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NuStar Energy L.P. Reports Increased EPU, EBITDA and DCF in the Third Quarter of 2015

Distribution Coverage Ratio 1.05 times for the Quarter

Storage Lease Revenues Rise 17%

Pipeline Segment Throughput Volumes Continue to Grow

NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE: NS) today announced third quarter 2015 distributable cash flow (DCF) from continuing operations available to limited partners was $89.4 million, or $1.15 per unit, compared to 2014 third quarter DCF from continuing operations available to limited partners of $87.9 million, or $1.13 per unit. For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, DCF from continuing operations available to limited partners was $288.3 million, or $3.70 per unit, compared to $259.4 million, or $3.33 per unit, for the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Third quarter 2015 earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) from continuing operations were $155.1 million, compared to third quarter 2014 EBITDA from continuing operations of $145.1 million. For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, the partnership reported $512.1 million of EBITDA from continuing operations, compared to $411.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

The partnership reported third quarter 2015 net income applicable to limited partners of $52.9 million, or $0.68 per unit, compared to $50.1 million, or $0.64 per unit, earned in the third quarter of 2014. For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, net income applicable to limited partners was $209.9 million, or $2.69 per unit, compared to net income applicable to limited partners of $121.8 million, or $1.56 per unit, for the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Absent a gain related to our January 2, 2015 acquisition of the remaining 50% ownership in the Linden terminal, adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 would have been $455.8 million, while adjusted net income applicable to limited partners would have been $154.7 million, or $1.98 per unit.

As previously announced on October 30, 2015, the third quarter 2015 distribution of $1.095 per unit will be paid on November 13, 2015 to holders of record as of November 9, 2015.

“Higher storage utilization and positive renewals at several of our terminals, as well as the added benefit from our Linden terminal acquisition, contributed to a 17% increase in storage lease revenues for the quarter,” said Brad Barron, President and Chief Executive Officer of NuStar Energy L.P. and NuStar GP Holdings, LLC. "Despite the recent pullback in domestic shale production, overall our pipeline segment experienced improved crude and refined products throughput volumes, compared to the same quarter last year.”

Barron went on to say, “Due to the continued strength of our core, fee-based operations, we achieved a healthy distribution coverage ratio of 1.05 times, our sixth consecutive quarter above 1.0 times, and we remain on track to cover the distribution for the full-year.”

Earnings Guidance

Barron continued, “We haven’t changed our overall view of 2015 from what we conveyed to you in the past, but we have adjusted our expectations for each segment. We now expect our pipeline segment EBITDA to be $25 to $35 million higher than 2014, which is less than prior guidance, due to lower expected throughputs on our crude oil pipeline system as a result of recent Eagle Ford shale production declines. Our 2015 storage segment EBITDA, on the other hand, should be $40 to $50 million over 2014, higher than we previously anticipated, due to better than expected throughput activity and renewals, as well as insurance proceeds related to our Linden terminal that we expect to receive in the fourth quarter.” Barron then said, “Our fuels marketing segment EBITDA is now projected to be in the range of $10 to $20 million, less than previous guidance, due to weaker than expected margins across the segment.

“We expect our 2015 strategic capital spending, which includes internal growth and acquisition spending, to be $435 to $445 million. Our anticipated 2015 reliability capital spending has been reduced slightly to reflect estimated savings and is now expected to be $30 to $40 million.”

Looking ahead to 2016, Barron commented, “We expect increased throughputs on our refined product pipelines to be largely offset by lower projected Eagle Ford crude oil system volumes. As a result, our pipeline segment’s 2016 EBITDA should be comparable to slightly higher than 2015. We expect 2016 storage segment EBITDA to decrease $15 to $35 million compared to 2015, primarily due to lower projected storage throughputs at our North Beach terminal that serves our South Texas Pipeline System and the absence of expected current year insurance proceeds in 2016. We project 2016 EBITDA in our fuels marketing segment to be $15 to $35 million.

“With regard to capital spending projections for 2016, we plan to spend $360 to $380 million on strategic capital spending and $35 to $45 million on reliability capital spending.”

Barron concluded by saying, “Based on our current projections, we expect to cover our distribution again for the full-year 2016.”

Third Quarter 2015 Earnings Conference Call Details

A conference call with management is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. CT today, November 3, 2015, to discuss the financial and operational results for the third quarter of 2015. Investors interested in listening to the presentation may call 800/622-7620, passcode 51999749. International callers may access the presentation by dialing 706/645-0327, passcode 51999749. The partnership intends to have a playback available following the presentation, which may be accessed by calling 800/585-8367, passcode 51999749. International callers may access the playback by calling 404/537-3406, passcode 51999749. The playback will be available until 10:59 p.m. CT on November 30, 2015.

Investors interested in listening to the live presentation or a replay via the internet may access the presentation directly by clicking here or by logging on to NuStar Energy L.P.’s Web site at www.nustarenergy.com.

