Freehold Royalty Trust

Freehold Royalty Trust

January 18, 2006 13:49 ET

Freehold Royalty Trust Announces Cash Distribution for February 15, 2006

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 18, 2006) - Freehold Royalty Trust ("Freehold") (TSX:FRU.UN) announces that the regular monthly cash distribution in the amount of Cdn $0.18 per Trust Unit will be paid on February 15, 2006 to Unitholders of record on January 31, 2006 (ex-distribution date January 27, 2006). Including the February 15, 2006 payment, the twelve-month trailing cash distributions total Cdn $1.90 per Trust Unit.

On a taxation year basis, Freehold paid a total of Cdn $1.78 per Trust Unit to Unitholders during 2005. For Canadian tax purposes, Freehold estimates that cash distributions paid to Unitholders during the 2005 taxation year will be approximately 20% tax deferred ("return of capital") and approximately 80% taxable ("other income"). Freehold will confirm 2005 taxability in mid February.

Freehold is a Calgary-based oil and gas royalty trust that provides monthly cash distributions to Unitholders. Approximately 80% of production and over 90% of our distributions come from our royalty assets (mineral title and gross overriding royalties). Freehold currently has an interest in over 21,000 oil and gas wells in western Canada and Ontario. The Trust Units trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange in Canada under the symbol FRU.UN. Visit our website at

Forward-Looking Statements - Certain information set forth in this document, including management's assessment of Freehold's future plans and operations, contains forward-looking statements. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond Freehold's control, including the impact of general economic conditions, industry conditions, volatility of commodity prices, currency fluctuations, imprecision of reserve estimates, environmental risks, competition from other industry participants, the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management, stock market volatility and ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources. Readers are cautioned that the assumptions used in the preparation of such information, although considered reasonable at the time of preparation, may prove to be imprecise and, as such, undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements. Freehold's actual results, performance or achievement could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. No assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits Freehold will derive from them.

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