How profitable a bank is affects its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, increasing its capital buffer, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Losses, on the other hand, diminish a bank's ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's test of earnings, Lafayette Ambassador Bank scored 14 out of a possible 30, coming in below 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. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Lafayette Ambassador Bank was 6.23 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank earned net income of $11.1 million on total equity of $173.6 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.71 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.