Quarterly Report (10-q)

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Quarterly Report (10-q)

 

 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, DC 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

 

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended June 30, 2019

OR

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from                      to                     

Commission file number 1-10243

 

 

BP PRUDHOE BAY ROYALTY TRUST

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   13-6943724

(State or Other Jurisdiction of

Incorporation or Organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

 

The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A.,

601 Travis Street, Houston, TX

  77002
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (713) 483-6020

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  ☒    No  ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (17 CFR § 232.405) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  ☐    No  ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer”, “smaller reporting company” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act:

 

Large Accelerated filer      Accelerated filer  
Non-accelerated filer      Smaller reporting company  
     Emerging growth company  

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act)    Yes  ☐    No  ☒

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class

 

Trading Symbol(s)

 

Name of each exchange on which registered

Units of Beneficial Interest   BPT   New York Stock Exchange

As of August 9, 2019, 21,400,000 Units of Beneficial Interest were outstanding.

 

 

 


PART I

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1.

Financial Statements

BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust

Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Trust Corpus

(Prepared on a modified basis of cash receipts and disbursements)

(In thousands, except unit data)

 

     June 30,
2019
     December 31,
2018
 
     (Unaudited)         

Assets

     

Cash and cash equivalents (Note 2)

   $ 1,075      $ 1,031  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 1,075      $ 1,031  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities and Trust Corpus

     

Accrued expenses

   $ 341      $ 339  

Trust corpus (40,000,000 units of beneficial interest authorized, 21,400,000 units issued and outstanding)

     734        692  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total liabilities and trust corpus

   $ 1.075      $ 1,031  
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements (unaudited).


BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust

Statements of Cash Earnings and Distributions

(Prepared on a modified basis of cash receipts and disbursements)

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except unit data)

 

     Three Months Ended June 30,     Six Months Ended June 30,  
     2019     2018     2019     2018  

Royalty revenues

   $ 7,748     $ 27,611     $ 29,507     $ 54,150  

Interest income

     10       11       19       17  

Less: Trust administrative expenses

     (312     (407     (638     (622
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash earnings

   $ 7,446     $ 27,215     $ 28,888     $ 53,545  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash distributions

   $ 7,381     $ 27,282     $ 28,844     $ 53,607  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash distributions per unit

   $ 0.3449     $ 1.2748     $ 1.3479     $ 2.5050  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Units outstanding

     21,400,000       21,400,000       21,400,000       21,400,000  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements (unaudited).

 

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BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust

Statements of Changes in Trust Corpus

(Prepared on a modified basis of cash receipts and disbursements)

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

 

     Three Months Ended
June 30,
    Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
     2019     2018     2019     2018  

Trust corpus at beginning of period

   $ 698     $ 601     $ 692     $ 785  

Cash earnings

     7,446       27,215       28,888       53,545  

Decrease (increase) in accrued expenses

     (29     110       (2     (79

Cash distributions

     (7,381     (27,282     (28,844     (53,607
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Trust corpus at end of period

   $ 734     $ 644     $ 734     $ 644  
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See accompanying notes to financial statements (unaudited).

 

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BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust

Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited)

(Prepared on a modified basis of cash receipts and disbursements)

June 30, 2019

 

(1)

Formation of the Trust and Organization

BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust (the “Trust”), a grantor trust, was created as a Delaware business trust pursuant to a Trust Agreement dated February 28, 1989 (the “Trust Agreement”) among The Standard Oil Company (“Standard Oil”), BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. (“BP Alaska”), The Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee, and BNY Mellon Trust of Delaware (successor to The Bank of New York (Delaware)), as co-trustee. Standard Oil and BP Alaska are indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries of BP p.l.c. (“BP”). On December 15, 2010, The Bank of New York Mellon resigned as trustee and was replaced by The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A., a national banking association, as successor trustee (the “Trustee”).

On February 28, 1989, Standard Oil conveyed an overriding royalty interest (the “Royalty Interest”) to the Trust. The Trust was formed for the sole purpose of owning and administering the Royalty Interest. The Royalty Interest represents the right to receive a per barrel royalty (the “Per Barrel Royalty”) of 16.4246% on the lesser of (a) the first 90,000 barrels of the average actual daily net production of oil and condensate per quarter or (b) the average actual daily net production of oil and condensate per quarter from BP Alaska’s working interests as of February 28, 1989 in the Prudhoe Bay field situated on the North Slope of Alaska (the “1989 Working Interests”). Trust Unit holders are subject to the risk that production will be interrupted or discontinued or fall, on average, below 90,000 barrels per day in any quarter. BP has guaranteed the performance of BP Alaska of its payment obligations with respect to the Royalty Interest.

