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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 June 30, 2012
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
  _________________________________________
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.)
 
 
 
2330 North Loop 1604 West
San Antonio, Texas
 
78248
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (210) 918-2000
 _________________________________________
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Large accelerated filer
 
x
Accelerated filer
 
£
 
 
 
 
 
 
Non-accelerated filer
 
o  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
Smaller reporting company
 
£
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 July 31, 2012 was 42,586,483.
 
 
 
 
 



NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS, LLC AND SUBSIDIARIES
FORM 10-Q
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 


2


PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1.
Financial Statements

NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS, LLC
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Thousands of Dollars)
 
 
June 30,
2012
 
December 31,
2011
 
(Unaudited)
 
 
Assets
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
730

 
$
1,354

Receivable from NuStar Energy L.P.
17,562

 
6,735

Income tax receivable
3,656

 
2,619

Other receivables
860

 
302

Deferred income tax assets, net
1,793

 
4,378

Other current assets
273

 
204

Total current assets
24,874

 
15,592

Investment in NuStar Energy L.P.
471,277

 
547,230

Long-term receivable from NuStar Energy L.P.
15,141

 
14,502

Deferred income tax assets, net
13,555

 
11,703

Total assets
$
524,847

 
$
589,027

Liabilities and Members’ Equity
 
 
 
Current liabilities:
 
 
 
Short-term debt
$
15,000

 
$
16,500

Accounts payable
447

 
257

Accrued compensation expense
20,177

 
19,476

Accrued liabilities
314

 
462

Taxes other than income tax
309

 
1,287

Total current liabilities
36,247

 
37,982

Long-term liabilities
53,241

 
44,162

Commitments and contingencies (Note 8)

 

Members’ equity
464,529

 
529,548

Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(29,170
)
 
(22,665
)
Total members’ equity
435,359

 
506,883

Total liabilities and members’ equity
$
524,847

 
$
589,027

See Condensed Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS, LLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE (LOSS) INCOME
(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Unit and Per Unit Data)
 
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
Equity in (loss) earnings of NuStar Energy L.P.
$
(32,428
)
 
$
22,919

 
$
(20,656
)
 
$
34,261

General and administrative expenses
(795
)
 
(742
)
 
(1,652
)
 
(1,486
)
Other (expense) income, net
(30
)
 
(46
)
 
106

 
(665
)
Interest expense, net
(151
)
 
(165
)
 
(284
)
 
(343
)
(Loss) income before income tax benefit
(33,404
)
 
21,966

 
(22,486
)
 
31,767

Income tax benefit
196

 
95

 
324

 
477

Net (loss) income
$
(33,208
)
 
$
22,061

 
$
(22,162
)
 
$
32,244

Comprehensive (loss) income
$
(33,953
)
 
$
16,637

 
$
(28,667
)
 
$
28,954

Basic and diluted net (loss) income per unit
$
(0.78
)
 
$
0.52

 
$
(0.52
)
 
$
0.76

Weighted-average number of basic units outstanding
42,575,563

 
42,544,659

 
42,574,991

 
42,544,659

Weighted-average number of diluted units outstanding
42,575,563

 
42,585,924

 
42,574,991

 
42,585,123

See Condensed Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS, LLC
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars)
 
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
2012
 
2011
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
 
 
 
Net (loss) income
$
(22,162
)
 
$
32,244

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash (used in) provided by
operating activities:
 
 
 
Equity in loss (earnings) of NuStar Energy L.P.
20,656

 
(34,261
)
Distributions of equity in earnings from NuStar Energy L.P.

 
34,261

(Gain) loss on sale of NuStar Energy L.P. limited partner units in connection
with unit-based compensation
(106
)
 
665

Provision (benefit) for deferred income tax
733

 
(977
)
Changes in current assets and liabilities (Note 6)
(11,841
)
 
(4,216
)
Decrease in other assets

 
1,189

Increase in long-term receivable from NuStar Energy L.P.
(639
)
 
(1,323
)
Increase in long-term liabilities
9,079

 
5,634

Other, net
76

 

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities
(4,204
)
 
33,216

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
 
 
 
Distributions from NuStar Energy L.P.
45,665

 
8,111

Investment in NuStar Energy L.P.

 
(2,105
)
Proceeds from sale of NuStar Energy L.P. units in connection
with unit-based compensation
2,475

 
4,635

Net cash provided by investing activities
48,140

 
10,641

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
 
 
 
Proceeds from short-term debt borrowings
15,000

 

Repayment of short-term debt
(16,500
)
 
(5,000
)
Distributions to unitholders
(43,428
)
 
(40,844
)
Other, net
368

 

Net cash used in financing activities
(44,560
)
 
(45,844
)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents
(624
)
 
(1,987
)
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period
1,354

 
5,304

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period
$
730

 
$
3,317

See Condensed Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

3


NUSTAR GP HOLDINGS, LLC
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,” “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.
We have no operations or sources of income or cash flows other than our investment in NuStar Energy L.P. (NuStar Energy) (NYSE: NS). As of June 30, 2012, we owned approximately 16.2% of NuStar Energy, consisting of the following:
the 2% general partner interest;
100% of the incentive distribution rights (IDR) 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
10,242,194 common units of NuStar Energy representing a 14.2% limited partner interest.

NuStar Energy is a publicly held Delaware limited partnership engaged in the terminalling and storage of petroleum products, the transportation of petroleum products and anhydrous ammonia, and petroleum refining and marketing. NuStar Energy has terminal facilities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, including St. Eustatius in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and Turkey.
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 ownership interest in NuStar Energy using the equity method. Therefore, our financial results reflect a portion of NuStar Energy’s net (loss) 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 United States generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for interim financial information and with the instructions to 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. All such adjustments are of a normal recurring nature unless otherwise indicated. Financial information for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 included in these Condensed Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements is derived from our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements. Operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending December 31, 2012. The consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2011 has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements as of that date. These 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, 2011.


