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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
_____________________________ 
FORM 8-K
 _____________________________ 
CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 12, 2020
 _____________________________ 
Medtronic Public Limited Company
(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
  _____________________________ 
 
Ireland 1-36820 98-1183488
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
 
(Commission
File Number)
 
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

20 On Hatch, Lower Hatch Street
Dublin 2, Ireland
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
+353 1 438-1700
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
Not Applicable
Former name or former address, if changed since last report
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
Written 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 classTrading SymbolName of each exchange on which registered
Ordinary shares, par value $0.0001 per shareMDTNew York Stock Exchange
Floating Rate Notes due 2021MDT/21New York Stock Exchange
0.000% Senior Notes due 2021MDT/21ANew York Stock Exchange
0.000% Senior Notes due 2022MDT/22BNew York Stock Exchange
0.375% Senior Notes due 2023MDT/23BNew York Stock Exchange
0.25% Senior Notes due 2025MDT/25New York Stock Exchange
1.125% Senior Notes due 2027MDT/27New York Stock Exchange
1.625% Senior Notes due 2031MDT/31New York Stock Exchange
1.00% Senior Notes due 2031MDT/31ANew York Stock Exchange
2.250% Senior Notes due 2039MDT/39ANew York Stock Exchange
1.50% Senior Notes due 2039MDT/39BNew York Stock Exchange
1.75% Senior Notes due 2049MDT/49New 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

Term Loan Agreement

On May 12, 2020, Medtronic Global Holdings S.C.A. (”Medtronic Luxco”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Medtronic plc (“Medtronic plc” or the “Company”) entered into a Term Loan Agreement (the “Loan Agreement”) by and among Medtronic Luxco, Medtronic plc, Medtronic, Inc., (“Medtronic, Inc.”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Medtronic plc, and Mizuho Bank, Ltd. as administrative agent and as lender.

The Loan Agreement provides for an unsecured term loan in an aggregate principal amount of up to JPY 300,000,000,000, with a term of six (6) months, which term may be extended for an additional six (6) months at Medtronic Luxco’s option. Borrowings under the Loan Agreement will bear interest at the TIBOR Rate (as defined in the Loan Agreement) plus a margin of 0.50% per annum. Medtronic plc and Medtronic, Inc. have guaranteed the obligations of Medtronic Luxco under the Loan Agreement. On May 13, 2020, Medtronic Luxco borrowed the entire amount of the term loan under the Loan Agreement.

The Loan Agreement contains customary representations, warranties, conditions precedent, events of default and affirmative and negative covenants, consistent with those in Medtronic Luxco’s existing revolving credit facility. In accordance with the terms of the Loan Agreement, the proceeds of the loan may be used for general corporate purposes.

The foregoing description of the terms of the Loan Agreement is only a summary, does not purport to be complete, and is qualified in its entirety by the complete text of the Loan Agreement, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.01 hereto and incorporated herein by reference.

In the ordinary course of its financial services business, the lender and its affiliates have provided, and may in the future provide, investment banking, commercial banking, cash management, hedging, foreign exchange, advisory or other financial services to Medtronic plc and its affiliates for which they have in the past received, and/or may in the future receive, customary compensation and expense reimbursement.

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

The information set forth above under Item 1.01 is incorporated by reference into this Item 2.03.

Item 7.01Regulation FD Disclosure

In connection with entry into the Loan Agreement disclosed above, the Company noted that, as previously announced in its press release issued on April 21, 2020, the Company is in a strong financial position with ample liquidity. As of the end of its third fiscal quarter, the Company had approximately $11 billion of cash and investments and an undrawn $3.5 billion facility. The Company has no public debt maturing until March 2021. The Company entered into this opportunistic transaction given the attractive terms of the Loan Agreement.

Item 9.01.      Exhibits.

(d) List of Exhibits
Exhibit Number  Description
  
104Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded with 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.
 
   MEDTRONIC PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY
Date: May 13, 2020  By /s/ Karen L. Parkhill
   Karen L. Parkhill
   Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer







EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit Number  Description
  



Document

EXECUTION COPY


¥300,000,000,000
TERM LOAN AGREEMENT

dated as of
May 12, 2020
among
MEDTRONIC GLOBAL HOLDINGS S.C.A.
as Borrower,

and
MEDTRONIC, INC.
and
MEDTRONIC PLC,
as Guarantors,

THE LENDERS PARTY HERETO,
and
MIZUHO BANK, LTD.,
as Administrative Agent




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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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SCHEDULES:
Schedule 2.01 - Commitments
Schedule 6.01 - Existing Indebtedness
Schedule 6.02 - Existing Liens
Schedule 10.01 - Administrative Agent’s Office; Certain Addresses for Notices
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EXHIBITS:
Exhibit A - Form of Assignment and Assumption
Exhibit B - Form of Borrowing Request
Exhibit C - Form of Interest Election Request


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TERM LOAN AGREEMENT
This Term Loan Agreement (as it may be amended, restated, amended and restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, this “Agreement”), dated as of May 12, 2020, is by and among MEDTRONIC GLOBAL HOLDINGS S.C.A., a partnership limited by shares (société en commandite par actions) incorporated under the laws of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg having its registered office at 40, Avenue Monterey, L-2163 Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and registered with the Luxembourg trade and companies register under the number B 191 129 (the “Company”), MEDTRONIC, INC., a Minnesota corporation (“Medtronic”), MEDTRONIC PLC, an Irish public limited company (“Parent”), the Lenders (as defined below) party hereto and MIZUHO BANK, LTD. (“Mizuho”), as Administrative Agent.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the agreements hereinafter set forth, the parties hereto hereby agree as follows:
ARTICLE I
Definitions
Section 1.01. Defined Terms.
As used in this Agreement, the following terms have the meanings specified below:
$” refers to lawful money of the United States of America.
Act” means the Companies Act 2014 of Ireland, as amended.
Administrative Agent” means Mizuho, in its capacity as administrative agent for the Lenders hereunder, and its successors in such capacity.
Administrative Agent’s Office” means the Administrative Agent’s address and, as appropriate, account as set forth on Schedule 10.01, or such other address or account as the Administrative Agent may from time to time notify to the Company and the Lenders.
Administrative Questionnaire” means an Administrative Questionnaire in a form approved by the Administrative Agent.
Affected Financial Institution” means (a) any EEA Financial Institution or (b) any UK Financial Institution.
Affiliate” means, with respect to a specified Person, another Person that directly, or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, Controls or is Controlled by or is under common Control with the Person specified.
Agent-Related Persons” means the Administrative Agent (including any successor agent), together with its Affiliates, and the officers, directors, employees, agents and attorneys-in-fact of such Persons and Affiliates.
Agreement” has the meaning set forth in the introduction hereto.

