Texas Pacific Land Trust (NYSE: TPL) today announced financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.

Results for the second quarter of 2020:

  • Net income of $27.6 million, or $3.56 per Sub-share Certificate, for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020 compared with $49.6 million, or $6.39 per Sub-share Certificate, for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.
  • Revenues of $54.6 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020, compared with $87.3 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.
  • Decreases of 48.3% in oil and gas royalty revenue and 58.8% in water sales and royalty revenue, partially offset by an increase of 10.8% in easements and other surface-related income for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020 compared with the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.
  • EBITDA of $38.6 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020, compared with $64.3 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Results for the six months ended June 30, 2020:

  • Net income of $85.0 million, or $10.96 per Sub-share Certificate, for the six months ended June 30, 2020 compared with $189.6 million (which included a $100 million land sale), or $24.44 per Sub-share Certificate, for the six months ended June 30, 2019.
  • Revenues of $151.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020, compared with $278.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019 (which included a $100 million land sale).
  • Decreases of 13.7% in oil and gas royalty revenue, 18.5% in water sales and royalty revenue and 5.0% in easements and other surface-related income for the six months ended June 30, 2020 compared with the six months ended June 30, 2019.
  • EBITDA of $113.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020, compared with $241.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019 (which included a $100 million land sale).

“Despite continued record low oil prices and COVID-19’s persistent effects on the oil & gas industry, the Trust continues to generate positive operating results and believes it is well positioned to navigate continued challenges in the industry driven by COVID-19 in the second half of 2020,” said Tyler Glover, Chief Executive Officer of the Trust. “While uncertainties stemming from the pandemic are expected to remain, our top priorities continue to be the health and safety of our employees and maintaining our capital resource allocation discipline through this downturn while focusing on liquidity and cash preservation.”

Further details for the second quarter of 2020:

The Trust reported net income of $27.6 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020, a decrease of 44.4% compared to net income of $49.6 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Oil and gas royalty revenue was $20.5 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020, compared with $39.6 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019, a decrease of 48.3%. Prices received for crude oil and gas production decreased 54.0% and 53.7%, respectively, in the second quarter ended June 30, 2020 compared to the same period of 2019. The decrease in prices received was partially offset by increased crude oil and gas production subject to the Trust’s royalty interests, which increased 10.6% and 49.6%, respectively, in the second quarter ended June 30, 2020 compared to the second quarter ended June 30, 2019.

Easements and other surface-related income was $24.8 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020, an increase of 10.8% compared with the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 when easements and other surface-related income was $22.4 million. The increase in easements and other surface-related income was largely driven by an increase of $3.6 million in commercial lease revenue (largely due to an increase in saltwater disposal royalties) partially offset by a decrease of $1.2 million in pipeline easement income for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020 compared to the same period of 2019.

Water sales and royalty revenue was $8.4 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020, a decrease of 58.8% compared with the second quarter ended June 30, 2019 when water sales and royalty revenue was $20.4 million. This decrease was principally due to a 48.0% decrease in the number of barrels of sourced and treated water sold and a $2.9 million decrease in water royalties in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.

Further details for the six months ended June 30, 2020:

The Trust reported net income of $85.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020, a decrease of 55.2% compared to net income of $189.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019, which included a $100 million land sale. Excluding the impact of the 2019 land sale (net of income tax), net income for the six months ended June 30, 2019 was $110.6 million.

Oil and gas royalty revenue was $62.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020, compared with $72.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019, a decrease of 13.7%. Prices received for crude oil and gas production decreased 19.9% and 34.2%, respectively, in the six months ended June 30, 2020 compared to the same period of 2019. The decrease in prices received was partially offset by increased crude oil and gas production subject to the Trust’s royalty interests, which increased 10.9% and 30.1%, respectively, in the six months ended June 30, 2020 compared to the same period of 2019.

Easements and other surface-related income was $51.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020, a decrease of 5.0% compared with the six months ended June 30, 2019 when easements and other surface-related income was $53.7 million. The decrease in easements and other surface-related income was largely driven by a decrease of $9.6 million in pipeline easement income partially offset by an increase of $6.1 million in commercial lease revenue (largely due to an increase in saltwater disposal royalties) for the six months ended June 30, 2020 compared to the same period of 2019.

Water sales and royalty revenue was $35.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020, a decrease of 18.5% compared with the six months ended June 30, 2019 when water sales and royalty revenue was $43.4 million. This decrease was principally due to a $5.1 million decrease in water royalties for the six months ended June 30, 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.

