Underwriting Agreement, dated September 28, 2021, between Main Street Capital Corporation and RBC Capital Markets, LLC, as representative of the underwriters named in Schedule A thereto
Main Street Capital Corporation
(a Maryland Corporation)
3.000% Notes due 2026
September 28, 2021
RBC Capital Markets, LLC
As representative of the several Underwriters
named on Schedule A
c/o RBC Capital Markets, LLC
200 Vesey Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10281
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Main Street Capital Corporation, a Maryland corporation (the “Company”), confirms its agreement with the underwriters listed on Schedule A hereto (the “Underwriters”), for whom RBC Capital Markets, LLC (“RBC”) is acting as representative (in such capacity, the “Representative”), with respect to the issue and sale by the Company and the purchase by the Underwriters, acting severally and not jointly (the “Offering”), of $200,000,000 aggregate principal amount of 3.000% Notes due 2026 (the “Securities”), as set forth on Schedule A hereto.
The Securities will be issued under an indenture dated as of April 2, 2013 (the “Base Indenture”), as supplemented by the Fifth Supplemental Indenture, dated as of January 14, 2021 (the “Fifth Supplemental Indenture” and, collectively with the Base Indenture, the “Indenture”), between the Company and The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., as trustee (the “Trustee”). The Securities will be issued to Cede & Co. as nominee of the Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) pursuant to a blanket letter of representations (the “DTC Agreement”) between the Company and DTC. The Company understands that the Underwriters propose to make a public offering of the Securities as soon as the Underwriters deem advisable after this Agreement has been executed and delivered.
The Company previously issued $300,000,000 principal amount of 3.000% Notes due 2026 (the “Existing Securities”) under the Indenture. The Securities that will be issued and sold by the Company pursuant to this Agreement will constitute an issuance of “Additional Notes” under and as defined in the Indenture. Except as otherwise described in the Prospectus (as defined below), the Securities issued and sold by the Company pursuant to this Agreement will have identical terms to the Existing Securities, and the Securities and the Existing Securities will be treated collectively as a single class of notes for all purposes under the Indenture.
The Company owns (i) 100% of the limited partnership interests in Main Street Mezzanine
Fund, LP (“SBIC Fund I”), (ii) 100% of the limited partnership interests in Main Street Capital III, LP (“SBIC Fund III” and together with SBIC Fund I, the “Funds”), (iii) 100% of the equity interests of Main Street Mezzanine Management, LLC, the general partner of SBIC Fund I (“MSGPI”), (iv) 100% of the equity interests of Main Street Capital III GP, LLC, the general partner of SBIC Fund III (“MSGPIII” and together with MSGPI, the “General Partners”), (v) 100% of the equity interests, indirectly, of MSC Adviser I, LLC (“MSCAI”), a registered investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the “Advisers Act”) and investment adviser to MSC Income Fund, Inc., formerly HMS Income Fund, Inc., and (vi) 100% of the equity interests of Main Street Capital Partners, LLC (the “Investment Advisor” and together with MSCAI, the “Advisors”). The Company, the Funds, the General Partners and the Advisors are collectively referred to as the “Main Street Entities.”
Pursuant to the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder (collectively, the “1940 Act”), the Company has filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) a Notification of Election to be Subject to Sections 55 through 65 of the 1940 Act filed on Form N-54A (File No. 814-00751) (the “BDC Election”), pursuant to which the Company elected to be treated as a business development company (“BDC”) under the 1940 Act. The Company has elected to be treated for federal income tax purposes as a regulated investment company (“RIC”) under Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”).
Pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder (collectively, the “1933 Act”), the Company has prepared and filed with the Commission a universal shelf registration statement on Form N-2 (File No. 333-231146), which registers the offer and sale of the Company’s common stock, preferred stock, subscription rights and debt securities to be issued from time to time in accordance with Rule 415 of the 1933 Act by the Company, including the Securities. Such registration statement became effective immediately upon its filing with the Commission on April 30, 2019. The registration statement as amended, including the exhibits and schedules thereto, and all documents incorporated or deemed to be incorporated in the registration statement by reference pursuant to the Small Business Credit Availability Act (the “SBCAA”), any information contained in a prospectus supplement relating to the Securities subsequently filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424 or Rule 497 under the 1933 Act and deemed to be a part of the registration statement at the time of effectiveness pursuant to Rule 430B or Rule 430C under the 1933 Act, any registration statement filed pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the 1933 Act, and any post-effective amendment thereto, is hereinafter referred to as the “Registration Statement.”
The base prospectus filed as part of the Registration Statement, in the form in which it was most recently filed with the Commission prior to or on the date of this Agreement, including documents incorporated or deemed to be incorporated therein by reference pursuant to the SBCAA, is hereinafter referred to as the “Base Prospectus.” The Base Prospectus and the preliminary prospectus supplement, dated September 28, 2021 that was used prior to the execution and delivery of this Agreement and filed pursuant to Rule 424 under the 1933 Act relating to the Securities, including documents incorporated or deemed to be incorporated therein by reference, is herein called the “Preliminary Prospectus.” The Company will file with the Commission, in accordance with Rule 424, a final prospectus supplement pursuant to the SBCAA, including
documents incorporated or deemed to be incorporated therein by reference, (the “Prospectus Supplement”), supplementing the Base Prospectus in connection with the offer and sale of the Securities. The Base Prospectus and Prospectus Supplement are hereinafter referred to collectively as the “Prospectus.”
The Preliminary Prospectus, together with the information set forth on Annex I hereto is hereinafter referred to as the “Disclosure Package.”
All references in this Agreement to financial statements and schedules and other information which is “included” or “stated” in the Registration Statement, the Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus (each as defined above) (and all other references of like import) shall be deemed to mean and include all such financial statements and schedules and other information which is or is deemed to be incorporated by reference in or otherwise deemed to be a part of or included in the Registration Statement, the Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus, as the case may be, as of any specified date; and all references in this Agreement to amendments or supplements to the Registration Statement, the Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus, including those made pursuant to Rule 424, shall be deemed to mean and include, without limitation, the filing of any document under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder (collectively, the “1934 Act”), which is or is deemed to be incorporated by reference in or otherwise deemed to be a part of or included in the Registration Statement, the Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus, as the case may be, as of any specified date.
All references in this Agreement to the Registration Statement, the Preliminary Prospectus, the Prospectus or any amendments or supplements to any of the foregoing, shall include any copy thereof filed with the Commission pursuant to the Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval System, or any successor system (“EDGAR”).
The Company represents and warrants to and agrees with each of the Underwriters, as of the date hereof, the Applicable Time (defined below) and the Closing Time referred to in Section 2(b) hereof, as follows:
Each Fund is a limited partnership duly organized and validly existing as a limited partnership under the laws of the state of Delaware and is duly qualified as a foreign limited partnership to transact business, and is in good standing in each jurisdiction in which such qualification is required whether by reason of ownership or leasing of property or the conduct of business, except for such jurisdictions where the failure to so qualify or be in good standing would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect.
Each of the General Partners and the Advisors is a limited liability company that is duly formed and validly existing as a limited liability company under the laws of the State of Delaware and is duly qualified as a foreign limited liability company to transact business, and is in good standing in each jurisdiction in which such qualification is required whether by reason of ownership or leasing of property or the conduct of business, except for such jurisdictions where the failure to so qualify or be in good standing would not, individually or in the aggregate, have a Material Adverse Effect.
All of the issued and outstanding limited liability company interests and partnership interests of the General Partners, the Advisors and the Funds, as appropriate, have been duly authorized and validly issued, are fully paid and non-assessable and owned 100% by the Company, directly or indirectly, free and clear of any security interest, mortgage, pledge, lien, encumbrance or claim, other than the lien granted by the Company on all of the equity interests in the Investment Advisor under the Company’s credit facility described in the Disclosure Package and the Prospectus (the “Credit Facility”).
