Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Oil Price Risk To Mineral Rights Owners

Many mineral owners take the position that they will hold onto their mineral rights instead of selling them (or part of them) and gamble that they will earn more by holding. And whether they like to admit it or not, it is a gamble. The oil business is fraught with risk and price risk is a huge factor.

In oil and gas producing regions, I have observed an interesting thing about people and that is that they, invariably, will say "Oh, it'll be back," implying that oil prices will recover sooner than later. Oh, really? What about the collapse of 1986? By my account, it was about 17 years until the oil biz health improved dramatically. And 17 years is a very long time! Many a geologist, many an engineer, many a landman changed careers during that crash!

Oil fell a whopping 60% during the crash of 2014. What a disaster! Will it come back soon? Or do you find yourself asking "Should I sell mineral rights" now? I don't know! But take a look at this chart below.



The dark line is crude oil price, the blue line is an INVERSE U.S. Dollar. So, if the dollar strengthen, the line goes down. Notice the amazing correlation (inverse relationship) between crude oil and the dollar. Now, what is the dollar going to do over the next several years. At some point, many people will say that it will crash, that its value is not "real." I know one thing... it's almost impossible to predict! Some are saying that the rally during the spring of 2015 is over, that the dollar will now rise and oil will fall. Your guess is as good as mine regarding what crude oil prices will do long-term. And the relationship to the dollar is just one piece of the huge puzzle that is energy prices!

What does this inability to predict future prices mean to mineral owners? I get tons of inquiries about whether a mineral owner should sell mineral rights or not. Considering that often-asked question about selling mineral rights or not... it can be a very tough decision, with no easy answer, because we can't predict the future. But one thing is for sure -- cash money TODAY versus what might happen in the future can be a great move. If one needs or wants cash for whatever reason, and selling mineral rights can provide that cash, it can be a simple solution. I've sold before and I'm glad I did. I also have held mineral rights long-term. But, I might sell again. I am no spring chicken and cash money is tremendously appealing. We can't take it with us!

If you do have any interest in selling mineral rights or selling royalties, contact me. I have helped a LOT of people do that very thing, from small interests that sell for a few thousand dollars to large deals selling for over a million bucks. Good luck!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What Is Reasonable Term (Length) Of Oil & Gas Lease?

Mineral owners should be aware of how long some oil/gas companies will tie up your minerals via the terms of their lease. The lease primary term is the length of time the lease is in effect during which drilling operations must commence or one of three things will happen...

  1. The Lessee does commence drilling during the primary term and finishes the well. The Lessor would then collect royalties once production begins.
  2. The lease contract might have an option to renew for an additional period, extending the primary term.
  3. The lease will expire.

If your Lessee does drill and hits, the lease will be "held by production" -- "HBP." Hopefully, the Lessee will develop the remainder of your drilling unit in timely fashion. Unless you own minerals under a lot of land, you will not have any control over that. If you do own a lot of contiguous minerals (such as a farm or ranch), you might be able to negotiate continuous drilling operations provisions, which can ensure that additional wells are drilled within a certain time frame.

In most parts of the USA where there is active drilling, it is common to have the oil company offer to lease your land for a primary term of five years. Or maybe three years, plus an option for 2-3 years beyond that. So, the effect is a 5-6 year lease. You always prefer it to be as short a term as possible, but in most cases, five years is reasonable.

However, I have seen some leases where the Lessee is offering to lease for five years, plus a 5-year extension option. THIS IS TOO LONG -- DO NOT SIGN! Ten years is just too long to have your properties tied up.

