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As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 19, 2018

Securities Act File No. 333-221882

U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM N-2

 

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
Pre-Effective Amendment No.

Post-Effective Amendment No. 1

 

Great Elm Capital Corp.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 

800 South Street, Suite 230
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

(617) 375-3000
(Registrant's Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

Peter A. Reed
Chief Executive Officer
Great Elm Capital Corp.
800 South Street, Suite 230
Waltham, MA 02453

(Name and Address of Agent for Service)

 

COPIES TO:

Michael K. Hoffman

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Four Times Square

New York, NY 10022

(212)  735-3000

William J. Tuttle

Erin M. Lett

Dechert LLP

1900 K Street NW

Washington, DC 20006

(202) 261-3300

If any securities being registered on this form will be offered on a delayed or continuous basis in reliance on Rule 415 under the Securities Act of 1933, other than securities offered in connection with a dividend reinvestment plan, check the following box. 

It is proposed that this filing will become effective (check appropriate box):

 

 

when declared effective pursuant to section 8(c).

If appropriate, check the following box:

 

 

This post-effective amendment designates a new effective date for a previously filed [post-effective amendment] [registration statement].

 

 

This form is filed to register additional securities for an offering pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act and the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering is

 

 


EXPLANATORY NOTE

 

This Post-Effective Amendment No. 1 to the Registration Statement on Form N-2 (File No. 333-221882) of Great Elm Capital Corp (the “Registration Statement”) is being filed pursuant to Rule 462(d) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), solely for the purpose of filing exhibits to the Registration Statement. Accordingly, this Post-Effective Amendment No. 1 consists only of a facing page, this explanatory note and Part C of the Registration Statement on Form N-2 setting forth the exhibits to the Registration Statement. This Post-Effective Amendment No. 1 does not modify any other part of the Registration Statement. Pursuant to Rule 462(d) under the Securities Act, this Post-Effective Amendment No. 1 shall become effective immediately upon filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The contents of the Registration Statement are hereby incorporated by reference.

 

 

 


PART C — OTHER INFORMATION

Item 25.Financial Statements and Exhibits

Financial Statements

The financial statements listed in the index to financial statements to the prospectus are incorporated herein by reference.

Exhibits

Unless otherwise indicated, all references are to exhibits to the applicable filing by Great Elm Capital Corp. (the "Registrant") under File No. 814-01211 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

Exhibit

Number

 

Description

 

 

 

(a)

 

Amended and Restated Charter of the Registrant (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Form 8-K filed on November 7, 2016)

 

 

 

(b)

 

Bylaws of the Registrant (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.2 to the Form N-14 8C filed on August 1, 2016)

 

 

 

(d)(1)*

 

Global certificate for the Notes

 

 

 

(d)(2)

 

Indenture, dated as of September 18, 2017, by and between the Registrant and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, as trustee (the "Trustee") (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to the Form 8-K filed on September 21, 2017)

 

 

 

(d)(3)*

 

Second Supplemental Indenture, dated as of January 19, 2019, by and between the Registrant and the Trustee

 

 

 

(d)(4)

 

Form T-1 of the Trustee (incorporated by reference to Exhibit (d)(4) to the Form N-2 (File No. 333-221882) filed on December 4, 2017)

 

 

 

(d)(5)

 

Form of certificate for the Registrant's common stock (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.5 to the Registration Statement on Form N-14 filed on August 1, 2016)

 

 

 

(d)(6)

 

6.50% Notes due 2022 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.3 to the Form 8-K/A filed on September 21, 2017)

 

 

 

(d)(7)

 

6.50% Notes due 2022 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.3 to the Form 8-K filed on September 29, 2017)

 

 

 

(d)(8)

 

First Supplemental Indenture, dated as of September 18, 2017 (incorporated by reference Exhibit 4.2 to the Form 8-K/A filed on September 21, 2017)

 

 

 

(e)

 

Dividend Reinvestment Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.13(D) to Amendment No. 1 to the Form N-14 (File No. 333-212817) filed on September 26, 2016)

 

 

 

(g)

 

Investment Management Agreement, dated as of September 27, 2016, by and between the Registrant and Great Elm Capital Management, Inc. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the Form 8-K (File No. 814-01211) filed on November 7, 2016)

 

 

 

(h)

 

Form of underwriting agreement (incorporated by reference to Exhibit (h) to the Form N-2/A (File No. 333-221882) filed on December 15, 2017)

 

 

 

(j)

 

Custodian Agreement, dated as of October 27, 2016, by and between the Registrant and State Street Bank and Trust Company, a Massachusetts trust company (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.3 to the Form 10-K filed on March 29, 2017)

 

 

 

(k)(1)

 

Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of June 23, 2016, by and between Full Circle Capital Corporation and the Registrant (incorporated by reference to the Rule 425 filing on June 27, 2016)

 

 

 

 

 


Exhibit

Number

 

Description

 

 

 

(k)(2)

 

Subscription Agreement, dated as of June 23, 2016, by and among the Registrant, Great Elm Capital Group, Inc. and the investment funds signatory thereto (incorporated by reference to the Rule 425 filing on June 27, 2016)

 

 

 

(k)(3)

 

Administration Agreement, dated as of September 27, 2016, by and between the Registrant and GECM (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to the Form 8-K filed on November 7, 2016)

 

 

 

(k)(4)

 

Form of Indemnification Agreement (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.4 to the Form 8-K filed on November 7, 2016)

 

 

 

(k)(5)

 

Amended and Restated Registration Rights Agreement, dated as of November 4, 2016, by and among the Registrant and the holders named therein (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.3 to the Form 8-K filed on November 7, 2016)

 

 

 

(l)(1)

 

Opinion of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (incorporated by reference to Exhibit (l)(1) to the Form N-2/A (File No. 333-221882) filed on December 15, 2017)

 

 

 

(l)(2)

 

Opinion of Venable LLP (incorporated by reference to Exhibit (l)(2) to the Form N-2/A (File No. 333-221882) filed on December 15, 2017)

 

 

 

(l)(3)*

 

Opinion of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

 

 

 

(n)(1)

 

Consent of Deloitte & Touche LLP, Registered Independent Accounting Firm (incorporated by reference to Exhibit (n)(1) to the Form N-2/A (File No. 333-221882) filed on January 9, 2018)

 

 

 

(n)(2)

 

Consent of RSM US LLP, Registered Independent Accounting Firm (incorporated by reference to Exhibit (n)(1) to the Form N-2/A (File No. 333-221882) filed on January 9, 2018)

 

 

 

(n)(3)

 

Consent of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (incorporated by reference to Exhibit (l)(1) to the Form N-2/A (File No. 333-221882) filed on December 15, 2017)

 

 

 

(n)(4)

 

Consent of Venable LLP (incorporated by reference to Exhibit (l)(2) to the Form N-2/A (File No. 333-221882) filed on December 15, 2017)

 

 

 

(n)(5)

 

Power of Attorney (incorporated by reference to the signature page to the Form N-2 (File No. 333-221882) filed on December 4, 2017)

 

 

 

(r)(1)

 

Code of Ethics of Registrant (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 14.1 to the Form 10-K filed on March 29, 2017)

 

 

 

(r)(2)

 

Code of Ethics of Great Elm Capital Management, Inc. (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 14.2 to the Form 10-K filed on March 29, 2017)

 

*

Filed herewith

The agreements included or incorporated by reference as exhibits to this registration statement contain representations and warranties by each of the parties to the applicable agreement. These representations and warranties were made solely for the benefit of the other parties to the applicable agreement and (i) were not intended to be treated as categorical statements of fact, but rather as a way of allocating the risk to one of the parties if those statements prove to be inaccurate; (ii) may have been qualified in such agreement by disclosures that were made to the other party in connection with the negotiation of the applicable agreement; (iii) may apply contract standards of "materiality" that are different from "materiality" under the applicable securities laws; and (iv) were made only as of the date of the applicable agreement or such other date or dates as may be specified in the agreement.

Item  26. Marketing Arrangements

The information contained under the heading "Underwriting" on the prospectus is incorporated herein by reference.

 

 


Item 27. Other Expenses of Issuance and Distribution**

 

SEC registration fee

 

$

7,093

 

Nasdaq Global Select Additional Listing Fees

 

 

45,000

 

FINRA filing fee

 

 

9,125

 

Accounting fees and expenses

 

 

30,000

 

Legal fees and expenses

 

 

250,000

 

Printing and engraving

 

 

35,000

 

Miscellaneous fees and expenses

 

 

123,782

 

Total

 

$

500,000

 

 

**

These amounts (other than the commission registration fee, Nasdaq fee and FINRA fee) are estimates.

