Prepare entries to record a variable for fixed interest rate
Prepare entries to record a variable for fixed interest rate swap. Hauser Corporation has $20,000,000 of outstanding debt that bears interest at a variable rate and matures on June 30, 2014. At inception of the debt, the company had a lower credit rating, and most available financing carried a variable rate. The company’s variable rate is the LIBOR rate plus 1%. However, the company’s credit rating has improved, and the company feels that a fixed, lower rate of interest would be most appropriate. Furthermore, the company is of the opinion that variable rates will increase over the next 24 months. In May 2012, the company negotiated with First Bank of Boston an interest rate swap that would allow the company to pay a fixed rate of 7% in exchange for receiving interest based on the LIBOR rate. The terms of the swap call for settlement at the end of June and December, which coincides with the company’s interest payment dates. The variable rates are reset at the end of each 6-month period for the following 6-month period. The terms of the swap are effective for the 6-month period beginning July 2012.
The hedging relationship has been properly documented, and management has concluded that the hedge will be highly effective in offsetting changes in the cash flows due to changes in interest rates. The criteria for special accounting have been satisfied.
Relevant LIBOR rates and swap values are as follows:
1. Prepare the necessary entries to record the activities related to the debt and the hedge from
July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2014.
2. Prepare a schedule to evaluate the positive or negative impact the hedge had on each 6-month period of earnings.
3. What would the LIBOR rate on December 31, 2013, have had to be in order for the interest expense to be the same whether or not there was a cash flow hedge?
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