Effective January 1, 2000, BP Alaska and all other Prudhoe Bay working interest owners cross-assigned interests in the Prudhoe Bay field pursuant to the Prudhoe Bay Unit Alignment Agreement. BP Alaska retained all rights, obligations, and liabilities associated with the Trust.

The trustees of the Trust are The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. and BNY Mellon Trust of Delaware, a Delaware banking corporation. BNY Mellon Trust of Delaware serves as co-trustee in order to satisfy certain requirements of the Delaware Statutory Trust Act. The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. alone is able to exercise the rights and powers granted to the Trustee in the Trust Agreement.

The Per Barrel Royalty in effect for any day is equal to the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil (the “WTI Price”) for that day less scheduled Chargeable Costs (adjusted for inflation) and Production Taxes (based on statutory rates then in effect).

The Trust is passive, with the Trustee having only such powers as are necessary for the collection and distribution of revenues, the payment of Trust liabilities, and the protection of the Royalty Interest. The Trustee, subject to certain conditions, is obligated to establish cash reserves and borrow funds to pay liabilities of the Trust when they become due. The Trustee

 

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BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust

Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited)

(Prepared on a modified basis of cash receipts and disbursements)

June 30, 2019

 

may sell Trust properties only (a) as authorized by a vote of the Trust Unit holders, (b) when necessary to provide for the payment of specific liabilities of the Trust then due (subject to certain conditions) or (c) upon termination of the Trust. Each Trust Unit issued and outstanding represents an equal undivided share of beneficial interest in the Trust. Royalty payments are received by the Trust and distributed to Trust Unit holders, net of Trust expenses, in the month succeeding the end of each calendar quarter. The Trust will terminate (i) upon a vote of holders of not less than 60% of the outstanding Trust Units, or (ii) at such time the net revenues from the Royalty Interest for two successive years are less than $1,000,000 per year (unless the net revenues during such period are materially and adversely affected by certain events).

In order to ensure that the Trust has the ability to pay future expenses, the Trust established a cash reserve account, which the Trustee believes is sufficient to pay approximately one year’s current and expected liabilities and expenses of the Trust.

 

(2)

Basis of Accounting

The financial statements of the Trust are prepared on a modified cash basis and reflect the Trust’s assets, liabilities, corpus, earnings, and distributions, as follows:

 

  a.

Revenues are recorded when received (generally within 15 days of the end of the preceding quarter) and distributions to Trust Unit holders are recorded when paid.

 

  b.

Trust expenses (which include accounting, engineering, legal, and other professional fees, trustees’ fees, and out-of-pocket expenses) are recorded on an accrual basis.

 

  c.

Cash reserves may be established by the Trustee for certain contingencies that would not be recorded under generally accepted accounting principles.

While these statements differ from financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, the modified cash basis of reporting revenues and distributions is considered to be the most meaningful because quarterly distributions to the Trust Unit holders are based on net cash receipts. These modified cash basis financial statements are unaudited but, in the opinion of the Trustee, include all adjustments necessary to present fairly the assets, liabilities and corpus of the Trust as of June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, and the modified cash basis of earnings and distributions and changes in Trust corpus for the three and six-month periods ended June 30, 2019 and 2018. The adjustments are of a normal recurring nature and are, in the opinion of the Trustee, necessary to fairly present the results of operations.

As of June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, cash equivalents which represent the cash reserve consist of a Morgan Stanley ILF Treasury Fund and U.S. Treasury Bills with original maturities of ninety days or less.

 

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BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust

Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited)

(Prepared on a modified basis of cash receipts and disbursements)

June 30, 2019

 

Estimates and assumptions are required to be made regarding assets, liabilities and changes in Trust corpus resulting from operations when financial statements are prepared. Changes in the economic environment, financial markets and any other parameters used in determining these estimates could cause actual results to differ, and the differences could be material.

These unaudited financial statements should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and related notes in the Trust’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018. The cash earnings and distributions for the interim periods presented are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full year.

 

(3)

Royalty Interest

At inception in February 1989, the Royalty Interest held by the Trust had a carrying value of $535,000,000. In accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, the Trust amortized the value of the Royalty Interest based on the units of production method. Such amortization was charged directly to the Trust corpus, and did not affect cash earnings. In addition, the Trust periodically evaluated impairment of the Royalty Interest by comparing the undiscounted cash flows expected to be realized from the Royalty Interest to the carrying value, pursuant to the Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification 360, Property, Plant, and Equipment . If the expected future undiscounted cash flows were less than the carrying value, the Trust recognized impairment losses for the difference between the carrying value and the estimated fair value of the Royalty Interest. By December 31, 2010, the Trust had recognized accumulated amortization of $359,473,000 and aggregate impairment write-downs of $175,527,000 reducing the carrying value of the Royalty Interest to zero.

