SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D)
OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 30, 2020
APPLIED GENETIC TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction
14193 NW 119th Terrace
Alachua, Florida, 32165
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Common Stock, $0.001 par value||AGTC||Nasdaq Global Market|
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).
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|Item 1.01.|| |
Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.
On June 30, 2020, Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation (the Company) entered into a Loan and Security Agreement (the Loan Agreement) with the several banks and other financial institutions or entities from time to time parties to the Loan Agreement (collectively, referred to as the Lenders), and Hercules Capital, Inc., in its capacity as administrative agent and collateral agent for itself and Lenders (in such capacity, the Agent).
Amount. The Loan Agreement provides for a term loan in an aggregate principal amount of up to $25.0 million to be delivered in multiple tranches (the Term Loan). The tranches consist of (i) a term loan advance to the Company in an aggregate principal amount of $10.0 million made on June 30, 2020 (the Closing Date), and (ii) subject to the Lenders investment committees sole discretion, the Company has the right to request that the Lenders make additional term loan advances to the Company in an aggregate principal amount of up to $15.0 million.
Maturity. The Term Loan matures on December 1, 2023; provided that, in the event the Company meets certain conditions, including achievement of certain performance milestones, then the Term Loan matures on June 1, 2024 (the date on which the Term Loan matures, the Term Loan Maturity Date).
Interest Rate and Amortization. The principal balance of the Term Loan bears interest at a rate equal to the greater of either (i) the sum of (x) the Prime Rate as reported in The Wall Street Journal minus Three and One-Quarter Percent (3.25%), and (y) Nine and Three-Quarters Percent (9.75%); or (ii) Nine and Three-Quarters Percent (9.75%). Borrowings under the Loan Agreement are repayable in monthly interest-only payments through January 1, 2022 and extendable to July 1, 2022 upon achievement of certain performance milestones. After the interest-only payment period, borrowings under the Loan Agreement are repayable in equal monthly payments of principal and accrued interest until the Term Loan Maturity Date.
Initial Facility Charge. The Company paid the Lenders a due diligence fee in the amount of $20,000 and an initial facility charge in the amount of $100,000 on the Closing Date plus reimbursement of legal expenses.
Prepayment Premium. The Company may, at its option upon at least seven (7) business days prior notice to the Agent, prepay all, but not less than all, of the outstanding term loan advances by paying the entire principal balance, all accrued and unpaid interest thereon, together with a prepayment charge (the Prepayment Premium) equal to (i) three percent (3.00%) of the amount so prepaid, if such prepayment occurs in any of the first twelve (12) months following the Closing Date, (ii) two percent (2.00%) of the amount so prepaid, if such prepayment occurs after twelve (12) months but prior to twenty-four (24) months, (iii) one percent (1.00%) of the amount so prepaid, if such prepayment occurs after twenty-four (24) months but prior to thirty-six (36) months, and (iv) zero percent (0.00%) of the amount so prepaid, if such prepayment occurs thereafter.
End of Term Charge. On the earliest to occur of (i) the Term Loan Maturity Date, (ii) the date that the Company prepays the outstanding secured payment obligations in full, or (iii) the date that the secured payment obligations become due and payable, the Company will pay (in addition to any Prepayment Premium) an end of term charge of Six and Ninety-Five Hundredths Percent (6.95%) of the aggregate term loan advances (the End of Term Charge).
Security. The Term Loan is secured by substantially all of the Companys assets, other than the Companys intellectual property. The Company has agreed to not pledge or secure its intellectual property to others.
Covenants; Representations and Warranties; Other Provisions. The Loan Agreement contains customary representations, warranties and both affirmative and negative covenants applicable to the Company. The Loan Agreement requires that after July 1, 2021 and upon term loan advances exceeding $10.0 million, the Company will maintain minimum unrestricted cash of at least $5.0 million plus the amount of the Companys accounts payable not paid after the 120th day following the invoice date for such accounts payable until the Company has a market capitalization equal to or greater than $300.0 million. The negative covenants include, among other things, agreements by the Company limiting additional indebtedness, liens (including a negative pledge on intellectual property and other asserts), guaranties, mergers and consolidations, substantial asset sales, investments and loans, certain corporate changes, transactions with affiliates, and fundamental changes.
Future Financings. Under the Loan Agreement, the Lenders or their assignee or nominee have the right to participate in any equity offerings by the Company that are broadly marketed to multiple investors during the term of the loan under the Loan Agreement, in an amount of up to $2.0 million, on the same terms, conditions, and pricing afforded to other investors participating in such subsequent offering.
Default Provisions. The Loan Agreement provides for events of default customary for term loans of this type, including but not limited to non-payment, breaches or defaults in the performance of covenants, insolvency, bankruptcy and the occurrence of a material adverse effect on the Company. After the occurrence of an event of default, the Agent may (i) accelerate payment of all or any part of the secured obligations, impose a prepayment charge, and terminate the Lenders commitments under the Loan Agreement, (ii) sign and file in the Companys name any notices, assignment or agreements necessary to perfect payment, or (iii) notify any of the Companys account debtors to make payment directly to the Agent.
The foregoing description of the Loan Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Loan Agreement, which is attached as Exhibit 10.1 hereto and incorporated herein by reference.
|Item 2.03|| |
Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.
The information in Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated by reference into this Item 2.03.
|Item 5.05.|| |
Amendments to the Registrants Code of Ethics, or Waiver of a Provision of the Code of Ethics.
On July 1, 2020, the Company amended and restated the Companys Code of Ethics (the Code of Ethics) to (i) update the appropriate person with whom employees must consult prior to accepting personal gifts, (ii) update the approval process for employees to serve on an outside, for-profit board of directors and (iii) effect minor technical, administrative and other non-substantive changes.
A copy of the Code of Ethics is available in the InvestorsCorporate Governance section of the Companys website at www.agtc.com.
The foregoing description of the amendments to the Code of Ethics does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Code of Ethics, attached as Exhibit 14.1 hereto and incorporated herein by reference.
|Item 9.01.|| |
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|10.1*||Loan and Security Agreement, dated as of June 30, 2020, by and among Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation, the several banks and other financial institutions or entities from time to time parties to the Loan Agreement (collectively, referred to as the Lenders), and Hercules Capital, Inc., in its capacity as administrative agent and collateral agent for itself and Lenders.|
|14.1||Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation Code of Ethics|
Certain schedules and exhibits to this Loan Agreement have been omitted pursuant to Item 601(a)(5) of Regulation S-K. A copy of any omitted schedule and/or exhibit will be furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission upon request.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
APPLIED GENETIC TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
Date: July 2, 2020
LOAN AND SECURITY AGREEMENT
THIS LOAN AND SECURITY AGREEMENT is made and dated as of June 30, 2020 and is entered into by and among APPLIED GENETIC TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION, a Delaware corporation, and each of its Subsidiaries (hereinafter collectively referred to as the Borrower), the several banks and other financial institutions or entities from time to time parties to this Agreement (collectively, referred to as the Lenders) and HERCULES CAPITAL, INC., a Maryland corporation, in its capacity as administrative agent and collateral agent for itself and the Lenders (in such capacity, the Agent).
A. Borrower has requested the Lenders make available to Borrower a loan in an aggregate principal amount of up to Twenty-Five Million Dollars ($25,000,000) (the Term Loan); and
B. The Lenders are willing to make the Term Loan on the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement.
NOW, THEREFORE, Borrower, Agent and the Lenders agree as follows:
SECTION 1. DEFINITIONS AND RULES OF CONSTRUCTION
1.1 Unless otherwise defined herein, the following capitalized terms shall have the following meanings:
Account Control Agreement(s) means any agreement entered into by and among the Agent, Borrower and a third party bank or other institution (including a Securities Intermediary) in which Borrower maintains a Deposit Account or an account holding Investment Property and which perfects Agents first priority security interest in the subject account or accounts.
ACH Authorization means the ACH Debit Authorization Agreement in substantially the form of Exhibit H, which account numbers shall be redacted for security purposes if and when filed publicly by the Borrower.
Acquisition means any transaction or series of related transactions for the purpose of or resulting, directly or indirectly, in (a) the acquisition of all or substantially all of the assets of a Person, or of any business, line of business or division or other unit of operation of a Person, (b) the acquisition of fifty percent (50%) or more of the Equity Interests of any Person, whether or not involving a merger, consolidation or similar transaction with such other Person, or otherwise causing any Person to become a Subsidiary of Borrower, or (c) the acquisition of, or the right to use, develop or sell (in each case, including through licensing), any product, product line or Intellectual Property of or from any other Person.
Advance(s) means a Term Loan Advance.
Advance Date means the funding date of any Advance.
Advance Request means a request for an Advance submitted by Borrower to Agent in substantially the form of Exhibit A, which account numbers shall be redacted for security purposes if and when filed publicly by the Borrower.
Affiliate means (a) any Person that directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with the Person in question, (b) any Person directly or indirectly owning, controlling or holding with power to vote twenty percent (20%) or more of the outstanding voting securities of another Person, (c) any Person twenty percent (20%) or more of whose outstanding voting securities are directly or indirectly owned, controlled or held by another Person with power to vote such securities, or (d) any Person related by blood or marriage to any Person described in subsection (a), (b) or (c) of this paragraph. As used in the definition of Affiliate, the term control means the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a Person, whether through ownership of voting securities, by contract or otherwise.
Agreement means this Loan and Security Agreement, as amended from time to time.
Amortization Date means January 1, 2022; provided however, if the Interest Only Extension Conditions are satisfied, then July 1, 2022.
Anti-Corruption Laws means all laws, rules, and regulations of any jurisdiction applicable to Borrower or any of its Affiliates from time to time concerning or relating to bribery or corruption, including without limitation the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, as amended, the UK Bribery Act 2010 and other similar legislation in any other jurisdictions.
Anti-Terrorism Laws means any laws, rules, regulations or orders relating to terrorism or money laundering, including without limitation Executive Order No. 13224 (effective September 24, 2001), the USA PATRIOT Act, the laws comprising or implementing the Bank Secrecy Act, and the laws administered by OFAC.
BLA means an application for licensure of a biological product submitted to the FDA under 42 U.S.C. § 262 and 21 C.F.R. § 601.2 for permission to introduce, or deliver for introduction, a biologic product into interstate commerce.
Blocked Person means any Person: (a) listed in the annex to, or is otherwise subject to the provisions of, Executive Order No. 13224, (b) a Person owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, any Person that is listed in the annex to, or is otherwise subject to the provisions of, Executive Order No. 13224, (c) a Person with which any Lender is prohibited from dealing or otherwise engaging in any transaction by any Anti-Terrorism Law, (d) a Person that commits, threatens or conspires to commit or supports terrorism as defined in Executive Order No. 13224, or (e) a Person that is named a specially designated national or blocked person on the most current list published by OFAC or other similar list.
Borrower Products means all products, software, service offerings, technical data or technology currently being designed, manufactured or sold by Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries or which Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries intends to sell, license, or distribute in the future including any products or service offerings under development, collectively, together with all products, software, service offerings, technical data or technology that have been sold, licensed or distributed by Borrower since formation.
Borrowers Books means Borrowers or any of its Subsidiaries books and records including ledgers, federal, state, local and foreign tax returns, records regarding Borrowers or its Subsidiaries assets or liabilities, the Collateral, business operations or financial condition, and all computer programs or storage or any equipment containing such information.
Business Day means any day other than Saturday, Sunday and any other day on which banking institutions in the State of New York are closed for business.
Cash means all cash, cash equivalents and liquid funds.
Change in Control means any reorganization, recapitalization, consolidation or merger (or similar transaction or series of related transactions) of Borrower, sale or exchange of outstanding shares (or similar transaction or series of related transactions) of Borrower in which the holders of Borrowers outstanding shares immediately before consummation of such transaction or series of related transactions do not, immediately after consummation of such transaction or series of related transactions, retain shares representing more than fifty percent (50%) of the voting power of the surviving entity of such transaction or series of related transactions (or the parent of such surviving entity if such surviving entity is wholly owned by such parent), in each case without regard to whether Borrower is the surviving entity, other than by the sale of Borrowers equity securities in a public offering or to venture capital or private equity investors so long as Borrower identifies to Agent the venture capital or private equity investors at least seven (7) Business Days prior to the closing of the transaction and provides to Agent a description of the material terms of the transaction.
Closing Date means the date of this Agreement.
Code means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
Common Stock means the Common Stock of the Borrower.
Contingent Obligation means, as applied to any Person, any direct or indirect liability, contingent or otherwise, of that Person with respect to (i) any Indebtedness, lease (excluding leases of real property), dividend, letter of credit or other obligation of another, including any such obligation directly or indirectly guaranteed, endorsed, co-made or discounted or sold with recourse by that Person, or in respect of which that Person is otherwise directly or indirectly liable; (ii) any obligations with respect to undrawn letters of credit, corporate credit cards or merchant services issued for the account of that Person; and (iii) all obligations arising under any interest rate, currency or commodity swap agreement, interest rate cap agreement, interest rate collar agreement, or other agreement or arrangement designated to protect a Person against fluctuation in interest rates, currency exchange rates or commodity prices; provided, however, that the term Contingent Obligation shall not include endorsements for collection or
deposit in the ordinary course of business. The amount of any Contingent Obligation shall be deemed to be an amount equal to the stated or determined amount of the primary obligation in respect of which such Contingent Obligation is made or, if not stated or determinable, the maximum reasonably anticipated liability in respect thereof as determined by such Person in good faith; provided, however, that such amount shall not in any event exceed the maximum amount of the obligations under the guarantee or other support arrangement.
Copyright License means any written agreement granting any right to use any Copyright or Copyright registration, now owned or hereafter acquired by Borrower or in which Borrower now holds or hereafter acquires any interest.
Copyrights means all copyrights, whether registered or unregistered, held pursuant to the laws of the United States of America, any State thereof, or of any other country.
Deposit Accounts means any deposit accounts, as such term is defined in the UCC, and includes any checking account, savings account, or certificate of deposit.
Domestic Subsidiary means any Subsidiary organized under the laws of the United States of America, any State thereof, the District of Columbia, or any other jurisdiction within the United States of America.
Due Diligence Fee means Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000), which fee has been paid to the Lenders prior to the Closing Date, and shall be deemed fully earned on such date regardless of the early termination of this Agreement.
Equity Interests means, with respect to any Person, the capital stock, partnership or limited liability company interest, or other equity securities or equity ownership interests of such Person.
ERISA means the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, and the regulations promulgated thereunder.
FDA means the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or any successor thereto or any other comparable governmental authority.
Foreign Subsidiary means any Subsidiary other than a Domestic Subsidiary.
GAAP means generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America, as in effect from time to time.
Indebtedness means indebtedness of any kind, including (a) all indebtedness for borrowed money or the deferred purchase price of property or services (excluding trade credit entered into in the ordinary course of business due within ninety (90) days), including reimbursement and other obligations with respect to surety bonds and letters of credit and indebtedness incurred in the ordinary course of business with respect to corporate credit cards, (b) all obligations evidenced by notes, bonds, debentures or similar instruments, (c) all finance lease obligations, (d) equity securities of any Person subject to repurchase or redemption other than at the sole option of such Person, (e) earnouts, purchase price adjustments, profit sharing
arrangements, deferred purchase money amounts and similar payment obligations or continuing obligations of any nature arising out of purchase and sale contracts, (f) obligations arising under bonus, deferred compensation, incentive compensation or similar arrangements (other than those arising in the ordinary course of business), (g) non-contingent obligations to reimburse any bank or Person in respect of amounts paid under a letter of credit, bankers acceptance or similar instrument, and (h) all Contingent Obligations.
Initial Facility Charge means One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000), which is payable to the Lenders in accordance with Section 4.1(f).
Insolvency Proceeding means any proceeding by or against any Person under the United States Bankruptcy Code, or any other bankruptcy or insolvency law, including assignments for the benefit of creditors, compositions, extensions generally with its creditors, or proceedings seeking reorganization, arrangement, or other similar relief.
Intellectual Property means all of Borrowers Copyrights; Trademarks; Patents; Licenses; trade secrets and inventions; mask works; Borrowers applications therefor and reissues, extensions, or renewals thereof; and Borrowers goodwill associated with any of the foregoing, together with Borrowers rights to sue for past, present and future infringement of Intellectual Property and the goodwill associated therewith.
Interest Only Extension Conditions shall mean satisfaction of each of the following events: (a) no default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing; and (b) Borrowers achievement of the Performance Milestone.
Investment means (a) any beneficial ownership (including stock, partnership, limited liability company interests, or other securities) of or in any Person, (b) any loan, advance or capital contribution to any Person or (c) any Acquisition.
IRS means the United States Internal Revenue Service.
Joinder Agreements means for each Subsidiary, a completed and executed Joinder Agreement in substantially the form attached hereto as Exhibit F.
License means any Copyright License, Patent License, Trademark License or other license of rights or interests.
Lien means any mortgage, deed of trust, pledge, hypothecation, assignment for security, security interest, encumbrance, levy, lien or charge of any kind, whether voluntarily incurred or arising by operation of law or otherwise, against any property, any conditional sale or other title retention agreement, and any lease in the nature of a security interest.
Loan means the Advances made under this Agreement.
Loan Documents means this Agreement, the promissory notes (if any), the ACH Authorization, the Account Control Agreements, the Pledge Agreement, the Joinder Agreements (if any), all UCC Financing Statements, and any other documents executed in connection with the Secured Obligations or the transactions contemplated hereby, as the same may from time to time be amended, modified, supplemented or restated.
Market Capitalization means, for any given date of determination, an amount equal to (a) the average of the daily volume weighted average price of Borrowers common stock as reported for each of the five (5) trading days preceding such date of determination (it being understood that a trading day shall mean a day on which shares of Borrowers common stock trade on the NASDAQ (or, if the primary listing of such common stock is on another exchange, on such other exchange) in an ordinary trading session) multiplied by (b) the total number of issued and outstanding shares of Borrowers common stock that are issued and outstanding on the date of the determination and listed on the NASDAQ (or, if the primary listing of such common stock is on another exchange, on such other exchange), subject to appropriate adjustment for any stock dividend, stock split, stock combination, reclassification or other similar transaction during the applicable calculation period.
Material Adverse Effect means a material adverse effect upon: (i) the business, operations, properties, assets or financial condition of Borrower and its Subsidiaries taken as a whole; or (ii) the ability of Borrower to perform or pay the Secured Obligations in accordance with the terms of the Loan Documents; or (iii) the ability of Agent or the Lenders to enforce any of its rights or remedies with respect to the Secured Obligations; or (iv) the Collateral or Agents Liens on the Collateral or the priority of such Liens.
Maximum Term Loan Amount means Twenty-Five Million and No/100 Dollars ($25,000,000).
Non-Core Indication means an indication not within the field Gene Therapy for the treatment of an Ophthalmic disease or any other indication Borrower, in its reasonable discretion, upon prior consultation with Agent, deems not to be core to Borrower.
Non-Core Intellectual Property means any Intellectual Property not material to Borrowers business upon prior consultation with Agent.
