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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2012


Hancock Holding Company Announces Quarterly Dividend


GULFPORT, Miss. (May 24, 2012) — Hancock Holding Company (Nasdaq: HBHC) today announced that the company's board of directors approved a regular second quarter 2012 common stock cash dividend of $0.24 per share.

Approved during the May meeting of the company's board of directors, the regular quarterly common stock cash dividend is payable June 15, 2012 to shareholders of record as of June 5, 2012.

About Hancock Holding Company
Hancock Holding Company, the parent company of Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank, operates 258 branches and more than 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.

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