It is looking like, if natural gas stays in the low $2/mcf range, SJT will average around $.75-$.85/unit/yr in royalties.
I think people can argue about what an acceptable yield is (i.e. multiple to put on that earnings stream) but I believe a 7-8% yield is appropriate. One could argue that with no debt and no real operating activity, it is less risky than an MLP, though without the ability to acquire additional reserves.
If we assume a $.75/unit/yr distribution and a 7.5% yield, SJT would need to trade around $10.00.
Now clearly natural gas may recover and perhaps others believe a yield lower than 7.5% is acceptable..but it appears to me that SJT has more room to fall. If gas stays flat for 2 or 3 yrs, not only will the distribution stay low but also there will be fewer new wells drilled in the trust property which means volumes will begin to taper off slightly.
I think the trust is attractive at $10, but find it too risky at $16
One reason that apparent YIELDS should be higher on the royalty trusts is that they are depleting assets. The reserves can only be sold once. Sure, there will still be some distribution from SJT. But is will actually be a Return of Capital. With NG price of $2.00 and unit price of $20.00 it is impossible to get the invest back with a profit of any type, and maybe not even possible to get the investment returned through distributions. At a $10 unit price a buyer will have at least a fighting chance for profit, provided NG prices improve quite a bit from current levels.