Loan and Security Agreement

Exhibit 10.19

 

THE ROWE COMPANIES, ROWE DIVERSIFIED, INC.,

HOME ELEMENTS, INC., ROWE FURNITURE WOOD

PRODUCTS, INC., ROWE PROPERTIES,INC., STOREHOUSE,

INC., ROWE FURNITURE, INC. and THE MITCHELL GOLD CO.,

as Borrowers

 


 

LOAN AND SECURITY AGREEMENT

 

Dated: May 15, 2002

 

$45,000,000.00

 


 

THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

PARTY HERETO FROM TIME TO TIME, as Lenders

 

and

 

FLEET CAPITAL CORPORATION, as Agent


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

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SECTION 1.

   CREDIT FACILITIES    – 2 –

1.1.

   Revolver Commitment    – 2 –

1.2.

   Term Loan Facility    – 3 –

1.3.

   LC Facility    – 4 –

SECTION 2.

   INTEREST, FEES AND CHARGES    – 8 –

2.1.

   Interest    – 8 –

2.2.

   Fees    – 10 –

2.3.

   Computation of Interest and Fees    – 12 –

2.4.

   Reimbursement of Obligations    – 12 –

2.5.

   Bank Charges    – 13 –

2.6.

   Illegality    – 13 –

2.7.

   Increased Costs    – 13 –

2.8.

   Capital Adequacy    – 14 –

2.9.

   Funding Losses.    – 15 –

2.10.

   Maximum Interest    – 16 –

SECTION 3.

   LOAN ADMINISTRATION    – 17 –

3.1.

   Manner of Borrowing and Funding Revolver Loans    – 17 –

3.2.

   Defaulting Lender    – 20 –

3.3.

   Special Provisions Governing LIBOR Loans    – 21 –

3.4.

   Borrowers’ Representative    – 21 –

3.5.

   All Loans to Constitute One Obligation    – 22 –

SECTION 4.

   PAYMENTS    – 22 –

4.1.

   General Repayment Provisions    – 22 –

4.2.

   Repayment of Revolver Loans    – 22 –

4.3.

   Repayment of Term Loan Advances    – 23 –

4.4.

   Mandatory Prepayment of Obligations Generally    – 25 –

4.5.

   Payment of Other Obligations    – 25 –

4.6.

   Marshaling; Payments Set Aside    – 25 –

4.7.

   Agent’s Allocation of Payments and Collections.    – 25 –

4.8.

   Application of Payments and Collections    – 26 –

4.9.

   Loan Accounts    – 26 –

4.10.

   Gross Up for Taxes.    – 27 –

4.11.

   Withholding Tax Exemption    – 27 –

4.12.

   Nature and Extent of Each Borrower’s Liability    – 28 –

SECTION 5.

   ORIGINAL TERM AND TERMINATION    – 29 –

5.1.

   Original Term of Commitments    – 29 –

5.2.

   Termination    – 29 –

SECTION 6.

   COLLATERAL SECURITY    – 31 –

6.1.

   Grant of Security Interest    – 31 –

6.2.

   Lien on Deposit Accounts    – 31 –

6.3.

   Real Estate Collateral    – 32 –

6.4.

   Other Collateral    – 32 –

 

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6.5.

   No Assumption of Liability. .    – 32 –

6.6.

   Lien Perfection; Further Assurances    – 32 –

SECTION 7.

   COLLATERAL ADMINISTRATION    – 33 –

7.1.

   General Provisions    – 33 –

7.2.

   Administration of Accounts    – 34 –

7.3.

   Administration of Inventory    – 36 –

7.4.

   Administration of Equipment    – 37 –

7.5.

   Borrowing Base Certificates.    – 37 –

SECTION 8.

   REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES    – 38 –

8.1.

   General Representations and Warranties    – 38 –

8.2.

   Reaffirmation of Representations and Warranties    – 43 –

8.3.

   Survival of Representations and Warranties    – 44 –

SECTION 9.

   COVENANTS AND CONTINUING AGREEMENTS    – 44 –

9.1.

   Affirmative Covenants.    – 44 –

9.2.

   Negative Covenants    – 48 –

9.3.

   Financial Covenants    – 52 –

SECTION 10.

   CONDITIONS PRECEDENT    – 54 –

10.1.

   Conditions Precedent to Initial Credit Extensions    – 54 –

10.2.

   Conditions Precedent to All Credit Extensions    – 57 –

10.4.

   Limited Waiver of Conditions Precedent    – 58 –

SECTION 11.

   EVENTS OF DEFAULT; RIGHTS AND REMEDIES ON DEFAULT    – 58 –

11.1.

   Events of Default    – 58 –

11.2.

   Acceleration of the Obligations; Termination of Commitments    – 60 –

11.3.

   Other Remedies    – 61 –

11.4.

   Setoff    – 62 –

11.5.

   Remedies Cumulative; No Waiver    – 63 –

SECTION 12.

   AGENT    – 63 –

12.1.

   Appointment, Authority and Duties of Agent    – 63 –

12.2.

   Agreements Regarding Collateral    – 65 –

12.3.

   Reliance By Agent    – 66 –

12.4.

   Action Upon Default    – 66 –

12.5.

   Ratable Sharing    – 67 –

12.6.

   Indemnification of Agent    – 67 –

12.7.

   Limitation on Responsibilities of Agent    – 68 –

12.8.

   Successor Agent and Co-Agents    – 68 –

12.9.

   Consents, Amendments and Waivers; Out-of-Formula Loans    – 68 –

12.10.

   Due Diligence and Non-Reliance    – 69 –

12.11.

   Representations and Warranties of Lenders    – 71 –

12.12.

   The Required Lenders    – 71 –

12.13.

   Several Obligations    – 72 –

12.14.

   Agent in its Individual Capacity    – 72 –

12.15.

   Third Party Beneficiaries    – 72 –

12.16.

   Notice of Transfer    – 72 –

12.17.

   Replacement of Certain Lenders    – 72 –

12.18.

   Remittance of Payments and Collections.    – 73 –

 

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SECTION 13.    BENEFIT OF AGREEMENT; ASSIGNMENTS AND PARTICIPATIONS    – 74 –
13.1.    Successors and Assigns    – 74 –
13.2.    Participations    – 74 –
13.3.    Assignments    – 75 –
13.4.    Tax Treatment    – 76 –
SECTION 14.    MISCELLANEOUS    – 76 –
14.1.    Power of Attorney    – 76 –
14.2.    General Indemnity    – 77 –
14.3.    Survival of All Indemnities    – 77 –
14.4.    Modification of Agreement    – 77 –
14.5.    Severability    – 78 –
14.6.    Cumulative Effect; Conflict of Terms    – 78 –
14.7.    Execution in Counterparts    – 78 –
14.8.    Consent    – 78 –
14.9.    Notices    – 78 –
14.10.    Performance of Borrowers’ Obligations.    – 78 –
14.11.    Credit Inquiries    – 79 –
14.12.    Time of Essence    – 79 –
14.13.    Indulgences Not Waivers.    – 79 –
14.14.    Entire Agreement; Appendix A, Exhibits and Schedules    – 79 –
14.15.    Interpretation    – 79 –
14.16.    Obligations of Lenders Several    – 79 –
14.17.    Advertising and Publicity    – 79 –
14.18.    Governing Law; Consent to Forum    – 80 –
14.19.    Waivers by Borrowers    – 80 –

 

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LIST OF EXHIBITS AND SCHEDULES

 

Exhibit A

   Form of Revolver Note

Exhibit B

   Form of Term Note

Exhibit C

   Form of Settlement Note

Exhibit D

   Form of Notice of Conversion/Continuation

Exhibit E

   Form of Notice of Borrowing

Exhibit F

   Form of Compliance Certificate

Exhibit G

   Form of Opinion Contents

Exhibit H

   Form of Assignment and Acceptance

Exhibit I

   Form of Notice

Exhibit J

   Letter of Credit Procurement Request

Schedule 7.1.1

   Borrowers’ Business Locations

Schedule 7.1.2

   Borrowers’ Insurance

Schedule 8.1.1

   Jurisdictions in which Borrowers and each Subsidiary is Authorized to do Business

Schedule 8.1.4

   Capital Structure of Borrowers

Schedule 8.1.5

   Corporate Names

Schedule 8.1.12

   Surety Obligations

Schedule 8.1.13

   Tax Identification Numbers of Borrowers and Subsidiaries

Schedule 8.1.15

   Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Licenses

Schedule 8.1.18

   Contracts Restricting Borrowers’ Right to Incur Debts

Schedule 8.1.19

   Litigation

Schedule 8.1.21

   Capitalized and Operating Leases

Schedule 8.1.22

   Pension Plans

Schedule 8.1.23

   Disruptions of Trade Relations

Schedule 8.1.24

   Collective Bargaining Agreements; Labor Controversies

Schedule 8.1.28

   Life Insurance Policies

Schedule 9.2.3

   Debt for Money Borrowed in Existence on the Closing Date

Schedule 9.2.5

   Permitted Liens

Schedule 9.2.8

   Restrictions on Upstream Payments

 

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LOAN AND SECURITY AGREEMENT

 

This LOAN AND SECURITY AGREEMENT is made on May 15, 2002, by and among THE ROWE COMPANIES, formerly known asRowe Furniture Corporation, a Nevada corporation with its chief executive office and principal place of business at 1650 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 710, McLean, Virginia 22102 (individually and, in its capacity as the representative of the otherBorrowers pursuant to Section 3.4 hereof, “Rowe Companies”); ROWE DIVERSIFIED, INC., a Delaware corporation with its chief executive office and principal place of business at 300 Delaware Avenue, Suite 900, Wilmington,Delaware 19801 (“Rowe Diversified”); HOME ELEMENTS, INC., a Virginia corporation with its chief executive office and principal place of business at 1650 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 710, McLean, Virginia 22102 (“HomeElements”); ROWE FURNITURE WOOD PRODUCTS, INC., a California corporation with its principal place of business at 1650 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 710, McLean, Virginia 22102 (“Wood Products”); ROWE PROPERTIES, INC., aCalifornia corporation with its principal place of business at 1650 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 710, McLean, Virginia 22102 (“Rowe Properties”); STOREHOUSE, INC., a Georgia corporation with its chief executive office and principal placeof business at 4200 Perimeter Park South, Suite 100, Atlanta, Georgia 30341 (“Storehouse”); ROWE FURNITURE, INC., a Virginia corporation with its principal place of business at 1650 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 710, McLean, Virginia22102 (“Furniture”); and THE MITCHELL GOLD CO., a North Carolina corporation with its chief executive office and principal place of business at 6736 Millersville Road, Taylorsville, North Carolina 28681 (“Mitchell GoldCo.”); (Rowe Companies, Rowe Diversified, Home Elements, Wood Products, Rowe Properties, Storehouse, Furniture and Mitchell Gold Co. being referred to collectively as “Borrowers,” and individually as a “Borrower”); thevarious financial institutions listed on the signature pages hereof and their respective successors and permitted assigns which become “Lenders” as provided herein; and FLEET CAPITAL CORPORATION, a Rhode Island corporation with anoffice at 300 Galleria Parkway, Suite 800, Atlanta, Georgia 30339 in its capacity as collateral and administrative agent for the Lenders pursuant to Section 12 hereof (together with its successors in such capacity, “Agent”).Capitalized terms used in this Agreement have the meanings assigned to them in Appendix A, General Definitions.

 

Recitals:

 

Each Borrower has requested that Lenders make available a term loan and revolving credit facility to Borrowers, which shall be used by Borrowers to refinance a portion of their existing debt and to finance theirmutual and collective enterprise of manufacturing and distributing of furniture and other home furnishings. In order to utilize the financial powers of each Borrower in the most efficient and economical manner, and in order to facilitate thefinancing of each Borrower’s needs, Lenders will, at the request of any Borrower, make loans to all Borrowers under the term loan and revolving credit facility on a combined basis and in accordance with the provisions hereinafter set forth.Borrowers’ business is a mutual and collective enterprise and Borrowers believe that the consolidation of all term and revolving credit loans under this Agreement will enhance the aggregate borrowing powers of each Borrower and ease theadministration of their term and revolving credit loan relationship with Lenders, all to the mutual advantage of Borrowers. Lenders’ willingness to extend credit to Borrowers and to administer each Borrower’s collateral security therefor,on a combined basis as more fully set forth in this Agreement, is done solely as an accommodation to Borrowers and at Borrowers’ request in furtherance of Borrowers’ mutual and collective enterprise.

 

Each Borrower has agreed to guarantee the obligations of each of the otherBorrowers under this Agreement and each of the other Loan Documents.


NOW, THEREFORE, for Ten Dollars ($10.00) and other good and valuable consideration, the parties heretohereby agree as follows:

 

SECTION 1. CREDIT FACILITIES

 

Subject to the terms and conditions of, and in reliance upon therepresentations and warranties made in, this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, Lenders severally agree to the extent and in the manner hereinafter set forth to make their respective Pro Rata shares of the Commitments available to Borrowers, inan aggregate amount up to $45,000,000, as follows:

 

1.1.Revolver Commitment.

 

1.1.1. Revolver Loans.Each Lender agrees, severally to the extent of its Revolver Commitment and not jointly with the other Lenders, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth herein, to make Revolver Loans to Borrowers on any Business Day during the periodfrom the date hereof through the Business Day before the last day of the Original Term, not to exceed in aggregate principal amount outstanding at any time such Lender’s Revolver Commitment at such time, which Revolver Loans may be repaid andreborrowed in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement; provided, however, that Lenders shall have no obligation to Borrowers whatsoever to make any Revolver Loan (other than any Pending Revolver Loans, but only to the extentthe making of such Pending Revolver Loans would not result in the aggregate principal amount of Revolver Loans outstanding to exceed the Borrowing Base) on or after the Commitment Termination Date or if at the time of the proposed funding thereofthe aggregate principal amount of all of the Revolver Loans and Pending Revolver Loans then outstanding exceeds, or would exceed after the funding of such Revolver Loan, the Borrowing Base. Each Borrowing of Revolver Loans shall be funded by Lenderson a Pro Rata basis in accordance with their respective Revolver Commitments (except for Fleet with respect to Settlement Loans). The Revolver Loans shall bear interest as set forth in Section 2.1 hereof. Each Revolver Loan shall, at theoption of Borrowers, be made or continued as, or converted into, part of one or more Borrowings that, unless specifically provided herein, shall consist entirely of Base Rate Loans or LIBOR Loans.

 

1.1.2. Out-of-Formula Loans. If the unpaid balance of Revolver Loansoutstanding at any time should exceed the Borrowing Base at such time (an “Out-of-Formula Condition”), such Revolver Loans shall nevertheless constitute Obligations that are secured by the Collateral and entitled to all of the benefits ofthe Loan Documents. In the event that Lenders are willing to, in their sole and absolute discretion, make Out-of-Formula Loans, such Out-of-Formula Loans shall be payable on demand and shall bear interest as provided in Section 2.1.5 of thisAgreement.

 

1.1.3. Use of Proceeds. The proceeds of theRevolver Loans shall be used by Borrowers solely for one or more of the following purposes: (i) to satisfy any Debt owing on the Closing Date to the Existing Lenders; (ii) to pay the fees and transaction expenses associated with the closing of thetransactions described herein; (iii) to pay any of the Obligations; (iv) Permitted Restructuring Expenses; and (v) to make expenditures for other lawful corporate purposes of Borrowers to the extent such expenditures are not prohibited by thisAgreement or Applicable Law. In no event may any Revolver Loan proceeds be used by any Borrower to make a contribution to the equity of any Subsidiary, to purchase or to carry, or to reduce, retire or refinance any Debt incurred to purchase orcarry, any Margin Stock or for any related purpose that violates the provisions of Regulations T, U or X of the Board of Governors.

 

1.1.4. Revolver Notes. The Revolver Loans made by each Lender and interest accruing thereon shall be evidenced by the records of Agent and suchLender and by the Revolver Note payable to

 

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such Lender (or the assignee of such Lender), which shall be executed by Borrowers, completed in conformity with thisAgreement and delivered to such Lender. All outstanding principal amounts and accrued interest under the Revolver Notes shall be due and payable as set forth in Section 4.2 hereof.

 

1.1.5. Agent Advances. Agent shall be authorized by Borrowers and Lenders, from time to time in Agent’s sole andabsolute discretion, at any time that a Default or Event of Default exists or any of the conditions precedent set forth in Section 10 hereof have not been satisfied, to make Base Rate Loans to Borrowers on behalf of Lenders in an aggregateamount outstanding at any time not to exceed 12.5% of the Borrowing Base, but not in excess of the aggregate of the Commitments, and only to the extent that Agent deems the funding of such Base Rate Loans to be necessary or desirable (i) to preserveor protect the Collateral or any portion thereof, (ii) to enhance the likelihood of or the amount of repayment of the Obligations or (iii) to pay any other amount chargeable to Borrowers pursuant to the terms of this Agreement, including costs, feesand expenses, all of which Base Rate Loans advanced by Agent shall be deemed part of the Obligations and secured by the Collateral, shall be treated as Settlement Loans and shall be settled and paid by Borrowers and Lenders as provided herein forSettlement Loans; provided, however, that the Required Lenders may at any time revoke Agent’s authorization to make any such Base Rate Loans by written notice to Agent, which shall become effective upon and after Agent’sreceipt thereof.

 

1.2. Term Loan Facility.

 

1.2.1. Term Loan. Subject to and upon the termsand conditions herein set forth, each Lender severally agrees to make to Borrowers a Term Loan Advance in an amount not to exceed such Lender’s Term Loan Commitment. The Term Loan shall be comprised of Term Loan Advances in the aggregateprincipal amount of $5,000,000 and shall be funded by Lenders on the Closing Date, concurrently with Lenders’ funding of their initial Revolver Loans. The proceeds of the Term Loan Advances shall be used by Borrowers solely for purposes forwhich the proceeds of the Revolver Loans are authorized to be used. The Term Loan Commitment of each Lender shall expire on the funding by such Lender of its Term Loan Advance. Borrowers shall not be entitled to reborrow any amounts repaid withrespect to the Term Loan Advances. All of the Term Loan Advances shall bear interest as set forth in Section 2.1 hereof and shall initially be Base Rate Loans. Each Lender shall make its Term Loan Advance available to Agent in immediatelyavailable funds, to such account of Agent as Agent may designate, not later than 12:00 noon on the Closing Date. After the Agent’s receipt of the proceeds of such Term Loan Advance, and upon satisfaction of the conditions precedent set forth inSection 10 hereof, Agent shall make the proceeds of all such Term Loan Advances available to Borrowers on the Closing Date by transferring same day funds equal to the proceeds of such Term Loan Advances received by Agent to an accountdesignated by Borrowers in writing.

 

1.2.2. Term Notes.Borrowers shall execute and deliver to Agent on behalf of each Lender, on the Closing Date, a promissory note substantially in the form of Exhibit B attached hereto and made a part hereof (such promissory note, together with any newnotes issued pursuant to Section 13.3.2 upon the assignment of any portion of any Lender’s Term Loan Advance, being hereinafter referred to collectively as the “Term Notes” and each of such promissory notes being hereinafterreferred to individually as a “Term Note”), to evidence such Lender’s Term Loan Advance to Borrowers, in original principal amounts equal to the amount of such Lender’s Term Loan Commitment. Each Term Note shall be dated theClosing Date (or the date of the applicable Assignment and Acceptance) and shall provide for payment of the Term Loan Advance evidenced thereby as specified in Section 4.3 hereof.

 

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1.3. LC Facility.

 

1.3.1. Procurement of Letters of Credit. During the period from the date hereof to (but excluding) the 30th day priorto the last day of the Original Term, and provided no Default or Event of Default exists, Fleet agrees to establish the LC Facility pursuant to which Fleet shall procure from Bank one or more Letters of Credit on Borrowers’ request thereforfrom time to time, subject to the following terms and conditions:

 

(i) Each Borrower acknowledges that Bank’s willingness to issue any Letter of Credit is conditioned upon Bank’s receipt of (A) the LC Support duly executed and delivered to Bank by Fleet, (B) an LCApplication with respect to the requested Letter of Credit and (C) such other instruments and agreements as Bank may customarily require for the issuance of a letter of credit of equivalent type and amount as the requested Letter of Credit. Fleetshall have no obligation to execute any LC Support or to join with any Borrower in executing an LC Application unless (x) Fleet receives an LC Request from such Borrower at least 2 Business Days prior to the date on which such Borrower desires tosubmit such LC Application to Bank and (y) each of the LC Conditions is satisfied on the date of Fleet’s receipt of the LC Request and at the time of the requested execution of the LC Application. Any Letter of Credit issued on the Closing Dateshall be for an amount in Dollars that is greater than $250,000. In no event shall Fleet or any other Lender have any liability or obligation to any or all Borrowers or any Subsidiary for any failure or refusal by Bank to issue, for Bank’sdelay in issuing, or for any error of Bank in issuing any Letter of Credit.

 

(ii) Letters of Credit may be requested by a Borrower only if they are to be used (a) to support obligations of Borrower incurred in the Ordinary Course of Business of such Borrower or (b) for such other purposes asAgent and Lenders may approve from time to time in writing.

 

(iii) Borrowers shall comply with all of the terms and conditions imposed on Borrowers by Bank, whether such terms and conditions are contained in an LC Application or in any agreement with respect thereto, andsubject to the rights of Bank, Fleet shall have the same rights and remedies that Bank has under any agreements that Borrowers may have with Bank in addition to any rights and remedies contained in any of the Loan Documents. Borrowers jointly andseverally agree to reimburse Bank for any draw under any Letter of Credit as hereinafter provided, and to pay Bank the amount of all other liabilities and obligations payable to Bank under or in connection with any Letter of Credit immediately whendue, irrespective of any claim, setoff, defense or other right that any or all Borrowers may have at any time against Bank or any other Person. If Fleet shall pay any amount under an LC Support with respect to any Letter of Credit, then Borrowersshall be jointly and severally obligated to pay to Fleet, in Dollars on the first Business Day following the date on which payment was made by Fleet under such LC Support (the “Reimbursement Date”), an amount equal to the amount paid byFleet under such LC Support together with interest from and after the Reimbursement Date until payment in full is made by Borrowers at the rate of interest otherwise in effect for Revolver Loans constituting Base Rate Loans. Until Fleet has receivedpayment from Borrowers in accordance with the foregoing provisions of this clause (iii), Fleet, in addition to all of its other rights and remedies under this Agreement, shall be fully subrogated to (A) the rights and remedies of Bank as issuer ofthe Letter of Credit under any agreement with one or more of the Borrowers relating to the issuance of such Letter of Credit, and (B) the right and remedies of each beneficiary under such Letter of Credit whose claims against Borrowers have beendischarged with the proceeds of such Letter of Credit. Whether or not a Borrower submits any Notice of Borrowing to Agent, Borrowers shall be deemed to have requested from Lenders a Borrowing of Base Rate Loans in an amount necessary to pay to Fleetall amounts due Fleet on any Reimbursement Date and each Lender agrees to fund its Pro Rata share of such Borrowing whether or not any Default or Event of Default has occurred or exists, the Commitments have been terminated, the funding of theBorrowing deemed requested by Borrowers would result in, or increase the amount of, any Out-of-Formula Condition, or any of the conditions set forth in Section 10 hereof are not satisfied.

 

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(iv) Borrowers assume all risks of the acts, omissions or misuses of any Letter of Creditby the beneficiary thereof. The obligation of Borrowers to reimburse Fleet for any payment made by Fleet under the LC Support shall be absolute, unconditional, irrevocable and joint and several and shall be paid without regard to any lack ofvalidity or enforceability of any Letter of Credit, the existence of any claim, setoff, defense or other right which any or all Borrowers may have at any time against a beneficiary of any Letter of Credit, or improper honor by Bank of any drawrequest under a Letter of Credit. If presentation of a demand, draft, certificate or other document does not comply with the terms of a Letter of Credit and a Borrower contends that, as a consequence of such noncompliance it has no obligation toreimburse Bank for any payment made with respect thereto, Borrowers shall nevertheless be obligated to reimburse Fleet for any payment made under the LC Support with respect to such Letter of Credit, but without waiving any claim a Borrower may haveagainst Bank in connection therewith. All disputes regarding any Letter of Credit shall be resolved by Borrowers directly with Bank.

 

(v) No Letter of Credit shall be extended or amended in any respect that is not solely ministerial, unless all of the LC Conditions aremet as though a new Letter of Credit were being requested and issued. With respect to any Letter of Credit that contains any “evergreen” or automatic renewal provision, each Lender shall be deemed to have consented to any such extension orrenewal, unless such Lender shall have provided to Agent written notice that it declines to consent to any such extension or renewal at least 30 days prior to the date on which the issuer of the Letter of Credit is entitled to decline to extend orrenew the Letter of Credit. If all of the LC Conditions are met and no Default or Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, no Lender shall have the right to decline to consent to any such extension or renewal.

 

(vi) Each Borrower hereby authorizes and directs Bank todeliver to Fleet all instruments, documents and other writings and Property received by Bank pursuant to or in connection with any Letter of Credit and to accept and rely upon Fleet’s instructions and agreements with respect to all mattersarising in connection with such Letter of Credit and the related LC Application.

 

1.3.2. Participations.

 

(i) Immediately upon the issuance by Bank of any Letter of Credit, each Lender (other than Fleet) shall be deemed to have irrevocably andunconditionally purchased and received from Fleet, without recourse or warranty, an undivided interest and participation equal to the Pro Rata share of such Lender (a “Participating Lender”) in all LC Outstandings arising in connectionwith such Letter of Credit and any security therefor or guaranty pertaining thereto, but in no event greater than an amount which, when added to such Lender’s Pro Rata share of all Revolver Loans and LC Outstandings then outstanding, exceedssuch Lender’s Revolver Commitment.

 

(ii)If Fleet makes any payment under an LC Support and Borrowers do not repay or cause to be repaid the amount of such payment on the Reimbursement Date, Fleet shall promptly notify Agent, which shall promptly notify each Participating Lender, of suchpayment and each Participating Lender shall promptly (and in any event within 1 Business Day after its receipt of notice from Agent) and unconditionally pay to Agent, for the account of Fleet, in immediately available funds, the amount of suchParticipating Lender’s Pro Rata share of such payment, and Agent shall promptly pay such amounts to Fleet. If a Participating Lender does not make its Pro Rata share

 

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of the amount of such payment available to Agent, on a timely basis as herein provided, suchParticipating Lender agrees to pay to Agent for the account of Fleet, forthwith on demand, such amount together with interest thereon at the Federal Funds Rate until paid. The failure of any Participating Lender to make available to Agent for theaccount of Fleet such Participating Lender’s Pro Rata share of the LC Outstandings shall not relieve any other Participating Lender of its obligation hereunder to make available to Agent its Pro Rata share of the LC Outstandings, but noParticipating Lender shall be responsible for the failure of any other Participating Lender to make available to Agent its Pro Rata share of the LC Outstandings on the date such payment is to be made.

 

(iii) Whenever Fleet receives a payment on account of the LCOutstandings, including any interest thereon, as to which Agent has previously received payments from any Lender for the account of Fleet, Fleet shall promptly pay to each Participating Lender which has funded its participating interest therein, inimmediately available funds, an amount equal to such Participating Lender’s Pro Rata share thereof.

 

(iv) The obligation of each Participating Lender to make payments to Agent for the account of Fleet in connection with Fleet’spayment under an LC Support shall be absolute, unconditional and irrevocable, not subject to any counterclaim, setoff, qualification or exception whatsoever (other than for Fleet’s gross negligence or willful misconduct), and shall be made inaccordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement under all circumstances and irrespective of whether or not any or all Borrowers may assert or have any claim for any lack of validity or unenforceability of this Agreement or any of theother Loan Documents; the existence of any Default or Event of Default; any draft, certificate or other document presented under a Letter of Credit having been determined to be forged, fraudulent, invalid or insufficient in any respect or anystatement therein being untrue or inaccurate in any respect; the existence of any setoff or defense any Obligor may have with respect to any of the Obligations; or the termination of the Commitments.

 

(v) Neither Fleet nor any of its officers, directors,employees or agents shall be liable to any Participating Lender for any action taken or omitted to be taken under or in connection with any of the LC Documents except as a result of actual gross negligence or willful misconduct on the part of Fleet.Fleet does not assume any responsibility for any failure or delay in performance or breach by any or all Borrowers or any other Person of any of its obligations under any of the LC Documents. Fleet does not make to Participating Lenders any expressor implied warranty, representation or guaranty with respect to the Collateral, the LC Documents, or any Obligor. Fleet shall not be responsible to any Participating Lender for any recitals, statements, information, representations or warrantiescontained in, or for the execution, validity, genuineness, effectiveness or enforceability of any of the LC Documents; the validity, genuineness, enforceability, collectibility, value or sufficiency of any of the Collateral or the perfection of anyLien therein; or the assets, liabilities, financial condition, results of operations, business, creditworthiness or legal status of any Borrower or any other Obligor or any Account Debtor. In connection with its administration of and enforcement ofrights or remedies under any of the LC Documents, Fleet shall be entitled to act, and shall be fully protected in acting upon, any certification, notice or other communication in whatever form believed by Fleet, in good faith, to be genuine andcorrect and to have been signed, sent or made by a proper Person. Fleet may consult with and employ legal counsel, accountants and other experts to advise it concerning its rights, powers and privileges under the LC Documents and shall be entitledto act upon, and shall be fully protected in any action taken in good faith reliance upon, any advice given by such experts. Fleet may employ agents and attorneys-in-fact in connection with any matter relating to the LC Documents and shall not beliable for the negligence, default or misconduct of any such agents or attorneys-in-fact selected by Fleet with reasonable care. Fleet shall not have any

 

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liability to any Participating Lender by reason of Fleet’s refraining to take any action under anyof the LC Documents without having first received written instructions from the Required Lenders to take such action.

 

(vi) Upon the request of any Participating Lender, Fleet shall furnish to such Participating Lender copies (to the extent then availableto Fleet) of each outstanding Letter of Credit and related LC Application and all other documentation pertaining to such Letter of Credit as may be in the possession of Fleet and reasonably requested from time to time by such Participating Lender.

 

1.3.3. Cash Collateral Account. If any LC Outstandings,whether or not then due or payable, shall for any reason be outstanding (i) at any time when an Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, (ii) on any date that Availability is less than zero, or (iii) on or at any time after the CommitmentTermination Date, then Borrowers shall, on Fleet’s or Agent’s request, forthwith deposit with Agent, in cash, an amount equal to 105% of the aggregate amount of LC Outstandings. If Borrowers fail to make such deposit on the first BusinessDay following Agent’s or Fleet’s demand therefor, Lenders may (and shall upon direction of the Required Lenders) advance such amount as Revolver Loans (whether or not an Out-of-Formula Condition is created thereby). Such cash (togetherwith any interest accrued thereon) shall be held by Agent in the Cash Collateral Account and may be invested, in Agent’s discretion, in Cash Equivalents. Each Borrower hereby pledges to Agent and grants to Agent a security interest in, for thebenefit of Agent in such capacity and for the Pro Rata benefit of Lenders, all Cash Collateral held in the Cash Collateral Account from time to time and all proceeds thereof, as security for the payment of all Obligations, whether or not then due orpayable. From time to time after cash is deposited in the Cash Collateral Account, Agent may apply Cash Collateral then held in the Cash Collateral Account to the payment of any amounts, in such order as Agent may elect, as shall be or shall becomedue and payable by Borrowers to Agent or any Lender with respect to the LC Outstandings that may be then outstanding. Neither any Borrower nor any other Person claiming by, through or under or on behalf of any Borrower shall have any right towithdraw any of the Cash Collateral held in the Cash Collateral Account, including any accrued interest, provided that upon termination or expiration of all Letters of Credit and the payment and satisfaction of all of the LC Outstandings, any CashCollateral remaining in the Cash Collateral Account shall be returned to Borrowers unless an Event of Default then exists (in which event Agent may apply such Cash Collateral to the payment of any other Obligations outstanding, with any surplus tobe turned over to Borrowers).

 

1.3.4. Indemnifications.

 

(i) In addition to any other indemnity whichany or all Borrowers may have to Agent or any Lender under any of the other Loan Documents and without limiting such other indemnification provisions, each Borrower hereby agrees to indemnify and defend each of the Agent Indemnitees and LenderIndemnitees and to hold each of the Agent Indemnitees and Lender Indemnitees harmless from and against any and all Claims which any of the Agent Indemnitees or any of the Lender Indemnitees may (other than as the actual result of their own grossnegligence or willful misconduct) incur or be subject to as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of (a) the issuance of, payment or failure to pay or any performance or failure to perform under any Letter of Credit or LC Support or (b) any suit,investigation or proceeding as to which Agent or any Lender is or may become a party to as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the issuance of any Letter of Credit or any LC Support or the payment or failure to pay thereunder.

 

(ii) Each Participating Lender agrees to indemnify anddefend each of the Fleet Indemnitees (to the extent the Fleet Indemnitees are not reimbursed by Borrowers or any other

 

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Obligor, but without limiting the indemnification obligations of Borrowers under this Agreement), on aPro Rata basis, from and against any and all Claims which may be imposed on, incurred by or asserted against any of the Fleet Indemnitees in any way related to or arising out of Fleet’s administration or enforcement of rights or remedies underany of the LC Documents or any of the transactions contemplated thereby (including costs and expenses which Borrowers are obligated to pay under Section 14.2 hereof), provided that no Participating Lender shall be liable to any of the FleetIndemnitees for any of the foregoing to the extent that they result solely from the willful misconduct or gross negligence of such Fleet Indemnitees.

 

SECTION 2. INTEREST, FEES AND CHARGES

 

2.1. Interest.

 

2.1.1. Rates of Interest. Borrowers jointly and severally agree to pay interest in respect of all unpaid principal amounts of the Revolver Loansfrom the respective dates such principal amounts are advanced until paid (whether at stated maturity, on acceleration or otherwise) at a rate per annum equal to the applicable rate indicated below:

 

(i) for Revolver Loans made or outstanding as Base RateLoans, the Applicable Margin plus the Base Rate in effect from time to time; or

 

(ii) for Revolver Loans made or outstanding as LIBOR Loans, the Applicable Margin plus the relevant Adjusted LIBOR Rate for theapplicable Interest Period selected by a Borrower in conformity with this Agreement.

 

Borrowers jointly and severally agree to pay interest in respect of all unpaid principal amounts outstanding with respect to Term Loan Advances from the respective dates such principal amounts are advanced until paid(whether at stated maturity, on acceleration, or otherwise) at a rate per annum equal to the applicable rate indicated below:

 

(i) for Term Loan Advances made or outstanding in whole or in part as Base Rate Loans, the Applicable Margin plus the Base Rate ineffect from time to time; or

 

(ii) for TermLoan Advances made or outstanding in whole or in part as LIBOR Loans, the Applicable Margin plus the relevant Adjusted LIBOR Rate for the applicable Interest Period selected by a Borrower in conformity with this Agreement.

 

Upon determining the Adjusted LIBOR Rate for any Interest Period requested byBorrowers, Agent shall promptly notify Borrowers thereof by telephone and, if so requested by Borrowers, confirm the same in writing. Such determination shall, absent manifest error, be final, conclusive and binding on all parties and for allpurposes. The applicable rate of interest for all Loans (or portions thereof) bearing interest based upon the Base Rate shall be increased or decreased, as the case may be, by an amount equal to any increase or decrease in the Base Rate, with suchadjustments to be effective as of the opening of business on the day that any such change in the Base Rate becomes effective. Interest on each Loan shall accrue from and including the date on which such Loan is made, converted to a Loan of anotherType or continued as a LIBOR Loan to (but excluding) the date of any repayment thereof; provided, however, that, if a Loan is repaid on the same day made, one day’s interest shall be paid on such Loan. The Base Rate on the datehereof is 4.75% per annum and, therefore, the rate of interest in effect hereunder on the date hereof, expressed in simple interest terms, is 5.75% per annum with respect to any portion of the Revolver Loans bearing interest as a Base Rate Loan andis 6.0% per annum with respect to any portion of the Term Loan Advances bearing interest as a Base Rate Loan.

 

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2.1.2 Conversions and Continuations.

 

(i) Borrowers may on any Business Day, subject to the givingof a proper Notice of Conversion/Continuation as hereinafter described, elect (A) to continue all or any part of a LIBOR Loan by selecting a new Interest Period therefor, to commence on the last day of the immediately preceding Interest Period, or(B) to convert all or any part of a Loan of one Type into a Loan of another Type; provided, however, that no outstanding Loans may be converted into or continued as LIBOR Loans when any Default or Event of Default exists. Anyconversion of a LIBOR Loan into a Base Rate Loan shall be made on the last day of the Interest Period for such LIBOR Loan. Any conversion or continuation made with respect to less than the entire outstanding balance of the Revolver Loans or the TermLoan Advances must be allocated among Lenders on a Pro Rata basis, and the Interest Period for Loans converted into or continued as LIBOR Loans shall be coterminous for each Lender.

 

(ii) Whenever Borrowers desire to convert or continue Loans under Section 2.1.2(i), Rowe Companiesshall give Agent written notice (or telephonic notice promptly confirmed in writing) substantially in the form of Exhibit D, signed by an authorized officer of such Borrower, at least 1 Business Day before the requested conversiondate, in the case of a conversion into Base Rate Loans, and at least 3 Business Days before the requested conversion or continuation date, in the case of a conversion into or continuation of LIBOR Loans. Promptly after receipt of a Notice ofConversion/Continuation, Agent shall notify each Lender in writing of the proposed conversion or continuation. Each such Notice of Conversion/Continuation shall be irrevocable and shall specify the aggregate principal amount of the Loans to beconverted or continued, the date of such conversion or continuation (which shall be a Business Day) and whether the Loans are being converted into or continued as LIBOR Loans (and, if so, the duration of the Interest Period to be applicable theretoand, in the absence of any specification by Borrowers of the Interest Period, an Interest Period of one month will be deemed to be specified) or Base Rate Loans. If, upon the expiration of any Interest Period in respect of any LIBOR Loans Borrowersshall have failed to deliver the Notice of Conversion/Continuation, Borrowers shall be deemed to have elected to convert such LIBOR Loans to Base Rate Loans.

 

2.1.3. Interest Periods. In connection with the making or continuation of, or conversion into, each Borrowing of LIBOR Loans, Borrowers shallselect an interest period (each an “Interest Period”) to be applicable to such LIBOR Loan, which interest period shall commence on the date such LIBOR Loan is made and shall end on a numerically corresponding day in the first, second orthird month thereafter; provided, however, that:

 

(i) the initial Interest Period for a LIBOR Loan shall commence on the date of such Borrowing (including the date of any conversion from a Loan of another Type) and each Interest Period occurring thereafter in respectof such Revolver Loan shall commence on the date on which the next preceding Interest Period expires;

 

(ii) if any Interest Period would otherwise expire on a day that is not a Business Day, such Interest Period shall expire on the nextsucceeding Business Day, provided that, if any Interest Period in respect of LIBOR Loans would otherwise expire on a day which is not a Business Day but is a day of the month after which no further Business Day occurs in such month, suchInterest Period shall expire on the next preceding Business Day;

 

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(iii) any Interest Period that begins on a day for which there is no numericallycorresponding day in the calendar month at the end of such Interest Period shall expire on the last Business Day of such calendar month;

 

(iv) no Interest Period with respect to any portion of principal of a Loan shall extend beyond a date on which a Borrower is required tomake a scheduled payment of such portion of principal; and

 

(v) no Interest Period shall extend beyond the last day of the Original Term.

 

2.1.4. Interest Rate Not Ascertainable. If Agent shall determine (which determination shall, absent manifest error, be final, conclusive andbinding upon all parties) that on any date for determining the Adjusted LIBOR Rate for any Interest Period, by reason of any changes arising after the date of this Agreement affecting the London interbank market or any Lender’s or Bank’sposition in such market, adequate and fair means do not exist for ascertaining the applicable interest rate on the basis provided for in the definition of Adjusted LIBOR Rate, then, and in any such event, Agent shall forthwith give notice (bytelephone confirmed in writing) to a Borrower of such determination. Until Agent notifies a Borrower that the circumstances giving rise to the suspension described herein no longer exist, the obligation of Lenders to make LIBOR Loans shall besuspended, and such affected Loans then outstanding shall, at the end of the then applicable Interest Period or at such earlier time as may be required by Applicable Law, bear the same interest as Base Rate Loans.

 

2.1.5. Default Rate of Interest. Borrowers shall pay interest (beforeas well as after entry of judgment thereon, to the extent permitted by Applicable Law) at a rate per annum equal to the Default Rate (i) with respect to the principal amount of any portion of the Obligations (and, to the extent permitted byApplicable Law, all past due interest) that is not paid on the due date thereof (whether due at stated maturity, on demand, upon acceleration or otherwise) until paid in full; (ii) with respect to the principal amount of all of the Obligations (and,to the extent permitted by Applicable Law, all past due interest) upon the earlier to occur of (x) a Borrower’s receipt of notice from Agent of the Required Lenders’ election to charge the Default Rate based upon the existence of any Eventof Default (which notice Agent shall send only with the consent or at the direction of the Required Lenders), whether or not acceleration or demand for payment of the Obligations has been made, or (y) the commencement by or against any Borrower ofan Insolvency Proceeding whether or not under the circumstances described in clauses (i) or (ii) hereof Agent elects to accelerate the maturity or demand payment of any of the Obligations; and (iii) with respect to the principal amount of anyOut-of-Formula Loans, whether or not demand for payment thereof has been made by Agent. To the fullest extent permitted by Applicable Law, the Default Rate shall apply and accrue on any judgment entered with respect to any of the Obligations and tothe unpaid principal amount of the Obligations during any Insolvency Proceeding of a Borrower. Each Borrower acknowledges that the cost and expense to Agent and each Lender attendant upon the occurrence of an Event of Default are difficult toascertain or estimate and that the Default Rate is a fair and reasonable estimate to compensate Agent and Lender for such added cost and expense.

 

2.2. Fees. In consideration of Lender’s establishment of the Commitments in favor of Borrowers, and Agent’s agreement to serve ascollateral and administrative agent hereunder, Borrowers jointly and severally agree to pay the following fees:

 

2.2.1. Closing Fee. Borrowers shall pay to Agent, for the benefit of the Initial Lenders, the closing fee set forth in the Fee Letter, which shallbe paid concurrently with the initial Loans hereunder.

 

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2.2.2. Arrangement Fee. Borrowers shall pay to Agent, for the sole benefit of Agent, anarrangement fee of $75,000, which shall be paid concurrently with the initial Loans hereunder.

 

2.2.3. Unused Line Fee. Borrowers shall be jointly and severally obligated to pay to Agent for the Pro Rata benefit of Lenders a fee equal to the Applicable Margin per annum of the amount by which the AverageRevolver Loan Balance for any month (or portion thereof that the Commitments are in effect) is less than the aggregate amount of the Revolver Commitments, such fee to be paid on the first day of the following month; but if the Commitments areterminated on a day other than the first day of a month, then any such fee payable for the month in which termination shall occur shall be paid on the effective date of such termination.

 

2.2.4 LC Facility Fees. Borrowers shall be jointly and severally obligated to pay: (i) to Agent, through its Treasuryand International Services Group, for the ratable account of each Participating Lender for Letters of Credit, the Applicable Margin in effect for Revolver Loans made or outstanding as LIBOR Loans on a per annum basis based on the face amount of allLetters of Credit outstanding, (ii) to Agent, through its Treasury and International Services Group, for its own account a Letter of Credit fronting fee of 0.125% per annum based on the average amount available to be drawn under all standby ordocumentary Letters of Credit outstanding, and (iii) to Bank (without duplication of (i) or (ii) above) for its own account all normal and customary charges associated with the issuance, amending, negotiating, processing and administration ofLetters of Credit, all of which fees and charges shall be fully earned upon issuance, renewal or extension (as the case may be) of each such Letter of Credit, shall be due and payable, in arrears, on the first Business Day of each month, and shallnot be subject to rebate or proration upon termination of the Commitments or for any other reason.

 

2.2.5. Audit and Appraisal Fees. Borrowers shall be jointly and severally obligated to reimburse Agent and Lenders for all reasonable costs andexpenses incurred by Agent and Lenders in connection with all audits and appraisals of any Obligor’s books and records and such other matters pertaining to any Obligor or any Collateral as Agent shall deem appropriate. Borrowers shall reimburseAgent and Lenders for all reasonable costs and expenses incurred by Agent or Lenders in connection with appraisals of any Collateral as Agent shall deem appropriate and shall pay to Agent the standard amount charged by Agent per day ($750 per day asof the Closing Date) for each day that an employee or agent of Agent shall be engaged in an examination or review of any Borrower’s books and records.

 

2.2.6. Collateral Management and Agency Fee. In consideration of Fleet’s syndication of the Commitments and service as Agent hereunder,Borrowers shall be jointly and severally obligated to pay to Agent, for the sole benefit of Agent, a collateral management and agency fee of $5,000, per month, which fee shall be payable, in arrears, on the first Business day of each month; but ifthe Commitments are terminated on a day other than the first Business Day of a month, then any such fee payable for the month in which termination shall occur shall be paid on the effective date of such termination.

 

2.2.7 General Provisions. All fees shall be fully earned by theidentified recipient thereof pursuant to the foregoing provisions of this Agreement and the Fee Letter on the due date thereof (and, in the case of Letters of Credit, upon each issuance, renewal or extension of such Letter of Credit) and, except asotherwise set forth herein or required by Applicable Law, shall not be subject to rebate, refund or proration. All fees provided for in Section 2.2 are and shall be deemed to be compensation for services and are not, and shall not be deemedto be, interest or any other charge for the use, forbearance or detention of money.

 

 

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2.3. Computation of Interest and Fees. All fees and other charges provided for in thisAgreement that are calculated as a per annum percentage of any amount and all interest shall be calculated daily and shall be computed on the actual number of days elapsed over a year of 360 days. For purposes of computing interest and other chargeshereunder, all Payment Items and other forms of payment received by Agent shall be deemed applied by Agent on account of the Obligations (subject to final payment of such items) on the Business Day that Agent receives such items in immediatelyavailable funds in the Payment Account, and Agent shall be deemed to have received such Payment Item on the date specified in Section 4.8 hereof.

 

2.4. Reimbursement of Obligations.

 

2.4.1. Borrowers shall reimburse Agent and, during any period that an Event of Default exists, each Lender, for all reasonable legal, accounting,appraisal and other third-party fees and expenses actually incurred by Agent or any Lender in connection with (i) the negotiation and preparation of any of the Loan Documents, any amendment or modification thereto, any waiver of any Default or Eventof Default thereunder, or any restructuring or forbearance with respect thereto; (ii) the administration of the Loan Documents and the transactions contemplated thereby, to the extent that such fees and expenses are expressly provided for in thisAgreement or any of the other Loan Documents; (iii) action taken to perfect or maintain the perfection or priority of any of Agent’s Liens with respect to any of the Collateral; (iv) any inspection of or audits conducted with respect to anyBorrower’s books and records or any of the Collateral; (v) any effort to verify, protect, preserve, or restore any of the Collateral or to collect, sell, liquidate or otherwise dispose of or realize upon any of the Collateral; (vi) anylitigation, contest, dispute, suit, proceeding or action (whether instituted by or against Agent, any Lender, any Obligor or any other Person) in any way arising out of or relating to any of the Collateral (or the validity, perfection or priority ofany of Agent’s Liens thereon), any of the Loan Documents or the validity, allowance or amount of any of the Obligations; (vii) the protection or enforcement or any rights or remedies of Agent or any Lender in any Insolvency Proceeding; and(viii) any other action taken by Agent or any Lender to enforce any of the rights or remedies of Agent or such Lender against any Obligor or any Account Debtors to enforce collection of any of the Obligations or payments with respect to any of theCollateral. In no event, however, shall this Section 2.4.1 obligate Borrowers to reimburse Agent and Lender for the same fee. If, for example, an Event of Default exists and Agent and each Lender retain counsel to represent their respectiveinterests, Borrowers would be obligated to reimburse Agent and each Lender for the amount of reasonable attorneys fees incurred by Agent and each Lender, even if all such counsel attended the same meeting or participated in the same conference call.On the other hand, if during the existence of an Event of Default, Agent and Lenders agree to retain a single consultant to advise all of them, then Borrowers would not be obligated to reimburse Agent and each Lender for the amount of suchconsultant’s reasonable fees so that the actual reimbursement obligation of Borrowers constituted a multiple of the actual costs incurred by Agent and Lenders. The foregoing examples are intended for illustrative and clarification purposesonly. All amounts chargeable to Borrowers under this Section 2.4 shall constitute Obligations that are secured by all of the Collateral and shall be payable on demand to Agent. Borrowers shall also reimburse Agent for expenses incurredby Agent in its administration of any of the Collateral to the extent and in the manner provided in Section 7 hereof or in any of the other Loan Documents. The foregoing shall be in addition to, and shall not be construed to limit, any otherprovision of any of the Loan Documents regarding the reimbursement by Borrowers of costs, expenses or liabilities suffered or incurred by Agent or any Lender.

 

2.4.2. If at any time Agent or (with the consent of Agent) any Lender shall agree to indemnify any Person (including Bank) against losses or damagesthat such Person may suffer or incur in its dealings or transactions with any or all of Borrowers, or shall guarantee any liability or obligation of any or

 

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all of Borrowers to such Person, or otherwise shall provide assurances of any Borrower’s payment or performanceunder any agreement with such Person, including indemnities, guaranties or other assurances of payment or performance given by Agent or any Lender with respect to Cash Management Agreements, Hedging Agreements or Letters of Credit, then theContingent Obligation of Agent or any Lender providing any such indemnity, guaranty or other assurance of payment or performance, together with any payment made or liability incurred by Agent or any Lender in connection therewith, shall constituteObligations that are secured by the Collateral and Borrowers shall repay, on demand, any amount so paid or any liability incurred by Agent or any Lender in connection with any such indemnity, guaranty or assurance, except that repayment withrespect to any LC Support shall be due on the Reimbursement Date as provided in Section 1.3.1(iii). Nothing herein shall be construed to impose upon Agent or any Lender any obligation to provide any such indemnity, guaranty or assuranceexcept to the extent provided in Section 1.3 hereof. The foregoing agreement of Borrowers shall apply whether or not such indemnity, guaranty or assurance is in writing or oral and regardless of any Borrower’s knowledge of the existencethereof, and shall be in addition to any other provision of the Loan Documents regarding reimbursement by Borrowers of costs, expenses or liabilities suffered or incurred by Agent or any Lender.

 

2.5. Bank Charges. Borrowers shall pay to Agent, ondemand, any and all reasonable and customary fees, costs or expenses which Agent or any Lender pays to a bank or other similar institution (including any fees paid by Agent or any Lender to any Participant) arising out of or in connection with(i) the forwarding to a Borrower or any other Person on behalf of Borrower by Agent or any Lender of proceeds of Loans made by Lenders to a Borrower pursuant to this Agreement and (ii) the depositing for collection by Agent or any Lender of anyPayment Item received or delivered to Agent or any Lender on account of the Obligations. Each Borrower acknowledges and agrees that Agent may charge such reasonable and customary costs, fees and expenses to Borrowers based upon Agent’s goodfaith estimate of such costs, fees and expenses as they are incurred by Agent or any Lender.

