Stockholders Agreement, dated September 21, 2020, between Packaging Finance Limited and Pactiv Evergreen Inc
dated as of
September 21, 2020
PACTIV EVERGREEN INC.
PACKAGING FINANCE LIMITED
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Other Definitional and Interpretative Provisions
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|CORPORATE GOVERNANCE|| |
Composition of the Board
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|CERTAIN COVENANTS AND AGREEMENTS|| |
Matters requiring approval.
Intended Tax-Free Treatment
Right to provide investment oversight for certain pension plans
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Binding Effect; Assignability; Benefit
Term; Waiver; Amendment
Fees and Expenses
WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL
|Exhibit A||Joinder Agreement|
This STOCKHOLDERS AGREEMENT (as the same may be amended from time to time in accordance with its terms, the Agreement) is entered into as of September 21, 2020, by and among Pactiv Evergreen Inc., a Delaware corporation (the Company or PTVE), and Packaging Finance Limited, a company incorporated pursuant to the laws of New Zealand (PFL).
W I T N E S S E T H:
WHEREAS, the Company is currently contemplating an underwritten initial public offering (the IPO) of shares of its Common Stock;
WHEREAS, in connection with, and effective upon, the completion of the IPO (such date of completion, the IPO Date) of the Company, the Company and the Stockholder (as defined in Section 1.01 hereof) wish to set forth certain understandings between such parties, including with respect to certain governance matters; and
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the covenants and agreements contained herein, the parties hereto agree as follows:
Section 1.01. Definitions. (a) As used in this Agreement, the following terms have the following meanings:
Affiliate means, with respect to any Person, any other Person directly or indirectly controlling, controlled by or under common control with such Person; provided that no security holder of the Company shall be deemed an Affiliate of the Company or any other security holder of the Company solely by reason of any investment in the Company or the existence or exercise of any rights or obligations under this Agreement or the Company Securities held by such security holder. For the purpose of this definition, the term control (including, with correlative meanings, the terms controlling, controlled by and under common control with), as used with respect to any Person, means the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of such Person, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by contract or otherwise.
Aggregate Ownership means, with respect to any Stockholder or group of Stockholders, the total number of Shares (as determined on a Common Equivalents basis) Beneficially Owned (as defined below) (without duplication) by such Stockholder or group of Stockholders as of the date of such calculation. For these purposes, a Stockholder and any of its Permitted Assigns who have become a Stockholder under this Agreement by joinder shall be regarded as a group of Stockholders.
Beneficially Own has the meaning set forth in Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Exchange Act.
Board means the board of directors of the Company.
Business Day means any day except a Saturday, Sunday or other day on which commercial banks in New York City are authorized by law to close.
Charter means the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Company, as the same may be amended from time to time.
Common Equivalents means (i) with respect to Common Stock, the number of Shares, (ii) with respect to any Company Securities that are convertible into or exchangeable for Common Stock, the number of Shares issuable in respect of the conversion or exchange of such securities into Common Stock.
Common Stock means the common stock, par value $0.001 per share, of the Company and any other security into which such Common Stock may hereafter be converted or changed.
Company Securities means (i) the Common Stock and (ii) securities that entitle the holder to vote in the election of directors to the Board that are convertible into or exchangeable for Common Stock.
Director means any director of the Company from time to time.
Equity Interests means any Common Stock, Common Equivalents or other securities treated as equity for tax purposes, options, warrants, rights, convertible debt, or any other instrument or security that affords any Person the right, whether conditional or otherwise, to acquire Common Stock or to be paid an amount determined by reference to the value of Common Stock.
Exchange means Nasdaq Global Select Market or such other stock exchange or securities market on which the Shares are listed.
Exchange Act means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.
Governing Documents means the Charter, as amended or modified from time to time, and the amended and restated by-laws of the Company, as amended or modified from time to time.
Independent Director means an independent director as such term is used in the listing requirements of the Exchange.
Intended Tax-Free Treatment means (i) the qualification of certain distributions of the interests of Reynolds Consumer Products Inc. to PFL (the RCPI Distributions) as tax-free to the Company, PFL, and Reynolds Group Holdings Inc. (RGHI) under Sections 368(a)(1)(D) and 355 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code) and (ii) the qualification of certain distributions of the interests of Graham Packaging Company Inc. to PFL (the GPC Distributions) as tax-free to the Company, PFL and RGHI under Section 355 of the Code.
Necessary Action means, with respect to a specified result, all actions (to the extent such actions are permitted by law and by the Governing Documents) necessary to cause such result, including (i) voting or providing a written consent or proxy with respect to the Company Securities, (ii) causing the adoption of shareholders resolutions and amendments to the Governing Documents, (iii) causing Directors (to the extent such Directors were nominated or designated by the Person obligated to undertake the Necessary Action, and subject to any fiduciary duties that such Directors may have as Directors) to act in a certain manner or causing them to be removed in the event they do not act in such a manner, (iv) executing agreements and instruments, and (v) making, or causing to be made, with governmental, administrative or regulatory authorities, all filings, registrations or similar actions that are required to achieve such result.