Non-Disclosure Agreement means that certain Non-Disclosure Agreement/Confidentiality Agreement by and between Borrower and Agent dated as of November 18, 2019.
OFAC is the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control.
OFAC Lists are, collectively, the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List maintained by OFAC pursuant to Executive Order No. 13224, 66 Fed. Reg. 49079 (Sept. 25, 2001) and/or any other list of terrorists or other restricted Persons maintained pursuant to any of the rules and regulations of OFAC or pursuant to any other applicable Executive Orders.
Patent License means any written agreement granting any right with respect to any invention on which a Patent is in existence or a Patent application is pending, in which agreement Borrower now holds or hereafter acquires any interest.
Patents means all letters patent of, or rights corresponding thereto, in the United States of America or in any other country, all registrations and recordings thereof, and all applications for letters patent of, or rights corresponding thereto, in the United States of America or any other country.
Performance Milestone means (a) no default or Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing and (b) Borrower has (i) completed a corporate business development transaction under terms generally consistent with that forecast by Borrower dated March 16, 2020 provided to Agent on March 18, 2020, as determined by Agent in its reasonable discretion; and (ii) initiated a Phase 2/3 randomized, controlled, pivotal study (i.e. intended to be used for the basis of the filing of a BLA to the FDA to seek regulatory approval of a Borrower Product) for the treatment of patients with X-linked retinitis pigmentosa, and has dosed and randomized its first patient in the pivotal portion of such study to be followed for protocol-specified, primary endpoint measurement.
Permitted Indebtedness means:
(i) Indebtedness of Borrower in favor of the Lenders or Agent arising under this Agreement or any other Loan Document;
(ii) Indebtedness existing on the Closing Date which is disclosed in Schedule 1A;
(iii) Indebtedness of up to One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) outstanding at any time secured by a Lien described in clause (vii) of the defined term Permitted Liens, provided such Indebtedness does not exceed the cost of the Equipment financed with such Indebtedness;
(iv) Indebtedness to trade creditors incurred in the ordinary course of business (due within 90 days), including such Indebtedness incurred in the ordinary course of business with corporate credit cards (provided that Indebtedness in connection with corporate credit cards shall not exceed One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000) at any time outstanding);
(v) Indebtedness that also constitutes a Permitted Investment;
(vi) Subordinated Indebtedness;
(vii) reimbursement obligations in connection with letters of credit that are secured by Cash and issued on behalf of the Borrower or a Subsidiary thereof in an amount not to exceed One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) at any time outstanding;
(viii) other unsecured Indebtedness in an amount not to exceed One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) at any time outstanding;
(ix) Indebtedness consisting of obligations arising under bonus, deferred compensation, incentive compensation or similar arrangements not to exceed Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000) at any time outstanding;
(x) intercompany Indebtedness as long as either (a) each of the Subsidiary obligor and the Subsidiary obligee under such Indebtedness is a Subsidiary that has executed a Joinder Agreement or (b) such Indebtedness constitutes a Permitted Investment; and
(xi) extensions, refinancings and renewals of any items of Permitted Indebtedness, provided that the principal amount is not increased or the terms modified to impose materially more burdensome terms upon Borrower or its Subsidiary, as the case may be.
Permitted Investment means:
(i) Investments existing on the Closing Date which are disclosed in Schedule 1B;
(ii) (a) marketable direct obligations issued or unconditionally guaranteed by the United States of America or any agency or any State thereof maturing within one year from the date of acquisition thereof currently having a rating of at least A-2 or P-2 from either Standard & Poors Corporation or Moodys Investors Services, (b) commercial paper maturing no more than one year from the date of creation thereof and currently having a rating of at least A-2 or P-2 from either Standard & Poors Corporation or Moodys Investors Service, (c) certificates of deposit issued by any bank with assets of at least Five Hundred Million Dollars ($500,000,000) maturing no more than one year from the date of investment therein, and (d) money market accounts;
(iii) repurchases of stock from former employees, directors, or consultants of Borrower under the terms of applicable repurchase agreements at the original issuance price of such securities in an aggregate amount not to exceed One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) in any fiscal year, provided that no Event of Default has occurred, is continuing or could exist after giving effect to the repurchases;
(iv) repurchases of stock from employees, directors, or consultants of Borrower in connection with the settlement of tax obligations for stock awards though withheld shares;
(v) Investments accepted in connection with Permitted Transfers, in an aggregate amount not to exceed One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) in any fiscal year;
(vi) Investments (including debt obligations) received in connection with the bankruptcy or reorganization of customers or suppliers and in settlement of delinquent obligations of, and other disputes with, customers or suppliers arising in the ordinary course of Borrowers business;
(vii) Investments consisting of notes receivable of, or prepaid royalties and other credit extensions, to customers and suppliers who are not Affiliates, in the ordinary course of business, provided that this subparagraph (vi) shall not apply to Investments of Borrower in any Subsidiary;
(viii) Investments consisting of loans not involving the net transfer on a substantially contemporaneous basis of cash proceeds to employees, officers or directors relating to the purchase of capital stock of Borrower pursuant to employee stock purchase plans or other similar agreements approved by Borrowers Board of Directors;
(ix) Investments consisting of travel advances and employee relocation loans and other employee loans and advances in the ordinary course of business, in an aggregate amount not to exceed Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($500,000) in any fiscal year;
(x) Investments in newly-formed Subsidiaries, provided that each such Subsidiary enters into a Joinder Agreement promptly after its formation by Borrower and execute such other documents as shall be reasonably requested by Agent;
(xi) Investments in Foreign Subsidiaries approved in advance in writing by Agent;
(xii) joint ventures or strategic alliances in the ordinary course of Borrowers business consisting of the nonexclusive licensing of technology, the development of technology or the providing of technical support, provided that any cash Investments by Borrower do not exceed One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) in the aggregate in any fiscal year;
(xiii) Investments of Subsidiaries in or to other Subsidiaries or Borrower and Investments by Borrower in Subsidiaries not to exceed One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) in the aggregate in any fiscal year;
(xiv) Investments described in Borrowers investment policy as approved by Agent in writing (it being understood that the investment policy provided to Agent prior to the Closing Date shall be deemed approved in writing) from time to time;
(xv) Investments consisting of the acquisition of, or the right to use, develop or sell (in each case, including through licensing), any product, product line or Intellectual Property of or from any other Person in the ordinary course of business and not to exceed Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000) in the aggregate in any fiscal year or One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) during the term of this Agreement; and
(xvi) additional Investments that do not exceed One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) in the aggregate.
Permitted Liens means:
(i) Liens in favor of Agent or the Lenders;
(ii) Liens existing on the Closing Date which are disclosed in Schedule 1C;
(iii) Liens for taxes, fees, assessments or other governmental charges or levies, either not yet due or being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings diligently conducted; provided, that Borrower maintains adequate reserves therefor on Borrowers Books in accordance with GAAP;
(iv) Liens securing claims or demands of materialmen, artisans, mechanics, carriers, warehousemen, landlords and other like Persons arising in the ordinary course of Borrowers business and imposed without action of such parties; provided, that the payment thereof is not yet required;
(v) Liens arising from judgments, decrees or attachments in circumstances which do not constitute an Event of Default hereunder;
(vi) the following deposits, to the extent made in the ordinary course of business: deposits under workers compensation, unemployment insurance, social security and other similar laws, or to secure the performance of bids, tenders or contracts (other than for the repayment of borrowed money) or to secure indemnity, performance or other similar bonds for the performance of bids, tenders or contracts (other than for the repayment of borrowed money) or to secure statutory obligations (other than Liens arising under ERISA or environmental Liens) or surety or appeal bonds, or to secure indemnity, performance or other similar bonds;
(vii) Liens on Equipment or software or other intellectual property constituting purchase money Liens and Liens in connection with finance leases securing Indebtedness permitted in clause (iii) of Permitted Indebtedness;
(viii) Liens incurred in connection with Subordinated Indebtedness;
(ix) leasehold interests in leases or subleases and licenses granted in the ordinary course of business and not interfering in any material respect with the business of the licensor;
(x) Liens in favor of customs and revenue authorities arising as a matter of law to secure payment of custom duties that are promptly paid on or before the date they become due;
(xi) Liens on insurance proceeds securing the payment of financed insurance premiums that are promptly paid on or before the date they become due (provided that such Liens extend only to such insurance proceeds and not to any other property or assets);
(xii) statutory and common law rights of set-off and other similar rights as to deposits of cash and securities in favor of banks, other depository institutions and brokerage firms;
(xiii) easements, zoning restrictions, rights-of-way and similar encumbrances on real property imposed by law or arising in the ordinary course of business so long as they do not materially impair the value or marketability of the related property;
(xiv) (A) Liens on Cash securing obligations permitted under clause (vii) of the definition of Permitted Indebtedness and (B) security deposits in connection with real property leases, the combination of (A) and (B) in an aggregate amount not to exceed One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) at any time; and
(xv) Liens incurred in connection with the extension, renewal or refinancing of the Indebtedness secured by Liens of the type described in clauses (i) through (xi) above; provided, that any extension, renewal or replacement Lien shall be limited to the property encumbered by the existing Lien and the principal amount of the Indebtedness being extended, renewed or refinanced (as may have been reduced by any payment thereon) does not increase.
Permitted Transfers means:
(i) sales of Inventory in the ordinary course of business,
(ii) non-exclusive licenses and similar arrangements for the use of Intellectual Property in the ordinary course of business and licenses that could not result in a legal transfer of title of the licensed property that may be exclusive in respects other than territory or may be exclusive as to territory but only as to discreet geographical areas outside of the United States of America (except in connection with the transaction described in clause (b)(i) of the definition Performance Milestone, as determined by Agent in its sole discretion) in the ordinary course of business, or solely for Non-Core Indications or Non-Core Intellectual Property,
(iii) dispositions of worn-out, obsolete or surplus Equipment at fair market value in the ordinary course of business,
(iv) grants of security interests and other Liens that constitute Permitted Liens,
(v) the sale or issuance of any Equity Interests of Borrower,
(vi) Borrowers use or transfer of money or cash equivalents in the ordinary course of its business for the payment of ordinary course business expenses in a manner that is not prohibited by the terms of this Agreement, and
(vii) other Transfers of assets having a fair market value of not more than One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) in the aggregate in any fiscal year.
Person means any individual, sole proprietorship, partnership, joint venture, trust, unincorporated organization, association, corporation, limited liability company, institution, other entity or government.
Pledge Agreement means that certain Pledge Instruction by Borrower in favor of Agent, with respect to Borrowers ownership of certain Equity Interests in Bionic Sight LLC.
Receivables means (i) all of Borrowers Accounts, Instruments, Documents, Chattel Paper, Supporting Obligations, letters of credit, proceeds of any letter of credit, and Letter of Credit Rights, and (ii) all customer lists, software, and business records related thereto.
Register has the meaning specified in Section 11.7.
Required Lenders means at any time, the holders of more than 50% of the sum of the aggregate unpaid principal amount of the Term Loans then outstanding.
Restricted License means any material License or other agreement with respect to which Borrower is the licensee (a) that prohibits or otherwise restricts Borrower from granting a security interest in Borrowers interest in such License or agreement or any other property, or (b) for which a default under or termination of could interfere with the Agents right to sell any Collateral.
Sanctioned Country means, at any time, a country or territory which is the subject or target of any Sanctions.
Sanctioned Person means, at any time, (a) any Person listed in any Sanctions-related list of designated Persons maintained by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury or the U.S. Department of State, or by the United Nations Security Council, the European Union or any EU member state, (b) any Person operating, organized or resident in a Sanctioned Country or (c) any Person controlled by any such Person.
Sanctions means economic or financial sanctions or trade embargoes imposed, administered or enforced from time to time by (a) the U.S. government, including those administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury or the U.S. Department of State, or (b) the United Nations Security Council, the European Union or Her Majestys Treasury of the United Kingdom.
Secured Obligations means Borrowers obligations under this Agreement and any Loan Document, including any obligation to pay any amount now owing or later arising.
Stifel Account means that certain Deposit Account of Borrower with Stifel Bank & Trust, described on Exhibit D hereto.
Stifel Account Conditions means (i) the Stifel Account is maintained exclusively to hold proceeds from the exercise of stock options; (ii) all amounts in the Stifel Account shall be swept no less than monthly (or more frequently, if and to the extent that such account balance exceeds One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00) at any time) to an Deposit Account with respect to which Agent has an Account Control Agreement; and (iii) none of Borrowers general operating cash or other Cash shall at any time be credited to or maintained in the Stifel Account.
Subordinated Indebtedness means Indebtedness subordinated to the Secured Obligations in amounts and on terms and conditions reasonably satisfactory to Agent in its sole discretion and subject to a subordination agreement in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to Agent in its sole discretion.
Subsequent Financing means the closing of any Borrower equity financing broadly marketed to multiple investors which becomes effective after the Closing Date. For the avoidance of doubt, sales of shares pursuant to an at-the-market, equity-line or other similar financing facility shall not be considered a Subsequent Financing.
Subsidiary means an entity, whether a corporation, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture or otherwise, in which Borrower owns or controls 50% or more of the outstanding voting securities, including each entity listed on Schedule 1 hereto.
Taxes means all present or future taxes, levies, imposts, duties, deductions, withholdings (including backup withholding), assessments, fees or other charges in the nature of taxes imposed by any governmental authority, including any interest, additions to tax or penalties applicable thereto.
Term Commitment means as to any Lender, the obligation of such Lender, if any, to make a Term Loan Advance to the Borrower in a principal amount not to exceed the amount set forth under the heading Term Commitment opposite such Lenders name on Schedule 1.1.
Term Loan Advance means each Tranche 1 Advance, Tranche 2 Advance, and any other Term Loan funds advanced under this Agreement.
Term Loan Interest Rate means for any day a per annum rate of interest equal to the greater of either (i) the sum of (x) the prime rate as reported in The Wall Street Journal minus Three and One-Quarter Percent (3.25%), and (y) Nine and Three-Quarters Percent (9.75%); or (ii) Nine and Three-Quarters Percent (9.75%).
Term Loan Maturity Date means December 1, 2023; provided that, in the event the Amortization Date is July 1, 2022, then Term Loan Maturity Date means June 1, 2024; provided that if such day is not a Business Day, the Term Loan Maturity Date shall be the immediately preceding Business Day.
Trademark License means any written agreement granting any right to use any Trademark or Trademark registration, now owned or hereafter acquired by Borrower or in which Borrower now holds or hereafter acquires any interest.
Trademarks means all trademarks (registered, common law or otherwise) and any applications in connection therewith, including registrations, recordings and applications in the United States Patent and Trademark Office or in any similar office or agency of the United States of America, any State thereof or any other country or any political subdivision thereof.
Tranche means each Tranche 1 Advance and any Tranche 2 Advance.
Tranche 2 Facility Charge means one percent (1.00%) of the Tranche 2 Advance, which is payable to the Lenders in accordance with Section 4.2(d).
UCC means the Uniform Commercial Code as the same is, from time to time, in effect in the State of New York; provided, that in the event that, by reason of mandatory provisions of law, any or all of the attachment, perfection or priority of, or remedies with respect to, Agents Lien on any Collateral is governed by the Uniform Commercial Code as the same is,
from time to time, in effect in a jurisdiction other than the State of New York, then the term UCC shall mean the Uniform Commercial Code as in effect, from time to time, in such other jurisdiction solely for purposes of the provisions thereof relating to such attachment, perfection, priority or remedies and for purposes of definitions related to such provisions.
U.S. Person means any Person that is a United States person as defined in Section 7701(a)(30) of the Code.
Wells Control Agreements has the meaning specified in Section 7.12.
1.2 The following terms are defined in the Sections or subsections referenced opposite such terms:
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1.3 Unless otherwise specified, all references in this Agreement or any Annex or Schedule hereto to a Section, subsection, Exhibit, Annex, or Schedule shall refer to the corresponding Section, subsection, Exhibit, Annex, or Schedule in or to this Agreement. Unless otherwise specifically provided herein, any accounting term used in this Agreement or the other Loan Documents shall have the meaning customarily given such term in accordance with GAAP, and all financial computations hereunder shall be computed in accordance with GAAP, consistently applied. Unless otherwise defined herein or in the other Loan Documents, terms that are used herein or in the other Loan Documents and defined in the UCC shall have the meanings given to them in the UCC. For all purposes under the Loan Documents, in connection with any
division or plan of division under Delaware law (or any comparable event under a different jurisdictions laws): (a) if any asset, right, obligation or liability of any Person becomes the asset, right, obligation or liability of a different Person, then it shall be deemed to have been transferred from the original Person to the subsequent Person and (b) if any new Person comes into existence, such new Person shall be deemed to have been organized on the first date of its existence by the holders of its Equity Interests at such time.
SECTION 2. THE LOAN
2.2 Term Loan.
(a) Advances. Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the Lenders will severally (and not jointly) make in an amount not to exceed its respective Term Commitment, and Borrower agrees to draw, a Term Loan Advance of Ten Million Dollars ($10,000,000) on the Closing Date (the Tranche 1 Advance). Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, and conditioned on approval by the Lenders investment committee in its sole and unfettered discretion, at any time prior to the Amortization Date, Borrower may request additional Term Loan Advances in an aggregate principal amount up to Fifteen Million Dollars ($15,000,000) (the Tranche 2 Advance). The aggregate outstanding Term Loan Advances may be up to the Maximum Term Loan Amount.
(b) Advance Request. To obtain a Term Loan Advance, Borrower shall complete, sign and deliver an Advance Request (at least five (5) Business Days before the Advance Date other than the Closing Date, which shall be at least one (1) Business Day) to Agent. The Lenders shall fund the Term Loan Advance in the manner requested by the Advance Request provided that each of the conditions precedent to such Term Loan Advance set forth in Section 4 is satisfied as of the requested Advance Date.
(c) Interest. Term Loan Interest Rate. The principal balance of each Term Loan Advance shall bear interest thereon from such Advance Date at the Term Loan Interest Rate based on a year consisting of 360 days, with interest computed daily based on the actual number of days elapsed. The Term Loan Interest Rate will float and change on the day the prime rate changes from time to time.
