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NuStar Energy L.P. Reports Record Second Quarter 2010 Earnings and Announces Quarterly Distribution

<p class=' bwtextaligncenter'> <i><b>Second Quarter 2010 Operating Income Higher in All Business Segments</b></i> </p>

Monday, August 02, 2010

NuStar Energy L.P. Reports Record Second Quarter 2010 Earnings and Announces Quarterly Distribution08:21 EDT Monday, August 02, 2010 SAN ANTONIO (Business Wire) -- NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE: NS) today announced record second quarter net income applicable to limited partners of $89.1 million, or $1.43 per unit, compared to $75.1 million, or $1.38 per unit, earned in the second quarter of 2009. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were $157.1 million for the second quarter of 2010, also a record for the second quarter, compared to $141.9 million for the second quarter of 2009. “We are very excited about achieving our highest-ever second quarter earnings and EBITDA results,” said Curt Anastasio, Chief Executive Officer and President of NuStar Energy L.P. and NuStar GP Holdings, LLC. “Second quarter operating income and EBITDA increased year over year in all three of our business segments. Our storage segment benefitted from higher renewal rates, the transportation segment saw an increase in throughputs, and the asphalt and fuels marketing segment benefitted from improved results in our fuels marketing operations.” With respect to the quarterly cash distribution for the second quarter of 2010, NuStar Energy L.P. also announced that its board of directors has declared a distribution of $1.065 per unit, which would equate to $4.26 per unit on an annual basis. The second quarter 2010 distribution will be paid on August 13, 2010, to holders of record as of August 6, 2010. Distributable cash flow available to limited partners for the second quarter of $107.2 million, or $1.72 per unit, was lower than the record 2009 second quarter distributable cash flow of $123.4 million, or $2.27 per unit. Distributable cash flow available to limited partners covers the distribution to the limited partners by 1.62 times for the second quarter of 2010. The second quarter 2010 results include an $8.8 million, or $0.14 per unit gain, net of tax, related to property insurance proceeds received due to damage caused by Hurricane Ike, which occurred at the Texas City, Texas terminal in the third quarter of 2008. The second quarter 2010 results also include a tax adjustment of $8.6 million, or $0.14 per unit gain, related to the recognition of future tax deductions that were previously expected to expire unused. Excluding the effect of the insurance proceeds, the tax adjustment and other items, second quarter 2010 adjusted net income applicable to limited partners would have been $70.7 million, or $1.13 per unit. Included in NuStar Energy L.P.'s earnings for the second quarter of 2009 was an $18.8 million, or $0.34 per unit, net gain resulting primarily from the sale of the Ardmore-Wynnewood pipeline in Oklahoma and the Trans-Texas pipeline. Excluding the effect of the sale of the pipelines and other items, second quarter 2009 adjusted earnings would have been $56.7 million, or $1.04 per unit. Acquisition & Internal Growth Opportunities “We are pleased to announce that we have signed an agreement to acquire a 75% controlling interest in a joint venture in Mersin, Turkey, an area that is experiencing strong petroleum demand growth. The joint venture will own two terminals with a storage capacity of 1.3 million barrels, a two-thirds interest in an off-shore ship platform, and land that can be used for the construction of additional terminal operations. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to NuStar Energy's distributable cash flow per unit, and is expected to close in October 2010," said Anastasio. “In addition, last week NuStar Energy L.P.'s board of directors approved a capital project to construct additional storage tanks and expand the Bakken crude oil unloading facility at our St. James, Louisiana terminal. This project will add 360,000 barrels of storage capacity, and increase our Bakken crude oil unloading capacity from the current rate of 5,000 to 10,000 barrels per day to 60,000 barrels per day.” Full-Year EBITDA Projected to be Slightly Higher than 2009 “For the third quarter of 2010, we are projecting adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $100 to $120 million. Forecasted soft asphalt demand and the July 1, 2010 reduction in interstate pipeline tariffs are