Athens, Greece – 27 January 2006 - Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (Coca‑Cola HBC, CCHBC) announces that its subsidiary 3E (Cyprus) Limited (3E Cyprus) received the approval of the Board of the Cyprus Stock Exchange for the acquisition of up to 100% of the issued share capital of Lanitis Bros Public Limited (each share has a nominal value of £0.20).
The consideration to be offered for each share in Lanitis Bros Public Limited is CYP0,172 (seventeen cents and two tenths of a cent) in cash. The current number of shares outstanding in Lanitis Bros Public Limited is 250,000,000.
The acceptance period of the Public Offer begins on January 27, 2006 and ends on March 10, 2006 at 12.30pm.
Lanitis Bros Public Limited shareholders can receive copies of the Prospectus of the Public Offer (available in the Greek language) and the Acceptance and Transfer of Shares forms through selected branches of the National Bank of Cyprus Ltd.
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 approximately 540 million people. CCHBC shares are listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX: 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).
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