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Note 14 - Commitments and Contingencies

Note 14 - Commitments and Contingencies
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2023
Notes to Financial Statements  
Commitments Contingencies and Guarantees [Text Block]

14. 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.


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 June 30, 2023.


Other Commitments and Guarantees


BBX Capital has guaranteed certain obligations of its subsidiaries and unconsolidated real estate joint ventures, including the following:



BBX Capital is a guarantor on a lease  executed by Renin which expires in November 2029 with respect to base rents of $7.5 million, as well as common area costs, under the lease.


BBX Capital is a guarantor on certain notes payable by its wholly-owned subsidiaries. See Note 8 for additional information regarding these obligations.


As described in Note 7, ABBX is a consolidated VIE and provides repayment guarantees and construction completion guarantees related to the third party construction loans payable by real estate joint ventures formed by the Altman Companies. The repayment guarantees relate to a specified percentage of the principal balance of the construction loans and generally expire once the applicable multifamily apartment community has stabilized, while the construction completion guarantees extend over the term of the construction period, which is generally two years. The maximum amount of future payments that ABBX could be required to make under the repayment guarantees is $110.4 million on aggregate joint venture indebtedness of $378.1 million. ABBX would be required to perform on the guarantees upon a default on a construction loan by a joint venture or to ensure the completion of the construction of a multifamily apartment community. As of June 30, 2023, ABBX has $10.0 million in cash and cash equivalents, and such amounts are classified as restricted cash in the Company's statement of financial condition as of June 30, 2023 as ABBX must maintain such amounts under the terms of the applicable construction loans payable by the real estate joint ventures. As of the Acquisition Date and June 30, 2023, the Company has not recognized liabilities in its statements of financial condition for the repayment guarantees as the Company believes that the estimated fair values of these guarantees are nominal at the current time based on various factors, including the collateral value securing the loans, the status of the applicable development projects, current expectations regarding the probability of payments being made pursuant to such guarantees, and the prior history of payments made on repayments guarantees issued by ABBX or affiliates of the Altman Companies that previously provided such guarantees. In addition, in the context of the Company’s consolidated financial statements, which include the financial statements of the Altman Companies, the managing member of development joint ventures originated by the Altman Companies, and ABBX, the construction completion guarantees reflect guarantees of the Altman Companies' own performance as the developer of such communities.