AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. Enters Agreement to Acquire AmeriHealth Casualty Insurance Company

NEW YORK, Oct. 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:AFSI) (the “Company” or “AmTrust”) today announced that the Company has entered into an agreement to acquire AmeriHealth Casualty Insurance Company (“AmeriHealth Casualty”) from Independence Health Group, Inc. (“IHG”) for approximately $90 million in cash. The transaction is to be funded with existing working capital. In 2015, AmeriHealth Casualty generated gross written premium of approximately $116 million. Pending regulatory approval, the transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2016.

“We look forward to welcoming AmeriHealth Casualty to the AmTrust group of commercial property and casualty companies. With the addition of AmeriHealth Casualty’s operations serving small-to-medium-sized businesses and municipalities, we will expand our presence as one of the largest workers’ compensation carriers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey,” said Barry Zyskind, Chairman, President and CEO AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. “AmeriHealth Casualty will bring a strong leadership team and solid book of business. We expect to continue to deliver a high standard of workers’ compensation coverage.”

IHG will retain CompServices, Inc. (CompServices), its third party administrator for workers' compensation business. CompServices will provide TPA services to its self-insured customers as well as to AmTrust, in accordance with the terms of this transaction.

AmeriHealth Casualty provides fully insured workers’ compensation insurance operating primarily in Pennsylvania and 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.

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, 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. 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.

For more information, please contact: AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. Chaya Cooperberg Chief Communications Officer SVP, Corporate Affairs chaya.cooperberg@amtrustgroup.com 647.282.7124 Elizabeth Malone CFA SVP Investor Relations & Corporate Development beth.malone@amtrustgroup.com 646.458.7924

Source: AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.