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Exhibit 4.3

Execution Version

Pentair Finance S.A.

U.S. $373,026,000 5.000% Notes due 2021

 

 

Exchange and Registration Rights Agreement

December 18, 2012

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith

Incorporated

Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc.

PNC Capital Markets LLC

U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc.

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

c/o J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

383 Madison Avenue

New York, New York 10179

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

388 Greenwich Street

New York, New York 10013

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

60 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith

Incorporated

One Bryant Park

New York, New York 10036

Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc.

1633 Broadway, 29th Floor

New York, NY 10019

PNC Capital Markets LLC

P3-P3PP-5-2

225 Fifth Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15222


U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc.

214 N. Tryon Street, 26th Floor

Charlotte, NC 28202

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

550 South Tryon Street

5th Floor

Charlotte, NC 28202

Pentair Finance S.A., a Luxembourg public limited liability company (société anonyme) having its registered office at 26, Boulevard Royal C-2449 Luxembourg and registered with the Luxembourg trade and companies register under number B 166305 (the “Company”), proposes to issue, pursuant to an exchange offer upon the terms set forth in the Dealer Manager Agreement (as defined below), $373,026,000 principal amount of its 5.000% Notes due 2021, which are guaranteed as to the payment of principal, premium, if any, and interest by Pentair Ltd., a corporation limited by shares (Aktiengesellschaft) organized under the laws of Switzerland (the “Guarantor”). In satisfaction of the Company’s and the Guarantor’s representations and covenants to the Dealer Managers under the Amended and Restated Dealer Manager Agreement, dated as of November 19, 2012 (the “Dealer Manager Agreement”), by and among the Company, the Guarantor and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc., PNC Capital Markets LLC, U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc. and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as Dealer Managers (the “Dealer Managers”) and in satisfaction of a condition to the obligations of the Dealer Managers thereunder, the Company and the Guarantor agree with the Dealer Managers for the benefit of holders (as defined herein) from time to time of the Registrable Securities (as defined herein) as follows:

1. Certain Definitions. For purposes of this Exchange and Registration Rights Agreement (this “Agreement”), the following terms shall have the following respective meanings:

“Base Interest” shall mean the interest that would otherwise accrue on the Securities under the terms thereof and the Indenture, without giving effect to the provisions of this Agreement.

The term “broker-dealer” shall mean any broker or dealer registered with the Commission under the Exchange Act.

“Business Day” shall have the meaning set forth in Rule 13e-4(a)(3) promulgated by the Commission under the Exchange Act, as the same may be amended or succeeded from time to time.

Closing Date” shall mean the date on which the Securities are initially issued.

 

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“Commission” shall mean the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, or any other federal agency at the time administering the Exchange Act or the Securities Act, whichever is the relevant statute for the particular purpose.

“Dealer Manager Agreement” shall have the meaning set forth in the preamble.

“Dealer Managers” shall mean have the meaning set forth in the preamble.

“EDGAR System” means the EDGAR filing system of the Commission and the rules and regulations pertaining thereto promulgated by the Commission in Regulation S-T under the Securities Act and the Exchange Act, in each case as the same may be amended or succeeded from time to time (and without regard to format).

“Effective Time,” in the case of (i) an Exchange Registration, shall mean the time and date as of which the Commission declares the Exchange Registration Statement effective or as of which the Exchange Registration Statement otherwise becomes effective and, (ii) a Shelf Registration, shall mean the time and date as of which the Commission declares the Shelf Registration Statement effective or as of which the Shelf Registration Statement otherwise becomes effective.

“Electing Holder” shall mean any holder of Registrable Securities that has returned a completed and signed Notice and Questionnaire to the Company in accordance with Section 3(d)(ii) or Section 3(d)(iii) and the instructions set forth in the Notice and Questionnaire.

“Exchange Act” shall mean the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated by the Commission thereunder, as the same may be amended or succeeded from time to time.

“Exchange Offer” shall have the meaning assigned thereto in Section 2(a).

“Exchange Registration” shall have the meaning assigned thereto in Section 3(c).

“Exchange Registration Statement” shall have the meaning assigned thereto in Section 2(a).

“Exchange Securities” shall have the meaning assigned thereto in Section 2(a).

The term “holder” shall mean each person who acquires Securities from time to time (including any successors or assigns), for so long as any such person owns any Securities.

“Indenture” shall mean the Indenture, dated as of September 24, 2012, among the Company, the Guarantor and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as trustee, as the same may be amended and supplemented from time to time.

 

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“Notice and Questionnaire” means a Notice of Registration Statement and Selling Securityholder Questionnaire substantially in the form of Exhibit A hereto, with such changes thereto as the Company may reasonably determine.

The term “person” shall mean a corporation, limited liability company, association, partnership, organization, business, individual, government or political subdivision thereof or governmental agency.

“Registrable Securities” shall mean the Securities; provided, however, that a Security shall cease to be a Registrable Security upon the earliest to occur of the following: (i) in the circumstances contemplated by Section 2(a), the Security has been exchanged for an Exchange Security in an Exchange Offer as contemplated in Section 2(a) (provided that any Exchange Security that, pursuant to the last two sentences of Section 2(a), is included in a prospectus for use in connection with resales by broker-dealers shall be deemed to be a Registrable Security with respect to Sections 5, 6 and 9 until resale of such Registrable Security has been effected within the Resale Period); (ii) in the circumstances contemplated by Section 2(b), a Shelf Registration Statement registering such Security under the Securities Act has been declared or becomes effective and such Security has been sold or otherwise transferred by the holder thereof pursuant to and in a manner contemplated by such effective Shelf Registration Statement; (iii) subject to Section 8(b), such Security is actually sold by the holder thereof pursuant to Rule 144 under circumstances in which any legend borne by such Security relating to restrictions on transferability thereof, under the Securities Act or otherwise, is removed by the Company or pursuant to the Indenture; or (iv) such Security shall cease to be outstanding.

“Registration Default” shall have the meaning assigned thereto in Section 2(c).

“Registration Default Period” shall have the meaning assigned thereto in Section 2(c).

“Registration Expenses” shall have the meaning assigned thereto in Section 4.

“Resale Period” shall have the meaning assigned thereto in Section 2(a).

“Restricted Holder” shall mean (i) a holder that is an affiliate of the Company or the Guarantor within the meaning of Rule 405, (ii) a holder who acquires Exchange Securities outside the ordinary course of such holder’s business, (iii) a holder who has arrangements or understandings with any person to participate in the Exchange Offer for the purpose of distributing Exchange Securities and (iv) a holder that is a broker-dealer, but only with respect to Exchange Securities received by such broker-dealer pursuant to an Exchange Offer in exchange for Registrable Securities acquired by the broker-dealer directly from the Company.

“Rule 144”, “Rule 405”, “Rule 415”, “Rule 424”, “Rule 430B” and “Rule 433” shall mean, in each case, such rule promulgated by the Commission under the Securities Act (or any successor provision), as the same may be amended or succeeded from time to time.

 

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“Securities” shall mean the $373,026,000 principal amount of 5.000% Notes due 2021 of the Company to be issued in the exchange offer pursuant to the Dealer Manager Agreement, and securities issued in exchange therefor or in lieu thereof pursuant to the Indenture. Each Security is entitled to the benefit of the guarantee provided for in the Indenture (the “Guarantee”), on the terms and to the extent set forth therein, and, unless the context otherwise requires, any reference herein to a “Security,” an “Exchange Security” or a “Registrable Security” shall include a reference to the related Guarantee.

“Securities Act” shall mean the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated by the Commission thereunder, as the same may be amended or succeeded from time to time.

September Notes Exchange Registration Statement” shall mean the registration statement providing registration for the exchange offer of the Company’s 1.875% Notes due 2017 and 3.150% Notes due 2022 pursuant to the Exchange and Registration Rights Agreement, dated September 24, 2012, among Tyco Flow Control International Finance, S.A. (k/n/a Pentair Finance S.A.), Pentair Ltd. and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc., as representatives of the several Purchasers named in Schedule I thereto.

“September Notes Shelf Registration Statement” shall mean any registration statement providing for the registration of Company’s 1.875% Notes due 2017 and 3.150% Notes due 2022 under the Securities Act, other than a September Notes Exchange Registration Statement.

“Shelf Registration” shall have the meaning assigned thereto in Section 2(b).

“Shelf Registration Statement” shall have the meaning assigned thereto in Section 2(b).

“Special Interest” shall have the meaning assigned thereto in Section 2(c).

“Suspension Period” shall have the meaning assigned thereto in Section 2(b).

“Trust Indenture Act” shall mean the Trust Indenture Act of 1939, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated by the Commission thereunder, as the same may be amended or succeeded from time to time.

“Trustee” shall mean Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as trustee under the Indenture, together with any successors thereto in such capacity.

Unless the context otherwise requires, any reference herein to a “Section” or “clause” refers to a Section or clause, as the case may be, of this Agreement, and the words “herein,” “hereof” and “hereunder” and other words of similar import refer to this Agreement as a whole and not to any particular Section or other subdivision.

 

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2. Registration Under the Securities Act.

