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Fair Value

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Fair Value
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2017
Fair Value Disclosures [Abstract]  
Fair Value Disclosures
Fair Value
We determine fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. We classify financial assets and financial liabilities into the following fair value hierarchy:
Level 1 -     valued based on quoted prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities;
Level 2 -     valued based on quoted prices for similar assets and liabilities in active markets, and inputs other than quoted prices that are observable for the asset or liability; and
Level 3 -     valued based on unobservable inputs that are supported by little or no market activity and that are significant to the fair value of the assets or liabilities.
As required, we utilize valuation techniques that maximize the use of observable inputs (levels 1 and 2) and minimize the use of unobservable inputs (level 3) within the fair value hierarchy. We generally apply the “market approach” to determine fair value. This method uses pricing and other information generated by market transactions for identical or comparable assets and liabilities. Assets and liabilities are classified within the fair value hierarchy based on the lowest level (least observable) input that is significant to the measurement in its entirety.
The carrying amounts of our cash and cash equivalents, receivables, payables and accrued liabilities approximate fair value due to the short-term maturities of these assets and liabilities. The reported amounts of long-term debt approximate fair value. Derivative instruments are carried at fair value, which are based on quoted market prices. Derivative instruments and Renewable Identification Numbers (“RINs”) obligation are our only assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis.
Our RINs obligation surplus is based on the amount of RINs we purchased and internally generated in excess of our obligation at RINs prices as of the balance sheet date. The RINs obligation surplus is categorized as Level 2 and is measured at fair value based on quoted prices from an independent pricing service.
The following table sets forth the assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis, by input level, in the consolidated balance sheets at March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016:
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
Total
As of March 31, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fair value hedges of consigned inventory
$

 
$
17,340

 
$

 
$
17,340

RINs obligation surplus (1)

 
6,077

 

 
6,077

Liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Commodity contracts (futures and forwards)
803

 

 

 
803

Interest rate swaps

 
1,663

 

 
1,663

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As of December 31, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fair value hedges of consigned inventory
$

 
$
14,777

 
$

 
$
14,777

Liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Commodity contracts (futures and forwards)
1,561

 

 

 
1,561

Interest rate swaps

 
1,956

 

 
1,956


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(1)
The RINs obligation surplus represents excess RINs received due to the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of a small refinery exemption for the Krotz Springs refinery from the requirements of the renewable fuel standard for the 2016 calendar year that were held for sale at the balance sheet date.