A bank's earnings performance has an effect on its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, increasing its capital buffer, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, potentially making the bank better prepared to withstand economic trouble. Banks that are losing money, however, are less able to do those things.
First National Bank in Paxton beat the national average on Bankrate's earnings test, achieving a score of 20 out of a possible 30.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by the total amount of equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. First National Bank in Paxton's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 10.48 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $834,000 on total equity of $7.9 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.03 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.