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Commitments And Contingencies

Commitments And Contingencies
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2020
Commitments And Contingencies [Abstract]  
Commitments And Contingencies

10.    Commitments and Contingencies


In the ordinary course of business, BBX Capital and its subsidiaries are parties 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 receive 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 claim. 

In October 2020, Renin incurred approximately $6.0 million in costs for the expedited shipment of products to Renin from a foreign supplier and an additional $2.0 million in costs for the expedited shipment of product displays from the same supplier. The supplier had failed to deliver both the products and displays on the contractually agreed upon delivery schedule, and Renin incurred these costs, which were significantly in excess of the shipping costs that would have been incurred had such products been delivered on schedule, based on its belief that the costs were necessary in order for Renin to meet its obligations to one of its customers. The products were committed to be sold by Renin in connection with the customer’s November 2020 holiday sale program, while the displays were required in connection with the rollout of new products with the customer. Renin believes that the supplier is liable for such costs pursuant to the terms of the agreements between Renin and the supplier, and Renin has notified the supplier that it intends to exercise a right of offset of the costs against outstanding amounts due to the supplier of approximately $6.0 million. The costs of the products and related shipping will be recognized in connection with sale to the customer during the fourth quarter of 2020, while the costs of the displays and related shipping will be deferred and amortized over the period in which the Company expects to benefit from their use. Although Renin’s right of offset may reduce a portion of the shipping costs incurred related to the products and displays, the supplier may dispute Renin’s offset and seek collection for amounts otherwise due to it, and there is no assurance regarding the ultimate resolution of the matter. This matter may adversely impact Renin’s compliance with the financial covenants under its outstanding credit facility. If Renin is unable to comply with its covenants, Renin would be required to seek a waiver from the bank, and if unable to obtain a waiver, might lose availability under its line of credit, be required to provide additional collateral, or repay all or a portion of its borrowings, any of which could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s liquidity, financial position, and results.

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 loan to the Sunrise and Bayview Partners, LLC real estate joint venture, which had an outstanding balance of $5.0 million as of September 30, 2020.


BBX Capital is a guarantor on certain notes payable by its wholly-owned subsidiaries. See Note 7 for additional information regarding these obligations.