NuStar Energy Reports Increased EPU, EBITDA & Total DCF Results in Third Quarter of 2013 Meets Analysts’ Consensus Expectations In Advanced Discussions to Exit Asphalt Joint Venture Company Plans to Proceed with Phase 2 of South Texas Crude Oil System Pipeline Project; Corpus Dock Expansion to be Completed in Second Quarter of 2014 Idled 12” Pipeline between Mont Belvieu and Corpus Christi to be Reactivated Based on 2014 and 2015 Projections, Company Currently Plans to Maintain Distribution Business Wire SAN ANTONIO -- November 12, 2013 NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE: NS) today announced third quarter earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) from continuing operations was $109.5 million compared to third quarter 2012 EBITDA of $76.5 million. Third quarter distributable cash flow from continuing operations available to limited partners was $67.2 million, or $0.86 per unit, compared to 2012 third quarter distributable cash flow from continuing operations of $63.0 million, or $0.87 per unit. NuStar Energy L.P. reported third quarter net income applicable to limited partners of $21.9 million, or $0.28 per unit, compared to a net loss applicable to limited partners of $6.5 million, or $0.09 per unit, reported in the third quarter of 2012. The third quarter 2012 results included $21.6 million, or $0.29 per unit, of non-cash losses associated with the September 28, 2012 sale of a 50% voting interest in the company’s asphalt operations to an affiliate of Lindsay Goldberg LLC. Excluding these items and other adjustments, third quarter 2012 adjusted net income applicable to limited partners would have been $14.1 million, or $0.19 per unit. “Our results show we’re on track with our strategic re-direction of the company focusing on our more stable pipeline and storage segments,” said Curt Anastasio, President and Chief Executive Officer of NuStar Energy L.P. and NuStar GP Holdings, LLC. “We continue to focus on internal growth investments in the Eagle Ford Shale, having completed another project in the region during the third quarter, which we expect will add about $15 million in incremental annual EBITDA. Commenting on the storage segment, Anastasio said, “EBITDA in our storage segment nearly doubled between 2006 and 2012 growing from $162 million to $288 million of annual EBITDA. And while our storage segment is and will continue to be very profitable for us, the driver of NuStar’s growth over the last year or so has shifted from the storage segment to the pipeline segment. As a result, quarterly results for the pipeline segment are improved over last year and the storage segment’s third quarter results are lower than last year. Volumes at our throughput storage facilities were up by seven percent, with corresponding revenues up 20 percent or almost $5 million. However, these increases were more than offset by the $13 million impact of reduced revenues from lower lease renewal rates due to the backwardated market and the reduced benefit from our profit sharing agreement with EOG at our St. James terminal as the LLS-to-WTI spread narrowed.” Anastasio then commented on the company’s fuels marketing segment by saying, “Weak demand for bunkers and increased competition in the Caribbean continued to negatively impact our fuels marketing segment. However, during the third quarter, we entered into a new bunker fuel supply agreement, which reduced our working capital requirements by approximately $50 million, and we continue to reduce the segment’s operating costs.” Anticipated Exit from Asphalt Joint Venture NuStar is currently in advanced discussions with its asphalt joint venture partner, Lindsay Goldberg, to finalize an agreement that allows NuStar to exit the asphalt joint venture. The agreement should also allow NuStar to materially reduce the $250 million credit facility and the $150 million of credit support, for guarantees and letters of credit, currently provided to the joint venture by NuStar Energy. Success of Open Season Leads to Eagle Ford Expansion Early in October, NuStar announced it had received enough binding commitments from shippers to move forward with the first phase of the partnership’s South Texas Crude Oil Pipeline System Project. The first phase will add incremental throughput capacity of approximately 35,000 barrels per day to NuStar’s South Texas Crude Oil Pipeline System. The additional capacity is expected to be available for service to committed shippers by the third quarter of 2014 and is expected to generate incremental EBITDA of approximately $20 million per year. In addition, NuStar has