How profitable a bank is has an effect on its long-term survivability. Earnings can be retained by the bank, increasing its capital cushion, or be used to deal with problematic loans, likely making the bank more resilient in tough times. Conversely, losses reduce a bank's ability to do those things.
On Bankrate's earnings test, Mifflinburg Bank and Trust Company scored 18 out of a possible 30, better than 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 Mifflinburg Bank and Trust Company was 9.71 percent, above the national average of 8.10 percent.
The bank reported net income of $3.8 million on total equity of $38.8 million for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017. The bank had an annualized return on average assets, or ROA, of 0.90 percent, below the 1 percent deemed satisfactory in accordance with industry standards and below the average for U.S. banks of 1.00 percent.