Hancock Holding Company to Announce Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results October 25 and Host Conference Call October 26

Hancock Holding Company to Announce Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results
October 25 and Host Conference Call October 26

GULFPORT, Miss., Oct. 4, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hancock Holding Company
(Nasdaq:HBHC) will announce third quarter 2012 financial results on Thursday,
October 25, 2012 after the market closes. Management will host a conference
call for analysts and investors at 9:00 a.m. Central Time on Friday, October
26, 2012 to review the results.

A live listen-only webcast of the call will be available under the Investor
Relations section of Hancock's website at www.hancockbank.com.To participate
in the Q&A portion of the call, dial (877) 564-1219 or (973) 638-3429.

An audio archive of the conference call will be available under the Investor
Relations section of our website.A replay of the call will also be available
through November 2, 2012 by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406, passcode
37314225.

About Hancock Holding Company

Hancock Holding Company, the parent company of Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank,
operates nearly 260 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
         trisha.carlson@hancockbank.com

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