Heritage Increases Catastrophe Reinsurance Program at Reduced Cost

CLEARWATER, Fla., June 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRTG) (“Heritage” or the “Company”), a property and casualty insurance holding company, announced today that it placed its 2019-2020 catastrophe reinsurance program for its statutory insurance subsidiaries, including Heritage Property Casualty Insurance Company (HPCIC), Narragansett Bay Insurance Company (NBIC) and Zephyr Insurance Company (ZIC).

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2019-2020 catastrophe reinsurance program key points:

  • Significantly increased return period to the highest level in the Company’s history.
  • First event reinsurance exhaustion point increases to $1.5 billion.
  • Reduced catastrophe reinsurance spend by $10 million vs. prior year.  Total cost to Heritage of $249.2 million (26.8% of first quarter 2019 premiums-in-force), down from $259.5 million (28.1% of first quarter 2018 premiums-in-force) last year.
  • Heritage’s first event retentions in the southeast and Hawaii remain at $20 million, accounting for 4.6% of first quarter 2019 GAAP equity (pre-tax), down from 5.1% in the prior year. First event retention increases slightly in the northeast to $13.8 million from $12.8 million in the prior year, but accounts for just 3.2% of first quarter 2019 GAAP equity (pre-tax), down 10 basis points year-over-year.

Bruce Lucas, Heritage’s Chairman and CEO, said, “Over the past four years we have led the market on diversifying away from Florida and the Tri-County. Our differentiated business plan is creating very favorable results for our shareholders as evidenced by lower attritional loss trends and better reinsurance terms and pricing. Despite a hard market, we were able to significantly increase our reinsurance program to the highest point in the Company’s history at a cost savings of $10 million.  I would like to thank all of our reinsurance partners for their strong support.”

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About Heritage
Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc. is a super-regional property and casualty insurance holding company headquartered in Clearwater, Florida. Through its insurance subsidiaries and a large network of experienced agents, the Company writes over $900 million of gross personal and commercial residential premium across its multi-state footprint.

Forward-Looking Statements
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Investor Contact: Arash Soleimani, CFA, CPA
Executive Vice President
727.871.0206 asoleimani@heritagepci.com

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