The presentation will disclose certain non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations of certain of these non-GAAP financial measures to U.S. GAAP may be found in this press release, with additional reconciliations located on the Financials page of the Investors section of NuStar Energy L.P.’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 approximately 8,700 miles of pipeline and 79 terminal and storage facilities that store and distribute crude oil, refined products and specialty liquids. The partnership’s combined system has approximately 93 million barrels of storage capacity, and NuStar has operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, including St. Eustatius in the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom. 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 Energy L.P.’s distributions to foreign investors are attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, all of NuStar Energy L.P.’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 Energy L.P., 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, such as the partnership’s future performance. 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 and NuStar GP Holdings, LLC’s 2014 annual reports on Form 10-K and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.

       

NuStar Energy L.P. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Financial Information

(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Unit and Per Unit Data)

 
Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
2015     2014 2015     2014
Statement of Income Data:
Revenues:
Service revenues $ 288,574 $ 266,651 $ 833,128 $ 755,551
Product sales 204,992   527,771   785,993   1,637,829  
Total revenues 493,566   794,422   1,619,121   2,393,380  
Costs and expenses:
Cost of product sales 193,958 509,794 738,074 1,578,508
Operating expenses 122,634 115,964 355,419 337,566
General and administrative expenses 23,679 24,967 75,425 68,986
Depreciation and amortization expense 52,301   48,599   157,523   142,765  
Total costs and expenses 392,572   699,324   1,326,441   2,127,825  
Operating income 100,994 95,098 292,680 265,555
Equity in earnings of joint ventures 2,749 1,737
Interest expense, net (33,448 ) (33,007 ) (98,309 ) (100,546 )
Interest income from related party 1,055
Other income (expense), net 1,776   (1,388 ) 61,892   1,816  
Income from continuing operations before income tax expense 69,322 63,452 256,263 169,617
Income tax expense 4,306   4,335   9,797   10,317  
Income from continuing operations 65,016 59,117 246,466 159,300
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax   2,831   774   (2,316 )
Net income $ 65,016   $ 61,948   $ 247,240   $ 156,984  
Net income applicable to limited partners $ 52,911   $ 50,074   $ 209,881   $ 121,817  
Net income (loss) per unit applicable to limited partners:
Continuing operations $ 0.68 $ 0.61 $ 2.68 $ 1.59
Discontinued operations   0.03   0.01   (0.03 )
Total $ 0.68   $ 0.64   $ 2.69   $ 1.56  
Weighted-average limited partner units outstanding 77,886,078   77,886,078   77,886,078   77,886,078  
 
EBITDA from continuing operations (Note 1) $ 155,071 $ 145,058 $ 512,095 $ 411,873
DCF from continuing operations (Note 1) $ 102,126 $ 100,684 $ 326,578 $ 297,717
 
September 30, December 31,
2015 2014 2014
Balance Sheet Data:
Total debt $ 3,151,359 $ 2,752,951 $ 2,826,452
Partners’ equity $ 1,653,900 $ 1,768,645 $ 1,716,210
Consolidated debt coverage ratio (Note 2) 4.4x 4.0x 4.0x
       

NuStar Energy L.P. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Financial Information - Continued

(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Barrel Data)

 
Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
2015     2014 2015     2014
Pipeline:
Refined products pipelines throughput (barrels/day) 531,034 514,361 512,340 503,059
Crude oil pipelines throughput (barrels/day) 477,537   471,698   483,974   419,824  
Total throughput (barrels/day) 1,008,571 986,059 996,314 922,883
Throughput revenues $ 131,395 $ 125,461 $ 378,030 $ 346,218
Operating expenses 41,199 39,996 113,141 109,685
Depreciation and amortization expense 21,660   19,813   62,893   57,655  
Segment operating income $ 68,536   $ 65,652   $ 201,996   $ 178,878  
Storage:
Throughput (barrels/day) 872,877 914,599 903,506 877,052
Throughput revenues $ 32,051 $ 32,498 $ 98,365 $ 91,184
Storage lease revenues 130,052   111,447   371,714   330,313  
Total revenues 162,103 143,945 470,079 421,497
Operating expenses 73,505 68,244 220,137 202,602
Depreciation and amortization expense 28,612   26,300   88,227   77,480  
Segment operating income $ 59,986   $ 49,401   $ 161,715   $ 141,415  
Fuels Marketing:
Product sales and other revenue $ 206,696 $ 531,190 $ 790,719 $ 1,645,812
Cost of product sales 198,006   513,300   750,086   1,590,605  
Gross margin 8,690 17,890 40,633 55,207
Operating expenses 10,509 10,367 29,877 33,294
Depreciation and amortization expense   5     16  
Segment operating (loss) income $ (1,819 ) $ 7,518   $ 10,756   $ 21,897  
Consolidation and Intersegment Eliminations:
Revenues $ (6,628 ) $ (6,174 ) $ (19,707 ) $ (20,147 )
Cost of product sales (4,048 ) (3,506 ) (12,012 ) (12,097 )
Operating expenses (2,579 ) (2,643 ) (7,736 ) (8,015 )
Total $ (1 ) $ (25 ) $ 41   $ (35 )
Consolidated Information:
Revenues $ 493,566 $ 794,422 $ 1,619,121 $ 2,393,380
Cost of product sales 193,958 509,794 738,074 1,578,508
Operating expenses 122,634 115,964 355,419 337,566
Depreciation and amortization expense 50,272   46,118   151,120   135,151  
Segment operating income 126,702 122,546 374,508 342,155
General and administrative expenses 23,679 24,967 75,425 68,986
Other depreciation and amortization expense 2,029   2,481   6,403   7,614  
Consolidated operating income $ 100,994   $ 95,098   $ 292,680   $ 265,555  
 

