Second-quarter income more than tripled from a year ago at Hancock Holding (HBHC) in Gulfport, Miss., after its net interest income surged and it recorded less in merger-related expenses.

The $18.8 billion-asset company said Thursday that it earned $39.3 million, up from $12.1 million a year earlier. Despite the increase, Hancock's earnings per share of 46 cents fell short of expectations by 17 cents, according to Thomson Reuters. For the first six months of the year, the company's profit roughly doubled to $57.8 million from the same period a year earlier.

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