Pension Plans means any defined benefit pension plans of the Company or its Subsidiaries providing retirement benefits for employees or their beneficiaries or dependents, including (i) the plan known as the Reynolds Group Pension Plan; (ii) the Pension Plan for Certain Unionized Employees of Pactiv Canada Inc.; and (iii) any associated trusts, annuity contracts or other funding arrangements of such plans.
Permitted Assigns means with respect to the Stockholder, (i) its Affiliates; (ii) any entity that is Beneficially Owned by Mr. Graeme Richard Hart (or his estate, heirs, executor, administrator or other personal representative, or any of his immediate family members or any trust, fund or other entity which is controlled by his estate, heirs or any of his immediate family members); (iii) any Affiliate of Mr. Graeme Richard Hart or any entity that is Beneficially Owned by Mr. Graeme Richard Hart (or his estate, heirs, executor, administrator or other personal representative, or any of his immediate family members or any trust, fund or other entity which is controlled by his estate, heirs or any of his immediate family members); and (iv) any other Transferee of all of the Shares held at any time by the Stockholder that is a Transferee of Shares which are Transferred other than pursuant to a widely distributed public sale; in each case that (x) owns Company Securities and (y) agrees in writing to become party to, and be bound to the terms of, this Agreement, in the form of Exhibit A hereto; provided, that upon such joinder, such Permitted Assign shall be deemed to be a Stockholder hereto for all purposes herein.
Person means an individual, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, association, trust or other entity or organization, including a government or political subdivision or an agency or instrumentality thereof.
PFL has the meaning set forth in the recitals to this Agreement and shall include its successors by merger, acquisition, reorganization or otherwise.
Shares means the outstanding shares of Common Stock.
Stockholder means PFL and its Permitted Assigns who shall then be a party to or bound by this Agreement, so long as such Person shall Beneficially Own any Company Securities.
Subsidiary means, with respect to any Person, any entity of which securities or other ownership interests having ordinary voting power to elect a majority of the board of directors or other persons performing similar functions are at the time directly or indirectly owned by such Person.
Total Number of Directors means the total number of directors comprising the Board from time to time.
Transfer (including its correlative meanings, Transferor, Transferee and Transferred) means, with respect to any security, directly or indirectly, to sell, contract to sell, give, assign, hypothecate, pledge, charge, encumber, grant a security interest in, offer, sell any option or contract to purchase, purchase any option or contract to sell, grant any option, right or warrant to purchase, lend or otherwise transfer or dispose of any economic, voting or other rights in or to such security. When used as a noun, Transfer shall have such correlative meaning as the context may require.
(b) Each of the following terms is defined in the Section set forth opposite such term:
Section 1.02. Other Definitional and Interpretative Provisions. The words hereof, herein and hereunder and words of like import used in this Agreement shall refer to this Agreement as a whole and not to any particular provision of this Agreement. The captions herein are included for convenience of reference only and shall be ignored in the construction or interpretation hereof. References to Articles, Sections and Exhibits are to Articles, Sections and Exhibits of this Agreement unless otherwise specified. All Exhibits annexed hereto or referred to herein are hereby incorporated in and made a part of this Agreement as if set forth in full herein. Any capitalized terms used in any Exhibit or Schedule, but not otherwise defined therein, shall have the meaning as defined in this Agreement. Any singular term in this Agreement shall be deemed to include the plural, and any plural term the singular. Whenever the words include, includes or including are used in this Agreement, they shall be deemed to be followed by the words without limitation, whether or not they are in fact followed by those words or words of like import. Writing, written and comparable terms refer to printing, typing and other means of reproducing words (including electronic media) in a visible form. References to any agreement or contract are to that agreement or contract as amended, modified or supplemented from time to time in accordance with the terms hereof and thereof. References to any law include all rules and regulations promulgated thereunder. References to any Person include the successors and Permitted Assigns of that Person. References from or through any date mean, unless otherwise specified, from and including or through and including, respectively.
Section 2.01. Composition of the Board. (a) The members of the Board shall be nominated and elected in accordance with the Governing Documents and the provisions of this Agreement. Effective as of the IPO Date, the Board shall be comprised of seven
Directors, which Directors shall initially be John McGrath, Allen Hugli, Michael King, Jonathan Rich, Rolf Stangl, Felicia Thornton and LeighAnne Baker. The Chairman of the Board shall initially be Jonathan Rich.
