London, England - March 11, 2005 - Stolt-Nielsen S.A. (NasdaqNM: SNSA; Oslo Stock Exchange: SNI) announced today that the Company's Board of Directors will recommend a special dividend for the full year ended November 30, 2004 of $2.00 per common share, payable June 30, 2005 to shareholders of record as of June 15, 2005. In recommending the special dividend, the Board of Directors recognizes the Company's strong financial performance in 2004 and significant improvement in its balance sheet following the sale of its entire interest in Stolt Offshore S.A. The dividend, which is subject to shareholder approval, will be voted on at the Company's Annual General Meeting of Shareholders scheduled for June 9, 2005 in Luxembourg. If approved, the dividend will result in an aggregate cash payment to holders of common shares of approximately $130 million.
About Stolt-Nielsen S.A.
Stolt-Nielsen S.A. (NASDAQNM: SNSA; Oslo Stock Exchange: SNI) is one of the world's leading providers of transportation services for bulk liquid chemicals, edible oils, acids, and other specialty liquids. Stolt-Nielsen S.A., through its parcel tanker, tank container, terminal, rail and barge services, provides integrated transportation for its customers. Stolt Sea Farm, wholly-owned by Stolt-Nielsen S.A., produces and markets high quality Atlantic salmon, salmon trout, turbot, halibut, sturgeon, caviar, bluefin tuna, and tilapia. (www.stolt-nielsen.com
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