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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

 

Washington, DC  20549

 

FORM 10-K

 

[X] Annual Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

For the Year Ended December 31, 2014

 

[   ] TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

Commission File Number

001-13133

 

BBX Capital Corporation

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

01

 

 

Florida

 

65-0507804

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

 

 

401 East Las Olas Boulevard Suite 800

 

 

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

 

33301

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(Zip Code)

 

(954) 940-4000

(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

 

SECURITIES REGISTERED PURSUANT TO SECTION 12(B) OF THE ACT:

 

 

 

 

Title of Each Class

 

Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered

Class A Common Stock,

 

New York Stock Exchange

Par Value $0.01 Per Share

 

 

Preferred Share Purchase Rights

 

New York Stock Exchange

 

SECURITIES REGISTERED PURSUANT TO SECTION 12(G) OF THE ACT: NONE

                          

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. YES [  ]   NO [ X ]

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.   YES [  ]  NO [X ]

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  YES [ X ]  NO [  ]

 

 

 


 

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T              (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).

Yes [ X ]  No [  ]

 

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§ 229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.  [  ]

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company.  See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,”  “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.  

 

Large accelerated filer   [ ]                                                         Accelerated filer [X ]

Non-accelerated filer [ ] (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)Smaller reporting company [ ]

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).YES [  ]  NO [ X ]

 

The aggregate market value of the voting common equity held by non-affiliates was $133.7 million, computed by reference to the closing price of the registrant’s Class A Common Stock on June 30, 2014.  The registrant does not have any non-voting common equity.

 

The number of shares of the registrant’s Class A Common Stock outstanding on March 16, 2015 was 15,977,433.  The number of shares of the registrant’s Class B Common Stock outstanding on March 16, 2015 was 195,045.

 

Portions of the registrant’s Definitive Proxy Statement relating to its 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders are incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

PART I

 

ITEM I.  BUSINESS

 

 

BBX Capital Corporation is referred to in this report together with its subsidiaries as “the Company” “we,” “us,” or “our”, and is referred to in this report without its subsidiaries as the “Parent Company” or “BBX Capital”We are a Florida-based company, involved in the acquisition, ownership and management of joint ventures and investments in real estate and real estate development projects as well as investments in operating businesses.  Prior to the sale of BankAtlantic to BB&T Corporation (“BB&T”) on July 31, 2012, which is described below, we were a bank holding company and our principal asset was the ownership of BankAtlantic.  The principal assets of the Company currently consist of ownership interests in Florida Asset Resolution Group, LLC (“FAR”), BBX Capital Asset Management, LLC (“CAM”), BBX Partners, Inc., Woodbridge Holdings, LLC (“Woodbridge”), Renin Holdings, LLC, BBX Sweet Holdings, LLC and its acquired businesses and investments in six real estate joint ventures.

 

CAM, which was formed in connection with the sale of BankAtlantic to BB&T and BBX Partners are wholly owned subsidiaries and their primary assets are investments in real estate joint ventures, non-performing commercial loans and foreclosed real estate formerly held by BankAtlantic.  FAR, which was also formed in connection with the sale of BankAtlantic to BB&T, is a special purpose limited liability company whose membership interests are held by BB&T, which holds 95% of FAR’s preferred interests. BBX Capital holds the remaining 5% of the preferred interests and all of the residual common equity interests in FAR.  FAR’s primary assets are performing and non-performing loans and foreclosed real estate formerly held by BankAtlantic.

 

In April 2013, BBX Capital acquired a 46% equity interest in Woodbridge.  Woodbridge’s principal asset is its ownership of Bluegreen Corporation and its subsidiaries (“Bluegreen”).  Bluegreen is a vacation ownership company with 180,000 owners and over 60 owned or managed resorts.  BFC Financial Corporation (“BFC”), the controlling shareholder of the Company, owns the remaining 54% of Woodbridge. 

 

On October 30, 2013, a newly formed joint venture entity, Renin Holdings, LLC (“Renin”), owned 81% by the Company and 19% by BFC, acquired substantially all of the assets and certain liabilities of Renin Corp for approximately $12.8 million (“the Renin Transaction”).  Renin had $24 million of total assets as of October 30, 2013 and manufactures interior closet doors, wall décor, hardware and fabricated glass products and operates through headquarters in Canada and two  manufacturing, assembly and distribution facilities in Canada and the United States as well as a sales and distribution facility in the United Kingdom.    

 

In December 2013, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, BBX Sweet Holdings, LLC, acquired Hoffman’s Chocolates and its subsidiaries Boca Bons, LLC (“Boca Bons”) and S&F Good Fortunes, LLC (“Good Fortunes”) (collectively “Hoffman’s”).  Hoffman’s had total assets of $5.3 million as of the acquisition date and is a manufacturer of gourmet chocolates, with retail locations in South Florida.   In January 2014, BBX Sweet Holdings acquired Williams and Bennett. William and Bennett had total assets of $1.3 million as of the acquisition date and is a manufacturer of chocolate products serving boutique retailers, big box chains, department stores, national resort properties, corporate customers, and private label brands.  In July 2014, BBX Sweet Holdings acquired Helen Grace Chocolates (“Helen Grace”), a California based manufacturer of premium chocolate confections, chocolate bars, chocolate candies and truffles with total assets at the acquisition date of $2.7 million.  In July 2014, BBX Sweet Holdings acquired Jer’s Chocolates (“Jer’s”), a California based distributor of peanut butter chocolate products internationally and in the United States.  Jer’s had total assets of $0.7 million as of the acquisition date.   In October 2014, BBX Sweet Holdings acquired the outstanding common shares of Anastasia Confections (“Anastasia”).  Anastasia is a premium confections company in Orlando, Florida, that manufactures gourmet coconut and chocolate candy, salt water taffy, and other chocolate gift products.  Anastasia had total assets of $3.3 million at the acquisition date.

In May 2013, BBX Capital entered into a definitive merger agreement (the “Merger Agreement”) with BFC and BBX Merger Sub, LLC, a newly formed wholly owned subsidiary of BFC (“Merger Sub”). The Merger

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Agreement provided for BBX Capital to merge with and into Merger Sub (the “Merger”), with Merger Sub continuing as the surviving company of the Merger and a wholly owned subsidiary of BFC.  On December 15, 2014, BBX Capital and BFC terminated the Merger Agreement. 

On July 31, 2012, BBX Capital completed the sale to BB&T of all of the issued and outstanding shares of capital stock of BankAtlantic, the former wholly owned banking subsidiary of BBX Capital (the stock sale and related transactions are sometimes hereinafter referred to as the (“BB&T Transaction”). Pursuant to the terms of the stock purchase agreement between BBX Capital and BB&T prior to the closing of the BB&T Transaction, BankAtlantic formed two subsidiaries, CAM and FAR. BankAtlantic contributed to FAR certain performing and non-performing loans, tax certificates and real estate that had an aggregate carrying value on BankAtlantic’s balance sheet of approximately $346 million as of July 31, 2012 (the date the BB&T Transaction was consummated). FAR assumed all liabilities related to these assets. BankAtlantic also contributed approximately $50 million in cash to FAR on July 31, 2012 and thereafter distributed all of the membership interests in FAR to BBX Capital. At the closing of the BB&T Transaction, BBX Capital transferred to BB&T 95% of the outstanding preferred membership interests in FAR in connection with BB&T’s assumption of BBX Capital’s outstanding trust preferred securities (“TruPS”) obligations. BBX Capital continues to hold the remaining 5% of FAR’s preferred membership interests. Under the terms of the Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement of FAR, which was entered into by BBX Capital and BB&T at the closing of the BB&T Transaction, BB&T will hold its 95% preferred interest in the net cash flows of FAR until such time as it has recovered $285 million in preference amount plus a priority return of LIBOR + 200 basis points per annum on any unpaid preference amount. At that time, BB&T’s interest in FAR will terminate, and BBX Capital will thereafter be entitled to any and all residual proceeds from FAR through its ownership of FAR’s Class R units. BBX Capital entered into an incremental $35 million guarantee in BB&T’s favor to further support BB&T’s recovery of the $285 million preferred interest within seven years. BB&T’s preferred interest in FAR as of December 31, 2014 was reduced through cash distributions to approximately $12.3 million. BBX Capital services FAR’s commercial loans and real estate and oversees the third party servicer that manages the other assets of FAR. Prior to the closing of the BB&T Transaction, BankAtlantic contributed to CAM certain non-performing commercial loans, commercial real estate and previously written-off assets that had an aggregate carrying value on BankAtlantic’s balance sheet of $125 million as of July 31, 2012. CAM assumed all liabilities related to these assets. BankAtlantic also contributed approximately $82 million in cash to CAM. Prior to the closing of the BB&T Transaction, BankAtlantic distributed all of the membership interests in CAM to BBX Capital. CAM remains a wholly owned subsidiary of BBX Capital.

 

This document contains forward-looking statements based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. All opinions, forecasts, projections, future plans or other statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements and may include words or phrases such as “plans,” “believes,” “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “estimates,” “our view,” “we see,” “would” and words and phrases of similar import. The forward looking statements in this document are also forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and involve substantial risks and uncertainties. We can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Future results could differ materially as a result of a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the control of management. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to the impact of economic, competitive and other factors affecting the Company and its assets, including the impact of decreases in real estate values or high unemployment rates on our business generally, the value of our assets, the ability of our borrowers to service their obligations and the value of collateral securing our loans; the risk that loan losses will continue and the risks of additional charge-offs, impairments and required increases in our allowance for loan losses; the impact of and expenses associated with litigation including but not limited to litigation brought by the SEC; adverse conditions in the stock market, the public debt market and other financial and credit markets and the impact of such conditions on our activities; the risk that the assets retained by the Company in CAM and FAR may not be monetized at the values currently ascribed to them; and the risks associated with the impact of periodic valuation of our assets for impairment.  In addition, this document contains forward looking statements relating to the Company’s ability to successfully implement its currently anticipated business plans, which may not be realized as anticipated, if at all, and that the Company’s current and anticipated investments in real estate developments, real estate joint ventures and operating businesses may not achieve the returns anticipated or may not be profitable, including the Company’s investment in Woodbridge, Woodbridge’s investment in Bluegreen, and the acquisitions of Hoffman’s, Williams & Bennett, Jer’s Chocolates, Helen Grace Chocolates, Anastasia Confections and Renin Corp. The Company’s investments in real

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estate developments, either directly or through joint ventures, will increase exposure to downturns in the real estate and housing markets and expose us to risks associated with real estate development activities, including risks associated with obtaining necessary zoning and entitlements and the risk that our joint venture partners may not fulfill their obligations.  The Company’s investment in Woodbridge, which owns Bluegreen Corporation, exposes the Company to the risks of Bluegreen’s business and its ability to pay dividends to Woodbridge and risks inherent in the time-share industry, which risks are identified in BFC’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 16, 2015 with the SEC and available on the SEC’s website www.sec.gov.  BBX Sweet Holdings acquisitions and the Company’s acquisition of Renin Corp. exposes us to the risks of their respective businesses, which includes the amount and terms of indebtedness associated with the acquisitions which may impact our financial condition and results of operations and limit our activities; the failure of the companies to meet financial covenants and that BBX Capital and BFC may be required to make further capital contributions or advances to the acquired companies; as well as the risk that the integration of these operating businesses may not be completed effectively or on a timely basis, and that the Company may not realize any anticipated benefits or profits from the transactions. Further, Renin’s operations expose us to foreign currency exchange risk of the U.S. dollar compared to the Canadian dollar and Great Britain Pound. Past performance and perceived trends may not be indicative of future results. In addition to the risks and factors identified above, reference is also made to other risks and factors detailed in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, including Item 1A. Risk Factors.  The Company cautions that the foregoing factors are not exclusive. 

Prior to the sale of BankAtlantic on July 31, 2012, we were a bank holding company and our principal asset was the ownership of BankAtlantic, a federal savings bank.  Accordingly, as a result of such sale, the operations of BankAtlantic except for its commercial lending reporting unit are included in discontinued operations in our financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2012.  Operating financial information for continuing operations shown by segment is included in Note 24 to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements.  We report our operations through four business segments – FAR, BBX, Renin and Sweet Holdings. 

Our Internet website address is www.bbxcapital.com.  Our annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and all amendments to those reports are available free of charge through our website, as soon as reasonably practicable after such material is electronically filed with, or furnished to, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).  Our Internet website and the information contained in or connected to our website are not incorporated into, and are not part of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

As of December 31, 2014, we had consolidated total assets of approximately $392.9 million, liabilities of $81.7 million and total equity of $311.3 million. 

 

BBX Capital’s Business Strategy

Since the sale of BankAtlantic in July 2012, we have been repositioning our business, monetizing our legacy portfolios of loans and real estate, and pursuing our goal of transitioning into a growth business by focusing on real estate opportunities and acquiring operating businesses. 

