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Nustar Gp Holdings, Llc (NSH) SEC Filing 10-Q Quarterly report for the period ending Saturday, September 30, 2017

Nustar Gp Holdings, Llc

CIK: 1223786
Exhibit 99.01




NuStar GP Holdings, LLC Reports Earnings Results for the Third Quarter of 2017

Quarterly Distribution Announced Previously

SAN ANTONIO, November 7, 2017 - NuStar GP Holdings, LLC (NYSE: NSH) today announced third quarter 2017 net income of $11.0 million, or $0.26 per unit. Distributable cash flow (DCF) available to unitholders for the third quarter of 2017 was $23.4 million.

As previously announced on October 18, 2017, the third quarter 2017 distribution of $0.545 per unit will be paid on November 16, 2017 to holders of record as of November 9, 2017.

A conference call with management is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. CT today, November 7, 2017, to discuss the financial and operational results for the third quarter of 2017. Investors interested in listening to the discussion may dial toll-free 844/889-7787, passcode 93805813. International callers may access the discussion by dialing 661/378-9931, passcode 93805813. The company intends to have a playback available following the discussion, which may be accessed by dialing toll-free 855/859-2056, passcode 93805813. International callers may access the playback by dialing 404/537-3406, passcode 93805813. The playback will be available until 12:00 p.m. CT on December 7, 2017.

Investors interested in listening to the live discussion or a replay via the internet may access the discussion directly at https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/ounvkpgz or by logging on to NuStar GP Holdings, LLC’s website at www.nustargpholdings.com.

The discussion 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 GP Holdings, LLC’s website at www.nustargpholdings.com.

NuStar GP Holdings, LLC is a publicly traded limited liability company that owns the general partner interest, an approximate 11 percent common limited partner interest and the incentive distribution rights in NuStar Energy L.P., one of the largest independent liquids terminal and pipeline operators in the nation. 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 GP Holdings, LLC’s website 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 GP Holdings, LLC’s distributions to foreign investors are attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, all of NuStar GP Holdings, LLC’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 GP Holdings, LLC, 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, and/or the related conference call will include, forward-looking statements regarding future events, such as the future performance of NuStar Energy L.P. and NuStar GP Holdings, LLC. 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.’s and NuStar GP Holdings, LLC’s 2016 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.





The following information was filed by Nustar Gp Holdings, Llc on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.
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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 _________________________________________
 FORM 10-Q
 _________________________________________
(Mark One)
x
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2017
OR
o
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the transition period from _______ to _______            
Commission File Number 1-32940
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NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS, LLC
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
  _________________________________________
 
Delaware
 
85-0470977
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
 
 
19003 IH-10 West
San Antonio, Texas
 
78257
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (210) 918-2000
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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No  o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  x    No  o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act:
Large accelerated filer
 
x
Accelerated filer
 
o
 
 
 
 
 
 
Non-accelerated filer
 
o  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
Smaller reporting company
 
o
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Emerging growth company
 
o
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.    o   
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  o   No  x
The number of common units outstanding as of October 31, 2017 was 42,951,749.


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NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS, LLC
FORM 10-Q
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PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1.
Financial Statements

NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS, LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Thousands of Dollars, Except Unit Data)
 
 
September 30,
2017
 
December 31,
2016
 
(Unaudited)
 
 
Assets
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
218

 
$
207

Income tax receivable
303

 
303

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
282

 
292

Total current assets
803

 
802

Investment in NuStar Energy L.P.
293,519

 
268,742

Deferred income tax assets, net
5,283

 
5,086

Total assets
$
299,605

 
$
274,630

Liabilities and Members’ Equity
 
 
 
Current liabilities:
 
 
 
Short-term debt
$
42,500

 
$
30,000

Payable to related party
81

 
317

Accounts payable
2

 
1

Accrued liabilities
361

 
460

Taxes other than income tax
71

 
64

Total current liabilities
43,015

 
30,842

Commitments and contingencies (Note 8)

 

Members’ equity (42,951,749 common units outstanding
as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016)
267,230

 
257,662

Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(10,640
)
 
(13,874
)
Total members’ equity
256,590

 
243,788

Total liabilities and members’ equity
$
299,605

 
$
274,630

See Condensed Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

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NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS, LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Unit and Per Unit Data)
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
Equity in earnings of NuStar Energy L.P.
$
12,177

 
$
16,130

 
$
41,252

 
$
49,425

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
General and administrative expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Third parties
(660
)
 
(454
)
 
(1,860
)
 
(1,794
)
Related party
(242
)
 
(250
)
 
(725
)
 
(583
)
Total general and administrative expenses
(902
)
 
(704
)
 
(2,585
)
 
(2,377
)
Other income, net

 
2,142

 
41,603

 
2,755

Interest expense, net
(448
)
 
(276
)
 
(1,134
)
 
(789
)
Income before income tax benefit
10,827

 
17,292

 
79,136

 
49,014

Income tax benefit
203

 
28

 
197

 
55

Net income
$
11,030

 
$
17,320

 
$
79,333

 
$
49,069

Net income per unit
$
0.26

 
$
0.40

 
$
1.84

 
$
1.14

Weighted-average number of common units outstanding
42,951,749

 
42,931,242

 
42,951,749

 
42,930,951

Comprehensive income
$
11,782

 
$
17,076

 
$
82,567

 
$
38,641

See Condensed Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

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NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS, LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars)
 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
 
 
 
Net income
$
79,333

 
$
49,069

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
Equity in earnings of NuStar Energy L.P.
(41,252
)
 
(49,425
)
Distributions of equity in earnings from NuStar Energy L.P.
41,252

 
49,425

Gain related to NuStar Energy L.P.’s issuance of common limited partner units
(41,603
)
 
(2,142
)
Gain on sale of NuStar Energy L.P. common limited partner units in connection
with unit-based compensation

 
(613
)
Unit-based compensation expense
615

 
460

Amortization of deferred debt costs
134

 
126

Deferred income tax benefit
(197
)
 
(63
)
Changes in current assets and liabilities (Note 6)
(286
)
 
(3,532
)
Increase in long-term receivable from related party

 
(899
)
Increase in long-term liabilities

 
1,183

Net cash provided by operating activities
37,996

 
43,589

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
 
 
 
Distributions in excess of equity in earnings from NuStar Energy L.P.
33,658

 
22,431

Investment in NuStar Energy L.P.
(13,597
)
 
(737
)
Proceeds from sale of NuStar Energy L.P. common units in connection
with unit-based compensation

