SOURCE: Stolt-Nielsen S.A.

April 26, 2007 06:43 ET

Stolt-Nielsen S.A. Reports Unaudited Results for the First Quarter of 2007

LONDON -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 26, 2007 --

London, England - April 26, 2007 - Stolt-Nielsen S.A. (NasdaqNM: SNSA; Oslo Børs: SNI) today reported unaudited results for the first quarter ended February 28, 2007.

Highlights for the first quarter of 2007 included:

* Operating revenue of $407.9 million for the quarter,
 compared with operating revenue of $382.5 million for the first
 quarter of 2006.
* Net income of $105.5 million (including $44.3 million gain
 on sale of Southern bluefin tuna business and $21.8 million for the
 25% interest in Marine Harvest), compared with net income of $47.9
 million for the same quarter last year.
* Stolt-Nielsen Transportation Group (SNTG) operating income
 was $49.6 million, compared with $50.2 million for the same quarter
 last year.
* Stolt Tankers Joint Service Sailed-in Time-Charter
 Index(1) was 1.32, down from 1.34 reported in the fourth quarter of
 2006 and slightly improved from 1.30 reported in the first quarter
 of 2006.
* SSF's turbot operations continued to benefit from strong
 market conditions, higher prices and lower costs.

Commenting, Mr. Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen, CEO of SNSA, said:

"The first quarter of 2007 has seen good performances from our tank container and terminal divisions. Results for parcel tankers were impacted by higher costs, primarily due to the effects of operational delays caused by bad weather and port congestion and an increase in ship management costs, as well as weakness in the transatlantic west market. However, parcel tanker overall spot rates were strong and contract renewals were up 5% on average during the quarter. SSF's turbot operations continue to deliver good results.

"As I said in the statement accompanying our fourth quarter 2006 results, we continue to expect some volatility in our parcel tanker operations in the current year, due to shifting trade patterns and new tonnage entering the market, however the trends in recent months for most trade routes in the parcel tanker spot market have been positive, as a result of strong demand for chemicals and the impact of the new IMO regulations. Our tank container division is expected to maintain its good performance this year and we believe that our terminal operations will benefit from our ongoing expansion programs. All three SNTG divisions are being positioned via substantial investments to participate in what we perceive to be significant growth opportunities in the Middle East Gulf and Asian markets. We expect SSF's turbot operations to continue to post strong results. A continuance of the high level of legal advisor costs experienced last year is likely until the antitrust-related issues are resolved."

(1) The Stolt Tankers Joint Service Sailed-in Time Charter Index is an indexed measurement of the sailed-in rate for the Joint Service and was set at 1.00 in the first quarter of 1990 based on the average sailed-in time charter result for the fleet at the time. The sailed-in rate is a measure frequently used by shipping companies, which subtracts from the ships' operating revenue the variable costs associated with a voyage, primarily commissions, sublets, transshipments, port costs, and bunker fuel.

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