Athens, Greece – September 15, 2003 – Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (Coca‑Cola HBC, CCHBC) announced today that the Extraordinary General Meeting of its shareholders which was held in Athens, Greece on 15 September 2003 approved a share capital increase of €518,304,225.24 through the capitalization of a portion of the account “balance from the issuance of shares above par value”, thus increasing the nominal value of each share of the company by €2.19, i.e. from €0.31 to €2.50. As a result the company amended the relevant Articles of Association.

Following receipt of the required approvals a second Extraordinary General Meeting will be called to approve a share capital decrease of €473,337,192.00 through the reduction of the nominal value of the shares from €2.50 to €0.50 per share, and a capital return of €2.00 per share to all shareholders.

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

Director of Investor Relations & Business Development



Tel: +30 210 618 3100


Coca‑Cola HBC

Thalia Chantziara

Investor Relations Analyst


Tel: +30 210 618 3124


European Press Contact:

Alastair Hetherington

FD Athens


 Tel: ++30 210 725 8194

Mobile: +30 694 775 2284


U.S. Press Contact:

Brian Maddox

FD Morgen-Walke


Tel: +1 212 850 5600


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