A bank's ability to earn money has an effect on its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, expanding its capital buffer, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Obviously, banks that are losing money are less able to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, American National Bank scored 14 out of a possible 30, less than the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by the total amount of equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for American National Bank was 6.93 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank reported net income of $2.7 million on total equity of $40.8 million. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.95 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.