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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

Form 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): 6/10/2021

 

STEPAN COMPANY

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Commission File Number: 1-4462

 

Delaware

 

36-1823834

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)

 

(IRS Employer Identification No.)

22 West Frontage Road, Northfield, Illinois 60093

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(847) 446-7500

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

 

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

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class

Trading Symbol(s)

Name of Each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, $1 par value

SCL

New York Stock Exchange

 

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

Emerging growth company 

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

 

 

 

 


 

 

Item 1.01.Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

 

On June 10, 2021, Stepan Company (“Stepan”) entered into:

 

 

i.

a Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement by and among Stepan, PGIM, Inc., the Purchasers named in the Purchaser Schedule attached thereto (the “Initial Prudential Purchasers”) and each other Prudential Affiliate (as defined therein) from time to time party thereto (the “Prudential Note Purchase Agreement”), pursuant to which, on June 10, 2021, Stepan issued and sold to the Initial Prudential Purchasers $50 million in aggregate principal amount of its 2.30% Senior Notes, Series 2021-A, due June 10, 2028 (the “Series 2021-A Notes”), and

 

 

ii.

a Note Purchase and Master Note Agreement by and among Stepan, NYL Investors LLC, the Purchasers named in the Purchaser Schedule attached thereto (the “Initial New York Life Purchasers”) and each other New York Life Affiliate (as defined therein) from time to time party thereto (the “New York Life Note Purchase Agreement” and, together with the Prudential Note Purchase Agreement, the “Agreements”), pursuant to which Stepan will issue and sell to the Initial New York Life Purchasers $50 million in aggregate principal amount of its 2.37% Senior Notes, Series 2021-B, due September 23, 2028 (the “Series 2021-B Notes” and together with the Series 2021-A Notes, the “Notes”).

 

The Series 2021-B Notes offering is expected to close September 23, 2021, subject to customary closing conditions.  

 

Stepan expects to use the net proceeds from the issuance of the Notes for general corporate purposes.

 

The Series 2021-A Notes will bear interest at a fixed rate of 2.30% with interest to be paid semi-annually. Principal amortization for the Series 2021-A Notes is contractually scheduled with equal annual payments beginning on June 10, 2024 and on each June 10 thereafter to and including June 10, 2027, with the outstanding principal balance due at maturity on June 10, 2028.

 

Once issued, the Series 2021-B Notes will bear interest at a fixed rate of 2.37% with interest to be paid semi-annually. Principal amortization for the Series 2021-B Notes is contractually scheduled with equal annual payments beginning on September 23, 2024 and on each September 23 thereafter to and including September 23, 2027, with the outstanding principal balance due at maturity on September 23, 2028.

 

The Agreements require the maintenance of certain financial ratios and covenants that are similar to Stepan’s existing long-term debt and provide for customary events of default. Generally, if an event of default occurs, subject to certain exceptions, the holders of more than 51% in aggregate principal amount of the relevant Notes outstanding under the relevant Agreement may declare all such Notes to be immediately due and payable. Stepan may at any time and from time to time prepay all or a portion of either series of Notes at 100% of the principal amount so prepaid, together with interest accrued thereon to the date of such prepayment, plus a make-whole premium. In addition, Stepan Specialty Products, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stepan (“Stepan Specialty Products”), and Stepan Surfactants Holdings, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stepan (“Stepan Surfactants Holdings”), entered into subsidiary guaranties (the “Subsidiary Guaranties”) whereby Stepan Specialty Products and Stepan Surfactants Holdings agreed to guarantee Stepan’s obligations under the Notes and the Agreements.

 

The foregoing summary of the terms of the Agreements and the Subsidiary Guaranties is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Agreements and the Subsidiary Guaranties, which are filed as Exhibit 10.1, Exhibit 10.2, Exhibit 10.3 and Exhibit 10.4 hereto, respectively, and incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 2.03.

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

 

The information set forth under Item 1.01 of this Report on Form 8-K is hereby incorporated by reference into this Item 2.03.

 

Item 8.01.

Other Events.

 

On June 14, 2021, Stepan issued a press release announcing the offering of the Notes. A copy of the press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and incorporated herein by reference.

 

 


 

 

Item 9.01.

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d)Exhibits

 

Exhibit

Description

10.1

Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement dated as of June 10, 2021, by and among Stepan Company, PGIM, Inc. and the purchasers thereto

10.2

Note Purchase and Master Note Agreement dated as of June 10, 2021, by and among Stepan Company, NYL Investors LLC and the purchasers thereto

10.3

Subsidiary Guaranty dated as of June 10, 2021 by and between Stepan Specialty Products, LLC and Stepan Surfactants Holdings, LLC relating to the Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement dated as of June 10, 2021, by and among Stepan Company, PGIM, Inc. and the purchasers thereto

10.4

Subsidiary Guaranty dated as of June 10, 2021 by and between Stepan Specialty Products, LLC and Stepan Surfactants Holdings, LLC relating to the Note Purchase and Master Note Agreement dated as of June 10, 2021, by and among Stepan Company, NYL Investors LLC and the purchasers thereto

99.1

Press Release of Stepan Company dated June 14, 2021

104

Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEPAN COMPANY

Date: June 14, 2021  

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

/s/ David G. Kabbes

 

 

 

 

 

 

David G. Kabbes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

 

 

Exhibit 10.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stepan Company

 

 

$50,000,000

 

 

2.30% Senior Notes, Series 2021-A, due June 10, 2028

 

and

 

Prudential Shelf Facility

 

 

______________

 

Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement

 

______________

 

 

Dated as of June 10, 2021

 

 


 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Section 1.

AUTHORIZATION OF NOTES.1

 

 

Section 1.1.

Authorization of Issue of Series 2021-A Notes1

 

 

Section 1.2.

Authorization of Issue of Shelf Notes1

 

Section 2.

SALE AND PURCHASE OF NOTES.2

 

 

Section 2.1.

Sale and Purchase of Series 2021-A Notes2

 

 

Section 2.2.

Sale and Purchase of Shelf Notes.2

 

Section 3.

CLOSINGS.6

 

 

Section 3.1.

Series 2021-A Closing Day6

 

 

Section 3.2.

Facility Closings6

 

Section 4.

CONDITIONS TO CLOSING.7

 

 

Section 4.1.

Representations and Warranties7

 

 

Section 4.2.

Performance; No Default8

 

 

Section 4.3.

Compliance Certificates8

 

 

Section 4.4.

Opinions of Counsel8

 

 

Section 4.5.

Purchase Permitted By Applicable Law, Etc9

 

 

Section 4.6.

Sale of Other Notes9

 

 

Section 4.7.

Payment of Fees9

 

 

Section 4.8.

Payment of Special Counsel Fees9

 

 

Section 4.9.

Private Placement Number9

 

 

Section 4.10.

Changes in Corporate Structure9

 

 

Section 4.11.

Funding Instructions10

 

 

Section 4.12.

Proceedings and Documents10

 

 

Section 4.13.

Subsidiary Guaranty10

 

Section 5.

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF THE COMPANY.10

 

 

Section 5.1.

Organization; Power and Authority10

 

 

Section 5.2.

Authorization, Etc10

 

 

Section 5.3.

Disclosure11

 

 

Section 5.4.

Organization and Ownership of Shares of Subsidiaries; Affiliates11

 

 

Section 5.5.

Financial Statements; Material Liabilities12

 

 

Section 5.6.

Compliance with Laws, Other Instruments, Etc12

 

 

Section 5.7.

Governmental Authorizations, Etc13

 

 

Section 5.8.

Litigation; Observance of Agreements, Statutes and Orders13

 

 

Section 5.9.

Taxes13

 

 

Section 5.10.

Title to Property; Leases13

 

 

Section 5.11.

Licenses, Permits, Etc14

 

 

Section 5.12.

Compliance with Employee Benefit Plans14

 

 

Section 5.13.

Private Offering by the Company15

 

 

Section 5.14.

Use of Proceeds; Margin Regulations15

 

 

Section 5.15.

Existing Debt; Future Liens15

 

 

Section 5.16.

Foreign Assets Control Regulations, Etc16

 

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Section 5.17.

Status under Certain Statutes17

 

 

Section 5.18.

Environmental Matters17

 

 

Section 5.19.

Notes Rank Pari Passu18

 

 

Section 5.20.

Hostile Acquisition.18

 

Section 6.

REPRESENTATIONS OF THE PURCHASER.18

 

 

Section 6.1.

Purchase for Investment18

 

 

Section 6.2.

Accredited Investor.18

 

 

Section 6.3.

Source of Funds18

 

Section 7.

INFORMATION AS TO COMPANY.20

 

 

Section 7.1.

Financial and Business Information20

 

 

Section 7.2.

Officer’s Certificate23

 

 

Section 7.3.

Visitation23

 

 

Section 7.4.

Electronic Delivery24

 

Section 8.

PAYMENT OF THE NOTES.25

 

 

Section 8.1.

Required Prepayments; Maturity.25

 

 

Section 8.2.

Optional Prepayments with Make-Whole Amount25

 

 

Section 8.3.

Allocation of Partial Prepayments26

 

 

Section 8.4.

Maturity; Surrender, Etc26

 

 

Section 8.5.

Purchase of Notes26

 

 

Section 8.6.

Make-Whole Amount26

 

 

Section 8.7.

Change in Control28

 

Section 9.

AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS.30

 

 

Section 9.1.

Compliance with Laws30

 

 

Section 9.2.

Insurance31

 

 

Section 9.3.

Maintenance of Properties31

 

 

Section 9.4.

Payment of Taxes and Claims31

 

 

Section 9.5.

Corporate Existence, Etc31

 

 

Section 9.6.

Notes to Rank Pari Passu31

 

 

Section 9.7.

Additional Subsidiary Guarantors32

 

 

Section 9.8.

Books and Records33

 

Section 10.

NEGATIVE COVENANTS.33

 

 

Section 10.1.

Consolidated Net Worth33

 

 

Section 10.2.

Maximum Net Leverage Ratio33

 

 

Section 10.3.

Interest Coverage Ratio34

 

 

Section 10.4.

Priority Debt34

 

 

Section 10.5.

Limitation on Liens34

 

 

Section 10.6.

Sales of Assets36

 

 

Section 10.7.

Merger and Consolidation37

 

 

Section 10.8.

Transactions with Affiliates38

 

 

Section 10.9.

Economic Sanctions, Etc38

 

 

Section 10.10.

Lien Restrictions38

 

 

Section 10.11.

Most Favored Lender38

 

Section 11.

EVENTS OF DEFAULT.39

 

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Section 12.

REMEDIES ON DEFAULT, ETC.42

 

 

Section 12.1.

Acceleration42

 

 

Section 12.2.

Other Remedies43

 

 

Section 12.3.

Rescission43

 

 

Section 12.4.

No Waivers or Election of Remedies, Expenses, Etc43

 

Section 13.

REGISTRATION; EXCHANGE; SUBSTITUTION OF NOTES.43

 

 

Section 13.1.

Registration of Notes43

 

 

Section 13.2.

Transfer and Exchange of Notes44

 

 

Section 13.3.

Replacement of Notes44

 

 

Section 13.4.

Prohibition on Transfer to a Competitor45

 

Section 14.

PAYMENTS ON NOTES.45

 

 

Section 14.1.

Place of Payment45

 

 

Section 14.2.

Payment by Wire Transfer45

 

 

Section 14.3.

FATCA Information46

 

Section 15.

EXPENSES, ETC.46

 

 

Section 15.1.

Transaction Expenses46

 

 

Section 15.2.

Certain Taxes47

 

 

Section 15.3.

Survival47

 

Section 16.

SURVIVAL OF REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES; ENTIRE AGREEMENT.47

 

Section 17.

AMENDMENT AND WAIVER.47

 

 

Section 17.1.

Requirements47

 

 

Section 17.2.

Solicitation of Holders of Notes48

 

 

Section 17.3.

Binding Effect, etc48

 

 

Section 17.4.

Notes Held by Company, etc49

 

Section 18.

NOTICES.49

 

Section 19.

REPRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS.50

 

Section 20.

CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION.50

 

Section 21.

SUBSTITUTION OF PURCHASER.51

 

Section 22.

MISCELLANEOUS.52

 

 

Section 22.1.

Successors and Assigns52

 

 

Section 22.2.

Payments Due on Non-Business Days52

 

 

Section 22.3.

Accounting Terms52

 

 

Section 22.4.

Severability53

 

 

Section 22.5.

Construction, etc.53

 

 

Section 22.6.

Counterparts; Electronic Contracting.53

 

 

Section 22.7.

Governing Law53

 

 

Section 22.8.

Jurisdiction and Process; Waiver of Jury Trial54

 

 

Section 22.9.

Transaction References54

 

 

 

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Schedule A—Defined Terms

Schedule 5.3—Disclosure Materials

Schedule 5.4

—Subsidiaries of the Company, Ownership of Subsidiary Stock, Affiliates

Schedule 5.11—Licenses, Permits, Etc.

Schedule 5.15—Existing Debt

Schedule 10.5—Existing Liens

Schedule A-10—Specified Account Debtors

Exhibit 1.1—Form of 2.30% Senior Notes, Series 2021-A, due June 10, 2028

Exhibit 1.2— Form of Shelf Note

Exhibit 2.2(d) —Form of Request for Purchase

Exhibit 2.2(f) —Form of Confirmation of Acceptance

Exhibit 3.1 —Form of Funding Instructions Letter

Exhibit 4.4(a)(i)—Form of Opinion of General Counsel to the Company (Series 2021-A Notes)

Exhibit 4.4(a)(ii)—Form of Opinion of General Counsel to the Company (Shelf Notes)

Exhibit 4.4(b)(i)—Form of Opinion of Special Counsel for the Company (Series 2021-A Notes)

Exhibit 4.4(b)(ii)—Form of Opinion of Special Counsel for the Company (Shelf Notes)

Exhibit 4.13(a)—Form of Subsidiary Guaranty

Exhibit 4.13(b)—Form of Confirmation of Guaranty

Purchaser Schedule

Information Schedule

 


 

 

Stepan Company
22 West Frontage Road
Northfield, Illinois 60093

 

Dated as of June 10, 2021

 

PGIM, Inc. (“Prudential”)

Each of the Purchasers named in the Purchaser

  Schedule attached hereto as purchasers of

  Series 2021-A Notes (the “Initial Purchasers”)

 

Each other Prudential Affiliate (as hereinafter defined)

  which becomes bound by certain
  provisions of this Agreement as hereinafter
  provided (each such Prudential Affiliate
  together with the Initial Purchasers, a
  “Purchaser” and collectively, the “Purchasers”)

 

c/o Prudential Private Capital

Two Prudential Plaza, Suite 5600
Chicago, Illinois 60601

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Stepan Company, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), agrees with Prudential and each of the Purchasers as follows:

Section 1.

AUTHORIZATION OF NOTES.

Section 1.1.Authorization of Issue of Series 2021-A Notes.  The Company will authorize the issue and sale of $50,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 2.30% Senior Notes, Series 2021-A, due June 10, 2028 (the “Series 2021-A Notes”).  The Series 2021-A Notes shall be substantially in the form set out in Exhibit 1.1.  

Section 1.2.Authorization of Issue of Shelf Notes.  In addition to the issuance and sale of the Series 2021-A Notes, the Company may, in its sole and absolute discretion, from time to time authorize the issue of additional senior promissory notes (the “Shelf Notes”) in the aggregate principal amount of up to the Available Facility Amount at such time, to be dated the date of issue thereof, to mature, in the case of each Shelf Note so issued, no more than 11 years after the date of the original issuance thereof, to have an average life, in the case of each Shelf Note so issued, of no more than 11 years after the date of the original issuance thereof, to bear interest on the unpaid balance thereof from the date thereof at the rate per annum, 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 Exhibit 2.2(f), and to be substantially in the form of Exhibit 1.2.  The provisions of this Agreement shall apply to all Shelf Notes.  The terms “Shelf Note and “Shelf Notes as used herein shall include 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.  The terms “Note and “Notes as used herein shall include each Series 2021-A Note and each Shelf Note.  Notes which have (a) the same final maturity, (b) the same principal prepayment dates, (c) the same principal prepayment amounts (as a percentage of the original principal amount of each Note), (d) the same interest rate, (e) the same interest payment periods and (f) 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.

Certain capitalized and other terms used in this Agreement are defined in Schedule A and, for purposes of this Agreement, the rules of construction set forth in Section 22.5 shall govern.

Section 2.

sale and purchase of notes.

Section 2.1.Sale and Purchase of Series 2021-A Notes.  Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the Company will issue and sell to each Purchaser and each Purchaser will purchase from the Company, on the Series 2021-A Closing Day provided for in Section 3.1, Series 2021-A Notes in the principal amount specified opposite such Purchaser’s name in the Purchaser Schedule at the purchase price of 100% of the principal amount thereof.  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.

Section 2.2.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, $150,000,000 minus the aggregate outstanding principal amount of Notes at 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.  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) the third anniversary of the Effective Date (or if the date of such anniversary is not a Business Day, the Business Day next preceding such anniversary), (ii) the 30th 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 30th day is not a Business Day, the Business Day next preceding such 30th day), (iii) termination of the Facility pursuant to Section 12.1 and (iv) the acceleration of any Note pursuant to Section 12.1.  The period during which Shelf Notes may be issued and sold pursuant to this Agreement is herein called the “Issuance Period.

(c)Periodic Spread Information.  On any Business Day during the Issuance Period and when an Available Facility Amount exists, the Company may request by Confirmed E-mail Transmission or telephone to Prudential, and Prudential will, to the extent reasonably practicable, provide to the Company on that Business Day (if such request is received not later than 9:30 a.m. New York City local time) or on the following Business Day (if such request is received after 9:30 a.m. New York City local time) information by e-mail transmission or telephone with respect to various spreads at which Prudential Affiliates might be interested in purchasing Notes of different average lives.  The Company, however, will not make such a request more frequently than once in every five Business Days or such other period as mutually agreed to in writing by the Company and Prudential.  The amount and content of information to be provided is in the sole and absolute discretion of Prudential, but it is the intent of Prudential to provide information that will be of use to the Company in determining whether to submit a Request for Purchase under Section 2.2(d).  The delivery of the information requested is not an offer to purchase Notes, and no Prudential Affiliate is obligated to purchase Notes at the spreads specified.  Prudential may suspend or terminate providing information pursuant to this Section 2.2(c) for any reason in its sole and absolute discretion, including its determination that the credit quality of the Company has declined since the date of this Agreement.

(d)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 Confirmed E-mail Transmission or overnight delivery service, and shall (i) specify the aggregate principal amount of Shelf Notes covered thereby, which shall not be less than $10,000,000 and not be greater than the Available Facility Amount at the time such Request for Purchase is made, (ii) specify the principal amounts, final maturities (which shall be no more than 11 years from the date of issuance), average life (which shall be no more than 11 years from the date of issuance), principal prepayment dates (if any) and amounts and interest payment periods (quarterly or semi-annually in arrears) of the Shelf Notes covered thereby, (iii) specify the use of proceeds of such Shelf Notes, (iv) 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 25 days after the making of such Request for Purchase, (v) 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

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purchase and sale, (vi) certify that the representations and warranties contained in Section 5 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 (vii) be substantially in the form of Exhibit 2.2(d).  Each Request for Purchase shall be in writing signed by the Company and shall be deemed made when received by Prudential.

(e)Rate Quotes.  Not later than five Business Days after the Company shall have given Prudential a Request for Purchase pursuant to Section 2.2(d), Prudential may, but shall be under no obligation to, provide to the Company by telephone or Confirmed E-mail Transmission, in each case 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 several principal amounts, maturities, principal prepayment schedules and interest payment periods of Shelf Notes specified in such Request for Purchase.  Each quote shall represent the interest rate per annum payable on the outstanding principal balance of such Shelf Notes at which a Prudential Affiliate or Affiliates would be willing to purchase such Shelf Notes at 100% of the principal amount thereof.

(f)Acceptance.  Within the Acceptance Window with respect to any interest rate quotes provided pursuant to Section 2.2(e), the Company may, subject to Section 2.2(g), elect to accept such interest rate quotes as to not less than $10,000,000 aggregate principal amount of the Shelf Notes specified in the related Request for Purchase.  Such election shall be made by an Authorized Officer of the Company notifying Prudential by telephone or Confirmed E-mail Transmission within the Acceptance Window that the Company elects to accept such interest rate quotes, specifying the Shelf Notes (each such Shelf Note being herein called an “Accepted Note”) as to which such acceptance (herein called an “Acceptance”) relates.  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 interest rate quotes as to which Prudential does not receive an Acceptance within the Acceptance Window shall expire, and no purchase or sale of Shelf Notes hereunder shall be made based on such expired interest rate quotes.  Subject to Section 2.2(g) and the other terms and conditions hereof, the Company agrees to sell to a Prudential Affiliate or Affiliates, and Prudential agrees to cause the purchase by a Prudential Affiliate or Affiliates of, the Accepted Notes at 100% of the principal amount of such Notes. 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 2.2(f) (herein called a “Confirmation of Acceptance”).  If the Company should fail to execute and return to Prudential within four Business Days following the Company’s receipt thereof a Confirmation of Acceptance with respect to any Accepted Notes, Prudential or any Prudential Affiliate 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.

(g)Market Disruption.  Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 2.2(f), if Prudential shall have provided interest rate quotes pursuant to Section 2.2(e) and thereafter prior to the time an Acceptance with respect to such quotes shall have been notified to Prudential in accordance with Section 2.2(f) the domestic market for U.S.

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Treasury securities, derivatives or other financial instruments 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, derivatives or other financial instruments, then such interest rate quotes shall expire, and no purchase or sale of Shelf Notes hereunder shall be made based on such expired interest rate quotes.  If the Company thereafter notifies Prudential of the Acceptance of any such interest rate quotes, such Acceptance shall be ineffective for all purposes of this Agreement, and Prudential shall promptly notify the Company that the provisions of this Section 2.2(g) are applicable with respect to such Acceptance.

(h)Fees.  

(1)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 (i) on the Cancellation Date or actual closing date of such purchase and sale and (ii) if earlier, the next Business Day following 90 days after the Acceptance Day for such Accepted Note and on each Business Day following 90 days after the prior payment hereunder, a fee (herein called the “Delayed Delivery Fee”) calculated as follows:

(BEY – MMY) X DTS/360 X PA

where “BEY” means Bond Equivalent Yield, i.e., the bond equivalent yield per annum of such Accepted Note; “MMY” means Money Market Yield, i.e., the yield per annum on a commercial paper 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 or Rescheduled Closing Days for such Accepted Note (a new alternative investment being selected by Prudential each time such closing is delayed); “DTS” means Days to Settlement, i.e., the number of actual days elapsed from and including the original Closing Day for such Accepted Note (in the case of the first such payment with respect to such Accepted Note) or from and including the date of the next preceding payment (in the case of any subsequent Delayed Delivery Fee payment with respect to such Accepted Note) to but excluding the date of such payment; and PA means Principal Amount, i.e., the principal amount of the Accepted Note for which such calculation is being made.  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 2.2(h).

 

(2)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 2.2(f) or the penultimate sentence of Section 2.2(h) that the closing of the purchase and sale of such Accepted Note is to be canceled, or if the closing of the purchase and sale of

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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 on the Cancellation Date in immediately available funds an amount (the “Cancellation Fee) calculated as follows:

PI X PA

where “PI” means Price Increase, i.e., the quotient (expressed in decimals) obtained by dividing (1) 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 Notes(s) on the Acceptance Day for such Accepted Note by (2) such bid price; and “PA” has the meaning ascribed to it in Section 2.2(h)(1).  The foregoing bid and ask prices shall be as reported by TradeWeb LLC (or, if such data for any reason ceases to be available through TradeWeb LLC, any publicly available source of similar market data).  Each price shall be based on a U.S. Treasury security having a par value of $100.00 and shall be rounded to the second decimal place.  In no case shall the Cancellation Fee be less than zero.

