Athens, Greece – 2 January 2006 - Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (Coca‑Cola HBC, CCHBC) has been informed by its shareholder, Kar-Tess Holding S.A. (a member of the Kar-Tess Group), that it has merged with Socomex S.A. (also a member of Kar-Tess Group).

Kar-Tess Holding S.A. currently holds a total of 56,978,932 CCHBC shares (out of 238,260,129 shares outstanding) or 23.914% of its share capital. On the 29th of December 2005, prior to the merger, Kar-Tess Holding S.A. held 19.15% of CCHBC’s share capital and Socomex S.A. held 4.76% of CCHBC’s share capital.

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).



Company Contacts:

Coca‑Cola HBC – Investor Relations

Melina Androutsopoulou


Tel: +30 210 618 3100


European Press Contact:

Financial Dynamics Athens

Alastair Hetherington

Tel: (+30) 210 725 8194

Mobile: (+30) 694 775 2284


US Press Contact:

Financial Dynamics US

Jim Olecki


Tel: +1 212 850 5600


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