8-K

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 8-K

 

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 7, 2018

 

 

 

 

LOGO

MSA SAFETY INCORPORATED

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Pennsylvania   1-15579   46-4914539

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification Number)

 

1000 Cranberry Woods Drive

Cranberry Township, PA

  16066
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 724-776-8600

 

 

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

 

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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

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If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ☐

 

 

 


Item 1.01.

Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

Credit Agreement

On September 7, 2018, MSA Safety Incorporated (the “Company”), MSA UK Holdings Limited (“MSA UK”) and MSA International Holdings B.V. (“MSA BV”), as borrowers, entered into a Third Amended and Restated Credit Agreement dated September 7, 2018 (the “Credit Agreement”) with various Company subsidiaries, as guarantors, various financial institutions, as lenders, and PNC Bank, National Association, as administrative agent. See Item 2.03 below for a description of the Credit Agreement.

Amendments to Note Purchase Agreement

On September 7, 2018, the Company entered into an amendment to its Second Amended and Restated Multi-Currency Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement dated January 22, 2016 (the “Note Agreement”) in order to, among other things, (i) provide for the ability of the Company to request from time to time during a three-year period ending September 7, 2021, the issuance of up to $150 million (or the equivalent under applicable currencies) of additional senior notes thereunder having such terms and conditions as may be approved by the purchasers party to the Note Agreement and (ii) conform the covenants in the Note Agreement to changes made in similar covenants in the Credit Agreement.

A copy of the amendment to the Note Agreement is filed as an exhibit to this Current Report on Form 8-K and reference is made to that exhibit for the text of the amendment.

 

Item 2.03.

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

On September 7, 2018, the Company, MSA UK and MSA BV, as borrowers, and various Company subsidiaries, as guarantors, entered into the Credit Agreement. The Credit Agreement amended and restated the Company’s existing Second Amended and Restated Credit Agreement dated December 11, 2015.

Under the Credit Agreement, funds may be borrowed on an unsecured, revolving credit basis in a maximum outstanding amount not to exceed $600 million, all of which can be borrowed by the Company and of which up to the greater of $300 million or 15% of consolidated total assets (as defined in the Note Agreement) can be borrowed by MSA UK and MSA BV. The Credit Agreement also includes a $50 million sublimit for letters of credit issued on behalf of the Company and a $60 million sublimit for swingline loans to the Company. The Credit Agreement also allows the Company to request increases in the aggregate commitments, and therefore the aggregate amount available for borrowing, up to an additional $400 million. Any such increase is subject to the further approval of the Company’s board of directors and to the existing lenders, new lenders, or some combination of both, agreeing in their sole discretion to increase the existing commitments or extend new commitments. The Credit Agreement has a term expiring on September 7, 2023.

Borrowings under the Credit Agreement may bear interest at a rate based upon either a “Base Rate” or a “LIBOR Rate,” plus an adder based upon the Company’s net leverage ratio (as defined below).


   

The “Base Rate” is calculated on a daily basis as the highest of zero, a prime rate, an overnight bank funding rate plus 0.5% per annum, or the reserve-adjusted daily published London Interbank Offered Rate for a one-month interest period plus 1%. The adder ranges from zero to 0.750%.

 

   

The “LIBOR Rate” is calculated as provided in the Credit Agreement. The adder ranges from 0.875% to 1.750%.

Interest based upon the Base Rate is payable quarterly on the first day of January, April, July and October. Interest based upon the LIBOR Rate is payable on the last day of the selected interest period, unless that interest period exceeds three months, in which case it is also payable on the 90th day of the selected interest period.

The Credit Agreement contains customary representations and warranties, covenants and events of default. The Credit Agreement requires the Company to comply with specified financial covenants, including a requirement to maintain a minimum fixed charges coverage ratio of not less than 1.50 to 1.00 and a net leverage ratio not to exceed 3.50 to 1.00 (or not to exceed 4.00 to 1.00 during the calendar quarter including, and the three calendar quarters following, certain specified acquisitions); in each case calculated on the basis of the trailing four fiscal quarters. The net leverage ratio is defined as consolidated indebtedness less unencumbered cash exceeding $40 million, divided by consolidated earnings before interest, taxes, amortization and depreciation. In addition, the Credit Agreement contains negative covenants limiting the ability of the Company and its subsidiaries to:

 

   

incur additional indebtedness or issue guarantees

 

   

create or incur liens

 

   

make loans and investments

 

   

make acquisitions

 

   

transfer or sell assets

 

   

enter into transactions with affiliated parties

 

   

make changes in its or its subsidiaries’ organizational documents that are materially adverse to the lenders

 

   

modify the nature of the Company’s or its subsidiaries’ business,

subject to certain exceptions and limitations, including carve-outs and baskets, set forth in the Credit Agreement. The Credit Agreement also contains certain customary events of default, including defaults triggered by a change of control or defaults on other debt. Under the Credit Agreement, a change in control occurs if a person or group of persons acting in concert acquires beneficial ownership of 50% or more of the outstanding voting stock of the Company.

A copy of the Credit Agreement is filed as an exhibit to this Current Report on Form 8-K and reference is made to that exhibit for the text describing the terms, conditions and provisions of the Credit Agreement.

 

Item 8.01

Other Events.

On September 7, 2018, the Company implemented a legal and operational realignment of its U.S. and Canadian businesses (the “Realignment”). As a result of the Realignment, certain operating assets and associated liabilities, and equity in certain foreign subsidiaries, currently owned by one of the Company’s subsidiaries, Mine Safety Appliances Company, LLC (“MSA LLC”), were transferred to certain other subsidiaries of the Company. Certain additional elements of the Realignment that are appropriate for implementation at the conclusion of a fiscal year will be implemented as soon as practicable after January 1, 2019.


The Realignment supports the Company’s core products strategy. Following the Realignment, the U.S. and Canadian businesses of the Company formerly operated by MSA LLC, will be realigned into three distinct companies: MSA LLC, MSA Safety Sales, LLC (“MSA Sales”), and MSA Safety Pittsburgh Manufacturing, LLC (“MSA Manufacturing”). MSA LLC will continue to serve as the manufacturer for the U.S. air purifying respirator business and certain other products manufactured at MSA LLC’s Jacksonville, North Carolina facility (collectively, the “MSA LLC Retained Businesses”). MSA Sales has been established to enable a unified sales company structure for the U.S. and Canadian markets, conducting sales and distribution activities for MSA LLC, MSA Manufacturing and, in the future, other subsidiaries of the Company. MSA Manufacturing will serve as the manufacturer of products previously manufactured by MSA LLC other than products associated with the MSA LLC Retained Businesses.


Item 9.01.

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS.

(d) Exhibits

 

Exhibit No.

  

Description

  4.1    First Amendment to Second Amended and Restated Multi-Currency Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement dated as of September  7, 2018, among MSA Safety Incorporated, various Company subsidiaries, as guarantors, and the noteholders named therein, including forms of Note Guarantee and Intercompany Subordination Agreement
10.1    Third Amended & Restated Credit Agreement, dated September  7, 2018, by and among MSA Safety Incorporated, MSA UK Holdings Limited and MSA International Holdings B.V., as borrowers, various Company subsidiaries, as guarantors, various financial institutions, as lenders, and PNC Bank, National Association, as administrative agent, including forms of Guaranty and Suretyship Agreement and Intercompany Subordination Agreement


SIGNATURE

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

 

MSA SAFETY INCORPORATED
(Registrant)
By  

/s/ Kenneth D. Krause

  Kenneth D. Krause
 

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Date: September 10, 2018

EX-4.1

Exhibit 4.1

Execution Version

FIRST AMENDMENT TO SECOND

AMENDED AND RESTATED MULTI-CURRENCY NOTE PURCHASE

AND PRIVATE SHELF AGREEMENT

FIRST AMENDMENT TO SECOND AMENDED AND RESTATED MULTI-CURRENCY NOTE PURCHASE AND PRIVATE SHELF AGREEMENT, dated as of September 7, 2018 (this “Agreement”), is among MSA SAFETY INCORPORATED, a Pennsylvania corporation (the “Company”), each of the Guarantors signatory hereto, PGIM, INC. (“Prudential”) and each of the holders of Notes (as defined below) (collectively, the “Noteholders”).

RECITALS:

 

A.

The Company, Mine Safety Appliances Company, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company (“MSA”), Prudential and each Noteholder previously entered into that certain Second Amended and Restated Multi-Currency Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement, dated as of January 22, 2016 (as in effect immediately prior to giving effect to this Agreement, the “Existing Shelf Agreement” and as amended by this Agreement and as may be further amended, restated or otherwise modified from time to time, the “Shelf Agreement”), pursuant to which the Company (i) previously issued and sold to certain of the Noteholders $100,000,000 in aggregate principal amount of its 4.00% Amended and Restated Series A Senior Notes due October 13, 2021 (as in effect immediately prior to giving effect to this Agreement, the “Existing Series A Notes”), (ii) previously issued and sold to certain of the Noteholders £54,945,054.94 in aggregate principal amount of its 3.40% Series B Senior Notes due January 22, 2031 (as in effect immediately prior to giving effect to this Agreement, the “Existing Series B Notes”), and (iii) authorized the issuance and sale from time to time (within limits prescribed by Prudential under the Existing Shelf Agreement) of up to $95,000,000 (including the equivalent in Applicable Currencies as determined in accordance with Section 3.2(a) of the Existing Shelf Agreement) in aggregate principal amount of its additional senior promissory notes (as the same may be amended, restated or modified from time to time, collectively, the “Shelf Notes”).

 

B.

On the date hereof, the Company and certain of its Subsidiaries are entering into that certain Third Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of September 7, 2018, with PNC Bank, National Association, as Administrative Agent, and each of the lenders from time to time party thereto (as amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, the “Third Amended & Restated Credit Agreement”), which, among things, provides for (i) the amendment and restatement of the terms of that certain Second Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated December 11, 2015, by and among the Company, certain Subsidiaries of the Company party thereto, each of the lenders party thereto and PNC Bank, National Association, as Administrative Agent for the lenders, and (ii) provides for the establishment of a $600,000,000 revolving credit facility upon the terms and conditions set forth therein.


C.

In connection with the execution and delivery of the Third Amended & Restated Credit Agreement, the Company has requested that Prudential and the Noteholders agree to (i) amend certain terms and provisions of the Existing Shelf Agreement, (ii) amend and restate the terms of the Existing Series A Notes and the Existing Series B Notes, (iii) renew the issuance period and increase the amount of the Shelf Facility and (iv) release MSA as a Guarantor under the Shelf Agreement, and, subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, Prudential and each of the Noteholders have agreed to such amendments and release.

AGREEMENT:

NOW THEREFORE, for valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto hereby agree as follows:

 

1.

DEFINITIONS.

Except as otherwise defined in this Agreement, capitalized terms used herein and not defined herein shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the Shelf Agreement.

 

2.

AMENDMENTS.

2.1. Subject to the satisfaction of the conditions set forth in Section 5 hereof, the Existing Shelf Agreement (including Schedule B thereto, but excluding any other Schedules or Exhibits thereto, except as provided in Sections 2.2 through 2.5 below) is hereby amended as of the First Amendment Effective Date (a) to delete the red or green stricken text (indicated textually in the same manner as the following examples: stricken text and stricken text) and (b) to add the blue or green double-underlined text (indicated textually in the same manner as the following examples: double-underlined text and double-underlined text) (together with the amendments contemplated Sections 2.2 through 2.5 below, collectively, the “Amendments”), in each case, as set forth in the marked copy of the Shelf Agreement attached hereto as Annex A hereto and made a part hereof for all purposes. For the avoidance of doubt, the Existing Shelf Agreement is being amended in the manner, and to the limited extent, reflected in the redlined text (as described in clauses (a) and (b) above) set forth on Annex A hereto and such Annex A is not intended to constitute an amendment and restatement of, or replacement of, the Existing Shelf Agreement in its entirety.

2.2. Subject to the satisfaction of the conditions set forth in Section 5 hereof, the Existing Shelf Agreement is hereby amended as of the First Amendment Effective Date by (a) amending and restating Schedule 6.2 thereto in its entirety to be in the form of Annex B-1 attached hereto, (b) inserting a new Schedule 11.7(a) thereto in the form of Annex B-2 attached hereto and (c) amending and restating Schedule 11.8 thereto in its entirety to be in the form of Annex B-3 attached hereto.

2.3. Subject to the satisfaction of the conditions set forth in Section 5 hereof, Exhibit 1-A to the Existing Shelf Agreement is hereby amended and restated in its entirety, effective as of as the First Amendment Effective Date, to be in the form attached as Annex C hereto.

 

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2.4. Subject to the satisfaction of the conditions set forth in Section 5 hereof, Exhibit 1-B to the Existing Shelf Agreement is hereby amended and restated in its entirety, effective as of the First Amendment Effective Date, to be in the form attached as Annex D hereto.

2.5. Effective as of the First Amendment Effective Date upon satisfaction of the conditions set forth in Section 5:

(a) The Existing Series A Notes are hereby, without any further action required on the part of any other Person, deemed to be automatically amended to conform to and have the terms provided in Annex C hereto (as so amended and as may be further amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, including any such notes issued in substitution therefor pursuant to Section 14 of the Shelf Agreement, the “Series A Notes). Any Series A Note issued on or after the First Amendment Effective Date shall be in the form of Annex C hereto. If requested by any holder of the Series A Notes, the Company will issue a replacement Series A Note or Series A Notes in favor of each record holder of an Existing Series A Note or Existing Series A Notes for such holder’s Existing Series A Note or Existing Series A Notes.

(b) The Existing Series B Notes are hereby, without any further action required on the part of any other Person, deemed to be automatically amended to conform to and have the terms provided in Annex D hereto (as so amended and as may be further amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, including any such notes issued in substitution therefor pursuant to Section 14 of the Shelf Agreement, the “Series B Notes” and together with the Series A Notes and any Shelf Notes issued pursuant to the Shelf Agreement from time to time, collectively, the “Notes”). Any Series B Note issued on or after the First Amendment Effective Date shall be in the form of Annex D hereto. If requested by any holder of the Series B Notes, the Company will issue a replacement Series B Note or Series B Notes in favor of each record holder of an Existing Series B Note or Existing Series B Notes for such holder’s Existing Series B Note or Existing Series B Notes.

The parties hereto hereby acknowledge and agree that the amendments to the Existing Series A Notes and the Existing Series B Notes set forth herein could have been effected through an agreement or instrument amending such agreements, and for convenience, the parties hereto have agreed to restate the terms and provisions of the Existing Series A Notes and Existing Series B Notes pursuant to this Agreement.

 

3.

RELEASE OF MSA AS GUARANTOR; REAFFIRMATION OF INTERCOMPANY SUBORDINATION AGREEMENT.

Subject to the satisfaction of the conditions set forth in Section 5 hereof, the Noteholders hereby release and discharge MSA as a Guarantor under that certain Note Guarantee, dated as of March 7, 2014, in favor of the Noteholders (as amended and in effect as of the First Amendment Effective Date, the “MSA Note Guarantee”) and as a party to the Shelf Agreement and the Intercompany Subordination Agreement effective as of the First Amendment Effective Date and hereby acknowledge that the MSA Note Guarantee shall be terminated and of no further force and effect from and after the First Amendment Effective Date. From and after the First

 

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Amendment Effective Date, MSA shall cease to constitute a “Guarantor” or “Obligor” under the Financing Documents. Except with respect to the release of MSA as a Guarantor, the Intercompany Subordination Agreement shall remain in full force and effect in all respects, and each of the Obligors party thereto hereby ratifies and reaffirms its obligations thereunder.

 

4.

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF THE COMPANY.

To induce Prudential and the Noteholders to enter into this Agreement, and to consent to the Amendments, the Company represents and warrants that:

4.1. Organization; Power and Authority.

Each Obligor is a corporation, partnership or limited liability company duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of its jurisdiction of organization, and is duly qualified as a foreign corporation, partnership or limited liability company and is in good standing in each jurisdiction in which such qualification is required by law, except where the failure to be licensed or qualified would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. Each Obligor has the necessary corporate, partnership or limited liability company power and authority to execute and deliver this Agreement and to perform the provisions hereof.

4.2. Authorization, etc.

This Agreement has been duly authorized by all necessary corporate, partnership or limited liability company action on the part of the Obligors, and, assuming due authorization, execution and delivery by the other parties hereto, this Agreement constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of the Obligors, enforceable in accordance with its terms, except as such enforceability may be limited by (a) applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or other similar laws affecting the enforcement of creditors’ rights generally and (b) general principles of equity (regardless of whether such enforceability is considered in a proceeding in equity or at law).

4.3. No Defaults.

No Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, either before or after giving effect to the Amendments.

4.4. Governmental Authorizations, Etc.

No consent, approval or authorization of, or registration, filing or declaration with, any Governmental Authority is required to be obtained by the Company or the Guarantors in connection with the execution, delivery or performance by the Company or the Guarantors of this Agreement.

4.5. No Amendment Fees.

Except as previously disclosed in writing to Prudential, no fee or other consideration has been paid, is payable or will be paid, directly or indirectly, by the Company to any Person party to the Third Amended & Restated Credit Agreement (or any agent for any of the foregoing), as an inducement to such Person’s execution and delivery of this Agreement, the Third Amended & Restated Credit Agreement or any related amendment to any other loan agreement, note purchase agreement, indenture or other agreement evidencing any other Indebtedness of the Company.

 

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4.6. Effect of Amendments; Guarantors.

(a) The Existing Shelf Agreement as hereby amended shall continue in full force and effect.

(b) After giving effect to the execution of the Note Guarantees by each New Subsidiary Guarantor on or prior to the First Amendment Effective Date as contemplated by Section 5.3 hereof, each Guarantor required to guarantee the Notes pursuant to Section 10.10 of the Shelf Agreement shall have executed and delivered to the Noteholders a Note Guarantee in favor of the holders from time to time of the Notes, and such Note Guarantees shall be in full force and effect.

4.7. No Litigation.

There is no litigation, investigation or proceeding before or by any arbitrator or Governmental Authority which is continuing or threatened against any Obligor or against the officers or directors of any Obligor (a) in connection with this Agreement and the other documents, instruments and agreements executed in connection herewith or (b) which could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

4.8. Payoff of 2006 Notes.

All indebtedness and other obligations of the Obligors under, and in respect of, that certain Amended and Restated Note Purchase Agreement, dated as of March 7, 2014, made by the Company for the benefit of the Purchasers (as defined therein) party thereto from time to time (as amended and in effect as of the date hereof, the “2006 Note Agreement”) and the Notes (as defined in the 2006 Note Agreement) issued pursuant thereto have been repaid and discharged in full prior to the First Amendment Effective Date and the 2006 Note Agreement and the Notes (as defined in the 2006 Note Agreement) have terminated and are of no further force and effect.

 

5.

CONDITIONS PRECEDENT.

The Amendments shall become effective as of the first date written above (the “First Amendment Effective Date”) upon the satisfaction of the following conditions precedent in a manner reasonably satisfactory to the Required Holders:

5.1. Execution and Delivery of this Agreement.

All parties hereto shall have executed and delivered a counterpart of this Agreement.

 

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5.2. Related Documentation.

Prudential and the Noteholders shall have received fully executed copies of the following, each in in form and substance satisfactory to the Required Holders and in full force and effect as of the First Amendment Effective Date:

(a) the Third Amended & Restated Credit Agreement and each of the material documents, instruments and agreements executed in connection therewith;

(b) the MSA Affiliate Transaction Documents;

(c) the Amendment Date Reorganization Documents;

(d) the MSA Governing Documents, accompanied by a certificate executed by a responsible officer of each of the Company and MSA, (i) certifying that the MSA Governing Documents are complete and correct and in full force and effect as of the First Amendment Effective Date and (ii) containing such other certifications regarding the separateness covenants contained in the MSA Governing Documents as may be required by the Required Holders;

(e) an opinion, dated on or about the First Amendment Effective Date, from Duff & Phelps Corporation as to the Solvency of MSA as of the First Amendment Effective Date;

(f) an opinion of legal counsel for the Company and the New Subsidiary Guarantors, dated the First Amendment Effective Date, for the benefit of Prudential and each of the Noteholders with respect to (i) this Agreement and (ii) the new Note Guarantees to be executed and delivered by the New Subsidiary Guarantors pursuant to Section 10.10(c) of the Shelf Agreement;

(g) the MSACL-MSA Safety Closing Date Promissory Note and the MSACL-MSAW Promissory Notes; and

(h) such other documents in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement as the Required Holders or their counsel may reasonably request.

5.3. New Subsidiary Guarantors.

Prudential and the Noteholders shall have received (a) a duly executed Note Guarantee from each of (i) Senscient, Inc., a Delaware corporation, (ii) Globe Holding Company, LLC, a New Hampshire limited liability company, (iii) Safety io, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company, (iv) MSA Safety Sales, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company, (v) MSA Safety Pittsburgh Manufacturing, LLC, Pennsylvania limited liability company, and (vi) MSA International, LLC (as successor to MSA International, Inc.) (together, the “New Subsidiary Guarantors”); (b) a completed and executed joinder to the Intercompany Subordination Agreement in substantially the form attached as Exhibit A to the Intercompany Subordination Agreement, duly executed by each of the New Subsidiary Guarantors and (c) such other documents, certificates, organizational documents, joinders and opinions described in Section 10.10(c) of the Shelf Agreement with respect to each such New Subsidiary Guarantor as may be requested by the Required Holders, each in form and substance satisfactory to Prudential and the Noteholders and in full force and effect as of the First Amendment Effective Date.

 

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5.4. Reaffirmation of Note Guarantees and Intercompany Subordination Agreement.

On the First Amendment Effective Date, (a) each existing Guarantor as of the First Amendment Effective Date (excluding, for the avoidance of doubt, MSA and the New Subsidiary Guarantors) shall have executed and delivered to each Noteholder a Confirmation and Reaffirmation of Note Guarantees dated as of the First Amendment Effective Date and in form and substance satisfactory to such Noteholder, and (b) the Company and each existing Guarantor as of the First Amendment Effective Date (excluding, for the avoidance of doubt, MSA and the New Subsidiary Guarantors) shall have executed and delivered to each Noteholder a Confirmation and Reaffirmation of Intercompany Subordination Agreement dated as of the First Amendment Effective Date and in form and substance satisfactory to such Noteholder.

5.5. Lien Searches.

Prudential and the Noteholders shall have received Lien searches in acceptable scope and with results to the reasonable satisfaction of the Required Holders.

5.6. Payoff of 2006 Notes.

Prudential and the Noteholders shall have received satisfactory evidence of the repayment in full of all indebtedness and other obligations of the Obligors under, and in respect of, the 2006 Note Agreement and the Notes (as defined in the 2006 Note Agreement).

5.7. Costs and Expenses.

The Company shall have paid all costs and reasonable expenses of the Noteholders relating to this Agreement due on the execution date hereof in accordance with Section 6.6 hereof (including, without limitation, any reasonable attorney’s fees and disbursements).

5.8. Closing Certificate.

Prudential and the Noteholders shall have received an Officer’s Certificate of the Company, dated as of the First Amendment Effective Date, (a) certifying that the representations and warranties set forth in Section 6 of the Shelf Agreement are true and correct in all material respects as of the First Amendment Effective Date, except to the extent such representations and warranties were made as of a date certain, in which case such representations and warranties shall be true and correct in all material respects as of such date; provided that, if a representation and warranty or covenant is qualified as to materiality, the applicable materiality qualifier set forth above shall be disregarded with respect to such representation and warranty or covenant for purposes of this Section 5.8, (b) certifying that no Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, either before or after giving effect to the Amendments, and (c) demonstrating compliance with the covenants contained in Sections 11.14 and 11.16 as of June 30, 2018 (with calculations in reasonable detail).

 

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5.9. Secretary’s Certificates.

Prudential and the Noteholders shall have received a certificate dated as of the First Amendment Effective Date and signed by the Secretary or an Assistant Secretary of each Obligor (including each New Subsidiary Guarantor), certifying as appropriate to: (a) all action taken by such Obligor in connection with this Agreement and the other documents, instruments and agreements executed in connection herewith, (b) the names of the Authorized Officers authorized to sign this Agreement on behalf of such Obligors and their true signatures, and (c) copies of such Obligor’s organizational or constitutional documents as in effect on the First Amendment Effective Date certified by the appropriate state official from such Obligor’s jurisdiction of organization, together with certificates from the appropriate state officials, dated not more than thirty (30) days prior to the First Amendment Effective Date, as to the formation, incorporation, continued existence and good standing of such Obligor in such Obligor’s jurisdiction of organization, formation or incorporation (as applicable) and each state in which it is registered to do business as a foreign entity.

5.10. Proceedings Satisfactory.

Prudential, the Noteholders and their special counsel shall have received copies of such documents and papers (whether or not specifically referred to above in this Section 5) as they may have reasonably requested prior to such date and such documents shall be in form and substance satisfactory to them.

 

6.

MISCELLANEOUS.

6.1. Effect of Amendments.

Except as expressly provided herein, (a) no terms or provisions of any agreement are modified, waived or changed by this Agreement, (b) the terms of this Agreement shall not operate as a waiver by Prudential or any of the holders of the Notes of, or otherwise prejudice any of their respective rights, remedies or powers under, the Existing Shelf Agreement or any other Financing Document, or under any applicable law and (c) the terms and provisions of the Existing Shelf Agreement and the other Financing Documents shall continue in full force and effect.

6.2. Successors and Assigns.

This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the successors and assigns of each of the parties hereto.

6.3. Section Headings, etc.

The titles of the Sections appear as a matter of convenience only, do not constitute a part hereof and shall not affect the construction hereof. The words “herein,” “hereof,” “hereunder,” and “hereto” refer to this Agreement as a whole and not to any particular Section or other subdivision.

 

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6.4. Governing Law.

THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE CONSTRUED AND ENFORCED IN ACCORDANCE WITH, AND THE RIGHTS OF THE PARTIES SHALL BE GOVERNED BY, THE LAW OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK EXCLUDING CHOICE-OF-LAW PRINCIPLES OF THE LAW OF SUCH STATE THAT WOULD PERMIT THE APPLICATION OF THE LAWS OF A JURISDICTION OTHER THAN SUCH STATE.

6.5. Waivers and Amendments.

Neither this Agreement nor any term hereof may be amended, changed, waived, discharged or terminated, except by written consent of the Company and the Required Holders (or such other percentage of the holders of the Notes as may otherwise be required to amend the Shelf Agreement in accordance with Section 18 thereof).

6.6. Costs and Expenses.

Whether or not the Amendments become effective, the Company confirms its obligations under Section 16 of the Existing Shelf Agreement and agrees that, on the execution date hereof (or if an invoice is delivered subsequent to such date or if the Amendments do not become effective, promptly, and in any event within 10 days of receiving any statement or invoice therefor), the Company will pay all out-of-pocket fees, costs and expenses reasonably incurred by the Noteholders relating to this Agreement, including, but not limited to, the statement for reasonable fees and disbursements of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, special counsel to the Noteholders, presented to the Company on or before the execution date hereof. The Company will also promptly pay (in any event within 10 days), upon receipt of any statement thereof, each additional statement for reasonable fees and disbursements of special counsel to the Noteholders rendered after the execution date hereof in connection with this Agreement.

6.7. Execution in Counterpart.

This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts (including those transmitted by electronic transmission (including, without limitation, facsimile and e-mail)), all of which taken together shall constitute one and the same agreement. Delivery of an executed signature page by facsimile or electronic transmission shall be as effective as delivery of a manually signed counterpart hereof.

6.8. Entire Agreement.

This Agreement constitutes the final written expression of all of the terms hereof and is a complete and exclusive statement of those terms.

6.9. Company Ratification.

The Company hereby confirms, ratifies and agrees that the Financing Documents executed by it continue to be valid and enforceable against it in accordance with their respective terms as of the date hereof.

 

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6.10. Reaffirmation of Note Guarantees.

Each of the Guarantors (excluding, for the avoidance of doubt, MSA, which is being released as a Guarantor on the First Amendment Effective Date) hereby (a) consents to this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby, (b) confirms its obligations under the terms of the Note Guarantee to which it is a party and the Intercompany Subordination Agreement, (c) acknowledges that such Note Guarantee continues in full force and effect in respect of, and to secure, the obligations under the Shelf Agreement, the Notes and the other Financing Documents, (d) its obligations and liabilities under the Intercompany Subordination Agreement continue to be in full force and effect, and (e) it has no defense, offset, counterclaim, right of recoupment or independent claim against the Noteholders with respect to such Note Guarantee, the Intercompany Subordination Agreement, the Shelf Agreement, the Notes or otherwise.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed on their behalf by a duly authorized officer or agent thereof, as the case may be, as of the date first above written.

 

MSA SAFETY INCORPORATED
By:  

                     

Name:  
Title:  
GUARANTORS:
GENERAL MONITORS, INC.
By:  

                 

Name:  
Title:  
GENERAL MONITORS TRANSNATIONAL, LLC
By:  

                     

Name:  
Title:  
MSA INTERNATIONAL, LLC
By:  

                     

Name:  
Title:  

[Signature Page to First Amendment to Second Amended and Restated Multi-Currency Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement]


MSA WORLDWIDE, LLC
By:  

                     

Name:  
Title:  
MSA ADVANCED DETECTION, LLC
By:  

                     

Name:  
Title:  
MSA SAFETY DEVELOPMENT, LLC
By:  

                     

Name:  
Title:  
MSA TECHNOLOGY, LLC
By:  

                     

Name:  
Title:  
MSA INNOVATION, LLC
By:  

                     

Name:  
Title:  

[Signature Page to First Amendment to Second Amended and Restated Multi-Currency Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement]


SENSCIENT, INC.
By:  

                     

Name:  
Title:  
SAFETY IO, LLC
By:  

                     

Name:  
Title:  
MSA SAFETY SALES, LLC
By:  

                     

Name:  
Title:  
MSA SAFETY PITTSBURGH MANUFACTURING, LLC
By:  

                     

Name:  
Title:  
GLOBE HOLDING COMPANY, LLC
By:  

                     

Name:  
Title:  

[Signature Page to First Amendment to Second Amended and Restated Multi-Currency Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement]


PRUDENTIAL:
PGIM, INC.
By:  

 

Name:    
Title:    
NOTEHOLDERS:
THE PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA
By:  

 

Name:  
Title:  
ZURICH AMERICAN INSURANCE COMPANY
By:  

Prudential Private Placement Investors, L.P. (as Investment Advisor)

By:  

Prudential Private Placement Investors, Inc. (as its General Partner)

  By:  

        

  Name:  
  Title:  
PRUDENTIAL RETIREMENT INSURANCE AND ANNUITY COMPANY
By:   PGIM, Inc., as Investment Advisor
  By:  

        

  Name:  
  Title:  

[Signature Page to First Amendment to Second Amended and Restated Multi-Currency Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement]


PRUCO LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY
By:  

 

Name:  
Title:  

Assistant Vice President

PRUDENTIAL ANNUITIES LIFE ASSURANCE

CORPORATION

By:  

PGIM, Inc.,

 

as Investment Advisor

  By:  

 

  Name:  
  Title:   Vice President

PRUDENTIAL LEGACY INSURANCE COMPANY OF NEW JERSEY

By:  

PGIM, Inc.,

 

as Investment Advisor

  By:  

 

  Name:  
  Title:   Vice President

[Signature Page to First Amendment to Second Amended and Restated Multi-Currency Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement]


ANNEX A

AMENDED SHELF AGREEMENT

See attached


[Execution Version]Annex A

 

 

 

MSA SAFETY INCORPORATED

$100,000,000

4.00% Amended and Restated Series A Senior Notes due October 13, 2021

£54,945,054.94

3.40% Series B Senior Notes due January 22, 2031

$95,000,000150,000,000 (or the equivalent in Applicable Currencies)

Private Shelf Facility

 

 

SECOND AMENDED AND RESTATED MULTI-CURRENCY NOTE PURCHASE AND PRIVATE SHELF AGREEMENT

 

 

Dated January 22, 2016

 

 

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

             Page  

1.

 

BACKGROUND; AMENDMENT AND RESTATEMENT; CONSENTS

     1  
 

1.1.

  Original Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement; Original Series A Notes      1  
 

1.2.

  Amendment and Restatement of Existing Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement; Amendment of Existing Series A Notes      2  
 

1.3.

  Authorization of Issue of New Series B Notes      3  
 

1.4.

  First Amendment      3  
 

1.5.

  Capitalized Terms      3  

2.

 

SALE AND PURCHASE OF SERIES B NOTES

     3  
 

2.1.

  Sale and Purchase of Series B Notes      3  

3.

 

SHELF FACILITY

     4  
 

3.1.

  Authorization of Issue of Shelf Notes      4  
 

3.2.

  Sale and Purchase of Shelf Notes      4  

4.

 

CLOSING

     9  
 

4.1.

  Restatement Closing; Restatement Closing      9  
 

4.2.

  Facility Closings      10  
 

4.3.

  Rescheduled Facility Closings      10  

5.

 

CONDITIONS TO RESTATEMENT CLOSING AND EACH SHELF CLOSING

     11  
 

5.1.

  Representations and Warranties      11  
 

5.2.

  Performance; No Default      11  
 

5.3.

  Compliance Certificates      1211  
 

5.4.

  Opinions of Counsel      12  
 

5.5.

  Lien Search      12  
 

5.6.

  [Reserved]      12  
 

5.7.

  Purchase of Notes Permitted By Applicable Law, Etc.      12  
 

5.8.

  Sale of Other Notes      13  
 

5.9.

  Payment of Fees      13  
 

5.10.

  Private Placement Number      13  
 

5.11.

  Note Guarantee; Intercompany Subordination Agreement      13  
 

5.12.

  Insurance      14  
 

5.13.

  Proceedings and Documents      14  

6.

 

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF THE COMPANY

     14  
 

6.1.

  Organization and Qualification; Power and Authority; Compliance With Laws; Title to Properties; Event of Default      14  
 

6.2.

  Subsidiaries and Owners; Investment Companies      15  

 

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6.3.

  Validity and Binding Effect      1515  
 

6.4.

  No Conflict; Material Agreements; Consents      15  
 

6.5.

  Litigation      16  
 

6.6.

  Financial Statements      16  
 

6.7.

  Use of Proceeds; Margin Stock      16  
 

6.8.

  Full Disclosure      17  
 

6.9.

  Taxes      17  
 

6.10.

  Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Licenses, Etc.      17  
 

6.11.

  Insurance      17  
 

6.12.

  ERISA Compliance      17  
 

6.13.

  [Reserved]      18  
 

6.14.

  Senior Debt Status      18  
 

6.15.

  Solvency      18  
 

6.16.

  Governmental Authorizations, Etc.      18  
 

6.17.

  Private Offering by the Company      18  
 

6.18.

  Foreign Assets Control Regulations, Etc.      19  
 

6.19.

  Status under Certain Statutes      20  
 

6.20.

  No Default      20  

7.

 

REPRESENTATIONS OF THE PURCHASERS

     20  
 

7.1.

  Purchase for Investment      20  
 

7.2.

  Source of Funds      21  

8.

 

INFORMATION AS TO COMPANY

     22  
 

8.1.

  Financial and Business Information      22  
 

8.2.

  Officer’s Certificate      24  
 

8.3.

  Visitation      25  
 

8.4.

  Electronic Delivery      26  

9.

 

PAYMENT AND PREPAYMENT OF THE NOTES

     26  
 

9.1.

  Required Prepayments; Maturity      26  
 

9.2.

  Optional Prepayments with Make-Whole Amount      27  
 

9.3.

  Allocation of Partial Prepayments      28  
 

9.4.

  Maturity; Surrender, Etc.      28  
 

9.5.

  Purchase of Notes      28  
 

9.6.

  Make-Whole Amount      28  
 

9.7.

  Prepayment on a Change in Control      34  
 

9.8.

  Swap Breakage      35  
10.   AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS      36  
 

10.1.

  Preservation of Existence, Etc.      36  
 

10.2.

  Payment of Liabilities, Including Taxes, Etc.      36  

 

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10.3.

  Maintenance of Insurance      3637  
 

10.4.

  Maintenance of Properties and Leases      37  
 

10.5.

  Keeping of Records and Books of Account      37  
 

10.6.

  Compliance with Laws; Use of Proceeds      37  
 

10.7.

  Further Assurances      38  
 

10.8.

  Post Closing Deliverables [Reserved]      3738  
 

10.9.

  Most Favored Lender      3738  
 

10.10.

  Subsidiary Guarantors      39  

11.

 

NEGATIVE COVENANTS

     41  
 

11.1.

  Indebtedness      4041  
 

11.2.

  Liens      4142  
 

11.3.

  Guaranties      42  
 

11.4.

  Loan and Investments      4243  
 

11.5.

  Liquidations, Mergers, Consolidations, Acquisitions      44  
 

11.6.

  Dispositions of Assets or Subsidiaries      4345  
 

11.7.

  Affiliate Transactions      4445  
 

11.8.

  Subsidiaries, Partnerships and Joint Ventures      4445  
 

11.9.

  Continuation of or Change in Business      4446  
 

11.10.

  Fiscal Year      4446  
 

11.11.

  [Reserved.] Non-Consolidation of MSA      4446  
 

11.12.

  Changes in Organizational Documents      46  
 

11.13.

  Terrorism Sanctions Regulations      4546  
 

11.14.

  Minimum Fixed Charges Coverage Ratio      4547  
 

11.15.

  Priority Indebtedness      4547  
 

11.16.

  Maximum Net Leverage Ratio      4647  
 

11.17.

  Amendment, Etc.      4647  

12.

 

EVENTS OF DEFAULT

     4648  

13.

 

REMEDIES ON DEFAULT, ETC.

     4951  
 

13.1.

  Acceleration      4951  
 

13.2.

  Other Remedies      4951  
 

13.3.

  Rescission      4951  
 

13.4.

  No Waivers or Election of Remedies, Expenses, Etc.      5052  

14.

 

REGISTRATION; EXCHANGE; SUBSTITUTION OF NOTES

     5052  
 

14.1.

  Registration of Notes      5052  
 

14.2.

  Transfer and Exchange of Notes      5052  
 

14.3.

  Replacement of Notes      5153  

 

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15.

 

PAYMENTS ON NOTES

     5453  
 

15.1.

  Place of Payment      5453  
 

15.2.

  Home Office Payment      5454  

16.

 

EXPENSES, ETC.

     5254  
 

16.1.

  Transaction Expenses      5254  
 

16.2.

  Survival      5355  

17.

 

SURVIVAL OF REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES; ENTIRE AGREEMENT

     5355  

18.

 

AMENDMENT AND WAIVER

     5355  
 

18.1.

  Requirements      5355  
 

18.2.

  Solicitation of Holders of Notes      5456  
 

18.3.

  Binding Effect, Etc.      5456  
 

18.4.

  Notes Held by Company, Etc.      5456  

19.

 

NOTICES

     5557  

20.

 

REPRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

     5557  

21.

 

CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

     5558  

22.

 

SUBSTITUTION OF PURCHASER

     5659  

23.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

     5759  
 

23.1.

  Successors and Assigns      5759  
 

23.2.

  Payments Due on Non-Business Days      5759  
 

23.3.

  Accounting Terms and Covenant Calculations      5760  
 

23.4.

  Severability      5961  
 

23.5.

  Construction, Etc.      5961  
 

23.6.

  Counterparts      5961  
 

23.7.

  Governing Law      5962  
 

23.8.

  Jurisdiction and Process; Waiver of Jury Trial      5962  
 

23.9.

  Publicity      6062  
 

23.10.

  Obligation to Make Payment in Applicable Currency      6062  
 

23.11.

  Determinations Involving Different Currencies      6163  
 

23.12.

  CONTINUED EFFECTIVENESS; NO NOVATION      6164  

 

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INFORMATION SCHEDULE – AUTHORIZED OFFICERS

 

SCHEDULE A       INFORMATION RELATING TO PURCHASERS
SCHEDULE B       DEFINED TERMS
EXHIBIT 1-A   

   FORM OF AMENDED AND RESTATED 4.00% SERIES A SENIOR NOTE DUE 2021
EXHIBIT 1-B       FORM OF 3.40% SERIES B SENIOR NOTE DUE 2031
EXHIBIT 1-C       FORM OF SHELF NOTE
EXHIBIT 2       FORM OF REQUEST FOR PURCHASE
EXHIBIT 3       FORM OF CONFIRMATION OF ACCEPTANCE
EXHIBIT 10.10-A       FORM OF NOTE GUARANTEE
EXHIBIT 10.10-B       FORM OF AMENDED AND RESTATED NOTE GUARANTEE
EXHIBIT 11.1(d)       FORM OF INTERCOMPANY SUBORDINATION AGREEMENT
SCHEDULE 6.2       SUBSIDIARIES
SCHEDULE 6.12       ERISA COMPLIANCE
SCHEDULE 11.1       EXISTING INDEBTEDNESS
SCHEDULE 11.2       EXISTING LIENS
SCHEDULE 11.3       EXISTING GUARANTIES
SCHEDULE 11.4       PERMITTED INVESTMENTS
SCHEDULE 11.7(A)       AMENDMENT DATE REORGANIZATION
SCHEDULE 11.8       EXCLUDED SUBSIDIARIES

 


MSA SAFETY INCORPORATED

1000 Cranberry Woods Drive

Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania 16066

$100,000,000 4.00% Amended and Restated Series A Senior Notes due 2021

£54,945,054.94 3.40% Series B Senior Notes due 2031

$95,000,000150,000,000 (or the equivalent in Applicable Currencies) Private Shelf Facility

JANUARY 22, 2016

TO EACH OF THE PURCHASERS OF THE SERIES A NOTES LISTED

IN SCHEDULE A HERETO (each a “Series A Purchaser”)

TO EACH OF THE PURCHASERS OF THE SERIES B NOTES LISTED

IN SCHEDULE A HERETO (each a “Series B Purchaser”)

TO PGIM, INC. (“Prudential”)

TO EACH OTHER PRUDENTIAL AFFILIATE WHICH BECOMES

BOUND BY THIS AGREEMENT AS HEREINAFTER PROVIDED

(together with the Series A Purchasers and the Series B

Purchasers, each, a “Purchaser” and collectively, the “Purchasers”)

Ladies and Gentlemen:

MSA SAFETY INCORPORATED, a Pennsylvania corporation (together with its successors and assigns, the “Company”) and MINE SAFETY APPLIANCES COMPANY, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company (as successor to Mine Safety Appliances Company, a Pennsylvania corporation) (together with its successors and assigns, “MSA”), agreeagrees with Prudential and each of the Purchasers as set forth below.

Subject to the terms and conditions hereof, the Company, MSA and the Purchasers desire to enter into this Agreement to (a) amend and restate the Existing Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement and amend the Existing Series A Notes as provided by this Agreement, (b) provide for the issuance of £54,945,054.94 in aggregate principal amount of the Company’s 3.40% Series B Senior Notes due 2031 on the Restatement Effective Date and (c) provide for the issuance of additional Shelf Notes from time to time as provided herein.

1. BACKGROUND; AMENDMENT AND RESTATEMENT; CONSENTS.

1.1. Original Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement; Original Series A Notes. MSA and the Original Purchasers previously entered into that certain Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement dated as of October 13, 2010, as amended by that certain Amendment No. 1 to Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement dated as of April 5, 2012, Amendment No. 2 to Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement dated as of April, 4, 2013, and Amendment No. 3 and Waiver to Note Purchase Agreement dated as of February 12, 2014 (as so amended, the “Original


Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement) pursuant to which MSA issued $100,000,000 in original aggregate principal amount of its 4.00% Series A Senior Notes due October 13, 2021 (all such notes, whether initially issued, or issued in substitution thereof pursuant to the Original Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement, the “Original Series A Notes”) to the Original Purchasers on the Series A Closing Day.

On the First Restatement Date, the Original Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement was amended and restated in its entirety pursuant to the terms of that certain Amended and Restated Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement (as amended by that certain Amendment No. 1 to Amended and Restated Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement dated as of December 11, 2015, the “Existing Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement) which continues in full force and effect without rescission or novation thereof as of the date hereof. Pursuant to the terms of the Existing Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement, (a) MSA assigned all of MSA’s obligations, inter alia, under the Original Series A Notes and the Original Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement to the Company, and the Company assumed, and agreed to be liable for, all of the obligations, liabilities and undertakings of MSA, whether now existing or hereafter arising, arising under and in respect of the Original Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement and the Original Series A Notes (in each case, as amended and restated pursuant to the Existing Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement), and (b) the Original Series A Notes were amended and restated to conform to and have the terms provided in those certain Amended and Restated 4.00% Series A Senior Notes due October 13, 2021 substantially in the form of Exhibit 1-A to the Existing Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement (as so amended and restated and in effect immediately prior to giving effect to this Agreement, the “Existing Series A Notes”), and the Company issued and delivered to each holder of the Original Series A Note, a new Series A Note in the form of Exhibit 1-A to the Existing Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement in exchange for, and in replacement of, each Original Series A Note held by such holder. The outstanding principal balance of the Existing Series A Notes as of the date hereof is $100,000,000. In addition, the Company had previously authorized the issuance and sale of up to $175,000,000 in aggregate principal amount of its additional senior promissory notes upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Existing Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement (the “Existing Shelf Facility”). No additional senior promissory notes were issued under the Existing Shelf Facility prior to the Restatement Effective Date.

1.2. Amendment and Restatement of Existing Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement; Amendment of Existing Series A Notes. Effective on the Restatement Effective Date upon satisfaction of the conditions set forth in Section 5, this Agreement shall, and hereby does, amend, restate and replace in its entirety the Existing Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement which, as so amended and restated by this Agreement, continues in full force and effect without rescission or novation thereof. Further, the Existing Series A Notes are hereby, without any further action required on the part of any other Person, deemed to be automatically amended to conform to and have the terms provided in Exhibit 1-A hereto (as so amended and as amended by the First Amendment and as may be further amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, including any such notes issued in substitution therefor pursuant to Section 14 of this Agreement, the “Series A Notes”). Any Series A Note issued on or after the Restatement Effective Date shall be in the form of Exhibit 1-A hereto (as amended by the First Amendment). If requested by any holder of the Series A Notes, the Company will issue a replacement Series A Note or Series A Notes in favor of each record holder of an Existing Series A Note or Existing Series A Notes for such holder’s Existing Series

 

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A Note or Existing Series A Notes. The parties hereto hereby acknowledge and agree that the amendments to the Existing Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement and the Existing Series A Notes set forth herein could have been effected through an agreement or instrument amending such agreements, and for convenience, the parties hereto have agreed to restate the terms and provisions of the Existing Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement, as amended hereby, pursuant to this Agreement.

1.3. Authorization of Issue of New Series B Notes. In connection herewithwith the execution and delivery of this Agreement on the Restatement Effective Date, the Company has authorized the issue and sale of £54,945,054.94 aggregate principal amount of its 3.40% Series B Senior Notes due January 22, 2031 (as amended by the First Amendment and as may be further amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, the “Series B Notes”, such term to include any such notes issued in substitution therefor pursuant to Section 14). The Series B Notes shall be substantially in the form set out in Exhibit 1-B (as amended by the First Amendment). For purposes of authorizing the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, the issuance of the Series B Notes shall be deemed to constitute an issuance of senior promissory notes under the Existing Shelf Facility which reduces the aggregate principal amount of notes that may be issued under the Existing Shelf Facility from $175,000,000 to $95,000,000 and, concurrent with the effectiveness of this Agreement on the Restatement Effective Date and the issuance of the Series B Notes as contemplated hereby, the Existing Shelf Facility shall be amended and restated upon the terms and conditions set forth herein

1.4. First Amendment. On the First Amendment Effective Date, this Agreement, the Series A Notes and the Series B Notes are being amended pursuant to the terms of that certain First Amendment to Second Amended and Restated Multi-Currency Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement, dated as of the First Amendment Effective Date, by and among the Company, each of the Guarantors party thereto, Prudential and each of the holders of the Notes (the “First Amendment”).

1.5. Capitalized Terms. Certain capitalized and other terms used in this Agreement are defined in Schedule B; and references to a “Schedule” or an “Exhibit” are, unless otherwise specified, to a Schedule or an Exhibit attached to this Agreement.

2. SALE AND PURCHASE OF SERIES B NOTES.

2.1. Sale and Purchase of Series B Notes. Subject to the terms and conditions of this AgreementOn the Restatement Effective Date, the Company will issueissued and sellsold to each Series B Purchaser and each such Purchaser will purchase from the Company, at the Restatement Closing provided for in Section 4.1, Series B Notes in the principal amount specified opposite such Purchaser’s name in Schedule A at thea purchase price ofequal to 100% of the principal amount thereof in accordance with Section 4 hereof. The Purchasers’ obligations hereunder are several and not joint obligations and no Purchaser shall have any liability to any Person for the performance or non-performance of any obligation by any other Purchaser hereunder.

 

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3. SHELF FACILITY.

