Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Fair Value Measurements

Fair Value Measurements
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
Fair Value Disclosures [Abstract]  
Fair Value Measurements
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, 2019 and December 31, 2018 and the level they fall within the fair value hierarchy (in thousands):
Amounts Recorded at Fair Value
Financial Statement Classification
Fair Value Hierarchy
Fair Value September 30, 2019
Fair Value December 31, 2018
Non-COLI assets held in Deferred Supplemental Compensation Plan
Other assets
Level 1


Interest rate swap agreements
Accrued expenses/Other current assets
Level 2


Earn-out obligation - short-term
Current portion of earn-out obligation
Level 3


Earn-out obligation - long-term
Earn-out obligation
Level 3


Non-COLI assets held in our deferred supplemental compensation plan consist of equity funds with fair value based on observable inputs such as quoted prices for identical assets in active markets and changes in fair value are recorded as selling, general and administrative expenses.
We account for our interest rate swap agreements under the provisions of ASC 815, Derivatives and Hedging, and have determined that our swap agreements qualify as highly effective cash flow hedges. The fair value of the swap agreements, which is a liability of approximately $1.7 million, has been reported in accrued expenses at September 30, 2019. The fair value of the swap agreements, which was an asset of approximately $195 thousand, was reported in other current assets at December 31, 2018. The offset, net of an income tax effect of approximately $429 thousand and $49 thousand, was included in accumulated other comprehensive income in the accompanying balance sheets as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively. The amounts paid and received on the swap agreements are recorded in interest expense 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 primarily observable market data inputs.

We utilized an income approach to determine the fair value of our 1st Choice Aerospace acquisition earn-out obligation. Significant unobservable inputs used to value the contingent consideration include projected revenue and cost of services and the discount rate. If a significant increase or decrease in the discount rate occurred in isolation, the result could be significantly higher or lower fair value measurement.