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NuStar Energy L.P. Reports Higher than Anticipated Third Quarter 2011 Earnings

Third Quarter Earnings Per Unit and EBITDA results higher than 2010

SAN ANTONIO, Oct 28, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE: NS) today announced its third quarter net income applicable to limited partners was $59.8 million, or $0.92 per unit, compared to $58.4 million, or $0.90 per unit, earned in the third quarter of 2010. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, net income applicable to limited partners was $160.9 million, or $2.49 per unit, compared to $159.0 million, or $2.55 per unit, for the nine months ended September 30, 2010.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were $138.8 million for the third quarter of 2011 compared to $131.0 million for the third quarter of 2010. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, EBITDA was $391.7 million, higher than the $369.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010.

Distributable cash flow available to limited partners for the third quarter was $80.3 million, or $1.24 per unit, compared to 2010 third quarter distributable cash flow of $84.0 million, or $1.30 per unit. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, distributable cash flow available to limited partners was $244.8 million, or $3.79 per unit, compared to $214.0 million, or $3.40 per unit for the nine months ended September 30, 2010.

NuStar also announced that its board of directors has declared a distribution of $1.095 per unit, which would equate to $4.38 per unit on an annual basis. The third quarter 2011 distribution will be paid on November 14, 2011, to holders of record as of November 8, 2011. Distributable cash flow available to limited partners covers the distribution to the limited partners by 1.13 times for the third quarter of 2011.

"Our third quarter results were better than we expected when we provided guidance in late July," said Curt Anastasio, Chief Executive Officer and President of NuStar Energy L.P. and NuStar GP Holdings, LLC. "Higher than projected revenues in our transportation segment, reduced operating expenses in both our transportation and storage segments and lower-than-expected administrative expenses were the primary causes of our higher-than-anticipated results."

Anastasio added, "Improved results in our transportation and storage segments and lower administrative expenses contributed to third quarter EBITDA results being higher than the same quarter in 2010. Increased tariffs and new revenue streams generated from two Eagle Ford-related projects brought on-line this year more than offset lower throughput volumes in our transportation segment. Our storage segment continues to benefit from internal growth projects completed late last year, while lower compensation-related costs reduced our administrative expenses quarter over quarter."

Internal Growth Project Update

"Our internal growth program is progressing nicely, and I am pleased to report that during the third quarter we completed a 3.2 million barrel storage tank expansion project at our St. James, LA terminal facility. This expansion project increases the storage capacity of the facility to over eight million barrels, making the St. James facility our largest domestic terminal. Multi-year contracts, which are already generating EBITDA, are currently in place for all 3.2 million barrels of new storage," Anastasio stated.

"In addition, during September we reactivated and reversed a previously idle eight-inch refined products pipeline that now gives us capability to transport Eagle Ford crude and condensate to Valero Energy's Corpus Christi refinery. We also plan to construct a new 12-inch pipeline that will connect existing pipeline segments and will move crude oil from Corpus Christi to Valero's Three Rivers refinery. This new pipeline should be in service in the second quarter of 2012," said Anastasio.

Full-Year 2011 Guidance

In regard to the full-year outlook for NuStar Energy L.P., Anastasio said, "We expect NuStar's 2011 EBITDA to be comparable to 2010. We expect EBITDA in our storage segment to be $20 to $30 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 $5 to $15 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, EBITDA should be comparable to the $111 million of EBITDA earned in 2010. Projected earnings from our April 2011 San Antonio refinery acquisition and improved results in our fuels marketing operations are expected to be offset by weak margins in our asphalt operations."

A conference call with management is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. ET (10:00 a.m. CT) today, October 28, 2011, to discuss the financial and operational results for the third quarter of 2011. Investors interested in listening to the presentation may call 800/622-7620, passcode 13712546. International callers may access the presentation by dialing 706/645-0327, passcode 13712546. The company intends to have a playback available following the presentation, which may be accessed by calling 800/585-8367, passcode 13712546. A live broadcast of the conference call will also be available on the company's Web site at http://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 97 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 http://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.

