November 15, 2012 at 17:35 PM EST
Hancock Holding Company Announces Quarterly Dividend

GULFPORT, Miss., Nov. 15, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hancock Holding Company (Nasdaq:HBHC) today announced that the company's board of directors approved a regular fourth quarter 2012 common stock cash dividend of $0.24 per share.

Approved during the November meeting of the company's board of directors, the regular quarterly common stock cash dividend is payable December 14, 2012 to shareholders of record as of December 5, 2012.

About Hancock Holding Company

Hancock Holding Company, the parent company of Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank, operates more than 250 branches and over 350 ATMs across Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, and Texas.           

The Hancock Holding Company family of financial services companies also includes Hancock Investment Services, Inc.; Hancock Insurance Agency and Whitney Insurance Agency, Inc.; and corporate trust offices in Gulfport and Jackson, Miss., New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La., and Orlando, Fla.; and Harrison Finance Company. 

Additional information is available at www.hancockbank.com and www.whitneybank.com.

The Hancock Holding Company logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=2758

CONTACT: Trisha Voltz Carlson, SVP Investor Relations Manager
         504-299-5208 or trisha.carlson@hancockbank.com
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