Safe and Sound

Grant County State Bank

Carson, ND
5
Star Rating
Founded in 1913, Grant County State Bank is an FDIC-insured bank based in Carson, ND. As of December 31, 2017, the bank held equity of $4.1 million on assets of $38.3 million.

Thanks to the efforts of 6 full-time employees in 2 offices in ND, the bank has amassed loans and leases worth $24.7 million, including real estate loans of $8.8 million. U.S. bank customers currently have $34.1 million in deposits with the bank.

Overall, Bankrate believes that, as of December 31, 2017, Grant County State Bank exhibited a superior condition, earning a full 5 stars for safety and soundness. Keep reading for a look at how the bank did on the three key criteria Bankrate used to score U.S. banks on safety and soundness.

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THE INSTITUTION'S SCORE

Capital Score

Capital is a useful measurement of an institution's financial fortitude. It works as a cushion against losses and affords protection for accountholders when a bank is experiencing financial trouble. From a safety and soundness perspective, more capital is better.

Grant County State Bank received a score of 12 out of a possible 30 points on our test to measure capital adequacy, falling short of the national average of 13.13.

One way to measure this buffer is looking at a bank's Tier 1 capital ratio. Grant County State Bank's Tier 1 capital ratio was 16.99 percent, above the 6 percent level considered adequate by regulators, but under the national average of 25.65 percent. The higher the capital ratio, the better the bank will be able to stand up to financial headwinds.

Overall, Grant County State Bank held equity amounting to 10.77 percent of its assets, which was lower than the national average of 12.03 percent.

Asset Quality Score

This test is intended to try to understand how the bank's reserves set aside to cover loan losses, as well as overall capitalization, could be affected by problem assets, such as unpaid mortgages.

A bank with lots of these types of assets may eventually have to use capital to absorb losses, cutting down on its cushion of equity. It also means that there are likely to be many assets that are in non-accrual status and no longer earning money, diminishing earnings and increasing the chances of a future failure.

On Bankrate's asset quality test, Grant County State Bank scored 40 out of a possible 40 points, above the national average of 37.49 points.

The percentage of problem assets a bank holds compared to its total assets is a useful indicator of asset quality.As of December 31, 2017, none of Grant County State Bank's loans were noncurrent, meaning they were more than 90 days past due or were in non-accrual status. That's below the national average of 1.01 percent.

Banks maintain a reserve to handle problem assets known as an "allowance for loan and lease losses." The size of that reserve can be a widely used indicator when evaluating a bank's ability to manage problem assets, especially when compared to the total amount of problem loans. Unfortunately, the FDIC did not provide information on Grant County State Bank's loan loss allowance in its most recent filings.

Earnings score

A bank's profitability affects its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, boosting its capital buffer, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. However, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.

On Bankrate's earnings test, Grant County State Bank scored 24 out of a possible 30, better than the national average of 15.12.

Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (essentially, profit) by the total amount of equity, is one key measure of a bank's earnings. Grant County State Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 14.94 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank reported net income of $633,000 on total equity of $4.1 million. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.73 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.

WHAT IS SAFE & SOUND?

Bankrate.com's Safe & Sound Ratings provide a star rating system to evaluate the current financial status of financial institutions. The information gathered about banks, credit unions and thrifts is updated as set forth in the Terms of Use of Safe & Sound Ratings and Reports. The Safe & Sound Ratings information is grouped by categories of banks, thrifts and credit unions.

Scoring methodology

Bankrate.com evaluates the financial condition of institutions and assigns a one- to five-star rating for each with five stars representing the highest rating. Institutions with satisfactory performance will generally receive a rating of three or more stars. The majority of institutions fall into the three- to four-star range. An institution with an "NR" rating may be too new to rate or may have limited the publicly available information in their regulatory filings. The "NR" is not an indication of financial strength or weakness. The Safe & Sound rating is believed to be reliable, but the information is not guaranteed. In addition, events since the information was collected may have altered the institution's financial condition.