decided to proceed with the second phase of this project, which will add approximately 65,000 barrels per day of incremental throughput capacity to the South Texas Crude Oil Pipeline System as early as the first quarter of 2015. It is expected to generate incremental annual EBITDA of up to $40 million, depending on the number of barrels committed to the second phase. Both phases, when completed, would add a total aggregate incremental capacity of 100,000 barrels per day. In the 2nd quarter of 2014, prior to the completion of Phase 1, NuStar plans to complete the construction of a new private dock at its Corpus Christi North Beach terminal. This new dock will more than double the current loading capacity of around 125,000 barrels per day and will allow NuStar to handle all the new volume associated with Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the South Texas Crude Oil Pipeline expansion, as well as additional volumes shipped to Corpus Christi. Reactivation of Idled 12” Pipeline NuStar has begun work on a project for its 12-inch pipeline between Mont Belvieu and Corpus Christi that will reactivate the line, reverse its flow, and convert the line to NGL service. The project, which is scheduled to be in service in the second quarter of 2015, will be supported by a long-term anchor shipper that plans to utilize the majority of the pipeline capacity. “We are very excited to place this idled pipeline back into service,” said Anastasio. “This line has the capacity to move approximately 110,000 barrels per day so we expect to ship additional NGL volumes over and above the long-term anchor shipment commitment we are announcing today.” Internal Growth Project Update In August, NuStar completed a pipeline project for ConocoPhillips in the Eagle Ford and built some crude oil gathering lines that will supply additional crude oil volumes to the company’s Eagle Ford crude oil pipeline systems. By the end of November, the company expects to complete the construction of a second rail-car offloading facility at the St. James terminal in Louisiana. These projects are expected to add $5 to $10 million of EBITDA to NuStar’s pipeline and storage segment results in the fourth quarter of 2013. Earnings Guidance “Fourth quarter 2013 EBITDA results for all three of our segments should be higher than last year’s fourth quarter,” said Anastasio. “The internal growth projects and the new bunker fuel supply agreement mentioned above should improve the segment’s fourth quarter results.” Commenting on guidance for full year 2013, Anastasio said, “Our pipeline segment EBITDA should be $60 to $70 million higher than last year and our storage segment EBITDA is now expected to be $5 to $15 million lower than 2012. We expect our fuels marketing segment to generate EBITDA of up to $10 million in 2013.” Looking ahead to 2014, Anastasio commented, “Increased crude oil throughputs in the Eagle Ford Shale region should increase our pipeline segment’s EBITDA by an additional $40 to $60 million next year. We expect our storage segment to be comparable to 2013’s results. We project our fuels marketing segment results to improve in 2014 with EBITDA expected to be in the range of $10 to $30 million.” “Based on our projections, we expect to fully cover our distribution in 2014. As previously announced on October 31, 2013, the third quarter 2013 distribution of $1.095 per unit will be paid on November 14, 2013 to holders of record as of November 11, 2013.” With regard to capital spending projections Anastasio went on to say, “We plan to spend $300 to $325 million on internal growth projects in total during 2013 and we plan to spend $350 to $375 million in 2014. Our reliability capital spending should be in the range of $35 to $45 million in 2013 and in 2014.” Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call Details A conference call with management is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. ET (9:00 a.m. CT) today, November 12, 2013, to discuss the financial and operational results for the third quarter of 2013. Investors interested in listening to the presentation may call 800/622-7620, passcode 77504322. International callers may access the presentation by dialing 706/645-0327, passcode 77504322. The company intends to have a playback available following the presentation, which may be accessed by calling 800/585-8367, passcode 77504322. International callers may access the playback by calling 404/537-3406, passcode 77504322. 