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NuStar Energy Reports Earnings Results for Third Quarter of 2012

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SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE: NS) today announced third quarter distributable cash flow available to limited partners of $54.6 million, or $0.75 per unit, compared to 2011 third quarter distributable cash flow of $80.3 million, or $1.24 per unit. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, distributable cash flow available to limited partners was $114.2 million, or $1.59 per unit, compared to $244.8 million, or $3.79 per unit for the nine months ended September 30, 2011.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was $69.5 million for the third quarter of 2012 compared to $138.8 million for the third quarter of 2011. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, EBITDA was $5.1 million, compared to $391.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011.

The company reported a third quarter net loss applicable to limited partners of $6.5 million, or $0.09 per unit, compared to net income applicable to limited partners of $59.8 million, or $0.92 per unit, earned in the third quarter of 2011. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, the company reported a net loss applicable to limited partners of $242.1 million, or $3.40 per unit, compared to net income applicable to limited partners of $160.9 million, or $2.49 per unit, for the nine months ended September 30, 2011.

The partnership also announced that its board of directors has declared a third quarter 2012 distribution of $1.095 per unit. The third quarter 2012 distribution will be paid on November 14, 2012, to holders of record as of November 9, 2012. Distributable cash flow available to limited partners covers the distribution to the limited partners by 0.68 times for the third quarter of 2012.

“Our storage and transportation segments continue to perform better than last year as we realize the benefits of completing several internal growth capital projects over the past year," said Curt Anastasio, Chief Executive Officer and President of NuStar Energy L.P. and NuStar GP Holdings, LLC. “However losses in our Asphalt and Fuels Marketing segment as a result of continued high crude oil prices and weak demand in our asphalt operations, hedging losses associated with the company's San Antonio refinery and reduced margins on the sales of products in the company's fuels marketing operations more than offset the improved performance in our storage and transportation segments causing NuStar's third quarter results to be lower than last year.”

Anastasio added, "The September 28, 2012 closing of the sale of a 50% interest in our asphalt operations will reduce our investment in the margin based side of our business while our investment in the fee based side of our business continues to grow as a result of our internal growth capital program.”

Third Quarter and Year to Date Adjustments

The third quarter 2012 results included $21.6 million, or $0.29 per unit, of non-cash losses related primarily to inventory resulting from the September 28, 2012 sale of a 50% voting interest in the company's asphalt operations to an affiliate of Lindsay Goldberg LLC. Excluding these items and other adjustments, third quarter 2012 adjusted net income applicable to limited partners would have been $14.1 million, or $0.19 per unit.

Results for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 included $287.9 million, or $3.95 per unit, of non-cash items for an asset impairment and inventory losses resulting from the asphalt joint venture transaction. Excluding these items and other adjustments, adjusted net income applicable to limited partners for the nine months ended would have been $34.1 million, or $0.47 per unit.

Internal Growth Project Update

“Early in October we completed the construction of a fifty-five mile twelve-inch pipeline that will transport Eagle Ford crude to the Corpus Christi area,” said Anastasio. “This is the fourth internal growth project we have completed in the Eagle Ford Shale in the past eighteen months giving NuStar the ability to transport approximately 300,000 barrels per day of Eagle Ford crude to the Corpus Christi market.”

Anastasio went on to say, “We also expect to complete a one million barrel tank expansion project at our St. Eustatius terminal facility later this quarter. This will expand the storage capacity of this facility to close to fourteen million barrels.”

Earnings Outlook for the Fourth Quarter of 2012

In regard to the fourth quarter 2012 outlook for NuStar Energy L.P.'s business segments Anastasio commented, “We expect EBITDA in both our transportation and asphalt and fuels marketing segments to be higher than last year. The transportation segment should continue to benefit from our Eagle Ford Shale internal growth projects while the asphalt and fuels marketing segment will benefit from the deconsolidation of the asphalt operations as a result of the asphalt joint venture transaction. EBITDA in our storage segment should be comparable to last year's fourth quarter."