(b) From and after the date hereof, the Stockholder shall have the right, but not the obligation, to nominate a number of designees to the Board, equal to: (i) the Total Number of Directors so long as the Stockholders Aggregate Ownership of Shares (as determined on a Common Equivalents basis) continues to be at least 50% of all Shares (as determined on a Common Equivalents basis); (ii) the highest whole number that is greater than 50% of the Total Number of Directors so long as the Stockholders Aggregate Ownership of Shares (as determined on a Common Equivalents basis) continues to be at least 40% (but less than 50%) of all Shares (as determined on a Common Equivalents basis); (iii) the highest whole number that is greater than 40% of the Total Number of Directors so long as the Stockholders Aggregate Ownership of all Shares (as determined on a Common Equivalents basis) continues to be at least 30% (but less than 40%) of all Shares (as determined on a Common Equivalents basis); (iv) the highest whole number that is greater than 25% of the Total Number of Directors so long as the Stockholders Aggregate Ownership of Shares (as determined on a Common Equivalents basis) continues to be at least 20% (but less than 30%) of all Shares (as determined on a Common Equivalents basis); and (v) the highest whole number (such number always being equal to or greater than one) that is greater than 10% of the Total Number of Directors so long as the Stockholders Aggregate Ownership of Shares (as determined on a Common Equivalents basis) continues to be at least 10% (but less than 20%) of all Shares (as determined on a Common Equivalents basis). In the event that the Stockholder has nominated less than the total number of designees the Stockholder is entitled to nominate pursuant to this Section 2.01(b), the Stockholder shall have the right, at any time, to nominate such additional designees to which it is entitled, in which case the Stockholder and the Company shall take, or cause to be taken, all Necessary Action to (A) increase the size of the Board as required to enable the Stockholder to so nominate such additional designees and (B) appoint such additional designees nominated by the Stockholder to such newly created directorships. Each such individual whom the Stockholder shall designate pursuant to this Section 2.01(b) and who is thereafter elected and qualifies to serve as a Director shall be referred to herein as a Stockholder Designee.
(c) The parties hereto agree that so long as the Stockholder Designees meet the requirements for Independent Directors in accordance with the rules of the Exchange, then the Stockholder Designees shall be considered independent directors with respect to the requirements of the Exchange, as well as the Governing Documents.
(d) For so long as the Directors on the Board are divided into three classes, such Stockholder Designees shall be apportioned among such classes so as to maintain the number of Stockholder Designees in each class as nearly equal as possible. The Stockholder is hereby authorized to assign the Stockholder Designees in office to such classes in connection with the nomination pursuant to Section 2.01(b).
(e) The Company agrees, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law (including with respect to any applicable fiduciary duties under Delaware law), to take all Necessary Action to effectuate the above by; (A) including the persons designated
pursuant to this Section 2.01 in the slate of nominees recommended by the Board for election at any meeting of stockholders called for the purpose of electing Directors, (B) nominating and recommending each such individual to be elected as a Director as provided herein, (C) soliciting proxies or consents in favor thereof, and (D) without limiting the foregoing, otherwise using its reasonable best efforts to cause such nominees to be elected to the Board, including providing at least as high a level of support for the election of such nominees as it provides to any other individual standing for election as a Director.
(f) At any time the number of Directors that the Stockholder is entitled to designate pursuant to this Section 2.01 is less than the number of Stockholder Designees on the Board, the Stockholder shall cause the required number of Directors to resign from the Board or not stand for reelection on or prior to the Companys next general meeting of shareholders at which Directors of the Company are to be elected, and any vacancies resulting from such resignation shall be filled by the Board in accordance with the Governing Documents, the rules of the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (the SEC) and the rules of the Exchange then in effect.
(g) For the avoidance of doubt, the rights granted to the Stockholder to designate members of the Board are additive to, and not intended to limit in any way, the rights that the Stockholder or any of its Affiliates may have to nominate, elect or remove directors under the Governing Documents or the Delaware General Corporation Law.
Section 2.02. Removal. So long as a Stockholder is entitled to designate one or more nominees pursuant to Section 2.01 such Stockholder shall have the right to remove any such director (with or without cause), from time to time and at any time, from the Board, exercisable upon written notice to the Company, and the Company shall take all Necessary Action to cause such removal.
Section 2.03. Vacancies. In the event that a vacancy is created on the Board at any time by the death, disability, resignation or removal (whether by the Stockholder or otherwise in accordance with the Governing Documents, as either may be amended or restated from time to time) of a Stockholder Designee, the Stockholder entitled to appoint such Stockholder Designee shall be entitled to designate an individual to fill the vacancy so long as the total number of persons that will serve on the Board as designees of such Stockholders immediately following the filling of such vacancy will not exceed the total number of persons such Stockholder is entitled to designate pursuant to Section 2.01 on the date of such replacement designation. The Company and the Stockholder shall take all Necessary Action to cause such replacement designee to become a member of the Board.
Subject to the provisions of this Section 2.03, the Board may nominate additional Directors to the Board, or fill any vacancy on the Board, pursuant to the terms of the Governing Documents.
Section 2.04. Board Expenses. The Company shall pay all reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred by each Director in connection with attending regular and special meetings of the Board and any committee thereof, and any such meetings of the board of directors of any Subsidiary of the Company and any committee thereof.
Section 2.05. Board Committees. As of the IPO Date, the Board has designated each of the following committees: a Compensation Committee, a Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and an Audit Committee. For so long as the Stockholder has the right to designate one (1) Stockholder Designee pursuant to Section 2.01, the Stockholder shall have the right, but not the obligation, to designate the members of each committee of the Board pursuant to the formula outlined in Section 2.01(b) hereof; provided that the right of any Stockholder Designee to serve on a committee shall be subject to applicable Law and the Companys obligation to comply with any applicable independence requirements of the Exchange.
