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Derivatives (Notes)

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Derivatives (Notes)
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2015
Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities Disclosure [Abstract]  
Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities Disclosure [Text Block]
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 our 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 term loan on March 15, 2021. 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 hedge in other comprehensive loss. The resulting unrealized loss on the effective portions of the cash flow hedges was the only activity in other comprehensive 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 2015 Quarter. We had no derivative instruments outstanding as of December 31, 2014.
 
The fair value and balance sheet locations of the interest rate swap as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, are as follows (in thousands):
 
September 30, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
Accounts payable and other liabilities
$
2,288

 
$



The interest rate swaps have been effective since inception. The gain or loss on the effective swap is recognized in other comprehensive loss, as follows (in thousands):
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
Unrealized loss on interest rate hedge
$
(2,288
)
 
$

 
$
(2,288
)
 
$



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. During the next twelve months, we estimate that an additional $1.8 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 September 30, 2015, the fair value of derivatives is in a net liability position of $2.3 million, which includes accrued interest but excludes any adjustment for nonperformance risk. As of September 30, 2015, we have not posted any collateral related to these agreements. If we had breached any of these provisions at September 30, 2015, we could have been required to settle our obligations under the agreements at their termination value of $2.3 million.

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.