(a) Except as set forth in Section 2(b) below, the Company and the Guarantor agree to use their commercially reasonable efforts to file under the Securities Act, by the earlier of (1) 180 days after the Closing Date and (2) the date on which a September Notes Exchange Registration Statement is filed with the Commission, a registration statement relating to an offer to exchange (such registration statement, the “Exchange Registration Statement”, and such offer, the “Exchange Offer”) any and all of the Securities for a like aggregate principal amount of debt securities issued by the Company and (subject to the terms of the Indenture) guaranteed by the Guarantor, which debt securities and guarantee are substantially identical to the Securities and the related Guarantee, respectively (and are entitled to the benefits of the Indenture), except that they have been registered pursuant to an effective registration statement under the Securities Act, and do not contain provisions for Special Interest contemplated in Section 2(c) below (such new debt securities hereinafter called “Exchange Securities”). The Company and the Guarantor agree to use all commercially reasonable efforts to cause the Exchange Registration Statement to become effective under the Securities Act by the earlier of (1) 365 days after the Closing Date and (2) the date on which the September Notes Exchange Registration Statement is declared effective by the Commission. The Exchange Offer will be registered under the Securities Act on the appropriate form and will comply with all applicable tender offer rules and regulations under the Exchange Act. Unless the Exchange Offer would not be permitted by applicable law or Commission policy, the Company and the Guarantor further agree to use all commercially reasonable efforts to (i) commence the Exchange Offer promptly (but no later than 10 Business Days) following the Effective Time of such Exchange Registration Statement, (ii) hold the Exchange Offer open for at least 20 Business Days in accordance with Regulation 14E promulgated by the Commission under the Exchange Act and (iii) exchange Exchange Securities for all Registrable Securities that have been properly tendered and not withdrawn promptly following the expiration of the Exchange Offer. The Exchange Offer will be deemed to have been “completed” only (i) if the debt securities and any related guarantee received by holders other than Restricted Holders in the Exchange Offer for Registrable Securities are, upon receipt, transferable by each such holder without restriction under the Securities Act and the Exchange Act and without material restrictions under the blue sky or securities laws of a substantial majority of the States of the United States of America and (ii) upon the Company having exchanged, pursuant to the Exchange Offer, Exchange Securities for all Registrable Securities that have been properly tendered and not withdrawn before the expiration of the Exchange Offer, which shall be on a date that is at least 20 and not more than 30 Business Days following the commencement of the Exchange Offer. The Company and the Guarantor agree (x) to include in the Exchange Registration Statement a prospectus for use in any resales by any holder of Exchange Securities that is a broker-dealer and (y) to keep such Exchange Registration Statement effective for a period (the “Resale Period”) beginning when Exchange Securities are first issued in the Exchange Offer and ending upon the earlier of the expiration of the 180th day after the Exchange Offer has been completed or such time as such broker-dealers no longer own any Registrable Securities. With respect to such Exchange Registration Statement, such holders shall have the benefit of the rights of indemnification and contribution set forth in Subsections 6(a), (c), (d) and (e).

 

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(b) If (i) on or prior to the time the Exchange Offer is completed existing law or Commission interpretations are changed such that the debt securities or the related guarantee received by holders other than Restricted Holders in the Exchange Offer for Registrable Securities are not or would not be, upon receipt, transferable by each such holder without restriction under the Securities Act, (ii) the Effective Time of the Exchange Registration Statement is not by the earlier of (1) 365 days after the Closing Date and (2) the date on which the September Notes Exchange Registration Statement is declared effective by the Commission, and the Exchange Offer has not been completed within 30 Business Days of the Effective Time of the Exchange Registration Statement or (iii) any holder of Registrable Securities notifies the Company prior to the 20th Business Day following the completion of the Exchange Offer that: (A) it is prohibited by law or Commission policy from participating in the Exchange Offer, (B) it may not resell the Exchange Securities to the public without delivering a prospectus and the prospectus supplement contained in the Exchange Registration Statement is not appropriate or available for such resales or (C) it is a broker-dealer and owns Securities acquired directly from the Company or an affiliate of the Company, then the Company and the Guarantor shall, in lieu of (or, in the case of clause (iii), in addition to) conducting the Exchange Offer contemplated by Section 2(a), use its commercially reasonable efforts to file under the Securities Act no later than 30 days after the time such obligation to file arises (but only on or after the earlier of (1) 90 days after the Closing Date and (2) the date on which any September Notes Shelf Registration Statement is filed with the Commission), a “shelf” registration statement providing for the registration of, and the sale on a continuous or delayed basis by the holders of, all of the Registrable Securities, pursuant to Rule 415 or any similar rule that may be adopted by the Commission (such filing, the “Shelf Registration” and such registration statement, the “Shelf Registration Statement”). The Company and the Guarantor agree to use all commercially reasonable efforts to cause the Shelf Registration Statement to become or be declared effective no later than 90 days after such Shelf Registration Statement filing obligation arises (but only on or after the earlier of (1) 180 days after the Closing Date and (2) the date on which the September Notes Shelf Registration Statement becomes effective); provided, that if at any time the Company and the Guarantor are or become “well-known seasoned issuers” (as defined in Rule 405) and are eligible to file an “automatic shelf registration statement” (as defined in Rule 405), then the Company and the Guarantor shall file the Shelf Registration Statement in the form of an automatic shelf registration statement as provided in Rule 405. The Company and the Guarantor agree to use all commercially reasonable efforts to keep such Shelf Registration Statement continuously effective until the earlier of such time as there are no longer any Registrable Securities outstanding or 365 days following the Effective Time. No holder shall be entitled to be named as a selling securityholder in the Shelf Registration Statement or to use the prospectus forming a part thereof for resales of Registrable Securities unless such holder is an Electing Holder. The Company and the Guarantor agree, after the Effective Time of the Shelf Registration Statement and promptly upon the request of any holder of Registrable Securities that is not then an Electing Holder, to use all commercially reasonable efforts to enable such holder to use the prospectus forming a part thereof for resales of Registrable Securities, including, without limitation,

 

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any action necessary to identify such holder as a selling securityholder in the Shelf Registration Statement (whether by post-effective amendment thereto or by filing a prospectus pursuant to Rules 430B and 424(b) under the Securities Act identifying such holder); provided, however, that nothing in this sentence shall (A) relieve any such holder of the obligation to return a properly completed and signed Notice and Questionnaire to the Company in accordance with Section 3(d)(iii) hereof or (B) require the Company and Guarantor to file more than one post-effective amendment to the Shelf Registration Statement in any 30-day period. The Company and the Guarantor further agree to supplement or make amendments to the Shelf Registration Statement, as and when required by the rules, regulations or instructions applicable to the registration form used by the Company and the Guarantor for such Shelf Registration Statement or by the Securities Act or rules and regulations thereunder for shelf registration, and the Company agrees to furnish, or cause to be furnished, to each Electing Holder copies of any such supplement or amendment prior to its being used or promptly following its filing with the Commission. The Company’s and the Guarantor’s obligation to file a Shelf Registration Statement under clause (i) of this Section 2(b), to cause such Shelf Registration Statement to become and remain effective and to comply with its other undertakings in this Section 2(b) in connection with such Shelf Registration Statement shall terminate upon the completion of the Exchange Offer pursuant to Section 2(a).

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Company and the Guarantor may suspend the availability of any Shelf Registration Statement or, following the consummation of the Exchange Offer, the Exchange Registration Statement (x) if such action is required by applicable law or is taken by the Company or Guarantor in good faith and for valid business reasons (not including avoidance of the Company’s and Guarantor’s obligations hereunder), including the acquisition or divestiture of assets, or (y) with respect to a Shelf Registration Statement required to be filed solely due to the condition set forth in Section 2(b)(ii) hereof, if such action occurs following the consummation of the Exchange Offer. Any period during which the Shelf Registration Statement or Exchange Registration Statement is unavailable in connection with resales of Registrable Securities or Exchange Securities, respectively, except as permitted by clause (y) of this paragraph, is referred to herein as a “Suspension Period”.

(c) In the event that (i) the Company and the Guarantor have not filed the Exchange Registration Statement or the Shelf Registration Statement on or before the date on which such registration statement is required to be filed pursuant to Section 2(a) or Section 2(b), respectively, or (ii) such Exchange Registration Statement or Shelf Registration Statement has not become effective or been declared effective by the Commission on or before the date on which such registration statement is required to become or be declared effective pursuant to Section 2(a) or Section 2(b), respectively, or (iii) the Exchange Offer has not been completed within 30 Business Days after the Effective Time of the Exchange Registration Statement relating to the Exchange Offer (if the Exchange Offer is then required to be made) or (iv) any Exchange Registration Statement or Shelf Registration Statement required by Section 2(a) or Section 2(b) is filed and declared or becomes effective but shall thereafter either be withdrawn by the Company and the Guarantor or shall become subject to an effective stop order issued

 

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pursuant to Section 8(d) of the Securities Act suspending the effectiveness of such registration statement (except as specifically permitted herein including with respect to any Shelf Registration Statement during any applicable Suspension Period in accordance with the second paragraph of Section 2(b)) without being succeeded immediately by an additional registration statement filed and declared or otherwise becoming effective or (v) one or more Suspension Periods remain in effect for an aggregate of more than 60 days in any consecutive twelve-month period (each such event referred to in clauses (i) through (v), a “Registration Default” and each period during which a Registration Default has occurred and is continuing, a “Registration Default Period”), then, as liquidated damages for such Registration Default, subject to the provisions of Section 9(b), special interest (“Special Interest”), in addition to the Base Interest, shall accrue on all Registrable Securities during the Registration Default Period (but only with respect to one Registration Default at any particular time) until such time as all Registration Defaults have been cured at a per annum rate of 0.25% for the first 90 days of any Registration Default Period (aggregating, for such purpose, the length of such Registration Default Periods with all subsequent Registration Default Periods), and at a per annum rate of 0.50% thereafter until such time as no Registration Default exists, regardless of the number of Registration Defaults that shall have occurred and be continuing.

(d) The Company and the Guarantor shall take all actions reasonably necessary or advisable to be taken by them to ensure that the transactions contemplated herein are effected as so contemplated, including all actions necessary or desirable to register the Guarantee under the registration statement contemplated in Section 2(a) or 2(b) hereof, as applicable.

(e) Any reference herein to a registration statement or prospectus as of any time shall be deemed to include any document incorporated, or deemed to be incorporated, therein by reference as of such time; and any reference herein to any post-effective amendment to a registration statement or to any prospectus supplement as of any time shall be deemed to include any document incorporated, or deemed to be incorporated, therein by reference as of such time.

3. Registration Procedures.

If the Company and the Guarantor file a registration statement pursuant to Section 2(a) or Section 2(b), the following provisions shall apply:

(a) At or before the Effective Time of the Exchange Registration or any Shelf Registration, whichever may occur first, the Company and the Guarantor shall qualify the Indenture under the Trust Indenture Act.

(b) In the event that such qualification would require the appointment of a new trustee under the Indenture, Company and the Guarantor shall appoint a new trustee thereunder pursuant to the applicable provisions of the Indenture.

