Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities

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Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2019
Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities Disclosure [Abstract]  
Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities
In December of 2016 and June of 2018, the Company entered into interest rate swap agreements to reduce the Company's exposure to interest rate fluctuations on the Company's variable rate debt obligations.  These derivative financial instruments are accounted for at fair value as cash flow hedges, which effectively modifies the Company's exposure to interest rate risk by converting a portion of its floating rate debt to a fixed rate obligation, thus reducing the impact of interest rate changes on future interest expense.
 
Under these agreements, we receive a variable rate of interest based on LIBOR and we pay a fixed rate of interest. The following table summarizes the interest rate swap agreements.
December 2016 Hedge June 2018 Hedge
Notional Amount $50 million  $20 million (1) 
Effective Date December 30, 2016 June 29, 2018
Index One month LIBOR One month LIBOR
Maturity December 31, 2019 December 31, 2021
Fixed Rate 1.59  % 2.98  %

(1) The notional amount increases to $70 million upon maturity of December 2016 hedge on December 31, 2019.
The fair value of the interest rate swaps will be included in other long term assets or liabilities, when applicable.  As of March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, the fair value of the derivative financial instruments included in other long-term assets were $0.3 million and $0.5 million, respectively. As of March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, the fair value of the derivative financial instruments included in other long-term liabilities were $1.3 million and $0.9 million, respectively. Fair value adjustments are recorded as an adjustment to accumulated other comprehensive earnings, except that any gains and losses on ineffectiveness of the interest rate swap would be recorded as an adjustment to other expense (income), net. Fair value adjustments will be reclassified to interest expense in the period during which the hedged transaction affects earnings, whether upon termination or maturity. Hedge effectiveness is assessed quarterly. The Company determined that the interest rate swaps are highly effective and, thus, there is no impact to the Company's consolidated statements of operations. Upon termination of the interest rate swap agreement, we will reclassify gains or losses on derivative instruments from accumulated other comprehensive income (“AOCI”) to earnings. If the swap were terminated, based on interest rates in effect at March 31, 2019, we estimate that we would reclassify approximately $1.0 million from AOCI to earnings during the next twelve months as the anticipated cash flows occur. Amounts reclassified for gains or losses on derivative instruments during the first quarter of 2019 were not material.