How profitable a bank is has an effect on its long-term survivability. Earnings can be retained by the bank, increasing its capital cushion, or be used to deal with problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Conversely, losses diminish a bank's ability to do those things.
Clarke County State Bank scored 20 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's earnings test, better than the national average of 15.12.
One widely used measure of a bank's earnings is return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by total equity. Clarke County State Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 11.67 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $1.3 million on total equity of $11.2 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.23 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.