NEW YORK, July 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:AFSI) ("the Company") announced today that one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries has entered into an agreement to acquire Sagicor Europe Limited and its wholly-owned subsidiaries (SEL), including Sagicor at Lloyd's Limited, from Sagicor Financial Corporation for approximately £56 million, which is £15 million above SEL's net asset value as of December 31, 2012. The Company expects to fund the purchase using existing working capital. Sagicor of Lloyd's Limited, is a managing agency and owner of Lloyd's property/casualty insurance syndicate 1206 with stamp capacity of £200 million and Lloyd's life insurance syndicate 44 with stamp capacity of £7 million. In addition, SEL includes a Cayman Islands domiciled reinsurance entity. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013, pending regulatory and other necessary approvals.
"We are excited about the addition of SEL's managing agency and Lloyd's syndicates to our organization. Access to Lloyd's global resources greatly expands the capabilities of our insurance business," said AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. President and CEO, Barry Zyskind. "Lloyd's brand, rating, and efficient capital structure contributes significantly to our global insurance platform. We believe the combined organizations' talent, experience and commitment to underwriting discipline will enhance shareholder value."
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 www.amtrustgroup.com, or call AmTrust toll-free at 866.203.3037.
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