Fitch Affirms and Withdraws Whitney Bank's (Louisiana) 'BBB+' Ratings

CHICAGO--()--Fitch Ratings has affirmed and withdrawn Whitney Bank's (Louisiana) ratings at 'BBB+' as the entity no longer exists. A full list of rating actions follows at the end of this release.

KEY RATING DRIVERS - IDRS, VRs, AND SENIOR DEBT

The bank's charter was recently merged into Hancock Bank's (Mississippi) charter; thus Whitney Bank (Louisiana) no longer exists. At the same time, Hancock Bank (Mississippi) was renamed Whitney Bank (Mississippi). This was done to allow the company to continue operating under the dual brands of Whitney Bank in Louisiana and Texas and Hancock Bank in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Fitch notes that the subordinated debt formerly issued by Whitney Bank (Louisiana) was moved over to the Hancock Bank (Mississippi) charter. However, the issuer name did not change. Furthermore, the long-term deposits and short-term deposits at Whitney Bank (Louisiana) were also moved to Hancock Bank (Mississippi).

RATING SENSITIVITIES - IDRS, VRs, AND SENIOR DEBT

Rating sensitivities are no longer relevant given today's rating withdrawal.

KEY RATING DRIVERS - SUPPORT RATING AND SUPPORT RATING FLOOR

Whitney Bank's (Louisiana) Support Rating and Support Rating Floor of '5' and 'NF' reflect Fitch's view that the company is unlikely to procure extraordinary support should such support be needed.

KEY RATING SENSITIVITIES - SUPPORT RATING AND SUPPORT RATING FLOOR

Rating sensitivities are no longer relevant given today's rating withdrawal.

Fitch has affirmed and withdrawn the following ratings:

Whitney Bank (Louisiana)

--Long-term IDR at 'BBB+';

--Viability at 'bbb+';

--Short-term IDR at 'F2';

--Support at '5';

--Support floor at 'NF'.

Additional information is available on www.fitchratings.com

Applicable Criteria and Related Research:

--'2014 Outlook: U.S. Banks' (Nov. 21, 2013)

--'U.S. Banks: Liquidity and Deposit Funding' (Aug. 8, 2013)

--'U.S. Banks: Interest Rate Risks (What Happens When Rates Rise)' (June 18, 2013)

--'U.S. Bank Mergers and Acquisitions -- When Will The Catalysts Kick In?' (July 11, 2013)

--'Fitch Fundamentals Index 1Q14' (April 15, 2014)

--'Risk Radar Global - 1Q14' (April. 1, 2014)

--'Global Financial Institutions Rating Criteria (Jan. 31, 2014)

--Assessing and Rating Bank Subordinated and Hybrid Securities Criteria' (Jan. 31, 2014)

--'Rating FI Subsidiaries and Holding Companies' (Aug. 10, 2013).

Additional Disclosure

Solicitation Status

http://www.fitchratings.com/gws/en/disclosure/solicitation?pr_id=832658

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Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst
Bain K. Rumohr, CFA
Director
+1-312-368-3153
70 West Madison,
Chicago, IL 60602
or
Secondary Analyst
Justin Fuller, CFA
Senior Director
+1-312-368-2057
or
Committee Chairperson
Christopher Wolfe
Managing Director
+1-212-908-0771
or
Media Relations
Brian Bertsch, New York, +1-212-908-0549
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Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Primary Analyst
Bain K. Rumohr, CFA
Director
+1-312-368-3153
70 West Madison,
Chicago, IL 60602
or
Secondary Analyst
Justin Fuller, CFA
Senior Director
+1-312-368-2057
or
Committee Chairperson
Christopher Wolfe
Managing Director
+1-212-908-0771
or
Media Relations
Brian Bertsch, New York, +1-212-908-0549
brian.bertsch@fitchratings.com