 
1,319

Net cash provided by investing activities
20,061

 
23,013

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
 
 
 
Proceeds from short-term debt borrowings
15,500

 
4,000

Repayment of short-term debt
(3,000
)
 

Distributions to unitholders
(70,225
)
 
(70,192
)
Other, net
(321
)
 
(84
)
Net cash used in financing activities
(58,046
)
 
(66,276
)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents
11

 
326

Cash and cash equivalents as of the beginning of the period
207

 
34

Cash and cash equivalents as of the end of the period
$
218

 
$
360

See Condensed Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

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NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS, LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

1. ORGANIZATION AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION
Organization
NuStar GP Holdings, LLC (NuStar GP Holdings) (NYSE: NSH) is a publicly held Delaware limited liability company. Unless otherwise indicated, the terms “NuStar GP Holdings,” “NSH,” “we,” “our” and “us” are used in this report to refer to NuStar GP Holdings, LLC, to one or more of our consolidated subsidiaries or to all of them taken as a whole.

Our unitholders have no liability under our limited liability company agreement, or for any of our debts, obligations or liabilities, in their capacity as unitholders.

We have no operations or sources of income or cash flows other than our investment in NuStar Energy L.P. (NuStar Energy or NS) (NYSE: NS). As of September 30, 2017, we have an approximate 13% ownership in NuStar Energy, consisting of the following:
the general partner interest;
100% of the incentive distribution rights (IDRs) issued by NuStar Energy, which entitle us to receive increasing percentages of the cash distributed by NuStar Energy, currently at the maximum percentage of 23%; and
10,214,626 common units of NuStar Energy.

NuStar Energy is a publicly held Delaware limited partnership engaged in the transportation of petroleum products and anhydrous ammonia, the terminalling, storage and marketing of petroleum products. NuStar Energy has pipelines in the United States, as well as terminal and storage facilities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, including St. Eustatius in the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom. NuStar Energy conducts its operations through its subsidiaries, primarily NuStar Logistics, L.P. (NuStar Logistics) and NuStar Pipeline Operating Partnership L.P. Unless otherwise indicated, the term “NuStar Energy” is used in this report to refer to NuStar Energy L.P., to one or more of its consolidated subsidiaries or to all of them taken as a whole.

Recent Developments
Navigator Acquisition and Financing Transactions. On May 4, 2017, NuStar Energy completed the acquisition of Navigator Energy Services, LLC for approximately $1.5 billion (the Navigator Acquisition). In order to fund the purchase price, NuStar Energy issued 14,375,000 common units for net proceeds of $657.5 million, NuStar Logistics issued $550.0 million of 5.625% senior notes for net proceeds of $543.3 million and NuStar Energy issued 15,400,000 of its 7.625% Series B Fixed-to-Floating Rate Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Units (Series B Preferred Units) for net proceeds of $371.8 million. In conjunction with the Navigator Acquisition, NuStar Energy’s partnership agreement was amended and restated to, among other things, provide a waiver of certain quarterly distributions with respect to our IDRs. In April 2017, we borrowed approximately $14.0 million under our revolving credit facility to fund a contribution to NuStar Energy in order to maintain our 2% general partner interest in connection with NuStar Energy’s issuance of common units. Please refer to Note 2 for a discussion of these transactions.

Basis of Presentation
These unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of NuStar GP Holdings and subsidiaries in which it has a controlling interest. Intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

We account for our investment in NuStar Energy using the equity method. Therefore, our financial results reflect a portion of NuStar Energy’s net income based on our ownership interest in NuStar Energy. We have no separate operating activities apart from those conducted by NuStar Energy and therefore generate no revenues from operations.

These unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for interim financial information and with the instructions to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and notes required by GAAP for complete consolidated financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included, and all disclosures are adequate. All such adjustments are of a normal recurring nature unless disclosed otherwise. Financial information for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016 included in these Condensed Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements is derived from our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements. Operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending December 31, 2017.

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NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS, LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – (Continued)

The consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2016 has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements as of that date. These unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016.

New Accounting Pronouncements
Unit-Based Payments. In May 2017, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued amended guidance that clarifies when a change to the terms and conditions of a unit-based payment award is accounted for as a modification. Under the amended guidance, an entity will apply modification accounting if the value, vesting or classification of the unit-based payment award changes. The guidance is effective for annual and interim periods beginning after December 15, 2017, and amendments should be applied prospectively. We will adopt these provisions January 1, 2018, and we do not expect the guidance to have a material impact on our financial position, results of operations or disclosures.

Statement of Cash Flows. In August 2016, the FASB issued amended guidance that clarifies how entities should present certain cash receipts and cash payments on the statement of cash flows, including but not limited to debt prepayment or debt extinguishment costs, contingent consideration payments made after a business combination, proceeds from the settlement of insurance claims and distributions received from equity method investees. The changes are effective for annual and interim periods beginning after December 15, 2017, and amendments should be applied retrospectively. We will adopt these provisions January 1, 2018, and we do not expect the guidance to have a material impact on our statements of cash flows or disclosures.

2. INVESTMENT IN NUSTAR ENERGY

Navigator Acquisition
On April 11, 2017, NuStar Energy entered into a Membership Interest Purchase and Sale Agreement (the Acquisition Agreement) with FR Navigator Holdings LLC to acquire all of the issued and outstanding limited liability company interests in Navigator Energy Services, LLC (Navigator) for approximately $1.5 billion. NuStar Energy closed on the Navigator Acquisition on May 4, 2017 and funded the purchase price with the net proceeds of the equity and debt issuances described below. The assets acquired consisted of crude oil transportation, pipeline gathering and storage assets located in the Midland Basin of West Texas consisting of: (i) more than 500 miles of crude oil gathering and transportation pipelines with approximately 92,000 barrels per day ship-or-pay volume commitments and deliverability of approximately 412,000 barrels per day; (ii) a pipeline gathering system with more than 200 connected producer tank batteries capable of more than 400,000 barrels per day of pumping capacity covering over 500,000 dedicated acres with fixed fee contracts; and (iii) approximately 1.0 million barrels of crude oil storage capacity with 440,000 barrels contracted to third parties.

The Navigator Acquisition broadens NuStar Energy’s geographic footprint by marking its entry into the Permian Basin and complements its existing asset base. NuStar Energy believes this acquisition provides a strong growth platform that, when coupled with its assets in the Eagle Ford region, solidifies its presence in two of the most prolific basins in the United States.

