A bank's profitability affects its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, expanding its capital buffer, or use them to deal with problematic loans, potentially making the bank better prepared to withstand economic trouble. However, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
First State Bank of Claremont scored 18 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's test of earnings, above the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, basically) by the total amount of equity, is one key measure of a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for First State Bank of Claremont was 9.30 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank recorded net income of $602,000 on total equity of $6.6 million. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.93 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.