Strong Margin Environment Leads to Significant Debt Reduction, Shareholder Return, and Capital Investment EL PASO, Texas, Feb. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Western Refining, Inc. (NYSE:WNR) today reported fourth quarter 2012 net income, excluding special items, of $155.7 million, or $1.45 per diluted share. This compares to fourth quarter 2011 net income, excluding special items, of $50.8 million, or $0.50 per diluted share. Including special items, the Company recorded fourth quarter 2012 net income of $207.6 million, or $1.92 per diluted share as compared to a net loss of $64.6 million, or $0.72 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2011. The special item for the fourth quarter of 2012 was a non-cash unrealized pre-tax hedging gain of $81.5 million. The quarter-on-quarter improvement was due in large part to higher refining margins resulting from cost-advantaged crude oils and strong product values in the Southwest U.S. For the year ended December 31, 2012, the Company reported net income, excluding special items, of $552.3 million, or $5.08 per diluted share as compared to net income, excluding special items, of $330.4 million, or $3.14 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2011. Including special items, Western recorded full year 2012 net income of $398.9 million, or $3.71 per diluted share compared to full year 2011 net income of $132.7 million, or $1.34 per diluted share. A reconciliation of reported earnings and description of special items can be found in the accompanying financial tables. Jeff Stevens, Western's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "In 2012, Western Refining realized its highest fourth quarter and full year Adjusted EBITDA in Company history. We undertook a number of strategic actions to capitalize on the strong margin environment, strengthen our balance sheet, and invest in the business. Over the last two years, we believe we have demonstrated our ability to capture these positive market conditions and dramatically transform the earnings power of the Company."