In connection with NuStar Energy’s issuance of the Series B Preferred Units described below and the Navigator Acquisition, NuStar Energy’s partnership agreement was amended and restated to waive up to an aggregate $22.0 million of the quarterly incentive distributions payable to us for any NS common units issued from the date of the Acquisition Agreement (other than those attributable to NS common units issued under any equity compensation plan) for ten consecutive quarters, starting with the distributions for the second quarter of 2017.

Issuance of Common Units
On April 18, 2017, NuStar Energy issued 14,375,000 common units representing limited partner interests at a price of $46.35 per unit. NuStar Energy used the net proceeds from this offering of $657.5 million, including our contribution of $13.6 million to maintain our 2% general partner interest, to fund a portion of the purchase price for the Navigator Acquisition. We borrowed approximately $14.0 million under our revolving credit facility to fund our general partner contribution to NuStar Energy, and our common limited partner ownership interest in NuStar Energy was approximately 11% subsequent to this issuance.

This issuance resulted in a gain of $41.6 million, which is included in “Other income, net” on our condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive income for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, and represents the gain as if we had sold a proportionate share of our investment in NuStar Energy.

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NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS, LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – (Continued)

Issuance of Series B Preferred Units
On April 28, 2017, NuStar Energy issued 15,400,000 of its Series B Preferred Units representing limited partner interests at a price of $25.00 per unit. NuStar Energy used the net proceeds of $371.8 million from the issuance of the Series B Preferred Units to fund a portion of the purchase price for the Navigator Acquisition and to pay related fees and expenses.

The Series B Preferred Units rank senior to our general partner and common limited partner interests with respect to distribution rights and rights upon liquidation. Distributions on the Series B Preferred Units are payable out of any legally available funds, accrue and are cumulative from the date of original issuance of the Series B Preferred Units and are payable quarterly. The holders of the Preferred Units are entitled to receive quarterly distributions at an initial distribution rate of 7.625% per annum of the $25.00 liquidation preference per unit (equal to $1.90625 per unit per annum). On and after June 15, 2022, distributions on the Series B Preferred Units accumulate at a percentage of the $25.00 liquidation preference equal to an annual floating rate of the three-month LIBOR plus a spread of 5.643%.
Summary Financial Information
Condensed consolidated financial information reported by NuStar Energy is presented below: 
 
September 30,
2017
 
December 31,
2016
 
(Thousands of Dollars)
Balance Sheet Information:
 
 
 
Current assets
$
233,872

 
$
377,183

Property, plant and equipment, net
4,188,149

 
3,722,283

Goodwill
1,095,943

 
696,637

Intangible assets, net
797,339

 
127,083

Other non-current assets
103,465

 
107,359

Total assets
$
6,418,768

 
$
5,030,545

Current liabilities
$
641,067

 
$
289,396

Long-term debt, net of current portion
3,232,599

 
3,014,364

Other non-current liabilities
125,240

 
115,168

Total liabilities
3,998,906

 
3,418,928

NuStar Energy partners’ equity
2,419,862

 
1,611,617

Total liabilities and partners’ equity
$
6,418,768

 
$
5,030,545

 
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
(Thousands of Dollars)
Statement of Comprehensive Income Information:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenues
$
440,566

 
$
441,418

 
$
1,363,484

 
$
1,284,925

Operating income
$
91,717

 
$
87,954

 
$
262,260

 
$
273,736

Net income
$
38,592

 
$
51,141

 
$
122,782

 
$
161,059


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NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS, LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – (Continued)

Other
Our investment in NuStar Energy reconciles to NuStar Energy’s partners’ equity as follows: 
 
September 30,
2017
 
December 31,
2016
 
(Thousands of Dollars)
NuStar Energy’s partners’ equity
$
2,419,862

 
$
1,611,617

Less NuStar Energy’s preferred limited partners’ equity
589,920

 
218,400

NuStar Energy’s partners’ equity, excluding preferred limited partners’ equity
1,829,942

 
1,393,217

NuStar GP Holdings’ ownership interest in NuStar Energy
12.8
%
 
14.7
%
NuStar GP Holdings’ share of NuStar Energy’s partners’ equity
234,233

 
204,803

Step-up in basis related to NuStar Energy’s assets and liabilities,
including equity method goodwill, and other
59,286

 
63,939

Investment in NuStar Energy
$
293,519

 
$
268,742




3. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

Employee Transfer from NuStar GP, LLC. On March 1, 2016, NuStar GP, LLC, our wholly owned subsidiary, transferred and assigned to NuStar Services Company LLC (NuStar Services Co), a wholly owned subsidiary of NuStar Energy, all of NuStar GP, LLC’s employees and related benefit plans, programs, contracts and policies (the Employee Transfer). Our officers, who are also officers of NuStar GP, LLC, are now dual employees of NuStar GP, LLC and NuStar Services Co. As a result of the Employee Transfer, NuStar Energy pays employee costs directly and sponsors the long-term incentive plan and other employee benefit plans.

GP Services Agreement. Prior to the Employee Transfer, NuStar GP, LLC managed the operations of NuStar Energy under a services agreement effective January 1, 2008 pursuant to which employees of NuStar GP, LLC performed services for NuStar Energy’s U.S. operations. Employees of NuStar GP, LLC provided services to both NuStar Energy and NuStar GP Holdings; therefore, NuStar Energy reimbursed NuStar GP, LLC for all employee costs incurred prior to the Employee Transfer, other than the expenses allocated specifically to NuStar GP Holdings (the Holdco Administrative Services Expense). For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, NuStar Energy reimbursed NuStar GP, LLC $32.1 million for payroll, employee benefit plan and unit-based compensation expenses and $0.1 million related to other expenses. The Holdco Administrative Services Expense totaled $0.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016.

In conjunction with the Employee Transfer, NuStar GP, LLC entered into an Amended and Restated Services Agreement with NuStar Services Co, a wholly owned subsidiary of NuStar Energy, effective March 1, 2016 (the Amended GP Services Agreement). The Amended GP Services Agreement provides that NuStar Services Co will furnish administrative services necessary to conduct our business. We will compensate NuStar Services Co for these services through an annual fee of $1.0 million, subject to adjustment based on the annual merit increase percentage applicable to NuStar Services Co employees for the most recently completed fiscal year and for changes in level of service. The Amended GP Services Agreement will terminate on March 1, 2020 and will automatically renew for successive two-year terms, unless terminated by either party. Administrative expenses related to the Amended GP Services Agreement are reported in related party general and administrative expenses on the consolidated statements of comprehensive income.

