Hancock Holding Company was organized in 1984 as a bank holding company registered under the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956. The Company is the parent company of two wholly-owned bank subsidiaries, Hancock Bank, headquartered in Gulfport, Mississippi and Whitney Bank, headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Company is community oriented and offers commercial, consumer and mortgage loans and deposit services to individuals and small to middle market businesses in their respective market areas. It also offers other services through several non-bank subsidiaries. Hancock Investment Services, Inc. provides discount investment brokerage services. Hancock Insurance Agency and Whitney Insurance Agency provide general insurance agency services. Harrison Finance Company provides consumer financing services. The Company's main operating segments consist of the Hancock segment, which coincides generally with the Company's Hancock Bank subsidiary, and the Whitney segment, which coincides generally with its Whitney Bank subsidiary. Each Bank segment offers commercial, consumer and mortgage loans and deposit services, as well as certain other services, such as trust and treasury management services. Although the Bank segments offer the same products and services, they are managed separately due to different pricing, product demand, and consumer markets. The Company offers various commercial loan services to a diversified customer base, including energy, wholesale and retail trade in various durable and nondurable products, manufacturing of such products, marine transportation and maritime construction, financial and professional services, and agricultural production. The Company through their respective trust departments, offer various trust services on a fee basis. In their trust capacities, the Company provides investment management services on an agency basis and act as trustee for pension plans, profit sharing plans, corporate and municipal bond issues, living trusts, life insurance trusts and various other types of trusts created by or for individuals, businesses, charitable and religious organizations. The Company competes with other commercial banks, savings associations, credit unions, mortgage banking firms, consumer finance companies, securities brokerage firms, mutual funds and insurance companies, and other financial institutions. The Company is subject to extensive regulation by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956.