updated 11/8/2010 7:15:35 AM ET 2010-11-08T12:15:35

GULFPORT, Miss., Nov. 5, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Executives of Hancock Holding Company (Nasdaq:HBHC), the parent company of 111-year-old Hancock Bank, will present a corporate overview to attendees at the Sandler O'Neill East Coast Financial Services Conference at The Fairmont Turnberry Isle in Aventura, Florida, from 8:20 a.m. to 8:55 a.m. (EST) on Thursday, November 11th, 2010.

At the Sandler O'Neill conference, Hancock's President and Chief Executive Officer Carl J. Chaney and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Michael M. Achary will review the company's recent financial performance and business strategies. 

A live webcast of Hancock's presentation will be available at the conference link http://www.thomson-webcast.net/us/dispatching/SOP_201011 . A replay of the company's presentation will be available for a period of 30 days after the conference. Investors and analysts may also access a copy of the presentation by visiting Hancock's website at www.hancockbank.com and selecting the Investor Relations link.

Hancock Holding Company – parent company of Hancock Bank (Mississippi), Hancock Bank of Louisiana, and Hancock Bank of Alabama – has assets of approximately $8.2 billion as of September 30, 2010. Founded in 1899, Hancock Bank consistently ranks as one of the country's strongest, safest financial institutions, according to BauerFinancial, Inc. More corporate information and e-banking are available at www.hancockbank.com .

The Hancock Holding Company logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=2758

"SAFE HARBOR" STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995Congress passed the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995 in an effort to encourage corporations to provide information about companies' anticipated future financial performance. This act provides a safe harbor for such disclosure, which protects the companies from unwarranted litigation if actual results are different from management expectations. This release contains forward-looking statements and reflects management's current views and estimates of future economic circumstances, industry conditions, company performance, and financial results. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties which could cause the company's actual results and experience to differ from the anticipated results and expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements.

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