Balance Sheet Items. We had a payable to NuStar Energy of $0.1 million and $0.3 million as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively, mainly comprised of service fees and expenses paid on our behalf.


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NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS, LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – (Continued)

4. DISTRIBUTIONS FROM NUSTAR ENERGY

Beginning with the distribution earned for the second quarter of 2017, we will not receive incentive distributions with respect to certain NS common units, including those recently issued by NuStar Energy in connection with the Navigator Acquisition. Please refer to Note 2 for further discussion.

The following table reflects the allocation of NuStar Energy’s cash distributions earned for the periods indicated among its general partner and common limited partners:
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
(Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Unit Data)
General partner interest
$
2,302

 
$
1,976

 
$
6,947

 
$
5,898

General partner IDRs
10,912

 
10,890

 
34,736

 
32,500

Total general partner distribution
13,214

 
12,866

 
41,683

 
38,398

Common limited partner distribution
11,185

 
11,185

 
33,555

 
33,514

Total distributions to NuStar GP Holdings
24,399

 
24,051

 
75,238

 
71,912

Public common limited partners’ distribution
90,685

 
74,758

 
272,097

 
222,999

Total cash distributions
$
115,084

 
$
98,809

 
$
347,335

 
$
294,911

Cash distributions per unit applicable to common limited partners
$
1.095

 
$
1.095

 
$
3.285

 
$
3.285


The following table summarizes information related to NuStar Energy’s quarterly cash distributions to its general partner and common limited partners:
Quarter Ended
 
Cash Distributions Per Common Unit
 
Total Cash Distributions
 
Record Date
 
Payment Date
 
 
 
 
(Thousands of Dollars)
 
 
 
 
September 30, 2017 (a)
 
$
1.095

 
$
115,084

 
November 9, 2017
 
November 14, 2017
June 30, 2017
 
$
1.095

 
$
115,083

 
August 7, 2017
 
August 11, 2017
March 31, 2017
 
$
1.095

 
$
117,168

 
May 8, 2017
 
May 12, 2017
December 31, 2016
 
$
1.095

 
$
98,971

 
February 8, 2017
 
February 13, 2017
(a) The distribution was announced on October 18, 2017.

5. FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

We segregate the inputs used in measuring fair value into three levels: Level 1, defined as observable inputs such as quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in active markets; Level 2, defined as inputs other than quoted prices in active markets that are either directly or indirectly observable, such as quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets or quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in markets that are not active; and Level 3, defined as unobservable inputs in which little or no market data exists.

We recognize cash equivalents, receivables, payables and short-term debt in our consolidated balance sheets at their carrying amounts. The fair values of these financial instruments approximate their carrying amounts. The fair value of our short-term debt would fall in Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy.


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CONDENSED NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – (Continued)

6. STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

Changes in current assets and current liabilities were as follows: 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
(Thousands of Dollars)
Decrease (increase) in current assets:
 
 
 
Receivable from related party, net
$

 
$
(1,227
)
Income tax receivable

 
909

Other receivables

 
(32
)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
41

 
(21
)
Increase (decrease) in current liabilities:
 
 
 
Payable to related party
(236
)
 

Accounts payable
1

 
(221
)
Accrued compensation expense

 
(1,339
)
Accrued liabilities
(99
)
 
11

Taxes other than income tax
7

 
(1,612
)
Changes in current assets and current liabilities
$
(286
)
 
$
(3,532
)

Cash flows related to interest and income tax were as follows:
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
(Thousands of Dollars)
Cash paid for interest
$
990

 
$
655

Cash refunded for income tax
$

 
$
(900
)

7. CREDIT FACILITY
Our revolving credit facility dated June 28, 2013 currently has a borrowing capacity of up to $60.0 million, of which up to $10.0 million may be available for letters of credit. We amended this facility on June 27, 2017 to, among other things, extend its maturity to June 27, 2018 and increase its borrowing capacity from $50.0 million to $60.0 million. Our obligations under our revolving credit facility are guaranteed by Riverwalk Holdings, LLC (Riverwalk), our wholly owned subsidiary. Riverwalk has pledged a total of 2,926,833 NuStar Energy common units that it owns to secure its guarantee. Borrowings under our revolving credit facility are used to fund capital contributions to NuStar Energy, to maintain our 2% general partner interest when NuStar Energy issues additional common units and to meet other liquidity and capital resource requirements.

As of September 30, 2017, we had outstanding borrowings of $42.5 million and availability of $17.5 million for borrowings under our revolving credit facility. Interest on our revolving credit facility is based upon, at our option, either an alternative base rate or a LIBOR-based rate. The weighted-average interest rates related to borrowings under our revolving credit facility as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, were 3.3% and 2.8%, respectively.

Our revolving credit facility requires that NuStar Energy comply with the financial covenant in NuStar Logistics’ credit agreement, which requires NuStar Energy’s consolidated debt coverage ratio (as defined in NuStar Logistics’ credit agreement) not exceed 5.50-to-1.00 as of September 30, 2017. We are also required to receive cash distributions each fiscal quarter of at least $19.0 million in respect of our ownership interests in NuStar Energy. Our management believes that we are in compliance with the covenants in the revolving credit facility as of September 30, 2017.


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CONDENSED NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – (Continued)

8. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

We are not currently a party to any material legal proceedings and have not recorded any accruals for loss contingencies. NuStar Energy is a party to claims and legal proceedings arising in the ordinary course of its business, which it believes are not material to its financial position or results of operations. However, due to the inherent uncertainty of litigation, there can be no assurance that the resolution of any particular claim or proceeding would not have a material adverse effect on NuStar Energy’s results of operations and ability to pay distributions, which would impact our results of operations and ability to pay distributions.

