How profitable a bank is has an effect on its safety and soundness. Earnings can be retained by the bank, expanding its capital cushion, or be used to deal with problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Obviously, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
Farmers Bank of Lincoln scored 24 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's earnings test, exceeding the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by total equity, is one widely used measure of a bank's earnings. Farmers Bank of Lincoln's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 15.39 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank recorded net income of $1.9 million on total equity of $12.7 million. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.65 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.