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NuStar Energy L.P. Reports Highest First Quarter EBITDA in Partnership’s History

Highest First Quarter DCF and Distribution Coverage Since 2008

Covers Distribution for Fourth Consecutive Quarter

South Texas Crude Oil Pipeline Expansion Leads to Record Quarterly Eagle Ford Shale Throughput Volumes

Construction Completed on Mt. Belvieu 12” Pipeline Project

SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 22, 2015-- NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE: NS) today announced first quarter 2015 distributable cash flow (DCF) from continuing operations available to limited partners was $106.8 million, or $1.37 per unit, compared to 2014 first quarter DCF from continuing operations available to limited partners of $77.9 million, or $1.00 per unit. First quarter 2015 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) from continuing operations were $214.0 million compared to first quarter 2014 EBITDA from continuing operations of $126.7 million.

The partnership reported first quarter 2015 net income applicable to limited partners of $114.5 million, or $1.47 per unit, compared to $28.1 million, or $0.36 per unit, earned in the first quarter of 2014. Absent a gain related to our January 2, 2015 acquisition of the remaining 50% ownership in the Linden terminal, first quarter 2015 adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations would have been $157.7 million, while adjusted net income applicable to limited partners would have been $59.4 million, or $0.76 per unit.

The partnership also announced that its board of directors has declared a first quarter 2015 distribution of $1.095 per unit. The first quarter 2015 distribution will be paid on May 14, 2015 to holders of record as of May 8, 2015.

“The South Texas Crude Oil Pipeline expansion led to record, and higher than anticipated, Eagle Ford throughput volumes during the quarter,” said Brad Barron, President and Chief Executive Officer of NuStar Energy L.P. and NuStar GP Holdings, LLC. “During the first quarter, approximately 290,000 barrels per day of crude oil were moved through our South Texas Crude Oil Pipeline System.

“These record Eagle Ford crude oil throughput volumes and stronger than expected margins in our fuels marketing segment helped us attain a quarterly distribution coverage ratio of 1.25 times.”

Internal Growth Project Update

Barron went on to say, “We have completed construction on NuStar’s 12-inch pipeline between Mont Belvieu and Corpus Christi, Texas and expect to begin line fill next month. The pipeline is expected to generate an incremental $23 million in annual EBITDA upon reaching full NGL service, based on committed volumes.”

2015 Earnings Guidance

“Due to higher than expected first quarter throughputs for our South Texas Crude Oil Pipeline System, we now anticipate our pipeline segment EBITDA to be $35 to $55 million higher than 2014. Our storage segment EBITDA is still expected to be $10 to $30 million higher than 2014, while our fuels marketing segment is still projected to be in the range of $20 to $30 million,” said Barron.

Barron continued, “With regard to capital spending for 2015, our projected strategic capital spending remains at $400 to $420 million, while our 2015 reliability capital spending is now projected to be in the $45 to $55 million range.”

First Quarter 2015 Earnings Conference Call Details

A conference call with management is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. CT today, April 22, 2015, to discuss the financial and operational results for the first quarter of 2015. Investors interested in listening to the presentation may call 800/622-7620, passcode 18527528. International callers may access the presentation by dialing 706/645-0327, passcode 18527528. The partnership intends to have a playback available following the presentation, which may be accessed by calling 800/585-8367, passcode 18527528. International callers may access the playback by calling 404/537-3406, passcode 18527528. The playback will be available until 10:59 p.m. CT on May 22, 2015.

Investors interested in listening to the live presentation or a replay via the internet may access the presentation directly by clicking here or by logging on to NuStar Energy L.P.’s Web site at www.nustarenergy.com.

The presentation will disclose certain non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations of certain of these non-GAAP financial measures to U.S. GAAP may be found in this press release, with additional reconciliations located on the Financials page of the Investors section of NuStar Energy L.P.’s Web site at www.nustarenergy.com.

