AMENDMENT NO. 7
AMENDMENT NO. 7 dated and effective as of February 1,2006, among NICHOLAS FINANCIAL, INC. (Borrower), the financial institutions listed on the signature pages hereof (the Lenders) and BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., as agent for the Lenders (the Agent).
WHEREAS, the Borrower, the Agent and the Lenders are parties to a certain Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement, dated as of August 1,2000 (the Loan Agreement), pursuant to which the Lenders have agreed, subject to the terms and conditions therein set forth, to provide certain financial accommodations to the Borrower; and
WHEREAS, the Borrower desires that the Lenders amend certain provisions of the Loan Agreement, and the Lenders are willing, subject to the terms andconditions hereinafter set forth, to do so;
NOW, THEREFORE, the parties hereto hereby agree as follows:
SECTION 1. CAPITALIZED TERMS. Capitalized terms used but not defined herein shall have the respective meanings set forth in the LoanAgreement.
SECTION 2. AMENDMENTS. The Loan Agreement is hereby amended as follows:
(a) Increase In Commitments:
(i)Increase In Bank of America, N.A. Commitment. From and after the effective date of this Amendment the Commitment of Bank of America, N.A. is hereby increased from $40,000,000.00 to $45,000,000.00.
(ii) Increase In First Tennessee Bank National Association Commitment. From and after the effective date of this Amendment the Commitment of FirstTennessee Bank National Association is hereby increased from $20,000,000.00 to $22,500,000.00.
(iii) Increase In Hibernia National BankCommitment: From and after the effective date of this Amendment the Commitment of Hibernia National Bank is hereby increased from $15,000,000.00 to $17,500,000.00.
(iv) Increase In BoS (USA), Inc. Commitment: From and after the effective date of this Amendment the Commitment of BoS (USA), Inc. is hereby increased from $10,000,000.00 to $15,000,000.00.
(b) Amendment of Section 1.1:
Thedefinition of Maximum Revolver Amount in Section 1.1 of the Loan Agreement is hereby amended to read as follows: Maximum Revolver Amount means $100,000,000.00.
SECTION 3. EFFECTIVENESS. The amendment made herein shall become effective when Lenders shall have duly executed and delivered thisAgreement and counterparts hereof shall have been duly executed and delivered to the Agent by the Borrower.
SECTION 4. COUNTERPARTS AND GOVERNING LAW. This Agreement may be executed in counterparts,each of which shall be an original, and all of which, taken together, shall constitute a single instrument. This Agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with the law of the State of New York.
SECTION 5. REFERENCES TO LOAN AGREEMENT. From and after the effectiveness of this Agreement and the waivers and agreements contemplatedhereby, all references in the Loan Agreement to this Agreement, hereof, herein, and similar terms shall mean and refer to the Loan Agreement as certain provisions thereof are amended or supplemented by thisAgreement, and all references in other documents to the Loan Agreement shall mean such agreement as certain provisions thereof are amended or supplemented by this Agreement.
SECTION 6. INVALIDITY. Whenever possible, each provision of this Agreement shall be interpreted in such manner as to be effective and validunder all applicable laws and regulations. If, however, any provision of this Agreement shall be prohibited by or invalid under any such law or regulation, it shall be deemed modified to conform to the minimum requirements of such law or regulation,or if for any reason it is not deemed so modified, it shall be ineffective and valid only to the extent of such prohibition or invalidity without the remainder thereof or any of the remaining provisions of this Agreement being prohibited or invalid.
SECTION 7. RATIFICATION AND CONFIRMATION. The Loan Agreement is hereby ratified and confirmed and, except as hereinotherwise agreed, remains unmodified and in full force and effect.
SECTION 8. ADJUSTED PRO RATA PAYMENTS. Within ten(10) days from the date of execution of this Amendment (Closing Settlement Date), Agent shall conduct a Settlement with Lenders. At such Settlement, each Lender shall pay to the Agent in immediately available funds, an amount equalto each Lenders pro rata share of the aggregate outstanding principal amount of the Loans. For purposes of the calculation of the pro rata share of each Lender, the Commitment of each Lender, shall be in the amount set forth in the signaturesection of this Amendment.
SECTION 9. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS BY LENDERS.
(a) The execution and delivery of this Agreement effectuates a reallocation of the Maximum Revolving Amount and Commitments among Bank of America, N.A.,Hibernia National Bank, First Tennessee Bank National Association and BoS (USA), Inc. (Lenders).
(b) The Lenders each herebyagree to execute and deliver such other instruments, and take such other action, as either party may reasonably request in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement including the delivery of any notices or other documents orinstruments to the Borrower or the Administrative Agent, which may be required in connection with the reallocations contemplated hereby.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be duly executed by their respectiveauthorized officers as of the day and year first above written.
|NICHOLAS FINANCIAL, INC.|
|Peter L. Vosotas, President|
BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.,
|James C. Smith, Vice President|
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|Commitment Amount:||BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.|
|James C. Smith, Vice President|
|Commitment Amount:||HIBERNIA NATIONAL BANK|
|George J. Robins, Vice President|
|Commitment Amount:||FIRST TENNESSEE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION|
|David Perry, Senior Vice President|
|Commitment Amount:||BoS (USA), INC.|
|Karen Weich, Assistant Vice President|
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