Athens, Greece – 11 December 2008 - Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (Coca‑Cola Hellenic) announced today the completion of the acquisition of 100% of Socib S.p.A. (Socib), the second largest Coca‑Cola franchise bottler in Italy.
The aggregate consideration for the transaction is €264.5 million (including debt but excluding acquisition costs). The consideration is subject to certain post-closing adjustments. We expect the transaction to have a negligible impact on earnings in 2008.
The acquisition of Socib will expand Coca‑Cola Hellenic’s footprint in Italy through the addition of five regions in Southern Italy with a population of nearly 14 million. The acquisition of Socib will also increase Coca‑Cola Hellenic’s sales volume in Italy by approximately 25%.
In connection with the completion of the acquisition, Socib’s former CEO, Fabrizio Capua, has been appointed Chairman of Coca‑Cola Hellenic’s enlarged Italian business while Dario Rinero, Coca‑Cola Hellenic’s current Managing Director in Italy, has assumed executive responsibility for the entire Italian operations.
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About Coca‑Cola Hellenic
Coca‑Cola Hellenic is one of the world's largest bottlers of products of The Coca‑Cola Company with sales of more than 2 billion unit cases. It has broad geographic reach with operations in 28 countries serving a population of approximately 550 million people. Coca‑Cola Hellenic offers a diverse range of ready-to-drink non-alcoholic beverages in the sparkling, juice, water, sport, energy, tea and coffee categories. Coca‑Cola Hellenic is committed to promoting sustainable development in order to create value for its business and for society. This includes providing products that meet the beverage needs of consumers, fostering an open and inclusive work environment, conducting our business in ways that protect and preserve the environment and contribute to the socio-economic development of our local communities.
Coca‑Cola Hellenic‘s shares are listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX: EEEK), with a secondary listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: CCB). Coca‑Cola Hellenic’s American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CCH) and Chess Depositary Instruments (CDIs) are listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: CHB). Coca‑Cola Hellenic is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indexes. For more information, please visit www.coca-colahellenic.com.
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