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 8,643 miles of pipeline; 87 terminal and storage facilities that store and distribute crude oil, refined products and specialty liquids; and 50% ownership in a joint venture that owns a terminal and an asphalt refinery with a throughput capacity of 74,000 barrels per day. The partnership’s combined system has approximately 97 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 2012 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 and Per Unit Data) Three Months Ended September Nine Months Ended September 30, 30, 2013 2012 2013 2012 Statement of Income Data (Note 1): Revenues: Service revenues $ 245,577 $ 225,068 $ 706,493 $ 646,444 Product sales 534,433 1,368,688 1,977,423 4,324,465 Total revenues 780,010 1,593,756 2,683,916 4,970,909 Costs and expenses: Cost of product sales 527,217 1,329,377 1,928,237 4,211,966 Operating expenses 120,491 142,037 353,137 401,648 General and administrative 18,831 24,953 65,978 75,254 expenses Depreciation and 47,597 38,037 137,185 125,538 amortization expense Asset impairment loss — — — 249,646 Goodwill impairment — — — 22,132 loss Gain on legal — — — (28,738 ) settlement Total costs and 714,136 1,534,404 2,484,537 5,057,446 expenses Operating income 65,874 59,352 199,379 (86,537 ) (loss) Equity in (loss) earnings of joint (5,358 ) (951 ) (26,629 ) 3,816 ventures Interest expense, net (31,078 ) (23,894 ) (93,601 ) (68,118 ) Interest income from 1,828 — 4,560 — related party Other income 1,407 (19,943 ) 3,978 (21,392 ) (expense), net Income (loss) from continuing operations 32,673 14,564 87,687 (172,231 ) before income tax expense Income tax (benefit) (563 ) 599 6,147 20,318 expense Income (loss) from 33,236 13,965 81,540 (192,549 ) continuing operations (Loss) income from discontinued — (9,623 ) 9,069 (23,665 ) operations, net of tax Net income (loss) $ 33,236 $ 4,342 $ 90,609 $ (216,214 ) Net income (loss) applicable to limited $ 21,924 $ (6,503 ) $ 56,811 $ (242,113 ) partners Net income (loss) per unit applicable to limited partners Continuing operations $ 0.28 $ 0.04 $ 0.61 $ (3.07 ) Discontinued — (0.13 ) 0.12 (0.33 ) operations Total $ 0.28 $ (0.09 ) $ 0.73 $ (3.40 ) Weighted-average limited partner units 77,886,078 72,383,578 77,886,078 71,302,538 outstanding EBITDA from continuing $ 109,520 $ 76,495 $ 313,913 $ 21,425 operations (Note 2) DCF from continuing $ 79,865 $ 75,753 $ 215,023 $ 181,529 operations (Note 2) September 30, December 31, 2013 2012 2012 Balance Sheet Data: Debt, including $ 2,473,678 $ 2,036,406 $ 2,411,004 current portion (a) Partners’ equity (b) 2,380,979 2,672,099 2,584,995 Debt-to-capitalization 51.0 % 43.2 % 48.3 % ratio (a) / ((a)+(b)) NuStar Energy L.P. and Subsidiaries Consolidated Financial Information - Continued (Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Barrel Data) Three Months Ended September Nine Months Ended September 30, 30, 2013 2012 2013 2012 Storage: Throughput 832,412 780,560 772,383 755,893 (barrels/day) Throughput $ 27,937 $ 23,222 $ 76,924 $ 67,679 revenues Storage lease 112,579 125,708 353,026 379,473 revenues Total revenues 140,516 148,930 429,950 447,152 Operating 74,641 75,210 219,320 214,605 expenses Depreciation and 27,658 23,298 79,498 69,725 amortization expense Asset impairment — — — 2,126 loss Segment operating $ 38,217 $ 50,422 $ 131,132 $ 160,696 income Pipeline: Refined products pipelines 501,511 521,255 477,601 490,775 throughput (barrels/day) Crude oil pipelines 382,539 357,064 361,642 326,454 throughput (barrels/day) Total throughput 884,050 878,319 839,243 817,229 (barrels/day) Throughput $ 111,508 $ 92,570 $ 301,761 $ 244,938 revenues Operating 36,089 37,621 102,596 95,212 expenses Depreciation and 17,401 13,085 50,039 39,086 amortization expense Segment operating $ 58,018 $ 41,864 $ 149,126 $ 110,640 income Fuels Marketing: Product sales $ 534,919 $ 1,371,935 $ 1,978,531 $ 4,334,361 Cost of 531,481 1,336,642 1,944,415 4,231,551 product sales Gross margin 3,438 35,293 34,116 102,810 Operating 12,510 41,795 41,336 128,001 expenses Depreciation and 7 15 20 11,235 amortization expense Asset and goodwill — — — 266,357 impairment loss Segment $ (9,079 ) $ (6,517 ) $ (7,240 ) $ (302,783 ) operating loss Consolidation and Intersegment Eliminations: Revenues $ (6,933 ) $ (19,679 ) $ (26,326 ) $ (55,542 ) Cost of (4,264 ) (7,265 ) (16,178 ) (19,585 ) product sales Operating (2,749 ) (12,589 ) (10,115 ) (36,170 ) expenses Total $ 80 $ 175 $ (33 ) $ 213 Consolidated Information: Revenues $ 780,010 $ 1,593,756 $ 2,683,916 $ 4,970,909 Cost of 527,217 1,329,377 1,928,237 4,211,966 product sales Operating 120,491 142,037 353,137 401,648 expenses Depreciation and 45,066 36,398 129,557 120,046 amortization expense Asset and