FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BBVA USA, as Trustee of the San Juan Basin Royalty Trust (the “Trust”) (NYSE:SJT), today reported that it will not declare a monthly cash distribution to the holders of its Units of beneficial interest (the “Unit Holders”) due to excess production costs for the month of May 2019. Excess production costs occur when production costs and capital expenditures exceed the gross proceeds for a certain period. Excess production costs for this reporting period are due primarily to capital spending associated with the Fruitland Coal well drill and multiple well recompletions along with lower natural gas prices. The new Fruitland Coal well and the well recompletions were included in the revised 2019 capital expenditures plan announced by the Trust on May 9, 2019.
Cash reserves will be utilized to pay Trust administrative expenses of $112,075. Hilcorp San Juan L.P. (“Hilcorp”) will charge the excess production costs of approximately $1,031,588 gross ($773,691 net) to the next month’s distribution. Excess production costs for the June 2019 and July 2019 distribution months total $1,203,088 gross ($902,316 net). No cash distributions will be distributed by the Trust until future net proceeds are sufficient to pay then-current Trust liabilities and replenish cash reserves.
Based upon information provided to the Trust by Hilcorp, gas production for the subject interests totaled 2,295,240 Mcf (2,550,266 MMBtu) for May 2019, as compared to 2,271,800 Mcf (2,524,222 MMBtu) for April 2019. Dividing revenues by production volume yielded an average gas price for May 2019 of $1.13 per Mcf ($1.01 per MMBtu), as compared to an average gas price for April 2019 of $1.37 per Mcf ($1.23 per MMBtu).
For the reporting month of May 2019, Hilcorp has advised the Trust that revenue included an estimate of $169,000 for non-operated revenue. For the month ended May 2019, Hilcorp reported to the Trust capital costs of $1,382,110, lease operating expenses and property taxes of $2,426,789, and severance taxes of $283,048.
Except for historical information contained in this news release, the statements in this news release are forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “estimates,” “anticipates,” “could,” “plan,” or other words that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes. Forward-looking statements and the business prospects of San Juan Basin Royalty Trust are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results in future periods to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, certain information provided to the Trust by Hilcorp, volatility of oil and gas prices, governmental regulation or action, litigation, and uncertainties about estimates of reserves. These and other risks are described in the Trust’s reports and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.