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THIS WARRANT AND THE SHARES ISSUABLE HEREUNDER HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED (THE "ACT"), OR THE SECURITIES LAWS OF ANY STATE AND, EXCEPT AND PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 5 BELOW, MAY NOT BE OFFERED, SOLD OR OTHERWISE TRANSFERRED, PLEDGED OR HYPOTHECATED UNLESS AND UNTIL REGISTERED UNDER SAID ACT AND APPLICABLE STATE SECURITIES LAW OR, IN THE OPINION OF LEGAL COUNSEL IN FORM AND SUBSTANCE SATISFACTORY TO THE ISSUER OF THESE SECURITIES, SUCH OFFER, SALE OR TRANSFER, PLEDGE OR HYPOTHECATION IS EXEMPT FROM REGISTRATION.

WARRANT TO PURCHASE STOCK

Company:   A123 Systems, Inc.
Number of Shares:   10,383, subject to adjustment
Class of Stock:   Series C Convertible Preferred Stock
Warrant Price:   $3.371016, subject to adjustment
Issue Date:   August 2, 2006
Expiration Date:   August 1, 2013
Credit Facility:   This Warrant is issued in connection with that certain Term Loan and Security Agreement of even date herewith between Silicon Valley Bank, Gold Hill Venture and the Company.

        THIS WARRANT CERTIFIES THAT, for good and valuable consideration, GOLD HILL VENTURE LENDING 03, L.P. (Gold Hill Venture Lending 03, L.P., together with any successor or permitted assignee or transferee of this Warrant or of any shares issued upon exercise hereof, is referred to hereinafter as "Holder") is entitled to purchase the number of fully paid and nonassessable shares (the "Shares") of the class of securities (the "Class") of the above-named company (the "Company") at the above-stated Warrant Price, all as set forth above and as adjusted pursuant to Article 2 of this Warrant, subject to the provisions and upon the terms and conditions set forth in this Warrant.

ARTICLE 1.    EXERCISE.

        1.1    Method of Exercise.    Holder may exercise this Warrant by delivering the original of this Warrant together with a duly executed Notice of Exercise in substantially the form attached as Appendix 1 to the principal office of the Company. Unless Holder is exercising the conversion right set forth in Article 1.2, Holder shall also deliver to the Company a check, wire transfer (to an account designated by the Company), or other form of payment acceptable to the Company for the aggregate Warrant Price for the Shares being purchased.

        1.2    Conversion Right.    In lieu of exercising this Warrant as specified in Article 1.1, Holder may from time to time convert this Warrant, in whole or in part, into a number of Shares determined by dividing (a) the aggregate fair market value of the Shares or other securities otherwise issuable upon exercise of this Warrant minus the aggregate Warrant Price of such Shares by (b) the fair market value of one Share. The fair market value of the Shares shall be determined pursuant to Article 1.3.

        1.3    Fair Market Value.    If the Company's common stock is traded in a public market and the Shares are common stock, the fair market value of a Share shall be the closing price of a share of common stock reported for the business day immediately before Holder delivers this Warrant together with its Notice of Exercise to the Company (or in the instance where the Warrant is exercised



immediately prior to the effectiveness of the Company's initial public offering ("IPO"), the "price to public" per share price specified in the final prospectus relating to such offering). If the Company's common stock is traded in a public market and the Shares are preferred stock, the fair market value of a Share shall be the closing price of a share of the Company's common stock reported for the business day immediately before Holder delivers this Warrant together with its Notice of Exercise to the Company (or, in the instance where the Warrant is exercised immediately prior to the effectiveness of the Company's IPO, the initial "price to public" per share price specified in the final prospectus relating to such offering), in both cases, multiplied by the number of shares of the Company's common stock into which a Share is then convertible. If the Company's common stock is not traded in a public market, the Board of Directors of the Company shall determine fair market value in its reasonable good faith judgment.

        1.4    Delivery of Certificate and New Warrant.    Promptly after Holder exercises or converts this Warrant and, if applicable, the Company receives payment of the aggregate Warrant Price, the Company shall deliver to Holder certificates for the Shares acquired and, if this Warrant has not been fully exercised or converted and has not expired, a new Warrant representing the Shares not so acquired.

