PLEDGE AND SECURITY AGREEMENT dated as of January 7, 2009 among
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CONFIDENTIAL TREATMENT REQUESTED BY USG CORPORATION — CONFIDENTIAL PORTIONS OF THIS DOCUMENT HAVE BEEN REDACTED AND HAVE BEEN SEPARATELY FILED WITH THE COMMISSION
PLEDGE AND SECURITY AGREEMENT
dated as of January 7, 2009
The Other Grantors Party Hereto
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A.,
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PLEDGE AND SECURITY AGREEMENT
THIS PLEDGE AND SECURITY AGREEMENT (this “ Agreement ”) is entered into as of January 7, 2009, among USG Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “ Borrower ”), each Subsidiary identified on Schedule I hereto and each other Subsidiary that becomes a party to this Agreement after the Restatement Effective Date pursuant to Section 8.14 hereof (each such Subsidiary and the Borrower, a “ Grantor ” and, collectively, the “ Grantors ”) and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., in its capacity as administrative agent (the “ Administrative Agent ”) for the lenders party to the Credit Agreement referred to below.
Reference is made to the Second Amended and Restated Credit Agreement dated as of the date hereof (as amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, the “ Credit Agreement ”), among the Borrower, the Lenders from time to time party thereto, the Administrative Agent and Goldman Sachs Credit Partners, L.P., as syndication agent. Each Grantor is entering into this Agreement in order to induce the Lenders to enter into and extend credit to the Borrower under the Credit Agreement and to secure the Secured Obligations.
ACCORDINGLY, the Grantors and the Administrative Agent, on behalf of the Lenders, hereby agree as follows:
SECTION 1.01. Terms Defined in Credit Agreement . All capitalized terms used herein and not otherwise defined shall have the meanings assigned to such terms in the Credit Agreement.
SECTION 1.02. Terms Defined in UCC . Terms defined in the UCC which are not otherwise defined in this Agreement are used herein as defined in the UCC.
SECTION 1.03. Definitions of Certain Terms Used Herein . As used in this Agreement, in addition to the terms defined in the preamble hereto and in the Preliminary Statement, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
“ Accounts ” means all rights to payment, whether or not earned by performance, for the sale or lease of goods or the rendition of services, in each case in the ordinary course of the Grantors’ business, whether such rights constitute or are evidenced by any Account (as defined in Article 9 of the UCC), Chattel Paper, Instrument or General Intangible.
“ Article ” means a numbered article of this Agreement, unless another document is specifically referenced.
“ Cash Dominion Period ” means any of (a) a period commencing on the date on which Excess Availability shall have been less than the Threshold Amount for five (5) consecutive Business Days and ending on the first date thereafter on which Excess Availability shall have been equal to or greater than the Threshold Amount for thirty (30) consecutive calendar days and (b) a period during which an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing. For purposes of clarity, if, during the continuance of a Cash Dominion Period triggered by an event described in either clause (a) or (b) of this definition, an event described in clause (a) or (b) of this definition shall occur, then such Cash Dominion Period shall be deemed not to have terminated until such time as a Cash Dominion Period would no longer exist under both clauses (a) and (b) of this definition.
“ Cash Dominion Period Notice ” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 7.03(a).
“ Cash Dominion Termination Notice ” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 7.03(a).
“ Cash Dominion Termination Period ” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 7.03(a).
“ Collateral ” shall have the meaning set forth in Article II.
“ Collateral Access Agreement ” means any landlord waiver or other agreement (as such waiver or agreement may be amended, restated or otherwise modified from time to time), in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, pursuant to which a mortgagee or lessor of real property on which Collateral is stored or otherwise located, or a bailee, consignee or similar Person with respect to any warehouse, processor or converter facility or other location where Collateral is stored or located, (a) acknowledges the Lien of the Administrative Agent, on behalf of the Secured Parties, in respect of such Collateral, (b) waives or, in the reasonable discretion of the Administrative Agent, subordinates on terms reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent any Lien or other claim that such Person may assert against such Collateral and (c) where applicable, grants to the Administrative Agent reasonable access to and use of such real property or facility, as the case may be, following the occurrence and during the continuance of an Event of Default, to assemble, complete and sell such Collateral.
“ Collateral Access Agreement Deadline ” means the date that is 90 days (or such longer period as the Administrative Agent, in its sole discretion, may agree) after the Restatement Effective Date.
“ Collateral Deposit Account ” means, with respect to each Grantor, any lockbox account maintained by such Grantor to which any cash, checks or other similar payments constituting payments made in respect of Accounts and/or proceeds of Inventory are or are to be remitted and all Deposit Accounts maintained by such Grantor into which any such payments are directed to be deposited, as well as any other Deposit
Accounts maintained by such Grantor into which any cash, checks or other similar payments constituting payments made in respect of Accounts and/or proceeds of Inventory are or are to be deposited.
“ Collateral Deposit Account Bank ” means each bank or other financial institution at which any Grantor maintains a Collateral Deposit Account.
“ Collateral Report ” means any certificate (including any Borrowing Base Certificate), report or other document delivered by any Grantor to the Administrative Agent relating to the Collateral pursuant to any Loan Document.
“ Collection Account ” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 7.03(a).
“ Control ” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 9-104 or Section 9-105, as applicable, of Article 9 of the UCC.