3.1. Authorization of Issue of Shelf Notes. The Company has authorized the issue of its additional senior promissory notes (from time to time (collectively, the “Shelf Notes”, such term to include any such notes issued in substitution thereof pursuant to Section 14) in the aggregate principal amount of $95,000,000150,000,000 (including the equivalent in Applicable Currencies as determined in accordance with Section 3.2(a)), to be dated the date of issue thereof, to mature, in the case of each Shelf Note so issued, no more than 15 years after the date of original issuance thereof, to have an average life, in the case of each Shelf Note so issued, of no more than 1213 years after the date of original issuance thereof, to bear interest on the unpaid balance thereof from the date thereof at the rate per annum, to be in the Applicable Currency and to have such other particular terms, as shall be set forth, in the case of each Shelf Note so issued, in the Confirmation of Acceptance with respect to such Shelf Note delivered pursuant to Section 3.2(e), to be substantially in the form of Exhibit 1-C attached hereto. The terms “Note” and “Notes” as used herein shall include each Series A Note, each Series B Note and each Shelf Note delivered pursuant to any provision of this Agreement and each Shelf Note delivered in substitution or exchange for any such Shelf Note pursuant to any such provision. Notes which have (i) the same final maturity, (ii) the same principal prepayment dates, (iii) the same principal prepayment amounts (as a percentage of the original principal amount of each Note), (iv) the same interest rate, (v) the same interest payment dates, (vi) the same currency specification and (vii) the same date of issuance (which, in the case of a Note issued in exchange for another Note, shall be deemed for these purposes the date on which such Note’s ultimate predecessor Note was issued), are herein called a “Series” of Notes.

3.2. Sale and Purchase of Shelf Notes.

(a) Facility. Prudential is willing to consider, in its sole discretion and within limits which may be authorized for purchase by Prudential Affiliates from time to time, the purchase of Shelf Notes pursuant to this Agreement. The willingness of Prudential to consider such purchase of Shelf Notes is herein called the “Facility”. At any time, $95,000,000150,000,000 (including the equivalent in Applicable Currencies), minus the aggregate principal amount of Shelf Notes purchased and sold pursuant to this Agreement prior to such time, minus the aggregate principal amount of Accepted Notes (as hereinafter defined) which have not yet been purchased and sold hereunder prior to such time, is herein called the “Available Facility Amount” at such time. For purposes of the preceding sentence and determining the Available Facility Amount from time to time under this Agreement, all aggregate principal amounts of Shelf Notes and Accepted Notes shall be calculated in Dollars; with the aggregate amount of any Shelf Notes denominated or Accepted Notes to be denominated in any Applicable Currency other than Dollars being converted to Dollars at the rate of exchange used by Prudential to calculate the Dollar equivalent at the time of the applicable Acceptance under Section 3.2(e). NOTWITHSTANDING THE WILLINGNESS OF PRUDENTIAL TO CONSIDER PURCHASES OF SHELF NOTES BY PRUDENTIAL AFFILIATES, THIS AGREEMENT IS ENTERED INTO ON THE EXPRESS UNDERSTANDING THAT NEITHER PRUDENTIAL NOR ANY PRUDENTIAL AFFILIATE SHALL BE OBLIGATED TO MAKE OR ACCEPT OFFERS TO PURCHASE SHELF NOTES, OR TO QUOTE RATES, SPREADS OR OTHER TERMS WITH RESPECT TO SPECIFIC PURCHASES OF SHELF NOTES, AND THE FACILITY SHALL IN NO WAY BE CONSTRUED AS A COMMITMENT BY PRUDENTIAL OR ANY PRUDENTIAL AFFILIATE.

 

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(b) Issuance Period. Shelf Notes may be issued and sold pursuant to this Agreement until the earlier of (i) MarchSeptember 7, 20172021 and (ii) the thirtieth day after Prudential shall have given to the Company, or the Company shall have given to Prudential, a written notice stating that it elects to terminate the issuance and sale of Shelf Notes pursuant to this Agreement (or if such thirtieth day is not a Business Day, the Business Day next preceding such thirtieth day). The period during which Shelf Notes may be issued and sold pursuant to this Agreement is herein called the “Issuance Period..

(c) Request for Purchase. The Company may from time to time during the Issuance Period make requests for purchases of Shelf Notes (each such request being herein called a “Request for Purchase”). Each Request for Purchase shall be made to Prudential by telecopier or overnight delivery service, and shall (i) specify the currency (which shall be an Applicable Currency) of the Shelf Notes covered thereby, (ii) specify the aggregate principal amount of Shelf Notes covered thereby, which shall not be less than $5,000,000 (or its equivalent in another Applicable Currency as determined in good faith by the Company at the time such Request for Purchase is made) and not be greater than the Available Facility Amount at the time such Request for Purchase is made, (iii) specify the principal amounts, final maturities and principal prepayment dates and amounts of the Shelf Notes covered thereby, (iv) specify the use of proceeds of such Shelf Notes and certify that such proceeds shall not be used for the purpose of financing a Hostile Tender Offer, (v) specify the proposed day for the closing of the purchase and sale of such Shelf Notes, which shall be a Business Day during the Issuance Period not less than 10 days and not more than 20 days after the making of such Request for Purchase, (vi) specify the number of the account and the name and address of the depository institution to which the purchase prices of such Shelf Notes are to be transferred on the Closing Day for such purchase and sale, (vii) certify that the representations and warranties contained in Section 6 are true on and as of the date of such Request for Purchase and that there exists on the date of such Request for Purchase no Event of Default or Default, and (viii) be substantially in the form of Exhibit 2 attached hereto. Each Request for Purchase shall be in writing signed by the Company and shall be deemed made when received by Prudential.

(d) Rate Quotes. Not later than five Business Days after the Company shall have given Prudential a Request for Purchase pursuant to Section 3.2(c), Prudential may, but shall be under no obligation to, provide to the Company by telephone between 9:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M. New York City local time (or such later time as Prudential may elect) interest rate quotes for the one or more currencies, principal amounts (or the approximate Sterling Equivalent, Euro Equivalent or Australian Dollar Equivalent in the case of Shelf Notes to be denominated in Sterling, Euros or Australian Dollars, as the case may be, as estimated by Prudential pursuant to the last sentence of this Section 3.2(d)), maturities and principal prepayment schedules of Shelf Notes specified in such Request for Purchase (each such interest rate quote provided in response to a Request for Purchase herein called a “Quotation”). Each Quotation shall represent the interest rate per annum payable on the outstanding principal balance of such Shelf Notes at which Prudential or a Prudential

 

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Affiliate would be willing to purchase such Shelf Notes at 100% of the principal amount thereof, and, with respect to such interest rate, shall detail the spread (expressed in basis points) over the yield to maturity (a) in the case of Shelf Notes to be denominated in Dollars, on the on-the-run U.S. treasury security with a maturity corresponding to the average life of such Shelf Notes or in the absence of a single such U.S. treasury security, over the linearly interpolated yield to maturity on two such U.S. treasury securities with maturities on either side of the average life of such Shelf Notes (such single U.S. treasury security or two such U.S. Treasury securities being herein referred to as the “Designated Treasuries”), (b) in the case of Shelf Notes to be denominated in Sterling, on the on-the-run U.K. gilt-edged security with a maturity corresponding to the average life of such Shelf Notes or in the absence of a single such gilt-edged security, over the linearly interpolated yield to maturity on two U.K. gilt-edged securities with maturities on either side of the average life of such Shelf Notes (such single gilt-edged security or two gilt-edged securities being herein referred to as the “Designated Gilt(s)”), (c) in the case of Shelf Notes to be denominated in Euros, on the on-the-run benchmark German Bund with a maturity corresponding to the average life of such Shelf Notes or in the absence of a single such benchmark German Bund, over the linearly interpolated yield to maturity on two benchmark German Bund with maturities on either side of the average life of such Shelf Notes (such single German Bund or two German Bunds being herein referred to as the “Designated Euro Securities”), and (d) in the case of Shelf Notes to be denominated in Australian Dollars, on the on the run benchmark Australian government bonds with a maturity corresponding to the average life of such Shelf Notes or in the absence of a single such benchmark Australian government bond, over the linearly interpolated yield to maturity on two benchmark Australian government bonds with maturities on either side of the average life of such Shelf Notes (such single Australian government bond or two Australian government bonds being herein referred to as the “Designated Australian Securities”). In the event that a Request for Purchase shall include a request for Shelf Notes denominated in Sterling, Euros or Australian Dollars, the Quotation provided by Prudential shall also specify the Designated Gilt(s), Designated Euro Securities or Designated Australian Securities, as the case may be, the proposed Closing Day and the rate of exchange used by Prudential in calculating the approximate Sterling Equivalent, Euro Equivalent or Australian Dollar Equivalent of the requested principal amount of such Shelf Note (it being understood that the final Sterling Equivalent, Euro Equivalent or Australian Dollar Equivalent, as the case may be, of such requested principal amount shall be determined by Prudential at the time the Company accepts the relevant Quotation pursuant to Section 3.2(e)).

(e) Acceptance. Within the Acceptance Window, an Authorized Officer of the Company may, subject to Section 3.2(f), elect to accept on behalf of the Company a Quotation as to not less than $5,000,000 (or its equivalent in another Applicable Currency as determined at the rate of exchange determined by Prudential at the time the Company accepts the relevant Quotation pursuant hereto) aggregate principal amount of the Shelf Notes specified in the related Request for Purchase (each such Shelf Note being herein called an “Accepted Note” and such acceptance being herein called an “Acceptance”). The day the Company notifies Prudential of an Acceptance with respect to any Accepted Notes is herein called the “Acceptance Day” for such Accepted Notes. Any Quotation as to which Prudential does not receive an Acceptance within the Acceptance Window shall

 

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expire, and no purchase or sale of Shelf Notes hereunder shall be made based on any such expired Quotation. Subject to Section 3.2(f) and the other terms and conditions hereof, the Company agrees to sell to a Prudential Affiliate, and Prudential agrees to cause the purchase by a Prudential Affiliate of, the Accepted Notes at 100% of the principal amount of such Shelf Notes, which purchase price shall be paid in the Applicable Currency in which such Shelf Notes are denominated. As soon as practicable following the Acceptance Day, the Company, Prudential and each Prudential Affiliate which is to purchase any such Accepted Notes will execute a confirmation of such Acceptance substantially in the form of Exhibit 3 attached hereto (herein called a “Confirmation of Acceptance”). If the Company should fail to execute and return to Prudential within three Business Days following the Company’s receipt thereof a Confirmation of Acceptance with respect to any Accepted Notes, Prudential may at its election at any time prior to Prudential’s receipt thereof cancel the closing with respect to such Accepted Notes by so notifying the Company in writing.

(f) Market Disruption. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 3.2(e), any Quotation provided pursuant to Section 3.2(d) shall expire if, prior to the time an Acceptance with respect to such Quotation shall have been notified to Prudential in accordance with Section 3.2(e), (a) the domestic market for U.S. Treasury securities or derivatives shall have closed or there shall have occurred a general suspension, material limitation, or significant disruption of trading in securities generally on the New York Stock Exchange or in the domestic market for U.S. Treasury securities or derivatives, or (b) in the case of any Shelf Notes to be denominated in a currency other than Dollars, the markets for the relevant government securities of any Series of Shelf Notes specified in such Quotation (which (x) in the case of Shelf Notes to be denominated in Sterling, shall be U.K. gilt-edged securities, (y) in the case of Shelf Notes to be denominated in Euros, shall be the German Bunds and (z) in the case of Shelf Notes to be denominated in Australian Dollars, shall be Australian government bonds) or the spot and forward currency market, the financial futures market or the interest rate swap market shall have closed or there shall have occurred a general suspension, material limitation, or significant disruption of trading. No purchase or sale of Shelf Notes hereunder shall be made based on such expired Quotation. If the Company thereafter notifies Prudential of the Acceptance of any such Quotation, such Acceptance shall be ineffective for all purposes of this Agreement, and Prudential shall promptly notify the Company that the provisions of this Section 3.2(f) are applicable with respect to such Acceptance.

(g) Fees.

(i) [Reserved].

(ii) Issuance Fee. The Company will pay to each Purchaser in immediately available funds a fee (herein called the “Issuance Fee”) on each Closing Day (including the Restatement Effective Date) in an amount equal to 0.10% of the aggregate principal amount of Shelf Notes sold to such Purchaser on such Closing Day. The Issuance Fee shall be payable in Dollars.

 

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(iii) Delayed Delivery Fee. If the closing of the purchase and sale of any Accepted Note is delayed for any reason beyond the original Closing Day for such Accepted Note, the Company will pay to each Purchaser which shall have agreed to purchase such Accepted Note on the Cancellation Date or actual closing date of such purchase and sale, an amount (herein called the “Delayed Delivery Fee”) equal to:

(A) in the case of an Accepted Note denominated in Dollars, the product of (1) the amount determined by Prudential to be the amount by which the bond equivalent yield per annum of such Accepted Note exceeds the investment rate per annum on an alternative Dollar investment of the highest quality selected by Prudential and having a maturity date or dates the same as, or closest to, the Rescheduled Closing Day from time to time fixed for the delayed delivery of such Accepted Note, (2) the principal amount of such Accepted Note, and (3) a fraction the numerator of which is equal to the number of actual days elapsed from and including the original Closing Day for such Accepted Note to but excluding the date of such payment, and the denominator of which is 360; and

(B) in the case of an Accepted Note denominated in a currency other than Dollars, the sum of (1) the product of (x) the amount by which the bond equivalent yield per annum of such Accepted Note exceeds the arithmetic average of the Overnight Investment Rates on each day from and including the original Closing Day for such Accepted Note, (y) the principal amount of such Accepted Note, and (z) a fraction the numerator of which is equal to the number of actual days elapsed from and including the original Closing Day for such Accepted Note to but excluding the date of such payment, and the denominator of which is 360 (in case of any Accepted Note denominated in Euros) or 365 (in the case of any Accepted Note denominated in Sterling or Australian Dollars) and (2) the reasonable costs and expenses (if any) incurred by such Purchaser or its affiliates with respect to any interest rate, currency exchange or similar agreement entered into by the Purchaser or any such affiliate in connection with the delayed closing of such Accepted Notes. The portion of the Delayed Delivery Fee described in clause (iii)(B)(1) shall be paid in the currency in which the Accepted Notes are denominated.

In no case shall the Delayed Delivery Fee be less than zero. Nothing contained herein shall obligate any Purchaser to purchase any Accepted Note on any day other than the Closing Day for such Accepted Note, as the same may be rescheduled from time to time in compliance with Section 4.3.

(iv) Cancellation Fee. If the Company at any time notifies Prudential in writing that the Company is canceling the closing of the purchase and sale of any Accepted Note, or if Prudential notifies the Company in writing under the circumstances set forth in the last sentence of Section 3.2(e) or the penultimate sentence of Section 4.3 that the closing of the purchase and sale of such Accepted

 

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Note is to be canceled, or if the closing of the purchase and sale of such Accepted Note is not consummated on or prior to the last day of the Issuance Period (the date of any such notification, or the last day of the Issuance Period, as the case may be, being herein called the “Cancellation Date”), the Company will pay to each Purchaser which shall have agreed to purchase such Accepted Note no later than one day after the Cancellation Date in immediately available funds an amount (the “Cancellation Fee”) equal to

(A) in the case of an Accepted Note denominated in Dollars, the product of (1) the principal amount of such Accepted Note and (2) the quotient (expressed in decimals) obtained by dividing (y) the excess of the ask price (as determined by Prudential) of the Hedge Treasury Note(s) on the Cancellation Date over the bid price (as determined by Prudential) of the Hedge Treasury Note(s) on the Acceptance Day for such Accepted Note by (z) such bid price, with the foregoing bid and ask prices as reported by Tradeweb LLC, or if such information ceases to be available through Tradeweb LLC, any publicly available source of such market data selected by Prudential, and rounded to the second decimal place; and

(B) in the case of an Accepted Note denominated in a currency other than Dollars, the aggregate of all unwinding costs incurred by such Purchaser or its affiliates on positions executed by or on behalf of such Purchaser or such affiliates in connection with the proposed lending in such currency and setting the coupon in such currency (including replacement positions entered into for purposes of achieving short form hedge account treatment under FAS133), provided, however, that any gain realized upon the unwinding of any such positions shall be offset against any such unwinding costs. Such positions include (without limitation) currency and interest rate swaps, futures and forwards, government bond (including U.S. Treasury bond) hedges and currency exchange contracts, all of which may be subject to substantial price volatility. Such costs may also include (without limitation) losses incurred by such Purchaser or its affiliates as a result of fluctuations in exchange rates. All unwinding costs incurred by such Purchaser shall be reasonably determined by Prudential or its affiliate in accordance with generally accepted financial practice.

In no case shall the Cancellation Fee be less than zero.

4. CLOSING.

4.1. Restatement Closing; Restatement Closing. The amendment and restatement of the Existing Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement, the amendment of the Existing Series A Notes and the issuance and sale of the Series B Notes to be purchased by each Series B Purchaser, in each case as contemplated by this Agreement, shall occur at the offices of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 101 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10178, at 10:00 A.M., New York time, at a closing (the “Restatement Closing”) on January 22, 2016 (the day of the Restatement Closing hereinafter referred to as the “Restatement Effective Date”). At the Restatement Closing the Company will

 

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deliver to each Series B Purchaser the Series B Notes to be purchased by such Series B Purchaser in the form of a single Series B Note (or such greater number of Series B Notes in denominations of at least £100,000 as such Purchaser may request) dated the date of the Restatement Closing and registered in such Series B Purchaser’s name (or in the name of its nominee), against delivery by such Series B Purchaser to the Company or its order of immediately available funds in the amount of the purchase price therefor by wire transfer of immediately available funds for the account of the Company to the following account:

 

Beneficiary Bank Name:    Bank of America San Francisco
SWIFT Code:    BOFAUS6S
Correspondent Bank Name:    Bank of America NA, London
SWIFT Code:    BOFAGB22
Account Number:    GB87BOFA16505090661010
Sort Code:    16-50-50
Reference:    MSA Safety Inc.

If at the Restatement Closing the Company shall fail to tender such Series B Notes to any Series B Purchaser as provided above in this Section 4.1, or any of the conditions specified in Section 5 shall not have been fulfilled to such Series B Purchaser’s satisfaction, such Series B Purchaser shall, at its election, be relieved of all further obligations under this Agreement, without thereby waiving any rights such Purchaser may have by reason of such failure or such nonfulfillment. The Restatement Closing and each Shelf Closing are hereafter sometimes each referred to as a “Closing”.

4.2. Facility Closings. Not later than 11:30 A.M. (New York City local time) on the Closing Day for any Accepted Notes, the Company will deliver to each Purchaser listed in the Confirmation of Acceptance relating thereto at the offices of Prudential Capital Group, 1114 Avenue of the Americas, 30th Floor, New York, NY 10036, Attention: Law Department, or at such other place pursuant to the directions of Prudential, the Accepted Notes to be purchased by such Purchaser in the form of one or more Notes in authorized denominations as such Purchaser may request for each Series of Accepted Notes to be purchased on the Closing Day, dated the Closing Day and registered in such Purchaser’s name (or in the name of its nominee), against payment of the purchase price thereof by transfer of immediately available funds in the Applicable Currency for such Notes for credit to the Company’s account specified in the Request for Purchase of such Notes.

4.3. Rescheduled Facility Closings. If the Company fails to tender to any Purchaser the Accepted Notes to be purchased by such Purchaser on the scheduled Closing Day for such Accepted Notes as provided above in Section 4.2, or any of the conditions specified in Section 5 shall not have been fulfilled by the time required on such scheduled Closing Day, the Company shall, prior to 1:00 P.M., New York City local time, on such scheduled Closing Day notify Prudential (which notification shall be deemed received by each Purchaser) in writing whether (a) such closing is to be rescheduled (such rescheduled date to be a Business Day during the Issuance Period not less than one Business Day and not more than 10 Business Days after such scheduled Closing Day (the “Rescheduled Closing Day”)) and certify to Prudential (which certification shall be for the benefit of each Purchaser) that the Company reasonably believes that it will be able to comply with the conditions set forth in Section 5 on such Rescheduled Closing Day and that the

 

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Company will pay the Delayed Delivery Fee in accordance with Section 3.2(g)(iii) or (b) such closing is to be canceled. If a Rescheduled Closing Day is established in respect of Notes denominated in a currency other than Dollars, such Notes shall have the same maturity date, principal prepayment dates and amounts and interest payment dates as originally scheduled. In the event that the Company shall fail to give such notice referred to in the second preceding sentence, Prudential (on behalf of each Purchaser) may at its election, at any time after 1:00 P.M., New York City local time, on such scheduled Closing Day, notify the Company in writing that such closing is to be canceled. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary appearing in this Agreement, the Company may not elect to reschedule a closing with respect to any given Accepted Notes on more than one occasion, unless Prudential shall have otherwise consented in writing.

5. CONDITIONS TO RESTATEMENT CLOSING AND EACH SHELF CLOSING.

The effectiveness of the Restatement Closing and eachEach Purchaser’s obligation to purchase and pay for the Series B Notes to be sold to such Purchaser at the Restatement Closing or the Shelf Notes to be sold to such Purchaser at any Shelf Closing for such Shelf Notes, as applicable, is subject to the fulfillment to such Purchaser’s satisfaction, prior to or at each such Closing, of the following conditions:

5.1. Representations and Warranties.

The representations and warranties of the Company in this Agreement shall be correct when made and at the time of the applicable Closing (except to the extent of changes caused by the transactions herein contemplated).

5.2. Performance; No Default.

The Company shall have performed and complied with all agreements and conditions contained in this Agreement required to be performed or complied with by it prior to or at such Closing and after giving effect to (a) with respect to the Restatement Closing, the issue and sale of the Series B Notes and the other transactions contemplated on the Restatement Effective Date and (b) with respect to each Shelf Closing, the issue and sale of the Shelf Notes (and the application of the proceeds thereof as contemplated by Section 6.7), as applicable, no Default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing.

5.3. Compliance Certificates.

(a) Officer’s Certificate. The Company shall have delivered to such Purchaser an Officer’s Certificate, dated the date of such Closing, certifying that the conditions specified in Sections 5.1 and 5.2 have been fulfilled and that there has been no event or condition that has resulted in or could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect since December 31, 2014. 2017.

(b) Secretary’s Certificate. The Company shall have delivered to such Purchaser a certificate of the Secretary or an Assistant Secretary of each Obligor, dated the date of such Closing, (i) certifying as to the resolutions attached thereto and other corporate proceedings relating to the authorization, execution and delivery of the Notes, the applicable Note Guarantee, this Agreement and the other Financing Documents to which

 

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such Obligor is a party (as applicable), (ii) certifying as to the names of the Responsible Officers authorized to sign the Financing Documents on behalf of such Obligor and their true signatures, (iii) attaching certified copies of such Obligor’s certificate of incorporation, certificate of formation or other constitutional documents, as applicable, certified as true and complete of a date within 60 days of the Restatement Effective Dateapplicable Closing Day by the Governmental Authority of the jurisdiction of organization of such Obligor, (iv) certifying as to the operating agreement, by-laws or other similar organizational documents of such Obligor, and (v) attaching a good standing or similar certificate dated as of a recent date from (A) the state or other jurisdiction of such Obligor’s organization or formation, as applicable, and (B) from each other state or other jurisdiction in which such Obligor is qualified to do business.

5.4. Opinions of Counsel.

Such Purchaser shall have received opinions in form and substance satisfactory to such Purchaser, dated the date of such Closing (a) from Reed Smith LLP (or other special counsel selected by the Company and reasonably acceptable to the Purchasers at such Closing), as special counsel for the Obligors, covering such matters incident to the transactions contemplated hereby as such Purchaser or its counsel may reasonably request (and the Company hereby instructs its counsel to deliver such opinions to the Purchasers) and (b) from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, the Purchasers’ special counsel in connection with such transactions, covering such matters incident to such transactions as such Purchaser may reasonably request.

5.5. Lien Search.

Such Purchaser shall have received a Lien search in acceptable scope and with results to the satisfaction of such Purchaser and, if applicable, evidence that all necessary termination statements, release statements and other releases in connection with all Liens (other than Permitted Liens) have been filed or satisfactory arrangements have been made for such filing (including payoff letters, if applicable).

5.6. [Reserved].

5.7. Purchase of Notes Permitted By Applicable Law, Etc.

With respect to (x) the Restatement Closing, the amendment and restatement of the Existing Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement and each Series B Purchaser’s purchase of its Series B Notes as contemplated by this Agreement, and (y) each Shelf Closing, such Purchaser’s purchase of Notes at such Shelf Closing, shall in each case (a) be permitted by the laws and regulations of each jurisdiction to which such Purchaser is subject, without recourse to provisions (such as section 1405(a)(8) of the New York Insurance Law) permitting limited investments by insurance companies without restriction as to the character of the particular investment, (b) not violate any applicable law or regulation (including, without limitation, Regulation T, U or X of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System) and (c) not subject such Purchaser to any tax, penalty or liability under or pursuant to any applicable law or regulation, which law or regulation was not in effect on the date hereof. If requested by such Purchaser, such Purchaser shall have received an Officer’s Certificate certifying as to such matters of fact as such Purchaser may reasonably specify to enable such Purchaser to determine whether such purchase is so permitted.

 

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5.8. Sale of Other Notes.

Contemporaneously with the Restatementeach Shelf Closing, the Company shall sell to each other Series B Purchaser and each other Series B Purchaser shall purchase the Series B Notes to be purchased by it at such Restatement Closing in the principal amount set forth under such Series B Purchaser’s name on Schedule A hereto. Contemporaneously with each other Shelf Closing, the Company shall sell to each other Purchaser and each other Purchaser shall purchase the Notes to be purchased by it at such Closing as specified herein or in the applicable Confirmation of Acceptance.

5.9. Payment of Fees.

(a) Without limiting the provisions of Section 16.1, the Company shall have paid to Prudential and each Purchaser on or before such Closing any fees due it pursuant to or in connection with this Agreement, including any Issuance Fee due pursuant to Section 3.2(g)(ii) and any Delayed Delivery Fee due pursuant to Section 3.2(g)(iii), as applicable.

(b) Without limiting the provisions of Section 16.1, the Company shall have paid on or before such Closing the reasonable fees, charges and disbursements of the Purchasers’ special counsel referred to in Section 5.4 to the extent reflected in a statement of such counsel rendered to the Company at least one Business Day prior to such Closing.

5.10. Private Placement Number.

A Private Placement Number issued by Standard & Poor’s CUSIP Service Bureau (in cooperation with the SVO) shall have been obtained for the Series of Notes to be issued at such Closing.

5.11. Note Guarantee; Intercompany Subordination Agreement.

Each Guarantor and any Additional Subsidiary Guarantors at the time of such Closing shall have executed and delivered to such Purchaser a Note Guarantee in favor of the holders from time to time of the Notes, and such Note Guarantee shall be in full force and effect. The Company and each Guarantor shall have executed and delivered to such Purchaser the Intercompany Subordination Agreement, and such Intercompany Subordination Agreement shall be in full force and effect. On the Restatement Effective Dateapplicable Closing Day, (a) each existing Guarantor as of the Restatement Effective Datesuch Closing Day shall have executed and delivered to such Purchaser a Confirmation and Reaffirmation of Note Guarantees dated as of the Restatement Effective Datesuch Closing Day and in form and substance satisfactory to such Purchaser, and (b) the Company and each existing Guarantor as of the Restatement Effective Datesuch Closing Day shall have executed and delivered to such Purchaser a Confirmation and Reaffirmation of Intercompany Subordination Agreement dated as of the Restatement Effective Datesuch Closing Day and in form and substance satisfactory to such Purchaser.

 

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5.12. Insurance.

Such Purchaser shall have received evidence that adequate insurance required to be maintained under this Agreement is in full force and effect with additional insured special endorsements attached thereto, in form and substance satisfactory to such Purchaser and its counsel naming each Purchaser as an additional insured.

5.13. Proceedings and Documents.

All corporate and other proceedings in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and all documents and instruments incident to such transactions shall be satisfactory to such Purchaser and its special counsel, and such Purchaser and its special counsel shall have received all such counterpart originals or certified or other copies of such documents as such Purchaser or such special counsel may reasonably request.

6. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF THE COMPANY.

The Purchasers and the holders of the Notes recognize and acknowledge that the Company may supplement the following representations and warranties in this Section 6, including the Schedules related thereto, pursuant to a Request for Purchase; provided that no such supplement to any representation or warranty applicable to any particular Closing Day shall change or otherwise modify or be deemed or construed to change or otherwise modify any representation or warranty given on any other Closing Day or any determination of the falseness or inaccuracy thereof pursuant to Section 12(d). The Company represents and warrants to each Purchaser that:

6.1. Organization and Qualification; Power and Authority; Compliance With Laws; Title to Properties; Event of Default.

Each Obligor and each Subsidiary of each Obligor (a) is a corporation, partnership or limited liability company duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of its jurisdiction of organization, (b) has the lawful power to own or lease its properties and to engage in the business it presently conducts or proposes to conduct, (c) except where the failure to do so would not have a Material Adverse Effect, is duly licensed or qualified and in good standing in each jurisdiction where the property owned or leased by it or the nature of the business transacted by it or both makes such licensing or qualification necessary, (d) has full power to enter into, execute, deliver and carry out this Agreement and the other Financing Documents to which it is a party, to incur the Indebtedness contemplated by the Financing Documents and to perform its obligations under the Financing Documents to which it is a party and 2006 Note Purchase Agreement, as applicable, and to consummate the transactions contemplated by the Bank Credit Agreement, and all such actions have been duly authorized by all necessary proceedings on its part, (e) is in compliance in all material respects with all applicable Laws (including Environmental Laws) applicable to it, except where the failure to do so would not have a Material Adverse Effect, and (f) has good and marketable title to or valid leasehold interest in all properties, assets and other rights which it purports to own or lease or which are reflected as owned or leased on its books and records, free and clear of all Liens and encumbrances, except Permitted Liens and except for such defects in title as could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. No Default or Event of Default exists or is continuing.

 

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6.2. Subsidiaries and Owners; Investment Companies.

Schedule 6.2 states (a) the name of each of the Company’s Subsidiaries, its jurisdiction of organization and the amount, percentage and type of Equity Interests in such Subsidiary held by the Company and its Subsidiaries (the “Subsidiary Equity Interests”), and (b) the name of each holder of an Equity Interest in each such Subsidiary and the amount, percentage and type of such Equity Interest. The Company and each Subsidiary of the Company has good and marketable title to all of the Subsidiary Equity Interests it purports to own, free and clear in each case of any Lien (other than Permitted Liens or, in the case of any Foreign Subsidiary, any restriction imposed by local Law) and all such Subsidiary Equity Interests have been validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable. None of the Obligors or Subsidiaries of any Obligor is an “investment company” registered or required to be registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 or under the “control” of an “investment company” as such terms are defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940.

6.3. Validity and Binding Effect.

This Agreement and each of the other Financing Documents (a) have been duly and validly executed and delivered by each Obligor party thereto, and (b) constitute, or will constitute, legal, valid and binding obligations of each Obligor which is or will be a party thereto, enforceable against such Obligor in accordance with its terms, except as enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or other laws affecting creditors’ rights generally or by equitable principles relating to enforceability.

6.4. No Conflict; Material Agreements; Consents.

Neither the execution and delivery of this Agreement or the other Financing Documents by any Obligor nor the consummation of the transactions herein or therein contemplated or compliance with the terms and provisions hereof or thereof by any of them will (a) contravene or breach any of the terms and conditions of the certificate of incorporation, bylaws, certificate of limited partnership, partnership agreement, certificate of formation, limited liability company agreement or other organizational documents of any Obligor, (b) contravene or violate any Law to which any Obligor or any of its Subsidiaries is subject or (c) constitute a default under or result in a breach of any material agreement or instrument or order, writ, judgment, injunction or decree to which any Obligor or any of its Subsidiaries is a party or by which it or any of its Subsidiaries is bound or to which it is subject, or result in the creation or enforcement of any Lien, charge or encumbrance whatsoever upon any property of any Obligor or any of its Subsidiaries. There is no default under such material agreement (referred to above) and none of the Obligors or their Subsidiaries is bound by any contractual obligation, or subject to any restriction in any organization document, or any requirement of Law which could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. No consent, approval, exemption, order or authorization of, or a registration or filing with, any Governmental Authority or any other Person is required by any Law or any agreement in connection with the execution, delivery and carrying out of this Agreement and the other Financing Documents, other than those obtained and in full force and effect.

 

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6.5. Litigation.

Except as disclosed in the Company’s Annual Reports or Quarterly Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission prior to the RestatementFirst Amendment Effective Date, which such documents are filed for public availability on the EDGAR website, there are no actions, suits, proceedings or investigations pending or, to the knowledge of the Company, threatened against any Obligor or any Subsidiary of such Obligor at law or in equity before any Governmental Authority which individually or in the aggregate could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. None of the Obligors or any Subsidiaries of any Obligor is in violation of any order, writ, injunction or any decree of any Governmental Authority which could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

6.6. Financial Statements.

(a) Historical Statements. The Company has delivered to each of the holders of the Notes copies of its audited consolidated year-end financial statements for and as of the end of the fiscal year ended December 31, 20142017 (such annual statements being referred to as the “Statements”). The Statements were compiled from the books and records maintained by the Company’s management, are correct and complete in all material respects and fairly represent in all material respects the consolidated financial condition of the Company and its Subsidiaries as of their dates and the results of operations for the fiscal periods then ended and have been prepared in accordance with GAAP consistently applied, subject (in the case of the interim statements) to the absence of footnotes required by GAAP and normal year-end audit adjustments.

(b) Absence of Material Adverse ChangeEffect. Since December 31, 2014, 2017, no Material Adverse ChangeEffect has occurred.

6.7. Use of Proceeds; Margin Stock.

The Company has applied the proceeds of the sale of the Original Series A Notes to finance, in part, the GM Acquisition and for general corporate purposes. The Company will apply the proceeds of the sale of the Series B Notes for general corporate purposes and will apply the proceeds of the sale of any Shelf Notes as set forth in the applicable Request for Purchase for such Shelf Notes. None of the proceeds of the sale of any Notes will be used to finance a Hostile Tender Offer. None of the Obligors or any Subsidiaries of any Obligor engages or intends to engage principally, or as one of its important activities, in the business of extending credit for the purpose, immediately, incidentally or ultimately, of purchasing or carrying margin stock (within the meaning of Regulation U, T or X as promulgated by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System). No part of the proceeds of the Notes will be used, immediately, incidentally or ultimately, to purchase or carry any margin stock or to extend credit to others for the purpose of purchasing or carrying any margin stock or which is inconsistent with the provisions of the regulations of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. None of the Obligors or any Subsidiary of any Obligor holds or intends to hold margin stock in such amounts that more than twenty five percent (25%) of the reasonable value of the assets of any Obligor or Subsidiary of any Obligor are or will be represented by margin stock.

 

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6.8. Full Disclosure.

Neither this Agreement nor any other Financing Document, nor any certificate, statement, agreement or other documents furnished to Prudential or the Purchasers in connection herewith or therewith (other than financial projections and information of a general and economic nature or industry-specific nature), contains any untrue statement of a material fact or omits to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements contained herein and therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading.

6.9. Taxes.

All federal, state, local and other tax returns required to have been filed with respect to each Obligor and each Subsidiary of each Obligor have been filed, and payment or adequate provision has been made for the payment of all taxes, fees, assessments and other governmental charges which have or may become due pursuant to said returns or to assessments received, except to the extent that such taxes, fees, assessments and other charges are being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings diligently conducted and for which such reserves or other appropriate provisions, if any, as shall be required by GAAP shall have been made.

6.10. Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Licenses, Etc.

Each Obligor and each Subsidiary of each Obligor owns or possesses all material patents, trademarks, service marks, trade names, copyrights, licenses, registrations, franchises, permits and rights (the “Intellectual Property”) necessary to own and operate its properties and to carry on its business as presently conducted and planned to be conducted by such Obligor or Subsidiary, without known possible, alleged or actual conflict with the rights of others.

6.11. Insurance.

The properties of each Obligor and each of its Subsidiaries are insured pursuant to policies and other bonds which are valid and in full force and effect and which provide adequate coverage from reputable and financially sound insurers in amounts sufficient to insure the assets and risks of each such Obligor and Subsidiary in accordance with prudent business practice in the industry of such Obligors and Subsidiaries.

6.12. ERISA Compliance.

(a) Each Plan is in compliance in all material respects with the applicable provisions of ERISA, the Code and other federal or state Laws. 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 best knowledge of the Company, nothing has occurred which would prevent, or cause the loss of, such qualification. The Company and each ERISA Affiliate have made all required contributions to each Plan subject to Section 412 of the Code, and 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.

 

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(b) Except as disclosed in Schedule 6.12, (i) no ERISA Event has occurred or is reasonably expected to occur; (ii) no Plan has any unfunded pension liability (i.e. excess of benefit liabilities over the current value of that Plan’s assets, determined in accordance with the assumptions used for funding the Pension Plan for the applicable plan year); (iii) neither the Company nor any 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); (iv) neither the Company nor any 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 Sections 4201 or 4243 of ERISA with respect to a Multiemployer Plan; and (v) neither the Company nor any ERISA Affiliate has engaged in a transaction that could be subject to Sections 4069 or 4212(c) of ERISA.

(c) The execution and delivery of this Agreement and the issuance and sale of the Notes hereunder will not involve any transaction that is subject to the prohibitions of section 406 of ERISA or in connection with which a tax could be imposed pursuant to section 4975(c)(1)(A)-(D) of the Code. The representation by the Company to each Purchaser in the first sentence of this Section 6.12(c) is made in reliance upon and subject to the accuracy of such Purchaser’s representation in Section 7.2 as to the sources of the funds used to pay the purchase price of the Original Notes purchased by such Purchaser under the Original Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement.

6.13. [Reserved].

6.14. Senior Debt Status.

The payment obligations of each Obligor under this Agreement, the Notes, the Note Guarantees and each of the other Financing Documents to which any Obligor is a party do rank and will rank at least pari passu in priority of payment with all other Indebtedness of such Obligor, except Indebtedness of such Obligor to the extent secured by Permitted Liens.

6.15. Solvency.

Before and after giving effect to the issuance and sale of the Notes hereunder, the Obligors, taken as a whole, are Solvent.

6.16. Governmental Authorizations, Etc.

Except for filings completed on or before the Restatement Effective Date, no consent, approval or authorization of, or registration, filing or declaration with, any Governmental Authority is required in connection with the execution, delivery or performance by the Company of this Agreement, the Notes or any other Financing Document.

6.17. Private Offering by the Company.

Neither the Company nor anyone acting on its behalf has taken, or will take, any action that would subject (a) the issuance of the Series B Notes or (b) the issuance or sale of any of the Shelf Notes, to the registration requirements of Section 5 of the Securities Act or to the registration requirements of any securities or blue sky laws of any applicable jurisdiction.

 

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6.18. Foreign Assets Control Regulations, Etc.

(a) Neither the Company nor any Controlled Entity is (i) a Person whose name appears on the list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons published by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, United States Department of the Treasury (“OFAC”) (an “OFAC Listed Person”), (ii) an agent, department, or instrumentality of, or is otherwise beneficially owned by, controlled by or acting on behalf of, directly or indirectly, (x) any OFAC Listed Person or (y) any Person, entity, organization, foreign country or regime that is subject to any OFAC Sanctions Program, or (iii) otherwise blocked, subject to sanctions under or engaged in any activity in violation of other United States economic sanctions, including but not limited to, the Trading with the Enemy Act, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act (“CISADA”) or any similar law or regulation with respect to Iran or any other country, the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act, any OFAC Sanctions Program, or any economic sanctions regulations administered and enforced by the United States or any enabling legislation or executive order relating to any of the foregoing (collectively, “U.S. Economic Sanctions”) (each OFAC Listed Person and each other Person, entity, organization and government of a country described in clause (i), clause (ii) or clause (iii), a “Blocked Person”). Neither the Company nor any Controlled Entity has been notified that its name appears or may in the future appear on a state list of Persons that engage in investment or other commercial activities in Iran or any other country that is subject to U.S. Economic Sanctions.

(b) Neither the Company nor any Controlled Entity (i) has been found in violation of, charged with, or convicted of, money laundering, drug trafficking, terrorist-related activities or other money laundering predicate crimes under the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act of 1970 (otherwise known as the Bank Secrecy Act), the USA PATRIOT Act or any other United States law or regulation governing such activities (collectively, “Anti-Money Laundering Laws”) or any U.S. Economic Sanctions violations, (ii) to the Company’s actual knowledge after making due inquiry, is under investigation by any Governmental Authority for possible violation of Anti-Money Laundering Laws or any U.S. Economic Sanctions violations, (iii) has been assessed civil penalties under any Anti-Money Laundering Laws or any U.S. Economic Sanctions, or (iv) has had any of its funds seized or forfeited in an action under any Anti-Money Laundering Laws. The Company has established procedures and controls which it reasonably believes are adequate (and otherwise comply with applicable law) to ensure that the Company and each Controlled Entity is and will continue to be in compliance in all material respects with all applicable current and future Anti-Money Laundering Laws and U.S. Economic Sanctions.

(c) Neither the Company nor any Controlled Entity (i) has been charged with, or convicted of bribery or any other anti-corruption related activity under any applicable law or regulation in a U.S. or any non-U.S. country or jurisdiction, including but not limited to, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the U.K. Bribery Act 2010 (collectively, “Anti-Corruption Laws”), (ii) to the Company’s actual knowledge after making due inquiry, is under investigation by any U.S. or non-U.S. Governmental Authority for possible violation of Anti-Corruption Laws, (iii) has been assessed civil or criminal penalties under any Anti-Corruption Laws or (iv) has been or is the target of sanctions imposed by the United Nations or the European Union.

 

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(d) To the Company’s actual knowledge after making due inquiry, neither the Company nor any Controlled Entity has, within the last five years, directly or indirectly offered, promised, given, paid or authorized the offer, promise, giving or payment of anything of value to a Governmental Official or a commercial counterparty for the purposes of: (i) influencing any act, decision or failure to act by such Government Official in his or her official capacity or such commercial counterparty, (ii) inducing a Governmental Official to do or omit to do any act in violation of the Governmental Official’s lawful duty, or (iii) inducing a Governmental Official or a commercial counterparty to use his or her influence with a government or instrumentality to affect any act or decision of such government or entity; in each case in order to obtain, retain or direct business or to otherwise secure an improper advantage in violation of any applicable law or regulation or which would cause any holder to be in violation of any law or regulation applicable to such holder.

(e) No part of the proceeds from the sale of any Shelf Notes hereunder constitutes or will constitute funds obtained on behalf of any Blocked Person or will otherwise be used by the Company or any Controlled Entity, directly or indirectly, (i) in connection with any investment in, or any transactions or dealings with, any Blocked Person, or (ii) otherwise in violation of U.S. Economic Sanctions.

6.19. Status under Certain Statutes.

Neither the Company nor any Subsidiary is subject to regulation under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, the ICC Termination Act of 1995, as amended, or the Federal Power Act, as amended.

6.20. No Default.

Immediately prior to, and after giving effect to, the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and the other Financing Documents, no Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing.

7. REPRESENTATIONS OF THE PURCHASERS.

7.1. Purchase for Investment.

Each Purchaser severally represents that it is purchasing the Notes purchased by it hereunder for its own account or for one or more separate accounts maintained by such Purchaser or for the account of one or more pension or trust funds and not with a view to the distribution thereof, provided that the disposition of such Purchaser’s or their property shall at all times be within such Purchaser’s or their control. Each Purchaser understands that the Original Series A Note and the Notes have not been registered under the Securities Act and may be resold only if registered pursuant to the provisions of the Securities Act or if an exemption from registration is available, except under circumstances where neither such registration nor such an exemption is required by law, and that the Company is not required to register the Original Series A Notes, the Series B Notes or the Shelf Notes.

 

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7.2. Source of Funds.

Each Purchaser purchasing Series B Notes hereunder or any Shelf Notes in connection with any Shelf Closing severally represents that as of the Restatement Effective Date or on the Closing Day for such issuance of Shelf Notes, as applicable (or such later date when such Purchaser purchased such Notes or hereafter acquires any Notes from any other Purchaser), at least one of the following statements is an accurate representation as to each source of funds (a “Source”) to be used by such Purchaser to pay the purchase price of the Notes to be purchased by it hereunder:

(a) the Source is an “insurance company general account” (as the term is defined in the United States Department of Labor’s Prohibited Transaction Exemption (“PTE”) 95-60) in respect of which the reserves and liabilities (as defined by the annual statement for life insurance companies approved by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (the “NAIC Annual Statement”)) for the general account contract(s) held by or on behalf of any employee benefit plan together with the amount of the reserves and liabilities for the general account contract(s) held by or on behalf of any other employee benefit plans maintained by the same employer (or affiliate thereof as defined in PTE 95-60) or by the same employee organization in the general account do not exceed 10% of the total reserves and liabilities of the general account (exclusive of separate account liabilities) plus surplus as set forth in the NAIC Annual Statement filed with such Purchaser’s state of domicile; or

(b) the Source is a separate account that is maintained solely in connection with such Purchaser’s fixed contractual obligations under which the amounts payable, or credited, to any employee benefit plan (or its related trust) that has any interest in such separate account (or to any participant or beneficiary of such plan (including any annuitant)) are not affected in any manner by the investment performance of the separate account; or

(c) the Source is either (i) an insurance company pooled separate account, within the meaning of PTE 90-1 or (ii) a bank collective investment fund, within the meaning of the PTE 91-38 and, except as disclosed by such Purchaser to the Company in writing pursuant to this clause (c), no employee benefit plan or group of plans maintained by the same employer or employee organization beneficially owns more than 10% of all assets allocated to such pooled separate account or collective investment fund; or

(d) the Source constitutes assets of an “investment fund” (within the meaning of Part V of PTE 84-14 (the “QPAM Exemption”)) managed by a “qualified professional asset manager” or “QPAM” (within the meaning of Part V of the QPAM Exemption), no employee benefit plan’s assets that are managed by the QPAM in such investment fund, when combined with the assets of all other employee benefit plans established or maintained by the same employer or by an affiliate (within the meaning of Part V(c)(1) of the QPAM Exemption) of such employer or by the same employee organization and managed by such QPAM, represent more than 20% of the total client assets managed by such QPAM, the conditions of Part I(c) and (g) of the QPAM Exemption are satisfied, neither the QPAM nor a person controlling or controlled by the QPAM maintains an ownership interest in the Company that would cause the QPAM and the Company to be “related” within the meaning of Part V(h) of the QPAM Exemption, and (i) the identity of such QPAM and (ii) the names of any employee benefit plans whose assets in the

 

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investment fund, when combined with the assets of all other employee benefit plans established or maintained by the same employer or by an affiliate (within the meaning of Part V(c)(1) of the QPAM Exemption) of such employer or by the same employee organization, represent 10% or more of the assets of such investment fund, have been disclosed to the Company in writing pursuant to this clause (d); or

(e) the Source constitutes assets of a “plan(s)” (within the meaning of Section IV of PTE 96-23 (the “INHAM Exemption”)) managed by an “in-house asset manager” or “INHAM” (within the meaning of Part IV of the INHAM Exemption), the conditions of Part I(a), (g) and (h) of the INHAM Exemption are satisfied, neither the INHAM nor a person controlling or controlled by the INHAM (applying the definition of “control” in Section IV(d) of the INHAM Exemption) owns a 5% or more interest in the Company and (i) the identity of such INHAM and (ii) the name(s) of the employee benefit plan(s) whose assets constitute the Source have been disclosed to the Company in writing pursuant to this clause (e); or

(f) the Source is a governmental plan; or

(g) the Source is one or more employee benefit plans, or a separate account or trust fund comprised of one or more employee benefit plans, each of which has been identified to the Company in writing pursuant to this clause (g); or

(h) the Source does not include assets of any employee benefit plan, other than a plan exempt from the coverage of ERISA.

As used in this Section 7.2, the terms “employee benefit plan,” “governmental plan,” and “separate account” shall have the respective meanings assigned to such terms in section 3 of ERISA.

