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|NuStar GP Holdings, LLC Reports Fourth Quarter 2010 Earnings and Announces Quarterly Distribution|
2010 Income Highest Ever and Meets Consensus Estimates
SAN ANTONIO, Jan 31, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- NuStar GP Holdings, LLC (NYSE: NSH) today announced that distributable cash flow available to unitholders for the fourth quarter of 2010 was $19.6 million, or $0.46 per unit, compared to $18.9 million, or $0.45 per unit, for the fourth quarter of 2009. For the year ended December 31, 2010, distributable cash flow available to unitholders was $79.6 million, or $1.87 per unit, compared to $74.7 million, or $1.76 per unit in 2009.
Fourth quarter 2010 net income was $15.3 million, or $0.35 per unit, compared to $17.0 million, or $0.40 per unit, for the fourth quarter of 2009. For the year ended December 31, 2010, net income was a record $72.5 million, or $1.70 per unit, compared to $68.1 million, or $1.60 per unit in 2009.
With respect to the quarterly distribution to unitholders for the fourth quarter of 2010, NuStar GP Holdings, LLC announced that its board of directors has declared a distribution of $0.48 per unit. This quarterly distribution represents an increase of $0.045 per unit, or 10.3 percent, over the $0.435 distribution for the fourth quarter of 2009. The fourth quarter 2010 distribution will be paid on February 16, 2011, to holders of record as of February 8, 2011.
"Due primarily to the approximate 1% increase in NuStar Energy L.P's 2010 distribution and the cash flow benefits realized as a result of NuStar Energy L.P. issuing equity during 2010, NuStar GP Holdings, LLC was able to increase its 2010 total distributions by 8.1%. Total 2010 declared distributions of $1.87 per unit were $0.14 per unit higher than the $1.73 per unit distribution declared in 2009," said Curt Anastasio, President and Chief Executive Officer of NuStar Energy L.P. and NuStar GP Holdings, LLC.
Anastasio added, "In 2011, NuStar GP Holdings, LLC should benefit from increased EBITDA in NuStar Energy L.P.'s storage and asphalt and fuels marketing segments. Internal growth projects completed at NuStar Energy L.P.'s St. James, LA, and St. Eustatius terminal facilities in 2010 and 2011 should be the major contributors to the increases in the storage segment's EBITDA. We expect slightly improving asphalt margins and continued strong earnings results in fuels marketing operations to cause EBITDA in NuStar Energy L.P.'s asphalt and fuels marketing segment to also be higher."
A conference call with management is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. CT) today, January 31, 2011, to discuss the financial results for the fourth quarter of 2010. Investors interested in listening to the presentation may call 800/622-7620, passcode 33425793. International callers may access the presentation by dialing 706/645-0327, passcode 33425793. The company intends to have a playback available following the presentation, which may be accessed by calling 800/642-1687, passcode 33425793. A live broadcast of the conference call will also be available on the company's Web site at www.nustargpholdings.com.
NuStar GP Holdings, LLC is a publicly traded limited liability company that owns the two percent general partner interest, a 15.6 percent limited partner interest and the incentive distribution rights in NuStar Energy L.P., one of the largest asphalt refiners and marketers in the U.S. and the second largest independent liquids terminal operator in the nation with operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NuStar GP Holdings, LLC's Web site at www.nustargpholdings.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 company's beliefs as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to the company.These statements reflect the 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 2009 annual reports on Form 10-K and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
SOURCE: NuStar GP Holdings, LLC
NuStar Energy, L.P., San Antonio