|3 Months Ended|
Mar. 31, 2021
|Share-based Payment Arrangement, Noncash Expense [Abstract]|
|STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION||STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION
The Company has granted restricted stock units to employees and directors pursuant to the 2019 Amended and Restated Incentive Stock Plan ("2019 Plan"), as discussed below. During the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Company’s stock-based compensation cost was $3.0 million, of which the Company capitalized $0.6 million relating to its exploration and development efforts. During the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Company’s stock-based compensation cost was $2.1 million of which the Company capitalized $0.9 million relating to its exploration and development efforts. Stock compensation costs, net of the amounts capitalized, are included in general and administrative expenses in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations.
The following table summarizes restricted stock unit activity for the three months ended March 31, 2021:
Restricted Stock Units
Restricted stock units awarded under the 2019 Plan generally vest over a period of one year in the case of directors and three years in the case of employees and vesting is dependent upon the recipient meeting applicable service requirements. Stock-based compensation costs are recorded ratably over the service period. The grant date fair value of restricted stock units represents the closing market price of the Company's common stock on the date of grant. Unrecognized compensation expense as of March 31, 2021 related to restricted stock units was $4.0 million. The expense is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 1.12 years.
Performance Vesting Restricted Stock Units
The Company has awarded performance vesting units to certain of its executive officers under the 2019 Plan. The number of shares of common stock issued pursuant to the award will be based on relative total shareholder return ("RTSR"). RTSR is an incentive measure whereby participants will earn from 0% to 200% of the target award based on the Company’s RTSR ranking compared to the RTSR of the companies in the Company’s designated peer group at the end of the performance period. Awards will be earned and vested over a performance period measured from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021, subject to earlier termination of the performance period in the event of a change in control. Unrecognized compensation expense as of March 31, 2021 related to performance vesting restricted shares was $1.1 million. The expense is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 1.04 years.
2020 Cash Retention Incentives
On August 4, 2020, the Company's Board of Directors authorized a redesign of the incentive compensation program for the Company's workforce, including for its current named executive officers. In connection with a comprehensive review of the Company’s compensation programs and in consultation with its independent compensation consultant and legal advisors, the Board of Directors determined that significant changes were appropriate to retain and motivate the Company’s employees as a result of the ongoing uncertainty and unprecedented disruption in the oil and gas industry.
All unpaid amounts previously awarded pursuant to the 2020 Incentive Plan and all restricted stock units granted in 2020 issued to the Company's named executive officers were cancelled and replaced with cash retention incentives. These cash retention incentives are equally weighted between achievement of certain specified performance metrics and a service period. Of the cash retention incentives, 50% may be clawed back on an after-tax basis if an executive officer terminates employment for any reason other than a qualifying termination prior to the earlier of July 31, 2021, a change in control or completion of a restructuring, and the remaining 50% will be subject to repayment on an after-tax basis if established performance metrics are not met over performance periods from August 1, 2020 through July 31, 2021. In total, $13.5 million in cash retention incentives were paid to the Company's executives in August 2020.
The transactions were considered a modification to the previously issued equity- and liability-classified awards, and the previously issued equity-classified awards were reclassified as liability awards. The after-tax value of the cash incentives paid to the Company's executives of was capitalized to prepaid expenses and other current assets in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets and will be amortized over the remaining service period. Unrecognized compensation expense as of March 31, 2021 related to these payments was $2.1 million.
The entire disclosure for share-based payment arrangement.
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