How profitable a bank is has an effect on its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, increasing its capital cushion, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. However, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, Abbeville First Bank, SSB scored 20 out of a possible 30, beating the national average of 15.12.
One important measure of a bank's earnings is return on equity, or net income (essentially profit) divided by total equity. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Abbeville First Bank, SSB was 11.03 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank recorded net income of $955,000 on total equity of $9.3 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.24 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.