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Alternative TIBOR”, when used in reference to any Loan or Borrowing, refers to whether such Loan, or the Loans comprising such Borrowing, are bearing interest at a rate determined by reference to the Alternative TIBOR Rate; provided that Alternative TIBOR Rate Advances shall only be available in the circumstances described in Section 2.13.
Alternative TIBOR Rate” means, for any Interest Period, the interest rate per annum at which the Administrative Agent offers to place deposits in Yen with leading banks in the Tokyo interbank market at approximately 11:00 A.M. (Tokyo time) two Tokyo Business Days prior to the first day of such Interest Period in the approximate amount of the Advance and having a maturity equal to such Interest Period; provided that if such rate is less than zero, the Alternative TIBOR Rate shall be deemed to be zero for the purposes of this Agreement.
Applicable Percentage” means, with respect to any Lender at any time, the percentage (carried out to the ninth decimal place) of the total Credit Exposure of all Lenders represented by such Lender’s Credit Exposure. The initial Applicable Percentage of each Lender is set forth opposite the name of such Lender on Schedule 2.01 or in the Assignment and Assumption pursuant to which such Lender becomes a party hereto, as applicable.
Applicable Margin” means 0.50% per annum.
Approved Fund” means any Fund that is administered or managed by (a) a Lender, (b) an Affiliate of a Lender or (c) an entity or an Affiliate of an entity that administers or manages a Lender.
Assignment and Assumption” means an assignment and assumption entered into by a Lender and an assignee (with the consent of any party whose consent is required by Section 10.04), and accepted by the Administrative Agent, in the form of Exhibit A or any other form approved by the Administrative Agent.
Bail-In Action” means the exercise of any Write-Down and Conversion Powers by the applicable Resolution Authority in respect of any liability of an Affected Financial Institution.
Bail-In Legislation” means (a) with respect to any EEA Member Country implementing Article 55 of Directive 2014/59/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union, the implementing law, regulation rule or requirement for such EEA Member Country from time to time which is described in the EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule and (b) with respect to the United Kingdom, Part I of the United Kingdom Banking Act 2009 (as amended from time to time) and any other law, regulation or rule applicable in the United Kingdom relating to the resolution of unsound or failing banks, investment firms or other financial institutions or their affiliates (other than through liquidation, administration or other insolvency proceedings).
Beneficial Ownership Certification” means a certification regarding beneficial ownership as required by the Beneficial Ownership Regulation.
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Beneficial Ownership Regulation” means 31 C.F.R. § 1010.230.
Board” means the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System of the United States of America.
Borrowing” means a borrowing consisting of TIBOR Rate Advances or Alternative TIBOR Rate Advances, as applicable, made, Converted or continued on the same date and as to which a single Interest Period is in effect.
Borrowing Request” means a request by the Company for a Borrowing in accordance with Section 2.03, in substantially the form of Exhibit B or such other form as may be approved by the Administrative Agent (including any form on an electronic platform or electronic transmission system as shall be approved by the Administrative Agent), appropriately completed and signed by a Financial Officer of the Company.
Business Day” means any day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or other day on which commercial banks in New York City or Tokyo, Japan are authorized or required by law to remain closed.
Capital Lease Obligations” of any Person means the obligations of such Person to pay rent or other amounts under any lease of (or other arrangement conveying the right to use) real or personal property, or a combination thereof, which obligations would have been required to be classified and accounted for as capital leases on a balance sheet of such Person under GAAP as in effect on December 31, 2018 (had such leases been in effect on such date), and the amount of such obligations shall be the capitalized amount thereof determined in accordance with GAAP as in effect on December 31, 2018.
Capital Stock” means (i) in the case of a corporation, capital stock, (ii) in the case of an association or business entity, any and all shares, interests, participations, rights or other equivalents (however designated) of capital stock, (iii) in the case of a partnership, partnership interests (whether general or limited), (iv) in the case of a limited liability company, membership interests and (v) any other interest or participation that confers on a Person the right to receive a share of the profits and losses of, or distributions of assets of, the issuing Person.
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 Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the rules of the SEC thereunder as in effect on the date hereof), of shares representing more than 50% of the aggregate ordinary voting power represented by the issued and outstanding Capital Stock of Parent; (b) over any period of 12 months, a majority of the members of the board of directors of Parent cease to be composed of individuals (i) who were members of that board on the first day of such period, (ii) whose election or nomination to that board was approved by individuals referred to in clause (i) above constituting at the time of such election or nomination at least a majority of that board or (iii) whose election or nomination to that board was approved by individuals referred to in clauses (i) and (ii) above constituting at the time of such election or nomination at least a majority of that board (with such approval either by a specific vote or by approval of Parent’s proxy statement in which such member was
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named as a nominee for election as a director); or (c) the failure of the Company to be a direct or indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Parent.
Change in Law” means (a) the adoption of any law, rule or regulation after the date of this Agreement, (b) any change in any law, rule or regulation or in the interpretation or application thereof by any Governmental Authority after the date of this Agreement or (c) compliance by any Lender (or, for purposes of Section 2.14(b), by any lending office of such Lender or by such Lender’s holding company, if any) with any request, guideline or directive (whether or not having the force of law) of any Governmental Authority made or issued after the date of this Agreement; provided, however, that notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, (i) “Change in Law” shall include all requests, rules, guidelines or directives issued in connection with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and all requests, rules, guidelines or directives concerning capital adequacy promulgated by the Bank for International Settlements, the Basel Committee on Banking Regulations and Supervisory Practices (or any successor or similar authority) or the United States or foreign regulatory authorities, in each case pursuant to Basel III, regardless of the date adopted, issued, promulgated or implemented and (ii) no Lender shall be entitled to seek compensation for costs incurred under clause (i) above if it shall not be the general policy of such Lender at such time to seek compensation from other borrowers whose transactions with such Lender are similarly affected by the change in circumstances giving rise to such costs and the applicable Lender is generally not seeking such compensation from such borrower (but no Lender shall be required to disclose any confidential or proprietary information to confirm the foregoing).
Closing Date” means May 12, 2020.
Code” means the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time.
Commitment” means, with respect to each Lender, the commitment of such Lender to make Loans hereunder, expressed as an amount representing the maximum aggregate amount of such Lender’s Credit Exposure hereunder, as such commitment may be reduced from time to time pursuant to Section 2.08. The initial amount of each Lender’s Commitment is set forth on Schedule 2.01, or in the Assignment and Assumption pursuant to which such Lender shall have assumed its Commitment, as applicable.
Company” has the meaning set forth in the introductory statements hereto.
Consolidated Net Tangible Assets” means at any date of determination, the aggregate amount of total assets which would appear on the consolidated balance sheet of Parent (less applicable reserves and other properly deductible items) after deducting therefrom (a) all current liabilities (excluding any indebtedness for money borrowed having a maturity of less than 12 months from the date of the then most recent consolidated balance sheet of Parent but which by its terms is renewable or extendible beyond 12 months from such date at the option of the borrower) and (b) all goodwill, trade names, patents, unamortized debt discount and expense and any other like
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intangibles, all as set forth on Parent’s then most recent consolidated balance sheet and computed in accordance with GAAP.
Control” means the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management or policies of a Person, whether through the ability to exercise voting power, by contract or otherwise. “Controlling” and “Controlled” have meanings correlative thereto.
Credit Documents” means a collective reference to this Agreement, the promissory notes, if any, and all other related agreements and documents issued or delivered hereunder or thereunder or pursuant hereto or thereto and any amendments, modifications or supplements hereto or to any other Credit Document or waivers hereof or to any other Credit Document and “Credit Document” means any one of them.
Credit Exposure” means, with respect to any Lender at any time, the sum of the outstanding principal amount of such Lender’s Loans plus such Lender’s unused Commitment at such time.
Credit Parties” means the Company and the Guarantors.
Debtor Relief Laws” means the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, and all other liquidation, conservatorship, bankruptcy, assignment for the benefit of creditors, moratorium, rearrangement, receivership, examinership, insolvency, reorganization, or similar debtor relief Laws of the United States or other applicable jurisdictions from time to time in effect and affecting the rights of creditors generally.
Default” means any event or condition which constitutes an Event of Default or which upon notice, passage of time or both would, unless cured or waived, become an Event of Default.
Defaulting Lender” means, subject to Section 2.22(b), any Lender that (a) has failed to perform any of its funding obligations hereunder, including in respect of its Loans unless such Lender notifies the Administrative Agent and the Company in writing that such failure is the result of such Lender’s determination that one or more conditions precedent to funding (each of which conditions precedent, together with any applicable default, shall be specifically identified in such writing) has not been satisfied, (b) has notified the Company or the Administrative Agent that it does not intend to comply with its funding obligations or has made a public statement to that effect with respect to its funding obligations hereunder or generally under other agreements in which it commits to extend credit (unless such writing or public statement relates to such Lender’s obligation to fund a Loan hereunder and states that such position is based on such Lender’s determination that a condition precedent to funding (which condition precedent, together with any applicable default, shall be specifically identified in such writing or public statement) cannot be satisfied), (c) has failed, within three Business Days after written request by the Administrative Agent or the Company, to confirm in writing in a manner reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and the Company that it will comply with its funding obligations hereunder, provided that such Lender shall cease to be a Defaulting Lender upon the Administrative Agent’s receipt of such written confirmation,
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or (d) has, or has a direct or indirect parent company that has, (i) become the subject of a proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law, (ii) had a receiver, conservator, trustee, administrator, assignee for the benefit of creditors or similar Person charged with reorganization or liquidation of its business or a custodian appointed for it, (iii) taken any action in furtherance of, or indicated its consent to, approval of or acquiescence in any such proceeding or appointment, or (iv) become the subject of a Bail-In Action; provided that a Lender shall not be a Defaulting Lender solely by virtue of the ownership or acquisition of any equity interest in that Lender or any direct or indirect parent company thereof by a Governmental Authority, so long as such ownership interest does not result in or provide such Lender with immunity from the jurisdiction of courts within the United States or from the enforcement of judgments or writs of attachment on its assets or permit such Lender (or such Governmental Authority) to reject, repudiate, disavow or disaffirm any contracts or agreements made with such Lender.  Any determination by the Administrative Agent that a Lender is a Defaulting Lender under any one or more of clauses (a) through (d) above, and of the effective date of such status, shall be conclusive and binding absent manifest error, and such Lender shall be deemed to be a Defaulting Lender (subject to Section 2.22(b)) as of the date established therefor by the Administrative Agent in a written notice of such determination, which shall be delivered by the Administrative Agent to the Company and each Lender promptly following such determination.
Designated Jurisdiction” means any country, region or territory to the extent that such country or territory itself is the subject of any Sanctions that broadly prohibit dealings with that country, region or territory.
Disclosed Matters” means the actions, suits and proceedings and the environmental matters disclosed in any reports, schedules, forms, proxy statements, prospectuses (including prospectus supplements), registration statements and other information filed with the SEC or furnished to the SEC pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, in each case, filed or furnished before the Closing Date and which are available to the Lenders before the Closing Date.
Disqualified Lender” means a Lender that has failed to provide U.S. Internal Revenue Service forms and other customary documentation certifying as to such Lender’s tax residence, or that has failed to establish that it would be entitled to full exemption from U.S. federal withholding tax with respect to payments of interest on the Loans if the Company were a U.S. resident for U.S. tax purposes, in each case on or prior to the date of its execution and delivery of this Agreement or on the date of the Assignment and Assumption pursuant to which it becomes a Lender, as applicable.
EEA Financial Institution” means (a) any credit institution or investment firm established in any EEA Member Country which is subject to the supervision of an EEA Resolution Authority, (b) any entity established in an EEA Member Country which is a parent of an institution described in clause (a) of this definition, or (c) any financial institution established in an EEA Member Country which is a subsidiary of an institution described in clauses (a) or (b) of this definition and is subject to consolidated supervision with its parent.
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EEA Member Country” means any of the member states of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
EEA Resolution Authority” means any public administrative authority or any Person entrusted with public administrative authority of any EEA Member Country (including any delegee) having responsibility for the resolution of any EEA Financial Institution.
Environmental Laws” means all laws, rules, regulations, codes, ordinances, orders, decrees, judgments, injunctions, notices or binding agreements issued, promulgated or entered into by any Governmental Authority, relating in any way to the environment, preservation or reclamation of natural resources or the management, release or threatened release of any Hazardous Material.
Environmental Liability” means any liability, contingent or otherwise (including any liability for damages, costs of environmental remediation, fines, penalties or indemnities), of Parent or any Subsidiary directly or indirectly resulting from or based upon (a) violation of any Environmental Law, (b) the generation, use, handling, transportation, storage, treatment or disposal of any Hazardous Materials, (c) exposure to any Hazardous Materials, (d) the release or threatened release of any Hazardous Materials into the environment or (e) any contract, agreement or other consensual arrangement pursuant to which liability is assumed or imposed with respect to any of the foregoing.
ERISA” means the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended from time to time.
ERISA Affiliate” means any trade or business (whether or not incorporated) that, together with Parent, is treated as a single employer under Section 414(b) or (c) of the Code or, solely for purposes of Section 302 of ERISA and Section 412 of the Code, is treated as a single employer under Section 414 of the Code.
ERISA Event” means (a) any “reportable event”, as defined in Section 4043 of ERISA or the regulations issued thereunder with respect to a Plan (other than an event for which the 30-day notice period is waived); (b) any Plan fails to satisfy the minimum funding requirements described in Section 302 or 303 of ERISA or Section 412 of the Code; (c) the filing pursuant to Section 412(c) of the Code or Section 302(c) of ERISA of an application for a waiver of the minimum funding standard with respect to any Plan; (d) the incurrence by Parent or any of its ERISA Affiliates of any liability under Title IV of ERISA with respect to the termination of any Plan; (e) the receipt by Parent or any ERISA Affiliate from the PBGC or a plan administrator of any notice relating to an intention to terminate any Plan or Plans or to appoint a trustee to administer any Plan; (f) the incurrence by Parent or any of its ERISA Affiliates of any liability with respect to the withdrawal or partial withdrawal from any Plan or Multiemployer Plan; or (g) the receipt by Parent or any ERISA Affiliate of any notice, or the receipt by any Multiemployer Plan from Parent or any ERISA Affiliate of any notice, concerning the imposition of Withdrawal Liability or a determination that a Multiemployer Plan is, or is expected to
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be, insolvent or in reorganization, or in endangered or critical status, within the meaning of Title IV of ERISA.
EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule” means the EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule published by the Loan Market Association (or any successor Person), as in effect from time to time.
Event of Default” has the meaning assigned to such term in Section 7.01.
Excluded Taxes” means, with respect to any Recipient, (a) Taxes imposed on (or measured by) its net income (however denominated), franchise Taxes, and branch profits Taxes, in each case (i) imposed by the United States of America, or by the jurisdiction under the laws of which such Recipient is organized or in which its principal office is located or, in the case of any Lender, in which its applicable lending office is located or (ii) that are Other Connection Taxes, (b) in the case of a Foreign Lender (other than an assignee pursuant to a request by the Company under Section 2.18(b)), any United States or Luxembourg withholding tax at a rate that is imposed on amounts payable to such Foreign Lender at the time such Foreign Lender becomes a party to this Agreement (or that would be so imposed if the Company were treated as a U.S. resident for U.S. federal income tax purposes), except to the extent that such Foreign Lender’s assignor (if any) was entitled, at the time of assignment, to receive additional amounts from the Company with respect to such withholding tax pursuant to Section 2.16(a), (c) Taxes attributable to such Recipient’s failure or inability to comply with Section 2.16(e), and (d) any withholding Taxes imposed under FATCA.
FATCA” means Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code, as in effect on the date hereof (or any amended or successor version that is substantively comparable and not materially more onerous to comply with), any current or future regulations or official interpretations in respect of the foregoing, any agreement entered into pursuant to Section 1471(b)(1) of the Code and any fiscal or regulatory legislation, rules or practices adopted pursuant to any intergovernmental agreement, treaty or convention among Governmental Authorities entered into in connection with the implementation of the foregoing.
Fee Letter” means the letter agreement dated May 12, 2020 addressed to the Company from the Administrative Agent, as amended, modified, restated or otherwise supplemented from time to time.
Financial Officer” means any director, the chief financial officer, principal accounting officer, senior vice president of finance, treasurer, assistant treasurer, controller or assistant controller of a Credit Party or any officer having substantially the same position for a Credit Party or any other officer or employee of a Credit Party designated in or pursuant to an agreement between the Company and the Administrative Agent.
Foreign Lender” means any Lender that is (i) organized under the laws of a jurisdiction other than that in which the Company is located or (ii) a Non-U.S. Lender.
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For purposes of this definition, the United States of America, each State thereof and the District of Columbia shall be deemed to constitute a single jurisdiction.
Fund” means any Person (other than a natural person) that is (or will be) engaged in making, purchasing, holding or otherwise investing in commercial loans and similar extensions of credit in the ordinary course of its activities.
GAAP” means generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America.
Governmental Authority” means the government of the United States of America, any other nation or any political subdivision thereof, whether state or local, and any agency, authority, instrumentality, regulatory body, court, central bank or other entity exercising executive, legislative, judicial, taxing, regulatory or administrative powers or functions of or pertaining to government (including any supra-national bodies such as the European Union or the European Central Bank).
Granting Lender” has the meaning set forth in Section 10.04(h).
Guarantee” of or by any Person (the “guarantor”) means any obligation, contingent or otherwise, of the guarantor guaranteeing or having the economic effect of guaranteeing any Indebtedness of any other Person (the “primary obligor”) in any manner, whether directly or indirectly, and including any obligation of the guarantor, direct or indirect, (a) to purchase or pay (or advance or supply funds for the purchase or payment of) such Indebtedness or other obligation or to purchase (or to advance or supply funds for the purchase of) any security for the payment thereof, (b) to purchase or lease property, securities or services for the purpose of assuring the owner of such Indebtedness or other obligation of the payment thereof, (c) to maintain working capital, equity capital or any other financial statement condition or liquidity of the primary obligor so as to enable the primary obligor to pay such Indebtedness or other obligation or (d) as an account party in respect of any letter of credit or letter of guaranty issued to support such Indebtedness or obligation; provided, that the term Guarantee shall not include endorsements for collection or deposit in the ordinary course of business.
Guaranteed Obligations” has the meaning set forth in Section 9.01.
Guarantors” means Parent and Medtronic.
Guaranty” means the Guarantee of each of the Guarantors contained in Article IX.
Hazardous Materials” means all explosive or radioactive substances or wastes and all hazardous or toxic substances, wastes or other pollutants, including petroleum or petroleum distillates, asbestos or asbestos containing materials, polychlorinated biphenyls, radon gas, infectious or medical wastes and all other substances or wastes of any nature regulated pursuant to any Environmental Law.
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Hedging Agreement” means any interest rate protection agreement, foreign currency exchange agreement, commodity price protection agreement or other interest or currency exchange rate or commodity price hedging arrangement.
Indebtedness” of any Person means, without duplication, (a) all obligations of such Person for borrowed money or with respect to similar cash advances, (b) all obligations of such Person evidenced by bonds, debentures, notes or similar instruments, (c) all obligations of such Person under conditional sale or other title retention agreements relating to property acquired by such Person, (d) all obligations of such Person in respect of the deferred purchase price of property or services (excluding current accounts payable or other like obligations incurred in the ordinary course of business), (e) all Indebtedness of others secured by (or for which the holder of such Indebtedness has an existing right, contingent or otherwise, to be secured by) any Lien on property owned or acquired by such Person, whether or not the Indebtedness secured thereby has been assumed, (f) all Guarantees by such Person of Indebtedness of others, (g) all Capital Lease Obligations of such Person, (h) all obligations, contingent or otherwise, of such Person as an account party in respect of letters of credit and letters of guaranty and (i) all obligations, contingent or otherwise, of such Person in respect of bankers’ acceptances. The Indebtedness of any Person shall include the Indebtedness of any other entity (including any partnership in which such Person is a general partner) to the extent such Person is liable therefor as a result of such Person’s ownership interest in or other relationship with such entity, except to the extent the terms of such Indebtedness provide that such Person is not liable therefor. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Indebtedness shall exclude Indebtedness of any Credit Party to any other Credit Party or any Subsidiary of any Credit Party and Indebtedness of any Subsidiary of any Credit Party to any Credit Party or any other Subsidiary of any Credit Party.
Indemnified Liabilities” shall have the meaning assigned to such term in Section 10.03(b).
Indemnified Taxes” means Taxes other than Excluded Taxes.
Indemnitee” has the meaning set forth in Section 10.03(b).
Information” has the meaning specified in Section 10.12.
Interest Election Request” means a request by the Company to convert or continue a Borrowing in accordance with Section 2.07, in substantially the form of Exhibit C, or such other form as may be approved by the Administrative Agent (including any form on an electronic platform or electronic transmission system as shall be approved by the Administrative Agent), appropriately completed and signed by a Financial Officer of the Company.
Interest Payment Date” means with respect to any Loan, the last day of the Interest Period applicable to the Borrowing of which such Loan is a part.
Interest Period” means with respect to any Borrowing, the period commencing on the date of disbursement, conversion or continuation of such Borrowing and ending on
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the numerically corresponding day in the calendar month that is one or three months thereafter, as the Company may elect; provided, that (i) if any Interest Period would end on a day other than a Business Day, such Interest Period shall be extended to the next succeeding Business Day unless such next succeeding Business Day would fall in the next calendar month, in which case such Interest Period shall end on the immediately preceding Business Day, (ii) any Interest Period that commences on the last Business Day of a calendar month (or on a day for which there is no numerically corresponding day in the last calendar month of such Interest Period) shall end on the last Business Day of the last calendar month of such Interest Period and (iii) no Interest Period shall extend beyond the Maturity Date.
Lenders” means the Persons listed on Schedule 2.01 and any other Person that shall have become a party hereto pursuant to an Assignment and Assumption, other than any such Person that ceases to be a party hereto pursuant to an Assignment and Assumption.
Lien” means, with respect to any asset (a) any mortgage, deed of trust, lien, pledge, hypothecation, encumbrance, charge or security interest in, on or of such asset and (b) the interest of a vendor or a lessor under any conditional sale agreement, capital lease or title retention agreement (or any financing lease having substantially the same economic effect as any of the foregoing) relating to such asset; provided, however, that financing statements filed in connection with true leases or operating leases shall not constitute a “Lien” for purposes of this Agreement.
Loans” means the loans made by the Lenders to the Company pursuant to Article II of this Agreement.
Material Adverse Effect” means a material adverse effect on (a) the business, property, operations or financial condition of Parent and its Subsidiaries taken as a whole, (b) the ability of the Credit Parties to perform any of their respective obligations under this Agreement or (c) the legal rights of or benefits available to the Lenders under this Agreement.
Material Indebtedness” means Indebtedness (other than the Loans), or obligations in respect of one or more Hedging Agreements, of any one or more of Parent and its Subsidiaries in an aggregate principal amount exceeding $200,000,000. For purposes of determining Material Indebtedness, the “principal amount” of the obligations of Parent or any Subsidiary in respect of any Hedging Agreement at any time shall be the maximum aggregate amount (giving effect to any netting agreements) that Parent or such Subsidiary would be required to pay if such Hedging Agreement were terminated at such time.
Maturity Date” means the date that is six months after the Closing Date, subject to the extension thereof pursuant to Section 2.20.
Medtronic” has the meaning set forth in the introductory statements hereto.
Multiemployer Plan” means a multiemployer plan as defined in Section 4001(a)(3) of ERISA.
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Non-U.S. Lender” means any Lender that is not a “United States person” under the Code and United States Treasury Regulations.
OFAC” means the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the United States Department of the Treasury.
Other Connection Taxes” means, with respect to any Recipient, Taxes imposed as a result of a present or former connection between such Recipient and the jurisdiction imposing such Tax (other than connections arising from such Recipient having executed, delivered, become a party to, performed its obligations under, received payments under, received or perfected a security interest under, engaged in any other transaction pursuant to or enforced any Loan Document, or sold or assigned an interest in any Loan or Loan Document).
Other Taxes” means any and all present or future stamp, court or documentary, intangible, recording, filing or similar Taxes arising from any payment made hereunder or from the execution, delivery or enforcement of, or otherwise with respect to, this Agreement, except any such Taxes that are Other Connection Taxes imposed with respect to an assignment (other than an assignment made pursuant to Section 2.18(b)).