 

2.6. Illegality. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained elsewhere in this Agreement, if (i) any change in any law or regulation or in the interpretation thereof by any Governmental Authoritycharged with the administration thereof shall make it unlawful for a Lender to make or maintain a LIBOR Loan or to give effect to its obligations as contemplated hereby with respect to a LIBOR Loan or (ii) at any time such Lender determines that themaking or continuance of any LIBOR Loan has become impracticable as a result of a contingency occurring after the date hereof which adversely affects the London interbank market or the position of such Lender in such market, then such Lender shallgive after such determination Agent and any Borrower notice thereof and may thereafter (1) declare that LIBOR Loans will not thereafter be made by such Lender, whereupon any request by a Borrower for a LIBOR Loan shall be deemed a request for a BaseRate Loan unless such Lender’s declaration shall be subsequently withdrawn (which declaration shall be withdrawn promptly after the cessation of the circumstances described in clause (i) or (ii) above); and (2) require that all outstandingLIBOR Loans made by such Lender be converted to Base Rate Loans, under the circumstances of clause (i) or (ii) of this Section 2.6 insofar as such Lender determines the continuance of LIBOR Loans to be impracticable, in which event all suchLIBOR Loans shall be converted automatically to Base Rate Loans as of the date of any Borrower’s receipt of the aforesaid notice from such Lender.

 

2.7. Increased Costs. If, by reason of (a) the introduction after the date hereof of or any change (including any change by way ofimposition or increase of Statutory Reserves or other reserve requirements) in or in the interpretation of any law or regulation, or (b) the compliance with any guideline or request from any central bank or other Governmental Authority orquasi-Governmental Authority exercising control over banks or financial institutions generally (whether or not having the force of law):

 

(i) any Lender shall be subject after the date hereof, to any Tax, duty or other charge with respect to any LIBOR Loan or its obligationto make LIBOR Loans, or a change shall result in the basis of taxation of payment to any Lender of the principal of or interest on its LIBOR Loans or its obligation to make LIBOR Loans (except for changes in the rate of Tax on the overall net incomeor gross receipts of such Lender imposed by the jurisdiction in which such Lender’s principal executive office is located); or

 

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(ii) any reserve (including any imposed by the Board of Governors), special deposits orsimilar requirement against assets of, deposits with or for the account of, or credit extended by, any Lender shall be imposed or deemed applicable or any other condition affecting its LIBOR Loans or its obligation to make LIBOR Loans shall beimposed on such Lender or the London interbank market;

 

and as a result thereofthere shall be any increase in the cost to such Lender of agreeing to make or making, funding or maintaining LIBOR Loans (except to the extent already included in the determination of the applicable Adjusted LIBOR Rate for LIBOR Loans), or thereshall be a reduction in the amount received or receivable by such Lender, then such Lender shall, promptly after determining the existence or amount of any such increased costs for which such Lender seeks payment hereunder, give any Borrower noticethereof and Borrowers shall from time to time, upon written notice from and demand by such Lender (with a copy of such notice and demand to Agent), pay to Agent for the account of such Lender, within 5 Business Days after the date specified in suchnotice and demand, an additional amount sufficient to indemnify such Lender against such increased costs. A certificate as to the amount of such increased cost, submitted to Borrowers by such Lender, shall be final, conclusive and binding for allpurposes, absent manifest error.

 

If any Lender shall adviseAgent at any time that, because of the circumstances described hereinabove in this Section 2.7 or any other circumstances arising after the date of this Agreement affecting such Lender or the London interbank market or such Lender’s orBank’s position in such market, the Adjusted LIBOR Rate, as determined by Agent, will not adequately and fairly reflect the cost to such Lender of funding LIBOR Loans, then, and in any such event:

 

(i) Agent shall forthwith give notice (by telephoneconfirmed in writing) to Borrowers and Lenders of such event;

 

(ii) Borrowers’ right to request and such Lender’s obligation to make LIBOR Loans shall be immediately suspended and Borrowers’ right to continue a LIBOR Loan as such beyond the then applicable InterestPeriod shall also be suspended, until each condition giving rise to such suspension no longer exists; and

 

(iii) such Lender shall make a Base Rate Loan as part of the requested Borrowing of LIBOR Loans, which Base Rate Loan shall, for allpurposes, be considered part of such Borrowing.

 

For purposesof this Section 2.7, all references to a Lender shall be deemed to include any bank holding company or bank parent of such Lender.

 

2.8. Capital Adequacy. If any Lender determines that after the date hereof (a) the adoption of any Applicable Law regarding capitalrequirements for banks or bank holding companies or the subsidiaries thereof, (b) any change in the interpretation or administration of any such Applicable Law by any Governmental Authority, central bank, or comparable agency charged with theinterpretation or

 

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administration thereof, or (c) compliance by such Lender or its holding company with any request or directive of any suchGovernmental Authority, central bank or comparable agency regarding capital adequacy (whether or not having the force of law), has the effect of reducing the return on such Lender’s capital to a level below that which such Lender could haveachieved (taking into consideration such Lender’s and its holding company’s policies with respect to capital adequacy immediately before such adoption, change or compliance and assuming that such Lender’s capital was fully utilizedprior to such adoption, change or compliance) but for such adoption, change or compliance as a consequence of such Lender’s commitment to make the Loans pursuant hereto by any amount deemed by such Lender to be material:

 

(i) Agent shall promptly, after its receipt of a certificatefrom such Lender setting forth such Lender’s determination of such occurrence, give notice thereof to any Borrower and Lenders; and

 

(ii) Borrowers shall pay to Agent, for the account of such Lender, as an additional fee from time to time, on demand, such amountas such Lender certifies to be the amount reasonably calculated to compensate such Lender for such reduction.

 

A certificate of such Lender claiming entitlement to compensation as set forth above will be conclusive in the absence of manifest error. Such certificatewill set forth the nature of the occurrence giving rise to such compensation, the additional amount or amounts to be paid to such Lender (including the basis for such Lender’s determination of such amount), and the method by which such amountswere determined. In determining such amount, such Lender may use any reasonable averaging and attribution method. For purposes of this Section 2.8 all references to a Lender shall be deemed to include any bank holding company or bank parentof such Lender.

 

2.9. Funding Losses. If for anyreason (other than due to a default by a Lender or as a result of a Lender’s refusal to honor a LIBOR Loan request due to circumstances described in Section 2.6 or 2.7 hereof) a Borrowing of, or conversion to or continuation of,LIBOR Loans does not occur on the date specified therefor in a Notice of Borrowing or Notice of Conversion/ Continuation (whether or not withdrawn), or if any repayment (including any conversions pursuant to Section 2.1.2 hereof) of any ofits LIBOR Loans occurs on a date that is not the last day of an Interest Period applicable thereto, or if for any reason Borrowers default in their obligation to repay LIBOR Loans when required by the terms of this Agreement, then Borrowers shalljointly and severally pay to Agent, for the ratable benefit of the affected Lenders, within 10 days after Agent’s or an affected Lender’s demand therefor, an amount (if a positive number) computed pursuant to the following formula:

 

L =    (R – T) x P x D
             360
where     
L =    amount payable
R =    interest rate applicable to the LIBOR Loan unborrowed or prepaid
T =    effective interest rate per annum at which any readily marketable bond or other obligations of the United States, selected at Agent’s sole discretion, maturing on or nearest the last dayof the then applicable or requested Interest Period for such LIBOR Loan and in approximately the same amount as such LIBOR Loan, can be purchased by Agent on the day of such payment of principal or failure to borrow

 

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P =    the amount of principal paid or the amount of the LIBOR Loan requested or to have been continued or converted
D =    the number of days remaining in the Interest Period as of the date of such prepayment or the number of days in the requested Interest Period

 

Borrowers shall pay such amount uponpresentation by Agent of a statement setting forth the amount and Agent’s calculation thereof pursuant hereto, which statement shall be deemed true and correct absent manifest error. For purposes of this Section 2.9, all references to aLender shall be deemed to include any bank holding company or bank parent of such Lender.

 

2.10. Maximum Interest. Regardless of any provision contained in any of the Loan Documents, in no contingency or event whatsoever shall the aggregate of all amounts that are contracted for,charged or received by Agent and Lenders pursuant to the terms of this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents and that are deemed interest under Applicable Law exceed the highest rate permissible under any Applicable Law. No agreements,conditions, provisions or stipulations contained in this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents or the exercise by Agent of the right to accelerate the payment or the maturity of all or any portion of the Obligations, or the exercise of anyoption whatsoever contained in any of the Loan Documents, or the prepayment by any or all Borrowers of any of the Obligations, or the occurrence of any contingency whatsoever, shall entitle Agent or any Lender to charge or receive in any event,interest or any charges, amounts, premiums or fees deemed interest by Applicable Law (such interest, charges, amounts, premiums and fees referred to herein collectively as “Interest”) in excess of the Maximum Rate and in no event shallBorrowers be obligated to pay Interest exceeding such Maximum Rate, and all agreements, conditions or stipulations, if any, which may in any event or contingency whatsoever operate to bind, obligate or compel Borrowers to pay Interest exceeding theMaximum Rate shall be without binding force or effect, at law or in equity, to the extent only of the excess of Interest over such Maximum Rate. If any Interest is charged or received in excess of the Maximum Rate (“Excess”), each Borroweracknowledges and stipulates that any such charge or receipt shall be the result of an accident and bona fide error, and such Excess, to the extent received, shall be applied first to reduce the principal Obligations and the balance, if any, returnedto Borrowers, it being the intent of the parties hereto not to enter into a usurious or otherwise illegal relationship. The right to accelerate the maturity of any of the Obligations does not include the right to accelerate any Interest that has nototherwise accrued on the date of such acceleration, and Agent and Lenders do not intend to collect any unearned Interest in the event of any such acceleration. Each Borrower recognizes that, with fluctuations in the rates of interest set forth inSection 2.1.1 of this Agreement or in the Term Note, and the Maximum Rate, such an unintentional result could inadvertently occur. All monies paid to Agent or any Lender hereunder or under any of the other Loan Documents, whether at maturityor by prepayment, shall be subject to any rebate of unearned Interest as and to the extent required by Applicable Law. By the execution of this Agreement, each Borrower covenants that (i) the credit or return of any Excess shall constitute theacceptance by such Borrower of such Excess, and (ii) no Borrower shall seek or pursue any other remedy, legal or equitable, against Agent or any Lender, based in whole or in part upon contracting for, charging or receiving any Interest in excess ofthe Maximum Rate. For the purpose of determining whether or not any Excess has been contracted for, charged or received by Agent or any Lender, all Interest at any time contracted for, charged or received from any or all Borrowers in connection withany of the Loan Documents shall, to the extent permitted by Applicable Law, be amortized, prorated, allocated and spread in equal parts throughout the full term of the Obligations. Borrowers, Agent and Lenders shall, to the maximum extent permittedunder Applicable Law, (i) characterize any non-principal payment as an expense, fee or premium

 

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rather than as Interest and (ii) exclude voluntary prepayments and the effects thereof. The provisions of this Section2.10 shall be deemed to be incorporated into every Loan Document (whether or not any provision of this Section is referred to therein). All such Loan Documents and communications relating to any Interest owed by any or all Borrowers and allfigures set forth therein shall, for the sole purpose of computing the extent of Obligations, be automatically recomputed by Borrowers, and by any court considering the same, to give effect to the adjustments or credits required by this Section2.10.

 

SECTION 3. LOAN ADMINISTRATION

 

3.1. Manner of Borrowing and Funding Revolver Loans.Borrowings under the Commitments established pursuant to Section 1.1 hereof shall be made and funded as follows:

 

3.1.1. Notice of Borrowing.

 

(i) Whenever Borrowers desire to make a Borrowing under Section 1.1 of this Agreement (other than a Borrowing resulting from aconversion or continuation pursuant to Section 2.1.2), Borrowers shall give Agent prior written notice (or telephonic notice promptly confirmed in writing) of such Borrowing request (a “Notice of Borrowing”), which shall be in theform of Exhibit E annexed hereto and signed by an authorized officer of Rowe Companies. Such Notice of Borrowing shall be given by such Borrower no later than 12:00 noon at the office of Agent designated by Agent from time to time (a)on the Business Day of the requested funding date of such Borrowing, in the case of Base Rate Loans, and (b) at least 3 Business Days prior to the requested funding date of such Borrowing, in the case of LIBOR Loans. Notices received after 12:00noon shall be deemed received on the next Business Day. The Revolver Loans made by each Lender on the Closing Date shall be in excess of $250,000 and shall be made as Base Rate Loans and thereafter may be made or continued as or converted into BaseRate Loans or LIBOR Loans. Each Notice of Borrowing (or telephonic notice thereof) shall be irrevocable and shall specify (a) the principal amount of the Borrowing, (b) the date of Borrowing (which shall be a Business Day), (c) whether the Borrowingis to consist of Base Rate Loans or LIBOR Loans, (d) in the case of LIBOR Loans, the duration of the Interest Period to be applicable thereto, and (e) the account of Borrowers to which the proceeds of such Borrowing are to be disbursed. Borrowersmay not request any LIBOR Loans if a Default or Event of Default exists.

 

(ii) Unless payment is otherwise timely made by Borrowers, the becoming due of any amount required to be paid under this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents with respect to the Obligations (whether asprincipal, accrued interest, fees or other charges including the repayment of any LC Outstandings) shall be deemed irrevocably to be a request (without any requirement for the submission of a Notice of Borrowing) for Revolver Loans on the due dateof, and in an aggregate amount required to pay, such Obligations, and the proceeds of such Revolver Loans may be disbursed by way of direct payment of the relevant Obligation and shall bear interest as Base Rate Loans. Neither Agent nor any Lendershall have any obligation to Borrowers to honor any deemed request for a Revolver Loan after the Commitment Termination Date, when an Out-of-Formula Condition exists or would result therefrom or when any condition precedent set forth in Section10 hereof is not satisfied, but may do so in their discretion and without regard to the existence of, and without being deemed to have waived, any Default or Event of Default and regardless of whether such Revolver Loan is funded after theCommitment Termination Date.

 

(iii) IfBorrowers elect to establish a Deposit Account (including a Controlled Disbursement Account) with Bank or any Affiliate of Bank, or Borrowers otherwise incur Banking

 

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Relationship Debt, then the presentation for payment by Bank of any check or other item of payment drawnon the Controlled Disbursement Account or the becoming due of any Banking Relationship Debt (other than Banking Relationship Debt relating to or arising out of Hedging Agreements with Bank) at a time when there are insufficient funds in such DepositAccount to cover such check or Banking Relationship Debt (other than Banking Relationship Debt relating to or arising out of Hedging Agreements with Bank) shall be deemed irrevocably to be a request (without any requirement for the submission of aNotice of Borrowing) for Revolver Loans on the date of such presentation or becoming due of Banking Relationship Debt (other than Banking Relationship Debt relating to or arising out of Hedging Agreements with Bank) and in any amount equal to theaggregate amount of the items presented for payment or the amount of Banking Relationship Debt (other than Banking Relationship Debt relating to or arising out of Hedging Agreements with Bank) that has become due, and the proceeds of such RevolverLoans may be disbursed to the Controlled Disbursement Account or other Deposit Account with Bank or any Affiliate of Bank and shall bear interest as Base Rate Loans. Neither Agent nor any Lender shall have any obligation to honor any deemed requestfor a Revolver Loan after the Commitment Termination Date or when an Out-of-Formula Condition exists or would result therefrom or when any condition precedent in Section 10 hereof is not satisfied, but may do so in its discretion and withoutregard to the existence of, and without being deemed to have waived, any Default or Event of Default and regardless of whether such Revolver Loan is funded after the Commitment Termination Date.

 

(iv) As an accommodation to Borrowers, Agent and Lenders maypermit telephonic requests for Borrowings and electronic transmittal of instructions, authorizations, agreements or reports to Agent by Borrowers; provided, however, that Borrowers shall confirm each such telephonic request for aBorrowing of LIBOR Loans by delivery of the required Notice of Borrowing to Agent by facsimile transmission promptly, but in no event later than 5:00 p.m. on the same day. Neither Agent nor any Lender shall have any liability to Borrowers for anyloss or damage suffered by such Borrowers as a result of Agent’s or any Lender’s honoring of any requests, execution of any instructions, authorizations or agreements or reliance on any reports communicated to it telephonically orelectronically and purporting to have been sent to Agent or Lenders by a Borrower and neither Agent nor any Lender shall have any duty to verify the origin of any such communication or the identity or authority of the Person sending it.

 

3.1.2. Fundings by Lenders. Subject to its receipt of notice fromAgent of a Notice of Borrowing as provided in Section 3.1.1(i) (except in the case of a deemed request by a Borrower for a Revolver Loan as provided in Sections 3.1.1(ii) or (iii) or 3.1.3(ii) hereof, in which event noNotice of Borrowing need be submitted), each Lender shall timely honor its Revolver Commitment by funding its Pro Rata share of each Borrowing of Revolver Loans that is properly requested by a Borrower and that such Borrower is entitled to receiveunder this Agreement. Agent shall endeavor to notify Lenders of each Notice of Borrowing (or deemed request for a Borrowing pursuant to Section 3.1.1(ii) or (iii) hereof) by 12:00 noon on the proposed funding date (in the case of BaseRate Loans) or by 2:00 p.m. at least 2 Business Days before the proposed funding date (in the case of LIBOR Loans). Each Lender shall deposit with Agent an amount equal to its Pro Rata share of the Borrowing requested or deemed requested by suchBorrower at Agent’s designated bank in immediately available funds not later than 2:00 p.m. on the date of funding of such Borrowing, unless Agent’s notice to Lenders is received after 12:00 noon on the proposed funding date of a Base RateLoan, in which event Lenders shall deposit with Agent their respective Pro Rata shares of the requested Borrowing on or before 11:00 a.m. of the next Business Day. Subject to its receipt of such amounts from Lenders, Agent shall make the proceeds ofthe Revolver Loans received by it available to such Borrower by disbursing such proceeds in accordance with such Borrower’s disbursement instructions set forth in the applicable Notice of Borrowing. Neither Agent nor any Lender shall have anyliability on account of any

 

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delay by any bank or other depository institution in treating the proceeds of any Revolver Loan as collected funds or anydelay in receipt, or any loss, of funds that constitute a Revolver Loan, the wire transfer of which was initiated by Agent in accordance with wiring instructions provided to Agent. Unless Agent shall have been notified in writing by a Lender priorto the proposed time of funding that such Lender does not intend to deposit with Agent an amount equal such Lender’s Pro Rata share of the requested Borrowing (or deemed request for a Borrowing pursuant to Section 3.1.1(ii) or(iii) hereof), Agent may assume that such Lender has deposited or promptly will deposit its share with Agent and Agent may in its discretion disburse a corresponding amount to such Borrower on the applicable funding date. If a Lender’sPro Rata share of such Borrowing is not in fact deposited with Agent, then, if Agent has disbursed to such Borrower an amount corresponding to such share, then such Lender agrees to pay, and in addition Borrowers jointly and severally agree torepay, to Agent forthwith on demand such corresponding amount, together with interest thereon, for each day from the date such amount is disbursed by Agent to or for the benefit of such Borrower until the date such amount is paid or repaid to Agent,(a) in the case of Borrowers, at the interest rate applicable to such Borrowing and (b) in the case of such Lender, at the Federal Funds Rate. If such Lender repays to Agent such corresponding amount, such amount so repaid shall constitute aRevolver Loan, and if both such Lender and Borrowers shall have repaid such corresponding amount, Agent shall promptly return to Borrowers such corresponding amount in same day funds. A notice from Agent submitted to any Lender with respect toamounts owing under this Section 3.1.2 shall be conclusive, absent manifest error.

 

3.1.3. Settlement and Settlement Loans.

 

(i) In order to facilitate the administration of the Revolver Loans under this Agreement, Lenders agree (which agreement shall be solelybetween Lenders and Agent and shall not be for the benefit of or enforceable by any Borrower) that settlement among them with respect to the Revolver Loans may take place on a periodic basis on dates determined from time to time by Agent (each a“Settlement Date”), which may occur before or after the occurrence or during the continuance of a Default or Event of Default and whether or not all of the conditions set forth in Section 10 of this Agreement have been met. On eachSettlement Date, payment shall be made by or to each Lender in the manner provided herein and in accordance with the Settlement Report delivered by Agent to Lenders with respect to such Settlement Date so that, as of each Settlement Date and aftergiving effect to the transaction to take place on such Settlement Date, each Lender shall hold its Pro Rata share of all Revolver Loans and participations in LC Outstandings then outstanding. Agent shall request settlement with the Lenders on abasis not less frequently than once every 5 Business Days.

 

(ii) Between Settlement Dates, Agent may request Fleet to advance, and Fleet may, but shall in no event be obligated to, advance to Borrowers out of Fleet’s own funds the entire principal amount of any Borrowingof Revolver Loans that are Base Rate Loans requested or deemed requested pursuant to this Agreement (any such Revolver Loan funded exclusively by Fleet being referred to as a “Settlement Loan”). Each Settlement Loan shall constitute aRevolver Loan hereunder and shall be subject to all of the terms, conditions and security applicable to other Revolver Loans, except that all payments thereon shall be payable to Fleet solely for its own account. The obligation of Borrowers to repaysuch Settlement Loans to Fleet shall be evidenced by the records of Fleet and need not be evidenced by any promissory note. Agent shall not request Fleet to make any Settlement Loan if (A) Agent shall have received written notice from any Lenderthat one or more of the applicable conditions precedent set forth in Section 10 hereof will not be satisfied on the requested funding date for the applicable Borrowing or (B) the requested Borrowing would exceed the amount of Availability onthe funding date or would cause the then outstanding principal balance of all Settlement Loans to exceed $5,000,000. Fleet shall not be required to determine whether the applicable conditions precedent set forth in Section 10 hereof have beensatisfied or the

 

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requested Borrowing would exceed the amount of Availability on the funding date applicable thereto priorto making, in its sole discretion, any Settlement Loan. On each Settlement Date, or, if earlier, upon demand by Agent for payment thereof, the then outstanding Settlement Loans shall be immediately due and payable. As provided in Section3.1.1(ii), Borrowers shall be deemed to have requested (without the necessity of submitting any Notice of Borrowing) Revolver Loans to be made on each Settlement Date in the amount of all outstanding Settlement Loans and to have Agent cause theproceeds of such Revolver Loans to be applied to the repayment of such Settlement Loans and interest accrued thereon. Agent shall notify the Lenders of the outstanding balance of Revolver Loans prior to 11:00 a.m. on each Settlement Date and eachLender (other than Fleet) shall deposit with Agent (without setoff, counterclaim or reduction of any kind) an amount equal to its Pro Rata share of the amount of Revolver Loans deemed requested in immediately available funds not later than 2:00 p.m.on such Settlement Date. Each Lender’s obligation to make such deposit with Agent shall be absolute and unconditional, and without regard to whether any of the conditions precedent set forth in Section 10 hereof are satisfied, anyOut-of-Formula Condition exists or the Commitment Termination Date has occurred. If as the result of the commencement by or against any Borrower of any Insolvency Proceeding or otherwise any Settlement Loan may not be repaid by the funding byLenders of Revolver Loans, then each Lender (other than Fleet) shall be deemed to have purchased as a participating interest in any unpaid Settlement Loan in an amount equal to such Lender’s Pro Rata share of such Settlement Loan and shalltransfer to Fleet, in immediately available funds, not later than the second Business Day after Fleet’s request therefor, the amount of such Lender’s participation. The proceeds of Settlement Loans may be used solely for purposes for whichRevolver Loans generally may be used in accordance with Section 1.1.3 hereof. If any amounts received by Fleet in respect of any Settlement Loans are later required to be returned or repaid by Fleet to any or all Borrowers or any otherObligor or their respective representatives or successors-in-interest, whether by court order, settlement or otherwise, the other Lenders shall, upon demand by Fleet with notice to Agent, pay to Agent for the account of Fleet, an amount equal toeach other Lender’s Pro Rata share of all such amounts required to be returned by Fleet.

 

3.1.4. Disbursement Authorization. Each Borrower hereby irrevocably authorizes Agent to disburse the proceeds of each Revolver Loan requested by any Borrower, or deemed to be requested pursuant to Section3.1.1 or Section 3.1.3(ii), as follows: (i) the proceeds of each Revolver Loan requested under Section 3.1.1(i) shall be disbursed by Agent in accordance with the terms of the written disbursement letter from Borrowers in the caseof the initial Borrowing, and, in the case of each subsequent Borrowing, by wire transfer to such bank account as may be agreed upon by any Borrower and Agent from time to time or elsewhere if pursuant to a written direction from such Borrower; and(ii) the proceeds of each Revolver Loan requested under Section 3.1.1(ii) or Section 3.1.3(ii) shall be disbursed by Agent by way of direct payment of the relevant interest or other Obligation. Any Loan proceeds received by anyBorrower or in payment of any of the Obligations shall be deemed to have been received by all Borrowers.

 

3.2. Defaulting Lender. If any Lender shall, at any time, fail to make any payment to Agent or Fleet that is required hereunder, Agent may,but shall not be required to, retain payments that would otherwise be made to such defaulting Lender hereunder and apply such payments to such defaulting Lender’s defaulted obligations hereunder, at such time, and in such order, as Agent mayelect in its sole discretion. With respect to the payment of any funds from Agent to a Lender or from a Lender to Agent, the party failing to make the full payment when due pursuant to the terms hereof shall, upon demand by the other party, pay suchamount together with interest on such amount at the Federal Funds Rate. The failure of any Lender to fund its portion of any Revolver Loan or any payment in respect of an LC Outstanding shall not relieve any other Lender of its obligation, if any,to fund its portion of the Revolver Loan or payment in respect of an LC Outstanding on the date of Borrowing, but no Lender shall be responsible for the failure of any other Lender to make any

 

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Revolver Loan or payment in respect of an LC Outstanding to be made by such Lender on the date of any Borrowing. Solelyas among the Lenders and solely for purposes of voting or consenting to matters with respect to any of the Loan Documents, Collateral or any Obligations and determining a defaulting Lender’s Pro Rata share of payments and proceeds of Collateralpending such defaulting Lender’s cure of its defaults hereunder, a defaulting Lender shall not be deemed to be a “Lender” and such Lender’s Commitment shall be deemed to be zero (0). The provisions of this Section 3.2shall be solely for the benefit of Agent and Lenders and may not be enforced by Borrowers.

 

3.3. Special Provisions Governing LIBOR Loans.

 

3.3.1. Number of LIBOR Loans. In no event may the number of LIBOR Loans outstanding at any time to any Lender exceed 4.

 

3.3.2 Minimum Amounts. Each Borrowing of LIBOR Loans pursuant to Section 3.1.1(i), and each continuation of or conversion to LIBOR Loanspursuant to Section 2.1.2 hereof, shall be in a minimum amount of $1,000,000 and integral multiples of $500,000 in excess of that amount.

 

3.3.3 LIBOR Lending Office. Each Lender’s initial LIBOR Lending Office is set forth opposite its name on the signature pages hereof. EachLender shall have the right at any time and from time to time to designate a different office of itself or of any Affiliate as such Lender’s LIBOR Lending Office, and to transfer any outstanding LIBOR Loans to such LIBOR Lending Office. No suchdesignation or transfer shall result in any liability on the part of Borrowers for increased costs or expenses resulting solely from such designation or transfer (except any such transfer that is made by a Lender pursuant to Section 2.6hereof, or otherwise for the purpose of complying with Applicable Law). Increased costs or expenses resulting from a change in Applicable Law occurring subsequent to any such designation or transfer shall be deemed not to result solely from suchdesignation or transfer.

 

3.3.4 Funding of LIBOR Loans.Each Lender may, if it so elects, fulfill its obligation to make, continue or convert LIBOR Loans hereunder by causing one of its foreign branches or Affiliates (or an international banking facility created by such Lender) to make or maintain suchLIBOR Loans; provided, however, that such LIBOR Loans shall nonetheless be deemed to have been made and to be held by such Lender, and the obligation of Borrowers to repay such LIBOR Loans shall nevertheless be to such Lender for theaccount of such foreign branch, Affiliate or international banking facility. The calculation of all amounts payable to Lender under Section 2.7 and 2.9 shall be made as if each Lender had actually funded or committed to fund its LIBORLoan through the purchase of an underlying deposit in an amount equal to the amount of such LIBOR Loan and having a maturity comparable to the relevant Interest Period for such LIBOR Loans; provided, however, each Lender may fund itsLIBOR Loans in any manner it deems fit and the foregoing presumption shall be utilized only for the calculation of amounts payable under Section 2.7 and Section 2.9.

 

3.4. Borrowers’ Representative. Each Borrower hereby irrevocably appoints Rowe Companies and RoweCompanies agrees to act under this Agreement, as the agent and representative of itself and each other Borrower for all purposes under this Agreement, including requesting Borrowings, selecting whether any Loan or portion thereof is to bear interestas a Base Rate Loan or a LIBOR Loan, and receiving account statements and other notices and communications to Borrowers (or any of them) from Agent. Agent may rely, and shall be fully protected in relying, on any Notice of Borrowing, Notice ofConversion/Continuation, disbursement instructions, reports, information, Borrowing Base Certificate or any other notice or communication made or given by Rowe Companies, whether in its own name, on behalf of any Borrower or on behalf of “theBorrowers,” and Agent shall have no obligation to make any inquiry or request any

 

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confirmation from or on behalf of any other Borrower as to the binding effect on such Borrower of any such Notice ofBorrowing, Notice of Conversion Continuation, instruction, report, information, Borrowing Base Certificate or other notice or communication, nor shall the joint and several character of Borrowers’ liability for the Obligations be affected,provided that the provisions of this Section 3.4 shall not be construed so as to preclude any Borrower from directly requesting Borrowings or taking other actions permitted to be taken by “a Borrower” hereunder. Agent may maintain asingle Loan Account in the name of “Rowe Companies” hereunder, and each Borrower expressly agrees to such arrangement and confirms that such arrangement shall have no effect on the joint and several character of such Borrower’sliability for the Obligations.

 

3.5. All Loans toConstitute One Obligation. The Loans shall constitute one general Obligation of Borrowers and (unless otherwise expressly provided in any Security Document) shall be secured by Agent’s Lien upon all of the Collateral; provided,however, that Agent and each Lender shall be deemed to be a creditor of each Borrower and the holder of a separate claim against each Borrower to the extent of any Obligations jointly and severally owed by Borrowers to Agent or such Lender.

 

SECTION 4. PAYMENTS

 

4.1. General Repayment Provisions. All payments (including allprepayments) of principal of and interest on the Loans, LC Outstandings and other Obligations that are payable to Agent or any Lender shall be made to Agent in Dollars without any offset or counterclaim and free and clear of (and without deductionfor) any present or future Taxes, and, with respect to payments made other than by application of balances in the Payment Account, in immediately available funds not later than 12:00 noon on the due date (and payment made after such time on the duedate to be deemed to have been made on the next succeeding Business Day). All payments received by Agent shall be distributed by Agent in accordance with Section 4.7 hereof, subject to the rights of offset that Agent may have as to amountsotherwise to be remitted to a particular Lender by reason of amounts due Agent from such Lender under any of the Loan Documents.

 

4.2. Repayment of Revolver Loans.

 

4.2.1. Payment of Principal. The outstanding principal amounts with respect to the Revolver Loans shall be repaid as follows:

 

(i) Any portion of the Revolver Loans consisting of theprincipal amount of Base Rate Loans shall be paid by Borrowers to Agent, for the Pro Rata benefit of Lenders (or, in the case of Settlement Loans, for the sole benefit of Fleet) unless timely converted to a LIBOR Loan in accordance with thisAgreement, immediately upon (a) each receipt by Agent, any Lender or Borrower of any proceeds of any of the Accounts or Inventory, to the extent of such proceeds, (b) the Commitment Termination Date, and (c) in the case of Settlement Loans, theearlier of Fleet’s demand for payment or on each Settlement Date with respect to all Settlement Loans outstanding on such date.

 

(ii) Any portion of the Revolver Loans consisting of the principal amount of LIBOR Loans shall be paid by Borrowers to Agent, for the ProRata benefit of Lenders, unless converted to a Base Rate Loan or continued as a LIBOR Loan in accordance with the terms of this Agreement, immediately upon (a) the last day of the Interest Period applicable thereto and (b) the Commitment TerminationDate. In no event shall Borrowers be authorized to make a voluntary prepayment with respect to any Revolver Loan outstanding as a LIBOR Loan prior to the last day of the Interest Period applicable thereto unless (x) otherwise agreed in writing byAgent or Borrowers are otherwise expressly authorized or required by any other provision of this Agreement to pay any

 

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LIBOR Loan outstanding on a date other than the last day of the Interest Period applicable thereto, and(y) Borrowers pay to Agent, for the Pro Rata benefit of Lenders, concurrently with any prepayment of a LIBOR Loan, any amount due Agent and Lenders under Section 2.9 hereof as a consequence of such prepayment.

 

(iii) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary containedelsewhere in this Agreement, if an Out-of-Formula Condition shall exist, Borrowers shall, on the sooner to occur of Agent’s demand or the first Business Day after any Borrower has obtained knowledge of such Out-of-Formula Condition, repay theoutstanding Revolver Loans that are Base Rate Loans in an amount sufficient to reduce the aggregate unpaid principal amount of all Revolver Loans by an amount equal to such excess; and, if such payment of Base Rate Loans is not sufficient toeliminate the Out-of-Formula Condition, then Borrowers shall immediately either (a) deposit with Agent, for the Pro Rata benefit of Lenders, for application to any outstanding Revolver Loans bearing interest as LIBOR Loans as the same become due andpayable (whether at the end of the applicable Interest Periods or on the Commitment Termination Date) cash in an amount sufficient to eliminate such Out-of-Formula Condition, to be held by Agent pending disbursement of same to Lenders, but subjectto Agent’s Lien thereon and rights of offset with respect thereto, or (b) pay the Revolver Loans outstanding as LIBOR Loans to the extent necessary to eliminate such Out-of-Formula Condition and also pay to Agent for the Pro Rata benefit ofLenders any and all amounts required by Section 2.9 hereof to be paid by reason of the prepayment of a LIBOR Loan prior to the last day of the Interest Period applicable thereto.

 

4.2.2. Payment of Interest. Interest accrued on the Revolver Loans shall be due and payable on (i) the first calendarday of each month (for the immediately preceding month), computed through the last calendar day of the preceding month, with respect to any Revolver Loan (whether a Base Rate Loan or LIBOR Loan) and (ii) the last day of the applicable InterestPeriod in the case of a LIBOR Loan. Accrued interest shall also be paid by Borrowers on the Commitment Termination Date. With respect to any Base Rate Loan converted into a LIBOR Loan pursuant to Section 2.1.2 on a day when interest would nototherwise have been payable with respect to such Base Rate Loan, accrued interest to the date of such conversion on the amount of such Base Rate Loan so converted shall be paid on the conversion date.

 

4.3. Repayment of Term Loan Advances.

 

4.3.1. Payment of Principal. Each Term Note shall be paid inconsecutive quarterly installments, the first 19 of which shall be in an amount equal to the holder’s Pro Rata share of $250,000 per installment and shall be payable on the first day of each Fiscal Quarter, commencing on August 1, 2002, andending on February 1, 2007, and the final installment of which shall be in an amount equal to such holder’s Pro Rata share of the remaining principal balance of the Term Loan and shall be payable on May     ,2007. Each installment shall be payable to Agent for the account and Pro Rata benefit of each Lender. Each Term Loan Advance, if not sooner paid, shall be due and payable in full on the Commitment Termination Date.

 

4.3.2. Payment of Interest. Interest accrued on each Term Loan Advanceshall be due and payable on (i) the first calendar day of each month for the immediately preceding month, computed through the last calendar day of the preceding month, whether all or any portion of the Term Loan Advance bears interest as a BaseRate Loan or a LIBOR Loan, (ii) the last day of the applicable Interest Period in the case of any portion of such Term Loan Advance that is a LIBOR Loan and (iii) the date of any prepayment of Term Loan Advances. Accrued interest shall also be paidby Borrowers as and when payable in Section 4.3.4 in connection with any prepayment of Term Loan Advances and on the Commitment Termination Date. With respect to any Base Rate Loan converted into a LIBOR Loan pursuant to Section 2.1.2on a day when interest would not otherwise have been payable with respect to such Base Rate Loan, accrued interest to the date of such conversion on the amount of such Base Rate Loan so converted shall be paid on the conversion date.

 

 

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4.3.3. Mandatory Prepayment of Term Loan Advances. Borrowers shall be jointly and severallyobligated to prepay the entire unpaid principal balance of the Term Loan Advances, and all accrued but unpaid interest thereon, upon the Commitment Termination Date. Borrowers shall also be jointly and severally required to prepay the Term LoanAdvances as follows:

 

(i) Borrowers shallprepay the Term Loan Advances in connection with dispositions of Equipment by any Borrower, as and when required by Section 7.4.2; and

 

(ii) Borrowers shall prepay the Term Loan Advances from the Net Proceeds of insurance or condemnation awards paid in respect of anyEquipment or Real Estate unless Borrowers are authorized to use such Net Proceeds pursuant to Section 7.1.2(ii).

 

4.3.4. Optional Prepayments of Term Loan Advances. Borrowers may, at their option, prepay any portion of the Term Loan Advances consisting of BaseRate Loans in whole at any time or in part from time to time, in amounts aggregating $500,000 or any greater integral multiple of $100,000, by paying the principal amount to be prepaid together with interest accrued or unpaid thereon to the date ofprepayment and any applicable prepayment premium set forth below. Any portion of the Term Loan Advances consisting of LIBOR Loans may be prepaid, at Borrowers’ option, at any time in whole or from time to time in part, in amounts aggregating$1,000,000 or any greater integral multiple thereof, together with any applicable charges pursuant to Section 2.9. Borrowers shall give written notice (or telephonic notice confirmed in writing) to the Agent of any intended prepayment notless than 1 Business Day prior to any prepayment of Base Rate Loans and not less than 2 Business Days prior to any prepayment of LIBOR Loans. Such notice, once given, shall be irrevocable and, upon receipt of any such notice of optional prepayment,Agent shall promptly notify each Lender of the contents thereof and of such Lender’s share of the prepayment. If Borrowers shall prepay any of the Term Loan Advances pursuant to this Section 4.3.4, then Borrowers shall be jointly andseverally obligated to pay a prepayment premium equal to 1.0% of the principal amount prepaid if prepayment occurs during the first Loan Year, 0.75% of the principal amount prepaid if prepayment occurs during the second Loan Year, and 0.5% of theprincipal amount prepaid if prepayment occurs during the third Loan Year. In no event shall any prepayment premium be due or payable under this Section 4.3.4 in connection with any prepayment of the Term Loan Advances on the effective date oftermination of the Commitment, and the provisions of Section 5.2.3 shall govern in lieu of any prepayment premium.

 

4.3.5. Application of Prepayments. Each prepayment of Term Loan Advances shall be remitted by Borrowers to Agent to be allocated in accordance withthe provisions of Section 4.7.1 and, to the extent allocable thereunder to any of the loans, allocated first to the Term Loans and distributed by Agent to each Lender on a Pro Rata basis. Each Lender shall apply its share of each prepayment,first to accrued but unpaid interest, and the balance to installments of principal in the inverse order of their maturities, until such Lender’s Term Loan Advance is paid in full. Each Lender shall apply the portion of a prepayment that is tobe applied to principal installments first to outstanding Base Rate Loans and then to any outstanding LIBOR Loans with the shortest Interest Periods remaining; but if application to any LIBOR Loans would cause the same to be paid prior to the end ofan applicable Interest Period, then, by prior written notice to Lender, Borrowers may elect as to such LIBOR Loan to deliver cash to Agent in the amount of the required prepayment, to be held by Agent as Cash Collateral until the end of theapplicable Interest Period, at which time Agent shall disburse such Cash Collateral to Lenders on a Pro Rata basis for application to such LIBOR Loans.

 

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4.4. Mandatory Prepayment of Obligations Generally. In addition to mandatory prepaymentsrequired to be made pursuant to certain of the provisions of Section 4.3 hereof, Borrowers shall be jointly and severally required to prepay the Obligations as follows:

 

4.4.1. Borrowers shall, concurrently with the receipt by any Obligor of any Net Securities Proceeds, make a mandatoryprepayment of the Obligations in an aggregate amount equal to 100% of such Net Securities Proceeds; provided, that this Section 4.4.1 shall not in any event be deemed a consent to any issuance of any Equity Interests by Borrowers orany of their Subsidiaries which is otherwise prohibited by the terms of this Agreement or of any of the other Loan Documents.

 

4.4.2. Borrowers shall, concurrently with receipt by any Obligor of any Net Debt Proceeds, make a mandatory prepayment of the Obligations, in an aggregateamount equal to 100% of such Net Debt Proceeds; provided that this Section 4.4.2 shall not in any event be deemed a consent to any issuance or incurrence of Debt by Borrowers or any of their Subsidiaries which is otherwise prohibitedby the terms of this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents.

 

4.5. Payment of Other Obligations. The balance of the Obligations requiring the payment of money, including the LC Outstandings and Extraordinary Expenses incurred by Agent or any Lender shall be repaid by Borrowers to Agentfor allocation among Agent and Lenders as provided in the Loan Documents, or, if no date of payment is otherwise specified in the Loan Documents, on demand.

 

4.6. Marshaling; Payments Set Aside. None of Agent or any Lender shall be under any obligation to marshal anyassets in favor of any Borrower or any other Obligor or against or in payment of any or all of the Obligations. To the extent that Borrowers make a payment or payments to Agent or Lenders or any of such Persons receives payment from the proceeds ofany Collateral or exercises its right of setoff, and such payment or payments or the proceeds of such enforcement or setoff or any part thereof are subsequently invalidated, declared to be fraudulent or preferential, set aside or required to berepaid to a trustee, receiver or any other Person, then to the extent of any loss by Agent or Lenders, the Obligations or part thereof originally intended to be satisfied, and all Liens, rights and remedies therefor, shall be revived and continuedin full force and effect as if such payment or proceeds had not been made or received and any such enforcement or setoff had not occurred. The provisions of the immediately preceding sentence of this Section 4.6 shall survive any terminationof the Commitments and payment in full of the Obligations.

 

4.7. Agent’s Allocation of Payments and Collections.

 

4.7.1 Allocation of Payments. All monies to be applied to the Obligations, whether such monies represent voluntary payments by one or more Obligors or are received pursuant to demand for payment or realizedfrom any disposition of Collateral, shall be allocated among Agent and such of the Lenders as are entitled thereto (and, with respect to monies allocated to Lenders, on a Pro Rata basis unless otherwise provided herein): (i) first, to Agent to payprincipal and accrued interest on any portion of the Revolver Loans which Agent may have advanced on behalf of any Lender and for which Agent has not been reimbursed by such Lender or Borrower; (ii) second, to Fleet to pay the principal and accruedinterest on any portion of the Settlement Loans outstanding, to be shared with Lenders that have acquired a participating interest in such Settlement Loans; (iii) third, to the extent that Fleet has not received from any Participating Lender apayment as required by Section 1.3.2 hereof, to Fleet to pay all amounts owing to Fleet pursuant to Section 1.3.2(ii) hereof; (iv) fourth, to Agent to pay the amount of Extraordinary Expenses and amounts owing to Agent pursuant toSection 14.10 hereof that have not been reimbursed to Agent by Borrower or Lenders, together with interest accrued thereon at the rate applicable to Revolver Loans that are Base Rate Loans; (v) fifth, to Agent to pay any Indemnified Amountthat has not been paid to Agent by Obligors or

 

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Lenders, together with interest accrued thereon at the rate applicable to Revolver Loans that are Base Rate Loans; (vi)sixth, to Agent to pay any fees due and payable to Agent; (vii) seventh, to Lenders for any Indemnified Amount that they have paid to Agent and any Extraordinary Expenses that they have reimbursed to Agent or themselves incurred, to the extent thatLenders have not been reimbursed by Obligors therefor; (viii) eighth, to Fleet to pay principal and interest with respect to LC Outstandings (or to the extent any of the LC Outstandings are contingent and an Event of Default then exists, depositedin the Cash Collateral Account to provide security for the payment of the LC Outstandings), which payment shall be shared with the Participating Lenders in accordance with Section 1.3.2(iii) hereof; (ix) ninth, to Lenders in payment of theunpaid principal and accrued interest in respect of the Loans and any other Obligations (other than the Obligations described in clauses (iii) and (v) of such defined term and in clause (x) below) then outstanding to be shared among Lenders ratablyin proportion to their respective shares of such Loans and other Obligations(other than the Obligations described in clauses (iii) and (v) of such defined term and in clause (x) below), or on such other basis as may be agreed upon in writing byLenders (which agreement or agreements may be entered into without notice to or the consent or approval of Borrowers); (x) tenth, to the Secured Parties in payment of any Banking Relationship Debt, to be shared among such Secured Parties ratably;and (xi) eleventh, to the Secured Parties in payment of any of the Obligations described in clauses (iii) (other than Banking Relationship Debt, which is the subject of subsection (x) above in this Section 4.7.1) and (v) of such defined term,to be shared among the Secured Parties ratably. The allocations set forth in this Section 4.7 are solely to determine the rights and priorities of Agent and Lenders as among themselves and may be changed by Agent and Lenders without notice toor the consent or approval of Borrower or any other Person.

 

4.7.2. Erroneous Allocation. Agent shall not be liable for any allocation or distribution of payments made by it in good faith and, if any such allocation or distribution is subsequently determined to have been made in error, thesole recourse of any Lender to whom payment was due but not made shall be to recover from the other Lenders any payment in excess of the amount to which such other Lenders are determined to be entitled (and such other Lenders hereby agree to returnto such Lender any such erroneous payments received by them).

 

4.8. Application of Payments and Collections. All Payment Items received by Agent by 12:00 noon on any Business Day shall be deemed received on that Business Day. All Payment Items received by Agent after 12:00 noon on anyBusiness Day shall be deemed received on the following Business Day. Each Borrower irrevocably waives the right to direct the application of any and all payments and Collateral proceeds at any time or times hereafter received by Agent or any Lenderfrom or on behalf of such Borrower, and each Borrower does hereby irrevocably agree that Agent shall have the continuing exclusive right to apply and reapply any and all such payments and Collateral proceeds received at any time or times hereafterby Agent or its agent against the Obligations, in such manner as provided in the Agreement or, if not expressly provided, as Agent may deem advisable, notwithstanding any entry by Agent upon any of its books and records. If as the result ofAgent’s collection of proceeds of Accounts and other Collateral as authorized by Section 7.2.6 a credit balance exists, such credit balance shall not accrue interest in favor of Borrowers, but shall be available to Borrowers at any timeor times for so long as no Default or Event of Default exists. Lenders may, at their option, offset such credit balance against any of the Obligations upon and after the occurrence of an Event of Default.

 

4.9. Loan Accounts; the Register; Account Stated.

 

4.9.1. Loan Accounts. Each Lender shall maintain in accordancewith its usual and customary practices an account or accounts (a “Loan Account”) evidencing the Debt of Borrowers to such Lender resulting from each Loan owing to such Lender from time to time, including the amount of principal andinterest payable to such Lender from time to time hereunder and under each Note payable to such Lender.

 

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Any failure of a Lender to record in the Loan Account, or any error in doing so, shall not limit or otherwise affect theobligation of Borrowers hereunder (or under any Note) to pay any amount owing hereunder to such Lender.

 

4.9.2. The Register. Agent shall maintain a register (the “Register”) which shall include a master account and a subsidiary account foreach Lender and in which accounts (taken together) shall be recorded (i) the date and amount of each Borrowing made hereunder, the Type of each Loan comprising such Borrowing and any Interest Period applicable thereto, (ii) the effective date andamount of each Assignment and Acceptance delivered to and accepted by it and the parties thereto, (iii) the amount of any principal or interest due and payable or to become due and payable from Borrowers to each Lender hereunder or under the Notes,and (iv) the amount of any sum received by Agent from Borrowers or any other Obligor and each Lender’s share thereof. The Register shall be available for inspection by Borrowers or any Lender at the offices of Agent at any reasonable time andfrom time to time upon reasonable prior notice. Any failure of Agent to record in the Register, or any error in doing so, shall not limit or otherwise affect the obligation of Borrowers hereunder (or under any Note) to pay any amount owing withrespect to the Loans or provide the basis for any claim against Agent.

 

4.9.3. Entries Binding. The entries made in the Register and each Loan Account shall constitute rebuttably presumptive evidence of the information contained therein; provided, however, that if a copy of informationcontained in the Register or any Loan Account is provided to any Person, or any Person inspects the Register or any Loan Account, at any time or from time to time, then the information contained in the Register or the Loan Account, as applicableshall be conclusive and binding on such Person for all purposes absent manifest error, unless such Person notifies Agent in writing within 30 days after such Person’s receipt of such copy or such Person’s inspection of the Register or LoanAccount of its intention to dispute the information contained therein.

 

4.10. Gross Up for Taxes. If Borrowers shall be required by Applicable Law to withhold or deduct any Taxes from or in respect of any sum payable under this Agreement to Agent or any Lender or any of the other Loan Documents,(a) the sum payable to Agent or such Lender shall be deemed to be increased as may be necessary so that, after making all required withholding or deductions, Agent or such Lender (as the case may be) actually receives only an amount equal to the sumit would have received had no such withholding or deductions been required, (b) Borrowers shall make such withholding or deductions, and (c) Borrowers shall pay the full amount withheld or deducted to the relevant taxation authority or otherauthority in accordance with Applicable Law.

 

4.11.Withholding Tax Exemption. At least 5 Business Days prior to the first date on which interest or fees are payable hereunder for the account of any Lender, each Lender that is not incorporated under the laws of the United States or anystate thereof agrees that it will deliver to Borrowers and Agent 2 duly completed copies of United States Internal Revenue Service Form W-8BEN or W-8ECI, certifying in either case that such Lender is entitled to receive payment under this Agreementand its Notes without deduction or withholding of any United States federal income taxes. Each Lender which so delivers a Form W-8BEN or W-8ECI further undertakes to deliver to Borrowers and Agent 2 additional copies of such form (or a successorform) on or before the date that such form expires (currently, 3 successive calendar years for Form W-8BEN and one calendar year for Form W-8ECI) or becomes obsolete or after the occurrence of any event requiring a change in the form so delivered byit, and such amendments thereto or extensions or renewals thereof as may be reasonably requested by Borrowers or Agent, in each case, certifying that such Lender is entitled to receive payments under this Agreement and its Notes without deduction orwithholding of any United States federal income taxes, unless an event (including any change in treaty, law or regulation) has occurred prior to the date on which any such delivery would otherwise be required that renders all such

 

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forms inapplicable or that would prevent such Lender from duly completing and delivering any such form with respect to itand such Lender advises Borrowers and Agent that it is not capable or receiving payments without any deduction or withholding of United States federal income taxes.

