How profitable a bank is affects its safety and soundness. 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 prepared to withstand economic trouble. Banks that are losing money, however, are less able to do those things.
Citizens First Bank did above-average on Bankrate's test of earnings, achieving a score of 18 out of a possible 30.
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 Citizens First Bank was 9.21 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank recorded net income of $1.3 million on total equity of $14.3 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.80 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.