If you ever get into a position to where you wish to sell mineral rights on your properties, an effective 10-year primary term is going to be very large negative. A mineral buyer is not going to like a 10-year term... that's a long time the Lessee can just sit there and do nothing. And if you never wish to sell mineral rights and just wait it out, ten years is a long time! If you sign that lease, the Lessee has the right to wait until over nine years has passed by before they even start planning to drill you a well. So, don't do it. Negotiate for a 5-year primary term only, with no option to extend.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sell Royalties In West Virginia (Sell Royalty Rights) / Sell Mineral Rights In West Virginia



In West Virginia, like other states in the USA, mineral rights and royalty rights are not owned by the state under a landowner’s land (with a few exceptions); they are owned by the landowner or other individuals. In other countries, normally the sovereign state owns royalty rights, oil rights, gas rights and the right to enjoy mineral rights. Do you own mineral rights or royalty rights in West Virginia? Do you wish to sell mineral rights or sell royalties in West Virginia? We buy mineral rights, so, you can monetize these assets; we will pay a lump sum cash settlement to you. If you have been getting royalty checks from oil wells or gas wells, we can buy them regardless what West Virginia your mineral rights are in. We might choose to buy even if they are not producing royalties at this time. We also buy in other areas of West Virginia and other states but as far as West Virginia goes, we have a focus in the Marcellus shale play and the Utica shale play areas. If you wish to sell Marcellus shale mineral rights or wish to sell Utica shale mineral rights, the following is currently our focus area:

- Sell Royalties Ohio County, West Virginia
- Sell Royalty Rights Marshall County, West Virginia
- Sell Hancock County, West Virginia Mineral Rights
- Sell Gas Royalty Brooke County, West Virginia
- Sell Ritchie County, West Virginia Mineral Rights
- Sell Mineral Rights Doddridge County, West Virginia
- Sell Gas Rights Harrison County, West Virginia - Sell Gas Royalties Wetzel County, West Virginia
- Selling Gas Royalty Rights Tyler County, West Virginia

Are you getting oil royalties or gas royalties from Wetzel County, WV? There are several oil companies or gas companies active, such as Statoil USA, EQT Production, Chesapeake Energy, Stone Energy, Trans Energy and Triad Hunter.

For those wishing to sell mineral rights in Tyler County, WV, some of the above companies are active and we can add Antero Resources and Consol Gas. We buy royalties from those properties, too.

In Harrison County, WV, it’s Antero, Statoil and Consol but also add Enervest, Dominion Transmission, XTO Energy, PDC Mountaineer and Hunt Marcellus to the mix.

Active gas companies in Ritchie County, WV, Antero and EQT are the most active but also include Energy Corporation Of America.

For Doddridge County, WV, gas companies include Jay-Bee Oil & Gas, Antero and EQT Production.

In Marshall County, WV, sell mineral rights for properties operated by CNX Gas Company, Chesapeake Appalachia, Chevron Appalachia, Gastar Exploration, Noble Energy, Trans Energy and Stone Energy.

If you wish to sell royalties from producing gas wells in Brooke County, West Virginia, we are interested; the primary operator is Chesapeake.

For those looking for who buys mineral rights in Ohio County, WV, we do! The active operator is Chesapeake Appalachia.

So, to recap, for those selling West Virginia mineral rights, we will buy properties operated by almost any oil company or gas company but the primary operators are: Chesapeake Appalachia, Statoil USA, EQT Production, Stone Energy, Trans Energy, Triad Hunter, Antero Resources, Consol Gas, Enervest, Dominion Transmission, XTO Energy, PDC Mountaineer, Hunt Marcellus, Energy Corporation Of America, Jay-Bee Oil & Gas, CNX Gas Company, Chevron Appalachia, Gastar Exploration and Noble Energy.

There are other West Virginia counties where you can sell gas royalties, so, please contact us. Some parts of this region of West Virginia are in the Marcellus shale play and some have production from the Utica shale play. If you are interested in selling mineral rights or selling royalty rights (NPRI) in other West Virginia counties, please contact us. (If you wish to sell non-participating royalty rights – NPRI – we can buy most of the time.) In general, you can sell Marcellus mineral rights or sell Utica shale mineral rights to us. For those interested in selling Pennsylvania mineral rights (or selling Pennsylvania gas rights), please contact us. Same goes for selling Ohio mineral rights or selling Ohio royalty rights. It's not hard, we will show you how to sell mineral rights.

”Should I sell my mineral rights?”