(d) Payment. Borrower will pay interest on each Term Loan Advance on the first Business Day of each month, beginning the month after the Advance Date. Borrower shall repay the aggregate Term Loan principal balance that is outstanding on the day immediately preceding the Amortization Date, in equal monthly installments of principal and interest (mortgage style) beginning on the Amortization Date and continuing on the first Business Day of each month thereafter until the Secured Obligations (other than inchoate indemnity obligations) are repaid. The entire Term Loan principal balance and all accrued but unpaid interest hereunder, shall be due and payable on the Term Loan Maturity Date. Borrower shall make all payments under this Agreement without setoff, recoupment or deduction and regardless of any counterclaim or defense. If a payment hereunder becomes due and payable on a day that is not a Business Day, the due date thereof shall be the immediately preceding Business Day. The Lenders will initiate
debit entries to the Borrowers account as authorized on the ACH Authorization (i) on each payment date of all periodic obligations payable to the Lenders under each Term Loan Advance and (ii) out-of-pocket legal fees and costs incurred by Agent or the Lenders in connection with Section 11.12 of this Agreement; provided that, with respect to clause (i) above, in the event that the Lenders or Agent informs Borrower that the Lenders will not initiate a debit entry to Borrowers account for a certain amount of the periodic obligations due on a specific payment date, Borrower shall pay to the Lenders such amount of periodic obligations in full in immediately available funds on such payment date; provided, further, that, with respect to clause (i) above, if the Lenders or Agent informs Borrower that the Lenders will not initiate a debit entry as described above later than the date that is three (3) Business Days prior to such payment date, Borrower shall pay to the Lenders such amount of periodic obligations in full in immediately available funds on the date that is three (3) Business Days after the date on which the Lenders or Agent notifies Borrower of such; provided, further, that, with respect to clause (ii) above, in the event that the Lenders or Agent informs Borrower that the Lenders will not initiate a debit entry to Borrowers account for certain amount of such out-of-pocket legal fees and costs incurred by Agent or the Lenders, Borrower shall pay to the Lenders such amount in full in immediately available funds within three (3) Business Days.
2.3 Maximum Interest. Notwithstanding any provision in this Agreement or any other Loan Document, it is the parties intent not to contract for, charge or receive interest at a rate that is greater than the maximum rate permissible by law that a court of competent jurisdiction shall deem applicable hereto (which under the laws of the State of New York shall be deemed to be the laws relating to permissible rates of interest on commercial loans) (the Maximum Rate). If a court of competent jurisdiction shall finally determine that Borrower has actually paid to the Lenders an amount of interest in excess of the amount that would have been payable if all of the Secured Obligations had at all times borne interest at the Maximum Rate, then such excess interest actually paid by Borrower shall be applied as follows: first, to the payment of the Secured Obligations consisting of the outstanding principal; second, after all principal is repaid, to the payment of the Lenders accrued interest, costs, expenses, professional fees and any other Secured Obligations; and third, after all Secured Obligations are repaid, the excess (if any) shall be refunded to Borrower.
2.4 Default Interest. In the event any payment is not paid on the scheduled payment date, an amount equal to five percent (5%) of the past due amount shall be payable on demand. In addition, upon the occurrence and during the continuation of an Event of Default hereunder, all Secured Obligations, including principal, interest, compounded interest, and professional fees, shall bear interest at a rate per annum equal to the rate set forth in Section 2.2(c), plus five percent (5%) per annum. In the event any interest is not paid when due hereunder, delinquent interest shall be added to principal and shall bear interest on interest, compounded at the rate set forth in Section 2.2(c) or Section 2.4, as applicable.
2.5 Prepayment. At its option upon at least seven (7) Business Days prior written notice to Agent, Borrower may prepay all, but not less than all, of the outstanding Advances by paying the entire principal balance, all accrued and unpaid interest thereon, together with a prepayment charge equal to the following percentage of the Advance amount being prepaid: with respect to each Advance, if such Advance amounts are prepaid in any of the first twelve (12) months following the Closing Date, three percent (3.00%); after twelve (12) months but prior to
twenty four (24) months, two percent (2.00%); after twenty-four (24) months but prior to thirty-six (36) months, one percent (1.00%); and thereafter, zero percent (0.00%) (each, a Prepayment Charge). Borrower agrees that the Prepayment Charge is a reasonable calculation of the Lenders lost profits in view of the difficulties and impracticality of determining actual damages resulting from an early repayment of the Advances. Borrower shall prepay the outstanding amount of all principal and accrued interest through the prepayment date and the Prepayment Charge upon the occurrence of a Change in Control. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Agent and the Lenders agree to waive the Prepayment Charge if Agent and the Lenders (in their sole and absolute discretion) agree in writing to refinance the Advances prior to the Term Loan Maturity Date. Any amounts paid under this Section shall be applied by Agent to the then unpaid amount of any Secured Obligations (including principal and interest) in such order and priority as Agent may choose in its sole discretion. For the avoidance of doubt, if a payment hereunder becomes due and payable on a day that is not a Business Day, the due date thereof shall be the immediately preceding Business Day.
2.6 End of Term Charge. On the earliest to occur of (i) the Term Loan Maturity Date, (ii) the date that Borrower prepays the outstanding Secured Obligations (other than any inchoate indemnity obligations and any other obligations which, by their terms, are to survive the termination of this Agreement) in full, or (iii) the date that the Secured Obligations become due and payable, Borrower shall pay the Lenders a charge equal to Six and Ninety-Five Hundredths Percent (6.95%) of the aggregate Term Loan Advances (the End of Term Charge). Notwithstanding the required payment date of such End of Term Charge, it shall be deemed earned by the Lenders as of each date a Term Loan Advance is made. For the avoidance of doubt, if a payment hereunder becomes due and payable on a day that is not a Business Day, the due date thereof shall be the immediately preceding Business Day.
2.7 Pro Rata Treatment. Each payment (including prepayment) on account of any fee and any reduction of the Term Loans shall be made pro rata according to the Term Commitments of the relevant Lender.
2.8 Taxes; Increased Costs. The Borrower, the Agent and the Lenders each hereby agree to the terms and conditions set forth on Addendum 1 attached hereto.
2.9 Treatment of Prepayment Charge and End of Term Charge. Borrower agrees that any Prepayment Charge and any End of Term Charge payable shall be presumed to be the liquidated damages sustained by each Lender as the result of the early termination, and Borrower agrees that it is reasonable under the circumstances currently existing and existing as of the Closing Date. The Prepayment Charge and the End of Term Charge shall also be payable in the event the Secured Obligations (and/or this Agreement) are satisfied or released by foreclosure (whether by power of judicial proceeding), deed in lieu of foreclosure, or by any other means. Borrower expressly waives (to the fullest extent it may lawfully do so) the provisions of any present or future statute or law that prohibits or may prohibit the collection of the foregoing Prepayment Charge and End of Term Charge in connection with any such acceleration. Borrower agrees (to the fullest extent that each may lawfully do so): (a) each of the Prepayment Charge and the End of Term Charge is reasonable and is the product of an arms length transaction between sophisticated business people, ably represented by counsel; (b) each of the Prepayment Charge and the End of Term Charge shall be payable notwithstanding the then
prevailing market rates at the time payment is made; (c) there has been a course of conduct between the Lenders and Borrower giving specific consideration in this transaction for such agreement to pay the Prepayment Charge and the End of Term Charge as a charge (and not interest) in the event of prepayment or acceleration; (d) Borrower shall be estopped from claiming differently than as agreed to in this paragraph. Borrower expressly acknowledges that their agreement to pay each of the Prepayment Charge and the End of Term Charge to the Lenders as herein described was on the Closing Date and continues to be a material inducement to the Lenders to provide the Term Loans.
SECTION 3. SECURITY INTEREST
3.1 As security for the prompt and complete payment when due (whether on the payment dates or otherwise) of all the Secured Obligations, Borrower grants to Agent a security interest in all of Borrowers right, title, and interest in, to and under all of Borrowers personal property and other assets including without limitation the following (except as set forth herein) whether now owned or hereafter acquired (collectively, the Collateral): (a) Receivables; (b) Equipment; (c) Fixtures; (d) General Intangibles (other than Intellectual Property); (e) Inventory; (f) Investment Property; (g) Deposit Accounts; (h) Cash; (i) Goods; and all other tangible and intangible personal property of Borrower whether now or hereafter owned or existing, leased, consigned by or to, or acquired by, Borrower and wherever located, and any of Borrowers property in the possession or under the control of Agent; and, to the extent not otherwise included, all Proceeds of each of the foregoing and all accessions to, substitutions and replacements for, and rents, profits and products of each of the foregoing; provided, however, that the Collateral shall include all Accounts and General Intangibles that consist of rights to payment and proceeds from the sale, licensing or disposition of all or any part, or rights in, the Intellectual Property (the Rights to Payment). Notwithstanding the foregoing, if a judicial authority (including a U.S. Bankruptcy Court) holds that a security interest in the underlying Intellectual Property is necessary to have a security interest in the Rights to Payment, then the Collateral shall automatically, and effective as of the date of this Agreement, include the Intellectual Property to the extent necessary to permit perfection of Agents security interest in the Rights to Payment.
3.2 Notwithstanding the broad grant of the security interest set forth in Section 3.1, above, the Collateral shall not include nonassignable licenses or contracts, which by their terms require the consent of the licensor thereof or another party (but only to the extent such prohibition on transfer is enforceable under applicable law, including, without limitation, Sections 9406, 9407 and 9408 of the UCC).
3.3 Upon satisfaction in full in cash of the Secured Obligations (other than inchoate indemnity obligations) and at such time as Lenders obligation to make Advances has terminated, Agent shall, upon the written request and at the sole cost and expense of Borrower, release its liens in the Collateral and all rights therein shall revert to Borrower. At the reasonable request of the Borrower following any such termination, Agent will deliver to Borrower any Collateral held by Agent under this Agreement, and execute and deliver to Borrower such documents as Borrower will reasonably request to evidence such termination.
SECTION 4. CONDITIONS PRECEDENT TO LOAN
The obligations of the Lenders to make the Loan hereunder are subject to the satisfaction by Borrower of the following conditions:
4.1 Initial Advance. On or prior to the Closing Date, Borrower shall have delivered to Agent the following:
(a) executed copies of the Loan Documents (other than (x) the landlord waiver (or similar) for Borrowers Cambridge, MA leased location, which shall be delivered to Agent within fifteen (15) days of the Closing Date; and (y) the Pledge Agreement, which shall be delivered to Agent within fifteen (15) days of the Closing Date), subject to Section 7.12, Account Control Agreements, and all other documents and instruments reasonably required by Agent to effectuate the transactions contemplated hereby or to create and perfect the Liens of Agent with respect to all Collateral, in all cases in form and substance reasonably acceptable to Agent;
(b) a legal opinion of Borrowers counsel in form and substance reasonably acceptable to Agent,
(c) certified copy of resolutions of Borrowers board of directors evidencing approval of the Loan and other transactions evidenced by the Loan Documents;
(d) certified copies of the Certificate of Incorporation and the Bylaws, as amended through the Closing Date, of Borrower;
(e) a certificate of good standing for Borrower from its state of incorporation and similar certificates from all other jurisdictions in which it does business and where the failure to be qualified could have a Material Adverse Effect;
(f) payment of the Due Diligence Fee, Initial Facility Charge and reimbursement of Agents and the Lenders current expenses reimbursable pursuant to this Agreement, which amounts may be deducted from the initial Advance;
(g) all certificates of insurance and copies of each insurance policy required hereunder; and
(h) such other documents as Agent may reasonably request.
4.2 All Advances. On each Advance Date:
(a) Agent shall have received (i) an Advance Request for the relevant Advance as required by Section 2.2(b), each duly executed by Borrowers Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial Officer, and (ii) any other documents Agent may reasonably request.
(b) The representations and warranties set forth in this Agreement shall be true and correct in all material respects on and as of the Advance Date with the same effect as though made on and as of such date, except to the extent such representations and warranties expressly relate to an earlier date.
(c) Borrower shall be in compliance with all the terms and provisions set forth herein and in each other Loan Document on its part to be observed or performed, and at the time of and immediately after such Advance no Event of Default shall have occurred and be continuing.
(d) with respect to any Tranche 2 Advance, the Loan Parties shall have paid the Tranche 2 Facility Charge;
(e) Each Advance Request shall be deemed to constitute a representation and warranty by Borrower on the relevant Advance Date as to the matters specified in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this Section 4.2 and as to the matters set forth in the Advance Request.
4.3 No Default. As of the Closing Date and each Advance Date, (i) no fact or condition exists that could (or could, with the passage of time, the giving of notice, or both) constitute an Event of Default and (ii) no event that has had or could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect has occurred and is continuing.
SECTION 5. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES OF BORROWER
Borrower represents and warrants that:
5.1 Corporate Status. Borrower is a corporation duly organized, legally existing and in good standing under the laws its state of incorporation, and is duly qualified as a foreign corporation in all jurisdictions in which the nature of its business or location of its properties require such qualifications and where the failure to be qualified could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. Borrowers present name, former names (if any), locations, place of formation, federal taxpayer identification number, organizational identification number and other information are correctly set forth in Exhibit B, as may be updated by Borrower in a written notice (including any Compliance Certificate) provided to Agent after the Closing Date.
5.2 Collateral. Borrower owns the Collateral and the Intellectual Property, free of all Liens, except for Permitted Liens. Borrower has the power and authority to grant to Agent a Lien in the Collateral as security for the Secured Obligations. Borrower has requested, and has been denied, an Account Control Agreement with respect to the Stifel Account.
5.3 Consents. Borrowers execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement and all other Loan Documents, (i) have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate action of Borrower, (ii) will not result in the creation or imposition of any Lien upon the Collateral, other than Permitted Liens and the Liens created by this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, (iii) do not violate any provisions of Borrowers Certificate or Articles of Incorporation (as applicable), bylaws, or any, law, regulation, order, injunction, judgment, decree or writ to which Borrower is subject and (iv) except as described on Schedule 5.3, do not violate any contract or agreement or require the consent or approval of any other Person which has not already been obtained. The individual or individuals executing the Loan Documents are duly authorized to do so.
5.4 Material Adverse Effect. No event that has had or could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect has occurred and is continuing. Except as described on Schedule 5.4, Borrower is not aware of any event likely to occur that is reasonably expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.
5.5 Actions Before Governmental Authorities. There are no actions, suits or proceedings at law or in equity or by or before any governmental authority now pending or, to the knowledge of Borrower, threatened against or affecting Borrower or its property, that is reasonably expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.
5.6 Laws. Neither Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries is in violation of any law, rule or regulation, or in default with respect to any judgment, writ, injunction or decree of any governmental authority to which Borrower is subject, where such violation or default is reasonably expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect. Borrower is not in default in any manner under any provision of any agreement or instrument evidencing material Indebtedness, or any other material agreement to which it is a party or by which it is bound.
Neither Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries is an investment company or a company controlled by an investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. Neither Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries is engaged as one of its important activities in extending credit for margin stock (under Regulations X, T and U of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors). Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries has complied in all material respects with the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Neither Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries is a holding company or an affiliate of a holding company or a subsidiary company of a holding company as each term is defined and used in the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005. Neither Borrowers nor any of its Subsidiaries properties or assets has been used by Borrower or such Subsidiary or, to Borrowers knowledge, by previous Persons, in disposing, producing, storing, treating, or transporting any hazardous substance other than in material compliance with applicable laws. Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries has obtained all consents, approvals and authorizations of, made all declarations or filings with, and given all notices to, all governmental authorities that are necessary to continue their respective businesses as currently conducted.
None of Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries, or, to Borrowers knowledge, any of Borrowers or its Subsidiaries Affiliates or any of their respective agents acting or benefiting in any capacity in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement is (i) in violation of any Anti-Terrorism Law, (ii) engaging in or conspiring to engage in any transaction that evades or avoids, or has the purpose of evading or avoiding or attempts to violate, any of the prohibitions set forth in any Anti-Terrorism Law, or (iii) is a Blocked Person. None of Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries, or to the knowledge of Borrower and any of their Affiliates or agents, acting or benefiting in any capacity in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, (x) conducts any business or engages in making or receiving any contribution of funds, goods or services to or for the benefit of any Blocked Person, or (y) deals in, or otherwise engages in any transaction relating to, any property or interest in property blocked pursuant to Executive Order No. 13224, any similar executive order or other Anti-Terrorism Law. None of the funds to be provided under this Agreement will be used, directly or indirectly, (a) for any activities in violation of any applicable anti-money laundering, economic sanctions and anti-bribery laws and regulations or (b) for any payment to any governmental official or employee, political party, official of a political party, candidate for political office, or anyone else acting in an official capacity, in order to obtain, retain or direct business or obtain any improper advantage, in violation of the United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, as amended.
5.7 Information Correct and Current. No information, report, Advance Request, financial statement, exhibit or schedule furnished, by or on behalf of Borrower to Agent in connection with any Loan Document or included therein or delivered pursuant thereto contained, or, when taken as a whole, contains or will contain any material misstatement of fact or, when taken together with all other such information or documents, omitted, omits or will omit to state any material fact necessary to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were, are or will be made, not materially misleading at the time such statement was made or deemed made and in light of the circumstances in which they were made or deemed made. Additionally, any and all financial or business projections provided by Borrower to Agent, whether prior to or after the Closing Date, shall (i) be provided in good faith and based on the most current data and information available to Borrower, and (ii) include the most current of such projections provided to Borrowers Board of Directors; it being recognized by Agent that the projections and forecasts provided by Borrower in good faith and based upon reasonable assumptions are not to be viewed as facts and that actual results during the period or periods covered by any such projections and forecasts may differ from the projected or forecasted results.
5.8 Tax Matters. Except as described on Schedule 5.8, (a) Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries has filed with the applicable governmental authority all federal and state income Tax returns and other material Tax returns required to be filed by it, (b) Borrower and each of its Subsidiaries has duly paid all federal and state income Taxes and other material Taxes or installments thereof required to be paid by it, except Taxes being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings and for which Borrower and its Subsidiaries maintain adequate reserves in accordance with GAAP, and (c) to Borrowers knowledge, there are no proposed or pending Tax assessments, deficiencies, audits or other proceedings with respect to Taxes of the Borrower or any Subsidiary, except in the case of each of (a) through (c) that have had, or could reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect.
5.9 Intellectual Property Claims. Borrower is the sole owner of, or otherwise has the right to use, the Intellectual Property material to Borrowers business. Except as described on Schedule 5.9, (i) each of the material Copyrights, Trademarks and Patents is valid and enforceable, (ii) no material part of the Intellectual Property has been judged invalid or unenforceable, in whole or in part, and (iii) no claim has been made to Borrower that any material part of the Intellectual Property violates the rights of any third party. Exhibit C is a true, correct and complete list of each of Borrowers Patents, registered Trademarks, registered Copyrights, and material agreements under which Borrower licenses Intellectual Property from third parties (other than shrink-wrap software licenses), together with application or registration numbers, as applicable, owned by Borrower or any Subsidiary, in each case as of the Closing Date. Borrower is not in material breach of, nor has Borrower failed to perform any material obligations under, any of the foregoing contracts, licenses or agreements and, to Borrowers knowledge, no third party to any such contract, license or agreement is in material breach thereof or has failed to perform any material obligations thereunder.
5.10 Intellectual Property. Except as described on Schedule 5.10, Borrower has all material rights with respect to Intellectual Property necessary or material in the operation or conduct of Borrowers business as currently conducted and proposed to be conducted by Borrower. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, and in the case of Licenses, except for restrictions that are unenforceable under Division 9 of the UCC, Borrower has the right, to the extent required to operate Borrowers business, to freely transfer, license or assign Intellectual Property necessary or material in the operation or conduct of Borrowers business as currently conducted and proposed to be conducted by Borrower, without condition, restriction or payment of any kind (other than license payments in the ordinary course of business) to any third party, and Borrower owns or has the right to use, pursuant to valid licenses, all software development tools, library functions, compilers and all other third-party software and other items that are material to Borrowers business and used in the design, development, promotion, sale, license, manufacture, import, export, use or distribution of Borrower Products except customary covenants in inbound license agreements and equipment leases where Borrower is the licensee or lessee. Borrower is not a party to, nor is it bound by, any Restricted License.
