How profitable a bank is affects its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, giving a boost to its capital cushion, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, potentially making the bank better able to withstand economic trouble. However, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
First Farmers State Bank beat the national average on Bankrate's test of earnings, achieving a score of 22 out of a possible 30.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, basically) by the total amount of equity, is one widely used measure of a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for First Farmers State Bank was 12.76 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank earned net income of $2.5 million on total equity of $19.8 million. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.50 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.