Overnight Rate” means, for any day, the rate of interest per annum as determined by the Administrative Agent at which overnight or weekend deposits in Yen, in an amount approximately equal to the amount with respect to which such rate is being determined, would be offered for such day or weekend by a branch or Affiliate of the Administrative Agent in the Tokyo interbank market for Yen to major banks in such interbank market, plus any taxes, levies, imposts, duties, deductions, charges or withholdings imposed upon, or charged to, the Administrative Agent by any relevant correspondent bank in respect of such amount in Yen; provided that if such rate is less than zero, the Overnight Rate shall be deemed to be zero for purposes of this Agreement.
Parent” has the meaning set forth in the introductory statements hereto.
Parent Materials” has the meaning specified in Section 5.01.
Participant Register” has the meaning set forth in Section 10.04(f).
PBGC” means the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation referred to and defined in ERISA and any successor entity performing similar functions.
Person” means any natural person, corporation, limited liability company, trust, joint venture, association, company, partnership, Governmental Authority or other entity.
Plan” means any employee pension benefit plan (other than a Multiemployer Plan) subject to the provisions of Title IV of ERISA or Section 412 of the Code or Section 302 of ERISA, and in respect of which Parent or any ERISA Affiliate is (or, if such plan were terminated, would under Section 4069 of ERISA be deemed to be) an “employer” as defined in Section 3(5) of ERISA.
Platform” has the meaning specified in Section 5.01.
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Recipient” means (a) the Administrative Agent and (b) any Lender, as applicable.
Register” has the meaning set forth in Section 10.04(c).
Related Parties” means, with respect to any specified Person, such Person’s Affiliates and the respective directors, officers, employees, agents, trustees and advisors of such Person and such Person’s Affiliates.
Required Lenders” means, at any time, Lenders having Credit Exposures representing more than 50% of the sum of the total Credit Exposures at such time, provided that the portion of the total Credit Exposures held or deemed held by, any Defaulting Lender shall be excluded for purposes of making a determination of Required Lenders.
Responsible Officer” means, with respect to any Person, the chief executive officer, president, chief financial officer, treasurer, assistant treasurer, chief accounting officer, corporate controller or general counsel of such Person.
Resolution Authority” means an EEA Resolution Authority or, with respect to any UK Financial Institution, a UK Resolution Authority.
Sanction(s)” means any international economic sanctions program administered or enforced by the United States Government (including without limitation, OFAC), the United Nations Security Council, the European Union or Her Majesty’s Treasury.
SEC” means the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.
SPC” has the meaning set forth in Section 10.04(h).
Same Day Funds” means same day or other funds as may be determined by the Administrative Agent to be customary in the place of disbursement or payment for the settlement of international banking transactions.
Significant Subsidiary” means, at any particular time, any Subsidiary of Parent (or such Subsidiary and its subsidiaries taken together) that would be a “significant subsidiary” of Parent within the meaning of Rule 1-02 under Regulation S-X promulgated by the SEC.
subsidiary” means, with respect to any Person (the “parent”) at any date, any corporation, limited liability company, partnership, association or other entity the accounts of which would be consolidated with those of the parent in the parent’s consolidated financial statements if such financial statements were prepared in accordance with GAAP as of such date, as well as any other corporation, limited liability company, partnership, association or other entity (a) of which securities or other ownership interests representing more than 50% of the equity or more than 50% of the ordinary voting power or, in the case of a partnership, more than 50% of the general partnership interests are, as of such date, owned, Controlled or held, or (b) that is, as of such date, otherwise Controlled, by the parent or one or more subsidiaries of the parent or by the parent and one or more subsidiaries of the parent.
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Subsidiary” means, with respect to any Credit Party, any Person that as of the relevant date is a subsidiary of such Credit Party.
Taxes” means any and all present or future taxes, levies, imposts, duties, deductions, charges or withholdings imposed by any Governmental Authority (including any interest and penalties with respect thereto).
TIBOR”, when used in reference to any Loan or Borrowing, refers to whether such Loan, or the Loans comprising such Borrowing, are bearing interest at a rate based on the TIBOR Rate.
TIBOR Rate” means, for any Interest Period, the interest rate per annum appearing on Reuters screen page 17097 (or, in the event that such rate does not appear on such screen page, on any successor or substitute page on such screen that displays such rate) as the Tokyo interbank offered rate in Yen published by Ippan Shadan Hojin JBA TIBOR Administration (or in the event that such rate does not appear on any such screen page, on the appropriate page of a comparable commercially available source which publishes that rate from time to time, as selected by the Administrative Agent in its reasonable discretion (provided, that the Administrative Agent shall have generally selected such page for similarly situated borrowers)) at approximately 11:00 A.M. (Tokyo time) two Tokyo Business Days prior to the first day of such Interest Period in the approximate amount of the Advance and having a maturity equal to such Interest Period; provided that if such rate is less than zero, the TIBOR Rate shall be deemed to be zero for the purposes of this Agreement.
Transactions” means the execution, delivery and performance by the Credit Parties of this Agreement, the borrowing of Loans, the use of the proceeds thereof, the guarantees of any obligations hereunder by the Guarantors.
“UK Financial Institution” means any BRRD Undertaking (as such term is defined under the PRA Rulebook (as amended from time to time) promulgated by the United Kingdom Prudential Regulation Authority) or any Person falling within IFPRU 11.6 of the FCA Handbook (as amended from time to time) promulgated by the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority, which includes certain credit institutions and investment firms, and certain affiliates of such credit institutions or investment firms.
UK Resolution Authority” means the Bank of England or any other public administrative authority having responsibility for the resolution of any UK Financial Institution.
Withdrawal Liability” means liability to a Multiemployer Plan as a result of a complete or partial withdrawal from such Multiemployer Plan, as such terms are defined in Part I of Subtitle E of Title IV of ERISA.
Withholding Agent” means any Credit Party and the Administrative Agent.
Write-Down and Conversion Powers” means, (a) with respect to any EEA Resolution Authority, the write-down and conversion powers of such EEA Resolution Authority from time to time under the Bail-In Legislation for the applicable EEA
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Member Country, which write-down and conversion powers are described in the EU Bail-In Legislation Schedule, and (b) with respect to the United Kingdom, any powers of the applicable Resolution Authority under the Bail-In Legislation to cancel, reduce, modify or change the form of a liability of any UK Financial Institution or any contract or instrument under which that liability arises, to convert all or part of that liability into shares, securities or obligations of that Person or any other Person, to provide that any such contract or instrument is to have effect as if a right had been exercised under it or to suspend any obligation in respect of that liability or any of the powers under that Bail-In Legislation that are related to or ancillary to any of those powers..
Yen” and “¥” mean the lawful currency of Japan.
Section 1.02. Terms Generally.
(a)  The definitions of 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), (b) 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 Articles, Sections, Exhibits and Schedules shall be construed to refer to Articles and Sections of, and Exhibits and Schedules to, this Agreement and (e) the words “asset” and “property” shall be construed to have the same meaning and effect and to refer to any and all tangible and intangible assets and properties, including cash, securities, accounts and contract rights.
(b) In the computation of periods of time from a specified date to a later specified date, the word “from” means “from and including;” the words “to” and “until” each mean “to but excluding;” and the word “through” means “to and including.”
(c) Any reference herein to a merger, transfer, consolidation, amalgamation, consolidation, assignment, sale, disposition or transfer, or similar term, shall be deemed to apply to a division of or by a limited liability company, or an allocation of assets to a series of a limited liability company (or the unwinding of such a division or allocation), as if it were a merger, transfer, consolidation, amalgamation, consolidation, assignment, sale, disposition or transfer, or similar term, as applicable, to, of or with a separate Person. Any division of a limited liability company shall constitute a separate Person hereunder (and each division of any limited liability company that is a Subsidiary, joint venture or any other like term shall also constitute such a Person or entity).
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Section 1.03. Accounting Terms; GAAP.
Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, all terms of an accounting or financial nature shall be construed in accordance with GAAP, as in effect from time to time; provided that, if the Company notifies the Administrative Agent that the Company requests an amendment to any provision hereof to eliminate the effect of any change occurring after the date hereof in GAAP or in the application thereof on the operation of such provision (or if the Administrative Agent notifies the Company that the Required Lenders request an amendment to any provision hereof for such purpose), regardless of whether any such notice is given before or after such change in GAAP or in the application thereof, then such provision shall be interpreted on the basis of GAAP as in effect and applied immediately before such change shall have become effective until such notice shall have been withdrawn or such provision amended in accordance herewith. For purposes of this Agreement, GAAP will be deemed to treat operating leases and capital leases each in a manner consistent with its treatment under GAAP as in effect on December 31, 2018, notwithstanding any modifications or interpretive changes thereto that may occur thereafter.
Section 1.04. Times of Day
Unless otherwise specified, all references herein to times of day shall be references to Eastern time (daylight or standard, as applicable).
ARTICLE II
THE CREDITS
Section 2.01. Commitments.
Subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein, each Lender severally agrees to make a Loan in Yen to the Company, in a single drawing on the Closing Date or one Business Day immediately thereafter (as specified by the Company in the applicable Notice of Borrowing), in an aggregate amount not to exceed such Lender’s Commitment immediately prior to the making of such Loan; provided that the Company may elect to borrow up to 50% of the Commitments on a second Business Day to occur not later than 30 days after the Closing Date, and each Lender severally agrees to make a Loan in Yen to the Company in such Lender’s pro rata portion of such amount. Amounts borrowed under this Section 2.01 and repaid or prepaid may not be reborrowed.
Section 2.02. Loans and Borrowings.
(a)  Each Loan shall be made as part of a Borrowing consisting of Loans made by the Lenders ratably in accordance with their respective Commitments. The failure of any Lender to make any Loan required to be made by it shall not relieve any other Lender of its obligations hereunder; provided that the Commitments of the Lenders are several and no Lender shall be responsible for any other Lender’s failure to make Loans as required.
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(b) Subject to Section 2.13, each Borrowing shall be comprised entirely of TIBOR Rate Loans. Each Lender at its option may make any Loan by causing any domestic or foreign branch or Affiliate of such Lender to make such Loan; provided that any exercise of such option shall not affect the obligation of the Company to repay such Loan in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.
(c) At the commencement of each Interest Period for any Borrowing, such Borrowing shall be in a minimum aggregate amount of ¥10,000,000,000 and integral multiples of ¥1,000,000,000 in excess thereof. There shall not at any time be more than an aggregate total of ten Borrowings outstanding.
(d) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, the Company shall not be entitled to request, or to elect to convert or continue, any Borrowing if the Interest Period requested with respect thereto would end after the latest Maturity Date then in effect.
Section 2.03. Requests for Borrowings.
To request a Borrowing, the Company shall notify the Administrative Agent of such request by telephone or a Borrowing Request not later than 12:00 noon, four Business Days (or in the case of the Borrowing on the Closing Date, such shorter period as the Administrative Agent may allow) before the date of the proposed Borrowing. Each such Borrowing Request shall be irrevocable and shall, if made by telephone, be confirmed immediately by delivery to the Administrative Agent of a Borrowing Request. Each such Borrowing Request shall specify the following information in compliance with Section 2.02:
(i) the aggregate amount of the requested Borrowing;
(ii) the date of such Borrowing, which shall be a Business Day;
(iii) the initial Interest Period to be applicable thereto, which shall be a period contemplated by the definition of the term “Interest Period”; and
(iv) the location and number of the Company’s account to which funds are to be disbursed, which shall comply with the requirements of Section 2.06.
If no Interest Period is specified with respect to any requested Borrowing, then the Company shall be deemed to have selected an Interest Period of three months’ duration. Promptly following receipt of a Borrowing Request in accordance with this Section, the Administrative Agent shall advise each Lender of the details thereof and of the amount of such Lender’s Loan to be made as part of the requested Borrowing.
Section 2.04. [Reserved]
Section 2.05. [Reserved].
Section 2.06. Funding of Borrowings.
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(a)  Each Lender shall make each Loan to be made by it hereunder on the proposed date thereof by wire transfer of Same Day Funds by 2:30 p.m., to the account of the Administrative Agent most recently designated by it for such purpose by notice to the Lenders. The Administrative Agent will make such Loans available to the Company either by (i) promptly crediting the amounts so received, in like funds, to an account of the Company maintained with the Administrative Agent or (ii) prompt wire transfer of such funds, in each case in accordance with instructions provided to (and acceptable to) the Administrative Agent by the Company in the applicable Borrowing Request.
(b) Unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice from a Lender prior to the proposed date of any Borrowing that such Lender will not make available to the Administrative Agent such Lender’s share of such Borrowing, the Administrative Agent may assume that such Lender has made such share available on such date in accordance with paragraph (a) of this Section and may, in reliance upon such assumption, make available to the Company a corresponding amount. In such event, if a Lender has not in fact made its share of the applicable Borrowing available to the Administrative Agent, then the applicable Lender and the Company severally agree to pay to the Administrative Agent forthwith on demand such corresponding amount in Same Day Funds with interest thereon, for each day from and including the date such amount is made available to the Company to but excluding the date of payment to the Administrative Agent, at (i) in the case of a payment to be made by such Lender, the Overnight Rate, plus any reasonable administrative, processing or similar fees customarily charged by the Administrative Agent in connection with the foregoing or (ii) in the case of the Company, the interest rate applicable at the time to Loans comprising such Borrowing. If such Lender pays such amount to the Administrative Agent, then such amount shall constitute such Lender’s Loan included in such Borrowing.
Section 2.07. Interest Elections.
(a) Each Borrowing shall have an initial Interest Period as specified in such Borrowing Request. Thereafter, the Company may elect Interest Periods therefor, all as provided in this Section. The Company may elect different options with respect to different portions of the affected Borrowing, in which case each such portion shall be allocated ratably among the Lenders holding the Loans comprising such Borrowing, and the Loans comprising each such portion shall be considered a separate Borrowing.
(b) To make an election pursuant to this Section, the Company shall notify the Administrative Agent of such election by telephone or by an Interest Election Request by the time that a Borrowing Request would be required under Section 2.03 if the Company were requesting a Borrowing to be made on the effective date of such election. Each such Interest Election Request shall be irrevocable and shall, if made by telephone, be confirmed immediately by delivery to the Administrative Agent of an Interest Election Request.
(c) Each such Interest Election Request shall specify the following information in compliance with Section 2.02:
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(i) the Borrowing to which such Interest Election Request applies and, if different options are being elected with respect to different portions thereof, the portions thereof to be allocated to each resulting Borrowing (in which case the information to be specified pursuant to clause (iii) below shall be specified for each resulting Borrowing);
(ii) the effective date of the election made pursuant to such Interest Election Request, which shall be a Business Day; and
(iii) the Interest Period to be applicable thereto after giving effect to such election, which shall be a period contemplated by the definition of the term “Interest Period.”
If any such Interest Election Request does not specify an Interest Period, then the Company shall be deemed to have selected an Interest Period of three months’ duration.
(d) Promptly following receipt of an Interest Election Request, the Administrative Agent shall advise each Lender of the details thereof and of such Lender’s portion of each resulting Borrowing.
(e) If the Company fails to deliver a timely Interest Election Request with respect to a Borrowing prior to the end of the Interest Period applicable thereto, then, unless such Borrowing is repaid as provided herein, at the end of such Interest Period such Borrowing shall be continued as a Borrowing with an Interest Period of three months’ duration. Except as otherwise provided herein, a Loan may be continued or converted only on the last day of an Interest Period for such Loan.
Section 2.08 Termination and Reduction of Commitments.
(a) Unless previously terminated, the Commitment of each Lender shall be automatically and permanently reduced on the date of the initial Borrowing by the principal amount of such Lender’s Loans made on such date, and shall terminate on the earlier of (i) the date of the second Borrowing and (ii) the date that is 30 days after the Closing Date (after giving effect to any Loans made on such date).
(b) The Company may at any time terminate, or from time to time reduce, the Commitments in whole or in part; provided that each reduction of the Commitments shall be in an aggregate amount not less than ¥10,000,000,000 and integral multiples of ¥1,000,000,000 in excess thereof.
(c) The Company shall notify the Administrative Agent of any election to terminate or reduce the Commitments under paragraph (b) of this Section at least four Business Days prior to the effective date of such termination or reduction, specifying such election and the effective date thereof. Promptly following receipt of any notice, the Administrative Agent shall advise the Lenders of the contents thereof. Each notice delivered by the Company pursuant to this Section shall be irrevocable; provided that a notice of termination of the Commitments delivered by the Company may state that such notice is conditioned upon the occurrence or non-
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occurrence of one or more financings or other transactions, in which case such notice may be revoked by the Company (by notice to the Administrative Agent on or prior to the specified effective date) if such condition is not satisfied. Any termination or reduction of the Commitments shall be permanent. Each reduction of the Commitments shall be made ratably among the Lenders in accordance with their respective Commitments.
Section 2.09. Repayment of Loans; Evidence of Debt.
(a) The Company hereby unconditionally promises to pay to the Administrative Agent for the account of each Lender the then unpaid principal amount of each Loan and all interest, fees and other amounts payable hereunder on the Maturity Date.
(b) Each Lender shall maintain in accordance with its usual practice an account or accounts evidencing the indebtedness of the Company to such Lender resulting from each Loan made by such Lender, including the amounts of principal and interest payable and paid to such Lender from time to time hereunder.
(c) The Administrative Agent shall maintain accounts in which it shall record (i) the amount of each Loan made hereunder and the Interest Period applicable thereto, (ii) the amount of any principal or interest due and payable or to become due and payable from the Company to each Lender hereunder and (iii) the amount of any sum received by the Administrative Agent hereunder for the account of the Lenders and each Lender’s share thereof.
(d) The entries made in the accounts maintained pursuant to paragraphs (b) or (c) of this Section shall be conclusive evidence (absent manifest error) of the existence and amounts of the obligations recorded therein; provided that the failure of any Lender or the Administrative Agent to maintain such accounts or any error therein shall not in any manner affect the obligation of the Company to repay the Loans in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.
(e) Any Lender may request that Loans made by it be evidenced by a promissory note. In such event, the Company shall prepare, execute and deliver to such Lender a promissory note payable to the order of such Lender and in a form approved by the Administrative Agent and the Company. Thereafter, the Loans evidenced by such promissory note and interest thereon shall at all times (including after assignment pursuant to Section 10.04) be represented by one or more promissory notes in such form payable to the order of the payee named therein.
Section 2.10. Prepayment of Loans.
(a) The Company shall have the right at any time and from time to time to prepay any Borrowing in whole or in part, without premium or penalty, subject to Section 2.15 and subject to prior notice in accordance with paragraph (b) of this Section.
(b) The Company shall notify the Administrative Agent by telephone (confirmed by a notice which must be in a form acceptable to the Administrative Agent) of any prepayment hereunder four Business Days prior to any date of prepayment. Each such notice shall be irrevocable and shall specify the prepayment date and the principal amount of each Borrowing or
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portion thereof to be prepaid; provided that, if a notice of prepayment is given in connection with a conditional notice of termination of the Commitments as contemplated by Section 2.08, then such notice of prepayment may be revoked if such notice of termination is revoked in accordance with Section 2.08. Promptly following receipt of any such notice relating to a Borrowing, the Administrative Agent shall advise the Lenders of the contents thereof. Each partial prepayment of any Borrowing shall be in an amount that would be permitted in the case of an advance of a Borrowing as provided in Section 2.02. Each prepayment of a Borrowing shall be applied ratably to the Loans included in the prepaid Borrowing. Prepayments shall be accompanied by accrued interest to the extent required by Section 2.12.
Section 2.11. Fees.
The Company agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent, for its own account, fees payable in the amounts and at the times agreed upon between the Company and the Administrative Agent in the Fee Letter.
Section 2.12. Interest.
(a) The Loans comprising each TIBOR Rate Borrowing shall bear interest at a rate per annum equal to the TIBOR Rate for the Interest Period in effect for such Borrowing plus the Applicable Margin.
(b) The Loans comprising each Alternative TIBOR Rate Borrowing shall bear interest at a rate per annum equal to the Alternative TIBOR Rate for the Interest Period in effect for such Borrowing plus the Applicable Margin.
(c) Notwithstanding the foregoing, if any principal of or interest on any Loan or any fee or other amount payable by the Company hereunder is not paid when due (following the expiration of any grace period specified in Section 7.01), whether at stated maturity, upon acceleration or otherwise, and remains unpaid, such overdue amount shall bear interest, after as well as before judgment, at a rate per annum equal to (i) in the case of overdue principal of any Loan, 2% plus the rate otherwise applicable to such Loan as provided above or (ii) in the case of any other amount, 2% plus the rate applicable TIBOR Rate Loans having an Interest Period of three months pursuant to Section 2.12(a).
(d) Accrued interest on each Loan shall be payable in arrears on each Interest Payment Date for such Loan; provided that (i) interest accrued pursuant to paragraph (c) of this Section shall be payable on demand, (ii) in the event of any repayment or prepayment of any Loan, accrued interest on the principal amount repaid or prepaid shall be payable on the date of such repayment or prepayment and (iii) in the event of any conversion of any Loan prior to the end of the current Interest Period therefor, accrued interest on such Loan shall be payable on the effective date of such conversion.
(e) All interest hereunder shall be computed on the basis of a year of 365 days (or 366 days in a leap year), and shall be payable for the actual number of days elapsed (including the first day but excluding the last day). The applicable TIBOR Rate Alternative TIBOR Rate shall
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be determined by the Administrative Agent, and such determination shall be conclusive absent manifest error.
Section 2.13. Alternate Rate of Interest.
If prior to the commencement of any Interest Period:
(i) the Required Lenders reasonably determine (which determination shall be conclusive absent manifest error) that adequate and reasonable means do not exist for ascertaining the TIBOR Rate for such Interest Period; or
(ii) the Administrative Agent is advised by the Required Lenders that the TIBOR Rate for such Interest Period will not, in their reasonable judgment, adequately and fairly reflect the cost to such Lenders of making or maintaining their Loans included in such Borrowing for such Interest Period;
then the Administrative Agent shall give notice thereof to the Company and the Lenders by telephone or telecopy as promptly as practicable thereafter and, until the Administrative Agent notifies the Company and the Lenders that the circumstances giving rise to such notice no longer exist, the Company shall, at its option, on the last date of the then-existing Interest Period therefor, either (A) prepay all such TIBOR Rate Advances or (B) convert all such TIBOR Rate Advances into Alternative TIBOR Rate Advances.
Section 2.14. Increased Costs.
(a) If any Change in Law shall:
(i) impose, modify or deem applicable any compulsory loan, insurance charge, reserve, liquidity, special deposit or similar requirement against assets of, deposits with or for the account of, or credit extended by, any Lender;
(ii) subject any Recipient to any Taxes (other than Excluded Taxes) on its loans, loan principal, letters of credit, commitments, or other obligations, or its deposits, reserves, other liabilities or capital attributable thereto; or
(iii) impose on any Lender or the London interbank market any other condition, cost or expense (other than Taxes) affecting this Agreement or TIBOR Rate Loans;
and the result of any of the foregoing shall be to increase the cost to such Lender of making, continuing, converting to or maintaining any TIBOR Rate Loan (or of maintaining its obligation to make any such Loan) or to reduce the amount of any sum received or receivable by such Lender hereunder (whether of principal, interest or otherwise) by an amount deemed by such Lender to be material, then the Company will pay to such Lender such additional amount or amounts as will compensate such Lender for such additional costs incurred or reduction suffered.
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(b) If any Lender reasonably determines that any Change in Law regarding capital or liquidity requirements has or would have the effect of reducing the rate of return on such Lender’s capital or on the capital of such Lender’s holding company, if any, as a consequence of this Agreement or the Loans made by such Lender to a level below that which such Lender or such Lender’s holding company could have achieved but for such Change in Law (taking into consideration such Lender’s policies and the policies of such Lender’s holding company with respect to capital adequacy and liquidity), then from time to time the Company will pay to such Lender such additional amount or amounts as will compensate such Lender or such Lender’s holding company for any such reduction suffered.
(c) A certificate of a Lender setting forth the amount or amounts necessary to compensate such Lender or its holding company, as the case may be, as specified in paragraph (a) or (b) of this Section and the method of calculating such amounts, in reasonable detail, shall be delivered to the Company and shall be conclusive absent manifest error. The Company shall pay such Lender the amount shown as due on any such certificate within 10 days after receipt thereof.
(d) Failure or delay on the part of any Lender to demand compensation pursuant to this Section shall not constitute a waiver of such Lender’s right to demand such compensation; provided that the Company shall not be required to compensate a Lender pursuant to this Section for any increased costs or reductions incurred more than six months prior to the date that such Lender notifies the Company of the Change in Law giving rise to such increased costs or reductions and of such Lender’s intention to claim compensation therefor; provided further that, if the Change in Law giving rise to such increased costs or reductions is retroactive, then the six-month period referred to above shall be extended to include the period of retroactive effect thereof.
Section 2.15. Break Funding Payments.