Mineral owners sell royalties for many reasons. It could be that they want to buy something or wish to retire. Or maybe their interest is small and they are tired of dealing with the paperwork. Perhaps the well that was drilled is not a good one and there isn’t enough income to make a difference in their life, but a sale would bring a lump sum. All gas wells decline perpetually – they deplete. There is nothing we can do about this! Your royalty check will continue to go down over time. So, don’t depend on it staying up where it was in the early days of production; those are the best months. Also, there is a lot of risk inherent to the oil and gas business. Whatever selling mineral rights or selling royalty rights will bring today… there is no assurance that tomorrow will be the same! Obviously, “should I sell my mineral rights” question does not have a cut and dried answer!

Crashing oil/gas prices are no fun. Or the world could see a new technology that takes over a large part of our energy needs. This is a certainty at some point, we just don’t know when. But when this occurs, the value of mineral rights will go down a lot.

We are a mineral rights buyer, but why do we buy? We buy lots of deals and make our company work by owning a lot of acreage -- thousands of acres crossing several states. This allows us to spread risk. Believe me, every deal we buy does not make money. Some are losers. We just hope to have more winners than losers over time. And we constantly monitor trends, so, we can only hope that we are able to sell out ourselves someday when the oil and gas era is coming to an end. But, who knows, it might be awhile, we just don’t know.

Owning producing mineral rights (you are getting royalty checks), means you can sell. We buy mineral rights anywhere in the USA if it’s in an oil or gas producing region. Ritchie County, Tyler County, Wetzel County, Harrison County and other parts of West Virginia is just where we are focusing for awhile. We have bought and own mineral rights and royalties in Louisiana, Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, Mississippi, Arkansas, Utah, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Kansas and other states.

If you wish to sell mineral rights or sell royalties, contact us. Selling oil rights or selling gas rights is not hard because we do all of the work once you provide your oil and gas lease information. We are not just a mineral buyer in West Virginia and not just a royalty buyer in West Virginia, you can sell royalty rights in many part of the USA.

And for a good explanation of how to sell mineral rights, visit here.

Please call the number below and speak with Bill about a lump sum cash settlement. Bill is congenial and experienced, having bought thousands of acres involving many millions of dollars paid to mineral owners:

(Ask for Bill)
Payday Minerals, LLC
Ph 318-426-0909
Ph 800-664-7650

Or, contact us by using the form below to learn how to sell mineral rights. Give us a good description of what you own in order for to calculate the lump sum cash settlement for your mineral rights or royalty rights (royalties).

>>> CLICK HERE <<< for contact form.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Sell Royalties / Selling Mineral Rights In Lincoln Parish, Louisiana

How To Sell Lincoln Parish LA Royalties / Mineral Rights


Are you interested in selling Lincoln Parish mineral rights? Are you wondering who buys mineral rights or who buys royalties in the Terryville field (gas field) or Hico-Knowles field? People have many reasons… they tire of dealing with the paperwork, they want to buy something, perhaps it’s too much trouble, perhaps they need money for some reason and selling mineral rights does not affect their land, etc. Whatever the reason, if you wish to sell royalty rights in Lincoln Parish, we buy there.

The Lincoln Parish, Louisiana parish seat (county seat) is Ruston, LA. The parish has quite a bit of natural gas production, and it is primarily from the Cotton Valley formation and Hosston zone. There are many gas fields in Lincoln Parish, including:

• Hico-Knowles gas field
• Terryville gas field
• Ruston gas field
• West Simsboro gas field
• Choudrant gas field
• Tremont gas field

Who buys mineral rights in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana? Our company will buy royalty rights and also buy mineral rights in Lincoln Parish. If you would like to sell mineral rights or sell royalties located in Lincoln Parish LA, or near the following towns, please contact us:

• Ruston, LA
• Simsboro, LA
• Dubach, LA
• Vienna, LA

We also might wish to buy mineral rights or buy royalty rights in another parish, even if not shown.

Active oil and gas companies in Lincoln Parish include Wildhorse Resources / Memorial Production Partners, Questar (QEP Energy), Nadel & Gussman, XTO Energy, Rabalais Oil and others.

Geological features in Lincoln Parish include the North Louisiana Salt Basin and some anticline structures. There are several productive zones and gas fields but, the Cotton Valley sand is the most widespread zone. The Hosston sand is also found productive in many areas.