“ Control Agreement Deadline ” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 7.01(a).
“ Copyrights ” means, with respect to any Person, all of such Person’s right, title and interest in and to the following: (a) all copyrights, rights and interests in copyrights, works protectable by copyright, copyright registrations, and copyright applications; (b) all renewals of any of the foregoing; (c) all licenses of the foregoing; and (d) the rights corresponding to the use or sublicense of any of the foregoing throughout the world.
“ Deposit Account Control Agreement ” means an agreement, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, among any Grantor, a Collateral Deposit Account Bank and the Administrative Agent with respect to Control of the Collateral Deposit Accounts listed therein and the disposition of funds on deposit in such Collateral Deposit Accounts.
“ Exhibit ” refers to a specific exhibit to this Agreement (as amended or supplemented from time to time in accordance with this Agreement or any Supplement), unless another document is specifically referenced.
“ Financing Statement ” means, with respect to any Grantor, each UCC financing statement naming the Administrative Agent as secured party and such Grantor as debtor and describing the Collateral in a manner consistent with the requirements set forth in Section 4.01(b).
“ Intellectual Property ” means the collective reference to all intellectual and similar property of every kind and nature, including inventions, designs, Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, trade secrets, domain names, confidential or proprietary technical and business information, know how or other data or information, software and databases and all embodiments or fixations thereof and related documentation, registrations and franchises, and all additions, improvements and accessions to, and books and records describing or used in connection with, any of the foregoing.
“ Inventory ” shall have the meaning set forth in Article 9 of the UCC.
“ Patents ” means, with respect to any Person, all of such Person’s right, title and interest in and to: (a) any and all patents and patent applications; (b) all inventions and improvements described and claimed therein; (c) all reissues, divisions, continuations, renewals, extensions and continuations-in-part thereof; (d) all licenses of the foregoing; and (e) all rights corresponding to the use or sublicense of any of the foregoing throughout the world.
“ Proceeds ” shall have the meaning set forth in Article 9 of the UCC.
“ Section ” means a numbered section of this Agreement, unless another document is specifically referenced.
“ Security Interest ” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 2.01.
“ Specified L&W Grantors ” means, collectively, each of L & W Supply Corporation, a Delaware corporation, California Wholesale Material Supply, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, Livonia Building Materials, LLC, a Michigan limited liability company, and River City Materials, Inc., an Arkansas corporation, in each case for so long as such entity is required to be a Grantor hereunder.
“ Supplement ” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8.14.
“ Trademarks ” means, with respect to any Person, all of such Person’s right, title and interest in and to the following: (a) all trademarks (including service marks), trade names, trade dress and trade styles and the registrations and applications for registration thereof; (b) all licenses of the foregoing, whether as licensee or licensor; (c) all renewals of the foregoing; and (d) all rights corresponding to the use or sublicense of any of the foregoing throughout the world.
The foregoing definitions shall be equally applicable to both the singular and plural forms of the defined terms.
GRANT OF SECURITY INTEREST
SECTION 2.01. Security Interest . As security for the payment or performance, as the case may be, in full of the Secured Obligations, each Grantor hereby pledges, assigns and grants to the Administrative Agent, its successors and permitted assigns, on behalf of and for the benefit of the Secured Parties, a security interest in all of such Grantor’s right, title and interest in (a) Accounts, and Proceeds in respect thereof, whether now owned by or owing to, or hereafter acquired by or arising in favor of, such Grantor (including under any trade name or derivations thereof), and regardless of where located, (b) Inventory, and Proceeds in respect thereof, whether now owned by, or hereafter acquired by, such Grantor (including under any trade name or derivations thereof), and regardless of where located, and (c) all Collateral Deposit Accounts of such
Grantor (all of the assets referenced in the immediately preceding clauses (a), (b) and (c), and all such right, title and interest therein, are collectively referred to as the “ Collateral ”; the security interest in the Collateral granted pursuant to this Section 2.01 is referred to as the “ Security Interest ”).
REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES
Each Grantor represents, warrants and covenants to and with the Secured Parties that:
SECTION 3.01. Title, Perfection and Priority . Such Grantor has good and valid rights in or the power to transfer the Collateral and title to the Collateral with respect to which it has purported to grant the Security Interest hereunder, free and clear of all Liens except for Liens permitted under Section 4.01(g), and has full power and authority to grant to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, the Security Interest pursuant hereto and to execute, deliver and perform its obligations in accordance with the terms of this Agreement, without the consent or approval of any other Person other than any consent or approval that has been obtained, except such consents or approvals the failure of which to have been obtained will not impair the Security Interest. When a properly completed Financing Statement has been filed in the appropriate office against such Grantor in the applicable location listed on Exhibit C (or, in the case of any Grantor that becomes a party hereto after the Restatement Effective Date, in the jurisdiction of organization of such Grantor specified in Schedule I to the Supplement for such Grantor) and any applicable filing fees or taxes are paid in connection with such filing, the Administrative Agent will have a fully perfected first priority security interest in that Collateral of such Grantor in which a security interest may be perfected by filing a UCC financing statement, subject only to Liens permitted under Section 4.01(g).
SECTION 3.02. Type and Jurisdiction of Organization, Organizational and Identification Numbers . The type of entity of such Grantor, its state of organization, the organizational number issued to it by its state of organization and its federal employer identification number are set forth on Exhibit A .
