Form of Registration Rights Agreement, by and among Exeter Finance Corporation and certain holders described therein
REGISTRATION RIGHTS AGREEMENT
This Registration Rights Agreement (as amended, restated, supplemented or otherwise modified from time to time, this Agreement) is dated as of , 2019, and is between Exeter Finance Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the Company), and the Blackstone Holders (as defined below), the Navigation Holders (as defined below) and the other holders of Registrable Securities (as defined below) party hereto. Such holders of Registrable Securities party hereto are collectively referred to herein as the Securityholders.
In this Agreement:
Affiliate has the meaning ascribed thereto in Rule 12b-2 promulgated under the Exchange Act, as in effect on the date hereof.
Agreement has the meaning set forth in the preamble.
Blackstone means the entities comprising the Blackstone Holders, their respective Affiliates and the successors and permitted assigns of the entities and their respective Affiliates.
Blackstone Demand Notice has the meaning set forth in Section 2.1(a) hereof.
Blackstone Holders means the entities listed on the signature pages hereto under the heading Blackstone Holders.
Business Day means a day other than a Saturday, Sunday, federal or New York State holiday or other day on which commercial banks in New York City are authorized or required by law to close.
Class A Common Stock means the shares of Class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, of the Company, and any other capital stock of the Company into which such common stock is reclassified or reconstituted, including by way of a stock dividend or stock split.
Class B Common Stock means the shares of Class B common stock, par value $0.0001 per share, of the Company, and any other capital stock of the Company into which such common stock is reclassified or reconstituted, including by way of a stock dividend or stock split.
Company has the meaning set forth in the preamble.
Control (including its correlative meanings, Controlled by and under common Control with) means possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of management or policies (whether through ownership of securities or partnership or other ownership interests, by contract or otherwise) of a Person.
Exchange Act means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, as the same may be amended from time to time.
FINRA means the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.
IPO means an underwritten registered public offering of the Companys Class A Common Stock in connection with which the Class A Common Stock first becomes listed on a Recognized Exchange.
LLC Agreement means the Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement of the Exeter Finance LLC, dated on or about the date hereof, as such agreement may be amended from time to time.
LLC Units means common units and any other class of units or interests that is established in Exeter Finance LLC.
Navigation means Navigation Capital Partners or such entity or entities comprising the Navigation Holders, their respective Affiliates, successors and permitted assigns.
Navigation Holders means the entities listed on the signature pages hereto under the heading Navigation Holders.
Person means an individual, a partnership, a corporation, a limited liability company, an association, a joint stock company, a trust, a joint venture, a cooperative, an unincorporated organization, or other form of business organization, whether or not regarded as a legal entity under applicable law, or any governmental authority or any department, agency or political subdivision thereof.
Recognized Exchange means The New York Stock Exchange or the Nasdaq National Market.
Registrable Securities means (i) shares of Class A Common Stock that may be delivered in exchange for LLC Units and shares of Class B Common Stock,(ii) other shares of Class A Common Stock otherwise held by Securityholders from time to time and (iii) any Securities into which the Class A Common Stock may be converted or exchanged pursuant to any merger, recapitalization, consolidation, sale of all or any part of its assets, corporate conversion, reorganization or other extraordinary transaction of the Company held by a Securityholder (in each case whether now held or hereafter acquired, and including any such Securities received as a result of a stock dividend or stock split or received by a Securityholder upon the conversion or exchange of, or pursuant to such a transaction with respect to, other Securities held by such Securityholder). For purposes of this Agreement, Registrable Securities shall cease to be Registrable Securities when (i) a registration statement covering resales of such
Registrable Securities has been declared effective under the Securities Act by the SEC and such Registrable Securities have been disposed of pursuant to such effective registration statement, (ii) such Registrable Securities are eligible to be sold by Securityholders owning such Registrable Securities pursuant to Rule 144 or 145 (or any similar provision then in effect) under the Securities Act, without limitation thereunder on volume or manner of sale, unless such Registrable Securities are held by a Holder that beneficially own Shares representing five (5) percent or more of the aggregate voting power of shares of Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock, taken together, eligible to vote in the election of directors of the Company or (iii) such Registrable Securities cease to be outstanding (or issuable upon exchange).
Registration Expenses means any and all expenses incurred in connection with the performance of or compliance with this Agreement, including:
(a) all SEC, stock exchange, or FINRA registration and filing fees (including, if applicable, the fees and expenses of any qualified independent underwriter, as such term is defined in Rule 5121 of FINRA, and of its counsel);
(b) all fees and expenses of complying with securities or blue sky laws (including fees and disbursements of counsel for the underwriters in connection with blue sky qualifications of the Registrable Securities);
(c) all printing, messenger and delivery expenses;
(d) all fees and expenses incurred in connection with the listing of the Registrable Securities on any securities exchange or FINRA and all rating agency fees;
(e) the reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel for the Company and of its independent public accountants, including the expenses of any special audits and/or cold comfort letters required by or incident to such performance and compliance;
(f) any fees and disbursements of underwriters customarily paid by the issuers or sellers of Securities, including liability insurance if the Company so desires or if the underwriters so require, and the reasonable fees and expenses of any special experts retained in connection with the requested registration, but excluding underwriting discounts and commissions and transfer taxes, if any;
(g) the reasonable fees and out-of-pocket expenses of not more than one law firm (as selected by Blackstone, if it is participating in such registration, and otherwise, by Securityholders of a majority of the Registrable Securities included in such registration) incurred by all the Securityholders in connection with the registration;
(h) the costs and expenses of the Company relating to analyst and investor presentations or any road show undertaken in connection with the registration and/or marketing of the Registrable Securities (including the reasonable out-of-pocket expenses of the Securityholders); and
(i) any other fees and disbursements customarily paid by the issuers of Securities.
SEC means the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or any successor agency.
Shares means shares of Class A Common Stock of the Company.
Securities means capital stock, limited partnership interests, limited liability company interests, beneficial interests, warrants, options, notes, bonds, debentures, and other securities, equity interests, ownership interests and similar obligations of every kind and nature of any Person.
Securities Act means the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, as the same may be amended from time to time.
Securityholders has the meaning set forth in the preamble.
