Heritage Completes Purchase of Zephyr Acquisition Company

CLEARWATER, Fla., March 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRTG) (“Heritage” or the “Company”), a property and casualty insurance holding company, today announced it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Zephyr Acquisition Company (“ZAC”) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Zephyr Insurance Company (“Zephyr”), a specialty insurance provider. The transaction provides Heritage an immediate presence in the state of Hawaii.

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The purchase price of approximately $134 million was $14 million higher than originally projected because Zephyr had higher earnings in the second half of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016, resulting in a corresponding increase in shareholder’s equity. The increased purchase price will not impact the goodwill associated with the acquisition.

Bruce Lucas, Chairman and CEO said, “The acquisition of Zephyr Insurance is a major step in our diversification process. Zephyr will add over $60 million of voluntary premium to our book and add strategic diversification to our platform. Zephyr is an established company with an experienced management team and we are working toward a seamless integration.”

Zephyr’s President and CEO Richard Toyama added, “Zephyr is proud to be known as a prominent and leading residential insurance provider in Hawaii and we look forward to continuing to serve our policyholders with superior customer service. We are excited to team up with Heritage to strengthen our overall product and capabilities.”

As part of Heritage, Zephyr will continue to be based in Hawaii to serve the needs of policyholders within the state. Zephyr celebrated its 15 year anniversary in 2015.

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 over $590 million of personal and commercial residential premium through a large network of experienced agents. Heritage is led by a seasoned senior management team with an average of 31 years of insurance industry experience.

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Heritage Insurance Holdings Inc.
Investor Contacts:
Stephen Rohde, CFO
727-362-7204
srohde@heritagepci.com
or
Melanie Skijus, Investor Relations Director
727-362-7262
mskijus@heritagepci.com

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