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Feb 28, 2013

AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. Completes the Acquisition of Car Care Plan (Holdings) Limited

NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:AFSI) (the "Company") announced today that a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company, IGI Group Limited, completed the acquisition of Car Care Plan (Holdings) Limited ("CCPH") from Ally Insurance Holdings, Inc. ("Ally") for approximately $70 million. The purchase price represented the consolidated tangible book value of CCPH as of the closing, subject to certain adjustments. Over the next year, CCPH is projected to generate revenue for the Company in excess of $140 million including fee income of more than $30 million and pre-tax profits of over $14 million.

As a part of the acquisition, Ally agreed to a three-year non-compete and non-solicit, subject to certain limited exceptions and will provide additional indemnity for liabilities of CCPH for pension plans, tax liabilities and other matters.  

CCPH provides insurance and administrative services to major auto manufacturers for auto extended warranty, guaranteed asset protection (GAP), wholesale floor plan insurance and other auto warranty and insurance products. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, CCPH has operations in the United Kingdom, Europe, China, North America and Brazil. 

"CCPH is a great company and is an excellent fit for our Specialty Risk and Extended Warranty Division," said AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. President and CEO, Barry Zyskind. "We believe that CCPH's established customer relationships, strong management and global presence will help us continue to grow profitably."

About AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.

AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., headquartered in New York City, is a multinational insurance holding company, which, through its insurance carriers, offers specialty property and casualty insurance products, including workers' compensation, commercial automobile and general liability; extended service and warranty coverage. For more information about AmTrust, visit, or call AmTrust toll-free at 866.203.3037.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains "forward-looking statements" that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on the Company. There can be no assurance that actual developments will be those anticipated by the Company. 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, our estimates of the fair value of our life settlement contracts, 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, developments relating to existing agreements, disruptions to our business relationships with Maiden Holdings, Ltd., American Capital Acquisition Corporation, or third party agencies and warranty administrators, breaches in data security or other disruptions with our technology, heightened competition, changes in pricing environments, and changes in asset valuations. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made only as of the date of this release. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements except as may be required by law. 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 the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 10-K and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.


CONTACT: AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.


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