SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

 

Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

November 2, 2023 (October 27, 2023)

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)

 

REPUBLIC FIRST BANCORP, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Pennsylvania

000-17007

23-2486815

(State or other jurisdiction

(Commission

(IRS Employer

of incorporation)

File Number)

Identification No.)

     

50 South 16th Street, Suite 2400, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

19102

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)

 

(215) 735-4422

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code

 

N/A

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

 

 

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Title of Each Class

Trading Symbol(s)

Name of Each Exchange on

Which Registered

Common Stock

FRBK

OTC Expert Market

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (17 CFR §230.405) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (17 CFR §240.12b-2).

 

Emerging growth company ☐

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐

 

 

 

Item 1.01       Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement

 

Securities Purchase Agreement

 

On October 27, 2023, Republic First Bancorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania corporation (the “Company”), entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with George E. Norcross, III, Gregory B. Braca, Philip A. Norcross, Alessandra T. Norcross and Alexander S. Norcross (each, including its successors and assigns, a “Purchaser” and collectively, the “Purchasers”), pursuant to which the Company agreed to sell shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share, at a purchase price of $0.05 per share (the “Common Stock”), and shares of a newly-issued series of Series B convertible perpetual preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share, at a purchase price of $50.00 per share (the “Series B Preferred Stock” and together with the Common Stock, the “Securities”) (collectively, the “Private Placement”). The Purchasers have agreed, in the aggregate, to purchase $435,750 worth of Common Stock and $34,564,250 worth of Series B Preferred Stock. The Purchasers will also receive, in the aggregate, warrants to purchase 105,000 shares of Series B Preferred Stock (the “Warrants”), which shall be exercisable any time following the occurrence of the Triggering Event (as defined below), but no later than seven years after the Warrant is issued, at an exercise price equal to $0.01 per share, upon the occurrence of certain events.

 

The obligations of the Company and the Purchasers to consummate the Private Placement pursuant to the Purchase Agreement are subject to the satisfaction (or waiver, as applicable) of certain closing conditions, including, among others, conditions relating to the Company’s regulatory status and access to liquidity, confirmation that the Private Placement will not result in a change of control for accounting purposes, and the Company’s filing of its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022. In addition, each Purchaser shall have submitted all filings with and received all approvals required by applicable governmental entities to permit such Purchaser to acquire and hold the Securities, including the approval of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System under the Change in Bank Control Act of 1978, as amended, and the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities under applicable laws of Pennsylvania. Subject to satisfaction of such conditions, the Private Placement is expected to close in November 2023.

 

 

 

The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the Private Placement to strengthen the Company’s current balance sheet and improve the regulatory capital of Republic First Bank (the “Bank”). The Purchase Agreement contains representations, warranties, and covenants of the Company and the Purchasers that are customary in private placement transactions.

 

Pursuant to the terms of the Purchase Agreement, beginning on the date of the Purchase Agreement, the Company invited Philip A. Norcross and Gregory B. Braca (the “Observers”) to attend all meetings of the board of directors of the Company and the Bank (the “Boards”), or any committees thereof, solely in a nonvoting, nonparticipating observer capacity. Immediately following the closing of the transactions contemplated by the Purchase Agreement (the “Closing”), Harry Madonna, Lisa Jacobs, Harris Wildstein and Andrew Cohen will resign from the Boards. The continuing directors will appoint the Observers to the Boards to represent the Purchasers and Mary Pat Christie and John Michael Vazquez will be appointed to the Boards as independent directors. Following the foregoing resignations and appointments, the Boards will consist of Thomas X. Geisel, Benjamin C. Duster, IV, Peter B. Bartholow, Philip A. Norcross, Gregory B. Braca, Mary Pat Christie, and John Michael Vazquez.

 

The Purchase Agreement provides for customary pre-emptive rights for the Purchasers so long as the Purchasers, together with their respective affiliates, continue to hold, in the aggregate, at least 50% of the Series B Preferred Stock or 9.9% of the outstanding equity securities of the Company.

 

The Purchase Agreement provides that as soon as practicable, and no later than December 31, 2023, the Company shall duly call, give notice of, establish a record date for, convene and hold a special meeting of its shareholders (the “Shareholder Meeting”) to approve (i) the amendment to the Articles of Incorporation of the Company to increase the number of authorized shares of Common Stock to 3,000,000,000, (ii) the restoration of voting rights as provided pursuant to Subchapter 25G of the Pennsylvania Business Corporation Law and the Pennsylvania Entity Transactions Law (collectively, the “PBCL”) for all Common Stock of the Company acquired by the Purchasers or otherwise owned by the Purchasers or any of their respective affiliates, which could be considered “control shares” under Subchapter 25G of the PBCL, and (iii) the acquisition of equity securities of the Company by Purchasers or any of their respective affiliates and the disposition of any equity securities of the Company now or hereafter owned by the Purchasers or any of their respective affiliates, in each case for purposes of Subchapter 25H of the PBCL (collectively, the “Shareholder Approval”).

 

Prior to the Closing, the Company may not solicit or enter into another transaction involving the issuance of 5% or more of the outstanding shares of Common Stock. However, if prior to the Closing, the Company receives an unsolicited proposal from a third party involving the acquisition of 50% or more of the outstanding shares of Common Stock, then the Company may terminate the Purchase Agreement if the Company’s board of directors determines that such unsolicited proposal is more favorable to the Company’s shareholders from a financial point of view and failure to terminate the Purchase Agreement in favor of such proposal would be inconsistent with the fiduciary duties of the Company’s board of directors, subject to payment of a termination fee to the Purchasers equal to 3% of the purchase price committed to be paid by such Purchasers pursuant to the Purchase Agreement.

 

 

 

The foregoing description of the Purchase Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Purchase Agreement, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and incorporated herein by reference.

 

The issuance of the Securities pursuant to the Purchase Agreement and the other documents discussed below is exempt from registration pursuant to the exemption provided under Rule 506 of Regulation D promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”). The offering was made only to accredited investors as that term is defined in Rule 501(a) of Regulation D under the Act.

 

 

Series B Preferred Stock

 

In connection with the Private Placement, at the Closing, the Company will file the Statement with Respect to Shares for Perpetual, Convertible Preferred Stock, Series B (the “Series B Statement”) with the Department of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to authorize and issue the shares of Series B Preferred Stock to the Purchasers. The liquidation value of the Series B Preferred Stock is $50.00 per share (the “Liquidation Amount”). The preferences, limitations, powers and relative rights of the Series B Preferred Stock are set forth in the Series B Statement and are described below.

 

Prior to the Trigger Start Date, holders of the Series B Preferred Stock will be entitled to receive dividends if declared by the Company’s board of directors, in the same per share amount as paid on the Common Stock on an as-converted basis. No dividends will be payable on the Common Stock unless a dividend identical to that paid on the Common Stock on an as-converted basis is payable at the same time on the Series B Preferred Stock. In addition to the dividends payable on the Common Stock, beginning on the Trigger Start Date and ending on the Trigger End Date, holders of the Series B Preferred Stock will be entitled to receive cash dividends at the annual rate of 12% of the Liquidation Amount, payable quarterly in arrears. The “Trigger Start Date” means (i) if the Shareholder Approval is not obtained in full at the Shareholder Meeting, then the date of such meeting or (ii) if the Shareholder Meeting is not held by March 1, 2024, then March 1, 2024. The “Trigger End Date” means the date that the Shareholder Approval is obtained.

 

Each share of Series B Preferred Stock is convertible into 1,000 shares of Common Stock, subject to adjustment, effective as of the close of business on the date that the Company obtains the Shareholder Approval and files an amendment to the Articles of Incorporation of the Company to authorize an increase in the number of authorized shares of Common Stock.

 

 

 

Unless the shares of Series B Preferred Stock have previously been converted into shares of Common Stock as described above, each share of Series B Preferred Stock will automatically convert into 1,000 shares of Common Stock upon a “Permissible Transfer” of such shares of Series B Preferred Stock. A “Permissible Transfer” is a transfer by a holder of Series B Preferred Stock (i) to the Company; (ii) in a widely distributed public offering of Common Stock or Series B Preferred Stock; (iii) that is part of an offering that is not a widely distributed public offering of Common Stock or Series B Preferred Stock but is one in which no one transferee acquires the rights to receive 2% or more of any class of voting securities; or (iv) to a transferee that controls more than 50% of the voting securities of the Company without giving effect to such transfer.

 

The Series B Preferred Stock will rank, as to payments of dividends and distribution of assets upon dissolution, liquidation or winding up of the Company, pari passu with the Common Stock on an as-converted basis. Additionally, after the Trigger Start Date until the Trigger End Date, certain fundamental corporate transactions will constitute “deemed liquidation events”, unless holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of the Series B Preferred Stock elect otherwise. Upon any such deemed liquidation event, subject to the rights of any persons that are holders of any senior class or series of securities, the holders of the Series B Preferred Stock will be entitled to a distribution equal to two times the amount of the Liquidation Amount per share of Series B Preferred Stock, plus any declared but unpaid dividends. Holders of Series B Preferred Stock will have no voting rights, except as to amendments or changes that would adversely affect the rights, preferences or privileges of the Series B Preferred Stock, or that would increase or decrease the number of authorized shares of Series B Preferred Stock, or as may be required by law. The Series B Preferred Stock will not be redeemable by either the Company or by the holder. Dividends on the Series B Preferred Stock are not cumulative.

 

On the Trigger Start Date, as set forth the Series B Statement, the “Applicable Percentage” (as defined below) of the then outstanding shares of Series B Preferred Stock, on a pro rata basis with respect to each holder, will automatically be exchanged for a new series of shares of preferred stock designated as the “Series B-1 Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock” (the “Series B-1 Preferred Stock”), which such Series B-1 Preferred Stock will have identical terms as the Series B Preferred Stock except that dividends on the Series B-1 Preferred Stock will be cumulative. The “Applicable Percentage” means a number of the then outstanding shares of Series B Preferred Stock that, after exchanged to Series B-1 Preferred Stock, would result in each of the Bank and the Company exceeding certain quantitative capital requirements necessary to be deemed “well capitalized” under applicable bank regulations.  

 

The foregoing description of the Series B Statement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by the full text of the form of Series B Statement, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit D to Exhibit 10.1 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Warrants

 

Pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, at the Closing, the Company shall issue the Warrants to the Purchasers. The Warrants are exercisable for $0.01 per share of Series B Preferred Stock at any time after their issuance, in whole or in part, following a “Triggering Event” and until the seventh anniversary of their date of issuance. A “Triggering Event” means (i) the Shareholder Approval is not obtained in full at the Shareholder Meeting, or (ii) the Shareholder Meeting to obtain Shareholder Approval is not held by March 1, 2024. In the event the Shareholder Approval is obtained in full at the Shareholders’ Meeting prior to March 1, 2024, the Warrants will terminate automatically and will become null and void.

 

 

 

The Warrants are subject to adjustment from time to time upon the occurrence of certain events, including: (i) the Company declaring a dividend or making a distribution on its Series B Preferred Stock in shares of Series B Preferred Stock, or (ii) splitting, subdividing or reclassifying the outstanding shares of Series B Preferred Stock into a greater number of shares. If an adjustment to the exercise price shall result in a requirement to obtain shareholder approval, the Company will pay cash dividends on the Warrants in lieu of any such adjustment. If the Company declares a cash dividend, the holder of the Warrants shall receive its pro rata portion of such dividend as if the Warrants had been exercised in full prior to the record date of such dividend in lieu of any such adjustment. If a merger, consolidation, or reorganization occurs, the Warrant becomes exercisable for the stock or other securities or assets of the Company, or any successor of the Company, that the warrantholder would have received if it had exercised the Warrant prior to the merger or other corporate event. 

 

The foregoing description of the Warrants does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the form of Warrants, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit F to Exhibit 10.1 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Registration Rights Agreement

 

At the Closing, the Company has agreed to enter into a registration rights agreement with the Purchasers (the “Registration Rights Agreement”). Pursuant to the terms of the Registration Rights Agreement, following the request of the Purchasers, the Company is required to file a resale registration statement by no later than 30 months following the date of the Closing to register the resale of the Securities.

 

Pursuant to the Registration Rights Agreement, if the Company intends to file a registration statement covering a primary or secondary offering of any of its Common Stock, Series B Preferred Stock, or other securities, which is not a registration solely to implement an employee benefit plan pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-8 or a registration statement on Form S-4, the Company will promptly give written notice to the holders of the Securities of its intention to effect such a registration, and the Company will effect the registration under the Securities Act of all registrable securities that the holders request be included in such registration.

 

At any time that a shelf registration statement is effective, if any Purchaser intends to sell any of its securities in a shelf offering, then the Company has to amend the shelf registration statement to enable the securities to be sold under such shelf offering. The Company only has to undertake an underwritten offering if the expected gross proceeds exceed $20,000,000.

 

The foregoing description of the Registration Rights Agreement does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by the full text of the form of Registration Rights Agreement, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit C to Exhibit 10.1 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference.

 

 

 

Voting Agreement

 

On October 27, 2023, each member of the Boards delivered to the Purchasers a voting agreement setting forth the terms and conditions by which such member of the Boards, in his or her capacity as a shareholder of the Company (the “Shareholder”), agrees to vote in favor of the Shareholder Approval (collectively, the “Voting Agreements”), which such Voting Agreements were acknowledged and agreed to by the Purchasers. Pursuant to each Voting Agreement, at the Shareholder Meeting, the Shareholder agrees to: (i) cause such Shareholder’s shares to be counted as present for the purpose of establishing a quorum, (ii) vote such shares in favor of the Shareholder Approval, any other matter that is reasonably necessary to be approved to facilitate the Shareholder Approval, and any proposal to adjourn or postpone if there are not sufficient votes to obtain the Shareholder Approval, and (iii) vote the shares against any competing or inconsistent proposal with the Shareholder Approval and any proposal that could interfere with the Shareholder Approval.

 

The foregoing description of the Voting Agreements does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by the full text of the Voting Agreements, copies of which are filed as Exhibit 10.2 through Exhibit 10.8 hereto and are incorporated herein by reference.

 

 

Item 3.02 – Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities

 

The information set forth under Item 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated by reference into this Item 3.02.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

 

Certain statements and information contained in this Current Report on Form 8-K may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements contained herein are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. For example, risks and uncertainties can arise with changes in: our ability to consummate the transactions contemplated in the Current Report on Form 8-K; general economic conditions, including turmoil in the financial markets and related efforts of government agencies to stabilize the financial system; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business and results of operation; geopolitical conflict and inflationary pressures including Federal Reserve interest rate hikes; the adequacy of our allowance for credit losses and our methodology for determining such allowance; adverse changes in our loan portfolio and credit risk-related losses and expenses; concentrations within our loan portfolio, including our exposure to commercial real estate loans; inflation; changes to our primary service area; changes in interest rates; our ability to identify, negotiate, secure and develop new branch locations and renew, modify, or terminate leases or dispose of properties for existing branch locations effectively; business conditions in the financial services industry, including competitive pressure among financial services companies, new service and product offerings by competitors, price pressures and similar items; deposit flows; loan demand; the regulatory environment, including evolving banking industry standards, changes in legislation or regulation; our securities portfolio and the valuation of our securities; accounting principles, policies and guidelines as well as estimates and assumptions used in the preparation of our financial statements; rapidly changing technology; our ability to regain compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rules 5250(c)(1) and 5620(a); the failure to maintain current technologies; failure to attract or retain key employees; our ability to access cost-effective funding; fluctuations in real estate values; litigation liabilities, including costs, expenses, settlements and judgments; and other economic, competitive, governmental, regulatory and technological factors affecting our operations, pricing, products and services. You should carefully review the risk factors described in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, and other documents the Company files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The words “would be,” “could be,” “should be,” “probability,” “risk,” “target,” “objective,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “project,” “believe,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “seek,” “expect” and similar expressions or variations on such expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. All such statements are made in good faith by the Company pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We do not undertake to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by or on behalf of the Company, except as may be required by applicable law or regulations.
 
For additional information regarding known material factors that could cause our actual results to differ from our projected results, please see our filings with the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K.

 

 

 

 

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

 

 

Important Additional Information

 

 

The Company intends to file a definitive proxy statement and may file a WHITE proxy card with the SEC in connection with the 2022 Annual Meeting and, in connection therewith, the Company, certain of its directors and executive officers will be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Company’s shareholders in connection with such meeting. SHAREHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO READ SUCH PROXY STATEMENT, ACCOMPANYING WHITE PROXY CARD AND ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE AS THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE 2022 ANNUAL MEETING. The Company’s definitive proxy statement for the 2021 annual meeting of shareholders contains information regarding the direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, of the Company’s directors and executive officers in the Company’s securities. Information regarding subsequent changes to their holdings of the Company’s securities can be found in the SEC filings on Forms 3, 4, and 5, which are available on the Company’s website at http://investors.myrepublicbank.com/ or through the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Information can also be found in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 on file with the SEC. Updated information regarding the identity of potential participants, and their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the definitive proxy statement and other materials to be filed with the SEC in connection with the 2022 Annual Meeting. Shareholders will be able to obtain the definitive proxy statement, any amendments or supplements to the proxy statement and other documents filed by the Company with the SEC at no charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Copies will also be available at no charge at the Company’s website at http://investors.myrepublicbank.com.

 

 

 

 

Item 9.01.  Financial Statements and Exhibits

 

(d)   Exhibits.

 

Exhibit No.

Description

10.1

Securities Purchase Agreement, by and among Republic First Bancorp, Inc. and the Purchasers identified on the signature pages thereto, dated October 27, 2023.

   

10.2

Voting Agreement, by Thomas X. Geisel, and acknowledged and agreed to by the Purchasers identified on the signature page thereto, dated October 27, 2023.

   
10.3 Voting Agreement, by Peter B. Bartholow, and acknowledged and agreed to by the Purchasers identified on the signature page thereto, dated October 27, 2023.
   
10.4 Voting Agreement, by Lisa Jacobs, and acknowledged and agreed to by the Purchasers identified on the signature page thereto, dated October 27, 2023.
   
10.5 Voting Agreement, by Harry Madonna, and acknowledged and agreed to by the Purchasers identified on the signature page thereto, dated October 27, 2023.
   
10.6 Voting Agreement, by Harris Wildstein, and acknowledged and agreed to by the Purchasers identified on the signature page thereto, dated October 27, 2023.
   
10.7 Voting Agreement, by Benjamin C. Duster, IV, and acknowledged and agreed to by the Purchasers identified on the signature page thereto, dated October 27, 2023.
   
10.8 Voting Agreement, by Andrew Cohen, and acknowledged and agreed to by the Purchasers identified on the signature page thereto, dated October 27, 2023.
   
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

Dated: November 2, 2023 REPUBLIC FIRST BANCORP, INC.  
       
       
  By: /s/ Brian F. Doran  
  Name: Brian F. Doran  
  Title: Executive Vice President and General Counsel  

 

 

Exhibit 10.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECURITIES PURCHASE AGREEMENT

 

dated October 27, 2023

 

by and among

 

REPUBLIC FIRST BANCORP, INC.

 

and

 

THE PURCHASERS IDENTIFIED ON THE SIGNATURE PAGES HERETO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECURITIES PURCHASE AGREEMENT

 

This Securities Purchase Agreement (this “Agreement”) is dated as of October 27, 2023, by and among Republic First Bancorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania corporation (the “Company”), and each purchaser identified on the signature pages hereto (each, including its successors and assigns, a “Purchaser” and collectively, the “Purchasers”).

 

RECITALS

 

A.         The Company and each Purchaser are executing and delivering this Agreement in reliance upon the exemption from securities registration afforded by Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Rule 506 of Regulation D (“Regulation D”) as promulgated by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) under the Securities Act.

 

B.         Each Purchaser, severally and not jointly, wishes to purchase, and the Company wishes to sell, upon the terms and conditions stated in this Agreement: (i) at the Closing, that number of shares of a newly-issued series of perpetual preferred stock, Series B, par value $0.01 per share, of the Company (the “Series B Preferred Stock”), set forth below such Purchaser’s name on the signature page of this Agreement (which shall be collectively referred to herein as the “Series B Preferred Shares”) and which may be convertible into for Common Shares (as defined below), subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Series B Preferred Stock Statement with Respect to Shares (as defined below) and this Agreement and (ii) at the Closing, that number of shares of voting common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of the Company (the “Common Stock”), set forth below such Purchaser’s name on the signature page of this Agreement (which shall be collectively referred to herein as the “Common Shares”). In connection therewith, the Purchasers will receive warrants to purchase shares of Series B Preferred Stock on the terms thereof at an exercise price equal to $0.01 per share pursuant to the Warrant Agreement (the “Warrants”). The Common Shares and the Series B Preferred Shares shall be collectively referred herein to as the “Shares.” The Common Stock into which the Series B Preferred Stock are convertible are referred to herein as the “Underlying Shares” and the Underlying Shares, the Shares and the Warrants are referred to herein, collectively, as the “Securities.”

 

C.         Concurrently with the execution of this Agreement, each member of the Board (as defined below) has delivered to the Purchasers that certain voting agreement, dated as of the date hereof (collectively, the “Voting Agreements”).

 

NOW, THEREFORE, intending to be legally bound hereby and in consideration of the mutual covenants contained in this Agreement, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and adequacy of which are hereby acknowledged, the Company and the Purchasers hereby agree as follows:

 

ARTICLE I
DEFINITIONS

 

Section 1.1      Definitions. In addition to the terms defined elsewhere in this Agreement, for all purposes of this Agreement, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated in this Section 1.1:

 

Acquisition Transaction” means (i) a merger, reorganization, statutory share or interest exchange, consolidation, business combination, recapitalization, division, dissolution, liquidation, or similar transaction involving the Company or any of its Subsidiaries; (ii) the issuance by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries of securities representing five (5%) or more of its outstanding Voting Securities (including upon the conversion, exercise or exchange of securities convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for such Voting Securities); or (iii) the acquisition in any manner, directly or indirectly, of (x) 5% or more of the outstanding Voting Securities of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (including through the acquisition of securities convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for such Voting Securities), (y) 5% or more of the consolidated total assets of the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, or (z) one or more businesses or divisions that constitute 5% or more of the revenues or net income of the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole.

 

 

 

 

Action” means any action, suit, notice of violation, proceeding, or investigation pending or, to the Company’s Knowledge, threatened against the Company, any Subsidiary, or any of their respective properties or any officer, director, or employee of the Company or any Subsidiary acting in his or her capacity as an officer, director, or employee, in each case before or by any Governmental Entity.

 

Affiliate” means, with respect to any Person, any other Person that, directly or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, Controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with such Person, as such terms are used in and construed under Rule 405 under the Securities Act.

 

Agency” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(oo)(iii).

 

Agreement” has the meaning ascribed to such term in the Preamble.

 

Articles of Incorporation” means the Articles of Incorporation of the Company and all amendments thereto, as amended as of the date hereof.

 

Bank” means Republic First Bank, a commercial bank chartered pursuant to the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

 

Bank Boards” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.19(d).

 

Bank Regulatory Approvals” means that a Purchaser shall have (a) submitted all filings with and received all approvals required by applicable Governmental Entities, in each case as necessary to permit such Purchaser to acquire and hold the Shares, including (i) the approval of the PDBS under applicable laws of Pennsylvania and (ii) the approval of the Federal Reserve under the CIBC Act and (b) received reasonably satisfactory feedback from the Federal Reserve, to the extent necessary or appropriate in the reasonable discretion of such Purchaser (which may be the absence of any communication from the Federal Reserve) that it will not have “control” of the Company or the Bank for purposes of the BHCA.

 

Benefit Plan” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(qq).

 

BHCA” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(b).

 

BHCA Control” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(tt).

 

Board” means the Board of Directors of the Company.

 

Board Effective Date” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.19(a).

 

Burdensome Condition” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.13.

 

Business Day” means a day, other than a Saturday or Sunday, on which banks in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are open for the general transaction of business.

 

3

 

Change in Control” means, with respect to the Company, the occurrence of any one of the following events:

 

(1)    any Person or “group” (other than the Purchasers and their Affiliates) becomes a beneficial owner (as defined in Rule 13d-3 of the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of 50% or more of the aggregate shares of Common Stock;

 

(2)    any Person or “group” (other than the Purchasers and their Affiliates) becomes a beneficial owner (as defined in Rule 13d-3 of the Exchange Act), directly or indirectly, of 24.9% or more of the aggregate shares of Common Stock, and in connection with such event, individuals who, on the date of this Agreement, constitute the Board (the “Control Directors”) or who, subsequent to the date of this Agreement become directors as a result of being nominated for such office by the approval of at least a majority of the Control Directors, cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority of the Board;

 

(3)       the consummation of a merger, consolidation, statutory share or interest exchange, division, or similar transaction that requires adoption by the Company’s shareholders (a “Business Combination”), unless immediately following such Business Combination more than 50% of the total voting power of the corporation resulting from such Business Combination (the “Surviving Corporation”), or, if applicable, the ultimate parent corporation that directly or indirectly has beneficial ownership (as defined in Rule 13d-3 of the Exchange Act) of 100% of the voting securities eligible to elect directors of the Surviving Corporation, is represented by Common Stock that was outstanding immediately before such Business Combination;

 

(4)      the shareholders of the Company approve a plan of liquidation or dissolution of the Company or a sale of all or substantially all of the Company’s assets; or

 

(5)     the Company has entered into a definitive agreement, the consummation of which would result in the occurrence of any of the events described in clauses (1) through (4) of this definition above.

 

CIBC Act” means the Change in Bank Control Act of 1978, as amended.

 

Closing” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.1(b).

 

Closing Date” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.1(b).

 

Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, including the regulations and published interpretations thereunder.

 

Commission” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

 

Common Shares” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

 

Common Stock” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals, and also includes any securities into which the Common Stock may hereafter be reclassified or changed.

 

Company” has the meaning set forth in the preamble.

 

Company Deliverables” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.2(a).

 

Company Financial Statements” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(h).

 

Company Party” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.7(a).

 

Company Reports” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(jj).

 

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Company SEC Documents” means all forms, reports, certifications, schedules, statements and other documents filed or furnished by the Company with the Commission under the Exchange Act or the Securities Act, since and including January 1, 2023, and prior to the date hereof.

 

Companys Knowledge” means with respect to any statement made to the knowledge of the Company, that the statement is based upon the actual knowledge of Thomas X. Geisel, Michael W. Harrington and Brian F. Doran following the inquiry of their respective direct reports.

 

Confidentiality Agreement” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.2.

 

Consulting Fee” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.22.

 

Continuing Directors” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.19(e).

 

Control” means “control” under the BHCA any applicable provisions of the Laws of Pennsylvania, or any rules or regulations promulgated thereunder (or any successor provisions), to the extent applicable.

 

Covered Person” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(vv).

 

CRA” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(mm).

 

Deductible” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.7(d)(i).

 

Disgorgement Approval” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.20(a).

 

Disqualification Event” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(vv).

 

Environmental Laws” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(k).

 

ERISA” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(qq).

 

ERISA Affiliates” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(qq).

 

ERISA Plan” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(qq).

 

Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or any successor statute, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

Excluded Issuances” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.18(a).

 

Existing Expense Fee” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.22.

 

Expedited Issuance” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.18(f).

 

FDIC” means the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

 

Federal Reserve” means the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

 

Fraud” means actual (not constructive) fraud by a party with respect to a representation, warranty or covenant made by such party contained in this Agreement. For the avoidance of doubt, “Fraud” does not include any claim based on constructive knowledge, negligent misrepresentation, recklessness or a similar theory or any equitable fraud, promissory fraud or unfair dealing fraud.

 

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Fundamental Representations” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.9.

 

Future Bank” means any bank that becomes a Subsidiary of the Company at any time following the date hereof.

 

GAAP” means U.S. generally accepted accounting principles as applied by the Company.

 

Governmental Entity” means any court, administrative agency, arbitrator, or commission or other governmental or regulatory authority or instrumentality, whether federal, state, local, or foreign, and any applicable industry self-regulatory organization or securities exchange.

 

Indemnified Party” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.7(b).

 

Indemnifying Party” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.7(b).

 

Independent Director” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.19(d).

 

Independent Directors” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.19(d).

 

Initial Investor Directors” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.19(d).

 

Initial Investor Persons” means George E. Norcross, III, Philip A. Norcross, Gregory B. Braca, Alessandra T. Norcross and Alexander S. Norcross.

 

Initial Investors” means George E. Norcross, III, Philip A. Norcross, Gregory B. Braca, Alessandra T. Norcross and Alexander S. Norcross.

 

Insurer” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(oo).

 

Intellectual Property” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(q).

 

Investment Expenses” means the reasonable, documented, out-of-pocket legal counsel fees and expenses of the Initial Investors in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Agreement to the extent actually incurred or earned.

 

IRS” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(qq).

 

Law” means any federal, state, county, municipal or local ordinance, permit, concession, grant, franchise, law, statute, code, rule or regulation or any judgment, ruling, order, writ, injunction or decree promulgated by any Governmental Entity.

 

Lien” means any lien, charge, claim, encumbrance, security interest, right of first refusal, preemptive right, mortgage, deed of trust, pledge, conditional sale agreement, restriction on transfer or other restrictions of any kind.

 

Loan” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(oo).

 

Loan Investor” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(oo).

 

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Losses” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.7(a).

 

Material Adverse Effect” means any event, circumstance, change or occurrence that, individually or in the aggregate, has had or would reasonably be expected to have (i) a material adverse effect on the legality, validity or enforceability of any Transaction Document, (ii) a material adverse effect on the operations, results of operations, assets, liabilities, properties, business, or condition (financial or otherwise) of the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, or (iii) any material impairment or material delay to the Company’s ability to perform in any material respect its obligations under any Transaction Document; provided, however, that clause (ii) shall not include the impact of the following, either alone or in combination: (A) changes or any proposed or potential changes in any applicable Laws or interpretations thereof by any applicable Governmental Entity, (B) changes in GAAP or regulatory accounting requirements (or any interpretations thereof), (C) changes in general United States or global economic conditions, including interest rates, or any changes affecting the banking industry generally, (D) the effects of any action or omission taken by the Company or the Bank at the written request of Purchaser or as expressly required by the terms of this Agreement (except for any obligation to operate in the ordinary course of business pursuant to Section 4.11) or any other Transaction Document, (E) any failure by the Company to meet any internal or published projections, estimates, forecasts or expectations of the Company’s revenue, earnings or other financial performance or results of operations for any period, in and of itself, or any failure by the Company to meet its internal budgets, plans or forecasts of its revenues, earnings or other financial performance or results of operations, in and of itself (but for the avoidance of doubt, excluding the underlying causes thereof), (F) any change in the market price or trading volume of the Common Stock (but for the avoidance of doubt, excluding the underlying causes thereof), (G) any changes in geopolitical conditions, acts of terrorism or sabotage, the commencement, continuation or escalation of a war, acts of armed hostility, weather conditions, epidemic, disease outbreak, pandemic (including the COVID-19 or SARS-CoV-2 virus (or any mutation or variation thereof or related health condition)) or any shutdown or material limiting of certain United States or foreign federal, state or local government services, including any material worsening of such conditions threatened or existing as of the date of this Agreement, or (H) the negotiation, execution, announcement or pendency of this Agreement and the transaction contemplated in this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents, including any litigation arising out of or related thereto, except, with respect to clauses (A), (B), (C), and (G) to the extent (but only to the extent) that the effect of such changes has a disproportionate impact on the Company and the Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, relative to other similarly situated banks and/or their holding companies generally; provided further that the parties agree that the failure to satisfy the Regulatory and Accounting Conditions shall be deemed an Material Adverse Effect for all purposes.

 

Material Contract” means any of the following agreements of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries:

 

(1)      any contract containing covenants that limit in any material respect the ability of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to compete in any line of business, or which involve any material restriction of the geographical area in which, or method by which or with whom, the Company or any of its Subsidiaries may carry on its business (other than as may be required by Law or applicable regulatory authorities), and any contract that could require the disposition of any material assets or line of business of the Company or of its Subsidiaries outside of the ordinary course of business;

 

(2)    any joint venture, partnership, strategic alliance, or other similar contract (including any franchising agreement, but in any event excluding introducing broker agreements), and any contract relating to the acquisition or disposition of any material business or material assets (whether by merger, sale of stock or assets, or otherwise), which acquisition or disposition is not yet complete or where such contract contains continuing earn-outs or other similar contingent purchase price payment obligations of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries;

 

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(3)       any real property lease and any other lease with annual rental payments aggregating $1,000,000 or more;

 

(4)     other than with respect to loans or deposits, any contract providing for, or reasonably likely to result in, the receipt or expenditure of more than $1,000,000 on an annual basis, including the payment or receipt of royalties or other amounts calculated based upon revenues or income;

 

(5)      any contract or arrangement under which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is licensed or otherwise permitted by a third party to use any Intellectual Property that is material to the business of the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole (except for any “shrinkwrap” or “click through” license agreements or other agreements for software that is generally available to the public and has not been customized for the Company or its Subsidiaries);

 

(6)       any contract that by its terms limits the payment of dividends or other distributions by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries;

 

(7)      any standstill or similar agreement pursuant to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries has agreed not to acquire assets or securities of another person;

 

(8)     any contract that contains a put, call, or similar right pursuant to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries could be required to purchase or sell, as applicable, any equity interests or assets that have a fair market value or purchase price of more than $1,000,000; and

 

(9)       any other contract or agreement which is a “material contract” within the meaning of Item 601(b)(10) of Regulation S-K.

 

Material Permits” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(o).

 

Money Laundering Laws” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(hh).

 

New Director Indemnified Parties” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.19(j).

 

New Security” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.18(a).

 

Observers” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.19(a).

 

OFAC” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(gg).

 

Offering” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.18(c).

 

Outside Date” means November 15, 2023; provided that if the Closing has not occurred on the Outside Date, unless each Purchaser, by written notice to the Company, elects not to extend the Outside Date, the Outside Date shall automatically be extended to not later than November 30, 2023. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if the Closing has not occurred on the Outside Date due to the Purchasers not obtaining the Bank Regulatory Approvals by such date, the Outside Date shall be automatically extended to not later than November 30, 2023. If the Outside Date is so extended, all references in this Agreement to the “Outside Date” will be to the Outside Date as extended.

 

PDBS” means the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities.

 

Pennsylvania Courts” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.8.

 

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Pension Plan” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(qq).

 

Person” means an individual, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, trust, business trust, association, joint stock company, joint venture, sole proprietorship, unincorporated organization or Governmental Entity.

 

Personally Identifiable Information” means any information that is held or controlled by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries relating to an identified or identifiable individual person, the collection, use, processing, storage, disclosure or management of which is restricted under any Law.

 

Preemptive Rights Purchaser” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.18(a).

 

Preferred Stock” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(g).

 

Principal Trading Market” means the Trading Market on which the Common Stock is primarily listed and quoted for trading.

 

Proceeding” means an action, claim, suit, investigation, or proceeding.

 

Purchase Price” means, with respect to Common Shares, an amount equal to $0.05 per Common Share, and with respect to Series B Preferred Shares, an amount equal to $50.00 per Series B Preferred Share.

 

Purchased Shares” means the number of Shares to be purchased by each Purchaser hereunder.

 

Purchaser” has the meaning set forth in the Preamble.

 

Purchaser Deliverables” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.2(b).

 

Purchaser Party” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.7(a).

 

Questionnaire” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.2(b)(ii).

 

Registration Rights Agreement” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.2(a)(ix).

 

Registration Statement” means a registration statement meeting the requirements set forth in the Registration Rights Agreement and covering the resale by the Purchasers of the Registrable Securities (as defined in the Registration Rights Agreement).

 

Regulation D” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

 

Regulatory Agreement” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(ll).

 

Regulatory and Accounting Conditions” has the meaning set forth in Schedule 1.1.

 

Required Approvals” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(e).

 

Resigning Directors” means Harry Madonna, Lisa Jacobs, Harris Wildstein and Andrew Cohen.

 

Response Period” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.18(c).

 

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Rule 144” means Rule 144 promulgated by the Commission pursuant to the Securities Act, as such rule may be amended from time to time, or any similar rule or regulation hereafter adopted by the Commission having substantially the same effect as such Rule.

 

Securities” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

 

Securities Act” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

 

Series B Preferred Shares” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

 

Series B Preferred Stock” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

 

Series B Preferred Stock Statement with Respect to Shares” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.2(a)(viii).

 

Shareholder Litigation” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.16.

 

Shares” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

 

Solicitor” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(vv).

 

Subscription Amount” means with respect to each Purchaser, the aggregate amount to be paid for the Shares purchased hereunder as indicated on such Purchaser’s signature page to this Agreement next to the heading “Purchase Price”.

 

Subsidiary” means any entity in which the Company or the Bank, directly or indirectly, owns 50% or more of the outstanding capital stock or otherwise has Control over such entity. For the avoidance of doubt, the Subsidiaries of the Company include the Bank.

 

Superior Proposal” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.15(f).

 

Surviving Corporation” has the meaning set forth in this Section 1.1.

 

Takeover Law” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.1(bb).

 

Tax” or “Taxes” mean (i) any federal, state, local or foreign income, gross receipts, property, sales, use, license, excise, franchise, employment, payroll, withholding, alternative or add on minimum, ad valorem, transfer or excise tax, or any other tax, custom, duty, governmental fee or other similar assessment or charge in the nature of a tax, together with any interest or penalty, imposed by any Governmental Entity and (ii) any liability in respect of any items described in clause (i) above payable by reason of contract, assumption, transferee or successor liability, operation of law, Treasury Regulations Section 1.1502-6(a) (or any predecessor or successor thereof or analogous or similar provisions of Law) or otherwise.

 

Tax Return” means any return, declaration, report or similar statement filed or required to be filed with respect to any Tax (including any attached schedules), including, without limitation, any information return, claim for refund, amended return or declaration of estimated Tax.

 

Termination Fee” has the meaning set forth in Section 6.10(c)(i).

 

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Trading Day” means (i) a day on which the Common Stock is listed or quoted and traded on its Principal Trading Market, or (ii) if the Common Stock is not quoted on any Trading Market, a day on which the Common Stock is quoted in the over-the-counter market as reported by OTC Markets Group, Inc. (including the OTC Pink); provided, that in the event that the Common Stock is not listed or quoted as set forth in (i) and (ii) hereof, then Trading Day shall mean a Business Day.

 

Trading Market” means whichever of the New York Stock Exchange, the NYSE Amex, the NASDAQ Global Select Market, the NASDAQ Global Market, the NASDAQ Capital Market, or the OTC Pink on which the Common Stock is listed or quoted for trading on the date in question.

 

Transaction Documents” means this Agreement, the schedules and exhibits attached hereto, including the Registration Rights Agreement, the Series B Preferred Stock Statement with Respect to Shares, the Warrant Agreement, the Voting Agreements and any other documents or agreements executed by the Company or the Purchasers in connection with the transactions contemplated hereunder.

 

Transfer” means, in respect of any Shares, property or other assets, any sale, assignment, hypothecation, lien, encumbrance, transfer, distribution or other disposition thereof or of a participation therein, or other conveyance of legal or beneficial interest therein, including rights to vote and to receive dividends or other income with respect thereto, or any short position in a security or any other action or position otherwise reducing risk related to ownership through hedging or other derivative instruments, whether voluntarily or by operation of Law, or any agreement or commitment to do any of the foregoing.

 

Transfer Agent” means Computershare, Inc. or any successor transfer agent for the Company.

 

Transferee” means any Person that is a transferee of all or a portion of a Purchaser’s Shares.

 

Underlying Shares” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

 

Unsolicited Company Proposal” has the meaning set forth in Section 4.15(b).

 

U.S. Sanctions Laws” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.2(g).

 

Voting Agreements” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

 

Voting Securities” means the capital stock of the Company that is then entitled to vote generally in the election of directors of the Company.

 

Warrant Agreement” means the agreement in the form attached as Exhibit F, dated as of the Closing Date, between the Company and the Initial Investors.

 

Warrants” has the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

 

ARTICLE II
    PURCHASE AND SALE

 

Section 2.1       Closing.

 

(a)         Purchase and Sale of Shares. Subject to the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement, at the Closing, the Company shall issue and sell to each Purchaser, and each Purchaser shall, severally and not jointly, purchase from the Company, the number of Shares set forth below such Purchaser’s name on the signature page of this Agreement and indicated to be purchased at the Closing at a per Share price equal to the applicable Purchase Price. In connection therewith, at the Closing, the Company shall grant to each Purchaser the number of Warrants set forth below such Purchaser’s name on the signature page of this Agreement.

 

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(b)       Closing. The closing of the purchase and sale of the Shares (the “Closing”) shall take place remotely by electronic transmission of closing documents and signature pages at 11:00 am Eastern Time on the same Business Day as the satisfaction (or waiver, as applicable) of the conditions set forth in Article V (other than those conditions that by their nature are to be satisfied at the Closing, but subject to the satisfaction or waiver of those conditions), or such other means and/or date or time as the parties may mutually agree. The date on which the Closing actually occurs is referred to as the “Closing Date”.

 

Section 2.2       Closing Deliveries.

 

(a)       On or prior to the Closing, the Company shall issue, deliver or cause to be delivered to each Purchaser (unless otherwise indicated) the following (the “Company Deliverables”):

 

(i)       evidence of book entry of the Shares purchased by the Purchaser pursuant to this Agreement, registered in the name of such Purchaser or its nominee;

 

(ii)      a certificate of the Secretary of the Company, in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A, dated as of the Closing Date, (A) certifying the resolutions adopted by the Board or a duly authorized committee thereof approving the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents and the issuance of the Series B Preferred Shares, (B) certifying the current versions of the Articles of Incorporation and bylaws, as amended, of the Company, (C) certifying as to the signatures and authority of persons signing the Transaction Documents and related documents on behalf of the Company;

 

(iii)     a certificate, dated as of the Closing Date and signed by of the President and Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial Officer of the Company, in the form attached hereto as Exhibit B;

 

(iv)      a Subsistence Certificate for the Company from the Department of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as of a recent date;

 

(v)       a certificate of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia to the effect that the Company is a registered bank holding company under the BHCA;

 

(vi)      a certificate of the PDBS as of a recent date evidencing the corporate existence of the Bank;

 

(vii)    a certificate of the FDIC to the effect that the Bank’s deposit accounts are insured by the FDIC under the provisions of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act;

 

(viii)   a registration rights agreement, substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit C (the “Registration Rights Agreement”), duly executed by the Company;

 

(ix)     the Statement with Respect to Shares relating to the Series B Preferred Stock filed with the Department of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the form attached hereto as Exhibit D (the “Series B Preferred Stock Statement with Respect to Shares”);

 

(x)       the resignations of all of the Resigning Directors, in form and substance reasonably acceptable to the Initial Investors; and

 

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(xi)      the Warrant Agreement, duly executed by the Company.

 

(b)         On or prior to the Closing, each Purchaser shall deliver or cause to be delivered to the Company the following (the “Purchaser Deliverables”):

 

(i)        in U.S. dollars and in immediately available funds, the amount indicated below such Purchaser’s name on the applicable signature page hereto under the heading “Purchase Price” by wire transfer to the account provided by the Company;

 

(ii)       the Registration Rights Agreement, duly executed by the Initial Investor Persons;

 

(iii)      a fully completed and duly executed Accredited Investor Questionnaire (the “Questionnaire”) reasonably satisfactory to the Company, in the form attached hereto as Exhibit E;

 

(iv)       the Warrant Agreement, duly executed by the Initial Investors;

 

(v)        a properly completed and duly executed IRS Form W-9 dated no earlier than twenty (20) days prior to the Closing Date; and

 

(vi)      a certificate, dated as of the Closing Date, signed by an authorized officer of such Purchaser, or, if such Purchaser is a natural person, signed by such Purchaser, certifying the fulfillment of the conditions specified in Section 5.2(a) and Section 5.2(b) with respect to such Purchaser.

