Athens, Greece – 03 March 2008 – Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (Coca‑Cola Hellenic, Hellenic) announces the procedure for the settlement of the fractional shares created by the share capital increase approved at the Extraordinary General Meeting of 15 October 2007. The Company’s share capital has been increased through the capitalization of the share premium account.
The share capital increase was affected through the issue of new ordinary bearer shares, by way of a bonus distribution to the Company’s shareholders of one (1) new ordinary share for every two (2) existing shares.
As required by Greek Law ((a) article 44a of Law 2396/1996 and (b) decision nr 13/375/17.3.2006 of the Board of Directors of the Greek Capital Markets Committee (GCMC)), the Company invites the holders of fractional shares to either sell such shares or round them up to the nearest whole number of shares until 20 May 2008, when the relevant six-month deadline provided by Greek Law expires.
Following the expiration of the afore-mentioned deadline, any outstanding fractional shares will be sold according to the procedure provided in article 99 of the Regulation of the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE). Article 99 provides that the sale of the fractional shares will be made by a member of the ASE who has been appointed by a decision of the GCMC. The proceeds from the sale will be deposited with the Greek Loans and Deposits Fund. The former fractional shares holders will be entitled to receive their portion of the deposited amount on a pro rata basis.
The Company will timely announce further information on the matter, such as the date of sale of the fractional shares, the result of the sale, the date of award of the proceeds of the sale to the holders, as well as all other necessary documentation.
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Coca‑Cola Hellenic’s website is located at www.coca-colahellenic.com.
Coca‑Cola Hellenic is one of the world's largest bottlers of products of The Coca‑Cola Company and has operations in 28 countries serving a population of around 550 million people. Coca‑Cola Hellenic‘s shares are listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX: EEEK), with secondary listings on the London (LSE: CCB) and Australian (ASX: CHB) Stock Exchanges. Coca‑Cola Hellenic’s American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CCH).