AmTrust Announces Exercise of Underwriters’ Over-Allotment Option and Closing of $287.5 Million in Depositary Shares Representing Interests in Preferred Stock

NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:AFSI) (the “Company” or “AmTrust”) today announced that it has closed its previously announced underwritten public offering of 11,500,000 of its depositary shares (the “Depositary Shares”), each representing a 1/40th interest in a share of its newly-designated 6.95% Non-Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series F, at a public offering price of $25.00 per Depositary Share, for gross proceeds of $287.5 million.  The Depositary Shares include 1,500,000 Depositary Shares sold pursuant to the over-allotment option granted by the Company to the underwriters, which option was exercised in full. 

Total net proceeds of the offering will be approximately $278.2 million, after deducting the underwriting discount and estimated offering expenses payable by the Company.  The Company expects to use the net proceeds of the offering for general corporate purposes, which may include contributions to its statutory capital of its insurance subsidiaries to support its growth, capital expenditures, stock repurchases, strategic acquisitions and/or other business opportunities. 

The Company has filed an application to list the Depositary Shares for trading on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) under the symbol “AFSI PR F”.  Trading of the Depositary Shares on the NYSE is expected to commence within the 30-day period from the closing of the offering.

This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor will there be any offer or sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.  The offering of the Depositary Shares was made only by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus. You may obtain a copy of the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov.  Alternatively, the underwriters may arrange to send you these documents if you request them by contacting Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014, or by email at prospectus@morganstanley.com; UBS Securities LLC, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019, Attention: Prospectus Specialist, (888) 827-7275; RBC Capital Markets, LLC, 200 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10281, Attention: Prospectus Department, (866) 375-6829; or Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., 787 Seventh Avenue, Fourth Floor, New York, NY 10019, Attention: Capital Markets, (800) 966-1559.

About AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.

AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., a multinational insurance holding company headquartered in New York City, offers specialty property and casualty insurance products, including workers’ compensation, commercial automobile, general liability and extended service and warranty coverage through its primary insurance subsidiaries rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements that are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When we use words such as “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” or similar expressions, we do so to identify forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements include the plans and objectives of management for future operations, including those relating to future growth of our business activities and availability of funds, and are based on current expectations that involve assumptions that are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of which are beyond our control. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements as a result of significant risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, non-receipt of expected payments from insureds or reinsurers, changes in interest rates, a downgrade in the financial strength ratings of our insurance subsidiaries, the effect of the performance of financial markets on our investment portfolio, the amounts, timing and prices of any share repurchases made by us under our share repurchase program, development of claims and the effect on loss reserves, accuracy in projecting loss reserves, the cost and availability of reinsurance coverage, the effects of emerging claim and coverage issues, changes in the demand for our products, our degree of success in integrating acquired businesses, the effect of general economic conditions, state and federal legislation, regulations and regulatory investigations into industry practices, risks associated with conducting business outside the United States, the impact of Brexit, developments relating to existing agreements, disruptions to our business relationships with Maiden Holdings, Ltd., National General Holdings Corp., or ACP Re, Ltd., breaches in data security or other disruptions with our technology, heightened competition, changes in pricing environments, and changes in asset valuations. Additional information about these risks and uncertainties, as well as others that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected, is contained in our filings with the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The projections and statements in this news release speak only as of the date of this release and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

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CONTACT: For more information, please contact:

AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.
Investor Relations
Elizabeth Malone CFA
beth.malone@amtrustgroup.com
646.458.7924

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