9. MEMBERS’ EQUITY

The following table presents changes to our members’ equity (in thousands of dollars):
 
Balance as of January 1, 2017
$
243,788

Net income
79,333

Distributions to unitholders
(70,225
)
Share of NuStar Energy’s other comprehensive income
3,234

Unit-based compensation
460

Balance as of September 30, 2017
$
256,590


Cash Distributions
The following table summarizes our cash distributions applicable to the period in which the distributions were earned:
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
(Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Unit Data)
Cash distributions per unit
$
0.545

 
$
0.545

 
$
1.635

 
$
1.635

Total cash distributions
$
23,409

 
$
23,398

 
$
70,226

 
$
70,193


 The following table summarizes information related to our quarterly cash distributions:

Quarter Ended
 
Cash Distributions Per Unit
 
Total Cash Distributions
 
Record Date
 
Payment Date
 
 
 
 
(Thousands of Dollars)
 
 
 
 
September 30, 2017 (a)
 
$
0.545

 
$
23,409

 
November 9, 2017
 
November 16, 2017
June 30, 2017
 
$
0.545

 
$
23,408

 
August 7, 2017
 
August 15, 2017
March 31, 2017
 
$
0.545

 
$
23,409

 
May 8, 2017
 
May 16, 2017
December 31, 2016
 
$
0.545

 
$
23,408

 
February 8, 2017
 
February 15, 2017
(a)
The distribution was announced on October 18, 2017.

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Item 2.
Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
 

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This Form 10-Q contains certain estimates, predictions, projections, assumptions and other forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. While these forward-looking statements, and any assumptions upon which they are based, are made in good faith and reflect our current judgment regarding the direction of our business, actual results will almost always vary, sometimes materially, from any estimates, predictions, projections, assumptions or other future performance suggested in this report. These forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the words “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends,” “estimates,” “forecasts,” “budgets,” “projects,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “may” and similar expressions. These statements reflect our current views with regard to future events and are subject to various risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Please read our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, Part I, Item 1A “Risk Factors,” as well as our subsequent current and quarterly reports, for a discussion of certain of those risks, uncertainties and assumptions.
If one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or if the underlying assumptions prove incorrect, our actual results may vary materially from those described in any forward-looking statement. Other unknown or unpredictable factors could also have material adverse effects on our future results. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking information, which is as of the date of this Form 10-Q. We do not intend to update these statements unless we are required by the securities laws to do so, and we undertake no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions to any such forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this report or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

OVERVIEW

NuStar GP Holdings, LLC (NuStar GP Holdings) (NYSE: NSH) is a publicly traded Delaware limited liability company. Unless otherwise indicated, the terms “NuStar GP Holdings,” “NSH,” “we,” “our” and “us” are used in this report to refer to NuStar GP Holdings, LLC, to one or more of our consolidated subsidiaries or to all of them taken as a whole. Our Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations is presented in seven sections:

Overview
Results of Operations
Trends and Outlook
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Related Party Transactions
Critical Accounting Policies
New Accounting Pronouncements
Our only cash generating assets are our ownership interests in NuStar Energy L.P. (NuStar Energy or NS), a publicly traded Delaware limited partnership (NYSE: NS). As of September 30, 2017, we have an approximate 13% ownership in NuStar Energy, consisting of the following:

the general partner interest;
100% of the incentive distribution rights (IDRs) issued by NuStar Energy, which entitle us to receive increasing percentages of the cash distributed by NuStar Energy, currently at the maximum percentage of 23%; and
10,214,626 common units of NuStar Energy.

We account for our investment in NuStar Energy using the equity method. Therefore, our financial results reflect a portion of NuStar Energy’s net income based on our ownership interest in NuStar Energy. We have no separate operating activities apart from those conducted by NuStar Energy and therefore generate no revenues from operations. Unless otherwise indicated, the term “NuStar Energy” is used in this report to refer to NuStar Energy L.P., to one or more of its consolidated subsidiaries or to all of them taken as a whole.

NuStar Energy is engaged in the transportation of petroleum products and anhydrous ammonia, the terminalling, storage and marketing of petroleum products. NuStar Energy has pipelines in the United States, as well as terminal and storage facilities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, including St. Eustatius in the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom.


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NuStar Energy’s partnership agreement requires that it distribute all available cash to its common limited partners and general partner each quarter. Available cash is generally defined as cash receipts less cash disbursements (including distributions to holders of NuStar Energy’s preferred units) and cash reserves established by NuStar Energy’s board of directors, in its sole discretion. Similarly, we are required by our limited liability company agreement to distribute all of our available cash at the end of each quarter, generally defined in our limited liability company agreement as cash on hand at the end of the quarter, less reserves established by our board of directors.

Recent Developments
Navigator Acquisition and Financing Transactions. On May 4, 2017, NuStar Energy completed the acquisition of Navigator Energy Services, LLC for approximately $1.5 billion (the Navigator Acquisition). In order to fund the purchase price, NuStar Energy issued 14,375,000 common units for net proceeds of $657.5 million, NuStar Logistics, L.P. issued $550.0 million of 5.625% senior notes for net proceeds of $543.3 million and NuStar Energy issued 15,400,000 of its 7.625% Series B Fixed-to-Floating Rate Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Units for net proceeds of $371.8 million. In conjunction with the Navigator Acquisition, NuStar Energy’s partnership agreement was amended and restated to, among other things, provide a waiver of certain quarterly distributions with respect to our incentive distribution rights. In April 2017, we borrowed approximately $14.0 million under our revolving credit facility to fund a contribution to NuStar Energy in order to maintain our 2% general partner interest in connection with NuStar Energy’s issuance of common units. Please refer to Note 2 of the Condensed Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 1. “Financial Statements” for a discussion of these transactions.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

As discussed above, we account for our investment in NuStar Energy using the equity method. As a result, our equity in earnings of NuStar Energy, our only source of income, directly fluctuates with the amount of NuStar Energy’s distributions and results of operations. NuStar Energy’s distributions to its common limited partners determine the amount of our incentive distribution earnings, while NuStar Energy’s results of operations determine the amounts of earnings attributable to our general partner and common limited partner interests.

Three Months Ended September 30, 2017 Compared to Three Months Ended September 30, 2016
Financial Highlights
(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Unit Data)

 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
Change
Equity in earnings of NuStar Energy
$
12,177

 
$
16,130

 
$
(3,953
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
General and administrative expenses
(902
)
 
(704
)
 
(198
)
Other income, net

 
2,142

 
(2,142
)
Interest expense, net
(448
)
 
(276
)
 
(172
)
Income before income tax benefit
10,827

 
17,292

 
(6,465
)
Income tax benefit
203

 
28

 
175

Net income
$
11,030

 
$
17,320

 
$
(6,290
)
Net income per unit
$
0.26

 
$
0.40

 
$
(0.14
)


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The following table summarizes NuStar Energy’s statement of comprehensive income data:
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
Change
 
(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Unit Data)
Revenues
$
440,566

 
$
441,418

 
$
(852
)
Cost of product sales
138,078

 
155,129

 
(17,051
)
Operating expenses
116,590

 
117,432

 
(842
)
Depreciation and amortization expense
66,989

 
51,853

 
15,136

Segment operating income
118,909

 
117,004

 
1,905

General and administrative expenses
25,003

 
26,957

 
(1,954
)
Other depreciation and amortization expense
2,189

 
2,093

 
96

Operating income
$
91,717

 
$
87,954

 
$
3,763

 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
$
38,592

 
$
51,141

 
$
(12,549
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income per unit applicable to common limited partners
$
0.15

 
$
0.49

 
$
(0.34
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash distributions per unit applicable to common limited partners
$
1.095

 
$
1.095

 
$


NuStar Energy’s net income decreased $12.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017, compared to the three months ended September 30, 2016, primarily due to increased interest expense and other expense, net, which were partially offset by a slight increase from segment operating income.

