SANDRIDGE MISSISSIPPIAN TRUST I (NYSE: SDT) today announced a quarterly distribution for the three-month period ended March 31, 2012 (which primarily relates to production attributable to the Trust’s interests from December 1, 2011 through February 29, 2012) of $22.0 million, or $0.787033 per unit. Quarterly cash available for distribution on all units exceeded 120% of the target distribution (the “Incentive Threshold”), resulting in a distribution equal to the Incentive Threshold plus 50% of the amount by which cash available for distribution exceeded the Incentive Threshold. The Trust makes distributions on a quarterly basis approximately 60 days after the end of each quarter. The distribution is expected to occur on or before May 30, 2012 to holders of record as of the close of business on May 15, 2012.
The Trust owns royalty interests created from interests held by SandRidge Energy, Inc. (“SandRidge”) and its subsidiaries in oil and natural gas properties in the Mississippian formation in Alfalfa, Garfield, Grant, Major and Woods counties in Oklahoma and is entitled to receive proceeds from the sale of production attributable to the royalty interests. As described in the Trust’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), the amount of the quarterly distributions is expected to fluctuate from quarter to quarter, depending on the proceeds received by the Trust as a result of actual production volumes, oil and natural gas prices and the amount and timing of the Trust’s administrative expenses, among other factors. Although there is no assurance of any minimum distribution in any quarterly period, during the subordination period (as described in the Trust’s filings), holders of Common Units will be entitled to receive an amount up to the “Subordination Threshold” (which varies from quarter to quarter) prior to any distribution being made for that quarter in respect of the Subordinated Units, all of which are held by SandRidge. If the amount available for distribution in any quarterly period is sufficient to distribute an amount equal to the Subordination Threshold to the holders of all units (including the Subordinated Units), any additional balance is distributed to holders of all units pro rata, up to the amount of the Incentive Threshold for the quarter. SandRidge, as holder of the Subordinated Units, is entitled to receive the remaining 50% of any excess cash available for distribution. For the period from December 1, 2011 through February 29, 2012, cash available for distribution prior to the incentive calculation exceeded the Incentive Threshold by $0.004084 per unit, or approximately $114,000, resulting in an incentive distribution of $0.002042 per unit and a total distribution per unit of $0.787033.