GULFPORT, Miss., April 30, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hancock Holding Company (Nasdaq:HBHC) today announced that the company's board of directors declared a regular second quarter 2013 common stock cash dividend of $0.24 per share, payable June 14, 2013 to shareholders of record as of June 5, 2013. The company's board of directors also authorized the repurchase of up to 5% of the company's outstanding common stock. The shares may be repurchased through privately negotiated transactions and in the open-market from time to time, depending on market conditions and other factors. Both matters were approved during the April meeting of the company's board of directors. About Hancock Holding Company Hancock Holding Company, the parent company of Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank, operates across a Gulf south corridor comprising south Mississippi; southern and central Alabama; southern Louisiana; the northern, central, and Panhandle regions of Florida; and Houston, Texas. The Hancock Holding Company family of financial services companies also includes Hancock Investment Services, Inc.; Hancock Insurance Agency and Whitney Insurance Agency, Inc.; corporate trust offices in Gulfport and Jackson, Mississippi, New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Orlando, Florida; and Harrison Finance Company. Additional information is available at www.hancockbank.com and www.whitneybank.com . Forward-Looking Statements This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and we intend such forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions therein and are including this statement for purposes of invoking these safe-harbor provisions. Forward-looking statements provide projections of results of operations or of financial condition or state other forward-looking information, such as expectations about future conditions and descriptions of plans and strategies for the future . Forward-looking statements that we may make include, but may not be limited to, comments with respect to the expectation that a stock buyback will be completed and any positive effects expected to be gained from the stock buyback.