unsecured indebtedness that is deemed to be of the same class as the notes, including the 2021 notes and the 2023 notes, and potentially with all of their other general creditors, based upon the
respective amounts owed to each holder or creditor, in their remaining assets. In any of the foregoing events or in the event of the liquidation, dissolution, reorganization, bankruptcy or similar proceeding of the business of a non-guarantor subsidiary, as described below, we cannot assure you that there will be sufficient assets to pay amounts due on the notes. As a result, holders of the notes may receive less, ratably, than holders of
The notes are structurally subordinated to all liabilities of any non-guarantor
The notes are structurally subordinated to the indebtedness and other liabilities of any of our subsidiaries that do
not guarantee the notes. Any non-guarantor subsidiaries are separate and distinct legal entities and will have no obligation, contingent or otherwise, to pay any amounts due pursuant to the notes, or to make
any funds available therefor, whether by loans, distributions or other payments. Any right that we or the guarantors have to receive any assets of any such non-guarantor subsidiaries upon the liquidation or
reorganization of those subsidiaries, and the consequent rights of holders of notes to realize proceeds from the sale of any of those subsidiaries assets, will be structurally subordinated to the claims of those subsidiaries creditors,
including trade creditors and holders of preferred equity interests of those subsidiaries. Accordingly, in the event of a bankruptcy, liquidation or reorganization of any such non-guarantor subsidiaries, these
non-guarantor subsidiaries will pay the holders of their debts, holders of preferred equity interests and their trade creditors before they will be able to distribute any of their assets to us.
Certain restrictive covenants in the indenture governing the notes will be terminated if the notes achieve investment grade ratings from either
Moodys or S&P and no default exists with respect to such notes.
Most of the restrictive covenants in the indenture
governing the notes will cease to apply if the notes achieve investment grade ratings from Moodys or S&P, and no default or event of default has occurred and is then continuing. If these restrictive covenants cease to apply, we may take
actions, such as incurring additional debt or making certain dividends or distributions that would otherwise be prohibited under the indenture. Ratings are given by these rating agencies based upon analyses that include many subjective factors. We
cannot assure you that the notes will achieve investment grade ratings, nor can we assure you that investment grade ratings, if granted, will reflect all of the factors that would be important to holders of the notes.
Our existing debt agreements and the indenture governing the notes have substantial restrictions and financial covenants that may restrict our business
and financing activities.
We are dependent upon the earnings and cash flow generated by our operations in order to meet our debt
service obligations. The operating and financial restrictions and covenants in our credit agreement, term loan agreement governing our term loan facility (term loan agreement), the indentures governing the notes, the 2021 notes and the
2023 notes, respectively, and any future financing agreements may restrict our ability to finance future operations or capital needs and to engage in or expand our business activities. For example, our credit agreement, term loan agreement and the
indentures governing the notes, the 2021 notes and the 2023 notes, respectively, restrict our ability to, among other things:
||incur certain additional indebtedness; |
||incur, permit or assume certain liens to exist on our properties or assets; |
||make certain investments or enter into certain restrictive material contracts; and |
||merge or dispose of all or substantially all of our assets. |
In addition, our credit agreement and term loan
agreement contain covenants requiring us to maintain certain financial ratios.