A bank's earnings performance affects its safety and soundness. Earnings may be retained by the bank, increasing its capital cushion, or be used to address problematic loans, potentially making the bank better prepared to withstand financial trouble. Banks that are losing money, however, have less ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, Catahoula - LaSalle Bank scored 18 out of a possible 30, above the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by total equity, is one key measure of a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Catahoula - LaSalle Bank was 9.66 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank recorded net income of $1.8 million on total equity of $18.9 million. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.98 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.