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NuStar Energy Reports Earnings Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012

<p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Quarterly Distribution Remains at $1.095 Per Unit</b></i> </p> <p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Transportation Segment Continues to Benefit from NuStar's Growth in the Eagle Ford Shale</b></i> </p> <p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Expect to Close on Second Phase of TexStar Acquisition in First Quarter 2013</b></i> </p>

Friday, February 01, 2013

NuStar Energy Reports Earnings Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 201209:05 EST Friday, February 01, 2013 SAN ANTONIO (Business Wire) -- NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE: NS) today announced its fourth quarter distributable cash flow from continuing operations available to limited partners was $57.1 million, or $0.73 per unit, compared to 2011 fourth quarter distributable cash flow of $59.5 million, or $0.90 per unit. For the year ended December 31, 2012, distributable cash flow from continuing operations available to limited partners was $202.6 million, or $2.77 per unit, down from the $305.3 million, or $4.70 per unit earned in 2011. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) from continuing operations were $77.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $91.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. For the year ended December 31, 2012, EBITDA from continuing operations was $99.1 million, lower than the $476.5 million in 2011. The company reported a fourth quarter net loss applicable to limited partners of $21.2 million, or $0.27 per unit, compared to net income applicable to limited partners of $19.8 million, or $0.30 per unit, earned in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the year ended December 31, 2012, the company reported a net loss applicable to limited partners of $263.3 million, or $3.61 per unit, compared to net income applicable to limited partners of $180.7 million, or $2.78 per unit, in 2011. The partnership also announced that its board of directors has declared a fourth quarter 2012 distribution of $1.095 per unit. This fourth quarter 2012 distribution will be paid on February 14, 2013, to holders of record as of February 11, 2013. Distributable cash flow available from continuing operations to limited partners covers the distribution to the limited partners by 0.67 times for the fourth quarter of 2012 and 0.63 times for the year ended December 31, 2012. “2012 was a critical transition year for our company as we made a lot of tough decisions that put NuStar on the right track for the future,” said Curt Anastasio, Chief Executive Officer and President of NuStar Energy L.P. and NuStar GP Holdings, LLC. “We implemented a strategic redirection away from the margin-based asphalt and fuels refining business in order to focus on growing our storage and transportation operations through internal growth projects and acquisitions. We are excited about expanding our presence in the lucrative Eagle Ford Shale through recently announced transactions and expansion projects in the region, all of which should have great rates of return. And we believe that there are many more great opportunities for growth in the U.S. shale plays that could be transformative for NuStar in the coming years.” Fourth Quarter and Year-to-Date Adjustments The fourth quarter 2012 results include $41.5 million, or $0.52 per unit, of expense items that were not reflected in initial fourth quarter earnings guidance. Approximately half of these expenses relate to hedge losses recorded following our decision to sell the San Antonio refinery. The remaining expense items relate primarily to costs related to cancelled capital projects, employee benefit expenses associated with the asphalt joint venture and lease buyout expenses for the company's previous corporate office location. Excluding these items and other adjustments, fourth quarter 2012 adjusted net income applicable to limited partners would have been $19.5 million, or $0.25 per unit. In addition to those fourth quarter expense items, results for the year ended December 31, 2012 included $281.9 million, or $3.82 per unit, of expense items primarily goodwill and long-lived asset