TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HCI Group, Inc. (NYSE:HCI) has issued initial loss estimates from Hurricane Irma, which made landfall in the Florida Keys last week before making a second landfall in the southwest coast of Florida shortly thereafter. Irma is the first major hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Hurricane Wilma struck in 2005.

HCI’s principal operating subsidiary, Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Inc., which is a leading provider of homeowners’ insurance in Florida, issued a preliminary estimate indicating its losses related to Hurricane Irma will be in the range of $100 to $300 million. These losses will exceed its $16 million reinsurance retention level and trigger reinsurance recoveries, as well as trigger the loss of accrued benefits and deferrals under retrospective provisions within certain reinsurance contracts.

HCI’s captive reinsurance subsidiary, Claddaugh Casualty Insurance Company Ltd., which participates in the Homeowners Choice reinsurance program, estimates a loss of $34 million from Hurricane Irma which is the full extent of the coverage it provided to Homeowners Choice.

“Our thoughts go out to all who have been affected by this hurricane,” said Paresh Patel, HCI’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Our focus at this time is on our policyholders and ensuring their claims are handled quickly and efficiently. We have ample resources, including reinsurance recoveries and cash, to meet our obligations to policyholders.”

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 Index and the S&P SmallCap 600 Index. HCI Group, Inc. regularly publishes financial and other information in the Investor Information section of the company’s website. For more information about HCI Group and its subsidiaries, visit www.hcigroup.com.

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Kevin Mitchell, Vice President of Investor Relations
HCI Group, Inc.
(813) 405-3603

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