FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS
|9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2021
|Fair Value Disclosures [Abstract]
|FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS
|FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS
The Company measures and discloses certain financial and non-financial assets and liabilities on the balance sheet at fair value in accordance with the provisions of ASC Topic 820, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures. Fair value is the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability (exit price) in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. Market or observable inputs are the preferred sources of values, followed by assumptions based on hypothetical transactions in the absence of market inputs. Fair value measurements are classified and disclosed in one of the following categories:
Level 1 – Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities.
Level 2 – Quoted prices in active markets for similar assets and liabilities, quoted prices for identical or similar instruments in markets that are not active and model-derived valuations whose inputs are observable or whose significant value drivers are observable.
Level 3 – Significant inputs to the valuation model are unobservable.
Valuation techniques that maximize the use of observable inputs are favored. Financial assets and liabilities are classified in their entirety based on the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement. The assessment of the significance of a particular input to the fair value measurement requires judgment and may affect the placement of assets and liabilities within the levels of the fair value hierarchy. Reclassifications of fair value between Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 of the fair value hierarchy, if applicable, are made at the end of each quarter.
Financial assets and liabilities
The following tables summarize the Company’s financial and non-financial assets and liabilities by valuation level as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020:
The Company estimates the fair value of all derivative instruments using industry-standard models that consider various assumptions, including current market and contractual prices for the underlying instruments, implied volatility, time value, nonperformance risk, as well as other relevant economic measures. Substantially all of these inputs are observable in the marketplace throughout the full term of the instrument and can be supported by observable data. As discussed in Note 3, the Company adjusted the fair value of its derivative instruments as a fresh start adjustment at the Emergence Date as a result of changes in the Company's credit adjustment to reflect its new credit standing at emergence.
The Company's SCOOP water infrastructure sale, which closed in the first quarter of 2020, included a contingent consideration arrangement. As of September 30, 2021, the fair value of the contingent consideration was $5.3 million, of which $0.8 million is included in prepaid expenses and other assets and $4.5 million is included in other assets in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets. The fair value of the contingent consideration arrangement is calculated using discounted cash flow techniques and is based on internal estimates of the Company's future development program and water production levels. Given the unobservable nature of the inputs, the fair value measurement of the contingent consideration arrangement is deemed to use Level 3 inputs. The Company has elected the fair value option for this contingent consideration arrangement and, therefore, records changes in fair value in earnings. The Company recognized a $1.2 million loss for the Current Successor Quarter, a $0.1 million loss for the Current Successor YTD Period, and a nominal gain for the Current Predecessor YTD Period, respectively, which is included in other expense (income) in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations. The Company recognized losses of $0.2 million and $3.1 million on changes in fair value of the contingent consideration during the Prior Predecessor Quarter and Prior Predecessor YTD Period, respectively. Settlements under the contingent consideration arrangement totaled $0.6 million during the Current Successor YTD Period, $0.2 million during the Current Predecessor YTD Period, and $0.3 million during the Prior Predecessor YTD Period, respectively.
Non-financial assets and liabilities
The initial measurement of asset retirement obligations at fair value is calculated using discounted cash flow techniques and based on internal estimates of future retirement costs associated with oil and gas properties. Given the unobservable nature of the inputs, including plugging costs and reserve lives, the initial measurement of the asset retirement obligation liability is deemed to use Level 3 inputs. See Note 4 for further discussion of the Company’s asset retirement obligations.
As discussed in Note 4, the Company recorded an impairment during the Current Predecessor YTD Period on its corporate headquarters. The estimated fair value of the building was primarily based on third party estimates and, therefore, is deemed to use Level 3 inputs.
Fair value of other financial instruments
The carrying amounts on the accompanying consolidated balance sheet for cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, accounts payable and accrued liabilities, and current debt are carried at cost, which approximates market value due to their short-term nature. Long-term debt related to the Company's building loan is carried at cost, which approximates market value based on the borrowing rates currently available to the Company with similar terms and maturities.
Chapter 11 Emergence and Fresh Start Accounting
On the Emergence Date, the Company adopted fresh start accounting, which resulted in the Company becoming a new entity for financial reporting purposes. Upon the adoption of fresh start accounting, the Company’s assets and liabilities were recorded at their fair values as of May 17, 2021. The inputs utilized in the valuation of the Company’s most significant asset, its oil and natural gas properties and related assets, included mostly unobservable inputs which fall within Level 3 of the fair value hierarchy. Such inputs included estimates of future oil and gas production from the Company’s reserve reports, commodity prices based on forward strip price curves (adjusted for basis differentials) as of May 17, 2021, operating and development costs, expected future development plans for the properties and discount rates based on a weighted-average cost of capital computation. The Company also recorded its asset retirement obligations at fair value as a result of fresh start accounting. The inputs utilized in valuing the asset retirement obligations were mostly Level 3 unobservable inputs, including estimated economic lives of oil and natural gas wells as of the Emergence Date, anticipated future plugging and abandonment costs and an appropriate credit-adjusted risk free rate to discount such costs. Refer to Note 3 for a detailed discussion of the fair value approaches used by the Company.