In the event of (a) the payment of any principal of any TIBOR Rate Loan other than on the last day of an Interest Period applicable thereto (including as a result of an Event of Default), (b) the conversion of any TIBOR Rate Loan other than on the last day of the Interest Period applicable thereto, (c) the failure to borrow, convert, continue or prepay any Loan on the date specified in any notice delivered pursuant hereto (regardless of whether such notice is permitted to be revocable under Section 2.10(b) if such notice is revoked in accordance herewith two Business Days or less before the specified effective date), (d) the assignment of any TIBOR Rate Loan other than on the last day of the Interest Period applicable thereto as a result of a request by the Company pursuant to Section 2.18 or (e) any failure by the Company to make payment of any Loan, then, in any such event, the Company shall compensate each Lender for the loss, cost and expense (but not loss of profit) attributable to such event. The loss to any Lender attributable to any such event shall be deemed to include an amount reasonably determined by such Lender to be equal to the excess, if any, of (i) the amount of interest that such Lender would pay for a deposit equal to the principal amount of such Loan for the period from the date of such payment, conversion, failure or assignment to the last day of the then current Interest Period for such Loan (or, in the case of a failure to borrow, convert or continue, the duration of the Interest
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Period that would have resulted from such borrowing, conversion or continuation) if the interest rate payable on such deposit were equal to the TIBOR Rate for such Interest Period, over (ii) the amount of interest that such Lender would earn on such principal amount for such period if such Lender were to invest such principal amount for such period at the interest rate that would be bid by such Lender (or an affiliate of such Lender) for deposits in Yen from other banks in the TIBOR market at the commencement of such period. A certificate of any Lender setting forth any amount or amounts that such Lender is entitled to receive pursuant to this Section shall be delivered to the Company and shall be conclusive absent manifest error. The Company shall pay such Lender the amount shown as due on any such certificate within 10 days after receipt thereof.
Section 2.16. Taxes.
(a) Any and all payments by or on account of any obligation of any Credit Party hereunder shall be made free and clear of and without deduction for any Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes; provided that if any Withholding Agent shall be required to deduct any Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes from such payments, then (i) the sum payable shall be increased as necessary so that after making all required deductions (including deductions attributable to additional sums payable under this Section) the Administrative Agent or each Lender (as the case may be) receives an amount equal to the sum it would have received had no such deductions for Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes been made, (ii) the applicable Withholding Agent shall make such deductions and (iii) the applicable Withholding Agent shall pay the full amount deducted to the relevant Governmental Authority in accordance with applicable law.
(b) In addition, the Credit Parties shall pay any Other Taxes to the relevant Governmental Authority in accordance with applicable law or at the option of the Administrative Agent timely reimburse it for the payment of any Other Taxes.
(c) Each of the Credit Parties shall, and does hereby, indemnify the Administrative Agent and each Lender within 10 days after written demand therefor, for the full amount of any Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes (including Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes imposed or asserted on or attributable to amounts payable under this Section) paid by the Administrative Agent or such Lender, as the case may be, and any penalties, interest and reasonable expenses arising therefrom or with respect thereto, whether or not such Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes were correctly or legally imposed or asserted by the relevant Governmental Authority. A certificate as to the amount of such payment or liability delivered to the Company by a Lender, or by the Administrative Agent on its own behalf or on behalf of a Lender, shall be conclusive absent manifest error.
(d) As soon as practicable after any payment of Indemnified Taxes or Other Taxes by the Credit Parties to a Governmental Authority, the Credit Parties shall deliver to the Administrative Agent the original or a certified copy of a receipt issued by such Governmental Authority evidencing such payment, a copy of the return reporting such payment or other evidence of such payment reasonably satisfactory to the Administrative Agent.
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(e) Each Lender, on or prior to the date of its execution and delivery of this Agreement or on the date of the Assignment and Assumption pursuant to which it becomes a Lender, as applicable, shall provide the Credit Parties with any form or certificate that is required by any taxing authority, (including a copy of Internal Revenue Service Forms W-9, W-8BEN, W-8BEN-E or W-8ECI, as appropriate, or any successor or other form prescribed by the Internal Revenue Service), certifying that such Lender is exempt from or entitled to a reduced rate of withholding taxes on payments pursuant to this Agreement. Each Lender shall provide, to the extent they are legally eligible to do so, (A) to the Credit Parties and the Administrative Agent, the foregoing U.S. federal withholding tax certifications as if the Company were resident in the United States for U.S. federal income tax purposes, and (B) to the Credit Parties, any other information requested by the Company that it reasonably deems necessary in order for it and its Affiliates to comply with their U.S. or foreign tax obligations or to avoid the imposition of U.S. or non-U.S. withholding tax. Thereafter, each Lender shall provide additional forms or certificates (i) to the extent a form or certificate previously provided has been inaccurate, invalid or otherwise ceases to be effective or (ii) as requested in writing by the Credit Parties or the Administrative Agent. If any Lender fails to comply with the provisions of this Section, the Credit Parties, may, as applicable and as required by law, deduct and withhold federal income tax payments from payments to such Lender under this Agreement. The obligation of the Lenders under this Section shall survive the payment of all obligations and the resignation or replacement of the Administrative Agent.
(f) If a payment made to a Lender hereunder would be subject to United States federal withholding tax imposed by FATCA if the Company is or were treated as resident in the United States for U.S. federal income tax purposes and such Lender were to fail to comply with the applicable reporting requirements of FATCA (including those contained in Section 1471(b) or 1472(b) of the Code, as applicable), such Lender shall deliver to the Credit Parties and the Administrative Agent, at the time or times prescribed by law and at such time or times reasonably requested by the Credit Parties or the Administrative Agent, such documentation prescribed by applicable law (including as prescribed by Section 1471(b)(3)(C)(i) of the Code) and such additional documentation reasonably requested by the Credit Parties or the Administrative Agent as may be necessary for the Credit Parties or the Administrative Agent to comply with its obligations under FATCA, to determine that such Lender has complied with such Lender’s obligations under FATCA or to determine the amount to deduct and withhold from such payment. Solely for purposes of this clause (f), “FATCA” shall include any amendments made to FATCA after the date hereof.
(g) Any Lender claiming any additional amounts payable pursuant to this Section 2.16 agrees to use reasonable efforts (consistent with its internal policy and legal and regulatory restrictions) to select or change the jurisdiction of its applicable lending office if the making of such a selection or change would avoid the need for, or reduce the amount of, any such additional amounts that may thereafter accrue and would not, in the reasonable judgment of such Lender, be otherwise disadvantageous to such Lender.
(h) If any Lender or the Administrative Agent, as the case may be, obtains a refund of any Tax for which payment has been made pursuant to this Section 2.16, which refund
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in the good faith judgment of such Lender or the Administrative Agent, as the case may be, (and without any obligation to disclose its tax records) is allocable to such payment made under this Section 2.16, the amount of such refund (together with any interest received thereon and reduced by reasonable costs incurred in obtaining such refund) promptly shall be paid to the applicable Credit Party to the extent payment has been made in full by such Credit Party pursuant to this Section 2.16.
Section 2.17. Payments Generally; Pro Rata Treatment; Sharing of Set-offs.
(a) Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, all payments by the Company hereunder shall be made to the Administrative Agent, for the account of the respective Lenders to which such payment is owed, at the applicable Administrative Agent’s Office in Yen and in Same Day Funds prior to 2:00 p.m. on the date specified herein. The Administrative Agent will promptly distribute to each Lender its Applicable Percentage (or other applicable share as provided herein) of such payment in like funds as received by wire transfer to such Lender’s Lending Office. All payments received by the Administrative Agent after 2:00 p.m. shall be deemed received on the next succeeding Business Day and any applicable interest shall continue to accrue. If any payment to be made by the Company shall come due on a day other than a Business Day, payment shall be made on the next following Business Day, and such extension of time shall be reflected in computing interest.
(b) If at any time insufficient funds are received by and available to the Administrative Agent to pay fully all amounts of principal, interest and fees then due hereunder, such funds shall be applied (i) first, to pay interest and fees then due hereunder, ratably among the parties entitled thereto in accordance with the amounts of interest and fees then due to such parties, and (ii) second, to pay principal then due hereunder, ratably among the parties entitled thereto in accordance with the amounts of principal then due to such parties.
(c) If any Lender shall, by exercising any right of set-off or counterclaim or otherwise, obtain payment in respect of any principal of or interest on any of its Loans resulting in such Lender receiving payment of a greater proportion of the aggregate amount of its Loans and accrued interest thereon than the proportion received by any other Lender, then the Lender receiving such greater proportion shall purchase (for cash at face value) participations in the Loans of other Lenders to the extent necessary so that the benefit of all such payments shall be shared by the Lenders ratably in accordance with the aggregate amount of principal of and accrued interest on their respective Loans; provided that (i) if any such participations are purchased and all or any portion of the payment giving rise thereto is recovered, such participations shall be rescinded and the purchase price restored to the extent of such recovery, without interest, and (ii) the provisions of this paragraph shall not be construed to apply to any payment made by the Company pursuant to and in accordance with the express terms of this Agreement or any payment obtained by a Lender as consideration for the assignment of or sale of a participation in any of its Loans to any assignee or participant, other than to Parent or any of its Subsidiaries or Affiliates thereof (as to which the provisions of this paragraph shall apply). The Company consents to the foregoing and agrees, to the extent it may effectively do so under applicable law, that any Lender acquiring a participation pursuant to the foregoing arrangements
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may exercise against the Company rights of set-off and counterclaim with respect to such participation as fully as if such Lender were a direct creditor of the Company in the amount of such participation.
(d) Unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice from the Company prior to the date on which any payment is due to the Administrative Agent for the account of the Lenders hereunder that the Company will not make such payment, the Administrative Agent may assume that the Company has made such payment on such date in accordance herewith and may, in reliance upon such assumption, distribute to the Lenders the amount due. In such event, if the Company has not in fact made such payment, then each of the Lenders severally agrees to repay to the Administrative Agent forthwith on demand the amount so distributed to such Lender with interest thereon, for each day from and including the date such amount is distributed to it to but excluding the date of payment to the Administrative Agent, at the Overnight Rate.
(e) If any Lender shall fail to make any payment required to be made by it pursuant to Section 2.06(a) or 2.17(d), then the Administrative Agent may, in its discretion (notwithstanding any contrary provision hereof), apply any amounts thereafter received by the Administrative Agent for the account of such Lender to satisfy such Lender’s obligations under such Sections until all such unsatisfied obligations are fully paid.
Section 2.18. Mitigation Obligations; Replacement of Lenders.
(a) If any Lender requests compensation under Section 2.14, or if the Company is required to pay any additional amount to any Lender or any Governmental Authority for the account of any Lender pursuant to Section 2.16, then such Lender shall use reasonable efforts to designate a different lending office for funding or booking its Loans hereunder or to assign its rights and obligations hereunder to another of its offices, branches or affiliates, if, in the judgment of such Lender, such designation or assignment (i) would eliminate or reduce amounts payable pursuant to Section 2.14 or 2.16, as the case may be, in the future and (ii) would not subject such Lender to any unreimbursed cost or expense and would not otherwise be disadvantageous to such Lender. The Company hereby agrees, on a joint and several basis, to pay all reasonable costs and expenses incurred by any Lender in connection with any such designation or assignment.
(b) If any Lender requests compensation under Section 2.14, or if the Company is required to pay any additional amount to any Lender or any Governmental Authority for the account of any Lender pursuant to Section 2.16, or if any Lender is a Defaulting Lender, then the Company may, at its sole expense and effort, upon notice to such Lender and the Administrative Agent, require such Lender to assign and delegate, without recourse (in accordance with and subject to the restrictions contained in Section 10.04), all its interests, rights and obligations under this Agreement to an assignee that shall assume such obligations (which assignee may be another Lender, if a Lender accepts such assignment); provided that (i) the Company shall have received the prior written consent of the Administrative Agent, which consent shall not unreasonably be withheld, (ii) such Lender shall have received payment of an amount equal to the outstanding principal of its Loans, accrued interest thereon and all other amounts payable to
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it hereunder, from the assignee (to the extent of such outstanding principal and accrued interest) or the Company (in the case of all other amounts), (iii) in the case of any such assignment resulting from a claim for compensation under Section 2.14 or payments required to be made pursuant to Section 2.16, such assignment will result in a reduction in such compensation or payments, (iv) such assignment does not conflict with applicable law and (v) in the case of any such assignment resulting from a Lender becoming a Defaulting Lender, no Default shall have occurred and be continuing. A Lender shall not be required to make any such assignment and delegation if, prior thereto, as a result of a waiver by such Lender or otherwise, the circumstances entitling the Company to require such assignment and delegation cease to apply.
Section 2.19. [Reserved].
Section 2.20. Extension of Maturity Date.
At least seven days prior to the date that is six months after the Closing Date, the Company, by written notice to the Administrative Agent, may elect an extension of the Maturity Date in effect at such time by six months from its then scheduled expiration. Upon receipt of (a) a certificate of the Company confirming that no Event of Default has occurred and is continuing on the extension date and (b) payment of the extension fee set forth in the Fee Letter, such election for an extension of the Maturity Date shall become effective and the Administrative Agent shall promptly notify each Lender of such election.
Section 2.21. [Reserved].
Section 2.22 Defaulting Lenders.
(a) Adjustments. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, if any Lender becomes a Defaulting Lender, then, until such time as that Lender is no longer a Defaulting Lender, to the extent permitted by applicable Law:
(i) Waivers and Amendments. That Defaulting Lender’s right to approve or disapprove any amendment, waiver or consent with respect to this Agreement shall be restricted as set forth in Section 10.02.
(ii) Reallocation of Payments. Any payment of principal, interest or other amounts received by the Administrative Agent for the account of that Defaulting Lender under this Agreement (whether voluntary or mandatory, at maturity, pursuant to Section 7.01 or otherwise, and including any amounts made available to the Administrative Agent by that Defaulting Lender pursuant to Section 10.08), shall be applied at such time or times as may be determined by the Administrative Agent as follows: first, to the payment of any amounts owing by that Defaulting Lender to the Administrative Agent hereunder; second, as the Company may request (so long as no Default exists), to the funding of any Loan in respect of which that Defaulting Lender has failed to fund its portion thereof as required by this Agreement, as determined by the Administrative Agent; third, if so determined by the Administrative Agent and the Company, to be held in a non-interest bearing deposit account and released in order to satisfy obligations of that Defaulting
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Lender to fund Loans under this Agreement; fourth, to the payment of any amounts owing to the Lenders as a result of any judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by any Lender against that Defaulting Lender as a result of that Defaulting Lender’s breach of its obligations under this Agreement; fifth, so long as no Default exists, to the payment of any amounts owing to the Company as a result of any judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction obtained by the Company against that Defaulting Lender as a result of that Defaulting Lender’s breach of its obligations under this Agreement; and sixth, to that Defaulting Lender or as otherwise directed by a court of competent jurisdiction; provided that if (x) such payment is a payment of the principal amount of any Loans in respect of which that Defaulting Lender has not fully funded its appropriate share and (y) such Loans were made at a time when the conditions set forth in Section 4.02 were satisfied or waived, such payment shall be applied solely to pay the Loans of all non-Defaulting Lenders on a pro rata basis prior to being applied to the payment of any Loans of that Defaulting Lender. Any payments, prepayments or other amounts paid or payable to a Defaulting Lender that are applied (or held) to pay amounts owed by a Defaulting Lender shall be deemed paid to and redirected by that Defaulting Lender, and each Lender irrevocably consents hereto.
(b) Defaulting Lender Cure. If the Company and the Administrative Agent agree in writing in their sole discretion that a Defaulting Lender should no longer be deemed to be a Defaulting Lender, the Administrative Agent will so notify the parties hereto, whereupon as of the effective date specified in such notice and subject to any conditions set forth therein (which may include arrangements with respect to any cash collateral), that Lender will, to the extent applicable, purchase at par that portion of outstanding Loans of the other Lenders or take such other actions as the Administrative Agent may determine to be necessary to cause the Loans to be held on a pro rata basis by the Lenders in accordance with their Applicable Percentages, whereupon that Lender will cease to be a Defaulting Lender; provided that except to the extent otherwise expressly agreed by the affected parties, no change hereunder from Defaulting Lender to Lender will constitute a waiver or release of any claim of any party hereunder arising from that Lender’s having been a Defaulting Lender.
ARTICLE III
Representations and Warranties
Each of the Credit Parties (other than Medtronic and the Company with respect to Section 3.04(a) and (b)) represents and warrants to the Lenders that:
Section 3.01. Organization; Powers.
Such Credit Party and each of its Subsidiaries is duly organized, validly existing and in good standing (where applicable) under the laws of the jurisdiction of its organization, has all requisite power and authority to carry on its business as now conducted and, except where the failure to do so, individually or in the aggregate, could not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, is qualified to do business in, and is in good standing (where applicable) in, every jurisdiction where such qualification is required.
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Section 3.02. Authorization; Enforceability.
The Transactions, as applicable, are within such Credit Party’s corporate powers and have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate and, if required, shareholder action. This Agreement and each promissory note, if any, has been duly executed and delivered by such Credit Party party thereto and constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of such Credit Party party thereto, enforceable in accordance with its terms, subject to applicable Debtor Relief Laws and subject to general principles of equity, regardless of whether considered in a proceeding in equity or at law.
Section 3.03. Governmental Approvals; No Conflicts.
The Transactions (a) do not require such Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries to obtain or make any material consent or approval of, registration or filing with, or any other action by, any Governmental Authority, except such as have been obtained or made and are in full force and effect except for any filing which, if required, will be timely made, (b) will not result in the violation by such Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries of any applicable law or regulation or the charter, by-laws or other organizational documents of such Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries or any order of any Governmental Authority, (c) will not violate or result in a default under any material indenture, agreement or other instrument binding upon such Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective assets, or give rise to a right thereunder to require any payment to be made by such Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries, and (d) will not result in the creation or imposition of any Lien on any asset of such Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries.
Section 3.04. Financial Condition; No Material Adverse Change.
(a) Parent has heretofore furnished to the Lenders (i) its consolidated balance sheet and statements of operations, shareholders’ equity and cash flows as of and for the fiscal year ended April 26, 2019, reported on by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, independent public accountants, and (ii) its consolidated balance sheet and statements of operations and cash flows as of and for the fiscal quarter ended January 24, 2020. Such financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position and results of operations and cash flows of Parent and its consolidated Subsidiaries as of such dates and for such periods in accordance with GAAP, subject to year-end audit adjustments and the absence of footnotes in the case of the statements referred to in clause (ii) above.
(b) There has been no material adverse change in the business, assets, operations, or financial condition of Parent and its consolidated Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, from those disclosed in Parent’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 26, 2019, other than as disclosed in Parent’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for its fiscal quarter ended January 24, 2020.
Section 3.05. [Reserved].
Section 3.06. Litigation and Environmental Matters.
(a) There are no actions, suits or proceedings by or before any arbitrator or Governmental Authority pending against or, to the knowledge of such Credit Party, threatened
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against or affecting such Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries (i) as to which there is a reasonable possibility of an adverse determination and that, if adversely determined, could reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to result in a Material Adverse Effect (other than the Disclosed Matters) or (ii) which in any manner draws into question the validity or enforceability of this Agreement.
(b) Except for the Disclosed Matters or except with respect to any other matters that, individually or in the aggregate, could not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, neither such Credit Party nor any of its Subsidiaries (i) has failed to comply with any Environmental Law or to obtain, maintain or comply with any permit, license or other approval required under any Environmental Law, (ii) has become subject to any Environmental Liability, (iii) has received notice of any claim with respect to any Environmental Liability or (iv) knows of any basis for any Environmental Liability.
(c) Since the date of this Agreement, there has been no change in the status of the Disclosed Matters that, individually or in the aggregate, has resulted in, or could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.
Section 3.07. Compliance with Laws; Sanctions; Anti-Corruption.
(a) Neither such Credit Party nor any of its Subsidiaries is in violation of any law, rule or regulation (including, without limitation, the Patriot Act and all applicable anti-money laundering and anti-corruption laws), or in default with respect to any judgment, writ, injunction or decree of any Governmental Authority, where such violation or default would reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.
(b) Neither such Credit Party nor any of its Subsidiaries nor, to the knowledge of such Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries, any director, officer or Financial Officer thereof, is an individual or entity currently the subject of any Sanctions, nor is such Credit Party physically located, organized or ordinarily resident in a Designated Jurisdiction.
(c) Such Credit Party and each of its Subsidiaries has conducted their businesses in compliance with applicable anti-corruption laws and anti-money laundering laws during the last five years in all material respects, and have instituted and maintained policies and procedures designed to promote and achieve compliance with such laws.
Section 3.08. Investment Company Status.
Neither such Credit Party nor any of its Subsidiaries is required to register as an “investment company” under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended from time to time.
Section 3.09. Taxes.
Such Credit Party and each of its Subsidiaries has timely filed or caused to be filed all Tax returns and reports required to have been filed (taking into account any extensions granted by the applicable taxing authority) and has paid or caused to be paid all Taxes required to have been paid by it, except (a) Taxes that are being contested in good faith by appropriate
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proceedings and for which such Credit Party or such Subsidiary, as applicable, has set aside on its books adequate reserves or (b) to the extent that the failure to do so could not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.
Section 3.10. ERISA.
No ERISA Event has occurred or is reasonably expected to occur that, when taken together with all other such ERISA Events for which liability is reasonably expected to occur, could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect. The present value of all accumulated benefit obligations under each Plan (based on the assumptions used for purposes of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 87) did not, as of the date of the most recent financial statements reflecting such amounts, exceed by more than $500,000,000 the fair market value of the assets of such Plan, and the present value of all accumulated benefit obligations of all underfunded Plans (based on the assumptions used for purposes of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 87) did not, as of the date of the most recent financial statements reflecting such amounts, exceed by more than $500,000,000 the fair market value of the assets of all such underfunded Plans.
Section 3.11. Disclosure.
(a) None of the reports, financial statements, certificates or other information (other than forward-looking statements or information of a general economic or industry-specific nature) furnished in writing by or on behalf of such Credit Party to the Administrative Agent or any Lender for use specifically in connection with the negotiation of this Agreement or delivered hereunder (as modified or supplemented by other information so furnished) contains any material misstatement of fact or omits to state any material fact necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading.
(b) As of the Closing Date, the information included in each Beneficial Ownership Certification, if applicable, is true and correct in all respects.
Section 3.12. Federal Regulations.
Neither such Credit Party nor any of its Subsidiaries is engaged in the business of extending credit for the purpose of purchasing or carrying margin stock (within the meaning of Regulation U issued by the Board). No part of the proceeds of any Loans will be used in any transaction or for any purpose which violates the provisions of Regulation U or X of the Board, as now and from time to time hereafter in effect. If requested by any Lender or the Administrative Agent, the Company will furnish to the Administrative Agent and each Lender a statement to the foregoing effect in conformity with the requirements of Form FR U-1 referred to in said Regulation U. After application of the proceeds of any Loans, not more than 25% of the assets of the Company that are subject to a restriction on sale, pledge, or disposal under this Agreement will be represented by “margin stock,” as defined in accordance with Regulation U issued by the Board, now or hereafter in effect.
Section 3.13. Purpose of Loans.
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The proceeds of the Loans shall be used to finance any lawful general corporate purpose, including repayment or refinancing of indebtedness, acquisitions and working capital of the Company and its subsidiaries.
Section 3.14. Affected Financial Institutions.
No Credit Party is an Affected Financial Institution.
ARTICLE IV
Conditions
Section 4.01. Closing Conditions.
This Agreement shall become effective on the date on which each of the following conditions is satisfied (or waived in accordance with Section 10.02):
(a) The Administrative Agent (or its counsel) shall have received from each party hereto either (i) a counterpart of this Agreement signed on behalf of such party or (ii) written evidence satisfactory to the Administrative Agent (which may include telecopy transmission of a signed signature page of this Agreement) that such party has signed a counterpart of this Agreement.
(b) The Administrative Agent shall have received a favorable written opinion or opinions (addressed to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders and dated the Closing Date) of (i) Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP, New York counsel to the Credit Parties, (ii) Thomas Osteraas, Senior Principal Legal Counsel, Corporate & Securities of the Company, as to matters of Minnesota law, (iii) A&L Goodbody, Irish counsel to the Credit Parties, and (iv) DLA Piper Luxembourg S.à r.l., Luxembourg counsel to the Credit Parties, and covering such matters relating to the Credit Parties, this Agreement or the other Transactions as the Administrative Agent shall reasonably request. The Company hereby requests such counsel to deliver such opinions.