Item  28. Persons Controlled by or Under Common Control

 

Entity

 

Ownership

 

 

Jurisdiction of

Organization

PF Facility Solutions LLC

 

 

100%

 

 

Delaware

Double Duce Lodging, LLC

 

 

100%

 

 

Texas

 

Item 29.Number of Holders of Securities

The following table sets forth the number of record holders of our securities at January 2, 2018.

 

Title of Class

 

Number of Record Holders

 

Common stock, par value $0.01 per share

 

 

11

 

6.50% Notes due 2022

 

1

 

 

Item 30. Indemnification

Reference is made to Section 2-418 of the Maryland General Corporation Law, Article VII of the Registrant's charter and Article XI of the Registrant's Amended and Restated Bylaws.

Maryland law permits a Maryland corporation to include in its charter a provision limiting the liability of its directors and officers to the corporation and its stockholders for money damages except for liability resulting from (a) actual receipt of an improper benefit or profit in money, property or services or (b) active and deliberate dishonesty established by a final judgment as being material to the cause of action. The Registrant's charter contains such a provision which eliminates directors' and officers' liability to the maximum extent permitted by Maryland law, subject to the requirements of the Investment Company Act.

The Registrant's charter authorizes the Registrant, to the maximum extent permitted by Maryland law and subject to the requirements of the Investment Company Act, to indemnify any present or former director or officer or any individual who, while serving as the Registrant's director or officer and at the Registrant's request, serves or has served another corporation, real estate investment trust, partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan or other enterprise as a director, officer, partner or trustee, from and against any claim or liability to which that person may become subject or which that person may incur by reason of his or her service in any such capacity and to pay or reimburse their reasonable expenses in advance of final disposition of a proceeding. The Registrant's bylaws obligate the Registrant, to the maximum extent permitted by Maryland law and subject to the requirements of the Investment Company Act, to indemnify any present or former director or officer or any individual who, while serving as the Registrant's director or officer and at the Registrant's request, serves or has served another corporation, real estate investment trust, partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan or other enterprise as a director, officer, partner or trustee and who is made, or threatened to be made, a party to the proceeding by reason of his or her service in that capacity from and against any claim or liability to which that person may become subject or which that person may

 

 


incur by reason of his or her service in any such capacity and to pay or reimburse his or her reasonable expenses in advance of final disposition of a proceeding. The charter and bylaws also permit the Registrant to indemnify and advance expenses to any person who served a predecessor of the Registrant in any of the capacities described above and any of the Registrant's employees or agents or any employees or agents of the Registrant's predecessor. In accordance with the Investment Company Act, the Registrant will not indemnify any person for any liability to which such person would be subject by reason of such person's willful misfeasance, bad faith, gross negligence or reckless disregard of the duties involved in the conduct of his or her office.

Maryland law requires a corporation (unless its charter provides otherwise, which the Registrant's charter does not) to indemnify a director or officer who has been successful in the defense of any proceeding to which he or she is made, or threatened to be made, a party by reason of his or her service in that capacity. Maryland law permits a corporation to indemnify its present and former directors and officers, among others, against judgments, penalties, fines, settlements and reasonable expenses actually incurred by them in connection with any proceeding to which they may be made, or threatened to be made, a party by reason of their service in those or other capacities unless it is established that (a) the act or omission of the director or officer was material to the matter giving rise to the proceeding and (1) was committed in bad faith or (2) was the result of active and deliberate dishonesty, (b) the director or officer actually received an improper personal benefit in money, property or services or (c) in the case of any criminal proceeding, the director or officer had reasonable cause to believe that the act or omission was unlawful. However, under Maryland law, a Maryland corporation may not indemnify for an adverse judgment in a suit by or in the right of the corporation or for a judgment of liability on the basis that a personal benefit was improperly received unless, in either case, a court orders indemnification, and then only for expenses. In addition, Maryland law permits a corporation to advance reasonable expenses to a director or officer in advance of final disposition of a proceeding upon the corporation's receipt of (a) a written affirmation by the director or officer of his or her good faith belief that he or she has met the standard of conduct necessary for indemnification by the corporation and (b) a written undertaking by him or her or on his or her behalf to repay the amount paid or reimbursed by the corporation if it is ultimately determined that the standard of conduct was not met.

Investment Manager, Administrator and Principal Underwriter

The Investment Management Agreement provides that, absent willful misfeasance, bad faith or gross negligence in the performance of its duties or by reason of the reckless disregard of its duties and obligations, Great Elm Capital Management, Inc. and its officers, managers, agents, employees, controlling persons, members and any other person or entity affiliated with it are entitled to indemnification from the Registrant for any damages, liabilities, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees and amounts reasonably paid in settlement) arising from the rendering of Great Elm Capital Management, Inc.’s services under the Investment Management Agreement or otherwise as an investment adviser of the Registrant.

The Administration Agreement provides that, absent willful misfeasance, bad faith or gross negligence in the performance of its duties or by reason of the reckless disregard of its duties and obligations, Great Elm Capital Management, Inc. and its officers, managers, agents, employees, controlling persons, members and any other person or entity affiliated with it are entitled to indemnification from the Registrant for any damages, liabilities, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees and amounts reasonably paid in settlement) arising from the rendering of Great Elm Capital Management, Inc.'s services under the Administration Agreement or otherwise as administrator for the Registrant.

The Underwriting Agreement provides that each underwriter severally agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Registrant, its directors and officers, and any person who controls the Registrant within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or Section 20 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), from and against any loss, liability, claim, damage or expense that the Registrant or any such person may incur, insofar as the loss, liability, claim, damage or expense arises out of or is based upon any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact

 

 


contained in and in conformity with information concerning such underwriter furnished in writing by or on behalf of such expressly for use in the Registration Statement (or in the Registration Statement as amended by any post-effective amendment hereof by the Registrant) or in the prospectus contained in the Registration Statement, or arises out of or is based upon any omission or alleged omission to state a material fact in connection with such information required to be stated in the Registration Statement or such prospectus or necessary to make such information not misleading.

The law also provides for comparable indemnification for corporate officers and agents. Insofar as indemnification for liability arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the Registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the Registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the Securities and Exchange Commission such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the Registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the Registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the Registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

The Registrant has entered into indemnification agreements with its directors. The indemnification agreements are intended to provide the Registrant's directors the maximum indemnification permitted under Maryland law and the Investment Company Act. Each indemnification agreement provides that the Registrant shall indemnify the director who is a party to the agreement (an "Indemnitee"), including the advancement of legal expenses, if, by reason of his or her corporate status, the Indemnitee is, or is threatened to be, made a party to or a witness in any threatened, pending, or completed proceeding, other than a proceeding by or in the right of the Registrant.

Item  31. Business and Other Connections of Investment Advisor

For information as to the business, profession, vocation or employment of a substantial nature of each of the officers and directors of the Advisor, reference is made to GECM's Form ADV, filed with the SEC under the Advisers Act and incorporated herein by reference upon filing.

Item  32. Location of Accounts and Records

All accounts, books and other documents required to be maintained by Section 31(a) of the Investment Company Act and the rules thereunder are maintained at the offices of:

 

1.

the Registrant, 800 South Street, Suite 230, Waltham, MA 02453;

 

2.

the Transfer Agent, American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, 6201 15th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219;

 

3.

the Custodian, State Street Bank and Trust Company, 100 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02116; and

 

4.

GECM, 800 South Street, Suite 230, Waltham, MA 02453.

Item 33.Management Services

Not Applicable.

 

 


Item 34.Undertakings

 

1.

Not applicable.

 

2.

Not applicable.

 

3.

Not applicable.

 

4.

Not applicable.

 

5.

(a)  For the purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, the information omitted from the form of prospectus filed as part of a registration statement in reliance upon Rule 430A and contained in the form of prospectus filed by the Registrant under Rule 497(h) under the Securities Act of 1933 shall be deemed to be part of the Registration Statement as of the time it was declared effective.

(b)  For the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act of 1933, each post-effective amendment that contains a form of prospectus shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of the securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

6.

Not applicable.

