|MEDTRONIC PLC filed this Form 10-Q on 09/01/2017|
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
The Company holds investments in marketable equity securities, which are classified as other assets in the consolidated balance sheets. The aggregate carrying amount of these investments was $101 million and $103 million at July 28, 2017 and April 28, 2017, respectively. The Company did not recognize any significant impairment charges related to marketable equity securities during the three months ended July 28, 2017 and July 29, 2016.
Cost method, equity method, and other investments
The Company holds investments in equity and other securities that are accounted for using the cost or equity method, which are classified as other assets in the consolidated balance sheets. At July 28, 2017 and April 28, 2017, the aggregate carrying amount of equity and other securities without a quoted market price and accounted for using the cost or equity method was $627 million and $589 million, respectively. Cost and equity method investments are measured at fair value on a nonrecurring basis. Changes in circumstance or the occurrence of events that suggest the Company’s investment may not be recoverable are assessed quarterly. If events or changes in circumstances are identified that may have a material adverse effect on the fair value of the investment, the investment is assessed for impairment.
Cost and equity method investments fall within Level 3 of the fair value hierarchy due to the use of significant unobservable inputs to determine fair value, as the investments are in privately-held entities without quoted market prices. To determine the fair value of these investments, the Company uses all pertinent financial information available related to the entities, including financial statements and market participant valuations from recent and proposed equity offerings. During the three months ended July 28, 2017 and July 29, 2016, the Company did not recognize any significant impairment charges related to cost method investments.
7. Financing Arrangements
The Company maintains a commercial paper program that allows the Company to have a maximum of $3.5 billion in commercial paper outstanding. Commercial paper outstanding at July 28, 2017 was $1.5 billion, as compared to $901 million at April 28, 2017. During the three months ended July 28, 2017, the weighted average original maturity of the commercial paper outstanding was approximately 32 days, and the weighted average interest rate was 1.22 percent. The issuance of commercial paper reduces the amount of credit available under the Company’s existing Credit Facility, as defined below.
Line of Credit
The Company has a $3.5 billion five year revolving syndicated line of credit facility (Credit Facility) which provides back-up funding for the commercial paper program described above. At July 28, 2017 and April 28, 2017, no amounts were outstanding.
Interest rates on advances on the Credit Facility are determined by a pricing matrix, based on the Company’s long-term debt ratings, assigned by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services and Moody’s Investors Service. Facility fees are payable on the Credit Facility and are determined in the same manner as the interest rates. The agreements also contain customary covenants, all of which the Company remained in compliance with at July 28, 2017.