Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Variable Interest Entities

Variable Interest Entities
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2017
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
Variable Interest Entities
As of March 31, 2017, the Company held variable interests in the following variable interest entities (“VIEs”), but was not the primary beneficiary: Stingray Energy, Stingray Cementing, Sturgeon, Midstream and Timber Wolf. These entities have governing provisions that are the functional equivalent of a limited partnership and are considered VIEs because the limited partners or non-managing members lack substantive kick-out or participating rights which causes the equity owners, as a group, to lack a controlling financial interest. The Company is a limited partner or non-managing member in each of these VIEs and is not the primary beneficiary because it does not have a controlling financial interest. The general partner or managing member has power to direct the activities that most significantly impact the VIEs’ economic performance. The Company also held a variable interest in Strike Force due to the fact that it does not have sufficient equity capital at risk. The Company is not the primary beneficiary of this entity. Prior to Mammoth Energy’s IPO, Mammoth LLC was considered a variable interest entity. As a result of the Company’s contribution of its interest in Mammoth LLC to Mammoth Energy in exchange for Mammoth Energy common stock and Mammoth Energy’s IPO, the Company determined that it no longer held an interest in a variable interest entity.
The Company accounts for its investment in these VIEs following the equity method of accounting. The carrying amounts of the Company’s equity investments are classified as other non-current assets on the accompanying consolidated balance sheets. The Company’s maximum exposure to loss as a result of its involvement with these VIEs is based on the Company’s capital contributions and the economic performance of the VIEs, and is equal to the carrying value of the Company’s investments which is the maximum loss the Company could be required to record in the consolidated statements of operations. See Note 3 for further discussion of these entities, including the carrying amounts of each investment.