 

(4)

Income Taxes

The Trust files its federal tax return as a grantor trust subject to the provisions of subpart E of Part I of Subchapter J of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, rather than as an association taxable as a corporation. The Trust Unit holders are treated as the owners of Trust income and corpus, and the entire taxable income of the Trust will be reported by the Trust Unit holders on their respective tax returns.

If the Trust were determined to be an association taxable as a corporation, it would be treated as an entity taxable as a corporation on the taxable income from the Royalty Interest, the Trust Unit holders would be treated as shareholders, and distributions to Trust Unit holders would not be deductible in computing the Trust’s tax liability as an association.

 

(5)

Alaska Oil and Gas Production Tax

On April 14, 2013, Alaska’s legislature passed an oil-tax reform bill amending Alaska’s oil

 

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BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust

Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited)

(Prepared on a modified basis of cash receipts and disbursements)

June 30, 2019

 

and gas production tax statutes, AS 43.55.10 et seq. (the “Production Tax Statutes”) with the aim of encouraging oil production and investment in Alaska’s oil industry. On May 21, 2013, the Governor of Alaska signed the bill into law as chapter 10 of the 2013 Session laws of Alaska (the “Act”). Among significant changes, the Act eliminated the monthly “progressivity” tax rate implemented by certain amendments to the Production Tax Statutes in 2006 and 2007, increased the base rate from 25% to 35% and added a stair-step per-barrel tax credit for oil production. This tax credit is based on the gross value at the point of production per barrel of taxable oil and may not reduce a producer’s tax liability below the “minimum tax” (which is a percentage, ranging from zero to 4%, of the gross value at the point of production of a producer’s taxable production during the calendar year based on the average price per barrel for Alaska North Slope crude oil for sale on the United States West Coast for the year) under the Production Tax Statutes. These changes became effective on January 1, 2014.

On January 15, 2014, the Trustee executed a letter agreement with BP Alaska dated January 15, 2014 (the “2014 Letter Agreement”) regarding the implementation of the Act with respect to the Trust. Pursuant to the 2014 Letter Agreement, Production Taxes for the Trust’s Royalty Production will equal the tax for the relevant quarter, minus the allowable monthly stair-step per-barrel tax credits for the Royalty Production during that quarter. If there is a “minimum tax”-related limitation on the amount of the stair-step per-barrel tax credits that could otherwise be claimed for any quarter during the year, any difference between that limitation as preliminarily determined on a quarterly basis and the actual limitation for the entire year will be reflected in the payment to the Trust for the first quarter Royalty Production in the following year.

On July 6, 2015, BP Alaska and the Trustee signed a letter agreement (the “2014 Letter Agreement Amendment”) amending the 2014 Letter Agreement to provide that if there is a “minimum tax”-related limitation on the amount of the stair-step per-barrel tax credits that could otherwise be claimed for any quarter during the year, any difference between that limitation as preliminarily determined on a quarterly basis and the actual limitation for the entire year will be reflected in the payment to the Trust for the fourth quarter Royalty Production payment for such year rather than in the payment to the Trust for the first quarter Royalty Production in the following year.

 

(6)

Royalty Revenue Adjustments

Certain of the royalty payments received by the Trust in 2019 and 2018 were adjusted by BP Alaska to compensate for underpayments or overpayment of the royalties due with respect to the quarters ended prior to the dates of such payments. Average net production of crude oil and condensate from the proved reserves allocated to the Trust was less than 90,000 barrels per day during certain quarters. Royalty payments by BP Alaska with respect to those quarters were based on estimates by BP Alaska of production levels because actual data was not available by the date on which payments were required to be made to the Trust.

 

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BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust

Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited)

(Prepared on a modified basis of cash receipts and disbursements)

June 30, 2019

 

Subsequent recalculation by BP Alaska of the royalty payments due based on actual production data resulted in the payment adjustments shown in the table below (in thousands).

