The investment attorneys with Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating and representing investors who were inappropriately recommended oil and gas and commodities related investments. Investors may have potential legal remedies due to unsuitable recommendations by their broker to invest in this speculative and volatile area. One royalty trust that has suffered substantial declines is Mesabi Trust (Stock Symbol: MSB). Over the past year the trust has suffered a 76% loss.
According to the company’s website, Mesabi Trust is a royalty trust organized in 1961 and derives income from an iron mine from the Peter Mitchell Mine located near Babbitt, Minnesota, at the eastern end of the Mesabi Iron Range. The mine is operated by Northshore Mining Company, a subsidiary of Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.
Oil and gas royalty trusts, like master limited partnerships (MLPs), invest in the energy and commodities sector. However, unlike MLPs, royalty trusts generate income from the actual production of natural resources such as coal, oil, and natural gas and therefore the cash flows from royalty trusts are subject to swings in commodity prices and production levels causing them to be very inconsistent. Royalty trusts have no physical operations, no management, and no employees. Instead, royalty trusts are merely financing vehicles run by banks that trade like stocks. Another company actually mine the resources and pay the royalties to the trust.