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Commitments And Contingencies

Commitments And Contingencies
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2022
Commitments And Contingencies [Abstract]  
Commitments And Contingencies 12. Commitments and Contingencies


In the ordinary course of business, the Company is party to lawsuits as plaintiff or defendant involving its operations and activities. Additionally, from time to time in the ordinary course of business, the Company is involved in disputes with existing and former employees, vendors, taxing jurisdictions, and various other parties and also receives individual consumer complaints as well as complaints received through regulatory and consumer agencies. The Company takes these matters seriously and attempts to resolve any such issues as they arise. The Company may also become subject to litigation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, including with respect to any actions we take or may be required to take as a result thereof.

Reserves are accrued for matters in which management believes it is probable that a loss will be incurred and the amount of such loss can be reasonably estimated. Management does not believe that the aggregate liability relating to known contingencies in excess of the aggregate amounts accrued will have a material impact on the Company’s results of operations or financial condition. However, litigation is inherently uncertain, and the actual costs of resolving legal claims, including awards of damages, may be substantially higher than the amounts accrued for these claims and may have a material adverse impact on the Company’s results of operations or financial condition.

Adverse judgments and the costs of defending or resolving legal claims may be substantial and may have a material adverse impact on the Company’s financial statements. Management is not at this time able to estimate a range of reasonably possible losses with respect to matters in which it is reasonably possible that a loss will occur. In certain matters, management is unable to estimate the loss or reasonable range of loss until additional developments provide information sufficient to support an assessment of the loss or reasonable range of loss. Frequently in these matters, the claims are broad, and the plaintiffs have not quantified or factually supported their claims.

There were no material pending legal proceedings against BBX Capital or its subsidiaries as of March 31, 2022.

Other Commitments and Guarantees

BBX Capital guarantees certain obligations of its wholly-owned subsidiaries and unconsolidated real estate joint ventures, including the following:

BBX Capital is a guarantor of 50% of the outstanding balance of a third-party mortgage loan to the Bayview real estate joint venture, which had an outstanding balance of $5.0 million as of March 31, 2022. In February 2022, the Company agreed to sell its equity interest in the joint venture to its partner in the joint venture. Under the terms of the agreement, the joint venture partner will fully assume the liability for the mortgage loan on the property and BBX Capital’s existing guaranty on 50% of the outstanding loan balance as well as any liabilities that arise following the closing. However, the consummation of the sale is subject to certain closing conditions, including obtaining a release from the lender of BBX Capital’s guaranty on the outstanding loan balance and for any liabilities that arise following the closing, and there is no assurance that the transaction will be consummated pursuant to the terms of the agreement, or at all.

BBX Capital is guarantor on a lease agreement executed by IT’SUGAR for base rent of $0.7 million and common area costs for a lease which expires in January 2023.

BBX Capital also is a guarantor on certain notes payable by its wholly-owned subsidiaries. See Note 6 for additional information regarding these obligations.