of the date of such Loss (or such longer period of time agreed to in writing by Required Lenders), then in each case Administrative Agent may immediately and without notice to any Person apply all of such net proceeds to such Obligations, regardless of any other prior agreement regarding the disposition of such net proceeds.

(d) If at any time the representations made in Section 6.30 are untrue and any Building or Manufactured (Mobile) Home (as defined in applicable Flood Insurance Regulations) is included in the Collateral and is or has become located in an area designated as a “flood hazard area” under applicable Flood Insurance Regulations, Borrower shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, (i) provide Administrative Agent with a description of such Building or Manufactured (Mobile) Home, including the address and legal description thereof and such other information as may be requested by Administrative Agent to obtain a flood determination or otherwise satisfy its obligations under applicable Flood Insurance Regulations, (ii) obtain flood insurance in such amounts as required by applicable Flood Insurance Regulations and (iii) provide evidence in form and substance satisfactory to Administrative Agent of such flood insurance to Administrative Agent.

Section 7.6 Inspection Rights. At any reasonable time and from time to time, Borrower shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, permit representatives of Administrative Agent or any Lender (a) to examine, inspect, review, evaluate and make physical verifications and appraisals of the Mortgaged Properties and other Collateral in any manner and through any medium that Administrative Agent or such Lender considers advisable, (b) to examine, copy, and make extracts from its books and records, (c) to visit and inspect its Properties, and (d) to discuss its business, operations, and financial condition with its officers, employees, and independent certified public accountants, in each instance, at Borrower’s expense.

 

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Section 7.7 Keeping Books and Records. Borrower shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, maintain proper books of record and account in which full, true, and correct entries in conformity with GAAP shall be made of all dealings and transactions in relation to its business and activities.

Section 7.8 Compliance with Laws. Borrower shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, (a) comply in all material respects with all applicable Laws and decrees of any Governmental Authority or arbitrator, (b) maintain at all times all consents or approvals required from the United States or any state of the United States (or other applicable Governmental Authorities) necessary to grant to Administrative Agent a Lien on the Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries, and (c) maintain in effect and enforce policies and procedures designed to ensure compliance by Borrower, its Subsidiaries and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents with Anti-Corruption Laws and applicable Sanctions.

Section 7.9 Compliance with Agreements. Borrower shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, comply in all material respects with all agreements, contracts, and instruments binding on it or affecting its Properties or business, except to the extent a failure to so comply could not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Event.

Section 7.10 Further Assurances. Borrower shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries and each other Obligated Party to, execute and deliver such further agreements and instruments and take such further action as may be reasonably requested by Administrative Agent or any Lender to carry out the provisions and purposes of this Agreement, the other Loan Documents and the Intercreditor Agreement and to create, preserve, and perfect the Liens of Administrative Agent in the Collateral.

Section 7.11 ERISA. Except as would not result in an Event of Default under Section 10.1(j), Borrower shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, comply with all minimum funding requirements, and all other material requirements, of ERISA, if applicable.

Section 7.12 Depository Relationship. Borrower shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, use LegacyTexas Bank as its principal depository bank, and Borrower shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, maintain LegacyTexas Bank as its principal depository bank, including for the maintenance of business, cash management, operating and administrative deposit accounts.

Section 7.13 Additional Guarantors. Borrower shall notify Administrative Agent at the time that any Person becomes a Subsidiary, and promptly thereafter (and in any event within IO days) Borrower shall (a) execute and deliver, or cause to be executed and delivered, to Administrative Agent all Security Documents, stock certificates, stock powers and other agreements and instruments as may be requested by Administrative Agent to ensure that Administrative Agent has a perfected security interest in all Equity Interests held by any Obligated Party in such Subsidiary, and (b) cause such Person to (i) become a Guarantor by executing and delivering to Administrative Agent a Guaranty (or a joinder to any existing Guaranty), (ii) execute and deliver all Security Documents requested by Administrative Agent pledging to Administrative Agent for the benefit of the Secured Parties all of its Property ( subject to such exceptions as Administrative Agent may permit), subject, with respect to Oil and Gas Properties, the limitations set forth in clause (iii) below and take all actions required by Administrative Agent to grant to the Administrative Agent for the benefit of Secured Parties a perfected first priority Lien on such property, including the filing of UCC financing statements in such jurisdictions as may be requested by Administrative Agent, (iii) with respect to each Oil and Gas Property owned by such Subsidiary, execute, acknowledge and deliver a Mortgage or Mortgages and evidence of the proper recordation of each such

 

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Mortgage in the appropriate filing office, in each case, sufficient to cause the Recognized Value of the Mortgaged Properties to be not less than the Required Reserve Value, (iv) deliver to Administrative Agent title opinions and/or other title information and data acceptable to Administrative Agent such that Administrative Agent shall have received, together with the title information previously delivered to Administrative Agent, acceptable title information regarding those Oil and Gas Properties that in the aggregate represent not less than 80% of the Recognized Value of all Proved Oil and Gas Properties evaluated in the most recent Reserve Report; and (v) deliver to Administrative Agent such other documents and instruments as Administrative Agent may reasonably require, including appropriate favorable opinions of counsel to such Person in form, content and scope reasonably satisfactory to Administrative Agent.

Section 7.14 Title Assurances. Without limitation of any other requirements contained in this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, Borrower shall, (a) upon request by Administrative Agent, deliver to Administrative Agent title opinions and/or other title information and data acceptable to Administrative Agent regarding the Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries that in the aggregate represent not less than 80% of the Recognized Value of all Proved Oil and Gas Properties evaluated in the most recent Reserve Report; and (b) promptly, but in any event within 30 days after notice by Administrative Agent of any defect, material in the opinion of Administrative Agent, in the title of the mortgagor under any Mortgage to any Oil and Gas Property covered thereby, clear such title defect, and in the event any such title defects are not cured in a timely manner, pay all related costs and fees incurred by Administrative Agent and Lenders in attempting to do so.

Section 7.15 Commodity Hedging Transactions.

(a) Subject to Section 7.15(b) below, if Utilization is less than or equal to 50% (the “Utilization Threshold”), Borrower shall enter into, and thereafter as of the last day of each fiscal quarter of the Borrower (each such date, the “Hedge Testing Date”), maintain, Commodity Hedging Transactions, fixing a price acceptable to Administrative Agent for a term of 12 months from such date, covering at least 50% of the monthly Projected Production of oil and natural gas (calculated separately) from the proved, developed producing Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries based on the most recently delivered Reserve Report, and which are otherwise in compliance with Section 8.17 and on terms acceptable to Administrative Agent in its sole discretion;

(b) Once Utilization exceeds the Utilization Threshold, then within five (5) Business Days following the date when Utilization exceeded such threshold (such period, the “Hedge Period”), Borrower shall enter into (and provide notice to Administrative Agent of compliance hereof), and thereafter as of each Hedge Testing Date, maintain, Commodity Hedging Transactions, fixing price acceptable to Administrative Agent, for:

(i) with respect to oil, either (A) a term of 12 months from such date, covering at least 70% of the monthly Projected Production of oil, or (B) a term of 18 months from such date, covering at least 50% of the monthly Projected Production of oil; and

(ii) with respect to natural gas, either (A) a term of 12 months from such date, covering at least 70% of the monthly Projected Production of natural gas, or (B) a term of 18 months from such date, covering at least 50% of the monthly Projected Production of natural gas,

each from the proved, developed producing Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries based on the most recently delivered Reserve Report, and which are otherwise in compliance with Section 8.17 and on terms acceptable to Administrative Agent in its sole discretion; provided, however, if Utilization decreases below the Utilization Threshold by the end of the Hedge Period, Borrower may continue to hedge pursuant to the requirements set forth in Section 7.15(a) above.

 

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For the avoidance of doubt, if Utilization falls below the Utilization Threshold on any Hedge Testing Date, Borrower shall only be required to hedge pursuant to the requirements set forth in Section 7.15(a) above until such time when Utilization exceeds the Utilization Threshold again.

(c) Borrower and its Subsidiaries shall maintain a commodity price risk management policy, which policy shall be reasonably acceptable to Administrative Agent.

Section 7.16 Concerning Operators Liens. Upon request of Administrative Agent, Borrower shall cause each affiliated operator of its Oil and Gas Properties to fully subordinate to the Liens securing the Obligations any and all Liens granted to or held by such operator under any present or future joint operating agreement covering any of the Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, in a manner satisfactory to Administrative Agent and pursuant to documentation in form and substance satisfactory to Administrative Agent.

Section 7.17 Post-Closing Obligations. Within 15 days after the Closing Date (or such other longer period as acceptable to the Administrative Agent in its sole discretion), Borrower shall cause (i) GREP Longhorn LLC to purchase, acquire or otherwise own record title in a percentage, in an amount acceptable to the Administrative Agent, of undivided interests in the Oil and Gas Properties located in Texas and described in Schedule 6.6(b) attached hereto, from GREP Spider LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, (b) GREP Tiger LLC to purchase, acquire or otherwise own record title in a percentage, in an amount acceptable to the Administrative Agent, of undivided interests in the Oil and Gas Properties located in Louisiana and described in Schedule 6.6(b) attached hereto, from GREP Tartan LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, and (c) each of GREP Longhorn LLC and GREP Tiger LLC to grant a first priority Lien, in favor of Administrative Agent, to such acquired Oil and Gas Properties pursuant to one or more Mortgages and provide, as applicable, a favorable opinion from Thompson & Knight LLP and local Louisiana counsel to Borrower and Guarantors, as to such matters as Administrative Agent may reasonably request.

ARTICLE 8

NEGATIVE COVENANTS

Borrower covenants and agrees that, as long as the Obligations or any part thereof are outstanding or any Letter of Credit outstanding or any Lender has any Commitment hereunder:

Section 8.1 Debt. Borrower shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly, incur, create, assume, or permit to exist any Debt, except:

(a) the Obligations under the Loan Documents and Obligations existing or arising under Bank Product Agreements other than Hedging Agreements and Hedging Transactions;

(b) existing Debt described on Schedule 8.1;

(c) purchase money Debt and Capitalized Lease Obligations not to exceed $250,000 in the aggregate at any time outstanding;

(d) Hedge Obligations existing or arising under Hedging Agreements and Hedging Transactions permitted by Section 8.17;

 

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(e) Debt associated with bonds or other surety obligations required by Governmental Authorities in connection with the operation of the businesses of Borrower and its Subsidiaries;

(f) Debt between Borrower and any Guarantor or between any Guarantor and any other Guarantor;

(g) Debt consisting of Loans to Borrower by NPI Holder under the Loan Agreement in the form attached as Exhibit B to the NPI Holder Partnership Agreement, provided that such Debt shall be subject to a subordination and intercreditor agreement reasonably acceptable to Administrative Agent; and

(h) other Debt not to exceed $250,000 in the aggregate at any time outstanding.

Section 8.2 Limitation on Liens. Borrower shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, incur, create, assume, or permit to exist any Lien upon any of its Property, assets, or revenues, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, except:

(a) existing Liens disclosed on Schedule 8.2 and any Liens associated with any ORRI and the ORRI Documents;

(b) Liens in favor of Administrative Agent for the benefit of the Secured Parties, so long as, with respect to Liens for the benefit of Approved Commodity Swap Counterparties other than Bank Product Providers, such Liens are permitted by and subject to the Intercreditor Agreement;

(c) encumbrances consisting of minor easements, zoning restrictions, or other restrictions on the use of real property that are customary in the oil and gas industry and do not (individually or in the aggregate) materially affect the value of the assets encumbered thereby or materially impair the ability of Borrower or its Subsidiaries to use or operate such assets in their respective businesses, and none of which is violated in any material respect by existing or proposed structures or land use or operation;

(d) Liens for Taxes, assessments, or other governmental charges which are not delinquent or which are being contested in good faith and for which adequate reserves in accordance with GAAP have been established;

(e) Liens of landlords, vendors, repairmen, suppliers, workers, builders, mechanics, materialmen, warehousemen, carriers, or other similar statutory Liens securing obligations that are not yet due (or are being contested in good faith and for which adequate reserves are maintained in accordance with GAAP) and are incurred in the ordinary course of business;

(f) Liens resulting from good faith deposits to secure payments of workmen’s compensation or other social security programs (other than Liens imposed by ERISA) or to secure the performance of tenders, statutory obligations, surety and appeal bonds, bids, contracts (other than for payment of Debt), or leases made in the ordinary course of business;

(g) purchase money Liens on specific Property to secure Debt used to acquire such Property and Liens securing Capitalized Lease Obligations with respect to specific leased Property, in each case to the extent permitted in Section 8.1(c);

 

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(h) so long as no default has occurred by any Obligated Party in the payment or performance of such agreements, contracts, agreements, lease provisions, defects and irregularities which (i) were in effect when such Property, assets or revenues were acquired, (ii) were not created in contemplation of such acquisition, (iii) were not such as to materially interfere with the operation, value or use of the Properties covered by such Lien, (iv) are ordinary and customary to the oil, gas and other mineral exploration, development, processing or extraction business, (v) do not otherwise cause any other express representation or warranty of any Obligated Party in any of the Loan Documents to be untrue, and (vi) do not operate to reduce any Obligated Party’s net revenue interest in production for the affected Oil and Gas Properties (if any) below such interests reflected in the most recent Reserve Report, or increase the working interest for the affected Oil and Gas Properties (if any) as reflected or warranted in the most recent Reserve Report without a corresponding increase in the corresponding net revenue interest;

(i) contractual Liens for the benefit of operators of the Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower and its Subsidiaries, but only to the extent that such operators are not Obligated Parties or Affiliates of Obligated Parties and are not asserting a claim or right to exercise their rights under such contractual Liens, except for such claims and rights of operators which Borrower or the applicable Subsidiary is contesting in good faith and for which adequate reserves are maintained in accordance with GAAP;

(j) the statutory Lien to secure payment of proceeds of production established by Texas Bus. & Comm. Code § 9.343 and similar Laws of other jurisdictions;

(k) royalties, overriding royalties, reversionary interests, production payments and similar lease burdens which (i) are customarily granted in the ordinary course of business in the oil and gas industry, (ii) are deducted in the calculation of discounted present value in the most recent Reserve Reports delivered to Administrative Agent hereunder and (iii) with respect to each Oil and Gas Property, do not operate to reduce any Obligated Party’s net revenue interest in production for such Oil and Gas Property (if any) below such interests reflected in the most recent Reserve Report or increase the working interest for such Oil and Gas Property (if any) as reflected or warranted in the most recent Reserve Report without a corresponding increase in the corresponding net revenue interest, and (iv) do not operate to deprive any Obligated Party of any material rights in respect of its assets or properties;

(l) sale contracts, joint operating agreements, or other arrangements for the exploration, development, production, transportation, gathering, processing or sale of Hydrocarbons which (i) would not (when considered cumulatively with the matters discussed in Section 8.2(k) immediately preceding) deprive Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries of any material right in respect of Borrower’s or such Subsidiary’s assets or Properties, (ii) are ordinary and customary to the oil, gas and other mineral exploration, development, processing or extraction business, (iii) do not otherwise cause any other express representation or warranty of any Obligated Party in any of the Loan Documents to be untrue, and (iv) do not operate to reduce any Obligated Party’s net revenue interest in production for the affected Oil and Gas Properties (if any) below such interests reflected in the most recent Reserve Report, or increase the working interest for the affected Oil and Gas Properties (if any) as reflected or warranted in the most recent Reserve Report without a corresponding increase in the corresponding net revenue interest, except as reflected therein;

 

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(m) Gas Balancing Agreements; provided that the amount of all gas imbalances and the amount of all production which has been paid for but not delivered shall have been disclosed or otherwise taken into account in the Reserve Reports delivered to Administrative Agent hereunder;

(n) Liens to secure plugging and abandonment obligations;

(o) Rights of set-off or similar rights and remedies and burdening only accounts or other funds maintained with a depository institution;

(p) Easements, restrictions, servitudes, permits, conditions, covenants, exceptions, or reservations for the purpose of surface operations, roads, pipelines, transmission lines, transportation lines, distribution lines, and other like purposes, or for the joint or common use of real estate, rights or way, facilities and equipment, that do no secure any monetary obligations and which in the aggregate do not materially impair the use of such Properties for the purposes of which such Properties are held by Borrower or any Subsidiary or materially impair the value of such Properties subject thereto;

(q) Liens on cash or securities pledged to secure performance of tenders, surety and appeal bonds, government contracts, performance and return of money bonds, bids, purchase agreement, trade contracts, leases, statutory obligations, regulatory obligations and other obligations of a like nature incurred in the ordinary course of business;

(r) Judgment and attachment Liens not giving rise to an Event of Default; provided that any appropriate legal proceedings which may have been duly initiated for the review of such judgment shall not have been finally terminated or the period within which such proceeding may be initiated shall not have expired and no action to enforce such Lien has been commenced;

(s) Immaterial Title Deficiencies;

(t) Liens securing Debt permitted by Section 8.1(g), provided that such Liens shall be subject to a subordination and intercreditor agreement reasonably acceptable to Administrative Agent; and

(u) other Liens securing Debt permitted by Section 8.1(h);

provided, however, that Liens described in clauses (a), (d), (e), (f), (h) and (m) above shall continue to be permitted only for so long as the appropriate Obligated Party shall cause any proceeding instituted to enforce such Lien to stay the sale or forfeiture of any material portion of Property on account of such Lien; and provided further, that no intention to subordinate the first priority Liens granted in favor of Administrative Agent to secure the Obligations is hereby implied or expressed or is to be inferred by the permitted existence of such Liens.

