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Exhibit 4.1

C ONFORMED C OPY

 

 

 

AVISTA CORPORATION

TO

CITIBANK, N.A.

As Successor Trustee under

Mortgage and Deed of Trust,

dated as of June 1, 1939

 

 

Fifty-third Supplemental Indenture

Providing among other things for a series of bonds designated

“First Mortgage Bonds 4.45% Series due 2041”

Due December 14, 2041

 

 

Dated as of December 1, 2011

 

 

 


FIFTY-THIRD SUPPLEMENTAL INDENTURE

THIS INDENTURE , dated as of the 1 st day of December, 2011, between AVISTA CORPORATION (formerly known as The Washington Water Power Company), a corporation of the State of Washington, whose post office address is 1411 East Mission Avenue, Spokane, Washington 99202 (the “Company”), and CITIBANK, N.A., formerly First National City Bank (successor by merger to First National City Trust Company, formerly City Bank Farmers Trust Company), a national banking association incorporated and existing under the laws of the United States of America, whose post office address is 388 Greenwich Street, 14 th Floor, New York, New York 10013 (the “Trustee”), as Trustee under the Mortgage and Deed of Trust, dated as of June 1, 1939 (the “Original Mortgage”), executed and delivered by the Company to secure the payment of bonds issued or to be issued under and in accordance with the provisions thereof, this indenture (the “Fifty-third Supplemental Indenture”) being supplemental to the Original Mortgage, as heretofore supplemented and amended.

WHEREAS pursuant to a written request of the Company made in accordance with Section 103 of the Original Mortgage, Francis M. Pitt (then Individual Trustee under the Mortgage, as supplemented) ceased to be a trustee thereunder on July 23, 1969, and all of his powers as Individual Trustee have devolved upon the Trustee and its successors alone; and

WHEREAS by the Original Mortgage the Company covenanted that it would execute and deliver such further instruments and do such further acts as might be necessary or proper to carry out more effectually the purposes of the Original Mortgage and to make subject to the lien of the Original Mortgage any property thereafter acquired intended to be subject to the lien thereof; and

WHEREAS the Company has heretofore executed and delivered, in addition to the Original Mortgage, the indentures supplemental thereto, and has issued the series of bonds, set forth in Exhibit A hereto (the Original Mortgage, as supplemented and amended by the First through Fifty-second Supplemental Indentures, being herein sometimes called the “Mortgage”); and

WHEREAS the Original Mortgage and the First through Fifty-first Supplemental Indentures have been appropriately filed or recorded in various official records in the States of Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon, as set forth in the First through Fifty-second Supplemental Indentures and the Instrument of Further Assurance, dated December 15, 2001, hereinafter referred to; and

WHEREAS the Fifty-second Supplemental Indenture, dated as of August 1, 2011, has been appropriately filed or recorded in the various official records in the States of Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon, as set forth in Exhibit B hereto; and

WHEREAS for the purpose of confirming or perfecting the lien of the Mortgage on certain of its properties, the Company has heretofore executed and delivered a Short Form Mortgage and Security Agreement, in multiple counterparts dated as of various dates in 1992, and such instrument has been appropriately filed or recorded in the various official records in the States of Montana and Oregon; and

 

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WHEREAS for the purpose of confirming or perfecting the lien of the Mortgage on certain of its properties, the Company has heretofore executed and delivered an Instrument of Further Assurance dated as of December 15, 2001, and such instrument has been appropriately filed or recorded in the various official records in the States of Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon; and

WHEREAS in addition to the property described in the Mortgage the Company has acquired certain other property, rights and interests in property; and

WHEREAS Section 120 of the Original Mortgage, as heretofore amended, provides that, without the consent of any holders of bonds, the Company and the Trustee, at any time and from time to time, may enter into indentures supplemental to the Original Mortgage for various purposes set forth therein, including, without limitation, to cure ambiguities or correct defective or inconsistent provisions or to make other changes therein that shall not adversely affect the interests of the holders of bonds of any series in any material respect or to establish the form or terms of bonds of any series as contemplated by Article II; and

WHEREAS Section 8 of the Original Mortgage, as heretofore amended, provides that the form of each series of bonds (other than the First Series) issued thereunder and of the coupons to be attached to coupon bonds of such series shall be established by Resolution of the Board of Directors of the Company or by Treasurer’s Certificate, or shall be set forth in an indenture supplemental to the Original Mortgage; that the form of such series, as so established, shall specify the descriptive title of the bonds and various other terms thereof; and that such series may also contain such provisions not inconsistent with the provisions of the Mortgage as the Company may, in its discretion, cause to be inserted therein expressing or referring to the terms and conditions upon which such bonds are to be issued and/or secured under the Mortgage; and

WHEREAS the Company now desires to create a new series of bonds; and

WHEREAS the execution and delivery by the Company of this Fifty-third Supplemental Indenture and the terms of the Bonds of the Fifty-fourth Series, hereinafter referred to, have been duly authorized by the Board of Directors of the Company by appropriate Resolutions of said Board of Directors, and all things necessary to make this Fifty-third Supplemental Indenture a valid, binding and legal instrument have been performed;

