Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

Hancock Holding Needs To Marry Better Performance With Its Good Footprint

While speculating on where people are going to want to live in five, 10, or 20 years' time may be enjoyable as a thought-exercise, it's not really a good thesis for investing in any particular company. That said, I believe that Hancock Holding's (NASDAQ:HBHC) footprint across the Gulf Coast states is an attractive one on balance, and one where ongoing population trends and the dynamics of the U.S. energy industry are likely to create an attractive operating environment.

Although Hancock's location may be good enough, the recent performance hasn't been. This bank has made something of a habit lately of missing expectations, with weak internal loan growth, higher than expected margin compression, and non-interest expenses weighing down...

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