SOURCE: Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc.

December 19, 2008 08:00 ET

Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. Announces the State of South Carolina Has Approved UPCIC's Rates and Forms; UPCIC Has Written Its First Homeowners' Policies in the State

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - December 19, 2008) - Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE Alternext US: UVE) (AMEX: UVE), a vertically integrated insurance holding company, announced that its subsidiary, Universal Property and Casualty Insurance Company (UPCIC), has received approval of its rates and forms from the South Carolina Department of Insurance to write property and casualty insurance in the State of South Carolina. Following this approval, UPCIC has written its first homeowners' policies in South Carolina.

Bradley I. Meier, president and chief executive officer of Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc., commented, "UPCIC's entrée into the South Carolina homeowners' insurance market represents a significant milestone in our Company's history, as we have begun the process of utilizing our insurance expertise to diversify beyond Florida. We are pleased to be able to offer UPCIC's homeowners' insurance products to the citizens of South Carolina."

About Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc.

The Company is a vertically integrated insurance holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the Company is currently engaged in insurance underwriting, distribution and claims. UPCIC, which generates revenue from the collection and investment of premiums, is one of the top five writers of homeowners' insurance policies in the state of Florida.

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