Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)


12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2021
Property, Plant and Equipment [Abstract]  
The major categories of property and equipment and related accumulated depletion, depreciation, amortization and impairment as of December 31, 2021 and 2020 are as follows (in thousands):
Successor Predecessor
December 31, 2021 December 31, 2020
Proved oil and natural gas properties $ 1,917,833  $ 9,359,866 
Unproved properties 211,007  1,457,043 
Other depreciable property and equipment 4,943  85,530 
Land 386  3,008 
Total property and equipment 2,134,169  10,905,447 
Accumulated depletion, depreciation, amortization and impairment (278,341) (8,819,178)
Property and equipment, net $ 1,855,828  $ 2,086,269 
As discussed in Note 3. the Company recorded its property, plant and equipment at fair value as of the Emergence Date.
Oil and Natural Gas Properties
Under the full cost method of accounting, capitalized costs of oil and natural gas properties are subject to a quarterly full cost ceiling test, which is discussed in Note 1. During the Successor Period and the years ended December 31, 2020, and 2019, the Company incurred $117.8 million, $1.4 billion, and $2.0 billion of impairments, respectively, as a result of its oil and natural gas properties exceeding its calculated ceiling. The lower ceiling values resulted primarily from significant decreases in the 12-month average trailing prices for natural gas, oil and NGL, which significantly reduced proved reserves values and proved reserves. The Company did not record an impairment of its oil and natural gas properties during the 2021 Predecessor Period.
General and administrative costs capitalized to the full cost pool represent management’s estimate of costs incurred directly related to exploration and development activities such as geological and other administrative costs associated with overseeing the exploration and development activities. All general and administrative costs not directly associated with exploration and development activities were charged to expense as they were incurred. Capitalized general and administrative costs were approximately $8.0 million, $11.9 million, $25.0 million and $30.1 million for the Predecessor Period, the Successor Period, and the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively. The average depletion rate per Mcfe, which is a function of capitalized costs, future development costs and the related underlying reserves in the periods presented, was $0.69, $0.45, $0.61 and $1.08 per Mcfe for the Successor Period, the Predecessor Period, and the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.
The following is a summary of Gulfport’s oil and natural gas properties not subject to amortization as of December 31, 2021 (in thousands):
Costs Incurred in
Period from May 18, 2021 through December 31, 2021
Fresh Start Adjustments (May 17, 2021)(1)
Acquisition costs $ 8,687  $ 202,296  $ 210,983 
Exploration costs —  —  — 
Development costs 18  —  18 
Capitalized interest — 
Total oil and natural gas properties not subject to amortization $ 8,711  $ 202,296  $ 211,007 
(1)    Reflects carrying values of our unproved properties as a result of the application of fresh start accounting upon emergence from bankruptcy (see Note 3 for additional information) that remain in unproved properties as of December 31, 2021.
The following table summarizes the Company’s non-producing properties excluded from amortization by area as of December 31, 2021:
December 31, 2021
(In thousands)
Utica $ 175,028 
SCOOP 35,975 
$ 211,007 
As of December 31, 2020, approximately $1.5 billion of non-producing property costs were subject to amortization.
The Company evaluates the costs excluded from its amortization calculation at least annually. Subject to industry conditions and the level of the Company’s activities, the inclusion of most of the above referenced costs into the Company’s amortization calculation typically occurs within three to five years. However, the majority of the Company's non-producing leases in the Utica have five-year extension terms which could extend this time frame beyond five years.
Asset Retirement Obligation
A reconciliation of the Company's asset retirement obligation for the Predecessor Period, the Successor Period, and the year ended December 31, 2020 is as follows (in thousands):
Asset retirement obligation, January 1, 2020 (Predecessor) $ 60,355 
Liabilities incurred 2,358 
Liabilities removed due to divestitures (2,213)
Accretion expense 3,066 
Total asset retirement obligation, December 31, 2020 (Predecessor) 63,566 
Less: amounts reclassified to liabilities subject to compromise (63,566)
Total asset retirement obligation reflected as non-current liabilities, December 31, 2020 (Predecessor) $ — 
Asset retirement obligation at January 1, 2021 (Predecessor) $ 63,566 
Liabilities incurred 546 
Accretion expense 1,229 
Ending balance as of May 17, 2021 (Predecessor) $ 65,341 
Fresh start adjustments(1)
Asset retirement obligation at May 18, 2021 (Successor) $ 19,084 
Liabilities incurred 204 
Accretion expense 1,214 
Revisions in estimated cash flows(2)
Asset retirement obligation at December 31, 2021 (Successor) $ 28,264 
(1) As discussed in Note 3, the Company recorded its asset retirement obligation at fair value as of the Emergence Date.
(2) Revisions represent changes in the present value of liabilities resulting from changes in estimated costs.