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Innovative

AmTrust began in 1998 with a commitment to innovation in small business insurance. Since, we’ve grown into a global property and casualty provider with a broad product offering. Our company has grown, but our commitment to innovation and service remain the same.

Growing

With over 7,000 employees serving 70 countries, we have become a top U.S. commercial insurer and a leading global provider of warranty products and specialty risk. But we believe as you get bigger, you also have to get better. Our investments in people and proprietary technology allow us to offer our customers the most innovative insurance products to meet their needs today and anticipate their needs for tomorrow. The more we learn from our historical claims data, the better we can build programs, products and services to help you prevent loss, prepare for risks and prevail when the unexpected occurs.

Our commitment to you has led us to build a better customer claims experience. It means we are listening  and will continue to tailor our service to exceed your expectations.

Sustainable

With an “A” rating from A.M. Best, we are well positioned to provide coverage for those in need of a strong, agile partner.

Our history

Since our founding 18 years ago, AmTrust has grown organically and through more than 40 acquisitions to become one of the largest property and casualty insurers in North America, with a specialty in small commercial business, and is a growing presence internationally.

1998

AmTrust Financial Services is founded in downtown Manhattan by entrepreneurs George and Michael Karfunkel, and current Chairman, CEO and President Barry Zyskind, to focus on niche specialty property and casualty markets, which they believed were underserved by larger insurance carriers, and to focus on classes of business with lower risk loss profiles. Acquired Technology Insurance Company from Wang Laboratories, establishing a foothold in warranty insurance. AmTrust Financial Services earned $10 million in premiums in the first year.
 

1999

AmTrust makes its technology platform, data analytics and end-user experience top priorities as it grows, establishing a digital strategy early on that will differentiate AmTrust in the future as it operates with the lowest IT expense ratio in its peer group.

2000

Enters the European Union specialty risk and extended warranty coverage market by forming AmTrust International Underwriters. AmTrust also acquires Rochdale Insurance Company, which holds licenses in key states, including New Jersey, New York and Texas.
 

2001

AmTrust enters the small business workers’ compensation insurance market, building an experienced workers’ comp underwriting team in the U.S. Develops proprietary technology to enable the efficient and profitable underwriting of a large number of small premium policies.
 

2002

Acquires the renewal rights for The Princeton Agency’s workers’ compensation business, expanding our presence in the U.S. Northeast and Midwest. Between 2002 and 2016, AmTrust acquires the renewal rights to 10 books of established specialty insurance business, which allows access to attractive books of business while avoiding exposure to pre-existing liabilities.
 

2003

AmTrust builds its specialty risk and extended warranty insurance team in London. Many of the European-based coverage plans AmTrust currently underwrites have been underwritten by this team historically. Acquires the renewal rights to the Covenant Group, Inc. to increase our presence in the southeastern United States.
 

2004

Acquires renewal rights to Associated Industries Insurance Company in 2004, adding book of business in Florida.
 

2005

Acquires renewal rights to Alea North America’s specialty middle market P&C business. In connection with the acquisition, substantially all of Alea’s former senior management, underwriting and support team, joined AmTrust.  

 
2006

Acquires Wesco Insurance Company which is licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Also acquires renewal rights to Muirfield Underwriters, Ltd., an affiliate of Aon Corporation, to expand in the midwest U.S. AmTrust raises $166 million through private placement of common stock. On November 13, AmTrust lists on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol AFSI. Total shareholders’ equity of $307 million, which will grow to $3.5 billion by the end of 2015.
 

2007

Enters into a 40% quota-share reinsurance agreement with Maiden Insurance Company, securing a long-term reinsurance partner and providing valuable capital support to AmTrust.
 

2008

AmTrust acquires Unitrin Business Insurance, expanding commercial package coverages for small businesses, with a focus in the U.S. South, Northwest and Midwest.
 

2009

Acquires renewal rights to CyberCompTM, the workers' compensation business unit of Swiss Re, one of the leaders in internet-based mono-line workers’ compensation.
 

2010

Acquires 100% of Warrantech, a Texas-based developer, marketer, and third party administrator of service contracts and aftermarket warranty products serving the consumer products and automotive industries in the U.S. and Canada, significantly increasing our fee income. AmTrust also acquires Majestic, marking AmTrust’s entrance into the California workers’ compensation market.
 

2011

AmTrust acquires BTIS and CardinalComp, and expands operational headquarters in downtown Cleveland, centralizing and expanding support functions at 800 Superior Avenue.
 

2012

Acquires CNH Capital Insurance Agencies, which offers insurance on construction and agricultural equipment to dealerships and retail customers, and Car Care Plan Holdings, a UK-based provider of insurance and administrative services to major auto manufacturers globally.
 

2013

Enters Lloyd’s of London Insurance Platform with acquisition of Sagicor Europe. Acquires Sequoia, a workers' compensation and commercial package insurance provider to small businesses in the western U.S., and First Nonprofit Companies, the third largest provider of P&C insurance products to nonprofit organizations in the U.S.
 

2014

Acquires the renewal rights to the Tower Group book of business to expand our small commercial insurance business in the U.S., in a deal structure that allowed AmTrust to acquire renewal rights of over $500mm in gross written premium with limited exposure to legacy liabilities. Efficiencies quickly achieved through integration with AmTrust IT and operating platform, demonstrating ability to leverage AmTrust’s deep technology expertise.
 

2015

AmTrust acquires Warranty Solutions, a Wells Fargo business, which designs, markets, administers and underwrites vehicle service contracts for new and used automobiles through a national network of more than 70 active agencies and 1,500 franchised and independent dealers. This drives AmTrust to reach more than 25 million warranty policies in force. Also in 2015, AmTrust also ranks 11th largest commercial lines writer in the U.S., up from the 128th position in 2005, according to A.M. Best.
 

2016

Completes 14 acquisitions, including N.V. Nationale Borg-Maatschappij, a 120-year-old, Amsterdam-based international direct writer and reinsurer of surety and trade credit insurance in over 70 countries, and Republic Companies, a Texas-based provider of P&C insurance for over 100 years. AmTrust also completes the acquisition of ANV Group, a specialty insurance company that underwrites a variety of commercial P&C insurance products through its three Lloyd’s syndicates and managing general underwriter.

With acquisitions and organic growth, AmTrust reports approximately $8 billion in gross written premiums in 2016. AmTrust has grown book value more than 550% since its IPO in 2006, reaching $15.XX in book value per share and delivering a return on equity of 20%.

AmTrust remains focused on profitable growth by offering the best service experience, driven by innovation, transformative technology, and excellence in data analytics.

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