Subsidiary means, with respect to any Person, any corporation, limited liability company, partnership, association or other business entity of which: (i) if a corporation, a majority of the total voting power of shares of stock entitled (without regard to the occurrence of any contingency) to vote in the election of directors, representatives or trustees thereof is at the time owned or Controlled, directly or indirectly, by that Person or one or more of the other Subsidiaries of that Person or a combination thereof; or (ii) if a limited liability company, partnership, association or other business entity, a majority of the total voting power of stock (or equivalent ownership interest) of the limited liability company, partnership, association or other business entity is at the time owned or Controlled, directly or indirectly, by any Person or one or more Subsidiaries of that Person or a combination thereof. For purposes hereof, a Person or Persons shall be deemed to have a majority ownership interest in a limited liability company, partnership, association or other business entity if such Person or Persons shall be allocated a majority of limited liability company, partnership, association or other business entity gains or losses or shall be or Control the managing director or general partner of such limited liability company, partnership, association or other business entity.
WKSI means a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act.
DEMAND AND PIGGYBACK RIGHTS
2.1 Right to Demand a Non-Shelf Registered Offering.
(a) Upon the written demand of Blackstone made at any time and from time to time following the Companys IPO (a Blackstone Demand Notice) or of Navigation made at any time following the Companys IPO, but in no event more than two times in any twelve month period (a Navigation Demand Notice), the Company will facilitate in the manner described in this Agreement a non-shelf registered offering of the Registrable Securities requested by Blackstone or Navigation, as the case may be, to be included in such offering. In order to be valid, the Blackstone Demand Notice or Navigation Demand Notice must provide the information described in Section 3.1 hereof (if applicable) and Section 4.5 hereof or be followed by such information, when requested as contemplated by Section 4.5 hereof.
(b) Any demanded non-shelf registered offering may, at the Companys option, include Shares to be sold by the Company for its own account and will also, other than in connection with the Companys IPO, include Registrable Securities to be sold by Securityholders that exercise their related piggyback rights pursuant to Section 2.2 hereof and any other Registrable Securities to be sold by the holders of registration rights granted other than pursuant to this Agreement exercising such rights, in each case, to the extent exercising such rights on a timely basis.
(c) Without limiting any other obligations of the Company hereunder, as soon as reasonably practicable, but in no event later than 60 days after receiving a valid Blackstone Demand Notice or Navigation Demand Notice satisfying the criteria set forth in Section 2.1(a) hereof, the Company shall file with the SEC a registration statement covering all of the Registrable Securities covered by such Blackstone Demand Notice or Navigation Demand Notice, as the case may be, as well as any other Registrable Securities as to which registration is properly requested in accordance with Section 2.2 hereof (which other Registrable Securities may be included by means of a pre-effective amendment) and any other registrable securities properly requested in accordance with other registration rights agreements with the Company, but subject in each case to any cutbacks imposed in accordance with Section 3.5 hereof and the limitations set forth in Section 2.6 hereof.
2.2 Right to Piggyback on a Non-Shelf Registered Offering. After the Companys IPO, in connection with any registered offering of Shares covered by a non-shelf registration statement (whether pursuant to the exercise of demand rights or at the initiative of the Company), the Securityholders may exercise piggyback rights to have included in such offering Registrable Securities held by them, subject in each case to any cutbacks imposed in accordance with Section 3.5 hereof and the limitations set forth in Section 2.6 hereof. The Company will facilitate in the manner described in this Agreement any such non-shelf registered offering.
2.3 Right to Demand and be Included in a Shelf Registration. Upon the demand of Blackstone or Navigation, as the case may be, made at any time and from time to time (subject to Sections 2.1(a) and 2.6(c) hereof) when the Company is eligible to utilize Form S-3 or a successor form to sell Shares in a secondary offering on a delayed or continuous basis in accordance with Rule 415 under the Securities Act, the Company will facilitate in the manner described in this Agreement a shelf registration of Registrable Securities held by the Securityholders. Any shelf registration filed pursuant to this Section 2.3 by the Company covering Shares (whether pursuant to a demand by Blackstone, Navigation, or at the initiative of the Company) will cover Registrable Securities held by each of the Securityholders (regardless of whether they demanded the filing of such shelf or not) equal to the percentage of their original respective holdings as is requested by Blackstone or Navigation with respect to the Registrable Securities of Blackstone or Navigation, as the case may be, to be included in such shelf. If at the time of such request the Company is a WKSI, such shelf registration shall, upon the approval of the board of directors of the Company, cover an unspecified number of Shares to be sold by the Company and its Securityholders.
2.4 Demand and Piggyback Rights for Shelf Takedowns. Upon the demand of Blackstone or Navigation, made at any time and from time to time (subject to Sections 2.1(a) and 2.6(c) hereof), the Company will facilitate in the manner described in this Agreement a takedown of Registrable Securities off of an effective shelf registration statement. In connection with any underwritten shelf takedown (whether pursuant to the exercise of such demand rights by Blackstone or Navigation or at the initiative of the Company), the Securityholders may exercise piggyback rights to have included in such takedown Registrable Securities held by them that are registered on such shelf.
2.5 Right to Reload a Shelf. Upon the approval of the board of directors of the Company, if the Company is not eligible to file an automatically effective shelf registration statement filed by a WKSI, the Company will file and seek the effectiveness of a post-effective amendment to an existing shelf that was not filed as an automatically effective shelf registration filed by a WKSI in order to register up to the number of Registrable Securities previously taken down off of such shelf by all Securityholders and not yet reloaded onto such shelf. The board of directors of the Company (or certain designated members thereof) will consult and coordinate with Blackstone or Navigation, as the case may be, in order to accomplish such replenishments from time to time in a sensible manner.
2.6 Limitations on Demand and Piggyback Rights.
(a) Any demand for the filing of a registration statement or for a registered offering or takedown, and the exercise of any piggyback registration rights, will be subject to the constraints of any applicable lockup arrangements, and any such demand must be deferred until such lockup arrangements no longer apply. If a demand has been made for a non-shelf registered offering or for an underwritten takedown, no further demands may be made so long as the related offering is still being pursued. Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, the Securityholders will not have piggyback or other registration rights with respect to the following registered primary offerings by the Company: (i) a registration relating solely to employee benefit plans; (ii) a registration on Form S-4 or S-8 (or other similar successor forms then in effect under the Securities Act); (iii) a registration pursuant to which the Company is offering to exchange its own Securities for other Securities; (iv) a registration statement relating solely to dividend reinvestment or similar plans; (v) a shelf registration statement pursuant to which only the initial purchasers and subsequent transferees of debt securities of the Company or any Subsidiary that are convertible for Interests or Common Stock and that are initially issued pursuant to Rule 144A and/or Regulation S of the Securities Act may resell such notes and sell the common equity into which such notes may be converted or (vi) a registration where the Registrable Securities are not being sold for cash.