 

 

Section 3.

CLOSINGS.

Section 3.1.Series 2021-A Closing Day.  The sale and purchase of the Series 2021-A Notes to be purchased by each Initial Purchaser shall occur at the offices of Schiff Hardin LLP, at 233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 7100, Chicago, Illinois 60606 at a closing on June 10, 2021 (the “Series 2021-A Closing Day”).  On the Series 2021-A Closing Day the Company will deliver to each Initial Purchaser the Series 2021-A Notes to be purchased by such Initial Purchaser in the form of a single Series 2021-A Note (or such greater number of Series 2021-A Notes in denominations of at least $100,000 as such Initial Purchaser may request) dated the Series 2021-A Closing Day and registered in such Initial Purchaser’s name (or in the name of its nominee), against delivery by such Initial 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 account or accounts as shall be specified in a letter on the Company’s letterhead, in substantially the form of Exhibit 3.1 attached hereto, from the Company to the Initial Purchasers delivered prior to the Series 2021-A Closing Day.  If on the Series 2021-A Closing Day the Company shall fail to tender such Notes to any Initial Purchaser as provided above in this Section 3.1, or any of the conditions specified in Section 4 shall not have been fulfilled to such Initial Purchaser’s satisfaction, such Initial Purchaser shall, at its election, be relieved of all further obligations under this Agreement, without thereby waiving any rights such Initial Purchaser may have by reason of such failure by the Company to tender such Notes or any of the conditions specified in Section 4 not having been fulfilled to such Initial Purchaser’s satisfaction.

Section 3.2.Facility Closings.

(a)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

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listed in the Confirmation of Acceptance relating thereto at the offices of Prudential Private Capital, 180 North Stetson Street, Suite 5600, Chicago, Illinois 60601, Attention:  Law Department, or at such other place as Prudential may have directed, 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 such Closing Day, dated such 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 for credit to the Company’s account specified in the Request for Purchase of such Notes.  

(b)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 this Section 3.2, or any of the conditions specified in Section 4 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 (i) 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 4 on such Rescheduled Closing Day and that the Company will pay the Delayed Delivery Fee in accordance with Section 2.2(h)(1) or (ii) such closing is to be canceled.  In the event that the Company shall fail to give such notice referred to in the 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.

Section 4.

CONDITIONS TO CLOSING.

Each Purchaser’s obligation to purchase and pay for the Notes to be sold to such Purchaser at any Closing is subject to the fulfillment to such Purchaser’s satisfaction, prior to or at such Closing, of the following conditions:

Section 4.1.Representations and Warranties.

(a)Representations and Warranties of the Company.  The representations and warranties of the Company in this Agreement shall be correct when made and at the time of such Closing.

(b)Representations and Warranties of each Subsidiary Guarantor.  The representations and warranties of each Subsidiary Guarantor in the Subsidiary Guaranty shall be correct when made and at the time of such Closing.

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Section 4.2.Performance; No Default.

(a)The Company and each Subsidiary Guarantor shall have performed and complied with all agreements and conditions contained in this Agreement and the Subsidiary Guaranty required to be performed or complied with by the Company and each such Subsidiary Guarantor, as applicable, prior to or at such Closing.

(b)Immediately before and after giving effect to the issue and sale of the Notes (and the application of the proceeds thereof as contemplated by Section 5.14), no Default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing.  

(c)In the case of the Series 2021-A Closing Day, neither the Company nor any Subsidiary shall have entered into any transaction since March 12, 2021, that would have been prohibited by Section 10 hereof had such Section applied since such date.

Section 4.3.Compliance Certificates.

(a)Officer’s Certificate of the Company.  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 4.1(a), 4.2 and 4.10 have been fulfilled.

(b)Secretary’s Certificate of the Company.  The Company shall have delivered to such Purchaser a certificate, dated the date of such Closing, certifying as to (i) the resolutions attached thereto and other corporate proceedings relating to the authorization, execution and delivery of the Notes and this Agreement, (ii) the Company’s organizational documents, as then in effect, and (iii) a good standing certificate issued by the Secretary of State (or similar governmental official) of the Company’s jurisdiction of incorporation as of a recent date thereof.

(c)Officer’s Certificate of the Subsidiary Guarantors.  Each Subsidiary Guarantor shall have delivered to such Purchaser an Officer’s Certificate, dated the date of such Closing, certifying that the conditions specified in Sections 4.1(b), 4.2(a) and 4.10 have been fulfilled.

(d)Secretary’s Certificate of the Subsidiary Guarantors.  Each Subsidiary Guarantor shall have delivered to such Purchaser a certificate, dated the date of such Closing, certifying as to (i) the resolutions attached thereto and other corporate proceedings relating to the authorization, execution and delivery of the Subsidiary Guaranty, (ii) such Subsidiary Guarantor’s organizational documents, as then in effect, and (iii) a good standing certificate issued by the Secretary of State (or similar governmental official) of such Subsidiary Guarantor’s jurisdiction of incorporation or formation as of a recent date thereof.

Section 4.4.Opinions of Counsel.  Such Purchaser shall have received opinions in form and substance satisfactory to such Purchaser, dated the date of such Closing from (a) the General Counsel of the Company, covering the matters set forth in Exhibit 4.4(a)(i) (with respect to the Series 2021-A Closing Day) and covering the matters set forth in Exhibit 4.4(a)(ii) (with respect to any Closing Day other than the Series 2021-A Closing Day) and, in each case, covering such other 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 opinion to the Purchasers), (b) Jones Day, special counsel for the Company, covering the matters set forth in Exhibit 4.4(b)(i) (with respect to the Series 2021-A Closing Day) and covering the matters set forth in Exhibit 4.4.(b)(ii) (with respect to any Closing Day other than the Series 2021-A Closing Day) and, in each case, covering such

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other 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 opinion to the Purchasers), and (c) Schiff Hardin LLP, the Purchasers’ special counsel in connection with such transactions and covering such matters incident to such transactions as such Purchaser may reasonably request.

Section 4.5.Purchase Permitted By Applicable Law, Etc.  On the date of such Closing, such Purchaser’s purchase of Notes shall (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 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.

Section 4.6.Sale of Other Notes.  Contemporaneously with such 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 in the Purchaser Schedule, with respect to the Series 2021-A Notes, or the applicable Confirmation of Acceptance, with respect to any Shelf Notes.

Section 4.7.Payment of Fees.  The Company shall have paid directly to Prudential or the Purchasers, as requested, any fees due to Prudential or the Purchasers pursuant to or in connection with this Agreement, including any Delayed Delivery Fee due pursuant to Section 2.2(h)(1).

Section 4.8.Payment of Special Counsel Fees.  Without limiting the provisions of Section 15.1, the Company shall have paid on or before the Closing, the reasonable fees, reasonable charges and  reasonable disbursements of the Purchasers’ special counsel referred to in Section 4.4 to the extent reflected in a statement of such counsel rendered to the Company at least one Business Day prior to such Closing.

Section 4.9.Private Placement Number.  A Private Placement Number issued by CUSIP Global Services (in cooperation with the SVO) shall have been obtained for each Series of the Notes to be issued at such Closing.

Section 4.10.Changes in Corporate Structure.  Neither the Company nor any Subsidiary Guarantor shall have changed its jurisdiction of incorporation or organization, as applicable, or been a party to any merger or consolidation or succeeded to all or any substantial part of the

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liabilities of any other entity, at any time following the date of the most recent financial statements referred to in Section 5.5.

Section 4.11.Funding Instructions.  At least three Business Days prior to each Closing Day, each Purchaser shall have received written instructions signed by a Responsible Officer on letterhead of the Company confirming the information specified in Section 3.1 including (a) the name and address of the transferee bank, (b) such transferee bank’s ABA number, (c) the account name and number into which the purchase price for the Notes is to be deposited and (d) the name and telephone number of a Responsible Officer responsible for verifying receipt of the funds.

Section 4.12.Proceedings and Documents.  All corporate and other organizational 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.

Section 4.13.Subsidiary Guaranty.  Each Person which on the date of such Closing has any obligation under a Guaranty in respect of or is a borrower under the Bank Credit Agreement or any other Principal Credit Facility, shall have entered into a Subsidiary Guaranty in the form of Exhibit 4.13(a) attached hereto (herein called a “Subsidiary Guaranty”) (or to the extent such Person has previously delivered a Subsidiary Guaranty, a Confirmation of Guaranty in the form of Exhibit 4.13(b) attached hereto (herein called a “Confirmation of Guaranty”)).

Section 5.

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF THE COMPANY.

The Company represents and warrants to Prudential and each Purchaser that:

Section 5.1.Organization; Power and Authority.  The Company is a 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, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.  The Company 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 transacts and proposes to transact, to execute and deliver this Agreement and the Notes and to perform the provisions hereof and thereof.

Section 5.2.Authorization, Etc.  This Agreement and the Notes have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate action on the part of the Company, and this Agreement constitutes, and upon execution and delivery thereof each Note will constitute, a legal, valid and binding obligation of the Company enforceable against the Company in accordance with its terms, except as such enforceability may be limited by (i) applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or other similar laws affecting the enforcement of creditors’ rights generally and (ii) general principles of equity (regardless of whether such enforceability is considered in a proceeding in equity or at law).

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Section 5.3.Disclosure.  The Transaction Documents, the financial statements, the documents, certificates or other writings identified in Schedule 5.3 (or as such Schedule 5.3 may be updated by the Company pursuant to a Request for Purchase delivered pursuant to Section 2.2(d)) delivered by or on behalf of the Company to Prudential and the Purchasers in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby prior to the Series 2021-A Closing Day in the case of the Series 2021-A Notes or prior to the applicable Acceptance Day with respect to any Shelf Notes (the Transaction Documents, such financial statements and such documents, certificates or other writings delivered to Prudential and each Purchaser being referred to, collectively, as the “Disclosure Documents”), taken as a whole, do not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary to make the statements therein not misleading in light of the circumstances under which they were made.  Except as disclosed in the Disclosure Documents, there has been no change in the financial condition, operations, business or properties of the Company or any Subsidiary except changes that, individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect since the end of the most recent fiscal year for which such audited financial statements had been furnished to Prudential at the time of the execution of this Agreement by Prudential and the Initial Purchasers (in the case of the making of this representation at the time of the execution of this Agreement and the issuance of the Series 2021-A Notes), or, in the case of the making of this representation with respect to the issuance of a Series of Shelf Notes, since the end of the most recent fiscal year for which audited financial statements described in Section 7.1(b) had been provided to Prudential prior to the time Prudential provided the interest rate quote to the Company pursuant to Section 2.2(e) with respect to such Series of Shelf Notes.  There is no fact known to the Company that would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect that has not been set forth herein or in the Disclosure Documents.

Section 5.4.Organization and Ownership of Shares of Subsidiaries; Affiliates.  (a) Schedule 5.4 contains (except as noted therein or as such Schedule 5.4 may be updated by the Company pursuant to a Request for Purchase delivered pursuant to Section 2.2(d)) complete and correct lists of (i) the Company’s Subsidiaries, showing, as to each Subsidiary, the correct name thereof, the jurisdiction of its organization, the percentage of shares of each class of its capital stock or similar equity interests outstanding owned by the Company and each other Subsidiary and whether such Subsidiary is a Subsidiary Guarantor, (ii) the Company’s Affiliates, other than Subsidiaries, and (iii) the Company’s directors and senior officers.

(a)All of the outstanding shares of capital stock or similar equity interests of each Subsidiary shown in Schedule 5.4 as being owned by the Company and its Subsidiaries have been validly issued, are fully paid and nonassessable and are owned by the Company or another Subsidiary free and clear of any Lien (except as otherwise disclosed in Schedule 5.4).

(b)Each Subsidiary identified in Schedule 5.4 is a corporation or other legal entity duly organized, validly existing and, where applicable, in good standing under the laws of its jurisdiction of organization, and is duly qualified as a foreign corporation or other legal entity and, where applicable, 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, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.  Each such Subsidiary has the corporate or other power and authority to own or hold under lease the properties it

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purports to own or hold under lease and to transact the business it transacts and proposes to transact.

(c)No Subsidiary is a party to, or otherwise subject to, any legal, regulatory or contractual restriction (other than this Agreement, the agreements listed on Schedule 5.4 and customary limitations imposed by corporate law or similar statutes) restricting the ability of such Subsidiary to pay dividends out of profits or make any other similar distributions of profits to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries that owns outstanding shares of capital stock or similar equity interests of such Subsidiary.

Section 5.5.Financial Statements; Material Liabilities.  The Company has delivered to Prudential and each Purchaser copies of the following financial statements of the Company and its Subsidiaries: (a) a consolidated balance sheet of the Company and its Subsidiaries as of the last day of the fiscal year in each of the three fiscal years of the Company most recently completed prior to the date as of which this representation is made or repeated to Prudential or such Purchaser (other than fiscal years completed within 105 days prior to such date for which audited financial statements have not been released) and consolidated statements of income and cash flows and a consolidated statement of shareholders’ equity and cash flows, of the Company and its Subsidiaries for each such year, all reported on by an independent certified public accounting firm of nationally or regionally recognized standing and (b) a consolidated balance sheet of the Company and its Subsidiaries as at the end of the quarterly period (if any) most recently completed prior to such date and after the end of such fiscal year (other than quarterly periods completed within 60 days prior to such date for which financial statements have not been released) and the comparable quarterly period in the preceding fiscal year and consolidated statements of income and cash flows and a consolidated statement of shareholders’ equity interests and cash flows for the periods from the beginning of the fiscal years in which such quarterly periods are included to the end of such quarterly periods, prepared by the Company.  All of such financial statements (including in each case the related schedules and notes) fairly present in all material respects the consolidated financial position of the Company and its Subsidiaries as of their respective dates and the consolidated results of their operations and cash flows for the respective periods so specified and have been prepared in accordance with GAAP consistently applied throughout the periods involved except (a) as set forth in the notes thereto (subject, in the case of any interim financial statements, to normal year-end adjustments), and (b) as specifically disclosed in writing by the Company in its public filings with the SEC.   The Company and its Subsidiaries do not have any Material liabilities that are not disclosed on such financial statements or otherwise disclosed in the Disclosure Documents.

Section 5.6.Compliance with Laws, Other Instruments, Etc.  The execution, delivery and performance by the Company of this Agreement and the Notes 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 Company or any Subsidiary under, any indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, loan, purchase or credit agreement, lease, corporate charter or by-laws, shareholders agreement (if any) or any other agreement or instrument to which the Company or any Subsidiary is bound or by which the Company or any Subsidiary 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

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the Company or any Subsidiary or (c) violate any provision of any statute or other rule or regulation of any Governmental Authority applicable to the Company or any Subsidiary.

Section 5.7.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 Company of this Agreement or the Notes.

Section 5.8.Litigation; Observance of Agreements, Statutes and Orders.  (a) There are no actions, suits, investigations or proceedings pending or, to the knowledge of the Company, threatened against or affecting the Company or any Subsidiary or any property of the Company or any Subsidiary in any court or before any arbitrator of any kind or before or by any Governmental Authority that could, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

(a)Neither the Company nor any Subsidiary is (i) in default under any agreement or instrument to which it is a party or by which it is bound, (ii) in violation of any order, judgment, decree or ruling of any court, arbitrator or Governmental Authority or (iii) in violation of any applicable law, ordinance, rule or regulation of any Governmental Authority (including Environmental Laws, the USA PATRIOT Act or any of the other laws and regulations that are referred to in Section 5.16), which default or violation could, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

Section 5.9.Taxes.  The Company and its Subsidiaries have filed all tax returns that are required to have been filed in any jurisdiction, and have paid all taxes shown to be due and payable on such returns and all other taxes and assessments levied upon them or their properties, assets, income or franchises, to the extent such taxes and assessments have become due and payable and before they have become delinquent, except for any taxes and assessments (a) the amount of which individually or in the aggregate, is not Material or (b) the amount, applicability or validity of which is currently being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings and with respect to which the Company or a Subsidiary, as the case may be, has established adequate reserves in accordance with GAAP.  The Company knows of no basis for any other tax or assessment that would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.  The charges, accruals and reserves on the books of the Company and its Subsidiaries in respect of U.S. federal, state or other taxes for all fiscal periods are adequate.  The U.S. federal income tax liabilities of the Company and its Subsidiaries have been finally determined (whether by reason of completed audits or the statute of limitations having run) for all fiscal years up to and including the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.

Section 5.10.Title to Property; Leases.  The Company and its Subsidiaries have good and sufficient title, leasehold or other interest to their respective properties which the Company and its Subsidiaries own or purport to own that individually or in the aggregate are Material, including all such properties reflected in the most recent audited balance sheet referred to in Section 5.5 or purported to have been acquired by the Company or any Subsidiary after such date (except as sold or otherwise disposed of in the ordinary course of business), in each case free and clear of Liens prohibited by this Agreement.  All leases that individually or in the aggregate are Material are valid and subsisting and are in full force and effect in all material respects.

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Section 5.11.Licenses, Permits, Etc.  Except as disclosed in Schedule 5.11,

(a)the Company and its Subsidiaries own or possess all licenses, permits, franchises, authorizations, patents, copyrights, proprietary software, service marks, trademarks and trade names, or rights thereto, that individually or in the aggregate are Material, without known conflict with the rights of others;

(b)to the best knowledge of the Company, no product of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries infringes in any Material respect any license, permit, franchise, authorization, patent, copyright, proprietary software, service mark, trademark, trade name or other right owned by any other Person, except for any such infringement which would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; and

(c)to the best knowledge of the Company, there is no Material violation by any Person of any right of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries with respect to any patent, copyright, proprietary software, service mark, trademark, trade name or other right owned or used by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, except violations which would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

Section 5.12.Compliance with Employee Benefit Plans.  (a) The Company and each ERISA Affiliate have operated and administered each Plan in compliance with all applicable laws except for such instances of noncompliance as have not resulted in and would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.  Neither the Company nor any ERISA Affiliate has incurred 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 (as defined in section 3 of ERISA), and no event, transaction or condition has occurred or exists that would reasonably be expected to result in the incurrence of any such liability by the Company or any ERISA Affiliate, or the imposition of any Lien on any of the rights, properties or assets of the Company or any ERISA Affiliate, in either case pursuant to Title I or IV of ERISA or to section 430(k) of the Code or to any such penalty or excise tax provisions under the Code or federal law or section 4068 of ERISA or by the granting of a security interest in connection with the amendment of a Plan, other than such liabilities or Liens as would not be individually or in the aggregate reasonably likely to have a Material Adverse Effect.

(a)The Unfunded Liabilities under each of the Plans (other than Multiemployer Plans), determined as of the end of such Plan’s most recently ended plan year on the basis of the actuarial assumptions specified for funding purposes in such Plan’s most recent actuarial valuation report, did not exceed $10,000,000 in the aggregate for all Plans.

(b)The Company and its ERISA Affiliates have not incurred any Unfunded Liabilities in respect of Multiemployer Plans that individually or in the aggregate are Material.

(c)The expected postretirement benefit obligation (determined as of the last day of the Company’s most recently ended fiscal year in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification Topic 715-60, without

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regard to liabilities attributable to continuation coverage mandated by section 4980B of the Code) of the Company and its Subsidiaries is not Material.

(d)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 would 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 5.12(e) is made in reliance upon and subject to the accuracy of such Purchaser’s representation in Section 6.3 as to the sources of the funds to be used to pay the purchase price of the Notes to be purchased by such Purchaser.

(e)All Non-U.S. Plans have been established, operated, administered and maintained in compliance with all laws, regulations and orders applicable thereto, except where failure so to comply could not be reasonably expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.  All premiums, contributions and any other amounts required by applicable Non-U.S. Plan documents or applicable laws to be paid or accrued by the Company and its Subsidiaries have been paid or accrued as required, except where failure so to pay or accrue could not be reasonably expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

Section 5.13.Private Offering by the Company.  Neither the Company nor anyone acting on its behalf has offered the Notes, the Subsidiary Guaranty or any similar Securities for sale to, or solicited any offer to buy the Notes, the Subsidiary Guaranty or any similar Securities from, or otherwise approached or negotiated in respect thereof with, any Person other than the Purchasers and not more than one other Institutional Investor, each of which has been offered the Notes and the Subsidiary Guaranty at a private sale for investment.  Neither the Company nor anyone acting on its behalf has taken, or will take, any action that would subject the issuance or sale of the Notes or delivery of the Subsidiary Guaranty 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.

Section 5.14.Use of Proceeds; Margin Regulations.  The Company will apply the proceeds of the sale of the Series 2021-A Notes hereunder for general corporate purposes. The Company will apply the proceeds of the sale of the Shelf Notes as set forth in the applicable Request for Purchase. No part of the proceeds from the sale of the Notes hereunder will be used, directly or indirectly, for the purpose of buying or carrying any margin stock within the meaning of Regulation U of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (12 CFR 221), or for the purpose of buying or carrying or trading in any Securities under such circumstances as to involve the Company in a violation of Regulation X of said Board (12 CFR 224) or to involve any broker or dealer in a violation of Regulation T of said Board (12 CFR 220).  Margin stock does not constitute more than 5% of the value of the consolidated assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries and the Company does not have any present intention that margin stock will constitute more than 5% of the value of such assets.  As used in this Section, the terms “margin stock” and “purpose of buying or carrying” shall have the meanings assigned to them in said Regulation U.

Section 5.15.Existing Debt; Future Liens.  (a) Except as described therein (or as such Schedule 5.15 may be updated by the Company pursuant to a Request for Purchase delivered pursuant to Section 2.2(d)), Schedule 5.15 sets forth a complete and correct list of all outstanding

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Debt of the Company and its Subsidiaries as of March 31, 2021 (including descriptions of the obligors and obligees, principal amounts outstanding, any collateral therefor and any Guaranty thereof), since which date there has been no Material change in the amounts, interest rates, sinking funds, installment payments or maturities of the Debt of the Company or its Subsidiaries.  Neither the Company nor any Subsidiary is in default and no waiver of default is currently in effect, in the payment of any principal or interest on any Debt of the Company or such Subsidiary, and no event or condition exists with respect to any Debt of the Company or any Subsidiary, that would permit (or that with notice or the lapse of time, or both, would permit) one or more Persons to cause such Debt to become due and payable before its stated maturity or before its regularly scheduled dates of payment.

(a)Except as disclosed in Schedule 5.15, neither the Company nor any Subsidiary has agreed or consented to cause or permit any of its property, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, to be subject to a Lien that secures Debt or to cause or permit in the future (upon the happening of a contingency or otherwise) any of its property, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, to be subject to a Lien that secures Debt.

(b)Neither the Company nor any Subsidiary is a party to, or otherwise subject to any provision contained in, any instrument evidencing Debt of the Company or such Subsidiary, any agreement relating thereto or any other agreement (including its charter or any other organizational document) which limits the amount of, or otherwise imposes restrictions on the incurring of, Debt of the Company, except the instruments and agreements specifically identified in Schedule 5.15.

Section 5.16.Foreign Assets Control Regulations, Etc.

(a)Neither the Company nor any Controlled Entity (i) is a Blocked Person, (ii) has been notified that its name appears or may in the future appear on a State Sanctions List or (iii) is a target of sanctions that have been imposed by the United Nations or the European Union.

(b)Neither the Company nor any Controlled Entity (i) has violated, been found in violation of, or been charged or convicted under, any applicable U.S. Economic Sanctions Laws, Anti-Money Laundering Laws or Anti-Corruption Laws or (ii) to the Company’s actual knowledge after making due inquiry, is under investigation by any Governmental Authority for possible violation of any U.S. Economic Sanctions Laws, Anti-Money Laundering Laws or Anti-Corruption Laws.

