How profitable a bank is affects its long-term survivability. Earnings can be retained by the bank, giving a boost to its capital cushion, or be used to deal with problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in tough times. Conversely, losses lessen a bank's ability to do those things.
Jefferson Bank and Trust Company scored 14 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's earnings test, lower than the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by total equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. Jefferson Bank and Trust Company's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 6.80 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank earned net income of $4.7 million on total equity of $67.5 million. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.79 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.