No material software or other materials used by Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries (or used in any Borrower Products or any Subsidiaries products) are subject to an open-source or similar license (including but not limited to the General Public License, Lesser General Public License, Mozilla Public License, or Affero License) (collectively, Open Source Licenses) in a manner that would cause such software or other materials to have to be (i) distributed to third parties at no charge or a minimal charge (royalty-free basis); (ii) licensed to third parties to modify, make derivative works based on, decompile, disassemble, or reverse engineer; or (iii) used in a manner that could require disclosure or distribution in source code form.
5.11 Borrower Products. Except as described on Schedule 5.11, no Intellectual Property owned by Borrower or Borrower Product has been or is subject to any actual or, to the knowledge of Borrower, threatened litigation, proceeding (including any proceeding in the United States Patent and Trademark Office or any corresponding foreign office or agency) or outstanding decree, order, judgment, settlement agreement or stipulation that restricts in any manner Borrowers use, transfer or licensing thereof or that may affect the validity, use or enforceability thereof. There is no decree, order, judgment, agreement, stipulation, arbitral award or other provision entered into in connection with any litigation or proceeding that obligates Borrower to grant licenses or ownership interest in any future Intellectual Property related to the operation or conduct of the business of Borrower or Borrower Products. Borrower has not received any written notice or claim, or, to the knowledge of Borrower, oral notice or claim, challenging or questioning Borrowers ownership in any Intellectual Property (or written notice of any claim challenging or questioning the ownership in any licensed Intellectual Property of the owner thereof) or suggesting that any third party has any claim of legal or beneficial ownership with respect thereto which if adversely determined could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect nor, to Borrowers knowledge, is there a reasonable basis for any such claim. Neither Borrowers use of its Intellectual Property nor the production and sale of Borrower Products infringes the Intellectual Property or other rights of others.
5.12 Financial Accounts. Exhibit D, as may be updated by the Borrower in a written notice provided to Agent after the Closing Date, is a true, correct and complete list of (a) all banks and other financial institutions at which Borrower or any Subsidiary maintains Deposit
Accounts and (b) all institutions at which Borrower or any Subsidiary maintains an account holding Investment Property, and such exhibit correctly identifies the name, address and telephone number of each bank or other institution, the name in which the account is held, a description of the purpose of the account, and the complete account number therefor.
5.13 Employee Loans. Except for Permitted Investments, Borrower has no outstanding loans to any employee, officer or director of the Borrower nor has Borrower guaranteed the payment of any loan made to an employee, officer or director of the Borrower by a third party.
5.14 Subsidiaries. Borrower does not own any stock, partnership interest or other securities of any Person, except for Permitted Investments. Attached as Schedule 5.14, as may be updated by Borrower in a written notice provided after the Closing Date, is a true, correct and complete list of each Subsidiary.
SECTION 6. INSURANCE; INDEMNIFICATION
6.1 Coverage. Borrower shall cause to be carried and maintained commercial general liability insurance, on an occurrence form, against risks customarily insured against in Borrowers line of business. Such risks shall include the risks of bodily injury, including death, property damage, personal injury, advertising injury, and contractual liability per the terms of the indemnification agreement found in Section 6.3. Borrower must maintain a minimum of Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000) of commercial general liability insurance for each occurrence. Borrower has and agrees to maintain a minimum of Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000) of directors and officers insurance for each occurrence and Five Million Dollars ($5,000,000) in the aggregate. So long as there are any Secured Obligations outstanding, Borrower shall also cause to be carried and maintained insurance upon the Collateral, insuring against all risks of physical loss or damage howsoever caused, in an amount not less than the full replacement cost of the Collateral, provided that such insurance may be subject to standard exceptions and deductibles. If Borrower fails to obtain the insurance called for by this Section 6.1 or fails to pay any premium thereon or fails to pay any other amount which Borrower is obligated to pay under this Agreement or any other Loan Document or which may be required to preserve the Collateral, Agent may obtain such insurance or make such payment, and all amounts so paid by Agent are immediately due and payable, bearing interest at the then highest rate applicable to the Secured Obligations, and secured by the Collateral. Agent will provide (but will not be liable for failing to provide) Borrower with notice of Agent obtaining such insurance at the time it is obtained or within a reasonable time thereafter. No payments by Agent are deemed an agreement to make similar payments in the future or Agents waiver of any Event of Default.
6.2 Certificates. Borrower shall deliver to Agent certificates of insurance that evidence Borrowers compliance with its insurance obligations in Section 6.1 and the obligations contained in this Section 6.2. Borrowers insurance certificate shall state Agent (shown as Hercules Capital, Inc., as Agent) is an additional insured for commercial general liability, a lenders loss payable for all risk property damage insurance, subject to the insurers approval, and a lenders loss payable for property insurance and additional insured for liability insurance for any future insurance that Borrower may acquire from such insurer. Attached to the certificates of insurance will be additional insured endorsements for liability and lenders loss payable endorsements for all risk property damage insurance; such endorsements to be provided to Agent
no later than ten (10) Business Days after the Closing Date; provided that the failure timely to so deliver such endorsements shall constitute an immediate, non-curable Event of Default. All certificates of insurance will provide for a minimum of thirty (30) days advance written notice to Agent of cancellation (other than cancellation for non-payment of premiums, for which ten (10) days advance written notice shall be sufficient) or any other change adverse to Agents interests. Any failure of Agent to scrutinize such insurance certificates for compliance is not a waiver of any of Agents rights, all of which are reserved. Borrower shall provide Agent with copies of each insurance policy, and upon entering or amending any insurance policy required hereunder, Borrower shall provide Agent with copies of such policies and shall promptly deliver to Agent updated insurance certificates with respect to such policies.
6.3 Indemnity. Borrower agrees to indemnify and hold Agent, the Lenders and their officers, directors, employees, agents, in-house attorneys, representatives and shareholders (each, an Indemnified Person) harmless from and against any and all claims, costs, expenses, damages and liabilities (including such claims, costs, expenses, damages and liabilities based on liability in tort, including strict liability in tort), including reasonable attorneys fees and disbursements and other costs of investigation or defense (including those incurred upon any appeal) (collectively, Liabilities), that may be instituted or asserted against or incurred by such Indemnified Person as the result of credit having been extended, suspended or terminated under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents or the administration of such credit, or in connection with or arising out of the transactions contemplated hereunder and thereunder, or any actions or failures to act in connection therewith, or arising out of the disposition or utilization of the Collateral, excluding in all cases Liabilities to the extent resulting solely from any Indemnified Persons gross negligence or willful misconduct. This Section 6.3 shall not apply with respect to Taxes other than any Taxes that represent losses, claims, damages, etc. arising from any non-Tax claim. In no event shall any Indemnified Person be liable on any theory of liability for any special, indirect, consequential or punitive damages (including any loss of profits, business or anticipated savings). This Section 6.3 shall survive the repayment of indebtedness under, and otherwise shall survive the expiration or other termination of, the Loan Agreement.
SECTION 7. COVENANTS OF BORROWER
Borrower agrees as follows:
7.1 Financial Reports. Borrower shall furnish to Agent the financial statements and reports listed hereinafter (the Financial Statements):
(a) as soon as practicable (and in any event within 30 days) after the end of each month beginning with the month ending August 31, 2020, unaudited interim and year-to-date financial statements as of the end of such month (prepared on a consolidated and consolidating basis, if applicable), including balance sheet and related statements of income and cash flows accompanied by a report detailing any material contingencies (including the commencement of any material litigation by or against Borrower) or any other occurrence that could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, all certified by Borrowers Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial Officer to the effect that they have been prepared in accordance with GAAP, except (i) for the absence of footnotes, (ii) that they are subject to normal year-end adjustments, and (iii) they do not contain (A) certain non-cash items and (B) certain quarterly contract accruals that are customarily included in quarterly and annual financial statements;
(b) as soon as practicable (and in any event within 45 days) after the end of each calendar quarter that is not the Borrowers fiscal year-end, unaudited interim and year-to-date financial statements as of the end of such calendar quarter (prepared on a consolidated and consolidating basis, if applicable), including balance sheet and related statements of income and cash flows, certified by Borrowers Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial Officer to the effect that they have been prepared in accordance with GAAP, except (i) for the absence of footnotes, and (ii) that they are subject to normal year-end adjustments;
(c) as soon as practicable (and in any event within ninety (90) days) after the end of each fiscal year, unqualified audited financial statements as of the end of such year (prepared on a consolidated and consolidating basis, if applicable), including balance sheet and related statements of income and cash flows, and setting forth in comparative form the corresponding figures for the preceding fiscal year, certified by a firm of independent certified public accountants selected by Borrower and reasonably acceptable to Agent, accompanied by any management report from such accountants;
(d) concurrently with the financial statements delivered pursuant to Section 7.1(a), but commencing with the month ending June 30, 2020, a Compliance Certificate in the form of Exhibit E;
(e) as soon as practicable (and in any event within 10 days) after the end of each month, a report showing agings of accounts payable;
(f) promptly after the sending or filing thereof, as the case may be, copies of any proxy statements, financial statements or reports that Borrower has made available to holders of its common stock and copies of any regular, periodic and special reports or registration statements that Borrower files with the Securities and Exchange Commission or any governmental authority that may be substituted therefor, or any national securities exchange;
(h) financial and business projections promptly following their approval by Borrowers Board of Directors, and in any event, within 30 days after the end of Borrowers fiscal year, as well as budgets, operating plans and other financial information reasonably requested by Agent; and
(i) immediate notice if Borrower or any Subsidiary has knowledge that Borrower, or any Subsidiary or Affiliate of Borrower, is listed on the OFAC Lists or (a) is convicted on, (b) pleads nolo contendere to, (c) is indicted on, or (d) is arraigned and held over on charges involving money laundering or predicate crimes to money laundering.
If Borrower makes any change to its (a) accounting policies or reporting practices, except as required by GAAP or (b) fiscal years or fiscal quarters, Borrower shall promptly notify the Agent of such change. As of the Closing, the fiscal year of Borrower ends on June 30.
The executed Compliance Certificate, and all Financial Statements required to be delivered pursuant to clauses (a), (b), (c) and (d) shall be sent via e-mail to email@example.com with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org provided, that if e-mail is not available or sending such Financial Statements via e-mail is not possible, they shall be faxed to Agent at: (650) 473-9194, attention Account Manager: Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, documents required to be delivered under Sections 7.1(a), (b), (c) or (f) (to the extent any such documents are included in materials otherwise filed with the SEC) may be delivered electronically and if so delivered, shall be deemed to have been delivered on the date on which Borrower makes such filing with the SEC.
7.2 Management Rights. Borrower shall permit any representative that Agent or the Lenders authorizes, including their attorneys and accountants, to inspect the Collateral and examine and make copies and abstracts of the books of account and records of Borrower at reasonable times and upon reasonable notice during normal business hours; provided, however, that so long as no Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, such examinations shall be limited to no more often than twice per fiscal year. In addition, in connection with such inspections, any such representative shall have the right to meet with management and officers of Borrower to discuss such books of account and records. In addition, Agent or the Lenders shall be entitled at reasonable times and intervals to consult with and advise the management and officers of Borrower concerning significant business issues affecting Borrower. Such consultations shall not unreasonably interfere with Borrowers business operations.
7.3 Further Assurances. Borrower shall from time to time execute, deliver and file, alone or with Agent, any financing statements, security agreements, collateral assignments, notices, control agreements, promissory notes or other documents to perfect, give the highest priority to Agents Lien on the Collateral or otherwise evidence Agents rights herein. Borrower shall from time to time procure any instruments or documents as may be reasonably requested by Agent, and take all further action that may be necessary, or that Agent may reasonably request, to perfect and protect the Liens granted hereby and thereby. In addition, and for the sole purpose of perfecting and protecting the Liens granted hereby and thereby only, Borrower hereby authorizes Agent to execute and deliver on behalf of Borrower and to file such financing statements (including in accordance with Section 9-504 of the UCC), collateral assignments, notices, control agreements, security agreements and other documents without the signature of Borrower either in Agents name or in the name of Agent as agent and attorney-in-fact for Borrower. Borrower shall protect and defend Borrowers title to the Collateral and Agents Lien thereon against all Persons claiming any interest adverse to Borrower or Agent other than Permitted Liens.
7.4 Indebtedness. Borrower shall not create, incur, assume, guarantee or be or remain liable with respect to any Indebtedness, or permit any Subsidiary so to do, other than Permitted Indebtedness, or prepay any Indebtedness or take any actions which impose on Borrower an obligation to prepay any Indebtedness, except for (a) the conversion of Indebtedness into equity securities and the payment of cash in lieu of fractional shares in connection with such conversion, (b) purchase money Indebtedness pursuant to its then applicable payment schedule, (c) prepayment by any Subsidiary of (i) inter-company Indebtedness owed by such Subsidiary to
any Borrower, or (ii) if such Subsidiary is not a Borrower, intercompany Indebtedness owed by such Subsidiary to another Subsidiary that is not a Borrower, (d) prepayments of ordinary course obligations incurred in connection with credit cards and trade credit in the ordinary course of business or (e) as otherwise permitted hereunder or approved in writing by Agent.
7.5 Collateral. Borrower shall at all times keep the Collateral, the Intellectual Property and all other property and assets used in Borrowers business or in which Borrower now or hereafter holds any interest free and clear from any legal process or Liens whatsoever (except for Permitted Liens), and shall give Agent prompt written notice of any legal process affecting the Collateral, the Intellectual Property, such other property and assets, or any Liens thereon, provided however, that the Collateral and such other property and assets may be subject to Permitted Liens except that there shall be no Liens whatsoever on Intellectual Property. Borrower shall not agree with any Person other than Agent or the Lenders not to encumber its property. Borrower shall not enter into or suffer to exist or become effective any agreement that prohibits or limits the ability of any Borrower to create, incur, assume or suffer to exist any Lien upon any of its property (including Intellectual Property), whether now owned or hereafter acquired, to secure its obligations under the Loan Documents to which it is a party other than (a) this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, (b) any agreements governing any purchase money Liens or finance lease obligations otherwise permitted hereby (in which case, any prohibition or limitation shall only be effective against the assets financed thereby) and (c) customary restrictions on the assignment of leases, licenses and other agreements. Borrower shall cause its Subsidiaries to protect and defend such Subsidiarys title to its assets from and against all Persons claiming any interest adverse to such Subsidiary, and Borrower shall cause its Subsidiaries at all times to keep such Subsidiarys property and assets free and clear from any legal process or Liens whatsoever (except for Permitted Liens, provided however, that there shall be no Liens whatsoever on Intellectual Property), and shall give Agent prompt written notice of any legal process affecting such Subsidiarys assets.
7.6 Investments. Borrower shall not directly or indirectly acquire or own, or make any Investment in or to any Person, or permit any of its Subsidiaries so to do, other than Permitted Investments.
7.7 Distributions. Borrower shall not, and shall not allow any Subsidiary to, (a) repurchase or redeem any class of stock or other Equity Interest other than (i) the conversion of any of its convertible securities into other securities pursuant to the terms of such convertible securities or otherwise in exchange thereof or (ii) pursuant to employee, director or consultant repurchase plans or other similar agreements, provided, however, in each case the repurchase or redemption price does not exceed the original consideration paid for such stock or Equity Interest, or (b) declare or pay any cash dividend or make any other cash distribution on any class of stock or other Equity Interest, except that a Subsidiary may pay dividends or make other distributions to Borrower or any Subsidiary of Borrower, or (c) except for Permitted Investments, lend money to any employees, officers or directors or guarantee the payment of any such loans granted by a third party in excess of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) in the aggregate or (d) waive, release or forgive any Indebtedness owed by any employees, officers or directors in excess of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) in the aggregate.
7.8 Transfers. Except for Permitted Transfers, Borrower shall not, and shall not allow any Subsidiary to, voluntarily or involuntarily transfer, sell, lease, license, lend or in any other manner convey any equitable, beneficial or legal interest in any material portion of its assets.
7.9 Mergers and Consolidations. Borrower shall not merge or consolidate, or permit any of its Subsidiaries to merge or consolidate, with or into any other business organization (other than mergers or consolidations of (a) a Subsidiary which is not a Borrower into another Subsidiary or into Borrower or (b) a Borrower into another Borrower).
7.10 Taxes. Borrower shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, pay when due all material Taxes of any nature whatsoever now or hereafter imposed or assessed against Borrower or the Collateral or upon Borrowers ownership, possession, use, operation or disposition thereof or upon Borrowers rents, receipts or earnings arising therefrom. Borrower shall, and shall cause each of its Subsidiaries to, duly file on or before the due date therefor (taking into account proper extensions) all federal and state income Tax returns and other material Tax returns required to be filed by Borrower or the applicable Subsidiary; and such tax returns shall be accurate in all material respects. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Borrower and its Subsidiaries may contest, in good faith and by appropriate proceedings diligently conducted, Taxes for which Borrower and its Subsidiaries maintain adequate reserves in accordance with GAAP.
7.11 Corporate Changes. Neither Borrower nor any Subsidiary shall change its corporate name, legal form or jurisdiction of formation without twenty (20) days prior written notice to Agent. Neither Borrower nor any Subsidiary shall suffer a Change in Control. Neither Borrower nor any Subsidiary shall relocate its chief executive office or its principal place of business unless: (i) it has provided prior written notice to Agent; and (ii) such relocation shall be within the continental United States of America. Neither Borrower nor any Subsidiary shall relocate any item of Collateral (other than (v) sales of Inventory in the ordinary course of business, (w) relocations of Equipment having an aggregate value of up to One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000) in any fiscal year, (x) relocations of other Collateral having an aggregate value of up to Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000) in any fiscal year, (y) relocations of Equipment to and between clinical trial and testing locations and (z) relocations of Collateral from a location described on Exhibit B to another location described on Exhibit B) unless (i) it has provided prompt written notice to Agent, (ii) such relocation is within the continental United States of America and, (iii) if such relocation is to a third party bailee, it has delivered a bailee agreement in form and substance reasonably acceptable to Agent.
7.12 Deposit Accounts. Neither Borrower nor any Subsidiary shall maintain any Deposit Accounts, or accounts holding Investment Property, except with respect to which Agent has an Account Control Agreement; provided that (i) Borrower shall cause to be delivered to Agent an Account Control Agreement over Borrowers (x) Deposit Account and (y) investment account, each with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (or an affiliate thereof; each such account as described on Exhibit D hereto; collectively, the Wells Control Agreements) no later than ten (10) days from the Closing Date; provided that, unless and until Borrower delivers such Wells Control Agreements, Borrower shall not permit the balance in Borrowers Deposit Accounts subject to Account Control Agreements to be less than the original principal amount of the Tranche 1 Advance; and (ii) Borrower shall be permitted to maintain the Stifel Account, not subject to an Account Control Agreement, as long as Borrower abides by the Stifel Account Conditions at all times during the term hereof.
