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December 19, 2012


BauerFinancial Awards Hancock Bank Five-Star Rating
113-year-old bank one of America's strongest


Bauer Financial

GULFPORT, Miss. (December 19, 2012)—Hancock Bank has received a Superior 5-Star rating from BAUERFINANCIAL, Inc.—the nation's leading bank rating and research firm—for the quarter ending September 30, 2012. A 5-Star rating signifies that Hancock Bank is one of the strongest, safest banks in the nation.

Bauer's Superior 5-Star rating attests that Hancock Bank excels in areas of capital, asset
quality, profitability, risk management, and sound business practices. Hancock Bank has earned
a recommended rating from Bauer (5-Stars or 4-Stars) for the past 93 consecutive quarters—more than
23 years.

“Consumers and businesses alike have come to depend on Bauer's rating system as they navigate through their banking choices," commented Karen L. Dorway, president of the rating firm. "They know to look for the Bauer logo to ensure that the confidence they have in their bank is well-placed. Under the leadership of President and CEO Carl J. Chaney and CEO and Chief Operating Officer John M. Hairston, Hancock's dedicated team of financial services professionals has earned that trust and respect."

Hancock Bank was founded in 1899, serving the comprehensive financial services needs of Gulf South communities for 113 years. Hancock Holding Company, the parent company of Hancock Bank and New Orleans based Whitney Bank, currently operates more than 250 full-service branches and more than 300 ATMs in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. More information is available at

BAUERFINANCIAL, Inc., Coral Gables, Fla., the nation's leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution pays BauerFinancial to rate the bank, nor can any bank choose to be excluded. Consumers may obtain free star-ratings by visiting

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