FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire -01/11/12)- Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. (AMEX: UVE - News), a vertically integrated insurance holding company, announced that its subsidiary, Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company (UPCIC), received approval for premium rate increases for its homeowners and dwelling fire programs within the State of Florida. The premium rate increases, which will average approximately 14.9 percent statewide for its homeowners program and 8.8 percent statewide for its dwelling fire program, were approved by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR). The effective dates for both of the premium rate increases are January 9, 2012 for new business and February 28, 2012 for renewal business.
About Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc.
Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. is a vertically integrated insurance holding company, which through its 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 the Company, is one of the three leading writers of homeowners insurance in Florida and is now fully licensed and has commenced its operations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Hawaii and Georgia. American Platinum Property and Casualty Insurance Company (APPCIC), also a wholly owned subsidiary, currently writes homeowners multi-peril and inland marine insurance on Florida homes valued in excess of $1 million, which are limits and coverages currently not available through its affiliate UPCIC. For additional information on the Company, please visit our investor relations website at www.universalinsuranceholdings.com.
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