        1.5    Replacement of Warrants.    On receipt of evidence reasonably satisfactory to the Company of the loss, theft, destruction or mutilation of this Warrant and, in the case of loss, theft or destruction, on delivery of an indemnity agreement reasonably satisfactory in form and amount to the Company or, in the case of mutilation, or surrender and cancellation of this Warrant, the Company shall execute and deliver, in lieu of this Warrant, a new warrant of like tenor.

        1.6    Treatment of Warrant Upon Acquisition of Company.    

        1.6.1    "Acquisition".    For the purpose of this Warrant, "Acquisition" means any sale, license, or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company, or any reorganization, consolidation, merger or sale of outstanding capital stock of the Company where the holders of the Company's securities before the transaction beneficially own less than a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the surviving entity after the transaction.

        1.6.2    Treatment of Warrant at Acquisition.    

A)
Upon the written request of the Company, Holder agrees that, in the event of an Acquisition (other than a True Asset Sale (as defined below)) in which the sole consideration is cash, either (a) Holder shall exercise its conversion or purchase right under this Warrant and such exercise will be deemed effective immediately prior to the consummation of such Acquisition or (b) if Holder elects not to exercise the Warrant, this Warrant will expire upon the consummation of such Acquisition. The Company shall provide the Holder with written notice of its request relating to the foregoing (together with such reasonable information as the Holder may request in connection with such contemplated Acquisition giving rise to such notice), which is to be delivered to Holder not less than ten (10) days prior to the closing of the proposed Acquisition.

B)
Upon the written request of the Company, Holder agrees that, in the event of an Acquisition that is an "arms length" sale of all or substantially all of the Company's assets (and only its assets) to a third party that is not an Affiliate (as defined below) of the Company (a "True Asset Sale"), either (a) Holder shall exercise its conversion or purchase right under this Warrant and such exercise will be deemed effective immediately prior to the consummation of such Acquisition or (b) if Holder elects not to exercise the Warrant, this Warrant will continue until the Expiration Date if the Company continues as a going concern following the closing of any such True Asset Sale. The Company shall provide the Holder with written notice of its request relating to the foregoing (together with such reasonable information as the Holder may request in connection with such contemplated Acquisition giving rise to such notice), which shall be delivered to Holder not less than ten (10) days prior to the closing of the proposed Acquisition.

C)
Upon the closing of any Acquisition other than those particularly described in subsections (A) and (B) above, the successor entity shall assume the obligations of this Warrant, and this Warrant shall be exercisable for the same securities, cash, and property as would be payable for the Shares

issuable upon exercise of the unexercised portion of this Warrant as if such Shares were outstanding on the record date for the Acquisition and subsequent closing. The Warrant Price and/or number of Shares shall be adjusted accordingly.

As used herein "Affiliate" shall mean any person or entity that owns or controls directly or indirectly ten percent (10%) or more of the stock of Company, any person or entity that controls or is controlled by or is under common control with such persons or entities, and each of such person's or entity's officers, directors, joint venturers or partners, as applicable.

        1.6.3    Certain Acquisitions.    Notwithstanding Section 1.6.2 above, in the event that the acquirer in an Acquisition (other than an acquisition in which the consideration received by the Company's stockholders consists solely of cash and/or cash equivalents) does not agree to assume this Warrant at and as of the closing thereof, this Warrant, to the extent not exercised or converted on or prior to such closing, shall terminate and be of no further force and effect as of immediately following such closing if all of the following conditions are met: (i) the acquirer is subject to the reporting requirements of Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, (ii) the class of stock or other security of the acquire that would be received by Holder in connection with such Acquisition were Holder to exercise or convert this Warrant on or prior to the closing thereof is listed for trading on a national securities exchange or approved for quotation on an automated inter-dealer quotation system, (iii) the value (determined as of the closing of such Acquisition in accordance with the definitive agreements therefor) of the acquirer stock and/or other securities that would be received by Holder in respect of each Share were Holder to exercise or convert this Warrant on or immediately prior to the closing of such Acquisition is equal to or greater than 3.5 times the then-effective Warrant Price, (iv) Holder would be able to publicly resell all of the acquirer stock and/or other securities that would be received by Holder in such Acquisition were Holder to exercise or convert this. Warrant on or prior to the closing of such Acquisition during the three (3) month period immediately following the closing thereof pursuant to an effective registration statement under the covering such acquiror stock and/or other securities or pursuant to the provisions of Rule 144 under the Act, and (v) the Company provides the Holder with written notice of such Acquisition relating to the foregoing (together with such reasonable information as the Holder may request in connection with such contemplated Acquisition giving rise to such notice), which is received by the Holder not less than ten (10) days prior to the closing of the proposed Acquisition.