(c) The Administrative Agent shall have received such documents and certificates as the Administrative Agent or its counsel may reasonably request relating to the organization, existence and good standing of each Credit Party, the authorization of the Transactions and any other legal matters relating to each Credit Party, this Agreement or the Transactions, all in form and substance satisfactory to the Administrative Agent and its counsel.
(d) The Administrative Agent shall have received a certificate, dated the Closing Date and signed by the President, a Vice President, a Financial Officer, a director, the secretary or an assistant secretary of:
(i) the Company, confirming the Company’s compliance with the conditions set forth in paragraphs (a) and (b) of Section 4.02;
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(ii) each of the Guarantors, certifying that the guarantee of the Commitments will not cause any guarantee or similar limits binding on such Guarantor to be exceeded; and
(iii) Parent, confirming that (x) the entry into this Agreement and the performance of its obligations under this Agreement does not constitute financial assistance for the purposes of Section 82 of the Act because the provisions of Section 82(h) apply, (y) neither Parent nor any director or company secretary of Parent is a company or a Person to whom Chapter 3 or Chapter 4 of Part 14 of the Act applies and (z) the prohibition contained in Section 239 of the Act does not apply to this Agreement (including the Guaranty).
(e) The Administrative Agent shall have received all fees and other amounts due and payable on or prior to the Closing Date, including, without limitation the fees set forth in the Fee Letter and, to the extent invoiced at least two Business Days prior to the Closing Date, the reimbursement or payment of all out-of-pocket expenses required to be reimbursed or paid by the Company hereunder.
(f) (i) Upon the reasonable request of any Lender made at least ten days prior to the Closing Date, the Company shall have provided to such Lender, and such Lender shall be reasonably satisfied with, the documentation and other information so requested in connection with applicable “know your customer” and anti-money-laundering rules and regulations, including, without limitation, the PATRIOT Act, in each case at least five days prior to the Closing Date and (ii) at least five days prior to the Closing Date, any Credit Party that qualifies as a “legal entity customer” under the Beneficial Ownership Regulation shall have delivered, to each Lender that so requests, a Beneficial Ownership Certification in relation to such Credit Party.
Without limiting the generality of the provisions of the last paragraph of Section 8.03, for purposes of determining compliance with the conditions specified in this Section 4.01, each Lender that has signed this Agreement shall be deemed to have consented to, approved or accepted or to be satisfied with, each document or other matter required hereunder to be consented to or approved by or acceptable or satisfactory to a Lender unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice from such Lender, with a copy to the Company, prior to the proposed Closing Date specifying its objection thereto.
Section 4.02. Each Credit Event.
The obligation of each Lender to make a Loan on the occasion of any Borrowing (other than a conversion or a continuation of a Borrowing) is subject to the satisfaction of the following conditions:
(a) The representations and warranties of the Credit Parties set forth in this Agreement shall be true and correct in all material respects (except to the extent qualified by materiality, in which case such representations and warranties shall be true and correct in all respects) on and as of the date of, and after giving effect to, such Borrowing; provided, that, the representations and warranties contained in Sections 3.04(b), 3.06 (other than clause (a)(ii)
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thereof) and 3.10 shall be deemed made, and shall be required to be true and correct, only on the Closing Date.
(b) At the time of and immediately after giving effect to such Borrowing, no Default shall have occurred and be continuing.
Each Borrowing shall be deemed to constitute a representation and warranty by the Credit Parties on the date thereof as to the matters specified in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this Section.
ARTICLE V
Affirmative Covenants
Until the Commitments have expired or been terminated and the principal of and interest on each Loan and all fees payable hereunder shall have been paid in full, Parent (with respect to Section 5.01 and Section 5.02) and each of the Credit Parties (with respect to Section 5.03 through Section 5.09) covenants and agrees with the Lenders that:
Section 5.01. Financial Statements and Other Information.
Parent will furnish to the Administrative Agent (with copies for each Lender):
(a) within 100 days after the end of each fiscal year of Parent (or such longer period as may be permitted by SEC rules and regulations then in effect), its audited consolidated balance sheet and related statements of operations, shareholders’ equity and cash flows as of the end of and for such year, setting forth in each case in comparative form the figures for the previous fiscal year, all reported on by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP or other independent public accountants of recognized national standing (without a “going concern” or like qualification or exception and without any qualification or exception as to the scope of such audit) to the effect that such consolidated financial statements present fairly in all material respects the financial condition and results of operations of Parent and its consolidated Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP (the Lenders agree that Parent’s obligations under this paragraph (a) may be satisfied in respect of any fiscal year by delivery to the Administrative Agent, with copies for each Lender, within 100 days after the end of such fiscal year of its annual report for such fiscal year on Form 10-K as filed with the SEC);
(b) within 55 days after the end of each of the first three fiscal quarters of each fiscal year of Parent (or such longer period as may be permitted by SEC rules and regulations then in effect), its consolidated balance sheet and related statements of operations and cash flows as of the end of and for such fiscal quarter and the then elapsed portion of the fiscal year, setting forth in each case in comparative form the figures for the corresponding period or periods of (or, in the case of the balance sheet, as of the end of) the previous fiscal year, all certified by one of its Financial Officers as presenting fairly in all material respects the financial condition and results of operations of Parent and its consolidated Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP consistently applied, subject to normal year-end audit adjustments and the absence of footnotes (the Lenders agree that Parent’s obligations under this paragraph (b) may be satisfied in respect of any fiscal quarter by delivering to the Administrative Agent, with
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copies for each Lender, within 55 days after the end of such fiscal quarter of its quarterly report for such fiscal quarter on Form 10-Q as filed with the SEC);
(c) concurrently with any delivery of financial statements under paragraph (a) or (b) above, a certificate of a Financial Officer of Parent (i) certifying as to whether a Default has occurred and, if a Default has occurred, specifying the details thereof and any action taken or proposed to be taken with respect thereto and (ii) stating whether any change in GAAP or in the application thereof has occurred since the date of the audited financial statements referred to in Section 3.04(a)(i) and, if any such change has occurred, specifying the effect of such change on the financial statements accompanying such certificate;
(d) promptly after the same become publicly available or upon transmission or receipt thereof, copies of all periodic and other reports, proxy statements and other materials filed by any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries with the SEC, or any Governmental Authority succeeding to any or all of the functions of the SEC, or with any national securities exchange, or distributed by any Credit Party to its shareholders generally, as the case may be, provided that, with respect to materials filed with any national securities exchange, only material filings shall be required to be delivered pursuant to this paragraph (d); and
(e) promptly following any request therefor, such other information regarding the operations, business affairs and financial condition of any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries, or compliance with the terms of this Agreement, as the Administrative Agent or any Lender (acting through the Administrative Agent) may reasonably request.
Documents required to be delivered pursuant to Section 5.01(a), (b) or (d) may be delivered electronically and if so delivered, shall be deemed to have been delivered on the date (i) on which Parent posts such documents, or provides a link thereto on Parent’s website on the Internet at the website address listed on Schedule 10.01; or (ii) on which such documents are posted on Parent’s behalf on an Internet or intranet website, if any, to which each Lender and the Administrative Agent have access (whether a commercial, third-party website or whether sponsored by the Administrative Agent). The Administrative Agent shall have no obligation to request the posting or other electronic delivery of the documents referred to above.
Each Credit Party hereby acknowledges that the Administrative Agent will make available to the Lenders materials and/or information provided by or on behalf of Parent hereunder (collectively, “Parent Materials”) by posting the Parent Materials on IntraLinks, SyndTrak, Clearpar or another similar electronic system (the “Platform”).
Section 5.02. Notices of Material Events.
Parent will furnish to the Administrative Agent and each Lender promptly after any Responsible Officer of a Credit Party obtains knowledge thereof, written notice of the following:
(a) the occurrence of any Default;
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(b) the occurrence of any ERISA Event that, alone or together with any other ERISA Events that have occurred, could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect;
(c) the revocation of any license, permit, authorization, certificate, qualification or accreditation of any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries by any Governmental Authority if all such revocations in the aggregate could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; and
(d) any other development that results in, or could reasonably be expected to result in, a Material Adverse Effect.
Each notice delivered under this Section shall be accompanied by a statement of a Responsible Officer of Parent setting forth the details of the event or development requiring such notice and any action taken or proposed to be taken with respect thereto.
Section 5.03. Existence; Conduct of Business.
Such Credit Party will, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to, do or cause to be done all things necessary to preserve, renew and keep in full force and effect its legal existence and the rights, licenses, permits, privileges and franchises material to the conduct of its business, except in the case of any such Subsidiary (other than the Company) where the failure to do so could not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect; provided that the foregoing shall not prohibit (i) any merger, consolidation, liquidation, dissolution or stock or asset sale permitted under Section 6.03 or (ii) the conversion of a Subsidiary (other than the Company) into a limited liability company, a corporation or other organizational form.
Section 5.04. Payment of Taxes.
Such Credit Party will, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to, pay its tax obligations, that, if not paid, could result in a Material Adverse Effect before the same shall become delinquent or in default, except where (a) the validity or amount thereof is being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings, (b) such Credit Party or such Subsidiary has set aside on its books adequate reserves with respect thereto in accordance with GAAP and (c) the failure to make payment pending such contest could not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.
Section 5.05. Maintenance of Properties; Insurance.
Such Credit Party will, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to, (a) keep and maintain all of its property in good working order and condition, ordinary wear and tear excepted, except where the failure to do so could not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, and (b) maintain, with financially sound and reputable insurance companies, insurance in such amounts and against such risks as are customarily maintained by companies engaged in the same or similar businesses operating in the same or similar locations or maintain a system or systems of self-insurance or assumption of risk which accords with the practices of similar businesses.
Section 5.06. Books and Records; Inspection Rights.
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Such Credit Party will, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to, keep proper books of record and account in which full, true and materially correct entries are made of all dealings and transactions in relation to its business and activities. Such Credit Party will, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to, permit any representatives designated by the Administrative Agent or any Lender, upon reasonable prior notice (and at their own expense, unless an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing), to visit and inspect its properties, to examine and make extracts from its books and records, and to discuss its affairs, finances and condition with its officers and independent accountants, in each case during normal business but not more than once per year unless an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing; provided, however, that (a) all visits or discussions by any Lender shall be coordinated through the Administrative Agent and (b) a Responsible Officer of a Credit Party shall be present during any discussions with any independent public accountants.
Section 5.07. Compliance with Laws.
Such Credit Party will, and will cause each of its Subsidiaries to, comply with all laws, rules, regulations and orders of any Governmental Authority applicable to it or its property, except where the failure to do so, individually or in the aggregate, could not reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect. Such Credit Party will maintain in effect and enforce policies and procedures designed to promote and achieve compliance by such Credit Party, its Subsidiaries and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents with applicable anti-corruption laws, anti-money laundering laws and applicable Sanctions.
Section 5.08. Use of Proceeds.
The proceeds of the Loans will be used for the purposes described in Section 3.13. No part of the proceeds of any Loan will be used, whether directly or indirectly, for any purpose that entails a violation of Regulations U or X of the Board.
Section 5.09. Maintenance of Accreditation, Etc.
Such Credit Party will preserve and maintain, and cause each of its Subsidiaries to preserve and maintain, all licenses, permits, authorizations, certifications and qualifications (including, without limitation, those qualifications with respect to solvency and capitalization) required, except where the failure to do so would not result in a Material Adverse Effect.
ARTICLE VI
Negative Covenants
Until the Commitments have expired or terminated and the principal of and interest on each Loan and all fees payable hereunder have been paid in full, each of the Credit Parties covenants and agrees with the Lenders that:
Section 6.01. Indebtedness.
Such Credit Party will not, and will not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, create, incur, assume or permit to exist any other Indebtedness or liability on account of borrowed money,
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represented by any notes, bonds, debentures or similar obligations, or on account of the deferred purchase price of any property, or any other deposits, advance or progress payments under contracts, except (without duplication so that Indebtedness that meets any one of the exceptions below shall not count against any other exception below):
(a) Indebtedness arising or existing under this Agreement and the other Credit Documents;
(b) Indebtedness of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries consisting of Capital Lease Obligations or Indebtedness incurred to provide all or a portion of the purchase price or cost of construction of an asset provided that (i) such Indebtedness when incurred shall not exceed the purchase price or cost of construction of such asset and (ii) no such Indebtedness shall be refinanced for a principal amount in excess of the principal balance outstanding thereon at the time of such refinancing, except, in either case, to the extent such Indebtedness is secured by Liens permitted under Section 6.02;
(c) Indebtedness of any Credit Party to any other Credit Party or any Subsidiary of any Credit Party or of any Subsidiary of any Credit Party to any Credit Party or any other Subsidiary of any Credit Party;
(d) Indebtedness secured by Liens to the extent permitted under Section 6.02;
(e) Other unsecured Indebtedness of the Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries; provided that, in the case of such Indebtedness incurred by any Credit Party, such Indebtedness is not senior in right of payment to the payment of the Indebtedness arising or existing under this Agreement and the other Credit Documents; and
(f) Indebtedness existing on the date hereof and set forth in Schedule 6.01 and extensions, renewals and replacements of any such Indebtedness that do not increase the outstanding principal amount thereof.
Section 6.02. Liens.
Such Credit Party will not, and will not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, create, incur, assume or permit to exist any Lien upon any of its property, assets or revenues, whether now owned or hereafter acquired by it, except (without duplication so that Liens that meet any one of the exceptions below shall not count against any other exception below):
(a) Liens pursuant to any Credit Document;
(b) Liens existing on the date hereof and listed on Schedule 6.02 and any renewals or extensions thereof, provided that (i) the property covered thereby is not changed, (ii) the amount secured or benefited thereby is not increased and (iii) the direct or any contingent obligor with respect thereto is not changed;
(c) Liens on any property or asset acquired (whether by merger, consolidation, purchase, lease or otherwise), constructed or improved by Parent or any Subsidiary after the date
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hereof which are created or assumed prior to, contemporaneously with, or within 360 days after, such acquisition, construction or improvement, to secure or provide for the payment of all or any part of the cost of such acquisition, construction or improvement (including related expenditures capitalized for federal income tax purposes in connection therewith) incurred after the date hereof;
(d) Liens on any property or asset existing at the time of acquisition thereof, whether by merger, consolidation, purchase, lease or otherwise;
(e) Liens in favor of, or which secure, Indebtedness owing to Parent or any other Credit Party;
(f) Liens in favor of the United States or any state thereof, or any department, agency, or instrumentality or political subdivision thereof, or political entity affiliated therewith, or in favor of any other country, or any political subdivision thereof, to secure partial, progress, advance or other payments, or other obligations, pursuant to any contract or statute, or to secure any Indebtedness incurred for the purpose of financing all or any part of the cost of acquiring, constructing or improving the property subject to such Liens (including Liens incurred in connection with pollution control, industrial revenue or similar financings);
(g) Liens imposed by law, such as mechanics’, workmen’s, repairmen’s, materialmen’s, carriers’, warehousemen’s, vendors’ or other similar Liens arising in the ordinary course of business, or governmental (federal, state or municipal) Liens arising out of contracts for the sale of products or services by Parent or any Subsidiary, or deposits or pledges to obtain the release of any of the foregoing;
(h) pledges or deposits under workmen’s compensation, unemployment insurance, or similar legislation and Liens of judgments thereunder which are not currently dischargeable, or good faith deposits in connection with bids, tenders, contracts (other than for the payment of money) or leases to which Parent or any Subsidiary is a party, or deposits to secure public or statutory obligations of Parent or any Subsidiary, or deposits in connection with obtaining or maintaining self-insurance or to obtain the benefits of any law, regulation or arrangement pertaining to workmen’s compensation, unemployment insurance, old age pensions, social security or similar matters, or deposits of cash or obligations of the United States to secure surety, appeal or customs bonds to which Parent or any Restricted Subsidiary is a party, or deposits in litigation or other proceedings such as, but not limited to, interpleader proceedings;
(i) Liens created by or resulting from any litigation or other proceeding which is being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings, including Liens arising out of judgments or awards against Parent or any Subsidiary with respect to which Parent or such Subsidiary is in good faith prosecuting an appeal or proceedings for review; or Liens incurred by Parent or any Subsidiary for the purpose of obtaining a stay or discharge in the course of any litigation or other proceeding to which Parent or such Subsidiary is a party;
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(j) Liens for taxes or assessments or governmental charges or levies not yet due or delinquent, or which can thereafter be paid without penalty, or which are being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings;
(k) Liens consisting of easements, rights-of-way, zoning restrictions, restrictions on the use of real property, and defects and irregularities in the title thereto, landlords’ Liens and other similar Liens and encumbrances none of which interfere materially with the use of the property covered thereby in the ordinary course of the business of Parent or such Subsidiary and which do not, in the opinion of Parent, materially detract from the value of such properties;
(l) Liens arising solely by virtue of any statutory or common law provision relating to banker’s Liens, rights of setoff or similar rights and remedies as to deposit accounts or other funds maintained with a creditor depository institution; provided that (i) such deposit account is not a dedicated cash collateral account and is not subject to restrictions against access by Parent or the applicable Subsidiary in excess of those set forth by regulations promulgated by the Federal Reserve Board and (ii) such deposit account is not intended to provide collateral to the depository institution;
(m) any extension, renewal or replacement (or successive extensions, removals or replacements) as a whole or in part, of any Lien referred to in the foregoing clauses (a) to (p), inclusive; provided that (i) such extension, renewal or replacement Lien shall be limited to all or a part of the same property, shares of stock or Indebtedness that secured the Lien extended, renewed or replaced (plus improvements on such property) and (ii) the Indebtedness secured by such Lien at such time is not increased;
(n) Liens securing Indebtedness in respect of Capital Lease Obligations; provided that (i) such Liens do not at any time encumber any property other than the property financed by such Indebtedness and (ii) the Indebtedness secured thereby does not exceed the cost or fair market value, whichever is lower, of the property being acquired on the date of acquisition;
(o) Liens, if any, arising in respect of any factoring, assignment or sales of accounts receivable or similar arrangements; and
(p) Liens securing other Indebtedness or obligations in an aggregate amount for all Credit Parties and their Subsidiaries not exceeding at any time the greater of (x) 20% of Consolidated Net Tangible Assets as at the end of the immediately preceding fiscal quarter and (y) $4.0 billion.
Section 6.03. Fundamental Changes.
Such Credit Party will not, and will not permit any of its Subsidiaries that, individually or in the aggregate, represent all or substantially all of the assets of Parent and its Subsidiaries taken as a whole to, merge into or consolidate with any other Person, or permit any other Person to merge into or consolidate with it, or sell, transfer, lease or otherwise dispose of (in one transaction or in a series of transactions) all or substantially all of the assets of Parent and its Subsidiaries taken as a whole, in each case, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, or
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liquidate or dissolve, except that, if at the time thereof and immediately after giving effect thereto no Default shall have occurred and be continuing (i) any Person (other than the Company) may merge into a Credit Party in a transaction in which such Credit Party is the surviving entity, (ii) any Person (other than the Company), including any Affiliate, may merge with any Subsidiary of a Credit Party in a transaction in which the surviving entity is a Subsidiary of a Credit Party, (iii) any Subsidiary (other than the Company) of a Credit Party may sell, transfer, lease or otherwise dispose of its assets or stock to a Credit Party or to another Subsidiary of a Credit Party, (iv) any Subsidiary (other than the Company) of a Credit Party may liquidate or dissolve or any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries may sell, transfer, lease or otherwise dispose of any assets if, in each case, such sale, transfer, lease or other disposition does not involve all or substantially all of the assets of Parent and its Subsidiaries taken as a whole, (v) any Credit Party and any of its Subsidiaries may sell immaterial businesses, including Subsidiaries, in the ordinary course of business and (vi) any Subsidiary of a Credit Party formed for the purpose of acquiring a Person or a minority interest in any Person may merge into such Person.
Section 6.04. Business Activity.
Such Credit Party will not, nor will Parent permit any of its Significant Subsidiaries to, alter the character of its business in any material respect from that conducted as of the Closing Date; it being understood that this Section 6.04 shall not prohibit the Credit Parties, or any Significant Subsidiaries of Parent, from conducting any business or business activities incidental or related to such business as carried on as of the Closing Date or any business or activity that is reasonably similar or complementary thereto or a reasonable extension, development or expansion thereof or ancillary thereto.
Section 6.05. Sanctions.
Such Credit Party will not, nor will it permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly, use the proceeds of any Loan, or lend, contribute or otherwise make available such proceeds to any Subsidiary, joint venture partner or other individual or entity, to fund any activities of or business with any individual or entity, or in any Designated Jurisdiction, in a manner that would result in a violation by any individual or entity participating in the transaction, whether as Lender, Administrative Agent or otherwise, of any Sanctions.
Section 6.06. Anti-Corruption Laws; Anti-Money Laundering Laws.
Such Credit Party will not, nor will it permit any of its Subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly, use the proceeds of any Loan for any purpose which would breach the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, the UK Bribery Act 2010, the Patriot Act, The Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act (also known as the “Bank Secrecy Act”) or other similar legislation in other jurisdictions, if applicable.
ARTICLE VII
Events of Default
Section 7.01. Events of Default.
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If any of the following events (“Events of Default”) shall occur:
(a) any Credit Party shall fail to pay any principal of any Loan when and as the same shall become due and payable, whether at the due date thereof or at a date fixed for prepayment thereof or otherwise;
(b) any Credit Party shall fail to pay any interest on any Loan or any fee or any other amount (other than an amount referred to in Section 7.01(a)) payable under this Agreement, when and as the same shall become due and payable, and such failure shall continue unremedied for a period of five Business Days;
(c) any representation or warranty made or deemed made by or on behalf of any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries in or in connection with this Agreement or any amendment or modification hereof, or in any report, certificate, financial statement or other document furnished pursuant to or in connection with this Agreement or any amendment or modification hereof, shall prove to have been incorrect in any material respect when made or deemed made;
(d) any Credit Party shall fail to observe or perform any covenant, condition or agreement contained in Section 5.02, 5.03 (with respect to such Credit Party’s existence) or 5.08 or in Article VI;
(e) any Credit Party shall fail to observe or perform any covenant, condition or agreement contained in this Agreement (other than those specified in Section 7.01(a), (b) or (d)), and such failure shall continue unremedied for a period of 30 days after notice thereof from the Administrative Agent (given at the request of any Lender) to the Credit Parties;
(f) any Credit Party or any of its Subsidiaries shall fail to make any payment (whether of principal or interest and regardless of amount) in respect of Material Indebtedness, when and as the same shall become due and payable (subject to any applicable grace periods or notice requirements);
(g) the Company, Parent or any Subsidiary shall default in the performance of any obligation in respect of any Material Indebtedness or any “change of control” (or equivalent term) shall occur with respect to any Material Indebtedness, in each case, that results in Material Indebtedness becoming due prior to its scheduled maturity or that enables or permits (subject to any applicable grace periods or notice requirements) the holder or holders of any Material Indebtedness or any trustee or agent on its or their behalf to cause any Material Indebtedness to become due, or to require the prepayment, repurchase, redemption or defeasance thereof, prior to its scheduled maturity; provided that this clause (g) shall not apply to (i) secured Indebtedness that becomes due as a result of the voluntary sale or transfer of the property or assets securing such Indebtedness, (ii) the Indebtedness under this Agreement, (iii) any “change of control” put arising as a result of any acquisition of any Subsidiary so long as any such Indebtedness that is put in accordance with the terms of such Indebtedness is paid as required by the terms of such Indebtedness or (iv) any required repurchase, repayment or redemption of (or offer to repurchase, repay or redeem) any Indebtedness that was incurred for the specified purpose of financing all or a portion of the consideration for a merger or acquisition; provided that such repurchase,
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repayment or redemption (or offer to repurchase, repay or redeem) results solely from the failure of such merger or acquisition to be consummated;
