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Energy News: Buckeye Partners, L.P. (NYSE:BPL) Reports 2012 Third Quarter Earnings Results and Declares Cash Distribution

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News about Buckeye Partners, L.P.

HOUSTON - November 2, 2012 ( Energy Stocks Newswire) Buckeye Partners, L.P.(NYSE:BPL) today reported net income attributable to Buckeye's unitholders for the third quarter of 2012 of $85.1 million, or $0.87 per diluted unit, compared to a net loss attributable to Buckeye's unitholders for the third quarter of 2011 of $109.7 million, or a $1.18 loss per diluted unit. Buckeye's Adjusted EBITDA (as defined below) for the third quarter of 2012 was $152.6 million compared with Adjusted EBITDA of $126.5 million for the third quarter of 2011. Operating income for the third quarter of 2012 was $113.4 million compared to an operating loss of $77.3 million for the third quarter of 2011. Net income attributable to Buckeye's unitholders and operating income for the third quarter of 2011 were negatively impacted by a non-cash charge for the impairment of $169.6 million of goodwill associated with the acquisition of Lodi Gas Storage, L.L.C. Excluding the goodwill impairment charge, net income attributable to Buckeye's unitholders for the third quarter of 2011 would have been $59.9 million, or $0.64 per diluted unit, and operating income for the third quarter of 2011 would have been $92.3 million.

"Improving business conditions and the continued execution of our growth strategy contributed to very strong results for the third quarter of 2012," stated Clark C. Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We benefited from higher volumes and rates for our domestic pipelines and terminals and increased cash flows from our international segment as a result of the 1.1 million barrel expansion at BORCO that became operational July 1st. Additionally, our Perth Amboy marine terminal in the New York Harbor, acquired in late July, contributed positively to third quarter results."

Buckeye also announced today that its general partner declared a cash distribution of $1.0375 per limited partner ("LP") unit for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. Class B unitholders will not receive a distribution of cash, but instead will be issued additional Class B units pursuant to Buckeye's partnership agreement. The distribution will be payable on November 30, 2012, to unitholders of record on November 12, 2012. This cash distribution represents a 1.2% increase over the $1.025 per LP unit distribution declared for the third quarter of 2011. Buckeye has paid cash distributions in each quarter since its formation in 1986.

Buckeye will host a conference call with members of executive management today, November 2, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To access the live webcast of the call, go to here 10 minutes prior to its start. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing 877-870-9226 and referencing conference ID 46981626. A replay will be archived and available at this link through December 3, 2012, and the replay also may be accessed by dialing 800-585-8367 and entering conference ID 46981626

Buckeye Partners, L.P. (NYSE:BPL) is a publicly traded master limited partnership that owns and operates one of the largest independent liquid petroleum products pipeline systems in the United States in terms of volumes delivered, with over 6,000 miles of pipeline. Buckeye also owns approximately 100 liquid petroleum products terminals with aggregate storage capacity of approximately 70 million barrels. In addition, Buckeye operates and/or maintains third-party pipelines under agreements with major oil and chemical companies, owns a high-performance natural gas storage facility in Northern California, and markets liquid petroleum products in certain regions served by its pipeline and terminal operations. Buckeye's flagship marine terminal in The Bahamas, BORCO, is one of the largest crude oil and petroleum products storage facilities in the world, serving the international markets as a premier global logistics hub. More information concerning Buckeye can be found at

Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow are measures not defined by GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA is the primary measure used by our senior management, including our Chief Executive Officer, to (i) evaluate our consolidated operating performance and the operating performance of our business segments, (ii) allocate resources and capital to business segments, (iii) evaluate the viability of proposed projects, and (iv) determine overall rates of return on alternative investment opportunities. Distributable cash flow is another measure used by our senior management to provide a clearer picture of Buckeye's cash available for distribution to its unitholders. Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow eliminate (i) non-cash expenses, including, but not limited to, depreciation and amortization expense resulting from the significant capital investments we make in our businesses and from intangible assets recognized in business combinations, (ii) charges for obligations expected to be settled with the issuance of equity instruments, and (iii) items that are not indicative of our core operating performance results and business outlook.

Buckeye believes that investors benefit from having access to the same financial measures used by senior management and that these measures are useful to investors because they aid in comparing Buckeye's operating performance with that of other companies with similar operations. The Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow data presented by Buckeye may not be comparable to similarly titled measures at other companies because these items may be defined differently by other companies. Please see the attached reconciliations of each of Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow to net income.

This press release includes forward-looking statements that we believe to be reasonable as of today's date. Such statements are identified by use of the words "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "projects," "should," and similar expressions. Actual results may differ significantly because of risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and that may be beyond our control. Among them are (i) changes in federal, state, local, and foreign laws or regulations to which we are subject, including those governing pipeline tariff rates and those that permit the treatment of us as a partnership for federal income tax purposes, (ii) terrorism, adverse weather conditions, including hurricanes, environmental releases, and natural disasters, (iii) changes in the marketplace for our products or services, such as increased competition, better energy efficiency, or general reductions in demand, (iv) adverse regional, national, or international economic conditions, adverse capital market conditions, and adverse political developments, (v) shutdowns or interruptions at our pipeline, terminal, and storage assets or at the source points for the products we transport, store, or sell, (vi) unanticipated capital expenditures in connection with the construction, repair, or replacement of our assets, (vii) volatility in the price of refined petroleum products and the value of natural gas storage services, (viii) nonpayment or nonperformance by our customers, (ix) our ability to integrate acquired assets with our existing assets and to realize anticipated cost savings and other efficiencies and benefits, and (x) an unfavorable outcome with respect to the proceedings pending before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ("FERC") regarding Buckeye Pipe Line Company, L.P.'s tariff rates. You should read our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and our most recently filed Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, for a more extensive list of factors that could affect results. We undertake no obligation to revise our forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after today's date.

This release is intended to be a qualified notice under Treasury Regulation Section 1.1446-4(b). Brokers and nominees should treat one hundred percent (100.0%) of Buckeye's distributions to non-U.S. investors as being attributable to income that is effectively connected with a United States trade or business. Accordingly, Buckeye's distributions to non-U.S. investors are subject to federal income tax withholding at the highest applicable effective tax rate.

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Kevin J. Goodwin
Senior Director, Investor Relations
(800) 422-2825

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