A.M. Best Assigns Issue Credit Rating to AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. Series F Preferred Stock

OLDWICK, N.J.--()--A.M. Best has assigned a Long-Term Issue Credit Rating (Long-Term IR) of “bb+” to the recently announced $250 million 6.95% non-cumulative preferred stock (Series F Preferred Stock) of AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (AFSI) [NASDAQ National Market:AFSI] (headquartered in New York, NY). The outlook assigned to this Credit Rating is stable.

The Series F Preferred Stock is perpetual, but the shares may be called by AFSI at any time on or after Sept. 27, 2021. Dividends are non-cumulative and will be paid quarterly on the 15th of March, June, September and December, commencing on Dec. 15, 2016, when, as and if declared by AFSI’s board of directors.

The offering increased by up to $37.5 million upon exercise of an underwriters’ option at any time during the 30-day period, commencing on Sept. 20, 2016. Proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes.

AFSI’s adjusted debt to total capital remains within A.M. Best’s guidelines, measuring 25.3% if the underwriters’ option is exercised. Unadjusted debt to total capital is also within guidelines, but is at the high end of the range for the rating level. Interest coverage also is well within expectations for the rating. A.M. Best continues to closely monitor AFSI’s leverage relative to total and tangible capital. The Long-Term IR of the Series F Preferred Stock is two notches down from AFSI’s Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “bbb” with a stable outlook, reflecting the subordination of the preferred shares within the capital structure.

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Contacts

A.M. Best
Jennifer Marshall, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5327
Assistant Vice President
jennifer.marshall@ambest.com
or
Christopher Sharkey, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5159
Manager, Public Relations
christopher.sharkey@ambest.com
or
Michael J. Lagomarsino, CFA, FRM, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5810
Vice President
michael.lagomarsino@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com