 

ARTICLE III
    REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

 

Section 3.1    Representations and Warranties of the Company. The Company hereby represents and warrants as of the date hereof and as of the Closing Date, except for the representations and warranties that speak as of a specific date, which shall be made as of such date, and except as qualified in their entirety (i) as set forth on the applicable section of the disclosure schedules attached to this Agreement or any other section of the disclosure schedules to the extent that it is reasonably apparent on the face of such disclosure that such disclosure is applicable to such other section and (ii) by the Company SEC Documents (excluding any disclosures contained or referenced therein under the captions “Risk Factors” or “Forward Looking Statements” or any other disclosures contained or referenced therein relating to information, factors or risks that are predictive, cautionary or forward-looking in nature), to each of the Purchasers that:

 

(a)          Subsidiaries. The Company owns all of the outstanding shares of the Bank. Schedule 3.1(a) sets forth all of the direct or indirect Subsidiaries of the Company. The Company owns, directly or indirectly, all of the capital stock or comparable equity interests of each Subsidiary free and clear of any and all Liens, and all the issued and outstanding shares of capital stock or comparable equity interest of each Subsidiary are validly issued and are fully paid, non-assessable (to the extent such concept is applicable to an equity interest of a Subsidiary) and free of preemptive and similar rights to subscribe for or purchase securities. Except in respect of the Company’s Subsidiaries, the Company does not own beneficially, directly or indirectly, more than 5% of any class of equity securities or similar interests of any corporation, bank, business trust, association or similar organization, and is not, directly or indirectly, a partner in any partnership or party to any joint venture.

 

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(b)        Organization and Qualification. The Company and each of its Subsidiaries is an entity duly incorporated or otherwise organized, validly existing, and in good standing under the Laws of the jurisdiction of its incorporation or organization (as applicable), with the requisite power and authority to own or lease and use its properties and assets and to carry on its business as currently conducted. Neither the Company nor any Subsidiary is in violation in any material respect of any of the provisions of its respective certificate or articles of incorporation, bylaws, or other organizational or charter documents. The Company and each of its Subsidiaries is duly qualified to conduct business and is in good standing or currently subsisting as a foreign corporation or other entity in each jurisdiction in which the nature of the business conducted or property owned by it makes such qualification necessary, except where the failure to be so qualified, in good standing, or currently subsisting, as the case may be, would not reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to have a Material Adverse Effect. The Company is duly registered as a bank holding company under the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended (the “BHCA”). The Bank is the Company’s only Subsidiary banking institution. The Bank’s deposit accounts are insured up to applicable limits by the FDIC, and all premiums and assessments required to be paid in connection therewith have been paid when due and no Proceeding for the termination of such insurance is pending or, to the Company’s Knowledge, threatened. The Company and its Subsidiaries have conducted its business in compliance with all applicable federal, state and foreign Laws, orders, judgments, decrees, rules, regulations, and applicable stock exchange requirements, including all Laws and regulations restricting activities of bank holding companies and banking organizations, except as would not reasonably be expected to be materially adverse to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole.

 

(c)       Authorization; Enforcement; Validity. The Company has the requisite corporate power and authority to enter into and to consummate the transactions contemplated by each of the Transaction Documents and otherwise to carry out its obligations hereunder and thereunder, including, without limitation, to issue the Securities in accordance with the terms hereof. The Company’s execution and delivery of each of the Transaction Documents and the consummation by it of the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby (including, but not limited to, the sale and delivery of the Securities pursuant to this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents) have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate action on the part of the Company, and no further corporate action is required by the Company, the Board, or the Company’s shareholders in connection therewith other than in connection with the Required Approvals. Each of the Transaction Documents has been (or upon delivery will have been) duly executed by the Company and is, or when delivered in accordance with the terms hereof or thereof, will (assuming due authorization, execution and delivery thereof by the other parties thereto) constitute the legal, valid, and binding obligation of the Company enforceable against the Company in accordance with its terms, except (i) as such enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium, liquidation, or similar Laws relating to, or affecting generally the enforcement of, creditors’ rights and remedies or by other equitable principles of general application, (ii) as limited by Laws relating to the availability of specific performance, injunctive relief, or other equitable remedies, and (iii) insofar as indemnification and contribution provisions may be limited by applicable Law. The Board has (i) waived the ownership limitations with respect to the Securities owned by and acquired pursuant to this Agreement by the Purchasers that are imposed by Article XII of the Article of Incorporation by at least a two-thirds vote and (ii) approved the transactions contemplated by this Agreement for purposes of Subchapter 25D, Subchapter 25F and Subchapter 25H, including for any Common Stock owned as of the date hereof by the Purchasers or any of their respective Affiliates which could be considered “control shares” under Subchapter 25G, of the Pennsylvania Business Corporation Law and the Pennsylvania Entity Transactions Law (collectively, the “PBCL”). There are no shareholder agreements, voting agreements, or other similar arrangements with respect to the Company’s capital stock to which the Company is a party.

 

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(d)         No Conflicts. The execution, delivery, and performance by the Company of the Transaction Documents and the consummation by the Company of the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby (including, without limitation, the issuance of the Securities pursuant to this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents) do not and will not, subject to receipt of the Required Approvals,  conflict with or violate any provisions of the Company’s or any Subsidiary’s articles of incorporation, bylaws, or otherwise result in a violation of the organizational documents of the Company or any Subsidiary,  conflict with, or constitute a default (or an event that with notice or lapse of time or both would result in a default) under, result in the creation of any Lien upon any of the properties or assets of the Company or any Subsidiary or give to others any rights of termination, amendment, acceleration, or cancellation (with or without notice, lapse of time or both) of, any agreement, indenture or instrument to which the Company or any Subsidiary is a party, or  subject to the Required Approvals, conflict with or result in a violation of any Law, rule, regulation, order, judgment, injunction, decree, or other restriction of any court or Governmental Entity to which the Company is subject (including federal and state securities Laws and regulations and the rules and regulations thereunder, assuming, without investigation, the correctness of the representations and warranties made by the Purchasers herein, of any self-regulatory organization to which the Company or its securities are subject, including all applicable Trading Markets), or by which any property or asset of the Company is bound or affected, except in the case of clauses (ii) and (iii) such as would not be, or would not reasonably be expected to be, material to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

 

(e)       Filings, Consents and Approvals. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is required to obtain any consent, waiver, authorization or order of, give any notice to, or make any filing or registration with, any Governmental Entity or other Person in connection with the execution, delivery and performance by the Company of the Transaction Documents (including, without limitation, the issuance of the Shares, the Warrants and the Underlying Shares), other than (i) the filing of a Notice of Exempt Offering of Securities on Form D with the Commission under Regulation D of the Securities Act, (ii) the filing of any applicable notices and/or applications to or the receipt of any applicable approvals, consents or non-objections from the state or federal bank regulatory authorities that govern the Company or the Bank, (iii) the filing of the Series B Preferred Stock Statement with Respect to Shares to create the Series B Preferred Stock, (iv) the filing of any requisite notices to the Principal Trading Market, if applicable, regarding the issuance and sale of the Shares hereunder and (v) those that have been made or obtained prior to the date of this Agreement; except where any failure to obtain such consents, waivers, authorizations or orders, or give any notice, or make any filing or registration would not reasonably be expected to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole (collectively, the “Required Approvals”).

 

(f)        Issuance of the Shares and Warrants. The issuance of the Shares and the Warrants has been duly authorized and each of the Shares and the Warrants, when issued and paid for in accordance with the terms of the Transaction Documents, will be duly and validly issued, fully paid, and non-assessable and free and clear of all Liens, other than restrictions on transfer imposed by applicable securities Laws, restrictions contemplated by the Transaction Documents and Liens, if any, created by a Purchaser, and the issuance thereof is not subject to preemptive or similar rights. The issuance of the Underlying Shares has been duly authorized and the Underlying Shares, if and when issued in accordance with the terms of the Articles of Incorporation and/or the Warrant Agreement, will be duly and validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable and free and clear of all Liens, other than restrictions on transfer imposed by applicable securities Laws, restrictions contemplated by the Transaction Documents and Liens, if any, created by a Purchaser, and shall not be subject to preemptive or similar rights. The issuance of the shares of Common Stock into which the shares of Series B Preferred Stock are convertible will, upon receipt of the applicable Shareholder Approval, have been duly authorized and the shares of Common Stock into which the shares of Series B Preferred Stock are convertible, will be duly and validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable and free and clear of all Liens, other than restrictions on transfer imposed by applicable securities Laws, restrictions contemplated by the Transaction Documents and Liens, if any, created by the Purchasers, and shall not be subject to preemptive or similar rights. Assuming the accuracy of the representations and warranties of the Purchasers in this Agreement, the Shares will be issued in compliance with all applicable federal and state securities Laws.

 

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(g)         Capitalization. As of the date of this Agreement, the authorized capital stock of the Company consists of (1) 100,000,000 shares of Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share, and (2) 10,000,000 shares of preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Preferred Stock”). As of the execution of this Agreement, there were 70,410,960 shares of Common Stock issued and outstanding and 703,775 shares of Series A Preferred Stock issued and outstanding. All of the outstanding shares of capital stock of the Company are duly authorized, validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable, have been issued in compliance in all material respects with all applicable federal and state securities Laws, and none of such outstanding shares was issued in violation of any preemptive rights or similar rights to subscribe for or purchase any capital stock of the Company. The shares of Series B Preferred Stock (upon filing of the Series B Preferred Stock Statement with Respect to Shares with the Department of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) will be duly authorized by all necessary corporate action, and when issued and sold against receipt of the consideration therefor as provided in this Agreement and/or the Warrant Agreement, such shares of Series B Preferred Stock will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable and free of preemptive rights except for those stated herein. The shares of Common Stock issuable upon the exchange of the Series B Preferred Stock and/or exercise of the Warrant will have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate action and when so issued upon such exchange or exercise will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable, and free of preemptive rights except for those stated herein. The Company will (upon receipt of the Shareholder Approval, as applicable, regarding the increase in the number of authorized shares of Common Stock under the Articles of Incorporation to 3,000,000,000) reserve, free of any preemptive or similar rights of shareholders of the Company, a number of unissued shares of Common Stock, sufficient to issue and deliver the Underlying Shares into which the Series B Preferred Stock is convertible under the Series B Preferred Stock Statement with Respect to Shares and/or subject to exercise under the Warrants. As of the execution of this Agreement, there are no outstanding options, warrants, scrip, rights to subscribe to, calls, or commitments of any character whatsoever relating to, or securities or rights convertible into, or exercisable or exchangeable for, any shares of capital stock of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, or contracts, commitments, understandings or arrangements by which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is bound to issue additional shares of capital stock of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or options, warrants, scrip, rights to subscribe to, calls, or commitments of any character whatsoever relating to, or securities or rights convertible into, or exercisable or exchangeable for, any shares of capital stock of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries As of the date of this Agreement, there are no material outstanding debt securities, notes, credit agreements, credit facilities or other agreements, documents or instruments evidencing indebtedness of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or by which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is bound. Except for the Registration Rights Agreement, as of the date of this Agreement, if applicable, there are no agreements or arrangements under which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is obligated to register the sale of any of its securities under the Securities Act. There are no outstanding securities or instruments of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries that contain any redemption or similar provisions, and there are no contracts, commitments, understandings or arrangements by which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is bound to redeem a security of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries. As of the date of this Agreement, the Company and its Subsidiaries do not have any stock appreciation rights or “phantom stock” plans or agreements or any similar plan or agreement. There are no securities or instruments issued by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries containing anti-dilution or similar provisions that will be triggered by the issuance of the Shares pursuant to this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents.

 

(h)         Company Financial Statements. All of the audited consolidated financial statements and unaudited interim consolidated financial statements of the Company included in the Company SEC Documents (including the related notes and schedules thereto) (the “Company Financial Statements”) (1) have been prepared from, and are in accordance with the books and records of the Company and its Subsidiaries, (2) have been prepared in accordance with GAAP applied on a consistent basis during the periods involved, except as may be otherwise specified in such financial statements or the notes thereto and, in the case of unaudited quarterly statements, as permitted by Form 10-Q of the Commission or other rules and regulations of the Commission, and fairly present in all material respects the financial position and the results of operations, shareholders’ equity and cash flows of the Company and its consolidated Subsidiaries as of the times and for the periods referred to therein, subject, in the case of unaudited statements, to normal, year-end audit adjustments, which would not be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole. The Company has made available to the Purchasers complete and accurate copies of the Company Financial Statements (to the extent such Company Financial Statements are not available on the Commission’s EDGAR system or any successor thereto).

 

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(i)          Tax Matters. The Company and each of its Subsidiaries has (i) timely filed all material Tax Returns that are or were required to be filed, and all such Tax Returns are true, correct and complete in all material respects, (ii) paid all material Taxes required to be paid by it, whether or not shown or determined to be due on such Tax Returns, other than any such amounts (x) currently payable without penalty or interest, or (y) being contested in good faith by appropriate proceedings and for which adequate reserves have been established in accordance with GAAP; (iii) timely withheld, collected or deposited as the case may be all material Taxes (determined both individually and in the aggregate) required to be withheld, collected or deposited by it, and to the extent required, have been paid to the relevant taxing authority in accordance with applicable Law; and (iv) complied with all applicable information reporting requirements in all material respects. Neither the Company nor any Subsidiary (i) is subject to any outstanding audit, assessment, dispute or claim concerning any material Tax liability of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries either within the Company’s Knowledge or claimed, pending or raised by a taxing authority in writing; (ii) is a party to, bound by or otherwise subject to any obligation under any Tax sharing or Tax indemnity agreement or similar contract or arrangement (other than agreements, similar contracts or arrangements (A) to which only the Company and its Subsidiaries are parties or (B) entered into in the ordinary course of business the primary subject of which is not Taxes); (iii) has participated in a “listed transaction” within the meaning of Treasury Regulation Section 1.6011- 4(b)(2); or (iv) has any liability for Taxes of any Person (other than the members of any consolidated group of which the Company is parent) arising from the application of Treasury Regulation Section 1.1502-6 or any analogous provision of state, local or foreign Law, or as a transferee or successor, by contract, or otherwise. No claim has been made by a tax authority in a jurisdiction where the Company or any Subsidiary does not pay Taxes or file Tax Returns asserting that the Company or any Subsidiary is or may be subject to Taxes assessed by such jurisdiction.

 

(j)         Material Changes. Since September 30, 2022,  there have been no events, occurrences, or developments that have had or would reasonably be expected to have, either individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect,  the Company and its Subsidiaries have not incurred any material liabilities (contingent or otherwise) other than (A) trade payables, accrued expenses, and other liabilities incurred in the ordinary course of business consistent with past practice that are not past due, and (B) liabilities not required to be reflected in the Company Financial Statements pursuant to GAAP,  the Company and its Subsidiaries have not altered materially their method of accounting or the manner in which they keep their accounting books and records,  the Company has not declared or made any dividend or distribution of cash or other property to its shareholders or purchased, redeemed, or made any agreements to purchase or redeem any shares of its capital stock,  the Company and its Subsidiaries have not issued any equity to any Person,  there has not been any material change or amendment to, or any waiver of any material right by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries under, any Material Contract under which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is bound or subject, and there has not been a material increase in the aggregate dollar amount of (A) the Bank’s nonperforming loans (including nonaccrual loans and loans 90 days or more past due and still accruing interest) or (B) the reserves or allowances established on and in respect to the Company Financial Statements.

 

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(k)        Environmental Matters. Since December 31, 2020, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has been in violation of any Law of any Governmental Entity relating to the use, disposal or release of hazardous or toxic substances or relating to the protection or restoration of the environment or human exposure to hazardous or toxic substances (collectively, “Environmental Laws”), has been liable for any off-site disposal or contamination pursuant to any Environmental Laws,  to the Company’s Knowledge, owns or operates, or owned or operated any real property contaminated with any substance that is in violation of any Environmental Laws or  is or has been subject to any claim relating to any Environmental Laws; in each case, which violation, liability or claim has had or would reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect; and there is no pending or, to the Company’s Knowledge, threatened investigation that might lead to such a claim. Except as would not reasonably be expected, individually or in the aggregate, to have a Material Adverse Effect, since December 31, 2020, there have been no circumstances or conditions (including the presence of asbestos, underground storage tanks, lead products, polychlorinated biphenyls, prior manufacturing operations, dry-cleaning or automotive services) to the Company’s Knowledge involving the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, or any currently or formerly owned or operated property of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, that could reasonably be expected to result in any claim, liability, investigation, cost or restriction against the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, or result in any restriction on the ownership, use, or transfer of any property pursuant to any Environmental Law, or adversely affect the value of any currently owned property of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

 

(l)       Litigation. Since December 31, 2020, there has been no Action pending or, to the Company’s Knowledge, threatened in writing, which is reasonably likely to be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect. Neither the Company nor any Subsidiary, nor, to the Company’s Knowledge, any director or officer thereof in such individual’s capacity as a director or officer of the Company or any Subsidiary, is or since December 31, 2020 has been the subject of any Action involving a material claim of violation of or liability under federal or state securities Laws or a claim of breach of fiduciary duty nor is any such Action, to the Company’s Knowledge, currently threatened in writing. Since December 31, 2020, there has not, and to the Company’s Knowledge there is not pending or contemplated, any investigation by the Commission involving the Company or any current or former director or officer of the Company in such individual’s capacity as a director or officer of the Company. The Commission has not issued any stop order or other order suspending the effectiveness of any registration statement filed by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries under the Exchange Act or the Securities Act. Since December 31, 2020, there are and have been no material outstanding orders, judgments, injunctions, awards or decrees of any court, arbitrator or governmental or regulatory body against the Company or any executive officers or directors of the Company in their capacities as such.

 

(m)      Employment Matters. No labor dispute exists or, to the Company’s Knowledge, is imminent with respect to any of the employees of the Company or any Subsidiary that is, or would reasonably be expected to be, material to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries. None of the employees of the Company or any Subsidiary is a member of a labor union that relates to such employee’s relationship with the Company or any Subsidiary, and neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is a party to a collective bargaining agreement, and the Company and each Subsidiary believes that its relationship with its employees is good. To the Company’s Knowledge, there is no activity involving any of the employees of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries seeking to certify a collective bargaining unit or similar collective bargaining representative. To the Company’s Knowledge, no executive officer is, or is now expected to be, in violation of any material term of any employment contract, confidentiality, disclosure or proprietary information agreement or non-competition agreement, or any other contract or agreement or any restrictive covenant in each case with or in favor of a prior employer, and to the Company’s Knowledge, the continued employment of each such executive officer by the Company or its Subsidiary does not subject the Company or any Subsidiary to any liability with respect to any claim by any prior employer. The Company and each of its Subsidiaries are and since December 31, 2020, have been in compliance with all Laws and regulations relating to employment and employment practices, immigration, terms and conditions of employment and wages and hours, except where the failure to be in compliance would not have or reasonably be material to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries. No executive employee has given notice to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries of his or her intent to terminate his or her employment or service relationship with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries. The Company and its Subsidiaries are and since December 31, 2020, have been in material compliance with all Laws concerning the classification of employees and independent contractors and since December 31, 2020, have properly classified all such individuals for purposes of participation in employee benefit plans.

 

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(n)         Compliance. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries (i) are or since December 31, 2020 has been in violation of any order of which the Company has been made aware in writing of any court, arbitrator, or governmental body having jurisdiction over the Company or its Subsidiaries or their respective properties or assets, and (ii) are or since December 31, 2020 has been in violation of, or in receipt of notice that it is in violation of, any statute, rule, regulation, policy, guideline, or order of any Governmental Entity or self-regulatory organization (including the Principal Trading Market), applicable to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, or which would have the effect of revoking or limiting FDIC deposit insurance.

 

(o)        Regulatory Permits. The Company and each of its Subsidiaries possess and since December 31, 2020 have possessed all required certificates, authorizations, consents, licenses, franchises, variances, exceptions, orders, approvals and permits issued by the appropriate Governmental Entities necessary to conduct the Company and its Subsidiaries’ business, except where the failure to possess such certificates, authorizations, consents, or permits would not reasonably be expected to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole (“Material Permits”), and (i) neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has received any notice in writing since December 31, 2020 of Proceedings relating to the revocation or material adverse modification of any such Material Permits, and (ii) to the Company’s Knowledge, there are no facts or circumstances that would give rise to the revocation or material adverse modification of any Material Permits.

 

(p)          Title to Assets. Except as would not reasonably be expected to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, the Company and its Subsidiaries have good and marketable title to all real property and tangible personal property owned by them related the business of the Company and its Subsidiaries, in each case free and clear of all Liens, except such as do not materially affect the value of such property or do not materially interfere with the use made and proposed to be made of such property by the Company and any of its Subsidiaries. Any real property and facilities held under lease by the Company and any of its Subsidiaries are held by them under valid, subsisting, and enforceable leases with such exceptions as are not material and do not materially interfere with the use made and proposed to be made of such property and facilities by the Company and its Subsidiaries. Since December 31, 2020, no notice of a claim of default by any party to any material lease entered into by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries has been delivered to either the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or is now pending, and, to the Company’s Knowledge, there does not exist any event or circumstance that with notice or passing of time, or both, would constitute a default or excuse performance by any party thereto. None of the owned or leased premises or properties of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is subject to any current or potential interests of third parties or other restrictions or limitations that would impair or be inconsistent in any material respect with the current use of such property by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, as the case may be.

 

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(q)        Intellectual Property; Data Security. The Company and its Subsidiaries own, possess, license, or have other rights to use all foreign and domestic patents, patent applications, trade and service marks, trade and service mark registrations, trade names, copyrights, inventions, trade secrets, technology, Internet domain names, know-how, and other intellectual property (collectively, the “Intellectual Property”) necessary for the conduct of their respective businesses as now conducted or as proposed to be conducted free and clear of all Liens and such Intellectual Property is valid, subsisting and enforceable, and is not subject to any outstanding order, judgment, decree or agreement adversely affecting the Company’s or its Subsidiaries’ use of, or rights to, such Intellectual Property, except where the failure to own, possess, license, or have such rights would not reasonably be expected to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole. Except where such violations or infringements would not reasonably be expected to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, (i) other than with respect to licensed Intellectual Property, there are no rights of third parties to any such Intellectual Property, (ii) to the Company’s Knowledge, there is no infringement by third parties of any such Intellectual Property, (iii) there is no pending or, to the Company’s Knowledge, threatened action, suit, proceeding, or claim by others challenging the Company’s and its Subsidiaries’ rights in or to any such Intellectual Property (other than licensed Intellectual Property, in which case, to the Company’s Knowledge there is no such Proceeding by others pending or threatened), (iv) there is no pending or, to the Company’s Knowledge, threatened action, suit, proceeding, or claim by others challenging the validity or scope of any such Intellectual Property (other than licensed Intellectual Property, in which case, to the Company’s Knowledge there is no such Proceeding by others pending or threatened), and (v) there is no pending or, to the Company’s Knowledge, threatened action, suit, proceeding, or claim by others that the Company and/or any Subsidiary infringes or otherwise violates any patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, or other proprietary rights of others. Except as would not reasonably be expected to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, (A) the Company and its Subsidiaries are and since December 31, 2020 have been in compliance with all applicable Laws related to data privacy and data security and (B) since December 31, 2020, there has been no loss or theft of data or security breach or unauthorized access or use relating to data (including Personally Identifiable Information) in the possession, custody or control of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries. Except as would not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect, (1) since December 31, 2020 no claims have been asserted or, to the Company’s Knowledge, threatened in writing against the Company or any of its Subsidiaries relating to data security, privacy, or the storage, transfer, use or processing of data (including Personally Identifiable Information), and (2) to the Company’s Knowledge, the Company and its Subsidiaries are not and since December 31, 2020 have never been the subject of any audits, investigations or other inquiries or Proceedings relating to data security, privacy, or the storage, transfer, use or processing of data (including Personally Identifiable Information) from any Governmental Entity.

 

(r)         Insurance. The Company and each of the Subsidiaries are insured by insurers of recognized financial responsibility against such losses and risks and in such amounts as the Company reasonably believes to be prudent and customary in the businesses and locations in which and where the Company and its Subsidiaries are engaged. All premiums due and payable under all such policies and bonds have been timely paid, and the Company and its Subsidiaries are in material compliance with the terms of such policies and bonds. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has received any notice of cancellation of any such insurance, nor, to the Company’s Knowledge, will it or any Subsidiary be unable to renew their respective existing insurance coverage as and when such coverage expires, which in either case would result in the Company and its Subsidiaries being unable to obtain similar coverage from similar insurers as may be necessary to continue its business at a cost that would not be materially higher than their existing insurance coverage. The Company (i) maintains directors’ and officers’ liability insurance and fiduciary liability insurance with financially sound and reputable insurance companies with benefits and levels of coverage as disclosed in Schedule 3.1(r), (ii) has timely paid all premiums on such policies, and (iii) there has been no material lapse in coverage during the term of such policies.

 

(s)        Transactions With Affiliates and Employees. Since January 1, 2020, except for the transactions contemplated by this Agreement or the Company SEC Documents, none of the Affiliates, officers or directors of the Company or any Subsidiary and, to the Company’s Knowledge, none of the employees, former employees, directors or former directors of the Company or any Subsidiary, is presently or was previously a party to any transaction with the Company or any Subsidiary or to a presently contemplated transaction (other than for services as employees, officers, and directors) that would be required to be disclosed pursuant to Item 404 of Regulation S-K promulgated under the Securities Act.

 

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(t)        Internal Control Over Financial Reporting. The Company and its Subsidiaries maintain internal control over financial reporting (as such term is defined in Rule 13a-15(f) under the Exchange Act) designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with GAAP and have disclosed, based on its most recent evaluation prior to the date of this Agreement, to the Company’s outside auditors and the audit committee of the Board (A) any significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting that are reasonably likely to adversely affect in any material respect the Company’s ability to record, process, summarize, and report financial information, and (B) any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

(u)        Certain Fees. Except as otherwise expressly provided for in this Agreement, no person or entity will have, as a result of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, any valid right, interest, or claim against or upon any Purchaser for any broker’s or similar commission, fee, or other similar compensation pursuant to any agreement, arrangement, or understanding entered into by or on behalf of the Company or any Subsidiary.

 

(v)         Private Placement. Assuming the accuracy of the Purchasers’ representations and warranties set forth in Section 3.2 of this Agreement and the accuracy of the information disclosed in the Questionnaires, no registration under the Securities Act is required for the offer and sale of the Securities by the Company to the Purchasers under the Transaction Documents. The issuance and sale of the Shares hereunder does not contravene the rules and regulations of the Principal Trading Market.

 

(w)        Registration Rights. Other than as set forth in the Registration Rights Agreement, no Person has any right to cause the Company or any Subsidiary to effect the registration under the Securities Act of any securities of the Company or any Subsidiary.

 

(x)         No Objections. None of the Federal Reserve, the FDIC or the PDBS has issued any order or taken any similar action preventing or suspending the issuance or sale of the Purchased Shares to the Purchasers. The Company and the Bank have filed with the Federal Reserve, the FDIC and the PDBS, as applicable, all materials required to be filed by the Company or the Bank in connection with the issuance and sale of the Securities.

 

(y)        No Integrated Offering. Assuming the accuracy of the Purchasers’ representations and warranties set forth in Section 3.2, none of the Company, its Subsidiaries nor, to the Company’s Knowledge, any of its Affiliates or any Person acting on its behalf has, directly or indirectly, at any time within the past six months, made any offers or sales of any Company security or solicited any offers to buy any security under circumstances that would eliminate the availability of the exemption from registration under Regulation D under the Securities Act in connection with the offer and sale by the Company of the Shares as contemplated hereby.

 

(z)         Investment Company. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is required to be registered as, and immediately following the Closing will not be required to register as, an “investment company” within the meaning of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, and neither the Company nor any Subsidiary sponsors any person that is such an investment company.

 

(aa)       Unlawful Payments. Since December 31, 2019, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries, nor to the Company’s Knowledge, any directors, officers, employees, agents, or other Persons acting at the direction of or on behalf of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries has, in the course of its actions for, or on behalf of, the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (a) directly or indirectly, used any corporate funds for unlawful contributions, gifts, entertainment, or other unlawful expenses relating to foreign or domestic political activity, (b) made any direct or indirect unlawful payments to any foreign or domestic governmental officials or employees or to any foreign or domestic political parties or campaigns from corporate funds, (c) violated any provision of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, or (d) made any other unlawful bribe, rebate, payoff, influence payment, kickback, or other material unlawful payment to any foreign or domestic government official or employee.

 

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(bb)      Application of Takeover Protections; Rights Agreements. The Company has not adopted any shareholder rights plan or similar arrangement relating to accumulations of beneficial ownership of its Common Stock or a Change in Control of the Company (excluding, for the avoidance of doubt, Articles VIII and XII of the Articles of Incorporation). The Company and the Board have taken all necessary action, if any, in order to render inapplicable any control share acquisition, business combination, poison pill (including any distribution under a rights agreement), or other similar anti-takeover provision under the Articles of Incorporation or other organizational documents or the Laws of the jurisdiction of its incorporation or otherwise which is or could become applicable to Purchaser solely as a result of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, including, without limitation, the Company’s issuance of the Shares and any Purchaser’s ownership of the Purchased Shares (each, a “Takeover Law”).

 

(cc)       No Undisclosed Liabilities. There are no liabilities or obligations of the Company or any of the Subsidiaries of any kind whatsoever, whether accrued, contingent, absolute, determined, determinable, or otherwise, that would be required by GAAP to be reflected on a consolidated and combined balance sheet except for (i) liabilities appropriately reflected or reserved against in accordance with GAAP in the Company’s audited balance sheet or that are otherwise disclosed in the footnotes to the financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2021, (ii) liabilities that have arisen in the ordinary and usual course of business and consistent with past practice since December 31, 2021 and (iii) liabilities as expressly contemplated by this Agreement or any other Transaction Document or otherwise incurred in connection with the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby and (iv) liabilities as would not reasonably be expected to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole.

 

(dd)       Off Balance Sheet Arrangements. There is no transaction, arrangement, or other relationship between the Company (or any of its Subsidiaries) and an unconsolidated or other off-balance sheet entity that is required to be disclosed by the Company in its Company Financial Statements and is not so disclosed.

 

(ee)       Acknowledgment Regarding Purchasers Purchase of Shares. The Company acknowledges and agrees that each Purchaser is acting solely in the capacity of an arm’s length purchaser with respect to the Transaction Documents and the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby. The Company further acknowledges that each Purchaser is not acting as a financial advisor or fiduciary of the Company (or in any similar capacity) with respect to the Transaction Documents and the transactions contemplated thereby and any advice given by any Purchaser or any of their respective representatives or agents in connection with the Transaction Documents and the transactions contemplated thereby is merely incidental to such Purchaser’s purchase of the Shares.

 

(ff)        Absence of Manipulation. The Company has not, and to the Company’s Knowledge no one acting on its behalf has, taken, directly or indirectly, any action designed to cause or to result in the stabilization or manipulation of the price of any security of the Company to facilitate the sale or resale of any of the Purchased Shares.

 

(gg)       OFAC. Neither the Company nor any Subsidiary nor, to the Company’s Knowledge, any director, officer, agent, employee, Affiliate, or Person acting on behalf of the Company or any Subsidiary is currently subject to any U.S. sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Treasury Department (“OFAC”); and the Company will not knowingly use the proceeds of the sale of the Purchased Shares towards any sales or operations in Cuba, Iran, Syria, Sudan or any other country sanctioned by OFAC or for the purpose of financing the activities of any Person currently subject to any U.S. sanctions administered by OFAC.

 

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(hh)     Money Laundering Laws. The operations of each of the Company and any Subsidiary are, and have been since December 31, 2019, in compliance in all material respects with the money laundering statutes of applicable jurisdictions, the rules and regulations thereunder, and any related or similar rules, regulations, or guidelines, issued, administered, or enforced by any applicable Governmental Entity (collectively, the “Money Laundering Laws”), and to the Company’s Knowledge, no action, suit, or proceeding by or before any court or Governmental Entity, authority, or body or any arbitrator involving the Company and/or any Subsidiary with respect to the Money Laundering Laws is pending or threatened.

 

(ii)       No Additional Agreements. Except for the Warrant Agreement or as disclosed in the Company SEC Documents, the Company has no agreements or understandings (including, without limitation, side letters) with any Person to purchase shares of Common Stock or Series B Preferred Stock on terms more favorable to such Person than as set forth herein.

 

(jj)       Reports, Registrations and Statements. Since December 31, 2020, the Company and each Subsidiary have filed all material reports, registrations, documents, filings, submissions and statements, together with any required amendments thereto, that it was required to file with the Federal Reserve, the FDIC, the PDBS and any other applicable federal or state banking authorities except as would not reasonably be expected to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole. All such reports and statements filed with any such regulatory body or authority are collectively referred to herein as the “Company Reports.” All such Company Reports were filed on a timely basis or the Company or the applicable Subsidiary, as applicable, received a valid extension of such time of filing and has filed any such Company Reports prior to the expiration of any such extension except where the failure to file would not reasonably be expected to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole. As of their respective dates, the Company Reports complied in all material respects with all the rules and regulations promulgated by the Federal Reserve, the FDIC, the PDBS and any other applicable foreign, federal, or state securities or banking authorities, as the case may be.

 

(kk)      Regulatory Capitalization. As of September 30, 2023, the Bank was considered “adequately capitalized” under the FDIC’s regulatory framework for prompt corrective action (12 C.F.R. § 324.403(b)(1)), and the Bank met or exceeded all specific quantitative capital requirements stated in any written agreement, order, understanding or undertaking with the FDIC or the PDBS, as applicable.

 

(ll)       Agreements with Regulatory Agencies. Neither the Company nor any Subsidiary is subject to any cease-and-desist or other similar order or enforcement action issued by, or is a party to any formal written agreement or consent agreement, or is subject to any prompt corrective action directive by, or since December 31, 2020, or has reported in any public filings that it is subject to a memorandum of understanding with or a party to any commitment letter or similar undertaking or has adopted any board resolutions at the request of, any Governmental Entity (each item in this sentence, a “Regulatory Agreement”). The Company has not been informed that it will be subject to, or that any Governmental Entity is contemplating subjecting it to, any Regulatory Agreement. The Company and each of its Subsidiaries are in compliance in all material respects with all Regulatory Agreements applicable to them.

 

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(mm)     Compliance with Certain Banking Regulations. To the Company’s Knowledge, there are no facts or circumstances, and the Company has no reason to believe that any facts or circumstances exist, that would cause the Bank (i) to be deemed not to be in satisfactory compliance in all material respects with the Community Reinvestment Act (“CRA”) and the regulations promulgated thereunder or to be assigned a CRA rating by federal or state banking regulators of lower than “satisfactory,” (ii) to be deemed to be operating in violation, in any material respect, of the Bank Secrecy Act, the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act of 2001, any order issued with respect to anti-money laundering by OFAC, or any other anti-money laundering Law, (iii) to be deemed not to be in satisfactory compliance, in any material respect, with the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Flood Disaster Protection Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and the regulations promulgated thereunder, or (iv) to be deemed not to be in satisfactory compliance, in any material respect, with all applicable privacy of customer information requirements contained in any applicable federal and state privacy Laws as well as the provisions of all information security programs adopted by the Bank or the Company.

 

(nn)       No General Solicitation or General Advertising. Neither the Company nor, to the Company’s Knowledge, any person acting on its behalf has engaged in any form of general solicitation or general advertising (within the meaning of Regulation D under the Securities Act) in connection with any offer or sale of the Shares pursuant to this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents.

 

(oo)        Loan Portfolio.

 

(i)        Other than as may not be reasonably expected to have a Material Adverse Effect, each of the Company and its Subsidiaries has complied with in all material respects, and all documentation in connection with the origination, processing, underwriting and credit approval of any loan, lease or other extension of credit or commitment to extend credit (each, a “Loan”) originated, purchased or serviced by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries satisfied in all material respects, (A) all applicable Laws with respect to the origination, insuring, purchase, sale, pooling, servicing, subservicing or filing of claims in connection with Loans, including all Laws relating to real estate settlement procedures, consumer credit protection, truth in lending Laws, usury limitations, fair housing, transfers of servicing, collection practices, equal credit opportunity and adjustable rate mortgages, (B) the responsibilities and obligations relating to Loans set forth in any contract or agreement between the Company or any of its Subsidiaries and any Agency, Loan Investor or Insurer, (C) the applicable rules, regulations, guidelines, handbooks and other requirements of any Agency, Loan Investor or Insurer, (D) the terms and provisions of any mortgage or other collateral documents and other Loan documents with respect to each Loan and (E) the underwriting guidelines and other loan policies and procedures of the Company or its applicable Subsidiary;

 

(ii)         Other than as may not be reasonably expected to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, no Agency, Loan Investor or Insurer has (A) claimed in writing that the Company or any of its Subsidiaries has violated or has not complied with the applicable underwriting standards with respect to Loans sold by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to a Loan Investor or Agency, or with respect to any sale of Loan servicing rights to a Loan Investor, (B) imposed in writing restrictions on the activities (including commitment authority) of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or (C) indicated in writing to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries that it has terminated or intends to terminate its relationship with the Company or any of its Subsidiaries for poor performance, poor Loan quality or concern with respect to the Company’s or any of its Subsidiary’s compliance with Laws; and

 

(iii)       The characteristics of the loan portfolio of the Company have not materially changed from the characteristics of the loan portfolio of the Company as of December 31, 2021.

 

(iv)     The Bank’s allowance for loan and lease losses reflected in the Company Financial Statements (including footnotes thereto) was determined on the basis of the Bank’s continuing review and evaluation of the portfolio of Company’s Loans under the requirements of GAAP and applicable Law, was established in a manner consistent with the Bank’s internal policies, and, in the reasonable judgment of the Bank, was and is adequate in all material respects under the requirements of GAAP and applicable Law to provide for possible or specific losses.

 

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(v)        To the Knowledge of the Company: (i) none of the Company’s Loans is subject to any material offset or claim of offset; and (ii) the aggregate loan balances in excess of the Bank’s allowance for loan and lease losses are, based on past loan loss experience, collectible in accordance with their terms (except as limited above) and all uncollectible loans have been charged off.

 

For purposes of this Section 3.1(oo): (A) “Agency” means the Federal Housing Administration, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, the Farmers Home Administration (now known as Rural Housing and Community Development Services), the Federal National Mortgage Association, the United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the Government National Mortgage Association, or the Rural Housing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture with authority to (i) determine any investment, origination, lending or servicing requirements with regard to Loans originated, purchased or serviced by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or (ii) originate, purchase, or service Loans, or otherwise promote lending, including state and local housing finance authorities; (B) “Loan Investor” means any person (including an Agency) having a beneficial interest in any Loan originated, purchased or serviced by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or a security backed by or representing an interest in any such Loan; and (C) “Insurer” means a person who insures or guarantees for the benefit of the Loan holder all or any portion of the risk of loss upon borrower default on any of the Loans originated, purchased or serviced by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, including the Federal Housing Administration, the United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the Rural Housing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and any private mortgage insurer, and providers of hazard, title or other insurance with respect to such Loans or the related collateral.

 

(pp)      Risk Management Instruments. Except as would not reasonably be expected to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole, since December 31, 2020, all derivative instruments, including, swaps, caps, floors, and option agreements, whether entered into for the Company’s own account, or for the account of one or more of the Subsidiaries, were entered into (1) only in the ordinary course of business, (2) in accordance with prudent practices and in all respects with all applicable Laws, and (3) with counterparties believed to be financially responsible at the time, and each of them constitutes the valid and legally binding obligation of the Company or one of the Subsidiaries, enforceable in accordance with its terms except as such enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium, liquidation or similar laws relating to, or affecting generally the enforcement of, creditors’ rights and remedies or by other equitable principles of general application. Neither the Company nor the Subsidiaries, nor, to the Company’s Knowledge, any other party thereto, is in breach of any of its material obligations under any such agreement or arrangement.

 

(qq)        Company Benefit Plans.

 

(i)        “Benefit Plan” means all material employee benefit plans, programs, agreements, contracts, policies, practices, or other arrangements providing benefits to any current or former employee, officer, director or consultant of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or any beneficiary or dependent thereof that is sponsored or maintained by the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries contributes or is obligated to contribute or is party, whether or not written, including any material “employee welfare benefit plan” within the meaning of Section 3(3) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (“ERISA”), any “employee pension benefit plan” within the meaning of Section 3(2) of ERISA (whether or not such plan is subject to ERISA) and any material bonus, incentive, deferred compensation, vacation, stock purchase, stock option or equity award, equity-based severance, employment, change of control, consulting or fringe benefit plan, program, agreement or policy. Each Benefit Plan is listed on Schedule 3.1(pp)(i). True and complete copies of all Benefit Plans listed on Schedule 3.1(pp)(i) have been made available to the Purchasers prior to the date hereof.

 

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(ii)      With respect to each Benefit Plan, (A) the Company and its Subsidiaries have complied since December 31, 2020, and are now in compliance in all material respects with the applicable provisions of ERISA, and the Code and all other Laws and regulations applicable to such Benefit Plan and (B) each Benefit Plan has been administered since December 31, 2020 in all material respects in accordance with its terms. “ERISA Affiliate” means any entity, trade or business, whether or not incorporated, which together with the Company and its Subsidiaries, would be deemed a “single employer” within the meaning of Section 4001 of ERISA or Sections 414(b), (c), (m) or (o) of the Code.

 

(iii)      Each Benefit Plan which is subject to ERISA (an “ERISA Plan”) that is an “employee pension benefit plan” within the meaning of Section 3(2) of ERISA (“Pension Plan”) and that is intended to be qualified under Section 401 (a) of the Code is so qualified, has received a favorable determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) and, to the Company’s Knowledge, nothing has occurred that could reasonably be expected to result in revocation of any such favorable determination or opinion letter or the loss of the qualification of such Benefit Plan under Section 401(a) of the Code. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has engaged in a transaction with respect to any ERISA Plan that, assuming the taxable period of such transaction expired as of the date hereof, could subject the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to a material tax or material penalty imposed by either Section 4975 of the Code or Section 502(i) of ERISA. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has incurred or reasonably expects to incur a material tax or penalty imposed by Section 4980F of the Code or Section 502 of ERISA.

 

(iv)     Neither the Company, any of its Subsidiaries nor any ERISA Affiliate in the six years preceding the date of this Agreement has maintained, established, sponsored, participated in, or contributed to, any (x) Pension Plan that is subject to Subtitles C or D of Title IV of ERISA or (y) sponsors, maintains or has any liability with respect to or an obligation to contribute to or has within the past six years sponsored, maintained, had any material liability with respect to, or had an obligation to contribute to a “multiemployer plan” within the meaning of Section 3(37) of ERISA.

 

(v)      None of the execution and delivery of this Agreement, the issuance of Purchased Shares, nor the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby will, whether alone or in connection with another event, (i) constitute a “change in control” or “change of control” within the meaning of any Benefit Plan or result in any material payment or benefit (including severance, unemployment compensation, “excess parachute payment” (within the meaning of Section 280G of the Code), forgiveness of indebtedness or otherwise) becoming due to any current or former employee, officer, director or consultant of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries from the Company or any of its Subsidiaries under any Benefit Plan or any other agreement with any employee, including, for the avoidance of doubt, any employment or change in control agreements, (ii) result in payments under any of the Benefit Plans which would not be deductible under Section 162(m) or Section 280G of the Code, (iii) materially increase any compensation or benefits otherwise payable under any Benefit Plan, (iv) result in any acceleration of the time of payment or vesting of any such benefits, (v) require the funding or materially increase in the funding of any such benefits, or (vi) result in any limitation on the right of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries to amend, merge, terminate or receive a reversion of assets from any Benefit Plan or related trust.