NuStar Energy L.P. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Financial Information
(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Unit Data and Per Unit Data)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2011 2010 2011 2010
Statement of Income Data:
Revenues:
Services revenues $ 210,681 $ 201,390 $ 608,689 $ 585,772
Product sales 1,613,669 936,989 4,039,461 2,623,077
Total revenues 1,824,350 1,138,379 4,648,150 3,208,849
Costs and expenses:
Cost of product sales 1,535,609 860,942 3,797,424 2,422,751
Operating expenses 135,615 121,748 390,480 363,028
General and administrative expenses 17,731 26,860 69,833 76,324
Depreciation and amortization expense 42,418 38,539 124,354 114,653
Total costs and expenses 1,731,373 1,048,089 4,382,091 2,976,756
Operating income 92,977 90,290 266,059 232,093
Equity earnings from joint venture 2,599 2,454 6,997 7,571
Interest expense, net (21,565 ) (20,583 ) (62,644 ) (58,059 )
Other (expense) income, net 767 (235 ) (5,699 ) 14,882
Income before income tax expense 74,778 71,926 204,713 196,487
Income tax expense 4,497 3,616 13,311 9,052
Net income $ 70,281 $ 68,310 $ 191,402 $ 187,435
Net income applicable to limited partners $ 59,783 $ 58,375 $ 160,932 $ 158,950
Net income per unit applicable to limited partners $ 0.92 $ 0.90 $ 2.49 $ 2.55
Weighted average limited partner units outstanding 64,612,423 64,610,549 64,611,181 62,386,373
EBITDA (Note 1) $ 138,761 $ 131,048 $ 391,711 $ 369,199
Distributable cash flow (Note 1) $ 90,970 $ 94,202 $ 276,524 $ 243,372
September 30, September 30, December 31,
2011 2010 2010
Balance Sheet Data:
Debt, including current portion (a) $ 2,525,655 $ 1,990,507 $ 2,137,080
Partners' equity (b) 2,525,049 2,690,235 2,702,700
Debt-to-capitalization ratio (a) / ((a)+(b)) 50.0 % 42.5 % 44.2 %
NuStar Energy L.P. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Financial Information - Continued
(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Barrel Data)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2011 2010 2011 2010
Segment Data:
Storage:
Throughput (barrels/day) 721,618 673,121 679,031 666,635
Throughput revenues $ 21,743 $ 19,139 $ 58,388 $ 56,085
Storage lease revenues 120,146 111,998 359,820 330,493
Total revenues 141,889 131,137 418,208 386,578
Operating expenses 71,386 66,153 213,230 198,186
Depreciation and amortization expense 21,725 19,349 64,656 57,004
Segment operating income $ 48,778 $ 45,635 $ 140,322 $ 131,388
Transportation:
Refined products pipelines throughput (barrels/day) 523,279 526,825 509,354 529,380
Crude oil pipelines throughput (barrels/day) 319,103 382,845 304,554 381,606
Total throughput (barrels/day) 842,382 909,670 813,908 910,986
Revenues $ 81,899 $ 80,597 $ 226,471 $ 232,817
Operating expenses 30,796 30,488 85,381 88,784
Depreciation and amortization expense 12,855 12,597 38,282 38,029
Segment operating income $ 38,248 $ 37,512 $ 102,808 $ 106,004
Asphalt and fuels marketing:
Product sales $ 1,618,693 $ 937,074 $ 4,049,079 $ 2,625,994
Cost of product sales 1,545,340 864,904 3,821,379 2,438,703
Gross margin 73,353 72,170 227,700 187,291
Operating expenses 41,862 31,575 113,506 96,924
Depreciation and amortization expense 6,073 5,138 16,505 15,254
Segment operating income $ 25,418 $ 35,457 $ 97,689 $ 75,113
Consolidation and intersegment eliminations:
Revenues $ (18,131 ) $ (10,429 ) $ (45,608 ) $ (36,540 )
Cost of product sales (9,731 ) (3,962 ) (23,955 ) (15,952 )
Operating expenses (8,429 ) (6,468 ) (21,637 ) (20,866 )
Total $ 29 $ 1 $ (16 ) $ 278
Consolidated Information:
Revenues $ 1,824,350 $ 1,138,379 $ 4,648,150 $ 3,208,849
Cost of product sales 1,535,609 860,942 3,797,424 2,422,751
Operating expenses 135,615 121,748 390,480 363,028
Depreciation and amortization expense 40,653 37,084 119,443 110,287
Segment operating income 112,473 118,605 340,803 312,783
General and administrative expenses 17,731 26,860 69,833 76,324
Other depreciation and amortization expense 1,765 1,455 4,911 4,366
Consolidated operating income $ 92,977 $ 90,290 $ 266,059 $ 232,093
NuStar Energy L.P. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated 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 Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2011 2010 2011 2010
Net income $ 70,281 $ 68,310 $ 191,402 $ 187,435
Plus interest expense, net 21,565 20,583 62,644 58,059
Plus income tax expense 4,497 3,616 13,311 9,052
Plus depreciation and amortization expense 42,418 38,539 124,354 114,653
EBITDA 138,761 131,048 391,711 369,199
Less equity earnings from joint ventures (2,599 ) (2,454 ) (6,997 ) (7,571 )
Less interest expense, net (21,565 ) (20,583 ) (62,644 ) (58,059 )
Less reliability capital expenditures (15,104 ) (13,841 ) (41,257 ) (38,327 )
Less income tax expense (4,497 ) (3,616 ) (13,311 ) (9,052 )
Plus distributions from joint venture 2,668 2,450 9,397 7,500
Plus other non-cash items - - 5,093 -
Mark-to-market impact on derivative activity (a) (9,944 ) 1,198 (8,718 ) (20,318 )
Contingent loss adjustment 3,250 - 3,250 -
Distributable cash flow $ 90,970 $ 94,202 $ 276,524 $ 243,372
EBITDA $ 138,761 $ 131,048 $ 391,711 $ 369,199
EBITDA attributable to noncontrolling interest 100 - 386 -
EBITDA attributable to NuStar Energy L.P. $ 138,661 $ 131,048 $ 391,325 $ 369,199
Distributable cash flow $ 90,970 $ 94,202 $ 276,524 $ 243,372
Distributable cash flow attributable to noncontrolling interest 87 - 388 -
Distributable cash flow attributable to NuStar Energy L.P. $ 90,883 $ 94,202 $ 276,136 $ 243,372
General partner's interest in distributable cash flow 10,600 10,160 31,350 29,371
Limited partners' interest in distributable cash flow $ 80,283 $ 84,042 $ 244,786 $ 214,001
Distributable cash flow per limited partner unit $ 1.24 $ 1.30 $ 3.79 $ 3.40
(a) Distributable cash flow excludes the impact of unrealized mark-to-market gains and losses that arise from valuing certain derivative contracts, as well as qualifying hedged inventory. The gain or loss associated with these contracts is realized in distributable cash flow when the contracts are settled.

SOURCE: NuStar Energy L.P.

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