ATHENS - September 18, 2002 - Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (“CCHBC”, Athens: EEEK) announced today that it has filed a registration statement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission for a secondary offering of up to 11,774,270 CCHBC shares representing approximately 5.0 percent of its share capital.
These shares will be offered in the form of American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) or ordinary shares. No public market currently exists for CCHBC ADSs.
Of the total shares to be sold up to 7,100,058 shares will be sold by Socomex S.A., of the Kar-Tess Group and up to 4,674,212 shares will be sold by Refreshment Product Services, Inc., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of The Coca‑Cola Company (NYSE: KO). In addition, Socomex S.A. has granted the underwriters for the offering an over-allotment option to purchase up to an additional 1,177,427 shares, equal to 10.0 percent of the shares being offered. CCHBC expects the offering to be completed during October 2002 and has applied to list its ADSs on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “CCH”. The offering is subject to general market conditions and regulatory clearances. Credit Suisse First Boston is lead manager and bookrunner for the offering and Alpha Finance is co-lead manager.
CCHBC will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the ADSs or ordinary shares by the selling shareholders.
Copies of the preliminary prospectus, when they become available, can be obtained from Credit Suisse First Boston, Prospectus Department, 11 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10010-3629, (212) 325-2580 and Alpha Finance, 5 Merlin Street, 10671 Athens, (10) 367 7500.
CCHBC is one of the largest bottlers of non-alcoholic beverages in Europe and the second largest Coca‑Cola bottler in the world by sales volume, operating in 26 countries with a total population of more than 500 million. CCHBC’s shares are listed on the Athens Stock Exchange, with secondary listings on the London and Australian Stock Exchanges.
A REGISTRATION STATEMENT RELATING TO THESE SECURITIES HAS BEEN FILED WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION BUT HAS NOT YET BECOME EFFECTIVE. THESE SECURITIES MAY NOT BE SOLD NOR MAY OFFERS TO BUY BE ACCEPTED PRIOR TO THE TIME THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT BECOMES EFFECTIVE. THIS PRESS RELEASE SHALL NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER TO SELL OR THE SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO BUY NOR SHALL THERE BE ANY SALE OF THESE SECURITIES IN ANY STATE IN WHICH SUCH OFFER, SOLICITATION OR SALE WOULD BE UNLAWFUL PRIOR TO REGISTRATION OR QUALIFICATION UNDER THE SECURITIES LAWS OF ANY SUCH STATE.
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For information, contact:
Director of Investor Relations & Business Development
Tel: +30 (0) 10 618 3100
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: +30 (0) 10 618 3100
Tel: +1 212 850 5661