How profitable a bank is affects its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, expanding its capital cushion, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, likely making the bank better able to withstand financial trouble. Losses, on the other hand, lessen a bank's ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, First National Bank & Trust Company of McAlester scored 22 out of a possible 30, better than the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by the total amount of equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for First National Bank & Trust Company of McAlester was 13.82 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank reported net income of $7.4 million on total equity of $53.2 million. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.51 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.