Please contact us if you are selling mineral rights from this area; you can also sell gas royalties, too.

Selling mineral rights in Lincoln Parish, LA is not hard! All you really have to do is provide us with basic info about your mineral rights or gas royalties and we do the rest!

Contact Info:

We pay a lump sum for mineral rights and royalties and pay all closing costs. Please call the number below and speak with Bill, an easy-to-work-with expert who has over 35 years experience and has bought thousands of acres and has paid out many millions of dollars to selling mineral owners:

Ph 318-426-0909
Ph 800-664-7650
(Ask for Bill)

You may also fill out the form below if you wish to sell gas rights in Lincoln Parish. If you do so, please describe the mineral rights or royalty rights that you have so that we can properly determine your lump sum payment.

>>> CLICK HERE <<< for contact form.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sell Royalty / Royalties or Sell Mineral Rights, East Texas

Sell Royalty Rights In East Texas (Sell Royalties) / Sell Mineral Rights In East Texas

Mineral rights and royalty rights can be owned by individuals in East Texas (and all parts of the USA), making our country a unique place in the world. In other countries, the sovereign state owns mineral rights and the right to enjoy oil royalties or gas royalties. And if you own mineral rights or royalty rights in East Texas, we can monetize these rights for you and pay you a lump sum cash settlement. We might choose to buy these mineral rights even if they are not producing royalties at this time but if you are receiving royalty checks from oil wells or gas wells, we can buy them regardless of which Texas county they are in. We buy in many areas of Texas and other states but in Texas, we have a focus area of the following at this time:

- Sell Royalties Harrison County, Texas
- Sell Royalty Rights Panola County, Texas
- Sell Shelby County, Texas Mineral Rights
- Sell Mineral Rights San Augustine County, Texas
- Sell Gas Royalty Nacogdoches County, Texas
- Sell Gas Royalties Angelina County, Texas
- Selling Gas Royalty Rights Rusk County, Texas

If you are receiving oil royalties or gas royalties, there are various oil companies that might pay you, such as Devon, Encana, XTO, Goodrich, BP, Chevron, Exco, EOG, Cabot, Faulconer, Anadarko, Chesapeake, BHP Petrohawk, Noble, Shell SWEPI, Crimson, Halcon, Comstock, Sabine, and others. They have various levels of drilling and not all in the same county. For instance, XTO drills in Shelby County, San Augustine County and Nacogdoches County but not much in others. Sabine mainly has wells in Harrison County, Panola County and Rusk County. Encana was formerly active in San Augustine County and Nacogdoches County but has curtailed drilling at this time to focus on other parts of Texas and other parts of the USA.

There are other Texas counties where we have interest, so, check with us, we might be interested. Some parts of the East Texas basin lie in the Haynesville shale and Bossier shale field. Other parts have some production from the Cotton Valley, Hosston / Travis Peak and Pettet formations. The Eagle Ford shale of south Texas has not been found productive in East Texas but we are interested in that area, as well, such as mineral rights or royalty rights (NPRI) in Fayette County, Lavaca County, Gonzales County, Dewitt County, Karnes County, Wilson County, Atascosa County, Live Oak County, McMullen County, La Salle County, Dimmit County, Frio County, Webb County and McMullen County. Likewise, we buy mineral rights and royalties in the Permian Basin of West Texas. Another area is in the Barnett shale region around Fort Worth, such as Wise County, Tarrant County, Johnson County, Parker County, Montague County, Dallas County, Denton County, etc. So, one can sell royalties in San Augustine County or sell gas royalty rights in Nacogdoches County or sell mineral rights in Shelby County (sell oil rights / sell gas rights) but also you can see that we buy in many others areas.

