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

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

Quarterly Distribution Remains at $1.095 Per Unit

Transportation Segment Continues to Benefit from NuStar's Growth in the Eagle Ford Shale


Expect to Close on Second Phase of TexStar Acquisition in First Quarter 2013

SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- NuStar Energy L.P. (NYS: 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 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 EndedYear Ended
December 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 revenues984,7671,824,4055,955,6766,271,815
 
Costs and expenses:
Cost of product sales718,2081,567,7934,930,1745,175,710
Operating expenses141,116138,035542,764524,654
General and administrative expenses29,50233,538104,756103,050
Depreciation and amortization expense39,48343,210165,021166,589
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)56,45841,829(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 expense16,59328,352(155,638)228,200
Income tax expense 2,176  3,568  22,494  16,713 
Income (loss) from continuing operations14,41724,784(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 outstanding77,886,07866,226,38672,957,41765,018,301
 
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)2,584,9952,864,335
Debt-to-capitalization ratio (a) / ((a)+(b))48.3%44.5%
 
 
NuStar Energy L.P. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Financial Information - Continued
(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Barrel Data)
        
Three Months EndedYear Ended
December 31,December 31,
 2012  2011  2012  2011 
 
Segment Data:
Storage:
Throughput (barrels/day)794,335735,521765,556693,269
Throughput revenues$27,933$21,858$95,612$80,246
Storage lease revenues 120,557  126,705  500,030  486,525 
Total revenues148,490148,563595,642566,771
Operating expenses90,89572,409305,500285,639
Depreciation and amortization expense23,72423,08193,44987,737
Asset impairment loss -  -  2,126  - 
Segment operating income$33,871 $53,073 $194,567 $193,395 
 
Transportation:
Refined products pipelines throughput (barrels/day)520,796528,818498,321514,261
Crude oil pipelines throughput (barrels/day) 402,813  355,627  345,648  317,427 
Total throughput (barrels/day)923,609884,445843,969831,688
Revenues
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