FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UVE) today announced the completion by Universal Property & Casualty Insurance Company ("UPCIC") and American Platinum Property and Casualty Insurance Company ("APPCIC"), the Company's wholly-owned insurance company subsidiaries, of their 2019-2020 reinsurance programs, effective June 1, 2019.
"We are pleased to announce the completion and outcome of the 2019-2020 reinsurance programs for both of our insurance companies," said Jon W. Springer, President and Chief Risk Officer of the Company. "While this renewal process consumed a greater period of time than prior years, we are pleased with the end result. We respect our reinsurance partners' evolving view of risk and see the pricing level changes as reasonable given the recent loss experience. Importantly, we successfully secured more catastrophe coverage than at any point in the history of the Company while maintaining our core relationships with our reinsurance partners."
UPCIC expanded the top of its reinsurance tower for a single Florida event to $3.28 billion, an increase of $134 million over the final 2018-2019 program. Importantly, $1.3 billion of this coverage has limits that automatically reinstate to ensure a certain level of protection in multi-event scenarios.
To further insulate for future years, UPCIC secured $222.6 million of new catastrophe capacity with contractually agreed limits that extend coverage to the 2020 wind season or beyond. In total, UPCIC now has $382.6 million of this multi-year capacity, all of which is below the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund layer, where reinsurance costs are the highest.
UPCIC increased its first event catastrophe retention for a Florida loss from $35 million to $43 million. This change in Florida retention is the first since 2015 and comes following several years of growing total insured value. A $43 million retention loss would still represent less than 6% on an after-tax basis of UVE's stockholder's equity as of March 31, 2019. UPCIC also increased its first event catastrophe retention for a loss involving states other than Florida from $5 million to $10 million. This change in Non-Florida retention is the first since the inception of this program in 2016 and comes following three years of growing total insured value by more than 30% each year.
About Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc.
Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. (UVE) is a holding company offering property and casualty insurance and value-added insurance services. We develop, market, and write insurance products for consumers predominantly in the personal residential homeowners lines of business and perform substantially all other insurance-related services for our primary insurance entities, including risk management, claims management and distribution. We sell insurance products through both our appointed independent agents and through our direct online distribution channels in the United States across 18 states (primarily Florida). Learn more at UniversalInsuranceHoldings.com.
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(1) Using RMS modeling estimates as of 3/31/18.
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