CERTAIN COVENANTS AND AGREEMENTS
Section 3.01. Access; Information. For so long as the Stockholders Aggregate Ownership of Shares (as determined on a Common Equivalents basis) continues to be at least 5% of Shares (as determined on a Common Equivalents basis), the Company shall, and shall cause its Subsidiaries to:
(a) permit the Stockholder, and its designated representatives, at reasonable times and upon reasonable prior notice to the Company, to review the books and records of the Company or any of such Subsidiaries and to discuss (including providing advice and direction in accordance with past practice) the affairs, finances and condition of the Company or any of such Subsidiaries with the officers of the Company or any such Subsidiary;
(b) furnish the Stockholder with such available financial and operating data and other information with respect to the business and properties of the Company and its Subsidiaries as the Stockholder may reasonably request, including without limitation the information set out in Schedule 1 and presented in the format and within such time periods as the Stockholder shall request. The Company shall permit the representatives of the Stockholder (each such representative, a Representative) to discuss the affairs, finances and accounts of the Companies and its Subsidiaries with, and to make proposals and furnish advice to, the CEO, CFO and Presidents (Senior Management);
provided, however, that the Company shall not be required to disclose any privileged information of the Company so long as the Company has used its best efforts to provide such information to the Stockholder, as applicable, without the loss of any such privilege, and notified the Stockholder that such information has not been provided.
Section 3.02. Consultation. For so long as the Stockholders Aggregate Ownership of Shares (as determined on a Common Equivalents basis) continues to be at least 5% of Shares (as determined on a Common Equivalents basis), the Stockholder shall be entitled to routinely consult with and advise Senior Management with respect to the Companys business and financial matters, including managements proposed annual operating plans, and, upon request, members of Senior Management will meet regularly (on a quarterly basis) during each year with the Representatives at the Companys and/or its Subsidiaries head office facility (or such other locations as the Company may designate) at mutually agreeable times for such consultation and advice, including to review progress in achieving said plans. The Company agrees to give due consideration to the advice given and any proposals made by the Stockholder.
Section 3.03. Confidentiality. (a) The Stockholder agrees that Confidential Information furnished and to be furnished to it has been and may in the future be made available in connection with the Stockholders investment in the Company. The Stockholder agrees that it shall use, and that it shall cause any Person to whom Confidential Information is disclosed pursuant to clause (i) below to use, the Confidential Information only in connection with its investment in the Company and not for any other purpose (including to disadvantage competitively the Company, any of its Affiliates or any other Stockholder). The Stockholder further acknowledges and agrees that it shall not disclose any Confidential Information to any Person, except that Confidential Information may be disclosed:
(i) to such Stockholders Representatives in the normal course of the performance of their duties or to any financial institution providing credit to such Stockholder;
(ii) such information becomes known to the public through no fault of such Stockholder;
(iii) to any Person to whom such Stockholder is contemplating a Transfer of its Company Securities; provided, that such Transfer would not be in violation of the provisions of this Agreement and such potential Transferee is advised of the confidential nature of such information and agrees to be bound by a confidentiality agreement consistent with the provisions hereof;
(iv) to the extent required by applicable law, rule or regulation (including complying with any oral or written questions, interrogatories, requests for information or documents, subpoena, civil investigative demand or similar process to which a Stockholder is subject; provided that such Stockholder agrees to give the Company prompt notice of such request(s), to the extent practicable, so that the Company may seek an appropriate protective order or similar relief (and the Stockholder shall cooperate with such efforts by the Company, and shall in any event make only the minimum disclosure required by such law, rule or regulation));
(v) such information was available or becomes available to such Stockholder before, on or after the date hereof, without restriction, from a source (other than the Company) without any breach of duty to the Company;
(vi) to any regulatory authority to which the Stockholder or any of its Affiliates is subject; provided that such authority is advised of the confidential nature of such information;
(vii) to the extent related to the tax treatment and tax structure of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and in connection with the IPO (including all materials of any kind, such as opinions or other tax analyses that the Company, its Affiliates or its Representatives have provided to such
Stockholder relating to such tax treatment and tax structure); provided that the foregoing does not constitute an authorization to disclose the identity of any existing or future party to the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and in connection with the IPO or their Affiliates or Representatives, or, except to the extent relating to such tax structure or tax treatment, any specific pricing terms or commercial or financial information;
(viii) to the extent required for the Stockholder to comply with tax or financial reporting requirements or audit of financial statements;
(ix) to the extent required in connection with the Stockholders insurance policies; or
(x) if the prior written consent of the Board shall have been obtained.
Nothing contained herein shall prevent the use (subject, to the extent possible, to a protective order) of Confidential Information in connection with the assertion or defense of any claim by or against the Company or any Stockholder.
