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Form 8-K for UNIVERSAL INSURANCE HOLDINGS, INC.


2-Jun-2014

Other Events


Item 8.01 Other Events.

On May 30, 2014, Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company ("UPCIC") and American Platinum Property and Casualty Insurance Company ("APPCIC" and together with UPCIC, the "Insurance Entities"), each a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. ("Company"), completed the placement of the Company's 2014-2015 reinsurance program effective June 1, 2014.

Reinsurance Generally

In the normal course of business, the Company seeks to limit the maximum net loss to the Insurance Entities that can arise from large risks, from having risks in concentrated areas of exposure and from catastrophes, such as hurricanes or other similar loss occurrences. The Insurance Entities therefore purchase certain reinsurance from other insurers or reinsurers to mitigate these potential losses. The Company's intention is to limit its exposure and the exposure of its Insurance Entities, thereby protecting stockholders' equity and the Insurance Entities' capital and surplus, even in the event of catastrophic occurrences, through reinsurance agreements. Without these reinsurance agreements, the Insurance Entities would be more substantially exposed to catastrophic losses with a greater likelihood that those losses could exceed their available capital and surplus. Any such catastrophic event, or multiple catastrophes, could have a material adverse effect on the Insurance Entities' solvency and our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity.

Below is a description of our 2014-2015 reinsurance program. Although the terms of the individual contracts vary, we believe that the overall terms of the 2014-2015 reinsurance program are more favorable than the 2013-2014 reinsurance program. We realized cost reductions in our 2014-2015 reinsurance program in part due to market conditions and our preparation and efforts to manage risk exposure. We also are retaining a greater percentage of gross written premiums with wind risk than we did under our 2013-2014 reinsurance program. There can be no assurance that our actual results of operations or financial condition will be positively affected by the 2014-2015 reinsurance program.

The Insurance Entities are responsible for insured losses related to catastrophic events in excess of coverage provided by their reinsurance programs. The Insurance Entities also remain responsible for insured losses notwithstanding the failure of any reinsurer to make payments otherwise due to the Insurance Entities. The Insurance Entities' inability to satisfy valid insurance claims resulting from catastrophic events could have a material adverse effect on the Company's results of operations, financial condition and liquidity.

UPCIC Reinsurance Program

Effective June 1, 2014, UPCIC commences the second year of a two-year quota share reinsurance contract with Odyssey Reinsurance Company, which provides coverage through May 31, 2015. Under the quota share contract, through May 31, 2015, UPCIC cedes 30% of its gross written premiums, losses and loss adjustment expenses for policies with coverage for wind risk with a provisional ceding commission equal to 29% of ceded gross written premiums. The ceding commission is adjusted once the contract term expires on May 31, 2015 based on the ultimate contractual loss and loss adjustment expense ratio, subject to a minimum ceding commission of 27%. The quota share contract has a limitation for any one occurrence not to exceed $125,000,000 from losses arising out of events that are assigned a catastrophe serial number by the Property Claims Services ("PCS") office and an aggregate limitation from losses arising out of events that are assigned a catastrophe serial number by the PCS office not to exceed $280,000,000. The contract limits the amount of premium which can be deducted for inuring reinsurance. Effective June 1, 2014, UPCIC will be retaining 15% more of its gross written premiums for policies with coverage for wind risk than it did for the June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014 period.


Effective June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015, under various excess catastrophe contracts, UPCIC obtained catastrophe coverage of 30% of $677,500,000 in excess of the quota share occurrence cap of $125,000,000, covering certain loss occurrences including hurricanes. The catastrophe coverage has a second full limit available with additional premium calculated pro rata as to amount and 100% as to time, as applicable. Effective June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015, under various excess catastrophe contracts, UPCIC also obtained catastrophe coverage of 70% of $712,500,000 in excess of $90,000,000, covering certain loss occurrences including hurricanes. The catastrophe coverage has a second full limit available with additional premium calculated pro rata as to amount and 100% as to time, as applicable.

For capacity with reinstatement premium, UPCIC purchased reinstatement premium protection which reimburses UPCIC for its cost to reinstate the catastrophe coverage up to the top of the estimated Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund ("FHCF").

Effective June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015, under an underlying excess catastrophe contract, UPCIC also obtained catastrophe coverage of 70% of $60,000,000 in excess of $30,000,000, covering certain loss occurrences including hurricanes. The catastrophe coverage has two free reinstatements.

The total cost of UPCIC's private catastrophe reinsurance program, effective June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015, is $99,866,250 to UPCIC and $31,751,250 to the quota share reinsurer. In addition, UPCIC purchases reinstatement premium protection as described above, the cost of which is $15,557,038.

Effective June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015, UPCIC purchased subsequent catastrophe event excess of loss reinsurance to cover certain levels of loss through three catastrophe events including hurricanes. Specifically, UPCIC obtained catastrophe coverage that covers 30% of $95,000,000 excess of $30,000,000 in excess of $190,000,000 otherwise recoverable. The total cost of the third event catastrophe excess of loss reinsurance contract is $3,800,000, of which UPCIC's cost is $0, and the quota share reinsurer's cost is the entire amount.