(c)No part of the proceeds from the sale of the Notes hereunder:

(i)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, (1) in connection with any investment in, or any transactions or dealings with, any Blocked Person, (2) for any purpose that would cause any Purchaser to be in violation of any U.S. Economic Sanctions Laws or (3) otherwise in violation of any U.S. Economic Sanctions Laws;

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(ii)will be used, directly or indirectly, in violation of, or cause any Purchaser to be in violation of, any applicable Anti-Money Laundering Laws; or

(iii)will be used, directly or indirectly, for the purpose of making any improper payments, including bribes, to any Governmental Official or commercial counterparty in order to obtain, retain or direct business or obtain any improper advantage, in each case which would be in violation of, or cause any Purchaser to be in violation of, any applicable Anti-Corruption Laws.

(d)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 with all applicable U.S. Economic Sanctions Laws, Anti-Money Laundering Laws and Anti-Corruption Laws.

Section 5.17.Status under Certain Statutes.  Neither the Company nor any Subsidiary is subject to regulation under the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005, the ICC Termination Act of 1995, or the Federal Power Act.

Section 5.18.Environmental Matters.  (a) Neither the Company nor any Subsidiary has knowledge of any liability or has received any notice of any liability and no proceeding has been instituted raising any liability against the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective real properties now or formerly owned, leased or operated by any of them, or other assets, alleging any damage to the environment or violation of any Environmental Laws, except, in each case, such as would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

(a)Neither the Company nor any Subsidiary has knowledge of any facts which would give rise to any liability, public or private, of violation of Environmental Laws or damage to the environment emanating from, occurring on or in any way related to real properties now or formerly owned, leased or operated by any of them or to other assets or their use, except, in each case, such as would not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

(b)Neither the Company nor any Subsidiary has stored any Hazardous Materials on real properties now or formerly owned, leased or operated by any of them in a manner which is contrary to any Environmental Law that could, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

(c)Neither the Company nor any Subsidiary has disposed of any Hazardous Materials in a manner which is contrary to any Environmental Law that could, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

(d)All buildings on all real properties now owned, leased or operated by the Company or any Subsidiary are in compliance with applicable Environmental Laws,

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except where failure to comply could not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

Section 5.19.Notes Rank Pari Passu.  The obligations of the Company and the Subsidiary Guarantors under the Transaction Documents will, upon issuance of the Notes, rank pari passu in right of payment with all other senior unsecured Debt (actual or contingent) of the Company, including all senior unsecured Debt of the Company described in Schedule 5.15 hereto. Each Person which is a borrower, guarantor or other obligor, as the case may be, under any Principal Credit Facility is an obligor or guarantor under the Transaction Documents.

Section 5.20.Hostile Acquisition.  None of the proceeds of the sale of any Notes will be used to finance a Hostile Acquisition.

Section 6.

REPRESENTATIONS OF THE PURCHASER.

Section 6.1.Purchase for Investment.  Each Purchaser severally represents that it is purchasing the Notes for its own account or for one or more separate accounts maintained by it 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 such pension or trust funds’ property shall at all times be within such Purchaser’s or such pension or trust funds’ control.  Each Purchaser understands that 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 Notes.

Section 6.2.Accredited Investor.  Each Purchaser represents that it is an “accredited investor” (as defined in Rule 501(a)(1), (2), (3) or (7) of Regulation D under the Securities Act) acting for its own account (and not for the account of others) or as a fiduciary or agent for others (which others are also “accredited investors”). Each Purchaser further represents that such Purchaser has had the opportunity to ask questions of the Company and received answers concerning the terms and conditions of the sale of the Notes.

Section 6.3.Source of Funds.  Each Purchaser severally represents that 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 such Purchaser 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 NAIC (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

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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 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 VI of PTE 84-14 (the “QPAM Exemption”)) managed by a “qualified professional asset manager” or “QPAM” (within the meaning of Part VI 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 VI(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 VI(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 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 VI(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 Part IV(h) of PTE 96-23 (the “INHAM Exemption”)) managed by an “in-house asset manager” or “INHAM” (within the meaning of Part IV(a) 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 Part IV(d)(3) of the INHAM Exemption) owns a 10% 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

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(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 6.3, the terms “employee benefit plan,” “governmental plan,” and “separate account” shall have the respective meanings assigned to such terms in section 3 of ERISA.

Section 7.

INFORMATION AS TO COMPANY.

Section 7.1.Financial and Business Information.  The Company shall deliver to Prudential and each holder of a Note that is an Institutional Investor:

(a)Quarterly Statements — within 60 days (or such shorter period as is 15 days greater than the period applicable to the filing of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (the “Form 10-Q”) with the SEC regardless of whether the Company is subject to the filing requirements thereof) after the end of each quarterly fiscal period in each fiscal year of the Company (other than the last quarterly fiscal period of each such fiscal year), duplicate copies of,

(i)a consolidated balance sheet of the Company and its Subsidiaries as at the end of such quarter, and

(ii)consolidated statements of income, changes in shareholders’ equity and cash flows of the Company and its Subsidiaries, for such quarter and (in the case of the second and third quarters) for the portion of the fiscal year ending with such quarter,

setting forth in each case in comparative form the figures for the corresponding periods in the previous fiscal year, all in reasonable detail, prepared in accordance with GAAP applicable to quarterly financial statements generally, and certified by a Senior Financial Officer as fairly presenting, in all material respects, the financial position of the companies being reported on and their results of operations and cash flows, subject to changes resulting from year-end adjustments;

(b)Annual Statements — within 105 days (or such shorter period as is 15 days greater than the period applicable to the filing of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K (the “Form 10-K”) with the SEC regardless of whether the Company is subject to the filing requirements thereof) after the end of each fiscal year of the Company, duplicate copies of,

(i)a consolidated balance sheet of the Company and its Subsidiaries as at the end of such year, and

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(ii)consolidated statements of income, changes in shareholders’ equity and cash flows of the Company and its Subsidiaries for such year,

setting forth in each case in comparative form the figures for the previous fiscal year, all in reasonable detail, prepared by independent accountants selected by the Company of recognized national or regional standing or otherwise acceptable to the Required Holders in accordance with GAAP, and accompanied by an opinion thereon (without a “going concern” or similar qualification or exception and without any qualification or exception as to the scope of the audit on which such opinion is based) of independent public accountants of recognized national standing, which opinion shall state that such financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the companies being reported upon and their results of operations and cash flows and have been prepared in conformity with GAAP, and that the examination of such accountants in connection with such financial statements has been made in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards, and that such audit provides a reasonable basis for such opinion in the circumstances;

(c)SEC and Other Reports — promptly upon their becoming available, one copy of (i) each financial statement, report, notice, proxy statement or similar document sent by the Company or any Subsidiary (x) to its creditors under the Bank Credit Agreement or any other Principal Credit Facility (excluding information sent to such creditors in the ordinary course of administration of a credit facility, such as information relating to pricing and borrowing availability) or (y) to its public Securities holders generally, and (ii) each regular or periodic report, each registration statement (without exhibits except as expressly requested by Prudential or such holder), and each prospectus and all amendments thereto filed by the Company or any Subsidiary with the SEC and of all press releases and other statements made available generally by the Company or any Subsidiary to the public concerning developments that are Material;

(d)Notice of Default or Event of Default — promptly, and in any event within five Business Days (i) after a Responsible Officer becomes aware of the existence of any Default or Event of Default or that any Person has given any notice or taken any action with respect to a claimed default hereunder or that any Person has given any notice or taken any action with respect to a claimed default of the type referred to in Section 11(f), 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 and (ii) of their becoming available, one copy of any letter, certificate or other writing supplied by the Company’s independent public accountants to any other Person pertaining to whether such accountants have cause to believe that there has been any default by the Company under any other agreement or evidence of Debt;

(e)Employee Benefits Matters — promptly, and in any event within five Business Days after a Responsible Officer becoming aware of any of the following, a written notice setting forth the nature thereof and the action, if any, that the Company or an ERISA Affiliate proposes to take with respect thereto:

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(i)with respect to any Plan, any reportable event, as defined in Section 4043(c) of ERISA and the regulations thereunder, for which notice thereof has not been waived pursuant to such regulations as in effect on the date hereof;

(ii)the taking by the PBGC of steps to institute, or the threatening by the PBGC of the institution of, proceedings under Section 4042 of ERISA for the termination of, or the appointment of a trustee to administer, any Plan, or the receipt by the Company or any ERISA Affiliate of a notice from a Multiemployer Plan that such action has been taken by the PBGC with respect to such Multiemployer Plan;

(iii)any event, transaction or condition that would result in the incurrence of any liability by the Company or any ERISA Affiliate pursuant to Title I or IV of ERISA or the imposition of a penalty or excise tax under the provisions of the Code relating to employee benefit plans, or the imposition of any Lien on any of the rights, properties or assets of the Company or any ERISA Affiliate pursuant to Title I or IV of ERISA or such penalty or excise tax provisions, if such liability or Lien, taken together with any other such liabilities or Liens then existing, would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; or

(iv)receipt of notice of the imposition of a Material financial penalty (which for this purpose shall mean any tax, penalty or other liability, whether by way of indemnity or otherwise) with respect to one or more Non-U.S. Plans;

(f)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 federal or state Governmental Authority relating to any order, ruling, statute or other law or regulation that would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect;

(g)Resignation or Replacement of Auditors— within 10 days following the date on which the Company’s auditors resign or the Company elects to change auditors, as the case may be, notification thereof, together with such further information as the Required Holders may request; and

(h)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 (including actual copies of the Company’s Form 10-Q and Form 10-K) 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 Prudential or any such holder of a Note.

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Section 7.2.Officer’s Certificate.  Each set of financial statements delivered to Prudential or a holder of a Note pursuant to Section 7.1(a) or Section 7.1(b) shall be accompanied by a certificate of a Senior Financial Officer:

(a)Covenant Compliance — setting forth the information from such financial statements that is required in order to establish whether the Company was in compliance with the requirements of Sections 10.1 through 10.8 during the quarterly or annual period covered by the financial statements then being furnished, (including with respect to each such provision that involves mathematical calculations, the information from such financial statements that is required to perform such calculations) and detailed calculations of the maximum or minimum amount, ratio or percentage, as the case may be, permissible under the terms of such Section, and the calculation of the amount, ratio or percentage then in existence.  In the event that the Company or any Subsidiary has made an election to measure any financial liability using fair value (which election is being disregarded for purposes of determining compliance with this Agreement pursuant to Section 22.2) as to the period covered by any such financial statement, such Senior Financial Officer’s certificate as to such period shall include a reconciliation from GAAP with respect to such election;

(b)Event of Default — certifying 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 (including any such event or condition resulting from the failure of the Company or any Subsidiary to comply with any Environmental Law), 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 Guarantors — setting forth a list of all Subsidiaries that are Subsidiary Guarantors and certifying that each Subsidiary that is required to be a Subsidiary Guarantor pursuant to Section 9.7 is a Subsidiary Guarantor, in each case, as of the date of such certificate of Senior Financial Officer.

Section 7.3.Visitation.  The Company shall permit the representatives of Prudential and each holder of a Note that is an Institutional Investor:

(a)No Default — if no Default or Event of Default then exists, at the expense of Prudential or such holder and upon reasonable prior notice to the Company, to visit the principal executive office of the Company, to discuss the affairs, finances and accounts of the Company and its Subsidiaries with the Company’s officers, and (with the consent of the Company, which consent will not be unreasonably withheld) its independent public accountants, and (with the consent of the Company, which consent will not be unreasonably withheld) to visit the other offices and properties of the

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Company and each Subsidiary, all at such reasonable times and as often as may be reasonably requested in writing; and

(b)Default — if a Default or Event of Default then exists, at the expense of the Company to visit and inspect any of the offices or properties of the Company or any Subsidiary, to examine all their respective books of account, records, reports and other papers, to make copies and extracts therefrom, and to discuss their respective affairs, finances and accounts with their respective officers and independent public accountants (and by this provision the Company authorizes said accountants to discuss the affairs, finances and accounts of the Company and its Subsidiaries), all at such times and as often as may be requested.

Section 7.4.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 Section 7.1(a), (b), (c) or (g) and Section 7.2 shall be deemed to have been delivered if the Company satisfies any of the following requirements with respect thereto:

(a)such financial statements satisfying the requirements of Section 7.1(a) or (b) and related Officer’s Certificate satisfying the requirements of Section 7.2 and any other information required under Section 7.1(c) are delivered to Prudential and each holder of a Note by e-mail at the e-mail address set forth in such holder’s Purchaser Schedule, with respect to the Initial Purchasers, or the applicable Confirmation of Acceptance, with respect to any Purchaser of a Shelf Note, or as communicated from time to time in a separate writing delivered to the Company;

(b)the Company shall have timely filed such Form 10–Q or Form 10–K, satisfying the requirements of Section 7.1(a) or Section 7.1(b), as the case may be, with the SEC on EDGAR and shall have made such form available on its home page on the internet, which is located at http://www.stepan.com as of the date of this Agreement and shall have delivered the related Officer’s Certificate pursuant to Section 7.2;

(c)such financial statements satisfying the requirements of Section 7.1(a) or Section 7.1(b) and related Officer’s Certificate(s) satisfying the requirements of Section 7.2 and any other information required under Section 7.1(c) are timely posted by or on behalf of the Company on IntraLinks or on any other similar website to which Prudential and each holder of Notes has free access; or

(d)the Company shall have timely filed any of the items referred to in Section 7.1(c) or Section 7.1(g) 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 Prudential and each holder of Notes has free access;

provided however, that in no case shall access to such financial statements, other information and Officer’s Certificates be conditioned upon any waiver or other agreement or consent (other than confidentiality provisions consistent with Section 20 of this Agreement); provided further, that in the case of any of clauses (b), (c) or (d), the Company shall have given Prudential and each holder

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of a Note prior written notice, which may be by e-mail or in accordance with Section 18, 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, other information 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.

Section 8.

PAYMENT OF THE NOTES.

Section 8.1.Required Prepayments; Maturity.

(a)Series 2021-A Notes.  On June 10, 2024 and on each June 10 thereafter to and including June 10, 2027, the Company will prepay $10,000,000 principal amount (or such lesser principal amount as shall then be outstanding) of the Series 2021-A Notes at par and without payment of the Make-Whole Amount or any premium; provided that upon any partial prepayment of a Series 2021-A Notes pursuant to Section 8.2 or Section 8.7 or the purchase of Series 2021-A Notes permitted by Section 8.5, the principal amount of each required prepayment of such Series 2021-A Note becoming due under this Section 8.1 on and after the date of such prepayment or purchase shall be reduced in the same proportion as the aggregate unpaid principal amount of such Series 2021-A Note is reduced as a result of such prepayment or purchase.

(b)Shelf Notes.  Each Series of Shelf Notes shall be subject to required prepayments, if any, as set forth in the Shelf Notes of such Series; provided that upon any partial prepayment of a Note of a Series pursuant to Section 8.2 or  Section 8.7 or the purchase of Notes permitted by Section 8.5, the principal amount of each required prepayment, if any, of such Note becoming due under this Section 8.1 on and after the date of such prepayment or purchase shall be reduced in the same proportion as the aggregate unpaid principal amount of such Note is reduced as a result of such prepayment or purchase.

(c)Maturity Date.  As provided therein, the entire unpaid principal balance of each Note shall be due and payable on the Maturity Date thereof.

Section 8.2.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, the Notes of any Series, in an amount not less than 10% of the aggregate principal amount then outstanding of the Notes of such Series to be prepaid in the case of a partial prepayment (or such lesser amount as shall be required to effect a partial prepayment resulting from an offer of prepayment pursuant to Section 10.6), at 100% of the principal amount so prepaid, together with interest accrued thereon to the date of such prepayment, plus any accrued and unpaid Additional Fee, plus the Make-Whole Amount determined for the prepayment date with respect to such principal amount of each Note then outstanding.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company may not prepay any Series of Notes under this Section 8.2 if a Default or Event of Default shall exist or would result from such optional prepayment unless all Notes at the time outstanding are prepaid on a pro rata basis. The Company will give each holder of Notes written notice of each optional prepayment under this Section 8.2 not less than 10 days and not more than 60 days prior to the date fixed for such prepayment unless the Company and the Required Holders agree to

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another time period pursuant to Section 17.  Each such notice shall specify such date (which shall be a Business Day), the aggregate principal amount of the 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 8.3), 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 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 Notes a certificate of a Senior Financial Officer specifying the calculation of such Make-Whole Amount as of the specified prepayment date.

Section 8.3.Allocation of Partial Prepayments.  In the case of each partial prepayment of the Notes pursuant to Section 8.1 or Section 8.2, the principal amount of the Notes to be prepaid shall be allocated among all of the Notes at the time outstanding in proportion, as nearly as practicable, to the respective unpaid principal amounts thereof not theretofore called for prepayment.

Section 8.4.Maturity; Surrender, Etc.  In the case of each prepayment of Notes pursuant to this Section 8, the principal amount of each Note to be prepaid shall mature and become due and payable on the date fixed for such prepayment, together with interest on such principal amount accrued to such date and the applicable Make-Whole Amount, 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, any accrued and unpaid Additional Fee and Make-Whole 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.

Section 8.5.Purchase of Notes.  The Company will not and will not permit any of its Subsidiaries to purchase, redeem, prepay or otherwise acquire, directly or indirectly, any of the outstanding Notes except (a) upon the payment or prepayment of the Notes in accordance with the terms of this Agreement and the Notes or (b) pursuant to a written offer to purchase any outstanding Notes made by the Company or a Subsidiary pro rata to the holders of the Notes upon the same terms and conditions.  Any such offer shall provide each holder with sufficient information to enable it to make an informed decision with respect to such offer, and shall remain open for at least 10 Business Days.  If the holders of more than 50% of the aggregate principal amount of the Notes then outstanding accept such offer, the Company shall promptly notify the remaining holders of Notes of such fact and the expiration date for the acceptance by holders of Notes of such offer shall be extended by the number of days necessary to give each such remaining holder at least five Business Days from its receipt of such notice to accept such offer.  The Company will promptly cancel all Notes acquired by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries pursuant to any payment, prepayment or purchase of Notes pursuant to any provision of this Agreement and no Notes may be issued in substitution or exchange for any such Notes.

Section 8.6.Make-Whole Amount.

Make-Whole Amount” means, with respect to any Note, an amount equal to the excess, if any, of the Discounted Value of the Remaining Scheduled Payments with respect to the Called

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Principal of such 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, the following terms have the following meanings:

Called Principal” means, with respect to any Note, the principal of such Note that is to be prepaid pursuant to Section 8.2 or has become or is declared to be immediately due and payable pursuant to Section 12.1, as the context requires.

Discounted Value” means, with respect to the Called Principal of any Note, 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 Notes is payable) equal to the Reinvestment Yield with respect to such Called Principal.

Reinvestment Yield” means, with respect to the Called Principal of any Note, the sum of (a) 0.50% plus (b) the yield to maturity implied by the “Ask Yield(s)” 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 for the most recently issued actively traded on-the-run U.S. Treasury securities (“Reported”) having a maturity equal to the Remaining Average Life of such Called Principal as of such Settlement Date.  If there are no such U.S. Treasury securities Reported having a maturity equal to such Remaining Average Life, then such implied yield to maturity will be determined by (i) converting U.S. Treasury bill quotations to bond equivalent yields in accordance with accepted financial practice and (ii) interpolating linearly between the “Ask Yield(s)” Reported for the applicable most recently issued actively traded on-the-run U.S. Treasury securities with the maturities (1) closest to and greater than such Remaining Average Life and (2) closest to and less than such Remaining Average Life.  The Reinvestment Yield shall be rounded to the number of decimal places as appears in the interest rate of the applicable Note.

If such yields are not Reported or the yields Reported as of such time are not ascertainable (including by way of interpolation), then “Reinvestment Yield” means, with respect to the Called Principal of any Note, the sum of (x) 0.50% plus (y) the yield to maturity implied by the U.S. Treasury constant maturity 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 the U.S. Treasury constant maturity having a term equal to the Remaining Average Life of such Called Principal as of such Settlement Date.  If there is no such U.S. Treasury constant maturity having a term equal to such Remaining Average Life, such implied yield to maturity will be determined by interpolating linearly between (1) the U.S. Treasury constant maturity so reported with the term closest to and greater than such Remaining Average Life and (2) the U.S. Treasury constant maturity so reported with the term closest to and less than such Remaining Average Life.  The Reinvestment Yield shall be rounded to the number of decimal places as appears in the interest rate of the applicable Note.

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Remaining Average Life” means, with respect to any Called Principal, the number of years 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, computed on the basis of a 360-day year comprised of twelve 30-day months and calculated to two decimal places, 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 Note, all payments of such Called Principal and interest thereon 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 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 8.2 or Section 12.1.

Settlement Date” means, with respect to the Called Principal of any Note, the date on which such Called Principal is to be prepaid pursuant to Section 8.2 or has become or is declared to be immediately due and payable pursuant to Section 12.1, as the context requires.

Section 8.7.Change in Control.  

(a)Notice of Change in Control or Control Event.  The Company will, within 15 Business Days after any Responsible Officer has knowledge of the occurrence of any Change in Control or Control Event, give written notice of such Change in Control or Control Event to Prudential and each holder of a Note unless notice in respect of such Change in Control (or the Change in Control contemplated by such Control Event) shall have been given pursuant to Section 8.7(b).  If a Change in Control has occurred, such notice shall contain and constitute an offer to prepay all of the Notes as described in Section 8.7(c) and shall be accompanied by the certificate described in Section 8.7(g).

(b)Condition to Company Action.  The Company will not take any action that consummates or finalizes a Change in Control unless (i) at least 15 Business Days prior to such action it shall have given to Prudential and each holder of a Note written notice containing and constituting an offer to prepay Notes as described in Section 8.7(c), accompanied by the certificate described in Section 8.7(g), and (ii) contemporaneously with such action, it prepays all Notes required to be prepaid in accordance with this Section 8.7.

(c)Offer to Prepay Notes.  The offer to prepay Notes contemplated by Section 8.7(a) and Section 8.7(b) shall be an offer to prepay, in accordance with and subject to this Section 8.7, all, but not less than all, the Notes held by each holder (in this case only, “holder” in respect of any Note registered in the name of a nominee for a disclosed beneficial owner shall mean such beneficial owner) on a date specified in such offer (the “Proposed Prepayment Date”).  If such Proposed Prepayment Date is in connection with an offer contemplated by Section 8.7(a), such date shall be not less than 20 days and not more than 30 days after the date of such offer (if the Proposed Prepayment Date shall not

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be specified in such offer, the Proposed Prepayment Date shall be the 20th day after the date of such offer).

(d)Acceptance; Rejection.  A holder of a Note may accept or reject the offer to prepay made pursuant to this Section 8.7 by causing a written notice of such acceptance or rejection to be delivered to the Company at least five Business Days prior to the Proposed Prepayment Date.  A failure by a holder of Notes to respond to an offer to prepay made pursuant to this Section 8.7 shall be deemed to constitute a rejection of such offer by such holder.

(e)Prepayment.  Prepayment of the Notes to be prepaid pursuant to this Section 8.7 shall be at 100% of the unpaid principal amount of such Notes, together with interest on such Notes accrued to the date of prepayment but without any premium or Make Whole Amount (the “Repurchase Price”).  The prepayment shall be made on the Proposed Prepayment Date except as provided in Section 8.7(f).

(f)Deferral Pending Change in Control.  The obligation of the Company to prepay the Notes pursuant to the offers required by Section 8.7(b) and accepted in accordance with Section 8.7(d) is subject to the occurrence of the Change in Control in respect of which such offers and acceptances shall have been made.  In the event that such Change in Control does not occur on the Proposed Prepayment Date in respect thereof, the prepayment shall be deferred until and shall be made on the date on which such Change in Control occurs.  The Company shall keep each holder of a Note reasonably and timely informed of (i) any such deferral of the date of prepayment, (ii) the date on which such Change in Control and the prepayment are expected to occur, and (iii) any determination by the Company that efforts to effect such Change in Control have ceased or been abandoned (in which case the offers and acceptances made pursuant to this Section 8.7 in respect of such Change in Control shall be deemed rescinded).

