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|NuStar Energy L.P. First Quarter 2011 Distributable Cash Flows Increase 98%|
First Quarter 2011 Results Higher than First Quarter 2010 in all Three Business Segments
SAN ANTONIO, Apr 27, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE: NS) today announced first quarter distributable cash flow available to limited partners of $45.1 million, or $0.70 per unit, compared to 2010 first quarter distributable cash flow of $22.8 million, or $0.38 per unit. First quarter earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were $92.8 million compared to first quarter 2010 EBITDA of $81.0 million.
NuStar Energy L.P. reported first quarter net income applicable to limited partners of $19.4 million, or $0.30 per unit, compared to $11.5 million, or $0.19 per unit, earned in the first quarter of 2010. The first quarter 2011 results include $5.0 million, or $0.08 per unit, of expenses related to the early termination of a 3rd party storage agreement at NuStar's Paulsboro, New Jersey asphalt refinery. Excluding the effect of these early termination costs and other items, first quarter 2011 adjusted net income applicable to limited partners would have been $26.1 million, or $0.40 per unit, which was higher than the first quarter street consensus of $0.33 per unit.
The partnership also announced that its board of directors has declared a first quarter 2011 distribution of $1.075 per unit. The first quarter 2011 distribution will be paid on May 13, 2011, to holders of record as of May 9, 2011 and is higher than the $1.065 per unit distribution paid in the first quarter of 2010. Distributable cash flow available to limited partners covers the distribution to the limited partners by 0.65 times for the first quarter of 2011.
"All three of our business segments generated higher operating income and EBITDA in the first quarter of 2011 when compared to the first quarter of 2010," said Curt Anastasio, Chief Executive Officer and President of NuStar Energy L.P. and NuStar GP Holdings, LLC. "Increased shipments on higher tariff pipelines and operating expense efficiencies contributed to improved transportation segment results. Storage segment results benefited from the 2010 completion of several internal growth projects, most significantly our St. Eustatius terminal reconfiguration, as well as the May 2010 Mobile County, Alabama storage terminal acquisition."
Anastasio added, "Improved results in our crude oil trading and products trading businesses contributed to higher first quarter 2011 results in the asphalt and fuels marketing segment. The decision to terminate the 3rd party storage agreement was an important part of the favorable economics associated with our purchase of Pergrino crude oil for NuStar's Paulsboro refinery, an accretive project that will start up at the end of 2011. The buy-out associated with the early termination of the storage agreement enabled us to avoid the capital expenditure required to build a new tank."
Recent Internal Growth and Acquisition Activity
"NuStar and TexStar Midstream Services, LP recently announced that they have signed a letter of intent to develop a new pipeline system to transport Eagle Ford Shale crude and condensate to Corpus Christi. The pipeline throughput agreements and storage agreements associated with this new pipeline system should improve earnings in both our transportation and storage segments beginning in the second quarter of 2012," said Anastasio.
Anastasio also noted, "Our acquisition of certain refining assets of the former AGE Refining is great news for our investors. We acquired these assets for $41 million and closed on the purchase on April 19, 2011. The refinery acquisition price represents about 20 percent of replacement cost and is expected to be immediately accretive to our earnings and cash flows. We have already hedged approximately 70 percent of the refinery's production through the futures market for crude, distillates and gasoline-related products for the next three to four years. And by hedging a significant portion of the margins we expect this acquisition to pay out in approximately two years and realize a 70 percent rate of return.
Full-Year 2011 Outlook
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. These improved results should allow us to recommend a distribution increase to our Board of Directors again in 2011."
Addressing business segment results Anastasio commented, "We expect EBITDA in our storage segment to be $25 to $35 million higher than 2010. This segment should benefit from internal growth projects completed in 2010 and 2011 as well as the Mobile County, Alabama terminal acquisition completed in May 2010 and the Turkey terminal acquisition completed in February 2011. EBITDA in our transportation segment should be $5 to $10 million lower due to reduced throughputs caused by the refinery turnaround activity of our customers and changing market conditions."
In regard to the margin-based asphalt and fuels marketing segment, Anastasio added, "Earnings from the recently announced acquisition of some key AGE Refining assets, slightly improving asphalt margins and improved earnings in our fuels marketing operations should cause EBITDA in this segment to be $35 to $45 million 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, April 27, 2011, to discuss the financial and operational results for the first quarter of 2011. Investors interested in listening to the presentation may call 800/622-7620, passcode 55981834. International callers may access the presentation by dialing 706/645-0327, passcode 55981834. The company intends to have a playback available following the presentation, which may be accessed by calling 800/642-1687, passcode 55981834. 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, 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 2010 annual reports on Form 10-K and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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