Equity in Earnings of NuStar Energy
The following table summarizes our equity in earnings of NuStar Energy:
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
Change
 
(Thousands of Dollars)
NuStar GP Holdings’ Equity in Earnings of NuStar Energy:
 
 
 
 
 
General partner interest
$
311

 
$
805

 
$
(494
)
General partner IDRs
10,912

 
10,890

 
22

General partner’s interest in earnings and incentive distributions
        of NuStar Energy
11,223

 
11,695

 
(472
)
Common limited partner interest in earnings of NuStar Energy
1,675

 
5,156

 
(3,481
)
Amortization of step-up in basis related to NuStar Energy’s assets
       and liabilities
(721
)
 
(721
)
 

Equity in earnings of NuStar Energy
$
12,177

 
$
16,130

 
$
(3,953
)

Our equity in earnings in NuStar Energy decreased $4.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2017, compared to the three months ended September 30, 2016, primarily due to a decrease in our equity in earnings related to our general and common limited partner interests, which was mostly due to a decrease in NuStar Energy’s net income. Also, NuStar Energy issued preferred units in the fourth quarter of 2016 and in the second quarter of 2017, and NuStar Energy’s earnings are first allocated to its preferred units in an amount equal to its earned distributions. Accordingly, earnings allocated to our general and common limited partner interests for the three months ended September 30, 2017 were reduced as a portion of its earnings were allocated to the preferred limited partner interest.

Our equity in earnings of NuStar Energy related to our IDRs increased slightly as a result of NuStar Energy’s issuances of common units in the fourth quarter of 2016. Our IDRs in NuStar Energy entitle us to an increasing amount of NuStar Energy’s cash distributions. In connection with the Navigator Acquisition, NuStar Energy’s partnership agreement was amended and restated to waive our IDRs related to NuStar Energy’s common units issued in April of 2017. Although we received incentive

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distributions with respect to these units for the first quarter of 2017, we will not receive incentive distributions with respect to these units for ten consecutive quarters beginning with the distribution earned for the second quarter of 2017.

Other Income, Net
We recognized other income of $2.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016 due to a gain resulting from NuStar Energy’s issuance of common units in the third quarter of 2016, which is recognized as if we had sold a proportionate share of our investment in NuStar Energy.

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017 Compared to Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016
Financial Highlights
(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Unit Data)

 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
Change
Equity in earnings of NuStar Energy
$
41,252

 
$
49,425

 
$
(8,173
)
General and administrative expenses
(2,585
)
 
(2,377
)
 
(208
)
Other income, net
41,603

 
2,755

 
38,848

Interest expense, net
(1,134
)
 
(789
)
 
(345
)
Income before income tax benefit
79,136

 
49,014

 
30,122

Income tax benefit
197

 
55

 
142

Net income
$
79,333

 
$
49,069

 
$
30,264

Net income per unit
$
1.84

 
$
1.14

 
$
0.70


The following table summarizes NuStar Energy’s statement of comprehensive income data:
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
Change
 
(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Unit Data)
Revenues
$
1,363,484

 
$
1,284,925

 
$
78,559

Cost of product sales
490,363

 
441,736

 
48,627

Operating expenses
334,016

 
335,315

 
(1,299
)
Depreciation and amortization expense
187,062

 
154,357

 
32,705

Segment operating income
352,043

 
353,517

 
(1,474
)
General and administrative expenses
83,202

 
73,399

 
9,803

Other depreciation and amortization expense
6,581

 
6,382

 
199

Operating income
$
262,260

 
$
273,736

 
$
(11,476
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
$
122,782

 
$
161,059

 
$
(38,277
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net income per unit applicable to common limited partners
$
0.65

 
$
1.58

 
$
(0.93
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash distributions per unit applicable to common limited partners
$
3.285

 
$
3.285

 
$


NuStar Energy’s net income decreased $38.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2016, primarily due to increases in interest expense, general and administrative expenses and other expense, net.




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Equity in Earnings of NuStar Energy
The following table summarizes our equity in earnings of NuStar Energy:
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
Change
 
(Thousands of Dollars)
NuStar GP Holdings’ Equity in Earnings of NuStar Energy:
 
 
 
 
 
General partner interest
$
1,223


$
2,571

 
$
(1,348
)
General partner IDRs
34,736


32,500

 
2,236

General partner’s interest in earnings and incentive distributions of NuStar Energy
35,959

 
35,071

 
888

Common limited partner interest in earnings of NuStar Energy
7,456


16,517

 
(9,061
)
Amortization of step-up in basis related to NuStar Energy’s assets and liabilities
(2,163
)

(2,163
)
 

Equity in earnings of NuStar Energy
$
41,252

 
$
49,425

 
$
(8,173
)

Our equity in earnings in NuStar Energy decreased $8.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2016, primarily due to a decrease in our equity in earnings related to our general and common limited partner interests, which was mostly due to a decrease in NuStar Energy’s net income. Also, NuStar Energy issued preferred units in the fourth quarter of 2016 and in the second quarter of 2017, and NuStar Energy’s earnings are first allocated to its preferred units in an amount equal to its earned distributions. Accordingly, earnings allocated to our general and common limited partner interests for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 were reduced as a portion of its earnings were allocated to the preferred limited partner interest, as well as to higher IDRs.

Our equity in earnings of NuStar Energy related to our IDRs increased as a result of NuStar Energy’s issuances of common units in 2016 and April of 2017. Our IDRs in NuStar Energy entitle us to an increasing amount of NuStar Energy’s cash distributions. In connection with the Navigator Acquisition, we amended NuStar Energy’s partnership agreement to waive our IDRs related to NuStar Energy’s common units issued in April of 2017. Although we received incentive distributions with respect to these units for the first quarter of 2017, we will not receive incentive distributions with respect to these units for ten consecutive quarters beginning with the distribution earned for the second quarter of 2017.