Why sell mineral rights? Some wells drilled in the above described areas have been poor and might be unlikely for further development by the oil companies. Or maybe a decent/good well was drilled but has since largely depleted. Some mineral owners prefer to sell their mineral rights (or part of them) to enjoy a cash infusion. Everyone has different needs but one thing is for sure -- the oil and gas business is fickle, so, sure-thing cash money is appealing. In addition to the well-to-well risks from location to location, there are large factors providing risk to a mineral owner, such as crashing oil/gas prices or a new technological invention that might take over a large part of our energy needs. This will happen some day, it's just a matter of when. But when it does, oil and gas prices will crash and likely never recover to previous levels. When this happens, the value of mineral rights will fall dramatically, as well. We make our operation work by owning thousands of acres across several states. And we are constantly on top of trends, so, we hope to sell out ourselves someday before the oil and gas era ends.

If you own producing mineral rights such that you get royalty checks, you can sell mineral rights for lands in Texas but also anywhere else in the USA. As for why we buy, again, we and partners own a portfolio of thousands of acres of mineral rights and royalty rights across the USA and we constantly add to this portfolio buy paying lump sum cash settlements to mineral owners so that we can spread risk. So, at this time, we need to add more East Texas mineral rights and royalty rights/NPRI. (You can sell NPRI -- non-participating royalty rights.) It's all about our spreading risk because, believe me, not every deal we buy makes us a profit. It's a risky business but we make it work by buying large numbers of deals. Shelby County, San Augustine County, Nacogdoches County, Angelina County and other parts of East Texas is just where we have a focus for awhile. We have bought and own mineral rights and royalties in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, North Dakota, Mississippi, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and other states.

Please call the number below if you wish to sell mineral rights or sell royalties. Selling gas rights or selling oil rights is easy because we do all of the work once your provide your oil and gas lease info. And remember... we are not just a mineral buyer in San Augustine County or a royalty buyer in Shelby County, you can sell royalty rights in many Texas counties.



There is a Contact Form to the right of this page that you can fill out with your info. Or, send a detailed message via email; see my email below. Please describe what you own and the location. Just give me a little writeup about what royalty rights or mineral rights you own. Be sure to include your name, phone number and email address.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

What Is The 'Going Rate" To Lease Or Sell Mineral Rights?

Regarding leasing mineral rights for an oil and gas lease or selling mineral rights, it is human nature to ask 'What is the going rate in my area?' And the answer is 'whatever you can get.' Not trying to be flippant but relying on a 'going rate' can cost you a fortune. Only luck and fate are really in control. Just because somebody near you got a certain amount per acre doesn't mean you will. There are many factors that come into play. It might even be that you can't get an offer for your mineral rights. Again, each tract has its own certain set of circumstances. I have seen people get an offer, a good offer, and hold out because somebody nearby got more and end up getting nothing because the offer disappeared. The oil business is very fickle, be careful of falling into this trap. And in certain states, such as Texas and others, the mineral owner can effectively get 'cut out' of enjoying royalties for a long time and sometimes forever. It's impossible to cover all situations one might run across. Sometimes, a mineral owner lucks out by holding out for more; just remember than any offer must be carefully considered because it might be the last. There is no rule or law governing what one might get for an oil and gas lease or to sell mineral rights. It's just a free market, so, we are back to the answer being 'whatever you can get!' And, in fact, unlike real estate, prices paid for an oil and gas lease or an amount paid to sell mineral rights is not public information. In certain states, the amount paid for state leases is tracked but that does not mean one can get that same amount for his tract. I wish it were more definitive, but it's not!

In areas with a lot of competition for an oil and gas lease from different oil companies, a rate range is sometimes discernible but it varies widely! Nothing is certain in oil and gas. Also, the smaller the tract, the less leverage one has. It's a huge challenge and impossible to 'know' what is best to do. But try not to fall into the trap of relying on any 'going rate.' As for selling mineral rights, same thing applies, each tract is different and a buyer is going to analyze it with many factors in mind to assess the mineral rights value. With all of this in mind, it's best to consult an expert, someone with many years of experience, regarding value. Good luck!

P.S. Lastly, a 'signing bonus,' a 'lease bonus,' is only one factor to consider. There are other important parts to an oil and gas lease other than the amount paid to sign. If you are not experienced in oil and gas matters, hire a pro!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Selling Mineral Rights In Mississippi

Sometimes one has cash needs for various things in life. An option for landowners and mineral owners (some people only own mineral rights and no surface rights) is selling mineral rights. Mineral rights owners have the right to receive oil royalties and gas royalties from oil wells and/or gas wells drilled on their land or a drilling unit which is pooled with their land. This right has a cash value. It is a lump sum cash settlement for potential future royalties and may be a minor amount or a large amount if in an area with high potential for oil and gas production.

