TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Homeowners Choice, Inc. (NYSE:HCI), a leading provider of homeowners' insurance, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Inc., has assumed 59,688 homeowners' policies from Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Florida's state-operated insurance company.

The policies are assumable under the state'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 and after the assumption and remain with Citizens.

"While there may be further attrition from opt outs related to today's assumption, our annualized gross premiums are now approaching $360 million," said Paresh Patel, Homeowners Choice chairman and chief executive officer. "We look forward to serving our new customers."

About Homeowners Choice, Inc.

Homeowners Choice, Inc. is a Florida-based insurance holding company headquartered in Tampa. Through its subsidiary corporations, Homeowners Choice provides property and casualty homeowners' insurance, condominium owners' insurance and tenants' insurance. 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. Its Series A, cumulative redeemable preferred shares trade on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker symbol "HCIIP." More information about Homeowners Choice is available at www.hcpci.com.

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