London, England - January 4, 2006 - Stolt-Nielsen S.A. (NasdaqNM: SNSA; Oslo Stock Exchange: SNI) announces that Marine Harvest N.V., the joint venture of Nutreco Holding N.V. and Stolt-Nielsen S.A., has obtained underwriting commitments from a group of four international banks for a five-year EUR 300 million unsecured revolving credit facility. Closing of this facility is subject to documentation and is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2006.
The new Marine Harvest credit facility will be used to replace the shareholder loans of EUR 150 million and EUR 50 million by Nutreco and Stolt-Nielsen, respectively, and for general corporate purposes. The repayment of the shareholder loans is part of the action plan to form a financially independent Marine Harvest. SNSA will receive approximately $65 million of principal repayment on the shareholder loan plus accrued interest.
About Stolt-Nielsen S.A.
Stolt-Nielsen S.A. (the "Company") is one of the world's leading providers of transportation services for bulk liquid chemicals, edible oils, acids, and other specialty liquids. The Company, through the parcel tanker, tank container, terminal, rail and barge services of its wholly owned subsidiary Stolt-Nielsen Transportation Group, provides integrated transportation for its customers. Stolt Sea Farm, wholly owned by the Company, produces and markets high quality turbot and Southern bluefin tuna. The Company also owns 25% of Marine Harvest, the world's largest aquaculture company.
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