Section 8.3 Mergers, Etc. Borrower shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly, become a party to a merger or consolidation, or purchase or otherwise acquire all or substantially all of the assets of any Person or any Equity Interests or other evidence of beneficial ownership of any Person, or wind-up, dissolve, or liquidate, except (a) investments permitted by Section 8.5, (b) any Subsidiary may merge or consolidate with Borrower so long as Borrower is the surviving entity, and (c) any Subsidiary may merge or consolidate with another Subsidiary, provided, if a Subsidiary involved in such merger or consolidation is a Guarantor, such Guarantor is the surviving entity.

 

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Section 8.4 Restricted Payments. Borrower shall not, directly or indirectly, declare or pay any dividends or make any other payment or distribution (in cash, Property, or obligations) on account of its Equity Interests, or redeem, purchase, retire, call, or otherwise acquire any of its Equity Interests, or permit any of its Subsidiaries to purchase or otherwise acquire any Equity Interest of Borrower or another Subsidiary of Borrower, or set apart any money for a sinking or other analogous fund for any dividend or other distribution on its Equity Interests or for any redemption, purchase, retirement, or other acquisition of any of its Equity Interests, or incur any obligation (contingent or otherwise) to do any of the foregoing, except:

(a) Subsidiaries shall be permitted to make payments and distributions to Borrower or any Guarantor;

(b) annually, but only so long as Borrower is treated as a pass-through entity for federal income tax purposes, Borrower may make Permitted Tax Distributions, provided that no Default or Borrowing Base Deficiency exists or will exist after giving effect to such distribution;

(c) prior to the Fall 2020 Redetermination Effective Date, provided that (i) no Default or Borrowing Base Deficiency exists or will exist after giving effect to such distribution, and (ii) after giving pro forma effect thereto, (A) the Leverage Ratio is not greater than 2.50 to 1.00 and (B) Utilization is less than seventy-five percent (75.0%), in each case as evidenced by a certificate from a Responsible Officer delivered to Administrative Agent five (5) Business Days’ prior to the date of any such distribution, and provided further that Administrative Agent has not delivered any written objection to Borrower’s pro forma calculations, Borrower may declare and pay dividends with respect to its Equity Interests to any holder thereof in an aggregate amount (when combined with, and after giving effect to, all dividends and distributions made during this period under all the GREP Facilities pursuant to this Section 8.4(c) (or the corresponding Section 8.4(c) in the applicable GREP Facility)) not to exceed $5,250,000; and

(d) commencing as of the Fall 2020 Redetermination Effective Date and thereafter, provided that (i) no Default or Borrowing Base Deficiency exists or will exist after giving effect to such distribution, and (ii) after giving pro forma effect thereto, (A) the Leverage Ratio is not greater than 2.50 to 1.00 and (B) Utilization is less than seventy-five percent (75.0%), in each case as evidenced by a certificate from a Responsible Officer delivered to Administrative Agent five (5) Business Days’ prior to the date of any such distribution, and provided further that Administrative Agent has not delivered any written objection to Borrower’s pro forma calculations, Borrower may declare and pay dividends with respect to its Equity Interests to any holder thereof.

Section 8.5 Loans and Investments. Borrower shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly, make, hold or maintain any advance, loan, extension of credit, or capital contribution to or investment in, or purchase any stock, bonds, notes, debentures, or other securities of, any Person, except:

(a) existing investments described on Schedule 8.5;

(b) readily marketable direct obligations of the United States of America or any agency thereof with maturities of one year or less from the date of acquisition;

(c) fully insured certificates of deposit with maturities of one year or less from the date of acquisition issued by either (i) any commercial bank operating in the United States of America having capital and surplus in excess of $50,000,000.00 or (ii) any Lender;

 

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(d) commercial paper of a domestic issuer if at the time of purchase such paper is rated in one of the two highest rating categories of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services or Moody’s Investors Service;

(e) investments resulting in an Acquisition where:

(i) the business, division or assets acquired are for use, or the Person acquired is engaged in, one of the businesses described in Section 6.25;

(ii) immediately before and after giving effect to such Acquisition, no Default shall exist; and

(iii) to the extent applicable, the provisions of Section 7.13 have been satisfied, thereby causing Administrative Agent to have a perfected first priority Lien (subject to Permitted Liens) on all assets, including Equity Interests, that are acquired in the Acquisition.

(f) investments in Subsidiaries that are Guarantors;

(g) investments consisting of direct ownership interests in Oil and Gas Properties or wells, gas gathering systems or other field facilities, seismic data and surveys, in each case related to such Oil and Gas Properties, or related to Farmouts, participation agreements, joint operating agreements, joint venture or area of mutual interest agreements or other similar arrangements which are usual and customary in the oil and gas industry located within the geographic boundaries of the United States of America; provided that (i) no such investment includes an investment in any Equity Interest in a Person, (ii) any Debt incurred or assumed or Lien granted or permitted to exist pursuant to such investments is otherwise permitted under Section 8.1 and Section 8.2, respectively, and (iii) such investments are taken into account in computing the working interests and net revenue interests set forth in the most recent WI/NRI Schedule;

(h) investments consisting of Hedging Transactions permitted under Section 8.17;

(i) advances or extensions of credit in the form of accounts receivable incurred in the ordinary course of business and upon terms common in the industry for such accounts receivable which are not more than 60 days past due; and

(j) advances to employees for the payment of expenses in the ordinary course of business.

Section 8.6 Limitation on Issuance of Equity. Borrower shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly, issue or Dispose of any of its Equity Interests other than to Borrower or another Subsidiary.

Section 8.7 Transactions With Affiliates. Borrower shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly, enter into any transaction, including, without limitation, the purchase, sale, or exchange of Property, the rendering of any service or the payment of any management, advisory or similar fees, with any Affiliate of Borrower or such Subsidiary, except in the ordinary course of and pursuant to the reasonable requirements of Borrower’s or such Subsidiary’s business, pursuant to a transaction which is otherwise expressly permitted under this Agreement, and upon fair and reasonable terms no less favorable to Borrower or such Subsidiary than would be obtained in a comparable arm’s-length transaction with a Person not an Affiliate of Borrower or such Subsidiary.

 

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Section 8.8 Disposition of Assets. Borrower shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly, make any Disposition, except:

(a) Dispositions of inventory (including Hydrocarbons) in the ordinary course of business;

(b) Dispositions, for fair value, of worn-out and obsolete equipment not necessary or useful to the conduct of business;

(c) Dispositions consisting of any compulsory pooling or unitization ordered by a Governmental Authority with jurisdiction over Borrower’s or any of its Subsidiaries’ Oil and Gas Properties;

(d) subject to Section 2.9(c)(ii) and provided that no Default has occurred and is continuing or would result therefrom, Dispositions of Oil and Gas Properties; provided that the aggregate fair market value of all such Oil and Gas Properties Disposed of between periodic redeterminations of the Borrowing Base under Section 2.9(b) shall not exceed $1,000,000 (when aggregated with Dispositions permitted under Section 8.8(e) during the same period);

(e) subject to Section 2.9(c)(ii) and provided no Default has occurred and is continuing or would result therefrom, Dispositions of proved developed Oil and Gas Properties; provided that (i) all of the consideration received in respect of any such Disposition shall be cash, (ii) the consideration received shall be equal to or greater than the fair market value thereof (as reasonably determined by a Responsible Officer of Borrower, and if requested by Administrative Agent, Borrower shall deliver a certificate of a Responsible Officer of Borrower certifying to that effect), and (iii) the aggregate Borrowing Base value of all such proved developed Oil and Gas Properties Disposed of between periodic redeterminations of the Borrowing Base under Section 2.9(b) shall not exceed 5% of the Borrowing Base in effect as of the then most recent periodic redetermination of the Borrowing Base under Section 2.9(b);

(f) subject to Section 2.9(c)(ii), Dispositions of Oil and Gas Properties made pursuant to any Third Party Sale (as defined in any ORRI Conveyance) or similar sale in connection with the exercise of drag along right by NPI Holder, in accordance with Section 6.4 or other relevant section regarding such sale of such ORRI Conveyance;

(g) Disposition of any ORRI to NPI Holder pursuant to an ORRI Conveyance; and

(h) other Dispositions not to exceed $250,000 in the aggregate in any fiscal year.

Section 8.9 Sale and Leaseback. Borrower shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly, enter into any arrangement with any Person pursuant to which it leases from such Person real or personal Property that has been or is to be sold or transferred, directly or indirectly, by it to such Person.

Section 8.10 Prepayment of Debt. Borrower shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly, make any optional or voluntary payment, prepayment, repurchase or redemption of any Debt, except (i) the Obligations under the Loan Documents, and (ii) so long as no Default or Borrowing Base Deficiency exists at the time of such payments, payments of accrued interest, when due and payable, in respect of Debt permitted by Section 8.1(g).

 

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Section 8.11 Nature of Business. Borrower shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, engage in any business other than their businesses as oil and gas exploration and production companies.

Section 8.12 Environmental Protection. Except as would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Event, Borrower shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly (a) use (or permit any tenant to use) any of their respective Properties or assets for the handling, processing, storage, transportation, or disposal of any Hazardous Material, (b) generate any Hazardous Material in violation of Environmental Laws, (c) conduct any activity that is likely to cause a Release or threatened Release of any Hazardous Material in violation of Environmental Laws, or (d) otherwise conduct any activity or use any of their respective Properties or assets in any manner that is likely to violate any Environmental Law or create any Environmental Liabilities for which Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries would be responsible.

Section 8.13 Accounting. Borrower shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, change its fiscal year or make any change (a) in accounting treatment or reporting practices, except as required by GAAP and disclosed to Administrative Agent and Lenders, or (b) in tax reporting treatment, except as required by Law and disclosed to Administrative Agent and Lenders.

Section 8.14 Burdensome Agreements. Borrower shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries or any other Obligated Party to, enter into or permit to exist any arrangement or agreement, other than pursuant to this Agreement or any Loan Document, which (a) directly or indirectly prohibits Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries, or any other Obligated Party from creating or incurring a Lien on any of its Property, revenues, or assets, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, (b) directly or indirectly prohibits any of its Subsidiaries or any other Obligated Party to make any payments, directly or indirectly, to Borrower by way of dividends, distributions, advances, repayments of loans, repayments of expenses, accruals, or otherwise or (c) in any way would be contravened by such Person’s performance of its obligations hereunder or under the other Loan Documents.

Section 8.15 Subsidiaries. Borrower shall not, directly or indirectly, form or acquire any Subsidiary unless Borrower complies with the requirements of Section 7.13.

Section 8.16 Amendments of Constituent Documents and the ORRI Documents. Each of the GREP Fund-B Entities shall not amend or restate (i) any of their respective Constituent Documents in a manner adverse to Lenders, or (ii) any ORRI Documents.

Section 8.17 Hedging Agreements and Transactions.

(a) Borrower shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, enter into, or permit to exist, any Hedging Transaction unless (i) such Hedging Transaction is an Acceptable Commodity Hedging Transaction or a Rate Management Transaction that is with a counterparty reasonably satisfactory to Administrative Agent and that has terms and conditions reasonably satisfactory to Administrative Agent, and (ii) the Hedging Agreement governing such Hedging Transaction does not contain any anti-assignment provisions restricting such Person or, if such agreement contains anti-assignment provisions which cannot be removed, such provisions shall be modified to read substantially as follows: “The interest and obligations arising from this agreement are non-transferable and non-assignable, except that [insert Obligated Party’s name] may assign and grant a security interest in its rights and interests hereunder to LegacyTexas Bank, as a lender or as contractual representative of itself and other creditors, and its assigns (the “Lender”) as security for [insert Obligated Party’s name]’s present and future obligations to such parties. Until [hedge provider] is notified in writing by the Lender to pay to the Lender amounts due [insert Obligated Party’s name] hereunder, [hedge provider] may continue to make such payments to [insert Obligated Party’s name].”

 

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(b) No Obligated Party shall cause or permit any Hedging Transaction now existing or hereafter entered into by such Person to be amended, modified, terminated, negated through such Person’s entry into one or more new Hedging Transactions with the opposing effect, or liquidated without the prior written consent of Administrative Agent. Any consent by Administrative Agent granted pursuant to this Section might include a requirement (to be treated for the purposes of Section 2.9 as a Borrower requested special determination) that a new Borrowing Base be determined.

(c) No Obligated Party shall enter into any new Hedging Agreement, or cause or permit any Hedging Agreement now existing or hereafter entered into by such Person to be amended, modified or terminated, without the prior written consent of Administrative Agent except as specifically permitted herein or as permitted in any then-effective Intercreditor Agreement and except for entering into usual and customary confirmations under such Hedging Agreements setting forth volume, pricing, duration and other such standard terms.

Section 8.18 Gas Balancing Agreements and Advance Payment Contracts. Borrower shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly, incur, become or remain liable for, or permit any of its Subsidiaries to incur, become or remain liable for, at any time (a) any Material Gas Imbalance, or (b) Advance Payments under Advance Payment Contracts which are to be satisfied by delivery of production in excess of $100,000 in the aggregate.

Section 8.19 [Reserved].

Section 8.20 Use of Proceeds. Borrower will not request any Credit Extension, and Borrower shall not use, and shall ensure that its Subsidiaries and its or their respective directors, officers, employees and agents shall not use, the proceeds of any Credit Extension, (a) directly or indirectly, to purchase or carry margin stock (within the meaning of Regulations T, U, or X of the Board of Governors), (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-Corruption Laws, (c) for the purpose of funding, financing or facilitating any activities, business or transaction of or with any Sanctioned Person, or in any Sanctioned Country, or (d) in any manner that would result in the violation of any Sanctions applicable to any party hereto.