7.13 Borrower shall notify Agent of each Subsidiary formed subsequent to the Closing Date and, within twenty (20) days of formation, shall cause any such Subsidiary to execute and deliver to Agent a Joinder Agreement; provided, however, that this provision shall not apply to any Subsidiary with respect to which, upon the written demonstration thereof by Borrower to Agent, Agent shall determine in its reasonable discretion that the burden or cost to Borrower of such Subsidiary joining the Agreement shall be excessive in view of the benefits afforded thereby to Agent or the Lenders.
7.15 Notification of Event of Default. Borrower shall notify Agent immediately upon becoming aware of the occurrence of any Event of Default.
7.17 Use of Proceeds. Borrower agrees that the proceeds of the Loans shall be used solely to pay related fees and expenses in connection with this Agreement and for working capital and general corporate purposes. The proceeds of the Loans will not be used in violation of Anti-Corruption Laws or applicable Sanctions.
7.19 Compliance with Laws.
Borrower shall maintain, and shall cause its Subsidiaries to maintain, compliance in all material respects with all applicable laws, rules or regulations (including any law, rule or regulation with respect to the making or brokering of loans or financial accommodations), and shall, or cause its Subsidiaries to, obtain and maintain all required governmental authorizations, approvals, licenses, franchises, permits or registrations reasonably necessary in connection with the conduct of Borrowers business.
Neither Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries shall, nor shall Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, to Borrowers knowledge, permit any Affiliate to, directly or indirectly, knowingly enter into any documents, instruments, agreements or contracts with any Person listed on the OFAC Lists. Neither Borrower nor any of its Subsidiaries shall, nor shall Borrower or any of its Subsidiaries, to Borrowers knowledge, permit any Affiliate to, directly or indirectly, (i) conduct any business or engage in any transaction or dealing with any Blocked Person, including, without limitation, the making or receiving of any contribution of funds, goods or services to or for the benefit of any Blocked Person, (ii) deal in, or otherwise engage in any transaction relating to, any property or interests in property blocked pursuant to Executive Order No. 13224 or any similar executive order or other Anti-Terrorism Law, or (iii) engage in or conspire to engage in any transaction that evades or avoids, or has the purpose of evading or avoiding, or attempts to violate, any of the prohibitions set forth in Executive Order No. 13224 or other Anti-Terrorism Law.
Borrower has implemented and maintains in effect policies and procedures designed to ensure compliance by the Borrower, its Subsidiaries and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents with Anti-Corruption Laws and applicable Sanctions, and Borrower, its Subsidiaries and their respective officers and employees and to the knowledge of Borrower its directors and agents, are in compliance with Anti-Corruption Laws and applicable Sanctions in all material respects.
None of Borrower, any of its Subsidiaries or any of their respective directors, officers or employees, or to the knowledge of Borrower, any agent for Borrower or its Subsidiaries that will act in any capacity in connection with or benefit from the credit facility established hereby, is a Sanctioned Person. No Loan, use of proceeds or other transaction contemplated by this Agreement will violate Anti-Corruption Laws or applicable Sanctions.
7.20 Minimum Cash. Beginning July 1, 2021, at all times when Advances exceed Ten Million Dollars ($10,000,000), Borrower shall at all times maintain minimum unrestricted Cash of at least Five Million Dollars ($5,000,000) plus the amount of Borrowers accounts payable not paid after the 120th day following the invoice date for such accounts payable, in an account subject to an Account Control Agreement in favor of Agent. Notwithstanding the foregoing, for so long as, and only when, Borrowers Market Capitalization is equal to or greater than $300,000,000, this Section 7.20 shall not apply.
7.21 Intellectual Property. Each Borrower shall (i) protect, defend and maintain the validity and enforceability of its Intellectual Property material to Borrowers business; (ii) promptly advise Agent in writing of material infringements of its Intellectual Property; and (iii) not allow any Intellectual Property material to Borrowers business to be abandoned, forfeited or dedicated to the public without Agents written consent.
7.22 Transactions with Affiliates. Borrower shall not and shall not permit any Subsidiary to, directly or indirectly, enter into or permit to exist any transaction of any kind with any Affiliate of Borrower or such Subsidiary except for (i) transactions that are in the ordinary course of Borrowers business, upon fair and reasonable terms that are no less favorable to Borrower or such Subsidiary, as the case may be, than those that might be obtained in an arms length transaction from a Person who is not an Affiliate of Borrower or such Subsidiary, and (ii) the sale of Borrowers equity securities in bona fide transactions with Borrowers existing investors that do not result in a Change in Control.
SECTION 8. RIGHT TO INVEST
8.1 The Lenders or their assignee or nominee (each, a Hercules Purchaser, and collectively, the Hercules Purchasers) shall have the right, in their discretion, to participate in any Subsequent Financing in an aggregate amount of up to $2,000,000 on the same terms, conditions and pricing afforded to other investors participating in such Subsequent Financing under applicable laws and regulations; provided that with respect to any Subsequent Financing that is registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the Act), Borrower agrees to use commercially reasonable efforts to provide the Hercules Purchasers with the opportunity to invest in each such Subsequent Financing if it is lawful to do so under applicable laws and regulations (or if the Subsequent Financing is an underwritten public offering registered under
the Act, to use commercially reasonable efforts to cause the underwriters for such offering to offer the Hercules Purchasers an allocation of securities in such offering if it is lawful to do so under applicable laws and regulations), on the same terms, conditions and pricing afforded to other investors participating in such Subsequent Financing. Each Hercules Purchaser purchasing Subsequent Financing Securities shall be an accredited investor as defined in Regulation D promulgated under the Act.
SECTION 9. EVENTS OF DEFAULT
The occurrence of any one or more of the following events shall be an Event of Default:
9.1 Payments. Borrower fails to pay any amount due under this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents on the due date; provided, however, that an Event of Default shall not occur on account of a failure to pay due solely to an administrative or operational error of Agent or the Lenders or Borrowers bank if Borrower had the funds to make the payment when due and makes the payment within three (3) Business Days following Borrowers knowledge of such failure to pay; or
9.2 Covenants. Borrower breaches or defaults in the performance of any covenant or Secured Obligation under this Agreement, or any of the other Loan Documents or any other agreement among Borrower, Agent and the Lenders, and (a) with respect to a default under any covenant under this Agreement (other than under Sections 6, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 7.7, 7.8, 7.9, 7.15, 7.17, 7.19, 7.20, 7.21, and 7.22), any other Loan Document, or any other agreement among Borrower, Agent and the Lenders, such default continues for more than ten (10) days after the earlier of the date on which (i) Agent or the Lenders has given notice of such default to Borrower and (ii) Borrower has actual knowledge of such default or (b) with respect to a default under any of Sections 6, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 7.7, 7.8, 7.9, 7.15, 7.17, 7.19, 7.20, 7.21, and 7.22, the occurrence of such default; or
9.3 Material Adverse Effect. A circumstance has occurred that could reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; provided that the occurrence of any of the following, in and of itself, shall not constitute a Material Adverse Effect: (a) the failure to achieve Performance Milestone or (b) adverse results or delays in any nonclinical or clinical trial including without limitation, the failure to demonstrate the desired safety or efficacy of any drug or companion diagnostic; or
9.4 Representations. Any representation or warranty made by Borrower in any Loan Document shall have been false or misleading in any material respect when made or when deemed made; or
9.5 Insolvency. Borrower (A) (i) shall make an assignment for the benefit of creditors; or (ii) shall be unable to pay its debts as they become due, or be unable to pay or perform under the Loan Documents, or shall become insolvent; or (iii) shall file a voluntary petition in bankruptcy; or (iv) shall file any petition, answer, or document seeking for itself any reorganization, arrangement, composition, readjustment, liquidation, dissolution or similar relief under any present or future statute, law or regulation pertinent to such circumstances; or (v) shall seek or consent to or acquiesce in the appointment of any trustee, receiver, or liquidator of
Borrower or of all or any substantial part (i.e., 33-1/3% or more) of the assets or property of Borrower; or (vi) shall cease operations of its business as its business has normally been conducted, or terminate substantially all of its employees; or (vii) Borrower or its directors or majority shareholders shall take any action initiating any of the foregoing actions described in clauses (i) through (vi); or (B) either (i) thirty (30) days shall have expired after the commencement of an involuntary action against Borrower seeking reorganization, arrangement, composition, readjustment, liquidation, dissolution or similar relief under any present or future statute, law or regulation, without such action being dismissed or all orders or proceedings thereunder affecting the operations or the business of Borrower being stayed; or (ii) a stay of any such order or proceedings shall thereafter be set aside and the action setting it aside shall not be timely appealed; or (iii) Borrower shall file any answer admitting or not contesting the material allegations of a petition filed against Borrower in any such proceedings; or (iv) the court in which such proceedings are pending shall enter a decree or order granting the relief sought in any such proceedings; or (v) thirty (30) days shall have expired after the appointment, without the consent or acquiescence of Borrower, of any trustee, receiver or liquidator of Borrower or of all or any substantial part of the properties of Borrower without such appointment being vacated; or
9.6 Attachments; Judgments. Any portion of Borrowers assets is attached or seized, or a levy is filed against any such assets, or a judgment or judgments is/are entered for the payment of money (not covered by independent third party insurance as to which liability has not been rejected by such insurance carrier), individually or in the aggregate, of at least One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000), or Borrower is enjoined or in any way prevented by court order from conducting any part of its business; or
9.7 Other Obligations. The occurrence of any default under any agreement or obligation of Borrower involving any Indebtedness in excess of Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000), or any other material agreement or obligation, if a Material Adverse Effect could reasonably be expected to result from such default.
9.8 Stop Trade. At any time an SEC stop trade order or NASDAQ market trading suspension of the Common Stock shall be in effect for five (5) consecutive days or five (5) days during a period of ten (10) consecutive days, excluding in all cases a suspension of all trading on a public market, provided that Borrower shall not have been able to cure such trading suspension within thirty (30) days of the notice thereof or list the Common Stock on another public market within sixty (60) days of such notice.
SECTION 10. REMEDIES
10.1 General. Upon the occurrence and during the continuance of any one or more Events of Default, Agent may, and at the direction of the Required Lenders shall, accelerate and demand payment of all or any part of the Secured Obligations together with a Prepayment Charge and declare them to be immediately due and payable (provided, that upon the occurrence of an Event of Default of the type described in Section 9.5, all of the Secured Obligations (including, without limitation, the Prepayment Charge and the End of Term Charge) shall automatically be accelerated and made due and payable, in each case without any further notice or act). Borrower hereby irrevocably appoints Agent as its lawful attorney-in-fact to, exercisable following the occurrence of an Event of Default, (i) sign Borrowers name on any invoice or bill
of lading for any account or drafts against account debtors; (ii) demand, collect, sue, and give releases to any account debtor for monies due, settle and adjust disputes and claims about the accounts directly with account debtors, and compromise, prosecute, or defend any action, claim, case, or proceeding about any Collateral (including filing a claim or voting a claim in any bankruptcy case in Agents or Borrowers name, as Agent may elect); (iii) make, settle, and adjust all claims under Borrowers insurance policies; (iv) pay, contest or settle any Lien, charge, encumbrance, security interest, or other claim in or to the Collateral, or any judgment based thereon, or otherwise take any action to terminate or discharge the same; (v) transfer the Collateral into the name of Agent or a third party as the UCC permits; (vi) receive, open and dispose of mail addressed to Borrower; (vii) endorse Borrowers name on any checks, payment instruments, or other forms of payment or security; and (viii) notify all account debtors to pay Agent directly; provided, however, Agent may exercise such power of attorney to sign the name of Borrower on one or more financing or continuation statements and amendments thereto, relative to any of the Collateral regardless of whether an Event of Default has occurred. Agents foregoing appointment as Borrowers attorney in fact, and all of Agents rights and powers, coupled with an interest, are irrevocable until all Secured Obligations (except for inchoate indemnity obligations) have been fully repaid and performed and the Loan Documents have been terminated. Agent may, and at the direction of the Required Lenders shall, exercise all rights and remedies with respect to the Collateral under the Loan Documents or otherwise available to it under the UCC and other applicable law, including the right to release, hold, sell, lease, liquidate, collect, realize upon, or otherwise dispose of all or any part of the Collateral and the right to occupy, utilize, process and commingle the Collateral. All Agents rights and remedies shall be cumulative and not exclusive.
10.2 Collection; Foreclosure. Upon the occurrence and during the continuance of any Event of Default, Agent may, and at the direction of the Required Lenders shall, at any time or from time to time, apply, collect, liquidate, sell in one or more sales, lease or otherwise dispose of, any or all of the Collateral, in its then condition or following any commercially reasonable preparation or processing, in such order as Agent may elect. Any such sale may be made either at public or private sale at its place of business or elsewhere. Borrower agrees that any such public or private sale may occur upon ten (10) calendar days prior written notice to Borrower. Agent may require Borrower to assemble the Collateral and make it available to Agent at a place designated by Agent that is reasonably convenient to Agent and Borrower. The proceeds of any sale, disposition or other realization upon all or any part of the Collateral shall be applied by Agent in the following order of priorities:
First, to Agent and the Lenders in an amount sufficient to pay in full Agents and the Lenders reasonable costs and professionals and advisors fees and expenses as described in Section 11.12;
Second, to the Lenders in an amount equal to the then unpaid amount of the Secured Obligations (including principal, interest, and the Default Rate interest), in such order and priority as Agent may choose in its sole discretion; and
Finally, after the full and final payment in Cash of all of the Secured Obligations (other than inchoate obligations), to any creditor holding a junior Lien on the Collateral, or to Borrower or its representatives or as a court of competent jurisdiction may direct.
Agent shall be deemed to have acted reasonably in the custody, preservation and disposition of any of the Collateral if it complies with the obligations of a secured party under the UCC.
10.3 No Waiver. Agent shall be under no obligation to marshal any of the Collateral for the benefit of Borrower or any other Person, and Borrower expressly waives all rights, if any, to require Agent to marshal any Collateral.
10.4 Cumulative Remedies. The rights, powers and remedies of Agent hereunder shall be in addition to all rights, powers and remedies given by statute or rule of law and are cumulative. The exercise of any one or more of the rights, powers and remedies provided herein shall not be construed as a waiver of or election of remedies with respect to any other rights, powers and remedies of Agent.
SECTION 11. MISCELLANEOUS
11.1 Severability. Whenever possible, each provision of this Agreement shall be interpreted 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 such law, such provision shall be ineffective only to the extent and duration of such prohibition or invalidity, without invalidating the remainder of such provision or the remaining provisions of this Agreement.
11.2 Notice. Except as otherwise provided herein, any notice, demand, request, consent, approval, declaration, service of process or other communication (including the delivery of Financial Statements) that is required, contemplated, or permitted under the Loan Documents or with respect to the subject matter hereof shall be in writing, and shall be deemed to have been validly served, given, delivered, and received upon the earlier of: (i) the day of transmission by electronic mail or hand delivery or delivery by an overnight express service or overnight mail delivery service; or (ii) the third calendar day after deposit in the United States of America mails, with proper first class postage prepaid, in each case addressed to the party to be notified as follows:
If to Agent:
HERCULES CAPITAL, INC.
Attention: Chief Legal Officer and R. Bryan Jadot
400 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 310
Palo Alto, CA 94301
email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
If to the Lenders:
HERCULES CAPITAL, INC.
Attention: Chief Legal Officer and R. Bryan Jadot
400 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 310
Palo Alto, CA 94301
email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
If to Borrower:
APPLIED GENETIC TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
Attention: William A. Sullivan, CFO
14193 NW 119th Terrace, Suite 10
Alachua, FL 32615
With a copy (which shall not constitute notice) to:
FOLEY HOAG LLP
Attention: Stacie Aarestad
155 Seaport Blvd.
Boston, MA 02210
or to such other address as each party may designate for itself by like notice.
11.3 Entire Agreement; Amendments.
(a) This Agreement and the other Loan Documents constitute the entire agreement and understanding of the parties hereto in respect of the subject matter hereof and thereof, and supersede and replace in their entirety any prior proposals, term sheets, non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements, letters, negotiations or other documents or agreements, whether written or oral, with respect to the subject matter hereof or thereof (including Agents revised proposal letter dated May 15, 2020 and the Non-Disclosure Agreement).
(b) Neither this Agreement, any other Loan Document, nor any terms hereof or thereof may be amended, supplemented or modified except in accordance with the provisions of this Section 11.3(b). The Required Lenders and Borrower party to the relevant Loan Document may, or, with the written consent of the Required Lenders, the Agent and the Borrower party to the relevant Loan Document may, from time to time, (i) enter into written amendments, supplements or modifications hereto and to the other Loan Documents for the purpose of adding any provisions to this Agreement or the other Loan Documents or changing in any manner the rights of the Lenders or of the Borrower hereunder or thereunder or (ii) waive, on such terms and conditions as the Required Lenders or the Agent, as the case may be, may specify in such instrument, any of the requirements of this Agreement or the other Loan Documents or any default or Event of Default and its consequences; provided, however, that no such waiver and no such amendment, supplement or modification shall (A) forgive the principal amount or extend the final scheduled date of maturity of any Loan, extend the scheduled date of any amortization payment in respect of any Term Loan, reduce the stated rate of any interest or fee payable
hereunder) or extend the scheduled date of any payment thereof, in each case without the written consent of each Lender directly affected thereby; (B) eliminate or reduce the voting rights of any Lender under this Section 11.3(b) without the written consent of such Lender; (C) reduce any percentage specified in the definition of Required Lenders, consent to the assignment or transfer by the Borrower of any of its rights and obligations under this Agreement and the other Loan Documents, release all or substantially all of the Collateral or release a Borrower from its obligations under the Loan Documents, in each case without the written consent of all Lenders; or (D) amend, modify or waive any provision of Section 11.18 or Addendum 3 without the written consent of the Agent. Any such waiver and any such amendment, supplement or modification shall apply equally to each Lender and shall be binding upon Borrower, the Lender, the Agent and all future holders of the Loans.
11.4 No Strict Construction. The parties hereto have participated jointly in the negotiation and drafting of this Agreement. In the event an ambiguity or question of intent or interpretation arises, this Agreement shall be construed as if drafted jointly by the parties hereto and no presumption or burden of proof shall arise favoring or disfavoring any party by virtue of the authorship of any provisions of this Agreement.
11.5 No Waiver. The powers conferred upon Agent and the Lenders by this Agreement are solely to protect its rights hereunder and under the other Loan Documents and its interest in the Collateral and shall not impose any duty upon Agent or the Lenders to exercise any such powers. No omission or delay by Agent or the Lenders at any time to enforce any right or remedy reserved to it, or to require performance of any of the terms, covenants or provisions hereof by Borrower at any time designated, shall be a waiver of any such right or remedy to which Agent or the Lenders is entitled, nor shall it in any way affect the right of Agent or the Lenders to enforce such provisions thereafter.
