A bank's earnings performance has an effect on its safety and soundness. Earnings can be retained by the bank, expanding its capital cushion, or be used to address problematic loans, potentially making the bank more resilient in tough times. Conversely, losses take away from a bank's ability to do those things.
Markesan State Bank scored 0 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's test of earnings, falling short of 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. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Markesan State Bank was -1.53 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank earned net income of $-185,000 on total equity of $11.7 million. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of -0.12 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.