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Texas Pacific Land Corporation Announces First Quarter Results and Record Water Segment Revenues


Texas Pacific Land Corporation (NYSE: TPL) (the "Company" or "TPL") today announced its financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2024.

First Quarter 2024 Highlights

(1) Reconciliations of Non-GAAP measures are provided in the tables below.

"Driven by the continued strength of our surface-derived cash flows, our first quarter 2024 results are a great start to the year," said Tyler Glover, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. "Water Sales, Produced Water Royalties, and Easements and Other Surface-Related Income each generated significant sequential quarter-over-quarter revenue growth, with their aggregate revenue contribution increasing 19% during the period. Each of these revenue streams is derived from the efforts of our dedicated team of employees who have worked diligently to take our ownership of raw surface acreage and commercialize it into sizable cash flows. Activity in the Permian remains robust, and TPL is well-positioned to capture revenues from supportive fundamentals across multiple elements of oil and gas development. We continue to make strategic investments in people, technology, and assets as we seek to extract maximum value from our legacy asset base while also exploiting unique opportunities where we have considerable advantages.

"We are also excited to announce today our progress with developing innovative solutions for produced water in the Permian Basin. Over the last few years, we have been working with a leading industrial technology and manufacturing firm to develop an energy-efficient desalination and treatment process and associated equipment that can recycle produced water into fresh water with quality standards appropriate for surface discharge and beneficial reuse. With the Permian generating approximately 18 million barrels of produced water per day, this technology would provide an attractive and critical alternative to subsurface injection. TPL has successfully tested a pilot program in our research and development lab, and we are now working towards the next phase of constructing a facility with an initial capacity of 10,000 barrels of water per day. TPL filed an application patent for the desalination and treatment process and has secured exclusive use-rights for the equipment towards produced water applications. We are also in commercial discussions with blue-chip oil and gas upstream operators as we look to provide critical, technology driven solutions while also optimizing TPL's economic interests and limiting capital expense. In addition, TPL continues to make significant progress with beneficial reuse initiatives."

Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2024 - Sequential

The Company reported net income of $114.4 million for the first quarter of 2024 compared to net income of $113.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2023.

Total revenues for the first quarter of 2024 were $174.1 million compared to $166.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2023. The increase in revenue was principally due to an increase of $10.7 million in water sales. The growth in water sales is principally due to an increase of 31.3% in water sales volumes for the first quarter of 2024 compared to the fourth quarter of 2023. Oil and gas royalty revenue decreased $6.6 million principally due to lower production volumes in the first quarter of 2024 compared to the fourth quarter of 2023. The Company's share of production was 24.8 thousand Boe per day for the first quarter of 2024 versus 26.3 thousand Boe per day for the fourth quarter of 2023. The average realized price was $42.71 per Boe in the first quarter of 2024 versus $42.81 per Boe in the fourth quarter of 2023. TPL's revenue streams are directly impacted by commodity prices and development and operating decisions made by our customers.

Total operating expenses were $38.1 million for the first quarter of 2024 compared to $32.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2023. The change in operating expenses is principally related to an increase in salaries and related employee expenses resulting from regular annual market compensation adjustments for employees and higher water service-related expenses related to the growth in water sales.

Financial Results for the First Quarter of 2024 - Year Over Year

Total revenues for the first quarter of 2024 were $174.1 million compared to $146.4 million for the first quarter of 2023. All revenue streams increased year over year with the $15.4 million increase in water sales being the biggest contributor. The growth in water sales is principally due to an increase of 51.3% in water sales volumes. Oil and gas royalty revenue increased $3.0 million due to higher production volumes in the first quarter of 2024 compared to the first quarter of 2023. Oil and gas royalty revenue for the first quarter of 2023 included an $8.7 million settlement with an operator with respect to unpaid oil and gas royalties for older production periods. Excluding the $8.7 million settlement, oil and gas royalties increased $11.7 million principally due to higher production volumes in the first quarter of 2024. The Company's share of production was 24.8 thousand Boe per day for the first quarter of 2024 versus 20.9 thousand Boe per day for the first quarter of 2023. The average realized price was $42.71 per Boe in the first quarter of 2024 versus $44.76 per Boe in the first quarter of 2023. TPL's revenue streams are directly impacted by commodity prices and development and operating decisions made by our customers.

Total operating expenses were $38.1 million for the first quarter of 2024 compared to $41.4 million for the first quarter of 2023. The change in operating expenses is principally related to a decrease in legal and professional fees during the first quarter of 2024 compared to the first quarter of 2023, partially offset by higher water service-related expenses due to the 51.3% increase in water sales volumes.

Quarterly Dividend Declared

On May 6, 2024, the Company's Board of Directors (the "Board") declared a quarterly cash dividend of $1.17 per share, payable on June 17, 2024 to stockholders of record at the close of business on June 3, 2024.

Board of Directors Formalize Strategic Acquisition Committee

On May 6, 2024, the Board formalized the Strategic Acquisitions Committee as a standing committee of the Board and has appointed the following Board members to serve on the committee: Karl F. Kurz (Chair), Murray Stahl, Robert Roosa and Barbara J. Duganier.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

The Company will hold a conference call on Thursday, May 9, 2024 at 7:30 a.m. Central Time to discuss first quarter results. A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investors section of the Company's website at http://www.TexasPacific.com. To listen to the live broadcast, go to the site at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time in order to register and install any necessary audio software.

