FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS
|3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2023
|Fair Value Disclosures [Abstract]
|FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS
|FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS
Recurring Fair Value Measurements
The Company sometimes limits its exposure to interest rate fluctuations by entering into interest rate swap agreements. The interest rate swap agreements moderate the Company's exposure to interest rate risk by effectively converting the interest on variable rate debt to a fixed rate. The Company does not use derivatives for trading or speculative purposes. The Company measures its interest rate swap derivatives at fair value on a recurring basis. The changes in the fair value of derivatives designated and that qualify as cash flow hedges are recorded in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) and are subsequently reclassified into earnings in the period that the hedged transaction affects earnings.
Information regarding the Company's interest rate swaps measured at fair value, which are classified within Level 2 of the GAAP fair value hierarchy, is presented below (dollars in thousands):
The following table presents the effect of our derivative instruments on our consolidated financial statements (dollars in thousands):
As of March 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022, the Company had outstanding interest rate swaps with aggregate current notional amounts of $1,410.0 million and $1,410.0 million, respectively, designated as cash flow hedges. As of March 31, 2023, the Company's swaps had a weighted average remaining term of approximately 3.2 years.
In connection with our anticipated issuance of fixed rate unsecured notes in the second quarter of 2023, we entered into $50.0 million of forward starting interest rate swaps on March 16, 2023, and a $25.0 million forward starting interest rate swap on March 24, 2023, locking the interest rate of compounded SOFR at 3.25% through April 5, 2023. These interest rate swaps have been designated as cash flow hedges. The fair value of the compounded SOFR swaps are included in unrealized (loss) gain on derivative instruments in comprehensive income (loss) and will be reclassified into interest expense over 10 years, which is the term of anticipated unsecured fixed rate debt including any replacement debt thereof. Amounts reported in accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income will be reclassified into interest expense as interest payments are made on the anticipated debt.
The fair value of these swaps are presented as interest rate swap assets and liabilities in the Company's balance sheets, and the Company recognizes any changes in the fair value as an adjustment of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) within equity. If the forward rates at March 31, 2023 remain constant, the Company estimates that during the next 12 months, the Company would reclassify into earnings approximately $28.2 million of the unrealized gains and losses included in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss).
There were no transfers between levels of the three-tier fair value measurement hierarchy during the three months ended March 31, 2023 and 2022. For financial assets and liabilities that utilize Level 2 inputs, the Company utilizes both direct and indirect observable price quotes, including SOFR yield curves. The Company uses valuation techniques for Level 2 financial assets and liabilities which include SOFR yield curves at the reporting date as well as assessing counterparty credit risk. Counterparties to these contracts are highly rated financial institutions. Although the Company has determined that the majority of the inputs used to value its derivatives fall within Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy, the credit valuation adjustments associated with the Company's derivatives utilize Level 3 inputs, such as estimates of current credit spreads, to evaluate the likelihood of default by the Company and the counterparties. As of March 31, 2023, the Company determined that the effect of credit valuation adjustments on the overall valuation of its derivative positions are not significant to the overall valuation of its derivatives. Therefore, the Company has determined that its derivative valuations are appropriately classified in Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy.
Fair Value Disclosures
The carrying values of cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, trade receivables, and accounts payable and accrued liabilities reflected in the balance sheets at March 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022, approximate fair value due to the short term nature of these financial assets and liabilities. The carrying value of variable rate debt financing reflected in the balance sheets at March 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022 approximates fair value as the changes in their associated interest rates reflect the current market and credit risk is similar to when the loans were originally obtained.
The fair values of fixed rate private placement notes and mortgages were estimated using the discounted estimated future cash payments to be made on such debt; the discount rates used approximated current market rates for loans, or groups of loans, with similar maturities and credit quality (categorized within Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy).
The following table presents the carrying value and estimated fair value of our fixed rate private placement notes and mortgages (dollars in thousands):
(1) Carrying value represents the principal balance outstanding