Heritage Insurance Applies for Expansion into Four New States

Jul 16, 2015, 09:00 ET from Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc.

CLEARWATER, Fla., July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRTG), a property and casualty insurance holding company, announced today that its subsidiary, Heritage Property & Casualty Company (Heritage P&C), applied to expand into North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

"I am pleased to report progress in our strategic initiative to expand outside of Florida. The entry into complementary coastal states positions Heritage for new growth opportunities and is an important step toward our business diversification goals," said Heritage Chairman and CEO Bruce Lucas.  "We will use our underwriting and claims expertise established in our Florida operations to attract profitable business in these new regions.  We believe we will not only benefit from the growth potential of new markets, but also see significant synergies related to our reinsurance program and the spread of catastrophic risk exposure."

Heritage P&C has submitted applications to the regulatory entities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The Company looks forward to working with the state regulators during the review process.

About Heritage

Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc. is a property and casualty insurance holding company headquartered in Clearwater, Florida. Its subsidiary, Heritage Property & Casualty Insurance Company, writes approximately $500 million of personal and commercial residential premium through a large network of experienced agents. Heritage is led by an experienced senior management team with an average of 28 years of insurance industry experience.

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Heritage Insurance Holdings Inc. Investor Contact:   Melanie Skijus investors@heritagepci.com 

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