Athens, Greece – December 30, 2002 – Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (Coca‑Cola HBC) (ASE:EEEK, NYSE:CCH, LSE:CCB, ASX:CHB) announced today that it has agreed to purchase EWN Getraenke Holdings GmbH‘s remaining 26.1% shareholding interest in Coca-Coca Beverages AG, Coca‑Cola HBC’s Swiss subsidiary.

The minority interest held by EWN Getraenke Holdings GmbH (EWN), a German closely held limited liability company, predates the demerger of Coca‑Cola Amatil’s European territories in 1998. Coca‑Cola HBC has previously disclosed its intention to purchase EWN’s shares. The final purchase price has been agreed at CHF82 million. The timing of the transaction resulted in more beneficial terms for Coca‑Cola HBC, as the minority shareholder will have no rights in the 2002 dividends of the Swiss business.

Coca‑Cola HBC is one of the largest bottlers of non-alcoholic beverages in Europe and the second largest Coca‑Cola bottler in the world by sales volume, operating in 26 countries with a total population of more than 500 million. Coca‑Cola HBC’s shares are listed on the Athens Stock Exchange, with listings on the New York, London and Australian Stock Exchanges.



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