Heritage Insurance to Acquire Zephyr Insurance Company; Expands Operations to Hawaii

CLEARWATER, Fla., Sept. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HRTG) ("Heritage" or the "Company"), a property and casualty insurance holding company, today announced that it has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Zephyr Acquisition Company ("ZAC") and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Zephyr Insurance Company ("Zephyr"), a specialty insurance provider in Hawaii. The acquisition will provide Heritage with an immediate presence in Hawaii with Zephyr holding approximately 30% of the wind-only market share in the state. This acquisition will further the Company’s strategic push to diversify business operations and achieve greater synergies in reinsurance while expanding growth opportunities outside of Florida.

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The all-cash transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2015, subject to regulatory and other customary closing conditions, and is valued at approximately $ 120 million. For the period ended June 30, 2015, Zephyr’s inforce premium was nearly $ 68 million, its statutory surplus was $ 58 million, and ZAC’s unaudited GAAP equity as of June 30, 2015 was $ 63 million. The Company believes the addition of Hawaiian-based Zephyr is a great strategic fit for Heritage and expects the acquisition to be immediately accretive to earnings per share.

Heritage Chairman and CEO Bruce Lucas said, "We are extremely excited to announce the transaction with Zephyr. The acquisition creates significant reinsurance synergies and enables us to expand into an attractive geographic market. We intend to fund this transaction with current capital and do not intend to pursue a new capital raise at this time, which allows us to deliver maximum shareholder value without dilution. The combination of our complementary business models will be immediately accretive to earnings, book value, and return on equity. As the industry evolves we believe companies that are able to successfully execute strategic acquisitions will experience better growth, diversification and reinsurance savings. With this transaction, policyholders in Hawaii will continue to experience the same high levels of service and responsiveness and we look forward to working with the team at Zephyr."

Zephyr began operations in 2000 and writes wind-only insurance coverage for personal residential and commercial residential policyholders. Zephyr’s solid capital structure is enhanced by its reinsurance program with some of the industry’s largest and most prominent reinsurers. Zephyr has an A’ rating from Demotech, Inc.

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 $ 500 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 28 years of insurance industry experience.

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