 

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(c) In connection with the Company’s and the Guarantor’s obligations with respect to the registration of Exchange Securities as contemplated by Section 2(a) (the “Exchange Registration”), if applicable, the Company and the Guarantor shall:

(i) prepare and file with the Commission, by the earlier of (1) 180 days after the Closing Date and (2) the date on which a September Notes Exchange Registration Statement is filed with the Commission, an Exchange Registration Statement on any form which may be utilized by the Company and the Guarantor and which shall permit the Exchange Offer and resales of Exchange Securities by broker-dealers during the Resale Period to be effected as contemplated by Section 2(a), and use all commercially reasonable efforts to cause such Exchange Registration Statement to become effective by the earlier of (1) 365 days after the Closing Date and (2) the date on which the September Notes Exchange Registration Statement is declared effective by the Commission;

(ii) as soon as practicable prepare and file with the Commission such amendments and supplements to such Exchange Registration Statement and the prospectus included therein as may be necessary to effect and maintain the effectiveness of such Exchange Registration Statement for the periods and purposes contemplated in Section 2(a) and as may be required by the applicable rules and regulations of the Commission and the instructions applicable to the form of such Exchange Registration Statement, and promptly provide each broker-dealer holding Exchange Securities with such number of copies of the prospectus included therein (as then amended or supplemented), in conformity in all material respects with the requirements of the Securities Act and the Trust Indenture Act, as such broker-dealer reasonably may request prior to the expiration of the Resale Period, for use in connection with resales of Exchange Securities;

(iii) promptly notify each broker-dealer that has requested or received copies of the prospectus included in such Exchange Registration Statement, and confirm such advice in writing, (A) when such Exchange Registration Statement or the prospectus included therein or any prospectus amendment or supplement or post-effective amendment has been filed, and, with respect to such Exchange Registration Statement or any post-effective amendment, when the same has become effective, (B) of any comments by the Commission and by the blue sky or securities commissioner or regulator of any state with respect thereto or any request by the Commission for amendments or supplements to such Exchange Registration Statement or prospectus or for additional information, (C) of the issuance by the Commission of any stop order suspending the effectiveness of such Exchange Registration Statement or the initiation or threatening of any proceedings for that purpose, (D) if at any time the representations and warranties of the Company contemplated by Section 5 cease to be true and correct in all material respects, (E) of the receipt by the Company and the Guarantor of any notification with respect to the suspension of the qualification of the Exchange Securities for sale in any jurisdiction or the initiation or threatening of any proceeding for such purpose, (F) the occurrence of

 

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any event that causes the Company or the Guarantor to become an “ineligible issuer” as defined in Rule 405, or (G) if at any time during the Resale Period when a prospectus is required to be delivered under the Securities Act, that such Exchange Registration Statement, prospectus, prospectus amendment or supplement or post-effective amendment does not conform in all material respects to the applicable requirements of the Securities Act and the Trust Indenture Act or contains an 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 in light of the circumstances then existing;

(iv) in the event that the Company and the Guarantor would be required, pursuant to Section 3(c)(iii)(G), to notify any broker-dealers holding Exchange Securities (except during any Suspension Period not constituting a Registration Default), use their commercially reasonable efforts to promptly prepare and furnish, or cause to be furnished, to each such holder a reasonable number of copies of a prospectus supplemented or amended so that, as thereafter delivered to purchasers of such Exchange Securities during the Resale Period, such prospectus shall conform in all material respects to the applicable requirements of the Securities Act and the Trust Indenture Act and shall not contain an 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 in light of the circumstances then existing;

(v) use all commercially reasonable efforts to obtain the withdrawal of any order suspending the effectiveness of such Exchange Registration Statement or any post-effective amendment thereto at the earliest practicable date;

(vi) use all commercially reasonable efforts to (A) register or qualify the Exchange Securities under the securities laws or blue sky laws of such jurisdictions as are contemplated by Section 2(a) no later than the commencement of the Exchange Offer, to the extent required by such laws, (B) keep such registrations or qualifications in effect and comply with such laws so as to permit the continuance of offers, sales and dealings therein in such jurisdictions until the expiration of the Resale Period, (C) take any and all other actions as may be reasonably necessary or advisable to enable each broker-dealer holding Exchange Securities to consummate the disposition thereof in such jurisdictions and (D) obtain the consent or approval of each governmental agency or authority, whether federal, state or local, which may be required to effect the Exchange Registration, the Exchange Offer and the offering and sale of Exchange Securities by broker-dealers during the Resale Period; provided, however, that neither the Company nor the Guarantor shall be required for any such purpose to (1) qualify as a foreign corporation or other entity or as a dealer in securities in any jurisdiction wherein it would not otherwise be required to qualify but for the requirements of this Section 3(c)(vi) or (2) consent to general service of process in any such jurisdiction or become subject to taxation in any such jurisdiction;

 

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(vii) obtain a CUSIP number for each series of Exchange Securities, not later than the applicable Effective Time; and

(viii) comply in all material respects with all applicable rules and regulations of the Commission, and make generally available to its securityholders no later than eighteen months after the Effective Time of such Exchange Registration Statement, “earning statements” of the Company and its subsidiaries and of the Guarantor and its subsidiaries complying with Section 11(a) of the Securities Act (including, at the option of the Company, Rule 158 thereunder).

(d) In connection with the Company’s and the Guarantor’s obligations with respect to the Shelf Registration, if applicable, the Company and the Guarantor shall:

(i) use its commercially reasonable efforts to prepare and file with the Commission, within the time periods specified in Section 2(b), a Shelf Registration Statement on any form which may be utilized by the Company and the Guarantor and which shall register all of the Registrable Securities for resale by the holders thereof in accordance with such method or methods of disposition as may be specified by the holders of Registrable Securities as, from time to time, may be Electing Holders and use all commercially reasonable efforts to cause such Shelf Registration Statement to become effective within the time periods specified in Section 2(b);

(ii) mail the Notice and Questionnaire to the holders of Registrable Securities (A) not less than 30 days prior to the anticipated Effective Time of the Shelf Registration Statement or (B) in the case of an “automatic shelf registration statement” (as defined in Rule 405), mail the Notice and Questionnaire to the holders of Registrable Securities not later than the Effective Time of such Shelf Registration Statement, and in any such case no holder shall be entitled to be named as a selling securityholder in the Shelf Registration Statement, and no holder shall be entitled to use the prospectus forming a part thereof for resales of Registrable Securities at any time, unless and until such holder has returned a completed and signed Notice and Questionnaire to the Company by the deadline for response set forth therein;

(iii) after the Effective Time of the Shelf Registration Statement, upon the request of any holder of Registrable Securities that is not then an Electing Holder, promptly send a Notice and Questionnaire to such holder; provided that the Company and the Guarantor shall not be required to (A) take any action to name such holder as a selling securityholder in the Shelf Registration Statement or to enable such holder to use the prospectus forming a part thereof for resales of Registrable Securities until such holder has returned a completed and signed Notice and Questionnaire to the Company and (B) nothing in this clause (iii) shall require the Company or the Guarantor to file a post-effective amendment to the Shelf Registration Statement more than once in any 30-day period;

 

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(iv) as soon as practicable prepare and file with the Commission such amendments and supplements to such Shelf Registration Statement and the prospectus included therein as may be necessary to effect and maintain the effectiveness of such Shelf Registration Statement for the period specified in Section 2(b) and as may be required by the applicable rules and regulations of the Commission and the instructions applicable to the form of such Shelf Registration Statement, and furnish, or cause to be furnished, to the Electing Holders copies of any such supplement or amendment simultaneously with or prior to its being used or filed with the Commission to the extent such documents are not publicly available on the Commission’s EDGAR System;

(v) comply in all material respects with the provisions of the Securities Act with respect to the disposition of all of the Registrable Securities covered by such Shelf Registration Statement in accordance with the intended methods of disposition by the Electing Holders provided for in such Shelf Registration Statement;

(vi) provide (A) the Electing Holders, (B) the underwriters (which term, for purposes of this Exchange and Registration Rights Agreement, shall include a person deemed to be an underwriter within the meaning of Section 2(a)(11) of the Securities Act), if any, thereof, (C) any sales or placement agent therefor, (D) counsel for any such underwriter or agent and (E) and not more than one counsel for all the Electing Holders the opportunity to participate in the preparation of such Shelf Registration Statement, each prospectus included therein or filed with the Commission and each amendment or supplement thereto;

(vii) for a reasonable period prior to the filing of such Shelf Registration Statement, and throughout the period specified in Section 2(b), make available at reasonable times at the Company’s principal place of business or such other reasonable place for inspection by the persons referred to in Section 3(d)(vi) who shall certify to the Company that they have a current intention to sell the Registrable Securities pursuant to the Shelf Registration such financial and other information and books and records of the Company and the Guarantor, and use their commercially reasonable efforts to cause the officers, employees, counsel and independent certified public accountants of the Company and the Guarantor to respond to such inquiries, as shall be reasonably necessary (and, in the case of counsel, not violate an attorney-client privilege, in such counsel’s reasonable belief), in the judgment of the respective counsel referred to in Section 3(d)(vi), to conduct a reasonable investigation within the meaning of Section 11 of the Securities Act; provided, however, that the foregoing inspection and information gathering on behalf of the Electing Holders shall be conducted by one counsel designated by the holders of at least a majority in aggregate principal amount of the Registrable Securities held by the Electing Holders at the time outstanding, and provided further that each such party shall be required (pursuant to an agreement in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Company) to maintain in confidence and not to

 

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disclose to any other person any information or records reasonably designated by the Company as being confidential, until such time as (A) such information becomes a matter of public record (whether by virtue of its inclusion in such Shelf Registration Statement or otherwise except as a result of a breach of this or any other obligation of confidentiality to the Company or the Guarantor known to such party), or (B) such person shall be required so to disclose such information pursuant to a subpoena or order of any court or other governmental agency or body having jurisdiction over the matter (subject to the requirements of such order, and only after such person shall have given the Company prompt prior written notice of such requirement), or (C) such information is required to be set forth in such Shelf Registration Statement or the prospectus included therein or in an amendment to such Shelf Registration Statement or an amendment or supplement to such prospectus in order that such Shelf Registration Statement, prospectus, amendment or supplement, as the case may be, complies with applicable requirements of the federal securities laws and the rules and regulations of the Commission and does not contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state therein a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading in light of the circumstances then existing;

