Athens, Greece – October 17, 2003 – Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (Coca‑Cola HBC, CCHBC), announces that the Extraordinary General Meeting of its shareholders which was held in Athens, Greece on September 15, 2003 approved a share capital increase of €518,304,225.24 through the capitalization of a portion of the account “difference from the issuance of shares above par value”, thus increasing the nominal value of each share of the company by €2.19, i.e. from €0.31 to €2.50.

The new share capital of the company amounts to €591,671,490 and is divided into 236,668,596 ordinary bearer shares with a nominal value of €2.50 each.

The above share capital increase has been approved by the Ministry of Development (decision no. K2-12183/24.9.2003). The Board of Directors of the Athens Stock Exchange has been informed of the above share capital increase and of the nominal value change at its meeting on October 16, 2003.

As of Monday October 20, 2003, the shares of the company will be trading on the Athens Stock Exchange with a nominal value of €2.50 each.

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).

Company Contacts:

Coca‑Cola HBC

Melina Androutsopoulou

Investor Relations Director



Tel: (+30) 210 618 3100


Coca‑Cola HBC

Thalia Chantziara

Investor Relations Analyst


Tel: (+30) 210 618 3124


European Press Contact:

Financial Dynamics Athens

Alastair Hetherington

Tel: (+30) 210 725 8194

Mobile: (+30) 694 775 2284


U.S. Press Contact:

Financial Dynamics

Brian Maddox


Tel: (+1) 212 850 5600


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