Virgin Mobile USA 8-K 2007
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TAX RECEIVABLE AGREEMENT
dated as of
October 16, 2007
Table of Contents
This TAX RECEIVABLE AGREEMENT (as amended from time to time, this Agreement), dated as of October 16, 2007, is hereby entered into by and among Virgin Mobile USA, Inc., a Delaware corporation (the Corporation) and Corvina Holdings Limited, a company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands (Virgin),
WHEREAS, Virgin, indirectly through Bluebottle USA Investments, L.P. (Investments) and Bluebottle USA Holdings L.P. (Holdings) holds limited liability company interests in Virgin Mobile USA, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company;
WHEREAS, in connection with the Reorganization Transactions (as defined below) and the IPO (as defined below), Virgin will contribute its interests in Virgin Mobile USA, LLC to the Corporation by making a contribution of all of its interests in Investments and all of its interests in VMU GP LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and the general partner of Investments, in exchange for Class A Common Stock and Class C Common Stock of the Corporation (the Virgin Contribution);
WHEREAS, in connection with the Reorganization Transactions Virgin Mobile USA, LLC will be converted to a Delaware limited partnership and change its name to Virgin Mobile USA, L.P. (the Partnership);
WHEREAS, Investments has made an election to be classified as an association taxable as a corporation for U.S. federal income tax purposes;
WHEREAS, as a result of the Virgin Contribution, Investments will become a member of the consolidated group of which the Corporation is the parent and the Corporation will be entitled to utilize certain net operating losses that Investments has generated through its indirect ownership of the Partnership (the NOLs);
WHEREAS, if utilized by the Corporation, the NOLs will reduce the actual liability for Taxes (as defined below) that the Corporation might otherwise be required to pay;
WHEREAS, the parties agree that it is not possible to determine the future value of the NOLs to the Corporation such as to be able to make a payment to Virgin in consideration for such value at this time;
WHEREAS, the income, gain, loss, expense and other Tax items of the Corporation may be affected by the Imputed Interest (as defined below);
WHEREAS, the parties to this Agreement desire to make certain arrangements with respect to the effect of the NOLs and Imputed Interest on the actual liability for Taxes of the Corporation;
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing and the respective covenants and agreements set forth herein, and intending to be legally bound hereby, the parties hereto agree as follows:
Section 1.01. Definitions. As used in this Agreement, the terms set forth in this Article I shall have the following meanings (such meanings to be equally applicable to both the singular and plural forms of the terms defined).
Advisory Firm means (i) Deloitte & Touche or (ii) any other law or accounting firm that is (A) nationally recognized as being expert in Tax matters and (B) that is agreed to by VMU GP I, LLC and Virgin.
Advisory Firm Letter shall mean a letter from the Advisory Firm stating that the relevant schedule, notice or other information to be provided by the Corporation to Virgin and all supporting schedules and work papers were prepared in a manner consistent with the terms of this Agreement and, to the extent not expressly provided in this Agreement, on a reasonable basis in light of the facts and applicable law in existence on the date to which such schedule, notice or other information relates.
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 first Person.
Agreed Rate means LIBOR plus 300 basis points.
Agreement is defined in the preamble of this Agreement.
Amended Schedule is defined in Section 2.03(b) of this Agreement.
Available Benefit is defined in Section 3.03 of this Agreement.
A Beneficial Owner of a security is a Person who directly or indirectly, through any contract, arrangement, understanding, relationship or otherwise has or shares: (i) voting power, which includes the power to vote, or to direct the voting of, such security and/or (ii) investment power, which includes the power to dispose of, or to direct the disposition of, such security. The terms Beneficially Own and Beneficial Ownership shall have correlative meanings.
Board means the board of directors of the Corporation.
Business Day means Monday through Friday of each week, except that a legal holiday recognized as such by the government of the United States of America or the State of New York shall not be regarded as a Business Day.
Change of Control means:
i) a merger, reorganization, consolidation or similar form of business transaction directly involving the Corporation or indirectly involving the Corporation through one or
more intermediaries unless, immediately following such transaction, more than 50% of the voting power of the then outstanding voting stock or other equities of the Corporation resulting from consummation of such transaction (including, without limitation, any parent or ultimate parent corporation of such Person that as a result of such transaction owns directly or indirectly the Corporation and all or substantially all of the Corporations assets) is held by the existing Corporation equityholders (determined immediately prior to such transaction); or
(ii) a transaction in which the Corporation, directly or indirectly, sells, assigns, conveys, transfers, leases or otherwise disposes of all or substantially all of its assets to another Person other than an Affiliate; or
(iii) a transaction in which there is an acquisition of control of the Corporation by a Person or group of Persons. The term control shall mean the possession, directly or indirectly, of the power to either (i) vote more than fifty percent (50%) of the securities having ordinary voting power for the election of directors (or comparable positions in the case of partnerships and limited liability companies), or (ii) direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of such Person whether by contract or otherwise (for the avoidance of doubt, consent rights do not constitute control for the purpose of this definition); or;
(iv) a transaction in which individuals who constitute the Board of Directors of the Corporation (the Incumbent Directors) cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority of the Board of Directors of the Corporation, provided that any person becoming a director subsequent to the effective date of this Agreement, whose election or nomination for election is either (A) contemplated by a written agreement among equityholders of the Corporation on the effective date of this Agreement or (B) was approved by a vote of at least two-thirds of the Incumbent Directors then on the Board (either by a specific vote or by approval of the proxy statement of the Corporation in which such person is named as a nominee for director, without written objection to such nomination) shall be an Incumbent Director; provided, however, that no individual initially elected or nominated as a director of the Corporation as a result of an actual or threatened election contest with respect to directors or as a result of any other actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or consents by or on behalf of any Person other than the Board shall be deemed to be an Incumbent Director; or
(v) the liquidation or dissolution of the Corporation.
