Transaction Expected to Close in Third Quarter of 2012
Deconsolidates Asphalt Operations, Reduces Earnings Volatility and
Allows for Debt Reduction/Investment in High-Return Pipeline and
SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 6, 2012--
NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE: NS) today announced that it has entered into a
Purchase and Sale Agreement with an affiliate of Lindsay Goldberg LLC, a
private investment firm, to create a joint venture that will own and
operate NuStar’s asphalt refining assets and related working capital.
NuStar and Lindsay Goldberg will each have a 50% voting interest in the
joint venture and Lindsay Goldberg is paying $175 million for its
interest. Closing for the transaction is expected to be completed no
later than September 30, 2012.
Cash proceeds received by NuStar as a result of this transaction,
including the $175 million paid by Lindsay Goldberg, should be in the
$400 to $500 million range dependent on the joint venture’s working
capital requirements. The joint venture will pay NuStar for inventories
transferred at the time of closing and the payment will be financed by a
credit facility now being arranged for the joint venture.
Total proceeds are expected to be less than the carrying amount for the
assets causing a significant non-cash charge to earnings in the second
quarter of 2012. However, as a result of the transaction NuStar expects
to deconsolidate the asphalt operations after closing.
The Board of Managers of the joint venture will be chaired by Bill
Greehey, currently Chairman of the Board for NuStar Energy L.P. and
NuStar GP Holdings, LLC. Michael Pesch, currently Vice President
Regional Operations for NuStar Energy L.P., will be the Chief Executive
Officer of the joint venture.
“This joint venture transaction allows NuStar to monetize a portion of
its asphalt operations and still maintain a 50% interest in a business
that has the potential to generate significant cash flows as the U.S.
economy improves,” said Curt Anastasio, president and CEO of NuStar. “We
expect to use the cash proceeds received from this transaction to pay
down a large portion of our debt which should significantly improve
NuStar’s leverage metrics.”
“This transaction will allow both the L.P. and the new Asphalt J.V. to
flourish. Importantly, the transaction will allow NuStar to reduce its
earnings volatility, reduce debt and will provide additional
opportunities to invest in stable, high-return, pipeline and terminal
assets while simultaneously giving the Asphalt J.V. the flexibility it
needs to prosper in a more robust margin environment,” Anastasio said.
Anastasio noted that NuStar’s Paulsboro, New Jersey and Savannah,
Georgia refineries, with a combined refining capacity of 104,000 barrels
per day, as well as the associated inventory will be transferred into
the joint venture.
About NuStar Energy
NuStar Energy L.P. is a publicly traded, limited partnership based in
San Antonio, with 8,420 miles of pipeline; 84 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 approximately 96 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 www.nustarenergy.com.
About Lindsay Goldberg LLC
Lindsay Goldberg is a private investment firm with approximately $10
billion of capital under management that focuses on partnering with
entrepreneurial management teams and closely-held and family-owned
businesses. The firm typically invests in companies in North America and
Western Europe in the manufacturing, energy, financial and business
services industries. Lindsay Goldberg has an investment structure that
permits ownership for up to 20 years.
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.
Source: NuStar Energy L.P.
NuStar Energy, L.P., San Antonio
Investors, Chris Russell, Vice
Investor Relations: 210-918-3507
Rose Brown, Senior Vice President,
Web site: http://www.nustarenergy.com