Have you hear about the oil and gas boom going on, but are wondering why the Oil futures were actually trading for a price below $0?
This week we interview Troy Eckard about what the future holds for oil and gas, the best ways to invest in the space and where the opportunities are for the astute investor. This is a great interview with an oil and gas insider.
Oil and Natural Gas Investing 101: The Difference Between a Working Interest and a Mineral Interest
One thing about investing in oil and gas investments all experts can agree on is there are plenty of options available. While this is a luxury in some respects, it’s also challenging for investors to know which options to pursue. One of the most common investment strategies is investing in mineral rights. Investing in oil and gas minerals requires strategic planning and patience to maximize your return on investment. Here are some of the differences between mineral rights investing and direct oil well investing.
Investing in Oil Wells Directly
When you invest directly in an oil well, you are making what is known as a working interest investment. With this type of investment, you participate in the exploration and production of oil and gas minerals, including being responsible for the costs of every phase of production. The amount you are liable for is equal to the amount of the well you own.
One of the benefits of being a working interest owner is you own the majority of the well. You can also deduct 100% of the oil well in the first year under new tax laws. Although it may seem like you have total control of a well as a working interest owner, you’ll still be at the mercy of exploration and production companies. This is, of course, unless you as the investor wish to drill the well yourself and become the sole operator. With no prior experience, we do not consider this an option.
Investing in Mineral Rights
When you invest in mineral rights, you own the subsurface minerals. You have a significant amount of power as an oil and gas mineral interest owner, since you have the rights that multi-million and billion-dollar companies want. You don’t control any aspect of when these companies explore your minerals, but you can receive a lucrative royalty of anywhere from 10% to 25% of every barrel of oil and gas extracted. And arguably the best part about it is you aren’t on the hook for any of the exploration or production costs.
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Today's Guest: Troy Eckard
In 1985 Troy started his career as an investment broker working for a licensed firm that catered to high net worth private investors, diversifying their portfolios to include energy assets. Eckard had the desire to create a fully integrated business approach in the energy sector which lead to several other very successful operations such as; Eckard Land & Acquisition, LLC which focuses on buying, leasing and selling mineral rights. FSH Midstream, LLC which is a private LLC started by Troy who is one of four owners of a major natural gas pipeline company situated with assets in the Gulf of Mexico. Eckard Global, LLC acts as an investment project sponsor for participating in working interest drilling and production projects. Royalty Fabrication, LLC fabricates steel tanks that are used by oil and gas exploration and production companies for onsite storage of crude oil, natural gas liquids and water.
Troy's Online Presence:
- Kirk Chisholm | Innovative Wealth
- Barbara Friedberg | Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance
- Megan Gorman | The Wealth Intersection