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Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
9 Months Ended
Oct. 01, 2016
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies
Commitments and Contingencies

Financial Commitments

The Company has entered into guarantees of indebtedness of third parties, primarily in connection with customer financing programs.  Under these arrangements, the Company has guaranteed customer obligations to the financial institutions in the event of customer default, generally subject to a maximum amount that is less than total outstanding obligations.  The Company has also extended guarantees to third parties that have purchased customer receivables from the Company and, in certain instances, has guaranteed secured term financing of its customers. Potential payments in connection with these customer financing arrangements generally extend over several years. In most instances, upon repurchase of the receivable or note, the Company receives rights to the collateral securing the financing.  

The Company has also entered into arrangements with third-party lenders in which it has agreed, in the event of a customer default, to repurchase from the third-party lender those Brunswick products repossessed from the customer. These arrangements are typically subject to a maximum repurchase amount. The Company’s risk under these repurchase arrangements is partially mitigated by the value of the products repurchased as part of the transaction.  
The Company has recorded its estimated net liability associated with losses from these guarantee and repurchase obligations on its Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets based on historical experience and current facts and circumstances.  Historical cash requirements and losses associated with these obligations have not been significant, but could increase if dealer defaults exceed current expectations.

There were no material changes during the three months and nine months ended October 1, 2016 to the financial commitments that were discussed in Note 13 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in the 2015 Form 10-K. 
Product Warranties

The Company records a liability for product warranties at the time revenue is recognized. The liability is estimated using historical warranty experience, projected claim rates and expected costs per claim. The Company adjusts its liability for specific warranty matters when they become known and the exposure can be estimated. Product failure rates as well as material usage and labor costs incurred in correcting a product failure affect the Company's warranty liabilities. If actual costs differ from estimated costs, the Company must make a revision to the warranty liability. Changes in the Company's warranty liabilities due to improvements in the Company's experience and adjustments related to changes in estimates are included as Aggregate changes for preexisting warranties presented in the table below.

The following activity related to product warranty liabilities was recorded in Accrued expenses during the nine months ended October 1, 2016 and October 3, 2015:
(in millions)
October 1,
October 3,
Balance at beginning of period


Payments made
Provisions/additions for contracts issued/sold


Aggregate changes for preexisting warranties
Foreign currency translation



Balance at end of period


Additionally, end users of the Company's products may purchase a contract from the Company that extends product warranty beyond the standard period. For certain extended warranty contracts in which the Company retains the warranty or administration obligation, a deferred liability is recorded based on the aggregate sales price for contracts sold.  The deferred liability is reduced and revenue is recognized on a straight-line basis over the contract period during which costs are expected to be incurred. Deferred revenue associated with contracts sold by the Company that extend product protection beyond the standard product warranty period, not included in the table above, was $87.0 million, $78.3 million and $77.3 million at October 1, 2016, December 31, 2015 and October 3, 2015, respectively, and is recorded in Accrued expenses and Other long-term liabilities.

Legal and Environmental

The Company accrues for litigation exposure when it is probable that future costs will be incurred and such costs can be reasonably estimated. Adjustments to estimates are recorded in the period they are identified. Management does not believe that there is a reasonable possibility that a material loss exceeding the amounts already recognized for the Company’s litigation claims and matters, if any, has been incurred. However, the ultimate resolutions of these proceedings and matters are inherently unpredictable. In light of existing reserves, the Company's litigation claims, when finally resolved, are not expected, in management's opinion, to have a material adverse effect on the Company's consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

There were no material changes during the three months and nine months ended October 1, 2016 to the legal and environmental commitments that were discussed in Note 13 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in the 2015 Form 10-K.