We buy mineral rights to add to our significant mineral portfolio in the United States. Over time, we have made this 'work,' meaning we're not 'in the red' overall because we buy a lot of properties to spread risk. Not every deal turns out good for us. And those lucky mineral owners came out smelling like a rose! It's a crapshoot. Even in large fields where a lot of wells are productive, often, the well does not produce as much as anticipated and we lose money on the purchase. On others, we do well. It works for us due to owning thousands of acres across many states. No particular deal will break us. So, the reverse of that is a mineral owner having one tract... that is having all your eggs in one basket. Some people choose to sell to take the sure thing -- cash. It's also possible, depending on size of the tract, for us to buy a portion of what one owns. You can sell and take the cash for the part you sell and gamble on the rest that it turns out good down the way.

SELL MISSISSIPPI MINERAL RIGHTS

We might be interested in buying your mineral rights in any part of Mississippi. If they are producing, meaning you are receiving oil royalties or gas royalties, you can sell oil royalties and we can definitely buy them. If non-producing, give us a call, as well, we might be interested. At this time, we are primarily interested in areas which have some potential for the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale. Several oil companies are interested in the area and have acquired oil and gas leases and have drilled some wells -- Encana, Goodrich, Halcon, Sanchez, EOG, etc. This potential fairway lies in southwest Mississippi counties and we are primarily interested in Wilkinson County, Amite County and Pike County. Possibly a bit of southern Walthall County. Our focus at this time is for those who wish to sell Amite County MS mineral rights and those who wish to sell Wilkinson County, MS mineral rights. If you are interested in selling mineral rights in Mississippi, please give me a call, I'll be happy to work with you on it.

Another site with much information is this mineral buyer site and also this site about mineral rights and selling oil rights / selling gas rights.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Oil Company Cheating Me Out Of Money!

This is amazing and a caution for those who own mineral rights. Not once, but THREE times last week, I discovered that an oil company operator is either not paying me right or not paying me at all! I have many properties all over the USA which I have accumulated over a long period of time. Here are the stories.

Story 1 -- A lady called me and wanted to buy her mineral rights in Colorado. We came to an agreement and I bought her out. I sent the paperwork to the operator (a very large global company), and they began paying me. No problems. Then, months later, the brother decided he wanted to sell. We made a deal, I bought him out and sent the operator the papers. But this time, it had changed hands and was owned by a small operator. After about three months, it dawned on me that I was not receiving royalties for the brother's part. I notified them and found out that they had been continuing to send the royalties to the brother! He didn't tell me and they didn't either. If I had not caught it, they would STILL be sending him the checks. I showed them copies of my letter from months ago. Oops, she said, okay, we'll start paying you. I said, Fine, but you have to pay me my back royalties, too, you made the mistake! She said, Well, we can't pay you for what somebody else has already received. I said Au Contrare! Yes, you can and yes, you will, that's MY money! Just because your company goofed up is not my concern! So, now we have a battle going on. I'll get the money.

Story 2 -- Similar situation. Somebody in Texas wanted me to buy them out. I did so, sent the papers to the operator. That was months ago. This past week, another member of the seller's family notified me that he had received his first check. I told him I had not even received a division order! So, I notified the company, another huge company. Oops, the landman said, I guess we made a mistake and missed that deed. So, they had sent a division order and check to the previous owner!

Story 3 -- About five years ago, I bought an interest in Louisiana. About three years ago, they drilled the tract and I have been receiving royalties ever since. Now, the operator notifies me that they had missed a deed where I sold part of my interest. (I sent them copies way back when.) So, all of this time, they have been overpaying me. Reason I didn't catch it is because the title on that deal is a can of worms, it's complicated. But it's simple for them to simply transfer a portion of whatever I owned to the man I sold part of my interest to. But, they missed it. I own a lot of properties, it's hard to keep up with all of this! But, I do try to monitor things. Bottom line is they are going to have to deduct years of royalties from my account because I want them to pay my grantee what he is owed and make him whole. Good news is they agreed to do so.