Effective June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015, UPCIC entered into a multiple line excess per risk contract with various reinsurers. Under the multiple line excess per risk contract, UPCIC obtained coverage of $1,400,000 in excess of $600,000 ultimate net loss for each risk and each property loss, and $1,000,000 in excess of $300,000 for each casualty loss. The contract has a limitation for any one occurrence not to exceed $1,400,000 and a $7,000,000 aggregate limit that applies to the term of the contract. The total cost of UPCIC's multiple line excess of loss risk reinsurance program, effective June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015, is $3,100,000 of which UPCIC's cost is $2,170,000, and the quota share reinsurer's cost is the remaining $930,000.


Effective June 1, 2014 through June 1, 2015, under an excess catastrophe contract specifically covering risks located in Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina and South Carolina, UPCIC obtained catastrophe coverage consisting of three layers of 70% of $95,000,000 in excess of $30,000,000, covering certain loss occurrences including hurricanes. The catastrophe coverage has a second full limit available with additional premium calculated pro rata as to amount and 100% as to time, as applicable. The cost of UPCIC's excess catastrophe contracts specifically covering risks in Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina and South Carolina is $3,421,250.

Effective June 1, 2014 through June 1, 2015, under an excess catastrophe contract specifically covering risks located in Hawaii, UPCIC obtained catastrophe coverage of 70% of $20,000,000 in excess of $10,000,000 covering certain loss occurrences including hurricanes. The layer of coverage has a second full limit available to UPCIC with additional premium calculated pro rata as to amount and 100% as to time, as applicable. The cost of UPCIC's excess catastrophe contract specifically covering risks in Hawaii is $392,000.

UPCIC also obtained coverage from the FHCF. The approximate coverage is estimated to be for 90% of $1,025,000,000 in excess of $375,000,000. The estimated premium that UPCIC plans to cede to the FHCF for the 2014 hurricane season is $69,368,919 of which UPCIC's cost is 70%, or $48,558,243, and the quota share reinsurer's cost is the remaining 30%.

With the implementation of the Company's 2014-2015 reinsurance program at June 1, 2014, the Company retains a pre-tax net liability of $21,000,000 for the first, second and third catastrophic events relating to the UPCIC Florida program. The Company also retains a pre-tax net liability of $21,000,000 for the first and second catastrophic events relating to the UPCIC Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina and South Carolina program, and a pre-tax net liability of $7,000,000 for the first and second catastrophic events relating to the UPCIC Hawaii program.

The largest private participants in UPCIC's reinsurance program include Odyssey Re, Everest Re, Renaissance Re, Nephila Capital, ACE Tempest Re and Lloyd's of London syndicates.


APPCIC Reinsurance Program

Effective June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015, under three layers in an excess catastrophe contract, APPCIC obtained catastrophe coverage of $15,500,000 in excess of $2,500,000 covering certain loss occurrences including hurricanes. The coverage of $15,500,000 in excess of $2,500,000 has a second full limit available to APPCIC, with additional premium calculated pro rata as to amount and 100% as to time, as applicable. The total cost of APPCIC's private catastrophe reinsurance program effective June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015 is $1,513,250.

Effective June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015, APPCIC purchased reinstatement premium protection which reimburses APPCIC for its cost to reinstate the first layer of $8,500,000 in excess of $2,500,000. The cost of APPCIC's purchased reinstatement premium protection is $223,842.

APPCIC also obtained coverage from the FHCF. The approximate coverage is estimated to be 90% of $30,000,000 in excess of $11,000,000. The estimated premium that APPCIC plans to cede to the FHCF for the 2014 hurricane season is $1,697,155.

Effective June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015, APPCIC entered into a multiple line excess per risk contract with various reinsurers. Under the current multiple line excess per risk contract, APPCIC has coverage of $8,700,000 in excess of $300,000 ultimate net loss for each risk and each property loss, and $1,000,000 in excess of $300,000 for each casualty loss. A $20,100,000 aggregate limit applies to the term of the contract for property related losses and a $2,000,000 aggregate limit applies to the term of the contract for casualty related losses.

The total cost of the APPCIC multiple line excess reinsurance program effective June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015 is $1,670,000.

With the implementation of the Company's 2014-2015 reinsurance program at June 1, 2014, the Company retains a pre-tax net liability of $2,500,000 for the first and second catastrophic events relating to the APPCIC program.

The largest private participants in APPCIC's reinsurance program include ACE Tempest Re, Hiscox, Odyssey Re, Hannover Ruck, and Lloyd's of London syndicates.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this Current Report on Form 8-K are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date the statement was made. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified. Future results or events could differ materially from those described and the Company undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statements. For further information regarding risk factors that could affect the Company's operations and future results, refer to the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013.


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