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5 Highest Yielding Royalty Trusts For 2024 | Yields Up To 16.4%


Updated on June 18th, 2024 by Bob Ciura

Oil and gas royalty trusts are now offering exceptionally high distributions to their investors, resulting in much higher yields than the ~1.6% average dividend yield of the S&P 500.

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High-Yield Royalty Trust No. 5: Permian Basin Royalty Trust (PBT)

Founded in 1980, Permian Basin Royalty Trust is based in Dallas, Texas, and is an oil and gas trust (about 70% oil and 30% gas).

Its unitholders have a 75% net overriding royalty interest in Waddell Ranch Properties in Texas, which includes 332 net productive oil wells, 106 net productive gas wells and 120 net injection wells; and a 95% net overriding royalty interest in the Texas Royalty Properties, which includes various oil wells.

In early May, PBT reported (5/9/24) financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2024. Its average realized prices of oil and gas decreased -6% and -36%, respectively, off high levels in the prior year’s period. However, oil and gas volumes grew 17% and 13%, respectively.

As a result, distributable income per unit grew 20%, from $0.10 to $0.12.

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High-Yield Royalty Trust No. 4: Sabine Royalty Trust (SBR)

Sabine Royalty Trust is an oil and gas trust that was formed in 1983 by Sabine Corporation. It consists of royalty and mineral interests in producing properties and proved oil and gas properties in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

It generates approximately two-thirds of its revenues from oil and one-third of its revenues from gas. The trust has static assets, i.e., it cannot add new properties to its asset portfolio. Sabine Royalty Trust has no operations but is merely a pass-through vehicle for royalties.

In early May, SBR reported (5/9/24) financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2024. Production of oil and gas grew 8% and 16%, respectively, over the prior year’s quarter. However, the average realized price of gas plunged -53% due to abnormally warm winter weather.

As a result, distributable cash flow per unit decreased -27%, from $1.73 to $1.27. The price of gas has slumped this year due to warm winter weather, which has resulted in high inventories, but the price of oil has remained elevated thanks to the Ukrainian crisis and deep production cuts of OPEC and Russia.

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High-Yield Royalty Trust No. 3: Cross Timbers Royalty Trust (CRT)

Cross Timbers Royalty Trust is an oil and gas trust (about 50/50), set up in 1991 by XTO Energy. Its unitholders have a 90% net profit interest in producing properties in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico; and a 75% net profit interest in working interest properties in Texas and Oklahoma.

In mid-May, CRT reported (5/14/24) results for the first quarter of fiscal 2024. Oil volumes dipped -1% over the prior year’s quarter due to natural decay and gas volumes plunged -69% due to the absence of receipts from New Mexico net profit interests.

In addition, the average realized prices of oil and gas declined -6% and -16%, respectively. As a result, distributable cash flow (DCF) per unit plunged -59%.

The price of gas has slumped this year due to warm winter weather, which has resulted in high gas inventories, but the price of oil has remained high thanks to the war in Ukraine and deep production cuts of OPEC and Russia.

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High-Yield Royalty Trust No. 2: PermRock Royalty Trust (PRT)

PermRock Royalty Trust is a trust formed in late 2017 by Boaz Energy, a company that is focused on the acquisition, development and operation of oil and natural gas properties in the Permian Basin. The Trust benefits from the unique characteristics of the Permian Basin, which is the most prolific oil-producing area in the U.S.

On April 1st, 2024, PermRock Royalty reported FY 2023 results for the period ending December 31st, 2023. Net profits income received by the trust was $7.13 million, compared to $13.2 million in 2022. The average realized sale price of oil declined 18% year-over-year, while natural gas plummeted by 53%.

Distributable income for the trust came to $6.26 million, down from $12.30 million in the prior year period and distributable income per unit of $0.51 was down from $1.01 in the prior year.

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High-Yield Royalty Trust No. 1: MV Oil Trust (MVO)

MV Oil Trust acquires and holds net profits interests in the oil and natural gas properties of MV Partners, LLC. Its properties include about 860 producing oil and gas wells located in the Mid-Continent region in the states of Kansas and Colorado. The trust was formed in 2006 and is based in Houston, Texas.

MV Oil Trust has similar characteristics to BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust. In contrast to the other trusts, MV Oil Trust pays its distributions every quarter, not every month.

Overall, MV Oil Trust has exhibited decent business performance over the last decade but it is undoubtedly vulnerable to the major headwinds facing the oil and gas trusts, namely the downturns in oil and gas prices and the natural decline of production.

Final Thoughts

On the surface, oil and gas royalty trusts are attractive as they widely offer higher yields than the S&P 500 average.

All the oil and gas trusts thrived in 2022 thanks to the exceptionally high prices of oil and gas, which resulted from the sanctions of western countries on Russia.

However, oil and gas prices are infamous for their dramatic swings. Oil prices have been on a downtrend for the past several months.

Therefore, investors should be prepared for much lower distributions from royalty trusts going forward. They should also be aware of the excessive risk of all these trusts near the peak of their cycle.

The ideal time to buy these trusts is during a severe downturn of the energy sector, when these stocks plunge and thus become deeply undervalued from a long-term perspective.

As mentioned above, all the oil and gas trusts are highly risky due to the natural decline of their production and their sensitivity to the prices of oil and gas.

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