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Hugoton Royalty Trust Trust Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 24, 2011 | About:

Hugoton Royalty Trust Trust (NYSE:HGT) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2010-12-31.

Hugoton Royaltytrust has a market cap of $852 million; its shares were traded at around $21.3 with and P/S ratio of 3.3. The dividend yield of Hugoton Royaltytrust stocks is 5.1%.Hedge Fund Gurus that owns HGT: Jim Simons of Renaissance Technologies LLC. Mutual Fund and Other Gurus that owns HGT: Chuck Royce of Royce& Associates.

Highlight of Business Operations:

Because the underlying properties are working interests, production expense, development costs and overhead are deducted in calculating net profits income. As a result, net profits income is affected by the level of maintenance and development activity on the underlying properties. See Trustee s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, under Item 7. Total 2010 development costs deducted for the underlying properties were $7 million, a decrease of 65% from the prior year. XTO Energy has informed the trustee that total 2011 budgeted development costs for the underlying properties are between $10 million and $12 million.

A gathering subsidiary of XTO Energy operates a 300-mile gathering system and pipeline in the Major County area. The gathering subsidiary and a third-party processor purchase natural gas produced at the wellhead from XTO Energy and other producers in the area under various agreements, most of which were entered into in the 1960 s and 1970 s, and which include life-of-production terms. The gathering subsidiary gathers and transports the gas to a third-party processor, which processes the gas and pays XTO Energy and other producers for at least 50% of the liquids processed based upon a weighted average sales price. After the gas is processed, the gathering subsidiary transports the gas via a residue pipeline to a connection with an interstate pipeline. The gathering subsidiary sells the residue gas to the marketing subsidiary of XTO Energy based upon a weighted average price. The gathering subsidiary pays this price to XTO Energy less a compression and gathering fee of approximately $0.31 per Mcf of residue gas. This gathering fee was previously approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission when the gathering subsidiary was regulated. During 2010, the gathering system collected approximately 10,000 Mcf per day, approximately 50% of which XTO Energy operates. Estimated capacity of the gathering system is 24,000 Mcf per day. The gathering subsidiary also provides contract operating services to properties in Woodward County, collecting approximately 10,000 Mcf per day, for an average fee of approximately $0.05 per Mcf. XTO Energy also sells gas directly to its marketing subsidiary, which then sells the gas to third parties. The price paid to XTO Energy is based upon the weighted average price of several published indices, but does not include a deduction for any marketing fees. The price paid by the marketing affiliate includes a deduction for any transportation fees charged by the third party.

XTO Energy markets the gas produced from the Fontenelle Unit and nearby properties under various marketing arrangements. Under the agreement covering the majority of the gas sold, XTO Energy compresses the gas on the lease, transports it off the lease and compresses the gas again prior to entry into the gas plant pipeline. The pipeline transports the gas to the gas plant, where the gas is processed, then redelivered to XTO Energy. The owner of the gas plant and related pipeline charges XTO Energy for operational fuel and processing. In 2010, the fuel charge was 1.89% of the volumes produced and the processing fee was approximately $0.11 per MMBtu. XTO Energy transports and sells this gas directly to the markets based on a spot sales price. The gas not sold under the above arrangement is sold either under a similar arrangement where the fee is approximately $0.17 per MMBtu, or under a contract where XTO Energy directly sells the gas to a third party on the lease at an adjusted index price. Condensate is sold at the lease to an independent third party at market rates.

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