Athens, Greece – 19 November 2003 – Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (Coca‑Cola HBC, CCHBC), announced today that it has been informed by its shareholder, Kar-Tess Holding S.A. (a member of The Kar-Tess Group), that on November 18, 2003, Kar-Tess Holding S.A. completed the transfer of 22,319,386 Coca‑Cola HBC shares representing 9.4% of the total share capital of Coca‑Cola HBC. This transaction was announced on August 19, 2003.

Kar-Tess Holding S.A. transferred the above shares to individuals and entities who are either shareholders of Kar-Tess Holding S.A. or persons or entities nominated by them. None of the buyers have acquired a shareholding of more than 2.5% of the total share capital of Coca‑Cola HBC. All buyers and transferees have committed to a twelve-month lock-up effective as of the date of this transaction.

Following this transaction, The Kar-Tess Group shareholding in Coca‑Cola HBC has been decreased from 39.8% to 30.4%.

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 3100


Coca‑Cola HBC

Thalia Chantziara

Investor Relations Analyst


Tel: (+30) 210 618 3124


European Press Contact:

Financial Dynamics Athens

Alastair Hetherington

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U.S. Press Contact:

Financial Dynamics

Brian Maddox

Lindsay Hatton


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