8. INFORMATION AS TO COMPANY.

8.1. Financial and Business Information.

The Company shall deliver to Prudential and each holder of Notes that is an Institutional Investor:

(a) Quarterly Statements — as soon as available and in any event within forty-five (45) calendar days after the end of each of the first three (3) fiscal quarters in each fiscal year of the Company, financial statements of the Company, consisting of a consolidated balance sheet as of the end of such fiscal quarter and related consolidated statements of income, stockholders’ equity and cash flows for the fiscal quarter then ended and the fiscal year through that date, all in reasonable detail and certified (subject to normal year-end audit adjustments) by a Senior Financial Officer of the Company as having been prepared in accordance with GAAP, consistently applied, and setting forth in comparative form the respective financial statements for the corresponding date and period in the previous fiscal year;

 

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(b) Annual Statements — as soon as available and in any event within ninety (90) days after the end of each fiscal year of the Company, financial statements of the Company consisting of a consolidated balance sheet as of the end of such fiscal year, and related consolidated statements of income, stockholders’ equity and cash flows for the fiscal year then ended, all in reasonable detail and setting forth in comparative form the financial statements as of the end of and for the preceding fiscal year, and certified by a firm of independent certified public accountants of nationally recognized standing selected by the Company, which certificate or report of accountants shall be free of qualifications (other than any consistency qualification that may result from a change in the method used to prepare the financial statements as to which such accountants concur, and provided that to the extent the components of such consolidated financial statements relating to a prior fiscal period are separately audited by different independent public accounting firms, the audit report of any such accounting firm may contain a qualification or exception as to scope of such consolidated financial statements as they relate to such components) and shall not indicate the occurrence or existence of any event, condition or contingency which would materially impair the prospect of payment or performance of any covenant, agreement or duty of any Obligor under any of the Financing Documents;

(c) SEC and Other Reports — promptly upon their becoming available, one copy of (i) each financial statement, report, circular, notice or proxy statement or similar document sent by the Company or any Subsidiary to its public securities holders generally, and (ii) any reports, including Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, registration statements and prospectuses and other shareholder communications, filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission which are not posted to the EDGAR website;

(d) Notice of Default or Event of Default — promptly and in any event within five days after a Responsible Officer becoming aware of the existence of any Default or Event of Default, a written notice specifying the nature and period of existence thereof and what action the Company is taking or proposes to take with respect thereto;

(e) [Reserved;] MSA Separateness — promptly after a responsible officer of the Company becomes aware of the commencement thereof, notice of all actions, suits, proceedings or investigations before or by any Governmental Authority or any other Person against any Obligor or Subsidiary of any Obligor which involve a claim, or series of claims arising from the same underlying event, with respect to MSA or any other Person in the MSA Company Group and which could reasonably be expected to result in liabilities to an Obligor or a Subsidiary of any Obligor (other than a Person in the MSA Company Group) in excess of $25,000,000.00;

(f) Employee Benefit Matters — promptly upon the occurrence thereof, written notice of any ERISA Event;

(g) Notices from Governmental Authority — promptly, and in any event within 30 days of receipt thereof, copies of any notice to the Company or any Subsidiary from any Governmental Authority relating to any order, ruling, statute or other law or regulation that could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect;

 

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(h) IFRS Reconciliations — at any time following the Company’s election to use IFRS in preparing the financial statements referred to herein, (i) concurrently with any delivery of financial statements under Sections 8.1(a) or 8.1(b) hereof, deliver a reconciliation between such statements prepared using IFRS and GAAP and (ii) if requested by the Required Holders, provide financial statements under Sections 8.1(a) and/or 8.1(b) hereof, prepared in accordance with both IFRS and GAAP;

(i) Litigation — promptly after the commencement thereof, notice of all actions, suits, proceedings or investigations before or by any Governmental Authority or any other Person against any Obligor or Subsidiary of any Obligor which, involve a claim or series of claims which could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect;

(j) Organizational Documents — promptly and in any event within five days of the execution thereof, a copy of any amendment to the organizational documents of any Obligor;

(k) Erroneous Financial Information — promptly upon any such conclusion or determination, written notice of any conclusion by the Company or any determination by or advice from its accountants that any previously issued financial statement, audit report or interim review should no longer be relied upon or that disclosure should be made or action should be taken to prevent future reliance;

(l) Annual Budget — as soon as available, and in any event on or before March 1st of each fiscal year of the Company, a copy of the Company’s annual budget and any forecasts or projections of the Company for such fiscal year;

(m) Requested Information — with reasonable promptness, such other data and information relating to the business, operations, affairs, financial condition, assets or properties of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or relating to the ability of the Company to perform its obligations hereunder and under the Notes as from time to time may be reasonably requested by any holder that is an Institutional Investor, including information readily available to the Company explaining the Company’s financial statements if such information has been requested by the SVO in order to assign or maintain a designation of the Notes.

8.2. Officer’s Certificate.

Each set of financial statements delivered to Prudential or a holder of Notes pursuant to Section 8.1(a) or Section 8.1(b) shall be accompanied by a certificate of a Senior Financial Officer setting forth:

(a) Covenant Compliance — the information (including detailed calculations) required in order to establish whether the Company was in compliance with the requirements of Section 11.2, Section 11.6, Section 11.14 through Section 11.16 and any Additional Covenant incorporated into this Agreement pursuant to Section 10.9, inclusive, during the quarterly or annual period covered by the statements then being furnished (including with respect to each such Section, where applicable, the calculations of the maximum or minimum amount, ratio or percentage, as the case may be, permissible under the terms of such Sections, and the calculation of the amount, ratio or percentage then in existence); and

 

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(b) Event of Default — a statement that such Senior Financial Officer has reviewed the relevant terms hereof and has made, or caused to be made, under his or her supervision, a review of the transactions and conditions of the Company and its Subsidiaries from the beginning of the quarterly or annual period covered by the statements then being furnished to the date of the certificate and that such review shall not have disclosed the existence during such period of any condition or event that constitutes a Default or an Event of Default or, if any such condition or event existed or exists, specifying the nature and period of existence thereof and what action the Company shall have taken or proposes to take with respect thereto; and

(c) Subsidiary Guarantees — a list of all Additional Subsidiary Guarantors as of the date of such certificate which have or are required pursuant to Section 10.10 of this Agreement to execute a Note Guarantee in respect of the Notes; and

(d) MSA Reconciliation — with respect to any periods ending after December 31, 2018 if the MSA Excluded Subsidiary Certificate shall have been delivered on or prior to January 1, 2019, be deemed to refer to the consolidated accounts of the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries, after giving effect to appropriate reconciliations reflecting the adjustments necessary (as determined by the Required Holders in their sole discretion) to eliminate the accounts of the MSA Company Group; provided that, for purposes of calculating Consolidated EBITDA for the fiscal quarters ending March 31, 2019, June 30, 2019 and September 30, 2019, the portion of Consolidated EBITDA attributable to the accounts of the MSA Company Group shall be deemed to be $6,249,000.00, $4,166,000.00, and $2,083,000.00, respectively.

8.3. Visitation.

Subject to (y) the rights of tenants and (z) applicable health and safety laws, and except to the extent disclosure could reasonably be expected to contravene attorney-client privilege or similar protection or violate any bona fide confidentiality or privacy obligation owing to any third party or otherwise contravene applicable Law, the Company shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, permit the representatives of each holder of Notes that is an Institutional Investor, to visit and inspect any of its properties and to examine and make excerpts from its books and records and discuss its business affairs, finances and accounts with its officers, all in such detail and at such times and as often as any of such holders may reasonably request; provided that each holder shall provide the Company with reasonable notice prior to any visit or inspection; and provided, further, that (i) absent an Event of Default, the Obligors shall only be required to pay for one (1) such visit and inspection in any twelve (12) month period and (ii) when an Event of Default exists any holder of the Notes (or any of their representatives or independent contractors) may do any of the foregoing at the expense of the Obligors at any time during normal business hours without advance notice. In the event any holder desires to conduct an audit of any Obligor, such holder shall make a reasonable effort to conduct such audit contemporaneously with any audit to be performed by any other holder of Notes.

 

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8.4. Electronic Delivery.

Financial statements, opinions of independent certified public accountants, other information and Officer’s Certificates that are required to be delivered by the Company pursuant to Sections 8.1(a), (b), (c), (l) or (m) and Section 8.2 shall be deemed to have been delivered if the Company satisfies any of the following requirements with respect thereto:

(i) such financial statements satisfying the requirements of Section 8.1(a) or (b) and related Officer’s Certificate satisfying the requirements of Section 8.2 are delivered to each holder of a Note by e-mail;

(ii) the Company shall have timely filed its Form 10–Q or Form 10–K, within the time period specified in Section 8.1(a) or Section 8.1(b), as the case may be, with the SEC on EDGAR and shall have made such form and the related Officer’s Certificate satisfying the requirements of Section 8.2 available on its home page on the internet, which is located at http://www.msasafety.com as of the Restatement Effective Date;

(iii) such financial statements satisfying the requirements of Section 8.1(a) or Section 8.1(b) and related Officer’s Certificate(s) satisfying the requirements of Section 8.2 or any items referred to in Section 8.1(l) or 8.1(m), as applicable, are timely posted by or on behalf of the Company on IntraLinks or on any other similar website to which each holder of Notes has free access; or

(iv) the Company shall have filed any of the items referred to in Section 8.1(c) with the SEC on EDGAR and shall have made such items available on its home page on the internet or on IntraLinks or on any other similar website to which each holder of Notes has free access;

provided however, that in the case of any of clauses (ii), (iii) or (iv), the Company shall have given each holder of a Note prior written notice, which may be by e-mail or in accordance with Section 19, of such posting or filing in connection with each delivery, provided further, that upon request of any holder to receive paper copies of such forms, financial statements and Officer’s Certificates or to receive them by e-mail, the Company will promptly e-mail them or deliver such paper copies, as the case may be, to such holder.

9. PAYMENT AND PREPAYMENT OF THE NOTES.

9.1. Required Prepayments; Maturity.

(a) Series A Notes. On October 13, 2017 and on each October 13th thereafter to and including October 13, 2020, the Company will prepay $20,000,000 principal amount (or such lesser principal amount as shall then be outstanding) of the Series A Notes at par and without payment of the Make-Whole Amount or any premium; provided that upon any partial prepayment of the Series A Notes pursuant to Section 9.2, the principal amount of each required prepayment of the Series A Notes becoming due under this Section 9.1(a) on and after the date of such prepayment shall be reduced in the same proportion as the aggregate unpaid principal amount of the Series A Notes is reduced as a result of such prepayment. The entire remaining unpaid principal balance of the Series A Notes shall be due and payable on October 13, 2021.

 

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(b) Series B Notes. On January 22, 2023 and on each January 22nd thereafter to and including January 22, 2030, the Company will prepay £6,105,006.10 principal amount (or such lesser principal amount as shall then be outstanding) of the Series B Notes at par and without payment of the Make-Whole Amount or any premium; provided that upon any partial prepayment of the Series B Notes pursuant to Section 9.2, the principal amount of each required prepayment of the Series B Notes becoming due under this Section 9.1(b) on and after the date of such prepayment shall be reduced in the same proportion as the aggregate unpaid principal amount of the Series B Notes is reduced as a result of such prepayment. The entire remaining unpaid principal balance of the Series B Notes shall be due and payable on January 22, 2031.

(c) Shelf Notes. Each Series of Shelf Notes shall be subject to required prepayments, if any, set forth in the Notes of such Series, provided that upon any partial prepayment of the Shelf Notes of any Series pursuant to Section 9.2, the principal amount of each required prepayment of the Shelf Notes of such Series becoming due under this Section 9.1(b) on and after the date of such prepayment shall be reduced in the same proportion as the aggregate unpaid principal amount of the Shelf Notes of such Series is reduced as a result of such prepayment.

9.2. Optional Prepayments with Make-Whole Amount.

The Company may, at its option, upon notice as provided below, prepay at any time all, or from time to time any part of, any Series of Notes, in a principal amount of $1,000,000 in the case of Dollar-denominated Notes, £1,000,000 in the case of Sterling-denominated Notes, €1,000,000 in the case of Euro-denominated Notes and A$1,000,000 in the case of Australian Dollar-denominated Notes, and integral multiples of $100,000, £100,000, €100,000 and A$100,000, respectively, in excess thereof in the case of a partial prepayment, at 100% of the principal amount so prepaid, plus the Make-Whole Amount and Swap Reimbursement Amount, if any, determined for the prepayment date with respect to such principal amount. The Company will give each holder of the Series of Notes to be prepaid written notice of each optional prepayment under this Section 9.2 not less than 30 days and not more than 60 days prior to the date fixed for such prepayment. Each such notice shall specify such date (which shall be a Business Day), the aggregate principal amount of the Series of Notes to be prepaid on such date, the principal amount of each Note held by such holder to be prepaid (determined in accordance with Section 9.3), and the interest to be paid on the prepayment date with respect to such principal amount being prepaid, and shall be accompanied by a certificate of a Senior Financial Officer as to the estimated Make-Whole Amount and any Swap Reimbursement Amount due in connection with such prepayment (calculated as if the date of such notice were the date of the prepayment), setting forth the details of such computation. Two Business Days prior to such prepayment, the Company shall deliver to each holder of the Series of Notes to be prepaid a certificate of a Senior Financial Officer specifying the calculation of such Make-Whole Amount and any Swap Reimbursement Amount as of the specified prepayment date.

 

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9.3. Allocation of Partial Prepayments.

In the case of each partial prepayment of the Notes of any Series pursuant to Section 9.1 or 8.2, 9.2, the principal amount of the Notes of such Series to be prepaid shall be allocated among all of the Notes of such Series at the time outstanding in proportion, as nearly as practicable, to the respective unpaid principal amounts thereof not theretofore called for prepayment.

9.4. Maturity; Surrender, Etc.

In the case of each prepayment of Notes of any Series pursuant to this Section 9, the principal amount of each Note to be prepaid shall mature and become due and payable on the date fixed for such prepayment (which shall be a Business Day), together with interest on such principal amount accrued to such date and the applicable Make-Whole Amount and the Swap Reimbursement Amount with respect thereto, if any. From and after such date, unless the Company shall fail to pay such principal amount when so due and payable, together with the interest and Make-Whole Amount and Swap Reimbursement Amount, if any, as aforesaid, interest on such principal amount shall cease to accrue. Any Note paid or prepaid in full shall be surrendered to the Company and cancelled and shall not be reissued, and no Note shall be issued in lieu of any prepaid principal amount of any Note.

9.5. Purchase of Notes.

The Company will not and will not permit any Affiliate to purchase, redeem, prepay or otherwise acquire, directly or indirectly, any of the outstanding Notes except upon the payment or prepayment of the Notes in accordance with the terms of this Agreement and the Notes. The Company will promptly cancel all Notes acquired by it or any Affiliate pursuant to any payment or prepayment of Notes pursuant to any provision of this Agreement and no Notes may be issued in substitution or exchange for any such Notes.

9.6. Make-Whole Amount.

(a) Make-Whole Amount with respect to Non-Swapped Notes. The term “Make-Whole Amount” means, with respect to any Non-Swapped Note of any Series, an amount equal to the excess, if any, of the Discounted Value of the Remaining Scheduled Payments with respect to the Called Principal of such Non-Swapped Note over the amount of such Called Principal, provided that the Make-Whole Amount may in no event be less than zero. For the purposes of determining the Make-Whole Amount, with respect to any Non-Swapped Note, the following terms have the following meanings:

Called Principal” means, with respect to any Non-Swapped Note of any Series, the principal of such Non-Swapped Note that is to be prepaid pursuant to Sections 9.2 or 9.7 or has become or is declared to be immediately due and payable pursuant to Section 13.1, as the context requires.

Discounted Value” means, with respect to the Called Principal of any Non-Swapped Note of any Series, the amount obtained by discounting all Remaining Scheduled Payments with respect to such Called Principal from their respective scheduled due dates to the Settlement Date with respect to such Called Principal, in accordance with accepted financial practice and at a discount factor (applied on the same periodic basis as that on which interest on the Non-Swapped Notes is payable) equal to the Reinvestment Yield with respect to such Called Principal.

 

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Recognized Australian Government Bond Market Makersshall meanmeans two internationally recognized dealers of Australian government bonds reasonably selected by Prudential or, in the event that neither Prudential nor any of its Affiliates holds any Notes, the Required Holders.

“Recognized British Government Bond Market Makers” means two internationally recognized dealers of gilt edged securities reasonably selected by Prudential or, in the event that neither Prudential nor any of its Affiliates holds any Notes, the Required Holders.

Recognized German Bund Market Makers” means two internationally recognized dealers of German Bunds reasonably selected by Prudential or, in the event that neither Prudential nor any of its Affiliates holds any Notes, the Required Holders.

Reinvestment Yield” means:

(a) with respect to the Called Principal of any Non-Swapped Note denominated in Dollars, 0.50% (50 basis points), plus the yield to maturity implied by (i) the yields reported as of 10:00 A.M. (New York City time) on the second Business Day preceding the Settlement Date with respect to such Called Principal, on the display designated as “Page PX1” (or such other display as may replace Page PX1) on Bloomberg Financial Markets (“Bloomberg”) or, if Page PX1 (or its successor screen on Bloomberg) is unavailable, the Telerate Access Service screen which corresponds most closely to Page PX1 for the most recently issued actively traded on the run U.S. Treasury securities having a maturity equal to the Remaining Average Life of such Called Principal as of such Settlement Date, or (ii) if such yields are not reported as of such time or the yields reported as of such time are not ascertainable (including by way of interpolation), the Treasury Constant Maturity Series Yields reported, for the latest day for which such yields have been so reported as of the second Business Day preceding the Settlement Date with respect to such Called Principal, in Federal Reserve Statistical Release H.15 (or any comparable successor publication) for U.S. Treasury securities having a constant maturity equal to the Remaining Average Life of such Called Principal as of such Settlement Date. In the case of each determination under the foregoing clause (i) or clause (ii), as the case may be, such implied yield will be determined, if necessary, by (A) converting U.S. Treasury bill quotations to bond equivalent yields in accordance with accepted financial practice and (B) interpolating linearly between (1) the applicable U.S. Treasury security with the maturity closest to and greater than such Remaining Average Life and (2) the applicable U.S. Treasury security with the maturity closest to and less than such Remaining Average Life. The Reinvestment Yield will be rounded to that number of decimal places as appears in the coupon for the applicable Note.

 

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(b) with respect to the Called Principal of any Non-Swapped Note denominated in Euros, 0.50% (50 basis points), plus the yield to maturity implied by (i) the ask-side yields reported, as of 10:00 A.M. (New York time) on the second Business Day preceding the Settlement Date with respect to such Called Principal, on the display designated as “Page PXGE” on Bloomberg Financial Markets (or such other display as may replace Page PXGE” on Bloomberg Financial Markets) for the benchmark German Bund having a maturity equal to the Remaining Average Life of such Called Principal as of such Settlement Date, or (ii) if such yields are not reported as of such time or the yields reported are not ascertainable, the average of the ask-side yields as determined by Recognized German Bund Market Makers. Such implied yield will be determined, if necessary, by (A) converting quotations to bond-equivalent yields in accordance with accepted financial practice and (B) interpolating linearly between (1) the benchmark German Bund with the maturity closest to and greater than such Remaining Average Life and (2) the benchmark German Bund with the maturity closest to and less than such Remaining Average Life.

(c) with respect to the Called Principal of any Non-Swapped Note denominated in Sterling, 0.50% (fifty basis points) plus the yield to maturity implied by (i) the ask-side yields reported, as of 10:00 A.M. (New York time) on the second Business Day preceding the Settlement Date with respect to such Called Principal, on the display designated “Page PXUK” on Bloomberg Financial Markets (or such other display as may replace “Page PXUK” on Bloomberg Financial Markets) for actively traded gilt-edged securities having a maturity equal to the Remaining Average Life of such Called Principal as of such Settlement Date, or (ii) if such yields are not reported as of such time or the yields reported are not ascertainable, the average of the ask-side yields as determined by Recognized British Government Bond Market Makers. Such implied yield will be determined, if necessary, by (A) converting quotations to bond-equivalent yields in accordance with accepted financial practice and (B) interpolating linearly between (1) the actively traded gilt-edged security with the maturity closest to and greater than such Remaining Average Life and (2) the actively traded gilt-edged security with the maturity closest to and less than such Remaining Average Life.

(d) with respect to the Called Principal of any Non-Swapped Note denominated in Australian Dollars, 0.50% (fifty basis points) plus the yield to maturity implied by (i) the ask-side yields reported, as of 10:00 a.m. (New York time) on the second Business Day preceding the Settlement Date with respect to such Called Principal, on the display designated as “Page PXAU” on Bloomberg Financial Markets (or such other display as may replace “Page PXAU” on Bloomberg Financial Markets) for actively traded benchmark Australian government bonds having a maturity equal to the Remaining Average Life of such Called Principal as of such Settlement Date, or (ii) if such yields are not reported as of such time or the yields reported are not ascertainable, the average of the ask-side yields for such securities as determined by Recognized Australian Government Bond Market Makers. Such implied yield will be determined, if necessary, by (A) converting quotations to bond-equivalent yields in accordance with accepted financial practice and (B) interpolating linearly between (1) the actively traded benchmark Australian government bonds with the maturity closest to and greater than the Remaining Average Life of such Called Principal and (2) the actively traded benchmark Australian government bonds with the maturity closest to and less than the Remaining Average Life of such Called Principal.

 

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Remaining Average Life” means, with respect to any Called Principal of any Non-Swapped Note, the number of years (calculated to the nearest one-twelfth year) obtained by dividing (i) such Called Principal into (ii) the sum of the products obtained by multiplying (a) the principal component of each Remaining Scheduled Payment with respect to such Called Principal by (b) the number of years (calculated to the nearest one-twelfth year) that will elapse between the Settlement Date with respect to such Called Principal and the scheduled due date of such Remaining Scheduled Payment.

Remaining Scheduled Payments” means, with respect to the Called Principal of any Non-Swapped Note, all payments of such Called Principal and interest thereon (without giving effect to any increase in the applicable interest rate on any Non-Swapped Note as a result of the occurrence of an Acquisition Spike) that would be due after the Settlement Date with respect to such Called Principal if no payment of such Called Principal were made prior to its scheduled due date; provided that if such Settlement Date is not a date on which interest payments are due to be made under the terms of the Non-Swapped Notes, then the amount of the next succeeding scheduled interest payment will be reduced by the amount of interest accrued to such Settlement Date and required to be paid on such Settlement Date pursuant to Section 9.2, 9.7 or 13.1.

Settlement Date” means, with respect to the Called Principal of any Non-Swapped Note of any Series, the date on which such Called Principal is to be prepaid pursuant to Section 9.2 or 9.7 or has become or is declared to be immediately due and payable pursuant to Section 13.1, as the context requires.

(b) Make-Whole Amount with respect to Swapped Notes. The term “Make-Whole Amount” means, with respect to any Swapped Note, an amount equal to the excess, if any, of the Swapped Note Discounted Value with respect to the Swapped Note Called Notional Amount related to such Swapped Note over such Swapped Note Called Notional Amount, provided that the Make-Whole Amount may in no event be less than zero. All payments of Make-Whole Amount in respect of any Swapped Note shall be made in Dollars. For the purposes of determining the Make-Whole Amount with respect to any Swapped Note, the following terms have the following meanings:

“New Swap Agreement” means any cross-currency swap agreement pursuant to which the holder of a Swapped Note is to receive payment in Dollars and which is entered into in full or partial replacement of an Original Swap Agreement as a result of such Original Swap Agreement having terminated for any reason other than a non-scheduled prepayment or a repayment of such Swapped Note prior to its scheduled maturity. The terms of a New Swap Agreement with respect to any Swapped Note do not have to be identical to those of the Original Swap Agreement with respect to such Swapped Note.

“Original Swap Agreement” means, with respect to any Swapped Note, (x) a cross-currency swap agreement and annexes and schedules thereto (an “Initial Swap Agreement”) that is entered into on an arm’s length basis by the original purchaser of such Swapped Note (or any affiliate thereof) in connection with the purchase of such Swapped Note with a creditworthy leading dealer in the relevant foreign currency exchange market

 

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and relates to the scheduled payments by the Company of interest and principal on such Swapped Note, under which the holder of such Swapped Note is to receive payments from the counterparty thereunder in Dollars and which is more particularly described in the applicable Confirmation of Acceptance with respect to such Swapped Note, (y) any Original Swap Agreement that has been assumed or novated (without any waiver, amendment, deletion or replacement of any material economic term or provision thereof) by a holder of a Swapped Note in connection with a transfer of such Swapped Note and (z) any Replacement Swap Agreement; and a “Replacement Swap Agreement” means, with respect to any Swapped Note, a cross-currency swap agreement and annexes and schedules thereto with payment terms and provisions (other than a reduction in notional amount, if applicable) identical to those of the Initial Swap Agreement with respect to such Swapped Note that is entered into on an arm’s length basis by the holder of such Swapped Note with a creditworthy leading dealer in the relevant foreign currency exchange market in full or partial replacement (by amendment, modification or otherwise) of an Original Swap Agreement (or any subsequent Replacement Swap Agreement) in a notional amount not exceeding the outstanding principal amount of such Swapped Note covered by the Original Swap Agreement or Replacement Swap Agreement, as the case may be, that is being replaced by such Replacement Swap Agreement following a non-scheduled prepayment or a repayment of such Swapped Note prior to its scheduled maturity. Any holder of a Swapped Note that enters into, assumes, novates or terminates an Original Swap Agreement or Replacement Swap Agreement shall within a reasonable period of time thereafter deliver to the Company a notice confirming the assumption, novation or termination related thereto.

Swap Agreement” means, with respect to any Swapped Note, an Original Swap Agreement or a New Swap Agreement, as the case may be.

“Swapped Note” means any Note that as of the applicable Closing Day is subject to a Swap Agreement. A “Swapped Note” shall no longer be deemed a “Swapped

Note” at such time as the related Swap Agreement ceases to be in force in respect thereof, unless, and until, a Replacement Swap Agreement or a New Swap Agreement is entered into with respect to such Note.

“Swapped Note Called Notional Amount” means, with respect to any Swapped Note Called Principal of any Swapped Note, the payment in Dollars due to the holder of such Swapped Note under the terms of the Swap Agreement to which such holder is a party, attributable to and in exchange for such Swapped Note Called Principal and assuming that such Swapped Note Called Principal is paid on its scheduled maturity date, provided that if such Swap Agreement is not an Original Swap Agreement, then the “Swapped Note Called Notional Amount” in respect of such Swapped Note shall not exceed the amount in Dollars which would have been due to the holder of such Swapped Note under the terms of the Original Swap Agreement to which such holder was a party (or if such holder was never party to an Original Swap Agreement, then the last Original Swap Agreement to which the most recent predecessor in interest to such holder as a holder of such Swapped Note was a party), attributable to and in exchange for such Swapped Note Called Principal and assuming that such Swapped Note Called Principal is paid on its scheduled maturity date.

 

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“Swapped Note Called Principal” means, with respect to any Swapped Note, the principal of such Swapped Note that is to be prepaid pursuant to Section 9.2 or Section 9.7 or has become or is declared to be immediately due and payable pursuant to Section 13.1, as the context requires.

“Swapped Note Discounted Value” means, with respect to the Swapped Note Called Notional Amount of any Swapped Note that is to be prepaid pursuant to Section 9.2 or Section 9.7 or has become or is declared to be immediately due and payable pursuant to Section 13.1, as the context requires, the amount obtained by discounting all Swapped Note Remaining Scheduled Swap Payments corresponding to the Swapped Note Called Notional Amount of such Swapped Note from their respective scheduled due dates to the Swapped Note Settlement Date with respect to such Swapped Note Called Notional Amount, in accordance with accepted financial practice and at a discount factor (applied on the same periodic basis as that on which interest on such Swapped Note is payable) equal to the Swapped Note Reinvestment Yield with respect to such Swapped Note Called Notional Amount.

“Swapped Note Reinvestment Yield” means, with respect to the Swapped Note Called Notional Amount of any Swapped Note, the sum of (x) 0.50% (50 basis points) plus (y) the yield to maturity implied by (1) the yields reported, as of 10.00 A.M. (New York City time) on the second Business Day preceding the Swapped Note Settlement Date with respect to such Swapped Note Called Notional Amount, on the display designated as “Page PX1” (or such other display as may replace Page PX1) on the Bloomberg Financial Markets for the most recently issued actively traded on the run U.S. Treasury securities having a maturity equal to the Swapped Note Remaining Average Life of such Swapped Note Called Notional Amount as of such Swapped Note Settlement Date, or (2) if such yields are not reported as of such time or the yields reported as of such time are not ascertainable (including by way of interpolation), the Treasury Constant Maturity Series

Yields reported for the latest day for which such yields have been so reported as of the second Business Day preceding the Swapped Note Settlement Date with respect to such Swapped Note Called Notional Amount, in U.S. Federal Reserve Statistical Release H.15(519) (or any comparable successor publication) for applicable U.S. Treasury securities having a constant maturity equal to the Swapped Note Remaining Average Life of such Swapped Note Called Notional Amount as of such Swapped Note Settlement Date.

In the case of each determination under clause (1) or (2), as the case may be, of the preceding paragraph such implied yield will be determined, if necessary, by (A) converting U.S. Treasury bill quotations to bond-equivalent yields in accordance with accepted financial practice and (B) interpolating linearly between (i) the applicable U.S. Treasury security with the maturity closest to and greater than the Swapped Note Remaining Average Life of such Swapped Note Called Notional Amount and (ii) the applicable U.S. Treasury security with the maturity closest to and less than such Swapped Note Remaining Average Life. The Swapped Note Reinvestment Yield shall be rounded to the number of decimal places as appears in the interest rate of such Swapped Note.

 

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“Swapped Note Remaining Average Life” means, with respect to any Swapped Note Called Notional Amount, the number of years (calculated to the nearest one-twelfth year) obtained by dividing (x) such Swapped Note Called Notional Amount into (y) the sum of the products obtained by multiplying (1) the principal component of each Swapped Note Remaining Scheduled Swap Payment with respect to such Swapped Note Called Notional Amount by (2) the number of years (calculated to the nearest one-twelfth year) that will elapse between the Swapped Note Settlement Date with respect to the related Swapped Note Called Principal and the scheduled due date of such Swapped Note Remaining Scheduled Payments.

“Swapped Note Remaining Scheduled Payments” means, with respect to the Swapped Note Called Notional Amount relating to any Swapped Note, the payments due to the holder of such Swapped Note in Dollars under the terms of the Swap Agreement to which such holder is a party which correspond to all payments of the Swapped Note Called Principal of such Swapped Note corresponding to such Swapped Note Called Notional Amount and interest (without giving effect to any increase in the applicable interest rate on any Swapped Note as a result of the occurrence of an Acquisition Spike) on such Swapped Note Called Principal (other than that portion of the payment due under such Swap Agreement corresponding to the interest accrued on the Swapped Note Called Principal to the Swapped Note Settlement Date) that would be due after the Swapped Note Settlement Date in respect of such Swapped Note Called Notional Amount assuming that no payment of such Swapped Note Called Principal is made prior to its originally scheduled payment date, provided that if such Swapped Note Settlement Date is not a date on which an interest payment is due to be made under the terms of such Swapped Note, then the amount of the next succeeding scheduled interest payment will be reduced by the amount of interest accrued to such Swapped Note Settlement Date and required to be paid on such Swapped Note Settlement Date pursuant to Section 9.2, Section 9.7 or Section 13.1.

“Swapped Note Settlement Date” means, with respect to the Swapped Note Called Principal of any Swapped Note, the date on which such Swapped Note Called Principal is to be prepaid pursuant to Section 9.2 or Section 9.7 or has become or is declared to be immediately due and payable pursuant to Section 13.1, as the context requires.

9.7. Prepayment on a Change in Control.

(a) Promptly upon becoming aware that a Change in Control has occurred, the Company shall give written notice of such fact (the “Company Notice”) to all holders of the Notes. The Company Notice shall (i) describe the facts and circumstances of such Change in Control in reasonable detail, (ii) refer to this Section 9.7 and the rights of the holders hereunder and state that a Change in Control has occurred, (iii) contain an offer by the Company to prepay the entire unpaid principal amount of Notes held by each holder, together with interest thereon to the prepayment date selected by the Company with respect to each Note, plus the Make-Whole Amount with respect thereto, which prepayment shall be on a date specified in the Company Notice and which date shall be a Business Day not less than 30 days and not more than 45 days after such Company Notice is given, (iv) request each holder to notify the Company in writing by a stated date (the “Change in Control Response Date”), which date is not less than 30 days after such holder’s receipt of the Company Notice, of its acceptance or rejection of such prepayment offer and (v) be accompanied by a certificate of a Senior Financial Officer as to the estimated Make-Whole

 

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Amount due in connection with such prepayment (calculated as if the date of such Company Notice were the date of the prepayment), setting forth the details of such computation. If a holder does not notify the Company as provided above, then the holder shall be deemed to have accepted such offer.

(b) Two Business Days prior to the prepayment date specified in the Company Notice, the Company shall deliver to each holder of Notes to be prepaid a certificate of a Senior Financial Officer specifying the calculation of such Make-Whole Amount as of the prepayment date.

(c) On the prepayment date specified in the Company Notice, the entire unpaid principal amount of the Notes held by each holder of Notes who has accepted such prepayment offer (in accordance with paragraph (a) above), together with interest thereon to the prepayment date with respect to each such Note and the Make-Whole Amount with respect thereto shall become due and payable.

9.8. Swap Breakage. If any Swapped Note is prepaid pursuant to Section 9.2 or Section 9.7, or has become or is declared to be immediately due and payable pursuant to Section 13.1, then (a) any resulting Net Loss in connection therewith shall be reimbursed to the holder of such Swapped Note by the Company in Dollars upon any such prepayment or repayment of such Swapped Note (such amount payable herein referred to as the “Swap Reimbursement Amount”) and (b) any resulting Net Gain in connection therewith shall be deducted (i) from the Make-Whole Amount, if any, and any principal and interest to be paid to the holder of such Swapped Note by the Company upon any such prepayment or repayment of such Swapped Note pursuant to Section 9.2 or Section 9.7 at such time as no Event of Default is continuing, or (ii) in all other circumstances from the Make-Whole Amount, if any, to be paid to such holder of such Swapped Note by the Company upon any such repayment of such Swapped Note, provided that, in either case, the Make-Whole Amount in respect of such Swapped Note may not in any event be less than zero. Each holder of a Swapped Note shall be responsible for calculating its own Swap Breakage Amount in Dollars upon the prepayment or repayment of all or any portion of such Swapped Note, and such calculation as reported to the Company in reasonable detail shall be binding on the Company absent demonstrable error.

As used in this Section 9.8 with respect to any Swapped Note that is prepaid or accelerated: “Net Loss” means the amount, if any, by which the Swapped Note Called Notional Amount exceeds the sum of (x) the Swapped Note Called Principal plus (or minus in the case of an amount paid) (y) the Swap Breakage Amount received (or paid) by the holder of such Swapped Note; and “Net Gain” means the amount, if any, by which the Swapped Note Called Notional Amount is exceeded by the sum of (x) the Swapped Note Called Principal plus (or minus in the case of an amount paid) (y) the Swap Breakage Amount received (or paid) by such holder. For purposes of any determination of any “Net Loss” or “Net Gain,” the Swapped Note Called Principal shall be determined by the holder of the affected Swapped Note by converting the Applicable Currency into Dollars at the current Applicable Currency/Dollar exchange rate, as determined as of 10:00 A.M. (New York City time) on the day such Swapped Note is prepaid or accelerated as indicated on the applicable screen of Bloomberg Financial Markets and any such calculation shall be reported to the Company in reasonable detail and shall be binding on the Company absent demonstrable error.

 

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As used in this Section 9.8, “Swap Breakage Amount” means, with respect to the Swap Agreement associated with any Swapped Note, in determining the Net Loss or Net Gain, the amount that would be received (in which case the Swap Breakage Amount shall be positive) or paid (in which case the Swap Breakage Amount shall be negative) by the holder of such Swapped Note as if such Swap Agreement had terminated in whole or in relation to the occurrence of an event of default or an early termination under the ISDA 1992 Multi-Currency Cross Border Master Agreement or ISDA 2002 Master Agreement, as applicable (the “ISDA Master Agreement”); provided, that if such holder (or its predecessor in interest with respect to such Swapped Note) was, but is not at the time, a party to an Original Swap Agreement but is a party to a New Swap Agreement, then the Swap Breakage Amount shall mean the lesser of (x) the gain or loss (if any) which would have been received or incurred (by payment, through off-set or netting or otherwise) by the holder of such Swapped Note under the terms of the Original Swap Agreement (if any) in respect of such Swapped Note to which such holder (or any affiliate thereof) was a party (or if such holder was never a party to an Original Swap Agreement, then the last Original Swap Agreement to which the most recent predecessor in interest to such holder as a holder of a Swapped Note was a party) and which would have arisen as a result of the payment of the Swapped Note Called Principal on the Swapped Note Settlement Date and (y) the gain or loss (if any) actually received or incurred by the holder of such Swapped Note, in connection with the payment of such Swapped Note Called Principal on the Swapped Note Settlement Date, under the terms of the New Swap Agreement to which such holder (or any affiliate thereof) is a party. The holder of such Swapped Note will make all calculations related to the Swap Breakage Amount in good faith and in accordance with its customary practices for calculating such amounts under the ISDA Master Agreement pursuant to which such Swap Agreement shall have been entered into and assuming for the purpose of such calculation that there are no other transactions entered into pursuant to such ISDA Master Agreement (other than the Swap Agreement with respect to such Swapped Note).

The Swap Breakage Amount shall be payable in Dollars.

10. AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS.

The Company covenants that during the Issuance Period and so long thereafter as any of the Notes are outstanding:

10.1. Preservation of Existence, Etc.

The Company shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, maintain its legal existence as a corporation, partnership or limited liability company, as the case may be, and its license or qualification and good standing in each jurisdiction in which its ownership or lease of property or the nature of its business makes such license or qualification necessary, except as otherwise expressly permitted in Section 11.5 and except, in the case of good standing, where such failure could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

10.2. Payment of Liabilities, Including Taxes, Etc.

The Company shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, duly pay and discharge all liabilities to which it is subject or which are asserted against it, promptly as and when the same shall become due and payable, including all taxes, assessments and governmental charges upon it

 

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or any of its properties, assets, income or profits, prior to the date on which penalties attach thereto, except to the extent that (i) such liabilities, including taxes, assessments or charges, are being contested in good faith and by appropriate and lawful proceedings diligently conducted and for which such reserve or other appropriate provisions, if any, as shall be required by GAAP shall have been made, or (ii) the failure to pay any such liability would not constitute an Event of Default and would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

10.3. Maintenance of Insurance.

The Company shall, and shall cause each of its Material Subsidiaries to, insure its properties and assets against loss or damage by fire and such other insurable hazards as such assets are commonly insured (including fire, extended coverage, property damage, workers’ compensation, public liability and business interruption insurance) and against other risks (including errors and omissions) in such amounts as similar properties and assets are insured by prudent companies in similar circumstances carrying on similar businesses, and with reputable and financially sound insurers, including self-insurance to the extent deemed prudent by the Company’s board of directors.

10.4. Maintenance of Properties and Leases.

The Company shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, maintain in good repair, working order and condition (ordinary wear and tear excepted) in accordance with the general practice of other businesses of similar character and size, all of those properties necessary to operate its business, and from time to time, the Company shall, shall cause its Subsidiaries to, make or cause to be made all appropriate repairs, renewals or replacements thereof, except where the failure to do so could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

10.5. Keeping of Records and Books of Account.

The Company shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, maintain and keep proper books of record and account which enable the Company and its Subsidiaries to issue consolidated financial statements in accordance with GAAP and as otherwise required by the applicable Laws of any Governmental Authority having jurisdiction over the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company, and in which full, true and correct entries shall be made in all material respects of all its dealings and business and financial affairs.

10.6. Compliance with Laws; Use of Proceeds.

The Company shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, comply with all applicable Laws, including all Environmental Laws, in all respects; provided that it shall not be deemed to be a violation of this Section 10.6 if any failure to comply with any Law would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. The Company shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, use the proceeds of the Notes only in accordance with Section 6.7 and as permitted by applicable Law.

 

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10.7. Further Assurances.

The Company shall, from time to time, at its expense, do such other acts and things as each holder of Notes may reasonably request from time to time in order to exercise and enforce its rights and remedies thereunder.

10.8. Post-Closing Deliverables. On or before February 1, 2016, the Company shall have delivered to the Series B Purchasers the originally executed signature pages to the Series B Notes (electronic copies of which were delivered on the Restatement Effective Date). [Reserved].

10.9. Most Favored Lender.

(a) If at any time the Bank Credit Agreement, or the NYL Note Facility or the 2006 Note Purchase Agreement shall include any financial covenant, undertaking, restriction, event of default or other provision (or any thereof shall be amended or otherwise modified) that provides for limitations on or measures of indebtedness, interest expense, fixed charges, net worth, stockholders’ equity or total assets, changes in control of the Company or transfers of interests in assets of the Company or any Subsidiary (however expressed and whether stated as a ratio, as a fixed threshold, as an event of default or otherwise) and such covenant, undertaking, restriction, event of default or provision is not contained in this Agreement or would be more beneficial to the holders of Notes than any analogous covenant, undertaking, restriction, event of default or provision contained in this Agreement (any such covenant, undertaking, restriction, event of default or provision, an “Additional Covenant”), then the Company shall provide a Most Favored Lender Notice to the holders of Notes. Thereupon, unless waived in writing by the Required Holders within five (5) Business Days of receipt of such notice by the holders of the Notes, such Additional Covenant (including any associated cure period) shall be deemed automatically incorporated by reference into this Agreement, mutatis mutandis, as if set forth fully herein, without any further action required on the part of any Person, effective as of the date when such Additional Covenant became effective under the Bank Credit Agreement, or the NYL Note Facility or 2006 Note Purchase Agreement, as applicable. Thereafter, upon the request of any holder of a Note, the Company shall enter into any additional agreement or amendment to this Agreement reasonably requested by such holder evidencing any of the foregoing. Notwithstanding anything contained in this Section 10.9(a) to the contrary, in no event shall any amendment to the covenant levels set forth in any covenant contained in the Bank Credit Agreement, the NYL Note Facility or the 2006 Note Purchase Agreement as of the Restatement Effective Date be deemed to constitute an Additional Covenant for purposes of this Section 10.9(a).

(b) Any Additional Covenant (including any associated cure period) incorporated into this Agreement pursuant to this Section 10.9 (herein referred to as an “Incorporated Covenant”) (i) shall be deemed automatically amended herein to reflect any subsequent amendments made to such Additional Covenant (including any associated cure period) under the Bank Credit Agreement, or the NYL Note Facility or 2006 Note Purchase Agreement, as applicable; provided that if any Default or an Event of Default then exists (including in respect of such Incorporated Covenant) and the amendment of such Additional Covenant would result in such Additional Covenant being less restrictive on the Company, such Incorporated Covenant shall only be deemed automatically amended at such time as no Default or Event of Default then exists) and (ii) shall be deemed

 

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automatically deleted from this Agreement at such time as such Additional Covenant is deleted or otherwise removed from the Bank Credit Agreement, or the NYL Note Facility or 2006 Note Purchase Agreement (as applicable) or the Bank Credit Agreement, or the NYL Note Facility or 2006 Note Purchase Agreement (as applicable) shall have been terminated, all commitments thereunder cancelled and all liabilities existing thereunder paid in full (other than unasserted contingent liabilities and obligations); provided that, if a Default or an Event of Default then exists (including in respect of such Incorporated Covenant), such Incorporated Covenant shall only be deemed automatically deleted from this Agreement at such time as no Default or Event of Default then exists. Upon the request of the Company, the holders of Notes shall (at the Company’s sole cost and expense) enter into any additional agreement or amendment to this Agreement requested by the Company evidencing the amendment or deletion of any such Incorporated Covenant in accordance with the terms hereof. If any Person party to the Bank Credit Agreement, or the NYL Note Facility or the 2006 Note Purchase Agreement (as applicable) receives any remuneration, fee or other compensation as consideration for any amendment, waiver, modification, deletion or termination of any Additional Covenant that constitutes an Incorporated Covenant hereunder, such amendment, waiver, modification, deletion or termination shall not become effective under this Agreement unless the holders shall have received equivalent remuneration, fees or other compensation.

(c) For the avoidance of doubt, all of the existing financial covenants in Sections 11.14, 11.15 and 11.16 as of the RestatementFirst Amendment Effective Date shall remain in this Agreement regardless of whether any Additional Covenants are incorporated into this Agreement. Notwithstanding anything contained in this Section 10.9, in no event shall an Incorporated Provision amend or modify any financial covenant or other provision otherwise set forth herein (excluding any Incorporated Covenant added by operation of this Section 10.9) to make such provision less restrictive as to the Company or any Subsidiary than the corresponding provision set forth in this Agreement, as amended from time to time (without giving effect to this Section 10.9).

10.10. Subsidiary Guarantors.

(a) The Company shall promptly cause each Additional Subsidiary Guarantor to execute and deliver a Note Guarantee substantially in the form of Exhibit 10.10-A hereto (with such modifications as may be required to reflect the legal requirements of the jurisdiction of formation of the relevant Subsidiary, including any modifications necessary to make the obligations of such guarantee agreement pari passu with the other unsecured and unsubordinated Indebtedness of such Subsidiary to the extent permitted under applicable law) or otherwise in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Required Holders.

(b) The Company may, from time to time at its discretion and upon written notice from the Company to the holders of Notes, cause any of its Subsidiaries which are not otherwise Guarantors pursuant to Section 10.10(a) or otherwise to enter into a Note Guarantee substantially in the form of Exhibit 10.10-A hereto (with such modifications as may be required to reflect the legal requirements of the jurisdiction of formation of the relevant Subsidiary, including any modifications necessary to make the obligations of such guarantee agreement pari passu with the other unsecured and unsubordinated Indebtedness of such Subsidiary to the extent permitted under applicable law) or otherwise in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Required Holders.

 

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(c) The delivery of a Note Guarantee by any Guarantor shall be accompanied by the following:

(i) an Officer’s Certificate from such Guarantor confirming that (A) the representations and warranties of such Guarantor contained in such Note Guarantee are true and correct, and (B) the guarantee provided under the Note Guarantee would not cause any borrowing, guaranteeing or similar limit binding on the Guarantor to be exceeded;

(ii) copies of the articles of association or certificate or articles of incorporation, bylaws, limited liability company operating agreement, partnership agreement and all other constitutive documents, of such Guarantor (as applicable), resolutions of the board of directors or other similar governing body (and, where applicable, the shareholders) of such Guarantor authorizing its execution and delivery of the Note Guarantee and the transactions contemplated thereby, and specimen signatures of authorized officers of such Guarantor (in each case, certified as correct and complete copies by the secretary or an assistant secretary (or an equivalent officer) of such Guarantor);

(iii) a legal opinion, satisfactory in form, scope and substance to the Required Holders, of legal counsel to the effect that, subject to customary qualifications and assumptions, (A) such Guarantor is validly existing under the laws of its jurisdiction of formation and (if applicable in such jurisdiction) is in good standing, (B) such Note Guarantee has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by such Guarantor, (C) such Note Guarantee is enforceable in accordance with its terms, and (D) in the case of a Guarantor organized under the laws of a jurisdiction other than the United States, any State thereof or the District of Columbia, the obligations of such Guarantor under such Note Guarantee rank at least pari passu with all of such Guarantor’s other unsecured and unsubordinated Indebtedness in an insolvency proceeding of such Guarantor (to the extent possible under applicable law) and are not subject to any legal or contractual limitations or restrictions that are not equally applicable to all other indebtedness for borrowed money of such Guarantor;

(iv) a completed and executed joinder to the Intercompany Subordination Agreement in substantially the form attached as Exhibit A to the Intercompany Subordination Agreement; and

(v) in the case of a Guarantor organized under the laws of a jurisdiction other than the United States, any State thereof or the District of Columbia, evidence of the appointment of the Company as such Guarantor’s agent to receive, for it and on its behalf, service of process in the United States of America.

 

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An original executed counterpart of each such Note Guarantee shall be delivered to each holder of Notes promptly after the execution thereof.

11. NEGATIVE COVENANTS.

The Company covenants that during the Issuance Period and so long thereafter as any of the Notes are outstanding:

11.1. Indebtedness.

The Company shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, at any time create, incur, assume or suffer to exist any Indebtedness, except:

(a) Indebtedness under the Financing Documents;

(b) Existing Indebtedness as set forth on Schedule 11.1 (including any extensions, refinancings or renewals thereof; provided there is no increase in the amount thereof or other significant change in the terms thereof that would otherwise be materially less favorable to the Obligors and their Subsidiaries, taken as a whole (other than fees, expenses, interest accrual and premiums incurred in connection with any such refinancing);

(c) Indebtedness under (i) the Bank Credit Agreement, in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $600,000,000, and (ii) the Bank Guarantees, (iii) the 2006 Note Purchase Agreement and the 2006 Notes and (iv) the 2006 Note Purchase Agreement Guarantees, in each case, as the same may be extended, renewed or refinanced;

(d) Indebtedness of an Obligor to another Obligor which is subordinated pursuant to the Intercompany Subordination Agreement;

(e) Indebtedness of an Obligor to an Excluded Subsidiary, provided that such Indebtedness to Excluded Subsidiaries does not exceed Three Hundred Million Dollars ($300,000,000.00) in the aggregate for all such Indebtedness to all such Excluded Subsidiaries at any time outstanding;

(f) Indebtedness incurred with respect to Purchase Money Security Interests and Capital Leases;

(g) Any (i) Currency Agreement, (ii) Lender Provided Interest Rate Hedge, (iii) Lender Provided Commodity Hedge, (iv) Interest Rate Hedge approved by the Administrative Agent or (v) Indebtedness under any Other Lender Provided Financial Services Product; provided, however, the Obligors and their Subsidiaries shall enter into any Currency Agreement, Lender Provided Interest Rate Hedge, Lender Provided Commodity Hedge or any other Interest Rate Hedge only for hedging (rather than speculative) purposes;

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(i) Guarantees permitted under Section 11.3 and transactions permitted by Section 11.4;

(j) (i) The MSACL-MSA Safety Promissory Notes in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $131,034,951.00 (as such amount may be adjusted pursuant to the provisions of the MSA Safety Pittsburgh APA to reflect the actual book values of the NWC Balance, the Work in Progress and Finished Goods (as each such term is defined in Schedule 11.7(a) hereto)) and (ii) the MSACL-MSAW Promissory Note in a principal amount not to exceed $26,700,000.00; provided that such MSACL Promissory Notes are subordinated to the Notes pursuant to documentation in form and substance satisfactory to the Required Holders;

(k) Any Indebtedness not otherwise permitted in items (a) through (ij) above which does not exceed Twenty Million and 00/100 Dollars ($20,000,000.00) in the aggregate at any time outstanding, provided that the documentation relating to such Indebtedness does not result in covenants materially more restrictive, taken as a whole, on the Obligors than those set forth in the Financing Documents and, provided, further, that such Indebtedness shall only be permitted to be secured as and to the extent permitted under clause (xiii) of the definition of “Permitted Liens”; and

(l) Any unsecured Indebtedness not otherwise permitted in items (a) through (i) above which does not exceed Two Hundred Thirty Million Dollars ($230,000,000.00) in the aggregate at any time outstandingk) above, so long as at the time incurred and immediately after giving effect thereto, the Company is in compliance with Sections 11.15 and 11.16 hereof on a pro forma basis; provided that the documentation relating to such Indebtedness does not contain covenants, undertakings or events of default materially more restrictive, taken as a whole, on the Obligors than those set forth in this Agreement.

11.2. Liens.

The Company shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, at any time create, incur, assume or suffer to exist any Lien on any of its property or assets, tangible or intangible, now owned or hereafter acquired, or agree or become liable to do so, except Permitted Liens. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company shall not, and shall not permit any Subsidiary to, (a) grant any Liens securing Indebtedness outstanding under or pursuant to the Bank Credit Agreement unless and until the Notes (and any Guaranty delivered in connection therewith) shall be substantially concurrently secured equally and ratably with such Indebtedness pursuant to documentation in form and substance satisfactory to the Required Holders, or (b) grant any Liens securing the MSACL Promissory Notes.

11.3. Guaranties.

The Company shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, at any time, directly or indirectly, become or be liable in respect of any Guaranty, or assume, guarantee, become surety for, endorse or otherwise agree, become or remain directly or contingently liable upon or with respect to any obligation or liability of any other Person, except for (a) Guaranties of Indebtedness of the Obligors and their respective Subsidiaries permitted under Section 11.1, (b) Guaranties that

 

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are in existence on the Restatement Effective Date and set forth on Schedule 11.3 (including any extensions or renewals thereof; provided there is no increase in the amount thereof or other significant change in the terms thereof unless otherwise specified on Schedule 11.3), and (c) any unsecured Guaranty (including, but not limited to, Guarantees of leases (other than Capital Leases) or of other obligations that do not constitute Indebtedness in each case entered into in the ordinary course of business) not otherwise permitted by clauses (a) and (b) above, provided that the Indebtedness guaranteed under all such Guaranties at any time outstanding under this clause (c) does not exceed Fifty Million and 00/100 Dollars ($50,000,000.00) in the aggregate at any time outstanding. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no Obligor shall, and no Obligor shall permit any Subsidiary to, directly or indirectly, become or be liable in respect of any Guaranty, or assume, guarantee, become surety for, endorse or otherwise agree, become or remain directly or contingently liable upon or with respect to the MSACL Promissory Notes (other than, for the avoidance of doubt, MSAW and MSA Safety Pittsburgh in respect of their direct obligations thereunder).

11.4. Loan and Investments.

The Company shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, at any time make or suffer to remain outstanding any loan or advance to, or purchase, acquire or own any bonds, notes, securities or Equity Interests of, or any other investment or interest in, or make any capital contribution to, any other Person, or agree, become or remain liable to do any of the foregoing, except:

 

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trade credit extended on usual and customary terms in the ordinary course of business;

 

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advances to employees to meet expenses incurred by such employees in the ordinary course of business;

 

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Permitted Investments;

 

  (d)

loans, advances and investments in other Obligors;

 

  (e)

Permitted Acquisitions;

 

  (f)

[Reserved];

 

  (g)

loans, advances and investments by Excluded Subsidiaries in other Excluded Subsidiaries;

 

  (h)

transactions permitted under Section 11.1;

 

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loans, advances and investments not otherwise permitted in clauses (a) through (h) pursuant to the Amendment Date Reorganization; and

 

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(j) loans, advances and investments not otherwise permitted in clauses (a) through (i) above in Excluded Subsidiaries and Joint Ventures in an amount, measured at the time any such loan, advance or investment is made, which shall not exceed, together with any Asset Disposition described in clause (a)(iii) of the definition thereof, ThreeSix Hundred Fifty Million Dollars ($300,000,000.00650,000,000.00) in the aggregate at any one time outstanding, which amount shall be calculated net of any Asset Disposition from a Foreign Subsidiary to the Company or any Domestic Subsidiary.

11.5. Liquidations, Mergers, Consolidations, Acquisitions.

The Company shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, dissolve, liquidate or wind-up its affairs, or become a party to any merger or consolidation, or acquire by purchase, lease or otherwise all or substantially all of the assets or Equity Interests of any other Person; provided that

(a) any Obligor other than the Company may consolidate or merge into another Obligor which is a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary of one or more of the other Obligors;

(b) [Reserved];

(c) any Obligor or any Subsidiary of an Obligor may acquire, whether by purchase or by merger, (x) all or substantially all of the Equity Interests of another Person or (y) all or substantially all of the assets of another Person or of a business or division of another Person (each a “Permitted Acquisition”), provided that, each of the following requirements is met:

(i) if an Obligor is acquiring the Equity Interests in such Person, such Person shall, unless not required by Section 11.8 or Section 10.10 hereof, execute a Note Guarantee and such other documents set forth in Section 10.10 within thirty (30) Business Days after the date of such Permitted Acquisition (or such later date as may be agreed to by the Required Holders);

(ii) no Default or Event of Default shall exist immediately prior to and after giving effect to such Permitted Acquisition; and

(iii) in the case of a merger or consolidation involving an Obligor, such Obligor shall be the continuing and surviving entity; and

(d) An Excluded Subsidiary that is not a Material Subsidiary may dissolve, liquidate and wind-up its affairs, so long as such dissolution, liquidation, or winding-up could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; and

(e) A Foreign Subsidiary that is not a Material Subsidiary may dissolve, liquidate and wind-up its affairs as contemplated by the Amendment Date Reorganization so long as such dissolution, liquidation, or winding-up could not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

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11.6. Dispositions of Assets or Subsidiaries.

The Company shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to make any Asset Disposition, except Asset Dispositions where the Disposition Value of the property subject to such Asset Disposition, together with the aggregate Disposition Value of all property of the Company and its Subsidiaries that was subject of an Asset Disposition during the then current fiscal year of the Company, would not exceed ten percent (10.0%) of Consolidated Net Tangible Assets determined as of the end of the then most recently ended fiscal year of the Company; provided that, immediately after giving effect to such Asset Disposition, no Default or Event of Default would exist.

11.7. Affiliate Transactions.

The Company shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, enter into or carry out any transaction with:

(a) MSA or any other Person in the MSA Company Group, other than (i) to effect the Amendment Date Reorganization in accordance with the terms of the Amendment Date Reorganization Documents, (ii) pursuant to the MSACL Promissory Notes, (iii) to borrow up to $42,000,000, which amount shall be fully repaid or otherwise discharged no later than January 1, 2019, (iv) transactions pursuant to the MSA Affiliate Transaction Documents, in each case in the ordinary course of business upon fair and reasonable arms-length terms and conditions which are fully disclosed to the holders of the Notes and are in accordance with all applicable Law, and (v) prior to January 1, 2019, transactions solely between or among Persons in the MSA Company Group, or

(b) any other Affiliate of any Obligor (including purchasing property or services from or selling property or services to any Affiliate of any Obligor) unless (a) [Reserved], (bi) such transaction involves the provision of corporate services by MSAW to the Company and its Subsidiaries, (cii) such transaction is solely between Obligors, or (d(iii) such transaction is pursuant to the MSA Affiliate Transaction Documents, or (iv) such transaction is not otherwise prohibited by this Agreement, is entered into in the ordinary course of business upon fair and reasonable arms-length terms and conditions no less favorable to the Company or such Subsidiary than the Company or such Subsidiary would obtain in a comparable arm’s length transaction and is in accordance with all applicable Law.

11.8. Subsidiaries, Partnerships and Joint Ventures.

The Company shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to own or create directly or indirectly any Subsidiaries, other than (a) any Subsidiary which has joined this Agreement as a Guarantor on or prior to the RestatementFirst Amendment Effective Date, (b) any Excluded Subsidiary as of the RestatementFirst Amendment Effective Date, (c) any Domestic Subsidiary created, acquired or otherwise formed after the RestatementFirst Amendment Effective Date in compliance with this Agreement (including, without limitation, Section 11.1, 11.4, so long as either (i) such Domestic Subsidiary joins this Agreement as a Guarantor pursuant to Section 10.10 hereof, or (ii) such Domestic Subsidiary is listed as an Excluded Subsidiary on Schedule 11.8 pursuant to an update to such schedule provided by the Company to each holder of Notes within thirty (30) days after the creation, acquisition or formation of such Domestic Subsidiary, or such later date as consented to by the Required Holders, and (d) any Foreign Subsidiary created, acquired or otherwise formed after the RestatementFirst Amendment Effective Date in compliance with this Agreement (including, without limitation, Section 11.4). Except as set forth in Schedule 11.8 and as permitted pursuant to Section 11.4 hereof, each of the Obligors shall not become or agree to become a party to a Joint Venture.

 

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11.9. Continuation of or Change in Business.

The Company shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, engage in any business other than the development, manufacturing, sales and administration of safety products and related items, substantially as conducted and operated by the Company and its Subsidiaries during the present fiscal year, and business substantially related, incidental or ancillary thereto.

11.10. Fiscal Year.

The Company shall not, and shall not permit any Subsidiary of the Company to, change its fiscal year from the twelve month period beginning January 1 and ending December 31.

 

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[Reserved.] Non-Consolidation of MSA.

The Company shall not, and shall neither cause nor permit any of its Subsidiaries to, take any action that would cause MSA to violate any of its separateness covenants contained in the MSA Governing Documents.

11.12. Changes in Organizational Documents.

The Company shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, amend in any respect its certificate or articles of incorporation (including any provisions or resolutions relating to capital stock), by-laws, certificate of limited partnership, partnership agreement, certificate of formation, limited liability company agreement or other organizational documents in the event such change would be materially adverse to the holders of Notes, without obtaining the prior written consent of the Required Holders; provided that the Obligors may permit any of their Subsidiaries to amend in any respect its certificate or articles of incorporation (including any provisions or resolutions relating to capital stock), by-laws, certificate of limited partnership, partnership agreement, certificate of formation, limited liability company agreement or other organizational documents if such amendment is required to effectuate a Permitted Acquisition (provided such Subsidiary shall remain a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary). The Company shall not permit MSA to amend in any respect the MSA Governing Documents as in effect on the First Amendment Effective Date without obtaining the prior written consent of the Required Holders.

11.13. Terrorism Sanctions Regulations.

(a) Neither the Company nor any Controlled Entity will become a Blocked Person; (b) neither the Company nor any Controlled Entity, either in its own right or through any third party, will (i) have any of its assets in a Sanctioned Country or in the possession, custody or control of a Blocked Person in violation of any U.S. Economic Sanctions; (ii) do business in or with, or derive any of its income from investments in or transactions with, any Sanctioned Country or Blocked Person in violation of any U.S. Economic Sanctions; (iii) engage in any dealings or transactions prohibited by any U.S. Economic Sanctions; or (iv) make any payments to, a Sanctioned Country or Blocked Person in violation of any U.S. Economic Sanctions; provided, however, if a country

 

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in which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries does business or has assets is hereafter designated a Sanctioned Country, the Company or such Subsidiary shall have whatever time is allowed by law to discontinue such business or operations in such country, so long as such continued business or operations does not result in any liability for any holder of the Notes; (c) the funds used to repay the Notes will not be derived from any unlawful activity; (d) the Company and each Controlled Entity shall comply with all U.S. Economic Sanctions, Anti-Money Laundering Laws and Anti-Corruption Laws and (e) the Company shall promptly notify the holders of the Notes in writing upon the occurrence of a Reportable Compliance Event.

11.14. Minimum Fixed Charges Coverage Ratio.

The Company shall not permit the Fixed Charges Coverage Ratio, calculated as of the end of each fiscal quarter for the period equal to the four (4) consecutive fiscal quarters then ended, to be less than 1.50 to 1.00.

11.15. Priority Indebtedness.

The Company will not, at any time, permit Priority Indebtedness to exceed the greater of (a) $150,000,000300,000,000 or (b) 2015% of Consolidated Net WorthTotal Assets, determined at such time.

11.16. Maximum Net Leverage Ratio.

The Company shall not, at any time, permit the Leverage Ratio to exceed 3.25 to 1.00. permit the Net Leverage Ratio calculated as of the end of each fiscal quarter of the Company for the period equal to four (4) consecutive fiscal quarters then ended, to exceed 3.50 to 1.00 or, during any Acquisition Period, 4.00 to 1.00 (stepping down to 3.50 to 1.00 as of the last day of the first fiscal quarter ending after the Acquisition Period); provided that during the continuance of any Acquisition Period, the interest rate applicable to the Notes shall increase by 0.125% (12.5 basis points) during the period from (and retroactive to) the first day of such Acquisition Period until the earlier of (i) to but excluding the first day immediately following the date on which the Company provides an Officer’s Certificate pursuant to Section 8.2 demonstrating that the Net Leverage Ratio for the four fiscal quarters of the Company then most recently ended did not exceed 3.50 to 1.0 and (ii) the last day of the Acquisition Period (such increase, the “Acquisition Spike”).

11.17. Amendment, Etc. of Indebtedness.

The Company covenants and agrees that it shall not amend, modify or change in any manner any term or condition of any Indebtedness, including, but not limited to the Bank Credit Agreement, the NYL Note Facility and the 2006 Note Purchase AgreementMSACL Promissory Notes, except for (a) any refinancing, refunding, renewal or extension thereof permitted by Section 11.1, (b) any increase in the Indebtedness permitted under the terms of any such Indebtedness and this Agreement, (or (c) changes and amendments which (i) do not materially and adversely affect the rights and privileges or the interests of the holders of Notes under this Agreement or the Notes and (ii) are not materially more restrictive on the Obligors, taken as a whole, than those set forth in this Agreement. Without limiting the foregoing, the Company covenants and agrees that it will not, and will not permit MSA to, amend, modify or change the subordination provisions set forth in any of the MSACL Promissory Notes without the prior written consent of the Required Holders,

 

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in their sole and absolute discretion; provided that, notwithstanding anything in this Section 11.17 or elsewhere in this Agreement to the contrary, the MSACL Promissory Notes may be amended in order to subordinate such MSACL Promissory Notes to any other Indebtedness of the Obligors or their Subsidiaries that is permitted to be incurred pursuant to Section 11.1 on the same terms that such MSACL Promissory Notes are subordinated to the Notes.

12. EVENTS OF DEFAULT.

An “Event of Default” shall exist if any of the following conditions or events shall occur and be continuing:

(a) the Company defaults in the payment of any principal, interest or Make-Whole Amount or Swap Reimbursement Amount, if any, on any Note when the same becomes due and payable, whether at maturity or at a date fixed for payment or prepayment or by declaration or otherwise; or

(b) the Company defaults in the performance of or compliance with any term contained in (i) Section 8.1(d), Section 8.3 or Section 11 or (ii) any Additional Covenant incorporated into this Agreement pursuant to Section 10.9 and such default is not remedied prior to the expiration of the associated cure period for such Additional Covenant; or

(c) the Company defaults in the performance of or compliance with any term contained herein (other than those referred to in Sections 12(a) and (b)) or in any other Financing Document and such default is not remedied within thirty (30) days after the earlier of (i) a Responsible Officer obtaining actual knowledge of such default and (ii) the Company receiving written notice of such default from any holder of a Note (any such written notice to be identified as “notice of default” and to refer specifically to this Section 12(c)); or

(d) any representation or warranty made in writing by or on behalf of the Company or by any officer of the Company in this Agreement or in any other Financing Document or by or on behalf of any Guarantor or by any officer of any Guarantor in connection with any Note Guarantee proves to have been false or incorrect in any material respect on the date as of which made; or

(e)    (i) the Company or any Subsidiary is in default (as principal or as guarantor or other surety) in the payment of any principal of or premium or make-whole amount, Swap Reimbursement Amount or interest on any Indebtedness that is outstanding in an aggregate principal amount of at least $25,000,000 (or its equivalent in the relevant currency of payment) beyond any period of grace provided with respect thereto, or (ii) the Company or any Subsidiary is in default in the performance of or compliance with any term of any evidence of any Indebtedness in an aggregate outstanding principal amount of at least $25,000,000 (or its equivalent in the relevant currency of payment) or of any mortgage, indenture or other agreement relating thereto or any other condition exists, and as a consequence of such default or condition such Indebtedness has become, or has been declared (or one or more Persons are entitled to declare such Indebtedness to be), due and payable before its stated maturity or before its regularly scheduled dates of payment, or

 

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(iii) as a consequence of the occurrence or continuation of any event or condition (other than the passage of time or the right of the holder of Indebtedness to convert such Indebtedness into Equity Interests or a voluntary redemption of such Indebtedness in accordance with its terms or the making of a change of control repurchase offer, provided such change of control offer is also made to the holders of the Notes pursuant to the provisions of Section 9.7), (x) the Company or any Subsidiary has become obligated to purchase or repay Indebtedness before its regular maturity or before its regularly scheduled dates of payment in an aggregate outstanding principal amount of at least $25,000,000 (or its equivalent in the relevant currency of payment), or (y) one or more Persons have the right to require the Company or any Subsidiary so to purchase or repay such Indebtedness; or

(f) the Company or any Material Subsidiary (i) is generally not paying, or admits in writing its inability to pay, its debts as they become due, (ii) files, or consents by answer or otherwise to the filing against it of, a petition for relief or reorganization or arrangement or any other petition in bankruptcy, for liquidation or to take advantage of any bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or other similar law of any jurisdiction, (iii) makes an assignment for the benefit of its creditors, (iv) consents to the appointment of a custodian, receiver, trustee or other officer with similar powers with respect to it or with respect to any substantial part of its property, (v) is adjudicated as insolvent or to be liquidated, or (vi) takes corporate action for the purpose of any of the foregoing; or

(g) a court or Governmental Authority of competent jurisdiction enters an order appointing, without consent by the Company or any of its Material Subsidiaries, a custodian, receiver, trustee or other officer with similar powers with respect to it or with respect to any substantial part of its property, or constituting an order for relief or approving a petition for relief or reorganization or any other petition in bankruptcy or for liquidation or to take advantage of any bankruptcy or insolvency law of any jurisdiction, or ordering the dissolution, winding-up or liquidation of the Company or any of its Material Subsidiaries, or any such petition shall be filed against the Company or any of its Material Subsidiaries and such petition shall not be dismissed within 30 days; or

(h) a final judgment or judgments for the payment of money aggregating in excess of an amount equal to $25,000,000 (or its equivalent in the relevant currency of payment) in the aggregate in excess of any valid and binding third party insurance coverage not in dispute shall be rendered against one or more of the Obligors and which judgments are not, within 30 days after entry thereof, bonded, discharged or stayed pending appeal, or are not discharged within 30 days after the expiration of such stay; or

(i) if (i) any Plan shall fail to satisfy the minimum funding standards of ERISA or the Code for any plan year or part thereof or a waiver of such standards or extension of any amortization period is sought or granted under section 412 of the Code, (ii) a notice of intent to terminate any Plan shall have been or is reasonably expected to be filed with the PBGC or the PBGC shall have instituted proceedings under ERISA section 4042 to terminate or appoint a trustee to administer any Plan or the PBGC shall have notified the Company or any ERISA Affiliate that a Plan may become a subject of any such

 

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proceedings, (iii) the aggregate “amount of unfunded benefit liabilities” (within the meaning of section 4001(a)(18) of ERISA) under all Plans, determined in accordance with Title IV of ERISA, shall exceed 5% of Consolidated Net Worth, (iv) the Company or any ERISA Affiliate shall have incurred or is reasonably expected to incur any liability pursuant to Title I or IV of ERISA or the penalty or excise tax provisions of the Code relating to employee benefit plans, (v) the Company or any ERISA Affiliate withdraws from any Multiemployer Plan or (vi) the Company or any Subsidiary establishes or amends any employee welfare benefit plan that provides post-employment welfare benefits in a manner that would increase the liability of the Company or any Subsidiary thereunder; and any such event or events described in clauses (i) through (vi) above, either individually or together with any other such event or events, could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; or

(j) (i) any default shall occur under any Note Guarantee or any Note Guarantee shall cease to be in full force and effect for any reason whatsoever (except as otherwise permitted hereunder and under such Note Guarantee), including, without limitation, a determination by any Governmental Authority that such Note Guarantee is invalid, void or unenforceable or (ii) the Company or any Guarantor shall contest or deny in writing the validity or enforceability of any Guarantor’s obligations under its Note Guarantee; or

(k) [Reserved]; orany of the separateness covenants contained in the MSA Governing Documents shall cease to be enforceable in accordance with the respective terms thereof or shall in any way be terminated or become or be declared ineffective or inoperative or set aside or cease to provide for the separate corporate identity of MSA or MSA shall be substantively consolidated with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries; or

(l) this Agreement, any Note or any other Financing Document shall cease to constitute a legal, valid and binding agreement enforceable against the party executing the same or such party’s successors and assigns (as permitted under such documents) in accordance with the respective terms thereof or shall in any way be terminated (except in accordance with its terms) or become or be declared ineffective or inoperative or shall in any way be challenged or contested or cease to give or provide the respective rights, titles, interests, remedies, powers or privileges intended to be created thereby; or

(m) any of the Obligors’ or any of their Material Subsidiaries’ assets are attached, seized, levied upon or subjected to a writ or distress warrant; or such come within the possession of any receiver, trustee, custodian or assignee for the benefit of creditors and the same is not cured within sixty (60) days thereafter.

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13. REMEDIES ON DEFAULT, ETC.

13.1. Acceleration.

(a) If an Event of Default with respect to the Company described in Section 12(f) or (g) (other than an Event of Default described in clause (i) of Section 12(f) or described in clause (vi) of Section 12(f) by virtue of the fact that such clause encompasses clause (i) of Section 12(f)) has occurred, all the Notes then outstanding shall automatically become immediately due and payable.

(b) If any other Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, the Required Holders may at any time at their option, by notice or notices to the Company, declare all the Notes then outstanding to be immediately due and payable.

(c) If any Event of Default described in Section 12(a) has occurred and is continuing, any holder or holders of Notes at the time outstanding affected by such Event of Default may at any time, at its or their option, by notice or notices to the Company, declare all the Notes held by it or them to be immediately due and payable.

Upon any Notes becoming due and payable under this Section 13.1, whether automatically or by declaration, such Notes will forthwith mature and the entire unpaid principal amount of such Notes, plus (x) all accrued and unpaid interest thereon (including, without limitation, interest accrued thereon at the Default Rate) and (y) the Make-Whole Amount and the Swap Reimbursement Amount determined in respect of such principal amount (to the full extent permitted by applicable law), shall all be immediately due and payable, in each and every case without presentment, demand, protest or further notice, all of which are hereby waived. The Company acknowledges, and the parties hereto agree, that each holder of a Note has the right to maintain its investment in the Notes free from repayment by the Company (except as herein specifically provided for) and that the provision for payment of a Make-Whole Amount and any Swap Reimbursement Amount by the Company in the event that the Notes are prepaid or are accelerated as a result of an Event of Default, is intended to provide compensation for the deprivation of such right under such circumstances.

13.2. Other Remedies.

If any Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, and irrespective of whether any Notes have become or have been declared immediately due and payable under Section 13.1, the holder of any Note at the time outstanding may proceed to protect and enforce the rights of such holder by an action at law, suit in equity or other appropriate proceeding, whether for the specific performance of any agreement contained herein or in any Note, or for an injunction against a violation of any of the terms hereof or thereof, or in aid of the exercise of any power granted hereby or thereby or by law or otherwise.

13.3. Rescission.

At any time after any Notes have been declared due and payable pursuant to Section 13.1(b) or (c), the Required Holders, by written notice to the Company, may rescind and annul any such declaration and its consequences if (a) the Company has paid all overdue interest on the Notes, all principal of and Make-Whole Amount and Swap Reimbursement Amount, if any, on any Notes that are due and payable and are unpaid other than by reason of such declaration, and all interest on such overdue principal, Make-Whole Amount and Swap Reimbursement Amount, if any, and (to the extent permitted by applicable law) any overdue interest in respect of the Notes, at the Default Rate, (b) neither the Company nor any other Person shall have paid any amounts that have

 

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become due solely by reason of such declaration, (c) all Events of Default and Defaults, other than non-payment of amounts that have become due solely by reason of such declaration, have been cured or have been waived pursuant to Section 18, and (d) no judgment or decree has been entered for the payment of any monies due pursuant hereto or to the Notes. No rescission and annulment under this Section 13.3 will extend to or affect any subsequent Event of Default or Default or impair any right consequent thereon.

13.4. No Waivers or Election of Remedies, Expenses, Etc.

No course of dealing and no delay on the part of any holder of any Note in exercising any right, power or remedy shall operate as a waiver thereof or otherwise prejudice such holder’s rights, powers or remedies. No right, power or remedy conferred by this Agreement or by any Note upon any holder thereof shall be exclusive of any other right, power or remedy referred to herein or therein or now or hereafter available at law, in equity, by statute or otherwise. Without limiting the obligations of the Company under Section 16, the Company will pay to the holder of each Note on demand such further amount as shall be sufficient to cover all costs and expenses of such holder incurred in any enforcement or collection under this Section 13, including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees, expenses and disbursements.

14. REGISTRATION; EXCHANGE; SUBSTITUTION OF NOTES.

14.1. Registration of Notes.

The Company shall keep at its principal executive office a register for the registration and registration of transfers of Notes. The name and address of each holder of one or more Notes, each transfer thereof and the name and address of each transferee of one or more Notes shall be registered in such register. Prior to due presentment for registration of transfer, the Person in whose name any Note shall be registered shall be deemed and treated as the owner and holder thereof for all purposes hereof, and the Company shall not be affected by any notice or knowledge to the contrary. The Company shall give to any holder of a Note that is an Institutional Investor promptly upon request therefor, a complete and correct copy of the names and addresses of all registered holders of Notes.

14.2. Transfer and Exchange of Notes.

Upon surrender of any Note to the Company at the address and to the attention of the designated officer (all as specified in Section 19) for registration of transfer or exchange (and in the case of a surrender for registration of transfer accompanied by a written instrument of transfer duly executed by the registered holder of such Note or such holder’s attorney duly authorized in writing and accompanied by the relevant name, address and other details for notices of each transferee of such Note or part thereof) within ten Business Days thereafter the Company shall execute and deliver, at the Company’s expense (except as provided below), one or more new Notes (as requested by the holder thereof) of the same Series as such surrendered Note in exchange therefor, in an aggregate principal amount equal to the unpaid principal amount of the surrendered Note. Each such new Note shall be payable to such Person as such holder may request and shall be substantially in the form of Exhibit 1-A, in the case of a Series A Note, in the form of Exhibit 1-B, in the case of a Series B Note, or in the form of Exhibit 1-C, in the case of a Shelf Note. Each

 

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such new Note shall be dated and bear interest from the date to which interest shall have been paid on the surrendered Note or dated the date of the surrendered Note if no interest shall have been paid thereon. The Company may require payment of a sum sufficient to cover any stamp tax or governmental charge imposed in respect of any such transfer of Notes. Notes shall not be transferred in denominations of less than $100,000 (or €100,000 in the case of Notes denominated in Euros, £100,000 in the case of Notes denominated in Sterling or A$100,000 in the case of Notes denominated in Australian Dollars), provided that if necessary to enable the registration of transfer by a holder of its entire holding of Notes, one Note may be in a denomination of less than $100,000, €100,000, £100,000 or A$100,000, as applicable. Any transferee, by its acceptance of a Note registered in its name (or the name of its nominee), shall be deemed to have made the representation set forth in Section 7.2.

14.3. Replacement of Notes.

Upon receipt by the Company at the address and to the attention of the designated officer (all as specified in Section 19(iii)) of evidence reasonably satisfactory to it of the ownership of and the loss, theft, destruction or mutilation of any Note (which evidence shall be, in the case of an Institutional Investor, notice from such Institutional Investor of such ownership and such loss, theft, destruction or mutilation), and

(a) in the case of loss, theft or destruction, of indemnity reasonably satisfactory to it (provided that if the holder of such Note is, or is a nominee for, an original Purchaser or another holder of a Note with a minimum net worth of at least $50,000,000 or a Qualified Institutional Buyer, such Person’s own unsecured agreement of indemnity shall be deemed to be satisfactory), or

(b) in the case of mutilation, upon surrender and cancellation thereof,

within ten Business Days thereafter the Company at its own expense shall execute and deliver, in lieu thereof, a new Note of the same Series as such lost, stolen, destroyed or mutilated Note, dated and bearing interest from the date to which interest shall have been paid on such lost, stolen, destroyed or mutilated Note or dated the date of such lost, stolen, destroyed or mutilated Note if no interest shall have been paid thereon.

15. PAYMENTS ON NOTES.

15.1. Place of Payment.

Subject to Section 15.2, payments of principal, Make-Whole Amount and Swap Reimbursement Amount, if any, and interest becoming due and payable on the Notes shall be made in New York, New York, at the principal office of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. in such jurisdiction. The Company may at any time, by notice to each holder of a Note, change the place of payment of the Notes so long as such place of payment shall be either the principal office of the Company in such jurisdiction or the principal office of a bank or trust company in such jurisdiction.

 

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15.2. Home Office Payment.

So long as any Purchaser or its nominee shall be the holder of any Note, and notwithstanding anything contained in Section 15.1 or in such Note to the contrary, the Company will pay all sums becoming due on such Note for principal, Make-Whole Amount and Swap Reimbursement Amount, if any, and interest and all other amounts by the method and at the address specified for such purpose below such Purchaser’s name in Schedule A (in the case of the Series A Notes and the Series B Notes) or as specified in such Purchaser’s Confirmation of Acceptance (in the case of a Shelf Note), or by such other method or at such other address as such Purchaser shall have from time to time specified to the Company in writing for such purpose, without the presentation or surrender of such Note or the making of any notation thereon, except that upon written request of the Company made concurrently with or reasonably promptly after payment or prepayment in full of any Note, such Purchaser shall surrender such Note for cancellation, reasonably promptly after any such request, to the Company at its principal executive office or at the place of payment most recently designated by the Company pursuant to Section 15.1. Prior to any sale or other disposition of any Note held by a Purchaser or its nominee, such Purchaser will, at its election, either endorse thereon the amount of principal paid thereon and the last date to which interest has been paid thereon or surrender such Note to the Company in exchange for a new Note or Notes pursuant to Section 14.2. The Company will afford the benefits of this Section 15.2 to any Institutional Investor that is the direct or indirect transferee of any Note purchased by a Purchaser under this Agreement and that has made the same agreement relating to such Note as the Purchasers have made in this Section 15.2.

16. EXPENSES, ETC.

16.1. Transaction Expenses.

Whether or not the transactions contemplated hereby are consummated, the Company will pay all costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees of a special counsel and, if reasonably required by the Required Holders, local or other counsel) incurred by the Purchasers and each other holder of a Note in connection with such transactions and in connection with any amendments, waivers or consents under or in respect of this Agreement or the Notes (whether or not such amendment, waiver or consent becomes effective), including, without limitation: (a) the costs and expenses incurred in enforcing or defending (or determining whether or how to enforce or defend) any rights under this Agreement or the Notes or in responding to any subpoena or other legal process or informal investigative demand issued in connection with this Agreement or the Notes, or by reason of being a holder of any Note, (b) the costs and expenses, including financial advisors’ fees, incurred in connection with the insolvency or bankruptcy of the Company or any Subsidiary or in connection with any work-out or restructuring of the transactions contemplated hereby and by the Notes and (c) the costs and expenses incurred in connection with the initial filing of this Agreement and all related documents and financial information with the SVO, provided that such costs and expenses under this clause (c) shall not exceed $5,000 per Series of Notes. The Company will pay, and will save each Purchaser and each other holder of a Note harmless from, all claims in respect of any fees, costs or expenses, if any, of brokers and finders (other than those, if any, retained by a Purchaser or other holder in connection with its purchase of the Notes).

 

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16.2. Survival.

The obligations of the Company under this Section 16 will survive the payment or transfer of any Note, the enforcement, amendment or waiver of any provision of this Agreement or the Notes, and the termination of this Agreement.

17. SURVIVAL OF REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES; ENTIRE AGREEMENT.

All representations and warranties contained herein shall survive the execution and delivery of this Agreement and the Notes, the purchase or transfer by any Purchaser of any Note or portion thereof or interest therein and the payment of any Note, and may be relied upon by any subsequent holder of a Note, regardless of any investigation made at any time by or on behalf of such Purchaser or any other holder of a Note. All statements contained in any certificate or other instrument delivered by or on behalf of the Company pursuant to this Agreement shall be deemed representations and warranties of the Company under this Agreement. Subject to the preceding sentence, this Agreement and the Notes embody the entire agreement and understanding between each Purchaser and the Company and supersede all prior agreements and understandings relating to the subject matter hereof.

18. AMENDMENT AND WAIVER.

18.1. Requirements.

This Agreement and the Notes may be amended, and the observance of any term hereof or of the Notes may be waived (either retroactively or prospectively), with (and only with) the written consent of the Company and the Required Holders, except that (a) no amendment or waiver of any of the provisions of Section 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2, 3.1, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 22, or any defined term (as it is used therein), will be effective as to any Purchaser unless consented to by such Purchaser in writing, (b) (i) with the written consent of Prudential (and without the consent of any other holder of Notes), the provisions of Section 3.1 or 3.2 may be amended or waived (except insofar as any such amendment or waiver would affect any rights or obligations with respect to the purchase and sale of Notes which shall have become Accepted Notes prior to such amendment or waiver), and (ii) with the written consent of all of the Purchasers which shall have become obligated to purchase Accepted Notes of any Series (and not without the written consent of all such Purchasers), any of the provisions of Sections 3.2 and 5 may be amended or waived insofar as such amendment or waiver would affect only rights or obligations with respect to the purchase and sale of the Accepted Notes of such Series or the terms and provisions of such Accepted Notes and (c) no such amendment or waiver may, without the written consent of the holder of each Note at the time outstanding affected thereby, (i) subject to the provisions of Section 13 relating to acceleration or rescission, change the amount or time of any prepayment or payment of principal of, or reduce the rate or change the time of payment or method of computation of interest or of the Make-Whole Amount or Swap Reimbursement Amount on, the Notes, (ii) change the percentage of the principal amount of the Notes the holders of which are required to consent to any such amendment or waiver, or (iii) amend Section 9, 12(a), 13, 18 or 21.

 

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18.2. Solicitation of Holders of Notes.

(a) Solicitation. The Company will provide each holder of the Notes (irrespective of the amount of Notes then owned by it) with sufficient information, sufficiently far in advance of the date a decision is required, to enable such holder to make an informed and considered decision with respect to any proposed amendment, waiver or consent in respect of any of the provisions hereof or of the Notes, unless such proposed amendment, waiver or consent relates only to a specific Series of Accepted Notes which have not yet been purchased, in which case such information will only be required to be delivered to the Purchasers which shall have become obligated to purchase Accepted Notes of such Series. The Company will deliver executed or true and correct copies of each amendment, waiver or consent effected pursuant to the provisions of this Section 18 to each holder of outstanding Notes promptly following the date on which it is executed and delivered by, or receives the consent or approval of, the requisite holders of Notes.

(b) Payment. The Company will not directly or indirectly pay or cause to be paid any remuneration, whether by way of supplemental or additional interest, fee or otherwise, or grant any security or provide other credit support, to any holder of Notes as consideration for or as an inducement to the entering into by any holder of Notes of any waiver or amendment of any of the terms and provisions hereof or of any Note unless such remuneration is concurrently paid, or security is concurrently granted or other credit support concurrently provided, on the same terms, ratably to each holder of Notes then outstanding even if such holder did not consent to such waiver or amendment.

18.3. Binding Effect, Etc.

Any amendment or waiver consented to as provided in this Section 18 applies equally to all holders of Notes and is binding upon them and upon each future holder of any Note and upon the Company without regard to whether such Note has been marked to indicate such amendment or waiver. No such amendment or waiver will extend to or affect any obligation, covenant, agreement, Default or Event of Default not expressly amended or waived or impair any right consequent thereon. No course of dealing between the Company and the holder of any Note nor any delay in exercising any rights hereunder or under any Note shall operate as a waiver of any rights of any holder of such Note. As used herein, the term “this Agreement” and references thereto shall mean this Agreement as it may from time to time be amended or supplemented.

18.4. Notes Held by Company, Etc.

Solely for the purpose of determining whether the holders of the requisite percentage of the aggregate principal amount of Notes then outstanding approved or consented to any amendment, waiver or consent to be given under this Agreement or the Notes, or have directed the taking of any action provided herein or in the Notes to be taken upon the direction of the holders of a specified percentage of the aggregate principal amount of Notes then outstanding, Notes directly or indirectly owned by the Company or any of its Affiliates shall be deemed not to be outstanding.

 

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19. NOTICES.

Except to the extent otherwise provided in Section 8.4, all notices and communications provided for hereunder shall be in writing and sent (a) by telecopy if the sender on the same day sends a confirming copy of such notice by a recognized overnight delivery service (charges prepaid), (b) by registered or certified mail with return receipt (postage prepaid), or (c) by a recognized overnight delivery service (with charges prepaid). Any such notice must be sent:

(i) if to a Purchaser or its nominee, to such Purchaser or nominee at the address specified for such communications in Schedule A (in the case of the Series A Notes and the Series B Notes) or as specified by such Purchaser in its Confirmation of Acceptance (in the case of Shelf Notes), or at such other address as such Purchaser or nominee shall have specified to the Company in writing,

(ii) if to any other holder of any Note, to such holder at such address as such other holder shall have specified to the Company in writing, or

(iii) if to the Company, to the Company at its address set forth at the beginning hereof to the attention of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, or at such other address as the Company shall have specified to the holder of each Note in writing.

Notices under this Section 19 will be deemed given only when actually received.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 19, any communication pursuant to Section 3.2 shall be made by the method specified for such communication in Section 3.2, and shall be effective to create any rights or obligations under this Agreement only if, in the case of a telephone communication, an Authorized Officer of the party conveying the information and of the party receiving the information are parties to the telephone call, and in the case of a telecopier communication, the communication is signed by an Authorized Officer of the party conveying the information, addressed to the attention of an Authorized Officer of the party receiving the information, and in fact received at the telecopier terminal the number of which is listed for the party receiving the communication in the Information Schedule or at such other telecopier terminal as the party receiving the information shall have specified in writing to the party sending such information.

20. REPRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS.

This Agreement and all documents relating thereto, including, without limitation, (a) consents, waivers and modifications that may hereafter be executed, (b) documents received by any Purchaser at any Closing (except the Original Series A Notes and the Notes themselves), and (c) financial statements, certificates and other information previously or hereafter furnished to any Purchaser, may be reproduced by such Purchaser by any photographic, photostatic, electronic, digital or other similar process and such Purchaser may destroy any original document so reproduced. The Company agrees and stipulates that, to the extent permitted by applicable law, any such reproduction shall be admissible in evidence as the original itself in any judicial or administrative proceeding (whether or not the original is in existence and whether or not such reproduction was made by such Purchaser in the regular course of business) and any enlargement, facsimile or further reproduction of such reproduction shall likewise be admissible in evidence. This Section 20 shall not prohibit the Company or any other holder of Notes from contesting any such reproduction to the same extent that it could contest the original, or from introducing evidence to demonstrate the inaccuracy of any such reproduction.

 

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21. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION.

For the purposes of this Section 21, “Confidential Information” means information delivered to any Purchaser by or on behalf of the Company or any Subsidiary in connection with the transactions contemplated by or otherwise pursuant to this Agreement that is proprietary in nature and that was clearly marked or labeled or otherwise adequately identified when received by such Purchaser as being confidential information of the Company or such Subsidiary, provided that such term does not include information that (a) was publicly known or otherwise known to such Purchaser prior to the time of such disclosure, (b) subsequently becomes publicly known through no act or omission by such Purchaser or any person acting on such Purchaser’s behalf, (c) otherwise becomes known to such Purchaser other than through disclosure by the Company or any Subsidiary or (d) constitutes financial statements delivered to such Purchaser under Section 8.1 that are otherwise publicly available. Each Purchaser will maintain the confidentiality of such Confidential Information in accordance with procedures adopted by such Purchaser in good faith to protect confidential information of third parties delivered to such Purchaser, provided that such Purchaser may deliver or disclose Confidential Information to (i) its directors, trustees, officers, employees, agents, attorneys and affiliates (to the extent such disclosure reasonably relates to the administration of the investment represented by its Notes), (ii) its financial advisors and other professional advisors who agree to hold confidential the Confidential Information substantially in accordance with the terms of this Section 21, (iii) any other holder of any Note, (iv) any Institutional Investor to which it sells or offers to sell such Note or any part thereof or any participation therein (if such Person has agreed in writing prior to its receipt of such Confidential Information to be bound by the provisions of this Section 21), (v) any Person from which it offers to purchase any security of the Company (if such Person has agreed in writing prior to its receipt of such Confidential Information to be bound by the provisions of this Section 21), (vi) any federal or state regulatory authority having jurisdiction over such Purchaser, (vii) the NAIC or the SVO or, in each case, any similar organization, or any nationally recognized rating agency that requires access to information about such Purchaser’s investment portfolio, or (viii) any other Person to which such delivery or disclosure may be necessary or appropriate (w) to effect compliance with any law, rule, regulation or order applicable to such Purchaser, (x) in response to any subpoena or other legal process, (y) in connection with any litigation to which such Purchaser is a party or (z) if an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, to the extent such Purchaser may reasonably determine such delivery and disclosure to be necessary or appropriate in the enforcement or for the protection of the rights and remedies under such Purchaser’s Notes and this Agreement. Each holder of a Note, by its acceptance of a Note, will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by and to be entitled to the benefits of this Section 21 as though it were a party to this Agreement. On reasonable request by the Company in connection with the delivery to any holder of a Note of information required to be delivered to such holder under this Agreement or requested by such holder (other than a holder that is a party to this Agreement or its nominee), such holder will enter into an agreement with the Company embodying the provisions of this Section 21.

 

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In the event that as a condition to receiving access to information relating to the Company or its Subsidiaries in connection with the transactions contemplated by or otherwise pursuant to this Agreement (including, without limitation, as contemplated by Section 8.4), any Purchaser or holder of a Note is required to agree to a confidentiality undertaking (whether through IntraLinks, another secure website, a secure virtual workspace or otherwise) which is different from this Section 21, this Section 21 shall not be amended thereby and, as between such Purchaser or such holder and the Company, this Section 21 shall supersede any such other confidentiality undertaking.

22. SUBSTITUTION OF PURCHASER.

Each Purchaser shall have the right to substitute any one of its Affiliates as the purchaser of the Notes that it has agreed to purchase hereunder, by written notice to the Company, which notice shall be signed by both such Purchaser and such Affiliate, shall contain such Affiliate’s agreement to be bound by this Agreement and shall contain a confirmation by such Affiliate of the accuracy with respect to it of the representations set forth in Section 7. Upon receipt of such notice, any reference to such Purchaser in this Agreement (other than in this Section 22), shall be deemed to refer to such Affiliate in lieu of such original Purchaser. In the event that such Affiliate is so substituted as a Purchaser hereunder and such Affiliate thereafter transfers to such original Purchaser all of the Notes then held by such Affiliate, upon receipt by the Company of notice of such transfer, any reference to such Affiliate as a “Purchaser” in this Agreement (other than in this Section 22), shall no longer be deemed to refer to such Affiliate, but shall refer to such original Purchaser, and such original Purchaser shall again have all the rights of an original holder of the Notes under this Agreement.

23. MISCELLANEOUS.

23.1. Successors and Assigns.

All covenants and other agreements contained in this Agreement by or on behalf of any of the parties hereto bind and inure to the benefit of their respective successors and assigns (including, without limitation, any subsequent holder of a Note) whether so expressed or not.

23.2. Payments Due on Non-Business Days.

Anything in this Agreement or the Notes to the contrary notwithstanding (but without limiting the requirement in Section 9.4 that notice of any optional prepayment specify a Business Day as the date fixed for such prepayment), any payment of principal of or Make-Whole Amount, Swap Reimbursement Amount or interest on any Note that is due on a date other than a Business Day shall be made on the next succeeding Business Day without including the additional days elapsed in the computation of the interest payable on such next succeeding Business Day; provided that, if the maturity date of any Note is a date other than a Business Day, the payment otherwise due on such maturity date shall be made on the next succeeding Business Day and shall include the additional days elapsed in the computation of interest payable on such next succeeding Business Day.

 

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23.3. Accounting Terms and Covenant Calculations.

(a) All accounting terms used herein which are not expressly defined in this Agreement have the meanings respectively given to them in accordance with GAAP. Except as otherwise specifically provided herein, all computations made pursuant to this Agreement shall be made in accordance with GAAP, and all financial statements shall be prepared in accordance with GAAP.

(b) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, (i) for purposes of determining compliance with the covenants in this Agreement, any election by the Company or any Subsidiary to measure any portion of a non-derivative financial liability at fair value (as permitted by FASB ASC 825-10-25 (formerly known as FASB Statement No. 159) or any similar accounting standard), other than to reflect any hedging of such non-derivative financial liability (including both interest rate and foreign currency hedges), shall be disregarded and such determination shall be made as if such election had not been made; and (ii) any obligation that is not treated as Indebtedness for the purposes of GAAP and otherwise not included in the definition of “Indebtedness” as of the First Amendment Effective Date shall not be treated as Indebtedness for purposes of this Agreement, in each case described in subclauses (ii) and (iii) of this sentence notwithstanding any actual or proposed change in or application of GAAP after the First Amendment Effective Date.

(c) Notwithstanding the foregoing, all leases of any Person that are or would be characterized as operating leases in accordance with GAAP on the First Amendment Effective Date (whether or not such operating leases were in effect on such date) shall continue to be accounted for as operating leases (and not as Capital Leases) for purposes of this Agreement regardless of any change in GAAP following the First Amendment Effective Date that would otherwise require such leases to be recharacterized as Capital Leases.

(d) As used in this Agreement, accounting terms relating to the Company and its Subsidiaries not defined in Schedule B, and accounting terms partly defined in Schedule B, but only to the extent not so defined, shall have the respective meanings given to them under GAAP; provided, however, that all accounting terms used in Section 11 (and all defined terms used in the definition of any accounting term used in Section 11 shall have the meaning given to such terms (and defined terms) under GAAP as in effect on the date hereofFirst Amendment Effective Date applied on a basis consistent with those used in preparing the Company’s audited consolidated year-end financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2013. 31, 2017. In the event any change in GAAP after the date hereofFirst Amendment Effective Date would affect the computation of any financial covenants set forth in this Agreement, and either the Company or the Required Holders shall so request, the holders of Notes and the Company shall negotiate in good faith to amend such financial covenants in a manner that would preserve the original intent thereof, but would allow compliance therewith to be determined in accordance with the Company’s financial statements at that time; provided that, until so amended (i) such financial covenants shall continue to be computed in accordance with GAAP prior to such change therein, and (ii) the Company shall provide to the holders of Notes 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.

 

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(e) Any financial ratios required to be maintained by the Company pursuant to this Agreement shall be calculated by dividing the appropriate component by the other component, carrying the result to one place more than the number of places by which such ratio is expressed herein and rounding the result up or down to the nearest number (with a rounding-up if there is no nearest number).

(f) All accounting and other financial terms used in Section 11 (and all defined terms used in the definition of any accounting or other financial term used in Section 11) shall, notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, for periods ending after December 31, 2018 if the MSA Excluded Subsidiary Certificate shall have been delivered on or prior to January 1, 2019, be deemed to refer to the consolidated accounts of the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries, after giving effect to appropriate reconciliations reflecting the adjustments necessary (as determined by the Required Holders in their sole discretion) to eliminate the accounts of the MSA Company Group; provided that, for purposes of calculating Consolidated EBITDA for the fiscal quarters ending March 31, 2019, June 30, 2019 and September 30, 2019, the portion of Consolidated EBITDA attributable to the accounts of the MSA Company Group shall be deemed to be $6,249,000.00, $4,166,000.00, and $2,083,000.00, respectively.

23.4. Severability.

Any provision of this Agreement that is prohibited or unenforceable in any jurisdiction shall, as to such jurisdiction, be ineffective to the extent of such prohibition or unenforceability without invalidating the remaining provisions hereof, and any such prohibition or unenforceability in any jurisdiction shall (to the full extent permitted by law) not invalidate or render unenforceable such provision in any other jurisdiction.

23.5. Construction, Etc.

Each covenant contained herein shall be construed (absent express provision to the contrary) as being independent of each other covenant contained herein, so that compliance with any one covenant shall not (absent such an express contrary provision) be deemed to excuse compliance with any other covenant. Where any provision herein refers to action to be taken by any Person, or which such Person is prohibited from taking, such provision shall be applicable whether such action is taken directly or indirectly by such Person.

For the avoidance of doubt, all Schedules and Exhibits attached to this Agreement shall be deemed to be a part hereof.

23.6. Counterparts.

This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be an original but all of which together shall constitute one instrument. Each counterpart may consist of a number of copies hereof, each signed by less than all, but together signed by all, of the parties hereto. Delivery of a facsimile or electronic transmission of an executed counterpart of a signature page to this Agreement shall be as effective as delivery of a manually executed counterpart of this Agreement.