 

4.12. Nature and Extent of Each Borrower’s Liability.

 

4.12.1. Joint and Several Liability. Each Borrower shall be liablefor, on a joint and several basis, and hereby guarantees the timely payment by all other Borrowers of, all of the Loans and other Obligations, regardless of which Borrower actually may have received the proceeds of any Loans or other extensions ofcredit hereunder or the amount of such Loans received or the manner in which Agent or any Lender accounts for such Loans or other extensions of credit on its books and records, it being acknowledged and agreed that Loans to any Borrower inure to themutual benefit of all Borrowers and that Agent and Lenders are relying on the joint and several liability of Borrowers in extending the Loans and other financial accommodations hereunder. Each Borrower hereby unconditionally and irrevocably agreesthat upon default in the payment when due (whether at stated maturity, by acceleration or otherwise) of any principal of, or interest owed on, any of the Loans or other Obligations, such Borrower shall forthwith pay the same, without notice ordemand.

 

4.12.2. Unconditional Nature of Liability. EachBorrower’s joint and several liability hereunder with respect to, and guaranty of, the Loans and other Obligations shall, to the fullest extent permitted by Applicable Law, be unconditional irrespective of (i) the validity, enforceability,avoidance or subordination of any of the Obligations or of any promissory note or other document evidencing all or any part of the Obligations, (ii) the absence of any attempt to collect any of the Obligations from any other Obligor or anyCollateral or other security therefor, or the absence of any other action to enforce the same, (iii) the waiver, consent, extension, forbearance or granting of any indulgence by Agent or any Lender with respect to any provision of any instrumentevidencing or securing the payment of any of the Obligations, or any other agreement now or hereafter executed by any other Borrower and delivered to Agent or any Lender, (iv) the failure by Agent to take any steps to perfect or maintain theperfected status of its security interest in or Lien upon, or to preserve its rights to, any of the Collateral or other security for the payment or performance of any of the Obligations or Agent’s release of any Collateral or of its Liens uponany Collateral, (v) Agent’s or Lenders’ election, in any proceeding instituted under the Bankruptcy Code, for the application of Section 1111(b)(2) of the Bankruptcy Code, (vi) any borrowing or grant of a security interest by any otherBorrower, as debtor-in-possession under Section 364 of the Bankruptcy Code, (vii) the release or compromise, in whole or in part, of the liability of any Obligor for the payment of any of the Obligations, (viii) any amendment or modification of anyof the Loan Documents or waiver of any Default or Event of Default thereunder, (ix) any increase in the amount of the Obligations beyond any limits imposed herein or in the amount of any interest, fees or other charges payable in connectiontherewith, or any decrease in the same, (x) the disallowance of all or any portion of Agent’s or any Lender’s claims for the repayment of any of the Obligations under Section 502 of the Bankruptcy Code, or (xi) any other circumstance thatmight constitute a legal or equitable discharge or defense of any Borrower. After the occurrence and during the continuance of any Event of Default, Agent may proceed directly and at once, without notice to any Obligor, against any or all ofObligors to collect and recover all or any part of the Obligations, without first proceeding against any other Obligor or against any Collateral or other security for the payment or performance of any of the Obligations, and each Borrower waives anyprovision that might otherwise require Agent under Applicable Law to pursue or exhaust its remedies against any Collateral or Obligor before pursuing another Obligor. Each Borrower consents and agrees that Agent shall be under no obligation tomarshal any assets in favor of any Obligor or against or in payment of any or all of the Obligations.

 

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4.12.3. No Reduction in Liability for Obligations. No payment or payments made by an Obligor orreceived or collected by Agent from a Borrower or any other Person by virtue of any action or proceeding or any setoff or appropriation or application at any time or from time to time in reduction of or in payment of the Obligations shall be deemedto modify, reduce, release or otherwise affect the liability of any Borrower under this Agreement, each of whom shall remain jointly and severally liable for the payment and performance of all Loans and other Obligations until the Obligations arepaid in full and this Agreement is terminated.

 

4.12.4.Contribution. Each Borrower is unconditionally obligated to repay the Obligations as a joint and several obligor under this Agreement. If, as of any date, the aggregate amount of payments made by a Borrower on account of the Obligations andproceeds of such Borrower’s Collateral that are applied to the Obligations exceeds the aggregate amount of Loan proceeds actually used by such Borrower in its business (such excess amount being referred to as an “AccommodationPayment”), then each of the other `Borrowers (each such Borrower being referred to as a “Contributing Borrower”) shall be obligated to make contribution to such Borrower (the “Paying Borrower”) in an amount equal to (A) theproduct derived by multiplying the sum of each Accommodation Payment of each Borrower by the Allocable Percentage of the Borrower from whom contribution is sought less (B) the amount, if any, of the then outstanding Accommodation Payment ofsuch Contributing Borrower (such last mentioned amount which is to be subtracted from the aforesaid product to be increased by any amounts theretofore paid by such Contributing Borrower by way of contribution hereunder, and to be decreased by anyamounts theretofore received by such Contributing Borrower by way of contribution hereunder); provided, however, that a Paying Borrower’s recovery of contribution hereunder from the other Borrowers shall be limited to that amountpaid by the Paying Borrower in excess of its Allocable Percentage of all Accommodation Payments then outstanding of all Borrowers. As used herein, the term “Allocable Percentage” shall mean, on any date of determination thereof, a fractionthe denominator of which shall be equal to the number of Borrowers who are parties to this Agreement on such date and the numerator of which shall be 1; provided, however, that such percentages shall be modified in the event thatcontribution from a Borrower is not possible by reason of insolvency, bankruptcy or otherwise by reducing such Borrower’s Allocable Percentage equitably and by adjusting the Allocable Percentage of the other Borrowers proportionately so thatthe Allocable Percentages of all Borrowers at all times equals 100%.

 

4.12.5. Subordination. Each Borrower hereby subordinates any claims, including any right of payment, subrogation, contribution and indemnity, that it may have from or against any other Obligor, and any successor or assign of anyother Obligor, including any trustee, receiver or debtor-in-possession, howsoever arising, due or owing or whether heretofore, now or hereafter existing, to the payment in full of all of the Obligations.

 

SECTION 5. ORIGINAL TERM AND TERMINATION OF COMMITMENTS

 

5.1. Original Term of Commitments. Subject to eachLender’s right to cease making Loans and other extensions of credit to Borrowers when any Default or Event of Default exists or upon termination of the Commitments as provided in Section 5.2 hereof, the Commitments shall be in effect fora period of 5 years from the date hereof, through the close of business on May 15, 2007 (the “Original Term”).

 

5.2. Termination.

 

5.2.1. Termination by Agent. Agent shall upon the direction of the Required Lenders (and may, in its discretion, at any time there are more than 2Lenders party hereto) terminate the Commitments without notice upon or after the occurrence of an Event of Default; provided, however, that the Commitments shall automatically terminate as provided in Section 11.2 hereof.

 

 

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5.2.2. Termination by Borrowers. Upon at least 30 days prior written notice to Agent, any Borrowermay, at its option, terminate the Commitments; provided, however, no such termination by any Borrower shall be effective until Borrowers have satisfied all of the Obligations and executed in favor of and delivered to Agent and Lendersa general release of all Claims that Borrowers may have against Agent or any Lender. Any notice of termination given by Borrowers shall be irrevocable unless Agent otherwise agrees in writing. Borrowers may elect to terminate the Commitments intheir entirety only. No section of this Agreement, Type of Loan available hereunder or Commitment may be terminated by Borrowers singly.

 

5.2.3. Termination Charges. On the effective date of termination of the Commitments pursuant to Section 5.2.2, Borrowers shall be jointlyand severally obligated to pay to Agent, for the Pro Rata benefit of Lenders (in addition to the then outstanding principal, accrued interest, fees and other charges owing under the terms of this Agreement and any of the other Loan Documents), asliquidated damages for the loss of the bargain and not as a penalty, an amount equal to 1.0% of the Commitments if termination occurs during the first Loan Year; 0.75% of the Commitments if termination occurs during the second Loan Year; and 0.5% ofthe Commitments if termination occurs during the third Loan Year. In no event shall any termination charge be payable if the effective date of termination occurs any time after the third Loan Year.

 

5.2.4. Effect of Termination. On the effective date of termination ofthe Commitments by Agent or by Borrowers, all of the Obligations shall be immediately due and payable and Lenders shall have no obligation to make any Loans and Fleet shall have no obligation to procure any Letters of Credit. All undertakings,agreements, covenants, warranties and representations of each Borrower contained in the Loan Documents shall survive any such termination and Agent shall retain its Liens in the Collateral and all of its rights and remedies under the Loan Documentsnotwithstanding such termination until Borrowers have satisfied the Obligations to Agent and Lenders, in full, and Agent and Lenders have received from Obligors a full release of Claims in form and substance satisfactory to Agent. For purposes ofthis Agreement, the Obligations shall not be deemed to have been satisfied until all Obligations for the payment of money have been paid to Agent in same day funds and all Obligations that are at the time in question contingent (including all LCOutstandings that exist by virtue of an outstanding Letter of Credit) have been fully cash collateralized in favor and to the satisfaction of Agent or Agent has received as beneficiary a direct pay letter of credit in form and from an issuing bankacceptable to Agent and providing for direct payment to Agent of all such contingent Obligations at the time they become fixed (including reimbursement of all sums paid by Agent under any LC Support). Notwithstanding the payment in full of theObligations, Agent shall not be required to terminate its security interests in any of the Collateral unless, with respect to any loss or damage Agent may incur as a result of the dishonor or return of any Payment Items applied to the Obligations,Agent shall have received either (i) a written agreement, executed by Borrowers and any Person deemed financially responsible by Agent whose loans or other advances to Borrowers are used in whole or in part to satisfy the Obligations, indemnifyingAgent and Lenders from any such loss or damage; or (ii) such monetary reserves and Liens on the Collateral for such period of time as Agent, in its reasonable discretion, may deem necessary to protect Agent from any such loss or damage. Theprovisions of Sections 2.4, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 4.6, 4.10 and this Section 5.2.4 and all obligations of Borrowers to indemnify Agent or any Lender pursuant to this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents shall in all events survive anytermination of the Commitments.

 

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SECTION 6. COLLATERAL SECURITY

 

6.1. Grant of Security Interest. To secure the prompt payment and performance of all of the Obligations, eachBorrower hereby grants to Agent, for the benefit of itself as Agent and for the benefit of the Secured Parties, a continuing security interest in and Lien upon all personal property of such Borrower, whether now owned or existing or hereaftercreated, acquired or arising and wheresoever located, including the following:

 

(i) All Accounts Collateral;

 

(ii) All Goods; including all Inventory and Equipment;

 

(iii) All Instruments;

 

(iv) All Chattel Paper;

 

(v) All Documents;

 

(vi) All General Intangibles;

 

(vii) All Deposit Accounts;

 

(viii) All Investment Property (but excluding any portion thereof that constitutes (a) Margin Stock, unless otherwise expressly providedin any Security Documents, or (b) Equity Interests in any Borrower);

 

(ix) All Letter-of-Credit Rights;

 

(x) All Supporting Obligations;

 

 

(xi) All monies now or at any time or times hereafter in the possession or under the control of Agent or a Lender or a bailee or Affiliateof Agent or a Lender, including any Cash Collateral in the Cash Collateral Account;

 

(xii) All accessions to, substitutions for and all replacements, products and cash and non-cash proceeds of (i) through (xi) above,including proceeds of and unearned premiums with respect to insurance policies insuring any of the Collateral and claims against any Person for loss of, damage to or destruction of any of the Collateral; and

 

(xiii) All books and records (including customer lists,files, correspondence, tapes, computer programs, print-outs, and other computer materials and records) of such Borrower pertaining to any of (i) through (xii) above.

 

No security interest or Lien is granted to Agent or Lenders in, and in no event shall Collateral include, the InvestmentReal Estate, personal property (including Equipment) located in or on the Investment Real Estate that is owned by tenants (other than any Borrower or other Obligor) of the Investment Real Estate.

 

6.2. Lien on Deposit Accounts. As additional security for thepayment and performance of the Obligations, each Borrower hereby grants to Agent, for the benefit of itself as Agent and for the benefit of the

 

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Secured Parties, a continuing security interest in and Lien upon, and hereby collaterally assigns to Agent, all of suchBorrower’s right, title and interest in and to each Deposit Account of such Borrower and in and to any deposits or other sums at any time credited to each such Deposit Account, including any sums in any blocked account or any special lockboxaccount and in the accounts in which sums are deposited. In connection with the foregoing, each Borrower hereby authorizes and directs each such bank or other depository to pay or deliver to Agent upon its written demand therefor made at any timeupon the occurrence and during the continuation of an Event of Default and without further notice to such Borrower (such notice being hereby expressly waived), all balances in each Deposit Account maintained by Borrower with such depository forapplication to the Obligations then outstanding, and the rights given Agent in this Section 6.4 shall be cumulative with and in addition to Agent’s other rights and remedies in regard to the foregoing Property as proceeds of Collateral.Each Borrower hereby irrevocably appoints Agent as such Borrower’s attorney-in-fact to collect any and all such balances to the extent any such payment is not made to Agent by such bank or other depository after demand thereon is made by Agentpursuant hereto.

 

6.3. Real Estate Collateral.

 

6.3.1 Real Estate. The due and punctual paymentand performance of the obligations shall also be secured by the Liens created by the Mortgages upon all Real Estate of each Borrower described therein. The Mortgages shall be executed by each appropriate Borrower in favor of Agent on or before theClosing Date and shall be duly recorded, at Borrowers’ expense, in each office where such recording is required to constitute a fully perfected Lien upon the Real Estate covered thereby. Promptly after any Borrower’s obtaining any interestin any real Property other than the Real Estate, such Borrower shall execute and deliver to Agent, for Agent’s benefit and the Pro Rata benefit of Lenders, a mortgage, deed to secure debt, deed of trust, assignment or other documentsatisfactory to Agent and sufficient to convey and perfect, upon recordation thereof in the proper real estate records, in favor of Agent a first priority Lien upon such interest in such other real Property as security for the payment or performanceof the Obligations.

 

6.3.2 Collateral Assignment ofLeases. To further secure to the prompt payment and performance of the Obligations, each Borrower hereby grants, transfers and assigns to Agent, for the benefit of itself as Agent and for the Pro Rata benefit of Lenders, and hereby grants toAgent, for the benefit of itself as Agent and for the Pro Rata benefit of Lenders, a security interest in and Lien upon all of such Borrower’s right, title and interest in, to and under all now or hereafter existing leases of real Property towhich such Borrower is a party and under which such Borrower is the lessor, and all extensions, renewals and modifications thereof.

 

6.4. Other Collateral. In addition to the items of Property referred to in Section 6.1 above, the Obligations shall also be securedby the Cash Collateral to the extent provided herein and all of the other items of Property from time to time described in any of the Security Documents as security for any of the Obligations.

 

6.5. No Assumption of Liability. The security interest grantedpursuant to this Agreement is granted as security only and shall not subject Agent or any Lender to, or in any way alter or modify, any obligation of liability of any Borrower with respect to or arising out of the Collateral.

 

6.6. Lien Perfection; Further Assurances. Promptly afterAgent’s request therefor, Borrowers shall execute or cause to be executed and deliver to Agent such instruments, assignments, title certificates or other documents as are necessary under the UCC or other Applicable Law to perfect (or continuethe perfection of) Agent’s Lien upon the Collateral, and shall take such other action as may be requested by Agent to give effect to or carry out the intent and purposes of this Agreement. Borrowers shall give Agent prompt

 

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written notice at any time a Borrower commences a material Commercial Tort Claim against any Person and shall executesuch documents as are necessary under the UCC to grant to Agent and perfect Agent’s Lien in such Commercial Tort Claim. Unless prohibited by Applicable Law, each Borrower hereby irrevocably authorizes Agent to execute and file in anyjurisdiction any financing statement or amendment thereto on each Borrower’s behalf, including financing statements that indicate the Collateral (i) as all assets or all personal property of each Borrower (other than the Investment Real Estate)or words to similar effect or (ii) as being of an equal or lesser scope, or with greater or lesser detail, than as set forth in this Section 6. Each Borrower also hereby ratifies its authorization for Agent to have filed in any jurisdictionany like financing statement or amendment thereto if filed prior to the date hereof. The parties agree that a carbon, photographic or other reproduction of this Agreement shall be sufficient as a financing statement and may be filed in anyappropriate office in lieu thereof.

 

SECTION 7. COLLATERAL ADMINISTRATION

 

7.1. General Provisions.

 

7.1.1. Location of Collateral. All tangible items of Collateral,other than Inventory in transit, shall at all times be kept by Borrowers at one or more of the business locations of Borrowers set forth in Schedule 7.1.1 hereto and shall not be moved therefrom, without the prior written approval ofAgent, except that in the absence of an Event of Default and acceleration of the maturity of the Obligations in consequence thereof, Borrowers may (i) make sales or other dispositions of any Collateral to the extent authorized by Section9.2.10 hereof and (ii) move Inventory or Equipment or any record relating to any Collateral to a location in the United States other than those shown on Schedule 7.1.1 hereto so long as Borrowers have given Agent at least 30Business Days prior written notice of such new location and prior to moving any Inventory or Equipment to such location there have been filed any UCC-1 financing statements and any other appropriate documentation necessary to perfect or continue theperfection of Agent’s first priority Liens with respect to such Inventory or Equipment. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, Borrowers shall not be permitted to keep, store or otherwise maintain any Collateralat any location (including any location described in Section 7.1.1), unless (i) a Borrower is the owner of such location, (ii) a Borrower leases such location and either (a) such location is a Warehouse Location and the landlord has executedin favor of Agent a Landlord Waiver or (b) such location is not a Warehouse Location, or (iii) the Collateral consists of Inventory placed with a warehouseman, bailee or processor, Agent has received from such warehouseman, bailee or processor anacceptable Lien waiver agreement and an appropriate UCC-1 financing statement has been filed with the appropriate Governmental Authority in the jurisdiction where such warehouseman, bailee or processor is located in order to perfect, or to maintainthe uninterrupted perfection of, Agent’s security interest in such Inventory.

 

7.1.2. Insurance of Collateral; Condemnation Proceeds.

 

(i) Each Borrower shall maintain and pay for insurance upon all Collateral, wherever located, covering casualty, hazard, public liability, theft,malicious mischief, and such other risks in such amounts and with such insurance companies as are reasonably satisfactory to Agent. Schedule 7.1.2 describes all insurance of Borrowers in effect on the date hereof. Subject to theprovisions of Section 7.1.2(ii), all Net Proceeds payable under each such policy shall be payable to Agent for application to the Obligations. Each Borrower shall deliver the originals or certified copies of such policies to Agent withsatisfactory lender’s loss payable endorsements reasonably satisfactory to Agent, naming Agent as loss payee, assignee or additional insured, as appropriate. Each policy of insurance or endorsement shall contain a clause requiring the insurerto give not less than 30 days prior written notice to Agent in the event of cancellation of the policy for any reason whatsoever and a clause specifying that the interest of Agent shall not be impaired

 

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or invalidated by any act or neglect of any Borrower or the owner of the Property or by the occupation of the premisesfor purposes more hazardous than are permitted by said policy. If any Borrower fails to provide and pay for such insurance, Agent may, at its option, but shall not be required to, procure the same and charge each Borrower therefor. Each Borroweragrees to deliver to Agent, promptly as rendered, true copies of all reports made in any reporting forms to insurance companies. For so long as no Event of Default exists, each Borrower shall have the right to settle, adjust and compromise any claimwith respect to any insurance maintained by each Borrower provided that all proceeds thereof are applied in the manner specified in this Agreement, and Agent agrees promptly to provide any necessary endorsement to any checks or drafts issued inpayment of any such claim. At any time that an Event of Default exists, only Agent shall be authorized to settle, adjust and compromise such claims, Agent shall have all rights and remedies with respect to such policies of insurance as are providedfor in this Agreement and the other Loan Documents.

 

(ii) AnyNet Proceeds of insurance referred to in this Section 7.1.2 and any Net Proceeds of condemnation awards that are paid to Agent in connection with a condemnation of any of the Collateral shall be paid to Agent and (a) in the case of proceedsthat relate to Inventory, applied first to the payment of the Revolver Loans and then to any other Obligations outstanding, and (b) in the case of proceeds of Equipment or Real Estate, applied first to the Term Loan, as determined by Agent, and thento any other Obligations outstanding, provided that if requested by any Borrower in writing within 5 days after Agent’s receipt of such proceeds and if no Default or Event of Default exists, each Borrower shall be entitled to receive and applysuch proceeds to repair or replace the damaged or destroyed Equipment or Real Estate so long as (1) such repair or replacement is promptly undertaken and concluded, (2) replacements of buildings are constructed on the sites of the originalcasualties and are of comparable size, and quality and utility to the destroyed buildings, (3) the repaired or replaced Property is at all times free and clear of Liens other than Permitted Liens that are not Purchase Money Liens, (4) each Borrowercomplies with such disbursement procedures for such proceeds as Agent may reasonably impose for repair or replacement, (5) the amount of proceeds from any single casualty affecting Equipment or Real Estate does not exceed $500,000 and (6) therepaired or replaced Property is, in Agent’s reasonable judgment, at least equal in value to the damaged or destroyed Property so repaired or replaced.

 

7.1.3. Protection of Collateral. All expenses of protecting, storing, warehousing, insuring, handling, maintaining and shipping any Collateral, allTaxes imposed under any Applicable Law on any of the Collateral or in respect of the sale thereof, and all other payments required to be made by Agent to any Person to realize upon any Collateral shall be borne and paid by Borrowers. Agent shall notbe liable or responsible in any way for the safekeeping of any of the Collateral or for any loss or damage thereto (except for reasonable care in the custody thereof while any Collateral is in Agent’s actual possession) or for any diminution inthe value thereof, or for any act or default of any warehouseman, carrier, forwarding agency, or other Person whomsoever, but the same shall be at Borrowers’ sole risk.

 

7.1.4. Defense of Title to Collateral. Each Borrower shall at all times defend its title to the Collateral andAgent’s Liens therein against all Persons and all claims and demands whatsoever other than Permitted Liens.

 

7.2. Administration of Accounts.

 

7.2.1. Records and Schedules of Accounts. Each Borrower shall keep accurate and complete records of its Accounts and all payments and collectionsthereon and shall submit to Agent on such periodic basis as Agent shall request a sales and collections report for the preceding period, in form satisfactory to Agent. Borrowers shall also provide to Agent on or before the 15th day of each month adetailed aged trial balance of all Accounts existing as of the last day of the preceding Reporting Period,

 

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specifying the names, addresses, face value, dates of invoices and due dates for each Account Debtor obligated on anAccount so listed (“Schedule of Accounts”), and, upon Agent’s request therefor, copies of proof of delivery and a copy of all documents, including repayment histories and present status reports relating to the Accounts so scheduledand such other matters and information relating to the status of then existing Accounts as Agent shall reasonably request. In addition, if Accounts in an aggregate face amount in excess of $250,000 cease to be Eligible Accounts in whole or in part,Borrowers shall notify Agent of such occurrence promptly (and in any event within 2 Business Days) after any Borrower’s having obtained knowledge of such occurrence and the Borrowing Base shall thereupon be adjusted to reflect such occurrence.Upon the request of Agent, each Borrower shall deliver to Agent copies of invoices or invoice registers related to all of its Accounts.

 

7.2.2. Discounts, Disputes and Returns. If any Borrower grants any discounts, allowances or credits that are not shown on the face of the invoicefor the Account involved, Borrowers shall report such discounts, allowances or credits, as the case may be, to Agent as part of the next required Schedule of Accounts. If any amounts due and owing in excess of $500,000 are in dispute between anyBorrower and any Account Debtor, or if any returns are made in excess of $500,000 with respect to any Accounts owing from an Account Debtor, Borrowers shall provide Agent with written notice thereof at the time of submission of the next Schedule ofAccounts, explaining in detail the reason for the dispute or return, all claims related thereto and the amount in controversy. At any time an Event of Default exists, Agent shall have the right to settle or adjust all disputes and claims directlywith the Account Debtor and to compromise the amount or extend the time for payment of any Accounts comprising a part of the Collateral upon such terms and conditions as Agent may deem advisable, and to charge the deficiencies, costs and expensesthereof, including attorneys’ fees, to Borrowers.

 

7.2.3.Taxes. If an Account of any Borrower includes a charge for any Taxes payable to any Governmental Authority, Agent is authorized, in its sole discretion, to pay the amount thereof to the proper taxing authority for the account of such Borrowerand to charge Borrowers therefor; provided, however, that neither Agent nor Lenders shall be liable for any Taxes that may be due by any or all Borrowers.

 

7.2.4. Account Verification. Whether or not a Default or an Event of Default exists, Agent shall have the right atany time, in the name of Agent, any designee of Agent or any Borrower to verify the validity, amount or any other matter relating to any Accounts of any Borrower by mail, telephone, telegraph or otherwise. Borrowers shall cooperate fully with Agentin an effort to facilitate and promptly conclude any such verification process.

 

7.2.5. Maintenance of Dominion Account; Cash Management. Borrowers shall maintain Deposit Accounts (each a “Collection Account”) with banks that are selected by Borrowers and acceptable to Agent intowhich all Payment Items received by the Retail Borrowers (except for de minimis amounts) shall be deposited on a daily basis. Borrowers shall direct each bank at which a Collection Account is maintained to transfer, on a daily basis, allcollected balances in each Collection Account maintained by Borrowers with such bank, by ACH (automated clearinghouse) transfer, to the Concentration Accounts. All of the funds contained in the Collection Accounts and the Concentration Accountsshall be subject to a Lien in favor of Agent. Each of the Concentration Accounts shall constitute a Dominion Account. Borrowers also shall maintain Dominion Accounts pursuant to a lockbox or other arrangement acceptable to Agent and, in the case ofeach such Dominion Account and lockbox arrangement, with Bank or such other bank as may be selected by Borrowers and be acceptable to Agent, into which all Payment Items received by Borrowers other than the Retail Borrowers shall be deposited on adaily basis. Borrowers shall issue to Bank or each such other lockbox bank an irrevocable letter of instruction directing Bank or such other bank to deposit all payments or

 

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other remittances received in the lockbox to the applicable Dominion Account. Borrowers shall enter into agreements, inform satisfactory to Agent, with Bank or each such other bank at which a Dominion Account is maintained by which Bank or such other bank shall immediately transfer to the Payment Account all monies deposited to a Dominion Account. All fundsdeposited in each Dominion Account shall be subject to Agent’s Lien. Borrowers shall obtain the agreement (in favor of and in form and content satisfactory to Agent) by Bank or each such other bank at which a Dominion Account is maintained towaive any offset rights against the funds deposited into such Dominion Account, except offset rights in respect of charges incurred in the administration of such Dominion Account. Neither Agent nor Lenders assume any responsibility to any or allBorrowers for such lockbox arrangement or Dominion Account, including any claim of accord and satisfaction or release with respect to deposits accepted by Bank or any such other bank thereunder. Subject to Bank’s ability or willingness toprovide services that are competitive with those offered by other banks or financial institutions, Borrowers shall transfer all of their Deposit Accounts (other than Deposit Accounts into which funds derived from Borrowers’ retail operationsare deposited in the Ordinary Course of Business) and system of cash management from existing banks or financial institutions to Bank.

 

7.2.6. Collection of Accounts and Proceeds of Collateral. To expedite collection, Borrowers shall endeavor in the first instance to make collectionof Borrowers’ Accounts for Agent and Lenders. All Payment Items received by any Borrower in respect of its Accounts, together with the proceeds of any other Collateral, shall be held by such Borrower as trustee of an express trust forAgent’s benefit and shall immediately deposit same in kind into the Dominion Account. Agent retains the right at all times that a Default or an Event of Default exists to notify Account Debtors of each Borrower that Accounts have been assignedto Agent and to collect Accounts directly in its own name and to charge to Borrowers the collection costs and expenses, incurred by Agent or Lenders, including reasonable attorneys’ fees.

 

7.3. Administration of Inventory.

 

7.3.1. Records and Reports of Inventory. Each Borrower shall keepaccurate and complete records of its Inventory and shall furnish Agent and Lenders inventory reports respecting such Inventory in form and detail satisfactory to Agent and Lenders at such times as Agent and Lenders may request, but so long as noDefault or Event of Default exists, no more frequently than once each Reporting Period. Each Borrower shall, at Borrowers’ expense, conduct a physical inventory no less frequently than annually and periodic cycle counts consistent with suchBorrower’s historical practices and shall provide to Agent and Lenders a report based on each such physical inventory and cycle count promptly thereafter, together with such supporting information as Agent shall request. Agent may participatein and observe each physical count or inventory, which participation shall be at Borrowers’ expense at any time that an Event of Default exists.

 

7.3.2. Returns of Inventory. No Borrower shall return any of its Inventory to a supplier or vendor thereof, or any other Person, whether for cash,credit against future purchases or then existing payables, or otherwise, unless (i) such return is in the Ordinary Course of Business of such Borrower and such Person; (ii) no Default or Event of Default exists or would result therefrom; (iii) thereturn of such Inventory will not result in an Out-of-Formula Condition; (iv) Borrowers promptly notifies Agent thereof if the aggregate Value of all Inventory returned in any Reporting Period exceeds $500,000; and (v) any payments received by anyBorrower in connection with any such return are promptly turned over to Agent for application to the Obligations.

 

7.3.3. Acquisitions of Inventory. No Borrower shall acquire or accept any Inventory on consignment or approval (except for the Retail Borrowers)and each Borrower will use its best efforts to insure that all Inventory that is produced in the United States of America will be produced in accordance with the FLSA.

 

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7.4. Administration of Equipment.

 

7.4.1. Records and Schedules of Equipment. Each Borrower shall keepaccurate records itemizing and describing the kind, type, quality, quantity and cost of its Equipment and all dispositions made in accordance with Section 7.4.2 hereof, and shall furnish Agent and Lenders with a current schedule containingthe foregoing information on at least an annual basis and more often if requested by Agent. Promptly after request therefor by Agent, Borrowers shall deliver to Agent and Lenders any and all evidence of ownership, if any, of any of the Equipment.

 

7.4.2. Dispositions of Equipment. No Borrower willsell, lease or otherwise dispose of or transfer any of the Equipment or any part thereof without the prior written consent of Agent and the Required Lenders; provided, however, that the foregoing restriction shall not apply, for solong as no Default or Event of Default exists, to (i) dispositions of Equipment which, in the aggregate during any consecutive 12-month period, has a fair market value or book value, whichever is more, of $500,000 or less, provided that all NetProceeds thereof are remitted to Agent for application to the Obligations, or (ii) replacements of Equipment that is substantially worn, damaged or obsolete with Equipment of like kind, function and value, provided that the replacement Equipmentshall be acquired prior to or concurrently with any disposition of the Equipment that is to be replaced, the replacement Equipment shall be free and clear of Liens other than Permitted Liens that are not Purchase Money Liens, and Borrowers shallhave given Agent at least 10 days prior written notice of such disposition.

 

7.4.3 Condition of Equipment. The Equipment is in good operating condition and repair, and all necessary replacements of and repairs thereto shall be made so that the value and operating efficiency of theEquipment shall be maintained and preserved, reasonable wear and tear excepted. Borrowers shall ensure that the Equipment shall be mechanically and structurally sound, and capable of performing the functions for which the Equipment originally wasdesigned, in accordance with the manufacturer’s published and recommended specifications. Except with respect to Retail Locations and the Elliston Facility, Borrower will not permit any of the Equipment to become affixed to any real Propertyleased to such Borrower so that an interest arises therein under the real estate laws of the applicable jurisdiction unless the landlord of such real Property has executed a landlord waiver or leasehold mortgage in favor of and in form acceptable toAgent, and no Borrower will permit any of the Equipment to become an accession to any personal Property that is subject to a Lien unless the Lien is a Permitted Lien.

 

7.5. Borrowing Base Certificates. On the Closing Date and on or before the third Business Day of eachweek after the Closing Date, Borrowers shall deliver to Agent a Borrowing Base Certificate prepared as of the close of business of the previous week, and at such other times as Agent may request. In connection with Borrowers’ delivery ofBorrowing Base Certificates to Agent as provided above in this Section 7.5, (i) Borrowers shall update all Accounts activity on a weekly basis (unless Agent elects to require the delivery of Borrowing Base Certificates more frequently thanweekly as provided above in this Section 7.5, in which event Borrowers shall be required to update all Accounts activity since the date of the most recent Borrowing Base Certificate delivered to Agent) and (ii) Borrowers shall updateInventory activity as follows: (a) Borrowers shall update Inventory activity of Borrowers other than the Retail Borrowers each Reporting Period; and (b)(1) during the period commencing on the Closing Date and ending on September 30, 2002, Borrowersshall use their best efforts to update Inventory activity of the Retail Borrowers on a weekly basis (and, in any event, shall update such Inventory activity each Reporting Period) and (2) from and after October 1, 2002, Borrowers shall updateInventory activity of the Retail Borrowers on a weekly basis. All

 

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calculations of Availability in connection with any Borrowing Base Certificate shall originally be made by Borrowers andcertified by a Senior Officer of Rowe Companies to Agent, provided that Agent shall have the right to review and adjust, in the exercise of its reasonable credit judgment, any such calculation (i) to reflect its reasonable estimate of declines invalue of any of the Collateral described therein and (ii) to the extent that such calculation is not in accordance with this Agreement or does not accurately reflect the amount of the Availability Reserve.

 

SECTION 8. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

 

8.1. General Representations and Warranties. To induce Agentand Lenders to enter into this Agreement and to make available the Commitments, each Borrower warrants and represents to Agent and Lenders that:

 

8.1.1. Organization and Qualification. Each Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries is an entity duly organized, validly existing and in goodstanding under the laws of the jurisdiction of its organization. Each Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries is duly qualified and is authorized to do business and is in good standing as a foreign corporation in each state or jurisdiction listed onSchedule 8.1.1 hereto and in all other states and jurisdictions in which the failure of any such Borrower or any of such Subsidiaries to be so qualified would have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

8.1.2. Power and Authority. Each Borrower and each of its Subsidiariesis duly authorized and empowered to enter into, execute, deliver and perform this Agreement and each of the other Loan Documents to which it is a party. The execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement and each of the other Loan Documentshave been duly authorized by all necessary action and do not and will not (i) require any consent or approval of any of the holders of the Equity Interests of any Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries; (ii) contravene the Organization Documents of anyBorrower or any of its Subsidiaries; (iii) violate, or cause any Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries to be in default under, any provision of any Applicable Law, order, writ, judgment, injunction, decree, determination or award in effect havingapplicability to such Borrower or any such Subsidiary; (iv) result in a breach of or constitute a default under any indenture or loan or credit agreement or any other agreement, lease or instrument to which any Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries isa party or by which it or its Properties may be bound or affected; or (v) result in, or require, the creation or imposition of any Lien (other than Permitted Liens) upon or with respect to any of the Properties now owned or hereafter acquired by anyBorrower or any of its Subsidiaries.

 

8.1.3. LegallyEnforceable Agreement. This Agreement is, and each of the other Loan Documents when delivered under this Agreement will be, a legal, valid and binding obligation of each Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries signatories thereto enforceableagainst them in accordance with the respective terms of such Loan Documents, except as the enforceability thereof may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency or other similar laws of general application affecting the enforcement of creditors’rights.

 

8.1.4. Capital Structure. As of the datehereof, Schedule 8.1.4 hereto states (i) the correct name of each Subsidiary, its jurisdiction of incorporation and the percentage of its Equity Interests having voting powers owned by each Person, (ii) the name of each corporateAffiliate of each Borrower and the nature of the affiliation and (iii) the number of authorized and issued Equity Interests (and treasury shares) of each Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries. Each Borrower has good title to all of the shares itpurports to own of the Equity Interests of each of its Subsidiaries, free and clear in each case of any Lien other than Permitted Liens. All such Equity Interests have been duly issued and are fully paid and non-assessable. Since the date of thefinancial statements of Borrower referred to in Section 8.1.9 hereof, no Borrower has made, or obligated itself to make, any Distribution (other than Upstream Payments to Rowe Companies).

 

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Except as set forth on Schedule 8.1.4 hereto, there are no outstanding options to purchase, or any rightsor warrants to subscribe for, or any commitments or agreements to issue or sell, or any Equity Interests or obligations convertible into, or any powers of attorney relating to, shares of the capital stock of any Borrower or any Subsidiary. Except asset forth on Schedule 8.1.4 hereto, there are no outstanding agreements or instruments binding upon the holders of any Borrower’s Equity Interests relating to the ownership of its Equity Interests.

 

8.1.5. Corporate Names. During the 5-year period preceding the date ofthis Agreement, no Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries has been known as or used any corporate, fictitious or trade names except those listed on Schedule 8.1.5 hereto. Except as set forth on Schedule 8.1.5, no Borrowernor any of its Subsidiaries has been the surviving corporation of a merger or consolidation or acquired all or substantially all of the assets of any Person.

 

8.1.6. Business Locations; Agent for Process. As of the date hereof, the chief executive office and other places of business of each Borrower andeach of its Subsidiaries are as listed on Schedule 7.1.1 hereto. During the 5-year period preceding the date of this Agreement, no Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries has had an office, place of business or agent for service ofprocess other than as listed on Schedule 7.1.1. Except as shown on Schedule 7.1.1 on the date hereof, no Inventory of any Borrower or any Subsidiary is stored with a bailee, warehouseman or similar Person, nor is anyInventory consigned to any Person.

 

8.1.7. Title toProperties; Priority of Liens. Each Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries has good and marketable title to and fee simple ownership of, or valid and subsisting leasehold interests in, all of its real Property, and good title to all of thepersonal Property owned by it, including all Property reflected in the financial statements referred to in Section 8.1.9 or delivered pursuant to Section 9.1.3, in each case free and clear of all Liens except Permitted Liens. EachBorrower has paid or discharged, and has caused each of its Subsidiaries to pay and discharge, all lawful claims which, if unpaid, might become a Lien against any Properties of such Borrower or such Subsidiary that is not a Permitted Lien. The Liensgranted to Agent pursuant to this Agreement and the other Security Documents are first priority Liens, subject only to those Permitted Liens which are expressly permitted by the terms of this Agreement to have priority over the Liens of Agent.

 

8.1.8. Accounts. Agent may rely, in determining whichAccounts are Eligible Accounts, on all statements and representations made by a Borrower with respect to any Account. Unless otherwise indicated in writing to Agent or excluded by Borrowers in their calculation of the Borrowing Base in any BorrowingBase Certificate, with respect to each Account, Borrowers warrant that:

 

(i) It is genuine and in all respects what it purports to be, and it is not evidenced by a judgment;

 

(ii) It arises out of a completed, bona fide sale and delivery of goods by a Borrower in the Ordinary Course of its Business andsubstantially in accordance with the terms and conditions of all purchase orders, contracts or other documents relating thereto and forming a part of the contract between a Borrower and the Account Debtor;

 

(iii) It is for a sum certain maturing as stated in theduplicate invoice covering such sale or rendition of services, a copy of which has been furnished or is available to Agent on request;

 

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(iv) Such Account, and Agent’s security interest therein, is not, and will not (byvoluntary act or omission of a Borrower) be in the future, subject to any offset, Lien, deduction, defense, dispute, counterclaim or any other adverse condition except for disputes resulting in returned goods where the amount in controversy isdeemed by Agent to be immaterial, and each such Account is absolutely owing to a Borrower and is not contingent in any respect or for any reason;

 

(v) The contract under which such Account arose does not condition or restrict a Borrower’s right to assign to Agent the right topayment thereunder unless such Borrower has obtained the Account Debtor’s consent to such collateral assignment or complied with any conditions to such assignment (regardless of whether under the UCC or other Applicable Law any suchrestrictions are ineffective to prevent the grant of a Lien upon such Account in favor of Agent);

 

(vi) Such Borrower has not made any agreement with any Account Debtor thereunder for any extension, compromise, settlement or modificationof any such Account or any deduction therefrom, except extensions for good cause to creditworthy Account Debtors of not more than 30 days and discounts or allowances which are granted by a Borrower in the Ordinary Course of Business, including, byway of example, discounts for prompt payment and which are reflected in the calculation of the net amount of each respective invoice related thereto and are reflected in the Schedules of Accounts submitted to Agent pursuant to Section 7.2.1hereof, deductions authorized for repairs, credits for returned goods and deductions for advertising and promotional allowances;

 

(vii) To the best of such Borrower’s knowledge, there are no facts, events or occurrences which are reasonably likely to impair thevalidity or enforceability of any of its Accounts or reduce the amount payable thereunder from the face amount of the invoice and statements delivered to Agent with respect thereto;

 

(viii) To the best of such Borrower’s knowledge, (1) the Account Debtor thereunder had the capacity tocontract at the time any contract or other document giving rise to the Account was executed and (2) such Account Debtor is Solvent; and

 

(ix) To the best of such Borrower’s knowledge, there are no proceedings or actions which are threatened or pending against anyAccount Debtor thereunder and which are reasonably likely to result in any material adverse change in such Account Debtor’s financial condition or the collectibility of such Account.

 

8.1.9. Financial Statements. The Consolidated and consolidating balance sheets of Borrowers and such other Personsdescribed therein (including the accounts of all Subsidiaries of Borrowers for the respective periods during which a Subsidiary relationship existed) as of March 31, 2002, and the related statements of income, changes in stockholder’s equity,and changes in financial position for the periods ended on such dates, have been prepared in accordance with GAAP, and present fairly the financial positions of Borrowers and such Persons at such dates and the results of Borrowers’ operationsfor such periods. Since March 31, 2002, there has been no material change in the condition, financial or otherwise, of the Borrowers, on a Consolidated basis, as shown on the Consolidated balance sheet as of such date and no material change in theaggregate value of Equipment and real Property owned by any Borrower or any such other Person, except for changes arising in connection with or as a result of the consolidation of the Retail Borrowers, none of which transactions or changes,individually or in the aggregate has been materially adverse.

 

8.1.10. Full Disclosure. The financial statements referred to in Section 8.1.9 hereof do not contain any untrue statement of a material fact and neither this Agreement nor any other written statement

 

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contains or omits any material fact necessary to make the statements contained herein or therein not materiallymisleading. There is no fact or circumstances in existence on the date hereof which any Borrower has failed to disclose to Agent in writing that may reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

8.1.11. Solvent Financial Condition. Borrowers and their Subsidiaries,on a Consolidated basis, are now Solvent and, after giving effect to the Loans to be made hereunder, the Letters of Credit to be issued in connection herewith and the consummation of the other transactions described in the Loan Documents, will beSolvent.

 

8.1.12. Surety Obligations. Except as setforth on Schedule 8.1.12 hereto on the date hereof, no Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries is obligated as surety or indemnitor under any surety or similar bond or other contract issued or entered into any agreement to assure payment,performance or completion of performance of any undertaking or obligation of any Person.

 

8.1.13. Taxes. The FEIN of each Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries is as shown on Schedule 8.1.13 hereto. Each Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries has filed all federal, state and local taxreturns and other reports it is required by law to file and has paid, or made provision for the payment of, all Taxes upon it, its income and Properties as and when such Taxes are due and payable, except to the extent being Properly Contested. Theprovision for Taxes on the books of each Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries are adequate for all years not closed by applicable statutes, and for its current Fiscal Year.

 

8.1.14. Brokers. There are no claims against any Borrower for brokerage commissions, finder’s fees or investmentbanking fees in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents.

 

8.1.15. Intellectual Property. Each Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries each owns or has the lawful right to use all Intellectual Propertynecessary for the conduct of its business without any conflict with the rights of others; there is no objection to, or pending (or, to any Borrower’s knowledge, threatened) Intellectual Property Claim with respect to any Borrower’s or anySubsidiary’s right to use any such Intellectual Property and no Borrower is aware of any grounds for challenge or objection thereto; and, except as may be disclosed on Schedule 8.1.15, neither any Borrower nor any Subsidiary paysany royalty or other compensation to any Person for the right to use any Intellectual Property. All such patents, trademarks, service marks, trade names, copyrights, licenses and other similar rights are listed on Schedule 8.1.15hereto, to the extent they are registered under any Applicable Law or are otherwise material to any Borrower’s or any Subsidiary’s business.

 

8.1.16. Governmental Approvals. Each Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries has, and is in good standing with respect to, all Governmental Approvalsnecessary to continue to conduct its business as heretofore or proposed to be conducted by it and to own or lease and operate its Properties as now owned or leased by it.

 

8.1.17. Compliance with Laws. Each Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries has duly complied with, and its Properties,business operations and leaseholds are in compliance in all material respects with, the provisions of all Applicable Law (except to the extent that any such noncompliance with Applicable Law could not reasonably be expected to have a MaterialAdverse Effect) and there have been no citations, notices or orders of noncompliance issued to any Borrower or any of the Subsidiaries under any such law, rule or regulation which could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. NoInventory has been produced in violation of the FLSA. With respect to matters arising under any Environmental Laws, the representations and warranties contained in the Environmental Agreement are true and correct on the date hereof.

 

 

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8.1.18. Burdensome Contracts. Except as set forth on Schedule 8.1.18 hereto, noBorrower nor any of the Subsidiaries is a party or subject to any contract, agreement, or charter or other corporate restriction, which has or could be reasonably expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. No Borrower nor any of the Subsidiaries isa party or subject to any Restrictive Agreement, except as set forth on Schedule 8.1.18 hereto, none of which prohibit the execution or delivery of any of the Loan Documents by any Obligor or the performance by any Obligor of itsobligations under any of the Loan Documents to which is a party, in accordance with the terms of such Loan Documents.

 

8.1.19. Litigation. Except as set forth on Schedule 8.1.19 hereto, there are no actions, suits, proceedings or investigations pendingor, to the knowledge of any Borrower, threatened on the date hereof, against or affecting any Borrower or any of the Subsidiaries, or the business, operations, Properties, prospects, profits or condition of any Borrower or any of the Subsidiaries,(i) which relate to any of the Loan Documents or any of the transactions contemplated thereby or (ii) which, if determined adversely to any Borrower or any of the Subsidiaries, could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. To theknowledge of any Borrower, no Borrower nor any of the Subsidiaries is in default on the date hereof with respect to any order, writ, injunction, judgment, decree or rule of any court, Governmental Authority or arbitration board or tribunal.

 

8.1.20. No Defaults. No event has occurred and nocondition exists which would, upon or after the execution and delivery of this Agreement or any Borrower’s performance hereunder, constitute a Default or an Event of Default. No Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries is in default, and no eventhas occurred and no condition exists which constitutes or which with the passage of time or the giving of notice or both would constitute a default, under any Material Contract or in the payment of any Debt of any Borrower or a Subsidiary to anyPerson for Money Borrowed.

 

8.1.21. Leases.Schedule 8.1.21 hereto is a complete listing of each capitalized and operating lease of each Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries on the date hereof that constitutes a Material Contract. Except as set forth on Schedule8.1.21 hereto, each Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries is in substantial compliance with all of the terms of each of its respective capitalized and operating leases and there is no basis upon which the lessors under any such leases couldterminate same or declare such Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries in default thereunder.

 

8.1.22. Pension Plans. Except as disclosed on Schedule 8.1.22 hereto, no Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries has any Plan on the date hereof. Each Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries is in fullcompliance with the requirements of ERISA and the regulations promulgated thereunder with respect to each Plan. No fact or situation that is reasonably likely to result in a material adverse change in the financial condition of any Borrower or anyof its Subsidiaries exists in connection with any Plan. No Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries has any withdrawal liability in connection with a Multi-employer Plan.

 

8.1.23. Trade Relations. Except as set forth on Schedule 8.1.23, there exists no actual or threatenedtermination, cancellation or limitation of, or any materially adverse modification or change in, the business relationship between any Borrower and any customer or any group of customers whose purchases individually or in the aggregate are materialto the business of such Borrower, or with any material supplier or group of suppliers. There exists no condition or state of facts or circumstances which is reasonably likely to have a Material Adverse Effect or prevent any Borrower from conductingsuch business after the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement in substantially the same manner in which it has heretofore been conducted.

 

 

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8.1.24. Labor Relations. Except as described on Schedule 8.1.24 hereto, no Borrowernor any of the Subsidiaries is a party to any collective bargaining agreement on the date hereof. On the date hereof, there are no material grievances, disputes or controversies with any union or any other organization of any Borrower’s or anySubsidiary’s employees, or, to any Borrower’s knowledge, any threats of strikes, work stoppages or any asserted pending demands for collective bargaining by any union or organization.

 

8.1.25. Not a Regulated Entity. No Obligor is (i) an “investmentcompany” or a “person directly or indirectly controlled by or acting on behalf of an investment company” within the meaning of the Investment Company Act of 1940; (ii) a “holding company,” or a “subsidiary company”of a “holding company,” or an “affiliate” of a “holding company” or of a “subsidiary company” of a “holding company,” within the meaning of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935; or (iii)subject to regulation under the Federal Power Act, the Interstate Commerce Act, any public utilities code or any other Applicable Law regarding its authority to incur Debt.

 

8.1.26. Margin Stock. No Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries is engaged, principally or as one of its importantactivities, in the business of extending credit for the purpose of purchasing or carrying any Margin Stock.

 

8.1.27. Real Estate. Except as may be disclosed to Agent and Lenders in surveys of the Real Estate, none of the Real Estate of Borrowers that issubject to the Lien of the Agent is located an area that has been identified by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development as an area having special flood hazards and in which flood insurance has been made available under the National FloodInsurance Act of 1968.

 

8.1.28. Life Insurance Policies.

 

(i) The Life Insurance Policies identified onSchedule 8.1.28 constitute all of the Life Insurance Policies owned by Borrowers or in which a Borrower has any interest on the date hereof.

 

(ii) A Borrower has full power and authority to pledge and assign each of the Life Insurance Policies and no provision in any of the LifeInsurance Policies restricts or prohibits such Borrower’s right to assign the Life Insurance Policies owned by such Borrower pursuant to the Life Insurance Assignments.

 

(iii) Each of the Life Insurance Policies is and will be genuine and free from forgery, counterfeit, Liens(except in favor of Agent), claims, defaults and defenses.

 

(iv) To the best of Borrowers’ knowledge, each insurer has the authority and capacity to contract under the Life Insurance Policies issued by it, and each Life Insurance Policy issued by it constitutes the legal,valid and binding obligation of such insurer enforceable in accordance with its terms.

 

8.2. Reaffirmation of Representations and Warranties. Each representation and warranty contained in this Agreement and the other Loan Documents shall be deemed to be reaffirmed by each Borrower on eachday that any Obligations are outstanding or that Borrowers request or are deemed to have requested an extension of credit hereunder, except for changes (i) in the nature of a Borrower’s or, if

 

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applicable, any of its Subsidiaries’ business or operations that may occur after the date hereof in the OrdinaryCourse of Business so long as Agent has consented to such changes or such changes are not violative of any provision of this Agreement or (ii) of which Borrowers have notified Lender in writing, whether by delivery of an updated Schedule to thisAgreement or otherwise. Notwithstanding the foregoing, representations and warranties which by their terms are applicable only to a specific date shall be deemed made only at and as of such date.

 

8.3. Survival of Representations and Warranties. Allrepresentations and warranties of Borrowers contained in this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents shall survive the execution, delivery and acceptance thereof by Agent, Lenders and the parties thereto and the closing of the transactionsdescribed therein or related thereto.

