How profitable a bank is has an effect on its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, increasing its capital buffer, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in tough times. However, banks that are losing money are less able to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, Bank of Perry County scored 26 out of a possible 30, exceeding the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by the total amount of equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. Bank of Perry County's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 16.81 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank reported net income of $2.6 million on total equity of $15.3 million. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.62 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.