How profitable a bank is has an effect on its safety and soundness. Earnings can be retained by the bank, increasing its capital buffer, or be used to deal with problematic loans, potentially making the bank better prepared to withstand economic trouble. Losses, on the other hand, diminish a bank's ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, American State Bank scored 22 out of a possible 30, beating out the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by total equity, is one widely used measure of a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for American State Bank was 12.42 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank recorded net income of $12.7 million on total equity of $105.2 million. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.50 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.