2. INVESTMENT IN NUSTAR ENERGY

NuStar Energy’s Asphalt Operations
On July 3, 2012, NuStar Energy entered into an agreement with an affiliate of Lindsay Goldberg LLC (Lindsay Goldberg), a private investment firm, to create a joint venture that will own and operate NuStar Energy’s asphalt refining assets, including the asphalt refineries located in Paulsboro, New Jersey and Savannah, Georgia (collectively, the Asphalt Operations). NuStar Energy and Lindsay Goldberg will each have a 50% voting interest in NuStar Asphalt LLC (Asphalt JV), currently a wholly owned subsidiary of NuStar Energy, which was formed for the purpose of entering into this joint venture and which will own all the assets of the Asphalt Operations. Lindsay Goldberg will pay $175.0 million for the class A equity interests of Asphalt JV, while NuStar Energy will retain the class B equity interests of Asphalt JV. The class A equity interests will have a distribution preference over the class B equity interests, as well as a liquidation preference.

At the time of closing, Asphalt JV will purchase the inventory of the Asphalt Operations from NuStar Energy at market prices. Additionally, NuStar Energy expects to deconsolidate Asphalt JV and prospectively report its remaining investment in Asphalt JV using the equity method of accounting. In connection with this transaction, which is expected to close in the third quarter of 2012, NuStar Energy recorded an impairment loss of $266.4 million in the second quarter of 2012 to write-down the carrying value of long-lived assets related to the Asphalt Operations, including fixed assets, goodwill, intangible assets and other long-term assets to their estimated fair value.

Summary Financial Information
Condensed consolidated financial information reported by NuStar Energy is presented below (in thousands of dollars):
 
 
June 30,
2012
 
December 31,
2011
 
(Unaudited)
 
 
Balance Sheet Information:
 
 
 
Current assets
$
1,504,105

 
$
1,200,923

Property, plant and equipment, net
3,079,431

 
3,430,468

Goodwill
822,701

 
846,717

Other long-term assets, net
311,361

 
403,082

Total assets
$
5,717,598

 
$
5,881,190

Current liabilities
$
1,122,934

 
$
943,800

Long-term debt, less current portion
2,106,988

 
1,928,071

Other long-term liabilities
66,559

 
144,984

Total liabilities
3,296,481

 
3,016,855

NuStar Energy partners' equity
2,408,269

 
2,852,201

Noncontrolling interest
12,848

 
12,134

Total liabilities and partners’ equity
$
5,717,598

 
$
5,881,190

 
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
(Thousands of Dollars)
Statement of Comprehensive (Loss) Income Information:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenues
$
1,901,905

 
$
1,589,184

 
$
3,637,597

 
$
2,823,800

Operating (loss) income
(206,298
)
 
117,351

 
(157,977
)
 
173,082

Net (loss) income
(246,810
)
 
92,605

 
(220,556
)
 
121,121


Other
Our investment in NuStar Energy reconciles to NuStar Energy’s total partners’ equity as follows:
 
 
June 30,
2012
 
December 31,
2011
 
(Thousands of Dollars)
NuStar Energy’s total partners’ equity
$
2,408,269

 
$
2,852,201

NuStar GP Holdings’ ownership interest in NuStar Energy
16.2
%
 
16.3
%
NuStar GP Holdings’ share of NuStar Energy’s partners’ equity
390,140

 
464,909

Step-up in basis related to NuStar Energy’s assets and liabilities,
including equity method goodwill, and other
81,137

 
82,321

Investment in NuStar Energy
$
471,277

 
$
547,230



3. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
We had a receivable from NuStar Energy of $17.6 million and $6.7 million, as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively, relating to payroll, employee benefit plans and unit-based compensation. We also had a long-term receivable of $15.1 million and $14.5 million from NuStar Energy as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively, related to amounts payable for retiree medical benefits and other post-employment benefits. The following table represents total related party transactions charged to NuStar Energy:
 
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
(Thousands of Dollars)
Expenses for payroll, employee benefit plans
and unit-based compensation
$
50,371

 
$
52,766

 
$
108,376

 
$
104,742

Other
90

 
70

 
186

 
151

Total related party transactions charged to
NuStar Energy
$
50,461

 
$
52,836

 
$
108,562

 
$
104,893

GP Services Agreement
NuStar Energy and NuStar GP, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of NuStar GP Holdings, entered into a services agreement, effective as of January 1, 2008 (the GP Services Agreement). The GP Services Agreement provides that NuStar GP, LLC will furnish administrative and certain operating services necessary to conduct the business of NuStar Energy. All employees providing services to both NuStar GP Holdings and NuStar Energy are employed by NuStar GP, LLC; therefore, NuStar Energy reimburses NuStar GP, LLC for all employee costs, other than the expenses allocated to NuStar GP Holdings (the Holdco Administrative Services Expense). The GP Services Agreement will terminate on December 31, 2012, renewing automatically every two years unless terminated by either party upon six months’ prior written notice. The aggregate amounts of Holdco Administrative Services Expense that we incurred were $0.3 million for each of the three-month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, and $0.8 million and $0.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.


4. DISTRIBUTIONS FROM NUSTAR ENERGY
The following table reflects the allocation of NuStar Energy’s cash distributions earned for the periods indicated among its general and limited partners:
 
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
(Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Unit Data)
General partner interest
$
1,782

 
$
1,627

 
$
3,564

 
$
3,219

General partner incentive distribution
9,816

 
8,963

 
19,632

 
17,531

Total general partner distribution
11,598

 
10,590

 
23,196

 
20,750

Limited partner distribution
11,223

 
11,213

 
22,434

 
22,235

Total distributions to NuStar GP Holdings
22,821

 
21,803

 
45,630

 
42,985

Public unitholders’ distributions
66,255

 
59,536

 
132,522

 
117,970

Total cash distributions
$
89,076

 
$
81,339

 
$
178,152

 
$
160,955

Cash distributions per unit applicable to limited partners
$
1.095

 
$
1.095

 
$
2.190

 
$
2.170


On May 11, 2012, NuStar Energy paid a quarterly cash distribution totaling $89.1 million, or $1.095 per unit, related to the first quarter of 2012. On July 27, 2012, NuStar Energy announced a quarterly cash distribution of $1.095 per unit related to the second quarter of 2012. This distribution will be paid on August 10, 2012 to unitholders of record on August 7, 2012 and will total $89.1 million.


