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FAIR VALUE

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FAIR VALUE
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2018
Fair Value Disclosures [Abstract]  
FAIR VALUE
FAIR VALUE

Fair value is defined as the exchange price that would be received for an asset or paid to transfer a liability (an exit price) in the principal or most advantageous market for the asset or liability in an orderly transaction between market participants on the measurement date.  Valuation techniques used to measure fair value must maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs.  The Company uses a fair value hierarchy based on three levels of inputs, of which the first two are considered observable and the last unobservable, that may be used to measure fair value which are the following:

Level 1 - Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

Level 2 - Inputs other than Level 1 that are observable, either directly or indirectly, such as quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities; quoted prices in markets that are not active; or other inputs that are observable or can be corroborated by observable market data for substantially the full term of the assets or liabilities.

Level 3 - Unobservable inputs that are supported by little or no market activity and that are significant to the fair value of the assets or liabilities.

Financial Assets and Liabilities

As required, financial assets and liabilities are classified in their entirety based on the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement. The Company’s assessment of the significance of a particular input requires judgment and may affect the valuation of fair value assets and liabilities and their placement within the fair value hierarchy levels.  The following tables set forth by level within the fair value hierarchy the Company’s financial assets and liabilities that were accounted for at fair value on a recurring basis:
 
Fair Value Measurements at June 30, 2018 Using
 
Quoted Prices In Active Markets for Identical Assets (Liabilities)
(Level 1)
 
Significant Other Observable Inputs
(Level 2)
 
Significant Unobservable Inputs
(Level 3)
Commodity Derivatives – Current Asset (crude oil swaps)
$

 
$

 
$

Commodity Derivatives – Noncurrent Asset (crude oil swaps)

 

 

Commodity Derivatives – Current Liabilities (crude oil swaps)

 
(43,644,644
)
 

Commodity Derivatives – Noncurrent Liabilities (crude oil swaps)

 
(28,611,421
)
 

Debt Exchange Derivatives – Current Liabilities

 

 
(10,923,000
)
Total
$

 
$
(72,256,065
)
 
$
(10,923,000
)

 
Fair Value Measurements at December 31, 2017 Using
 
Quoted Prices In Active Markets for Identical Assets (Liabilities)
(Level 1)
 
Significant Other Observable Inputs
(Level 2)
 
Significant Unobservable Inputs
(Level 3)
Commodity Derivatives – Current Asset (crude oil swaps)
$

 
$

 
$

Commodity Derivatives – Noncurrent Asset (crude oil swaps)

 

 

Commodity Derivatives – Current Liabilities (crude oil swaps)

 
(18,681,891
)
 

Commodity Derivatives – Noncurrent Liabilities (crude oil swaps)

 
(11,496,929
)
 

Total
$

 
$
(30,178,820
)
 
$



The Level 2 instruments presented in the tables above consist of commodity derivative instruments (see Note 11).  The fair value of the Company’s derivative financial instruments is determined based upon future prices, volatility and time to maturity, among other things. Counterparty statements are utilized to determine the value of the commodity derivative instruments and are reviewed and corroborated using various methodologies and significant observable inputs.  The Company’s and the counterparties’ nonperformance risk is evaluated.  The fair value of all derivative contracts is reflected on the condensed balance sheet.  The current derivative asset and liability amounts represent the fair values expected to be settled in the subsequent twelve months.

The Company had embedded derivatives related to its separately negotiated exchange agreements with holders of the Company’s 2020 Notes. The exchange agreements contained provisions whereby if at the end of the applicable restricted sale period the Company’s common stock trades below specified levels, the Company may be required to pay additional consideration to the holder in the form of cash or additional shares of common stock. The Company determined these provisions were not clearly and closely related to the shares of common stock issued and therefore, bifurcated these embedded features and reflected them at fair value in the financial statements. Prior to their settlements, the fair values of these embedded derivatives were determined using a Monte Carlo simulation which considered various inputs including (i) the Company’s common stock price, (ii) risk-free rates based on U.S. Treasury rates, (iii) volatility of the Company’s common stock, and (iv) expected average daily trading volumes. The expected volatility and average daily trading volumes used in the valuation were unobservable in the marketplace and significant to the valuation methodology, and the embedded derivatives’ fair value was therefore designated as Level 3 in the valuation hierarchy. At June 30, 2018, the Company recorded a debt exchange derivative liability of $10.9 million.

Fair Value of Other Financial Instruments

The Company’s financial instruments, including certain cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable and accounts payable, are carried at cost, which approximates fair value due to the short-term maturity of these instruments.

The carrying amount of the Company’s long-term debt reported in the condensed balance sheet at June 30, 2018 is $834.8 million, which includes $148.2 million of senior unsecured notes, $339.5 million of second lien notes, and $347.1 million of borrowings under the Company’s term loan credit agreement (see Note 4).  The fair value of the Company’s senior unsecured notes and second lien notes, which are publicly traded, is $149.2 million and $364.1 million at June 30, 2018, respectively.  The Company’s term loan credit agreement approximates its fair value because of its floating rate structure.

Non-Financial Assets and Liabilities

The Company estimates asset retirement obligations pursuant to the provisions of FASB ASC 410.  The initial measurement of asset retirement obligations at fair value is calculated using discounted cash flow techniques and based on internal estimates of future retirement costs associated with oil and natural gas properties.  Given the unobservable nature of the inputs, including plugging costs and reserve lives, the initial measurement of the asset retirement obligations liability is deemed to use Level 3 inputs.  Asset retirement obligations incurred during the six months ended June 30, 2018 were approximately $0.6 million.

The Company accounts for acquisitions of oil and natural gas properties under the acquisition method of accounting. Accordingly, the Company conducts assessments of net assets acquired and recognizes amounts for identifiable assets acquired and liabilities assumed at the estimated acquisition date fair values, while transaction costs associated with the acquisitions are expensed as incurred. The Company makes various assumptions in estimating the fair values of assets acquired and liabilities assumed. The most significant assumptions relate to the estimated fair value of oil and natural gas properties. The fair value of these properties is measured using a discounted cash flow model that converts future cash flows to a single discounted amount. These assumptions represent Level 3 inputs under the fair value hierarchy. See Note 3 for additional discussion of the Company's acquisitions of oil and natural gas properties during the six months ended June 30, 2018 and discussion of the significant inputs to the valuations.

Though the Company believes the methods used to estimate fair value are consistent with those used by other market participants, the use of other methods or assumptions could result in a different estimate of fair value.  There were no transfers of financial assets or liabilities between Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 inputs for the six months ended June 30, 2018.