Section 8.21 Joint Operating Agreements. Borrower shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, amend, restate, supplement or otherwise modify, any joint operating agreement covering any of the Oil and Gas Properties of Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries in a manner materially adverse to Borrower or such Subsidiary without the prior written consent of Administrative Agent.

ARTICLE 9

FINANCIAL COVENANTS

Borrower covenants and agrees that, as long as the Obligations or any part thereof are outstanding or any Letter of Credit shall remain outstanding or any Lender has any Commitment hereunder:

Section 9.1 Leverage Ratio. Borrower shall not permit, as of the last day of any Test Period, commencing with the Test Period ending December 31, 2016, the Leverage Ratio to be greater than 3.50 to 1.00.

 

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Section 9.2 Current Ratio. Borrower shall not permit, as of the last day of any fiscal quarter of Borrower, commencing with the fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2016, the Current Ratio for Borrower and its Subsidiaries, on a consolidated basis, to be less than 1.00 to 1.00.

ARTICLE 10

DEFAULT

Section 10.1 Events of Default. Each of the following shall be deemed an “Event of Default”:

(a) Borrower shall fail to pay the Obligations under the Loan Documents or any part thereof shall not be paid when due or declared due and, other than with respect to payments of principal, such failure shall continue unremedied for three (3) days after such payment became due;

(b) Borrower shall breach any provision of Sections 7.1, 7.2, 7.5, 7.6, 7.13, or 7.15 or Article 8 or Article 9 of this Agreement;

(c) any representation or warranty made or deemed made by Borrower or any other Obligated Party (or any of their respective officers) in any Loan Document or the Intercreditor Agreement or in any certificate, report, notice, or financial statement furnished at any time in connection with this Agreement shall be false, misleading, or erroneous in any material respect (without duplication of any materiality qualifier contained therein) when made or deemed to have been made;

(d) Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries, or any other Obligated Party shall fail to perform, observe, or comply with any covenant, agreement, or term contained in this Agreement or any other Loan Document (other than as covered by Sections 10.1(a) and 10.1(b)) or the Intercreditor Agreement, and such failure continues for more than 30 days following the earlier of (i) notice of such failure by Administrative Agent and (ii) the date Borrower or such Subsidiary or such other Obligated Party becomes aware or should have been aware of such failure;

(e) Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries, or any other Obligated Party shall commence a voluntary proceeding seeking liquidation, reorganization, or other relief with respect to itself or its debts under any bankruptcy, insolvency, or other similar Law now or hereafter in effect or seeking the appointment of a trustee, receiver, liquidator, custodian, or other similar official of it or a substantial part of its Property or shall consent to any such relief or to the appointment of or taking possession by any such official in an involuntary case or other proceeding commenced against it or shall make a general assignment for the benefit of creditors or shall generally fail to pay its debts as they become due or shall take any corporate action to authorize any of the foregoing;

(f) an involuntary proceeding shall be commenced against Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries, or any other Obligated Party seeking liquidation, reorganization, or other relief with respect to it or its debts under any bankruptcy, insolvency, or other similar Law now or hereafter in effect or seeking the appointment of a trustee, receiver, liquidator, custodian, or other similar official for it or a substantial part of its Property, and such involuntary proceeding shall remain undismissed and unstayed for a period of 45 days;

(g) Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries, or any other Obligated Party shall fail to pay when due any principal of or interest on any Debt (other than the Obligations under the Loan Documents and Hedging Agreements with Bank Product Providers) in the amount of $100,000 or more, or the maturity of any such Debt shall have been accelerated, or any such Debt shall have

 

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been required to be prepaid, repurchased, defeased or redeemed prior to the stated maturity thereof or any cash collateral in respect thereof to be demanded, or any event shall have occurred that permits (or, with the giving of notice or lapse of time or both, would permit) any holder or holders of such Debt or any Person acting on behalf of such holder or holders to accelerate the maturity thereof or require any such prepayment, repurchase, defeasance or redemption or any cash collateral in respect thereof to be demanded;

(h) there shall occur an Early Termination Date (as defined in a Hedging Agreement) under any Hedging Agreement to which any Obligated Party is a party;

(i) this Agreement, any other Loan Document or the Intercreditor Agreement shall cease to be in full force and effect or shall be declared null and void or the validity or enforceability thereof shall be contested or challenged by Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries, any other Obligated Party or any of their respective equity holders, or Borrower or any other Obligated Party shall deny that it has any further liability or obligation under any of the Loan Documents or the Intercreditor Agreement, or any Lien created by the Loan Documents shall for any reason cease to be a valid, first priority perfected Lien (subject to Permitted Liens) upon any of the Collateral purported to be covered thereby;

(j) any of the following events shall occur or exist with respect to Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate: (i) any ERISA Event occurs with respect to a Plan or Multiemployer Plan, or (ii) any Prohibited Transaction involving any Plan, and in each case above, such event or condition, together with all other events or conditions, if any, have subjected or could reasonably be expected to subject Borrower or any ERISA Affiliate to any tax, penalty, or other liability to a Plan, a Multiemployer Plan, the PBGC, the IRS, the U.S. Department of Labor, or otherwise (or any combination thereof) which in the aggregate exceed or could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Event;

(k) a Change of Control shall occur;

(l) Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries, or any other Obligated Party, or any of their material Properties, revenues, or assets, shall become subject to an order of forfeiture, seizure, or divestiture (whether under RICO or otherwise) and the same shall not have been discharged within 30 days from the date of entry thereof;

(m) Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries, or any other Obligated Party shall fail to discharge within a period of 45 days after the commencement thereof, any attachment, sequestration, or similar proceeding or proceedings involving an aggregate amount in excess of $100,000 against any of its assets or Properties;

(n) a final judgment or judgments for the payment of money in excess of $100,000 in the aggregate shall be rendered by a court or courts against Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries, or any other Obligated Party and the same shall not be discharged (or provision shall not be made for such discharge), or a stay of execution thereof shall not be procured, within 30 days from the date of entry thereof and Borrower, such Subsidiary, or such Obligated Party shall not, within such period of 30 days, or such longer period during which execution of the same shall have been stayed, appeal therefrom and cause the execution thereof to be stayed during such appeal;

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(p) the subordination provisions related to any Subordinated Debt or any other agreement, document or instrument governing any Subordinated Debt shall for any reason be revoked or invalidated, or otherwise cease to be in full force and effect, or any Person shall contest in any manner the validity or enforceability thereof or deny that it has any further liability or obligation thereunder, or the Obligations under the Loan Documents, for any reason shall not have the priority contemplated by this Agreement or any such subordination provisions;

(q) any party to or beneficiary of the ORRI Documents shall state in writing that the Loan Documents are not authorized, are unenforceable, or in violation of the ORRI Documents; or

(r) any failure to cure a Borrowing Base Deficiency in accordance with Section 2.9(e) shall have occurred.

Section 10.2 Remedies Upon Default. If any Event of Default shall occur and be continuing, then Administrative Agent may, with the consent of Required Lenders, or shall, at the direction of Required Lenders, without notice do any or all of the following: (a) terminate the Aggregate Commitments (except with respect to funding obligations for outstanding Letters of Credit), (b) terminate the obligations of L/C Issuer to make L/C Credit Extensions, (c) require that Borrower Cash Collateralize the L/C Obligations (in an amount equal to the Minimum Collateral Amount with respect thereto), or (d) declare the Obligations under the Loan Documents or any part thereof to be immediately due and payable, and the same shall thereupon become immediately due and payable, without notice, demand, presentment, notice of dishonor, notice of acceleration, notice of intent to accelerate, notice of intent to demand, protest, or other formalities of any kind, all of which are hereby expressly waived by Borrower; provided, however, that upon the occurrence of an Event of Default under Section 10.1(e) or (f), the Aggregate Commitments shall automatically terminate (except for funding obligations with respect to outstanding Letters of Credit), the obligations of L/C Issuer to make L/C Credit Extensions shall automatically terminate, the obligation of Borrower to Cash Collateralize the L/C Obligations as aforesaid shall automatically become effective, and the Obligations under the Loan Documents shall become immediately due and payable, in each case without notice, demand, presentment, notice of dishonor, notice of acceleration, notice of intent to accelerate, notice of intent to demand, protest, or other formalities of any kind, all of which are hereby expressly waived by Borrower. In addition to the foregoing, if any Event of Default shall occur and be continuing, Administrative Agent may, with the consent of Required Lenders, or shall, at the direction of Required Lenders, exercise all rights and remedies available to it, Lenders and L/C Issuer in law or in equity, under the Loan Documents, or otherwise.

Section 10.3 Application of Funds. After the exercise of remedies provided for in Section 10.2 (or after the Loans have automatically become immediately due and payable), any amounts received on account of the Obligations shall be applied by Administrative Agent in the following order, subject to the Intercreditor Agreement:

First, to payment of that portion of the Obligations constituting fees, indemnities, expenses and other amounts (including fees, charges and disbursements of counsel to Administrative Agent) payable to Administrative Agent in its capacity as such;

Second, to payment of that portion of the Obligations constituting fees, indemnities and other amounts (other than principal, interest, and Letter of Credit Fees) payable to Lenders and L/C Issuer (including fees, charges and disbursements of counsel to the respective Lenders and L/C Issuer) arising under the Loan Documents, ratably among them in proportion to the respective amounts described in this clause Second payable to them;

 

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Third, to payment of that portion of the Obligations constituting accrued and unpaid Letter of Credit Fees and interest on the Loans, L/C Borrowings and other Obligations arising under the Loan Documents, ratably among Lenders and L/C Issuer in proportion to the respective amounts described in this clause Third payable to them;

Fourth, to payment of that portion of the Obligations constituting unpaid principal of the Loans and L/C Borrowings and constituting unpaid Bank Product Obligations, ratably among Lenders and Bank Product Providers in proportion to the respective amounts described in this clause Fourth held by them;

Fifth, to Administrative Agent for the account of the L/C Issuer, to Cash Collateralize that portion of L/C Obligations comprised of the aggregate undrawn amount of Letters of Credit to the extent not otherwise Cash Collateralized by Borrower pursuant to Sections 2.2 and 2.6;

Sixth, to payment of that remaining portion of the Obligations, ratably among the Lenders and Bank Product Providers in proportion to the respective amounts described in this clause Sixth held by them; and

Last, the balance, if any, after all of the Obligations have been indefeasibly paid in full, to Borrower or as otherwise required by Law.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, Bank Product Obligations shall be excluded from the application described above if Administrative Agent has not received written notice thereof, together with supporting documentation as Administrative Agent may request from the applicable Bank Product Provider, provided that no such notice shall be required for any Bank Product Agreement for which Administrative Agent or any Affiliate of Administrative Agent is the applicable Bank Product Provider. Each Bank Product Provider that is not a party to this Agreement that has given notice contemplated by the preceding sentence shall, by such notice, be deemed to have acknowledged and accepted the appointment of Administrative Agent pursuant to the terms of Article 11 hereof for itself and its Affiliates as if a “Lender” party hereto.

Section 10.4 Performance by Administrative Agent. If Borrower shall fail to perform any covenant or agreement contained in any of the Loan Documents or the Intercreditor Agreement, then Administrative Agent may perform or attempt to perform such covenant or agreement on behalf of Borrower. In such event, Borrower shall, at the request of Administrative Agent, promptly pay to Administrative Agent any amount expended by Administrative Agent in connection with such performance or attempted performance, together with interest thereon at the Default Interest Rate from and including the date of such expenditure to but excluding the date such expenditure is paid in full. Notwithstanding the foregoing, it is expressly agreed that Administrative Agent shall not have any liability or responsibility for the performance of any covenant, agreement, or other obligation of Borrower under this Agreement, any other Loan Document or the Intercreditor Agreement.

ARTICLE 11

AGENCY

Section 11.1 Appointment and Authority.

(a) Each of the Lenders and L/C Issuer hereby irrevocably appoints LegacyTexas Bank to act on its behalf as Administrative Agent hereunder and under the other Loan Documents and the Intercreditor Agreement and authorizes Administrative Agent to take such actions on its behalf and to exercise such powers as are delegated to Administrative Agent by the terms hereof

 

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or thereof, together with such actions and powers as are reasonably incidental thereto, and each of the Lenders and L/C Issuer hereby approves the terms and conditions of the Intercreditor Agreement and authorizes Administrative Agent to enter into the Intercreditor Agreement and amendments thereto from time to time. The provisions of this Article 11 are solely for the benefit of Administrative Agent, Lenders, and L/C Issuer, and neither Borrower nor any other Obligated Party shall have rights as a third-party beneficiary of any of such provisions. It is understood and agreed that the use of the term “agent” herein or in any other Loan Documents or in the Intercreditor Agreement (or any other similar term) with reference to Administrative 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) Administrative Agent shall also act as the “collateral agent” under the Loan Documents and the Intercreditor Agreement, and each of the Lenders (including, for itself and its Affiliates, in their capacities as potential Bank Product Providers) and L/C Issuer hereby irrevocably appoints and authorizes Administrative Agent to act as the agent of such Lender and L/C Issuer for purposes of acquiring, holding and enforcing any and all Liens on Collateral granted by any of the Obligated Parties to secure any of the Obligations, together with such powers and discretion as are reasonably incidental thereto. In this connection, Administrative Agent, as “collateral agent” and any co-agents, sub-agents and attorneys-in-fact appointed by Administrative Agent pursuant to Section 11.5 for purposes of holding or enforcing any Lien on the Collateral (or any portion thereof) granted under the Security Documents, or for exercising any rights and remedies thereunder at the direction of Administrative Agent, shall be entitled to the benefits of all provisions of this Article 11 and Article 12 (including Section 12.1(b)), as though such co-agents, sub-agents and attorneys-in-fact were the “collateral agent” under the Loan Documents and the Intercreditor Agreement as if set forth in full herein with respect thereto.

Section 11.2 Rights as a Lender. The Person serving as Administrative Agent hereunder shall have the same rights and powers in its capacity as a Lender as any other Lender and may exercise the same as though it were not Administrative Agent, and the term “Lender” or “Lenders” shall, unless otherwise expressly indicated or unless the context otherwise requires, include the Person serving as Administrative Agent hereunder in its individual capacity. Such Person and its Affiliates may accept deposits from, lend money to, own securities of, act as the financial advisor or in any other advisory capacity for, and generally engage in any kind of business with, Borrower or any Subsidiary or other Affiliate thereof as if such Person were not Administrative Agent hereunder and without any duty to account therefor to Lenders.

Section 11.3 Exculpatory Provisions.

(a) Administrative Agent shall not have any duties or obligations except those expressly set forth herein, in the other Loan Documents and in the Intercreditor Agreement, and its duties hereunder shall be administrative in nature. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, Administrative Agent:

(i) shall not be subject to any fiduciary or other implied duties, regardless of whether a Default has occurred and is continuing;

(ii) shall not have any duty to take any discretionary action or exercise any discretionary powers, except discretionary rights and powers expressly contemplated hereby or by the other Loan Documents or the Intercreditor Agreement that Administrative Agent is required to exercise as directed in writing by Required Lenders (or such other number or percentage of Lenders as shall be expressly provided for herein or in the other

 

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Loan Documents) or is required to exercise as directed in writing by any other party to the Intercreditor Agreement, as applicable; provided that Administrative Agent shall not be required to take any action that, in its opinion or upon the advice of its counsel, may expose Administrative Agent to liability or that is contrary to any Loan Document, the Intercreditor Agreement or applicable Law, including for the avoidance of doubt any action that may be in violation of the automatic stay under any Debtor Relief Law or that may effect a forfeiture, modification or termination of property of a Defaulting Lender in violation of any Debtor Relief Law;

(iii) shall not, except as expressly set forth herein and in the other Loan Documents and the Intercreditor Agreement, have any duty to disclose, and shall not be liable for the failure to disclose, any information relating to Borrower or any of its Affiliates that is communicated to or obtained by the Person serving as Administrative Agent or any of its Affiliates in any capacity; and

(iv) shall be fully justified in failing or refusing to take any action hereunder or under any other Loan Document or the Intercreditor Agreement unless it shall first be indemnified to its satisfaction by Lenders pro rata against any and all liability, cost and expense that it may incur by reason of taking or continuing to take any such action.

