Derivative Financial Instruments
|3 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2019
|Derivative Instruments And Hedging Activities Disclosure [Abstract]|
|Derivative Financial Instruments||
8. 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.
The Company’s interest rate swaps qualified and were 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.
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 interest rate swaps are included in AOCL at March 31, 2019. There are no interest rate swaps held by the Company at March 31, 2019.
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 6), 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.
During the three months ended March 31, 2018 the net reclassification from AOCL to interest expense was ($30,000) based on payments received under the swap agreements. There was no such reclassification in 2019 as the Company did not have any interest rate swaps outstanding during the three months ended March 31, 2019. Payments received under the interest rate swap agreements have been reclassified to interest expense as settlements occurred.
The changes in AOCL for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018 are summarized as follows:
The entire disclosure for derivative instruments and hedging activities including, but not limited to, risk management strategies, non-hedging derivative instruments, assets, liabilities, revenue and expenses, and methodologies and assumptions used in determining the amounts.
Reference 1: http://fasb.org/us-gaap/role/ref/legacyRef