Denham Capital Selling Asphalt Holdings Stake

Denham Capital has agreed to sell its equity stake in Asphalt Holdings Inc. to NuStar Energy LP (NYSE: NS). The deal is valued at $44.1 million. AHI provides receipt, storage and distribution of asphalt and crude oil via marine vessels, barges, tank trucks and rail cars.


NuStar Energy L.P. (NYSE: NS) today announced that it has reached an agreement with Denham Capital, an energy- and commodities-focused global private equity firm, to acquire Denham’s equity holdings in Asphalt Holdings, Inc. for $44.1 million. The acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to NuStar Energy’s distributable cash flow per unit.

The acquired operations involve the receipt, storage, and distribution of asphalt and crude oil via marine vessels, barges, tank trucks, and rail cars. The acquisition provides NuStar with three storage terminals that include 24 storage tanks with a total capacity of approximately 1.8 million barrels. Additionally, the terminals have rail- and truck-loading facilities and three docks with barge or ship access. The facilities are located in Alabama on 17 acres of land on Blakeley Island on the east bank of the Mobile River and another 28.5 acres at the Port of Chickasaw.

“I am excited to announce the acquisition of Asphalt Holdings and its three storage terminals,” said Curt Anastasio, chief executive officer and president of NuStar Energy L.P. and NuStar GP Holdings, LLC. “Acquiring the three storage terminals allows us to add to our already attractive set of fee-based assets in the U.S. Through this acquisition, we expand our terminal presence into a new market in the U.S. Gulf Coast and have the opportunity to expand into new asphalt markets as well.”

“We continue to see an active exit environment for our businesses,” commented Bill Zartler, managing partner and head of Denham’s Energy Infrastructure Group. “With today’s announcement, Denham has successfully exited six investments already in 2010. We are pleased that NuStar recognizes the valuable assets we were able to develop and that this sale meets Denham’s targeted returns.”

About NuStar Energy L.P.

NuStar Energy L.P. is a publicly traded, limited partnership based in San Antonio, with 8,417 miles of pipeline, 89 storage facilities and two asphalt refineries with a combined throughput capacity of 104,000 barrels per day. One of the largest asphalt refiners and marketers in the U.S. and the second largest independent liquids terminal operator in the nation, NuStar has operations in the United States, the Netherlands Antilles, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The partnership’s combined system has over 93 million barrels of storage capacity, and includes two asphalt refineries, crude oil and refined product pipelines, refined product terminals, a petroleum and specialty liquids storage and terminaling business, as well as crude oil storage facilities. For more information, visit NuStar Energy L.P.’s Web site at

About Denham Capital

Denham Capital is a leading global private equity firm, with offices in Boston, Houston, Short Hills, New Jersey and London. With approximately $4.3 billion of invested and committed capital, Denham makes direct investments in all segments of the energy and commodities value chain, including oil and gas, mining, timber, power, carbon assets and energy-related infrastructure and services. The firm invests globally, with investments currently in the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, Russia/CIS, Asia and Australia, and across all parts of the capital structure and all stages of the corporate and asset lifecycle, from development projects to mature, operating businesses. Denham typically targets investments between $50 million and $250 million. For more information about Denham Capital, visit Denham Capital does not provide investment advisory services to the public.