(b) Administrative Agent shall not be liable for any action taken or not taken by it (i) with the consent or at the request of Required Lenders (or such other number or percentage of Lenders as shall be necessary, or as Administrative Agent shall believe in good faith shall be necessary, under the circumstances as provided in Sections 10.2 and 11.9), or (ii) in the absence of its own gross negligence or willful misconduct as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction by final and nonappealable judgment. SUCH LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE LIABILITY ARISES FROM THE SOLE, CONCURRENT, CONTRIBUTORY OR COMPARATIVE NEGLIGENCE OF ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT. Administrative Agent shall be deemed not to have knowledge of any Default unless and until notice describing such Default is given to Administrative Agent in writing by Borrower, a Lender or L/C Issuer.

(c) Neither Administrative Agent nor any Related Party thereof shall be responsible for or have any duty to ascertain or inquire into (i) any statement, warranty or representation made in or in connection with this Agreement, any other Loan Document or the Intercreditor Agreement, (ii) the contents of any certificate, report or other document delivered hereunder or thereunder or in connection herewith or therewith, (iii) the performance or observance of any of the covenants, agreements or other terms or conditions set forth herein or therein or the occurrence of any Default, (iv) the validity, enforceability, effectiveness or genuineness of this Agreement, any other Loan Document, the Intercreditor Agreement or any other agreement, instrument or document, or (v) the satisfaction of any condition set forth in Article 5 or elsewhere herein, other than to confirm receipt of items expressly required to be delivered to Administrative Agent.

Section 11.4 Reliance by Administrative Agent. Administrative Agent shall be entitled to rely upon, and shall not incur any liability for relying upon, any notice, request, certificate, consent, statement, instrument, document or other writing (including any electronic message, Internet or intranet website posting or other distribution) believed by it to be genuine and to have been signed, sent or otherwise authenticated by the proper Person. Administrative Agent also may rely upon any statement made to it orally or by telephone and believed by it to have been made by the proper Person, and shall not incur any liability for relying thereon. In determining compliance with any condition hereunder to the making of a Credit Extension that by its terms must be fulfilled to the satisfaction of a Lender or L/C Issuer,

 

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Administrative Agent may presume that such condition is satisfactory to such Lender or L/C Issuer unless Administrative Agent shall have received notice to the contrary from such Lender prior to the making of such Loan. Administrative Agent may consult with legal counsel (who may be counsel for Borrower), independent accountants and other experts selected by it, and shall not be liable for any action taken or not taken by it in accordance with the advice of any such counsel, accountants or experts.

Section 11.5 Delegation of Duties. Administrative Agent may perform any and all of its duties and exercise its rights and powers hereunder or under any other Loan Document or the Intercreditor Agreement by or through any one or more sub-agents appointed by Administrative Agent. Administrative 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 Related Parties. The exculpatory provisions of this Article 11 shall apply to any such sub agent and to the Related Parties of Administrative Agent and any such sub agent, and shall apply to their respective activities in connection with the syndication of this facility as well as activities as Administrative Agent. Administrative Agent shall not 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 and non-appealable judgment that Administrative Agent acted with gross negligence or willful misconduct in the selection of such sub agents.

Section 11.6 Resignation of Administrative Agent.

(a) Administrative Agent may at any time give notice of its resignation to Lenders, L/C Issuer, and Borrower. Upon receipt of any such notice of resignation, Required Lenders shall have the right, in consultation with Borrower (so long as no Event of Default has occurred and is continuing), to appoint a successor, which shall be a bank with an office in Dallas, Texas, or an Affiliate of any such bank with an office in Dallas, Texas. If no such successor shall have been so appointed by Required Lenders and shall have accepted such appointment within 30 days after the retiring Administrative Agent gives notice of its resignation (or such earlier day as shall be agreed by Required Lenders) (such date, the “Resignation Effective Date”), then the retiring Administrative Agent may (but shall not be obligated to), on behalf of Lenders and L/C Issuer, appoint a successor Administrative Agent meeting the qualifications set forth above. Whether or not a successor has been appointed, such resignation shall become effective in accordance with such notice on the Resignation Effective Date. After the Resignation Effective Date, the provisions of this Article 11 relating to or indemnifying or releasing Administrative Agent shall inure to its benefit as to any actions taken or omitted to be taken by it while it was Administrative Agent under this Agreement, the other Loan Documents and the Intercreditor Agreement.

(b) If the Person serving as Administrative Agent is a Defaulting Lender pursuant to clause (d) of the definition thereof, Required Lenders may, to the extent permitted by applicable Law, by notice in writing to Borrower and such Person remove such Person as Administrative Agent and, in consultation with Borrower, appoint a successor. If no such successor shall have been so appointed by Required Lenders and shall have accepted such appointment within 30 days (or such earlier day as shall be agreed by Required Lenders) (such date, the “Removal Effective Date”), then such removal shall nonetheless become effective in accordance with such notice on the Removal Effective Date.

(c) With effect from the Resignation Effective Date or the Removal Effective Date (as applicable) (i) the retiring or removed Administrative Agent shall be discharged from its duties and obligations hereunder and under the other Loan Documents and the Intercreditor Agreement (except that in the case of any Collateral held by Administrative Agent on behalf of Secured Parties under any of the Loan Documents or the Intercreditor Agreement, the retiring or removed Administrative Agent shall continue to hold such Collateral until such time as a successor

 

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Administrative Agent is appointed or a different Person is appointed to serve as collateral agent pursuant to the terms of the Intercreditor Agreement) and (ii) except for any indemnity, fee or expense payments owed to the retiring or removed Administrative Agent, all payments, communications and determinations provided to be made by, to or through Administrative Agent shall instead be made by or to each Lender or L/C Issuer, as applicable, directly, until such time, if any, as Required Lenders appoint a successor Administrative Agent as provided for above. Upon the acceptance of a successor’s appointment as Administrative Agent hereunder, such successor shall succeed to and become vested with all of the rights, powers, privileges and duties of the retiring or removed Administrative Agent (other than any rights to indemnity payments owed to the retiring or removed Administrative Agent), and the retiring or removed Administrative Agent shall be discharged from all of its duties and obligations hereunder or under the other Loan Documents or the Intercreditor Agreement. The fees payable by Borrower to a successor Administrative Agent shall be the same as those payable to its predecessor unless otherwise agreed between Borrower and such successor. After the retiring or removed Administrative Agent’s resignation or removal hereunder and under the other Loan Documents and the Intercreditor Agreement, the provisions of this Article 11, Section 12.1, and Section 12.2 shall continue in effect for the benefit of such retiring or removed Administrative Agent, its sub agents and their respective Related Parties in respect of any actions taken or omitted to be taken by any of them while the retiring or removed Administrative Agent was acting as Administrative Agent.

(d) Any resignation by LegacyTexas Bank as Administrative Agent pursuant to this Section shall also constitute its resignation as L/C Issuer. If LegacyTexas Bank resigns as an L/C Issuer, it shall retain all the rights, powers, privileges and duties of L/C Issuer hereunder with respect to all Letters of Credit outstanding as of the effective date of its resignation as L/C Issuer and all L/C Obligations with respect thereto, including the right to require Lenders to make Loans or fund risk participations in Unreimbursed Amounts pursuant to Section 2.2(c). Upon the appointment by Borrower of a successor L/C Issuer hereunder (which successor shall in all cases be a Lender other than a Defaulting Lender), (i) such successor shall succeed to and become vested with all of the rights, powers, privileges and duties of the retiring L/C Issuer, (ii) the retiring L/C Issuer shall be discharged from all of its duties and obligations hereunder and under the other Loan Documents, and (iii) the successor L/C Issuer shall issue letters of credit in substitution for the Letters of Credit, if any, outstanding at the time of such succession or make other arrangements satisfactory to LegacyTexas Bank to effectively assume the obligations of LegacyTexas Bank with respect to such Letters of Credit.

Section 11.7 Non-Reliance on Administrative Agent and Other Lenders. Each of the Lenders and L/C Issuer expressly acknowledges that neither Administrative Agent nor any other Lender nor any Related Party thereto has made any representation or warranty to such Person and that no act by Administrative Agent or any other Lender hereafter taken, including any review of the affairs of Borrower, shall be deemed to constitute any representation or warranty by Administrative Agent or any Lender to any other Lender. Each of the Lenders and L/C Issuer acknowledges that it has, independently and without reliance upon Administrative Agent or any other Lender or any of their Related Parties and based on such documents and information as it has deemed appropriate, made its own credit analysis and decision to enter into this Agreement. Each of the Lenders and L/C Issuer also acknowledges that it will, independently and without reliance upon Administrative Agent or any other Lender or any of their Related Parties and based on such documents and information as it shall from time to time deem appropriate, continue to make its own decisions in taking or not taking action under or based upon this Agreement, any other Loan Document, the Intercreditor Agreement or any related agreement or any document furnished hereunder or thereunder. Except for notices, reports and other documents expressly required to be furnished to the Lenders by Administrative Agent hereunder, Administrative Agent shall not have any duty or responsibility to provide any Lender with any credit or other information concerning the business, operations, property, condition (financial or otherwise), or creditworthiness of Borrower or the value of the Collateral or other Properties of Borrower or any other Person which may come into the possession of Administrative Agent or any of its officers, directors, employees, agents, attorneys-in-fact or Affiliates.

 

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Section 11.8 Administrative Agent May File Proofs of Claim. In case of the pendency of any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law or any other judicial proceeding relating to any Obligated Party, Administrative Agent (irrespective of whether the principal of any Loan shall then be due and payable as herein expressed or by declaration or otherwise and irrespective of whether Administrative Agent shall have made any demand on Borrower) shall be entitled and empowered (but not obligated) by intervention in such proceeding or otherwise:

(a) to file and prove a claim for the whole amount of the principal and interest owing and unpaid in respect of the Loans, L/C Obligations and all other Obligations under the Loan Documents that are owing and unpaid and to file such other documents as may be necessary or advisable in order to have the claims of Lenders, L/C Issuer, and Administrative Agent (including any claim for the reasonable compensation, expenses, disbursements and advances of Lenders, L/C Issuer, and Administrative Agent and their respective agents and counsel and all other amounts due Lenders, L/C Issuer, and Administrative Agent under Section 12.1 or Section 12.2) allowed in such judicial proceeding; and

(b) 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 and L/C Issuer to make such payments to Administrative Agent and, in the event that Administrative Agent shall consent to the making of such payments directly to Lenders and L/C Issuer, as applicable, 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 Section 12.1 or Section 12.2.

Section 11.9 Collateral and Guaranty Matters.

(a) The Secured Parties irrevocably authorize Administrative Agent, at its option and in its discretion, and the Administrative Agent hereby agrees to take such actions (other than the actions in clauses (ii) and (iv) below) within a reasonable time after the request of Borrower:

(i) to release any Lien on any Property granted to or held by Administrative Agent under any Loan Document (x) upon termination of the Aggregate Commitments and payment in full of all Obligations (other than (A) contingent indemnification obligations and (B) obligations and liabilities under Bank Product Agreements as to which arrangements satisfactory to the applicable Bank Product Provider shall have been made) and the expiration or termination of all Letters of Credit (other than Letters of Credit as to which other arrangements satisfactory to Administrative Agent and L/C Issuer shall have been made), (y) that is Disposed of or to Disposed of as part of or in connection with any Disposition permitted under the Loan Documents, or (z) if approved, authorized or ratified in writing by Required Lenders or all Lenders, as applicable, under Section 12.10;

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(iii) to release any Guarantor from its obligations under the applicable Guaranty if such Person ceases to be a Subsidiary as a result of a transaction permitted under the Loan Documents; and

(iv) to take any other action with respect to the Collateral that is permitted or required under the Intercreditor Agreement.

Upon request by Administrative Agent at any time, Required Lenders will confirm in writing Administrative Agent’s authority to release or subordinate its interest in particular types or items of property, or to release any Guarantor from its obligations under the Guaranty pursuant to this Section 11.9.

(b) Without limiting Section 11.9(a), upon each conveyance of an ORRI to NPI Holder, and subject to receipt of the purchase price thereof, Administrative Agent shall subordinate the Lien of Property under the Loan Documents to the ORRI and ORRI Documents for such ORRI in form reasonably satisfactory to Administrative Agent and Borrower.

(c) Administrative 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 Administrative Agent’s Lien thereon, or any certificate prepared by any Obligated Party in connection therewith, nor shall Administrative Agent be responsible or liable to Lenders for any failure to monitor or maintain any portion of the Collateral.

Section 11.10 Bank Product Agreements. No Bank Product Provider who obtains the benefits of Section 10.3, any Guaranties or any Collateral by virtue of the provisions hereof or of any Guaranty or any Security Document shall have any right to notice of any action or to consent to, direct or object to any action hereunder, under any other Loan Document or the Intercreditor Agreement or otherwise in respect of the Collateral (including the release or impairment of any Collateral) (or to notice of or to consent to any amendment, wavier or modification of the provisions hereof or of the Guaranty or any Security Document) other than in its capacity as a Lender and, in such case, only to the extent expressly provided in the Loan Documents and the Intercreditor Agreement. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article 11 to the contrary, Administrative Agent shall not be required to verify the payment of, or that other satisfactory arrangements have been made with respect to, Bank Product Obligations unless Administrative Agent has received written notice of such Bank Product Obligations, together with such supporting documentation as Administrative Agent may request, from the applicable Bank Product Provider. Administrative Agent shall not be required to verify the payment of, or that other satisfactory arrangements have been made with respect to, Bank Product Obligations arising under Bank Product Agreements upon termination of the Aggregate Commitments and payment in full of all Obligations under the Loan Documents (other than contingent indemnification obligations) and the expiration or termination of all Letters of Credit (other than Letters of Credit as to which other arrangements satisfactory to Administrative Agent and L/C Issuer shall have been made).

Section 11.11 Certain ERISA Matters.

(a) Each Lender (x) represents and warrants, as of the date such Person became a Lender party hereto, to, and (y) 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 Administrative Agent and not, for the avoidance of doubt, to or for the benefit of Borrower or any other Obligated Party, that at least one of the following is and will be true:

 

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(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 with respect to such Lender’s entrance into, participation in, administration of and performance of the Loans, the Letters of Credit, the Commitments or this Agreement,

(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 Letters of Credit, the Commitments and this Agreement,

(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 Letters of Credit, the Commitments and this Agreement, (C) the entrance into, participation in, administration of and performance of the Loans, the Letters of Credit, the Commitments and this Agreement satisfies the requirements of sub- sections (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 Letters of Credit, the Commitments and this Agreement, or

(iv) such other representation, warranty and covenant as may be agreed in writing between the Administrative Agent, in its sole discretion, and such Lender.

