LONDON, April 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stolt-Nielsen Limited (Oslo Børs: SNI) today reported unaudited results for the first quarter ended February 28, 2014. Net profit attributable to shareholders in the first quarter was $18.6 million, with revenue of $516.7 million, compared with $36.7 million, with revenue of $524.5 million, respectively, in the fourth quarter of 2013. Highlights for the first quarter of 2014, compared with the fourth quarter of 2013, were:
- Stolt Tankers reported an operating profit of $9.8 million, down from $15.8 million, due to lower contract volumes and increased port delays caused by adverse winter weather conditions.
- The Stolt Tankers Joint Service Sailed-in Time-Charter Index was 1.35, compared with 1.39.
- Stolthaven Terminals reported an operating profit of $18.9 million, up from $15.5 million, mainly reflecting the impact of $2.9 million of business interruption income and $2.1 million of other insurance income related to damage at Stolthaven New Orleans caused by Hurricane Isaac in August 2012.
- Stolt Tank Containers reported an operating profit of $15.1 million, down from $19.8 million, mainly due to seasonal softness in most markets.
- Stolt Sea Farm reported an operating profit of $1.4 million, up from $0.4 million, reflecting seasonally strong caviar sales and a $1.2 million one-time adjustment to depreciation, partially offset by the negative impact of $1.0 million from the accounting for inventories at fair value in the first quarter, compared with a positive impact of $0.1 million in the fourth quarter.
- Avance Gas Holding Ltd. (AGHL) filed its listing application with the Oslo Børs on March 31, with a targeted listing date of April 15. The road show for the IPO started on March 31 and the offering is expected to close on April 8.
"Stolt-Nielsen Limited's results for the first quarter were disappointing, particularly at Stolt Tankers, where both the spot and contract volumes were lower than normal, reducing fleet utilisation (tons per operating day). In addition, adverse winter weather conditions in Houston and a number of Western European ports caused substantial delays. This, combined with a lack of spot cargo that resulted in ships sailing light, held down performance at Stolt Tankers. Notwithstanding the disappointing first quarter volumes at Stolt Tankers, we believe the underlying positive trend that started in the second half 2013 will resume as the year progresses. At Stolthaven Terminals, the construction of additional storage capacity was completed in New Orleans, Houston, Australia, and Singapore. Although most of the added capacity is already contracted out, the final commissioning of the tanks has taken longer than expected. Stolt Tank Containers' results were consistent with the seasonal softness we normally experience in the first quarter. Conditions in Stolt Sea Farm's key markets remain challenging, with a main competitor bringing large amounts of culled fish to market due to production issues, driving down prices in the process."  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, external time charter expenses, transshipments, port costs, and bunker fuel.This information is subject of the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act. Stolt-Nielsen Limited First Quarter 2014 Results http://hugin.info/154/R/1774020/604688.pdf HUG#1774020
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