Stolt-Nielsen Gas Ltd. to Enter Joint Venture with Sungas Holdings Ltd., Adding Three VLGCs to Fleet
LONDON, November 19, 2010 - Stolt-Nielsen Limited ("SNL") (Oslo B?rs: SNI) announced today that its subsidiary Stolt-Nielsen Gas Ltd. ("SNGL") has reached an agreement with Sungas Holdings Ltd. ("Sungas") whereby Sungas will become a 50% shareholder in Avance Gas Holdings Ltd. ("Avance Gas") currently wholly owned by SNGL. As part of the transaction, Avance Gas will acquire three VLGCs from Sungas, for which Sungas will receive an undisclosed amount of cash, in addition to its 50% stake in Avance Gas. The transaction will be financed by shareholder loans from both partners until such time as external bank financing can be secured.
The transaction is expected to close in December 2010, subject to due diligence and merger clearance.
The three VLGCs from Sungas will be added to the fleet of Avance Gas, which currently owns one VLGC, operates a second VLGC, and also time charters a medium-sized gas carrier. Three of the ships are currently engaged on long-term time charters, and the remaining three ships will be traded in the spot market. The Avance Gas-controlled fleet will comprise:
Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer of SNL, said, "This transaction is in line with our stated strategy of consolidating a shipping segment that is highly fragmented. I am pleased to have Sungas as shareholders in Avance Gas, creating a strong player in the industry."
Sungas is controlled by a private Saudi Arabian investor and was advised by Lazard on the transaction. A Sungas representative said, "This transaction takes our shipping investments into a new era. We are very pleased to join forces with Stolt-Nielsen. We are enthusiastic about the VLGC sector and fully support the business and growth plans of Avance Gas."
Jan Chr. Engelhardtsen
Chief Financial Officer
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Jens F. Gr?ner-Hegge
V.P. Corporate Finance
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About Stolt-Nielsen Limited
Stolt-Nielsen Limited (SNL or the "Company") is a leading global provider of integrated transportation solutions for bulk liquid chemicals, edible oils, acids, and other specialty liquids through its three largest business divisions, Stolt Tankers, Stolthaven Terminals and Stolt Tank Containers. Stolt Sea Farm produces and markets high quality turbot, sole, sturgeon, and caviar. Stolt-Nielsen Gas transports liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) with its fleet of very large gas carriers (VLGCs). Stolt-Nielsen Limited is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.
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