ARTICLE 2.    ADJUSTMENTS TO THE SHARES.

        2.1    Stock Dividends, Splits, Etc.    If the Company declares or pays a dividend on the outstanding shares of the Class payable in common stock or other securities, then upon exercise of this Warrant, for each Share acquired, Holder shall receive, without cost to Holder, the total number and kind of securities to which Holder would have been entitled had Holder owned the Shares of record as of the date the dividend occurred. If the Company subdivides the outstanding shares of the Class by reclassification or otherwise into a greater number of shares or takes any other action which increase the amount of common stock into which the one share of the Class is convertible, the number of Shares purchasable hereunder shall be proportionately increased and the Warrant Price shall be proportionately decreased. If the outstanding shares of the Class are combined or consolidated, by reclassification or otherwise, into a lesser number of shares, the Warrant Price shall be proportionately increased and the number of Shares shall be proportionately decreased.

        2.2    Reclassification, Exchange, Combinations or Substitution.    Upon any reclassification, exchange, substitution, or other event that results in a change of the number and/or class of the securities issuable upon exercise or conversion of this Warrant, Holder shall be entitled to receive, upon exercise or conversion of this Warrant, the number and kind of securities and property that Holder would have received for the Shares if this Warrant had been exercised immediately before such reclassification, exchange, substitution, or other event. Such an event shall include, without limitation, any automatic conversion of the outstanding or issuable securities of the Company of the same class or series as the



Shares to common stock pursuant to the terms of the Company's Articles or Certificate (as applicable) of Incorporation upon the closing of the IPO. The Company or its successor shall promptly issue to Holder an amendment to this Warrant setting forth the number and kind of such new securities or other property issuable upon exercise or conversion of this Warrant as a result of such reclassification, exchange, substitution or other event that results in a change of the number and/or class of securities issuable upon exercise or conversion of this Warrant. The amendment to this Warrant shall provide for adjustments which shall be as nearly equivalent as may be practicable to the adjustments provided for in this Article 2 including, without limitation, adjustments to the Warrant Price and to the number of securities or property issuable upon exercise of the new Warrant. The provisions of this Article 2.2 shall similarly apply to successive reclassifications, exchanges, substitutions, or other events.

        2.3    Adjustments for Diluting Issuances.    The Warrant Price and the number of shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the Shares shall be subject to adjustment, from time to time in the manner set forth in the Company's Articles or Certificate of Incorporation as if the Shares were issued and outstanding on and as of the date of any such required adjustment. The provisions set forth for the Shares in the Company's Articles or Certificate (as applicable) of Incorporation relating to the above in effect as of the Issue Date may not be amended, modified or waived, without the prior written consent of Holder unless such amendment, modification or waiver affects the rights associated with the Shares in the same manner as such amendment, modification or waiver affects the rights associated with all other shares of the same series and class as the Shares granted to the Holder.

        2.4    No Impairment.    The Company shall not, by amendment of its Articles or Certificate (as applicable) of Incorporation or through a reorganization, transfer of assets, consolidation, merger, dissolution, issue, or sale of securities or any other voluntary action, avoid or seek to avoid the observance or performance of any of the terms to be observed or performed under this Warrant by the Company, but shall at all times in good faith assist in carrying out of all the provisions of this Article 2 and in taking all such action as may be necessary or appropriate to protect Holder's rights under this Article against impairment.