A conference call with management is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT) today, October 25, 2012, to discuss the financial and operational results for the third quarter of 2012. Investors interested in listening to the presentation may call 800/622-7620, passcode 35510410. International callers may access the presentation by dialing 706/645-0327, passcode 35510410. The company intends to have a playback available following the presentation, which may be accessed by calling 800/585-8367, passcode 35510410. International callers may access the playback by calling 404/537-3406, reservation passcode 35510410. 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., 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 8,433 miles of pipeline; 82 terminal and storage facilities that store and distribute crude oil, refined products and specialty liquids; a fuels refinery with a throughput capacity of 14,500 barrels per day; and 50% ownership in two asphalt refineries with a combined throughput capacity of 104,000 barrels per day. The partnership's combined system has approximately 94 million barrels of storage capacity, and 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 Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2012 2011 2012 2011
 
Statement of Income Data:
Revenues:
Services revenues $ 221,821 $ 210,681 $ 636,548 $ 608,689
Product sales   1,522,945     1,613,669     4,745,815     4,039,461  

Total revenues

1,744,766 1,824,350 5,382,363 4,648,150
 
Costs and expenses:
Cost of product sales 1,486,985 1,535,609 4,638,011 3,797,424
Operating expenses 142,419 135,615 403,348 390,480
General and administrative expenses 24,954 17,731 75,276 69,833
Depreciation and amortization expense 39,686 42,418 129,943 124,354
Asset impairment loss - - 249,646 -
Goodwill impairment loss - - 22,132 -
Gain on legal settlement   -     -     (28,738 )   -  
Total costs and expenses   1,694,044     1,731,373     5,489,618     4,382,091  
Operating income (loss) 50,722 92,977 (107,255 ) 266,059
Equity in (loss) earnings of joint venture (951 ) 2,599 3,816 6,997
Interest expense, net (24,867 ) (21,565 ) (71,037 ) (62,644 )
Other (expense) income, net   (19,940 )   767     (21,384 )   (5,699 )
Income (loss) before income tax expense 4,964 74,778 (195,860 ) 204,713
Income tax expense   622     4,497     20,354     13,311  
Net income (loss) $ 4,342   $ 70,281   $ (216,214 ) $ 191,402  
 
Net (loss) income applicable to limited partners $ (6,503 ) $ 59,783   $ (242,113 ) $ 160,932  
 
Net (loss) income per unit applicable to limited partners $ (0.09 ) $ 0.92   $ (3.40 ) $ 2.49  
 
Weighted average limited partner units outstanding 72,383,578 64,612,423 71,302,538 64,611,181
 
EBITDA (Note 1) $ 69,517 $ 138,761 $ 5,120 $ 391,711
 
Distributable cash flow (Note 1) $ 67,378 $ 90,970 $ 150,178 $ 276,524
 
 
 
September 30, September 30, December 31,
2012 2011 2011
Balance Sheet Data:
Debt, including current portion (a) $ 2,036,406 $ 2,525,655 $ 2,293,030
Partners' equity (b) 2,672,099 2,525,049 2,864,335
Debt-to-capitalization ratio (a) / ((a)+(b)) 43.2 % 50.0 % 44.5 %
 
 
NuStar Energy L.P. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Financial Information - Continued
(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Barrel Data)
               
 
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2012 2011 2012 2011
 
Segment Data:
Storage:
Throughput (barrels/day) 780,560 721,618 755,893 679,031
Throughput revenues $ 23,222 $ 21,743 $ 67,679 $ 58,388
Storage lease revenues   125,708     120,146     379,473     359,820  
Total revenues 148,930 141,889 447,152 418,208
Operating expenses 75,210 71,386 214,605 213,230
Depreciation and amortization expense 23,298 21,725 69,725 64,656
Asset impairment loss   -     -     2,126     -  
Segment operating income $ 50,422   $ 48,778   $ 160,696   $ 140,322  
 
Transportation:
Refined products pipelines throughput (barrels/day) 521,255 523,279 490,775 509,354
Crude oil pipelines throughput (barrels/day)   368,846     319,103     333,859     304,554  
Total throughput (barrels/day) 890,101 842,382 824,634 813,908
Revenues $ 93,730 $ 81,899 $ 247,109 $ 226,471
Operating expenses 37,788 30,796 96,084 85,381
Depreciation and amortization expense   13,345     12,855     39,607     38,282  
Segment operating income $ 42,597   $ 38,248   $ 111,418   $ 102,808  
 
