Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Leases

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Leases
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2019
Leases  
Leases

(12) Leases

On February 25, 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-02, Leases, which requires lessees to record lease liabilities and right-of-use assets as of the date of adoption and was incorporated into GAAP as ASC Topic 842.  The new lease standard does not substantially change accounting by lessors.  The Company adopted the new standard effective January 1, 2019.  The Company is a lessee to both operating and finance lease arrangements. The standard resulted in an increase in assets and liabilities related to our operating leases.

The Company leases certain office space, processing plants, drilling rigs and completion services, gas gathering lines, compressor stations, and other office and field equipment. Leases with an initial term of 12 months or less are considered short-term and are not recorded on the balance sheet. Instead, the short-term leases are recognized in expense on a straight-line basis over the lease term.

Most leases include one or more options to renew, with renewal terms that can extend the lease from one to 20 years or more. The exercise of the lease renewal options are at the Company’s sole discretion. The depreciable lives of the leased assets are limited by the expected lease term, unless there is a transfer of title or purchase option reasonably certain of exercise.

Certain of the Company’s lease agreements include minimum payments based on a percentage of produced volumes over contractual levels and others include rental payments adjusted periodically for inflation.

The Company has elected the effective date method for adoption of the new leasing standard under Topic 842. This method allows the Company to not make retrospective adjustments for leases that were in effect prior to the adoption date of January 1, 2019 when disclosing comparable prior periods, but instead, account for the prior period leases under Topic 840, which was the guidance in place at the time of the original reporting.

The Company considers all contracts that have assets specified in the contract, either explicitly or implicitly, that the Company has substantially all of the capacity of the asset, and has the right to obtain substantially all of the economic benefits of that asset, without the lessor’s ability to have a substantive right to substitute that asset, as leased assets under Topic 842. For any contract deemed to include a leased asset, that asset is capitalized on the balance sheet as a right-of-use asset and a corresponding lease liability is recorded at the present value of the known future minimum payments of the contract using a discount rate on the date of commencement. The leased asset classification is determined at the date of recording as either operating or financing, depending upon certain criteria of the contract.

The discount rate used for present value calculations is the discount rate implicit in the contract. If an implicit rate is not determinable, a collateralized incremental borrowing rate is used at the date of commencement. The Company used the collateralized incremental borrowing rate, adjusted for length of lease term, for all of its present value calculations at the initial adoption of Topic 842. Additionally, as new leases commence or previous leases are modified the discount rate used in the present value calculation is the current period applicable discount rate.

The Company has made an accounting policy election to adopt the practical expedient for combining lease and non-lease components on an asset class basis. This expedient allows the Company to combine non-lease components such as real estate taxes, insurance, maintenance, and other operating expenses associated with the leased premises with the lease component of a lease agreement on an asset class basis when the non-lease components of the agreement cannot be easily bifurcated from the lease payment. Currently, the Company is only applying this expedient to certain office space agreements.

Supplemental Balance Sheet Information Related to Leases

The Company’s lease assets as of December 31, 2019 consisted of the following items (in thousands):

December 31, 2019

Operating Leases

Finance Leases

Right-of-use Assets:

Processing plants

$

1,460,770

Drilling rigs and completion services

71,662

Gas gathering lines and compressor stations(1)

1,308,428

Office space

40,491

Vehicles

4,983

2,328

Other office and field equipment

166

170

Total right-of-use assets

$

2,886,500

2,498

(2)

(1)Gas gathering lines and compressor stations leases includes $1.1 billion related to Antero Midstream Corporation.
(2)Financing lease assets are recorded net of accumulated amortization of $9 million as of December 31, 2019.

The Company’s lease liabilities as of December 31, 2019 consisted of the following items (in thousands):

December 31, 2019

Operating Leases

Finance Leases

Location on the balance sheet:

Short-term lease liabilities

$

304,398

923

Long-term lease liabilities

2,582,102

1,575

Total lease liabilities

$

2,886,500

2,498

The processing plants, gathering lines and compressor stations that are classified as lease liabilities are classified as such under ASC 842 because the Company is the sole customer of the assets and because the Company makes the decisions that most impact the economic performance of the assets.

