Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Derivative Instruments

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Derivative Instruments
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2019
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 7) to an all-in fixed interest rate of 2.72% 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 7) to an all-in fixed interest rate of 2.86%, starting on March 31, 2017 and extending until the scheduled maturity of the 2016 Term Loan on July 21, 2023.

On March 29, 2018, we entered into the $250.0 million 2018 Term Loan (see note 7) maturing on July 21, 2023, which increased and replaced the 2016 Term Loan. The interest rate swap arrangements that had effectively fixed the 2016 Term Loan now effectively fix the interest rate on a $150.0 million portion of the 2018 Term Loan at 2.31%. On March 29, 2018, we entered into four interest rate swap arrangements with a total notional amount of $100.0 million to effectively fix the interest rate on the remaining $100.0 million of the 2018 Term Loan at 3.71%, that commenced on June 29, 2018 and extending until the maturity of the 2018 Term Loan on July 21, 2023. The $250.0 million 2018 Term Loan has an all-in fixed interest rate of 2.87% (see note 6 and note 7).

In November 2019, we entered into four interest rate swap arrangements with a total notional amount of $200.0 million to reduce our exposure to adverse fluctuations in interest rates on the future debt to replace our $250.0 million of 4.95% 10-year unsecured notes maturing in 2020 (see note 7).

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. The resulting unrealized 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 2019 and 2018 and hedge ineffectiveness did not impact earnings in 2019 and 2018.
 
The fair values of the interest rate swaps as of December 31, 2019 and 2018, are as follows (in thousands):
 
Aggregate
Notional
Amount
Effective Date
 
Fair Value
 
 
Derivative Assets (Liabilities)
 
 
December 31,
Derivative Instrument
Maturity Date
2019
 
2018
Interest rate swaps
$
150,000

October 15, 2015
March 15, 2021
$
(62
)
 
$
2,720

Interest rate swaps
150,000

March 31, 2017
July 21, 2023
1,825

 
7,918

Interest rate swaps
100,000

June 29, 2018
July 21, 2023
(3,664
)
 
(799
)
Interest rate swaps
200,000

April 1, 2020
April 1, 2030
3,724

 

 
$
600,000

 
 
$
1,823

 
$
9,839


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 gains or losses on the effective swaps are recognized in other comprehensive income, as follows (in thousands):
 
Year Ending December 31,
 
2019
 
2018
 
2017
Unrealized (loss) gain on interest rate hedges
$
(8,016
)
 
$
420

 
$
1,808



Amounts reported in accumulated other comprehensive income 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 $0.1 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 December 31, 2019, the fair value of the derivative assets, including accrued interest, was $5.5 million, and the fair value of the derivative liabilities, including accrued interest, was $3.7 million. As of December 31, 2019, 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.