FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UVE) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.25 per share of common stock to be paid on December 15, 2014 to the shareholders of record as of December 5, 2014. The $0.25 per share dividend includes the expected $0.10 per share fourth quarter dividend, in line with the dividends paid for each of the first three quarters of 2014, and an additional special dividend of $0.15 per share. With the total fourth quarter dividend, the Company's cash dividends in 2014 will total $0.55 per share.
"Following the strongest quarter in Universal Insurance's history, we are pleased to announce this special dividend that reflects our confidence in the business and further demonstrates our continued commitment to deliver shareholder value," said Sean P. Downes, the Company's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.
About Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc.
Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc., with its wholly-owned subsidiaries, is a vertically integrated insurance holding company performing all aspects of insurance underwriting, distribution and claims. Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company (UPCIC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, is one of the leading writers of homeowners insurance in Florida and is now fully licensed and has commenced its operations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Hawaii, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland and Delaware. American Platinum Property and Casualty Insurance Company, also a wholly-owned subsidiary, currently writes homeowners multi-peril 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.
Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors
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