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Sectors: Retail
Governing Law: New York, View New York State Laws
Effective Date: March 14, 1997
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This PARENT PLEDGE AGREEMENT (as amended, supplemented, amended and restated or otherwise modified from time to time, this "Pledge Agreement"), dated as of March 14, 1997, is made by PROSOURCE, INC., a Delaware corporation (the "Pledgor"), in favor of THE BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA, as administrative agent (together with any successor(s) thereto in such capacity, the "Administrative Agent") for each of the Secured Parties.


W I T N E S S E T H:


WHEREAS, pursuant to a Credit Agreement, dated as of March 14, 1997 (as amended, supplemented, amended and restated or otherwise modified from time to time, the "Credit Agreement"), among ProSource Services Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the "Borrower"), the various financial institutions as are, or may from time to time become, parties thereto (each, individually, a "Lender", and collectively, the "Lenders") and the Administrative Agent, the Lenders and the Issuer have extended Commitments to make Credit Extensions to the Borrower;


WHEREAS, as a condition precedent to the making of the Credit Extensions (including the initial Credit Extension) under the Credit Agreement, the Pledgor is required to execute and deliver this Pledge Agreement;


WHEREAS, the Pledgor has duly authorized the execution, delivery and performance of this Pledge Agreement; and


WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of the Pledgor to execute this Pledge Agreement inasmuch as the Pledgor will derive substantial direct and indirect benefits from the Credit Extensions made from time to time to the Borrower by the Lenders and the Issuer pursuant to the Credit Agreement; 2


NOW, THEREFORE, for good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, and in order to induce the Lenders and the Issuer to make Credit Extensions (including the initial Credit Extension) to the Borrower pursuant to the Credit Agreement, the Pledgor agrees, for the benefit of each Secured Party, as follows:


ARTICLE I


DEFINITIONS


SECTION 1.1. Certain Terms. The following terms (whether or not underscored) when used in this Pledge Agreement, including its preamble and recitals, shall have the following meanings (such definitions to be equally applicable to the singular and plural forms thereof):


"Administrative Agent" is defined in the preamble.


"Borrower" is defined in the first recital.


"Collateral" is defined in Section 2.1.


"Credit Agreement" is defined in the first recital.


"Distributions" means all stock dividends, liquidating dividends, shares of stock resulting from (or in connection with the exercise of) stock splits, reclassifications, warrants, options, non-cash dividends, mergers, consolidations, and all other distributions (whether similar or dissimilar to the foregoing) on or with respect to any Pledged Shares or other shares of Capital Stock constituting Collateral, but shall not include Dividends.


"Dividends" means cash dividends and cash distributions with respect to any Pledged Shares or other Pledged Property made in the ordinary course of business and not a liquidating dividend.


"Lender" and "Lenders" are defined in the first recital.


"Pledge Agreement" is defined in the preamble.


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"Pledged Property" means all Pledged Shares, and all other pledged shares of Capital Stock or promissory notes, all other securities, all assignments of any amounts due or to become due, all other instruments which are now being delivered by the Pledgor to the Administrative Agent or are from time to time hereafter required to be delivered by the Pledgor to the Administrative Agent for the purpose of pledge under this Pledge Agreement or any other Loan Document, and all proceeds of any of the foregoing.


"Pledged Share Issuer" means each Person identified in Item B of Attachment 1 hereto as the issuer of the Pledged Shares identified opposite the name of such Person.


"Pledged Shares" means all shares of Capital Stock of any Pledged Share Issuer which are delivered or required to be delivered by the Pledgor to the Administrative Agent as Pledged Property hereunder.


"Pledgor" is defined in the preamble.


"Secured Obligations" is defined in Section 2.2.


"Securities Act" is defined in Section 6.2.


"U.C.C." means the Uniform Commercial Code, as in effect from time to time in the State of New York.


