Marine Petroleum Trust declared a quarterly cash distribution to the holders of its units of beneficial interest of $0.018129 per unit, payable on March 29, 2021, to unitholders of record on February 26, 2021.
This distribution of $0.018129 per unit is higher than the $0.007178 per unit distributed last quarter. As compared to the previous quarter, both the volume of oil and of natural gas produced and included in this distribution have decreased while the price realized for both oil and natural gas produced and included in the current distribution has increased. This distribution is lower than the $0.065452 per unit distributed in the comparable quarter in 2020. As compared to the comparable quarter in 2020, the price realized for both oil and natural gas has decreased. As compared to this time last year, the volume of both oil and natural gas produced and included in the current distribution has decreased.
Marine's distributions to unitholders are determined by royalties received up to the date the distribution amount is declared. In general, Marine receives royalties two months after oil production and three months after natural gas production.
The prior Restated Marine Petroleum Trust Indenture (the "Indenture') stated that Marine would terminate on June 1, 2021. In preparing to seek approval to extend the trust by twenty (20) years to June 1, 2041 pursuant to Article X, Section 1(a) of the Indenture, Marine became aware that the necessary approval for this extension of the consent of a majority of the outstanding of units of interest was obtained on May 22, 2014 by a consent solicitation filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission when holders of 63.57% of the outstanding units of interest on the record date of March 28, 2014 approved the extension of Marine through June 1, 2041. Less than 1% of the outstanding units of interest were voted against the extension. Since only approval of a majority of the outstanding units of interest was required and not 80% as was believed to be the case at the time of the 2014 consent solicitation, the 63.57% approval authorized the extension of Marine through June 1, 2041. The updated Indenture reflecting the June 1, 2041 termination date was filed with Marine's Form 10-Q on November 16, 2021.