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NuStar Energy Reports Earnings Results for Second Quarter of 2012

Non-cash Charges and Loss in Asphalt and Fuels Marketing Segment Negatively Affect Results but Quarterly Distribution Stands at $1.095

Storage and Transportation Segment Second Quarter and Year to Date Results Higher than Last Year

Expect to Close Asphalt Joint Venture Transaction in the Third Quarter

SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 27, 2012-- NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE: NS) today announced second quarter distributable cash flow available to limited partners of $16.9 million, or $0.24 per unit, compared to 2011 second quarter distributable cash flow of $119.4 million, or $1.85 per unit. Second quarter earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was negative $161.2 million compared to second quarter 2011 EBITDA of $160.0 million.

The company reported a second quarter net loss applicable to limited partners of $251.6 million, or $3.56 per unit, compared to net income applicable to limited partners of $81.8 million, or $1.27 per unit, earned in the second quarter of 2011. Without certain adjustments in the second quarters of both years, as described below, the second quarter of 2012 would have generated adjusted net income applicable to limited partners of $4.4 million, or $0.06 per unit, compared to the second quarter 2011 adjusted net income applicable to limited partners of $86.4 million, or $1.34 per unit.

For the six months ended June 30, 2012, the company reported a net loss applicable to limited partners of $235.6 million, or $3.33 per unit, compared to net income applicable to limited partners of $101.1 million, or $1.57 per unit, for the six months ended June 30, 2011.

The partnership also announced that its board of directors has declared a second quarter 2012 distribution of $1.095 per unit. The second quarter 2012 distribution will be paid on August 10, 2012, to holders of record as of August 7, 2012. Distributable cash flow available to limited partners covers the distribution to the limited partners by 0.22 times for the second quarter of 2012.

“We have several transactions and internal growth projects in the works that we’re confident will improve our earnings going forward," said Curt Anastasio, Chief Executive Officer and President of NuStar Energy L.P. and NuStar GP Holdings, LLC. “We remain committed to growing our distributions to our unitholders so we have been very focused on minimizing our earnings volatility and reducing our debt in order to invest in more stable, high-return pipeline and terminal projects.”

Anastasio went on to say, “The asphalt joint venture that we are forming with Lindsay Goldberg is expected to deconsolidate our asphalt operations, while allowing us to maintain a 50% interest in a business that has the potential to generate significant cash flows as the U.S. economy improves. The closing for the transaction is still expected to be completed by September 30, 2012. As a result of this transaction, NuStar expects to reduce its debt levels by $400 to $500 million subject to the joint venture’s working capital requirements.

“We also have completed several high-return growth projects in our storage and transportation segments, and we have many more in various stages of development that are expected to contribute significantly to our earnings going forward. All of these initiatives should position the company well for the coming years.”

Second Quarter Adjustments

The second quarter 2012 results included $271.8 million, or $3.77 per unit, of non-cash expenses related to asset impairments. These asset impairment charges relate primarily to a write down of PP&E, Goodwill and other intangible assets associated with the company’s asphalt operations. This charge is a result of the expected sale of 50% of these operations to an affiliate of Lindsay Goldberg LLC. As noted above, excluding this item and other adjustments, second quarter 2012 adjusted net income applicable to limited partners would have been $4.4 million, or $0.06 per unit.

The second quarter 2011 results included $4.0 million, or $0.06 per unit, net of tax, of expenses related primarily to the write-off of project costs associated with certain capital projects cancelled during the quarter. As noted above, excluding this item and other adjustments, second quarter 2011 adjusted net income applicable to limited partners would have been $86.4 million, or $1.34 per unit

Segment Results

“Our storage and transportation segments continue to benefit from several internal growth projects completed in 2011 and the first half of 2012,” said Anastasio. “As a result, EBITDA in both our storage and transportation segments were higher than last year’s second quarter and last year’s six month period ending June 30th. Our storage segment benefited primarily from the third quarter 2011 completion of a storage expansion project and the April 2012 completion of a unit train offloading facility project, both at our St. James, Louisiana terminal facility. Higher pipeline tariffs as well as increased throughputs and new revenue streams from two Eagle Ford Shale region internal growth projects completed in the last half of 2011 contributed to improved results in our transportation segment.”