SECTION 1.2. Credit Agreement Definitions. Unless otherwise defined herein or the context otherwise requires, terms used in this Pledge Agreement, including its preamble and recitals, have the meanings provided in the Credit Agreement.


SECTION 1.3. U.C.C. Definitions. Unless otherwise defined herein or in the Credit Agreement or the context otherwise requires, terms for which meanings are provided in the U.C.C. are used in this Pledge Agreement, including its preamble and recitals, with such meanings.


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ARTICLE II


PLEDGE


SECTION 2.1. Grant of Security Interest. The Pledgor hereby pledges, hypothecates, collaterally assigns, and mortgages in favor of the Administrative Agent, for its benefit and the ratable benefit of each of the Secured Parties, and hereby grants to the Administrative Agent, for its benefit and the ratable benefit of the Secured Parties, a continuing security interest in, all of the following property (the "Collateral"):


(a) all issued and outstanding shares of Capital Stock of each
Pledged Share Issuer identified in Item B of Attachment 1 hereto;


(b) all other Pledged Shares issued from time to time;


(c) all other Pledged Property, whether now or hereafter delivered
to the Administrative Agent in connection with this Pledge Agreement;


(d) all Dividends, Distributions, and other payments and rights with
respect to any Pledged Property; and


(e) all proceeds of any of the foregoing.


SECTION 2.2. Security for Obligations. This Pledge Agreement secures the payment in full of all Obligations of the Borrower now or hereafter existing under the Credit Agreement, the Notes and each other Loan Document to which the Borrower is or may become a party, whether for principal, interest, costs, fees, expenses, or otherwise, and all obligations of the Pledgor and each other Obligor whether now or hereafter existing under this Pledge Agreement and each other Loan Document to which the Pledgor or such other Obligor is or may become a party (all such obligations of the Borrower, the Pledgor and such other Obligor being the "Secured Obligations").


SECTION 2.3. Delivery of Pledged Property. All certificates or instruments representing or evidencing any Collateral, including all Pledged Shares shall be delivered to and held by or on behalf of the Administrative Agent pursuant


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hereto, shall be in suitable form for transfer by delivery, and shall be accompanied by all necessary instruments of transfer or assignment, duly executed in blank.


SECTION 2.4. Dividends on Pledged Shares. In the event that any Dividend or liquidating dividend is permitted to be paid (in accordance with Section 7.2.6 of the Credit Agreement) on any Pledged Share, such Dividend, liquidating dividend or payment may be paid directly to the Pledgor. If any Dividend, liquidating dividend or payment is paid in contravention of Section 7.2.6 of the Credit Agreement, the Pledgor shall hold the same segregated and in trust for the Administrative Agent (in accordance with Section 4.1.4 hereof) to be applied to the Secured Obligations in accordance with Section 6.4.


SECTION 2.5. Continuing Security Interest; Transfer of Note. This Pledge Agreement shall create a continuing security interest in the Collateral and shall


(a) remain in full force and effect until payment in full in
immediately available funds of all Secured Obligations, the termination or
expiration of all Letters of Credit and the termination of all
Commitments,


(b) be binding upon the Pledgor and its successors, transferees and
assigns, and


(c) inure, together with the rights and remedies of the
Administrative Agent hereunder, to the benefit of the Administrative Agent
and each other Secured Party.


Without limiting the foregoing clause (c), any Lender may assign or otherwise transfer (in whole or in part) any Note or Loan held by it to any other Person or entity, and such other Person or entity shall thereupon become vested with all the rights and benefits in respect thereof granted to such Lender under any Loan Document (including this Pledge Agreement) or otherwise, subject, however, to any contrary provisions in such assignment or transfer, and to the provisions of Section 10.11 and Article IX of the Credit Agreement. Upon (i) the sale, transfer or other disposition of Collateral in accordance with the Credit Agreement or (ii) the payment in full of all Secured Obligations, the termination or expiration of all Letters of Credit and the


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termination of all Commitments, the security interests granted herein shall automatically terminate with respect to (x) such Collateral (in the case of clause (i)) or (y) all Collateral (in the case of clause (ii)). Upon any such sale, transfer, disposition or termination, the Administrative Agent will, at the Pledgor's sole expense, deliver to the Pledgor, without any representations, warranties or recourse of any kind whatsoever, all certificates and instruments representing or evidencing all Pledged Shares, together with all other Collateral held by the Administrative Agent hereunder, and execute and deliver to the Pledgor such documents as the Pledgor shall reasonably request to evidence such termination.