(b) The Company may postpone the filing of a demanded registration statement or suspend the effectiveness of any shelf registration statement for a reasonable blackout period not in excess of 90 days if the board of directors of the Company determines in good faith that such registration or offering could materially interfere with a bona fide business, acquisition or divestiture or financing transaction of the Company or is reasonably likely to require premature disclosure of information, the premature disclosure of which could materially and adversely affect the Company; provided that the Company shall not delay the filing of any demanded registration statement more than once in any 12-month period. The
blackout period will end upon the earlier to occur of, (i) in the case of a bona fide business, acquisition or divestiture or financing transaction, a date not later than 90 days from the date such deferral commenced, and (ii) in the case of disclosure of non-public information, the earlier to occur of (x) the filing by the Company of its next succeeding Form 10-K or Form 10-Q, or (y) the date upon which such information is otherwise disclosed.
(c) Notwithstanding any provision herein, from and after the time that the Navigation Holders cease to own at least five (5) percent of the then issued and outstanding Class A Common Stock together with the number of shares of Class A Common Stock issuable at such time upon the exchange of the then issued and outstanding membership interests of Exeter Finance LLC pursuant to the LLC Agreement, the Navigation Holders will have no further demand rights pursuant to this Agreement.
NOTICES, CUTBACKS AND OTHER MATTERS
3.1 Notifications Regarding Registration Statements. In order for Blackstone or Navigation to exercise their respective right to demand that a registration statement be filed, it must include in the relevant Blackstone Demand Notice or Navigation Demand Notice, as the case may be, the number of Registrable Securities sought to be registered and the proposed plan of distribution.
3.2 Notifications Regarding Registration Piggyback Rights.
(a) In the event that the Company receives (i) any demand from Blackstone or Navigation pursuant to Section 2.1 hereof, or (ii) if the Company files a registration statement with respect to a non-shelf registered offering, the Company will promptly give to each of the Securityholders a written notice thereof no later than 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on the fifth Business Day following receipt by the Company of such demand or the filing of such registration statement, as applicable. Any Securityholder wishing to exercise its piggyback rights with respect to any such non-shelf registration statement must notify the Company and the other Securityholders of the number of Registrable Securities it seeks to have included in such registration statement in a written notice. Such notice must be given as soon as practicable, but in no event later than 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on the second Business Day prior to (i) if applicable, the date on which the preliminary prospectus intended to be used in connection with pre-effective marketing efforts for the relevant offering is expected to be finalized, and (ii) in any case, the date on which the pricing of the relevant offering is expected to occur. No such notice is required in connection with a shelf registration statement, as Registrable Securities held by all Securityholders will be included up to the applicable percentage.
(b) Pending any required public disclosure and subject to applicable legal requirements, the parties will maintain appropriate confidentiality of their discussions regarding a prospective non-shelf registration.
3.3 Notifications Regarding Demanded Underwritten Takedowns.
(a) The Company will keep the Securityholders reasonably apprised of all pertinent aspects of any underwritten shelf takedown demanded by Blackstone or Navigation in order that Securityholders may have a reasonable opportunity to exercise their related piggyback rights. Without limiting the Companys obligation as described in the preceding sentence, having a reasonable opportunity requires that the Securityholders be notified by the Company of an anticipated underwritten takedown (whether pursuant to a demand made by Blackstone or Navigation or made at the Companys own initiative) no later than 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on (i) if applicable, the second Business Day prior to the date on which the preliminary prospectus or prospectus supplement intended to be used in connection with pre-pricing marketing efforts for such takedown is finalized, and (ii) in all cases, the second Business Day prior to the date on which the pricing of the relevant takedown occurs.
(b) Any Securityholder wishing to exercise its piggyback rights with respect to an underwritten shelf takedown must notify the Company and the other Securityholders of the number of Registrable Securities it seeks to have included in such takedown. Such notice must be given as soon as practicable, but in no event later than 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on (i) if applicable, the Business Day prior to the date on which the preliminary prospectus or prospectus supplement intended to be used in connection with marketing efforts for the relevant offering is expected to be finalized, and (ii) in all cases, the Business Day prior to the date on which the pricing of the relevant takedown occurs.
(c) Pending any required public disclosure and subject to applicable legal requirements, the parties will maintain appropriate confidentiality of their discussions regarding a prospective underwritten takedown.
3.4 Plan of Distribution, Underwriters, Advisors and Counsel. If a majority of the Shares proposed to be sold in an underwritten offering through a non-shelf registration statement or through a shelf takedown is being sold by the Company for its own account, the Company will be entitled to determine the plan of distribution and select the managing underwriters and any provider of advisory services, which may include Affiliates of Blackstone, for such offering. Otherwise, Blackstone, if participating in such offering (or Securityholders holding a majority of the Shares requested to be included if Blackstone is not participating in such offering), will be entitled to determine the plan of distribution and select the managing underwriters and any provider of advisory services, which may include Affiliates of Blackstone; provided that such investment banker or bankers, managers and providers of advisory services shall be reasonably satisfactory to the Company whose approval shall not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed, and will also be entitled to select counsel for the selling Securityholders (which may be the same as counsel for the Company). In the case of a shelf registration statement, the plan of distribution will provide as much flexibility as is reasonably possible, including with respect to resales by transferee Securityholders.
3.5 Cutbacks. If the managing underwriters advise the Company and the selling Securityholders that, in their opinion, the number of Registrable Securities requested to be included in an underwritten offering exceeds the amount that can be sold in such offering without adversely affecting the distribution of the Registrable Securities being offered, the price that will be paid in such offering or the marketability thereof, such offering will include only the
number of Registrable Securities that the underwriters advise can be sold in such offering. If the Company is selling securities for its own account in such offering and the offering is not being made on account of a demand made by Blackstone or Navigation, as the case may be, pursuant to Section 2.1 hereof, the Company will have first priority. To the extent of any remaining capacity, and in all other cases, the selling Securityholders (and any other Persons having registration rights pari passu with the Securityholders and participating in such offering) and the Company will be subject to cutback pro rata based on the number of Registrable Securities initially requested by them to be included in such offering, without distinguishing between Securityholders (or other Persons exercising pari passu registration rights) based on who made the demand for such offering or otherwise.