Other Income, Net
For the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, we recognized other income of $41.6 million and $2.1 million, respectively, due to the gains resulting from NuStar Energy’s issuances of common units, which are recognized as if we had sold a proportionate share of our investment in NuStar Energy.

 

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TRENDS AND OUTLOOK

As a master limited partnership, NuStar Energy’s core business strategy is to build long-term unitholder value through stable, consistent growth: to that end, it provides a broad array of logistical solution services to a diverse customer base in sectors across the energy industry with its portfolio of assets positioned in geographic markets around the globe, under primarily fee-based, long-term contractual arrangements. This strategy is intended to mitigate the impact of negative market conditions on NuStar Energy’s results and positions itself for the financial health necessary to grow as market conditions improve.

NuStar Energy believes that the fact that it provides both storage and pipeline services, for crude and refined products, to customers across the country and around the world, offers some insulation from the impact of commodity market price fluctuations on its results of operations. Since higher crude oil prices have tended to benefit NuStar Energy’s producer customers, high prices have also correlated with increased demand for its crude oil pipeline services. On the other hand, lower crude oil prices, when coupled with an industry expectation of higher prices in the future, or a contango market, has historically correlated with increased demand from trading companies for its storage services. In the locations at which NuStar Energy’s assets are integrated physically with the refineries the assets serve, NuStar Energy believes the results generated by those assets depend to a greater degree on each refinery’s continuing need to receive, store and transport the crude and refined products than on crude or refined product prices.

The Navigator Acquisition broadened NuStar Energy’s geographic footprint and marked its entry into the Permian Basin, one of the fastest-growing basins in the United States. The Permian Basin currently represents approximately forty percent of all onshore rig activity in the United States, and rig count growth in the Permian continues to outpace all other domestic shale plays. In addition, NuStar Energy’s Permian Crude System is located in the most economic and highest growth counties in the basin, with some of the lowest break-even values in the United States, and offers its customers access to multiple downstream end-markets. NuStar Energy believes this system provides a strong growth platform in the most prolific basin in the United States. While the addition of the Permian Crude System to NuStar Energy’s asset portfolio could increase the impact of crude oil prices on its results of operations, NuStar Energy believes that its contracts, many of which are long-term, take-or-pay arrangements for committed storage or throughput capacity, should continue to help to blunt the impact of volatility of crude oil prices on its results of operations.

At the time of the Navigator Acquisition in May, NuStar Energy anticipated that its issuance of common units, senior notes and preferred units to fund the purchase price would increase its ongoing costs of funding its quarterly distribution, as well as its interest expense, but NuStar Energy made the decision to move forward because it believed, and continues to believe, that the Permian Crude System’s future growth will outweigh those costs in the long run.

The Permian Basin and NuStar Energy’s Permian Crude System have been growing since the acquisition, and NuStar Energy expects that growth to continue, even in a continued low price environment. In contrast, during 2017, NuStar Energy’s pipeline systems and storage assets outside of the Permian Basin (collectively, NuStar Energy’s Base Business) have been faced with several unanticipated challenges, on top of the continuing burden of the third year of sustained low crude prices. In September, hurricanes caused damage in the Gulf and significant destruction in the Caribbean. While NuStar Energy successfully prevented severe damage from Hurricane Harvey’s heavy rainfall to its six affected Gulf Coast facilities, Hurricane Irma passed almost directly over its facility at St. Eustatius, which sustained substantial damage inflicted by the storm’s 146-mph winds and 30-foot seas. The facility, which will be fully operational by mid-December, resumed some operations within weeks of the storm, but the repairs will continue into 2018 and beyond. On top of the unanticipated costs of the hurricane damage, NuStar Energy’s Base Business has also faced significant unanticipated and unplanned turnarounds and downtime at its customers’ refineries in 2017. Further, in the course of NuStar Energy’s ongoing pipeline integrity program, NuStar Energy identified a 50-mile segment of its ammonia pipeline that it must replace over the next five years. Due to the fact that completing the large, unanticipated reliability project in two years will reduce its overall cost, NuStar Energy plans to complete this project by the end of 2018.

Beyond the challenges to NuStar Energy’s Base Business that have arisen in 2017, if this current low crude price cycle continues in 2018, its pipeline segment could suffer from decreased throughput in NuStar Energy’s Base Business pipeline systems. For example, NuStar Energy’s current committed customers on its South Texas Crude System may decline to renew their commitments as those expire over the next few years and may ship only at lower rates. If backwardation continues into next year, NuStar Energy’s storage segment results could also decline, due to downward pressure on rates and contract renewals driven by lower demand for capacity, at NuStar Energy’s St. James terminal and at other locations.

NuStar Energy’s outlook for the partnership, both overall and for any of its segments, may change, as it bases its expectations on its continuing evaluation of a number of factors, many of which are outside its control. These factors include, but are not limited to, the state of the economy and the capital markets, changes to its customers’ refinery maintenance schedules and

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unplanned refinery downtime, crude oil prices, the supply of and demand for crude oil, refined products and anhydrous ammonia, demand for its transportation and storage services and changes in laws or regulations affecting its assets.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

General
Our cash flows consist of distributions from NuStar Energy on our partnership interests, including the IDRs that we own. Due to our ownership of NuStar Energy’s IDRs, our portion of NuStar Energy’s total distributions may exceed our ownership interest in NuStar Energy. Our primary cash requirements are for distributions to members, capital contributions to maintain our 2% general partner interest in NuStar Energy (as defined in NuStar Energy’s partnership agreement) in the event that NuStar Energy issues additional common units, debt service requirements, if any, and general and administrative expenses. In addition, because NuStar GP, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of NuStar GP Holdings, elected to be treated as a taxable entity in August 2006, we may be required to pay income taxes, which may exceed the amount of tax expense recorded in the consolidated financial statements. We expect to fund our cash requirements primarily with the quarterly cash distributions we receive from NuStar Energy and, if necessary, borrowings under our revolving credit facility.
Cash Distributions from NuStar Energy
NuStar Energy distributes all of its available cash to its common limited partners and general partner within 45 days following the end of each quarter based on the partnership interests outstanding as of a record date that is set after the end of each quarter. Available cash is generally defined as cash receipts less cash disbursements (including distributions to holders of NuStar Energy’s preferred units) and cash reserves established by NuStar Energy’s board of directors, in its sole discretion. The following table reflects the cash distributions earned for the periods shown with respect to our ownership interests in NuStar Energy and our IDRs:
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
(Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Unit and Percentage Data)
Cash distributions per unit applicable to common limited partners
$
1.095

