Hancock Holding Company to Announce Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial Results January 24 and Host Conference Call January 25

Hancock Holding Company to Announce Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial Results
January 24 and Host Conference Call January 25

GULFPORT, Miss., Jan. 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hancock Holding Company
(Nasdaq:HBHC) will announce fourth quarter 2012 financial results on Thursday,
January 24, 2013 after the market closes. Management will host a conference
call for analysts and investors at 9:00 a.m. Central Time on Friday, January
25, 2013 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 February 1, 2013 by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406, passcode
86033364.

About Hancock Holding Company

Hancock Holding Company, the parent company of Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank,
operates branches and 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.; 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: For More Information
         Trisha Voltz Carlson, SVP, Investor Relations Manager
         504-299-5208
         trisha.carlson@hancockbank.com

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