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Derivatives Instruments

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Derivatives Instruments
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2017
Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities Disclosure [Abstract]  
Derivative Instruments
DERIVATIVE INSTRUMENTS

On September 15, 2015, we entered into two interest rate swap arrangements with a total notional amount of $150.0 million to swap the floating interest rate under the 2015 Term Loan (see note 5) to an all-in fixed interest rate of 2.7% starting on October 15, 2015 and extending until the maturity of the 2015 Term Loan on March 15, 2021. On July 22, 2016, we entered into two forward interest rate swap arrangements with a total notional amount of $150.0 million to swap the floating interest rate under the 2016 Term Loan (see note 6) to an all-in fixed interest rate of 2.9% starting on March 31, 2017 and extending until the maturity of the 2016 Term Loan on July 21, 2023.

The interest rate swaps qualify as cash flow hedges and are recorded at fair value in accordance with GAAP, based on discounted cash flow methodologies and observable inputs. We record the effective portion of changes in fair value of the cash flow hedges in other comprehensive income (loss). The resulting unrealized gain (loss) on the effective portions of the cash flow hedges was the only activity in other comprehensive income (loss) during the periods presented in our consolidated financial statements. We assess the effectiveness of our cash flow hedges both at inception and on an ongoing basis. The cash flow hedges were effective for the 2017 Quarter and 2016 Quarter, and therefore hedge ineffectiveness did not impact earnings during the 2017 Quarter and 2016 Quarter.
 
The fair values of the interest rate swaps as of March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, are as follows (in thousands):
 
 
 
 
Fair Value
 
 
 
 
Asset Derivatives
Derivative Instrument
Aggregate Notional Amount
Effective Date
Maturity Date
March 31, 2017
 
December 31, 2016
Interest rate swaps
$
150,000

October 15, 2015
March 15, 2021
$
980

 
$
417

Interest rate swaps
150,000

March 31, 2017
July 21, 2023
7,366

 
7,194

 
$
300,000

 
 
$
8,346

 
$
7,611



We record interest rate swaps on our consolidated balance sheets with prepaid expenses and other assets when in a net asset position and with accounts payable and other liabilities when in a net liability position. The interest rate swaps have been effective since inception. The net gains or losses on the effective swaps are recognized in other comprehensive income (loss), as follows (in thousands):
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
 
2017
 
2016
Unrealized gain (loss) on interest rate hedges
$
735

 
$
(3,675
)


Amounts reported in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) related to derivatives will be reclassified to interest expense as interest payments are made on our variable-rate debt. During the next twelve months, we estimate that an additional $0.5 million will be reclassified as an increase to interest expense.

We have agreements with each of our derivative counterparties that contain a provision whereby we could be declared in default on our derivative obligations if repayment of the underlying indebtedness is accelerated by the lender due to our default on the indebtedness. As of March 31, 2017, the fair value of derivatives is in a net asset position of $8.3 million, which includes accrued interest but excludes any adjustment for nonperformance risk. As of March 31, 2017, we have not posted any collateral related to these agreements.

Derivative instruments expose us to credit risk in the event of non-performance by the counterparty under the terms of the interest rate hedge agreement. We believe that we minimize our credit risk on these transactions by dealing with major, creditworthy financial institutions. We monitor the credit ratings of counterparties and our exposure to any single entity, thus minimizing our credit risk concentration.