The majority of our assets do not generate income on a regular or predictable basis. Recognizing the nature of our assets, our goal is to build long-term value.  We do not expect to generate significant revenue from the legacy BankAtlantic assets until the assets are monetized through repayments or transactions involving the sale, joint venture or development of the underlying real estate. BBX Capital is currently utilizing the cash flow from the monetization of its assets and dividends from Woodbridge to pay operating expenses and to invest in income producing real estate, real estate developments, real estate joint ventures and operating businesses. BBX Capital is seeking to balance its cash needs and the timing of monetizing its existing assets with new investments to maximize its returns. In some cases, this may involve immediate sale and in other cases a longer term hold or development (either directly or through a joint venture).  We may also consider subsidiary or asset dispositions with respect to our investments in operating businesses, including Renin and Sweet Holdings, and we may in connection with our investment with BFC in Woodbridge pursue transactions involving Bluegreen, either directly or indirectly through a transaction involving Woodbridge, to monetize all or a portion of our investment in Woodbridge.  These may include pursuing a future sale or spin-off of a company or transactions involving other public or private issuances of a company’s debt or equity securities which might result in the ownership of less than 100% of the company.  The

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Company is also engaged in land entitlement activities on certain properties that we acquired through foreclosure and anticipate moving forward with land development projects which may include selling or leasing the improved properties to third parties or pursuing joint ventures with developers for the development of residential and commercial real estate projects involving the contribution of these properties by us as well as potential cash investments in such projects.  We are also pursuing potential investments in joint venture real estate projects that include real estate held by a joint venture partner or to be acquired from unrelated parties.  Furthermore, as a result of the substantial decline in real estate values during the recession, the majority of our non-performing commercial real estate loans and foreclosed real estate were written down in prior periods to the then prevailing estimated fair values of the collateral less costs to sell.  We are observing continued improvements generally in real estate markets and believe that the prior estimated fair values of the underlying collateral securing certain of our commercial real estate loans and our real estate carrying values may be below current market values.  Additionally, this recovery in the real estate market has favorably affected the financial condition of our borrowers and we are aggressively pursuing our borrowers and/or guarantors in order to maximize our recoveries through cash settlements, loan workout arrangements or participation interests in the development or performance of the collateral.  If we are successful in our efforts, we expect to recognize gains to the extent that the amounts we collect exceed the carrying value of our commercial loans and foreclosed real estate and expect these gains to be reflected in an increase in our shareholders’ equity in the long term.  Due to the nature of these activities however, we do not expect to generate revenues or earnings on a predictable or consistent basis.  Accordingly, we expect our results of operations to vary significantly on a quarterly basis and we may experience losses in subsequent periods.  

 

Legacy Assets

 

Loans

 

On July 31, 2012, we completed the BB&T Transaction.  On November 1, 2011, BBX Capital entered into a definitive agreement to sell BankAtlantic to BB&T, which agreement was amended on March 13, 2012 (the “Agreement”). The Agreement was amended to, among other things provide for the assumption by BB&T of the Company’s $285.4 million in principal amount of outstanding TruPS obligations.  Under the terms of the Agreement, the Company retained through CAM and FAR certain loans, tax certificates and foreclosed real estate and liabilities related to these retained assets which had been held by BankAtlantic. These retained loans were grouped in five loan segments as follows:   residential loans, commercial real estate loans, consumer loans, small business and commercial non-mortgage loans.  CAM holds loans from the commercial real estate and the commercial non-mortgage loan segments.  FAR holds loans from all five segments.

 

Residential:    The majority of our residential loans were originally acquired in the secondary markets and were originated by financial institutions. These loans, which are serviced by independent servicers, are secured by properties located throughout the United States. Residential loans were typically purchased in bulk and were generally non-conforming loans under agency guidelines due primarily to the size of the individual loans (“jumbo loans”). We also retained a portfolio of residential loans which were made primarily to “low to moderate income” borrowers in accordance with the Community Reinvestment Act.  The portfolio of Community Reinvestment Act loans were sold during the year ended December 31, 2014.  The Company’s residential loans were classified as loans held-for-sale as of December 31, 2014.

 

Commercial Real Estate: Commercial real estate loans were originated in connection with the acquisition, development and construction of various types of properties by our borrowers including office buildings, retail shopping centers, residential construction and other non-residential properties.  Commercial real estate loans were also originated in connection with a borrower’s acquisition or refinance of existing income-producing properties. These loans were primarily secured by property located in Florida.

 

A portion of certain commercial real estate loans were sold to other financial institutions as participations.  The loans are administered by us or on our behalf by a third party servicer and participants are provided periodic reports on the progress of the project for which the loan was made.

 

Commercial non-mortgage loans: These loans are generally business loans secured by the receivables, inventory, equipment, and/or general corporate assets of the borrowers.  

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Consumer: Consumer loans consist primarily of loans to individuals originated through BankAtlantic’s retail network.  The majority of consumer loans are home equity lines of credit secured by a first or second mortgage on the primary residence of the borrower, substantially all of which are located in Florida.

 

Small Business:  BankAtlantic originated small business loans to companies located primarily in markets within BankAtlantic’s branch network.  Small business loans were originated primarily on a secured basis and do not generally exceed $2.0 million individually. These loans were originated with maturities ranging generally from one to three years or are due upon demand.  Lines of credit extended to small businesses are due upon demand.  Small business loans have either fixed or variable prime-based interest rates.  The Company’s small business loans were classified as loans held-for-sale as of December 31, 2014.

 

Real Estate

 

Real estate was generally acquired through foreclosure or contractual settlements with borrowers.  Real estate is classified into two categories: real estate held-for-sale or real estate held-for-investment.

 

Real estate held-for-sale:  Real estate is classified as held-for-sale when the property is available for immediate sale in its present condition, management commits to a plan to sell the property, an active program to locate a buyer has been initiated, the property is being marketed at a price that is reasonable in relation to its current fair value and it is likely that a sale will be completed within one year.

 

Real estate held-for-investment:    Real estate is classified as held-for-investment when the property is not available for immediate sale due to anticipated renovations and potential improvements in operating performance before sale, management pursuing joint venture opportunities, potential development, or management’s decision to retain the property in anticipation of appreciation in market value in subsequent periods. 

 

BBX Capital Business Segments

 

We operate through four reportable business segments – BBX, FAR, Renin and Sweet Holdings.

 

BBX Reportable Segment - The BBX reportable segment consists of the activities associated with managing its commercial loan portfolio, real estate properties, and portfolio of charged off loans as well as its investment in Woodbridge and investments in real estate joint ventures. 

 

FAR Reportable Segment - The FAR reportable segment consists of the activities associated with overseeing the management and monetization of FAR’s assets with a view to the repayment of BB&T’s preferred membership interest and maximizing the cash flows of any remaining assets.

 

Renin Reportable Segment - The Renin reportable segment consists of the activities of Renin.  Renin was acquired in October 2013.  The Renin reportable segment includes the results of operations of Renin for the two months ended December 31, 2013 and year ended December 31, 2014.

 

Sweet Holdings Reportable Segment - The Sweet Holdings reportable segment consists of the activities of Hoffman’s and Williams & Bennett for the year ended December 31, 2014, and the activities of Jer’s, Helen Grace and Anastasia from their respective dates of acquisition, July 1, 2014, July 21, 2014 and October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.  In 2013, Hoffman’s was included for the month of December 2013.

BBX Business Segment

 

Since the sale of BankAtlantic to BB&T, BBX has been engaged in managing the assets in CAM and the commercial loans that it services for FAR as well as overseeing the third party servicers that manage the assets for FAR.  BBX Capital also continues to manage the assets held by BBX Partners Inc., its wholly owned asset workout

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subsidiary established in 2008 (formerly BankAtlantic Bancorp Partners, Inc.) which consisted of approximately $14.3 million of loans, foreclosed real estate and real estate improvements as of December 31, 2014 compared to $13.5 million of loans and foreclosed real estate as of December 31, 2013.  

 

The BBX business segment includes the assets and related liabilities of CAM, BBX Partners, and the Woodbridge investment and the Company’s investments in real estate joint ventures.  CAM was formed prior to the closing of the BB&T Transaction when BankAtlantic contributed to CAM cash and certain non-performing commercial loans, commercial real estate and previously written-off assets. CAM assumed the liabilities related to these assets.   

 

The BBX business segment’s primary assets are loans receivable, real estate held-for-sale and real estate held-for-investment, investments in real estate joint ventures and rights to BankAtlantic’s previously charged off loan portfolio and related judgments which were transferred to CAM in connection with the consummation of the BB&T Transaction as well as its 46% equity interest in Woodbridge.  BBX utilized the cash received in the BB&T Transaction and funds from the monetization of assets to acquire a 46% equity interest in Woodbridge for $60.4 million in cash and a promissory note in Woodbridge’s favor in the principal amount of $11.75 million. 

 

We acquired a 46% interest in Woodbridge in April 2013.  Woodbridge’s principal asset is its ownership of Bluegreen.  Bluegreen is a sales, marketing and management company focused on the vacation ownership industry. Bluegreen markets, sells and manages vacation ownership interests (“VOIs”) in resorts, which are generally located in popular, high-volume, “drive-to” vacation destinations, and were either developed or acquired by Bluegreen or developed and owned by others, in which case Bluegreen earns fees for providing such services. Bluegreen utilizes a points-based system, known as the Bluegreen Vacation Club, where purchasers of VOIs are allotted points that represent their ownership and beneficial use rights in perpetuity in the Bluegreen Vacation Club and can be used to reserve occupancy at participating resorts. Bluegreen Vacation Club members may use their points to stay in any of Bluegreen Vacation Club resorts or take advantage of other vacation options, including an exchange program offered by a third-party world-wide vacation ownership exchange network of over 4,000 resorts and other vacation experiences such as cruises and hotel stays. Bluegreen also provides property association management services, mortgage servicing, VOI title services, reservation services, and construction design and development services. In addition, Bluegreen provides financing to individual purchasers of VOIs, which provides significant interest income to Bluegreen.  Bluegreen had total assets of $1.0 billion as of December 31, 2014 and income from continuing operations of $68.7 million and $56.5 million for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 respectively.    

 

We had investments in joint ventures of approximately $16.1 million as of December 31, 2014.  We anticipate actively pursuing additional joint venture investments with real estate developers which may involve our contribution of held-for-investment real estate acquired through foreclosure or purchasing real estate with our own funds for joint venture development or investing funds in developments identified by joint venture partners.  We currently expect that in most cases, the real estate developer will be responsible for the management of the project and we will participate in major decisions and monitor the development’s progress.  These joint venture real estate developments are anticipated to include multifamily and single family housing, commercial retail complexes, office buildings and land entitlement projects.  To a lesser extent, we may engage in land entitlement and development activities without joint venture partners.  These anticipated real estate investments will in most instances be multi-year projects and we do not expect them to generate earnings in the near term. Our goal is to produce earnings from these projects over time; however, we may not be successful in doing so. 

 

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BBX reportable segment had investments in the following real estate joint ventures as of December 31, 2014 and 2013 (in thousands):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31,

 

 

2014

2013

Altis at Kendall Square, LLC

$

1,264 
1,300 

Altis at Lakeline - Austin Investors LLC

 

5,000 

 -

New Urban/BBX Development, LLC

 

996 
54 

Sunrise and Bayview Partners, LLC

 

1,723 

 -

Hialeah Communities, LLC

 

5,091 

 -

PGA Design Center Holdings, LLC

 

1,991 

 -

Investments in unconsolidated real estate joint ventures

$

16,065 
1,354 

Investment in consolidated real estate joint ventures

$

964 
478 

 

Kendall Commons (Altis at Kendall Square, LLC)

 

In March 2013, the Company sold land to Altman Development (“Altman”), a third party real estate developer, for net proceeds of $8.0 million.  Altman is developing a multifamily rental community comprised of 12 three-story apartment buildings, one mixed-use building and one clubhouse totaling 321 apartment units.  The Company has invested $1.3 million of cash in the project as one of a number of investors.  The first two buildings have been completed with the balance of the buildings expected to be completed in 2015.  After all members (including the Company) receive a preferred return of 10% and all contributed capital is returned, the Company is entitled to receive 13% of venture distributions until a 15% internal rate of return has been attained and thereafter the Company will be entitled to receive 9.75% of any venture distributions.

 

Altis at Lakeline – Austin Investor, LLC

 

In December 2014, the Company invested $5.0 million in a planned multi-family development – Altis at Lakeline – being developed by Altman.  Located on an approximate 23 acre parcel in the northwest area of Austin, Texas, Altis at Lakeline is planned for 19, two and three story, residential apartment buildings with 354 apartment units, 38 enclosed garages, and a clubhouse.  Altis at Lakeline, a gated community, is planned to feature a mix of studio, one, two and three bedroom apartment homes and a private resort style 5,500 square foot clubhouse.  Other planned amenities include a pool and spa, an outdoor activities pavilion with a sports bar and full demonstration kitchen, a full circuit fitness center, and kids’ play and study area.  After all investors receive a preferred return of 9% and all contributed capital is returned, the Company is entitled to receive 26.3% of venture distributions until an 18% internal rate of return has been attained and thereafter the Company will be entitled to receive 18.8% of any venture distributions.

 

Village at Victoria Park (New Urban/BBX Development, LLC)

Village at Victoria Park consists of approximately 2 acres of vacant land previously owned by the Company that is located near downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In December 2013, the Company entered into a joint venture agreement with New Urban Communities to develop the project as 30 single-family homes.  The project is a 50%-50% joint venture, with New Urban Communities serving as the developer and manager.  In April 2014, the joint venture executed an acquisition, development and construction loan with a financial institution and the Company and New Urban Communities each contributed an additional $692,000 to the joint venture as a capital contribution.  The joint venture purchased the vacant land from the Company for $3.6 million consisting of $1.8 million in cash (less $0.2 million in selling expenses) and a $1.6 million promissory note.  The $1.6 million promissory note is secured by a junior lien on the vacant land and future improvements and subordinated to the

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acquisition, development and construction loan.  The project commenced construction and sales during the third quarter of 2014.   Closings are projected to begin during the third quarter of 2015.

