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NuStar Energy Reports Earnings Results For Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2012

Fourth Quarter and Year-to-Date Adjustments

The fourth quarter 2012 results include $41.5 million, or $0.52 per unit, of expense items that were not reflected in initial fourth quarter earnings guidance. Approximately half of these expenses relate to hedge losses recorded following our decision to sell the San Antonio refinery. The remaining expense items relate primarily to costs related to cancelled capital projects, employee benefit expenses associated with the asphalt joint venture and lease buyout expenses for the company’s previous corporate office location. Excluding these items and other adjustments, fourth quarter 2012 adjusted net income applicable to limited partners would have been $19.5 million, or $0.25 per unit.

In addition to those fourth quarter expense items, results for the year ended December 31, 2012 included $281.9 million, or $3.82 per unit, of expense items primarily goodwill and long-lived asset impairments and a loss resulting from deconsolidating the asphalt joint venture. Excluding these items and other adjustments, such as the $18.7 million after tax gain on the second quarter Grace legal settlement, adjusted net income applicable to limited partners for the year ended December 31, 2012 would have been $53.6 million, or $0.73 per unit.

2012 Segment Results

“Our transportation segment continues to perform better than last year as we benefit from higher throughputs related to internal growth capital projects completed in the Eagle Ford Shale over the past several months,” said Anastasio. “In addition, in December 2012, the segment began to benefit from incremental crude oil pipeline throughputs from the crude oil pipeline, gathering and storage assets in the Eagle Ford Shale region that we acquired from TexStar Midstream Services LP.”

In regard to the 2012 performance of the company’s storage segment Anastasio said, “While full-year results were higher than 2011’s results, the increased earnings associated with internal growth projects completed in 2011 and 2012, primarily at the St. James, Louisiana terminal, were partially offset by weaker than expected fourth quarter 2012 results in the segment. Cancelled capital project costs, fewer vessel calls and higher maintenance costs at some of our terminal facilities caused fourth quarter results to be lower than expected.”

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