Delaware Court of Chancery Rules in Favor of Texas Pacific Land Corporation on Litigation Related to Stockholders’ Agreement
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Texas Pacific Land Corporation (NYSE: TPL) (“TPL” or the “Company”) announced today that the Delaware Court of Chancery (the “Court”) has ruled in favor of TPL in the litigation between the Company and Horizon Kinetics LLC, Horizon Kinetics Asset Management LLC, SoftVest Advisors, LLC and SoftVest, L.P. (collectively, the “Investor Group”), in Texas Pacific Land Corp. v. Horizon Kinetics LLC, (C.A. No. 2022-1066-JTL) (Del. Ch.). On December 1, 2023, the Court ruled that the Investor Group should have voted with the Board’s recommendation on Proposal 4, the Company’s proposal to increase the number of authorized shares of common stock (the “Share Authorization Proposal”) at the 2022 Annual Meeting, under the terms of the June 2020 Stockholders’ Agreement with the Company (the “Stockholders’ Agreement”). The Court has deemed the Investor Group’s shares to have been voted in favor of the Share Authorization Proposal, which has been deemed approved by stockholders.
As previously disclosed, once a final order is entered and an amended charter is filed, the Company intends to use a portion of the newly authorized shares to affect a stock split of the Company’s common stock in the form of a stock dividend, and the Court has conditioned the Share Authorization Proposal on such a stock split. In addition, the Share Authorization Proposal increases the number of authorized, unissued shares of common stock.
Sidley Austin LLP and Abrams & Bayliss LLP represented TPL in the litigation.
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About Texas Pacific Land Corporation
Texas Pacific Land Corporation (NYSE: TPL) is one of the largest landowners in the State of Texas with approximately 868,000 acres of land in West Texas, with the majority of its ownership concentrated in the Permian Basin. The Company is not an oil and gas producer, but its surface and royalty ownership allow revenue generation through the entire value chain of oil and gas development, including through fixed fee payments for use of our land, revenue for sales of materials (caliche) used in the construction of infrastructure, providing sourced water and treated produced water, revenue from our oil and gas royalty interests, and revenues related to saltwater disposal on our land. The Company also generates revenue from pipeline, power line and utility easements, commercial leases, and temporary permits related to a variety of land uses including midstream infrastructure projects and hydrocarbon processing facilities.
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Released December 4, 2023