January 22, 2013 at 07:00 AM EST
AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. Announces Its Intent to Acquire Sequoia Insurance Company and Its Subsidiaries

NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:AFSI) ("the Company") announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement, pending regulatory approval, to acquire Sequoia Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, Sequoia Indemnity Company and Personal Express Insurance Company ("Sequoia") for approximately $60 million.

Sequoia offers a variety of low hazard, property/casualty insurance products including workers' compensation and commercial package insurance to small businesses in key western states. In 2012, Sequoia wrote gross written premium of approximately $140 million.

"We believe current market conditions will continue to provide opportunities to supplement our organic growth with strategic acquisitions similar to Sequoia where our proprietary technology, economies of scale, pricing discipline and experienced management improves the profitability of acquired insurance businesses in our chosen niche markets," said AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. President and CEO, Barry Zyskind. "In addition, we believe combining organic growth with appropriate strategic acquisitions maintains attractive returns on equity and thus, improves 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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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, difficulties with technology or breaches in data security, 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.

         Investor Relations
         Elizabeth Malone CFA
         beth.malone@amtrustgroup.com
         646.458.7924
         
         Hilly Gross
         hilly.gross@amtrustgroup.com
         646.458.7925
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