How profitable a bank is has an effect on its long-term survivability. Earnings can be retained by the bank, boosting its capital cushion, or be used to deal with problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in tough times. Losses, on the other hand, diminish a bank's ability to do those things.
First Delta Bank scored 16 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's earnings test, beating out the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by total equity, is one key measure of a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for First Delta Bank was 7.46 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank earned net income of $448,000 on total equity of $5.8 million. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.75 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.