goodwill — — — 268,483 impairment loss Segment operating 87,236 85,944 272,985 (31,234 ) income (loss) General and administrative 18,831 24,953 65,978 75,254 expenses Other depreciation and 2,531 1,639 7,628 5,492 amortization expense Other asset impairment — — — 3,295 loss Gain on legal — — — (28,738 ) settlement Consolidated operating $ 65,874 $ 59,352 $ 199,379 $ (86,537 ) income (loss) NuStar Energy L.P. and Subsidiaries Consolidated Financial Information - Continued (Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Unit Data) Notes: (1) The results of operations for the San Antonio Refinery and related assets have been reported as discontinued operations for all periods presented. (2) NuStar Energy L.P. utilizes financial measures, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) from continuing operations, distributable cash flow (DCF) from continuing operations and DCF from continuing operations per unit, which are not defined in U.S. 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. None of EBITDA from continuing operations, DCF from continuing operations or DCF from continuing operations per unit are intended to represent cash flows from operations for the period, nor are they presented as an alternative to net income or income from continuing operations. They should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for a measure of performance prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. The following is a reconciliation of income (loss) from continuing operations to EBITDA from continuing operations and DCF from continuing operations: Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September September 30, 30, 2013 2012 2013 2012 Income (loss) from $ 33,236 $ 13,965 $ 81,540 $ (192,549 ) continuing operations Plus interest expense, net and interest 29,250 23,894 89,041 68,118 income from related party Plus income tax (benefit) (563 ) 599 6,147 20,318 expense Plus depreciation and 47,597 38,037 137,185 125,538 amortization expense EBITDA from continuing 109,520 76,495 313,913 21,425 operations Equity in loss (earnings) of 5,358 951 26,629 (3,816 ) joint ventures Interest expense, net and interest (29,250 ) (23,894 ) (89,041 ) (68,118 ) income from related party Reliability capital (12,227 ) (8,520 ) (29,694 ) (18,392 ) expenditures Income tax benefit 563 (599 ) (6,147 ) (20,318 ) (expense) Distributions from joint 1,135 3,098 5,787 6,364 ventures Other items 2,457 21,579 (4,043 ) 274,677 (a) Mark-to-market impact on hedge 2,309 6,643 (2,381 ) (10,293 ) transactions (b) DCF from continuing $ 79,865 $ 75,753 $ 215,023 $ 181,529 operations Less DCF from continuing operations (110 ) 30 (290 ) 44 available to noncontrolling interest Less DCF from continuing operations 12,766 12,766 38,298 35,962 available to general partner DCF from continuing operations $ 67,209 $ 62,957 $ 177,015 $ 145,523 available to limited partners DCF from continuing operations per $ 0.86 $ 0.87 $ 2.27 $ 2.04 limited partner unit (a) Other items for the three months ended September 30, 2013 consist of $2.5 million of changes in deferred revenue associated with throughput deficiency payments and construction reimbursements related to certain pipelines. For the nine months ended September30, 2013, other items also include a $6.5 million reduction of the contingent consideration recorded in association with an acquisition. Other items for the three months ended September 30, 2012 consist of a $21.6 million loss associated with the sale of 50% of our asphalt operations on September28, 2012. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, other items also include (i) $271.8 million of long-lived asset impairment charges mainly related to our asphalt operations, including fixed assets, goodwill and intangible assets, and (ii) an $18.7 million gain, net of tax, resulting from a legal settlement. (b) DCF from continuing operations excludes the impact of unrealized mark-to-market gains and losses that arise from valuing certain derivative contracts, as well as the associated hedged inventory. The gain or loss associated with these contracts is realized in DCF from continuing operations when the contracts are settled. Contact: NuStar Energy, L.P., San Antonio Investors, Chris Russell, Treasurer and Vice President Investor Relations Investor Relations: 210-918-3507 or Media, Mary Rose Brown, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications: 210-918-2314 Web site: http://www.nustarenergy.com
NuStar Energy Reports Increased EPU, EBITDA & Total DCF Results in Third Quarter of 2013
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.