updated 5/4/2011 2:25:01 AM ET 2011-05-04T06:25:01

GULFPORT, Miss., May 3, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tuesday, May 10th, 2011, at 8:25 a.m. (CDT), senior officers of Hancock Holding Company (Nasdaq:HBHC) — parent company of 112-year-old Hancock Bank — will address institutional investors and financial analysts from across the nation during the 16th annual Gulf South Bank Conference at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New Orleans.

At the conference, Carl J. Chaney, Hancock Holding Company President and CEO; John M. Hairston, CEO and Chief Operating Officer; Michael M. Achary, Chief Financial Officer; and Sam Kendricks, Chief Credit Officer, will highlight the company's financial performance, corporate business strategies, and economic profiles of Hancock's Gulf South markets.

Investors may access a live, listen-only webcast of Hancock Holding Company's presentation by visiting www.hancockbank.com and clicking the Investor Relations tab. The archived presentation will be available for 12 months after the conference concludes.

The investment community recognizes the Gulf South Bank Conference as one of the premier regional bank conferences with an emphasis on mid-to-small-cap companies. Scheduled for May 9-11, this year's conference will feature insightful presentations from executive management representing 23 financial institutions from across the Southeast. 

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 $8.3 billion as of March 31, 2011. 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 .

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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: Carl J. Chaney, President and Chief Executive Officer
         Michael M. Achary, E.V.P. and Chief Financial Officer
         Paul D. Guichet, V.P., Investor Relations
         800.522.6542 or 228.563.6559

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