Bayview (Sunrise and Bayview Partners, LLC)

 

In June 2014, the Company entered into a joint venture agreement with an affiliate of Procacci Development Corporation.  The joint venture acquired for $8.0 million approximately three acres of real estate located at Bayview Drive and Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The new joint venture entity, Sunrise and Bayview Partners, LLC, is a 50% - 50% joint venture between the Company and an affiliate of Procacci Development.  The property is currently improved with an approximate 84,000 square foot office building along with a convenience store and gas station, and located minutes from the Fort Lauderdale beaches and directly across from the Galleria at Ft. Lauderdale.  The office building has low occupancy with short term leases.  The convenience store’s lease ends in March 2017 with a five year extension option.  We anticipate the property will be redeveloped into a mixed-use project at some point in the future.

 

Hialeah Communities, LLC (Bonterra – CC Devco Homes)

During the third quarter of 2014, the Company entered into a joint venture agreement with CC Devco Homes- a Codina-Carr Company, to develop homes in a portion of the newly proposed Bonterra Communities (formerly called the Hialeah Communities) in Hialeah, Florida.  As the developer and manager of the joint venture, CC Devco Homes currently plans to build approximately 394 single-family homes.    The Company transferred approximately 50 acres of land at an agreed upon value of approximately $15.6 million subject to an $8.3 million mortgage which was assumed by the joint venture.  In exchange, the Company received its joint venture interest and $2.2 million of cash.  Anticipated project profits resulting from the joint venture will be distributed to CC Devco Homes and the Company on a 55% and 45% basis, respectively.  Any necessary additional capital for the joint venture is required to be contributed by CC Devco Homes and the Company on a 43% and 57% basis, respectively. In September 2014, the joint venture acquired nine acres of land and the Company acquired four acres of land adjacent to the property from unrelated third parties. The project is in the final stages of planning and subject to receipt of government approvals. Construction is anticipated to commence in the first half of 2015.  The Company is a guarantor for 26.3% of the joint venture’s $31.0 million acquisition and development loan.  (The Bonterra - CC Devco Homes joint venture is part of the master-planned community project, Bonterra Communities, discussed below.) 

PGA Design Center Holdings, LLC

 

In December 2013, the Company purchased for $6.1 million a commercial property in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with three existing buildings consisting of 145,000 square feet of mainly furniture retail space. The property, which is located in a larger mixed use property now known as PGA Place, was substantially vacant at the date of acquisition.  Subsequent to the acquisition of the property, the Company entered into a joint venture with Stiles Development which acquired a 60% interest in the joint venture for $2.9 million in cash.  The Company contributed the property (excluding certain residential development entitlements having an estimated value of $1.2 million) to the joint venture in exchange for $2.9 million in cash and the remaining 40% interest in the joint venture.  The Company transferred the retained residential development entitlements to adjacent parcels owned by it in the PGA mixed use property now known as PGA Place (see below for a discussion of the other parcels owned by the Company in PGA Place).  The joint venture intends to seek governmental approvals to change the use of a portion of the property from retail to office and subsequently sell or lease the property.  The joint venture entered into a contract to sell an 80,000 square foot building, subject to receiving the necessary entitlements and the potential purchaser’s due diligence.

 

North Flagler (JRG/BBX Development, LLC)

In October 2013, the Company entered into a joint venture with JRG USA pursuant to which JRG USA assigned to the joint venture a contract to purchase for $10.8 million a 4.5 acre parcel overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach, Florida and the Company invested $0.5 million of cash.  During 2015, the joint venture was successful in its efforts to amend the current zoning designation and the parcel’s residential height

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restrictions were changed allowing up to 15 stories in building height from 4 stories.   The Company believes this change in the parcel’s height restrictions will significantly increase the value of the joint venture’s 4.5 acre parcel.   The Company is entitled to receive 80% of any joint venture distributions until it recovers its capital investment and thereafter will be entitled to receive 70% of any joint venture distributions.  The joint venture is soliciting third party developer partners for the potential development of this property.

 

The Company also owns a 2.7 acre parcel located adjacent to the 4.5 acre parcel which is the subject of the contract held by the North Flagler joint venture with JRG USA.  The 2.7 acre parcel was acquired by the Company through foreclosure and had a carrying value of $3.2 million as of December 31, 2014.  We believe that the fair value of this parcel increased by the municipality’s approval of the zoning changes referenced in the preceding paragraph.

 

We are currently engaged through the BBX reportable segment in entitlement and planning activities with respect to the development of the following properties that were obtained through foreclosure.

Gardens at Millenia

Gardens at Millenia consists of approximately 86 acres of land, including a 47 acre lake, located near the Mall at Millenia in a commercial center in Orlando, Florida with a carrying value of $12.4 million as of December 31, 2014.  The Company completed permitting and is currently developing the property to reclaim approximately 15 acres of the lake as additional developable property for a total of 54 developable acres.  The proposed plans for the 54 developable acres include a 460,000 square foot retail shopping center with multiple big-box and in-line tenants as well as four outparcel retail pads.  An agreement to sell a portion of the land to a big-box retailer was entered into and is subject to the buyer’s due diligence.  The Company is finalizing negotiations with a potential retail joint venture partner to develop approximately 13.4 acres of the site.  Current plans for approximately 11.8 acres of this site include nine retail apartment buildings totaling approximately 292 units, a clubhouse, lakeside pavilion, lakeside running trail, and a dog park. The Company is finalizing negotiations with a potential joint venture partner to develop the 11.8 acre parcel.

 

Bonterra Communities – (formerly Hialeah Communities)

 

Bonterra Communities is a proposed master-planned community anticipated to be built on an approximate 128 acres of land consisting of a 59 acre parcel owned by the Bonterra – CC Devco Homes joint venture (discussed above).  Once completed, Bonterra Communities is planned to have approximately 1,171 single-family homes, villas, town homes, and apartments, along with amenities including a clubhouse, fitness center, resort pool, parks, and a 15 acre lake.  The Bonterra community site is currently in the final stages of master-planning and our plans continue to be subject to receipt of required governmental approvals.  It is anticipated that the community will be divided into three parcels, which are anticipated to include: 

 

1.

As discussed in the Bonterra - CC Devco Homes joint venture paragraph above, an approximate 59 acre parcel to be developed with approximately 394 single-family homes by a joint venture between the Company and CC Devco Homes.

2.

An approximate 14 acre parcel owned by the Company with a carrying value of $5.3 million as of December 31, 2014, to be developed with approximately 314 rental apartment units.  The Company is currently seeking required entitlements and plans to partner with a third party developer to develop this parcel.

3.

An approximate 55 acre parcel owned by the Company with a carrying value of $17.1 million as of December  31, 2014, to be developed with approximately 463 additional single-family homes, villas and townhomes.  The Company has a contract to sell this parcel, subject to the receipt of entitlements currently being sought and due diligence by the purchaser.

 

PGA Place

In the fourth quarter of 2014, the Company sold a 33,000 square foot office building in PGA Place for $6.6 million.  The Company continues to own land located in the newly named PGA Place, in the city of Palm Beach

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Gardens, Florida, with carrying values aggregating $3.6 million as of December 31, 2014.  The property held by the PGA Design Center Holdings joint venture described above is adjacent to PGA Place.  We believe this property presents a variety of development opportunities, some of which are currently in the planning stages and remain subject to receipt of government approvals.   The Company is currently seeking governmental approvals for a 126 room limited-service suite hotel, a 5,000 square foot freestanding restaurant and a 60,000 square foot office building and up to 300 apartment units on vacant tracts of land.  We anticipate partnering with one or more third party developers to develop all or a portion of these components of the project. 

 

The composition of the BBX reportable segments legacy loans was (in thousands): 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of December 31, 2014

 

As of December 31, 2013

 

 

 

 

Unpaid

 

 

 

 

 

Unpaid

 

 

 

 

 

 

Principal

 

Carrying

 

 

 

Principal

 

Carrying

Loans held-for-investment:

 

Number

 

Balance

 

Amount

 

Number

 

Balance

 

Amount

Loans receivable:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commercial non-real estate:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accruing

 

 -

 

$              -

 

$              -

 

 -

 

$              -

 

$                      -

Non-accruing

 

 

3,061 

 

1,326 

 

 

5,107 

 

3,331 

Commercial real estate:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accruing

 

 

2,112 

 

2,112 

 

 

2,152 

 

2,152 

Non-accruing

 

 

12,944 

 

4,433 

 

 

27,077 

 

11,526 

Total loans held-for-investment         

 

 

$    18,117

 

$      7,871

 

 

$    34,336

 

$            17,009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans held-for-sale

 

 -

 

$              -

 

$              -

 

 -

 

$              -

 

$                      -

 

 

The composition of the BBX reportable segment’s legacy real estate was (in thousands): 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of December 31, 2014

 

As of December 31, 2013

 

 

 

 

Carrying

 

 

 

Carrying

 

 

Number

 

Amount

 

Number

 

Amount

Real estate held-for-investment:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land

 

16 

 

$     56,461

 

13 

 

$     75,333

Rental properties

 

 -

 

 -

 

 

15,705 

Other

 

 

789 

 

 

789 

Total real estate held-for-investment

 

17 

 

$     57,250

 

16 

 

$     91,827

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real estate held-for-sale:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land

 

12 

 

$     27,661

 

10 

 

$     10,307

Rental properties

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

Residential single-family

 

 

327 

 

 -

 

 -

Total real estate held-for-sale

 

14 

 

$     27,988

 

10 

 

$     10,307

 

 

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FAR Business Segment

 

FAR’s operations consist of overseeing the management and monetization of its assets through regularly scheduled payments and, where appropriate, orderly liquidations with a view to repaying its preferred membership interests and maximizing the cash flows of any remaining assets.  FAR’s assets consist primarily of loans receivable and foreclosed real estate. 

 

The composition of FAR’s foreclosed real estate was (in thousands): 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of December 31, 2014

 

As of December 31, 2013

 

 

 

 

Carrying

 

 

 

Carrying

 

 

Number

 

Amount

 

Number

 

Amount

Real estate held-for-investment:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land

 

 

$       3,895

 

 

$       4,323

Rental properties

 

 

14,445 

 

 

11,186 

Total real estate held-for-investment

 

 

$     18,340

 

 

$     15,509

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real estate held-for-sale:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land

 

 

$       5,844

 

 

$       7,961

Rental properties

 

 

1,748 

 

 

6,168 

Residential single-family

 

12 

 

4,058 

 

29 

 

6,447 

Other

 

13 

 

2,095 

 

23 

 

3,088 

Total real estate held-for-sale

 

32 

 

$     13,745

 

63 

 

$     23,664

 

Rental properties held-for-investment as of December 31, 2014 consisted of two student housing facilities in Tallahassee, Florida, Villa San Michele and Eagle’s Point. 

 

Villa San Michele

 

In January 2014, FAR acquired an 82-unit, 272 bed student housing project located in Tallahassee, Florida, through a contractual settlement with the borrower.  Built in 2008, Villa San Michele is located in southwest Tallahassee near Tallahassee Community College.  The project includes a mix of 3 bedroom and 4 bedroom 2-story townhomes, as well as a 10.6 acre parcel of vacant land.  FAR has engaged a property management company specializing in student housing to manage the day to day operations and leasing of the property.  Various common area improvements are planned for 2015, with the objective of repositioning the property and increasing occupancy.  Villa San Michele had a carrying value of $6.1 million as of December 31, 2014.

 

Eagles Point

 

In September 2013, FAR acquired a 168-unit, 336 bed student housing project located adjacent to Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee, Florida, through a contractual settlement with the borrower.  The residential units at Eagle’s Point consists of 2-story, 2 bedroom townhomes and 16 apartment units (32 beds).  The 16 apartment units are uninhabitable due to extensive damage that occurred before FAR acquired the property. A property improvement plan is in place for 2015, which includes unit renovations, repairs to offline units, as well as selected upgrades to common areas.  FAR has engaged a property management company specializing in student housing to manage the day to day operations and leasing of the property.   Eagle’s Point had a carrying value of $8.4 million as of December 31, 2014.

 

 

 

 

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RoboVault

 

An operating property included in properties and equipment in the Company’s Consolidated Statement of Financial Condition consisted of the RoboVault public storage facility with an $8.4 million and $7.9 million carrying value as of December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

 

In April 2013, FAR acquired through foreclosure, RoboVault, a 155,000 square foot high-tech, robotic self-storage facility, featuring climate controlled, and high security storage.  Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, RoboVault provides its clients museum quality storage for business, forensic property, and personal prized possessions, including art, wine collections, cars, gems, antiques, important documents and files, and other collectibles.  RoboVault’s additional services include crating, handling, moving, and shipping and storage services for its clients throughout the United States and Europe.  Built in 2009, the facility is wind resistant up to 200 mph (a category 5 hurricane), stores items 30 feet above sea level, uses a biometric robotic transfer system, and offers 24 hour - 7 day access. 