 

SECTION 9. COVENANTS AND CONTINUINGAGREEMENTS

 

9.1. Affirmative Covenants. Forso long as there are any Commitments outstanding and thereafter until payment in full of the Obligations, each Borrower covenants that, unless the Required Lenders have otherwise consented in writing, it shall and shall cause each Subsidiary to:

 

9.1.1. Visits and Inspections. Permit representativesof Agent, from time to time, as often as may be reasonably requested, but only during normal business hours and (except when a Default or Event of Default exists) upon reasonable prior notice to a Borrower, to visit and inspect the Properties ofsuch Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries, inspect, audit and make extracts from each Borrower’s and each Subsidiary’s books and records, and discuss with its officers, its employees and its independent accountants, such Borrower’sand each Subsidiary’s business, financial condition, business prospects and results of operations. Representatives of each Lender shall be authorized to accompany Agent on each such visit and inspection and to participate with Agent therein,but at their own expense, unless a Default or Event of Default exists. Neither Agent nor any Lender shall have any duty to make any such inspection and shall not incur any liability by reason of its failure to conduct or delay in conducting any suchinspection.

 

9.1.2. Notices. Notify Agent and Lenders inwriting, promptly after such Borrower’s obtaining knowledge thereof, (i) of the commencement of any litigation affecting any Obligor or any of its Properties, whether or not the claims asserted in such litigation are considered by Borrowers tobe covered by insurance, and of the institution of any administrative proceeding, to the extent that such litigation or proceeding, if determined adversely to such Obligor, would reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; (ii) of anymaterial labor dispute to which any Obligor may become a party, any strikes or walkouts relating to any of its plants or other facilities, and the expiration of any labor contract to which it is a party or by which it is bound; (iii) of any materialdefault by any Obligor under or termination of any Material Contract or any note, indenture, loan agreement, mortgage, lease, deed, guaranty or other similar agreement relating to any Debt of such Obligor exceeding $100,000; (iv) of the existence ofany Default or Event of Default; (v) of any default by any Person under any note or other evidence of Debt payable to an Obligor in an amount exceeding $100,000; (vi) of any judgment against any Obligor in an amount exceeding $50,000; (vii) of theassertion by any Person of any Intellectual Property Claim, the adverse resolution of which could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; (viii) of any violation or asserted violation by any Borrower of any Applicable Law(including ERISA, OSHA, FLSA or any Environmental Laws), the adverse resolution of which could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; (ix) of any Environmental Release by an Obligor or on any Property owned or occupied by anObligor; (x) of the discharge of Borrowers’ independent accountants or any withdrawal of resignation by such independent accountants from their acting in such capacity; (xi) of any pending or threatened strike, work stoppage, unfair laborpractice claim or other labor dispute affecting a Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries in a manner that

 

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could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; (xii) of any intent to merge or consolidate any Borrowerwith another Borrower as permitted pursuant to Section 9.2.1 hereof; (xiii) of Mitchell Gold’s election to have the Mitchell Gold Earn-Out calculated and paid with respect to the Five Year Earn-Out Period; and (xiv) any demand forpayment is made on Rowe Companies under the Guaranty of Recourse Obligations. In addition, Borrowers shall give Agent at least 30 Business Days prior written notice of any Obligor’s opening of any new office or place of business.

 

9.1.3. Financial and Other Reporting. Keep adequate records and booksof account with respect to its business activities in which proper entries are made in accordance with GAAP reflecting all its financial transactions; and cause to be prepared and to be furnished to Agent and Lenders the following (all to beprepared in accordance with GAAP applied on a consistent basis, unless Borrowers’ certified public accountants concur in any change therein, such change is disclosed to Agent and is consistent with GAAP and, if required by the Required Lenders,the financial covenants set forth in Section 9.3 are amended in a manner requested by the Required Lenders to take into account the effects of such change):

 

(i) as soon as available, and in any event within 90 days after the close of each Fiscal Year, unqualifiedaudited balance sheets of Rowe Companies and its Subsidiaries as of the end of such Fiscal Year and the related statements of income, shareholders’ equity and cash flow, on a Consolidated and an unaudited consolidating basis, certified withoutmaterial qualification by a firm of independent certified public accountants of recognized national standing selected by Borrowers but reasonably acceptable to Agent (except for a qualification for a change in accounting principles with which theaccountant concurs), and setting forth in each case in comparative form the corresponding Consolidated and consolidating figures for the preceding Fiscal Year;

 

(ii) as soon as available, and in any event within 40 days after the end of each Reporting Period hereafter, including the lastReporting Period of Borrowers’ Fiscal Year, unaudited Consolidated and consolidating balance sheets of Rowe Companies and its Subsidiaries as of the end of such Reporting Period and the related unaudited Consolidated and consolidatingStatements of income and cash flow for such Reporting Period and for the portion of Rowe Companies’ and its Subsidiaries Fiscal Year then elapsed, setting forth in each case in comparative form, the corresponding figures for the precedingFiscal Year and certified by the principal financial officer of Borrowers as prepared in accordance with GAAP and fairly presenting the Consolidated financial position and results of operations of Rowe Companies and its Subsidiaries for suchReporting Period and Fiscal Year-to-date period subject only to changes from audit and year-end adjustments and except that such statements need not contain notes;

 

(iii) not later than 15 days after the end of each Reporting Period, a listing of all of eachBorrower’s trade payables as of the last Business Day of such Reporting Period, specifying the name of and balance due each trade creditor, and, at Agent’s request, detailed trade payable agings for each Reporting Period in form acceptableto Agent; and

 

(iv) promptly after the sendingor filing thereof, as the case may be, copies of any proxy statements, financial statements or reports which any Borrower has made generally available to its shareholders and copies of any regular, periodic and special reports or registrationstatements which any Borrower files with the SEC or any Governmental Authority which may be substituted therefor, or any national securities exchange.

 

Concurrently with the delivery of the financial statements described in clause (i) of this Section 9.1.3, Borrowers shall deliver to Agent andLenders a copy of the accountants’ letter to Borrowers’

 

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management that is prepared in connection with such financial statements. Concurrently with the delivery of the financialstatements described in clauses (i) and (ii) of this Section 9.1.3, or more frequently if requested by Agent or any Lender during any period that a Default or Event of Default exists, Borrowers shall cause to be prepared and furnished toAgent and Lenders a Compliance Certificate executed by the chief financial officer of Borrowers.

 

Promptly after the sending or filing thereof, Borrowers shall also provide to Agent copies of any annual report to be filed in accordance with ERISA in connection with each Plan and such other data and information(financial and otherwise) as Agent, from time to time, may reasonably request bearing upon or related to the Collateral or any Borrower’s and each of its Subsidiaries’ financial condition or results of operations.

 

9.1.4. Landlord and Storage Agreements. Provide Agent with copies ofall existing agreements, and promptly after execution thereof provide Agent with copies of all future agreements, between any Borrower and any landlord, warehouseman or bailee which owns any premises at which any Collateral may, from time to time,be kept, except with respect to Retail Locations.

 

9.1.5.Projections. No later than 30 days prior to the end of each Fiscal Year of Borrowers, deliver to Agent and Lenders the Projections of Borrowers for the forthcoming 3 Fiscal Years, year by year, and for the forthcoming Fiscal Year, month bymonth.

 

9.1.6. Taxes. Pay and discharge all Taxes priorto the date on which such Taxes become delinquent or penalties attach thereto, except and to the extent only that such Taxes are being Properly Contested.

 

9.1.7. Compliance with Laws. Comply with all Applicable Law, including ERISA, all Environmental Laws, FLSA, OSHA, and all laws, statutes,regulations and ordinances regarding the collection, payment and deposit of Taxes, and obtain and keep in force any and all Governmental Approvals necessary to the ownership of its Properties or to the conduct of its business, to the extent that anysuch failure to comply, obtain or keep in force could be reasonably expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, if any Environmental Release shall occur at or on any of the Properties of any Borroweror any of its Subsidiaries, Borrowers shall, or shall cause the applicable Subsidiary to, act promptly and diligently to investigate and report to Agent and all appropriate Governmental Authorities the extent of, and to make appropriate remedialaction to eliminate, such Environmental Release, whether or not ordered or otherwise directed to do so by any Governmental Authority.

 

9.1.8. Insurance. In addition to the insurance required herein with respect to the Collateral, maintain, with its current insurers or with otherfinancially sound and reputable insurers having a rating of at least A+ or better by Best Rating Guide, (i) insurance with respect to its Properties and business against such casualties and contingencies of such type (including productliability, workers’ compensation, or larceny, embezzlement or other criminal misappropriation insurance) and in such amounts and with such coverages, limits and deductibles as is customary in the business of such Borrower or such Subsidiary and(ii) business interruption insurance in an amount not less than $10,000,000.

 

9.1.9. Intellectual Property. Promptly after applying for or otherwise acquiring any Intellectual Property, deliver to Agent in form and substance acceptable to Agent and in recordable form, all documentsnecessary for Agent to perfect its Lien on such Intellectual Property.

 

9.1.10. Minimum Availability. Maintain at all times minimum Availability of at least (i) $3,000,000 at all times from the Closing Date through the last day of the Four Year Earn-Out Period or, if

 

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Mitchell Gold elects to have the Mitchell Gold Earn-Out calculated and paid with respect to the Five Year Earn-OutPeriod, the last day of the Five Year Earn-Out Period, (ii) $8,000,000 at all times from December 1, 2002 (unless, subsequent to December 1, 2002, pursuant to the Mitchell Gold Purchase Agreement, Mitchell Gold notifies Rowe Companies or any otherBorrower of Mitchell Gold’s election to have the Mitchell Gold Earn-Out calculated and paid with respect to the Five Year Earn-Out Period, in which event Borrowers’ obligation to maintain Minimum Availability, upon Agent’s receipt andverification of a copy of such notice from Mitchell Gold, shall be reduced to $3,000,000 at all times through and including the last day of the Five Year Earn-Out Period, and shall increase to $8,000,000 on the first day following the last day ofthe Five Year Earn-Out Period) through the date on which all of the Existing Lender Obligations are paid in full and the Existing Lender Documents are terminated, and (iii) $3,000,00 at all times after the date on which all of the Existing LenderObligations are paid in full and the Existing Lender Loan Documents are terminated.

 

9.1.11. Life Insurance. Maintain and keep in full force and effect all Life Insurance Policies that are subject to the Life Insurance Assignments and deliver to Agent any supplementary contracts issued inconnection with any Life Insurance Policy to be held by Agent under the Life Insurance Assignments in the same manner as the Life Insurance Policies originally assigned pursuant to the Life Insurance Assignments. Any monies due or to become dueunder any such Life Insurance Policies will be applied by Agent to the outstanding principal balance of Revolver Loans outstanding at the time of Agent’s receipt of such monies, if no Event of Default exists at such time, or, if an Event ofDefault exists at such time, may be applied by Agent to such of the Obligations as Agent in its sole discretion elects, whether or not any of such Obligations are then due or payable.

 

9.1.12. Appraisals. In addition to any other appraisals required or conducted by Agent, Borrowers shall obtain, orshall cooperate with Agent’s efforts to obtain, appraisals of Borrower’s Inventory by Ozer Valuation Services or such other independent appraiser acceptable to Agent at least once during each of the first 2 six-month periods after theClosing Date and at least once during each one-year period thereafter. Borrowers shall be obligated to reimburse Agent for all reasonable costs and expenses at any time incurred by Agent in connection with any such appraisals.

 

9.1.13. Life Insurance Policies. Cause each issuer of a Life InsurancePolicy to send to Agent duplicate copies of any and all account statements and notices sent to any Borrower regarding any Life Insurance Policy.

 

9.1.14. Post-Closing Obligations. On or before June 17, 2002, deliver or cause to be delivered to Agent:

 

(i) a duly executed Mortgage with respect to the additional real Propertyof Borrowers located in Moorehouse, Missouri; (ii) an acceptable as-built survey with respect to the additional real Property of Borrowers located in Moorehouse, Missouri, which survey shall indicate (a) an accurate metes and bounds or lot, blockand parcel description of such real Property, (b) the correct location of all buildings, structures and other improvements on such real Property, including all streets, easements, rights of way and utility lines, (c) the location of ingress andegress from such real Property, and the location of any set-back or other building lines affecting such real Property and (d) a certification by a registered land surveyor in form and substance acceptable to Agent, certifying to the accuracy andcompleteness of such survey and to such other matters relating to such real Property and survey as Agent shall require; (iii) an acceptable fully paid mortgagee title insurance policy (or binding commitment to issue a title insurance policy, markedto Agent’s satisfaction to evidence the form of such policy to be subsequently delivered), in ALTA extended coverage form, issued by a title insurance company satisfactory to Agent, in an amount equal to not less than the fair mark value of theadditional real Property of Borrowers located in Moorehouse, Missouri insuring the Mortgage covering such real Property to create a valid Lien on such real Property described therein with no

 

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exceptions which Agent shall not have approved in writing and no general survey exception; (iv) an acceptable revisedas-built survey with respect to the parcel of Real Estate located at 239 Rowan Street, Salem, Virginia reflecting the subdivision of such Real Estate into two separate tracts or parcels in a manner that is acceptable to Agent; (v) an amendment tothe Mortgage covering the parcel of Real Estate located at 239 Rowan Street, Salem, Virginia or similar instrument reflecting the conveyance of a portion of such Real Estate acceptable to Agent; (vi) an endorsement of Agent’s title insurancepolicy with respect to the Real Estate located at 239 Rowan Street, Salem, Virginia reflecting such subdivision and disposition; (vii) current good standing certificates for Rowe Companies from the Commonwealth of Virginia and for Storehouse fromthe State of New Jersey .

 

9.2. NegativeCovenants. For so long as there are any Commitments outstanding and thereafter until payment in full of the Obligations, each Borrower covenants that, unless the Required Lenders have otherwise consented in writing, it shall not and shallnot permit any of its Subsidiaries to:

 

9.2.1. FundamentalChanges. Merge, reorganize, consolidate or amalgamate with any Person, or liquidate, wind up its affairs or dissolve itself, except for mergers or consolidations of any Borrower with another Borrower or any Subsidiary with another Subsidiary;change Borrower’s name or conduct business under any new fictitious name except in connection with mergers or consolidations of any Borrower with another Borrower or any Subsidiary with another Subsidiary; or change Borrower’s FEIN.

 

9.2.2. Loans. Make any loans or other advances of moneyto any Person other than to (i) an officer or employee of Borrower or a Subsidiary for salary, travel advances, advances against commissions and other similar advances in the Ordinary Course of Business, and (ii) another Borrower in the OrdinaryCourse of Business.

 

9.2.3. Permitted Debt. Create,incur, assume, guarantee or suffer to exist any Debt, except:

 

(i) the Obligations;

 

(ii) the Existing Lender Obligations;

 

(iii) accounts payable by such Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries to trade creditors that are not aged more than 90 days from billing date or more than 30 days from the due date, in each case incurred in the Ordinary Course of Business andpaid within such time period, unless the same are being Properly Contested;

 

(iv) obligations to pay Rentals under existing and future leases;

 

(v) Permitted Purchase Money Debt;

 

(vi) Debt for accrued payroll, benefit plans, self insured health and disability plans, Taxes, other operating expenses and professionalfees (other than for Money Borrowed) incurred in the Ordinary Course of Business of such Borrower or such Subsidiary, including obligations under Cash Management Agreements, in each case, so long as payment thereof is not past due and payableunless, in the case of Taxes only, such Taxes are being Properly Contested;

 

(vii) Debt for Money Borrowed by such Borrower (other than the Obligations) described on Schedule 9.2.3 hereto, but only to the extent that such Debt is outstanding on the date of this Agreement and isnot to be satisfied on or about the Closing Date from the proceeds of the initial Loans;

 

 

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(viii) Permitted Contingent Obligations; and

 

(ix) Debt owing by Rowe Sylmar and Rowe Jessup to NationalLife and secured by the Investment Real Estate in existence on the Closing Date;

 

(x) Refinancing Debt so long as each of the Refinancing Conditions is met,

 

(xi) Debt arising out of or in connection with the Mitchell Gold Documents;

 

(xii) Debt (other than for Money Borrowed) for expensesincurred in connection with the consolidation of the Retail Borrowers, provided that such expenses constitute Permitted Restructuring Expenses; and

 

(xiii) Debt that is not included in any of the preceding paragraphs of this Section 9.2.3, is not secured by a Lien (unless suchLien is a Permitted Lien) and does not exceed at any time, in the aggregate, the sum of $500,000 as to all Borrowers and all of their Subsidiaries.

 

9.2.4. Affiliate Transactions. Enter into, or be a party to any transaction with any Affiliate or stockholder, except: (i) the transactionscontemplated by the Loan Documents; (ii) payment of reasonable compensation to officers and employees for services actually rendered to Borrowers or to their respective Subsidiaries; (iii) payment of customary directors’ fees and indemnities;(iv) transactions with Affiliates that were consummated prior to the date hereof and have been disclosed to Agent prior to the Closing Date; and (v) transactions with Affiliates in the Ordinary Course of Business and pursuant to the reasonablerequirements of such Borrower’s or such Subsidiary’s business and upon fair and reasonable terms that are fully disclosed to Agent and are no less favorable to such Borrower or such Subsidiary than such Borrower or such Subsidiary wouldobtain in a comparable arm’s length transaction with a Person not an Affiliate or stockholder of such Borrower or such Subsidiary.

 

9.2.5. Limitation on Liens. Create or suffer to exist any Lien upon any of its Property (including Investment Property), income, profits or EquityInterests, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, except the following (collectively, “Permitted Liens”):

 

(i) Liens at any time granted in favor of Agent;

 

(ii) Liens for Taxes (excluding any Lien imposed pursuant to any of the provisions of ERISA) not yet due or being Properly Contested;

 

(iii) statutory Liens (excluding any Lienimposed pursuant to any of the provisions of ERISA but including Liens in favor of landlords) arising in the Ordinary Course of Business of such Borrower or a Subsidiary, but only if and for long as (x) payment in respect of any such Lien is not atthe time required or the Debt secured by any such Lien is being Properly Contested and (y) such Liens do not materially detract from the value of the Property of such Borrower or such Subsidiary and do not materially impair the use thereof in theoperation of such Borrower’s or such Subsidiary’s business;

 

(iv) Purchase Money Liens securing Permitted Purchase Money Debt;

 

 

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(v) Liens securing Debt of a Subsidiary of any Borrower to a Borrower or to anotherSubsidiary;

 

(vi) Liens arising by virtue ofthe rendition, entry or issuance against such Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, or any Property of such Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, of any judgment, writ, order, or decree for so long as any such Lien (a) is in existence for less than 20consecutive days after it first arises or is being Properly Contested and (b) is at all times junior in priority to any Liens in favor of Agent;

 

(vii) Liens incurred or deposits made in the Ordinary Course of Business to secure the performance of tenders, bids, leases, contracts(other than for the repayment of Money Borrowed), statutory obligations and other similar obligations or arising as a result of progress payments under government contracts, provided that, to the extent any such Liens attach to any of theCollateral, such Liens are at all times subordinate and junior to the Liens upon the Collateral in favor of Agent;

 

(viii) easements, rights-of-way, restrictions, covenants or other agreements of record and other similar charges or encumbrances on realProperty of such Borrower (including the Real Estate) or any of its Subsidiaries that do not secure any monetary obligation and do not interfere with the ordinary conduct of the business of such Borrower or such Subsidiary;

 

(ix) normal and customary rights of setoff upon deposits ofcash in favor of banks and other depository institutions and Liens of a collection bank arising under the UCC on Payment Items in the course of collection;

 

(x) Liens in existence immediately prior to the Closing Date that are satisfied in full and released on the Closing Date as a result ofthe application of such Borrower’s cash on hand at the Closing Date or the proceeds of Loans to be made on the Closing Date;

 

(xi) Liens in favor of the Existing Lenders which secure the Existing Lender Obligations and are subject to the Intercreditor Agreement;

 

(xii) Liens upon the Investment Real Estateand the Excluded Deposit Accounts;

 

(xiii)such other Liens as appear on Schedule 9.2.5 hereto, to the extent provided therein; and

 

(xiv) such other Liens as Agent and the Required Lenders in their sole discretion may hereafter approve in writing.

 

The foregoing negative pledge shall not apply to any Margin Stock to the extent that theapplication of such negative pledge to such Margin Stock would require filings or other actions by any Lender under such regulations or otherwise result in a violation of such regulations.

 

9.2.6. Reserved.

 

9.2.7. Distributions. Declare or make any Distributions, except forUpstream Payments.

 

 

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9.2.8. Upstream Payments. Create or suffer to exist any encumbrance or restriction on the abilityof a Subsidiary to make any Upstream Payment, except for encumbrances or restrictions (i) pursuant to the Loan Documents, (ii) existing under Applicable Law and (iii) identified and fully disclosed in Schedule 9.2.8.

 

9.2.9. Capital Expenditures. Make Capital Expenditures (includingexpenditures by way of capitalized leases but excluding (i) the effect of any SunTrust Lease Adjustment and (ii) amounts expensed to repair or restore damaged or destroyed Equipment or Real Estate, to the extent of insurance or condemnation proceedsreceived for application (and actually applied) for such purpose pursuant to Section 7.1.2(ii) hereof) which in the aggregate, as to all Borrowers and their Subsidiaries, exceed $4,000,000 during Borrowers’ 2002 Fiscal Year, $5,000,000during Borrowers’ 2003 Fiscal Year, $6,000,000 during Borrowers’ 2004 Fiscal Year or $7,000,000 during any Fiscal Year of Borrowers thereafter.

 

9.2.10. Disposition of Assets. Sell, assign, lease, consign or otherwise dispose of any of its Properties or any interest therein, including anydisposition of Property as part of a sale and leaseback transaction and including any disposition of Investment Property of, or Equity Interests in, any Borrower, to or in favor of any Person, except (i) sales of Inventory in the Ordinary Course ofBusiness for so long as no Event of Default exists hereunder, (ii) dispositions of Equipment to the extent authorized by Section 7.4.2 hereof, (iii) a transfer of Property to a Borrower by a Subsidiary, (iv) licenses of technology and otherIntellectual Property by and among any Borrower and another Borrower, any Borrower and any of its Subsidiaries or any Borrower or any Subsidiary and a customer of such Borrower or such Subsidiary and (v) other dispositions expressly authorized byother provisions of the Loan Documents.

 

9.2.11.Subsidiaries. Form or acquire any Subsidiary after the Closing Date or permit any existing Subsidiary to issue any additional Equity Interests except director’s qualifying shares.

 

9.2.12. Bill-and-Hold Sales and Consignments. Make a sale to anycustomer on a bill-and-hold, guaranteed sale, sale and return, sale on approval or consignment basis, or any sale on a repurchase or return basis.

 

9.2.13. Restricted Investments. Make or have any Restricted Investment.

 

9.2.14. Reserved.

 

9.2.15. Tax Consolidation. File or consent to the filing of any consolidated income tax return with any Person other than Borrowers and theirSubsidiaries.

 

9.2.16. Accounting Changes. Make anysignificant change in accounting treatment or reporting practices, except as may be required by GAAP or establish a fiscal year different from the Fiscal Year.

 

9.2.17. Organization Documents. Amend, modify or otherwise change any of the terms or provisions in any of its Organization Documents as ineffect on the date hereof, except for changes that do not affect in any way such Borrower’s or any of its Subsidiaries’ rights and obligations to enter into and perform the Loan Documents to which it is a party and to pay all of theObligations and that do not otherwise have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

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9.2.18. Restrictive Agreements. Enter into or become a party to any Restrictive Agreement;provided that the foregoing shall not apply to (i) Restrictive Agreements existing on the date hereof and identified on Schedule 8.1.18 (but shall apply to any amendment or modification expanding the scope of any restriction orcondition contained in any such Restrictive Agreement), (ii) restrictions or conditions imposed by any Restrictive Agreement evidencing or governing secured Debt that is permitted by this Agreement if such restrictions or conditions apply only tothe Properties securing such Debt, and (iii) customary provisions in leases and other contracts restricting the assignment thereof.

 

9.2.19. Conduct of Business. Engage in any business other than the business engaged in by it on the Closing Date and any business or activitieswhich are substantially similar, related or incidental thereto.

 

9.2.20. Prepayment of Certain Obligations. At any time, directly or indirectly, prepay any amounts owing to Mitchell Gold, whether under the Mitchell Gold Earn-Out or otherwise.

 

9.2.21. Cash Flow Recapture Payments. Make any Cash Flow Recapturepayment with respect to the Existing Lender Obligations unless at the time of, and immediately after giving effect to, any such Cash Flow Recapture payment (a) Availability is not less than $8,000,000 and (b) the Consolidated Fixed Charge CoverageRatio is not less than 1.1 to 1.0. For purposes of this Section 9.2.21, (i) the Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio for: (i) the Fiscal Quarter ending June 2, 2002, shall be tested for the Fiscal Quarter ending June 2, 2002; the FiscalQuarter ending September 1, 2002, shall be tested for the 2 Fiscal Quarters ending September 1, 2002; the Fiscal Quarter ending December 1, 2002, shall be tested for the 3 Fiscal Quarters ending December 1, 2002; the Fiscal Quarter ending March 2,2003, shall be tested for the 4 Fiscal Quarters ending on March 2, 2003; and the Fiscal Quarter ending on the last day of each Fiscal Quarter thereafter, shall be tested for the 4 Fiscal Quarters ending on the last day of such Fiscal Quarter, and(ii) partial Cash Flow Recapture payments that satisfy the conditions of this Section 9.2.21 shall be permitted.

 

9.2.22. Existing Lender Loan Documents. Modify or amend the Existing Lender Loan Documents in a manner that is adverse to the interests of Agent orLenders, including any amendment or modification that (i) shortens any maturity or the average life to maturity, (ii) requires any payment sooner than scheduled in the Existing Lender Loan Documents prior to such amendment, (iii) increases theinterest rate of fees applicable thereto (iv) limits borrowers ability to make payments on the Obligations as required under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents as in effect on the Closing Date.

 

9.2.23 Life Insurance Policies. Requests or obtain any loans oradvances with respect to the Life Insurance Policies from any issuer thereof or other Person (other than Lenders pursuant to the terms hereof).

 

9.3. Financial Covenants. For so long as there are any Commitments outstanding and thereafter until payment in full of the Obligations,Borrowers covenant that, unless otherwise consented to by the Required Lenders in writing, it shall:

 

9.3.1. Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio. Maintain a Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio of not less than the ratio shown below for theperiod corresponding thereto:

 

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Period


 

Ratio


The 3 Reporting Periods ending June 2, 2002

  .40 to 1.0

The 4 Reporting Periods ending June 30, 2002

  .50 to 1.0

The 5 Reporting Periods ending August 4, 2002

  .60 to 1.0

The 6 Reporting Periods ending September 1, 2002

  .70 to 1.0

The 7 Reporting Periods ending October 6, 2002

  .90 to 1.0

The 8 Reporting Periods ending November 3, 2002

  1.0 to 1.0

The 9 Reporting Periods ending December 1, 2002

  1.1 to 1.0

The 10 Reporting Periods ending January 5, 2003

  1.1 to 1.0

The 11 Reporting Periods ending February 2, 2003

  1.1 to 1.0

The 12 Reporting Periods ending March 2, 2003 and the

  1.1 to 1.0

12-Reporting period ending on the last day of each Reporting Period thereafter

   

 

9.3.2. MinimumConsolidated Adjusted Tangible Net Worth.

 

(a) During the period commencing on the Closing Date and ending on December 1, 2002, maintain a Consolidated Adjusted Tangible Net Worth of not less than the amount shown below for the Fiscal Quarter ending on a date set forth below thatcorresponds thereto:

 

Period


   Amount



June 2, 2002

   $ 13,000,000

September 1, 2002

   $ 14,000,000

December 1, 2002

   $ 15,000,000

 

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(b) At all times from and after December 1, 2002, maintain as of the last day of eachFiscal Quarter thereafter a Consolidated Adjusted Tangible Net Worth equal to the amount set forth above as of December 1, 2002 plus an amount equal to 50% of Net Income during each such Fiscal Quarter, but no reduction in the foregoingamount shall be made if Net Income in any Fiscal Quarter is a negative number.

 

9.3.3. Consolidated Leveraged Ratio. Maintain a Consolidated Leverage Ratio of not less than the ratio set forth below for the period corresponding thereto:

 

Period


  

Ratio


The 4 Fiscal Quarters ending June 2, 2002

   9.0 to 1.0

The 4 Fiscal Quarters ending September 1, 2002

   8.5 to 1.0

The 4 Fiscal Quarters ending December 1, 2002

   6.5 to 1.0

The 4 Fiscal Quarters ending March 2, 2003

   5.5 to 1.0

The 4 Fiscal Quarters ending June 1, 2003

   5.0 to 1.0

The 4 Fiscal Quarters ending August 31, 2003

   4.5 to 1.0

The 4 Fiscal Quarters ending November 30, 2003

   4.0 to 1.0
The 4 Fiscal Quarters ending March 1, 2004 and the 4-Fiscal Quarter period ending on the last day of each Fiscal Quarter thereafter    3.5 to 1.0

 

SECTION 10. CONDITIONS PRECEDENT

 

10.1. Conditions Precedent to Initial CreditExtensions. Initial Lenders shall not be required to fund any Loan requested by Borrowers procure any Letter of Credit or otherwise extend credit to Borrowers, unless, on or before May 31, 2002, each of the following conditions has beensatisfied:

 

10.1.1. Loan Documents. Each of the LoanDocuments shall have been duly executed and delivered to Agent by each of the signatories thereto (and, with the exception of the Notes, in sufficient counterparts for each Lender) and accepted by Agent and Initial Lenders and each Obligor shall bein compliance with all of the terms thereof.

 

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10.1.2. Availability. Agent shall have determined, and Initial Lenders shall be satisfied that,immediately after Initial Lenders have made the initial Revolver Loans to be made on the Closing Date, Bank has issued the Letters of Credit to be issued on the Closing Date, and Borrowers have paid (or made provision for payment of) all closingcosts incurred in connection with the Commitments, Availability is not less than $9,000,000.

 

10.1.3. Evidence of Perfection and Priority of Liens. Agent shall have received copies of all filing receipts or acknowledgments issued by any Governmental Authority to evidence any filing or recordationnecessary to perfect the Liens of Agent in the Collateral and evidence in form satisfactory to Agent and Initial Lenders that such Liens constitute valid and perfected security interests and Liens, and that there are no other Liens upon anyCollateral except for Permitted Liens.

 

10.1.4. OrganizationDocuments. Agent shall have received copies of the Organization Documents of each Obligor, and all amendments thereto, certified by the Secretary of State or other appropriate official of the jurisdiction of each Obligor’s organization.

 

10.1.5. Good Standing Certificates. Agent shall havereceived good standing certificates for each Obligor, issued by the Secretary of State or other appropriate official of such Obligor’s jurisdiction of organization and each jurisdiction where the conduct of such Obligor’s businessactivities or ownership of its Property necessitates qualification.

 

10.1.6. Opinion Letters. Agent and Lenders shall have received a favorable, written opinion of Silver, Freedman & Taff, L.L.P., counsel to Borrowers, covering, to Agent’s and Lenders’ satisfaction, the matters set forthon Exhibit G attached hereto, and favorable written opinions of the respective local counsel to Borrowers covering, to Agent’s and Lenders’ satisfaction, such matters as Agent and Lenders shall deem necessary and appropriate.

 

10.1.7. Insurance. Agent shall have received certifiedcopies of the property and casualty insurance policies of Borrowers with respect to the Collateral, or certificates of insurance with respect to such policies in form acceptable to Agent, and loss payable endorsements on Agent’s standard formof loss payee endorsement naming Agent as loss payee with respect to each such policy and certified copies of Borrowers’ liability insurance policies, including product liability policies, together with endorsements naming Agent as anadditional insured, all as required by the Loan Documents.

 

10.1.8. Lockbox; Dominion Accounts. Agent shall have received the duly executed agreements establishing a lockbox (or lockboxes) and each Dominion Account, in each case with a financial institution acceptable to Agent for thecollection or servicing of the Accounts.

 

10.1.9. LandlordWaivers. Agent shall have received Landlord Waivers with respect to all premises at which any Collateral may be located, except with respect to Retail Locations.

 

10.1.10. Reserved.

 

10.1.11. No Labor Disputes. Agent shall have received assurances satisfactory to it that there are no threats of strikes or work stoppages by anyemployees, or organization of employees, of any Obligor which Agent reasonably determines may have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

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10.1.12. Compliance with Laws and Other Agreements. Agent shall have determined or receivedassurances satisfactory to it that none of the Loan Documents or any of the transactions contemplated thereby violate any Applicable Law, court order or agreement binding upon any Obligor.

 

10.1.13. No Material Adverse Change. No material adverse change in thefinancial condition of any Obligor or in the quality, quantity or value of any Collateral shall have occurred since March 31, 2002.

 

10.1.14. Accounts Payable. Agent shall have reviewed and found acceptable Borrowers’ accounts payable and vendor arrangements.

 

10.1.15. Payment of Fees. Borrowers shall have paid, or made provisionfor the payment on the Closing Date of, all fees and expenses to be paid hereunder to Agent and Lenders on the Closing Date.

 

10.1.16. Title Insurance Policies. Agent shall have received, had at least 5 days to review, and found acceptable fully paid mortgagee titleinsurance policies (or binding commitments to issue title insurance policies, marked to Agent’s satisfaction to evidence the form of such policies to be delivered after the Closing Date), in ALTA extended coverage form, issued by a titleinsurance company satisfactory to Agent, each in an amount equal to not less than the fair market value of the Real Estate, subject to the Mortgage, insuring the Mortgage to create a valid Lien on all Real Estate described therein with no exceptionswhich Agent shall not have approved in writing and no survey exceptions.

 

10.1.17. Survey. Agent shall have received, had at least 5 days to review, and found acceptable an as-built survey with respect to the parcels of Real Estate located at 239 Rowan Street, Salem, Virginia, Route1608, Taylorsville, North Carolina and Missouri Street, Route 14, Moorehouse, Missouri, which survey shall indicate the following: (i) an accurate metes and bounds or lot, block and parcel description of such Real Estate; (ii) the correct locationof all buildings, structures and other improvements on such Real Estate, including all streets, easements, rights of way and utility lines; (iii) the location of ingress and egress from such Real Estate, and the location of any set-back or otherbuilding lines affecting such Real Estate; and (iv) a certification by a registered land surveyor in form and substance acceptable to Agent, certifying to the accuracy and completeness of such survey and to such other matters relating to such RealEstate and survey as Agent shall require.

 

10.1.18.Environmental Matters. Agent shall have received, reviewed and found satisfactory the representations, warranties and disclosures in the Environmental Agreement and a Phase 1 (and, if deemed necessary by Agent, a Phase 2) study of the RealEstate conducted by an environmental consulting firm acceptable to Agent.

 

10.1.19. LC Conditions. With respect to the procurement of any Letter of Credit on the Closing Date, each of the LC Conditions is satisfied.

 

10.1.20. Existing Lender Loan Documents. Borrowers and Existing Lenders shall have entered into amendments to theExisting Lender Loan Documents in form and substance satisfactory to Agent and Lenders, including modifications of the maturity date, interest rate and covenants contained in such Existing Lender Loan Documents consistent with the Debt RestructureTerm Sheet and correspondence from the Existing Lenders on March 5, 2002.

 

10.1.21. SunTrust Capital Lease Documents. Borrowers and SunTrust Bank shall have entered into agreements modifying the SunTrust Capital Lease Documents relating to Borrowers’ Elliston Facility, in formand substance satisfactory to Agent and Lenders, including the establishment of maximum rental payments.

 

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10.1.22. National Life and Related Facilities. Borrowers shall have received at least $9,300,000of proceeds from a loan from National Life be secured by the Investment Real Estate; provided, however, up to $1,058,807.15 of such proceeds may be escrowed by Borrowers and subsequently used to pay for repair and maintenance of suchfacilities.

 

10.1.23. Mitchell Gold Documents. Agent andLenders shall have received, reviewed and found acceptable the Mitchell Gold Documents.

 

10.1.24. Mitchell Gold Debentures. Agent and Lenders shall have received evidence satisfactory that all obligations of the Obligors in connection with the Mitchell Gold Debentures have been paid in full.

 

10.1.25. Appraisals. All appraisals that were preparedfor BofA or any other Person and were delivered to Agent prior to the Closing Date shall be reissued by the appraisers directly to Agent and Agent shall be entitled to rely thereon.

 

10.1.26. Affiliate Relationships. Agent and Lenders shall have satisfactorily reviewed each Borrower’srelationship with any Affiliates.

 

10.1.27. FinancialStatements. Agent and Lenders shall have received, reviewed and found acceptable Borrowers’ unaudited Consolidated and consolidating financial statements for the month ending immediately prior to the Closing Date.

 

10.1.28. Projections. Agent and Lenders shall have received, reviewedand found acceptable Borrowers’ Projections, on a monthly basis, for Borrowers’ 2002 Fiscal Year.

 

10.1.29. Completion of Due Diligence. Agent and Lenders shall have satisfactorily completed their due diligence with respect to Borrowers and theirProperties, including the completion of all field examinations, customer references with respect to Borrowers and an evaluation Borrowers’ management information systems and controls and the receipt of completed life insurance questionnaires.

 

10.2. Conditions Precedent to All CreditExtensions. Lenders shall not be required to fund any Loans, procure any Letters of Credit or otherwise extend any credit to or for the benefit of Borrowers, unless and until each of the following conditions has been and continues to besatisfied:

 

10.2.1. No Defaults. No Default or Event ofDefault exists at the time, or would result from the funding, of any Loan or other extension of credit.

 

10.2.2. Satisfaction of Conditions in Other Loan Documents. Each of the conditions precedent set forth in any other Loan Document shall have beenand shall remain satisfied.

 

10.2.3. No Litigation. Noaction, proceeding, investigation, regulation or legislation shall have been instituted, threatened or proposed before any court, governmental agency or legislative body to enjoin, restrain or prohibit, or to obtain damages in respect of, or whichis related to or arises out of, this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents or the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby.

 

 

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10.2.4. No Material Adverse Effect. No event shall have occurred and no condition shall existwhich has or could be reasonably expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

10.2.5. Borrowing Base Certificate. Agent shall have received each Borrowing Base Certificate required by the terms of this Agreement or otherwise requested by Agent.

 

10.2.6. LC Conditions. With respect to the procurement of any Letterof Credit after the Closing Date, each of the LC Conditions is satisfied.

 

10.3. Inapplicability of Conditions. None of the conditions precedent set forth in Sections 10.1 or 10.2 shall be conditions to the obligation of (i) each Participating Lender to makepayments to Fleet pursuant to Section 1.3.2, (ii) each Lender to deposit with Agent such Lender’s Pro Rata share of a Borrowing in accordance with Section 3.1.2, (iii) each Lender to fund its Pro Rata share of a Revolver Loan torepay outstanding Settlement Loans to Fleet as provided in Section 3.1.3(ii), (iv) each Lender to pay any amount payable to Agent or any other Lender pursuant to this Agreement or (v) Agent to pay any amount payable to any Lender pursuant tothis Agreement.

 

10.4. Limited Waiver of ConditionsPrecedent. If Lenders shall make any Loans, procure any Letter of Credit or otherwise extend any credit to Borrowers under this Agreement at a time when any of the foregoing conditions precedent are not satisfied (regardless of whether thefailure of satisfaction of any such conditions precedent was known or unknown to Agent or Lenders), the funding of such Loan or procurement of such Letter of Credit shall not operate as a waiver of the right of Agent and Lenders to insist upon thesatisfaction of all conditions precedent with respect to each subsequent Borrowing requested by Borrowers or a waiver of any Default or Event of Default as a consequence of the failure of any such conditions to be satisfied, unless Agent, with theprior written consent of the Required Lenders, in writing waives the satisfaction of any condition precedent, in which event such waiver shall only be applicable for the specific instance given and only to the extent and for the period of timeexpressly stated in such written waiver.

 

SECTION 11. EVENTS OF DEFAULT;RIGHTS AND REMEDIES ON DEFAULT

 

11.1. Events ofDefault. The occurrence or existence of any one or more of the following events or conditions shall constitute an “Event of Default” (each of which Events of Default shall be deemed to exist unless and until waived by Agent andLenders in accordance with the provisions of Section 12.9 hereof):

 

11.1.1. Payment of Obligations. Borrowers shall fail to pay any of the Obligations on the due date thereof (whether due at stated maturity, on demand, upon acceleration or otherwise).

 

11.1.2. Misrepresentations. Any representation, warranty or otherwritten statement to Agent or any Lender by or on behalf of any Obligor, whether made in or furnished in compliance with or in reference to any of the Loan Documents, proves to have been false or misleading in any material respect when made orfurnished or when reaffirmed pursuant to Section 8.2 hereof.

 

11.1.3. Breach of Specific Covenants. Any Borrower shall fail or neglect to perform, keep or observe any covenant contained in Sections 6.6, 7.1.1, 7.2.4, 7.2.5, 7.2.6, 7.5, 9.1.1, 9.1.3, 9.1.10, 9.1.11, 9.1.12, 9.1.13,9.1.14, 9.2 or 9.3 hereof on the date that such Borrower is required to perform, keep or observe such covenant.

 

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11.1.4. Breach of Other Covenants. Any Borrower shall fail or neglect to perform, keep or observeany covenant contained in this Agreement (other than a covenant which is dealt with specifically elsewhere in Section 11.1 hereof) and the breach of such other covenant is not cured to Agent’s and the Required Lender’s satisfactionwithin 15 days after the sooner to occur of any Senior Officer’s receipt of notice of such breach from Agent or the date on which such failure or neglect first becomes known to any Senior Officer; provided, however, that suchnotice and opportunity to cure shall not apply in the case of any failure to perform, keep or observe any covenant which is not capable of being cured at all or within such 15-day period or which is a willful and knowing breach by any Borrower.

 

11.1.5. Default Under Security Documents/OtherAgreements. Any Borrower or any other Obligor shall default in the due and punctual observance or performance of any liability or obligation to be observed or performed by it under any of the Other Agreements or Security Documents beyond anyapplicable notice and cure periods provided therein.

 

11.1.6.Other Defaults. There shall occur any default or event of default on the part of any Borrower or any Subsidiary under (a) any of the Existing Lender Loan Documents or (b) any other agreement, document or instrument to which such Borrower orsuch Subsidiary is a party or by which such Borrower or such Subsidiary or any of their respective Properties is bound, creating or relating to any Debt (other than the Obligations) in excess of $100,000 if the payment or maturity of such Debt maybe accelerated in consequence of such event of default or demand for payment of such Debt may be made.

 

11.1.7. Uninsured Losses. Any loss, theft, damage or destruction of any of the Collateral not fully covered (subject to deductibles in amounts ineffect on the date hereof and such deductibles as Agent shall have permitted) by insurance if the amount not covered by insurance exceeds $500,000.

 

11.1.8. Material Adverse Effect. There shall occur any event or condition that has a Material Adverse Effect.

 

11.1.9. Solvency. Borrowers shall cease to be Solvent on aConsolidated basis.

 

11.1.10. Insolvency Proceedings.Any Insolvency Proceeding shall be commenced by any Obligor; an Insolvency Proceeding is commenced against any Obligor and any of the following events occur: such Obligor consents to the institution of the Insolvency Proceeding against it, thepetition commencing the Insolvency Proceeding is not timely controverted by such Obligor, the petition commencing the Insolvency Proceeding is not dismissed within 30 days after the date of the filing thereof (provided that, in any event, during thependency of any such period, Lenders shall be relieved from their obligation to make Loans or otherwise extend credit to or for the benefit of Borrowers hereunder), an interim trustee is appointed to take possession of all or a substantial portionof the Properties of such Obligor or to operate all or any substantial portion of the business of such Obligor, or an order for relief shall have been issued or entered in connection with such Insolvency Proceeding; or any Obligor shall make anoffer of settlement extension or composition to its unsecured creditors generally.

 

11.1.11. Business Disruption; Condemnation. There shall occur a cessation of a substantial part of the business of any Obligor for a period which may be reasonably expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; orany Obligor shall suffer the loss or revocation of any license or permit now held or hereafter acquired by such Obligor the loss of which may be reasonably expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; or any Obligor shall be enjoined, restrained orin any way prevented by court, governmental or administrative order from conducting all or any material part of its business affairs; or any material lease or agreement pursuant to which any Obligor leases or occupies any premises on which anyCollateral is located shall be

 

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canceled or terminated prior to the expiration of its stated term and such cancellation or termination has a MaterialAdverse Effect or results in an Out-of-Formula Condition; or any material part of the Collateral shall be taken through condemnation or the value of such Property shall be materially impaired through condemnation.

 

11.1.12. Change of Ownership. A Change of Control shall occur or RoweCompanies shall cease to own and control, beneficially and of record, 100% of the Equity Interests of each of the other Borrowers.

 

11.1.13. ERISA. A Reportable Event shall occur which Agent, in its reasonable discretion, shall determine constitutes grounds for the terminationby the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation of any Plan or for the appointment by the appropriate United States district court of a trustee for any Plan, or if any Plan shall be terminated or any such trustee shall be requested or appointed, or ifany Borrower, any Subsidiary or any Obligor is in “default” (as defined in Section 4219(c)(5) of ERISA) with respect to payments to a Multiemployer Plan resulting from such Borrower’s, such Subsidiary’s or such Obligor’scomplete or partial withdrawal from such Plan.

 

11.1.14.Challenge to Loan Documents. Any Obligor or any of its Affiliates shall challenge or contest in any action, suit or proceeding the validity or enforceability of any of the Loan Documents, the legality or enforceability of any of theObligations or the perfection or priority of any Lien granted to Agent, or any of the Loan Documents ceases to be in full force or effect for any reason other than a full or partial waiver or release by Agent and Lenders in accordance with the termsthereof.

 

11.1.15. Judgment. One or more judgments ororders for the payment of money in an amount that exceeds, individually or in the aggregate, $200,000 shall be entered against any Borrower or any other Obligor and either (i) enforcement proceedings shall have been commenced by any creditor uponsuch judgment or order or (ii) there shall be any period of 30 consecutive days during which a stay of enforcement of such judgment or order, by reason of a pending appeal or otherwise, shall not be in effect.

 

11.1.16. Repudiation of or Default Under Guaranty. Any Guarantor shallrevoke or attempt to revoke the Guaranty signed by such Guarantor, shall repudiate such Guarantor’s liability thereunder, or shall be in default under the terms thereof, or shall fail to confirm in writing, promptly, after receipt ofAgent’s written request therefor, such Guarantor’s ongoing liability under the Guaranty in accordance with the terms thereof.

 

11.1.17. Criminal Forfeiture. Any Obligor shall be convicted under any criminal law that could lead to a forfeiture of any Property of suchObligor.

 

11.1.18. Mitchell Gold Documents. There shalloccur any default or event of default on the part of any Borrower or any Subsidiary under any of the Mitchell Gold Documents.

 

11.1.19. Existing Lender Obligations. On or before December 1, 2003, either (i) all Existing Lender Obligations are not paid in full or (ii) thematurity date of all Existing Lender Obligations has not been extended until after the end of the Original Term on terms that are consistent with those in effect on the Closing Date or otherwise acceptable to Lenders.

 

11.2. Acceleration of the Obligations; Termination ofCommitments. Without in any way limiting the right of Agent to demand payment of any portion of the Obligations payable on demand in accordance with this Agreement:

 

11.2.1. Upon or at any time after the occurrence of an Event of Default (other than pursuant to Section 11.1.10hereof) and for so long as such Event of Default shall exist, Agent shall upon receipt of written instructions to do so from the Required Lenders (and may, in its discretion, at any time there are more than 2 Lenders party hereto) (a) declare theprincipal of and any accrued interest on the Loans and all other Obligations owing under any of the Loan Documents to be, whereupon the same shall become without further notice or demand (all of which notice and demand each Borrower expresslywaives), forthwith due and payable and Borrowers shall forthwith pay to Agent the entire principal of and accrued and unpaid interest on the Loans and other Obligations plus reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses if such principal and interestare collected by or through an attorney-at-law and (b) terminate the Commitments.

 

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11.2.2. Upon the occurrence of an Event of Default specified in Section 11.1.10 hereof, all of theObligations shall become automatically due and payable without declaration, notice or demand by Agent to or upon any Borrower and the Commitments shall automatically terminate as if terminated by Agent pursuant to Section 5.2.1 hereof andwith the effects specified in Section 5.2.4 hereof provided, however, that, if Agent or Lenders shall continue to make Loans or otherwise extend credit to Borrowers pursuant to this Agreement after an automatic termination ofthe Commitments by reason of the commencement of an Insolvency Proceeding by or against Borrowers, such Loans and other credit shall nevertheless be governed by this Agreement and enforceable against and recoverable from each Obligor as if suchInsolvency Proceeding had never been instituted.

 

11.3.Other Remedies. Upon and after the occurrence of an Event of Default and for so long as such Event of Default shall exist, Agent may in its discretion (and, upon receipt of written direction of the Required Lenders, shall) exercise fromtime to time the following rights and remedies (without prejudice to the rights of Agent or any Lender to enforce its claim against any or all Obligors):

 

11.3.1. All of the rights and remedies of a secured party under the UCC or under other Applicable Law, and all other legal and equitable rights to whichAgent may be entitled under any of the Loan Documents, all of which rights and remedies shall be cumulative and shall be in addition to any other rights or remedies contained in this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents, and none of whichshall be exclusive.

 

11.3.2. The right to collect all amountsat any time payable to a Borrower from any Account Debtor or other Person at any time indebted to such Borrower.

 

11.3.3. The right to take immediate possession of any of the Collateral, and to (i) require Borrowers to assemble the Collateral, at Borrowers’expense, and make it available to Agent at a place designated by Agent which is reasonably convenient to both parties, and (ii) enter any premises where any of the Collateral shall be located and to keep and store the Collateral on said premisesuntil sold (and if said premises be the Property of a Borrower, then such Borrower agrees not to charge Agent for storage thereof).

 

11.3.4. The right to sell or otherwise dispose of all or any Collateral in its then condition, or after any further manufacturing or processing thereof,at public or private sale or sales, with such notice as may be required by Applicable Law, in lots or in bulk, for cash or on credit, all as Agent, in its sole discretion, may deem advisable. Each Borrower agrees that any requirement of notice toBorrowers or any other Obligor of any proposed public or private sale or other disposition of Collateral by Agent shall be deemed reasonable notice thereof if given at least 10 days prior thereto, and such sale may be at such locations as Agent maydesignate in said notice. Agent shall have the right to conduct such sales on any Borrower’s or any other Obligor’s premises, without charge therefor, and such sales may be adjourned from time to time in accordance

 

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with Applicable Law. Agent shall have the right to sell, lease or otherwise dispose of the Collateral, or any partthereof, for cash, credit or any combination thereof, and Agent may purchase all or any part of the Collateral at public or, if permitted by law, private sale and, in lieu of actual payment of such purchase price, may set off the amount of suchprice against the Obligations. The proceeds realized from the sale or other disposition of any Collateral may be applied, after allowing 2 Business Days for collection, first to any Extraordinary Expenses incurred by Agent, second to interestaccrued with respect to any of the Obligations; and third, to the principal balance of the Obligations. If any deficiency shall arise, Obligors shall remain jointly and severally liable to Agent and Lenders therefor.

