AmTrust Financial Services
Amtrust Financial Services, Inc. (Form: 8-K, Received: 01/19/2018 07:43:46)


UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
FORM 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 


Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported)
January 19, 2018
   
AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 

Delaware
 
001-33143
 
04-3106389
(State or other jurisdiction
 
(Commission
 
(IRS Employer
of incorporation)
 
File Number)
 
Identification No.)
 

59 Maiden Lane, 43 rd  Floor, New York, New York
10038
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
 


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code
(212) 220-7120

 

 
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
 
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Item 8.01
Other Events.

On January 19, 2018, AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing that the special committee of the board of directors of the Company has retained Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. as its financial advisor and the Company has retained BofA Merrill Lynch as its financial advisor.  The special committee, with the assistance of Deutsche Bank and its legal advisor, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, is evaluating the proposal from private equity funds managed by Stone Point Capital LLC, together with Barry D. Zyskind, George Karfunkel and Leah Karfunkel (collectively, the “Zyskind-Karfunkel Family”), to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of the Company that are not currently owned or controlled by the Zyskind-Karfunkel Family.  A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated by reference herein.

Item 9.01    Exhibits.

(d)    Exhibits.

Exhibit No.
 
Description
 
 
 
99.1
 
Press Release , dated January 19, 2018, issued by AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.










SIGNATURES
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized. 
 

 
AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.
 
(Registrant)
 

Date
January 19, 2018
 

 
/s/ Stephen Ungar
 
Stephen Ungar
 
SVP, General Counsel and Secretary
 




Exhibit 99.1

MEDIA RELEASE
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AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. Announces Retention of Financial Advisor
to Review Proposal by Stone Point Capital, the CEO and the Karfunkel Family

NEW YORK, January 19, 2018 –  AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: AFSI) (“AmTrust”) , announced that the special committee of its board of directors has retained Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. as its financial advisor.  The Special Committee, with the assistance of Deutsche Bank and its legal advisor, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, is evaluating the proposal received on January 9, 2018 from private equity funds managed by Stone Point Capital LLC, together with Barry D. Zyskind, Chairman and CEO of AmTrust, George Karfunkel and Leah Karfunkel (collectively, the “Karfunkel-Zyskind Family”), to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of AmTrust that the Karfunkel-Zyskind Family does not already own or control for $12.25 per share in cash.  There can be no assurance that any agreement will be executed or that a transaction will be approved or consummated.  

AmTrust has retained BofA Merrill Lynch to serve as its financial advisor.

About AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.
AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., a multinational insurance holding company headquartered in New York, 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. AmTrust is included in the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information about AmTrust visit www.amtrustfinancial.com.

AmTrust Financial Services
Chaya Cooperberg
Chief Communications Officer & SVP Corporate Affairs
chaya.cooperberg@amtrustgroup.com
(646) 458-3332

Jisoo Suh
Director of Investor Relations
jisoo.suh@amtrustgroup.com
(646) 458-3367

Hunter Hoffmann
Global Director of Public Relations
Hunter.Hoffmann@amtrustgroup.com
646.458.3362
Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains certain forward-looking statements that are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When we use words such as "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "estimate," "expect," or similar expressions, we do so to identify forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements include the plans and objectives of management for future operations, including those relating to future growth of our business activities and availability of funds, projections of the impact of potential errors or misstatements in our financial statements,




and estimates of the impact of material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting, and are based on current expectations that involve assumptions that are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of which are beyond our control. 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, the impact of known or potential errors or misstatements in our financial statements, our ability to timely and effectively remediate the material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting and implement effective internal control over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures in the future, 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. or National General Holdings Corp., breaches in data security or other disruptions with our technology, heightened competition, changes in pricing environments, and changes in asset valuations. 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 our filings with the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The projections and statements in this news release speak only as of the date of this release and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.