GULFPORT, Miss., April 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hancock Holding Company (Nasdaq:HBHC) today announced that its banking subsidiary, Whitney Bank (“Whitney”), has acquired selected assets and liabilities of First NBC Bank (FNBC) from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The FDIC is acting as the receiver for the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions (OFI) following the OFI’s determination to close FNBC.

Effective today, April 28, 2017, Whitney Bank has acquired/assumed the following assets and liabilities of FNBC:

  • Approximately $1.6 billion in deposits (checking, money market/NOW and savings)
  • Approximately $1.0 billion in certain assets (cash, securities, consumer and residential mortgage loans)
  • Net cash to Hancock of approximately $0.6 billion

Whitney Bank also has the option to purchase (or assume the leases for) 29 branch locations (24 in Louisiana and 5 in Florida).  Neither Hancock Holding Company nor Whitney Bank acquired any assets, common stock, preferred stock or debt, or assumed any other obligations, of First NBC Bank Holding Company.

The acquired branch locations will re-open for normal business as Whitney Bank in Louisiana and Hancock Bank in Florida, on Saturday, April 29, 2017 or Monday, May 1, 2017, depending on each location’s customary business hours. Certificates of deposit not being assumed by Whitney will be paid out in full by the FDIC. Checks for all open CDs will be mailed by the FDIC to customers (principal plus accrued interest) beginning Monday, May 1, 2017.

“Our first and most important priority is to assure former FNBC customers that their deposits are safe, secure and accessible,” said John M. Hairston, President and CEO.  “The FDIC has agreed to remit the balances of CDs directly to former FNBC clients. In the near term, beginning Saturday April 29, 2017, it will be business as usual at the former FNBC locations. Over the next few weeks we will evaluate overlapping offices and work with former FNBC employees to fill open positions throughout our company. We are honored to welcome former FNBC clients to the Hancock Whitney franchise.”

Additional information regarding the acquired branches and specific customer FAQs is available on the company’s website at

Management has provided additional information regarding the transaction in an 8-k which can be found under SEC filings on the company’s Investor Relations website at

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC is serving as financial advisor to Hancock and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is serving as legal advisor.

About Hancock Holding Company
Hancock Holding Company is a financial services company with regional business headquarters and locations across the Gulf South. The company’s banking subsidiary provides comprehensive financial products and services through Hancock Bank locations in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida and Whitney Bank locations in Louisiana and Texas, including traditional, online, and mobile banking; commercial and small business banking; private banking; trust and investment services; certain insurance services; and mortgage services. The company operates a loan production office in Nashville, Tennessee. More information is available at

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