3.6 Withdrawals. Even if Registrable Securities held by a Securityholder have been part of a registered underwritten offering, such Securityholder may, no later than the time at which the public offering price and underwriters discount are determined with the managing underwriter, decline to sell all or any portion of the Registrable Securities being offered for its account.
3.7 Lockups. In connection with any underwritten offering of Shares, the Company and each Securityholder will agree (in the case of Securityholders, with respect to Registrable Securities respectively held by them) to be bound by the underwriting agreements lockup restrictions (which must apply in like manner to all Securityholders); provided that in no event shall any lock up restriction exceed a period of 180 days from the date of the final prospectus for any such offering. The Company shall cause its executive officers and directors (and managers, if applicable) and shall use commercially reasonable efforts to cause other holders of Shares who beneficially own (within the meaning of Rules 13d-3 and 13d-5 under the Exchange Act as in effect on the date of this Agreement) any of the Shares participating in such offering, to enter into lockup agreements that contain restrictions that are no less restrictive than the restrictions contained in the lockup agreements executed by the Securityholders.
FACILITATING REGISTRATIONS AND OFFERINGS
4.1 General. If the Company becomes obligated under this Agreement to facilitate a registration and offering of Registrable Securities on behalf of Securityholders, the Company will do so with the same degree of care and dispatch as would reasonably be expected in the case of a registration and offering by the Company of Registrable Securities for its own account. Without limiting this general obligation, the Company will fulfill its specific obligations as described in this Article IV.
4.2 Registration Statements. In connection with each registration statement that is demanded by Blackstone or Navigation in accordance with this Agreement or as to which piggyback rights otherwise apply, the Company will:
(a) (1) prepare and file with the SEC a registration statement on an appropriate form covering the applicable Registrable Securities, (2) file amendments thereto as warranted, (3) seek the effectiveness thereof, and (4) file with the SEC prospectuses and prospectus supplements as may be required, all in consultation with Blackstone or Navigation, as the case may be, and as reasonably necessary in order to permit the offer and sale of the such Registrable Securities in accordance with the applicable plan of distribution;
(b) (1) within a reasonable time prior to the filing of any registration statement, any prospectus, any amendment to a registration statement, amendment or supplement to a prospectus or any free writing prospectus (in each case including all exhibits filed therewith), provide copies of such documents to the selling Securityholders and to the underwriter or underwriters of an underwritten offering, if applicable, and to their respective counsel; fairly consider such reasonable changes in any such documents prior to or after the filing thereof as the counsel to the Securityholders or the underwriter or the underwriters may request; and make such of the representatives of the Company as shall be reasonably requested by the selling Securityholders or any underwriter available for discussion of such documents; and (2) within a reasonable time prior to the filing of any document which is to be incorporated or deemed incorporated by reference into a registration statement or a prospectus, provide copies of such document to counsel for the Securityholders and underwriters; fairly consider such reasonable changes in such document prior to or after the filing thereof as counsel for such Securityholders or such underwriter shall request; and make such of the representatives of the Company as shall be reasonably requested by such counsel available for discussion of such document;
(c) use all reasonable efforts to cause each registration statement and the related prospectus and any amendment or supplement thereto, as of the effective date of such registration statement, amendment or supplement and during the distribution of the registered Registrable Securities (x) to comply in all material respects with the requirements of the Securities Act (including the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder) and (y) not to contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading;
(d) promptly notify each Securityholder, its respective counsel and the sole underwriter or managing underwriter, if any, and, if requested by such Securityholder, confirm such notice in writing, (i) when any registration statement, any prospectus, any amendment to a registration statement, amendment or supplement to a prospectus or any free writing prospectus has been filed, (ii) when a registration statement has become effective and when any post-effective amendments and supplements thereto become effective if such registration statement or post-effective amendment is not automatically effective upon filing pursuant to Rule 462 under the Securities Act, (iii) of any request by the SEC or any other federal or state governmental authority for amendments or supplements to a registration statement or related prospectus or for additional information, (iv) of the issuance by the SEC or any state securities authority of any stop order, injunction or other order or requirement suspending the effectiveness of a registration statement or the initiation of any proceedings for that purpose, (v) if, between the effective date of a registration statement and the closing of any sale of securities covered thereby pursuant to any underwriting, placement or purchase agreement to which the Company is a party or, if earlier, the expiration of any over-allotment option under any underwriting, placement or purchase agreement to which the Company is a party, the representations and warranties of the Company contained in such agreement cease to be true and correct in all material respects or if the Company receives any notification with
respect to the suspension of the qualification of the Registrable Securities for sale in any jurisdiction or the initiation of any proceeding for such purpose, and (vi) of the happening of any event during the period a registration statement is effective as a result of which such registration statement or the related prospectus contains any untrue statement of a material fact or omits to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading;
(e) furnish counsel for each underwriter, if any, and for the Securityholders copies of any correspondence with the SEC or any state securities authority relating to the registration statement or prospectus;
(f) otherwise use all reasonable efforts to comply with all applicable rules and regulations of the SEC, including making available to its security holders an earnings statement covering at least 12 months which shall satisfy the provisions of Section 11(a) of the Securities Act and Rule 158 thereunder (or any similar provision then in force); and
(g) use all reasonable efforts to obtain the withdrawal of any order suspending the effectiveness of a registration statement at the earliest possible time.