(a)Sale of Securities. On the basis of the representations, warranties and covenants contained herein and subject to the terms and conditions set forth herein, the Company agrees to sell to each Underwriter, severally and not jointly, and each Underwriter, severally and not jointly, agrees to purchase from the Company, the respective principal amounts of Securities set forth on Schedule A hereto opposite its name at a purchase price of 101.091% of the principal amount of the Securities, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, from July 14, 2021 up to, but not including, the Closing Time (as defined below), plus any additional aggregate principal amount of Securities which such Underwriter may become obligated to purchase pursuant to the provisions of Section 10 hereof (the “Purchase Price”).
(b)Payment. Payment of the Purchase Price for, and delivery of certificates, if any, for the Securities shall be made at the offices of Dechert LLP, 1900 K Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20006, or at such other place as shall be agreed upon by the Underwriters and the Company, at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on the third business day after the date hereof (unless postponed in accordance with the provisions of Section 10), or at such earlier or later time, but in any case not later than ten (10) business days after such date as shall be agreed upon by the Underwriters and the Company (such time and date of payment and delivery being herein called “Closing Time”).
Payment shall be made to the Company by wire transfer of immediately available funds to a bank account designated by the Company, against delivery to the Underwriters for the respective accounts of the Underwriters of the Securities to be purchased by them. It is understood that each Underwriter has authorized the Representative, for its account, to accept delivery of, receipt for, and make payment of the Purchase Price for, the Securities that it has agreed to purchase. RBC, individually and not as a representative of the Underwriters, may (but shall not be obligated to) make payment of the Purchase Price for the Securities to be purchased by any Underwriter whose funds have not been received by the Closing Time, but such payment shall not relieve such Underwriter from its obligations hereunder.
The Company agrees with each Underwriter as follows:
(a)Expenses. The Company will pay all expenses incident to the performance of its obligations under this Agreement, including (i) the preparation, printing and filing of the Registration Statement (including financial statements and exhibits) as originally filed and of each amendment thereto, (ii) the preparation, printing and delivery to the Underwriters of this Agreement, any agreement among Underwriters and such other documents as may be required in connection with the offering, purchase, sale, issuance or delivery of the Securities, the Indenture and such other documents as may be required in connection therewith, (iii) the preparation, issuance and delivery of the certificates for the Securities, if any, to the Underwriters, including any stock or other transfer taxes and any stamp or other duties payable upon the sale, issuance or delivery of the Securities to the Underwriters, (iv) the fees and disbursements of the Company’s counsel, accountants and other advisers, (v) the printing and delivery to the Underwriters of copies of the Prospectus and any amendments or supplements thereto, (vi) the fees and expenses of any transfer agent or registrar for the Securities and of the Trustee, (vii) the filing fees incident to the
review by FINRA of the terms of the sale of the Securities, and (viii) the transportation, lodging, graphics and other expenses of the Company and its officers related to the preparation for and participation by the Company and its officers in the road show.
(b)Termination of Agreement. If this Agreement is terminated by the Underwriters in accordance with the provisions of Section 5 or Section 9(a) hereof, the Company shall reimburse, or arrange for an affiliate to reimburse, the Underwriters for all of their out-of-pocket expenses, including the reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel for the Underwriters.