Code means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
Compensated NOLs means, for a Taxable Year, (i) the NOLs utilized in determining the Realized Tax Benefit under this Agreement or (ii) if the Realized Tax Benefit under this Agreement plus the Realized Tax Benefit under the Sprint Tax Receivable Agreement exceeds the Overall Realized Tax Benefit for such Taxable Year, then the NOLs utilized in determining the Realized Tax Benefit multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the Realized Tax Benefit pursuant to this Agreement and the denominator of which is the sum of the Realized Tax Benefit pursuant to this Agreement and the Realized Tax Benefit pursuant to the Sprint Tax Receivable Agreement.
Control means the possession, direct or indirect, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a Person, whether through ownership of voting securities, by contract or otherwise.
Corporation is defined in the preamble of this Agreement.
Corporation Return means the federal Tax Return and/or state and/or local and/or foreign Tax Return, as applicable, of the Corporation filed with respect to Taxes of any Taxable Year.
Default Rate means LIBOR plus 625 basis points.
Determination shall have the meaning ascribed to such term in Section 1313(a) of the Code or similar provision of state, local and foreign tax law, as applicable, or any other event (including the execution of a Form 870-AD) that finally and conclusively establishes the amount of any liability for Tax.
Early Termination Agreement Date is defined in Section 4.03(a) of this Agreement.
Early Termination Date means the date of an Early Termination Notice for purposes of determining the Early Termination Payment.
Early Termination Notice is defined in Section 4.02 of this Agreement.
Early Termination Payment is defined in Section 4.03(b) of this Agreement.
Early Termination Rate means the lesser of (i) 7% and (ii) LIBOR plus 300 basis points.
Early Termination Schedule is defined in Section 4.02 of this Agreement.
Expert is defined in Section 7.09 of this Agreement.
Holdings is defined in the preamble of this Agreement.
Imputed Interest shall mean any interest imputed under Section 1272, 1274 or 483 or other provision of the Code and any similar provision of state, local and foreign tax law with respect to the Corporations payment obligations under this Agreement.
Interest Amount is defined in Section 3.01(b) of this Agreement.
Investments is defined in the preamble of this Agreement.
IPO shall mean the initial public offering of Common Stock of the Corporation pursuant to the Registration Statement.
IRS means the United States Internal Revenue Service.
LIBOR means for each month (or portion thereof) during any period, an interest rate per annum equal to the rate per annum reported, on the date two days prior to the first day of such month, on the Telerate Page 3750 (or if such screen shall cease to be publicly available, as reported on Reuters Screen page LIBO or by any other publicly available source of such market rate) for London interbank offered rates for U.S. dollar deposits for such month (or portion thereof).
Material Objection Notice has the meaning set forth in Section 4.02.
Net Tax Benefit is defined in Section 3.01(b) of this Agreement.
NOL Payment is defined in Section 5.01 of this Agreement.
NOLs is defined in the preamble of this Agreement.
Non-NOL Tax Liability means, with respect to any Taxable Year, the liability for Taxes of the Corporation using the same methods, elections, conventions and similar practices used on the relevant Corporation Return, but (i) without taking into account the NOLs, if any, (ii) using the Non-Stepped Up Tax Basis instead of the tax basis of the Original Assets and (iii) excluding any deduction attributable to the Imputed Interest. If all or any portion of the liability for Taxes for the Taxable Year arises as a result of an audit by a Taxing Authority of such Taxable Year, such liability shall not be included in determining the Non-NOL Tax Liability unless and until there has been a Determination.
Non-Stepped Up Tax Basis means, with respect to any asset at any time, the tax basis that such asset would have had at such time if no Basis Adjustment had been made or, immediately after any Section 732 Event, the tax basis that such asset would have had if the Basis Adjustment were not included in such assets tax basis.
Objection Notice has the meaning set forth in Section 2.03(a).
Overall Realized Tax Benefit means, for a Taxable Year, the excess, if any, of the Non-NOL Tax Liability over the actual liability for Taxes of the Corporation for such Taxable Year. If all or a portion of the actual tax liability for Taxes for the Taxable Year arises as a result of an audit by a Taxing Authority of any Taxable Year, such liability shall not be included in determining the Realized Tax Benefit unless and until there has been a Determination.
Partnership is defined in preamble of this Agreement.
Partnership Agreement means the Limited Partnership Agreement of the Partnership, dated October 16, 2007.
Payment Date means any date on which a payment is required to be made pursuant to this Agreement.
Person means any individual, corporation, firm, partnership, joint venture, limited liability company, estate, trust, business association, organization, governmental entity or other entity.