putting pressure on third quarter EBITDA,” said Anastasio. “However, as we move into the fourth quarter of 2010, we expect to benefit from internal growth projects coming online in the storage segment and increased earnings from our fuels marketing operations. We are projecting that EBITDA results for the full year of 2010 will be slightly higher than 2009 results, which is noteworthy given the slow economic recovery.” Commenting on the full-year outlook for the storage segment, Anastasio said, “We expect incremental EBITDA in the range of $22 to $26 million from continued higher renewal rates in some of our markets. And, while we expect to realize most of the benefit from our $500 million internal growth program in 2011 and 2012, we do expect to see some earnings uplift from these projects this year, as well as additional profits attributable to the Mobile County, Alabama storage terminal acquisition that we completed in May 2010.” “With regard to our transportation segment, throughput volumes are projected to be approximately one to two percent higher in 2010 compared to 2009, excluding the impact of the pipeline asset sales completed in the second quarter of last year,” said Anastasio. “We believe we will still benefit from higher per-barrel throughput revenue in 2010, despite the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's 1.3 percent interstate pipeline tariff rate reduction that took effect July 1, 2010. However, we expect these increased revenues to be offset by increased operating expenses due to higher power, maintenance and other operating costs, causing full-year EBITDA in the transportation segment to be comparable to last year.” “Full-year EBITDA in the asphalt and fuels marketing segment is expected to be slightly higher than last year,” said Anastasio. “We anticipate higher profits in our fuels marketing business will compensate for the downward pressure that softer than anticipated asphalt demand is having on asphalt pricing and margins.” A conference call with management is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. CT) today, August 2, 2010, to discuss the financial and operational results for the second quarter of 2010. Investors interested in listening to the presentation may call 800/622-7620, passcode 84452313. International callers may access the presentation by dialing 706/645-0327, passcode 84452313. The company intends to have a playback available following the presentation, which may be accessed by calling 800/642-1687, passcode 84452313. 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 8,417 miles of pipeline; 89 terminal and storage facilities that store and distribute crude oil, refined products and specialty liquids; and two asphalt refineries with a combined throughput capacity of 104,000 barrels per day. The partnership's combined system has over 93 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, the Netherlands Antilles, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NuStar Energy L.P.'s Web site at www.nustarenergy.com. Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsThis 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 2009 annual reports on Form 10-K and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.   NuStar Energy L.P. and SubsidiariesConsolidated Financial Information(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Unit Data and Per Unit Data)           Three Months EndedSix Months EndedJune 30,June 30,   2010     2009     2010     2009     Statement of Income Data: Revenues: Services revenues $ 195,087 $ 176,042 $ 384,382 $ 358,694 Product sales   929,854     811,800     1,686,088     1,263,152   Total revenues 1,124,941 987,842 2,070,470 1,621,846   Costs and expenses: Cost of product sales 842,588 731,861 1,561,809 1,148,656 Operating expenses 119,943 110,505 241,280 213,827 General and administrative expenses 22,195 25,852 49,464 48,316 Depreciation and amortization expense   38,185     35,548     76,114     71,537   Total costs and expenses   1,022,911     903,766     1,928,667     1,482,336   Operating income 102,030 84,076 141,803 139,510 Equity earnings from joint venture 2,102 3,011 5,117 5,324 Interest expense, net (18,890 ) (20,265 ) (37,476 ) (40,735 ) Other income, net   14,816     19,240     15,117     27,844   Income before income tax expense 100,058 86,062 124,561 131,943 Income tax expense   636     2,327     5,436     8,853   Net income $ 99,422   $ 83,735   $ 119,125   $ 123,090     Net income applicable to limited partners $ 89,064   $ 75,130   $ 100,575   $ 106,768     Net income per