A bank's profitability has an effect on its safety and soundness. Earnings can be retained by the bank, expanding its capital buffer, or be used to deal with problematic loans, likely making the bank better prepared to withstand financial shocks. Conversely, losses take away from a bank's ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, Leighton State Bank scored 22 out of a possible 30, beating 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. Leighton State Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 12.32 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $2.7 million on total equity of $22.1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.49 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.