Athens, Greece – 23 April 2007 - Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (Coca‑Cola HBC, CCHBC) announced today that it has agreed to acquire 100% of Eurmatik S.r.l., a local full-line vending operator in Italy. Eurmatik has a long tradition in the Italian vending industry and is currently operating in all segments of the vending business such as hot and cold beverages, water and snacks.

The total consideration for the transaction is EUR15.8 million (including debt but excluding acquisition costs). The final purchase price is subject to certain adjustments. The transaction is also subject to regulatory approval. The intended acquisition of Eurmatik is not expected to materially affect group profitability in the near term.

Commenting, Doros Constantinou, Managing Director of CCHBC said, “The Eurmatik acquisition provides Coca‑Cola HBC with an opportunity to strengthen our presence and acquire valuable know-how in the full-line vending channel in Italy. This transaction is consistent with our strategy of selectively exploring new channels in order to extend our product reach and diversification, particularly in the high value immediate consumption channel. The intended acquisition of Eurmatik follows the acquisitions of two other vending operators, Vendit in Ireland in 2005 and Yoppi in Hungary in 2006.”

Coca‑Cola HBC is one of the world's largest bottlers of products of The Coca‑Cola Company and has operations in 28 countries serving a population of 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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