SECTION 3.03. Principal Location . The location of such Grantor’s place of business (if it has only one) or its chief executive office (if it has more than one place of business) is disclosed in Exhibit A . In addition, such Grantor has no other places of business where books and records with respect to the Collateral are maintained, except those set forth in Exhibit A .
SECTION 3.04. Collateral Locations . All of such Grantor’s locations where Collateral is located are listed on Exhibit A . All of said locations are owned by such Grantor except for locations (a) which are leased by the Grantor as lessee and designated in Exhibit A and (b) at which Inventory is held in a public warehouse or is otherwise held by a bailee or on consignment as designated in Exhibit A .
SECTION 3.05. Deposit Accounts . Exhibit B sets forth a complete list of the Collateral Deposit Accounts of such Grantor, including, with respect to each such Collateral Deposit Account, each depositary institution’s name and location and such Grantor’s account number.
SECTION 3.06. Exact Names . Such Grantor’s name, as set forth on Exhibit A , is the exact name as it appears in such Grantor’s organizational documents, as amended, as filed with such Grantor’s jurisdiction of organization. Such Grantor has not, during the past two years prior to the Restatement Effective Date, been known by or used any other corporate or fictitious name, or been a party to any merger or consolidation, or been a party to any acquisition, in each case except as otherwise specified in the Perfection Certificate or any certificate delivered to the Administrative Agent pursuant to Section 4.01(f).
SECTION 3.07. Perfection Certificate . The Perfection Certificate has been duly prepared, completed and executed by the Borrower and the information set forth therein with respect to each Grantor is correct and complete as of the Restatement Effective Date, and the Financing Statements (including any amendments thereto) prepared by the Administrative Agent based upon the information provided to the Administrative Agent in the Perfection Certificate for filing in each governmental, municipal or other office specified in Section 2(d) to the Perfection Certificate (or specified by notice from the Borrower to the Administrative Agent after the Restatement Effective Date in the case of filings, recordings or registrations required by Section 5.10 of the Credit Agreement or Sections 4.01 and 4.06 hereof) are all the filings, recordings and registrations that are necessary to perfect a security interest in favor of the Administrative Agent (for the benefit of the Secured Parties) in respect of all the Collateral in which the Security Interest may be perfected by filing, recording or registering in the U.S. (or any political subdivision thereof), and no further or subsequent filing, refiling, recording, rerecording, registration or reregistration is necessary in any such jurisdiction, except as provided under applicable law with respect to the filing of continuation statements.
SECTION 3.08. Validity of Security Interest . The Security Interest constitutes a legal and valid security interest in all the Collateral securing the payment and performance of the Secured Obligations.
SECTION 3.09. Security Interest as Security Only . The Security Interest granted by such Grantor is granted as security only and shall not subject the Administrative Agent or any other Secured Party to, or in any way alter or modify, any obligation or liability of any Grantor with respect to or arising out of the Collateral.
SECTION 3.10. Accounts . (a) The names of the Account Debtors, amounts owing, due dates and other information with respect to such Grantor’s Accounts are and will be complete, true and correct in all material respects in the records of such Grantor relating thereto and in all invoices and Collateral Reports with respect thereto furnished to the Administrative Agent pursuant to the Loan Documents from time to time. As of the time when each Account arises, such Grantor shall be deemed to have
represented and warranted that such Account and all records relating thereto are genuine and in all respects what they purport to be.
(b) In addition, with respect to all of its Accounts, except as disclosed in the most recent Collateral Report, (i) the amounts shown on all invoices, statements and Collateral Reports with respect thereto are actually and absolutely owing to such Grantor as indicated thereon and are not in any way contingent (other than with respect to discounts, rebates, billing errors, setoffs, counterclaims and other Dilution Factors); (ii) no payments have been or shall be made thereon except payments delivered or to be delivered to a Collateral Deposit Account as required pursuant to Section 7.01; and (iii) to such Grantor’s knowledge, all Account Debtors relating to such Accounts have the capacity to contract.
SECTION 3.11. Inventory . With respect to any of its Inventory represented as being Eligible Inventory on the most recent Collateral Report, (a) as of the last day of the period covered by such Collateral Report, such Inventory (other than Inventory in transit) is located at one of such Grantor’s locations set forth on Exhibit A and such Inventory (other than Inventory in transit and other than Inventory that has subsequently been sold, transferred or otherwise disposed of by such Grantor (other than to another Grantor) in the ordinary course of business) shall not be stored at any other location except as permitted by Section 4.01(j), (b) other than any Inventory that has subsequently been sold, transferred or otherwise disposed of by such Grantor (other than to another Grantor) in the ordinary course of business, such Grantor has good and merchantable title to such Inventory and such Inventory is not subject to any Lien, except for Liens permitted by Section 4.01(g), (c) except as specifically disclosed in such Collateral Report (or in any notification provided to the Administrative Agent subsequent to the last day of the period covered by such Collateral Report in accordance with Section 5.01(i) of the Credit Agreement), such Inventory (except for de minimis portions of such Inventory) is Eligible Inventory of good and merchantable quality, free from any defects, (d) such Inventory is not subject to any licensing, patent, royalty, trademark, trade name or copyright agreements with any third parties which would require any consent of any third party upon sale or disposition of that Inventory or the payment of any monies to any third party upon such sale or other disposition (other than any such consent that has already been obtained or any such payment obligation that has already been waived), (e) such Inventory has been produced in accordance with the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended, and all rules, regulations and orders thereunder and (f) the preparation for sale, marketing or sale of such Inventory by the Administrative Agent after the occurrence and during the continuance of an Event of Default shall not require the consent of any Person (except as required by applicable law) and shall not constitute a breach or default under any contract or agreement to which such Grantor is a party or to which such Inventory is subject.