impairments and a loss resulting from deconsolidating the asphalt joint venture. Excluding these items and other adjustments, such as the $18.7 million after tax gain on the second quarter Grace legal settlement, adjusted net income applicable to limited partners for the year ended December 31, 2012 would have been $53.6 million, or $0.73 per unit. 2012 Segment Results “Our transportation segment continues to perform better than last year as we benefit from higher throughputs related to internal growth capital projects completed in the Eagle Ford Shale over the past several months,” said Anastasio. “In addition, in December 2012, the segment began to benefit from incremental crude oil pipeline throughputs from the crude oil pipeline, gathering and storage assets in the Eagle Ford Shale region that we acquired from TexStar Midstream Services LP.” In regard to the 2012 performance of the company's storage segment Anastasio said, “While full-year results were higher than 2011's results, the increased earnings associated with internal growth projects completed in 2011 and 2012, primarily at the St. James, Louisiana terminal, were partially offset by weaker than expected fourth quarter 2012 results in the segment. Cancelled capital project costs, fewer vessel calls and higher maintenance costs at some of our terminal facilities caused fourth quarter results to be lower than expected.” Addressing the performance of the asphalt and fuels marketing segment, Anastasio went on to say, “Due to the third quarter 2012 sale of 50% of our asphalt operations and the January 1, 2013 sale of our San Antonio refinery, now reported as discontinued operations, the only operating results included in this segment in the fourth quarter of 2012 relate to our fuels marketing operations. The fuels marketing operations generated a profit during the fourth quarter and are expected to continue to generate a profit in the future.” TexStar Acquisition Update “Integration of the crude oil assets acquired from TexStar in December has gone well,” said Anastasio. “We plan to close on the acquisition of TexStar's natural gas liquid (NGL) assets in the first quarter of 2013. The purchase price on these NGL assets is expected to be $100 million, and we plan to spend an additional $330 million of growth capital to fully integrate and complete construction of some of the assets that we acquired.” 2013 Outlook Commenting on the earnings outlook for 2013, Anastasio said, “We expect the EBITDA results for all three of our segments to improve compared to last year. Our transportation segment should benefit from two Eagle Ford internal growth pipeline projects completed in 2012 and the crude oil assets acquired from TexStar. The storage segment is projected to continue to benefit from the April 2012 completion of a rail car offloading project at our St. James, Louisiana terminal and begin to benefit from the first quarter 2013 completion of a one million barrel expansion project at our St. Eustatius terminal as well as a seven hundred thousand barrel storage expansion at our St. James, Louisiana terminal.” Anastasio went on to say, “We expect our asphalt and fuels marketing segment's 2013 results to improve compared to 2012, primarily due to higher earnings in the bunkering and heavy fuel oil businesses.” With regard to capital spending projections Anastasio added, “NuStar expects to spend $600 to $625 million on internal growth projects during 2013, primarily on projects in the Eagle Ford Shale, while our reliability capital spending should be in the range of $35 to $45 million.” A conference call with management is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. CT) today, February 1, 2013, to discuss the financial and operational results for the fourth quarter of 2012. Investors interested in listening to the presentation may call 800/622-7620, passcode 84162009. International callers may access the presentation by dialing 706/645-0327, passcode 84162009. The company intends to have a playback available following the presentation, which may be accessed by calling 800/585-8367, passcode 84162009. International callers may access the playback by calling 404/537-3406, passcode 84162009. 