NEWS

Coca-Cola HBC AG completes the acquisition of a majority stake in Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Egypt

Zug, Switzerland - 13 January 2022. Following its announcement on 12 August 2021, Coca-Cola HBC AG ("Coca-Cola HBC") today announced the completion of the acquisition by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Coca-Cola HBC Holdings BV ("CCH Holdings"), of approximately 52.7% of Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Egypt S.A.E. ("CCBCE") from MAC Beverages Limited ("MBL") and certain of its affiliated parties for cash consideration of US$304 million, subject to certain balance sheet adjustments. An additional earnout amount may be payable based on CCBCE's financial performance in 2021. Mr. Abdul Galil Besher, the current executive chairman of CCBCE, will remain as non-executive chairman of CCBCE. The transaction with MBL also involves the potential acquisition by CCH Holdings, at the same price per share to be paid to MBL, of another approximately 2.8% stake from certain other minority shareholders pursuant to agreements to be entered into in due course.

In addition, a convertible loan issued to a wholly-owned affiliate of The Coca-Cola Company (the "TCCC Seller") by CCBCE, convertible into new CCBCE shares, has been transferred to CCH Holdings for a cash consideration of approximately US$22 million (which is equal to its outstanding principal amount and unpaid interest).

Completion of the acquisition by CCH Holdings of approximately 42% of CCBCE from the TCCC Seller, also announced on 12 August 2021, is expected to occur later this month, bringing CCH Holdings' total ownership in CCBCE to 94.7%.

The acquisition gives Coca-Cola HBC access to the second-largest non-alcoholic ready-to-drink ("NARTD") market in Africa by volume, building on existing scale in Africa and increasing Coca-Cola HBC's exposure to high growth geographies. There is a significant opportunity to leverage Coca-Cola HBC's proven route-to-market capabilities and 70 years of experience operating in emerging markets to increase penetration of The Coca-Cola Company's brand portfolio and drive category leadership.

zoran-bogdanovic-520x580

"We are excited to welcome CCBCE to our group. We see great potential for this business to unlock considerable opportunities in the NARTD category in Egypt. We appreciate the trust placed in us by The Coca-Cola Company and MBL, and are ready to become part of the Coca-Cola system growth story in Egypt."

Zoran Bogdanovic Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola HBC

Enquires

Coca‑Cola HBC Group

Investors and Analysts:

 

Joanna Kennedy

Investor Relations Director

Tel: +44 7802 427505

 [email protected]

Jemima Benstead

Investor Relations Manager

Tel: +44 7740 535130

[email protected]

Marios Matar

Investor Relations Manager

Tel: +30 697 444 3335

[email protected]

Media:

 

David Hart

Group Communication Director

Tel: +41 41 726 0143

 da[email protected]

 

About MAC Beverages Limited

MAC Beverages Limited is a privately owned group with investments in the beverages and packaging sectors in the MENA region. It has been an owner of CCBCE, the bottler of TCCC group's beverages in Egypt since 1994. Certain affiliates of MAC Beverages Limited retain the rights to produce and sell beverages bearing TCCC's brands in Libya and Yemen.

About Coca‑Cola HBC

Coca-Cola HBC is a growth-focused consumer packaged goods business and strategic bottling partner of The Coca-Cola Company. We create value for all our stakeholders by supporting the socio-economic development of the communities in which we operate and we believe building a more positive environmental impact is integral to our future growth. Together, we and our customers serve 715 million consumers across a broad geographic footprint of 29 countries on three continents. Our portfolio is one of the strongest, broadest and most flexible in the beverage industry, offering consumer-leading beverage brands in the sparkling, juice, water, sport, energy, plant-based, ready-to-drink tea, coffee, adult sparkling and premium spirits categories. These beverages include Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero, Schweppes, Kinley, Costa, Valser, Romerquelle, Fanta, Sprite, Powerade, FuzeTea, Dobry, Cappy, Monster and Adez. We foster an open and inclusive work environment amongst our 36,000 employees and we are ranked among the top sustainability performers in ESG benchmarks such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, CDP, MSCI ESG and FTSE4Good.

Coca-Cola HBC has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:CCH) and is listed on the Athens Exchange (ATHEX:EEE). For more information, please visit https://www.coca-colahellenic.com.