Pacific Coast Oil Trust (ROYT) owns net profits interests in the sale of oil and natural gas production. The Company pays monthly dividends with an annual dividend yield of 9.8%. Pacific Coast Oil Trust just increased its dividend by 8.4% to $0.151 per month, payable on February 14, 2013, to unitholders of record on February 4, 2013. The Trust’s distribution relates to net profits and overriding royalties generated during December 2012 as provided in the conveyance of net profits and overriding royalty interest.
Pacific Coast Oil Trust (ROYT) is projected to produce earnings of $1.84 in 2013 which is a 28% increase from 2012.
First Call has a consensus BUY recommendation with a 1.8 rating. Zacks Investment has a 12-month price target of $19.40 on ROYT.
Higher crude oil production and prices favorably impacted this month’s distribution as total production was approximately 8% higher and average realized prices were 2% higher than the prior month. The current net profits amount from the Developed Properties was approximately $5.8 million, after receipt by PCEC from its counterparties of $0.4 millionrelated to the settlement of applicable hedge contracts. The development expense for the Developed Properties was $0.5 million during the period.
The current distribution also includes a 7.5% overriding royalty on the Remaining Properties which produced 22,783 Boe from 36 Orcutt Diatomite wells and one Orcutt Field well. Production from the Remaining Properties was approximately 10% 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 $5.4 million.