Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2020
Income Tax Disclosure [Abstract]  

The Company’s ability to utilize NOL carryforwards and other tax attributes to reduce future federal taxable income is subject to potential limitations under Internal Revenue Code Section 382 (“Section 382”) and its related tax regulations. The utilization of these attributes may be limited if certain ownership changes by 5% stockholders (as defined in Treasury regulations pursuant to Section 382) and the effects of stock issuances by the Company during any three-year period result in a cumulative change of more than 50% in the beneficial ownership of Gulfport. The Company updates its Section 382 analysis to determine if an ownership change has occurred at each reporting period. If it is determined that an ownership change has occurred under these rules, the Company would generally be subject to an annual limitation on the use of pre-ownership change NOL carryforwards and certain other losses and/or credits. In addition, certain future transactions regarding the Company's equity, including the cumulative effects of small transactions as well as transactions beyond the Company’s control, could cause an ownership change and therefore a potential limitation on the annual utilization of its deferred tax assets. On April 30, 2020, the Company's Board of Directors approved the adoption of a tax benefits preservation plan that is intended to protect value by preserving the Company's ability to use its tax attributes, such as NOLs, to offset potential future income taxes for federal income tax purposes. See Note 16 for more information.