 

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23.7. Governing Law.

This Agreement shall be construed and enforced in accordance with, and the rights of the parties shall be governed by, the law of the State of New York excluding choice-of-law principles of the law of such State that would permit the application of the laws of a jurisdiction other than such State.

23.8. Jurisdiction and Process; Waiver of Jury Trial.

(a) The Company irrevocably submits to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of any New York State or federal court sitting in the Borough of Manhattan, The City of New York, over any suit, action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the Notes. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the Company irrevocably waives and agrees not to assert, by way of motion, as a defense or otherwise, any claim that it is not subject to the jurisdiction of any such court, any objection that it may now or hereafter have to the laying of the venue of any such suit, action or proceeding brought in any such court and any claim that any such suit, action or proceeding brought in any such court has been brought in an inconvenient forum.

(b) Nothing in this Section 23.8 shall affect the right of any holder of a Note to serve process in any manner permitted by law, or limit any right that the holders of any of the Notes may have to bring proceedings against the Company in the courts of any appropriate jurisdiction or to enforce in any lawful manner a judgment obtained in one jurisdiction in any other jurisdiction.

(c) THE PARTIES HERETO HEREBY WAIVE TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY ACTION BROUGHT ON OR WITH RESPECT TO THIS AGREEMENT, THE NOTES OR ANY OTHER DOCUMENT EXECUTED IN CONNECTION HEREWITH OR THEREWITH.

23.9. Publicity.

The Company agrees that Prudential (and its Affiliates) may (a) refer to its (and their) role in originating the purchase of the Series A Notes and the Series B Notes from the Company and establishing the Facility, as well as the identity of the Company and the aggregate principal amount and issue date of the Series A Notes and the Series B Notes and the maximum aggregate principal amount of the Shelf Notes and the date on which the Facility was established, on its internet site or in marketing materials, press releases, published “tombstone” announcements or any other print or electronic medium and (b) display the Company’s corporate logo in conjunction with any such reference.

23.10. Obligation to Make Payment in Applicable Currency.

Any payment on account of an amount that is payable hereunder or under the Notes in the Applicable Currency which is made to or for the account of any holder of Notes in any other currency, whether as a result of any judgment or order or the enforcement thereof or the realization of any security or the liquidation of the Company, shall constitute a discharge of the obligation of the Company under this Agreement or the Notes only to the extent of the amount of the Applicable

 

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Currency which such holder could purchase in the foreign exchange markets in London, England, with the amount of such other currency in accordance with normal banking procedures at the rate of exchange prevailing on the London Banking Day following receipt of the payment first referred to above. If the amount of the Applicable Currency that could be so purchased is less than the amount of the Applicable Currency originally due to such holder, the Company agrees to the fullest extent permitted by law, to indemnify and save harmless such holder from and against all loss or damage arising out of or as a result of such deficiency. This indemnity shall, to the fullest extent permitted by law, constitute an obligation separate and independent from the other obligations contained in this Agreement and the Notes, shall give rise to a separate and independent cause of action, shall apply irrespective of any indulgence granted by such holder from time to time and shall continue in full force and effect notwithstanding any judgment or order for a liquidated sum in respect of an amount due hereunder or under the Notes or under any judgment or order. If the amount of the Applicable Currency that could be so purchased is greater than the amount of the Applicable Currency originally due to such holder, such holder shall promptly remit to the Company such amount as will result in such holder being no better or worse off than if the amount of the Applicable Currency that could have been purchased is equal to the amount of the Applicable Currency originally due to such holder. As used herein the term “London Banking Day” shall mean any day other than Saturday or Sunday or a day on which commercial banks are required or authorized by law to be closed in London, England.

23.11. Determinations Involving Different Currencies.

(a) For purposes of (i) determining the percentage ownership of Notes under the definition of “Required Holders”, (ii) determining whether the holders of the requisite percentage of the aggregate principal amount of Notes then outstanding have approved or consented to any amendment, waiver or consent given under this Agreement or the Financing Documents, or have directed the taking of any action provided herein or therein to be taken upon the direction of the holders of a specified percentage of the aggregate principal amount of Notes then outstanding or (iii) any other determination of the requisite percentage of the principal amount of any Notes of more than one currency, the principal amount of any outstanding Notes denominated in a currency other than Dollars shall, solely for purposes of determining any such percentage or requisite principal amount, be deemed to have been converted into Dollars at the rate of exchange of Sterling into Dollars, Euros into Dollars and/or Australian Dollars into Dollars, as applicable, determined by Prudential on the Restatement Effective Date (with respect to the Series B Notes) or at the time the Company accepted the relevant Quotation for such Notes pursuant to Section 3.2(e) (with respect to any issuance of Shelf Notes), notwithstanding any currency exchange rate fluctuations after such date.

(b) For purposes of (i) allocating any partial prepayment of the Notes, and (ii) allocating any offer with respect to any partial prepayment of the Notes, the principal amount of any outstanding Notes denominated in a currency other than Dollars shall, for purposes of determining any such percentage or requisite principal amount, be deemed to have been converted into Dollars at the time that such prepayment, offer or determination is made at the exchange rate published in the Financial Times (or if such rates are no longer published by the Financial Times, such other publication or source as the Company and the Required Holders may reasonably agree) one Business Day prior to the date of any such prepayment, offer or determination.

 

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23.12. CONTINUED EFFECTIVENESS; NO NOVATION.

Anything contained herein to the contrary notwithstanding, this Agreement is not intended to and shall not serve to effect a novation of the obligations under the Existing Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement or the Existing Series A Notes. Instead, it is the express intention of the parties hereto to reaffirm the indebtedness created under the Existing Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement and the Existing Series A Notes, as amended by this Agreement. The Company acknowledges and confirms that it has no defense, set off, claim or counterclaim arising prior to the Restatement Effective Date against any of the holders of Notes with regard to the indebtedness, liabilities and obligations created under the Existing Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement or the Existing Series A Notes. This Agreement and all agreements, instruments and documents executed or delivered in connection herewith shall each be deemed to be amended to the extent necessary to give effect to the provisions of this Section. All references in this Agreement or in the Note Guarantee to “Notes” shall be deemed to refer to, without limitation, the “Notes” of the Company under, pursuant to and as defined in this Agreement.

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DEFINED TERMS

As used herein, the following terms have the respective meanings set forth below or set forth in the Section hereof following such term:

2006 Note Purchase Agreement” means that certain Amended and Restated Note Purchase Agreement, dated as of March 7, 2014, made by the Company for the benefit of the Purchasers (as defined therein) party thereto from time to time, as amended by that certain Amendment No. 1 to Amended and Restated Note Purchase Agreement dated as of December 11, 2015 and as the same may be further amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time.

2006 Note Purchase Agreement Guarantees” means, collectively, each Note Guarantee (as defined in the 2006 Note Purchase Agreement).

2006 Notes” means the Company’s 5.41% Amended and Restated Senior Notes due December 20, 2021 in the original aggregate principal amount of $60,000,000 issued pursuant to the terms of the 2006 Note Purchase Agreement.

Acceptance” is defined in Section 3.2(e).

Acceptance Day” is defined in Section 3.2(e).

Acceptance Window” means, with respect to any Quotation, the time period designated by Prudential during which the Company may elect to accept such Quotation. The Acceptance Window with respect to any Quotation is expected to be two minutes, but may be a shorter period if Prudential so elects.

Accepted Note” is defined in Section 3.2(e).

Accrued Interest” has the meaning set forth in Section 1.1 of the Existing Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement.

“Acquisition Period” means a period of four consecutive fiscal quarters of the Company beginning with a fiscal quarter during which the Company or its Subsidiaries consummates a Permitted Acquisition for which the aggregate consideration payable exceeds $100,000,000 (or its equivalent in Dollars as determined on the date such Permitted Acquisition is consummated), and including such fiscal quarter and the immediately three succeeding fiscal quarters. The Company may elect to designate in writing to the holders of the Notes the commencement of an Acquisition Period (which election shall be made prior to the last day of the fiscal quarter in which the relevant Permitted Acquisition is consummated.

“Acquisition Spike” is defined in Section 11.16.

Additional Covenant” is defined in Section 10.9(a).


Additional Subsidiary Guarantor” means, at any time, (a) each Subsidiary of the Company that guarantees, or agrees with the lender or noteholder counterparties (or is otherwise contractually obligated) to provide credit support for, all or any part of the obligations of the Company or any Domestic Subsidiary under, or in respect of, the Bank Credit Agreement, the 2006 Note Purchase Agreement or the NYL Note Facility, or (b) each Domestic Subsidiary that is a borrower, issuer or other obligor under, or in respect of, the Bank Credit Agreement, the 2006 Note Purchase Agreement or the NYL Note Facility.

Administrative Agent” means the Administrative Agent so designated under the Bank Credit Agreement.

Affiliate” means, at any time, (a) with respect to any Person, any other Person that at such time directly or indirectly through one or more intermediaries Controls, or is Controlled by, or is under common Control with, such first Person, (b) with respect to the Company, shall include any Person beneficially owning or holding, directly or indirectly, 10% or more of any class of voting or equity interests of the Company or any Subsidiary or any corporation of which the Company and its Subsidiaries beneficially own or hold, in the aggregate, directly or indirectly, 10% or more of any class of voting or equity interests and (c) with respect to Prudential, shall include any managed account, investment fund or other vehicle for which Prudential or any Prudential Affiliate acts as investment advisor or portfolio manager. As used in this definition, “Control” means the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a Person, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by contract or otherwise. Unless the context otherwise clearly requires, any reference to an “Affiliate” is a reference to an Affiliate of the Company. For the avoidance of doubt and notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary (including, without limitation, the proviso to the definition of “Subsidiary”), MSA and each other Person in the MSA Company Group shall be an Affiliate of the Company and its Subsidiaries.

Amended and Restated Note Guarantee” means an amended and restated guarantee agreement, dated as of the First Restatement Date, substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 10.10-B, as the same may be amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time.

“Amendment Date Reorganization” means, collectively, the transactions and other actions described on Schedule 11.7(a), which shall be consummated no later than January 1, 2019.

“Amendment Date Reorganization Documents” means, collectively, the documents effecting the Amendment Date Reorganization, as in effect on the First Amendment Effective Date; provided that the “Amendment Date Reorganization Documents” shall not include the MSACL Promissory Notes.

Anti-Corruption Laws” is defined in Section 6.18(c).

Anti-Money Laundering Laws” is defined in Section 6.18(b).

Applicable Currency” means (i) with respect to any Notes denominated in Dollars, Dollars, (ii) with respect to any Notes denominated in Euros, Euros, (iii) with respect to any Notes denominated in Sterling, Sterling, and (iv) with respect to any Notes denominated in Australian Dollars, Australian Dollars.


“APR Manufacturing Agreement” means the APR Manufacturing Agreement, dated as of the First Amendment Effective Date, between MSA Safety Pittsburgh and MSA, as in effect on the First Amendment Effective Date.

Asset Disposition” means any Transfer except

(a) any Transfer (i) from a Domestic Subsidiary to the Company or another Domestic Subsidiary, (ii) from a Foreign Subsidiary to the Company, a Domestic Subsidiary or another Foreign Subsidiary, or (iii) from the Company or any Domestic Subsidiary to any Foreign Subsidiary so long as the Obligors are in compliance with the covenant contained in Section 11.4(ij) after giving effect to any such Transfer described in this clause (iii), or (iv) pursuant to the Amendment Date Reorganization, and in the case of any Transfer described in clause (i), (ii) or (iii) above, immediately before and immediately after the consummation of any such Transfer and after giving effect thereto, no Event of Default or Default exists;

(b) any Transfer made in the ordinary course of business and involving only property that is either (i) inventory held for sale or (ii) equipment, fixtures, supplies or materials no longer used or useful in the operation of the business of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or that are obsolete;

(c) any Transfer by the Company or any Subsidiary constituting a Permitted Investment;

(d) non-exclusive licenses or sublicenses to use the patents, trade secrets, know-how and other intellectual property of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries in the ordinary course of business;

(e) dispositions or discounts, without recourse of accounts receivables in connection with the compromise or collection thereof in the ordinary course of business; and

(f) leases and sub-leases and licenses and sub-licenses of property in the ordinary course of business.

Australian Dollar” and “A$” means the lawful currency of Australia.

Australian Dollar Equivalent” means the principal amount of Notes specified by the Company in a Request for Purchase (expressed in Dollars), converted into Australian Dollars at the rate of exchange determined by Prudential at the time the Company accepts the relevant Quotation pursuant to Section 3.2(e).

Authorized Officer” means (i) in the case of the Company, its chief executive officer, its chief financial officer, any other Person authorized by the Company to act on behalf of the Company and designated as an “Authorized Officer” of the Company in the Information Schedule attached hereto or any other Person authorized by the Company to act on behalf of the Company and designated as an “Authorized Officer” of the Company for the purpose of this Agreement in an Officer’s Certificate executed by the Company’s chief executive officer or chief financial officer and delivered to Prudential, and (ii) in the case of Prudential, any officer of Prudential designated as its “Authorized Officer” in the Information Schedule or any officer of Prudential designated as its “Authorized


Officer” for the purpose of this Agreement in a certificate executed by one of its Authorized Officers or a lawyer in its law department. Any action taken under this Agreement on behalf of the Company by any individual who on or after the Restatement Effective Date shall have been an Authorized Officer of the Company and whom Prudential in good faith believes to be an Authorized Officer of the Company at the time of such action shall be binding on the Company even though such individual shall have ceased to be an Authorized Officer of the Company, and any action taken under this Agreement on behalf of Prudential by any individual who on or after the Restatement Effective Date shall have been an Authorized Officer of Prudential and whom the Company in good faith believes to be an Authorized Officer of Prudential at the time of such action shall be binding on Prudential even though such individual shall have ceased to be an Authorized Officer of Prudential.

Available Facility Amount” is defined in Section 3.2(a).

Bank Credit Agreement” means that certain SecondThird Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of December 11, 2015, September 7, 2018, by and among the Company, each of the other borrowers from time to time party thereto, each of the guarantors from time to time party thereto, each of the Bank Lenders from time to time party thereto and PNC Bank, National Association, as Administrative Agent, amending and restating the terms of that certain FirstSecond Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of March 7, 2014, December 11, 2015, by and among the Company, each of the guarantors party thereto, each of the Bank Lenders party thereto and PNC Bank, National Association, as Administrative Agent), as the same may be amended, restated, supplemented, modified, renewed, extended, replaced or refinanced from time to time to the extent permitted by the terms hereof.

Bank Guarantee” means each Guaranty by any Subsidiary of the Company of the obligations of the Company under the Bank Credit Agreement.

Bank Lender” means each financial institution that is a “Lender” under, and as defined in, the Bank Credit Agreement from time to time.

Blocked Person” is defined in Section 6.18(a).

“Business Day” means:

(a) other than as provided in clause (b) below, any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday or a day on which commercial banks in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania or New York, New York are authorized or required to be closed; and

(b) for purposes of Section 9.6 or with respect to any Shelf Closing or payment of Notes, (i) if with respect to Notes denominated in Dollars, a New York Business Day, (ii) if with respect to Notes denominated in Sterling, any day which is both a New York Business Day and a day on which commercial banks are not required or authorized to be closed in London, England, (iii) if with respect to Notes denominated in Euros, any day which is both a New York Business Day and a TARGET Day, and (iv) if with respect to Notes denominated in Australian Dollars, any day which is both a New York Business Day and a day on which commercial banks are not required or authorized to be closed in Sydney, Australia.

Called Principal” is defined in Section 9.6(a).


Cancellation Date” is defined in Section 3.2(g)(iv).

Cancellation Fee” is defined in Section 3.2(g)(iv).

Capital Lease” means, at any time, a lease with respect to which the lessee is required concurrently to recognize the acquisition of an asset and the incurrence of a liability in accordance with GAAP (but subject to Section 23.3(c) hereof).

Capital Lease Obligation” means, with respect to any Person and a Capital Lease, the amount of the obligation of such Person as the lessee under such Capital Lease which would, in accordance with GAAP, appear as a liability on a balance sheet of such Person.

Change in Control” means (a) any Person or “group” (within the meaning of Section 13(d) or 14(d) of the Exchange Act) (i) acquiring or having acquired beneficial ownership (within the meaning of Rule 13d-3 promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission under such Act) of 50% or more of any outstanding class of Equity Interests having ordinary voting power in the election of the directors of the Company (other than the aggregate beneficial ownership of the Persons who are officers or directors of the Company on the First Restatement Date) or (ii) obtaining or having obtained the power (whether or not exercised) to elect a majority of the Company’s directors; or (b) any event constituting a “Change of Control” (or any term of similar import) under the Bank Credit Agreement, or the NYL Note Facility or the 2006 Note Purchase Agreement.

Change in Control Response Date” is defined in Section 9.7(a).

CISADA” is defined in Section 6.18(a).

Closing” is defined in Section 4.1.

Closing Day” means, (a) with respect to the Original Series A Notes, the Series A Closing Day, (b) with respect to the Series B Notes, the Restatement Effective Date and (c) with respect to any Accepted Note, the Business Day specified for the closing of the purchase and sale of such Accepted Note in the Confirmation of Acceptance for such Accepted Note; provided that (i) if the Company and the Purchaser which is obligated to purchase such Accepted Note agree on an earlier Business Day for such closing, the “Closing Day” for such Accepted Note shall be such earlier Business Day, and (ii) if the closing of the purchase and sale of such Accepted Note is rescheduled pursuant to Section 4.3, the Closing Day for such Accepted Note, for all purposes of this Agreement except references to “original Closing Day” in Section 3.2(g)(iii), shall mean the Rescheduled Closing Day with respect to such Accepted Note.

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

Commodity Hedge” means a price protection agreement related to commodity products and entered into by the Company or its Subsidiaries for hedging purposes (and not for speculation).

Company” is defined in the introductory sentence of this Agreement.


Company Notice” is defined in Section 9.7(a).

Confidential Information” is defined in Section 21.

Confirmation of Acceptance” is defined in Section 3.2(e).

Consolidated EBITDA” means, for any period of determination, an amount equal to the result of (a) the sum of Consolidated Net Income, plus (i) depreciation, (ii) amortization, (iii) other non-cash charges, non-cash expenses, or non-cash losses to net income (provided, however, that cash payments made in such period or in any future period in respect of such non-cash charges, expenses or losses shall be subtracted from Consolidated Net Income in calculating Consolidated EBITDA in the period when such payments are made), (iv) Interest Charges, (v) income tax expense, and restructuring(vi) non-recurring costs and expenses in connection with the ReorganizationPermitted Acquisitions (not to exceed $30,000,000 in the aggregate for all Permitted Acquisitions) from and after the First Amendment Effective Date, minus (b) non-cash credits or non-cash gains to net income, in each case of the Company and its Subsidiaries for such period determined and consolidated in accordance with GAAP. For purposes of determining Consolidated EBITDA, items related to Joint Ventures shall be excluded, except that cash dividends paid by any Joint Venture to the Company or a wholly-owned Subsidiary of the Company shall be included in Consolidated EBITDA. For purposes of calculating Consolidated EBITDA, (ix) with respect to a business acquired by the Obligors pursuant to a Permitted Acquisition, Consolidated EBITDA shall be calculated on a pro forma basis, using historical numbers, in accordance with GAAP as if the Permitted Acquisition had been consummated at the beginning of such period and (iiy) with respect to a business liquidated, sold or disposed of by the Obligors pursuant to Section 11.5 or Section 11.6, Consolidated EBITDA shall be calculated on a pro forma basis, using historical numbers, in accordance with GAAP as if such liquidation, sale or disposition had been consummated at the beginning of such period.

Consolidated Funded Indebtedness” means, for any period of determination, (ai) the principal balance of the Notes and all obligations of the Company and its Subsidiaries for borrowed money (including, without limitation, Capital Lease Obligations), plus (bii) (without duplication) contingent liabilities related to letters of credit and Guarantiesguaranties of the Company and its Subsidiaries, plus (c) obligations (contingent or otherwise) under any Currency Agreement, Interest Rate Hedge or Commodity Hedge: (i) in the case of a Currency Agreement, Interest Rate Hedge or Commodity Hedge that has been closed out, in an amount equal to the termination value thereof and (ii) in the case of a Currency Agreement, Interest Rate Hedge or Commodity Hedge that has not been closed out, in an amount equal to the mark to market value thereof determined on the basis of readily available quotations provided by any recognized dealer in such Currency Agreement, Interest Rate Hedge or Commodity Hedge (provided, however, that amounts under this clause (c) shall exclude net obligations under a Currency Agreement, Interest Rate Hedge or Commodity Hedge (exclusive of any mark to market adjustment not requiring any actual cash payment or settlement)), in each case determined and consolidated for the Company and its Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP; provided that Consolidated Funded Indebtedness shall not include Indebtedness pursuant to the MSACL Promissory Notes.


Consolidated Income Available for Fixed Charges” means for any period of determination, Consolidated Net Income for such period, plus all amounts deducted in the computation thereof on account of (a) Fixed Charges and (b) taxes imposed on or measured by income or excess profits, in each case determined and consolidated for the Company and its Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP.

Consolidated Net Income” means with respect to any period of determination, the net income (or loss) of the Company and its Subsidiaries for such period (taken as a cumulative whole), as determined and consolidated for the Company and its Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP, after eliminating all offsetting debits and credits between the Company and its Subsidiaries and all other items required to be eliminated in the course of preparation of consolidated financial statements of the Company and its Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP.

Consolidated Net Tangible Assets” means, at any time, the total amount of assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries at such date as determined and consolidated for the Company and its Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP, minus (a) all applicable depreciation, amortization and other valuation reserves and (b) all goodwill, tradenames, trademarks, patents, unamortized debt premium or discount and expense and other like intangible assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries at such date determined and consolidated for the Company and its Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP.

Consolidated Net Worth” means, at any time, (a) the sum of (i) the par value (or value stated on the books of the corporation) of the capital stock (but excluding treasury stock and capital stock subscribed and unissued) of the Company and its Subsidiaries plus (ii) the amount of paid-in capital and retained earnings of the Company and its Subsidiaries, in each case as determined and consolidated as of such time for the Company and its Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP, minus (b) to the extent included in clause (a) above, all amounts properly attributable to minority interests, if any, in the stock and surplus of the Company’s Subsidiaries.

Consolidated Total Assets” means, at any time of determination, the total amount of assets (less properly deductible reserves), which under GAAP appear on a consolidated balance sheet of the Company and its Subsidiaries, in each case determined and consolidated for the Company and its Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP.

Controlled Entity” means (a) any of the Subsidiaries of the Company and any of their or the Company’s respective Controlled Affiliates and (b) if the Company has a parent company, such parent company and its Controlled Affiliates. As used in this definition, “Control” means the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a Person, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by contract or otherwise.

Currency Agreement” means any foreign exchange contract, currency swap agreement or other similar agreement or arrangement, among the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, on the one hand, and one or more financial institutions, on the other hand, designed to protect the Company or any of its Subsidiaries against fluctuations in currency values.

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

Default Rate” with respect to any Note, has the meaning given in such Note.


Delayed Delivery Fee” is defined in Section 3.2(g)(iii).

Designated Australian Securities” is defined in Section 3.2(d).

Designated Euro Securities” is defined in Section 3.2(d).

Designated Gilt(s)” is defined in Section 3.2(d).

Designated Treasuries” is defined in Section 3.2(d).

Discounted Value” is defined in Section 9.6(a).

Disposition Value” means at any time, with respect to any property, (a) in the case of property that does not constitute Equity Interests, the book value thereof, and (b) in the case of property that constitutes Equity Interests, an amount equal to that percentage of the book value of the assets of the Subsidiary that issued such Equity Interests as is equal to the percentage that the book value of all of the outstanding Equity Interests of such Subsidiary determined at the time of the disposition thereof, in good faith by the Company.

Dollars” or “$” means lawful money of the United States of America.

Domestic Person shall meanmeans an entity organized under the laws of any state of the United States of America or the District of Columbia.

Domestic Subsidiary shall meanmeans any Subsidiary (other than a Domestic Person that is a Subsidiary of a non-Domestic Person) of any Obligor that is a Domestic Person.

EMU” means Economic and Monetary Union as contemplated in the Treaty on European Union.

EMU legislation” means legislative measures of the European Council for the introduction of, changeover to or operation of a single or unified European currency (whether known as the Euro or otherwise), being in part the implementation of the third stage of EMU.

Environmental Laws” means any and all Federal, state, local, and foreign statutes, laws, regulations, ordinances, rules, judgments, orders, decrees, permits, concessions, grants, franchises, licenses, agreements or governmental restrictions relating to pollution and the protection of the environment or the release of any materials into the environment, including but not limited to those related to Hazardous Materials.

Equity Interests” means any and all shares of capital stock, partnership interests, membership interests in a limited liability company, beneficial interests in a trust or other equity ownership interests in a Person, and any warrants, options or other rights entitling the holder thereof to purchase or acquire any such equity interests.

ERISA” means the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended from time to time, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder from time to time in effect.


ERISA Affiliate” means any trade or business (whether or not incorporated) that is treated as a single employer together with the Company under section 414 of the Code.

ERISA Event” means (a) a reportable event (under Section 4043 of ERISA and the regulations thereunder) with respect to a Pension Plan; (b) a withdrawal by the Company or any ERISA Affiliate from a Pension 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 that is treated as such a withdrawal under Section 4062(e) of ERISA; (c) a complete or partial withdrawal by the Company 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 Sections 4041 or 4041A of ERISA, or the commencement of proceedings by the PBGC to terminate a Pension Plan or Multiemployer Plan; (e) an event or condition which constitutes grounds under Section 4042 of ERISA for the termination of, or the appointment of a trustee to administer, any Pension Plan or Multiemployer Plan; or (f) the imposition of any liability under Title IV of ERISA, other than for PBGC premiums due but not delinquent under Section 4007 of ERISA, upon the Company or any ERISA Affiliate.

Euro” or “” means the single currency of the Participating Member States of the European Union.

Euro Equivalent” means the principal amount of Notes specified by the Company in a Request for Purchase (expressed in Dollars), converted into Euros at the rate of exchange determined by Prudential at the time the Company accepts the relevant Quotation pursuant to Section 3.2(e).

Existing Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement” is defined in Section 1.1.

Existing Series A Notes” is defined in Section 1.1.

Existing Shelf Facility” is defined in Section 1.1.

Event of Default” is defined in Section 12.

Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended from time to time, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder from time to time in effect.

Excluded Subsidiary” means each Subsidiary listed on Schedule 11.8. The Excluded Subsidiaries are not required to execute a Note Guarantee with respect to the Notes, except to the extent that the Company causes any such Excluded Subsidiary becomesto become an Additional Subsidiary Guarantor.

Existing Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement” is defined in Section 1.1.

Existing Series A Notes” is defined in Section 1.1.

Existing Shelf Facility” is defined in Section 1.1.

Facility” is defined in Section 3.2(a).


Fair Market Value” means, at any time and with respect to any property, the sale value of such property that would be realized in an arm’s-length sale at such time between an informed and willing buyer and an informed and willing seller (neither being under a compulsion to buy or sell).

Financing Documents” means this Agreement, the Note Guarantees, the Intercompany Subordination Agreement, the Notes and any other instruments, certificates or documents delivered in connection herewith or therewith, as the same may be amended, modified or supplemented from time to time in accordance herewith or therewith, and “Financing Document” shall mean any of the Financing Documents.

“First Amendment” in defined in Section 1.4.

“First Amendment Effective Date” means September 7, 2018.

First Restatement Date” means March 7, 2014.

Fixed Charges” means for any period of determination, the sum of (a) Interest Charges for such period, plus (b) Lease Rentals for such period.

Fixed Charges Coverage Ratio” means, for any date of determination, the ratio of (a) Consolidated Income Available for Fixed Charges for the four (4) consecutive fiscal quarters of the Company then most recently ended to (b) Fixed Charges for such period.

Foreign Reorganization” means the reorganization of the Foreign Subsidiaries as set forth on Schedule 5.12 to the Existing Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement.

Foreign Subsidiary” means any Subsidiary of the Company that is not a Domestic Person.

GAAP” means either (a) generally accepted accounting principles as in effect from time to time in the United States of America, subject to the provisions of Section 23.3; or (b) at the election of the Company effective as of the end of any applicable fiscal quarter upon written notice to Prudential and the holders of the Notes, IFRS; provided that the Company may only make one such election during the term of this Agreement.

GM Acquisition” means (a) the purchase by Newco of all or substantially all of the assets of General Monitors, Inc., a Nevada corporation, pursuant to that certain Asset Purchase Agreement, dated September 7, 2010, by and among the Company, Newco, General Monitors, Inc., a Nevada corporation, the Stockholders (as defined therein) and Joseph A. Sperske (as the Sellers’ Representative); (b) the purchase by the Company of all or substantially all of the equity interests in GMT pursuant to that certain Equity Purchase Agreement, dated September 7, 2010, by and among the Company, GMT, the GMT Members (as defined therein) and Joseph A. Sperske (as the GMT Members’ Representative); and (c) the purchase by Mine Safety Fifty Ireland Limited, a company incorporated under the laws of Ireland, of all or substantially all of the equity interests in General Monitors Ireland Ltd., a company incorporated under the laws of Ireland, pursuant to that certain Share Purchase Agreement, dated September 7, 2010, by and among, the Company, Mine Safety Fifty Ireland Limited, a company incorporated under the laws of Ireland, General


Monitors Ireland Ltd., a company incorporated under the laws of Ireland, Raybeam Limited, a company incorporated under the laws of Ireland, the Edwards QSST Trust I, the Edwards QSST Trust II, the Edwards QSST Trust III, Denis Connolly, an individual and Cecil Lenihan, an individual.

GMT” means General Monitors Transnational, LLC, a Nevada limited liability company.

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 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).

Guarantor” means separately, and “Guarantorsshall meanmeans collectively, (a) the Initial Subsidiary Guarantors, (b) MSAW, (c) MSA Advanced Detection, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company, (d) MSA, (e) MSA Safety Development, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company, (f) MSA Technology, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company, (g) MSA Innovatione) MTL, (f) MIL, (g) Senscient, Inc., a Delaware corporation, (h) Globe Holding Company, LLC, a New Hampshire limited liability company, (i) Safety io, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company, (j) MSA Safety Sales, (k) MSA Safety Pittsburgh and (h) each other Personl) each other Person (excluding, for the avoidance of doubt, MSA, which was released on the First Amendment Effective Date as a Guarantor, so long as MSA does not constitute an Additional Subsidiary Guarantor)which executes and delivers a Note Guarantee pursuant to Section 5.11, Section 10.10 or otherwise on or after the Series A Closing Day.

Guaranty” means, with respect to any Person, any obligation (except the endorsement in the ordinary course of business of negotiable instruments for deposit or collection) of such Person guaranteeing or in effect guaranteeing any indebtedness, dividend or other obligation of any other Person in any manner, whether directly or indirectly, including (without limitation) obligations incurred through an agreement, contingent or otherwise, by such Person:

(a) to purchase such indebtedness or obligation or any property constituting security therefor;

(b) to advance or supply funds (i) for the purchase or payment of such indebtedness or obligation, or (ii) to maintain any working capital or other balance sheet condition or any income statement condition of any other Person or otherwise to advance or make available funds for the purchase or payment of such indebtedness or obligation;

(c) to lease properties or to purchase properties or services primarily for the purpose of assuring the owner of such indebtedness or obligation of the ability of any other Person to make payment of the indebtedness or obligation; or

(d) otherwise to assure the owner of such indebtedness or obligation against loss in respect thereof.


In any computation of the indebtedness or other liabilities of the obligor under any Guaranty, the indebtedness or other obligations that are the subject of such Guaranty shall be assumed to be direct obligations of such obligor.

Hazardous Material” means any and all pollutants, toxic or hazardous wastes or other substances that might pose a hazard to health and safety, the removal of which may be required or the generation, manufacture, refining, production, processing, treatment, storage, handling, transportation, transfer, use, disposal, release, discharge, spillage, seepage or filtration of which is or shall be restricted, prohibited or penalized by any applicable law, including, without limitation, asbestos, urea formaldehyde foam insulation, polychlorinated biphenyls, petroleum, petroleum products, lead based paint, radon gas or similar restricted, prohibited or penalized substances.

Hedge Treasury Note(s)” means, with respect to any Accepted Note, the United States Treasury Note or Notes whose duration (as determined by Prudential) most closely matches the duration of such Accepted Note.

Holder” means, with respect to any Note, the Person in whose name such Note is registered in the register maintained by the Company pursuant to Section 15.1. 14.1.

Hostile Tender Offer shall meanmeans, with respect to the use of proceeds of any Note, any offer to purchase, or any purchase of, shares of capital stock of any corporation or equity interests in any other entity, or securities convertible into or representing the beneficial ownership of, or rights to acquire, any such shares or equity interests, if such shares, equity interests, securities or rights are of a class which is publicly traded on any securities exchange or in any over-the-counter market, other than purchases of such shares, equity interests, securities or rights representing less than 5% of the equity interests or beneficial ownership of such corporation or other entity for portfolio investment purposes, and such offer or purchase has not been duly approved by the board of directors of such corporation or the equivalent governing body of such other entity prior to the date on which the Company makes the Request for Purchase of such Note.

IFRS” means the body of pronouncements issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), including International Financial Reporting Standards and interpretations approved by the IASB, International Accounting Standards and Standing Interpretations Committee interpretations approved by the predecessor International Accounting Standards Committee and adapted for use in the European Union.

Incorporated Covenant” is defined in Section 10.9(b).

Indebtedness” means, as to any Person at any time, any and all indebtedness, obligations or liabilities (whether matured or unmatured, liquidated or unliquidated, direct or indirect, absolute or contingent, or joint or several) of such Person for or in respect of: (i) borrowed money, (ii) amounts raised under or liabilities in respect of any note purchase or acceptance credit facility, (iii) reimbursement obligations (contingent or otherwise) under any letter of credit, currency swap agreement, interest rate swap, cap, collar or floor agreement or other interest rate management device, (iv) any other transaction (including forward sale or purchase agreements, Capital Leases and conditional sales agreements) having the commercial effect of a borrowing of money entered into by such Person to finance its operations or capital requirements (but not including trade payables and accrued expenses incurred in the ordinary course of business which are not represented by a promissory note or other evidence of indebtedness and which are not more than thirty (30) days past due), or (v) any Guaranty of Indebtedness for borrowed money.


“INHAM Exemption” is defined in Section 7.2.

Initial Subsidiary Guarantor” means (a) GMT, (b) General Monitors, Inc., a Nevada corporation, and (c) MSA International, LLC (as successor to MSA International, Inc.), a Delaware corporationlimited liability company.

Institutional Investor” means (a) any Purchaser of a Note, (b) any holder of a Note holding (together with one or more of its affiliates) more than 5.0% of the aggregate principal amount of the Notes then outstanding, (c) any bank, trust company, savings and loan association or other financial institution, any pension plan, any investment company, any insurance company, any broker or dealer, or any other similar financial institution or entity, regardless of legal form, and (d) any Related Fund of any holder of any Note.

Intellectual Property” is defined in Section 6.10.

Intercompany Sales Agreement” means the Intercompany Sales and Licensing Agreement, dated as of the First Amendment Effective Date, among MSA, MSA Safety Pittsburgh, MTL and MSA Safety Sales, as in effect on the First Amendment Effective Date.

“Intercompany Subordination Agreementshall meanmeans that certain Amended and Restated Intercompany Subordination Agreement, dated as of the First Restatement Date, among the Obligors in favor of the holders of the Notes substantially the form attached as Exhibit 11.1(d) hereto, as amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time.

Interest Charges” means, for any period of determination, the sum (without duplication) of the following (in each case, eliminating all offsetting debits and credits between the Company and its Subsidiaries and all other items required to be eliminated in the course of the preparation of consolidated financial statements of the Company and its Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP): (a) all interest in respect of Indebtedness of the Company and its Subsidiaries (including imputed interest on Capital Lease Obligations) deducted in determining Consolidated Net Income for such period, together with all interest capitalized or deferred during such period and not deducted in determining Consolidated Net Income for such period, and (b) all debt discount and expense amortized or required to be amortized in the determination of Consolidated Net Income for such period; provided that Interest Charges shall not include interest on any MSACL Promissory Notes.

Interest Payment Date” means (a) with respect to the Series A Notes, April 13, 2014, and each 13th day of January, April, July and October thereafter to and including October 13, 2021, and (b) with respect to the Series B Notes, April 22, 2016, and each 22nd day of January, April, July and October thereafter to and including January 22, 2031.

Interest Rate Hedge” means an interest rate exchange, collar, cap, swap, adjustable strike cap, adjustable strike corridor or similar agreements entered into by any Obligor or any Subsidiary thereof in order to provide protection to, or minimize the impact upon, the Company, the Guarantors and/or their Subsidiaries of increasing floating rates of interest applicable to Indebtedness.


IP License Agreement” means that certain Amended and Restated Intellectual Property License Agreement, dated as of the First Amendment Effective Date, between MSA and MTL, as in effect on the First Amendment Effective Date.

IRS” means the Internal Revenue Service.

ISDA Master Agreement” is defined in Section 9.8.

Issuance Fee” is defined in Section 3.2(g)(ii).

Issuance Period” is defined in Section 3.2(b).

Joint Venture” means a corporation, partnership, limited liability company or other entity (excluding any Subsidiary) in which any Person other than the Obligors and their respective Subsidiaries holds, directly or indirectly, an Equity Interest.

Law” means any law(s) (including common law), constitution, statute, treaty, regulation, rule, ordinance, opinion, release, issued guidance, ruling, order, executive order, injunction, writ, decree, bond, judgment, authorization or approval, lien or award of or settlement arrangement by agreement, consent or otherwise, with any Governmental Authority, foreign or domestic.

Lease Rentals” means, for any period of determination, the sum of the minimum amount of rental and other obligations required to be paid during such period by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries as lessee under all leases of real or personal property (other than Capital Leases), excluding any amounts required to be paid by the lessee (whether or not therein designated as rental or additional rental) (a) which are on account of maintenance and repairs, insurance, taxes, assessments, water rates and similar charges, or (b) which are based on profits, revenues or sales realized by the lessee from the leased property or otherwise based on the performance of the lessee.

Lender Provided Commodity Hedge” means a Commodity Hedge which is provided by any Bank Lender or its Affiliate and with respect to which the Administrative Agent confirms: (i) is documented in a standard International Swap Dealer Association Agreement and (ii) provides for the method of calculating the reimbursable amount of the provider’s credit exposure in a reasonable and customary manner.

Lender Provided Interest Rate Hedge” means an Interest Rate Hedge which is provided by any Bank Lender or its Affiliate and with respect to which the Administrative Agent (as defined under the Bank Credit Agreement) confirms: (i) is documented in a standard International Swap Dealer Association Agreement and (ii) provides for the method of calculating the reimbursable amount of the provider’s credit exposure in a reasonable and customary manner.

Leverage Ratio” means, as of any date of determination, the ratio of (a) Consolidated Funded Indebtedness of the Company and its Subsidiaries on such date to (b) Consolidated EBITDA (i) for the period equal to the four (4) consecutive fiscal quarters then ending if such date is a fiscal quarter end or (ii) for the period equal to the four (4) consecutive fiscal quarters most recently ended if such date is not a fiscal quarter end.


Lien” means, with respect to any Person, any mortgage, lien, pledge, hypothecation, assignment, deposit arrangement, charge, security interest or other encumbrance, or any interest or title of any vendor, lessor, lender or other secured party to or of such Person under any conditional sale or other title retention agreement or Capital Lease, upon or with respect to any property or asset of such Person (including in the case of stock, stockholder agreements, voting trust agreements and all similar arrangements) or any preference, priority or other security agreement or preferential arrangement of any kind or nature whatsoever.

“London Banking Day” is defined in Section 23.10.

Make-Whole Amount” is defined in Section 9.6.

Material” means material in relation to the business, operations, affairs, financial condition, assets or properties of the Company and its Subsidiaries taken as a whole.

Material Adverse Effect” means any set of circumstances or events which (a) has or could reasonably be expected to have any material adverse effect whatsoever upon the validity or enforceability of this Agreement, the Notes or the other Financing Documents, (b) is or could reasonably be expected to be material and adverse to the business, properties, assets, financial condition or results of operations of the Obligors taken as a whole, (c) impairs materially or could reasonably be expected to impair materially the ability of the Obligors taken as a whole to duly and punctually pay or perform any of their obligations under, and in respect of, this Agreement, the Notes or the other Financing Documents, or (d) impairs materially or could reasonably be expected to impair materially the ability of the Purchasers or holders of the Notes, to the extent permitted, to enforce their legal remedies pursuant to this Agreement, the Notes or any other Financing Document.

Material Subsidiary” means any Subsidiary of an Obligor (i) thatwhich is not itself an Obligor, orand (ii) which, as of the most recently ended fiscal quarter of the Company, (A) for the period of four consecutive fiscal quarters then ended, for which financial statements have been delivered pursuant to Section 8.1(a) or (b), (A) contributed greater than five percent (5%) of Consolidated EBITDA for such period or (B) which contributed greater than five percent (5%) of Consolidated Total Assets determined as of the last day of such fiscal quarter.

“MIL” means MSA Innovation, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company.

Most Favored Lender Notice” means a written notice from the Company to each of the holders of the Notes delivered promptly, and in any event within ten (10) Business Days after the inclusion of any Additional Covenant in the Bank Credit Agreement, or the NYL Note Facility or the 2006 Note Purchase Agreement, as applicable (including by way of amendment or other modification of any existing provision thereof), pursuant to Section 10.9 by a Senior Financial Officer in reasonable detail, including reference to Section 10.9, a verbatim statement of such Additional Covenant (including any defined terms used therein) and related explanatory calculations, as applicable.


MSA is defined in the introductory sentence of this Agreement. means Mine Safety Appliances Company, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company (as successor to Mine Safety Appliances Company, a Pennsylvania corporation) .

“MSA Affiliate Transaction Documents” means, collectively, the Shared Services Agreement, the Tax Sharing Agreement, the APR Manufacturing Agreement, the Intercompany Sales Agreement, the R&D Agreement, the Transition Services Agreement and the IP License Agreement.

“MSA Company Group” means MSA and its Subsidiaries (without giving effect to the proviso in the definition of “Subsidiary”).

“MSA Excluded Subsidiary Certificate” shall have the meaning specified in the proviso to the definition of “Subsidiary”.

“MSA Governing Documents” means the limited liability company agreement, certificate of organization and each other organizational or constitutional document of MSA, in form and substance satisfactory to the Required Holders.

“MSA Safety Pittsburgh” means MSA Safety Pittsburgh Manufacturing, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company.

“MSA Safety Sales” means MSA Safety Sales, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company.

“MSACL Promissory Notes” means, collectively, the MSACL-MSA Safety Promissory Notes and the MSACL-MSAW Promissory Note.

“MSACL-MSA Safety Closing Date Promissory Note” shall have the meaning specified in the definition of “MSACL-MSA Safety Promissory Notes”.

“MSACL-MSA Safety Promissory Notes” means, collectively, (i) the unsecured, subordinated promissory note, dated as of the First Amendment Effective Date, in form and substance satisfactory to the Required Holders, in the principal amount of $42,427,951.00 (the “MSACL-MSA Safety Closing Date Promissory Note”) and (ii) the unsecured, subordinated promissory note, dated as of January 1, 2019, in form and substance satisfactory to the Required Holders, in the principal amount of $88,607,000.00 (as such amount may be adjusted pursuant to the provisions of the MSA Safety Pittsburgh APA to reflect the actual book values of the NWC Balance, the Work in Progress and Finished Goods (as each such term is defined in Schedule 11.7(a)) as of immediately before January 1, 2019), in each case issued by MSA Safety Pittsburgh in favor of MSA as consideration for the Transfer by MSA of certain property and assets to MSA Safety Pittsburgh pursuant to the Amendment Date Reorganization; provided that the amount of such MSACL-MSA Safety Promissory Notes shall not exceed the Fair Market Value of such property and assets being Transferred.

“MSACL-MSAW Promissory Note” means the unsecured, subordinated promissory note, in form and substance satisfactory to the Required Holders, issued by MSAW in favor of MSA as consideration for the Transfer by MSA of certain real property and equipment to MSAW pursuant to the Amendment Date Reorganization; provided that the amount of such MSACL-MSAW Promissory Note shall not exceed the Fair Market Value of such real property and equipment being Transferred.


MSAW” means MSA Worldwide, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company.

“MTL” means MSA Technology, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company.

Multiemployer Plan” means any Plan that is a “multiemployer plan” (as such term is defined in section 4001(a)(3) of ERISA).

NAIC” means the National Association of Insurance Commissioners or any successor thereto.

NAIC Annual Statement” is defined in Section 7.2.

Net Gain” is defined in Section 9.8.

Net Leverage Ratio” means, as of the end of any date of determination, the ratio of (a) the difference of (i) Consolidated Funded Indebtedness of the Company and its Subsidiaries on such date minus (ii) 100% of unencumbered cash of the Company and its Subsidiaries on such date in excess of $40,000,000.00 to (b) Consolidated EBITDA (i) for the period equal to the four (4) consecutive fiscal quarters then ending if such date is a fiscal quarter end or (ii) for the period equal to the four (4) consecutive fiscal quarters most recently ended if such date is not a fiscal quarter end.

Net Loss” is defined in Section 9.8.

New Swap Agreement” is defined in Section 9.6(b).

New York Business Day” means any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday or a day on which commercial banks in New York, New York are authorized or required to be closed.

Newco” means Fifty Acquisition Corp., a Nevada corporation.

“Non-Swapped Note” means any Note of any Series other than a Swapped Note.

Note Guarantee” means, collectively, (a) a guarantee agreement substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit 10.10-A, as the same may be amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, and (b) with respect to each Initial Subsidiary Guarantor, an Amended and Restated Note Guarantee.

Notes” is defined in Section 3.1.

NYL Note Facility” means that certain $100,000,000 Master Note Facility, dated as of June 2, 2014, by and among the Company, NYL Investors LLC and each of the purchasers from time to time party thereto, as amended by that certain Amendment No. 1 to Master Note Facility dated as of December 11, 2015 and as the same may be further amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise, modified, renewed, extended, replaced or refinanced from time to time to the extent permitted by the terms hereof.


Obligors” means collectively the Company and the Guarantors and “Obligor shall meanmeans the Company or any Guarantor.

OFAC” is defined in Section 6.18(a).

OFAC Listed Person” is defined in Section 6.18(a).

OFAC Sanctions Program” means any economic or trade sanction that OFAC is responsible for administering and enforcing. A list of OFAC Sanctions Programs may be found at http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/Programs.aspx.

Officer’s Certificate” means a certificate of a Senior Financial Officer or of any other officer of the Company whose responsibilities extend to the subject matter of such certificate.

“Original Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement” is defined in Section 1.1.

Original Purchasers” means, collectively, each of the holders of the Original Series A Notes on the Restatement Effective Date immediately prior to giving effect to the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

Original Series A Notes” is defined in Section 1.1.

Original Swap Agreement” is defined in Section 9.6(b).

Other Lender Provided Financial Services Product” means agreements or other arrangements under which any Bank Lender or Affiliate of a Bank Lender provides any of the following products or services to any of the Obligors: (a) credit cards, (b) credit card processing services, (c) debit cards, (d) purchase cards, (e) ACH transactions, (f) cash management, including controlled disbursement, accounts or services, or (g) foreign currency exchange.

Overnight Investment Rate” means (a) with respect to an Accepted Note denominated in Sterling, the actual rate of interest, if any received by the Purchaser which intends to purchase such Accepted Note on the overnight deposit of Sterling designated for the purchase of such Accepted Note, (b) with respect to an Accepted Note denominated in Euros, the actual rate of interest, if any received by the Purchaser which intends to purchase such Accepted Note on the overnight deposit of Euros designated for the purchase of such Accepted Note, and (c) with respect to an Accepted Note denominated in Australian Dollars, the actual rate of interest, if any received by the Purchaser which intends to purchase such Accepted Note on the overnight deposit of Australian Dollars designated for the purchase of such Accepted Note, it being understood in each case that reasonable efforts will be made by or on behalf of the Purchaser to make any such deposit in an interest bearing account.

Participating Member State” means each state described as a participating member state in any EMU legislation.


PBGC” means the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation referred to and defined in ERISA or any successor thereto.

Permitted Acquisition” is defined in Section 11.5.

Permitted Investment” means

(i) any investment, loan or advance existing on the First Restatement Date and described on Schedule 11.4;

(ii) direct obligations of the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality thereof or obligations backed by the full faith and credit of the United States of America maturing in twelve (12) months or less from the date of acquisition;

(iii) commercial paper maturing in 270 days or less rated not lower than A-2, by Standard & Poor’s or P-2 by Moody’s Investors Services, Inc. on the date of acquisition;

(iv) investments in certificates of deposit maturing no later than 365 days from the date of acquisition and issued by a bank or trust company that has combined capital, surplus and undivided profits of over Five Hundred Million and 00/100 Dollars ($500,000,000.00);

(v) investments in mutual funds that invest only in either (A) money market securities or (B) whose investments are limited to those types of investments described in clauses (ii)-(iv) above;

(vi) investments made under agreements regarding the management and investment of deposit, sweep and other similar accounts with any commercial bank that satisfies the requirements of (iv) above; and

(vii) in the case of Foreign Subsidiaries, investments denominated in the currency of the jurisdiction in which such Subsidiary is organized or has its principal place of business which are similar to the investments specified in clauses (ii) through (vi) of this definition made in the ordinary course of business.