(viii) promptly notify each of the Electing Holders and confirm such advice in writing, (A) when such Shelf Registration Statement or the prospectus included therein or any prospectus amendment or supplement or post-effective amendment has been filed, and, with respect to such Shelf Registration Statement or any post-effective amendment, when the same has become effective, (B) of any comments by the Commission and by the blue sky or securities commissioner or regulator of any state with respect thereto or any request by the Commission for amendments or supplements to such Shelf Registration Statement or prospectus or for additional information, (C) of the issuance by the Commission of any stop order suspending the effectiveness of such Shelf Registration Statement or the initiation or threatening of any proceedings for that purpose, (D) if at any time the representations and warranties of the Company and the Guarantor set forth in Section 5 cease to be true and correct in all material respects, (E) of the receipt by the Company or the Guarantor of any notification with respect to the suspension of the qualification of the Registrable Securities for sale in any jurisdiction or the initiation or threatening of any proceeding for such purpose, (F) the occurrence of any event that causes the Company or the Guarantor to become an “ineligible issuer” as defined in Rule 405, or (G) if at any time when a prospectus is required to be delivered under the Securities Act, that such Shelf Registration Statement, prospectus, prospectus amendment or supplement or post-effective amendment does not conform in all material respects to the applicable requirements of the Securities Act and the Trust Indenture Act or contains an 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 in light of the circumstances then existing;

 

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(ix) use all commercially reasonable efforts to obtain the withdrawal of any order suspending the effectiveness of such Shelf Registration Statement or any post-effective amendment thereto at the earliest practicable date;

(x) if requested by any Electing Holder, promptly incorporate in a prospectus supplement or post-effective amendment such information as is required by the applicable rules and regulations of the Commission and as such Electing Holder specifies should be included therein relating to the terms of the sale of such Registrable Securities, including information with respect to the principal amount of Registrable Securities being sold by such Electing Holder, the name and description of such Electing Holder, the offering price of such Registrable Securities and any discount, commission or other compensation payable in respect thereof and with respect to any other terms of the offering of the Registrable Securities to be sold by such Electing Holder; and make all required filings of such prospectus supplement or post-effective amendment promptly after notification of the matters to be incorporated in such prospectus supplement or post-effective amendment;

(xi) furnish, or cause to be furnished, to each Electing Holder and the counsel referred to in Section 3(d)(vi) a copy of such Shelf Registration Statement, each such amendment and supplement thereto (in each case including all exhibits thereto (in the case of an Electing Holder of Registrable Securities, upon request in writing) and documents incorporated by reference therein) and such number of copies of such Shelf Registration Statement (excluding exhibits thereto and documents incorporated by reference therein unless specifically so requested by such Electing Holder) and of the prospectus included in such Shelf Registration Statement (including each preliminary prospectus and any summary prospectus), in conformity in all material respects with the applicable requirements of the Securities Act and the Trust Indenture Act to the extent such documents are not available through the Commission’s EDGAR System, and such other documents as such Electing Holder may reasonably request in writing in order to facilitate the offering and disposition of the Registrable Securities owned by such Electing Holder and to permit such Electing Holder to satisfy the prospectus delivery requirements of the Securities Act; and subject to Section 3(e), the Company and the Guarantor hereby consent to the use of such prospectus (including such preliminary and summary prospectus) and any amendment or supplement thereto by each such Electing Holder (subject to any applicable Suspension Period imposed pursuant to Section 2(b) hereof), in each case in the form most recently provided to such person by the Company, in connection with the offering and sale of the Registrable Securities covered by the prospectus (including such preliminary and summary prospectus) or any supplement or amendment thereto;

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any Electing Holder shall reasonably request in writing, (B) keep such registrations or qualifications in effect and comply with such laws so as to permit the continuance of offers, sales and dealings therein in such jurisdictions during the period the Shelf Registration Statement is required to remain effective under Section 2(b) and for so long as may be necessary to enable any such Electing Holder to complete its distribution of Registrable Securities pursuant to such Shelf Registration Statement, (C) take any and all other actions as may be reasonably necessary or advisable to enable each such Electing Holder to consummate the disposition in such jurisdictions of such Registrable Securities and (D) obtain the consent or approval of each governmental agency or authority, whether federal, state or local, which may be required to effect the Shelf Registration or the offering or sale in connection therewith or to enable the selling holder or holders to offer, or to consummate the disposition of, their Registrable Securities; provided, however, that neither the Company nor the Guarantor shall be required for any such purpose to (1) qualify as a foreign corporation or other entity or as a dealer in securities in any jurisdiction wherein it would not otherwise be required to qualify but for the requirements of this Section 3(d)(xii) or (2) consent to general service of process in any such jurisdiction or become subject to taxation in any such jurisdiction;

(xiii) unless any Registrable Securities shall be in book-entry only form, cooperate with the Electing Holders to facilitate the timely preparation and delivery of certificates representing Registrable Securities to be sold, which certificates, if so required by any securities exchange upon which any Registrable Securities are listed, shall be printed, penned, lithographed, engraved or otherwise produced by any combination of such methods, on steel engraved borders, and which certificates shall not bear any restrictive legends;

(xiv) obtain a CUSIP number for each series of Registrable Securities, not later than the applicable Effective Time;

(xv) whether or not any portion of the offering contemplated by the Shelf Registration is an underwritten offering or is made through a placement or sales agent or any other entity, but subject to Section 7 hereof with respect to any underwritten offering, (A) make such representations and warranties to any Electing Holder, placement agent or underwriter in form, substance and scope as are customarily made to such persons in connection with an offering of debt securities pursuant to any appropriate agreement or to a registration statement filed on the form applicable to the Shelf Registration; (B) obtain an opinion or opinions of counsel to the Company and the Guarantor, addressed to any Electing Holder, placement agent or underwriter that shall confirm, in customary form and covering such matters, of the type customarily covered by such an opinion to such person, as such person may reasonably request, dated the effective date of such Shelf Registration Statement (or if such Shelf Registration Statement contemplates an underwritten offering of a part or all of the Registrable Securities, dated the date of the closing under the underwriting agreement relating thereto) (it being agreed that the matters to be covered by such opinion

 

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shall include the due authorization, execution and delivery of the relevant agreement of the type referred to in the last sentence of Section 7 hereof; the due authorization, execution, authentication and issuance, and the validity and enforceability, of the Securities and the Guarantees; and the absence of governmental approvals required to be obtained in connection with the Shelf Registration, the offering and sale of the Registrable Securities, this Exchange and Registration Rights Agreement or any agreement of the type referred to in the last sentence of Section 7 hereof, except such approvals as may be required under state securities or blue sky laws; (C) obtain a letter from counsel to the Company and the Guarantor, addressed to any Electing Holder, placement agent or underwriter, to the effect that such Shelf Registration Statement appears on its face to comply as to form with the rules and regulations of the Commission relating to registration statements on such form, and, as of the date of the letter, the absence from such Shelf Registration Statement and the prospectus included therein, as then amended or supplemented (in each case other than the financial statements and other financial information contained therein) of an untrue statement of a material fact or the omission to state therein a material fact necessary to make the statements therein not misleading (in the case of any such prospectus, in the light of the circumstances existing at the time)); (D) obtain a “cold comfort” letter or letters from the independent certified public accountants of the Company and the Guarantor addressed to any Electing Holder, placement agent or underwriter, dated (i) the effective date of such Shelf Registration Statement and (ii) the effective date of any prospectus supplement to the prospectus included in such Shelf Registration Statement or post-effective amendment to such Shelf Registration Statement which includes unaudited or audited financial statements as of a date or for a period subsequent to that of the latest such statements included in such prospectus (and, if such Shelf Registration Statement contemplates an underwritten offering pursuant to any prospectus supplement to the prospectus included in such Shelf Registration Statement or post-effective amendment to such Shelf Registration Statement which includes unaudited or audited financial statements as of a date or for a period subsequent to that of the latest such statements included in such prospectus, dated the date of the closing under the underwriting agreement relating thereto), such letter or letters to be in customary form and covering such matters of the type customarily covered by letters of such type; (E) deliver such documents and certificates, including officers’ certificates, as may be reasonably requested in writing by any Electing Holder, placement agent or underwriter, provided that such Electing Holder, placement agent or underwriter shall confirm to the Company and Guarantor that Section 11 of the Securities Act provides that, in the event an action were to be brought against any such Electing Holder, placement agent or underwriter under Section 11 of the Securities Act with respect to sales of Registrable Securities, such person would have available to it, among other things, a due diligence defense under Section 11 of the Securities Act, to evidence the accuracy of the representations and warranties made pursuant to clause (A) above or those contained in Section 5(a) hereof and the compliance with or satisfaction of any agreements or conditions contained in the

 

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underwriting agreement or other agreement entered into by the Company or the Guarantor; and (F) undertake such obligations relating to expense reimbursement, indemnification and contribution as are provided in Section 6 hereof;

(xvi) notify in writing each holder of Registrable Securities of any proposal by the Company to amend or waive any provision of this Agreement pursuant to Section 9(h) and of any amendment or waiver effected pursuant thereto, each of which notices shall contain the text of the amendment or waiver proposed or effected, as the case may be; and

(xvii) comply in all material respects with all applicable rules and regulations of the Commission, and make generally available to their respective securityholders no later than eighteen months after the Effective Time of such Shelf Registration Statement an “earning statement” of each of the Company and its subsidiaries and of the Guarantor and its subsidiaries complying with Section 11(a) of the Securities Act (including, at the option of the Company and the Guarantor, Rule 158 thereunder).

(e) In the event that the Company and the Guarantor would be required, pursuant to Section 3(d)(viii)(G), to notify the Electing Holders, the Company and the Guarantor shall use their commercially reasonable efforts to promptly prepare and furnish, or cause to be furnished, to each of the Electing Holders a reasonable number of copies of a prospectus supplemented or amended so that, as thereafter delivered to purchasers of Registrable Securities, such prospectus shall conform in all material respects to the applicable requirements of the Securities Act and the Trust Indenture Act and shall not contain an 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 in light of the circumstances then existing. Each Electing Holder agrees that upon receipt of any notice from the Company and the Guarantor pursuant to Section 3(d)(viii)(G), such Electing Holder shall forthwith discontinue the disposition of Registrable Securities pursuant to the Shelf Registration Statement applicable to such Registrable Securities until such Electing Holder shall have received copies of such amended or supplemented prospectus, and if so directed by the Company and the Guarantor, such Electing Holder shall deliver to the Company (at the Company’s expense) all copies, other than permanent file copies, of the prospectus covering such Registrable Securities in such Electing Holder’s possession at the time of receipt of such notice.