SECTION 3.12. Intellectual Property . Such Grantor owns, or is licensed to use, all Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights or other Intellectual Property material to its business, and the use thereof by such Grantor does not infringe upon the rights of any other Person, except for any such infringements that, individually or in the aggregate, could not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, and no such
Intellectual Property is subject to any Lien or other restriction (other than any such Lien or other restriction with respect to which a waiver or release has been obtained) that would materially interfere with the exercise of the Administrative Agent’s rights with respect to such Intellectual Property to prepare for sale, market and sell any Eligible Inventory under Section 5.03.
SECTION 3.13. Filing Requirements . None of the Collateral owned by it is of a type for which security interests or liens may be perfected by filing under any Federal statute. Notwithstanding anything in any Loan Document to the contrary, the Administrative Agent agrees that the Grantors shall not be required to make filings under the Assignment of Claims Act of 1940, 31 U.S.C. §3727 and 41 U.S.C. § 15.
SECTION 3.14. No Financing Statements, Security Agreements . No financing statement or security agreement describing all or any portion of the Collateral which has not lapsed or been terminated naming such Grantor as debtor has been filed or is of record in any jurisdiction except (a) for the Financing Statements and (b) as permitted under Section 4.01(g).
From the date of this Agreement, and thereafter until this Agreement is terminated, each Grantor agrees that:
SECTION 4.01. General . (a) Collateral Records . Such Grantor will maintain books and records with respect to the Collateral owned by it in accordance Section 5.07 of the Credit Agreement, and furnish to the Administrative Agent, with sufficient copies for each of the Lenders, such reports relating to such Collateral as the Administrative Agent may from time to time reasonably request.
(b) Authorization to File Financing Statements; Ratification . Such Grantor hereby authorizes the Administrative Agent to file, and if requested will deliver to the Administrative Agent, all Financing Statements and other documents and take such other actions as may from time to time be reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent in order to maintain, subject to any Liens permitted under Section 4.01(g), a first priority perfected security interest in and, if applicable and contemplated by the terms hereof, Control of, the Collateral owned by such Grantor. Any Financing Statement (or amendment thereto) filed by the Administrative Agent shall (i) indicate such Grantor’s Collateral by any description that reasonably approximates the description of such Collateral contained in this Agreement and (ii) contain any other information required by part 5 of Article 9 of the UCC for the sufficiency or filing office acceptance of such Financing Statement (or amendment thereto). Such Grantor agrees to furnish any such information to the Administrative Agent promptly upon request. Such Grantor also ratifies its authorization for the Administrative Agent to have filed any initial Financing Statements if filed prior to the Restatement Effective Date.
(c) Further Assurances . Such Grantor agrees to take any and all actions that it shall reasonably deem necessary to defend title to the Collateral against all persons and to defend the Security Interest of the Administrative Agent in its Collateral and the priority thereof against any Lien not expressly permitted under Section 4.01(g).
(d) Disposition of Collateral . Such Grantor will not sell, lease or otherwise dispose of the Collateral owned by it except for dispositions not otherwise prohibited by Section 6.03 of the Credit Agreement.
(e) Maintaining Perfection of Security Interest . Each Grantor agrees, at its own expense, to execute, acknowledge, deliver and cause to be duly filed all such further instruments and documents and take all such actions as the Administrative Agent may from time to time reasonably request to preserve, protect and perfect the Security Interest and the rights and remedies created hereby, including the payment of any fees and taxes required in connection with the execution and delivery of this Agreement, the granting of the Security Interest and the filing of any Financing Statements or other documents in connection herewith or therewith. If any amount payable under or in connection with any of the Collateral shall be or become evidenced by any promissory note or other instrument (other than any promissory note or other instrument in an aggregate principal amount of less than $500,000 owed to the applicable Grantor by any Person that is not the Borrower or any Subsidiary, provided that the aggregate principal amount of promissory notes that may be excluded from the delivery requirements of this paragraph (e) may not exceed $2,000,000 at any one time), such note or instrument shall be immediately pledged and delivered to the Administrative Agent, duly endorsed in a manner satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.
(f) Annual Confirmation of Perfection Certificate . Each year, at the time of delivery of annual financial statements with respect to the preceding fiscal year pursuant to Section 5.01(a) of the Credit Agreement, the Borrower shall deliver to the Administrative Agent a certificate executed by a Financial Officer (i) setting forth any changes to the information required pursuant to the Perfection Certificate, or confirming that there has been no change in such information, in each case since the date of the Perfection Certificate or the date of the most recent certificate delivered pursuant to this Section 4.01(f) and (ii) certifying that all initial UCC financing statements or other appropriate filings, recordings or registrations, including all refilings, rerecordings, reregistrations and amendments to the initial UCC financing statements, containing a description of the Collateral have been filed of record in each governmental, municipal or other appropriate office in the jurisdiction identified pursuant to Section 4.06 to the extent necessary to protect and perfect the Security Interest as of the date of such certificate.
