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Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
9 Months Ended
Nov. 30, 2013
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  

Indemnification liabilities
In connection with a prior divestiture, the Company indemnified respective parties against certain liabilities that may arise related to certain contracts with certain investees of the divested business, a certain facility in the U.K. and certain income tax matters. As of November 30, 2013, and February 28, 2013, the carrying amount of these indemnification liabilities was $11.6 million and $15.1 million, respectively, and is included in other liabilities on the Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheets. If the indemnified party were to incur a liability, pursuant to the terms of the indemnification, the Company would be required to reimburse the indemnified party. As of November 30, 2013, the Company estimates that these indemnifications could require the Company to make potential future payments of up to $292.7 million under these indemnifications with $278.9 million of this amount able to be recovered by the Company from third parties under recourse provisions. The Company does not expect to be required to make material payments under the indemnifications and the Company believes that the likelihood is remote that the indemnifications could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial position, results of operations, cash flows or liquidity.

In addition, prior to June 7, 2013, the Company was jointly and severally liable with Modelo to indemnify a third party for lease payments over the term of a lease contract between Crown Imports and the third party for the lease of certain office facilities. The carrying amount of this indemnification liability was not material. In connection with the Beer Business Acquisition, this indemnification liability was released to selling, general and administrative expenses on the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income.