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JONES LANG LASALLE INC filed this Form 10-Q on 11/06/2017
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Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
MARKET AND OTHER RISK FACTORS
Market Risk
The principal market risks we face due to the risk of loss arising from adverse changes in market rates and prices are:
Interest rates on the Facility; and
Foreign exchange risks.
In the normal course of business, we manage these risks through a variety of strategies, including hedging transactions using various derivative financial instruments such as foreign currency forward contracts. We enter into derivative instruments with high credit-quality counterparties and diversify our positions across such counterparties in order to reduce our exposure to credit losses. We do not enter into derivative transactions for trading or speculative purposes.
Interest Rates
We centrally manage our debt, considering investment opportunities and risks, tax consequences, and overall financing strategies. We are primarily exposed to interest rate risk on our Facility, which had a borrowing capacity of $2.75 billion as of September 30, 2017. The Facility consists of revolving credit available for working capital, investments, capital expenditures, and acquisitions. Our average outstanding borrowings under the Facility for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 were $712.3 million and $1,042.7 million, respectively, with an effective interest rate of 2.3% and 2.0% in each respective period. We had $450.0 million outstanding under the Facility and outstanding letters of credit of $12.0 million as of September 30, 2017. The Facility bears a variable rate of interest based on market rates.
Our $275.0 million of Long-term senior notes (the "Notes"), excluding debt issuance costs, due in November 2022 bear interest at an annual rate of 4.4%, subject to adjustment if a credit rating assigned to the Notes is downgraded below an investment grade rating (or subsequently upgraded). The issuance of these Notes at a fixed interest rate has helped to limit our exposure to future movements in interest rates.
On June 29, 2017, we issued and sold an aggregate principal amount of €350.0 million of senior unsecured notes ("Euro Notes") as a private placement to certain institutional investors at a fixed interest rate. The Euro Notes, €175.0 million due in June 2027 and €175.0 million due in June 2029, bear interest at an annual rate of 1.96% and 2.21%, respectively. The issuance of the Euro Notes at a fixed interest rate has helped to limit our exposure to future movements in interest rates.
Our overall interest rate risk management objective is to limit the impact of interest rate changes on earnings and cash flows and to lower our overall borrowing costs. To achieve this objective, in the past we have entered into derivative financial instruments such as interest rate swap agreements when appropriate and we may do so in the future. We did not enter into any such agreements in 2016 or the first nine months of 2017, and we had no such agreements outstanding as of September 30, 2017.
We assess interest rate sensitivity to estimate the potential effect of rising short-term interest rates on our variable rate debt. If short-term interest rates were 50 basis points higher during 2017, our results would reflect an increase of $5.2 million to Interest expense, net of interest income.
Foreign Exchange
Foreign exchange risk is the risk we will incur economic losses due to adverse changes in foreign currency exchange rates. Our revenue from outside of the United States totaled 58% and 56% of our total revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively. Operating in international markets means we are exposed to movements in foreign exchange rates, most significantly by the British pound (17% and 15% of revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively) and the euro (13% of revenue for both the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016).

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