How profitable a bank is affects its safety and soundness. Earnings may be retained by the bank, giving a boost to its capital cushion, or be used to deal with problematic loans, potentially making the bank better able to withstand financial shocks. Obviously, banks that are losing money are less able to do those things.
Midland States Bank scored 8 out of a possible 30 on Bankrate's earnings test, falling short of 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 measure of a bank's earnings. The most recent annualized quarterly return on equity for Midland States Bank was 3.32 percent, below the national average of 8.10 percent.
For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the bank recorded net income of $18.0 million on total equity of $559.2 million. The bank experienced an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.41 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.