Ampal-American Israel Corporation - (NASDAQ:AMPL) announced today that further to Ampal's previous announcement dated July 26, 2010, Midroog Ltd. (an affiliate of Moody's Investors Service) ("Midroog") maintained an A3 rating with a negative outlook to the possible expansion of Ampal's previously announced offering of its Series C debentures. Midroog announced today that its A3 rating (with a negative outlook) will also apply to an additional 70 million NIS (approximately $18.5 million) to be included in the offering, expanding the series to a total of up to 170 million NIS (approximately $45 million). The proceeds of the above said expansion will be used for the prepayment of certain bank indebtedness and the funding of interest payments on the debentures for the following four years. Ampal has filed a draft preliminary prospectus with the Israel Securities Authority and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange in connection with the possible offering to the public in Israel of the Series C debentures. The Series C debentures will be listed only on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. This offering will only be made to certain non-U.S. persons in accordance with Regulation S under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The debentures will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States or to United States persons without registration unless an exemption from such registration is available. This notice does not constitute an offer to sell the debentures nor a solicitation for an offer to purchase the debentures. Further, this press release shall not constitute any offer, solicitation or sale of any debentures in any jurisdiction in which such offering sold would be unlawful. There is no assurance that the proposed offering of debentures will be completed. The consummation of the offering and its terms are subject to market conditions, decisions of Ampal's board of directors, the publishing of a final prospectus approved by the Israel Securities Authority and the approval of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange for the listing of the debentures.
About Ampal:Ampal and its subsidiaries acquire interests primarily in businesses located in the State of Israel or that are Israel-related. Ampal is seeking opportunistic situations in a variety of industries, with a focus on energy, chemicals, communications and related sectors. Ampal’s goal is to develop or acquire majority interests in businesses that are profitable and generate significant free cash flow that Ampal can control. For more information about Ampal please visit our web site at www.ampal.com. Safe Harbor Statement Certain information in this press release includes forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) and information relating to Ampal that are based on the beliefs of management of Ampal as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to the management of Ampal. When used in this press release, the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan," and similar expressions as they relate to Ampal or Ampal's management, identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the current views of Ampal with respect to future events or future financial performance of Ampal, the outcome of which is subject to certain risks and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by the forward-looking statements, including among others, the economic and political conditions in Israel, the Middle East, including the situation in Iraq, and the global business and economic conditions in the different sectors and markets where Ampal's portfolio companies operate. Should any of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results or outcome may vary from those described herein as anticipated, believed, estimated, expected, intended or planned. Subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to Ampal or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements in this paragraph. Please refer to the Ampal's annual, quarterly and periodic reports on file with the SEC for a more detailed discussion of these and other risks that could cause results to differ materially. Ampal assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.