 

11.3.5. The right to the appointment of a receiver, without notice of anykind whatsoever, to take possession of all or any portion of the Collateral and to exercise such rights and powers as the court appointing such receiver shall confer upon such receiver.

 

11.3.6. The right to exercise all of Agent’s rights and remedies under the Mortgages with respect to any Real Estate.

 

11.3.7. The right to require Borrowers to deposit with Agentfunds equal to the LC Outstandings and, if Borrowers fail promptly to make such deposit, Agent may (and shall upon the direction of the Required Lenders) advance such amount as a Revolver Loan (whether or not an Out-of-Formula Condition exists or iscreated thereby). Any such deposit or advance shall be held by Agent as a reserve to fund future payments on any LC Support. At such time as the LC Support have been paid or terminated and all Letters of Credit have been drawn upon or expired, anyamounts remaining in such reserve shall be applied against any outstanding Obligations, or, if all Obligations have been indefeasibly paid in full, returned to Borrowers.

 

Agent is hereby granted an irrevocable, non-exclusive license or other right to use, license or sub-license (exercisable without payment ofroyalty or other compensation to any Obligor or any other Person) any or all of each Borrower’s Intellectual Property and all of each Borrower’s computer hardware and software, trade secrets, brochures, customer lists, promotional andadvertising materials, labels, and packaging materials, and any Property of a similar nature, in advertising for sale, marketing, selling and collecting and in completing the manufacturing of any Collateral, and each Borrower’s rights under alllicenses and all franchise agreements shall inure to Agent’s benefit.

 

11.4. Setoff. In addition to any Liens granted under any of the Loan Documents and any rights now or hereafter available under Applicable Law, Agent and each Lender (and each of their respectiveAffiliates) is hereby authorized by Borrowers at any time that an Event of Default exists, without notice to Borrowers or any other Person (any such notice being hereby expressly waived) to set off and to appropriate and to apply any and alldeposits, general or special (including Debt evidenced by certificates of deposit whether matured or unmatured (but not including trust accounts)) and any other Debt at any time held or owing by Agent, such Lender or any of their Affiliates to orfor the credit or the account of any Borrower against and on account of the Obligations of Borrowers arising under the Loan Documents to Agent, such Lender or any of their Affiliates, including all Loans and LC Outstandings and all claims of anynature or description arising out of or in connection with this Agreement, irrespective of whether or not (i) Agent or such Lender shall have made any demand hereunder, (ii) Agent, at the request or with the consent of the Required Lenders shallhave declared the principal of and interest on the Loans and other amounts due hereunder to be due and payable as permitted by this Agreement and even though such Obligations may be contingent or unmatured or (iii) the Collateral for the Obligationsis adequate. Notwithstanding the foregoing, each of Agent and Lenders agree with each other that it shall not, without the express consent of the Required Lenders, and that it shall (to the extent that it is lawfully entitled to do so) upon therequest of the Required

 

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Lenders, exercise its setoff rights hereunder against any accounts of any Borrower now or hereafter maintained withAgent, such Lender or any Affiliate of any of them, but no Borrower shall have a claim or cause of action against Agent or any Lender for any setoff made without the consent of the Required Lenders and the validity of any such setoff shall not beimpaired by the absence of such consent. If any party (or its Affiliate) exercises the right of setoff provided for hereunder, such party shall be obligated to share any such setoff in the manner and to the extent required by Section 12.5.

 

11.5. Remedies Cumulative; No Waiver.

 

11.5.1. All covenants, conditions, provisions,warranties, guaranties, indemnities, and other undertakings of Borrowers contained in this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, or in any document referred to herein or contained in any agreement supplementary hereto or in any schedule or in anyGuaranty given to Agent or any Lender or contained in any other agreement between Agent or any Lender and any or all Borrowers, heretofore, concurrently, or hereafter entered into, shall be deemed cumulative to and not in derogation or substitutionof any of the terms, covenants, conditions, or agreements of Borrowers herein contained. The rights and remedies of Agent and Lenders under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents shall be cumulative and not exclusive of any rights or remediesthat Agent or any Lender would otherwise have.

 

11.5.2. Thefailure or delay of Agent or any Lender to require strict performance by Borrowers of any provision of any of the Loan Documents or to exercise or enforce any rights, Liens, powers, or remedies under any of the Loan Documents or with respect to anyCollateral shall not operate as a waiver of such performance, Liens, rights, powers and remedies, but all such requirements, Liens, rights, powers, and remedies shall continue in full force and effect until all Loans and all other Obligations owingor to become owing from Borrowers to Agent and Lenders shall have been fully satisfied. None of the undertakings, agreements, warranties, covenants and representations of Borrowers contained in this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents andno Event of Default by any Borrower under this Agreement or any other Loan Documents shall be deemed to have been suspended or waived by Agent or any Lender, unless such suspension or waiver is by an instrument in writing specifying such suspensionor waiver and is signed by a duly authorized representative of Agent or such Lender and directed to Borrowers.

 

11.5.3. If Agent or any Lender shall accept performance by a Borrower, in whole or in part, of any obligation that a Borrower is required by any of theLoan Documents to perform only when a Default or Event of Default exists, or if Agent or any Lender shall exercise any right or remedy under any of the Loan Documents that may not be exercised other than when a Default or Event of Default exists,Agent’s or Lender’s acceptance of such performance by a Borrower or Agent’s or Lender’s exercise of any such right or remedy shall not operate to waive any such Event of Default or to preclude the exercise by Agent or any Lenderof any other right or remedy, unless otherwise expressly agreed in writing by Agent or such Lender, as the case may be.

 

SECTION 12. AGENT

 

12.1. Appointment, Authority and Duties of Agent.

 

12.1.1. Each Lender hereby irrevocably appoints and designates Fleet as Agent to act as herein specified. Agent may, and each Lender by its acceptanceof a Note shall be deemed irrevocably to have authorized Agent to, enter into all Loan Documents to which Agent is or is intended to be a party and all amendments hereto and all Security Documents at any time executed by any Borrower, for itsbenefit and the Pro Rata benefit of Lenders and, except as otherwise provided in this Section 12, to exercise such rights and

 

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powers under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents as are specifically delegated to Agent by the terms hereof andthereof, together with such other rights and powers as are reasonably incidental thereto. Each Lender agrees that any action taken by Agent or the Required Lenders in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement or the other Loan Documents, andthe exercise by Agent or the Required Lenders of any of the powers set forth herein or therein, together with such other powers as are reasonably incidental thereto, shall be authorized and binding upon all Lenders. Without limiting the generalityof the foregoing, Agent shall have the sole and exclusive right and authority to (a) act as the disbursing and collecting agent for Lenders with respect to all payments and collections arising in connection with this Agreement and the other LoanDocuments; (b) execute and deliver as Agent each Loan Document and accept delivery of each such agreement delivered by any or all Borrowers or any other Obligor; (c) act as collateral agent for Lenders for purposes of the perfection of all securityinterests and Liens created by this Agreement or the Security Documents with respect to all material items of the Collateral and, subject to the direction of the Required Lenders, for all other purposes stated therein, provided that Agenthereby appoints, authorizes and directs each Lender to act as a collateral sub-agent for Agent and the other Lenders for purposes of the perfection of all security interests and Liens with respect to a Borrower’s Deposit Accounts maintainedwith, and all cash and Cash Equivalents held by, such Lender; (d) subject to the direction of the Required Lenders, manage, supervise or otherwise deal with the Collateral; and (e) except as may be otherwise specifically restricted by the terms ofthis Agreement and subject to the direction of the Required Lenders, exercise all remedies given to Agent with respect to any of the Collateral under the Loan Documents relating thereto, Applicable Law or otherwise. The duties of Agent shall beministerial and administrative in nature, and Agent shall not have by reason of this Agreement or any other Loan Document a fiduciary relationship with any Lender (or any Lender’s participants). Unless and until its authority to do so isrevoked in writing by Required Lenders, Agent alone shall be authorized to determine whether any Accounts or Inventory constitute Eligible Accounts or Eligible Inventory (basing such determination in each case upon the meanings given to such termsin Appendix A), or whether to impose or release any reserve, and to exercise its own credit judgment in connection therewith, which determinations and judgments, if exercised in good faith, shall exonerate Agent from any liability to Lenders or anyother Person for any errors in judgment.

 

12.1.2. Agent (whichterm, as used in this sentence, shall include reference to Agent’s officers, directors, employees, attorneys, agents and Affiliates and to the officers, directors, employees, attorneys and agents of Agent’s Affiliates) shall not: (a) haveany duties or responsibilities except those expressly set forth in this Agreement and the other Loan Documents or (b) be required to take, initiate or conduct any litigation, foreclosure or collection proceedings hereunder or under any of the otherLoan Documents except to the extent directed to do so by the Required Lenders during the continuance of any Event of Default. The conferral upon Agent of any right hereunder shall not imply a duty on Agent’s part to exercise any such rightunless instructed to do so by the Required Lenders in accordance with this Agreement.

 

12.1.3. Agent may perform any of its duties by or through its agents and employees and may employ one or more Agent Professionals and shall not be responsible for the negligence or misconduct of any such AgentProfessionals selected by it with reasonable care. Borrowers shall promptly (and in any event, on demand) reimburse Agent for all reasonable expenses (including all Extraordinary Expenses) incurred by Agent pursuant to any of the provisionshereof or of any of the other Loan Documents or in the execution of any of Agent’s duties hereby or thereby created or in the exercise of any right or power herein or therein imposed or conferred upon it or Lenders (excluding, however, generaloverhead expenses), and each Lender agrees promptly to pay to Agent, on demand, such Lender’s Pro Rata share of any such reimbursement for expenses (including Extraordinary Expenses) that is not timely made by Borrowers to Agent.

 

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parties unless otherwise required by Applicable Law. If Agent shall request instructions from the Required Lenders withrespect to any act or action (including the failure to act) in connection with this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents, Agent shall be entitled to refrain from such act or taking such action unless and until Agent shall have receivedinstructions from the Required Lenders; and Agent shall not incur liability to any Person by reason of so refraining. Without limiting the foregoing, no Lender shall have any right of action whatsoever against Agent as a result of Agent acting orrefraining from acting hereunder or under any of the Loan Documents pursuant to or in accordance with the instructions of the Required Lenders except for Agent’s own gross negligence or willful misconduct in connection with any action taken byit. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, Agent shall not be required to take any action that is in its opinion contrary to Applicable Law or the terms of any of the Loan Documents or that would in its reasonableopinion subject it or any of its officers, employees or directors to personal liability; provided, however, that if Agent shall fail or refuse to take action that is not contrary to Applicable Law or to any of the terms of any of theLoan Documents even if such action in Agent’s opinion would subject it to potential liability, the Required Lenders may remove Agent and appoint a successor Agent in the same manner and with the same effect as is provided in this Agreement withrespect to Agent’s resignation.

 

12.1.5. Agent shallpromptly, upon receipt thereof, forward to each Lender (i) copies of any significant written notices, reports, certificates and other information received by Agent from any Obligor (but only if and to the extent such Obligor is not required by theterms of the Loan Documents to supply such information directly to Lenders) and (ii) copies of the results of any field audits by Agent with respect to Borrowers. Agent shall have no liability to any Lender for any errors in or omissions from anyfield audit or other examination of Borrower or the Collateral, unless such error or omission was the direct result of Agent’s gross negligence or willful misconduct.

 

12.2. Agreements Regarding Collateral.

 

12.2.1. Lenders hereby irrevocably authorize Agent, at its option and in its discretion, to release any Lien upon anyCollateral (i) upon the termination of the Commitments and payment or satisfaction of all of the Obligations or (ii) constituting Equipment sold or disposed of in accordance with the terms of this Agreement if Borrowers certify to Agent that thedisposition is made in compliance with the terms of this Agreement (and Agent may rely conclusively on any such certificate, without further inquiry) or (iii) if approved or ratified by the Required Lenders. Agent shall have no obligation whatsoeverto any of the Lenders to assure that any of the Collateral exists or is owned by a Borrower or is cared for, protected or insured or has been encumbered, or that Agent’s Liens have been properly, sufficiently or lawfully created, perfected,protected or enforced or entitled to any particular priority or to exercise any duty of care with respect to any of the Collateral.

 

12.2.2. Each Lender shall be deemed to have requested that Agent furnish such Lender, promptly after the same becomes available, a copy of each fieldaudit or examination report (each a “Report” and collectively, “Reports”) prepared by or on behalf of Agent; agrees that neither Fleet nor Agent makes any representation or warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of anyReport and shall not be liable for any information contained in or omitted from any such Report; agrees that the Reports are not intended to be comprehensive audits or examinations, that Fleet or Agent or any other Person performing any audit orexamination will inspect only specific information regarding Borrowers or the Collateral and will rely significantly upon each Borrower’s books and records as well as upon representations of each Borrower’s officers and employees; agreesto keep all Reports confidential and strictly for its internal use and not to distribute the Reports to any Person (except to its Participants) or use any Report in any other manner; and, without limiting the generality of any other indemnificationcontained herein, agrees to hold Agent and any other Person preparing a Report harmless from all losses or liabilities incurred by Agent, such other Person or

 

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such Lender as a direct or indirect result of any action that the indemnifying Lender may take or fail to take or anyconclusion the indemnifying Lender may reach or draw from any Report in connection with any Loans or other credit accommodations that the indemnifying Lender has made or may make to Borrower, or the indemnifying Lender’s participation in, orits purchase of, a Loan or Loans of Borrowers, and to pay and protect, and indemnify, defend and hold Agent and each other such Person preparing a Report harmless from and against all claims, actions, proceedings, damages, costs, expenses and otheramounts (including reasonable attorneys’ fees incurred by Agent and any such other Person preparing a Report) arising as the direct or indirect result of any third parties who might obtain all or any part of any Report through the indemnifyingLender. Agent and each Lender recognizes that Rowe Companies is a public company and that reports and financial information furnished by Borrowers to Agent or Lenders may include non-public information. As a result, Agent and each Lenderacknowledges and agrees that it shall be treated as a temporary insider for the purposes of obtaining such reports and financial information and, for the period that such information remains non-public, will not purchase or sell any Equity Interestsof Rowe Companies or seek to obtain control of Rowe Companies.

 

12.3. Reliance By Agent. Agent shall be entitled to rely, and shall be fully protected in so relying, upon any certification, notice or other communication (including any thereof by telephone, telex, telegram, telecopiermessage or cable) believed by it to be genuine and correct and to have been signed, sent or made by or on behalf of the proper Person or Persons, and upon advice and statements of legal counsel, independent accountants and other experts selected byAgent. As to any matters not expressly provided for by this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents, Agent shall in all cases be fully protected in acting or refraining from acting hereunder and thereunder in accordance with the instructions ofthe Required Lenders, and such instructions of the Required Lenders and any action taken or failure to act pursuant thereto shall be binding upon Lenders.

 

12.4. Action Upon Default. Agent shall not be deemed to have knowledge of the occurrence of a Default or an Event of Default unlessit has received written notice from a Lender or any or all Borrowers specifying the occurrence and nature of such Default or Event of Default. If Agent shall receive such a notice of a Default or an Event of Default or shall otherwise acquire actualknowledge of any Default or Event of Default, Agent shall promptly notify Lenders in writing and Agent shall take such action and assert such rights under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, or shall refrain from taking such action andasserting such rights, as the Required Lenders shall direct from time to time. If any Lender shall receive a notice of a Default or an Event of Default or shall otherwise acquire actual knowledge of any Default or Event of Default, such Lender shallpromptly notify Agent and the other Lenders in writing. As provided in Section 12.3 hereof, Agent shall not be subject to any liability by reason of acting or refraining to act pursuant to any request of the Required Lenders except for itsown willful misconduct or gross negligence in connection with any action taken by it. Before directing Agent to take or refrain from taking any action or asserting any rights or remedies under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents on accountof any Event of Default, the Required Lenders shall consult with and seek the advice of (but without having to obtain the consent of) each other Lender, and promptly after directing Agent to take or refrain from taking any such action or assertingany such rights, the Required Lenders will so advise each other Lender of the action taken or refrained from being taken and, upon request of any Lender, will supply information concerning actions taken or not taken. In no event shall the RequiredLenders, without the prior written consent of each Lender, direct Agent to accelerate and demand payment of the Loans held by one Lender without accelerating and demanding payment of all other Loans or to terminate the Commitments of one or moreLenders without terminating the Commitments of all Lenders. Each Lender agrees that, except as otherwise provided in any of the Loan Documents and without the prior written consent of the Required Lenders, it will not take any legal action orinstitute any action or proceeding against any Obligor with respect to any of the Obligations or Collateral, or accelerate or otherwise enforce its portion of the Obligations. Without limiting the generality of

 

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the foregoing, none of Lenders may exercise any right that it might otherwise have under Applicable Law to credit bid atforeclosure sales, UCC sales or other similar sales or dispositions of any of the Collateral except as authorized by the Required Lenders. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth in this Section 12.4 or elsewhere in this Agreement,each Lender shall be authorized to take such action to preserve or enforce its rights against any Obligor where a deadline or limitation period is otherwise applicable and would, absent the taking of specified action, bar the enforcement ofObligations held by such Lender against such Obligor, including the filing of proofs of claim in any Insolvency Proceeding.

 

12.5. Ratable Sharing. If any Lender shall obtain any payment or reduction (including any amounts received as adequate protection of a bankaccount deposit treated as cash collateral under the Bankruptcy Code) of any Obligation of Borrowers hereunder (whether voluntary, involuntary, through the exercise of any right of set-off or otherwise) in excess of its Pro Rata share of payments orreductions on account of such Obligations obtained by all of the Lenders, such Lender shall forthwith (i) notify the other Lenders and Agent of such receipt and (ii) purchase from the other Lenders such participations in the affected Obligations asshall be necessary to cause such purchasing Lender to share the excess payment or reduction, net of costs incurred in connection therewith, on a Pro Rata basis, provided that if all or any portion of such excess payment or reduction is thereafterrecovered from such purchasing Lender or additional costs are incurred, the purchase shall be rescinded and the purchase price restored to the extent of such recovery or such additional costs, but without interest. Each Borrower agrees that anyLender so purchasing a participation from another Lender pursuant to this Section 12.5 may, to the fullest extent permitted by Applicable Law, exercise all of its rights of payment (including the right of set-off) with respect to suchparticipation as fully as if such Lender were the direct creditor of Borrowers in the amount of such participation.

 

12.6. Indemnification of Agent.

 

12.6.1. Each Lender agrees to indemnify and defend the Agent Indemnitees (to the extent not reimbursed by Borrowers under this Agreement, but withoutlimiting the indemnification obligation of Borrowers under this Agreement), on a Pro Rata basis, and to hold each of the Agent Indemnitees harmless from and against, any and all Claims which may be imposed on, incurred by or asserted against any ofthe Agent Indemnitees in any way related to or arising out of this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents or any other document contemplated by or referred to herein or therein or the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby (including thecosts and expenses which Borrowers are obligated to pay under Section 14.2 hereof or amounts Agent may be called upon to pay in connection with any lockbox or Dominion Account arrangement contemplated hereby or under any indemnity, guarantyor other assurance of payment or performance given by Agent with respect to Letters of Credit) or the enforcement of any of the terms hereof or thereof or of any such other documents, provided that no Lender shall be liable to any Agent Indemniteefor any of the foregoing to the extent that they result solely from the willful misconduct or gross negligence of such Agent Indemnitee.

 

12.6.2. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing provisions of this Section 12.6, if Agent should be sued by any receiver, trustee inbankruptcy, debtor-in-possession or other Person on account of any alleged preference or fraudulent transfer received or alleged to have been received from any Borrower or any other Obligor as the result of any transaction under the Loan Documents,then in such event any monies paid by Agent in settlement or satisfaction of such suit, together with all Extraordinary Expenses incurred by Agent in the defense of same, shall be promptly reimbursed to Agent by Lenders to the extent of eachLender’s Pro Rata share.

 

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12.6.3. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing provisions of this Section 12.6, if atany time (whether prior to or after the Commitment Termination Date) any action or proceeding shall be brought against any of the Agent Indemnitees by an Obligor or by any other Person claiming by, through or under an Obligor, to recover damages forany act taken or omitted by Agent under any of the Loan Documents or in the performance of any rights, powers or remedies of Agent against any Obligor, any Account Debtor, the Collateral or with respect to any Loans, or to obtain any other relief ofany kind on account of any transaction involving any Agent Indemnitees under or in relation to any of the Loan Documents, each Lender agrees to indemnify, defend and hold the Agent Indemnitees harmless with respect thereto and to pay to the AgentIndemnitees such Lender’s Pro Rata share of such amount as any of the Agent Indemnitees shall be required to pay by reason of a judgment, decree, or other order entered in such action or proceeding or by reason of any compromise or settlementagreed to by the Agent Indemnitees, including all interest and costs assessed against any of the Agent Indemnitees in defending or compromising such action, together with reasonable attorneys’ fees and other legal expenses paid or incurred bythe Agent Indemnitees in connection therewith; provided, however, that no Lender shall be liable to any Agent Indemnitee for any of the foregoing to the extent that they arise solely from the willful misconduct or gross negligence ofsuch Agent Indemnitee. In Agent’s discretion, Agent may also reserve for or satisfy any such judgment, decree or order from proceeds of Collateral prior to any distributions therefrom to or for the account of Lenders.

 

12.7. Limitation on Responsibilities of Agent. Agent shall inall cases be fully justified in failing or refusing to act hereunder unless it shall have received further assurances to its satisfaction from Lenders of their indemnification obligations under Section 12.6 hereof against any and all Claimswhich may be incurred by Agent by reason of taking or continuing to take any such action. Agent shall not be liable to Lenders (or any Lender’s participants) for any action taken or omitted to be taken under or in connection with this Agreementor the other Loan Documents except as a result of actual gross negligence or willful misconduct on the part of Agent. Agent does not assume any responsibility for any failure or delay in performance or breach by any Obligor or any Lender of itsobligations under this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents. Agent does not make to Lenders, and no Lender makes to Agent or the other Lenders, any express or implied warranty, representation or guarantee with respect to the Loans, theCollateral, the Loan Documents or any Obligor. Neither Agent nor any of its officers, directors, agents, attorneys or employees shall be responsible to Lenders, and no Lender nor any of its officers, directors, employees, attorneys or agents shallbe responsible to Agent or the other Lenders, for: (i) any recitals, statements, information, representations or warranties contained in any of the Loan Documents or in any certificate or other document furnished pursuant to the terms hereof; (ii)the execution, validity, genuineness, effectiveness or enforceability of, any of the Loan Documents; (iii) the validity, genuineness, enforceability, collectibility, value, sufficiency or existence of any Collateral, or the perfection or priority ofany Lien therein; or (iv) the assets, liabilities, financial condition, results of operations, business, creditworthiness or legal status of any Obligor or any Account Debtor. Neither Agent nor any of its officers, directors, employees, attorneys oragents shall have any obligation to any Lender to ascertain or inquire into the existence of any Default or Event of Default, the observance or performance by any Obligor of any of the duties or agreements of such Obligor under any of the LoanDocuments or the satisfaction of any conditions precedent contained in any of the Loan Documents. Agent may consult with and employ legal counsel, accountants and other experts and shall be entitled to act upon, and shall be fully protected in anyaction taken in good faith reliance upon, any advice given by such experts.

 

12.8. Successor Agent and Co-Agents.

 

12.8.1. Subject to the appointment and acceptance of a successor Agent as provided below, Agent may resign at any time by giving at least 30 days written notice thereof to each Lender and Borrowers. Upon receipt ofany notice of such resignation, the Required Lenders, after prior consultation with (but

 

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without having to obtain consent of) each Lender, shall have the right to appoint a successor Agent which shall be (i) aLender, (ii) a United States based affiliate of a Lender or (iii) a commercial bank or commercial finance company that is organized under the laws of the United States or of any State thereof and has a combined capital surplus of at least$100,000,000 and, provided no Default or Event of Default then exists, is reasonably acceptable to Borrowers (and for purposes hereof, any successor to Fleet shall be deemed acceptable to Borrowers). Upon the acceptance by a successor Agent of anappointment to serve as an Agent hereunder, such successor Agent shall thereupon succeed to and become vested with all the rights, powers, privileges and duties of the retiring Agent without further act, deed or conveyance, and the retiring Agentshall be discharged from its duties and obligations hereunder. After any retiring Agent’s resignation hereunder as Agent, the provisions of this Section 12 (including the provisions of Section 12.6 hereof) shall continue in effectfor its benefit in respect of any actions taken or omitted to be taken by it while it was acting as Agent. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, any successor by merger or acquisition of the stock or assets of Fleetshall continue to be Agent hereunder unless such successor shall resign in accordance with the provisions hereof.

 

12.8.2. It is the purpose of this Agreement that there shall be no violation of any Applicable Law denying or restricting the right of financialinstitutions to transact business as agent or otherwise in any jurisdiction. It is recognized that, in case of litigation under any of the Loan Documents, or in case Agent deems that by reason of present or future laws of any jurisdiction Agentmight be prohibited from exercising any of the powers, rights or remedies granted to Agent or Lenders hereunder or under any of the Loan Documents or from holding title to or a Lien upon any Collateral or from taking any other action which may benecessary hereunder or under any of the Loan Documents, Agent may appoint an additional Person as a separate collateral agent or co-collateral agent which is not so prohibited from taking any of such actions or exercising any of such powers, rightsor remedies. If Agent shall appoint an additional Person as a separate collateral agent or co-collateral agent as provided above, each and every remedy, power, right, claim, demand or cause of action intended by any of the Loan Documents to beexercised by or vested in or conveyed to Agent with respect thereto shall be exercisable by and vested in such separate collateral agent or co-collateral agent, but only to the extent necessary to enable such separate collateral agent orco-collateral agent to exercise such powers, rights and remedies, and every covenant and obligation necessary to the exercise thereof by such separate collateral agent or co-collateral agent shall run to and be enforceable by either of them. Shouldany instrument from Lenders be required by the separate collateral agent or co-collateral agent so appointed by Agent in order more fully and certainly to vest in and confirm to him or it such rights, powers, duties and obligations, any and all ofsuch instruments shall, on request, be executed, acknowledged and delivered by Lenders whether or not a Default or Event of Default then exists. In case any separate collateral agent or co-collateral agent, or a successor to either, shall die,become incapable of acting, resign or be removed, all the estates, properties, rights, powers, duties and obligations of such separate collateral agent or co-collateral agent, so far as permitted by Applicable Law, shall vest in and be exercised bythe Agent until the appointment of a new collateral agent or successor to such separate collateral agent or co-collateral agent.

 

12.9. Consents, Amendments and Waivers; Out-of-Formula Loans.

 

12.9.1. No amendment or modification of any provision of this Agreement shall be effective without the prior writtenagreement of the Required Lenders and Borrowers, and no waiver of any Default or Event of Default shall be effective without the prior written consent of the Required Lenders; provided, however, that, (i) without the prior writtenconsent of Agent no amendment or waiver shall be effective with respect to any provision of any of the Loan Documents (including this Section 12) to the extent such provision relates to the rights, remedies, duties or immunities of Agent;(ii) without the prior written consent of Fleet, no amendment or waiver with respect to the provisions of Sections 1.3 or 3.1.3 shall be effective; (iii) without the prior written consent of all Lenders, no waiver of any Default orEvent of Default shall be

 

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effective if the Default or Event of Default relates to Borrowers’ failure to observe or perform any covenant thatmay not be amended without the unanimous written consent of Lenders (and, where so provided hereinafter, the written consent of Agent) as hereinafter set forth in this Section 12.9.1; and (iv) the written agreement of all Lenders (except adefaulting Lender as provided in Section 3.2 of this Agreement) shall be required to effectuate any amendment, modification or waiver that would (a) alter the provisions of Sections 2.2, 2.4, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 4.7, 4.8, 4.10, 4.11, 5.1,12, 13, 14.2, 14.3 or 14.14,(b) amend the definitions of “Pro Rata,” “Required Lenders,” “Availability Reserve,” “Borrowing Base” (and the other defined terms used in such definitions) or if the effectwould be to increase the amount of Availability (except to the extent provided under Section 12.9.3 hereof), any provision of this Agreement obligating Agent to take certain actions at the direction of the Required Lenders, or any provisionof any of the Loan Documents regarding the Pro Rata treatment or obligations of Lenders, (c) increase or otherwise modify any of the Commitments (other than to reduce proportionately each Lender’s Commitment in connection with any overallreduction in the amount of the Commitments), (d) alter or amend (other than to increase) the rate of interest payable in respect of the Loans (except as may be expressly authorized by the Loan Documents or as may be necessary, in Agent’sjudgment, to comply with Applicable Law), (e) waive or agree to defer collection of any fee, termination charge or other charge provided for under any of the Loan Documents (except to the extent that the Required Lenders agree after and during thecontinuance of any Event of Default to a waiver or deferral of any termination charge provided for in Section 5.2.3 hereof) or the unused line fee in Section 2.2.3 hereof, (f) subordinate the payment of any of the Obligations to anyother Debt or the priority of any Liens granted to Agent under any of the Loan Documents to Liens granted to any other Person, except as currently provided in or contemplated by the Loan Documents in connection with Borrowers’ incurrence ofPermitted Purchase Money Debt, and except for Liens granted by an Obligor to financial institutions with respect to amounts on deposit with such financial institutions to cover returned items, processing and analysis charges and other charges in theOrdinary Course of Business that relate to deposit accounts with such financial institutions, (g) alter the time or amount of repayment of any of the Loans or waive any Event of Default resulting from nonpayment of the Loans on the due date thereof(or within any applicable period of grace), (h) forgive any of the Obligations, except any portion of the Obligations held by a Lender who consents in writing to such forgiveness, or (i) release any Obligor from liability for any of the Obligations.No Lender shall be authorized to amend or modify any Note held by it, unless such amendment or modification is consented to in writing by all Lenders; provided, however, that the foregoing shall not be construed to prohibit anamendment or modification to any provision of this Agreement that may be effected pursuant to this Section 12.9.1 by agreement of Borrowers and the Required Lenders even though such an amendment or modification results in an amendment ormodification of the Notes by virtue of the incorporation by reference in each of the Notes of this Agreement. The making of any Loans hereunder by any Lender during the existence of a Default or Event of Default shall not be deemed to constitute awaiver of such Default or Event of Default. Any waiver or consent granted by Lenders hereunder shall be effective only if in writing and then only in the specific instance and for the specific purpose for which it was given.

 

12.9.2. In connection with any proposed amendment to any of the LoanDocuments or waiver of any of the terms thereof or any Default or Event of Default thereunder, no Borrower shall solicit, request or negotiate for or with respect to any such proposed amendment or waiver of any of the provisions of this Agreement orany of the other Loan Documents unless each Lender shall be informed thereof by Borrowers or Agent (to the extent known by Agent) and shall be afforded an opportunity of considering the same and supplied by Borrowers with sufficient information toenable it to make an informed decision with respect thereto. No Borrower will, directly or indirectly, pay or cause to be paid any remuneration or other thing of value, whether by way of supplemental or additional interest, fee or otherwise, to anyLender (in its capacity as a Lender hereunder) as consideration for or as an inducement to the consent to or agreement by such Lender with any waiver or amendment of any of the terms and provisions of this Agreement or any of the other LoanDocuments unless such remuneration or thing of value is concurrently paid, on the same terms, on a Pro Rata basis to all Lenders.

 

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12.9.3. Unless otherwise directed in writing by the Required Lenders, Agent may require Lenders to honorrequests by Borrowers for Out-of-Formula Loans (in which event, and notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth in Section 1.1.1 or elsewhere in this Agreement, Lenders shall continue to make Revolver Loans up to their Pro Rata share of theCommitments) and to forbear from requiring Borrowers to cure an Out-of-Formula Condition, (1) when no Event of Default exists (or if an Event of Default exists, when the existence of such Event of Default is not known by Agent), if and for so longas (i) such Out-of-Formula Condition does not continue for a period of more than 15 consecutive days, following which no Out-of-Formula Condition exists for at least 15 consecutive days before another Out-of-Formula Condition exists, (ii) the amountof the Revolver Loans outstanding at any time does not exceed the aggregate of the Commitments at such time, and (iii) the Out-of-Formula Condition is not known by Agent at the time in question to exceed $5,000,000; and (2) regardless of whether ornot an Event of Default exists, if Agent discovers the existence of an Out-of-Formula Condition not previously known by it to exist, but Lenders shall be obligated to continue making such Revolver Loans as directed by Agent only (A) if the amount ofthe Out-of-Formula Condition is not increased by more than $5,000,000 above the amount determined by Agent to exist on the date of discovery thereof and (B) for a period not to exceed 5 Business Days. In no event shall Borrowers or any other Obligorbe deemed to be a beneficiary of this Section 12.9.3 or authorized to enforce any of the provisions of this Section 12.9.3.

 

12.10. Due Diligence and Non-Reliance. Each Lender hereby acknowledges and represents that it has, independently and without reliance uponAgent or the other Lenders, and based upon such documents, information and analyses as it has deemed appropriate, made its own credit analysis of each Obligor and its own decision to enter into this Agreement and to fund the Loans to be made by ithereunder and to purchase participations in the LC Outstandings pursuant to Section 1.3.2 hereof, and each Lender has made such inquiries concerning the Loan Documents, the Collateral and each Obligor as such Lender feels necessary andappropriate, and has taken such care on its own behalf as would have been the case had it entered into the other Loan Documents without the intervention or participation of the other Lenders or Agent. Each Lender hereby further acknowledges andrepresents that the other Lenders and Agent have not made any representations or warranties to it concerning any Obligor, any of the Collateral or the legality, validity, sufficiency or enforceability of any of the Loan Documents. Each Lender alsohereby acknowledges that it will, independently and without reliance upon the other Lenders or Agent, and based upon such financial statements, documents and information as it deems appropriate at the time, continue to make and rely upon its owncredit decisions in making Loans and in taking or refraining to take any other action under this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents. Except for notices, reports and other information expressly required to be furnished to Lenders by Agenthereunder, Agent shall not have any duty or responsibility to provide any Lender with any notices, reports or certificates furnished to Agent by any Obligor or any credit or other information concerning the affairs, financial condition, business orProperties of any Obligor (or any of its Affiliates) which may come into possession of Agent or any of Agent’s Affiliates.

 

12.11. Representations and Warranties of Lenders. By its execution of this Agreement, each Lender hereby represents and warrants to eachBorrower and the other Lenders that it has the power to enter into and perform its obligations under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, and that it has taken all necessary and appropriate action to authorize its execution and performanceof this Agreement and the other Loan Documents to which it is a party, each of which will be binding upon it and the obligations imposed upon it herein or therein will be enforceable against it in accordance with the respective terms of suchdocuments.

 

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12.12. The Required Lenders. As to any provisions of this Agreement or the other LoanDocuments under which action may or is required to be taken upon direction or approval of the Required Lenders, the direction or approval of the Required Lenders shall be binding upon each Lender to the same extent and with the same effect as ifeach Lender had joined therein. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement, Borrowers shall not be deemed to be a beneficiary of, or be entitled to enforce, sue upon or assert as a defense to any of the Obligations, anyprovisions of this Agreement that requires Agent or any Lender to act, or conditions their authority to act, upon the direction or consent of the Required Lenders; and any action taken by Agent or any Lender that requires the consent or direction ofthe Required Lenders as a condition to taking such action shall, insofar as Borrowers are concerned, be presumed to have been taken with the requisite consent or direction of the Required Lenders.

 

12.13. Several Obligations. The obligations and commitments ofeach Lender under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents are several and neither Agent nor any Lender shall be responsible for the performance by the other Lenders of its obligations or commitments hereunder or thereunder. Notwithstanding anyliability of Lenders stated to be joint and several to third Persons under any of the Loan Documents, such liability shall be shared, as among Lenders, Pro Rata according to the respective Commitments of Lenders.

 

12.14. Agent in its Individual Capacity. With respect to itsobligation to lend under this Agreement, the Loans made by it and each Note issued to it, Agent shall have the same rights and powers hereunder and under the other Loan Documents as any other Lender or holder of a Note and may exercise the same asthough it were not performing the duties specified herein; and the terms “Lenders,” “Required Lenders,” or any similar term shall, unless the context clearly otherwise indicates, include Agent in its capacity as a Lender. Agentand its Affiliates may each accept deposits from, maintain deposits or credit balances for, invest in, lend money to, act as trustee under indentures of, serve as financial advisor to, and generally engage in any kind of business with any Borroweror any other Obligor, or any affiliate of a Borrower or any other Obligor, as if it were any other bank and without any duty to account therefor (or for any fees or other consideration received in connection therewith) to the other Lenders. Fleet orits Affiliates may receive information regarding a Borrower or any Borrower’s Affiliates and Account Debtors (including information that may be subject to confidentiality obligations in favor of Borrowers or any of their Affiliates) and Lendersacknowledge that neither Agent nor Fleet shall be under any obligation to provide such information to Lenders to the extent acquired by Fleet in its individual capacity and not as Agent hereunder.

 

12.15. Third Party Beneficiaries. This Section 12 is notintended to confer any rights or benefits upon any Borrower or any other Person except Lenders and Agent, and no Person (including any or all Borrowers) other than Lenders and Agent shall have any right to enforce any of the provisions of thisSection 12 except as expressly provided in Section 12.17 hereof. As between Borrowers and Agent, any action that Agent may take or purport to take on behalf of Lenders under any of the Loan Documents shall be conclusively presumed tohave been authorized and approved by Lenders as herein provided.

 

12.16. Notice of Transfer. Agent may deem and treat a Lender party to this Agreement as the owner of such Lender’s portion of the Revolver Loans for all purposes, unless and until a written notice of the assignment ortransfer thereof executed by such Lender has been received by Agent.

 

12.17. Replacement of Certain Lenders. If a Lender (“Affected Lender”) shall have (i) failed to fund its Pro Rata share of any Revolver Loan requested (or deemed requested) by Borrowers which such Lender isobligated to fund under the terms of this Agreement and which such failure has not been cured, (ii) requested compensation from Borrowers under Section 2.7 to recover increased costs incurred by such Lender (or its parent or holding company)which are not being incurred generally by the other Lenders (or

 

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their respective parents or holding companies), or (iii) delivered a notice pursuant to Section 2.6 hereofclaiming that such Lender is unable to extend LIBOR Loans to Borrowers for reasons not generally applicable to the other Lenders, then, in any such case and in addition to any other rights and remedies that Agent, any other Lender or any Borrowermay have against such Affected Lender, any Borrower or Agent may make written demand on such Affected Lender (with a copy to Agent in the case of a demand by a Borrower and a copy to Borrowers in the case of a demand by Agent) for the AffectedLender to assign, and such Affected Lender shall assign pursuant to one or more duly executed Assignment and Acceptances within 5 Business Days after the date of such demand, to one or more Lenders willing to accept such assignment or assignments,or to one or more Eligible Assignees designated by Agent, all of such Affected Lender’s rights and obligations under this Agreement (including its Commitments and all Loans owing to it) in accordance with Section 13 hereof. Agent ishereby irrevocably authorized to execute one or more Assignment and Acceptances as attorney-in-fact for any Affected Lender which fails or refuses to execute and deliver the same within 5 Business Days after the date of such demand. The AffectedLender shall be entitled to receive, in cash and concurrently with execution and delivery of each such Assignment and Acceptance, all amounts owed to the Affected Lender hereunder or under any other Loan Document, including the aggregate outstandingprincipal amount of the Revolver Loans owed to such Lender, together with accrued interest thereon through the date of such assignment. Upon the replacement of any Affected Lender pursuant to this Section 12.17, such Affected Lender shallcease to have any participation in, entitlement to, or other right to share in the Liens of Agent in any Collateral and such Affected Lender shall have no further liability to Agent, any Lender or any other Person under any of the Loan Documents(except as provided in Section 12.6 hereof as to events or transactions which occur prior to the replacement of such Affected Lender), including any commitment to make Loans or purchase participations in LC Outstandings.

 

12.18. Remittance of Payments and Collections.

 

12.18.1. All payments by any Lender to Agent shall be made not later thanthe time set forth elsewhere in this Agreement on the Business Day such payment is due; provided, however, that if such payment is due on demand by Agent and such demand is made on the paying Lender after 11:00 a.m. on such BusinessDay, then payment shall be made by 11:00 a.m. on the next Business Day. Payment by Agent to any Lender shall be made by wire transfer, promptly following Agent’s receipt of funds for the account of such Lender and in the type of funds receivedby Agent; provided, however, that if Agent receives such funds at or prior to 12:00 noon, Agent shall pay such funds to such Lender by 2:00 p.m. on such Business Day, but if Agent receives such funds after 12:00 noon, Agent shall paysuch funds to such Lender by 2:00 p.m. on the next Business Day.

 

12.18.2. With respect to the payment of any funds from Agent to a Lender or from a Lender to Agent, the party failing to make full payment when due pursuant to the terms hereof shall, on demand by the other party, pay such amount togetherwith interest thereon at the Federal Funds Rate. In no event shall Borrowers be entitled to receive any credit for any interest paid by Agent to any Lender, or by any Lender to Agent, at the Federal Funds Rate as provided herein.

 

12.18.3. If Agent pays any amount to a Lender in the belief or expectationthat a related payment has been or will be received by Agent from an Obligor and such related payment is not received by Agent, then Agent shall be entitled to recover such amount from each Lender that receives such amount. If Agent determines atany time that any amount received by it under this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents must be returned to an Obligor or paid to any other Person pursuant to any Applicable Law, court order or otherwise, then, notwithstanding any other termor condition of this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents, Agent shall not be required to distribute such amount to any Lender.

 

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SECTION 13. BENEFIT OF AGREEMENT; ASSIGNMENTS AND PARTICIPATIONS

 

13.1. Successors and Assigns. This Agreement shall be bindingupon and inure to the benefit of Borrowers, Agent and Lenders and their respective successors and assigns (which, in the case of Agent, shall include any successor Agent appointed pursuant to Section 12.8 hereof), except that (i) no Borrowershall have the right to assign its rights or delegate performance of any of its obligations under any of the Loan Documents and (ii) any assignment by any Lender must be made in compliance with Section 13.3 hereof. Agent may treat the payeeof any Note as the owner thereof for all purposes hereof unless and until such payee complies with Section 13.3 in the case of an assignment thereof or, in the case of any other transfer, a written notice of the transfer is filed with Agent.Any assignee or transferee of a Note agrees by acceptance thereof to be bound by all the terms and provisions of the Loan Documents. Any request, authority or consent of any Person, who at the time of making such request or giving such authority orconsent is the holder of a Note, shall be conclusive and binding on any subsequent holder, transferee or assignee of such Note or of any Note or Notes issued in exchange therefor.

 

13.2. Participations.

 

13.2.1. Permitted Participants; Effect. Any Lender may, in the ordinary course of its business and in accordance withApplicable Law, at any time sell to one or more banks or other financial institutions (each a “Participant”) participating interest in any of the Obligations owing to such Lender, any Commitment of such Lender or any other interest of suchLender under any of the Loan Documents. In the event of any such sale by a Lender of participating interests to a Participant, such Lender’s obligations under the Loan Documents shall remain unchanged, such Lender shall remain solelyresponsible to the other parties hereto for the performance of such obligations, such Lender shall remain the holder of any Note for all purposes under the Loan Documents, all amounts payable by Borrowers under this Agreement and any of the Notesshall be determined as if such Lender had not sold such participating interests, and Borrowers and Agent shall continue to deal solely and directly with such Lender in connection with such Lender’s rights and obligations under the LoanDocuments. If a Lender sells a participation to a Person other than an Affiliate of such Lender, then such Lender shall give prompt written notice thereof to Borrowers and the other Lenders.

 

13.2.2. Voting Rights. Each Lender shall retain the sole right toapprove, without the consent of any Participant, any amendment, modification or waiver of any provision of the Loan Documents other than an amendment, modification or waiver with respect to any Loans or Commitment in which such Participant has aninterest which forgives principal, interest or fees or reduces the stated interest rate or the stated rates at which fees are payable with respect to any such Loan or Commitment, postpones the Commitment Termination Date, or any date fixed for anyregularly scheduled payment of interest or fees on such Revolver Loan or Commitment, or releases from liability any Borrower or any Guarantor or releases any substantial portion of any of the Collateral.

 

13.2.3. Benefit of Set-Off. Each Borrower agrees that each Participantshall be deemed to have the right of set-off provided in Section 11.4 hereof in respect of its participating interest in amounts owing under the Loan Documents to the same extent and subject to the same requirements under this Agreement(including Section 12.5) as if the amount of its participating interest were owing directly to it as a Lender under the Loan Documents, provided that each Lender shall retain the right of set-off provided in Section 11.4 hereof withrespect to the amount of participating interests sold to each Participant. Lenders agree to share with each Participant, and each Participant by exercising the right of set-off provided in Section 11.4 agrees to share with each Lender, anyamount received pursuant to the exercise of its right of set-off, such amounts to be shared in accordance with Section 12.5 hereof as if each Participant were a Lender.

 

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13.2.4. Notices. Each Lender shall be solely responsible for notifying its Participants of anymatters relating to the Loan Documents to the extent that any such notice may be required, and neither Agent nor any other Lender shall have any obligation, duty or liability to any Participant of any other Lender. Without limiting the generality ofthe foregoing, neither Agent nor any Lender shall have any obligation to give notices or to provide documents or information to a Participant of another Lender.

 

13.3. Assignments.

 

13.3.1. Permitted Assignments. Subject to its giving at least 2 Business Days notice to Agent and Borrowers, any Lender may, in accordance withApplicable Law, at any time assign to any Eligible Assignee all or any part of its rights and obligations under the Loan Documents, so long as (i) each assignment is of a constant, and not a varying, ratable percentage of all of the transferorLender’s rights and obligations under the Loan Documents with respect to the Loans and the LC Outstandings and, in the case of a partial assignment, is in a minimum principal amount of $5,000,000 (unless otherwise agreed by Agent in its solediscretion, and with the approval of Borrowers, such approval not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed and to be deemed given by Borrowers if no objection is received by Agent from Borrowers within 2 Business Days of the time that such approval issought by Agent) and integral multiples of $500,000 in excess of that amount; (ii) except in the case of an assignment in whole of a Lender’s rights and obligations under the Loan Documents or an assignment by one original signatory to thisAgreement to another such signatory, immediately after giving effect to any assignment, the aggregate amount of the Commitments retained by the transferor Lender shall in no event be less than $5,000,000 (unless otherwise agreed by Agent in its solediscretion, and with the approval of Borrowers, such approval not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed and to be deemed given by Borrowers if no objection is received by Agent from Borrowers within 2 Business Days of the time that such approval issought by Agent); and (iii) the parties to each such assignment shall execute and deliver to Agent, for its acceptance and recording, an Assignment and Acceptance. The consent of Agent shall be required prior to an assignment becoming effective withrespect to an Eligible Assignee that is not a Lender or an Affiliate of a Lender. Nothing contained herein shall limit in any way the right of Lenders to assign (i) to any Eligible Assignee all of their rights and obligations under the LoanDocuments or (ii) all or any portion of the Loans owing to it to any Federal Reserve Bank or the United States Treasury as collateral security pursuant to Regulation A of the Board of Governors and any Operating Circular issued by such FederalReserve Bank, provided that in the case of this clause (ii) any payment in respect of such assigned Loans made by Borrowers to the assigning Lender in accordance with the terms of this Agreement shall satisfy Borrowers’ obligations hereunder inrespect of such assigned Loans to the extent of such payment, but no such assignment shall release the assigning Lender from its obligations hereunder.

 

13.3.2. Effect; Effective Date. Upon (i) delivery to Agent of a notice of assignment substantially in the form attached as Exhibit Ihereto, together with any consents required by Section 13.3.1, and (ii) payment of a $5,000 fee to the Agent for processing any assignment to an Eligible Assignee that is not an Affiliate of the transferor Lender, such assignment shall becomeeffective on the effective date specified in such notice of assignment. On and after the effective date of such assignment, such Eligible Assignee shall for all purposes be a Lender party to the Agreement and any other Loan Document executed by theLenders and shall have all the rights and obligations of the Lender under the Loan Documents to the same extent as if it were an original party thereto, and no further consent or action by Borrowers, Lenders or Agent shall be required to release thetransferor Lender with respect to the Commitment (or portion thereof) of such Lender and Obligations assigned to such Eligible Assignee. Upon the consummation of any assignment to an Eligible Assignee pursuant to this Section 13.3.2, thetransferor Lender, Agent and Borrowers shall make appropriate arrangements so that replacement Notes are issued to such transferor Lender and new Notes or, as appropriate, replacement Notes, are issued to such Eligible Assignee, in each

 

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case in principal amounts reflecting their respective Commitments, as adjusted pursuant to such assignment. If thetransferor Lender shall have assigned all of its interests, rights and obligations under this Agreement pursuant to Section 13.3.1 hereof, such transferor Lender shall no longer have any obligation to indemnify Agent with respect to anytransactions, events or occurrences that transpire after the effective date of such assignment, and each Eligible Assignee to which such transferor shall make an assignment shall be responsible to Agent to indemnify Agent in accordance with thisAgreement with respect to transactions, events and occurrences transpiring on and after the effective date of such assignment to it.

 

13.3.3. Dissemination of Information. Each Borrower authorizes each Lender and Agent to disclose to any Participant, any Eligible Assignee or anyother Person acquiring an interest in the Loan Documents by operation of law (each a “Transferee”), and any prospective Transferee, any and all information in Agent’s or such Lender’s possession concerning each Borrower, theSubsidiaries of each Borrower or the Collateral, subject to appropriate confidentiality undertakings on the part of such Transferee.

 

13.4. Tax Treatment. If any interest in any Loan Document is transferred to any Transferee that is organized under the laws of anyjurisdiction other than the United States or any State thereof, the transferor Lender shall cause such Transferee, concurrently with the effectiveness of such transfer, to comply with the provisions of Section 4.11 hereof.

 

13.5. Certain Prohibitions. Notwithstanding anything to thecontrary contained in this Section 13, in no event shall Fleet assign or sell a participating interest in any of its Commitment if the effect of any such assignment or sale would result in Fleet owning and controlling, both beneficially andlegally, less than the amount of the Commitment owned and controlled, both beneficially and legally, by CIT unless, at the time of any such assignment or sale, Fleet no longer is the Agent hereunder.

 

SECTION 14. MISCELLANEOUS

 

14.1. Power of Attorney. Each Borrower hereby irrevocablydesignates, makes, constitutes and appoints Agent (and all Persons designated by Agent) as such Borrower’s true and lawful attorney (and agent-in-fact) and Agent, or Agent’s designee, may, without notice to such Borrower and in either suchBorrower’s or Agent’s name, but at the cost and expense of Borrowers:

 

14.1.1. At such time or times as Agent or said designee, in its sole discretion, may determine, endorse such Borrower’s name on any Payment Item or proceeds of the Collateral which come into the possession ofAgent or under Agent’s control.

