Derivatives and Hedging
|12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2022
|Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities Disclosure [Abstract]
|Derivatives and Hedging
|Derivatives and Hedging
The Company's policy requires that derivatives are used solely for managing risks and not for speculative purposes. As a result of the Company’s European operations, the Company is exposed to fluctuations in exchange rates between EURO and USD. As such, the Company entered into cross-currency rate swaps during the year ended December 31, 2022 to manage currency risks related to our investments in foreign operations.
All derivative instruments are carried at fair value in our consolidated balance sheets. The following table presents the fair values of the Company’s derivative instruments that were designated and qualified as part of a hedging relationship (in millions):
Counterparty Credit Risk
Outstanding financial derivative instruments expose the Company to credit loss in the event of nonperformance by the counterparties to the derivative agreements. The Company's credit exposure related to these financial instruments is represented by the notional amount of the hedging instruments. The Company manages its exposure to counterparty credit risk through minimum credit standards, diversification of counterparties, and procedures to monitor concentrations of credit risk. The Company's derivative instruments are with financial institutions of investment grade or better. Counterparty credit risk will be monitored through periodic review of counterparty bank’s credit ratings and public financial filings. Based on these factors, the Company considers the risk of counterparty default to be minimal.
Hedges of Net Investments in Foreign Operations Strategy
The Company uses fixed-to-fixed cross-currency rate swaps ("CCRS") to protect the net investment on pre-tax basis in the Company’s EUR-denominated operations against changes in spot exchange rates. For derivative financial instruments that are designated and qualify as hedges of net investments in foreign operations, the changes in the fair values of the derivative financial instruments are recognized in net investment hedges adjustments, a component of accumulated other comprehensive loss ("AOCL"), to offset the changes in the values of the net investments being hedged. Any ineffective portions of net investment hedges are reclassified from AOCL into earnings during the period of change.
The following table summarizes the notional values and pretax impact of changes in the fair values of instruments designated as net investment hedges (in millions):