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Fitch Affirms Mercantil Commercebank's IDRs on Downgrade of Mercantil Servicios Financieros

(The following statement was released by the rating agency) NEW YORK, December 24 (Fitch) Fitch Ratings has affirmed the Long- and Short-term Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) of Mercantil Commercebank Florida Bancorp (MCFB) and its main subsidiary, Mercantil Commercebank, N.A. at 'BB/B' with a Stable Outlook. A complete list of ratings follows at the end of this release. Through its ultimate domestic holding company, Mercantil Commercebank Holding Corp. (MCH), the bank is beneficially owned by

Fitch Affirms and Withdraws Hancock Holding Co and Whitney Bank's 'BBB+' IDRs; Outlook Stable

(The following statement was released by the rating agency) CHICAGO, December 23 (Fitch) Fitch Ratings has affirmed and withdrawn the ratings for Hancock Holding Company (HBHC) and its principal banking subsidiary Whitney Bank including the companies' Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) of 'BBB+' with a Stable Rating Outlook. As communicated on Nov. 24, 2014, the ratings are being withdrawn for commercial reasons. A full list of rating actions follows at the end of this release. KEY RATING DRIVER

Confusion reigns in leveraged land

NEW YORK, Dec 19 (IFR) - Bankers specialising in leveraged loans and high-yield bonds say 2015 will start off in a similar fashion to 2014: with the same level of confusion about how to interpret US regulators' leveraged lending guidelines that have been in force for almost two years now.

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