SECTION 2.6. Security Interest Absolute. All rights of the Administrative Agent and the security interests granted to the Administrative Agent hereunder, and all obligations of the Pledgor hereunder, shall be absolute and unconditional, irrespective of


(a) any lack of validity or enforceability of the Credit Agreement,
any Note or any other Loan Document,


(b) the failure of any Secured Party or any holder of any Note


(i) to assert any claim or demand or to enforce any right or
remedy against the Borrower, any other Obligor or any other Person
under the provisions of the Credit Agreement, any Note, any other
Loan Document or otherwise, or


(ii) to exercise any right or remedy against any other
guarantor of, or collateral securing, any Secured Obligations,


(c) any change in the time, manner or place of payment of, or in any
other term of, all or any of the Secured Obligations or any other
extension, compromise or renewal of any Secured Obligation,


(d) any reduction, limitation, impairment or termination of any
Secured Obligations for any reason, including any claim of waiver,
release, surrender,


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alteration or compromise, and shall not be subject to (and the Pledgor
hereby waives any right to or claim of) any defense or setoff,
counterclaim, recoupment or termination whatsoever by reason of the
invalidity, illegality, nongenuineness, irregularity, compromise,
unenforceability of, or any other event or occurrence affecting, any
Secured Obligations or otherwise,


(e) any amendment to, rescission, waiver, or other modification of,
or any consent to departure from, any of the terms of the Credit
Agreement, any Note or any other Loan Document,


(f) any addition, exchange, release, surrender or non-perfection of
any collateral (including the Collateral), or any amendment to or waiver
or release of or addition to or consent to departure from any guaranty,
for any of the Secured Obligations, or


(g) any other circumstances which might otherwise constitute a
defense available to, or a legal or equitable discharge of, the Pledgor,
the Borrower, any other Obligor, any surety or any guarantor.


SECTION 2.7. Postponement of Subrogation, etc. The Pledgor will not exercise any rights which it may acquire by reason of any payment made hereunder, whether by way of subrogation, reimbursement or otherwise, until the prior payment, in full and in immediately available funds, of all Secured Obligations, the termination or expiration of all Letters of Credit and the termination of all Commitments. Any amount paid to the Pledgor on account of any payment made utilizing any Collateral or proceeds thereof prior to the payment in full of all Secured Obligations shall be held in trust for the benefit of the Secured Parties and each holder of a Note and shall immediately be paid to the Administrative Agent and applied against the Secured Obligations, whether matured or unmatured, in accordance with Section 6.4; provided, however, that if


(a) the Pledgor has made payment to the Secured Parties and each
holder of a Note of all or any part of the Secured Obligations, and


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(b) all Secured Obligations have been paid in full, all Letters of
Credit have been terminated or expired and all Commitments have been
terminated,


each Secured Party and each holder of a Note agrees that, at the Pledgor's request, the Secured Parties and the holders of the Notes will execute and deliver to the Pledgor appropriate documents (without recourse and without representation or warranty) necessary to evidence the transfer by subrogation to the Pledgor of an interest in the Secured Obligations resulting from such payment by the Pledgor. In furtherance of the foregoing, for so long as any Secured Obligations, Letters of Credit or Commitments remain outstanding, the Pledgor shall refrain from taking any action or commencing any proceeding against the Borrower or any other Obligor (or its successors or assigns, whether
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