Athens, Greece – September 12, 2003 – Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (Coca‑Cola HBC, CCHBC), today announced that it has successfully completed, through Coca‑Cola HBC Finance B.V., the sale of a two-tranche $900 million bond offering which was heavily oversubscribed. The first tranche consisted of an aggregate principal amount of $500 million due in 2013, carrying an interest rate of 5.125%, and the second tranche consisted of an aggregate principal amount of $400 million due in 2015, carrying an interest of 5.500%.

Proceeds from the offering will be used to finance the leveraged re-capitalization plan of Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. that was announced on August 19, 2003 and to refinance certain existing short-term and long-term debt.

The securities offered have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act") and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act. Accordingly, the securities will be offered and sold only (1) inside the United States to Qualified Institutional Buyers ("QIB's") in compliance with Rule 144A under the Securities Act and (2) outside the U.S. in offshore transactions as defined under Regulation S under the Securities Act.

Coca‑Cola HBC is one of the world's largest bottlers of products of The Coca‑Cola Company and has operations in 26 countries serving a population of more than 500 million people. CCHBC shares are listed on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE:EEEK), with secondary listings on the London (LSE: CCB) and Australian (ASX:CHB) Stock Exchanges. CCHBC’s American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:CCH).

 

ENQUIRIES:

Company Contacts:

Melina Androutsopoulou

Director of Investor Relations

 

 Tel: +30 210 618 3229

e-mail: melina.androutsopoulou@cchbc.com

 

Debt Investor enquiries:

John Fulton

Group Treasurer

 

 Tel: +30 210 618 3114

e-mail: john.fulton@cchbc.com

 

European Press Contact:

Alastair Hetherington

FD Athens

 

 Tel: +44 207 269 7227

Mobile: +30 694 775 2284

e-mail: alastair.hetherington@fd.com

U.S. Press Contact:

Brian Maddox

FD Morgen-Walke

 

 Tel: +1 212 850 5600

e-mail: bmaddox@fdmw.com

 

Coca‑Cola HBC’s website is located at www.coca-colahbc.com.