The Trust recognized land sales revenue of $1.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020 and $108.4 million for the comparable period of 2019. Land sales revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2019, included a $100 million land sale consummated in January 2019.

COVID-19 Pandemic and Market Conditions Update

The uncertainty surrounding the severity and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as dramatic declines in crude oil prices due in part to the global spread of COVID-19, continued to cause volatility in the global financial markets during the second quarter of 2020. Significant mitigation measures, such as shelter-in place orders, travel bans and restrictions, among other things, established to reduce the global, state and local spread of COVID-19, have further affected the supply and demand for crude oil.

These events have negatively affected, and are expected to continue to negatively affect, the Trust’s business and results of operations. Should oil and gas wells be shut in, production be curtailed or the owners and operators of the oil and gas wells to which the Trust’s royalty interests relate decrease investment in response to lower commodity prices and conservation of capital, we would expect the Trust’s royalty income and demand for our water services to decline.

Given the dynamic nature of these events, we cannot reasonably estimate the period of time that the COVID-19 pandemic and related market conditions will persist, or the extent of the impact they will have on the Trust’s business or results of operations and financial condition.

Conversion of the Trust

As previously announced on March 23, 2020, our Trustees approved a plan to reorganize the Trust from its current structure to a corporation formed under the laws of the State of Delaware. We continue to progress towards the conversion. On June 15, 2020, the Trust announced the new corporation will be named Texas Pacific Land Corporation (“TPL Corp”) and the persons selected to serve as directors on the Board of Directors of TPL Corp. Additionally, a draft registration statement on Form 10 has been submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission for review, on a non-public basis. It is currently anticipated that the corporate reorganization will be effective by the end of the third quarter of 2020, barring any unforeseen impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic or other developments, which could potentially extend this timeframe.

About Texas Pacific Land Trust

Texas Pacific Land Trust is one of the largest landowners in the State of Texas with approximately 900,000 acres of land in West Texas. The Trust was organized under a Declaration of Trust to receive and hold title to extensive tracts of land in the State of Texas, previously the property of the Texas and Pacific Railway Company, and to issue transferable Certificates of Proprietary Interest pro rata to the holders of certain debt securities of the Texas and Pacific Railway Company. Texas Pacific Land Trust’s trustees are empowered under the Declaration of Trust to manage the lands with all the powers of an absolute owner. Texas Pacific Land Trust is not a REIT.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release may contain forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the Trust’s future operations and prospects, the severity and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic repercussions, the markets for real estate in the areas in which the Trust owns real estate, applicable zoning regulations, the markets for oil and gas, the proposed reorganization of the Trust into a corporation, production limits on prorated oil and gas wells authorized by the Railroad Commission of Texas, expected competition, management’s intent, beliefs or current expectations with respect to the Trust’s future financial performance and other matters. We assume no responsibility to update any such forward-looking statements.

 

REPORT OF OPERATIONS (in thousands, except share and per share amounts) (unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oil and gas royalties

 

$

20,513

 

 

 

$

39,641

 

 

 

$

62,873

 

 

 

$

72,854

 

Easements and other surface-related income

 

24,767

 

 

 

22,357

 

 

 

51,034

 

 

 

53,724

 

Water sales and royalties

 

8,419

 

 

 

20,430

 

 

 

35,386

 

 

 

43,413

 

Land sales

 

787

 

 

 

4,774

 

 

 

1,687

 

 

 

108,399

 

Other operating revenue

 

82

 

 

 

108

 

 

 

182

 

 

 

244

 

Total revenues

 

54,568

 

 

 

87,310

 

 

 

151,162

 

 

 

278,634

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salaries and related employee expenses

 

8,937

 

 

 

7,741

 

 

 

19,557

 

 

 

14,205

 

Water service-related expenses

 

2,165

 

 

 

5,723

 

 

 

8,945

 

 

 

10,301

 

General and administrative expenses

 

2,448

 

 

 

2,095

 

 

 

5,407

 

 

 

4,237

 

Legal and professional fees

 

2,610

 

 

 

7,858

 

 

 

4,968

 

 

 

9,641

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

3,678

 

 

 

1,451

 

 

 

7,013

 

 

 

2,655

 

Total operating expenses

 

19,838

 

 

 

24,868

 

 

 

45,890

 

 

 

41,039

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income

 

34,730

 

 

 

62,442

 

 

 

105,272

 

 

 

237,595

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income

 

193

 

 

 

437

 

 

 

1,019

 

 

 

830

 

Income before income taxes

 

34,923

 

