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SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Valero Energy Partners LP (NYSE: VLP, the Partnership) today announced that the board of directors of its general partner has approved the Partnership’s acquisition of certain businesses from subsidiaries of Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO, Valero).  In the transaction, the Partnership will receive the outstanding membership interests in Valero Partners Houston, LLC and Valero Partners Louisiana, LLC for total consideration of about $671 million.  The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to the Partnership and its unitholders and is expected to close effective March 1, 2015.

“This acquisition is our largest yet and is consistent with our previously communicated accelerated growth strategy,” said Joe Gorder, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer.

The businesses to be acquired include the following assets and operations:

  • Valero Partners Houston, LLC operates a crude oil, intermediates, and refined petroleum products terminal located on the Houston ship channel that supports Valero’s Houston refinery.  The assets consist of storage tanks with 3.6 million barrels of storage capacity.
  • Valero Partners Louisiana, LLC operates a crude oil, intermediates, and refined petroleum products terminal located on the Mississippi River in Norco, Louisiana, that supports Valero’s St. Charles refinery.  The assets consist of storage tanks with 10 million barrels of storage capacity.

The Partnership expects to finance the acquisition with $211 million of cash, $200 million of borrowings under its revolving credit facility, $160 million in borrowings under a five-year subordinated loan agreement with Valero, and the issuance of 1,908,100 common units, representing limited partner interests, and 38,941 general partner units to a subsidiary of Valero valued, collectively, at $100 million.  The newly issued VLP units will be allocated between common units and general partner units in a proportion allowing the general partner to maintain its 2 percent general partner interest.

Upon closing, the Partnership plans to enter into 10-year terminaling agreements with subsidiaries of Valero.  The businesses to be acquired are expected to contribute approximately $75 million of EBITDA in their first full year of operation.

The terms of the transaction were approved, subject to the execution of definitive documentation, by the board of directors of the general partner, following the approval and recommendation of the board’s conflicts committee.  The conflicts committee is composed of independent directors and was advised by Evercore Group L.L.C., its financial advisor, and Akin Gump Straus Hauer & Feld LLP, its legal counsel.

About Valero Energy Partners LP

Valero Energy Partners LP is a fee-based, growth-oriented, traditional master limited partnership formed by Valero Energy Corporation to own, operate, develop, and acquire crude oil and refined petroleum products pipelines, terminals, and other transportation and logistics assets.  With headquarters in San Antonio, the Partnership’s assets include crude oil and refined petroleum products pipeline and terminal systems in the Gulf Coast and Mid-Continent regions of the United States that are integral to the operations of several of Valero’s refineries.

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Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

We define EBITDA as net income before income tax expense, interest expense, and depreciation expense.  EBITDA is a supplemental financial measure that is not defined under United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).  We believe that the presentation of EBITDA provides useful information to investors in assessing our financial condition and results of operations.  The GAAP measure most directly comparable to EBITDA is net income.  EBITDA should not be considered an alternative to net income in accordance with GAAP.  EBITDA has important limitations as an analytical tool because it excludes some, but not all, items that affect net income.  EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.  Additionally, because EBITDA may be defined differently by other companies in our industry, our definition of EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, thereby diminishing its utility.

VALERO ENERGY PARTNERS LP

RECONCILIATION OF FORECASTED NET INCOME UNDER GAAP TO EBITDA

(Unaudited, in Thousands)

Full Year Beginning March 1, 2015

Valero Partners Houston and Louisiana

Forecasted net income

$                 37,300

Add:  Forecasted depreciation expense

20,000

Add:  Forecasted interest expense

18,100

Add:  Forecasted income tax expense

400

Forecasted EBITDA

$                 75,800