 

(vi)      There is no material pending or, to the Company’s Knowledge, threatened, litigation relating to the Benefit Plans (other than claims for benefits in the ordinary course). Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has any obligations for retiree health and life benefits under any ERISA Plan or collective bargaining agreement, except for health continuation coverage for a period no longer than the period required by Section 4980B of the Code or Part 6 of Title I of ERISA.

 

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(vii)       Except as would not reasonably be expected to be material to the Company and except for liabilities fully reserved for or identified in the Company Financial Statements, there are no pending or, to the Company’s Knowledge, threatened claims (other than claims for benefits in the ordinary course), lawsuits or arbitrations which have been asserted or instituted against (i) the Benefit Plans, (ii) any fiduciaries thereof with respect to their duties to the Benefit Plans, or (iii) the assets of any of the trusts under any of the Benefit Plans.

 

(rr)        Nonperforming Assets. The Company believes that the Bank will be able to fully and timely collect substantially all interest, principal, or other payments when due under its loans, leases, and other assets that are not classified as nonperforming, and the Company believes that the amount of reserves and allowances for loan and lease losses and other nonperforming assets established on the Company’s and Bank’s financial statements is adequate.

 

(ss)       No Change in Control. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries is a party to any employment, Change in Control, severance, or other compensatory agreement or any benefit plan pursuant to which the issuance of the Shares to the Purchasers as contemplated by this Agreement would trigger a “change of control” or other similar provision in any of the agreements, which results in payments to the counterparty or the acceleration of vesting of benefits.

 

(tt)         Common Control. The Company is not and, after giving effect to the offering and sale of the Shares, will not be under the control (as defined in the BHCA and the Federal Reserve’s Regulation Y (12 C.F.R. Part 225)) (“BHCA Control”) of any company (as defined in the BHCA and the Federal Reserve’s Regulation Y). The Company is not in BHCA Control of any federally insured depository institution other than the Bank. The Bank is not under the BHCA Control of any company (as defined in the BHCA and the Federal Reserve’s Regulation Y) other than Company. Except for the Company’s ownership interest in the Bank, neither the Company nor the Bank controls, in the aggregate, more than 5% of the outstanding shares of any class of voting securities, directly or indirectly, of any federally insured depository institution. The Bank is not subject to the liability of any commonly controlled depository institution pursuant to Section 5(e) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. § 1815(e)).

 

(uu)       Material Contracts. The Company has made available to each Purchaser or its respective representatives, prior to the date hereof, true, correct, and complete copies of, and listed on Schedule 3.1(uu), each Material Contract to which the Company or any of its Subsidiaries is a party or subject as of the date of this Agreement. Each Material Contract is a valid and binding obligation of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (as applicable) that is a party thereto and, to the Company’s Knowledge, each other party to such Material Contract, except for such failures to be valid and binding as would not reasonably be expected to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole. Each such Material Contract is enforceable against the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (as applicable) that is a party thereto and, to the Company’s Knowledge, each other party to such Material Contract in accordance with its terms (subject in each case to applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or similar Laws affecting the enforcement of creditors’ rights generally and general equitable principles, regardless of whether such enforceability is considered in a proceeding of law or at equity), except for such failures to be enforceable as, individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole. Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries, nor to the Company’s Knowledge, any other party to a Material Contract, is in material default or material breach of a Material Contract and there does not exist any event, condition or omission that would constitute such a default or breach (whether by lapse of time or notice or both), in each case, except as, individually or in the aggregate, would not reasonably be expected to be material to the Company and its Subsidiaries, taken as a whole.

 

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(vv)       No Bad Actor Disqualification. The Company has exercised reasonable care, in accordance with Commission rules and guidance, the nature and scope of which reflect reasonable care under the relevant facts and circumstances, to determine whether any Covered Person is subject to any of the “bad actor” disqualifications described in Rule 506(d)(1)(i) to (viii) under the Securities Act (“Disqualification Events”). To the Company’s Knowledge, no Covered Person is subject to a Disqualification Event, except for a Disqualification Event covered by Rule 506(d)(2) or (d)(3) under the Securities Act. The Company has complied, to the extent applicable, with any disclosure obligations under Rule 506(e) under the Securities Act. “Covered Persons” are those persons specified in Rule 506(d)(1) under the Securities Act, including the Company, any predecessor or affiliate of the Company, any director, executive officer, other officer participating in the offering, general partner or managing member of the Company, any beneficial owner of 20% or more of the Company’s outstanding voting equity securities, calculated on the basis of voting power, any promoter (as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act) connected with the Company in any capacity at the time of the sale of the Securities, and any person that has been or will be paid (directly or indirectly) remuneration for solicitation of purchasers in connection with the sale of the Shares (a “Solicitor”), any general partner or managing member of any Solicitor, and any director, executive officer or other officer participating in the offering of any Solicitor or general partner or managing member of any Solicitor.

 

(ww)      Shell Company Status. The Company is not, and has never been, an issuer identified in Rule 144(i)(1).

 

Section 3.2         Representations and Warranties of the Purchasers. Each Purchaser hereby, for itself and for no other Purchaser, represents and warrants as of the date hereof and as of the Closing Date to the Company as follows:

 

(a)      Organization; Authority. If such Purchaser is an entity, it is duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the Laws of the jurisdiction of its organization with the requisite corporate, partnership, limited liability company or other power and authority to enter into and to consummate the transactions contemplated by the applicable Transaction Documents and otherwise to carry out its obligations hereunder and thereunder. If such Purchaser is an entity, the execution and delivery of this Agreement and performance by such Purchaser of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate or, if such Purchaser is not a corporation, such partnership, limited liability company or other applicable like action, on the part of such Purchaser, and no further approval or authorization by any of such persons, as the case may be, is required. This Agreement has been duly executed by such Purchaser, and when delivered by such Purchaser in accordance with the terms hereof, will constitute the valid and legally binding obligation of such Purchaser, enforceable against it in accordance with its terms, except as such enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium, liquidation, or similar Laws relating to, or affecting generally the enforcement of, creditors’ rights and remedies or by other equitable principles of general application.

 

(b)      No Conflicts. The execution, delivery, and performance by such Purchaser of this Agreement and the Registration Rights Agreement, if applicable, and the consummation by such Purchaser of the transactions contemplated hereby and thereby will not, as applicable, (i) result in a violation of the organizational documents of such Purchaser, (ii) conflict with, or constitute a default (or an event which with notice or lapse of time or both would become a default) under, or give to others any rights of termination, amendment, acceleration or cancellation of, any agreement, indenture, or instrument to which such Purchaser is a party, or (iii) result in a violation of any Law, rule, regulation, order, judgment, or decree (including federal and state securities Laws) applicable to such Purchaser, except in the case of clauses (ii) and (iii) above, for such conflicts, defaults, rights, or violations which would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on the ability of such Purchaser to perform its obligations hereunder.

 

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(c)         Filings, Consents and Approvals. Such Purchaser is not required to obtain any consent, waiver, authorization or order of, give any notice to, or make any filing or registration with, any Governmental Entity or other Person in connection with the execution, delivery and performance by such Purchaser of the Transaction Documents (including, without limitation, the issuance of the Shares, the Warrants and the Underlying Shares, as applicable), other than the filing of any applicable notices and/or applications to or the receipt of any applicable approvals, consents or non-objections from the state or federal bank regulatory authorities that govern the Company or the Bank.

 

(d)         Investment Intent. Such Purchaser understands that the Shares are “restricted securities” and have not been registered under the Securities Act or any applicable state securities Law and is acquiring the Shares as principal for its own account and not with a view to, or for distributing or reselling such Shares or any part thereof in violation of the Securities Act or any applicable state securities Laws, provided, however, that by making the representations herein, such Purchaser does not agree to hold any of the Shares for any minimum period of time and reserves the right at all times to sell or otherwise dispose of all or any part of such Shares pursuant to an effective registration statement under the Securities Act or under an exemption from such registration and in compliance with applicable federal and state securities Laws. Such Purchaser is acquiring the Shares hereunder in the ordinary course of its business. Such Purchaser does not presently have any agreement, plan, or understanding, directly or indirectly, with any Person to distribute or effect any distribution of any of the Shares (or any securities which are derivatives thereof) to or through any person or entity. Such Purchaser (i) has such knowledge and experience in financial and business matters and in investments of this type that it is capable of evaluating the merits and risks of its investment in the Shares and of making an informed investment decision, (ii) has been furnished with or has had access to all the information that it considers necessary or appropriate to make an informed investment decision with respect to the Shares, (iii) has had an opportunity to discuss with the Company and its representatives the intended business and financial affairs of the Company and to obtain information necessary to verify any information furnished to it or to which it had access and (iv) can bear the economic risk of (x) an investment in the Shares indefinitely and (y) a total loss in respect of such investment.

 

(e)         Purchaser Status. At the time such Purchaser was offered the Securities, it was, and at the date hereof it is, an “accredited investor” as defined in Rule 501(a) under the Securities Act.

 

(f)        Residency. Such Purchaser’s office in which its investment decision with respect to the Shares was made is located at the address for such Purchaser set forth under such Purchaser’s name on the signature page hereof.

 

(g)      OFAC and Anti-Money Laundering. Such Purchaser understands, acknowledges, represents, and agrees that (i) to the knowledge of the Purchaser, the Purchaser is not the target of any sanction, regulation, or law promulgated by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or any other U.S. Governmental Entity (“U.S. Sanctions Laws”), (ii) such Purchaser is not owned by, controlled by, under common control with, or acting on behalf of any person that is the target of U.S. Sanctions Laws, (iii) such Purchaser is not a “foreign shell bank” and is not acting on behalf of a “foreign shell bank” under applicable anti-money laundering laws and regulations, (iv) such Purchaser’s entry into this Agreement or consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby will not contravene U.S. Sanctions Laws or applicable anti- money laundering laws or regulations, (v) to the extent permitted under applicable Law, such Purchaser will promptly provide to the Company or any regulatory or law enforcement authority such information or documentation as may be required to comply with U.S. Sanctions Laws or applicable anti-money laundering laws or regulations, and (vi) the Company may provide to any regulatory or law enforcement authority information or documentation regarding, or provided by, such Purchaser for the purposes of complying with U.S. Sanctions Laws or applicable anti-money laundering laws or regulations.

 

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(h)      Certain Fees. Except as otherwise expressly provided for in this Agreement, no person or entity will have, as a result of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, any valid right, interest, or claim against or upon the Company or any Subsidiary for any broker’s or similar commission, fee, or other similar compensation pursuant to any agreement, arrangement, or understanding entered into by or on behalf of such Purchaser.

 

(i)        Employee Benefit Plan. Such Purchaser is not an employee benefit plan subject to ERISA or a “plan” subject to Section 4975 of the Code.

 

(j)        No Other Representation. Such Purchaser has not made and does not make any representations or warranties with respect to the transactions contemplated hereby other than those specifically set forth in this Section 3.2 and Part C of the Questionnaire.

 

ARTICLE IV
    OTHER AGREEMENTS OF THE PARTIES

 

Section 4.1          Transfer Restrictions.

 

(a)         Compliance with Laws. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article IV, each Purchaser covenants that the Purchased Shares, Underlying Shares and Warrants may be disposed of only pursuant to an effective registration statement under, and in compliance with the requirements of, the Securities Act, or pursuant to an available exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act, and in compliance with any applicable state, federal or foreign securities Laws. In connection with any transfer of the Purchased Shares, Underlying Shares or Warrants other than (i) pursuant to an effective registration statement, (ii) to the Company or (iii) pursuant to Rule 144 (provided that the transferor provides the Company with reasonable assurances (in the form of a seller representation letter and, if applicable, a broker representation letter) that such securities may be sold pursuant to such rule), the Company may require the transferor thereof to provide to the Company and the Transfer Agent, at the transferor’s expense, an opinion of counsel selected by the transferor and reasonably acceptable to the Company and the Transfer Agent, the form and substance of which opinion shall be reasonably satisfactory to the Company and the Transfer Agent, to the effect that such transfer does not require registration of such Securities under the Securities Act. As a condition of transfer (other than pursuant to clauses (i), (ii) or (iii) of the preceding sentence), any such Transferee shall agree in writing to be bound by the terms of this Agreement and shall have the rights of a Purchaser under this Agreement and the Registration Rights Agreement and Warrant Agreement, if applicable, with respect to such transferred Shares and Warrants.

 

(b)         Legends. Certificates evidencing the Securities shall bear any legend as required by the “blue sky” laws of any state and a restrictive legend in substantially the following form, until such time as they are removed pursuant to Section 4.1(c) or applicable Law:

 

THE ISSUANCE OF THESE SECURITIES HAS NOT BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933 (THE “SECURITIES ACT”), OR APPLICABLE STATE SECURITIES LAWS. THE SECURITIES MAY NOT BE OFFERED FOR SALE, SOLD, TRANSFERRED OR ASSIGNED (I) IN THE ABSENCE OF (A) AN EFFECTIVE REGISTRATION STATEMENT FOR THE SECURITIES UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OR (B) AN AVAILABLE EXEMPTION FROM, OR IN A TRANSACTION NOT SUBJECT TO, THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE SECURITIES ACT AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH APPLICABLE STATE SECURITIES LAWS OR BLUE SKY LAWS AS EVIDENCED BY A LEGAL OPINION OF COUNSEL REASONABLY SATISFACTORY TO THE COMPANY AND ITS TRANSFER AGENT OR (II) UNLESS SOLD PURSUANT TO RULE 144 UNDER SAID ACT (PROVIDED THAT THE TRANSFEROR PROVIDES THE COMPANY WITH REASONABLE ASSURANCES (IN THE FORM OF A SELLER REPRESENTATION LETTER AND, IF APPLICABLE, A BROKER REPRESENTATION LETTER) THAT THE SECURITIES MAY BE SOLD PURSUANT TO SUCH RULE).

 

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(c)       Removal of Legends. Upon the request of the holder and receipt by the Company of an opinion of counsel reasonably satisfactory to the Company to the effect that such legend is no longer required under the Securities Act and applicable state securities Laws, the restrictive legend set forth in Section 4.1(b) above shall be removed and the Company shall issue a certificate without such restrictive legend or any other restrictive legend as promptly as reasonably practicable.

 

Section 4.2       Access; Information; Confidentiality. Subject to applicable Law, the Company shall (and shall cause its Subsidiaries to) afford each Purchaser reasonable access upon prior written notice, during normal business hours, from the date of this Agreement and continuing until the date that is two (2) years following the date of this Agreement, to the employees, properties, books, contracts and records of the Company and its Subsidiaries, and, during such period, the Company shall, and shall cause its Subsidiaries to, furnish promptly to each Purchaser all information concerning its business, properties and personnel as such Purchaser may reasonably request. From the date of this Agreement and continuing until the date that is two (2) years following the date of this Agreement, within 5 days following the end of each month, the Company shall and shall cause its Subsidiaries to deliver to the Purchasers a balance sheet of the Company and the Bank, dated as of the end of the recently completed month, which shall include detail on loan deposit changes, and the Company shall certify to the Purchasers at the time of delivery that each such balance sheet is complete, accurate and based on books and records of the Bank. Purchasers shall, and shall cause their respective representatives to, conduct their inspections and investigations under this Section 4.2 in a manner that will not unreasonably interfere with the conduct of the business of the Company or its Subsidiaries. With respect to the Initial Investors, all such information shall be governed by the terms and conditions of the confidentiality agreement, dated as of March 9, 2023, by and between the Company, George E. Norcross, III, Gregory B. Braca, Philip A. Norcross and the Avery Conner Capital Trust (the “Confidentiality Agreement”), except the term of the Confidentiality Agreement set forth in Section 12(c)(ii) therein shall not terminate at the Closing and shall be amended to be two (2) years after the date hereof. Notwithstanding the foregoing, (a) the Company and its Subsidiaries shall not be required to disclose any information where disclosure would (i) result in the loss of any attorney-client privilege or other privilege held by such party or (ii) contravene any Law, and (b) the distribution or receipt of any information made available under this Section 4.2 shall not affect any other rights of the parties under this Agreement.

 

Section 4.3        Publicity. The initial press release regarding the transactions contemplated by this Agreement shall be a joint press release between the Initial Investor Persons and the Company, and thereafter the Company and the Purchasers shall consult with each other.

 

Section 4.4        Form D and Blue Sky. The Company agrees to timely file a Form D with respect to the Purchased Shares and Warrants as required under Regulation D. Each Purchaser agrees to timely provide Company with any and all required information in connection with the Company’s preparation and filing of a Form D. The Company shall take such action as the Company shall reasonably determine is necessary in order to obtain an exemption for or to qualify the Purchased Shares and Warrants for sale to the Purchasers at the Closing pursuant to this Agreement under applicable securities or “Blue Sky” Laws of the states of the United States (or to obtain an exemption from such qualification). The Company shall make all filings and reports relating to the offer and sale of the Purchased Shares and Warrants required under applicable securities or “Blue Sky” Laws of the states of the United States following the Closing Date.

 

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Section 4.5        No Integration. The Company shall not, and shall use its reasonable best efforts to ensure that no Affiliate of the Company shall, sell, offer for sale or solicit offers to buy or otherwise negotiate in respect of any security (as defined in Section 2 of the Securities Act) that will be integrated with the offer or sale of the Purchased Shares and Warrants in a manner that would require the registration under the Securities Act of the sale of the Purchased Shares and Warrants to the Purchasers.

 

Section 4.6        Bank Regulatory Approvals. The Company will cooperate with the Initial Investors in their attempt to obtain the Bank Regulatory Approvals.

 

Section 4.7        Indemnification.

 

(a)        Indemnification. From and after the Closing, the Company will indemnify and hold each Purchaser and its directors, officers, shareholders, members, partners, employees, agents, and investment advisors (and any other Persons with a functionally equivalent role of a Person holding such titles notwithstanding a lack of such title or any other title), each Person who controls such Purchaser (within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act and Section 20 of the Exchange Act), and the directors, officers, shareholders, agents, members, partners, employees, agents, or investment advisors (and any other Persons with a functionally equivalent role of a Person holding such titles notwithstanding a lack of such title or any other title) of such controlling person, including for the avoidance of doubt, each Initial Investor Person (each, a “Purchaser Party”) harmless from any and all losses, liabilities, obligations, claims, contingencies, damages, costs, and expenses, including all judgments, amounts paid in settlements, court costs, and reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs of investigation (but excluding any punitive damages, except to the extent actually awarded to a third party) (collectively, “Losses”) that any such Purchaser Party suffers or incurs as a result of any breach of any of the representations, warranties, covenants, or agreements made by the Company in this Agreement. From and after the Closing, each Purchaser will, severally, but not jointly, indemnify and hold the Company and its directors, officers, shareholders, members, partners, employees, agents, and investment advisors (and any other Persons with a functionally equivalent role of a Person holding such titles notwithstanding a lack of such title or any other title) (each, a “Company Party”) harmless from any and all Losses that any such Company Party suffers or incurs as a result of any breach of any of the representations, warranties, covenants, or agreements made by such Purchaser in this Agreement. Any indemnification payment made pursuant to this Agreement shall be treated as an adjustment to purchase price for Tax purposes, except as otherwise required by Law or deemed impermissible under GAAP. Such payment shall not result in an adjustment to the value of the original investment reported by the Company under GAAP.

 

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(b)          Third Party Claims. Promptly after receipt by any Purchaser Party or Company Party (in either case, an “Indemnified Party”) of notice of any demand, claim, or circumstances from a third party which would or might give rise to a claim or the commencement of any Action in respect of which indemnity may be sought pursuant to Section 4.7(a), such Indemnified Party shall promptly notify the applicable Purchaser or the Company (as applicable, the “Indemnifying Party”) in writing describing such Loss, including the amount thereof, if known, in such detail as is reasonably practicable and the Indemnifying Party shall have ten (10) calendar days after receipt of such notice to notify the Indemnified Party that it elects to assume the defense thereof, including the employment of counsel reasonably satisfactory to such Indemnified Party, and shall assume the payment of all fees and expenses; provided, however, that the failure of any Indemnified Party so to notify the Indemnifying Party shall not relieve the Indemnifying Party of its obligations hereunder except to the extent that the Indemnifying Party is actually and materially and adversely prejudiced by such failure to notify. If the Indemnifying Party timely notifies the Indemnified Party of its election to assume the defense of such third party claim, the Indemnifying Party shall have the right to undertake, conduct and control, the defense, conduct and settlement of such third party claim and the Indemnified Party shall provide its reasonable cooperation, including providing reasonable access to records and personnel, to the Indemnifying Party in connection therewith. In any such Action, any Indemnified Party shall have the right to retain its own counsel, but the fees and expenses of such counsel shall be at the expense of such Indemnified Party unless (i) the Indemnifying Party and the Indemnified Party shall have mutually agreed to the retention of such counsel, (ii) the Indemnifying Party shall have failed to assume the defense of such Action within such ten (10) calendar day period, or (iii) in the reasonable judgment of counsel to such Indemnified Party, representation of both parties by the same counsel would be inappropriate due to actual or potential differing interests between them. The Indemnifying Party shall not be liable for any settlement of any Action effected without its written consent, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld, delayed or conditioned. Without the prior written consent of the Indemnified Party, the Indemnifying Party shall not effect any settlement of any pending or threatened Action in respect of which any Indemnified Party is or could have been a party and indemnity could have been sought hereunder by such Indemnified Party, unless such settlement includes an unconditional release of such Indemnified Party from all liability arising out of such Action.

 

(c)      Materiality Scrape. For purposes of the indemnity contained in Section 4.7(a), all qualifications and limitations set forth in the parties’ representations and warranties as to “materiality,” “Material Adverse Effect” and words of similar import shall be disregarded in determining whether there shall have been any inaccuracy in or breach of any representations and warranties in this Agreement and the Losses arising therefrom (other than Section 3.1(j)(i)); provided that such terms shall not be disregarded in the name of defined terms.

 

(d)           Limitations.

 

(i)      Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Transaction Documents, the Company will not be liable to any Purchaser and such Purchaser’s Purchaser Parties for Losses under Section 4.7(a) arising out of a breach of the Company’s representations and warranties set forth in Section 3.1 (other than with respect to Fundamental Representations or Fraud) that are otherwise indemnifiable under Section 4.7(a) until the total of all Losses under Section 4.7(a) incurred by such Purchaser and such Purchaser’s Purchaser Parties exceeds 1.0% of the Subscription Amount of such Purchaser (the “Deductible”), at which point the amount of all such Losses in excess of the Deductible shall be recoverable.

 

(ii)      Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Transaction Documents, (A) the maximum aggregate liability of the Company for all Losses under Section 4.7(a) arising out of a breach of the Company’s representations and warranties set forth in Section 3.1 (other than with respect to Fundamental Representations or Fraud) to any Purchaser and such Purchaser’s Purchaser Parties is 20% of the Subscription Amount of such Purchaser and (B) the maximum aggregate liability of the Company for all Losses under Section 4.7(a) (including with respect to Fundamental Representations and Fraud) to any Purchaser and such Purchaser’s Purchaser Parties is the Subscription Amount of such Purchaser.

 

(iii)      Prior to and in conjunction with seeking indemnification, an Indemnified Party shall use its commercially reasonable efforts to mitigate the amount of Losses for which it may be entitled to indemnification hereunder.

 

(iv)      In addition, each Indemnified Party shall use commercially reasonable efforts to make and pursue (or cause its Affiliates to make and pursue) any available insurance claims relating to any Loss for which it is seeking indemnification hereunder. The amount of any Loss for which indemnification is provided under this Section 4.7 shall be net of any amounts actually recovered by such Indemnified Party under insurance policies with respect to such Loss (net of any costs incurred by such Indemnified Party in connection with such recovery). In the event that an insurance or other recovery is made by any applicable Indemnified Party with respect to any Losses for which any such Person has been indemnified hereunder, then a refund equal to the aggregate amount of the recovery shall be made promptly to the applicable Indemnifying Party.

 

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(v)        In no event may an Indemnified Party have a “double recovery” with respect to the same Losses.

 

(vi)      Other than with respect to Fraud, the right of the Purchaser Parties to be indemnified pursuant to this Section 4.7 will, from and after the Closing, be the sole and exclusive remedy of the Purchaser Parties with respect to all monetary Losses in connection with, arising out of, or resulting from the subject matter of this Agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in this Section 4.7 will limit any party’s right to seek and obtain specific performance or injunctive relief to which any party may be entitled.

 

(e)        Acknowledgement. Each Purchaser acknowledges and agrees that such Purchaser and its Affiliates have conducted to their satisfaction an independent investigation and verification of the financial condition, results of operations, assets, liabilities, properties (whether real, personal or mixed) and projected operations of the Company and its Subsidiaries and, in making its determination to proceed with the transactions contemplated by the Transaction Documents, such Purchaser has not relied on the advice of Company (or any of its agents, counsel or Affiliates) or any other Purchaser or other Purchaser’s business and/or legal counsel in making such decision. Each Purchaser further acknowledges and agrees (i) that the representations and warranties in Section 3.1 of this Agreement constitute the sole and exclusive representations and warranties of the Company in connection with the transactions contemplated by the Transaction Documents (and notwithstanding any information conveyed at management presentations, in virtual data rooms or in due diligence sessions and, without limiting the foregoing, any estimates, projections, predictions or other forward-looking information, or information relating to the quality, quantity or condition of the properties (whether real, personal or mixed) or assets of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries), (ii) except as expressly set forth in Section 3.1 of this Agreement, no representation or warranty has been or is being made by the Company or any other Person as to the accuracy or completeness of any of the information provided or made available to such Purchaser or any of its Affiliates or representatives and (iii) there are uncertainties inherent in attempting to make estimates, projections, forecasts, plans, budgets and similar materials and information, such Purchaser is familiar with such uncertainties, such Purchaser is taking full responsibility for making its own evaluations of the adequacy and accuracy of any and all estimates, projections, forecasts, plans, budgets and other materials or information that may have been delivered or made available to it or any of its representatives and such Purchaser has not relied or will not rely on such information, and (iv) that (x) all other representations and warranties of any kind or nature expressed or implied are specifically disclaimed by the Company, (y) such Purchaser has not relied on any representations and warranties other than those set forth in Section 3.1, and (z) neither the Company nor any of its Affiliates shall have any liability to such Purchaser or its Affiliates resulting from such Purchaser’s reliance on any such information (other than claims for Fraud).

 

Section 4.8      Use of Proceeds. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the sale of the Shares hereunder to strengthen the Company’s current balance sheet and improve the regulatory capital of the Bank, as well as general corporate purposes.

 

Section 4.9      Anti-Takeover Matters. If any Takeover Law may become, or may purport to be, applicable to the transactions contemplated or permitted by this Agreement, the Company and the Board shall grant such approvals and take such actions as are necessary so that the transactions contemplated or permitted by this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents may be consummated, as promptly as practicable, on the terms contemplated by this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents, as the case may be, and otherwise act to eliminate or minimize the effects of any Takeover Law on any of the transactions contemplated or permitted by this Agreement and the other Transaction Documents.

 

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Section 4.10      No Additional Issuances. Between the date of this Agreement and the Closing Date (or the termination of this Agreement), except for the Shares being issued pursuant to this Agreement or any Excluded Issuance, the Company shall not issue or agree to issue any additional shares of Common Stock or other securities that provide the holder thereof the right to convert such securities into, or acquire, shares of Common Stock. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this Section 4.10 shall restrict the Company from issuing securities in response or pursuant to an order or directive by the Federal Reserve with respect to capital adequacy.

 

Section 4.11      Conduct of Business. From and after the date of this Agreement until the earlier of the Closing Date and the date, if any, on which this Agreement is terminated pursuant to Section 6.10, except as contemplated by this Agreement, the Company will, and will cause its Subsidiaries to, (a) use commercially reasonable efforts to, unless otherwise expressly contemplated by this Agreement or consented to in writing by Philip A. Norcross (which consent will not be unreasonably withheld, conditioned or delayed): (i) operate their business in the ordinary course consistent with past practice; (ii) preserve intact the current business organization of the Company; (iii) retain the services of their employees, consultants, and agents; (iv) preserve the current relationships of the Company and its Subsidiaries with material customers and other Persons with whom the Company and its Subsidiaries have and intend to maintain significant relations; and (v) maintain all of its operating assets in their current condition (normal wear and tear excepted); and (b) refrain from (1) declaring, setting aside or paying any distributions or dividends on, or making any distributions (whether in cash, securities, or other property) in respect of, any of its capital stock other than dividends to the Company’s Series A Preferred Stock pursuant to the terms thereof, (2) splitting, combining or reclassifying any of its capital stock or issuing or authorizing the issuance of any other securities in respect of, in lieu of or in substitution for capital stock or any of its other securities, (3) purchasing, redeeming or otherwise acquiring any capital stock, assets or other securities or any rights, warrants or options to acquire any such capital stock, assets or other securities, other than acquisitions of investment securities in the ordinary course of business, and (4) engaging in any transactions or entering into any contracts between or among the Company and any shareholder, officer or director of the Company or immediate family member thereof. Furthermore, from the date of this Agreement until the Closing, the Company shall not, directly or indirectly, amend, modify, or waive, and the Board shall not recommend approval of any proposal to the Company’s shareholders having the effect of amending, modifying, or waiving any provision in the Articles of Incorporation or bylaws of the Company in any manner adverse to Purchaser.

 

Section 4.12      [Reserved].

 

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Section 4.13      Filings; Other Actions. Each Purchaser, with respect to itself only, on the one hand, and the Company, on the other hand, will reasonably cooperate and consult with the other and use reasonable best efforts to provide all necessary and customary information and data, to prepare and file all necessary and customary documentation, as promptly as practicable, but no event later than five (5) days of the date hereof, to effect all necessary and customary applications, notices, petitions, filings and other documents, to promptly obtain the Bank Regulatory Approvals (if applicable to such Purchaser) and to provide evidence of non-control of the Company and the Bank, as requested by the applicable Governmental Entity, including executing and delivering to the applicable Governmental Entities, if required or advisable, customary passivity commitments, disassociation commitments, and commitments not to act in concert, with respect to the Company or the Bank, and to obtain all necessary and customary permits, consents, orders, approvals, and authorizations of, or any exemption by, all third parties and Governmental Entities, in each case, necessary or advisable to consummate the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, and to perform the covenants contemplated by this Agreement, in each case required by it. Each of the parties hereto shall execute and deliver both before and after the Closing such further certificates, agreements, and other documents and take such other actions as the other parties may reasonably request to consummate or implement such transactions or to evidence such events or matters, subject, in each case, to the first sentence of this Section 4.13. Each Purchaser, with respect to itself only, and the Company will have the right to review in advance, and to the extent practicable each will consult with the other, in each case subject to applicable Laws relating to the exchange of information (other than confidential information related to such Purchaser and any of its respective Affiliates), which appears in any filing made with, or written materials submitted to, any third party or any Governmental Entity in connection with the transactions to which it will be party contemplated by this Agreement; provided that for the avoidance of doubt, no Purchaser shall have the right to review any such information relating to another Purchaser. In exercising the foregoing right, the parties hereto agree to act reasonably and as promptly as practicable. Each Purchaser, with respect to itself only, on the one hand, and the Company, on the other hand, agrees to keep each other reasonably apprised of the status of matters referred to in this Section 4.13. Each Purchaser, with respect to itself only, on the one hand, and the Company, on the other hand, shall promptly furnish each other with copies of written communications received by it or its Affiliates from, or delivered by any of the foregoing to, any Governmental Entity in respect of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement; provided, that the party delivering any such document may redact any confidential information contained therein or information that cannot be shared under applicable Laws. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 4.13, no Purchaser shall be required to perform any of the above actions if such performance would constitute or could reasonably result in any restriction or condition that (i) is materially and unreasonably burdensome, (ii) would materially reduce the benefits of the transactions contemplated hereby to such Purchaser to such a degree that such Purchaser would not have entered into this Agreement had such condition or restriction been known to it on the date of this Agreement, or (iii) would require any Person or group of Persons to register as a bank holding company under the BHCA (any such condition or restriction, a “Burdensome Condition”); for the avoidance of doubt, any requirement to disclose the identities or financial condition of limited partners, shareholders, or non-managing members of such Purchaser or its Affiliates or its investment advisers in violation of such Purchaser’s, Affiliate’s or investment advisor’s confidentiality obligations or organizational fund documents shall be deemed a Burdensome Condition; provided, that such Purchaser shall use commercially reasonable efforts to cooperate with the Company in engaging with such applicable Governmental Entity regarding any potential approaches or workarounds that would avoid such Burdensome Condition or mitigate its impact so it is no longer a Burdensome Condition.

 

Section 4.14    Notice of Certain Events. Each party hereto shall promptly notify the other party hereto of any event, condition, fact, circumstance, occurrence, transaction or other item of which such party becomes aware prior to the Closing that, if the same were to continue to exist as of the Closing Date, would constitute the non-satisfaction of any of the conditions set forth in Section 5.1 or Section 5.2 hereof.

 

Section 4.15       No Solicitation of Competing Proposal.

 

(a)          Except as provided in this Section 4.15, from and after the date of this Agreement until the earlier of the Closing Date and the date, if any, on which this Agreement is terminated pursuant to Section 6.10, the Company agrees that it shall not, and that it shall direct and use its reasonable best efforts to cause the Company’s directors, officers, employees, agents, consultants and advisors not to, directly or indirectly, solicit, initiate, encourage or facilitate any inquiries or proposals from, discuss or negotiate with, or provide any information to, any Person relating to any Acquisition Transaction or a potential Acquisition Transaction involving the Company or any of its Subsidiaries.

 

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(b)        Notwithstanding the limitations set forth in Section 4.15(a), if after the date of this Agreement and prior to the Closing Date, the Company receives a bona fide written unsolicited proposal from a third party or “group” (as defined in or under Section 13(d) of the Exchange Act) with respect to an Acquisition Transaction that was not directly or indirectly, after the date hereof, made, encouraged, facilitated, solicited, initiated or assisted by the Company or its directors, officers, employees, agents, consultants and advisors (an “Unsolicited Company Proposal”) which did not result from or arise in connection with a breach of Section 4.15(a) and which: (i) constitutes a Superior Proposal (as defined in Section 4.15(f)); or (ii) which the Board determines in good faith, after consultation with the Company’s outside legal and financial advisors, could reasonably be expected to result, after the taking of any of the actions referred to in either of clause (x) or (y) below, in a Superior Proposal, the Company may take the following actions after providing written notice to the Initial Investors of such determination and the basis therefor: (x) furnish nonpublic information with respect to the Company and the Company Subsidiaries to the third party making such Unsolicited Company Proposal, if, and only if, prior to so furnishing such information, the Company and such third party enter into a confidentiality agreement that, taken as a whole, is no more favorable to such third party or parties than the Confidentiality Agreement and (y) engage in discussions or negotiations with the third party with respect to the Unsolicited Company Proposal; provided, however, that the Company has complied with the requirements of Section 4.15(d) with respect to such Unsolicited Company Proposal or such Superior Proposal.

 

(c)           Notwithstanding the foregoing and the limitations set forth in Section 4.15(a), if, prior to the Closing, the Board determines in good faith, after consultation with the Company’s outside legal and financial advisors, that, due to the existence of a Superior Proposal or an Unsolicited Company Proposal which the Board determines in good faith, after consultation with the Company’s outside legal and financial advisors, could reasonably be expected to result, after the taking of any of the actions referred to in either of clause (x) or (y) of Section 4.15(b), in a Superior Proposal, the Board may, solely with respect to a Superior Proposal, enter into a binding written agreement with respect to such Superior Proposal and terminate this Agreement (provided that the Company may not terminate this Agreement pursuant to the foregoing, and any purported termination pursuant to the foregoing shall be void and of no force or effect, unless the Board determines in good faith, after consultation with the Company’s outside legal and financial advisors, that failure to take such action would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties under applicable law, but only if the Company shall have first: (i) provided five (5) Business Days’ prior written notice to each Purchaser that it is prepared to enter into a binding written agreement with respect to the Superior Proposal and terminate this Agreement, and specifying the reasons therefor, including the material terms and conditions of the Unsolicited Company Proposal or Superior Proposal, as applicable (including the most current version of any proposed agreement(s)), and the identity of the Person making the proposal; (ii) offered to provide to each Purchaser all material non-public information delivered or made available to the person making any Unsolicited Company Proposal or Superior Proposal in connection with such Unsolicited Company Proposal or Superior Proposal that was not previously delivered or made available to each Purchaser; (iii) provided to each Purchaser copies of documents relating to the Unsolicited Company Proposal or Superior Proposal provided to the Company by the Person making the proposal (or provided by the Company to such person or their representatives), including the most current version of any proposed agreement or any other letter or other document containing such Persons’ proposal (and the Company’s response(s) thereto) and the terms and conditions thereof; and (iv) during such five (5) Business Day period, if requested by the Initial Investors, engaged in, and caused its financial and legal advisors to engage in, good faith negotiations with the Initial Investors to amend this Agreement so that such Unsolicited Company Proposal ceases to constitute a Superior Proposal). The Company acknowledges and agrees that (i) any change to the financial terms or (ii) any material change to any other terms of an Unsolicited Company Proposal or Superior Proposal shall require compliance with the foregoing provisions anew except such period shall be reduced from five (5) Business Days to two (2) Business Days.

 

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(d)          The Company shall notify each Purchaser orally and in writing promptly (but in no event later than one (1) Business Day) after receipt by the Company, the Bank, or any of their respective directors, officers, employees, representatives, agents or advisors of any proposal or offer from any Person other than a Purchaser regarding an Acquisition Transaction or any request for non-public information by any Person other than a Purchaser in connection with an Acquisition Transaction indicating, in connection with such notice, the name of such Person and the material terms and conditions of any proposals or offers (including, if applicable, copies of any written requests, proposals or offers, including proposed agreements) and thereafter shall keep each Purchaser informed, on a prompt basis, of the status and terms of any such proposals or offers (including any amendments thereto) and the status of any such discussions or negotiations, including any change in the Company’s intentions as previously notified.

 

(e)           Nothing contained in this Agreement shall prevent the Company or the Board from issuing a “stop, look and listen” communication pursuant to Rule 14d-9(f) under the Exchange Act or complying with Rule 14d-9 and Rule 14e-2 under the Exchange Act with respect to an Acquisition Transaction or from making any disclosure to the Company shareholders if the Board (after consultation with outside counsel) concludes that its failure to do so would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties under applicable Law.

 

(f)          As used in this agreement, “Superior Proposal” shall mean a bona fide written Unsolicited Company Proposal (not solicited or initiated in material violation of Section 4.15(a)) that relates to a potential Acquisition Transaction (but changing the references to the 5% amounts contained in the definition of Acquisition Transaction to references to 50%) that is determined in good faith by the Board of the Company, after consultation with the Company’s legal and financial advisors after taking into account all the terms and conditions of the Unsolicited Company Proposal and this Agreement, is on terms that are more favorable to the shareholders of the Company from a financial point of view than the transactions contemplated by the Transaction Documents (after giving effect to any changes to this Agreement proposed by the Purchasers in response to such proposal or otherwise) and is, in the reasonable judgment of the Board, reasonably capable of being completed on its stated terms, taking into account all financial, regulatory, legal and other aspects of such inquiry, proposal or offer and the third party or parties making the inquiry, proposal or offer.

 

Section 4.16    Shareholder Litigation. The Company shall promptly inform the Purchasers of any claim, action, suit, arbitration, mediation, demand, hearing, investigation or proceeding (“Shareholder Litigation”) against the Company, any of its Subsidiaries or any of the past or present executive officers or directors of the Company or any of its Subsidiaries (solely in their capacities as officers and/or directors) that is threatened in writing or initiated by or on behalf of any shareholder of the Company in connection with or relating to the transactions contemplated hereby or by the Transaction Documents. The Company shall, to the extent permitted under applicable Law, consult with the Initial Investors and keep the Initial Investors informed of all material filings and developments relating to any such Shareholder Litigation.

 

Section 4.17    Corporate Opportunities. Each of the parties hereto acknowledges that each Purchasers and its respective Affiliates and related investment funds may review the business plans and related proprietary information of any enterprise, including enterprises that may have products or services that compete directly or indirectly with those of the Company and its Subsidiaries, and may trade in the securities of such enterprise. None of the Purchasers, any Affiliates thereof, any related investments funds or any of their respective Affiliates shall be precluded or in any way restricted from investing or participating in any particular enterprise, or trading in the securities thereof whether or not such enterprise has products or services that compete with those of the Company and its Subsidiaries. The parties expressly acknowledge and agree that: (a) each Purchaser, any Affiliates thereof, any related investment funds, the Initial Investor Directors (as defined below), and any of their respective Affiliates have the right to, and shall have no duty (contractual or otherwise) not to, directly or indirectly, engage in the same or similar business activities or lines of business as the Company and its Subsidiaries; and (b) in the event that any Purchaser, the Initial Investor Directors, any Affiliate of any Purchaser, any related investment funds or any of their respective Affiliates acquires knowledge of a potential transaction or matter that may be a corporate opportunity for the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, the Purchasers, the Initial Investor Directors, Affiliates of the Purchasers, any related investment funds or any of their respective Affiliates shall have no duty (contractual or otherwise) to communicate or present such corporate opportunity to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, and, notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement to the contrary, shall not be liable to the Company or any of its Subsidiaries or shareholders of the Company for breach of any duty (contractual or otherwise) by reason of the fact that such Purchaser, any Affiliate thereof, any related investment fund thereof or any of their respective Affiliates, directly or indirectly, pursues or acquires such opportunity for itself, directs such opportunity to another person, or does not present such opportunity to the Company; provided, however, that this clause (b) shall not apply to any potential transaction or matter that was brought to or became known to the Initial Investor Directors primarily in their respective capacity as a director of the Company and/or the Bank.

 

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Section 4.18      Preemptive Rights.

 

(a)          With respect to the Initial Investor Persons (for purposes of this Section 4.18, each, a “Preemptive Rights Purchaser”), for so long as such Preemptive Rights Purchaser, together with its Affiliates and other members of the Initial Investor Persons, has continued to hold 50% of the Series B Preferred Stock or 9.9% of the outstanding equity securities of the Company on a fully-diluted basis from and after the Closing, if at any time after the Closing Date the Company or any of its Subsidiaries makes any public or nonpublic offering or sale of any equity (including Common Stock, Series B Preferred Stock or any securities, options or debt that is convertible or exchangeable into equity or that includes an equity component (such as, an “equity kicker”) (including any hybrid security)) (any such security, a “New Security”) (other than (i) any Common Stock or other securities issuable upon the exercise, exchange or conversion of any securities of the Company issued or agreed or contemplated to be issued as of the Closing Date; (ii) pursuant to the granting or exercise of employee stock options, restricted stock or other stock incentives pursuant to the Company’s stock incentive plans approved by the Board or the issuance of stock pursuant to the Company’s employee stock purchase plan approved by the Board or similar plan where stock is being issued or offered to a trust, other entity or otherwise, for the benefit of any employees, officers or directors of the Company, in each case in the ordinary course of providing incentive compensation in all cases not to exceed in the aggregate 5% of the outstanding shares of Common Stock as of the Closing Date, excluding outstanding employee stock options, restricted stock or other stock incentives as of the Closing Date; or (iii) issuances of capital stock as full or partial consideration for a merger, acquisition, joint venture, strategic alliance, license agreement or other similar non-financing transaction (collectively, “Excluded Issuances”)) or in connection with any issuance of debt to a third party, then each Preemptive Rights Purchaser shall be afforded the opportunity to acquire from the Company for the same price (net of any underwriting discounts or sales commissions) and on the same terms as such securities are proposed to be offered to others (subject to applicable regulatory considerations), up to the amount of New Securities in the aggregate required to enable it to maintain its proportionate Common Stock equivalent interest in the Company (or its Subsidiaries) immediately prior to any such issuance of New Securities on a fully-diluted basis. The amount of New Securities that each Preemptive Rights Purchaser shall be entitled to purchase in the aggregate shall be determined by multiplying (x) the total number or principal amount of such offered New Securities by (y) a fraction, the numerator of which is the total number of shares of Common Stock then held by such Preemptive Rights Purchaser (counting for such purposes all shares of Common Stock into or for which any securities are directly or indirectly convertible, exchangeable or exercisable, including the Series B Preferred Stock), if any, and the denominator of which is the total number of shares of Common Stock then outstanding (counting for such purposes all shares of Common Stock into or for which any securities owned by such Preemptive Rights Purchaser are directly or indirectly convertible, exchangeable or exercisable, including the Series B Preferred Stock). Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, in no event shall any Preemptive Rights Purchaser have the right to purchase New Securities hereunder to the extent such purchase would result in such Preemptive Rights Purchaser, together with any other person whose Company securities would be aggregated with such Preemptive Rights Purchaser’s Company securities for purposes of any bank regulation or law, to collectively be deemed to own, control or have the power to vote securities which (assuming, for this purpose only, full conversion and/or exercise of such securities by such Preemptive Rights Purchaser) would represent more than 24.9% of the Voting Securities or, unless the BHCA is not applicable to such Preemptive Rights Purchaser, more than 33.3% of the Company’s total equity (as defined in the Federal Reserve’s Regulation Y) outstanding.

