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April 25, 2014

BauerFinancial Again Lauds Hancock Bank with Five Stars
Superior rating distinguishes institution among nation’s strongest, safest banks


Pascagoula Main Office  

GULFPORT, Miss. (April 25, 2014)—BauerFinancial, Inc.—the nation’s leading independent bank rating and research agency—has recognized Hancock Bank  with a 5-Star Superior rating for the quarter ending December 31, 2013, based on the company’s strong capital, asset quality, profitability, proactive risk management, and sound business practices.

This latest accolade constitutes the 98th consecutive quarter that Hancock has earned BauerFinancial’s recommendation as one of America’s strongest, safest financial institutions.

“While the national economy saw modest growth in 2013, Hancock’s strength and commitment have allowed the company to shine. The people who work at Hancock Bank locations know that organizational and community success are inextricably tied together. By supporting clients’ need with many banking options, Hancock Bank associates are making positive differences where they live, work, and raise families,” said Karen L. Dorway, president of the Coral Gables, Florida, based BauerFinancial, Inc.

BauerFinancial, Inc., has reported on and analyzed U.S. bank and credit union performance since 1983. No institution can pay for or opt out of a BauerFinancial rating.

“For 115 years, the Hancock Bank name has embodied Honor and Integrity, Strength and Stability, Commitment to Service, Teamwork, and Personal Responsibility. Our financial services family carries on those core values to help create opportunities for people and places across the region,” said Carl J. Chaney, Hancock’s president and CEO. “We are honored that BauerFinancial has consistently rated Hancock as one of the country’s strongest, safest institutions for almost 25 years. We credit that continued success to our clients’ confidence and our associates’ commitment.”

Hancock Bank was founded in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, on October 9, 1899.  Gulfport based Hancock Holding Company (Nasdaq: HBHC) is a multi-faceted financial services company with regional business headquarters and locations throughout a growing Gulf South corridor. The company’s banking subsidiary provides comprehensive financial choices through Hancock Bank locations in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida and Whitney Bank offices in Louisiana and Texas, including traditional and online banking; commercial and small business banking; energy banking; private banking; trust and investment services; certain insurance services; mortgage services; and consumer financing.

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