11.6 Survival. All agreements, representations and warranties contained in this Agreement and the other Loan Documents or in any document delivered pursuant hereto or thereto shall be for the benefit of Agent and the Lenders and shall survive the execution and delivery of this Agreement. Sections 6.3, 11.15 and 11.17 shall survive the termination of this Agreement.
11.7 Successors and Assigns. The provisions of this Agreement and the other Loan Documents shall inure to the benefit of and be binding on Borrower and its permitted assigns (if any). Borrower shall not assign its obligations under this Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents without Agents express prior written consent, and any such attempted assignment shall be void and of no effect. Agent and the Lenders may assign, transfer, or endorse its rights hereunder and under the other Loan Documents without prior notice to Borrower, and all of such rights shall inure to the benefit of Agents and the Lenders successors and assigns; provided that as long as no Event of Default has occurred and is continuing, neither Agent nor any Lender may assign, transfer or endorse its rights hereunder or under the Loan Documents to any party that is a direct competitor of Borrower (as reasonably determined by Agent), it being acknowledged that in all cases, any transfer to an Affiliate of any Lender or Agent shall be allowed. Notwithstanding the foregoing, (x) in connection with any assignment by a Lender as a result of a forced divestiture at the request of any regulatory agency, the restrictions set forth herein shall not apply and Agent and the Lenders may assign, transfer or indorse its rights hereunder and
under the other Loan Documents to any Person or party and (y) in connection with a Lenders own financing or securitization transactions, the restrictions set forth herein shall not apply and Agent and the Lenders may assign, transfer or indorse its rights hereunder and under the other Loan Documents to any Person or party providing such financing or formed to undertake such securitization transaction and any transferee of such Person or party upon the occurrence of a default, event of default or similar occurrence with respect to such financing or securitization transaction; provided that no such sale, transfer, pledge or assignment under this clause (y) shall release such Lender from any of its obligations hereunder or substitute any such Person or party for such Lender as a party hereto until Agent shall have received and accepted an effective assignment agreement from such Person or party in form satisfactory to Agent executed, delivered and fully completed by the applicable parties thereto, and shall have received such other information regarding such assignee as Agent reasonably shall require. The Agent, acting solely for this purpose as an agent of the Borrower, shall maintain at one of its offices in the United States a register for the recordation of the names and addresses of the Lender(s), and the Term Commitments of, and principal amounts (and stated interest) of the Loans owing to, each Lender pursuant to the terms hereof from time to time (the Register). The entries in the Register shall be conclusive absent manifest error, and the Borrower, the Agent and the Lender(s) shall treat each Person whose name is recorded in the Register pursuant to the terms hereof as a Lender hereunder for all purposes of this Agreement. The Register shall be available for inspection by the Borrower and any Lender, at any reasonable time and from time to time upon reasonable prior notice.
11.8 Participations. Each Lender that sells a participation shall, acting solely for this purpose as a non-fiduciary agent of the Borrower, maintain a register on which it enters the name and address of each participant and the principal amounts (and stated interest) of each participants interest in the Loans or other obligations under the Loan Documents (the Participant Register); provided that (i) each such Lenders obligations under this Agreement shall remain unchanged, (ii) such Lender shall remain solely responsible to the other parties hereto for the performance of such obligations, and (iii) the Borrower, Agent and Lender shall continue to deal solely and directly with such Lender in connection with such Lenders rights and obligations under this Agreement; and provided further that no Lender shall have any obligation to disclose all or any portion of the Participant Register (including the identity of any participant or any information relating to a participants interest in any commitments, loans, its other obligations under any Loan Document) to any Person except to the extent that such disclosure is necessary to establish that such commitment, loan, letter of credit or other obligation is in registered form under Section 5f.103-1(c) of the United States Treasury Regulations. The entries in the Participant Register shall be conclusive absent manifest error, and such Lender shall treat each Person whose name is recorded in the Participant Register as the owner of such participation for all purposes of this Agreement notwithstanding any notice to the contrary. For the avoidance of doubt, the Agent (in its capacity as Agent) shall have no responsibility for maintaining a Participant Register. Borrower agrees that each participant shall be entitled to the benefits of the provisions in Addendum 1 attached hereto (subject to the requirements and limitations therein, including the requirements under Section 7 of Addendum 1 attached hereto (it being understood that the documentation required under Section 7 of Addendum 1 attached hereto shall be delivered to the participating Lender)) to the same extent as if it were a Lender and had acquired its interest by assignment pursuant to Section 11.7; provided that such participant shall not be entitled to receive any greater payment under Addendum 1
attached hereto, with respect to any participation, than its participating Lender would have been entitled to receive, except to the extent such entitlement to receive a greater payment results from a change in law that occurs after the participant acquired the applicable participation. In no event shall Loan Parties be required to pay any such amount arising from the same circumstances to both such Lender and such participant.
11.9 Governing Law. This Agreement and the other Loan Documents have been negotiated and delivered to Agent and the Lenders in the State of New York, and shall have been accepted by Agent and the Lenders in the State of New York. This Agreement and the other Loan Documents shall be governed by, and construed and enforced in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, excluding conflict of laws principles that would cause the application of laws of any other jurisdiction.
11.10 Consent to Jurisdiction and Venue. Borrower, Lenders and Agent each submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the State and Federal courts in the City of New York, Borough of Manhattan. NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING, AGENT AND THE LENDERS SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO BRING ANY ACTION OR PROCEEDING AGAINST BORROWER OR ITS PROPERTY IN THE COURTS OF ANY OTHER JURISDICTION WHICH AGENT AND THE LENDERS (IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 10.1) DEEM NECESSARY OR APPROPRIATE TO REALIZE ON THE COLLATERAL OR TO OTHERWISE ENFORCE AGENTS AND THE LENDERS RIGHTS AGAINST BORROWER OR ITS PROPERTY. Borrower expressly submits and consents in advance to such jurisdiction in any action or suit commenced in any such court, and Borrower hereby waives any objection that it 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 such court. Borrower hereby waives personal service of the summons, complaints, and other process issued in such action or suit and agrees that service of such summons, complaints, and other process may be made by registered or certified mail addressed to Borrower at the address set forth in, or subsequently provided by Borrower in accordance with, Section 11.2 of this Agreement and that service so made shall be deemed completed upon the earlier to occur of Borrowers actual receipt thereof or three (3) days after deposit in the U.S. mails, first class, registered or certified mail return receipt requested, proper postage prepaid.
11.11 TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, BORROWER, AGENT, AND THE LENDERS EACH WAIVE THEIR RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL OF ANY CLAIM OR CAUSE OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR BASED UPON THIS AGREEMENT, THE LOAN DOCUMENTS OR ANY CONTEMPLATED TRANSACTION, INCLUDING CONTRACT, TORT, BREACH OF DUTY AND ALL OTHER CLAIMS. THIS WAIVER IS A MATERIAL INDUCEMENT FOR EACH PARTY TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT. EACH PARTY HAS REVIEWED THIS WAIVER WITH ITS COUNSEL.
11.12 Professional Fees. Borrower promises to pay Agents and the Lenders fees and expenses necessary to finalize the loan documentation, including but not limited to reasonable and documented attorneys fees, UCC searches, filing costs, and other miscellaneous expenses. In addition, Borrower promises to pay any and all reasonable attorneys and other professionals
fees and expenses incurred by Agent and the Lenders after the Closing Date in connection with or related to: (a) the Loan; (b) the administration, collection, or enforcement of the Loan; (c) the amendment or modification of the Loan Documents; (d) any waiver, consent, release, or termination under the Loan Documents; (e) the protection, preservation, audit, field exam, sale, lease, liquidation, or disposition of Collateral or the exercise of remedies with respect to the Collateral; (f) any legal, litigation, administrative, arbitration, or out of court proceeding in connection with or related to Borrower or the Collateral, and any appeal or review thereof; and (g) any bankruptcy, restructuring, reorganization, assignment for the benefit of creditors, workout, foreclosure, or other action related to Borrower, the Collateral, the Loan Documents, including representing Agent or the Lenders in any adversary proceeding or contested matter commenced or continued by or on behalf of Borrowers estate, and any appeal or review thereof.
11.13 Confidentiality. Agent and the Lenders acknowledge that certain items of Collateral and information provided to Agent and the Lenders by Borrower are confidential and proprietary information of Borrower, if and to the extent such information either (x) is marked as confidential by Borrower at the time of disclosure, or (y) should reasonably be understood to be confidential (the Confidential Information). Accordingly, Agent and the Lenders agree that any Confidential Information it may obtain in the course of acquiring, administering, or perfecting Agents security interest in the Collateral shall not be disclosed to any other Person or entity in any manner whatsoever, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of Borrower, except that Agent and the Lenders may disclose any such information: (a) to its Affiliates and its partners, investors, lenders, directors, officers, employees, agents, advisors, counsel, accountants, counsel, representative and other professional advisors if Agent or the Lenders in their sole discretion determines that any such party should have access to such information in connection with such partys responsibilities in connection with the Loan or this Agreement and, provided that such recipient of such Confidential Information either (i) agrees to be bound by the confidentiality provisions of this paragraph or (ii) is otherwise subject to confidentiality restrictions that reasonably protect against the disclosure of Confidential Information; (b) if such information is generally available to the public or to the extent such information becomes publicly available other than as a result of a breach of this Section or becomes available to Agent or any Lender, or any of their respective Affiliates on a non-confidential basis from a source other than the Borrower; (c) if required or appropriate in any report, statement or testimony submitted to any governmental authority having or claiming to have jurisdiction over Agent or the Lenders and any rating agency; (d) if required or appropriate in response to any summons or subpoena or in connection with any litigation, to the extent permitted or deemed advisable by Agents or the Lenders counsel; (e) to comply with any legal requirement or law applicable to Agent or the Lenders or demanded by any governmental authority; (f) to the extent reasonably necessary in connection with the exercise of, or preparing to exercise, or the enforcement of, or preparing to enforce, any right or remedy under any Loan Document (including Agents sale, lease, or other disposition of Collateral after default), or any action or proceeding relating to any Loan Document; (g) to any participant or assignee of Agent or the Lenders or any prospective participant or assignee, provided, that such participant or assignee or prospective participant or assignee is subject to confidentiality restrictions that reasonably protect against the disclosure of Confidential Information; (h) otherwise to the extent consisting of general portfolio information that does not identify Borrower; or (i) otherwise with the prior consent of Borrower; provided, that any disclosure made in violation of this Agreement shall not affect the obligations of Borrower or any of its Affiliates or any guarantor under this
Agreement or the other Loan Documents. Agents and the Lenders obligations under this Section 11.13 shall supersede all of their respective obligations under the Non-Disclosure Agreement.
11.14 Assignment of Rights. Borrower acknowledges and understands that Agent or the Lenders may, subject to Section 11.7, sell and assign all or part of its interest hereunder and under the Loan Documents to any Person or entity (an Assignee). After such assignment the term Agent or Lender as used in the Loan Documents shall mean and include such Assignee, and such Assignee shall be vested with all rights, powers and remedies of Agent and the Lenders hereunder with respect to the interest so assigned; but with respect to any such interest not so transferred, Agent and the Lenders shall retain all rights, powers and remedies hereby given. No such assignment by Agent or the Lenders shall relieve Borrower of any of its obligations hereunder. The Lenders agree that in the event of any transfer by it of the promissory note(s) (if any), it will endorse thereon a notation as to the portion of the principal of the promissory note(s), which shall have been paid at the time of such transfer and as to the date to which interest shall have been last paid thereon.
11.15 Revival of Secured Obligations. This Agreement and the Loan Documents shall remain in full force and effect and continue to be effective if any petition is filed by or against Borrower for liquidation or reorganization, if Borrower becomes insolvent or makes an assignment for the benefit of creditors, if a receiver or trustee is appointed for all or any significant part of Borrowers assets, or if any payment or transfer of Collateral is recovered from Agent or the Lenders. The Loan Documents and the Secured Obligations and Collateral security shall continue to be effective, or shall be revived or reinstated, as the case may be, if at any time payment and performance of the Secured Obligations or any transfer of Collateral to Agent, or any part thereof is rescinded, avoided or avoidable, reduced in amount, or must otherwise be restored or returned by, or is recovered from, Agent, the Lenders or by any obligee of the Secured Obligations, whether as a voidable preference, fraudulent conveyance, or otherwise, all as though such payment, performance, or transfer of Collateral had not been made. In the event that any payment, or any part thereof, is rescinded, reduced, avoided, avoidable, restored, returned, or recovered, the Loan Documents and the Secured Obligations shall be deemed, without any further action or documentation, to have been revived and reinstated except to the extent of the full, final, and indefeasible payment to Agent or the Lenders in Cash.
11.16 Counterparts. This Agreement and any amendments, waivers, consents or supplements hereto may be executed in any number of counterparts, and by different parties hereto in separate counterparts, each of which when so delivered shall be deemed an original, but all of which counterparts shall constitute but one and the same instrument.
11.17 No Third Party Beneficiaries. No provisions of the Loan Documents are intended, nor will be interpreted, to provide or create any third-party beneficiary rights or any other rights of any kind in any Person other than Agent, the Lenders and Borrower unless specifically provided otherwise herein, and, except as otherwise so provided, all provisions of the Loan Documents will be personal and solely among Agent, the Lenders and the Borrower.
11.18 Agency. Agent and each Lender hereby agree to the terms and conditions set forth on Addendum 3 attached hereto. Borrower acknowledges and agrees to the terms and conditions set forth on Addendum 3 attached hereto.
11.19 Publicity. None of the parties hereto nor any of its respective member businesses and Affiliates shall, without the other parties prior written consent (which shall not be unreasonably withheld or delayed), publicize or use (a) the other partys name (including a brief description of the relationship among the parties hereto), logo or hyperlink to such other parties web site, separately or together, in written and oral presentations, advertising, promotional and marketing materials, client lists, public relations materials or on its web site (together, the Publicity Materials); (b) the names of officers of such other parties in the Publicity Materials; and (c) such other parties name, trademarks, servicemarks in any news or press release concerning such party; provided however, notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, no such consent shall be required (i) to the extent necessary to comply with the requests of any regulators, legal requirements or laws applicable to such party, pursuant to any listing agreement with any national securities exchange (so long as such party provides prior notice to the other party hereto to the extent reasonably practicable); provided, however, Borrower shall not be required to provide notice with respect to the filings of (or disclosure relating to) the Loan Documents after the Closing Date with the SEC pursuant to the Borrowers public disclosure obligations under applicable United States federal securities laws and/or the rules of any securities exchange on which the Borrowers securities are listed, and (ii) to comply with Section 11.13.
11.20 Management Rights. The parties intend that the rights granted Agent and the Lenders under Section 7.2 shall constitute management rights within the meaning of 29 C.F.R. Section 2510.3-101(d)(3)(ii), but that any advice, recommendations or participation by Agent or the Lenders with respect to any business issues shall not be deemed to give Agent or the Lenders, nor be deemed an exercise by Agent or the Lenders of, control over Borrowers management or policies.
(SIGNATURES TO FOLLOW)
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Borrower, Agent and the Lenders have duly executed and delivered this Loan and Security Agreement as of the day and year first above written.
|APPLIED GENETIC TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION|
Accepted in Palo Alto, California:
|HERCULES CAPITAL, INC.|
|HERCULES CAPITAL, INC.|
Table of Addenda, Exhibits and Schedules
|Addendum 1:||Taxes; Increased Costs|
|Addendum 3:||Agent and Lender Terms|
|Exhibit A:|| |
Attachment to Advance Request
|Exhibit B:||Name, Locations, and Other Information for Borrower|
|Exhibit C:||Borrowers Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Licenses|
|Exhibit D:||Borrowers Deposit Accounts and Investment Accounts|
|Exhibit E:||Compliance Certificate|
|Exhibit F:||Joinder Agreement|
|Exhibit H:||ACH Debit Authorization Agreement|
|Exhibit J-1:||Form of U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate (For Foreign Lenders That Are Not Partnerships For U.S. Federal Income Tax Purposes)|
|Exhibit J-2:||Form of U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate (For Foreign Participants That Are Not Partnerships For U.S. Federal Income Tax Purposes)|
|Exhibit J-3:||Form of U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate (For Foreign Participants That Are Partnerships For U.S. Federal Income Tax Purposes)|
|Exhibit J-4:||Form of U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate (For Foreign Lenders That Are Partnerships For U.S. Federal Income Tax Purposes)|
|Schedule 1A||Existing Permitted Indebtedness|
|Schedule 1B||Existing Permitted Investments|
|Schedule 1C||Existing Permitted Liens|
|Schedule 5.3||Consents, Etc.|
|Schedule 5.4||Material Adverse Effect|
|Schedule 5.8||Tax Matters|
|Schedule 5.9||Intellectual Property Claims|
|Schedule 5.10||Intellectual Property|
|Schedule 5.11||Borrower Products|
ADDENDUM 1 to LOAN AND SECURITY AGREEMENT
TAXES; INCREASED COSTS
Defined Terms. For purposes of this Addendum 1:
Connection Income Taxes means Other Connection Taxes that are imposed on or measured by net income (however denominated) or that are franchise Taxes or branch profits Taxes.
Excluded Taxes means any of the following Taxes imposed on or with respect to a Recipient or required to be withheld or deducted from a payment to or for the account of a Recipient, (i) Taxes imposed on or measured by net income (however denominated), franchise Taxes, and branch profits Taxes and any Taxes similar to any of the foregoing, in each case, (A) imposed as a result of such Recipient being organized under the laws of, or having its principal office or, in the case of any Lender, its applicable lending office located in, the jurisdiction imposing such Tax (or any political subdivision thereof) or (B) that are Other Connection Taxes, (ii) any U.S. federal withholding Taxes imposed on amounts payable to or for the account of such Recipient with respect to an applicable interest in a Loan, or Term Commitment pursuant to a law in effect on the date on which (A) such Recipient acquires such interest in the Loan or Term Commitment or (B) such Recipient changes its lending office, except in each case to the extent that, pursuant to Section 2 or Section 4 of this Addendum 1, amounts with respect to such Taxes were payable either to such Recipients assignor immediately before such Recipient became a party hereto or to such Recipient immediately before it changed its lending office, (iii) Taxes attributable to such Recipients failure to comply with Section 7 of this Addendum 1 and (iv) any withholding Taxes imposed under FATCA.
FATCA means Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Code, as of the date of this Agreement (or any amended or successor version that is substantively comparable and not materially more onerous to comply with), any current or future regulations or official interpretations thereof, any agreements entered into pursuant to Section 1471(b)(1) of the Code, and any fiscal or regulatory legislation, rules or practices adopted pursuant to any intergovernmental agreement, treaty or convention among governmental authorities and implementing such Sections of the Code.
Foreign Lender means a Lender that is not a U.S. Person.
