A bank's ability to earn money has an effect on its long-term survivability. Earnings may be retained by the bank, increasing its capital cushion, or be used to address problematic loans, likely 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 test of earnings, Mid America Bank & Trust Company scored 4 out of a possible 30, falling short of the national average of 15.12.
Return on equity, calculated by dividing net income (profit, essentially) by total equity, is one widely used measure of a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Mid America Bank & Trust Company was 1.38 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $495,000 on total equity of $44.1 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank reported an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.30 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.