(h) an involuntary proceeding shall be commenced or an involuntary petition shall be filed seeking (i) liquidation, reorganization or other relief in respect of any Credit Party or any Significant Subsidiary or its debts, or of a substantial part of its assets, under any Federal, state or foreign bankruptcy, insolvency, receivership, examinership or similar law now or hereafter in effect or (ii) the appointment of a receiver, examiner, trustee, custodian, sequestrator, conservator or similar official for any Credit Party or any Significant Subsidiary or for a substantial part of its assets, and, in any such case, such proceeding or petition shall continue undismissed for 60 days (or for the case of Parent or any Irish incorporated entity shall continue undismissed for 14 days) or an order or decree approving or ordering any of the foregoing shall be entered;
(i) any Credit Party or any Significant Subsidiary shall (i) voluntarily commence any proceeding or file any petition seeking liquidation, reorganization or other relief under any Federal, state or foreign bankruptcy, insolvency, receivership, examinership or similar law now or hereafter in effect, (ii) consent to the institution of, or fail to contest in a timely and appropriate manner, any proceeding or petition described in Section 7.01(h), (iii) apply for or consent to the appointment of a receiver, examiner, trustee, custodian, sequestrator, conservator or similar official for any Credit Party or any Significant Subsidiary or for a substantial part of its assets, (iv) file an answer admitting the material allegations of a petition filed against it in any such proceeding, (v) make a general assignment for the benefit of creditors or (vi) take any action for the purpose of effecting any of the foregoing;
(j) any Credit Party or any Significant Subsidiary shall become unable, admit in writing its inability to pay, or fail generally to pay its debts as they become due;
(k) one or more judgments or decrees shall be rendered against any Credit Party, any Significant Subsidiary or any combination thereof and the same shall not have been paid, vacated, discharged, stayed or bonded pending appeal within 75 days from the entry thereof that involves in the aggregate a liability (not paid or fully covered by insurance) of $200,000,000 or more;
(l) an ERISA Event shall have occurred that, in the opinion of the Required Lenders, when taken together with all other ERISA Events that have occurred, could reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect; or
(m) a Change in Control shall occur; or
(n) this Agreement, any promissory note delivered pursuant to Section 2.09 or any Guaranty shall, for any reason, cease to be in full force and effect, or any Credit Party shall contest in writing the validity or enforceability hereunder or under any such promissory note, in each case, other than in accordance with the terms hereof and thereof;
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then, in every such event (other than an event with respect to any Credit Party described in Section 7.01 (h) or (i)), and at any time thereafter during the continuance of such event, the Administrative Agent may, and at the request of the Required Lenders shall, by notice to the Company, take either or both of the following actions, at the same or different times: (i) terminate the Commitments, and thereupon the Commitments shall terminate immediately, and (ii) declare the Loans then outstanding to be due and payable in whole (or in part, in which case any principal not so declared to be due and payable may thereafter be declared to be due and payable), and thereupon the principal of the Loans so declared to be due and payable, together with accrued interest thereon and all fees and other obligations of the Company accrued hereunder, shall become due and payable immediately (and the Commitments shall terminate), without presentment, demand, protest or other notice of any kind, all of which are hereby waived by the Company; and in case of any event with respect to any Credit Party described in Section 7.01(h) or (i), the Commitments shall automatically terminate and the principal of the Loans then outstanding, together with accrued interest thereon and all fees and other obligations of the Company accrued hereunder, shall automatically become due and payable, without presentment, demand, protest or other notice of any kind, all of which are hereby waived by the Company.
ARTICLE VIII
The Administrative Agent
Section 8.01. Appointment and Authority.
Each of the Lenders hereby irrevocably appoints Mizuho to act on its behalf as the Administrative Agent hereunder and under the other Credit Documents and authorizes the Administrative Agent to take such actions on its behalf and to exercise such powers as are delegated to the Administrative Agent by the terms hereof or thereof, together with such actions and powers as are reasonably incidental thereto. The provisions of this Article are solely for the benefit of the Administrative Agent and the Lenders, and neither the Company nor any other Credit Party shall have rights as a third party beneficiary of any of such provisions. It is understood and agreed that the use of the term “agent” herein or in any other Credit Document (or any other similar term) with reference to the Administrative Agent is not intended to connote any fiduciary or other implied (or express) obligations arising under agency doctrine of any applicable Law. Instead such term is used as a matter of market custom, and is intended to create or reflect only an administrative relationship between contracting parties.
Section 8.02. Rights as a Lender.
The Person serving as the Administrative Agent hereunder shall have the same rights and powers in its capacity as a Lender as any other Lender and may exercise the same as though it were not the Administrative Agent and the term “Lender” or “Lenders” shall, unless otherwise expressly indicated or unless the context otherwise requires, include the Person serving as the Administrative Agent hereunder in its individual capacity. Such Person and its Affiliates may accept deposits from, lend money to, own securities of, act as the financial advisor or in any other advisory capacity for and generally engage in any kind of business with Parent or any of its Subsidiaries or other Affiliate thereof as if such Person were not the Administrative Agent hereunder and without any duty to account therefor to the Lenders.
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Section 8.03. Exculpatory Provisions.
The Administrative Agent shall not have any duties or obligations except those expressly set forth in this Agreement and in the other Credit Documents. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Administrative Agent:
(a) shall not be subject to any fiduciary or other implied duties, regardless of whether a Default has occurred and is continuing;
(b) shall not have any duty to take any discretionary action or exercise any discretionary powers, except discretionary rights and powers expressly contemplated hereby or by the other Credit Documents that the Administrative Agent is required to exercise as directed in writing by the Required Lenders (or such other number or percentage of the Lenders as shall be expressly provided for herein or in the other Credit Documents), provided that the Administrative Agent shall not be required to take any action that, in its opinion or the opinion of its counsel, may expose the Administrative Agent to liability or that is contrary to any Credit Document or applicable law, including for the avoidance of doubt any action that may be in violation of the automatic stay under any Debtor Relief Law or that may effect a forfeiture, modification or termination of property of a Defaulting Lender in violation of any Debtor Relief Law; and
(c) shall not, except as expressly set forth herein and in the other Credit Documents, have any duty to disclose, and shall not be liable for the failure to disclose, any information relating to any Credit Party or any of its Affiliates that is communicated to or obtained by the Person serving as the Administrative Agent or any of its Affiliates in any capacity.
The Administrative Agent shall not be liable for any action taken or not taken by it (i) with the consent or at the request of the Required Lenders (or such other number or percentage of the Lenders as shall be necessary, or as the Administrative Agent shall believe in good faith shall be necessary, under the circumstances as provided in Section 10.02 and Section 7.01) or (ii) in the absence of its own gross negligence or willful misconduct as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction by final and non-appealable judgment. The Administrative Agent shall be deemed not to have knowledge of any Default unless and until notice describing such Default is given to the Administrative Agent by the Company or a Lender.
The Administrative Agent shall not be responsible for or have any duty to ascertain or inquire into (i) any statement, warranty or representation made in or in connection with this Agreement or any other Credit Document, (ii) the contents of any certificate, report or other document delivered hereunder or thereunder or in connection herewith or therewith, (iii) the performance or observance of any of the covenants, agreements or other terms or conditions set forth herein or therein or the occurrence of any Default, (iv) the validity, enforceability, effectiveness or genuineness of this Agreement, any other Credit Document or any other agreement, instrument or document or (v) the satisfaction of any condition set forth in Article IV or elsewhere herein, other than to confirm receipt of items expressly required to be delivered to the Administrative Agent.
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Section 8.04. Reliance by Administrative Agent.
The Administrative Agent shall be entitled to rely upon, and shall not incur any liability for relying upon, any notice, request, certificate, consent, statement, instrument, document or other writing (including any electronic message, Internet or intranet website posting or other distribution) believed by it to be genuine and to have been signed, sent or otherwise authenticated by the proper Person. The Administrative Agent also may rely upon any statement made to it orally or by telephone and believed by it to have been made by the proper Person, and shall not incur any liability for relying thereon. In determining compliance with any condition hereunder to the making of a Loan that by its terms must be fulfilled to the satisfaction of a Lender, the Administrative Agent may presume that such condition is satisfactory to such Lender unless the Administrative Agent shall have received notice to the contrary from such Lender prior to the making of such Loan. The Administrative Agent may consult with legal counsel (who may be counsel for the Credit Parties), independent accountants and other experts selected by it, and shall not be liable for any action taken or not taken by it in accordance with the advice of any such counsel, accountants or experts.
Section 8.05. Delegation of Duties.
The Administrative Agent may perform any and all of its duties and exercise its rights and powers hereunder or under any other Credit Document by or through any one or more sub-agents appointed by the Administrative Agent. The Administrative Agent and any such sub-agent may perform any and all of its duties and exercise its rights and powers by or through their respective Related Parties. The exculpatory provisions of this Article shall apply to any such sub-agent and to the Related Parties of the Administrative Agent and any such sub-agent, and shall apply to their respective activities in connection with the syndication of the credit facilities provided for herein as well as activities as Administrative Agent. The Administrative Agent shall not be responsible for the negligence or misconduct of any sub-agents except to the extent that a court of competent jurisdiction determines in a final and non-appealable judgment that the Administrative Agent acted with gross negligence or willful misconduct in the selection of such sub-agents.
Section 8.06. Resignation of Administrative Agent.
(a) The Administrative Agent may at any time give notice of its resignation to the Lenders and the Company. Upon receipt of any such notice of resignation, the Required Lenders shall have the right, upon the Company’s prior written approval (which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed and shall not be required during the continuance of an Event of Default), to appoint a successor, which shall be a bank with an office in the United States, or an Affiliate of any such bank with an office in the United States. If no such successor shall have been so appointed by the Required Lenders and shall have accepted such appointment within 30 days after the retiring Administrative Agent gives notice of its resignation (or such earlier day as shall be agreed by the Required Lenders) (the “Resignation Effective Date”), then the retiring Administrative Agent may (but shall not be obligated to) on behalf of the Lenders, appoint, with the Company’s prior written approval (which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed and shall not be required during the continuance of an Event of Default), a successor Administrative Agent meeting the qualifications set forth above, provided
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that in no event shall any such successor Administrative Agent be a Defaulting Lender. Whether or not a successor has been appointed, such resignation shall become effective in accordance with such notice on the Resignation Effective Date.
(b) If the Person serving as Administrative Agent is a Defaulting Lender pursuant to clause (d) of the definition thereof, the Required Lenders may, to the extent permitted by applicable law, by notice in writing to the Company and such Person remove such Person as Administrative Agent and, upon the Company’s prior written approval (which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed and shall not be required during the continuance of an Event of Default), appoint a successor. If no such successor shall have been so appointed by the Required Lenders and shall have accepted such appointment within 30 days (or such earlier day as shall be agreed by the Required Lenders) (the “Removal Effective Date”), then such removal shall nonetheless become effective in accordance with such notice on the Removal Effective Date.
(c) With effect from the Resignation Effective Date or the Removal Effective Date (as applicable) (1) the retiring or removed Administrative Agent shall be discharged from its duties and obligations hereunder and under the other Credit Documents (except that in the case of any cash collateral held by the Administrative Agent on behalf of the Lenders under any of the Credit Documents, the retiring or removed Administrative Agent shall continue to hold such collateral security until such time as a successor Administrative Agent is appointed) and (2) except for any indemnity payments or other amounts then owed to the retiring or removed Administrative Agent, all payments, communications and determinations provided to be made by, to or through the Administrative Agent shall instead be made by or to each Lender directly, until such time, if any, as the Required Lenders appoint a successor Administrative Agent as provided for above. Upon the acceptance of a successor’s appointment as Administrative Agent hereunder, such successor shall succeed to and become vested with all of the rights, powers, privileges and duties of the retiring (or removed) Administrative Agent (other than any rights to indemnity payments or other amounts owed to the retiring or removed Administrative Agent as of the Resignation Effective Date or the Removal Effective Date, as applicable), and the retiring or removed Administrative Agent shall be discharged from all of its duties and obligations hereunder or under the other Credit Documents (if not already discharged therefrom as provided above in this Section). The on-going fees payable by the Company to a successor Administrative Agent shall be the same as those payable to its predecessor unless otherwise agreed between the Company and such successor. After the retiring or removed Administrative Agent’s resignation or removal hereunder and under the other Credit Documents, the provisions of this Article and Section 10.03 shall continue in effect for the benefit of such retiring or removed Administrative Agent, its sub agents and their respective Related Parties in respect of any actions taken or omitted to be taken by any of them (i) while the retiring or removed Administrative Agent was acting as Administrative Agent and (ii) after such resignation or removal for as long as any of them continues to act in any capacity hereunder or under the other Credit Documents, including (x) holding any cash collateral on behalf of any of the Lenders and (y) in respect of any actions taken in connection with transferring the agency to any successor Administrative Agent.
Section 8.07. Non-Reliance on Administrative Agent and Other Lenders.
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Each Lender acknowledges that it has, independently and without reliance upon the Administrative Agent or any other Lender or any of their Related Parties and based on such documents and information as it has deemed appropriate, made its own credit analysis and decision to enter into this Agreement. Each Lender also acknowledges that it will, independently and without reliance upon the Administrative Agent or any other Lender or any of their Related Parties and based on such documents and information as it shall from time to time deem appropriate, continue to make its own decisions in taking or not taking action under or based upon this Agreement, any other Credit Document or any related agreement or any document furnished hereunder or thereunder.
Section 8.08. [Reserved].
Section 8.09. Administrative Agent May File Proofs of Claim.
In case of the pendency of any proceeding under any Debtor Relief Law or any other judicial proceeding relative to the Company, the Administrative Agent (irrespective of whether the principal of any Loan shall then be due and payable as herein expressed or by declaration or otherwise and irrespective of whether the Administrative Agent shall have made any demand on the Company) shall be entitled and empowered, by intervention in such proceeding or otherwise
(a) to file and prove a claim for the whole amount of the principal and interest owing and unpaid in respect of the Loans and all other obligations that are owing and unpaid and to file such other documents as may be necessary or advisable in order to have the claims of the Lenders and the Administrative Agent (including any claim for the reasonable compensation, expenses, disbursements and advances of the Lenders and the Administrative Agent and their respective agents and counsel and all other amounts due the Lenders and the Administrative Agent under Sections 2.11 and 10.03) allowed in such judicial proceeding; and
(b) to collect and receive any monies or other property payable or deliverable on any such claims and to distribute the same;
and any custodian, receiver, assignee, trustee, liquidator, sequestrator or other similar official in any such judicial proceeding is hereby authorized by each Lender to make such payments to the Administrative Agent and, in the event that the Administrative Agent shall consent to the making of such payments directly to the Lenders, to pay to the Administrative Agent any amount due for the reasonable compensation, expenses, disbursements and advances of the Administrative Agent and its agents and counsel, and any other amounts due the Administrative Agent under Sections 2.11 and 10.03.
Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to authorize the Administrative Agent to authorize or consent to or accept or adopt on behalf of any Lender any plan of reorganization, arrangement, adjustment or composition affecting the obligations of the Company under the Credit Documents or the rights of any Lender to authorize the Administrative Agent to vote in respect of the claim of any Lender in any such proceeding.
Section 8.10. Indemnification of Administrative Agent.
Whether or not the transactions contemplated hereby are consummated, the Lenders shall indemnify upon demand each Agent-Related Person (to the extent not reimbursed by or on behalf of the Company and without limiting the obligation of the Company to do so), pro rata,
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and hold harmless each Agent-Related Person from and against any and all Indemnified Liabilities incurred by it; provided, however, that no Lender shall be liable for the payment to any Agent-Related Person of any portion of such Indemnified Liabilities resulting from such Person’s gross negligence or willful misconduct as determined in a final, non-appealable judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction; provided, however, that no action taken in accordance with the directions of the Required Lenders shall be deemed to constitute gross negligence or willful misconduct for purposes of this Section. Without limitation of the foregoing, each Lender shall reimburse the Administrative Agent upon demand for its ratable share of any costs or out-of-pocket expenses (including attorney costs) incurred by the Administrative Agent in connection with the preparation, execution, delivery, administration, modification, amendment or enforcement (whether through negotiations, legal proceedings or otherwise) of, or legal advice in respect of rights or responsibilities under, this Agreement, any other Credit Document, or any document contemplated by or referred to herein, to the extent that the Administrative Agent is not reimbursed for such expenses by or on behalf of the Company. The undertaking in this Section shall survive termination of the Commitments, the payment of all obligations hereunder and the resignation or replacement of the Administrative Agent.
Section 8.11. Guaranty Matters
Without limiting the provisions of Section 8.09, the Lenders irrevocably authorize the Administrative Agent to, and the Administrative Agent hereby agrees with the Credit Parties that the Administrative Agent shall, with the consent of the Required Lenders, release any Guarantor from its obligations under the Guaranty if such Person ceases to be a Subsidiary as a result of a transaction permitted under the Credit Documents or, in the case of Medtronic, if Medtronic certifies to the Administrative Agent that it is not an obligor (as borrower, guarantor or otherwise) in respect of Indebtedness (a) for borrowed money consisting of bonds, debentures, notes or other similar debt securities issued in (i) a public offering registered under the Securities Act, (ii) a private placement to institutional investors that is resold in accordance with Rule 144A or Regulation S under the Securities Act, or (iii) a placement to institutional investors, or (b) under syndicated or commercial bank loan credit facilities, in an aggregate outstanding principal amount (in respect of borrowed money described in clause (a)) or aggregate commitment (in respect of facilities described in clause (b)) of $1 billion or more (other than (a) Indebtedness owing to Parent or any of its Subsidiaries, (b) Indebtedness under any Credit Document and (c) Capital Lease Obligations).
Upon request by the Administrative Agent at any time, the Required Lenders will confirm in writing the Administrative Agent’s authority to release any Guarantor from its obligations under the Guaranty pursuant to this Section 8.11.
ARTICLE IX
Guaranty
Section 9.01. The Guaranty.
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Each Guarantor, jointly and severally, hereby irrevocably and unconditionally guarantees to each Lender and the Administrative Agent the full and punctual payment (whether at stated maturity, upon acceleration or otherwise) of the principal of and interest on the Loans made to the Company pursuant to this Agreement, and the full and punctual payment of all other amounts payable by the Company under this Agreement or any of the other Credit Documents. Upon failure by the Company to pay punctually any such amount, the applicable Guarantors shall forthwith on demand pay the amount not so paid at the place and in the manner specified in this Agreement (the “Guaranteed Obligations”).
Section 9.02. Nature of Guaranty Unconditional.
(a) Each Guarantor agrees that its obligations under this Article IX shall be irrevocable, unconditional and absolute and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, shall not be released, discharged or otherwise affected by:
(i) any extension, renewal, settlement, compromise, waiver or release in respect of any obligation of the Company under this Agreement or any other Credit Document, by operation of law or otherwise;
(ii) any modification or amendment of or supplement to this Agreement or any other Credit Document;
(iii) any release, impairment, non-perfection or invalidity of any direct or indirect security for any obligation of the Company under this Agreement or any other Credit Document;
(iv) any change in the organizational existence, structure or ownership of the Company, or any insolvency, bankruptcy, reorganization or other similar proceeding affecting the Company or its assets or any resulting release or discharge of any obligation of the Company contained in this Agreement or any other Credit Document;
(v) the existence of any claim, set-off or other rights such Guarantor may have at any time against the Company, the Administrative Agent, any Lender or any other Person, whether in connection herewith or any unrelated transactions; provided that nothing herein shall prevent the assertion of any such claim by separate suit or compulsory counterclaim;
(iv) any illegality, invalidity or unenforceability relating to or against the Company for any reason of this Agreement or any other Credit Document, or any provision of applicable law or regulation purporting to prohibit the Borrowing by the Company or the payment by the Company or any other Guarantor of the principal of or interest on the Loans or any other amount payable by it under this Agreement or any other Credit Document; or
(vii) any other act or omission to act or delay of any kind by the Company, the Administrative Agent, any Lender or any other Person or any other circumstance
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whatsoever which might, but for the provisions of this clause (vii), constitute a legal or equitable discharge of such Guarantor’s obligations hereunder.
(b) Each Guarantor agrees that the Guaranteed Obligations of each Guarantor hereunder are independent of the Guaranteed Obligations of each other Guarantor and of any other guarantee of the Guaranteed Obligations and when making any demand hereunder or otherwise pursuing its rights and remedies hereunder against any Guarantor, the Administrative Agent or any Lender may, but shall be under no obligation to, make a similar demand on or otherwise pursue such rights and remedies as it may have against the Company and any other Guarantor or any other Person or against any other guarantee for the Guaranteed Obligations or any right of offset with respect thereto, and any failure by the Administrative Agent or any Lender to make any such demand, to pursue such other rights or remedies or to collect any payments from the Company and any other Guarantor or any other Person or to realize upon any such guarantee or to exercise any such right of offset, or any release of the Company and any other Guarantor or any other Person or any such guarantee or right of offset, shall not relieve any Guarantor of any obligation or liability hereunder, and shall not impair or affect the rights and remedies, whether express, implied or available as a matter of law, of the Administrative Agent or any Lender against any Guarantor. For the purposes hereof “demand” shall include the commencement and continuance of any legal proceedings.
Section 9.03. Discharge Only Upon Payment in Full; Reinstatement in Certain Circumstances.
Except as set forth in Section 9.08, each Guarantor’s obligations under this Article IX shall remain in full force and effect until the Commitments shall have terminated in full and the principal of and interest on the Loans and all other amounts payable by the Company under this Agreement and each other Credit Document shall have been paid in full. If at any time any payment of the principal of or interest on the Loans or any other amount payable by the Company under this Agreement or any other Credit Document is rescinded or must be otherwise restored or returned upon the insolvency, bankruptcy or reorganization of the Company or otherwise, the obligations of each Guarantor under this Article IX with respect to such payment shall be reinstated at such time as though such payment had been due but not made at such time.
Section 9.04. Waiver by the Guarantors.
Each Guarantor irrevocably waives acceptance hereof, presentment, demand, protest and 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 or any other Person.
Section 9.05. Subrogation.
Each Guarantor irrevocably waives any and all rights to which it may be entitled, by operation of law or otherwise, upon making any payment pursuant to this Article IX, to be subrogated to the rights of the payee against the Company with respect to such payment or against any direct or indirect security therefor, or otherwise to be reimbursed, indemnified or exonerated by or for the account of the Company in respect thereof.
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Section 9.06. Stay of Acceleration.
If acceleration of the time for payment of any amount payable by the Company under this Agreement (or any promissory notes issued in connection with same) is stayed upon the insolvency, bankruptcy or reorganization of the Company, all such amounts otherwise subject to acceleration under the terms of this Agreement shall nonetheless be payable by the Guarantors hereunder forthwith on demand by the Administrative Agent made at the request of the Required Lenders.
Section 9.07. Limitation on Obligations Guaranteed.
The obligations of each Guarantor under this Article IX shall be limited to an aggregate amount equal to the largest amount that would not render such Guarantor’s obligations under this Article IX subject to avoidance under the United States Bankruptcy Code or any other federal, state or foreign bankruptcy, insolvency, receivership or similar law, the Uniform Fraudulent Conveyance Act, the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act or any similar foreign, federal or state law to the extent applicable to this Agreement and the Guaranteed Obligations.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, the obligations of Parent under this Article 9 shall exclude any obligation to the extent that it would result in the relevant obligation constituting unlawful financial assistance within the meaning of Section 82 of the Act.
Section 9.08. Scheme.
The obligations and liabilities of each Guarantor under this Agreement shall not be affected by any reduction occurring in, or other arrangement being made relating to the liabilities of any Credit Party to the Lenders as a result of any arrangement or composition, made pursuant to any of the provisions of the Act or any analogous provisions in any other jurisdiction or made pursuant to any proceedings or actions whatsoever and whether or not following the appointment of an administrator, administrative receiver, trustee, liquidator, receiver or examiner or any similar officer or any analogous event occurring under the laws of any relevant jurisdiction to any Credit Party or over all or a substantial part of the assets (as the case may be) of any Credit Party and each Guarantor hereby agrees with and to the Lenders and the Administrative Agent that the amount recoverable by the Lenders from the Guarantors hereunder will be and will continue to be the full amount which would have been recoverable by the Lenders from the Guarantors in respect of each Guarantor’s liabilities had no such arrangement or composition or event as aforesaid been entered into.
Section 9.09. Additional to Other Documents.
Each Guarantor agrees that its obligations contained in this Article IX shall be additional to any other guarantee or security at any time held from such Guarantor or any other Person in respect of all or any of the Guaranteed Obligations.