 

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(b)           Notwithstanding anything in this Section 4.18 to the contrary, upon the request of a Preemptive Rights Purchaser that such Preemptive Rights Purchaser not be issued Voting Securities in whole or in part upon the exercise of its rights to purchase New Securities, the Company shall cooperate with such Preemptive Rights Purchaser to modify the proposed issuance of New Securities to such Preemptive Rights Purchaser to provide for the issuance of the Series B Preferred Stock, non-voting common stock or other non-voting securities in lieu of Voting Securities.

 

(c)         In the event the Company proposes to offer or sell New Securities (the “Offering”), it shall give each Preemptive Rights Purchaser written notice of its intention, describing the price (or range of prices), anticipated amount of New Securities, timing, and other terms upon which the Company proposes to offer the same (including, in the case of a registered public offering and to the extent possible, a copy of the prospectus included in the registration statement filed with respect to such Offering). Each Preemptive Rights Purchaser shall have five (5) Business Days from the date of receipt of such a notice (the “Response Period”) to notify the Company in writing that it intends to exercise its rights provided in this Section 4.18 and as to the amount of New Securities such Preemptive Rights Purchaser desires to purchase, up to the maximum amount calculated pursuant to Section 4.18. Such notice shall constitute a binding indication of interest of the applicable Preemptive Rights Purchaser to purchase the amount of New Securities so specified at the price (or range of prices) and on the terms set forth in the Company’s notice to such Preemptive Rights Purchaser. The failure of a Preemptive Rights Purchaser to respond within the Response Period shall be deemed to be a waiver of such Preemptive Rights Purchaser’s rights under this Section 4.18 only with respect to the Offering described in the applicable notice.

 

(d)        If a Preemptive Rights Purchaser exercises its rights provided in this Section 4.18, the closing of the purchase of the New Securities in connection with the closing of the Offering with respect to which such right has been exercised shall take place within ninety (90) calendar days after the giving of notice of such exercise, which period of time shall be extended for a maximum of 180 days in order to comply with applicable Laws and regulations (including receipt of any applicable regulatory or shareholder approvals). Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, the closing of the purchase of the New Securities by a Preemptive Rights Purchaser will occur no earlier than the closing of the Offering triggering the right being exercised by such Preemptive Rights Purchaser. Each of the Company and the applicable Preemptive Rights Purchaser agrees to use its commercially reasonable efforts to secure any regulatory or shareholder approvals or other consents, and to comply with any law or regulation necessary in connection with the offer, sale and purchase of, such New Securities.

 

(e)        In the event a Preemptive Rights Purchaser fails to exercise its rights provided in this Section 4.18 within this Response Period or, if so exercised, such Preemptive Rights Purchaser is unable to consummate such purchase within the time period specified in Section 4.18(d) above because of its failure to obtain any required regulatory or shareholder consent or approval, the Company shall thereafter be entitled (during the period of sixty (60) days following the conclusion of the applicable period) to sell or enter into an agreement (pursuant to which the sale of the New Securities covered thereby shall be consummated, if at all, within ninety (90) days from the date of such agreement) to sell the New Securities not elected to be purchased pursuant to this Section 4.18 by such Preemptive Rights Purchaser or which such Preemptive Rights Purchaser is unable to purchase because of such failure to obtain any such consent or approval, at a price and upon terms no more favorable in the aggregate to the purchasers of such New Securities than were specified in the Company’s notice to such Preemptive Rights Purchaser. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if such sale is subject to the receipt of any regulatory or shareholder approval or consent or the expiration of any waiting period, the time period during which such sale may be consummated shall be extended until the expiration of five (5) Business Days after all such approvals or consents have been obtained or waiting periods expired, but in no event shall such time period exceed 180 days from the date of the applicable agreement with respect to such sale. In the event the Company has not sold the New Securities or entered into an agreement to sell the New Securities within such 60-day period (or sold and issued New Securities in accordance with the foregoing within ninety (90) days from the date of such agreement (as such period may be extended in the manner described above for a period not to exceed 180 days from the date of such agreement)), the Company shall not thereafter offer, issue or sell such New Securities without first offering such New Securities to each Preemptive Rights Purchaser in the manner provided above.

 

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(f)          Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Section 4.18, if a majority of the directors of the Board determines that the Company must issue equity or debt securities on an expedited basis, then the Company may consummate the proposed issuance or sale of such securities (an “Expedited Issuance”) and then comply with the provisions of this Section 4.18 provided that the sale of any such additional New Securities under this Section 4.18(f) to a Preemptive Rights Purchaser shall be consummated as promptly as is practicable but in any event no later than 90 days subsequent to the date on which the Company consummates the Expedited Issuance under this Section 4.18(f). Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, the provisions of this Section 4.18(f) (other than as provided in this Section 4.18(f)) shall not be applicable and the consent of the purchasers of such New Securities shall not be required in connection with any Expedited Issuance undertaken at the written direction of the applicable federal regulator of the Company or the Bank. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, no rights of any Preemptive Rights Purchaser under this Agreement will be adversely affected solely as the result of the temporary dilution of its percentage ownership of Common Stock due to an Expedited Issuance under this Section 4.18(f); provided, however, that such rights may be adversely affected from and after such time, if any, that a Preemptive Rights Purchaser declines to purchase Common Stock offered to such Preemptive Rights Purchaser under this Section 4.18.

 

(g)         In the case of the offering of securities for a consideration in whole or in part other than cash, including securities acquired in exchange therefor (other than securities by their terms so exchangeable), the consideration other than cash shall be deemed to be the fair value thereof as determined by the Board; provided, however, that such fair value as determined by the Board shall not exceed the aggregate market price of the securities being offered as of the date the Board authorizes the offering of such securities.

 

(h)       The Company and each Preemptive Rights Purchaser shall cooperate in good faith to facilitate the exercise of such Preemptive Rights Purchaser’s rights under this Section 4.18, including to secure any required approvals or consents.

 

(i)           The Company shall not be under any obligation to consummate any proposed issuance of New Securities and there will be no liability on the part of the Company to any Preemptive Rights Purchaser if the Company has not consummated any proposed issuance of New Securities pursuant to this Section 4.18 for whatever reason, regardless of whether it shall have delivered notice in respect of such proposed issuance.

 

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Section 4.19       Board Representatives and Observers.

 

(a)          The Company hereby agrees that, from the date hereof until the earlier of Closing or termination of this Agreement as provided in Section 6.10, the Company shall invite Philip A. Norcross and Gregory B. Braca (the “Observers”) to attend all meetings of the Board or the Bank Boards, as applicable, or any committees thereof, solely in a nonvoting, nonparticipating observer capacity. The Observers shall not have any right to vote on any matter presented to the Board, the Bank Boards or any committee thereof. The Company shall give the Observers written notice of each meeting of the Board or the Bank Boards, or any committees thereof, at the same time and in the same manner as the members of the Board or the Bank Boards, shall provide the Observers with all written materials and other information given to members of the Board or the Bank Boards at the same time such materials and information are given to such members (provided, however, that the Observers shall not be provided any privileged or confidential supervisory information) and shall permit the Observers to attend as an observer at all meetings thereof. In the event the Company, the Bank or any Future Bank proposes to take any action by written consent in lieu of a meeting, the Company, the Bank or any Future Bank shall give written notice thereof to the Observers prior to the effective date of such consent describing the nature and substance of such action and including the proposed text of such written consents for information purposes only; provided, however, that (i) the Observers may be excluded from executive sessions comprised solely of independent directors by the Chairman of the Board (or, if applicable, the lead or presiding independent director) if, in the advice of counsel, such exclusion is necessary in order for the Company to comply with applicable law, regulation or stock exchange listing standards, (ii) the Company and the Board shall have the right to withhold any information and to exclude the Observers from any meeting or portion thereof if doing so is, in the advice of counsel, (A) necessary to protect the attorney-client privilege between such party and counsel, (B) necessary to avoid a violation of fiduciary requirements under applicable law, and (iii) for a period of two years after such disclosure, the Initial Investor Persons shall, and shall cause each Observers to agree to, hold in confidence and trust and to act in a fiduciary manner, with respect to all information provided to such Observer (except to the extent that such information (A) was previously known by or in the possession of such party on a nonconfidential basis, (B) is or becomes in the public domain through no fault of such party, (C) is later lawfully acquired from other sources by the party to which it was furnished or (D) is independently developed by such party without the use of such information); provided, further, that nothing herein shall prohibit the Initial Investor Persons from disclosing any such confidential information to their Affiliates in the ordinary course of business or as may otherwise be required or requested to be disclosed by judicial or administrative process or, based on the advice of their counsel, by other requirement of Law or the applicable requirements or requests of any Governmental Entity, provided that the Initial Investor Persons promptly notify the Company of such disclosure and takes reasonable steps to minimize the extent of any such required disclosure (provided, further, that the Initial Investor Persons shall not be required to notify the Company of disclosures in connection with a regulatory request that does not reference the Company).

 

(b)        The Company may also exclude any Observer from the portion of the meetings of the Board of the Bank Boards, or any committees thereof, from any discussion or review of exam related or confidential correspondence with the Federal Reserve, the FDIC, or the PDBS, in each case to the extent required by applicable Law as reasonably determined by the Company’s legal counsel. Each Initial Investor Person covenants and agrees to hold all information obtained from the Observers as provided in the prior sentence in confidence (except to the extent that such information (i) was previously known by or in the possession of such party on a nonconfidential basis, (ii) is or becomes in the public domain through no fault of such party, (iii) is later lawfully acquired from other sources by the party to which it was furnished or (iv) is independently developed by such party without the use of such information) and to comply with all requirements and obligations applicable to the members of the Board and the Bank Boards under the Securities Act, the Exchange Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and all other Laws, in each case, only to the extent (if at all) applicable to the Observers. Each Initial Investor Person hereby acknowledges that it is aware, and will instruct its representatives and Affiliates so that they are aware, that the United States securities laws prohibit any person who has material non-public information about a company from purchasing or selling securities of such company, or from communicating such information to any other person under circumstances in which it is reasonably foreseeable that such person is likely to purchase or sell such securities.

 

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(c)          The Company shall cause the Resigning Directors to resign from the Board immediately following the Closing (the “Board Effective Date”).

 

(d)        Immediately following the Board Effective Date, the Continuing Directors (as defined below) will appoint, subject to any required regulatory approvals, if applicable, (i) Philip A. Norcross and Gregory B. Braca (each, an “Initial Investor Director” and together, the “Initial Investor Directors”) and (ii) Mary Pat Christie and John Michael Vazquez (each, an “Independent Director” and together, the “Independent Directors”), to serve as directors of the Board and directors of the Bank and any Future Bank (the “Bank Boards”). The Continuing Directors will take all necessary action to cause the Initial Investor Directors and Independent Directors to be placed into the last class (or, if not available, the second to last class) of the Board to be subject to re-election by shareholders and will cause any Continuing Directors to be reclassified to the first class to be subject to re-election by shareholders. From and after the Board Effective Date, the chairman of the Board will be Philip A. Norcross. From and after the Board Effective Date, subject to applicable law, during the time in which the Initial Investors and their Affiliates collectively own at least (A) 50% of the Series B Preferred Stock purchased hereunder or (B) 9.9% of the outstanding equity securities of the Company on a fully-diluted basis, the Company shall nominate each of the Initial Investor Directors (or any replacement thereof as provided for in the proviso to this sentence) for additional three year terms; provided that if any Initial Investor Director dies, resigns, retires or is removed or disqualified in accordance with the Company’s organizational documents, such vacancy shall be filled by a designee proposed by Philip A. Norcross with the prior written consent of the Company (not to be unreasonably withheld or delayed). The Board and the Bank Boards shall use their reasonable best efforts to take all action required to fill the vacancy resulting therefrom with such designee, using reasonable best efforts to have such designee elected as director of the Company by the shareholders of the Company and the Company soliciting proxies for such person to the same extent as it does for any of its other nominees to the Board, as the case may be.

 

(e)       The Board shall, after such resignations and appointments, consist of seven directors and initially include Thomas X. Geisel, Benjamin C. Duster, IV, Peter B. Bartholow (the foregoing, collectively, the “Continuing Directors”) and the Initial Investor Directors and the Independent Directors. In the event any of the Initial Investor Directors dies, resigns, retires or is removed or disqualified, Philip A. Norcross shall have the right to nominate his replacement, subject to the terms and conditions in Section 4.19(d).

 

(f)          In the event the Shareholder Approval is not obtained at the Shareholder Meeting, or if the Shareholder Meeting is not held by March 1, 2024, Peter B. Bartholow will resign from the Board (and will no longer constitute a Continuing Director for purposes of this Agreement), and such vacancy shall be filled by a designee proposed by the remaining directors, with such designee thereafter constituting an Initial Investor Director for all purposes of this Agreement.

 

(g)        The Company shall use its reasonable best efforts to have each Initial Investor Director and Independent Director elected as a director of the Company by the shareholders of the Company, and the Company shall solicit proxies for each Initial Investor Director and Independent Director to the same extent as it does for any of its other Company nominees to the Board.

 

(h)       At least one of the Initial Investor Directors shall serve on each Board committee (other than any transaction committee that is delegated authority by the Board to negotiate investment terms pursuant to this Agreement (or a future investment by the Initial Investors) with the Initial Investors or any alternative capital raise or strategic transaction in lieu of the investment pursuant to this Agreement or such future investment (subject to Section 4.15 of this Agreement), in each case, to the extent the Initial Investor Director (as applicable) would have a conflict of interest by serving on such committee).

 

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(i)       Each Initial Investor Director and Independent Director shall be entitled to compensation and indemnification and insurance coverage in connection with his or her role as a director to the same extent as other directors on the Board or the Bank Boards, as applicable, and shall be entitled to monthly reimbursement for reasonable and documented out-of-pocket expenses incurred in attending meetings of the Board, or any committee thereof in accordance with the policies of the Company and the Bank and any Future Bank, as applicable. The Company and the Bank and any Future Bank shall notify each Initial Investor Director and Independent Director of all regular meetings and special meetings of the Board and the Bank Boards and of all regular and special meetings of any committee of the Board and the Bank Boards that it provides to all members of the Board. The Company shall provide each Initial Investor Director and Independent Director with copies of all notices, minutes, consents and other material that it provides to all members of the Board or the Bank Boards, as applicable, at the same time such materials are provided to the other respective members.

 

(j)       The Company acknowledges that an Initial Investor Director may have certain rights to indemnification, advancement of expenses and/or insurance provided by the Initial Investor Persons and/or its, his or her respective Affiliates (collectively, the “New Director Indemnified Parties”). The Company hereby agrees that, with respect to a claim by an Initial Investor Director for indemnification or reimbursement of expenses arising out his or her service as a director of the Company, the Bank or any Future Bank (i) it is the indemnitor of first resort (i.e., its obligations to the an Initial Investor Director with respect to indemnification, advancement of expenses and/or insurance (which obligations shall be the same as, but in no event greater than, any such obligations to members of the Board or the Bank Boards, as applicable) are primary and any obligation of the New Director Indemnified Parties to advance expenses or to provide indemnification for the same expenses or liabilities incurred by the Initial Investor Director are secondary), and (ii) the New Director Indemnified Parties shall have a right of contribution and/or be subrogated to the extent of such advancement or payment to all of the rights of recovery of the Initial Investor Director against the Company.

 

Section 4.20        Shareholder Approval.

 

(a)          As soon as practicable (and in any event no later than December 31, 2023), the Company shall duly call, give notice of, establish a record date for, convene and hold a special meeting of its shareholders, the date of such meeting which has been approved by the Initial Investors (the “Shareholders Meeting”), for the purpose of voting upon approval and adoption of (i) the increase in the number of authorized shares of Common Stock under the Articles of Incorporation to 3,000,000,000, (ii) the restoration of voting rights as provided pursuant to Subchapter 25G of the PBCL for all Common Stock of the Company acquired by the Purchasers or otherwise owned by the Purchasers or any of their respective Affiliates which could be considered “control shares” under Subchapter 25G (the “Control-Share Voting Restoration”), and (iii) approval of the acquisition of equity securities of the Company by Purchasers or any of their respective Affiliates and the disposition of any equity security of the Company now or hereafter owned by the Purchasers or any of their respective Affiliates, in each case for purposes of Subchapter 25H of the PBCL (the “Disgorgement Approval”, and the approvals contemplated by clauses (i) to (iii), collectively, the “Shareholder Approval”). The Company shall: (A) through its Board recommend to its shareholders the approval and adoption of the increase in the number of authorized shares of Common Stock under the Articles of Incorporation to 3,000,000,000, the Control-Share Voting Restoration and the Disgorgement Approval (the “Company Recommendation”); (B) include such Company Recommendation in the proxy statement delivered to shareholders; (C) use its best efforts to obtain the Shareholder Approval for the increase in the number of authorized shares of Common Stock under the Articles of Incorporation to 3,000,000,000 and/or the issuance of the Common Stock, the Series B Preferred Stock contemplated by this Agreement, the Control-Share Voting Restoration and the Disgorgement Approval; and (D) take such other actions as may be reasonably requested by any Purchaser to restore or preserve their rights as to any equity securities owned by such Purchaser or any of its respective Affiliates under the PBCL. The Purchasers shall each vote to approve, as applicable, each Shareholder Approval at the Shareholders’ Meeting and not take any action or inaction to directly or indirectly delay or support any opposition to the Shareholder Approval. Neither the Board nor any committee thereof shall withdraw, qualify or modify, or propose publicly to withdraw, qualify or modify, in a manner adverse to a Purchaser, the Company Recommendation or take any action, or make any public statement, filing or release inconsistent with the Company Recommendation. The Company shall adjourn or postpone the Shareholders’ Meeting, if, as of the time for which such meeting is originally scheduled there are insufficient shares of Common Stock represented (either in person or by proxy) to constitute a quorum necessary to conduct the business of such meeting, including the quorum necessary for voting on each item requiring the Shareholder Approval. The Company shall also, to the extent permitted by applicable Law, adjourn or postpone the Shareholders’ Meeting, if on the date of the Shareholders’ Meeting the Company has not received proxies representing a sufficient number of shares necessary to obtain the Shareholder Approval and, following such adjournment or postponement, the Company shall solicit proxies representing a sufficient number of shares to obtain such Shareholder Approval. Following the first of either such adjournment or postponement, if requested by the Initial Investors, the Company shall retain a nationally recognized proxy solicitor in connection with obtaining such Shareholder Approval. In addition, if determined by each Purchaser and the Company, the Shareholder Approval will include approval for a reverse stock split and all authorized share numbers will reflect such stock split if approved by the shareholders.

 

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(b)         In the event that Shareholder Approval is not obtained in full at the Shareholders’ Meeting, the Company will be obligated to continue to seek the Shareholder Approval until it is obtained in full, including by calling special meetings of its shareholders within sixty (60) days of any shareholder meeting where the Shareholder Approval was not obtained.

 

Section 4.21       Most Favored Nation. During the period from the date of this Agreement through the Closing Date, neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries shall enter into any additional, or modify any existing, agreements with any existing or future investors in the Company or any of its Subsidiaries that have the effect of establishing rights or otherwise benefiting such investor in a manner materially more favorable, taken as a whole, to such investor than the rights and benefits established in favor of the Initial Investor Persons by this Agreement, unless, in any such case, the Initial Investors have been offered such rights and benefits.

 

Section 4.22     Additional Purchasers. In coordination with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. and Raymond James & Associates, Inc. and the Initial Investor Persons, the Company shall use reasonable best efforts to solicit, offer and agree to issue and sell Shares, on the same terms and conditions as those contained in this Agreement to one or more purchasers resulting in minimum additional cash proceeds of $40,000,000, with the closing of such additional purchases to occur as soon as practical after the Closing; it being understood that any Initial Investor Person (a) may make additional investments in the Company at their sole discretion and (b) shall not be required to invest more than the amounts set forth below such Purchaser’s name on the signature page of this Agreement. The Initial Investors will continue to refer potential investors identified by them to Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. and Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Upon, and subject to, the closing of such additional purchases, the Company will pay (i) a consulting fee in an amount to be determined between the Company and the Initial Investor Persons but that shall be no less than $6,000,000 (the “Consulting Fee”), (ii) an existing expense fee in an amount to be determined between the Company and the Initial Investor Persons but that shall be no less than $4,500,000 (the “Existing Expense Fee”), and (iii) the Investment Expenses, in each case, by wire transfer of immediately available funds to an account designated by the Initial Investors in writing to the Company. In addition, the Board will consider the feasibility of, as part of (or separate from) such additional purchases, conducting a rights offering to existing shareholders of the Company, subject to the Company becoming current on all forms, reports, certifications, schedules, statements or other documents required to be filed by the Company with the Commission under the Exchange Act or the Securities Act prior to any such rights offering.

 

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Section 4.23    Company Commission Documents. As soon as possible (and in any event no later than the Outside Date) after the date of this Agreement, the Company will file its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 2022 with the Commission. As soon as possible thereafter, the Company will file any other forms, reports, certifications, schedules, statements or other documents required to be filed by the Company with the Commission under the Exchange Act or the Securities Act as of such time, including but not limited to its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ending March 31, 2023 and June 30, 2023.

 

Section 4.24      Litigation with Certain Purchasers. Within five business days following the Board Effective Date, George E. Norcross, III, Philip A. Norcross, Gregory B. Braca, Alessandra T. Norcross, Alexander S. Norcross, and the Avery Connor Capital Trust and its trustees will cause to be filed a stipulation of dismissal with prejudice regarding all pending litigation asserted against the Company and certain members of the Board by any of them (but, for the avoidance of doubt, not any derivative litigation), subject to court approval. Furthermore, with respect to any pending derivative litigation, all such parties will cooperate with Company and take all reasonably necessary actions to cause such derivate litigation to be dismissed with prejudice as promptly as reasonably practicable.

 

ARTICLE V
    CONDITIONS PRECEDENT TO CLOSING

 

Section 5.1         Conditions Precedent to the Obligations of the Purchasers to Purchase Shares. The obligation of each Purchaser to acquire Shares at the Closing is subject to the fulfillment, on or prior to the Closing, of each of the following conditions, any of which (other than any required regulatory approvals, the receipt of which cannot be waived) may be waived by such Purchaser (as to itself only):

 

(a)       Representations and Warranties. (i) The representations and warranties of the Company set forth in Section 3.1 (other than the Fundamental Representations and the representations identified in clause (iii) below) shall be true and correct (when read without any exception or qualification as to materiality, Material Adverse Effect or similar qualifiers) as of the Closing Date as though made on the Closing Date, except to the extent that the failure of any such representations and warranties to be true and correct, individually or in the aggregate, has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Material Adverse Effect, (ii) the Fundamental Representations of the Company set forth in Section 3.1 shall be true and correct as of the Closing Date as though made on the Closing Date (other than any de minimis inaccuracies), and (iii) the representations and warranties of the Company set forth in Section 3.1(d)(ii) and Section 3.1(qq)(v) shall be true and correct (when read without any exception or qualification as to materiality, Material Adverse Effect or similar qualifiers) as of the Closing Date as though made on the Closing Date, except to the extent that the failure of any such representations and warranties to be true and correct, individually or in the aggregate, has not, and would not reasonably be expected to, result in any material payment by the Company; provided, that, in the case of clauses (i) and (ii), the reference to “as though made on the Closing Date” shall, for those representations and warranties that are specifically made as of a particular date, be deemed to mean “as though made on such date”.

 

(b)         Performance. The Company shall have performed, satisfied and complied in all material respects with all covenants, agreements and conditions required by the Transaction Documents to be performed, satisfied or complied with by it at or prior to the Closing.

 

(c)         Series B Preferred Stock Statement with Respect to Shares. The Company shall have filed with the Department of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (and the Department of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall have issued a certificate evidencing the filing of) the Series B Preferred Stock Statement with Respect to Shares.

 

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(d)        No Injunction. No statute, rule, regulation, executive order, decree, ruling, or injunction shall have been enacted, entered, or promulgated by any court or Governmental Entity of competent jurisdiction that prohibits the consummation of any of the transactions contemplated by the Transaction Documents or restricts such Purchaser or any of such Purchaser’s Affiliates from owning or voting any securities of the Company issued pursuant to Transaction Documents in accordance with the terms thereof (other than any such prohibition arising from any breach of a representation or warranty of such Purchaser hereunder or in the Accredited Investor Questionnaire).

 

(e)        Regulatory Approval. The Bank Regulatory Approvals and any approvals, consents or non-objections from any state or federal bank regulatory authority that governs the Company or the Bank necessary for consummation of the purchase and sale of the Shares and the appointment of the Initial Investor Directors and Independent Directors shall have been obtained on terms and conditions reasonably satisfactory to each Purchaser in its reasonable discretion.

 

(f)         Company Deliverables. The Company shall have delivered the Company Deliverables in accordance with Section 2.2(a).

 

(g)       Ownership Limitation. The purchase of Shares by such Purchaser shall not (i) cause such Purchaser or any of its Affiliates to violate any banking law or regulation, (ii) require such Purchaser or any of its Affiliates to become a bank holding company or otherwise serve as a source of strength for the Company or any Bank or (iii) cause such Purchaser or any of its Affiliates to become subject to regulation by the Federal Reserve or the PDBS under applicable Pennsylvania banking Laws.

 

(h)      Non-Control Determination. Each Purchaser shall have received, to the extent necessary or appropriate in the reasonable discretion of the Purchaser, in its reasonable and good faith discretion, satisfactory feedback from the Federal Reserve (which may be the absence of any communication from the Federal Reserve) that it will not have “control” of the Company or the Bank for purposes of the BHCA.

 

(i)         Burdensome Condition. Since the date hereof, there shall not have been imposed any Burdensome Condition.

 

(j)         Material Adverse Effect. No Material Adverse Effect shall have occurred and be continuing since the date of this Agreement.

 

(k)       No Change in Control. The Company shall not have agreed to enter into or entered into (A) any agreement or transaction in order to raise capital, or (B) any transaction that resulted in, or would result in if consummated, a Change in Control of the Company, in each case, other than in connection with the transactions contemplated by the Transaction Documents.

 

(l)        Well-Capitalized Status. After the Closing and the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, (i) the Bank’s capital levels shall exceed the specific quantitative capital requirements necessary to be deemed “well capitalized” as defined in 12 C.F.R. §324.403(b)(1); (ii) the Company’s capital levels shall exceed the specific quantitative capital requirements necessary to be deemed “well capitalized” as defined in 12 C.F.R. §225.2(r)(1)(i) and (ii); (iii) the Company and the Bank shall meet or exceed all specific quantitative capital requirements stated in any written agreement, order, understanding or undertaking with the Federal Reserve, the FDIC, or the PDBS, as applicable; (iv) subject to any regulatory limitations, the Common Shares shall qualify as “Common Equity Tier 1 capital” under 12 C.F.R. §217.20(b) and the Series B Preferred Stock shall qualify as “Additional Tier 1 capital” under 12 C.F.R. §217.20(c); and (v) the Company’s capital structure will otherwise comply with the “over-reliance” of voting common equity provisions of 12 C.F.R. Part 225, Appendix A.

 

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(m)       Non-Performing Assets. As of the end of the month immediately prior to the Closing, total non-performing assets of the Bank shall not have increased more than 20% over total non-performing assets of the Bank as of December 31, 2022.

 

Section 5.2        Conditions Precedent to the Obligations of the Company to sell. The Company’s obligation to sell and issue the Shares to each Purchaser at the Closing is subject to the fulfillment on or prior to the Closing Date of the following conditions, any of which may be waived by the Company:

 

(a)        Representations and Warranties. The representations and warranties made by such Purchaser in Section 3.2 hereof shall be true and correct in all material respects as of the Closing Date, except for such representations and warranties that speak as of a specific date, in which case such representations and warranties shall be true and correct in all material respects as of such date.

 

(b)       Performance. Such Purchaser shall have performed, satisfied and complied in all material respects with all covenants, agreements and conditions required by the Transaction Documents to be performed, satisfied or complied with by such Purchaser at or prior to the Closing Date.

 

(c)       No Injunction. No statute, rule, regulation, executive order, decree, ruling or injunction shall have been enacted, entered, promulgated or endorsed by any court or Governmental Entity of competent jurisdiction that prohibits the consummation of any of the transactions contemplated by the Transaction Documents.

 

(d)        Regulatory Approval. The Bank Regulatory Approvals and any approvals, consents or non-objections from any state or federal bank regulatory authority that governs the Company or the Bank necessary for consummation of the purchase and sale of the Shares shall have been obtained.

 

(e)          Purchasers Deliverables. Such Purchaser shall have delivered its Purchaser Deliverables in accordance with Section 2.2(b).

 

ARTICLE VI
    MISCELLANEOUS

 

Section 6.1        Fees and Expenses. Except for the Consulting Fee, the Existing Expense Fee, and the Investment Expenses, the parties hereto shall be responsible for the payment of all expenses incurred by them in connection with the preparation and negotiation of the Transaction Documents and the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby. The Company shall pay all Transfer Agent fees, stamp taxes and other transfer taxes and duties levied in connection with the Company’s sale and issuance of the Securities to the Purchasers.

 

Section 6.2      Entire Agreement. The Transaction Documents, together with the exhibits and schedules thereto, and the Confidentiality Agreement contain the entire understanding of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersede all prior agreements, understandings, discussions and representations, oral or written, with respect to such matters, which the parties acknowledge have been merged into such documents, exhibits and schedules. At or after the Closing, and without further consideration, the Company and each Purchaser will execute and deliver to the other parties such further documents as may be reasonably requested in order to give practical effect to the intention of the parties under the Transaction Documents.

 

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Section 6.3        Notices. Any and all notices or other communications or deliveries required or permitted to be provided hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed given and effective on the earliest of (a) the date of transmission, if such notice or communication is delivered via e‑mail (provided the sender receives e‑mail notification or confirmation of receipt of an e‑mail transmission) at the e‑mail address specified in this Section 6.3 prior to 5:00 p.m., Eastern time, on a Trading Day, (b) the next Trading Day after the date of transmission, if such notice or communication is delivered via e‑mail at the e‑mail address specified in this Section 6.3 on a day that is not a Trading Day or later than 5:00 p.m., Eastern time, on any Trading Day, (c) if sent by U.S. nationally recognized overnight courier service with next day delivery specified (receipt requested) the Trading Day following delivery to such courier service, or (d) upon actual receipt by the party to whom such notice is required to be given. The address for such notices and communications shall be as follows:

 

If to the Company:

Republic First Bancorp, Inc.

50 South, 16th Street, Suite 2400

Philadelphia, PA 19102

Attention: Brian Doran
Email: BDoran@myrepublicbank.com

   
With a copy to:

Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

201 E. Fourth St., Suite 1900

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Attention: James J. Barresi
Email: james.barresi@squirepb.com

   
If to a Purchaser: To the address set forth under such Purchaser’s name on the signature page hereof;
   
With a copy to:

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

125 Broad Street

New York, NY 10004

Attention: H. Rodgin Cohen; Mitchell S. Eitel

Email: cohenhr@sullcrom.com; eitelm@sullcrom.com

 

or such other address as may be designated in writing hereafter, in the same manner, by such Person.

 

Section 6.4       Amendments; Waivers; No Additional Consideration. No amendment or waiver of any provision of this Agreement will be effective unless made in writing and signed by a duly authorized representative of the Company and duly authorized representatives of Purchasers representing a majority of the Subscription Amount of the Purchasers at the time of such amendment or waiver. No waiver of any default with respect to any provision, condition, or requirement of this Agreement shall be deemed to be a continuing waiver in the future or a waiver of any subsequent default or a waiver of any other provision, condition, or requirement hereof, nor shall any delay or omission of any party to exercise any right hereunder in any manner impair the exercise of any such right. No consideration shall be offered or paid to any Purchaser to amend or consent to a waiver or modification of any provision of any Transaction Document unless the same consideration is also offered to all Purchasers who then hold Shares.

 

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Section 6.5        Construction. The headings herein are for convenience only, do not constitute a part of this Agreement and shall not be deemed to limit or affect any of the provisions hereof. The language used in this Agreement will be deemed to be the language chosen by the parties to express their mutual intent, and no rules of strict construction will be applied against any party. This Agreement shall be construed as if drafted jointly by the parties, and no presumption or burden of proof shall arise favoring or disfavoring any party by virtue of the authorship of any provisions of this Agreement or any of the Transaction Documents. If Philip A. Norcross is not able to exercise any right under this Agreement for any reason, then George E. Norcross shall be permitted to exercise such right during the time in which Philip A. Norcross is not able to exercise such right, and if George E. Norcross is not able to exercise any such right, then Gregory B. Braca shall be permitted to exercise such right during the time in which neither Philip A. Norcross nor George E. Norcross is able to exercise such right.

 

Section 6.6      Successors and Assigns. The provisions of this Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the parties and their respective successors and permitted assigns. This Agreement, or any rights or obligations hereunder, may not be assigned by the Company without the prior written consent of each Purchaser. Except as otherwise provided in Section 4.18 and Section 4.19, any Purchaser may assign its rights (together with its obligations) hereunder in whole or in part to any investment fund that is an Affiliate of such Purchaser in compliance with the Transaction Documents and applicable Law, provided such transferee shall agree in writing to be bound, with respect to the transferred Securities, by the terms and conditions of this Agreement that apply to the “Purchasers” and/or the “Initial Investors” (as applicable).

 

Section 6.7     No Third-Party Beneficiaries. This Agreement is intended for the benefit of the parties hereto and their respective successors and permitted assigns and is not for the benefit of, nor may any provision hereof be enforced by, any other Person, other than, (a) solely with respect to the provisions of Section 4.7, the Purchaser Parties and (b) the Initial Investor Persons that are not party hereto, who are intended third party beneficiaries of this Agreement.

 

Section 6.8        Governing Law. All questions concerning the construction, validity, enforcement and interpretation of this Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal Laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania applicable to contracts made and to be performed entirely within such Commonwealth. Each party agrees that all Proceedings concerning the interpretation, enforcement and defense of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement and any other Transaction Documents (whether brought against a party hereto or its respective Affiliates, employees or agents) shall occur, on an exclusive basis, in the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, or the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (the “Pennsylvania Courts”). Each party hereto hereby irrevocably submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Courts for the adjudication of any dispute hereunder or in connection herewith or with any transaction contemplated hereby or discussed herein (including with respect to the enforcement of any of the Transaction Documents), and hereby irrevocably waives, and agrees not to assert in any Proceeding, any claim that it is not personally subject to the jurisdiction of any such Pennsylvania Court, or that such Proceeding has been commenced in an improper or inconvenient forum. Each party hereto hereby irrevocably waives personal service of process and consents to process being served in any such Proceeding by mailing a copy thereof via registered or certified mail or overnight delivery (with evidence of delivery) to such party at the address in effect for notices to it under this Agreement and agrees that such service shall constitute good and sufficient service of process and notice thereof. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to limit in any way any right to serve process in any manner permitted by Law. EACH PARTY HERETO HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVES, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ANY AND ALL RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY LEGAL PROCEEDING ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED HEREBY.

 

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Section 6.9      Survival. The representations, warranties, agreements, and covenants contained herein shall survive the Closing, the delivery of the Shares, the exercise of the Warrants and the conversion of Series B Preferred Stock into Common Stock as follows: (i) the representations and warranties of the Company set forth in Section 3.1(a) (excluding the last sentence thereof), Section 3.1(b) (excluding the last two sentences thereof), Section 3.1(c) (excluding the last sentence thereof), Section 3.1(d)(i), Section 3.1(f) (excluding the last sentence thereof), Section 3.1(g), and Section 3.1(u) (collectively, the “Fundamental Representations”) shall survive for three years after the Closing, (ii) all other representations and warranties of the Company set forth in Section 3.1 shall survive for a period of 12 months following the Closing, (iii) the representations and warranties of the Purchasers set forth in Section 3.2(a) and Section 3.2(h) shall survive for three years after the Closing, and (iv) all other representations and warranties of the Purchasers set forth in Section 3.2 shall survive for a period of 12 months following the Closing.

 

Section 6.10       Termination.

 

(a)         This Agreement may be terminated, and the sale and purchase of the Shares abandoned, at any time prior to the Closing:

 

(i)         by mutual written agreement of the Company and any Purchaser (with respect to such Purchaser only);

 

(ii)      by the Company or any Purchaser (with respect to such Purchaser only) upon written notice to the other parties, in the event that the Closing has not been consummated on or prior to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on the Outside Date; provided, that the right to terminate this Agreement pursuant to this Section 6.10(a)(ii) shall not be available to any party whose failure to fulfill any obligation under this Agreement shall have been the primary cause of the failure of the Closing to occur on or prior to such date;

 

(iii)      by the Company or any Purchaser, upon written notice to the other parties, in the event that any Governmental Entity shall have issued any order, decree or injunction or taken any other action restraining, enjoining or prohibiting any of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, and such order, decree, injunction or other action shall have become final and nonappealable;

 

(iv)    by any Purchaser (with respect to such Purchaser only), upon written notice to the Company, if there has been a breach of any representation, warranty, covenant or agreement made by the Company in this Agreement, or any such representation or warranty shall have become untrue after the date of this Agreement, in each case such that (i) a closing condition in Section 5.1(a) or Section 5.1(b) would not be satisfied and (ii) such breach or failure of a representation or warrant to be true is not capable of being cured or, if capable of being cured, has not been cured prior to the earlier of (A) ten (10) days following written notice of such breach from the Company to the Purchaser and (B) the Outside Date;

 

(v)       by the Company (with respect to a Purchaser), upon written notice to such Purchaser, if there has been a breach of any representation, warranty, covenant or agreement made by such Purchaser in this Agreement, or any such representation or warranty shall have become untrue after the date of this Agreement, in each case such that (i) a closing condition in Section 5.2(a) or Section 5.2(b) would not be satisfied and (ii) such breach or failure of a representation or warrant to be true is not capable of being cured or, if capable of being cured, has not been cured prior to the earlier of (A) ten (10) days following written notice of such breach from the Company to such Purchaser and (B) the Outside Date;

 

(vi)      by the Company or any Purchaser, upon written notice to the other parties, if the Company has entered into a binding written agreement with respect to a Superior Proposal in compliance with Section 4.15; or

 

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(vii)    by any Purchaser, upon written notice to the Company, if such Purchaser or any of its Affiliates receives written notice from or is otherwise advised by the Federal Reserve that the Federal Reserve will not grant (or intends to rescind if previously granted) any of the confirmations or determinations referred to in Section 5.1(h) on terms and conditions reasonably satisfactory to the Purchasers in their reasonable discretion.

 

(b)         In the event of a termination pursuant to this Section 6.10, the Company shall promptly notify all non-terminating Purchasers.

 

(c)         Termination Fee.

 

(i)        If the Company or any Purchaser terminates this Agreement pursuant to Section 6.10(a)(vi), the Company shall pay or cause to be paid to each Purchaser by wire transfer of immediately available funds to an account designated by such Purchaser in writing to the Company a sum equal to 3% of the aggregate Purchase Price committed to be paid by such Purchaser pursuant to this Agreement, plus any Investment Expenses (in the aggregate, the “Termination Fee”).

 

(ii)       In the event that (i) during the term of this Agreement (but prior to the Closing) a third party shall have made a proposal with respect to an Acquisition Transaction, which proposal has been publicly disclosed or has been made known to senior management of the Company, or any person shall have publicly announced or made known to senior management of the Company an intention (whether or not conditional) to make a proposal with respect to an Acquisition Transaction and (ii) the Company enters into an agreement, arrangement or understanding with respect to any such Acquisition Transaction or consummates any such Acquisition Transaction within twelve (12) months following any termination of this Agreement pursuant to Section 6.10(a)(v), the Company shall pay or cause to be paid to each Purchaser by wire transfer of immediately available funds to an account designated by such Purchaser in writing to the Company its allocable portion (based on its relative Subscription Amount) of the Termination Fee within one (1) Business Day of the Company’s entry into any such agreement, arrangement or understanding or consummation of any such Acquisition Transaction.

 

(iii)     The parties acknowledge that the agreements contained in this Section 6.10(c) are an integral part of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, and that without these agreements, they would not enter into this Agreement; accordingly, if the Company fails to pay or cause to be paid promptly any fee payable by it pursuant to this Section 6.10(c), then the Company shall pay or cause to be paid to each Purchaser its respective reasonable and documented out-of-pocket costs and expenses (including attorneys’ fees) in connection with collecting such fee, together with interest on the amount of the fee at the prime rate of Citibank, N.A. from the date such payment was due under this Agreement until the date of payment. The parties also acknowledge that any Termination Fee paid or payable pursuant to this Section 6.10(c) is not a penalty, but rather is liquidated damages in a reasonable amount that is intended to compensate Purchasers in the circumstances in which such amount is payable.

 

Section 6.11    Effects of Termination. In the event of any termination of this Agreement as provided in Section 6.10, this Agreement (other than Section 4.7 and this Article VI, which shall remain in full force and effect) shall forthwith become wholly void and of no further force and effect; provided, that nothing herein shall be deemed to release any party from any liability for any material breach by such party of the terms and provisions of this Agreement prior to such termination or to impair the right of any party to compel specific performance by any other party of its obligations under this Agreement.

 

Section 6.12      Execution. This Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts, all of which when taken together shall be considered one and the same agreement and shall become effective when counterparts have been signed by each party and delivered to the other parties, it being understood that the parties need not sign the same counterpart. In the event that any signature is delivered by facsimile transmission, or by e‑mail delivery of a “.pdf” format data file, such signature shall create a valid and binding obligation of the party executing (or on whose behalf such signature is executed) with the same force and effect as if such facsimile signature page were an original thereof.

 

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Section 6.13     Severability. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable in any respect, the validity and enforceability of the remaining terms and provisions of this Agreement shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby and the parties will attempt in good faith to agree upon a valid and enforceable provision that is a reasonable and equitable substitute therefor, and upon so agreeing, shall incorporate such substitute provision in this Agreement.

 

Section 6.14      Replacement of Shares. If any certificate or instrument evidencing any Shares is mutilated, lost, stolen or destroyed, the Company shall issue or cause to be issued in exchange and substitution for and upon cancellation thereof, or in lieu of and substitution therefor, a new certificate or instrument, but only upon receipt of evidence reasonably satisfactory to the Company and the Transfer Agent of such loss, theft or destruction and the execution by the holder thereof of a customary lost certificate affidavit of that fact and an agreement to indemnify and hold harmless the Company and the Transfer Agent for any losses in connection therewith or, if required by the Transfer Agent, a bond in such form and amount as is required by the Transfer Agent. The applicants for a new certificate or instrument under such circumstances shall also pay any reasonable third-party costs associated with the issuance of such replacement Shares. If a replacement certificate or instrument evidencing any Shares is requested due to a mutilation thereof, the Company may require delivery of such mutilated certificate or instrument as a condition precedent to any issuance of a replacement.

