How profitable a bank is has an effect on its safety and soundness. Earnings may be retained by the bank, expanding its capital buffer, or be used to address problematic loans, potentially making the bank better prepared to withstand financial trouble. Banks that are losing money, however, are less able to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, FirstState Bank scored 16 out of a possible 30, above the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, basically) by total equity, is one important measure of a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for FirstState Bank was 7.78 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank earned net income of $2.1 million on total equity of $26.9 million. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.00 percent, right at the level deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and equal to the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.