Hugoton Royalty Trust Declares No Cash Distribution For February

Feb 19, 2016, 09:30 ET from Hugoton Royalty Trust

DALLAS, Feb. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Bank, as Trustee of the Hugoton Royalty Trust (NYSE: HGT) (the "Trust"), today reported that it will not declare a monthly cash distribution to the holders of its units of beneficial interest for the month of February 2016. The following table shows underlying gas sales and average prices attributable to the net overriding royalty payments made by XTO Energy Inc. (XTO Energy) to the Trust for both the current month and prior month.  Underlying gas sales volumes attributable to the current month were primarily produced in December.

Underlying Gas Sales

Volumes (Mcf) (a)

Average Gas

Total

Daily

Price per Mcf

Current Month

1,276,000

41,000

$1.92

Prior Month

1,273,000

42,000

$1.89

(a)

Sales volumes are recorded in the month the trust receives the related net profits income.  Because of this, sales volumes may fluctuate from month to month based on the timing of cash receipts.

 

XTO Energy has advised the trustee that it has deducted budgeted development costs of $187,500, production expense of $1,426,000 and overhead of $1,053,000 resulting in net proceeds of approximately $65,000. The 80% net profit interest resulted in Trust net profits income of approximately $52,000, which was used to offset administrative expenses for the month of approximately $95,000. The trustee will use part of the expense reserve that has been established to pay the remaining $43,000 in administrative expenses.  The trustee intends to replenish the reserve out of future monthly net profits income prior to the payment of future distributions to unitholders.

Development Costs

XTO Energy has advised the trustee that based on the current level of actual development costs, it decreased the monthly development cost deduction from $300,000 to $187,500 beginning in February 2016. The monthly deduction is based on the current level of development expenditures, budgeted future development costs and the cumulative actual costs under or over the previous deductions. The development costs deduction will continue to be evaluated and revised as necessary.

Excess Costs

XTO Energy has advised the trustee that lower gas prices caused costs to exceed revenues on properties underlying the Kansas net profits interests. However, these excess costs did not reduce net proceeds from the remaining conveyance.

XTO Energy has advised the trustee that lower gas prices caused costs to exceed revenues on properties underlying the Wyoming net profits interests. However, these excess costs did not reduce net proceeds from the remaining conveyance.

For more information on the Trust, please visit our web site at www.hgt-hugoton.com.

Statements made in this press release regarding future events or conditions are forward looking statements.  Actual future results, including development costs and future net profits, could differ materially due to changes in natural gas prices and other economic conditions affecting the gas industry and other factors described in Part I, Item 1A of the Trust's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014.

 

SOURCE Hugoton Royalty Trust



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