(b) Confidential Information means any information concerning the Company or any Persons that are or become its Subsidiaries (including trade secrets, pricing data, employee information, customer information, cost information, supplier information, financial and tax matters, third-party contract terms, inventions, know-how, processes, methods, models, technical information, schedules, code, ideas, concepts, data, software and business plans (regardless of whether such information is identified as confidential)) or the financial condition, business, operations or prospects of the Company or any such Persons in the possession of or furnished to any Stockholder (including by virtue of its present or former right to designate a director of the Company); provided that the term Confidential Information does not include information that (i) is or becomes generally available to the public other than as a result of a disclosure by a Stockholder or its directors, officers, employees, stockholders, members, partners, agents, counsel, investment advisers or other representatives (all such persons being collectively referred to as Representatives) in violation of this Agreement, (ii) was available to such Stockholder on a non-confidential basis prior to its disclosure to such Stockholder or its Representatives by the Company, (iii) becomes available to such Stockholder on a non-confidential basis from a source other than the Company after the disclosure of such information to such Stockholder or its Representatives by the Company, which source is (at the time of receipt of the relevant information) not, to the best of such Stockholders knowledge, bound by a confidentiality agreement with (or other confidentiality obligation to) the Company or another Person or (iv) is independently developed by such Stockholder without violating any confidentiality agreement with, or other obligation of secrecy to, the Company.
Section 3.04. Conflicting Agreements. The Company and the Stockholder represents and agrees that it shall not grant any proxy or enter into or agree to be bound by any voting trust or agreement with respect to the Company Securities, or enter into any agreement or arrangement of any kind with any Person with respect to any Company Securities, in each case that is inconsistent with the provisions of this Agreement or for the purpose or with the effect of denying or reducing the rights of any other Stockholder under this Agreement.
Section 3.05. Corporate Opportunities. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the Company, on behalf of itself and its Subsidiaries, waives and renounces any right, interest or expectancy of the Company and/or its Subsidiaries in, or in being offered an opportunity to participate in, business opportunities that are from time to time presented to or business opportunities of which the Stockholder or any of its officers, directors, agents, shareholders, members, partners, Affiliates and Subsidiaries (other than the Company and its Subsidiaries) (each, a Specified Party) gain knowledge, even if the opportunity is competitive with the business of the Company or its Subsidiaries or one that the Company or its Subsidiaries might reasonably be deemed to have pursued or had the ability or desire to pursue if granted the opportunity to do so and each such Specified Party shall have no duty (statutory, fiduciary, contractual or otherwise) to communicate or offer such business opportunity to the Company and, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, shall not be liable to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries for breach of any statutory, fiduciary, contractual or other duty, as a director or otherwise, by reason of the fact that such Specified Party pursues or acquires such business opportunity, directs such business opportunity to another person or fails to present or communicate such business opportunity, or information regarding such business opportunity, to the Company or its Subsidiaries. Notwithstanding anything in this Section 3.05 to the contrary, a Specified Party who is a director of the Company and who is offered a business opportunity for the Company or its Subsidiaries in his or her capacity solely as a director of the Company (a Directed Opportunity) shall be obligated to communicate such Directed Opportunity to the Company; provided, however, that all of the protections of this Section 3.05 shall otherwise apply to the Specified Parties with respect to such Directed Opportunity, including the ability of the Specified Parties to pursue or acquire such Directed Opportunity, directly or indirectly, or to direct such Directed Opportunity to another person.
Section 3.06. Matters requiring approval. (a) For so long as the Stockholders Aggregate Ownership of Shares (as determined on a Common Equivalents basis) continues to be at least 40 % of Shares (as determined on a Common Equivalents basis), the Company shall not, and shall (to the extent applicable) cause each of its Subsidiaries not to, without the Stockholders prior written consent (which consent may be withheld or conditioned as the Stockholder may determine in its absolute discretion) take any of the following significant actions:
(i) a change in size of the board of directors of the Company;
(ii) the incurrence of indebtedness for borrowed money, in a single transaction or a series of related transactions, aggregating to more than $50 million, except for (x) debt under a revolving credit facility that has previously been approved or is in existence on the date of this Agreement (with no increase in maximum availability) or (y) intercompany indebtedness;
(iii) the issuance of additional shares of any class of the Companys capital stock or equity securities, exceeding $50 million in any single issuance or an aggregate amount of $100 million during a calendar year (other than any award under any stockholder approved equity compensation plan or intracompany issuance among the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries);
(iv) other than in the ordinary course of business with vendors, customers and suppliers, acquisition of equity interests or assets of any other entity, or any business, properties, assets or entities, exceeding $50 million in any single transaction or $100 million in the aggregate in any series of transactions during a calendar year;
(v) other than in the ordinary course of business with vendors, customers and suppliers, disposition of any of the Companys or its subsidiaries assets or equity interests, exceeding $50 million in any single transaction or $100 million in the aggregate in any series of transactions during a calendar year;
(vi) hiring or terminating the Companys Chief Executive Officer or its Chief Financial Officer or designating any new Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial Officer; or
(vii) make a single or series of related capital expenditures in excess of $25 million in any calendar year.