(g)Officer’s Certificate.  Each offer to prepay the Notes pursuant to this Section 8.7 shall be accompanied by a certificate, executed by a Senior Financial Officer of the Company and dated the date of such offer, specifying: (i) the Proposed Prepayment Date, (ii) that such offer is made pursuant to this Section 8.7, (iii) the Repurchase Price, (iv) that the conditions of this Section 8.7 have been fulfilled and (v) in reasonable detail, the nature and date or proposed date of the Change in Control.

(h)[reserved].

(i)“Change in Control” Defined.  “Change in Control” means (a) the acquisition of ownership, directly or indirectly, beneficially or of record, by any Person or group (within the meaning of the Exchange Act and the rules of the SEC thereunder as in effect on the date hereof), other than the Stepan Family acting in concert, of Equity Interests representing more than 35% of the aggregate ordinary voting power represented by the issued and outstanding Equity Interests of the Company, (b) occupation of a majority of the seats (other than vacant seats) on the board of directors of the Company by Persons who were neither (i) nominated by the board of directors of the Company nor (ii) appointed by directors so nominated or (c) the occurrence of a “change in control” or

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comparable “change in control” event (whether designated as a covenant, event of default or mandatory prepayment event) under the Bank Credit Agreement or any other Principal Credit Facility.

(j)“Control Event” Defined.  “Control Event” means:

(i)the execution by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates of any agreement or letter of intent with respect to any proposed transaction or event or series of transactions or events which, individually or in the aggregate, may reasonably be expected to result in a Change in Control;

(ii)the execution of any written agreement which, when fully performed by the parties thereto, would result in a Change in Control; or

(iii)the making of any written offer by any person (as such term is used in section 13(d) and section 14(d)(2) of the Exchange Act as in effect on the date of this Agreement) or related persons constituting a group (as such term is used in Rule 13d-5 under the Exchange Act as in effect on the date of this Agreement) to the holders of the common stock of the Company, which offer, if accepted by the requisite number of holders, would result in a Change in Control.

(k)“Equity Interest” Defined.  “Equity Interests” means 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 interest.

(l)“Stepan Family” Defined.  “Stepan Family” means at any time, collectively, F. Quinn Stepan and family, Paul H. Stepan and family, Charlotte Stepan Shea and family, Mary Louise Wehman and family, Alfred C. Stepan III and family, John A. Stepan and family, Stratford E. Stepan and family, the heirs of any of the foregoing, all trusts for the benefit of the foregoing or their heirs or any one or more of them, Stepan Venture I and Stepan Venture II and any entity controlled by any of the foregoing.

Section 9.

AFFIRMATIVE COVENANTS.

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

Section 9.1.Compliance with Laws.  Without limiting Section 10.8, the Company will, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to, comply with all laws, ordinances or governmental rules or regulations to which each of them is subject, including ERISA, Environmental Laws, the USA PATRIOT Act and the other laws and regulations that are referred to in Section 5.16, and will obtain and maintain in effect all licenses, certificates, permits, franchises and other governmental authorizations necessary to the ownership of their respective properties or to the conduct of their

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respective businesses, in each case to the extent necessary to ensure that non-compliance with such laws, ordinances or governmental rules or regulations or failures to obtain or maintain in effect such licenses, certificates, permits, franchises and other governmental authorizations could not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

Section 9.2.Insurance.  The Company will, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to, maintain, with financially sound and reputable insurers, insurance with respect to their respective properties and businesses against such casualties and contingencies, of such types, on such terms and in such amounts (including deductibles, co-insurance and self-insurance, if adequate reserves are maintained with respect thereto) as is customary in the case of entities of established reputations engaged in the same or a similar business and similarly situated except for any non-maintenance that would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

Section 9.3.Maintenance of Properties.  The Company will, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to, maintain and keep, or cause to be maintained and kept, their respective properties in good repair, working order and condition (other than ordinary wear and tear), so that the business carried on in connection therewith may be properly conducted at all times, provided that this Section 9.3 shall not prevent the Company or any Subsidiary from discontinuing the operation and the maintenance of any of its properties if such discontinuance is desirable in the conduct of its business and the Company has concluded that such discontinuance would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

Section 9.4.Payment of Taxes and Claims.  The Company will, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to, file all tax returns required to be filed in any jurisdiction and to pay and discharge all taxes shown to be due and payable on such returns and all other taxes, assessments, governmental charges, or levies imposed on them or any of their properties, assets, income or franchises, to the extent such taxes and assessments have become due and payable and before they have become delinquent and all claims for which sums have become due and payable that have or might become a Lien on properties or assets of the Company or any Subsidiary not permitted by Section 10.5, provided that neither the Company nor any Subsidiary need pay any such tax, assessment, charge, levy or claim if (i) the amount, applicability or validity thereof is contested by the Company or such Subsidiary on a timely basis in good faith and in appropriate proceedings, and the Company or a Subsidiary has established adequate reserves therefor in accordance with GAAP on the books of the Company or such Subsidiary or (ii) the non-filing or nonpayment, as the case may be, of all such taxes, assessments, charges, levies and claims in the aggregate would not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

Section 9.5.Corporate Existence, Etc.  Subject to Sections 10.6 and 10.7, the Company will at all times preserve and keep its corporate existence in full force and effect, and will at all times preserve and keep in full force and effect the corporate existence of each of its Subsidiaries (unless merged into the Company or a Subsidiary) and all rights and franchises of the Company and its Subsidiaries unless, in the good faith judgment of the Company, the termination of or failure to preserve and keep in full force and effect such corporate existence, right or franchise would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

Section 9.6.Notes to Rank Pari Passu.  The Notes and all other obligations under this Agreement of the Company are and at all times shall remain direct and unsecured obligations of

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the Company ranking pari passu as against the assets of the Company with all other present and future unsecured Debt (actual or contingent) of the Company which is not expressed to be subordinate or junior in rank to any other unsecured Debt of the Company.

Section 9.7.Additional Subsidiary Guarantors.  (a) The Company will cause any Subsidiary which is required by the terms of the Bank Credit Agreement or any Debt Agreement to become a party to, or otherwise guarantee, Debt in respect of the Bank Credit Agreement or such Debt Agreement, to enter into the Subsidiary Guaranty and deliver to each of the holders of the Notes (concurrently with the incurrence of any such obligation pursuant to the Bank Credit Agreement) the following items:

(i)a joinder agreement in respect of the Subsidiary Guaranty;

(ii)a certificate signed by an authorized Responsible Officer of such Subsidiary containing representations and warranties on behalf of such Subsidiary to the same effect, mutatis mutandis, of those contained in Sections 5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.6 and 5.7, with respect to such Subsidiary and the Subsidiary Guaranty, as applicable;

(iii)all documents as may be reasonably requested by the Required Holders to evidence the due organization, continuing existence and, where applicable, good standing of such Subsidiary and the due authorization by all requisite action on the part of such Subsidiary of the execution and delivery of the joinder agreement to the Subsidiary Guaranty and the performance by such Subsidiary of its obligations thereunder; and

(iv)an opinion of counsel (who may be in-house counsel for the Company) addressed to each of the holders of the Notes satisfactory to the Required Holders, to the effect that the Subsidiary Guaranty by such Person has been duly authorized, executed and delivered and that the Subsidiary Guaranty constitutes the legal, valid and binding contract and agreement of such Person enforceable in accordance with its terms, except as an enforcement of such terms may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, fraudulent conveyance and similar laws affecting the enforcement of creditors’ rights generally and by general equitable principles.

(b)At any time in which a Subsidiary Guaranty shall be in existence, the holders of the Notes agree to discharge and release any Subsidiary Guarantor from such Subsidiary Guaranty upon receipt of written notice from the Company, provided that (i) such Subsidiary Guarantor has been released and discharged (or will be released and discharged concurrently with the release of such Subsidiary Guarantor under such Subsidiary Guaranty) as an obligor and guarantor under and in respect of the Bank Credit Agreement and each Debt Agreement of the Company and the Company so certifies to the holders of the Notes in a certificate of a Responsible Officer, (ii) at the time of such

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release and discharge, the Company shall deliver a certificate of a Responsible Officer to the holders of the Notes stating that no Default or Event of Default exists, (iii) no amount is then due and payable under such Subsidiary Guaranty, and (iv) if any fee or other form of consideration is given to any holder of Debt of the Company expressly for the purpose of such release, holders of the Notes shall receive equivalent consideration substantially concurrently therewith.

Section 9.8.Books and Records.  The Company will, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to, maintain proper books of record and account in conformity with GAAP and all applicable requirements of any Governmental Authority having legal or regulatory jurisdiction over the Company or such Subsidiary, as the case may be.  The Company will, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to, keep books, records and accounts which, in reasonable detail, accurately reflect all transactions and dispositions of assets.  The Company and its Subsidiaries have devised a system of internal accounting controls sufficient to provide reasonable assurances that their respective books, records, and accounts accurately reflect all transactions and dispositions of assets and the Company will, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to, continue to maintain such system.

Section 10.

NEGATIVE COVENANTS.

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

Section 10.1.Consolidated Net Worth.  The Company will not permit Consolidated Net Worth to be less than $750,000,000.

Section 10.2.Maximum Net Leverage Ratio.  (a) The Company will not permit the ratio (the “Net Leverage Ratio”), determined as of the end of each of its fiscal quarters ending on and after June 30, 2021, of (i) Consolidated Debt minus Qualified Cash, in each case as of the last day of the applicable fiscal quarter (it being understood that such difference shall not be less than zero) to (ii) Consolidated EBITDA for the period of four fiscal quarters then ended, all calculated for the Company and its Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis, to be greater than 3.50 to 1.00; provided, that the Company may, not more than two times during the term of this Agreement, elect (an “Acquisition Holiday Election”) to increase the maximum Net Leverage Ratio permitted under this Section 10.2 to 4.00 to 1.00 for a period of four consecutive fiscal quarters in connection with, and commencing with the first fiscal quarter ending after, an Acquisition (the “Acquisition Holiday Election Quarter”) if, the aggregate consideration paid or to be paid in respect of such Acquisition equals or exceeds $75,000,000 (it being understood that the Net Leverage Ratio shall return to less than or equal to 3.50 to 1.00 no later than the fifth fiscal quarter following the Acquisition Holiday Election Quarter) and the Company pays the additional fees required by Section 10.2(b).

(a)If the Net Leverage Ratio exceeds 3.50 to 1.00 as permitted by Section 10.2(a), as evidenced by an Officer’s Certificate delivered pursuant to Section 7.2(a), the Company shall pay a fee on the aggregate outstanding principal amount of the Notes on a per annum basis equal to 0.75% (the “Additional Fee”).  Such Additional Fee shall begin to accrue on the first day of the fiscal quarter following the fiscal quarter in respect of which such Officer’s Certificate was delivered, and shall, subject to the immediately succeeding sentence, continue to accrue until the Company has provided an Officer’s

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Certificate pursuant to Section 7.2(a) demonstrating that, as of the last day of the fiscal quarter in respect of which such Officer’s Certificate is delivered, the Net Leverage Ratio is not more than 3.50 to 1.00.  In the event such Officer’s Certificate evidencing that the Net Leverage Ratio is not more than 3.50 to 1.00 is delivered, the Additional Fee shall cease to accrue on the last day of the fiscal quarter in respect of which such Officer’s Certificate is delivered.

Within 10 Business Days of the delivery of an Officer’s Certificate pursuant to Section 7.2(a) evidencing that Net Leverage Ratio exceeds 3.50 to 1.00, the Company shall pay to each holder of a Note the amount attributable to the Additional Fee (the “Additional Fee Payment”) which shall be the product of (i) the aggregate outstanding principal amount of Notes held by such holder (or its predecessor(s) in interest) as of the first day that Additional Fee begins to accrue with respect to the period covered by such Officer’s Certificate, (ii) 0.75% (to reflect the Additional Fee) and (iii) 0.25 (to reflect that the Additional Fee is payable quarterly).  The Additional Fee Payment, if any, shall be paid quarterly by wire transfer of immediately available funds to each holder of the Notes in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.  The payment of an Additional Fee shall not constitute a waiver of any Default or Event of Default.

Section 10.3.Interest Coverage Ratio.  The Company will not permit the ratio, determined as of the end of each of its fiscal quarters ending on and after June 30, 2021, of (i) Consolidated EBITDA to (ii) Consolidated Interest Expense, in each case for the period of four consecutive fiscal quarters then ended, all calculated for the Company and its Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis, to be less than 3.50 to 1.00.

Section 10.4.Priority Debt.  The Company will not at any time permit the aggregate amount of all Priority Debt to exceed 25% of Consolidated Adjusted Tangible Net Worth (Consolidated Adjusted Tangible Net Worth to be determined as of the end of the then most recently ended fiscal quarter of the Company).

Section 10.5.Limitation on Liens.  The Company will not, and will not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly create, incur, assume or permit to exist (upon the happening of a contingency or otherwise) any Lien on or with respect to any property or asset (including any document or instrument in respect of goods or accounts receivable) of the Company or any such Subsidiary, whether now owned or held or hereafter acquired, or any income or profits therefrom, or assign or otherwise convey any right to receive income or profits (unless it makes, or causes to be made, effective provision whereby the Notes will be equally and ratably secured with any and all other obligations thereby secured, such security to be pursuant to an agreement reasonably satisfactory to the Required Holders and, in any such case, the Notes shall have the benefit, to the fullest extent that, and with such priority as, the holders of the Notes may be entitled under applicable law, of an equitable Lien on such property), except:

(a)Liens for taxes, assessments or other governmental charges that are not yet due and payable or the payment of which is not at the time required by Section 9.4;

(b)any attachment or judgment Lien, unless the judgment it secures shall not, within 60 days after the entry thereof, have been discharged or execution thereof stayed

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pending appeal, or shall not have been discharged within 60 days after the expiration of any such stay;

(c)Liens incidental to the conduct of business or the ownership of properties and assets (including landlords’, carriers’, warehousemen’s, mechanics’, materialmen’s and other similar Liens for sums not yet due and payable) and Liens to secure the performance of bids, tenders, leases, or trade contracts, or to secure statutory obligations (including obligations under workers compensation, unemployment insurance and other social security legislation), surety or appeal bonds or other Liens incurred in the ordinary course of business and not in connection with the borrowing of money;

(d)leases or subleases granted to others, easements, rights-of-way, restrictions and other similar charges or encumbrances, in each case incidental to the ownership of property or assets or the ordinary conduct of the business of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, on Liens incidental to minor survey exceptions and the like, provided that such Liens do not, in the aggregate, materially detract from the value of such property;

(e)Liens securing Debt of a Subsidiary to the Company or to a Subsidiary;

(f)Liens existing as of the date of this Agreement and reflected in Schedule 10.5;

(g)Liens incurred after the date of this Agreement given to secure the payment of the purchase price incurred in connection with the acquisition, construction or improvement of property (other than accounts receivable or inventory) useful and intended to be used in carrying on the business of the Company or a Subsidiary, including Liens existing on such property at the time of acquisition or construction thereof or Liens incurred within 365 days of such acquisition or completion of such construction or improvement, provided that (i) the Lien shall attach solely to the property acquired, purchased, constructed or improved, (ii) at the time of acquisition, construction or improvement of such property (or, in the case of any Lien incurred within 365 days of such acquisition or completion of such construction or improvement, at the time of the incurrence of the Debt secured by such Lien), the aggregate amount remaining unpaid on all Debt secured by Liens on such property, whether or not assumed by the Company or a Subsidiary, shall not exceed the lesser of (y) the cost of such acquisition, construction or improvement or (z) the Fair Market Value of such property (as determined in good faith by one or more officers of the Company to whom authority to enter into the transaction has been delegated by the board of directors of the Company), and (iii) at the time of such incurrence and after giving effect thereto, no Default or Event of Default would exist;

(h)any Lien incurred after the date of this Agreement that exists on property of a Person immediately prior to its being consolidated with or merged into the Company or a Subsidiary or its becoming a Subsidiary, or any Lien incurred after the date of this Agreement that exists on any property acquired by the Company or any Subsidiary at the time such property is so acquired (whether or not the Debt secured thereby shall have been assumed), provided that (i) no such Lien shall have been created or assumed in

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contemplation of such consolidation or merger or such Person’s becoming a Subsidiary or such acquisition of property, (ii) each such Lien shall extend solely to the item or items of property so acquired and, if required by the terms of the instrument originally creating such Lien, other property which is an improvement to or is acquired for specific use in connection with such acquired property, and (iii) at the time of such incurrence and after giving effect thereto, no Default or Event of Default would exist;

(i)any extensions, renewals or replacements of any Lien permitted by the preceding clauses (e), (f), (g) and (h) of this Section 10.5, provided that (i) no additional property shall be encumbered by such Liens, (ii) the unpaid principal amount of the Debt or other obligations secured thereby shall not be increased on or after the date of any extension, renewal or replacement, and (iii) at such time and immediately after giving effect thereto, no Default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing; and

(j)Liens securing Priority Debt of the Company or any Subsidiary, provided that the aggregate principal amount of any such Priority Debt shall be permitted by Section 10.4.

Section 10.6.Sales of Assets.  The Company will not, and will not permit any Subsidiary to, sell, lease or otherwise dispose of any substantial part (as defined below) of the assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries; provided, however, that the Company or any Subsidiary may sell, lease or otherwise dispose of assets constituting a substantial part of the assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries if such assets are sold in an arms-length transaction and, at such time and after giving effect thereto, no Default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing and an amount equal to the net proceeds received from such sale, lease or other disposition (but only with respect to that portion of such assets that exceeds the definition of “substantial part” set forth below) shall be used within 365 days of such sale, lease or disposition, in any combination:

(a)to acquire productive assets used or useful in carrying on the business of the Company and its Subsidiaries and having a value at least equal to the value of such assets sold, leased or otherwise disposed of; and/or

(b)to prepay or retire Senior Debt of the Company and/or its Subsidiaries, provided that (i) the Company shall offer to prepay each outstanding Note ratably with all such Senior Debt prepaid or retired, and (ii) any such prepayment of the Notes shall be made in accordance with the terms of Section 8.2 (but without the payment of any Make-Whole Amount or any other premium).

As used in this Section 10.6, a sale, lease or other disposition of assets shall be deemed to be a “substantial part” of the assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries if the book value of such assets, when added to the book value of all other assets sold, leased or otherwise disposed of by the Company and its Subsidiaries during the period of 12 consecutive months ending on the date of such sale, lease or other disposition, exceeds 10% of the book value of Consolidated Total Assets, determined as of the end of the fiscal quarter immediately preceding such sale, lease or other disposition; provided that there shall be excluded from any determination of a “substantial part” any (i) sale or disposition of assets in the ordinary course of business of the Company and its Subsidiaries, (ii) any transfer of assets from the Company to any Subsidiary or from any Subsidiary

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to the Company or a Subsidiary, and (iii) any sale or transfer of property acquired by the Company or any Subsidiary after the date of this Agreement to any Person within 365 days following the acquisition or construction of such property by the Company or any Subsidiary if the Company or a Subsidiary shall concurrently with such sale or transfer, lease such property, as lessee and (iv) the sale by the Company or any Subsidiary of accounts receivable owing to it by account debtors which customarily pay on terms longer than general market practices pursuant to a receivables purchase agreement, negotiable instrument purchase agreement, or other customary documentation (any such agreement a “Receivables Purchase Agreement”) with JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association or another institution (any such institution a “Receivables Facility Counterparty”) whereby the Company or such Subsidiary promptly receive cash proceeds from such Receivables Facility Counterparty equal to the face value of such receivables or negotiable instruments net of a commercially reasonable and customary discount rate; provided further that (i) any such sale is a true sale with recourse to the Company or such Subsidiary limited to breach of representation, warranty or covenant by the Company or such Subsidiary with respect to the sold receivables; (ii) such Receivables Purchase Agreement is on customary terms for such arrangement; and (iii) no Default or Event of Default exists or would result from the sale of such receivables.

Section 10.7.Merger and Consolidation.  The Company will not, and will not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, consolidate with or merge with any other Person or convey, transfer or lease substantially all of its assets in a single transaction or series of transactions to any Person; provided that:

(a)any Subsidiary of the Company may (x) consolidate with or merge with, or convey, transfer or lease substantially all of its assets in a single transaction or series of transactions to, (i) the Company or a Subsidiary so long as in any merger or consolidation involving the Company, the Company shall be the surviving or continuing corporation or (ii) any other Person so long as the survivor is the Subsidiary, or (y) convey, transfer or lease all of its assets in compliance with the provisions of Section 10.6; and

(b)the foregoing restriction does not apply to the consolidation or merger of the Company with, or the conveyance, transfer or lease of substantially all of the assets of the Company in a single transaction or series of transactions to, any Person so long as:

(1)the successor formed by such consolidation or the survivor of such merger or the Person that acquires by conveyance, transfer or lease substantially all of the assets of the Company as an entirety, as the case may be (the “Successor Corporation”), shall be a solvent entity organized and existing under the laws of the United States, any State thereof or the District of Columbia;

(2)if the Company is not the Successor Corporation, such Successor Corporation shall have executed and delivered to each holder of Notes its assumption of the due and punctual performance and observance of each covenant and condition of this Agreement and the Notes (pursuant to such agreements and instruments as shall be reasonably satisfactory to the Required Holders), and the Successor Corporation shall have caused to be delivered to

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each holder of Notes (A) an opinion of nationally recognized independent counsel, to the effect that all agreements or instruments effecting such assumption are enforceable in accordance with their terms and (B) an acknowledgment from each Subsidiary Guarantor that the Subsidiary Guaranty continues in full force and effect; and

(c)immediately after giving effect to such transaction no Default or Event of Default would exist.

Section 10.8.Transactions with Affiliates.  The Company will not and will not permit any Subsidiary to enter into directly or indirectly any Material transaction or Material group of related transactions (including the purchase, lease, sale or exchange of properties of any kind or the rendering of any service) with any Affiliate (other than the Company or another Subsidiary), except in the ordinary course and upon fair and reasonable terms that are not materially less favorable to the Company or such Subsidiary, taken as a whole, than would be obtainable in a comparable arm’s-length transaction with a Person not an Affiliate.

Section 10.9.Economic Sanctions, Etc.  The Company will not, and will not permit any Controlled Entity to (a) become (including by virtue of being owned or controlled by a Blocked Person), own or control a Blocked Person or (b) directly or indirectly have any investment in or engage in any dealing or transaction (including any investment, dealing or transaction involving the proceeds of the Notes) with any Person if such investment, dealing or transaction (i) would cause any holder or any affiliate of such holder to be in violation of, or subject to sanctions under, any law or regulation applicable to such holder, or (ii) is prohibited by or subject to sanctions under any U.S. Economic Sanctions Laws.

Section 10.10.Lien Restrictions.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in Section 10.5, no Liens permitted pursuant to the terms of Section 10.5 may secure any obligations under any Principal Credit Facility pursuant to which the Company has issued senior notes, either existing as of the date of this Agreement or in the future unless the Company makes, or causes to be made, effective a provision whereby the Notes will be equally and ratably secured with any and all other obligations thereby secured, such security to be pursuant to an agreement reasonably satisfactory to the Required Holders.

Section 10.11.Most Favored Lender.

