A bank's ability to earn money has an effect on its long-term survivability. Earnings may be retained by the bank, giving a boost to its capital buffer, or be used to deal with problematic loans, potentially making the bank better able to withstand economic shocks. However, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, BancFirst scored 20 out of a possible 30, better than the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by total equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for BancFirst was 12.09 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank reported net income of $83.6 million on total equity of $716.9 million. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.18 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.