(g) Liens . Such Grantor will not create, incur, or suffer to exist any Lien on the Collateral owned by it except Liens permitted under clauses (i) through (iv), (vi) and (xi) of Section 6.02 of the Credit Agreement.
(h) Other Financing Statements . Such Grantor will not authorize the filing of any financing statement naming it as debtor covering all or any portion of the Collateral owned by it, except with respect to any Lien permitted under Section 4.01(g).
Such Grantor acknowledges that it is not authorized to file (i) any financing statement with respect to the Collateral, except with respect to any Lien permitted under Section 4.01(g), without providing prior written notice to the Administrative Agent or (ii) any amendment or termination statement with respect to any Financing Statement filed in accordance with the terms hereof without the prior written consent of the Administrative Agent, subject to such Grantor’s rights under Section 9-509(d)(2) of the UCC.
(i) Compliance with Terms . Such Grantor shall observe, perform and comply with all obligations in respect of the Collateral owned by it (in each case, in a manner consistent with past business practices of such Grantor), unless the failure to observe, perform or comply with such obligations would not adversely affect the validity, perfection and priority of the Security Interest.
(j) Locations . Such Grantor will not maintain any Collateral owned by it at any location other than those locations listed on Exhibit A (or any other location with respect to which advance written notice has been provided as contemplated by Section 4.05).
SECTION 4.02. Accounts . (a) Certain Agreements on Accounts. No Grantor will make or agree to make any discount, credit, rebate or other reduction in the original amount owing on an Account or accept in satisfaction of an Account less than the original amount thereof, except that, for so long as no Event of Default is continuing, such Grantor may reduce the amount owing on Accounts arising from the sale of Inventory in accordance with its past business practices.
(b) Collection of Accounts . Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, each Grantor will, consistent with its past business practices, collect and enforce, at no expense to any Secured Party, all amounts due or hereafter due to such Grantor under the Accounts owned by it.
(c) Security Interest in Property to Satisfy Account Debt . If at any time any Grantor shall take a security interest in any property of an Account Debtor or any other Person to secure payment and performance of an Account, such Grantor shall promptly assign such security interest to the Administrative Agent. Such assignment need not be filed of public record unless necessary to continue the perfected status of the security interest against creditors of and transferees from the Account Debtor or other Person granting the security interest.
(d) Delivery of Invoices . Such Grantor will deliver to the Administrative Agent, immediately upon its request after the occurrence and during the continuation of an Event of Default, duplicate invoices with respect to each Account owned by it bearing such language of assignment as the Administrative Agent shall specify.
(e) Disclosure of Material Reductions in Accounts . Such Grantor, promptly upon obtaining knowledge of any event, circumstance or change that has occurred since the most recent date on which a Borrowing Base Certificate was required to be delivered pursuant to Section 5.01(e) of the Credit Agreement that would materially
reduce the aggregate amount of Eligible Accounts or result in a material portion of the Eligible Accounts ceasing to be Eligible Accounts, shall cause the Borrower to promptly disclose such fact to the Administrative Agent in writing.
SECTION 4.03. Inventory . (a) Maintenance of Goods . Such Grantor will maintain, preserve, protect and keep its Inventory in a manner consistent with its past business practices.
(b) Returned Inventory . If an Account Debtor returns any Inventory to such Grantor when no Event of Default exists, then such Grantor shall promptly determine the reason for such return and, if reasonably deemed appropriate by such Grantor, shall issue a credit memorandum to the Account Debtor in the appropriate amount and in a manner consistent with its past business practices. Such Grantor shall promptly report to the Administrative Agent any return of Inventory involving an amount in excess of $2,000,000. Each such report shall indicate each applicable Account Debtor’s stated reasons for the returns and the locations and condition of the returned Inventory. In the event any Account Debtor returns Inventory to such Grantor when an Event of Default exists, such Grantor, upon the request of the Administrative Agent, shall: (i) hold the returned Inventory in trust for the Administrative Agent; (ii) segregate all returned Inventory from all of its other property; (iii) dispose of the returned Inventory solely according to the Administrative Agent’s written instructions; and (iv) not issue any credits or allowances with respect thereto without the Administrative Agent’s prior written consent. All returned Inventory shall be subject to the Administrative Agent’s Liens thereon. Whenever any Inventory is returned, the related Account shall be deemed not to be an Eligible Account to the extent of the amount owing by the Account Debtor with respect to such returned Inventory.
(c) Inventory Count; Perpetual Inventory System. Such Grantor will conduct cycle counts of its Inventory in a manner consistent with past business practices and reasonably acceptable to such Grantor’s auditors. Upon the request of the Administrative Agent in connection with any field examination conducted in accordance with Section 5.07(b) of the Credit Agreement, such Grantor, at its own expense, shall deliver to the Administrative Agent the results of each physical verification which such Grantor has made, or has caused any other Person to make on its behalf, of all or any portion of its Inventory. Such Grantor will maintain a perpetual inventory reporting system at all times.
SECTION 4.04. Intellectual Property . Such Grantor will use commercially reasonable efforts to secure all consents, waivers and approvals necessary or appropriate to ensure the ability of the Administrative Agent to fully exercise the rights granted to it in Section 5.03.
