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AmTrust Announces Expansion of Credit Agreement to $350 Million

NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:AFSI) (the "Company" or "AmTrust") today announced it has entered into a $350 million credit agreement. The credit facility is a revolving credit facility with a letter of credit sublimit of $175 million and an expansion feature of not more than an additional $150 million. Proceeds of borrowings under the credit facility may be used for working capital, acquisitions and general corporate purpose.

The new revolving credit facility replaces a four year $200 million credit agreement with a $100 million letter of credit sublimit.

"We are pleased that our lenders support our Company through the expansion of the credit facility," commented Barry Zyskind, CEO and President of AmTrust. "The access to additional funding increases flexibility to grow our business."

The new credit agreement is led by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as Administrative Agent, KeyBank National Association and SunTrust Bank, as Co-Syndication Agents, and Lloyds Bank plc and Associated Bank as Co-Documentation Agents. A total of seven banks participated in the facility.

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, call AmTrust toll-free at 866.203.3037.

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. 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., National General Holdings Corp., ACP Re, Ltd. or third party agencies and warranty administrators, difficulties with technology or breaches in data security, 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.

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CONTACT: AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. Investor Relations Elizabeth Malone CFA beth.malone@amtrustgroup.com 646.458.7924 Media Contact Kekst & Company Andrea Calise Andrea-calise@kekst.com 212.521.4845 Ross Lovern ross-lovern@kekst.com 212.521.4876

Source:AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.