Athens, Greece – 19 June 2009 – Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (“Coca- Cola Hellenic”) announces a dividend for the fiscal year 2008 in an amount equal to euro 0.28 per share, as resolved by the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders that was held on Thursday 18 June 2009.
Applicable law requires that dividends accruing to the Company's 605,700 treasury shares be applied to the total amount of dividends payable to shareholders. As a result, the dividend per share is increased to EUR 0.280465 per share. The dividend is subject to a 10% withholding tax in accordance with Article 18 of Law 3697/2008.
As previously announced by Coca‑Cola Hellenic, the shares of the company will trade ex-dividend as of Monday 22 June 2009. Shareholders on record with the Dematerialized Securities System (“DSS” or “SAT”) of the Athens Stock Exchange as of Wednesday 24 June 2009 will be entitled to receive the dividend.
The dividend will be paid between Monday 29 June 2009 and Tuesday 29 June 2010 through the network of NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE S.A.
The dividend may be paid in one of the following ways:
1. Via the applicable shareholder’s DSS operator (including banks and stockbrokers registered with the DSS), in accordance with Article 5.5 of the Regulation of the Athens Stock Exchange and article 39 of the DSS Operating Regulation.
2. If a shareholder has duly requested from its DSS operator to be exempted from the regime set forth in case (1) above or if the shares of a shareholder have been deposited in the special account of their Investor Share at the DSS, then such shareholder may collect its dividend via the bank branch network of NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE S.A.
3. In the event that a DSS operator is unable to credit the account of a particular shareholder, then such shareholder may collect its dividend through the bank branch network of NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE S.A., provided that such collection may not take place earlier than 6 July 2009.
Collection of the dividend in cases (2) and (3) above requires that the relevant shareholder present its police identity card and relevant Investor Share Number on the DSS to any bank branch of NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE S.A. A duly authorized third party may collect the dividend on behalf of a shareholder, only by furnishing a written authorization from such shareholder. The authenticity of such shareholder’s signature must be verified by a competent authority. Such authorization must include the personal identification details of the relevant shareholder, as well as, those of the authorized third party.
DSS operators are kindly requested to contact the Non-Institutional Investors Custody & Stock Market Transactions Subdivision, at NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE S.A., 6 Karageorgi Servias Street, 3rd floor, 105 62 Athens-Syntagma Place. Contact person: John Xidis and Elias Dimitriou tel. and tel. .
During the period between 30 June 2010 and such date as the dividend is forfeited pursuant to the applicable the statute of limitations (31 December 2014), payment of dividends will be made exclusively via the Company’s Head Offices at 9 Fragoklissias Street, Maroussi.
Further information may be obtained from Coca‑Cola Hellenic’s Investor Relations Department at , .
About Coca‑Cola Hellenic
Coca‑Cola Hellenic is one of the world's largest bottlers of products of The Coca‑Cola Company with sales of more than 2 billion unit cases. It has broad geographic reach with operations in 28 countries serving a population of approximately 560 million people. Coca‑Cola Hellenic offers a diverse range of ready-to-drink non-alcoholic beverages in the sparkling, juice, water, sport, energy, tea and coffee categories. Coca‑Cola Hellenic is committed to promoting sustainable development in order to create value for its business and for society. This includes providing products that meet the beverage needs of consumers, fostering an open and inclusive work environment, conducting our business in ways that protect and preserve the environment and contribute to the socio-economic development of our local communities.
Coca‑Cola Hellenic‘s shares are listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX: EEEK), with a secondary listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: CCB). Coca‑Cola Hellenic’s American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CCH) and Chess Depositary Instruments (CDIs) are listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: CHB). Coca‑Cola Hellenic is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indexes. For more information, please visit www.coca-colahellenic.com