 

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NOW, THEREFORE, THIS INDENTURE WITNESSETH: That the Company, in consideration of the premises and of other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency whereof are hereby acknowledged, hereby confirms the estate, title and rights of the Trustee (including, without limitation, the lien of the Mortgage on the property of the Company subjected thereto, whether now owned or hereafter acquired) held as security for the payment of both the principal of and interest and premium, if any, on the bonds from time to time issued under the Mortgage according to their tenor and effect and the performance of all the provisions of the Mortgage and of such bonds, and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, hereby confirms the grant, bargain, sale, release, conveyance, assignment, transfer, mortgage, pledge, setting over and confirmation unto the Trustee, contained in the Mortgage, of all the following described properties of the Company, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, namely:

All of the property, real, personal and mixed, of every character and wheresoever situated (except any hereinafter or in the Mortgage expressly excepted) which the Company now owns or, subject to the provisions of Section 87 of the Original Mortgage, may hereafter acquire prior to the satisfaction and discharge of the Mortgage, as fully and completely as if herein or in the Mortgage specifically described, and including (without in anywise limiting or impairing by the enumeration of the same the scope and intent of the foregoing or of any general description contained in Mortgage) all lands, real estate, easements, servitudes, rights of way and leasehold and other interests in real estate; all rights to the use or appropriation of water, flowage rights, water storage rights, flooding rights, and other rights in respect of or relating to water; all plants for the generation of electricity, power houses, dams, dam sites, reservoirs, flumes, raceways, diversion works, head works, waterways, water works, water systems, gas plants, steam heat plants, hot water plants, ice or refrigeration plants, stations, substations, offices, buildings and other works and structures and the equipment thereof and all improvements, extensions and additions thereto; all generators, machinery, engines, turbines, boilers, dynamos, transformers, motors, electric machines, switchboards, regulators, meters, electrical and mechanical appliances, conduits, cables, pipes and mains; all lines and systems for the transmission and distribution of electric current, gas, steam heat or water for any purpose; all towers, mains, pipes, poles, pole lines, conduits, cables, wires, switch racks, insulators, compressors, pumps, fittings, valves and connections; all motor vehicles and automobiles; all tools, implements, apparatus, furniture, stores, supplies and equipment; all franchises (except the Company’s franchise to be a corporation), licenses, permits, rights, powers and privileges; and (except as hereinafter or in the Mortgage expressly excepted) all the right, title and interest of the Company in and to all other property of any kind or nature.

The property so conveyed or intended to be so conveyed under the Mortgage shall include, but shall not be limited to, the property set forth in Exhibit C hereto, the particular description of which is intended only to aid in the identification thereof and shall not be construed as limiting the force, effect and scope of the foregoing.

 

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TOGETHER WITH all and singular the tenements, hereditaments and appurtenances belonging or in anywise appertaining to the aforesaid property or any part thereof, with the reversion and reversions, remainder and remainders and (subject to the provisions of Section 57 of the Original Mortgage) the tolls, rents, revenues, issues, earnings, income, product and profits thereof, and all the estate, right, title and interest and claim whatsoever, at law as well as in equity, which the Company now has or may hereafter acquire in and to the aforesaid property and franchises and every part and parcel thereof.

THE COMPANY HEREBY CONFIRMS that, subject to the provisions of Section 87 of the Original Mortgage, all the property, rights, and franchises acquired by the Company after the date thereof (except any hereinbefore or hereinafter or in the Mortgage expressly excepted) are and shall be as fully embraced within the lien of the Mortgage as if such property, rights and franchises had been owned by the Company at the date of the Original Mortgage and had been specifically described therein.

PROVIDED THAT the following were not and were not intended to be then or now or hereafter granted, bargained, sold, released, conveyed, assigned, transferred, mortgaged, pledged, set over or confirmed under the Mortgage and were, are and shall be expressly excepted from the lien and operation of the Mortgage namely: (l) cash, shares of stock and obligations (including bonds, notes and other securities) not hereafter specifically pledged, paid, deposited or delivered under the Mortgage or covenanted so to be; (2) merchandise, equipment, materials or supplies held for the purpose of sale in the usual course of business or for consumption in the operation of any properties of the Company; (3) bills, notes and accounts receivable, and all contracts, leases and operating agreements not specifically pledged under the Mortgage or covenanted so to be; (4) electric energy and other materials or products generated, manufactured, produced or purchased by the Company for sale, distribution or use in the ordinary course of its business; and (5) any property heretofore released pursuant to any provisions of the Mortgage and not heretofore disposed of by the Company; provided, however, that the property and rights expressly excepted from the lien and operation of the Mortgage in the above subdivisions (2) and (3) shall (to the extent permitted by law) cease to be so excepted in the event that the Trustee or a receiver or trustee shall enter upon and take possession of the Mortgaged and Pledged Property in the manner provided in Article XII of the Original Mortgage by reason of the occurrence of a Completed Default as defined in said Article XII.