 

     Payments Received
(In Thousands)
 
     Apr. 2019      Jan. 2019      Jan. 2018  

Royalty payment as calculated

   $ 7,732      $ 21,361      $ 26,520  

Adjustment for previous quarter’s underpayment (overpayment), plus accrued interest

     16        398        19  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total payment received

   $ 7,748      $ 21,759      $ 26,539  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(7)

Subsequent Event

In July 2019, the Trust received a payment of $12,164,241 from BP Alaska. This payment consisted of $12,152,028, representing the royalty payment due with respect to the Trust’s Royalty Interest for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, plus $12,213 representing the amount of an underpayment by BP Alaska, including interest on the underpayment, of the royalty payment due with respect to the quarter ended March 31, 2019. On July 22, 2019, after deducting Trust administrative expenses and $33,750 to increase existing cash reserves 1 , the Trustee distributed $11,792,468 to Unit holders of record on July 16, 2019.

 

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Commencing with the distribution to Unit holders payable in April 2019, the Trustee intends to withhold the greater of $33,750 or 0.17% of the funds otherwise available for distribution each quarter to gradually increase existing cash reserves by a total of approximately $270,000. The Trustee may increase or decrease the targeted amount at any time, and may increase or decrease the rate at which it is withholding funds to build the cash reserve at any time, without advance notice to the Unit holders. Cash held in reserve will be invested as required by the Trust Agreement. Any cash reserved in excess of the amount necessary to pay or provide for the payment of future known, anticipated or contingent expenses or liabilities eventually will be distributed to Unit holders, together with interest earned on the funds.

 

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Item 2.

Trustee’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

Cautionary Statement

This report contains forward looking statements (that is, statements anticipating future events or conditions and not statements of historical fact). Words such as “anticipate,” “expect,” “believe,” “intend,” “plan” or “project,” and “should,” “would,” “could,” “potentially,” “possibly” or “may,” and other words that convey uncertainty of future events or outcomes are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this report are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties beyond the control of the Trustee. These risks and uncertainties include such matters as future changes in oil prices, oil production levels, economic activity, domestic and international political events and developments, legislation and regulation, and certain changes in expenses of the Trust.

The actual results, performance and prospects of the Trust could differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements. Descriptions of material risks known to the Trustee that could affect the future performance of the Trust appear in Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” of the Trust’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 (the “2018 Annual Report”). There may be additional risks of which the Trustee is unaware or which are currently deemed immaterial.

In the light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, you should not rely unduly on any forward-looking statements. Forward-looking events and outcomes discussed in the 2018 Annual Report and in this report may not occur or may transpire differently. The Trustee undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements after the date of this report, except as required by law, and all such forward-looking statements in this report are qualified in their entirety by the preceding cautionary statements.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

The Trust is a passive entity. The Trustee’s activities are limited to collecting and distributing the revenues from the Royalty Interest and paying liabilities and expenses of the Trust. Generally, the Trust has no source of liquidity and no capital resources other than the revenue attributable to the Royalty Interest that it receives from time to time. (See the discussion under “THE ROYALTY INTEREST” in Part I, Item 1 of the 2018 Annual Report for a description of the calculation of the Per Barrel Royalty, and the discussion under “THE PRUDHOE BAY UNIT AND FIELD – Reserve Estimates” in Part I, Item 1 of the 2018 Annual Report for information concerning the estimated future net revenues of the Trust.) However, the Trustee has a limited power to borrow, establish a cash reserve, or dispose of all or part of the Trust Estate, under limited circumstances pursuant to the terms of the Trust Agreement. See the discussion under “THE TRUST” in Part I, Item 1 of the 2018 Annual Report.

Since 1999, the Trustee has maintained a $1,000,000 cash reserve to provide liquidity to the Trust during any future periods in which the Trust does not receive a distribution. As noted under “THE TRUST – Sales of Royalty Interest; Borrowings and Reserves” in Part I, Item I of the 2018 Annual Report, on December 19, 2018, the Trust issued a press release to announce that the Trustee had determined to gradually increase the Trustee’s existing cash reserve for the

 

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payment of future expenses and liabilities of the Trust, as permitted by the Trust Agreement. Commencing with the distribution to Unit holders payable in April, 2019, the Trustee intends to withhold the greater of $33,750 or 0.17% of the funds otherwise available for distribution each quarter to gradually increase existing cash reserves by a total of approximately $270,000. The Trustee may increase or decrease the targeted amount at any time, and may increase or decrease the rate at which it is withholding funds to build the cash reserve at any time, without advance notice to the Unit holders. Cash held in reserve will be invested as required by the Trust Agreement. Any cash reserved in excess of the amount necessary to pay or provide for the payment of future known, anticipated or contingent expenses or liabilities eventually will be distributed to Unit holders, together with interest earned on the funds.

