PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT
|9 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2019
|Property and Equipment|
|PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT||
NOTE 4 – PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT
Oil and Gas Properties
Camber uses the full cost method of accounting for oil and natural gas producing activities. Costs to acquire mineral interests in oil and natural gas properties, to drill and equip exploratory wells used to find proved reserves, and to drill and equip development wells including directly related overhead costs and related asset retirement costs are capitalized.
Under this method, all costs, including internal costs directly related to acquisition, exploration and development activities are capitalized as oil and natural gas property costs on a country-by-country basis. Costs not subject to amortization consist of unproved properties that are evaluated on a property-by-property basis. Amortization of these unproved property costs begins when the properties become proved or their values become impaired. Camber assesses overall values of unproved properties, if any, on at least an annual basis or when there has been an indication that impairment in value may have occurred. Impairment of unproved properties is assessed based on management’s intention with regard to future development of individually significant properties and the ability of Camber to obtain funds to finance their programs. If the results of an assessment indicate that the properties are impaired, the amount of the impairment is added to the capitalized costs to be amortized.
Sales of oil and natural gas properties are accounted for as adjustments to the net full cost pool with no gain or loss recognized, unless the adjustment would significantly alter the relationship between capitalized costs and proved reserves. If it is determined that the relationship is significantly altered, the corresponding gain or loss will be recognized in the statements of operations.
Costs of oil and natural gas properties are amortized using the units of production method. Amortization expense calculated per equivalent physical unit of production amounted to $1.18 and $4.20 per barrel of oil equivalent for the nine months ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.
All of Camber’s oil and natural gas properties are located in the United States. Costs being amortized at December 31, 2019 and March 31, 2019 are as follows:
For the nine months ended December 31, 2019, the Company recorded no impairments. For the nine months ended December 31, 2018, the Company recorded impairments totaling $1,304,785, which were due to lease expirations.
Additions and Depletion
During the nine months ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, the Company incurred costs of $0 and $2,187,302, respectively, for technical and other capital enhancements to extend the lives of the Company’s wells. Additionally, the Company recorded $11,902 and $459,835 for depletion for the nine months ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.
Disposition of Oil and Natural Gas Properties
On July 12, 2018, the Company entered into the Sale Agreement, as seller, with N&B Energy as purchaser. Pursuant to the Sale Agreement, the Company agreed to sell to N&B Energy a substantial portion of its assets, including all of the assets acquired pursuant to the terms of the December 31, 2015 Asset Purchase Agreement and certain other acquisitions, other than a production payment and overriding royalty interests (the Disposed Assets). In consideration for the Disposed Assets, N&B Energy agreed to pay the Company $100 in cash, to assume all of the Company’s obligations and debt owed under its outstanding loan agreement with IBC Bank, which had a then outstanding principal balance of approximately $36.9 million, and certain other parties agreed to enter into a settlement agreement. The transaction closed in September 2018.
As part of the Lineal Acquisition, the Company acquired various operating and finance leases for sales and administrative offices, motor vehicles and machinery and equipment. Due to the Redemption Agreement discussed above in “NOTE 10 – Merger Agreement and Divestiture”, the Company no longer owns the operating and finance leases that it had acquired in connection with the Lineal Acquisition.
Effective August 1, 2018, the Company entered into a month-to-month lease at 1415 Louisiana, Suite 3500, Houston, Texas 77002. The entity providing use of the space without charge is affiliated with the Company’s Chief Financial Officer.
The entire disclosure for long-lived, physical assets used in the normal conduct of business and not intended for resale. Includes, but is not limited to, accounting policies and methodology, roll forwards, depreciation, depletion and amortization expense, including composite depreciation, accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization expense, useful lives and method used, income statement disclosures, assets held for sale and public utility disclosures.
Reference 1: http://fasb.org/us-gaap/role/ref/legacyRef