        2.5    Fractional Shares.    No fractional Shares shall be issuable upon exercise or conversion of the Warrant and the number of Shares to be issued shall be rounded down to the nearest whole Share. If a fractional share interest arises upon any exercise or conversion of the Warrant, the Company shall eliminate such fractional share interest by paying Holder the amount computed by multiplying the fractional interest by the fair market value of a full Share.

        2.6    Certificate as to Adjustments.    Upon each adjustment of the Warrant Price, the Company shall promptly notify Holder in writing, and, at the Company's expense, promptly compute such adjustment, and furnish Holder with a certificate of its Chief Financial Officer setting forth such adjustment and the facts upon which such adjustment is based. The Company shall, upon written request, furnish Holder a certificate setting forth the Warrant Price in effect upon the date thereof and the series of adjustments leading to such Warrant Price.

ARTICLE 3.    REPRESENTATIONS AND COVENANTS OF THE COMPANY.

        3.1    Representations and Warranties.    The Company represents and warrants to, and agrees with, the Holder as follows:

        (a)   The initial Warrant Price referenced on the first page of this Warrant is not greater than the price per share at which shares of the same class and series as the Shares were last issued in an arms-length transaction in which at least $500,000 of such shares were sold.

        (b)   All Shares which may be issued upon the exercise of the purchase right represented by this Warrant, and all securities, if any, issuable upon conversion of the Shares, shall, upon issuance, be duly authorized, validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable, and free of any liens and encumbrances except for restrictions on transfer provided for herein or under applicable federal and state securities laws.


        (c)   The Company's capitalization table attached hereto as Schedule 1 is true and complete as of the Issue Date.

        3.2    Notice of Certain Events.    If the Company proposes at any time (a) to declare any dividend or distribution upon the outstanding shares of the same class and series as the Shares, whether in cash, property, stock, or other securities and whether or not a regular cash dividend; (b) to effect any reclassification, reorganization or recapitalization of any of its stock; or (c) to effect an Acquisition or to liquidate, dissolve or wind up, then, in connection with each such event, the Company shall give Holder: (1) at least 10 days prior written notice of the date on which a record will be taken for such dividend or distribution (and specifying the date on which the holders of shares of the same class and series as the Shares will be entitled thereto) or for determining rights to vote, if any, in respect of the matters referred to in (c) and (d) above; and (2) in the case of the matters referred to in (b) and (c) above at least 10 days prior written notice of the date when the same will take place (and specifying the date on which the holders of shares of the same class and series as the Shares will be entitled to exchange their shares for the securities or other property deliverable upon the occurrence of such event.

        3.3    Registration Under Securities Act of 1933, as amended.    The Company agrees that the Shares or, if the Shares are convertible into common stock of the Company, such common stock, shall have certain incidental, or "Piggyback" and S-3 registration rights pursuant to and as set forth in the Company's Fourth Amended and Restated Investor Rights Agreement dated as of the date hereof (the "IRA").

        3.4    No Shareholder Rights.    Except as provided in this Warrant, Holder will not have any rights as a shareholder of the Company until the exercise of this Warrant.

        3.5    Certain Information.    The Company agrees to provide Holder at any time and from time to time with such information as Holder may reasonably request for purposes of Holder's compliance with regulatory, accounting and reporting requirements applicable to Holder.

ARTICLE 4.    REPRESENTATIONS, WARRANTIES AND COVENANTS OF THE HOLDER.    The Holder represents and warrants to the Company as follows:

        4.1    Purchase for Own Account.    This Warrant and the securities to be acquired upon exercise of this Warrant by Holder will be acquired for investment for Holder's account, not as a nominee or agent, and not with a view to the public resale or distribution within the meaning of the Act. Holder also represents that it has not been formed for the specific purpose of acquiring this Warrant or the Shares.

        4.2    Disclosure of Information.    Holder has received or has had full access to all the information it considers necessary or appropriate to make an informed investment decision with respect to the acquisition of this Warrant and its underlying securities. Holder further has had an opportunity to ask questions and receive answers from the Company regarding the terms and conditions of the offering of this Warrant and its underlying securities and to obtain additional information (to the extent the Company possessed such information or could acquire it without unreasonable effort or expense) necessary to verify any information furnished to Holder or to which Holder has access.


