by David Luke, Heritage Mineral Management
Negotiating lease opportunities during a boom is obviously an exciting time for mineral owners. During these periods, our team looks at negotiating power and competition to maximize client opportunities. During a down time of falling commodity prices, it can become a challenge. This is especially true when activity has been high and prices have been very strong – this is exactly where we stand today.
An owner’s minerals and their power take a hit in an environment like this. The key is to analyze how long or short term we believe the decline will last, the recent and historical bonus and royalty rates in the area (from both offering and non-offering parties), and knowing the primary commodity product that will likely be produced from the given location of negotiation. At Heritage, we provide expertise and real value to our client base at all times, but especially in times when some of the owner’s asset power is reduced. One strategy we like to use at Heritage is to create competition and strength by batching properties together. Because of our extensive portfolio, we are able to benefit many clients at once with this strategy.
Many factors contribute to the volatility of the natural gas price and the drastic fall of the crude oil price. Yet even in difficult times, a large volume of Heritage client-owned acreage has been involved in valuable lease negotiations. The Heritage Mineral Management team has used our experience, teamwork, research, vast contacts, and old-fashioned common sense to lease (or not to lease) minerals at what we believe to be very fair to strong terms.
Rest assured, Heritage Mineral Management looks at every side of a situation to take the best course of action for our mineral rights’ owners. With our savvy team, your minerals are in great hands, no matter what the market is doing at the moment.