• Filing Date: 2014-03-12
  • Form Type: 10-K
  • Description: Annual report
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Nature of Operations
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2013
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Nature of Operations

Note 1— Nature of Operations

The accompanying consolidated financial statements of HCI Group, Inc. (“HCI” or the “Company”), formerly known as Homeowners Choice, Inc., include the accounts of HCI, Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Inc. (“HCPCI”), HCI’s principal operating subsidiary, and certain other insurance and non-insurance subsidiaries. All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

Through its subsidiaries, the Company is primarily engaged in the property and casualty insurance business. HCPCI is authorized to underwrite various homeowners’ property and casualty insurance products in the state of Florida. HCPCI’s operations are supported by the following HCI subsidiaries:

 

    Homeowners Choice Managers, Inc. (“HCM”) – acts as managing general agent and provides marketing, underwriting, claims settlement, accounting and financial services to HCPCI;
    Southern Administration, Inc. – provides policy administration services to HCPCI; and
    Claddaugh Casualty Insurance Company, Ltd. – participates in the reinsurance program to HCPCI.

As part of geographical expansion into other states, Homeowners Choice Assurance Company, Inc. (“HCA”) was organized to enter the Alabama property and casualty insurance market. HCA was approved and licensed by the Alabama Department of Insurance in August 2013. HCA did not commence underwriting during 2013.

In addition, while not material to the consolidated financial statements, HCI has various subsidiaries primarily engaged in the businesses of owning and leasing real estate, operating marina facilities and one restaurant and developing software.

The Company reports its operations under one business segment.

The Company obtained a majority of its policies through participation in a “take-out program” with Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (“Citizens”), a Florida state supported insurer. Policies were obtained in ten separate assumption transactions with Citizens that took place from July 2007 through November 2013. The Company is required to offer renewals on the policies acquired for a period of three years subsequent to the initial expiration of the assumed policies. During the first full year after assumption, such renewals are required to have rates that are equivalent to or less than the rates charged by Citizens. The Company’s premium revenue since inception comes from these assumptions and one additional assumption from HomeWise Insurance Company (“HomeWise”) in November 2011 through which the Company acquired the Florida policies of HomeWise.