A bank's profitability affects its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, giving a boost to its capital buffer, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, potentially making the bank better prepared to withstand economic shocks. Losses, on the other hand, take away from a bank's ability to do those things.
Bellevue State Bank received above-average marks on Bankrate's test of earnings, achieving a score of 24 out of a possible 30.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, basically) by the total amount of equity, is one widely used measure of a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Bellevue State Bank was 15.66 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank earned net income of $2.2 million on total equity of $14.7 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 2.19 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.