 

 


SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, the Registrant has duly caused this Registration Statement on Form N-2 to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of Waltham, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, on January 19, 2018.

 

 

GREAT ELM CAPITAL CORP.

 

 

 

By:

 

/s/ Peter A. Reed

 

Name:

 

Peter A. Reed

 

Title:

 

Chief Executive Officer

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act, this Registration Statement and power of attorney have been signed by the following persons in the capacities indicated on January 19, 2018. 

 

Name

 

Capacity

 

 

 

 

/s/ Peter A. Reed

 

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director (Principal Executive Officer)`

Peter A. Reed

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ Michael J. Sell

 

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer (Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer)

Michael J. Sell

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

Director

Michael C. Speller

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

Director

Mark Kuperschmid

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

Director

Randall Revell Horsey

 

 

 

 

 

*

 

Director

John E. Stuart

 

 

 

 

 

 

* By:

 

/s/Peter A. Reed

 

 

Peter S. Reed

 

 

Attorney-in-fact

 

 

 

 


INDEX TO EXHIBITS

 

Exhibit Number

Description of Exhibit

 

(d)(1)

Global certificate for the Notes

 

 

(d)(3)

Second Supplemental Indenture, dated as of January 19, 2018, by and between the Registrant and the Trustee

 

 

(l)(3)

Opinion of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

 

 

 

gecc-ex99d1_7.htm

 

Exhibit (D)(1)

 

This Security is a Global Note within the meaning of the Indenture hereinafter referred to and is registered in the name of The Depository Trust Company or a nominee thereof.  This Security may not be exchanged in whole or in part for a Security registered, and no transfer of this Security in whole or in part may be registered, in the name of any Person other than The Depository Trust Company or a nominee thereof, except in the limited circumstances described in the Indenture.

Unless this certificate is presented by an authorized representative of The Depository Trust Company to the Company or its agent for registration of transfer, exchange or payment and such certificate issued in exchange for this certificate is registered in the name of Cede & Co., or such other name as requested by an authorized representative of The Depository Trust Company, any transfer, pledge or other use hereof for value or otherwise by or to any person is wrongful, as the registered owner hereof, Cede & Co., has an interest herein.

Great Elm Capital Corp.

No. 1

$44,898,375

 

CUSIP No. 390320 406

 

ISIN No. US3903204069

 

6.75% Notes due 2025

Great Elm Capital Corp., a corporation duly organized and existing under the laws of Maryland (herein called the “Company”, which term includes any successor Person under the Indenture hereinafter referred to), for value received, hereby promises to pay to Cede & Co., or registered assigns, the principal sum of FORTY-FOUR MILLION, EIGHT HUNDRED NINETY-EIGHT THOUSAND, THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLARS and No Cents (U.S. $44,898,375) on January 31, 2025 and to pay interest thereon from January 19, 2018 or from the most recent Interest Payment Date to which interest has been paid or duly provided for, quarterly on March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31 in each year, commencing March 31, 2018 (provided, that if an Interest Payment Date falls on a day that is not a Business Day, then the applicable interest payment will be made on the next succeeding Business Day and no additional interest will accrue as a result of such delayed payment), at the rate of 6.75% per annum, until the principal hereof is paid or made available for payment. The interest so payable, and punctually paid or duly provided for, on any Interest Payment Date will, as provided in such Indenture, be paid to the Person in whose name this Security is registered at the close of business on the Regular Record Date for such interest, which shall be March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15 (whether or not a Business Day), as the case may be, next preceding such Interest Payment Date.  Any such interest not so punctually paid or duly provided for will forthwith cease to be payable to the Holder on such Regular Record Date and may either be paid to the Person in whose name this Security is registered at the close of business on a Special Record Date for the payment of such Defaulted Interest to be fixed by the Trustee, notice whereof shall be given to Holders of Securities of this series not less than 10 days prior to such Special Record Date, or be paid at any time in any other lawful manner not inconsistent with the

 


 

requirements of any securities exchange on which the Securities of this series may be listed, and upon such notice as may be required by such exchange, all as more fully provided in said Indenture.  This Security may be issued as part of a series.

Payment of the principal of (and premium, if any, on) and any such interest on this Security will be made at the Corporate Trust Office of the Trustee in New York, New York in such coin or currency of the United States of America as at the time of payment is legal tender for payment of public and private debts; provided, however, that at the option of the Company payment of interest may be made by check mailed to the address of the Person entitled thereto as such address shall appear in the Security Register, provided, further, however, that so long as this Security is registered to Cede & Co., such payment will  be made by wire transfer in accordance with the procedures established by The Depository Trust Company and the Trustee.

Reference is hereby made to the further provisions of this Security set forth on the reverse hereof, which further provisions shall for all purposes have the same effect as if set forth at this place.

Unless the certificate of authentication hereon has been executed by the Trustee referred to on the reverse hereof by manual signature, this Security shall not be entitled to any benefit under the Indenture or be valid or obligatory for any purpose.

 

 


 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this instrument to be duly executed.

Dated: January 19, 2018

GREAT ELM CAPITAL CORP.

 

By:

/s/ Peter A. Reed

 

Name: Peter A. Reed

 

Title:   Chief Executive Officer

            

 

Attest

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Adam M. Kleinman

 

Name: Adam M. Kleinman

 

Title:   Secretary

 

 

 

 


 

This is one of the Securities of the series designated therein referred to in the within-mentioned Indenture.

Dated: January 19, 2018

AMERICAN STOCK TRANSFER & TRUST COMPANY, LLC,
as Trustee

 

By:

/s/ Paul H. Kim

 

Authorized Signatory

 

 

 

 


 

Great Elm Capital Corp.
6.75% Notes due 2025

This Security is one of a duly authorized issue of Securities of the Company (herein called the “Securities”), issued and to be issued in one or more series under an indenture, dated as of September 18, 2017 (herein called the “Base Indenture”, which term shall have the meaning assigned to it in such instrument), between the Company and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, as Trustee (herein called the “Trustee”, which term includes any successor trustee under the Base Indenture), and reference is hereby made to the Base Indenture for a statement of the respective rights, limitations of rights, duties and immunities thereunder of the Company, the Trustee, and the Holders of the Securities and of the terms upon which the Securities are, and are to be, authenticated and delivered, as amended and supplemented by the Second Supplemental Indenture relating to the Securities, by and between the Company and the Trustee (herein called the “Second Supplemental Indenture”, the Second Supplemental Indenture and the Base Indenture collectively are herein called the “Indenture”).  In the event of any conflict between the Base Indenture and the Second Supplemental Indenture, the Second Supplemental Indenture shall govern and control.

This Security is one of the series designated on the face hereof, initially limited in aggregate principal amount to FORTY-FOUR MILLION, EIGHT HUNDRED NINETY-EIGHT THOUSAND, THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLARS and No Cents (U.S. $44,898,375), or up to FORTY-NINE MILLION, FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS (U.S. $49,450,000) aggregate principal amount if the underwriters’ over-allotment option to purchase additional Securities is exercised in full. Under a Board Resolution, Officers’ Certificate pursuant to Board Resolutions or an indenture supplement, the Company may from time to time, without the consent of the Holders of Securities, issue additional Securities of this series (in any such case “Additional Securities”) having the same ranking and the same interest rate, maturity and other terms as the Securities.  Any Additional Securities and the existing Securities will constitute a single series under the Indenture and all references to the relevant Securities herein shall include the Additional Securities unless the context otherwise requires.  The aggregate principal amount of outstanding Securities represented hereby may from time to time be reduced or increased, as appropriate, to reflect exchanges and redemptions.

The Securities of this series are subject to redemption in whole or in part at any time or from time to time, at the option of the Company, on or after January 31, 2021, at a redemption price per security equal to 100% of the outstanding principal amount thereof plus accrued and unpaid interest payments otherwise payable for the then-current quarterly interest period accrued to the date fixed for redemption.

Notice of redemption shall be given in writing and mailed, first-class postage prepaid or by overnight courier guaranteeing next-day delivery, to each Holder of the Securities to be redeemed, not less than thirty (30) nor more than sixty (60) days prior to the Redemption Date, at the Holder’s address appearing in the Security Register.  All notices of redemption shall contain the information set forth in Section 1104 of the Base Indenture.

Any exercise of the Company’s option to redeem the Securities will be done in compliance with the Investment Company Act, to the extent applicable.

