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MIDSOUTH BANCORP, INC. LISTS ON THE EMERGING COMPANY MARKETPLACE AT THE AMERICAN STOCK EXCHANGE

 NEW YORK, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- MidSouth Bancorp, Inc. today commenced trading on the Emerging Company Marketplace at the American Stock Exchange. The company's common stock, trading under the ticker symbol "MSL.EC", opened at 11:30 a.m. at 10 on 100 shares.
 MidSouth Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company headquartered in Lafayette, La. The company's subsidiary, MidSouth National Bank is a federally chartered banking operation which conducts its retail banking and lending activities through seven branch offices. Four such branches are located in Lafayette, two in Breaux Bridge and one in Jennings, La.
 For the year ended Dec. 31, 1992, MidSouth Bancorp, Inc. had assets of $85,141,634 as compared to $81,445,937 in fiscal 1991. Net interest income after provision for loan losses for the 1992 fiscal year end was $3,902,098, compared to $3,439,566 reported in the prior fiscal year. Net income for the year end was $904,597, or $1.54 per share as compared to $440,831, or $.87 reported last year.
 "We are proud to be the first bank holding company to list its shares on the Emerging Company Marketplace at the American Stock Exchange," said C.R. "Rusty" Cloutier, president and chief executive officer of MidSouth Bancorp, Inc. "Listing on the ECM auction market will serve our shareholders' best interests. We believe this listing will mean greater liquidity, broad visibility and will provide our shareholders with a more efficient environment in which to invest." MidSouth Bancorp, Inc. has selected Goin & Company, Inc. as its specialist firm.
 The Emerging Company Marketplace at the American Stock Exchange was created in March of 1992 to provide companies in their initial growth stages with the benefits associated with listing on the AMEX Primary List.
 The American Stock Exchange occupies a unique niche among U.S. financial markets. It is the only exchange to successfully provide both a primary equities market for growth companies, as well as a principal market to trade derivatives. No other exchange has balanced traditional and cutting edge trading products. And because of the efficiencies associated with the AMEX auction marketplace, investors of all sizes achieve the greatest value and protection.
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 /CONTACT: Melissa Grand, manager - equities communications of the American Stock Exchange, 212-306-1635/


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