Athens, Greece – January 20, 2004 – Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (Coca‑Cola HBC, CCHBC), announced today that 256,681 new shares issued as a result of the exercise of stock options by employees of CCHBC and its affiliated companies will commence trading on 22 January 2004.

As previously announced, the new shares were issued pursuant to a share capital increase in the amount of €128,340.50, which was approved by the Board of Directors on 23 December 2003. After the increase, CCHBC’s share capital amounts to €118,462,638.50 and is divided in 236,925,277 shares with a nominal value of €0,50 each. The total cash sum received upon the exercise of shares by participants in CCHBC’s stock option plan was €3,371,556.03.

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. CCHBC shares are listed on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE: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).


Company Contacts:

Coca‑Cola HBC

Melina Androutsopoulou

Investor Relations Director



Tel: (+30) 210 618 3229


Coca‑Cola HBC

Thalia Chantziara

Investor Relations Analys


Tel: (+30) 210 618 3124


European Press Contact:

Financial Dynamics Greece

Alastair Hetherington

Tel: 0044 207 269 7100

Mobile: +44 7909 925 805


U.S. Press Contact:

Financial Dynamics

Brian Maddox

Lindsay Hatton


Tel: (+1) 212 850 5600



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