 


 

If the Company elects to redeem only a portion of the Securities, the Trustee or the Depository, as applicable, will determine the method for selecting the particular Securities to be redeemed, in accordance with their standard operating procedures and the Investment Company Act, to the extent applicable.  In the event of redemption of this Security in part only, a new Security or Securities of this series and of like tenor for the unredeemed portion hereof will be issued in the name of the Holder hereof upon the cancellation hereof.

Unless the Company defaults in payment of the Redemption Price, on and after the Redemption Date, interest will cease to accrue on the Notes called for redemption.

Holders of Securities do not have the option to have the Securities repaid prior to January 31, 2025.

The Indenture contains provisions for defeasance at any time of the entire indebtedness of this Security or certain restrictive covenants and Events of Default with respect to this Security, in each case upon compliance with certain conditions set forth in the Indenture.

The Indenture provides that the Company may not consolidate with or merge with or into any other entity or convey or transfer all or substantially all of its properties and assets to any Person, unless certain specified conditions set forth in Section 801 of the Indenture are satisfied.

If an Event of Default with respect to Securities of this series shall occur and be continuing, the principal of the Securities of this series may be declared due and payable in the manner and with the effect provided in the Indenture.

The Indenture permits, with certain exceptions as therein provided, the amendment thereof and the modification of the rights and obligations of the Company and the rights of the Holders of the Securities of each series to be affected under the Indenture at any time by the Company and the Trustee with the consent of the Holders of not less than a majority in principal amount of the Securities at the time Outstanding of each series to be affected.  The Indenture also contains provisions permitting the Holders of specified percentages in principal amount of the Securities of each series at the time Outstanding, on behalf of the Holders of all Securities of such series, to waive compliance by the Company with certain provisions of the Indenture and certain past defaults under the Indenture and their consequences.  Any such consent or waiver by the Holder of this Security shall be conclusive and binding upon such Holder and upon all future Holders of this Security and of any Security issued upon the registration of transfer hereof or in exchange hereof or in lieu hereof, whether or not notation of such consent or waiver is made upon this Security.

As provided in and subject to the provisions of the Indenture, the Holder of this Security shall not have the right to institute any proceeding with respect to the Indenture or for the appointment of a receiver or trustee or for any other remedy thereunder, unless such Holder shall have previously given the Trustee written notice of a continuing Event of Default (other than an Event of Default under Section 501(5) or Section 501(6) of the Indenture) with respect to the Securities of this series, the Holders of not less than 25% in principal amount of the Securities of this series at the time Outstanding shall have made written request to the Trustee to institute proceedings in respect of such Event of Default as Trustee and offered the Trustee security or indemnity

 


 

reasonably satisfactory to the Trustee against the costs, expenses and liabilities to be incurred in compliance with such request, and the Trustee shall not have received from the Holders of a majority in principal amount of Securities of this series at the time Outstanding a direction inconsistent with such request, and shall have failed to institute any such proceeding, for sixty (60) days after receipt of such notice, request and offer of indemnity.  The foregoing shall not apply to any suit instituted by the Holder of this Security for the enforcement of any payment of principal hereof or any premium or interest hereon on or after the respective due dates expressed herein. If an Event of Default under Section 501(5) or Section 501(6) of the Indenture occurs the entire principal amount of the Securities of this series will automatically become due and immediately payable.

No reference herein to the Indenture and no provision of this Security or of the Indenture shall alter or impair the obligation of the Company, which is absolute and unconditional, to pay the principal of and any premium and interest on this Security at the times, place and rate, and in the coin or currency, herein prescribed.

As provided in the Indenture and subject to certain limitations therein set forth, the transfer of this Security is registrable in the Security Register, upon surrender of this Security for registration of transfer at the office or agency of the Company in any place where the principal of and any premium and interest on this Security are payable, duly endorsed by, or accompanied by a written instrument of transfer in form satisfactory to the Company and the Security Registrar duly executed by, the Holder hereof or his attorney duly authorized in writing, and thereupon one or more new Securities of this series and of like tenor, of authorized denominations and for the same aggregate principal amount, will be issued to the designated transferee or transferees.

The Securities of this series are issuable only in registered form without coupons in denominations of $25 and any integral multiples of $25 in excess thereof.  As provided in the Indenture and subject to certain limitations therein set forth, Securities of this series are exchangeable for a like aggregate principal amount of Securities of this series and of like tenor of a different authorized denomination, as requested by the Holder surrendering the same.

No service charge shall be made for any such registration of transfer or exchange, but the Company, the Trustee or the Security Registrar may require payment of a sum sufficient to cover any tax or other governmental charge payable in connection therewith.

Prior to due presentment of this Security for registration of transfer, the Company, the Trustee or the Security Registrar and any agent of the Company, the Trustee or the Security Registrar may treat the Person in whose name this Security is registered as the owner hereof for all purposes, whether or not this Security be overdue, and none of the Company, the Trustee, the Security Registrar, or any agent thereof shall be affected by notice to the contrary.

All terms used in this Security which are defined in the Indenture shall have the meanings assigned to them in the Indenture.

The Indenture and this Security shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, without regard to principles of conflicts of laws.

 

 

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Exhibit (D)(3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND SUPPLEMENTAL INDENTURE

between

GREAT ELM CAPITAL CORP.

and

AMERICAN STOCK TRANSFER & TRUST COMPANY, LLC,

as Trustee

Dated as of  January 19, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

SECOND SUPPLEMENTAL INDENTURE

THIS SECOND SUPPLEMENTAL INDENTURE (this “Second Supplemental Indenture”), dated as of January 19, 2018, is between Great Elm Capital Corp., a Maryland corporation (the “Company”), and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, as trustee (the “Trustee”).  All capitalized terms used herein shall have the meaning set forth in the Base Indenture (as defined below).

RECITALS OF THE COMPANY

The Company and the Trustee executed and delivered an Indenture, dated as of September 18, 2017 (the “Base Indenture” and, as supplemented by this Second Supplemental Indenture, the “Indenture”), to provide for the issuance by the Company from time to time of the Company’s unsecured debentures, notes or other evidences of indebtedness (the “Securities”), to be issued in one or more series as provided in the Indenture.

The Company desires to issue and sell up to $49,450,000 aggregate principal amount of the Company’s 6.75% Notes due 2025 (the “Notes”).

Sections 901(4) and 901(6) of the Base Indenture provide that without the consent of Holders of the Securities of any series issued under the Indenture, the Company, when authorized by or pursuant to a Board Resolution, and the Trustee, at any time and from time to time, may enter into one or more indentures supplemental to the Base Indenture to (i) change or eliminate any of the provisions of the Indenture when there is no Security Outstanding of any series created prior to the execution of the supplemental indenture that is entitled to the benefit of such provision and (ii) establish the form or terms of Securities of any series as permitted by Section 201 and Section 301 of the Base Indenture.

The Company desires to establish the form and terms of the Notes and to modify, alter, supplement and change certain provisions of the Base Indenture for the benefit of the Holders of the Notes (except as may be provided in a future supplemental indenture to the Indenture (“Future Supplemental Indenture”)).

The Company has duly authorized the execution and delivery of this Second Supplemental Indenture to provide for the issuance of the Notes and all acts and things necessary to make this Second Supplemental Indenture a valid, binding, and legal obligation of the Company and to constitute a valid agreement of the Company, in accordance with its terms, have been done and performed.

NOW, THEREFORE, for and in consideration of the premises and the purchase of the Notes by the Holders thereof, it is mutually agreed, for the equal and proportionate benefit of all Holders of the Notes, as follows:

 


 

ARTICLE I

TERMS OF THE NOTES

Section 1.01Terms of the Notes.  The following terms relating to the Notes are hereby established:

(a)The Notes shall constitute a series of Senior Securities having the title “6.75% Notes due 2025.” The Notes shall bear a CUSIP number of 390320 406 and an ISIN number of US3903204069.

(b)The aggregate principal amount of the Notes that may be initially authenticated and delivered under the Indenture (except for Notes authenticated and delivered upon registration of, transfer of, or in exchange for, or in lieu of, other Notes pursuant to Section 304, 305, 306, 906, 1107 or 1305 of the Base Indenture, and except for any Securities that, pursuant to Section 303 of the Base Indenture, are deemed never to have been authenticated and delivered under the Indenture) shall be $43,000,000 (or up to $49,450,000 aggregate principal amount if the underwriters’ over-allotment option is exercised in full).  Under a Board Resolution, Officers’ Certificate pursuant to Board Resolutions or a Future Supplemental Indenture, the Company may from time to time, without the consent of the Holders of Notes, issue additional Notes (in any such case “Additional Notes”) having the same ranking and the same interest rate, maturity and other terms as the Notes.  Any Additional Notes and the existing Notes will constitute a single series under the Indenture and all references to the relevant Notes herein shall include the Additional Notes unless the context otherwise requires.

