Press Release /
October 20, 2008

Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. Announces Approval to Write Property and Casualty Insurance in North Carolina

 

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — (MARKET WIRE) — 10/20/2008 — Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. (AMEX: UVE), a vertically integrated insurance holding company, announced that its subsidiary Universal Property and Casualty Insurance Company (UPCIC), has received approval from North Carolina’s Department of Insurance to write property and casualty insurance in the state of North Carolina. UPCIC intends to file for the approval of its rates and forms by the North Carolina Department of Insurance by the first quarter of 2009, with anticipation of writing new business in North Carolina promptly following approval of its rates and forms.

Bradley I. Meier, president and chief executive officer, commented, "Universal is pleased to have been approved to write property and casualty insurance in North Carolina, and we look forward to meeting the property and casualty needs of its citizens. With Universal’s approval in North Carolina, coupled with the prior announcements of approval in South Carolina and Hawaii, we continue to execute on our plans for geographic expansion beyond Florida."

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 and has aligned itself with well-respected service providers in the industry.

Readers should refer generally to reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), specifically the Company’s Form 10-KSB for the year ended December 31, 2007, and the Company’s Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2008, 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; and competition and its effect on pricing, spending, third-party relationships, the Company’s financial stability rating, product pricing and revenues. 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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Philip Kranz  
Dresner Corporate Services  
312-780-7240  
pkranz@dresnerco.com