A bank's earnings performance has an effect on its long-term survivability. Earnings can be retained by the bank, increasing its capital buffer, or be used to deal with problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in tough times. Banks that are losing money, however, have less ability to do those things.
Farm Bureau Bank FSB scored 0 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's earnings test, failing to reach the national average of 15.12.
One important measure of a bank's earnings is return on equity, or net income (profit, basically) divided by total equity. Farm Bureau Bank FSB's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was -0.19 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $-146,000 on total equity of $77.5 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of -0.02 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.