        4.3    Investment Experience.    Holder understands that the purchase of this Warrant and its underlying securities involves substantial risk. Holder has experience as an investor in securities of companies in the development stage and acknowledges that Holder can bear the economic risk of such Holder's investment in this Warrant and its underlying securities and has such knowledge and experience in financial or business matters that Holder is capable of evaluating the merits and risks of its investment in this Warrant and its underlying securities and/or has a preexisting personal or business relationship with the Company and certain of its officers, directors or controlling persons of a nature and duration that enables Holder to be aware of the character, business acumen and financial circumstances of such persons.

        4.4    Accredited Investor Status.    Holder is an "accredited investor" within the meaning of Regulation D promulgated under the Act.

        4.5    The Act.    Holder understands that this Warrant and the Shares issuable upon exercise or conversion hereof have not been registered under the Act in reliance upon a specific exemption therefrom, which exemption depends upon, among other things, the bona fide nature of the Holder's investment intent as expressed herein. Holder understands that this Warrant and the Shares issued upon any exercise or conversion hereof must be held indefinitely unless subsequently registered under the 1933 Act and qualified under applicable state securities laws, or unless exemption from such registration and qualification are otherwise available.

        4.6    Lock-Up Agreement.    The Holder, if requested by the Company and the managing underwriter of the Company's IPO, agrees not to sell or otherwise transfer or dispose of any securities of the Company held by the Holder for a period specified by the managing underwriter not to exceed 180 days following the effective date of the registration statement for such IPO; and the Holder agrees to execute a "lock-up" agreement with the Company and the managing underwriter of such IPO confirming such agreement if requested by the Company; provided that: (i) such lock-up and agreements set forth in this Section 4.6 shall only apply to the initial public offering of common stock of the Company to be sold by or on behalf of the Company in an underwritten offering, and (ii) all stockholders of the Company then holding at least 5% of the outstanding common stock (on an as-converted basis) of the Company and all officers and/or directors of the Company enter into similar agreements and are not released, in whole or part, from such lock-up obligations in connection with such IPO.

ARTICLE 5.    MISCELLANEOUS.

        5.1    Term:    This Warrant is exercisable in whole or in part at any time and from time to time on or before the Expiration Date.

        5.2    Legends.    This Warrant and the Shares (and the securities issuable, directly or indirectly, upon conversion of the Shares, if any) shall be imprinted with a legend in substantially the following form:

THIS WARRANT AND THE SHARES ISSUABLE HEREUNDER HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE ACT, OR THE SECURITIES LAWS OF ANY STATE AND, EXCEPT AND PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 5 OF THAT CERTAIN WARRANT TO PURCHASE STOCK ISSUED BY THE COMPANY TO GOLD HILL VENTURE LENDING 03, L.P. VALLEY BANK DATED AS OF AUGUST 1, 2006 MAY NOT BE OFFERED, SOLD OR OTHERWISE TRANSFERRED, PLEDGED OR HYPOTHECATED UNLESS AND UNTIL REGISTERED UNDER SAID ACT AND APPLICABLE STATE SECURITIES LAW OR, IN THE OPINION OF LEGAL COUNSEL IN FORM AND SUBSTANCE SATISFACTORY TO THE ISSUER OF THESE SECURITIES, SUCH OFFER, SALE OR TRANSFER, PLEDGE OR HYPOTHECATION IS EXEMPT FROM REGISTRATION.

        5.3    Compliance with Securities Laws on Transfer.    This Warrant and the Shares issuable upon exercise of this Warrant (and the securities issuable, directly or indirectly, upon conversion of the


Shares, if any) may not be transferred or assigned in whole or in part without compliance with applicable federal and state securities laws by the transferor and the transferee (including, without limitation, the delivery of investment representation letters and legal opinions reasonably satisfactory to the Company, as reasonably requested by the Company). The Company shall not require Holder to provide an opinion of counsel if the transfer is to an affiliate of Holder, provided that any such transferee is an "accredited investor" as defined in Regulation D promulgated under the Act.

