IRS Concludes AmBase Corporation 2012 Federal Tax Examination

GREENWICH, Conn., Dec. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AmBase Corporation (OTC: ABCP)("AmBase" or the "Company") announced today that it received notice from the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") that the IRS completed their review of the examination of the Company's 2012 federal income tax return with no changes to the tax return as filed.

Based on the IRS notice received, and after consultation with the Company's accounting, tax, and legal advisors, the Company will be recording adjustments to its 2014 financial statements to reflect the completion of the IRS's tax examination. As such, the Company is expecting to record a reversal of two liabilities; the Uncertain Tax Position Reserve which aggregated $37,847,000 at September 30, 2014 and the accrued incentive compensation liability of $1,900,000 at September 30, 2014. On the asset side of the balance sheet, related to this matter, the Company is expecting to record a reversal of the Indemnification Asset – Federal Tax Gross-Up of $18,429,000 at September 30, 2014.

The expected reversal of the two liabilities would decrease total liabilities by approximately $39,747,000; the expected reversal of the indemnification asset would decrease total assets by approximately $18,429,000. Together, the net effect of these reversals is expected to have an increase in the Company's net income of approximately $21.3 million and thus a corresponding increase in the Company's total stockholder's equity.

Additionally, in connection with the reversal of the accounting for the Uncertain Tax Position Reserve liability as previously recorded, the Company expects that based on federal income tax returns as filed, an additional $24.0 million of federal net operating loss carryforwards will be available to the Company to reduce future federal taxable income subject their expiration as provided for in the federal tax code. We expect that these net operating losses will be offset by a full valuation allowance.

A more detailed discussion of the Company's affairs will be included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.

Forward-Looking Statements

This Current Report on Form 8-K, together with other statements and information publicly disseminated by the Company may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended or make oral statements that constitute forward looking statements. The Company intends such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted or quantified. The forward-looking statements may relate to such matters as anticipated financial performance, future revenues or earnings, business prospects, projected ventures, anticipated market performance, anticipated litigation results or the timing of pending litigation, and similar matters.  When used in this Current Report on Form 8-K, the words "estimates," "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "plans," "intends" and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.  The Company cautions readers that a variety of factors could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the Company's forward-looking statements.  These risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company's control, include, but are not limited to those set forth in "Item 1A, Risk Factors" and elsewhere in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and in the Company's other public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including, but not limited to: (i) transaction volume in the securities markets; (ii) the volatility of the securities markets; (iii) fluctuations in interest rates; (iv) risks inherent in the real estate business, including, but not limited to, insurance risks, tenant defaults, risks associated with real estate development activities, changes in occupancy rates or real estate values; (v) changes in regulatory requirements which could affect the cost of doing business; (vi) general economic conditions; (vii) changes in the rate of inflation and the related impact on the securities markets; (viii) changes in federal and state tax laws; (ix) certain assumptions regarding the outcome of pending legal and/or tax matters, based in whole or in part upon consultation with outside advisors, and (x) risks arising from unfavorable decisions in the Company's current material tax and legal proceedings, or unfavorable decisions in other Supervisory Goodwill cases.  These are not the only risks that the Company faces.  There may be additional risks that the Company does not presently know of or that the Company currently believes are immaterial which could also impair the Company's business and financial position.

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