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American Business Financial Services, Inc. Extends Investment Note Exchange Offer through February 6, 2004.



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PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 2, 2004

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 in full National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations

U.S. market for over-the-counter securities. Established in 1971 by the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), NASDAQ is an automated quotation system that reports on
:ABFI) announced today that it has extended its exchange offer through February 6, 2004, due to the response to the exchange offer and the processing volume experienced during the holiday season. During the initial phase of the exchange offer, which ended December 31, 2003, $74.6 million of the investment notes were exchanged for $35.3 million of senior collateralized subordinated notes and 39.3 million shares of Series A convertible preferred stock Convertible Preferred Stock

Preferred stock that includes an option for the holder to convert the preferred shares into a fixed number of common shares, usually anytime after a predetermined date. Also known as "convertible preferred shares".
.

The exchange offer as extended, gives eligible noteholders two options. The first option allows eligible noteholders to exchange the principal amount of their investment note in increments of $1,000 (unless waived by the Company) for equal amounts of:

-- a senior collateralized note, with the same maturity date and

an interest rate of 10 basis points (.10%) higher than their

existing note; and

-- shares of Series A preferred stock Stock shares that have preferential rights to dividends or to amounts distributable on liquidation, or to both, ahead of common shareholders.

Preferred stock is given preference over common stock. Holders of preferred stock receive dividends at a fixed annual rate.
, with a liquidation value Liquidation value

Net amount that could be realized by selling the assets of a firm after paying the debt.
 

equal to $1.00 per share (plus any unpaid dividends). The

Series A preferred stock will be convertible into shares of

the Company's common stock commencing 24 months after the

issuance date, at an exchange rate of 20% above the

liquidation value, and at an exchange rate of 30% above the

liquidation value commencing 36 months after the issuance

date.

The second option allows eligible noteholders to exchange 100% of the investment notes principal amount in increments of $1,000 (unless waived by the Company) for shares of Series A preferred stock.

American Business Financial Services, Inc. is a diversified financial The diversified financial services segment includes a range of consumer and commercially-oriented companies offering a wide variety of products and services, including various lending products (such as home equity loans and credit cards), insurance, and securities and investment  services company operating predominantly in the eastern and central portions of the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . The Company primarily originates, sells and services home equity and, subject to market conditions in the secondary loan market, business purpose loans through a combination of channels, including a national processing center located at its centralized cen·tral·ize  
v. cen·tral·ized, cen·tral·iz·ing, cen·tral·iz·es

v.tr.
1. To draw into or toward a center; consolidate.

2.
 operating office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a small processing center in Roseland, New Jersey. The Company also processes and purchases home equity loans from other financial institutions through its Bank Alliance Services program.

For further information, contact Stephen M. Giroux, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, 215-940-4537, or Keith Bratz, VP--Corporate Communications, 215-940-4525.

Certain statements contained in this press release, which are not historical fact, may be deemed to be forward-looking statements under federal securities laws. There are many important factors that could cause American Business Financial Services, Inc. and its subsidiaries' actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, including interest rate risk, future residential real estate values, regulatory changes (legislative or otherwise) affecting the mortgage lending and real estate industries, regulatory investigations of lending practices, lending to credit-impaired borrowers, competition, demand for the Company's products, relationships with brokers, ability to obtain financing, loan prepayment rates, delinquency and default rates, access to securitization Securitization

The process of creating a financial instrument by combining other financial assets and then marketing them to investors.

Notes:
Mortgage backed securities are a perfect example of securitization.

May also be spelled as "securitisation.
 markets, changes in factors influencing or interruptions in securitization and whole loan sale markets, ability to successfully implement changes in business strategy, amount of debt outstanding, restrictive covenants Restrictive covenants

Provisions that place constraints on the operations of borrowers, such as restrictions on working capital, fixed assets, future borrowing, and payment of dividends.
 in debt instruments and other risks identified in American Business Financial Services, Inc.'s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
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