(a)If, on any date, the Company or any its Subsidiaries enters into, assumes or otherwise is or becomes bound or obligated under a Principal Credit Facility that contains one or more Additional Negative Covenants (including, for the avoidance of doubt, as a result of any amendment to any Principal Credit Facility, whether or not in effect on the date hereof, causing it to contain one or more Additional Negative Covenants), then (i) the Company will promptly, and in any event within five Business Days, notify Prudential and the holders of the Notes thereof, and (ii) whether or not the Company provides such notice, the terms of this Agreement shall, without any further action on the part of the Company, Prudential or any holder of the Notes, be deemed to be amended automatically to include each Additional Negative Covenant in this Agreement.  The Company further covenants to promptly execute and deliver at its expense (including the

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fees and expenses of counsel for Prudential and the holders of the Notes) an amendment to this Agreement in form and substance satisfactory to Prudential and the Required Holders evidencing the amendment of this Agreement to include such Additional Negative Covenants in this Agreement, provided that the execution and delivery of such amendment shall not be a precondition to the effectiveness of such amendment as provided for in this clause (a), but shall merely be for the convenience of the parties hereto.

(b)If after the time this Agreement is amended pursuant to clause (a) of this Section 10.11 to include in this Agreement any Additional Negative Covenant (an “Incorporated Provision”) contained in any other agreement or instrument (the “Other Debt Agreement”), such Incorporated Provision ceases to be in effect under or is deleted from such Other Debt Agreement or is amended or modified for the purposes of such Other Debt Agreement so as to become less restrictive with respect to the Company and its Subsidiaries, then, upon the request of the Company, Prudential and the holders of the Notes will amend this Agreement to delete or similarly amend or modify, as the case may be, such Incorporated Covenant as in effect in this Agreement, provided that (i) no Default or Event of Default shall be in existence immediately before or after such deletion, amendment or modification (including under such Incorporated Provision otherwise to be deleted, amended or modified), and (ii) if any fees or other remuneration were paid to any lender under such Other Debt Agreement with respect to causing such Incorporated Provision to cease to be in effect or be deleted or to be so amended or modified, then the Company shall have paid to the holders of the Notes the same fees or other remuneration on a pro rata basis in proportion to the relative outstanding principal amounts of the Notes and the principal amount of the Debt outstanding under such Other Debt Agreement.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, no amendment to this Agreement pursuant to this clause (b) as the result of any Incorporated Provision ceasing to be in effect or being deleted, amended or otherwise modified shall cause any covenant or Event of Default in this Agreement to be less restrictive as to the Company or its Subsidiaries than such covenant or Event of Default as contained in this Agreement as in effect on the date hereof, and as amended other than as the result of the application of clause (a) of this Section 10.11 originally caused by such Incorporated Provision in such Other Debt Agreement.

Section 11.

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 or Make-Whole Amount, if any, on any Note when the same becomes due and payable, whether at maturity or at a date fixed for prepayment or by declaration or otherwise; or

(b)the Company defaults in the payment of any interest or Additional Fee on any Note for more than five Business Days after the same becomes due and payable; or

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(c)the Company defaults in the performance of or compliance with any term contained in Section 7.1(d) or Section 10 or any Additional Negative Covenant or any Subsidiary Guarantor defaults in the performance of or compliance with any term of the Subsidiary Guaranty beyond any period of grace or cure period provided with respect thereto; or

(d)the Company defaults in the performance of or compliance with any term contained herein (other than those referred to in Sections 11(a), (b) and (c)) and such default is not remedied within 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 a “notice of default” and to refer specifically to this Section 11(d)); or

(e)any Subsidiary Guaranty ceases to be a legally valid, binding and enforceable obligation or contract of a Subsidiary Guarantor (other than upon a release of any Subsidiary Guarantor from a Subsidiary Guaranty in accordance with the terms of Section 9.8(b) hereof), or any Subsidiary Guarantor or any party by, through or on account of any such Person, challenges the validity, binding nature or enforceability of any such Subsidiary Guaranty; or

(f)any representation or warranty made in writing by or on behalf of the Company or any Subsidiary Guarantor in this Agreement or any Subsidiary Guaranty, as applicable, or by any officer of the Company or any Subsidiary Guarantor in any writing furnished in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby or by any Subsidiary Guaranty proves to have been false or incorrect in any material respect on the date as of which made; or

(g)(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 or interest (in the payment amount of at least $100,000) on any Debt other than the Notes that is outstanding in an aggregate principal amount of at least $20,000,000 (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 instrument, mortgage, indenture or other agreement relating to any Debt other than the Notes in an aggregate outstanding principal amount of at least $20,000,000 (or its equivalent in the relevant currency of payment) or any other condition exists, and as a consequence of such default or condition such Debt has become, or has been declared, due and payable or one or more Persons has the right to declare such Debt to be due and payable before its stated maturity or before its regularly scheduled dates of payment, or (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 Debt to convert such Debt into equity interests), (x) the Company or any Subsidiary has become obligated to purchase or repay Debt other than the Notes before its regular maturity or before its regularly scheduled dates of payment in an aggregate outstanding principal amount of at least $20,000,000 (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 to purchase or repay such Debt; or

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(h)the Company, any Material Subsidiary or any Subsidiary Guarantor (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

(i)a court or Governmental Authority of competent jurisdiction enters an order appointing, without consent by the Company, any of its Material Subsidiaries or any Subsidiary Guarantor, 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, any of its Material Subsidiaries or any Subsidiary Guarantor, or any such petition shall be filed against the Company, any of its Material Subsidiaries or any Subsidiary Guarantor and such petition shall not be dismissed within 60 days; or

(j)any event occurs with respect to the Company or any Material Subsidiary which under the laws of any jurisdiction is analogous to any of the events described in Section 11(h) or Section 11(i), provided that the applicable grace period, if any, which shall apply shall be the one applicable to the relevant proceeding which most closely corresponds to the proceeding described in Section 11(h) or Section 11(i); or

(k)a final judgment or judgments at any one time outstanding for the payment of money aggregating in excess of $20,000,000 (or its equivalent in the relevant currency of payment) are rendered against one or more of the Company, its Subsidiaries or any Subsidiary Guarantor and which judgments are not, within 60 days after entry thereof, bonded, discharged or stayed pending appeal, or are not discharged within 60 days after the expiration of such stay; or

(l)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 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 an amount that could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, (iv) the aggregate present value of accrued benefit liabilities under all funded Non-U.S. Plans exceeds the aggregate current value of the

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assets of such Non-U.S. Plans allocable to such liabilities, (v) 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, (vi) the Company or any ERISA Affiliate withdraws from any Multiemployer Plan, (vii) 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, (viii) the Company or any Subsidiary fails to administer or maintain a Non-U.S. Plan in compliance with the requirements of any and all applicable laws, statutes, rules, regulations or court orders or any Non-U.S. Plan is involuntarily terminated or wound up, or (ix) the Company or any Subsidiary becomes subject to the imposition of a financial penalty (which for this purpose shall mean any tax, penalty or other liability, whether by way of indemnity or otherwise) with respect to one or more Non-U.S. Plans; and any such event or events described in clauses (i) through (ix) above, either individually or together with any other such event or events, could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.  As used in this Section 11(l), the terms “employee benefit plan” and “employee welfare benefit plan” shall have the respective meanings assigned to such terms in section 3 of ERISA.

Section 12.

REMEDIES ON DEFAULT, ETC.

Section 12.1.Acceleration.  (a) If an Event of Default with respect to the Company described in Section 11(h) or (i) (other than an Event of Default described in clause (i) of Section 11(h) or described in clause (vi) of Section 11(h) by virtue of the fact that such clause encompasses clause (i) of Section 11(h)) has occurred, all the Notes then outstanding shall automatically become immediately due and payable and the Facility shall automatically terminate.

(a)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, and Prudential may at its option, by notice to the Company, terminate the Facility.

(b)If any Event of Default described in Section 11(a) or (b) 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 12.1, 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 interest accrued thereon at the Default Rate) and any accrued and unpaid Additional Fee and (y) the Make-Whole 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 by the Company in the event that the Notes are

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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.

Section 12.2.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 12.1, 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 other Transaction Document, 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.

Section 12.3.Rescission.  At any time after any Notes have been declared due and payable pursuant to Section 12.1(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, 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 and Make-Whole 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 which have 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 17, 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 12.3 will extend to or affect any subsequent Event of Default or Default or impair any right consequent thereon.

Section 12.4.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 any other Transaction Document 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 15, 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 12, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, expenses and disbursements.

Section 13.

REGISTRATION; EXCHANGE; SUBSTITUTION OF NOTES.

Section 13.1.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.  If any holder of one or more Notes is a nominee, then (a) the name and address of the beneficial owner of such Note or Notes shall also be registered in such register as an owner and holder thereof and (b) at any such beneficial owner’s option, either such beneficial owner or its nominee may execute any amendment, waiver or consent pursuant to this Agreement.  Prior to due presentment for

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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.

Section 13.2.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 18(iii)), 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 information for notices of each transferee of such Note or part thereof), within 10 Business Days thereafter, the Company shall execute and deliver, at the Company’s expense (except as provided below), one or more new Notes of the same Series (as requested by the holder thereof) 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 the Notes of such Series.  Each 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, provided that if necessary to enable the registration of transfer by a holder of its entire holding of Notes of a Series, one Note of such Series may be in a denomination of less than $100,000.  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 6.3; provided, that in lieu thereof such holder may (in reliance upon information provided by the Company, which shall not be unreasonably withheld) make a representation to the effect that the purchase by any holder of any Note will not constitute a non-exempt prohibited transaction under section 406(a) of ERISA.

The Notes have not been registered under the Securities Act or under the securities laws of any state and may not be transferred or resold unless registered under the Securities Act and all applicable state securities laws or unless an exemption from the requirement for such registration is available.

Section 13.3.Replacement of Notes.  Upon receipt by the Company at the address and to the attention of the designated officer (all as specified in Section 18(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

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

the Company at its own expense shall execute and deliver not more than ten Business Days following satisfaction of such conditions, in lieu thereof, a new Note of the same Series, 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.

Section 13.4.Prohibition on Transfer to a Competitor.  Each Purchaser agrees that, prior to the existence of a Default or Event of Default, it will not sell, assign or otherwise transfer any Note or portion thereof to a Competitor or Competitor Affiliate.  As used herein “Competitor” means any Person which is primarily engaged in the lines of business of the Company and its Subsidiaries on the date of this Agreement or as changed from time to time.  “Competitor Affiliate” means, with respect to any Competitor, (a) any Person at the time directly or indirectly controlling, controlled by or under common control with such Competitor, (b) any other Person of which such Competitor at the time owns 50% or more on a consolidated basis of the equity interest of such Person and (c) any other Person which at the time owns 50% or more of any class of the capital stock or other equity interest of such Competitor, provided that: (i) the provision of investment advisory services by a Person to an employee benefit plan which is owned or controlled by a Person which would otherwise be a Competitor or Competitor Affiliate shall not of itself cause the Person providing such services to be deemed a Competitor or Competitor Affiliate and (ii) in no event shall an Institutional Investor be deemed a Competitor or Competitor Affiliate.

Section 14.

PAYMENTS ON NOTES.

Section 14.1.Place of Payment.  Subject to Section 14.2, payments of principal, Make-Whole 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.

Section 14.2.Payment by Wire Transfer.  So long as any Purchaser or its nominee shall be the holder of any Note, and notwithstanding anything contained in Section 14.1 or in such Note to the contrary, the Company will pay all sums becoming due on such Note for principal, Make-Whole Amount, if any, interest and all other amounts becoming due hereunder by the method and at the address specified for such purpose below such Purchaser’s name in the Purchaser Schedule in the case of the Initial Purchasers, or the applicable Confirmation of Acceptance, in the case of any Purchasers of Shelf Notes, 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 14.1.  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

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which interest has been paid thereon or surrender such Note to the Company in exchange for a new Note or Notes pursuant to Section 13.2.  The Company will afford the benefits of this Section 14.2 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 14.2.

Section 14.3.FATCA Information.  By acceptance of any Note, the holder of such Note agrees that such holder will with reasonable promptness duly complete and deliver to the Company, or to such other Person as may be reasonably requested by the Company, from time to time (a) in the case of any such holder that is a United States Person, such holder’s United States tax identification number or other Forms reasonably requested by the Company necessary to establish such holder’s status as a United States Person under FATCA and as may otherwise be necessary for the Company to comply with its obligations under FATCA and (b) in the case of any such holder that is not a United States Person, such documentation prescribed by applicable law (including as prescribed by section 1471(b)(3)(C)(i) of the Code) and such additional documentation as may be necessary for the Company to comply with its obligations under FATCA and to determine that such holder has complied with such holder’s obligations under FATCA or to determine the amount (if any) to deduct and withhold from any such payment made to such holder.  Nothing in this Section 14.3 shall require any holder to provide information that is confidential or proprietary to such holder unless the Company is required to obtain such information under FATCA and, in such event, the Company shall treat any such information it receives as confidential.

Section 15.

EXPENSES, ETC.

Section 15.1.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 Prudential, 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 any other Transaction Document (whether or not such amendment, waiver or consent becomes effective) within 15 Business Days after the Company’s receipt of any invoice therefor, including: (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 any other Transaction Document or in responding to any subpoena or other legal process or informal investigative demand issued in connection with this Agreement or any other Transaction Document, 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 other Transaction Documents 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 $3,500.

The Company will pay, and will save Prudential and each Purchaser and each other holder of a Note harmless from, (i) 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

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purchase of the Notes), (ii) any and all wire transfer fees that any bank or other financial institution deducts from any payment to Prudential or under such Note to such holder or otherwise charges to a holder of a Note with respect to a payment under such Note and (iii) any judgment, liability, claim, order, decree, fine, penalty, cost, fee, expense (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses) or obligation resulting from the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby, including the use of the proceeds of the Notes by the Company.

Section 15.2.Certain Taxes.  The Company agrees to pay all stamp, documentary or similar taxes or fees which may be payable in respect of the execution and delivery or the enforcement of this Agreement or any other Transaction Document or the execution and delivery (but not the transfer) or the enforcement of any of the Notes in the United States or any other jurisdiction where the Company or any Subsidiary Guarantor has assets or of any amendment of, or waiver or consent under or with respect to, this Agreement or any other Transaction Document and to pay any value added tax due and payable in respect of reimbursement of costs and expenses by the Company pursuant to this Section 15, and will save Prudential, each Purchaser and each holder of a Note to the extent permitted by applicable law harmless against any loss or liability resulting from nonpayment or delay in payment of any such tax or fee required to be paid by the Company hereunder.

Section 15.3.Survival.  The obligations of the Company under this Section 15 will survive the payment or transfer of any Note, the enforcement, amendment or waiver of any provision of this Agreement or any other Transaction Document, and the termination of this Agreement.

Section 16.

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 other Transaction Documents 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.

Section 17.

AMENDMENT AND WAIVER.

Section 17.1.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), only with the written consent of the Company and the Required Holders, except that (a) no amendment or waiver of any of Sections 3, 4, 5, 6 or 21 hereof, 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) Sections 1 and 2 may be amended with the written consent of Prudential and the Company, (c) no amendment or waiver may, without the written consent of each Purchaser and the holder of each Note at the time outstanding, (i) subject to Section 12 relating to acceleration or

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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 (x) interest on the Notes or (y) the Make-Whole Amount, (ii) change the percentage of the principal amount of the Notes the holders of which are required to consent to any amendment or waiver or the principal amount of the Shelf Notes that the Purchasers are to purchase pursuant to Section 2 upon the satisfaction of the conditions to Closing that appear in Section 4, or (iii) amend any of Sections 8 (except as set forth in the second sentence of Section 8.2), 11(a), 11(b), 12, 17 or 20.

Section 17.2.Solicitation of Holders of Notes.

(a)Solicitation.  The Company will provide each holder of a Note 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 any other Transaction Document.  The Company will deliver executed or true and correct copies of each amendment, waiver or consent effected pursuant to this Section 17 or any Subsidiary Guaranty to each holder of a Note promptly following the date on which it is executed and delivered by, or receives the consent or approval of, the requisite Purchasers or 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 a Note as consideration for or as an inducement to the entering into by such holder of any waiver or amendment of any of the terms and provisions hereof or of any other Transaction Document 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 a Note even if such holder did not consent to such waiver or amendment.

(c)Consent in Contemplation of Transfer.  Any consent given pursuant to this Section 17 or any Subsidiary Guaranty by a holder of a Note that has transferred or has agreed to transfer its Note to the Company, any Subsidiary or any Affiliate of the Company in connection with such consent shall be void and of no force or effect except solely as to such holder, and any amendments effected or waivers granted or to be effected or granted that would not have been or would not be so effected or granted but for such consent (and the consents of all other holders of Notes that were acquired under the same or similar conditions) shall be void and of no force or effect except solely as to such holder.

Section 17.3.Binding Effect, etc.  Any amendment or waiver consented to as provided in this Section 17 or any Subsidiary Guaranty 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 any holder of a Note and no delay in exercising any rights hereunder

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or under any Note or Subsidiary Guaranty shall operate as a waiver of any rights of any holder of such Note.

Section 17.4.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 any other Transaction Document, or have directed the taking of any action provided herein or in any other Transaction Document 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.

Section 18.

NOTICES.

Except to the extent otherwise provided in Section 7.4, all notices and communications provided for hereunder (other than communications provided for under Section 2) shall be in writing and sent by (a) Confirmed E-mail Transmission and/or the sender on the same day sends a confirming copy of such notice by an internationally recognized overnight delivery service (charges prepaid), or (b) registered or certified mail with return receipt requested (postage prepaid), or (c) an internationally recognized overnight delivery service (with charges prepaid).  Any such notice must be sent:

(1)if to Prudential or any Purchaser, addressed to Prudential or such Purchaser at the address specified for such communications in the Purchaser Schedule attached hereto (in the case of Prudential or the Purchasers of the Series 2021-A Notes) or the Purchaser Schedule attached to the applicable Confirmation of Acceptance (in the case of any Purchaser of any Shelf Notes) or at such other address as Prudential or such Purchaser shall have specified to the Company in writing,

(2)if to any other holder of any Note, addressed to such other holder at such address as such other holder shall have specified to the Company in writing or, if any such holder shall not have so specified an address to the Company, then addressed to such holder in care of the last holder of such Note which shall have so specified an address to the Company, or

(3)if to the Company, addressed to it at 22 West Frontage Road, Northfield, Illinois, 60093, Attention: Treasurer, Telephone No.: (847) 501-2408, e-mail: jli@stepan.com or at such other address as the Company shall have specified to the holder of each Note in writing, provided, however, that any such communication to the Company may also, at the option of the Person sending such communication, be delivered by any other reasonable means either to the Company at its address specified above or to any Authorized Officer of the Company.  Any communication pursuant to Section 2 shall be made by the method specified for such communication in Section 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

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to the telephone call, and in the case of an e-mail communication, the communication is sent 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 confirmed received by such recipient at the e-mail address provided which is listed for the party receiving the communication in the Information Schedule or at such other e-mail address as the party receiving the information shall have specified in writing to the party sending such information.

Notices under this Section 18 will be deemed given only when actually received.

Section 19.

REPRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS.

This Agreement and all documents relating thereto, including (a) consents, waivers and modifications that may hereafter be executed, (b) documents received by any Purchaser at any Closing (except 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 19 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.

Section 20.

CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION.

For the purposes of this Section 20, “Confidential Information” means information delivered to Prudential or 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 Prudential or 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 Prudential or such Purchaser prior to the time of such disclosure, (b) subsequently becomes publicly known through no act or omission by Prudential or such Purchaser or any Person acting on Prudential’s or such Purchaser’s behalf, (c) otherwise becomes known to Prudential or such Purchaser other than through disclosure by the Company or any Subsidiary or (d) constitutes financial statements delivered to Prudential or such Purchaser under Section 7.1 that are otherwise publicly available.  Prudential and each Purchaser will maintain the confidentiality of such Confidential Information in accordance with procedures adopted by Prudential or such Purchaser in good faith to protect confidential information of third parties delivered to Prudential or such Purchaser, provided that Prudential or such Purchaser may deliver or disclose Confidential Information to (i) its directors, officers, employees, agents, attorneys, trustees and affiliates (to the extent such disclosure reasonably relates to the administration of the

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investment represented by its Notes), (ii) its auditors, financial advisors and other professional advisors who agree to hold confidential the Confidential Information substantially in accordance with this Section 20, (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 this Section 20), (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 this Section 20), (vi) any federal or state regulatory authority having jurisdiction over Prudential or 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 Prudential’s or 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 Prudential or such Purchaser, (x) in response to any subpoena or other legal process, (y) in connection with any litigation to which Prudential or such Purchaser is a party or (z) if an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, to the extent Prudential or 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, this Agreement or any other Transaction Document.  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 20 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 this Section 20.

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, Prudential, any Purchaser or any 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 20, this Section 20 shall not be amended thereby and, as between Prudential, such Purchaser or such holder and the Company, this Section 20 shall supersede any such other confidentiality undertaking.

Section 21.

SUBSTITUTION OF PURCHASER.

Each Purchaser shall have the right to substitute any one of its Affiliates or another Purchaser or any one of such other Purchaser’s Affiliates (a “Substitute Purchaser”) 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 Substitute Purchaser, shall contain such Substitute Purchaser’s agreement to be bound by this Agreement and shall contain a confirmation by such Substitute Purchaser of the accuracy with respect to it of the representations set forth in Section 6.  Upon receipt of such notice, any reference to such Purchaser in this Agreement (other than in this Section 21), shall be deemed to refer to such Substitute Purchaser in lieu of such original Purchaser.  In the event that such Substitute Purchaser is so substituted as a Purchaser hereunder and such Substitute Purchaser thereafter transfers to such original Purchaser all of the Notes then held by such Substitute Purchaser, upon receipt by the Company of notice of such transfer, any reference to such Substitute Purchaser as a “Purchaser” in this Agreement (other

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than in this Section 21), shall no longer be deemed to refer to such Substitute Purchaser, 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.

Section 22.

MISCELLANEOUS.

Section 22.1.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 any subsequent holder of a Note) whether so expressed or not.

Section 22.2.Payments Due on Non-Business Days.  Anything in this Agreement or the Notes to the contrary notwithstanding (but without limiting the requirement in Section 8.2 that the 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, if any, 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.

Section 22.3.Accounting Terms.  (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, (i) all computations made pursuant to this Agreement shall be made in accordance with GAAP, and (ii) all financial statements shall be prepared in accordance with GAAP.  For purposes of determining compliance with this Agreement (including Section 9, Section 10 and the definition of “Debt”), any election by the Company to measure any financial liability using fair value (as permitted by Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification Topic No. 825-10-25 – Fair Value Option, International Accounting Standard 39 – Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement or any similar accounting standard) shall be disregarded and such determination shall be made as if such election had not been made. For all purposes under the Transaction Documents, in connection with any division or plan of division under Delaware law (or any comparable event under a different jurisdiction’s laws): (a) if any asset, right, obligation or liability of any Person becomes the asset, right, obligation or liability of a different Person, then it shall be deemed to have been transferred from the original Person to the subsequent Person, and (b) if any new Person comes into existence, such new Person shall be deemed to have been organized on the first date of its existence by the holders of its capital stock or other equity interests at such time.

(a)Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of Section 22.2(a), if at any time any change in GAAP would require a lessee to capitalize its operating leases under GAAP on the balance sheet of such lessee, the GAAP treatment of operating leases on the date of the this Agreement shall continue to apply for purposes of this Agreement and the calculation of the financial covenants under this Agreement.

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Section 22.4.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.

Section 22.5.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.