SECTION 4.05. Collateral Access Agreements . Such Grantor shall use commercially reasonable efforts to obtain a Collateral Access Agreement from the lessor of each leased property, mortgagee of each owned property and bailee, consignee or similar Person with respect to any warehouse, processor or converter facility or other location, in each case where Collateral is or is to be stored or located as of the
Restatement Effective Date or at any time thereafter, provided that (a) no Grantor shall be required to obtain a Collateral Access Agreement with respect to any location at which the Inventory on-hand has a book value of less than $100,000 and (b) in accordance with Section 5.11(b) of the Credit Agreement, no Collateral Access Agreement shall be required to be in effect prior to the Collateral Access Agreement Deadline. For purposes of clarity, it is understood and agreed that any Grantor’s failure, after having used commercially reasonable efforts, to obtain a Collateral Access Agreement with respect to any such location where Collateral is stored or located shall not constitute an Event of Default. With respect to any such location where Inventory is stored or located as of the Restatement Effective Date or at any time thereafter, if the Administrative Agent has not received a Collateral Access Agreement with respect to such location, the Borrower’s Eligible Inventory at such location shall be subject to such Reserves as may be established by the Administrative Agent in accordance with the terms of the Credit Agreement. Such Grantor shall provide to the Administrative Agent reasonable (but in no event less than three Business Days’) advance written notice of (i) any arrangement or agreement entered into by such Grantor to lease or mortgage real property or any warehouse or similar location at which Collateral is to be stored or located, unless a Collateral Access Agreement that would cover such Collateral is in effect with respect to such location and (ii) any arrangement or agreement to ship or otherwise transfer any Collateral to any mortgaged or leased real property, or to any warehouse, processor or converter facility or other location, in each case unless a Collateral Access Agreement that would cover such Collateral is in effect with respect to such location, and such Grantor shall provide to the Administrative Agent prompt written notice of the termination of any such existing arrangement or agreement with respect to any location at which Collateral is stored or located at the time of such termination. Not later than the last day of the calendar quarter during which any arrangement, agreement or termination referenced in the immediately preceding sentence is established or occurs, the Borrower shall deliver to the Administrative Agent a supplement to Exhibit A , setting forth the information with respect to the locations applicable to any such new arrangement or agreement required therein or indicating the termination of any such arrangement or agreement, as the case may be. Such Grantor shall timely and fully pay and perform its obligations under all leases and other agreements with respect to each location where any Collateral is or may be stored or located.
SECTION 4.06. Change of Name or Location; Change of Fiscal Year . Such Grantor shall not (a) change its name as it appears in official filings in the state of its incorporation or organization, (b) change its chief executive office, principal place of business or corporate offices, or the location of its records concerning the Collateral as set forth in the Security Agreement, (c) change the type of entity that it is, (d) change its organization identification number, if any, issued by its state of incorporation or other organization or (e) change its state of incorporation or organization, in each case, unless the Administrative Agent shall have received at least ten days prior written notice of such change and such Grantor (or the Administrative Agent on behalf of such Grantor) shall have taken all action reasonably requested by the Administrative Agent to continue the validity, perfection and priority of any Liens in favor of the Administrative Agent, on behalf of the Secured Parties, in any Collateral, provided that any new jurisdiction of organization shall be in the U.S., any State thereof or the District of Columbia. In
connection with any such change permitted under this Section 4.06, Exhibit A hereto shall be deemed to be amended to reflect such change (effective as of the date of such change).
SECTION 5.01. Remedies . (a) Upon the occurrence, and during the continuance, of an Event of Default, the Administrative Agent may exercise any or all of the following rights and remedies:
(i) those rights and remedies provided in this Agreement, the Credit Agreement or any other Loan Document, provided that this Section 5.01(a) shall not be understood to limit any rights or remedies available to the Secured Parties prior to an Event of Default;
(ii) those rights and remedies available to a secured party under the UCC (whether or not the UCC applies to the affected Collateral) or under any other applicable law (including, without limitation, any law governing the exercise of a bank’s right of setoff or bankers’ lien) when a debtor is in default under a security agreement;
(iii) institute a Cash Dominion Period as per the terms of Section 7.03; and
(iv) without notice (except as specifically provided in Section 8.01 or elsewhere herein), demand or advertisement of any kind to any Grantor or any other Person, enter the premises of any Grantor where any Collateral is located (through self-help and without judicial process) to collect, receive, assemble, process, appropriate, sell, lease, assign, grant an option or options to purchase or otherwise dispose of, deliver or realize upon, the Collateral or any part thereof in one or more parcels at public or private sale or sales (which sales may be adjourned or continued from time to time with or without notice and may take place at any Grantor’s premises or elsewhere), for cash, on credit or for future delivery without assumption of any credit risk, and upon such other terms as the Administrative Agent may deem commercially reasonable.
(b) The Administrative Agent, on behalf of the Secured Parties, may comply with any applicable state or federal law requirements in connection with a disposition of the Collateral and such compliance will not be considered to adversely affect the commercial reasonableness of any sale of the Collateral.
(c) The Administrative Agent shall have the right upon any such public sale or sales and, to the extent permitted by law, upon any such private sale or sales, to purchase for the benefit of the Secured Parties, the whole or any part of the Collateral so sold, free of any right of equity redemption, which equity redemption the Grantor hereby expressly releases.
