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July 19, 2022

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Simmons Bank

, as Trustee of the Hugoton Royalty Trust (OTCQB: HGTXU) (the “Trust”), today declared a cash distribution to the holders of its units of beneficial interest of


per unit, payable on

August 12, 2022

, to unitholders of record on

July 29, 2022

. In addition, the Trustee paid current month administration expenses of


and used proceeds of


to fully replenish the cash reserve. The following table shows underlying gas sales and average prices attributable to the net overriding royalty for both the current month and prior month. Underlying gas sales volumes attributable to the current month were primarily produced in May.

Underlying Gas Sales

Volumes (Mcf)


Average Gas



Price per Mcf

Current Month




Prior Month





Sales volumes are recorded in the month the Trust receives the related net profits income.

Because of this, sales volumes may fluctuate from month to month based on the timing of cash receipts.

XTO Energy has advised the Trustee that it has included oil sales volumes of approximately 4,000 barrels from the new horizontal wells drilled in

Major County, Oklahoma

and has deducted development costs of


, production expense of


and overhead of


in determining the royalty calculation for the Trust for the current month.

Agreement to Sell Trust Assets


July 2, 2021

the Trustee announced that it has entered into a purchase and sale agreement with XTO Energy pursuant to which XTO Energy would acquire for


in cash the net overriding royalty interest created pursuant to the net profits interest conveyances held by the Trust and certain other assets constituting substantially all of the assets of the Trust.

The consummation of the sale of the assets is subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including approval of the sale from holders of units of beneficial interest in the Trust (“Units”) holding Units representing eighty percent (80%) or more of all the Units outstanding, or a final judicial determination authorizing the Trustee to consummate the sale of the assets. The Trustee held a Special Meeting of unitholders on

December 10, 2021

for the purpose of approving the sale of assets. The sale was not approved by unitholders.

Execution of the purchase and sale agreement followed a process previously announced by the Trust whereby the Trustee had engaged a third party to market the Trust’s assets.

Excess Costs

XTO Energy has advised the Trustee that


of excess costs were recovered on properties underlying the


net profits interests. However, after the partial recovery, there were no remaining proceeds from the properties underlying the


net profits interests to be included in the current month’s distribution. Underlying cumulative excess costs remaining on the


net profits interests total


, including accrued interest of




As previously disclosed, XTO Energy advised the Trustee that it reached a settlement with the plaintiffs in the


class action royalty case. On

July 27, 2018

, the final plan of allocation was approved by the court. Based on the final plan of allocation, XTO Energy advised the Trustee that it believes approximately

$24.3 million

in additional production costs should be allocated to the Trust. On

May 2, 2018

, the Trustee submitted a demand for arbitration seeking a declaratory judgment that the


settlement is not a production cost and that XTO Energy is prohibited from charging the settlement as a production cost under the conveyance or otherwise reducing the Trust’s payments now or in the future as a result of the


litigation. The Trust and XTO Energy conducted the interim hearing on the claims related to the


settlement on

October 12-13

, 2020. In the arbitration, the Trustee contended that the approximately

$24.3 million

allocation related to the


settlement was not a production cost and, therefore, there should not be a related adjustment to the Trust’s share of net proceeds. However, XTO Energy contended that the approximately

$24.3 million

was a production cost and should reduce the Trust’s share of net proceeds.


January 20, 2021

, the arbitration panel issued its Corrected Interim Final Award (i) “reject[ing] the Trust’s contention that XTO has no right under the Conveyance to charge the Trust with amounts XTO paid under section 1.18(a)(i) as royalty obligations to settle the


litigation” and (ii) stating “[t]he next phase will determine how much of the


settlement can be so charged, if any of it can be, in the exercise of the right found by the Panel.” Following briefing by both parties, on

May 18, 2021

, the Panel issued its second interim final award over the amount of XTO Energy’s settlement in the


class action lawsuit that can be charged to the Trust as a production cost. The Panel in its decision has ruled that out of the

$80 million

settlement, the “Trust is obligated to pay its share under the Conveyance of the

$48 million

that was received by the plaintiffs in the


lawsuit by virtue of the settlement of that litigation. The Trust is not obligated by the Conveyance to pay any share of the

$32 million

received by the lawyers for the plaintiffs in the


lawsuit by virtue of the settlement.” XTO Energy and the Trustee are in the process of determining the portion of the

$48 million

that is allocable to Trust properties to be charged as an excess cost to the Trust, but estimate it to be approximately

$14.6 million

net to the Trust.

The reduction in the Trust’s share of net proceeds from the portion of the settlement amount the Panel has ruled may be charged against the


conveyance would result in excess costs under the


conveyance that would likely result in no distributions under the


conveyance while these excess costs are recovered. This award completes the portion of the arbitration related to the



Other Trustee claims related to disputed amounts on the computation of the Trust’s net proceeds for 2014 through 2016 were bifurcated from the initial arbitration and will be heard at a later date, which is still to be determined should the arbitration proceed. Pursuant to the purchase and sale agreement entered into between the Trustee and XTO Energy, the parties have agreed to stay the arbitration from the date of execution of the purchase and sale agreement to the earlier of the termination of the purchase and sale agreement or closing date of the sale of assets. The Panel has stayed proceedings.

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Statements made in this press release regarding future events or conditions are forward looking statements.  Actual future results, including closing of the sale, development costs and future net profits, could differ materially due to the ability to obtain unitholder or court approval of the sale, changes in natural gas prices and other economic conditions affecting the gas industry and other factors described in Part I, Item 1A of the Trust’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended

December 31, 2021


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