Safe and Sound

Atkins Savings Bank & Trust

Atkins, IA
5
Star Rating
Atkins Savings Bank & Trust is an FDIC-insured bank founded in 1915 and currently headquartered in Atkins, IA. Regulatory filings show the bank having equity of $11.0 million on $91.1 million in assets, as of December 31, 2017.

Thanks to the work of 9 full-time employees, the bank currently holds loans and leases worth $55.9 million, including real estate loans of $29.3 million. The bank currently holds $79.6 million in deposits from U.S. customers.

Overall, Bankrate believes that, as of December 31, 2017, Atkins Savings Bank & Trust exhibited a superior condition, earning a full 5 stars for safety and soundness. Keep reading for a look at how the bank fared on the three key criteria Bankrate used to evaluate U.S. banks on safety and soundness.

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THE INSTITUTION'S SCORE

Capital Score

Capital is an essential measurement of a bank's financial strength. It acts as a cushion against losses and affords protection for accountholders when a bank is experiencing financial trouble. From a safety and soundness perspective, the more capital, the better.

On our test to measure the adequacy of a bank's capital, Atkins Savings Bank & Trust achieved a score of 16 out of a possible 30 points, beating the national average of 13.13.

A bank's Tier 1 capital ratio is a commonly used measure of this buffer. Atkins Savings Bank & Trust's Tier 1 capital ratio was 16.72 percent, above the 6 percent level considered adequate by regulators, but below the national average of 25.65 percent. The higher the capital ratio, the better the bank will be able to weather economic headwinds.

Overall, Atkins Savings Bank & Trust held equity amounting to 12.04 percent of its assets, which exceeded the national average of 12.03 percent.

Asset Quality Score

In this test, Bankrate tries to estimate the effect of troubled assets, such as unpaid loans, on the bank's loan loss reserves and overall capitalization.

A bank with a large number of these kinds of assets may eventually have to use capital to cover losses, reducing its cushion of equity. It also means that there are likely to be many assets that are in non-accrual status and thus aren't earning money, reducing earnings and elevating the chances of a future failure.

On Bankrate's test of asset quality, Atkins Savings Bank & Trust scored 40 out of a possible 40 points, beating the national average of 37.49 points.

The percentage of problem assets a bank holds compared to its total assets is a helpful indicator of asset quality.As of December 31, 2017, 1.37 percent of Atkins Savings Bank & Trust's loans were noncurrent, meaning they were more than 90 days past due or were in non-accrual status. That's above the national average of 1.01 percent.

Banks maintain a reserve known as an "allowance for loan and lease losses" to deal with problem assets . Comparing the reserve's size to the total amount of problem loans can be a helpful indicator when evaluating a bank's ability to manage troubled assets. Unfortunately, the FDIC did not provide information on Atkins Savings Bank & Trust's loan loss allowance in its most recent filings.

Earnings score

How profitable a bank is affects 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 better prepared to withstand economic trouble. Banks that are losing money, however, are less able to do those things.

On Bankrate's test of earnings, Atkins Savings Bank & Trust scored 20 out of a possible 30, beating out the national average of 15.12.

One important measure of a bank's earnings is return on equity, or net income (profit, essentially) divided by total equity. Atkins Savings Bank & Trust's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 12.44 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank reported net income of $1.3 million on total equity of $11.0 million. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.51 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.

WHAT IS SAFE & SOUND?

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Scoring methodology

Bankrate.com evaluates the financial condition of institutions and assigns a one- to five-star rating for each with five stars representing the highest rating. Institutions with satisfactory performance will generally receive a rating of three or more stars. The majority of institutions fall into the three- to four-star range. An institution with an "NR" rating may be too new to rate or may have limited the publicly available information in their regulatory filings. The "NR" is not an indication of financial strength or weakness. The Safe & Sound rating is believed to be reliable, but the information is not guaranteed. In addition, events since the information was collected may have altered the institution's financial condition.