Athens, Greece – 3 June 2011 – As previously announced, on 6 May 2011, the Annual General Meeting of the shareholders of Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (“Coca‑Cola Hellenic”) resolved to reorganize its share capital. Coca‑Cola Hellenic’s share capital will initially be increased by an amount equal to Euro 549,736,428.
This increase will be effectuated by capitalizing reserves and increasing the nominal value of each share by Euro 1.50, i.e. from Euro 0.50 to Euro 2.00 per share. Coca‑Cola Hellenic’s share capital will subsequently be decreased by an amount equal to Euro 183,245,476 by decreasing the nominal value of each share by Euro 0.50, i.e. from Euro 2.00 to Euro 1.50 per share, and distributing such Euro 0.50 per share difference to shareholders in cash.
Following the reorganization described above, Coca‑Cola Hellenic’s share capital will equal Euro 549,736,428, divided into 366,490,952 ordinary registered shares having a nominal value of Euro 1.50 each.
The Ministry of Finance, Competitiveness and Shipping, by virtue of its decision No.K2-4717/30 May 2011, has approved an amendment of Coca‑Cola Hellenic’s Articles of Association to reflect the reorganization described above. In its meeting dated 2 June 2011, the Board of Directors of the Athens Exchange was also informed of such reorganization.
As of 10 June 2011 (ex rights date), the shares of Coca‑Cola Hellenic will be traded on the Athens Exchange with a nominal value of Euro 1.50 per share and without the right to receive the amount of the capital return. The opening price of Coca‑Cola Hellenic’s shares traded on the Athens Exchange will also be adjusted pursuant to the Athens Exchange Regulation and Decision No. 26 of the Board of Directors of Athens Exchange, as currently in force.
Coca‑Cola Hellenic shareholders who are registered with the registry of the Central Depository System on 15 June 2011 (record date) will receive payments of the capital return described above. Such payments will commence on 21 June 2011 and will be effected through the National Bank of Greece as follows:
1. If a custodian, broker or other operator in the Central Depositary System has been appointed by a shareholder to collect payments on its behalf, then the capital return payment shall be rendered to such custodian, broker or operator, as applicable.
2. If the National Bank of Greece acts as operator in the Central Depositary System for a shareholder and the shareholder has not revoked the authority of the National Bank of Greece to collect payments on its behalf, then the capital return payment shall be rendered to the account of the shareholder with the National Bank of Greece.
3. If the registered custodian, broker or operator does not have authorization to collect payments on the applicable shareholder’s behalf (or in the cases where the National Bank of Greece acts as operator in the Central Depositary System for a shareholder but such shareholder has revoked the authority of the National Bank of Greece to collect payments on its behalf), or the applicable shares are kept in a special account of Hellenic Exchanges S.A. or in a no-show shareholders registry, then the capital return payment shall be rendered directly through the branch network of the National Bank of Greece.
Shareholders wishing to collect their capital return payment through the branch network of the National Bank of Greece must present an identification card and a print-out of the data of the relevant Code Number from the Shareholders’ Registry in the Central Depository System. A third party may only collect the capital return payment of a shareholder if such third party presents an authorization-proxy, which should include the full details of the shareholder, as well as the details of the person authorized (name, surname, father’s name, Identity Card number and Tax Registration number), accompanied by a certification of the shareholder’s signature by a police department or any other competent Authority. Upon expiration of the twenty four-month period starting from the date of commencement of payment, i.e. from 21 June 2013, Capital Return payments may only be collected from the corporate headquarters of Coca‑Cola Hellenic (9 Fragoklissias Street, Maroussi).
For any further information, shareholders may contact the Investor Relations Department of Coca‑Cola Hellenic at Tel. +30 210 6183 208, +30 210 6183 106.
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About Coca‑Cola Hellenic
Coca‑Cola Hellenic is the second-largest bottler of products of The Coca‑Cola Company in terms of volume with sales of more than 2 billion unit cases. It has broad geographic footprint with operations in 28 countries serving a population of more than 560 million people. Coca‑Cola Hellenic offers a diverse range of ready-to-drink non-alcoholic beverages in the sparkling, juice, water, sport, energy, tea and coffee categories. Coca‑Cola Hellenic is committed to promoting sustainable development in order to create value for its business and for society. This includes providing products that meet the beverage needs of consumers, fostering an open and inclusive work environment, conducting our business in ways that protect and preserve the environment and contribute to the socio-economic development of our local communities.
Coca‑Cola Hellenic‘s shares are listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX: EEEK), with a secondary listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: CCB). Coca‑Cola Hellenic’s American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CCH). Coca‑Cola Hellenic is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indexes. For more information, please visit www.coca-colahellenic.com.