Hancock Whitney Corp. on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings of $79.2 million, or 91 cents per share, compared to $72.5 million, or 83 cents per share, a year ago.

The Gulfport, Mississippi-based bank said earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were $1 per share.

The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 98 cents per share.