Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Derivative Financial Instruments

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Derivative Financial Instruments
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2017
Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities Disclosure [Abstract]  
Derivative Financial Instruments
DERIVATIVE FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS
We are exposed to market risk from changes in foreign exchange rates that could impact our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows. We enter into derivative contracts, including contracts to hedge our foreign currency exchange rate exposures. Exposure to individual counterparties is controlled and derivative financial instruments are entered into with a diversified group of major financial institutions. Forward swap contracts are entered into for periods consistent with underlying exposure and do not constitute positions independent of those exposures. At inception, hedges designated as hedging instruments are formally documented as either (1) a hedge of a forecasted transaction or “cash flow” hedge, or (2) a hedge of the fair value of a recognized liability or asset or “fair value” hedge. Derivatives are formally assessed both at inception and at least quarterly thereafter, to ensure that derivatives used in hedging transactions are highly effective in offsetting changes in either the fair value or cash flows of the hedged item. If it is determined that a derivative ceases to be a highly effective hedge, or if the anticipated transaction is no longer probable of occurring, hedge accounting is discontinued, and any future mark-to-market adjustments are recognized in earnings. We use derivative financial instruments as risk management tools and not for speculative trading purposes.
Counterparty Risk
We only enter into derivative transactions with established counterparties having a credit rating of BBB or better. Counterparty credit default swap levels and credit ratings are monitored on a regular basis in an effort to reduce the risk of counterparty default. All of our derivative transactions with counterparties are governed by master International Swap and Derivatives Association agreements (“ISDAs”) with netting arrangements. These agreements can limit exposure in situations where gain and loss positions are outstanding with a single counterparty. We neither post nor receive cash collateral with any counterparty for our derivative transactions. These ISDAs do not have credit contingent features; however, a default under our ABL Facility would trigger a default under these agreements.
Currency Rate Risk – Sales and Purchases
We manufacture and sell our products in a number of countries and, as a result, we are exposed to movements in foreign currency exchange rates. To a large extent, our global manufacturing and sales provide a natural hedge of foreign currency exchange rate movement, as foreign currency expenses generally offset foreign currency revenues. We manage our cash flow exposures on a net basis and use derivatives to hedge the majority of our unmatched foreign currency cash inflows and outflows. Before considering the impacts of any hedging, our major foreign currency exposures as of December 31, 2017, based on operating profits by currency, are from the Canadian Dollar, the Australian Dollar, and the Chinese Renminbi.
We use foreign currency forward exchange contracts to reduce our exposure to the risk that the eventual net cash inflows and outflows resulting from the sale of products to foreign customers and purchases from foreign suppliers will be adversely affected by changes in exchange rates. These derivative instruments are used for forecasted transactions and are classified as cash flow hedges. These cash flow hedges are executed quarterly, generally up to 15 months forward. The notional amount of these hedges was $40.8 million and $33.2 million as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. Gains and losses on these instruments are recorded in other comprehensive income (loss), to the extent effective, until the underlying transaction is recognized in earnings. The mark-to-market gains or losses on ineffective portions of hedges are recognized in SG&A expense.
Currency Rate Risk - Intercompany Loans and Dividends
We may use foreign currency forward exchange contracts to hedge exposures created by cross-currency intercompany loans and dividends. The translation adjustments related to these loans are recorded in other expense, net. The offsetting gains and losses on the related derivative contracts are also recorded in other expense, net. These contracts are decreased or increased as repayments are made or additional intercompany loans are extended or adjusted for intercompany dividend activity as necessary. The notional amount of these hedges was $20.0 million and $22.2 million as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.
Financial Statement Impacts
The following table presents the classification of derivative assets and liabilities within the Consolidated Balance Sheets. The foreign exchange contracts outstanding are presented gross as we have not netted derivative assets with derivative liabilities:
 
December 31, 2017
 
December 31, 2016
 
Assets (1)
 
Liabilities (2)
 
Assets (1)
 
Liabilities (2)
Derivatives designated as cash flow hedging instruments
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Foreign exchange contracts
$

 
$
1.2

 
$
0.8

 
$

Derivatives not designated as hedging instruments
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Foreign exchange contracts

 
0.3

 
0.8

 

Total
$

 
$
1.5

 
$
1.6

 
$

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(1) Derivative assets are classified within prepaid expenses and other current assets as well as other non-current assets.
(2) Derivative liabilities are classified within accounts payable and accrued expenses as well as other long-term liabilities.

The following tables summarize the impact of the effective portion of derivative instruments on the Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss):
 
(Losses) gains recognized in other comprehensive income ("OCI") (3)
 
(Losses) gains reclassified from
AOCI (3)
 
Years Ended December 31,
 
Years Ended December 31,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
Cash flow hedges
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Foreign exchange contracts
$
(2.6
)
 
$
(0.5
)
 
$
4.4

 
$
(0.6
)
 
$
1.5

 
$
3.8


 
(Losses) gains recognized in income (3)
 
Years Ended December 31,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
Non-designated hedges
 
 
 
 
 
Foreign exchange contracts
$
(2.0
)
 
$
0.8

 
$


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(3) (Losses) gains were included in net sales and cost of goods sold.

As of December 31, 2017, the amount of existing losses in AOCI expected to be recognized in earnings over the next twelve months is $1.1 million.