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 in active markets; Level 2, defined as inputs other than quoted prices in active markets that are either directly or indirectly observable; and Level 3, defined as unobservable inputs in which little or no market data exists.
The following liabilities are measured at fair value on a recurring basis:
 
 
June 30, 2012
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
Total
 
(Thousands of Dollars)
Accrued compensation expense:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NuStar Energy restricted units and
performance awards
$
16,360

 
$

 
$

 
$
16,360

NuStar Energy unit options

 
776

 

 
776

Total
$
16,360

 
$
776

 
$

 
$
17,136

 
 
December 31, 2011
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
Total
 
(Thousands of Dollars)
Accrued compensation expense:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NuStar Energy restricted units and
performance awards
$
13,622

 
$

 
$

 
$
13,622

NuStar Energy unit options

 
1,953

 

 
1,953

Total
$
13,622

 
$
1,953

 
$

 
$
15,575

 
The fair value of our accrued compensation expense for NuStar Energy restricted units and performance awards is determined using the NuStar Energy unit price at the reporting date. The fair value of our accrued compensation expense for NuStar Energy unit options is determined using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model on the reporting date based on the following weighted-average assumptions:
 
 
June 30,
2012
 
December 31,
2011
Expected life in years
6.0

 
6.3

Expected volatility
20.0
%
 
20.3
%
Expected distribution yield
8.1
%
 
7.7
%
Risk-free interest rate
0.2
%
 
0.1
%

Fair Value of Financial Instruments
We recognize cash equivalents, receivables, payables and debt in our consolidated balance sheets at their carrying amount. The fair values of these financial instruments approximate their carrying amounts.


6. STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
Changes in current assets and liabilities were as follows:
 
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
2012
 
2011
 
(Thousands of Dollars)
Decrease (increase) in current assets:
 
 
 
Receivable from NuStar Energy
$
(9,866
)
 
$
(3,790
)
Income tax receivable
(1,037
)
 
539

Other receivables
(558
)
 
(19
)
Other current assets
(145
)
 
205

Increase (decrease) in current liabilities:
 
 
 
Accounts payable
190

 
278

Accrued compensation expense
701

 
(53
)
Accrued liabilities
(148
)
 
(33
)
Income tax payable

 
(302
)
Taxes other than income tax
(978
)
 
(1,041
)
Changes in current assets and liabilities
$
(11,841
)
 
$
(4,216
)
Cash flows related to interest and income tax were as follows:
 
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
2012
 
2011
 
(Thousands of Dollars)
Cash paid for interest
$
240

 
$
250

Cash (refunded) paid for income tax
$
(20
)
 
$
264


7. CREDIT FACILITY

On June 29, 2012, we entered into a 364-day revolving credit agreement that matures on June 28, 2013 and has a borrowing capacity of up to $40.0 million, of which, up to $10.0 million may be available for letters of credit (the 2012 Credit Facility). All outstanding borrowings under the previous 364-day revolving credit facility that was set to mature on July 12, 2012, were paid off with proceeds from the 2012 Credit Facility on June 29, 2012. As of June 30, 2012, we had outstanding borrowings of $15.0 million and availability of $25.0 million for borrowings under the 2012 Credit Facility. Interest on the 2012 Credit Facility is based upon, at our option, either an alternative base rate plus 0.75% or a LIBOR-based rate plus 1.75%, which was 2.0% as of June 30, 2012.

The terms of the 2012 Credit Facility require NuStar Energy to maintain, as of the end of each rolling period, consisting of any period of four consecutive quarters, a consolidated debt coverage ratio not to exceed 5.0-to-1.0. If NuStar Energy consummates an acquisition for an aggregate net consideration of at least $50.0 million, the maximum consolidated debt coverage ratio will increase to 5.5-to-1.0 for two rolling periods. Additionally, if NuStar Energy’s asphalt assets and operations are not owned by an unconsolidated joint venture, the 2012 Credit Facility allows the consolidated debt coverage ratio not to exceed 6.5-to-1.0 and 6.0-to-1.0 for the rolling periods ending June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2012, respectively. As of June 30, 2012, NuStar Energy’s consolidated debt coverage ratio was 6.0x. We are also required to receive cash distributions of at least $50.0 million in respect of our ownership interests in NuStar Energy for the preceding four fiscal quarters ending on the last day of each fiscal quarter. Our management believes that we are in compliance with the covenants of the 2012 Credit Facility as of June 30, 2012.


8. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
Contingencies
We are not currently a party to any material legal proceedings. However, NuStar Energy is subject to certain loss contingencies, the outcome of which could have an 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. NuStar Energy’s material contingent liabilities resulting from various litigation, claims and commitments are discussed below.
Grace Energy Corporation Matter. In 1997, Grace Energy Corporation (Grace Energy) sued subsidiaries of Kaneb Pipeline Partners, L.P. (KPP) and Kaneb Services LLC (KSL and collectively with KPP and their respective subsidiaries, Kaneb) in Texas state court. NuStar Energy acquired Kaneb on July 1, 2005. The complaint sought recovery of the cost of remediation of fuel leaks in the 1970s from a pipeline that had once connected a former Grace Energy terminal with Otis Air Force Base in Massachusetts (Otis AFB). Grace Energy alleges the Otis AFB pipeline and related environmental liabilities had been transferred in 1978 to an entity that was part of Kaneb’s acquisition of Support Terminal Services, Inc. and its subsidiaries from Grace Energy in 1993. Kaneb contends that it did not acquire the Otis AFB pipeline and never assumed any responsibility for any associated environmental damage.
In 2000, the court entered final judgment that: (i) Grace Energy could not recover its own remediation costs of $3.5 million, (ii) Kaneb owned the Otis AFB pipeline and its related environmental liabilities and (iii) Grace Energy was awarded $1.8 million in attorney costs. Both Kaneb and Grace Energy appealed the final judgment of the trial court to the Texas Court of Appeals in Dallas. In 2001, Grace Energy filed a petition in bankruptcy, which created an automatic stay of actions against Grace Energy. In September 2008, Grace Energy filed its Joint Plan of Reorganization and Disclosure Statement.
The Otis AFB is a part of a Superfund Site pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). The site contains a number of groundwater contamination plumes, two of which are allegedly associated with the Otis AFB pipeline. Relying on the final judgment of the Texas state court assigning ownership of the Otis AFB pipeline to Kaneb, the United States Department of Justice (the DOJ) advised Kaneb in 2001 that it intends to seek reimbursement from Kaneb for the remediation costs associated with the two plumes. In November 2008, the DOJ forwarded information to NuStar Energy indicating that the past and estimated future remediation expenses associated with one plume are $71.9 million. NuStar Energy reached an agreement to settle the claims of the United States government with respect to the Otis AFB pipeline and to resolve the underlying dispute between Kaneb and Grace. The settlement was approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware and a consent decree was entered by the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Pursuant to the terms of the settlement, NuStar Energy paid approximately $13.1 million to the United States government in July 2012 and received releases of claims from various private parties and a covenant not to sue from the United States government. In connection with the settlement, NuStar Energy recognized a gain of $28.7 million during the second quarter of 2012.

