SOURCE: Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc.

Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc.

January 08, 2010 10:46 ET

Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. Reports a Florida Insurance Guaranty Association Assessment and Receives Approval for Recoupment

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - January 8, 2010) - Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. (the Company) (NYSE Amex: UVE), a vertically integrated insurance holding company, announced a mandatory assessment by the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association applicable to all Florida property and casualty insurers including Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company (UPCIC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company.

The assessment totaled $4.1 million, or 0.8 percent of net direct written premiums, for the calendar year 2008, and will have a negative effect on operating results for the three-month period ended December 31, 2009. The mandatory assessment will be recovered through a surcharge on policies, as approved by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation in January 2010, and the Company expects it will have a positive effect on operating results over a twelve-month period beginning March 1, 2010.

About Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc.

Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. (UIH) is a vertically integrated insurance holding company, which through its various subsidiaries, covers substantially all aspects of insurance underwriting, distribution, claims processing and exposure management. Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company (UPCIC), a wholly owned subsidiary of UIH, is one of the five leading writers of homeowners' insurance in Florida and is now fully licensed and has commenced its operations in Georgia, Hawaii, North Carolina and South Carolina. For additional information on the Company, please visit our investor relations Web site at www.universalinsuranceholdings.com

Readers should refer generally to reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), specifically the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, and the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2009, for a discussion of the risk factors that could affect its operations. Such factors include, without limitation, exposure to catastrophic losses; reliance on the Company's reinsurance program; underwriting performance on catastrophe and non-catastrophe risks; the ability to maintain relationships with customers, employees or suppliers; competition and its effect on pricing, spending and third-party relationships; the Company's financial stability rating; product pricing and revenues; and the effect of Federal or state laws and regulations. Additional factors that may affect future results are contained in the Company's filings with the SEC, which are available on the SEC's web site at http://www.sec.gov. The Company disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in this press release based on new information or otherwise.

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