Realized Tax Benefit means, for a Taxable Year, the excess, if any, of the Non-NOL Tax Liability over the hypothetical liability for Taxes of the Corporation for such Taxable Year (i) using the Non-Stepped Up Tax Basis instead of the tax basis of the Original Assets and (ii) assuming that the Corporation could use all Uncompensated NOLs in accordance with all the applicable limitations on the use of such NOLs. If all or a portion of the actual tax liability for Taxes for the Taxable Year arises as a result of an audit by a Taxing Authority of any Taxable Year, such liability shall not be included in determining the Realized Tax Benefit unless and until there has been a Determination.
Realized Tax Detriment means, for a Taxable Year, the excess, if any, of (i) the hypothetical liability for Taxes of the Corporation assuming that (A) the tax basis of any Original Asset is the Non-Stepped Up Tax Basis and (B) the Corporation could use Uncompensated NOLs in accordance with all applicable limitations on the use of such NOLs over (ii) the Non-NOL Tax Liability for such Taxable Year. If all or a portion of the actual liability for Taxes for the Taxable Year arises as a result of an audit by a Taxing Authority of any Taxable Year, such liability shall not be included in determining the Realized Tax Detriment unless and until there has been a Determination.
Reconciliation Dispute has the meaning set forth in Section 7.09.
Reconciliation Procedures shall mean those procedures set forth in Section 7.09 of this Agreement.
Registration Statement means the registration statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-142524) of the Corporation.
Reorganization Transactions shall mean generally those transactions described in the Registration Statement and any other transactions ancillary to such transactions to effect the post-IPO organizational structure of the Corporation and the Partnership.
Schedule means any Tax Benefit Schedule and the Early Termination Schedule.
Section 754 election means any election made by the Partnership under section 754 of the Code.
Sprint Tax Receivable Agreement means the Tax Receivable Agreement dated as of October 16, 2007, by and among the Corporation and Sprint Ventures, Inc., a Kansas corporation, and attached hereto as Annex A.
Subsidiaries means, with respect to any Person, as of any date of determination, any other Person as to which such Person, owns, directly or indirectly, or otherwise controls more than 50% of the voting power or other similar interests or the sole general partner interest or managing member or similar interest of such Person.
Tax Benefit Payment is defined in Section 3.01(b) of this Agreement.
Tax Benefit Schedule is defined in Section 2.02 of this Agreement.
Tax Receivable Agreements shall mean this Agreement and the Sprint Tax Receivable Agreement.
Tax Return means any return, declaration, report or similar statement required to be filed with respect to Taxes (including any attached schedules), including, without limitation, any information return, claim for refund, amended return and declaration of estimated Tax.
Taxable Year means a taxable year as defined in Section 441(b) of the Code or comparable section of state, local or foreign tax law, as applicable, (and, therefore, for the avoidance of doubt, may include a period of less than 12 months for which a Tax Return is made) ending on or after the date hereof.
Taxes means any and all U.S. federal, state, local and foreign taxes, assessments or similar charges measured with respect to net income or profits and any interest related to such Tax.
Taxing Authority shall mean any domestic, foreign, federal, national, state, county or municipal or other local government, any subdivision, agency, commission or authority thereof, or any quasi-governmental body exercising any taxing authority or any other authority exercising Tax regulatory authority.
Treasury Regulations means the final, temporary and proposed regulations under the Code promulgated from time to time (including corresponding provisions and succeeding provisions) as in effect for the relevant taxable period.
Uncompensated NOLs means, for a Taxable Year, the excess, if any of the NOLs as of the date Investments is contributed to the Corporation over the sum of all Compensated NOLs for all prior Taxable Years.
Valuation Assumptions shall mean, as of an Early Termination Date, the assumptions that (i) in each Taxable Year ending on or after such Early Termination Date, the Corporation will have taxable income sufficient to fully utilize the Uncompensated NOLs in accordance with all applicable limitations on the use of such NOLs and the Imputed Interest during such Taxable Year or future Taxable Years, as applicable and (ii) the federal income tax rates and state, local and foreign income tax rates that will be in effect for each such Taxable Year will be those specified for each such Taxable Year by the Code and other law as in effect on the Early Termination Date.
Value Cap is defined in Section 3.01(b) of this Agreement.
Virgin Contribution is defined in the preamble of this Agreement.
DETERMINATION OF REALIZED TAX BENEFIT
Section 2.01. NOL Utilization. The Corporation, on the one hand, and Virgin, on the other hand, acknowledge that, as a result of the contribution of Investments to the Corporation, the Corporation may utilize Investments NOLs to reduce the amount of Taxes that the Corporation would otherwise be required to pay in the future. The Corporation, on the one hand, and Virgin on the other hand, hereby agree to treat any payments made under this Agreement as additional consideration for the Virgin Contribution.
Section 2.02. Tax Benefit Schedule. Within forty-five calendar days after the filing of the U.S. federal income tax return of the Corporation for any Taxable Year in which there is a Realized Tax Benefit or Realized Tax Detriment, the Corporation shall provide to Virgin, with a copy to VML Tax Department, Virgin Management Limited, 120 Campden Hill Road, London W8 7AR and to Macfarlanes, 10 Norwich Street, London EC4A 1BD, attn: DAG/HSEB, a schedule showing, in reasonable detail, (i) the calculation of the Realized Tax Benefit or Realized Tax Detriment for such Taxable Year, (ii) the calculation of any payment to be made to Virgin pursuant to Article III with respect to such Taxable Year, and (iii) all supporting information (including work papers and valuation reports) reasonably necessary to support the calculation of the such payment (a Tax Benefit Schedule). The Schedule will become final as provided in Section 2.03(a) and may be amended as provided in Section 2.03(b) (subject to the procedures set forth in Section 2.03(a)).