 
$
1.095

 
$
3.285

 
$
3.285

Total cash distributions by NuStar Energy to its general partner and common limited partners
$
115,084

 
$
98,809

 
$
347,335

 
$
294,911

Cash distributions we received from NuStar Energy:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
General partner interest
$
2,302

 
$
1,976

 
$
6,947

 
$
5,898

General partner IDRs
10,912

 
10,890

 
34,736

 
32,500

Limited partner interest – common units
11,185

 
11,185

 
33,555

 
33,514

Total cash distributions to us
$
24,399

 
$
24,051

 
$
75,238

 
$
71,912

Distributions to us as a percentage of total cash
distributions to NuStar Energy’s general partner
and common limited partners
21.2
%
 
24.3
%
 
21.7
%
 
24.4
%

Beginning with the distribution earned for the second quarter of 2017, we will not receive incentive distributions with respect to certain NS common units, including those recently issued by NuStar Energy in connection with the Navigator Acquisition. Please refer to Note 2 of the Condensed Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 1. “Financial Statements” for further discussion.
Cash Flows for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017 and September 30, 2016
Cash distributions received from NuStar Energy were $74.9 million and $71.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively. The cash distributions we received were used principally to fund distributions to our unitholders, totaling $70.2 million for each of the nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016.


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Credit Facility
We amended our revolving credit facility on June 27, 2017 to, among other things, extend its maturity to June 27, 2018 and increase its borrowing capacity from $50.0 million to $60.0 million. As of September 30, 2017, we had outstanding borrowings of $42.5 million and availability of $17.5 million for borrowings under our revolving credit facility. Interest on our revolving credit facility is based upon, at our option, either an alternative base rate or a LIBOR-based rate. As of September 30, 2017, the weighted-average interest rate was 3.3%. Our management believes that we are in compliance with the covenants of our revolving credit facility as of September 30, 2017. Please refer to Note 7 of the Condensed Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 1. “Financial Statements” for a more detailed discussion on our revolving credit facility.

Cash Distributions to Unitholders
Our limited liability company agreement requires that, within 50 days after the end of each quarter, we distribute all of our available cash to the holders of record of our units on the applicable record date. Available cash is defined generally as all cash on hand at the end of any calendar quarter less the amount of cash reserves necessary or appropriate, as determined in good faith by our board of directors, to service debt we may incur, if any, and to fund general and administrative expenses, future distributions and other miscellaneous cash requirements. The following table reflects our cash distributions applicable to the period in which the distributions were earned:
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
(Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Unit Data)
Cash distributions per unit
$
0.545

 
$
0.545

 
$
1.635

 
$
1.635

Total cash distributions
$
23,409

 
$
23,398

 
$
70,226

 
$
70,193


Contingencies
We are not currently a party to any material legal proceedings and have not recorded any accruals for loss contingencies. NuStar Energy is a party to claims and legal proceedings arising in the ordinary course of its business, which it believes are not material to its financial position or results of operations. However, due to the inherent uncertainty of litigation, there can be no assurance that the resolution of any particular claim or proceeding would not have a material adverse effect on NuStar Energy’s results of operations and ability to pay distributions, which would impact our results of operations and ability to pay distributions.

RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

Please refer to Note 3 of the Condensed Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 1. “Financial Statements” for a discussion of our related party transactions.

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES

The preparation of financial statements in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Our critical accounting policies are disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016.

NEW ACCOUNTING PRONOUNCEMENTS

Please refer to Note 1 of the Condensed Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 1. “Financial Statements” for a detailed discussion of new accounting pronouncements.




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Item 3.
Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

Our only cash generating assets are our ownership interests in NuStar Energy, which we account for using the equity method. We have no material market risk other than those market risks affecting NuStar Energy, which could therefore affect the value of our investment. NuStar Energy is exposed to various market risks, including interest rate risk and commodity price risk. For a description of NuStar Energy’s market risks and how it manages its exposure to those risks, please see Item 3. “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk” contained in NuStar Energy’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

Item 4.
Controls and Procedures

(a)
Evaluation of disclosure controls and procedures.
Our management has evaluated, with the participation of our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) as of the end of the period covered by this report, and has concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of September 30, 2017.
(b)
Changes in internal control over financial reporting.
There has been no change in our internal control over financial reporting that occurred during our last fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.


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PART II – OTHER INFORMATION

Item 5.
Other Information

On November 3, 2017, we entered into Amendment No. 1 to our Second Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement (Amendment No. 1) primarily to reflect certain tax law updates. The description of Amendment No. 1 contained in this Item 5 is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of Amendment No. 1, which is filed as Exhibit 3.01 hereto and is incorporated by reference herein.

Item 6.
Exhibits

Exhibit
Number

 
Description
 
 
 
*3.01

 
 
 
 
10.01

 
 
 
 
10.02

 
 
 
 
10.03

 
 
 
 
10.04

 
 
 
 
10.05

 
 
 
 
*31.01

 
 
 
 
*31.02

 
 
 
 
**32.01

 
 
 
 
**32.02

 
 
 
 
*101.INS

 
XBRL Instance Document
 
 
 
*101.SCH

 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
 
 
 
*101.CAL

 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
 
 
 
*101.DEF

 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
 
 
 
*101.LAB

 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document
 
 
 
*101.PRE

 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document
 
 
 
*

Filed herewith.
**

Furnished herewith.

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SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
 
NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS, LLC
(Registrant)

By:
 
/s/ Bradley C. Barron
 
 
Bradley C. Barron
 
 
President and Chief Executive Officer
 
 
November 8, 2017
 
 
 
By:
 
/s/ Thomas R. Shoaf
 
 
Thomas R. Shoaf
 
 
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
 
 
November 8, 2017
 
 
 
By:
 
/s/ Jorge A. del Alamo
 
 
Jorge A. del Alamo
 
 
Senior Vice President and Controller
 
 
November 8, 2017


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Inside Nustar Gp Holdings, Llc's 10-Q Quarterly Report:
CIK: 1223786
Form Type: 10-Q Quarterly Report
Accession Number: 0001223786-17-000042
Submitted to the SEC: Wed Nov 08 2017 3:30:25 PM EST
Accepted by the SEC: Wed Nov 08 2017
Period: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Industry: Pipe Lines No Natural Gas

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