How profitable a bank is affects its long-term survivability. Earnings may be retained by the bank, expanding its capital cushion, or be used to address problematic loans, potentially making the bank better able to withstand economic shocks. Obviously, banks that are losing money are less able to do those things.
Americas United Bank underperformed the average on Bankrate's earnings test, achieving a score of 14 out of a possible 30.
One important way to measure a bank's earnings is return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially profit) by total equity. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Americas United Bank was 6.37 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank earned net income of $1.8 million on total equity of $29.0 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.75 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.