|RANGE RESOURCES CORP filed this Form 10-Q on 10/23/2018|
(11) DERIVATIVE ACTIVITIES
We use commodity-based derivative contracts to manage exposure to commodity price fluctuations. We do not enter into these arrangements for speculative or trading purposes. We utilize commodity swaps, collars, calls or swaptions to (1) reduce the effect of price volatility of the commodities we produce and sell and (2) support our annual capital budget and expenditure plans. The fair value of our derivative contracts, represented by the estimated amount that would be realized upon termination, based on a comparison of the contract price and a reference price, generally the New York Mercantile Exchange (“NYMEX”) for natural gas and crude oil or Mont Belvieu for NGLs, approximated a net loss of $104.8 million at September 30, 2018. These contracts expire monthly through December 2020. The following table sets forth our commodity-based derivative volumes by year as of September 30, 2018, excluding our basis and freight swaps which are discussed separately below:
Every derivative instrument is required to be recorded on the balance sheet as either an asset or a liability measured at its fair value. We recognize all changes in fair value of these derivatives as earnings in derivative fair value income or loss in the periods in which they occur.
Basis Swap Contracts
In addition to the swaps, collars, calls and swaptions described above, at September 30, 2018, we had natural gas basis swap contracts which lock in the differential between NYMEX Henry Hub and certain of our physical pricing indices. These contracts settle monthly through September 2021 and include a total volume of 73,660,000 Mmbtu. The fair value of these contracts was a loss of $1.3 million at September 30, 2018.
At September 30, 2018, we also had propane spread swap contracts which lock in the differential between Mont Belvieu and international propane indices. The contracts settle monthly through December 2019 and include a total volume of 1,943,000 barrels. The fair value of these contracts was a loss of $2.0 million at September 30, 2018.