(b) In addition, unless either (1) sub-clause (i) in the immediately preceding clause (a) is true with respect to a Lender or (2) a Lender has provided another representation, warranty and covenant in accordance with sub-clause (iv) in the immediately preceding clause (a), such Lender further (x) represents and warrants, as of the date such Person became a Lender party hereto, to, and (y) 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 Administrative Agent and not, for the avoidance of doubt, to or for the benefit of Borrower or any other Obligated Party, that the Administrative Agent is not a fiduciary with respect to the assets of such Lender involved in such Lender’s entrance into, participation in, administration of and performance of the Loans, the Letters of Credit, the Commitments and this Agreement (including in connection with the reservation or exercise of any rights by the Administrative Agent under this Agreement, any Loan Document or any documents related hereto or thereto).

Section 11.12 Erroneous Payments.

(a) If the Administrative Agent notifies a Lender, L/C Issuer or Secured Party, or any Person who has received funds on behalf of a Lender, L/C Issuer or Secured Party (any such Lender, L/C Issuer or Secured Party or other recipient, a “Payment Recipient”) that the Administrative Agent has determined in its sole discretion (whether

 

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or not after receipt of any notice under immediately succeeding clause (b)) that any funds received by such Payment Recipient from the Administrative Agent or any of its Affiliates were erroneously transmitted to, or otherwise erroneously or mistakenly received by, such Payment Recipient (whether or not known to such Lender, L/C Issuer or Secured Party or other Payment Recipient on its behalf) (any such funds, whether received as a payment, prepayment or repayment of principal, interest, fees, distribution or otherwise, individually and collectively, an “Erroneous Payment”) and demands the return of such Erroneous Payment (or a portion thereof), such Erroneous Payment shall at all times remain the property of the Administrative Agent and shall be segregated by the Payment Recipient and held in trust for the benefit of the Administrative Agent, and such Lender, L/C Issuer or Secured Party shall (or, with respect to any Payment Recipient who received such funds on its behalf, shall cause such Payment Recipient to) promptly, but in no event later than two Business Days thereafter, return to the Administrative Agent the amount of any such Erroneous Payment (or portion thereof) as to which such a demand was made, in same day funds (in the currency so received), together with interest thereon in respect of each day from and including the date such Erroneous Payment (or portion thereof) was received by such Payment Recipient to the date such amount is repaid to the Administrative Agent in same day funds at the greater of the Federal Funds Rate and a rate determined by the Administrative Agent in accordance with banking industry rules on interbank compensation from time to time in effect. A notice of the Administrative Agent to any Payment Recipient under this clause (a) shall be conclusive, absent manifest error.

(b) Without limiting immediately preceding clause (a), each Lender, L/C Issuer or Secured Party, or any Person who has received funds on behalf of a Lender, L/C Issuer or Secured Party, such Lender, L/C Issuer or Secured Party, hereby further agrees that if it receives a payment, prepayment or repayment (whether received as a payment, prepayment or repayment of principal, interest, fees, distribution or otherwise) from the Administrative Agent (or any of its Affiliates) (x) that is in a different amount than, or on a different date from, that specified in a notice of payment, prepayment or repayment sent by the Administrative Agent (or any of its Affiliates) with respect to such payment, prepayment or repayment, (y) that was not preceded or accompanied by a notice of payment, prepayment or repayment sent by the Administrative Agent (or any of its Affiliates), or (z) that such Lender, L/C Issuer or Secured Party, or other such recipient, otherwise becomes aware was transmitted, or received, in error or by mistake (in whole or in part) in each case:

(i) (A) in the case of immediately preceding clauses (x) or (y), an error shall be presumed to have been made (absent written confirmation from the Administrative Agent to the contrary) or (B) an error has been made (in the case of immediately preceding clause (z)), in each case, with respect to such payment, prepayment or repayment; and

(ii) such Lender, L/C Issuer or Secured Party shall (and shall cause any other recipient that receives funds on its respective behalf to) promptly (and, in all events, within one Business Day of its knowledge of such error) notify the Administrative Agent of its receipt of such payment, prepayment or repayment, the details thereof (in reasonable detail) and that it is so notifying the Administrative Agent pursuant to this Section 11.12(b).

 

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(c) Each Lender, L/C Issuer or Secured Party hereby authorizes the Administrative Agent to set off, net and apply any and all amounts at any time owing to such Lender, L/C Issuer or Secured Party under any Loan Document, or otherwise payable or distributable by the Administrative Agent to such Lender, L/C Issuer or Secured Party from any source, against any amount due to the Administrative Agent under immediately preceding clause (a) or under the indemnification provisions of this Agreement.

(d) In the event that an Erroneous Payment (or portion thereof) is not recovered by the Administrative Agent for any reason, after demand therefor by the Administrative Agent in accordance with immediately preceding clause (a), from any Lender or L/C Issuer that has received such Erroneous Payment (or portion thereof) (and/or from any Payment Recipient who received such Erroneous Payment (or portion thereof) on its respective behalf) (such unrecovered amount, an “Erroneous Payment Return Deficiency”), upon the Administrative Agent’s notice to such Lender or L/C Issuer at any time, (i) such Lender or L/C Issuer shall be deemed to have assigned its Loans (but not its Commitments) of the relevant class with respect to which such Erroneous Payment was made (the “Erroneous Payment Impacted Class”) in an amount equal to the Erroneous Payment Return Deficiency (or such lesser amount as the Administrative Agent may specify) (such assignment of the Loans (but not Commitments) of the Erroneous Payment Impacted Class, the “Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment”) at par plus any accrued and unpaid interest (with the assignment fee to be waived by the Administrative Agent in such instance), and is hereby (together with the Borrower) deemed to execute and deliver an Assignment and Assumption (or, to the extent applicable, an agreement incorporating an Assignment and Assumption by reference pursuant to a Platform as to which the Administrative Agent and such parties are participants) with respect to such Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment, and such Lender or L/C Issuer shall deliver any Notes evidencing such Loans to the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, (ii) the Administrative Agent as the assignee Lender shall be deemed to acquire the Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment, (iii) upon such deemed acquisition, the Administrative Agent as the assignee Lender shall become a Lender or L/C Issuer, as applicable, hereunder with respect to such Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment and the assigning Lender or assigning L/C Issuer shall cease to be a Lender or L/C Issuer, as applicable, hereunder with respect to such Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment, excluding, for the avoidance of doubt, its obligations under the indemnification provisions of this Agreement and its applicable Commitments which shall survive as to such assigning Lender or assigning L/C Issuer and (iv) the Administrative Agent may reflect in the Register its ownership interest in the Loans subject to the Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment. The Administrative Agent may, in its discretion, sell any Loans acquired pursuant to an Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment and upon receipt of the proceeds of such sale, the Erroneous Payment Return Deficiency owing by the applicable Lender or L/C Issuer shall be reduced by the net proceeds of the sale of such Loan (or portion thereof), and the Administrative Agent shall retain all other rights, remedies and claims against such Lender or L/C Issuer (and/or against any recipient that receives funds on its respective behalf). For the avoidance of doubt, no Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment will reduce the Commitments of any Lender or L/C Issuer and such Commitments shall remain available in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. In addition, each party hereto agrees that, except to the extent that the Administrative Agent has sold a Loan (or portion thereof) acquired pursuant to an Erroneous Payment Deficiency Assignment, and irrespective of whether the Administrative Agent may be equitably subrogated, the Administrative Agent shall be contractually subrogated to all the rights and interests of the applicable Lender, L/C Issuer or Secured Party under the Loan Documents with respect to each Erroneous Payment Return Deficiency (the “Erroneous Payment Subrogation Rights”).

 

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(e) The parties hereto agree that an Erroneous Payment shall not pay, prepay, repay, discharge or otherwise satisfy any Obligations owed by the Borrower or any other Obligated Party, except, in each case, to the extent such Erroneous Payment is, and solely with respect to the amount of such Erroneous Payment that is, comprised of funds received by the Administrative Agent from the Borrower or any other Obligated Party for the purpose of making such Erroneous Payment.

(f) To the extent permitted by applicable law, no Payment Recipient shall assert any right or claim to an Erroneous Payment, and hereby waives, and is deemed to waive, any claim, counterclaim, defense or right of set-off or recoupment with respect to any demand, claim or counterclaim by the Administrative Agent for the return of any Erroneous Payment received, including without limitation waiver of any defense based on “discharge for value” or any similar doctrine.

(g) Each party’s obligations, agreements and waivers under this Section 11.12 shall survive the resignation or replacement of the Administrative Agent, any transfer of rights or obligations by, or the replacement of, a Lender or L/C Issuer, the termination of the Commitments and/or the repayment, satisfaction or discharge of all Obligations (or any portion thereof) under any Loan Document.

ARTICLE 12

MISCELLANEOUS

Section 12.1 Expenses.

(a) Borrower hereby agrees to pay on demand: (i) all reasonable out-of-pocket costs and expenses of Administrative Agent, L/C Issuer, and their Related Parties in connection with the preparation, negotiation, execution, and delivery of this Agreement, the other Loan Documents, the Intercreditor Agreement and any and all amendments, modifications, renewals, extensions, supplements, waivers, consents and ratifications thereof and thereto, including, without limitation, the reasonable fees and expenses of legal counsel, advisors, consultants, and auditors for Administrative Agent, L/C Issuer, and their Related Parties, and all reasonable title due diligence and review expenses, reasonable Oil and Gas Properties evaluation and engineering expenses, expenses associated with the investigation of any matters relating to the transactions contemplated hereby and the satisfaction of the conditions set forth herein, the giving of oral or written opinions or advice incident to this transaction, and the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby; (ii) all out-of-pocket costs and expenses of Administrative Agent, L/C Issuer, and each Lender in connection with any Default and the enforcement of this Agreement, any other Loan Document or the Intercreditor Agreement, including, without limitation, court costs and the fees and expenses of outside legal counsel, advisors, consultants, engineers, experts and auditors for Administrative Agent, L/C Issuer, and each Lender; (iii) all reasonable out-of-pocket costs and expenses incurred by L/C Issuer in connection with the issuance, amendment, renewal or extension

 

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of any Letter of Credit or any demand for payment thereunder; (iv) all transfer, stamp, documentary, or other similar taxes, assessments, or charges levied by any Governmental Authority in respect of this Agreement, any of the other Loan Documents or the Intercreditor Agreement; (v) all costs, expenses, assessments, and other charges incurred in connection with any filing, registration, recording, or perfection of any Lien contemplated by this Agreement, any other Loan Document or the Intercreditor Agreement; and (vi) all other out-of-pocket costs and expenses incurred by Administrative Agent, L/C Issuer, and any Lender in connection with this Agreement, any other Loan Document or the Intercreditor Agreement, any litigation, dispute, suit, proceeding or action, the enforcement of its rights and remedies, and the protection of its interests in bankruptcy, insolvency or other legal proceedings arising from or relating to this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents, including, without limitation, all out-of-pocket costs, expenses, and other charges (including Administrative Agent’s and such Lender’s and L/C Issuer’s, internal charges) incurred in connection with evaluating, observing, collecting, examining, auditing, appraising, selling, liquidating, or otherwise disposing of the Collateral or other assets of Borrower. Borrower shall be responsible for all expenses described in this clause (a) whether or not any Credit Extension is ever made. Any amount to be paid under this Section 12.1 shall be a demand obligation owing by Borrower and if not paid within 30 days of demand shall bear interest, to the extent not prohibited by and not in violation of applicable Law, from the date of expenditure until paid at a rate per annum equal to the Default Interest Rate. The obligations of Borrower under this Section 12.1 shall survive payment of the Notes and other Obligations hereunder and the assignment of any right hereunder.

(b) To the extent that Borrower for any reason fails to indefeasibly pay any amount required under Section 12.1(a) or Section 12.2 to be paid by it to Administrative Agent or L/C Issuer (or any sub-agent thereof) or any Related Party of Administrative Agent or L/C Issuer (or any sub-agent thereof), each Lender severally agrees to pay to Administrative Agent or L/C Issuer (or any such sub-agent) or such Related Party, as the case may be, such Lender’s pro rata share (determined as of the time that the applicable unreimbursed expense or indemnity payment is sought based each Lender’s share of the Total Credit Exposure at such time) of such unpaid amount (including any such unpaid amount in respect of a claim asserted by such Lender); provided that the unreimbursed expense or indemnified loss, claim, damage, liability or related expense, as the case may be, was incurred by or asserted against Administrative Agent or L/C Issuer (or any such sub-agent) or against any Related Party of Administrative Agent or L/C Issuer (or any sub-agent thereof) acting for Administrative Agent or L/C Issuer (or any such sub-agent) in connection with such capacity. EACH LENDER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT SUCH PAYMENTS MAY BE IN RESPECT OF LOSSES, CLAIMS, DAMAGES, LIABILITIES OR RELATED EXPENSES ARISING OUT OF OR RESULTING FROM THE SOLE, CONTRIBUTORY, COMPARATIVE, CONCURRENT OR ORDINARY NEGLIGENCE OF THE PERSON (OR THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PERSON) TO WHOM SUCH PAYMENTS ARE TO BE MADE.

Section 12.2 INDEMNIFICATION. BORROWER SHALL INDEMNIFY ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT, L/C ISSUER, EACH LENDER AND EACH RELATED PARTY THEREOF (EACH, AN “INDEMNIFIED PARTY”) FROM, AND HOLD EACH OF THEM HARMLESS AGAINST, ANY AND ALL LOSSES, LIABILITIES, CLAIMS, DAMAGES, PENALTIES, JUDGMENTS, DISBURSEMENTS, COSTS, AND EXPENSES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) TO WHICH ANY OF THEM MAY BECOME SUBJECT WHICH DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ARISE FROM OR RELATE TO (A) THE NEGOTIATION, EXECUTION, DELIVERY, PERFORMANCE, ADMINISTRATION, OR ENFORCEMENT OF ANY OF THE LOAN DOCUMENTS OR THE INTERCREDITOR AGREEMENT, (B) ANY OF THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED BY THE LOAN DOCUMENTS OR THE INTERCREDITOR AGREEMENT, (C)

 

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ANY BREACH BY BORROWER OF ANY REPRESENTATION, WARRANTY, COVENANT, OR OTHER AGREEMENT CONTAINED IN ANY OF THE LOAN DOCUMENTS OR THE INTERCREDITOR AGREEMENT, (D) THE PRESENCE, RELEASE, THREATENED RELEASE, DISPOSAL, REMOVAL, OR CLEANUP OF ANY HAZARDOUS MATERIAL LOCATED ON, ABOUT, WITHIN, OR AFFECTING ANY OF THE PROPERTIES OR ASSETS OF BORROWER OR ANY OF ITS SUBSIDIARIES OR ANY OTHER OBLIGATED PARTY, (E) ANY LOAN OR LETTER OF CREDIT UNDER THIS AGREEMENT OR USE OR PROPOSED USE OF THE PROCEEDS THEREFROM (INCLUDING ANY REFUSAL BY L/C ISSUER TO HONOR A DEMAND FOR PAYMENT UNDER A LETTER OF CREDIT IF THE DOCUMENTS PRESENTED IN CONNECTION WITH SUCH DEMAND DO NOT STRICTLY COMPLY WITH THE TERMS OF SUCH LETTER OF CREDIT) OR (F) ANY INVESTIGATION, LITIGATION, OR OTHER PROCEEDING, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY THREATENED INVESTIGATION, LITIGATION, OR OTHER PROCEEDING, RELATING TO ANY OF THE FOREGOING. WITHOUT LIMITING ANY PROVISION OF THIS AGREEMENT OR OF ANY OTHER LOAN DOCUMENT, IT IS THE EXPRESS INTENTION OF THE PARTIES HERETO THAT EACH INDEMNIFIED PARTY SHALL BE INDEMNIFIED FROM AND HELD HARMLESS AGAINST ANY AND ALL LOSSES, LIABILITIES, CLAIMS, DAMAGES, PENALTIES, JUDGMENTS, DISBURSEMENTS, COSTS, AND EXPENSES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) ARISING OUT OF OR RESULTING FROM THE SOLE, CONTRIBUTORY, COMPARATIVE, CONCURRENT OR ORDINARY NEGLIGENCE OF SUCH PERSON (OR THE REPRESENTATIVES OF SUCH PERSON), provided that such indemnity shall not, as to any Indemnified Party, be available to the extent that such loses, liabilities, claims, damages, penalties, judgments, disbursements, costs and expenses are determined by a court of competent jurisdiction by final and non-appealable judgment to have resulted from the gross negligence or willful misconduct of such Indemnified Party. Any amount to be paid under this Section 12.2 shall be a demand obligation owing by Borrower and if not paid within 10 days of demand shall bear interest, to the extent not prohibited by and not in violation of applicable Law, from the date of expenditure until paid at a rate per annum equal to the Default Interest Rate. The obligations of Borrower under this Section 12.2 shall survive payment of the Notes and other Obligations hereunder and the assignment of any right hereunder.

