Athens, Greece – 18 January 2005 - Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (Coca‑Cola HBC, CCHBC) announces that the 2.431.873 new ordinary shares, that were issued pursuant to the increase of CCHBC’s share capital by €1.215.936,50, will commence trading on Monday 23 January 2006.

The new shares were issued as a result of the exercise of stock options by 209 employees of CCHBC and of its affiliate companies. CCHBC’s share capital currently amounts to €120.346.001 and is divided in 240.692.002 shares with a nominal value of €0,50 each.

The above new shares were subscribed for as follows:

(a) 7.915 shares were subscribed for by 3 option-holders at a price of €23.32 per share (pursuant to resolutions of the General Meeting of Shareholders dated 22 November 2001 and 31 October 2003, and resolution of the Board of Directors dated 13 December 2001);

(b) 7.894 shares were subscribed for by 1 option-holder at a price of €20.97 per share (pursuant to resolutions of the General Meeting of Shareholders dated 22 November 2001 and 31 October 2003, and resolution of the Board of Directors dated 13 December 2001);

(c) 214.963 shares were subscribed for by 119 option-holders at a price of €17,06 per share (pursuant to resolutions of the General Meeting of Shareholders dated 22 November 2001 and 31 October 2003, and resolution of the Board of Directors dated 13 December 2001);

(d) 931.799 shares were subscribed for by 94 option-holders at a price of €14,68 per share (pursuant to resolutions of the General Meeting of Shareholders dated 22 November 2001 and 31 October 2003, and resolution of the Board of Directors dated 13 December 2001);

(e) 708.890 shares were subscribed for by 90 option-holders at a price of €14,53 per share (pursuant to resolutions of the General Meeting of Shareholders dated 22 November 2001 and 31 October 2003, and resolution of the Board of Directors dated 13 December 2001);

(f) 233.020 shares were subscribed for by 21 option-holders at a price of €12.95 per share (pursuant to resolutions of the General Meeting of Shareholders dated 6 June 2003 and 31 October 2003, and resolution of the Board of Directors dated 23 June 2003);

(g) 244.928 shares were subscribed for by 19 option-holders at a price of €16.76 per share (pursuant to resolutions of the General Meeting of Shareholders dated 6 June 2003 and resolution of the Board of Directors dated 15 December 2003); and

(h) 82.464 shares were subscribed for by 8 option-holders at a price of €18,63 per share (pursuant to resolutions of the General Meeting of Shareholders dated 6 June 2003 and resolution of the Board of Directors dated 3 December 2004).

The payment of the above increase, which does not constitute an amendment of the company’s Articles of Association, was certified by CCHBC’s Board of Directors on 21 December 2005, in accordance with the resolutions of the above General Meetings and was approved by the Ministry of Development and registered with the Registry of Societes Anonymes pursuant to decision Κ2-16346 dated 27 December 2005

On Tuesday 17 January 2006, the Board of Directors of the Athens Exchange approved the commencement of trading of the above 2.431.873 new ordinary shares.

The Board of Directors of CCHBC has resolved that trading of the above new shares on the Athens Exchange shall commence on Monday 23 January 2006. On that day, the above shares will be credited to the securities accounts of the relevant shareholders. The opening price of CCHBC’s shares on the above date shall be determined in accordance with the Regulations of the Athens Exchange.

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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Coca‑Cola HBC – Investor Relations

Melina Androutsopoulou

George Toulantas

Anna Konoplianikova

 

 

Tel: +30 210 618 3100

e-mail: investor.relations@cchbc.com

European Press Contact:

Financial Dynamics Athens

Greg Quine

 

Tel: +44 20 7269 7206

e-mail: greg.quine@fd.com

US Press Contact:

Financial Dynamics US

Jim Olecki

 

Tel: +1 212 850 5600

e-mail: jolecki@fd-us.com

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