 

14.1.2. At any time thatan Event of Default exists: (i) demand payment of the Accounts from the Account Debtors, enforce payment of the Accounts by legal proceedings or otherwise, and generally exercise all of such Borrower’s rights and remedies with respect to thecollection of the Accounts; (ii) settle, adjust, compromise, discharge or release any of the Accounts or other Collateral or any legal proceedings brought to collect any of the Accounts or other Collateral; (iii) sell or assign any of the Accountsand other Collateral upon such terms, for such amounts and at such time or times as Agent deems advisable; (iv) take control, in any manner, of any item of payment or proceeds relating to any Collateral; (v) prepare, file and sign suchBorrower’s name to a proof of claim in bankruptcy or similar document against any Account Debtor or to any notice of Lien, assignment or satisfaction of Lien or similar document in connection with any of the Collateral; (vi) receive, open anddispose of all mail addressed to such Borrower and to notify postal authorities to change the address for delivery thereof to such address as Agent may designate; (vii) endorse the name of such Borrower upon any of the items of payment or proceedsrelating to any Collateral and deposit the same to the account of Agent on account of the Obligations; (viii) endorse the name of such

 

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Borrower upon any chattel paper, document, instrument, invoice, freight bill, bill of lading or similar document oragreement relating to any Accounts or Inventory of any Obligor and any other Collateral; (ix) use such Borrower’s stationery and sign the name of such Borrower to verifications of the Accounts and notices thereof to Account Debtors; (x) use theinformation recorded on or contained in any data processing equipment and computer hardware and software relating to the Accounts, Inventory, Equipment or any other Collateral; (xi) make and adjust claims under policies of insurance; (xii) sign thename of such Borrower on any proof of claim in bankruptcy against Account Debtors and on notices of Liens, claims of mechanic’s Liens or assignments or releases of mechanic’s Liens securing any Accounts; (xiii) take all action as may benecessary to obtain the payment of any letter of credit or banker’s acceptance of which such Borrower is a beneficiary; and (xiv) do all other acts and things necessary, in Agent’s determination, to fulfill such Borrower’s obligationsunder this Agreement.

 

14.2. General Indemnity.Each Borrower hereby agrees to indemnify and defend the Indemnitees against and to hold the Indemnitees harmless from any Claim ever suffered or incurred by any of the Indemnitees that arises out of or relates to this Agreement or any of the otherLoan Documents, any transactions entered into pursuant to any of the Loan Documents, Agent’s Lien upon the Collateral or the performance by Agent or Lenders of their duties or the exercise of any of their rights or remedies under this Agreementor any of the other Loan Documents, or as a result of any Borrower’s failure to observe, perform or discharge any of its duties hereunder. Each Borrower shall also indemnify and defend the Indemnitees against and save the Indemnitees harmlessfrom all Claims of any Person arising out of, related to or with respect to any transactions entered into pursuant to this Agreement or Agent’s Lien upon the Collateral. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, this indemnity shallextend to any Claims asserted against or incurred by any of the Indemnitees by any Person under any Environmental Laws or similar laws by reason of any Borrower’s or any other Person’s failure to comply with laws applicable to solid orhazardous waste materials or other toxic substances. Additionally, if any Taxes (excluding Taxes imposed upon or measured solely by the net income of Agent and Lenders, but including, any intangibles tax, stamp tax, recording tax or franchise tax)shall be payable by Agent or any Obligor on account of the execution or delivery of this Agreement, or the execution, delivery, issuance or recording of any of the other Loan Documents, or the creation or repayment of any of the Obligationshereunder, by reason of any Applicable Law now or hereafter in effect, Borrowers will pay (or will promptly reimburse Agent and Lenders for the payment of) all such Taxes, including any interest and penalties thereon, and will indemnify and holdIndemnitees harmless from and against all liability in connection therewith. The foregoing indemnities shall not apply to Claims incurred by any of the Indemnitees as a direct and proximate result of their own gross negligence or willful misconductor that arise out of any disputes arising solely out of the relationship between Agent and any Lender.

 

14.3. Survival of All Indemnities. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents, theobligation of each Borrower and each Lender with respect to each indemnity given by it in this Agreement, whether given by such Borrower to Agent Indemnitees, Lender Indemnitees or Fleet Indemnitees or by any Lender to any Agent Indemnitees or FleetIndemnitees, shall survive the payment in full of the Obligations and the termination of any of the Commitments.

 

14.4. Modification of Agreement. This Agreement may not be modified, altered or amended, except by an agreement in writing signed byBorrowers and Agent and Lenders (or, where otherwise expressly allowed by Section 12 hereof, the Required Lenders in lieu of Agent and Lenders); provided, however, that no consent, written or otherwise, of any Borrower shall benecessary or required in connection with any amendment of any of the provisions of Sections 1.3.2, 3.1.3, 4.7, or 12 (other than Section 12.17) or any other provision of this Agreement that affects only the rights, duties andresponsibilities of Lenders and Agent as among themselves so long as no such amendment imposes any additional obligations on Borrowers.

 

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14.5. Severability. Wherever possible, each provision of this Agreement shall beinterpreted in such manner as to be effective and valid under Applicable Law, but if any provision of this Agreement shall be prohibited by or invalid under Applicable Law, such provision shall be ineffective only to the extent of such prohibitionor invalidity, without invalidating the remainder of such provision or the remaining provisions of this Agreement.

 

14.6. Cumulative Effect; Conflict of Terms. The provisions of the Other Agreements and the Security Documents are hereby made cumulativewith the provisions of this Agreement. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the parties acknowledge that this Agreement and the other Loan Documents may use several different limitations, tests or measurements to regulate the same orsimilar matters and that such limitations, tests and measures are cumulative and each must be performed, except as may be expressly stated to the contrary in this Agreement. Except as otherwise provided in any of the other Loan Documents by specificreference to the applicable provision of this Agreement, if any provision contained in this Agreement is in direct conflict with, or inconsistent with, any provision in any of the other Loan Documents, the provision contained in this Agreement shallgovern and control.

 

14.7. Execution inCounterparts. This Agreement and any amendments hereto may be executed in any number of counterparts and by different parties hereto in separate counterparts, each of which when so executed and delivered shall be deemed to be an original andall of which counterparts taken together shall constitute but one and the same instrument.

 

 

14.8. Consent. Whenever Agent’s, Lenders’ or Required Lenders’ consent is required to beobtained under this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents as a condition to any action, inaction, condition or event, Agent and each Lender shall be authorized to give or withhold its consent in its sole and absolute discretion and tocondition its consent upon the giving of additional collateral security for the Obligations, the payment of money or any other matter.

 

14.9. Notices. All notices, requests and demands to or upon a party hereto shall be in writing and shall be sent by certified or registeredmail, return receipt requested, personal delivery against receipt or by telecopier or other facsimile transmission and shall be deemed to have been validly served, given or delivered when delivered against receipt or, in the case of facsimiletransmission, when received (if on a Business Day and, if not received on a Business Day, then on the next Business Day after receipt) at the office where the noticed party’s telecopier is located, in each case addressed to the noticed party atthe address shown for such party on the signature page hereof or, in the case of a Person who becomes a Lender after the date hereof, at the address shown on the Assignment and Acceptance by which such Person became a Lender. Notwithstanding theforegoing, no notice to or upon Agent pursuant to Sections 1.3, 2.1.2, 3.1 or 5.2.2 shall be effective until after actually received by the individual to whose attention at Agent such notice is required to be sent. Any written notice,request or demand that is not sent in conformity with the provisions hereof shall nevertheless be effective on the date that such notice, request or demand is actually received by the individual to whose attention at the noticed party such notice,request or demand is required to be sent.

 

14.10.Performance of Borrowers’ Obligations. If any Borrower shall fail to discharge any covenant, duty or obligation hereunder or under any of the other Loan Documents, Agent may, in its sole discretion at any time or from time to timefollowing the expiration of any applicable notice and cure periods, for Borrowers’ account and at Borrowers’ expense, pay any amount or do any act required of Borrowers hereunder or under any of the other Loan Documents or otherwiselawfully requested by Agent to enforce any of the Loan Documents or Obligations, preserve, protect, insure or maintain any of the Collateral, or preserve, defend, protect or maintain the validity or priority of Agent’s Liens in any of theCollateral, including the payment of any judgment against any Borrower, any insurance premium, any warehouse charge, any finishing

 

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or processing charge, any landlord claim, or any other Lien upon or with respect to any of the Collateral. All paymentsthat Agent may make under this Section and all out-of-pocket costs and expenses (including Extraordinary Expenses) that Agent pays or incurs in connection with any action taken by it hereunder shall be reimbursed to Agent by Borrowers ondemand with interest from the date such payment is made or such costs or expenses are incurred to the date of payment thereof at the Default Rate applicable for Revolver Loans that are Base Rate Loans. Any payment made or other action taken byAgent under this Section shall be without prejudice to any right to assert, and without waiver of, an Event of Default hereunder and to proceed thereafter as provided herein or in any of the other Loan Documents.

 

14.11. Credit Inquiries. Each Borrower hereby authorizes andpermits Agent and Lenders (but Agent and Lenders shall have no obligation) to respond to usual and customary credit inquiries from third parties concerning such Borrower or any Subsidiaries.

 

14.12. Time of Essence. Time is of the essence of thisAgreement, the Other Agreements and the Security Documents.

 

14.13. Indulgences Not Waivers. Agent’s or any Lender’s failure at any time or times hereafter, to require strict performance by Borrowers of any provision of this Agreement shall not waive, affect or diminish anyright of Agent or any Lender thereafter to demand strict compliance and performance therewith.

 

14.14. Entire Agreement; Appendix A, Exhibits and Schedules. This Agreement and the other Loan Documents, together with all other instruments, agreements and certificates executed by the parties inconnection therewith or with reference thereto, embody the entire understanding and agreement between the parties hereto and thereto with respect to the subject matter hereof and thereof and supersede all prior agreements, understandings andinducements, whether express or implied, oral or written. Appendix A, each of the Exhibits and each of the Schedules attached hereto are incorporated into this Agreement and by this reference made a part hereof.

 

14.15. Interpretation. No provision of this Agreement or any ofthe other Loan Documents shall be construed against or interpreted to the disadvantage of any party hereto by any court or other governmental or judicial authority by reason of such party having, or being deemed to have, structured, drafted ordictated such provision.

 

14.16. Obligations of LendersSeveral. The obligations of each Lender hereunder are several, and no Lender shall be responsible for the obligations or Commitment of any other Lender. Nothing contained in this Agreement and no action taken by Lenders pursuant hereto shallbe deemed to constitute the Lenders to be a partnership, association, joint venture or any other kind of entity. The amounts payable at any time hereunder to each Lender shall be a separate and independent debt, and each Lender shall be entitled, tothe extent not otherwise restricted hereunder, to protect and enforce its rights arising out of this Agreement and any of the other Loan Documents and it shall not be necessary for Agent or any other Lender to be joined as an additional party in anyproceeding for such purpose.

 

14.17. Advertising andPublicity. With the prior consent of Borrowers (which shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed), Agent, on behalf of Lenders, may issue and disseminate to the public (by advertisement or otherwise) information describing the creditaccommodations made available by Lenders pursuant to this Agreement, including the name and address of Borrowers, the amount and security for the credit accommodations and the general nature of Borrowers’ business, provided that detailregarding terms (such as interest rate) may be provided only to industry publications, such as the “LPC Gold Sheets.”

 

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14.18. Confidentiality. Agent and Lenders each agrees to exercise reasonable efforts (and,in any event, with at least the same degree of care as it ordinarily exercises with respect to confidential information of its other customers) to keep any confidential information that is delivered or made available by Borrowers to it and that ismarked confidential or any financial information that is delivered or made available by Borrowers to it and of which it is notified in writing by Borrowers that such financial information is not at the time of delivery thereof in the public domainas the result of disclosure by Borrowers to the SEC or any other Governmental Authority, including information made available to Agent or any Lender in connection with a visit or investigation by any Person contemplated in Section 9.1.1hereof, confidential from any Person other than their respective Affiliates and individuals employed or retained by Agent or such Lender who are or are expected to become engaged in evaluating, approving, structuring, administering or otherwisegiving professional advice with respect to any of the Loans or Collateral (including any of their respective legal counsel, auditors or other professional advisors); provided, however, that nothing herein shall prevent Agent or anyLender from disclosing such confidential information (i) to any party to this Agreement from time to time or any Participant, (ii) pursuant to the order of any court or administrative agency, (iii) upon the request or demand of any regulatory agencyor authority having jurisdiction over Agent or such Lender, (iv) which has been publicly disclosed other than by an act or omission of Agent or any Lender except as permitted herein, (v) to the extent reasonably required in connection with anylitigation (with respect to any of the Loan Documents or any of the transactions contemplated thereby) to which Agent, any Lender or their respective Affiliates may be a party, (vi) to the extent reasonably required in connection with the exerciseof any remedies hereunder, (vii) to any actual or proposed Participant, Assignee or other Transferee of all or part of a Lender’s rights hereunder so long as such Transferee has agreed in writing to be bound by the provisions of this Section,and (viii) to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners or any similar organization or to any nationally recognized rating agency that requires access to information about a Lender’s portfolio in connection with ratings issued withrespect to such Lender.

 

14.19. Governing Law;Consent to Forum. This Agreement has been negotiated, executed and delivered at and shall be deemed to have been made in Atlanta, Georgia. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Georgia;provided, however, that if any of the Collateral shall be located in any jurisdiction other than Georgia, the laws of such jurisdiction shall govern the method, manner and procedure for perfection and foreclosure of Agent’s Lienupon such Collateral and the enforcement of Agent’s other remedies in respect of such Collateral to the extent that the laws of such jurisdiction are different from or inconsistent with the laws of the State of Georgia. As part of theconsideration for new value received, and regardless of any present or future domicile or principal place of business of any Borrower, any Lender or Agent, each Borrower hereby consents and agrees that the Superior Court of Cobb County, Georgia, or,at Agent’s option, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, shall have jurisdiction to hear and determine any claims or disputes among any or all of the Borrowers, Agent and Lenders pertaining tothis Agreement or to any matter arising out of or related to this Agreement. Each Borrower expressly submits and consents in advance to such jurisdiction in any action or suit commenced in any such Court, and each Borrower hereby waives anyobjection which such Borrower may have based upon lack of personal jurisdiction, improper venue or forum non conveniens and hereby consents to the granting of such legal or equitable relief as is deemed appropriate by suchCourt. Nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed or operate to affect the right of Agent to serve legal process in any other manner permitted by law, or to preclude the enforcement by Agent of any judgment or order obtained in such forum or thetaking of any action under this Agreement to enforce same in any other appropriate forum or jurisdiction.

 

14.20. Waivers by Borrowers. To the fullest extent permitted by Applicable Law, each Borrower waives (i) the right to trial by jury (which Agentand each Lender hereby also waives) in any

 

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action, suit, proceeding or counterclaim of any kind arising out of or related to any of the Loan Documents, theObligations or the Collateral; (ii) presentment, demand and protest and notice of presentment, protest, default, non payment, maturity, release, compromise, settlement, extension or renewal of any or all commercial paper, accounts, contract rights,documents, instruments, chattel paper and guaranties at any time held by Agent on which such Borrower may in any way be liable and hereby ratifies and confirms whatever Agent may do in this regard; (iii) notice prior to taking possession or controlof the Collateral or any bond or security which might be required by any court prior to allowing Agent to exercise any of Agent’s remedies; (iv) the benefit of all valuation, appraisement and exemption laws; (v) any claim against Agent or anyLender 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, any of the Loan Documents, any transaction arising thereunderor the use of the proceeds of any Loans; and (vi) notice of acceptance hereof. Each Borrower acknowledges that the foregoing waivers are a material inducement to Agent’s and Lender’s entering into this Agreement and that Agent and Lendersare relying upon the foregoing waivers in its future dealings with Borrowers. Each Borrower warrants and represents that it has reviewed the foregoing waivers with its legal counsel and has knowingly and voluntarily waived its jury trial rightsfollowing consultation with legal counsel. In the event of litigation, this Agreement may be filed as a written consent to a trial by the Court.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Agreement has been duly executed in Atlanta, Georgia, on the day and yearspecified at the beginning of this Agreement.

 

    BORROWERS:
ATTEST:   THE ROWE COMPANIES

/s/ Garry Angle


  By:  

/s/ Michael Thurmond


Garry Angle, Assistant Secretary      

Michael Thurmond, Chief Financial Officer

andTreasurer

[CORPORATE SEAL]   Address:
    1650 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 710
    McLean, Virginia 22102
    Attention: Mr. Gerald M. Birnbach
    Telecopier No.: (703) 847-8686
ATTEST:   ROWE DIVERSIFIED, INC.

/s/ Michael Thurmond


  By:  

/s/ Garry Angle


Michael Thurmond, Assistant Secretary       Garry Angle, Treasurer
[CORPORATE SEAL]   Address:
    1650 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 710
    McLean, Virginia 22102
    Attention: Mr. Gerald M. Birnbach
    Telecopier No.: (703) 847-8686
ATTEST:   HOME ELEMENTS, INC.

/s/ Garry Angle


  By:  

/s/ Michael Thurmond


Garry Angle, Assistant Secretary       Michael Thurmond, Treasurer
[CORPORATE SEAL]   Address:
    1650 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 710
    McLean, Virginia 22102
    Attention: Mr. Gerald M. Birnbach
    Telecopier No.: (703) 847-8686

 

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ATTEST:  

ROWE FURNITURE WOOD

PRODUCTS,INC.

/s/ Garry Angle


  By:  

/s/ Michael Thurmond


Garry Angle, Assistant Secretary       Michael Thurmond, Treasurer
[CORPORATE SEAL]   Address:
    1650 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 710
    McLean, Virginia 22102
    Attention: Mr. Gerald M. Birnbach
    Telecopier No.: (703) 847-8686
ATTEST:   ROWE PROPERTIES, INC.

/s/ Garry Angle


  By:  

/s/ Michael Thurmond


Garry Angle, Assistant Secretary       Michael Thurmond, Treasurer
[CORPORATE SEAL]   Address:
    1650 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 710
    McLean, Virginia 22102
    Attention: Mr. Gerald M. Birnbach
    Telecopier No.: (703) 847-8686
ATTEST:   STOREHOUSE, INC.

/s/ Garry Angle


  By:  

/s/ Michael Thurmond


Garry Angle, Assistant Secretary       Michael Thurmond, Treasurer
[CORPORATE SEAL]   Address:
    1650 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 710
    McLean, Virginia 22102
    Attention: Mr. Gerald M. Birnbach
    Telecopier No.: (703) 847-8686

 

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ATTEST:   ROWE FURNITURE, INC.

/s/ Garry Angle


  By:  

/s/ Michael Thurmond


Garry Angle, Assistant Secretary       Michael Thurmond, Assistant Vice
        President – Finance
[CORPORATE SEAL]   Address:
    1650 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 710
    McLean, Virginia 22102
    Attention: Mr. Gerald M. Birnbach
    Telecopier No.: (703) 847-8686
ATTEST:   THE MITCHELL GOLD CO.

/s/ Garry Angle


  By:  

/s/ Michael Thurmond


Garry Angle, Assistant Secretary       Michael Thurmond, Treasurer
[CORPORATE SEAL]   Address:
    1650 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 710
    McLean, Virginia 22102
    Attention: Mr. Gerald M. Birnbach
    Telecopier No.: (703) 847-8686
    LENDERS:
    FLEET CAPITAL CORPORATION
Revolver Commitment: $22,222,222.22   By:  

/s/ Dave Ritch


Term Loan Commitment: $2,777,777.78   Title:   Vice President
    LIBOR Lending Office:
    300 Galleria Parkway
    Suite 800
    Atlanta, Georgia 30339
    Attention: Office Head
    Telecopier No.: (770) 859-2437

 

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THE CIT GROUP/COMMERCIAL

SERVICES,INC.

Revolver Commitment: $17,777,777.78

 

By:

 

/s/ Dan Upchurch


Term Loan Commitment: $2,222,222.22

 

Title:

 

Vice President

   

LIBOR Lending Office:

   

Two First Union Center

   

25th Floor

   

301 South Tryon Street

   

Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

   

Attention: Regional Manager

   

Telecopier No.: (704) 339-2910

    AGENT:
   

FLEET CAPITAL CORPORATION,

as Agent

   

By:

 

/s/ Dave Ritch


   

Title:

 

Vice President

   

Address:

   

Suite 800, 300 Galleria Parkway, N.W.

   

Atlanta, Georgia 30339

   

Attention: Office Head

   

Telecopier No.: (770) 859-2437

 

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APPENDIX A

 

GENERAL DEFINITIONS

 

When used in the Loan and Security Agreement dated May 15, 2002 (as at any time amended, the “Agreement”), by and among THE ROWECOMPANIES, a Nevada corporation (“Rowe Companies”); ROWE DIVERSIFIED, INC., a Delaware corporation (“Rowe Diversified”); HOME ELEMENTS, INC., a Virginia corporation (“Home Elements”); ROWE FURNITUREWOOD PRODUCTS, INC., a California corporation (“Wood Products”); ROWE PROPERTIES, INC., a California corporation (“Rowe Properties”); STOREHOUSE, INC., a Georgia corporation (“Storehouse”); ROWEFURNITURE, INC., a Virginia corporation (“Furniture”); and THE MITCHELL GOLD CO., a North Carolina corporation (“Mitchell Gold Co.”); (Rowe Companies, Rowe Diversified, Home Elements, Wood Products, Rowe Properties,Storehouse, Furniture and Mitchell Gold Co. being referred to collectively as “Borrowers,” and individually as a “Borrower”), each financial institution listed on the signature pages attached thereto and its successors andassigns which become “Lenders” as provided therein (such financial institutions and their respective successors and assigns referred to collectively herein as “Lenders” and individually as a “Lender”), and FLEETCAPITAL CORPORATION (“Agent”), in its capacity as collateral and administrative agent for itself and the Lenders, the following terms shall have the following meanings (terms defined in the singular to have the same meaning when usedin the plural and vice versa):

 

AcceptableCredit Insurance Policy – the Credit Insurance Policy and any other credit insurance policy issued to a Borrower or to all Borrowers that is in form and substance satisfactory to Agent.

 

Accounts – shall have the meaning ascribed to“account” in the UCC and shall include all of a Borrower’s now owned or hereafter acquired accounts and all other rights to payment for goods sold or leased or for services rendered which are not evidenced by an Instrument or ChattelPaper, whether or not they have been earned by performance.

 

Account Debtor – any Person who is or may become obligated under or on account of an Account.

 

Accounts Collateral – all Accounts of each Borrower and all right, title and interest of each Borrower in or to any returned Goodsthe sale or other disposition of which gave rise to an Account, together with all rights, titles, securities and guarantees with respect to any Account, including any rights to stoppage in transit, replevin, reclamation and resales, and all relatedsecurity or Liens, whether voluntary or involuntary, in each case whether now existing or owned or hereafter created, arising or acquired.

 

Accounts Formula Amount – on any date of determination thereof, an amount equal to the lesser of (i) the Revolver Commitments onsuch date or (ii) 85% (or such lesser percentage as Agent may in its reasonable credit judgment determine from time to time) of the net amount of Eligible Accounts on such date. As used herein, the phrase “net amount of Eligible Accounts”shall mean the face amount of such Accounts on any date less any and all returns, rebates, discounts (which may, at Lender’s option, be calculated on shortest terms), credits, allowances or Taxes (including sales, excise or other taxes) at anytime issued, owing, claimed by Account Debtors, granted, outstanding or payable in connection with, or any interest accrued on the amount of, such Accounts at such date.


Adjusted LIBOR Rate – with respect to each Interest Period for a LIBOR Loan, aninterest rate per annum (rounded upwards, to the next 1/16th of 1%) equal to the quotient of (a) the LIBOR Rate in effect for such Interest Period divided by (b) a percentage (expressed as a decimal) equal to 100% minus Statutory Reserves.

 

Affiliate – a Person (other than aSubsidiary): (i) which directly or indirectly through one or more intermediaries controls, or is controlled by, or is under common control with, another Person; (ii) which beneficially owns or holds 10% or more of any class of the Equity Interestsof a Person; or (iii) 10% or more of the Equity Interests with power to vote of which is beneficially owned or held by another Person or a Subsidiary of another Person. For purposes hereof, “control” means the possession, directly orindirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a Person, whether through the ownership of any Equity Interest, by contract or otherwise.

 

Agent Indemnitees – Agent in its capacity as collateral and administrative agent for the Lendersunder the Loan Documents and all of Agent’s present and future officers, directors, employees, agents and attorneys.

 

Agent Professionals – attorneys, accountants, appraisers, business valuation experts, environmental engineers or consultants,turnaround consultants and other professionals or experts retained by Agent.

 

Agreement – the Loan and Security Agreement referred to in the first sentence of this Appendix A, all Exhibits and Schedules thereto and this Appendix A.

 

Amortization Amounts – shall have the meaningascribed thereto in the SunTrust Lease as in effect on the date hereof.

 

Applicable Law – all laws, rules and regulations applicable to the Person, conduct, transaction, covenant, Loan Document or Material Contract in question, including all applicable common law and equitableprinciples; all provisions of all applicable state, federal and foreign constitutions, statutes, rules, regulations and orders of governmental bodies; and orders, judgments and decrees of all courts and arbitrators.

 

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Applicable Margin – a percentage equal to 1.0% with respect to Revolver Loans thatare Base Rate Loans, 3.0% with respect to Revolver Loans that are LIBOR Loans, 1.25% with respect to each Term Loan Advance made or outstanding as a Base Rate Loan, 3.25% with respect to each Term Loan Advance made or outstanding as a LIBOR Loan,and 0.5% with respect to fees payable to Lenders pursuant to Section 2.2.3 of the Agreement, provided that, commencing December 31, 2002, the Applicable Margin shall be increased or (if no Default or Event of Default exists) decreased, basedupon the Consolidated Leverage Ratio1., as follows:

 

Applicable Percentage for

 

Level


  

Consolidated Leverage Ratio on a rolling 4 Fiscal Quarter basis


  

Revolver
Loans

Base Rate
Loans


   

Revolver
Loans

LIBOR

Loans


   

Term
Loan

Base Rate
Loans


   

Term

Loan

LIBOR
Loans


    Unused
Line
Fee



 

I

   If greater than 3.75 to 1.0    1.00 %   3.00 %   1.25 %   3.25 %   .50 %

II

   If equal to or less than 3.75 to 1.0 but greater than 3.25 to 1.0    .75 %   2.75 %   1.00 %   3.00 %   .375 %

III

   If equal to or less than 3.25 to 1.0 but greater than 2.75 to 1.0    .50 %   2.50 %   .75 %   2.75 %   .375 %

IV

   If equal to or less than 2.75 to 1.0 but greater than 2.25 to 1.0    .25 %   2.25 %   .50 %   2.50 %   .250 %

V

   If equal to or less than 2.25 to 1.0 but greater than 1.75 to 1.0    0.0 %   2.00 %   .25 %   2.25 %   .250 %

VI

   If equal to or less than 1.75 to 1.0    0.0 %   1.75 %   0.0 %   2.00 %   .250 %

 

The Applicable Marginshall be subject to reduction or increase, as applicable and as set forth in the table above, on a quarterly basis according to the performance of Borrowers as measured by the Consolidated Leverage Ratio for the immediately preceding 4 FiscalQuarters of Borrowers. Except as set forth in the last sentence hereof, any such increase or reduction in the Applicable Margin provided for herein shall be effective 3 Business Days after receipt by Agent of the applicable financial statements andcorresponding Compliance Certificate. If the financial statements and the Compliance Certificate of Borrowers setting forth the Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio as of the last day of the Fiscal Quarter in question are not received by Agentby the date required pursuant to Section 9.1.3 of the Agreement, the Applicable Margin shall be determined as if the Consolidated Leverage Ratio is greater than 3.75 to 1 until such time as such financial statements and Compliance Certificateare received and any Event of Default resulting from a failure timely to deliver such financial statements or Compliance Certificate is waived in writing by Agent and Lenders; provided, however, that nothing herein shall be deemed toprevent Agent and Lenders from charging interest at the Default Rate at any time that an Event of Default exists. For the final Fiscal Quarter of any Fiscal Year of Borrowers, Borrowers may provide the unaudited financial statements of Borrowers,subject only to year-end adjustments, for the purpose of determining the Applicable Margin; provided, however, that if, upon delivery of the annual audited financial statements required to be submitted by Borrowers to Agent pursuant toSection 9.1.3(i) of the Agreement, Borrowers have not met the criteria for reduction of the Applicable Margin pursuant to the terms hereinabove for the final Fiscal Quarter of the Fiscal Year of Borrowers then ended, then (a) such ApplicableMargin reduction shall be terminated and, effective on the first day of the month following receipt by Agent

 

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of such audited financial statements, the Applicable Margin shall be the Applicable Margin that wouldhave been in effect if such reduction had been implemented based upon the audited financial statements of Borrowers for the final Fiscal Quarter of the Fiscal Year of Borrowers then ended, and (b) Borrower shall pay to Agent, for the Pro Ratabenefit of the Lenders, on the first day of the month following receipt by Agent of such audited financial statements, an amount equal to the difference between the amount of interest that would have been paid on the principal amount of theObligations using the Applicable Margin determined based upon such audited financial statements and the amount of interest actually paid during the period in which the reduction of the Applicable Margin was in effect based upon the unauditedfinancial statements for the final Fiscal Quarter of the Fiscal Year of Borrowers then ended.

 

Assignment and Acceptance – an assignment and acceptance entered into by a Lender and an Eligible Assignee and accepted by Agent,in the form of Exhibit H.

 

Availability – on any date, the amount that Borrowers are entitled to borrow as Revolver Loans on such date, such amount being the difference derived when the sum of the principal amount of Revolver Loans then outstanding (includingany amounts that Agent or Lenders may have paid for the account of Borrowers pursuant to any of the Loan Documents and that have not been reimbursed by Borrowers and any outstanding Settlement Loans) is subtracted from the Borrowing Base on suchdate. If the amount outstanding is equal to or greater than the Borrowing Base, Availability is zero.

 

Availability Reserve – on any date of determination thereof, an amount equal to the sum of the following (without duplication): (i)the Inventory Reserve; (ii) an amount equal to all past due rent (including base rent and additional rent), fees or other charges owing at such time by any Obligor to any landlord of any premises where any of the Collateral is located or to anyprocessor, repairman, mechanic or other Person who is in possession of any Collateral or has asserted any Lien or claim thereto; (iii) any amounts which any Obligor is obligated to pay pursuant to the provisions of any of the Loan Documents thatAgent or any Lender elects to pay for the account of such Obligor in accordance with authority contained in any of the Loan Documents for which Agent or such Lender has not been reimbursed by Borrowers; (iv) the LC Reserve; (v) at any time that anEvent of Default exists, any amount received by Agent from the Business Interruption Insurance Assignment and applied to the Revolver Loans; (vi) aggregate amount of reserves established by Agent in its reasonable discretion in respect of ACH(automated clearinghouse) transfers or obligations of Borrowers under any Hedging Agreement; (vii) the Customer Deposit Reserve; (viii) all amounts applied as a mandatory prepayment of the Obligations pursuant to Section 4.4 of the Agreement;and (ix) such additional reserves, in such amounts and with respect to such matters, as Agent in its sole and absolute discretion may elect to impose from time to time.

 

Average Revolver Loan Balance – for any period, the amount obtained by adding the aggregate of theunpaid balance of Revolver Loans and LC Outstandings at the end of each day for the period in question and by dividing such sum by the number of days in such period.

 

Bank – Fleet National Bank.

 

Banking Relationship Debt – Debt or other obligations of a Borrower relating to or arising out of (i)checking and operating account relationships between such Borrower and Bank (or any Affiliate of Bank), including any obligations under Cash Management Agreements, and (ii) Hedging Agreements with Bank (or any Affiliate of Bank).

 

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Bankruptcy Code – title 11 of the United States Code.

 

Base Rate – the greater from time to time of (i) therate of interest announced or quoted by Bank from time to time as its prime rate or (ii) the Federal Funds Rate in effect from time to time plus .5%. The prime rate announced by Bank is a reference rate and does not necessarily represent thelowest or best rate charged by Bank. Bank may make loans or other extensions of credit at, above or below its announced prime rate. If the prime rate is discontinued by Bank as a standard, a comparable reference rate designated by Bank as asubstitute therefor shall be the Base Rate.

 

Base Rate Loan – a Loan, or portion thereof, during any period in which it bears interest at a rate based upon the Base Rate.

 

Board of Governors – the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

 

BofA – Bank of America, N.A.

 

BofA Documents – the Amended and Restated CreditAgreement dated as of May     , 2002, among Rowe Companies, as borrower, certain Subsidiaries of Rowe Companies, as guarantors, and BofA, and all other agreements, instruments and documents heretofore, now or hereafterexecuted by any Borrower any other Obligor or any Person and delivered to BofA in respect to the transactions contemplated thereby.

 

Borrowing – a borrowing consisting of Loans of one Type made on the same day by Lenders (or by Fleet in the case of a Borrowingfunded by Settlement Loans) or a conversion of a Loan or Loans of one Type from Lenders on the same day.

 

Borrowing Base – on any date of determination thereof, an amount equal to the lesser of: (a) the aggregate amount of the RevolverCommitments on such date minus the LC Outstandings on such date, or (b) an amount equal to (i) the sum of the Accounts Formula Amount plus the Inventory Formula Amount plus the Life Insurance Formula Amount on such dateminus (ii) the Availability Reserve on such date.

 

Borrowing Base Certificate – a certificate, in the form requested by Agent, by which Borrowers shall certify to Agent and Lenders, with such frequency as Agent may request, the amount of the Borrowing Base asof the date of the certificate (which date shall be not more than 3 Business Days earlier than the date of submission of such certificate to Agent) and the calculation of such amount.

 

Business Day – any day excluding Saturday, Sunday and any other day that is a legal holiday under thelaws of the State of Georgia or is a day on which banking institutions located in such state are closed; provided, however, that when used with reference to a LIBOR Loan (including the making, continuing, prepaying or repaying of anyLIBOR Loan), the term

 

“BusinessDay” shall also exclude any day on which banks are not open for dealings in Dollar deposits on the London interbank market.

 

Business Interruption Insurance Assignment – the Collateral Assignment of Business Interruption Insurance to be executed byBorrowers on or before the Closing Date in favor of Agent, in form and substance satisfactory to Agent, as security for the payment of the Obligations.

 

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Capital Expenditures – expenditures made or liabilities incurred for theacquisition of any fixed assets or improvements, replacements, substitutions or additions thereto which have a useful life of more than one year, including the total principal portion of Capitalized Lease Obligations.

 

Capitalized Lease Obligation – any Debt representedby obligations under a lease that is required to be capitalized for financial reporting purposes in accordance with GAAP.

 

Cash Collateral – cash or Cash Equivalents, and any interest earned thereon, that is deposited with Agent in accordance with theAgreement for the Pro Rata benefit of Lenders as security for the Obligations.

 

Cash Collateral Account – a demand deposit, money market or other account established by Agent at such financial institution asAgent may select in its discretion, which account shall be in Agent’s name and subject to Agent’s Liens for the Pro Rata benefit of Lenders.

 

Cash Equivalents – (i) marketable direct obligations issued or unconditionally guaranteed by the United States government andbacked by the full faith and credit of the United States government having maturities of not more than 12 months from the date of acquisition; (ii) domestic certificates of deposit and time deposits having maturities of not more than 12 months fromthe date of acquisition, bankers’ acceptances having maturities of not more than 12 months from the date of acquisition and overnight bank deposits, in each case issued by any commercial bank organized under the laws of the United States, anystate thereof or the District of Columbia, which at the time of acquisition are rated A-1 (or better) by S&P or P-1 (or better) by Moody’s, and (unless issued by a Lender) not subject to offset rights in favor of such bank arising from anybanking relationship with such bank; (iii) repurchase obligations with a term of not more than 30 days for underlying securities of the types described in clauses (i) and (ii) entered into with any financial institution meeting the qualificationsspecified in clause (ii) above; and (iv) commercial paper having at the time of investment therein or a contractual commitment to invest therein a rating of A-1 (or better) by S&P or P-1 (or better) by Moody’s, and having a maturity within9 months after the date of acquisition thereof.

 

Cash Flow Recapture – shall mean the mandatory prepayments of the Existing Lender Obligations based on Free Cash Flow of Borrowers provided for under the Existing Lender Loan Documents as in effect on the Closing Date.

 

Cash Management Agreements – any agreement enteredinto from time to time between a Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, on the one hand, and Bank or any of its Affiliates or any other banking or financial institution, on the other, in connection with cash management services for operating,collections, payroll and trust accounts of such Borrower or its Subsidiaries provided by such banking or financial institution, including automatic clearinghouse services, controlled disbursement services, electronic funds transfer services,information reporting services, lockbox services, stop payment services and wire transfer services.

 

Cash Surrender Value – on any date of determination, the aggregate amount of the cash surrender value for each Eligible LifeInsurance Policy as shown on the most recent statements with respect to each Eligible Life Insurance Policy provided to Agent by the issuer of such policies.

 

CERCLA – the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, 42 U.S.C. ‘ 9601 et seq. and itsimplementing regulations.

 

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Change of Control – the occurrence of any of the following events after the dateof the Agreement: (a) any Person or group shall own beneficially (as defined in Rule 13d-3 of the SEC under the Exchange Act or any successor provision thereto) more than 50% of the aggregate Voting Power of Rowe Companies(other than an ownership byany Person or group who beneficially own in excess of 10% of the aggregate Voting Power of Rowe Companies on the date hereof); (b) during any period of 24 consecutive months, individuals who at the beginning of such period constituted the board ofdirectors of Rowe Companies (together with any new director whose election by such board of directors or whose nomination for election by the shareholders of Rowe Companies was approved by vote of a majority of the directors of Rowe Companies thenstill in office who were directors at the beginning of such period or whose election or nomination for election was previously so approved) cease for any reason to constitute a majority of the board of directors of Rowe Companies then in office; or(c) any “Change of Control,” “Change in Control” or similar event or circumstance, however defined or designated, under any agreement or document governing any Debt for Money Borrowed to which Rowe Companies is a party shalloccur.

 

Chattel Paper – shall have themeaning given to “chattel paper” in the UCC.

 

CIT – The CIT Group/Commercial Services, Inc., a New York corporation.

 

Claims – any and all claims, demands, liabilities, obligations, losses, damages, penalties, actions, judgments, suits, awards,remedial response costs, expenses or disbursements of any kind or nature whatsoever (including reasonable attorneys’, accountants’, consultants’ or paralegals’ fees and expenses), whether arising under or in connection with theLoan Documents, any Applicable Law (including any Environmental Laws) or otherwise, that may now or hereafter be suffered or incurred by a Person and whether suffered or incurred in or as a result of any investigation, litigation, arbitration orother judicial or non-judicial proceeding or any appeals related thereto.

 

Closing Date – the date on which all of the conditions precedent in Section 10 of the Agreement are satisfied and the initial Loans are made under the Agreement.

 

Collateral – all of the Property and interests inProperty described in Section 6 of the Agreement, all Property described in any of the Security Documents as security for the payment or performance of any of the Obligations; and all other Property and interests in Property that now orhereafter secure (or are intended to secure) the payment and performance of any of the Obligations.

 

Collection Account – as defined in Section 7.2.5 of the Agreement.

 

Commercial Tort Claim – shall have the meaning givento “commercial tort claim” in the UCC.

 

Commitment – at any date for any Lender, the aggregate amount of such Lender’s Revolver Commitment and Term Loan Commitment on such date, and “Commitments” means the aggregate amount of all Revolver Commitmentsand Term Loan Commitments.

 

CommitmentTermination Date – the date that is the soonest to occur of (i) the last day of the Original Term; (ii) the date on which either a Borrower or Agent terminates the Commitments pursuant to Section 5.2 of the Agreement; or (iii) the date onwhich the Commitments are automatically terminated pursuant to Section 11.2 of the Agreement.

 

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Committed Term – as defined in Section 5.1 of the Agreement.

 

Compliance Certificate – a Compliance Certificate tobe provided by Borrowers to Agent in accordance with, and in the form annexed as Exhibit F to, the Agreement, and the supporting schedules to be annexed thereto.

 

Concentration Accounts – Deposit Account number 705757102 maintained by Borrowers at SunTrust andDeposit Account numbers 4122816961 and 4112749886 maintained by Borrowers at BofA or any Deposit Account hereafter maintained by Borrowers at Bank or any other bank selected by Borrowers and acceptable to Agent in replacement of such DepositAccounts at SunTrust and BofA.

 

Consolidated – the consolidation in accordance with GAAP of the accounts or other items as to which such term applies.

 

Consolidated Adjusted Net Earnings – with respect to any fiscal period, means the the sum of (a) Consolidated net earnings (orloss) for such fiscal period of Borrowers, all as reflected on the financial statements of Borrowers supplied to Agent pursuant to Section 9.1.3 of the Agreement, plus (b) to the extent not included in the determination of Consolidatednet earnings the amount of Net Proceeds of business interruption insurance of Borrowers received by Borrowers and applied to the Revolver Loans during such period, but excluding: (i) any gain or loss arising from the sale of capital assets; (ii) anygain arising from any write-up of assets during such period; (iii) amounts expensed to repair or restore damaged or destroyed Equipment or Real Estate, to the extent of insurance or condemnation proceeds received for application (and actuallyapplied) for such purpose pursuant to Section7.1.2(ii) of the Agreement; (iv) earnings of any Subsidiary accrued prior to the date it became a Subsidiary; (v) earnings of any Person, substantially all the assets of which have been acquired inany manner by a Borrower, realized by such Person prior to the date of such acquisition; (vi) net earnings of any entity (other than a Subsidiary of a Borrower) in which such Borrower has an ownership interest unless such net earnings have actuallybeen received by such Borrower in the form of cash Distributions; (vii) any portion of the net earnings of any Subsidiary which such Subsidiary is, for any reason, prohibited from paying as a Distribution to a Borrower; (viii) the earnings of anyPerson to which any assets of a Borrower shall have been sold, transferred or disposed of, or into which a Borrower shall have merged, or been a party to any consolidation or other form of reorganization, prior to the date of such transaction; (ix)any gain arising from the acquisition of any Securities of a Borrower; and (x) any gain arising from extraordinary or non-recurring items, all as determined on a Consolidated basis and in accordance with GAAP.

 

Consolidated Adjusted Tangible Assets – all assets ofBorrowers except: (i) any surplus resulting from any write-up of assets subsequent to Borrowers’ formation; (ii) deferred assets, other than prepaid insurance and prepaid taxes; (iii) patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade names, non-competeagreements, franchises and other similar intangibles; (iv) good will, including any amounts, however designated on a Consolidated balance sheet of Borrowers and their respective Subsidiaries, representing the excess of the purchase price paid forassets or stock over the value assigned thereto on the books of Borrowers; (v) Restricted Investments; (vi) unamortized debt discount and expense; (vii) assets located and notes and receivables due from obligors outside of the United States ofAmerica except for Accounts that are Eligible Accounts; and (viii) Accounts, notes and other receivables due from Affiliates or employees.

 

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Consolidated Adjusted Tangible Net Worth – at any date means, on a Consolidatedbasis, a sum equal to: (i) the net book value (after deducting related depreciation, obsolescence, amortization, valuation, and other proper reserves) at which the Consolidated Adjusted Tangible Assets of a Person would be shown on a balance sheetat such date in accordance with GAAP, minus (ii) the amount at which such Person’s Consolidated liabilities (other than capital stock and surplus) would be shown on such balance sheet in accordance with GAAP, and including as liabilitiesall reserves for contingencies and other potential liabilities required to be accrued in accordance with GAAP.

 

Consolidated EBITDA – for any period, on a Consolidated basis, an amount equal to the sum for such period of (i) ConsolidatedAdjusted Net Earnings, plus (ii) provision for Taxes based on income, plus (iii) Consolidated Interest Expense, plus (iv) depreciation, amortization and other non-cash charges, including any non-cash write-down of assetsrelating to the consolidation of the Retail Borrowers and any write-down of Storehouse’s goodwill in accordance with FASB 142.

 

Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio – for any period, the ratio of (a) the sum of (i) Consolidated EBITDA for such period,minus (ii) cash Taxes paid by Borrowers during such period, minus (iii) Capital Expenditures (including expenditures by way of capitalized leases but excluding (i) the effect of any SunTrust Lease Adjustment and (ii) amounts expensedto repair or restore damaged or destroyed Equipment or Real Estate, to the extent of insurance or condemnation proceeds received for application (and actually applied) for such purpose pursuant to Section 7.1.2(ii) of the Agreement) duringsuch period to (b) Consolidated Fixed Charges for such period (including the amount of any Cash Flow Recapture payment with respect to the Existing Lender Obligations to which Existing Lenders would be entitled under the Existing Lender LoanDocuments as in effect on the Closing Date on the last day of such period).

 

Consolidated Fixed Charges – for any period, the sum of (i) Borrowers’ payments of principal on Debt during such period, plus (ii) Consolidated Interest Expense for such period, in each casecalculated on a Consolidated basis in accordance with GAAP.

 

Consolidated Funded Debt – collectively, without duplication, (a) the aggregate principal amount of Debt for Money Borrowed, including Capitalized Lease Obligations, and all Revolver Loans and (b) all Debtoutstanding under any revolving credit, line of credit or renewals thereof), notwithstanding that any such Debt is created within one year of the expiration of such agreement.

 

Consolidated Interest Expense – for any period, the total interest expense of Borrowers during suchperiod determined on a Consolidated basis and in accordance with GAAP. For purposes hereof, the term Consolidated Interest Expense shall be deemed to include all payments by Borrowers pursuant to the SunTrust Lease Documents other than payments ofAmortization Amounts, which constitute Consolidated Fixed Charges.

 

Consolidated Leverage Ratio – for any period, the ratio of (i) Borrowers’ total Consolidated Funded Debt as of the last day of such period to (ii) the sum of (a) Consolidated EBITDA for such periodplus (b) Permitted Restructuring Expenses for such period.

 

Contingent Obligation – with respect to any Person, any obligation of such Person arising from any guaranty, indemnity or other assurance of payment or performance of any Debt, lease, dividend or otherobligation (“primary obligations”) of any other Person (the “primary obligor”) in any manner, whether directly or indirectly, including (i) the direct or indirect guaranty, endorsement (other than for collection or deposit in theOrdinary Course of Business), co-making, discounting

 

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with recourse or sale with recourse by such Person of the obligation of a primary obligor, (ii) theobligation to make take-or-pay or similar payments, if required, regardless of nonperformance by any other party or parties to an agreement, (iii) any obligation of such Person, whether or not contingent, (A) to purchase any such primary obligationor any Property constituting direct or indirect security therefor, (B) to advance or supply funds (1) for the purchase or payment of any such primary obligations or (2) to maintain working capital or equity capital of the primary obligor orotherwise to maintain the net worth or solvency of the primary obligor, (C) to purchase Property, Securities or services primarily for the purpose of assuring the owner of any such primary obligation of the ability of the primary obligor to makepayment of such primary obligation or (D) otherwise to assure or hold harmless the holder of such primary obligation against loss in respect thereof; provided, however, that the term “Contingent Obligations” shall not includeany product warranties extended in the Ordinary Course of Business. The amount of any Contingent Obligation shall be deemed to be an amount equal to the stated or determinable amount of the primary obligation with respect to which such ContingentObligation is made (or, if less, the maximum amount of such primary obligation for which such Person may be liable pursuant to the terms of the instrument evidencing such Contingent Obligation) or, if not stated or determinable, the maximumreasonably anticipated liability with respect thereto (assuming such Person is required to perform thereunder), as determined by such Person in good faith.

 

Controlled Disbursement Account – a demand deposit account maintained by Borrowers at Bank and to which proceeds of Loans will bewired from time to time.

 

Credit InsuranceAssignment – the Assignment of Rights Under Credit Insurance Policy to be executed by Borrower and Credit Insurer on or before the Closing Date in favor of Agent, in form and substance satisfactory to Agent, as security for the payment of theObligations.

 

Credit Insurance Policy -the Short Term Comprehensive Multi-Buyer Export Credit Insurance Policy No. ESC-137372 naming Rowe Companies, as the insured, and Credit Insurer, as the insurer, and all endorsements thereto.

 

Credit Insurer – Export-Import Bank of the UnitedStates.

 

Current Assets – at any date,the amount at which all of the current assets of a Person would be properly classified as current assets shown on a balance sheet at such date in accordance with GAAP except that amounts due from Affiliates and investments in Affiliates shall beexcluded therefrom.

 

Customer DepositReserve – on any date of determination thereof, an amount equal to the sum of (i) 40% of all Customer Deposits up to $8,000,000 plus (ii) 100% of all Customer Deposits in excess of $8,000,000.

 

Customer Deposits – on any date of determination, theaggregate of customer deposits or other prepayments held by Borrowers.

 

Debt – as applied to a Person means, without duplication: (i) all items which in accordance with GAAP would be included in determining total liabilities as shown on the liability side of a balance sheet of suchPerson as of the date as of which Debt is to be determined, including Capitalized Lease Obligations; (ii) all Contingent Obligations of such Person; (iii) all reimbursement obligations in connection with letters of credit or letter of creditguaranties issued for the account of such Person; and (iv) in the case of Borrowers (without duplication), the Obligations. The Debt of a Person shall include any recourse Debt of any partnership or joint venture in which such Person is a generalpartner or joint venturer.

 

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Default – an event or condition the occurrence of which would, with the lapse oftime or the giving of notice, or both, become an Event of Default.

 

Default Rate – on any date, a rate per annum that is equal to (i) in the case of each Loan outstanding on such date, 2% in excess of the rate otherwise applicable to such Loan on such date, and (ii) in the caseof any other Obligations outstanding on such date, 3.25% in excess of the Base Rate in effect on such date.

 

Deposit Accounts – all of a Person’s demand, time, savings, passbook, money market or other depository accounts, and allcertificates of deposit, maintained by such Person with any bank, savings and loan association, credit union or other depository institution.

 

Deposit Account Assignment – the Collateral Assignment of Deposit Accounts to be executed by Borrowers on or before the ClosingDate in favor of Agent for itself and the Pro Rata benefit of Lenders as security for the Obligations.

 

Distribution – in respect of any entity, (i) any payment of any dividends or other distributions on Equity Interests of the entity(except distributions in such Equity Interests) and (ii) any purchase, redemption or other acquisition or retirement for value of any Equity Interests of the entity or any Affiliate of the entity unless made contemporaneously from the net proceedsof the sale of Equity Interests.

 

Document – shall have the meaning given to “document” in the UCC.

 

Dollars and the sign $ – lawful money of the United States of America.

 

Domestic Subsidiary – a Subsidiary of a Borrower(other than a Subsidiary that is a Borrower) that is incorporated under the laws of a state of the United States or the District of Columbia.

 

Dominion Account – a special account of Agent established by Borrowers at a bank selected by Borrowers, but acceptable to Agent andLenders in their discretion, and over which Agent shall have sole and exclusive access and control for withdrawal purposes.

