The Land Report

Texas 2018

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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16 The LandReport | T E X A S 2 0 1 8 LANDREPORT.COM TEXAS REGIONAL SCHEMATIC COURTESY OF TEXAS REAL ESTATE CENTER WEST TEXAS Texas Solar Energy Capacity Projected to Double in 2018 The unprecedented leap in solar power production will benefit producers such as First Solar (FSLR). The X factor? The new 30% tariff imposed on foreign components. N O RT H E AST T E X AS A n a l y s ts Ta rg et Ho wa r d Hu gh es C orp. a t $ 1 5 7 P u b l i c l y t r a d ed H H C s pec i a l i z es i n m ixed -us e p r o pe r t i es a s w e l l a s m a s t e r p la nned co m m u ni t i es, i nc l u d i ng t w o i n t h e g r e at e r Ho us t o n a r e a. 4 o u t o f 5 a na l y s ts r at e i t a B UY. FAR WEST TEXAS 93% of Analysts Rate Viper Energy Partners a Buy A variable distribution MLP, VNOM has direct mineral interest owner- ship in the heart of the Permian Basin. The MLP currently yields 8% from royalties. GULF COAST & BRAZOS BOTTOM Granite Construction Agrees to Acquire Layne Christensen GVA has agreed to acquire Woodlands-based LAYN, a leader in oilfield services. The $565 million stock merger will close in the second quarter. SOUTH TEXAS Dealmaking in Eagle Ford Shale Stays Hot Sundance Energy Australia will pay $221.5 million for the South Texas assets of Pioneer Natural Resources and its JV partner. HILL COUNTRY Municipalities Turn to WTR As one of the few publicly traded water utilities, Aqua America can make costly improvements small municipalities shun. Annualized return since 1977? 12%. A Roundup of Texas Real Property News COMPILED BY STEPHEN O'KEEFE, CFA PANHANDLE AND SOUTH PLAINS Boone Pickens Lists His Mesa Vista Ranch for $250M Rated as "the world's best quail hunting" by T. Boone himself, the 100-square-mile holding is offered by Chas. S. Middleton and Son and Hall and Hall. Read more about this offering on page 19.

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