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Derivatives And Fair Value

Derivatives And Fair Value
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2019
Derivatives And Fair Value [Abstract]  
Derivatives And Fair Value


We use derivative financial instruments to achieve a more predictable cash flow from oil production by reducing our exposure to price fluctuations.  See Note 2 for further information.

Commodity swaps - In June 2018, we entered into commodity swaps at a Dated Brent weighted average of $74.00 per barrel for the period from and including June 2018 through June 2019 for a quantity of approximately 400,000 barrels.  These swaps settle on a monthly basis.  At March 31, 2019, our unexpired commodity swaps were for an underlying quantity of 68,000 barrels and had a fair value asset position of $0.5 million reflected in “Prepayments and other” line of our condensed consolidated balance sheet.  These swaps settle on a monthly basis. 

While these commodity swaps are intended to be an economic hedge to mitigate the impact of a decline in oil prices, we have not elected hedge accounting. The contracts are being measured at fair value each period, with changes in fair value recognized in net income. We do not enter into derivative instruments for speculative or trading proposes.

The crude oil swaps contracts are measured at fair value using the Black Scholes option pricing model. Level 2 observable inputs used in the valuation model include market information as of the reporting date, such as prevailing Brent crude futures prices, Brent crude futures commodity price volatility and interest rates. The determination of the swap and put contracts fair value includes the impact of the counterparty’s non-performance risk.

To mitigate counterparty risk, we enter into such derivative contracts with creditworthy financial institutions deemed by management as competent and competitive market makers.

The following table sets forth the loss on derivative instruments on our condensed consolidated statements of operations:
















Three Months Ended March 31,

Derivative Item


Statement of Operations Line








(in thousands)

Crude oil swaps


Realized gain - contract settlements








Unrealized loss








Derivative instruments loss, net







On May 6, 2019, we entered into commodity swaps at a Dated Brent weighted average of $66.70 per barrel for the period from and including July 2019 through June 2020 for an approximate quantity of 500,000 barrels.  These swaps settle on a monthly basis.  If a liability position for these swaps combined with our swaps at March 31, 2019 exceeds $10.0 million, we would be required to provide a bank letter of credit or deposit cash into an escrow account for the amount by which the liability exceeds $10.0 million.