Section 2.03. Procedures, Amendments.
(a) Procedure. Every time the Corporation delivers to Virgin an applicable Schedule under this Agreement, including any Amended Schedule delivered pursuant to Section 2.03(b), and including any Early Termination Schedule or amended Early Termination Schedule, the Corporation shall also (x) deliver to Virgin schedules, valuation reports, if any, and work papers providing reasonable detail regarding the preparation of the Schedule and an Advisory Firm Letter supporting such Schedule and (y) allow Virgin reasonable access at no cost to the appropriate representatives at each of the Corporation and the Advisory Firm in connection with a review of such Schedule. The applicable Schedule shall become final and binding on all parties unless Virgin, within thirty calendar days after receiving any Schedule or amendment thereto, provides the Corporation with notice of a material objection to such Schedule (Objection Notice) made in good faith. If the parties, for any reason, are unable to successfully resolve the issues raised in any notice within thirty calendar days of receipt by the Corporation of such notice, the Corporation and Virgin shall employ the reconciliation procedures described in Section 7.09 of this Agreement (the Reconciliation Procedures).
(b) Amended Schedule. The applicable Schedule for any Taxable Year may be amended from time to time by the Corporation (i) in connection with a Determination affecting such Schedule, (ii) to correct material inaccuracies in the Schedule identified as a result of the receipt of additional factual information relating to a Taxable Year after the date the Schedule was provided to Virgin, (iii) to comply with the Experts determination under the Reconciliation Procedures, (iv) to reflect a material change (relative to the amounts in the
original Schedule) in the Realized Tax Benefit or Realized Tax Detriment for such Taxable Year attributable to a carryback or carryforward of a loss or other tax item to such Taxable Year, or (v) to reflect a material change (relative to the amounts in the original Schedule) in the Realized Tax Benefit or Realized Tax Detriment for such Taxable Year attributable to an amended Tax Return filed for such Taxable Year (such Schedule, an Amended Schedule); provided, however, that such a change under clause (i) attributable to an audit of a Tax Return by an applicable Taxing Authority shall not be taken into account on an Amended Schedule unless and until there has been a Determination with respect to such change. The Corporation shall provide any Amended Schedule to Virgin, with a copy to VML Tax Department, Virgin Management Limited, 120 Campden Hill Road, London W8 7AR and to Macfarlanes, 10 Norwich Street, London EC4A 1BD, attn: DAG/HSEB, within thirty calendar days of the occurrence of an event referred to in clauses (i) through (v) of the preceding sentence, and any such Amended Schedule shall be subject to approval procedures similar to those described in Section 2.03(a).
TAX BENEFIT PAYMENTS
Section 3.01. Payments.
(a) Timing of Payments to Virgin. (i) Within five Business Days of a Tax Benefit Schedule delivered to Virgin becoming final in accordance with Section 2.03(a), the Corporation shall pay to Virgin for such Taxable Year the Tax Benefit Payment determined pursuant to Section 3.01(b), subject to reduction pursuant to Section 3.03(a). Each such Tax Benefit Payment shall be made by wire transfer of immediately available funds to a bank account of Virgin previously designated by Virgin to the Corporation or as otherwise agreed by the Corporation and Virgin. For the avoidance of doubt, no Tax Benefit Payment shall be made in respect of estimated tax payments, including, without limitation, estimated federal income tax payments.
(b) A Tax Benefit Payment means an amount, not less than zero, equal to 100% of the sum of the Net Tax Benefit (as defined below) and the Interest Amount (as defined below). The Net Tax Benefit shall equal: (i) the Corporations Realized Tax Benefit, if any, for a Taxable Year plus (ii) the amount of the excess of the Realized Tax Benefit reflected on an Amended Tax Benefit Schedule for a previous Taxable Year over the Realized Tax Benefit (or Realized Tax Detriment (expressed as a negative number)) reflected on the Tax Benefit Schedule for such previous Taxable Year, minus (iii) an amount equal to the Corporations Realized Tax Detriment (if any) for the current or any previous Taxable Year, minus (iv) the excess of the Realized Tax Benefit reflected on a Tax Benefit Schedule for a previous Taxable Year over the Realized Tax Benefit (or Realized Tax Detriment (expressed as a negative number)) reflected on the Amended Tax Benefit Schedule for such previous Taxable Year; provided, however, that to the extent of the amounts described in 3.01(b)(ii), (iii) and (iv) were taken into account in determining any Tax Benefit Payment in a preceding Taxable Year, such amounts shall not be taken into account in determining a Tax Benefit Payment attributable to any other Taxable Year; provided, further, for the avoidance of doubt, Virgin shall not be required to return any portion of any previously made Tax Benefit Payment. The Interest Amount shall equal the interest on any Net Tax Benefit calculated at the Agreed Rate from the due date (without extensions) for
filing the Corporation Return with respect to Taxes for the Taxable Year for which the Net Tax Benefit is being measured until the Payment Date. Notwithstanding the foregoing, for each Taxable Year ending on or after the date of a Change of Control, all Tax Benefit Payments, shall be calculated by utilizing the Valuation Assumptions, substituting the words as of the closing date of a Change of Control for Early Termination Date.