unit applicable to limited partners $ 1.43   $ 1.38   $ 1.64   $ 1.96     Weighted average limited partner units outstanding 62,289,670 54,460,549 61,255,853 54,460,549   EBITDA (Note 1) $ 157,133 $ 141,875 $ 238,151 $ 244,215   Distributable cash flow (Note 1) $ 117,121 $ 131,688 $ 149,170 $ 209,372     June 30,June 30,December 31,   2010     2009     2009   Balance Sheet Data: Debt, including current portion (a) $ 1,846,276 $ 2,130,834 $ 1,849,763 Partners' equity (b) 2,694,908 2,209,464 2,484,968 Debt-to-capitalization ratio (a) / ((a)+(b)) 40.7 % 49.1 % 42.7 %     NuStar Energy L.P. and SubsidiariesConsolidated Financial Information - Continued(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Barrel Data)         Three Months EndedSix Months EndedJune 30,June 30,   2010     2009     2010     2009     Segment Data:Storage: Throughput (barrels/day) 684,982 695,558 663,339 646,025 Throughput revenues $ 19,119 $ 19,728 $ 36,946 $ 39,756 Storage lease revenues   109,690     97,585     218,495     195,359   Total revenues 128,809 117,313 255,441 235,115 Operating expenses 66,955 59,470 132,033 113,628 Depreciation and amortization expense   18,989     17,446     37,655     34,438   Segment operating income $ 42,865   $ 40,397   $ 85,753   $ 87,049     Transportation: Refined products pipelines throughput (barrels/day) 533,979 564,762 530,678 592,341 Crude oil pipelines throughput (barrels/day)   398,518     346,291     380,975     366,027   Total throughput (barrels/day) 932,497 911,053 911,653 958,368 Revenues $ 76,958 $ 68,744 $ 152,220 $ 143,136 Operating expenses 29,543 27,690 58,296 52,890 Depreciation and amortization expense   12,680     12,614     25,432     25,277   Segment operating income $ 34,735   $ 28,440   $ 68,492   $ 64,969     Asphalt and fuels marketing: Product sales $ 929,990 $ 811,800 $ 1,688,920 $ 1,263,152 Cost of product sales   847,065     736,009     1,573,799     1,156,802   Gross margin 82,925 75,791 115,121 106,350 Operating expenses 30,298 29,709 65,349 59,548 Depreciation and amortization expense   5,075     4,406     10,116     9,614   Segment operating income $ 47,552   $ 41,676   $ 39,656   $ 37,188     Consolidation and intersegment eliminations: Revenues $ (10,816 ) $ (10,015 ) $ (26,111 ) $ (19,557 ) Cost of product sales (4,477 ) (4,148 ) (11,990 ) (8,146 ) Operating expenses   (6,853 )   (6,364 )   (14,398 )   (12,239 ) Total $ 514   $ 497   $ 277   $ 828     Consolidated Information: Revenues $ 1,124,941 $ 987,842 $ 2,070,470 $ 1,621,846 Cost of product sales 842,588 731,861 1,561,809 1,148,656 Operating expenses 119,943 110,505 241,280 213,827 Depreciation and amortization expense   36,744     34,466     73,203     69,329   Segment operating income 125,666 111,010 194,178 190,034 General and administrative expenses 22,195 25,852 49,464 48,316 Other depreciation and amortization expense   1,441     1,082     2,911     2,208   Consolidated operating income $ 102,030   $ 84,076   $ 141,803   $ 139,510     NuStar Energy L.P. and SubsidiariesConsolidated 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 EndedSix Months EndedJune 30,June 30,   2010     2009     2010     2009     Net income $ 99,422 $ 83,735 $ 119,125 $ 123,090 Plus interest expense, net 18,890 20,265 37,476 40,735 Plus income tax expense 636 2,327 5,436 8,853 Plus depreciation and amortization expense   38,185     35,548     76,114     71,537   EBITDA 157,133 141,875 238,151 244,215 Less equity earnings from joint ventures (2,102 ) (3,011 ) (5,117 ) (5,324 ) Less interest expense, net (18,890 ) (20,265 ) (37,476 ) (40,735 ) Less reliability capital expenditures (12,131 ) (10,549 ) (24,486 ) (16,491 ) Less income tax expense (636 ) (2,327 ) (5,436 ) (8,853 ) Plus distributions from joint venture 2,650 2,500 5,050 4,000 Mark-to-market impact on hedge transactions (a)   (8,903 )   23,465     (21,516 )   32,560   Distributable cash flow 117,121 131,688 149,170 209,372   General partner's interest in distributable cash flow   (9,945 )   (8,247 )   (19,211 )   (16,494 ) Limited partners' interest in distributable cash flow $ 107,176   $ 123,441   $ 129,959   $ 192,878     Distributable cash flow per limited partner unit $ 1.72 $ 2.27 $ 2.10 $ 3.54   (a)   Distributable cash flow excludes the impact of unrealized mark-to-market gains and losses which arise from valuing certain derivative contracts that hedge a portion of our inventory but do not qualify for hedge accounting treatment. The gain or loss associated with these contracts is realized in distributable cash flow when the contracts are settled.