A bank's ability to earn money has an effect on its safety and soundness. A bank can retain its earnings, boosting its capital buffer, or put them to work addressing problematic loans, potentially making the bank better able to withstand financial trouble. Obviously, banks that are losing money have less ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, Marion State Bank scored 10 out of a possible 30, lower than the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by the total amount of equity, is one important way to measure a bank's earnings. Marion State Bank's most recent annualized quarterly return on equity was 4.55 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank recorded net income of $816,000 on total equity of $18.2 million. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.49 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.