Anastasio added, “In our Asphalt and Fuels Marketing segment, continued weak demand, low gross margins and the non-cash asset impairment charge caused the results for our asphalt operations to be negative in the second quarter and significantly lower than the results for last year’s six-month period ending June 30th. In addition, the company’s fuels marketing operations generated a loss in the quarter primarily as a result of heavy fuel oil and bunker fuel inventories not being hedged.”

Earnings Outlook for the Remainder of 2012

In the last half of 2012 the company expects to benefit from the July 1, 2012 FERC tariff adjustment, the completion of two new pipeline projects in the Eagle Ford Shale region and the completion of a one million barrel expansion project at the St. Eustatius terminal facility. These projects should contribute to higher EBITDA in the last half of 2012 when compared to the last half of 2011.

“We just completed another pipeline project in the Eagle Ford Shale region the first week of July. This was the third pipeline project we have completed in the Eagle Ford in the past year. We expect to complete another project in the region by the end of the third quarter and expect to announce more Eagle Ford projects before the end of the year,” said Anastasio.

In regard to the full-year outlook for NuStar Energy L.P.’s business segments Anastasio commented, “We expect EBITDA in both our storage and transportation segments to be higher than last year. Storage segment EBITDA is expected to be $25 to $35 million higher than 2011 while EBITDA in our transportation segment should be $10 to $20 million higher than last year.”

Anastasio then stated, “Lower earnings in our asphalt operations as well as our fuels marketing operations should cause EBITDA in our asphalt and fuels marketing segment to be significantly lower than last year.”

A conference call with management is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT) today, July 27, 2012, to discuss the financial and operational results for the second quarter of 2012. Investors interested in listening to the presentation may call 800/622-7620, passcode 95963671. International callers may access the presentation by dialing 706/645-0327, passcode 95963671. The company intends to have a playback available following the presentation, which may be accessed by calling 800/585-8367, passcode 95963671. International callers may access the playback by calling 404/537-3406, reservation passcode 95963671. A live broadcast of the conference call will also be available on the company’s Web site at www.nustarenergy.com.

NuStar Energy L.P. is a publicly traded, limited partnership based in San Antonio, with 8,433 miles of pipeline; 84 terminal and storage facilities that store and distribute crude oil, refined products and specialty liquids; and two asphalt refineries and a fuels refinery with a combined throughput capacity of 118,500 barrels per day. The partnership’s combined system has approximately 96 million barrels of storage capacity. One of the largest asphalt refiners and marketers in the U.S. and the second largest independent liquids terminal operator in the nation, NuStar has operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, including St. Eustatius in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and Turkey. For more information, visit NuStar Energy L.P.'s Web site at www.nustarenergy.com.

This release serves as qualified notice to nominees under Treasury Regulation Sections 1.1446-4(b)(4) and (d). Please note that 100% of NuStar’s distributions to foreign investors are attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, all of NuStar’s distributions to foreign investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest effective tax rate for individuals and corporations, as applicable. Nominees, and not NuStar, are treated as the withholding agents responsible for withholding on the distributions received by them on behalf of foreign investors.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements regarding future events. All forward-looking statements are based on the partnership and company's beliefs as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to the partnership and company. These statements reflect the partnership and company's current views with respect to future events and are subject to various risks, uncertainties and assumptions. These risks, uncertainties and assumptions are discussed in NuStar Energy L.P. and NuStar GP Holdings, LLC’s 2011 annual reports on Form 10-K and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 
NuStar Energy L.P. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Financial Information
(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Unit Data and Per Unit Data)
       
 
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2012   2011   2012   2011  
 
Statement of Income Data:
Revenues:
Services revenues $ 208,582 $ 199,615 $ 414,727 $ 398,008
Product sales   1,693,323     1,389,569     3,222,870     2,425,792  
Total revenues 1,901,905 1,589,184 3,637,597 2,823,800
 
