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Derivative Instruments

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Derivative Instruments
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2021
Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities Disclosure [Abstract]  
Derivative Instruments DERIVATIVE INSTRUMENTS
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 $150.0 million 2016 Term Loan 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 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 then 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%.

In November 2019, we entered into four forward interest rate swap arrangements, each effective as of April 1, 2020 (“2020 Forward Swaps”) with a total notional amount of $200.0 million to reduce our exposure to adverse fluctuations in interest rates on future fixed-rate debt to replace all $250.0 million of our 4.95% 10-year unsecured notes that were scheduled to mature in October 2020. In April 2020, we used borrowings from our Revolving Credit Facility to prepay all $250.0 million of our 4.95% 10-year unsecured notes without penalty. In September 2020, in conjunction with the entry into the note purchase agreement to issue $350.0 million aggregate principal amount of 3.44% senior unsecured 10-year notes payable (the “Green Bonds”), we terminated the 2020 Forward Swaps. At the time of termination, the 2020 Forward Swaps had a liability fair value of $20.4 million, which will be amortized as interest expense over the 10-year term of the Green Bonds. On October 2, 2020, we paid the $20.4 million liability associated with the termination of the 2020 Forward Swaps.
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 highly effective for all periods presented.
The fair values of the interest rate swaps as of March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, are as follows (in thousands):
Fair Value
Derivative Liabilities
Derivative Instrument Aggregate Notional Amount Effective Date Maturity Date March 31, 2021 December 31, 2020
Interest rate swaps $ 150,000  March 31, 2017 July 21, 2023 $ (3,263) $ (4,009)
Interest rate swaps 100,000  June 29, 2018 July 21, 2023 (5,411) (6,246)
$ (8,674) $ (10,255)

We record interest rate swaps on our consolidated balance sheets within Prepaid expenses and other assets when in a net asset position and within Accounts payable and other liabilities when in a net liability position. The interest rate swaps have been effective since inception. The net unrealized gains or losses on the effective swaps are recognized in Other comprehensive loss, as follows (in thousands):
Three Months Ended March 31,
2021 2020
Unrealized gain (loss) on interest rate hedges 1,580  (34,567)

Amounts reported in Accumulated other comprehensive loss related to derivatives will be reclassified to interest expense as interest payments are made on our variable-rate debt. The gains or losses reclassified from Accumulated other comprehensive loss into interest expense for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, were as follows (in thousands):
Three Months Ended March 31,
2021 2020
Loss reclassified from Accumulated other comprehensive loss into interest expense $ 510  $ — 


During the next twelve months, we estimate that an additional $6.1 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 March 31, 2021, we did not have any derivatives in an asset position and the fair value of the derivative liabilities, including accrued interest, was $8.7 million. As of March 31, 2021, 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 agreements. 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.