        5.4    Transfer Procedure.    Holder may transfer all or part of this Warrant or the Shares issuable upon exercise of this Warrant (or the Shares issuable directly or indirectly, upon conversion of the Shares, if any) to any transferee, provided, however, in connection with any such transfer, Holder will give the Company notice of the portion of the Warrant being transferred with the name, address and taxpayer identification number of the transferee and Holder will surrender this Warrant to the Company for reissuance to the transferee(s) (and Holder if applicable). The Company may refuse to transfer this Warrant or the Shares to any person who directly competes with the Company, unless, in either case, the stock of the Company is publicly traded.

        5.5    Notices.    All notices and other communications from the Company to the Holder, or vice versa, shall be deemed delivered and effective when given personally or mailed by first-class registered or certified mail, postage prepaid, at such address as may have been furnished to the Company or Holder, as the case may (or on the first business day after transmission by facsimile) be, in writing by the Company or such holder from time to time. All notices to Holder shall be addressed as follows until the Company receives notice of a change of address in connection with a transfer or otherwise:

Gold Hill Venture Lending 03, L.P.
Attn: Sean Lynden
3003 Tasman Drive
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Telephone: 408-919-0394
Facsimile: 408-654-6256

        Notice to the Company shall be addressed as follows until Holder receives notice of a change in address:

A123 Systems, Inc.
Attn: Chief Financial Officer
One Kingsbury Avenue
One Kingsbury Avenue
Watertown, MA 02472
Telephone: 617-778-5700
Facsimile: 617-778-5749

        5.6    Waiver.    This Warrant and any term hereof may be changed, waived, discharged or terminated only by an instrument in writing signed by the party against which enforcement of such change, waiver, discharge or termination is sought.

        5.7    Attorney's Fees.    In the event of any dispute between the parties concerning the terms and provisions of this Warrant, the party prevailing in such dispute shall be entitled to collect from the other party all costs incurred in such dispute, including reasonable attorneys' fees.

        5.8    Automatic Conversion upon Expiration.    In the event that, upon the Expiration Date, the fair market value of one Share (or other security issuable upon the exercise hereof) as determined in accordance with Section 1.3 above is greater than the Warrant Price in effect on such date, then this Warrant shall automatically be deemed on and as of such date to be converted pursuant to Section 1.2 above as to all Shares (or such other securities) for which it shall not previously have been exercised or converted, and the Company shall promptly deliver a certificate representing the Shares (or such other securities) issued upon such conversion to Holder.


        5.9    Counterparts.    This Warrant may be executed in counterparts, all of which together shall constitute one and the same agreement.

        5.10    Governing Law.    This Warrant shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to its principles regarding conflicts of law.

"COMPANY"    

A123 SYSTEMS, INC.

 

 

By:

 

/s/ MICHAEL RUBINO


 

 
Name:   Michael Rubino

   
Title:   VP Finance and CFO    

"HOLDER"

 

 

GOLD HILL VENTURE LENDING 03, L.P.
By: Gold Hill Venture Lending Partners 03,
LLC, its general partner

 

 

By:

 

/s/ DAVID FISCHER


 

 
Name:   David Fischer

   
Title:   Manager    

APPENDIX 1

NOTICE OF EXERCISE

        1.     Holder elects to purchase                                    shares of the Common/Series                        Preferred [strike one] Stock of                        pursuant to the terms of the attached Warrant, and tenders payment of the purchase price of the shares in full.

        [or]

        1.     Holder elects to convert the attached Warrant into Shares/cash [strike one] in the manner specified in the Warrant. This conversion is exercised for                                    of the Shares covered by the Warrant.

        [Strike paragraph that does not apply.]

        2.     Please issue a certificate or certificates representing the shares in the name specified below:


Holders Name
   


 

 

 


(Address)

 

 

        3.     By its execution below and for the benefit of the Company, Holder hereby restates each of the representations and warranties in Article 4 of the Warrant as the date hereof.

    HOLDER:

 

 


 

 

 

By:

 

 
       
 

 

 

Name:

 

 
       
 

 

 

Title:

 

 
       
 

 

 

(Date):

 

 
       
 

SCHEDULE 1

Company Capitalization Table

See attached


Source: OneCLE Business Contracts.