(f) In the event of a Shelf Registration, in addition to the information required to be provided by each Electing Holder in its Notice and Questionnaire, the Company may require such Electing Holder to furnish to the Company such additional information regarding such Electing Holder and such Electing Holder’s intended method of distribution of Registrable Securities as may be required in order to comply with the Securities Act. Each such Electing Holder agrees to notify the Company as promptly as practicable of any inaccuracy or change in information previously furnished by such Electing Holder to the Company or of the occurrence of any event in either case as a

 

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result of which any prospectus relating to such Shelf Registration contains or would contain an untrue statement of a material fact regarding such Electing Holder or such Electing Holder’s intended method of disposition of such Registrable Securities or omits to state any material fact regarding such Electing Holder or such Electing Holder’s intended method of disposition of such Registrable Securities required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading in light of the circumstances then existing, and promptly to furnish to the Company any additional information required to correct and update any previously furnished information or required so that such prospectus shall not contain, with respect to such Electing Holder or the disposition of such Registrable Securities, an 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 in light of the circumstances then existing.

(g) Until the earlier to occur of the expiration of one year after the Closing Date or the time that the Securities are freely resaleable pursuant to Rule 144, the Company and the Guarantor will not, and will not permit any of their respective “affiliates” (as defined in Rule 144) to, resell any of the Securities that have been reacquired by any of them except pursuant to an effective registration statement, or a valid exemption from the registration requirements, under the Securities Act.

(h) As a condition to its participation in the Exchange Offer, each holder of Registrable Securities shall furnish, upon the request of the Company, a written representation to the Company (which may be contained in the letter of transmittal or “agent’s message” transmitted via The Depository Trust Company’s Automated Tender Offer Procedures, in either case contemplated by the Exchange Registration Statement) to the effect that (A) it is not an “affiliate” of the Company and the Guarantor, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act, or if it is such an “affiliate”, it will comply with the registration and prospectus delivery requirements of the Securities Act to the extent applicable, (B) it is not engaged in and does not intend to engage in, and has no arrangement or understanding with any person to participate in, a distribution of the Exchange Securities to be issued in the Exchange Offer, (C) it is acquiring the Exchange Securities in its ordinary course of business, (D) if it is a broker-dealer that holds Securities that were acquired for its own account as a result of market-making activities or other trading activities (other than Securities acquired directly from the Company or the Guarantor or any of their affiliates), it will deliver a prospectus meeting the requirements of the Securities Act in connection with any resales of the Exchange Securities received by it in the Exchange Offer, (E) if it is a broker-dealer, that it did not purchase the Securities to be exchanged in the Exchange Offer from the Company or the Guarantor or any of their affiliates, and (F) it is not acting on behalf of any person who could not truthfully and completely make the representations contained in the foregoing subclauses (A) through (E).

4. Registration Expenses.

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registration, filing and review fees and expenses including reasonable and documented fees and disbursements of one counsel for the Electing Holders in connection with such registration, filing and review (such counsel’s fees and disbursements not to exceed $100,000), (b) all fees and expenses in connection with the qualification of the Registrable Securities, the Securities and the Exchange Securities, as applicable, for offering and sale under the State securities and blue sky laws referred to in Section 3(d)(xii) and determination of their eligibility for investment under the laws of such jurisdictions as the Electing Holders may designate, including any reasonable and documented fees and disbursements of one counsel for the Electing Holders in connection with such qualification and determination (such counsel’s fees and disbursements not to exceed $25,000), (c) all expenses relating to the preparation, printing, production, distribution and reproduction of each registration statement required to be filed hereunder, each prospectus included therein or prepared for distribution pursuant hereto, each amendment or supplement to the foregoing, the expenses of preparing the Securities or Exchange Securities, as applicable, for delivery and the expenses of printing or producing any selling agreements and blue sky or legal investment memoranda and all other documents in connection with the offering, sale or delivery of Securities or Exchange Securities, as applicable, to be disposed of (including certificates representing the Securities or Exchange Securities, as applicable), (d) messenger, telephone and delivery expenses relating to the offering, sale or delivery of Securities or Exchange Securities, as applicable, and the preparation of documents referred in clause (c) above, (e) reasonable and documented fees and expenses of the Trustee under the Indenture, any agent of the Trustee and any counsel for the Trustee and of any collateral agent or custodian, (f) internal expenses (including all salaries and expenses of the Company’s and the Guarantor’s officers and employees performing legal or accounting duties), (g) reasonable fees, disbursements and expenses of counsel and independent certified public accountants of the Company and the Guarantor, (h) reasonable and documented fees, disbursements and expenses of one counsel for the Electing Holders retained in connection with a Shelf Registration, as selected by the Electing Holders of at least a majority in aggregate principal amount of the Registrable Securities held by Electing Holders (which counsel shall be reasonably satisfactory to the Company) (such counsel’s fees and disbursements not to exceed $50,000), (i) any fees charged by securities rating services for rating the Registrable Securities, the Securities or the Exchange Securities, as applicable, and (j) fees, expenses and disbursements of any other persons, including special experts, retained by the Company and the Guarantor in connection with such registration (collectively, the “Registration Expenses”). To the extent that any Registration Expenses are incurred, assumed or paid by any holder of Registrable Securities, Securities or Exchange Securities, as applicable, the Company and the Guarantor shall reimburse such person for the full amount of the Registration Expenses so incurred, assumed or paid promptly after receipt of a request therefor, which shall be accompanied by written evidence of the expenses so incurred. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the holders of the Registrable Securities being registered shall pay all agency fees and commissions and underwriting discounts and commissions, if any, and transfer taxes, if any, attributable to the sale of such Registrable Securities, Securities and Exchange Securities, as applicable, and the fees and disbursements of any counsel or other advisors or experts retained by such holders (severally or jointly), other than the counsel and experts specifically referred to above.

 

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5. Representations and Warranties.

The Company and the Guarantor, jointly and severally, represent and warrant to, and agree with, each Dealer Manager and each of the holders from time to time of Registrable Securities that:

(a) Each registration statement covering Registrable Securities, Securities or Exchange Securities, as applicable, and each prospectus (including any preliminary or summary prospectus) contained therein or furnished pursuant to Section 3(c) or Section 3(d) and any further amendments or supplements to any such registration statement or prospectus, when it becomes effective or is filed with the Commission, as the case may be, will conform in all material respects to the requirements of the Securities Act and the Trust Indenture Act and will not contain an 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; and at all times subsequent to the Effective Time when a prospectus would be required to be delivered under the Securities Act, other than from (i) such time as a notice has been given to holders of Registrable Securities pursuant to Section 3(c)(iii)(G) or Section 3(d)(viii)(G) until (ii) such time as the Company and the Guarantor furnish an amended or supplemented prospectus pursuant to Section 3(c)(iv) or Section 3(e) each such registration statement, and each prospectus (including any summary prospectus) contained therein or furnished pursuant to Section 3(c) or Section 3(d), as then amended or supplemented, will conform in all material respects to the requirements of the Securities Act and the Trust Indenture Act and will not contain an 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 in the light of the circumstances then existing; provided, however, that this representation and warranty shall not apply to any statements or omissions made in reliance upon and in conformity with information furnished in writing to the Company by a holder of Registrable Securities expressly for use therein.

(b) Any documents incorporated by reference in any prospectus referred to in Section 5(a), when they become or became effective or are or were filed with the Commission, as the case may be, will conform or conformed in all material respects to the requirements of the Securities Act or the Exchange Act, as applicable, and none of such documents will contain or contained an untrue statement of a material fact or will omit or omitted to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading; provided, however, that this representation and warranty shall not apply to any statements or omissions made in reliance upon and in conformity with information furnished in writing to the Company by a holder of Registrable Securities expressly for use therein.

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or provisions of, or constitute a default under, any indenture, mortgage, deed of trust, loan agreement or other agreement or instrument to which the Company and the Guarantor or any of their respective subsidiaries is a party or by which the Company or the Guarantor or any such subsidiary is bound or to which any of the property or assets of the Company or the Guarantor or any such subsidiary is subject, (ii) result in any violation of the provisions of the certificate of incorporation, as amended, or the by-laws or other governing documents, as applicable, of the Company or the Guarantor or (iii) result in any violation of any statute or any order, rule or regulation of any court or governmental agency or body having jurisdiction over the Company, the Guarantor or any of their respective subsidiaries or any of their respective properties except in the case of (i) and (iii) above, for any default, breach, violation or conflict which would not reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on the general affairs, management, consolidated financial condition, consolidated shareholders’ equity or consolidated results of operations of the Guarantor and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole, or which would not reasonably be expected to interfere with the ability of the Company and the Guarantor to fulfill their obligations hereunder or the ability of holders to participate in the Exchange Offer and to use the prospectus contained in the Exchange Registration Statement and Shelf Registration Statement to resell Exchange Securities and Registrable Securities, respectively, as provided for herein; and no consent, approval, authorization, order, registration or qualification of or with any such court or governmental agency or body is required for the consummation by the Company and the Guarantor of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, except (x) the registration under the Securities Act of the Registrable Securities, the Securities and the Exchange Securities, as applicable, and qualification of the Indenture under the Trust Indenture Act, (y) such consents, approvals, authorizations, registrations or qualifications as may be required under state securities or blue sky laws in connection with the offering and distribution of the Registrable Securities, the Securities and the Exchange Securities, as applicable, and (z) such consents, approvals, authorizations, registrations or qualifications that have been obtained and are in full force and effect as of the date hereof.

(d) This Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Company and by the Guarantor.

6. Indemnification and Contribution.

(a) Indemnification by the Company and the Guarantor. The Company and the Guarantor, jointly and severally, will indemnify and hold harmless each of the holders of Registrable Securities included in an Exchange Registration Statement and each of the Electing Holders as holders of Registrable Securities included in a Shelf Registration Statement against any losses, claims, damages or liabilities, joint or several, to which such holder or such Electing Holder may become subject under the Securities Act or otherwise, insofar as such losses, claims, damages or liabilities (or actions in respect thereof) arise out of or are based upon an untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in any Exchange Registration Statement or any Shelf Registration Statement, as the case may be, under which such Registrable Securities, Securities or Exchange Securities were registered under the Securities Act,

 

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or any preliminary, final or summary prospectus (including, without limitation, any “issuer free writing prospectus” as defined in Rule 433) contained therein or furnished by the Company to any such holder or any such Electing Holder, or any amendment or supplement thereto, or arise out of or are based upon the omission or alleged omission to state therein a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading, and will reimburse each such holder and each such Electing Holder for any and all legal or other expenses reasonably incurred by them in connection with investigating or defending any such action or claim as such expenses are incurred; provided, however, that neither the Company nor the Guarantor shall be liable to any such person 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 preliminary, final or summary prospectus (including, without limitation, any “issuer free writing prospectus” as defined in Rule 433), or amendment or supplement thereto, in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to the Company by such person expressly for use therein.