4.3 Non-Shelf Registered Offerings and Shelf Takedowns. In connection with any non-shelf registered offering or shelf takedown that is demanded by Blackstone or Navigation or as to which piggyback rights otherwise apply, the Company will:
(a) cooperate with the selling Securityholders and the sole underwriter or managing underwriter of an underwritten offering, if any, to facilitate the timely preparation and delivery of certificates representing the Registrable Securities to be sold and not bearing any restrictive legends; and enable such Registrable Securities to be in such denominations (consistent with the provisions of the governing documents thereof) and registered in such names as the selling Securityholders or the sole underwriter or managing underwriter of an underwritten offering of Registrable Securities, if any, may reasonably request at least five days prior to any sale of such Registrable Securities;
(b) furnish to each Securityholder and to each underwriter, if any, participating in the relevant offering, without charge, as many copies of the applicable prospectus, including each preliminary prospectus, and any amendment or supplement thereto and such other documents as such Securityholder or underwriter may reasonably request in order to facilitate the public sale or other disposition of the Registrable Securities; the Company hereby consents to the use of the prospectus, including each preliminary prospectus, by each such Securityholder and underwriter in connection with the offering and sale of the Registrable Securities covered by the prospectus or the preliminary prospectus;
(c) (1) use all reasonable efforts to register or qualify the Registrable Securities being offered and sold, no later than the time the applicable registration statement becomes effective, under all applicable state securities or blue sky laws of such jurisdictions as each underwriter, if any, or any Securityholder holding Registrable Securities covered by a registration statement, shall reasonably request; (2) use all reasonable efforts to keep each such registration or qualification effective during the period such registration statement is required
to be kept effective; and (3) do any and all other acts and things which may be reasonably necessary or advisable to enable each such underwriter, if any, and Securityholder to consummate the disposition in each such jurisdiction of such Registrable Securities owned by such Securityholder; provided, however, that the Company shall not be obligated to qualify as a foreign corporation or as a dealer in securities in any jurisdiction in which it is not so qualified or to consent to be subject to general service of process (other than service of process in connection with such registration or qualification or any sale of Registrable Securities in connection therewith) in any such jurisdiction;
(d) cause all Registrable Securities being sold to be qualified for inclusion in or listed on any Recognized Exchange on which Registrable Securities issued by the Company are then so qualified or listed if so requested by the Securityholders, or if so requested by the underwriter or underwriters of an underwritten offering of Registrable Securities, if any;
(e) cooperate and assist in any filings required to be made with FINRA and in the performance of any due diligence investigation by any underwriter in an underwritten offering;
(f) use all reasonable efforts to facilitate the distribution and sale of any Registrable Securities to be offered pursuant to this Agreement, including without limitation by making road show presentations, holding meetings with and making calls to potential investors and taking such other actions as shall be requested by the Securityholders or the lead managing underwriter of an underwritten offering;
(g) in the case of an offering that includes a provider of capital markets advisory services, enter into and perform its obligations under customary agreements (including an advisory services agreement and an indemnification agreement in customary form); and
(h) enter into customary agreements (including, in the case of an underwritten offering, underwriting agreements in customary form, and including provisions with respect to indemnification and contribution in customary form and consistent with the provisions relating to indemnification and contribution contained herein) and take all other customary and appropriate actions in order to expedite or facilitate the disposition of such Registrable Securities and in connection therewith:
(1) make such representations and warranties to the selling Securityholders and the underwriters, if any, in form, substance and scope as are customarily made by issuers to underwriters in similar underwritten offerings;
(2) obtain opinions of counsel to the Company and updates thereof (which counsel and opinions (in form, scope and substance) shall be reasonably satisfactory to the lead managing underwriter, if any) addressed to the underwriters, if any, (and, if so requested, to each selling Securityholder) covering the matters customarily covered in opinions requested in sales of securities or underwritten offerings and such other matters as may be reasonably requested by such Securityholders and any underwriters;
(3) obtain cold comfort letters and updates thereof from the Companys independent certified public accountants addressed to the underwriters, if any, (and, if so requested and if permissible, to each selling Securityholder) which letters shall be customary in form and shall cover matters of the type customarily covered in cold comfort letters to underwriters in connection with primary underwritten offerings; and
(4) to the extent requested and customary for the relevant transaction, enter into a Securities sales agreement with the Securityholders providing for, among other things, the appointment of such representative as agent for the selling Securityholders for the purpose of soliciting purchases of Registrable Securities, which agreement shall be customary in form, substance and scope and shall contain customary representations, warranties and covenants; and
(5) deliver such documents and certificates as the sole underwriter or managing underwriter, if any, any selling Securityholder, or their respective counsel, shall reasonably request to evidence the continued validity of the representations and warranties made in accordance with Section 4.3(h)(1) above to evidence compliance with any customary conditions contained in the underwriting agreement or other agreement entered into by the Company.
The above shall be done at such times as customarily occur in similar registered offerings or shelf takedowns.
4.4 Due Diligence. In connection with each registration and offering of Registrable Securities to be sold by Securityholders, the Company will, in accordance with customary practice, make available for inspection by representatives of the Securityholders and underwriters and any counsel or accountant retained by such Securityholders or underwriters all relevant financial and other records, pertinent corporate documents and properties of the Company and cause appropriate officers, managers, employees, outside counsel and accountants of the Company to supply all information reasonably requested by any such representative, underwriter, counsel or accountant in connection with their due diligence exercise, including through in-person meetings, but subject to customary privilege constraints.
4.5 Information from Securityholders. Each Securityholder that holds Registrable Securities covered by any registration statement will furnish to the Company such information regarding itself as is required to be included in the registration statement or is otherwise required by FINRA or the SEC in connection with such registration statement, the ownership of Registrable Securities by such Securityholder and the proposed distribution by such Securityholder of such Registrable Securities as the Company may from time to time reasonably request in writing.
4.6 Expenses. All Registration Expenses incurred in connection with any registration statement or registered offering covering Registrable Securities held by the Securityholders will be borne by the Company. However, underwriters, brokers and dealers discounts and commissions applicable to Registrable Securities sold for the account of a Securityholder will be borne by such Securityholder.
