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NuStar Energy L.P. Increases Second Quarter 2011 Distribution 3% over Second Quarter 2010

<p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Exceeds Analyst Expectations and Reports Record Second Quarter and Year to Date EBITDA results</b></i> </p>

Friday, July 29, 2011

NuStar Energy L.P. Increases Second Quarter 2011 Distribution 3% over Second Quarter 201008:45 EDT Friday, July 29, 2011 SAN ANTONIO (Business Wire) -- NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE: NS) today announced that its board of directors has declared a second quarter 2011 distribution of $1.095 per unit to be paid on August 12, 2011, to holders of record as of August 9, 2011. This distribution is $0.03 per unit, or approximately 3%, higher than the second quarter 2010 distribution of $1.065 per unit and $0.02 per unit, or approximately 2%, higher than the first quarter 2011 distribution of $1.075 per unit. The company also reported second quarter net income applicable to limited partners of $81.8 million, or $1.27 per unit, compared to $89.1 million, or $1.43 per unit, earned in the second quarter of 2010. Without special items in the second quarters of both years, however, the second quarter 2011 results would have been $86.4 million, or $1.34 per unit, which far exceeds the second quarter 2010 adjusted net income applicable to limited partners of $70.7 million, or $1.13 per unit. Special Items The second quarter 2011 results included $4.0 million, or $0.06 per unit, net of tax, of expenses related to an asset impairment at one of NuStar's refined products terminals and the write-off of project costs associated with certain capital projects cancelled during the quarter. As noted above, excluding these and other items, second quarter 2011 adjusted net income applicable to limited partners would have been $86.4 million, or $1.34 per unit. The second quarter 2010 results included 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 included a tax benefit of $8.6 million, or $0.14 per unit, related to the recognition of future tax deductions that were previously expected to expire unused. As noted above, excluding the effect of these and other items, second quarter 2010 adjusted net income applicable to limited partners would have been $70.7 million, or $1.13 per unit. For the six months ended June 30, 2011, net income applicable to limited partners was $101.1 million, or $1.57 per unit, compared to $100.6 million, or $1.64 per unit, for the six months ended June 30, 2010. Record Earnings Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were a record $160 million for the second quarter of 2011 compared to $157.1 million for the second quarter of 2010. For the six months ended June 30, 2011, EBITDA was also a record at $253 million, higher than the $238.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2010. “Improved results primarily in our asphalt and fuels marketing segment contributed to our highest-ever second quarter EBITDA results,” said Curt Anastasio, Chief Executive Officer and President of NuStar Energy L.P. and NuStar GP Holdings, LLC. “Strong margins in our asphalt refining and marketing operations, earnings generated by our April 2011 San Antonio refinery acquisition and improved results in our fuels marketing operations all contributed to higher second quarter results in the segment.” Anastasio added, “Our second quarter storage segment EBITDA was up slightly benefitting primarily from the completion of some internal growth projects in late 2010. As expected, transportation segment results were lower than the second quarter of 2010 due primarily to lower pipeline throughputs.” Distributable cash flow available to the limited partners for the second quarter of $119.4 million, or $1.85 per unit, was higher than the 2010 second quarter distributable cash flow of $107.2 million, or $1.72 per unit. For the six months ended June 30, 2011, distributable cash flow available to limited partners was $164.5 million, or $2.55 per unit, compared to $130.0 million, or $2.10 per unit for the six months ended June 30, 2010. Distributable cash flow available to limited partners covers the distribution to the limited partners by 1.69 times for the second quarter of 2011 and 1.17 times for the six months ended June 30, 2011. Full-Year 2011 EBITDA and Distributable Cash Flow Projected to be Higher than 2010 Commenting on the full-year outlook for NuStar Energy L.P., Anastasio said, “We expect 2011 EBITDA and distributable cash flow results to be higher than 2010. We expect EBITDA in our storage segment to be $15 to $25 million higher than 2010, as this segment should continue to benefit from the completion of internal growth projects. EBITDA in our transportation segment should be $10 to $20 million lower due to reduced throughputs caused by the refinery turnaround activity of our customers and changing market conditions.” “With regard to the margin-based asphalt and fuels marketing segment earnings from our April 2011 San Antonio refinery acquisition and improved earnings in our crude oil trading operations should cause EBITDA in this segment to be higher than the $111 million of EBITDA earned in 2010.” A conference call with management is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT) today, July 29, 2011, to discuss the financial and operational results for the second quarter of 2011. Investors interested in listening to the presentation may call 800/622-7620, passcode 76735865. International callers may access the presentation by dialing 706/645-0327, passcode 76735865. The company intends to have a playback available following the presentation, which may be accessed by calling 800/642-1687, passcode 76735865. 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; 90 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 over 94 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 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 2010 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,   2011     2010     2011     2010     Statement of Income Data: Revenues: Services revenues $ 199,615 $ 195,087 $ 398,008 $ 384,382 Product sales   1,389,569     929,854     2,425,792     1,686,088   Total revenues 1,589,184 1,124,941 2,823,800 2,070,470   Costs and expenses: Cost of product sales 1,269,448 842,588 2,261,815 1,561,809 Operating expenses 134,626 119,943 254,865 241,280 General and administrative expenses 26,119 22,195 52,102 49,464 Depreciation and amortization expense   41,640     38,185     81,936     76,114   Total costs and expenses   1,471,833     1,022,911     2,650,718     1,928,667   Operating income 117,351 102,030 173,082 141,803 Equity earnings from joint venture 2,010 2,102 4,398 5,117 Interest expense, net (20,622 ) (18,890 ) (41,079 ) (37,476 ) Other (expense) income, net   (967 )   14,816     (6,466 )   15,117   Income before income tax expense 97,772 100,058 129,935 124,561 Income tax expense   5,167     636     8,814     5,436   Net income $ 92,605   $ 99,422   $ 121,121   $ 119,125     Net income applicable to limited partners $ 81,784   $ 89,064   $ 101,149   $ 100,575     Net income per unit applicable to limited partners $ 1.27   $ 1.43   $ 1.57   $ 1.64     Weighted average limited partner units outstanding 64,610,549 62,289,670 64,610,549 61,255,853   EBITDA (Note 1) $ 160,034 $ 157,133 $ 252,950 $ 238,151   Distributable cash flow (Note 1) $ 130,175 $ 117,121 $ 185,554 $ 149,170     June 30,June 30,December 31,201120102010Balance Sheet Data: Debt, including current portion (a) $ 2,442,244 $ 1,846,276 $ 2,137,080 Partners' equity (b) 2,658,966 2,694,908 2,702,700 Debt-to-capitalization ratio (a) / ((a)+(b)) 47.9 % 40.7 % 44.2 %     NuStar Energy L.P. and SubsidiariesConsolidated Financial Information - Continued(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Barrel Data)           Three Months EndedSix Months EndedJune 30,June 30,   2011     2010     2011     2010     Segment Data:Storage: Throughput (barrels/day) 693,781 684,982 657,384 663,339 Throughput