Hancock Holding Company Announces Quarterly Dividend

GULFPORT, Miss., July 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hancock Holding Company (Nasdaq:HBHC) today announced that the company's board of directors approved a regular third quarter 2013 common stock cash dividend of $0.24 per share.

Approved during the July meeting of the company's board of directors, the regular quarterly common stock cash dividend is payable September 16, 2013 to shareholders of record as of September 5, 2013.

About Hancock Holding Company

Hancock Holding Company is the parent company of Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank. The company operates as Hancock Bank in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, and as Whitney Bank in Louisiana 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.
CONTACT: Trisha Voltz Carlson, SVP Investor Relations Manager         504-299-5208 or trisha.carlson@hancockbank.com

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