5.1 Indemnification by the Company. In the event of any registration under the Securities Act by any registration statement pursuant to rights granted in this Agreement of Registrable Securities held by Securityholders, the Company will indemnify and hold harmless Securityholders, their officers, directors and affiliates (and the officers, directors, employees, general and limited partners, Affiliates and controlling persons of any of the foregoing), and each underwriter of such securities and each other Person, if any, who Controls any Securityholder or such underwriter within the meaning of the Securities Act, against any losses, claims, damages, or liabilities (including legal fees and costs of court), joint or several, to which Securityholders or such underwriter or controlling Person may become subject under the Securities Act or otherwise, including any amount paid in settlement of any litigation commenced or threatened, and shall promptly reimburse such Persons, as and when incurred, for any legal or other expenses reasonably incurred by them in connection with investigating any claims and defending any actions, insofar as such losses, claims, damages, or liabilities (or any actions in respect thereof) arise out of or are based upon any violation or alleged violation by the Company of the Securities Act, any blue sky laws, securities laws or other applicable laws or rules of any state or country in which such Shares are offered and relating to action taken or action or inaction required of the Company in connection with such offering, or arise out of or are based upon any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of any material fact (i) contained in any registration statement (or in any preliminary or final prospectus included therein) under which such securities were registered under the Securities Act or any amendment or supplement to any of the foregoing, or in any document incorporated by reference therein or related document or report, or any issuer free writing prospectus (including any road show, whether or not required to be filed with the SEC), or that arise out of or are based upon the omission or alleged omission to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading or (ii) contained in any preliminary prospectus, if used prior to the effective date of such registration statement, or in the final prospectus (as amended or supplemented if the Company shall have filed with the SEC any amendment or supplement to the final prospectus), or which arise out of or are based upon the omission or alleged omission to state a material fact required to be stated in such prospectus or necessary to make the statements in such prospectus not misleading; and will reimburse Securityholders and each such underwriter and each such controlling Person for any legal or any other expenses reasonably incurred by them in connection with investigating or defending any such loss, claim, damage, or liability; provided, however, that the Company shall not be liable to any Securityholder or its underwriters or controlling Persons in any such case to the extent that any such loss, claim, damage, or liability arises out of or is based upon an untrue statement or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission made in such registration statement or such amendment or supplement or other document, in reliance upon and in conformity with information furnished to the Company through a written instrument duly executed by Securityholders or such underwriter specifically for use in the preparation thereof.
5.2 Indemnification by Securityholders. Each Securityholder as a condition to including Registrable Securities in such registration statement will indemnify and hold harmless (in the same manner and to the same extent as set forth in Section 5.1 hereof) the Company, each director of the Company, each officer of the Company who shall sign the registration statement, and any Person who Controls the Company within the meaning of the Securities Act, (i) with respect to any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement in or omission or alleged omission from such registration statement, or any amendment or supplement to it, or any issuer free writing prospectus or other document, to the extent, but only to the extent, that such untrue statement or omission was made in reliance upon and in conformity with information furnished to the Company through a written instrument duly executed by such Securityholder specifically regarding such Securityholder for use in the preparation of such registration statement or amendment or supplement, and (ii) with respect to compliance by such Securityholder with applicable laws in effecting the sale or other disposition of the securities covered by such registration statement; provided, that the liability of each Securityholder pursuant to this Section 5.2 shall not exceed the amount by which the total price at which the Shares were offered to the public by such Securityholder exceeds the amount of any damages which such Securityholder has otherwise been required to pay by reason of an untrue statement or omission.
5.3 Indemnification Procedures. Promptly after receipt by an indemnified party of notice of the commencement of any action involving a claim referred to in Section 5.1 and Section 5.2 hereof, the indemnified party will, if a claim in respect thereof is to be made or may be made against an indemnifying party, give written notice to such indemnifying party of the commencement of the action. The failure of any indemnified party to give notice shall not relieve the indemnifying party of its obligations in this Article V, except to the extent that the indemnifying party is actually and materially prejudiced by the failure to give notice. If any such action is brought against an indemnified party, the indemnifying party will be entitled to participate in and to assume the defense of the action with counsel reasonably satisfactory to the indemnified party, and after notice from the indemnifying party to such indemnified party of its election to assume defense of the action, the indemnifying party will not be liable to such indemnified party for any legal or other expenses incurred by the latter in connection with the actions defense other than reasonable costs of investigation. An indemnified party shall have the right to employ separate counsel in any action or proceeding and participate in the defense thereof, but the fees and expenses of such counsel shall be at such indemnified partys expense unless (i) the employment of such counsel has been specifically authorized in writing by the indemnifying party, which authorization shall not be unreasonably withheld, (ii) the indemnifying party has not assumed the defense and employed counsel reasonably satisfactory to the indemnified party within thirty (30) days after notice of any such action or proceeding, or (iii) the named parties to any such action or proceeding (including any impleaded parties) include the indemnified party and the indemnifying party and the indemnified party shall have been advised by such counsel that there may be one or more legal defenses available to the indemnified party that are different from or additional to those available to the indemnifying party (in which case the indemnifying party shall not have the right to assume the defense of such action or proceeding on behalf of the indemnified party), it being understood, however, that the indemnifying party shall not, in connection with any one such action or separate but substantially similar or related actions in the same jurisdiction arising out of the same general allegations or circumstances, be liable for the reasonable fees and expenses of more than one separate firm of attorneys (in addition to all local counsel which is necessary, in the good faith
opinion of both counsel for the indemnifying party and counsel for the indemnified party in order to adequately represent the indemnified parties) for the indemnified party and that all such fees and expenses shall be reimbursed as they are incurred upon written request and presentation of invoices. Whether or not a defense is assumed by the indemnifying party, the indemnifying party will not be subject to any liability for any settlement made without its consent (not to be unreasonably withheld). No indemnifying party will consent to entry of any judgment or enter into any settlement which (i) does not include as an unconditional term the giving by the claimant or plaintiff, to the indemnified party, of a release from all liability in respect of such claim or litigation or (ii) involves the imposition of equitable remedies or the imposition of any non-financial obligations on the indemnified party.
5.4 Contribution. If the indemnification required by this Article V from the indemnifying party is unavailable to or insufficient to hold harmless an indemnified party in respect of any indemnifiable losses, claims, damages, liabilities, or expenses, then the indemnifying party shall contribute to the amount paid or payable by the indemnified party as a result of such losses, claims, damages, liabilities, or expenses in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect (i) the relative benefit of the indemnifying and indemnified parties and (ii) if the allocation in clause (i) is not permitted by applicable law, in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect the relative benefit referred to in clause (i) and also the relative fault of the indemnified and indemnifying parties, in connection with the actions which resulted in such losses, claims, damages, liabilities, or expenses, as well as any other relevant equitable considerations. The relative benefits received by a party shall be deemed to be in the same proportion as the total net proceeds from the offering (before deducting expenses) received by it bear to the total amounts (including, in the case of any underwriter, any underwriting commissions and discounts) received by each other party. The relative fault of the indemnifying party and the indemnified party shall be determined by reference to, among other things, whether any action in question, including any untrue or alleged untrue statement of a material fact or alleged omission to state a material fact, has been made by, or relates to information supplied by, such indemnifying party or parties, and the parties relative intent, knowledge, access to information, and opportunity to correct or prevent such action. The amount paid or payable by a party as a result of the losses, claims, damage, liabilities, and expenses referred to above shall be deemed to include any legal or other fees or expenses reasonably incurred by such party in connection with any investigation or proceeding. The Company and Securityholders agree that it would not be just and equitable if contribution pursuant to this Section 5.4 were determined by pro rata allocation or by any other method of allocation which does not take account of the equitable considerations referred to in the prior provisions of this Section 5.4.
Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section 5.4, no indemnifying party shall be required to contribute any amount in excess of the amount by which the total price at which the securities were offered to the public by such indemnifying party exceeds the amount of any damages which such indemnifying party has otherwise been required to pay by reason of an untrue statement or omission. No Person guilty of fraudulent misrepresentation (within the meaning of Section 11(f) of the Securities Act) shall be entitled to contribution from any Person who was not guilty of such a fraudulent misrepresentation.
6.1 Assignment. Neither the Company nor any Securityholder shall assign all or any part of this Agreement without the prior written consent of the Company and Blackstone; provided, however, that without the prior written consent of the Company, Blackstone and the Navigation Holders may assign their rights and obligations under this Agreement in whole or in part to (x) any of their Affiliates and/or (y) any Person who becomes a holder of Registrable Securities upon a distribution by Blackstone or the Navigation Holders of shares of Class A Common Stock or LLC Units to its members, limited partners or stockholders that becomes a party hereto by executing and delivering an assignment and joinder agreement to the Company, substantially in the form of Exhibit A to this Agreement. Except as otherwise provided herein, this Agreement will inure to the benefit of and be binding on the parties hereto and their respective successors and permitted assigns. If the Class A Common Stock shall be exchanged or replaced by Securities of another Person, the Company shall use reasonable best efforts to cause such Person to expressly assume all of the Companys obligations hereunder, to the extent applicable.
6.2 Merger or Consolidation. In the event the Company engages in a merger or consolidation in which the Registrable Securities are converted into securities of another company, appropriate arrangements will be made so that the registration rights provided under this Agreement continue to be provided to Securityholders by the issuer of such securities. To the extent such new issuer, or any other company acquired by the Company in a merger or consolidation, was bound by registration rights obligations that would conflict with the provisions of this Agreement, the Company will, unless Securityholders then holding at least 90% of the Registrable Securities otherwise agree, use its commercially reasonable efforts to modify any such inherited registration rights obligations so as not to interfere in any material respects with the rights provided under this Agreement. To the extent any such modification of inherited registration rights disproportionately and adversely impacts any Securityholder hereunder, such modification shall not be effective as to such Securityholder without the consent of such Securityholder.
(a) In addition, in the event that the Company effects the separation of any portion of its business into one or more entities (each, a NewCo), whether existing or newly formed, including without limitation by way of spin-off, split-off, carve-out, demerger, recapitalization, reorganization or similar transaction, and any Securityholder will receive equity interests in any such NewCo as part of such separation, the Company shall cause any such NewCo to enter into a registration rights agreement with each such Securityholder that provides each such Securityholder with registration rights vis-à-vis such NewCo that are substantially identical to those set forth in this Agreement.
6.3 Limited Liability. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, neither the members, general partners, limited partners or managing directors, or any directors or officers of any members, general or limited partner, advisory director, nor any future members, general partners, limited partners, advisory directors, or managing directors, if any, of any Securityholder shall have any personal liability for performance of any obligation of such Securityholder under this Agreement in excess of the respective capital contributions of such members, general partners, limited partners, advisory directors or managing directors to such Securityholder.
6.4 Rule 144. If the Company is subject to the requirements of Section 13, 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, the Company covenants that it will file any reports required to be filed by it under the Securities Act and the Exchange Act (or, if the Company is subject to the requirements of Section 13, 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act but is not required to file such reports, it will, upon the request of any Securityholder, make publicly available such information) and it will take such further action as any Securityholder may reasonably request, so as to enable such Securityholder to sell Registrable Securities without registration under the Securities Act within the limitation of the exemptions provided by (a) Rule 144 under the Securities Act, as such Rule may be amended from time to time, or (b) any similar rule or regulation hereafter adopted by the SEC. Upon the request of any Securityholder, the Company will deliver to such Securityholder a written statement as to whether it has complied with such requirements. For the avoidance of doubt, this Section 6.4 shall not in any way limit or otherwise modify any applicable restrictions on transfer set forth in the Companys Certificate of Incorporation as may be amended from time to time or the LLC Agreement.
6.5 In-Kind Distributions. If any Securityholder seeks to effectuate an in-kind distribution of all or part of its Registrable Securities to its direct or indirect equityholders, the Company will, subject to applicable lockups, work with such Securityholder and the Companys transfer agent to facilitate such in-kind distribution in the manner reasonably requested by such Securityholder, as well as any resales by such transferees under a shelf registration statement covering such distributed shares.
7.1 Notices. All notices, requests, demands and other communications required or permitted hereunder shall be made in writing by hand-delivery, registered first-class mail, telex, email, fax or air courier guaranteeing delivery to the Persons at the respective addresses set forth below or pursuant to such other instructions as may be designated in writing by the party to receive such notice.
(a) If to the Company, to:
Exeter Finance Corporation
222 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Suite 1800
Irving, Texas 75039
Attention: Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
with a copy (not constituting notice) to:
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Four Times Square
New York, New York 10036
Attention: Laura Kaufmann Belkhayat
(b) If to Blackstone, to:
The Blackstone Group L.P.
345 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10154
Attention: Kelly Wannop
with a copy (not constituting notice) to:
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Four Times Square
New York, New York 10036
Attention: Laura Kaufmann Belkhayat
(c) If to the Navigation Holders, to:
Navigation Capital Partners
1175 Peach Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30361
with a copy (not constituting notice) to:
DLA Piper LLP (US)
One Atlantic Center
1201 West Peachtree Street, Suite 2800
Atlanta, GA 30309-3450
Attention: Daniel P. Rollman
Any such notice, request, demand or other communication shall be deemed to have been duly given (a) on the date of delivery if delivered personally or by facsimile or electronic transmission, (b) on the first Business Day after being sent if delivered by nationally recognized overnight delivery service and (c) upon the earlier of actual receipt thereof or five Business Days after the date of deposit in the United States mail if delivered by mail.