Other. NuStar Energy is a party to additional claims and legal proceedings arising in the ordinary course of its business. 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, financial position or liquidity.

9. MEMBERS’ EQUITY
The following table presents changes to our members’ equity (in thousands):
 
Balance as of December 31, 2011
$
506,883

Net loss
(22,162
)
Distributions to unitholders
(43,428
)
Other comprehensive loss
(6,505
)
Unit-based compensation
571

Balance as of June 30, 2012
$
435,359



Cash Distributions
The table set forth below shows our cash distributions applicable to the period in which the distributions were earned:
 
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
(Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Unit Data)
Cash distributions per unit
$
0.510

 
$
0.495

 
$
1.020

 
$
0.975

Total cash distributions
$
21,713

 
$
21,059

 
$
43,433

 
$
41,481

 
On May 15, 2012, we paid a quarterly cash distribution totaling $21.7 million, or $0.510 per unit, related to the first quarter of 2012. On July 27, 2012, we announced a quarterly cash distribution of $0.510 per unit related to the second quarter of 2012. This distribution will be paid on August 14, 2012 to unitholders of record on August 7, 2012, and totals $21.7 million.

10. NET (LOSS) INCOME PER UNIT
We treat restricted units granted under our long-term incentive plan as participating securities in computing net income per unit pursuant to the two-class method. Unit amounts used in the computation of basic and diluted net (loss) income per unit were as follows:

 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
Basic units outstanding:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted-average number of basic units outstanding
42,575,563

 
42,544,659

 
42,574,991

 
42,544,659

Diluted units outstanding:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted-average number of basic units outstanding
42,575,563

 
42,544,659

 
42,574,991

 
42,544,659

Effect of dilutive securities

 
41,265

 

 
40,464

Weighted-average number of diluted units outstanding
42,575,563

 
42,585,924

 
42,574,991

 
42,585,123


The computation of diluted net loss per unit for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 excludes 300,766 outstanding options to purchase NuStar GP Holdings units as the effect of including such units would have been anti-dilutive.


11. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS
The components of net periodic benefit cost related to our defined benefit plans were as follows:
 
 
Pension Plans (a)
 
Other Postretirement
Benefit Plans
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
(Thousands of Dollars)
For the three months ended June 30:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Components of net periodic benefit cost:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Service cost
$
3,904

 
$
3,121

 
$
315

 
$
260

Interest cost
1,003

 
720

 
244

 
222

Expected return on assets
(979
)
 
(904
)
 

 

Amortization of prior service credit
(4
)
 
(4
)
 

 

Amortization of net loss
348

 
121

 
35

 
18

Net periodic benefit cost
$
4,272

 
$
3,054

 
$
594

 
$
500

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the six months ended June 30:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Components of net periodic benefit cost:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Service cost
$
7,808

 
$
6,212

 
$
630

 
$
513

Interest cost
2,006

 
1,440

 
488

 
444

Expected return on assets
(1,958
)
 
(1,808
)
 

 

Amortization of prior service credit
(8
)
 
(8
)
 

 

Amortization of net loss
696

 
242

 
70

 
36

Net periodic benefit cost
$
8,544

 
$
6,078

 
$
1,188

 
$
993


(a)
Includes amounts related to the pension plan, the excess pension plan and the supplemental executive retirement plan.

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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, 2011, Part I “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 it is 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 held Delaware limited liability company. Unless otherwise indicated, the terms “NuStar GP Holdings,” “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 only cash generating assets are our ownership interests in NuStar Energy L.P. (NuStar Energy), a publicly held Delaware limited partnership (NYSE: NS). As of June 30, 2012, our aggregate ownership interests in NuStar Energy consisted of the following:
the 2% general partner interest;
100% of the incentive distribution rights (IDR) 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
10,242,194 common units of NuStar Energy representing a 14.2% limited partner interest.
We account for our ownership interest in NuStar Energy using the equity method. Therefore, our financial results reflect a portion of NuStar Energy’s net (loss) income based on our ownership interest. We have no separate operating activities apart from those conducted by NuStar Energy and therefore generate no revenues from operations.