(c)The Stated Maturity of the Notes shall be January 31, 2025. The entire outstanding principal of the Notes shall be payable on the Stated Maturity, unless earlier redeemed or repurchased in accordance with the provisions of the Indenture.

(d)The rate at which the Notes shall bear interest shall be 6.75% per annum (the “Applicable Interest Rate”).  The date from which interest shall accrue on the Notes shall be January 19, 2018, or the most recent Interest Payment Date to which interest has been paid or provided for; the Interest Payment Dates for the Notes shall be March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31 of each year, commencing March 31, 2018 (if an Interest Payment Date falls on a day that is not a Business Day, then the applicable interest payment will be made on the next succeeding Business Day and no additional interest will accrue as a result of such delayed payment); the initial interest period will be the period from and including January 19, 2018 to, but excluding, the initial Interest Payment Date, and the subsequent interest periods will be the periods from and including an Interest Payment Date to, but excluding, the next Interest Payment Date or the Stated Maturity, as the case may be; the interest so payable, and punctually paid or duly provided for, on any Interest Payment Date, will be paid to the Person in whose name the Note (or one or more Predecessor Securities) is registered at the close of business on the Regular Record Date for such interest, which shall be March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15 (whether or not a Business Day), as the case may be, next preceding such Interest Payment Date.  Payment of principal of (and premium, if any, on) and any such interest on the Notes will be made at the office of the Trustee located at 6201 15th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11219, Attention: Great Elm Capital Corp. (6.75% Notes Due 2025) and at such other address as designated by the Trustee, in such coin or currency of the United States of America as at the time of payment is legal tender for payment of public and private debts; provided, however, that at the option of the Company payment of interest may be made by check mailed to the address of the Person entitled thereto as such

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address shall appear in the Security Register; provided, further, however, that so long as the Notes are registered to Cede & Co., such payment will be made by wire transfer in accordance with the procedures established by The Depository Trust Company and the Trustee.  Interest on the Notes will be computed on the basis of a 360-day year of twelve 30-day months.

(e)The Notes shall be initially issuable in global form (each such Note, a “Global Note”).  The Global Notes and the Trustee’s certificate of authentication thereon shall be substantially in the form of Exhibit A to this Second Supplemental Indenture.  Each Global Note shall represent the outstanding Notes as shall be specified therein and each shall provide that it shall represent the aggregate principal amount of outstanding Notes from time to time endorsed thereon and that the aggregate principal amount of outstanding Notes represented thereby may from time to time be reduced or increased, as appropriate, to reflect exchanges and redemptions.  Any endorsement of a Global Note to reflect the amount of any increase or decrease in the amount of outstanding Notes represented thereby shall be made by the Trustee or the Security Registrar, in accordance with Sections 203 and 305 of the Base Indenture.

(f)The depositary for such Global Notes (the “Depositary”) shall be The Depository Trust Company, New York, New York.  The Security Registrar with respect to the Global Notes shall be the Trustee.

(g)The Notes shall be defeasible pursuant to Section 1402 or Section 1403 of the Base Indenture.  Covenant defeasance contained in Section 1403 of the Base Indenture shall apply to the covenants contained in Sections 1006, 1009 and 1010 of the Indenture.

(h)The Notes shall be redeemable pursuant to Section 1101 of the Base Indenture and as follows:

(i)The Notes will be redeemable in whole or in part at any time or from time to time, at the option of the Company, on or after January 31, 2021, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the outstanding principal amount thereof, plus accrued and unpaid interest payments otherwise payable for the then-current quarterly interest period accrued to, but excluding, the date fixed for redemption.

(ii)Notice of redemption shall be given in writing and mailed, first-class postage prepaid or by overnight courier guaranteeing next-day delivery, to each Holder of the Notes to be redeemed, not less than thirty nor more than sixty days prior to the Redemption Date, at the Holder’s address appearing in the Security Register.  All notices of redemption shall contain the information set forth in Section 1104 of the Base Indenture.

(iii)Any exercise of the Company’s option to redeem the Notes will be done in compliance with the Investment Company Act, to the extent applicable.

(iv)If the Company elects to redeem only a portion of the Notes, the Trustee will determine the method for selecting the particular Notes to be redeemed, in accordance with Section 1103 of the Base Indenture, the Investment Company Act and the rules of any national securities exchange or quotation system on which the Notes are listed, in each case to the extent applicable.

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(v)Unless the Company defaults in payment of the Redemption Price, on and after the Redemption Date, interest will cease to accrue on the Notes called for redemption hereunder.

(i)The Notes shall not be subject to any sinking fund pursuant to Section 1201 of the Base Indenture.

(j)The Notes shall be issuable in denominations of $25 and integral multiples of $25 in excess thereof.

(k)Holders of the Notes will not have the option to have the Notes repaid prior to the Stated Maturity.  Nothing in this Section shall prohibit purchases by the Company in the open market, private transactions or otherwise prior to the Stated Maturity.

(l)The Notes are hereby designated as “Senior Securities” under the Indenture.

(m)For the avoidance of doubt, the reference in Section 301 of the Base Indenture to Senior Securities being unsubordinated and ranking equally and “pari passu” to all other Senior Indebtedness is intended to reflect that, notwithstanding that the Senior Securities are unsecured, the Senior Securities rank equally with the Senior Indebtedness solely with respect to the right to seek and enforce payment from the Company but not in terms of any collateral security or access to collateral or right to distributions or payments of proceeds of any collateral (including without limitation, cash, accounts or other assets of the Company or any of its subsidiaries), as to which the Senior Indebtedness has priority at all times.

ARTICLE II

REMEDIES

Section 2.01Except as may be provided in a Future Supplemental Indenture, for the benefit of the Holders of the Notes but no other series of Securities under the Indenture, whether now or hereafter issued and Outstanding, Section 502 of the Base Indenture shall be amended by replacing the first paragraph thereof with the following:

“If an Event of Default (other than an Event of Default under Section 501(5) or Section 501(6)) with respect to the Notes at the time Outstanding occurs and is continuing, then and in every case the Trustee or the Holders of not less than 25% in principal amount of the Outstanding Notes may (and the Trustee shall at the request of such Holders) declare the principal of all the Notes to be due and payable immediately, by a notice in writing to the Company (and to the Trustee if given by the Holders), and upon any such declaration such principal or specified portion thereof shall become immediately due and payable.  If an Event of Default under Section 501(5) or Section 501(6) occurs, the entire principal amount of all the Notes shall automatically become due and immediately payable.”

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ARTICLE III

COVENANTS

Section 3.01Except as may be provided in a Future Supplemental Indenture, for the benefit of the Holders of the Notes but no other series of Securities under the Indenture, whether now or hereafter issued and Outstanding, Article Ten of the Base Indenture shall be amended by adding the following new Sections 1008 through 1010 thereto, each as set forth below:

“Section 1008. Section 18(a)(1)(A) of the Investment Company Act.

The Company hereby agrees that for the period of time during which the Notes are Outstanding, the Company shall not violate, whether or not it is subject to, Section 18(a)(1)(A) as modified by Section 61(a)(1) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 or any successor provisions thereto of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as such obligation may be amended or superseded but giving effect to any exemptive relief that may be granted to the Company by the Commission.”

“Section 1009.  Section 18(a)(1)(B) of the Investment Company Act.

The Company hereby agrees that for the period of time during which the Notes are outstanding, the Company shall not declare any dividend (except a dividend payable in stock of the issuer), or declare any other distribution, upon a class of our capital stock, or purchase any such capital stock, unless, in every such case, at the time of the declaration of any such dividend or distribution, or at the time of any such purchase, the Company has an asset coverage (as defined in the Investment Company Act) of at least the threshold specified in pursuant to Section 18(a)(1)(B) as modified by Section 61(a)(1) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 or any successor provisions thereto of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as such obligation may be amended or superseded (regardless of whether the Company is subject thereto), after deducting the amount of such dividend, distribution or purchase price, as the case may be, and giving effect, in each case, (i) to any exemptive relief granted to the Company by the Commission and (ii) to any no-action relief granted by the Commission to another business development company (or to the Company if it determines to seek such similar no-action or other relief) permitting the business development company to declare any cash dividend or distribution notwithstanding the prohibition contained in Section 18(a)(1)(B) as modified by Section 61(a)(1) of the Investment Company Act, as such obligation may be amended or superseded, in order to maintain such business development company’s status as a regulated investment company under Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.”

