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Fair Value Measurements

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Fair Value Measurements
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
Fair Value Disclosures [Abstract]  
Fair Value Measurements Fair Value Measurements
Assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis:
Interest rate swap agreements: The fair value of our interest rate derivatives are determined using widely accepted valuation techniques including discounted cash flow analysis on the expected cash flows of the derivatives. This analysis reflects the contractual terms of the derivatives, including the period to maturity, and uses observable market-based inputs, including interest rate curves. We incorporate credit valuation adjustments to appropriately reflect both our own nonperformance risk and the respective counterparty’s nonperformance risk in the fair value measurements.
Although the credit valuation adjustments associated with our derivatives utilize Level 3 inputs, such as estimates of current credit spreads, we have determined that the majority of the inputs used to value our derivatives fall within Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy. We have assessed the significance of the impact of the credit valuation adjustments on the overall valuation of our derivative positions and determined that the credit valuation adjustments are not significant to the overall valuation of our interest rate swaps. As a result, we determined that our interest rate swap valuation in its entirety is classified in Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy.
Foreign exchange currency contracts: We enter into foreign exchange currency contracts to hedge the future payment of operating expenses by certain of our non-U.S. subsidiaries. The fair values of our foreign exchange currency contracts are based on quoted foreign exchange forward rates at the reporting date and are classified within Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy.
Contingent consideration obligation: The fair value of the contingent consideration obligations includes inputs not observable in the market and thus represents a Level 3 measurement. The amount to be paid under these obligations is contingent upon the achievement of stipulated operational or financial targets by the business subsequent to acquisition. The fair value for our contingent consideration obligations is estimated based on management’s assessment of the probability of achievement of operational or financial targets. The fair value estimate considers the projected future operating or financial results for the factor upon which the respective contingent obligation is dependent. The fair value estimate is generally sensitive to changes in these projections. We develop the projected future operating results based on an analysis of historical results, market conditions, and the expected impact of anticipated changes in our overall business and/or product strategies.
At December 31, 2018, the contingent consideration obligation consisted of a potential obligation related to our LeaseLabs acquisition. During the second quarter of 2019, we settled the contingent consideration obligation related to our LeaseLabs acquisition for $6.0 million.
At September 30, 2019, the contingent consideration obligation consisted of a potential obligation related to our Hipercept acquisition. The fair value for this contingent consideration obligation is estimated using a probability weighted discount model which considers the achievement of the conditions upon which the contingent obligation is dependent. The probability of achieving the specified conditions is generally assessed by applying a Monte Carlo weighted-average model. Inputs into the valuation model include a discount rate specific to the acquired entity, a measure of the estimated volatility, and the risk free rate of return, which for the period ended September 30, 2019 were 3.7%, 11.7% and 1.8%, respectively.
The following tables disclose the assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, by the fair value hierarchy levels as described above:
 
Fair value at September 30, 2019
 
Total
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
(in thousands)
Assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Foreign exchange currency contracts
$
55

 
$

 
$
55

 
$

Total assets measured at fair value
$
55

 
$

 
$
55

 
$

Liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest rate swap agreements
$
2,684

 
$

 
$
2,684

 
$

Foreign exchange currency contracts
48

 

 
48

 

Contingent consideration related to the acquisition of:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hipercept
6,758

 

 

 
6,758

Total liabilities measured at fair value
$
9,490

 
$

 
$
2,732

 
$
6,758

 
Fair value at December 31, 2018
 
Total
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
(in thousands)
Assets:

 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest rate swap agreements
$
923

 
$

 
$
923

 
$

Liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest rate swap agreements
$
413

 
$

 
$
413

 
$

Contingent consideration related to the acquisition of:

 

 
 
 
 
LeaseLabs
6,000

 

 

 
6,000

Total liabilities measured at fair value
$
6,413

 
$

 
$
413

 
$
6,000


There were no transfers between Level 1 and Level 2, or between Level 2 and Level 3 measurements during the nine months ended September 30, 2019.
Changes in the fair value of Level 3 measurements were as follows for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018:
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2019
 
2018
 
(in thousands)
Balance at beginning of period
$
6,000

 
$
414

Initial contingent consideration fair value
6,700

 
7,000

Settlements through cash payments
(5,963
)
 
(247
)
Net gain on change in fair value
21

 
(167
)
Balance at end of period
$
6,758

 
$
7,000


Gains and losses recognized on the change in fair value of our Level 3 measurements are reflected in the line “General and administrative” in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.
Assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a non-recurring basis:
In August 2016, we acquired a $3.0 million noncontrolling interest in CompStak, Inc. (“CompStak”), which is an unrelated company that specializes in the aggregation of commercial lease data. We have elected the measurement alternative for the CompStak equity investment, whereby we measure the investment at cost, less any impairment, plus or minus changes resulting from observable price changes in orderly transactions for an identical or similar investment of the same issuer. During the first quarter of 2019, we recorded a gain of $2.6 million based on an observable price change, which is reflected in the line “Interest expense and other, net” in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations. The factors considered in the remeasurement included the price at which the investee issued equity instruments similar to those of our investment and the rights and preferences of those equity instruments compared to ours. We concluded that this fair value measurement should be categorized within Level 2.
In June 30, 2019, we invested an additional $1.8 million in CompStak. The carrying value of this investment at September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018 was $7.4 million and $3.0 million, respectively, and is included in “Other assets” in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.
There were no liabilities measured at fair value on a non-recurring basis at September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018.