FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire -07/11/12)- Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. ("Company") (UVE) announced that the Massachusetts Division of Insurance approved the homeowners rates and forms of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company ("UPCIC"). UPCIC expects to begin to write homeowners insurance in Massachusetts later this month.
Sean Downes, chief operating officer, commented, "Upon writing our first homeowners policies in Massachusetts, UPCIC will have expanded to its sixth state. We anticipate writing our first policies by the end of July and in preparation we have contacted over 500 independent agents in Massachusetts who are ready to sell our homeowners insurance products. We are very proud of this forthcoming achievement as it continues our strategy for expansion beyond Florida. We are pleased to be able to offer UPCIC's homeowners insurance products to the citizens of Massachusetts and look forward to growing our network of independent Massachusetts-area agents."
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 of the Company, 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 targeted through its affiliate UPCIC. For additional information on the Company, please visit our investor relations website at www.universalinsuranceholdings.com.
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