 

Section 6.15      Remedies. In addition to being entitled to exercise all rights provided herein or granted by Law, including recovery of damages, each of the Purchasers and the Company may be entitled to specific performance under the Transaction Documents. The parties agree that monetary damages may not be adequate compensation for any loss incurred by reason of any breach of obligations described in the foregoing sentence and hereby agree to waive in any action for specific performance any requirement for the securing or posting of any bond or other security in connection with any such remedy.

 

Section 6.16    Payment Set Aside. To the extent that the Company makes a payment or payments to any Purchaser pursuant to any Transaction Document or a Purchaser enforces or exercises its rights thereunder, and such payment or payments or the proceeds of such enforcement or exercise or any part thereof are subsequently invalidated, declared to be fraudulent or preferential, set aside, recovered from, disgorged by or are required to be refunded, repaid or otherwise restored to the Company, a trustee, receiver or any other person under any Law (including, without limitation, any bankruptcy Law, state or federal Law, common Law or equitable cause of action), then to the extent of any such restoration the obligation or part thereof originally intended to be satisfied shall be revived and continued in full force and effect as if such payment had not been made or such enforcement or setoff had not occurred.

 

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Section 6.17    Independent Nature of Purchasers Obligations and Rights. The obligations of each Purchaser under any Transaction Document are several and not joint with the obligations of any other Purchaser, and no Purchaser shall be responsible in any way for the performance of the obligations of any other Purchaser under any Transaction Document. The decision of each Purchaser to purchase Shares pursuant to the Transaction Documents has been made by such Purchaser independently of any other Purchaser and independently of any information, materials, statements or opinions as to the business, affairs, operations, assets, properties, liabilities, results of operations, condition (financial or otherwise) or prospects of the Company or any Subsidiary which may have been made or given by any other Purchaser or by any agent or employee of any other Purchaser, and no Purchaser and none of its agents or employees shall have any liability to any other Purchaser (or any other Person) relating to or arising from any such information, materials, statements or opinions. Nothing contained herein or in any other Transaction Document, and no action taken by any Purchaser pursuant hereto or thereto, shall be deemed to constitute the Purchasers as a partnership, an association, a joint venture or any other kind of entity, or create a presumption that the Purchasers are in any way acting in concert or as a group with respect to such obligations or the transactions contemplated by the Transaction Documents. Each Purchaser acknowledges that no other Purchaser has acted as agent for such Purchaser in connection with making its investment hereunder and that no Purchaser will be acting as agent of such Purchaser in connection with monitoring its investment in the Shares or enforcing its rights under the Transaction Documents. Each Purchaser shall be entitled independently to protect and enforce its rights, including without limitation the rights arising out of this Agreement or out of the other Transaction Documents, and it shall not be necessary for any other Purchaser to be joined as an additional party in any Proceeding for such purpose. It is expressly understood and agreed that, except as otherwise provided herein, each provision contained in this Agreement is between the Company and a Purchaser, solely, and not between the Company and the Purchasers collectively and not between and among the Purchasers.

 

Section 6.18      Confidential Supervisory Information. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, no party shall be required to make any disclosure or furnish access to any information (whether pursuant to a representation or warranty or otherwise) that would involve the disclosure of confidential supervisory information (including confidential supervisory information as defined in 12 C.F.R. § 261.2(b) and as identified in 12 C.F.R. § 309.5(g)(8)) of a Governmental Entity by any party to this Agreement to the extent prohibited by applicable Law. To the extent legally permissible, appropriate substitute disclosures or actions shall be made or taken under circumstances in which the limitations of the preceding sentence apply. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no failure to disclose pursuant to this Section 6.18 will operate to waive or exclude a breach of any representation, warranty or covenant of this Agreement.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Securities Purchase Agreement to be duly executed by their respective authorized signatories as of the date first indicated above.

 

 

REPUBLIC FIRST BANCORP, INC. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Thomas X. Geisel                  

 

 

Name: 

   Thomas X. Geisel

 

 

Title: 

Chief Executive Officer 

 

 

[Signature Page to Securities Purchase Agreement]

 

 

 

 

 

NAME OF PURCHASER: George E. Norcross 

   
   
   
  /s/ George E. Norcross
   

 

  Purchase Price:   $ 750,000

 

  Aggregate Number of Shares of Series B Preferred Stock to be Acquired at
  the Closing: 14,813  

 

  Aggregate Number of Shares of Common Stock to be Acquired at the
  Closing: 186,750  

 

  Aggregate Number of Warrants to Purchase Series B Preferred Stock to
  be Granted at the Closing: 2,250

 

  Address for Notice:
   
  130 Delancey Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106,
  United States
     
     

 

  Telephone No: 561-500-4600
     
  Facsimile No:  
     
  E-mail Address: gnorcross@connerstrong.com

 

  Attention: George E. Norcross

     

[Signature Page to Securities Purchase Agreement]

 

 

 

 

  NAME OF PURCHASER: Gregory Braca

 

 

 

  /s/ Gregory Braca         

 

 

  Purchase Price:   $ 750,000

 

  Aggregate Number of Shares of Series B Preferred Stock to be Acquired at
  the Closing: 14,813  

 

  Aggregate Number of Shares of Common Stock to be Acquired at
  the Closing: 186,750

 

  Aggregate Number of Warrants to Purchase Series B Preferred Stock to be
  Granted at the Closing: 2,250

 

  Address for Notice:
   
  11952 S. Edgewater Drive, Palm Beach, FL, 33410,
  United States
     
     

 

  Telephone No: 917-445-1692
     
  Facsimile No:  
     
  E-mail Address: gbraca@generalamerica.com

 

  Attention: Gregory Braca

                   

[Signature Page to Securities Purchase Agreement]

 

 

 

 

  NAME OF PURCHASER: Philip A. Norcross

 

 

 

  /s/ Philip A. Norcross


 

  Purchase Price: $ 750,000

 

  Aggregate Number of Shares of Series B Preferred Stock to be Acquired at
  the Closing: 14,813  

                  

  Aggregate Number of Shares of Common Stock to be Acquired at
  the Closing: 186,750  

 

  Aggregate Number of Warrants to Purchase Series B Preferred Stock to be
  Granted at the Closing: 2,250  

 

  Address for Notice:
   
  130 Delancey Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106,
  United States
     
     

         

  Telephone No: 856-985-4021
     
  Facsimile No:  
     
  E-mail Address: pnorcross@parkermccay.com

 

  Attention: Philip A. Norcross

 

[Signature Page to Securities Purchase Agreement]

 

 

 

 

  NAME OF PURCHASER: Alessandra Norcross

 

 

 

  /s/ Alessandra Norcross


 

  Purchase Price:   $ 16,375,018.75

 

  Aggregate Number of Shares of Series B Preferred Stock to be Acquired at
  the Closing: 323,423

 

  Aggregate Number of Shares of Common Stock to be Acquired at
  the Closing: 4,077,375

                  

  Aggregate Number of Warrants to Purchase Series B Preferred Stock to be
  Granted at the Closing: 49,125

 

  Address for Notice:
   
  130 Delancey Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106,
  United States
     
     

         

  Telephone No: 856-905-1121
     
  Facsimile No:  
     
  E-mail Address: lexi.norcross22@gmail.com

 

  Attention: Alessandra Norcross

 

[Signature Page to Securities Purchase Agreement]

 

 

 

 

  NAME OF PURCHASER: Alexander Norcross

 

 

 

  /s/ Alexander Norcross


 

  Purchase Price:   $ 16,375,018.75

 

  Aggregate Number of Shares of Series B Preferred Stock to be Acquired at
  the Closing: 323,423


              

  Aggregate Number of Shares of Common Stock to be Acquired at
  the Closing: 4,077,375

    

  Aggregate Number of Warrants to Purchase Series B Preferred Stock to be
  Granted at the Closing: 49,125

 

  Address for Notice:
   
  130 Delancey Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106,
  United States
     
     


 

  Telephone No: 856-220-1268
     
  Facsimile No:  
     
  E-mail Address: alexnorcross@comcast.com

 

  Attention: Alexander Norcross

 

[Signature Page to Securities Purchase Agreement]

 

 

 

EXHIBITS

 

Exhibit A:

Form of Secretary’s Certificate

 

Exhibit B:

Form of Officer’s Certificate

 

Exhibit C:

Form of Registration Rights Agreement

 

Exhibit D:

Form of Series B Preferred Stock Statement with Respect to Shares

 

Exhibit E:

Accredited Investor Questionnaire

 

Exhibit F:

Form of Warrant Agreement

 

 

 

EXHIBIT A

 

Form of Secretarys Certificate

 

[]

 

This Secretary’s Certificate is being furnished pursuant to Section 2.2(a)(ii) of the Securities Purchase Agreement, dated as of October 27, 2023 (the “Purchase Agreement”), by and among Republic First Bancorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania corporation (the “Company”) and each purchaser identified on the signature pages thereto.  Capitalized terms used but not defined herein shall have the meanings assigned to them in the Purchase Agreement.

 

I, Lisa Jacobs, the Corporate Secretary of the Company, do hereby certify on behalf of the Company, in my capacity as Corporate Secretary of the Company and not in my individual capacity, as follows:

 

 

1.

Attached hereto as Exhibit A is a true and complete copy of the resolutions (“Resolutions”) duly adopted by the Company’s Board of Directors or a duly authorized committee thereof approving the transactions contemplated by the Purchase Agreement and the other Transaction Documents and the issuance of the Series B Preferred Shares. Said Resolutions have not been amended, modified, supplemented, annulled, revoked or rescinded since their adoption and are in full force and effect as of the date hereof, and said Resolutions are the only resolutions adopted by the Board or any committee thereof relating to the transactions contemplated by the Purchase Agreement.

 

 

2.

Attached hereto as Exhibit B is a true, correct and complete copy of the Bylaws of the Company, together with all subsequent amendments thereto, as in effect on the date hereof. As of the date hereof, no further amendment to the Company’s Bylaws has been approved by the Company’s Board of Directors or the shareholders of the Company.

 

 

3.

Attached hereto as Exhibit C is a true, correct and complete copy of the Articles of Incorporation of the Company, together with all subsequent amendments thereto, as in effect on the date hereof. As of the date hereof, no further amendment to the Company’s Articles of Incorporation has been approved by the Company’s Board of Directors or the shareholders of the Company.

 

 

4.

Set forth on Exhibit D are the names, respective offices held by such persons on the date hereof and genuine signatures of the duly appointed, qualified and acting officers of the Company authorized to execute and deliver, on behalf of the Company, the Transaction Documents and related documents pursuant to the Purchase Agreement.

 

[Signature Page Follows]

 

 

 

 

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned has hereunto signed his name as of the date first written above.

 

 

 

 

REPUBLIC FIRST BANCORP, INC. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

Name: 

Lisa Jacobs 

 

 

Title: 

Corporate Secretary 

 

 

 

I, Thomas Geisel, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, do hereby certify that Lisa Jacobs has been duly elected and qualified as, and as of the date first written above is, Corporate Secretary of the Company, and the signature above is her genuine signature.

 

 

 

 

REPUBLIC FIRST BANCORP, INC. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

Name: 

Thomas Geisel 

 

 

Title: 

President and Chief Executive Officer 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT A

 

RESOLUTIONS

 

To be attached.

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT B

 

BYLAWS

 

To be attached.

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT C

 

ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

 

To be attached.

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT D

 

INCUMBENCY CERTIFICATE

 

Name

Title

Signature

Thomas Geisel

President and Chief Executive Officer

 

Michael Harrington

Chief Financial Officer

 

Lisa Jacobs

Corporate Secretary

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT B

 

Form of Officers Certificate

 

[]

 

This Officer’s Certificate is delivered pursuant to Section 2.2(a)(iii) of the Securities Purchase Agreement, dated as of October 27, 2023 (the “Purchase Agreement”), by and among Republic First Bancorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania corporation (the “Company”) and each purchaser identified on the signature pages thereto (each, including its successors and assigns, a “Purchaser” and collectively, the “Purchasers”). Capitalized terms used but not defined herein shall have the meanings assigned to them in the Purchase Agreement.

 

Each of the undersigned, solely in his capacity as an authorized officer of the Company (and not in any individual capacity), hereby certifies to Purchasers in the name and on behalf of the Company as follows:   

 

 

1.

(i) The representations and warranties of the Company set forth in Section 3.1 of the Purchase Agreement (other than the Fundamental Representations and the representations identified in clause (iii) below) are true and correct (when read without any exception or qualification as to materiality, Material Adverse Effect or similar qualifiers) as of the date hereof as though made on the date hereof, except to the extent that the failure of any such representations and warranties to be true and correct, individually or in the aggregate, has not had, and would not reasonably be expected to have, a Material Adverse Effect, (ii) the Fundamental Representations of the Company set forth in Section 3.1 of the Purchase Agreement are true and correct as of the date hereof as though made on the date hereof (other than any de minimis inaccuracies), and (iii) the representations and warranties of the Company set forth in Section 3.1(d)(ii) and Section 3.1(qq)(v) of the Purchase Agreement are true and correct (when read without any exception or qualification as to materiality, Material Adverse Effect or similar qualifiers) as of the date hereof as though made on the date hereof, except to the extent that the failure of any such representations and warranties to be true and correct, individually or in the aggregate, has not, and would not reasonably be expected to, result in any material payment by the Company); provided, that, in the case of clauses (i) and (ii), the reference to “as though made on the date hereof” are, for those representations and warranties that are specifically made as of a particular date, deemed to mean “as though made on such date”.

 

 

2.

The Company has performed, satisfied and complied in all material respects with all covenants, agreements and conditions required by the Transaction Documents to be performed, satisfied or complied with by it at or prior to the date hereof.

 

 

3.

No Material Adverse Effect has occurred and is continuing since the date of the Purchase Agreement.

 

 

4.

The Company has not agreed to enter into or entered into (A) any agreement or transaction in order to raise capital, or (B) any transaction that resulted in, or would result in if consummated, a Change in Control of the Company, in each case, other than in connection with the transactions contemplated by the Transaction Documents.

 

 

 

 

5.

After the Closing and the consummation of the transactions contemplated by the Purchase Agreement, (A) the Bank’s capital levels will exceed the specific quantitative capital requirements necessary to be deemed “well capitalized” as defined in 12 C.F.R. § 324.403(b)(1); (B) the Company’s capital levels will exceed the specific quantitative capital requirements necessary to be deemed “well capitalized” as defined in 12 C.F.R. §§ 225.2(r); (C) the Company and the Bank will meet or exceed all specific quantitative capital requirements stated in any written agreement, order, understanding or undertaking with the Federal Reserve, the FDIC, or the PDBS, as applicable; (D) subject to any regulatory limitations, the Common Shares will qualify as “Common Equity Tier 1 capital” under 12 C.F.R. Section 217.20(b) and the Series B Preferred Stock will qualify as “Additional Tier 1 capital” under 12 C.F.R. Section 217.20(c); and (E) the Company’s capital structure will otherwise comply with the “predominance” of voting common equity provisions of 12 C.F.R. Part 225, Appendix A.

 

 

6.

As of the end of the month immediately prior to the Closing, total nonperforming assets have not increased more than 20% over total nonperforming assets as of December 31, 2022.

 

[Signature Page Follows]

 

 

 

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned have executed this Officer’s Certificate as of the date first written above.

 

 

 

 

REPUBLIC FIRST BANCORP, INC. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

Name: 

Thomas Geisel 

 

 

Title: 

President and Chief Executive Officer 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

Name: 

Michael Harrington 

 

 

Title: 

Chief Financial Officer 

 

 

[Signature Page – Officer’s Certificate]

 

 

 

Exhibit C

 

Form of Registration Rights Agreement

 

 

REPUBLIC FIRST BANCORP, INC.
REGISTRATION RIGHTS AGREEMENT

 

This Registration Rights Agreement (this “Agreement”) is made and entered into as of [•], 2023, by and among Republic First Bancorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania corporation (the “Company”), and George E. Norcross, III, Philip A. Norcross, Gregory B. Braca, Alessandra T. Norcross and Alexander S. Norcross (each a “Registration Rights Purchaser” and collectively, the “Registration Rights Purchasers”).

 

This Agreement is made pursuant to the Securities Purchase Agreement, dated as of October 27, 2023, by and among the Company, George E. Norcross, III, Philip A. Norcross, Gregory B. Braca, Alessandra T. Norcross and Alexander S. Norcross (the “Purchase Agreement”).

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants contained in this Agreement, and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and adequacy of which are hereby acknowledged, the Company and each of the Registration Rights Purchasers agree as follows:

 

1.        Definitions.  Capitalized terms used and not otherwise defined herein that are defined in the Purchase Agreement shall have the meanings given such terms in the Purchase Agreement.  As used in this Agreement, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

 

Advice” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(g).

 

Affiliate” means, with respect to any Person, any other Person that directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with, such Person.

 

Agreement” shall have the meaning set forth in the Preamble.

 

Allowable Grace Period” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(d).

 

Business Day” means a day other than a Saturday or Sunday or other day on which banks located in Pennsylvania are authorized or required by law to close.

 

Capital Stock” means, with respect to any Person at any time, any and all shares, interests, participations or other equivalents (however designated, whether voting or non-voting) of capital stock, securities convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for any of its shares, interests, participations or other equivalents, partnership interests (whether general or limited), limited liability company interests, or equivalent ownership interests in or issued by such Person.

 

Closing Date” has the meaning set forth in the Purchase Agreement.

 

Commission” means the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Common Stock” means the voting common stock of the Company, par value $0.01 per share, and any securities into which such shares of voting common stock may hereinafter be reclassified.

 

 

 

 

Company” shall have the meaning set forth in the Preamble.

 

Effective Date” means the date that the Registration Statement filed pursuant to Section 2(a) is first declared effective by the Commission.

 

Effectiveness Deadline” means, with respect to the Initial Registration Statement or the New Registration Statement, the fifth (5th) Trading Day after the date the Company is notified (orally or in writing, whichever is earlier) by the Commission that such Registration Statement will not be “reviewed” or will not be subject to further review; provided, that if the Effectiveness Deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or other day that the Commission is closed for business, the Effectiveness Deadline shall be extended to the next Business Day on which the Commission is open for business.

 

Effectiveness Period” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2(b).

 

Event” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2(c).

 

Event Date” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2(c).

 

Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

Filing Deadline” means, with respect to the Initial Registration Statement required to be filed pursuant to Section 2(a), the date that is thirty (30) months following the Closing Date, provided, that if the Filing Deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or other day that the Commission is closed for business, the Filing Deadline shall be extended to the next Business Day on which the Commission is open for business.

 

FINRA” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(m).

 

Grace Period” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(d).

 

Holder” or “Holders” means the holder or holders, as the case may be, from time to time of Registrable Securities.

 

Holders’ Counsel” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 5(a).

 

Indemnified Party” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 7(c).

 

Indemnifying Party” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 7(c).

 

Initial Registration Statement” means shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2(a).

 

Liquidated Damages” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2(c).

 

Losses” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 7(a).

 

New Registration Statement” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2(a).

 

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Non-Responsive Holder” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(d).

 

Other Securities” means shares of Common Stock, Preferred Stock, Stock, or shares of other Capital Stock or other securities of the Company which are contractually entitled to registration rights or Capital Stock which the Company is registering pursuant to a Registration Statement.

 

Person” means an individual or corporation, partnership, trust, incorporated or unincorporated association, joint venture, limited liability company, joint stock company, government (or an agency or subdivision thereof) or other entity of any kind.

 

Piggyback Registration” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 3(a).

 

Principal Market” means the Trading Market on which the Common Stock is primarily listed on and quoted for trading.

 

Proceeding” means an action, claim, suit, investigation or proceeding (including, without limitation, an investigation or partial proceeding, such as a deposition).

 

Prospectus” means the prospectus included in a Registration Statement (including, without limitation, a prospectus that includes any information previously omitted from a prospectus filed as part of an effective registration statement in reliance upon Rule 430A promulgated under the Securities Act), as amended or supplemented by any prospectus supplement, with respect to the terms of the offering of any portion of the Registrable Securities covered by a Registration Statement, and all other amendments and supplements to the Prospectus, including post-effective amendments, and all material incorporated by reference or deemed to be incorporated by reference in such Prospectus.

 

Purchase Agreement” shall have the meaning set forth in the Recitals.

 

Registrable Securities” means all of the Shares, the Underlying Shares and any securities issued or issuable upon any stock split, dividend or other distribution, recapitalization or similar event with respect to the Shares or the Underlying Shares, provided that Shares or the Underlying Shares shall cease to be Registrable Securities upon the earliest to occur of the following:  (A) a sale pursuant to a Registration Statement (in which case only such securities sold shall cease to be Registrable Securities); (B) becoming eligible for sale without time, volume or manner of sale restrictions by the Holders under Rule 144; (C) if such Shares or Underlying Shares have ceased to be outstanding; or (D) if such Shares or Underlying Shares are sold in a transaction in which the applicable rights under this Agreement are not assigned pursuant to Section 8(k).

 

Registration Rights Purchaser” or “Registration Rights Purchasers” shall have the meaning set forth in the Preamble.

 

Registration Statements” means any one or more registration statements of the Company filed under the Securities Act that covers the resale of any of the Registrable Securities pursuant to the provisions of this Agreement (including without limitation the Initial Registration Statement, the New Registration Statement and any Remainder Registration Statements), amendments and supplements to such Registration Statements, including post-effective amendments, all exhibits and all material incorporated by reference or deemed to be incorporated by reference in such Registration Statements.

 

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Remainder Registration Statement” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 2(a).

 

Requested Information” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 8(d).

 

Required Registration Statement” means any Initial Registration Statement, New Registration Statement or Remainder Registration Statement.

 

Rule 144” means Rule 144 promulgated by the Commission pursuant to the Securities Act, as such Rule may be amended from time to time, or any successor rule thereto.

 

Rule 415” means Rule 415 promulgated by the Commission pursuant to the Securities Act, as such Rule may be amended from time to time, or any successor rule thereto.

 

Rule 424” means Rule 424 promulgated by the Commission pursuant to the Securities Act, as such Rule may be amended from time to time, or any successor rule thereto.

 

SEC Guidance” means (i) any publicly-available written guidance, comments, requirements or requests of the Commission staff and (ii) the Securities Act.

 

Securities Act” means the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

Series B Preferred Stock” means the Company’s Series B Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock, par value $0.01 per share, and any securities into which such shares of Series B Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock may hereinafter be reclassified.

 

Shares” means the shares of Common Stock and Series B Preferred Stock issued or issuable to the Registration Rights Purchaser pursuant to the Purchase Agreement and all other shares of Common Stock held by the Registration Rights Purchasers.

 

Shelf Offering” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 4(a).

 

Take-Down Notice” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 4(a).

 

Trading Day” means (i) a day on which the Common Stock is listed or quoted and traded on its Principal Market (other than the OTC Bulletin Board), or (ii) if the Common Stock is not listed on a Trading Market (other than the OTC Bulletin Board), a day on which the Common Stock is traded in the over-the-counter market, as reported by the OTC Bulletin Board, or (iii) if the Common Stock is not quoted on any Trading Market, a day on which the Common Stock is quoted in the over-the-counter market as reported in the “pink sheets” by OTC Markets Group, Inc. (or any similar organization or agency succeeding to its functions of reporting prices); provided, that in the event that the Common Stock is not listed or quoted as set forth in (i), (ii) and (iii) hereof, then Trading Day shall mean a Business Day.

 

Trading Market” means whichever of the New York Stock Exchange, the NYSE MKT, the NASDAQ Global Select Market, the NASDAQ Global Market, the NASDAQ Capital Market or OTC Bulletin Board on which the Common Stock is listed or quoted for trading on the date in question.

 

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Underlying Shares” means the shares of Common Stock into which the Series B Preferred Stock is convertible.

 

 

2.

Mandatory Registration.

 

(a)    On or prior to the Filing Deadline, the Company shall, following the written request of the Registration Rights Purchasers, prepare and file with the Commission a Registration Statement covering the resale of all of the Registrable Securities not already covered by an existing and effective Registration Statement for an offering to be made on a continuous basis pursuant to Rule 415 or, if Rule 415 is not available for offers and sales of the Registrable Securities, by such other means of distribution of Registrable Securities as the Company may reasonably determine (the “Initial Registration Statement”).  Notwithstanding the registration obligations set forth in this Section 2, in the event that (i) the Company’s counsel determines that all such Registrable Securities cannot, as a result of the application of Rule 415, be registered for resale as a secondary offering on a single registration statement prior to filing the Initial Registration Statement, or (ii) the Commission informs the Company that all such Registrable Securities cannot, as a result of the application of Rule 415, be registered for resale as a secondary offering on a single registration statement, the Company agrees to promptly (A) inform each of the Holders thereof and, as applicable, file the Initial Registration Statement, or use reasonable and customary efforts to file amendments to the Initial Registration Statement as required by the Commission and/or (B) withdraw the Initial Registration Statement and file a new registration statement (a “New Registration Statement”), in each case covering the maximum number of such Registrable Securities permitted to be registered thereon, on such form available to the Company to register for resale the Registrable Securities as a secondary offering.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, if the opinion of the Company’s counsel or any SEC Guidance sets forth a limitation of the number of Registrable Securities permitted to be registered on a particular Registration Statement as a secondary offering, the number of Registrable Securities to be registered on such Registration Statement will be reduced pro rata on the basis of the aggregate number of Registrable Securities owned by each applicable Holder, and under such circumstances, the Company will not be subject to the payment of Liquidated Damages in Section (c).  In the event the Company amends the Initial Registration Statement or files a New Registration Statement, as the case may be, under clauses (A) or (B) above, the Company will use reasonable and customary efforts to file with the Commission, as promptly as allowed by Commission or SEC Guidance provided to the Company or to registrants of securities in general, one or more registration statements on such form available to the Company to register for resale those Registrable Securities that were not registered for resale on the Initial Registration Statement, as amended, or the New Registration Statement (the “Remainder Registration Statements”).  No Holder shall be named as an “underwriter” in any Registration Statement without such Holder’s prior written consent.

 

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(b)    The Company shall use reasonable and customary efforts to cause each Required Registration Statement to be declared effective by the Commission as soon as practicable, and, with respect to the Initial Registration Statement or the New Registration Statement, as applicable, no later than the Effectiveness Deadline, and shall use reasonable and customary efforts to keep each Required Registration Statement continuously effective under the Securities Act until the earlier of (i) such time as all of the Registrable Securities covered by such Required Registration Statement have been sold by the Holders; (ii) the date that all Registrable Securities covered by such Required Registration Statement may be sold by the Holders without volume or manner of sale restrictions under Rule 144, as determined by counsel to the Company pursuant to a written opinion letter to such effect, addressed and reasonably acceptable to the Company’s transfer agent; (iii) the date such Registrable Securities have ceased to be outstanding; or (iv) the date such Registrable Securities are sold in a transaction in which the applicable rights under this Agreement are not assigned pursuant to Section 8(k) (such time period, the “Effectiveness Period”).  The Company shall request effectiveness of a Required Registration Statement as of 4:00 p.m., Philadelphia time, on a Trading Day.  The Company shall promptly notify the Holders via facsimile or electronic mail of a “.pdf” format data file of the effectiveness of a Registration Statement within one (1) Business Day of the Effective Date, unless already available on the Commission’s EDGAR site or successor system.  The Company shall file a final Prospectus for a Required Registration Statement with the Commission, as required by Rule 424(b) as promptly as reasonably practicable following the Effective Date.

 

(c)    If:  (i) the Initial Registration Statement is not filed with the Commission on or prior to the Filing Deadline, (ii) the Initial Registration Statement or the New Registration Statement, as applicable, is not declared effective by the Commission (or otherwise does not become effective) for any reason on or prior to the Effectiveness Deadline, or (iii) after its Effective Date, (A) such Registration Statement ceases to be effective for any reason (including without limitation by reason of a stop order, or the Company’s failure to update the Registration Statement), to remain continuously effective as to all Registrable Securities for which it is required to be effective, or (B) the Holders are not permitted to utilize the Prospectus therein to resell such Registrable Securities (other than during an Allowable Grace Period), (iv) a Grace Period applicable to a Required Registration Statement exceeds the length of an Allowable Grace Period, or (v) after the Filing Deadline, and only in the event a Registration Statement is not effective or available to sell all Registrable Securities, the Holders are unable to sell Registrable Securities without restriction under Rule 144, (any such failure or breach in clauses (i) through (v) above being referred to as an “Event,” and, for purposes of clauses (i), (ii), (iii) or (v), the date on which such Event occurs, or for purposes of clause (iv) the date on which such Allowable Grace Period is exceeded, being referred to as an “Event Date”), then in addition to any other rights the Holders may have hereunder or under applicable law, on the first such Event Date, the Company shall pay to each Holder an amount in cash, as liquidated damages and not as a penalty (“Liquidated Damages”), equal to 3.0% of the aggregate purchase price paid by such Holder pursuant to the Purchase Agreement for any Registrable Securities held by such Holder on the Event Date.  The parties agree that notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or in the Purchase Agreement, no Liquidated Damages shall be payable (i) if as of the relevant Event Date, the Registrable Securities may be sold by the Holders without volume or manner of sale restrictions under Rule 144, as determined by counsel to the Company pursuant to a written opinion letter to such effect, addressed and reasonably acceptable to the Company’s transfer agent, (ii) to a Holder causing an Event that relates to or is caused by any action or inaction taken by such Holder, (iii) to a Holder in the event it is unable to lawfully sell any of its Registrable Securities (including, without limitation, in the event a Grace Period exceeds the length of an Allowable Grace Period) because of possession of material non-public information or (iv) with respect to any period after the expiration of the Effectiveness Period (it being understood that this clause shall not relieve the Company of any Liquidated Damages accruing prior to the expiration of the Effectiveness Period).  If the Company fails to pay any Liquidated Damages pursuant to this Section (c) in full within ten (10) Business Days after the date payable, the Company will pay interest on the amount of Liquidated Damages then owing to the Holder at a rate of 0.5% per month on an annualized basis (or such lesser maximum amount that is permitted to be paid by applicable law) to the Holder, accruing daily from the date such Liquidated Damages are due until such amounts, plus all such interest thereon, are paid in full.  With respect to a Holder, the Effectiveness Deadline for a Required Registration Statement shall be extended without default or Liquidated Damages hereunder in the event that the Company’s failure to obtain the effectiveness of the Registration Statement on a timely basis results from the failure of such Holder to timely provide the Company with information requested by the Company and necessary to complete the Registration Statement in accordance with the requirements of the Securities Act (in which case the Effectiveness Deadline would be extended with respect to Registrable Securities held by such Registration Rights Purchaser).

 

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3.

Piggyback Registration.

 

(a)    If the Company intends to file a Registration Statement covering a primary or secondary offering of any of its Common Stock, Series B Preferred Stock or Other Securities, whether or not the sale for its own account, which is not (i) a registration solely to implement an employee benefit plan pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-8 (or successor form), (ii) a registration statement on Form S-4 (or successor form) or a transaction to which Rule 145 or any other similar rule of the Commission is applicable, (iii) a registration on any form that does not include substantially the same information as would be required to be included in a registration statement covering the sale of the Registrable Securities, or (iv) a registration in which the only Capital Stock being registered is Capital Stock issuable upon conversion of debt securities that are also being registered (each of clause (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv), an “Exempted Registration”), the Company will promptly (and in any event at least ten (10) Business Days before the anticipated filing date) give written notice to the Holders of its intention to effect such a registration.  The Company will, subject to Section 3(b), effect the registration under the Securities Act of all Registrable Securities that the Holder(s) request(s) be included in such registration (a “Piggyback Registration”) by a written notice delivered to the Company within five (5) Business Days after the notice given by the Company in the preceding sentence.  Subject to Section 3(b), securities requested to be included in a Company registration pursuant to this Section 3 shall be included by the Company on the same form of Registration Statement as has been selected by the Company for the securities the Company is registering for sale referred to above.  The Holders shall be permitted to withdraw all or part of the Registrable Securities from the Piggyback Registration at any time at least two (2) Business Days prior to the effective date of the Registration Statement relating to such Piggyback Registration (the “Piggyback Registration Statement”).  If the Company elects to terminate any registration filed under this Section 3 prior to the effectiveness of such registration, the Company will have no obligation to register the securities sought to be included by the Holders in such registration under this Section 3.  There shall be no limit to the number of Piggybank Registrations pursuant to this Section 3(a).

 

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(b)    If a Registration Statement under this Section 3 relates to an underwritten offering and the managing underwriter(s) advise(s) the Company that in its or their reasonable opinion the number of securities requested to be included in such offering exceeds the number which can be sold without adversely affecting the marketability of such offering (including an adverse effect on the per share offering price), the Company will include in such registration or Prospectus only such number of securities that in the reasonable opinion of such underwriter(s) can be sold without adversely affecting the marketability of the offering (including an adverse effect on the per share offering price), which securities will be so included in the following order of priority:  (i) first, the Common Stock and other securities the Company proposes to sell, (ii) second, the Registrable Securities of the Holders who have requested inclusion of Registrable Securities pursuant to this Section 3, pro rata on the basis of the aggregate number of such securities or shares owned by each such person, or as such Holders may otherwise agree, and (iii) third, any other securities of the Company that have been requested to be so included, subject to the terms of this Agreement.  The Company shall select the investment banking firm or firms to act as the lead underwriter or underwriters in connection with an underwritten offering made pursuant to this Section 3.  No Holder may participate in any underwritten registration under this Section 3 unless such Holder (i) agrees to sell the Registrable Securities it desires to have covered by the underwritten offering on the basis provided in any underwriting arrangements in customary form and (ii) completes and executes all questionnaires, powers of attorney, indemnities, underwriting agreements and other documents reasonably required under the terms of such underwriting arrangements.

 

 

4.

Underwritten Shelf Offerings.

 

(a)    At any time that a shelf registration statement covering Registrable Securities pursuant to Section 2 or Section 3 is effective, if any Holder delivers a notice to the Company (a “Take-Down Notice”) stating that it intends to sell all or part of its Registrable Securities included by it on the shelf registration statement (a “Shelf Offering”), then the Company shall amend or supplement the shelf registration statement as may be necessary in order to enable such Registrable Securities to be distributed pursuant to the Shelf Offering (taking into account the inclusion of Registrable Securities by any other Holders pursuant to this Section 4(a)).  In connection with any Shelf Offering, including any Shelf Offering that is an underwritten offering, such proposing Holder(s) shall also deliver the Take-Down Notice to all other holders of Registrable Securities included on such shelf Registration Statement and permit each such Holder to include its Registrable Securities included on the shelf Registration Statement in the Shelf Offering if such holder notifies the proposing Holder(s) and the Company within five days after delivery of the Take-Down Notice to such Holder.

 

(b)    The Company shall have no obligation to effect an underwritten offering under this Section 4 on behalf of the holders of Registrable Securities electing to participate in such offering unless the expected gross proceeds from such offering exceed $20,000,000. If a Shelf Offering of Registrable Securities included in a Required Registration Statement is to be conducted as an underwritten offering, then the Holders of the majority of the Registrable Securities included in a Required Registration Statement shall select the investment banking firm or firms to act as the lead underwriter or underwriters in connection with such offering.  Additionally, in no event shall the Company be required to engage in more than one such underwritten offering in any 365-day period.

 

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(c)    If, in connection with any such underwritten offering, the managing underwriter(s) advise(s) the Company that in its or their reasonable opinion the number of securities requested to be included in such offering exceeds the number which can be sold without adversely affecting the marketability of such offering (including an adverse effect on the per share offering price), the Company will include in such registration or Prospectus only such number of securities that in the reasonable opinion of such underwriter(s) can be sold without adversely affecting the marketability of the offering (including an adverse effect on the per share offering price), which securities will be so included in the following order of priority:  (i) first, the Registrable Securities of the Holders who have requested registration of Registrable Securities pursuant to this Section 4, pro rata on the basis of the aggregate number of such securities or shares owned by each such person, or as the Holders may otherwise agree amongst themselves, (ii) second, the Common Stock and other securities the Company proposes to sell, and (iii) third, any other securities of the Company that have been requested to be so included, subject to the terms of this Agreement.  No Holder may participate in any underwritten registration under this Section 4 unless such Holder (i) agrees to sell the Registrable Securities it desires to include in the underwritten offering on the basis provided in any underwriting arrangements in customary form and (ii) completes and executes all questionnaires, powers of attorney, indemnities, underwriting agreements and other documents reasonably required under the terms of such underwriting arrangements.

 

(d)    In addition to Sections (a) and (b) of this Section 4, a Shelf Offering of Registrable Securities included on a Piggyback Registration Statement initiated by Holders shall be subject to the procedures set forth in Section 3(b).

 

 

5.

Registration Procedures.

 

In connection with the Company’s registration obligations hereunder:

 

(a)    the Company shall, not less than three (3) Trading Days prior to the filing of a Registration Statement or any related Prospectus or any amendment or supplement thereto (except for Annual Reports on Form 10 K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, proxy statements and Current Reports on Form 8 K and any similar or successor reports), furnish to one counsel designated by a majority of the outstanding Registrable Securities (“Holders Counsel”), copies of such Registration Statement, Prospectus or amendment or supplement thereto, as proposed to be filed, which documents will be subject to the reasonable review of Holders’ Counsel; provided that each Holder shall have the right to review, prior to filing, its selling shareholder information.  The Company shall not file any Registration Statement or amendment or supplement thereto containing information which Holders’ Counsel reasonably objects in good faith, unless the Company shall have been advised by its counsel that the information objected to is required under the Securities Act or the rules or regulations adopted thereunder.

 

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(b)    (i) the Company shall use reasonable and customary efforts to prepare and file with the Commission such amendments, including post-effective amendments and supplements, to each Registration Statement and the Prospectus used in connection therewith as may be necessary to keep such Registration Statement continuously effective as to the applicable Registrable Securities for its Effectiveness Period (except during an Allowable Grace Period); (ii) the Company shall use reasonable and customary efforts to cause the related Prospectus to be amended or supplemented by any required Prospectus supplement (subject to the terms of this Agreement), and, as so supplemented or amended, to be filed pursuant to Rule 424 (except during an Allowable Grace Period); (iii) the Company shall respond as promptly as reasonably practicable to any comments received from the Commission with respect to each Registration Statement or any amendment thereto and, as promptly as reasonably possible, provide the Holders’ Counsel true and complete copies of all correspondence from and to the Commission relating to such Registration Statement that pertains to the Holders as “Selling Shareholders”; and (iv) the Company shall comply in all material respects with the provisions of the Securities Act with respect to the disposition of all Registrable Securities covered by a Registration Statement until such time as all of such Registrable Securities shall have been disposed of (subject to the terms of this Agreement) in accordance with the intended methods of disposition by the Holders thereof as set forth in such Registration Statement as so amended or in such Prospectus as so supplemented; provided, that each Holder shall be responsible for the delivery of the Prospectus to the Persons to whom such Registration Rights Purchaser sells any of the Registrable Securities (including in accordance with Rule 172 under the Securities Act), and each Holder agrees to dispose of Registrable Securities in compliance with applicable federal and state securities laws.  In the case of amendments and supplements to a Registration Statement which are required to be filed pursuant to this Agreement (including pursuant to this Section 5(b)) by reason of the Company filing a report on Form 10 K, Form 10- Q or Form 8 K or any analogous report under the Exchange Act, the Company shall have incorporated such report by reference into such Registration Statement, if applicable, or shall file such amendments or supplements with the Commission as promptly as practicable.

 

(c)    the Company shall notify the Holders (which notice shall, pursuant to clauses (ii) through (iv) hereof, be accompanied by an instruction to suspend the use of the Prospectus until the requisite changes have been made, if applicable) as promptly as reasonably practicable following the day (i)(A) when a Prospectus or any Prospectus supplement or post-effective amendment to a Registration Statement has been filed with the Commission; and (B) with respect to each Registration Statement or any post-effective amendment, when the same has become effective; (ii) of the issuance by the Commission or any other federal or state Governmental Entity of any stop order suspending the effectiveness of a Registration Statement covering any or all of the Registrable Securities or the initiation of any Proceedings for that purpose; (iii) of the receipt by the Company of any notification with respect to the suspension of the qualification or exemption from qualification of any of the Registrable Securities for sale in any jurisdiction, or the initiation or threatening of any Proceeding for such purpose; and (iv) of the occurrence of any event or passage of time that makes the financial statements included in a Registration Statement ineligible for inclusion therein or any statement made in such Registration Statement or Prospectus or any document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated therein by reference untrue in any material respect or that requires any revisions to such Registration Statement, Prospectus or other documents so that, in the case of such Registration Statement or the Prospectus, as the case may be, it will not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein (in the case of any Prospectus, form of prospectus or supplement thereto, in light of the circumstances under which they were made), not misleading.

 

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 (d)    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, at any time after the Registration Statement has been declared effective by the Commission, the Company may delay the disclosure of material non-public information concerning the Company if the disclosure of such information at the time is not, in the good faith judgment of the Company, in the best interests of the Company (such delay, a “Grace Period”).  During the Grace Period, the Company shall not be required to maintain the effectiveness of any Registration Statement filed hereunder and, in any event, Holders shall suspend sales of Registrable Securities pursuant to such Registration Statements during the pendency of the Grace Period provided, the Company shall promptly (i) notify the Holders in writing of the existence of material non-public information giving rise to a Grace Period or the need to file a post-effective amendment, as applicable, and the date on which such Grace Period will begin, (ii) use reasonable and customary efforts to terminate a Grace Period as promptly as practicable provided that such termination is, in the good faith judgment of the Company, in the best interest of the Company and (iii) notify the Holders in writing of the date on which the Grace Period ends; provided, further, that, with respect to a Required Registration Statement only, no single Grace Period shall exceed forty-five (45) consecutive days, and during any three hundred sixty-five (365) day period, the aggregate of all Grace Periods shall not exceed an aggregate of ninety (90) days (each Grace Period complying with this provision being an “Allowable Grace Period”).  For purposes of determining the length of a Grace Period, the Grace Period shall be deemed to begin on and include the date the Holders receive the notice referred to in clause (i) above and shall end on and include the later of the date the Holders receive the notice referred to in clause (iii) above and the date referred to in such notice; provided, that no Grace Period shall be longer than an Allowable Grace Period.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, the Company shall use reasonable and customary efforts to cause the Transfer Agent to deliver unlegended Shares to a transferee of a Holder in accordance with the terms of the Purchase Agreement in connection with any sale of Registrable Securities with respect to which a Holder has entered into an irrevocable contract for sale prior to the Holder’s receipt of the notice of a Grace Period and for which the Holder has not yet settled.

 

(e)    the Company shall use reasonable and customary efforts to avoid the issuance of, or, if issued, obtain the withdrawal of (i) any order suspending the effectiveness of a Registration Statement, or (ii) any suspension of the qualification (or exemption from qualification) of any of the Registrable Securities for sale in any jurisdiction, as soon as practicable.

 

(f)    the Company shall, if requested by a Holder, furnish to such Holder, without charge, at least one (1) conformed copy of each Registration Statement and each amendment thereto and all exhibits to the extent requested by such Holder (including those previously furnished or incorporated by reference) promptly after the filing of such documents with the Commission; provided, that the Company shall have no obligation to provide any document pursuant to this clause that is available on the Commission’s EDGAR or successor system.

