JOINT VENTURE DRILLING PROGRAM
|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2022
|Notes to Financial Statements|
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NOTE 6 — JOINT VENTURE DRILLING PROGRAM
In March 2018, W&T and two other initial members formed and initially funded Monza, which jointly participates in the exploration, drilling and development of certain drilling projects (the “Joint Venture Drilling Program”) in the Gulf of Mexico. Subsequent to the initial closing, additional investors joined as members of Monza during 2018 and total commitments by all members, including W&T’s commitment to fund its retained interest in Monza projects held outside of Monza, was $361.4 million. W&T contributed 88.94% of its working interest in certain identified undeveloped drilling projects to Monza and retained 11.06% of its working interest. The Joint Venture Drilling Program is structured so that W&T initially receives an aggregate of 30.0% of the revenues less expenses, through the direct ownership from the retained working interest in the Monza projects and the indirect interest through the interest in Monza, for contributing 20.0% of the estimated total well costs plus associated leases and providing access to available infrastructure at agreed-upon rates. Any exceptions to this structure are approved by the Monza board of directors.
The members of Monza are third-party investors, W&T and an entity owned and controlled by Mr. Tracy W. Krohn, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. The Krohn entity invested as a minority investor on the same terms and conditions as the third-party investors, and its investment is limited to 4.5% of total invested capital within Monza. The entity affiliated with Mr. Krohn made a capital commitment to Monza of $14.5 million.
Monza is an entity separate from any other entity with its own separate creditors who will be entitled, upon its liquidation, to be satisfied out of Monza’s assets prior to any value in Monza becoming available to holders of its equity. The assets of Monza are not available to pay creditors of the Company and its affiliates.
Through September 30, 2022, ten wells have been completed since the inception of the Joint Venture Drilling Program. W&T is the operator for eight of the ten wells completed through September 30, 2022.
Through September 30, 2022, members of Monza made partner capital contributions, including W&T’s contributions of working interest in the drilling projects, to Monza totaling $302.4 million and received cash distributions totaling $138.4 million. Through September 30, 2022, W&T made total capital contributions, including the contributions of working interest in the drilling projects, to Monza totaling $68.2 million and received cash distributions totaling $31.8 million.
Consolidation and Carrying Amounts
W&T’s interest in Monza is considered to be a variable interest that is proportionally consolidated. Through September 30, 2022, there have been no events or changes that would cause a redetermination of the variable interest status. W&T does not fully consolidate Monza because the Company is not considered the primary beneficiary of Monza.
The following table presents the amounts recorded by W&T on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets related to the consolidation of the proportional interest in Monza’s operations (in thousands):
Additionally, during the year ended December 31, 2021, W&T called on Monza to provide cash to fund its portion of certain Joint Venture Drilling Program projects in advance of capital expenditure spending, and the unused balances as of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021 were $2.9 million and $14.8 million, respectively, which are included in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets in Advances from joint interest partners.
The following table presents the amounts recorded by W&T in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations related to the consolidation of the proportional interest in Monza’s operations (in thousands):