7.2 Section Headings. The article and section headings in this Agreement are for reference purposes only and shall not affect the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement. References in this Agreement to a designated Article or Section refer to an Article or Section of this Agreement unless otherwise specifically indicated.
7.3 Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by, and construed and enforced in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York.
7.4 Consent to Jurisdiction and Service of Process; Waiver of Jury Trial.
(a) The parties to this Agreement hereby agree to submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of the State of New York, the courts of the United States of America for the Southern District of New York, and appellate courts from any thereof in any action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement.
(b) EACH OF THE PARTIES HERETO HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVES ANY AND ALL RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY LEGAL PROCEEDING ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT OR THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED HEREBY.
(a) This Agreement may be amended only by an instrument in writing executed by the Company and Securityholders holding at least a majority of the Registrable Securities collectively held by them; provided that any amendment that would adversely impact the rights hereunder of Blackstone or the Navigation Holders shall require the prior written consent of Blackstone or the Navigation Holders holding a majority of the Registrable Securities collectively held by them, as applicable; provided, further, that any amendment that would disproportionately and adversely impact (i) the rights hereunder of the Securityholders party hereto other than Blackstone without similarly affecting the rights hereunder of Blackstone (other than the granting of demand or piggyback rights to any new party to become a Securityholder hereunder and rights incidental thereto) shall require the prior approval of a such Securityholders other than Blackstone holding a majority of the Registrable Securities held by such Securities, (ii) the rights hereunder of any Securityholder other than Blackstone without similarly affecting the rights hereunder of all other Securityholders other than Blackstone shall require the prior written consent of such Securityholder. This Agreement will terminate as to any Securityholder when it no longer holds any Registrable Securities.
(b) Notwithstanding anything in Section 7.5(a) hereof to the contrary, if the Company at any time after the date of this Agreement grants to any other holders of its securities (other than any new Blackstone Holders becoming party hereto after the date hereof) any rights to request or cause the Company to effect the registration under the Securities Act or offering or sale of any such securities on any terms materially more favorable to such holders than the terms set forth in this Agreement, the terms of this Agreement shall, upon the request of Blackstone, be deemed amended or supplemented to the extent necessary to provide Blackstone such more favorable rights and benefits, and, at the election and sole discretion of Blackstone (as evidenced by a written notice to the Company), shall be deemed amended or supplemented to the extent necessary to provide to the Securityholders party hereto other than Blackstone those more favorable rights and benefits as selected by Blackstone to be provided to such other Securityholders and set forth in such written notice.
7.6 Entire Agreement. This Agreement contains the entire understanding of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof. The registration rights granted under this Agreement supersede any registration, qualification or similar rights with respect to any of the Registrable Securities granted under any other agreement, and any of such preexisting registration rights are hereby terminated.
7.7 Severability. The invalidity or unenforceability of any specific provision of this Agreement shall not invalidate or render unenforceable any of its other provisions. Any provision of this Agreement held invalid or unenforceable shall be deemed reformed, if practicable, to the extent necessary to render it valid and enforceable and to the extent permitted by law and consistent with the intent of the parties to this Agreement.
7.8 Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in multiple counterparts, including by means of facsimile, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which together shall constitute the same instrument.
7.9 Additional Holders. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the Company may from time to time add additional holders of Registrable Securities of the Company as parties to this Agreement with the consent of Blackstone and without the consent or additional signatures of any other holders of Registrable Securities hereunder. In order to become a party to this Agreement, such additional party must execute a signature page evidencing such partys agreement to be bound hereby as a Securityholder (but not Blackstone, unless Blackstone consents in writing thereto), and upon the Companys receipt of any such additional holders executed signature page hereto, such additional holder shall be deemed to be a party hereto and such additional signature pages shall be a part of this Agreement.
7.10 Equitable Remedies. The parties hereto agree that irreparable harm would occur in the event that any of the agreements and provisions of this Agreement were not performed fully by the parties hereto in accordance with their specific terms or conditions or were otherwise breached, and that money damages are an inadequate remedy for breach of this Agreement because of the difficulty of ascertaining and quantifying the amount of damage that will be suffered by the parties hereto in the event that this Agreement is not performed in accordance with its terms or conditions or is otherwise breached. It is accordingly hereby agreed that the parties hereto shall be entitled to an injunction or injunctions to restrain, enjoin and prevent breaches of this Agreement by the other parties and to enforce specifically the terms and provisions hereof in any court of the United States or any state having jurisdiction, such remedy being in addition to and not in lieu of, any other rights and remedies to which the other parties are entitled to at law or in equity.
7.11 No Inconsistent Agreements. From and after the date of this Agreement, the Company shall not enter into any agreement with any person, including any holder or prospective holder of any securities of the Company, giving or granting any registration (or related) rights the terms of which are more favorable than, senior to or conflict with, the registration or other rights granted to the Blackstone Holders or the Navigation Holders hereunder.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned have executed this Agreement as of the date first written above.
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FORM OF ASSIGNMENT AND JOINDER
Reference is made to the Registration Rights Agreement (the Registration Rights Agreement), dated as of 2019, by and among Exeter Finance Corporation (the Company), the Blackstone Holders (as defined therein) and the Navigation Holders (as defined therein). Capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined herein shall have the meanings ascribed to such terms in the Registration Rights Agreement.
Pursuant to Section 6.1 of the Registration Rights Agreement, (the Assignor) hereby assigns [in part][or: in full] its rights and obligations under the Registration Rights Agreement to each of , and (each, an Assignee and collectively, the Assignees). [For the avoidance of doubt, the Assignor will remain a party to the Registration Rights Agreement following the assignment in part of its rights and obligations thereunder to the undersigned Assignees.]
Each undersigned Assignee hereby agrees to and does become party to the Registration Rights Agreement as a Blackstone Holder and Securityholder. This assignment and joinder shall serve as a counterpart signature page to the Registration Rights Agreement and by executing below each undersigned Assignee is deemed to have executed the Registration Rights Agreement with the same force and effect as if originally named a party thereto and each Assignees shares of Class A Common Stock shall be included as Registrable Securities under the Registration Rights Agreement.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned have duly executed this assignment and joinder as of date first set forth above.