 

Eligible Account – an Account which arises in the Ordinary Course of Business of a Borrower’s business from the sale of goods,is payable in Dollars, is subject to Agent’s duly perfected Lien, and is deemed by Agent, in its sole credit judgment, to be an Eligible Account. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, no Account shall be an Eligible Account if: (i)it arises out of a sale made by a Borrower to (a) another Borrower, (b) a Subsidiary or an Affiliate of any Borrower or (c) a Person controlled by an Affiliate of any Borrower; (ii) it is unpaid for more than 60 days after the original due dateshown on the invoice; (iii) it is due or unpaid more than 90 days after the original invoice date; (iv) 30% or more of the Accounts from the Account Debtor are not deemed Eligible Accounts hereunder; (v) the total unpaid Accounts of the AccountDebtor exceed 20% of the aggregate amount of all Eligible Accounts or exceed a credit limit established by Agent for such Account Debtor, in each case to the extent of such excess; (vi) any covenant, representation or warranty contained in theAgreement with respect to such Account has been breached; (vii) the

 

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Account Debtor is also a Borrower’s creditor or supplier, or the Account Debtor has disputed liability with respect to such Account, or the AccountDebtor has made any claim with respect to any other Account due from such Account Debtor to a Borrower, or the Account otherwise is or may become subject to any right of setoff, counterclaim, recoupment, reserve or chargeback, provided that, theAccounts of such Account Debtor shall be ineligible only to the extent of such offset, counterclaim, disputed amount, reserve or chargeback; (viii) an Insolvency Proceeding has been commenced by or against the Account Debtor or the Account Debtorhas failed, suspended business or ceased to be Solvent; (ix) it arises from a sale to an Account Debtor with its principal office, assets or place of business outside the United States, unless (1) the sale is backed by an irrevocable letter ofcredit issued or confirmed by a bank acceptable to Agent and that is in form and substance acceptable to Agent and payable in the full amount of the Account in freely convertible Dollars at a place of payment within the United States, and, ifrequested by Agent, such letter of credit, or amounts payable thereunder, is assigned to Agent (with such assignment acknowledged by the issuing or confirming bank), or (2) it is insured by an Acceptable Credit Insurance Policy that has beencollaterally assigned to Agent, for the benefit of itself and for the benefit of the Lenders in a manner that is acceptable to Agent; (x) it arises from a sale to the Account Debtor on a bill-and-hold, guaranteed sale, sale-or-return,sale-on-approval, consignment or any other repurchase or return basis; (xi) the Account Debtor is the United States of America or any department, agency or instrumentality thereof, unless such Borrower is not prohibited from assigning the Accountand does assign its right to payment of such Account to Agent, in a manner satisfactory to Agent, so as to comply with the Assignment of Claims Act of 1940 (31 U.S.C. ‘3727 and 41 U.S.C. ‘15), or is a state, county or municipality, or apolitical subdivision or agency thereof and Applicable Law disallows or restricts an assignment of Accounts on which it is the Account Debtor; (xii) the Account Debtor is located in any state which imposes similar conditions on the right of acreditor to collect accounts receivable unless such Borrower has either qualified to transact business in such state as a foreign entity or filed a Notice of Business Activities Report or other required report with the appropriate officials in thosestates for the then current year; (xiii) the Account Debtor is located in a state in which such Borrower is deemed to be doing business under the laws of such state and which denies creditors access to its courts in the absence of qualification totransact business in such state or of the filing of any reports with such state, unless such Borrower has qualified as a foreign entity authorized to transact business in such state or has filed all required reports; (xiv) the Account is subject toa Lien other than a Permitted Lien; (xv) the goods giving rise to such Account have not been delivered to and accepted by the Account Debtor or the services giving rise to such Account have not been performed by such Borrower and accepted by theAccount Debtor or the Account otherwise does not represent a final sale; (xvi) the Account is evidenced by Chattel Paper or an Instrument of any kind, or has been reduced to judgment; (xvii) the Account represents a progress billing or a retainage;(xviii) such Borrower has made any agreement with the Account Debtor for any deduction therefrom, except for discounts or allowances which are made in the Ordinary Course of Business for prompt payment or otherwise permitted under the Agreement andwhich discounts or allowances are reflected in the calculation of the face value of each invoice, as the same may be adjusted, related to such Account; (xix) such Borrower has made an agreement with the Account Debtor to extend the time of paymentthereof other than an extension for good cause to a creditworthy Account Debtor of not more than 30 days; or (xx) the Account represents, in whole or in part, a billing for interest, fees or late charges, provided that such Account shall beineligible only to the extent of the amount of such billing.

 

Eligible Assignee – a Lender or a U.S. based Affiliate of a Lender; a commercial bank or commercial finance company organized under the laws of the United States or any state that has total assets in excess of$2 billion and that is acceptable to Agent; and any other Person (except a

 

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Borrower or a Guarantor, or an Affiliate of either) approved by Agent and, unless a Default or an Event of Default exists, Borrowers (such approval byBorrowers, when required, not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed and to be deemed given by Borrowers if no objection is received by the assigning Lender and Agent from Borrowers within 2 Business Days after notice of such proposed assignment hasbeen provided by the assigning Lender as set forth in Section 13.3 of the Agreement).

 

Eligible Inventory – such Inventory of a Borrower (other than packaging materials, labels, samples, bags and supplies) which Agent,in its sole credit judgment, deems to be Eligible Inventory. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, no Inventory shall be Eligible Inventory unless: (i) it is raw materials, finished goods, or work-in-process that is, in Agent’sopinion, readily marketable in its current form; (ii) it is owned by a Borrower and not held by it on consignment or other sale or return terms; (iii) it is in good, new and saleable condition and is not damaged or defective; (iv) it is notslow-moving, obsolete or unmerchantable and is not goods returned to a Borrower by or repossessed from an Account Debtor; (v) it meets all standards imposed by any Governmental Authority; (vi) it conforms in all respects to the warranties andrepresentations set forth in the Agreement and is fully insured in the manner required by the Agreement; (vii) it is at all times subject to Agent’s duly perfected, first priority security interest and no other Lien except a Permitted Lien;(viii) it is in a Borrower’s possession and control at a location in compliance with the Agreement, is not in transit or outside the continental United States and is not consigned to any Person; (ix) it is not the subject of a negotiablewarehouse receipt or other negotiable Document; (x) it is not the subject of an Intellectual Property Claim; (xi) it has not been sold or leased by a Borrower; and (xii) it is not the subject of a store closing, liquidation, going-out-of-business orsimilar sale.

 

Eligible Life InsurancePolicy – such Life Insurance Policies owned by a Borrower which Agent, in its sole credit judgment, deems to be Eligible Life Insurance Policies. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, no Life Insurance Policy shall be an EligibleLife Insurance Policy shall unless: (i) it is listed on Schedule 8.1.28 to the Agreement, (ii) it is issued by an insurer acceptable to Agent, (iii) a Borrower is the owner thereof, (iv) a Borrower is the sole beneficiary thereunder,and (v) it is the subject of a valid Life Insurance Assignment and (vi) it is in effect and has not lapsed or been surrendered.

 

Elliston Facility – Furniture’s facility located at 2121 Gardner Street in Elliston, Virginia.

 

Environmental Agreement – the Agreement RegardingEnvironmental Matters to be executed by Borrowers in favor of Agent on or about the Closing Date and by which Borrowers shall, among other things, indemnify Agent and Lenders from Liability for any Borrower’s failure to comply with anyEnvironmental Laws.

 

Environmental Laws– – all federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, ordinances, programs, permits, guidance documents promulgated by regulatory agencies, orders and consent decrees, now or hereafter in effect and relating to human health and safety orthe protection or pollution of the environment, including CERCLA.

 

Environmental Release – a release as defined in CERCLA or under any applicable Environmental Laws.

 

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Equipment – all of Borrower’s machinery, apparatus, equipment, fittings,furniture, fixtures, motor vehicles and other tangible personal Property (other than Inventory) of every kind and description, whether now owned or hereafter acquired by a Borrower and wherever located, and all parts, accessories and special toolstherefor, all accessions thereto, and all substitutions and replacements thereof.

 

Equity Interest – the interest of (i) a shareholder in a corporation, (ii) a partner (whether general or limited) in a partnership(whether general, limited or limited liability), (iii) a member in a limited liability company, or (iv) any other Person having any other form of equity security or ownership interest.

 

ERISA – the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, and all rules and regulations from timeto time promulgated thereunder.

 

Eurocurrency Liabilities – shall have the meaning ascribed thereto in Regulation D issued by the Board of Governors.

 

Event of Default – as defined in Section 11 of the Agreement.

 

Existing Lender Loan Documents – collectively, the BofA Documents and the SunTrust Documents.

 

Existing Lender Obligations – allobligations of Borrowers to either or both of the Existing Lenders under the Existing Lender Loan Documents.

 

Existing Lenders – BofA and SunTrust.

 

Extraordinary Expenses – all costs, expenses, fees (including reasonable fees incurred to Agent Professionals) or advances thatAgent or any Lender may suffer or incur, whether prior to or after the occurrence of an Event of Default, and whether prior to, after or during the pendency of an Insolvency Proceeding of an Obligor, on account of or in connection with (i) theaudit, inspection, repossession, storage, repair, appraisal, insuring, completion of the manufacture of, preparing for sale, advertising for sale, selling, collecting or otherwise preserving or realizing upon any Collateral; (ii) the defense ofAgent’s Lien upon any Collateral or the priority thereof or any adverse claim with respect to the Loans, the Loan Documents or the Collateral asserted by any Obligor, any receiver or trustee for any Obligor or any creditor or representative ofcreditors of any Obligor; (iii) the settlement or satisfaction of any Liens upon any Collateral (whether or not such Liens are Permitted Liens); (iv) the collection or enforcement of any of the Obligations; (v) the negotiation, documentation, andclosing of any restructuring or forbearance agreement with respect to the Loan Documents or Obligations; (vi) amounts advanced by Agent pursuant to Section 7.1.3 of the Agreement; (vii) the enforcement of any of the provisions of any of theLoan Documents; or (viii) any payment under a guaranty, indemnity or other payment agreement provided by Agent or (with Agent’s consent) any Lender, which is reimbursable to Agent or such Lender by Borrower pursuant to Section 2.4.2 ofthe Agreement. Such costs, expenses and advances may include transfer fees, taxes, storage fees, insurance costs, permit fees, utility reservation and standby fees, legal fees, appraisal fees, brokers’ fees and commissions, auctioneers’fees and commissions, accountants’ fees, environmental study fees, wages and salaries paid to employees of any or all Borrowers or independent contractors in liquidating any Collateral, travel expenses, all other fees and expenses payable orreimbursable by Borrowers or any other Obligor under any of the Loan Documents, and all other fees and expenses associated with the enforcement of rights or remedies under any of the Loan Documents, but excluding compensation paid to employees(including inside legal counsel who are employees) of Agent.

 

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Federal Funds Rate – for any period, a fluctuating interest rate per annum equalfor each date during such period to the weighted average of the rates on overnight federal funds transactions with members of the Federal Reserve System arranged by federal funds brokers, as published for such day (or, if such day is not a BusinessDay, for the next preceding Business Day) in Atlanta, Georgia by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, or if such rate is not so published for any day which is a Business Day, the average of the quotations for such day on such transactions receivedby Agent from 3 federal funds brokers of recognized standing selected by Agent.

 

Fee Letter – the fee letter agreement among Agent, Lenders and Borrowers dated March 5, 2002.

 

FEIN – with respect to any Person, the FederalEmployer Identification Number of such Person.

 

Fiscal Quarter – each consecutive period of 13 weeks beginning on the first day of a Fiscal Year (and, in the case of any Fiscal Year of 53 weeks, the 14-week period occurring at the end thereof).

 

Fiscal Year – the fiscal year of Borrowers and theirSubsidiaries for accounting and tax purposes, which shall consist of 13 Reporting Periods beginning on the Monday after the Sunday nearest November 30 of each calendar year and ending on the Sunday nearest November 30 of the next succeeding calendaryear and, when preceded by the designation of a calendar year (e.g., 2002 Fiscal Year), means the Fiscal Year of Borrowers and their Subsidiaries ending on the Sunday nearest November 30 of such designated calendar year.

 

Five Year Earn-Out Period – shall have the meaningascribed to such term in the Mitchell Gold Purchase Agreement, as in effect on the date hereof.

 

Fleet – Fleet Capital Corporation, a Rhode Island corporation.

 

Fleet Indemnitees – Fleet and all of its present and future officers, directors, employees, attorneysand agents.

 

FLSA – the Fair LaborStandards Act of 1938.

 

Foreign Lender– – any Lender that is organized under the laws of a jurisdiction other than the laws of the United States, any state thereof or the District of Columbia.

 

Foreign Subsidiary – a Subsidiary that is not a Domestic Subsidiary.

 

Four Year Earn-Out Period – shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in the Mitchell GoldPurchase Agreement, as in effect on the date hereof.

 

Free Cash Flow – shall have the meaning ascribed thereto in the Existing Lender Loan Documents as in effect on the Closing Date.

 

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Funding Account – an account established by Borrowers or any of them for receiptof proceeds of Loans or such other account as Borrowers may specify in writing.

 

GAAP – generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America in effect from time to time.

 

General Intangibles – all general intangibles of aBorrower, whether now owned or hereafter created or acquired by a Borrower, including all choses in action, causes of action, company or other business records, inventions, blueprints, designs, patents, patent applications, trademarks, trademarkapplications, trade names, trade secrets, service marks, goodwill, brand names, copyrights, registrations, licenses, franchises, customer lists, permits, tax refund claims, computer programs, operational manuals, internet addresses and domain names,insurance refunds and premium rebates, all claims under guaranties, security interests or other security held by or granted to a Borrower to secure payment of any of any of a Borrower’s Accounts by an Account Debtor, all rights toindemnification and all other intangible property of a Borrower of every kind and nature (other than Accounts).

 

Goods – shall have the meaning given to “goods” in the UCC.

 

Governmental Approvals – all authorizations,consents, approvals, licenses and exemptions of, registrations and filings with, and reports to, all Governmental Authorities.

 

Governmental Authority – any federal, state, municipal, national, foreign or other governmental department, commission, board,bureau, court, agency or instrumentality or political subdivision thereof or any entity or officer exercising executive, legislative, judicial, regulatory or administrative functions of or pertaining to any government or any court, in each casewhether associated with a state of the United States, the District of Columbia or a foreign entity or government.

 

Guarantors – each Person who guarantees payment or performance of the whole or any part of the Obligations.

 

Guaranty – each guaranty agreement now or hereafterexecuted by a Guarantor in favor of Agent with respect to any of the Obligations.

 

Guaranty of Recourse Obligations – the Guaranty of Recourse Obligations dated May 7, 2002, from Rowe Companies in favor of NationalLife, and the Guaranty of Recourse Obligations dated May 7, 2002, from Rowe Companies in favor of National Life, and any substantially similar agreements executed and delivered by Rowe Companies in connection with any Refinancing Debt.

 

Hedging Agreement – any interest rate protectionagreement, foreign currency exchange agreement, commodity price protection agreement or other interest or currency exchange rate or commodity price hedging arrangement.

 

Indemnified Amount – in the case of Agent Indemnitees, the amount of any loss, cost, expenses ordamages suffered or incurred by Agent Indemnitees and against which Lenders or any Obligor have agreed to indemnify Agent Indemnitees pursuant to the terms of the Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents; in the case of Lender Indemnitees, theamount of any loss, cost, expenses or damages suffered or incurred by Lender Indemnitees and against which Lenders or any

 

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Obligor have agreed to indemnify Lender Indemnitees pursuant to the terms of the Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents; and, in the case of FleetIndemnitees, the amount of any loss, cost, expenses or damages suffered or incurred by Fleet Indemnitees and against which Lenders or any Obligor have agreed to indemnify Fleet Indemnitees pursuant to the terms of the Agreement or any of the otherLoan Documents.

 

Indemnitees – theAgent Indemnitees, the Lender Indemnitees and the Fleet Indemnitees.

 

Initial Lenders – Fleet and CIT, each in its capacity as the sole Lenders on the date hereof.

 

Insolvency Proceeding – any action, case or proceeding commenced by or against a Person, or any agreement of such Person, for (i)the entry of an order for relief under any chapter of the Bankruptcy Code or other insolvency or debt adjustment law (whether state, federal or foreign), (ii) the appointment of a receiver, trustee, liquidator or other custodian for such Person orany part of its Property, (iii) an assignment or trust mortgage for the benefit of creditors of such Person, or (iv) the liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of such Person.

 

Instrument – shall have the meaning ascribed to theterm “instrument” in the UCC.

 

Intellectual Property – all intellectual and similar Property of every kind and description, including inventions, designs, patents, patent applications, copyrights, trademarks, service marks, tradenames, mask works, trade secrets,confidential or proprietary information, know-how, software and databases and all embodiments or fixations thereof and related documentation, registrations and franchises, all books and records describing or used in connection with the foregoing andall licenses, or other rights to use any of the foregoing.

 

Intellectual Property Claim – the assertion by any Person of a claim (whether asserted in writing, by action, suit or proceeding or otherwise) that a Borrower’s ownership, use, marketing, sale ordistribution of any Inventory, Equipment, Intellectual Property or other Property is violative of any ownership or other right to use any Intellectual Property of such Person.

 

Intercreditor Agreement – shall mean the Intercreditor Agreement to be entered into among Agent andthe Existing Lenders pursuant to which they shall have agreed, among other things, upon the relative priority of their Liens on the Collateral.

 

Interest Period – shall have the meaning ascribed to it in Section 2.1.3 of the Agreement.

 

Inventory – shall have the meaning given to“inventory” in the UCC and shall include all goods intended for sale or lease by a Borrower, to be furnished by a Borrower under contracts of service, or for display or demonstration; all work in process; all raw materials and othermaterials and supplies of every nature and description used or which might be used in connection with the manufacture, printing, packing, shipping, advertising, selling, leasing or furnishing of such goods or otherwise used or consumed in aBorrower’s business; and all Documents evidencing and General Intangibles relating to any of the foregoing, whether now owned or hereafter acquired by a Borrower.

 

Inventory Formula Amount – on any date of determination thereof, an amount equal to the lesser of (i)the lesser of (a) $25,000,000 or (b) 90% (or such lesser percentage as Agent may in its reasonable credit judgment determine from time to time) of the net liquidation value of Eligible Inventory (as determined from time to time based upon appraisalsconducted by Ozer Valuation

 

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Services or such other independent appraisers acceptable to Agent) or (ii) the sum of (a) 14% (or such lesser percentage as Agent may in its reasonablecredit judgment determine from time to time) of the Value of Eligible Inventory on such date consisting of raw materials plus (b) the lesser of (1) $2,000,000 or (2) 45% (or such lesser percentage as Agent may in its reasonable creditjudgment determine from time to time) of the Value of Eligible Inventory on such date consisting of work-in-process plus (c) 74% (or such lesser percentage as Agent may in its reasonable credit judgment determine from time to time) of theValue of Eligible Inventory on such date consisting of retail and manufactured finished goods.

 

Inventory Reserve – such reserves as may be established from time to time by Agent with respect to reflect changes in thesaleability of any Eligible Inventory in the Ordinary Course of Business, or such other factors as may negatively impact the Value of any Eligible Inventory. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, such reserves may include reserves basedon obsolescence, seasonality, theft or other shrinkage, imbalance, change in composition or mix, or markdowns.

 

Investment Property – shall have the meaning given to “investment property” in the UCC and shall include all Securities(whether certificated or uncertificated), security entitlements, securities accounts, commodity contracts and commodity accounts.

 

Investment Real Estate – collectively, (i) the real Property of Rowe Sylmar located at 15148 Bledsoe Street, Sylmar, California andthe real Property of Rowe Jessup located at 8260, 8264 and 8268 Preston Court, Jessup, Maryland.

 

Landlord Waiver – an agreement duly executed in favor of Agent, in form and content acceptable to Agent, by which an owner ormortgagee of premises upon which any Property of an Obligor is located agrees to waive or subordinate any Lien it may have with respect to such Property in favor of Agent’s Lien therein and to permit Agent to enter upon such premises and toremove such Property or to use such premises to store or dispose of such Property.

 

LC Application – an application by a Borrower to Bank (on which Fleet may be a co-applicant), pursuant to a form approved by Bank,for the issuance of a Letter of Credit, that is submitted to Bank at least 5 Business Days prior to the requested issuance of such Letter of Credit.

 

LC Conditions – the following conditions, the satisfaction of each of which is required before Fleet shall be obligated to provideany LC Support to Bank for the issuance of a Letter of Credit: (i) each of the conditions set forth in Section 10 of the Agreement has been and continues to be satisfied, including the absence of any Default or Event of Default; (ii) after givingeffect to the issuance of the requested Letter of Credit and all other unissued Letters of Credit for which an LC Application has been signed by Fleet, the LC Outstandings would not exceed $5,000,000 and no Out-of-Formula Condition would exist, and,if no Revolver Loans are outstanding, the LC Outstandings do not, and would not upon the issuance of the requested Letter of Credit, exceed the Borrowing Base; (iii) such Letter of Credit has an expiration date less than the 10th Business Day priorto the last Business Day of the Original Term or (without regard to the effect of an “evergreen” or automatic renewal provision) 365 days from the date of issuance in the case of standby letters of credit and 150 days from the date ofissuance in the case of documentary letters of credit); and (iv) the currency in which payment is to be made under the Letter of Credit is Dollars.

 

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LC Documents – any and all agreements, instruments and documents (other than an LCApplication or an LC Support) required by Bank to be executed by any or all Borrowers or any other Person and delivered to Bank for the issuance of a Letter of Credit.

 

LC Facility – a subfacility of the Revolver Facility established pursuant to Section 1.3 ofthe Agreement.

 

LC Outstandings – onany date of determination thereof, an amount (in Dollars) equal to the sum of (i) all amounts then due and payable by any Obligor on such date by reason of any payment made on or before such date by Fleet under any LC Support plus (ii) theaggregate undrawn amount of all Letters of Credit then outstanding or to be issued by Bank under an LC Application theretofore submitted to Bank.

 

LC Request – a Letter of Credit Procurement Request from any or all Borrowers to Fleet in the form of Exhibit Jannexed hereto.

 

LC Reserve – at anydate, the aggregate of all LC Outstandings outstanding on such date, other than LC Outstandings that are fully secured by Cash Collateral.

 

LC Support – a guaranty or other support agreement from Fleet in favor of Bank pursuant to which Fleet shall guarantee or otherwiseassure the payment or performance by the parties (other than Fleet, if a party) to an LC Application of such parties’ obligations with respect to such Letter of Credit, including the obligation of such parties to reimburse Bank for any paymentmade by Bank under such Letter of Credit.

 

Lender Indemnitee – a Lender in its capacity as a lender under the Agreement and its present and future officers, directors, employees, agents and attorneys.

 

Lenders – Fleet (whether in its capacity as a provider of Loans under Section 1 of theAgreement, or as the provider of Settlement Loans under Section 3.1.3 of the Agreement or as the procurer of Letters of Credit under Section 1.3 of the Agreement) and any other Person who may from time to time become a“Lender” under the Agreement, and their respective successors and permitted assigns.

 

Letter of Credit – any standby letter of credit or documentary letter of credit issued by Bank for the account of any or allBorrowers.

 

Letter-of-Credit Right – aright of any Borrower to payment or performance under a letter of credit (whether the letter of credit is written or electronic), whether or not such Borrower has demanded or is at the time entitled to demand payment or performance.

 

LIBOR Lending Office – with respect toa Lender, the office designated as a LIBOR Lending Office for such Lender on the signature page hereof (or on any Assignment and Acceptance, in the case of an assignee) and such other office of such Lender or any of its Affiliates that is hereafterdesignated by written notice to Agent.

 

LIBOR Loan – a Loan, or portion thereof, during any period in which it bears interest at a rate based upon the applicable Adjusted LIBOR Rate.

 

 

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LIBOR Rate – with respect to an Interest Period, the rate per annum reported toAgent by Bank as the rate at which deposits of U.S. Dollars approximately equal in principal amount to or comparable to the amount of the LIBOR Loan to which such Interest Period relates and for a term comparable to such Interest Period are offeredto Bank by prime banks in the London interbank foreign currency deposits market at approximately 11:00 a.m., London time, 2 Business Days prior to the commencement of such Interest Period. Each determination by Agent of any LIBOR Rate shall, in theabsence of any manifest error, be conclusive.

 

Lien – any interest in Property securing an obligation owed to, or a claim by, a Person other than the owner of the Property, whether such interest is based on common law, statute or contract. The term “Lien” shall alsoinclude reservations, exceptions, encroachments, easements, rights-of-way, covenants, conditions, restrictions, leases and other title exceptions and encumbrances affecting Property. For the purpose of the Agreement, each Borrower shall be deemed tobe the owner of any Property which it has acquired or holds subject to a conditional sale agreement or other arrangement pursuant to which title to the Property has been retained by or vested in some other Person for security purposes.

 

Life Insurance Assignment – each CollateralAssignment of Life Insurance Policy to be executed by a Borrower in favor of Lender on or before the Closing Date, as security for the Obligations, with to each Life Insurance Policy.

 

Life Insurance Formula Amount – on any date of determination thereof, an amount equal to the lesserof (i) $1,500,000 or (ii) 90% (or such lesser percentage as Agent may in its reasonable credit judgment determine from time to time) of the remainder of the Cash Surrender Value of Eligible Life Insurance Policies minus the aggregate amountof outstanding loans made to any Borrower (or other Person) under such Eligible Life Insurance Policies.

 

Life Insurance Policy – shall mean a life insurance policy owned by a Borrower insuring the life of an employee of such Borrower.

 

Loan – a Revolver Loan or a Term LoanAdvance (and each Base Rate Loan and LIBOR Loan comprising such Loan).

 

Loan Account – the loan account established by each Lender on its books pursuant to Section 4.8 of the Agreement.

 

Loan Documents – the Agreement, the Other Agreements and the Security Documents.

 

Loan Year – a period commencing each calendar year onthe same month and day as the date of the Agreement and ending on the same month and day in the immediately succeeding calendar year, with the first such period (i.e. the first Loan Year) to commence on the date of the Agreement.

 

Margin Stock – shall have the meaning ascribed toit in Regulation U of the Board of Governors.

 

Material Adverse Effect – the effect of any event, condition, action, omission or circumstance which, alone or when taken together with other events, conditions, actions, omissions or circumstances occurring or existing concurrentlytherewith, (i) has a material adverse effect upon the business, operations, Properties or condition (financial or otherwise) of Borrowers, taken as a whole;

 

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(ii) has or could be reasonably expected to have any material adverse effect whatsoever upon the validity or enforceability of the Agreement or any of theother Loan Documents; (iii) has any material adverse effect upon the value of the whole or any material part of the Collateral, the Liens of Agent with respect to the Collateral or the priority of any such Liens; (iv) materially impairs the abilityof Borrowers, taken as a whole, to perform their obligations under this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents, including repayment of any of the Obligations when due; or (v) materially impairs the ability of Agent or any Lender to enforce orcollect the Obligations or realize upon any of the Collateral in accordance with the Loan Documents and Applicable Law.

 

Material Contract – an agreement to which an Obligor is a party (other than the Loan Documents) for which breach, termination,cancellation, nonperformance or failure to renew such agreement could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

Maximum Rate – the maximum non-usurious rate of interest permitted by Applicable Law that at any time, or from time to time, may becontracted for, taken, reserved, charged or received on the Debt in question or, to the extent that at any time Applicable Law may thereafter permit a higher maximum non-usurious rate of interest, then such higher rate. Notwithstanding any otherprovision hereof, the Maximum Rate shall be calculated on a daily basis (computed on the actual number of days elapsed over a year of 365 or 366 days, as the case may be).

 

Mitchell Gold – collectively, (i) Mitchell S. Gold, an individual resident of the State of NorthCarolina, and (ii) Robert T. Williams, Jr., an individual resident of the State of North Carolina.

 

Mitchell Gold Documents – collectively, the Mitchell Gold Purchase Agreement, each Employment Agreement dated September 25, 1998,between Mitchell Gold Co. and Mitchell Gold, and each Non-Competition, Non-Solicitation and Non-Disclosure Agreement dated September 25, 1998, between Rowe Companies and Mitchell Gold.

 

Mitchell Gold Earn-Out – shall have the meaning ascribed to the term “Long Term Earn-OutAmount” in the Mitchell Gold Purchase Agreement, as in effect on the date hereof.

 

Mitchell Gold Purchase Agreement – the Stock Purchase Agreement dated September 25, 1998, among Rowe Companies, Mitchell Gold Co.,Mitchell Gold and Robert T. Williams, Jr.

 

Money Borrowed – as applied to any Person, (i) Debt arising from the lending of money by any other Person to such Person; (ii) Debt, whether or not in any such case arising from the lending of money by another Person to such Person,(A) which is represented by notes payable or drafts accepted that evidence extensions of credit, (B) which constitutes obligations evidenced by bonds, debentures, notes or similar instruments, or (C) upon which interest charges are customarily paid(other than accounts payable) or that was issued or assumed as full or partial payment for Property; (iii) Debt that constitutes a Capitalized Lease Obligation; (iv) reimbursement obligations with respect to letters of credit or guaranties ofletters of credit and (v) Debt of such Person under any guaranty of obligations that would constitute Debt for Money Borrowed under clauses (i) through (iii) hereof, if owed directly by such Person.

 

Moody’s – Moody’s Investors Services, Inc.

 

Mortgage – the mortgages, deeds oftrust or deeds to secure debt to be executed by certain Borrowers on or before the Closing Date in favor of Agent and by which such Borrowers shall grant and convey to Agent, for its benefit as Agent and for the Pro Rata benefit of Lenders, Liensupon the Real Estate, as security for the payment of the Obligations.

 

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Multiemployer Plan – has the meaning set forth in Section 4001(a)(3) of ERISA.

 

National Life – National LifeInsurance Company of Vermont.

 

Net DebtProceeds – with respect to the issuance or incurrence by a Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries of any Debt for Money Borrowed (other than the Loans, borrowings from Existing Lender, under the Existing Lender Loan Documents and the proceeds ofDebt secured by the Investment Real Estate), the excess of: (i) the gross cash proceeds received by such Borrower or such Subsidiary from the issuance or incurrence of such Debt, minus (ii) all reasonable out-of-pocket fees and expensesincurred in connection therewith.

 

NetIncome – for any period, net income of Borrowers, as determined on a Consolidated basis and in accordance with GAAP.

 

Net Proceeds -with respect to a disposition of any Collateral, proceeds (including cash receivable (when received) by way ofdeferred payment) received by a Borrower from the sale, lease, transfer or other disposition of any Property, including insurance proceeds and awards of compensation received with respect to the destruction or condemnation of all or part of suchProperty, net of: (i) the reasonable and customary costs of such sale, lease, transfer or other disposition (including legal fees and sales commissions); and (ii) amounts applied to repayment of Debt (other than the Obligations) secured by aPermitted Lien on the Collateral disposed of that is senior to Agent’s Liens with respect to such Collateral.

 

Net Securities Proceeds – with respect to the issuance or sale by a Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries of any Equity Interests,the excess of: (i) the gross cash proceeds received by such Borrower or such Subsidiary from such issuance and sale minus (ii) all reasonable and customary costs and expenses incurred in connection with such issuance and sale (including legalfees and investment banking fees).

 

Notes – each Revolver Note, each Term Note, the Settlement Note and any other promissory note executed by Borrowers at Agent’s request to evidence any of the Obligations.

 

Notice of Borrowing – as defined in Section3.1.1(i) of the Agreement.

 

Notice ofConversion/Continuation – as defined in Section 2.1.2(ii) of the Agreement.

 

Obligations – in each case, whether now in existence or hereafter arising, (i) the principal of, and interest and premium, if any,on, the Loans; (ii) all LC Outstandings and all other obligations of any Obligor to Agent, Fleet or an Affiliate of Fleet arising in connection with the issuance of any Letter of Credit; (iii) all Banking Relationship Debt and all other Debt andother obligations of Borrowers to Agent, Fleet or any Lender under or in connection with any Hedging Agreements, including any premature termination or breakage costs; (iv) all other Debts, covenants, duties and obligations (including ContingentObligations) now or at any time or times hereafter owing by any Obligor to Agent or any Lender under or pursuant to the Agreement, any of the other Loan Documents or owing by any Obligor to Agent or any Lender (or any Affiliate of a Lender) withrespect to the Banking Relationship Debt, whether evidenced by any note or other writing, whether

 

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arising from any extension of credit, opening of a letter of credit, acceptance, loan, guaranty, indemnification or otherwise and whether direct or indirect,absolute or contingent, due or to become due, primary or secondary, or joint or several, including all interest, charges, expenses, fees or other sums (including Extraordinary Expenses) chargeable to any or all Obligors under the Agreement or underany of the other Loan Documents; and (v) all other Debts, covenants, duties and obligations (including Contingent Obligations) now or at any time or times hereafter owing by any Obligor to Agent or any Lender, whether evidenced by any note or otherwriting, whether arising from an extension of credit, opening of a letter of credit, acceptance, loan, guarantee, indemnification or otherwise and whether direct or indirect, absolute or contingent, due or to become due, primary or secondary, orjoint or several.

 

Obligor – eachBorrower and each Guarantor, and any other Person that is at any time liable for the payment of the whole or any part of the Obligations or that has granted in favor of Agent a Lien upon any of any of such Person’s assets to secure payment ofany of the Obligations.

 

Ordinary Course ofBusiness – with respect to any transaction involving any Person, the ordinary course of such Person’s business, as conducted by such Person in accordance with past practices and undertaken by such Person in good faith and not for thepurpose of evading any covenant or restriction in any Loan Document.

 

Organization Documents – with respect to any Person, its charter, certificate or articles of incorporation, bylaws, articles of organization, operating agreement, members agreement, partnership agreement,voting trust, or similar agreement or instrument governing the formation or operation of such Person.

 

Original Term – as defined in Section 5.1 of the Agreement.

 

OSHA – the Occupational Safety and Hazard Act of 1970.

 

Other Agreements – the Notes, each LC Support, theEnvironmental Agreement, the Fee Letter, each Hedging Agreement with Fleet or with Bank and subject to credit enhancement from Fleet, the Negative Pledge Agreement, the Intercreditor Agreement, and any and all agreements, instruments and documents(other than the Agreement and the Security Documents), heretofore, now or hereafter executed by any Borrower, any other Obligor or any other Person and delivered to Agent or any Lender in respect of the transactions contemplated by the Agreement.

 

Out-of-Formula Condition – as definedin Section 1.1.2 of the Agreement.

 

Out-of-Formula Loan – a Revolver Loan made when an Out-of-Formula Condition exists or the portion of any Revolver Loan which results in an Out-of-Formula Condition.

 

Participant – as defined in Section 13.2.1 of the Agreement.

 

Participating Lender – as defined in Section1.3.2(i) of the Agreement.

 

PaymentAccount – an account maintained by Agent to which all monies from time to time deposited to a Dominion Account shall be transferred and all other payments shall be sent in immediately available federal funds.

 

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Payment Items – all checks, drafts, or other items of payment payable to aBorrower, including proceeds of any of the Collateral.

 

Pending Revolver Loans – at any date, the aggregate principal amount of all Revolver Loans which have been requested in any Notice of Borrowing received by Agent but which have not theretofore been advanced by Agent or Lenders.

 

Permitted Contingent Obligations -Contingent Obligations arising from endorsements of Payment Items for collection or deposit in the Ordinary Course of Business; Contingent Obligations arising from Hedging Agreements entered into in the Ordinary Course of Business pursuant to theAgreement or with Agent’s prior written consent; Contingent Obligations of a Borrower and its Subsidiaries existing as of the Closing Date, including extensions and renewals thereof that do not increase the amount of such Contingent Obligationsas of the date of such extension or renewal; Contingent Obligations incurred in the Ordinary Course of Business with respect to surety bonds, appeal bonds, performance bonds and other similar obligations; Contingent Obligations arising underindemnity agreements to title insurers to cause such title insurers to issue to Agent title insurance policies; Contingent Obligations with respect to customary indemnification obligations in favor of purchasers in connection with dispositions ofEquipment permitted under Section 7.4.2 of the Agreement; Contingent Obligations of Rowe Companies arising under the Guaranty of Recourse Obligations; and other Contingent Obligations not to exceed $500,000 in the aggregate at any time.

 

Permitted Lien – a Lien of a kindspecified in Section 9.2.5 of the Agreement.

 

Permitted Purchase Money Debt – Purchase Money Debt of a Borrower and its Subsidiaries which is incurred after the date of the Agreement and that is secured by no Lien or only by a Purchase Money Lien, provided that the aggregateamount of Purchase Money Debt outstanding at any time does not exceed $500,000 and the incurrence of such Purchase Money Debt does not violate any limitation in the Loan Documents regarding Capital Expenditures. For the purposes of this definition,the principal amount of any Purchase Money Debt consisting of capitalized leases shall be computed as a Capitalized Lease Obligation.

 

Permitted Restructuring Expenses – Restructuring Expenses up to an aggregate amount not to exceed $1,900,000 as of the FiscalQuarter ending May 31, 2002.

 

Person -an individual, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, limited liability partnership, joint stock company, land trust, business trust, or unincorporated organization, or a Governmental Authority.

 

Plan – an employee benefit plan now or hereaftermaintained for employees of any or all Borrowers that is covered by Title IV of ERISA.

 

Pro Rata – a share of or in all Loans, participations in LC Outstandings, liabilities, payments, proceeds, collections, Collateraland Extraordinary Expenses, which share for any Lender on any date shall be a percentage (expressed as a decimal, rounded to the ninth decimal place) arrived at by dividing the amount of the Commitment of such Lender on such date by the aggregateamount of the Commitments of all Lenders on such date.

 

Projections – Borrowers’ forecasted (a) Consolidated and consolidating balance sheets, profit and loss statements, cash flow statements, and capitalization statements, all prepared on a consistent basis with Borrowers’historical financial statements, together with (b) appropriate supporting details and a statement of underlying assumptions, a projection of the Borrowing Base and Availability.

 

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Properly Contested – in the case of any Debt of an Obligor (including any Taxes)that is not paid as and when due or payable by reason of such Obligor’s bona fide dispute concerning its liability to pay same or concerning the amount thereof, (i) such Debt is being properly contested in good faith by appropriate proceedingspromptly instituted and diligently conducted; (ii) such Obligor has established appropriate reserves as shall be required in conformity with GAAP, (iii) the non-payment of such Debt will not have a Material Adverse Effect and will not result in aforfeiture of any assets of such Obligor; (iv) no Lien is imposed upon any of such Obligor’s assets with respect to such Debt unless such Lien is at all times junior and subordinate in priority to the Liens in favor of Agent (except only withrespect to property taxes that have priority as a matter of applicable state law) and enforcement of such Lien is stayed during the period prior to the final resolution or disposition of such dispute; (v) if the Debt results from, or is determinedby the entry, rendition or issuance against an Obligor or any of its assets of a judgment, writ, order or decree, enforcement of such judgment, writ, order or decree is stayed pending a timely appeal or other judicial review; and (vi) if suchcontest is abandoned, settled or determined adversely (in whole or in part) to such Obligor, such Obligor forthwith pays such Debt and all penalties, interest and other amounts due in connection therewith.

 

Property – any interest in any kind of property orasset, whether real, personal or mixed and whether tangible or intangible.

 

Purchase Money Debt – means and includes (i) Debt (other than the Obligations) for the payment of all or any part of the purchase price of any fixed assets, (ii) any Debt (other than the Obligations) incurredat the time of or within 10 days prior to or after the acquisition of any fixed assets for the purpose of financing all or any part of the purchase price thereof, and (iii) any renewals, extensions or refinancings (but not any increases in theprincipal amounts) thereof outstanding at the time.

 

Purchase Money Lien – a Lien upon fixed assets which secures Purchase Money Debt, but only if such Lien shall at all times be confined solely to the fixed assets acquired through the incurrence of the Purchase Money Debt secured bysuch Lien and such Lien constitutes a purchase money security interest under the UCC.

 

Real Estate – all parcels or tracts of real Property and buildings thereon (i) of Mitchell Gold Co. located on Route 1608 inTaylorsville, North Carolina; (ii) of Furniture located at 239 Rowan Street in Salem, Virginia; (iii) of Furniture located on Highway 114 in Morehouse, Missouri; (iv) of Mitchell Gold Co. located at 135 Comfortable Place in Taylorsville, NorthCarolina; (v) of Furniture located at 2700 Central Street in Poplar Bluff, Missouri; (vi) of Furniture located at 1972 Industrial Drive in Salem, Virginia; (vii) of Furniture located at 405 Cambria Street in Christianburg, Virginia; and (viii) ofFurniture located at 2121 Gardner Street in Elliston, Virginia.

 

Refinancing Conditions – the following conditions, each of which must be satisfied before Refinancing Debt shall be permitted under Section 9.2.3(ix) of the Agreement: (i) the Refinancing Debt is notowing by any Borrower; (ii) no Borrower is contingently liable for the Refinancing Debt except to the extent provided under the Guaranty of Recourse Obligations; and (iii) the Refinancing Debt is not secured by a Lien on any Property of a Borrower.

 

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Refinancing Debt – Debt for Money Borrowed that is permitted by Section9.2.3(ix) and that is the subject or the result of an extension, renewal or refinancing.

 

Regulation D – Regulation D of the Board of Governors.

 

Register – the register maintained by Agent in accordance with Section 4.8.2 of the Agreement.

 

Reimbursement Date – as defined inSection 1.3.1(iii) of the Agreement.

 

Rentals – as of the date of determination, all payments which a lessee is required to make by the terms of any lease.

 

Reportable Event – any of the events set forth in Section 4043(b) of ERISA.

 

Reporting Period – any consecutive 4-week (or, ifapplicable, 5-week) period beginning on December 2, 2001.

 

Required Lenders – at any date of determination thereof, (i) so long as there are more than 2 Lenders, Lenders holding at least 51% of the aggregate Commitments at such time, provided, however,that if any Lender shall be in breach of any of its obligations hereunder to Borrowers or Agent, including any breach resulting from its failure to honor its Commitment in accordance with the terms of the Agreement, then, for so long as such breachcontinues, the term “Required Lenders” shall mean Lenders (excluding each Lender that is in breach of its obligations under the Agreement) having Commitments representing at least 51% of the aggregate Commitments at such time;provided further, however, that if the Commitments have been terminated, the term “Required Lenders” shall mean Lenders (excluding each Lender that is in breach of its obligations hereunder) holding Loans (includingSettlement Loans) representing at least 51% of the aggregate principal amount of Loans (including Settlement Loans) outstanding at such time; (ii) so long as there are 2 Lenders, both Lenders; provided, however, that if any Lendershall be in breach of any of its obligations hereunder to Borrowers or Agent, including any breach resulting from its failure to honor its Commitment in accordance with the terms of the Agreement, then, for so long as such breach continues, the term“Required Lenders” shall mean the other, non-defaulting, Lender; or (iii) so long is there is 1 Lender, such Lender.

 

Restricted Investment – any acquisition of Property by a Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries in exchange for cash or otherProperty, whether in the form of an acquisition of Equity Interests or Debt, or the purchase or acquisition by a Borrower or any Subsidiary of any other Property, or a loan, advance, capital contribution or subscription, except acquisitions of thefollowing: (i) fixed assets to be used in the Ordinary Course of Business of a Borrower or any Subsidiary so long as the acquisition costs thereof constitute Capital Expenditures permitted hereunder; (ii) goods held for sale or lease or to be usedin the manufacture of goods or the provision of services by a Borrower or any Subsidiary in the Ordinary Course of Business; (iii) Current Assets arising from the sale or lease of goods or the rendition of services in the Ordinary Course of Businessof a Borrower or any if its Subsidiaries; (iv) investments in Subsidiaries to the extent existing on the Closing Date; (v) Cash Equivalents to the extent they are not subject to rights of offset in favor of any Person other than Agent or a Lender;and (vi) loans and other advances of money to the extent not prohibited by Section 9.2.2.

 

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Restrictive Agreement – an agreement (other than any of the Loan Documents) that,if and for so long as an Obligor or any Subsidiary of such Obligor is a party thereto, would prohibit, condition or restrict such Obligor’s or Subsidiary’s right to incur or repay Debt for Money Borrowed (including any of the Obligations);grant Liens upon any of such Obligor’s or Subsidiary’s assets (including Liens granted in favor of Agent pursuant to the Loan Documents); declare or make Distributions; amend, modify, extend or renew any agreement evidencing Debt for MoneyBorrowed (including any of the Loan Documents); or repay any Debt owed to another Obligor.

 

Restructuring Expenses – non-recurring cash expenses incurred by Borrowers at any time relating to the consolidation of the RetailBorrowers.

 

Retail Borrowers – HomeElements and Storehouse.

 

RetailLocation – a location at which a Borrower keeps, stores or otherwise maintains Collateral and conducts retail store operations.

 

Revolver Commitment – at any date for any Lender, the obligation of such Lender to make Revolver Loans and to purchaseparticipations in LC Outstandings pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Agreement, which shall not exceed the principal amount set forth opposite such Lender’s name under the heading “Revolver Commitment” on the signature pagesof the Agreement or the signature page of the Assignment and Acceptance by which it became a Lender, as modified from time to time pursuant to the terms of the Agreement or to give effect to any applicable Assignment and Acceptance; and“Revolver Commitments” means the aggregate principal amount of the Revolver Commitments of all Lenders, the maximum amount of which shall be $40,000,000.

 

Revolver Loan – a Loan made by Lenders as provided in Section 1.1 of the Agreement (includingany Out-of-Formula Loan) or a Settlement Loan funded solely by Fleet.

 

Revolver Note – a Revolver Note to be executed by Borrowers in favor of each Lender in the form of Exhibit A attached hereto, which shall be in the face amount of such Lender’s RevolverCommitment and which shall evidence all Revolver Loans (other than Settlement Loans) made by such Lender to Borrowers pursuant to the Agreement.

 

Rowe Jessup – Rowe Properties Jessup, Inc., a Maryland corporation.

 

Rowe Sylmar – Rowe Properties Sylmar, Inc., a California corporation.

 

S&P – Standard & Poor’s Ratings Group, adivision of McGraw-Hill, Inc.

 

Schedule ofAccounts – as defined in Section 7.2.1 of the Agreement.

 

SEC – Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Secured Parties – Agent, each Lender and each Affiliate of a Lender, including Bank.

 

Security – shall have the same meaning as in Section2(1) of the Securities Act of 1933.

 

Security Documents – the Credit Insurance Assignment, each Guaranty, the Trademark Security Agreement the Deposit Account Assignment, the Life Insurance Assignment, the Business Interruption Insurance Assignment and all otherinstruments and agreements now or at any time hereafter securing the whole or any part of the Obligations.

 

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Senior Officer – the chairman of the board of directors, the president or thechief financial officer of, or in-house legal counsel to a Borrower.

 

Settlement Date – as defined in Section 3.1.3(i) of the Agreement.

 

Settlement Loan – as defined in Section 3.1.3(ii) of the Agreement.

 

Settlement Note – the Settlement Note to be executedby Borrowers to the order of Fleet on or before the Closing Date in the form of Exhibit C, to evidence the outstanding Settlement Loans owing to Fleet from time to time pursuant to Section 3.1.3 of the Agreement.

 

Settlement Report – a report delivered by Agent toLenders summarizing the amount of the outstanding Revolver Loans as of the Settlement Date and the calculation of the Borrowing Base as of such Settlement Date.

 

Solvent – as to any Person, such Person (i) owns Property whose fair saleable value is greater thanthe amount required to pay all of such Person’s Debts (including contingent Debts), (ii) is able to pay all of its Debts as such Debts mature, (iii) has capital sufficient to carry on its business and transactions and all business andtransactions in which it is about to engage; and (iv) is not “insolvent” within the meaning of Section 101(32) of the Bankruptcy Code.

 

Statutory Reserves – on any date, the percentage (expressed as a decimal) established by the Board of Governors which is the thenstated maximum rate for all reserves (including any emergency, supplemental or other marginal reserve requirements) applicable to any member bank of the Federal Reserve System in respect to Eurocurrency Liabilities (or any successor category ofliabilities under Regulation D). Such reserve percentage shall include those imposed pursuant to Regulation D. The Statutory Reserve shall be adjusted automatically on and as of the effective date of any change in such percentage.

 

Subordinated Debt – Debt of any or all Borrowers thatis fully and absolutely subordinated in right of payment to the Obligations in a manner satisfactory to Agent.

 

Subsidiary – any Person in which more than 20% of its outstanding Voting Stock or more than 20% of all Equity Interests is owneddirectly or indirectly by a Borrower, by one or more other Subsidiaries of a Borrower or by a Borrower and one or more other Subsidiaries.

 

SunTrust – SunTrust Bank, formerly known as SunTrust Bank, Atlanta.

 

SunTrust Documents – the SunTrust Lease Documents, the SunTrust LC Agreement and the SunTrust SwapDocuments.

 

SunTrust LC Agreement – theAmended and Restated Replacement Credit Agreement dated May 15, 2002, among SunTrust and Borrowers.

 

SunTrust Lease – the Master Agreement dated as of August 27, 1999, among Borrowers, AFG, the “Lenders” thereunder andSunTrust, as agent for the “Lenders” thereunder, as amended by the First Modification to Synthetic Lease Financing Operative Documents dated as of October 11, 2000, and the Omnibus Amendment dated as of May 15, 2002.

 

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SunTrust Lease Adjustment – any required adjustment to Borrowers’Consolidated financial statements in connection with or as a result of the conversion of the SunTrust Lease from a synthetic lease to a capital lease.

 

SunTrust Lease Documents – the SunTrust Lease and all other agreements, instruments and documents heretofore, now or hereafterexecuted by a Borrower or any other Obligor or Person and delivered to SunTrust or any other Person in respect of the transactions contemplated by the SunTrust Lease.

 

SunTrust Swap – the ISDA Master Agreement dated August 31, 2000, between SunTrust and Rowe Companies.

 

SunTrust Swap Documents – the SunTrustSwap and all other agreements, instruments and documents heretofore, now or hereafter executed by a Borrower or any other Obligor or Person and delivered to SunTrust or any other Person in respect of the transactions contemplated by the SunTrustSwap.

 

Supporting Obligations – shallhave the meaning given to “supporting obligations” in the UCC.

 

Taxes – any present or future taxes, levies, imposts, duties, fees, assessments, deductions, withholdings or other charges of whatever nature, including income, receipts, excise, property, sales, use, transfer,license, payroll, withholding, social security and franchise taxes now or hereafter imposed or levied by the United States or any other Governmental Authority and all interest, penalties, additions to tax and similar liabilities with respectthereto, but excluding, in the case of each Lender, taxes imposed on or measured by the net income or overall gross receipts of such Lender.

 

Term Loan – the aggregate of the Term Loan Advances made by Lenders to Borrower pursuant to Section 1.2.1 of the Agreement.

 

Term Loan Advance – an advance made bya Lender as part of the Term Loan on the Closing Date and thereafter means each Lender’s portion of the Term Loan.

