Right of First Offer Agreement - Willamette Industries Inc. and John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co.
RIGHT OF FIRST OFFER AGREEMENT
This agreement is made and entered this 15th day of May, 1996, by
and between Willamette Industries, Inc., an Oregon corporation ('Seller'), and
John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, a Massachusetts corporation
A. Seller and Buyer are parties to an Asset Sale, Purchase and
Transfer Agreement dated April 26, 1996 (the 'Purchase Agreement'), pursuant
to which Seller has agreed to buy certain timberland and related assets in the
state of Oregon.
B. All capitalized terms not otherwise defined herein shall have the
meanings given in the Purchase Agreement.
C. Buyer and Seller desire to enter into this Agreement to provide
Seller with certain rights with respect to the Timberland Properties.
NOW, THEREFORE, it is agreed as follows:
1. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement for a
period of 25 years following the Initial Closing, any sale or other transfer
by Buyer of its interest in the Timberland Properties, or any portion thereof,
other than Exempt Transfers as defined in Section 5 shall be subject to
Seller's right of first offer as provided below.
2. Subject to the provisions of Section 1, in the event Buyer desires
to sell or otherwise transfer, whether directly or indirectly, all or any part
of the Timberland Properties (the 'Offered Property'), it shall give a notice
(the 'First Offer Notice') to Seller. The First Offer Notice shall specify
the price and terms of sale including, without limitation, the description of
the Offered Property, the type of deed to be delivered, the exceptions to
which the Offered Property will be subject, whether or not title insurance
will be provided, and the allocation of responsibility for sales and
documentary taxes and other closing costs. The First Offer Notice shall
constitute an offer by Buyer to sell its interest in the Offered Property to
Seller on the price and terms and conditions set forth in such notice.
Seller, if it desires to accept such offer, shall, within 30 days after the
giving of the First Offer Notice, give Buyer written notice to such effect
(the 'Acceptance Notice'). If Seller shall fail to give the Acceptance Notice
within the time period provided, Seller shall be deemed to have consented to
the proposed sale and Buyer may sell its interest in the Offered Property upon
the price and terms and conditions set forth in the First Offer Notice at any
time within six months of the expiration of the time period for the giving of
the Acceptance Notice; provided, however, that Buyer may only, during such
period, sell at any price equal to or greater than 100 percent the price
stated in the First Offer Notice and on terms no more favorable to the
purchaser than the terms included in the First Offer Notice.
3. In the event that Seller gives Buyer an Acceptance Notice, then, on
such business day as Seller shall set forth in the Acceptance Notice, which
shall be not less than 30 days nor more than 90 days after the giving of the
Acceptance Notice, Seller shall purchase the Offered Property for the purchase
price stated in the First Offer Notice and upon the other terms and conditions
of the First Offer Notice. The closing of the sale shall be held in the
offices of The Campbell Group, Inc., in Portland, Oregon, or at such other
place as the parties to the sale may mutually agree, on the date selected as
provided above. At the closing, Buyer shall deliver to Seller its deed in the
form and subject to the exceptions stated in the First Offer Notice.
4. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, if any
part of the Offered Property to be purchased by Seller pursuant to this
Agreement does not have legal, historical, or practical access rights
sufficient for timber harvest activity in accordance with then current
industry practices for Northwestern Oregon, then such purchase shall include,
whether or not described in the First Offer Notice or the Acceptance Notice
with respect thereto, additional land or easements providing for such rights
of way for access and utilities over reasonable routes on or appurtenant to
such Offered Property but over land owned by Buyer or entities controlled by
Buyer as shall be necessary for Seller, its successors and assigns, to have
such access, in perpetuity, to the purchased Offered Property. No such
easements shall unreasonably interfere with Buyer's current or contemplated
5. The provisions of this Agreement shall not apply to discretionary
sales by Buyer and entities controlled by Buyer of not more than 10,000 acres
in the aggregate, cutting contracts entered into by Buyer and entities
controlled by Buyer of not more than 10,000 acres in the aggregate, none of
which shall have a duration in excess of 36 months; transfers or leases
(including the assignment of existing leases) of mineral rights, including but
not limited to the transfer or leasing of geological formations useful for the
underground storage of natural gas, compressed air, and other gaseous
substances; right of way easements granted in the ordinary course of business,
changes of ownership between Buyer and controlled entities, or distributions
in kind to owners of a controlled entity (collectively 'Exempt Transfers');
provided that Buyer shall give Seller written notice of each proposed Exempt
Transfer at least 30 days prior to the consummation of the transfer and;
provided further that in case of changes of ownership between Buyer and
controlled entities or distributions in kind, the property transferred shall
remain subject to the provisions of this Agreement and Buyer shall deliver to
Seller a written acknowledgment of the transferee that it is bound by the
provisions of this Agreement.
6. In the event of a sale to a third party pursuant to paragraph 2 or
an exempt transfer to an independent third party pursuant to paragraph 5,
Seller shall, at the request of Buyer, execute and acknowledge a memorandum
for recording to evidence that the transferred property is no longer subject
to Seller's rights under this Agreement.
7. The parties shall cause a memorandum of Seller's Right of First
Offer in the form of Exhibit A attached hereto, to be recorded in the official
records of Columbia County, Washington County, Clatsop County, and Tillamook
8. Any question, controversy, or claim arising under or relating to
this Agreement shall be settled by arbitration in accordance with the
provisions of Section 9.2 of the Purchase Agreement, except that the
arbitration hearing shall be held in Portland, Oregon.
9. Any notices to be delivered pursuant to this Agreement will be
delivered as specified in Section 12.5 of the Purchase Agreement.
10. This Agreement shall be binding on each buyer under the Purchase
Agreement controlled by Buyer. Seller may require as a condition of
conveyance of a portion of the Timberland Properties to any buyer controlled
by Buyer other than Buyer, that such buyer execute an instrument agreeing to
be bound by the terms of this Agreement.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties hereto have executed this Agreement as of
the date first above written.
WILLAMETTE INDUSTRIES, INC., an Oregon
By: /s/ Steven R. Rogel
Steven R. Rogel
President and Chief Executive Officer
JOHN HANCOCK MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, a
By: /s/ Paul A. Meissner, Jr.
Name: Paul A. Meissner, Jr.
Title: Assistant Treasurer
Exhibits to Right of First Offer Agreement
Exhibit A Memorandum of Right of First Offer Agreement
Exhibit 1 Legal Description of Timberland Properties