Costs and expenses:
Cost of product sales 1,661,189 1,269,448 3,151,026 2,261,815
Operating expenses 135,263 134,626 260,929 254,865
General and administrative expenses 23,135 26,119 50,322 52,102
Depreciation and amortization expense 45,576 41,640 90,257 81,936
Asset impairment loss 249,646 - 249,646 -
Goodwill impairment loss 22,132 - 22,132 -
Gain on legal settlement   (28,738 )   -     (28,738 )   -  
Total costs and expenses   2,108,203     1,471,833     3,795,574     2,650,718  
Operating (loss) income (206,298 ) 117,351 (157,977 ) 173,082
Equity in earnings of joint venture 2,381 2,010 4,767 4,398
Interest expense, net (23,820 ) (20,622 ) (46,170 ) (41,079 )
Other expense, net   (2,812 )   (967 )   (1,444 )   (6,466 )
(Loss) income before income tax expense (230,549 ) 97,772 (200,824 ) 129,935
Income tax expense   16,261     5,167     19,732     8,814  
Net (loss) income $ (246,810 ) $ 92,605   $ (220,556 ) $ 121,121  
 
Net (loss) income applicable to limited partners $ (251,618 ) $ 81,784   $ (235,610 ) $ 101,149  
 
Net (loss) income per unit applicable to limited partners $ (3.56 ) $ 1.27   $ (3.33 ) $ 1.57  
 
Weighted average limited partner units outstanding 70,756,078 64,610,549 70,756,078 64,610,549
 
EBITDA (Note 1) $ (161,153 ) $ 160,034 $ (64,397 ) $ 252,950
 
Distributable cash flow (Note 1) $ 28,520 $ 130,175 $ 82,800 $ 185,554
 
 
 
June 30, June 30, December 31,
2012 2011 2011
Balance Sheet Data:
Debt, including current portion (a) $ 2,624,868 $ 2,442,244 $ 2,293,030
Partners' equity (b) 2,421,117 2,658,966 2,864,335
Debt-to-capitalization ratio (a) / ((a)+(b)) 52.0 % 47.9 % 44.5 %
 
 
NuStar Energy L.P. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Financial Information - Continued
(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Barrel Data)
         
 
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2012   2011   2012   2011  
 
Segment Data:
Storage:
Throughput (barrels/day) 747,774 693,781 743,425 657,384
Throughput revenues $ 22,193 $ 19,597 $ 44,457 $ 36,645
Storage lease revenues   130,600     119,947     253,765     239,674  
Total revenues 152,793 139,544 298,222 276,319
Operating expenses 73,413 74,895 139,395 141,844
Depreciation and amortization expense 23,127 21,801 46,427 42,931
Asset impairment loss   2,126     -     2,126     -  
Segment operating income $ 54,127   $ 42,848   $ 110,274   $ 91,544  
 
Transportation:
Refined products pipelines throughput (barrels/day) 459,163 501,948 475,367 502,277
Crude oil pipelines throughput (barrels/day)   275,019     282,006     289,354     296,356  
Total throughput (barrels/day) 734,182 783,954 764,721 798,633
Revenues $ 75,618 $ 71,562 $ 153,379 $ 144,572
Operating expenses 30,476 28,679 58,296 54,585
Depreciation and amortization expense   13,272     12,720     26,262     25,427  
Segment operating income $ 31,870   $ 30,163   $ 68,821   $ 64,560  
 
Asphalt and fuels marketing:
Product sales $ 1,693,501 $ 1,390,318 $ 3,223,177 $ 2,430,386
Cost of product sales   1,668,677     1,274,966     3,164,600     2,276,039  
Gross margin 24,824 115,352 58,577 154,347
Operating expenses 43,868 37,664 86,819 71,644
Depreciation and amortization expense 7,138 5,535 13,715 10,432
Asset and goodwill impairment loss   266,357     -     266,357     -  
Segment operating (loss) income $ (292,539 ) $ 72,153   $ (308,314 ) $ 72,271  
 
Consolidation and intersegment eliminations:
Revenues $ (20,007 ) $ (12,240 ) $ (37,181 ) $ (27,477 )
Cost of product sales (7,488 ) (5,518 ) (13,574 ) (14,224 )
Operating expenses   (12,494 )   (6,612 )   (23,581 )   (13,208 )
Total $ (25 ) $ (110 ) $ (26 ) $ (45 )
 