(b) To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the Company shall not publish, send to holders of Common Stock or file or furnish to the SEC, any Exchange or any governmental authority, any press releases concerning the business, results of operations or financial condition of the Company (including earnings releases), reports, notices, proxy or information statements, registration statements or prospectuses (collectively, Company Public Documents) or any other information prepared by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries for release to financial analysts or investors without the prior written consent of the Stockholder. The Company shall consult with the Stockholder on the preparation of any such Company Public Document or other information and provide the Stockholder with a reasonable opportunity to review and comment on any such Company Public Documents or other information.
Section 3.07. Intended Tax-Free Treatment. The Company agrees not to take any of the following actions without the prior written consent of the Stockholder:
(a) The Company shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, take or fail to take any action (i) that is inconsistent with the information and representations furnished by the Company (or its predecessor, Reynolds Group Holdings Limited) to Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (Tax Counsel) in connection with the opinions delivered as to certain aspects of the Intended Tax-Free Treatment (the Tax Opinions), or (ii) which prevents or could reasonably be expected to result in tax treatment that is inconsistent with the Intended Tax-Free Treatment.
(b) For the one-year period following each of the RCPI Distributions and the GPC Distributions, the Company shall not, and shall not permit (i) any of its Subsidiaries, (ii) any officer or director of the Company or its Subsidiaries, or (iii) any Person with the implicit or explicit permission of the Company or any Person described in clauses (i) or (ii), to enter into any discussions or other communications with any underwriter or investment bank relating to any secondary offering of Equity Interests of the Company.
(c) During the two-year period following each of the RCPI Distributions and the GPC Distributions:
(i) The Company shall (I) continue, independently and with its separate employees, the active conduct of its business for purposes of Section 355(b)(2) of the Code and (II) not engage in any transaction that would result in it ceasing to be a company engaged in its business for purposes of Section 355(b)(2) of the Code, taking into account Section 355(b)(3) of the Code for purposes of each of clauses (I) and (II);
(ii) The Company shall not repurchase its Common Stock in a manner contrary to the requirements of Section 4.05(1)(b) of IRS Revenue Procedure 96-30 (as in effect prior to the amendment of such Revenue Procedure by IRS Revenue Procedure 2003-48) or inconsistent with any representations made by the Company to Tax Counsel in connection with the Tax Opinions;
(iii) The Company shall not, and shall not agree to, merge, consolidate, amalgamate or otherwise participate in an acquisition transaction with any other Person (other than a merger in which the Company is the surviving entity and in connection with which no Equity Interest is issued by any Person);
(iv) The Company shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, or agree to, sell or otherwise issue to any Person any Equity Interests of the Company or its Subsidiaries (other than sales or issuances of Equity Interests of a Subsidiary to another Subsidiary); provided, however, that (I) the Company may issue its Common Stock in one or more primary public offerings not to exceed, in the aggregate, 45% of the then-outstanding Common Stock, (II) the Company may issue Equity Interests to the extent such issuances satisfy Safe Harbor VIII (relating to acquisitions in connection with a persons performance of services) or Safe Harbor IX (relating to acquisitions by a retirement plan of an employer) of Treasury Regulations Section 1.355-7(d) and (III) the Company may issue Equity Interests not otherwise described in clauses (I) or (II) hereof to the extent such issuances do not exceed, in the aggregate, 1% of the Common Stock then outstanding;
(v) The Company shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to (I) solicit any Person to make a tender offer for, or otherwise acquire or sell, Equity Interests of the Company, (II) participate in or support any unsolicited tender offer for, or other acquisition, issuance or disposition of, Equity Interests of the Company, or (III) approve or otherwise permit any proposed business combination or any acquisition of the Company;
(vi) The Company shall not, and shall not permit any of its Subsidiaries to, amend its certificate of incorporation (or other organizational documents), or take any other action, whether through a stockholder vote or
otherwise, affecting the voting rights of Equity Interests of the Company (including, without limitation, through the conversion of one class of Equity Interests into another class of equity interests of the Company).
Section 3.08. Right to provide investment oversight for certain pension plans. For so long as the Stockholders Aggregate Ownership of Shares (as determined on a Common Equivalents basis) continues to be at least 40% of Shares (as determined on a Common Equivalents basis):
(a) the Stockholder shall be entitled to: (i) provide investment oversight of the assets of the Pension Plans (including asset management, selection of appropriate asset types and asset allocation and selection of investment managers) in accordance with the terms of the Companys Pension Plan Investment Committee Charter, as adopted by the Company with effect from IPO Date; and (ii) nominate or remove, all members of the Companys Pension Plan Investment Committee from time to time, by notice in writing to the Company.
(b) The Company (i) shall appoint all persons nominated by the Stockholder to be members of the Companys Pension Plan Investment Committee from time to time, and no other person; (ii) remove any person from the Companys Pension Plan Investment Committee, as directed by the Stockholder in writing from time to time; and (ii) shall not amend, vary or terminate the Pension Plan Investment Committee Charter, without the prior written consent of the Stockholder (which consent may be withheld or conditioned as the Stockholder may determine in its absolute discretion).
