How profitable a bank is has an effect on its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, giving a boost to its capital buffer, or use them to deal with problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Banks that are losing money, however, are less able to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, Gothenburg State Bank scored 22 out of a possible 30, above the national average of 15.12.
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. Gothenburg State Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 12.28 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank earned net income of $2.3 million on total equity of $19.2 million. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.60 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.