 

Term Loan Commitment – at any date for any Lender, the obligation of such Lender to make Term Loan Advances pursuant to the termsand conditions of the Agreement, which shall not exceed the principal amount set forth opposite such Lender’s name under the heading “Term Loan Commitment” on the signature pages hereof or the signature page of any Assignment andAcceptance by which it became a Lender, as modified from time to time pursuant to the terms of Agreement or to give effect to any applicable Assignment and Acceptance; and the term “Term Loan Commitments” means the aggregateprincipal amount of the Term Loan Commitments of all Lenders, the maximum amount of which shall be $5,000,000.

 

Term Note – shall have the meaning ascribed to it in Section 1.2.2.

 

Trademark Security Agreement – the Trademark Security Agreement to be executed by a Borrower in favorof Agent on or before the Closing Date and by which such Borrower shall assign to Agent, for its benefit as Agent and for the Pro Rata benefit of Lenders, as security for the Obligations, all of such Borrower’s right, title and interest in andto all of its trademarks.

 

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Transferee – as defined in Section 13.3.3 of the Agreement.

 

Type – any type of a Loan determined with respect tothe interest option applicable thereto, which shall be either a LIBOR Loan or a Base Rate Loan.

 

UCC – the Uniform Commercial Code (or any successor statute) as adopted and in force in the State of Georgia or, when the laws ofany other state govern the method or manner of the perfection or enforcement of any security interest in any of the Collateral, the Uniform Commercial Code (or any successor statute) of such state.

 

Upstream Payment – a payment or distribution of cashor other Property by a Subsidiary to a Borrower, whether in repayment of Debt owed by such Subsidiary to such Borrower, to pay dividends on account of such Borrower’s ownership of Equity Interests or otherwise.

 

Value – with reference to the value of EligibleInventory, value determined on the basis of the lower of cost or market of such Eligible Inventory, with the cost thereof calculated on a first-in, first-out basis, determined in accordance with GAAP.

 

Voting Power – with respect to any Person, the powerordinarily (without the occurrence of a contingency) to elect the members of the board of directors (or Persons performing similar functions) of such Person.

 

Voting Stock – Equity Interests of any class or classes of a corporation or other entity the holders of which are ordinarily, inthe absence of contingencies, entitled to elect a majority of the corporate directors or Persons performing similar functions.

 

Warehouse Location – a location at which a Borrower keeps, stores or otherwise maintains Collateral that is not a Retail Location.

 

Accounting Terms. Unless otherwise specifiedherein, all terms of an accounting character used in the Agreement shall be interpreted, all accounting determinations under the Agreement shall be made, and all financial statements required to be delivered under the Agreement shall be prepared inaccordance with GAAP, applied on a basis consistent with the most recent audited Consolidated financial statements of Borrowers and the Subsidiaries heretofore delivered to Agent and Lenders and using the same method for inventory valuation as usedin such audited financial statements, except for any change required by GAAP; provided, however, that for purposes of determining Borrowers’ compliance with financial covenants contained in Section 9.3 of the Agreement, allaccounting terms shall be interpreted and all accounting determinations shall be made in accordance with GAAP as in effect on the date of the Agreement and applied on a basis consistent with the application used in the financial statements referredto in Section 8.1.9 of the Agreement. In the event of any change in GAAP that occurs after the date of the Agreement and that is material to Borrowers, Agent and Lenders shall have the right to require either that conforming adjustments be made toany financial covenants set forth in the Agreement, or the components thereof, that are affected by such change or that Borrowers report their financial condition based on GAAP as in effect immediately prior to the occurrence of such change.

 

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Other Terms. All other terms contained in the Agreement shall have, when the context soindicates, the meanings provided for by the UCC to the extent the same are used or defined therein.

 

Certain Matters of Construction. The terms “herein,” “hereof” and “hereunder” and other words of similarimport refer to the Agreement as a whole and not to any particular section, paragraph or subdivision. Any pronoun used shall be deemed to cover all genders. In the computation of periods of time from a specified date to a later specified date, theword “from” means “from and including” and the words “to” and “until” each means “to but excluding.” The section titles, table of contents and list of exhibits appear as a matter of convenience onlyand shall not affect the interpretation of the Agreement. All references to statutes and related regulations shall include any amendments of same and any successor statutes and regulations; to any of the Loan Documents shall include any and allmodifications thereto and any and all restatements, extensions or renewals thereof; to any Person shall mean and include the successors and permitted assigns of such Person; to “including” and “include” shall be understood tomean “including, without limitation” (and, for purposes of the Agreement and each other Loan Document, the parties agree that the rule of ejusdem generis shall not be applicable to limit a general statement, which is followed by orreferable to an enumeration of specific matters to matters similar to the matters specifically mentioned); or to the time of day shall mean the time of day on the day in question in Atlanta, Georgia, unless otherwise expressly provided in theAgreement. A Default or an Event of Default shall be deemed to exist at all times during the period commencing on the date that such Default or Event of Default occurs to the date on which such Default or Event of Default is waived in writing byAgent pursuant to the Agreement or, in the case of a Default, is cured within any period of cure expressly provided in this Agreement; and an Event of Default shall “continue” or be “continuing” until such Event of Default hasbeen waived in writing by Lender. All calculations of Value shall be in Dollars, all Loans shall be funded in Dollars and all Obligations shall be repaid in Dollars. Whenever the phrase “to the best of Borrowers’ knowledge” or wordsof similar import relating to the knowledge or the awareness of Borrowers are used herein, such phrase shall mean and refer to (i) the actual knowledge of a Senior Officer of any Borrower or (ii) the knowledge that a Senior Officer would haveobtained if they had engaged in good faith and diligent performance of his duties, including the making of such reasonably specific inquiries as may be necessary of the employees or agents of Borrowers and a good faith attempt to ascertain theexistence or accuracy of the matter to which such phrase relates.

 

Separate Capacity. Any reference to a “Revolving Lender” or a “Term Lender” shall mean such Lender solely in its capacity as the holder of a Revolver Loan or a Term Loan, as the case may be; and, if a Lender holdsboth Revolver Loans and Term Loans, the rights, privileges, obligations or disabilities that may be enjoyed or imposed upon such Lender with respect to one kind of Loan shall not be imposed upon or enjoyed by such Lender with respect to the otherkind of Loan.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Appendix has been dulyexecuted in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 15, 2002.

 

    BORROWERS:
ATTEST:   THE ROWE COMPANIES

/s/ Garry Angle


  By:  

/s/ Michael Thurmond


Garry Angle, Assistant Secretary       Michael Thurmond, Chief Financial Officer
        and Treasurer
[CORPORATE SEAL]        

 

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ATTEST:   ROWE DIVERSIFIED, INC.

/s/ Michael Thurmond


  By:  

/s/ Garry Angle


Michael Thurmond, Assistant Secretary       Garry Angle, Treasurer
[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:   HOME ELEMENTS, INC.

/s/ Garry Angle


  By:  

/s/ Michael Thurmond


Garry Angle, Assistant Secretary       Michael Thurmond, Treasurer
[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:  

ROWE FURNITURE WOOD

PRODUCTS,INC.

/s/ Garry Angle


  By:  

/s/ Michael Thurmond


Garry Angle, Assistant Secretary       Michael Thurmond, Treasurer
[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:   ROWE PROPERTIES, INC.

/s/ Garry Angle


  By:  

/s/ Michael Thurmond


Garry Angle, Assistant Secretary       Michael Thurmond, Treasurer
[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:   STOREHOUSE, INC.

/s/ Garry Angle


  By:  

/s/ Michael Thurmond


Garry Angle, Assistant Secretary       Michael Thurmond, Treasurer
[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:   ROWE FURNITURE, INC.

/s/ Garry Angle


  By:  

/s/ Michael Thurmond


Garry Angle, Assistant Secretary       Michael Thurmond, Assistant Vice
        President – Finance
[CORPORATE SEAL]        

 

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ATTEST:   THE MITCHELL GOLD CO.

/s/ Garry Angle


  By:  

/s/ Michael Thurmond


Garry Angle, Assistant Secretary       Michael Thurmond, Treasurer
[CORPORATE SEAL]        
    LENDERS:
    FLEET CAPITAL CORPORATION
    By:  

/s/ Dave Ritch


    Title:   Vice President
    THE CIT GROUP/COMMERCIAL
    SERVICES, INC.
    By:  

/s/ Dan Upchurch


    Title:   Vice President
    AGENT:
    FLEET CAPITAL CORPORATION,
    as Agent
    By:  

/s/ Dave Ritch


    Title:   Vice President

 

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EXHIBIT A

 

FORM OF REVOLVER NOTE

 

                        ,20    

U.S. $            .    

  Atlanta, Georgia

 

FOR VALUE RECEIVED,the undersigned, THE ROWE COMPANIES, a Nevada corporation (“Rowe Companies”); ROWE DIVERSIFIED, INC., a Delaware corporation (“Rowe Diversified”); HOME ELEMENTS, INC., a Virginia corporation (“HomeElements”); ROWE FURNITURE WOOD PRODUCTS, INC., a California corporation (“Wood Products”); ROWE PROPERTIES, INC., a California corporation (“Rowe Properties”); STOREHOUSE, INC., a Georgia corporation(“Storehouse”); ROWE FURNITURE, INC., a Virginia corporation (“Furniture”); and THE MITCHELL GOLD CO., a North Carolina corporation (“Mitchell Gold Co.”; Rowe Companies, Rowe Diversified, Home Elements,Wood Products, Rowe Properties, Storehouse, Furniture and Mitchell Gold Co. being referred to collectively as “Borrowers” and individually as a “Borrower”), hereby unconditionally, and jointly and severally, promise to pay to theorder of                      (herein, together with any subsequent holder hereof, called the “Holder”) the principal sum of$                     or such lesser sum as may constitute Holder’s Pro Rata share of the outstanding principal amount of all RevolverLoans pursuant to the terms of the Loan Agreement (as defined below) on the date on which such outstanding principal amounts become due and payable pursuant to Section 4.2 of the Loan Agreement, in strict accordance with the terms thereof.Borrowers likewise unconditionally, and jointly and severally, promise to pay to Holder interest from and after the date hereof on Holder’s Pro Rata share of the outstanding principal amount of Revolver Loans at such interest rates, payable atsuch times, and computed in such manner as are specified in Section 2.1 of the Loan Agreement, in strict accordance with the terms thereof.

 

This Revolver Note (“Note”) is issued pursuant to, and is one of the “Revolver Notes” referred to in, the Loan and Security Agreementdated May     , 2002 (as the same may be amended from time to time, the “Loan Agreement”), among Borrowers, Fleet Capital Corporation, as collateral and administrative agent (in such capacity, “Agent”)for itself and the financial institutions from time to time parties thereto as lenders (“Lenders”), and such Lenders, and Holder is and shall be entitled to all benefits thereof and of all Loan Documents executed and delivered inconnection therewith. All capitalized terms used herein, unless otherwise defined herein, shall have the meanings ascribed to such terms in the Loan Agreement.

 

The repayment of the principal balance of this Note is subject to the provisions of Section 4.2 of the Loan Agreement. The entire unpaidprincipal balance and all accrued interest on this Note shall be due and payable immediately upon the termination of the Commitments as set forth in Section 5.2 of the Loan Agreement.

 

All payments of principal and interest shall be made in Dollars inimmediately available funds as specified in the Loan Agreement.

 

Upon or after the occurrence of an Event of Default and for so long as such Event of Default exists, the principal balance and all accrued interest of this Note may be declared (or shall become) due and payable in the manner and with theeffect provided in the Loan Agreement, and the unpaid principal balance hereof shall bear interest at the Default Rate as and when provided in Section 2.1.5 of the Loan Agreement. Borrowers jointly and severally agree to pay, and save Holderharmless against, any liability for the payment of, all costs and expenses, including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees, if this Note is collected by or through an attorney-at-law.


All principal amounts of Revolver Loans made by Holder to Borrowers pursuant to the Loan Agreement, andall accrued and unpaid interest thereon, shall be deemed outstanding under this Note and shall continue to be owing by Borrowers until paid in accordance with the terms of this Note and the Loan Agreement.

 

In no contingency or event whatsoever, whether by reason of advancement ofthe proceeds hereof or otherwise, shall the amount paid or agreed to be paid to Holder for the use, forbearance or detention of money advanced hereunder exceed the highest lawful rate permissible under any law which a court of competent jurisdictionmay deem applicable hereto; and, in the event of any such payment inadvertently paid by Borrowers or inadvertently received by Holder, such excess sum shall be, at Borrowers’ option, returned to Borrowers forthwith or credited as a payment ofprincipal, but shall not be applied to the payment of interest. It is the intent hereof that Borrowers not pay or contract to pay, and that Holder not receive or contract to receive, directly or indirectly in any manner whatsoever, interest inexcess of that which may be paid by Borrowers under Applicable Law.

 

Time is of the essence of this Note. To the fullest extent permitted by Applicable Law, each Borrower, for itself and its legal representatives, successors and assigns, expressly waives presentment, demand, protest, notice of dishonor,notice of non-payment, notice of maturity, notice of protest, presentment for the purpose of accelerating maturity, diligence in collection, and the benefit of any exemption or insolvency laws.

 

Wherever possible each provision of this Note shall be interpreted in such amanner as to be effective and valid under Applicable Law, but if any provision of this Note shall be prohibited or invalid under Applicable Law, such provision shall be ineffective to the extent of such prohibition or invalidity without invalidatingthe remainder of such provision or remaining provisions of this Note. No delay or failure on the part of Holder in the exercise of any right or remedy hereunder shall operate as a waiver thereof, nor as an acquiescence in any default, nor shall anysingle or partial exercise by Holder of any right or remedy preclude any other right or remedy. Holder, at its option, may enforce its rights against any Collateral securing this Note without Agent or Holder enforcing its rights against anyBorrower, any Guarantor of the indebtedness evidenced hereby or any other property or indebtedness due or to become due to any Borrower. Each Borrower agrees that, without releasing or impairing any Borrower’s liability hereunder, Holder orAgent may at any time release, surrender, substitute or exchange any Collateral securing this Note and may at any time release any party primarily or secondarily liable for the indebtedness evidenced by this Note.

 

The rights of Holder and obligations of Borrowers hereunder shall beconstrued in accordance with and governed by the laws (without giving effect to the conflict of law principles thereof) of the State of Georgia. This Note is intended to take effect as an instrument under seal under Georgia law.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Borrowers have caused this Note to be executed under seal and delivered by its dulyauthorized officers on the date first above written.

 

    BORROWERS:
ATTEST:   THE ROWE COMPANIES

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:   ROWE DIVERSIFIED, INC.

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:   HOME ELEMENTS, INC.

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:   ROWE FURNITURE WOOD PRODUCTS, INC.

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:   ROWE PROPERTIES, INC.

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        

 

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ATTEST:   STOREHOUSE, INC.

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:   ROWE FURNITURE, INC.

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:   THE MITCHELL GOLD CO.

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        

 

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EXHIBIT B

 

FORM OF TERM NOTE

 

                        ,20    

U.S. $            .    

  Atlanta, Georgia

 

FOR VALUE RECEIVED,the undersigned, THE ROWE COMPANIES, a Nevada corporation (“Rowe Companies”); ROWE DIVERSIFIED, INC., a Delaware corporation (“Rowe Diversified”); HOME ELEMENTS, INC., a Virginia corporation (“HomeElements”); ROWE FURNITURE WOOD PRODUCTS, INC., a California corporation (“Wood Products”); ROWE PROPERTIES, INC., a California corporation (“Rowe Properties”); STOREHOUSE, INC., a Georgia corporation(“Storehouse”); ROWE FURNITURE, INC., a Virginia corporation (“Furniture”); and THE MITCHELL GOLD CO., a North Carolina corporation (“Mitchell Gold Co.”; Rowe Companies, Rowe Diversified, Home Elements,Wood Products, Rowe Properties, Storehouse, Furniture and Mitchell Gold Co. being referred to collectively as “Borrowers” and individually as a “Borrower”), hereby unconditionally, and jointly and severally, promise to pay to theorder of                                        (herein, together with any subsequent holder hereof, called the “Holder”), the principal sum of $                    , or so muchthereof as represents Holder’s Pro Rata share of the outstanding principal amount of all Term Loan pursuant to the terms of the Loan Agreement (as defined below), on the dates on which such outstanding principal amounts become due and payablepursuant to Section 4.3 of the Loan Agreement, in strict accordance with the terms thereof. Borrowers likewise unconditionally, and jointly and severally, promise to pay to Holder interest from and after the date hereof on the unpaidprincipal balance hereof at such interest rates, payable at such times and computed in such manner as are specified in Section 2.1 of the Loan Agreement, in strict accordance with the terms thereof.

 

This Term Note (“Note”) is issued pursuant to, and is one of the“Term Notes” referred to in, the Loan and Security Agreement, dated May     , 2002 (as at any time amended, the “Loan Agreement”), among Borrowers, Fleet Capital Corporation, as collateral andadministrative agent (in such capacity, “Agent”) for itself and the financial institutions from time to time parties thereto as lenders (“Lenders”), and such Lenders, and Holder is and shall be entitled to all benefits thereofand of all Loan Documents executed and delivered in connection therewith. All capitalized terms used herein, unless otherwise defined herein, shall have the meanings ascribed to such terms in the Loan Agreement.

 

This Note is subject to mandatory prepayment in accordance with theprovisions of Section 4.3.3 of the Loan Agreement and to prepayment premiums in accordance with the provisions of Section 4.3.4 of the Loan Agreement. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the entire unpaidprincipal balance of and accrued interest on this Note shall be due and payable immediately upon the termination of the Commitments as set forth in Section 5.2.4 of the Loan Agreement.

 

All payments of principal and interest shall be made in Dollars and inimmediately available funds to Agent for Holders’ benefit at the Payment Office specified in the Loan Agreement.

 

Upon or after the occurrence of an Event of Default, the principal balance and all accrued interest of this Note may be declared (or shall become) due andpayable in the manner and with the effect provided in the Loan Agreement and the unpaid balance hereof shall bear interest at the Default Rate as and when provided in Section 2.1.5 of the Loan Agreement. If this Note is collected by orthrough an attorney at law, then Borrowers shall be jointly and severally obligated to pay, in addition the principal balance and accrued interest hereof, reasonable attorneys’ fees, expenses and court costs.


In no contingency or event whatsoever, whether by reason of advancement of the proceeds hereof orotherwise, shall the amount paid or agreed to be paid to Holder for the use, forbearance or detention of money advanced hereunder exceed the highest lawful rate permissible under any law which a court of competent jurisdiction may deem applicablehereto; and, in the event of any such payment inadvertently paid by Borrowers or inadvertently received by Holder, such excess sum shall be, at Borrowers’ option, returned to Borrowers forthwith or credited as a payment of principal, but shallnot be applied to the payment of interest. It is the intent hereof that Borrowers not pay or contract to pay, and that Holder not receive or contract to receive, directly or indirectly in any manner whatsoever, interest in excess of that which maybe paid by Borrowers under Applicable Law.

 

Time is of theessence of this Note. To the fullest extent permitted by Applicable Law, each Borrower, for itself and its legal representatives, successors and assigns, expressly waives presentment, demand, protest, notice of dishonor, notice of non-payment,notice of maturity, notice of protest, presentment for the purpose of accelerating maturity, diligence in collection, and the benefit of any exemption or insolvency laws.

 

Wherever possible each provision of this Note shall be interpreted in such a manner as to be effective and valid underApplicable Law, but if any provision of this Note shall be prohibited or invalid under Applicable Law, such provision shall be ineffective to the extent of such prohibition or invalidity without invalidating the remainder of such provision orremaining provisions of this Note. No delay or failure on the part of Holder in the exercise of any right or remedy hereunder shall operate as a waiver thereof, nor as an acquiescence in any default, nor shall any single or partial exercise byHolder of any right or remedy preclude any other right or remedy. Holder, at its option, may enforce its rights against any collateral securing this Note without enforcing its rights against any Borrower, any Guarantor of the indebtedness evidencedhereby or any other property or indebtedness due or to become due to any Borrower. Each Borrower agrees that, without releasing or impairing any Borrower’s liability hereunder, Holder may at any time release, surrender, substitute or exchangeany collateral securing this Note and may at any time release any party primarily or secondarily liable for the indebtedness evidenced by this Note.

 

The rights and obligations of Holder and Borrowers hereunder shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws (without giving effect to theconflict of law principles thereof) of the State of Georgia. This Note is intended to take effect as an instrument under seal under Georgia law.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each Borrower has caused this Note to be executed and delivered by its dulyauthorized officers, on the date first above written.

 

    BORROWERS:
ATTEST:   THE ROWE COMPANIES

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:   ROWE DIVERSIFIED, INC.

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:   HOME ELEMENTS, INC.

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:   ROWE FURNITURE WOOD PRODUCTS, INC.

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:   ROWE PROPERTIES, INC.

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        

 

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ATTEST:   STOREHOUSE, INC.

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:   ROWE FURNITURE, INC.

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:   THE MITCHELL GOLD CO.

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        

 

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EXHIBIT C

 

FORM OF SETTLEMENT NOTE

 

U.S. $5,000,000.00

  May     , 2002
    Atlanta, Georgia

 

FOR VALUE RECEIVED,the undersigned THE ROWE COMPANIES, a Nevada corporation (“Rowe Companies”); ROWE DIVERSIFIED, INC., a Delaware corporation (“Rowe Diversified”); HOME ELEMENTS, INC., a Virginia corporation (“HomeElements”); ROWE FURNITURE WOOD PRODUCTS, INC., a California corporation (“Wood Products”); ROWE PROPERTIES, INC., a California corporation (“Rowe Properties”); STOREHOUSE, INC., a Georgia corporation(“Storehouse”); ROWE FURNITURE, INC., a Virginia corporation (“Furniture”); and THE MITCHELL GOLD CO., a North Carolina corporation (“Mitchell Gold Co.”; Rowe Companies, Rowe Diversified, Home Elements,Wood Products, Rowe Properties, Storehouse, Furniture and Mitchell Gold Co. being referred to collectively as “Borrowers” and individually as a “Borrower”), hereby unconditionally, and jointly and severally, promise to pay to theorder of FLEET CAPITAL CORPORATION (herein, together with any subsequent holder hereof, called the “Fleet”), the principal sum of $5,000,000, or such lesser sum as may constitute the outstanding principal amount of all SettlementLoans pursuant to the terms of the Loan Agreement (as defined below), on the date on which such outstanding principal amounts become due and payable pursuant to the Loan Agreement, in strict accordance with the terms thereof. Borrowers likewiseunconditionally, and jointly and severally, promise to pay to Fleet interest from and after the date hereof on the unpaid principal balance hereof at such interest rates, payable at such times and computed in such manner as are specified inSection 2.1 of the Loan Agreement, in strict accordance with the terms thereof.

 

This Settlement Note (“Note”) is issued pursuant to, and is the “Settlement Note” referred to in, the Loan and Security Agreement dated May     , 2002 (as at any timeamended, the “Loan Agreement”), among Borrowers, Fleet Capital Corporation, as collateral and administrative agent (in such capacity, the “Agent”) for itself and the financial institutions from time to time parties thereto(“Lenders”), and such Lenders, and Fleet is and shall be entitled to all benefits thereof and of all Loan Documents executed and delivered in connection therewith. All capitalized terms used herein, unless otherwise defined herein, shallhave the meanings ascribed to such terms in the Loan Agreement.

 

The repayment of the principal balance of this Note shall be made in the manner and to the extent stated in Section 4.2 of the Loan Agreement. The entire unpaid principal balance and all accrued interest on this Note shall be due andpayable immediately upon the Commitment Termination Date.

 

Allpayments of principal and interest shall be made in Dollars and in immediately available funds as specified in the Loan Agreement.

 

Upon or after the occurrence of an Event of Default, the principal balance and all accrued interest of this Note may be declared (or shall become) due andpayable in the manner and with the effect provided in the Loan Agreement. If this Note is collected by or through an attorney at law, then Borrowers shall be obligated to pay, in addition the principal balance and accrued interest hereof, reasonableattorneys’ fees, expenses and court costs. From and after the occurrence of an Event of Default, the outstanding principal amount hereof shall bear interest at the Default Rate.

 

All principal amounts of Settlement Loans made by Fleet to Borrowers pursuant to the Loan Agreement, and all accrued andunpaid interest thereon, shall be deemed outstanding under this Note and shall continue to be owing by Borrowers until paid in accordance with the terms of this Note and the Loan Agreement.


In no contingency or event whatsoever, whether by reason of advancement of the proceeds hereof orotherwise, shall the amount paid or agreed to be paid to Fleet for the use, forbearance or detention of money advanced hereunder exceed the highest lawful rate permissible under any law which a court of competent jurisdiction may deem applicablehereto; and, in the event of any such payment inadvertently paid by Borrowers or inadvertently received by Fleet, such excess sum shall be, at Borrowers’ option, returned to Borrowers forthwith or credited as a payment of principal, but shallnot be applied to the payment of interest. It is the intent hereof that Borrowers not pay or contract to pay, and that Fleet not receive or contract to receive, directly or indirectly in any manner whatsoever, interest in excess of that which may bepaid by Borrowers under Applicable Law.

 

Time is of the essenceof this Note. To the fullest extent permitted by Applicable Law, Borrowers, for themselves and their legal representatives, successors and assigns, expressly waives presentment, demand, protest, notice of dishonor, notice of non-payment, notice ofmaturity, notice of protest, presentment for the purpose of accelerating maturity, diligence in collection, and the benefit of any exemption or insolvency laws.

 

Wherever possible each provision of this Note shall be interpreted in such a manner as to be effective and valid under Applicable Law, but if anyprovision of this Note shall be prohibited or invalid under Applicable Law, such provision shall be ineffective to the extent of such prohibition or invalidity without invalidating the remainder of such provision or remaining provisions of thisNote. No delay or failure on the part of Fleet in the exercise of any right or remedy hereunder shall operate as a waiver thereof, nor as an acquiescence in any default, nor shall any single or partial exercise by Fleet of any right or remedypreclude any other right or remedy. Fleet, at its option, may enforce its rights against any collateral securing this Note without enforcing its rights against Borrowers, any Guarantor of the indebtedness evidenced hereby or any other property orindebtedness due or to become due to Borrowers. Borrowers agree that, without releasing or impairing Borrowers’ joint and several liability hereunder, Fleet may at any time release, surrender, substitute or exchange any collateral securing thisNote and may at any time release any party primarily or secondarily liable for the indebtedness evidenced by this Note.

 

The rights and obligations of Fleet and Borrowers hereunder shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws (without giving effect to theconflict of law principles thereof) of the State of Georgia. This Note is intended to take effect as an instrument under seal under Georgia law.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Borrowers have caused this Note to be executed and delivered by its duly authorizedofficers, on the date first above written.

 

    BORROWERS:
ATTEST:   THE ROWE COMPANIES

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:   ROWE DIVERSIFIED, INC.

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:   HOME ELEMENTS, INC.

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:   ROWE FURNITURE WOOD PRODUCTS, INC.

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:   ROWE PROPERTIES, INC.

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        

 

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ATTEST:   STOREHOUSE, INC.

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:   ROWE FURNITURE, INC.

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        
ATTEST:   THE MITCHELL GOLD CO.

 


  By:  

 


Secretary   Title:  

 


[CORPORATE SEAL]        

 

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EXHIBIT D

 

Form of Notice of Conversion/Continuation

 

Date                    ,    

 

Fleet Capital Corporation, as Agent

300 Galleria Parkway

Suite 800

Atlanta, Georgia 30339

Attention: Loan Administration Officer

 

  Re: Loan and Security Agreement dated May     , 2002, by and among The Rowe Companies, Rowe Diversified, Inc., Home Elements, Inc., Rowe Furniture WoodProducts, Inc., Rowe Properties, Inc., Storehouse, Inc., Rowe Furniture, Inc., The Mitchell Gold Co., a North Carolina corporation, Fleet Capital Corporation, as collateral and administrative agent for certain Lenders from time to time partiesthereto, and such Lenders (as at any time amended, the “Loan Agreement”)

 

Gentlemen:

 

This Notice ofConversion/Continuation is delivered to you pursuant to Section 3.1.2 of the Loan Agreement. Unless otherwise defined herein, capitalized terms used herein shall have the meanings attributable thereto in the Loan Agreement. Borrowers herebygive notice of its request as follows:

 

Check as applicable:

 

¨

   A conversion of Loans from one Type to another, as follows:
          (i)   The requested date of the proposed conversion is                     ,20     (the “Conversion Date”);
          (ii)   The Type of Loans to be converted pursuant hereto are presently                     [select either LIBOR Loans or Base Rate Loans] in the principal amount of $             outstanding as of theConversion Date;
          (iii)   The portion of the aforesaid Loans to be converted on the Conversion Date is$                     (the “Conversion Amount”);
          (iv)   The Conversion Amount is to be converted into a                     [select either a LIBOR Loan or a Base Rate Loan] (the “Converted Loan”) on the Conversion Date.
          (v)   [In the event a Borrower selects a LIBOR Loan:] Borrowers hereby request that the Interest Period for such Converted Loan be for a duration of             [insert length of Interest Period].

¨

   A continuation of LIBOR Loans for new Interest Period, as follows:
          (i)   The requested date of the proposed continuation is                     ,20     (the “Continuation Date”);


       

(ii)

   The aggregate amount of the LIBOR Loans subject to such continuation is $            ;
       

(iii)

   The duration of the selected Interest Period for the LIBOR Loans which are the subject of such continuation is:                     [select duration of applicable Interest Period];

 

Each Borrower herebyratifies and reaffirms all of its liabilities and obligations under the Loan Documents and certifies that no Default or Event of Default exists on the date hereof.

 

Borrowers have caused this Notice of Conversion/Continuation to be executed and delivered by their duly authorizedrepresentative, this              day of             , 20    .

 

THE ROWE COMPANIES

By:

 

 


Title:

 

 


 

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EXHIBIT E

 

Form of Notice of Borrowing

 

Date                    , 20    

 

Fleet Capital Corporation, as Agent

300 Galleria Parkway

Suite 800

Atlanta, Georgia 30339

Attention: Loan Administration Officer

 

  Re: Loan and Security Agreement dated May     , 2002, by and among The Rowe Companies, Rowe Diversified, Inc., Home Elements, Inc., Rowe Furniture WoodProducts, Inc., Rowe Properties, Inc., Storehouse, Inc., Rowe Furniture, Inc., The Mitchell Gold Co., a North Carolina corporation, Fleet Capital Corporation, as collateral and administrative agent for certain Lenders from time to time partiesthereto, and such Lenders (as at any time amended, the “Loan Agreement”)

 

Gentlemen:

 

This Notice of Borrowing is delivered to you pursuant to Section 3.1.1 of the Loan Agreement. Unless otherwise defined herein, capitalized termsused herein shall have the meanings attributable thereto in the Loan Agreement. Borrowers hereby request a Revolver Loan in the aggregate principal amount of$                    , to be made on                    ,     , and to consist of:

 

Check as applicable:

  

¨ Base Rate Loans inthe aggregate principal amount of $            

    

¨ LIBOR Loans in theaggregate principal amount of $            , with Interest Periods as follows:

           

(i)

  

As to $            , an Interest Period of             month(s);

           

(ii)

  

As to $            , an Interest Period of             months;

           

(iii)

  

As to $            , an Interest Period of             months.

 

Each Borrower herebyratifies and reaffirms all of its liabilities and obligations under the Loan Documents and hereby certifies that no Default or Event of Default exists on the date hereof.


Borrowers have caused this Notice of Borrowing to be executed and delivered by their duly authorizedrepresentative, this              day of                     ,20    .

 

THE ROWE COMPANIES

By:

 

 


Title:

 

 


 

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EXHIBIT F

 

COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE

 

[Letterhead of Borrower]

 

                    ,20    

 

FleetCapital Corporation, as Agent

300 Galleria Parkway, N.W.

Suite 800

Atlanta, Georgia 30339

 

The undersigned, the chieffinancial officer of THE ROWE COMPANIES, a Nevada corporation (“Rowe Companies”), gives this certificate to FLEET CAPITAL CORPORATION (“Agent”) in accordance with the requirements of Section 9.1.3 of thatcertain Loan and Security Agreement dated May     , 2002, among Rowe Companies and the other “Borrowers,” named therein, Agent and the Lenders referenced therein (“Loan Agreement”). Capitalized termsused in this Certificate, unless otherwise defined herein, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the Loan Agreement.

 

1. Based upon my review of the balance sheets and statements of income of Borrowers and their Subsidiaries for the [Fiscal Year][quarterly period] ending                     , 20    , copies of which are attached hereto, I herebycertify that:

 

  (a) Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio is          to 1.0;

 

  (b) Consolidated Adjusted Tangible Net Worth is $            ;

 

  (c) Consolidated Leverage Ratio is              to 1.0;

 

  (d) Availability is $                    ; and

 

  (e) Capital Expenditures during the period and for the Fiscal Year to date total $             for Borrowers.

 

2. No Default exists on the date hereof, otherthan:                                                                             [if none, sostate]; and

 

3. No Event of Default exists on the datehereof, other than                                                                 [if none, so state].

 

4. As of the date hereof, each Borrower is current in its payment of all accrued rent and other charges to Persons who ownor lease any premises where any of the Collateral is located, and there are no pending disputes or claims regarding any Borrower’s failure to pay or delay in payment of any such rent or other charges.


5. Attached hereto is a schedule showing the calculations that support Borrowers’ compliance[non-compliance] with the financial covenants, as shown above.

 

Very truly yours,

 

 


Chief Financial Officer

 

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EXHIBIT G

 

OPINION LETTER REQUIREMENTS

 

With respect to each Borrower, Borrowers’ counsel’s opinion letter should address the following in a manner satisfactory to Agent:

 

1. Each Borrower’s due incorporation, valid existence, good standing andqualification as a foreign corporation.

 

2. Corporate name of each Borrower.

 

3. Each Borrower’s corporate power to execute, deliver and perform theLoan Documents to which it is a signatory.

 

4. Each Borrower’s dueauthorization to execute, deliver and perform the Loan Documents to which it is a signatory, and its due execution and delivery thereof.

 

5. Each Borrower’s execution, delivery and performance of the Loan Documents do not (a) violate the articles or bylaws, (b) cause a breach or default by suchBorrower or such Guarantor under any agreement, (c) violate any law, regulation, judgment or order, or (d) result in or require a Lien or other encumbrance other than in favor of Agent.

 

6. The number of issued and outstanding shares of stock of each Borrower.

 

7. The Loan Documents as legal, valid and binding obligations, enforceable against all Obligors in accordance with their respective terms,subject to standard bankruptcy and other creditor’s rights and equity exceptions.

 

8. Counsel’s lack of knowledge of pending or threatened litigation or other proceedings, except as disclosed in Loan Agreement.

 

9. Absence of any registration, filing, consent or approval requirement of a Governmental Authority in connection with the execution, delivery and performance of the LoanDocuments.

 

10. Non-violation by the Loan Documents of any Applicable Lawrelating to interest or usury.

 

11. Due payment of all applicable taxes andfees required to be paid in connection with the Loans, the Loan Documents, UCC-1 financing statements and other Security Documents.

 

12. Creation in favor of Agent of a duly perfected security interest in the Collateral described in the Loan Agreement and the Security Documents.

 

13. Absence of violation of Section 7 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, anyregulations issued pursuant thereto, or Regulations T, U and X of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, by the transactions contemplated by the Loan Documents.


14. Absence of requirement under the laws of applicable states for Agent or Lenders to qualify in such states to enterinto or enforce the provisions of the Loan Documents.

 

15. No Borrower nor anyGuarantor is an “investment company” or a company “controlled” by an “investment company” within the meaning of the Investment Company Act of 1940, or a “holding company” or a “subsidiary company” ofa “holding company” or an “affiliate,” of a “holding company” or of a “subsidiary company” of a “holding company” within the meaning of the Public Utilities Holding Company Act of 1935.

 

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EXHIBIT H

 

FORM OF ASSIGNMENT AND ACCEPTANCE

 

Dated as of                    , 20    

 

Reference is made to the Loan and Security Agreement dated May     , 2002 (as at any timeamended, the “Loan Agreement”) among THE ROWE COMPANIES, a Nevada corporation (“Rowe Companies”); ROWE DIVERSIFIED, INC., a Delaware corporation (“Rowe Diversified”); HOME ELEMENTS, INC., a Virginiacorporation (“Home Elements”); ROWE FURNITURE WOOD PRODUCTS, INC., a California corporation (“Wood Products”); ROWE PROPERTIES, INC., a California corporation (“Rowe Properties”); STOREHOUSE, INC.,a Georgia corporation (“Storehouse”); ROWE FURNITURE, INC., a Virginia corporation (“Furniture”); and THE MITCHELL GOLD CO., a North Carolina corporation (“Mitchell Gold Co.”; Rowe Companies, RoweDiversified, Home Elements, Wood Products, Rowe Properties, Storehouse, Furniture and Mitchell Gold Co. being referred to collectively as “Borrowers” and individually as a “Borrower”), each financial institution listed on thesignature pages attached thereto and its successors and assigns which become “Lenders” as provided therein (such financial institutions and their respective successors and assigns referred to collectively herein as “Lenders” andindividually as a “Lender”), and FLEET CAPITAL CORPORATION (“Agent”), in its capacity as collateral and administrative agent for itself and the Lenders. Capitalized terms used herein and not otherwise defined shall havethe meanings assigned to such terms in the Loan Agreement.

 

                                             (the “Assignor”) and                                                             (the “Assignee”) agree as follows:

 

1. (A) Assignor hereby assigns to Assignee and Assignee hereby purchases and assumes from Assignor (i) a principal amount of$             of the outstanding Revolver Loans held by Assignor and $     of participations of Assignor in LC Outstandings (which amounts, according tothe records of Agent, represent             % of the total principal amount of outstanding Revolver Loans and LC Outstandings) and (ii) a principal amount of$             of Assignor’s Revolver Commitment (which amount includes Assignor’s outstanding Revolver Loans being assigned to Assignee pursuant to clause [A] (i)above and which, according to the records of Agent, represents (    %) of the total Revolver Commitments of Lenders under the Loan Agreement); (B) Assignor hereby assigns to Assignee and Assignee hereby purchases andassumes from Assignor (i) a principal amount of $             of the outstanding Term Loan and (ii) a principal amount of$             of Assignor’s Term Loan Commitment (which amount includes Assignor’s outstanding Term Loan Advance being assigned to Assignee pursuant to clause B(i) aboveand which, according to the records of Agent, represents     % of the total Term Loan Commitments of the Lenders under the Loan Agreement) (the items described in (A) and (B) above being herein collectively referred to asthe “Assigned Interest”), together with an interest in the Loan Documents corresponding to the Assigned Interest. This Agreement shall be effective from the date (the “Assignment Effective Date”) on which Assignor receives both(x) the principal amount of the Assigned Interest in the Loans on the Assignment Effective Date, if any, and (y) a copy of this Agreement duly executed by Assignee. From and after the Assignment Effective Date, Assignee hereby expressly assumes, andundertakes to perform, all of Assignor’s obligations in respect of Assignor’s Commitments to the extent, and only to the extent, of Assignee’s Assigned Interest, and all principal, interest, fees and other amounts which wouldotherwise be payable to or for Assignor’s account in respect of the Assigned Interest shall be payable to or for Assignee’s account, to the extent such amounts have accrued subsequent to the Assignment Effective Date.


2. Assignor (i) represents that as of the date hereof, the aggregate of its Commitments under the LoanAgreement (without giving effect to assignments thereof, which have not yet become effective) is $            , and the outstanding balance of its Loans and participations in LCOutstandings (unreduced by any assignments thereof, which have not yet become effective) is $            ; (ii) makes no representation or warranty and assumes no responsibility withrespect to any statements, warranties or representations made in or in connection with the Loan Agreement or the execution, legality, validity, enforceability, genuineness, sufficiency or value of the Loan Agreement or any other instrument ordocument furnished pursuant thereto, other than that Assignor is the legal and beneficial owner of the interest being assigned by it hereunder and that such interest is free and clear of any adverse claim; [and] (iii) makes no representationor warranty and assumes no responsibility with respect to the financial condition of Borrowers, the performance or observance by Borrowers of any of their obligations under the Loan Agreement or any of the Loan Documents[; and (iv)attaches the Notes held by it and requests that Agent exchange such Notes for new Notes payable to Assignee and the Assignor in the principal amounts set forth on Schedule A hereto].

 

3. Assignee (i) represents and warrants that it is legally authorized toenter into this Assignment and Acceptance; (ii) confirms that it has received a copy of the Loan Agreement, together with copies of the most recent financial statements delivered pursuant to Section 9.1.3 thereof, and copies of such otherLoan Documents and information as it has deemed appropriate to make its own credit analysis and decision to enter into this Assignment and Acceptance; (iii) agrees that it shall, independently and without reliance upon the Assignor and based on suchdocuments and information as it shall deem appropriate at the time, continue to make its own credit decisions in taking or not taking action under the Loan Agreement; (iv) confirms that it is eligible to become an Assignee; (v) appoints andauthorizes Agent to take such action as agent on its behalf and to exercise such powers under the Loan Agreement as are delegated to Agent by the terms thereof, together with such powers as are incidental thereto; (vi) agrees that it will strictlyobserve and perform all the obligations that are required to be performed by it as a “Lender” under the terms of the Loan Agreement and the other Loan Documents; and (vii) agrees that it will keep confidential all information with respectto Borrowers furnished to it by Borrowers or the Assignor to the extent provided in the Loan Agreement.

 

4. Assignor acknowledges and agrees that it will not sell or otherwise dispose of the Assigned Interest or any portion thereof, or grant any participationtherein, in a manner which, or take any action in connection therewith which, would violate the terms of any of the Loan Documents.

 

5. This Agreement and all rights and obligations shall be interpreted in accordance with and governed by the laws of the State of Georgia. If anyprovision hereof would be invalid under Applicable Law, then such provision shall be deemed to be modified to the extent necessary to render it valid while most nearly preserving its original intent; no provision hereof shall be affected by anotherprovision’s being held invalid.

 

6. Each notice or othercommunication hereunder shall be in writing, shall be sent by messenger, by telecopy or facsimile transmission or by first-class mail, shall be deemed given when sent and shall be sent as follows:

 

  (a) If to Assignee, to the following address (or to such other address as Assignee may designate from time to time):

 

 
__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________

 

 

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  (b) If to Assignor, to the following address (or to such other address as Assignor may designate from time to time):

 

__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________

 

Payments hereundershall be made by wire transfer of immediately available Dollars as follows:

 

If to Assignee, to the following account (or to such other account as Assignee may designate from time to time):

 

__________________________________________
ABA No.___________________________________
__________________________________________
Account No. ________________________________
Reference: __________________________________

 

If to Assignor, to thefollowing account (or to such other account as Assignor may designate from time to time):

 

__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________
ABA No.___________________________________
For Account of:______________________________
Reference: __________________________________

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Assignment and Acceptance to be executed anddelivered by their respective duly authorized officers, as of the date first above written.

 

 


(“Assignor”)
By:  

 


Title:  

 


 


(“Assignee”)
By:  

 


Title:  

 


 

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SCHEDULE A TO ASSIGNMENT AND ACCEPTANCE

 

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EXHIBIT I

 

FORM OF NOTICE

 

Reference is made to (i) the Loan and Security Agreement dated May     , 2002 (as at any time amended, the “LoanAgreement”) among THE ROWE COMPANIES, a Nevada corporation (“Rowe Companies”); ROWE DIVERSIFIED, INC., a Delaware corporation (“Rowe Diversified”); HOME ELEMENTS, INC., a Virginia corporation (“HomeElements”); ROWE FURNITURE WOOD PRODUCTS, INC., a California corporation (“Wood Products”); ROWE PROPERTIES, INC., a California corporation (“Rowe Properties”); STOREHOUSE, INC., a Georgia corporation(“Storehouse”); ROWE FURNITURE, INC., a Virginia corporation (“Furniture”); and THE MITCHELL GOLD CO., a North Carolina corporation (“Mitchell Gold Co.”; Rowe Companies, Rowe Diversified, Home Elements,Wood Products, Rowe Properties, Storehouse, Furniture and Mitchell Gold Co. being referred to collectively as “Borrowers” and individually as a “Borrower”), each financial institution listed on the signature pages attachedthereto and its successors and assigns which become “Lenders” as provided therein (such financial institutions and their respective successors and assigns referred to collectively herein as “Lenders” and individually as a“Lender”), and FLEET CAPITAL CORPORATION (“Agent”), in its capacity as collateral and administrative agent for itself and the Lenders, and (ii) the Assignment and Acceptance dated as of                    , 20     (the “Assignment Agreement”) between                     (the “Assignor”) and                     (the “Assignee”). Except as otherwise defined herein, capitalized terms used herein which are defined in theLoan Agreement are used herein with the respective meanings specified therein.

 

The Assignor hereby notifies Borrowers and Agent of Assignor’s intent to assign to Assignee pursuant to the Assignment Agreement a principal amount of (i)$                     of the outstanding Revolver Loans and participations in LC Outstandings held by Assignor, (ii)$                     of Assignor’s Revolver Commitment (which amount includes the Assignor’s outstanding Revolver Loans beingassigned to Assignee pursuant to clause (i) above), (iii) $                     of the outstanding Term Loan Advance held by Assignor, and(iv) $                     of Assignor’s Term Loan Commitment (which amount includes Assignor’s outstanding portion of the Term LoanAdvance being assigned to Assignee pursuant to clause (iii) above) , together with an interest in the Loan Documents corresponding to the interest in the Loans and Commitment s so assigned. Pursuant to the Assignment Agreement, Assignee hasexpressly assumed all of Assignor’s obligations under the Loan Agreement to the extent of the Assigned Interest (as defined in the Assignment Agreement).

 

For purposes of the Loan Agreement, Agent shall deem Assignor’s share of the Revolver Commitment and Term Loan Commitment to be reduced by$                     and$                    , respectively , and Assignee’s share of the Revolver Commitment and Term Loan Commitment to be increased by$                     and$                    , respectively .

 

The address of the Assignee to which notices, information and payments are to be sent under the terms of the Loan Agreement is:

 

_____________________________

 

_____________________________

 

_____________________________

 

_____________________________

 

Assignee’s LIBOR Lending Office address is as follows:

 

_____________________________

 

_____________________________

 

_____________________________

 

_____________________________


This Notice is being delivered to Borrowers and Agent pursuant to Section 13.3 of the LoanAgreement. Please acknowledge your receipt of this Notice by executing and returning to Assignee and Assignor a copy of this Notice.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned have caused the execution of this Notice, as of                    , 20    .

 


(“Assignor”)
By:  

 


Title:  

 



(“Assignee”)
By:  

 


Title:  

 


 

ACKNOWLEDGED AND AGREED TO

AS OF THE DATE SET FORTH ABOVE:

 

BORROWERS:*

 

THE ROWE COMPANIES
By:  

 


Title:  

 


ROWE DIVERSIFIED, INC.
By:  

 


Title:  

 


HOME ELEMENTS, INC.
By:  

 


Title:  

 


 

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ROWE FURNITURE WOOD PRODUCTS, INC.
By:  

 


Title:  

 


ROWE PROPERTIES, INC.
By:  

 


Title:  

 


STOREHOUSE, INC.
By:  

 


Title:  

 


ROWE FURNITURE, INC.
By:  

 


Title:  

 


THE MITCHELL GOLD CO.
By:  

 


Title:  

 



* No signature required by any Borrower when an Event of Default exists.

 

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FLEET CAPITAL CORPORATION,

as Agent

By:

 

 


Title:

 

 


 

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EXHIBIT J

 

LETTER OF CREDIT PROCUREMENT REQUEST

 

Fleet Capital Corporation, as Agent

Suite 800

300 Galleria Parkway

Atlanta, Georgia 30339

Attention: Office Head

 

This Letter of Credit Procurement Request is delivered to you pursuant to the Loan and Security Agreement, dated May     ,2002, among THE ROWE COMPANIES, a Nevada corporation (“Rowe Companies”); ROWE DIVERSIFIED, INC., a Delaware corporation (“Rowe Diversified”); HOME ELEMENTS, INC., a Virginia corporation (“HomeElements”); ROWE FURNITURE WOOD PRODUCTS, INC., a California corporation (“Wood Products”); ROWE PROPERTIES, INC., a California corporation (“Rowe Properties”); STOREHOUSE, INC., a Georgia corporation(“Storehouse”); ROWE FURNITURE, INC., a Virginia corporation (“Furniture”); and THE MITCHELL GOLD CO., a North Carolina corporation (“Mitchell Gold Co.”; Rowe Companies, Rowe Diversified, Home Elements,Wood Products, Rowe Properties, Storehouse, Furniture and Mitchell Gold Co. being referred to collectively as “Borrowers” and individually as a “Borrower”), each financial institution listed on the signature pages attachedthereto and its successors and assigns which become “Lenders” as provided therein (such financial institutions and their respective successors and assigns referred to collectively herein as “Lenders” and individually as a“Lender”), and FLEET CAPITAL CORPORATION (“Agent”), in its capacity as collateral and administrative agent for itself and the Lenders (as the same may be amended, supplemented, restated or otherwise modified from time totime, the “Loan Agreement”). Unless otherwise defined herein, terms used herein have the meanings assigned to them in the Loan Agreement.

 

Borrowers hereby request Fleet to provide an LC Support to induce Bank to issue a Letter of Credit, as follows:

 

(1)

   Borrower’s/Account Party’s Name      __________________

(2)

   Amount of Letter of Credit:    $ __________________

(3)

   Issuance Date:      __________________

(4)

   Beneficiary’s Name:      __________________

(5)

   Beneficiary’s Address:      __________________
            __________________
            __________________
            __________________

(6)

   Expiry Date:      __________________

(7)

   Draw Conditions:      __________________
            __________________
            __________________
            __________________

(8)

   Single draw  ¨ or Multiple draw  ¨      __________________

(9)

   Purpose of Letter of Credit:      __________________
            __________________
            __________________
            __________________
            __________________
            __________________


Attached hereto is the Bank’s form of LC Application, completed with the details of the Letter ofCredit requested herein.

 

Each Borrower hereby certifies thateach of the LC Conditions is now, and will on the date of issuance of the Letter of Credit, be satisfied in all respects and that no Default or Event of Default exists. Each Borrower hereby ratifies and reaffirms all of the Loan Documents andObligations arising thereunder.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, eachBorrower has caused this Letter of Credit Procurement Request to be executed and delivered by its duly authorized officer, this      day of             ,20    .

 

BORROWERS:

 

THE ROWE COMPANIES

By:

 

 


Title:

 

 


ROWE DIVERSIFIED, INC.

By:

 

 


Title:

 

 


HOME ELEMENTS, INC.

By:

 

 


Title:

 

 


ROWE FURNITURE WOOD
PRODUCTS, INC.

By:

 

 


Title:

 

 


 

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ROWE PROPERTIES, INC.
By:  

 


Title:  

 


STOREHOUSE, INC.
By:  

 


Title:  

 


ROWE FURNITURE, INC.
By:  

 


Title:  

 


THE MITCHELL GOLD CO.
By:  

 


Title:  

 


 

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