Indemnified Taxes means (i) Taxes, other than Excluded Taxes, imposed on or with respect to any payment made by or on account of any obligation of the Borrower under any Loan Document and (ii) to the extent not otherwise described in clause (i), Other Taxes.
Other Connection Taxes means, with respect to any Recipient, Taxes imposed as a result of a present or former connection between such Recipient and the
|jurisdiction imposing such Tax (other than connections arising from such Recipient having executed, delivered, become a party to, performed its obligations under, received payments under, received or perfected a security interest under, engaged in any other transaction pursuant to or enforced any Loan Document, or sold or assigned an interest in any Loan or Loan Document).|
Other Taxes means all present or future stamp, court or documentary, intangible, recording, filing or similar Taxes that arise from any payment made under, from the execution, delivery, performance, enforcement or registration of, from the receipt or perfection of a security interest under, or otherwise with respect to, any Loan Document, except any such Taxes that are Other Connection Taxes imposed with respect to an assignment.
Recipient means the Agent or any Lender, as applicable.
Withholding Agent means the Borrower and the Agent.
Payments Free of Taxes. Any and all payments by or on account of any obligation of the Borrower under any Loan Document shall be made without deduction or withholding for any Taxes, except as required by applicable law. If any applicable law (as determined in the good faith discretion of an applicable Withholding Agent) requires the deduction or withholding of any Tax from any such payment by a Withholding Agent, then the applicable Withholding Agent shall be entitled to make such deduction or withholding and shall timely pay the full amount deducted or withheld to the relevant governmental authority in accordance with applicable law and, if such Tax is an Indemnified Tax, then the sum payable by the Borrower shall be increased as necessary so that after such deduction or withholding has been made (including such deductions and withholdings applicable to additional sums payable under this Section 2 or Section 4 of this Addendum 1) the applicable Recipient receives an amount equal to the sum it would have received had no such deduction or withholding been made.
Payment of Other Taxes by Borrower. The Borrower shall timely pay to the relevant governmental authority in accordance with applicable law, or at the option of the Agent timely reimburse it for the payment of, any Other Taxes.
Indemnification by Borrower. The Borrower shall indemnify each Recipient, within 10 days after demand therefor, for the full amount of any Indemnified Taxes (including Indemnified Taxes imposed or asserted on or attributable to amounts payable under Section 2 of this Addendum 1 or this Section 4) payable or paid by such Recipient or required to be withheld or deducted from a payment to such Recipient and any reasonable expenses arising therefrom or with respect thereto, whether or not such Indemnified Taxes were correctly or legally imposed or asserted by the relevant governmental authority. A certificate as to the amount of such payment or liability delivered to the Borrower by a Lender (with a copy to the Agent), or by the Agent on its own behalf or on behalf of a Lender, shall be conclusive absent manifest error. In addition, the Borrower agrees to pay, and to save the Agent and any Lender harmless from, any and all liabilities with respect to, or resulting from any delay in paying, any and all sales or other similar taxes (excluding taxes imposed on or measured by the net income of the Agent or such Lender) that may be payable or determined to be payable with respect to any of the Collateral or this Agreement.
Indemnification by the Lenders. Each Lender shall severally indemnify the Agent, within 10 days after demand therefor, for (a) any Indemnified Taxes attributable to such Lender (but only to the extent that the Borrower has not already indemnified the Agent for such Indemnified Taxes and without limiting the obligation of the Borrower to do so), (b) any Taxes attributable to such Lenders failure to comply with the provisions of Section 11.8 of the Agreement relating to the maintenance of a Participant Register and (c) any Excluded Taxes attributable to such Lender, in each case, that are payable or paid by the Agent in connection with any Loan Document, and any reasonable expenses arising therefrom or with respect thereto, whether or not such Taxes were correctly or legally imposed or asserted by the relevant governmental authority. A certificate as to the amount of such payment or liability delivered to any Lender by the Agent shall be conclusive absent manifest error. Each Lender hereby authorizes the Agent to set off and apply any and all amounts at any time owing to such Lender under any Loan Document or otherwise payable by the Agent to the Lender from any other source against any amount due to the Agent under this Section 5.
Evidence of Payments. As soon as practicable after any payment of Taxes by the Borrower to a governmental authority pursuant to the provisions of this Addendum 1, the Borrower shall deliver to the Agent the original or a certified copy of a receipt issued by such governmental authority evidencing such payment, a copy of the return reporting such payment or other evidence of such payment reasonably satisfactory to the Agent.
Status of Lenders.
Any Lender that is entitled to an exemption from or reduction of withholding Tax with respect to payments made under any Loan Document shall deliver to the Borrower and the Agent, at the time or times reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Agent, such properly completed and executed documentation reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Agent as will permit such payments to be made without withholding or at a reduced rate of withholding. In addition, any Lender, if reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Agent, shall deliver such other documentation prescribed by applicable law or reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Agent as will enable the Borrower or the Agent to determine whether or not such Lender is subject to backup withholding or information reporting requirements and to enable the Borrower or Agent to comply with such requirements. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the preceding two sentences, the completion, execution and submission of such documentation (other than such documentation set forth in Sections 7(b)(i), 7(b)(ii) and 7(b)(iv) of this Addendum 1) shall not be required if in the Lenders reasonable judgment such completion, execution or submission would subject such Lender to any material unreimbursed cost or expense or would materially prejudice the legal or commercial position of such Lender.
Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, in the event that the Borrower is a U.S. Person,
any Lender that is a U.S. Person shall deliver to the Borrower and the Agent on or prior to the date on which such Lender becomes a Lender under this Agreement (and from time to time thereafter upon the reasonable request of the Borrower or the Agent), executed copies of IRS Form W-9 certifying that such Lender is exempt from U.S. federal backup withholding tax;
any Foreign Lender shall, to the extent it is legally entitled to do so, deliver to the Borrower and the Agent (in such number of copies as shall be requested by the recipient) on or prior to the date on which such Foreign Lender becomes a Lender under this Agreement (and from time to time thereafter upon the reasonable request of the Borrower or the Agent), whichever of the following is applicable:
in the case of a Foreign Lender claiming the benefits of an income tax treaty to which the United States is a party (x) with respect to payments of interest under any Loan Document, executed copies of IRS Form W-8BEN or IRS Form W-8BEN-E establishing an exemption from, or reduction of, U.S. federal withholding Tax pursuant to the interest article of such tax treaty and (y) with respect to any other applicable payments under any Loan Document, IRS Form W-8BEN or IRS Form W-8BEN-E establishing an exemption from, or reduction of, U.S. federal withholding Tax pursuant to the business profits or other income article of such tax treaty;
executed copies of IRS Form W-8ECI;
in the case of a Foreign Lender claiming the benefits of the exemption for portfolio interest under Section 881(c) of the Code, (x) a certificate substantially in the form of Exhibit J-1 to the effect that such Foreign Lender is not a bank within the meaning of Section 881(c)(3)(A) of the Code, a 10 percent shareholder of the Borrower within the meaning of Section 881(c)(3)(B) of the Code, or a controlled foreign corporation related to the Borrower as described in Section 881(c)(3)(C) of the Code (a U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate) and (y) executed copies of IRS Form W-8BEN or IRS Form W-8BEN-E; or
to the extent a Foreign Lender is not the beneficial owner, executed copies of IRS Form W-8IMY, accompanied by IRS Form W-8ECI, IRS Form W-8BEN, IRS Form W-8BEN-E,
|a U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate substantially in the form of Exhibit J-2 or Exhibit J-3, IRS Form W-9, and/or other certification documents from each beneficial owner, as applicable; provided that if the Foreign Lender is a partnership and one or more direct or indirect partners of such Foreign Lender are claiming the portfolio interest exemption, such Foreign Lender may provide a U.S. Tax Compliance Certificate substantially in the form of Exhibit J-4 on behalf of each such direct and indirect partner;|
any Foreign Lender shall, to the extent it is legally entitled to do so, deliver to the Borrower and the Agent (in such number of copies as shall be requested by the recipient) on or prior to the date on which such Foreign Lender becomes a Lender under this Agreement (and from time to time thereafter upon the reasonable request of the Borrower or the Agent), executed copies of any other form prescribed by applicable law as a basis for claiming exemption from or a reduction in U.S. federal withholding Tax, duly completed, together with such supplementary documentation as may be prescribed by applicable law to permit the Borrower or the Agent to determine the withholding or deduction required to be made; and
if a payment made to a Lender under any Loan Document would be subject to U.S. federal withholding Tax imposed by FATCA if such Lender were to fail to comply with the applicable reporting requirements of FATCA (including those contained in Section 1471(b) or 1472(b) of the Code, as applicable), such Lender shall deliver to the Borrower and the Agent at the time or times prescribed by law and at such time or times reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Agent such documentation prescribed by applicable law (including as prescribed by Section 1471(b)(3)(C)(i) of the Code) and such additional documentation reasonably requested by the Borrower or the Agent as may be necessary for the Borrower and the Agent to comply with their obligations under FATCA and to determine that such Lender has complied with such Lenders obligations under FATCA or to determine the amount, if any, to deduct and withhold from such payment. Solely for purposes of this clause (iv), FATCA shall include any amendments made to FATCA after the date of this Agreement.
Each Lender agrees that if any form or certification it previously delivered expires or becomes obsolete or inaccurate in any respect, it shall update such form or certification or promptly notify the Borrower and the Agent in writing of its legal inability to do so.
For purposes of this Section 7 of this Addendum 1, the term applicable law includes FATCA and the term Lender (including references to Foreign Lender if the Agent is not a U.S. Person) also includes the Agent.
Treatment of Certain Refunds. If any party determines, in its sole discretion exercised in good faith, that it has received a refund of any Taxes as to which it has been indemnified pursuant to the provisions of this Addendum 1 (including by the payment of additional amounts pursuant to the provisions of this Addendum 1), it shall pay to the indemnifying party an amount equal to such refund (but only to the extent of indemnity payments made under the provisions of this Addendum 1 with respect to the Taxes giving rise to such refund), net of all out-of-pocket expenses (including Taxes) of such indemnified party and without interest (other than any interest paid by the relevant governmental authority with respect to such refund). Such indemnifying party, upon the request of such indemnified party, shall repay to such indemnified party the amount paid over pursuant to this Section 8 (plus any penalties, interest or other charges imposed by the relevant governmental authority) in the event that such indemnified party is required to repay such refund to such governmental authority. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 8, in no event will the indemnified party be required to pay any amount to an indemnifying party pursuant to this Section 8 the payment of which would place the indemnified party in a less favorable net after-Tax position than the indemnified party would have been in if the Tax subject to indemnification and giving rise to such refund had not been deducted, withheld or otherwise imposed and the indemnification payments or additional amounts with respect to such Tax had never been paid. This Section 8 shall not be construed to require any indemnified party to make available its Tax returns (or any other information relating to its Taxes that it deems confidential) to the indemnifying party or any other Person.
Increased Costs. If any change in applicable law shall subject any Recipient to any Taxes (other than (A) Indemnified Taxes, (B) Taxes described in clauses (ii) through (iv) of the definition of Excluded Taxes and (C) Connection Income Taxes) on its loans, loan principal, commitments, or other obligations, or its deposits, reserves, other liabilities or capital attributable thereto, and the result shall be to increase the cost to such Recipient of making, converting to, continuing or maintaining any Term Loan or of maintaining its obligation to make any such Loan, or to reduce the amount of any sum received or receivable by such Recipient (whether of principal, interest or any other amount), then, upon the request of such Recipient, the Borrower will pay to such Recipient such additional amount or amounts as will compensate such Recipient for such additional costs incurred or reduction suffered.
Survival. Each partys obligations under the provisions of this Addendum 1 shall survive the resignation or replacement of the Agent or any assignment of rights by, or the replacement of, a Lender, the termination of the Term Commitments and the repayment, satisfaction or discharge of all obligations under any Loan Document.
ADDENDUM 2 to LOAN AND SECURITY AGREEMENT
ADDENDUM 3 to LOAN AND SECURITY AGREEMENT
AGENT AND LENDER TERMS
(a) Each Lender hereby irrevocably appoints Hercules Capital, Inc. to act on its behalf as the Agent hereunder and under the other Loan Documents and authorizes the Agent to take such actions on its behalf and to exercise such powers as are delegated to the Agent by the terms hereof or thereof, together with such actions and powers as are reasonably incidental thereto.
(b) Each Lender agrees to indemnify the Agent in its capacity as such (to the extent not reimbursed by Borrower and without limiting the obligation of Borrower to do so), according to its respective Term Commitment percentages (based upon the total outstanding Term Loan Commitments) in effect on the date on which indemnification is sought under this Addendum 3, from and against any and all liabilities, obligations, losses, damages, penalties, actions, judgments, suits, costs, expenses or disbursements of any kind whatsoever that may at any time be imposed on, incurred by or asserted against the Agent in any way relating to or arising out of, this Agreement, any of the other Loan Documents or any documents contemplated by or referred to herein or therein or the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby or any action taken or omitted by the Agent under or in connection with any of the foregoing; The agreements in this Section shall survive the payment of the Loans and all other amounts payable hereunder.
(c) Agent in Its Individual Capacity. The Person serving as the Agent hereunder shall have the same rights and powers in its capacity as a Lender as any other Lender and may exercise the same as though it were not the Agent and the term Lender shall, unless otherwise expressly indicated or unless the context otherwise requires, include each such Person serving as Agent hereunder in its individual capacity.
(d) Exculpatory Provisions. The Agent shall have no duties or obligations except those expressly set forth herein and in the other Loan Documents. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Agent shall not:
be subject to any fiduciary or other implied duties, regardless of whether any default or any Event of Default has occurred and is continuing;
have any duty to take any discretionary action or exercise any discretionary powers, except discretionary rights and powers expressly contemplated hereby or by the other Loan Documents that the Agent is required to exercise as directed in writing by the Lenders, provided that the Agent shall not be required to take any action that, in its opinion or the opinion of its counsel, may expose the Agent to liability or that is contrary to any Loan Document or applicable law; and
except as expressly set forth herein and in the other Loan Documents, have any duty to disclose, and the Agent shall not be liable for the failure to disclose, any information relating to the Borrower or any of its Affiliates that is communicated to or obtained by any Person serving as the Agent or any of its Affiliates in any capacity.
(e) The Agent shall not be liable for any action taken or not taken by it (i) with the consent or at the request of the Lenders or as the Agent shall believe in good faith shall be necessary, under the circumstances or (ii) in the absence of its own gross negligence or willful misconduct.
(f) The Agent shall not be responsible for or have any duty to ascertain or inquire into (i) any statement, warranty or representation made in or in connection with this Agreement or any other Loan Document, (ii) the contents of any certificate, report or other document delivered hereunder or thereunder or in connection herewith or therewith, (iii) the performance or observance of any of the covenants, agreements or other terms or conditions set forth herein or therein or the occurrence of any default or Event of Default, (iv) the validity, enforceability, effectiveness or genuineness of this Agreement, any other Loan Document or any other agreement, instrument or document or (v) the satisfaction of any condition set forth in Section 4 or elsewhere herein, other than to confirm receipt of items expressly required to be delivered to the Agent. Reliance by Agent. Agent may rely, and shall be fully protected in acting, or refraining to act, upon, any resolution, statement, certificate, instrument, opinion, report, notice, request, consent, order, bond or other paper or document that it has no reason to believe to be other than genuine and to have been signed or presented by the proper party or parties or, in the case of cables, telecopies and telexes, to have been sent by the proper party or parties. In the absence of its gross negligence or willful misconduct, Agent may conclusively rely, as to the truth of the statements and the correctness of the opinions expressed therein, upon any certificates or opinions furnished to Agent and conforming to the requirements of the Loan Agreement or any of the other Loan Documents. Agent may consult with counsel, and any opinion or legal advice of such counsel shall be full and complete authorization and protection in respect of any action taken, not taken or suffered by Agent hereunder or under any Loan Documents in accordance therewith. Agent shall have the right at any time to seek instructions concerning the administration of the Collateral from any court of competent jurisdiction. Agent shall not be under any obligation to exercise any of the rights or powers granted to Agent by this Agreement, the Loan Agreement and the other Loan Documents at the request or direction of the Lenders unless Agent shall have been provided by the Lenders with adequate security and indemnity against the costs, expenses and liabilities that may be incurred by it in compliance with such request or direction
APPLIED GENETIC TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
CODE OF ETHICS
As Approved by the Board of Directors on July 1, 2020
This Code of Ethics sets forth legal and ethical standards of conduct for employees, officers and directors of Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation and its subsidiaries (AGTC or the Company). In addition, the Company expects those who do business on our behalf such as contractors, consultants or agents adhere to the spirit of the principles outlined herein. This Code of Ethics is intended to promote these goals in conjunction with other policies of the Company including, but not limited to the Employee Handbook, the Insider Trading Policy, the Record Retention Policy and the Related Party Transaction Policy.
The Code of Ethics reflects general principles to guide employees in making ethical decisions and is not intended to address every situation. Because this Code of Ethics cannot answer all questions raised in the context of business relationships or specifically reference all other applicable laws, care must be taken to recognize and respond appropriately to specific situations as they arise. The Company strongly encourages dialogue among employees and their supervisors to make everyone aware of situations that give rise to ethical questions and to articulate acceptable ways of handling those situations. Employees should whenever possible attempt to resolve questions before taking actions that they believe may involve ethical issues. Nothing in this Code of Ethics prohibits or restricts the Company from taking any disciplinary action on any matters pertaining to employee conduct, whether or not they are expressly discussed in this document. The Code of Ethics is not intended to create any express or implied contract with any employee or third party.
REPORTING AND COMPLIANCE PROCEDURES
Every employee, officer and director have the responsibility to ask questions, seek guidance, report suspected violations and express concerns regarding compliance with this Code of Ethics or any of the Companys other Policies. Anyone who believes that any other employee, officer or director has engaged or is engaging in conduct that violates applicable law or this Code of Ethics should report such information promptly by contacting a supervisor, the General Counsel (or, in his or her absence another attorney representing the Company), or Human Resources. While a reporting persons anonymity will be respected, there may be circumstances when the Company is obligated to divulge the reporting persons identity.
Suspected violations of this Code of Ethics or any other policies of the Company can also be reported anonymously to the Companys Ethics and Compliance Hotline using any one of the following methods:
|Phone Number:||(866) 862-3060|
Every report will be taken seriously and investigated. The Company will not discipline, discriminate against or retaliate against any person who, in good faith, reports conduct of any other employee, officer or director or who cooperates in any investigation or inquiry regarding such conduct.
The Company will:
maintain written records of all reports of material violations of the Code of Ethics and the resolution thereof and of all waivers granted hereunder;
make disclosure of such waivers as required by applicable law, regulation or listing requirements; and
monitor and periodically evaluate compliance with this Code of Ethics and its application to the Companys business.
The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company has the exclusive responsibility for the final interpretation of the Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics may be revised, changed or amended at any time by the Board of Directors of the Company or its designated committee.