Defined terms herein shall apply equally to the singular and plural forms of the terms defined.  Whenever the context may require, any pronoun shall include the corresponding masculine, feminine and neuter forms.  The words “include,” “includes” and “including” shall be deemed to be followed by the phrase “without limitation.”  The word “will” shall be construed to have the same meaning and effect as the word “shall.”  Unless the context requires otherwise (a) any definition of or reference to any agreement, instrument or other document herein shall be construed as referring to such agreement, instrument or other document as from time to time amended, supplemented or otherwise modified (subject to any restrictions on such amendments, supplements or modifications set forth herein) and, for purposes of the Notes, shall also include any such notes issued in substitution therefor pursuant to Section 13, (b) subject to Section 22.1, any reference herein to any Person shall be construed to include such Person’s successors and assigns, (c) the words “herein,” “hereof” and “hereunder,” and words of similar import, shall be construed to refer to this Agreement in its entirety and not to any particular provision hereof, (d) all references herein to Sections and Schedules shall be construed to refer to Sections of, and Schedules to, this Agreement, and (e) any reference to any law or regulation herein shall, unless otherwise specified, refer to such law or regulation as amended, modified or supplemented from time to time.

Section 22.6.Counterparts; Electronic Contracting.  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.  The parties agree to electronic contracting and signatures with respect to this Agreement and any other Transaction Document (other than the Notes). Delivery of an electronic signature to, or a signed copy of, this Agreement and any other Transaction Document (other than the Notes) by facsimile, email or other electronic transmission shall be fully binding on the parties to the same extent as the delivery of the signed originals and shall be admissible into evidence for all purposes. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if Prudential or any Purchaser shall request manually signed counterpart signatures to this Agreement or any other Transaction Document, the Company hereby agrees to use its reasonable endeavors to provide such manually signed signature pages as soon as reasonably practicable.

Section 22.7.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

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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.

Section 22.8.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.

(a)The Company agrees, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, that a final judgment in any suit, action or proceeding of the nature referred to in Section 22.8(a) brought in any such court shall be conclusive and binding upon it subject to rights of appeal, as the case may be, and may be enforced in the courts of the United States or the State of New York (or any other courts to the jurisdiction of which it or any of its assets is or may be subject) by a suit upon such judgment.

(b)The Company consents to process being served by or on behalf of any holder of Notes in any suit, action or proceeding of the nature referred to in Section 22.8(a) by mailing a copy thereof by registered, certified, priority or express mail (or any substantially similar form of mail), postage prepaid, return receipt or delivery confirmation requested, to it at its address specified in Section 18 or at such other address of which such holder shall then have been notified pursuant to said Section.  The Company 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.

(c)Nothing in this Section 22.8 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.

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.

Section 22.9.Transaction References.  The Company agrees that each of Prudential, the Purchasers and their respective Affiliates may after receiving prior written consent from the Company (a) refer to its role in establishing the Facility, as well as the identity of the Company, the Series A Notes and the maximum aggregate principal amount of the Notes and the date on

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which this Facility was established, on its internet site, social media channels 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.

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When this Agreement is executed and delivered by the Company, Prudential and the Initial Purchasers, it shall become a binding agreement between the Company, on one hand, and Prudential and each Initial Purchaser, on the other hand.  This Agreement shall also inure to the benefit of each Purchaser which shall have executed and delivered a Confirmation of Acceptance and each such Purchaser shall be bound by this Agreement to the extent provided in such Confirmation of Acceptance.

Very truly yours,

Stepan Company

By /s/ Luis E. Rojo

Name: Luis E. Rojo

Title:   Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


[Signature Page to Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement]


 

 

Accepted as of the date first written above.

 

PGIM, Inc.

By:/s/ David Quackenbush

Vice President

The Prudential Insurance Company of

  America

Prudential Annuities Life Assurance

  Corporation

 

By: PGIM, Inc., as Investment Manager

 

 

By:/s/ David Quackenbush

Vice President

The Gibraltar Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

The Prudential Life Insurance Company, Ltd.

 

By: PGIM Japan Co., Ltd., as Investment Manager

 

By: PGIM, Inc., as Sub-Adviser

 

 

By:/s/ David QuackenbushVice President

 

 

[Signature Page to Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement]


 

 

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:

Acceptance” is defined in Section 2.2(f).

Acceptance Day” is defined in Section 2.2(f).

Acceptance Window” means, with respect to any interest rate quotes provided by Prudential pursuant to Section 2.2(e), the time period designated by Prudential as the time period during which the Company may elect to accept such interest rate quotes.  If no such time period is designated by Prudential with respect to any such interest rate quotes, then the Acceptance Window for such interest rate quotes will be two minutes after the time Prudential shall have provided such interest rate quotes to the Company.

Accepted Note” is defined in Section 2.2(f).

Acquisition” means any transaction, or any series of related transactions, consummated on or after the date of this Agreement, by which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (a) acquires any going business or all or substantially all of the assets of any firm, corporation or limited liability company or other business entity, or division thereof, whether through purchase of assets, merger or otherwise or (b) directly or indirectly acquires (in one transaction or as the most recent transaction in a series of transactions) at least a majority (in number of votes) of the securities of a corporation which have ordinary voting power for the election of directors (other than securities having such power only by reason of the happening of a contingency) or a majority (by percentage of voting power) of the outstanding ownership interests of a partnership or limited liability company or other business entity.

Acquisition Holiday Election” is defined in Section 10.2(a).

Acquisition Holiday Election Quarter” is defined in Section 10.2(a).

Additional Fee” is defined in Section 10.2(b).

Additional Fee Payment” is defined in Section 10.2(b).

Additional Negative Covenant” means any financial or negative covenant or similar restriction applicable to the Company or any Subsidiary (regardless of whether such provision is labeled or otherwise characterized as a covenant, including if stated as a default or otherwise), including any defined terms as used therein, the subject matter of which either (i) is similar to that of any negative or financial covenant in this Agreement, or related definitions in this Schedule A, but contains one or more percentages, amounts, formulas or other provisions that are more restrictive as to the Company or any Subsidiary or more beneficial to the holder or holders of the Debt to which the document containing such covenant or similar restriction relates than as set forth herein (and such covenant or similar restriction shall be deemed an Additional Negative Covenant

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only to the extent that it is more restrictive or more beneficial) or (ii) is different from the subject matter of any covenant in this Agreement, or the related definitions in this Schedule A.

Affiliate” (a) means at any time, and 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, and, 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 Person 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 (b) with respect to Prudential, includes any managed account, investment fund or other vehicle for which Prudential Financial, Inc. or any Affiliate of Prudential Financial, Inc. then acts as investment advisor or portfolio manager.  Unless the context otherwise clearly requires, any reference to an “Affiliate” is a reference to an Affiliate of the Company.

Agreement” means this Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement, including all Schedules attached to this Agreement.

Anti-Corruption Laws” means any law or regulation in a U.S. or any non-U.S. jurisdiction regarding bribery or any other corrupt activity, including the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the U.K. Bribery Act 2010.

Anti-Money Laundering Laws” means any law or regulation in a U.S. or any non-U.S. jurisdiction regarding money laundering, drug trafficking, terrorist-related activities or other money laundering predicate crimes, including the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act of 1970 (otherwise known as the Bank Secrecy Act) and the USA PATRIOT Act.

Authorized Officer” means (a) in the case of the Company, its chief executive officer, its president, chief financial officer, any officer designated as an “Authorized Officer” of the Company in the Information Schedule attached hereto or any officer 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, president or chief financial officer and delivered to Prudential, and (b) in the case of Prudential or any Prudential Affiliate, any Person designated as an “Authorized Officer” of Prudential and Prudential Affiliates in the Information Schedule or any Person designated as its “Authorized Officer” for the purpose of this Agreement in a certificate executed by one of Prudential’s Authorized Officers or a lawyer in Prudential’s law department.  Any action taken under this Agreement on behalf of the Company by any individual who on or after the date of this Agreement shall have been an Authorized Officer of the Company and whom Prudential or any Prudential Affiliate 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 or any Prudential Affiliate by any individual who on or after the date of this Agreement shall have been an Authorized Officer of Prudential or such Prudential Affiliate and whom the Company in good faith believes to be an Authorized Officer of Prudential or such Prudential Affiliate at the time of such action shall be binding on Prudential or such Prudential Affiliate even though such individual shall have ceased to be an Authorized Officer of Prudential or such Prudential Affiliate.

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Available Facility Amount” is defined in Section 2.2(a).

Bank Credit Agreement” means the Credit Agreement dated as of January 30, 2018 by and among the Company, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent, and the other financial institutions party thereto, as amended, restated, joined, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, and any renewals, extensions or, refinancings replacements thereof, which constitute the primary bank credit facility of the Company.

Blocked Person” means (a) a Person whose name appears on the list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons published by OFAC, (b) a Person, entity, organization, country or regime that is blocked or a target of sanctions that have been imposed under U.S. Economic Sanctions Laws or (c) a Person that is an agent, department or instrumentality of, or is otherwise beneficially owned by, controlled by or acting on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any Person, entity, organization, country or regime described in clause (a) or (b).

Business Day” means (a) for the purposes of Section 8.6 only, any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday or a day on which commercial banks in New York, New York are required or authorized to be closed, and (b) for the purposes of any other provision of this Agreement, any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday or a day on which commercial banks in New York, New York or Chicago, Illinois are required or authorized to be closed.

Cancellation Date” is defined in Section 2.2(h)(2).

Cancellation Fee” is defined in Section 2.2(h)(2).

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.

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” is defined in Section 8.7(i).

Closing” means, with respect to any Note, the closing of the sale and purchase for such Note on the applicable Closing Day for such Note as provided for in Section 3.

Closing Day” means (a) with respect to any Series 2021-A Note, the Series 2021-A Closing Day and (b) 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 3.2(b), the Closing Day for such Accepted Note, for all purposes of this Agreement except references to “original Closing Day” in Section 2.2(h)(1), means the Rescheduled Closing Day with respect to such Accepted Note

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

Company” is defined in the first paragraph of this Agreement.

Competitor” is defined in Section 13.4.

Competitor Affiliate” is defined in Section 13.4.

Confidential Information” is defined in Section 20.

Confirmation of Acceptance” is defined in Section 2.2(f).

Confirmation of Guaranty” is defined in Section 4.13.

Confirmed E-mail Transmission” means an e-mail communication, which shall be effective only when the recipient, by return e-mail or notice delivered by other method provided for in Section 18 of this Agreement, acknowledges having received that e-mail (with an automatic “read receipt” or similar notice not constituting acknowledgement of an e-mail receipt for purposes of this definition).

Consolidated Adjusted Tangible Net Worth” means the sum of the amounts set forth on the consolidated balance sheet of the Company and its Subsidiaries prepared in accordance with GAAP and as of any date selected by the Company not more than 45 days prior to the taking of any action for the purpose of which the determination is being made, which appears as (a) the par or stated value of all outstanding stock, (b) capital, paid-in and earned surplus and (c) long term deferred tax liabilities, less the sum of (i) any surplus resulting from any write-up of assets, (ii) good will, including any amounts (however designated on such balance sheet) representing the cost of acquisitions of Subsidiaries in excess of underlying tangible assets, unless an appraisal of such assets made by a reputable firm of appraisers at the time of acquisition shall indicate sufficient value to cover such excess, (iii) any amounts by which Investments in Persons appearing on the asset side of the balance sheet exceed the lesser of cost or the proportionate share of such corporation in the book value of the assets of such Persons, provided that such book value shall be reduced by any amounts representing restrictions on the payment of dividends by such Persons pursuant to any law, charter provisions, mortgage or indenture or, in lieu of the foregoing, any Investment may be carried at its market value if the securities representing such Investment are publicly traded, (iv) patents, trademarks, copyrights, leasehold improvements not recoverable at the expiration of a lease and deferred charges (including unamortized debt discount and expense, organization expenses, experimental and development expenses, but excluding prepaid expenses), (v) any amounts at which shares of capital stock of the Company appear on the asset side of such balance sheet, (vi) any amount of Debt not included on the liability side of such balance sheet and (vii) other comprehensive income or expense (as defined by GAAP), to the extent included in subclause (a), (b) or (c) above.

Consolidated Debt” means as of any date of determination the total amount of all Debt (other than Off-Balance Sheet Liabilities arising from any Permitted Supplier Financings) of the Company and its Subsidiaries determined on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP.

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Consolidated EBITDA” means, for any period, Consolidated Net Income for such period, plus, (a) to the extent deducted in computing such Consolidated Net Income and without duplication, (i) Consolidated Interest Expense for such period, (ii) income tax expense for such period, (iii) depreciation expense, (iv) amortization expenses, (v) other non -cash charges (including deferred compensation expense, stock option expense and share-based compensation expense) for such period, (vi) any loss resulting from the extinguishment of indebtedness, (vii) all costs fees and expenses incurred in connection with the transactions contemplated by the Bank Credit Agreement, amending this Agreement, and amending the Company’s other note purchase agreements in existence on the date of this Agreement and (viii) non-recurring or unusual restructuring charges, costs or expenses in an aggregate amount not to exceed $25,000,000 for any period of four consecutive fiscal quarters, minus (b) to the extent included in computing such Consolidated Net Income and without duplication, (i) any cash payments, excluding cash distributions under deferred compensation plans relating to benefits previously charged to Consolidated EBITDA and fully funded through purchase of mutual funds or other securities, made during such period in respect of non-cash charges described in clause (a)(v) taken in a prior period, (ii) any extraordinary gains and any non-cash items of income for such period, and (iii) any gain resulting from the extinguishment of indebtedness, all determined on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP.

For the purposes of calculating Consolidated EBITDA for any period of four consecutive fiscal quarters (each such period, a “Reference Period”), (i) if at any time during such Reference Period the Company or any Subsidiary shall have made any Material Disposition, the Consolidated EBITDA for such Reference Period shall be reduced by an amount equal to the Consolidated EBITDA (if positive) attributable to the property that is the subject of such Material Disposition for such Reference Period or increased by an amount equal to the Consolidated EBITDA (if negative) attributable thereto for such Reference Period, and (ii) if during such Reference Period the Company or any Subsidiary shall have made a Material Acquisition, Consolidated EBITDA for such Reference Period shall be calculated after giving effect thereto on a pro forma basis reasonably acceptable to the Required Holders as if such Material Acquisition occurred on the first day of such Reference Period.  As used in this definition, “Material Acquisition” means any acquisition of property or series of related acquisitions of property that (a) constitutes (i) assets comprising all or substantially all or any significant portion of a business or operating unit of a business, or (ii) all or substantially all of the common stock or other Equity Interests of a Person, and (b) involves the payment of consideration by the Company and its Subsidiaries in excess of $25,000,000; and “Material Disposition” means any sale, transfer or disposition of property or series of related sales, transfers, or dispositions of property that yields gross proceeds to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries in excess of $25,000,000; provided, however, that any sales of receivables pursuant to Permitted Supplier Financings shall not give rise to or be included in any calculation of Material Disposition.

Consolidated Interest Expense” means, for any period, without duplication, (a) the interest expense of the Company and its Subsidiaries deducted in the calculation of Consolidated Net Income for such period, determined on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP plus (b) without duplication of the amounts described in clause (a), payments in the nature of interest under Capital Lease Obligations and the discount or implied interest component of Off-Balance Sheet Liabilities minus (c) to the extend included in clause (a) or (b), interest expense associated with Permitted Supplier Financings in an aggregate amount for the applicable four quarter period not

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to exceed 10% of unadjusted interest expense.  For purposes of clarification, any Additional Fees payable in connection with an Acquisition Holiday Election pursuant to Section 10.2 shall be included in Consolidated Interest Expense.

Consolidated Net Income” means, for any period, the consolidated net income (or loss) of the Company and its Subsidiaries for such period, determined on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP.

Consolidated Net Worth” means the consolidated stockholder’s equity of the Company and its Subsidiaries, as defined according to GAAP.

Consolidated Tangible Assets” means, as at any date as of which the amount thereof is to be determined, an amount equal to the amount by which (a) the aggregate amount at which all assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries would be set forth on a consolidated balance sheet of the Company and its Subsidiaries prepared as of such date in accordance with GAAP, exceeds (b) the sum of the amounts which would be set forth on such consolidated balance sheet as (i) any surplus resulting from any write-up of assets and (ii) the aggregate value of all patents, licenses, trade names, trademarks, copyrights, goodwill and deferred charges (including unamortized debt discount and expenses, organizational expenses and experimental and developmental expenses, but excluding prepaid expenses).

Consolidated Total Assets” means, as of any date of determination, the total amount of all assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries, determined on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP.

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.

Control Event” is defined in Section 8.7(j).

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.  

Debt” means, with respect to any Person, without duplication,

(a)its liabilities for borrowed money;

(b)its liabilities for the deferred purchase price of property acquired by such Person (excluding accounts payable and other accrued liabilities arising in the ordinary course of business but including all liabilities created or arising under any conditional sale or other title retention agreement with respect to any such property);

(c)its Capital Lease Obligations;

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(d)its liabilities for borrowed money secured by any Lien with respect to any property owned by such Person (whether or not it has assumed or otherwise become liable for such liabilities);

(e)its Off-Balance Sheet Liabilities;

(f)all obligations, contingent or otherwise, of such Person as an account party in respect of letters of credit and letters of guaranty;

(g)all obligations, contingent or otherwise, of such Person in respect of bankers’ acceptances; and

(h)Guarantees by such Person with respect to liabilities of a type described in any of clauses (a) through (g) hereof.

Debt of any Person shall include all obligations of such Person of the character described in clauses (a) through (h) to the extent such Person remains legally liable in respect thereof notwithstanding that any such obligation is deemed to be extinguished under GAAP.

Debt Agreement” with respect to any Person means any note, note agreement, loan agreement or other similar agreement or instrument that evidences Debt of such Person.

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” means that rate of interest that is 2.00% per annum above the rate of interest stated in clause (a) of the first paragraph of the Notes.

Delayed Delivery Fee” is defined in Section 2.2(h).

Disclosure Documents” is defined in Section 5.3.

Dollars” or “$ refers to lawful money of the United States.

Domestic Subsidiary” means a Subsidiary organized under the laws of a jurisdiction located in the United States.

EDGAR” means the SEC’s Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval System or any successor SEC electronic filing system for such purposes.

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 those related to Hazardous Materials.

Equity Interests” is defined in Section 8.7(k).

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

Event of Default” is defined in Section 11.

Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Facility” is defined in Section 2.2.

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), as reasonably determined in the good faith opinion of the Company’s board of directors.

FATCA” means (a) 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), together with any current or future regulations or official interpretations thereof, (b) any treaty, law or regulation of any other jurisdiction, or relating to an intergovernmental agreement between the United States and any other jurisdiction, which (in either case) facilitates the implementation of the foregoing clause (a), and (c) any agreements entered into pursuant to section 1471(b)(1) of the Code.

Form 10-K” is defined in Section 7.1(b).

Form 10-Q” is defined in Section 7.1(a).

GAAP” means generally accepted accounting principles as in effect from time to time in the United States.

Governmental Authority” means

(a)the government of

(i)the United States or any state or other political subdivision thereof, or

(ii)any other jurisdiction in which the Company or any Subsidiary conducts all or any part of its business, or which asserts jurisdiction over any properties of the Company or any Subsidiary, or

(b)any entity exercising executive, legislative, judicial, regulatory or administrative functions of, or pertaining to, any such government.

Governmental Official” means any governmental official or employee, employee of any government-owned or government-controlled entity, political party, any official of a political

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party, candidate for political office, official of any public international organization or anyone else acting in an official capacity.

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 Debt, dividend or other obligation of any other Person in any manner, whether directly or indirectly, including obligations incurred through an agreement, contingent or otherwise, by such Person:

(a)to purchase such Debt or obligation or any property constituting security therefor primarily for the purpose of assuring the owner of such Debt or obligation of the ability of any other Person to make payment of the Debt or obligation;

(b)to advance or supply funds (i) for the purchase or payment of such Debt 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 Debt or obligation;

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

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

In any computation of the Debt or other liabilities of the obligor under any Guaranty, the Debt or other obligations that are the subject of such Guaranty shall be assumed to be direct obligations of such obligor, provided that the amount of such Debt outstanding for purposes of this Agreement shall not exceed the maximum amount of Debt that is the subject of such Guaranty.

Hazardous Materials” 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 asbestos, urea formaldehyde foam insulation, polychlorinated biphenyls, petroleum, petroleum products, lead based paint, radon gas or similar restricted, prohibited or penalized substances.

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 13.1, provided, however, that if such Person is a nominee, then for the purposes of Sections 7, 12, 17.2 and 18 and any related definitions in this Schedule A, “holder” means the beneficial owner of such Note whose name and address appears in such register.

Hostile Acquisition” means (a) the acquisition of the Equity Interests of a Person through a tender offer or similar solicitation of the owners of such Equity Interests which has not been approved (prior to such acquisition) by the board of directors (or any other applicable governing

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body) of such Person or by similar action if such Person is not a corporation and (b) any such acquisition as to which such approval has been withdrawn.

Incorporated Provision” is defined in Section 10.11(b).

INHAM Exemption” is defined in Section 6.3(e).

Initial Purchasers” is defined in the address block of this Agreement.

Institutional Investor” means (a) any Purchaser of a Note, (b) any holder of a Note holding (together with one or more of its affiliates) at least $2,000,000 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.

Investments” means all investments, in cash or by delivery of property made, directly or indirectly in any Person, whether by acquisition of shares of capital stock, Debt or other obligations or securities or by loan, advance, capital contribution or otherwise.

Issuance Period” is defined in Section 2.2(b).

Lien” means, with respect to any Person, any mortgage, lien, pledge, 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 (other than an operating lease) or Capital Lease, upon or with respect to any property or asset of such Person (including, in the case of stock, shareholder agreements, voting trust agreements and all similar arrangements).

Make-Whole Amount” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8.6 with respect to any Note.

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 a material adverse effect on (a) the business, operations, affairs, financial condition, assets or properties of the Company and its Subsidiaries taken as a whole, (b) the ability of the Company to perform its obligations under this Agreement and the Notes, (c) the ability of any Subsidiary Guarantor to perform its obligations under the Subsidiary Guaranty or (d) the validity or enforceability of this Agreement, the Notes or the Subsidiary Guaranty or the rights or remedies of the holders of Notes thereunder.

Material Subsidiary” means, at any time, any Subsidiary of the Company which, together with all other Subsidiaries of such Subsidiary, accounts for more than (a) 5.00% of the consolidated assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries or (b) 5.00% of consolidated revenue of the Company and its Subsidiaries.

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Maturity Date” (a) with respect to any Series 2021-A Note, is defined in the first paragraph of such Series 2021-A Note, and (b) with respect to any Shelf Note, is the date specified as the “Final Maturity Date” in such Shelf Note.

Moody’s” means Moody’s Investors Service, Inc.

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.

Net Leverage Ratio” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 10.2(a).

Non-U.S. Plan” means any plan, fund or other similar program that (a) is established or maintained outside the United States of America by the Company or any Subsidiary primarily for the benefit of employees of the Company or one or more Subsidiaries residing outside the United States of America, which plan, fund or other similar program provides, or results in, retirement income, a deferral of income in contemplation of retirement or payments to be made upon termination of employment, and (b) is not subject to ERISA or the Code.

Notes” is defined in Section 1.

OFAC” means the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the United States Department of the Treasury.

“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.

Off-Balance Sheet Liability” of a Person means (a) any repurchase obligation or liability of such Person or any of its Subsidiaries with respect to accounts or notes receivable sold by such Person or any of its Subsidiaries (calculated to include the unrecovered investment of purchasers or transferees of accounts or any other obligation of such Person or such transferor to purchasers/transferees of interests in accounts or notes receivable or the agent for such purchasers/transferees), (b) any liability under any sale and leaseback transaction which is not a Capital Lease, (c) any liability under any financing lease or Synthetic Lease or “tax ownership operating lease” transaction entered into by such Person, including any Synthetic Lease Obligations, or (d) any obligation arising with respect to any other transaction which is the functional equivalent of or takes the place of borrowing but which does not constitute a liability on the balance sheets of such Person, but excluding from this clause (d) Operating Leases.