The Trustee will draw funds from the cash reserve account during any quarter in which the quarterly distribution received by the Trust does not exceed the liabilities and expenses of the Trust, and will replenish the reserve from future quarterly distributions, if any. The Trustee anticipates that it will keep this cash reserve program in place until termination of the Trust.

Amounts set aside for the cash reserve are invested by the Trustee in U.S. government or agency securities secured by the full faith and credit of the United States, or mutual funds investing in such securities. Interest income received by the Trust from the investment of the reserve fund is added to the distributions received from BP Alaska and paid to the holders of Units with each quarterly distribution.

As discussed under “CERTAIN TAX CONSIDERATIONS” in Part I, Item 1 of the 2018 Annual Report, amounts received by the Trust as quarterly distributions are income to the holders of the Units (as are any earnings on investment of the cash reserve) and must be reported by the holders of the Units, even if such amounts are used by the Trustee to repay borrowings or replenish the cash reserve and are not received by the holders of the Units.

Results of Operations

Relatively modest changes in oil prices significantly affect the Trust’s revenues and results of operations. Crude oil prices are subject to significant changes in response to fluctuations in domestic and world supply and demand and other market conditions as well as the world political situation as it affects the members of OPEC and other producing countries. The effect of changing economic and political conditions on the demand for and supply of energy throughout the world and future prices of oil cannot be accurately projected.

Under the terms of the Conveyance of the Royalty Interest to the Trust, the Per Barrel Royalty for any day is the WTI Price for the day less the sum of (i) Chargeable Costs multiplied by the Cost Adjustment Factor and (ii) Production Taxes. The narrative under the captions “THE TRUST – Trust Property” and “THE ROYALTY INTEREST” in the 2018 Annual Report explains the meanings of the terms “Conveyance,” “Royalty Interest,” “Per Barrel Royalty,” “WTI Price, “Chargeable Costs” and “Cost Adjustment Factor” and should be read in conjunction with this report.

Royalty revenues are generally received on the fifteenth day of the month following the end of the calendar quarter in which the related Royalty Production occurred (the “Quarterly Record Date”). The Trustee, to the extent possible, pays all accrued expenses of the Trust on each

 

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Quarterly Record Date from the royalty payment received. Revenues and Trust expenses presented in the statement of cash earnings and distributions are recorded on a modified cash basis and, as a result, royalty revenues and distributions shown in such statements for the three-month and six-month periods ended June 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively, are attributable to BP Alaska’s operations during the three and six-month periods ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

The following table summarizes the factors which determined the Per Barrel Royalties used to calculate the payments received by the Trust in January and April 2019 and 2018 (see Note 1 of Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited) in Part I, Item 1). The information in the table has been furnished by BP Alaska.

 

       Data for Quarter  

Royalty Payment in Month

   Is Based on
Data for
Quarter
Ended
    
Average
WTI
Price
    
Chargeable
Costs
     Cost
Adjustment
Factor
     Adjusted
Chargeable
Costs
     Average
Production
Taxes
     Average
Per
Barrel
Royalty
     Average
Net
Production
(mb/d)
 

Apr 2019

     03/31/2019      $ 54.87      $ 23.75        1.946      $ 46.23      $ 1.88      $ 6.77        77.4  

Jan 2019

     12/31/2018        58.82      $ 20.00        1.941      $ 38.81      $ 2.04      $ 17.94        78.7  

Apr 2018

     03/31/2018      $ 62.96      $ 20.00        1.917      $ 38.34      $ 2.21      $ 22.38        83.4  

Jan 2018

     12/31/2017      $ 55.48      $ 17.20        1.899      $ 32.67      $ 1.92      $ 20.38        84.0  

“Royalty Production” for each day in a calendar quarter is 16.4246% of the first 90,000 barrels of the actual average daily net production of oil and condensate for the quarter from the proved reserves allocated to the Trust. During periods when BP Alaska’s average daily net production from those reserves exceeds 90,000 barrels, the principal factors affecting the Trust’s revenues and distributions to Unit holders are changes in WTI Prices, scheduled annual increases in Chargeable Costs, changes in the Consumer Price Index and changes in Production Taxes. Since 2006, BP Alaska has undertaken a program of field wide infrastructure renewal, pipeline replacement and well mechanical improvements. As a consequence of these activities and the required downtime, and the natural production declines from the Prudhoe Bay field, Royalty Production from the proved reserves of oil and condensate allocated to the Trust was less than 90,000 barrels per day on an annual basis in 2016, 2017 and 2018. BP Alaska anticipates that its average net production of oil and condensate from those reserves will be below 90,000 barrels per day on an annual basis in most future years.