 

The composition of FAR’s loans was (in thousands): 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of December 31, 2014

 

As of December 31, 2013

 

 

 

 

Unpaid

 

 

 

 

 

Unpaid

 

 

 

 

 

 

Principal

 

Carrying

 

 

 

Principal

 

Carrying

Loans held-for-investment:

 

Number

 

Balance

 

Amount

 

Number

 

Balance

 

Amount

Loans receivable:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commercial non-real estate:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accruing

 

 -

 

$              -

 

$              -

 

 -

 

$              -

 

$                      -

Non-accruing

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

Commercial real estate:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accruing

 

 

7,613 

 

7,613 

 

 

15,245 

 

15,245 

Non-accruing

 

 

17,601 

 

10,031 

 

10 

 

52,108 

 

34,014 

Consumer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accruing

 

 

316 

 

316 

 

62 

 

5,646 

 

5,646 

Non-accruing

 

31 

 

3,552 

 

1,990 

 

43 

 

5,846 

 

2,972 

Residential:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accruing

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

Non-accruing

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 

189 

 

53 

Total loans held-for-investment

 

43 

 

$    29,082

 

$    19,950

 

124 

 

$    79,034

 

$            57,930

Loans held-for-sale:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Commercial real estate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accruing

 

 -

 

$              -

 

$              -

 

 -

 

$              -

 

$                      -

Non-accruing

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 

 -

 Consumer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accruing

 

48 

 

4,204 

 

1,854 

 

15 

 

2,044 

 

1,494 

Non-accruing

 

 

1,172 

 

497 

 

31 

 

4,135 

 

2,682 

 Residential

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accruing

 

11 

 

1,921 

 

1,854 

 

34 

 

4,912 

 

3,945 

Non-accruing

 

125 

 

41,411 

 

25,478 

 

255 

 

58,603 

 

34,278 

 Small business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accruing

 

34 

 

6,208 

 

4,486 

 

52 

 

10,320 

 

8,170 

Non-accruing

 

 

1,971 

 

1,254 

 

17 

 

4,204 

 

3,277 

Total loans held-for-sale

 

232 

 

$    56,887

 

$    35,423

 

404 

 

$    84,218

 

$            53,846

 

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(1)

See explanation of loan products above.

 

Renin Business Segment

We acquired Renin Corp on October 30, 2013.  Renin is headquartered in Brampton, Ontario and has two manufacturing, assembly and distribution facilities located in Brampton, Ontario and Tupelo, Mississippi and a sales and distribution office in the U.K. Renin manufactures interior closet doors, wall décor, hardware and fabricated glass products and its distribution channels include big box and independent home improvement retailers, builders, other manufacturers and specialty retail outlets primarily in North America.  Renin had total revenues for the year ended December 31, 2014 of $57.8 million and total assets as of December 31, 2014 of $24.1 million. 

 

Sweet Holdings Segment

The Sweet Holding business segment activities consist of the operations of its acquired businesses in the candy and confections industry.  Hoffman’s, Williams and Bennett, Jer’s, Helen Grace and Anastasia were acquired in December 2013, January 2014, July 2014, July 2014 and October 2014, respectively.  Revenues from these acquisitions included in the Company’s consolidated Statement of Operations for the year ended December 31, 2014 aggregated $16.3 million.  These business acquisitions had total assets as of December 31, 2014 of $31.6 million. The pro forma revenues from the 2014 acquisitions had the acquisition dates been January 1, 2014 was approximately $23.6 million.

 

Employees

 

The Company currently maintains comprehensive employee benefit programs that are considered by management to be generally competitive with programs provided by other employers in its markets.

 

The number of employees at the indicated dates was:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2014

 

December 31, 2013

 

Full-

 

Part-

 

Full-

 

Part-

 

time

 

time

 

time

 

time

BBX Capital

33 

 

 

33 

 

FAR

 

21 

 

 

Renin

217 

 

 

227 

 

17 

Sweet Holdings

157 

 

63 

 

41 

 

34 

Total

413 

 

93 

 

308 

 

58 

 

Competition

 

The industries in which we conduct business are very competitive and we face substantial competition from insurance companies, financial institutions, private equity funds, hedge funds and real estate developers. We compete with institutions and entities that are larger and have greater resources than the resources available to us.  There are four companies in the candy and confections industry that account for approximately 68% of the industry’s revenues.    Renin operations include the manufacturing of wall décor, hardware, and fabricated glass.  Renin’s products are sold mainly to housing and other building construction companies.  The housing and building construction industries have seen demand for their products decline significantly over the past five years. This decline in demand resulted in intense competition from the entities that remain in the industries, including competition from foreign importers and producers. 

 

 

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ITEM 1A.  RISK FACTORS

 

Our business and operations and the mix of our assets significantly changed as a result of the sale of BankAtlantic to BB&T during July 2012, and our financial condition and results of operations depend on the monetization of our assets at or near their current book values and our results of operations will vary depending upon the timing of such monetization and the success of any investment of available funds.

 

As a result of the BB&T Transaction, the Company’s business and operations significantly changed from its business and operations prior to the sale of BankAtlantic. As a consequence, the Company’s financial condition and results of operations will be dependent in the near term, on our ability to successfully manage and monetize the assets currently held by BBX Partners, which held approximately $14.3 million of loans and foreclosed real estate as of December 31, 2014, the assets currently held by CAM, and the assets held in FAR and on the results of operations of Bluegreen and its ability to continue to pay dividends to Woodbridge.  Additionally, because a majority of FAR’s assets are serviced by a third party servicer, the Company is also dependent on the ability and efforts of the servicer to efficiently manage and monetize the assets. Further, nonaccrual loans and real estate may not be easily salable in the event the Company decides to liquidate an asset through a sale transaction. The Company’s financial condition and results of operations will be dependent in the longer term on these factors as well as its ability to successfully invest these cash flows. If the assets held in CAM and BBX Partners and the assets held in FAR are not monetized at or near the current book values ascribed to them, or if these assets are liquidated for amounts less than book value, the Company’s financial condition and results of operations would be adversely affected, and our ability to successfully pursue our business goals could be adversely affected. Because a majority of these assets do not generate income on a regular basis, the Company does not expect to generate significant revenue or income with respect to these assets until such time as an asset is monetized through repayments or transactions involving the sale, joint venture or development of the underlying real estate. Accordingly, the Company expects its revenues and results of operations to vary significantly on a quarterly basis and from year to year.

 

Our substantial investment in Woodbridge and our indirect interest in Bluegreen exposes us to the risks associated with Bluegreen and the vacation ownership industry.

 

As previously described, we invested $71.75 million in Woodbridge during April 2013 in exchange for a 46% equity interest in Woodbridge. Woodbridge owns all of the shares of Bluegreen’s common stock  which constitute Woodbridge’s primary asset.  While Woodbridge and Bluegreen are not consolidated into our financial statements, our investment in Woodbridge is significant and our operating results and financial condition, including our liquidity, is dependent in part on Bluegreen’s performance and its ability to pay dividends. Bluegreen is subject to various risks and uncertainties which may impact its business and results, including, but not limited to, the following:

 

·

Bluegreen’s business and operations, including its ability to market Vacation Ownership Interests (“VOIs”), is subject to risks related to general economic conditions and the availability of financing;

·

The vacation ownership and hospitality industries are highly competitive, and Bluegreen may not be able to compete successfully;

·

Bluegreen would incur substantial losses and Bluegreen’s liquidity position could be adversely impacted if the customers to whom Bluegreen provides financing default on their obligations;

·

While Bluegreen has attempted to restructure its business to reduce its need for and reliance on financing for liquidity in the short term, there is no assurance that such restructuring will be successful or that Bluegreen’s business and profitability will not otherwise continue to depend on its ability to obtain financing, which may not be available on favorable terms, or at all; 

·

Bluegreen's indebtedness may impact its financial condition and results of operations, and the terms of Bluegreen's indebtedness may limit its activities;

·

The ratings of third-party rating agencies could adversely impact Bluegreen’s ability to obtain, renew or extend credit facilities, or otherwise raise funds;

·

Bluegreen’s future success depends on its ability to market its products and services successfully and efficiently and Bluegreen’s marketing expenses may increase;

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·

Bluegreen may not be successful in increasing or expanding its capital-light business relationships, and its capital-light activities, including fee based, sales and marketing, just-in-time VOI arrangements, and secondary market sales activities, and such activities may not be profitable, which may have an adverse impact on Bluegreen’s results of operations and financial condition;

·

Bluegreen’s results of operations and financial condition may be materially and adversely impacted if Bluegreen does not continue to participate in exchange networks and other strategic alliances with third parties or if Bluegreen’s customers are not satisfied with the networks in which Bluegreen participates or Bluegreen’s strategic alliances;

·

The resale market for VOIs could adversely affect Bluegreen’s business;

·

Bluegreen is subject to the risks of the real estate market and the risks associated with real estate development, including a decline in real estate values and a deterioration of other conditions relating to the real estate market and real estate development;

·

Adverse outcomes in legal or other regulatory proceedings, including claims for development-related defects, could adversely affect Bluegreen’s financial condition and operating results;

·

Bluegreen may be adversely affected by extensive federal, state and local laws and regulations and changes in applicable laws and regulations, including with respect to the imposition of additional taxes on operations. In addition, results of audits of Bluegreen’s tax returns or those of Bluegreen’s subsidiaries may have a material and adverse impact on Bluegreen’s financial condition;

·

Environmental liabilities, including claims with respect to mold or hazardous or toxic substances, could have a material adverse impact on Bluegreen’s financial condition and operating results;

·

A failure to maintain the integrity of internal or customer data could result in damage to Bluegreen's reputation and/or subject Bluegreen to costs, fines, or lawsuits;

·

Bluegreen’s technology requires updating and the failure to keep pace with developments in technology could impair Bluegreen's operations or competitive position;

·

There are inherent uncertainties involved in estimates, judgments and assumptions used in the preparation of financial statements in accordance with GAAP. Any changes in estimates, judgments and assumptions used could have a material adverse impact on Bluegreen’s operating results and financial condition; and

·

The loss of the services of Bluegreen’s key management and personnel could adversely affect its business.

 

For more detailed information regarding Bluegreen’s business, the risks set forth above and other risks which Bluegreen faces, see BFC’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, which is available free of charge on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, including the “Risk Factors – Risks Related to Bluegreen” section thereof.

 

During the year ended December 31, 2014 and the nine months ended December 31, 2013, we received dividends totaling $52.2 million from Woodbridge following its receipt of dividends from Bluegreen.  As indicated above, Bluegreen’s debt instruments contain restrictions on its ability to pay dividends.  In addition, dividend payments by Bluegreen are subject to declaration by Bluegreen’s board of directors, and subsequent dividends by Woodbridge are subject to the approval of the board of directors of BFC as well as our board of directors.  Dividend decisions outside of our control may not be made in our best interest. If Bluegreen is unable to pay dividends or Bluegreen or Woodbridge does not otherwise pay dividends, our liquidity would be materially and adversely impacted.  See “Item 7 - Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations – Liquidity” for additional information.

 

Our future acquisitions may reduce earnings, require us to obtain additional financing and expose us to additional risks.

 

Our business strategy includes investments in or acquisitions of operating companies, such as our acquisitions of Renin Corp. and the acquisitions of businesses by BBX Sweet Holdings in the candy and confections industry.  Some of these investments and acquisitions may be material. While we will seek investments and acquisitions primarily in companies that provide opportunities for growth, we may not be successful in identifying these opportunities. Investments or acquisitions that we complete may not prove to be successful or even if successful may not initially generate income, or may generate income on an irregular basis or over a long time period, thus causing our results of operations to vary significantly on a quarterly basis and from year to year. Acquisitions may expose us to additional risks and may have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.  

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As part of our business strategy, we expect to continue to review acquisition prospects that would complement our existing business, or that might otherwise offer growth opportunities.  Acquisitions entail numerous risks, including:

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Difficulties in assimilating acquired management and operations;

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Risks associated with achieving profitability;

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The incurrence of significant due diligence expenses relating to acquisitions that are not completed;

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Unforeseen expenses;

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Risks associated with entering new markets in which we have no or limited prior experience;

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The potential loss of key employees or founders of acquired organizations; and

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Risks associated with transferred assets and liabilities.

 

We may not be able to acquire or profitably manage additional businesses, or to integrate successfully any acquired businesses, including Renin and the businesses BBX Sweet Holdings acquired, without substantial costs, delays or other operational or financial difficulties, including difficulties in integrating information systems and personnel and establishing control environment processes across acquired businesses.  Our failure to do so could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.  In addition, to the extent that we acquire operating businesses outside the United States or the State of Florida, we may face additional risks related to the compliance with foreign regulations and laws including tax laws, labor laws, currency fluctuations and geography economic conditions.

 

In addition, we will likely face competition in making investments or acquisitions which could increase the costs associated with the investment or acquisition. Our investments or acquisitions may rely on additional debt or equity financing. The issuance of debt will result in additional leverage which could limit our operating flexibility, and the issuance of equity could result in additional dilution to our then-current shareholders. In addition, such financing could consist of equity securities which have rights, preferences or privileges senior to our Class A Common Stock.

 

If we require additional financing in the future, the financing may not be available when needed or on favorable terms, if at all. Additionally, we do not intend to seek shareholder approval of any investments or acquisitions unless required by law or regulation.

 

We plan to conduct some of our operations through unconsolidated joint ventures with independent third parties in which we do not have a controlling interest, and we may be adversely impacted by a joint venture partner’s failure to fulfill its obligations. 

 

By using joint ventures, we can reduce the amount we invest in real estate properties. However, our joint venture partners may become financially unable or unwilling to fulfill their obligations under the joint venture agreements. Most joint ventures borrow money to help finance their activities, and although recourse on the loans is generally limited to the joint ventures and their properties, we may be required to provide financial support. If joint venture partners do not perform on their obligations, we may incur significant expenditures which may have an adverse effect on our operating results or financial condition.

 

Investments in real estate developments directly or through joint ventures expose us to market and economic risks inherent in the real estate construction and development industry.