(b) Indemnification by the Electing Holders. The Company and the Guarantor may require, as a condition to including any Registrable Securities in any Shelf Registration Statement filed pursuant to Section 2(b), that the Company and the Guarantor shall have received an undertaking reasonably satisfactory to them from each Electing Holder of Registrable Securities included in such Shelf Registration Statement, severally and not jointly, to (i) indemnify and hold harmless the Company, the Guarantor and all other Electing Holders of Registrable Securities included in such Shelf Registration Statement against any losses, claims, damages or liabilities to which the Company, the Guarantor or such other Electing Holders may become subject, under the Securities Act or otherwise, insofar as such losses, claims, damages or liabilities (or actions in respect thereof) arise out of or are based upon an untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in such registration statement, or any preliminary, final or summary prospectus (including, without limitation, any “issuer free writing prospectus” as defined in Rule 433) contained therein or furnished by the Company and the Guarantor to any Electing Holder, or any amendment or supplement thereto, or arise out of or are based upon the omission or alleged omission to state therein a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading, in each case to the extent, but only to the extent, that such untrue statement or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged omission was made in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to the Company by such Electing Holder expressly for use therein, and (ii) reimburse the Company and the Guarantor for any legal or other expenses reasonably incurred by the Company and the Guarantor in connection with investigating or defending any such action or claim as such expenses are incurred; provided, however, that no such Electing Holder shall be required to undertake liability to any person under this Section 6(b) for any amounts in excess of the dollar amount of the proceeds to be received by such Electing Holder from the sale of such Electing Holder’s Registrable Securities pursuant to such registration.

 

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(c) Notices of Claims, Etc. Promptly after receipt by an indemnified party under subsection (a) or (b) above of written notice of the commencement of any action, such indemnified party shall, if a claim in respect thereof is to be made against an indemnifying party pursuant to the indemnification provisions of or contemplated by this Section 6, notify such indemnifying party in writing of the commencement of such action; but the omission so to notify the indemnifying party shall not relieve it from any liability which it may have to any indemnified party otherwise than under the indemnification provisions of or contemplated by Section 6(a) or Section 6(b). In case any such action shall be brought against any indemnified party and it shall notify an indemnifying party of the commencement thereof, such indemnifying party shall be entitled to participate therein and, to the extent that it shall wish, jointly with any other indemnifying party similarly notified, to assume the defense thereof, with counsel reasonably satisfactory to such indemnified party (who shall not, except with the consent of the indemnified party, be counsel to the indemnifying party), and, after notice from the indemnifying party to such indemnified party of its election so to assume the defense thereof, such indemnifying party shall not be liable to such indemnified party for any legal expenses of other counsel or any other expenses, in each case subsequently incurred by such indemnified party, in connection with the defense thereof other than reasonable costs of investigation. To the extent that an indemnifying party does not assume the defense of any such action, it is understood and agreed that the indemnifying party shall not, in connection with any proceeding or related proceeding in the same jurisdiction, be liable for the fees and expenses of more than one separate firm (in addition to any local counsel) for all indemnified parties, and that all such fees and expenses shall be reimbursed as they are incurred; provided that the fees and expenses of such separate firm or any local counsel shall be reasonable. No indemnifying party shall, without the prior written consent of the indemnified party, effect the settlement or compromise of, or consent to the entry of any judgment with respect to, any pending or threatened action or claim in respect of which indemnification or contribution may be sought hereunder (whether or not the indemnified party is an actual or potential party to such action or claim) unless such settlement, compromise or judgment (i) includes an unconditional release of the indemnified party from all liability arising out of such action or claim and (ii) does not include a statement as to, or an admission of, fault, culpability or a failure to act by or on behalf of any indemnified party.

(d) Contribution. If for any reason the indemnification provisions contemplated by Section 6(a) or Section 6(b) are unavailable to or insufficient to hold harmless an indemnified party in respect of any losses, claims, damages or liabilities (or actions in respect thereof) referred to therein, then each indemnifying party shall contribute to the amount paid or payable by such indemnified party as a result of such losses, claims, damages or liabilities (or actions in respect thereof) in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect the relative fault of the indemnifying party and the indemnified party in connection with the statements or omissions which resulted in such losses, claims, damages or liabilities (or actions in respect thereof), as well as any other relevant equitable considerations. The relative fault of such indemnifying party and indemnified party shall be determined by reference to, among other things, whether the untrue or alleged untrue statement of a material fact or omission or alleged omission to state a material fact relates to information supplied by such indemnifying party or by such indemnified party, and the parties’ relative intent, knowledge, access to information

 

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and opportunity to correct or prevent such statement or omission. The parties hereto agree that it would not be just and equitable if contributions pursuant to this Section 6(d) were determined by pro rata allocation (even if the holders 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 in this Section 6(d). The amount paid or payable by an indemnified party as a result of the losses, claims, damages, or liabilities (or actions in respect thereof) referred to above shall be deemed to include any legal or other fees or expenses reasonably incurred by such indemnified party in connection with investigating or defending any such action or claim. Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section 6(d), no Electing Holder shall be required to contribute any amount in excess of the amount by which the dollar amount of the proceeds received by such holder from the sale of any Registrable Securities (after deducting any fees, discounts and commissions applicable thereto) exceeds the amount of any damages which such holder has otherwise been required to pay by reason of such untrue or alleged untrue statement or omission or alleged 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 fraudulent misrepresentation. The holders’ obligations in this Section 6(d) to contribute shall be several in proportion to the principal amount of Registrable Securities registered by them and not joint.

(e) The obligations of the Company and the Guarantor under this Section 6 shall be in addition to any liability which the Company or the Guarantor may otherwise have and shall extend, upon the same terms and conditions, to each officer, director and partner of each holder, each Electing Holder, and each person, if any, who controls any of the foregoing within the meaning of the Securities Act; and the obligations of the holders and the Electing Holders contemplated by this Section 6 shall be in addition to any liability which the respective holder or Electing Holder may otherwise have and shall extend, upon the same terms and conditions, to each officer and director of the Company or the Guarantor (including any person who, with his consent, is named in any registration statement as about to become a director of the Company or the Guarantor) and to each person, if any, who controls the Company within the meaning of the Securities Act, as well as to each officer and director of the other holders and to each person, if any, who controls such other holders within the meaning of the Securities Act.

7. Underwritten Offerings.

Each holder of Registrable Securities hereby agrees with the Company and the Guarantor and each other such holder that no holder of Registrable Securities may participate in any underwritten offering hereunder unless (a) the Company and the Guarantor give their prior written consent to such underwritten offering, (b) the managing underwriter or underwriters thereof shall be designated Electing Holders holding at least a majority in aggregate principal amount of the Registrable Securities to be included in such offering, provided that such designated managing underwriter or underwriters is or are reasonably acceptable to the Company and the Guarantor, (c) each holder of Registrable Securities participating in such underwritten offering

 

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agrees to sell such holder’s Registrable Securities on the basis provided in any underwriting arrangements approved by the persons entitled selecting the managing underwriter or underwriters hereunder and (d) each holder of Registrable Securities participating in such underwritten offering completes and executes all questionnaires, powers of attorney, indemnities, underwriting agreements and other documents reasonably required under the terms of such underwriting arrangements. The Company and the Guarantor hereby agree with each holder of Registrable Securities that, to the extent they consent to an underwritten offering hereunder, they will negotiate in good faith and execute all indemnities, underwriting agreements and other documents reasonably required under the terms of such underwriting arrangements, including using all commercially reasonable efforts to procure customary legal opinions and auditor “comfort” letters.

8. Rule 144.

(a) Facilitation of Sales Pursuant to Rule 144. The Company and the Guarantor covenant to the holders of Registrable Securities that to the extent they shall be required to do so under the Exchange Act, the Company and the Guarantor shall timely file the reports required to be filed by them under the Exchange Act or the Securities Act (including the reports under Sections 13 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act referred to in subparagraph (c)(1) of Rule 144), and shall take such further action as any holder of Registrable Securities may reasonably request, all to the extent required from time to time to enable such holder to sell Registrable Securities without registration under the Securities Act within the limitations of the exemption provided by Rule 144. Upon the request of any holder of Registrable Securities in connection with that holder’s sale pursuant to Rule 144, the Company and the Guarantor shall deliver to such holder written statements as to whether they have complied with such requirements.

(b) Availability of Rule 144 Not Excuse for Obligations Under Section 2. The fact that holders of Registrable Securities may become eligible to sell such Registrable Securities pursuant to Rule 144 shall not (1) cause such Securities to cease to be Registrable Securities or (2) excuse the Company’s and the Guarantor’s obligations set forth in Section 2 of this Agreement, including without limitation the obligations in respect of an Exchange Offer, Shelf Registration and Special Interest.

9. Miscellaneous.

(a) No Inconsistent Agreements. The Company and the Guarantor represent, warrant, covenant and agree that they have not granted, and shall not grant, registration rights with respect to Registrable Securities, Exchange Securities or Securities, as applicable, or any other securities which would be inconsistent with the terms contained in this Agreement.

(b) Specific Performance. The parties hereto acknowledge that there would be no adequate remedy at law if the Company and the Guarantor fail to perform any of their respective obligations hereunder and that the Dealer Managers and the holders from time to time of the Registrable Securities may be irreparably harmed by any such

 

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failure, and accordingly agree that the Dealer Managers and such holders, in addition to any other remedy to which they may be entitled at law or in equity, shall be entitled to compel specific performance of the obligations of the Company and the Guarantor under this Agreement in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement, in any court of the United States or any State thereof having jurisdiction. Time shall be of the essence in this Agreement.

(c) Notices. All notices, requests, claims, demands, waivers and other communications hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given when delivered by hand, if delivered personally, by facsimile or by courier, or three days after being deposited in the mail (registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, return receipt requested) as follows: (i) if to the Company, to it at Pentair Finance S.A., c/o Pentair, Inc., 5500 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 800, Golden Valley MN 55416, (ii) if to the Guarantor, to it at Pentair Ltd., c/o Pentair, Inc., 5500 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 800, Golden Valley MN 55416; Telecopy No: 763-656-5410; Attention: Secretary and (iii) if to a holder, to the address of such holder set forth in the security register or other records of the Company, or to such other address as the Company or any such holder may have furnished to the other in writing in accordance herewith, except that notices of change of address shall be effective only upon receipt.