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ARTICLE X
Miscellaneous
Section 10.01. Notices.
(a) Notices Generally. Except in the case of notices and other communications expressly permitted to be given by telephone (and except as provided in subsection (b) below), all notices and other communications provided for herein shall be in writing and shall be delivered by hand or overnight courier service, mailed by certified or registered mail or sent by electronic mail or telecopier as follows, and all notices and other communications expressly permitted hereunder to be given by telephone shall be made to the applicable telephone number, as follows:
(i) if to any Credit Party or the Administrative Agent, to the address, telecopier number, electronic mail address or telephone number specified for such Person on Schedule 10.01; and
(ii) if to any other Lender, to the address, telecopier number, electronic mail address or telephone number specified in its Administrative Questionnaire.
Notices and other communications sent by hand or overnight courier service, or mailed by certified or registered mail, shall be deemed to have been given when received; notices and other communications sent by telecopier shall be deemed to have been given when sent (except that, if not given during normal business hours for the recipient, shall be deemed to have been given at the opening of business on the next business day for the recipient). Notices and other communications delivered through electronic communications to the extent provided in subsection (b) below, shall be effective as provided in such subsection (b).
(b) Electronic Communications. Notices and other communications to the Lenders hereunder may be delivered or furnished by electronic communication (including e-mail, FpML messaging and Internet or intranet websites) pursuant to procedures approved by the Administrative Agent, provided that, the foregoing shall not apply to notices to any Lender pursuant to Article II if such Lender has notified the Administrative Agent that it is incapable of receiving notices under such Article by electronic communication. The Administrative Agent or the Company may, in its discretion, agree to accept notices and other communications to it hereunder by electronic communications pursuant to procedures approved by it, provided that approval of such procedures may be limited to particular notices or communications.
Unless the Administrative Agent otherwise prescribes, (i) notices and other communications sent to an e-mail address shall be deemed received upon the sender’s receipt of an acknowledgement from the intended recipient (such as by the “return receipt requested” function, as available, return e-mail or other written acknowledgement), provided that if such notice or other communication is not sent during the normal business hours of the recipient, such
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notice or communication shall be deemed to have been sent at the opening of business on the next business day for the recipient, and (ii) notices or communications posted to an Internet or intranet website shall be deemed received upon the deemed receipt by the intended recipient at its e-mail address as described in the foregoing clause (i) of notification that such notice or communication is available and identifying the website address therefor.
(c) The Platform. THE PLATFORM IS PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE.” THE AGENT PARTIES (AS DEFINED BELOW) DO NOT WARRANT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE PARENT MATERIALS OR THE ADEQUACY OF THE PLATFORM, AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM LIABILITY FOR ERRORS IN OR OMISSIONS FROM THE PARENT MATERIALS. NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTY RIGHTS OR FREEDOM FROM VIRUSES OR OTHER CODE DEFECTS, IS MADE BY ANY AGENT PARTY IN CONNECTION WITH THE PARENT MATERIALS OR THE PLATFORM. In no event shall the Administrative Agent or any of its Related Parties (collectively, the “Agent Parties”) have any liability to any Credit Party, any Lender or any other Person for losses, claims, damages, liabilities or expenses of any kind (whether in tort, contract or otherwise) arising out of any Credit Party’s or the Administrative Agent’s transmission of Parent Materials or notices through the Platform, any other electronic platform or electronic messaging service or through the Internet, except to the extent that such losses, claims, damages, liabilities or expenses are determined by a court of competent jurisdiction by a final and nonappealable judgment to have resulted from the gross negligence or willful misconduct of such Agent Party; provided, however, that in no event shall any Agent Party have any liability to any Credit Party, any Lender or any other Person for indirect, special, incidental, consequential or punitive damages (as opposed to direct or actual damages).
(d) Change of Address, Etc. Each of the Company, the Guarantors and the Administrative Agent may change its address, electronic mail address, telecopier or telephone number for notices and other communications hereunder by notice to the other parties hereto. Each other Lender may change its address, electronic mail address, telecopier or telephone number for notices and other communications hereunder by notice to the Company and the Administrative Agent. In addition, each Lender agrees to notify the Administrative Agent from time to time to ensure that the Administrative Agent has on record (i) an effective address, contact name, telephone number, telecopier number and electronic mail address to which notices and other communications may be sent and (ii) accurate wire instructions for such Lender.
(e) Reliance by Administrative Agent and Lenders. The Administrative Agent and the Lenders shall be entitled to rely and act upon any notices (including telephonic notices, Borrowing Requests and Interest Election Requests) purportedly given by or on behalf of the Company even if (i) such notices were not made in a manner specified herein, were incomplete or were not preceded or followed by any other form of notice specified herein, or (ii) the terms thereof, as understood by the recipient, varied from any confirmation thereof. The Company shall indemnify the Administrative Agent, each Lender and the Related Parties of each of them from all losses, costs, expenses and liabilities resulting from the reliance by such Person on each
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notice purportedly given by or on behalf of the Company. All telephonic notices to and other telephonic communications with the Administrative Agent may be recorded by the Administrative Agent, and each of the parties hereto hereby consents to such recording.
Section 10.02. Waivers; Amendments.
(a) No failure or delay by the Administrative Agent or any Lender in exercising any right or power hereunder shall operate as a waiver thereof, nor shall any single or partial exercise of any such right or power, or any abandonment or discontinuance of steps to enforce such a right or power, preclude any other or further exercise thereof or the exercise of any other right or power. The rights and remedies of the Administrative Agent and the Lenders hereunder are cumulative and are not exclusive of any rights or remedies that they would otherwise have. No waiver of any provision of this Agreement or consent to any departure by any Credit Party therefrom shall in any event be effective unless the same shall be permitted by paragraph (b) of this Section, and then such waiver or consent shall be effective only in the specific instance and for the purpose for which given. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the making of a Loan shall not be construed as a waiver of any Default, regardless of whether the Administrative Agent, any Lender may have had notice or knowledge of such Default at the time.
(b) Neither this Agreement nor any provision hereof or any provision of any other Credit Document may be waived, amended or modified except pursuant to an agreement or agreements in writing entered into by the Company, the Guarantors and the Required Lenders and acknowledged by the Administrative Agent or by the Company and the Administrative Agent with the consent of the Required Lenders; provided that no such agreement shall (i) increase the Commitment of any Lender without the written consent of such Lender, (ii) reduce the principal amount of any Loan or reduce the rate of interest thereon without the written consent of each Lender directly affected thereby, (iii) postpone the scheduled date of payment of the principal amount of any Loan, or any interest thereon, , or reduce the amount of, waive or excuse any such payment, or postpone the scheduled date of expiration of any Commitment, without the written consent of each Lender directly affected thereby, (iv) change Section 2.17(b) or (c) in a manner that would alter the pro rata sharing of payments required thereby, without the written consent of each Lender, (v) other than as provided in Section 8.11 as in effect on the date hereof, release Parent and/or Medtronic from the Guaranty in Article IX without the written consent of each Lender or (vi) change any of the provisions of this Section or the definition of “Required Lenders” or any other provision hereof specifying the number or percentage of Lenders required to waive, amend or modify any rights hereunder or make any determination or grant any consent hereunder, without the written consent of each Lender; provided, further, that no such agreement shall amend, modify or otherwise affect the rights or duties of the Administrative Agent. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, no Defaulting Lender shall have any right to approve or disapprove any amendment, waiver or consent hereunder (and any amendment, waiver or consent which by its terms requires the consent of all Lenders or each affected Lender may be effected with the consent of the applicable Lenders other than Defaulting Lenders), except that (x) the Commitment of any Defaulting Lender may not be increased or extended without the consent of such Lender and (y) any waiver, amendment or modification requiring the consent of all Lenders or each affected Lender that by its terms affects any
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Defaulting Lender more adversely than other affected Lenders shall require the consent of such Defaulting Lender.
(c) Notwithstanding any provision herein to the contrary, if the Administrative Agent and the Company acting together identify any ambiguity, omission, mistake, typographical error or other defect in any provision of this Agreement or any other Credit Document (including the schedules and exhibits thereto), then the Administrative Agent and the Company shall be permitted to amend, modify or supplement such provision to cure such ambiguity, omission, mistake, typographical error or other defect, and such amendment shall become effective without any further action or consent of any other party to this Agreement.
Section 10.03. Expenses; Indemnity; Damage Waiver.
(a) The Company shall pay (i) all reasonable and documented out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the Administrative Agent and its Affiliates, including the reasonable fees, charges and disbursements of outside counsel for the Administrative Agent, in connection with the preparation and administration of this Agreement or any amendments, modifications or waivers of the provisions hereof (whether or not the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby shall be consummated) and (ii) all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the Administrative Agent or any Lender, including the fees and disbursements of any outside counsel for the Administrative Agent or any Lender, in connection with the enforcement or protection of its rights in connection with this Agreement, including its rights under this Section, or in connection with the Loans made hereunder, including in connection with any workout, restructuring or negotiations in respect thereof.
(b) The Company shall indemnify the Administrative Agent and each Lender, and each Related Party of any of the foregoing Persons (each such Person being called an “Indemnitee”) against, and hold each Indemnitee harmless from, any and all losses, claims, damages, liabilities and related expenses, including the fees and disbursements of any outside counsel for any Indemnitee, incurred by or asserted against any Indemnitee arising out of, in connection with, or as a result of (i) the execution or delivery of this Agreement or any agreement or instrument contemplated hereby, the performance by the parties hereto of their respective obligations hereunder or the consummation of the Transactions or any other transactions contemplated hereby, (ii) any Loan or the actual or proposed use of the proceeds therefrom, (iii) any actual or alleged presence or release of Hazardous Materials on or from any property owned or operated by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, or any Environmental Liability related in any way to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, or (iv) any actual or prospective claim, litigation, investigation or proceeding relating to any of the foregoing, whether based on contract, tort or any other theory, whether brought by a Credit Party or any of its directors, shareholders or creditors, an Indemnitee or any other Person, and regardless of whether any Indemnitee is a party thereto (all of the foregoing, collectively, the “Indemnified Liabilities”); provided that such indemnity shall not, as to any Indemnitee, be available to the extent that such losses, claims, damages, liabilities or related expenses are determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to have (x) resulted from the gross negligence or willful misconduct of such Indemnitee as finally determined in a non-appealable judgment by a court of competent
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jurisdiction, (y) resulted from a material breach of the Credit Documents by such Indemnitee as finally determined in a non-appealable judgment by a court of competent jurisdiction or (z) arise from disputes between or among Indemnitees (other than disputes involving claims against the Administrative Agent in its capacity as such in connection with its syndication of the Loans and Commitments hereunder) that do not involve an act or omission by any Credit Party or their respective subsidiaries. Paragraph (b) of this Section shall not apply with respect to Taxes other than any Taxes that represent losses, claims, damages, liabilities and related expenses arising from any non-Tax claim.
(c) To the extent that the Company fails to pay any amount required to be paid by it to the Administrative Agent under paragraph (a) or (b) of this Section, each Lender severally agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent such Lender’s Applicable Percentage (determined as of the time that the applicable unreimbursed expense or indemnity payment is sought) of such unpaid amount; provided that the unreimbursed expense or indemnified loss, claim, damage, liability or related expense, as the case may be, was incurred by or asserted against the Administrative Agent in its capacity as such.
(d) To the extent permitted by applicable law, the Credit Parties shall not assert, and hereby waive, any claim against any Indemnitee, on any theory of liability, for special, indirect, consequential or punitive damages (as opposed to direct or actual damages) arising out of, in connection with, or as a result of, this Agreement or any agreement or instrument contemplated hereby, the Transactions, any Loan or the use of the proceeds thereof. No Indemnitee referred to in paragraph (b) above shall be liable for any damages arising from the use by unintended recipients of any information or other materials distributed by it through telecommunications, electronic or other information transmission systems in connection with this Agreement or the other Credit Documents or the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby if such Indemnitee has used reasonable care in the distribution of such information or other materials distributed by it.
(e) All amounts due under this Section shall be payable promptly after written demand therefor.
Section 10.04. Successors and Assigns.
(a) The provisions of this Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and assigns permitted hereby, except that the Company may not assign or otherwise transfer any of their respective rights or obligations hereunder without the prior written consent of each Lender (and any attempted assignment or transfer by the Company without such consent shall be null and void); provided, however, that no such consent shall be required for any transaction permitted under Section 6.03. Nothing in this Agreement, expressed or implied, shall be construed to confer upon any Person (other than the parties hereto, their respective successors and assigns permitted hereby and, to the extent expressly contemplated hereby, the Related Parties of each of the Administrative Agent and the Lenders) any legal or equitable right, remedy or claim under or by reason of this Agreement.
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(b) Any Lender may assign to one or more assignees all or a portion of its rights and obligations under this Agreement (including all or a portion of its Commitment and the Loans at the time owing to it); provided that (i) each of the Company and the Administrative Agent must give their prior written consent to such assignment except in the case of an assignment to a Lender, an Affiliate of a Lender or an Approved Fund with respect thereto (which consent, in each case, shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed, it being understood that the Company may withhold consent with respect to an assignment to a Disqualified Lender); provided further that the Company shall be deemed to have consented to any such assignment unless it shall object thereto by written notice to the Administrative Agent within five (5) Business Days after having received notice thereof, (ii) except in the case of an assignment to a Lender, an Affiliate of a Lender, an Approved Fund with respect thereto or an assignment of the entire remaining amount of the assigning Lender’s Commitment, the amount of the Commitment of the assigning Lender subject to each such assignment (determined as of the date the Assignment and Assumption with respect to such assignment is delivered to the Administrative Agent) shall not be less than ¥10,000,000,000, except in the case of an assignment of the entire remaining amount of the assigning Lender’s Commitment, unless each of the Company and the Administrative Agent otherwise consent and, after giving effect to such assignment, the assigning Lender and its Affiliates and the Approved Funds with respect to such Lender shall have a Commitment of at least ¥10,000,000,000 unless each of the Company and the Administrative Agent otherwise consents, (iii) each partial assignment shall be made as an assignment of a proportionate part of all the assigning Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement, (iv) the parties to each assignment shall execute and deliver to the Administrative Agent an Assignment and Assumption, together with a processing and recordation fee of $3,500 (unless waived by the Administrative Agent in its sole discretion), (v) the assignee, if it shall not be a Lender, shall deliver to the Administrative Agent an Administrative Questionnaire and (vi) no such assignment shall be made to a natural person; provided further that any consent of the Company otherwise required under this paragraph shall not be required if an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing. Upon acceptance and recording pursuant to paragraph (d) of this Section, from and after the effective date specified in each Assignment and Assumption, the assignee thereunder shall be a party hereto and, to the extent of the interest assigned by such Assignment and Assumption, have the rights and obligations of a Lender under this Agreement, and the assigning Lender thereunder shall, to the extent of the interest assigned by such Assignment and Assumption, be released from its obligations under this Agreement (and, in the case of an Assignment and Assumption covering all of the assigning Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement, such Lender shall cease to be a party hereto but shall continue to be entitled to the benefits of Sections 2.14, 2.15, 2.16 and 10.03 and shall continue to be bound by Section 8.10, in each case as relates to matters arising before such assignment). Any assignment or transfer by a Lender of rights or obligations under this Agreement that does not comply with this paragraph shall be treated for purposes of this Agreement as a sale by such Lender of a participation in such rights and obligations in accordance with paragraph (e) of this Section.
In connection with any assignment of rights and obligations of any Defaulting Lender hereunder, no such assignment shall be effective unless and until, in addition to the other conditions thereto set forth herein, the parties to the assignment shall make such additional
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payments to the Administrative Agent in an aggregate amount sufficient, upon distribution thereof as appropriate (which may be outright payment, purchases by the assignee of participations, or other compensating actions, including funding, with the consent of the Company and the Administrative Agent, the applicable pro rata share of Loans previously requested but not funded by the Defaulting Lender, to each of which the applicable assignee and assignor hereby irrevocably consent), to (x) pay and satisfy in full all payment liabilities then owed by such Defaulting Lender to the Administrative Agent or any Lender hereunder (and interest accrued thereon) and (y) acquire (and fund as appropriate) its full pro rata share of all Loans in accordance with its Applicable Percentage. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that any assignment of rights and obligations of any Defaulting Lender hereunder shall become effective under applicable law without compliance with the provisions of this paragraph, then the assignee of such interest shall be deemed to be a Defaulting Lender for all purposes of this Agreement until such compliance occurs.
(c) The Administrative Agent, acting for this purpose as an agent of the Company, shall maintain at the Administrative Agent’s Office a copy of each Assignment and Assumption delivered to it and a register for the recordation of the names and addresses of the Lenders, and the Commitment of, and principal amount of the Loans owing to, each Lender pursuant to the terms hereof from time to time (the “Register”). The entries in the Register shall be conclusive (absent manifest error), and the Company, the Administrative Agent and the Lenders may treat each Person whose name is recorded in the Register pursuant to the terms hereof as a Lender hereunder for all purposes of this Agreement, notwithstanding notice to the contrary. In addition, the Administrative Agent shall maintain on the Register information regarding the designation, and revocation of designation, of any Lender as a Defaulting Lender.
(d) Upon its receipt of a duly completed Assignment and Assumption executed by an assigning Lender and an assignee, the assignee’s completed Administrative Questionnaire (unless the assignee shall already be a Lender hereunder), the processing and recordation fee referred to in paragraph (b) of this Section and any written consent to such assignment required by paragraph (b) of this Section, the Administrative Agent shall accept such Assignment and Assumption and record the information contained therein in the Register. No assignment shall be effective for purposes of this Agreement unless it has been recorded in the Register as provided in this paragraph.
(e) Any Lender may, without the consent of the Company or the Administrative Agent, sell participations to one or more banks or other entities (a “Participant”) in all or a portion of such Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement (including all or a portion of its Commitment and the Loans owing to it); provided that (i) such Lender’s obligations under this Agreement shall remain unchanged, (ii) such Lender shall remain solely responsible to the other parties hereto for the performance of such obligations and (iii) the Company, the Administrative Agent and the Lenders shall continue to deal solely and directly with such Lender in connection with such Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement. Any agreement or instrument pursuant to which a Lender sells such a participation shall provide that such Lender shall retain the sole right to enforce this Agreement and to approve any amendment, modification or waiver of any provision of this Agreement; provided that such agreement or instrument may
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provide that such Lender will not, without the consent of the Participant, agree to any amendment, modification or waiver described in the first proviso to Section 10.02(b) that affects such Participant. Subject to paragraph (f) of this Section, the Company agrees that each Participant shall be entitled to the benefits of Sections 2.14, 2.15 and 2.16 (subject to the requirements and limitations therein, including the requirements under Section 2.16(e)) to the same extent as if it were a Lender and had acquired its interest by assignment pursuant to paragraph (b) of this Section.
(f) A Participant shall not be entitled to receive any greater payment under Section 2.14 or 2.16 than the applicable Lender would have been entitled to receive with respect to the participation sold to such Participant, unless the sale of the participation to such Participant is made with the Company’s prior written consent. A Participant shall not be entitled to the benefits of Section 2.16 unless (i) in the case of a Participant that would be a Foreign Lender if it were a Lender, the Company is notified of the participation sold to such Participant and (ii) such Participant agrees, for the benefit of the Company, to comply with Section 2.16(e) as though it were a Lender. Each Lender that sells a participation shall maintain a register on which it enters the name and address of each Participant and the principal amounts (and stated interest) of each Participant’s interest in the Loans or other obligations under this Agreement (the “Participant Register”); provided that no Lender shall have any obligation to disclose all or any portion of the Participant Register (including the identity of any Participant or any information relating to a Participant’s interest in any commitments, loans, letters of credit or its other obligations under this Agreement) to any Person except to the extent that such disclosure is necessary to establish that such commitment, loan, letter of credit or other obligation is in registered form under Section 5f.103-1(c) of the United States Treasury Regulations. The entries in the Participant Register shall be conclusive absent manifest error, and such Lender shall treat each Person whose name is recorded in the Participant Register as the owner of such participation for all purposes of this Agreement notwithstanding any notice to the contrary. For the avoidance of doubt, the Administrative Agent (in its capacity as Administrative Agent) shall have no responsibility for maintaining a Participant Register.
(g) Any Lender may at any time pledge or assign a security interest in all or any portion of its rights under this Agreement to secure obligations of such Lender, including any such pledge or assignment to a Federal Reserve Bank or any central bank having jurisdiction over such Lender, and this Section shall not apply to any such pledge or assignment of a security interest; provided that no such pledge or assignment of a security interest shall release a Lender from any of its obligations hereunder or substitute any such assignee for such Lender as a party hereto.
(h) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, any Lender (a “Granting Lender”) may grant to a special purpose funding vehicle (an “SPC”) of such Granting Lender, identified as such in writing from time to time by the Granting Lender to the Administrative Agent and the Company, the option to provide to the Company all or any part of any Loan that such Granting Lender would otherwise be obligated to make to the Company pursuant to Section 2.01; provided that (i) nothing herein shall constitute a commitment to make any Loan by any SPC and (ii) if an SPC elects not to exercise such option or otherwise fails to
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provide all or any part of such Loan, the Granting Lender shall be obligated to make such Loan pursuant to the terms hereof. The making of a Loan by an SPC hereunder shall utilize the Commitment of the Granting Lender to the same extent, and as if, such Loan were made by the Granting Lender. Each party hereto hereby agrees that no SPC shall be liable for any payment under this Agreement for which a Lender would otherwise be liable, for so long as, and to the extent, the related Granting Lender makes such payment. In furtherance of the foregoing, each party hereto hereby agrees that, prior to the date that is one year and one day after the payment in full of all outstanding senior indebtedness of any SPC, it will not institute against, or join any other Person in instituting against, such SPC any bankruptcy, reorganization, arrangement, insolvency or liquidation proceedings or similar proceedings under the laws of the United States or any State thereof. In addition, notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Section 10.04 or in Section 10.12, any SPC may (i) with notice to, but without the prior written consent of, the Company or the Administrative Agent and without paying any processing fee therefor, assign all or a portion of its interests in any Loans to its Granting Lender or to any financial institutions providing liquidity and/or credit facilities to or for the account of such SPC to fund the Loans made by such SPC or to support the securities (if any) issued by such SPC to fund such Loans and (ii) disclose on a confidential basis any non-public information relating to its Loans to any rating agency, commercial paper dealer or provider of a surety, guarantee or credit or liquidity enhancement to such SPC.
Section 10.05. Survival.
All covenants, agreements, representations and warranties made by the Credit Parties herein and in the certificates or other instruments delivered in connection with or pursuant to this Agreement shall be considered to have been relied upon by the other parties hereto and shall survive the execution and delivery of this Agreement and the making of any Loans, regardless of any investigation made by any such other party or on its behalf and notwithstanding that the Administrative Agent or any Lender may have had notice or knowledge of any Default or incorrect representation or warranty at the time any credit is extended hereunder, and shall continue in full force and effect as long as the principal of or any accrued interest on any Loan or any fee or any other amount payable under this Agreement is outstanding and unpaid and so long as the Commitments have not expired or terminated. The provisions of Sections 2.14, 2.15, 2.16 and 10.03 and Article VIII shall survive and remain in full force and effect regardless of the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby, the repayment of the Loans, the expiration or termination of the Commitments or the termination of this Agreement or any provision hereof.
Section 10.06. Counterparts; Integration; Effectiveness.
This Agreement may be executed in counterparts (and by different parties hereto on different counterparts), each of which shall constitute an original, but all of which when taken together shall constitute a single contract. This Agreement and any separate letter agreements with respect to fees payable to the Administrative Agent constitute the entire contract among the parties relating to the subject matter hereof and supersede any and all previous agreements and understandings, oral or written, relating to the subject matter hereof. Except as provided in
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Section 4.01, this Agreement shall become effective when it shall have been executed by the Administrative Agent and when the Administrative Agent shall have received counterparts hereof which, when taken together, bear the signatures of each of the other parties hereto, and thereafter shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and assigns. Delivery of an executed counterpart of a signature page of this Agreement by telecopy shall be effective as delivery of a manually executed counterpart of this Agreement. The words “execution,” “signed,” “signature,” and words of like import in this Agreement shall be deemed to include electronic signatures or the keeping of records in electronic form, each of which shall be of the same legal effect, validity or enforceability as a manually executed signature or the use of a paper-based recordkeeping system, as the case may be, to the extent and as provided for in any applicable law, including the Federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, the New York State Electronic Signatures and Records Act, or any other similar state laws based on the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act; provided, further, that, without limiting the foregoing, upon the request of the Administrative Agent, any electronic signature shall be promptly followed by such manually executed counterpart.
Section 10.07. Severability.
Any provision of this Agreement held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any jurisdiction shall, as to such jurisdiction, be ineffective to the extent of such invalidity, illegality or unenforceability without affecting the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions hereof; and the invalidity of a particular provision in a particular jurisdiction shall not invalidate such provision in any other jurisdiction. Without limiting the foregoing provisions of this Section 10.07, if and to the extent that the enforceability of any provisions in this Agreement relating to Defaulting Lenders shall be limited by Debtor Relief Laws, as determined in good faith by the Administrative Agent, then such provisions shall be deemed to be in effect only to the extent not so limited.
Section 10.08. Right of Setoff.
If an Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing, each Lender and each of its Affiliates is hereby authorized at any time and from time to time, to the fullest extent permitted by law, to set off and apply any and all deposits (general or special, time or demand, provisional or final, in whatever currency) at any time held and other indebtedness at any time owing by such Lender or such Affiliate to or for the credit or the account of the Company or any other Credit Party against any of and all the obligations of the Company or any other Credit Party now or hereafter existing under this Agreement held by such Lender or such Affiliate, irrespective of whether or not such Lender or Affiliate shall have made any demand under this Agreement and although such obligations may be unmatured or are owed to a branch office or Affiliate of such Lender different from the branch office or Affiliate holding such deposit or obligated on such indebtedness; provided that in the event that any Defaulting Lender shall exercise any such right of setoff, (x) all amounts so set off shall be paid over immediately to the Administrative Agent for further application in accordance with the provisions of Section 2.22 and, pending such payment, shall be segregated by such Defaulting Lender from its other funds and deemed held in
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trust for the benefit of the Administrative Agent and the Lenders, and (y) the Defaulting Lender shall provide promptly to the Administrative Agent a statement describing in reasonable detail the obligations owing to such Defaulting Lender as to which it exercised such right of setoff. The rights of each Lender and its Affiliates under this Section are in addition to other rights and remedies (including other rights of setoff) that such Lender or its Affiliates may have.
Section 10.09. Governing Law; Jurisdiction; Consent to and Appointment for Service of Process.
(a) This Agreement shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the law of the State of New York.
(b) Each party hereto hereby irrevocably and unconditionally agrees that it will not commence any action, litigation or proceeding of any kind or description, whether in law or equity, whether in contract or in tort or otherwise, against any other party hereto or any related party of the foregoing in any way relating to this Agreement or the transactions relating hereto, in any forum other than the Supreme Court of the State of New York sitting in New York County or of the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York, and any appellate court from any thereof, and each of the parties hereto irrevocably and unconditionally submits to the jurisdiction of such courts and agrees that all claims in respect of any such action, litigation or proceeding may be heard and determined in such New York state court or, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, in such Federal court. Each of the parties hereto agrees that a final judgment in any such action or proceeding shall be conclusive and may be enforced in other jurisdictions by suit on the judgment or in any other manner provided by law. Nothing in this Agreement shall affect any right that the Administrative Agent or any Lender may otherwise have to bring any action or proceeding relating to this Agreement against the Credit Parties or their properties in the courts of any jurisdiction.
(c) Each party hereto hereby irrevocably and unconditionally waives, to the fullest extent it may legally and effectively do so, any objection which it may now or hereafter have to the laying of venue of any suit, action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement in any court referred to in paragraph (b) of this Section. Each of the parties hereto hereby irrevocably waives, to the fullest extent permitted by law, the defense of an inconvenient forum to the maintenance of such action or proceeding in any such court.
(d) Each party to this Agreement irrevocably consents to service of process in the manner provided for notices in Section 10.01 and, in the case of Parent and the Company, such Credit Party hereby irrevocably appoints Medtronic as its agent for service of process in respect of any proceedings in New York. Nothing in this Agreement will affect the right of any party to this Agreement to serve process in any other manner permitted by law.
Section 10.10. WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL.
EACH PARTY HERETO HEREBY WAIVES, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ANY RIGHT IT MAY HAVE TO A TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY LEGAL PROCEEDING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ARISING OUT OF OR
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RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED HEREBY (WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT OR ANY OTHER THEORY). EACH PARTY HERETO (A) CERTIFIES THAT NO REPRESENTATIVE, AGENT OR ATTORNEY OF ANY OTHER PARTY HAS REPRESENTED, EXPRESSLY OR OTHERWISE, THAT SUCH OTHER PARTY WOULD NOT, IN THE EVENT OF LITIGATION, SEEK TO ENFORCE THE FOREGOING WAIVER AND (B) ACKNOWLEDGES THAT IT AND THE OTHER PARTIES HERETO HAVE BEEN INDUCED TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT BY, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE MUTUAL WAIVERS AND CERTIFICATIONS IN THIS SECTION.
Section 10.11. Headings.
Article and Section headings and the Table of Contents used herein are for convenience of reference only, are not part of this Agreement and shall not affect the construction of, or be taken into consideration in interpreting, this Agreement.
Section 10.12. Confidentiality.
Each of the Administrative Agent and the Lenders agrees to maintain the confidentiality of the Information (as defined below), except that Information may be disclosed (a) to its and its Affiliates’ and its Approved Funds’ directors, officers, employees and agents, including accountants, legal counsel and other advisors (it being understood that the Persons to whom such disclosure is made will be informed of the confidential nature of such Information and instructed to keep such Information confidential), (b) on a confidential basis to the extent requested by any regulatory authority (including any self-regulatory authority, such as the National Association of Insurance Commissioners), (c) to the extent, and only to the extent, required by applicable laws or regulations or by any subpoena or similar legal process, provided that the Person required to disclose such information shall take reasonable efforts (at the Company’s expense) to ensure that any Information so disclosed shall be afforded confidential treatment, (d) to any other party to this Agreement, (e) in connection with the exercise of any remedies hereunder or any suit, action or proceeding relating to this Agreement or the enforcement of rights hereunder, (f) subject to an agreement containing provisions substantially the same as those of this Section, (i) to any assignee of or Participant in, or any prospective assignee of or Participant in, any of its rights or obligations under this Agreement, and (ii) to any direct or indirect contractual counterparties (or the professional advisors thereto) to any swap or derivative transaction relating to the Company and its obligations, (g) on a confidential basis to (i) any rating agency in connection with rating Parent, the Company or any of their respective Subsidiaries or this Agreement or (ii) the CUSIP Service Bureau or any successor agency in connection with the issuance and monitoring of CUSIP numbers with respect to this Agreement, (h) with the consent of the Company or (i) to the extent such Information (i) becomes publicly available other than as a result of a breach of this Section or (ii) becomes available to the Administrative Agent or any Lender on a nonconfidential basis from a source other than the Company who is not, to the knowledge of the Administrative Agent or such Lender, under an obligation of confidentiality to the Company with respect to such Information. For the purposes of this Section, “Information” means all information received from the Company relating to any Credit Party or its business, other than any such information
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that is available to the Administrative Agent or any Lender on a nonconfidential basis prior to disclosure by the Company. Any Person required to maintain the confidentiality of Information as provided in this Section shall be considered to have complied with its obligation to do so if such Person has exercised the same degree of care to maintain the confidentiality of such Information as such Person would accord to its own confidential information. In addition, the Administrative Agent and the Lenders may disclose the existence of this Agreement and information about this Agreement to market data collectors, similar service providers to the lending industry and service providers to the Agents and the Lenders in connection with the administration of this Agreement, the other Credit Documents, and the Commitments, excluding any confidential information relating to the business of Parent or any of its Subsidiaries.
Section 10.13. Patriot Act Notice.
Each Lender that is subject to the Patriot Act (Title III of Pub. L. 107-56 (signed into law October 26, 2001)) (the “Patriot Act”) and the Administrative Agent (for itself and not on behalf of any Lender) hereby notifies each Credit Party that pursuant to the requirements of the Patriot Act, it is required to obtain, verify and record information that identifies such Credit Party, which information includes the name and address of such Credit Party and other information that will allow such Lender or the Administrative Agent, as applicable, to identify such Credit Party in accordance with the Patriot Act. The Credit Parties or their respective Subsidiaries shall, promptly following a request by the Administrative Agent or any Lender, provide all documentation and other information that the Administrative Agent or such Lender requests in order to comply with its ongoing obligations under applicable “know your customer” and anti-money laundering rules and regulations, including the Patriot Act.
Section 10.14. Electronic Execution of Assignments and Certain Other Documents.
The words “execute,” “execution,” “signed,” “signature,” and words of like import in or related to any document to be signed in connection with this Agreement and the transactions contemplated hereby (including without limitation, Assignment and Assumptions, amendments or other modifications, Borrowing Requests, Interest Election Requests, waivers and consents) shall be deemed to include electronic signatures, the electronic matching of assignment terms and contract formations on electronic platforms approved by the Administrative Agent, or the keeping of records in electronic form, each of which shall be of the same legal effect, validity or enforceability as a manually executed signature or the use of a paper-based recordkeeping system, as the case may be, to the extent and as provided for in any applicable law, including the Federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, the New York State Electronic Signatures and Records Act, or any other similar state laws based on the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act; provided that notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary the Administrative Agent is under no obligation to agree to accept electronic signatures in any form or in any format unless expressly agreed to by the Administrative Agent pursuant to procedures approved by it.
Section 10.15. No Advisory or Fiduciary Responsibility.
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In connection with all aspects of each transaction contemplated hereby (including in connection with any amendment, waiver or other modification hereof or of any other Credit Document), each Credit Party acknowledges and agrees that: (i) (A) the arranging and other services regarding this Agreement provided by the Administrative Agent and the Lenders are arm’s-length commercial transactions between each Credit Party and its Affiliates, on the one hand, and the Administrative Agent and the Lenders, on the other hand, (B) each Credit Party has consulted its own legal, accounting, regulatory and tax advisors to the extent it has deemed appropriate, and (C) each Credit Party is capable of evaluating, and understands and accepts, the terms, risks and conditions of the transactions contemplated hereby and by the other Credit Documents; (ii) (A) the Administrative Agent and each Lender each is and has been acting solely as a principal and, except as expressly agreed in writing by the relevant parties, has not been, is not, and will not be acting as an advisor, agent or fiduciary for any Credit Party or any of its Affiliates, or any other Person and (B) none of the Administrative Agent or any Lender has any obligation to any Credit Party or any of its Affiliates with respect to the transactions contemplated hereby except those obligations expressly set forth herein and in the other Credit Documents; and (iii) the Administrative Agent and the Lenders and their respective Affiliates may be engaged in a broad range of transactions that involve interests that differ from those of any Credit Party and its Affiliates, and none of the Administrative Agent or any Lender has any obligation to disclose any of such interests to any Credit Party or its Affiliates. To the fullest extent permitted by law, each Credit Party hereby waives and releases any claims that it may have against the Administrative Agent and the Lenders with respect to any breach or alleged breach of fiduciary duty in connection with any aspect of any transaction contemplated hereby
Section 10.16. [Reserved].
Section 10.17. Acknowledgement and Consent to Bail-In of Affected Financial Institutions.
Solely to the extent any Lender that is an Affected Financial Institution is a party to this Agreement and notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any Credit Document or in any other agreement, arrangement or understanding among any such parties, each party hereto acknowledges that any liability of any Affected Financial Institution arising under this Agreement, to the extent such liability is unsecured, may be subject to the Write-Down and Conversion Powers of the applicable Resolution Authority and agrees and consents to, and acknowledges and agrees to be bound by:
(a) the application of any Write-Down and Conversion Powers by the applicable Resolution Authority to any such liabilities arising hereunder which may be payable to it by any party hereto that is an Affected Financial Institution; and
(b) the effects of any Bail-In Action on any such liability, including, if applicable:
(i) a reduction in full or in part or cancellation of any such liability;
(ii) a conversion of all, or a portion of, such liability into shares or other instruments of ownership in such Affected Financial Institution, its parent
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undertaking, or a bridge institution that may be issued to it or otherwise conferred on it, and that such shares or other instruments of ownership will be accepted by it in lieu of any rights with respect to any such liability under this Agreement or any other Loan Document; or
(iii) the variation of the terms of such liability in connection with the exercise of the Write-Down and Conversion Powers of the applicable Resolution Authority.
Section 10.18. Acknowledgement Regarding Any Supported QFCs.
To the extent that the Loan Documents provide support, through a guarantee or otherwise, for any Hedging Agreement or any other agreement or instrument that is a QFC (such support, “QFC Credit Support”, and each such QFC, a “Supported QFC”), the parties acknowledge and agree as follows with respect to the resolution power of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation under the Federal Deposit Insurance Act and Title II of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (together with the regulations promulgated thereunder, the “U.S. Special Resolution Regimes”) in respect of such Supported QFC and QFC Credit Support (with the provisions below applicable notwithstanding that the Loan Documents and any Supported QFC may in fact be stated to be governed by the laws of the State of New York and/or of the United States or any other state of the United States):
(a) In the event a Covered Entity that is party to a Supported QFC (each, a “Covered Party”) becomes subject to a proceeding under a U.S. Special Resolution Regime, the transfer of such Supported QFC and the benefit of such QFC Credit Support (and any interest and obligation in or under such Supported QFC and such QFC Credit Support, and any rights in property securing such Supported QFC or such QFC Credit Support) from such Covered Party will be effective to the same extent as the transfer would be effective under the U.S. Special Resolution Regime if the Supported QFC and such QFC Credit Support (and any such interest, obligation and rights in property) were governed by the laws of the United States or a state of the United States. In the event a Covered Party or a BHC Act Affiliate of a Covered Party becomes subject to a proceeding under a U.S. Special Resolution Regime, Default Rights under the Loan Documents that might otherwise apply to such Supported QFC or any QFC Credit Support that may be exercised against such Covered Party are permitted to be exercised to no greater extent than such Default Rights could be exercised under the U.S. Special Resolution Regime if the Supported QFC and the Loan Documents were governed by the laws of the United States or a state of the United States. Without limitation of the foregoing, it is understood and agreed that rights and remedies of the parties with respect to a Defaulting Lender shall in no event affect the rights of any Covered Party with respect to a Supported QFC or any QFC Credit Support.
(b) As used in this Section 10.18, the following terms have the following meanings:
BHC Act Affiliate” of a party means an “affiliate” (as such term is defined under, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 U.S.C. 1841(k)) of such party.
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Covered Entity” means any of the following: (i) a “covered entity” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 252.82(b); (ii) a “covered bank” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 47.3(b); or (iii) a “covered FSI” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 382.2(b).

