|12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2017
|Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]
Plugging and Abandonment Funds
In connection with the Company's acquisition in 1997 of the remaining 50% interest in its WCBB properties, the Company assumed the seller’s (Chevron) obligation to contribute approximately $18,000 per month through March 2004 to a plugging and abandonment trust and the obligation to plug a minimum of 20 wells per year for 20 years commencing March 11, 1997. Chevron retained a security interest in production from these properties until abandonment obligations to Chevron have been fulfilled. Beginning in 2009, the Company could access the trust for use in plugging and abandonment charges associated with the property, although it has not yet done so. As of December 31, 2017, the plugging and abandonment trust totaled approximately $3.1 million. At December 31, 2017, the Company had plugged 551 wells at WCBB since it began its plugging program in 1997, which management believes fulfills its current minimum plugging obligation.
Contributions to 401(k) Plan
Gulfport sponsors a 401(k) and Profit Sharing plan under which eligible employees may contribute up to 100% of their total compensation up to the maximum pre-tax threshold through salary deferrals. Also under the plan, the Company will make a bi-weekly contribution on behalf of each employee equal to at least 3% of his or her salary, regardless of the employee’s participation in salary deferrals and may also make additional discretionary contributions. During the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, Gulfport incurred $3.0 million, $1.7 million, and $1.4 million, respectively, in contributions expense related to this plan.
On April 22, 2014, the Board of Directors appointed Michael G. Moore as Chief Executive Officer of the Company. The Company and Mr. Moore entered into an amended and restated employment agreement. The agreement has a three-year term commencing effective April 22, 2014, which was amended effective as of April 29, 2015. The employment agreement, as amended and restated as of April 29, 2015, provides, among other things, for a minimum salary level, subject to review and potential increase by the Compensation Committee and/or the Board of Directors, as well as participation in the Company's incentive plans and other employee benefits.
On March 13, 2015, the Company entered into an employment agreement with Ross Kirtley, the Company's Chief Operating Officer. The agreement had a two-year term commencing effective April 22, 2014. This agreement provided, among other things, for a minimum salary level, subject to review and potential increase by the Compensation Committee and/or the Board of Directors, as well as participation in the Company's incentive plans and other employee benefits. On August 5, 2016, Mr. Kirtley’s employment as the Company's Chief Operating Officer terminated.
In connection with Mr. Kirtley’s termination, the Company entered into a separation and release agreement with Mr. Kirtley, dated as of November 2, 2016 (the “Separation Agreement”), pursuant to which the Company agreed to provide Mr. Kirtley with (i) the cash compensation specified in his employment agreement, (ii) health care benefits for Mr. Kirtley and his eligible dependents for up to eighteen (18) months following the termination date, (iii) his company vehicle, (iv) the vesting of 3,000 shares of restricted stock and (v) the vesting of 14,820 restricted stock units provided that such restricted stock units will be settled in four substantially equal annual installments beginning in March 2017 in accordance with the original vesting schedule. All other restricted stock and restricted stock unit awards granted to Mr. Kirtley were forfeited and terminated.
Under the Separation Agreement, Mr. Kirtley is subject to certain covenants regarding confidentiality, non-solicitation, non-competition, trade secrets, unfair competition and inventions. The Separation Agreement also contains customary waiver and release provisions pursuant to which Mr. Kirtley waived, released and discharged the Company and certain other related parties from any and all claims that Mr. Kirtley may have had against the Company or such other parties as of the date of the Separation Agreement.
On March 13, 2015, the Company entered into an employment agreement with Aaron Gaydosik, the Company's Chief Financial Officer. The agreement had a three-year term commencing effective August 11, 2014. This agreement provided, among other things, for a minimum salary level, subject to review and potential increase by the Compensation Committee and/or the Board of Directors, as well as participation in the Company's incentive plans and other employee benefits. Mr. Gaydosik's employment agreement was terminated upon his resignation as the Company's Chief Financial Officer, effective January 4, 2017. As provided in such employment agreement, upon resignation, Mr. Gaydosik was entitled to any of his earned but unpaid salary through the date of resignation. Any unvested awards granted to Mr. Gaydosik under the Company’s equity incentive plan lapsed.
The Company has also entered into employment agreements with certain members of management that provide for one-year terms commencing as of January 1, 2017 (the “Initial Period”), which automatically extend for successive one-year periods unless the Company or the executive elects to not extend the term by giving written notice to the other party at least 30 days' prior to the end of the Initial Period or any anniversary thereof. The agreements provide for, among other things, compensation, benefits and severance payments. The employment agreements also contains certain termination and change of control provisions.
Firm Transportation Commitments
The Company had approximately 2,629,800 MMBtu per day of firm sales contracted with third parties. The table below presents these commitments at December 31, 2017 as follows:
The Company also had approximately $3.8 billion of firm transportation contracted with third parties. The table below presents these commitments at December 31, 2017 as follows:
The Company leases office facilities under non-cancellable operating leases exceeding one year. Future minimum lease commitments under these leases at December 31, 2017 are as follows:
Presented below is rent expense for the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
Effective October 1, 2014, the Company entered into a Sand Supply Agreement with Muskie that expires on September 30, 2018. Pursuant to this agreement, the Company has agreed to purchase annual and monthly amounts of proppant sand subject to exceptions specified in the agreement at a fixed price per ton, subject to certain adjustments, plus agreed costs and expenses. Failure by either Muskie or the Company to deliver or accept the minimum monthly amount results in damages calculated per ton based on the difference between the monthly obligation amount and the amount actually delivered or accepted, as applicable. The Company incurred $1.9 million related to non-utilization fees during the year ended 2016. The Company did not incur any non-utilization fees during the year ended December 31, 2017.
Effective October 1, 2014, the Company entered into an Amended and Restated Master Services Agreement for pressure pumping services with Stingray Pressure that expires on September 30, 2018. Pursuant to this agreement, Stingray Pressure has agreed to provide hydraulic fracturing, stimulation and related completion and rework services to the Company and the Company has agreed to pay Stingray Pressure a monthly service fee plus the associated costs of the services provided.
Future minimum commitments under these agreements at December 31, 2017 are as follows: