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Washington, D.C. 20549









Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): February 20, 2020


Commission File Number: 1-737


Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter:



State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization:



IRS Employer Identification No.:



Address of principal executive offices:

1700 Pacific Avenue, Suite 2900
Dallas, Texas 75201


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code:



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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:



Title of each class

  Trading Symbol(s)  Name of each exchange on which registered
Sub-shares in Certificates of Proprietary Interest (par value $0.03-1/3 per share)  TPL  New York Stock Exchange







Item 1.01.Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.


As previously disclosed, on July 30, 2019, Texas Pacific Land Trust (the “Trust”) entered into a settlement agreement (the “Settlement Agreement”) with Horizon Kinetics LLC, Horizon Kinetics Asset Management  LLC, Murray Stahl, SoftVest, L.P., SoftVest Advisors, LLC, Eric L. Oliver, ART-FGT Family Partners Limited, Tessler Family Limited Partnership and Allan R. Tessler (the “Investor Group”) with respect to, among other things, litigation that was pending prior to such time between the parties. The Settlement Agreement provides that, among other things, if the Conversion Exploration Committee of the Trust (the “Committee”) recommends a plan of conversion within a timeframe appointed by the Settlement Agreement, the Trustees will thereafter have a time period of 30 days following the receipt of such recommendation to decide whether to implement such plan of conversion (such time period, the “Decision Period”). As the Committee recommended a plan of conversion to the Trustees on January 21, 2020, the end of the Decision Period pursuant to the Settlement Agreement would be February 20, 2020.


On February 20, 2020, the Trust and the Investor Group entered into the First Amendment to Settlement Agreement (the “Amendment”), which became effective as of the same date. The Amendment provides that the Decision Period shall extend through March 6, 2020.


Other than as expressly modified pursuant to the Amendment, the Settlement Agreement, which was filed as Exhibit 99.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by the Trust with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on July 31, 2019, remains in full force and effect.


The foregoing description of the Amendment is qualified by the full text of such amendment, which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and is incorporated by reference herein.


Item 9.01.Financial Statements and Exhibits.





10.1   First Amendment to Settlement Agreement dated February 20, 2020.
104   Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Incline XBRL document).







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Trust has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.


Date: February 20, 2020 By: /s/ Robert J. Packer
    Robert J. Packer
    General Agent and Chief Financial Officer