How profitable a bank is has an effect on its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, giving a boost to its capital buffer, or use them to address problematic loans, likely making the bank better able to withstand economic shocks. Conversely, losses reduce a bank's ability to do those things.
Lake Elmo Bank exceeded the national average on Bankrate's test of earnings, achieving a score of 24 out of a possible 30.
One important way to measure a bank's earnings is return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, basically) by total equity. Lake Elmo Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 15.24 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank recorded net income of $4.6 million on total equity of $31.2 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.24 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.