Section 12.3 Limitation of Liability. None of Administrative Agent, L/C Issuer, or any Lender, or any Affiliate, officer, director, employee, attorney, or agent of any of the foregoing, shall have any liability with respect to, and Borrower hereby waives, releases, and agrees not to sue any of them upon, any claim for any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages suffered or incurred by Borrower or any other Obligated Party in connection with, arising out of, or in any way related to, this Agreement, any of the other Loan Documents or the Intercreditor Agreement, or any of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, any of the other Loan Documents or the Intercreditor Agreement. Borrower hereby waives, releases, and agrees not to sue Administrative Agent, L/C Issuer, any Lender, or any Affiliates, officers, directors, employees, attorneys, or agents of any of the foregoing for punitive damages in respect of any claim in connection with, arising out of, or in any way related to, this Agreement, any of the other Loan Documents or the Intercreditor Agreement, or any of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, any of the other Loan Documents or the Intercreditor Agreement.

Section 12.4 No Duty. All attorneys, accountants, appraisers, and other professional Persons and consultants retained by Administrative Agent, any Lender or L/C Issuer shall have the right to act exclusively in the interest of Administrative Agent or such Lender or L/C Issuer and shall have no duty of disclosure, duty of loyalty, duty of care, or other duty or obligation of any type or nature whatsoever to Borrower or any of Borrower’s equity holders, Affiliates, officers, employees, attorneys, agents, or any other Person.

 

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Section 12.5 Lenders Not Fiduciary. The relationship between Borrower and Administrative Agent, Arranger, each Lender, and L/C Issuer is solely that of debtor and creditor, and none of Administrative Agent, Arranger, any Lender, or L/C Issuer has any fiduciary or other special relationship with Borrower, and no term or condition of any of the Loan Documents or the Intercreditor Agreement shall be construed so as to deem the relationship between Borrower and Administrative Agent, Arranger each Lender, and L/C Issuer to be other than that of debtor and creditor.

Section 12.6 Equitable Relief. Borrower recognizes that in the event Borrower fails to pay, perform, observe, or discharge any or all of the Obligations, any remedy at law may prove to be inadequate relief to Administrative Agent or Lenders or L/C Issuer. Borrower therefore agrees that Administrative Agent, any Lender, or L/C Issuer, if Administrative Agent or such Lender, or L/C Issuer, so requests, shall be entitled to temporary and permanent injunctive relief in any such case without the necessity of proving actual damages.

Section 12.7 No Waiver; Cumulative Remedies. No failure on the part of Administrative Agent, any Lender, or L/C Issuer to exercise, and no delay in exercising, and no course of dealing with respect to, any right, remedy, power, or privilege under this Agreement shall operate as a waiver thereof, nor shall any single or partial exercise of any right, remedy, power, or privilege under this Agreement preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right, remedy, power, or privilege. The rights and remedies provided for in this Agreement, the other Loan Documents and the Intercreditor Agreement are cumulative and not exclusive of any rights and remedies provided by Law.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, in any other Loan Document or the Intercreditor Agreement, the authority to enforce rights and remedies hereunder and under the other Loan Documents and the Intercreditor Agreement against the Obligated Parties or any of them shall be vested exclusively in, and all actions and proceedings at law in connection with such enforcement shall be instituted and maintained exclusively by, Administrative Agent in accordance with Section 10.2 for the benefit of all the Lenders; provided, however, that the foregoing shall not prohibit (a) Administrative Agent from exercising on its own behalf the rights and remedies that inure to its benefit (solely in its capacity as Administrative Agent) hereunder and under the other Loan Documents and the Intercreditor Agreement, (b) any Lender from exercising setoff rights in accordance with Section 4.3 (subject to the terms of Section 12.23), or (c) any Lender from filing proofs of claim or appearing and filing pleadings on its own behalf during the pendency of a proceeding relative to any Obligated Party under any Debtor Relief Law; and provided, further, that if at any time there is no Person acting as Administrative Agent hereunder and under the other Loan Documents, then (i) the Required Lenders shall have the rights otherwise ascribed to Administrative Agent pursuant to Section 10.2 and (ii) in addition to the matters set forth in clauses (b) and (c) of the preceding proviso and subject to Section 12.23, any Lender may, with the consent of the Required Lenders, enforce any rights and remedies available to it and as authorized by the Required Lenders.

Section 12.8 Successors and Assigns.

(a) Successors and Assigns Generally. The provisions of this Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and assigns permitted hereby, except that Borrower may not assign or transfer any of its rights, duties, or obligations under this Agreement, the other Loan Documents or the Intercreditor Agreement without the prior written consent of Administrative Agent and each Lender, and no Lender may assign or otherwise transfer any of its rights or obligations hereunder except (i) to an assignee in accordance with the provisions of Section 12.8(b), (ii) by way of participation in accordance with the provisions of Section 12.8(d), or (iii) by way of pledge or assignment of a security interest subject to the restrictions of Section 12.8(e) (and any other attempted assignment or transfer by any party hereto shall be null and void). Nothing in this Agreement, expressed or implied, shall be

 

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construed to confer upon any Person (other than the parties hereto, their respective successors and assigns permitted hereby, Participants to the extent provided in Section 12.8(d) and, to the extent expressly contemplated hereby, the Related Parties of each of Administrative Agent and Lenders) any legal or equitable right, remedy or claim under or by reason of this Agreement.

(b) Assignments by Lenders. Any Lender may at any time assign to one or more assignees all or a portion of its rights and obligations under this Agreement (including all or a portion of its Commitment and the Loans at the time owing to it); provided that any such assignment shall be subject to the following conditions:

(i) Minimum Amounts. (A) In the case of an assignment of the entire remaining amount of the assigning Lender’s Commitment and/or the Loans at the time owing to it or contemporaneous assignments to related Approved Funds that equal at least the amount specified in Section 12.8(b)(i)(B) in the aggregate or in the case of an assignment to a Lender, an Affiliate of a Lender or an Approved Fund, no minimum amount need be assigned; and (B) in any case not described in Section 12.8(b)(i)(A), the aggregate amount of the Commitment (which for this purpose includes Loans outstanding hereunder) or, if the Commitment is not then in effect, the Outstanding Amount of the Loans of the assigning Lender subject to each such assignment (determined as of the date the Assignment and Assumption with respect to such assignment is delivered to Administrative Agent or, if “Trade Date” is specified in the Assignment and Assumption, as of the Trade Date) shall not be less than $5,000,000, unless each of Administrative Agent and, so long as no Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, Borrower otherwise consents (each such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed).

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

(iii) Required Consents. No consent shall be required for any assignment except to the extent required by Section 12.8(b)(i)(B) and, in addition: (A) the consent of Borrower (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed) shall be required unless (x) an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing at the time of such assignment, or (y) such assignment is to a Lender, an Affiliate of a Lender or an Approved Fund; provided that Borrower shall be deemed to have consented to any such assignment unless it shall object thereto by written notice to Administrative Agent within 5 Business Days after having received notice thereof; (B) the consent of Administrative Agent (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed) shall be required for assignments in respect of any Commitment or Loans if such assignment is to a Person that is not a Lender with a Commitment, an Affiliate of such Lender or an Approved Fund with respect to such Lender, and (C) the consent of L/C Issuer shall be required for any assignment in respect of the Facility.

(iv) Assignment and Assumption. The parties to each assignment shall execute and deliver to Administrative Agent an Assignment and Assumption, together with a processing and recordation fee of $3,500; provided that Administrative Agent may, in its sole discretion, elect to waive such processing and recordation fee in the case of any assignment. The assignee, if it is not a Lender, shall deliver to Administrative Agent an Administrative Questionnaire.

 

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

(vi) No Assignment to Natural Persons. No such assignment shall be made to a natural Person (or a holding company, investment vehicle or trust for, or owned and operated for the primary benefit of, a natural Person).

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

Subject to acceptance and recording thereof by Administrative Agent pursuant to Section 12.8(c), from and after the effective date specified in each Assignment and Assumption, the assignee thereunder shall be a party to this Agreement and, to the extent of the interest assigned by such Assignment and Assumption, have the rights and obligations of a Lender under this Agreement, and the assigning Lender thereunder shall, to the extent of the interest assigned by such Assignment and Assumption, be released from its obligations under this Agreement (and, in the case of an Assignment and Assumption covering all of the assigning Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement, such Lender shall cease to be a party hereto) but shall continue to be entitled to the benefits of Section 12.1 and Section 12.2 with respect to facts and circumstances occurring prior to the effective date of such assignment; provided that, except to the extent otherwise expressly agreed by the affected parties, no assignment by a Defaulting Lender will constitute a waiver or release of any party hereunder arising from that Lenders’ having been a Defaulting Lender. Any assignment or transfer by a Lender of rights or obligations under this Agreement that does not comply with this subsection shall be treated for purposes of this Agreement as a sale by such Lender of a participation in such rights and obligations in accordance with Section 12.8(d). Upon the consummation of any assignment pursuant to this Section 12.8(b), if requested by the transferor or transferee Lender, the transferor Lender, Administrative Agent and Borrower shall make appropriate arrangements so that replacement Notes are issued to such transferor Lender (if applicable) and new Notes or, as appropriate, replacement Notes, are issued to the assignee.

 

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(c) Register. Administrative Agent, acting solely for this purpose as an agent of Borrower, shall maintain at one of its offices in Dallas, Texas a copy of each Assignment and Assumption delivered to it and a Register. The entries in the Register shall be conclusive absent manifest error, and Borrower, Administrative Agent and Lenders shall treat each Person whose name is recorded in the Register pursuant to the terms hereof as a Lender hereunder for all purposes of this Agreement. The Register shall be available for inspection by Borrower and any Lender, at any reasonable time and from time to time upon reasonable prior notice.

(d) Participations. Any Lender may at any time, without the consent of, or notice to, Borrower, but subject to the prior written consent of Administrative Agent, sell participations to a Participant in all or a portion of such Lender’s rights and/or obligations under this Agreement (including all or a portion of its Commitment and/or the Loans owing to it); provided that (i) such Lender’s obligations under this Agreement shall remain unchanged, (ii) such Lender shall remain solely responsible to the other parties hereto for the performance of such obligations, and (iii) Borrower, Administrative Agent, and Lenders shall continue to deal solely and directly with such Lender in connection with such Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement. For the avoidance of doubt, each Lender shall be responsible for the indemnity under Section 12.1(b) without regard to the existence of any participation.

Any agreement or instrument pursuant to which a Lender sells such a participation shall provide that such Lender shall retain the sole right to enforce this Agreement and to approve any amendment, modification or waiver of any provision of this Agreement; provided that such agreement or instrument may provide that such Lender will not, without the consent of the Participant, agree to any amendment, modification or waiver described in Section 12.10 which requires the consent of all Lenders and affects such Participant. Borrower agrees that each Participant shall be entitled to the benefits of Sections 3.1, 3.4 and 3.5 (subject to the requirements and limitations therein, including the requirements under Section 3.4(g) (it being understood that the documentation required under Section 3.4(g) shall be delivered to the participating Lender)) to the same extent as if it were a Lender and had acquired its interest by assignment pursuant to paragraph (b) of this Section; provided that such Participant (A) agrees to be subject to the provisions of Section 3.6 as if it were an assignee under paragraph (b) of this Section; and (B) shall not be entitled to receive any greater payment under Sections 3.1 or 3.4, with respect to any participation, than its participating Lender would have been entitled to receive, except to the extent such entitlement to receive a greater payment results from a Change in Law that occurs after the Participant acquired the applicable participation. Each Lender that sells a participation agrees, at Borrower’s request and expense, to use reasonable efforts to cooperate with Borrower to effectuate the provisions of Section 3.6 with respect to any Participant. To the extent permitted by Law, each Participant also shall be entitled to the benefits of Section 4.3 as though it were a Lender; provided that such Participant agrees to pay to Administrative Agent any amount set-off for application to the Obligations under the Loan Documents as required pursuant to Section 4.3; provided further that such Participant agrees to be subject to Section 12.23 as though it were a Lender. Each Lender that sells a participation shall, acting solely for this purpose as a non-fiduciary agent of Borrower, maintain a Participant Register; provided that no Lender shall have any obligation to disclose all or any portion of the Participant Register to any Person (including the identity of any Participant or any information relating to a Participant’s interest in any commitments, loans, letters of credit or its other obligations under any Loan Document) except to the extent that such disclosure is necessary to establish that such commitment, loan, letter of credit or other obligation is in registered form under Section 5f.103-1(c) of the United States Treasury Regulations. The entries in the Participant Register shall be conclusive absent manifest error, and such Lender shall treat each Person whose name is recorded in the Participant Register as the owner of such participation for all purposes of this Agreement notwithstanding any notice to the contrary. For the avoidance of doubt, Administrative Agent (in its capacity as Administrative Agent) shall have no responsibility for maintaining a Participant Register.

 

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(e) Certain Pledges. Any Lender may at any time pledge or assign a security interest in all or any portion of its rights under this Agreement to secure obligations of such Lender, including any pledge or assignment to secure obligations to a Federal Reserve Bank; provided that no such pledge or assignment shall release such Lender from any of its obligations hereunder or substitute any such pledgee or assignee for such Lender as a party hereto.

(f) Dissemination of Information. Borrower and each other Obligated Party authorizes Administrative Agent and each Lender to disclose to any actual or prospective purchaser, assignee or other recipient of a Lender’s Commitment, any and all information in Administrative Agent’s or such Lender’s possession concerning Borrower, the other Obligated Parties and their respective Affiliates.

Section 12.9 Survival. All representations and warranties made in this Agreement, any other Loan Document or the Intercreditor Agreement or in any document, statement, or certificate furnished in connection with this Agreement shall survive the execution and delivery of this Agreement, the other Loan Documents and the Intercreditor Agreement, and no investigation by Administrative Agent or any Lender or any closing shall affect the representations and warranties or the right of Administrative Agent or any Lender to rely upon them. Without prejudice to the survival of any other obligation of Borrower hereunder, the obligations of Borrower under Sections 12.1 and 12.2 shall survive repayment of the Obligations and termination of the Aggregate Commitments.

