Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Derivative Instruments And Hedging Strategies

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Derivative Instruments And Hedging Strategies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2019
Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities Disclosure [Abstract]  
Derivative Instruments And Hedging Strategies
10. DERIVATIVE INSTRUMENTS AND HEDGING STRATEGIES
Cash Flow Hedges. One of the Company’s 50% or less owned companies has subsidiaries with interest rate swap agreements designated as cash flow hedges, with an aggregate amortizing notional value of $48.0 million that mature in March 2028. These interest rate swaps call for the subsidiaries to pay a fixed rate of 1.74% on the aggregate amortizing notional value and receive a variable interest rate based on LIBOR. Another one of the Company’s 50% or less owned companies, had an interest rate swap agreement designated as a cash flow hedge that matured in April 2017. This interest rate swap called for this company to pay a fixed interest rate of 2.79% on the amortized notional value and receive a variable interest rate based on LIBOR. By entering into these interest rate swap agreements, the Company's 50% or less owned companies converted the variable LIBOR component of certain of its outstanding borrowings to a fixed interest rate. During the year ended December 31, 2019, the Company recognized gains on the fair value of these contracts of $0.1 million which is included as a component of other comprehensive income (loss).
Other Derivative Instruments. The Company recognized gains on derivative instruments not designated as hedging instruments for the years ended December 31, as follows (in thousands):
Derivative gains
2017
Exchange option liability on subsidiary convertible senior notes $ 19,436   
Forward currency exchange, option and future contracts 291   
$ 19,727   
The exchange option liability on subsidiary convertible senior notes terminated on June 1, 2017 as a consequence of the Spin-Off.
The Company enters and settles forward currency exchange, option and future contracts with respect to various foreign currencies. These contracts enable the Company to buy currencies in the future at fixed exchange rates, which could offset possible consequences of changes in currency exchange rates with respect to the Company’s business conducted outside of the United States. As of December 31, 2019, there were no outstanding forward currency exchange contracts.