 

 The real estate construction and development industry is highly competitive and subject to numerous risks which in many cases are beyond management’s control.  The success of our real estate development investments is dependent on many factors, including:

 

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Demand for or oversupply of new homes, rental apartments and commercial real estate;

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Demand for commercial real estate tenants;

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Real estate market values;

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Changes in capitalization rates impacting real estate values;

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Inventory of foreclosed homes negatively impacting selling prices;

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Availability and reasonable pricing of skilled labor;

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Availability and reasonable pricing of construction materials such as lumber, framing, concrete and other building materials;

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Changes in laws and regulations for new construction and land entitlements, including environmental and zoning laws and regulations;

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Natural disasters and severe weather conditions increasing costs, delaying construction, causing uninsured losses or reducing demand for new homes;

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Availability and cost of mortgage financing for potential purchasers;

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Mortgage loan interest rates;

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Availability, delays and costs associated with obtaining permits, approvals or licenses necessary to develop property; and

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Construction defects and product liability claims.

 

Any of these factors could give rise to delays in the start or completion of a project, or increase the cost of developing a project, or could result in reduced prices and values for our developments, including developments underlying our joint venture investments.

 

The decline in the Florida real estate market has adversely affected, and may continue to adversely affect, our earnings and financial condition.

 

The deterioration in prior periods of economic conditions in the Florida residential real estate market, including the cumulative decline in median home prices in all major metropolitan areas in Florida, and the downturn in the Florida commercial real estate market, resulted in substantial non-performing loans and provision for loan losses during prior periods. The loans retained by us through CAM and FAR in the BB&T Transaction and the real estate properties we acquired through foreclosure or settlements with borrowers are primarily in the Florida market, and adverse changes to the Florida economy or the real estate market may negatively impact our earnings and financial condition.

 

Our loan portfolio is concentrated in loans secured by real estate, a majority of which are located in Florida, which makes us susceptible to credit losses from downturns in the real estate market.

 

Conditions in the United States real estate market deteriorated significantly beginning in 2007, particularly in Florida. Our loan portfolio is concentrated in commercial real estate loans (most of which are located in Florida), residential mortgages (nationwide), and consumer home-equity loans (mainly in Florida). We have a heightened exposure to credit losses that may arise from this concentration as a result of the significant downturn in the Florida real estate markets.

 

An increase in our allowance for loan losses will result in reduced earnings.

 

We are exposed to the risk that our borrowers will be unable to repay their loans according to their terms and that any collateral securing the payment of these loans will not be sufficient to assure full repayment. Management evaluates the collectability of the loan portfolio and provides an allowance for loan losses that it believes is adequate based upon such factors as:

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the risk characteristics of various classifications of loans;

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previous loan loss experience;

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specific loans that have probable loss potential;

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delinquency trends;

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estimated fair value of the collateral; and

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current economic conditions.

Many of these factors are difficult to predict or estimate accurately, particularly in a changing economic environment. The process of determining the estimated losses inherent in our loan portfolio requires subjective and complex judgments and the level of uncertainty concerning economic conditions may adversely affect our ability to estimate the losses which may be incurred in the loan portfolio. If such evaluation is incorrect and borrower defaults

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cause losses exceeding the portion of the allowance for loan losses allocated to those loans, or if perceived adverse trends require us to significantly increase our allowance for loan losses in the future, the Company’s earnings could be significantly and adversely affected.

 

Non-performing loans take significant time to resolve and adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition, and could result in further losses in the future.

 

At December 31, 2014, our non-performing loans totaled approximately $17.8 million or 64% of our total loan portfolio. Our non-performing loans adversely affect our net income through foreclosure costs, operating expenses and taxes. Until we monetize these loans, we expect to continue to incur additional losses relating to these non-performing loans. We record interest income on non-performing loans on a cash basis. When we receive the collateral in foreclosures or similar proceedings, we are required to mark the related collateral to the then fair market value, generally based on appraisals of the property obtained by us. These loans also increase our risk profile, and increases in the level of non-performing loans adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition. While we seek to manage nonperforming loans, decreases in the value of these loans or deterioration in the financial condition of our borrowers, which is often impacted by economic and market conditions beyond our control, could adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition. In addition, the resolution of non-performing loans requires significant commitments of management time.

 

FAR’s consumer loan portfolio is concentrated in home equity loans collateralized by properties located in South Florida.

 

The decline in residential real estate prices and higher unemployment throughout Florida over the past several years has resulted in an increase in mortgage delinquencies and higher foreclosure rates. Additionally, in response to adverse conditions in the economy and real estate markets, financial institutions and other lenders have tightened underwriting standards which has limited the ability of borrowers to refinance. These conditions have adversely impacted delinquencies and credit loss trends for home equity loan portfolios. The majority of FAR’s home equity loans are residential second mortgages that exhibit higher loss severity than residential first mortgages. If home prices decline, FAR may experience higher credit losses from this loan portfolio. Since the collateral for this portfolio consists primarily of second mortgages, it is unlikely that FAR will be successful in recovering all or any portion of its loan proceeds in the event of a default unless FAR is prepared to repay the first mortgage and such repayment and the costs associated with a foreclosure are justified by the value of the property.

 

The cost and outcome of pending legal proceedings may impact the Company’s results of operations.

 

The Company is involved in ongoing litigation which has resulted in significant selling, general and administrative expenses relating to legal and other professional fees. Pending proceedings include litigation brought by the SEC, litigation arising out of workouts and foreclosures, and legal proceedings associated with BankAtlantic’s tax certificate business. As discussed under Item 3. Legal Proceeding, the jury in the SEC action found that BBX Capital and our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Alan B. Levan had engaged in an act of fraud or deceit toward shareholders or prospective investors by making materially false statements knowingly or with severe recklessness (1) with respect to three statements in a July 25, 2007 conference call and (2) in their decision to sell certain loans in the fourth quarter of 2007 and failing to classify the loans as held-for sale in the 2007 Annual Report on Form 10-K.  The jury also found that Mr. Levan made or caused to be made false statements to the independent accountants regarding the held for sale issue. While BBX Capital and Mr. Levan intend to appeal any adverse judgment to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the results of appellate review are uncertain and we anticipate continued elevated legal and related costs in connection with the actions. We have received legal fee and cost reimbursements from our insurance carrier in connection with the SEC action of approximately $5.8 million as of December 31, 2014.  Our insurance carrier has indicated it may seek reimbursement for costs, charges and expenses advanced in connection with this matter and these potential insurance carrier reimbursements would adversely impact our financial condition and results of operations. See Item 3. Legal Proceedings.

 

Adverse market conditions may affect our business and results of operations.

 

Our financial condition and results of operations have been, and may continue to be, adversely impacted as a result of the downturn in the U.S. housing and commercial real estate markets and general economic conditions.

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Dramatic declines in the national and, in particular, Florida housing markets over the past years, with falling home prices and increasing foreclosures and unemployment, negatively impacted the credit performance of our loans and resulted in significant asset impairments. While we believe that real estate markets and general economic conditions have shown signs of improvement during the past year, further negative market and economic developments may cause adverse changes in payment patterns, causing increases in delinquencies and default rates, and may impact charge-offs and provisions for loan losses and the value of our real estate and other real estate related assets. A worsening of conditions would likely exacerbate the adverse effects of these difficult market conditions.

 

Adverse events in Florida, where our business is currently concentrated, could adversely impact our results and future growth.

 

Our business, the primary source of repayment for loans and the real estate collateralizing loans and real estate acquired through foreclosure or settlements with borrowers and are investments in real estate joint ventures are primarily concentrated in Florida. As a result, we are exposed to geographic risks, as high unemployment rates, declines in the housing industry and declines in the real estate market have generally been more severe in Florida than in the rest of the country. Adverse changes in laws and regulations in Florida would have a negative impact on our revenues, financial condition and business. Further, the State of Florida is subject to the risks of natural disasters such as tropical storms and hurricanes, which may disrupt our operations, adversely impact the ability of our borrowers to timely repay their loans, adversely impact the value of any collateral securing loans and our portfolio of real estate (both held-for-sale and held-for-investment), or otherwise have an adverse effect on our results of operations. The severity and impact of tropical storms, hurricanes and other weather related events are unpredictable.

Renin sales are concentrated with two significant customers.  

A significant amount of Renin’s sales are to big-box home centers.  These home centers in many instances have significant negotiating leverage with their vendors, and are able to affect the prices Renin receives for its products and the terms and conditions on which Renin conducts its business with them.  These home centers may also reduce the number of vendors they purchase from or make significant changes in their volume of purchases. Although homebuilders, dealers and other retailers represent other channels of distribution for Renin’s products, the loss of a home center customer or reduced sales volume from any of these home centers would have a material adverse effect on Renin’s business.

A significant portion of Renin’s business relies on home improvement and new home construction activity, both of which are cyclical and outside of management’s control.

A significant portion of Renin’s business in Canada and the United States is dependent on the levels of home improvement activity, including spending on repair and remodeling projects, and new home construction activity. Macroeconomic conditions including consumer confidence levels, fluctuations in home prices, unemployment and underemployment levels, interest rates, regulatory initiatives, and the availability of home equity loans and mortgage financing  affect both  discretionary spending on home improvement projects as well as new home construction activity. Adverse changes in these factors or uncertainty regarding these macroeconomic conditions could result in a decline in spending on home improvement projects and a decline in demand for new home construction, both of which could adversely affect Renin’s results of operations.

Our operating businesses, Renin and the BBX Sweet Holdings companies, operating results would be negatively impacted if they experience increased commodity costs or a limited availability of commodities.

Our operating businesses purchase various commodities to manufacture products, including steel, aluminum, glass and mirror in the case of Renin, and sugar and cocoa in the case of BBX Sweet Holdings. Fluctuations in the availability and prices of these commodities could increase the cost to manufacture products. Further, increases in energy costs could increase production costs as well as transportation costs, each of which could negatively affect these businesses operating results.   Renin’s and BBX Sweet Holdings’ existing arrangements with customers, competitive considerations and the relative negotiating power and resistance of  home center customers and big-box retailers to price increases make it difficult to increase selling prices to absorb

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increased production costs. If Renin and BBX Sweet Holdings are not able to increase the prices of its products or achieve other cost savings or productivity improvements to offset any increased commodity and production costs, our operating results could be negatively impacted.

Unexpected events, such as natural disasters, severe weather and terrorist activities may disrupt Renin’s operations and increase its production costs.

 The occurrence of one or more unexpected events, including tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and other forms of severe weather or terrorist activities in countries or regions in which Renin’s suppliers are located could adversely affect Renin’s operations and financial performance. Natural disasters, acts or threats of war or terrorism, or other unexpected events could result in temporary or long-term disruption in the delivery or supply of necessary raw materials and component products from Renin’s suppliers, which would disrupt Renin’s production capabilities and likely increase its cost of doing business.

 

Market demand for chocolate products could decline.

 

BBX Sweet Holdings and its acquired businesses operate in highly competitive markets and compete with larger companies that have greater resources.  The success of these businesses is impacted by many factors, including the following:

 

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Effective retail execution;

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Appropriate advertising campaigns and marketing programs;

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Adequate supply of commodities at a reasonable cost;

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Oversight of product safety;

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Response to changes in consumer preferences and tastes; and

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Changes in consumer health concerns, including obesity and the consumption of certain ingredients.

 

A decline in market demand for chocolate products could negatively affect our operating results.

 

 

BBX Sweet Holdings product recall or product liability claims could materially and adversely affect us.

 

Selling products for human consumption involves inherent legal and other risks, including product contamination, spoilage, product tampering, allergens, or other adulteration. We could decide or be required to destroy inventory, recall products or lose sales in connection with contamination, tampering, adulteration or other deficiencies.  These events could result in significant losses and may damage our reputation, and discourage consumers from buying our products, or cause production and delivery disruptions which would adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations.  We may also incur losses if our products cause injury, illness or death.  A significant product liability claim may adversely affect our reputation and profitability, even if the claim is unsuccessful.

 

Our financial performance may adversely affect our ability to access capital and may have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

Our ability to fund operations and investment opportunities may depend on our ability to raise capital in the secondary markets and on our ability to monetize our portfolio of non-performing loans. Our ability to raise additional capital will depend on, among other things, conditions in the financial markets at the time, which are outside of our control, as well as litigation and our financial condition, results of operations and prospects. The failure to obtain capital in amounts needed to fund operations or anticipated investments may have a material adverse effect on our results of operation and financial condition.

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We are controlled by BFC and its controlling shareholders, and this control position may adversely affect the market price of our Class A Common Stock.

 

BFC currently owns 8,133,353 shares of our Class A Common Stock, representing approximately 51% of the outstanding shares of such stock and all 195,045 outstanding shares of our Class B Common Stock representing approximately 72% of our total voting power. Additionally, Alan B. Levan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BBX Capital and Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of BFC, and John E. Abdo, Vice Chairman of BBX Capital and BFC, collectively beneficially own shares of BFC’s Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock representing approximately 74% of BFC’s total voting power. BBX Capital’s Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock vote as a single group on most matters. Accordingly, BFC, directly, and Messrs. Levan and Abdo, indirectly through BFC, are in a position to control BBX Capital, elect BBX Capital’s board of directors and significantly influence the outcome of any shareholder vote. This control position may have an adverse effect on the market price of our Class A Common Stock.

 

BFC can reduce its economic interest in us and still maintain voting control.