 

 

62,879

 

 

 

106,291

 

 

 

238,425

 

Income tax expense (benefit):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current

 

7,985

 

 

 

19,018

 

 

 

22,007

 

 

 

33,566

 

Deferred

 

(645

)

 

 

(5,725

)

 

 

(700

)

 

 

15,275

 

Total income tax expense

 

7,340

 

 

 

13,293

 

 

 

21,307

 

 

 

48,841

 

Net income

 

$

27,583

 

 

 

$

49,586

 

 

 

$

84,984

 

 

 

$

189,584

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per Sub-share Certificate - basic and diluted

 

$

3.56

 

 

 

$

6.39

 

 

 

$

10.96

 

 

 

$

24.44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of Sub-share Certificates outstanding

 

7,756,156

 

 

 

7,756,156

 

 

 

7,756,156

 

 

 

7,757,199

 

 

SEGMENT OPERATING RESULTS (in thousands) (unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

 

2020

 

2019

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land and resource management:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oil and gas royalties

 

$

20,513

 

 

37

%

 

$

39,641

 

 

46

%

Easements and other surface-related income

 

11,499

 

 

21

%

 

14,165

 

 

16

%

Land sales and other operating revenue

 

869

 

 

2

%

 

4,882

 

 

6

%

 

 

32,881

 

 

60

%

 

58,688

 

 

68

%

Water services and operations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water sales and royalties

 

8,419

 

 

16

%

 

20,430

 

 

23

%

Easements and other surface-related income

 

13,268

 

 

24

%

 

8,192

 

 

9

%

 

 

21,687

 

 

40

%

 

28,622

 

 

32

%

Total consolidated revenues

 

$

54,568

 

 

100

%

 

$

87,310

 

 

100

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land and resource management

 

$

18,721

 

 

68

%

 

$

37,194

 

 

75

%

Water services and operations

 

8,862

 

 

32

%

 

12,392

 

 

25

%

Total consolidated net income

 

$

27,583

 

 

100

%

 

$

49,586

 

 

100

%

 

 

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

 

2020

 

2019

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land and resource management:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oil and gas royalties

 

$

62,873

 

 

42

%

 

$

72,854

 

 

25

%

Easements and other surface-related income

 

24,797

 

 

16

%

 

37,650

 

 

14

%

Land sales and other operating revenue

 

1,869

 

 

1

%

 

108,643

 

 

39

%

 

 

89,539

 

 

59

%

 

219,147

 

 

78

%

Water services and operations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water sales and royalties

 

35,386

 

 

24

%

 

43,413

 

 

16

%

Easements and other surface-related income

 

26,237

 

 

17

%

 

16,074

 

 

6

%

 

 

61,623

 

 

41

%

 

59,487

 

 

22

%

Total consolidated revenues

 

$

151,162

 

 

100

%

 

$

278,634

 

 

100

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land and resource management

 

$

57,839

 

 

68

%

 

$

160,311

 

 

85

%

Water services and operations

 

27,145

 

 

32

%

 

29,273

 

 

15

%

Total consolidated net income

 

$

84,984

 

 

100

%

 

$

189,584

 

 

100

%

NON-GAAP PERFORMANCE MEASURES AND DEFINITIONS

In addition to amounts presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (“GAAP”), we also present certain supplemental non-GAAP measurements. These measurements are not to be considered more relevant or accurate than the measurements presented in accordance with GAAP. In compliance with requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), our non-GAAP measurements are reconciled to net income, the most directly comparable GAAP performance measure. For all non-GAAP measurements, neither the SEC nor any other regulatory body has passed judgment on these non-GAAP measurements.

EBITDA

EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measurement of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization. Its purpose is to highlight earnings without finance, taxes, and depreciation, depletion and amortization expense, and its use is limited to specialized analysis. We have presented EBITDA because we believe that it is a useful supplement to net income as an indicator of operating performance.

The following table presents a reconciliation of net income to EBITDA for the three and six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 (in thousands):

 

 

Three Months Ended June 30,

 

Six Months Ended June 30,

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

Net income

 

$

27,583

 

 

$

49,586

 

 

$

84,984

 

 

$

189,584

 

Add:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax expense

 

7,340

 

 

13,293

 

 

21,307

 

 

48,841

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

3,678

 

 

1,451

 

 

7,013

 

 

2,655

 

EBITDA

 

$

38,601

 

 

$

64,330

 

 

$

113,304

 

 

$

241,080

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Steddum Vice President, Finance and Investor Relations (214) 969-5530

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