How profitable a bank is has an effect on its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, boosting its capital buffer, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, likely making the bank better able to withstand economic shocks. Conversely, losses take away from a bank's ability to do those things.
Farmers State Bank scored 18 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 (profit, basically) by total equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. Farmers State Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 9.55 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank earned net income of $1.6 million on total equity of $17.2 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.28 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.