Derivatives And Fair Value
|3 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2017
|Derivatives And Fair Value [Abstract]|
|Derivatives And Fair Value||
7. DERIVATIVES AND FAIR VALUE
During 2016, we executed crude oil put contracts as market conditions allowed in order to economically hedge anticipated 2016 and 2017 cash flows from crude oil producing activities. While these crude oil puts 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. These changes in fair value have no cash flow impact. The impact to cash flow occurs upon settlement of the underlying contract. We do not enter into derivative instruments for speculative or trading proposes.
As of March 31, 2017, we had unexpired oil puts covering 540,000 barrels of anticipated sales volumes for the period from April 2017 through December 31, 2017 at a weighted average price of $49.63. Our put contracts are subject to agreements similar to a master netting agreement under which we have the legal right to offset assets and liabilities. At March 31, 2017, our unexpired oil puts represented a fair value asset position of $1.0 million in the Prepayments and other line of our condensed consolidated balance sheets. We had no commodity derivative activity during the three months ended March 31, 2016, and no commodity price derivatives in place as of March 31, 2016.
The following table sets forth, by level within the fair value hierarchy and location on our condensed consolidated balance sheets, the reported values of derivative instruments accounted for at fair value on a recurring basis:
The crude oil put contracts are measured at fair value using the Black’s 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 put contract 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 gain (loss) on derivative instruments in our condensed consolidated statements of operations: