|ARCH COAL INC filed this Form 10-Q on 10/31/2017|
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Interest Rate Swaps
During the second quarter of 2017, the Company entered into a series of interest rate swaps to fix a portion of the LIBOR interest rate within the term loan. The interest rate swaps qualify for cash flow hedge accounting treatment and as such, the change in the fair value of the interest rate swaps are recorded on the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as an asset or liability with the effective portion of the gains or losses reported as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income and the ineffective portion reported in earnings. As interest payments are made on the term loan, amounts in accumulated other comprehensive income will be reclassified into earnings through interest expense to reflect a net interest on the term loan equal to the effective yield of the fixed rate of the swap plus 3.25% which is the spread on the revised LIBOR term loan. In the event that an interest rate swap is terminated prior to maturity, gains or losses in accumulated other comprehensive income will remain deferred and reclassified into earnings in the periods which the hedged forecasted transaction affects earnings.
Below is a summary of the Company’s outstanding interest rate swap agreements designated as hedges as of September 30, 2017:
The fair value of the interest rate swaps at September 30, 2017 is an asset of $0.2 million which is recorded within Other noncurrent assets with the offset to accumulated other comprehensive income on the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet. The interest rate swaps are classified as level 2 within the fair value hierarchy.
The Company paid financing costs of $10.0 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2017; $7.1 million of which related to the issuance of the New Term Loan Debt facility on March 7, 2017 as noted above. These issuance costs were capitalized during the first quarter and were being amortized using the effective interest method over the term of the facility. An additional $0.8 million was paid related to the Amendment to the term loan facility on September 25, 2017 as discussed above. The remaining $2.1 million is related to the inventory-based revolving credit facility and accounts receivable securitization facility. These issuance costs will be amortized on a straight-line basis over the term of the facility. During the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the Company paid $20.2 million primarily related to the Superpriority Secured Debtor-in-Possession Credit Agreement related to the Company’s bankruptcy filing.
The Company incurred $2.4 million of legal and financial advisory fees associated with debt refinancing activities during the nine months ended September 30, 2017; $1.3 million relates to fees associated with the extinguishment of the “Previous First Lien Debt Facility” and the Amendment to the term loan facility dated September 25, 2017, while the remaining amount relates to financing fees incurred from initial efforts to replace the existing accounts receivable securitization facility. The Company also incurred $2.2 million in debt restructuring costs during the nine months ended September 30, 2016 related to debt restructuring activities prior to the Company’s Chapter 11 filing.
Contractual Interest Expense During Bankruptcy
Upon the filing of bankruptcy, the Company discontinued recording interest expense on unsecured debt that was classified as a liability subject to compromise. Contractual interest expense during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016 was $101.5 million and $300.9 million, respectively.
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