“Section 1010. Commission Reports and Reports to Holders.

If, at any time, the Company is not subject to the reporting requirements of Sections 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act to file any periodic reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Company agrees to furnish to the Holders of Notes and the Trustee for the period of time during which the Notes are Outstanding: (i) within 90 days after the end of the each fiscal year of the Company, audited annual consolidated financial statements of the Company and (ii) within 45 days after the end of each fiscal quarter of the Company (other than

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the Company’s fourth fiscal quarter), unaudited interim consolidated financial statements of the Company.  All such financial statements shall be prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with GAAP.”

ARTICLE IV

MEETINGS OF HOLDERS OF SECURITIES

Section 4.01Except as may be provided in a Future Supplemental Indenture, for the benefit of the Holders of the Notes but no other series of Securities under the Indenture, whether now or hereafter issued and Outstanding, Section 1505 of the Base Indenture shall be amended by replacing clause (c) thereof with the following:

“(c) At any meeting of Holders, each Holder of a Security of such series or proxy shall be entitled to one vote for each $25.00 principal amount of the Outstanding Securities of such series held or represented by such Holder; provided, however, that no vote shall be cast or counted at any meeting in respect of any Security challenged as not Outstanding and ruled by the chairman of the meeting to be not Outstanding.  The chairman of the meeting shall have no right to vote, except as a Holder of a Security of such series or proxy.”

ARTICLE V

MISCELLANEOUS

Section 5.01This Second Supplemental Indenture and the Notes shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of the State of New York, without regard to principles of conflicts of laws.  This Second Supplemental Indenture is subject to the provisions of the Trust Indenture Act that are required to be part of the Indenture and shall, to the extent applicable, be governed by such provisions.

Section 5.02In case any provision in this Second Supplemental Indenture or in the Notes shall be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby.

Section 5.03This Second Supplemental Indenture may be executed in counterparts, each of which will be an original, but such counterparts will together constitute but one and the same Second Supplemental Indenture.  The exchange of copies of this Second Supplemental Indenture and of signature pages by facsimile, .pdf transmission, email or other electronic means shall constitute effective execution and delivery of this Second Supplemental Indenture for all purposes.  Signatures of the parties hereto transmitted by facsimile, .pdf transmission, email or other electronic means shall be deemed to be their original signatures for all purposes.

Section 5.04The Base Indenture, as supplemented and amended by this Second Supplemental Indenture, is in all respects ratified and confirmed, and the Base Indenture and this Second Supplemental Indenture shall be read, taken and construed as one and the same instrument with respect to the Notes.  All provisions included in this Second Supplemental Indenture supersede any conflicting provisions included in the Base Indenture with respect to the Notes, unless not permitted by law.  The Trustee accepts the trusts created by the Base Indenture, as supplemented by this Second Supplemental

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Indenture, and agrees to perform the same upon the terms and conditions of the Base Indenture, as supplemented by this Second Supplemental Indenture.

Section 5.05The provisions of this Second Supplemental Indenture shall become effective as of the date hereof.

Section 5.06Notwithstanding anything else to the contrary herein, the terms and provisions of this Second Supplemental Indenture shall apply only to the Notes and shall not apply to any other series of Securities under the Indenture and this Second Supplemental Indenture shall not and does not otherwise affect, modify, alter, supplement or change the terms and provisions of any other series of Securities under the Indenture, whether now or hereafter issued and Outstanding.

Section 5.07The recitals contained herein and in the Notes shall be taken as the statements of the Company, and the Trustee assumes no responsibility for their correctness.  The Trustee makes no representations as to the validity or sufficiency of this Second Supplemental Indenture, the Notes or any Additional Notes, except that the Trustee represents that it is duly authorized to execute and deliver this Second Supplemental Indenture, authenticate the Notes and any Additional Notes and perform its obligations hereunder.  The Trustee shall not be accountable for the use or application by the Company of the Notes or any Additional Notes or the proceeds thereof.

 

 

 

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have caused this Second Supplemental Indenture to be duly executed as of the date first above written.

GREAT ELM CAPITAL CORP.

 

By:

/s/ Peter A. Reed

 

Name: Peter A. Reed

 

Title: Chief Executive Officer

AMERICAN STOCK TRANSFER & TRUST COMPANY, LLC, as Trustee

 

By:

/s/ Paul H. Kim

 

Name: Paul H. Kim

 

Title: Asst. General Counsel

 

 

 

 

[Signature page to Second Supplemental Indenture]


 

Exhibit A – Form of Global Note

This Security is a Global Note within the meaning of the Indenture hereinafter referred to and is registered in the name of The Depository Trust Company or a nominee thereof.  This Security may not be exchanged in whole or in part for a Security registered, and no transfer of this Security in whole or in part may be registered, in the name of any Person other than The Depository Trust Company or a nominee thereof, except in the limited circumstances described in the Indenture.

Unless this certificate is presented by an authorized representative of The Depository Trust Company to the Company or its agent for registration of transfer, exchange or payment and such certificate issued in exchange for this certificate is registered in the name of Cede & Co., or such other name as requested by an authorized representative of The Depository Trust Company, any transfer, pledge or other use hereof for value or otherwise by or to any person is wrongful, as the registered owner hereof, Cede & Co., has an interest herein.

Great Elm Capital Corp.

No.

 

$

 

 

CUSIP No. 390320 406

 

 

ISIN No. US3903204069

 

 

 

 

6.75% Notes due 2025

 

Great Elm Capital Corp., a corporation duly organized and existing under the laws of Maryland (herein called the “Company”, which term includes any successor Person under the Indenture hereinafter referred to), for value received, hereby promises to pay to Cede & Co., or registered assigns, the principal sum of [] (U.S. $) on January 31, 2025 and to pay interest thereon from January 19, 2018 or from the most recent Interest Payment Date to which interest has been paid or duly provided for, quarterly on March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31 in each year, commencing March 31, 2018 (provided, that if an Interest Payment Date falls on a day that is not a Business Day, then the applicable interest payment will be made on the next succeeding Business Day and no additional interest will accrue as a result of such delayed payment), at the rate of 6.75% per annum, until the principal hereof is paid or made available for payment. The interest so payable, and punctually paid or duly provided for, on any Interest Payment Date will, as provided in such Indenture, be paid to the Person in whose name this Security is registered at the close of business on the Regular Record Date for such interest, which shall be March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15 (whether or not a Business Day), as the case may be, next preceding such Interest Payment Date.  Any such interest not so punctually paid or duly provided for will forthwith cease to be payable to the Holder on such Regular Record Date and may either be paid to the Person in whose name this Security is registered at the close of business on a Special Record Date for the payment of such Defaulted Interest to be fixed by the Trustee, notice whereof shall be given to Holders of Securities of this series not less than 10 days prior to such Special Record Date, or be paid at any time in any other lawful manner not inconsistent with the requirements of any securities exchange on which the Securities of this

 


 

series may be listed, and upon such notice as may be required by such exchange, all as more fully provided in said Indenture.  This Security may be issued as part of a series.

Payment of the principal of (and premium, if any, on) and any such interest on this Security will be made at the Corporate Trust Office of the Trustee in New York, New York in such coin or currency of the United States of America as at the time of payment is legal tender for payment of public and private debts; provided, however, that at the option of the Company payment of interest may be made by check mailed to the address of the Person entitled thereto as such address shall appear in the Security Register, provided, further, however, that so long as this Security is registered to Cede & Co., such payment will  be made by wire transfer in accordance with the procedures established by The Depository Trust Company and the Trustee.

Reference is hereby made to the further provisions of this Security set forth on the reverse hereof, which further provisions shall for all purposes have the same effect as if set forth at this place.

Unless the certificate of authentication hereon has been executed by the Trustee referred to on the reverse hereof by manual signature, this Security shall not be entitled to any benefit under the Indenture or be valid or obligatory for any purpose.

 

 


 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has caused this instrument to be duly executed.