BP Alaska estimates Royalty Production from the reserves allocated to the Trust for purposes of calculating quarterly royalty payments to the Trust because complete actual field production data for the preceding calendar quarter generally is not available by the Quarterly Record Date. To the extent that average net production from those reserves is below 90,000 barrels per day in any quarter, recalculation by BP Alaska of actual Royalty Production data may result in revisions of prior Royalty Production estimates. Revisions by BP Alaska of its Royalty Production calculations cause BP Alaska to adjust its quarterly royalty payments to the Trust to compensate for overpayments or underpayments of royalties with respect to prior quarters. Such adjustments, if material, may adversely affect certain Unit holders who buy or sell Units between the Quarterly Record Dates for the Quarterly Distributions affected.

 

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Three Months Ended June 30, 2019 Compared to

Three Months Ended June 30, 2018

Trust royalty revenues received during the second quarter of the fiscal year are based on Royalty Production during the first quarter of the fiscal year. The first of the following two tables shows the changes from the first quarter of 2018 to the first quarter of 2019 in the factors which determined the Per Barrel Royalties used to calculate the royalty payments received during the second quarters of 2018 and 2019. The second of the two tables shows the resulting changes in the Trust’s revenues and distributions and the changes in the Trust’s expenses from the second quarter of 2018 to the second quarter of 2019.

 

            Increase (decrease)        
     3 Months
Ended
3/31/2019
     Amount     Percent     3 Months
Ended
3/31/2018
 

Average WTI Price

   $ 54.87      $ (8.09     (12.8   $ 62.96  

Adjusted Chargeable Costs

   $ 46.23      $ 7.89       20.6     $ 38.34  

Average Production Taxes

   $ 1.88      $ (0.33     (14.9   $ 2.21  

Average Per Barrel Royalty

   $ 6.77      $ (15.61     (69.7   $ 22.38  

Average net production (mb/d)

     77.4        (6.0     (7.2     83.4  

After falling precipitously in the fourth quarter of 2018, declining from more than $76 per barrel on October 3, 2018 to under $43 per barrel on December 25, 2018, WTI prices began to rise again in the first quarter of 2019. Nevertheless, the average WTI price for the quarter was almost 13 percent lower than the WTI price for the first quarter of 2018. However, the average Per Barrel Royalty for the quarter fell almost 70 percent compared to the prior reporting period. This decline was due primarily to the sharp increase in Adjusted Chargeable Costs, which, despite a modest increase in the Cost Adjustment Factor due to continued low inflation, was almost 21 percent higher than the prior period due to the scheduled annual increase in Chargeable Costs from $20.00 in 2018 to $23.75 in 2019. The 15 percent decrease in Production Taxes for the quarter reflects the decrease in WTI price for the period. Production Taxes remained historically low for the quarter because, as has occurred in each quarter since the second quarter of 2015, Production Taxes were calculated on the basis of the minimum tax under the Act and the 2014 Letter Agreement. See Note 5 of Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited) in Item 1 above.

The average net production from the 1989 Working Interest for the two reporting periods declined by 7.2 percent. This was due to the naturally declining production rate from the Prudhoe Bay field and variance in the impacts of planned and unplanned downtime during the two reporting periods.

The following table shows the changes to the Trust’s revenues received and distributions paid during the second quarters of 2018 and 2019 resulting from the factors in the table above, as well as changes for the Trust’s administrative expenses.

 

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            Increase (decrease)        
     3 Months
Ended
6/30/2019
     Amount     Percent     3 Months
Ended
6/30/2018
 
     (Dollar amounts in thousands)  

Royalty revenues

   $ 7,748      $ (19,863     (71.9   $ 27,611  

Cash earnings

   $ 7,446      $ (19,769     (72.6   $ 27,215  

Cash distributions

   $ 7,381      $ (19,901     (72.9   $ 27,282  

Administrative expenses

   $ 312      $ (95     (23.3   $ 407  

The period-to-period decreases in royalty revenues, cash earnings and cash distributions are due mainly to the lower average WTI Prices that prevailed in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018, as well as the increase in Adjusted Chargeable Costs noted in connection with preceding table. The decrease in administrative expenses reflects timing differences in accruals of expenses.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2019 Compared to

Six Months Ended June 30, 2018

Trust royalty revenues received during the first six months of the fiscal year are based on Royalty Production during the first quarter of the fiscal year and the fourth quarter of the preceding fiscal year. The first of the following two tables shows the changes from the six months ended March 31, 2018 to the six months ended March 31, 2019 in the factors which determined the Per Barrel Royalties used to calculate the royalty payments received during the six months ended June 30 of the respective years. The second of the two tables shows the resulting changes in the Trust’s revenues and distributions and the changes in the Trust’s expenses from the first six months of 2018 to the first six months of 2019.

