The Conversion Exploration Committee (the “Committee”) of Texas Pacific Land Trust (TPL) (the “Trust” or “TPL”) today provided the third in a series of updates on its deliberations.
The Committee has continued to meet with the Trust’s advisors, including Credit Suisse, which is assisting the Trust and the Committee as financial advisor. The Committee has met ten times, both in person and over the phone (three times prior to the addition of Murray Stahl, Eric L. Oliver and Craig Hodges, and seven times since then). Deliberations of the Committee have been productive and informative with the Committee having worked with the management team to develop the Trust’s investor presentation that is now available on the Trust’s website, www.tpltrust.com.
In consultation with the Trust’s advisors, the Committee unanimously recognized compelling reasons to move to a corporate structure. The Committee will continue to work with the advisors to make a final recommendation to the Trustees as to the structure of such conversion or reorganization.
Although its deliberations are confidential, the Committee will continue to provide monthly progress reports to shareholders as required by its Charter before issuing a final recommendation.
The Committee is chaired by John R. Norris III and David E. Barry, the Trustees of TPL. Its additional members are (in alphabetical order): General Donald G. Cook, USAF (Retired); Craig Hodges, Chief Executive Officer of Hodges Capital; Dana McGinnis, Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Mission Advisors; Eric L. Oliver, Founder and President of SoftVest Advisors and Murray Stahl, Chairman of Horizon Kinetics.
About Texas Pacific Land Trust
Texas Pacific Land Trust is one of the largest landowners in the State of Texas with approximately 900,000 acres of land in West Texas. The Trust was organized under a Declaration of Trust to receive and hold title to extensive tracts of land in the State of Texas, previously the property of the Texas and Pacific Railway Company, and to issue transferable Certificates of Proprietary Interest pro rata to the holders of certain debt securities of the Texas and Pacific Railway Company. Texas Pacific Land Trust’s trustees are empowered under the Declaration of Trust to manage the lands with all the powers of an absolute owner.
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