Default Right” has the meaning assigned to that term in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. §§ 252.81, 47.2 or 382.1, as applicable.

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

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Term Loan Agreement to be duly executed by their respective authorized officers as of the day and year first written above.
MEDTRONIC GLOBAL HOLDINGS S.C.A., a
Luxembourg corporate partnership limited by shares (société en commandite par actions) acting through Medtronic Global Holdings GP
S.à.r.l. as its general partner, in turn acting by

By: /s/ Erik De Gres   
Name: Erik De Gres
Title: Managing Director and authorized signatory


Signature Page to Term Loan Agreement


MEDTRONIC, INC.

By: /s/ Jason Bristow  
Name: Jason Bristow
Title: Treasurer
Signature Page to Term Loan Agreement


Signed for and on behalf of
MEDTRONIC PLC:

By: /s/ Jason Bristow  
Name: Jason Bristow
Title: Treasurer


In the presence of:

By: /s/ Thomas Osteraas  

Witness

Address: 710 Medtronic Pkwy.
        Minneapolis, MN 55432

Name: Thomas Osteraas

Occupation: Senior Principal Legal Counsel





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MIZUHO BANK, LTD. as Administrative Agent and Lender
By: /s/ Tracy Rahn  
Name: Tracy Rahn
Title: Executive Director









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Schedule 2.01 — Commitments
LENDERCOMMITMENTAPPLICABLE PERCENTAGE
Mizuho Bank, Ltd.¥300,000,000,000100.0000000%
Total of Commitments¥300,000,000,000100.0000000%

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