Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Hedging Activities

Hedging Activities
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2013
General Discussion of Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities [Abstract]  
Hedging Activities
Oil Price Hedging Activities
The Company seeks to reduce its exposure to unfavorable changes in oil prices, which are subject to significant and often volatile fluctuation, by entering into fixed price swaps. These contracts allow the Company to predict with greater certainty the effective oil prices to be received for hedged production and benefit operating cash flows and earnings when market prices are less than the fixed prices provided in the contracts. However, the Company will not benefit from market prices that are higher than the fixed prices in the contracts for hedged production.
The Company accounts for its oil derivative instruments as cash flow hedges for accounting purposes under FASB ASC 815 and related pronouncements. All derivative contracts are marked to market each quarter end and are included in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets as derivative assets and liabilities.
During 2012, the Company entered into fixed price swap contracts for 2013 with four financial institutions. The Company’s fixed price swap contracts are tied to the commodity prices on the International Petroleum Exchange (“IPE”) and NYMEX. The Company will receive the fixed price amount stated in the contract and pay to its counterparty the current market price for oil as listed on the IPE for Brent Crude and the NYMEX WTI. At March 31, 2013, the Company had the following fixed price swaps in place:
Daily Volume
Average Price
April - June 2013


July - December 2013


At March 31, 2013 the fair value of derivative assets related to the fixed price swaps was as follows:
(In thousands)
Short-term derivative instruments - asset

Short-term derivative instruments - liability

All fixed price swaps have been executed in connection with the Company’s oil price hedging program. For fixed price swaps qualifying as cash flow hedges pursuant to FASB ASC 815, the realized contract price is included in oil sales in the period for which the underlying production was hedged.
For derivatives designated as cash flow hedges and meeting the effectiveness guidelines of FASB ASC 815, changes in fair value are recognized in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) until the hedged item is recognized in earnings. Amounts reclassified out of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) into earnings as a component of oil and condensate sales for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012 are presented below.
Three Months Ended March 31,
(In thousands)
(Reduction) addition to oil and condensate sales

The Company expects to reclassify $9.1 million out of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) into earnings as a component of oil and condensate sales during the remainder of the year ended December 31, 2013 related to fixed price swaps.
Hedge effectiveness is measured at least quarterly based on the relative changes in fair value between the derivative contract and the hedged item over time. Any change in fair value resulting from ineffectiveness is recognized immediately in earnings. The Company recognized a loss of $0.2 million and $0.3 million related to hedge ineffectiveness for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively, which is included in oil and condensate sales in the consolidated statements of operations.