Permitted Liens means:

(i) Liens for taxes, assessments, or similar charges, incurred in the ordinary course of business and which are not yet due and payable;

(ii) Pledges or deposits made in the ordinary course of business to secure payment of workers’ compensation, or to participate in any fund in connection with workmen’s compensation, unemployment insurance, old-age pensions or other social security programs;

(iii) Liens of mechanics, materialmen, warehousemen, carriers, or other like Liens, securing obligations incurred in the ordinary course of business that are not yet due and payable and Liens of landlords securing obligations to pay lease payments that are not yet due and payable or in default;


(iv) Liens consisting of bankers’ Liens encumbering deposit accounts (including, without limitation, rights of setoff);

(v) Good-faith pledges or deposits made in the ordinary course of business to secure performance of bids, tenders, contracts (other than for the repayment of borrowed money) or leases, not in excess of the aggregate amount due thereunder, or to secure statutory obligations, or surety, appeal, indemnity, performance or other similar bonds required in the ordinary course of business, provided that the aggregate amount secured by appeal bonds together with the Liens referred to in clause (x)(4) below shall not at any time exceed five percent (5.0%) of Consolidated Total Assets;

(vi) Encumbrances consisting of zoning restrictions, easements or other restrictions on the use of real property, none of which materially impairs the actual or intended use by the Company or its Subsidiaries of such property or the value thereof, and none of which is violated in any material respect by existing or proposed structures or land use;

(vii) Liens on property leased by any Obligor or Subsidiary of an Obligor under Capital Leases and operating leases securing obligations of such Obligor or Subsidiary to the lessor under such leases;

(viii) Any Lien existing on the First Restatement Date and described on Schedule 11.2, provided that the principal amount secured thereby is not hereafter increased and no additional assets become subject to such Lien;

(ix) Purchase Money Security Interests, provided that (A) any such Lien shall extend solely to the item or items of such property (or improvements thereon) which is an improvement to or is acquired for specific use in connection with such acquired or constructed property (or improvement thereon) or which is real property being improved by such acquired or constructed property (or improvement thereon), (B) the aggregate value of the assets subject to such Purchase Money Security Interest securing such Indebtedness shall not exceed an amount equal to the lesser of (x) the cost of such property (or improvement thereon) and (y) the Fair Market Value (as determined in good faith by the board of directors of the Company) of such property (or improvement thereon) at the time of such acquisition (excluding for the purpose of this computation any loans or deferred payments secured by Liens described on Schedule 11.2) and (C) any such Lien shall be created contemporaneously with, or within 180 days after the acquisition or construction of such property;

(x) The following, (A) if the validity or amount thereof is being contested in good faith by appropriate and lawful proceedings diligently conducted so long as levy and execution thereon have been stayed and continue to be stayed or (B) if a final judgment is entered and such judgment is discharged within thirty (30) days of entry, and in any case they do not, in the aggregate, materially impair the ability of any Obligor to perform its obligations under this Agreement or the Notes:


(1) Claims or Liens for taxes, assessments or charges due and payable and subject to interest or penalty; provided that the applicable Obligor maintains such reserves or other appropriate provisions as shall be required by GAAP and pays all such taxes, assessments or charges forthwith upon the commencement of proceedings to foreclose any such Lien;

(2) Claims, Liens or encumbrances upon, and defects of title to, real or personal property, including any attachment of personal or real property or other legal process prior to adjudication of a dispute on the merits;

(3) Claims or Liens of mechanics, materialmen, warehousemen, carriers, or other statutory nonconsensual Liens; or

(4) Liens resulting from final judgments or orders described in Section 12(h) that the aggregate amount secured by all such Liens together with the Liens referred to in clause (v) above shall not at any time exceed five percent (5.0%) of Consolidated Total Assets; and

(xi) Any interest or title of a lessor, sublessor, licensor or sublicensor under any leases (other than Capital Leases), subleases, licenses or sublicenses entered into by the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company as lessee, sublessee, licensee or sublicensee in the ordinary course of business;

(xii) Liens existing on property or any asset at the time of acquisition thereof by the Company or any Subsidiary or existing on any property or asset of any Person that becomes a Subsidiary on or after the Restatement Effective Date prior to the time such Person becomes a Subsidiary; provided that (i) such Lien is not created in contemplation of or in connection with such acquisition or such Person becoming a Subsidiary, as the case may be, (ii) such Lien shall not apply to any other property or assets of the Company or any Subsidiary (other than proceeds) and (iii) such Lien shall secure only those obligations which it secured on the date of such acquisition or the date such Person becomes a Subsidiary, as the case may be, and extensions, renewals, refinancings and replacements thereof that do not increase the outstanding principal amount thereof (other than by an amount not in excess of fees and expenses, including premium and defeasance costs associated therewith) or result in a decreased average weighted life thereof; and

(xiii) Liens not otherwise described by the foregoing clauses in this definition on assets of the Obligors securing obligations not exceeding Twenty Million and 00/100 Dollars ($20,000,000.00) in the aggregate.

Person” means an individual, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, association, trust, unincorporated organization, business entity or Governmental Authority.

Plan” means an “employee benefit plan” (as defined in section 3(3) of ERISA) subject to Title I of ERISA that is or, within the preceding five years, has been established or maintained, or to which contributions are or, within the preceding five years, have been made or required to be made, by the Company or any ERISA Affiliate or with respect to which the Company or any ERISA Affiliate may have any liability.


Priority Indebtedness” means, without duplication, the sum of (a) all Indebtedness of Subsidiaries (excluding (x) Indebtedness owing to the Company or another Subsidiary, and (y) Indebtedness of any Subsidiary that is a Guarantor and (z) Indebtedness represented by the MSACL Promissory Notes); (b) all Indebtedness secured by Liens permitted by clause (xiii) of the definition of “Permitted Liens”; and (c) the greater of the mandatory redemption amount or the liquidation preference of the Preferred Stock, if any, of all Subsidiaries.

property” or “properties” means, unless otherwise specifically limited, real or personal property of any kind, tangible or intangible, choate or inchoate.

Prudential” is defined in the addressee line to this Agreement.

Prudential Affiliate” means any Affiliate of Prudential.

PTE” is defined in Section 7.2.

Purchase Money Security Interest” means Liens upon tangible personal property securing loans to any Obligor or Subsidiary of an Obligor or deferred payments by such Obligor or Subsidiary for the purchase of such tangible personal property.

Purchaser” is defined in the addressee line to this Agreement.

“QPAM Exemption” is defined in Section 7.2.

Qualified Institutional Buyer” means any Person who is a “qualified institutional buyer” within the meaning of such term as set forth in Rule 144A(a)(1) under the Securities Act.

Quotation” shall have the meaning provided in paragraph 2.2(d).

“R&D Agreement” means the Research and Development Agreement, dated as of the First Amendment Effective Date, between MSA and MIL, as in effect on the First Amendment Effective Date.

“Recognized Australian Government Bond Market Makers” is defined in Section 9.6(a).

“Recognized British Government Bond Market Makers” is defined in Section 9.6(a).

“Recognized German Bund Market Makers” is defined in Section 9.6(a).

Reinvestment Yield” is defined in Section 9.6(a).

Related Fund” means, with respect to any holder of any Note, any fund or entity that (a) invests in securities or bank loans, and (b) is advised or managed by such holder, the same investment advisor as such holder or by an affiliate of such holder or such investment advisor.

Remaining Average Life” is defined in Section 9.6(a).

Remaining Scheduled Payments” is defined in Section 9.6(a).


Reorganization” means the reorganization (including but not limited to, the Foreign Reorganization) of the Obligors and their Subsidiaries as set forth on Schedule 5.12 to the Existing Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement, which reorganization was consummated and effective prior to the Restatement Effective Date.

Reportable Compliance Event” means that the Company or any Controlled Entity becomes a Blocked Person, or is charged by indictment, criminal complaint or similar charging instrument, arraigned, or custodially detained in connection with any U.S. Economic Sanctions, Anti-Money Laundering Laws or Anti-Corruption Laws or any predicate crime to any U.S. Economic Sanctions, Anti-Money Laundering Laws or Anti-Corruption Laws, or has knowledge of facts or circumstances to the effect that it is reasonably likely that any aspect of its operations is in actual or probable violation of any U.S. Economic Sanctions, Anti-Money Laundering Laws or Anti-Corruption Laws.

Request for Purchase” is defined in Section 3.2(c).

Required Holders” means, at any time, the holders of more than 50% in principal amount of the Notes at the time outstanding (exclusive of Notes then owned by the Company or any of its Affiliates).

Rescheduled Closing Day” is defined in Section 4.3.

Responsible Officer” means any Senior Financial Officer and any other officer of the Company with responsibility for the administration of the relevant portion of this Agreement.

Restatement Closing” is defined in Section 4.1.

Restatement Effective Date” means January 22, 2016.

Sanctioned Country” means a country subject to a sanctions program maintained under any U.S. Economic Sanctions.

Securities Act” means the Securities Act of 1933, as amended from time to time, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder from time to time in effect.

Senior Financial Officer” means the chief financial officer, principal accounting officer, treasurer or comptroller of the Company.

Series” is defined in Section 3.1.

Series A Closing Day” means October 13, 2010.

Series A Notes” is defined in Section 1.2.

Series A Purchaser” is defined in the addressee line to this Agreement.

Series B Notes” is defined in Section 1.3.

Series B Purchaser” is defined in the addressee line to this Agreement.


“Shared Services Agreement” means that certain Amended and Restated Shared Services Agreement, dated as of the First Amendment Effective Date, among MSAW, MSA, the Company, Globe Holding Company, LLC, General Monitors, Inc., MTL, MIL, Safety io, LLC, MSA Safety Pittsburgh and MSA Safety Sales, as in effect on the First Amendment Effective Date; provided such agreement may be amended from time to time to add additional Subsidiaries as parties thereto.

Shelf Closing” means, with respect to any Series of Shelf Notes, the closing of the sale and purchase of such Series of Shelf Notes.

Shelf Notes” is defined in Section 3.1.

Solvency” means with respect to any Person on any date of determination, taking into account such right of reimbursement, contribution or similar right available to such Person from other Persons, that on such date (i) the fair value of the property of such Person is greater than the total amount of liabilities, including, without limitation, contingent liabilities, of such Person, (ii) the present fair saleable value of the assets of such Person is not less than the amount that will be required to pay the probable liability of such Person on its debts as they become absolute and matured, (iii) such Person is able to realize upon its assets and pay its debts and other liabilities, contingent obligations and other commitments as they mature in the normal course of business, (iv) such Person does not intend to, and does not believe that it will, incur debts or liabilities beyond such Person’s ability to pay as such debts and liabilities mature, and (v) such Person is not engaged in business or a transaction, and is not about to engage in business or a transaction, for which such Person’s property would constitute unreasonably small capital after giving due consideration to the prevailing practice in the industry in which such Person is engaged. In computing the amount of contingent liabilities at any time, it is intended that 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.

Source” is defined in Section 7.2.

Sterling” and “£” means the lawful currency of the United Kingdom.

“Sterling Equivalent” means the principal amount of Shelf Notes specified by the Company in a Request for Purchase (expressed in Dollars), converted into Sterling at the rate of exchange determined by Prudential at the time the Company accepts the relevant Quotation pursuant to Section 3.2(e).

Subsidiary” of any Person at any time shall mean any corporation, trust, partnership, any limited liability company or other business entity of which more than fifty percent (5050.00%) of the outstanding voting securities or other interests normally entitled to vote for the election of one or more directors or trustees (regardless of any contingency which does or may suspend or dilute the voting rights) is at such time owned directly or indirectly by such Person or one or more of such Person’s Subsidiaries. ; provided that, if on or prior to January 1, 2019, the Company has delivered a certificate (the “MSA Excluded Subsidiary Certificate”) of an Authorized Officer of the Company and MSA certifying that (i) the Amendment Date Reorganization Documents, the MSA Governing Documents and the MSA Affiliate Transaction Documents have not been amended, superseded or otherwise modified since the First Amendment Effective Date and are in


full force and effect, and (ii) the Amendment Date Reorganization has been completed as contemplated by Schedule 11.7(a) and in accordance with the terms of the Amendment Date Reorganization Documents, then, notwithstanding the provisions of this definition or anything else in this Agreement to the contrary, MSA and each other Person in the MSA Company Group shall be deemed not to be a Subsidiary, directly or indirectly, of the Company for purposes of this Agreement on and after January 1, 2019. Unless the context otherwise clearly requires, any reference to a “Subsidiary” is a reference to a Subsidiary of the Company.

Subsidiary Equity Interests” is defined in Section 6.2.

SVO” means the Securities Valuation Office of the NAIC or any successor to such Office.

Swap Agreement” is defined in Section 9.6(b).

Swap Breakage Amount” is defined in Section 9.8.

Swap Reimbursement Amount” is defined in Section 9.8.

Swapped Note” is defined in Section 9.6(b).

“Swapped Note Called Notional Amount is defined in Section 9.6(b).

Swapped Note Called Principal” is defined in Section 9.6(b).

Swapped Note Discounted Value” is defined in Section 9.6(b).

Swapped Note Reinvestment Yield is defined in Section 9.6(b).

Swapped Note Remaining Average Life” is defined in Section 9.6(b).

Swapped Note Remaining Scheduled Payments is defined in Section 9.6(b).

Swapped Note Settlement Date” is defined in Section 9.6(b).

TargetTARGET Day” means any day on which the Trans-European Automated Real-time Gross Settlement Express Transfer payment system (or any successor thereto) is open for the settlement of payments in Euros.

Tax” means any tax (whether income, documentary, sales, stamp, registration, issue, capital, property, excise or otherwise), duty, assessment, levy, impost, fee, compulsory loan, charge or withholding.

Tax Sharing Agreement” means that certain Tax Sharing Agreement, dated as of the First Amendment Effective Date, among the Company, MSA and each of the subsidiaries that is or may become part of a Parent Group (as defined in that agreement), as in effect on the First Amendment Effective Date; provided such agreement may be amended from time to time to add additional Subsidiaries as parties thereto.


Transfer” means with respect to the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company, any transaction in which such Person sells, conveys, transfers or leases (as lessor) any of its property, including, without limitation, Equity Interests.

“Transition Services Agreement” means the Transition Services Agreement, dated as of the First Amendment Effective Date, among MSA, MSA Safety Pittsburgh and MSA Safety Sales, as in effect on the First Amendment Effective Date.

USA Patriot Act” means United States Public Law 107-56, Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT ACT) Act of 2001, as amended from time to time, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder from time to time in effect.

U.S. Economic Sanctions” is defined in Section 6.18(a).

Wholly-Owned Subsidiary” means, at any time, any Subsidiary all of the Equity Interests (except directors’ qualifying shares and de minimis foreign ownership requirements) and all voting interests of which are owned by any one or more of the Company and the Company’s other Wholly-Owned Subsidiaries at such time.


 

 

GUARANTEE AGREEMENT

Dated as of [                                ]

of

[NAME OF GUARANTOR]

 

 

 


GUARANTEE AGREEMENT

THIS GUARANTEE AGREEMENT, dated as of [            ] (this “Guarantee Agreement”), is made by [            ], a [            ] [            ] (together with its successors and assigns, the “Guarantor”), in favor of the Purchasers (as defined below) and the other holders from time to time of the Notes (as defined below). The Purchasers and such other holders are herein collectively called the “holders” and individually a “holder.

PRELIMINARY STATEMENTS:

I. MSA Safety Incorporated, a Pennsylvania corporation (the “Company”), and Mine Safety Appliances Company, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company (as successor to Mine Safety Appliances Company, a Pennsylvania corporation) (together with its successors and assigns, “MSA”), previously entered into a Second Amended and Restated Multi-Currency Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement, dated as of January 22, 2016 (as amended by that certain First Amendment to Second Amended and Restated Multi-Currency Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement dated as of September 7, 2018 (the “First Amendment”) and as the same may be further amended, restated or otherwise modified from time to time, the “Note Purchase Agreement”), with Prudential Investment Management, Inc., the Series A Purchasers listed on the signature pages thereto, the Series B Purchasers listed on the signature pages thereto and each Prudential Affiliate which becomes a party thereto from time to time (such Series A Purchasers, Series B Purchasers and each such Prudential Affiliate, collectively, the “Purchasers”), pursuant to which the Company (a) issued and sold to the Series A Purchasers $100,000,000 in aggregate principal amount of its 4.00% Amended and Restated Series A Senior Notes due October 13, 2021 (as the same may be amended, restated or otherwise modified from time to time, collectively, the “Series A Notes”), (b) issued and sold to the Series B Purchasers £54,945,054.94 in aggregate principal amount of its 3.40% Series B Senior Notes due January 22, 2031 (as the same may be amended, restated or otherwise modified from time to time, collectively, the “Series B Notes”), and (c) authorized the issuance and sale from time to time (within limits prescribed by Prudential under the Shelf Agreement) of up to $150,000,000 (including the equivalent in Applicable Currencies as determined in accordance with Section 3.2(a) of the Shelf Agreement) in aggregate principal amount of its additional senior promissory notes (as the same may be amended, restated or modified from time to time, collectively, the “Shelf Notes”) upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Note Purchase Agreement. The foregoing Series A Notes, Series B Notes and the Shelf Notes that may from time to time be issued pursuant to the Note Purchase Agreement (including any notes issued in substitution therefor), as the same may be amended, modified, supplemented or restated from time to time, are herein collectively called the “Notes” and individually a “Note”.

II. On September 7, 2018, MSA, the Company and certain of their affiliates entered into a corporate reorganization (with final effectiveness thereof to occur on or about January 1, 2019).

 

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III. In connection with such corporate reorganization, MSA, the Company and the Purchasers agreed to amend the Note Purchase Agreement pursuant to the terms of the First Amendment, pursuant to which, among other things, (a) the Purchasers have agreed to release MSA as a guarantor under the Financing Documents, and (b) certain Subsidiaries of the Company have agreed to guarantee the obligations of the Company under, and in respect of, the Notes.

V. It is a condition to the agreement of the holders of the Notes to enter into the First Amendment and to continue to extend credit to the Company under the Note Purchase Agreement and exchange the Existing Series A Notes (as defined in the First Amendment) and Existing Series B Notes (as defined in the First Amendment) for the Notes that the Guarantor execute and deliver this Guarantee Agreement to the holders of the Notes and that this Guarantee Agreement be in full force and effect.

VI. The Guarantor has received and will receive direct and indirect benefits as a result of the agreement of the holders of the Notes to enter into the Note Purchase Agreement, exchange the Existing Series A Notes (as defined in the First Amendment) and Existing Series B Notes (as defined in the First Amendment) for the Notes and agree to the amendments, waivers, consents and other transactions contemplated by the Note Purchase Agreement. The Board of Directors of the Guarantor has determined that the incurrence of such obligations is in the best interests of the Guarantor.

VII. Capitalized terms used herein have the meanings specified in the Note Purchase Agreement unless otherwise defined herein.

NOW THEREFORE, in compliance with the Note Purchase Agreement, and in consideration of, the execution and delivery of the Note Purchase Agreement and the purchase of the Notes by each of the Purchasers, the Guarantor hereby covenants and agrees with, and represents and warrants to, each of the holders as follows:

1. GUARANTEE; INDEMNITY.

1.1 GUARANTEE. The Guarantor hereby irrevocably and unconditionally guarantees to each holder, the due and punctual payment in full of (a) the principal of, Make-Whole Amount, if any, and interest on (including, without limitation, interest accruing after the filing of any petition in bankruptcy, or the commencement of any insolvency, reorganization or like proceeding, whether or not a claim for post-filing or post-petition interest is allowed in such proceeding), and any other amounts due under, the Notes when and as the same shall become due and payable (whether at stated maturity or by required or optional prepayment or by acceleration or otherwise) and (b) any other sums which may become due under the terms and provisions of the Notes, the Note Purchase Agreement or any other instrument referred to therein (all such obligations described in clauses (a) and (b) above are herein called the “Guaranteed Obligations”). The guarantee in the preceding sentence is an absolute, present and continuing guarantee of payment and not of collectability and is in no way conditional or contingent upon any

 

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attempt to collect from the Company or any other guarantor of the Notes or upon any other action, occurrence or circumstance whatsoever. In the event that the Company shall fail so to pay any of such Guaranteed Obligations, the Guarantor agrees to pay the same when due to the holders entitled thereto, without demand, presentment, protest or notice of any kind, in lawful money of the United States of America, pursuant to the requirements for payment specified in the Notes and the Note Purchase Agreement. Each default in payment of any of the Guaranteed Obligations shall give rise to a separate cause of action hereunder and separate suits may be brought hereunder as each cause of action arises. The Guarantor agrees that the Notes issued in connection with the Note Purchase Agreement may (but need not) make reference to this Guarantee Agreement.

The Guarantor agrees to pay and to indemnify and save each holder harmless from and against any damage, loss, cost or expense (including attorneys’ fees) which such holder may incur or be subject to as a consequence, direct or indirect, of (x) any breach by the Guarantor or by the Company of any warranty, covenant, term or condition in, or the occurrence of any default under, this Guarantee Agreement, the Notes, the Note Purchase Agreement or any other instrument referred to therein, together with all expenses resulting from the compromise or defense of any claims or liabilities arising as a result of any such breach or default, (y) any legal action commenced to challenge the validity or enforceability of this Guarantee Agreement, the Notes, the Note Purchase Agreement or any other instrument referred to therein and (z) enforcing or defending (or determining whether or how to enforce or defend) the provisions of this Guarantee Agreement.

The Guarantor hereby acknowledges and agrees that the Guarantor’s liability hereunder is joint and several with any other Person(s) who may guarantee the obligations and Indebtedness under and in respect of the Notes and the Note Purchase Agreement.

Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions or any other provision of this Guarantee Agreement, the holders (by their acceptance of any Note) and the Guarantor hereby agree that if at any time the Guaranteed Obligations exceed the Maximum Guaranteed Amount determined as of such time with regard to the Guarantor, then this Guarantee Agreement shall be automatically amended to reduce the Guaranteed Obligations to the Maximum Guaranteed Amount. Such amendment shall not require the written consent of the Guarantor or any holder and shall be deemed to have been automatically consented to by the Guarantor and each holder. The Guarantor agrees that the Guaranteed Obligations may at any time exceed the Maximum Guaranteed Amount without affecting or impairing the obligation of the Guarantor. “Maximum Guaranteed Amount” means as of the date of determination with respect to the Guarantor, the lesser of (a) the amount of the Guaranteed Obligations outstanding on such date and (b) the maximum amount that would not render the Guarantor’s liability under this Guarantee Agreement subject to avoidance under Section 548 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (or any successor provision) or any comparable provision of applicable state law.

 

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  1.2

INDEMNITY. The Guarantor hereby further agrees that if, for any reason, any amount claimed by a holder of the Notes under this Guarantee Agreement is not recoverable on the basis of a guarantee, it will be liable as a principal debtor and primary obligor to indemnify that holder of the Notes against any cost, loss or liability it incurs as a result of the Company not paying any amount expressed to be payable by it under the Notes, the Note Purchase Agreement or otherwise on the date when it is expressed to be due. The amount payable by the Guarantor under this Section 1.2 will not exceed the amount it would have had to pay under Section 1.1 if the amount claimed had been recoverable on the basis of a guarantee.

2. OBLIGATIONS ABSOLUTE.

The obligations of the Guarantor hereunder shall be primary, absolute, irrevocable and unconditional, irrespective of the validity or enforceability of the Notes, the Note Purchase Agreement or any other instrument referred to therein, shall not be subject to any counterclaim, setoff, deduction or defense based upon any claim the Guarantor may have against the Company or any holder or otherwise, and shall remain in full force and effect without regard to, and shall not be released, discharged or in any way affected by, any circumstance or condition whatsoever (whether or not the Guarantor shall have any knowledge or notice thereof), including, without limitation: (a) any amendment to, modification of, supplement to or restatement of the Notes, the Note Purchase Agreement or any other instrument referred to therein (it being agreed that the obligations of the Guarantor hereunder shall apply to the Notes, the Note Purchase Agreement or any such other instrument as so amended, modified, supplemented or restated) or any assignment or transfer of any thereof or of any interest therein, or any furnishing, acceptance or release of any security for the Notes; (b) any waiver, consent, extension, indulgence or other action or inaction under or in respect of the Notes, the Note Purchase Agreement or any other instrument referred to therein; (c) any bankruptcy, insolvency, arrangement, reorganization, readjustment, composition, liquidation or similar proceeding with respect to the Company or its property; (d) any merger, amalgamation or consolidation of the Guarantor or of the Company into or with any other Person or any sale, lease or transfer of any or all of the assets of the Guarantor or of the Company to any Person; (e) any failure on the part of the Company for any reason to comply with or perform any of the terms of any other agreement with the Guarantor; (f) any failure on the part of any holder to obtain, maintain, register or otherwise perfect any security; or (g) any other event or circumstance which might otherwise constitute a legal or equitable discharge or defense of a guarantor (whether or not similar to the foregoing), and in any event however material or prejudicial it may be to the Guarantor or to any subrogation, contribution or reimbursement rights the Guarantor may otherwise have. The Guarantor covenants that its obligations hereunder will not be discharged except by indefeasible payment in full in cash of all of the Guaranteed Obligations and all other obligations hereunder.

 

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3. WAIVER.

The Guarantor unconditionally waives to the fullest extent permitted by law, (a) notice of acceptance hereof, of any action taken or omitted in reliance hereon and of any default by the Company in the payment of any amounts due under the Notes, the Note Purchase Agreement or any other instrument referred to therein, and of any of the matters referred to in Section 2 hereof, (b) all notices which may be required by statute, rule of law or otherwise to preserve any of the rights of any holder against the Guarantor, including, without limitation, presentment to or demand for payment from the Company or the Guarantor with respect to any Note, notice to the Company or to the Guarantor of default or protest for nonpayment or dishonor and the filing of claims with a court in the event of the bankruptcy of the Company, (c) any right to require any holder to enforce, assert or exercise any right, power or remedy including, without limitation, any right, power or remedy conferred in the Note Purchase Agreement or the Notes, (d) any requirement for diligence on the part of any holder and (e) any other act or omission or thing or delay in doing any other act or thing which might in any manner or to any extent vary the risk of the Guarantor or otherwise operate as a discharge of the Guarantor or in any manner lessen the obligations of the Guarantor hereunder.

4. OBLIGATIONS UNIMPAIRED.

The Guarantor authorizes the holders, without notice or demand to the Guarantor and without affecting its obligations hereunder, from time to time: (a) to renew, compromise, extend, accelerate or otherwise change the time for payment of, all or any part of the Notes, the Note Purchase Agreement or any other instrument referred to therein; (b) to change any of the representations, covenants, events of default or any other terms or conditions of or pertaining to the Notes, the Note Purchase Agreement or any other instrument referred to therein, including, without limitation, decreases or increases in amounts of principal, rates of interest, the Make-Whole Amount or any other obligation; (c) to take and hold security for the payment of the Notes, the Note Purchase Agreement or any other instrument referred to therein, for the performance of this Guarantee Agreement or otherwise for the Indebtedness guaranteed hereby and to exchange, enforce, waive, subordinate and release any such security; (d) to apply any such security and to direct the order or manner of sale thereof as the holders in their sole discretion may determine; (e) to obtain additional or substitute endorsers or guarantors; (f) to exercise or refrain from exercising any rights against the Company and others; and (g) to apply any sums, by whomsoever paid or however realized, to the payment of the Guaranteed Obligations and all other obligations owed hereunder. The holders shall have no obligation to proceed against any additional or substitute endorsers or guarantors or to pursue or exhaust any security provided by the Company, the Guarantor or any other Person or to pursue any other remedy available to the holders.

If an event permitting the acceleration of the maturity of the principal amount of any Notes shall exist and such acceleration shall at such time be prevented or the right of any holder to receive any payment on account of the Guaranteed Obligations shall at such time be delayed or otherwise affected by reason of the pendency against the Company, the Guarantor or any other guarantors of a case or proceeding under a bankruptcy or insolvency law, the Guarantor agrees that, for purposes of this Guarantee Agreement and its obligations hereunder, the maturity of such principal amount shall be deemed to have been accelerated with the same effect as if the holder thereof had accelerated the same in accordance with the terms of the Note Purchase Agreement, and the Guarantor shall forthwith pay such accelerated Guaranteed Obligations.

 

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5. SUBROGATION AND SUBORDINATION.

(a) The Guarantor will not exercise any rights which it may have acquired by way of subrogation under this Guarantee Agreement, by any payment made hereunder or otherwise, or accept any payment on account of such subrogation rights, or any rights of reimbursement, contribution or indemnity or any rights or recourse to any security for the Notes or this Guarantee Agreement unless and until all of the Guaranteed Obligations shall have been indefeasibly paid in full in cash.

(b) The Guarantor hereby subordinates the payment of all Indebtedness and other obligations of the Company or any other guarantor of the Guaranteed Obligations owing to the Guarantor, whether now existing or hereafter arising, including, without limitation, all rights and claims described in clause (a) of this Section 5, to the indefeasible payment in full in cash of all of the Guaranteed Obligations. If the Required Holders so request, any such Indebtedness or other obligations shall be enforced and performance received by the Guarantor as trustee for the holders and the proceeds thereof shall be paid over to the holders promptly, in the form received (together with any necessary endorsements) to be applied to the Guaranteed Obligations, whether matured or unmatured, as may be directed by the Required Holders, but without reducing or affecting in any manner the liability of the Guarantor under this Guarantee Agreement.

(c) If any amount or other payment is made to or accepted by the Guarantor in violation of any of the preceding clauses (a) and (b) of this Section 5, such amount shall be deemed to have been paid to the Guarantor for the benefit of, and held in trust for the benefit of, the holders and shall be paid over to the holders promptly, in the form received (together with any necessary endorsements) to be applied to the Guaranteed Obligations, whether matured or unmatured, as may be directed by the Required Holders, but without reducing or affecting in any manner the liability of the Guarantor under this Guarantee Agreement.

(d) The Guarantor acknowledges that it will receive direct and indirect benefits from the financing arrangements contemplated by the Note Purchase Agreement and that its agreements set forth in this Guarantee Agreement (including this Section 5) are knowingly made in contemplation of such benefits.

6. REINSTATEMENT OF GUARANTEE.

This Guarantee Agreement shall continue to be effective, or be reinstated, as the case may be, if and to the extent at any time payment, in whole or in part, of any of the sums due to any holder on account of the Guaranteed Obligations is rescinded or must otherwise be restored or returned by a holder upon the insolvency, bankruptcy, dissolution, liquidation or reorganization of the Company or any other guarantors, or upon or as a result of the appointment of a custodian, receiver, trustee or other officer with similar powers with respect to the Company or any other guarantors or any part of its or their property, or otherwise, all as though such payments had not been made.

 

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7. RANK OF GUARANTEE.

The Guarantor will ensure that its payment obligations under this Guarantee Agreement will at all times rank at least pari passu, without preference or priority, with all other unsecured and unsubordinated Indebtedness of the Guarantor now or hereafter existing.

8. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF THE GUARANTOR.

The Guarantor represents and warrants to each holder as follows:

8.1 ORGANIZATION; POWER AND AUTHORITY. The Guarantor is a Delaware corporation duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of its jurisdiction of incorporation, and is duly qualified as a foreign corporation and is in good standing in each jurisdiction in which such qualification is required by law, other than those jurisdictions as to which the failure to be so qualified or in good standing would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect. The Guarantor has the corporate power and authority to own or hold under lease the properties it purports to own or hold under lease, to transact the business it presently transacts and proposes to transact, to execute and deliver this Guarantee Agreement and to perform the provisions hereof.

8.2 AUTHORIZATION, ETC. This Guarantee Agreement has been duly authorized by all necessary corporate action on the part of the Guarantor, and this Guarantee Agreement constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of the Guarantor enforceable against the Guarantor in accordance with its terms, except as such enforceability may be limited by (a) applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or other laws affecting the enforcement of creditors’ rights generally and (b) general principles of equity (regardless of whether such enforceability is considered in a proceeding in equity or at law).

8.3 COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS, OTHER INSTRUMENTS, ETC. The execution, delivery and performance by the Guarantor of this Guarantee Agreement will not (a) contravene, result in any breach of, or constitute a default under, or result in the creation of any Lien in respect of any property of the Guarantor or any of its Subsidiaries under, any material indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, loan, purchase or credit agreement, lease, organizational documents, or any other material agreement or instrument to which the Guarantor or any of its Subsidiaries is bound or by which the Guarantor or any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective properties may be bound or affected, (b) conflict with or result in a breach of any of the terms, conditions or provisions of any order, judgment, decree, or ruling of any court, arbitrator or Governmental Authority applicable to the Guarantor or any of its Subsidiaries or (c) violate any provision of any statute or other rule or regulation of any Governmental Authority applicable to the Guarantor or any of its Subsidiaries. “Governmental Authority” means (x) the government of (i) the United States of America or any State or

 

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other political subdivision thereof, or (ii) any other jurisdiction in which the Guarantor or any of its Subsidiaries conducts all or any part of its business, or which asserts jurisdiction over any properties of the Guarantor or any of its Subsidiaries, or (y) any entity exercising executive, legislative, judicial, regulatory or administrative functions of, or pertaining to, any such government.

8.4 GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORIZATIONS, ETC. No consent, approval or authorization of, or registration, filing or declaration with, any Governmental Authority is required in connection with the execution, delivery or performance by the Guarantor of this Guarantee Agreement.

8.5 INFORMATION REGARDING THE COMPANY. The Guarantor now has and will continue to have independent means of obtaining information concerning the affairs, financial condition and business of the Company. No holder shall have any duty or responsibility to provide the Guarantor with any credit or other information concerning the affairs, financial condition or business of the Company which may come into possession of the holders. The Guarantor has executed and delivered this Guarantee Agreement without reliance upon any representation by the holders including, without limitation, with respect to (a) the due execution, validity, effectiveness or enforceability of any instrument, document or agreement evidencing or relating to any of the Guaranteed Obligations or any loan or other financial accommodation made or granted to the Company, (b) the validity, genuineness, enforceability, existence, value or sufficiency of any property securing any of the Guaranteed Obligations or the creation, perfection or priority of any lien or security interest in such property or (c) the existence, number, financial condition or creditworthiness of other guarantors or sureties, if any, with respect to any of the Guaranteed Obligations.

8.6 SOLVENCY. Upon the execution and delivery hereof, the Guarantor will be solvent, will be able to pay its debts as they mature, and will have capital sufficient to carry on its business.

9. TERM OF GUARANTEE AGREEMENT.

This Guarantee Agreement and all guarantees, covenants and agreements of the Guarantor contained herein shall continue in full force and effect and shall not be discharged until such time as all of the Guaranteed Obligations and all other obligations hereunder shall be indefeasibly paid in full in cash and shall be subject to reinstatement pursuant to Section 6.

10. SURVIVAL OF REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES; ENTIRE AGREEMENT.

All representations and warranties contained herein shall survive the execution and delivery of this Guarantee Agreement and may be relied upon by any subsequent holder, regardless of any investigation made at any time by or on behalf of any Purchaser or any other holder. All statements contained in any certificate or other instrument

 

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delivered by or on behalf of the Guarantor pursuant to this Guarantee Agreement shall be deemed representations and warranties of the Guarantor under this Guarantee Agreement. Subject to the preceding sentence, this Guarantee Agreement embodies the entire agreement and understanding between each holder and the Guarantor and supersedes all prior agreements and understandings relating to the subject matter hereof.

11. AMENDMENT AND WAIVER.

11.1 REQUIREMENTS. Except as otherwise provided in the fourth paragraph of Section 1.1 of this Guarantee Agreement, this Guarantee Agreement may be amended, and the observance of any term hereof may be waived (either retroactively or prospectively), with (and only with) the written consent of the Guarantor and the Required Holders, except that no amendment or waiver (a) of any of the first three paragraphs of Section 1.1 or any of Section 1.2 or any of the provisions of Section 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 or 11 hereof, or any defined term (as it is used therein), or (b) which results in the limitation of the liability of the Guarantor hereunder (except to the extent provided in the fourth paragraph of Section 1 of this Guarantee Agreement) will be effective as to any holder unless consented to by such holder in writing.

11.2 SOLICITATION OF HOLDERS OF NOTES.

(a) Solicitation. The Guarantor will provide each holder of the Notes (irrespective of the amount of Notes then owned by it) with sufficient information, sufficiently far in advance of the date a decision is required, to enable such holder to make an informed and considered decision with respect to any proposed amendment, waiver or consent in respect of any of the provisions hereof. The Guarantor will deliver executed or true and correct copies of each amendment, waiver or consent effected pursuant to the provisions of this Section 11.2 to each holder promptly following the date on which it is executed and delivered by, or receives the consent or approval of, the requisite holders of Notes.

(b) Payment. The Guarantor will not directly or indirectly pay or cause to be paid any remuneration, whether by way of supplemental or additional interest, fee or otherwise, or grant any security or provide other credit support, to any holder as consideration for or as an inducement to the entering into by any holder of any waiver or amendment of any of the terms and provisions hereof unless such remuneration is concurrently paid, or security is concurrently granted or other credit support concurrently provided, on the same terms, ratably to each holder even if such holder did not consent to such waiver or amendment.

11.3 BINDING EFFECT. Any amendment or waiver consented to as provided in this Section 11 applies equally to all holders and is binding upon them and upon each future holder and upon the Guarantor without regard to whether any Note has been marked to indicate such amendment or waiver. No such amendment or waiver will extend to or affect any obligation, covenant or agreement not expressly amended or waived or impair any right consequent thereon. No course of dealing between the Guarantor and the holder nor any delay in exercising any rights hereunder or under any

 

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Note shall operate as a waiver of any rights of any holder. As used herein, the term “this Guarantee Agreement” and references thereto shall mean this Guarantee Agreement as it may be amended, modified, supplemented or restated from time to time.

11.4 NOTES HELD BY COMPANY, ETC. Solely for the purpose of determining whether the holders of the requisite percentage of the aggregate principal amount of Notes then outstanding approved or consented to any amendment, waiver or consent to be given under this Guarantee Agreement, or have directed the taking of any action provided herein to be taken upon the direction of the holders of a specified percentage of the aggregate principal amount of Notes then outstanding, Notes directly or indirectly owned by the Guarantor, the Company or any of their respective Affiliates shall be deemed not to be outstanding.

 

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NOTICES.

All notices and communications provided for hereunder shall be in writing and sent (i) by telecopy if the sender on the same day sends a confirming copy of such notice by a recognized overnight delivery service (charges prepaid), or (ii) by registered or certified mail with return receipt requested (postage prepaid), or (iii) by a recognized overnight delivery service (with charges prepaid). Any such notice must be sent:

(a) if to the Guarantor, to c/o MSA Safety Incorporated, 1000 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania 16066, Attention: Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, or such other address as the Guarantor shall have specified to the holders in writing, or

(b) if to any holder, to such holder at the addresses specified for such communications set forth in Schedule A to the Note Purchase Agreement (or, if such holder’s address is not set forth therein, in such holder’s Confirmation of Acceptance), or such other address as such holder shall have specified to the Guarantor in writing.

 

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MISCELLANEOUS.

13.1 SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS. All covenants and other agreements contained in this Guarantee Agreement by or on behalf of any of the parties hereto bind and inure to the benefit of their respective successors and assigns whether so expressed or not.

13.2 SEVERABILITY. Any provision of this Guarantee Agreement that is prohibited or unenforceable in any jurisdiction shall, as to such jurisdiction, be ineffective to the extent of such prohibition or unenforceability without invalidating the remaining provisions hereof, and any such prohibition or unenforceability in any jurisdiction shall (to the full extent permitted by law), not invalidate or render unenforceable such provision in any other jurisdiction.

 

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13.3 CONSTRUCTION. Each covenant contained herein shall be construed (absent express provision to the contrary) as being independent of each other covenant contained herein, so that compliance with any one covenant shall not (absent such express contrary provision) be deemed to excuse compliance with any other covenant. Whether any provision herein refers to action to be taken by any Person, or which such Person is prohibited from taking, such provision shall be applicable whether such action is taken directly or indirectly by such Person.

The section and subsection headings in this Guarantee Agreement are for convenience of reference only and shall neither be deemed to be a part of this Guarantee Agreement nor modify, define, expand or limit any of the terms or provisions hereof. All references herein to numbered sections, unless otherwise indicated, are to sections of this Guarantee Agreement. Words and definitions in the singular shall be read and construed as though in the plural and vice versa, and words in the masculine, neuter or feminine gender shall be read and construed as though in either of the other genders where the context so requires.

13.4 FURTHER ASSURANCES. The Guarantor agrees to execute and deliver all such instruments and take all such action as the Required Holders may from time to time reasonably request in order to effectuate fully the purposes of this Guarantee Agreement.

13.5 GOVERNING LAW. This Guarantee Agreement shall be construed and enforced in accordance with, and the rights of the parties shall be governed by, the law of the State of New York, excluding choice-of-law principles of the law of such State that would permit the application of the laws of a jurisdiction other than such State.

13.6 JURISDICTION AND PROCESS; WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL.

(a) The Guarantor irrevocably submits to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of any New York State or federal court sitting in the Borough of Manhattan, The City of New York, over any suit, action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Guarantee Agreement. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the Guarantor irrevocably waives and agrees not to assert, by way of motion, as a defense or otherwise, any claim that it is not subject to the jurisdiction of any such court, any objection that it may now or hereafter have to the laying of the venue of any such suit, action or proceeding brought in any such court and any claim that any such suit, action or proceeding brought in any such court has been brought in an inconvenient forum.

(b) The Guarantor consents to process being served by or on behalf of any holder in any suit, action or proceeding of the nature referred to in Section 13.6(a) by mailing a copy thereof by registered or certified mail (or any substantially similar form of mail), postage prepaid, return receipt requested, to it at its address specified in Section 12 or at such other address of which such holder shall then have been notified pursuant to Section 12. The Guarantor agrees that such service upon receipt (i) shall be deemed in every respect effective service of process upon it in any such suit, action or proceeding and (ii) shall, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, be taken and held to be valid personal service upon and personal delivery to it. Notices hereunder shall be conclusively presumed received as evidenced by a delivery receipt furnished by the United States Postal Service or any reputable commercial delivery service.

 

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(c) Nothing in this Section 13.6 shall affect the right of any holder to serve process in any manner permitted by law, or limit any right that the holders may have to bring proceedings against the Guarantor in the courts of any appropriate jurisdiction or to enforce in any lawful manner a judgment obtained in one jurisdiction in any other jurisdiction.

(d) THE GUARANTOR AND THE HOLDERS HEREBY WAIVE TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY ACTION BROUGHT ON OR WITH RESPECT TO THIS GUARANTEE AGREEMENT OR OTHER DOCUMENT EXECUTED IN CONNECTION HEREWITH.

13.7 REPRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS; EXECUTION. This Guarantee Agreement may be reproduced by any holder by any photographic, photostatic, electronic, digital, or other similar process and such holder may destroy any original document so reproduced. The Guarantor agrees and stipulates that, to the extent permitted by applicable law, any such reproduction shall be admissible in evidence as the original itself in any judicial or administrative proceeding (whether or not the original is in existence and whether or not such reproduction was made by such holder in the regular course of business) and any enlargement, facsimile or further reproduction of such reproduction shall likewise be admissible in evidence. This Section 13.7 shall not prohibit the Guarantor or any other holder of Notes from contesting any such reproduction to the same extent that it could contest the original, or from introducing evidence to demonstrate the inaccuracy of any such reproduction. A facsimile or electronic transmission of the signature page of the Guarantor shall be as effective as delivery of a manually executed counterpart hereof and shall be admissible into evidence for all purposes.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Guarantor has caused this Guarantee Agreement to be duly executed and delivered as of the date and year first above written.

 

[NAME OF GUARANTOR]
By:  

 

Name:  
Title:  

 

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Exhibit A

Form of Joinder

[Addressed to each of the Purchasers]

Reference is made to that certain Amended and Restated Intercompany Subordination Agreement (the “Intercompany Subordination Agreement”), dated as of March 7, 2014, by and among the Loan Parties identified therein in favor of each of you, as Purchasers. All capitalized terms used but not defined herein have the respective meanings ascribed thereto in the Intercompany Subordination Agreement.

The undersigned hereby agrees that it is a party to the Intercompany Subordination Agreement and is therefore bound by, and subject to, the terms of the Intercompany Subordination Agreement, and that it is a “Loan Party” under, and as defined, therein.

The address and facsimile number for notices pursuant to the Intercompany Subordination Agreement are as follows:

[set forth address and facsimile number for notices]

 

Very truly yours,

[NAME OF LOAN PARTY]

By

 

 

EX-10.1

Exhibit 10.1

Execution Version

$600,000,000.00 REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY

THIRD AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT

by and among

MSA SAFETY INCORPORATED, a Pennsylvania corporation,

THE OTHER BORROWERS PARTY HERETO,

THE GUARANTORS PARTY HERETO,

THE LENDERS PARTY HERETO,

PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, as Administrative Agent,

JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A., as Co-Syndication Agent,

BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., as Co-Syndication Agent,

and

PNC CAPITAL MARKETS LLC, as Joint Lead Arranger and Joint Bookrunner,

JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A., as Joint Lead Arranger and Joint Bookrunner, and

MERRILL LYNCH, PIERCE, FENNER & SMITH INCORPORATED, as Joint Lead Arranger and Joint Bookrunner

Dated September 7, 2018

CUSIP # 55349UAA5

CUSIP # 55349UAB3

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

                  Page  
    1   CERTAIN DEFINITIONS      1  
  1.1   CERTAIN DEFINITIONS      1  
  1.2   CONSTRUCTION; DUTCH TERMS      40  
  1.3   ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES; FINANCIAL TERMS      41  
  1.4   CURRENCY CALCULATIONS      42  
  1.5   DESIGNATION OF THE US BORROWER AS BORROWER REPRESENTATIVE      42  
  1.6   SUCCESSOR LIBOR RATE INDEX      43  
2   REVOLVING CREDIT AND SWING LOAN FACILITIES      44  
  2.1   REVOLVING CREDIT AND SWING LOAN COMMITMENTS      44  
    2.1.1    Revolving Credit Loans; Optional Currency Loans      44  
    2.1.2    Swing Loans      44  
  2.2   NATURE OF LENDERS’ OBLIGATIONS WITH RESPECT TO REVOLVING CREDIT LOANS      44  
  2.3   COMMITMENT FEES      45  
  2.4   TERMINATION OR REDUCTION OF REVOLVING CREDIT COMMITMENTS      45  
  2.5   REVOLVING CREDIT LOAN REQUESTS; SWING LOAN REQUESTS      46  
    2.5.1    Revolving Credit Loan Requests      46  
    2.5.2    Swing Loan Requests      46  
  2.6   INCREASE IN REVOLVING CREDIT COMMITMENTS      47  
    2.6.1    Increasing Lenders and New Lenders      47  
    2.6.2    Treatment of Outstanding Loans      48  
  2.7   MAKING REVOLVING CREDIT LOANS AND SWING LOANS; PRESUMPTIONS BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT; REPAYMENT OF REVOLVING CREDIT LOANS; REPAYMENT OF SWING LOANS      49  
    2.7.1    Making Revolving Credit Loans      49  
    2.7.2    Making Swing Loans      49  
    2.7.3    Presumptions by the Administrative Agent      49  
    2.7.4    Repayment of Revolving Credit Loans      50  
    2.7.5    Borrowings to Repay Swing Loans      50  
    2.7.6    Swing Loans Under Cash Management Agreements      50  
  2.8   NOTES      51  
  2.9   USE OF PROCEEDS      51  
  2.10   LETTER OF CREDIT SUBFACILITY      51  
    2.10.1    Issuance of Letters of Credit      51  
    2.10.2    Letter of Credit Fees      53  
    2.10.3    Disbursements, Reimbursement      53  
    2.10.4    Repayment of Participation Advances      54  
    2.10.5    Documentation      55  
    2.10.6    Determinations to Honor Drawing Requests      55  
    2.10.7    Nature of Participation and Reimbursement Obligations      55  
    2.10.8    Indemnity      57  
    2.10.9    Liability for Acts and Omissions      57  
    2.10.10    Issuing Lender Reporting Requirements      59  
  2.11   DEFAULTING LENDERS      59  

 

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  2.12   UTILIZATION OF COMMITMENTS IN OPTIONAL CURRENCIES      61  
    2.12.1    Periodic Computations of Dollar Equivalent Amounts of Revolving Credit Loans that are Optional Currency Loans and Letters of Credit Outstanding; Repayment in Same Currency      61  
    2.12.2    Notices From Lenders That Optional Currencies Are Unavailable to Fund New Loans      61  
    2.12.3    Notices From Lenders That Optional Currencies Are Unavailable to Fund Renewals of the LIBOR Rate Option      61  
    2.12.4    European Monetary Union      62  
    2.12.5    Non-Public Lender      63  
  2.13   DESIGNATED LENDERS      63  
  2.14   ILLEGALITY      63  
  2.15   DESIGNATED FOREIGN BORROWERS      64  
3   INTEREST RATES      65  
  3.1   INTEREST RATE OPTIONS      65  
    3.1.1    Revolving Credit Interest Rate Options      66  
    3.1.2    Swing Loan Interest Rate      66  
    3.1.3    Rate Quotations      66  
  3.2   INTEREST PERIODS      66  
    3.2.1    Amount of Borrowing Tranche      67  
    3.2.2    Renewals      67  
    3.2.3    No Conversion of Optional Currency Loans      67  
  3.3   INTEREST AFTER DEFAULT      67  
    3.3.1    Interest Rate      67  
    3.3.2    Letter of Credit Fees      67  
    3.3.3    Other Obligations      67  
    3.3.4    Acknowledgment      68  
  3.4   LIBOR RATE UNASCERTAINABLE; ILLEGALITY; INCREASED COSTS; DEPOSITS NOT AVAILABLE      68  
    3.4.1    Unascertainable      68  
    3.4.2    Illegality; Increased Costs; Deposits Not Available      68  
    3.4.3    Administrative Agent’s and Lender’s Rights      69  
  3.5   SELECTION OF INTEREST RATE OPTIONS      69  
4   PAYMENTS      69  
  4.1   PAYMENTS      69  
  4.2   PRO RATA TREATMENT OF LENDERS      70  
  4.3   SHARING OF PAYMENTS BY LENDERS      70  
  4.4   PRESUMPTIONS BY ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT      71  
  4.5   INTEREST PAYMENT DATES      72  
  4.6   VOLUNTARY PREPAYMENTS      72  
    4.6.1    Right to Prepay      72  
    4.6.2    Replacement of a Lender      73  
    4.6.3    Designation of a Different Lending Office      74  
  4.7   MANDATORY PREPAYMENTS FOR CURRENCY FLUCTUATIONS      74  
  4.8   INCREASED COSTS      75  

 

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    4.8.1    Increased Costs Generally      75  
    4.8.2    Capital Requirements      75  
    4.8.3    Certificates for Reimbursement; Repayment of Outstanding Loans; Borrowing of New Loans      76  
    4.8.4    Delay in Requests      76  
  4.9   US TAXES      76  
    4.9.1    Defined Terms and Application      76  
    4.9.2    Payments Free of Taxes      77  
    4.9.3    Payment of Other Taxes by the Loan Parties      77  
    4.9.4    Indemnification by the Loan Parties      77  
    4.9.5    Indemnification by the Lenders      77  
    4.9.6    Evidence of Payments      78  
    4.9.7    Status of Lenders      78  
    4.9.8    Treatment of Certain Refunds      80  
    4.9.9    Survival      80  
  4.10   INDEMNITY      81  
  4.11   SETTLEMENT DATE PROCEDURES      81  
  4.12   CURRENCY CONVERSION PROCEDURES FOR JUDGMENTS      82  
  4.13   INDEMNITY IN CERTAIN EVENTS      82  
  4.14   UK AND DUTCH TAXES      82  
    4.14.1    Application      82  
    4.14.2    Tax Gross-Up      82  
    4.14.3    Tax Indemnity      84  
    4.14.4    Tax Credit      85  
    4.14.5    Status Confirmation      85  
    4.14.6    Stamp Taxes      86  
    4.14.7    VAT      86  
  4.15   FATCA INFORMATION      87  
  4.16   FATCA DEDUCTION      89  
5   REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES      90  
  5.1   REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES      90  
    5.1.1    Organization and Qualification; Power and Authority; Compliance With Laws; Title to Properties; Event of Default      90  
    5.1.2    Subsidiaries and Owners; Investment Companies      90  
    5.1.3    Validity and Binding Effect      90  
    5.1.4    No Conflict; Material Agreements; Consents      91  
    5.1.5    Litigation      91  
    5.1.6    Financial Statements      91  
    5.1.7    Margin Stock      92  
    5.1.8    Full Disclosure      92  
    5.1.9    Taxes      92  
    5.1.10    Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Licenses, Etc.      93  
    5.1.11    Insurance      93  
    5.1.12    ERISA Compliance      93  
    5.1.13    Certificate of Beneficial Ownership      94  
    5.1.14    Senior Debt Status      94  

 

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    5.1.15    Solvency      94  
    5.1.16    Anti-Terrorism Laws      95  
    5.1.17    Central Administration, COMI      95  
6   CONDITIONS OF LENDING AND ISSUANCE OF LETTERS OF CREDIT      95  
  6.1   FIRST LOANS AND LETTERS OF CREDIT      95  
    6.1.1    Deliveries      95  
    6.1.2    Payment of Fees      97  
  6.2   EACH LOAN OR LETTER OF CREDIT      97  
7   COVENANTS      98  
  7.1   AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS      98  
    7.1.1    Preservation of Existence, Etc.      98  
    7.1.2    Payment of Liabilities, Including Taxes, Etc.      98  
    7.1.3    Maintenance of Insurance      99  
    7.1.4    Maintenance of Properties and Leases      99  
    7.1.5    Visitation Rights      99  
    7.1.6    Keeping of Records and Books of Account      99  
    7.1.7    Compliance with Laws; Use of Proceeds      100  
    7.1.8    Further Assurances      100  
    7.1.9    Anti-Terrorism Laws      100  
    7.1.10    Keepwell      100  
    7.1.11    Most Favored Lender      101  
    7.1.12    Certificate of Beneficial Ownership and Other Additional Information      102  
  7.2   NEGATIVE COVENANTS      102  
    7.2.1    Indebtedness      102  
    7.2.2    Liens      104  
    7.2.3    Guaranties      104  
    7.2.4    Loans and Investments      105  
    7.2.5    Liquidations, Mergers, Consolidations, Acquisitions      105  
    7.2.6    Dispositions of Assets or Subsidiaries      106  
    7.2.7    Affiliate Transactions      107  
    7.2.8    Subsidiaries, Partnerships and Joint Ventures      107  
    7.2.9    Continuation of or Change in Business      107  
    7.2.10    Fiscal Year      108  
    7.2.11    COMI      108  
    7.2.12    Changes in Organizational Documents      108  
    7.2.13    Non-Consolidation of MSACL      108  
    7.2.14    Minimum Fixed Charges Coverage Ratio      108  
    7.2.15    [Reserved]      109  
    7.2.16    Maximum Net Leverage Ratio      109  
    7.2.17    [Reserved]      109  
    7.2.18    Amendment, Etc. of Indebtedness      109  
    7.2.19    Anti-Terrorism Laws      109  
  7.3   REPORTING REQUIREMENTS      110  
    7.3.1    Quarterly Financial Statements      110  
    7.3.2    Annual Financial Statements      110  

 

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    7.3.3    Certificate of the Company      110  
    7.3.4    Notices      111  
    7.3.5    IFRS Reconciliations      112  
8   DEFAULT      112  
  8.1   EVENTS OF DEFAULT      112  
    8.1.1    Payments Under Loan Documents      112  
    8.1.2    Breach of Warranty      112  
    8.1.3    Breach of Negative Covenants, Visitation Rights or Anti-Terrorism Laws      113  
    8.1.4    Breach of Other Covenants      113  
    8.1.5    MSACL Separateness; Related Liabilities      113  
    8.1.6    Defaults in Other Agreements or Indebtedness      113  
    8.1.7    Final Judgments or Orders      113  
    8.1.8    Loan Document Unenforceable      113  
    8.1.9    Proceedings Against Assets      114  
    8.1.10    Events Relating to Plans and Benefit Arrangements      114  
    8.1.11    Change of Control      114  
    8.1.12    Relief Proceedings      114  
  8.2   CONSEQUENCES OF EVENT OF DEFAULT      115  
    8.2.1    Events of Default Other Than Bankruptcy, Insolvency or Reorganization Proceedings      115  
    8.2.2    Bankruptcy, Insolvency or Reorganization Proceedings      115  
    8.2.3    Set-off      115  
    8.2.4    Suits, Actions, Proceedings      116  
    8.2.5    Application of Proceeds      116  
9   THE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT      117  
  9.1   APPOINTMENT AND AUTHORITY      117  
  9.2   RIGHTS AS A LENDER      117  
  9.3   EXCULPATORY PROVISIONS      117  
  9.4   RELIANCE BY ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT      118  
  9.5   DELEGATION OF DUTIES      119  
  9.6   RESIGNATION OF ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT      119  
  9.7   NON-RELIANCE ON ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT AND OTHER LENDERS      120  
  9.8   NO OTHER DUTIES, ETC.      120  
  9.9   ADMINISTRATIVE AGENTS FEE      120  
  9.10   AUTHORIZATION TO RELEASE GUARANTORS      120  
  9.11   NO RELIANCE ON ADMINISTRATIVE AGENTS CUSTOMER IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM      121  
  9.12   CERTAIN ERISA MATTERS      121  
10   MISCELLANEOUS      122  
  10.1   MODIFICATIONS, AMENDMENTS OR WAIVERS      122  
    10.1.1    Increase of Commitment      122  
    10.1.2    Extension of Payment; Reduction of Principal Interest or Fees; Modification of Terms of Payment      122  
    10.1.3    Release of Guarantor or Borrower      123  
    10.1.4    Miscellaneous      123  
  10.2   NO IMPLIED WAIVERS; CUMULATIVE REMEDIES      124  

 

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  10.3   EXPENSES; INDEMNITY; DAMAGE WAIVER      124  
    10.3.1    Costs and Expenses      124  
    10.3.2    Indemnification by the Borrowers      124  
    10.3.3    Reimbursement by Lenders      125  
    10.3.4    Waiver of Consequential Damages, Etc.      126  
    10.3.5    Payments      126  
    10.3.6    Bifurcation of Obligations      126  
  10.4   HOLIDAYS      126  
  10.5   NOTICES; EFFECTIVENESS; ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION      127  
    10.5.1    Notices Generally      127  
    10.5.2    Electronic Communications      127  
    10.5.3    Change of Address, Etc.      127  
  10.6   SEVERABILITY      128  
  10.7   DURATION; SURVIVAL      128  
  10.8   SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS      128  
    10.8.1    Successors and Assigns Generally      128  
    10.8.2    Assignments by Lenders      128  
    10.8.3    Register      130  
    10.8.4    Participations      130  
    10.8.5    Reserved      131  
    10.8.6    Certain Pledges; Successors and Assigns Generally      131  
  10.9   CONFIDENTIALITY      132  
    10.9.1    General      132  
    10.9.2    Sharing Information With Affiliates of the Lenders      132  
  10.10   COUNTERPARTS; INTEGRATION; EFFECTIVENESS      133  
    10.10.1    Counterparts; Integration; Effectiveness      133  
  10.11   CHOICE OF LAW; SUBMISSION TO JURISDICTION; WAIVER OF VENUE; SERVICE OF PROCESS; WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL      133  
    10.11.1    Governing Law      133  
    10.11.2    SUBMISSION TO JURISDICTION      133  
    10.11.3    WAIVER OF VENUE      134  
    10.11.4    SERVICE OF PROCESS      134  
    10.11.5    WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL      135  
  10.12      USA PATRIOT ACT NOTICE      135  
  10.13      JOINDER OF GUARANTORS      135  
  10.14      AMENDMENT AND RESTATEMENT      135  
  10.15      NO ADVISORY OR FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY      136  
  10.16      ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND CONSENT TO BAIL-IN OF EEA FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS      136  

 

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LIST OF SCHEDULES AND EXHIBITS

 

SCHEDULES      
SCHEDULE 1.1(A)    -    PRICING GRID
SCHEDULE 1.1(B)    -    COMMITMENTS OF LENDERS AND ADDRESSES FOR NOTICES
SCHEDULE 1.1(C)    -    CLOSING DATE REORGANIZATION
SCHEDULE 1.1(E)    -    EXISTING LETTERS OF CREDIT
SCHEDULE 1.1(P)(1)    -    PERMITTED INVESTMENTS
SCHEDULE 1.1(P)(2)    -    PERMITTED LIENS
SCHEDULE 1.1(S)    -    EXCLUDED SUBSIDIARIES
SCHEDULE 5.1.2    -    SUBSIDIARIES
SCHEDULE 5.1.12    -    ERISA COMPLIANCE
SCHEDULE 7.2.1    -    PERMITTED INDEBTEDNESS
SCHEDULE 7.2.3    -    EXISTING GUARANTIES
EXHIBITS      
EXHIBIT 1.1(A)    -    ASSIGNMENT AND ASSUMPTION AGREEMENT
EXHIBIT 1.1(G)(1)    -    GUARANTOR JOINDER
EXHIBIT 1.1(G)(2)    -    GUARANTY AND SURETYSHIP AGREEMENT
EXHIBIT 1.1(I)    -    INTERCOMPANY SUBORDINATION AGREEMENT
EXHIBIT 1.1(N)(1)    -    REVOLVING CREDIT NOTE
EXHIBIT 1.1(N)(2)    -    SWING LOAN NOTE
EXHIBIT 2.5.1    -    REVOLVING CREDIT LOAN REQUEST
EXHIBIT 2.5.2    -    SWING LOAN REQUEST
EXHIBIT 2.15(1) -       DESIGNATED FOREIGN BORROWER REQUEST AND ASSUMPTION AGREEMENT
EXHIBIT 2.15(2)    -    DESIGNATED FOREIGN BORROWER NOTICE
EXHIBIT 4.9.7(A)    -    U.S. TAX COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE (For Foreign Lenders That Are Not Partnerships For U.S. Federal Income Tax Purposes)
EXHIBIT 4.9.7(B)    -    U.S. TAX COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE (For Foreign Participants That Are Not Partnerships For U.S. Federal Income Tax Purposes)
EXHIBIT 4.9.7(C)    -    U.S. TAX COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE (For Foreign Participants That Are Partnerships For U.S. Federal Income Tax Purposes)
EXHIBIT 4.9.7(D)    -    U.S. TAX COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE (For Foreign Lenders That Are Partnerships For U.S. Federal Income Tax Purposes)
EXHIBIT 7.3.3    -    QUARTERLY COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE

 

 

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THIRD AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT

THIS THIRD AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT is dated September 7, 2018 and is made by and among MSA SAFETY INCORPORATED, a Pennsylvania corporation (the “US Borrower” or the “Company”), MSA UK HOLDINGS LIMITED, a private limited liability company incorporated in England and Wales with registered number 09720572 (“MSA UK”), MSA INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS B.V., a private company with limited liability “besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid” incorporated under the laws of The Netherlands and registered with the Dutch trade register under number 37137388 (“MSA Netherlands”), each DESIGNATED FOREIGN BORROWER (as hereinafter defined) from time to time party hereto, each of the GUARANTORS (as hereinafter defined), the LENDERS (as hereinafter defined) and PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, in its capacity as administrative agent for the Lenders under this Agreement (as hereinafter defined) (hereinafter referred to in such capacity as the “Administrative Agent”).

The Borrowers have requested the Lenders to provide a revolving credit facility (including a letter of credit subfacility) to the Borrowers in an aggregate principal amount, subject to Section 2.6 [Increase in Revolving Credit Commitments], not to exceed $600,000,000.00. In consideration of their mutual covenants and agreements hereinafter set forth and intending to be legally bound hereby, the parties hereto covenant and agree as follows:

1 CERTAIN DEFINITIONS

1.1 Certain Definitions.

In addition to words and terms defined elsewhere in this Agreement, the following words and terms shall have the following meanings, respectively, unless the context hereof clearly requires otherwise:

2006 Note Purchase Agreement shall mean that certain Amended and Restated Note Purchase Agreement, dated as of March 7, 2014, pursuant to which $53,333,333.33 aggregate principal amount of 5.41% Senior Notes Due December 20, 2021 were issued by the Company, for the benefit of the Purchasers (as defined therein) party thereto from time to time, as the same may be further amended, modified or supplemented from time to time.

2010 Note Purchase Agreement shall mean that certain Second Amended and Restated Multi-Currency Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement, dated as of January 22, 2016, pursuant to which $100,000,000.00 4.00% Amended and Restated Series A Senior Notes Due October 13, 2021 and £54,945,054.94 3.40% Series B Senior Notes Due January 22, 2031 were issued by the Company and pursuant to which a $150,000,000.00 (or the equivalent in Applicable Currencies (as defined therein)) private shelf facility is being made available to the Company, as amended by the 2010 Note Purchase Agreement Amendment and as the same may be further amended, modified or supplemented from time to time.

2010 Note Purchase Agreement Amendment shall mean that certain First Amendment to Second Amended and Restated Multi-Currency Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement, dated as of September 7, 2018, by and among the Company, the holders of the Notes (as defined in the 2010 Note Purchase Agreement) and the other parties party thereto.


2010 Note Purchase Agreement Guarantees shall mean, collectively, each Note Guarantee (as defined in the 2010 Note Purchase Agreement).

Acquisition Period shall mean a period of four consecutive fiscal quarters of the Company beginning with a fiscal quarter during which the Company or its Subsidiaries consummates a Permitted Acquisition for which the aggregate consideration payable exceeds the Dollar Equivalent of $100,000,000.00, and including such fiscal quarter and the immediately succeeding three fiscal quarters. The Company may elect to designate in writing to the Administrative Agent the commencement of an Acquisition Period (which election shall be made prior to the last day of fiscal quarter in which the relevant Permitted Acquisition is consummated).

Additional Covenant shall have the meaning specified in Section 7.1.11(i) [Most Favored Lender].

Adjustment Date shall have the meaning specified in Schedule 1.1(A).

Administrative Agent shall have the meaning specified in the preamble of this Agreement and shall include its successors and assigns.

Administrative Agent’s Fee shall have the meaning specified in Section 9.9 [Administrative Agent’s Fee].

Administrative Agent’s Letter shall have the meaning specified in Section 9.9 [Administrative Agent’s Fee].

Affiliate as to any Person, shall mean any other Person (i) which directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with such Person, (ii) which beneficially owns or holds ten percent (10.00%) or more of any class of the voting or other equity interests of such Person, or (iii) ten percent (10.00%) or more of any class of voting interests or other equity interests of which is beneficially owned or held, directly or indirectly, by such Person; provided that, for the avoidance of doubt and notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary (including, without limitation, the proviso to the definition of “Subsidiary”), MSACL and each other Person in the MSACL Company Group shall be an Affiliate of the Company and its Subsidiaries.

Agreement shall mean this Third Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, as the same may be further amended, supplemented, modified or restated from time to time, including all schedules and exhibits.

Alternate Currency shall mean with respect to any Letter of Credit, each Optional Currency and any other non-Dollar currency satisfactory to the Issuing Lender that shall issue a Letter of Credit. Each Alternate Currency must be the lawful currency of the specified country.

 

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Anti-Terrorism Laws shall mean any Laws relating to terrorism, Sanctions, import/export licensing, money laundering, corruption or bribery, including but not limited to, the United Kingdom Bribery Act 2010 and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 as amended and the rules and regulations thereunder, and any regulation, order, or directive promulgated, issued or enforced pursuant to such Laws, all as amended, supplemented or replaced from time to time.

Applicable Commercial Letter of Credit Fee Rate shall mean the percentage rate per annum based on the Net Leverage Ratio then in effect according to the pricing grid on Schedule 1.1(A) below the heading “Commercial Letter of Credit Fee.”

Applicable Commitment Fee Rate shall mean the percentage rate per annum based on the Net Leverage Ratio then in effect according to the pricing grid on Schedule 1.1(A) below the heading “Commitment Fee.”

Applicable Margin shall mean, as applicable:

(A) the percentage spread to be added to the Base Rate applicable to Revolving Credit Loans under the Base Rate Option based on the Net Leverage Ratio then in effect according to the pricing grid on Schedule 1.1(A) below the heading “Revolving Credit Base Rate Spread,” or

(B) the percentage spread to be added to the LIBOR Rate applicable to Revolving Credit Loans under the LIBOR Rate Option based on the Net Leverage Ratio then in effect according to the pricing grid on Schedule 1.1(A) below the heading “Revolving Credit LIBOR Rate Spread.”

Applicable Standby Letter of Credit Fee Rate shall mean the percentage rate per annum based on the Net Leverage Ratio then in effect according to the pricing grid on Schedule 1.1(A) below the heading “Standby Letter of Credit Fee.”

Applicant Foreign Borrower shall have the meaning specified in Section 2.15 [Designated Foreign Borrowers].

Approved Fund shall mean any fund that is engaged in making, purchasing, holding or investing in bank loans and similar extensions of credit in the ordinary course of business and 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.

APR Manufacturing Agreement shall mean that certain APR Manufacturing Agreement, dated as of the Closing Date, between MSA Safety Pittsburgh and MSACL, as in effect on the Closing Date.

Asset Disposition shall mean any Transfer except (a) any Transfer (i) from a Domestic Subsidiary to the US Borrower or another Domestic Subsidiary, (ii) from a Foreign Subsidiary or Foreign Borrower to the US Borrower, any Foreign Borrower, or any Domestic Subsidiary or any Foreign Subsidiary, (iii) from the US Borrower or any Domestic Subsidiary to any Foreign Borrower or any Foreign Subsidiary so long as the Loan Parties are in compliance

 

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with the covenant contained in Section 7.2.4(ix), or (iv) pursuant to the Closing Date Reorganization, in each case, so long as immediately before and immediately after the consummation of any such Transfer and after giving effect thereto, no Event of Default or Potential Default exists, (b) any Transfer made in the ordinary course of business and involving only property that is either (i) inventory held for sale or (ii) equipment, fixtures, supplies or materials no longer used or useful in the operation of the business of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or that are obsolete, (c) any Transfer by the Company or any Subsidiary constituting a Permitted Investment, (d) non-exclusive licenses or sublicenses to use the patents, trade secrets, know-how and other intellectual property of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries in the ordinary course of business, (e) dispositions or discounts without recourse of accounts receivable in connection with the compromise or collection thereof in the ordinary course of business and (f) leases and sub-leases and licenses and sub-licenses of property in the ordinary course of business.

Assignment and Assumption Agreement shall mean an assignment and assumption agreement entered into by a Lender and an assignee permitted under Section 10.8 [Successors and Assigns], in substantially the form of Exhibit 1.1(A).

AU Alternate Source shall have the meaning specified in the definition of LIBOR Rate.

Authorized Officer shall mean, with respect to any Loan Party, the Chief Executive Officer, President, Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President or Vice President of such Loan Party or such other individuals, designated by written notice to the Administrative Agent from the Company, authorized to execute notices, reports and other documents on behalf of the Loan Parties required hereunder. The Company may amend such list of individuals from time to time by giving written notice of such amendment to the Administrative Agent.

Australian Dollars shall mean the lawful money of Australia.

Australian Dollar Rate shall mean the average bid reference rate as administered by the Australian Financial Markets Association (or any other Person that takes over the administration of that rate) for Australian Dollar bills of exchange.

Bail-In Action shall mean the exercise of any Write-Down and Conversion Powers by the applicable EEA Resolution Authority in respect of any liability of an EEA Financial Institution.

Bail-In Legislation shall mean, with respect to any EEA Member Country implementing Article 55 of Directive 2014/59/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union, the implementing law for such EEA Member Country from time to time which is described in the EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule.

Base Rate shall mean, for any day, a fluctuating per annum rate of interest equal to the highest of (i) 0.00%, (ii) the Prime Rate, (iii) the Overnight Bank Funding Rate, plus one half of one percent (0.50%) and (iv) the Daily Libor Rate plus one percent (1.00%). Any change in the Base Rate (or any component thereof) shall take effect at the opening of business on the day such change occurs.

 

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Base Rate Option shall mean the option of the Borrowers to have Loans denominated in Dollars bear interest at the rate and under the terms set forth in Section 3.1.1(i) [Revolving Credit Base Rate Option].

Beneficial Ownership Regulation means 31 C.F.R. § 1010.230.

Benefit Plan shall mean any of (i) an “employee benefit plan” (as defined in ERISA) that is subject to Title I of ERISA, (ii) a “plan” as defined in and subject to Section 4975 of the Code or (iii) 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”.

Borrowers shall mean, collectively, the Closing Date Borrowers and each Designated Foreign Borrower from time to time party to this Agreement.

Borrowing Date shall mean, with respect to any Loan, the date for the making thereof or the renewal or conversion thereof at or to the same or a different Interest Rate Option, which shall be a Business Day.

Borrowing Tranche shall mean specified portions of Loans outstanding as follows: (i) any Loans denominated in the same currency to which a LIBOR Rate Option applies which become subject to the same Interest Rate Option under the same Loan Request by the Borrowers and which have the same Interest Period shall constitute one Borrowing Tranche, and (ii) all Loans to which a Base Rate Option applies shall constitute one Borrowing Tranche.

British Pounds Sterling shall mean the official currency of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Business Day shall mean any day other than a Saturday or Sunday or a legal holiday on which commercial banks are authorized or required to be closed for business in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and if the applicable Business Day relates to any Loan to which the LIBOR Rate Option applies, such day must also be a day on which dealings are carried on in the Relevant Interbank Market and if the applicable Business Day relates to any Loan denominated in Euro, such day is not a day on which the payment system utilized by the Administrative Agent for the settlement of payments in Euro is not open for the settlement of payments in Euro.

Capital Lease shall mean, at any time, a lease with respect to which the lessee is required concurrently to recognize the acquisition of an asset and the incurrence of a liability in accordance with GAAP (but subject to the last sentence of Section 1.3(a)).

Capital Lease Obligation shall mean, with respect to any Person and a Capital Lease, the amount of the obligation of such Person as the lessee under such Capital Lease which would, in accordance with GAAP, appear as a liability on a balance sheet of such Person.

Cash Management Agreements shall have the meaning specified in Section 2.7.6 [Swing Loans Under Cash Management Agreements].

 

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Certificate of Beneficial Ownership shall mean, for each Borrower that is a Legal Entity Customer, a certification regarding beneficial ownership as required by the Beneficial Ownership Regulation.

Change in Law shall mean the occurrence, after the date of this Agreement, of any of the following: (a) the adoption or taking effect of any Law, (b) any change in any Law or in the administration, interpretation, implementation or application thereof by any Official Body or (c) the making or issuance of any request, rule, guideline or directive (whether or not having the force of Law) by any Official Body; provided that notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, (x) the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and all requests, rules, regulations, guidelines, interpretations or directives thereunder or issued in connection therewith (whether or not having the force of Law) and (y) all requests, rules, regulations, guidelines, interpretations 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 (whether or not having the force of Law), in each case pursuant to Basel III, shall in each case be deemed to be a Change in Law regardless of the date enacted, adopted, issued, promulgated or implemented.

CIP Regulations shall have the meaning specified in Section 9.11 [No Reliance on Administrative Agent’s Customer Identification Program].

Closing Date shall mean September 7, 2018 or such other date as may be agreed to by the parties hereto.

Closing Date Borrowers shall mean, collectively, the US Borrower, MSA UK and MSA Netherlands.

Closing Date Compliance Certificate shall have the meaning specified in Section 6.1.1 [First Loans and Letters of Credit].

Closing Date Reorganization shall mean, collectively, the transactions and other actions described on Schedule 1.1(C), which shall be consummated no later than January 1, 2019.

Closing Date Reorganization Documents shall mean, collectively, the documents effecting the Closing Date Reorganization, as in effect on the Closing Date; provided that “Closing Date Reorganization Documents” shall not include the MSACL Promissory Notes.

Code shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

Commercial Letter of Credit shall mean any letter of credit which is a commercial letter of credit issued in respect of the purchase of goods or services by one or more of the Loan Parties in the ordinary course of their business.

Commercial Letter of Credit Fee shall have the meaning specified in Section 2.10.2 [Letter of Credit Fees].

 

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Commitment shall mean as to any Lender the aggregate of its Revolving Credit Commitment and, in the case of PNC, the aggregate of its Revolving Credit Commitment and its Swing Loan Commitment, and Commitments shall mean the aggregate of the Revolving Credit Commitments and Swing Loan Commitment of all of the Lenders.

Commitment Fee shall have the meaning specified in Section 2.3 [Commitment Fees].

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

Commodity Hedge shall mean a price protection agreement related to commodity products and entered into by the Company or its Subsidiaries for hedging purposes (and not for speculation).

Company shall have the meaning specified in the preamble to this Agreement.

Compliance Certificate shall have the meaning specified in Section 7.3.3 [Certificate of the Company].

Computation Date shall have the meaning specified in Section 2.12.1 [Periodic Computations of Dollar Equivalent Amounts of Revolving Credit Loans that are Optional Currency Loans and Letters of Credit Outstanding, Etc.].

Connection Income Taxes shall mean Other Connection Taxes that are imposed on or measured by net income (however denominated) or that are franchise Taxes or branch profits Taxes.

Consolidated EBITDA shall mean, for any period of determination, (i) the sum of Consolidated Net Income, depreciation, amortization, other non-cash charges, non-cash expenses, or non-cash losses to net income (provided, however, that cash payments made in such period or in any future period in respect of such non-cash charges, expenses or losses shall be subtracted from Consolidated Net Income in calculating Consolidated EBITDA in the period when such payments are made), Interest Charges and income tax expense, plus non-recurring costs and expenses in connection with Permitted Acquisitions (not to exceed $30,000,000.00 in the aggregate for all Permitted Acquisitions), minus (ii) non-cash credits or non-cash gains to net income, in each case of the Company and its Subsidiaries for such period determined and consolidated in accordance with GAAP. For purposes of determining Consolidated EBITDA, items related to Joint Ventures shall be excluded, except that cash dividends paid by any Joint Venture to the Company or a wholly-owned Subsidiary of the Company shall be included in Consolidated EBITDA. For purposes of calculating Consolidated EBITDA, (a) with respect to a business acquired by the Loan Parties pursuant to a Permitted Acquisition, Consolidated EBITDA shall be calculated on a pro forma basis, using historical numbers, in accordance with GAAP as if the Permitted Acquisition had been consummated at the beginning of such period, and (b) with respect to a business liquidated, sold or disposed of by the Loan Parties pursuant to Section 7.2.5 [Liquidations, Mergers, Consolidations and Acquisitions] or Section 7.2.6 [Dispositions of Assets or Subsidiaries], Consolidated EBITDA shall be calculated on a pro forma basis, using historical numbers, in accordance with GAAP as if such liquidation, sale or disposition had been consummated at the beginning of such period.

 

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Consolidated Funded Indebtedness shall mean, for any period of determination, (i) the principal balance of the Loans and all obligations of the Company and its Subsidiaries for borrowed money (including, without limitation, Capital Lease Obligations), plus (ii) (without duplication) contingent liabilities related to letters of credit and guaranties of the Company and its Subsidiaries, in each case determined and consolidated for the Company and its Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP; provided that Consolidated Funded Indebtedness shall not include Indebtedness pursuant to the MSACL Promissory Notes.

Consolidated Income Available for Fixed Charges shall mean, for any period of determination, Consolidated Net Income for such period plus all amounts deducted in the computation thereof on account of (a) Fixed Charges and (b) taxes imposed on or measured by income or excess profits, in each case determined and consolidated for the Company and its Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP.

Consolidated Net Income shall mean, with respect to any period of determination, the net income (or loss) of the Company and its Subsidiaries for such period (taken as a cumulative whole), as determined and consolidated for the Company and its Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP, after eliminating all offsetting debits and credits between the Company and its Subsidiaries and all other items required to be eliminated in the course of preparation of consolidated financial statements of the Company and its Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP.

Consolidated Net Tangible Assets shall mean, at any time, the total amount of assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries at such date as determined and consolidated for the Company and its Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP minus (a) all applicable depreciation, amortization and other valuation reserves and (b) all goodwill, tradenames, trademarks, patents, unamortized debt premium or discount and expense and other like intangible assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries at such date determined and consolidated for the Company and its Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP.

Consolidated Net Worth shall mean, at any time, (a) the sum of (i) the par value (or value stated on the books of the corporation) of the capital stock (but excluding treasury stock and capital stock subscribed and unissued) of the Company and its Subsidiaries plus (ii) the amount of paid-in capital and retained earnings of the Company and its Subsidiaries, in each case as determined and consolidated as of such time for the Company and its Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP, minus (b) to the extent included in clause (a) above, all amounts properly attributable to minority interests, if any, in the stock and surplus of the Company’s Subsidiaries.

Consolidated Total Assets shall mean, at any time, the total amount of assets (less properly deductible reserves), which under GAAP appear on a consolidated balance sheet of the Company and its Subsidiaries, in each case determined and consolidated for the Company and its Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP.

 

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Covered Entity shall mean each Loan Party and each Subsidiary of any Loan Party.

CRR shall mean the Council Regulation (EU) No. 575/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 on prudential requirements for credit institutions and investment firms and amending Regulation (EU) No. 648/2012.

CTA shall mean the Corporation Tax Act 2009 of the United Kingdom.

Currency Agreement shall mean any foreign exchange contract, currency swap agreement or other similar agreement or arrangement, among the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, on the one hand, and one or more financial institutions, on the other hand, designed to protect the Company or any of its Subsidiaries against fluctuations in currency values.

Daily Libor Rate shall mean, for any day, the greater of (i) 0.00% and (ii) the rate per annum determined by the Administrative Agent by dividing (x) the Published Rate by (y) a number equal to 1.00 minus the Reserve Percentage on such day.

Defaulting Lender shall mean any Lender that (a) has failed, within two (2) Business Days of the date required to be funded or paid, to (i) fund any portion of its Loans, (ii) fund any portion of its participations in Letters of Credit or Swing Loans or (iii) pay over to the Administrative Agent, the Issuing Lender, PNC (as the Swing Loan Lender) or any Lender any other amount required to be paid by it hereunder, unless, in the case of clause (i) above, such Lender notifies the Administrative Agent and the Company or any other Borrower in writing that such failure is the result of such Lender’s good faith determination that a condition precedent to funding (specifically identified and including the particular default, if any) has not been satisfied, (b) has notified a Borrower or the Administrative Agent in writing, or has made a public statement to the effect, that it does not intend or expect to comply with any of its funding obligations under this Agreement (unless such writing or public statement indicates that such position is based on such Lender’s good faith determination that a condition precedent (specifically identified and including the particular default, if any) to funding a loan under this Agreement cannot be satisfied) or generally under other agreements in which it commits to extend credit, (c) has failed, within two (2) Business Days after request by the Administrative Agent, acting in good faith, to provide a certification in writing from an authorized officer of such Lender that it will comply with its obligations (and is financially able to meet such obligations) to fund prospective Loans and participations in then outstanding Letters of Credit and Swing Loans under this Agreement, provided that such Lender shall cease to be a Defaulting Lender pursuant to this clause (c) upon the Administrative Agent’s receipt of such certification in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, (d) has become the subject of a Bankruptcy Event or (e) has failed at any time to comply with the provisions of Section 4.3 [Sharing of Payments by Lenders] with respect to purchasing participations from the other Lenders, whereby such Lender’s share of any payment received, whether by setoff or otherwise, is in excess of its Ratable Share of such payments due and payable to all of the Lenders.

 

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As used in this definition and in Section 2.11 [Defaulting Lenders], the term “Bankruptcy Event” means, with respect to any Person, such Person or such Person’s direct or indirect parent company (a) becoming the subject of a bankruptcy or insolvency proceeding, or having had a receiver, conservator, trustee, administrator, custodian, assignee for the benefit of creditors or similar Person charged with the reorganization or liquidation of its business appointed for it, or, in the good faith determination of the Administrative Agent, has taken any action in furtherance of, or indicating its consent to, approval of, or acquiescence in, any such proceeding or appointment or (b) becoming the subject of a Bail-In Action, provided that a Bankruptcy Event shall not result solely by virtue of any ownership interest, or the acquisition of any ownership interest, in such Person or such Person’s direct or indirect parent company by an Official Body or instrumentality thereof if, and only if, such ownership interest does not result in or provide such Person 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 Person (or such Official Body or instrumentality) to reject, repudiate, disavow or disaffirm any contracts or agreements made by such Person.

Designated Foreign Borrower shall mean each wholly-owned Subsidiary of the Company designated as a “Designated Foreign Borrower” pursuant to, and in accordance with, Section 2.15 [Designated Foreign Borrowers].

Designated Foreign Borrower Notice shall have the meaning specified in Section 2.15 [Designated Foreign Borrowers].

Designated Foreign Borrower Request and Assumption Agreement shall have the meaning specified in Section 2.15 [Designated Foreign Borrowers].

Designated Lender shall have the meaning specified in Section 2.13 [Designated Lenders].

Disposition Value shall mean, at any time, with respect to any property, (a) in the case of property that does not constitute Equity Interests, the book value thereof, and (b) in the case of property that constitutes Equity Interests, an amount equal to that percentage of the book value of the assets of the Subsidiary that issued such Equity Interests as is equal to the percentage that the book value of all of the outstanding Equity Interests of such Subsidiary determined at the time of the disposition thereof, in good faith by the Company.

Dollar, Dollars, U.S. Dollars and the symbol $ shall mean lawful money of the United States of America.

Dollar Equivalent shall mean, with respect to any amount of any currency, on or as of any Computation Date, the Equivalent Amount of such currency expressed in Dollars.

Domestic Guarantor shall mean separately, and Domestic Guarantors shall mean collectively, US Borrower, MADL, GMTL, GMI, MSAI, MSAW, MSDL, MTL, MIL, MSA Safety Sales, MSA Safety Pittsburgh, Globe, Senscient, Safety io and each other Person which joins this Agreement as a Domestic Guarantor after the date hereof.

Domestic Loan Party shall mean the US Borrower and the Domestic Guarantors.

 

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Domestic Person shall mean an entity organized under the laws of any state of the United States of America or the District of Columbia.

Domestic Subsidiary shall mean any Subsidiary (other than a Domestic Person that is a Subsidiary of a non-Domestic Person) of any Loan Party that is a Domestic Person.

Drawing Date shall have the meaning specified in Section 2.10.3.1 [Disbursements, Reimbursement].

Dutch Loan Party shall mean (i) MSA Netherlands and (ii) any other Loan Party incorporated in The Netherlands.

Dutch Treaty Lender shall mean a Lender which (a) is treated as a resident of a Dutch Treaty State for the purposes of the applicable Dutch Treaty, (b) does not carry on a business in The Netherlands through a permanent establishment with which that Lender’s participation in the Loan is effectively connected, and (c) fulfils all conditions of the applicable Dutch Treaty which must be fulfilled for residents of that Dutch Treaty State to be paid interest without a Tax Deduction (assuming the completion of all necessary procedural formalities).

Dutch Treaty State shall mean a jurisdiction having a double taxation agreement with The Netherlands (a “Dutch Treaty”), which makes provision for full exemption from Tax imposed by The Netherlands on interest.

EEA Financial Institution shall mean (a) any credit institution or investment firm established in any EEA Member Country which is subject to the supervision of an EEA Resolution Authority, (b) any entity established in an EEA Member Country which is a parent of an institution described in clause (a) of this definition, or (c) any financial institution established in an EEA Member Country which is a subsidiary of an institution described in clauses (a) or (b) of this definition and is subject to consolidated supervision with its parent.

EEA Member Country shall mean any of the member states of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.

EEA Resolution Authority shall mean any public administrative authority or any person entrusted with public administrative authority of any EEA Member Country (including any delegee) having responsibility for the resolution of any EEA Financial Institution.

Eligibility Date shall mean, with respect to each Loan Party and each Swap Obligation, the date on which this Agreement or any other Loan Document becomes effective with respect to such Swap Obligation (for the avoidance of doubt, the Eligibility Date shall be the date of the execution of the Lender Provided Interest Rate Hedge, Lender Provided Commodity Hedge or Lender Provided Foreign Currency Agreement related to such Swap Obligation if this Agreement or any other Loan Document is then in effect with respect to such Loan Party, and otherwise it shall be the date of execution and delivery of this Agreement and/or such other Loan Document(s) to which such Loan Party is a party).

Eligible Contract Participant shall mean an “eligible contract participant” as defined in the Commodity Exchange Act and regulations thereunder.

 

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Environmental Laws shall mean all applicable federal, state, local, tribal, territorial and foreign Laws (including common law), constitutions, statutes, treaties, regulations, rules, ordinances and codes and any consent decrees, settlement agreements, judgments, orders or legally-enforceable directives, policies or programs issued by or entered into with an Official Body pertaining or relating to: (i) pollution or pollution control; (ii) protection of human health from exposure to hazardous or toxic substances and occupational health and safety; (iii) protection of the environment and/or natural resources; (iv) the presence, use, management, generation, manufacture, processing, extraction, treatment, recycling, refining, reclamation, labeling, packaging, transport, storage, collection, distribution, disposal or release or threat of release of substances regulated pursuant to Environmental Laws; (v) the presence of contamination; (vi) the protection of endangered or threatened species; and (vii) the protection of environmentally sensitive areas.

Equity Interests shall mean any and all shares of capital stock, partnership interests, membership interests in a limited liability company, beneficial interests in a trust or other equity ownership interests in a Person, and any warrants, options or other rights entitling the holder thereof to purchase or acquire any such equity interests.

Equivalent Amount shall mean, at any time, as determined by Administrative Agent (which determination shall be conclusive absent manifest error), with respect to an amount of any currency (the “Reference Currency”) which is to be computed as an equivalent amount of another currency (the “Equivalent Currency”), the amount of such Equivalent Currency converted from such Reference Currency at Administrative Agent’s spot selling rate (based on the market rates then prevailing and available to Administrative Agent) for the sale of such Equivalent Currency for such Reference Currency at a time determined by Administrative Agent on the second Business Day immediately preceding the event for which such calculation is made.

Equivalent Currency shall have the meaning specified in the definition of “Equivalent Amount”.

ERISA shall mean the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as the same may be amended or supplemented from time to time, and any successor statute of similar import, and the rules and regulations thereunder, as from time to time in effect.

ERISA Affiliate shall mean, at any time, any trade or business (whether or not incorporated) under common control with the Company and are treated as a single employer under Section 414 of the Code.

ERISA Event shall mean (a) a reportable event (under Section 4043 of ERISA and regulations thereunder) with respect to a Pension Plan; (b) a withdrawal by the Company or any ERISA Affiliate from a Pension 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 that is treated as such a withdrawal under Section 4062(e) of ERISA; (c) a complete or partial withdrawal by the Company 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 Sections 4041 or 4041A of ERISA, or the commencement of proceedings by the PBGC to terminate a Pension

 

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Plan or Multiemployer Plan; (e) an event or condition which constitutes grounds under Section 4042 of ERISA for the termination of, or the appointment of a trustee to administer, any Pension Plan or Multiemployer Plan; or (f) the imposition of any liability under Title IV of ERISA, other than for PBGC premiums due but not delinquent under Section 4007 of ERISA, upon the Company or any ERISA Affiliate.

ERISA Group shall mean, at any time, the Company and all members of a controlled group of corporations and all trades or businesses (whether or not incorporated) under common control and all other entities which, together with the Company, are treated as a single employer under Section 414 of the Code.

EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule shall mean the EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule published by the Loan Market Association (or any successor person), as in effect from time to time.

Euro shall refer to the lawful currency of the Participating Member States.

European Interbank Market shall mean the European interbank market for Euro operating in Participating Member States.

European Insolvency Regulation shall mean the European Parliament and Council Regulation (EU) No. 2015/848 of May 20, 2015 on Insolvency Proceedings (recast), as amended from time to time.

Event of Default shall mean any of the events described in Section 8.1 [Events of Default] and referred to therein as an “Event of Default.”

Excess Interest shall have the meaning assigned to that term in Section 3.1 [Interest Rate Options].

Excluded Subsidiaries shall mean Subsidiaries listed on Schedule 1.1(S). The Excluded Subsidiaries are not required to join this Agreement as Guarantors.

Excluded Swap Obligations shall mean, with respect to any Loan Party, any Swap Obligation if, and to the extent that, all or a portion of this Agreement, any Guaranty Agreement or any other Loan Document that relates to such Swap Obligation (or any Guaranty thereof or the grant by such Loan Party of a security interest to secure such Swap Obligation) 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 Loan Party’s failure for any reason to constitute an “Eligible Contract Participant” on the Eligibility Date for such Swap Obligation. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in the foregoing or in any other provision of this Agreement or any other Loan Document, the foregoing is subject to the following provisos: (a) if a Swap Obligation arises under a master agreement governing more than one Swap Obligation, this definition shall only include the portion of such Swap Obligation for which such guaranty or security interest is or becomes illegal as a result of the failure by such Loan Party for any reason to qualify as an Eligible Contract Participant on the Eligibility Date for such Swap Obligation; (b) if a guarantee of a Swap Obligation would cause such obligation to be an Excluded Swap Obligation but the

 

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grant of a security interest would not cause such obligation to be an Excluded Swap Obligation, such Swap Obligation shall constitute an Excluded Swap Obligation for purposes of the guaranty but not for purposes of the grant of the security interest; and (c) if there is more than one Loan Party executing this Agreement or the other Loan Documents and a Swap Obligation would be an Excluded Swap Obligation with respect to one or more of such Persons, but not all of them, the definition of Excluded Swap Obligation with respect to each such Person shall only be deemed applicable to (i) the particular Swap Obligations that constitute Excluded Swap Obligation with respect to such Person, and (ii) the particular Person with respect to which such Swap Obligations constitute Excluded Swap Obligations.

Excluded Taxes shall mean 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, (i) Taxes imposed on or measured by net income (however denominated), franchise Taxes, and branch profits Taxes, in each case, (a) 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 (b) that are Other Connection Taxes, (ii) 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 (a) such Lender acquires such interest in such Loan or Commitment (other than pursuant to an assignment request by the Borrowers under Section 4.6.2 [Replacement of a Lender]) or (b) such Lender changes its lending office, except in each case to the extent that, pursuant to Section 4.9.2 [Payment Free of Taxes], 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, (iii) Taxes attributable to such Recipient’s failure to comply with Section 4.9.7 [Status of Lenders], and (iv) any withholding Taxes imposed under FATCA (except to the extent imposed due to the failure of the Borrowers to provide documentation or information to the IRS).

Executive Order No. 13224 shall mean the Executive Order No. 13224 on Terrorist Financing, effective September 24, 2001, as the same has been, or shall hereafter be, renewed, extended, amended or replaced.

Existing Credit Agreement shall mean that certain Second Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated December 11, 2015, by and among the US Borrower, MSA UK, MSA Netherlands, the guarantors party thereto, the lenders party thereto and PNC in its capacity as administrative agent for the lenders party thereto, as may have been amended, modified or supplemented from time to time prior to the date hereof.

Existing Letters of Credit shall mean all letters of credit set forth on Schedule 1.1(E) which were issued under the Existing Credit Agreement prior to the date hereof upon the application of a Loan Party and are outstanding on the Closing Date.

Expiration Date shall mean, with respect to the Revolving Credit Commitments, September 7, 2023.

 

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Fair Market Value shall mean, at any time and with respect to any property, the sale value of such property that would be realized in an arm’s-length sale at such time between an informed and willing buyer and an informed and willing seller (neither being under a compulsion to buy or sell).

FATCA shall mean 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 and any fiscal or regulatory legislation, rules or practices adopted pursuant to any intergovernmental agreement entered into in connection with the implementation of such Sections of the Code.

FATCA Deduction means a deduction or withholding from a payment under any Loan Document required by FATCA.

FATCA Exempt Party means a party that is entitled to receive payments free from any FATCA Deduction.

Federal Funds Effective Rate for any day shall mean the greater of (i) 0.00% and (ii) the rate per annum (based on a year of three hundred sixty (360) days and actual days elapsed and rounded upward to the nearest 1/100 of 1.00%) announced by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (or any successor) on such day as being the weighted average of the rates on overnight federal funds transactions arranged by federal funds brokers on the previous trading day, as computed and announced by such Federal Reserve Bank (or any successor) in substantially the same manner as such Federal Reserve Bank computes and announces the weighted average it refers to as the “Federal Funds Effective Rate” as of the date of this Agreement; provided, if such Federal Reserve Bank (or its successor) does not announce such rate on any day, the “Federal Funds Effective Rate” for such day shall be the Federal Funds Effective Rate for the last day on which such rate was announced.

Fixed Charges shall mean, for any period of determination, the sum of (a) Interest Charges for such period, plus (b) Lease Rentals for such period.

Fixed Charges Coverage Ratio shall mean, for any period of determination, the ratio of (a) Consolidated Income Available for Fixed Charges, to (b) Fixed Charges.

Foreign Benefit Event shall mean, with respect to any Foreign Plan, (a) the existence of unfunded liabilities in excess of the amount permitted under any applicable Law, or in excess of the amount that would be permitted absent a waiver from an Official Body, (b) the failure to make the required contributions or payments, under any applicable Law, on or before the due date for such contributions or payments, (c) the receipt of a notice by an Official Body relating to the intention to terminate any such Foreign Plan or to appoint a trustee or similar official to administer any such Foreign Plan, or alleging the insolvency of any such Foreign Plan, (d) the incurrence of any liability by any Borrower, any Subsidiary of a Borrower or any Loan Party under applicable Law on account of the complete or partial termination of such Foreign Plan or the complete or partial withdrawal of any participating employer therein or (e) the

 

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occurrence of any transaction that is prohibited under any applicable Law and that could reasonably be expected to result in the incurrence of any liability by any Borrower or any Subsidiary of a Borrower of, any fine, excise tax or penalty resulting from any noncompliance with any applicable Law.

Foreign Borrower shall mean each of MSA UK, MSA Netherlands and each Designated Foreign Borrower from time to time party to this Agreement.

Foreign Borrower Sublimit shall mean, (i) to the extent any “priority debt” limitation in the 2010 Note Purchase Agreement remains in effect, the greater of (x) $300,000,000.00 and (y) 15.00% of Consolidated Total Assets (as defined in the 2010 Note Purchase Agreement) at any time of determination, and (ii) if no “priority debt” limitation in the 2010 Note Purchase Agreement remains in effect, $500,000,000.00.