NuStar Energy is engaged in the terminalling and storage of petroleum products, the transportation of petroleum products and anhydrous ammonia, and petroleum refining and marketing. NuStar Energy has terminal facilities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, including St. Eustatius in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and Turkey.
NuStar Energy is required by its partnership agreement to distribute all of its available cash at the end of each quarter, less reserves established by its general partner, in its sole discretion, to provide for the proper conduct of NuStar Energy’s business. Similarly, we are required by our limited liability company agreement to distribute all of our available cash at the end of each quarter, less reserves established by our board of directors.
On July 3, 2012, NuStar Energy entered into an agreement with an affiliate of Lindsay Goldberg LLC (Lindsay Goldberg), a private investment firm, to create a joint venture that will own and operate NuStar Energy’s asphalt refining assets, including the asphalt refineries located in Paulsboro, New Jersey and Savannah, Georgia (collectively, the Asphalt Operations). NuStar Energy and Lindsay Goldberg will each have a 50% voting interest in NuStar Asphalt LLC (Asphalt JV), currently a wholly owned subsidiary of NuStar Energy, which was formed for the purpose of entering into this joint venture and which will own all the assets of the Asphalt Operations. Lindsay Goldberg will pay $175.0 million for the class A equity interests of Asphalt JV, while NuStar Energy will retain the class B equity interests of Asphalt JV. The class A equity interests will have a distribution preference over the class B equity interests, as well as a liquidation preference.

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At the time of closing, Asphalt JV will purchase the inventory of the Asphalt Operations from NuStar Energy at market prices. Additionally, NuStar Energy expects to deconsolidate Asphalt JV and prospectively report its remaining investment in Asphalt JV using the equity method of accounting. In connection with this transaction, which is expected to close in the third quarter of 2012, NuStar Energy recorded an impairment loss of $266.4 million in the second quarter of 2012 to write-down the carrying value of long-lived assets related to the Asphalt Operations, including fixed assets, goodwill, intangible assets and other long-term assets to their estimated fair value.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Three Months Ended June 30, 2012 Compared to Three Months Ended June 30, 2011
Financial Highlights
(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Unit Data)
 
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
 
 
2012
 
2011
 
Change
Equity in (loss) earnings of NuStar Energy
$
(32,428
)
 
$
22,919

 
$
(55,347
)
General and administrative expenses
(795
)
 
(742
)
 
(53
)
Other expense, net
(30
)
 
(46
)
 
16

Interest expense, net
(151
)
 
(165
)
 
14

(Loss) income before income tax benefit
(33,404
)
 
21,966

 
(55,370
)
Income tax benefit
196

 
95

 
101

Net (loss) income
$
(33,208
)
 
$
22,061

 
$
(55,269
)
Basic and diluted net (loss) income per unit
$
(0.78
)
 
$
0.52

 
$
(1.30
)
The following table summarizes NuStar Energy’s statement of comprehensive (loss) income data:
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
 
 
2012
 
2011
 
Change
 
(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Unit Data)
Revenues
$
1,901,905

 
$
1,589,184

 
$
312,721

Cost of product sales
1,661,189

 
1,269,448

 
391,741

Operating expenses
135,263

 
134,626

 
637

Depreciation and amortization expense
43,537

 
40,056

 
3,481

Asset and goodwill impairment loss
268,483

 

 
268,483

Segment operating (loss) income
(206,567
)
 
145,054

 
(351,621
)
General and administrative expenses
(23,135
)
 
(26,119
)
 
2,984

Other depreciation and amortization expense
(2,039
)
 
(1,584
)
 
(455
)
Other asset impairment loss
(3,295
)
 

 
(3,295
)
Gain on legal settlement
28,738

 

 
28,738

Operating (loss) income
$
(206,298
)
 
$
117,351

 
$
(323,649
)
Net (loss) income
$
(246,810
)
 
$
92,605

 
$
(339,415
)
Net (loss) income per unit applicable to limited partners
$
(3.56
)
 
$
1.27

 
$
(4.83
)
Cash distributions per unit applicable to limited partners
$
1.095

 
$
1.095

 
$


For the three months ended June 30, 2012, NuStar Energy reported a net loss of $246.8 million, compared to net income of $92.6 million the three months ended June 30, 2011, primarily due to an operating loss of $292.5 million in the asphalt and fuels marketing segment. The operating loss of the asphalt and fuels marketing segment mainly resulted from an asset impairment charge of $266.4 million related to the long-lived assets of NuStar Energy’s asphalt operations. In addition, the gross margin for the asphalt and fuels marketing segment decreased $90.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012,

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compared to the three months ended June 30, 2011. These decreases were partially offset by increases in segment operating income in NuStar Energy’s storage and transportation segments for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared to the three months ended June 30, 2011, as well as a $28.7 million gain on a legal settlement recognized in the second quarter of 2012.
Equity in (loss) earnings of NuStar Energy
The following table summarizes our equity in (loss) earnings of NuStar Energy:
 
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
 
 
2012
 
2011
 
Change
 
(Thousands of Dollars)
NuStar GP Holdings’ Equity in (Loss) Earnings of NuStar Energy:
 
 
 
 
 
General partner interest
$
(5,131
)
 
$
1,673

 
$
(6,804
)
General partner incentive distribution rights (IDR)
9,816

 
8,963

 
853

General partner’s interest in earnings and
incentive distributions of NuStar Energy
4,685

 
10,636

 
(5,951
)
Limited partner interest in (loss) earnings of NuStar Energy
(36,392
)
 
13,004

 
(49,396
)
Amortization of step-up in basis related to
NuStar Energy’s assets and liabilities
(721
)
 
(721
)
 

Equity in (loss) earnings of NuStar Energy
$
(32,428
)
 
$
22,919

 
$
(55,347
)

For the three months ended June 30, 2012, NuStar Energy reported a net loss per unit applicable to limited partners of $3.56, compared to net income of $1.27 per unit for the three months ended June 30, 2011. As our results related to both our general and limited partner interests are based on NuStar Energy's results, we reported equity in loss related to our general and limited partner interests for the three months ended June 30, 2012, compared to equity in earnings for the three months ended June 30, 2011.