So, lesson learned is that one has to be careful! As for me, just more proof that managing producing minerals is a never-ending battle to be paid correctly!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

I Won't Sell, I Will Just Keep Leasing It

I just got a phone call from a man who is in need of raising significant money quickly and wanted to know "Who buys mineral rights?" It was in a shale play. And I said I'd buy them. At the right price. After a lengthy discussion, I found out his mineral rights are mortgaged (along with his land). I asked him how much the balance is. He told me and said "And that's why I want to sell my mineral rights, pay off the loan and use the rest to do some other things."

Based on his balance owed, how many acres he had, the location within the shale play, the royalty percentage in the oil & gas lease and some other factors, I was immediately taken aback. After having spent considerable time with him during the "interview," I was aghast that he thought his mineral rights would bring that much money. I knew they wouldn't. Not even close! So, I clarified that he was, indeed, hoping to get that much money, and then said "I sure wish I could help you out here but we're going to be much too far apart. They are not worth near that amount of money. The market won't pay near that much." And then I explained that the market is the barometer. Minerals are worth what the market says they are worth, in general. Sometimes, you can't even find a buyer, but when you can, a sale will never be for several times what the market is for like minerals. Unless the buyer is a buffoon!

The man agreed with all of that and I could tell he was disappointed. But, that was pretty much the end of it, I couldn't help him.

He then said that he'd just keep signing an oil & gas lease on them every five years and enjoy the lease bonus. I knew that he had suffered medical problems and needed money, so, I politely told him not to count on more lease bonus money, it might not come around again. I told him he could just sit and hope that the current Lessee drills and hits. But to realize that there is risk. I then pointed him to this site -- http://www.whysellmineralrights.com -- it has a pretty comprehensive discussion of the risks involved and factors to consider, whether to sell mineral rights or not. We then ended the conversation amicably and I wished him well.

I suppose the moral of this story is that those thinking of selling mineral rights need to understand market value, and to never count on lease bonus money coming around on a regular basis. Because more than likely, it won't. Good luck, mineral owners!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Oil & Gas Royalty Rights (Royalties)

In the United States and in some parts of Canada, those who own mineral rights usually own the royalty rights to their proportionate share to the oil and gas production revenue from oil and gas wells. The owner of the executive right is the one who has the right to explore for oil and gas on the property or lease it to an oil company. In return, he will enjoy a royalty, a share of the production. The royalties are usually a minimum of one-eighth (1/8th) of the well's production, multiplied by his share of acreage within the production unit.

For as long as there has been oil and gas production in the USA and Canada, royalties have been bought and sold. One can readily sell royalties in any oil and gas producing region, it's just a matter of finding a willing and reputable buyer. The oil rights or gas rights value varies widely. If you wish to sell oil rights or sell gas rights, bear in mind that if the royalties are paying from a well that is a good producer, obviously, the royalties will be worth more than those from a poor producer. The value is calculated from the projected income stream from future production. The value is also dependent on whether or not the income is declining.

There are many reasons why owners choose to sell oil or gas royalties. Perhaps they wish to buy something or provide for children's education. Maybe the owner just wishes to enjoy life more or to enjoy retirement more with sure-thing cash settlement. If one keeps the royalties, it may take many years to achieve the same amount of cash income that a sale of royalties will produce. And, some owners sell because the royalty interest is small and the paperwork is burdensome. It just might not be worth the hassle of keeping it. A lot of owners find it complicated and just wish to simplify their life and leave it up to a buyer to monitor the production and revenue. Increasingly, older generations who own royalty rights are dying off and children and grandchildren inherit the royalties; the royalty interests are diluted by the number of heirs and many would just rather sell something they know nothing about.

The oil and gas business is daunting, complicated to the royalty owner, but selling royalty rights is not difficult with an experienced royalty buyer. A sale of royalty rights can be accomplished fairly quickly but it can't happen in a day or two. It does take a little bit of time but a good royalty buyer makes the process easy, as he will do most all of the work, making sure that the royalty interest is transferred properly with the county and also the oil and gas company which operates the oil or gas well. Whether you wish to sell oil rights or sell gas rights, you can enjoy a lump sum settlement payment for your royalties.

For more information about selling oil and gas rights, read this site about selling royalties or contact this blogger.

Friday, June 7, 2013

What Is A Non-Participating Royalty Interest (NPRI)?

The oil and gas business is certainly a challenge! It's a very complex business. For mineral owners, it's quite daunting to understand mineral rights, especially, since many mineral rights owners inherited their rights and really do not know what they have. Daddy or Grandpa might have bought something 50 years ago, then passed and didn't really keep ideal records. This is quite common! So, say you found some papers and you know it has something to do with mineral rights. What, exactly, do you have?

Do you find a reference to a non-participating royalty interest? For short, it may be called NPRI. A non-participating royalty interest is the right to receive oil royalties or gas royalties, pure and simple. It does not include some rights that a mineral rights owner enjoys. Such as, the right to explore for oil and gas. (This is moot unless you are Bill Gates, as oil and gas wells cost a small fortune to drill.) More apropos, a mineral rights owner has the right to lease the lands to an oil and gas company (grant an oil & gas lease) and let the oil company (who has big bucks) drill and explore. And, if a mineral rights owner did, in fact, own the royalty rights, the oil or gas company will pay him royalty if a well hits. Lastly, a mineral owner enjoys the rights to a lease bonus (lease signing bonus) and annual rentals (rentals are uncommon these days). So, a non-participating royalty interest is just basically the right to receive oil checks or gas checks (royalties). Almost all sales of mineral rights these days are just that but in decades past, sometimes an NPRI was carved out of the mineral rights.

Perhaps you have discovered that you inherited an NPRI. Maybe some day you will be contacted by an oil company saying that they have drilled a well and they wish for you to ratify an oil & gas lease that the mineral rights owner has signed. The document is called just that -- ratification. This is quite common. Once you ratify and are put in "pay" status, you can then enjoy royalty checks when oil/gas production occurs. Hopefully, the oil or gas company will hit something good and you'll get regular checks. If for any reason you wish to sell these rights, it is possible to do so. Here is more info about the non-participating royalty interest (NPRI), or just contact me for help.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Oil & Gas Operators Deducting Too Many Fees

Oil and gas exploration entered a new era in 2008 with the announcement of the discovery of the Haynesville shale play in Louisiana (and later Texas). The Barnett shale, Fayetteville shale and other shale plays had seen some development before that but the Haynesville broke it wide open.

This post is about deductions from royalty checks to the mineral owners. Prior to 2008, in my opinion, all was pretty much well. Operators did not make many deductions to oil and gas royalty checks. We are primarily talking about deductions pertinent to natural gas, not crude oil or condensate. The problem for royalty owners has surfaced in the past few years. The two worst companies operating in the Haynesville shale which I have seen are Chesapeake and Samson. Wow, they are socking it to the royalty owners. Instead of a few percent, I've seen it as high as 33%. Say your check's gross amount due you is $1,000; they deduct up to $330 for fees. And often, exactly what these fees are is impossible to determine. This isn't right. Some operators don't even show deductions at all, they just pay the royalty owner a lower price for each unit of natural gas. Something should be done about this. And, in fact, something is being done about it in some cases, as numerous lawsuits have occurred. What a shame. The governing authorities should step in here and protect royalty owners. But, who knows if that will ever happen. And, in some states, a class action lawsuit, where a lot of mineral/royalty owners could band together in a class action, it just isn't possible due to the way the laws are in that state. I hope things will improve.

I have had people contact me wishing to sell their mineral and royalty rights because it's just not worth dealing with it due to excessive deductions and fees reducing their royalty check amount. These regular oil and gas checks sure come in handy for people but you sure hate to be "taken." I understand their thinking and regret that operators put people in this position. And as I said, this only started happening in the past few years. For anyone thinking along these lines (about selling royalties), here is more info: selling mineral rights.