Foreign Guarantor shall mean, (i) as to MSA UK, MSA Netherlands and each Designated Foreign Borrower, (ii) as to MSA Netherlands, MSA UK and each Designated Foreign Borrower, and (iii) as to each Designated Foreign Borrower, MSA UK, MSA Netherlands and each other Designated Foreign Borrower.

Foreign Lender shall mean, (i) if a Borrower is a U.S. Person, a Lender that is not a U.S. Person, and (ii) if a 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 such Borrower is resident for tax purposes.

Foreign Plan shall mean any plan, fund (including any superannuation fund), program or policy established under the law of a jurisdiction other than the United States (or a state or local government thereof) and/or primarily for employees or former employees outside the United States of America, whether formal or informal, funded or unfunded, insured or uninsured, that is established, maintained or contributed to by a Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates which provides employee benefits, including medical, hospital care, dental, sickness, accident, disability, life insurance, pension, retirement or savings benefits, other than any state social security arrangements, in respect of which a Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates has any liability obligation or contingent liability.

Foreign Revolving Facility Usage shall mean at any time the sum of the outstanding Dollar Equivalent amount of Revolving Credit Loans made to the Foreign Borrowers and the Letter of Credit Obligations to the extent relating to Letters of Credit issued for any Foreign Borrower.

Foreign Subsidiary shall mean any Subsidiary of any Loan Party that is not a Domestic Person.

GAAP shall mean either, (i) generally accepted accounting principles as are in effect from time to time, subject to the provisions of Section 1.3 [Accounting Principles], and applied on a consistent basis both as to classification of items and amounts; or (ii) at the election of the Company effective as of the end of any applicable fiscal quarter upon written notice to the Administrative Agent, IFRS; provided that the Company may only make one such election during the term of this Agreement.

 

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Globe shall mean Globe Holding Company, LLC, a New Hampshire limited liability company.

GMI shall mean General Monitors, Inc., a Nevada corporation.

GMTL shall mean General Monitors Transnational, LLC, a Nevada limited liability company.

Guarantor shall mean a Domestic Guarantor or Foreign Guarantor, as applicable.

Guarantor Joinder shall mean a joinder by a Person as a Guarantor under the Loan Documents in substantially the form attached hereto as Exhibit 1.1(G)(1).

Guaranty of any Person shall mean any obligation of such Person guaranteeing or in effect guaranteeing any liability or obligation of any other Person in any manner, whether directly or indirectly, including any agreement to indemnify or hold harmless any other Person, any performance bond or other suretyship arrangement and any other form of assurance against loss, except endorsement of negotiable or other instruments for deposit or collection in the ordinary course of business.

Guaranty Agreement or Guaranty Agreements shall mean, singularly or collectively, as the context may require, any Guaranty and Suretyship Agreement executed and delivered by any Person to the Administrative Agent for the benefit of the Lenders on or after the date hereof, and in the case of any Domestic Guarantor, substantially in the form of Exhibit 1.1(G)(2), and in the case of any Foreign Guarantor, in such form as is reasonably acceptable to the Administrative Agent, each as amended, modified or supplemented from time to time.

ICC shall have the meaning specified in Section 10.11.1 [Governing Law].

IFRS shall mean the body of pronouncements issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), including International Financial Reporting Standards and interpretations approved by the IASB, International Accounting Standards and Standing Interpretations Committee interpretations approved by the predecessor International Accounting Standards Committee and adapted for use in the European Union.

Incorporated Covenant shall have the meaning specified in Section 7.1.11(ii) [Most Favored Lender].

Increasing Lender shall have the meaning specified in Section 2.6.1 [Increasing Lenders and New Lenders].

Indebtedness shall mean, as to any Person at any time, any and all indebtedness, obligations or liabilities (whether matured or unmatured, liquidated or unliquidated, direct or indirect, absolute or contingent, or joint or several) of such Person for or in respect of: (i) borrowed money, (ii) amounts raised under or liabilities in respect of any note purchase or acceptance credit facility, (iii) reimbursement obligations (contingent or otherwise) under any letter of credit, currency swap agreement, interest rate swap, cap, collar or floor agreement or

 

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other interest rate management device, (iv) any other transaction (including forward sale or purchase agreements, Capital Leases and conditional sales agreements) having the commercial effect of a borrowing of money entered into by such Person to finance its operations or capital requirements (but not including trade payables and accrued expenses incurred in the ordinary course of business which are not represented by a promissory note or other evidence of indebtedness and which are not more than thirty (30) days past due), or (v) any Guaranty of Indebtedness for borrowed money.

Indemnified Taxes shall mean (i) Taxes, other than Excluded Taxes, imposed on or with respect to any payment made by or on account of any obligation of any Loan Party under any Loan Document, and (ii) to the extent not otherwise described in the preceding clause (i), Other Taxes.

Indemnitee shall have the meaning specified in Section 10.3.2 [Indemnification by the Borrowers].

Information shall mean all information received from the Loan Parties or any of their Subsidiaries relating to the Loan Parties or any of such Subsidiaries or any of their respective businesses, other than any such information that is available to the Administrative Agent, any Lender or the Issuing Lender on a non-confidential basis prior to disclosure by the Loan Parties or any of their Subsidiaries, provided that, in the case of information received from the Loan Parties or any of their Subsidiaries after the date of this Agreement, such information is clearly identified at the time of delivery as confidential.

Insolvency Proceeding shall mean, with respect to any Person, (a) a case, action or proceeding with respect to such Person (i) before any court or any other Official Body under any bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization or other similar Law now or hereafter in effect, or (ii) for the appointment of a receiver, liquidator, assignee, custodian, trustee, sequestrator, conservator (or similar official) of such Person or otherwise relating to the liquidation, dissolution, winding-up or relief of such Person, or (b) any general assignment for the benefit of creditors, composition, marshaling of assets for creditors, or other, similar arrangement in respect of such Person’s creditors generally or any substantial portion of its creditors; undertaken under any Law.

Intercompany Sales Agreement shall mean that certain Intercompany Sales and Licensing Agreement, dated as of the Closing Date, among MSACL, MSA Safety Pittsburgh, MTL and MSA Safety Sales, as in effect on the Closing Date.

Intercompany Subordination Agreement shall mean an Intercompany Subordination Agreement made by the Loan Parties in favor of the Administrative Agent, substantially in the form of Exhibit 1.1(I).

Interest Charges shall mean, for any period of determination, the sum (without duplication) of the following (in each case, eliminating all offsetting debits and credits between the Company and its Subsidiaries and all other items required to be eliminated in the course of the preparation of consolidated financial statements of the Company and its Subsidiaries in accordance with GAAP): (a) all interest in respect of Indebtedness of the Company and its

 

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Subsidiaries (including imputed interest on Capital Lease Obligations) deducted in determining Consolidated Net Income for such period, together with all interest capitalized or deferred during such period and not deducted in determining Consolidated Net Income for such period, and (b) all debt discount and expense amortized or required to be amortized in the determination of Consolidated Net Income for such period; provided that Interest Charges shall not include interest on any MSACL Promissory Notes.

Interest Period shall mean the period of time selected by a Borrower in connection with (and to apply to) any election permitted hereunder by such Borrower to have Revolving Credit Loans bear interest under the LIBOR Rate Option. Subject to the last sentence of this definition, such period shall be one (1) Month with respect to Optional Currency Loans and one (1), two (2), three (3) or six (6) (and nine (9) or twelve (12) if such periods are available to all Lenders (other than a Defaulting Lender) at substantially the same cost to each Lender) Months. Such Interest Period shall commence on the effective date of such Interest Rate Option, which shall be (i) the Borrowing Date if a Borrower is requesting new Loans, or (ii) the date of renewal of or conversion to the LIBOR Rate Option if a Borrower is renewing or converting to the LIBOR Rate Option applicable to outstanding Loans. Notwithstanding the second sentence hereof: (A) any Interest Period which would otherwise end on a date which is not a Business Day shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day unless such Business Day falls in the next calendar month, in which case such Interest Period shall end on the next preceding Business Day, and (B) the Borrowers shall not select, convert to or renew an Interest Period for any portion of the Loans that would end after the Expiration Date.

Interest Rate Hedge shall mean an interest rate exchange, collar, cap, swap, adjustable strike cap, adjustable strike corridor or similar agreements entered into by the Loan Parties or their Subsidiaries in order to provide protection to, or minimize the impact upon, the Borrowers, the Guarantors and/or their Subsidiaries of increasing floating rates of interest applicable to Indebtedness.

Interest Rate Option shall mean any LIBOR Rate Option or Base Rate Option.

IP License Agreement shall mean that certain Amended and Restated Intellectual Property License Agreement, dated as of the Closing Date, between MSACL and MTL, as in effect on the Closing Date.

IRS shall mean the United States Internal Revenue Service.

ISP98 shall have the meaning specified in Section 10.11.1 [Governing Law].

Issuing Lender shall mean PNC, in its individual capacity as issuer of Letters of Credit hereunder, and any other Lender that the US Borrower, the Administrative Agent and such other Lender may agree may from time to time issue Letters of Credit hereunder.

ITA means the Income Tax Act 2007 of the United Kingdom.

Joint Venture shall mean a corporation, partnership, limited liability company or other entities (excluding any Subsidiary) in which any Person other than the Loan Parties and their Subsidiaries holds, directly or indirectly, an equity interest.

 

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Law shall mean any law(s) (including common law), constitution, statute, treaty, regulation, rule, ordinance, opinion, release, issued guidance, release, ruling, order, executive order, injunction, writ, decree, bond, judgment, authorization or approval, lien or award of or any settlement arrangement, by agreement, consent or otherwise, with any Official Body, foreign or domestic.

Lease Rentals shall mean, for any period of determination, the sum of the minimum amount of rental and other obligations required to be paid during such period by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries as lessee under all leases of real or personal property (other than Capital Leases), excluding any amounts required to be paid by the lessee (whether or not therein designated as rental or additional rental) (a) which are on account of maintenance and repairs, insurance, taxes, assessments, water rates and similar charges, or (b) which are based on profits, revenues or sales realized by the lessee from the leased property or otherwise based on the performance of the lessee.

Legal Entity Customer shall have the meaning specified in the Beneficial Ownership Regulation.

Lender Provided Commodity Hedge shall mean a Commodity Hedge which is provided by any Person that was a Lender or its Affiliate at the time such Commodity Hedge was provided and with respect to which the Administrative Agent confirms: (i) is documented in a standard International Swap Dealer Association Agreement and (ii) provides for the method of calculating the reimbursable amount of the provider’s credit exposure in a reasonable and customary manner.

Lender Provided Foreign Currency Agreement shall mean a Currency Agreement which is provided by any Person that was a Lender or its Affiliate at the time of making such Currency Agreement and with respect to which the Administrative Agent confirms: (i) is documented in a standard International Swap Dealer Association Agreement and (ii) provides for the method of calculating the reimbursable amount of the provider’s credit exposure in a reasonable and customary manner.

Lender Provided Interest Rate Hedge shall mean an Interest Rate Hedge which is provided by any Person that was a Lender or its Affiliate at the time of making such Interest Rate Hedge and with respect to which the Administrative Agent confirms: (i) is documented in a standard International Swap Dealer Association Agreement and (ii) provides for the method of calculating the reimbursable amount of the provider’s credit exposure in a reasonable and customary manner.

Lenders shall mean the financial institutions named on Schedule 1.1(B) and their respective successors and assigns as permitted hereunder, each of which is referred to herein as a Lender.

Letter of Credit shall have the meaning specified in Section 2.10.1 [Issuance of Letters of Credit].

Letter of Credit Borrowing shall have the meaning specified in Section 2.10.3.3 [Disbursements, Reimbursement].

 

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Letter of Credit Fees shall mean, collectively, the Standby Letter of Credit Fee and the Commercial Letter of Credit Fee.

Letter of Credit Obligation shall mean, as of any date of determination, the aggregate Dollar Equivalent amount available to be drawn under all outstanding Letters of Credit on such date (if any Letter of Credit shall increase in amount automatically in the future, such aggregate Dollar Equivalent amount available to be drawn shall currently give effect to any such future increase) plus the aggregate Dollar Equivalent Amount of Reimbursement Obligations and Letter of Credit Borrowings on such date.

Letter of Credit Sublimit shall have the meaning specified in Section 2.10.1 [Issuance of Letters of Credit].

LIBOR Quoted Currency shall mean Dollars, Euro and British Pounds Sterling.

LIBOR Quoted Currency Alternate Source shall have the meaning specified in the definition of LIBOR Rate.

LIBOR Rate shall mean the following:

(a) with respect to Loans made in any LIBOR Quoted Currency comprising any Borrowing Tranche to which the LIBOR Rate Option applies for any Interest Period, the greater of (i) 0.00% and (ii) the interest rate per annum determined by the Administrative Agent by dividing (the resulting quotient rounded upwards, if necessary, to the nearest 1/100th of 1.00% per annum) (A) the London interbank offered rate administered by the ICE Benchmark Administration (or any other Person that takes over the administration of such rate) for such LIBOR Quoted Currency for a period equal in length to such Interest Period which appears on the Bloomberg Page BBAM1 or on such other substitute Bloomberg page that displays such rates, or the rate which is quoted by another source selected by the Administrative Agent which has been approved by the ICE Benchmark Administration as an authorized information vendor for the purpose of displaying rates at which deposits in the relevant LIBOR Quoted Currency are offered by leading banks in the Relevant Interbank Market (for purposes of this definition, a “LIBOR Quoted Currency Alternate Source”), at approximately 11:00 a.m., London time, two (2) Business Days prior to the commencement of such Interest Period, for an amount comparable to such Borrowing Tranche and having a borrowing date comparable to such Interest Period (or if there shall at any time, for any reason, no longer exist a Bloomberg Page BBAM1, any substitute Bloomberg Page, or any LIBOR Quoted Currency Alternate Source, a comparable replacement rate determined by the Administrative Agent at such time (which determination shall be conclusive absent manifest error)) by (B) a number equal to 1.00 minus the Reserve Percentage. LIBOR may also be expressed by the following formula:

 

LIBOR

Rate =

  

Relevant Interbank Market for the applicable LIBOR Quoted                                    

Currency offered rates quoted by Bloomberg or appropriate                                

successor as shown on Bloomberg Page BBAM1                                

  

 

   1.00 - Reserve Percentage

 

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The LIBOR Rate shall be adjusted with respect to any Loan to which the LIBOR Rate Option applies that is outstanding on the effective date of any change in the Reserve Percentage as of such effective date. The Administrative Agent shall give prompt notice to the Borrowers of the LIBOR Rate as determined or adjusted in accordance herewith, which determination shall be conclusive absent manifest error.

(b) with respect to Loans made in Australian Dollars comprising any Borrowing Tranche to which the LIBOR Rate Option applies for any Interest Period, the greater of (i) 0.00% and (ii) the interest rate per annum determined by Administrative Agent by dividing (A) the Australian Dollar Rate for a period equal in length to such Interest Period which appears on the Bloomberg Page BBSY or such other substitute Bloomberg page that displays the Australian Dollar Rate, or the Australian Dollar Rate which is quoted by another source selected by the Administrative Agent which has been approved by the Australian Financial Markets Association as an authorized information vendor for the purpose of displaying rates at which deposits in Australian Dollars are offered by leading banks in the Relevant Interbank Market (for purposes of this definition, an “AU Alternate Source”), at approximately 11:00 a.m., Sydney, Australia time, two (2) Business Days prior to the commencement of such Interest Period for an amount comparable to the principal amount of such Borrowing Tranche and having a borrowing date comparable to such Interest Period (or if there shall at any time, for any reason, no longer exist a Bloomberg Page BBSY, any substitute page or any AU Alternate Source, a comparable replacement rate determined by the Administrative Agent at such time (which determination shall be conclusive absent manifest error)) by (B) a number equal to 1.00 minus the Reserve Percentage. Such LIBOR Rate may also be expressed by the following formula:

 

LIBOR

Rate =

   Australian Dollar Rate quoted by Bloomberg or appropriate successor as shown on Bloomberg Page BBSY
  

 

   1.00 - Reserve Percentage

The LIBOR Rate shall be adjusted with respect to any Loan to which the LIBOR Rate Option applies that is outstanding on the effective date of any change in the Reserve Percentage as of such effective date. The Administrative Agent shall give prompt notice to the Borrowers of the LIBOR Rate as determined or adjusted in accordance herewith, which determination shall be conclusive absent manifest error. The LIBOR Rate for any Loans shall be based upon the LIBOR Rate for the currency in which such Loans are requested.

(c) If, at any time, the Administrative Agent and all of the Lenders approve an additional Optional Currency pursuant to Section 2.12.4(iii) [Requests for Additional Optional Currencies], any reference in this Agreement to the LIBOR Rate applicable to any Optional Currency Loan in such additional Optional Currency shall be a reference to a rate to be mutually agreed upon between the Administrative Agent and the Borrowers.

LIBOR Rate Option shall mean the option of the Borrowers to have Loans bear interest at the rate and under the terms set forth in Section 3.1.1(ii) [Revolving Credit LIBOR Rate Option].

 

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LIBOR Termination Date shall have the meaning specified in Section 1.6 [Successor LIBOR Rate Index].

Lien shall mean any mortgage, deed of trust, pledge, lien, security interest, charge or other encumbrance or security arrangement of any nature whatsoever, whether voluntarily or involuntarily given, including any conditional sale or title retention arrangement, and any assignment, deposit arrangement or lease intended as, or having the effect of, security and any filed financing statement or other notice of any of the foregoing (whether or not a lien or other encumbrance is created or exists at the time of the filing).

Loan Documents shall mean this Agreement, the Administrative Agent’s Letter, the Guaranty Agreements, the Intercompany Subordination Agreement, the Notes, the Letters of Credit and any other instruments, certificates or documents delivered in connection herewith or therewith, as the same may be amended, modified or supplemented from time to time in accordance herewith or therewith, and Loan Document shall mean any of the Loan Documents.

Loan Parties shall collectively mean Borrowers and the Guarantors and Loan Party shall mean any Borrower or any Guarantor.

Loan Request shall mean either a Revolving Credit Loan Request or a Swing Loan Request.

Loans shall mean collectively and Loan shall mean separately all Revolving Credit Loans and Swing Loans or any Revolving Credit Loan or Swing Loan, respectively.

MADL shall mean MSA Advanced Detection, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company.

Material Adverse Change shall mean any set of circumstances or events which (a) has or could reasonably be expected to have any material adverse effect whatsoever upon the validity or enforceability of this Agreement or any other Loan Document, (b) is or could reasonably be expected to be material and adverse to the business, properties, assets, financial condition or results of operations of the Loan Parties taken as a whole, (c) impairs materially or could reasonably be expected to impair materially the ability of the Loan Parties taken as a whole to duly and punctually pay or perform any of the Obligations, or (d) impairs materially or could reasonably be expected to impair materially the ability of the Administrative Agent or any of the Lenders, to the extent permitted, to enforce their legal remedies pursuant to this Agreement or any other Loan Document.

Material Subsidiary shall mean any Subsidiary of a Loan Party (i) which is not itself a Loan Party and (ii) which, as of the most recent fiscal quarter of the Company, for the period of four (4) consecutive fiscal quarters then ended, for which financial statements have been delivered pursuant to Section 7.3.2 [Annual Financial Statements] or Section 7.3.1 [Quarterly Financial Statements] (or, if prior to the date of the delivery of the first financial statements to be delivered pursuant to Section 7.3.2 [Annual Financial Statements] or Section 7.3.1 [Quarterly Financial Statements], the most recent financial statements referred to in Section 5.1.6(i) [Historical Statements]), (a) contributed greater than five percent (5.00%) of Consolidated EBITDA for such period or (b) contributed greater than five percent (5.00%) of Consolidated Total Assets as of such date.

 

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MIL shall mean MSA Innovation, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company.

Month, with respect to an Interest Period under the LIBOR Rate Option, shall mean the interval between the days in consecutive calendar months numerically corresponding to the first day of such Interest Period. If any LIBOR Rate Interest Period begins on a day of a calendar month for which there is no numerically corresponding day in the month in which such Interest Period is to end, the final month of such Interest Period shall be deemed to end on the last Business Day of such final month.

Most Favored Lender Notice means a written notice from the Company to the Administrative Agent delivered promptly, and in any event within ten (10) Business Days after the inclusion of any Additional Covenant in the 2010 Note Purchase Agreement (including by way of amendment or other modification of any existing provision thereof), pursuant to Section 7.1.11 [Most Favored Lender] by an Authorized Officer in reasonable detail, including reference to Section 7.1.11 [Most Favored Lender], a verbatim statement of such Additional Covenant (including any defined terms used therein) and related explanatory calculations, as applicable.

MSACL shall mean Mine Safety Appliances Company, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company.

MSACL Affiliate Transaction Documents shall mean, collectively, the Shared Services Agreement, the Tax Sharing Agreement, the APR Manufacturing Agreement, the Intercompany Sales Agreement, the R&D Agreement , the Transition Services Agreement and the IP License Agreement.

MSACL Company Group shall mean MSACL and its Subsidiaries (without giving effect to the proviso in the definition of “Subsidiary”).

MSACL Excluded Subsidiary Certificate shall have the meaning specified in the proviso to the definition of “Subsidiary”.

MSACL Governing Documents shall mean the limited liability company agreement, certificate of organization and each other organizational or constitutional document of MSACL, in form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.

MSACL Promissory Notes shall mean, collectively, the MSACL-MSA Safety Promissory Notes and the MSACL-MSAW Promissory Note.

MSACL-MSA Safety Closing Date Promissory Note shall have the meaning specified in the definition of “MSACL-MSA Safety Promissory Notes”.

 

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MSACL-MSA Safety Promissory Notes shall mean, collectively, (i) the unsecured, subordinated promissory note, dated as of the Closing Date, in form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, in the principal amount of $42,427,951.00 (the “MSACL-MSA Safety Closing Date Promissory Note”) and (ii) the unsecured, subordinated promissory note, dated as of January 1, 2019, in form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, in the principal amount of $88,607,000.00 (as such amount may be adjusted pursuant to the provisions of the MSA Safety Pittsburgh APA to reflect the actual book values of the NWC Balance, the Work in Progress and Finished Goods (as each such term is defined in Schedule 1.1(C)) as of immediately before January 1, 2019), in each case issued by MSA Safety Pittsburgh in favor of MSACL as consideration for the Transfer by MSACL of certain property and assets to MSA Safety Pittsburgh pursuant to the Closing Date Reorganization; provided that the amount of such MSACL-MSA Safety Promissory Notes shall not exceed the Fair Market Value of such property and assets being Transferred.

MSACL-MSAW Promissory Note shall mean the unsecured, subordinated promissory note, in form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent, issued by MSAW in favor of MSACL as consideration for the Transfer by MSACL of certain real property and equipment to MSAW pursuant to the Closing Date Reorganization; provided that the amount of such MSACL-MSAW Promissory Note shall not exceed the Fair Market Value of such real property and equipment being Transferred.

MSAI shall mean MSA International, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company.

MSA Safety Pittsburgh shall mean MSA Safety Pittsburgh Manufacturing, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company.

MSA Safety Sales shall mean MSA Safety Sales, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company.

MSAW shall mean MSA Worldwide, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company.

MSDL shall mean MSA Safety Development, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company.

MTL shall mean MSA Technology, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company.

Multiemployer Plan shall mean any employee benefit plan which is a “multiemployer plan” within the meaning of Section 4001(a)(3) of ERISA and to which the Company or any member of the ERISA Group is then making or accruing an obligation to make contributions or, within the preceding five Plan years, has made or had an obligation to make such contributions.

Net Leverage Ratio shall mean, as of the end of any date of determination, the ratio of (A) the difference of (i) Consolidated Funded Indebtedness of the Company and its Subsidiaries on such date minus (ii) 100% of unencumbered cash of the Company and its Subsidiaries on such date in excess of $40,000,000.00 to (B) Consolidated EBITDA (i) for the period equal to the four (4) consecutive fiscal quarters then ending if such date is a fiscal quarter end or (ii) for the period equal to the four (4) consecutive fiscal quarters most recently ended if such date is not a fiscal quarter end.

 

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New Lender shall have the meaning specified in Section 2.6.1 [Increasing Lenders and New Lenders].

Non-Consenting Lender shall have the meaning specified in Section 10.1 [Modifications, Amendments or Waivers].

Non-Public Lender shall mean:

(a) until interpretation of “public” as referred to in the CRR by the relevant authority/ies, an entity that (i) provides repayable funds to MSA Netherlands or any Designated Foreign Borrower incorporated in The Netherlands for a minimum amount of EUR 100,000 (or its equivalent in another currency), (ii) assumes rights and/or obligations vis-à-vis MSA Netherlands or any Designated Foreign Borrower incorporated in The Netherlands the value of which is at least EUR 100,000 (or its equivalent in another currency) or (iii) otherwise qualifies as not forming part of the public; and

(b) following the publication of an interpretation of “public” as referred to in the CRR by the relevant authority/ies, such amount or such criterion as a result of which such entity shall qualify as not forming part of the public.

Notes shall mean, collectively, the Notes in the form of Exhibit 1.1(N)(1) evidencing the Revolving Credit Loans and in the form of Exhibit 1.1(N)(2) evidencing the Swing Loans.

NYFRB shall mean the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Obligation shall mean any obligation or liability of any of the Loan Parties, howsoever created, arising or evidenced, whether direct or indirect, absolute or contingent, now or hereafter existing, or due or to become due, under or in connection with (i) this Agreement, the Notes, the Letters of Credit, the Administrative Agent’s Letter or any other Loan Document whether to the Administrative Agent, any of the Lenders or their Affiliates or other persons provided for under such Loan Documents, (ii) any Lender Provided Interest Rate Hedge, Lender Provided Commodity Hedge or Lender Provided Foreign Currency Agreement and (iii) any Other Lender Provided Financial Service Product. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions in this definition, Obligations shall not include Excluded Swap Obligations.

Official Body shall mean 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 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).

 

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Optional Currency shall mean any of the following lawful currencies: the Euro, British Pounds Sterling, Australian Dollars and any other currency approved by Administrative Agent and all of the Lenders pursuant to Section 2.12.4(iii) [Requests for Additional Optional Currencies]. Subject to Section 2.12.4 [European Monetary Union], each Optional Currency must be the lawful currency of the specified country.

Optional Currency Loans shall have the meaning specified in Section 2.1.1 [Revolving Credit Loans; Optional Currency Loans].

Optional Currency Sublimit shall have the meaning specified in Section 2.1.1 [Revolving Credit Loans; Optional Currency Loans].

Order shall have the meaning specified in Section 2.10.9 [Liability for Acts and Omissions].

Original Currency shall have the meaning specified in Section 4.12 [Currency Conversion Procedures for Judgments].

Other Connection Taxes shall mean, with respect to any Recipient, Taxes imposed as a result of a present or former connection between such Recipient (or an agent or affiliate thereof) and the jurisdiction imposing such Tax (other than connections arising solely 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 Currency shall have the meaning specified in Section 4.12 [Currency Conversion Procedures for Judgments].

Other Lender Provided Financial Service Product shall mean agreements or other arrangements under which any Person which was a Lender or Affiliate of a Lender at the time of providing such product or service provides any of the following products or services to the Borrowers and any of their Subsidiaries: (a) credit cards, (b) credit card processing services, (c) debit cards, (d) purchase cards, (e) ACH transactions, (f) cash management, including controlled disbursement, accounts or services, or (g) foreign currency exchange.

Other Taxes shall mean 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 4.6.2 [Replacement of a Lender]).

Overnight Bank Funding Rate shall mean, for any day, the greater of (i) 0.00% and (ii) the rate comprised of both overnight federal funds and overnight Eurocurrency borrowings by U.S.-managed banking offices of depository institutions, as such composite rate shall be determined by the NYFRB, as set forth on its public website from time to time, and as published on the next succeeding Business Day as the overnight bank funding rate by the NYFRB (or by such other recognized electronic source (such as Bloomberg) selected by the Administrative Agent for the purpose of displaying such rate); provided, that if such day is not a

 

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Business Day, the Overnight Bank Funding Rate for such day shall be such rate on the immediately preceding Business Day; provided, further, that if such rate shall at any time, for any reason, no longer exist, a comparable replacement rate determined by the Administrative Agent at such time (which determination shall be conclusive absent manifest error). The rate of interest charged shall be adjusted as of each Business Day based on changes in the Overnight Bank Funding Rate without notice to the Borrowers.

Overnight Rate shall mean for any day with respect to any Loans in an Optional Currency, the rate of interest per annum as determined by the Administrative Agent at which overnight deposits in such currency, in an amount approximately equal to the amount with respect to which such rate is being determined, would be offered for such day in the Relevant Interbank Market.

Participant has the meaning specified in Section 10.8.4 [Participations].

Participant Register shall have the meaning specified in Section 10.8.4 [Participations].

Participating Member State shall mean any member State of the European Communities that adopts or has adopted the Euro as its lawful currency in accordance with legislation of the European Community relating to Economic and Monetary Union.

Participation Advance shall have the meaning specified in Section 2.10.3.3 [Disbursements, Reimbursement].

Payment Date shall mean the first day of each July, October, January and April after the date hereof and on the Expiration Date or upon acceleration of the Notes.

Payment In Full shall mean the indefeasible payment in full in cash of the Loans and other Obligations hereunder, termination of the Commitments and expiration or termination of all Letters of Credit.

PBGC shall mean the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation established pursuant to Subtitle A of Title IV of ERISA or any successor.

Pension Plan shall mean any “employee pension benefit plan” (as such term is defined in Section 3(2) of ERISA), other than a Multiemployer Plan, that is subject to Title IV of ERISA and is sponsored or maintained by the Company or any ERISA Affiliate or to which the Company or any ERISA Affiliate contributes or has an obligation to contribute, or in the case of a multiple employer or other plan described in Section 4064(a) of ERISA, has made contributions at any times during the immediately preceding five plan years.

Permitted Acquisition shall have the meaning specified in Section 7.2.5(ii) [Liquidations, Mergers, Consolidations, Acquisitions].

 

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Permitted Investments shall mean:

(i) any investment, loan or advance existing on the date of this Agreement and described on Schedule 1.1(P)(1);

(ii) direct obligations of the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality thereof or obligations backed by the full faith and credit of the United States of America maturing in twelve (12) months or less from the date of acquisition;

(iii) commercial paper maturing in two hundred seventy (270) days or less rated not lower than A-2, by Standard & Poor’s or P-2 by Moody’s Investors Services, Inc. on the date of acquisition;

(iv) investments in certificates of deposit maturing no later than three hundred sixty-five (365) days from the date of acquisition and issued by a bank or trust company that has combined capital, surplus and undivided profits of over $500,000,000.00;

(v) investments in mutual funds that invest only in either (A) money market securities or (B) whose investments are limited to those types of investments described in clauses (ii)-(iv) above;

(vi) investments made under agreements regarding the management and investment of deposit, sweep and other similar accounts with any commercial bank that satisfies the requirements of (iv) above; and

(vii) in the case of Foreign Subsidiaries, investments denominated in the currency of the jurisdiction in which such Subsidiary is organized or has its principal place of business which are similar to the investments specified in clauses (ii) through (vi) of this definition made in the ordinary course of business.

Permitted Liens shall mean:

(i) Liens for taxes, assessments, or similar charges, incurred in the ordinary course of business and which are not yet due and payable;

(ii) Pledges or deposits made in the ordinary course of business to secure payment of workmen’s compensation, or to participate in any fund in connection with workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, old-age pensions or other social security programs;

(iii) Liens of mechanics, materialmen, warehousemen, carriers, or other like Liens, securing obligations incurred in the ordinary course of business that are not yet due and payable and Liens of landlords securing obligations to pay lease payments that are not yet due and payable or in default;

(iv) Liens consisting of bankers’ Liens encumbering deposit accounts (including, without limitation, rights of setoff) and any statutory or civil law Lien arising in The Netherlands under Dutch General Banking Conditions;

 

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(v) Good-faith pledges or deposits made in the ordinary course of business to secure performance of bids, tenders, contracts (other than for the repayment of borrowed money) or leases, not in excess of the aggregate amount due thereunder, or to secure statutory obligations, or surety, appeal, indemnity, performance or other similar bonds required in the ordinary course of business, provided that the aggregate amount secured by appeal bonds together with the Liens referred to in clause (x)(4) below shall not at any time exceed five percent (5.00%) of Consolidated Total Assets;

(vi) Encumbrances consisting of zoning restrictions, easements or other restrictions on the use of real property, none of which materially impairs the actual or intended use by the Company or its Subsidiaries of such property or the value thereof, and none of which is violated in any material respect by existing or proposed structures or land use;

(vii) Liens on property leased by any Loan Party or Subsidiary of a Loan Party under capital and operating leases securing obligations of such Loan Party or Subsidiary to the lessor under such leases;

(viii) Any Lien existing on the date of this Agreement and described on Schedule 1.1(P)(2), provided that the principal amount secured thereby is not hereafter increased, and no additional assets become subject to such Lien;

(ix) Purchase Money Security Interests, provided that (A) any such Lien shall extend solely to the item or items of such property (or improvements thereon) which is an improvement to or is acquired for specific use in connection with such acquired or constructed property (or improvement thereon) or which is real property being improved by such acquired or constructed property (or improvement thereon), (B) the aggregate value of the assets subject to such Purchase Money Security Interest securing such Indebtedness shall not exceed an amount equal to the lesser of (x) the cost of such property (or improvement thereon) and (y) the Fair Market Value (as determined in good faith by the board of directors of the Company) of such property (or improvement thereon) at the time of such acquisition (excluding for the purpose of this computation any loans or deferred payments secured by Liens described on Schedule 1.1(P)(2)) and (C) any such Lien shall be created contemporaneously with, or within one hundred eighty (180) days after the acquisition or construction of such property;

(x) The following, (A) if the validity or amount thereof is being contested in good faith by appropriate and lawful proceedings diligently conducted so long as levy and execution thereon have been stayed and continue to be stayed or (B) if a final judgment is entered and such judgment is discharged within thirty (30) days of entry, and in any case they do not, in the aggregate, materially impair the ability of any Loan Party to perform its Obligations hereunder or under the other Loan Documents:

(1) Claims or Liens for taxes, assessments or charges due and payable and subject to interest or penalty; provided that the applicable Loan Party maintains such reserves or other appropriate provisions as shall be required by GAAP and pays all such taxes, assessments or charges forthwith upon the commencement of proceedings to foreclose any such Lien;

 

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(2) Claims, Liens or encumbrances upon, and defects of title to, real or personal property, including any attachment of personal or real property or other legal process prior to adjudication of a dispute on the merits;

(3) Claims or Liens of mechanics, materialmen, warehousemen, carriers, or other statutory nonconsensual Liens; or

(4) Liens resulting from final judgments or orders described in Section 8.1.7 [Final Judgments or Orders], provided that the aggregate amount secured by all such Liens under this subsection (4) together with the Liens referred to in clause (v) above shall not at any time exceed five percent (5.00%) of Consolidated Total Assets;

(xi) Any interest or title of a lessor, sublessor, licensor or sublicensor under any leases (other than Capital Leases), subleases, licenses or sublicenses entered into by the Company or any Subsidiary of the Company as lessee, sublessee, licensee or sublicensee in the ordinary course of business;

(xii) Liens existing on property or any asset at the time of acquisition thereof by the Company or any Subsidiary or existing on any property or asset of any Person that becomes a Subsidiary on or after the Closing Date prior to the time such Person becomes a Subsidiary; provided that (i) such Lien is not created in contemplation of or in connection with such acquisition or such Person becoming a Subsidiary, as the case may be, (ii) such Lien shall not apply to any other property or assets of the Company or any Subsidiary (other than proceeds) and (iii) such Lien shall secure only those obligations which it secured on the date of such acquisition or the date such Person becomes a Subsidiary, as the case may be, and extensions, renewals, refinancings and replacements thereof that do not increase the outstanding principal amount thereof (other than by an amount not in excess of fees and expenses, including premium and defeasance costs associated therewith) or result in a decreased average weighted life thereof; and

(xiii) Liens not otherwise described by the foregoing clauses in this definition on assets of the Loan Parties securing obligations not exceeding $20,000,000.00 in the aggregate.

Person shall mean any individual, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint-stock company, trust, unincorporated organization, joint venture, government or political subdivision or agency thereof, or any other entity.

Plan shall mean at any time an employee pension benefit plan (including a Multiple Employer Plan, but not a Multiemployer Plan) which is covered by Title IV of ERISA or is subject to the minimum funding standards under Section 412 of the Code and either (i) is maintained by any member of the ERISA Group for employees of any member of the ERISA Group or (ii) has at any time within the preceding five (5) years been maintained by any entity which was at such time a member of the ERISA Group for employees of any entity which was at such time a member of the ERISA Group.

PNC shall mean PNC Bank, National Association, its successors and assigns.

 

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Potential Default shall mean any event or condition which with notice or passage of time, or a determination by the Administrative Agent or the Required Lenders, or any combination of the foregoing, would constitute an Event of Default.

Prime Rate shall mean the interest rate per annum announced from time to time by the Administrative Agent at its Principal Office as its then prime rate, which rate may not be the lowest or most favorable rate then being charged commercial borrowers or others by the Administrative Agent. Any change in the Prime Rate shall take effect at the opening of business on the day such change is announced.

Principal Office shall mean the main banking office of the Administrative Agent in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Protected Party means a Recipient which is or will be subject to any liability or required to make any payment for or on account of Tax in relation to a sum received or receivable (or any sum deemed for the purposes of Tax to be receive or receivable) under a Loan Document.

Projections shall have the meaning specified in Section 5.1.6(ii) [Financial Projections].

PTE shall mean a prohibited transaction class exemption issued by the U.S. Department of Labor, as any such exemption may be amended from time to time.

Published Rate shall mean the rate of interest published each Business Day in The Wall Street Journal “Money Rates” listing under the caption “London Interbank Offered Rates” for a one (1) month period (or, if no such rate is published therein for any reason, then the Published Rate shall be the rate at which U.S. Dollar deposits are offered by leading banks in the London interbank deposit market for a one (1) month period as published in another publication selected by the Administrative Agent).

Purchase Money Security Interest shall mean Liens upon tangible personal property securing loans to any Loan Party or Subsidiary of a Loan Party or deferred payments by such Loan Party or Subsidiary for the purchase of such tangible personal property.

Qualifying Dutch Lender means a Lender which is beneficially entitled to interest payable to that Lender in respect of an advance to a Dutch Loan Party under a Loan Document and is:

(a) a Lender: (i) which is a bank making an advance to a Dutch Loan Party under a Loan Document and is within the charge to Dutch corporation tax as respects any payments of interest made in respect of that advance; or (ii) in respect of an advance made to a Dutch Loan Party under a Loan Document by a person that was a bank at the time that advance was made and within the charge to Dutch corporation tax as respects any payments of interest made in respect of that advance; or

 

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(b) a Lender which is: (i) a company resident in The Netherlands for Dutch tax purposes; (ii) a tax transparent partnership each member of which is: (A) a company so resident in The Netherlands; or (B) a company not so resident in the Netherlands which carries on a business in The Netherlands through a permanent establishment and which brings into account in computing its chargeable profits the whole of any share of interest payable in respect of that advance that falls to it; or (iii) a company not so resident in the Netherlands which carries on a business in The Netherlands through a permanent establishment and which brings into account interest payable in respect of that advance in computing the chargeable profits of that company; or

(c) a Dutch Treaty Lender.

Qualifying Lender means a Qualifying Dutch Lender or a Qualifying UK Lender as the case may be.

Qualifying UK Lender means a Lender which is beneficially entitled to interest payable to that Lender in respect of an advance to a UK Loan Party under a Loan Document and is:

(a) a Lender: (i) which is a bank (as defined for the purpose of s879 ITA) making an advance to a UK Loan Party under a Loan Document and is within the charge to United Kingdom corporation tax as respects any payments of interest made in respect of that advance or would be within such charge as respects such payment apart from s18A CTA; or (ii) in respect of an advance made to a UK Loan Party under a Loan Document by a person that was a bank (as defined for the purpose of s879 ITA) at the time that advance was made and within the charge to United Kingdom corporation tax as respects any payments of interest made in respect of that advance; or

(b) a Lender which is: (i) a company resident in the United Kingdom for United Kingdom tax purposes; (ii) a partnership each member of which is: (A) a company so resident in the United Kingdom; or (B) a company not so resident in the United Kingdom which carries on a trade in the United Kingdom through a permanent establishment and which brings into account in computing its chargeable profits (within the meaning of s19 CTA) the whole of any share of interest payable in respect of that advance that falls to it by reason of Part 17 CTA; or (iii) a company not so resident in the United Kingdom which carries on a trade in the United Kingdom through a permanent establishment and which brings into account interest payable in respect of that advance in computing the chargeable profits (within the meaning of s19 CTA) of that company; or

(c) a UK Treaty Lender; or

(d) a building society (as defined for the purposes of s880 ITA) making an advance to a UK Loan Party under a Loan Document.

Qualified ECP Loan Party shall mean, in respect of any Swap Obligation of a Loan Party, each Loan Party that has total assets exceeding $10,000,000.00 on the applicable Eligibility Date or such other Loan Party as constitutes an Eligible Contract Participant and can cause another Loan Party to qualify as an Eligible Contract Participant at such time by entering into a “letter of credit or keepwell, support, or other agreement” under Section 1a(18)(A)(v)(II) of the Commodity Exchange Act.

 

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R&D Agreement shall mean that certain Research and Development Agreement, dated as of the Closing Date, between MSACL and MIL, as in effect on the Closing Date.

Ratable Share shall mean the proportion that a Lender’s Commitment (excluding the Swing Loan Commitment) bears to the Commitments (excluding the Swing Loan Commitment) of all of the Lenders, provided that in the case of Section 2.11 [Defaulting Lenders] when a Defaulting Lender shall exist, “Ratable Share” shall mean the percentage of the aggregate Commitments (disregarding any Defaulting Lender’s Commitment) represented by such Lender’s Commitment. If the Commitments have terminated or expired, the Ratable Share shall be determined based upon the Commitments (excluding the Swing Loan Commitment) most recently in effect, giving effect to any assignments.

Recipient shall mean (i) the Administrative Agent, (ii) any Lender and (iii) the Issuing Lender, as applicable.

Reference Currency shall have the meaning specified in the definition of “Equivalent Amount.”

Reimbursement Obligation shall have the meaning specified in Section 2.10.3.1 [Disbursements, Reimbursement].

Related Parties shall mean, with respect to any Person, such Person’s Affiliates and the partners, directors, officers, employees, agents and advisors of such Person and of such Person’s Affiliates.

Relevant Interbank Market shall mean in relation to Euro, the European Interbank Market, in relation to Australian Dollars, the Australian Financial Markets Association, and, in relation to any other currency, the London interbank market or other applicable offshore interbank market.

Relief Proceeding shall mean any case (whether voluntary or involuntary), proceeding or action in relation to any Loan Party or Material Subsidiary of a Loan Party (including, without limitation, by way of scheme of arrangement or otherwise) under any applicable bankruptcy, judicial management, insolvency, reorganization, relief of debtors legislation or other similar law now or hereafter in effect, whether for (a) a decree or order for relief in respect of any Loan Party or Subsidiary of a Loan Party, (b) the appointment of a receiver, rehabilitator, receiver and manager, administrator, liquidator, assignee, custodian, trustee, sequestrator, creditor representative, conservator (or similar official, officer or fiduciary) of any Loan Party or Subsidiary of a Loan Party for any substantial part of its property, (c) the winding-up or liquidation of its affairs, or an assignment for the benefit of its creditors.

Reportable Compliance Event shall mean that any Covered Entity becomes a Sanctioned Person, or is charged by indictment, criminal complaint or similar charging instrument, arraigned, or custodially detained in connection with any Anti-Terrorism Law or any predicate crime to any Anti-Terrorism Law, or has knowledge of facts or circumstances to the effect that it is reasonably likely that any aspect of its operations is in actual or probable violation of any Anti-Terrorism Law.

 

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Required Lenders shall mean Lenders (other than any Defaulting Lender) having more than fifty percent (50.00%) of the aggregate amount of the Revolving Credit Commitments of the Lenders (excluding any Defaulting Lender) or, after the termination of the Revolving Credit Commitments, the outstanding Revolving Credit Loans and Ratable Share of Letter of Credit Obligations of the Lenders (excluding any Defaulting Lender).

Required Share shall have the meaning assigned to such term in Section 4.11 [Settlement Date Procedures].

Reserve Percentage shall mean as of any day the maximum percentage in effect on such day to be maintained by a Lender as required for reserve liquidity, special deposit, or similar purpose by any governmental or monetary authority of any country or political subdivision thereof (including any central bank), against (i) any category of liabilities that includes deposits by reference to which a LIBOR Rate is to be determined, or (ii) any category of extension of credit or other assets that includes Loans or Borrowing Tranches to which a LIBOR Rate applies.

Revolving Credit Commitment shall mean, as to any Lender at any time, the amount initially set forth opposite its name on Schedule 1.1(B) in the column labeled “Amount of Commitment for Revolving Credit Loans,” as such Commitment is thereafter assigned or modified and Revolving Credit Commitments shall mean the aggregate Revolving Credit Commitments of all of the Lenders.

Revolving Credit Loan Request shall have the meaning specified in Section 2.5.1 [Revolving Credit Loan Requests].

Revolving Credit Loans shall mean collectively and Revolving Credit Loan shall mean separately all Revolving Credit Loans or any Revolving Credit Loan made by the Lenders or one of the Lenders to the Borrowers pursuant to Section 2.1 [Revolving Credit and Swing Loan Commitments] or Section 2.10.3 [Disbursements, Reimbursement].

Revolving Facility Usage shall mean at any time the sum of the outstanding Dollar Equivalent amount of Revolving Credit Loans, the outstanding Swing Loans and the Letter of Credit Obligations.

Safety io shall mean Safety io, LLC, a Pennsylvania limited liability company.

Sanctions shall mean any sanctions administered or enforced by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations Security Council, the European Union, Her Majesty’s Treasury or other relevant sanctions authority.

Sanctioned Country shall mean a country, territory or region that is, or whose government is, subject to a sanctions program maintained under any Anti-Terrorism Law or subject of Sanctions including, without limitation, currently, the Crimea Region, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Syria.

 

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Sanctioned Person shall mean (i) any Person that is, or is owned or controlled by Persons that are, the subject of any Sanctions or located, organized or resident in a Sanctioned Country or (ii) any Person, group, regime, or thing listed or otherwise recognized as a specially designated, prohibited, sanctioned or debarred person, group, regime, entity or thing, or subject to any limitations or prohibitions (including but not limited to the blocking of property or rejection of transactions), under any Anti-Terrorism Law.

Senscient shall mean Senscient, Inc., a Delaware corporation.

Settlement Dates shall mean any Business Day on which the Administrative Agent elects to effect settlement pursuant to Section 4.11 [Settlement Date Procedures].

Shared Services Agreement shall mean that certain Amended and Restated Shared Services Agreement, dated as of the Closing Date, among MSAW, MSACL, the Company, Globe, GMI, MTL, MIL, Safety io, MSA Safety Pittsburgh and MSA Safety Sales, as in effect on the Closing Date; provided the agreement may be amended from time to time to add additional Subsidiaries as parties.

Solvent shall mean, with respect to any Person on any date of determination, taking into account such right of reimbursement, contribution or similar right available to such Person from other Persons, that on such date (i) the fair value of the property of such Person is greater than the total amount of liabilities, including, without limitation, contingent liabilities, of such Person, (ii) the present fair saleable value of the assets of such Person is not less than the amount that will be required to pay the probable liability of such Person on its debts as they become absolute and matured, (iii) such Person is able to realize upon its assets and pay its debts and other liabilities, contingent obligations and other commitments as they mature in the normal course of business, (iv) such Person does not intend to, and does not believe that it will, incur debts or liabilities beyond such Person’s ability to pay as such debts and liabilities mature in the ordinary course of business, (v) such Person is not engaged in business or a transaction, and is not about to engage in business or a transaction, for which such Person’s property would constitute unreasonably small capital after giving due consideration to the prevailing practice in the industry in which such Person is engaged, (vi) such Person has not entered into a moratorium or standstill arrangement in relation to its Indebtedness and is not taken to have failed to comply with a statutory demand (or otherwise be presumed to be solvent by applicable law), (vii) such Person is “solvent” within the meaning given to that term and similar terms under Laws applicable to such Person relating to fraudulent transfers and conveyances, transactions at undervalue, unfair preferences or equivalent concepts, (viii) in respect of a Person incorporated under the laws of England and Wales, such Person is not unable to pay its debts within the meaning of section 123 of the Insolvency Act 1986, and (ix) in respect of a Person incorporated under the laws of The Netherlands such Person has not stopped paying its debts (verkeert niet in een toestand dat hij is opgehouden te betalen). In computing the amount of contingent liabilities at any time, it is intended that 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, or, if a different methodology is prescribed by applicable Laws, as prescribed by those Laws.

 

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Standard & Poor’s shall mean Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Standby Letter of Credit shall mean a Letter of Credit (including a direct pay letter of credit) issued to support obligations of one or more of the Loan Parties, contingent or otherwise, which finance the working capital and business needs of the Loan Parties, but excluding any Let