|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2019
Our leased assets consist primarily of (1) LNG vessel time charters (“vessel charters”), (2) tug vessels, (3) office space and facilities and (4) land sites, all of which are classified as operating leases except for our tug vessels at the Corpus Christi LNG terminal, which are classified as finance leases.
ASC 842 requires a lessee to recognize leases on its balance sheet by recording a lease 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. As our leases generally do not provide an implicit rate, in order to calculate the lease liability, we discounted our expected future lease payments using our relevant subsidiary’s incremental borrowing rate at the later of January 1, 2019 or the commencement date of the lease. The incremental borrowing rate is an estimate of the rate of interest that a given subsidiary would have to pay to borrow on a collateralized basis over a similar term to that of the lease term.
Many of our leases contain renewal options exercisable at our sole discretion. Options to renew a lease are included in the lease term and recognized as part of the right-of-use asset and lease liability only to the extent they are reasonably certain to be exercised, such as when necessary to satisfy obligations that existed at the execution of the lease or when the non-renewal would otherwise result in an economic penalty.
We have elected the practical expedient to omit leases with an initial term of 12 months or less (“short-term lease”) from recognition on the balance sheet. We recognize short-term lease payments on a straight-line basis over the lease term and variable payments under short-term leases in the period in which the obligation is incurred.
Certain of our leases contain non-lease components which are not separated from the lease components when calculating the right-of-use asset and lease liability per our use of the practical expedient to combine both components of an arrangement for all classes of leased assets.
Certain of our leases also contain variable payments, such as inflation, that are not included when calculating the right-of-use asset and lease liability unless the payments are in-substance fixed.
We recognize lease expense for operating leases on a straight-line basis over the lease term. We recognize lease expense for finance leases as the sum of the amortization of the right-of-use assets on a straight-line basis and the interest on lease liabilities using the effective interest method over the lease term.
The following table shows the classification and location of our right-of-use assets and lease liabilities on our Consolidated Balance Sheets (in millions):
The following table shows the classification and location of our lease cost on our Consolidated Statements of Operations (in millions):
Future annual minimum lease payments for operating and finance leases as of September 30, 2019 are as follows (in millions):
Future annual minimum lease payments for operating and capital leases as of December 31, 2018, prepared in accordance with accounting standards prior to the adoption of ASC 842, were as follows (in millions):
The following table shows the weighted-average remaining lease term (in years) and the weighted-average discount rate for our operating leases and finance leases:
The following table includes other quantitative information for our operating and finance leases (in millions):
LNG Vessel Subcharters
From time to time, we sublease certain LNG vessels under charter to third parties while retaining our existing obligation to the original lessor. We have elected the practical expedient for lessors to combine lease and non-lease components and since the lease component is the predominant component of each arrangement, these subleases are accounted for as operating leases. The subleases have lease terms of up to one year and many contain short-term renewal options exercisable at the discretion of the third party. As of September 30, 2019, we had $3 million in future minimum sublease payments to be received from LNG vessel subcharters, which will be recognized entirely within 2019. We recognize fixed sublease income on a straight-line basis over the lease term of the sublease while variable sublease income is recognized when earned. We recognized $28 million and $96 million of sublease income, including $5 million and $15 million of variable lease payments, during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, respectively, in other revenues on our Consolidated Statements of Operations.
The entire disclosure for lessee entity's leasing arrangements including, but not limited to, all of the following: (a.) The basis on which contingent rental payments are determined, (b.) The existence and terms of renewal or purchase options and escalation clauses, (c.) Restrictions imposed by lease agreements, such as those concerning dividends, additional debt, and further leasing.
Reference 1: http://fasb.org/us-gaap/role/ref/otherTransitionRef