PACIFIC COAST OIL TRUST (NYSE:ROYT) (the “Trust”) a perpetual royalty trust, announced today a cash distribution to the holders of its units of beneficial interest of $0.15228 per unit, payable on December 14, 2012, to unitholders of record on November 30, 2012. The Trust’s distribution relates to net profits and overriding royalties generated during October 2012 as provided in the conveyance of net profits and overriding royalty interest.
This month’s distribution is higher than the previous month ($0.15228 per unit vs. $0.13939 per unit). Total daily production was approximately 7% higher than the prior month, which favorably offset lower average realized prices which were 4% lower than the prior month. In addition, lease operating expenses were lower than the prior month principally due to lower well repair expenses and lower injection well work. There were no Trust administrative expenses deducted during the period as the cash reserves were sufficient to cover current month expenses.
The current net profits amount from the Developed Properties was approximately $5.8 million, after receipt by PCEC from its counterparties of $0.2 million related to the settlement of applicable hedge contracts. The development expense for the Developed Properties was $0.1 million during the period.
The current distribution also includes a 7.5% overriding royalty on the Remaining Properties which produced 17,099 Boe from 30 Orcutt Diatomite wells and one Orcutt Field well, which was approximately 106% higher than the prior month due to the Orcutt Diatomite expansion project being ahead of schedule. The cumulative deficit of the net profit interest on the Remaining Properties, including the 7.5% overriding royalty payments, is approximately $5.1 million.The monthly operating and services fee payable to PCEC, totaling $0.1 million was deducted in the calculation of the distribution payable to unit holders. Sales Volumes and Prices The following table displays Pacific Coast Energy Company LP’s (“PCEC”) underlying sales volumes and average prices for the month of October 2012.
|Sales Volumes||Average Price|
|Developed Properties (a)||106,310||$||98.28|
|Remaining Properties (b)||17,099||$||96.45|
|(a) Crude oil sales represented 97% of sales volumes.|
|(b) Crude oil sales represented 100% of sales volumes.|