 

            Increase
(decrease)
       
     6 Months
Ended
3/31/2019
     Amount     Percent     6 Months
Ended
3/31/2018
 

Average WTI Price

   $ 56.87      $ (2.31     (3.9   $ 59.18  

Adjusted Chargeable Costs

   $ 42.52      $ 7.01     19.7     $ 35.51  

Average Production Taxes

   $ 1.92      $ (0.15     (7.2   $ 2.07  

Average Per Barrel Royalty

   $ 12.36      $ (9.28     (42.9   $ 21.64  

Average net production (mb/d)

     78.1        (5.6     (6.7     83.7  

The sharp decrease in the average Per Barrel Royalty for the period resulted in part from the decrease in WTI prices compared to the six months ended March 31, 2019, but was primarily due to the large increase in Adjusted Chargeable Costs. This increase was due mainly to the scheduled increase in Chargeable Costs from $20.00 in 2018 to $23.75 in 2019. Adjusted Chargeable Costs were also amplified by the nearly 2 percent increase in the Cost Adjustment Factor in the first quarter of 2019, as indicated in the table above on p. 11 setting forth quarterly data.

 

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The decline in the average net production from the 1989 Working Interest was due to the naturally declining production rate from the Prudhoe Bay field variance in the impacts of planned and unplanned downtime during the two reporting periods.

The following table shows the changes to the Trust’s revenues received and distributions paid during the first and second quarters of 2018 and 2019 resulting from the factors in the table above, as well as changes for the Trust’s administrative expenses.

 

            Increase (decrease)        
     6 Months
Ended
6/30/2019
     Amount     Percent     6 Months
Ended
6/30/2018
 
     (Dollar amounts in thousands)  

Royalty revenues

   $ 29,507      $ (24,643     (45.5   $ 54,150  

Cash earnings

   $ 28,888      $ (24,657     (46.0   $ 53,545  

Cash distributions

   $ 28,844      $ (24,763     (46.2   $ 53,607  

Administrative expenses

   $ 638      $ 16       2.6     $ 622  

The period-to-period decreases in royalty revenues, cash earnings and cash distributions are due mainly to the lower average WTI Prices that prevailed in the six month period ended March 31, 2019 compared to the six month period ended March 31, 2018, as well as the increase in Adjusted Chargeable Costs in the first quarter of 2019. The increase in administrative expenses reflects higher overall costs of supplies and services and timing differences in accruals of expenses.

 

Item 3.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

The Trust is a passive entity and except for the Trust’s ability to borrow money as necessary to pay liabilities of the Trust that cannot be paid out of cash on hand, the Trust is prohibited from engaging in borrowing transactions. The Trust periodically holds short-term investments acquired with funds held by the Trust pending distribution to Unit holders and funds held in reserve for the payment of Trust expenses and liabilities. Because of the short-term nature of these investments and limitations on the types of investments which may be held by the Trust, the Trust is not subject to any material interest rate risk. The Trust does not engage in transactions in foreign currencies which could expose the Trust or Unit holders to any foreign currency related market risk or invest in derivative financial instruments. It has no foreign operations and holds no long-term debt instruments.

 

Item 4.

Controls and Procedures.

Disclosure Controls and Procedures

The Trustee has disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) and Rule 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act) that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Trust in the reports that it files or submits under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms. These controls and procedures include but are not limited to controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the Trust in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to the responsible trust officers of the Trustee to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

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Under the terms of the Trust Agreement and the Conveyance, BP Alaska has significant disclosure and reporting obligations to the Trust. BP Alaska is required to provide the Trust such information concerning the Royalty Interest as the Trustee may need and to which BP Alaska has access to permit the Trust to comply with any reporting or disclosure obligations of the Trust pursuant to applicable law and the requirements of any stock exchange on which the Units are listed. These reporting obligations include furnishing the Trust a report by February 28 of each year containing all information of a nature, of a standard and in a form consistent with the requirements of the SEC respecting the inclusion of reserve and reserve valuation information in filings under the Exchange Act and with applicable accounting rules. The report is required to set forth, among other things, BP Alaska’s estimates of future net cash flows from proved reserves attributable to the Royalty Interest, the discounted present value of such proved reserves and the assumptions utilized in arriving at the estimates contained in the report.

In addition, the Conveyance gives the Trust certain rights to inspect the books and records of BP Alaska and discuss the affairs, finances and accounts of BP Alaska relating to the 1989 Working Interests with representatives of BP Alaska; it also requires BP Alaska to provide the Trust with such other information as the Trustee may reasonably request from time to time and to which BP Alaska has access.