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 8,573 miles of pipeline; 87 terminal and storage facilities that store and distribute crude oil, refined products and specialty liquids; 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 96 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 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 2011 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 EndedYear EndedDecember 31,December 31,   2012     2011     2012     2011     Statement of Income Data (Note 1): Revenues: Services revenues $ 233,653 $ 220,980 $ 880,097 $ 834,809 Product sales   751,114     1,603,425     5,075,579     5,437,006   Total revenues 984,767 1,824,405 5,955,676 6,271,815   Costs and expenses: Cost of product sales 718,208 1,567,793 4,930,174 5,175,710 Operating expenses 141,116 138,035 542,764 524,654 General and administrative expenses 29,502 33,538 104,756 103,050 Depreciation and amortization expense 39,483 43,210 165,021 166,589 Asset impairment loss - - 249,646 - Goodwill impairment loss - - 22,132 - Gain on legal settlement   -     -     (28,738 )   -   Total costs and expenses   928,309     1,782,576     5,985,755     5,970,003   Operating income (loss) 56,458 41,829 (30,079 ) 301,812 Equity in (loss) earnings of joint ventures (13,194 ) 4,461 (9,378 ) 11,458 Interest expense, net (21,552 ) (20,339 ) (89,670 ) (81,727 ) Other (expense) income, net   (5,119 )   2,401     (26,511 )   (3,343 ) Income (loss) from continuing operations before income tax expense 16,593 28,352 (155,638 ) 228,200 Income tax expense   2,176     3,568     22,494     16,713   Income (loss) from continuing operations 14,417 24,784 (178,132 ) 211,487 (Loss) income from discontinued operations, net of income tax   (25,440 )   5,415     (49,105 )   10,114   Net (loss) income $ (11,023 ) $ 30,199   $ (227,237 ) $ 221,601     Net (loss) income applicable to limited partners $ (21,212 ) $ 19,782   $ (263,325 ) $ 180,714     Net income (loss) per unit applicable to limited partners: Continuing operations $ 0.05 $ 0.22 $ (2.95 ) $ 2.63 Discontinued operations   (0.32 )   0.08     (0.66 )   0.15   Total $ (0.27 ) $ 0.30   $ (3.61 ) $ 2.78     Weighted average limited partner units outstanding 77,886,078 66,226,386 72,957,417 65,018,301   EBITDA from continuing operations (Note 2) $ 77,628 $ 91,901 $ 99,053 $ 476,516   Distributable cash flow from continuing operations (Note 2) $ 69,500 $ 71,140 $ 251,029 $ 348,649     December 31,   2012     2011   Balance Sheet Data: Debt, including current portion (a) $ 2,411,004 $ 2,293,030 Partners' equity (b) 2,584,995 2,864,335 Debt-to-capitalization ratio (a) / ((a)+(b)) 48.3 % 44.5 %     NuStar Energy L.P. and SubsidiariesConsolidated Financial Information - Continued(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Barrel Data)                 Three Months EndedYear EndedDecember 31,December 31,   2012     2011     2012     2011     Segment Data:Storage: Throughput (barrels/day) 794,335 735,521 765,556 693,269 Throughput revenues $ 27,933 $ 21,858 $ 95,612 $ 80,246 Storage lease revenues   120,557     126,705     500,030     486,525   Total revenues 148,490 148,563 595,642 566,771 Operating expenses 90,895 72,409 305,500 285,639 Depreciation and amortization expense 23,724 23,081 93,449 87,737 Asset impairment loss   -     -     2,126     -   Segment operating income $ 33,871   $ 53,073   $ 194,567   $ 193,395     Transportation: Refined products pipelines throughput (barrels/day) 520,796 528,818 498,321 514,261 Crude oil pipelines throughput (barrels/day)   402,813     355,627     345,648     317,427   Total throughput (barrels/day) 923,609 884,445 843,969 831,688 Revenues $ 95,517 $ 85,043 $ 340,455 $ 311,514 Operating expenses 33,775 29,111 128,987 113,946 Depreciation and amortization expense   13,792     12,886     52,878     51,165   Segment operating income $ 47,950   $ 43,046   $ 158,590   $ 146,403     Asphalt and fuels marketing: Product sales and other revenue $ 752,022 $ 1,607,320 $ 5,086,383 $ 5,455,659 Cost of product sales   725,549     1,573,702     4,957,100     5,205,574   Gross margin 26,473 33,618 129,283 250,085 Operating expenses 20,457 47,091 148,458 157,282 Depreciation and amortization expense 18 5,416 11,253 20,949 Asset and goodwill impairment loss   -     -     266,357     -   Segment operating income (loss) $ 5,998   $ (18,889 ) $ (296,785 ) $ 71,854     Consolidation and intersegment eliminations: Revenues $ (11,262 ) $ (16,521 ) $ (66,804 ) $ (62,129 ) Cost of product sales (7,341 ) (5,909 ) (26,926 ) (29,864 ) Operating expenses   (4,011 )   (10,576 )   (40,181 )   (32,213 ) Total $ 90   $ (36 ) $ 303   $ (52 )   Consolidated Information: Revenues $ 984,767 $ 1,824,405 $ 5,955,676 $ 6,271,815 Cost of product sales 718,208 1,567,793 4,930,174 5,175,710 Operating expenses 141,116 138,035 542,764 524,654 Depreciation and amortization expense 37,534 41,383 157,580 159,851 Asset and goodwill impairment loss   -     -     268,483     -   Segment operating income 87,909 77,194 56,675 411,600 General and administrative expenses (29,502 ) (33,538 ) (104,756 ) (103,050 ) Other depreciation and amortization expense (1,949 ) (1,827 ) (7,441 ) (6,738 ) Other asset impairment loss - - (3,295 ) - Gain on legal settlement   -     -     28,738     -   Consolidated operating income (loss) $ 56,458   $ 41,829   $ (30,079 ) $ 301,812       NuStar Energy L.P. and SubsidiariesConsolidated Financial Information - Continued(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Unit Data)     Notes: 1. The results of operations for the San Antonio Refinery and related assets have been reported as discontinued operations for all periods presented.   2. NuStar Energy L.P. utilizes two financial measures, EBITDA from continuing operations and distributable cash flow from continuing operations, 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 from continuing operations nor distributable cash flow from continuing operations are intended to represent cash flows for the period, nor are they presented as an alternative to net income from continuing operations. 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 income (loss) from continuing operations to EBITDA from continuing operations and distributable cash flow from continuing operations:                 Three Months EndedYear EndedDecember 31,December 31,   2012     2011     2012     2011     Income (loss) from continuing operations $ 14,417 $ 24,784 $ (178,132 ) $ 211,487 Plus interest expense, net 21,552 20,339 89,670 81,727 Plus income tax expense 2,176 3,568 22,494 16,713 Plus depreciation and amortization expense   39,483     43,210     165,021     166,589   EBITDA from continuing operations 77,628 91,901 99,053 476,516   Less equity in loss (earnings) of joint ventures 13,194 (4,461 ) 9,378 (11,458 ) Less interest expense, net (21,552 ) (20,339 ) (89,670 ) (81,727 ) Less reliability capital expenditures (15,180 ) (6,147 ) (33,572 ) (44,339 ) Less income tax expense (2,176 ) (3,568 ) (22,494 ) (16,713 ) Plus distributions from joint venture - 4,977 6,364 14,374 Plus other non-cash items (a) 13,304 - 287,981 5,093 Mark-to-market impact on hedge transactions (b) 4,282 8,777 (6,011 ) 3,653 Contingent loss adjustment   -     -     -     3,250   Distributable cash flow from continuing operations 69,500 71,140 251,029 348,649   Distributable cash flow from continuing operations attributable to noncontrolling interest (344 ) 53 (300 ) 441 Distributable cash flow from continuing operations available to general partner   12,766     11,598     48,728     42,956   Distributable cash flow from continuing operations available to limited partners $ 57,078   $ 59,489   $ 202,601   $ 305,252     Distributable cash flow from continuing operations per limited partner unit $ 0.73 $ 0.90 $ 2.77 $ 4.70 (a)   Other non-cash items for the year ended December 31, 2012 consist of (i) $271.8 million of long-lived asset impairment charges mainly related to our asphalt operations, including fixed assets, goodwill and intangible assets, (ii) a $21.6 million loss associated with the sale of 50% of our asphalt operations on September 28, 2012, (iii) $13.3 million in costs written off due to cancelled capital projects and leasehold improvements associated with the termination of the lease of our previous corporate headquarters building and (iv) an $18.7 million gain, net of tax, resulting from a legal settlement.   (b) Distributable cash flow 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 distributable cash flow from continuing operations when the contracts are settled. NuStar Energy, L.P., San AntonioInvestors, Chris Russell, Vice PresidentInvestor Relations: 210-918-3507orMedia, Mary Rose Brown, Executive Vice President,Corporate Communications: 210-918-2314Web site: http://www.nustarenergy.com