The obligations of the Underwriters hereunder are subject to the accuracy of the representations and warranties of the Company contained in Section 1 hereof, in certificates of any officer of the Company delivered pursuant to the provisions hereof, to the performance by the Company of its covenants and other obligations hereunder, and to the following further conditions:
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the indemnification provisions set forth in this Section 6(a) shall not apply to any loss, damage, expense, liability or claim to the extent arising out of or based upon any untrue statement or omission or alleged untrue statement or omission made in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to the Company by any Underwriter through the Representative or its counsel expressly for use in the Registration Statement (or any amendment thereto), the Disclosure Package or the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto) or any Additional Disclosure Item, it being understood and agreed upon that the only such information furnished by any Underwriter consists of the information set forth in Section 6(f) below. Moreover, that the Company will not be liable to any Underwriter with respect to the Prospectus, the Disclosure Package or any Additional Disclosure Item to the extent that the Company shall
sustain the burden of proving that any such loss, damage, expense, liability or claim resulted from the fact that such Underwriter, in contravention of a requirement of this Agreement or applicable law, sold Securities to a person to whom such Underwriter failed to send or give, at or prior to the Closing Time, a copy of the Prospectus, as then amended or supplemented if: (i) the Company shall have previously furnished copies of the Prospectus (sufficiently in advance of the Closing Time to allow for distribution by the Closing Time) to the Underwriter and the loss, damage, expense, liability or claim against such Underwriter resulted from an untrue statement or omission of a material fact contained in or omitted from the Disclosure Package or any Additional Disclosure Item (when taken together with the Disclosure Package) which was corrected in the Prospectus prior to the Closing Time and such Prospectus was required by law to be delivered at or prior to the written confirmation of sale to such person and (ii) such failure to give or send such Prospectus by the Closing Time to the party or parties asserting such loss, damage, expense, liability or claim would have constituted a defense to the claim asserted by such person.
If the indemnification provided for in Section 6 hereof is for any reason unavailable to or insufficient to hold harmless an indemnified party in respect of any losses, liabilities, claims, damages or expenses referred to therein, then each indemnifying party shall contribute to the aggregate amount of such losses, liabilities, claims, damages and expenses incurred by such indemnified party, as incurred, (i) in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect the relative benefits
received by the Company on the one hand and the Underwriters on the other hand from the offering of the Securities pursuant to this Agreement or (ii) if the allocation provided by clause (i) is not permitted by applicable law, in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect not only the relative benefits referred to in clause (i) above but also the relative fault of the Company on the one hand and of the Underwriters on the other hand in connection with the statements or omissions which resulted in such losses, liabilities, claims, damages or expenses, as well as any other relevant equitable considerations.
The relative benefits received by the Company on the one hand and the Underwriters on the other hand in connection with the Offering of the Securities pursuant to this Agreement shall be deemed to be in the same respective proportions as the total net proceeds from the Offering of the Securities pursuant to this Agreement (before deducting expenses) received by the Company and the total underwriting discount received by the Underwriters (whether from the Company or otherwise), in each case as set forth on the cover of the Prospectus Supplement bear to the aggregate principal offering amount of the Securities as set forth on such cover.
The relative fault of the Company on the one hand and the Underwriters on the other hand shall be determined by reference to, among other things, whether any such untrue or alleged untrue statement of a material fact or omission or alleged omission to state a material fact relates to information supplied by the Company or by the Underwriters and the parties’ relative intent, knowledge, access to information and opportunity to correct or prevent such statement or omission.
The Company and the Underwriters agree that it would not be just and equitable if contribution pursuant to this Section 7 were determined by pro rata allocation (even if the Underwriters were treated as one entity for such purpose) or by any other method of allocation which does not take account of the equitable considerations referred to above in this Section 7. The aggregate amount of losses, liabilities, claims, damages and expenses incurred by an indemnified party and referred to above in this Section 7 shall be deemed to include any legal or other expenses reasonably incurred by such indemnified party in investigating, preparing or defending against any litigation, or any investigation or proceeding by any governmental agency or body, commenced or threatened, or any claim whatsoever based upon any such untrue or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission.
No Underwriter shall be required to contribute any amount in excess of the amount by which the total price at which the Securities underwritten by it and distributed to the public were offered to the public exceeds the amount of any damages which such Underwriter has otherwise been required to pay by reason of any such untrue or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission.
Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section 7, no person guilty of fraudulent misrepresentation (within the meaning of Section 11(f) of the 1933 Act) shall be entitled to contribution from any person who was not guilty of such fraudulent misrepresentation.
For purposes of this Section 7, each person, if any, who controls an Underwriter within the meaning of Section 15 of the 1933 Act or Section 20 of the 1934 Act shall have the same rights to contribution as such Underwriter, and each director and officer of the Company and each person,
if any, who controls the Company, within the meaning of Section 15 of the 1933 Act or Section 20 of the 1934 Act shall have the same rights to contribution as the Company. The Underwriters’ respective obligations to contribute pursuant to this Section 7 are several in proportion to the number of Securities set forth opposite their respective names on Schedule A hereto and not joint.
Any contribution by the Company shall be subject to the requirements and limitations of Section 17(i) of the 1940 Act and 1940 Act Release 11330.
All representations, warranties and covenants contained in this Agreement or in certificates of officers of the Company submitted pursuant hereto, shall remain operative and in full force and effect, regardless of any investigation made by or on behalf of any Underwriter, any person controlling any Underwriter or any affiliate of any Underwriter, or by or on behalf of the Company, its officers or directors or any person controlling the Company, and shall survive the acceptance of and payment for any of the Securities.
All communications hereunder shall be in writing and shall be mailed, hand delivered or telecopied and confirmed to the parties hereto as follows:
If to the Underwriters:
with a copy to:
RBC Capital Markets, LLC
200 Vesey Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10281
Attention: Scott Primrose/Transaction Management
Telephone: (212) 618-7706
Facsimile: (212) 428-6308
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
One New York Plaza
New York, NY 10004
Facsimile: (212) 859-4000
Attention: Joshua Wechsler, Esq.
If to the Company:
with a copy to:
Main Street Capital Corporation
1300 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 800
Houston, Texas 77056
Facsimile: (713) 350-6042
1900 K Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
Facsimile: (202) 261-3333
Attention: Harry S. Pangas, Esq.
Attention: Dwayne L. Hyzak
Any party hereto may change the address for receipt of communications by giving written notice to the others.
This Agreement shall each inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the Underwriters, the Company, and their respective partners and successors. Nothing expressed or mentioned in this Agreement is intended or shall be construed to give any person, firm or corporation, other than the Underwriters, the Company, and their respective successors and the controlling persons and officers and directors referred to in Sections 6 and 7 and their heirs and legal representatives, any legal or equitable right, remedy or claim under or in respect of this Agreement or any provision herein contained. This Agreement and all conditions and provisions hereof are intended to be for the sole and exclusive benefit of the Underwriters, the Company, and their respective partners and successors, and said controlling persons and officers, directors and their heirs and legal representatives, and for the benefit of no other person, firm or corporation. No purchaser of Securities from any Underwriter shall be deemed to be a successor by reason merely of such purchase.
The Company acknowledges and agrees that each of the Underwriters have acted, and are acting, solely in the capacity of an arm’s-length contractual counterparty to the Company with respect to the Offering of the Securities contemplated hereby (including in connection with determining the terms of the Offering) and not as a financial advisor or a fiduciary to, or an agent of, the Company or any other person. Additionally, the Underwriters have not advised, and are not advising, the Company or any other person as to any legal, tax, investment, accounting or regulatory matter in any jurisdiction with respect to the transactions contemplated hereby. The Company shall consult with its own advisors concerning such matters and shall be responsible for making its own independent investigation and appraisal of the transactions contemplated hereby, and the Underwriters shall have no responsibility or liability to the Company with respect thereto. Any review by the Underwriters of the Company, the transactions contemplated hereby or other matters relating to such transactions has been and will be performed solely for the benefit of the Underwriters and have not been and shall not be on behalf of the Company or any other person. It is understood that the offering price was arrived at through arm’s-length negotiations between the Underwriters and the Company, and that such price was not set or otherwise determined as a result of expert advice rendered to the Company by any Underwriter. The Company acknowledges and agrees that the Underwriters are collectively acting as an independent contractor, and any duty of the Underwriters arising out of this Agreement and the transactions completed hereby shall be contractual in nature and expressly set forth herein. Notwithstanding anything in this Agreement to the contrary, the Company acknowledges that the Underwriters may have financial interests in the success of the Offering contemplated hereby that are not limited to the difference between the price to the public and the purchase price paid to the Company by the Underwriters for the Securities.