 

(g)    the Company agrees to promptly deliver to each Holder whose Registrable Securities are included in the applicable Registration Statement, without charge, as many copies of each Prospectus or Prospectuses (including each form of prospectus) and each amendment or supplement thereto as such Persons may reasonably request.  The Company hereby consents to the use of such Prospectus and each amendment or supplement thereto by each of the selling Holders in connection with the offering and sale of Registrable Securities covered by such Prospectus and any amendment or supplement thereto.

 

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(h)    the Company shall, prior to any resale of Registrable Securities by a Holder, use reasonable and customary efforts to register or qualify or cooperate with the selling Holders in connection with the registration or qualification (or exemption from the registration or qualification) of such Registrable Securities for the resale by the Holder under the securities or Blue Sky laws of such jurisdictions within the United States as any Holder reasonably requests in writing, to keep each registration or qualification (or exemption therefrom) effective during the Effectiveness Period and to do any and all other acts or things reasonably necessary to enable the disposition in such jurisdictions of the Registrable Securities covered by each Registration Statement; provided, that the Company shall not be required to qualify generally to do business in any jurisdiction where it is not then so qualified, subject the Company to any general tax in any such jurisdiction where it is not then so subject or file a consent to service of process in any such jurisdiction.

 

(i)    the Company shall enter into customary agreements (including an underwriting agreement in customary form) and take all such other actions reasonably requested by the Holders of a majority of the Registrable Securities being sold in connection therewith or by the managing underwriter(s), if any, in order to expedite or facilitate the disposition of such Registrable Securities.  In connection with any such permitted underwritten offering of Registrable Securities, (i) the Company shall (A) make such representations and warranties to the selling Holders and the managing underwriter(s), if any, with respect to the business of the Company and its subsidiaries, and the Registration Statement, Prospectus and documents, if any, incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference therein, in each case, in form, substance and scope as are customarily made by issuers in underwritten offerings, and, if true, confirm the same if and when requested, (B) use reasonable and customary efforts to furnish opinions of counsel to the Company and updates thereof (which counsel and opinions (in form, scope and substance) shall be reasonably satisfactory to the managing underwriter(s), if any, addressed to each of the managing underwriter(s), if any, covering the matters customarily covered in opinions requested in underwritten offerings), (C) use reasonable and customary efforts to obtain “cold comfort” letters and updates thereof from the independent certified public accountants of the Company (and, if necessary, any other independent certified public accountants of any subsidiary of the Company or of any business acquired by the Company for which financial statements and financial data are, or are required to be, included in the Registration Statement) who have certified the financial statements included in such Registration Statement, addressed to each of the managing underwriter(s), if any, such letters to be in customary form and covering matters of the type customarily covered in “cold comfort” letters in connection with underwritten offerings, (D) include within the underwriting agreement indemnification provisions and procedures customary in such underwritten offerings and (E) deliver such documents and certificates as may be reasonably requested by the Holders of a majority of the Registrable Securities being sold in connection therewith, their counsel and the managing underwriter(s), if any, to evidence the continued validity of the representations and warranties made pursuant to clause (A) above and to evidence compliance with any customary conditions contained in the underwriting agreement or other agreement entered into by the Company, (ii) each Holder shall not, during such period (which period shall in no event exceed one hundred and eighty (180) days, subject to any then customary “booster shot” extension (which extension shall not exceed thirty (30) days) following the effective date of any Registration Statement to the extent requested by any managing underwriter, sell, pledge, hypothecate, transfer, make any short sale of, loan, grant any option or right to purchase of, or otherwise transfer or dispose of (other than to donees who agree to be similarly bound) any Registrable Securities owned by it at any time during such period, except Registrable Securities included in such registration; provided that any release of Registrable Securities from such agreement shall be effected among the Holders on a pro rata basis according to the Registrable Securities then owned by them), and (iii) the Company shall use reasonable and customary efforts to cause each of its directors and senior executive officers to execute and deliver customary lockup agreements in such form and for such time period up to one hundred and eighty (180) days (subject to any then customary “booster shot” extensions) as may be requested by any managing underwriter.  The above shall be done at each closing under such underwriting or similar agreement, or as and to the extent required thereunder.

 

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(j)    the Company shall make available to the appropriate representatives of the selling Holders and lead underwriter(s) (such representatives, the “Inspectors”) access to such information (the “Records”) and Company personnel as is reasonable and customary to enable such parties to establish a due diligence defense under the Securities Act; provided, however, that, unless (i) the disclosure of such Records is necessary to avoid or correct a misstatement or omission in the Registration Statement, or (ii) the release of such Records is ordered pursuant to a subpoena or other order from a court of competent jurisdiction, the Company shall not be required to provide any information under this Section 5(j) if (A) the Company believes, after consultation with counsel for the Company, that to do so would cause the Company to forfeit an attorney-client privilege that was applicable to such information (provided that the Company will use commercially reasonable efforts to provide such information by alternative means that would not cause the Company to forfeit attorney-client privilege (including, if appropriate, by redacting certain information)), or (B) the Company reasonably determines that such Records are confidential and so notifies the Inspectors in writing, unless prior to furnishing any information such selling Holders requesting such information agree, and causes each of its Inspectors to agree, to enter into a confidentiality agreement on terms reasonably acceptable to the Company; provided, further, that each Holder of Registrable Securities agrees that it will, upon learning that disclosure of such Records is sought in a court of competent jurisdiction, give notice to the Company to the extent legally permitted and allow the Company, at its expense, to undertake appropriate action and to prevent disclosure of the Records deemed confidential.

 

(k)    the Company shall, in the case of an underwritten offering, cause its officers to use reasonable and customary efforts to support the marketing of the Registrable Securities covered by the Registration Statement (including, without limitation, by participation in “road shows”) if requested by the managing underwriter(s) and taking into account the Company’s business needs.

 

(l)     the Company shall following the occurrence of any event contemplated by Sections 5(c)(ii)-(iv), as promptly as reasonably practicable, as applicable:  (i) use reasonable and customary efforts to prevent the issuance of any stop order or obtain its withdrawal at the earliest possible moment if the stop order have been issued, or (ii) taking into account the Company’s good faith assessment of any adverse consequences to the Company and its shareholders of the premature disclosure of such event, prepare and file a supplement or amendment, including a post-effective amendment, to the affected Registration Statements or a supplement to the related Prospectus or any document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated therein by reference, and file any other required document so that, as thereafter delivered, no Registration Statement nor any Prospectus will 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 (in the case of any Prospectus, form of prospectus or supplement thereto, in light of the circumstances under which they were made), not misleading.

 

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(m)    the Company may require each selling Holder to furnish to the Company a certified statement as to (i) the number of securities of the Company beneficially owned by such Holder and any Affiliate thereof, (ii) any Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) affiliations, (iii) any natural persons who have the power to vote or dispose of the Common Stock and (iv) any other information as may be requested by the Commission, FINRA, any state securities commission or any other government or regulatory body with jurisdiction over the Company or its activities.

 

(n)     the Company shall cooperate with any registered broker through which a Holder proposes to resell its Registrable Securities in effecting a filing with FINRA pursuant to FINRA Rule 5110 as requested by any such Holder and the Company shall pay the filing fee required for the first such filing (but not additional filings) within two (2) Business Days of the request therefore.

 

(o)    if the Company becomes eligible to use Form S-3 during the term of this Agreement, the Company shall use reasonable and customary efforts to maintain eligibility for use of Form S-3 (or any successor form thereto) for the registration of the resale of Registrable Securities.

 

(p)    if requested by a Holders’ Counsel, the Company shall (i) promptly incorporate in a Prospectus supplement or post-effective amendment to the Registration Statement such information as the Company reasonably agrees (upon advice of counsel) is required to be included therein and (ii) make all required filings of such Prospectus supplement or such post-effective amendment as soon as reasonably practicable after the Company has received notification of the matters to be incorporated in such Prospectus supplement or post-effective amendment.

 

(q)    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, if the Company furnishes to Holders requesting a registration pursuant to this Section 2 or Section 3 a certificate signed by the Company’s chief executive officer stating that in the good faith judgment of the Board of Directors it would be materially detrimental to the Company and its shareholders for such registration statement to either become effective or remain effective for as long as such registration statement otherwise would be required to remain effective, because such action would (i) materially interfere with a significant acquisition, corporate reorganization, or other similar transaction involving the Company; (ii) require premature disclosure of material information that the Company has a bona fide business purpose for preserving as confidential; or (iii) render the Company unable to comply with requirements under the Securities Act or Exchange Act, then the Company shall have the right to defer taking action with respect to such filing, and any time periods with respect to filing or effectiveness thereof shall be tolled correspondingly, for a period of not more than one hundred twenty (120) days after the request of the initiating Holders is given; provided, however, that the Company may not invoke this right more than once in any twelve (12) month period.

 

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The Company may require each Holder of Registrable Securities as to which any registration is being effected to furnish to the Company in writing such information required in connection with such registration regarding such Holder and the distribution of such Registrable Securities as the Company may, from time to time, reasonably request in writing and the Company may exclude from such registration the Registrable Securities of any Holder who fails to furnish such information within a reasonable time after receiving such request.

 

6.    Registration Expenses.  All fees and expenses incurred in connection with the Company’s performance of or compliance with its obligations under this Agreement (excluding any underwriting discounts and selling commissions, stock transfer taxes and fees of counsel for the Holders) shall be borne by the Company whether or not any Registrable Securities are sold pursuant to a Registration Statement.  The fees and expenses referred to in the foregoing sentence that are the Company’s responsibility shall include, without limitation, (i) all registration and filing fees (including, without limitation, fees and expenses (A) with respect to filings required to be made with any Trading Market on which the Common Stock is then listed for trading, (B) with respect to compliance with applicable state securities or Blue Sky laws (including, without limitation, fees and disbursements of counsel for the Company in connection with Blue Sky qualifications or exemptions of the Registrable Securities and determination of the eligibility of the Registrable Securities for investment under the laws of such jurisdictions as requested by the Holders) and (C) if not previously paid by the Company in connection with an issuer filing, with respect to any filing that may be required to be made by any broker through which a Holder intends to make sales of Registrable Securities with FINRA pursuant to FINRA Rule 5110, so long as the broker is receiving no more than a customary brokerage commission in connection with such sale, (ii) printing expenses (including, without limitation, expenses of printing certificates for Registrable Securities and of printing prospectuses if the printing of prospectuses is reasonably requested by the Holders of a majority of the Registrable Securities included in the Registration Statement), (iii) messenger, telephone and delivery expenses of the Company, (iv) fees and disbursements of counsel for the Company, (v) Securities Act liability insurance, if the Company so desires such insurance, (vi) fees and expenses of all other Persons retained by the Company in connection with the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, and (vii) those documented and out-of-pocket expenses of the Registration Rights Purchasers actually and reasonably incurred, including without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees (with respect to this clause (vii), not to exceed $50,000)).  In addition, the Company shall be responsible for all of its internal expenses incurred in connection with the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement (including, without limitation, all salaries and expenses of its officers and employees performing legal or accounting duties), the expense of any annual audit and the fees and expenses incurred in connection with the listing of the Registrable Securities on any securities exchange as required hereunder.

 

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7.     Indemnification.

 

(a)    Indemnification by the Company.  The Company shall, notwithstanding any termination of this Agreement, indemnify, defend and hold harmless each Holder and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, general partners, managing members, managers, Affiliates and employees, each Person who controls any such Holder (within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act) and the officers, directors, general partners, managing members, managers, agents and employees of such controlling Person, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, from and against any and all losses, claims, damages, liabilities, costs (including, without limitation, reasonable costs of preparation and investigation and reasonable and documented attorneys’ fees) and expenses (collectively, “Losses”), as incurred, that arise out of or are based upon (i) any untrue or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in any Registration Statement, any Prospectus or any form of prospectus or in any amendment or supplement thereto or in any preliminary prospectus, or arising out of or relating to any omission or alleged omission to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein (in the case of any Prospectus or form of prospectus or supplement thereto, in light of the circumstances under which they were made) not misleading, or (ii) any violation or alleged violation by the Company of the Securities Act, Exchange Act or any state securities law or any rule or regulation thereunder, in connection with the performance of its obligations under this Agreement, except to the extent, but only to the extent, that (A) such untrue statements, alleged untrue statements, omissions or alleged omissions are based upon information regarding such Holder furnished in writing to the Company by such Holder or on behalf of such Holder expressly for use therein, or to the extent that such information relates to such Holder or such Holder’s proposed method of distribution of Registrable Securities and was reviewed and approved by such Holder or Holders’ Counsel expressly for use in the Registration Statement, such Prospectus or such form of Prospectus or in any amendment or supplement thereto, (B) Holder’s failure to deliver or cause to be delivered the Prospectus or any amendment or supplement thereto made available by the Company in compliance with Section 8(f), or (C) in the case of an occurrence of an event of the type specified in Sections 5(c)(ii)-(iv), related to the use by a Holder of an outdated or defective Prospectus after the Company has notified such Holder in writing or electronic mail that the Prospectus is outdated or defective and prior to the receipt by such Holder of the Advice contemplated and defined in Section 8(g) below, but only if and to the extent that following the receipt of the Advice the misstatement or omission giving rise to such Loss would have been corrected.  Such indemnity shall remain in full force and effect regardless of any investigation made by or on behalf of an Indemnified Party (as defined in Section 7(c)) and shall survive the transfer to the Registrable Securities by the Holders.

 

(b)    Indemnification by Holders.  Each Holder shall, notwithstanding any termination of this Agreement, severally and not jointly, indemnify and hold harmless the Company, its directors, officers, agents and employees, each Person who controls the Company (within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act and Section 20 of the Exchange Act), and the directors, officers, agents or employees of such controlling Persons, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, from and against all Losses, as incurred, arising out of or are based upon (i) any untrue or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in any Registration Statement, any Prospectus, or any form of prospectus, or in any amendment or supplement thereto or in any preliminary prospectus, or arising out of or relating to any omission or alleged omission of a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein (in the case of any Prospectus, or any form of prospectus or supplement thereto, in light of the circumstances under which they were made) not misleading (A) to the extent, but only to the extent, that such untrue statements or omissions are based upon information regarding such Holder furnished in writing to the Company by or on behalf of such Holder expressly for use therein, or (B) to the extent, but only to the extent, that such information relates to such Holder or such Holder’s proposed method of distribution of Registrable Securities and was reviewed and approved by such Holder or Holders’ Counsel expressly for use in a Registration Statement, such Prospectus or such form of Prospectus or in any amendment or supplement thereto or (C) in the case of an occurrence of an event of the type specified in Sections 5(c)(ii)-(iv), to the extent, but only to the extent, related to the use by such Holder of an outdated or defective Prospectus after the Company has notified such Holder in writing that the Prospectus is outdated or defective and prior to the receipt by such Holder of the Advice contemplated in Section 8(g), but only if and to the extent that following the receipt of the Advice the misstatement or omission giving rise to such Loss would have been corrected, or (ii) Holder’s failure to deliver or cause to be delivered the Prospectus or any amendment or supplement thereto made available by the Company in compliance with Section 8(f).  In no event shall the liability of any selling Holder hereunder, except in the case of fraud or gross negligence by such selling Holder, be greater in amount than the dollar amount of the net proceeds received by such Holder upon the sale of the Registrable Securities giving rise to such indemnification obligation.

 

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(c)    Conduct of Indemnification Proceedings.  If any Proceeding shall be brought or asserted against any Person entitled to indemnity hereunder (an “Indemnified Party”), such Indemnified Party shall promptly notify the Person from whom indemnity is sought (the “Indemnifying Party”) in writing, and the Indemnifying Party shall have the right to assume the defense thereof, including the employment of one (1) counsel reasonably satisfactory to the Indemnified Party and the payment of all reasonable and documented fees and expenses incurred in connection with defense thereof; provided, that the failure of any Indemnified Party to give such written notice within a reasonable time of commencement of any such Proceeding shall not relieve the Indemnifying Party of its obligations or liabilities pursuant to this Agreement, except (and only) to the extent that such failure shall have materially and adversely prejudiced the Indemnifying Party in its ability to defend such Proceeding.

 

An Indemnified Party shall have the right to employ separate counsel in any such Proceeding and to participate in the defense thereof, but the fees and expenses of such counsel shall be at the expense of such Indemnified Party or Indemnified Parties unless:  (1) the Indemnifying Party has agreed in writing to pay such fees and expenses; (2) the Indemnifying Party shall have failed promptly to assume the defense of such Proceeding and to employ counsel reasonably satisfactory to such Indemnified Party in any such Proceeding; or (3) the named parties to any such Proceeding (including any impleaded parties) include both such Indemnified Party and the Indemnifying Party, and such Indemnified Party shall have been advised by counsel in writing that a conflict of interest exists if the same counsel were to represent such Indemnified Party and the Indemnifying Party; provided, that the Indemnifying Party shall not be liable for the fees and expenses of more than one separate firm of attorneys plus local counsel at any time for all Indemnified Parties.  The Indemnifying Party shall not be liable for any settlement of any such Proceeding effected without its written consent, which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld, delayed or unreasonably conditioned.  No Indemnifying Party shall, without the prior written consent of the Indemnified Party, effect any settlement of any pending Proceeding in respect of which any Indemnified Party is a party, unless such settlement includes an unconditional release of such Indemnified Party from all liability on claims that are the subject matter of such Proceeding.

 

Subject to the terms of this Agreement, all documented and reasonable out-of-pocket fees and expenses of the Indemnified Party (including reasonable fees and expenses to the extent incurred in connection with investigating or preparing to defend such Proceeding in a manner not inconsistent with this Section 7(c)) shall be paid to the Indemnified Party, as incurred, within twenty (20) Trading Days of written notice thereof to the Indemnifying Party; provided, that the Indemnified Party shall promptly reimburse the Indemnifying Party for that portion of such fees and expenses applicable to such actions for which such Indemnified Party is finally judicially determined to not be entitled to indemnification hereunder.

 

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(d)    Contribution.  If a claim for indemnification under Section 7(a) or 7(b) is unavailable to an Indemnified Party (other than in accordance with its terms) or insufficient to hold an Indemnified Party harmless for any Losses, then each Indemnifying Party, in lieu of indemnifying such Indemnified Party, shall contribute to the amount paid or payable by such Indemnified Party as a result of such Losses, in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect the relative fault of the Indemnifying Party, on the one hand, and Indemnified Party, on the other hand, in connection with the actions, statements or omissions that resulted in such Losses as well as any other relevant equitable considerations.  The relative fault of such Indemnifying Party, on the one hand, and Indemnified Party, on the other hand, shall be determined by reference to, among other things, whether any action in question, including any untrue or alleged untrue statement of a material fact or omission or alleged omission of a material fact, has been taken or made by, or relates to information supplied by, such Indemnifying Party or Indemnified Party, and the parties’ relative intent, knowledge, access to information and opportunity to correct or prevent such action, statement or omission.  The amount paid or payable by a party as a result of any Losses shall be deemed to include, subject to the limitations set forth in this Agreement, any reasonable attorneys’ or other reasonable and documented out-of-pocket fees or expenses incurred by such party in connection with any Proceeding to the extent such party would have been indemnified for such fees or expenses if the indemnification provided for in this Section 7(d) was available to such party in accordance with its terms.  The parties hereto agree that it would not be just and equitable if contribution pursuant to this Section 7(d) were determined by pro rata allocation or by any other method of allocation that does not take into account the equitable considerations referred to in the immediately preceding paragraph.  Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section 7(d), no Holder shall be required to contribute, in the aggregate, any amount in excess of the amount by which the net proceeds actually received by such Holder from the sale of the Registrable Securities subject to the Proceeding exceeds the amount of any damages that 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 indemnity and contribution agreements contained in this Section 7 are in addition to any liability that the Indemnifying Parties may have to the Indemnified Parties and are not in diminution or limitation of the indemnification provisions under the Purchase Agreement.

 

8.    Miscellaneous.

 

(a)    Remedies.  In the event of a breach by the Company or by a Holder of any of their obligations under this Agreement, each Holder or the Company, as the case may be, in addition to being entitled to exercise all rights granted by law and under this Agreement, including recovery of damages, will be entitled to seek specific performance of its rights under this Agreement.  The Company and each Holder agree that monetary damages may not provide adequate compensation for any losses incurred by reason of a breach by it of any of the provisions of this Agreement.

 

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(b)    Prohibition on Other Registrations.  The Company agrees not to effect or initiate a registration statement for any public sale or distribution of any securities similar to those being registered pursuant to this Agreement, or any securities convertible into or exchangeable or exercisable for such securities (other than any Exempted Registration), during the fourteen (14) calendar days prior to, and during the sixty (60) calendar-day period beginning on, the effective date of any Registration Statement in which the Holders of Registrable Securities are participating (except as part of any such registration, if permitted).

 

(c)    Rule 144 Requirements.  For so long as the Company is subject to the reporting requirements of the Exchange Act, the Company will use reasonable and customary efforts to timely file with the Commission such reports and information required to be filed by it under the Securities Act and the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations adopted by the Commission thereunder and as the Commission may require.  The Company shall furnish to any Holder of Registrable Securities forthwith upon request a written statement as to its compliance with the reporting requirements of Rule 144 (or any successor exemptive rule), the Securities Act and the Exchange Act (at any time that it is subject to such reporting requirements); a copy of its most recent annual or quarterly report, unless already available on the Commission’s EDGAR site or successor system; and such other reports and documents as such Person may reasonably request in availing itself of any rule or regulation of the Commission allowing it to sell any such securities without registration.

 

(d)    Obligations of Holders and Others in a Registration.  Each Holder agrees to timely furnish in writing such information regarding such Person, the securities sought to be registered and the intended method of disposition of the Registrable Securities held by it, as shall reasonably be required to effect the registration of such Registrable Securities (the “Requested Information”) and shall take such other action as the Company may reasonably request in connection with the registration, qualification or compliance or as otherwise provided herein.  At least ten (10) Business Days prior to the first anticipated filing date of a Registration Statement, the Company shall notify each holder of the information the Company requires from such Holder if such Holder elects to have any of such Holder’s Registrable Securities included in the Registration Statement.  If at least five (5) Business Days prior to the filing date, the Company has not received the Requested Information from a Holder (a “Non-Responsive Holder”), then the Company may exclude from any Registration Statement the Registrable Securities of such Non-Responsive Holder.

 

(e)    Limitations on Subsequent Registration Rights.  Without the consent of the Holders of a majority of the Registrable Securities, the Company will not enter into any agreements with any holder or prospective holder of any securities of the Company which would grant such holder or prospective holder registration rights with respect to the securities of the Company which would have priority over the Registrable Securities with respect to the inclusion of such securities in any registration contemplated by Section 3.

 

(f)    Compliance.  Each Holder covenants and agrees that it will comply with the prospectus delivery requirements of the Securities Act as applicable to it (unless an exemption therefrom is available) in connection with sales of Registrable Securities pursuant to the Registration Statement and shall sell the Registrable Securities only in accordance with a method of distribution described in the Registration Statement.

 

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(g)    Discontinued Disposition.  By its acquisition of Registrable Securities, each Holder agrees that, upon receipt of a notice from the Company of the occurrence of any event of the kind described in Sections 5(c)(ii)-(iv), such Holder will forthwith discontinue disposition of such Registrable Securities under a Registration Statement until it is advised in writing (the “Advice”) by the Company that the use of the applicable Prospectus (as it may have been supplemented or amended) may be resumed.  The Company may provide appropriate stop orders to enforce the provisions of this paragraph.

 

(h)    No Inconsistent Agreements.  Neither the Company nor any of its Subsidiaries has entered, as of the date hereof, nor shall the Company or any of its Subsidiaries, on or after the date hereof, enter into any agreement with respect to its securities, that would have the effect of impairing the rights granted to the Holders in this Agreement or otherwise conflicts with the provisions hereof.

 

(i)    Amendments and Waivers.  The provisions of this Agreement, including the provisions of this sentence, may not be amended, modified or supplemented, or waived unless the same shall be in writing and signed by the Company and Holders of a majority of the then outstanding Registrable Securities; provided that any such amendment, modification, supplement or waiver that materially, adversely and disproportionately effects the rights or obligations of any Holder vis-a-vis the other Holders shall require the prior written consent of such Holder.

 

(j)    Notices.  Any and all notices or other communications or deliveries required or permitted to be provided hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed given and effective on the earliest of (a) the date of transmission, if such notice or communication is delivered e mail (provided the sender receives e mail notification or confirmation of receipt of an e mail transmission, including an automatically generated confirmation of delivery) at the e mail address specified in this Section prior to 5:00 p.m., Philadelphia time, on a Trading Day, (b) the next Trading Day after the date of transmission, if such notice or communication is delivered via e-mail at the e-mail address specified in this Section on a day that is not a Trading Day or later than 5:00 p.m., Philadelphia time, on any Trading Day, (c) the Trading Day following the date of mailing, if sent by U.S. nationally recognized overnight courier service with next day delivery specified, or (d) upon actual receipt by the party to whom such notice is required to be given.  The address for such notices and communications shall be as follows:

 

If to the Company:   
   
  Republic First Bancorp, Inc.
  50 South 16th Street, Suite 2400
  Philadelphia, PA 19102
  Attention: Michael W. Harrington
  Email:  MHarrington@myrepublicbank.com
   
With a copy to:   Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
  201 E. Fourth St., Suite 1900
  Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
  Attention:  James J. Barresi
  Email:  james.barresi@squirepb.com

                

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If to the Registration Rights Purchasers:
   
  George E. Norcross, III
  200 Royal Palm Way, Suite 200
  Palm Beach, Florida 33480
  Email:  gnorcross@connerstrong.com
   
With a copy to:  

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

125 Broad Street

New York, NY 10004

Attention:  Mitchell S. Eitel; Jared Fishman
Email:  eitelm@sullcrom.com

             fishmanj@sullcrom.com

 

(k)    Successors and Assigns.  This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the successors and permitted assigns of each of the parties.  Nothing in this Agreement, express or implied, is intended to confer upon any party other than the parties hereto or their respective successors and assigns any rights, remedies, obligations, or liabilities under or by reason of this Agreement, except as expressly provided in this Agreement.  The Company may not assign its rights (except by merger or in connection with another entity acquiring all or substantially all of the Company’s assets) or obligations hereunder without the prior written consent of all of the Holders of the then outstanding Registrable Securities.  The Holders may not assign their respective rights or obligations hereunder without the prior written consent of the Company; provided, that the rights to have the Company register Registrable Securities pursuant to this Agreement shall be automatically assigned by the Registration Rights Purchasers to any transferee of all or a portion of the Shares held by the Registration Rights Purchasers only if:  (i) the transferee acquires, in the aggregate, at least one percent (1%) of the outstanding Common Stock, (ii) the Registration Rights Purchasers agree in writing with the transferee or assignee to assign such rights and a copy of such agreement is furnished to the Issuer promptly after such assignment; (iii) the Company is promptly furnished with written notice of (A) the name and address of such transferee or assignee and (B) the securities with respect to which such registration rights are being transferred or assigned; and (iv) at or before the time the Company received the written notice contemplated by clause (iii) of this sentence, the transferee or assignee agrees in writing with the Company to be bound by all of the provisions contained herein with respect to a Holder or Registration Rights Purchaser.

 

(l)    Execution and Counterparts.  This Agreement may be executed in two (2) or more counterparts, each of which when so executed shall be deemed to be an original and, all of which taken together shall constitute one and the same Agreement and shall become effective when counterparts have been signed by each party and delivered to the other party, it being understood that both parties need not sign the same counterpart.  In the event that any signature is delivered by facsimile transmission or by e mail delivery of a “.pdf” format data file, such signature shall create a valid and binding obligation of the party executing (or on whose behalf such signature is executed) with the same force and effect as if such facsimile or “.pdf” signature were the original thereof.

 

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(m)    Governing Law and Jurisdiction.  This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania applicable to contracts made and to be performed entirely within such State.  The parties hereby agree that all actions or proceedings arising out of or related to this Agreement shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery Country, Pennsylvania, or the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  All questions concerning the construction, validity, enforcement and interpretation of this Agreement shall be determined in accordance with the provisions of the Purchase Agreement.

 

(n)     Cumulative Remedies.  The remedies provided herein are cumulative and not exclusive of any other remedies provided by law.

 

(o)    Severability.  If any term, provision, covenant or restriction of this Agreement is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, void or unenforceable, the remainder of the terms, provisions, covenants and restrictions set forth herein shall remain in full force and effect and shall in no way be affected, impaired or invalidated, and the parties hereto shall use their good faith reasonable efforts to find and employ an alternative means to achieve the same or substantially the same result as that contemplated by such term, provision, covenant or restriction.  It is hereby stipulated and declared to be the intention of the parties that they would have executed the remaining terms, provisions, covenants and restrictions without including any of such that may be hereafter declared invalid, illegal, void or unenforceable.

 

(p)    Headings.  The headings in this Agreement are for convenience only and shall not limit or otherwise affect the meaning hereof.

 

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(q)    Independent Nature of Registration Rights Purchasers Obligations and Rights.  The obligations of each Registration Rights Purchaser under this Agreement are several and not joint with the obligations of any other Registration Rights Purchaser hereunder, and no Registration Rights Purchaser shall be responsible in any way for the performance of the obligations of any other Registration Rights Purchaser hereunder.  The decision of each Registration Rights Purchaser to purchase the Shares pursuant to the Purchase Agreement has been made independently of any other Registration Rights Purchaser.  Nothing contained herein or in any other agreement or document delivered at any closing, and no action taken by any Registration Rights Purchaser pursuant hereto or thereto, shall be deemed to constitute the Registration Rights Purchasers as a partnership, an association, a joint venture or any other kind of entity, or create a presumption that the Registration Rights Purchasers are in any way acting in concert with respect to such obligations or the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.  Each Registration Rights Purchaser acknowledges that no other Registration Rights Purchaser has acted as agent for such Registration Rights Purchaser in connection with making its investment hereunder and that no Registration Rights Purchaser will be acting as agent of such Registration Rights Purchaser in connection with monitoring its investment in the Shares or enforcing its rights under the Purchase Agreement.  Each Registration Rights Purchaser shall be entitled to protect and enforce its rights, including, without limitation, the rights arising out of this Agreement, and it shall not be necessary for any other Registration Rights Purchaser to be joined as an additional party in any Proceeding for such purpose.  The Company acknowledges that each of the Registration Rights Purchasers has been provided with the same Agreement for the purpose of closing a transaction with multiple Registration Rights Purchasers and not because it was required or requested to do so by any Registration Rights Purchaser.  It is expressly understood and agreed that, except as otherwise set forth herein, each provision contained in this Agreement is between the Company and a Registration Rights Purchaser, solely, and not between the Company and the Registration Rights Purchasers collectively and not between and among the Registration Rights Purchasers.

 

(r)    Entire Agreement.  This Agreement and the Purchase Agreement constitute the entire agreement among the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof.  There are no restrictions, promises, warranties or undertakings, other than as set forth or referred to herein and in the Purchase Agreement.  This Agreement supersedes all prior agreements and understandings among the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Registration Rights Agreement as of the date first written above.

 

 

REPUBLIC FIRST BANCORP, INC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

Name:

 

 

 

Title:

 

 

 

[Signature Page to Registration Rights Agreement]


 

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Registration Rights Agreement as of the date first written above.

 

 

By:

 

 

 

Name: George E. Norcross, III

 

 

 

 

 

  By:    
  Name: Philip A. Norcross  
       
  By:    
  Name: Gregory B. Braca  
       
  By:    
  Name: Alessandra T. Norcross  
       
  By:    
  Name: Alexander S. Norcross  

 

[Signature Page to Registration Rights Agreement]

 

Exhibit D

 

Form of Series B Preferred Stock Statement with Respect to Shares

 

STATEMENT WITH RESPECT TO SHARES

 

FOR

 

PERPETUAL, CONVERTIBLE PREFERRED STOCK, SERIES B

 

OF

 

REPUBLIC FIRST BANCORP, INC.

 

Republic First Bancorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania corporation (the “Corporation”), hereby certifies to the Department of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that:

 

WHEREAS, in accordance with Article V of the Articles of Incorporation of the Corporation, the Board of Directors of the Corporation adopted the following resolution that classified and designated a series of 800,000 shares of Preferred Stock of the Corporation as “Series B Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock”;

 

RESOLVED, that pursuant to the provisions of the Articles of Incorporation of the Corporation and applicable law, a series of Preferred Stock, par value $0.01 per share, of the Corporation be and hereby is created, and that the designation and number of shares of such series, and the voting and other powers, preferences and relative, participating, optional or other rights, and the qualifications, limitations and restrictions thereof, of such series, are as follows:

 

1.         Definitions

 

(a)         “Affiliate” has the meaning set forth in 12 C.F.R. Section 225.2(a) or any successor provision.

 

(b)        “Articles of Incorporation” means the Articles of Incorporation of the Corporation, as amended and in effect from time and time.

 

(c)         “Board of Directors” means the board of directors of the Corporation.

 

(d)        A “business day” means any day other than a Saturday or a Sunday or a day on which banks in Pennsylvania are authorized or required by law, executive order or regulation to close.

 

(e)         “Certificate” means a certificate representing shares (including fractional shares) of Series B Preferred Stock.

 

(f)         “Common Stock” means the voting common stock of the Corporation, par value $0.01 per share.

 

(g)        “Conversion” has the meaning set forth in Section 5.

 

(h)        “Corporation” has the meaning set forth in the introduction.

 

(i)         “Deemed Liquidation Event” has the meaning set forth in Section 4(d).

 

(j)         “Dividend Payment Date” has the meaning set forth in Section 3(b)(i).

 

 

 

(k)      “Dividend Period” means the period from and including any Dividend Payment Date to, but excluding, the next Dividend Payment Date (it being understood that the initial Dividend Period shall begin on the Trigger Start Date and the final Dividend Period shall end on the Trigger End Date).

 

(l)        “Dividends” has the meaning set forth in Section 3.

 

(m)     “Exchange Agent” means Computershare, Inc. solely in its capacity as transfer and exchange agent for the Corporation, or any successor transfer and exchange agent for the Corporation.

 

(n)      “Liquidation Amount” means $50.00 per share of Series B Preferred Stock.

 

(o)       “Liquidation Distribution” has the meaning set forth in Section 4(b).

 

(p)     “Permissible Transfer” means a transfer by the holder of Series B Preferred Stock (i) to the Corporation; (ii) in a widely distributed public offering of Common Stock or Series B Preferred Stock; (iii) that is part of an offering that is not a widely distributed public offering of Common Stock or Series B Preferred Stock but is one in which no one transferee (or group of associated transferees) acquires the right to receive directly in the transfer, or pursuant to a conversion of the Series B Preferred Stock, two percent (2%) or more of any class of the Voting Securities of the Corporation then outstanding (including pursuant to a related series of transfers); or (iv) to a transferee that controls more than fifty percent (50%) of the Voting Securities of the Corporation without giving effect to such transfer.

 

(q)     “Person” means an individual, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, trust, business trust, association, joint stock company, joint venture, sole proprietorship, unincorporated organization, or any other form of entity not specifically listed herein.

 

(r)       “Preference Amount” has the meaning set forth in Section 4(e).

 

(s)       “Preference Distribution” has the meaning set forth in Section 4(e).

 

(t)      “Securities Purchase Agreement” means that certain Securities Purchase Agreement, dated October 27, 2023, between the Corporation and the purchasers identified on the signature pages thereto.

 

(u)      “Series B Preferred Stock” has the meaning set forth in Section 2.

 

(v)      “Series B-1 Preferred Stock” has the meaning set forth in Section 3(c).

 

(w)      “Shareholder Approval” has the meaning set forth in the Securities Purchase Agreement.

 

(x)      “Shareholders Meeting” has the meaning set forth in the Securities Purchase Agreement.

 

(y)      “Trigger End Date” means, if the Shareholder Approval is obtained in full at a subsequent meeting of the Corporation’s shareholders, the date of such subsequent meeting.

 

(z)      “Trigger Start Date” means, (i) if the Shareholder Approval is not obtained in full at the Shareholders’ Meeting, then the date of such meeting or (ii) if the Shareholder Meeting is not held by March 1, 2024, then March 1, 2024.

 

(aa)     “Voting Security” has the meaning set forth in 12 C.F.R. Section 225.2(q) or any successor provision.

 

 

 

2.       Designation; Number of Shares.  The series of shares of Preferred Stock hereby authorized shall be designated the “Series B Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock” (“Series B Preferred Stock”).  The number of authorized shares of the Series B Preferred Stock shall be 800,000 shares.  The Series B Preferred Stock shall have a par value of $0.01 per share.  Each share of Series B Preferred Stock has the designations, preferences, conversion or other rights, voting powers, restrictions, limitations as to dividends, qualifications, or terms or conditions of redemption as described herein.  Each share of Series B Preferred Stock is identical in all respects to every other share of Series B Preferred Stock.

 

3.         Dividends

 

(a)      Pre-Trigger Dividends. At all times prior to the Trigger Start Date, the Series B Preferred Stock will rank pari passu with the Common Stock with respect to the payment of dividends or distributions, whether payable in cash, securities, options or other property, and with respect to issuance, grant or sale of any rights to purchase stock, warrants, securities or other property (collectively, the “Dividends”) on a pro rata basis with the Common Stock determined on an as-converted basis assuming all shares had been converted pursuant to Section 5 as of immediately prior to the record date of the applicable Dividend (or if no record date is fixed, the date as of which the record holders of Common Stock entitled to such Dividends are to be determined).  Accordingly, the holders of record of Series B Preferred Stock will be entitled to receive as, when, and if declared by the Board of Directors, Dividends in the same per share amount as paid on the number of shares of Common Stock with respect to the number of shares of Common Stock into which the shares of Series B Preferred Stock would be converted, and no Dividends will be payable on the Common Stock or any other class or series of capital stock ranking with respect to Dividends pari passu with the Common Stock unless a Dividend identical to that paid on the Common Stock is payable at the same time on the Series B Preferred Stock in an amount per share of Series B Preferred Stock equal to the product of (a) the per share Dividend declared and paid in respect of each share of Common Stock and (b) the number of shares of Common Stock into which such share of Series B Preferred Stock is then convertible (without regard to any limitations on conversion of the Series B Preferred Stock); provided, however, that if a stock Dividend is declared on Common Stock payable solely in Common Stock, the holders of Series B Preferred Stock will be entitled to a stock Dividend payable solely in shares of Series B Preferred Stock.  Dividends that are payable on Series B Preferred Stock will be payable to the holders of record of Series B Preferred Stock as they appear on the stock register of the Corporation on the applicable record date, as determined by the Board of Directors, which record date will be the same as the record date for the equivalent Dividend of the Common Stock.  In the event that the Board of Directors does not declare or pay any Dividends with respect to shares of Common Stock, then the holders of Series B Preferred Stock will have no right to receive any Dividends.

 

(b)      Post-Trigger Dividends. In addition to the rights set forth in Section 3(a), the following Dividend amounts will be paid to the holders of the Series B Preferred Stock beginning upon the Trigger Start Date and ending on the Trigger End Date. For clarity, if the Shareholder Approval is obtained in the full at the Shareholders’ Meeting, the provisions of this Section 3(b) shall not apply and will become null and void.

 

(i)      Rate. The holders of Series B Preferred Stock will be entitled to receive cash dividends at the annual rate of 12% of the Liquidation Amount per share of Series B Preferred Stock, payable quarterly in arrears on the first day of each January, April, July and October, respectively, in each year (each, a “Dividend Payment Date”) with respect to the Dividend Period (or portion thereof) ending on the day preceding such respective Dividend Payment Date, to holders of record on the 15th calendar day before such Dividend Payment Date or such other record date not more than 30 nor less than 10 days preceding such Dividend Payment Date fixed for that purpose by the Board of Directors in advance of payment of each particular dividend.  The amount of the dividend per share of Series B Preferred Stock for each Dividend Period (or portion thereof) will be calculated on the basis of a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months.  If a Dividend Payment Date is not a business day, the applicable dividend shall be paid on the first business day following that day without adjustment.  The Corporation shall not pay interest or any sum of money instead of interest on any dividend payment that may be in arrears on the Series B Preferred Stock.

 

 

 

(ii)       Dividends Not Cumulative. Dividends on the Series B Preferred Stock shall not be cumulative. Holders of Series B Preferred Stock shall not be entitled to receive any dividends not declared by the Board of Directors (or a duly authorized committee of the Board of Directors) and no interest, or sum of money in lieu of interest, shall be payable in respect of any dividend not so declared. Holders of the Series B Preferred Stock shall not be entitled to any dividends, whether payable in cash, securities or other property, other than dividends (if any) declared and payable on the Series B Preferred Stock as specified in this Section 4 (subject to the other provisions of this Statement with Respect to Shares).

 

(c)       Post-Trigger Exchange. On the Trigger Start Date, the Applicable Percentage of the then outstanding shares of Series B Preferred Stock, on a pro rata basis with respect to each holder, will automatically be exchanged for a new series of shares of Preferred Stock hereby authorized and designated as the “Series B-1 Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock”  (the “Series B-1 Preferred Stock”), which such Series B-1 Preferred Stock will have identical terms as the Series B Preferred Stock except that Dividends on the Series B-1 Preferred Stock will be cumulative. The Series B-1 Preferred Stock will be issued pursuant to a separate Statement with Respect to Shares, which the Board of Directors will adopt on or before the Trigger Start Date. For purposes of the foregoing, the “Applicable Percentage” means a number of the then outstanding shares of Series B Preferred Stock that, after exchanged to Series B-1 Preferred Stock, would result in (i) First Republic Bank’s capital levels exceeding by 0.5% the specific quantitative capital requirements necessary to be deemed “well capitalized” as defined in 12 C.F.R. Section 324.403(b)(1) (or, if different, the then applicable definition of “well capitalized”) or (ii) the Corporation’s capital levels exceeding the specific quantitative capital requirements necessary to be deemed “well capitalized” as defined in 12 C.F.R. Sections 225.2(r)(1)(i) and (ii) (or, if different, the then applicable definition of “well capitalized”). If the Board of Directors determines at any point after the Trigger Start Date that First Republic Bank’s capital levels and the Corporation’s capital levels do not meet or exceed the specific quantitative capital requirements necessary to be deemed “well capitalized”, Dividends on the Series B-1 Preferred Stock shall no longer be cumulative from and after the date of such determination until the Board of Directors determine that the conditions set in clause (i) and (ii) are once again satisfied.

 

4.         Liquidation

 

(a)      Rank.  The Series B Preferred Stock will, with respect to rights upon liquidation, winding up and dissolution, rank (i) subordinate and junior in right of payment to all other securities of the Corporation which, by their respective terms, are senior to the Series B Preferred Stock or the Common Stock, and (ii) pari passu with the Common Stock pro rata on an as-converted basis.  Not in limitation of anything contained herein, and for purposes of clarity, the Series B Preferred Stock is subordinated to the general creditors and subordinated debt holders of the Corporation, and the depositors of the Corporation’s bank subsidiaries, in any receivership, insolvency, liquidation or similar proceeding.

 

(b)     Liquidation Distributions.  In the event of any liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the affairs of the Corporation, whether voluntary or involuntary, holders of Series B Preferred Stock will be entitled to receive, for each share of Series B Preferred Stock, out of the assets of the Corporation or proceeds thereof (whether capital or surplus) available for distribution to stockholders of the Corporation, subject to the rights of any Persons to whom the Series B Preferred Stock is subordinate, a distribution (“Liquidation Distribution”) equal to (i) the Liquidation Amount, (ii) plus any authorized and declared, but unpaid, Dividends with respect to such share of Series B Preferred Stock at the time of such liquidation, dissolution or winding up, (iii) plus the amount the holder of such share of Series B Preferred Stock would receive in respect of such share if such share had been converted into shares of Common Stock at the then applicable conversion rate at the time of such liquidation, dissolution or winding up (assuming the conversion of all shares of Series B Preferred Stock at such time, without regard to any limitations on conversion of the Series B Preferred Stock).  All Liquidation Distributions to the holders of the Series B Preferred Stock and Common Stock set forth in clause (iii) above will be made pro rata to the holders thereof.

