UNIVERSAL INSURANCE HOLDINGS, INC. SUBSIDIARY AMERICAN PLATINUM PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY TO LAUNCH COMMERCIAL RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM

Receives Authorization to Add Fire, Commercial Multi-Peril, and Other Liability Lines of Business in Florida

Fort Lauderdale, FL, August 3, 2016 - Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UVE) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, American Platinum Property and Casualty Insurance Company (APPCIC), received authorization from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation to amend its Certificate of Authority to add Fire, Commercial Multi-Peril, and Other Liability (collectively “Commercial Residential”) lines of business in Florida. APPCIC is in the process of submitting applicable rates and forms to the Florida regulators and expects to offer Commercial Residential policies in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Sean P. Downes, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “This expansion into the Commercial Residential business is a significant step forward for Universal, and one that will allow us to tap into large complementary markets and advance our organic growth strategy. We are well-positioned to continue efficiently scaling our operations as we leverage our robust, vertically integrated platform, including underwriting, policy issuance, general administration, and claims processing and settlement. We look forward to working with our industry-leading independent agency force to bring these new offerings to market and further drive value for our customers and shareholders.”

APPCIC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. APPCIC currently writes homeowners multi-peril insurance on Florida homes valued in excess of $1 million, which are limits and coverages currently not targeted through its affiliate Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company (UPCIC).

About Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc.
Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc., with its wholly-owned subsidiaries, is a vertically integrated insurance company performing all aspects of insurance underwriting, distribution and claims. Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company (UPCIC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, is one of the leading writers of homeowners insurance in Florida and is now fully licensed and has commenced operations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Hawaii, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Michigan and Alabama. For additional information on the Company, please visit our investor relations website at www.universalinsuranceholdings.com.

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