 

Our Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock generally vote together as a single class, with the Class A Common Stock possessing a fixed 53% of the aggregate voting power of the Company, and the Class B Common Stock possessing a fixed 47% of such aggregate voting power. The Company’s Class B Common Stock currently represents less than 1% of the Company’s total common equity and 47% of the Company’s total voting power. As a result, the voting power of the Company’s Class B Common Stock does not bear a direct relationship to the economic interest represented by the shares.

 

Any issuance of shares of Class A Common Stock will further dilute the relative economic interest of the Class B Common Stock, but will not decrease the voting power represented by the Class B Common Stock. Further, our Restated Articles of Incorporation provide that these relative voting percentages will remain fixed until such time as BFC and its affiliates own less than 97,253 shares of the Class B Common Stock, which is approximately 50% of the number of shares of Class B Common Stock that BFC now owns, even if additional shares of Class A Common Stock are issued. Therefore, BFC may sell up to approximately 50% of its shares of Class B Common Stock (after converting those shares to shares of Class A Common Stock), and significantly reduce its economic interest in us, while still maintaining its voting power. If BFC were to take this action, it would widen the disparity between the equity interest represented by the Class B Common Stock and its voting power. Any conversion of shares of Class B Common Stock into shares of Class A Common Stock would further dilute the voting interests of the holders of the Class A Common Stock.

 

Provisions in our Restated Articles of Incorporation and Amended and Restated Bylaws, and recently adopted shareholder rights plan, may make it difficult for a third party to acquire us and could depress the price of our Class A Common Stock.

 

Our Restated Articles of Incorporation and Amended and Restated Bylaws contain provisions that could delay, defer or prevent a change of control of the Company or its management. These provisions could make it more difficult for shareholders to elect directors and take other corporate actions. As a result, these provisions could limit the price that investors are willing to pay in the future for shares of our Class A Common Stock. These provisions include:

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the provisions in the Restated Articles of Incorporation regarding the voting rights of Class B Common Stock;

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  the authority of the board of directors to issue additional shares of common or preferred stock and to fix the relative rights and preferences of the preferred stock without additional shareholder approval; and

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advance notice procedures to be complied with by shareholders in order to make shareholder proposals or nominate directors.

In addition, on February 7, 2013, the Company adopted a shareholder rights plan which is designed to preserve certain tax benefits available to the Company. However, because the rights plan provides a deterrent to

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investors from acquiring a 5% or greater ownership interest in Class A Common Stock, it may have an anti-takeover effect.

 

The loss of key personnel or the failure to attract and retain highly qualified personnel could adversely affect our operations.

Our performance is largely dependent on the talents and efforts of skilled individuals. Our business operations could be adversely affected if we are unable to retain and motivate our existing employees and attract new employees as needed. In addition, as previously described, the jury in the SEC action found that BBX Capital and our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Alan B. Levan committed violations of federal securities laws. While BBX Capital and Mr. Levan intend to appeal any adverse judgment to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the results of appellate review are uncertain.  In addition to injunctive relief and monetary penalties of $5.2 million against the Company and $1.56 million against Mr. Levan, the SEC is seeking an officer and director bar with respect to Mr. Levan. While we continue to believe that the Company and Mr. Levan fully complied with applicable law, the jury verdict represents a finding of violations of securities laws involving the making of materially false statements knowingly or with severe recklessness and the outcome of an appeal is uncertain. If the findings of fraud by the Company and/or Mr. Levan are upheld, this may adversely affect the Company’s assessment of internal controls over financial reporting.  In the event Mr. Levan is restricted from serving, or is otherwise unable to serve, as an executive officer and/or director of BBX Capital, BBX Capital and its business, as well as the businesses of its subsidiaries, may be adversely impacted.  However, the Company believes that any such adverse impact would be mitigated by the continuation of service of other executive officers, including Mr. Abdo, who serves as a director and Vice Chairman of the Company and Jarett Levan, President, who previously served as President and CEO of BankAtlantic.

Information technology failures and data security breaches could harm our business. 

We rely extensively on information technology (IT) systems, including Internet sites, data hosting facilities and other hardware and platforms, some of which are hosted by third parties, to assist in conducting our businesses. Our IT systems, like those of most companies, may be vulnerable to a variety of interruptions, including, but not limited to, natural disasters, telecommunications failures, hackers, and other security issues. Moreover, our computer systems, like those of most companies, are subjected to computer viruses or other malicious codes, and to cyber or phishing-attacks. Although we have implemented administrative and technical controls and taken other actions to minimize the risk of cyber incidents and protect our information technology, computer intrusion efforts are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and even the enhanced controls we have installed might be breached. If our IT systems cease to function properly, we could suffer interruptions in our operations. If our cyber-security is breached, unauthorized persons may gain access to proprietary or confidential information, including information about borrowers, employees or investments. This could damage our reputation and require us to incur significant costs to repair or restore the security of our computer systems.

ITEM 1B.  UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

 

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ITEM 2.  PROPERTIES

 

BBX Capital leases its principal executive offices which are located at 401 East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33301. The office lease expiration date is June 1, 2018.  BBX Capital has the right to renew the terms of the lease for two additional terms of five years commencing as of the expiration date.

 

BBX Capital leases office space in Orlando with a lease expiration date of August 31, 2015 and BBX Sweet Holdings has two office space leases in California with lease expiration dates of June 30, 2015 and October 31, 2015.

 

Renin leases its executive offices located at 110 Walker Drive, Brampton, Ontario. The office lease expiration date is December 31, 2024.  Renin leases two manufacturing facilities and one sales and distribution facility. The United Kingdom sales and distribution facility is leased month-to-month.  The two manufacturing facilities in the United States and Canada have lease expiration dates of December 31, 2022 and December 31, 2024.

 

Hoffman’s owns its chocolate manufacturing facility located at 5190 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres, Florida.  The facility is comprised of a 4,000 square foot office and store front area and a 11,526 square foot manufacturing area.  Hoffman’s also owns two warehouse facilities in Riviera Beach, Florida.

 

Hoffman’s leases three of its retail locations in West Palm Beach, Florida with lease expiration dates ranging from June  30, 2017 to December 31, 2019. Hoffman’s leases three retail locations in Broward County, Florida with lease expiration dates ranging from December 31, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

 

Williams and Bennett leases its chocolate manufacturing facility located at 2045 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach, Florida. The facility is comprised of 30,000 square feet of office, manufacturing, warehousing and food storage areas. 

 

Helen Grace sub-leases its chocolate manufacturing facility located at 10690 Long Beach Boulevard, Lynwood, California with a lease expiration date of June 2015.  The manufacturing facility is comprised of  50,000 square feet of office, manufacturing, warehousing and food storage areas.

 

Helen Grace leases three retail locations in California with lease expiration dates from April 30, 2015 to April 30, 2017. 

 

Anastasia leases its chocolate manufacturing facility located at 1815 Cypress Lake Drive, Orlando, Florida with an expiration date of September 30, 2019 with three additional option terms of five years each commencing as of the expiration date. The facility is comprised of 80,000 square feet of office, manufacturing, warehousing and food storage areas. 

 

 

 

 

 

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ITEM 3.  LEGAL PROCEEDINGS  

Securities and Exchange Commission v. BankAtlantic Bancorp, Inc. and Alan B. Levan, Case No. 12-60082-CV-SCOLA, United States District Court, Southern District of Florida

 

On January 18, 2012, the SEC brought an action in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida against BBX Capital and Alan B. Levan, BBX Capital’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, alleging that they violated securities laws by not timely disclosing known adverse trends in BBX Capital’s commercial real estate loans, selectively disclosing problem loans and engaging in improper accounting treatment of certain specific loans which may have resulted in a material understatement of its net loss in BBX Capital’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007. Further, the complaint alleges that Mr. Alan B. Levan intentionally misled investors in related earnings calls. The Court denied summary judgment as to most issues, but granted the SEC’s motion for partial summary judgment that certain statements in one of Alan Levan’s answers on a July 25, 2007 investor conference call were false.

 

On December 15, 2014, after a six-week trial, the jury found in favor of BBX Capital and Alan B. Levan with respect to the disclosures made during an April 2007 earnings conference call and in BBX Capital’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the 2007 first and second quarters, but found that they had engaged in an act of fraud or deceit toward shareholders or prospective investors by making materially false statements knowingly or with severe recklessness (1) with respect to three statements in the July 25, 2007 conference call referenced above, and (2) in their decision to sell certain loans in the fourth quarter of 2007 and failing to classify the loans as held-for sale in the 2007 Annual Report on Form 10-K.  The jury also found that Mr. Levan made or caused to be made false statements to the independent accountants regarding the held for sale issue.

 

The Company has identified a number of issues it asserts will require reversal of any judgment that follows the jury’s verdict including: (i) a pretrial summary judgment declaring three sentences in the July 25, 2007 earnings conference call “objectively false and misleading” that led to a jury instruction to that effect; and (ii) a pretrial order precluding the introduction of evidence addressing the independent auditors review of the SEC’s complaint alleging a failure to book certain loans as “held for sale” and (iii) a pretrial ruling that the SEC’s only expert witness as to the value of the loans as of December 31, 2007, admitted that he was not qualified to value loans and not qualified to offer opinions on market conditions in Florida in 2007 and 2008.  As indicated above,  the jury rejected the SEC’s claims that  BBX and Levan violated securities laws with respect to the April 25, 2007 earnings conference call, the May 1, 2007 first quarter Form 10-Q and the August 9, 2007 Form 10-Q.  We would note that the Company’s financial statements were never required to be restated.

 

On January 12, 2015, BBX Capital and Alan B. Levan filed a motion for a new trial and a motion for judgment as a matter of law which were denied by the Court. The SEC has filed a motion for a final judgment: (i) permanently barring Alan B. Levan from serving as an officer or director of any SEC reporting company; (ii) imposing civil penalties of $5.2 million against BBX Capital and $1.56 million against Alan B. Levan; and (iii) permanently restraining BBX Capital and Alan B. Levan from violating securities laws.  BBX Capital believes the claims to be without merit, continues to vigorously defend the action and intends to appeal any judgment entered to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

On January 14, 2015, we received notice from our insurance carrier that, based upon its interpretation of the jury verdict in this action, the carrier does not believe it is obligated to advance further payments towards fees and costs incurred in connection with this action and that it reserved its right to obtain reimbursement of the amounts it previously advanced with respect to this action.  We have received legal fee and cost reimbursements from our insurance carrier in connection with this action of approximately $5.8 million as of December 31, 2014.

 

In re:  BBX Capital Shareholders Litigation

 

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On May 30, 2013, Haim Ronan filed a purported class action against BFC, BBX Merger Sub, BBX Capital and the members of BBX Capital’s board of directors seeking to represent BBX Capital’s shareholders in a lawsuit challenging the currently proposed merger between BFC and BBX Capital. In this action, which is styled Haim Ronan, On Behalf of Himself and All Others Similarly Situated, v. Alan B. Levan, John E. Abdo, Jarett S. Levan, Steven M. Coldren, Bruno L. Di Giulian, Charlie C. Winningham, II, David A. Lieberman, Willis N. Holcombe, Anthony P. Segreto, BBX Capital Corporation, BFC Financial Corporation and BBX Merger Sub, LLC and was filed in the Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit in and for Broward County, Florida, Mr. Ronan asserted as a cause of action that the individual defendants breached their fiduciary duties of care, loyalty and good faith, in part, by failing to obtain a high enough price for the shares of BBX Capital’s Class A Common Stock to be acquired by BFC in the merger. Mr. Ronan also asserted a cause of action against BFC and Merger Sub for aiding and abetting the alleged breaches of fiduciary duties. Mr. Ronan is seeking an injunction blocking the proposed merger. On May 31, 2013, in an action styled John P. Lauterbach, on Behalf of Himself and All Others Similarly Situated, v. BBX Capital Corporation, John E. Abdo, Norman H. Becker, Steven M. Coldren, Bruno L. Di Giulian, John K. Grelle, Willis N. Holcombe, Alan B. Levan, Jarett S. Levan, David A. Lieberman, Anthony P. Segreto, Charlie C. Winningham II, Seth M. Wise, BFC Financial Corporation and BBX Merger Sub, LLC and filed in the Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit in and for Broward County, Florida, John P. Lauterbach filed a purported class action against all of the defendants named in Mr. Ronan’s complaint, challenging the currently proposed merger for substantially the same reasons as set forth in Mr. Ronan’s complaint, but asserting an additional, direct cause of action for breach of fiduciary duties against BFC, Alan B. Levan and John E. Abdo. Mr. Lauterbach also added as defendants Norman H. Becker, who was appointed to BBX Capital’s board of directors on May 7, 2013, as well as Seth M. Wise, who serves as an executive officer and director of BFC and as an executive officer of BBX Capital, and John K. Grelle, who serves as an executive officer of BFC and BBX Capital. On September 4, 2013, the Ronan and Lauterbach actions were consolidated into a single action styled In Re BBX Capital Corporation Shareholder Litigation, with the complaint filed in the Lauterbach action being the operative complaint in the consolidated action. On October 11, 2013, the plaintiffs filed an amended complaint in the consolidated action.  In the amended complaint, which includes the same causes of action set forth in the Lauterbach complaint, the plaintiffs: (i) allege that the merger, including the exchange ratio and other terms and conditions of the merger agreement, is unfair to BBX Capital’s minority shareholders and is the product of unfair dealing on the part of the defendants; (ii) allege that the defendants initiated, timed, negotiated and structured the merger for the benefit of BFC and to the detriment of BBX Capital’s minority shareholders, including that BFC and its and BBX Capital’s management caused BBX Capital to engage in transactions which had the effect of reducing BBX Capital’s intrinsic value; (iii) challenge the independence of the members of BBX Capital’s special committee and the process pursuant to which BBX Capital’s special committee engaged its legal and financial advisors, and negotiated and approved the merger agreement, including limitations on its ability to pursue alternative transactions; (iv) assert that BBX Capital’s shareholders’ rights to appraisal do not constitute an adequate remedy; and (v) allege that the joint proxy statement/prospectus contains material misrepresentations and does not contain adequate disclosure regarding the merger and specifically the value of BBX Capital and the shares of its Class A Common Stock, and fails to provide the plaintiffs and BBX Capital’s minority shareholders the information necessary to determine whether the merger consideration is fair. On November 8, 2013, defendants filed a motion to dismiss the amended complaint arguing that plaintiffs’ remedies were limited to an action for appraisal under Florida law.  On April 8, 2014, the Court denied defendants’ motion to dismiss.  On April 11, 2014, plaintiffs filed a motion for class certification and on April 18, 2014, plaintiffs filed a Second Amended Class Action Complaint.  The Second Amended Class Action Complaint added allegations with respect to BBX Capital’s March 21, 2014 definitive proxy statement.  Specifically, plaintiffs allege that in the definitive proxy statement defendants set a vote date of April 29, 2014, but failed to provide full and accurate disclosure regarding: (i) the timing of the merger, (ii) the status of the listing of the new shares; (iii) transactions impacting valuation following the negotiation of the exchange ratio; (iv) the per share value of shares held by BBX Capital’s minority shareholders and (v) the fundamental assumptions underlying the opinion of BBX Capital’s financial advisor.  On November 5, 2014 the Court denied Plaintiffs’ motion for class certification and ordered the case dismissed with prejudice.  Plaintiffs filed a Notice of Appeal with the Fourth District Court of Appeal (which was later dismissed), and after BBX Capital and BFC publicly disclosed that they mutually agreed to terminate the proposed merger, Plaintiffs filed a motion with the trial court to vacate the dismissal order and to dismiss the action as moot. On January 27, 2015, the trial court entered a final order vacating the dismissal order and dismissing the action as moot without prejudice.