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.

Operating Lease” of a Person means, subject to Section 22.3, any lease of Property (other than a Capital Lease) by such Person as lessee which has an original term (including any required renewals and any renewals effective at the option of the lessor) of one year or more.

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Other Debt Agreement” is defined in Section 10.11(b).

PBGC” means the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation referred to and defined in ERISA.

Permitted Investments” means:

(a)direct obligations of, or obligations the principal of and interest on which are unconditionally guaranteed by, the United States (or by any agency thereof to the extent such obligations are backed by the full faith and credit of the United States), in each case maturing within 18 months from the date of acquisition thereof;

(b)investments in commercial paper maturing within 270 days from the date of acquisition thereof and having, at such date of acquisition, a rating of “A-l” or better by S&P or “P-l” or better by Moody’s;

(c)investments in certificates of deposit, banker’s acceptances and time deposits issued or guaranteed by or placed with, and money market deposit accounts issued or offered by, any domestic office of any commercial bank (whether domestic or foreign) which has a combined capital and surplus and undivided profits of not less than $200,000,000;

(d)fully collateralized repurchase agreements with a term of not more than 30 days for securities described in clause (a) above and entered into with a financial institution satisfying the criteria described in clause (c) above; and

(e)money market funds that (i) comply with the criteria set forth in SEC Rule 2a-7 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, (ii) are rated “AAA” by S&P and “Aaa” by Moody’s and (iii) have portfolio assets of at least $5,000,000,000.

Permitted Supplier Financing” means the sale by the Company or any Subsidiary of accounts receivable or negotiable instruments based upon accounts receivable owing to it by (a) the Persons listed on Schedule A-10 hereto as amended and supplemented from time to time with the consent of the Required Holders, (b) any Subsidiaries, or successors of the Persons described in the preceding clause (a), or (c) any Affiliates Controlled by the Persons described in the preceding clause (a) or (b) (the “Specified Account Debtors”) or by one or more other account debtors which customarily pay on terms longer than general market practices (the “Non-Specified Account Debtors”), in any such case, pursuant to a Receivables Purchase Agreement, whereby the Company or such Subsidiary, as applicable, promptly receives cash proceeds from the counterparty institution in an amount equal to the face value of the sold receivables or negotiable instruments net of a commercially reasonable and customary discount rate; provided, that:

(i)any such sale is a true sale with any recourse to the Company or such Subsidiary limited to breach of representation, warranty or covenant by the Company or such Subsidiary, as applicable, with respect to the sold receivables;

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(ii)such Receivables Purchase Agreement is on customary terms for such arrangement;

(iii)no Default or Event of Default exists at the time of, or would result from, the sale of such accounts receivable; and

(iv)the aggregate face amount of all accounts receivable of the Company and its Subsidiaries owing from Non-Specified Account Debtors that are sold during any one fiscal year of the Company shall not exceed 10% of Consolidated Tangible Assets as of the last day of the immediately preceding fiscal year of the Company (it being understood that the limitation in this clause (iv) shall not apply to sales of accounts receivable owing from Specified Account Debtors).

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.

Principal Credit Facility” means: (a) the Bank Credit Agreement, including any renewals, extensions, amendments, supplements, restatements, replacements or refinancing thereof, (b) the Note Purchase Agreement dated as of July 10, 2015, by and among the Company and purchasers party thereto, as amended by the First Amendment thereto dated January 30, 2018, including any renewals, extensions, amendments, supplements, restatements, replacements or refinancing thereof (the “2015 Note Purchase Agreement”), (c) the Note Purchase and Master Note Agreement dated as of June 10, 2021, by and among the Company, NYL Investors LLC and purchasers party thereto, including any renewals, extensions, amendments, supplements, restatements, replacements or refinancing thereof and (d) any agreement under which Debt of the Company or any Subsidiary in an aggregate amount of $100,000,000 or more is outstanding or which provides for a commitment to make loans, advances or other financial accommodations to the Company or any Subsidiary in an aggregate amount of $100,000,000 or more.

Priority Debt” means (without duplication), as of the date of any determination thereof, the sum of (a) all unsecured Debt of Subsidiaries (including all Guaranties of Debt but excluding (i) Debt owing to the Company or any other Subsidiary, (ii) Debt outstanding at the time such Person became a Subsidiary, provided that such Debt shall have not been incurred in contemplation of such Person becoming a Subsidiary, and (iii) all Debt of Subsidiary Guarantors, (b) all Debt of the Company and its Subsidiaries secured by Liens other than Debt secured by Liens permitted by clauses (a) through (i), inclusive, of Section 10.5 (including for purposes of such subparagraphs, Debt secured by Liens on assets of Subsidiaries, except that, solely for purposes of this definition of Priority Debt, clause (f) of Section 10.5 shall be read as permitting only Liens existing as of July 10, 2015, and reflected in Schedule 10.5 with respect to the Company’s Subsidiaries)) and (c)

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without duplication of any of the foregoing clauses (a) and (b), all other “Priority Debt” (as defined in and existing under the 2015 Note Purchase Agreement).

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

Proposed Prepayment Date” is defined in Section 8.7(c).

Prudential” is defined in the address block of this Agreement.

Prudential Affiliate” means any Affiliate of Prudential.

PTE” is defined in Section 6.3(a).

Purchaser” or “Purchasers” is defined in the addressee block of this Agreement and includes each of such Person’s successors and assigns (so long as any such assignment complies with Section 13.2), provided, that any Purchaser of a Note that ceases to be the registered holder or a beneficial owner (through a nominee) of such Note as the result of a transfer thereof pursuant to Section 13.2 shall cease to be included within the meaning of “Purchaser” of such Note for the purposes of this Agreement upon such transfer.

Purchaser Schedule” means the Purchaser Schedule to this Agreement listing the Purchasers of the Notes and including their notice and payment information.

QPAM Exemption” is defined in Section 6.3(d).

Qualified Cash” means, as of any date of determination, unrestricted and unencumbered cash or Permitted Investments of the Company and its Domestic Subsidiaries on deposit in accounts located in the United States on such date in excess of $50,000,000 and in an aggregate amount not to exceed $150,000,000.

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.

Receivables Facility Counterparty” is defined in Section 10.6.

Receivables Purchase Agreement” is defined in Section 10.6.

Reinvestment Yield” is defined in Section 8.6.

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.

Repurchase Price” is defined in Section 8.7(e).

Request for Purchase” is defined in Section 2.2(d).

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Required Holdersmeans at any time, the holder or holders of more than 51% of the aggregate principal amount of the Notes (exclusive of Notes then owned by the Company or any of its Affiliates) or, if the term is expressly used with respect to a Series of Notes, of such Series of Notes from time to time outstanding.

Rescheduled Closing Day” is defined in Section 3.2(b).

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.

S&P” means Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, a Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC business.

SEC” means the Securities and Exchange Commission of the United States.

Securities” or “Security” shall have the meaning specified in section 2(1) of the Securities Act.

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

Senior Debt” means, as of the date of any determination thereof, all Consolidated Debt, other than Subordinated Debt.

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

Series” is defined in Section 1.2.

“Series 2021-A Closing Day” is defined in Section 3.1.

“Series 2021-A Notes” is defined in Section 1.1.

“Shelf Notes” is defined in Section 1.2.

Source” is defined in Section 6.3.

State Sanctions List” means a list that is adopted by any state Governmental Authority within the United States pertaining to Persons that engage in investment or other commercial activities in Iran or any other country that is a target of economic sanctions imposed under U.S. Economic Sanctions Laws.

Stepan Family” is defined in Section 8.7(l).

Subordinated Debt” means all unsecured Debt of the Company which shall contain or have applicable thereto subordination provisions providing for the subordination thereof to other Debt of the Company (including the obligations of the Company under this Agreement or the Notes).

A-15


 

Subsidiary” means, as to any Person, any other Person in which such first Person or one or more of its Subsidiaries or such first Person and one or more of its Subsidiaries owns sufficient equity or voting interests to enable it or them (as a group) ordinarily, in the absence of contingencies, to elect a majority of the directors (or Persons performing similar functions) of such second Person, and any partnership or joint venture if more than a 50% interest in the profits or capital thereof is owned by such first Person or one or more of its Subsidiaries or such first Person and one or more of its Subsidiaries (unless such partnership or joint venture can and does ordinarily take major business actions without the prior approval of such Person or one or more of its Subsidiaries).  Unless the context otherwise clearly requires, any reference to a “Subsidiary” is a reference to a Subsidiary of the Company.

Subsidiary Guarantor” means each Subsidiary that has executed and delivered a Subsidiary Guaranty.

Subsidiary Guaranty” is defined in Section 4.13 of this Agreement.

Substitute Purchaser” is defined in Section 21.

SVO” means the Securities Valuation Office of the NAIC.

Synthetic Lease” means any so-called “synthetic”, off-balance sheet or tax retention lease, or any other agreement for the use or possession of property creating obligations that are not treated as a Capital Lease under GAAP but that is treated as a financing under the Code.

Synthetic Lease Obligations” means, collectively, the payment obligations of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries pursuant to a Synthetic Lease.

“Transaction Documents” means this Agreement, the Notes, any applicable Request for Purchase, any applicable Confirmation of Acceptance, the Subsidiary Guaranty, the Confirmations of Guaranty, and the other agreements, documents, certificates and instruments now or hereafter executed or delivered by the Company, any Subsidiary or any of their respective Affiliates in connection with this Agreement.

Unfunded Liabilities” means (a) in the case of Plans (other than Multiemployer Plans) the amount (if any) by which the present value of all vested nonforfeitable benefits under such Plan exceeds the fair market value of all Plan assets allocable to such benefits, all determined as of the then most recent valuation date for such Plan, and (b) in the case of Multiemployer Plans, the withdrawal liability of the Company and Subsidiaries.  The interest rate for computing the present value of all vested nonforfeitable benefits shall be the Valuation Liability Interest Rate, as indicated on Form 5500 Schedule A for such Plan.  For purposes of this defined term ‘Unfunded Liabilities’ only, the term ‘Plan’ means an employee pension benefit plan which is covered by Title IV of ERISA or subject to the minimum funding standards under Section 412 of the Internal Revenue Code as to which the Company or any Subsidiary may have any liability.

United States Person” has the meaning set forth in Section 7701(a)(30) of the Code.

United States” or “U.S.” means the United States of America.

A-16


 

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 and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder from time to time in effect.

“U.S. Economic Sanctions Laws” means those laws, executive orders, enabling legislation or regulations administered and enforced by the United States pursuant to which economic sanctions have been imposed on any Person, entity, organization, country or regime, including the Trading with the Enemy Act, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the Iran Sanctions Act, the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act and any other OFAC Sanctions Program.

A-17


 

 

Schedule 5.3

Disclosure Materials

 

1.

Stepan Company Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020.

 

 

2.

Stepan Company Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

 

Schedule 5.3

(to Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement)


 

 

Schedule 5.4

Subsidiaries of the Company and Ownership of Subsidiary Stock

Subsidiaries of the Company




Corporate Name


Jurisdiction

of Incorporation

or Formation

Percentage of

Shares Held or

Beneficially

Owned

 

Subsidiary Guarantor

(Y/N)

Nanjing Stepan Jinling Chemical LLC (Joint Venture)

China

80%

N

PBC Indústria Química Ltda.

Brazil

100%

N

Stepan Asia Pte. Ltd.

Singapore

100%

N

Stepan Canada Sales Inc.

Canada

100%

N

Stepan CDMX, S. de R.L. de C.V.

Mexico

100%

N

Stepan Chemical (Nanjing) Co., Ltd.

China

100%

N

Stepan Chemical (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

China

100%

N

Stepan Colombia S.A.S.

Colombia

100%

N

Stepan Deutschland GmbH

Germany

100%

N

Stepan Europe S.A.S.

France

100%

N

Stepan Holdings Asia Pte. Ltd.

Singapore

100%

N

Stepan Holdings, LLC

United States

100%

N

Stepan Holdings Netherlands B.V.

Netherlands

100%

N

Stepan India (Private) Limited

India

100%

N

Stepan Mexico Holdings, LLC

United States

100%

N

Stepan Mexico, S.A. de C.V.

Mexico

99.997%

N

Stepan (Nanjing) Chemical R&D Co., Ltd.

China

100%

N

Stepan Netherlands B.V.

Netherlands

100%

N

Stepan Philippines, Inc.

Philippines

100%

N

Stepan Philippines Quaternaries, Inc.

Philippines

100%

N

Stepan Polska Sp. z o.o.

Poland

100%

N

Stepan Química Argentina S.R.L.

Argentina

100%

N

Stepan Química Ltda.

Brazil

100%

N

Stepan Singapore Holdings Pte. Ltd.

Singapore

100%

N

Stepan Specialty Products B.V.

Netherlands

100%

N

Stepan Specialty Products, LLC

United States

100%

Y

Stepan Surfactants Holdings, LLC

United States

100%

Y

Stepan UK Limited

England and Wales

100%

N

Tebras Tensoativos do Brasil Ltda.

Brazil

100%

N

 

Schedule 5.4
(to Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement)


 

 

Affiliates of the Company

 

1.

BlackRock, Inc. – Holder of 3,320,199 shares of common stock of the Company as of December 31, 2020, and as reported in a Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on January 26, 2021, by BlackRock, Inc. Based on 22,491,816 shares of common stock of the Company outstanding as of March 5, 2021, this ownership represents 14.8% of the outstanding shares of common stock of the Company.

 

2.

The Vanguard Group, Inc. - Holder of 2,303,368 shares of common stock of the Company as of December 31, 2020, and as reported in a Schedule 13G/A filed with the SEC on February 10, 2021, by The Vanguard Group, Inc. Based on 22,491,816 shares of common stock of the Company outstanding as of March 5, 2021, this ownership represents 10.2% of the outstanding shares of common stock of the Company.

 

Directors and Senior Officers

 

1.

As of the date of this Agreement, the Company’s directors are Michael R. Boyce, Lorinda Burgess, Randall S. Dearth, Joaquin Delgado, Gregory E. Lawton, Jan Stern Reed, F. Quinn Stepan, Jr., and Edward J. Wehmer.

 

2.

As of the date of this Agreement, the Company’s senior officers are F. Quinn Stepan, Jr., Scott R. Behrens, Janet A. Catlett, David G. Kabbes, Jason S. Keiper, Arthur W. Mergner, Sean T. Moriarty, Luis E. Rojo, Debra A. Stefaniak, and Richard A. Stepan.

 

S-5.4-2


 

 

Schedule 5.11

Licenses, Permits, Etc.

None.

 

Schedule 5.11
(to Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement)


 

 

Schedule 5.15

Existing Debt

Indebtedness of the Company and its Subsidiaries on March 31, 2021

 

 

 

Obligor

 

 

 

Creditor

Description of

Indebtedness

(including

Interest Rate)

 

 

Collateral

(if any)

 

 

 

Maturity

Outstanding

Principal

Amount

(000’s)

Stepan Company

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Bank of America, N.A.

HSBC Bank USA, National Association

SunTrust Bank

BMO Harris Bank N.A.

Bank of the West

ING Bank N.V., Dublin Branch

U.S. Bank National Association

Citizens Bank, N.A.

Credit Industriel et Commercial, NY

Credit Agreement (Various Rates)

None

2023

$45,000

Stepan Company

The Prudential Insurance Company of America

4.86% Notes

None

2023

$9,643

Stepan Company

Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company

4.86% Notes

None

2023

$6,429

Stepan Company

New York Life Insurance Company

4.86% Notes

None

2023

$4,029

Stepan Company

New York Life Insurance and Annuity Corporation

4.86% Notes

None

2023

$4,543

Stepan Company

RGA Reinsurance Company

4.86% Notes

None

2023

$3,214

Stepan Company

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company

3.86% Notes

 

None

2025

$24,179

Stepan Company

MassMutual Asia Limited

3.86% Notes

None

2025

$2,286

Stepan Company

C.M. Life Insurance Company

3.86% Notes

None

2025

$2,107

Stepan Company

The Lincoln National Life Insurance Company

3.86% Notes

None

2025

$17,857

Stepan Company

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

3.86% Notes

None

2025

$11,429

Stepan Company

The Guardian Insurance & Annuity Company, Inc.

3.86% Notes

None

2015

$1,429

Stepan Company

AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company

3.86% Notes

None

2025

$6,429

Stepan Company

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

3.86% Notes

None

2025

$714

Stepan Company

MassMutual Life Insurance Company

3.86% Notes

None

2025

$5,000

Stepan Company

MassMutual Life Insurance Company

3.95% Notes

None

2027

$22,700

Stepan Company

Banner Life Insurance Company, William Penn Life Insurance Company of New York

3.95% Notes

 

None

2027

$5,000

Stepan Company

C.M. Life Insurance Company

3.95% Notes

None

2027

$1,300

Schedule 5.15
(to Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement)


 

 

 

 

Obligor

 

 

 

Creditor

Description of

Indebtedness

(including

Interest Rate)

 

 

Collateral

(if any)

 

 

 

Maturity

Outstanding

Principal

Amount

(000’s)

Stepan Company

MassMutual Asia Limited

3.95% Notes

None

2027

$1,000

Stepan Company

The Prudential Insurance Company of America

3.95% Notes

None

2027

$10,000

Stepan Company

Farmers Insurance Exchange

3.95% Notes

None

2027

$7,000

Stepan Company

The Gibraltar Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

3.95% Notes

None

2027

$5,000

Stepan Company

Farmers New World Life Insurance Company

3.95% Notes

None

2027

$3,750

Stepan Company

Mid Century Insurance Company

3.95% Notes

None

2027

$3,000

Stepan Company

Physicians Mutual Insurance Company

3.95% Notes

None

2027

$1,250

Stepan Company

The Lincoln National Life Insurance Company

3.95% Notes

None

2027

$20,000

Stepan Company

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

3.95% Notes

None

2027

$14,000

Stepan Company

Life Insurance Company of North America

3.95% Notes

None

2027

$5,000

Stepan Company

Connecticut General Life Insurance Company

3.95% Notes

None

2027

$1,000

Stepan Europe S.A.S.

CIC (Credit Industriel et Commercial)

Floating Rate Revolving Line of Credit

None

2021

$4,668

 

 

S-5.15-2


 

 

Schedule 10.5

Existing Liens

Debt of Foreign Subsidiaries Secured by Liens as of March 31, 2021

 

 

 

Obligor

 

 

 

Creditor

 

Description

of

Indebtedness

 

 

 

Security

 

 

 

Maturity

Outstanding

Principal

Amount

(000’s)

Stepan UK Limited

HSBC

Short-Term
Credit Line

Accounts Receivable

2021

$0

 

 

Schedule 10.5
(to Note Purchase and Private Agreement)


 

 

Schedule A-10

Permitted Supplier Financing
List of Specified Account Debtors  

The Clorox Company

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Corteva Inc.

FMC Corporation

Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

The Procter & Gamble Company

Reckitt Benckiser Group plc

Unilever N.V.

Unilever PLC

Schedule A-10
(to Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement)


 

 

[Form of Series 2021-A Note]

Stepan Company

2.30% Senior Notes, Series 2021-A, due June 10, 2028

No. R-[__][__________ __], 20[__]

$[__________]PPN: 858586 J@0

For Value Received, the undersigned, Stepan Company (herein called the “Company”), a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware, hereby promises to pay to [____________], or registered assigns, the principal sum of [_____________________] Dollars (or so much thereof as shall not have been prepaid) on June 10, 2028 (the “Maturity Date”), with interest (computed on the basis of a 360-day year of twelve 30-day months) (a) on the unpaid balance hereof at the rate of 2.30% per annum from the date hereof, payable semiannually, on the 10th day of June and December in each year, commencing with the June 10 or December 10 next succeeding the date hereof, and on the Maturity Date, until the principal hereof shall have become due and payable, and (b) to the extent permitted by law, (x) on any overdue payment of interest and (y) during the continuance of an Event of Default, on such unpaid balance and on any overdue payment of any Make-Whole Amount, at a rate per annum equal to 4.30%, payable semiannually as aforesaid (or, at the option of the registered holder hereof, on demand).

Payments of principal of, interest on and any Make-Whole Amount with respect to this Note are to be made in lawful money of the United States of America at the principal office of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. in New York, New York or at such other place as the Company shall have designated by written notice to the holder of this Note as provided in the Note Purchase Agreement referred to below.

This Note is one of a series of Senior Notes (herein called the “Notes”) issued pursuant to the Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement, dated as of June 10, 2021 (as from time to time amended, the “Note Purchase Agreement”), among the Company, PGIM, Inc., the Initial Purchasers named therein and each Prudential Affiliate which becomes bound thereby and is entitled to the benefits thereof.  Each holder of this Note will be deemed, by its acceptance hereof, to have (i) agreed to the confidentiality provisions set forth in Section 20 of the Note Purchase Agreement and (ii) made the representation set forth in Section 6.3 of the Note Purchase Agreement.  Unless otherwise indicated, capitalized terms used in this Note shall have the respective meanings ascribed to such terms in the Note Purchase Agreement.

This Note is a registered Note and, as provided in the Note Purchase Agreement, upon surrender of this Note for registration of transfer, duly endorsed, or accompanied by a written instrument of transfer duly executed, by the registered holder hereof or such holder’s attorney duly authorized in writing, a new Note for a like principal amount will be issued to, and registered in the name of, the transferee.  Prior to due presentment for registration of transfer, the Company may treat the Person in whose name this Note is registered as the owner hereof for the purpose of receiving payment and for all other purposes, and the Company will not be affected by any notice to the contrary.

Exhibit 1.1
(to Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement)


 

The Company will make required prepayments of principal as specified in the Note Purchase Agreement.  This Note is also subject to optional prepayment, in whole or from time to time in part, at the times and on the terms specified in the Note Purchase Agreement, but not otherwise.

If an Event of Default occurs and is continuing, the principal of this Note may be declared or otherwise become due and payable in the manner, at the price (including any applicable Make-Whole Amount) and with the effect provided in the Note Purchase Agreement.

This Note shall be construed and enforced in accordance with, and the rights of the Company and the holder of this Note 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 require the application of the laws of a jurisdiction other than such State.

Stepan Company

By

Name:

Title:

 

 

 

E-1.1-2


 

 

[Form of Shelf Note]

Stepan Company

[_.__]% Senior Note, Series [__________], Due [_______ __, ___]

 

No. R-[   ]  
ORIGINAL PRINCIPAL AMOUNT:
ORIGINAL ISSUE DATE:
INTEREST RATE:
INTEREST PAYMENT DATES:
FINAL MATURITY DATE:
PRINCIPAL PREPAYMENT DATES AND AMOUNTS:
PPN: [______________]

For Value Received, the undersigned, Stepan Company (herein called the “Company”), a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware hereby promises to pay to [____________], or registered assigns, the principal sum of [_____________________] Dollars [on the Final Maturity Date specified above] [, payable on the Principal Prepayment Dates and in the amounts specified above, and on the Final Maturity Date specified above in an amount equal to the unpaid balance of the principal hereof,] with interest (computed on the basis of a 360‑day year of twelve 30 day months) (a) on the unpaid balance thereof at the Interest Rate per annum specified above, from the date hereof, payable on each Interest Payment Date specified above and on the Final Maturity Date specified above, commencing with the Interest Payment Date next succeeding the date hereof, until the principal hereof shall have become due and payable, and (b) to the extent permitted by law, on any overdue payment of interest and (y) during the continuance of an Event of Default, on such unpaid balance and on any overdue payment of any Make‑Whole Amount, at a rate per annum (the “Default Rate”) from time to time equal to the Default Rate.  The “Default Rate” means that rate of interest that is 2.00% per annum above the rate of interest stated above.

Payments of principal of, interest on and any Make-Whole Amount with respect to this Note are to be made in lawful money of the United States of America at JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. in New York, New York or at such other place as the Company shall have designated by written notice to the holder of this Note as provided in the Note Purchase Agreement referred to below.

