AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. Completes the Acquisition of ARI Insurance Company

NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:AFSI) (“the Company”) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of ARI Insurance Company (f/k/a ARI Mutual Insurance Company) (“ARI”).

“We are pleased to announce the completion of the acquisition of ARI, which we expect will provide us with excellent opportunities to expand our niche property/casualty insurance distribution and product capabilities,” said Barry Zyskind, President and CEO of AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. “We believe ARI’s experienced management team and attractive distribution enhances AmTrust’s abilities in key insurance markets and should contribute favorably to profitable growth and thus, shareholder value.”

ARI is headquartered in Newtown, Pennsylvania and its history can be traced back more than a century. ARI is one of the top ten writers of commercial automobile insurance in New Jersey and has recently entered Pennsylvania and Maryland. During 2015, ARI wrote approximately $58 million in premiums. The majority of the business was written in New Jersey.

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. For more information about AmTrust, visit www.amtrustgroup.com, or call AmTrust toll-free at (855) 327-2223.

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, the amounts, timing and prices of any share repurchases made by us under our share repurchase program, 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 Holding Corp., ACP Re, Ltd., or third party agencies and warranty administrators, breaches in data security or other disruptions involving 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.

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Contact: AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. SVP Investor Relations and Corporate Development Elizabeth C. Malone, CFA beth.malone@amtrustgroup.com (646) 458-7924

Source: AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.