Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

General (Policies)

General (Policies)
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2018
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Basis of Presentation
Basis of Presentation
The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with GAAP for interim financial information and the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, certain notes and other information have been condensed or omitted. The accompanying interim financial statements reflect all normal recurring adjustments that are, in the opinion of management, necessary for the fair presentation of our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. These interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017.
Use of Estimates
Use of Estimates 
To conform with GAAP, we make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and the accompanying notes. Although these estimates and assumptions are based on our best available knowledge at the time, actual results may differ.
New Accounting Standards
New Accounting Standards Issued and Adopted
ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), amended the previous revenue recognition guidance and required us to recognize revenue to depict the transfer of promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. We adopted the new standard on January 1, 2018, utilizing the modified retrospective approach. We developed an accounting policy, implemented changes to the relevant business processes and the control activities within them, and evaluated the disclosure requirements as a result of the provisions of this ASU. Adoption of the ASU did not require an adjustment to the opening stockholders’ equity and did not change our amount and timing of revenues. We have elected to exclude all taxes from the measurement of transaction price.
For the sale of commodities, we consider the delivery of each unit (MMBtu) to be a separate performance obligation that is satisfied upon delivery. These contracts are either fixed price contracts or contracts with a fixed differential to an index price, both of which are considered fixed consideration. The fixed consideration is allocated to each performance obligation and represents the relative standalone selling price basis.
Purchases and sales of inventory with the same counterparty that are entered into in contemplation of one another (including buy/sell arrangements) are combined and recorded on a net basis and reported in “LNG sales” on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations. For such LNG sales, we require payment within 10 days from delivery. Other LNG revenue represents revenue earned from sub-charter agreements and is accounted for outside of this ASU and in line with Accounting Standards Codification 840, Leases.
In our judgment, the performance obligations for the sale of natural gas and LNG are satisfied at a point in time because the customer obtains control and legal title of the asset when the natural gas or LNG is delivered to the designated sales point.
Because our performance obligations have been satisfied and an unconditional right to consideration exists as of the balance sheet date, we have recognized amounts due from contracts with customers of $0.3 million as accounts receivable within the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as of September 30, 2018.
New Accounting Standards Issued But Not Yet Adopted
ASU 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), requires a lessee to recognize leases on its balance sheet by recording a liability representing the obligation to make future lease payments and a right-of-use asset representing the right to use the underlying asset for the lease term. A lessee is permitted to make an election not to recognize lease assets and liabilities for leases with a term of 12 months or less. The standard also modifies the definition of a lease and requires expanded disclosures. This standard may be early adopted and must be adopted using a modified retrospective approach with certain available practical expedients. While we are still evaluating the provisions of the ASU to determine how we will be affected, based on our preliminary assessment, we will record assets and liabilities for current operating leases related to our office spaces.