Stolt-Nielsen S.A announced that the company had resolved its dispute with its senior noteholders regarding defaults asserted by the noteholders.
"We are pleased that the noteholders have agreed to waive their claims of default and to modify some loan covenants to permit the Company to make certain investments in joint ventures," said Niels G. Stolt-Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer of SNSA. "In return, the Company has agreed to provide the noteholders with certain security, which can be released if the Company obtains an investment grade rating on its senior notes
and under certain other circumstances. SNSA can now focus on its businesses and capitalize on the improving parcel tanker market worldwide."
The Company expects to file its Annual Report
on Form 20-F on June 16, 2004.