Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Organization And Accounting Policies (Policies)

Organization And Accounting Policies (Policies)
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2017
Organization And Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Bad Debt

Bad debtQuarterly, we evaluate our accounts receivable balances to confirm collectability. When collectability is in doubt, we record an allowance against the accounts receivable and a corresponding income charge for bad debts, which appears in the “Bad debt expense and other” line of the condensed consolidated statements of operations. The majority of our accounts receivable balances are with our joint venture partners, purchasers of our production and the government of Gabon for reimbursable Value-Added Tax (“VAT”). Collection efforts, including remedies provided for in the contracts, are pursued to collect overdue amounts owed to us. Portions of our costs in Gabon (including our VAT receivable) are denominated in the local currency of Gabon, the Central African CFA Franc (XAF). As of March 31, 2017, the exchange rate was XAF610.48 = $1.00. In June 2016, we entered into an agreement with the government of Gabon to receive payments related to the outstanding VAT receivable balance, which was approximately XAF 16.3 billion (XAF 4.9 billion, net to VAALCO) as of December 31, 2015, in thirty-six monthly installments of $0.2 million, net to VAALCO. We received one monthly installment payment in July 2016; however, no further payments have been received. We are in discussions with the Gabonese government regarding the timing of the resumption of payments.  

In the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, we recorded allowances of $0.1 million and $0.5 million, respectively, related to VAT for which the government of Gabon has not reimbursed us.  The receivable amount, net of allowances, is reported as a non-current asset in the “Value added tax and other receivables” line item in the condensed consolidated balance sheet. Because both the VAT receivable and the related allowances are denominated in XAF, the exchange rate revaluation of these balances into U.S. dollars at the end of each reporting period also has an impact on profit/loss. Such foreign currency gains/(losses) are reported separately in the Other, net, operating income (expense) line of the condensed consolidated statements of operations.

General And Administrative Related To Shareholder Matters

General and administrative related to shareholder matters – Amounts related to shareholder matters for the three months ended March 31, 2016 relate to costs incurred related to shareholder litigation that was settled in April 2016. For 2016, the amounts also include the offsetting insurance proceeds related to these matters.