|3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2019
NOTE 12 — LEASES
As outlined in Note 1, General, on January 1, 2019, we adopted ASU 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), utilizing the optional transition approach to apply the standard at the beginning of the first quarter of 2019 with no retrospective adjustment to prior periods. In addition, we elected the transition package of practical expedients to:
i.carry-forward prior conclusions related to lease identification and classification for existing leases;
ii.combine lease and non-lease components of an arrangement for all classes of our leased assets; and
iii.omit short-term leases with a term of 12 months or less from recognition on the balance sheet.
Adoption of the new lease standard resulted in the recording of an additional right of use asset and a lease liability of approximately $17.9 million and $19.8 million, respectively, as of January 1, 2019. The difference between the right of use asset and lease liability, net of the deferred tax impact, represents the relief of the previously recorded rent accrual. The standard did not materially impact our consolidated net earnings and had no impact on cash flows.
We are a lessee of office space. Certain of our leases include one or more options to renew, with renewal terms that can extend the lease term from five to 10 years. The exercise of lease renewal options is at our sole discretion, and, as we are not reasonably certain that those options will be exercised, none are recognized as part of our right to use asset and lease liability. All of our leases are classified as operating. Our weighted-average remaining lease term is approximately seven years.
As at March 31, 2019, our right of use asset and lease liability is as follows (in thousands):
For the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, our operating lease costs related to our office space were $0.9 million and $0.5 million, respectively. As none of our leases provide an implicit rate, we use our incremental borrowing rate in determining the present value of lease payments. Our weighted-average discount rate at March 31, 2019 was approximately 8%.
For the three months ended March 31, 2019, we paid approximately $0.6 million of cash for amounts included in the measurement of lease liabilities, all of which are presented within operating cash flows. In addition, lease liability arising from obtaining the right of use asset is treated as a non-cash item in our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows. The table below presents a maturity analysis of our lease liability on an undiscounted basis and reconciles those amounts to the present value of the lease liability as at March 31, 2019 (in thousands):