This Note is one of a series of Senior Notes (herein called the “Notes”) issued pursuant to the Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement, dated as of June 10, 2021 (as from time to time amended, the “Note Purchase Agreement”), among the Company, PGIM, Inc., the Initial Purchasers named therein and each Prudential Affiliate which becomes bound thereby and is entitled to the benefits thereof.  Each holder of this Note will be deemed, by its acceptance hereof, to have (i) agreed to the confidentiality provisions set forth in Section 20 of the Note Purchase

Exhibit 1.2
(to Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement)


 

Agreement and (ii) made the representation set forth in Section 6.3 of the Note Purchase Agreement.  Unless otherwise indicated, capitalized terms used in this Note shall have the respective meanings ascribed to such terms in the Note Purchase Agreement.

This Note is a registered Note and, as provided in the Note Purchase Agreement, upon surrender of this Note for registration of transfer, duly endorsed, or accompanied by a written instrument of transfer duly executed, by the registered holder hereof or such holder’s attorney duly authorized in writing, a new Note for a like principal amount will be issued to, and registered in the name of, the transferee.  Prior to due presentment for registration of transfer, the Company may treat the Person in whose name this Note is registered as the owner hereof for the purpose of receiving payment and for all other purposes, and the Company will not be affected by any notice to the contrary.

The Company will make required prepayments of principal [on the dates and in the amounts specified above and] as specified in the Note Purchase Agreement.  This Note is [also] subject to optional prepayment, in whole or from time to time in part, at the times and on the terms specified in the Note Purchase Agreement, but not otherwise.  

If an Event of Default occurs and is continuing, the principal of this Note may be declared or otherwise become due and payable in the manner, at the price (including any applicable Make-Whole Amount) and with the effect provided in the Note Purchase Agreement.

This Note shall be construed and enforced in accordance with, and the rights of the Company and the holder of this Note 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.

 

Stepan Company

By

Name:

Title:

 

 

 

E-1.2-2


 

 

[Form of Request for Purchase]

Stepan Company

 

Reference is made to the Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement (the “Agreement”), dated as of June 10, 2021, among Stepan Company, a Delaware corporation (herein called the “Company”), PGIM, Inc., the Initial Purchasers and each Prudential Affiliate (as defined in the Agreement) which becomes bound thereby.  Capitalized terms used and not otherwise defined herein shall have the respective meanings specified in the Agreement.

 

Pursuant to Section 2.2(d) of the Agreement, the Company hereby makes the following Request for Purchase:

 

1.Aggregate principal amount of

the Notes covered hereby

(the “Notes”)  ...................  [$__________]1

 

2.Interest Rate

Interest Payment Period:  [quarterly or semiannually in arrears]

 

3.Individual specifications of the Notes:

 

Principal Amount

Final Maturity Date

Principal Prepayment Dates and Amounts

Interest Payment Period

 

 

 

[quarterly] [semi‑annually]

 

4.Use of proceeds of the Notes:

 

5.Proposed day for the closing of the purchase and sale of the Notes:

 

6.The Company certifies that (a) [except as set forth on Exhibit A hereto,] the representations and warranties contained in Section 5 of the Agreement and each of the other Transaction Documents are true on and as of the date of this Request for Purchase and (b) that there exists on the date of this Request for Purchase no Event of Default or Default.

 

 

1 

Minimum principal amount of Notes is $10,000,000 and maximum principal amount shall not to exceed the Available Facility Amount.

Exhibit 2.2(d)

(to Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement)


 

7.[The following Schedules [5.3, 5.4 and 5.15] to the Agreement are updated as set forth on Exhibit B attached hereto.]

 

 

 

Dated: [___________ __, 20__]

Stepan Company

 

 

 

By:

Name:

Title:

 

E-2.2(d)-2


 

 

 

 

Supplemental Representations

 

The Section references hereinafter set forth correspond to the similar sections of the Agreement which are supplemented hereby:

 

E-2.2(d)-3


 

 

 

 

Updated Schedules

E-2.2(d)-4


 

 

 

[Form of Confirmation of Acceptance]

 

Stepan Company

 

Reference is made to the Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement (the “Agreement”), dated as of June 10, 2021, among Stepan Company, a Delaware corporation (herein called the “Company”), PGIM, Inc., the Initial Purchasers and each Prudential Affiliate as defined in the Agreement which becomes bound thereby.  Capitalized terms used and not otherwise defined herein shall have the respective meanings specified in the Agreement.

 

[The][Each] Prudential Affiliate which is named below as a Purchaser of Notes hereby confirms the representations as to such Notes set forth in Section 6 of the Agreement, and agrees to be bound by the provisions of the Agreement applicable to the Purchasers or holders of the Notes.

 

Pursuant to Section 2.2(f) of the Agreement, an Acceptance with respect to the following Accepted Notes is hereby confirmed:

 

I.

Accepted Notes:  Aggregate principal amount of

the Notes covered hereby

(the “Notes”)  ...................  [$__________]

 

 

(A)

(a)Name of Purchaser:

 

(a)

Principal amount:

 

(b)

Final maturity date:

 

(c)

Interest rate:

 

(d)

Interest payment period:  [_______] in arrears

 

(e)

Payment and notice instructions: As set forth on attached Purchaser Schedule

 

 

(B)

(a)Name of Purchaser:

 

(a)

Principal amount:

 

(b)

Final maturity date:

 

(c)

Interest rate:

 

(d)

Interest payment period:  [_______] in arrears

 

(e)

Payment and notice instructions: As set forth on attached Purchaser Schedule

 

[(C), (D)..... same information as above.]

 

II.

Closing Day:

 

Exhibit 2.2(f)
(to Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement)


 

 

Dated: [___________ __, 20__]Stepan Company

 

 

 

By:

 

Name:

 

Title:

 

 

Dated: [___________ __, 20__]PGIM, Inc.  

 

 

 

By:

 

    Vice President

 

 

[Prudential Affiliate(s)]

 

 

 

By:

 

Name:

 

Title:

 

 

[Attach Purchaser Schedules]

 

 

E-2.2(f)-1


 

 

 

[Form of Funding Instructions Letter]

 

[Letterhead of the Company]

[__________ __, 20__]

Via E-Mail

 

To the [Initial] Purchasers listed
  on Schedule I attached hereto

Re:$[__________] [__.__]% Senior Notes, Series [__________], due [__________ __, 20__]

of

Stepan Company

                                                                

Ladies and Gentlemen:

In connection with the Closing scheduled for [__________ __, 20__], under the Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement dated as of June 10, 2021, among each of you, PGIM, Inc., each Prudential Affiliate (as defined therein) from time to time party thereto and Stepan Company, a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware (the “Company”), you are directed to wire transfer your funds as follows:

 

1.Name and address of transferee bank:

_______________

_______________

_______________

2.Transferee bank’s ABA Number: _______________

3.Company’s Account Name and Number:

_______________

Account No. _______________

 

4.Contact at transferee bank responsible for verifying receipt:

[_________________]

[(___) ___ - ____]

[__________@__________]

Exhibit 3.1

(to Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement)


 

 

5.Responsible Officer of the Company responsible for verifying receipt:

[_________________]

[(___) ___ - ____]

[__________@__________]

 

E-3.1-2


 

 

 

Please provide the federal reference number for the wired funds as early as possible on the date of funding.  Such federal reference number should be provided to [____________] at the telephone number or email address listed above or to [Tyler E. Margolis at (312) 258-5592 or tmargolis@schiffhardin.com].

 

 

 

Very truly yours,

 

Stepan Company

 

 

 

By:

Name:

Title:

 

E-3.1-3


 

 

 

 

 

E-3.1-4


 

 

 

Form of Opinion of General Counsel
to the Company (Series 2021-A Notes)

[Provided under separate cover]

 

Exhibit 4.4(a)(i)
(to Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement)


 

 

Form of Opinion of General Counsel

to the Company – Shelf Notes

 

[Provided under separate cover]

 

Exhibit 4.4(a)(ii)
(to Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement)


 

 

 

Form of Opinion of Special Counsel
to the Company (Series 2021-A Notes)

[Provided under separate cover]

.

E-4.4(b)(i)-2


 

 

Form of Opinion of Special Counsel
to the Company (Shelf Notes)

[Provided under separate cover]

E-4.4(b)(ii)-3


 

 

Form of Subsidiary Guaranty

Subsidiary Guaranty

This Subsidiary Guaranty dated as of [__________ __], 20[__] (as the same may be amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, this “Guaranty”) is entered into on a joint and several basis by each of the undersigned together with any Subsidiaries which become parties to this Guaranty by executing a Supplement hereto in the form attached hereto as Annex I (each a “Guarantor” and collectively, the “Guarantors”), for the benefit of the holders from time to time of the Notes (the “Holders”) and Prudential (as defined below) (together with the “Holders” each a “Beneficiary” and collectively, the “Beneficiaries”).

WITNESSETH:

WHEREAS, Stepan Company, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), has entered into that certain Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement, dated as of June 10, 2021 (the “Note Purchase Agreement”), by and among the Company, PGIM, Inc. (“Prudential”), the Initial Purchasers and each other Prudential Affiliate which becomes bound thereby;

WHEREAS, the Company (i) has authorized the issuance of and, pursuant to the Note Purchase Agreement, proposes to issue and sell on the date hereof $50,000,000 in aggregate principal amount of its 2.30% Senior Notes, Series 2021-A, due June 10, 2028 (the “Series 2021-A Notes”) and (ii) may issue additional senior promissory notes from time to time (as amended, supplemented, restated or otherwise modified from time to time, the “Shelf Notes” and together with the Series 2021-A Notes, collectively, the “Notes”) pursuant to the Note Purchase Agreement;

WHEREAS, each Guarantor is a direct or indirect Subsidiary of the Company;

WHEREAS, it is a condition to (i) the entry by Prudential and the Initial Purchasers into the Note Purchase Agreement, (ii) the purchase by the Initial Purchasers of the Series 2021-A Notes and (iii) the purchase by each Prudential Affiliate of any Shelf Notes under the Note Purchase Agreement  that the Company cause each of the undersigned to enter into this Guaranty and, as set forth in Section 9.7(a) of the Note Purchase Agreement, to cause certain other Subsidiaries from time to time to enter into a Supplement, and the Company has agreed to cause each of the undersigned to execute this Guaranty and to cause each other Subsidiary to execute a Supplement;

WHEREAS, the Guarantors hereby execute and deliver this Guaranty, whereby each of the Guarantors, without limitation and with full recourse, shall guarantee the payment when due of all of the Guaranteed Obligations (as defined below); and

WHEREAS, the Guarantors each acknowledge that they have and will continue to derive substantial value and benefit from the issuance of the Notes, and each of the Guarantors is willing to guarantee the Guaranteed Obligations.

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing premises and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto agree as follows:

Exhibit 4.13(a)
(to Note Purchase and Private Shelf Agreement)


 

SECTION 1.Definitions.  Capitalized terms used herein shall have the meanings set forth in the Note Purchase Agreement unless defined herein or context shall otherwise require.

SECTION 2.Representations, Warranties and Covenants.  Each Guarantor represents and warrants to each Beneficiary that:

(A)Such Guarantor (i) is a corporation, partnership or limited liability company, duly incorporated or organized, as the case may be, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of its jurisdiction of incorporation or organization, (ii) is duly qualified to do business as a foreign entity and is in good standing under the laws of each jurisdiction where the business by it makes such qualification necessary, and (iii) has all requisite corporate, partnership or limited liability power and authority, as the case may be, to own, operate and encumber its property and to conduct its business in each jurisdiction in which its business is conducted except to the extent that the failure to have such authority could not reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect (a) on the business, financial condition, operations or properties of a Guarantor taken as a whole or (b) on its ability to perform its obligations hereunder.

(B)Such Guarantor has the requisite corporate, limited liability company or partnership, as applicable, power and authority and legal right to execute and deliver this Guaranty and to perform its obligations hereunder.  The execution and delivery by such Guarantor of this Guaranty and the performance of its obligations hereunder have been duly authorized by proper proceedings, and this Guaranty constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of such Guarantor, enforceable against such Guarantor, in accordance with its terms, except as enforceability may be limited by (i) applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, fraudulent conveyances or transfers, reorganization or similar laws relating to or affecting the enforcement of creditors’ rights generally and (ii) general equitable principles (regardless of whether considered in a proceeding in equity or at law).

(C)Neither the execution and delivery by it of this Guaranty, nor the consummation by it of the transactions herein contemplated, nor compliance by it with the terms and provisions hereof, will (i) conflict with the charter or other organizational documents of such Guarantor, (ii) conflict with, result in a breach of or constitute (with or without notice or lapse of time or both) a default under any law, rule, regulation, order, writ, judgment, injunction, decree or award (including, without limitation, any environmental property transfer laws or regulations) applicable to such Guarantor or any provisions of any indenture, instrument or agreement to which such Guarantor is party or is subject or which it or its property is bound or affected, or require termination of any such indenture, instrument or agreement, (iii) result in or require the creation or imposition of any Lien whatsoever upon any of the property or assets of such Guarantor, other than Liens permitted or created by the Note Purchase Agreement, or (iv) require any approval of such Guarantor’s board of directors or shareholders or unitholders except such as have been obtained.  The execution, delivery and performance by such Guarantor of this Guaranty does not and will not require any registration with, consent or approval of, or notice to, or other action to, with or by any governmental authority, including under any environmental property transfer laws or regulations, except filings, consents or notices which have been made.

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In addition to the foregoing, each such Guarantor covenants that, so long as any amount is payable under the Note Purchase Agreement or the Notes or any other Guaranteed Obligations shall remain unpaid, it will, and, if necessary, will enable the Company to, fully comply with those covenants and agreements of the Company applicable to such Guarantor set forth in the Note Purchase Agreement.

SECTION 3.The Guaranty.  Each Guarantor hereby unconditionally guarantees, jointly with each other Guarantor and severally, as a primary obligor and not merely as a surety, to each Beneficiary and its successors, transfers and assigns, the full and punctual payment and performance when due, whether at stated maturity, upon acceleration or otherwise, of the principal of, and Make-Whole Amount, if any, and interest on (including, without limitation, interest whether or not an allowable claim, accruing after the date of filing of any petition in bankruptcy, or the commencement of any bankruptcy, insolvency or similar proceeding relating to the Company) the Notes issued, including Shelf Notes issued after the date hereof, and all other amounts under any Transaction Document and all other obligations, agreements and covenants of the Company now or hereafter existing under any Transaction Document whether for principal, Make-Whole Amount, if any, interest (including interest accruing both prior to and subsequent to the commencement of any proceeding against or with respect to the Company under any chapter of the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978, as codified under Title 11 of the United States Code, and the rules promulgated thereunder (the “Bankruptcy Code”)), indemnification payments, expenses (including attorneys’ fee and expenses) or otherwise, and all costs and expenses, if any, incurred by any Beneficiary in connection with enforcing any rights under this Guaranty (all of the foregoing being referred to collectively as the “Guaranteed Obligations” and the holders from time to time of the Guaranteed Obligations being referred to collectively as the “Holders of Guaranteed Obligations”).  Upon (i) the failure by the Company to pay punctually any such amount or perform such obligation, and (ii) such failure continuing beyond any applicable grace or notice and cure period, each of the Guarantors agrees that it shall forthwith on demand pay such amount or perform such obligation at the place and in the manner specified in the Note Purchase Agreement.  Each of the Guarantors hereby agrees that this Guaranty is an absolute, irrevocable, unconditional, present and continuing guaranty of payment and is not a guaranty of collection, and is no way conditioned upon any attempt to collect from the Company or any other action, occurrence or circumstance whatsoever.

Notwithstanding any stay, injunction or other prohibition preventing such action against the Company, if for any reason whatsoever the Company shall fail or be unable duly, punctually and fully to perform and (in the case of the payment of the Guaranteed Obligations) pay such amounts as and when the same shall become due and (in the case of the payment of the Guaranteed Obligations) payable or to perform or comply with any other Guaranteed Obligation, whether or not such failure or inability shall constitute an “Event of Default” under the Note Purchase Agreement or any other Transaction Document, each Guarantor will forthwith (in the case of the payment of Guaranteed Obligations) pay or cause to be paid such amounts to the Beneficiaries, in lawful money of the United States of America, at the place specified in the Note Purchase Agreement, or perform or comply with such Guaranteed Obligations or cause such Guaranteed Obligations to be performed or complied with, (in the case of the payment of Guaranteed

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Obligations) together with interest (in the amounts and to the extent required under such Notes) on any amount due and owing.

SECTION 4.Guaranty Unconditional.  The obligations of each Guarantor hereunder shall be unconditional and absolute and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, shall not be released, discharged or otherwise affected by:

(A)any extension, renewal, settlement, indulgence, compromise, waiver or release of or with respect to the Guaranteed Obligations or any part thereof or any agreement relating thereto, or with respect to any obligation of any other guarantor of any of the Guaranteed Obligations, whether (in any such case) by operation of law or otherwise, or any failure or omission to enforce any right, power or remedy with respect to the Guaranteed Obligations or any part thereof or any agreement relating thereto, or with respect to any obligation of any other guarantor of any of the Guaranteed Obligations;

(B)any modification or amendment of or supplement to any Transaction Document, including, without limitation, any such amendment which may increase the amount of, or the interest rates applicable to, any of the Guaranteed Obligations guaranteed hereby;

(C)any release, surrender, compromise, settlement, waiver, subordination or modification, with or without consideration, of any collateral securing the Guaranteed Obligations or any part thereof, any other guaranties with respect to the Guaranteed Obligations or any part thereof, or any other obligation of any person or entity with respect to the Guaranteed Obligations or any part thereof, or any nonperfection or invalidity of any direct or indirect security for the Guaranteed Obligations;

(D)any change in the corporate, partnership or other existence, structure or ownership of the Company or any other guarantor of any of the Guaranteed Obligations, or any insolvency, bankruptcy, reorganization or other similar proceeding affecting the Company or any other guarantor of the Guaranteed Obligations, or any of their respective assets or any resulting release or discharge of any obligation of the Company or any other guarantor of any of the Guaranteed Obligations;

(E)the existence of any claim, setoff or other rights which the Guarantors may have at any time against the Company, any other guarantor of any of the Guaranteed Obligations, any Holder of Guaranteed Obligations or any other Person, whether in connection herewith or in connection with any unrelated transactions; provided that nothing herein shall prevent the assertion of any such claim by separate suit or compulsory counterclaim;

(F)the enforceability or validity of the Guaranteed Obligations or any part thereof or the genuineness, enforceability or validity of any agreement relating thereto or with respect to any collateral securing the Guaranteed Obligations or any part thereof, or any other invalidity or unenforceability relating to or against the Company or any other guarantor of any of the Guaranteed Obligations, for any reason related to the Note Purchase Agreement, the Notes or any provision of applicable law, decree, order or regulation of any jurisdiction purporting to prohibit

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the payment by the Company or any other guarantor of the Guaranteed Obligations, of any of the Guaranteed Obligations or otherwise affecting any term of any of the Guaranteed Obligations;

(G)the failure of the Beneficiaries to take any steps to perfect and maintain any security interest in, or to preserve any rights to, any security or collateral for the Guaranteed Obligations, if any;

(H)the election by, or on behalf of, any one or more of the Holders of Guaranteed Obligations, in any proceeding instituted under the Bankruptcy Code, of the application of Section 1111(b)(2) of the Bankruptcy Code;

(I)any borrowing or grant of a security interest by the Company, as debtor-in-possession, under Section 364 of the Bankruptcy Code;

(J)the disallowance, under Section 502 of the Bankruptcy Code, of all or any portion of the claims of the Holders of Guaranteed Obligations for repayment of all or any part of the Guaranteed Obligations;

(K)the failure of any other guarantor to sign or become party to this Guaranty or any amendment, change, or reaffirmation hereof; or

(L)any other act or omission to act or delay of any kind by the Company, any other guarantor of the Guaranteed Obligations, any Holder of Guaranteed Obligations or any other Person or any other circumstance whatsoever which might, but for the provisions of this Section 4, constitute a legal or equitable discharge of any Guarantor’s obligations hereunder except as provided in Section 5.

SECTION 5.Discharge Only Upon Payment In Full: Reinstatement In Certain Circumstances.

(A)Each Guarantor’s obligations hereunder shall remain in full force and effect and shall not be discharged until such time as all of the principal of, Make-Whole Amount, if any, and interest on the Notes, the other Guaranteed Obligations and all other independent payment obligations of such Guarantor under this Guaranty shall have been paid in full in cash and performed in full, and all of the agreements of each of the other Guarantors hereunder shall be duly paid in cash and performed in full.  If at any time any payment of the principal of, Make-Whole Amount, if any, or interest on any Note or any other amount payable by the Company or any other party under the Note Purchase Agreement, any Note or any other Transaction Document is rescinded or must be otherwise restored or returned upon the insolvency, bankruptcy or reorganization of the Company or otherwise, each Guarantor’s obligations hereunder with respect to such payment shall be reinstated as though such payment had been due but not made at such time.

(B)A Guarantor shall automatically be released from its obligations hereunder in the event that all of the capital stock of such Guarantor shall be sold, transferred or otherwise disposed

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of, or the assets of such Guarantor shall be sold, transferred or otherwise disposed of substantially in their entirety, in each case to a Person that is not the Company in accordance with the terms of the Note Purchase Agreement.

(C)In connection with any termination or release pursuant to paragraph (A) or (B) of this Section 5 the Holders shall execute and deliver to any Guarantor, as the case may be, at such Guarantor’s expense, all documents that such Guarantor shall reasonably request to evidence such termination or release.  Any execution and delivery of documents pursuant to this Section 5 shall be without recourse to, or warranty by, the Holders.

SECTION 6.General Waivers; Additional Waivers.

(A)General Waivers.  Each of the Guarantors irrevocably waives acceptance hereof, presentment, demand or action on delinquency, protest, the benefit of any statutes of limitations and, to the fullest extent permitted by law, any notice not provided for herein, as well as any requirement that at any time any action be taken by any Person against the Company, any other guarantor of the Guaranteed Obligations, or any other Person.

(B)Additional Waivers.  Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, each Guarantor hereby absolutely, unconditionally, knowingly, and expressly waives:

(i)any right it may have to revoke this Guaranty as to future indebtedness or notice of acceptance hereof;

(ii)(a) notice of acceptance hereof, (b) notice of any financial accommodations made or extended under the Note Purchase Agreement or the creation or existence of any Guaranteed Obligations, (c) notice of the amount of the Guaranteed Obligations, subject, however, to each Guarantor’s right to make inquiry of the Holders of Guaranteed Obligations to ascertain the amount of the Guaranteed Obligations at any reasonable time, (d) notice of any adverse change in the financial condition of the Company or of any other fact that might increase such Guarantor’s risk hereunder, (e) notice of presentment for payment, demand, protest, and notice thereof as to any instruments under the Note Purchase Agreement or the Notes, (f) notice of any Default or Event of Default and (g) all other notices (except if such notice is specifically required to be given to such Guarantor hereunder or under the Note Purchase Agreement) and demands to which each Guarantor might otherwise be entitled;

(iii)its right, if any, to require the Holders of Guaranteed Obligations to institute suit against, or to exhaust any rights and remedies which the Holders of Guaranteed Obligations have or may have against, the other Guarantors or any third party, or against any collateral provided by the other Guarantors, or any third party, and each Guarantor further waives any defense arising by reason of any disability or other defense (other than the defense that the Guaranteed Obligations shall have been fully and finally performed and indefeasibly paid) of the other Guarantors or by reason of the cessation from any cause whatsoever of the liability of the other Guarantors in respect thereof;

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(iv)(a) any rights to assert against the Holders of Guaranteed Obligations any defense (legal or equitable), set-off, counterclaim, or claim which such Gu