UNIVERSAL INSURANCE HOLDINGS, INC. SUBSIDIARY UPCIC WRITES FIRST HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE POLICY AND LAUNCHES UNIVERSAL DIRECT IN NEW JERSEY

Fort Lauderdale, FL, April 27, 2017 - Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UVE) announced today that the New Jersey Department of Insurance has approved the homeowners insurance rates and forms of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company (UPCIC), and that UPCIC has subsequently written its first homeowners policy in New Jersey.

Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sean P. Downes commented: "We are excited to have written our first policy in New Jersey, and to now offer our homeowners insurance products to customers in the state through both our traditional independent agent channel and our convenient and easy-to-use online platform, Universal DirectSM. We look forward to developing and growing our relationships with New Jersey’s network of independent agents and working with them to bring our leading suite of products and services to more customers throughout the state. This represents another step in our successful geographic expansion effort, and we look forward to continuing to expand both our traditional and online platform into new markets to deliver comprehensive affordable insurance solutions to customers across the United States."

New Jersey marks the fifteenth state of operation for UPCIC, each of which offers customers access to UPCIC homeowners insurance policies through its direct-to-consumer online platform Universal DirectSM. Independent appointed agents operating in New Jersey have the opportunity to receive commissions from policies written by UPCIC via Universal DirectSM. For additional information about Universal DirectSM, please visit www.universalinsuranceholdings.com.

About Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc.

Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc., with its wholly-owned subsidiaries, is a vertically integrated insurance holding 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 its operations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Hawaii, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Michigan, Alabama and Virginia. American Platinum Property and Casualty Insurance Company (APPCIC), also a wholly-owned subsidiary, 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 UPCIC. APPCIC is additionally licensed to write Fire, Commercial Multi-Peril, and Other Liability lines of business in Florida. For additional information on the Company, please visit our investor relations website at www.universalinsuranceholdings.com.

Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors

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