 

In re:  New Jersey Tax Sales Certificates Antitrust Litigation v. BBX Capital Corporation f/k/a BankAtlantic Bancorp, Inc., Fidelity Tax, LLC, Gary I. Branse, Michael Deluca and BB&T Corporation, and multiple other

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individuals and entities who purchased New Jersey tax certificates between 1998 to February 2009, Case No.12-CV-01893-MAS-TJB, United States District Court, District of New Jersey (Trenton)

 

On December 21, 2012, plaintiffs filed an Amended Complaint in an existing purported class action filed in Federal District Court in New Jersey adding BBX Capital and Fidelity Tax, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of CAM, among others as defendants.  The class action complaint is brought on behalf of a class defined as “all persons who owned real property in the State of New Jersey and who had a Tax Certificate issued with respect to their property that was purchased by a Defendant during the Class Period at a public auction in the State of New Jersey at an interest rate above 0%.”  Plaintiffs allege that beginning in January 1998 and at least through February 2009, the Defendants were part of a statewide conspiracy to manipulate interest rates associated with tax certificates sold at public auction from at least January 1, 1998, through February 28, 2009. During this period, Fidelity Tax was a subsidiary of BankAtlantic.  Fidelity Tax was contributed to CAM in connection with the sale of BankAtlantic in the BB&T Transaction. BBX Capital and Fidelity Tax filed a Motion to Dismiss in March 2013 and on October 23, 2013, the Court granted the Motion to Dismiss and dismissed the Amended Complaint with prejudice as to certain claims, but without prejudice as to plaintiffs’ main antitrust claim.  Plaintiffs filed a Consolidated Amended Complaint on January 6, 2014.  While BBX Capital believes the claims to be without merit, BBX Capital has reached an agreement in principle with the plaintiffs to settle this action, subject to execution of a definitive agreement and court approval.

 

 

 

ITEM 4.  Mine Safety Disclosures.

 

Not Applicable

 

 

 

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PART II

 

ITEM 5.  MARKET FOR REGISTRANT'S COMMON EQUITY,

RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

 

 

The Company’s Class A Common Stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “BBX.” BFC Financial Corporation (“BFC”) is the sole holder of the Company’s Class B Common Stock and there is no trading market for the Company’s Class B Common Stock. The Class B Common Stock may only be owned by BFC or its affiliates and is convertible into Class A Common Stock on a share for share basis.

 

On March 16, 2015, there were approximately 225 record holders and 15,977,433 shares of the Class A Common Stock issued and outstanding. In addition, there were 195,045 shares of Class B Common Stock outstanding at March 16, 2015

 

The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, the high and low sale prices of the Class A Common Stock as reported by the New York Stock Exchange:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A Common

 

 

Stock Price

 

 

High

 

Low

For the year ended December 31, 2014

$

22.54 

 

11.80 

  Fourth quarter

 

18.50 

 

11.80 

  Third quarter

 

19.95 

 

17.25 

  Second quarter

 

20.50 

 

17.06 

  First quarter

 

22.54 

 

14.18 

 

 

 

 

 

For the year ended December 31, 2013

$

15.66 

 

6.95 

  Fourth quarter

 

15.66 

 

13.18 

  Third quarter

 

15.12 

 

12.66 

  Second quarter

 

13.35 

 

8.22 

  First quarter

 

8.25 

 

6.95 

 

In March 2015 our Board of Directors approved an amendment to both the BBX Capital Corporation 2014 Stock Incentive Plan and the 2005 Restricted Stock and Option Plan. The amendment to each Plan authorizes the Compensation Committee to issue restricted stock awards in the form of restricted stock units rather than just restricted stock.  Following the amendment, the Company and its executive officers agreed to retire any shares of the Company’s outstanding Class A restricted common stock awards (“RSAs”) previously issued in the name of the Compensation Committee and subject to forfeiture until vested in exchange for the Company issuing to the executive officers restricted Class A common stock units (“RSUs”) resulting in the retirement of 1,391,282 Class A common shares. Pursuant to the terms of the RSUs the Company promises to issue Class A common stock only at the time the underlying units vest.  The RSUs issued have the same terms, and cover the same number of underlying shares of Class A common stock, as the RSAs that were retired. 

 

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In September 2014 our Board of Directors approved a share repurchase program which authorizes the repurchase of up to $20.0 million of Class A Common Stock.  We announced the share repurchase program on November 10, 2014 and have yet to make any repurchases under the program.

The Company has filed, as exhibits to this Annual Report on Form 10-K, the certifications of the Company’s principal executive officer and principal financial officer required under Sections 906 and 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 regarding the quality of the Company’s public disclosure.

 

There were no cash dividends paid by the Company during the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013.  Due to regulatory restrictions applicable to the Company due to its ownership of BankAtlantic and as a result of contractual restriction associated with the Company’s election in February 2009 to commence the deferral of interest payments on the TruPS obligations, the Company was restricted from paying dividends to its shareholders during the 2009, 2010 and 2011 fiscal years.  As a result of the deregistration of the Company with the Federal Reserve as a savings bank holding company effective July 31, 2012 and the assumption of the TruPS by BB&T upon consummation of the BB&T Transaction, the Company is no longer subject to restrictions on paying dividends to its shareholdersWhile, the Company currently expects to continue to utilize its available cash to pursue opportunities in accordance with its business strategies, it may consider the payment of dividends in the future depending upon its results of operations, liquidity needs and other factors.    

The following table lists all securities authorized for issuance under the Company’s equity compensation plans at December 31, 2014:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

remaining available for

 

 

 

 

 

 

future issuance under

 

 

Number of securities to

 

Weighted-average

 

equity compensation plans

 

 

be issued upon exercise

 

exercise price of

 

excluding outstanding

Plan category

 

of outstanding options

 

outstanding options

 

options

Equity compensation plans

 

 

 

 

 

 

approved by security holders

 

15,481 

$

289.17 

 

588,437 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Total

 

15,481 

$

289.17 

 

588,437 

 

 

 

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Shareholder Return Performance Graph

 

Set forth below is a graph comparing the cumulative total returns (assuming reinvestment of dividends) for the Class A common stock, the Standard and Poor’s 500 Stock Index and the Standard and Poor’s 500 Small-Cap Stock Index and assumes $100 is invested on December 31, 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12/31/2009

12/31/2010

12/31/2011

12/31/2012

12/31/2013

12/31/2014

Standard and Poor's 500 Stock Index

         100.00

         112.78

         112.78

         127.90

         165.76

         184.64

Standard and Poor's Small-Cap Stock Index

         100.00

         125.13

         124.82

         142.73

         199.43

         208.44

BBX Capital Corporation

         100.00

           88.46

           52.00

         103.08

         240.00

         253.08

 

Picture 1

 

 

We have been repositioning our business since the sale of BankAtlantic, and the Company is not able to identify a group of peer companies or industry or line-of-business index which it believes is comparable to the Company and its current operations.  Accordingly, we selected the Standard and Poor’s Small-Cap Stock Index based on the Company’s market capitalization.

 

The performance graph should not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or incorporated by reference into any filing of BBX Capital under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

 

 

 

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ITEM 6.  SELECTED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(In thousands except share

 

For the Years Ended December 31,

   and per share data)

 

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

Income Statement

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total revenues

$

92,645 
48,658 
33,285 
45,682 
48,355 

Total costs and expenses

 

116,305 
53,596 
68,169 
72,134 
84,960 

Equity earnings in Woodbridge Holdings, LLC

 

25,282 
13,461 

 -

 -

 -

Equity earnings in unconsolidated real estate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 joint ventures

 

(559)

 -

 -

 -

 -

Recoveries from (provision for) loan losses

 

7,155 
43,865 
(2,405)
(37,874)
(91,455)

Asset impairments

 

(7,015)
(4,708)
(9,931)
(14,666)
(5,303)

Income (loss) from continuing operations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 before income taxes

 

1,203 
47,680 
(47,220)
(78,992)
(133,363)

(Benefit) provision for income taxes

 

(3,101)
20 
(18,744)
(19,480)
127 

Income (loss) from continuing operations

 

4,304 
47,660 
(28,476)
(59,512)
(133,490)

Discontinued operations, net of tax (4)

 

 -

 -

264,238 
30,771 
(9,760)

Net income (loss)

 

4,304 
47,660 
235,762 
(28,741)
(143,250)

Less: net loss (income) attributable to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 non-controlling interest

 

391 
179 

 -

(336)
(931)

Net income (loss) attributable to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 BBX Capital Corporation

$

4,695 
47,839 
235,762 
(29,077)
(144,181)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(In thousands except share and per

 

For the Years Ended December 31,

share data)

 

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

Basic earnings (loss) per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

$

0.29 
3.02 
(1.81)
(4.21)
(12.04)

Discontinued operations (5)

 

 -

 -

16.81 
2.17 
(0.87)

Basic  earnings (loss) per share (5)

$

0.29 
3.02 
15.00 
(2.04)
(12.91)

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

 

 

 -

 

 

 

Continuing operations

$

0.28 
2.94 
(1.81)
(4.21)
(12.04)

Discontinued operations (5)

 

 -

 -

16.81 
2.17 
(0.87)

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

$

0.28 
2.94 
15.00 
(2.04)
(12.91)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Per common share data

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash dividends declared per

 

 

 

 

 

 

 common share Class A (1)

$

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

Cash dividends declared per

 

 

 

 

 

 

 common share Class B (1)

 

 -

 -

 -

 -

 -

Book value per share (2)

$

19.16 
18.93 
15.24 
(1.08)
1.18 

 

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(In thousands except share

 

As of December 31,

   and per share data)

 

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

Balance Sheet (at year end)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loans held for sale

$

35,423 
53,846 
24,748 
55,601 
29,765 

Loans receivable, net of allowance for loan losses

 

26,844 
72,226 
292,562 
2,448,203 
3,018,179 

Total assets

 

392,936 
431,147 
470,703 
3,678,119 
4,509,433 

Deposits

 

 -

 -

 -

3,280,083 
3,893,014 

Other borrowings (3)

 

42,021 
99,213 
207,178 
359,114 
514,385 

Total equity

 

311,280 
303,566 
240,324 
(16,926)
14,743 

Asset quality ratios

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-accrual loans, gross of reserves,

 

 

 

 

 

 

as a percent of total loans

%

63.91 
69.25 
65.73 
11.39 
11.36 

Loan loss allowance as a percent of 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 non-accrual loans

 

5.49 
5.23 
2.71 
44.24 
44.89 

Loan loss allowance as a percent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 of total loans

 

3.64 
3.76 
1.82 
5.31 
5.37 

 

 

1.

Cash dividends declared on common shares divided by income from continuing operations.

2.

The denominator of book value per share was computed by combining the number of Class A and Class B shares outstanding at year end for all periods.

3.

Other borrowings consisted of BB&T’s preferred interest in FAR, notes payable to related parties and notes payable as of December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012.  Other borrowings were primarily FHLB advances, subordinated debentures, and junior subordinated debentures as of December 31, 2011 and 2010.  

4.

Discontinued operations include the results of operations of BankAtlantic’s Community Banking, Investments, Tax Certificates and Capital Services reporting units for each of the years in the three year per period ended December 31, 2012.   

5.

