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Fair Value Measurements

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Fair Value Measurements
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2020
Fair Value Disclosures [Abstract]  
Fair Value Measurements
Fair Value Measurements
 
The financial instruments measured at fair value on a recurring basis consist of the following:
 
 
March 31,
 
December 31,
 
 
2020
 
2019

 
(In thousands)
Derivative assets
 
 

 
 

Derivative assets - current
 
$
79,907

 
$
10,340

Derivative assets - non-current
 
60,784

 
33,105

Total derivative assets
 
140,691

 
43,445

 
 
 
 
 
Derivative liabilities
 
 
 
 
Derivative liabilities - current
 
(2,122
)
 
(4,016
)
Derivative liabilities - non-current
 
(3,041
)
 
(1,300
)
Total derivative liabilities
 
(5,163
)
 
(5,316
)
 
 
 
 
 
Total derivative assets, net
 
$
135,528

 
$
38,129


 
Derivative assets and liabilities primarily represent unsettled amounts related to commodity derivative positions, including swaps, options, and interest rate swaps. Derivative liabilities also include the Series B Preferred Stock bifurcated derivative for the various redemption amounts that the Company could incur if a change of control event occurs. The Company utilizes Level 3 assumptions to estimate the probability of a change of control occurring and when that would occur as the timing impacts the Base Return Amount as defined in Note 14 - 10% Series B Redeemable Preferred Stock.

The tables below, set forth by level within the fair value hierarchy, represent the net components of the assets and liabilities that were measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019
 
 
March 31, 2020
 
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
Total
 
 
(In thousands)
Derivative assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Commodity derivative assets - current
 
$

 
$
79,907

 
$

 
$
79,907

Commodity derivative assets - non-current
 

 
60,784

 

 
60,784

Total derivative assets
 
$

 
$
140,691

 
$

 
$
140,691

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Derivative liabilities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest rate swaps - current
 

 
(2,122
)
 

 
$
(2,122
)
Interest rate swaps - non-current
 

 
(3,041
)
 

 
(3,041
)
Total derivative liabilities
 
$

 
$
(5,163
)
 
$

 
$
(5,163
)

 
 
December 31, 2019
 
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
Total
 
 
(In thousands)
Derivative assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Commodity derivative assets - current
 
$

 
$
10,340

 
$

 
$
10,340

Commodity derivative assets - non-current
 

 
33,105

 

 
33,105

Total derivative assets
 
$

 
$
43,445

 
$

 
$
43,445

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Derivative liabilities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Commodity derivative liabilities - current
 

 
(3,842
)
 

 
(3,842
)
Commodity derivative liabilities - non-current
 

 
(392
)
 

 
(392
)
Interest rate swaps - current
 

 
(174
)
 

 
$
(174
)
Interest rate swaps - non-current
 

 
(492
)
 

 
(492
)
Series B Preferred Stock bifurcated derivative - non-current
 
$

 
$

 
$
(416
)
 
$
(416
)
Total derivative liabilities
 
$

 
$
(4,900
)
 
$
(416
)
 
$
(5,316
)

 
The table below sets forth a summary of changes in the fair value of the Company’s level 3 derivatives for the three months ended March 31, 2020.
Balance at December 31, 2019
 
$
416

(Gains) losses reported in earnings
 
(416
)
Balance at March 31, 2020
 
$



Financial Instruments
 
The carrying amounts of the Company’s cash, cash equivalents, accounts receivable and accounts payable approximate their fair values because of the short-term maturities and/or liquid nature of these assets and liabilities. The Company’s revolving credit facility carrying value is representative of its fair value because the interest rate changes monthly based on the current market of the stated rates in the agreement. As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the fair value of the Second Lien Notes was approximately $80.8 million and $98.5 million, respectively, which was determined using quoted prices for similar instruments, a Level 2 classification in the fair value hierarchy.
 
Non-Financial Assets and Liabilities
 
Non-financial assets and liabilities that are initially measured at fair value are comprised of asset retirement obligations (“ARO”), impairments, and stock-based compensation.

ARO. The initial measurement of ARO at fair value is calculated using discounted cash flow techniques and is based on internal estimates of future retirement costs associated with property and equipment. Significant “Level 3” inputs used in the calculation of ARO include plugging costs and reserve lives.

Proved oil and gas properties. If the carrying amount of oil and natural gas properties exceeds the estimated undiscounted future cash flows, the carrying amount of the oil and natural gas properties will be adjusted to their fair value. The fair value of oil and natural gas properties is determined using valuation techniques consistent with the income and market approach. The factors used to determine fair value are subject to management’s judgment and expertise and include, but are not limited to, (i) recent sales prices of comparable properties; (ii) the present value of future cash flows, net of estimated operating and development costs using estimates of proved oil and natural gas reserves; (iii) future commodity prices; (iv) future production estimates; (v) anticipated capital expenditures; and (vi) various discount rates commensurate with the risk and current market conditions associated with the projected cash flows. These assumptions represent “Level 3” inputs.

As a result of the decrease in commodity price forecasts at the end of the first quarter of 2020, specifically decreases in oil and NGL prices, the Company recorded impairment expense of $333.8 million to its proved oil and gas properties. The Company used a discount rate of 10% in its calculation of the present value of expected future cash flows based on it estimated average cost of capital as of March 31, 2020. The Company also used relevant commodity strip prices as of April 1, 2020 in its calculation.

Stock-based compensation. The Company measures stock-based compensation based on the fair value of the award on the date of grant. The fair value of the Company’s restricted stock, stock-settled time-based restricted stock units and cash-settled time-based restricted stock units are based on the Company’s trading stock price on the date of grant, which is a Level 1 input. The fair value of the Company’s market based performance share units is calculated using a Monte Carlo valuation model which performs an iterative run of likely outcomes of the performance metric based on assumptions such as expected volatility, correlation of coefficients, risk-free rates and expected dividend yields. These assumptions represent “Level 3” inputs. See Note 17 - Stock-Based Compensation for the weighted average of significant unobservable inputs used in the fair value measurement.