(d) Until the Administrative Agent is able to effect a sale, lease, or other disposition of Collateral, the Administrative Agent shall have the right to hold or use Collateral, or any part thereof, to the extent that it deems appropriate for the purpose of preserving Collateral or its value or for any other purpose deemed appropriate by the Administrative Agent. The Administrative Agent may, if it so elects, seek the appointment of a receiver or keeper to enforce any of the Administrative Agent’s remedies (for the benefit of the Secured Parties) with respect to such appointment without prior notice or hearing as to such appointment.
(e) Notwithstanding the foregoing, no Secured Party shall be required to (i) make any demand upon, or pursue or exhaust any of their rights or remedies against, any Grantor, any other obligor, guarantor, pledgor or any other Person with respect to the payment of the Secured Obligations or to pursue or exhaust any of their rights or remedies with respect to any Collateral therefor or any direct or indirect guarantee thereof, (ii) marshal the Collateral or any guarantee of the Secured Obligations or resort to the Collateral or any such guarantee in any particular order or (iii) effect a public sale of any Collateral.
SECTION 5.02. Grantor’s Obligations Upon an Event of Default . Without limiting the foregoing or any other inspection rights the Administrative Agent may have under the Loan Documents, upon the request of the Administrative Agent after the occurrence and during the continuance of an Event of Default, each Grantor will:
(a) assemble and make available to the Administrative Agent all books and records relating to the Collateral at any place or places specified by the Administrative Agent, whether at a Grantor’s premises or elsewhere;
(b) permit the Administrative Agent, by the Administrative Agent’s representatives and agents, to enter, occupy and use any premises where all or any part of the Collateral, or the books and records relating thereto, or both, are located, to take possession of and/or remove all or any part of the Collateral or make copies of the books and records relating thereto, or both, and to conduct sales of the Collateral in accordance with the terms hereof, any applicable Collateral Access Agreements and applicable law, without any obligation to pay the Grantor for such use and occupancy; and
(c) at its own expense, cause the independent certified public accountants then engaged by each Grantor to prepare and deliver to the Administrative Agent, promptly upon the Administrative Agent’s request, the following reports with respect to the Accounts of such Grantor: (i) a reconciliation of all such Accounts; (ii) an aging of all such Accounts; (iii) trial balances; and (iv) a test verification of all such Accounts.
SECTION 5.03. Grant of Intellectual Property License . Solely for the purpose of enabling, and solely to the extent necessary to enable, the Administrative Agent to exercise the rights and remedies to prepare for sale, market and sell Inventory under this Article V at such time as the Administrative Agent shall be lawfully entitled to exercise such rights and remedies, each Grantor hereby (a) grants to the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, an irrevocable, nonexclusive license
(exercisable without payment of royalty or other compensation to any Grantor) to use, license or sublicense any Intellectual Property now owned or hereafter acquired by such Grantor, and wherever the same may be located, and including in such license access to all media in which any of the licensed items may be recorded or stored and to all computer software and programs used for the compilation or printout thereof and (b) irrevocably agrees that the Administrative Agent may sell any of such Grantor’s Inventory directly to any person, and, in connection with any such sale or other enforcement of the Administrative Agent’s rights under this Agreement, may sell Inventory which bears any Trademark owned by or licensed to such Grantor and any Inventory that is covered by any Copyright owned by or licensed to such Grantor, and the Administrative Agent may finish any work in process using any Patent (or other Intellectual Property) owned by or licensed to such Grantor and affix any appropriate Trademark owned by or licensed to such Grantor and sell such Inventory as provided herein. The use of such license by the Administrative Agent may be exercised, at the option of the Administrative Agent, only upon the occurrence and during the continuance of an Event of Default, provided that any license, sublicense or other transaction entered into by the Administrative Agent in accordance herewith shall be binding upon the Grantors notwithstanding any subsequent cure of such Event of Default. All actions taken by the Administrative Agent pursuant to this Article V, as well as the Administrative Agent’s use of any trade secrets or other Intellectual Property pursuant to this Agreement, shall be subject to the confidentiality restrictions set forth in Section 9.12 of the Credit Agreement.
ACCOUNT VERIFICATION; ATTORNEY IN FACT; PROXY
SECTION 6.01. Account Verification . The Administrative Agent may at any time, in the name of the applicable Grantor or, after the occurrence, and during the continuance, of an Event of Default, in the Administrative Agent’s own name or in the name of a nominee of the Administrative Agent, communicate (by mail, telephone, facsimile or otherwise) with the Account Debtors of any such Grantor to verify with such Account Debtors, to the Administrative Agent’s reasonable satisfaction, any information relating to the existence, amount, terms of, and any other material matter relating to, the Accounts of such Account Debtors.