NuStar Energy L.P., a publicly traded master limited partnership based in San Antonio, is one of the largest independent liquids terminal and pipeline operators in the nation. NuStar currently has 8,708 miles of pipeline and 81 terminal and storage facilities that store and distribute crude oil, refined products and specialty liquids. The partnership’s combined system has approximately 93 million barrels of storage capacity, and NuStar has operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, including St. Eustatius in the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom. 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 Energy L.P.’s distributions to foreign investors are attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, all of NuStar Energy L.P.’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 Energy L.P., 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, such as the partnership’s future performance. All forward-looking statements are based on the partnership’s beliefs as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to the partnership. These statements reflect the partnership’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.’s and NuStar GP Holdings, LLC’s 2014 annual reports on Form 10-K and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.

   
NuStar Energy L.P. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Financial Information
(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Unit and Per Unit Data)
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
2015     2014
Statement of Income Data:
Revenues:
Service revenues $ 269,973 $ 229,338
Product sales   284,971     619,875  
Total revenues   554,944     849,213  
Costs and expenses:
Cost of product sales 262,506 594,959
Operating expenses 115,647 106,065
General and administrative expenses 25,053 20,856
Depreciation and amortization expense   52,457     46,230  
Total costs and expenses   455,663     768,110  
Operating income 99,281 81,103
Equity in loss of joint ventures (4,306 )
Interest expense, net (32,037 ) (34,417 )
Interest income from related party 1,055
Other income, net   62,268     3,678  
Income from continuing operations before income tax expense 129,512 47,113
Income tax expense   2,387     4,117  
Income from continuing operations 127,125 42,996
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax   774     (3,359 )
Net income $ 127,899   $ 39,637  
Net income applicable to limited partners $ 114,536   $ 28,144  
Net income (loss) per unit applicable to limited partners:
Continuing operations $ 1.46 $ 0.40
Discontinued operations   0.01     (0.04 )
Total $ 1.47   $ 0.36  
Weighted-average limited partner units outstanding   77,886,078     77,886,078  
 
EBITDA from continuing operations (Note 1) $ 214,006 $ 126,705
DCF from continuing operations (Note 1) $ 119,520 $ 90,712
 

March 31,
2015

December 31,
2014

Balance Sheet Data:
Total debt $ 3,033,413 $ 2,826,452
Partners’ equity $ 1,725,957 $ 1,716,210
Consolidated debt coverage ratio (Note 2)

4.1

x

4.0

x

 
   
NuStar Energy L.P. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Financial Information - Continued
(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Barrel Data)
 
Three Months Ended March 31,
2015     2014
Pipeline:
Refined products pipelines throughput (barrels/day) 506,381 472,971
Crude oil pipelines throughput (barrels/day)   506,272     359,418  
Total throughput (barrels/day) 1,012,653 832,389
Throughput revenues $ 124,425 $ 102,959
Operating expenses 35,308 31,617
Depreciation and amortization expense   20,477     18,352  
Segment operating income $ 68,640   $ 52,990  
Storage:
Throughput (barrels/day) 880,271 821,338
Throughput revenues $ 31,691 $ 27,470
Storage lease revenues   118,643     105,096  
Total revenues 150,334 132,566
Operating expenses 72,628 65,267
Depreciation and amortization expense   29,728     25,292  
Segment operating income $ 47,978   $ 42,007  
Fuels Marketing:
Product sales and other revenue $ 286,434 $ 620,971
Cost of product sales   266,218     599,475  
Gross margin 20,216 21,496
Operating expenses 10,291 11,931
Depreciation and amortization expense       7  
Segment operating income $ 9,925   $ 9,558  
Consolidation and Intersegment Eliminations:
Revenues $ (6,249 ) $ (7,283 )
Cost of product sales (3,712 ) (4,516 )
Operating expenses   (2,580 )   (2,750 )
Total $ 43   $ (17 )
Consolidated Information:
Revenues $ 554,944 $ 849,213
Cost of product sales 262,506 594,959
Operating expenses 115,647 106,065
Depreciation and amortization expense   50,205     43,651  
Segment operating income 126,586 104,538
General and administrative expenses 25,053 20,856
Other depreciation and amortization expense   2,252     2,579  
Consolidated operating income $ 99,281   $ 81,103  
 
