Ampal Receives Delisting Determination; Trading Expected to be Transferred to the OTCQB Market

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TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ampal-American Israel Corporation (NASDAQ: AMPL), a holding company with experience in acquiring interests in various businesses with emphasis in recent years on energy, chemical and related fields, announced today that by letter dated January 17, 2013 the NASDAQ Listing Qualifications Hearings Panel has determined to delist the Company's Class A Stock (the "Class A Stock") from The NASDAQ Capital Market. As a result, trading of the Class A Stock will be suspended on NASDAQ effective at the open of business on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. The Company plans to appeal the determination to the NASDAQ Listing and Hearing Review Council. Accordingly, the Company's shares will not be delisted until the conclusion of the appeal process, which is expected to take several months. The Company's shares are expected to trade on the OTCQB Market during the appeal process. It is also expected that the Company's trading symbol will change to AMPLQ, effective with the open of the market on January 22, 2013.

The Company filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on August 29, 2012, and a plan of reorganization has been proposed by the creditor's committee. In connection with the proposed plan of reorganization and its emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Company intends to file a new listing application with NASDAQ for the listing of the Class A Stock and for a series of preferred stock proposed to be issued upon the Company's emergence from bankruptcy.

About Ampal:

Ampal and its subsidiaries acquire interests primarily in businesses located in the State of Israel or that are Israel-related. Ampal is seeking opportunistic situations in a variety of industries, with a focus on energy, chemicals and related sectors. Ampal's goal is to develop or acquire majority interests in businesses that are profitable and generate significant free cash flow that Ampal can control. For more information about Ampal please visit our web site at

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CONTACT: FOR: AMPAL-AMERICAN ISRAEL CORPORATION CONTACT: Irit Eluz CFO - SVP Finance & Treasurer 1 866 447 8636 FOR: KM - Investor Relations CONTACT: Roni Gavrielov 011-972-3-516-7620 FOR: PM-PR Media consultants CONTACT: Zeev Feiner 011-972-50-790-7890

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