The conference call can also be accessed by dialing 1-877-407-4018 or 1-201-689-8471. The telephone replay can be accessed by dialing 1-844-512-2921 or 1-412-317-6671 and providing the conference ID# 13745172. The telephone replay will be available starting shortly after the call through May 23, 2024.

About Texas Pacific Land Corporation

Texas Pacific Land Corporation is one of the largest landowners in the State of Texas with approximately 868,000 acres of land in West Texas, with the majority of its ownership concentrated in the Permian Basin. The Company is not an oil and gas producer, but its surface and royalty ownership provide revenue opportunities throughout the life cycle of a well. These revenue opportunities include fixed fee payments for use of our land, revenue for sales of materials (caliche) used in the construction of infrastructure, providing sourced water and/or treated produced water, revenue from our oil and gas royalty interests, and revenues related to saltwater disposal on our land. The Company also generates revenue from pipeline, power line and utility easements, commercial leases and temporary permits related to a variety of land uses including midstream infrastructure projects and hydrocarbon processing facilities.

Visit TPL at http://www.TexasPacific.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This news release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that are based on TPL's beliefs, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, TPL, and therefore involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Generally, future or conditional verbs such as "will," "would," "should," "could," or "may" and the words "believe," "anticipate," "continue," "intend," "expect" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, references to strategies, plans, objectives, expectations, intentions, assumptions, future operations and prospects and other statements that are not historical facts. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Although TPL believes that plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by any forward-looking statements made herein are reasonable, TPL may be unable to achieve such plans, intentions or expectations and actual results, and performance or achievements may vary materially and adversely from those envisaged in this news release due to a number of factors including, but not limited to: the initiation or outcome of potential litigation; and any changes in general economic and/or industry specific conditions. These risks, as well as other risks associated with TPL are also more fully discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. You can access TPL's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") through the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov and TPL strongly encourages you to do so. Except as required by applicable law, TPL undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or other statements herein for revisions or changes after this communication is made.

FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL RESULTS

(unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

March 31,
2024

 

December 31,
2023

 

March 31,

2023(2)

Company's share of production volumes(1):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oil (MBbls)

 

 

990

 

 

1,059

 

 

792

Natural gas (MMcf)

 

 

3,806

 

 

4,124

 

 

3,306

NGL (MBbls)

 

 

633

 

 

669

 

 

539

Equivalents (MBoe)

 

 

2,258

 

 

2,416

 

 

1,882

Equivalents per day (MBoe/d)

 

 

24.8

 

 

26.3

 

 

20.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oil and gas royalty revenue (in thousands):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oil royalties

 

$

72,614

 

$

79,335

 

$

56,894

Natural gas royalties

 

 

7,062

 

 

6,705

 

 

10,956

NGL royalties

 

 

12,444

 

 

12,710

 

 

12,615

Total oil and gas royalties

 

$

92,120

 

$

98,750

 

$

80,465

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Realized prices (1):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oil ($/Bbl)

 

$

76.77

 

$

78.46

 

$

75.23

Natural gas ($/Mcf)

 

$

2.01

 

$

1.76

 

$

3.58

NGL ($/Bbl)

 

$

21.24

 

$

20.53

 

$

25.28

Equivalents ($/Boe)

 

$

42.71

 

$

42.81

 

$

44.76

(1)

Term

 

Definition

 

Bbl

 

One stock tank barrel of 42 U.S. gallons liquid volume used herein in reference to crude oil, condensate or NGLs.

 

MBbls

 

One thousand barrels of crude oil, condensate or NGLs.

 

MBoe

 

One thousand Boe.

 

MBoe/d

 

One thousand Boe per day.

 

Mcf

 

One thousand cubic feet of natural gas.

 

MMcf

 

One million cubic feet of natural gas.

 

NGL

 

Natural gas liquids. Hydrocarbons found in natural gas that may be extracted as liquefied petroleum gas and natural gasoline.

 

 

 

 

(2)

The metrics provided for the three months ended March 31, 2023 exclude the impact of an $8.7 million settlement with an operator with respect to unpaid oil and gas royalties.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts) (unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

March 31,
2024

 

December 31,
2023

 

March 31,
2023

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oil and gas royalties

 

$

92,120

 

$

98,750

 

$

89,130

Water sales

 

 

37,126

 

 

26,404

 

 

21,729

Produced water royalties

 

 

23,006

 

 

22,436

 

 

20,134

Easements and other surface-related income

 

 

20,646

 

 

19,067

 

 

14,969

Land sales

 

 

1,244

 

 

?

 

 

400

Total revenues

 

 

174,142

 

 

166,657

 

 

146,362

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salaries and related employee expenses

 

 

12,461

 

 

10,696

 

 

10,593

Water service-related expenses

 

 

10,212

 

 

9,070

 

 

5,656

General and administrative expenses

 

 

4,924

 

 

4,141

 

 

3,552

Legal and professional fees

 

 

4,057

 

 

3,051

 

 

16,628

Ad valorem and other taxes

 

 

2,357

 

 

1,960

 

 

1,574

Land sales expenses

 

 

250

 

 

?

