Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Derivative Financial Instruments

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Derivative Financial Instruments
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2018
Derivative Instruments And Hedging Activities Disclosure [Abstract]  
Derivative Financial Instruments

7. DERIVATIVE FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

Interest rate swaps have been used to adjust the proportion of total debt that is subject to variable interest rates. The interest rate swaps required the Company to pay an amount equal to a specific fixed rate of interest times a notional principal amount and to receive in return an amount equal to a variable rate of interest times the same notional amount. The notional amounts were not exchanged. Forward starting interest rate swaps have also been used by the Company to hedge the risk of changes in the interest-related cash outflows associated with the potential issuance of long-term debt. No other cash payments are made unless the contract is terminated prior to its maturity, in which case the contract would likely be settled for an amount equal to its fair value. The Company enters into interest rate swaps with a number of major financial institutions to minimize counterparty credit risk.

Interest rate swaps qualify and are designated as hedges of the amount of future cash flows related to interest payments on variable rate debt. Therefore, interest rate swaps are recorded in the consolidated balance sheets at fair value and the related gains or losses are deferred in shareholders’ equity or partners’ capital as Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss (“AOCL”). These deferred gains and losses are recognized in interest expense during the period or periods in which the related interest payments affect earnings. However, to the extent that the interest rate swaps are not perfectly effective in offsetting the change in value of the interest payments being hedged, the ineffective portion of these contracts is recognized in earnings immediately. Ineffectiveness was de minimis in 2018, 2017, and 2016.

In 2017, the Company terminated hedges and settled the interest rate swap agreements on $225 million of the Company’s variable rate debt in connection with repayment of the related variable rate term notes. The Company settled these interest rate swap agreements for a total of $9.6 million which is included in interest expense in the 2017 consolidated statement of operations. As a result of the termination, no gains or losses related to the terminated interest rate swaps are included in AOCL at December 31, 2018 or December 31, 2017.

In the third quarter of 2018, the Company’s last remaining interest rate swaps on $100 million of the Company’s variable rate debt expired and were settled by the Company. As a result, no gains or losses related to the expired interest rate swaps are included in AOCL at December 31, 2018.

In 2015 and 2016, the Company entered into forward starting interest rate swap agreements to hedge the risk of changes in the interest-related cash flows associated with the potential issuance of fixed rate long-term debt. In conjunction with the issuance of the 2026 Senior Notes (see Note 5), the Company terminated these hedges and settled the forward starting swap agreements for approximately $9.2 million. The $9.2 million has been deferred in AOCL and is being amortized as additional interest expense over the ten-year term of the 2026 Senior Notes or until such time as interest payments on the 2026 Senior Notes are no longer probable. Consistent with the Company’s accounting policy, the cash outflow related to the settlement of the forward starting swap agreements is reflected as a financing activity in the 2016 consolidated statement of cash flows.

There are no interest rate swaps held by the Company at December 31, 2018. During 2018, 2017, and 2016, the net reclassification from AOCL to interest expense was ($0.2 million), $12.3 million, and $4.6 million, respectively, based on payments received and made under the swap agreements. Payments made or received under the interest rate swap agreements have been reclassified to interest expense as settlements occurred.

The changes in AOCL for the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017, and 2016 are summarized as follows:

 

(dollars in thousands)

 

2018

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss beginning of period

 

$

(7,587

)

 

$

(21,475

)

 

$

(14,415

)

Realized loss reclassified from accumulated other

   comprehensive loss to interest expense

 

 

593

 

 

 

13,185

 

 

 

5,044

 

Unrealized gain (loss) from changes in the fair value of the

   effective portion of the interest rate swaps

 

 

119

 

 

 

703

 

 

 

(12,104

)

Gain (loss) included in other comprehensive loss

 

 

712

 

 

 

13,888

 

 

 

(7,060

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss end of period

 

$

(6,875

)

 

$

(7,587

)

 

$

(21,475

)