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|NuStar Energy L.P. Completes Acquisition of CITGO Asphalt Refining Company's Asphalt Operations and Assets|
|Partnership is One of the Largest Asphalt Refiners and Marketers in the U.S.
SAN ANTONIO, Mar 20, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE: NS) today announced that it has successfully completed its acquisition of CITGO Asphalt Refining Company's asphalt operations and assets for $450 million, plus inventory of approximately $360 million subject to post-closing adjustment. With the capacity to produce and market over 36 million barrels of asphalt and light products, the partnership is now No. 1 in terms of supplying the U.S. market and No. 3 in U.S. asphalt production. The acquisition is expected to earn the company a place on the Fortune 500 list for the first time.
The assets acquired by NuStar Energy L.P. include a 74,000 barrel-per-day (BPD) asphalt refinery in Paulsboro, New Jersey; a 30,000 BPD asphalt refinery in Savannah, Georgia, which is the only refinery and asphalt producer on the Southeast seaboard; and three asphalt terminals. Combined, these assets contribute an additional 4.8 million barrels of storage capacity giving NuStar over 86 million barrels of total storage capacity, which makes the partnership the second largest independent liquids terminal operator in the U.S. NuStar also gains access to 15 terminals with a total storage capacity of approximately 2.1 million barrels that are leased from various third parties.
In connection with the acquisition, NuStar Energy L.P. has entered into supply agreements with Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. ("PDVSA"), which includes a commitment by PDVSA to supply NuStar Energy L.P. an annual average of 75,000 BPD of crude oil over a minimum seven-year period and a right of first offer to purchase up to nearly 11,000 BPD of paving-grade asphalt and approximately 13,000 BPD of roofing-flux asphalt each year for marketing and sale.
"We're excited to have completed this acquisition as we now have a leading presence in one of the most attractive asphalt markets in the country and a solid footing in what we see as a great business going forward," said Bill Greehey, Chairman of NuStar Energy L.P. and NuStar GP Holdings, LLC. "As we've said before, this is a great acquisition for our investors, the employees and the communities where these assets are located.
"We are purchasing some very strategic assets for around 50 percent of their replacement value and we're expecting them to make a significant contribution to our earnings. The attractive fundamentals we see in the asphalt business are expected to lead to higher asphalt margins over time, and NuStar is now in a great position to benefit from these fundamentals. There are a lot of U.S. coker projects on the horizon, and because these coker units process more of the byproducts that are used to produce asphalt, we expect the supply of asphalt will tighten and asphalt margins will increase. So we expect we'll be able to take advantage of coker margins without having to invest in a coker," said Greehey.
"Over the last few months, we have been busy preparing for the closing of this acquisition and are confident that it will be a smooth transition," said Curt Anastasio, CEO and President of NuStar Energy L.P. and NuStar GP Holdings, LLC. "NuStar is well-positioned to maximize the profitability of these refineries as we have an extensive refining knowledge base. In addition, we are enthusiastic about the many high return projects we have identified that weren't in our original economics and should increase the operational efficiency of both refineries.
"This acquisition will complement our existing asphalt marketing and terminals business, give us exposure to one of the best asphalt markets in the U.S., diversify our customer base and expand our geographic presence. We also expect this acquisition will be accretive to cash flows and earnings, enhancing our ability to make further distribution increases. After we've had a chance to more fully integrate these assets, we look forward to sharing more information on the economics of the acquisition and the opportunities we have to grow this part of the business," said Anastasio.
A conference call with management is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. ET (10:00 a.m. CT) today, March 20, 2008, to discuss this transaction. Investors interested in listening to the presentation may call 800-622-7620, passcode 39992543. International callers may access the presentation by dialing 706-645-0327, passcode 39992543. The company intends to have a playback available following the presentation, which may be accessed by calling 800-642-1687, passcode 39992543. 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 9,063 miles of pipeline, 86 terminal facilities, four crude oil storage tank facilities and two asphalt refineries with a combined throughput capacity of 104,000 barrels per day. 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. The partnership's combined system has over 86 million barrels of storage capacity, and includes two asphalt refineries, crude oil and refined product pipelines, refined product terminals, a petroleum and specialty liquids storage and terminaling business, as well as crude oil storage facilities. For more information, visit NuStar Energy L.P.'s Web site at www.nustarenergy.com.
CITGO, based in Houston, Texas, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals, refined waxes, asphalt and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.citgo.com.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes forward-looking statements regarding future events and the future financial performance of NuStar Energy L.P. All forward-looking statements are based on the partnership's beliefs as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to the partnership. These statements reflect the partnership'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.'s 2007 annual report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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