An increase in the number of NuStar Energy units outstanding resulting from the issuance of units in the fourth quarter 2011, resulted in NuStar Energy increasing its total cash distributions. Since our IDR in NuStar Energy entitle us to an increasing amount of NuStar Energy’s cash distributions, our equity in earnings of NuStar Energy related to our IDR increased for the period.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 Compared to Six Months Ended June 30, 2011
Financial Highlights
(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Unit Data)

 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
 
 
2012
 
2011
 
Change
Equity in (loss) earnings of NuStar Energy
$
(20,656
)
 
$
34,261

 
$
(54,917
)
General and administrative expenses
(1,652
)
 
(1,486
)
 
(166
)
Other income (expense), net
106

 
(665
)
 
771

Interest expense, net
(284
)
 
(343
)
 
59

(Loss) income before income tax benefit
(22,486
)
 
31,767

 
(54,253
)
Income tax benefit
324

 
477

 
(153
)
Net (loss) income
$
(22,162
)
 
$
32,244

 
$
(54,406
)
Basic and diluted net (loss) income per unit
$
(0.52
)
 
$
0.76

 
$
(1.28
)


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The following table summarizes NuStar Energy’s statement of comprehensive (loss) income data:

 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
 
 
2012
 
2011
 
Change
 
(Unaudited, Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Unit Data)
Revenues
$
3,637,597

 
$
2,823,800

 
$
813,797

Cost of product sales
3,151,026

 
2,261,815

 
889,211

Operating expenses
260,929

 
254,865

 
6,064

Depreciation and amortization expense
86,404

 
78,790

 
7,614

Asset and goodwill impairment loss
268,483

 

 
268,483

Segment operating (loss) income
(129,245
)
 
228,330

 
(357,575
)
General and administrative expenses
(50,322
)
 
(52,102
)
 
1,780

Other depreciation and amortization expense
(3,853
)
 
(3,146
)
 
(707
)
Other asset impairment loss
(3,295
)
 

 
(3,295
)
Gain on legal settlement
28,738

 

 
28,738

Operating (loss) income
$
(157,977
)
 
$
173,082

 
$
(331,059
)
Net (loss) income
$
(220,556
)
 
$
121,121

 
$
(341,677
)
Net (loss) income per unit applicable to limited partners
$
(3.33
)
 
$
1.57

 
$
(4.90
)
Cash distributions per unit applicable to limited partners
$
2.190

 
$
2.170

 
$
0.020


For the six months ended June 30, 2012, NuStar Energy reported a net loss of $220.6 million, compared to net income of $121.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011, primarily due to an operating loss of $308.3 million in the asphalt and fuels marketing segment. The operating loss of the asphalt and fuels marketing segment mainly resulted from an asset impairment charge of $266.4 million related to the long-lived assets of NuStar Energy’s asphalt operations. In addition, the gross margin for the asphalt and fuels marketing segment decreased $95.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012, compared to the six months ended June 30, 2011. These decreases were partially offset by increases in segment operating income in NuStar Energy’s storage and transportation segments for the six months ended June 30, 2012, compared to the six months ended June 30, 2011, as well as a $28.7 million gain on a legal settlement recognized in the second quarter of 2012.
Equity in (loss) earnings of NuStar Energy
The following table summarizes our equity in (loss) earnings of NuStar Energy:

 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
 
 
2012
 
2011
 
Change
 
(Thousands of Dollars)
NuStar GP Holdings’ Equity in (Loss) Earnings of NuStar Energy:
 
 
 
 
 
General partner interest
$
(4,800
)
 
$
2,071

 
$
(6,871
)
General partner incentive distribution rights (IDR)
19,632

 
17,531

 
2,101

General partner’s interest in earnings and
incentive distributions of NuStar Energy
14,832

 
19,602

 
(4,770
)
Limited partner interest in (loss) earnings of NuStar Energy
(34,046
)
 
16,101

 
(50,147
)
Amortization of step-up in basis related to
NuStar Energy’s assets and liabilities
(1,442
)
 
(1,442
)
 

Equity in (loss) earnings of NuStar Energy
$
(20,656
)
 
$
34,261

 
$
(54,917
)


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For the six months ended June 30, 2012, NuStar Energy reported a net loss per unit applicable to limited partners of $3.33, compared to net income of $1.57 per unit for the six months ended June 30, 2011. As our results related to both our general and limited partner interests are based on NuStar Energy's results, we reported equity in loss related to our general and limited partner interests for the six months ended June 30, 2012, compared to equity in earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2011.

NuStar Energy’s per unit distributions for the six months ended June 30, 2012 increased, compared to the six months ended
June 30, 2011, from $2.170 to $2.190. That increase, coupled with an increase in the number of NuStar Energy units
outstanding resulting from the issuance of units in the fourth quarter of 2011, resulted in NuStar Energy increasing its total
cash distributions. Since our IDR in NuStar Energy entitle us to an increasing amount of NuStar Energy’s cash distributions,
our equity in earnings of NuStar Energy related to our IDR increased for the period.

TRENDS AND OUTLOOK

NuStar Energy’s Storage Segment
For the last half of 2012, NuStar Energy expects the storage segment to continue to benefit from internal growth projects completed in 2011 as well as those expected to be completed in 2012, mainly at its St. Eustatius terminal in the Caribbean and its St. James, Louisiana terminal. However, NuStar Energy's third quarter 2012 earnings may be slightly lower than the same period of 2011 due to higher maintenance costs at several of its terminal facilities that will more than offset the expected additional earnings from those completed projects. Overall, NuStar Energy expects the full year 2012 earnings for the storage segment to exceed 2011.
NuStar Energy’s Transportation Segment
NuStar Energy expects earnings of the transportation segment for the third quarter and the last half of 2012 to be higher as compared to the same periods in 2011. NuStar Energy’s earnings for this segment should benefit from higher throughputs related to the pipeline expansion projects completed in 2011 and in July 2012 that serve Eagle Ford Shale production as well as an additional Eagle Ford Shale expansion project it should complete in the third or fourth quarter of 2012. Additionally, the last half of 2012 will benefit from the tariff increase that went into effect on July 1, 2012 on NuStar Energy’s pipelines regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. However, NuStar Energy expects throughputs to be negatively affected by planned maintenance at refineries served by its pipelines in the fourth quarter of 2012, which will partially offset the expected increases described above. Overall, NuStar Energy expects the full year 2012 earnings for the transportation segment to be higher than 2011.
NuStar Energy’s Asphalt and Fuels Marketing Segment
NuStar Energy expects to complete the sale of 50% of its asphalt operations in the third quarter of 2012. Upon closing of the sale, NuStar Energy expects to deconsolidate the asphalt operations and prospectively report its remaining investment using the equity method of accounting. Because of NuStar Energy’s ongoing involvement with the asphalt operations, it will not report its historic results of operations as discontinued operations. Therefore, NuStar Energy’s future results of operations for this segment, subsequent to deconsolidation, will not be comparable to the corresponding historic periods. Furthermore, at the closing date, NuStar Energy has agreed to sell inventory associated with its asphalt operations to the new entity at market prices, as defined in the purchase and sale agreement filed on its July 6, 2012 Current Report on Form 8-K. In recent months, crude oil prices generally have declined. If that trend continues, the market price for NuStar Energy’s inventory may be less than its cost, causing an additional loss upon deconsolidation of the asphalt operations.