revenues $ 19,597 $ 19,119 $ 36,645 $ 36,946 Storage lease revenues   119,947     109,690     239,674     218,495   Total revenues 139,544 128,809 276,319 255,441 Operating expenses 74,895 66,955 141,844 132,033 Depreciation and amortization expense   21,801     18,989     42,931     37,655   Segment operating income $ 42,848   $ 42,865   $ 91,544   $ 85,753     Transportation: Refined products pipelines throughput (barrels/day) 501,948 533,979 502,277 530,678 Crude oil pipelines throughput (barrels/day)   283,603     398,518     297,159     380,975   Total throughput (barrels/day) 785,551 932,497 799,436 911,653 Revenues $ 71,562 $ 76,958 $ 144,572 $ 152,220 Operating expenses 28,679 29,543 54,585 58,296 Depreciation and amortization expense   12,720     12,680     25,427     25,432   Segment operating income $ 30,163   $ 34,735   $ 64,560   $ 68,492     Asphalt and fuels marketing: Product sales $ 1,390,318 $ 929,990 $ 2,430,386 $ 1,688,920 Cost of product sales   1,274,966     847,065     2,276,039     1,573,799   Gross margin 115,352 82,925 154,347 115,121 Operating expenses 37,664 30,298 71,644 65,349 Depreciation and amortization expense   5,535     5,075     10,432     10,116   Segment operating income $ 72,153   $ 47,552   $ 72,271   $ 39,656     Consolidation and intersegment eliminations: Revenues $ (12,240 ) $ (10,816 ) $ (27,477 ) $ (26,111 ) Cost of product sales (5,518 ) (4,477 ) (14,224 ) (11,990 ) Operating expenses   (6,612 )   (6,853 )   (13,208 )   (14,398 ) Total $ (110 ) $ 514   $ (45 ) $ 277     Consolidated Information: Revenues $ 1,589,184 $ 1,124,941 $ 2,823,800 $ 2,070,470 Cost of product sales 1,269,448 842,588 2,261,815 1,561,809 Operating expenses 134,626 119,943 254,865 241,280 Depreciation and amortization expense   40,056     36,744     78,790     73,203   Segment operating income 145,054 125,666 228,330 194,178 General and administrative expenses 26,119 22,195 52,102 49,464 Other depreciation and amortization expense   1,584     1,441     3,146     2,911   Consolidated operating income $ 117,351   $ 102,030   $ 173,082   $ 141,803       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,   2011     2010     2011     2010     Net income $ 92,605 $ 99,422 $ 121,121 $ 119,125 Plus interest expense, net 20,622 18,890 41,079 37,476 Plus income tax expense 5,167 636 8,814 5,436 Plus depreciation and amortization expense   41,640     38,185     81,936     76,114   EBITDA 160,034 157,133 252,950 238,151 Less equity earnings from joint ventures (2,010 ) (2,102 ) (4,398 ) (5,117 ) Less interest expense, net (20,622 ) (18,890 ) (41,079 ) (37,476 ) Less reliability capital expenditures (18,145 ) (12,131 ) (26,153 ) (24,486 ) Less income tax expense (5,167 ) (636 ) (8,814 ) (5,436 ) Plus distributions from joint venture 3,806 2,650 6,729 5,050 Plus other non-cash items 5,093 - 5,093 - Mark-to-market impact on hedge transactions (a)   7,186     (8,903 )   1,226     (21,516 ) Distributable cash flow $ 130,175 $ 117,121 $ 185,554 $ 149,170   EBITDA $ 160,034 $ 157,133 $ 252,950 $ 238,151 EBITDA attributable to noncontrolling interest   164     -     286     -   EBITDA attributable to NuStar Energy L.P. $ 159,870 $ 157,133 $ 252,664 $ 238,151   Distributable cash flow $ 130,175 $ 117,121 $ 185,554 $ 149,170 Distributable cash flow attributable to noncontrolling interest   190     -     301     -   Distributable cash flow attributable to NuStar Energy L.P. $ 129,985 $ 117,121 $ 185,253 $ 149,170   General partner's interest in distributable cash flow   10,590     9,945     20,750     19,211   Limited partners' interest in distributable cash flow $ 119,395   $ 107,176   $ 164,503   $ 129,959     Distributable cash flow per limited partner unit $ 1.85 $ 1.72 $ 2.55 $ 2.10   (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. NuStar Energy, L.P., San AntonioInvestors, Chris Russell, Vice PresidentInvestor Relations: 210-918-3507orMedia, Mary Rose Brown, Senior Vice President,Corporate Communications: 210-918-2314Web site: http://www.nustarenergy.com