How profitable a bank is has an effect on its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, boosting its capital cushion, or use them to address problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Obviously, banks that are losing money are less able to do those things.
Citizens State Bank did above-average on Bankrate's earnings test, achieving a score of 22 out of a possible 30.
One important way to measure a bank's earnings is return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by total equity. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Citizens State Bank was 13.30 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $4.1 million on total equity of $31.9 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.64 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.