(d) Parties in Interest. All the terms and provisions of this Agreement shall be binding upon, shall inure to the benefit of and shall be enforceable by the parties hereto, the holders from time to time of the Registrable Securities and the respective successors and assigns of the foregoing. In the event that any transferee of any holder of Registrable Securities shall acquire Registrable Securities, in any manner, whether by gift, bequest, purchase, operation of law or otherwise, such transferee shall, without any further writing or action of any kind, be deemed a beneficiary hereof for all purposes and such Registrable Securities shall be held subject to all of the terms of this Agreement, and by taking and holding such Registrable Securities such transferee shall be entitled to receive the benefits of, and be conclusively deemed to have agreed to be bound by all of the applicable terms and provisions of this Agreement. If the Company shall so request, any such successor, assign or transferee shall agree in writing to acquire and hold the Registrable Securities subject to all of the applicable terms hereof.

(e) Survival. The respective indemnities, agreements, representations, warranties and each other provision set forth in this Agreement or made pursuant hereto shall remain in full force and effect regardless of any investigation (or statement as to the results thereof) made by or on behalf of any holder of Registrable Securities, any director, officer or partner of such holder, or any controlling person of any of the foregoing, and shall survive the consummation of the exchange pursuant to the Dealer Manager Agreement, the transfer and registration of Registrable Securities by such holder and the consummation of an Exchange Offer.

(f) Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York.

 

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(g) Headings. The descriptive headings of the several Sections and paragraphs of this Agreement are inserted for convenience only, do not constitute a part of this Agreement and shall not affect in any way the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement.

(h) Entire Agreement; Amendments. This Agreement and the other writings referred to herein (including the Indenture and the form of Securities) or delivered pursuant hereto which form a part hereof contain the entire understanding of the parties with respect to its subject matter. This Agreement supersedes all prior agreements and understandings between the parties with respect to its subject matter. This Agreement may be amended and the observance of any term of this Agreement may be waived (either generally or in a particular instance and either retroactively or prospectively) only by a written instrument duly executed by the Company and the Guarantor and the holders of at least a majority in aggregate principal amount of the Registrable Securities at the time outstanding. Each holder of any Registrable Securities at the time or thereafter outstanding shall be bound by any amendment or waiver effected pursuant to this Section 9(h), whether or not any notice, writing or marking indicating such amendment or waiver appears on such Registrable Securities or is delivered to such holder.

(i) Inspection. For so long as this Agreement shall be in effect, this Agreement and a complete list of the names and addresses of all the record holders of Registrable Securities shall be made available for inspection and copying on any Business Day by any holder of Registrable Securities for proper purposes only (which shall include any purpose related to the rights of the holders of Registrable Securities under the Securities, the Indenture and this Agreement) at the offices of the Company at the address thereof set forth in Section 9(c) and at the office of the Trustee under the Indenture.

(j) Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed by the parties in counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original, but all such respective counterparts shall together constitute one and the same instrument.

(k) Severability. If any provision of this Agreement, or the application thereof in any circumstance, is held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect for any reason, the validity, legality and enforceability of such provision in every other respect and of the remaining provisions contained in this Agreement shall not be affected or impaired thereby.

 

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If the foregoing is in accordance with your understanding, please sign and return to us four counterparts hereof, and upon the acceptance hereof by you, on behalf of each of the Dealer Managers, this letter and such acceptance hereof shall constitute a binding agreement between each of the Dealer Managers, the Company and the Guarantor.

 

Very truly yours,
Pentair Finance S.A.

By

 

/s/ Michael G. Meyer

  Name:   Michael G. Meyer
  Title:   Director

 

Pentair Ltd.

By

 

/s/ Michael G. Meyer

  Name:   Michael G. Meyer
  Title:   Vice President, Treasurer

By

 

/s/ Angela D. Lageson

  Name:   Angela D. Lageson
  Title:   Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

 

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Accepted as of the date hereof:

 

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

By:   /s/ Maria Sramek

 

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
By:   /s/ Jack D. McSpadden, Jr.

 

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.
By:   /s/ Ritu Ketkar
By:  

/s/ Ryan Montgomery

 

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated
By:   /s/ Doug Mueller

 

Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc.
By:   /s/ Brian Cogliandro

 

PNC Capital Markets LLC
By:   /s/ Valerie Shadeck

 

U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc.
By:   /s/ Stephen Philipson

 

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
By:   /s/ Carolyn Hurley

 

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Exhibit A

PENTAIR FINANCE S.A.

Société Anonyme

26, Boulevard Royal

C-2449 Luxembourg

T.C.S number B 166305

INSTRUCTION TO DTC PARTICIPANTS

(Date of Mailing)

URGENT—IMMEDIATE ATTENTION REQUESTED

DEADLINE FOR RESPONSE: [DATE]*

The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) has identified you as a DTC Participant through which beneficial interests in Pentair Finance S.A. (the “Company”) 5.000% Notes due 2021 (the “Securities”) are held.

The Company is in the process of registering the Securities under the Securities Act of 1933 for resale by the beneficial owners thereof. In order to have their Securities included in the registration statement, beneficial owners must complete and return the enclosed Notice of Registration Statement and Selling Securityholder Questionnaire.

It is important that beneficial owners of the Securities receive a copy of the enclosed materials as soon as possible as their rights to have the Securities included in the registration statement depend upon their returning the Notice and Questionnaire by [Deadline For Response]. Please forward a copy of the enclosed documents to each beneficial owner that holds interests in the Securities through you. If you require more copies of the enclosed materials or have any questions pertaining to this matter, please contact Pentair Finance S.A., c/o Pentair, Inc., 5500 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 800, Golden Valley MN 55416.

 

 

* Not less than 28 calendar days from date of mailing.

 

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PENTAIR FINANCE S.A.

Société Anonyme

26, Boulevard Royal

C-2449 Luxembourg

T.C.S number B 166305

NOTICE OF REGISTRATION STATEMENT

AND

SELLING SECURITYHOLDER QUESTIONNAIRE

(DATE)

Reference is hereby made to the Exchange and Registration Rights Agreement (the “Exchange and Registration Rights Agreement”) between Pentair Finance S.A. (the “Company”), Pentair Ltd. (the “Guarantor”) and the Dealer Managers named therein. Pursuant to the Exchange and Registration Rights Agreement, the Company has filed or will file with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) a registration statement on Form S-3 (the “Shelf Registration Statement”) for the registration and resale under Rule 415 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), of the Company’s 5.000% Notes due 2021 (the “Securities”). A copy of the Exchange and Registration Rights Agreement has been filed as an exhibit to the Shelf Registration Statement and can be obtained from the Commission’s website at www.sec.gov. All capitalized terms not otherwise defined herein shall have the meanings ascribed thereto in the Exchange and Registration Rights Agreement.

Each beneficial owner of Registrable Securities (as defined below) is entitled to have the Registrable Securities beneficially owned by it included in the Shelf Registration Statement. In order to have Registrable Securities included in the Shelf Registration Statement, this Notice of Registration Statement and Selling Securityholder Questionnaire (“Notice and Questionnaire”) must be completed, executed and delivered to the Company’s counsel at the address set forth herein for receipt ON OR BEFORE [Deadline for Response]. Beneficial owners of Registrable Securities who do not properly complete, execute and return this Notice and Questionnaire by such date (i) will not be named as selling securityholders in the Shelf Registration Statement and (ii) may not use the Prospectus forming a part thereof for resales of Registrable Securities.

Certain legal consequences arise from being named as a selling securityholder in the Shelf Registration Statement and related Prospectus. Accordingly, holders and beneficial owners of Registrable Securities are advised to consult their own securities law counsel regarding the consequences of being named or not being named as a selling securityholder in the Shelf Registration Statement and related Prospectus.

The term “Registrable Securities” is defined in the Exchange and Registration Rights Agreement.

 

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ELECTION

The undersigned holder (the “Selling Securityholder”) of Registrable Securities hereby elects to include in the Shelf Registration Statement the Registrable Securities beneficially owned by it and listed below in Item (3). The undersigned, by signing and returning this Notice and Questionnaire, agrees to be bound with respect to such Registrable Securities by the terms and conditions of this Notice and Questionnaire and the Exchange and Registration Rights Agreement, including, without limitation, Section 6 of the Exchange and Registration Rights Agreement, as if the undersigned Selling Securityholder were an original party thereto.

Pursuant to the Exchange and Registration Rights Agreement, the undersigned has agreed to indemnify and hold harmless the Company and the Guarantor, their officers who sign any Shelf Registration Statement, and each person, if any, who controls the Company within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act, against certain loses arising out of an untrue statement, or the alleged untrue statement, of a material fact in the Shelf Registration Statement or the related prospectus or the omission, or alleged omission, to state a material fact required to be stated in such Shelf Registration Statement or the related prospectus, but only to the extent such untrue statement or omission, or alleged untrue statement or omission, was made in reliance on and in conformity with the information provided in this Notice and Questionnaire.

Upon any sale of Registrable Securities pursuant to the Shelf Registration Statement, the Selling Securityholder will be required to deliver to the Company and Trustee the Notice of Transfer set forth in Appendix A to the Prospectus and as Exhibit B to the Exchange and Registration Rights Agreement.

The Selling Securityholder hereby provides the following information to the Company and the Guarantor and represents and warrants that such information is accurate and complete:

 

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QUESTIONNAIRE

 

(1)   (a)   Full legal name of Selling Securityholder:
         
  (b)   Full legal name of registered Holder (if not the same as in (a) above) of Registrable Securities listed in Item (3) below:
         
  (c)  

Full legal name of DTC Participant (if applicable and if not the same as (b) above) through which Registrable Securities listed

in Item (3) below are held:

         
(2) Address for notices to Selling Securityholder:
       
       
       
    Telephone:                                                                                                     
    Fax:                                                                                                                
    Contact Person:                                                                                              
    E-mail for Contact Person:                                                                        
(3) Beneficial Ownership of Securities:
    Except as set forth below in this Item (3), the undersigned does not beneficially own any Securities.
  (a)  

Principal amount of Registrable Securities beneficially owned:                                                                                                                            

CUSIP No(s). of such Registrable Securities:                                                                                                                                                              

  (b)   Principal amount of Securities other than Registrable Securities beneficially owned:                                                                                  
     
    CUSIP No(s). of such other Securities:                                                                                                                                                                           
  (c)  

Principal amount of Registrable Securities that the undersigned wishes to be included in the Shelf Registration Statement:         

CUSIP No(s). of such Registrable Securities to be included in the Shelf Registration Statement:                                                            

(4) Beneficial Ownership of Other Securities of the Company and the Guarantor:
   

Except as set forth below in this Item (4), the undersigned Selling Securityholder is not the beneficial or registered owner of

any other securities of the Company or the Guarantor, other than the Securities listed above in Item (3).

