Commitments and Contingencies
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2014
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]|
|Commitments and Contingencies||
Note 13 – Commitments and Contingencies
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 obligations outstanding. The Company has also extended guarantees to third parties that have purchased customer receivables from Brunswick 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. The potential cash obligations associated with these customer financing arrangements as of December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013 were:
In most instances, upon repurchase of the receivable or note, the Company receives rights to the collateral securing the financing. The Company’s risk under these arrangements is partially mitigated by the value of the collateral that secures the financing. The Company had $1.2 million and $1.5 million accrued for potential losses related to recourse exposure at December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively.
The Company has also entered into arrangements with third-party lenders where it has agreed, in the event of a default by the customer, 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 potential cash payments the Company could be required to make to repurchase collateral as of December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013 were:
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 had $1.2 million and $1.7 million accrued for potential losses related to repurchase exposure at December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively. The Company’s repurchase accrual represents the expected losses that could result from obligations to repurchase products, after giving effect to proceeds anticipated to be received from the resale of those products to alternative dealers.
The Company has recorded its estimated net liability associated with losses from these guarantee and repurchase obligations on its 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.
The Company has accounts receivable sale arrangements with third parties which are included in the guarantee arrangements discussed above. The Company treats the sale of receivables in which the Company retains an interest as a secured obligation as the transfers of the receivables under these arrangements do not meet the requirements of a “true sale.” Accordingly, the current portion of these arrangements of $23.7 million and $36.2 million was recorded in Accounts and notes receivable and Accrued expenses as of December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively. Further, the long-term portion of these arrangements of $19.6 million and $18.9 million as of December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively, was recorded in Other long-term assets and Other long-term liabilities.
Financial institutions have issued standby letters of credit and surety bonds conditionally guaranteeing obligations on behalf of the Company totaling $8.0 million and $12.6 million, respectively, as of December 31, 2014. A large portion of these standby letters of credit and surety bonds are related to the Company’s self-insured workers’ compensation program as required by its insurance companies and various state agencies. The Company has recorded reserves to cover the anticipated liabilities associated with these programs. Under certain circumstances, such as an event of default under the Company’s revolving credit facility, or, in the case of surety bonds, a ratings downgrade, the Company could be required to post collateral to support the outstanding letters of credit and surety bonds. The Company is not required to post letters of credit as collateral against surety bonds as of December 31, 2014.
The Company has a collateral trust arrangement with insurance carriers and a trustee bank. The trust is owned by the Company, but the assets are pledged as collateral against workers’ compensation related obligations in lieu of other forms of collateral including letters of credit. In connection with this arrangement, the Company had $15.6 million and $6.5 million of cash in the trust at December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively, which was classified as Restricted cash in the Company's Consolidated Balance Sheets. In 2014, the Company made net transfers of $9.1 million to the trust related to an increase in annual collateral requirements for the current policy year net of canceled letters of credit which had previously provided collateral against these obligations. In 2013, the insurance carrier reduced the required collateral amount, which resulted in a $6.5 million net transfer out of the trust.
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. The Company’s warranty liabilities are affected by product failure rates as well as material usage and labor costs incurred in correcting a product failure. 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 and prior year amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation.
The following activity related to product warranty liabilities was recorded in Accrued expenses during the years ended December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013:
Additionally, end users of the Marine Engine, Boat and Fitness segments' 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 $72.6 million and $66.8 million at December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, 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 the adjustments 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. As such, our financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected in any particular period by the unfavorable resolution of one or more of these proceedings or matters.
The Company is involved in certain legal and administrative proceedings under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 and other federal and state legislation governing the generation and disposal of certain hazardous wastes. These proceedings, which involve both on- and off-site waste disposal or other contamination, in many instances seek compensation or remedial action from the Company as a waste generator under Superfund legislation, which authorizes action regardless of fault, legality of original disposition or ownership of a disposal site. The Company has established reserves based on a range of cost estimates for all known claims.
The environmental remediation and clean-up projects in which the Company is involved have an aggregate estimated range of exposure of approximately $39.9 million to $70.5 million as of December 31, 2014. At December 31, 2014 and 2013, the Company had reserves for environmental liabilities of $39.9 million and $42.2 million, respectively, reflected in Accrued expenses and Other long-term liabilities in the Consolidated Balance Sheets. The Company recorded environmental provisions of $1.0 million, $0.5 million and $0.9 million for the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively.
The Company accrues for environmental remediation-related activities for which commitments or clean-up plans have been developed and for which costs can be reasonably estimated. All accrued amounts are generally determined in consultation with third-party experts on an undiscounted basis and do not consider recoveries from third parties until such recoveries are realized. In light of existing reserves, the Company's environmental claims, when finally resolved, are not expected, in the opinion of management, to have a material adverse effect on the Company's consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef