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|NuStar Energy Reports Increased EBITDA in First Quarter of 2012|
Internal Growth Projects Expected to Lead to Improved Results in 2012
SAN ANTONIO, Apr 25, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) --NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE: NS) today announced first quarter earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $96.8 million compared to first quarter 2011 EBITDA of $92.9 million. First quarter distributable cash flow available to limited partners was $42.7 million, or $0.60 per unit, compared to 2011 first quarter distributable cash flow of $45.1 million, or $0.70 per unit.
NuStar Energy L.P. reported first quarter net income applicable to limited partners of $16.0 million, or $0.23 per unit, compared to $19.4 million, or $0.30 per unit, earned in the first quarter of 2011.
The partnership also announced that its board of directors has declared a first quarter 2012 distribution of $1.095 per unit. The first quarter 2012 distribution will be paid on May 11, 2012, to holders of record as of May 8, 2012 and is higher than the $1.075 per unit distribution paid in the first quarter of 2011. Distributable cash flow available to limited partners covers the distribution to the limited partners by 0.55 times for the first quarter of 2012.
"Our storage and transportation segments continue to benefit from several internal growth projects completed in 2011," said Curt Anastasio, Chief Executive Officer and President of NuStar Energy L.P. and NuStar GP Holdings, LLC. "As a result, EBITDA in both our storage and transportation segments were higher than last year's first quarter. Our storage segment benefited primarily from the 3rd quarter 2011 completion of a storage expansion project at our St. James, Louisiana terminal facility. Increased throughputs and new revenue streams from two Eagle Ford shale 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, improved results in our crude oil trading operation were more than offset by continued weak asphalt demand and high crude oil costs in our asphalt and San Antonio refinery operations. This caused our EBITDA results for the segment to be lower than the first quarter of 2011."
Full-Year 2012 Outlook
Commenting on the full-year outlook for NuStar Energy L.P., Anastasio said, "We expect 2012 distributable cash flow and EBITDA results to be higher than 2011. NuStar's results for the remainder of this year should benefit from several additional internal growth projects completed in 2012."
In regard to business segment results Anastasio commented, "We expect EBITDA in all three of our segments to be higher than last year. Storage segment EBITDA is expected to be $30 to $40 million higher than 2011. This segment should benefit from last year's storage terminal expansion project plus the April 2012 completion of a unit train offloading facility project, both at our St. James, Louisiana storage facility. EBITDA in our transportation segment should be $15 to $25 million higher than 2011 due to the completion of two pipeline projects in the Eagle Ford shale last year and the projected completion of additional Eagle Ford Shale projects in the third and fourth quarters of 2012."
Anastasio then stated, "Improved earnings in our asphalt, crude oil trading and heavy fuels operations should cause EBITDA in our asphalt and fuels marketing segment to be higher than last year as well."
In regard to internal growth spending Anastasio added, "Our list of internal growth projects continues to expand as we identify additional profitable capital projects. Currently we expect to spend $400-$450 million on internal growth projects during 2012 that should contribute to our EBITDA growth over the next several years."
A conference call with management is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT) today, April 25, 2012, to discuss the financial and operational results for the first quarter of 2012. Investors interested in listening to the presentation may call 800/622-7620, passcode 67573485. International callers may access the presentation by dialing 706/645-0327, passcode 67573485. The company intends to have a playback available following the presentation, which may be accessed by calling 800/585-8367, passcode 67573485. International callers may access the playback by calling 404/537-3406, reservation passcode 67573485. 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 8,420 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.
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