November 14, 2008
North European Oil Royalty Trust Announces Net Income and Results for the Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2008
RED BANK, N.J., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- North European Oil Royalty Trust reported net income and results for the fourth fiscal quarter of fiscal 2008 ended October 31, 2008 which appear below compared with the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007. The previously declared distribution of $1.03 per unit will be paid on November 26, 2008 to owners of record as of November 14, 2008.
Fourth Fiscal Qtr. Fourth Fiscal Qtr. Percentage Ended 10/31/08 Ended 10/31/07 Change German Royalties Received $9,605,759 $6,053,435 +58.68% Net Income $9,409,548 $5,881,537 +59.98% Net Income per Unit $1.02 $0.64 +59.38% Distribution per Unit $1.03 $0.64 +60.94%
Royalty income in the fourth quarter of 2008 was higher than the fourth quarter 2007 due to higher gas prices which more than offset the impact of lower gas sales and lower average exchange rates. The Trust receives nearly all of its royalties under two royalty agreements. The Mobil Agreement is the higher royalty rate agreement and covers gas sales from the western half of the Oldenburg concession. The OEG Agreement is the lower royalty rate agreement and covers gas sales from the entire Oldenburg concession.
Fourth Fiscal Qtr. Fourth Fiscal Qtr. Percentage Ended 10/31/08 Ended 10/31/07 Change Mobil Agreement: Gas Sales (Bcf(1)) 13.545 Bcf 14.792 Bcf -8.43% Gas Prices (Ecents/Kwh(2)) 2.7510 Ecents/Kwh 1.6366 Ecents/Kwh +68.09% Gas Prices ($/Mcf (3)) $11.03/Mcf $6.59/Mcf +67.37% OEG Agreement: Gas Sales (Bcf) 33.170 Bcf 36.260 Bcf -8.52% Gas Prices (Ecents/Kwh) 2.9060 Ecents/Kwh 1.9568 Ecents/Kwh +48.51% Gas Prices ($/Mcf) $10.96/Mcf $7.73/Mcf +41.79% Average Exchange Rate(4) $1.3736 $1.4024 -2.05%(1) Billion cubic feet (2) Euro cents per Kilowatt hour (3) Dollars per thousand cubic feet (4) Based on average exchange rates of cumulative royalty transfers
Interest income was lower reflecting the significant decline in interest rates applicable during the period. For the quarter just ended, Trust interest income decreased 54.17% to $18,136 from $39,570 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007. Trust expenses for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 increased 1.36% to $214,347 from $211,469 for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007.
Royalty income for fiscal 2008 was higher than fiscal 2007 due to a combination of higher gas prices and higher average exchange rates, which more than offset the decline in gas sales.
Fiscal Year Ended Fiscal Year Ended Percentage 10/31/08 10/31/07 Change German Royalties Received $34,645,159 $27,484,254 +26.05% Net Income $33,665,138 $26,739,669 +25.90% Net Income per Unit $3.66 $2.91 +25.77% Distribution per Unit $3.66 $2.91 +25.77% The 2009 Annual Meeting has been scheduled for February 10, 2009.
Contact: John R. Van Kirk, Managing Director, (732) 741-4008, or via e-mail at [email protected] The Trust's website is http://www.neort.com/.
North European Oil Royalty Trust
CONTACT: John R. Van Kirk, Managing Director of North European OilRoyalty Trust, +1-732-741-4008, [email protected]
web site: http://www.neort.com/