 

 

 

(c)    Merger, Consolidation and Other Fundamental Transactions Not Liquidation.  For purposes of this Section 4, the merger, consolidation, conversion, division or domestication of the Corporation with or into any other corporation or other entity, including any of the foregoing transactions in which the holders of Series B Preferred Stock receive cash, securities or other property for their shares, or the sale, lease or exchange (for cash, securities or property) of all or substantially all of the assets of the Corporation, will not constitute a liquidation, dissolution or winding up of the Corporation but could constitute a Deemed Liquidation Event as contemplated in Section 4(d) below.

 

(d)      Deemed Liquidation Event. After the Trigger Start Date until the Trigger End Date, each of the following events shall be considered a “Deemed Liquidation Eventunless the holders of at least a majority of the outstanding shares of the Series B Preferred Stock, voting together as a single class on an as-converted to Common Stock basis, elect otherwise by written notice sent to the Corporation at least five (5) days prior the effective date of any such event:

 

(i)       any merger, consolidation or share exchange of the Corporation with or into another Person, in each case pursuant to which the Common Stock will be converted into cash, securities or other property of the Corporation or another Person;

 

(ii)       any sale, transfer, lease or conveyance to another Person of all or substantially all of the property and assets of the Corporation (including the equity of Republic First Bank) or all of substantially all of the assets of Republic First Bank;

 

(iii)    any offering and sale of shares of Common Stock to the public either (A) in a firm-commitment underwritten initial public offering pursuant to an effective registration statement under the Securities Act, or (B) a public offering on a stock exchange or other trading market without an underwriter in a procedure known as “direct listing” pursuant to an effective registration statement under the Securities Act; or

 

(iv)     any statutory exchange of the outstanding shares of Common Stock for securities of another Person (other than in connection with a merger or acquisition).

 

(e)        Preference Amount. In the event of a Deemed Liquidation Event, holders of Series B Preferred Stock will be entitled to receive, for each share of Series B Preferred Stock, out of the assets of the Corporation or proceeds thereof (whether capital or surplus), legally available for distribution to the stockholders of the Corporation, subject to the rights of any Persons that are holders of any class or series of securities ranking senior to the Series B Preferred Stock upon a Deemed Liquidation Event, a distribution (“Preference Distribution”) equal to two (2) times (2.0x) the amount of the Liquidation Amount per share of Series B Preferred Stock, plus any Dividends declared but unpaid on the Series B Preferred Stock, without regard to any undeclared Dividends (the “Preference Amount”).  Insofar as the Dividends or Preference Distributions payable are property other than cash, such Dividends or Preference Distributions shall be computed at the fair market value thereof at the time of such issue, as determined in good faith by the Board of Directors or a duly authorized committee of the Board of Directors; provided that such Dividends or Preference Distributions in property other than cash will be made only to the extent the holder, together with all Affiliates of the holder, will not own or control in the aggregate more than 24.9% of the total outstanding shares of any class of voting securities or 33.3% of the total equity of the Corporation or Republic First Bank after making such payment, and to the extent that such payment may trigger exceeding such aggregate ownership, the holder will be paid cash in lieu of such other property.

 

 

 

5.         Conversion

 

(a)        General.  Subject to the receipt of the Shareholder Approval, the Series B Preferred Stock is convertible as follows:

 

(i)        A holder of Series B Preferred Stock shall be permitted to convert, or upon the written request of the Corporation shall convert, shares of Series B Preferred Stock into shares of Common Stock at any time or from time to time, provided that the right to convert under this Section 5(a)(i) shall not be available to a transferee of shares of Series B Preferred Stock with respect to a transfer other than a Permissible Transfer.  In any such conversion, each share of Series B Preferred Stock will convert initially into 1000 shares of Common Stock, subject to adjustment as provided in Section 6 below.

 

(ii)      Each share of Series B Preferred Stock will automatically convert into 1000 shares of Common Stock, without any further action on the part of any holder, subject to adjustment as provided in Section 6, below, on the date a holder of Series B Preferred Stock transfers any shares of Series B Preferred Stock to a non-affiliate of the holder in a Permissible Transfer.

 

(iii)    To effect any permitted conversion under Section 5(a)(i) or Section 5(a)(ii), the holder shall surrender the Certificate or Certificates evidencing such shares of Series B Preferred Stock, duly endorsed, at the registered office of the Corporation, and provide written instructions to the Corporation as to the number of whole shares for which such conversion shall be effected, together with any appropriate documentation that may be reasonably required by the Corporation.  Upon the surrender of such Certificate(s), the Corporation will issue and deliver to such holder (in the case of a conversion under Section 5(a)(i)) or such holder’s transferee (in the case of a conversion under Section 5(a)(ii)) a Certificate or Certificates for the number of shares of Common Stock into which the Series B Preferred Stock has been converted and, in the event that such conversion is with respect to some, but not all, of the holder’s shares of Series B Preferred Stock, the Corporation shall deliver to such holder a Certificate or Certificate(s) representing the number of shares of Series B Preferred Stock that were not converted to Common Stock.

 

(b)       Reservation of Shares Issuable Upon Conversion.  The Corporation will at all times reserve and keep available out of its authorized but unissued Common Stock solely for the purpose of effecting the conversion of the Series B Preferred Stock such number of shares of Common Stock as will from time to time be sufficient to effect the conversion of all outstanding Series B Preferred Stock; and if at any time the number of shares of authorized but unissued Common Stock will not be sufficient to effect the conversion of all then outstanding Series B Preferred Stock, the Corporation will take such action as may, in the opinion of its counsel, be necessary to increase its authorized but unissued Common Stock to such number of shares as will be sufficient for such purpose.

 

(c)     No Impairment.  The Corporation will not, by amendment of its Articles of Incorporation or through any reorganization, transfer of assets, consolidation, merger, dissolution, issue or sale of securities or any other voluntary action, avoid or seek to avoid the observance or performance of any of the terms to be observed or performed hereunder by the Corporation, but will at all times in good faith assist in the carrying out of all the provisions of this Section 5 and in the taking of all such actions as may be necessary or appropriate in order to protect the conversion rights of the holders of the Series B Preferred Stock against impairment.

 

 

 

(d)       Compliance with Law.  Prior to the delivery of any securities that the Corporation shall be obligated to deliver upon conversion of the Series B Preferred Stock, the Corporation shall use its reasonable best efforts to comply with any federal and state laws and regulations thereunder requiring the registration of such securities with, or any approval of or consent to the delivery thereof by, any governmental authority.

 

(e)       Listing. The Corporation hereby covenants and agrees that, if at any time the Common Stock shall be traded on any national securities exchange, the Corporation will, if permitted by the rules of such exchange, list and keep listed, so long as the Common Stock shall be so listed on such exchange, all the Common Stock issuable upon conversion of the Series B Preferred Stock; provided, however, that if the rules of such exchange require the Corporation to defer the listing of such Common Stock until the first conversion of Series B Preferred Stock into Common Stock in accordance with the provisions hereof, the Corporation covenants to list such Common Stock issuable upon conversion of the Series B Preferred Stock in accordance with the requirements of such exchange at such time.

 

6.         Adjustments

 

(a)      Combinations or Divisions of Common Stock.  In the event that the Corporation at any time or from time to time will effect a division of the Common Stock into a greater number of shares (by stock split, reclassification or otherwise other than by payment of a Dividend in Common Stock or in any right to acquire the Common Stock), or in the event the outstanding Common Stock will be combined or consolidated, by reclassification, reverse stock split or otherwise, into a lesser number of shares of the Common Stock, then the dividend, liquidation, and conversion rights of each share of Series B Preferred Stock in effect immediately prior to such event will, concurrently with the effectiveness of such event, be proportionately decreased or increased, as appropriate.

 

(b)        Reclassification, Exchange or Substitution.  If the Common Stock is changed into the same or a different number of shares of any other class or classes of stock, whether by capital reorganization, reclassification or otherwise (other than a division or combination of shares provided for in Section 6(a) above), (1) the conversion ratio then in effect will, concurrently with the effectiveness of such transaction, be adjusted so that each share of the Series B Preferred Stock will be convertible into, in lieu of the number of shares of Common Stock which the holders of the Series B Preferred Stock would otherwise have been entitled to receive, a number of shares of such other class or classes of stock equal to the product of (i) the number of shares of such other class or classes of stock that a holder of a share of Common Stock would be entitled to receive in such transaction and (ii) the number of shares of Common Stock into which such share of Series B Preferred Stock is then convertible (without regard to any limitations on conversion of the Series B Preferred Stock) immediately before that transaction; and (2) the Dividend and Liquidation Distribution rights then in effect will, concurrently with the effectiveness of such transaction, be adjusted so that each share of Series B Preferred Stock will be entitled to a Dividend and Liquidation Distribution right, in lieu of with respect to the number of shares of Common Stock which the holders of the Series B Preferred Stock would otherwise have been entitled to receive, with respect to a number of shares of such other class or classes of stock equal to the product of (i) the number of shares of such other class or classes of stock that a holder of a share of Common Stock would be entitled to receive in such transaction and (ii) the number of shares of Common Stock into which such share of Series B Preferred Stock is then convertible (without regard to any limitations on conversion of the Series B Preferred Stock) immediately before that transaction.

 

 

 

(c)       Certificates as to Adjustments.  Upon the occurrence of each adjustment or readjustment pursuant to this Section 6, the Corporation at its expense will promptly compute such adjustment or readjustment in accordance with the terms hereof and prepare and furnish to each holder of Series B Preferred Stock a certificate executed by the Corporation’s President (or other appropriate officer) setting forth such adjustment or readjustment and showing in detail the facts upon which such adjustment or readjustment is based.  The Corporation will, upon the written request at any time of any holder of Series B Preferred Stock, furnish or cause to be furnished to such holder a like certificate setting forth (i) the adjustments and readjustments that have been made to that time, and (ii) the number of shares of Common Stock and the amount, if any, of other property which at the time would be received upon the conversion of the Series B Preferred Stock.

 

7.        Reorganization, Fundamental Transactions or Sales of Assets.  If at any time or from time to time there will be a capital reorganization of the Common Stock (other than a subdivision, combination, reclassification or exchange of shares otherwise provided for in Section 6) or a merger, consolidation, conversion, division or domestication of the Corporation with or into another corporation or other entity, or the sale of all or substantially all the Corporation’s properties and assets to any other Person, then, except as provided for in Section 4(c)(ii), as a part of such reorganization, transaction or sale, provision will be made so that the holders of the Series B Preferred Stock will thereafter be entitled to receive upon conversion of the Series B Preferred Stock, the number of shares of stock or other securities or property of the Corporation, or of the successor company resulting from such transaction or sale, to which a holder of that number of shares of Common Stock deliverable upon conversion of the Series B Preferred Stock would have been entitled to receive on such capital reorganization, transaction or sale (without regard to any limitations on conversion of the Series B Preferred Stock).

 

8.        Redemption.  Except to the extent a liquidation under Section 4 may be deemed to be a redemption, the Series B Preferred Stock will not be redeemable at the option of the Corporation or any holder of Series B Preferred Stock at any time.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Corporation will not be prohibited from repurchasing or otherwise acquiring shares of Series B Preferred Stock in voluntary transactions with the holders thereof, subject to compliance with any applicable legal or regulatory requirements, including applicable regulatory capital requirements.  Any shares of Series B Preferred Stock repurchased or otherwise acquired may be cancelled by the Corporation and thereafter be reissued as shares of any series of preferred stock of the Corporation.

 

9.        Voting Rights.  The holders of Series B Preferred Stock will not have any voting rights, except as provided in Section 10 or as may otherwise from time to time be required by law.  If the holders of Series B Preferred Stock shall be entitled by law to vote as a single class with the holders of outstanding shares of Common Stock, with respect to any and all matters presented to the shareholders of the Corporation for their action or consideration (by vote or written consent), each share of Series B Preferred Stock shall be entitled to a number of votes equal to the number of shares of Common Stock into which such share is convertible pursuant to Section 5.

 

10.      Protective Provisions.  So long as any shares of Series B Preferred Stock are issued and outstanding, the Corporation will not (including by means of merger, consolidation or otherwise), without obtaining the approval (by vote or written consent) of the holders of a majority of the issued and outstanding shares of Series B Preferred Stock, (a) alter or change the rights, preferences, privileges or restrictions provided for the benefit of the holders of the Series B Preferred Stock so as to affect them adversely, (b) increase or decrease the authorized number of shares of Series B Preferred Stock or (c) enter into any agreement, merger or business consolidation, or engage in any other transaction, or take any action that would have the effect of adversely changing any preference or any relative or other right provided for the benefit of the holders of the Series B Preferred Stock.  In the event that the Corporation offers to repurchase shares of Common Stock, the Corporation shall offer to repurchase shares of Series B Preferred Stock pro rata based upon the number of shares of Common Stock such holders would be entitled to receive if such shares were converted into shares of Common Stock immediately prior to such repurchase.

 

 

 

11.       Notices.  All notices required or permitted to be given by the Corporation with respect to the Series B Preferred Stock shall be in writing, and if delivered by first class United States mail, postage prepaid, to the holders of the Series B Preferred Stock at their last addresses as they shall appear upon the books of the Corporation, shall be conclusively presumed to have been duly given, whether or not the holder actually receives such notice; provided, however, that failure to duly give such notice by mail, or any defect in such notice, to the holders of any stock designated for repurchase, shall not affect the validity of the proceedings for the repurchase of any other shares of Series B Preferred Stock, or of any other matter required to be presented for the approval of the holders of the Series B Preferred Stock.

 

12.       Record Holders.  To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Corporation will be entitled to recognize the record holder of any share of Series B Preferred Stock as the true and lawful owner thereof for all purposes and will not be bound to recognize any equitable or other claim to or interest in such share or shares on the part of any other Person, whether or not it will have express or other notice thereof.

 

13.       Term.  The Series B Preferred Stock shall have perpetual term unless converted in accordance with Section 5.

 

14.       No Preemptive Rights.  The holders of Series B Preferred Stock are not entitled to any preemptive or preferential right to purchase or subscribe for any capital stock, obligations, warrants or other securities or rights of the Corporation, except for any such rights that may be granted by way of separate contract or agreement to one or more holders of Series B Preferred Stock.

 

15.       Replacement Certificates.  In the event that any Certificate will have been lost, stolen or destroyed, upon the making of an affidavit of that fact by the Person claiming such Certificate to be lost, stolen or destroyed and, if required by the Corporation, the posting by such Person of a bond in such amount as the Corporation may determine is necessary as indemnity against any claim that may be made against it with respect to such Certificate, the Corporation or the Exchange Agent, as applicable, will deliver in exchange for such lost, stolen or destroyed Certificate a replacement Certificate.

 

16.       Other Rights.  The shares of Series B Preferred Stock have no preferences, conversion or other rights, voting powers, restrictions, limitations as to dividends, qualifications, or rights, other than as set forth herein or as provided by applicable law.

 

17.      General Provisions.  In addition to the above provisions with respect to the Series B Preferred Stock, such Series B Preferred Stock shall be subject to, and entitled to the benefits of, the provisions set forth in the Corporation’s Articles of Incorporation with respect to preferred stock generally.

 

18.      Compliance with Pennsylvania Banking Code.  Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the prior written approval or non-objection of the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities is required under Section 112 of the Pennsylvania Banking Code if the Conversion of the Series B Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock would result in its holder owning or controlling 10% or more of the Corporation’s Common Stock.

 

 

 

Exhibit E

 

Accredited Investor Questionnaire

 

(ALL INFORMATION WILL BE TREATED CONFIDENTIALLY)

 

To be completed by: _____________________________________ (the “Purchaser”)

 

This Accredited Investor Questionnaire (this “Questionnaire”) is submitted by Purchaser in connection with the Securities Purchase Agreement, dated as of October 27, 2023 (the “SPA”), entered into by and among Republic First Bancorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania corporation (the “Company”), and each purchaser identified on the signature pages thereto.  Capitalized terms used in this Questionnaire and not defined herein shall have the meanings given to them in the SPA.

 

The Company is distributing this Questionnaire to the Purchaser to enable the Company to determine whether the Purchaser is qualified to invest in the Securities.

 

To be qualified to invest in the Securities, the Purchaser must either (i) be an “accredited investor” (as that term is defined in Rule 501(a) of Regulation D promulgated under Section 4(a)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”)), or (ii) have (and if applicable, its officers, employees, directors or equity owners have) either alone or with his, her or its purchaser representative or representatives, if any, such knowledge and experience in financial and business matters that he, she or it is capable of evaluating the merits and risks of an investment in the Securities.

 

The Company will rely upon the accuracy and completeness of the information provided in this Questionnaire in establishing that the issuance of the Securities is exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act.

 

The Purchaser’s answers will be kept confidential. However, the Purchaser understands and agrees that the Company may provide a completed copy of this Questionnaire to such parties as the Company deems appropriate if called upon to establish that the issuance of the Securities (i) is exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act or (ii) meets the requirements of applicable state securities laws; provided however that the Company need not give prior notice to the Purchaser of its presentation of this Questionnaire to the Company’s regularly employed legal, accounting and financial advisors.

 

The Purchaser understands that this Questionnaire is merely a request for information and is not an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to buy, or a sale of the Securities. The Purchaser also understands that the Purchaser may be required to furnish additional information.

 

All potential investors must answer all applicable questions and complete, sign and date this Questionnaire.  Please print or type your responses and attach additional sheets of paper if necessary to complete the answers to any.

 

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Part A. Background Information

Name of Purchaser: __________________________________

Business Office Address: _______________________________________________

Phone Number: __________________________________

Taxpayer Identification Number or Social Security Number: _________________________________

 

 

If a corporation, partnership, limited liability company, trust or other entity:

Type and State of Organization: _________________________________

Were you formed for the purpose of investing in the Securities?

____________ Yes ____________ No

Is the entity a reporting entity under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended?

____________ Yes ____________ No

 

 

If an individual:

Residence Address: __________________________________

Phone Number: __________________________________

Age: __________________________________

Citizenship: _______________________________________________

Where registered to vote: __________________________________

Set forth in the space provided below the state(s), if any, in the United States in which you maintained your residence during the past two years and the dates in which you resided in each state:

 

 

 

Are you a director or an executive officer of the Company?

____________ Yes ____________ No

 

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Part B. Accredited Investor Status

In order for the Company to offer and sell the Securities in conformance with state and federal securities laws, the following information must be obtained regarding the Purchaser’s investor status.   Please check all appropriate descriptions that apply to Purchaser:

 

 

a.

____________ A bank, as defined in Section 3(a)(2) of the Securities Act or any savings and loan association or other institution as defined in Section 3(a)(5)(A) of the Securities Act, whether acting in an individual or a fiduciary capacity.

 

 

b.

____________ A broker or dealer registered under Section 15 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

 

 

c.

____________ An investment adviser registered pursuant to Section 203 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 or registered pursuant to the laws of a state.

 

 

d.

____________ An investment adviser relying on the exemption from registering with the SEC under Section 203(l) or (m) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

 

 

e.

____________ An insurance company, as defined in Section 2(a)(13) of the Securities Act.

 

 

f.

____________ An investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 or a business development company, as defined in Section 2(a)(48) of that act.

 

 

g.

____________ A Small Business Investment Company licensed by the U.S. Small Business Administration under Section 301(c) or (d) of the Small Business Investment Act of 1958.

 

 

h.

____________ A Rural Business Investment Company as defined in Section 384A of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act.

 

 

i.

____________ A plan established and maintained by a state, its political subdivisions or any agency or instrumentality of a state or its political subdivisions for the benefit of its employees, if the plan has total assets in excess of $5 million.

 

 

j.

____________ An employee benefit plan within the meaning of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, if the investment decision is being made by a plan fiduciary, as defined in Section 3(21) of such act, and the plan fiduciary is either a bank, a savings and loan association, an insurance company, or a registered investment adviser, or if the employee benefit plan has total assets in excess of $5 million, or if the employee benefit plan is a self-directed plan in which investment decisions are made solely by persons that are accredited investors.

 

 

k.

____________ A private business development company, as defined in Section 202(a)(22) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

 

 

l.

____________ A corporation, Massachusetts or similar business trust, partnership, or limited liability company or an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, that was not formed for the specific purpose of acquiring the Securities, and that has total assets in excess of $5 million.

 

 

m.

_____________ A trust with total assets in excess of $5 million not formed for the specific purpose of acquiring the Securities, whose purchase is directed by a sophisticated person as described in Rule 506(b)(2)(ii) under the Securities Act.

 

 

n.

_____________ An entity of a type not listed in clauses (a) through (n) above, that is not formed for the specific purpose of acquiring the Securities and owns investments in excess of $5 million. For purposes of this clause, “investments” means investments as defined in Rule 2a51-1(b) under the Investment Company Act of 1940.

 

 

o.

_____________ A family office, as defined in Rule 202(a)(11)(G)-1 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, that (i) has assets under management in excess of $5 million; (ii) is not formed for the specific purpose of acquiring the Securities and (iii) has a person directing the prospective investment who has such knowledge and experience in financial and business matters so that the family office is capable of evaluating the merits and risks of the prospective investment.

 

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  p

_____________ A family client, as defined in Rule 202(a)(11)(G)-1 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, of a family office meeting the requirements of clause (p) above and whose prospective investment in the Company is directed by that family office pursuant to clause (p)(iii) above.

 

 

q.

____________ A natural person whose individual net worth, or joint net worth with my spouse or spousal equivalent, exceeds $1,000,000. For purposes of this Questionnaire, “net worth” means the excess of total assets at fair market value (including personal and real property, but excluding the estimated fair market value of a person’s primary home) over total liabilities. “Total liabilities” excludes any mortgage on the primary home in an amount of up to the home’s estimated fair market value as long as the mortgage was incurred more than 60 days before the Securities are purchased, but includes (i) any mortgage amount in excess of the home’s fair market value and (ii) any mortgage amount that was borrowed during the 60-day period before the closing date for the sale of Securities for the purpose of investing in the Securities. “Spousal equivalent” means a cohabitant occupying a relationship generally equivalent to that of a spouse. “Joint net worth” can be the aggregate net worth of a person and spouse or spousal equivalent; assets do not need to be held jointly to be included in the calculation.

 

 

r.

____________A natural person who had individual income exceeding $200,000 in each of the last two calendar years and I have a reasonable expectation of reaching the same income level in the current calendar year. For purposes of this Questionnaire, “income” means annual adjusted gross income, as reported for federal income tax purposes, plus (i) the amount of any tax-exempt interest income received; (ii) the amount of losses claimed as a limited partner in a limited partnership; (iii) any deduction claimed for depletion; (iv) amounts contributed to an IRA or Keogh retirement plan; and (v) alimony paid; and (vi) any gains excluded from the calculation of adjusted gross income pursuant to the provisions of Section 1202 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

 

 

s.

____________ A natural person who had joint income with my spouse or spousal equivalent exceeding $300,000 in each of the last two calendar years and I have a reasonable expectation of reaching the same income level in the current calendar year, as defined above.

 

 

t.

____________ A director, executive officer or general partner of the Company, or a director, executive officer or general partner of a general partner of the Company. (For purposes of this Part B, “executive officer” means the president; any vice president in charge of a principal business unit, division or function, such as sales, administration or finance; or any other person or persons who perform(s) similar policymaking functions for the Company.)

 

 

u.

____________ A natural person who holds, in good standing, one of the following professional licenses: the General Securities Representative license (Series 7), the Private Securities Offerings Representative license (Series 82), or the Investment Adviser Representative license (Series 65).

 

 

v.

____________ A natural person who is a “knowledgeable employee,” as defined in Rule 3c-5(a)(4) under the Investment Company Act of 1940, of the Company.

 

 

w.

_____________ An entity in which all of the equity owners (whether entities themselves or natural persons) are accredited investors and meet the criteria listed in this Questionnaire. If the undersigned belongs to this investor category only, list the entity owners of the undersigned, and the investor category that each entity owner satisfies (for the avoidance of doubt, such entity owners may be identified anonymously).

 

 

 

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FOR EXECUTION BY AN INDIVIDUAL:

 

 

 

By:                                                    

 

Print Name:                                                     

 

Date:                                                    

 

 

FOR EXECUTION BY AN ENTITY:

 

 

Entity Name:                                                    

 

 

 

By:                                                    

 

Print Name:                                                    

 

Title:                                                    

 

Date:                                                    

 

 

ADDITIONAL SIGNATURES (if required by partnership, corporation or trust document):

 

Entity Name:     Entity Name:    
           
           
           
By:     By:    
Print Name:     Print Name:    
Title:     Title:    
Date:     Date:    

 

 

[Signature Page to Investor Questionnaire]

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit F

 

Form of Warrant Agreement

 

WARRANT

 

THE SECURITIES REPRESENTED BY THIS INSTRUMENT HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED, OR THE SECURITIES LAWS OF ANY STATE AND MAY NOT BE TRANSFERRED, SOLD OR OTHERWISE DISPOSED OF EXCEPT WHILE A REGISTRATION STATEMENT RELATING THERETO IS IN EFFECT UNDER SUCH ACT AND APPLICABLE STATE SECURITIES LAWS OR PURSUANT TO AN EXEMPTION FROM REGISTRATION UNDER SUCH ACT OR SUCH LAWS.

 

WARRANT

 

to purchase

 

[_____]

 

Shares of Series B Preferred Stock of

 

Republic First Bancorp, Inc.

 

a Pennsylvania corporation

 

Issue Date: [___], 2023

 

1.         Definitions. Unless the context otherwise requires, when used herein the following terms shall have the meanings indicated.

 

“Affiliate” means, with respect to any Person, any Person directly or indirectly controlling, controlled by or under common control with, such other person. For purposes of this definition, “control” (including, with correlative meanings, the terms “controlled by” and “under common control with”) when used with respect to any Person, means the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to cause the direction of management or policies of such person, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by contract or otherwise.

 

“Board” means the Board of Directors of the Company.

 

“Business Combination” means a merger, consolidation, divisions, statutory share or interest exchange or similar transaction.

 

“Business Day” means any day except Saturday, Sunday and any day which shall be a legal holiday or a day on which banking institutions in Pennsylvania generally are authorized or required by law or other governmental actions to close.

 

“Capital Stock” means (A) with respect to any Person that is a corporation or company, any and all shares, interests, participations or other equivalents (however designated) of capital or capital stock of such Person and (B) with respect to any Person that is not a corporation or company, any and all partnership or other equity interests of such Person.

 

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“Company” means Republic First Bancorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania corporation. 

 

“Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or any successor statute, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

“Exercise Price” means $0.01 per share of Series B Preferred Stock, subject to adjustment from time to time in accordance with Section 12.

 

“Fair Market Value” means, with respect to any security or other property, the fair market value of such security or other property as determined by the Board, acting in good faith, assuming a willing buyer and a willing seller, provided that no minority or illiquidity discount or control premium shall be taken into account and no consideration shall be given to any restrictions on transfer or the existence or absence of, or any limitations on, voting rights. If the Warrantholder does not accept the Board’s calculation of Fair Market Value and the Warrantholder and the Company are unable to agree on Fair Market Value, the procedures described in Section 14 shall be used to determine Fair Market Value.

 

“Investors” means George E. Norcross, III, Gregory B. Braca, Philip A. Norcross, Alessandra T. Norcross and Alexander S. Norcross.

 

“Permissible Transfer” means a transfer by the Warrantholder (i) to the Company, (ii) to a transferee that controls more than fifty percent (50%) of the voting securities of the Company without giving effect to such transfer or (iii) to an investment fund that is an Affiliate of the Warrantholder.

 

“Person” has the meaning given to it in Section 3(a)(9) of the Exchange Act and as used in Sections 12(d)(3) and 14(d)(2) of the Exchange Act.

 

“Securities Act” means the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or any successor statute, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

 

“Securities Purchase Agreement” means the Securities Purchase Agreement, dated as of October27, 2023, between (i) the Company and (ii) each of George E. Norcross, III, Gregory B. Braca, Philip A. Norcross, Alessandra T. Norcross, and Alexander S. Norcross, including all schedules and exhibits thereto.

 

“Series B Preferred Stock” means the Company’s convertible perpetual preferred stock, Series B, par value $0.01 per share. 

 

“Shares” has the meaning given to it in Section 2.

 

“Subsidiary” means, with respect to any Person, any corporation, partnership, joint venture, limited liability company, bank, savings bank, association or other entity of which such Person (i) owns or controls 50.1% or more of the outstanding equity securities either directly or indirectly through an unbroken chain of entities, as to each of which 50.1% or more of the outstanding equity securities is owned directly or indirectly by its parent or (ii) is a general partner.

 

“Triggering Event” means (i) the Shareholder Approval (as defined in the Securities Purchase Agreement) is not obtained in full at the Shareholders’ Meeting (as defined in the Securities Purchase Agreement) or (ii) the Shareholders’ Meeting is not held by March 1, 2024.

 

“Warrant” means this Warrant, issued to the Investors pursuant to the Securities Purchase Agreement.

 

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“Warrantholder” has the meaning given to it in Section 2.

 

2.         Number of Shares; Exercise Price. This certifies that, for value received, the Investors or their permitted assigns (individually and collectively, the “Warrantholder”) are entitled, upon the terms and subject to the conditions hereinafter set forth, to acquire from the Company, in whole or in part, 5,250 fully paid and nonassessable shares of Series B Preferred Stock, as the same may be adjusted from time to time pursuant to the terms of this Warrant (the “Shares”), at a purchase price per share equal to the Exercise Price. The Exercise Price is subject to adjustment as provided herein, and all references to “Exercise Price” herein shall be deemed to include any such adjustment or series of adjustments.

 

3.         Exercise of Warrant; Term. To the extent permitted by this Warrant, including Section 24 hereof, and applicable laws and regulations, the right to purchase the Shares pursuant to this Warrant is exercisable, in whole or in part by the Warrantholder, at any time following the occurrence of the Triggering Event, but in no event later than 11:59 p.m., Philadelphia time, on the seventh (7th) anniversary of the date of issuance of the Warrant, by: (i) delivery to the Company (or such other office or agency of the Company as it may designate by notice in writing to the registered Warrantholder at the last address of the Warrantholder as it shall appear upon the warrant register of the Company) of a duly executed Form of Notice of Exercise, the form of which is annexed hereto, in accordance with Section 19; and (ii) within three (3) trading days after the date said Notice of Exercise is delivered to the Company, surrender of this Warrant to the Company, and payment to the Company of the aggregate Exercise Price in respect of the Shares thereby purchased by cash, certified or cashier’s check or wire transfer in immediately available funds to an account designated by the Company, unless the Warrantholder elects to exercise the cashless exercise procedure described in Section 3(b) below. Partial exercises of this Warrant resulting in purchases of a portion of the total number of Shares available hereunder shall have the effect of lowering the outstanding number of Shares purchasable hereunder in an amount equal to the applicable number of Shares purchased. If the Warrantholder does not exercise this Warrant in its entirety, the Warrantholder will be entitled to receive from the Company within a reasonable time, and in any event not exceeding three (3) Business Days from the date of delivery of the applicable aggregate Exercise Price, a new warrant in substantially identical form and of the same tenor for the purchase of Shares equal to the difference between the number of Shares subject to this Warrant and the number of Shares as to which this Warrant is so exercised. The Warrantholder and any assignee, by acceptance of this Warrant, acknowledge and agree that, by reason of the provisions of this paragraph, following the purchase of a portion of the Shares hereunder, the number of Shares available for purchase hereunder at any given time may be less than the amount stated on the face hereof. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, in the event the Shareholder Approval (as defined in the Securities Purchase Agreement) is obtained in full at the Shareholders’ Meeting (as defined in the Securities Purchase Agreement) prior to March 1, 2024, this Warrant shall terminate automatically and will become null and void.

 

4.         Issuance of Shares; Authorization. Certificates for Shares issued upon exercise of this Warrant will be issued in such name or names as the Warrantholder may designate and will be delivered to such named Person or Persons within a reasonable time, not to exceed three (3) Business Days after the date on which this Warrant has been duly exercised in accordance with the terms of this Warrant. In lieu of delivering certificates, at the Company’s election, the Company shall issue Shares issued upon exercise of this Warrant electronically in book-entry form. The Company hereby represents and warrants that any Shares issued upon the exercise of this Warrant in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 and all other provisions of this Warrant will be duly and validly authorized and issued, fully paid and nonassessable and free from all taxes, liens and charges (other than liens or charges created by the Warrantholder or taxes in respect of any transfer occurring contemporaneously therewith). The Company agrees that the Shares so issued will be deemed to have been issued to the Warrantholder as of the close of business on the date on which this Warrant and payment of the Exercise Price are delivered to the Company in accordance with the terms of this Warrant, notwithstanding that the stock transfer books of the Company may then be closed or certificates representing such Shares may not be actually delivered on such date. The Company will at all times hereafter reserve and keep available, out of its authorized but unissued Capital Stock, solely for the purpose of providing for the exercise of this Warrant, the aggregate number of shares of Capital Stock then issuable upon exercise of this Warrant. The Company will use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that the Shares may be issued without violation of any applicable law or regulation.

 

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5.         [Reserved].

 

6.         No Rights as Shareholders; Transfer Books; Limitation of Liability. This Warrant does not entitle the Warrantholder to any voting rights or other rights as a shareholder of the Company prior to the date of exercise hereof. The Company will at no time close its transfer books against transfer of this Warrant in any manner which interferes with the timely exercise of this Warrant. Nothing contained in this Warrant shall give rise to any liability of the Warrantholder, whether such liability is asserted by the Company or its creditors.

 

7.         Charges, Taxes and Expenses. Issuance of certificates for Shares to the Warrantholder upon the exercise of this Warrant shall be made without charge to the Warrantholder for any issue or transfer tax or other incidental expense in respect of the issuance of such certificates, all of which such transfer taxes and expenses shall be paid by the Company.

 

8.         Transfer/Assignment. Subject to (x) compliance with applicable securities laws and (y), other than with respect to a Permissible Transfer, the prior written consent of the Company (which consent may be withheld for any reason or no reason at all), this Warrant and all rights hereunder are transferable and assignable, in whole or in part, upon the books of the Company by the registered holder hereof in person or by duly authorized attorney, and a new warrant shall be made and delivered by the Company, as promptly as reasonably practicable, of the same tenor and date as this Warrant but registered in the name of the transferee or assignee and if the Warrantholder’s entire interest is not being transferred or assigned, in the name of the Warrantholder, upon surrender of this Warrant, duly endorsed, to the office or agency of the Company described in Section 3. All expenses (other than stock transfer taxes) and other charges payable in connection with the preparation, execution and delivery of the new warrants pursuant to this Section 8 shall be paid by the Company. The Company may not assign any of its rights, or delegate any of its obligations, under this Warrant without the prior written consent of the Warrantholder (which consent may be withheld for any reason or no reason at all). This Warrant shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the Company, the Warrantholder and their respective successors and permitted assigns, and shall include, subject to Section 12(D) in all respects, with respect to the Company, any Person succeeding the Company in a Business Combination or acquisition of all or substantially all of the Company’s assets, and in such case, all of the obligations of the Company hereunder shall survive such Business Combination or acquisition.

 

9.         Exchange and Registry of Warrant. This Warrant is exchangeable, upon the surrender hereof by the Warrantholder to the Company, for a new warrant or warrants of like tenor and representing the right to purchase the same aggregate number of Shares. The Company shall maintain a registry showing the name and address of the Warrantholder (and any permitted transferee or assignee that becomes a Warrantholder) as the registered holder of this Warrant. This Warrant may be surrendered for exchange or exercise, in accordance with its terms, at the office of the Company, and the Company shall be entitled to rely in all respects, prior to written notice to the contrary, upon such registry.

 

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10.       Loss, Theft, Destruction or Mutilation of Warrant. Upon receipt by the Company of evidence reasonably satisfactory to it of the loss, theft, destruction or mutilation of this Warrant, and in the case of any such loss, theft or destruction, upon receipt of a letter from the Warrantholder notifying the Company of the same, or, in the case of any such mutilation, upon surrender and cancellation of this Warrant, the Company shall make and deliver, in lieu of such lost, stolen, destroyed or mutilated Warrant, a new Warrant, in identical form, of like tenor and representing the right to purchase the same aggregate number of shares of Shares as provided for in such lost, stolen, destroyed or mutilated Warrant.

 

11.       Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays, etc. If the last or appointed day for the taking of any action or the expiration of any right required or granted herein shall not be a Business Day, then such action may be taken or such right may be exercised on the next succeeding day that is a Business Day. 

 

12.       Adjustments and Other Rights. The Exercise Price and the number of Shares into which this Warrant is to be convertible pursuant to Section 2 of this Warrant shall be subject to adjustment from time to time as follows; provided, that no single event shall be subject to adjustment under more than one subsection of this Section 12 so as to result in duplication and the adjustment that has the highest value relative to the rights and interests of the Warrantholder shall be made; provided, further, that, notwithstanding any provision of this Warrant to the contrary, any adjustment shall be made to the extent (and only to the extent) that such adjustment would not cause or result in any Warrantholder and its Affiliates, collectively, being in violation of any applicable law, regulation or rule of any governmental authority or self-regulatory organization; provided, further, that notwithstanding any provision of this Warrant to the contrary, in no event shall the Exercise Price be adjusted so that an approval by the shareholders of the Company would be required pursuant to NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635 (to the extent applicable to the Company) in connection with the transactions contemplated by this Warrant and the Securities Purchase Agreement and in lieu of such Exercise Price adjustment the Company shall pay to the Warrantholder an amount of cash equivalent to the amount of such adjustment. Any adjustment (or portion thereof) prohibited pursuant to the foregoing proviso shall be postponed and implemented on the first date on which such implementation would not result in the condition described in such proviso.

 

(A)       Dividends, Distributions, Stock Splits, Subdivisions, Reclassifications or Combinations. If the Company shall (i) declare a dividend or make a distribution on its Series B Preferred Stock in shares of Series B Preferred Stock, (ii) split, subdivide or reclassify the outstanding shares of Series B Preferred Stock into a greater number of shares, or (iii) combine or reclassify the outstanding Series B Preferred Stock into a smaller number of shares, the number of Shares issuable upon exercise of this Warrant at the time of the record date for such dividend or distribution or the effective date of such split, subdivision, combination or reclassification shall be proportionately adjusted so that the Warrantholder after such date shall be entitled to purchase the number of shares of Series B Preferred Stock, which such Warrantholder would have owned or been entitled to receive on such date had this Warrant been exercised immediately prior to such date. In such event, the Exercise Price in effect at the time of the record date for such dividend or distribution or the effective date of such split, subdivision, combination or reclassification shall be adjusted to the number obtained by dividing (x) the product of (1) the number of Shares issuable upon the exercise of this Warrant before such adjustment and (2) the Exercise Price in effect immediately prior to the record or effective date, as the case may be, for such dividend, distribution, split, subdivision, combination or reclassification giving rise to this adjustment by (y) the new number of Shares issuable upon exercise of this Warrant determined pursuant to the immediately preceding sentence. 

 

(B)       Cash Distributions. In the case after the Triggering Event the Company declares, pays or makes a distribution of cash to all holders of shares of its Series B Preferred Stock, the Warrantholder shall be entitled to receive an amount of cash equivalent to the amount the Warrantholder would receive pursuant to such distribution if this Warrant had been exercised in full and converted into Shares in accordance with Section 3 immediately prior to the close of business on the day immediately preceding the record date for such distribution.

 

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(C)       Other Distributions. In case the Company shall fix a record date for the making of a distribution to all holders of shares of its Series B Preferred Stock  (i) of evidence of indebtedness of the Company or any Subsidiary, (ii) of other securities or assets (excluding stock dividends or distributions referred to in Section 12(A) or dividends or distributions of cash), or (iii) of rights or warrants (other than in connection with the adoption of a shareholder rights plan), in each such case, the Exercise Price in effect prior thereto shall be reduced immediately thereafter to the price determined by dividing (x) an amount equal to the difference resulting from (1) the number of shares of Series B Preferred Stock outstanding on such record date multiplied by the Exercise Price per Share on such record date, less (2) the Fair Market Value of said shares, evidences of indebtedness, securities, assets, cash or rights or warrants to be so distributed, by (y) the number of shares of Series B Preferred Stock outstanding on such record date; such adjustment shall be made successively whenever such a record date is fixed. In such event, the number of Shares issuable upon the exercise of this Warrant shall be increased to the number obtained by dividing (x) the product of (1) the number of Shares issuable upon the exercise of this Warrant before such adjustment, and (2) the Exercise Price in effect immediately prior to the issuance giving rise to this adjustment by (y) the new Exercise Price determined in accordance with the immediately preceding sentence. In the event that such distribution is not so made, the Exercise Price and the number of Shares issuable upon exercise of this Warrant then in effect shall be readjusted, effective as of the date when the Board determines not to distribute such shares, evidences of indebtedness, assets, rights or warrants, as the case may be, to the Exercise Price that would then be in effect and the number of Shares that would then be issuable upon exercise of this Warrant if such record date had not been fixed.

 

(D)       Business Combinations. In case of any Business Combination, reorganization or reclassification of Series B Preferred Stock (other than a reclassification of Series B Preferred Stock referred to in Section 12(A)), or the sale, transfer or other disposal of all or substantially all of the Company’s property, assets or business to another Person, to the extent this Warrant has not been previously exercised as to all Shares subject hereto, and the Fair Market Value of the consideration payable in connection with such transaction for the then remaining Shares, if exercised, is greater than the aggregate Exercise Price for such remaining Shares, this Warrant shall be deemed to be automatically exercised in full, in each case, immediately prior and subject to consummation of such transaction with respect to the number of the then remaining Shares (even if this Warrant is not surrendered), in lieu of an exercise by the Warrantholder, and the Warrantholder shall be entitled to receive consideration in the amount equal to the difference between the consideration payable in connection with such transaction for the then remaining Shares, if exercised, and the aggregate Exercise Price for such Shares. To the extent the Fair Market Value of the consideration payable in connection with such transaction for the then remaining Shares, if exercised, is less than the aggregate Exercise Price for such remaining Shares, this Warrant shall be deemed to be automatically terminated and be of no further force or effect upon the consummation of such transaction.

 

(E)       Dissolution, Total Liquidation or Winding Up. If at any time after the Triggering Event there is a voluntary or involuntary dissolution, total liquidation or winding-up of the Company, then the Warrantholder shall be entitled to receive upon surrender of this Warrant the cash, securities or other property, less the Exercise Price for this Warrant then in effect, that the Warrantholder would have been entitled to receive had this Warrant been exercised immediately prior to such dissolution, liquidation or winding-up. Upon receipt of the cash, securities or other property, any and all rights of the Warrantholder to exercise this Warrant shall automatically terminate in their entirety. If the cash, securities or other property distributable in the dissolution, liquidation or winding-up has a Fair Market Value which is less than the Exercise Price for this Warrant then in effect, this Warrant shall automatically terminate and be of no further force or effect upon the dissolution, liquidation or winding-up.

 

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(F)        Rounding of Calculations; Minimum Adjustments. All calculations under this Section 12 shall be made to the nearest one-tenth (1/10th) of a cent or to the nearest one-hundredth (1/100th) of a share, as the case may be. Any provision of this Section 12 to the contrary notwithstanding, no adjustment in the Exercise Price or the number of Shares issuable upon the exercise of this Warrant shall be made if the amount of such adjustment would be less than $0.50 or one-tenth (1/10th) of a share of Series B Preferred Stock, respectively, but any such amount shall be carried forward and an adjustment with respect thereto shall be made at the time of and together with any subsequent adjustment which, together with such amount and any other amount or amounts so carried forward, shall aggregate $0.50 or 1/10th of a share of Series B Preferred Stock, respectively, or more.

