Coca-Cola HBC Team (Photo: Louise Sullivan)
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.
“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.” said Zoran Bogdanovic Chief Executive Officer Of Coca-Cola HBC
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