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North European Oil Royalty Trust Announces Net Income And Results For The First Quarter Of Fiscal 2010

RED BANK, N.J., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- North European Oil Royalty Trust (NYSE: NRT) reported the net income and results for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 which appear below compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2009.

    
    
    
                     First Fiscal         First Fiscal  
                       Quarter              Quarter          Percentage
                   Ended 1/31/2010     Ended 1/31/2009         Change
                   ---------------     ---------------         ------
    German
     Royalties
     Received          $4,894,409         $10,180,979         - 51.93%
    Net Income         $4,616,291          $9,846,469         - 53.12%
    Net Income per
     Unit                   $0.50               $1.07         - 53.27%
    Distribution
     per Unit               $0.50               $1.06         - 52.83%
    

Net income in the first quarter of 2010 was lower than the first quarter 2009 due to the significant decline in gas prices combined with a smaller decline in gas sales.  Lower prices and sales occurred under both royalty agreements.  While the average value of the Euro relative to the dollar was higher, it had the least impact of all these factors.  The Trust receives nearly all of its royalties under two royalty agreements.  The Mobil Agreement is the higher royalty rate agreement and covers gas sales from the western half of the Oldenburg concession.  The OEG Agreement is the lower royalty rate agreement and covers gas sales from the entire Oldenburg concession.  Relevant details are shown below.

    
    
    
                             First Fiscal    First Fiscal
                                Quarter         Quarter     Percentage
        Mobil Agreement     Ended 1/31/2010 Ended 1/31/2009   Change
        ---------------     --------------- ---------------   ------
    Gas Sales (Bcf(1))          11.861          13.699       - 13.42%
    Gas Prices (Ecents/
     Kwh(2))                    1.6491          3.1861       - 48.24%
    Gas Prices ($/Mcf(3))        $6.88          $12.30       - 44.07%
    Average Exchange
     Rate(4)                    1.4493          1.3404       +  8.12%
    
         OEG Agreement
         -------------
    Gas Sales (Bcf)             30.616          34.351       - 10.87%
    Gas Prices (Ecents/Kwh)     1.9151          3.4411       - 44.35%
    Gas Prices ($/Mcf )          $7.74          $12.93       - 40.14%
    Average Exchange Rate       1.4405          1.3382       +  7.64%
    
    (1) Billion cubic feet    
    (2) Euro cents per Kilowatt hour   
    (3) Dollars per thousand cubic feet
    (4) Based on average exchange rates of cumulative royalty transfers
    

For the quarter just ended, Trust interest income decreased 98.08% to $181 from $9,451 in the first quarter of fiscal 2009, reflecting the continuing low interest rates applicable during the period along with the reduced funds available for investment.  Trust expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 decreased 19.09% or $65,662 to $278,299 in comparison to $343,961 in the prior year's equivalent period.   The decrease in costs primarily reflects a reduction in Trustee's fees, which are calculated based on provisions specified in the Trust Agreement.

The previously declared distribution of $0.50 per unit will be paid on February 24, 2010 to owners of record as of February 12, 2010.  For further information contact John R. Van Kirk, Managing Director, at (732) 741-4008 or via e-mail at jvankirk@neort.com.

SOURCE North European Oil Royalty Trust

Copyright 2009 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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