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HCI Group Insurance Subsidiary Approved to Assume 50,000 Policies From Citizens Property Insurance Corporation

TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 4, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of HCI Group, Inc. (NYSE:HCI), has been approved by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation to assume 50,000 policies from Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Florida's state-operated insurance company. Of those policies, 27,000 are slated to be wind-only.

The policies are assumable under Florida's "take-out" program, designed to reduce the state's risk exposure by encouraging private insurance companies to assume policies from Citizens. Under the take-out rules, affected policyholders are entitled to opt-out before or within 30 days after the assumption and remain with Citizens.

"While we have been approved for 50,000 policies, it is unclear how many policies will ultimately be assumed," said Scott Wallace, president of Homeowners Choice. "We are well positioned to pursue additional accretive growth opportunities in 2015."

About HCI Group, Inc.

HCI Group, Inc. owns subsidiaries engaged in diverse, yet complementary business activities, including homeowners' insurance, reinsurance, real estate and information technology services. The company's largest subsidiary, Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Inc., is a leading provider of property and casualty insurance in the state of Florida.

The company's common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "HCI" and are included in the Russell 2000 and S&P SmallCap 600 Index. Its 8% Senior Notes trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "HCJ." For more information about HCI Group, visit www.hcigroup.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release may contain forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "confident," "prospects" and "project" and other similar words and expressions are intended to signify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and conditions but rather are subject to various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance, for example, that competition from other insurance companies or other factors will not diminish the number of policies to be assumed or that the company's assessment of the underwriting risks will be accurate. Some of these risks and uncertainties are identified in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should any risks or uncertainties develop into actual events, these developments could have material adverse effects on the company's business, financial condition and results of operations. HCI Group, Inc. disclaims all obligations to update any forward-looking statements.

CONTACT: Company Contact: Kevin Mitchell, Vice President of Investor Relations HCI Group, Inc. Tel 813 405-3603 kmitchell@hcigroup.com Investor Relations Contact: Michael Koehler or Matt Glover Liolios Group, Inc. Tel 949 574-3860 hci@liolios.com

Source:HCI Group, Inc.