Award-Winning Banking: Hancock Bank & Whitney Bank Earn Top Marks With Greenwich Excellence Awards

Award-Winning Banking: Hancock Bank & Whitney Bank Earn Top Marks With
Greenwich Excellence Awards

GULFPORT, Miss., Feb. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hancock Bank and Whitney
Bank have received a combined eight national and regional Greenwich Excellence
Awards in Small Business and Middle Market Banking for 2012. The two Gulf
South financial institutions were among the top six percent of eligible
organizations to earn the coveted Greenwich Associates recognition, which is
based on interviews with thousands of leading executives across the country.

"Small and middle market businesses are important to our success. We are very
honored that these two key client segments rate us as among the best," said
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Banking Officer Edward G.
Francis. "Providing customers and the business community with outstanding
service is a top priority, and this recognition from Greenwich Associates is a
testament to our bankers who are committed to excellence in everything they
do."

Among the many honors, both Hancock and Whitney were recognized in the
Regional Small Business category for Overall Satisfaction. "Hancock and
Whitney have enduring traditions of service excellence, strong client
relationships, and a commitment to finding unique solutions for every
business," Francis said. "We're very pleased that both banks received the
regional Small Business Banking Greenwich Excellence Award for overall
satisfaction because it reflects many of the qualities that make us who we are
as a strong Gulf South banking leader."

Sponsored by Greenwich Associates—a leading international research-based
consulting firm in institutional financial services—the Greenwich Excellence
Awards are based on an institution achieving a statistically significant
margin in a single category greater than the mean for all banks at a 95
percent confidence level. The awards reflect ratings garnered from interviews
with more than 25,000 business executives at companies with revenues between
$1 million and $500 million, with more than 750 eligible banks. Only 39 banks
were recognized for distinctive quality in middle market banking, and 42 were
honored for small business banking.

Greenwich Associates provides research based strategy management services for
financial professionals.Greenwich Associates' studies provide benefits to the
buyers and sellers of financial services in the form of benchmark information
on best practices and market intelligence on overall trends. Based in
Stamford, Conn., with additional offices in London, Toronto, Tokyo, and
Singapore, the firm offers over 100 research-based consulting programs to more
than 250 global financial services companies.More details are available at
www.greenwich.com.

About Hancock Holding Company

Hancock Holding Company (Nasdaq:HBHC), the parent company of Hancock Bank and
Whitney Bank, operates almost 250 branches and more than 300 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
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CONTACT: Paul Maxwell, Corporate Communications Director
         228.563.7953 or paul.maxwell@hancockbank.com

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