SECTION 6.02. Authorization for Secured Party to Take Certain Action . (a) Each Grantor hereby appoints the Administrative Agent the attorney-in-fact of such Grantor for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Agreement and taking any action and executing any instrument that the Administrative Agent may reasonably deem necessary or advisable to accomplish the purposes hereof, which appointment is irrevocable and coupled with an interest. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Administrative Agent shall have the right with full power of substitution either in the name of such Grantor or, after the occurrence, and during the continuance, of an Event of Default, in the Administrative Agent’s name, to (i) file Financing Statements necessary or desirable in the Administrative Agent’s sole discretion to perfect and to maintain the perfection and priority of the Administrative Agent’s security interest in the
Collateral, (ii) endorse and collect any cash proceeds of the Collateral of such Grantor, (iii) file a carbon, photographic or other reproduction of this Agreement or any Financing Statement as a financing statement and to file any other financing statement or amendment of a financing statement (which does not add new collateral or add a debtor) in such offices as the Administrative Agent in its sole discretion deems necessary or desirable to perfect and to maintain the perfection and priority of the Security Interest, (iv) apply the proceeds of any Collateral of such Grantor received by the Administrative Agent to the Secured Obligations as provided in Section 2.09(b) or Section 2.17(b) of the Credit Agreement, as applicable, (v) discharge past due taxes, assessments, charges, fees or Liens on the Collateral (except for such Liens as are specifically permitted under Section 4.01(g)), (vi) contact the Account Debtors of such Grantor for any reason, (vii) demand payment or enforce payment of the Accounts in the name of the Administrative Agent or such Grantor, (viii) endorse any and all checks, drafts and other instruments for the payment of money relating to the Accounts, (ix) sign such Grantor’s name on any invoice or bill of lading relating to the Accounts, drafts against any Account Debtor or assignments and verifications of Accounts, (x) exercise all of such Grantor’s rights and remedies with respect to the collection of the Accounts and any other Collateral, (xi) settle, adjust, compromise, extend or renew the Accounts or any legal proceedings brought to collect Accounts, (xii) prepare, file and sign such Grantor’s name on a proof of claim in bankruptcy or similar document against any Account Debtor of such Grantor, (xiii) prepare, file and sign such Grantor’s name on any notice of Lien, assignment or satisfaction of Lien or similar document in connection with the Accounts, (xiv) change the address for delivery of mail relating to the Accounts of such Grantor to such address as the Administrative Agent may designate and to receive, open and dispose of all such mail addressed to such Grantor, (xv) use, sell, assign, transfer, pledge, make any agreement with respect to or otherwise deal with all or any of the Collateral and (xvi) do all other acts and things necessary to carry out the purposes of this Agreement, as fully and completely as though the Administrative Agent were the absolute owner of the Collateral for all purposes, provided that (A) nothing herein contained shall be construed as requiring or obligating the Administrative Agent to make any commitment or to make any inquiry as to the nature or sufficiency of any payment received by the Administrative Agent, or to present or file any claim or notice, or to take any action with respect to the Collateral or any part thereof or the moneys due or to become due in respect thereof or any property covered thereby and such Grantor agrees to reimburse the Administrative Agent on demand for any payment made or any expense incurred by the Administrative Agent in connection with any of the foregoing and (B) this authorization shall not relieve such Grantor of any of its obligations under this Agreement or under the Credit Agreement. The Administrative Agent and the other Secured Parties shall be accountable only for amounts actually received as a result of the exercise of the powers granted to them herein, and neither they nor their officers, directors, employees or agents shall be responsible to any Grantor for any act or failure to act hereunder, except for their own gross negligence or wilful misconduct. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Administrative Agent or a Secured Party determines (after being given notice of such) that any portion of a payment from an Account Debtor received by it constitutes the excess portion of a joint remittance from such Account Debtor (which such portion was not owed to a Grantor but paid to the joint order of a Grantor and a non-Affiliated
contractor or sub-contractor in respect of an Account), the Administrative Agent or other Secured Party, as applicable, shall promptly remit such excess portion of the payment to the Grantors.
(b) All acts of said attorney or designee are hereby ratified and approved. The powers conferred on the Administrative Agent, for the benefit of the Secured Parties, under this Section 6.02 are solely to protect the Administrative Agent’s interests in the Collateral and shall not impose any duty upon the Administrative Agent or any other Secured Party to exercise any such powers. The Administrative Agent agrees that, except for the powers granted in Sections 6.02(a)(i), (a)(iii) or (a)(v), it shall not exercise any power or authority granted to it unless an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, provided , however , that the Administrative Agent may exercise the powers granted in Sections 6.02(a)(ii), (a)(iv) and (a)(viii) at any time during the continuance of a Cash Dominion Period.
COLLECTION AND APPLICATION OF COLLATERAL PROCEEDS; DEPOSIT ACCOUNTS
SECTION 7.01. Collection of Accounts. (a) Each Grantor shall execute and deliver to the Administrative Agent (no later than the date (the “ Control Agreement Deadline ”) specified in, or determined in accordance with, Section 5.11(a) of the Credit Agreement) Deposit Account Control Agreements for each Collateral Deposit Account maintained by such Grantor as of the Restatement Effective Date. After the Restatement Effective Date, each Grantor will comply with the terms of Section 7.02.
(b) Within 45 days after the Restatement Effective Date, each Grantor shall direct all of its Account Debtors to forward payments directly to one or more of the Collateral Deposit Accounts of such Grantor; provided , however , that with respect to the Account Debtors of the Specified L&W Grantors, the Specified L&W Grantors shall not be required to so direct such Account Debtors (and, accordingly, shall not be deemed to have breached this Section 7.01(b)) so long as the Specified L&W Grantors each deposit any cash, checks or other similar payments constituting pa