AMENDMENT NO. 2
Dated as of October 31, 2008
AMENDED AND RESTATED GUARANTEE AGREEMENT
Dated as of August 23, 2007
THIS AMENDMENT NO. 2 (Amendment) is made as of October 31,
2008 by and among Photronics, Inc. (the Guarantor) and JPMorgan Chase Bank
(China) Company Limited, Shanghai Branch, as Administrative Agent (for and on
behalf of itself and the Majority Lenders under the Restated Credit Agreement)
(the Administrative Agent), under that certain Amended and Restated Guarantee
Agreement dated as of August 23, 2007 by and among the Guarantor and the
Administrative Agent (for and on behalf of itself and the other Finance Parties
from time to time party to the Restated Credit Agreement) (as amended by that
certain Amendment No. 1 thereto, dated as of April 25, 2008, and as may be
further amended, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, the
Guarantee Agreement). Capitalized terms used
herein and not otherwise defined herein shall have the respective meanings given
to them in the Guarantee Agreement.
WHEREAS, the Guarantor has requested that the Administrative
Agent and the Majority Lenders agree to certain amendments to the Guarantee
WHEREAS, the Guarantor and the Administrative Agent and the
Majority Lenders have agreed to such amendments on the terms and conditions set
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises set forth
above, the terms and conditions contained herein, and other good and valuable
consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the
Guarantor and the Administrative Agent (for and on behalf of itself and the
Majority Lenders under the Restated Credit Agreement) have agreed to enter into
1. Amendments to Guarantee Agreement.
Effective as of the date of satisfaction of the conditions precedent set forth
in Section 2 below, the Guarantee Agreement is hereby amended as follows:
(a) Clause (a) of Section 7.11 of the
Guarantee Agreement is amended and restated in its entirety as follows:
(a) Maximum Senior Leverage
Ratio. The Guarantor will not permit the
ratio (the Senior Leverage
Ratio), determined as of the end of each of
its fiscal quarters set forth below, of (i) Consolidated Senior Indebtedness to
(ii) Consolidated EBITDA for the period of 4 consecutive fiscal quarters ending
with the end of such fiscal quarter, all calculated for the Guarantor and its
Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis, to be greater than the ratio set forth
opposite such fiscal quarter:
Quarter Ending On or About
Senior Leverage Ratio |
|November 2, 2008
||2.25 to 1.00 |
2009 and thereafter
2. Conditions of Effectiveness. The
effectiveness of this Amendment is subject to the conditions precedent that (a)
the Administrative Agent shall have received counterparts of this Amendment duly
executed by the Guarantor and the Administrative Agent (for and on behalf of
itself and the Majority Lenders under the Restated Credit Agreement), (b) the
Administrative Agent shall have received evidence of an amendment to the U.S.
Credit Agreement on terms and conditions reasonably satisfactory to it, (c) the
Guarantor shall have paid to the Administrative Agent (or an Affiliate thereof),
for the account of each Lender (or its Affiliate in the U.S.) that executes and
delivers its signature page hereto by such time as is requested by the
Administrative Agent (or an Affiliate thereof), an amendment fee equal to 0.70%
of such Lenders aggregate Commitment under the Restated Credit Agreement and
(d) the Guarantor shall have paid all of the fees of the Administrative Agent
(including, to the extent invoiced, reasonable attorneys fees and expenses of
the Administrative Agent) in connection with this Amendment.
3. Representations and Warranties of the Guarantor. The Guarantor hereby represents and warrants as follows:
(a) This Amendment and the Guarantee Agreement, as amended hereby, constitute
legal, valid and binding obligations of the Guarantor and are enforceable
against the Guarantor in accordance with their terms, subject to applicable
bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or other laws affecting
creditors rights generally and subject to general principles of equity,
regardless of whether considered in a proceeding in equity or at law.
(b) As of the date hereof and giving effect to the terms of this Amendment,
(i) no Default shall have occurred and be continuing and (ii) the
representations and warranties of the Guarantor set forth in the Guarantee
Agreement, as amended hereby, are true and correct as of the date hereof.
4. Reference to and Effect on
the Guarantee Agreement.
(a) Upon the effectiveness hereof, each reference to the Guarantee Agreement
in the Guarantee Agreement or any other Finance Document shall mean and be a
reference to the Guarantee Agreement as amended hereby.
(b) Except as specifically amended above, the Guarantee Agreement and all
other documents, instruments and agreements executed and/or delivered in
connection therewith shall remain in full force and effect and are hereby
ratified and confirmed.
(c) The execution, delivery and effectiveness of this Amendment shall not
operate as a waiver of any right, power or remedy of the Administrative Agent or
the Lenders, nor constitute a waiver of any provision of the Guarantee Agreement
or any other documents, instruments and agreements executed and/or delivered in
5. Governing Law. This Amendment shall be
construed in accordance with and governed by the law of the State of New
6. Headings. Section headings in this
Amendment are included herein for convenience of reference only and shall not
constitute a part of this Amendment for any other purpose.
7. Counterparts. This Amendment may be
executed by one or more of the parties hereto on any number of separate
counterparts, and all of said counterparts taken together shall be deemed to
constitute one and the same instrument. Signatures delivered by facsimile or PDF
shall have the same force and effect as manual signatures delivered in person.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Amendment has been duly executed as
of the day and year first above written.
BANK (CHINA) COMPANY LIMITED, |
Administrative Agent (for and on behalf of itself and the
under the Restated Credit Agreement) |