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Ambac Comments on Detroit

July 08, 2013
Ambac Comments on Detroit

NEW YORK, July 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ambac Assurance Corporation (Ambac) believes that the proposal put forth by the City of Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager, as well as the failure on the part of the State of Michigan to protect the status of General Obligation bonds, is harmful to Detroit and the interests of taxpayers in Michigan. A successful revitalization of the City will be dependent upon its ability to access cost-effective financing in the future, including General Obligation funding. Such access will be needlessly imperiled as a result of the emergency manager's approach and the State's apparent support thereof.

Ambac has hired Harrison J. Goldin of Goldin Associates, LLC to help advise Ambac on Detroit. Mr. Goldin helped lead New York City through its fiscal crisis and revitalization as the elected Comptroller of The City of New York.  Mr. Goldin commented: "The State of Michigan is making a grave error in its support for the proposed treatment of the General Obligation bonds previously issued by the City of Detroit that are backed by a pledge of the City's full faith and credit. The revitalization of Detroit depends on its ability to re-access the credit markets in order to finance critical improvements to its infrastructure. It is short-sighted to signal to lenders that they cannot trust the City's unconditional pledge to repay its general obligation debts, especially given that the General Obligation bonds in question comprise less than 3% of the City's estimate of its liabilities."

Additionally, in response to investor inquiries on the matter, Ambac confirms that the liabilities associated with its Detroit insured exposure are obligations of Ambac's general account. Ambac honors general account claims with full, timely payments in accordance with the terms of such policies.  Ambac's current insured exposure is summarized below:

Type of Exposure Outstanding Net Par
Detroit Limited Tax GO $92.7 million
Detroit Unlimited Tax GO $77.6 million

About Ambac

Ambac Financial Group, Inc., headquartered in New York City, is a holding company whose subsidiaries, including its principal operating subsidiary, Ambac Assurance Corporation ("Ambac Assurance"), Everspan Financial Guarantee Corporation, and Ambac Assurance UK Limited, provided financial guarantees and other financial services to clients in both the public and private sectors globally. Ambac Assurance, including the Segregated Account of Ambac Assurance (in rehabilitation), is a guarantor of public finance and structured finance obligations. Ambac Financial Group, Inc. is also exploring opportunities involving the development or acquisition of new financial services businesses. Ambac Financial Group Inc.'s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (Nasdaq:AMBC).

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