Stolt-Nielsen S.A. and Nutreco N.V. Reach Agreement to Sell Entire Shareholding in Marine Harvest to Geveran Trading Co. Ltd.


LONDON, March 6, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Stolt-Nielsen S.A. (Nasdaq:SNSA)(Oslo:SNI) and Nutreco Holding N.V. announced today an agreement to sell their entire shareholding in the aquaculture company Marine Harvest N.V. to the investment fund Geveran Trading Co. Ltd. for total cash proceeds of approximately EUR 1.175 billion, plus the assumption of all of Marine Harvest's debt of approximately EUR 150 million. SNSA currently owns 25% of Marine Harvest and Nutreco owns 75%. SNSA expects to realize cash proceeds of approximately $350 million from the sale of its share of Marine Harvest and a gain of approximately $80 million.

Geveran Trading is part of Greenwich Holding Ltd, a company indirectly controlled by Mr. John Fredriksen. The Greenwich Group also holds significant stakes in the two Norwegian aquaculture companies Pan Fish ASA and Fjord Seafood ASA.

The closing of the transaction is subject to the approval of regulatory and competition authorities, of which all risks are borne on the account of the buyer. As a consequence of this transaction, the previously announced dividend from Marine Harvest will not be paid. The preparations for the IPO of Marine Harvest have been put on hold.

Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer of SNSA, said, "The sale of our full stake in Marine Harvest to Geveran Trading will unlock substantial value for SNSA. With the repayment in February of this year of SNSA's $65 million shareholder loan to Marine Harvest, SNSA will have realized cash proceeds of approximately $415 million from its aquaculture investments. SNSA will continue to own and grow its turbot and sole operations within Stolt Sea Farm."

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 leading producer and supplier of farmed salmon.

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