Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. Announces Results for the Nine Months Ended 28 September 2012

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. Announces Results for the Nine Months
                           Ended 28 September 2012

PR Newswire

ATHENS, Greece, November 8, 2012

ATHENS, Greece, November 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  
                              HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE NINE MONTHS
                                       Nine Months  Nine Months   % Change
                                           2012         2011
    Volume (m unit cases)                 1,605        1,618        -1%
    Net Sales Revenue (EUR m)             5,468        5,326         3%
    Comparable Cost of Goods Sold(EUR m)  3,473        3,275         6%
    Comparable EBIT (EUR m)                 412          468       -12%
    Comparable Net Profit (EUR m)           265          302       -12%
    Comparable EPS (EUR)                   0.73         0.83       -12%

  +Top line: Net sales revenue grew by 3%, while volume declined by 1% in the
    first nine months of 2012. Emerging markets posted a 3% volume increase,
    which was more than offset by a 5% volume decline in established markets
    and a 2% volume decline in developing markets.
  +Categories: In the first nine months of 2012, volume in the sparkling
    beverages category was flat. Volume in the tea category grew by 3%, while
    energy drinks volume grew by 5%. In the water and juice categories, volume
    declined by 4% and 6% respectively.
  +Brands: Volume of trademark Coca-Cola products grew by 1% in the first
    nine months of 2012, with Coca-Cola growing by 2% and Coca-Cola Zero
    growing by 10%.
  +Share gains: We gained or maintained volume share in sparkling beverages
    in most of our markets including Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Poland,
    Russia, Ukraine, Romania, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
  +Comparable operating profit(EBIT): The positive impact of our revenue
    growth initiatives was more than offset by a combination of higher input
    costs and unfavourable currency movements. As a result, comparable EBIT
    declined by €56 million in the first nine months.
  +Free cash flow and capex: We generated free cash flow of €381 million in
    the first nine months of 2012, while working capital improved by €35
    million year-on-year. We continue to expect to generate free cash flow of
    €1.45 billion for the 2012-2014 period, while also targeting cumulative
    capital expenditures of €1.45 billion, over the same period.

Dimitris Lois, Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Hellenic, commented:

"We achieved both volume and revenue growth in the third quarter, with revenue
continuing to grow faster than volume. This performance demonstrates that our
strategy, executed with excellence, delivers the desired top line results,
even in the current economic climate.

Notwithstanding the encouraging results of the third quarter, we see the
overall macroeconomic volatility and input cost pressures persisting. The
environment in which we operate remains very challenging, particularly across
our established markets. We remain focused on delivering on our strategic
priorities: strengthening our leadership position in the marketplace, driving
revenue growth and executing on our cost optimization and process efficiency
plans.

In addition, our business continues to generate significant free cash flow,
enabling us to invest in sustainable growth, thus creating long-term value for
our shareholders. The recently announced voluntary share exchange offer by
Coca-ColaHBCAG will facilitate a premium listing of the Group on the London
Stock Exchange and forms part of our commitment to enhance shareholder value.
It reflects the international nature of our business, as well as our
shareholder base. At the same time it will give us access to the largest pool
of international investors, on the most liquid equity market in Europe
providing flexibility to fund our future growth on competitive terms."

SOURCE Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Co SA

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