NuStar Energy expects third quarter results for its fuels marketing operations to fall below the third quarter of last year, primarily due to lower earnings from its bunkering and crude oil trading. Expected lower earnings for the third quarter combined with the lower earnings through the second quarter should cause NuStar Energy’s full year results for the fuels marketing operations to be less than the full year results for the prior year.

NuStar Energy's outlook for the partnership overall could change depending on, among other things, crude oil prices, the state of the economy, changes to refinery maintenance schedules and other factors that affect overall demand for the products it stores, transports and sells as well as changes in commodity prices for the products it markets.

We expect our equity in (loss) earnings of NuStar Energy to increase or decrease consistent with NuStar Energy’s (loss) earnings.


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LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES
General
Our cash flows consist of distributions from NuStar Energy on our partnership interests, including the IDR that we own. Due to our ownership of NuStar Energy’s IDR, 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 in the event that NuStar Energy issues additional units, debt service requirements, benefit plan funding 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 borrowings under our revolving credit facility, if necessary. Additionally, NuStar Energy reimburses us for all costs incurred on their behalf, primarily employee-related costs.
Cash Distributions from NuStar Energy
NuStar Energy pays quarterly distributions 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. The table set forth below shows the cash distributions earned for the periods shown with respect to our ownership interests in NuStar Energy and IDR:
 
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
(Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Unit Data)
Cash distributions per unit
$
1.095

 
$
1.095

 
$
2.190

 
$
2.170

Total cash distributions by NuStar Energy to all partners
$
89,076

 
$
81,339

 
$
178,152

 
$
160,955

Cash distributions we received from NuStar Energy:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
General partner interest
$
1,782

 
$
1,627

 
$
3,564

 
$
3,219

General partner incentive distribution
9,816

 
8,963

 
19,632

 
17,531

Limited partner interest – common units
11,223

 
11,213

 
22,434

 
22,235

Total cash distributions to us
$
22,821

 
$
21,803

 
$
45,630

 
$
42,985

Distributions to us as a percentage of total cash
distributions
25.6
%
 
26.8
%
 
25.6
%
 
26.7
%
Cash Flows for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 and June 30, 2011
Cash distributions received from NuStar Energy for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $45.7 million compared to $42.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011. The cash distributions we received were used principally to fund distributions to our unitholders totaling $43.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012, compared to $40.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011. We used proceeds of $15.0 million from our new revolving credit facility and excess cash to repay $16.5 million on our previous revolving credit facility for the six months ended June 30, 2012. We also used excess cash to repay $5.0 million on our revolving credit facility for the six months ended June 30, 2011.
Credit Facility
On June 29, 2012, we entered into a 364-day revolving credit agreement that matures on June 28, 2013 and has a borrowing capacity of up to $40.0 million, of which, up to $10.0 million may be available for letters of credit (the 2012 Credit Facility). All outstanding borrowings under the previous 364-day revolving credit facility that was set to mature on July 12, 2012, were paid off with proceeds from the 2012 Credit Facility on June 29, 2012. As of June 30, 2012, we had outstanding borrowings of $15.0 million and availability of $25.0 million for borrowings under the 2012 Credit Facility. Interest on the 2012 Credit Facility is based upon, at our option, either an alternative base rate plus 0.75% or a LIBOR-based rate plus 1.75%, which was 2.0% as of June 30, 2012.

The terms of the 2012 Credit Facility require NuStar Energy to maintain, as of the end of each rolling period, consisting of any period of four consecutive quarters, a consolidated debt coverage ratio not to exceed 5.0-to-1.0. If NuStar Energy consummates an acquisition for an aggregate net consideration of at least $50.0 million, the maximum consolidated debt coverage ratio will increase to 5.5-to-1.0 for two rolling periods. Additionally, if NuStar Energy’s asphalt assets and operations are not owned by an unconsolidated joint venture, the 2012 Credit Facility allows the consolidated debt coverage ratio not to exceed 6.5-to-1.0

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and 6.0-to-1.0 for the rolling periods ending June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2012, respectively. As of June 30, 2012, NuStar Energy’s consolidated debt coverage ratio was 6.0x. We are also required to receive cash distributions of at least $50.0 million in respect of our ownership interests in NuStar Energy for the preceding four fiscal quarters ending on the last day of each fiscal quarter. Our management believes that we are in compliance with the covenants of the 2012 Credit Facility as of June 30, 2012.
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. The table set forth below shows our cash distributions applicable to the period in which the distributions were earned:
 
 
Three Months Ended June 30,
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
(Thousands of Dollars, Except Per Unit Data)
Cash distributions per unit
$
0.510

 
$
0.495

 
$
1.020

 
$
0.975

Total cash distributions
$
21,713

 
$
21,059

 
$
43,433

 
$
41,481

Related Party Transactions
Please refer to Note 3 of the Condensed Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 1. “Financial Statements” for total related party transactions charged to and amounts due from NuStar Energy, and a description of the agreement.
Contingencies
As previously discussed, our only cash-generating assets are our indirect ownership interests in NuStar Energy. NuStar Energy is subject to certain loss contingencies, the outcomes of which could have a material effect on NuStar Energy’s results of operations and cash flows. Please refer to Note 8 of the Condensed Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 1. “Financial Statements” for a more detailed discussion of contingencies.