Section 3.02. No Duplicative Payments. It is intended that the provisions of this Agreement will not result in duplicative payment of any amount (including interest) required under this Agreement. It is also intended that the provisions of this Agreement provide that 100% of the Corporations Realized Tax Benefit and Interest Amount be paid to Virgin pursuant to this Agreement. The provisions of this Agreement shall be construed in the appropriate manner so that such intentions are realized.
Section 3.03. Coordination of Benefits With Other Tax Receivable Agreements.
(a) In the event that payments are due from the Corporation in any Taxable Year with respect to this Agreement (without regard to the limitation on payment dates set forth in Section 3.01(a)(ii)) and the Sprint Tax Receivable Agreement, and the Realized Tax Benefit under this Agreement plus the Realized Tax Benefit under the Sprint Tax Receivable Agreement exceeds the Overall Realized Tax Benefit to the Corporation as a result of the utilization of any NOLs under this Agreement and the amortization of the Basis Adjustment attributable to Exchanges or Section 732 Events under the Sprint Tax Receivable Agreement (as such terms are defined in the Sprint Tax Receivable Agreement), then for purposes of determining the payments due (or deemed to be due) under the Tax Receivable Agreements for such Taxable Year each party shall be entitled to a payment equal to the Overall Realized Tax Benefit for such taxable year multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which is the Realized Tax Benefit to the Corporation attributable to that party which would have been realized in such taxable year (disregarding any benefits contributed by the other party) (the Available Benefit) and the denominator of which is the sum of the Available Benefits for that taxable year.
Section 4.01. Termination, Early Termination and Breach of Agreement.
(a) This Agreement shall terminate at the time that all Tax Benefit Payments have been made to Virgin under this Agreement.
(b) Notwithstanding Section 4.01(a), the Corporation may terminate this Agreement by paying to Virgin the Early Termination Payment. Upon payment of the Early Termination Payments by the Corporation, neither Virgin nor the Corporation shall have any further payment obligations under this Agreement, other than any (i) Tax Benefit Payment agreed to by the Corporation and Virgin as due and payable but unpaid as of the Early Termination Notice and (ii) Tax Benefit Payment due for a Taxable Year ending prior to, with or including the date of the Early Termination Notice (except to the extent that such amount is included in the Early Termination Payment).
(c) In the event that the Corporation breaches any of its material obligations under this Agreement, whether as a result of failure to make any payment when due, failure to honor any other material obligation required hereunder or by operation of law as a result of the rejection of this Agreement in a case commenced under the Bankruptcy Code or otherwise, then all obligations hereunder shall be accelerated and such obligations shall be calculated as if an Early Termination Notice had been delivered on the date of such breach and shall include, but not be limited to, (i) the Early Termination Payment calculated as if an Early Termination Notice had been delivered on the date of a breach, (ii) any Tax Benefit Payment agreed to by the Corporation and Virgin as due and payable but unpaid as of the Early Termination Notice and (iii) any Tax Benefit Payment due for the Taxable Year ending prior to, with or including the date of a breach. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that the Corporation breaches this Agreement, Virgin shall be entitled to elect to receive the amounts set forth in (i), (ii) and (iii) above or to seek specific performance of the terms hereof. The parties agree that the failure to make any payment due pursuant to this Agreement within six months of the date such payment is due shall be deemed to be a breach of a material obligation under this Agreement for all purposes of this Agreement, and that it will not be considered to be a breach of a material obligation under this Agreement to make a payment due pursuant to this Agreement within six months of the date such payment is due, provided that in the event that payment is not made within six months of the date such payment is due, Virgin shall be required to give written notice to the Corporation that the Corporation has breached its material obligations and so long as such payment is made within five Business Days of the delivery of such notice to the Corporation, the Corporation shall no longer be deemed to be in material breach of its obligations under this Agreement.
Section 4.02. Early Termination Notice. If the Corporation chooses to exercise its right of early termination under Section 4.01 above, the Corporation shall deliver to Virgin notice of such intention to exercise such right (Early Termination Notice) and a schedule (the Early Termination Schedule) specifying the Corporations intention to exercise such right and showing in reasonable detail the information required pursuant to Section 2.02 and the calculation of the Early Termination Payment. The Early Termination Schedule shall become final and binding on all parties unless Virgin, within thirty calendar days after receiving the Early Termination Schedule thereto provides the Corporation with notice of a material objection to such Schedule made in good faith (Material Objection Notice). If the parties, for any reason, are unable to successfully resolve the issues raised in such notice within thirty calendar days after receipt by the Corporation of the Material Objection Notice, the Corporation and Virgin shall employ the Reconciliation Procedures as described in Section 7.09 of this Agreement.
Section 4.03. Payment upon Early Termination. (a) Within three Business Days after agreement between Virgin and the Corporation of the Early Termination Schedule, the Corporation shall pay to Virgin an amount equal to the Early Termination Payment. Such payment shall be made by wire transfer of immediately available funds to a bank account designated by Virgin or as otherwise agreed by the Corporation and Virgin.
