updated 12/30/2010 4:45:35 PM ET 2010-12-30T21:45:35

GULFPORT, Miss., Dec. 30, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Executives of Hancock Holding Company (Nasdaq:HBHC) today announced that the company will release fourth quarter 2010 earnings results after the market close on Tuesday, January 18, 2011.

About Hancock Holding Company

Hancock Holding Company — parent company of Hancock Bank (Mississippi), Hancock Bank of Louisiana, and Hancock Bank of Alabama — had 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.

Hancock operates 157 banking and financial services offices, 137 ATMs along the I-10 corridor spanning south central Louisiana, coastal Mississippi, southern Alabama, and north Florida. Bank subsidiaries include Hancock Investment Services, Inc., Hancock Insurance Agency and its divisions of Ross King Walker and J. Everett Eaves, and Harrison Finance Company. 

More corporate information is available at www.hancockbank.com .

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"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.

CONTACT:  Hancock Holding Company 
          Carl J. Chaney, President & Chief Executive Officer
          Michael M. Achary, Chief Financial Officer
          Paul D. Guichet, V.P., Investor Relations
          800.522.6542
          228.563.6559

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