While some of the Policies referenced in this Code must be strictly adhered to and no exceptions can be allowed, in other cases exceptions may be possible. Any employee who believes that an exception to any of these policies is appropriate in his or her case should first contact his or her immediate supervisor. If the supervisor agrees that an exception is appropriate, the approval of the General Counsel (or, in his or her absence another attorney representing the Company) and Chief Executive Officer is required. Any officer or director who seeks an exception to any of these policies must also obtain the approval of the disinterested members of the Board of Directors and shall be publicly disclosed as required by applicable law or otherwise.
ACCOUNTABILITY FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE CODE
AGTC takes compliance with laws, regulations and the Code seriously. Failure to comply with the standards required by this Code or any of the Companys other Policies will result in disciplinary action that may include, without limitation, reprimands, warnings, probation or suspension without pay, demotions, reductions in salary, discharge and restitution. Certain violations may be referred to public authorities for investigation or prosecution. Moreover, any supervisor who directs or approves of any conduct in violation of this Code or any Policy, or who has knowledge of such conduct and does not promptly report it, also will be subject to disciplinary action.
HARASSMENT FREE WORK ENVIRONMENT
The Company is committed to fostering a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Violence and threatening behavior are not permitted. Each individual should be permitted to work in a business-like atmosphere that promotes equal employment opportunities and prohibits discriminatory practices, including harassment. Therefore, the Company expects that all relationships among persons in the workplace will be business-like and free of unlawful bias, prejudice and harassment. It is the Companys policy to provide equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other status protected by law.
COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS
It is the policy of the Company to comply with all applicable laws, including, without limitation, employment, discrimination, health, safety, antitrust, securities and environmental laws. Company employees should conduct their business affairs in such a manner that the Companys reputation will not be impugned if the details of their dealings should become a matter of public discussion. Employees must not engage in any activity that degrades the reputation or integrity of the Company. No director or employee of the Company has authority to violate any law or to direct another employee or other person to violate any law on behalf of the Company.
We strive to do business with companies of sound business character and reputation. We do not knowingly support any public or private organization that espouses illegal discriminatory policies or practices.
The Company is a publicly traded entity, and, therefore, Employees may not trade in or recommend securities of the Company, or of other companies with which it does business, while in possession of material, non-public information about the Company or about such other companies. The purchase or sale of a publicly traded security while in possession of material non-public information about the issuer of the security constitutes insider trading, and is unlawful. Material information could include, for example, information about earnings, significant gains or losses of business, loss or signing of a significant contract, significant product announcements, positive or negative clinical results or regulatory actions, or the hiring, firing or resignation of a director or officer of the Company or of such other company. The securities laws and this Code of Ethics prohibit insider trading, as well as tipping, which is communicating material, non-public information to anyone who might use it to purchase or sell securities. When in doubt, information obtained as an employee of the Company should be presumed to be material and non-public.
Employees are also prohibited from trading in Company stock, whether or not they possess material, non-public information, during designated blackout periods. Additional information concerning the Companys Insider Trading Policy and this blackout period policy, and compliance with securities laws generally, is set forth in the Companys Insider Trading Policy that the Company includes in materials distributed to its employees and is incorporated by reference into this Code.
Employees who have questions pertaining to the sale or purchase of a security under circumstances that might involve inside information or raise other securities law issues should consult with the Companys General Counsel.
Compliance with antitrust and competition laws around the world is essential. These laws generally prohibit restraints of trade which is certain conduct involving competitors, clients or suppliers in the marketplace. These laws are complex. Some types of anti-competitive conduct, such as restrictive agreements with competitors or agreements regarding minimum resale prices or price levels (e.g., discounts) for the Companys goods and services, are illegal under the
antitrust laws of the United States and many other countries. Employees and other representatives of the Company must be alert to avoid even the appearance of any unlawful anti-competitive conduct.
This Code of Ethics is not intended as a comprehensive review of antitrust laws and is not a substitute for expert advice. If any employee has questions concerning a specific situation, he or she should contact the Companys General Counsel before taking action.
Relationships with Foreign and Domestic Public Officials
Some employees do business with federal, state or local government agencies. All employees engaged in business with a governmental body or agency must know and abide by the specific rules and regulations covering relations with public agencies. Such employees must also conduct themselves in a manner that avoids any dealings that might be perceived as attempts to influence public officials in the performance of their official duties.
Employees are free to exercise the right to make political contributions within legal limits. The Company will not request, require or reimburse any employee for political contributions, and employees should not attempt to receive or facilitate such reimbursements. Generally, no contribution may be made with the expectation of favorable government treatment in return.
In addition, the Audit Committee must approve in advance any political activity or contribution by an employee, which might appear to constitute an endorsement or contribution by the Company.
Employees must also comply with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which generally makes it unlawful to give anything of value to foreign government officials, foreign political parties, party officials, or candidates for public office for the purposes of obtaining, or retaining, business for the Company. Any questions about compliance should be directed to a member of the Audit Committee.
Bribery, Kickback and Fraud
No Company funds or assets, merchandise or products, or services shall be paid, loaned, provided or otherwise disbursed as bribes, kickbacks, or other payments designed to influence or compromise the conduct of the recipient. Company funds and assets, merchandise or products, or services shall never be used in furtherance of any fraudulent activity.
To illustrate the ethical standard the Company expects every employee to maintain, the following conduct is expressly prohibited:
Payment of money, gifts, loans or other favors which are intended, or which might have the appearance of being intended, to influence business decisions or compromise independent judgment of another party in regard to such partys dealings with the Company;
Payment of rebates or kickbacks for obtaining business for the Company; and
Receiving kickbacks for obtaining business from the Company.
Reasonable commissions or similar payments consistent with industry practice and pursuant to written agreements entered into in the ordinary course of business and recorded on the books of the Company are not prohibited by this policy. Any employee found to be engaged in activities involving a bribe, kickback, or other unlawful payment, or attempting to initiate such activities, will be subject to termination and possible criminal proceedings. All employees have a responsibility to report any actual or attempted bribery, kickback or unlawful payment to the Audit Committee.
Laws and customs vary throughout the world, but all employees must uphold the integrity of the Company. When conducting business in other countries, it is imperative that employees be sensitive to foreign legal requirements and also to United States laws that apply to foreign operations. For example, the United States government uses economic sanctions and trade embargoes to further various foreign policy and national security objectives. Employees must abide by all export laws and regulations and economic sanctions or trade embargoes adopted by the United States. Inquiries regarding whether a transaction on behalf of the Company complies with applicable foreign and United States laws should be referred to the General Counsel.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
Situations in which an employee has personal interests that are incompatible or adverse to the interests of the Company should be avoided. The Company expects integrity from all its employees. The Company expects that no employee will knowingly place himself or herself in a position that would be, or have the appearance of being, in conflict with the interests of the Company. Conflicts of interest may not always be clear-cut, so employees with questions should consult with a member of the Audit Committee.
Accepting Gifts and Entertainment
The Companys aim is to deter givers of gifts to employees of the Company from expecting, seeking or receiving special favors from the Company. The acceptance of any gift of more than nominal value or entertainment that is more than a social amenity can appear to be an attempt to influence the recipient into favoring a particular supplier or consultant. To avoid improper relations with current or prospective suppliers and consultants, employees should observe the following guidelines when deciding whether or not to accept gifts or entertainment:
Gifts. Gifts such as merchandise or products, as well as personal services or favors, may not be accepted unless they are of nominal value. Employees should consult with General Counsel before accepting any gifts of more than nominal value. Gifts of any amount may never be solicited. A gift of cash or securities may never be accepted.
In some international business transactions, it is customary and lawful for business leaders in a host country to give gifts to Company employees. These gifts may be of more than nominal value and under the circumstances returning the gifts or paying for them may be an affront to the giver. In any such situation, the gift must be reported to the employees manager. In all other instances where gifts cannot be returned and offering to pay for them would adversely affect continuing business relationships, managers must be notified. In some cases, the Company at its sole discretion may retain the gift.
Entertainment. Normal business entertainment by suppliers, consultants or other third parties with which the Company does business, including but not limited to lunch, dinner, theater, a sporting event, and the like, is appropriate if of a reasonable nature and for a business purpose.
It is the policy of the Company that, except as otherwise specifically approved in writing by an employees manager, each employee is expected to devote substantially all his or her efforts during normal business hours to the employees duties on behalf of the Company. No employee is to engage in a free-lance or moonlighting occupation or activity that will materially encroach on the time or attention which should be devoted to the employees duties, adversely affect the quality of work performed, compete with the Companys activities, imply sponsorship or support by the Company of another or adversely affect the good name of the Company. Employees who engage in other permitted employment may not use Company time, facilities, resources or supplies for such work without the prior written approval of the Audit Committee. Notwithstanding the forgoing, it is understood that the nominal use of company facilities (e.g., email or phones) for charitable or community service work is acceptable.
In addition, without the consent of the Audit Committee employees are prohibited from personally benefiting from opportunities that could be pursued by the Company and that come to their attention through the use of Company property, information or position. No employee may use Company property, information or position for improper personal gain. Employees owe a duty to the Company to advance its legitimate interests when the opportunity to do so arises.
Employees are not allowed to serve on for-profit Boards of Directors without the prior approval of the Chair of the Board of Directors. In no circumstance, may an employee serve on the Board of Directors of a competitor, supplier or a consultant. Service on a not-for-profit Board of Directors is acceptable as long as it does not interfere with the employees daily work.
Non-employee directors are free to serve on outside Boards of Directors, except that they may not serve on the Board of a competitor of the Company.
Interests in Other Businesses
Unless approved in advance by the Audit Committee, neither an employee nor his or her spouse, domestic partner, or any other member of the employees immediate family may directly or indirectly have a material financial interest (whether as an investor, lender, employee or other service provider) in a competitor, or in a collaboration partner, supplier or other third party with which the Company does business. This prohibition does not apply to passive investments in a mutual fund or similar investment vehicle or in less than one percent (1%) of the outstanding stock of a publicly traded company.
Maintenance of Books and Records
The Company requires honest and accurate recording and reporting of information in order to make responsible business decisions. The Company has adopted record keeping procedures to assist it in meeting its internal needs and the requirements of applicable laws and regulations. These established procedures must be followed to assure the complete and accurate recording of all transactions. All employees, within their areas of responsibility, are expected to adhere to these procedures, as directed by appropriate Company officers. For example, all business expenses must be documented and recorded accurately. If you are not sure whether a certain expense is legitimate, you should consult the Employee Handbook and other applicable Company policies and procedures. All transactions involving Company assets should be properly recorded. Unrecorded or off the books funds, assets or payments should never be maintained or made.
The space available for the storage of Company documents, both on paper and in electronic form, is limited and expensive; therefore, periodic disposal of documents is necessary. On the other hand, there are legal requirements that certain records be retained for specific periods of time. Before disposing of documents, employees should consult the Companys Record Retention Policy. Employees who are unsure about the need to keep particular documents should consult with the General Counsel so that a judgment can be made as to the likelihood that the documents will be needed.
Whenever it becomes apparent that documents of any type may be required in connection with a lawsuit or government investigation, all possibly relevant documents should be preserved, and ordinary disposal or alteration of documents pertaining to the subjects of the litigation or investigation should be immediately suspended. If an employee is uncertain whether documents under his or her control should be preserved because they might relate to a lawsuit or investigation, he or she should contact the General Counsel.
Any accounting adjustments that materially depart from generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) must be approved by the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors and reported to the Companys independent auditors. In addition, all material off-balance-sheet transactions, arrangements and obligations, contingent or otherwise, and other relationships of the Company with unconsolidated entities or other persons that may have material current or future effects on the financial condition, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures, capital resources or significant components of revenues or expenses must be disclosed to the Audit Committee and the Companys independent auditors.
No employee may interfere with or seek to improperly influence, directly or indirectly, the auditing of the Companys financial records. Violation of these provisions shall result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination, and may also subject the violator to substantial civil and criminal liability.
If an employee becomes aware of any improper transaction or accounting practice concerning the resources of the Company, he or she is obligated to report the matter immediately as provided in our Procedures Regarding Complaints and Concerns About Accounting Matters, attached hereto as Exhibit A. There will be no retaliation against employees who report in good faith questionable accounting or auditing matters.
PROTECTING CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
The continued success of the company depends on our ability to protect our confidential and proprietary information, including our intellectual property, which is one of our most valuable assets. Confidential information includes all non-public information that might be of use to our competitors if disclosed. Each employee will sign the Companys Proprietary Information, Inventions, Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreement upon hiring and will be bound by its terms.
Each employee is obliged to protect the Companys Confidential Information from unauthorized use as well as preserving the confidentiality of others information that is entrusted to us. Many nondisclosure agreements executed by the company are mutual in nature. Consequently, each employee is obliged to protect the confidential information of our collaboration partners, clinical investigators, consultants, contractors and suppliers that is exchanged under such agreements in the same manner as we protect the information of the Company.
The foundation of our relationships with these third parties is built on trust and it is up to each employee to ensure that we earn that trust through our actions, including by protecting the proprietary information that such entities have entrusted to the Company. In addition, each employee must also abide by any agreement made with previous employers that may include restrictions on the nondisclosure of the previous companys confidential information, the ability to solicit former colleagues to work at the Company and restrictions to compete with a former employer.
The Company performs fundamental scientific research and engages in significant clinical studies and gene therapy development activities. At times, the Company may decide to pursue patents on various innovations generated by these efforts. It is important that employees recognize that premature disclosure of ideas and innovations can void a patent application and fundamentally affect the Companys competitive position. All employees must follow the established company procedures before publishing work or releasing information regarding new innovations at the Company.
To assist in the protection of the Companys Confidential Information, the Company has developed various security and information technology (IT) policies. Employees must adhere to these policies at all times.
It is not intended that this policy, or any agreement between any employee and the Company should have the effect of preventing any employee from also reporting possible violations of federal law to any government agency or entity. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Code of Ethics or the Companys Employee Handbook or other policies, or any other agreement entered into between the Company and any employee, nothing prohibits any employee, or is intended in any manner to prohibit any employee, from reporting possible violations of federal law or regulation to any governmental agency or entity, including but not limited to the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Congress, and any agency Inspector General, or making other disclosures that are protected under the whistleblower provisions of federal law or regulation. Employees do not need the prior authorization of anyone at the Company or its legal counsel to make any such report or disclosure and are not required to notify the Company that they have made any such report or disclosure.
INTERNAL CONTROLS; DISCLOSURE CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES
It is the responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, and the other executive and financial officers to ensure that the Company maintains (i) adequate controls over its assets and financial reporting and (ii) adequate controls and procedures to provide full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure in reports and documents filed with, or submitted to, regulatory authorities and in other public communications.
The Audit Committee should be immediately informed (as provided in our Procedures Regarding Complaints and Concerns About Accounting Matters, attached hereto as Exhibit A) of any information (i) concerning deficiencies in the design or operation of internal controls that could adversely affect the Companys ability to record, process, summarize and report financial data, (ii) concerning any fraud affecting the Company, or (c) that otherwise affects the disclosures made by the Company in its regulatory filings and other public communications.
MANAGEMENT OVERRIDE OF INTERNAL CONTROLS IS PROHIBITED
From time to time extenuating circumstances may arise in which the provisions of a policy cannot be fully implemented. Not every instance in which a policy is overridden or an exception to policy is taken will constitute a breach of this Code of Ethics, however, in order to ensure that any decision to depart from Company policy is not inconsistent with this Code, any supervisor who directs another employee to depart from any Company policy, procedure or internal control, must report the matter to the Audit Committee with a detailed explanation as to why the departure was warranted. Any employee who is directed by a manager or supervisor to depart from a Company policy, procedure or internal control and believes that the direction might constitute a violation of the Companys Code of Ethics or has concerns about the Companys accounting and internal controls, should report the matter as a possible violation of the Code of Ethics to the Audit Committee.
Examples of inappropriate Management Override include:
Manager requests that a payment be made to a vendor without adequate supporting documentation;
Manager requests that purchases be made despite the fact that appropriate authorization has not been obtained;
Accounting management requests that a significant journal entry is made or not made without a documented basis for his or her decisions or with inadequate documentation; or
Significant information technology changes are made without appropriate approval, or by bypassing the change management process.
Note: This policy is intended to be a code of ethics that complies with Section 406 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and Item 406 of Regulation S-K promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
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PROCEDURES REGARDING COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNS
ABOUT ACCOUNTING MATTERS
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 requires audit committees to establish procedures for:
the receipt, retention, and treatment of complaints received by the company regarding accounting, internal accounting controls, or auditing matters; and
the confidential, anonymous submission by employees of the company of concerns regarding such matters.
Accordingly, the Audit Committee of Applied Genetic Technologies Corporation has adopted the procedures set forth below.
Receipt, Retention and Treatment of Complaints.
Any officer, director or other employee of the Company who receives a complaint, whether from an employee of the Company or any other person, regarding accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters (a Complaint) shall promptly advise the Companys Audit Committee of the receipt and substance of the Complaint by (i) contacting a member of the Audit Committee directly (see Section B below) or (ii) reporting the Complaint anonymously to the Companys Ethics and Compliance Hotline using any one of the following methods:
|Phone Number:||(866) 862-3060|
Promptly upon being advised of such a Complaint, a member of the Audit Committee (or, if such Complaint is received by a member of the Audit Committee, such member) shall inform the Chair of the Audit Committee of the substance of the complaint and forward copies of any writing or other documentation from another person in connection with the Complaint to the Audit Committee representative. Notwithstanding the requirement to inform the Chair of the Audit Committee, a member of the Audit Committee being advised of a Complaint may elect not to so inform the Audit Committee if (a) he or she determines that the Complaint is frivolous or without merit and (b) all of the members of the Audit Committee agree with that determination.
The Audit Committee shall retain all writings and other documentation received in connection with a Complaint, in a secure area, for at least five (5) years from the receipt.
The Audit Committee shall include the matters raised by any Complaint (whether it is received directly by any member of the Committee or its representative or that is referred to it by the Audit Committee) on the agenda for discussion at its next meeting following receipt of the Complaint.
If the Chair of the Audit Committee determines, in his or her reasonable judgment, that the matters raised in the Complaint should be addressed prior to the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Audit Committee, the Chair shall call a special meeting of the Audit Committee to be held at a sooner time.
The Audit Committee may invite other members of the Board, other employees of the Company, as well as representatives of the Companys independent auditors or its outside legal counsel, to attend all or a portion of the meeting at which a discussion of the Complaint is scheduled. In addition, the Audit Committee may engage independent counsel and other advisers, as it may deem necessary, in evaluating and responding to the Complaint. At the meeting, the Audit Committee shall discuss and evaluate the merits of the Complaint and authorize such responses and follow-up actions, if any, as it deems necessary and appropriate, to address the substance of the Complaint.
How to Contact the Audit Committee.
Members of the Companys Audit Committee may be contacted using the following information:
Anne M. VanLent, Chairperson
Ed Hurwitz, Member
Ivana Magovcevic-Liebisch, Member
Phone: (617) 669-3697
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