 

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    State any exceptions here:   
          
          
          
(5) Individuals who exercise dispositive powers with respect to the Securities:
    If the Selling Securityholder is not an entity that is required to file reports with the Commission pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (a “Reporting Company”), then the Selling Securityholder must disclose the name of the natural person(s) who exercise sole or shared dispositive powers with respect to the Securities. Selling Securityholders should disclose the beneficial holders, not nominee holders or other such others of record. In addition, the Commission has provided guidance that Rule 13d-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 should be used by analogy when determining the person or persons sharing voting and/or dispositive powers with respect to the Securities.
  (a)   Is the holder a Reporting Company?
    Yes                                                       No                                      
    If “No”, please answer Item (5)(b).   
  (b)   List below the individual or individuals who exercise dispositive powers with respect to the Securities:
          
          
          
    Please note that the names of the persons listed in (b) above will be included in the Shelf Registration Statement and related Prospectus.
(6) Relationships with the Company and the Guarantor:
    Except as set forth below, neither the Selling Securityholder nor any of its affiliates, officers, directors or principal equity holders (5% or more) has held any position or office or has had any other material relationship with the Company or the Guarantor (or their respective predecessors or affiliates) during the past three years.
    State any exceptions here:   
          
          
          

 

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(7) Plan of Distribution:
    Except as set forth below, the undersigned Selling Securityholder intends to distribute the Registrable Securities listed above in Item (3) only as follows (if at all): Such Registrable Securities may be sold from time to time directly by the undersigned Selling Securityholder. Such Registrable Securities may be sold in one or more transactions at fixed prices, at prevailing market prices at the time of sale, at varying prices determined at the time of sale, or at negotiated prices. Such sales may be effected in transactions (which may involve crosses or block transactions) (i) on any national securities exchange or quotation service on which the Registered Securities may be listed or quoted at the time of sale, (ii) in the over-the-counter market, (iii) in transactions otherwise than on such exchanges or services or in the over-the-counter market, or (iv) through the writing of options. In connection with sales of the Registrable Securities or otherwise, the Selling Securityholder may enter into hedging transactions with broker-dealers, which may in turn engage in short sales of the Registrable Securities in the course of hedging the positions they assume. The Selling Securityholder may also sell Registrable Securities short and deliver Registrable Securities to close out such short positions, or loan or pledge Registrable Securities to broker-dealers that in turn may sell such securities.
    State any exceptions here:
          
          
          
    Note: In no event may such method(s) of distribution take the form of an underwritten offering of Registrable Securities without the prior written agreement of the Company.
(8) Broker-Dealers:
    The Commission requires that all Selling Securityholders that are registered broker-dealers or affiliates of registered broker-dealers be so identified in the Shelf Registration Statement. In addition, the Commission requires that all Selling Securityholders that are registered broker-dealers be named as underwriters in the Shelf Registration Statement and related Prospectus, even if they did not receive the Registrable Securities as compensation for underwriting activities.
  (a)   State whether the undersigned Selling Securityholder is a registered broker-dealer:
    Yes                                                       No                                      
  (b)   If the answer to (a) is “Yes”, you must answer (i) and (ii) below, and (iii) below if applicable. Your answers to (i) and (ii) below, and (iii) below if applicable, will be included in the Shelf Registration Statement and related Prospectus.

 

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(i)     Were the Securities acquired as compensation for underwriting activities?

    Yes                                                       No                                      
    If you answered “Yes”, please provide a brief description of the transaction(s) in which the Securities were acquired as compensation:
          
          
          
   

(ii)    Were the Securities acquired for investment purposes?

    Yes                                                       No                                      
   

(iii)  If you answered “No” to both (i) and (ii), please explain the Selling Securityholder’s reason for acquiring the Securities:

          
          
          
  (c)   State whether the undersigned Selling Securityholder is an affiliate of a registered broker-dealer and, if so, list the name(s) of the broker-dealer affiliate(s):
    Yes                                                       No                                      
          
          
          
  (d)   If you answered “Yes” to question (c) above:   
   

(i)     Did the undersigned Selling Securityholder purchase Registrable Securities in the ordinary course of business?

    Yes                                                       No                                      
    If the answer is “No” to question (d)(i), provide a brief explanation of the circumstances in which the Selling Securityholder acquired the Registrable Securities:
          

 

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(ii)    At the time of the purchase of the Registrable Securities, did the undersigned Selling Securityholder have any agreements, understandings or arrangements, directly or indirectly, with any person to dispose of or distribute the Registrable Securities?

    Yes                                                       No                                      
    If the answer is “Yes” to question (d)(ii), provide a brief explanation of such agreements, understandings or arrangements:
          
          
          
    If the answer is “No” to Item (8)(d)(i) or “Yes” to Item (8)(d)(ii), you will be named as an underwriter in the Shelf Registration Statement and the related Prospectus.
(9) Hedging and short sales:
  (a)   State whether the undersigned Selling Securityholder has or will enter into “hedging transactions” with respect to the Registrable Securities:
    Yes                                                       No                                      
    If “Yes”, provide below a complete description of the hedging transactions into which the undersigned Selling Securityholder has entered or will enter and the purpose of such hedging transactions, including the extent to which such hedging transactions remain in place:
          
          
          
  (b)   Set forth below is Interpretation A.65 of the Commission’s July 1997 Manual of Publicly Available Interpretations regarding short selling:
    “An issuer filed a Form S-3 registration statement for a secondary offering of common stock which is not yet effective. One of the selling shareholders wanted to do a short sale of common stock “against the box” and cover the short sale with registered shares after the effective date. The issuer was advised that the short sale could not be made before the registration statement becomes effective, because the shares underlying the short sale are deemed to be sold at the time such sale is made. There would, therefore, be a violation of Section 5 if the shares were effectively sold prior to the effective date.”

 

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By returning this Notice and Questionnaire, the undersigned Selling Securityholder will be deemed to be aware of the foregoing interpretation.

*     *     *     *     *

By signing below, the Selling Securityholder acknowledges that it understands its obligation to comply, and agrees that it will comply, with the provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, particularly Regulation M (or any successor rule or regulation).

The Selling Securityholder hereby acknowledges its obligations under the Exchange and Registration Rights Agreement to indemnify and hold harmless the Company and the Guarantor and certain other persons as set forth in the Exchange and Registration Rights Agreement.

In the event that the Selling Securityholder transfers all or any portion of the Registrable Securities listed in Item (3) above after the date on which such information is provided to the Company, the Selling Securityholder agrees to notify the transferee(s) at the time of the transfer of its rights and obligations under this Notice and Questionnaire and the Exchange and Registration Rights Agreement.

By signing below, the Selling Securityholder consents to the disclosure of the information contained herein in its answers to Items (1) through (9) above and the inclusion of such information in the Shelf Registration Statement and related Prospectus. The Selling Securityholder understands that such information will be relied upon by the Company and the Guarantor in connection with the preparation of the Shelf Registration Statement and related Prospectus.

In accordance with the Selling Securityholder’s obligation under Section 3(d) of the Exchange and Registration Rights Agreement to provide such information as may be required by law for inclusion in the Shelf Registration Statement, the Selling Securityholder agrees to promptly notify the Company of any inaccuracies or changes in the information provided herein which may occur subsequent to the date hereof at any time while the Shelf Registration Statement remains in effect and to provide such additional information that the Company may reasonably request regarding such Selling Securityholder and the intended method of distribution of Registrable Securities in order to comply with the Securities Act. Except as otherwise provided in the Exchange and Registration Rights Agreement, all notices hereunder and pursuant to the Exchange and Registration Rights Agreement shall be made in writing, by hand-delivery, first-class mail, or air courier guaranteeing overnight delivery as follows:

 

(i) To the Company:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(ii) With a copy to:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once this Notice and Questionnaire is executed by the Selling Securityholder and received by the Company’s counsel, the terms of this Notice and Questionnaire, and the representations and warranties contained herein, shall be binding on, shall inure to the benefit of and shall be enforceable by the respective successors, heirs, personal representatives, and assigns of the Company, the Guarantor and the Selling Securityholder (with respect to the Registrable Securities beneficially owned by such Selling Securityholder and listed in Item (3) above. This Notice and Questionnaire shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the State of New York.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned, by authority duly given, has caused this Notice and Questionnaire to be executed and delivered either in person or by its duly authorized agent.

Dated:                                 

 

Selling Securityholder

(Print/type full legal name of beneficial owner of Registrable Securities)

 

By:

 

 

Name:

 

Title:

 

PLEASE RETURN THE COMPLETED AND EXECUTED NOTICE AND QUESTIONNAIRE FOR RECEIPT ON OR BEFORE [DEADLINE FOR RESPONSE] TO THE COMPANY’S COUNSEL AT:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exhibit B

NOTICE OF TRANSFER PURSUANT TO REGISTRATION STATEMENT

Wells Fargo Bank, National Association

Pentair Finance S.A.

c/o Wells Fargo Bank, National Association

[Address of Trustee]

Attention: Trust Officer

 

  Re: Pentair Finance S.A. (the “Company”)
       5.000% Notes due 2021

Dear Sirs:

Please be advised that                     has transferred $                     aggregate principal amount of the above-referenced Securities pursuant to an effective Registration Statement on Form [            ] (File No. 333            ) filed by the Company.

We hereby certify that the prospectus delivery requirements, if any, of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, have been satisfied and that the above-named beneficial owner of the Securities is named as a “Selling Holder” in the Prospectus dated [date] or in supplements thereto, and that the aggregate principal amount of the Securities transferred are the Securities listed in such Prospectus opposite such owner’s name.

Dated:

 

Very truly yours,
 
  (Name)

By:

   
  (Authorized Signature)

 

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