Athens, Greece – July 12, 2004 – Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (Coca‑Cola HBC or the Company), today announced that it has successfully completed, through its subsidiary Coca‑Cola HBC Finance B.V., the sale of bonds totalling €500m.
The bond offering was heavily oversubscribed. The €500m issue, due 2011, was completed off the Euro Medium Term Note Programme and carries an annual coupon interest rate of 4.375%.
The Company also announced the successful tendering of €322m of the outstanding €555m of Coca‑Cola HBC Finance plc’s €625m June 2006 5.25% Eurobond. Proceeds from the new Eurobond offering will be used to finance the tender and to partially pre-fund the December 2004 Eurobond maturity of €300m.
The new Euro denominated notes to be issued have not been, and will not be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the securities laws of any State or other jurisdiction of the United States and may not be offered, sold or delivered, directly or indirectly, in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration.
This communication is not being made and has not been approved by an authorised person for the purposes of section 21 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Accordingly this communication is not being made to the general public in the United Kingdom. This communication as a financial promotion is only being made to those persons in the United Kingdom falling within the definition of Investment Professionals as defined in Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2001 or persons who are within Article 43 of Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2001 or any person to whom it may otherwise lawfully be made.
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. Coca‑Cola HBC shares are listed on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE:EEEK), with secondary listings on the London (LSE:CCB) and Australian (ASX:CHB) Stock Exchanges. Coca‑Cola HBC’s American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:CCH).
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