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Company Description (as filed with the SEC)
Hancock Holding Company (“Hancock” or the “Company”) was organized in 1984 as a bank holding company registered under the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended. In 2002, the Company qualified as a financial holding company giving it broader powers. The corporate headquarters of the Company is in Gulfport, Mississippi. Prior to 1985, our growth was primarily internal through branch expansions into areas of population growth that were not served by a dominant financial institution. After 1985, we made several small acquisitions to further our expansion. Within the past five years we have acquired two sizeable institutions which have significantly expanded the geographic scope of the overall organization. On December 18, 2009, the Company acquired the assets and assumed the liabilities of Panama City, Florida based Peoples First Community Bank (Peoples First) in an FDIC-assisted transaction. This acquisition added approximately $2 billion in assets. ... More ...