 

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 financial measures, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) from continuing operations, distributable cash flow (DCF) from continuing operations, DCF from continuing operations per limited partner unit, adjusted net income, adjusted net income applicable to limited partners and adjusted net income per unit (Adjusted EPU), which are not defined in U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). 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 financial measures provide investors an enhanced perspective of the operating performance of the partnership’s assets and the cash that the business is generating. None of these financial measures are presented as an alternative to net income or income from continuing operations. They should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for a measure of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. For purposes of segment reporting, we do not allocate general and administrative expenses to our reported operating segments because those expenses relate primarily to the overall management at the entity level. Therefore, EBITDA reflected in the segment reconciliations exclude any allocation of general and administrative expenses consistent with our policy for determining segmental operating income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

The following is a reconciliation of income from continuing operations to EBITDA from continuing operations and DCF from continuing operations:

    Three Months Ended March 31,
2015     2014
Income from continuing operations $ 127,125 $ 42,996
Plus interest expense, net and interest income from related party 32,037 33,362
Plus income tax expense 2,387 4,117
Plus depreciation and amortization expense   52,457     46,230  
EBITDA from continuing operations 214,006 126,705
Equity in loss of joint ventures 4,306
Interest expense, net and interest income from related party (32,037 ) (33,362 )
Reliability capital expenditures (6,798 ) (4,759 )
Income tax expense (2,387 ) (4,117 )
Distributions from joint ventures 2,500 2,366
Other items (a) (54,645 ) (442 )
Mark-to-market impact of hedge transactions (b)   (1,119 )   15  
DCF from continuing operations $ 119,520 $ 90,712
 
Less DCF from continuing operations available to general partner   12,766     12,766  
DCF from continuing operations available to limited partners $ 106,754   $ 77,946  
 
DCF from continuing operations per limited partner unit $ 1.37 $ 1.00
 

(a) Other items for the three months ended March 31, 2015 mainly consist of a $56.3 million non-cash gain associated with the Linden terminal acquisition.

(b) DCF from continuing operations 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 DCF from continuing operations when the contracts are settled.

 

NuStar Energy L.P. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Financial Information - Continued

(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Unit Data)

 

Notes (continued):

The following is a reconciliation of net income and EPU to adjusted net income applicable to limited partners and Adjusted EPU:

    Three Months Ended
March 31, 2015
Net income / EPU $ 127,899     $ 1.47
Gain on Linden terminal acquisition   (56,277 )   (0.71 )
Adjusted net income 71,622
GP interest and incentive   (12,237 )  
Adjusted net income applicable to limited partners / Adjusted EPU $ 59,385   $ 0.76  
 

The following is a reconciliation of EBITDA from continuing operations to adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations:

   

Three Months Ended
March 31, 2015

EBITDA from continuing operations $ 214,006
Gain on Linden terminal acquisition   (56,277 )
Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations $ 157,729  
 

The following is a reconciliation of projected annual operating income to projected annual EBITDA for a certain project in the pipeline segment:

   

Mont Belvieu
12” Pipeline Project

Projected operating income $ 15,000
Plus projected depreciation and amortization expense   8,000
Projected EBITDA $ 23,000
 

The following is a reconciliation of projected incremental operating income to projected incremental EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2015:

    Pipeline Segment       Storage Segment
Projected incremental operating income $ 25,000 - 40,000 $ 3,000 - 15,000
Plus projected incremental depreciation and amortization expense   10,000 - 15,000   7,000 - 15,000
Projected incremental EBITDA $ 35,000 - 55,000 $ 10,000 - 30,000
 

The following is a reconciliation of projected operating income to projected EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2015:

    Fuels Marketing Segment
Projected operating income $ 20,000 - 30,000
Plus projected depreciation and amortization expense
Projected EBITDA $ 20,000 - 30,000
 

(2) The consolidated debt coverage ratio is calculated as consolidated debt to consolidated EBITDA, each as defined in our $1.5 billion five-year revolving credit agreement.

Source: NuStar Energy L.P.

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