AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. Enters Into Agreement to Acquire CPPNA Holdings, Inc.

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NEW YORK, April 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:AFSI) (the "Company") announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire CPPNA Holdings, Inc. ("CPPNA") for approximately $40 million from UK- based CPPGroup PLC (LSE:CPP). The purchase of CPPNA is expected to close during the second quarter of 2013. Over the next year, we anticipate CPPNA will produce approximately $70 million in fee revenue.

CPPNA is headquartered in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota. CPPNA provides administrative services for consumer protection products including identity theft protection and warranties related to credit card purchases. CPPNA offers administrative services to 750,000 active policy members that are customers of CPPNA's financial services partners.

"We are pleased to announce the acquisition of CPPNA, a successful consumer protection administrative processing business," said the Company's CEO and President, Barry Zyskind. "CPPNA expands our administrative services revenue and profit, contributing to our goal of successfully growing our attractive, fee based business. In addition, the purchase of CPPNA provides the opportunity to offer additional products and services to CPPNA's significant U.S. customer base."

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. Investor Relations Elizabeth Malone CFA 646.458.7924 Hilly Gross 646.458.7925

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