Dated: January 19, 2018

GREAT ELM CAPITAL CORP.

 

By:

/s/ Peter A. Reed

 

Name: Peter A. Reed

 

Title:   Chief Executive Officer

            

 

Attest

 

 

 

By:

/s/ Adam M. Kleinman

 

Name: Adam M. Kleinman

 

Title:   Secretary

 

 

 


 

This is one of the Securities of the series designated therein referred to in the within-mentioned Indenture.

Dated: January 19, 2018

AMERICAN STOCK TRANSFER & TRUST COMPANY, LLC,
as Trustee

 

By:

/s/ Paul H. Kim

 

Authorized Signatory

 

 

 

 


 

Great Elm Capital Corp.
6.75% Notes due 2025

This Security is one of a duly authorized issue of Securities of the Company (herein called the “Securities”), issued and to be issued in one or more series under an indenture, dated as of September 18, 2017 (herein called the “Base Indenture”, which term shall have the meaning assigned to it in such instrument), between the Company and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, as Trustee (herein called the “Trustee”, which term includes any successor trustee under the Base Indenture), and reference is hereby made to the Base Indenture for a statement of the respective rights, limitations of rights, duties and immunities thereunder of the Company, the Trustee, and the Holders of the Securities and of the terms upon which the Securities are, and are to be, authenticated and delivered, as amended and supplemented by the Second Supplemental Indenture relating to the Securities, by and between the Company and the Trustee (herein called the “Second Supplemental Indenture”, the Second Supplemental Indenture and the Base Indenture collectively are herein called the “Indenture”).  In the event of any conflict between the Base Indenture and the Second Supplemental Indenture, the Second Supplemental Indenture shall govern and control.

This Security is one of the series designated on the face hereof, initially limited in aggregate principal amount to [] (U.S. $[]), or up to [] (U.S. $[]) aggregate principal amount if the underwriters’ over-allotment option to purchase additional Securities is exercised in full. Under a Board Resolution, Officers’ Certificate pursuant to Board Resolutions or an indenture supplement, the Company may from time to time, without the consent of the Holders of Securities, issue additional Securities of this series (in any such case “Additional Securities”) having the same ranking and the same interest rate, maturity and other terms as the Securities.  Any Additional Securities and the existing Securities will constitute a single series under the Indenture and all references to the relevant Securities herein shall include the Additional Securities unless the context otherwise requires.  The aggregate principal amount of outstanding Securities represented hereby may from time to time be reduced or increased, as appropriate, to reflect exchanges and redemptions.

The Securities of this series are subject to redemption in whole or in part at any time or from time to time, at the option of the Company, on or after January 31, 2021, at a redemption price per security equal to 100% of the outstanding principal amount thereof plus accrued and unpaid interest payments otherwise payable for the then-current quarterly interest period accrued to the date fixed for redemption.

Notice of redemption shall be given in writing and mailed, first-class postage prepaid or by overnight courier guaranteeing next-day delivery, to each Holder of the Securities to be redeemed, not less than thirty (30) nor more than sixty (60) days prior to the Redemption Date, at the Holder’s address appearing in the Security Register.  All notices of redemption shall contain the information set forth in Section 1104 of the Base Indenture.

Any exercise of the Company’s option to redeem the Securities will be done in compliance with the Investment Company Act, to the extent applicable.

 


 

If the Company elects to redeem only a portion of the Securities, the Trustee or the Depository, as applicable, will determine the method for selecting the particular Securities to be redeemed, in accordance with their standard operating procedures and the Investment Company Act, to the extent applicable.  In the event of redemption of this Security in part only, a new Security or Securities of this series and of like tenor for the unredeemed portion hereof will be issued in the name of the Holder hereof upon the cancellation hereof.

Unless the Company defaults in payment of the Redemption Price, on and after the Redemption Date, interest will cease to accrue on the Notes called for redemption.

Holders of Securities do not have the option to have the Securities repaid prior to January 31, 2025.

The Indenture contains provisions for defeasance at any time of the entire indebtedness of this Security or certain restrictive covenants and Events of Default with respect to this Security, in each case upon compliance with certain conditions set forth in the Indenture.

The Indenture provides that the Company may not consolidate with or merge with or into any other entity or convey or transfer all or substantially all of its properties and assets to any Person, unless certain specified conditions set forth in Section 801 of the Indenture are satisfied.

If an Event of Default with respect to Securities of this series shall occur and be continuing, the principal of the Securities of this series may be declared due and payable in the manner and with the effect provided in the Indenture.

The Indenture permits, with certain exceptions as therein provided, the amendment thereof and the modification of the rights and obligations of the Company and the rights of the Holders of the Securities of each series to be affected under the Indenture at any time by the Company and the Trustee with the consent of the Holders of not less than a majority in principal amount of the Securities at the time Outstanding of each series to be affected.  The Indenture also contains provisions permitting the Holders of specified percentages in principal amount of the Securities of each series at the time Outstanding, on behalf of the Holders of all Securities of such series, to waive compliance by the Company with certain provisions of the Indenture and certain past defaults under the Indenture and their consequences.  Any such consent or waiver by the Holder of this Security shall be conclusive and binding upon such Holder and upon all future Holders of this Security and of any Security issued upon the registration of transfer hereof or in exchange hereof or in lieu hereof, whether or not notation of such consent or waiver is made upon this Security.

As provided in and subject to the provisions of the Indenture, the Holder of this Security shall not have the right to institute any proceeding with respect to the Indenture or for the appointment of a receiver or trustee or for any other remedy thereunder, unless such Holder shall have previously given the Trustee written notice of a continuing Event of Default (other than an Event of Default under Section 501(5) or Section 501(6) of the Indenture) with respect to the Securities of this series, the Holders of not less than 25% in principal amount of the Securities of this series at the time Outstanding shall have made written request to the Trustee to institute proceedings in respect of such Event of Default as Trustee and offered the Trustee security or indemnity

 


 

reasonably satisfactory to the Trustee against the costs, expenses and liabilities to be incurred in compliance with such request, and the Trustee shall not have received from the Holders of a majority in principal amount of Securities of this series at the time Outstanding a direction inconsistent with such request, and shall have failed to institute any such proceeding, for sixty (60) days after receipt of such notice, request and offer of indemnity.  The foregoing shall not apply to any suit instituted by the Holder of this Security for the enforcement of any payment of principal hereof or any premium or interest hereon on or after the respective due dates expressed herein. If an Event of Default under Section 501(5) or Section 501(6) of the Indenture occurs the entire principal amount of the Securities of this series will automatically become due and immediately payable.

No reference herein to the Indenture and no provision of this Security or of the Indenture shall alter or impair the obligation of the Company, which is absolute and unconditional, to pay the principal of and any premium and interest on this Security at the times, place and rate, and in the coin or currency, herein prescribed.

As provided in the Indenture and subject to certain limitations therein set forth, the transfer of this Security is registrable in the Security Register, upon surrender of this Security for registration of transfer at the office or agency of the Company in any place where the principal of and any premium and interest on this Security are payable, duly endorsed by, or accompanied by a written instrument of transfer in form satisfactory to the Company and the Security Registrar duly executed by, the Holder hereof or his attorney duly authorized in writing, and thereupon one or more new Securities of this series and of like tenor, of authorized denominations and for the same aggregate principal amount, will be issued to the designated transferee or transferees.

The Securities of this series are issuable only in registered form without coupons in denominations of $25 and any integral multiples of $25 in excess thereof.  As provided in the Indenture and subject to certain limitations therein set forth, Securities of this series are exchangeable for a like aggregate principal amount of Securities of this series and of like tenor of a different authorized denomination, as requested by the Holder surrendering the same.

No service charge shall be made for any such registration of transfer or exchange, but the Company, the Trustee or the Security Registrar may require payment of a sum sufficient to cover any tax or other governmental charge payable in connection therewith.

Prior to due presentment of this Security for registration of transfer, the Company, the Trustee or the Security Registrar and any agent of the Company, the Trustee or the Security Registrar may treat the Person in whose name this Security is registered as the owner hereof for all purposes, whether or not this Security be overdue, and none of the Company, the Trustee, the Security Registrar, or any agent thereof shall be affected by notice to the contrary.

All terms used in this Security which are defined in the Indenture shall have the meanings assigned to them in the Indenture.

The Indenture and this Security shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York, without regard to principles of conflicts of laws.

