Israel Discount Bank Accelerates and Sets to Immediate Repayment Debt Related to the Acquisition of Gadot

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 14, 2012 (SOURCE GLOBE NEWSWIRE) –

Ampal-American Israel Corporation (Nasdaq: AMPL), a holding company with experience in acquiring interests in various businesses with emphasis in recent years on energy, chemical and related fields, announced today that Merhav-Ampal Group Ltd. (« MAG »), an indirect wholly owned Israeli subsidiary of Ampal,  received today a written notice from Israel Discount Bank (« IDB ») accelerating and setting  to immediate repayment all outstanding indebtedness of MAG to IDB pursuant to a Letter of Undertaking dated December  3, 2007, as was amended (the « Loan »).  The proceeds of the Loan were used for the acquisition of Gadot Chemical Tankers and Terminals Ltd. (« Gadot »), a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of Ampal.

IDB stated in its notice that it is reserving all its rights and remedies to recover all amounts due under the Loan, including foreclosing on Gadot shares owned by MAG, which have been pledged to IDB as security for the Loan.

Ampal filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on August 29, 2012, and is currently working on a plan of reorganization.

In light of IDB’s notice, Ampal and MAG are currently evaluating their options, including all possible legal remedies.

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 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

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