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD all such properties, real, personal and mixed, granted, bargained, sold, released, conveyed, assigned, transferred, mortgaged, pledged, set over or confirmed by the Company in the Mortgage as aforesaid, or intended so to be, unto the Trustee, and its successors, heirs and assigns forever.

IN TRUST NEVERTHELESS, for the same purposes and upon the same terms, trusts and conditions and subject to and with the same provisos and covenants as set forth in the Mortgage, this Fifty-third Supplemental Indenture being supplemental to the Mortgage.

 

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AND IT IS HEREBY FURTHER CONFIRMED by the Company that all the terms, conditions, provisos, covenants and provisions contained in the Mortgage shall affect and apply to the property in the Mortgage described and conveyed, and to the estates, rights, obligations and duties of the Company and the Trustee and the beneficiaries of the trust with respect to said property, and to the Trustee and its successors in the trust, in the same manner and with the same effect as if the said property had been owned by the Company at the time of the execution of the Original Mortgage, and had been specifically and at length described in and conveyed to said Trustee by the Original Mortgage as a part of the property therein stated to be conveyed.

The Company further covenants and agrees to and with the Trustee and its successor or successors in such trust under the Mortgage, as follows:

ARTICLE I

Fifty-fourth Series of Bonds

SECTION 1. (I) There shall be a series of bonds designated “First Mortgage Bonds, 4.45% Series due 2041” (herein sometimes referred to as the “Bonds of the Fifty-fourth Series”), each of which shall also bear the descriptive title First Mortgage Bond and the form thereof is set forth on Exhibit D hereto. The Bonds of the Fifty-fourth Series shall be issued as fully registered Bonds in denominations of One Thousand Dollars and, at the option of the Company, any amount in excess thereof (the exercise of such option to be evidenced by the execution and delivery thereof) and shall be dated as in Section 10 of the Original Mortgage provided. The Bonds of the Fifty-fourth Series shall be limited in aggregate principal amount to $85,000,000 (except for Bonds of such series authenticated and delivered upon transfer of or in exchange for, or in lieu of, other Bonds of such series).

(II) The Bonds of the Fifty-fourth Series shall mature, bear interest, be payable, be redeemable and be otherwise as set forth below:

(a) the principal of Bonds of the Fifty-fourth Series shall (unless theretofore paid) be payable on the Stated Maturity Date (as hereinafter defined);

(b) the Bonds of the Fifty-fourth Series shall bear interest at the rate of four and forty-five one hundredths percentum (4.45%) per annum; interest on such Bonds shall accrue from and including December 14, 2011, except as otherwise provided in the form of bond attached hereto as Exhibit D; interest on such Bonds shall be payable on each Interest Payment Date and at Maturity (as each of such terms is hereinafter defined); and interest on such Bonds during any period for which payment is made shall be computed on the basis of a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-days months;

 

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(c) the principal of and premium, if any, and interest on each Bond of the Fifty-fourth Series payable at Maturity shall be payable upon presentation thereof at the office or agency of the Company in the Borough of Manhattan, The City of New York, in such coin or currency as at the time of payment is legal tender for public and private debts. The interest on each Bond of the Fifty-fourth Series (other than interest payable at Maturity) shall be payable by check, in similar coin or currency, mailed to the registered owner thereof as of the close of business on the Record Date (as hereinafter defined) next preceding each Interest Payment Date; provided, however, that if such registered owner shall be a securities depositary, such payment may be made by such other means in lieu of check as shall be agreed upon by the Company, the Trustee and such registered owner; and, provided, further, that, so long as the Bonds of the Fifty-fourth Series shall be held by an Institutional Investor (as hereinafter defined), payment of principal of and premium, if any, and interest on the Bonds of the Fifty-fourth Series shall be payable in the manner specified in the Bond Purchase Agreement (as hereinafter defined).

(d) The Bonds of the Fifty-fourth Series shall be redeemable in whole at any time, or in part from time to time, at the option of the Company at a redemption price equal to the greater of

(i) 100% of the principal amount of the Bonds being redeemed, and

(ii) the sum of the present values of the remaining scheduled payments of principal of and interest (not including any portion of any scheduled payment of interest which accrued prior to the redemption date) on the Bonds being redeemed discounted to the date of redemption on a semiannual basis (assuming a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months) at a discount rate equal to the Treasury Yield (as hereinafter defined) plus 50 basis points,

plus , in the case of either (i) or (ii) above, whichever is applicable, accrued interest on such Bonds to the date of redemption.

(e) (i) “Treasury Yield” means, with respect to any redemption of Bonds of the Fifty-fourth Series, the rate per annum equal to the semiannual equivalent yield to maturity of the Comparable Treasury Issue, assuming a price for the Comparable Treasury Issue (expressed as a percentage of its principal amount) equal to the Comparable Treasury Price. The Treasury Yield shall be calculated as of the third business day preceding the redemption date (the “Calculation Date”).

(ii) “Comparable Treasury Issue” means the United States Treasury security selected by an Independent Investment B


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