A bank's profitability affects its safety and soundness. 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 prepared to withstand economic trouble. Banks that are losing money, however, have less ability to do those things.
Liberty National Bank scored 18 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's test of earnings, exceeding the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, basically) by total equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Liberty National Bank was 9.83 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank recorded net income of $4.3 million on total equity of $45.8 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 1.14 percent, above the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards, and above the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.