Fair Value Measurements
|9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2012
|Fair Value Measurements [Abstract]
|Fair Value Measurements
(9) Fair Value Measurements
The accounting standard for fair value measurements defines fair value, and establishes a market-based framework or hierarchy for measuring fair value. The standard is applicable whenever assets and liabilities are measured at fair value.
The fair value hierarchy established in the standard prioritizes the inputs used in valuation techniques into three levels as follows:
Level 1 - Observable inputs - quoted prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities;
Level 2 - Observable inputs other than the quoted prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities - includes quoted prices for similar instruments, quoted prices for identical or similar instruments in inactive markets and amounts derived from valuation models where all significant inputs are observable in active markets; and
Level 3 - Unobservable inputs - includes amounts derived from valuation models where one or more significant inputs are unobservable and require us to develop relevant assumptions.
The following table summarizes the financial assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 and the level they fall within the fair value hierarchy (in thousands):
Changes in the fair value of the mutual funds held in our deferred supplemental compensation plan are recorded as selling, general and administrative expenses.
We account for our interest rate swap agreements under the provisions of ASC 815, and have determined that our swap agreements qualify as highly effective hedges. Accordingly, the fair value of the swap agreements, which is a liability of approximately $1.5 million and $1.1 million at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively, has been reported in accrued expenses. The offset, net of an income tax effect of approximately $558 thousand and $429 thousand, is included in accumulated other comprehensive loss in the accompanying balance sheets as of September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011. The amounts paid and received on the swap agreements will be recorded in interest expense as yield adjustments in the period during which the related floating-rate interest is incurred. We determine the fair value of the swap agreements based on a valuation model using market data inputs.
The Akimeka acquisition may require additional payments to be made to the sellers of up to $11 million over a three-year post-closing period if Akimeka achieves certain financial performance targets. Akimeka did not achieve the required financial performance targets for the year ended December 31, 2011, therefore no earn-out was due. See Footnote 7 for the contingent earn-out obligations resulting from the WBI acquisition. WBI earned approximately $7.1 million based on their financial performance for the earn-out period ended June 30, 2012. We determined the fair value of the earn-out obligations related to the Akimeka and WBI acquisitions by using a valuation model that included the evaluation of all possible outcomes and the application of an appropriate discount rate. At the end of each reporting period, the fair value of the contingent consideration is re-measured and any changes are recorded as contract costs. The fair value of the Akimeka earn-out obligation decreased approximately $3.2 million and $5.1 million for the three- and nine-months ended September 30, 2012, respectively. The fair value of the WBI earn-out obligation decreased $608 thousand and increased $610 thousand for the three- and nine-months ended September 30, 2012.
The following table provides a reconciliation of the beginning and ending balance of the earn-out obligations measured at fair value on a recurring basis that used significant unobservable inputs (Level 3).