Section 12.10 Amendment. The provisions of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents to which Borrower is a party (other than the Issuer Documents) may be amended or waived only by an instrument in writing signed by Required Lenders (or by Administrative Agent with the consent of Required Lenders) and Borrower and acknowledged by Administrative Agent; provided, however, that no such amendment or waiver shall:

(a) waive any condition set forth in Section 5.1 (other than Sections 5.1(p) and 5.1(v)), without the written consent of each Lender;

(b) extend or increase any Commitment of any Lender (or reinstate any Commitment terminated pursuant to Section 10.2) without the written consent of such Lender;

(c) postpone any date fixed by this Agreement or any other Loan Document for any payment (excluding mandatory prepayment) of principal, interest, fees or other amounts due to Lenders (or any of them) hereunder or under any other Loan Document without the written consent of each Lender directly affected thereby;

(d) reduce the principal of, or the rate of interest specified herein on, any Loan, or any fees or other amounts payable hereunder or under any other Loan Document without the written consent of each Lender directly affected thereby; provided, however, that only the consent of Required Lenders shall be necessary to adjust the Default Interest Rate or to waive any obligation of Borrower to pay interest at such rate;

(e) change any provision of this Section 12.10 or the definition of “Required Lenders” or any other provision hereof specifying the number or percentage of Lenders required to amend, waive or otherwise modify any rights hereunder or make any determination or grant any consent hereunder, without the written consent of each Lender;

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(g) release any material Guaranty or all or substantially all of the Collateral (in each case, except as provided herein) without the written consent of each Lender; or

(h) increase the Borrowing Base or modify the provisions of Section 2.9 without the written consent of each Lender;

and, provided further, that (i) no amendment, waiver or consent shall, unless in writing and signed by L/C Issuer in addition to the Lenders required above, affect the rights or duties of the L/C Issuer under this Agreement or any Issuer Document relating to any Letter of Credit issued or to be issued by it; (ii) no amendment, waiver or consent shall, unless in writing and signed by Administrative Agent in addition to Lenders required above, affect the rights or duties of Administrative Agent under this Agreement or any other Loan Document and (iii) the Fee Letter may be amended, or rights or privileges thereunder waived, in a writing executed only by the parties thereto.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, no Defaulting Lender shall have any right to approve or disapprove any amendment, waiver or consent hereunder (and any amendment, waiver or consent which by its terms requires the consent of all Lenders or each affected Lender may be effected with the consent of the applicable Lenders other than Defaulting Lenders), except that (x) the Commitment of any Defaulting Lender may not be increased or extended without the consent of such Lender; and (y) any waiver, amendment or modification requiring the consent of all Lenders or each affected Lender that by its terms affects any Defaulting Lender disproportionately adversely relative to other affected Lenders shall require the consent of such Defaulting Lender.

Section 12.11 Notices.

(a) Notices Generally. Except in the case of notices and other communications expressly permitted to be given by telephone (and except as provided in Section 12.11(b)), all notices and other communications provided for herein shall be in writing and shall be delivered by hand or overnight courier service, mailed by certified or registered mail or sent by facsimile as set forth on Schedule 12.11. Notices sent by hand or overnight courier service, or mailed by certified or registered mail, shall be deemed to have been given when received. Notices sent by facsimile shall be deemed to have been given when sent (except that, if not given during normal business hours for the recipient, shall be deemed to have been given at the opening of business on the next Business Day for the recipient). Notices delivered through electronic communications, to the extent provided in Section 12.11(b) shall be effective as provided in Section 12.11(b).

(b) Electronic Communications. Notices and other communications to Lenders hereunder may be delivered or furnished by electronic communication (including e-mail and Internet or intranet websites) pursuant to procedures approved by Administrative Agent, provided that the foregoing shall not apply to notices to any Lender pursuant to Article 2 if such Lender has notified Administrative Agent that it is incapable of receiving notices under Article 2 by electronic communication. Administrative Agent or Borrower may, in its discretion, agree to accept notices and other communications to it hereunder by electronic communications pursuant to procedures approved by it; provided that approval of such procedures may be limited to particular notices or communications.

Unless Administrative Agent otherwise prescribes, (i) notices and other communications sent to an e-mail address shall be deemed received upon the sender’s receipt of an acknowledgement from the intended recipient (such as by the “return receipt requested” function, as available, return e-mail or other written acknowledgement), and (ii) notices or communications posted to an Internet or intranet website shall be deemed received upon the deemed receipt by the

 

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intended recipient, at its e-mail address as described in the foregoing clause (i), of notification that such notice or communication is available and identifying the website address therefor; provided that, for both clauses (i) and (ii) above, if such facsimile, email or other electronic communication is not sent during the normal business hours of the recipient, such notice or communication shall be deemed to have been sent at the opening of business on the next Business Day for the recipient.

(c) Change of Address, etc. Any party hereto may change its address or facsimile number for notices and other communications hereunder by notice to the other parties hereto, Schedule 12.11 shall be deemed to be amended by each such change, and Administrative Agent is authorized, in its discretion, from time to time to reflect each such change in an amended Schedule 12.11 provided by Administrative Agent to each party hereto.

(d) Platform.

(i) Borrower agrees that Administrative Agent may, but shall not be obligated to, make the Communications available to the Lenders or L/C Issuer by posting the Communications on the Platform.

(ii) The Platform is provided “as is” and “as available.” The Agent Parties (as defined below) do not warrant the adequacy of the Platform and expressly disclaim liability for errors or omissions in the Communications. No warranty of any kind, express, implied or statutory, including, without limitation, any warranty of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement of third-party rights or freedom from viruses or other code defects, is made by any Agent Party in connection with the Communications or the Platform. In no event shall the Agent Parties have any liability to Borrower, any Lender or any other Person for damages of any kind, including, without limitation, direct or indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages, losses or expenses (whether in tort, contract or otherwise) arising out of Borrower’s or Administrative Agent’s transmission of communications through the Platform.

(iii) Borrower and each other Obligated Party (by its, his or her execution of a Loan Document) hereby authorizes Administrative Agent, each Lender, and their respective counsel and agents to communicate and transfer documents and other information (including confidential information) concerning this transaction or Borrower or any other Obligated Party and the business affairs of Borrower and such other Obligated Parties via the Internet or other electronic communication without regard to the lack of security of such communications.

Section 12.12 Governing Law; Venue; Service of Process.

(a) Governing Law. This Agreement and the other Loan Documents and any claims, controversy, dispute or cause of action (whether in contract or tort or otherwise) based upon, arising out of or relating to this Agreement or any other Loan Document (except, as to any other Loan Document, as expressly set forth therein) and the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the Law of the State of Texas (without reference to applicable rules of conflicts of Laws), except to the extent the Laws of any jurisdiction where Collateral is located require application of such Laws with respect to such Collateral.

 

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(b) Jurisdiction. Borrower irrevocably and unconditionally agrees that it will not commence any action, litigation or proceeding of any kind or description, whether in law or equity, whether in contract or in tort or otherwise, against Administrative Agent, any Lender, L/C Issuer, or any Related Party of the foregoing in any way relating to this Agreement or any other Loan Document or the transactions relating hereto or thereto in any forum other than the courts of the State of Texas sitting in Dallas County, and of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Texas, and any appellate court from any thereof, and each of the parties hereto irrevocably and unconditionally submits to the jurisdiction of such courts and agrees that all claims in respect of any such action, litigation or proceeding may be heard and determined in such Texas State court or, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable Law, in such federal court. Each of the parties hereto agrees that a final judgment in any such action, litigation or proceeding shall be conclusive and may be enforced in other jurisdictions by suit on the judgment or in any other manner provided by Law. Nothing in this Agreement or in any other Loan Document shall affect any right that Administrative Agent, any Lender or L/C Issuer may otherwise have to bring any action or proceeding relating to this Agreement or any other Loan Document against Borrower or its Properties in the courts of any jurisdiction.

(c) Waiver of Venue. Borrower irrevocably and unconditionally waives, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable Law, any objection that it may now or hereafter have to the laying of venue of any action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement or any other Loan Document in any court referred to in paragraph (b) of this Section. Each of the parties hereto hereby irrevocably waives, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable Law, the defense of an inconvenient forum to the maintenance of such action or proceeding in any such court.

(d) Service of Process. Each party hereto irrevocably consents to service of process in the manner provided for notices in Section 12.11. Nothing in this Agreement will affect the right of any party hereto to serve process in any other manner permitted by applicable Law.

Section 12.13 Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument. Except as provided in Section 5.1, this Agreement shall become effective when it shall have been executed by Administrative Agent and when Administrative Agent shall have received counterparts hereof that, when taken together, bear the signatures of each of the other parties hereto. Delivery of an executed counterpart of a signature page of this Agreement by facsimile or other electronic imaging means (e.g. “pdf” or “tif”) shall be effective as delivery of a manually executed counterpart of this Agreement.

Section 12.14 Severability. Any provision of this Agreement or any other Loan Document held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable shall not impair or invalidate the remainder of this Agreement and the effect thereof shall be confined to the provision held to be invalid or illegal. Furthermore, in lieu of such invalid or unenforceable provision there shall be added as a part of this Agreement or the other Loan Documents a provision as similar in terms to such illegal, invalid or unenforceable provision as may be possible and be legal, valid and enforceable.

Section 12.15 Headings. The headings, captions, and arrangements used in this Agreement are for convenience only and shall not affect the interpretation of this Agreement.

Section 12.16 Construction. Borrower, Administrative Agent and each Lender acknowledge that each of them has had the benefit of legal counsel of its own choice and has been afforded an opportunity to review this Agreement, the other Loan Documents and the Intercreditor Agreement with its legal counsel and that this Agreement, the other Loan Documents and the Intercreditor Agreement shall be construed as if jointly drafted by Borrower, Administrative Agent, each Lender and each other Person party thereto.

 

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Section 12.17 Independence of Covenants. All covenants hereunder shall be given independent effect so that if a particular action or condition is not permitted by any of such covenants, the fact that it would be permitted by an exception to, or be otherwise within the limitations of, another covenant shall not avoid the occurrence of a Default if such action is taken or such condition exists.

Section 12.18 WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL. EACH PARTY HERETO HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVES, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ANY RIGHT IT MAY HAVE TO A TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY LEGAL PROCEEDING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY OTHER LOAN DOCUMENT OR THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED HEREBY OR THEREBY (WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT OR ANY OTHER THEORY). EACH PARTY HERETO (A) CERTIFIES THAT NO REPRESENTATIVE, AGENT OR ATTORNEY OF ANY OTHER PERSON HAS REPRESENTED, EXPRESSLY OR OTHERWISE, THAT SUCH OTHER PERSON WOULD NOT, IN THE EVENT OF LITIGATION, SEEK TO ENFORCE THE FOREGOING WAIVER AND (B) ACKNOWLEDGES THAT IT AND THE OTHER PARTIES HERETO HAVE BEEN INDUCED TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT AND THE OTHER LOAN DOCUMENTS BY, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE MUTUAL WAIVERS AND CERTIFICATIONS IN THIS SECTION 12.18.

Section 12.19 Additional Interest Provision. It is expressly stipulated and agreed to be the intent of Borrower, Administrative Agent and each Lender at all times to comply strictly with the applicable Law governing the maximum rate or amount of interest payable on the indebtedness evidenced by any Note, any Loan Document, and the Related Indebtedness (or applicable United States federal Law to the extent that it permits any Lender to contract for, charge, take, reserve or receive a greater amount of interest than under applicable Law). If the applicable Law is ever judicially interpreted so as to render usurious any amount (a) contracted for, charged, taken, reserved or received pursuant to any Note, any of the other Loan Documents or any other communication or writing by or between Borrower and any Lender related to the transaction or transactions that are the subject matter of the Loan Documents, (b) contracted for, charged, taken, reserved or received by reason of Administrative Agent’s or any Lender’s exercise of the option to accelerate the maturity of any Note and/or the Related Indebtedness, or (c) Borrower will have paid or Administrative Agent or any Lender will have received by reason of any voluntary prepayment by Borrower of any Note and/or the Related Indebtedness, then it is Borrower’s, Administrative Agent’s and Lenders’ express intent that all amounts charged in excess of the Maximum Rate shall be automatically canceled, ab initio, and all amounts in excess of the Maximum Rate theretofore collected by Administrative Agent or any Lender shall be credited on the principal balance of any Note and/or the Related Indebtedness (or, if any Note and all Related Indebtedness have been or would thereby be paid in full, refunded to Borrower), and the provisions of any Note and the other Loan Documents shall immediately be deemed reformed and the amounts thereafter collectible hereunder and thereunder reduced, without the necessity of the execution of any new document, so as to comply with the applicable Law, but so as to permit the recovery of the fullest amount otherwise called for hereunder and thereunder; provided, however, if any Note or Related Indebtedness has been paid in full before the end of the stated term thereof, then Borrower, Administrative Agent and each Lender agree that Administrative Agent or any Lender, as applicable, shall, with reasonable promptness after Administrative Agent or such Lender discovers or is advised by Borrower that interest was received in an amount in excess of the Maximum Rate, either refund such excess interest to Borrower and/or credit such excess interest against such Note and/or any Related Indebtedness then owing by Borrower to Administrative Agent or such Lender. Borrower hereby agrees that as a condition precedent to any claim seeking usury penalties against Administrative Agent or any Lender, Borrower will provide written notice to Administrative Agent or such Lender, advising Administrative Agent or such Lender in reasonable detail of the nature and amount of the violation, and Administrative Agent or such Lender shall have 60 days after receipt of such notice in which to correct such usury violation, if any, by either refunding such excess interest to Borrower or crediting such excess interest against the Note to which the alleged violation relates and/or the Related Indebtedness then owing by Borrower to Administrative Agent or such Lender. All sums contracted for, charged, taken, reserved or received by Administrative Agent or any Lender for the use, forbearance or detention of any debt evidenced by any Note and/or the Related

 

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Indebtedness shall, to the extent permitted by applicable Law, be amortized or spread, using the actuarial method, throughout the stated term of such Note and/or the Related Indebtedness (including any and all renewal and extension periods) until payment in full so that the rate or amount of interest on account of any Note and/or the Related Indebtedness does not exceed the Maximum Rate from time to time in effect and applicable to such Note and/or the Related Indebtedness for so long as debt is outstanding. In no event shall the provisions of Chapter 346 of the Texas Finance Code (which regulates certain revolving credit loan accounts and revolving triparty accounts) apply to the Notes and/or any of the Related Indebtedness. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein or in any of the other Loan Documents, it is not the intention of Administrative Agent or any Lender to accelerate the maturity of any interest that has not accrued at the time of such acceleration or to collect unearned interest at the time of such acceleration.

Section 12.20 Ceiling Election. To the extent that any Lender is relying on Chapter 303 of the Texas Finance Code to determine the Maximum Rate payable on any Note and/or any other portion of the Obligations under the Loan Documents, such Lender will utilize the weekly ceiling from time to time in effect as provided in such Chapter 303. To the extent United States federal Law permits any Lender to contract for, charge, take, receive or reserve a greater amount of interest than under Texas Law, such Lender will rely on United States federal Law instead of such Chapter 303 for the purpose of determining the Maximum Rate. Additionally, to the extent permitted by applicable Law now or hereafter in effect, any Lender may, at its option and from time to time, utilize any other method of establishing the Maximum Rate under such Chapter 303 or under other applicable Law by giving notice, if required, to Borrower as provided by applicable Law now or hereafter in effect.

Section 12.21 USA Patriot Act Notice. Administrative Agent and each Lender hereby notify Borrower that pursuant to the requirements of the Patriot Act, it is required to obtain, verify and record information that identifies Borrower and each other Obligated Party, which information includes the name and address of Borrower and each other Obligated Party and other information that will allow Administrative Agent and such Lender to identify Borrower and each other Obligated Party in accordance with the Patriot Act.

Section 12.22 Defaulting Lenders.

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

(i) Waivers and Amendments. Such Defaulting Lender’s right to approve or disapprove any amendment, waiver or consent with respect to this Agreement shall be restricted as set forth in the definitions of “Required Lenders” and in Section 12.10.