Section 4.01. Binding Effect; Assignability; Benefit. (a) Except as otherwise provided herein, this Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the parties hereto and with respect to the Stockholder, those of its Permitted Assigns (i) to whom the Stockholder has assigned or transferred all or part of this Agreement; or (ii) in respect of whom, the Stockholder has added as a party to this Agreement, by notice in writing to the Company. Any Stockholder that ceases to Beneficially Own any Company Securities shall cease to be bound by the terms hereof (other than Sections 3.03, 4.02, 4.05, 4.06, 4.07, 4.08, 4.10 and 4.11).
(b) Neither the Company nor the Stockholder shall assign or transfer all or any part of this Agreement without the prior written consent of the other parties hereto; provided, however, that the Stockholder shall be entitled to (i) assign, in whole or in part, to any of its Permitted Assigns or (ii) add any of its Permitted Assigns as a party to this Agreement; in each case without such prior written consent. Any such Permitted Assignee that shall become a party to this Agreement shall (unless already bound hereby) execute and deliver to the Company an agreement to be bound by this Agreement in the form of Exhibit A hereto and shall thenceforth be a Stockholder.
(c) Nothing in this Agreement, expressed or implied, is intended to confer on any Person other than the parties hereto, and in the case of the Stockholder, any of its Permitted Assigns, and, in the case of the Company, any of its permitted assigns, any rights, remedies, obligations or liabilities under or by reason of this Agreement.
Section 4.02. Notices. All notices, requests and other communications to any party shall be in writing and shall be delivered in person, mailed by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, or sent by email transmission so long as receipt of such email is requested and received:
if to the Company to:
1900 W. Field Court
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
Attention: Steve Karl, General Counsel
if to the Stockholder, to:
c/o Rank Group Limited
Floor 9, 148 Quay Street
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
Attention: Helen Golding, Group Legal Counsel
with a copy to:
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
450 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Attention: Byron B. Rooney
Fax: (212) 701-5800
All notices, requests and other communications shall be deemed received on the date of receipt by the recipient thereof if received prior to 5:00 p.m. in the place of receipt and such day is a Business Day in the place of receipt. Otherwise, any such notice, request or communication shall be deemed not to have been received until the next succeeding Business Day in the place of receipt.
Any Permitted Assignee that becomes a Stockholder shall provide its address, fax number and email address to the Company.
Section 4.03. Term; Waiver; Amendment. (a) This Agreement shall terminate as it relates to a Stockholder on the earlier to occur of: (i) such Stockholder ceases to Beneficially Own any Company Securities, and (ii) upon the delivery of a written notice by such Stockholder to the Company requesting that this Agreement terminate as it relates to such Stockholder (in each case, other than Sections 3.03, 4.02, 4.05, 4.06, 4.07, 4.08, 4.10 and 4.11).
(b) this Agreement may be amended, waived or otherwise modified only by a written instrument executed by the parties hereto. In addition, any party may waive any provision of this Agreement with respect to itself by an instrument in writing executed by the party against whom the waiver is to be effective. Except as provided in the preceding sentences, no action taken pursuant to this Agreement, including any investigation by or on behalf of any party, will be deemed to constitute a waiver by the party taking such action of compliance with any covenants or agreements contained herein. The waiver by any party hereto of a breach of any provision of this Agreement will not operate or be construed as a waiver of any subsequent breach.
Section 4.04. Fees and Expenses. All costs and expenses incurred in connection with the preparation of this Agreement, or any amendment or waiver hereof, and the transactions contemplated hereby shall be paid by the party incurring such costs or expenses.
Section 4.05. Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, without regard to the conflicts of laws rules of such state.
Section 4.06. Jurisdiction. The parties hereto agree that any suit, action or proceeding seeking to enforce any provision of, or based on any matter arising out of or in connection with, this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby shall be brought in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York or any New York State court sitting in New York City, so long as one of such courts shall have subject matter jurisdiction over such suit, action or proceeding, and that any case of action arising out of this Agreement shall be deemed to have arisen from a transaction of business in the State of New York, and each of the parties hereby irrevocably consents to the jurisdiction of such courts (and of the appropriate appellate courts therefrom) in any such suit, action or proceeding and irrevocably waives, to the fullest extent permitted by law, any objection that it may now or hereafter have to the laying of the venue of any such suit, action or proceeding in any such court or that any such suit, action or proceeding which is brought in any such court has been brought in an inconvenient forum. Process in any such suit, action or proceeding may be served on any party anywhere in the world, whether within or without the jurisdiction of any such court. Without limiting the foregoing, each party agrees that service of process on such party as provided in Section 4.02 shall be deemed effective service of process on such party.
Section 4.07. WAIVER OF JURY TRIAL. 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.
Section 4.08. Specific Enforcement. Each party hereto acknowledges that the remedies at law of the other parties for a breach or threatened breach of this Agreement would be inadequate and, in recognition of this fact, any party to this Agreement, without posting any bond, and in addition to all other remedies that may be available, shall be entitled to obtain equitable relief in the form of specific performance, a temporary restraining order, a temporary or permanent injunction or any other equitable remedy that may then be available.