Consolidated Information:
Revenues $ 1,901,905 $ 1,589,184 $ 3,637,597 $ 2,823,800
Cost of product sales 1,661,189 1,269,448 3,151,026 2,261,815
Operating expenses 135,263 134,626 260,929 254,865
Depreciation and amortization expense 43,537 40,056 86,404 78,790
Asset and goodwill impairment loss   268,483     -     268,483     -  
Segment operating (loss) income (206,567 ) 145,054 (129,245 ) 228,330
General and administrative expenses

(23,135

)

(26,119

)

(50,322

)

(52,102

)

Other depreciation and amortization expense

(2,039

)

(1,584

)

(3,853

)

(3,146

)

Other asset impairment loss

(3,295

)

-

(3,295

)

-
Gain on legal settlement  

28,738

 

  -    

28,738

 

  -  
Consolidated operating (loss) income $ (206,298 ) $ 117,351   $ (157,977 ) $ 173,082  
 
 
NuStar Energy L.P. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Financial Information - Continued
(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Unit Data)
Notes:
1.   NuStar Energy L.P. utilizes two financial measures, EBITDA and distributable cash flow, which are not defined in United States generally accepted accounting principles. Management uses these financial measures because they are widely accepted financial indicators used by investors to compare partnership performance. In addition, management believes that these measures provide investors an enhanced perspective of the operating performance of the partnership's assets and the cash that the business is generating. Neither EBITDA nor distributable cash flow are intended to represent cash flows for the period, nor are they presented as an alternative to net income. They should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for a measure of performance prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles.
 

The following is a reconciliation of net income to EBITDA and distributable cash flow:

               
 
Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

June 30, June 30,
2012     2011   2012       2011  
 
Net income $ (246,810 ) $ 92,605 $ (220,556 ) $ 121,121
Plus interest expense, net 23,820 20,622 46,170 41,079
Plus income tax expense 16,261 5,167 19,732 8,814
Plus depreciation and amortization expense   45,576     41,640     90,257     81,936  
EBITDA (161,153 ) 160,034 (64,397 ) 252,950
Less equity in earnings of joint ventures (2,381 ) (2,010 ) (4,767 ) (4,398 )
Less interest expense, net (23,820 ) (20,622 ) (46,170 ) (41,079 )
Less reliability capital expenditures (8,105 ) (18,145 ) (15,004 ) (26,153 )
Less income tax expense (16,261 ) (5,167 ) (19,732 ) (8,814 )
Plus distributions from joint venture 3,266 3,806 3,266 6,729
Plus other non-cash items (a) 253,098 5,093 253,098 5,093
Mark-to-market impact on hedge transactions (b)   (16,124 )   7,186     (23,494 )   1,226  
Distributable cash flow $ 28,520 $ 130,175 $ 82,800 $ 185,554
 
EBITDA $ (161,153 ) $ 160,034 $ (64,397 ) $ 252,950
EBITDA attributable to noncontrolling interest   7     164     (13 )   286  
EBITDA attributable to NuStar Energy L.P. $ (161,160 ) $ 159,870 $ (64,384 ) $ 252,664
 
Distributable cash flow $ 28,520 $ 130,175 $ 82,800 $ 185,554
Distributable cash flow attributable to noncontrolling interest   12     190     14     301  
Distributable cash flow attributable to NuStar Energy L.P. $ 28,508 $ 129,985 $ 82,786 $ 185,253
 
General partner's interest in distributable cash flow   11,598     10,590     23,196     20,750  
Limited partners' interest in distributable cash flow $ 16,910   $ 119,395   $ 59,590   $ 164,503  
 
Distributable cash flow per limited partner unit $ 0.24 $ 1.85 $ 0.84 $ 2.55
 
    (a)   Other non-cash items for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 primarily consist of long-lived asset impairment charges related to our asphalt operations, including fixed assets, goodwill and intangible assets. These impairment charges were partially offset by a gain resulting from a legal settlement.
 
(b) Distributable cash flow excludes the impact of unrealized mark-to-market gains and losses that arise from valuing certain derivative contracts, as well as the associated hedged inventory. The gain or loss associated with these contracts is realized in distributable cash flow when the contracts are settled.

Source: NuStar Energy L.P.

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