Fitch to Withdraw Ratings for Hancock Holding and Whitney Bank

CHICAGO--()--Fitch Ratings plans to withdraw the ratings on Hancock Holding Company and Whitney Bank on or about Dec. 24, 2014, for business reasons. Fitch currently rates Hancock Holding Company and Whitney Bank as follows:

Hancock Holding Company

--Long-term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) 'BBB+'; Stable Outlook;

--Short-term IDR 'F2';

--Viability 'bbb+';

--Support '5';

--Support floor 'NF'.

Whitney Bank

--Long term IDR 'BBB+'; Stable Outlook;

--Short-term IDR 'F2';

--Long-term deposits 'A-';

--Short-term Deposits 'F1';

--Subordinated debt 'BBB';

--Viability 'bbb+';

--Support '5';

--Support Floor 'NF'.

The Rating Outlooks are Stable.

Fitch reserves the right in its sole discretion to withdraw or maintain any rating at any time for any reason it deems sufficient. Fitch believes that investors benefit from increased rating coverage by Fitch and is providing approximately 30 days' notice to the market on the withdrawal of Hancock Holding Company ratings as a courtesy to investors.

Fitch's last rating action occurred on Feb. 5, 2014.

Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'.

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Fitch Ratings
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Brian Bertsch, New York
Tel: +1 212-908-0549
Email: brian.bertsch@fitchratings.com
or
Daniel P. Whalen
Senior Director
+1-312-368-2067
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
70 W. Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Contacts

Fitch Ratings
Media Relations
Brian Bertsch, New York
Tel: +1 212-908-0549
Email: brian.bertsch@fitchratings.com
or
Daniel P. Whalen
Senior Director
+1-312-368-2067
Fitch Ratings, Inc.
70 W. Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60602