(ii) 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 Article 10 or otherwise) or received by Administrative Agent from a Defaulting Lender 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, to the payment on a pro rata basis of any amounts owing by such Defaulting Lender to L/C Issuer hereunder; third, to Cash Collateralize L/C Issuer’s Fronting Exposure, if any, with respect to such Defaulting Lender in accordance with Section 2.6; fourth, as Borrower may request (so long as no Default or Event of Default exists), 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; fifth, if so

 

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determined by Administrative Agent and Borrower, to be held in a deposit account and released pro rata in order to (x) satisfy such Defaulting Lender’s potential future funding obligations with respect to Loans under this Agreement and (y) Cash Collateralize L/C Issuer’s future Fronting Exposure, if any, with respect to such Defaulting Lender with respect to future Letters of Credit issued under this Agreement, in accordance with Section 2.6; sixth, to the payment of any amounts owing to Lenders or L/C Issuer as a result of any judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by any Lender or L/C Issuer against such Defaulting Lender as a result of such Defaulting Lender’s breach of its obligations under this Agreement; seventh, so long as no Default or Event of Default exists, to the payment of any amounts owing to Borrower as a result of any judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by Borrower against such Defaulting Lender as a result of such Defaulting Lender’s breach of its obligations under this Agreement; and eighth, to such Defaulting Lender or as otherwise directed by a court of competent jurisdiction; provided that, if (A) such payment is a payment of the principal amount of any Loans or L/C Borrowings in respect of which such Defaulting Lender has not fully funded its appropriate share, and (B) such Loans were made or the related Letters of Credit were issued at a time when the conditions set forth in Section 5.2 were satisfied or waived, such payment shall be applied solely to pay the Loans of, and L/C Obligations owed to, all Non-Defaulting Lenders on a pro rata basis prior to being applied to the payment of any Loans of, or L/C Obligations owed to, such Defaulting Lender until such time as all Loans and funded and unfunded participations in L/C Obligations are held by Lenders pro rata in accordance with the Aggregate Commitments under the Facility without giving effect to Section 12.22(a)(iv). Any payments, prepayments or other amounts paid or payable to a Defaulting Lender that are applied (or held) to pay amounts owed by a Defaulting Lender or to post Cash Collateral pursuant to this Section 12.22(a)(ii) shall be deemed paid to and redirected by such Defaulting Lender, and each Lender irrevocably consents hereto.

(iii) Certain Fees.

(A) No Defaulting Lender shall be entitled to receive any fee payable under Section 2.3(c) for any period during which that Lender is a Defaulting Lender (and Borrower shall not be required to pay any such fee that otherwise would have been required to have been paid to that Defaulting Lender).

(B) Each Defaulting Lender shall be entitled to receive Letter of Credit Fees for any period during which that Lender is a Defaulting Lender only to the extent allocable to its Applicable Percentage of the stated amount of Letters of Credit for which it has provided Cash Collateral pursuant to Section 2.6.

(C) With respect to any Letter of Credit Fee not required to be paid to any Defaulting Lender pursuant to clause (B) above, Borrower shall (x) pay to each Non-Defaulting Lender that portion of any such fee otherwise payable to such Defaulting Lender with respect to such Defaulting Lender’s participation in L/C Obligations that has been reallocated to such Non-Defaulting Lender pursuant to clause (iv) below, (y) pay to L/C Issuer the amount of any such fee otherwise payable to such Defaulting Lender to the extent allocable to such L/C Issuer’s Fronting Exposure to such Defaulting Lender, and (z) not be required to pay the remaining amount of any such fee.

 

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(iv) Reallocation of Applicable Percentages to Reduce Fronting Exposure. All or any part of such Defaulting Lender’s participation in L/C Obligations shall be reallocated among the Non-Defaulting Lenders in accordance with their respective Applicable Percentages (calculated without regard to such Defaulting Lender’s Commitment) but only to the extent that such reallocation does not cause the Revolving Credit Exposure of any Non-Defaulting Lender to exceed such Non-Defaulting Lender’s Commitment. No reallocation hereunder shall constitute a waiver or release of any claim of any party hereunder against a Defaulting Lender arising from that Lender having become a Defaulting Lender, including any claim of a Non-Defaulting Lender as a result of such Non-Defaulting Lender’s increased exposure following such reallocation.

(v) Cash Collateral. If the reallocation described in clause (a)(iv) above cannot, or can only partially, be effected, Borrower shall, without prejudice to any right or remedy available to it hereunder or under applicable Law, Cash Collateralize L/C Issuer’s Fronting Exposure in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 2.6.

(b) Defaulting Lender Cure. If Borrower, Administrative Agent, and L/C Issuer 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 (which may include arrangements with respect to any Cash Collateral), that Lender will, to the extent applicable, purchase at par that portion of outstanding Loans of the other Lenders or take such other actions as Administrative Agent may determine to be necessary to cause the Loans and funded and unfunded participations in Letters of Credit to be held on a pro rata basis by Lenders in accordance with their Applicable Percentages (without giving effect to Section 12.22(a)(iv)), whereupon such Lender will cease to be a Defaulting Lender; provided that no adjustments will be made retroactively with respect to fees accrued or payments made by or on behalf of Borrower while that Lender was a Defaulting Lender; and provided, further, that except to the extent otherwise expressly agreed by the affected parties, no change hereunder from Defaulting Lender to Lender will constitute a waiver or release of any claim of any party hereunder arising from that Lender’s having been a Defaulting Lender.

Section 12.23 Sharing of Payments by Lenders. If any Lender shall, by exercising any right of setoff or counterclaim or otherwise, obtain payment in respect of any principal of or interest on any of the Loans made by it or other obligations hereunder, resulting in such Lender’s receiving payment of a proportion of the aggregate amount of such Loans and accrued interest thereon greater than its pro rata share thereof as provided herein, then the Lender receiving such greater proportion shall:

(a) notify Administrative Agent of such fact; and

(b) purchase (for cash at face value) participations in the Loans and such other obligations of the other Lenders, or make such other adjustments as shall be equitable, so that the benefit of all such payments shall be shared by Lenders ratably in accordance with the aggregate amount of principal of and accrued interest on their respective Loans and other amounts owing them, provided that:

(i) if any such participations are purchased and all or any portion of the payment giving rise thereto is recovered, such participations shall be rescinded and the purchase price restored to the extent of such recovery, without interest; and

(ii) the provisions of this Section 12.23 shall not be construed to apply to: (A) any payment made by or on behalf of Borrower pursuant to and in accordance with the express terms of this Agreement (including the application of funds arising from the existence of a Defaulting Lender); or (B) any payment obtained by a Lender as consideration for the assignment of or sale of a participation in any of its Loans or subparticipations in L/C Obligations to any assignee or participant, other than an assignment to Borrower or any Affiliate thereof (as to which the provisions of this Section 12.23 shall apply).

 

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Borrower consents to the foregoing and agrees, to the extent it may effectively do so under applicable Law, that any Lender acquiring a participation pursuant to the foregoing arrangements may exercise against Borrower rights of setoff and counterclaim with respect to such participation as fully as if such Lender were a direct creditor of Borrower in the amount of such participation.

Section 12.24 Payments Set Aside. To the extent that any payment by or on behalf of Borrower is made to Administrative Agent, L/C Issuer or any Lender, or Administrative Agent, L/C Issuer or any Lender exercises its right of setoff, and such payment or the proceeds of such setoff or any part thereof is subsequently invalidated, declared to be fraudulent or preferential, set aside or required (including pursuant to any settlement entered into by Administrative Agent, L/C Issuer or such Lender in its discretion) to be repaid to a trustee, receiver or any other party, in connection with any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law or otherwise, then (a) to the extent of such recovery, the obligation or part thereof originally intended to be satisfied shall be revived and continued in full force and effect as if such payment had not been made or such setoff had not occurred, and (b) each Lender and L/C Issuer severally agrees to pay to Administrative Agent upon demand its applicable share (without duplication) of any amount so recovered from or repaid by Administrative Agent, plus interest thereon from the date of such demand to the date such payment is made at a rate per annum equal to the Federal Funds Rate from time to time in effect. The obligations of Lenders and L/C Issuer under clause (b) of the preceding sentence shall survive the payment in full of the Obligations and the termination of this Agreement.

Section 12.25 Confidentiality. Each of Administrative Agent, L/C Issuer, and the Lenders agrees to maintain the confidentiality of the Information (as defined below), except that Information may be disclosed (a) to its Affiliates and to its Related Parties (it being understood that the Persons to whom such disclosure is made will be informed of the confidential nature of such Information and instructed to keep such Information confidential), (b) to any regulatory authority purporting to have jurisdiction over it (including any self-regulatory authority, such as the National Association of Insurance Commissioners) or any Governmental Authority, quasi-Governmental Authority or legislative committee, (c) to the extent required by applicable Laws or regulations or by any subpoena or similar legal process, (d) to any other party to this Agreement, any other Loan Document or the Intercreditor Agreement, (e) in connection with the exercise of any remedies hereunder, under any other Loan Document or the Intercreditor Agreement or any suit, action or proceeding relating to this Agreement, any other Loan Document or the Intercreditor Agreement or the enforcement of rights hereunder or thereunder, (f) subject to its being under a duty of confidentiality no less restrictive than this Section 12.25, to (i) any assignee of or Participant in, or any prospective assignee of or Participant in, any of its rights or obligations under this Agreement, (ii) any actual or prospective counterparty (or its Related Parties) to any Hedging Agreement relating to Borrower and its obligations, (iii) any actual or prospective purchaser of a Lender or its holding company, (iv) any rating agency or any similar organization in connection with the rating of Borrower or the Facility or (v) the CUSIP Service Bureau or any similar organization in connection with the issuance and monitoring of CUSIP numbers with respect to the Facility, (g) with the consent of Borrower, or (h) to the extent such Information (i) becomes publicly available other than as a result of a breach of this Section 12.25 or (ii) becomes available to Administrative Agent, L/C Issuer, any Lender or any of their respective Affiliates on a nonconfidential basis from a source other than Borrower. In addition, Administrative Agent and the Lenders may disclose the existence of this Agreement and information about this Agreement to market data collectors, similar service providers to the lending industry and service providers to Administrative Agent and the Lenders in connection with the administration of this Agreement, the other Loan Documents, and the Aggregate Commitments. For purposes of this Section 12.25, “Information” means all information

 

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received from Borrower or any Subsidiary relating to Borrower or any Subsidiary or any of their respective businesses which is clearly identified as confidential, other than any such information that is available to Administrative Agent, L/C Issuer, or any Lender on a nonconfidential basis prior to disclosure by Borrower or a Subsidiary; provided that, in the case of information received from Borrower or any Subsidiary after the date hereof, such information is clearly identified at the time of delivery as confidential. Any Person required to maintain the confidentiality of Information as provided in this Section 12.25 shall be considered to have complied with its obligation to do so if such Person has exercised the same degree of care to maintain the confidentiality of such Information as such Person would accord to its own confidential information.

Section 12.26 Electronic Execution of Assignments and Certain Other Documents. The words “execute,” “execution,” “signed,” “signature,” and words of like import in any Assignment and Assumption or in any amendment or other modification hereof (including waivers and consents) shall be deemed to include electronic signatures, the electronic matching of assignment terms and contract formations on electronic platforms approved by Administrative Agent, or the keeping of records in electronic form, each of which shall be of the same legal effect, validity or enforceability as a manually executed signature or the use of a paper-based recordkeeping system, as the case may be, to the extent and as provided for in any applicable Law, including the Federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, the New York State Electronic Signatures and Records Act, or any other similar state Laws based on the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act.

Section 12.27 Intercreditor Agreement. In the event of a conflict between the provisions of any of the Loan Documents and the provisions of the Intercreditor Agreement, the provisions of the Intercreditor Agreement shall control.

Section 12.28 Flood Insurance. Notwithstanding any provision in this Agreement, any Security Document or other Loan Document to the contrary, in no event is any Building (as defined in the applicable Flood Insurance Regulation) or Manufactured (Mobile) Home (as defined in the applicable Flood Insurance Regulation) included in the definition of “Mortgaged Property” and no Building or Manufactured (Mobile) Home is hereby encumbered by any Security Document or other Loan Document. As used herein, “Flood Insurance Regulations” shall mean (i) the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 as now or hereafter in effect or any successor statute thereto, (ii) the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 as now or hereafter in effect or any successor statute thereto, (iii) the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994 (amending 42 USC 4001, et. seq.), as the same may be amended or recodified from time to time, and (iv) the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2004 and any regulations promulgated thereunder.

Section 12.29 NOTICE OF FINAL AGREEMENT. THIS AGREEMENT, THE OTHER LOAN DOCUMENTS AND THE INTERCREDITOR AGREEMENT REPRESENT THE FINAL AGREEMENT AMONG THE PARTIES RELATING TO THE SUBJECT MATTER HEREOF AND THEREOF AND MAY NOT BE CONTRADICTED BY EVIDENCE OF PRIOR, CONTEMPORANEOUS, OR SUBSEQUENT ORAL AGREEMENTS OF THE PARTIES. THERE ARE NO UNWRITTEN ORAL AGREEMENTS AMONG THE PARTIES.

Section 12.30 Acknowledgement Regarding Any Supported QFCs. To the extent that the Loan Documents provide support, through a guarantee or otherwise, for Hedging Agreements or any other agreement or instrument that is a QFC (such support, “QFC Credit Support”) and each such QFC a (“Supported QFC”), the parties acknowledge and agree as follows with respect to the resolution power of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation under the Federal Deposit Insurance Act and Title II of the Dodd- Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (together with the regulations promulgated thereunder, the “U.S. Special

 

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Resolution Regimes”) in respect of such Supported QFC and QFC Credit Support (with the provisions below applicable notwithstanding that the Loan Documents and any Supported QFC may in fact be stated to be governed by the laws of the State of Texas and/or of the United States or any other state of the United States):

(a) In the event a Covered Entity that is party to a Supported QFC (each, a “Covered Party”) becomes subject to a proceeding under a U.S. Special Resolution Regime, the transfer of such Supported QFC and the benefit of such QFC Credit Support (and any interest and obligation in or under such Supported QFC and such QFC Credit Support, and any rights in property securing such Supported QFC or such QFC Credit Support) from such Covered Party will be effective to the same extent as the transfer would be effective under the U.S. Special Resolution Regime if the Supported QFC and such QFC Credit Support (and any such interest, obligation and rights in property) were governed by the laws of the United States or a state of the United States.

(b) In the event a Covered Party or a BHC Act Affiliate of a Covered Party becomes subject to a proceeding under a U.S. Special Resolution Regime, Default Rights under the Loan Documents that might otherwise apply to such Supported QFC or any QFC Credit Support that may be exercised against such Covered Party are permitted to be exercised to no greater extent than such Default Rights could be exercised under the U.S. Special Resolution Regime if the Supported QFC and the Loan Documents were governed by the laws of the United States or a state of the United States.

(c) Without limitation of the foregoing, it is understood and agreed that rights and remedies of the parties with respect to a Defaulting Lender shall in no event affect the rights of any Covered Party with respect to a Supported QFC or any QFC Credit Support.

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EXECUTED to be effective as of the date first written above.

 

BORROWER:
GREP HOLDCO II-B HOLDINGS, LLC
By:   /s/ Matt Miller
  Matt Miller
    President

 

 

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ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT:
LEGACYTEXAS BANK
By:   /s/ David Carter
  David Carter
  Vice President
LENDERS:
LEGACYTEXAS BANK
By:   /s/ David Carter
  David Carter
  Vice President

 

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