Asphalt and fuels marketing:
Product sales $ 1,523,044 $ 1,618,693 $ 4,746,221 $ 4,049,079
Cost of product sales   1,495,312     1,545,340     4,659,912     3,821,379  
Gross margin 27,732 73,353 86,309 227,700
Operating expenses 42,010 41,862 128,829 113,506
Depreciation and amortization expense 1,404 6,073 15,119 16,505
Asset and goodwill impairment loss   -     -     266,357     -  
Segment operating (loss) income $ (15,682 ) $ 25,418   $ (323,996 ) $ 97,689  
 
Consolidation and intersegment eliminations:
Revenues $ (20,938 ) $ (18,131 ) $ (58,119 ) $ (45,608 )
Cost of product sales (8,327 ) (9,731 ) (21,901 ) (23,955 )
Operating expenses   (12,589 )   (8,429 )   (36,170 )   (21,637 )
Total $ (22 ) $ 29   $ (48 ) $ (16 )
 
Consolidated Information:
Revenues $ 1,744,766 $ 1,824,350 $ 5,382,363 $ 4,648,150
Cost of product sales 1,486,985 1,535,609 4,638,011 3,797,424
Operating expenses 142,419 135,615 403,348 390,480
Depreciation and amortization expense 38,047 40,653 124,451 119,443
Asset and goodwill impairment loss   -     -     268,483     -  
Segment operating income (loss) 77,315 112,473 (51,930 ) 340,803
General and administrative expenses (24,954 ) (17,731 ) (75,276 ) (69,833 )
Other depreciation and amortization expense (1,639 ) (1,765 ) (5,492 ) (4,911 )
Other asset impairment loss - - (3,295 ) -
Gain on legal settlement   -     -     28,738     -  
Consolidated operating income (loss) $ 50,722   $ 92,977   $ (107,255 ) $ 266,059  
 
 
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       Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2012     2011 2012     2011
 
Net income $ 4,342 $ 70,281 $ (216,214 ) $ 191,402
Plus interest expense, net 24,867 21,565 71,037 62,644
Plus income tax expense 622 4,497 20,354 13,311
Plus depreciation and amortization expense   39,686     42,418     129,943     124,354  
EBITDA 69,517 138,761 5,120 391,711
Less equity in loss (earnings) of joint ventures 951 (2,599 ) (3,816 ) (6,997 )
Less interest expense, net (24,867 ) (21,565 ) (71,037 ) (62,644 )
Less reliability capital expenditures (8,780 ) (15,104 ) (23,784 ) (41,257 )
Less income tax expense (622 ) (4,497 ) (20,354 ) (13,311 )
Plus distributions from joint venture 3,098 2,668 6,364 9,397
Plus other non-cash items (a) 21,579 - 274,677 5,093
Mark-to-market impact on hedge transactions (b) 6,502 (9,944 ) (16,992 ) (8,718 )
Contingent loss adjustment   -     3,250     -     3,250  
Distributable cash flow $ 67,378 $ 90,970 $ 150,178 $ 276,524
 
EBITDA $ 69,517 $ 138,761 $ 5,120 $ 391,711
EBITDA attributable to noncontrolling interest   (66 )   100     (79 )   386  
EBITDA attributable to NuStar Energy L.P. $ 69,583 $ 138,661 $ 5,199 $ 391,325
 
Distributable cash flow $ 67,378 $ 90,970 $ 150,178 $ 276,524
Distributable cash flow attributable to noncontrolling interest   30     87     44     388  
Distributable cash flow attributable to NuStar Energy L.P. $ 67,348 $ 90,883 $ 150,134 $ 276,136
 
General partner's interest in distributable cash flow   12,766     10,608     35,962     31,358  
Limited partners' interest in distributable cash flow $ 54,582   $ 80,275   $ 114,172   $ 244,778  
 
Distributable cash flow per limited partner unit $ 0.75 $ 1.24 $ 1.59 $ 3.79
 
    (a)   Other non-cash items for the three months ended September 30, 2012 consist of a $21.6 million loss mainly associated with inventory related to the sale of 50% of our asphalt operations on September 28, 2012.
 
(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.

NuStar Energy, L.P., San Antonio
Investors, Chris Russell, Vice President
Investor Relations: 210-918-3507
or
Media, Mary Rose Brown, Senior Vice President,
Corporate Communications: 210-918-2314
Web site: http://www.nustarenergy.com

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