During each of the years in the five year period ended December 31, 2014, the Company recorded a deferred tax valuation allowance for its entire net deferred tax asset. During the year ended December 31, 2014, the Company recognized a tax benefit of $3.1 million from the reduction in the deferred tax valuation allowance for taxable temporary differences recognized in connection with the 2014 BBX Sweet Holdings acquisitions.  During the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, the Company recognized a tax benefit of $18.7 million and $19.2 million, respectively, from the reduction in the deferred tax asset valuation allowance associated with income from discontinued operations.

 

 

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Item 7.  MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

Introduction

 

BBX Capital was organized under the laws of the State of Florida in 1994. BBX Capital’s principal asset until July 31, 2012 was its ownership of BankAtlantic and its subsidiaries.  BankAtlantic was a federal savings bank headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and provided traditional retail banking services and a wide range of commercial banking products and related financial services through a broad network of community branches located in Florida.  On July 31, 2012, BBX Capital completed the sale to BB&T of all of the issued and outstanding shares of capital stock of BankAtlantic in the BB&T Transaction. Following the BB&T Transaction, BBX Capital requested and received approval from the Federal Reserve for deregistration as a savings and loan holding company effective July 31, 2012. As such, BBX Capital is no longer subject to regulation by the Federal Reserve or restrictions applicable to a savings and loan holding company.

The Company’s activities subsequent to the consummation of the BB&T Transaction involve the ownership, acquisition, investment and management of joint ventures and investments in real estate and real estate development projects as well as its investments in operating businesses. The Company also manages FAR, including overseeing the management and monetization of FAR’s assets with a view to the repayment of BB&T’s preferred interest and maximizing the cash flows of any remaining assets. 

The Company’s investments in real estate joint ventures generally were arrangements with developers for residential and commercial development projects in which the Company funds its equity investment in joint ventures through cash investments or by contributing real estate properties. 

Consolidated Results of Operations

The Company reports its consolidated results of operations in four reportable segments, BBX, FAR, Renin and Sweet Holdings

 

The BBX reportable segment consists of the activities associated with CAM’s and BBX Partner’s portfolios of loans receivable, real estate properties, and a BankAtlantic legacy portfolio of previously charged-off loans retained by CAM in the BB&T Transaction. The BBX segment also includes the Company’s investment in Woodbridge and investments in real estate joint ventures.  BBX’s primary business activities relate to:  managing and, where appropriate, monetizing its portfolio of loans receivable; managing and, where appropriate, monetizing or developing its portfolio of real estate properties; maximizing the cash flows from its portfolio of charged-off loans and judgments; and pursuing equity and debt investment opportunities in real estate and operating businesses.

 

The results of operations of BBX for the years ended December 31, 2012 include the operations of BBX Capital and its subsidiaries other than BankAtlantic and FAR, BankAtlantic’s Commercial Lending reporting unit and all of BankAtlantic’s general corporate overhead. 

 

The FAR reportable segment consists of the activities associated with overseeing the management and monetization of its assets with a view to repayment of BB&T’s preferred interest and maximizing the cash flows of any remaining assets. FAR’s activities began on August 1, 2012.    

 

The Renin reportable segment consists of the activities of Renin, which manufactures interior closet doors, wall décor, hardware and fabricated glass products and its distribution channels include big box and independent home improvement retailers, builders, other manufacturers and specialty retail outlets primarily in North America.  Renin is headquartered in Brampton, Ontario and has two manufacturing, assembly and distribution facilities located in Brampton, Ontario and Tupelo, Mississippi and a sales and distribution office in the United Kingdom.

 

The Sweet Holdings reportable segment consists of the activities of Sweet Holdings’ acquired companies:  Hoffman’s, Williams & Bennett, Anastasia, Jer’s Chocolates and Helen Grace Chocolates. Revenues of the Sweet Holdings reportable segment are highly seasonal with approximately 40% of total revenues earned in the fourth

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quarter. It is anticipated that the financial results of the Sweet Holdings reportable segment will vary significantly on a quarterly basis.   

 

Income (loss) from continuing operations from each of the Company’s reportable segments was as follows (in thousands):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Years Ended December 31,

 

 

2014

2013

2012

BBX

$

11,884 
40,526 
(41,297)

FAR

 

(8,660)
8,133 
(5,923)

Renin

 

(2,044)
(941)

 -

Sweet Holdings

 

23 
(38)

 -

Income (loss) from continuing 

 

 

 

 

operations before income taxes

 

1,203 
47,680 
(47,220)

(Benefit) provision for income taxes

 

(3,101)
20 
(18,744)

Net income (loss) from continuing operations

$

4,304 
47,660 
(28,476)

 

BBX Reportable Segment

The decline in BBX reportable segment income from continuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2014 compared to the same 2013 period resulted primarily from $24.0 million of lower recoveries from loan losses and a $13.0 million decline in interest income recoveries associated with the repayment of non-accrual loans.  The above declines in income from continuing operations were partially offset by $11.8 million of higher equity earnings from BBX Capital’s investment in Woodbridge.

Recoveries from loan losses and interest income recognized on non-accrual loans were $10.2 million and $1.5 million, respectively, for the year ended December 31, 2014 compared to $34.1 million and $14.5 million during the same 2013 period, respectively.  The significant loan loss recoveries and interest income for the year ended December 31, 2013 relate to a settlement with a borrower which resulted in reversals of previously charged-off commercial loans of $20.1 million and interest income recoveries of $13.6 million

Equity earnings from BBX Capital’s investment in Woodbridge were $25.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 compared to $13.5 million during the same 2013 period.  Equity earnings in Woodbridge from the year ended December 31, 2013 were from the date of the investment (April 2, 2013) through December 31, 2013.

BBX reportable segment improvement in income (loss) from continuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2013 compared to the same 2012 period resulted primarily from significant loan loss recoveries during 2013, equity earnings from BBX Capital’s investment in Woodbridge and lower selling, general and administrative expenses as well as a decline in impairments on loans held-for-sale and real estate. 

Selling, general and administrative expenses declined from $48.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 to $23.5 million for the same 2013 period.   The decline in expenses was due primarily to the reduction in the BBX segment’s cost structure as a result of the sale of BankAtlantic and the elimination of BankAtlantic’s general corporate overhead, which was included in its entirety during the seven months ended July 31, 2012.  As a consequence, occupancy and employee compensation and benefit expenses were reduced by $11.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 compared to the same 2012 period.

Net asset impairments during the year ended December 31, 2013 were $0.2 million compared to $8.6 million during the year ended December 31, 2012.  The 2013 impairments reflected $0.6 million of net impairments from real estate and $0.4 million of valuation allowance reversals associated with loans held-for-sale.  Asset

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impairments during the year ended December 31, 2012 represented $9.1 million of increased impairments on real estate and $0.7 million of impairments on loans held-for-sale. 

FAR Reportable Segment

 

The FAR reportable segment income from continuing operations declined by $16.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 compared to the same 2013 period.  The $16.8 million reduction in income from continuing operations resulted primarily from an increase in the provision for loan losses and higher impairments during the year ended December 31, 2014 compared to the same 2013 period.  The above reductions in income from continuing operations during the year ended December 31, 2014 were partially offset by lower operating expenses and a lower priority return on BB&T’s preferred interest in FAR.

 

For the year ended December 31, 2014, FAR’s provision for loan losses was $3.0 million compared to $9.7 million of recoveries for the year ended December 31, 2013.  During the year ended December 31, 2014, FAR recognized $2.7 million of consumer loan charge-offs resulting from the transfer of performing second-lien consumer loans to loans held-for-sale and $1.7 million of commercial real estate loan charge-offs resulting from updated valuations.  Also during the year ended December 31, 2014, FAR recognized $8.6 million of impairments on two student housing rental facilities in Tallahassee, Florida.  The student housing impairments were partially offset by $1.6 million of loans held-for-sale valuation allowance recoveries mainly due to loan repayments, short sales and updated valuations.  Asset impairments for the year ended December 31, 2013 were $4.5 million.  

 

The lower operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2014 compared to the same 2013 period primarily reflect a decline in foreclosure expenses and asset servicing fees resulting from a significant decrease in the number of loans and real estate in the portfolios serviced by third parties.  The lower priority return on BB&T’s preferred interest reflects a significant decline in the outstanding balance of BB&T’s preference amount in FAR which was reduced from $68.5 million as of December 31, 2013 to $12.3 million as of December 31, 2014.

 

The FAR reportable segment improvement in income (loss) from continuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2013 compared to the same 2012 period resulted primarily from loan loss recoveries of $9.7 million and gains on the sales of assets of $3.2 million partially offset by $4.5 million of asset impairments. 

 

The $9.7 million recoveries for loan losses resulted primarily from the payoff of two nonaccrual loans.  The recoveries were partially offset by a $2.7 million increase in the provision for loan losses associated with the transfer of first lien residential loans to loans held-for-sale.

Net gains on sales of assets during the year ended December 31, 2013 resulted from gains on sales of real estate, properties and equipment and tax certificates of $1.3 million, $1.0 million and $0.9 million, respectively.     

Asset impairments during the year ended December 31, 2013 consisted of a $2.0 million impairment on an office warehouse property based on an updated valuation and a $1.6 million increase in loans held-for-sale valuation allowances.  The increase in the valuation allowance for loans held-for-sale resulted from a decline in small business loan valuations. 

Renin Reportable Segment

Renin’s loss from continuing operations during the year ended December 31, 2014 included a $0.7 million loss on foreign currency exchange and $0.9 million of costs associated with the consolidation of manufacturing facilities in Canada.  The loss on foreign currency exchange resulted primarily from a devaluation of the Canadian dollar compared to the U.S. dollar during the year ended December 31, 2014. 

Renin’s loss from continuing operations for the two months ended December 31, 2013 included $1.0 million of acquisition related costs offset by a $1.0 million bargain purchase gain.  Management believes that it was able to acquire Renin for a bargain purchase gain because Renin Corp. was a distressed company.    

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Sweet Holdings Reportable Segment

Sweet Holdings income from continuing operations includes a $1.2 million bargain purchase gain from the Helen Grace acquisition.  Management believes that it was able to acquire Helen Grace for a bargain purchase gain because Helen Grace was a division of a larger company that made a strategic decision to divest chocolate manufacturing activities.    

Benefit for Income Taxes

The $3.1 million benefit for income taxes represents the reduction in BBX Capital’s deferred tax valuation allowance as a result of the net taxable temporary differences that Sweet Holdings recognized in its 2014 Acquisitions.     

 

Results of Discontinued Operations

BankAtlantic had five reporting units which each reflected a component of the BankAtlantic entity and was the lowest level for which cash flows could be clearly distinguished, operationally and for financial reporting purposes.  The Company determined that the Community Banking, Investments, Capital Services and Tax Certificates reporting units should be treated as discontinued operations.  The Company sold all operations and the majority of the assets and liabilities of these discontinued reporting units to BB&T upon consummation of the BB&T Transaction on July 31, 2012.  The Company did not continue in any material respect any activities of or have any continuing involvement with these reporting units. 

 

Income from the Company’s discontinued operations for the year ended December 31, 2012 was as follows (in thousands):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

Net interest income

$

37,384 

Provision for loan losses

 

(18,383)

Gain on the sale of BankAtlantic

 

290,642 

Non-interest income

 

37,234 

Non-interest expense

 

(61,634)

Income from discontinued operations

 

 

 before provision for income taxes

 

285,243 

Provision for income taxes

 

(21,005)

Income from discontinued operations

$

264,238 

 

Provision for income taxes

Generally, the amount of tax expense or benefit allocated to continuing operations is determined without regard to the tax effects of other categories of income or loss, such as discontinued operations or accumulated other comprehensive loss.  However, an exception to the general rule exists when there is a pre-tax loss from continuing operations and pre-tax income from other categories.  In such instances, income from other categories is used to offset the current loss from continuing operations resulting in such offset being reflected in continuing operations.  The offset is limited to the lower of income from other categories or the loss from continuing operations.  As a consequence, the Company recognized a continuing operation benefit for income taxes for the year ended December 31, 2012 in the amount of $18.7 million. The discontinued operations provision for income taxes represents the $18.7 million benefit in continuing operations for the year ended December  31, 2012 plus $2.3 million of additional provision for income taxes included in other comprehensive income that was transferred to discontinued operations as a result of the sale of BankAtlantic. 

 

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BBX Reportable Segment Results of Operations

The following table is a condensed income statement summarizing the results of operations of the BBX reportable segment (“BBX”) (in thousands):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Years Ended

 

 

 

 

 

Ended December 31,

 

Change

Change

 

 

2014

2013

2012

 

2014 vs 2013

2013 vs 2012

Interest income

 $

1,515 
14,490 
18,312 

 

(12,975)
(3,822)

Net gains on sales of assets

 

3,651 
3,525 
5,551 

 

126 
(2,026)

Income from real estate operations

 

2,933 
2,743 
3,798 

 

190 
(1,055)

Other revenues

 

674 
1,304 
607 

 

(630)
697 

Total revenues

 

8,773 
22,062 
28,268 

 

(13,289)
(6,206)

Interest expense

 

815 
1,774 
9,577 

 

(959)
(7,803)

Real estate operating expenses

 

3,298 
3,681 
5,442 

 

(383)
(1,761)

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

27,402 
23,451 
48,074 

 

3,951 
(24,623)

Total costs and expenses

 

31,515 
28,906 
63,093 

 

2,609 
(34,187)

Equity earnings in Woodbridge

 

25,282 
13,461 

 -

 

11,821 
13,461 

Equity loss in unconsolidated joint ventures

 

(559)

 -

 -

 

(559)

 -

Recoveries from loan losses

 

10,169 
34,128 
2,163 

 

(23,959)
31,965 

Asset impairments