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, 2011.

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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 June 30, 2012.
(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 1.    Legal Proceedings
The information below describes new proceedings or material developments in proceedings that we previously reported in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.
Grace Energy Corporation Matter. In 1997, Grace Energy Corporation (Grace Energy) sued subsidiaries of Kaneb Pipeline Partners, L.P. (KPP) and Kaneb Services LLC (KSL and collectively with KPP and their respective subsidiaries, Kaneb) in Texas state court. NuStar Energy acquired Kaneb on July 1, 2005. The complaint sought recovery of the cost of remediation of fuel leaks in the 1970s from a pipeline that had once connected a former Grace Energy terminal with Otis Air Force Base in Massachusetts (Otis AFB). Grace Energy alleges the Otis AFB pipeline and related environmental liabilities had been transferred in 1978 to an entity that was part of Kaneb’s acquisition of Support Terminal Services, Inc. and its subsidiaries from Grace Energy in 1993. Kaneb contends that it did not acquire the Otis AFB pipeline and never assumed any responsibility for any associated environmental damage.
In 2000, the court entered final judgment that: (i) Grace Energy could not recover its own remediation costs of $3.5 million, (ii) Kaneb owned the Otis AFB pipeline and its related environmental liabilities and (iii) Grace Energy was awarded $1.8 million in attorney costs. Both Kaneb and Grace Energy appealed the final judgment of the trial court to the Texas Court of Appeals in Dallas. In 2001, Grace Energy filed a petition in bankruptcy, which created an automatic stay of actions against Grace Energy. In September 2008, Grace Energy filed its Joint Plan of Reorganization and Disclosure Statement.
The Otis AFB is a part of a Superfund Site pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). The site contains a number of groundwater contamination plumes, two of which are allegedly associated with the Otis AFB pipeline. Relying on the final judgment of the Texas state court assigning ownership of the Otis AFB pipeline to Kaneb, the United States Department of Justice (the DOJ) advised Kaneb in 2001 that it intends to seek reimbursement from Kaneb for the remediation costs associated with the two plumes. In November 2008, the DOJ forwarded information to NuStar Energy indicating that the past and estimated future remediation expenses associated with one plume are $71.9 million. NuStar Energy reached an agreement to settle the claims of the United States government with respect to the Otis AFB pipeline and to resolve the underlying dispute between Kaneb and Grace. The settlement was approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware and a consent decree was entered by the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Pursuant to the terms of the settlement, NuStar Energy paid approximately $13.1 million to the United States government in July 2012 and received releases of claims from various private parties and a covenant not to sue from the United States government. In connection with the settlement, NuStar Energy recognized a gain of $28.7 million during the second quarter of 2012.
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Matter. In April 2010, representatives from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) conducted an on-site inspection at NuStar Pipeline Operating Partnership’s (NuPOP) Wichita, Kansas facilities. On April 21, 2011, NuPOP received a notice of probable violation alleging that it may have violated certain regulations relating to release reporting, corrosion control and record keeping. NuPOP contested the allegations, and on December 29, 2011, PHMSA issued an order with a $101,200 penalty. NuPOP petitioned PHMSA for reconsideration, and on June 14, 2012, PHMSA denied the petition and affirmed its prior order requiring that NuPOP pay a penalty of $101,200. NuPOP paid the $101,200 penalty in July 2012.





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Item 6.
Exhibits

Exhibit
Number

 
Description
 
 
 
10.01

 
5-Year Revolving Credit Agreement, dated as of May 2, 2012, among NuStar Logistics, L.P., NuStar Energy L.P., the Lenders party thereto and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as Administrative Agent, Suntrust Bank, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd., as Co-Syndication Agents, and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, Barclays Bank PLC, as Co-Documentation Agents, and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Suntrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, and Barclays Bank PLC as Joint Bookrunners and Joint Lead Arrangers (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.01 of NuStar Energy L.P.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed May 8, 2012)
 
 
 
10.02

 
Letter of Credit Agreement dated as of June 5, 2012 among NuStar Logistics, L.P., NuStar Energy L.P., the Lenders party thereto and Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd., as Issuing Bank and Administrative Agent(incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.01 of NuStar Energy L.P.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed June 12, 2012)
 
 
 
10.03

 
364-Day Revolving Credit Agreement dated as of June 29, 2012, among NuStar GP Holdings, LLC, as Borrower, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as Administrative Agent, SunTrust Bank, as Syndication Agent, and The Lenders Party Thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.01 of NuStar GP Holdings, LLC’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed July 6, 2012)
 
 
 
10.04

 
First Amendment to 5-Year Revolving Credit Agreement, dated as of June 29, 2012, among NuStar Logistics, L.P., NuStar Energy L.P., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as Administrative Agent and the Lenders party thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.01 of NuStar Energy L.P.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed July 6, 2012)
 
 
 
10.05

 
First Amendment to Letter of Credit Agreement, dated as of June 29, 2012, among NuStar Logistics, L.P., NuStar Energy L.P., the Lenders party thereto and Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd., as Issuing Bank and Administrative Agent (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.02 of NuStar Energy L.P.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed July 6, 2012)
 
 
 
*31.01

 
Rule 13a-14(a) Certification (under Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002) of principal executive officer
 
 
 
*31.02

 
Rule 13a-14(a) Certification (under Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002) of principal financial officer
 
 
 
*32.01

 
Section 1350 Certification (under Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002) of principal executive officer
 
 
 
*32.02

 
Section 1350 Certification (under Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002) of principal financial officer
 
 
 
*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.


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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/ Curtis V. Anastasio
 
 
Curtis V. Anastasio
 
 
President and Chief Executive Officer
 
 
August 7, 2012
 
 
 
By:
 
/s/ Steven A. Blank
 
 
Steven A. Blank
 
 
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
 
 
August 7, 2012
 
 
 
By:
 
/s/ Thomas R. Shoaf
 
 
Thomas R. Shoaf
 
 
Senior Vice President and Controller
 
 
August 7, 2012


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