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NuStar Energy to sell European operations to Inter Pipeline

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Dion Global

31 Oct 2018

NuStar Energy L.P. announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its European terminals and related assets to Inter Pipeline Ltd.’s European storage subsidiary, Inter Terminals Ltd., for $270 million. The operations include six liquids storage terminals in the United Kingdom and one facility in Amsterdam. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018, subject to normal closing adjustments.

"The decision to sell our European operations was difficult given that they are such high-quality assets with such outstanding employees. However, our European assets are not synergistic with our other operations and this divestiture is a critical step in the implementation of a comprehensive plan launched earlier this year to position NuStar to successfully de-lever and deliver strong, sustainable distribution coverage for the future," said NuStar President and CEO Brad Barron.

"We have experienced a fundamental shift in the Master Limited Partnership (MLP) sector this past year that required some transformative actions to ensure the long-term financial strength of the company. We have already taken the steps to simplify our corporate structure and eliminate the incentive distribution rights to lower our cost of capital and allow us to continue to build on the strength of our superior asset base with less dependence on the equity capital markets. This divestiture is a big step toward achieving the last component of our plan -- to significantly lower our debt to strengthen our balance sheet to position NuStar for long-term success.

"Inter Terminals currently has 16 terminals throughout Europe, including six in the United Kingdom, and we are pleased that our European employees will now have the opportunity to be a part of a strong company with operations that are more operationally and geographically synergistic with their core business. This should create more growth opportunities for the operations and more advancement opportunities for the employees," said Barron.

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC is serving as NuStar’s exclusive financial advisor on this transaction.