Hancock Holding Company Announces Quarterly Dividend

Hancock Holding Company Announces Quarterly Dividend

GULFPORT, Miss., Jan. 27, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hancock Holding Company
(Nasdaq:HBHC) today announced that the company's board of directors approved a
regular first quarter 2014 common stock cash dividend of $0.24 per share.

Approved during the January meeting of the company's board of directors, the
regular quarterly common stock cash dividend is payable March 14, 2014 to
shareholders of record as of March 5, 2014.

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

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