Supplemental Information Related to Leases

Costs associated with operating leases were included in the statement of operations and comprehensive income (loss) for the year ended December 31, 2019 (in thousands):

Statement of Operations Location

Year ended December 31, 2019

Gathering, compression, processing, and transportation

$

842,440

General and administrative

11,228

Contract termination and rig stacking

10,692

Total Lease Expense

$

864,360

Costs associated with finance leases of less than $1 million for the year ended December 31, 2019. We capitalized $195 million of costs related to operating leases and less than $1 million of costs related to finance leases during the year ended December 31, 2019.

Short-term lease costs that are more than one month but less than 12 months are excluded from the above amounts and total $163 million at December 31, 2019.

Supplemental Cash Flow Information Related to Leases

The following is the Company’s supplemental cash flow information related to leases for year ended December 31, 2019 (in thousands):

Year ended December 31, 2019

Operating Leases

Finance Leases

Cash paid for amounts included in the measurement of lease liabilities:

Operating cash out flows related to operating leases

$

809,667

Investing cash out flows related to operating leases

178,898

Financing cash out flows related to financing leases

2,507

$

988,565

2,507

Noncash activities:

Right of use assets obtained in exchange for operating lease liabilities

$

3,720,945

Right of use assets obtained in exchange for financing lease liabilities

$

Maturities of Lease Liabilities

The table below is a schedule of future minimum payments for operating and financing lease liabilities as of December 31, 2019 (in thousands):

(in thousands)

Operating Leases

Financing Leases

Total

2020

$

622,056

244

622,300

2021

554,000

1,007

555,007

2022

542,952

1,205

544,157

2023

538,771

42

538,813

2024

530,003

530,003

Thereafter

1,851,738

1,851,738

Total lease payments

4,639,520

2,498

4,642,018

Less: imputed interest

(1,753,020)

(1,753,020)

Total

$

2,886,500

2,498

2,888,998

As of December 31, 2019, the following future minimum payments were required for office and equipment leases:

(in thousands)

Office Leases

Equipment Leases

Total

2020

$

6,145

3,916

10,061

2021

6,071

2,931

9,002

2022

6,027

1,205

7,232

2023

4,761

42

4,803

2024

4,792

4,792

Thereafter

27,258

27,258

Total lease payments

55,054

8,094

63,148

Less: imputed interest

(14,562)

(447)

(15,009)

Total

$

40,492

7,647

48,139

Lease Term and Discount Rate

The table below is the Company’s weighted-average remaining lease term and discount rate as of December 31, 2019:

December 31, 2019

Operating Leases

Finance Leases

Weighted-average remaining lease term:

8.7 years

2.1 years

Weighted-average discount rate:

11.5

%

6.0

%

As of December 31, 2019, the Company had requested additional processing capacity that will be accounted for as lease modifications when the processing capacity becomes available in 2020.

Related party lease disclosure

The Company has a gathering and compression agreement with Antero Midstream Corporation, whereby Antero Midstream Corporation receives a low-pressure gathering fee per Mcf, a high-pressure gathering fee per Mcf, and a compression fee per Mcf, in each case subject to adjustments based on the consumer price index. If and to the extent we request that Antero Midstream Corporation construct new high pressure lines and compressor stations, the gathering and compression agreement contains minimum volume commitments that require Antero Resources to utilize or pay for 75% and 70%, respectively, of the requested capacity of such new construction for 10 years. For the year ended December 31, 2019, gathering and compression fees paid by Antero Resources related to this agreement were $643 million. As of December 31, 2019, $57 million was included within accounts payable, related parties on the Condensed Balance Sheet as due to Antero Midstream Corporation related to this agreement.