 

 

3

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

 

3,840

 

 

3,876

 

 

3,404

Total operating expenses

 

 

38,101

 

 

32,794

 

 

41,410

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income

 

 

136,041

 

 

133,863

 

 

104,952

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income, net

 

 

9,943

 

 

11,269

 

 

5,389

Income before income taxes

 

 

145,984

 

 

145,132

 

 

110,341

Income tax expense

 

 

31,567

 

 

32,022

 

 

23,773

Net income

 

$

114,417

 

$

113,110

 

$

86,568

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per share of common stock (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

4.97

 

$

4.91

 

$

3.75

Diluted

 

$

4.97

 

$

4.91

 

$

3.75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

23,003,001

 

 

23,015,319

 

 

23,079,251

Diluted

 

 

23,020,249

 

 

23,034,547

 

 

23,095,193

(1)

All share and share price amounts reflect the three-for-one stock split effected on March 26, 2024.

SEGMENT OPERATING RESULTS

(dollars in thousands) (unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

March 31,
2024

 

December 31,
2023

 

March 31,
2023

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land and resource management:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oil and gas royalties

 

$

92,120

 

53

%

 

$

98,750

 

59

%

 

$

89,130

 

61

%

Easements and other surface-related income

 

 

18,121

 

10

%

 

 

18,079

 

11

%

 

 

14,493

 

10

%

Land sales

 

 

1,244

 

1

%

 

 

?

 

?

%

 

 

400

 

?

%

Total land and resource management revenue

 

 

111,485

 

64

%

 

 

116,829

 

70

%

 

 

104,023

 

71

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water services and operations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water sales

 

 

37,126

 

21

%

 

 

26,404

 

16

%

 

 

21,729

 

15

%

Produced water royalties

 

 

23,006

 

13

%

 

 

22,436

 

13

%

 

 

20,134

 

14

%

Easements and other surface-related income

 

 

2,525

 

2

%

 

 

988

 

1

%

 

 

476

 

?

%

Total water services and operations revenue

 

 

62,657

 

36

%

 

 

49,828

 

30

%

 

 

42,339

 

29

%

Total consolidated revenues

 

$

174,142

 

100

%

 

$

166,657

 

100

%

 

$

146,362

 

100

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land and resource management

 

$

80,971

 

71

%

 

$

88,846

 

79

%

 

$

65,343

 

75

%

Water services and operations

 

 

33,446

 

29

%

 

 

24,264

 

21

%

 

 

21,225

 

25

%

Total consolidated net income

 

$

114,417

 

100

%

 

$

113,110

 

100

%

 

$

86,568

 

100

%

NON-GAAP PERFORMANCE MEASURES AND DEFINITIONS

In addition to amounts presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America ("GAAP"), we also present certain supplemental non-GAAP performance measurements. These measurements are not to be considered more relevant or accurate than the measurements presented in accordance with GAAP. In compliance with the requirements of the SEC, our non-GAAP measurements are reconciled to net income, the most directly comparable GAAP performance measure. For all non-GAAP measurements, neither the SEC nor any other regulatory body has passed judgment on these non-GAAP measurements.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow

EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measurement of earnings before interest expense, taxes, depreciation, depletion and amortization. Its purpose is to highlight earnings without finance, taxes, and depreciation, depletion and amortization expense, and its use is limited to specialized analysis. We calculate Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA plus employee share-based compensation. Its purpose is to highlight earnings without non-cash activity such as share-based compensation and other non-recurring or unusual items, if applicable. We calculate Free Cash Flow as Adjusted EBITDA less current income tax expense and capital expenditures. Its purpose is to provide an additional measure of operating performance. We have presented EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow because we believe that these metrics are useful supplements to net income in analyzing the Company's operating performance. Our definitions of Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow may differ from computations of similarly titled measures of other companies.

The following table presents a reconciliation of net income to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow for the three months ended March 31, 2024, December 31, 2023 and March 31, 2023 (in thousands):

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

March 31,
2024

 

December 31,
2023

 

March 31,
2023

Net income

 

$

114,417

 

 

$

113,110

 

 

$

86,568

 

Add:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax expense

 

 

31,567

 

 

 

32,022

 

 

 

23,773

 

Depreciation, depletion and amortization

 

 

3,840

 

 

 

3,876

 

 

 

3,404

 

EBITDA

 

 

149,824

 

 

 

149,008

 

 

 

113,745

 

Add:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employee share-based compensation

 

 

2,220

 

 

 

1,907

 

 

 

2,156

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

 

152,044

 

 

 

150,915

 

 

 

115,901

 

Less:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current income tax expense

 

 

(31,898

)

 

 

(29,589

)

 

 

(24,079

)

Capital expenditures

 

 

(5,662

)

 

 

(5,044

)

 

 

(3,773

)

Free Cash Flow

 

$

114,484

 

 

$

116,282

 

 

$

88,049

 


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