 

(G)       Timing of Issuance of Additional Series B Preferred Stock Upon Certain Adjustments. In any case in which the provisions of this Section 12 shall require that an adjustment shall become effective immediately after a record date for an event, the Company may defer until the occurrence of such event (i) issuing to the Warrantholder of this Warrant exercised after such record date and before the occurrence of such event the additional Shares issuable upon such exercise by reason of the adjustment required by such event over and above the Shares issuable upon such exercise before giving effect to such adjustment and (ii) paying to such Warrantholder any amount of cash in lieu of a fractional Share; provided, however, that the Company upon request shall deliver to such Warrantholder a due bill or other appropriate instrument evidencing such Warrantholder’s right to receive such additional shares, and such cash, upon the occurrence of the event requiring such adjustment.

 

(H)       Statement Regarding Adjustments. Whenever the Exercise Price or the number of Shares issuable upon exercise of this Warrant shall be adjusted as provided in Section 12, the Company shall forthwith file at the principal office of the Company a statement showing in reasonable detail the facts requiring such adjustment and the Exercise Price that shall be in effect and the number of Shares issuable upon exercise of this Warrant after such adjustment, and the Company shall also cause a copy of such statement to be delivered to each Warrantholder in accordance with the Company’s records.

 

(I)        No Impairment. The Company will not, by amendment of its articles of incorporation or through any reorganization, transfer of assets, consolidation, merger, statutory share or interest exchange, division, conversion, dissolution, issue or sale of securities or any other voluntary action, avoid or seek to avoid the observance or performance of any of the terms to be observed or performed hereunder by the Company, but will at all times in good faith assist in the carrying out of all the provisions of this Warrant and in taking of all such action as may be necessary or appropriate in order to protect the rights of the Warrantholder.

 

(J)        Proceedings Prior to Any Action Requiring Adjustment. As a condition precedent to the taking of any action which would require an adjustment pursuant to this Section 12, the Company shall take any action which may be necessary, including obtaining regulatory, stock exchange (if applicable) or shareholder approvals or exemptions, in order that the Company may thereafter validly and legally issue as fully paid and nonassessable all shares of Series B Preferred Stock that the Warrantholder is entitled to receive upon conversion or exercise of this Warrant pursuant to this Section 12.

 

(K)       Adjustment Rules. Any adjustments pursuant to this Section 12 shall be made successively whenever an event referred to herein shall occur. If an adjustment in the Exercise Price made hereunder would reduce the Exercise Price to an amount below zero, then such adjustment in Exercise Price made hereunder shall reduce the Exercise Price to zero.

 

13.       Registration Rights. The Warrantholder and its assignees are entitled to the benefit of such registration rights in respect of the Shares, following the exercise of this Warrant, as are set forth in the Registration Rights Agreement, dated as of the date hereof, between the Company and Warrantholder, including the right to assign such rights as set forth therein.

 

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14.       [Reserved].

 

15.       Representations and Warranties of the Company. The Company hereby represents and warrants to the Warrantholder that (A) it has the corporate power and authority to execute this Warrant and consummate the transactions contemplated by this Warrant, (B) there are no statutory or contractual shareholders preemptive rights or rights of refusal with respect to the issuance of this Warrant and (C) the execution and delivery by the Company of this Warrant and the issuance of the Series B Preferred Stock upon exercise of this Warrant do not and shall not (i) conflict with or result in a breach of the terms, conditions or provisions of, (ii) constitute a default under, (iii) result in the creation of any lien, security interest, charge or encumbrance upon the Company’s Capital Stock or assets pursuant to, (iv) result in a violation of, or (v) require any authorization, consent, approval, exemption or other action by or notice or declaration to, or filing with, any court of administrative or governmental body or agency pursuant to, the Company’s articles of incorporation or bylaws or any law in effect as of the date hereof to which the Company is subject, or any agreement, instrument, order, judgment or decree to which the Company is subject as of the date hereof, except for any such authorization, consent, approval or exemption that has been obtained.

 

16.       Governing Law. This Warrant shall be binding upon any successors or assigns of the Company. This Warrant shall constitute a contract under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and for all purposes shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania applicable to agreements made and to be performed entirely within such state.

 

17.       Attorneys Fees. In any litigation, arbitration or court proceeding between the Company and the Warrantholder as the holder of this Warrant relating hereto, the prevailing party shall be entitled to reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses incurred in enforcing this Warrant.

 

18.       Amendments. This Warrant may be amended and the observance of any term of this Warrant may be waived only, in the case of an amendment, with the written consent of the Company and the Warrantholder, or in the case of a waiver, by the party against whom the waiver is to be effective.

 

19.       Notices. All notices hereunder shall be in writing and shall be effective (A) on the day on which delivered if delivered personally or transmitted by e-mail upon confirmation of receipt (including an automatically generated confirmation of delivery, in the case of e-mail), (B) one Business Day after the date of dispatch if delivered by a nationally recognized overnight courier service, or (C) three Business Days after the date on which the same is deposited, postage prepaid, in the U.S. mail, sent by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, and addressed to the party to be notified at the address indicated below for the Company, or at the address for the Warrantholder set forth in the registry maintained by the Company pursuant to Section 9, or at such other address and/or telecopy or facsimile number and/or email address and/or to the attention of such other person as the Company or the Warrantholder may designate from time to time by written notice to the other party.

 

If to the Company, to:

Republic First Bancorp, Inc.

50 South, 16th Street, Suite 2400

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102         

Attn: Michael W. Harrington

Email: MHarrington@myrepublicbank.com

 

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with copies to (which copy alone shall not constitute notice):

 

Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

201 E. Fourth St., Suite 1900

Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Attention:  James J. Barresi

Email:  james.barresi@squirepb.com

 

If to the Warrantholder:

 

To the address set forth under such Initial Investor’s name on the signature page hereof.

 

with copies to (which copy alone shall not constitute notice):

 

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

125 Broad Street

New York, NY 10004

Attention:  H. Rodgin Cohen; Mitchell S. Eitel

Email:  cohenhr@sullcrom.com; eitelm@sullcrom.com

 

 

20.       Remedies. If the Company fails to perform, comply with or observe any covenant or agreement to be performed, complied with or observed by it under this Warrant, the Warrantholder may proceed to protect and enforce its rights by suit in equity or action at law, whether for specific performance of any term contained in this Warrant or for an injunction against the breach of any such term or in aid of the exercise of any power granted in this Warrant or to enforce any other legal or equitable right, or to take any one or more of such actions. None of the rights, powers or remedies conferred under this Warrant shall be mutually exclusive, and each right, power or remedy shall be cumulative and in addition to any other right, power or remedy whether conferred by this Warrant or now or hereafter available at law, in equity, by statute or otherwise.

 

21.      Severability. Any provision of this Warrant that is prohibited or unenforceable shall be ineffective solely to the extent of such prohibition or unenforceability without invalidating the remaining provisions of this Warrant.

 

22.       Waiver. Failure of any party to exercise any right or remedy under this Warrant, or delay by a party in exercising such right or remedy, shall not operate as a waiver thereof.

 

23.       Further Assurances. Each party shall do and perform, or cause to be done and performed, all such further acts and things, and shall execute and deliver all such other agreements, certificates, instruments and documents, as the other party may reasonably request in order to carry out the intent and accomplish the purposes of this Warrant and the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby.

 

24.       [Reserved]

 

25.       Captions; Construction; Interpretation. The captions in this Warrant are for convenience of reference only, do not constitute a part of this Warrant and are not to be considered in construing or interpreting this Warrant. No party, nor its counsel, shall be deemed the drafter of this Warrant for purposes of construing the provisions of this Warrant, and all provisions of this Warrant shall be construed in accordance with their fair meaning, and not strictly for or against any party.

 

26.      Entire Agreement. This Warrant and the forms attached hereto, and the Securities Purchase Agreement (and the other Transaction Documents as defined in the Securities Purchase Agreement), contain the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersede all prior and contemporaneous arrangements or undertakings with respect thereto.

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this Warrant to be executed by a duly authorized officer as of the date first herein above written.

 

 

 

REPUBLIC FIRST BANCORP, INC. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

 

 

 

Name: Thomas X. Geisel 

 

 

 

Title:  Chief Executive Officer 

 

 

 

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Acknowledged and Agreed:

 

 

 

NAME OF INVESTING ENTITY

 

 

 

AUTHORIZED SIGNATORY

 

 

By:

Name:

Title:

 

ADDRESS FOR NOTICE

 

c/o:

 

Street:

 

City/State/Zip:

 

Attention:

 

Tel:

 

Fax: 

 

E-mail:

 

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[Form of Notice of Exercise]

 

Date:                    

 

 

TO:

 Republic First Bancorp, Inc.

 

 

RE:

 Election to Subscribe for and Purchase Series B Preferred Stock

 

The undersigned, pursuant to the provisions set forth in the attached Warrant, hereby agrees to subscribe for and purchase the number of Shares set forth below covered by such Warrant. The undersigned hereby agrees to pay the aggregate Exercise Price for such Shares in accordance with Section 3 of the Warrant.

 

Payment shall take the form of lawful money of the United States. A new warrant evidencing the remaining shares of Series B Preferred Stock covered by such Warrant, but not yet subscribed for and purchased, should be issued in the name set forth below. If the new warrant is being transferred, an opinion of counsel to the effect that such transfer will not require registration of the Warrant or the Shares pursuant to any applicable securities laws is attached hereto with respect to the transfer of such warrant.

 

Number of Shares:

 

Name and Address of Person to be Issued New Warrant:

 

 

Holder:

 

By:

 

Name:

 

Title:

 

 

[Form of Notice of Exercise]

 

 

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Exhibit 10.2 

 

FRBK VOTING AGREEMENT

 

  October 27, 2023

 

Gregory B. Braca

11952 S. Edgewater Drive

Palm Beach, Florida 33410

 

George E. Norcross, III

Philip A. Norcross

Alexander S. Norcross

Alessandra T. Norcross

350 Royal Palm Way, Suite 200

Palm Beach, Florida 33480

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

As a holder of common stock, par value $0.01 per share (“Common Stock”), of Republic First Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”), the undersigned (the “Shareholder”) understands that the Company is concurrently entering into a Securities Purchase Agreement, dated as of the date hereof (as it may be from time to time amended, the “SPA”), with George E. Norcross, III, Gregory B. Braca, Philip A. Norcross, Alessandra T. Norcross and Alexander S. Norcross (together, the “Purchasers”) and George E. Norcross, III, solely for purposes of Section 4.19 and Section 4.22 thereof, which was previously approved by the board of directors of the Company. Under the SPA, the Purchasers will purchase both Company Common Stock, a newly created series of preferred stock (the “Series B Preferred Stock”) and warrants to acquire Series B Preferred Stock.

 

A special meeting of shareholders of Company Common Stock will be held no later than December 31, 2023 to obtain the Shareholder Approval (as defined in the SPA).

 

The Shareholder acknowledges that, as a condition and inducement to the Purchasers’ willingness to enter into the SPA, the Purchasers have required that the Shareholder enter into this letter agreement and the Shareholder is willing to enter into this letter agreement.

 

The Shareholder confirms his or her agreement with the Purchasers, and the Purchasers confirm their agreement with the Shareholder, as follows:

 

1.         Subject to paragraph 4, as used in this letter agreement, “Shares” means the shares of Company Common Stock which the Shareholder owns of record or beneficially and has the power to vote (excluding any Shares underlying restricted stock units exercisable for Company Common Stock whether or not such Shares are included as beneficially owned by the Shareholder in the Company’s most recent annual proxy statement, but including any shares of Company Common Stock acquired upon settlement of such restricted stock units) as of the date of this letter agreement. The Shares are owned by the Shareholder free and clear of all encumbrances, voting arrangements and commitments of every kind, except as would not restrict the performance of the Shareholder’s obligations or compliance with the restrictions under this letter agreement. The Shareholder represents and warrants that the Shareholder has the sole power to vote or direct the vote of all of the Shares.

 

 

 

 

2.        Subject to paragraph 15 of this letter agreement and until the receipt of the Shareholder Approval (the “Expiration Date”), at every meeting of the shareholders of the Company (each a “Company Meeting”) called and at every postponement, recess or adjournment thereof, and on every action or approval by written consent of the shareholders of the Company, the Shareholder agrees to (x) appear at such meeting or otherwise cause the Shares to be counted as present thereat for the purpose of establishing a quorum, (y) vote, or cause to be voted, the Shares (a) in favor of (i) approval of the Shareholder Approval, (ii) any other matter that is reasonably necessary to be approved by the shareholders of the Company to facilitate the Shareholder Approval and (iii) the adjournment or postponement of the Company Meeting, if (A) as of the time for which the Company Meeting is originally scheduled, there are insufficient shares of Company Common Stock represented (either in person or by proxy) to constitute a quorum necessary to conduct the business of the Company Meeting or (B) on the date of the Company Meeting, the Company has not received proxies representing a sufficient number of shares necessary to obtain the Shareholder Approval, and (b) against (i) any proposal that is in competition or inconsistent with the Shareholder Approval and (ii) any proposal, transaction, agreement, amendment of the Company Charter or Company Bylaws or other action that is intended to or could reasonably be expected to prevent, impede, interfere with, materially delay, postpone, adversely affect or discourage the Shareholder Approval. Any such vote shall be cast (or consent shall be given) by the Shareholder in accordance with such procedures relating thereto so as to ensure that it is duly counted, including for purposes of determining that a quorum is present and for purposes of recording the results of such vote (or consent).

 

3.        If and only if the Shareholder fails for any reason to be counted as present, consent or vote the Shares in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 2 (or anticipatorily breaches such paragraph), then the Purchasers shall have the right to cause to be present, consent or vote the Shares in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 2. The Shareholder represents and warrants to the Purchasers as follows:

 

 

(a)

The Shareholder has duly executed and delivered this letter agreement and has all authority and full legal capacity to enter into this letter agreement, to perform fully its obligations hereunder and to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby.

 

 

(b)

Assuming the due authorization, execution and delivery of this letter agreement by the Purchasers, this letter agreement is the Shareholder’s legal, valid and binding agreement and is enforceable against the Shareholder in accordance with its terms, except (i) as such enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium, liquidation, or similar Laws relating to, or affecting generally the enforcement of, creditors’ rights and remedies or by other equitable principles of general application, (ii) as limited by Laws relating to the availability of specific performance, injunctive relief, or other equitable remedies, and (iii) insofar as indemnification and contribution provisions may be limited by applicable Law.

 

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(c)

The execution and delivery of this letter agreement by the Shareholder does not, and the performance of his or her obligations under this letter agreement and the consummation of the transactions to be consummated by him or her as contemplated hereby will not, (i) conflict with or violate any Law applicable to the Shareholder or by which the Shares are bound or affected, (ii) result in any breach of or violation of, or constitute a default (or an event that with notice or lapse of time or both would become a default) under, or give to others any rights of termination, amendment, acceleration or cancellation of, or result in the creation of an encumbrance on any of the Shares pursuant to, any note, bond, mortgage, indenture, contract, agreement, lease, license, permit, franchise or other instrument or obligation to which the Shareholder is a party or by which the Shareholder or the Shares are bound or affected, or (iii) require any consent, approval, authorization, certificate or permit of, or filing with or notification to, any court or arbitrator or any governmental entity, agency or official, except (A) for applicable requirements, if any, of the Exchange Act and (B) where the failure to obtain such consents, approvals, authorizations, certificate or permits, or to make such filings or notifications, would not reasonably be expected to prevent, materially impair, materially delay or adversely affect the performance by the Shareholder of his or her obligations under this letter agreement. Except for this letter agreement, the Shareholder is not, and no controlled affiliate of the Shareholder is, a party to any voting agreement or trust or any other agreement, arrangement, contract, instrument or understanding with respect to the voting, transfer or ownership of any Shares. The Shareholder has not appointed or granted a proxy or power of attorney to any person with respect to any Shares.

 

 

(d)

Except for (i) restrictions in favor of the Purchasers pursuant to this letter agreement and (ii) transfer restrictions of general applicability as may be provided under the Securities Act and the “blue sky” laws of the various States of the United States, the Shareholder (A) owns, beneficially and of record, all of the Shares free and clear of any proxy, voting restriction, adverse claim, security interest or other encumbrance or lien, and (B) has voting power and power of disposition with respect to the Shares with no restrictions, limitations or impairments on the Shareholder’s rights, powers and privileges of voting or disposition pertaining thereto, and no person other than the Shareholder has any right to direct or approve the voting or disposition of any of the Shares.

 

 

(e)

There is no claim, action, suit, dispute, investigation, examination, complaint or other proceeding pending against the Shareholder or, to the knowledge of the Shareholder, any other person or, to the knowledge of the Shareholder, threatened against the Shareholder or any other person that restricts, limits, impairs or prohibits (or, if successful, would restrict, limit, impair or prohibit) the exercise by the Purchasers of their rights, powers and privileges hereunder or the performance by any party of its covenants, agreements and obligations hereunder.

 

 

(f)

The Shareholder understands that the Purchasers are entering into the SPA in reliance upon the Shareholder’s execution, delivery and performance of this letter agreement, including the representations and warranties of the Shareholder set forth herein.

 

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4.       The Shareholder agrees that all representations, terms and conditions of this letter agreement will apply to Company Common Stock of which the Shareholder acquires record or beneficial ownership (and the power to vote) after the date hereof and prior to the Expiration Date, whether upon the exercise of options, warrants or rights, the conversion or exchange of convertible or exchangeable securities, or by means of purchase, dividend, distribution, split-up, recapitalization, combination, exchange of Shares or the like, gift, bequest, inheritance, or as a successor in interest in any capacity or otherwise.

 

5.        This letter agreement and all obligations of the parties hereunder shall automatically terminate upon the Expiration Date; provided, however, that (i) this paragraph 5 and paragraphs 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 18 and 19 hereof shall survive any such termination and (ii) such termination shall not relieve any party of any liability or damages resulting from any willful and intentional breach of this letter agreement occurring prior to such termination.

 

6.        The Shareholder is entering into this letter agreement solely in his or her capacity as a record or beneficial owner of the Shares and nothing herein is intended to or shall limit or affect any actions taken by the Shareholder, solely in his or her capacity as a director of the Company, including any actions Shareholder deems necessary to discharge his or her fiduciary duties with respect to his or her role on the Company Board of Directors.

 

7.       The Shareholder hereby authorizes the Purchasers and the Company to publish and disclose in any announcement or disclosure in connection with the SPA the Shareholder’s identity and ownership of the Shares and the nature of the Shareholder’s obligations under this letter agreement.

 

8.        The Shareholder agrees, without further consideration, to (a) execute and deliver such additional documents and to take such further actions as are reasonably necessary or reasonably requested by the Purchasers to confirm and assure the rights and obligations set forth in this letter agreement and (b) until the Expiration Date, not take any action that would make any representation or warranty of the Shareholder contained herein untrue or incorrect or have the effect of preventing, impairing, delaying or adversely affecting the performance by the Shareholder of his or her obligations under this letter agreement, other than to a de minimis extent.

 

9.        This letter agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, without regard to any applicable conflicts of law principles. Each party agrees that it will bring any action or proceeding in respect of any claim arising out of or related to this letter agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby exclusively in the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, or the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (the “Chosen Courts”), and, solely in connection with claims arising under this letter agreement or the transactions that are the subject of this letter agreement, (a) irrevocably submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Chosen Courts, (b) waives any objection to laying venue in any such action or proceeding in the Chosen Courts, (c) waives any objection that the Chosen Courts are an inconvenient forum or do not have jurisdiction over any party and (d) agrees that service of process upon such party in any such action or proceeding will be effective if notice is given in accordance with paragraph 11.

 

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10.     EACH PARTY ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES THAT ANY CONTROVERSY WHICH MAY ARISE UNDER THIS LETTER AGREEMENT IS LIKELY TO INVOLVE COMPLICATED AND DIFFICULT ISSUES, AND THEREFORE EACH SUCH PARTY HEREBY IRREVOCABLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY WAIVES, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW AT THE TIME OF INSTITUTION OF THE APPLICABLE LITIGATION, ANY RIGHT SUCH PARTY MAY HAVE TO A TRIAL BY JURY IN RESPECT OF ANY LITIGATION DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS LETTER AGREEMENT OR THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED BY THIS LETTER AGREEMENT. EACH PARTY CERTIFIES AND ACKNOWLEDGES THAT (A) NO REPRESENTATIVE, AGENT OR ATTORNEY OF ANY OTHER PARTY HAS REPRESENTED, EXPRESSLY OR OTHERWISE, THAT SUCH OTHER PARTY WOULD NOT, IN THE EVENT OF LITIGATION, SEEK TO ENFORCE THE FOREGOING WAIVER, (B) EACH PARTY UNDERSTANDS AND HAS CONSIDERED THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS WAIVER, (C) EACH PARTY MAKES THIS WAIVER VOLUNTARILY, AND (D) EACH PARTY HAS BEEN INDUCED TO ENTER INTO THIS LETTER AGREEMENT BY, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE MUTUAL WAIVERS AND CERTIFICATIONS IN THIS PARAGRAPH 10.

 

11.     Any notice, request, instruction or other document to be given hereunder by either party to the other shall be in writing and delivered personally or sent by registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, by email or by overnight courier addressed, if to the Shareholder, to the address, email address as applicable, set forth the Shareholder’s signature page hereto, and, if to the Purchasers, in accordance with Section 6.3 of the SPA, or to such other persons or addresses as may be designated in writing by the party to receive such notice as provided above.

 

12.      This letter agreement shall not be assignable by operation of law or otherwise. Any purported assignment in violation of this letter agreement is void.

 

13.      The Shareholder recognizes and acknowledges that a breach of any covenants or agreements contained in this letter agreement may cause the Purchasers to sustain damages for which it would not have an adequate remedy at law for money damages, and therefore the Shareholder agrees that in the event of any such breach, the Purchasers shall be entitled to specific performance of such covenants and agreements and injunctive and other equitable relief in addition to any other remedy to which the Purchasers may be entitled, at law or in equity. It is accordingly agreed that the Purchasers shall be entitled to an injunction or injunctions to prevent breaches of this letter agreement and to enforce specifically the terms and provisions of this letter agreement in any court of the United States or any state having jurisdiction.

 

14.      The effectiveness of this letter agreement shall be conditioned upon the execution and delivery of the SPA by the parties thereto, which shall occur concurrently herewith.

 

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15.      Until the Expiration Date, the Shareholder agrees not to (a) offer for sale, sell, transfer, tender, pledge, encumber, assign or otherwise dispose of, or enter into any contract, option or other arrangement or understanding with respect to, or consent to the offer for sale, sale, transfer, tender, pledge, encumbrance, assignment or other disposition of any of the Shares or (b) except as set forth herein, enter into any voting arrangement, whether by proxy, voting agreement, voting trust or otherwise, with respect to any of the Shares, and shall not commit or agree to take any of the foregoing actions; provided that the foregoing shall not prohibit the Shareholder from (i) disposing of or surrendering Shares to the Company in connection with the vesting, settlement or exercise stock-based compensation awards of the Company for the payment of taxes thereon or the exercise price thereon, if applicable, or (ii) disposing of Shares in a broker-assisted cashless exercise of stock-based compensation awards of the Company expiring during the term of this letter agreement up to the amount necessary to pay the exercise price in respect thereof and any related taxes. In furtherance of the foregoing, the Shareholder hereby authorizes and instructs the Company to instruct its transfer agent to enter a stop transfer order with respect to all of the Shares.

 

16.      The Purchasers acknowledge and agree that nothing in this letter agreement shall be deemed to vest in the Purchasers any direct or indirect ownership or incidence of ownership of or with respect to any Shares. All rights, ownership and economic benefits of and relating to the Shares shall remain vested in and belong to the Shareholder, and the Purchasers shall have no authority to manage, direct, superintend, restrict, regulate, govern or administer any of the policies or operations of the Company or exercise any power or authority to direct the Shareholder in the voting of any of the Shares, except as otherwise expressly provided herein.

 

17.      Any provision of this letter agreement may be (a) waived in whole or in part in writing by the party benefited by the provision or by both parties or (b) amended or modified at any time by an agreement in writing between the parties hereto executed in the same manner as this letter agreement.

 

18.      The SPA and this letter agreement (including the documents and instruments referred to herein) constitute the entire agreement among the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersede all other prior agreements and understandings, both written and oral, between the parties, with respect to the subject matter hereof.

 

19.      In the event that any provision of this letter agreement, or the application thereof, becomes or is declared by a court of competent jurisdiction to be illegal, void or unenforceable, the remainder of this letter agreement will continue in full force and effect and the application of such provision to other persons or circumstances will be interpreted so as reasonably to effect the intent of the parties hereto. The parties further agree to replace such void or unenforceable provision of this letter agreement with a valid and enforceable provision that will achieve, to the extent possible, the economic, business and other purposes of such void or unenforceable provision.

 

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Please confirm that the foregoing correctly states the understanding between the undersigned and you by signing and returning to a counterpart hereof.

 

 

Very truly yours, 

 

     
     
  /s/ Thomas X. Geisel  
  Name: Thomas X. Geisel  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email: tgeisel@myrepublicbank.com

 

 

 

 

 

       
  Address:  
  41 Hudson Ridge  
  Garrison, NY 10524  

 

[Signature Page to Republic First Bancorp, Inc. Voting Agreement]

 

 

 

Accepted and agreed as of the date set forth above.

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ George E. Norcross, III

 

 

 

Name: George E. Norcross, III 

 

       
       
  By: /s/ Gregory B. Braca  
    Name: Gregory B. Braca  
       
       
  By: /s/ Philip A. Norcross  
    Name: Philip A. Norcross  
       
       

 

By: 

/s/ Alessandra T. Norcross 

 

    Name: Alessandra T. Norcross  
       
       
  By: /s/ Alexander S. Norcross  
    Name: Alexander S. Norcross  

 

[Signature Page to Republic First Bancorp, Inc. Voting Agreement]

 

 

Exhibit 10.3

 

FRBK VOTING AGREEMENT

 

  October 27, 2023

 

Gregory B. Braca

11952 S. Edgewater Drive

Palm Beach, Florida 33410

 

George E. Norcross, III

Philip A. Norcross

Alexander S. Norcross

Alessandra T. Norcross

350 Royal Palm Way, Suite 200

Palm Beach, Florida 33480

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

As a holder of common stock, par value $0.01 per share (“Common Stock”), of Republic First Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”), the undersigned (the “Shareholder”) understands that the Company is concurrently entering into a Securities Purchase Agreement, dated as of the date hereof (as it may be from time to time amended, the “SPA”), with George E. Norcross, III, Gregory B. Braca, Philip A. Norcross, Alessandra T. Norcross and Alexander S. Norcross (together, the “Purchasers”) and George E. Norcross, III, solely for purposes of Section 4.19 and Section 4.22 thereof, which was previously approved by the board of directors of the Company. Under the SPA, the Purchasers will purchase both Company Common Stock, a newly created series of preferred stock (the “Series B Preferred Stock”) and warrants to acquire Series B Preferred Stock.

 

A special meeting of shareholders of Company Common Stock will be held no later than December 31, 2023 to obtain the Shareholder Approval (as defined in the SPA).

 

The Shareholder acknowledges that, as a condition and inducement to the Purchasers’ willingness to enter into the SPA, the Purchasers have required that the Shareholder enter into this letter agreement and the Shareholder is willing to enter into this letter agreement.

 

The Shareholder confirms his or her agreement with the Purchasers, and the Purchasers confirm their agreement with the Shareholder, as follows:

 

1.    Subject to paragraph 4, as used in this letter agreement, “Shares” means the shares of Company Common Stock which the Shareholder owns of record or beneficially and has the power to vote (excluding any Shares underlying restricted stock units exercisable for Company Common Stock whether or not such Shares are included as beneficially owned by the Shareholder in the Company’s most recent annual proxy statement, but including any shares of Company Common Stock acquired upon settlement of such restricted stock units) as of the date of this letter agreement. The Shares are owned by the Shareholder free and clear of all encumbrances, voting arrangements and commitments of every kind, except as would not restrict the performance of the Shareholder’s obligations or compliance with the restrictions under this letter agreement. The Shareholder represents and warrants that the Shareholder has the sole power to vote or direct the vote of all of the Shares.

 

 

 

 

2.         Subject to paragraph 15 of this letter agreement and until the receipt of the Shareholder Approval (the “Expiration Date”), at every meeting of the shareholders of the Company (each a “Company Meeting”) called and at every postponement, recess or adjournment thereof, and on every action or approval by written consent of the shareholders of the Company, the Shareholder agrees to (x) appear at such meeting or otherwise cause the Shares to be counted as present thereat for the purpose of establishing a quorum, (y) vote, or cause to be voted, the Shares (a) in favor of (i) approval of the Shareholder Approval, (ii) any other matter that is reasonably necessary to be approved by the shareholders of the Company to facilitate the Shareholder Approval and (iii) the adjournment or postponement of the Company Meeting, if (A) as of the time for which the Company Meeting is originally scheduled, there are insufficient shares of Company Common Stock represented (either in person or by proxy) to constitute a quorum necessary to conduct the business of the Company Meeting or (B) on the date of the Company Meeting, the Company has not received proxies representing a sufficient number of shares necessary to obtain the Shareholder Approval, and (b) against (i) any proposal that is in competition or inconsistent with the Shareholder Approval and (ii) any proposal, transaction, agreement, amendment of the Company Charter or Company Bylaws or other action that is intended to or could reasonably be expected to prevent, impede, interfere with, materially delay, postpone, adversely affect or discourage the Shareholder Approval. Any such vote shall be cast (or consent shall be given) by the Shareholder in accordance with such procedures relating thereto so as to ensure that it is duly counted, including for purposes of determining that a quorum is present and for purposes of recording the results of such vote (or consent).

 

3.          If and only if the Shareholder fails for any reason to be counted as present, consent or vote the Shares in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 2 (or anticipatorily breaches such paragraph), then the Purchasers shall have the right to cause to be present, consent or vote the Shares in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 2. The Shareholder represents and warrants to the Purchasers as follows:

 

 

(a)

The Shareholder has duly executed and delivered this letter agreement and has all authority and full legal capacity to enter into this letter agreement, to perform fully its obligations hereunder and to consummate the transactions contemplated hereby.

 

 

(b)

Assuming the due authorization, execution and delivery of this letter agreement by the Purchasers, this letter agreement is the Shareholder’s legal, valid and binding agreement and is enforceable against the Shareholder in accordance with its terms, except (i) as such enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium, liquidation, or similar Laws relating to, or affecting generally the enforcement of, creditors’ rights and remedies or by other equitable principles of general application, (ii) as limited by Laws relating to the availability of specific performance, injunctive relief, or other equitable remedies, and (iii) insofar as indemnification and contribution provisions may be limited by applicable Law.

 

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(c)

The execution and delivery of this letter agreement by the Shareholder does not, and the performance of his or her obligations under this letter agreement and the consummation of the transactions to be consummated by him or her as contemplated hereby will not, (i) conflict with or violate any Law applicable to the Shareholder or by which the Shares are bound or affected, (ii) result in any breach of or violation of, or constitute a default (or an event that with notice or lapse of time or both would become a default) under, or give to others any rights of termination, amendment, acceleration or cancellation of, or result in the creation of an encumbrance on any of the Shares pursuant to, any note, bond, mortgage, indenture, contract, agreement, lease, license, permit, franchise or other instrument or obligation to which the Shareholder is a party or by which the Shareholder or the Shares are bound or affected, or (iii) require any consent, approval, authorization, certificate or permit of, or filing with or notification to, any court or arbitrator or any governmental entity, agency or official, except (A) for applicable requirements, if any, of the Exchange Act and (B) where the failure to obtain such consents, approvals, authorizations, certificate or permits, or to make such filings or notifications, would not reasonably be expected to prevent, materially impair, materially delay or adversely affect the performance by the Shareholder of his or her obligations under this letter agreement. Except for this letter agreement, the Shareholder is not, and no controlled affiliate of the Shareholder is, a party to any voting agreement or trust or any other agreement, arrangement, contract, instrument or understanding with respect to the voting, transfer or ownership of any Shares. The Shareholder has not appointed or granted a proxy or power of attorney to any person with respect to any Shares.

 

 

(d)

Except for (i) restrictions in favor of the Purchasers pursuant to this letter agreement and (ii) transfer restrictions of general applicability as may be provided under the Securities Act and the “blue sky” laws of the various States of the United States, the Shareholder (A) owns, beneficially and of record, all of the Shares free and clear of any proxy, voting restriction, adverse claim, security interest or other encumbrance or lien, and (B) has voting power and power of disposition with respect to the Shares with no restrictions, limitations or impairments on the Shareholder’s rights, powers and privileges of voting or disposition pertaining thereto, and no person other than the Shareholder has any right to direct or approve the voting or disposition of any of the Shares.

 

 

(e)

There is no claim, action, suit, dispute, investigation, examination, complaint or other proceeding pending against the Shareholder or, to the knowledge of the Shareholder, any other person or, to the knowledge of the Shareholder, threatened against the Shareholder or any other person that restricts, limits, impairs or prohibits (or, if successful, would restrict, limit, impair or prohibit) the exercise by the Purchasers of their rights, powers and privileges hereunder or the performance by any party of its covenants, agreements and obligations hereunder.

 

 

(f)

The Shareholder understands that the Purchasers are entering into the SPA in reliance upon the Shareholder’s execution, delivery and performance of this letter agreement, including the representations and warranties of the Shareholder set forth herein.

 

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4.        The Shareholder agrees that all representations, terms and conditions of this letter agreement will apply to Company Common Stock of which the Shareholder acquires record or beneficial ownership (and the power to vote) after the date hereof and prior to the Expiration Date, whether upon the exercise of options, warrants or rights, the conversion or exchange of convertible or exchangeable securities, or by means of purchase, dividend, distribution, split-up, recapitalization, combination, exchange of Shares or the like, gift, bequest, inheritance, or as a successor in interest in any capacity or otherwise.

 

5.         This letter agreement and all obligations of the parties hereunder shall automatically terminate upon the Expiration Date; provided, however, that (i) this paragraph 5 and paragraphs 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 18 and 19 hereof shall survive any such termination and (ii) such termination shall not relieve any party of any liability or damages resulting from any willful and intentional breach of this letter agreement occurring prior to such termination.

 

6.         The Shareholder is entering into this letter agreement solely in his or her capacity as a record or beneficial owner of the Shares and nothing herein is intended to or shall limit or affect any actions taken by the Shareholder, solely in his or her capacity as a director of the Company, including any actions Shareholder deems necessary to discharge his or her fiduciary duties with respect to his or her role on the Company Board of Directors.

 

7.       The Shareholder hereby authorizes the Purchasers and the Company to publish and disclose in any announcement or disclosure in connection with the SPA the Shareholder’s identity and ownership of the Shares and the nature of the Shareholder’s obligations under this letter agreement.

 

8.         The Shareholder agrees, without further consideration, to (a) execute and deliver such additional documents and to take such further actions as are reasonably necessary or reasonably requested by the Purchasers to confirm and assure the rights and obligations set forth in this letter agreement and (b) until the Expiration Date, not take any action that would make any representation or warranty of the Shareholder contained herein untrue or incorrect or have the effect of preventing, impairing, delaying or adversely affecting the performance by the Shareholder of his or her obligations under this letter agreement, other than to a de minimis extent.

 

9.        This letter agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, without regard to any applicable conflicts of law principles. Each party agrees that it will bring any action or proceeding in respect of any claim arising out of or related to this letter agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby exclusively in the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, the Court of Common Pleas of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, or the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (the “Chosen Courts”), and, solely in connection with claims arising under this letter agreement or the transactions that are the subject of this letter agreement, (a) irrevocably submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Chosen Courts, (b) waives any objection to laying venue in any such action or proceeding in the Chosen Courts, (c) waives any objection that the Chosen Courts are an inconvenient forum or do not have jurisdiction over any party and (d) agrees that service of process upon such party in any such action or proceeding will be effective if notice is given in accordance with paragraph 11.

 

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10.     EACH PARTY ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES THAT ANY CONTROVERSY WHICH MAY ARISE UNDER THIS LETTER AGREEMENT IS LIKELY TO INVOLVE COMPLICATED AND DIFFICULT ISSUES, AND THEREFORE EACH SUCH PARTY HEREBY IRREVOCABLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY WAIVES, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW AT THE TIME OF INSTITUTION OF THE APPLICABLE LITIGATION, ANY RIGHT SUCH PARTY MAY HAVE TO A TRIAL BY JURY IN RESPECT OF ANY LITIGATION DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS LETTER AGREEMENT OR THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED BY THIS LETTER AGREEMENT. EACH PARTY CERTIFIES AND ACKNOWLEDGES THAT (A) NO REPRESENTATIVE, AGENT OR ATTORNEY OF ANY OTHER PARTY HAS REPRESENTED, EXPRESSLY OR OTHERWISE, THAT SUCH OTHER PARTY WOULD NOT, IN THE EVENT OF LITIGATION, SEEK TO ENFORCE THE FOREGOING WAIVER, (B) EACH PARTY UNDERSTANDS AND HAS CONSIDERED THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS WAIVER, (C) EACH PARTY MAKES THIS WAIVER VOLUNTARILY, AND (D) EACH PARTY HAS BEEN INDUCED TO ENTER INTO THIS LETTER AGREEMENT BY, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE MUTUAL WAIVERS AND CERTIFICATIONS IN THIS PARAGRAPH 10.

 

11.       Any notice, request, instruction or other document to be given hereunder by either party to the other shall be in writing and delivered personally or sent by registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, by email or by overnight courier addressed, if to the Shareholder, to the address, email address as applicable, set forth the Shareholder’s signature page hereto, and, if to the Purchasers, in accordance with Section 6.3 of the SPA, or to such other persons or addresses as may be designated in writing by the party to receive such notice as provided above.

 

12.       This letter agreement shall not be assignable by operation of law or otherwise. Any purported assignment in violation of this letter agreement is void.

 

13.       The Shareholder recognizes and acknowledges that a breach of any covenants or agreements contained in this letter agreement may cause the Purchasers to sustain damages for which it would not have an adequate remedy at law for money damages, and therefore the Shareholder agrees that in the event of any such breach, the Purchasers shall be entitled to specific performance of such covenants and agreements and injunctive and other equitable relief in addition to any other remedy to which the Purchasers may be entitled, at law or in equity. It is accordingly agreed that the Purchasers shall be entitled to an injunction or injunctions to prevent breaches of this letter agreement and to enforce specifically the terms and provisions of this letter agreement in any court of the United States or any state having jurisdiction.

 

14.       The effectiveness of this letter agreement shall be conditioned upon the execution and delivery of the SPA by the parties thereto, which shall occur concurrently herewith.

 

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15.      Until the Expiration Date, the Shareholder agrees not to (a) offer for sale, sell, transfer, tender, pledge, encumber, assign or otherwise dispose of, or enter into any contract, option or other arrangement or understanding with respect to, or consent to the offer for sale, sale, transfer, tender, pledge, encumbrance, assignment or other disposition of any of the Shares or (b) except as set forth herein, enter into any voting arrangement, whether by proxy, voting agreement, voting trust or otherwise, with respect to any of the Shares, and shall not commit or agree to take any of the foregoing actions; provided that the foregoing shall not prohibit the Shareholder from (i) disposing of or surrendering Shares to the Company in connection with the vesting, settlement or exercise stock-based compensation awards of the Company for the payment of taxes thereon or the exercise price thereon, if applicable, or (ii) disposing of Shares in a broker-assisted cashless exercise of stock-based compensation awards of the Company expiring during the term of this letter agreement up to the amount necessary to pay the exercise price in respect thereof and any related taxes. In furtherance of the foregoing, the Shareholder hereby authorizes and instructs the Company to instruct its transfer agent to enter a stop transfer order with respect to all of the Shares.

 

16.        The Purchasers acknowledge and agree that nothing in this letter agreement shall be deemed to vest in the Purchasers any direct or indirect ownership or incidence of ownership of or with respect to any Shares. All rights, ownership and economic benefits of and relating to the Shares shall remain vested in and belong to the Shareholder, and the Purchasers shall have no authority to manage, direct, superintend, restrict, regulate, govern or administer any of the policies or operations of the Company or exercise any power or authority to direct the Shareholder in the voting of any of the Shares, except as otherwise expressly provided herein.

 

17.       Any provision of this letter agreement may be (a) waived in whole or in part in writing by the party benefited by the provision or by both parties or (b) amended or modified at any time by an agreement in writing between the parties hereto executed in the same manner as this letter agreement.

 

18.       The SPA and this letter agreement (including the documents and instruments referred to herein) constitute the entire agreement among the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter hereof, and supersede all other prior agreements and understandings, both written and oral, between the parties, with respect to the subject matter hereof.

 

19.      In the event that any provision of this letter agreement, or the application thereof, becomes or is declared by a court of competent jurisdiction to be illegal, void or unenforceable, the remainder of this letter agreement will continue in full force and effect and the application of such provision to other persons or circumstances will be interpreted so as reasonably to effect the intent of the parties hereto. The parties further agree to replace such void or unenforceable provision of this letter agreement with a valid and enforceable provision that will achieve, to the extent possible, the economic, business and other purposes of such void or unenforceable provision.

 

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Please confirm that the foregoing correctly states the understanding between the undersigned and you by signing and returning to a counterpart hereof.

 

 

Very truly yours, 

 

     
  /s/ Peter B. Bartholow  
  Name: Peter B. Bartholow  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email:

pbb.fas@gmail.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Address:  
  4300 Beverly Drive  
  Dallas, TX 75205  

 

[Signature Page to Republic First Bancorp, Inc. Voting Agreement]

 

 

 

Accepted and agreed as of the date set forth above.

 

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ George E. Norcross, III

 

 

 

Name: George E. Norcross, III 

 

       
       
  By: /s/ Gregory B. Braca  
    Name: Gregory B. Braca  
       
       
  By: /s/ Philip A. Norcross  
    Name: Philip A. Norcross  
       

 

 

 

 

  By: /s/ Alessandra T. Norcross  
    Name: Alessandra T. Norcross  
       
       
  By: /s/ Alexander S. Norcross  
    Name: Alexander S. Norcross  

 

[Signature Page to Republic First Bancorp, Inc. Voting Agreement]

 

 

Exhibit 10.4

 

FRBK VOTING AGREEMENT

 

  October 27, 2023

 

Gregory B. Braca

11952 S. Edgewater Drive

Palm Beach, Florida 33410

 

George E. Norcross, III

Philip A. Norcross

Alexander S. Norcross

Alessandra T. Norcross

350 Royal Palm Way, Suite 200

Palm Beach, Florida 33480

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

As a holder of common stock, par value $0.01 per share (“Common Stock”), of Republic First Bancorp, Inc. (the “Company”), the undersigned (the “Shareholder”) understands that the Company is concurrently entering into a Securities Purchase Agreement, dated as of the date hereof (as it may be from time to time amended, the “SPA”), with George E. Norcross, III, Gregory B. Braca, Philip A. Norcross, Alessandra T. Norcross and Alexander S. Norcross (together, the “Purchasers”) and George E. Norcross, III, solely for purposes of Section 4.19 and Section 4.22 thereof, which was previously approved by the board of directors of the Company. Under the SPA, the Purchasers will purchase both Company Common Stock, a newly created series of preferred stock (the “Series B Preferred Stock”) and warrants to acquire Series B Preferred Stock.

 

A special meeting of shareholders of Company Common Stock will be held no later than December 31, 2023 to obtain the Shareholder Approval (as defined in the SPA).

 

The Shareholder acknowledges that, as a condition and inducement to the Purchasers’ willingness to enter into the SPA, the Purchasers have required that the Shareholder enter into this letter agreement and the Shareholder is willing to enter into this letter agreement.

 

The Shareholder confirms his or her agreement with the Purchasers, and the Purchasers confirm their agreement with the Shareholder, as follows: