How profitable a bank is affects its long-term survivability. A bank can retain its earnings, boosting its capital buffer, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in times of trouble. Obviously, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, Liberty First Bank scored 18 out of a possible 30, beating the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by the total amount of equity, is one key measure of a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Liberty First Bank was 9.96 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $1.4 million on total equity of $14.3 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.09 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.