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 financial measures such as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), distributable cash flow (DCF), adjusted net income and adjusted net income per unit (collectively, financial measures), which are not defined in U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). 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 financial measures provide investors an enhanced perspective of the operating performance of the partnership’s assets and/or the cash that the business is generating. None of these financial measures are 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 GAAP. For purposes of segment reporting, we do not allocate general and administrative expenses to our reported operating segments because those expenses relate primarily to the overall management at the entity level. Therefore, EBITDA reflected in the segment reconciliations exclude any allocation of general and administrative expenses consistent with our policy for determining segmental operating income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

The following is a reconciliation of income from continuing operations to EBITDA from continuing operations and DCF from continuing operations:

       
Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
2015     2014 2015     2014
Income from continuing operations $ 65,016 $ 59,117 $ 246,466 $ 159,300

Plus interest expense, net and interest income from related party

33,448 33,007 98,309 99,491
Plus income tax expense 4,306 4,335 9,797 10,317
Plus depreciation and amortization expense 52,301   48,599   157,523   142,765  
EBITDA from continuing operations 155,071 145,058 512,095 411,873
Equity in earnings of joint ventures (2,749 ) (1,737 )

Interest expense, net and interest income from related party

(33,448 ) (33,007 ) (98,309 ) (99,491 )
Reliability capital expenditures (9,239 ) (6,264 ) (22,066 ) (18,262 )
Income tax expense (4,306 ) (4,335 ) (9,797 ) (10,317 )
Distributions from joint ventures 2,785 2,500 5,879
Other items (a) (1,100 ) 4,177 (53,314 ) 8,046
Mark-to-market impact of hedge transactions (b) (4,852 ) (4,981 ) (4,531 ) 1,726  
DCF from continuing operations $ 102,126 $ 100,684 $ 326,578 $ 297,717
 

Less DCF from continuing operations available to general partner

12,766   12,766   38,298   38,298  

DCF from continuing operations available to limited partners

$ 89,360   $ 87,918   $ 288,280   $ 259,419  
 
DCF from continuing operations per limited partner unit $ 1.15 $ 1.13 $ 3.70 $ 3.33
 

(a)

  Other items consist of the net change in deferred revenue associated with throughput deficiency payments and construction reimbursements. For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, other items also include a $56.3 million non-cash gain associated with the Linden terminal acquisition.
 
(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.
 

NuStar Energy L.P. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Financial Information - Continued
(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Unit Data)

Notes (continued):

The following is a reconciliation of net income and net income per unit to adjusted net income applicable to limited partners and adjusted net income per unit:

   
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015
Net income / net income per unit $ 247,240     $ 2.69
Gain on Linden terminal acquisition (56,277 ) (0.71 )
Adjusted net income 190,963
GP interest and incentive (36,233 )  
Adjusted net income applicable to limited partners / adjusted net income per unit $ 154,730   $ 1.98  
 

The following is a reconciliation of EBITDA from continuing operations to adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations:

   

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015

EBITDA from continuing operations $ 512,095
Gain on Linden terminal acquisition (56,277 )
Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations $ 455,818  
 

The following is a reconciliation of projected incremental operating income to projected incremental EBITDA for the pipeline segment:

    Year Ended December 31, 2015
 
Projected incremental operating income $ 18,000 - 23,000
Plus projected incremental depreciation and amortization expense 7,000 - 12,000
Projected incremental EBITDA $ 25,000 - 35,000
 

The following is a reconciliation of projected incremental operating income to projected incremental EBITDA for the storage segment:

   
Year Ended December 31,
2016     2015
Projected incremental operating income $ (17,000 - 41,000) $ 30,000 - 35,000
Plus projected incremental depreciation and amortization expense 2,000 - 6,000 10,000 - 15,000
Projected incremental EBITDA $ (15,000 - 35,000) $ 40,000 - 50,000
 

The following is a reconciliation of projected operating income to projected EBITDA for the fuels marketing segment:

   
Year Ended December 31,
2016   2015
Projected operating income $ 15,000 - 35,000 $ 10,000 - 20,000
Plus projected depreciation and amortization expense
Projected EBITDA $ 15,000 - 35,000 $ 10,000 - 20,000
 

(2) The consolidated debt coverage ratio is calculated as consolidated debt to consolidated EBITDA, each as defined in our $1.5 billion five-year revolving credit agreement.

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


Source: Business Wire (November 3, 2015 - 6:30 AM EST)

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