Section 4.09. Counterparts; Effectiveness. This Agreement may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original, with the same effect as if the signatures thereto and hereto were upon the same instrument. This Agreement shall become effective upon completion of the IPO on the IPO Date; provided, that this Agreement shall be of no force and effect prior to the completion of the IPO. Until and unless each party has received a counterpart hereof signed by the other party hereto, this Agreement shall have no effect and no party shall have any right or obligation hereunder (whether by virtue of any other oral or written agreement or other communication).
Section 4.10. Entire Agreement. This Agreement sets forth the entire understanding of the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof. There are no agreements, representations, warranties, covenants or undertakings with respect to the subject matter hereof other than those expressly set forth herein. This Agreement supersedes all other prior agreements and understandings between the parties with respect to such subject matter; provided, however, nothing in this Agreement shall supersede any other agreement or understanding entered into in connection with the IPO.
Section 4.11. Severability. If any term, provision, covenant or restriction of this Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction or other authority to be invalid, void or unenforceable, the remainder of the terms, provisions, covenants and restrictions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect and shall in no way be affected, impaired or invalidated so long as the economic or legal substance of the transactions contemplated hereby is not affected in any manner materially adverse to any party. Upon such a determination, the parties shall negotiate in good faith to modify this Agreement so as to effect the original intent of the parties as closely as possible in an acceptable manner so that the transactions contemplated hereby be consummated as originally contemplated to the fullest extent possible.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be duly executed by their respective authorized officers as of the day and year first above written.
|PACTIV EVERGREEN INC.|
/s/ Steven Karl
|Name: Steven Karl|
|Title: Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel|
|PACKAGING FINANCE LIMITED|
/s/ Helen Golding
|Name: Helen Golding|
Schedule 1 Information
|1.||Monthly actuals uploaded to Rank Group Limiteds instance of Hyperion||n/a||At level 5 in Hyperion by Business Day 8 of the month following the applicable month|
|2.||Monthly flash report for Revenue and EBITDA adjusted, by business and in aggregate||Substantially similar to historic reports prepared for the Company||Business Day 5 of the month following the applicable month with an update Business Day 7 as necessary|
|3.||Monthly working capital flash report||Substantially similar to historic reports prepared for the Company||Business Day 5 of the month following the applicable month with an update Business Day 7 as necessary|
|4.||Monthly business review presentations||Substantially similar to historic reports prepared for the Company||Business Day 11 of the month following the applicable month|
|5.||Monthly Treasury report||In a format to be agreed||Business Day 9 of the month following the applicable month|
|6.||Monthly CAPEX report||Substantially similar to historic reports prepared for the Company||Business Day 11 of the month following the applicable month|
|7.||18 month rolling forecast profit and loss, balance sheet and cash-flow uploaded to Rank Group Limiteds instance of Hyperion||n/a||Business Day 9 of the month following the applicable month|
|8.||13 week cash forecast and reconciliation to the 18 month cash-flow forecast as per item 7 above||Substantially similar to historic reports prepared for the Company||Thursday of the week following|
|9.||Monthly internal audit report submission, including a summary of all EthicsPoint cases, and fraud and theft reports||Standard PTVE group monthly internal audit reporting and detailed proven fraud reporting templates.||Business Day 5 of the month following the applicable month|
|10.||Quarterly Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) submission||As specified in the PTVE groups ERM framework document||Business Day 10 following the end of each quarter|
|11.||Internal audit reports as published by the Companys internal audit function||Standard PTVE group internal audit report format||Within 5 days of report finalised|
Quarterly and annual financial reporting
- Copies of all consolidated financial statements
- Copy of all Accounting Papers
- Copy of the CFO paper
|Standard PTVE group format||At the same time as delivered to the external auditors|
|13.||Copies of major CAPEX in excess of $2 million and post CAPEX audits in respect of such CAPEX||Standard PTVE group format||Upon PTVE group CEO approval|
JOINDER TO STOCKHOLDERS AGREEMENT
This Joinder Agreement (this Joinder Agreement) is made as of the date written below by the undersigned (the Joining Party) in accordance with the Stockholders Agreement dated as of September 21, 2020 (as amended, amended and restated or otherwise modified from time to time, the Stockholders Agreement), as the same may be amended from time to time. Capitalized terms used, but not defined, herein shall have the meaning ascribed to such terms in the Stockholders Agreement.
[Where a Permitted Assignee is added as a party by the Stockholder under s4.01(a)(ii)] [The Stockholder hereby notifies the Company that the Joining Party owns Company Securities and is hereby added as a party to the Stockholders Agreement.]
The Joining Party hereby acknowledges, agrees and confirms that, by its execution of this Joinder Agreement, the Joining Party shall be deemed to be a party to the Stockholders Agreement as of the date hereof and shall have all of the rights and obligations of a Stockholder thereunder as if it had executed the Stockholders Agreement. The Joining Party hereby ratifies, as of the date hereof, and agrees to be bound by, all of the terms, provisions and conditions contained in the Stockholders Agreement.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned has executed this Joinder Agreement as of the date written below.
|[NAME OF JOINING PARTY]|
|Address for Notices:|
|[NAME OF STOCKHOLDER]|
PACTIV EVERGREEN INC.