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Fair Value Measurements

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Fair Value Measurements
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2011
Fair Value Measurements [Abstract]  
Fair Value Measurements
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FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

The Company applies the provisions of ASC Topic 820 "Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures" in determining the fair value of its financial and nonfinancial assets and liabilities. ASC Topic 820 establishes a valuation hierarchy for disclosure of the inputs to valuation used to measure fair value. This hierarchy prioritizes the inputs into three broad levels as follows. Level 1 inputs are quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities. Level 2 inputs are quoted prices for similar assets and liabilities in active markets or inputs that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly through market corroboration, for substantially the full term of the financial instrument. Level 3 inputs are unobservable inputs based on our own assumptions used to measure assets and liabilities at fair value. A financial asset or liability's classification within the hierarchy is determined based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement.

The following table provides the assets and liabilities carried at fair value measured on a recurring basis as of September 30, 2011 (in thousands):

 

    

Asset

(Liability)

     Level 1      Level 2      Level 3  

Interest rate swaps

     (8,649)         -           (8,649)         -     

Interest rate swaps are over the counter securities with no quoted readily available Level 1 inputs, and therefore are measured at fair value using inputs that are directly observable in active markets and are classified within Level 2 of the valuation hierarchy, using the income approach.

During the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010 assets measured at fair value on a non-recurring basis included the assets acquired in connection with the acquisition of 28 storage facilities purchased during the 2011 period. To determine the fair value of land the Company used prices per acre derived from observed transactions involving comparable land in similar locations, which is considered a level 2 input. To determine the fair value of buildings and equipment, the Company used current replacement cost based on internal data derived from recent construction projects or equipment purchases, which are considered level 3 inputs. To determine the fair value of in-place customer leases, the Company used an income approach based on estimates of future income derived from customers in existence at the date of acquisition using historical income derived from the leases with those customers, which are level 3 inputs. The fair values preliminarily assigned to these assets during the nine-months ended September 30, 2011 are disclosed in Note 4.