(b) The Early Termination Payment as of the date of the delivery of an Early Termination Schedule shall equal with respect to Virgin the present value, discounted at the Early Termination Rate as of such date, of all Tax Benefit Payments that would be required to be paid by the Corporation to Virgin beginning from the Early Termination Date assuming the Valuation Assumptions are applied. For purposes of calculating the present value pursuant to
this Section 4.03(b) of all Tax Benefit Payments that would be required to be paid, it shall be assumed that absent the Early Termination Notice all Tax Benefit Payments would be paid on the due date (without extensions) for filing the Corporation Return with respect to Taxes for each Taxable Year.
Section 5.01. Late Payments by the Corporation. The amount of all or any portion of any Tax Benefit Payment or Early Termination Payment required to be made by the Corporation to Virgin under this Agreement (an NOL Payment) not made to Virgin when due under the terms of this Agreement shall be payable together with any interest thereon, computed at the Default Rate and commencing from the date on which such NOL Payment was due and payable.
NO DISPUTES; CONSISTENCY; COOPERATION
Section 6.01. Virgin Participation in the Corporation Tax Matters. Except as otherwise provided herein, the Corporation shall have full responsibility for, and sole discretion over, all Tax matters concerning the Corporation including without limitation the preparation, filing or amending of any Tax Return and defending, contesting or settling any issue pertaining to Taxes, subject to a requirement that the Corporation act in good faith in connection with its control of any matter which is reasonably expected to affect Virgins rights and obligations under this Agreement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Corporation shall notify Virgin of, and keep Virgin reasonably informed with respect to, the portion of any audit of the Corporation by a Taxing Authority the outcome of which is reasonably expected to affect Virgins rights and obligations under this Agreement, and shall give Virgin reasonable opportunity to provide information and participate in the applicable portion of such audit.
Section 6.02. Consistency. Except upon the written advice of an Advisory Firm, the Corporation and Virgin agree to report and cause to be reported for all purposes, including federal, state, local and foreign Tax purposes and financial reporting purposes, all Tax-related items (including without limitation the Tax Benefit Payment) in a manner consistent with that specified by the Corporation in any Schedule required to be provided by or on behalf of the Corporation under this Agreement. Any dispute concerning such advice shall be subject to the terms of Section 7.09; provided, however, that only Virgin shall have the right to object to such advice pursuant to this Section 6.02. In the event that an Advisory Firm is replaced with another firm acceptable to the Corporation and Virgin pursuant to the definition of Advisory Firm, such replacement Advisory Firm shall be required to perform its services under this Agreement using procedures and methodologies consistent with those used by the previous Advisory Firm, unless otherwise required by law or the Corporation and Virgin agree to the use of other procedures and methodologies.
Section 6.03. Cooperation. Each of the Corporation and Virgin shall (a) furnish to the other party in a timely manner such information, documents and other materials as the other party may reasonably request for purposes of making or approving any determination or computation necessary or appropriate under this Agreement, preparing any Tax Return or contesting or defending any audit, examination or controversy with any Taxing Authority, (b) make itself available to the other party and its representatives to provide explanations of documents and materials and such other information as the requesting party or its representatives may reasonably request in connection with any of the matters described in clause (a) above, and (c) reasonably cooperate in connection with any such matter, and the requesting party shall reimburse the other party for any reasonable third-party costs and expenses incurred pursuant to this Section.
Section 7.01. Notices. All notices, requests, claims, demands and other communications hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed duly given and received (a) on the date of delivery if delivered personally, or by facsimile upon confirmation of transmission by the senders fax machine if sent on a Business Day (or otherwise on the next Business Day) or (b) on the first Business Day following the date of dispatch if delivered by a recognized next-day courier service. All notices hereunder shall be delivered as set forth below, or pursuant to such other instructions as may be designated in writing by the party to receive such notice:
If to the Corporation, to:
Virgin Mobile USA, Inc.
10 Independence Boulevard
Warren, NJ 07059
Attention: General Counsel
Telecopy: (908) 607-4017
Confirmation: (908) 607-4078
with a copy to (which shall not constitute notice):
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, New York 10017
(T) (212) 455-2000
(F) (212) 455-2502
If to Virgin, to:
Corvina Holdings Limited
c/o Virgin USA, Inc.
65 Bleecker Street, 6th floor
New York, NY 10012
Attention: Frances Farrow
Telecopy: (212) 497-9051
Confirmation: (212) 981-3923
with a copy to (which shall not constitute notice):
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, New York 10017
(T) (212) 455-2000
(F) (212) 455-2502
VML Tax Department
Virgin Management Limited
120 Campden Hill Road
London W8 7AR
10 Norwich Street
London EC4A 1BD
Any party may change its address or fax number by giving the other party written notice of its new address or fax number in the manner set forth above.
Section 7.02. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, all of which shall be considered one and the same agreement and shall become effective when one or more counterparts have been signed by each of the parties and delivered to the other parties, it being understood that all parties need not sign the same counterpart. Delivery of an executed signature page to this Agreement by facsimile transmission shall be as effective as delivery of a manually signed counterpart of this Agreement.
Section 7.03. Entire Agreement; No Third Party Beneficiaries. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement and supersedes all prior agreements and understandings, both written and oral, among the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure solely to the benefit of each party hereto and their respective successors and permitted assigns, and nothing in this Agreement, express or implied, is intended to or shall confer upon any other Person any right, benefit or remedy of any nature whatsoever under or by reason of this Agreement.
Section 7.04. Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the law of the State of New York.