 

 

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Exhibit (l)(3)

[Letterhead of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP]

 

 

 

January 19, 2018

 

 

Great Elm Capital Corp.
800 South Street, Suite 230
Waltham, MA 02453

 

Re:

Great Elm Capital Corp.
Registration Statement on Form N-2

Ladies and Gentlemen:

We have acted as special New York counsel to Great Elm Capital Corp., a Maryland corporation (the "Company"), in connection with the public offering of $44,898,375 aggregate principal amount of the Company's 6.75% Notes due 2025 (the "Notes") to be issued under the Base Indenture, dated September 18, 2017 (the "Base Indenture"), between the Company and American Stock & Trust Co. LLC, as trustee (the "Trustee"), as supplemented by the Second Supplemental Indenture dated January 19, 2018 (the "Supplemental Indenture," and together with the Base Indenture, the "Indenture"), establishing the terms of the Notes.

This opinion is being furnished in accordance with the requirements of Item 601(b)(5) of Regulation S-K under the Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act").

In rendering the opinions stated herein, we have examined and relied upon the following:

(a)the registration statement on Form N-2 (File No. 333-221882) of the Company relating to debt securities of the Company filed on December 4, 2017 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission") under the Securities Act and Pre-Effective Amendment No. 1 through No. 2 thereto, including the information deemed to be a part of the registration statement pursuant to Rule 430A of the General Rules and Regulations under the Securities Act (the "Rules and Regulations") and the Notice of Effectiveness of the Commission posted on its website declaring such registration statement effective on January 11, 2018 (such registration statement, as so amended, being hereinafter referred to as the "Registration Statement");

(b)the preliminary prospectus, dated January 9, 2018 (the "Preliminary Prospectus"), which forms a part of and is included in the Registration Statement;

 


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(c)the final prospectus, dated January 11, 2018 (the "Prospectus"), relating to the offering of the Notes, in the form filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 497(h) of the Rules and Regulations;

(d)an executed copy of the Underwriting Agreement, dated January 11, 2018 (the "Underwriting Agreement"), between the Company and Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc., as representative of the several Underwriters named therein (the "Underwriters"), relating to the sale by the Company to the Underwriters of the Notes;

(e)an executed copy of the Base Indenture;

(f)an executed copy of the Supplemental Indenture;  

(g)the global certificate evidencing the Notes registered in the name of Cede & Co. (the "Note Certificate") in the form delivered by the Company to the Trustee for authentication and delivery;

(h) an executed copy of a certificate of Michael J. Sell, Secretary of the Company, dated the date hereof (the "Secretary's Certificate").

We have also examined originals or copies, certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction, of such records of the Company and such agreements, certificates and receipts of public officials, certificates of officers or other representatives of the Company and others, and such other documents as we have deemed necessary or appropriate as a basis for the opinion stated below.

In our examination, we have assumed the genuineness of all signatures, including endorsements, the legal capacity and competency of all natural persons, the authenticity of all documents submitted to us as originals, the conformity to original documents of all documents submitted to us as facsimile, electronic, certified or photostatic copies, and the authenticity of the originals of such copies.  As to any facts relevant to the opinion stated herein that we did not independently establish or verify, we have relied upon statements and representations of officers and other representatives of the Company and others and of public officials, including those in the Secretary's Certificate and the factual representations and warranties contained in the Underwriting Agreement.

We do not express any opinion with respect to the laws of any jurisdiction other than the laws of the State of New York (the foregoing being referred to as "Opined-on-Law").   

As used herein, “Transaction Agreements” means the Underwriting, the Indenture, the Supplemental Indenture and the Note Certificate.

Based upon the foregoing and subject to the qualifications and assumptions stated herein, we are of the opinion that the Note Certificate, when duly executed and delivered by duly authorized officers of the Company and when duly authenticated by the Trustee and delivered by the Company against payment therefor in accordance with the terms of the Underwriting

 


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Agreement and the Indenture, will constitute valid and binding obligations of the Company, enforceable against the Company in accordance with its terms under the laws of the State of New York.

The opinion stated herein is subject to the following qualifications:

(a)the opinion stated herein is limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium, fraudulent transfer, preference and other similar laws affecting creditors' rights generally, and by general principles of equity (regardless of whether enforcement is sought in equity or at law);

(b)we do not express any opinion with respect to any law, rule or regulation that is applicable to any party to any of the Transaction Agreements or the transactions contemplated thereby solely because such law, rule or regulation is part of a regulatory regime applicable to any such party or any of its affiliates as a result of the specific assets or business operations of such party or such affiliates;

(c)except to the extent expressly stated in the opinion contained herein, we have assumed that each of the Transaction Agreements constitutes the valid and binding obligation of each party to such Transaction Agreement, enforceable against such party in accordance with its terms;

(d)we do not express any opinion with respect to the enforceability of any provision contained in any Transaction Agreement relating to any indemnification, contribution, exculpation, release or waiver that may be contrary to public policy or violative of federal or state securities laws, rules or regulations;

(e)we do not express any opinion with respect to the enforceability of any provision contained in any Transaction Agreement to the extent that such provision purports to bind the Company to the exclusive jurisdiction of any particular federal court or courts;

(f)we call to your attention that irrespective of the agreement of the parties to any Transaction Agreement, a court may decline to hear a case on grounds of forum non conveniens or other doctrine limiting the availability of such court as a forum for resolution of disputes; in addition, we call to your attention that we do not express any opinion with respect to the subject matter jurisdiction of the federal courts of the United States of America in any action arising out of or relating to any Transaction Agreement;

(g)we have assumed that any agent of service will have accepted appointment as agent to receive service of process and call to your attention that we do not express any opinion if and to the extent such agent shall resign such appointment.  Further, we do not express any opinion with respect to the irrevocability of the designation of such agent to receive service of process; and

(h)  to the extent that any opinion relates to the enforceability of the choice of New York law and choice of New York forum provisions contained in any Transaction

 


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Agreement, the opinion stated herein are subject to the qualification that such enforceability may be subject to, in each case, (i) the exceptions and limitations in New York General Obligations Law sections 5-1401 and 5-1402 and (ii) principles of comity or constitutionality.

In addition, in rendering the foregoing opinion we have assumed that, at all applicable times:

(a)the Company (i) was duly incorporated and was validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the State of Maryland, (ii) had requisite legal status and legal capacity under the laws of the State of Maryland and (iii) has complied and will comply with all aspects of the laws of the State of Maryland in connection with the transactions contemplated by, and the performance of its obligations under, the Transaction Agreements;

(b)the Company had the corporate power and authority to execute, deliver and perform all its obligations under each of the Transaction Agreements to which the Company is a party;

(c)each of the Transaction Agreements have been duly authorized, executed and delivered by all requisite corporate action on the part of the Company;

(d)neither the execution and delivery by the Company of the Transaction Agreements  nor the performance by the Company of its obligations thereunder, including the issuance and sale of the Notes: (i) conflicted or will conflict with the Articles of Amendment and Restatement of the Company or by-laws of the Company, (ii) constitutes or will constitute a violation of, or a default under, any lease, indenture, instrument or other agreement to which the Company or its property is subject (except that we do not make the assumption set forth in this clause (ii) with respect to those agreements or instruments which are listed in Part C of the Registration Statement or the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K), (iii) contravened or will contravene any order or decree of any governmental authority to which the Company or its property is subject, or (iv) violates or will violate any law, rule or regulation to which the Company or its property is subject (except that we do not make the assumption set forth in this clause (iv) with respect to the Opined-on Law);

(e)neither the execution and delivery by the Company of the Transaction Agreements nor the performance by the Company  of its obligations thereunder, including the issuance and sale of the Notes, required or will require the consent, approval, licensing or authorization of, or any filing, recording or registration with, any governmental authority under any law, rule or regulation of any jurisdiction.


 


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We hereby consent to the reference to our firm under the heading "Legal Matters" in the Preliminary Prospectus and the Prospectus. In giving this consent, we do not thereby admit that we are within the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Securities Act or the Rules and Regulations. We also hereby consent to the filing of this opinion with the Commission as an exhibit to the Company's Registration Statement being filed on the date hereof and incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement.  This opinion is expressed as of the date hereof unless otherwise expressly stated, and we disclaim any undertaking to advise you of any subsequent changes in the facts stated or assumed herein or of any subsequent changes in applicable laws.

Very truly yours,

/s/ Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

 

 

 

 

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