The Company acknowledges that (i) the Underwriters’ research analysts and research departments are required to be independent from their respective investment banking divisions and are subject to certain regulations and internal policies and (ii) the Underwriters’ research analysts may hold views and make statements or investment recommendations and/or publish research reports with respect to the Company, the value of the common stock of the Company, the Securities and/or the Offering that differ from the views of their respective investment banking divisions. The Company hereby waives and releases, to the fullest extent permitted by law, any claims that it may have against the Underwriters with respect to any conflict of interest that may arise from the fact that the views expressed by the Underwriters’ independent research analysts and research departments may be different from or inconsistent with the views or advice communicated to the Company by any Underwriter’s investment banking division. The Company acknowledges that each of the Underwriters is a full service securities firm and as such, from time to time, subject to applicable securities laws, may effect transactions for its own account or the account of its customers and hold long or short positions in debt or equity securities of the companies that are the subject of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.
THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK APPLICABLE TO AGREEMENTS MADE AND TO BE PERFORMED IN SAID STATE. UNLESS OTHERWISE EXPLICITLY PROVIDED, SPECIFIED TIMES OF DAY REFER TO EASTERN TIME.
The Company and each of the Underwriters hereby submit to the jurisdiction of and venue in the federal courts located in the City of New York, New York in connection with any dispute related to this Agreement, any transaction contemplated hereby, or any other matter contemplated hereby.
The Company and each of the Underwriters hereby irrevocably waive, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any and all right to trial by jury in any legal proceeding arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby.
The Article and Section headings herein are for convenience only and shall not affect the construction hereof.
For purposes of this Section 19, a “BHC Act Affiliate” has the meaning assigned to the term “affiliate” in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 U.S.C. § 1841(k). “Covered Entity” means any of the following: (i) a “covered entity” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 252.82(b); (ii) a “covered bank” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 47.3(b); or (iii) a “covered FSI” as that term is defined in, and interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. § 382.2(b). “Default Right” has the meaning assigned to that term in, and shall be interpreted in accordance with, 12 C.F.R. §§ 252.81, 47.2 or 382.1, as applicable. “U.S. Special Resolution Regime” means each of (i) the Federal Deposit Insurance Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder and (ii) Title II of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the regulations promulgated thereunder.
If the foregoing is in accordance with your understanding of our agreement, please sign and return to us a counterpart hereof, whereupon this instrument, along with all counterparts, will become a binding agreement among the Company and the Underwriters and in accordance with its terms.
Very truly yours,
Main Street Capital Corporation
By: /s/ Dwayne L. Hyzak
Name: Dwayne L. Hyzak
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Confirmed and Accepted,
as of the date first above written:
RBC Capital Markets, LLC
By: /s Saurabh Monga
Name: Saurabh Monga
Title: Managing Director
Each for itself and on behalf of the other
Underwriters named on Schedule A hereto.
(Signature Page to Underwriting Agreement)
Name of Underwriter
|1.||Final Term Sheet dated September 28, 2021, substantially in the form attached hereto as Annex I, containing the terms of the Securities, to be filed with the Commission on September 28, 2021 pursuant to Rule 433.|
|2.||Pricing Press Release dated September 28, 2021.|
|3.||“Investor Presentation: Second Quarter 2021” filed with the Commission on August 9, 2021 pursuant to Rule 433.|
|4.||“Debt Capital Markets Presentation: Second Quarter 2021” filed with the Commission on August 9, 2021 pursuant to Rule 433.|