Section 7.05. Severability. If any term or other provision of this Agreement is invalid, illegal or incapable of being enforced by any law or public policy, all other terms and provisions of this Agreement shall nevertheless remain in full force and effect so long as the economic or legal substance of the transactions contemplated hereby is not affected in any manner materially adverse to any party. Upon such determination that any term or other provision is invalid, illegal or incapable of being enforced, the parties hereto shall negotiate in good faith to modify this Agreement so as to effect the original intent of the parties as closely as possible in an acceptable manner in order that the transactions contemplated hereby are consummated as originally contemplated to the greatest extent possible.
Section 7.06. Successors; Assignment; Amendments; Waivers. Virgin may not assign this Agreement to any person without the prior written consent of the Corporation; provided, however that Virgin may assign this agreement to any of its Affiliates, as long as such transferee has executed and delivered, or, in connection with such transfer, executes and delivers, a joinder to this Agreement, in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to the Corporation agreeing to be bound by all provisions of this Agreement and acknowledging specifically the last sentence of the next paragraph.
No provision of this Agreement may be amended unless such amendment is approved in writing by the Corporation and Virgin. No provision of this Agreement may be waived unless such waiver is in writing and signed by the party against whom the waiver is to be effective.
All of the terms and provisions of this Agreement shall be binding upon, shall inure to the benefit of and shall be enforceable by the parties hereto and their respective successors, assigns, heirs, executors, administrators and legal representatives. The Corporation shall require and cause any direct or indirect successor (whether by purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise) to all or substantially all of the business or assets of the Corporation, by written agreement, expressly to assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent that the Corporation would be required to perform if no such succession had taken place.
Section 7.07. Titles and Subtitles. The titles of the sections and subsections of this Agreement are for convenience of reference only and are not to be considered in construing this Agreement.
Section 7.08. Resolution of Disputes.
(a) Any and all disputes which cannot be settled amicably, including any ancillary claims of any party, arising out of, relating to or in connection with the validity, negotiation, execution, interpretation, performance or non-performance of this Agreement (including the validity, scope and enforceability of this arbitration provision) shall be finally settled by arbitration conducted by a single arbitrator in New York in accordance with the then-existing Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce. If the parties to
the dispute fail to agree on the selection of an arbitrator within thirty calendar days of the receipt of the request for arbitration, the International Chamber of Commerce shall make the appointment. The arbitrator shall be a lawyer and shall conduct the proceedings in the English language.
Performance under this Agreement shall continue if reasonably possible during any arbitration proceedings.
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (a), the Corporation may bring an action or special proceeding in any court of competent jurisdiction for the purpose of compelling a party to arbitrate, seeking temporary or preliminary relief in aid of an arbitration hereunder, and/or enforcing an arbitration award and, for the purposes of this paragraph (b), Virgin (i) expressly consents to the application of paragraph (c) of this Section 7.08 to any such action or proceeding, (ii) agrees that proof shall not be required that monetary damages for breach of the provisions of this Agreement would be difficult to calculate and that remedies at law would be inadequate, and (iii) irrevocably appoints the Corporation as its agent for service of process in connection with any such action or proceeding and agrees that service of process upon such agent, who shall promptly advise Virgin of any such service of process, shall be deemed in every respect effective service of process upon Virgin in any such action or proceeding.
(c) (i) VIRGIN HEREBY IRREVOCABLY SUBMITS TO THE JURISDICTION OF COURTS LOCATED IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK FOR THE PURPOSE OF ANY JUDICIAL PROCEEDING BROUGHT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF PARAGRAPH (B) OF THIS SECTION 7.08, OR ANY JUDICIAL PROCEEDING ANCILLARY TO AN ARBITRATION OR CONTEMPLATED ARBITRATION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO OR CONCERNING THIS AGREEMENT. Such ancillary judicial proceedings include any suit, action or proceeding to compel arbitration, to obtain temporary or preliminary judicial relief in aid of arbitration, or to confirm an arbitration award. The parties acknowledge that the fora designated by this paragraph (c) have a reasonable relation to this Agreement, and to the parties relationship with one another.
(ii) The parties hereby waive, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any objection which they now or hereafter may have to personal jurisdiction or to the laying of venue of any such ancillary suit, action or proceeding brought in any court referred to in paragraph (c) (i) of this Section 7.08 and such parties agree not to plead or claim the same.
Section 7.09. Reconciliation. In the event that the Corporation and Virgin are unable to resolve a disagreement with respect to the matters governed by Sections 2.03, 4.02 and 6.02 within the relevant period designated in this Agreement (Reconciliation Dispute), the Reconciliation Dispute shall be submitted for determination to a nationally recognized expert (the Expert) in the particular area of disagreement mutually acceptable to both parties. The Expert shall be a partner in a nationally recognized accounting firm or a law firm (other than the Advisory Firm), and the Expert shall not, and the firm that employs the Expert shall not, have any material relationship with the Corporation or Virgin or other actual or potential conflict of interest. If the parties are unable to agree on an Expert within fifteen (15) days of receipt by the
respondent(s) of written notice of a Reconciliation Dispute, the Expert shall be appointed by the International Chamber of Commerce Centre for Expertise. The Expert shall resolve any matter relating to the Early Termination Schedule or an amendment thereto within thirty calendar days and shall resolve any matter relating to a Tax Benefit Schedule or an amendment thereto within fifteen calendar days or as soon thereafter as is reasonably practicable, in each case after the matter has been submitted to the Expert for resolution. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, if the matter is not resolved before any payment that is the subject of a disagreement is due or any Tax Return reflecting the subject of a disagreement is due, such payment shall be made on the date prescribed by this Agreement and such Tax Return may be filed as prepared by the Corporation, subject to adjustment or amendment upon resolution. The costs and expenses relating to the engagement of such Expert or amending any Tax Return shall be borne by the Corporation; except as provided in the next sentence. Each of the Corporation and Virgin shall bear their own costs and expenses of such proceeding, unless Virgin has a prevailing position that is more than 10% of the payment at issue, in which case the Corporation shall reimburse Virgin for any reasonable out-of-pocket costs and expenses in such proceeding. Any dispute as to whether a dispute is a Reconciliation Dispute within the meaning of this Section 7.09 shall be decided by the Expert. The Expert shall finally determine any Reconciliation Dispute and the determinations of the Expert pursuant to this Section 7.09 shall be binding on the Corporation and Virgin and may be entered and enforced in any court having jurisdiction.
Section 7.10. Withholding. The Corporation shall be entitled to deduct and withhold from any payment payable pursuant to this Agreement such amounts as the Corporation is required to deduct and withhold with respect to the making of such payment under the Code, or any provision of state, local or foreign tax law. To the extent that amounts are so withheld and paid over to the appropriate Taxing Authority by the Corporation, such withheld amounts shall be treated for all purposes of this Agreement as having been paid to Virgin. The Corporation shall provide evidence of such payment to Virgin, to the extent that such evidence is available.
Section 7.11. Affiliated Corporations; Admission of the Corporation into a Consolidated Group; Transfers of Corporate Assets.
(a) If the Corporation is or becomes a member of an affiliated or consolidated group of corporations that files a consolidated income tax return pursuant to Sections 1501 et seq. of the Code or any corresponding provisions of state, local or foreign law, then: (i) the provisions of this Agreement shall be applied with respect to the group as a whole; and (ii) Tax Benefit Payments shall be computed with reference to the consolidated taxable income of the group as a whole.
(b) If any Person the income of which is included in the income of the Corporations affiliated or consolidated group transfers one or more assets to a corporation with which such entity does not file a consolidated tax return pursuant to Section 1501 of the Code, for purposes of calculating the amount of any Tax Benefit Payment (e.g., calculating the gross income of the Corporations affiliated or consolidated group and determining the Realized Tax Benefit) due hereunder, shall be treated as having disposed of such asset in a fully taxable transaction on the date of such contribution. The consideration deemed to be received by such entity shall be equal to the fair market value of the contributed asset, plus (i) the amount of debt to which such asset is subject, in the case of a contribution of an encumbered asset or (ii) the amount of debt allocated to such asset, in the case of a contribution of a partner interest.
(c) Prior to agreeing to engage in any business combination, sale or purchase of assets, reorganization or similar transaction outside the ordinary course of its business which would not constitute a Change of Control for purposes of this Agreement and which could adversely affect the expected value of the benefits payable to Virgin under this Agreement, the Corporation shall obtain the consent of Virgin, such consent not to be unreasonably withheld, it being understood that such consent may be conditioned upon the Companys agreement to make a make-whole payment or payments to Virgin at the time of such transaction or thereafter to compensate for such reduction in benefits.
Section 7.12. Confidentiality. Virgin and each of its assignees acknowledges and agrees that the information of the Corporation is confidential and, except in the course of performing any duties as necessary for the Corporation and its Affiliates, as required by law or legal process or to enforce the terms of this Agreement, shall keep and retain in the strictest confidence and not to disclose to any Person all confidential matters, acquired pursuant to this Agreement, of the Corporation or Virgin. This clause 7.12 shall not apply to (i) any information that has been made publicly available by the Corporation or any of its Affiliates, becomes public knowledge (except as a result of an act of Virgin in violation of this Agreement) or is generally known to the business community and (ii) the disclosure of information to the extent necessary for Virgin to prepare and file its Tax returns, to respond to any inquiries regarding the same from any Taxing Authority or to prosecute or defend any action, proceeding or audit by any taxing authority with respect to such returns. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, Virgin (and each employee, representative or other agent of Virgin) may disclose to any and all Persons, without limitation of any kind, the tax treatment and tax structure of (x) the Corporation and (y) any of its transactions, and all materials of any kind (including opinions or other tax analyses) that are provided to Virgin relating to such tax treatment and tax structure.
If Virgin or its assignee commits a breach, or threatens to commit a breach, of any of the provisions of this Section 7.12, the Corporation shall have the right and remedy to have the provisions of this Section 7.12 specifically enforced by injunctive relief or otherwise by any court of competent jurisdiction without the need to post any bond or other security, it being acknowledged and agreed that any such breach or threatened breach shall cause irreparable injury to the Corporation or any of its Subsidiaries and the accounts and funds managed by the Corporation and that money damages alone shall not provide an adequate remedy to such Persons. Such rights and remedies shall be in addition to, and not in lieu of, any other rights and remedies available at law or in equity.
Section 7.13. Headings. The headings in this Agreement are for convenience of reference only and shall not limit or otherwise affect the meaning hereof.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Corporation and Virgin have duly executed this Agreement as of the date first written above.
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