Cross Timbers Royalty Trust was created on February 12, 1991 by conveyance of 90% net profits interests in certain royalty and overriding royalty interest properties in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, and 75% net profits interests in certain working interest properties in Texas and Oklahoma. XTO Energy Inc. owns the underlying properties from which these net profits interests were conveyed. The net profits interests are the only assets of the trust, other than cash held for trust expenses and for distribution to unitholders.
The trust was created to collect and distribute monthly net profits income to unitholders. Trust net profits income is received from two major components, the 90% net profits interests and the 75% net profits interests.
The 90% net profits interests were conveyed from underlying royalty and overriding royalty interests in producing properties in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Most net profits income is from long-lived gas properties in the San Juan Basin of northwestern New Mexico. Because the 90% net profits interests are not subject to production or development costs, net profits income from these interests generally only varies because of changes in sales volumes or prices.
The 75% net profits interests were conveyed from underlying working interests in seven large, predominantly oil-producing properties in Texas and Oklahoma. Net profits income from these properties is calculated separately for each state and is reduced by production and development costs.
Net profits income received by the trust on the last business day of each month is calculated and paid by XTO Energy based on net proceeds received from the underlying properties in the prior month. Distributions, as calculated by the trustee, are paid to month-end unitholders of record within ten business days.
Units of beneficial interest in the trust were sold in its initial public offering in February 1992, and are listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CRT.” As of March 2004, XTO Energy is not a unitholder of the trust.