The Trustee’s disclosure controls and procedures include ensuring that the Trust receives the information and reports that BP Alaska is required to furnish to the Trust on a timely basis, that the appropriate responsible personnel of the Trustee examine such information and reports, and that information requested from and provided by BP Alaska is included in the reports that the Trust files or submits under the Exchange Act.

As of the end of the period covered by this report, the trust officers of the Trustee responsible for the administration of the Trust conducted an evaluation of the Trust’s disclosure controls and procedures. Their evaluation considered, among other things, that the Trust Agreement and the Conveyance impose enforceable legal obligations on BP Alaska, and that BP Alaska has provided the information required by those agreements and other information requested by the Trustee from time to time on a timely basis. The trust officers concluded the Trust’s disclosure controls and procedures are effective.

Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

There has not been any change in the Trust’s internal control over financial reporting identified in connection with the evaluation required by paragraph (d) of Rule 13a-15 or Rule 15d-15 under the Exchange Act that occurred during the Trust’s last fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the Trust’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

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PART II

OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1.

Legal Proceedings.

None.

 

Item 1A.

Risk Factors

There have been no material changes in risk factors disclosed in the 2018 Annual Report that are known to the Trustee.

 

Item 62.

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.

None.

 

Item 3.

Defaults Upon Senior Securities.

None.

 

Item 4.

Mine Safety Disclosures.

Not applicable

 

Item 5.

Other Information.

 

  (a)

Reference is made to Note 7 of Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited) in Part I, Item 1 (Form 8-K, Item 8.01).

 

  (b)

Not applicable.

 

Item 6.

Exhibits.

 

    4.1    BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust Agreement dated February   28, 1989 among The Standard Oil Company, BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., The Bank of New York Trustee, and F. James Hutchinson, Co-Trustee. Incorporated by reference to the correspondingly numbered exhibit to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December  31, 2006 (File No.  1-10243).
    4.2    Overriding Royalty Conveyance dated February   27, 1989 between BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. and The Standard Oil Company. Incorporated by reference to the correspondingly numbered exhibit to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December  31, 2006 (File No.  1-10243).
    4.3    Trust Conveyance dated February   28, 1989 between The Standard Oil Company and BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust. Incorporated by reference to the correspondingly numbered exhibit to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December  31, 2006 (File No.  1-10243).

 

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    4.4    Support Agreement dated as of February  28, 1989, as amended May   8, 1989, among The British Petroleum Company p.l.c., BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., The Standard Oil Company and BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust. Incorporated by reference to the correspondingly numbered exhibit to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December  31, 2006 (File No.  1-10243).
    4.5    Letter agreement executed October   13, 2006 between BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. and The Bank of New York, as Trustee. Incorporated by reference to the correspondingly numbered exhibit to the Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September  30, 2006 (File No.  1-10243).
    4.6    Letter agreement executed January   11, 2008 between BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. and The Bank of New York, as Trustee. Incorporated by reference to the correspondingly numbered exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated January  11, 2008 (File No.  1-10243).
  10.1    Settlement Agreement, dated May   8, 2009, among BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., The Bank of New York Mellon, as Trustee, and BNY Mellon Trust Company of Delaware, as Co-Trustee. Incorporated by reference to the correspondingly numbered exhibit to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated May  8, 2009 (File No.  1-10243).
  10.2    Agreement of Resignation, Appointment and Acceptance dated as of December   15, 2010 among BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., The Bank of New York Mellon and The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, N.A. Incorporated by reference to the correspondingly numbered exhibit to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December  31, 2010 (File No.  1-10243).
  31*    Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certifications.
  32*    Section 1350 Certification.
  99    Report of Miller and Lents, Ltd., dated February   25, 2019. Incorporated by reference to the correspondingly numbered exhibit to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December  31, 2018 (File No.  1-10243).
101    Explanatory note: An Interactive Data File is not submitted with this filing pursuant to Item 601(101) of Regulation S-K, because the Trust does not prepare its financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles as used in the United States. See Note 2 of Notes to Financial Statements (Unaudited) in Part I, Item 1.

 

*

Filed herewith.

 

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SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

BP PRUDHOE BAY ROYALTY TRUST
By:   THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUST COMPANY, N.A., as Trustee
By:   /s/ Elaina C. Rodgers
  Elaina C. Rodgers
  Vice President

Date: August 9, 2019

The registrant is a trust and has no officers or persons performing similar functions. No additional signatures are available and none have been provided.

 

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