Hancock Holding Company Announces Quarterly Dividend

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

The Hancock Holding Company logo is available at

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

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